Weatherby Opens New Sheridan Headquarters
By Jade Moldae
Brenda, Adam and Roy Weatherby mark the official opening of Weatherby’s new Sheridan, Wyo., headquarters and manufacturing facility with local and state officials during a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
June 13, Weatherby Inc. hosted a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony at its new Sheridan, Wyo., headquarters. Surpassing company predictions, more than 5,000 visitors attended the festivities. Weatherby hosted public tours of the facility and invited 11 local conservation group chapters to attend, and bring awareness to efforts in the Wyoming region through conversation and product raffles.
“I’m so grateful for Weatherby’s past and rich heritage that began so many years ago in Southern California with my grandfather,” said Weatherby President Adam Weatherby. “I’m so incredibly grateful for the state of Wyoming and the many others who helped get us to our new home.”
The ribbon-cutting ceremony featured statements by Adam Weatherby, Ed Weatherby and numerous state and local officials who had a hand in the company’s relocation to Sheridan.
Former Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead addresses attendees during Weatherby’s Grand Opening. While governor, Mead was instrumental in bringing Weatherby to the Equality State.
Despite facing a “long shot,” Former Gov. Mead successfully spearheaded a multi-tiered effort to recruit Weatherby to the Equality State.
“In diversifying [your economy], you have to build on your strengths. We have great people; we have great traditions. What I knew going in [at the start of the recruitment process] was Weatherby was a world-class company that made world-class products and would bring manufacturing, marketing and sales and expertise to Wyoming,” Mead said. “We ‘looked down the sights’ and saw there was a great future in this partnership.”
Wyoming First Lady Jennie Gordon saluted Weatherby’s relocation, and how it further solidifies the state’s relationship with the industry.
“Wyoming is very grateful to have Weatherby bringing its many jobs and millions of dollars in annual wages,” she said. “A ribbon-cutting is always exciting, but this one is particularly so because it marks an expansion of Wyoming’s firearm industry and the creation of more jobs. With the Bighorn Mountains as a backdrop of this new manufacturing facility, it’s a reminder Wyoming has unmatched natural assets to bring in additional revenue from hunting, shooting, fishing, camping and all recreation.”
An aerial shot illustrates the scope of Sheridan’s hearty Weatherby welcome.
Weatherby joins companies like Magpul and HIVIZ that have moved to Wyoming from anti-industry/anti-gun states in recent years. Gunwerks, founded in 2007 in Burlington, Wyo., will be expanding its operations in Cody — with its new 44,396-square-foot facility opening early 2020.
Weatherby’s relocation will serve to benefit its customers in the long term, Adam Weatherby tells Shooting Industry.
“Not only do we have a larger facility with more capacity, but we’re also now more centrally located in the country. From new products to shorter lead times, our customers can certainly expect to experience many benefits due to our recent relocation to Wyoming,” he shared.
With the transition complete, Weatherby predicts a new facility and team will facilitate further innovation for the company.
“We’ve spent the last year-and-a-half building a facility and rebuilding our team. With the building now fully up and running, and an outstanding team in place, the industry can certainly expect a strong and innovative Weatherby these next few years,” he said.
Weatherby’s 30,000-square-foot headquarters will be staffed by 71 employees, many of whom were hired locally. The company stands to be the largest firearms manufacturer in Wyoming, producing 3,937 firearms in 2017 — the most current year on record.
Davisdon’s Makes Major Sales Expansion
Firearms and ammunition wholesaler Davidson’s announced plans to launch a new Mid-Atlantic call center in its Greensboro, N.C., distribution facility. Additionally, the company is creating several new remote, regional sales positions across the country.
Davidson’s aggressive sales initiative will enhance and further expand the reach of the call center in Prescott, Ariz., offering a high level of service to dealers.
As Davidson’s continues to broaden its product-line offerings, the creation of new sales roles will solidify and ensure ongoing support for its vendor base, as well as demonstrate the company’s commitment to future growth and support for the shooting sports industry.
Davidson’s has allocated significant resources to enhance its digital platforms and to invest in new technologies to improve warehouse productivity.
“Despite the challenging environment our industry faces, [the focus of Davidson’s] continues to be one of proactive growth and investment for the future. Our strong balance sheet, combined with great people, allows Davidson’s to be on the forefront of advancement in distribution technology, and a trusted partner for our customers and vendors,” said Davidson’s CEO Bryan Tucker.
Fin Feather Fur Outfitters President and CEO Mike Goschinski (center) was recognized for his support of Ruger and his store’s leading retail promotions. Also pictured, from left: Brady Dinsmore, Ruger Mid-Atlantic regional sales manager; Mike Hollinger, Fin manager and buyer; R.G. Stitt, Ruger director of domestic sales; Chris Killoy, Ruger president and CEO.
Ruger Honors 2018 Top Retailer
Sturm, Ruger & Co. Inc. announced Fin Feather Fur Outfitters of Ohio as the 2018 Ruger Retailer of the Year. “The Fin” focuses on outdoor sporting equipment and apparel — including firearms and ammunition as well as archery, fishing, camping and kayaking products.
In recognition of his company’s outstanding retail performance, Fin Feather Fur President and CEO Mike Goschinski was presented an engraved Mark IV Competition rimfire pistol during the 2019 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Indianapolis.
“‘The Fin’ was the clear choice for our 2018 award. Mike supports the entire Ruger line in all of his stores, as well as our annual retailer programs. Their business plan to promote Ruger firearms year-round is second-to-none,” said Shawn Leska, Ruger VP of sales.
Goschinski started Fin Feather Fur Outfitters in 1986. The company became an ESOP (employee-owned company) May 2017. Fin Feather Fur employs over 300 people and maintains six retail locations and one distribution center, all in Northeast Ohio.
“‘The Fin’ family is honored to receive the 2018 Ruger Retailer of the Year award. We appreciate Ruger’s commitment to product development, and look forward to a continued successful partnership with Ruger and its employees,” Goschinski said.
USMC Adopts SIG SAUER M18
SIG SAUER Inc. announced the United States Marine Corps (USMC) is set to adopt the M18, the compact variant of the U.S. Army’s Modular Handgun System (MHS), as their official duty pistol.
“The Marine Corps announcement to put the M18 in service with the Marines is a very exciting development for SIG SAUER, and a true testament to the success of the MHS program,” said Ron Cohen, SIG SAUER president and CEO. “The Marine’s procurement of the M18 brings the adoption of our Modular Handgun System full circle, as this means, beginning in 2020, either the M17 or the M18 will be officially in service with every branch of the U.S. military.”
The M18 is a 9mm, striker-fired pistol featuring a coyote-tan PVD coated stainless steel slide with black controls. The pistol is equipped with SIGLITE front night sights, removable night sight rear plate and manual safety.
Recently, the M18 successfully completed a MHS Material Reliability Test that consisted of firing three M18 pistols to 12,000 rounds each for a total of 36,000 rounds in accordance with the MHS requirements. With zero stoppages, the M18 also passed a parts interchange test, and met stringent accuracy and dispersion requirements.
“We’re very proud, and humbled, to have earned the trust of every branch of the U.S. military through their acceptance of the MHS program and adoption of the M17 and M18 pistols,” Cohen said.
Currently, the M17 and M18 are in service with the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard. The USMC will begin their acquisition of the M18 pistol in 2020.
Kahr Arms 25th Anniversary K9 Pistol
Kahr Arms Celebrates 25th Anniversary
Kahr Firearms Group is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. In honor of this milestone, the company is introducing a limited edition, custom-engraved and enhanced 25th Anniversary K9 pistol. Only 500 production models of the commemorative K9 will be made.
The Kahr K9 pistol, designed by company president and CEO Justin Moon 25 years ago, offered a solution to the void in the industry for a compact, innovative handgun that was comfortable to shoot and easy to conceal.
Moon recognized the need for such a 9mm handgun as an 18-year-old college student with a passion for firearms. He started shooting at the age of 14 as a hobby he shared with his older brother.
Moon spent the last part of his college career at Harvard designing the mechanical layout for his pistol idea and prototyping design concepts. He introduced the K9 soon after.
“Since starting the compact 9mm revolution 25 years ago, the mission of Kahr Firearms has remained the same. Every gun must be accurate and reliable. It is what the customer needs, what the customer deserves and what we deliver,” said Moon.
Kahr offers quality polymer and stainless steel frame semi-automatic pistols in a variety of calibers.
Each numbered 25th Anniversary K9 pistol ships in a plastic case, and includes three magazines and a matching custom 1791 leather holster. The pistol (K9094NC1) has an MSRP of $1,649.
JP Enterprises Establishes L.E. Agency Rifle Program
JP Enterprises announced its new Agency Rifle Program for law enforcement personnel. The program allows JP to offer budget-conscious rifle options to the officers who need them most.
The Agency Rifle Program includes .223/5.56 NATO carbines for patrol rifles or SWAT team use, with short-barrel and select-fire options. Also available are 9mm SBRs (short-barrel rifles) for replacement of obsolete pistol-caliber platforms. Options include select fire, integrated sound suppression and dual top- and side-charge systems.
Rifle models in both calibers are available in three price/option tiers to meet the needs and budgets of any agency or department. Similar offerings for sniper systems in .308 Win. are forthcoming.
The product of collaboration with JP’s law enforcement partners and resources, the L.E. Agency rifle lineup prioritizes platform reliability and accuracy, with both officer and bystander safety primary considerations.
Although designed for mass adoption, rifles in the Agency Rifle Program are built by the same certified technicians using the same quality components as any other premium JP rifle. The program also provides priority law enforcement technical assistance and complimentary armorer’s certification courses for participating agencies/departments.
“If there’s one concern we’ve heard loud and clear from law enforcement, it’s the difficulties for both officer and department even in the case of a ‘good shoot.’ We only want to offer a rifle that can mitigate as much of this risk as possible. Through the refined reliability of our components and build process, we’re confident in what our duty rifles can offer,” said JP Founder and Head of Product Development John Paul.