Industry

SHOT Show 2019 Round Up: Anschütz, Blaser to Kel-Tec and Tenda

28 Jan 2019

TheGunBlog.ca — Here are some of my highlights from this year’s SHOT Show, the world’s biggest trade show for the firearm industry. The expo ran last week in Las Vegas. It started with a range day. Names You’ll See Below AmChar, Anschütz, Blaser, Canadian Shooting Sports Association (CSSA), Daniel Defense, European Arms Distributor, Galco, Kel-Tec, Peacekeeper Products,…

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SHOT Show 2019: Military/Police Range Day Report

22 Jan 2019

TheGunBlog.ca — The SHOT Show range day for military and law enforcement yesterday was the quietest I experienced in the three years of attending the world’s biggest trade expo for the firearm industry. That made it quicker to try the gear on display and easier to talk to the company reps. The rest of this week…

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Glock Canada Manager Cassells Comments on New Orders, Gun Bans

2 Jan 2019

TheGunBlog.ca — Following is an interview with James Cassells, the sales manager for Canada at Austria-based Glock GmbH. He comments on business, products, new police contracts and possible gun bans. Cassells, a former Toronto police officer and SWAT member who developed use-of-force training for the police in the early 1990s, spoke with TheGunBlog.ca by telephone…

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Glock’s New G48 Is Its First Pistol Designed to Be Canada Legal

2 Jan 2019

(Update Jan. 05 at 13:15 Toronto time: Adds Al Flaherty’s price and availability.) TheGunBlog.ca — Glock GmbH, the maker of the world’s bestselling handgun, designed its new model 48 pistol as its first standard firearm developed specifically to be legal in Canada, one of the company’s largest recurring markets outside the U.S. The single-stack 9 mm…

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Nick’s Sports Shop in Toronto to Sell Guns as Mayor Seeks Bans

17 Dec 2018

TheGunBlog.ca — Nick’s Sports Shop Ltd. will restart selling handguns at its store on Yonge Street in downtown Toronto to support the shooting community and defy Mayor John Tory’s push for new bans. The plan makes Nick’s the latest firearm store to oppose municipal and federal government moves against millions of Canadian hunters and sport shooters.…

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Minto Bans Gun Owners From Apartments, Joining Hostile Companies

16 Dec 2018

TheGunBlog.ca — The Minto Group bans gun owners from its apartments, placing one of Canada’s largest property managers on the growing list of companies hostile to hunters and sport shooters. A prospective tenant in a Minto rental unit in Ottawa withdrew his application after reading the anti-gun clause in the lease, Andrew Lawton, a broadcaster…

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Canada’s Gun Industry Heads for a Second Mixed Year in 2018

29 Nov 2018

TheGunBlog.ca — Canada’s firearm industry is headed for a second-straight mixed year as the government considers ending handgun ownership and Quebec police threaten to criminalize hunters who don’t register their rifles and shotguns, while central Canada does well, businesses said. Many sport shooters are worried about bans and are holding off buying new guns, manufacturers…

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Canada Plans New Gun-Marking System for Tracing to Owners

28 Nov 2018

TheGunBlog.ca — The Canadian government will require guns to be marked in a way that links them to their owners for police tracing, raising concern of a new registration system that violates privacy and eases future bans. The new system will revamp the UN-inspired Firearms Marking Regulations and take effect Dec. 1, 2020, the Ministry…

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Firearms Outlet Canada Ammo Sale

Firearms Outlet Canada to Discount 4 Million Rounds of Ammo

27 Nov 2018

TheGunBlog.ca — Firearms Outlet Canada Inc., one of the country’s biggest independent gun stores, is selling about 4 million rounds of ammunition and other shooting gear in a “blowout” sale it said is the largest of its kind in Canada. The retailer will discount about 20 warehouse pallets of ammo, as well as boots, vests, cartridge…

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Hunters Invest $300 Mln/Year in Saskatchewan, StarPhoenix Says

27 Nov 2018

TheGunBlog.ca — Hunters invest about $300 million a year into the Saskatchewan economy, the Saskatoon StarPhoenix newspaper reported today, citing a government minister. The spending includes more than $8.8 million on hunting licences, $40 million on hunting outfitters and others in the industry, and the bulk to gas stations, restaurants, hotels, sporting-goods stores and other…

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IPSC Canada Says ‘Fantastic’ Growth Is Threatened by Handgun Ban

26 Nov 2018

TheGunBlog.ca — IPSC Canada President Sean Hansen said the group’s fast-paced run-and-gun handgun matches have driven “fantastic” growth in memberships that are now threatened by the government’s possible gun bans. Canadian membership in the International Practical Shooting Confederation has doubled in the past decade to about 4,000 from 2,000, Hansen said in a phone interview…

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Canada Defers Gun-Import Restrictions to Avoid Hurting Industry

9 Nov 2018

TheGunBlog.ca — The Canadian government postponed gun-import restrictions that threaten to cripple the shooting industry so it can clarify the so-called Firearms Marking Regulations and avoid “undue constraints” on gun owners and companies. The regulations were delayed for two years until Dec. 1, 2020, from Dec. 1 this year, the Ministry of Public Safety said…

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‘Ammonopoly’ by Globe and Mail Dives Into History of Ammo Supply

16 Jul 2018

TheGunBlog.ca — The Globe and Mail’s article today exploring General Dynamics Corp.’s monopoly supplying firearm ammunition to the Canadian military and federal agencies dives into defence purchases and industrial history.

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Gun Imports Rise to 12-Month High in May, Rebounding From Slump

9 Jul 2018

TheGunBlog.ca — Canadian gun imports rose to a 12-month high in May from a five-year low in January, as the firearm industry grapples with early shipments, uneven demand and the threat of new legal restrictions.

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Wolverine’s John Hipwell Comments on Bill C-71, Bans, Business

22 Mar 2018

(Correction April 9: Corrects rifle model to AR-180-B. March 23: Corrects corporate designation of Wolverine Supplies.) TheGunBlog.ca — Following are comments by John Hipwell, the founder of Wolverine Supplies Ltd., one of Canada’s largest independent gun stores.

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CSAAA Show: BCL-102, Bowmac, Little Beaver, Vortex, WK180-C

5 Mar 2018

TheGunBlog.ca — Following are highlights from the Canadian Sporting Arms and Ammunition Association’s trade show in Ottawa last month.

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Mountain Equipment Co-Op Considers Dropping Vista Outdoor

26 Feb 2018

TheGunBlog.ca — Mountain Equipment Co-Op, a sporting-goods retailer, is deciding whether to stop selling CamelBak, Bushnell, Bollé and other brands of Vista Outdoor Inc. after anti-gun campaigners petitioned the store to drop the owner of Savage Arms and Federal Premium ammunition. “Thank you @mec members who contacted us with your concerns about Vista Outdoors,” MEC said last night…

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Firearms Outlet Canada Plans First Tactical-Competitive Gun Show

15 Feb 2018

TheGunBlog.ca — Firearms Outlet Canada Inc. said today it’s organizing the country’s first Tactical & Competitive Shooting Sports Show for shooters and the general public to learn about guns and gear.

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Q&A With Tenda’s Steve Kuang: Low Prices Attract New Shooters

14 Feb 2018

TheGunBlog.ca — Tenda Canada Inc., an online gun store, says it aims to keep prices low to attract new people to the shooting sports. Industry experts estimate the company has grown so fast that it’s now one of the country’s top firearm retailers. But some suppliers say they’ve stopped deliveries over how Tenda does business.…

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Canadian Tire Expects ‘Flat’ Hunting-Gear Market This Year

8 Feb 2018

TheGunBlog.ca — Canadian Tire Corp., one of the country’s biggest retailers of hunting and shooting supplies and a barometer for the industry, said it expects demand for hunting gear to be “flat” this year.

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