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Industry Industrynews he Shooting Industry Academy of Excellence is accepting entries for its 2011 awards. The academy, celebrating its 20th anniversary, recognizes excellence in design, innovation and service to the industry. In 2011, the academy will present awards in 14 categories. To be eligible for the 2011 awards, products must have been in production no earlier than February 2010 and prior to February 2011. Entries for the 2011 awards must reach the academy’s office no later than Feb. 18, 2011. Only one company’s product may be entered per category. All entries must include the product’s complete name and be accompanied by a photo. Academy officials stress that entries for the Manufacturer of the Year, Distributor of the Year, Citizenship Award and the Shooting Industry Award, which goes to an individual, must include justification. The Citizenship Award honors a company or dealership; nonprofit and industry-supporting organizations are not eligible for the award. In addition to these four service awards, the Academy will honor the Handgun of the Year, Rifle of the Year, Shotgun of the Year, Ammunition of the Year, Self- Why The 1911 Is Special — pg. 34 Academy Of Excellence Seeks Entries, Announces Golden Vote T Defense Product of the Year, Hunting Product of the Year, Safety Product of the Year, Optic of the Year, Knife of the Year and Accessory of the Year. This year, the Academy announced a change to the voting process, with the introduction of the “golden vote.” “Since dealers hold the cash register keys to the final sale of products, their input in the selection process is critical,” said Randy Molde, director of the Shooting Industry Academy of Excellence. “Academy member dealers now have ‘golden vote’ power, which means their votes are double weighted in each category. Our goal is to provide dealers with more influence in offering their customers the best products available.” The 2011 award recipients will be an- nounced in conjunction with the Shooting Industry Masters. “The red-carpet extravaganza we’re planning to celebrate the 2011 award announcements in Bowling Green, Ky., July 22 will be unforgettable,” Molde said. “We’re excited to celebrate 20 years of unique industry collaboration through the Shooting Industry Academy of Excellence.” Entries may be delivered to the FMG Publications SHOT Show booth (#16329), e-mailed to:, or sent to: Academy of Excellence, 12345 World Trade Dr., San Diego, CA 92128. For more information, including guidelines, history and standards of conduct, visit and click “Awards.” Aimpoint Ships One Million Sights impoint has announced its shipments of M68 Close Combat Optics under contract to the U.S. Army recently passed one million sights. Contracts for the M68CCO have been issued to Aimpoint by the U.S. military since 1997, and continue as part of the latest contract for 565,000 sights awarded in August 2009. “The M68 Close Combat Optic has continued to evolve and improve over the years with feedback from our experience during use with the U.S. Army, and we look forward to continuing to meet future requirements as they arise,” said Lennart Ljungfelt, president of Aimpoint AB. Based in Malmo, Sweden, Aimpoint supplies the U.S. market through a wholly owned subsidiary, Aimpoint Inc., based in Chantilly, Va. For more information, visit A Remington Awarded U.S. Army Contract emington Arms Co. has been awarded a “Firm Fixed Price (FFP) Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ)” contract by the U.S. Army’s Joint Munitions and Lethality Contracting Center. The five-year contract is for the upgrade of up to 3,600 M24 Sniper Weapon Systems (SWS), with a pending classification as the “M24E1.” The major configuration change is a caliber conversion from 7.62mm NATO (.308 Winchester) to .300 Winchester Magnum. The contract has guaranteed a minimum value of $192,000, with a potential value of up to $28.2 million. The contract followed a nine-month competitive evaluation that began in January 2010. For more information, visit R Potential Value Of ATF Contract See page 14 $40 million Glock Supports Young Marines See page 20 $50,000 Buck Knives Made In 2010 See page 16 1 Million Subscribe to SI Digital: 12 Read SI DIGITAL It’s Free! • NEW BUSINESS YEAR SUPER ISSUE 2011

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