Shooting Sports Industry News: Glock Signs Norris; Sig Academy Adds Women's Course

In the latest shooting sports industry news, Glock has signed legendary actor Chuck Norris to an endorsement agreement as its company spokesman.

Shooting Sports Industry News: Glock Signs Norris; Sig Academy Adds Women's Course

Glock, Inc. has partnered with legendary world champion martial artist, actor, producer, philanthropist and entrepreneur Chuck Norris, who will serve as company spokesman.

“Chuck Norris revolutionized and ushered martial arts into the American mainstream just like Glock revolutionized firearms by inventing and commercializing polymer-based pistols and the Safe Action System” said Josh Dorsey, Vice President of Glock. “Having him represent the Glock brand brings two iconic names together that are mutually committed to perfection and their fan base. We couldn’t be more excited about this partnership.”

The collaboration will include traditional, digital and social campaigns as well as public appearances, the first being April 26-27 at the NRA Annual Conference in Indianapolis.

“I’m honored to partner with this world-renowned brand,” Norris said. “The values I have built my life and brand on—tough, real, constant and powerful—are echoed in everything that Glock does and creates. Let me put it this way, if I ever decided to go into firearms, there would be no point — I would just be recreating what Glock has already built. The only thing that would change is the name.”

Sig Academy Adds Women's Concealed Carry Course

Sig Sauer Academy has added Women’s Concealed Carry to its 2019 course schedule.

Sig Sauer Academy has added a women's concealed carry training course to its list of sessions for 2019. (Photo: Sig Sauer)
Sig Sauer Academy has added a women's concealed carry training course to its list of sessions for 2019. (Photo: Sig Sauer)

This unique curriculum was written and designed by female instructors who have carried firearms for years as law enforcement officers and everyday civilians. The course will cover all objectives for a concealed carry lifestyle for women, from choosing the right firearm for your everyday activities, to clothing selection based on your body mechanics.

Led by a female instructor, students will learn how to properly present and recover from concealment, utilize cover, and master scenarios in which defensive tactics from concealment are required for survival.

The first offering will be April 18-19, 2019.

Women’s Concealed Carry offers students the opportunity to test a variety of concealed carry firearms, including the award-winning Sig Sauer P365 high-capacity, micro compact pistol, to understand the nuances of each carry option, and find the most comfortable fit.

To register and review the course outlines visit

Chattanooga Shooting Supplies Taps Two Board Members

Todd Seyfert and Matt Buckingham have joined Chattanooga Shooting Supplies Board of Directors, joining family owners CEO Ron Staffieri and Non-Executive Chairman Steve Tourek.

Seyfert has a background in executive leadership for companies such as Michaels of Oregon and Vista Outdoors. He holds an MBA from the University of St. Thomas and previously served on the Board of Directors for the YSSA and NSSF. Currently is CEO of FeraDyne Outdoors.

Buckingham has served as an executive leader for companies such as Pella Inc., American Outdoor Brands and Brownells. He holds an Executive MBA from the University of Iowa and has served as an Executive Board Member for the Sporting Arms and Ammunitions Manufacturers’ Institute. He is currently VP of Manufacturing at Precision, Inc. (PPI Precision Pulley and Idler).

Hicks & Co. Promotes Ranz to Senior Purchasing Agent

Bill Hicks & Co., Ltd., a distributor of wholesale sporting goods, has promoted Evan Ranz to Senior Purchasing Agent with a focus on optics, ammunition, suppressors and shooting sporting accessories.

“Evan brings incredible energy to the office every day," said Hicks president Shelly Hicks. "His positive attitude and enthusiasm matches his passion for our industry. He has been a great addition to our team from day one, and I am excited for his future here."

Bill Hicks & Co., Ltd. is a leading wholesale sporting goods distributor that specializes in all aspects of the hunting and shooting sports industry.

Kienbaum Signs With Team Winchester

Zach Kienbaum, one of the most decorated sporting clay target shooters in the world, is now a member of Team Winchester and will compete exclusively with Winchester AA shotgun shells.

“I have a history with Winchester dating back to when I first started shooting; it is tremendous to continue my shooting career with such a legendary brand,” he said. “The opportunity to represent Winchester in competition and when instructing others has always been a lifetime goal.”

Kienbaum competes at more than 25 events around the globe, including the National Sporting Clays Association Championship Tour.

“Zach is a tremendous shooter and ambassador for the shooting sports and we are very proud that he will now be a part of Team Winchester,” said Matt Campbell, vice president sales and marketing for Winchester Ammunition.

Kienbaum started shooting sporting clays competitively in California with his father in 1990. He grew up shooting at his local club, River Road Sporting Clays, which hosted some of earliest sporting clay and FITASC competitions in America. He competed heavily throughout his junior years and into the Open class until 2001, winning countless accolades along the way.

From 2002-04, he worked in the vegetable industry in his hometown of Salinas, California, putting his shooting career on hold. In 2007, he moved to Southern California and began coaching and shooting full time at Triple B Clays Shotgun Sports Park. In 2012 he moved to Houston and began traveling extensively to competitions around the world. Kienbaum has been shooting on an international level since 1995 and has accumulated countless championships as an individual and for the USA.

Eley Shooters Focused on Tokyo Olympics

It’s an exciting time for Eley ammunition manufacturer and its team of sponsored shooters as all eyes are fixed firmly on Japan. That’s because throughout this year, a number of quota places for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are up for grabs.

Using ELEY tenex .22LR cartridge, competitive level shooters are stepping up to fight for a prestigious place at the next Olympics. With more than 180 years experience, engineering excellence is central to the success of Eley tenex. Eley engineers combine state of the art machinery with high speed electronic visual inspection systems and Six Sigma methodologies.

The iconic flat nose projectile of Eley tenex is an innovative example. As the bullet cuts through the air, its design pulls the centre of pressure forwards, aerodynamically stabilizing the projectile and increasing accuracy at the target. Precise manufacturing techniques form cartridge cases of uniform length from a tightly controlled brass alloy. This ensures each propellant charge burns in a controlled volume, delivering consistent energy to each projectile.

A recent example of tenex’s medal winning success was at the first ISSF World Cup of 2019 in New Delhi. Swiss shooter Nina Christen claimed gold with the Eley round with a final score of 457.1. It was Christen’s first World Cup gold and earned her a coveted 2020 quota place.

ELEY tenex air

Sergey Kamenskiy cemented his position as world No. 1 in the men’s 10m Air Rifle event with a gold medal winning performance. Using ELEY tenex air, Sergey’s final shot scored a huge 10.6 to clinch the gold and give him an overall score of 249.4. This validated his ticket to the upcoming 2020 Olympics.

How precise are these world class pellets? The Eley tenex air .177 caliber pelletss are 4.49/4.50/4.51 diameters and 8.2 grains. They deliver exceptional accuracy with 30% greater weight control than any competitor and damage-resistant packaging.

Retailers can place orders for tenex and tenex air through Zanders Sporting Goods.


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