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Industrywatch Continued from page 66 Email the Editor: editor@shootingindustry.com Kresser: “The Time To Act Is Now” ark Kresser, Taurus president and CEO, is calling on those in the industry to “Join the NSSF Now.” In a full-page ad for placement in the industry’s trade publications, Kresser says, “there couldn’t be a more crucial time in our history for you to join the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF).” “As the one true voice of our industry, the NSSF opposes the severely restrictive firearms bills that have been introduced in the U.S. Congress and in many states. This new legislation could affect millions of law-abiding citizens — and potentially cripple our industry,” Kresser says. Kresser, who took the helm of Taurus in November 2011 and is a member of NSSF’s Board of Governors, points out that without NSSF’s voice and influence, “we could all be in for a long and devastating assault on our Second Amendment rights.” “That’s why I’m personally calling on all non-NSSF members to step up, unite as one and join today. Your membership will not only prove you are a staunch supporter of our cause — it will enable the voice of our industry to grow that much stronger,” Kresser says. For information on joining NSSF, visit www.nssf.org/industry/members. M THE TIME TO ACT IS NOW. An open letter to the rearms industry from Mark Kresser, Taurus President & CEO Whether you are a manufacturer, distributor, retailer, or press partner, there couldn’t be a more crucial time in our history for you to join the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF). As the one true voice of our industry, the NSSF opposes the severely restrictive firearms bills that have been introduced in the U.S. Congress and in many states. This new legislation could affect millions of law-abiding citizens—and potentially cripple our industry. As you already know, each and every one of us benefit from the NSSF. Without their voice and their influence, we could all be in for a long and devastating assault on our Second Amendment rights. That’s why I’m personally calling on all non-NSSF members to step up, unite as one, and join today. Your membership will not only prove that you are a staunch supporter of our cause—it will enable the voice of our industry to grow that much stronger. Please stand with me and help America carry on. Together, we can make a difference. Proud NSSF member since 1983. JOIN THE NSSF NOW. Call 203-426-1320 or visit nssf.org. Coburn: “What A Great Country” R on Coburn retired from Savage Sports Corp. in February after 25 years as chairman and CEO. Assuming the position in 1988, just after the company filed for bankruptcy, Coburn turned the company around, establishing it as a leading firearms manufacturer. He’s widely known as the man who saved Savage. “That’s not true,” he said. “I helped build a team, and together we rebuilt Savage Arms. The management team is still in place, and Savage is in very good shape with a very, very bright future.” In 2007, Coburn was honored by the Shooting Industry Academy of Excellence with the Shooting Industry Award for his leadership, determination and innovation as the head of Savage. “Wow, what do you say?” Coburn remarked in accepting the award. “I was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. I came to America in 1980. My first shotgun — I was 12 years old — was an old Stevens pump 16 gauge. I never dreamed that one day I would have the opportunity to work for that company and ultimately own that company. What a great country!” During the awards ceremony, Coburn spoke fondly of the industry. “The soul, health, wealth and opportunity it gives me and my wife, Barbara, plus a sense of family, a sense we can do anything as an industry we set our minds to,” Coburn said. In announcing his retirement, Coburn said he is confident in the future of Savage. “I may be moving out, but my money is staying. I can’t think of a better place to invest right now,” he said. Salutes, Ron. Ron Coburn Supporting HAVA And Feed The Children amaha Outdoors announces a major national promotion for the benefit of two charities: Honored American Veterans Afield (HAVA) and Feed the Children. For a $5 donation, outdoor enthusiasts and others earn the chance to win an assembled-in-theUSA Yamaha Rhino 700 FI Side-by-Side vehicle with accessories valued at approximately $13,000 — while supporting disabled veterans and disadvantaged children. Yamaha will donate all proceeds received by May 31 to the charities. To enter and make a donation, log on to www.yamahaoutdoors.com/rhinoforcharity. For more information, visit www.honoredveterans.org and www.feedthechildren.org. 9 www.shootingindustry.com Y Yamaha Rhino 700 FI Side-by-Side APRIL 2013 65

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