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Nov. 14–18, 2022

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Fiocchi USA Selects Little Rock For New Primer Manufacturing Facility

Fiocchi has announced the selection of a 281-acre site in the Port of Little Rock, Ark., for a new ammunition primer manufacturing facility, expanding its operations presence in Little Rock. Representing a $41.5 million investment and a 120-person workforce expansion, the new production operation will pave the way for future growth in Arkansas and provide much-needed primer supply relief for the broader ammunition manufacturing segment.

The new facility will be one of only six primer manufacturing operations in the U.S. and the only dedicated lead-free primer plant in the world.

“This groundbreaking represents another significant milestone in Fiocchi’s long-term plan to strengthen and expand our manufacturing capabilities,” said Maurizio Negro, Fiocchi Group CEO, “and to bolster primer supplies not only for Fiocchi products but also to increase supplies for the ammunition manufacturing industry at large. We sincerely appreciate the support of Governor [Asa] Hutchinson, Secretary of Commerce Mike Preston, Jack Thomas of the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce, Bryan Day of the Port of Little Rock, and all partners involved who helped make this possible.”

Part of Fiocchi’s ongoing vertical integration strategy, the new primer facility will allow the company to meet internal primer supply needs, focus on its low environmental impact initiatives, and present second-sourcing opportunities for industry contracts.

“Our focus on Little Rock for this major expansion comes from an ideal alignment of several considerations,” said Anthony Acitelli, Fiocchi of America president and CEO. “Aside from our strong ties with the state and local governments, Arkansas has a highly experienced and energetic labor force to call upon. Furthermore, streamlined logistics with other plant operations combined with management and supply chain efficiencies make Little Rock a logical choice. We’ll also benefit from logistical synergies with our ammo manufacturing industry partners.”

Fiocchi will begin construction in 2023 and anticipates its first stage of operational capacity of its Little Rock primer manufacturing facility in early 2025.

For more info: fiocchiusa.com.

Fist bumps all around for Team Young Guns of Quail Creek (Okeechobee, Fla.) while competing
in the 2022 SCTP & SASP Nationals. Image: SSSF

DSC Supports Youth Shooting Sports Through SSSF Grant

The Dallas Safari Club (DSC), a continued supporter of the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF), has awarded the youth development organization a grant totaling over $24,000. This support comes from multiple chapters, including DSC Great Lakes, DSC Heartland, DSC Oklahoma and DSC Charleston.

Every year DSC raises funds through an annual convention, which go toward grants that directly support its mission of conservation, education and advocacy. The SSSF has accepted this large grant amount in support of youth development through its Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP).

“As a non-profit we realize how much effort fundraising takes,” said Rick Leach, SASP national director. “The fact these four DSC chapters are willing to donate their hard-earned funds in recognition of our mission of youth development is greatly appreciated. The Dallas Safari Club has been a supporter of our programs for a number of years and the continued vote of confidence from multiple DSC chapters is humbling.”

“Both of SSSF’s youth programs are very fortunate to have support throughout the outdoor industry,” said Tom Wondrash, SCTP national director. “DSC continues to invest in our youth, who will be the next generation of hunters and conservationists. Through our youth development programs, we aim to shape those next generations into the best possible citizens they can be. The grant funding from multiple DSC chapters is an incredible gesture and we hope to continue our work with the support of the DSC for years to come.”

With the DSC grant support, the SSSF plans to expand its training offerings with advanced coach curriculum and focused training for international disciplines of skeet, bunker trap, air pistol.

For more info: biggame.org, sssfonline.org.

SHOT Show Named Comeback Award Winner

The Trade Show News Network (TSNN) recognized the SHOT Show as its 2022 Comeback Award Winner for Exhibitor Excellence at the annual T-Awards, held Nov. 8–9 at Caesars Forum. The T-Awards celebrate growth, innovation and achievement in the trade show industry.

After having to cancel its 2021 show due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2022 SHOT Show — owned and operated by NSSF — featured the event’s largest floorplan ever with 804,000 net square feet of exhibit space, up from 676,000 net square feet in 2020.

Specifically, SHOT Show was recognized for its popular Exhibitor Academy and Exhibitor Advisory Council. The Exhibitor Academy helps educate SHOT Show exhibitors on how to get the most from their participation in the show and maximize their return on investment through a series of live and online sessions led by subject matter experts. The Exhibitor Advisory Council seeks candid feedback from exhibitors of all sizes and product categories and is moderated by a renowned trade show consultant who then presents the findings in aggregate.

“We’re honored to be recognized for being the only large trade show in North America to have grown by 20+% in 2022, especially after having to cancel the 2021 event,” said Chris Dolnack, NSSF SVP and chief customer officer. “Our team, partners and board are aligned to have a laser-like focus on listening to our customers and delivering the experiences they desire.”

The 2023 SHOT Show will return to Las Vegas on January 17-20 at both The Venetian Expo and Caesars Forum.

For more info: shotshow.org.

ATN Expands Retail Footprint

American Technologies Network (ATN Corp.) has expanded its footprint to Georgia with opening of its new retail store located at Sugarloaf Mills Mall, 5900 Sugarloaf Pkwy Suite 513, Lawrenceville, GA 30043.

The opening of its fourth brick-and-mortar retail shop and the first in Georgia, marks another step towards ATN’s mission to bring top-of-the-line rifle-scopes to its customers and hunting enthusiasts alike as many are gearing up and purchasing new equipment for hunting season.

“We’ve seen continued success with our retail stores in Texas and we are ready to expand our presence nationally starting with our new Atlanta location,” said Marc Vayn, ATN chairman, founder and CMO. “Our goal is to provide our Georgia customers with high-quality gear and in-person services that will help elevate their hunting experience.”

For more info: atncorp.com.

ISRA Range Garners NSSF Five-Star Rating

NSSF has awarded the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA) Range its Five-Star rating for range excellence. The Five-Star rating is the highest in the NSSF Star Rating System, which evaluates how ranges succeed in the areas of management, shooting sports development, appearance and amenities.

“The ISRA Range excels in all aspects of running a modern public shooting facility — one that caters to a diverse clientele and provides consistent and rewarding customer experiences,” said Zach Snow, NSSF director, member development. “The support it receives from association volunteers stands out. Without these volunteers, the range could not efficiently host as many organized shooting activities as it does.”

“We are honored and pleased to have received a Five-Star Range rating,” said Richard Pearson, Executive Director of ISRA. “We will continue to improve the ISRA Range in every way. This is not an end but a beginning.”

Located near the small city of Kankakee — about an hour’s drive south from greater Chicago—the ISRA Range has more than 250 firing positions spread over 12 ranges and classroom facilities to support a full calendar of training and educational offerings.

Notably, the range is largely run by volunteers who are members of ISRA; many serve as RSOs. The facility inspires members to give back to an organization that has worked diligently to protect the rights of state gun owners to own and use their firearms responsibly.

“I can’t say enough about the members who are volunteering their time to operate and maintain this outstanding facility,” said Pearson. “Without them, the range would not exist. “

For more info: nssf.org, isra.org.