ICYMI: Industry News
From Nov. 6–10, 2023


NSSF’s Project ChildSafe & Local Leaders Launch “Project Childsafe Dallas”

NSSF, together with the Dallas Police Department (DPD) and several other Dallas-based organizations, announced the start of “Project ChildSafe Dallas,” a citywide initiative to promote firearm safety and secure firearm storage to help prevent firearm accidents, thefts and suicide throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

Partners in the program, in addition to the DPD, include GRITR Range, the DC Project – Texas Chapter, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – North Texas Chapter, North Texas Chapter of the National African American Gun Association, the National Wild Turkey Federation, the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and Bass Pro Shops. Efforts to bring in additional stakeholders are ongoing.

Over the course of the next several weeks, NSSF’s Project ChildSafe initiative will provide more than 10,000 cable gun locks and educational resources to these partners to distribute to local residents – free of charge and no questions asked. The gun locks and safety literature are being made available through a grant to NSSF from the office of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, with additional support from the firearm industry.

The program will include a digital advertising campaign targeted to Dallas-area residents and a billboard on I-35 East to deliver firearm safety messages and tell residents where they can get a free lock.

“We know secure firearm storage works – it is the number-one way to help prevent firearm accidents, thefts and suicide,” said Joe Bartozzi, NSSF president and CEO. “We want to help anyone who has an unsecured gun in their home take the steps to store it securely and responsibly when it’s not in use, and we’re grateful to have so many partners on the ground supporting us in this effort.”

For more info: www.projectchildsafe.org

HSM Ammunition Supports Retrieving Freedom

HSM Ammunition of Stevensville, Mont., recently visited Retrieving Freedom’s service dog training facility in Sedalia, Mo. Retrieving Freedom is a non-profit organization dedicated to training service dogs, with a primary focus on training service dogs to serve the needs of veterans and children with autism.

RFI’s service dogs are trained to meet the specific needs of veterans and children. After two years of intensive training and socialization, each service dog must meet the strict standards required for successful placement. On average, service dogs can cost upward of $30,000. However, RFI offers its services at absolutely no cost to veterans and children with autism. RFI has a waiting list of 41 approved clients right now in need and donations will make a significant and positive difference in their lives.

Please join HSM Ammunition and other industry leaders like Starline Brass, Hodgdon, Hornady and Henry Rifle with donations to Retrieving Freedom’s life-changing mission to match service dogs with veterans and children who need our support.

For more info: www.retrievingfreedom.org

CMP Announces Return Of Advanced Maintenance Rifle Classes

After a long hiatus, the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s (CMP) Advanced Maintenance Clinics will be returning in 2024. The course is for firearm enthusiasts interested in assembling their own vintage rifle with the help of hands-on, knowledgeable instructors.

The Advanced Maintenance Class (AMC) is a three-day course in Anniston, Ala. Designed for those who wish to take their passion for the timeless M1 Garand to the next level, the AMC offers students a unique opportunity to receive unparalleled training from the CMP Custom Shop staff. Topics such as head space, barrel installation, component purpose/function, general rifle assembly, rifle/component maintenance and various accuracy techniques will be covered using instructional videos and detailed visual presentations.

Additionally, students will receive an exclusive visit to the CMP South Store and Talladega Marksmanship Park for a chance to view the grounds and fire their personally crafted rifles from class.

Due to the popularity of the classes, registration will be based on a lottery system. Registration for the lottery will be open Nov. 27–Dec. 22. Along with classes for individuals, the Custom Shop will host four “Buddy Class” dates — reserved for applicants wishing to attend with a designated partner of their choosing.

For more info: www.thecmp.org

Christensen Arms Named One Of Utah's Top 100 Fastest Growing Companies

Mountain West Capital Network and the Utah 100 have recognized Christensen Arms as one of the top 100 fastest-growing companies in the state of Utah. The acknowledgment underscores the company’s commitment to excellence, innovation and dedication to meeting the evolving needs of its customers.

Mountain West Capital Network (MWCN) is a business networking organization that provides an avenue for Utah’s top entrepreneurs and businesses to connect and grow. The annual Utah 100 Awards, organized by MWCN, celebrate the state’s outstanding businesses for their rapid growth and significant contributions to Utah’s economy.

Vic Keller, chairman and CEO of Christensen Arms, expressed his gratitude and excitement upon receiving this recognition: “We are deeply honored to be included among Utah’s top 100 fastest-growing companies. This acknowledgment reflects our team’s tireless dedication to innovation and quality, which has fueled our rapid growth. We’re immensely grateful to our retail partners and end users for their ongoing support of Christensen Arms. Without them, we wouldn’t be where we are today.”

For more info: www.christensenarms.com

SIG SAUER Premieres SIG Studios On YouTube Channel

SIG SAUER introduced SIG Studios, a groundbreaking new venture, with “Stories of the Uncommon.” The documentary series features the stories of visionaries, storytellers and truth-seekers in the defense, competitive sports and outdoor industry. In honor of Veterans Day, the SIG Studios inaugural premiere kicked off with the never-told story of Special Warfare Development Group and the Army Special Missions Unit retired Master Sergeant Kevin Holland on Friday, Nov. 10, 2023.

“At SIG SAUER we continue to push the limits to become the most influential brand in our space,” said Tom Taylor, SIG SAUER CMO and EVP, commercial sales. “All of the content within SIG Studios is as innovative and unique as our products which has propelled us to be a leader in our industry.”

SIG Studios’ “Stories of the Uncommon” is available exclusively on the @SIGSauerinc YouTube channel.

For more info: www.sigsauer.com