Shooting Industry News: Starline Brass Offers 300 Ham'r; SCI Urges Action on UK Trophy Ban

In the latest industry news, Starline Brass is now offering the 300 Ham'r and the Safari Club International is urging action on a proposed ban on importing all hunting trophies into the U.K.

Shooting Industry News: Starline Brass Offers 300 Ham'r; SCI Urges Action on UK Trophy Ban

Some of the latest shooting sports industry news:

Starline Brass has added another caliber, the 300 Ham'r to its growing lineup of high-quality brass. Starline’s 300 Ham'r brass is produced with the same demanding quality control standards for which it has been produced for the original cartridge developer, Wilson Combat, since 2018.

Originally named the .30-30 AR, the 300 Ham'r was developed by Bill Wilson in his search for improved terminal performance in the AR-15 platform while still utilizing the standard 5.56 bolt carrier group. The 300 Ham'r has a substantial velocity and energy advantage over calibers such as the 300 Blackout and 7.63x39, which gives it 30-30 performance out of the AR-15. Bullets in the 110- to 150-grain range are optimal for the Ham'r and deliver excellent accuracy.

With proper bullet selection you have a firearm with excellent terminal performance in a low recoiling package that hits well above its weight class. This cartridge has been used extensively for hog and deer hunting and has even been used in Africa for plains game. Hodgdon CFE BLK powder gives excellent velocity and low pressures in this cartridge.

Starline’s case lineup now includes 7.65 French Long, .350 Legend, .348 Winchester, .375 Winchester, 5.56x45mm, .222 Remington, .30-30 Winchester, .243 Winchester and .223 Remington.

For more information, including 300 Ham'r load data, barrels, uppers, firearms and reloading dies, please visit Wilson Combat’s website. To order Starline’s rifle cases please visit a dealer near you or order factory direct online at

Safari Club International Works To Blunt UK Trophy Ban

Safari Club International has learned of an effort to fast-track an importation ban on many, if not all hunting trophies into the UK.

The move was announced by Zac Goldsmith, Minister for International Wildlife. Under the new policy, hunters from the UK will no longer be able to bring heads, skins, or other body parts of wild animals from around the world.

On Sept. 29, Safari Club International sent a letter to Minister Goldsmith and others outlining our great concern over the pending move. Included were several recommendations, including the essential component of engaging with the environmental management ministries of countries that will be affected by a potential ban, including Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. It was emphasized that these countries should be consulted in order to fully understand the impact a UK importation ban will have on the success of their conservation efforts.

A second letter was sent to the embassies and ministers of the seven African countries that would be affected, notifying them of the issue and offering assistance in making contact with UK officials.

Recently 133 wildlife experts, in a letter to SCIENCE Magazine, placed scientific evidence over subjective sensitivities to recognize the importance of hunting in wildlife conservation. The authors also advised governments not to take actions that would undermine existing well-managed hunting programs. Although some of the wildlife experts admitted their personal discomfort with hunting, they noted that a "conservation policy that is not based on science threatens habitat and biodiversity and risks disempowering and impoverishing rural communities."

SCI encourages anyone with friends or associates in the UK wishing to making their voice known, to direct them to find their MP at this link:

Boersma Promoted to Digital Marketing Specialist at Riton Optics

Jon Boersma has been promoted to digital marketing specialist for Riton Optics.

Boersma previously was a Riton prostaff member, joining the team in 2018. He has relocated to the Riton headquarters in Arizona. Boersma has more than 10 years of experience in video production and computer science along with an extensive background in digital marketing and content creation.

“As a ProStaff member, it was quickly evident that Jon is a creative and solutions-oriented person with an incredible work ethic," said Calley Carpenter, Riton’s Director of Marketing. "We are excited to have him on the team in this new role.”

Apex Tactical Shipping Glock Enhancement Kit

Apex Tactical Specialties has begun shipping its Action Enhancement Kit for the Glock 43, 43X and 48 model pistols.

Currently available colors include BlackRed and a Thin Blue Line version featuring a black trigger body with a blue safety. Apex contributes 25 percent from each Thin Blue Line trigger kit sale to Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.). To date, Apex has donated $175,000 to the organization, which helps the families of fallen law enforcement officers.

Designed for comfort and performance, the Action Enhancement Kit for Slim Frame Glock pistols features the Apex Action Enhancement Trigger, with Trigger Bar, and an Apex Performance Connector. The kit is a direct drop-in replacement of the factory polymer trigger and connector and provides for a smoother trigger pull with reduced travel, reduced reset and a crisp break. MSRP is $124.95 to $129.95

The new trigger kits can be ordered direct from Retailers and wholesale distributors that have not yet ordered and wish to stock the new trigger kits can contact Apex at or (623) 322-0200 for pricing and quantity availability.

Heybo Outdoors Adds Williams, Stewart

Heybo Outdoors announces the addition of Doug Williams and Lauren Stewart to its staff in account and e-commerce positions.

Williams will serve as a Regional Account Manager to support outside sales force, oversee a sales territory and manage retail accounts / provide internal dealer support for retailers in that region. He has 10 years of experience in the outdoor retail industry.

Stewart will serve as an Ecommerce Specialist, supporting dealer Ecommerce efforts and providing customer service. Stewart has previous experience as an account manager and customer service.

MWS Associates To Represent TenPoint Crossbows

MWS Associates has partnered with TenPoint Crossbow Technologies to represent the brand in its 37 states, covering all levels of trade.

“We feel the relationship between MWS, the premier archery rep group and TenPoint, the industry leader in crossbows, is the perfect combination. MWS offers "best in industry" representation at all account levels - the independent dealers, the large buy group retailers and the multi-store chain customers,” stated Keith Arnold, National Sales Manager. “They have exceptionally strong account relationships, and a proven track record of placing and growing top archery brands. These qualities align perfectly with TenPoint's focus on innovation, quality and commitment to continue as the leader in crossbow technology."

"We are extremely excited for the opportunity to represent such an iconic brand as TenPoint Crossbows,” said Kurt Bassuener, President of MWS Associates, Inc. “They have been the category leader for many years due to their commitment to quality, innovation and customer service. They have truly set themselves apart from all others. Our companies share the same core business philosophies and are the perfect fit for each other.”

Sellmark Attending 2020 Hunting Retailer Show in Nashville

Sellmark will showcase its Kopfjäger, Pulsar and Sightmark brands at the inaugural 2020 Hunting Retailer Show in Nashville.

The show is scheduled for March 9-10 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville. The Hunting Retailer Show is geared toward brick-and-mortar and online retailers in the hunting industry.

Sellmark brands will be exhibiting at booth #406. This exclusively business-to-business show features the top manufacturers in the hunting industry.

A new addition to the Sellmark family, Kopfäger will be showing off shooting rests and tripods designed for serious hunters and shooters who demand top-notch precision and accuracy. Whether it be in the stand or on the ground, Kopfjäger products will get you on target and also aid youth, disabled and elderly hunters by holding the weight of their firearm.

Pulsar is ready to show new optics such as Thermion thermal riflescopes, Digisight digital riflescopes and the palm-sized Axion thermal handheld.

With effective hunting products from long-range riflescopes to run-and-gun reflex sights and digital day/night riflescopes, Sightmark has a little bit of everything for hunters.

Realtree, Honey Brake Lodge Form Partnership

Realtree has formed a partnership with Louisiana’s famed Honey Brake Lodge.

The partnership will help facilitate strategic branding opportunities for Realtree’s product partners in the waterfowling space by utilizing Honey Brake’s digital/video content and market recognition. The 20,000 acres of the old Louisiana Delta plantation where owners Michael and Ron Johnson created Honey Brake Lodge will serve as a real-world laboratory for building new media content and field-testing products for Realtree’s quality product partners.

“Realtree is recognizing Honey Brake for what we’re doing, not just as a top-rate waterfowl destination, but what we’re doing as a waterfowl brand,” says Drew Keeth, CEO of Honey Brake Lodge. “We will serve as their ‘tip of the spear’ so to speak in marketing Realtree to the waterfowl consumer.”

Realtree will help leverage licensing opportunities on behalf of Honey Brake Lodge and will take over production of Honey Brake’s popular television show, the “Honey Brake Experience.” That show will now be seen exclusively on Realtree 365, a digital video on-demand platform.

Honey Brake Lodge is the largest single contract holder in the USDA Forest Service’s Wetlands Reserve Program.

Maanum New Sales Manager for Firedisc

Mike Maanum has been hired as National Sales Manager by Firedisc.

Maanum comes to the company with more than 20 years of professional sales. He will be in charge of continuing to grow the wholesale channel for Firedisc across the nation. Over the last 10 years, FireDisc® has achieved warehouse status across the board in several retailers such as Ace Hardware, True Value, Independent and Big Box, to name a few.

“Mike comes to our team with years of invaluable experience and we are proud to have his leadership. With him at the helm, there is no doubt we will continue to grow under his direction,” said Hunter Jaggard, CEO and Co-Founder of Firedisc.

Maanum has worked for multiple outdoor companies such as Hatsan, USA/Escort Shotguns and Flambeau Outdoors.

New Eley Ammo Nabs USPSA Certification

Eley’s new .38 super comp major round has been officially listed as USPSA Certified ammunition.

The certification means that it has been designated Official Match Ammunition by the US Regional Director, USPSA President Mike Foley, and will be certified for two years. The certification acts as a stamp of approval from the USPSA and demonstrates the ammo’s quality for competitors looking to use Eley during matches.

Eley’s Action .38 super comp major round delivers major power factor, superior safety, absolute accuracy and controllable recoil. The round delivers reduced recoil for improved sight picture recovery, and its ‘rimless’ case loaded with a round nose copper metal jacketed 124-grain bullet offer superb reliability magazine stacking and feeding.

AmChar Wholesale Adds Clean Shot Ammo

AmChar Wholesale, a New York-based distributor, has added Clean Shot Ammo to its product lines.

Clean Shot Ammo is a patented shoot-thru gun bore cleaner. Users load and safely fire the load which scrubs, traps particles and wipes the bore clean instantly. It's the fastest and easiest way to field clean a shotgun. Clean Shot Ammo is made in the USA and is 100 percent gun barrel safe.

"We are proud to offer Clean Shot Ammo to our customers," said Tony DiChario, President and CEO at AmChar Wholesale. "This company is offering something new and different that we think fits the interests of our buyers. AmChar continues to seek out companies that can help us bring unique and interesting products to the industry."

For more information on dealer opportunities with AmChar Wholesale, please contact Mike Hutchings at 1-800-333-0695 ext. 155.


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