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Industry news Report Sheds Light On Hunting Access Beretta USA Awarded Army Contract he U.S. Army has awarded Beretta USA a contract for 15,778 Beretta 92FS pistols and cleaning kits. The pistols are being supplied as part of the U.S. Army Foreign Military Sales program in aid to Afghan troops and to assist other U.S. allies around the world, according to Beretta USA. “We are very proud to continue supplying the 92FS and M9 pistols to the U.S. Armed Forces. We are looking forward to future opportunities to support our troops in the field with either our improved Model 92A1 line or the new Px4 Storm family of pistols,” said Gabriele de Plano, Beretta USA’s vice president of military marketing and sales. The Beretta 92FS 9mm pistol and its U.S. military equivalent, designated the M9, have been manufactured in the U.S. since 1987 by an American workforce that now stands at around 300 employees. To date, more than 600,000 Beretta 9mm pistols have been delivered to the U.S. military by the Beretta USA facility in Accokeek, Md. Beretta For more information, visit www.berettadefensetechnologies.com. 92FS umerous studies have shown the difficulty in gaining access to areas to hunt greatly hinders the recruitment and retention of sportsmen. To gain a better understanding of the specific problems that affect hunter access to both public and private lands, NSSF and Responsive Management completed a nationwide scientific survey and project on issues related to hunting access. More than 14,000 hunters nationwide were asked their opinions on a variety of access-related topics. To view and download the report, visit www.nssf.org/research, and click “Poll and Survey Results.” N T Remington Outfits L.A., Albuquerque PD he Los Angeles Police Department has again chosen the Remington Model 870 Police Magnum and Model 870 Police Marine Magnum as the department-issued shotguns. The department has ordered another 96 Model 870 Police Magnum shotguns. The Albuquerque Police Department (APD) also chose the Model 870 Police Magnum for its officers. “We’re looking forward to receiving our most recent shipment of 100 Remington 870P shotguns,” said Tim Gonterman, APD commander. “They have long been a large and integral part of our firearms and lesslethal inventory.” For more information, visit www.remingtonle.com. T SI DIGITAL Hot Link Smith Metal Products Builds New Facility S Leica Extends Trade-In Program eica Optics is extending its consumer trade-in program for the full-size Ultravid HD Binocular. Consumers may trade in any brand or model of working binoculars at a Leica dealer between now and Dec. 31, 2011 and receive an instant rebate of $100 toward the purchase of any Leica Ultravid HD 32 model, or $200 toward the purchase of any Leica Ultravid HD 42 or 50 model. For more information, visit www.leica-sportoptics.com. mith Metal Products, the metal and ceramic injection molding division of Plastic Products Co. Inc., has broken ground in Center City, Minn., for a new state-of-the-art, 60,000-square-foot manufacturing facility. The new facility will be located in an industrial park three miles from the company’s current location. Smith Metal Products components are used in a wide variety of industries and applications, including firearms. “We are fortunate to be one of the manufacturing companies in the U.S. who has continued to grow in this challenging economy. American manufacturers cannot ignore foreign competition. We have to do what we have always done best — lead as the world’s innovators, creating value for the customer by offering advanced engineering solutions to complex problems,” said Lori Bjork, general manager of Smith. For more information, visit www. mimparts.com. L Leica Ultravid HD 10x42 Babes With Bullets Announces 2012 Camps he Babes with Bullets program will hold six, three-day, pro female-led “immersion” shooting camps during 2012. The cost of each camp is $675, which includes housing, food, range fees, instructor costs and use of complimentary firearms provided by Smith & Wesson. The camps teach women with little or no firearm experience how to safely shoot handguns. Some of the camps also include rifle instruction. The camps also can accommodate women who want to move up in competitions, such as United States Practical Shooting Association or IDPA. For camp locations and dates, visit www.babeswithbullets.com or contact Deb Ferns, camp director, via email at deb@babeswithbullets.com. T 16 Read SI DIGITAL www.shootingindustry.com • NEW BUSINESS YEAR SUPER ISSUE 2012

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