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Shooting Industry April 2013 - Page 9
Industry news Glock Awarded UK Contract lock Inc. announces it has been awarded a contract by the United Kingdom Armed Forces for the Glock 17 Gen4 pistol. Under the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) contract, Glock was to deliver 25,000 pistols by the end of March 2013. Troops deployed to Afghanistan will be among the first to use the new firearm, according to officials. “After extensive and intense tests and evaluations, Glock is pleased to be selected by the MOD,” said Josh Dorsey, Glock vice president. “The deciding factors were the Glock’s higher magazine capacity, the superior accuracy, the ease of use and maintenance, and the reliability. The Glock SAFE Action System G also enables the pistol to spring into action faster.” Royal Marine Warrant Officer Class 1 Mark Anderson conducted a trial of the Glock 17 Gen4 before the contract was awarded. “Pistols are vital in close combat and are a key part of a soldier’s armory,” Anderson said. “Reliable, light and easy to carry, the Glock inspires confidence and performs exceptionally well.” According to officials, the Glock 17 Gen4 replaces a firearms brand used for more than 40 years. Visit www.glock.com. ATA Trade Show Reports Increases T he 2013 Archery Trade Association’s (ATA) annual Trade Show in January saw an increase in exhibitors, and a lot of order-writing by 2,899 dealers and distributors, according to manufacturers. “This is a true selling show,” said Mark Pezzoni, BowTech president. “After more than 20 years attending trade shows, I divide them into two categories: image shows and selling shows. The ATA Show is a great venue because I judge how we’re doing based on how many orders we write here.” The show featured 531 exhibitors, up 4 percent from 2012, occupying a record-breaking 189,324 square feet of floor space of the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky. At the show, there was renewed interest in traditional and competitive archery, which officials attribute to the 2012 Summer Olympics and movies like “The Hunger Games” and “Brave.” “We’re looking to get into traditional archery more, so we signed up with Bear Archery for their traditional line. That’s new for us,” said Chip Johnson of Jefferson Archery, Jefferson, Md. The 2014 ATA Trade Show will be in Nashville, Tenn., Jan. 6-8, 2014. Visit www.archerytrade.org. www.shootingindustry.com APRIL 2013 9