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Shooting Industry August 2010 - Page 6

Letters Letters to the editor As an avid woman hunter — yes, there are quite a few of us — and a part-time gun shop employee, I appreciate knowing about the unique women’s events and the female hunting and shooting market. I particularly enjoyed reading about the Camp Wild Girls Home Hunting Party in the July issue (Arms and the Woman). I know many women customers, and recognize how neglected women — especially hunters — can feel when it comes to outdoor gear and apparel. Kudos to Próis and Camp Wild Girls! I hope they hit a home run with their home party concept. It works in so many ways. Why not for hunting gear and apparel? Wish I’d thought of it. You can bet we’ll be hosting Camp Wild Girls parties. I challenge other dealers to do the same. Women of all ages will go for this. We may be E-mail the Editor russ@shootingindustry.com Challenge To Dealers “the fairer sex,” but our money spends just the same as a man’s. And we can shoot straight, to boot. Nina Gibbs Cedar Rapids, Iowa While recently cleaning my Smith & Wesson Model 37-1 revolver, I noticed a hairline crack in the frame. My call to their customer service department was promptly answered and he advised me to send it back for examination. Two days later, I received a shipping label with return instructions. Within a week, I received a phone call and was advised that due to safety factors, they would not repair the frame and would instead replace it. That call was followed up advising me that since my 18-year-old gun was long out of production, they were going to replace it with a new Model 937-2. Smith & Wesson paid the shipping cost and sent the replacement to a local gun shop for me to pick it up, as per law. I will now always look to Smith & Wesson first for future purchases, and they also bought my big mouth when discussing guns with others. Steve Greene Upper Holland, Penn. You had lots of numbers on imports in the July issue, but none that show how many each company is bringing into the U.S. How about those numbers? Jay Foster Vienna, Va. Obtaining the number of firearms individual companies import into the U.S. is an almost insurmountable challenge. Companies, understandably, are not going to release the numbers, and it would take a reinforced task force to research and crosscheck the numerous documents involved in order to come up with the numbers. Even then, we still wouldn’t be sure they are accurate. That’s why we don’t include such data in our annual report. 9 S&W For Future Guns Import Numbers 6 AUGUST 2010 Read SI DIGITAL www.shootingindustry.com

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