Industry News: Volume 4, Number 1

Glock Announces Voluntary Replacement of Recoil Spring Assemblies in Gen4 Pistols
Glock announced that it is voluntarily exchanging the recoil spring assembly (RSA) on its new Gen4 pistols shipped since August of 2009, to ensure that each pistol’s performance meets the company’s demanding standards.  The new RSA compensates for all design modifications made to the Gen4 and allows the pistols to function up to Glock’s rigid quality standards and reliability goals.  Consumers should note that Gen4 G26 and G27 models will not require a modified recoil spring.

“We are moving proactively and quickly to standardize this part of the pistol.  This is a voluntary exchange specifically for the new Gen4 models,” said Gary Fletcher, Vice President of Glock, Inc.  “We have developed a program for consumers to send in their existing recoil spring assemblies and receive new ones at no cost.”

The replacement of the Gen4 pistol RSA can be performed as part of the regular field-strip process; consumers do not need to take the Gen4 pistol to an armorer.  Consumers wishing to participate in the exchange program are urged to call (877) 745-8523 to order their new recoil spring.  For more information on the details and shipping requirements on the replacement program, visit www.teamglock.com.

Glock, Inc. Donates $75,000 at 2011 Modern Day Marine
Glock, Inc. donated a total of $75,000 to two separate organizations during the 2011 Modern Day Marine held in MCB, Quantico, VA September 27 – 29.  Glock Vice President Josh Dorsey presented $50,000 to the Young Marines and $25,000 to the Marine Corps League during a presentation held at the Iwo Jima Memorial, Quantico on Wednesday, September 28th.

“Glock is proud to contribute to organizations such as the Young Marines and the Marine Corps League, which play such a vital role in providing aid to the families of America’s fallen heroes as well as develop the characteristics of our nation’s future leaders,” said Glock Vice President, and former Marine, Josh Dorsey.  “Glock has a long-standing tradition of supporting those that put themselves in harm’s way to protect the freedoms we currently enjoy.”

U.S. Special operations command Contract Awarded to SureFire
SureFire, LLC, manufacturer of high-end illumination tools and tactical products, has been awarded its largest suppressor contract to date.  The $23.3 million contract, for an indefinite quantity of sound suppressors, suppressor adapters, blank firing adapters and training adapters, was awarded by officials of the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division – the primary solicitation center for U.S. Special Operations Command as part of the Family of Muzzle Brake Suppressors (FMBS) contract.

The FMBS solicitation was the most comprehensive modern suppressor evaluation conducted by the U.S. military to date.  It focused on criteria that subjected suppressor systems to prolonged testing on a variety of firearms platforms.  SureFire suppressors were chosen based on test criteria such as: Reliability, Sound Reduction, Accuracy, Point of Impact Shift, Endurance/Durability, and Operational Suitability.  While these requirements reflect the suppression needs for firearms including the MK13 sniper rifle, the United States Marine Corps is already employing SureFire’s FA762SS suppressor system on every M40A5 sniper rifle.

“From day one, SureFire’s commitment has been to increase the safety and success of the war fighter and peacekeeper by developing products that exceed the standards for performance and quality,” said Barry Dueck, Director of SureFire’s Suppressor Division.  “Our suppressors are no exception.  We build these to enhance the operational capabilities of our customers, knowing that their lives often depend on their equipment, and we’re very pleased that USSOCOM will now have multiple models available to improve their operational effectiveness.”

U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Roth Appeal
The U.S. Supreme Court opened its Fall 2011 term by denying the certiorari petition of Professor J. Reece Roth, a professor emeritus at the University of Tennessee who had been convicted of violating the Arms Export Control Act (AECA).  The conviction was based in part upon Professor Roth permitting a foreign graduate student access to technical data relating to an Air Force military drone project.  In January of this year, the Sixth Circuit dismissed Professor Roth’s appeal.  The denial of certiorari ends the legal appeals process for Professor Roth.

Los Angeles Police Department Chooses to Continue Using Remington Shotguns
Remington Arms Company, LLC is proud to announce that the Los Angeles Police Department again chose the Remington Model 870 Police Magnum and Model 870 Police Marine Magnums as their department issued shotguns.  “We are excited and proud to supply LAPD its shotguns as we have continued to produce our police weapons to the highest standards in our custom police build area to insure the quality of our weapons going out to police departments across this great nation.” said Rick Johnson, Director of Law enforcement sales.

ATK Awarded $37 Million Contract to Provide Lightweight 30mm Ammunition to the UK MOD
ATK has been awarded a $37 million contract to provide lightweight (LW) 30mm ammunition – including the M788 TP (target practice) training round and the M789 High Explosive Dual Purpose (HEDP) tactical round – to the United Kingdom’s (UK) Ministry of Defence (MoD).  The contract reinforces ATK’s position as a preferred provider of medium-caliber ammunition to allied forces worldwide.  Both rounds will support the United Kingdom’s fleet of AH-64 Apache Helicopters.

These two rounds make up ATK’s family of LW30mm ammunition and were originally developed and fielded for the M230 automatic cannon and the AH-64 Attack helicopter.  The M789 HEDP round provides the accuracy and armor penetration capabilities necessary to effectively defeat today’s threats, and the cost-effective, ballistically-matched M788 training rounds enable improved warfighter performance in active theaters around the globe.  ATK has produced more than 14 million LW30mm cartridges rounds since 1977.

“Lightweight 30mm ammunition provides superior multi-role, multi-target defeat capabilities,” said Dan Olson, Vice President and General Manager, ATK Integrated Weapons Systems.  “Our M789 rounds are currently in use supporting operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and we are proud to provide U.S. and allied forces worldwide with the medium-caliber munitions necessary to prevail in mission-critical scenarios.”

LaserMax Resolves Patent Infringement Lawsuit with NcStar
LaserMax announced a favorable conclusion of the patent infringement litigation which it initiated in December of 2008 against New Century NcStar, Inc. (NcStar).  LaserMax and NcStar settled the lawsuit concerning NcStar’s alleged infringement of LaserMax’s U.S. Patent No. 7,421,818, through NcStar’s manufacture or sale of products including, but not limited to, its products identified in its literature as ATPRLS, ATPRLS-G, APUSP, APCUSP, and ATPFLS, which include accessory mounts with embedded laser sights.

In the parties’ settlement of this case, NcStar has expressly and irrevocably acknowledged the validity of the ‘818 patent and has agreed to cease manufacture and sale of the products listed above.  NcStar has also agreed to recall any remaining inventory of those products from resellers, including brick-and-mortar dealers, catalogs and websites, and wholesale distributors.  Finally, NcStar has agreed to pay LaserMax an undisclosed sum.  The remaining terms of the settlement are confidential.

LaserMax’s CEO Susan Houde-Walter commented, “Once again, this is good news for LaserMax and the firearms industry.  LaserMax makes quality lasers which should never be confused with imitation products.”

Smith and Wesson Reports Strong First Fiscal Quarter Results
Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation announced financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2012.  Total company net revenue for the first quarter was $99.2 million, up 4.5% from the year ago quarter.  Firearm division revenue was $91.7 million, an 18.0% increase over the first quarter last year, and was strong across nearly all product lines, particularly in Smith & Wesson brand handguns, which recorded a 26.6% year-over-year revenue increase for the quarter.  Security solutions division revenue was $7.5 million for the first quarter, down 56.4% from the year-ago quarter.

At the end of the quarter, firearm backlog was $148.8 million and security solutions backlog was $19.9 million.  Backlog is cancellable until shipped or work has been performed.

Michael F. Golden, Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “Orders for our firearms remained strong in the quarter, evidenced by increased sales of our Smith & Wesson brand pistols and modern sporting rifles.  In fact, firearm unit sales in our consumer channel were up 44.4% compared with the adjusted NICS* increase of 10.8% for the same three-month period ending July 31.  Professional orders for our M&P pistols increased, and handgun growth in general was supported by the continuing consumer trend toward smaller firearms designed for concealed carry and for personal protection. While the environment for our security solutions business remained challenging primarily related to constraints in government spending, we continued to focus on reshaping the business and expanding our portfolio with new products to better address the current market environment.”

ATK to Relocate Corporate Headquarters to Northern Virginia
ATK announced today that it will relocate its corporate headquarters as of October 1, 2011 to Arlington, Virginia, where the company will expand its existing office space.  The company will continue to maintain a strong presence in Minnesota, including approximately 210 Minnesota-based corporate employees.  In total, ATK employs approximately 2,700 people in Minnesota.  ATK currently employs approximately 3,500 people in the Mid-Atlantic region, where it operates facilities in Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell welcomed ATK to northern Virginia, and said, “We are pleased that ATK is joining the vibrant aerospace and defense community that contributes so much to the commercial base of our state, and look forward to the company’s continued growth and progress here.”

“The relocation of ATK’s headquarters to the Washington D.C. area will provide our company with opportunities for increased engagement with our customers and Congress, as well as with our aerospace and defense industry peers that already are located in the region.  Expanding our presence and visibility in the Washington area will support our strategy of creating a more global, diversified company,” said Mark W. DeYoung, President and CEO.

Insight Technology HX Tactical Flashlight Rebate
Insight Technology recently announced that it is offering a fall rebate on the complete line of HX Tactical Hand-Held Flashlights.  The mail-in rebate is available to any consumer who purchases HX lights from now through December 31, 2011.  Rebates include $40 back on both the HX120 & HX150 and $50 back on the HX200.

Each light can be customized to start on any brightness level or function and offers programmable settings that include: auto off, constant on, momentary on, dimming, a blinding strobe and SOS beacon, making this series an incredibly versatile and possibly life saving tool.

Rebate coupons have been distributed to authorized dealers and distributors and can also be downloaded at www.insighttechgear.com and www.eotech-inc.com.  Customers will receive rebate checks within 8 weeks of receipt.

Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice Selects SIG Sauer Pistols
SIG Sauer GmbH., the leading manufacturer of commercial, law enforcement and military firearms, has been selected as the official duty pistol provider of the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice.

The SIG Sauer Model P250 will replace the stock of Walther P5s and Glock 17s currently in use by the Netherland police.  Approximately 42,000 PPNL variants will be delivered between 2011 and 2013.

This contract marks the first time in 25 years that the Netherland police service has chosen a new sidearm.  The P250 was selected over offerings from Walther, Heckler & Koch, and Beretta.

“After two years of exhaustive testing, we are gratified to see the P250 selected as the weapon of choice,” said Managing Director, Dr. Andreas Wende, SIG Sauer GmbH.  “We appreciate the Ministry taking the time for a complete and intensive testing process in making this decision.  SIG Sauer is grateful to have been selected, and we look forward to proudly serving with the Netherland National Police.”

Silencerco Acquires SWR (Southeastern Weaponry Research) Manufacturing
Silencerco has acquired SWR manufacturing.  The acquisition, which was agreed to on August 9, 2011 will serve the industry and consumers by combining the forces of two companies that have a common history of innovative products and superb customer service.  This merger will result in streamlined manufacturing resulting in decreased delivery times and most importantly, more innovative product design and increased brand awareness.  This merger creates a new benchmark for customer service and product innovation.

The merger of Silencerco and SWR positions the new entity to be one of the top innovative manufacturers of sound suppression technology in the country.  Manufacturing of both company product lines will be performed in Utah at the Silencerco facility.  The addition of new equipment and resources will allow Silencerco and SWR to service the law enforcement, military and consumer industries with increased productivity, shorter wait times for delivery and will add to the unique and innovative product design that will further revolutionize the firearm suppression industry.

Henry Graham, the current President of SWR, will continue to be available to his existing networks as Director of SWR at Silencerco.  SWR products will continue to be manufactured and supported, and technical support for legacy SWR products will remain unchanged.  “I am excited about this acquisition, it provides SWR with the resources it needs to elevate production, innovation, and service to a level that was otherwise out of reach,” said Henry Graham, President of SWR.  The new relationship between Silencerco and SWR will enhance manufacturing, reposition branding and marketing efforts into a larger, more effective social network, and continue in offering preeminent individualized customer support.