Shooting Sports Industry News: Taurus Lifetime Warranty; CMP Registration Opens

In the latest shooting sports industry news, Taurus has anounced a new Limited Lifetime Warranty that includes certain older models of handguns.
Shooting Sports Industry News: Taurus Lifetime Warranty; CMP Registration Opens

Here are some updates and the latest shooting sports industry news:

Taurus has anounced a new Limited Lifetime Warranty that includes certain handguns previously covered under a one-year warranty.

Older models included in the new warranty program include the Taurus G2c, G2s, TH series, Taurus TX22, 1911 Commander, 1911 Officer, Taurus Spectrum, Raging Hunter, 856 and 692 revolvers.

"Customer satisfaction is the ultimate objective in the Taurus mission to provide safe and reliable firearms for personal defense, competition, or recreational shooting," said Taurus President and CEO David Blenker. "Our new Limited Lifetime Warranty backs that mission and ensures confidence in Taurus customers that the company will always stand behind its products and its consumers."

The new Taurus Limited Lifetime Warranty policy warrants to the original purchaser that the firearm was made free of defects in material, function, and workmanship, and promises that Taurus will remedy any defect in material, function, or workmanship for the entire time the original purchaser owns the firearm.

This warranty applies only to the original purchaser of the firearm upon successful and timely warranty activation. It is not transferable to subsequent firearm owners.

To activate this warranty, original purchasers must complete the warranty registration process online at or call Taurus at (800) 327-3776 within thirty (30) days of the purchase date. If activation of the Limited Lifetime Warranty does not take place, a one-year warranty will be in effect.

Original purchasers who own a Taurus firearm covered by a one-year warranty will be covered under this new Limited Lifetime Warranty. No further action is required, except retaining the original purchase receipt for future warranty services.

Warne Announces Sales Winners

Warne Scope Mounts announced 11 recipients of its 2018 awards for exceptional sales growth.

"Warne has experienced fantastic growth in 2018 due to the partnership with these accounts. We are excited to see what 2019 brings," said Ken Flood, Vice President of Sales.

  • Distributor of the Year - Bill Hicks
  • Distributor Performance Award - RSR Group
  • Distributor Performance Award - Sports South
  • Distributor Performance Award - Big Rock
  • Distributor Performance Award - Zanders Sports Goods
  • Large Retailer of the Year - Sportsman's Warehouse
  • Web Retailer of the Year - Midway USA
  • Web Retailer Performance Award - Optics Planet
  • Dealer of the Year - Bob Wards and Sons
  • International Distributor Award - Tasco Australia
  • International. Distributor Performance Award - Lynx

Warne recognizes excellence is required at all levels and also named its 2018 Representative and Representative Group of the year.

"Warne has experienced fantastic growth in 2018 due to the efforts of these individuals. Their world-class effort exceeded expectations. Warne looks forward to continued growth with our new products in 2019," Flood said.

  • Rep Group of the Year - Ken Jefferies and Associates
  • Rep of the Year - Robby Lapp, Rocky Mountain Rubicon

Ruger's Rogers Top at SASS Winter Range

Team Ruger's Randi Rogers scored a win in the Cowgirl division at the 2019 Winter Range SASS National Championship of Cowboy Action Shooting held at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix.

Rogers, also known as "Holy Terror" in the SASS community, won with her pair of Ruger Vaqueros. She finished 11th overall with a final time of 236.42 while competing against a field of more than 600 skilled competitors.

Winter Range is a six-day event that provides the backdrop for the Single Action Shooting Society's National Championship of Cowboy Action Shooting. The competition tested the shooters' skills against challenging steel targets and extreme weather conditions with 12 different stages laid out in a unique, Old West style.

"In my over 20 years of shooting, this year's National Championship was probably some of the worst shooting conditions I have ever experienced," Rogers said. "We had wind, rain, hail, snow and cold. Despite all of that, it was a great event. The weight of my Vaqueros made them very easy to shoot, as the recoil is easy to control. I know I can count on their smooth actions and unmatched reliability."

Registration Open for CMP at Camp Perry

Registration for the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s (CMP) 2019 National Trophy Pistol and Rifle Matches opened March 1.

The annual event, held at the Camp Perry National Guard Training Base since 1907, will be entering its second year of enhanced events, featuring original CMP matches and traditional events that bring a fresh generation of competition to the National Matches platform.

CMP’s Smallbore rifle lineup will return to the National Matches in 2019 after a successful first run at last year’s event. The schedule includes a 3x40 with iron sights and an any sights match, a 3x20 team match and prone events. Scoring will be administered in collaboration with Shooters Technology, using a mobile application that will transmit target images via cell phone to the Orion scoring system and allows scores to be compiled before competitors even return from hanging targets down range.

A six-day CMP National Matches Junior Camp, Smallbore & Air Rifle, will also take place and is open to junior athletes who shoot both three-position smallbore and standing or international precision air rifle. Participants must be between the ages of 12 to 20 and must currently be shooting in three-position smallbore competition matches and international air rifle.

Davidson's Honored by Federal, Savage

Davidson’s has received the 2018 Premium Partner Award from Federal Ammunition and the 2018 Top Performer Award from Savage Arms.

“Davidson’s is proud to be recognized by Federal and Savage,"said Kane Cannedy, Davidson’s Director of Purchasing. "Both companies allow us to bring top quality products to our dealers. We work very hard to forge strong relationships with our vendor partners and look forward to many more years of mutually beneficial partnerships with Federal and Savage.”

Federal Brings Back Barnes Triple-Shock X

Federal is bringing back its Federal Premium Barnes Triple-Shock X rifle loads, with shipments already delivered to dealers.

The all-copper hollow point bullet groups tightly at long range and delivers consistent, lethal expansion. Its monolithic design retains more than 99 percent of its weight on impact to penetrate deep, and a grooved shank minimizes barrel fouling.

Features & Benefits

  • One-piece copper construction
  • Deep hollow-point tip
  • Grooved bullet shank improves accuracy
  • More than 99 percent weight retention
  • Deep penetration and large, consistent expansion

Pepperball hires Harnett as VP Consumer Sales

Chris Harnett has been hired as Vice President of Consumer Sales for Pepperball, a division of United Tactical Systems and provider of non-lethal products.

Harnett will lead PepperBall’s non-lethal consumer and retail sales efforts in the U.S.

Harnett most recently was with Remington Arms, where he led training and demonstration for its law enforcement and military division. He has held numerous sales and training positions including for Exelon Nuclear Security, Blackbird Technologies and Taurus.

Harnett is a 20-year retired Army veteran with 16 years in the Army Special Forces.

“We are beyond excited to have Chris join the United Tactical Systems team, and are confident that his experience and industry relationships will be an asset to our marketing and sales efforts,” said Kyle Tengwall, general manager for United Tactical Systems consumer division. “His proven track record speaks for itself. He is sure to compliment our team and current initiatives.”

Birchwood Casey Selects Providence Marketing Group

Birchwood Casey has retained Providence Marketing Group as its marketing agency of record.

Providence will be tasked with handling all digital marketing efforts, as well as media planning, and public and writer relations on behalf of the Birchwood Casey family of products.

“We are honored to be working with a company that carries such a rich history of success,” stated Providence Marketing Group President Jeff Bergmann. “Since 1948 Birchwood Casey has been a premier brand in their category, making this an exciting partnership for PMG.”

“The addition of Providence Marketing Group will be a welcomed asset for Birchwood Casey,” said Todd Binsfeld, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Birchwood Casey. “We have high goals for the company in the near future, and PMG will play a significant role in helping accomplish these goals.”

Zanders Begins International Exports

Zanders Sporting Goods has begun exporting to international customers and exhibited at the IWA  OutdoorClassics show in Germany to develop more accounts.

Zanders is a national distributor located in Sparta, Ill. Company officials previously have attended the IWA show in Nuremberg, Germany, but never have exhibited Zander's offerings.

“We were thrilled to be exhibiting at IWA OutdoorClassics for the first time,” said Stefanie Zanders, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “Zanders is starting to export to our customers outside of the United States, which is something we haven’t done before, and this was the perfect event to showcase our capabilities and logistical advantages to an international audience.”

Dealers are encouraged to contact their sales representative for more information and product offerings. Zanders’ full line of products is also available here.


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