Industry

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 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.

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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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Gun Imports Jumped in Jan-Nov 2017 After Two Years of Decline

19 Jan 2018

TheGunBlog.ca — Canadian gun imports jumped last year through November after two years of decline. The data were released this month and are the last economic indicators before next week’s annual SHOT Show, where many companies place their biggest purchase orders of the year.

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Canada’s Police Guns 2018: Blue Line Magazine Survey

17 Dec 2017

TheGunBlog.ca — Glock GmbH dominates the market for Canadian police handguns and is attracting agencies faster than any other company, a survey by Blue Line magazine showed. Colt Canada Corp. supplies police with the most AR-15 rifles, and the most-popular police shotgun is the Remington 870.

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M+M CEO Considered Pulling M10X Rifle From Canada After Brouhaha

8 Nov 2017

TheGunBlog.ca — M+M Industries Inc. came close to aborting plans to offer its M10X rifle in Canada after a storm of confusion about the seller and price, Chief Executive Officer Mike Meier said. The discord has overshadowed enthusiasm about the gun and poisoned relations among companies, unleashed a wave of anger by shooters and prompted…

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Gun Market Is ‘Fractured’ as Alberta, B.C. Slump, Ontario Steady

4 Nov 2017

TheGunBlog.ca — This is a “very fractured year” for Canada’s gun market, Wes Winkel, the president of the country’s main industry group, said after hearing from executives this week.

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Gun Imports Rise in Choppy Year to 2nd-Highest Level on Record

3 Nov 2017

TheGunBlog.ca — Canadian gun imports jumped in the first nine months of the year to the second-highest level on record, in a turbulent period that saw shipments surge before a planned legal change, and then plunge. The gains were driven by shotguns from Italy, rifles from Finland and handguns from Austria.

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Bass Pro to Wolverine Supplies: Canada’s Top Gun Importers 2016

1 Nov 2017

Following is a list of Canada’s biggest gun importers in 2016, based on official statistics published two weeks ago.

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