Pittman-Robertson, Dingell-Johnson Taxes Generate $1.1 Billion
For State Wildlife Agencies
By Jade Moldae
In June, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced $1.1 billion in funding had been apportioned to all 50 state wildlife agencies from revenues generated by the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration acts. Pittman-Robertson Wildlife funds totaled $780 million, while Dingell-Johnson amounted to $349 million. Texas ($53,453,987), Alaska ($50,441,571), California ($42,241,995), Pennsylvania ($36,379,170) and Minnesota ($35,407,858), were the five states that received the highest total appropriations.
“For nearly eight decades, the nation’s hunters and anglers have generated billions of dollars to protect wildlife and habitat simply by purchasing items that help them engage in the outdoor activities they enjoy,” Zinke said. “Their support has helped state wildlife agencies protect our country’s environmental legacy for future generations of hunters, fishers, recreationalists and conservationists.”
The funds, which are distributed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, support state conservation and outdoor recreation projects. They’re derived from excise taxes paid by the hunting, shooting, boating and angling industries on firearms, bows, ammunition, sport fishing tackle, some boat engines and small engine fuel. Congress authorizes allocations of the funds.
To date, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has distributed more than $19 billion in apportionments for state conservation and recreation projects.
“The conservation and outdoor recreation gains made possible by this funding mechanism, which is unique to the United States, serves as the bedrock of wildlife conservation in our country,” said U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Acting Director Jim Kurth.
The recipient state wildlife agencies have matched these funds with approximately $6 billion throughout the years, primarily through hunting and fishing license revenues.
Fiscal Year 2017 Pittman-Robertson, Dingell-Johnson Apportionments
|District Of Columbia||0||$1,164,810||$1,164,810|
|N .Mariana Islands||$1,299,808||$1,164,810||$2,464,618|
GAO Denies GLOCK’s MHS Pistol Protest
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has denied GLOCK Inc.’s protest of the U.S. Army’s award of its Modular Handgun System (MHS) contract to SIG SAUER.
The focus of GLOCK’s protest was that the Army did not complete the testing outlined in its Request for Proposal (RFP) before awarding the MHS contract to SIG SAUER. GLOCK maintains the decision was based only on limited initial testing, which demonstrated no significant differences between the GLOCK and SIG pistols in the technical factors evaluated.
SIG SAUER was awarded the MHS contract prematurely based upon price, according to GLOCK officials. The remainder of the testing outlined in the RFP that was not conducted was intended to competitively evaluate the two proposals based upon more comprehensive and stringent testing, they say. This testing would have measured the service life, safety, reliability and accuracy of the pistols in use while being fired.
“By not completing the testing on both proposals on a competitive basis, the Army never determined which pistol would better meet the warfighter’s needs. We are confident, had the Army completed the testing, the GLOCK 19 would have outperformed the SIG P320, as it had in recent testing conducted by a leading federal law enforcement agency which resulted in GLOCK Inc. being awarded that contract,” said GLOCK Inc. VP Josh Dorsey.
“GLOCK pistols have been battle proven by select units of the U.S. military forces for the past 10 years. GLOCK Inc. stands with the men and women serving in the Armed Forces, and will continue to give them its full support. We thank our technical team for submitting a pistol that met or exceeded all of the Army’s requirements. We also extend our appreciation to our MHS partner, Vista Outdoor’s Federal Cartridge, for creating the most effective and innovative pistol round we have ever tested, which performed flawlessly in the GLOCK 19 MHS model,” Dorsey added.
Thompson/Center Celebrates Golden Anniversary
Thompson/Center (T/C) Arms marks the 50th anniversary of the company’s founding this year. The company celebrated this milestone with a T/C 50th Anniversary Sweepstakes drawing for a limited-edition T/C firearm valued at over $1,000, held in May.
Thompson/Center Arms’ history actually began in 1965, when Warren Center brought his revolutionary, break-action, single-shot pistol known as the Contender to the K.W. Thompson Tool Co. Together, they introduced the Contender pistol in 1967. The company, known as Thompson/Center Arms Co. from that point on, has continued to design and manufacture innovative products.
“We are passionate about the firearms we design and produce for hunting and shooting enthusiasts,” said Danielle Sanville, brand manager for T/C Arms. “Since 1967, the Thompson/Center brand has been synonymous with firearms that perform well and stand the test of time. We are proud that Thompson/Center has become known as the brand that delivers value and reliability you won’t find anywhere else.”
Matt Buckingham (center), president of Smith & Wesson’s firearms division,
presents a check for $34,000 to the Pioneer Valley USO. These proceeds were
raised through the company’s annual Big Game Dinner.
Smith & Wesson Continues Support For Regional USO
Smith & Wesson Corp. announces it has raised $34,000 for the Pioneer Valley USO (Chicopee, Mass.) through its most recent annual Big Game Dinner.
Smith & Wesson’s Game Dinner is a much-anticipated event offering attendees a chance to dine on a variety of wild game prepared by a team of volunteers. The sold-out event hosted nearly 500 guests this year, and featured a menu of pheasant, quail, elk, caribou, bear, boar and venison.
Led by Chef Norm Boucher from the Chicopee Comprehensive High School culinary department, volunteers created dishes like Antelope and Caribou Bourguignon, Southern-Style Pulled Boar and Pot Roast of Maine Black Bear. In addition to the food preparation team, Smith & Wesson employees and friends donated over 500 volunteer hours to make the event a success.
All game served was donated by hunters affiliated with Smith & Wesson, Foggy Mountain Guide Service, Linx Wildlife Management and Smoldering Lake Outfitters, among others. This year’s event included a limited number of sponsorships that allowed participation by local businesses. Big Game Sponsor GEMTECH and other area businesses provided additional support for the USO.
For the past 10 years, proceeds from the dinner have benefited the Pioneer Valley USO and its programs supporting American military personnel and their families. Armed forces members and families access the USO for social, recreational, educational and entertainment programs and services.
“It’s truly an honor for the Pioneer Valley USO to benefit from the annual Smith & Wesson Game Dinner. We could not provide the needed level of support to our military men and women and their families in Western Massachusetts without this type of generosity,” said David Mendoza, Pioneer Valley USO board president.
“We want to thank the dedicated volunteers and generous contributors who make this event a success each year. Whether in the form of game donations or voluntary cooking and serving, our community comes together to lend support for this event and the Pioneer Valley USO, which offers critical aid to American service personnel and their families,” said Mark Smith, president of Smith & Wesson’s Manufacturing Services Division.
FN 509 Selected By Brink’s
FN America LLC announces a long-term pistol contract with Brink’s Inc., well-known provider of secure logistics and security solutions throughout the U.S.
After extensive testing of all major pistol manufacturers over the course of nine months, Brink’s chose the new FN 509 striker-fired 9mm pistol as the issue sidearm for its security guards. The pistols began shipping in early June. Brink’s is the first major, private security company to adopt the FN 509 since its official release in April 2017.
“Like FN, Brink’s has a long and honored history. Brink’s is one of the most iconic private security firms in the world. [The contract] is validation of the hard work that our team put into designing, producing and supporting this pistol,” said Mark Cherpes, president and CEO of FN America.
Built on the proven platform of the FNS Compact, the FN 509 grew out of the company’s effort to produce a contender for the U.S. Army’s Modular Handgun System (MHS) competition. The pistol was further enhanced to meet the needs of U.S. law enforcement and commercial customers.
Over the course of its development, the FN 509 platform has been tested extensively for reliability, ammunition compatibility and durability, firing more than 1 million rounds.