Introduced at the 2017 SHOT Show, the Taurus Spectrum pistol is the result of a collaboration between Taurus USA and PolyOne. The small-frame pistol features an ergonomic frame, overmolded soft-touch thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs), added design elements and the opportunity for color customization. PolyOne worked with Taurus on both the design and material recommendations of Spectrum.
PolyOne helped Taurus take advantage of its design expertise and advanced polymer formulations, and recommended Taurus address the needs of the shooting industry’s ever-changing demographics early in the product development process. Rooted in market data, the new design features PolyOne formulations including Nymax Polymer Formulations, Versaflex TPEs and OnColor Solid Color Masterbatches.
“We deeply value the level of commitment and collaboration that PolyOne has brought to our design process,” said Anthony Acitelli, Taurus USA CEO. “At the onset of the project, we chose PolyOne to help develop our new small-frame pistol because of their commitment to innovation and high-performance material solutions. We’ve also been impressed with their attention to detail and customer service, which have both been unprecedented.”
“Exceptional customer service is at the heart of PolyOne’s dedicated Outdoor High Performance Solutions team,” said Bob Patterson, PolyOne chairman, president and CEO. “Under the leadership of Mike Bradley, our team continues to help innovative companies like Taurus meet the performance needs of their customers.”
Umarex Partners With TACOMHQ To Develop Product Line
Umarex USA launched the patented Second Zero System at the 2017 SHOT Show. Released under the Axeon Optics Solutions brand, the Second Zero precision optical device gives a rifle shooter an instant second zero distance whether using it in hunting or tactical applications. Umarex teamed up with TACOMHQ and its president, John Baker, to bring this unique product to market.
The system mounts forward of a traditional scope or other optic, which function normally when the Second Zero is not being used. When engaged, the prisms of the Second Zero (which can be selected based on the user’s specific round) shift the image to compensate for bullet drop. It’s available in both rail-mounted versions for MSR users and scope-mounted versions for the traditional hunting market.
“Our acquisition of these and other assets assures Umarex USA’s Axeon Optics brand will be a market leader through innovation,” said Richard Turner III, Umarex USA VP of sales and marketing.
“We are extremely pleased to be partnered with Umarex in optical development of sighting devices and in particular, the introduction of the Second Zero product line. They have the strength to bring in sales and they’re well equipped in the areas of marketing, consumer understanding and distribution,” Baker said.
Leupold, Seek Thermal Form Partnership
Leupold & Stevens Inc. and Seek Thermal Inc. announce a strategic alliance to launch an extensive line of thermal products to the hunting and shooting industry.
“Seek Thermal is an innovator in their field,” said Bruce Pettet, Leupold president and CEO. “We’re honored to partner with a company whose drive and spirit to continuously improve performance matches our own.”
“We’re very excited to create this alliance with Leupold,” said Mike Muench, president and CEO of Seek Thermal. “Together, we’re bringing innovative products exclusive to Leupold that create real value for the hunting and shooting community.”
The first product developed in this partnership resulted in the Leupold LTO-Tracker, a handheld observation and game recovery tool. Released in late 2016, the LTO-Tracker is designed to help outdoorsman and women in situational awareness scenarios and tracking downed game. It features a 21-degree field of view and a detection range of 600 yards.