CRKT Launches “Forged By War” Program
By Jade Moldé, SI Editor
CRKT’s Forged By War program honors returning veterans by working
with them to design mission-ready tools. Here, Austin McGlaun holds the
Clever Girl, a fixed-blade knife he designed as part of this program.
Inspired by RMJ Tactical’s Ryan Johnson and his work with combat veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), CRKT has launched the Forged By War program — introducing three new tools designed by veterans. This program works with these veterans to design and forge custom tools, and 10 percent of CRKT’s net sales from the program will go toward the veterans’ charities of choice.
“CRKT cares deeply about our returning veterans, and we saw a way to give back to the community that created them,” said a CRKT news release.
The first three tools being offered include the Clever Girl, designed by Austin McGlaun of Columbus, Ga. It’s an upswept fixed-blade tactical knife featuring an injection-molded, glass-reinforced nylon handle and a MOLLE-compatible sheath for multiple carry options. McGlaun has chosen the Green Beret Foundation as his charity.
The Sangrador (“bleeder” in Spanish) features a 5.5-inch dual-edged SK5 steel dagger-style blade with a non-slip G10 handle and MOLLE-compatible sheath. Its designer Darrin Sirois of Fayatteville, N.C., has selected Purple Heart Homes as his charity.
The Birler tactical pack axe, designed by blacksmith and Vietnam vet Elmer Roush of Brasstown, N.C., features a blade forged from 1055 carbon steel with a hickory handle. Roush’s charity is also the Green Beret Foundation.
NASGW Rebrands To Boost Two-Step Distribution Message
The National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers (NASGW), the association representing shooting sports wholesalers, manufacturers and their trade partners, is proud to announce a new look. The rebranding effort commences with the launch of a new logo and “Wholesale Trust” tagline. With this effort, NASGW is emphasizing the importance of the two-step distribution services offered by wholesale companies. The organization also announced plans to unveil a revamped online presence through websites and social media campaigns.
“Many who’ve been involved in the industry for a long time are familiar with the NASGW Expo, which has become the top industry event each year for conducting business,” said Kenyon Gleason, NASGW president. “But outside the Expo, NASGW works hard to represent the business interests of members in a variety of other ways, through business training, education and advocacy. Our wholesale members provide countless services to retail clients, making a huge impact on the success of their businesses. We just haven’t always done a great job of telling the story and importance of wholesale distribution in the sales channel. That’s going to change.”
The new NASGW brand and logo speaks to the heritage, strength and longevity of the organization — the bold red text of the logo represents the strength of NASGW, while the banner and tagline “Wholesale Trust” is the base supporting all that the brand and heritage of the organization stands on.
“We’re excited about the new look and our new messaging,” Gleason said. “It’s true, you can put your trust in the wholesale distribution model and our wholesale distribution members because it’s as effective today as it’s ever been.”
NASGW members and partners are encouraged to use the new logo on their websites and in marketing their involvement with the organization. Visit www.nasgw.org and click the “Resources” tab to download the logo and branding guidelines.
Effort To Protect Business Owners
NASGW announced it would be joining the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW) and over 100 other national and state organizations to support legislation encouraging the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate to oppose, or to at least improve, the Dept. of Labor’s proposed changes to regulations governing which employees must be paid overtime. These regulations would impact any business owner — including NASGW wholesale, manufacturing, sales and service members.
The bill in question is H.R. 4773, the Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act (and a corresponding bill in the Senate). This bill would require the U.S. Dept. of Labor to perform a detailed impact analysis prior to implementing changes to the exemptions for executive, administrative and professional employees (the “white collar exemptions ding”) under the Fair Labor Standard Act’s overtime pay requirements.
“We strongly encourage you to submit comments on this important issue. The public comment process is the last chance to have an impact on the proposed new overtime regulations. While NAW has submitted comments, it will be far more meaningful for federal officials to hear directly from NASGW member businesses that will be negatively impacted by the new regulations,” NASGW said in a press release.
To send comments to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and your members of Congress, visit a “grassroots portal” set up by the Partnership to Protect Workplace at www.protectingopportunity.org/take-action and click the “Business” button.
Cabela’s Outdoor Fund Supports Project ChildSafe
Thanks to an $80,000 grant from the Cabela’s Outdoor Fund, NSSF has announced it will make Project ChildSafe gunlocks and safety education literature available to all 50 state fish and wildlife agencies in 2016. This grant to the Project ChildSafe Foundation has resulted in 52,000 cable-style locks to be provided to state agencies, as well as firearm safety literature, infographics, pledges and a DVD containing five gun safety videos. NSSF will supplement the grant with additional gunlocks and literature for state agencies.
“We could not be more appreciative of this generous grant made possible through the Cabela’s Outdoor Fund and for their support for our Project ChildSafe program, which provides genuine firearm safety education and can help save lives,” said NSSF President and CEO Steve Sanetti. “State agencies and hunter education instructors regularly ask for Project ChildSafe locks and literature, and now, thanks to the Cabela’s Outdoor Fund grant, we can help meet that demand for firearm safety materials.”
“As a firearms retailer, Cabela’s has always made safe firearms handling and storage a top priority,” said Scott Wanetka, VP of Cabela’s Outdoor Fund. “We’re proud to support the Project ChildSafe program and the important work that is being done to keep firearm safety top of mind through the distribution of gun locks and safety education materials.”
IWA OutdoorClassics 2016 Posts Record Exhibit, Attendance Numbers
The 2016 IWA OutdoorClassics event, in its 43rd year, set a new participation benchmark over last year’s numbers. This year, 1,455 international exhibitors (up from 1,379) and 45,530 trade visitors/dealers (up from 41,748) were in attendance.
Occupying 10 exhibit halls at Exhibition Centre Nuremberg, Germany, the IWA hunting, shooting, outdoor and security trade fair was held March 4–6. Eight of 10 exhibitors and almost two-thirds of trade attendees traveled from other countries to the event.
Germany, the U.S. and Italy accounted for the highest numbers of exhibitors from among 56 countries. Specialist dealers visited from as many as 120 countries, with most representing EU nations.
“As organizers, we’re not just delighted by the ongoing expansion of the IWA OutdoorClassics overall, as it celebrates its fifth decade; we also welcome the evenly distributed growth over the three key exhibition segments of Target Sports, Nature Activities and Protecting People,” said Thomas Preutenborbeck, director of exhibitions at NürnbergMesse.
The next IWA OutdoorClassics will take place March 3–6, 2017 at Exhibition Centre Nuremberg. The annual event, organized by NürnbergMesse, is sponsored by VDB (Association of German Gunsmiths and Gun Traders) and JSM (German Firearms and Ammunition Manufacturers Association).