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Shooting Industry June 2011 Digital Edition - Page 26

Academy Of Excellence Selects 2011 Final Nominees By Roxanne Smith he Shooting Industry Academy of Excellence has announced the final nominations for its 2011 awards. The Academy considered a record 193 entries in 14 categories before selecting 45 for the final ballot, which includes top products and service nominees. Twenty-eight companies are recognized, with Hornady, Kimber, Leupold and Ruger leading the way with three nominations each. Viridian Green Laser Sights, Butler Creek and Battenfeld Technologies make their Academy debut as first-time nominees. “The voting members have some extremely difficult choices to make in every category,” said Randy Molde, Academy director. “This year’s nominees represent the class of the industry.” The 500-member voting Academy, which includes manufacturers, distributors, executives, storefront dealers and T SHOOTING INDUSTRY AWARD 2011 Nominees Mark W. DeYoung ATK Commercial Products SeRvIce AWARDS MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR ATK Commercial Products, Hodgdon, Hornady, Ruger 2011 Nominees HANDGUN Of THe YeAR Kimber Super Carry Pro .45 ACP 2011 Nominees Ruger LC9 Bob Nosler Nosler RIfle Of THe YeAR Kimber Model 84L Classic Select Grade .30-06 Sprg. 2011 Nominees Remington Ruger Larry Potterfield MidwayUSA DISTRIBUTOR OF THE YEAR Brownells, Ellett Brothers, Sports South Model 700 SPS Tactical Gunsite Scout Rifle (M77-GS) Ellett Brothers, Hunter’s Specialties, Kimber 26 JUNE 2011 CITIZENSHIP AWARD Smith & Wesson Bodyguard 380 Savage Arms AXIS Rifle Read SI DIGITAL

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