New company Rival Arms introduced itself to the firearms industry at the 2019 SHOT Show. The company fills a need its founders identified last year — a consolidated source of premium handgun parts allowing enthusiasts to build their own match-grade pistols from the ground up.
Headquartered in Dallas, Rival unites production best practices and product support under a single brand. The realization factory or OEM components were limited to broad-based design parameters and production capabilities and performance aftermarket components were dispersed across multiple manufacturers, was the impetus for the company’s birth.
Rival Arms handpicked some of the leading machinists, product designers and material-coating specialists in the firearms industry to unite behind the common goal of producing quality, made-in-the-U.S., performance pistol components for competitive shooting, concealed carry or duty use. (Only the tritium used in its night sights is sourced from outside the U.S., in Switzerland.)
The initial Rival Arms product lines center around the GLOCK platform, specifically GLOCK Models 19, 17, 22, 23, 34 and 43 — with current line expansions into Smith & Wesson’s M&P platform. These lines cover the breadth of competitive and high-end consumer upgrades and modifications, including: precision slides, with and without optic accommodations; precision drop-in barrels, threaded and non-threaded; precision strikers; high-performance guide rod assemblies; slide completion kits; frame pin kits; extended slide locks; two-piece flared magwell assemblies, grip plugs and magazine extensions and tritium night sights.
All Rival Arms products, except for the tritium night sights, are backed by a lifetime warranty. The sights have a 12-year warranty based on the half-life of tritium.
By accessorizing a handgun with Rival Arms parts, shooters can get a custom look and feel without the standard price of custom work.
Since Rival Arms products do not require traditional gunsmithing services to install, all kits and individual components are offered across the retail spectrum.
Apex Lowers Minimum Order Totals
Apex Tactical Specialties announces new, lower minimum order amounts for firearms and accessory retailers.
Apex’s growing line of aftermarket upgrades includes options for the top-selling pistol brands and models carried by every dealer — a steady add-on sales item for firearms retailers. Among the trigger kits available from Apex are those for: GLOCK (including Gen5 models and the 43X, 48); FN 509, FNS and FNS Compact; Ruger Mk. IV, Mk. IV 22/45; SIG SAUER P320; Smith & Wesson M&P, M&P M2.0, M&P Shield, M&P Shield 2.0, SDVE and Walther PPQ.
In addition to the lower dealer order minimums, Apex also launched its Apex Range Program is designed specifically for stocking dealers with shooting ranges. The program provides free demo samples of popular Apex products for use in range rental guns, giving retail range customers the chance to try an Apex product before purchase.
Retailers who wish to stock Apex products, or learn more about the Apex Range Program, can contact Apex at email@example.com or (623) 322-0200 for complete details.
Gearfire Achieves 2,000-Customer Milestone
Gearfire, a provider of e-commerce products and services for the firearm industry, announces it is now serving over 2,000 retail customers. Gearfire’s growth is attributed to the strength of manufacturing and distribution relationships that provide retailers with access to over 80 percent of available shooting sports inventory. The platform enables retailers to augment their current revenue stream by adding a near plug-and-play e-commerce function providing simplified search, pricing and ordering of products.
“We’re honored to serve each and every one of our 2,000 shooting sports retail customers,” said Chad Seaverns, Gearfire COO. “A core focus of our business model is enabling retailers with easy access to an omnichannel solution. Recently, we combined forces with our sister companies at the Retail Technology Group, Gearfire Payments (GFP) and Orchid Advisors to enable an end-to-end solution. The adoption rate of new retailers to our platform is attributed to new e-commerce functionality, direct integration with the AXIS Point of Sale system, GFP’s firearm-friendly merchant processing and firearm regulatory solutions from Orchid.”
Gearfire connects to the on-hand inventory at approximately 20 of the nation’s largest distributors accounting for 120,000 firearm, accessory and related SKUs. With over 2,000 retailers, the platform enables increased sales velocity for distributors and manufacturers by pulling inventory through the supply chain and connecting it to shoppers. The integration with .AXIS also provides retailers using their flagship point-of-sale with the ability to post on-hand store inventories to the e-commerce platform for a completely seamless experience.
Epicor Partners With FFLGuard To Enhance Compliance Effort
Epicor has entered into an agreement to work with FFLGuard to provide federal firearms compliance assistance to Epicor FFL Compliance Manager (Epicor FFLCM) users. Epicor FFLCM is a cloud-based solution customers who sell firearms can use to manage their ATF bound book electronically.
“Epicor originally created FFLCM to streamline transaction entry, reduce non-compliance risk and quickly and easily generate the necessary reports for ATF inspections or inquiries,” the company stated in a press release. “Customers already have access to consulting firms for assistance with regulatory matters; however, both FFLCM and federal firearms regulations have evolved since we first launched the product in 2016. Navigating this landscape is complex and our customers deserve a choice of compliance consultant options based on the best fit for their needs.”
With this partnership, Epicor’s FFLCM customers will now have access to FFLGuard’s team of experts to guard themselves against costly ATF and FFL compliance checks. FFLGuard is a legal service offered by a collection of firearms compliance professionals, providing over 500 FFLs access to ATF and FFL compliance consultants. FFLGuard delivers educational training and rapid response assistance with a focus on safeguarding the viability of the client’s FFL through proactive involvement.