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Shooting Industry July 2012 Digital Edition - Page 10

® Industry news Continued from page 8 shipped during 2011,” Fifer said. On May 29, Ruger announced it had resumed accepting orders from distributors. Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. reports preliminary net sales for the fourth quarter ending April 30 were approximately $129 million, an increase of approximately $28 million, or 28 percent, compared to the same quarter last year. “This is significantly higher than the company’s previous guidance of $113 million to $118 million. Preliminary firearm order backlog increased to approximately $439 million as of April 30, 2012, an increase of $252 million, or 135 percent, compared with the end of the fourth quarter last year, and an increase of $240 million, or 121 percent, compared with the most recent sequential quarter,” Smith & Wesson officials report. According to Smith & Wesson, the increase in net sales and backlog were driven by continued strength in orders across its product line. In May, NICS conducted 840,412 (NSSF-adjusted) background checks, an increase of 20.6 percent over May 2011. This is the 24th straight month NICS background checks have increased when compared to the same months of the past two years. Handgun Grips • Rifle and Shotgun Stocks • AR and AK Accessories Knives • Holsters • Recoil Pads • Slings • Swivels • Extreme Screws Many Other Fine Accessories www.hoguedealer.com POWERSPEED ™ AUTO-RETENTION & COMPETITION HOLSTERS G-MASCUS G10 GRIPS IN A VARIETY OF COLORS & TEXTURES DESIGNED BY ALLEN ELISHEWITZ EXTREME™ KNIVES Rubber, Aluminum & G10 AR GRIPS & FORENDS NASGW Members Help NRA Life Of Duty CARGO MANAGEMENT SYSTEM for Hogue AK-47 and AR-15 Grips OVERMOLDED STOCKS IN A VARIETY OF COLORS & CAMOS ® HOGUE INC • 1-800-GET-GRIP (438-4747) P.O. BOX 1138 • PASO ROBLES, CA 93447 everal NASGW members recently participated in a program supporting NRA Life of Duty. This new NRA program helps tell the stories of American heroes via its website (www.nralifeofduty. tv), and provides the opportunity for members to sponsor a one-year NRA membership for a uniformed American Patriot. NASGW members raised $67,169 to provide funds for a special NRA membership category for U.S. military personnel. “This was an opportunity for our members to participate in a fantastic program that will benefit our active military,” said Jack Baumler, NASGW chairman. Those participating were: Camfour Inc., Ellett Brothers, FNH USA, Gunarama Wholesale Inc., Jerry’s Sports Center, L.M. Burney Distributors, Lipsey’s, RSR Group and W. L. Baumler Co. Visit www.nasgw.org. S 10 JULY 2012 Subscribe to SI DIGITAL www.shootingindustry.com

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