Milford, PA – The Black Bear Film Festival recently honored its top business sponsors and private patrons with “certificates of gratitude.”
“We are grateful to each and every one of our supporters, and we are especially pleased to recognize our biggest donors,” said Bob Keiber, the festival’s incoming executive director. “All of them made Black Bear Film Festival 2016 a big success by allowing us to honor the traditions of Black Bear while initiating many new programs that engage young people and the community at large in new and exciting ways.”
The festival honored Barbara Buchanan for her outstanding contributions as the founding member of the new Patrons Den membership club, and Frank Harris of Kahr Firearms, its biggest business sponsor in 2016.
“We are thrilled whenever we have an opportunity to give back to the community,” said Harris as he accepted the honor.
Greeley, PA – Stop by the Kahr Firearms Group booth #15949 during the SHOT Show between 2:00-3:00 PM on Thursday, January 19th to chat with Michael Bane and get an autographed photo.
Michael Bane, noted author, TV personality and producer, is a long-time supporter of the Kahr Firearms Group. His impressive list of credits include: executive producer and scriptwriter of Outdoor Channel’s Gun Stories; executive producer and co-host of The Best Defense on Outdoor Channel; and creator, host and executive producer of Shooting Gallery on Outdoor Channel. He has authored 22 books, countless articles, and also hosts a weekly radio show and video podcast. Throughout the outdoor industry, his dedication to shooting sports has earned him the respect of not only his peers, but the industry as a whole.
Bane has demonstrated a long and much appreciated history of support to Kahr Firearms Group for many years and he will be in the Kahr booth to share his experiences as an avid shooter and fan of Kahr, Magnum Research and Auto-Ordnance products. Stop by and chat with him. He always has a great tale to share.
Ernest Hemingway‘s famous work, the Old Man and the Sea, may be truer to life than you know. It seems the sportsman/writer had his own run in with a pack of sharks over an immense half-ton marlin. Little did they know the Heming-way includes packing a Thompson submachine gun in the tackle box.
Greeley, PA – Stop by the Kahr Firearms Group booth #3815 during the 145th NRA Annual Convention in Louisville, Kentucky between 2:00-3:00 PM on Friday May 20th to chat with Michael Bane.
Michael Bane, noted author, TV personality and producer is host of Best Defense, Shooting Gallery, Midway USA’s Best Defense:Survival, and is also the producer of Gun Stories on Outdoor Channel. He has authored more than 20 books and also hosts a weekly radio show and video podcast. Throughout the outdoor industry, his dedication to shooting sports has earned him the respect of not only his peers, but the industry as a whole. His development of the Media Education Program through the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) demonstrates his strong commitment to industry leaders by giving them an opportunity to share their knowledge of the media with firearms manufacturers and shooting enthusiasts worldwide.
Bane has demonstrated a long and well-respected history of support to Kahr Firearms Group for many years and he will be in the Kahr booth to share his experiences as an avid shooter and fan of Kahr, Magnum Research and Auto-Ordnance products. Stop by and chat with him. He always has a great tale to share.
Greeley, PA – Congratulations are being extended to Jodi DePorter who was recently promoted from Regional Sales Manager of Kahr Firearms Group to her new position as National Sales Manager, effective immediately.
In her new position, DePorter will be responsible for directing sales activities for all three KFG brands, including; Kahr, Magnum Research and Auto Ordnance. In addition, she will provide leadership to the company’s manufacturer’s reps and will be the point of contact for key distributors and dealer accounts throughout the country. She will also work in conjunction with Frank Harris, VP of Sales and Marketing, to assist with monitoring and directing sales objectives in accordance with sales forecast and production plans.
“I am excited to take on this new responsibility and I look forward to being a part of the growth and development of the sales channels for Kahr Firearms Group” said Jodi DePorter. “I am so thankful to the many people from the firearms industry that have taught, inspired, and influenced me through my career. I feel so blessed to be part of such an exciting industry.”
Ms. DePorter began her career with Kahr Firearms Group in 2006 as a regional sales manager. Prior to coming to Kahr, she worked for ArmaLite and Springfield Armory. She has spent 17 years in the firearms industry.
“Jodi and I have worked together for more than 9 years and I have always been impressed with her approach to sales and how she relates so well to our dealers and distributors” stated Frank Harris, VP Sales and Marketing, Kahr Firearms Group. “From simple problem-solving issues to complicated sales negotiations, she has always demonstrated exceptional skills and a strong work ethic. We are delighted to have her on our team.”
Greeley, PA – When John T. Thompson first began researching a portable hand-held automatic weapon in 1915 little did he know that he would be changing history forever. Now, 100 years later, the Thompson semi-automatic rifle, also referred to as the Chicago Typewriter, is commonly known to everyone across the globe.
John T. Thompson was born in Newport, Kentucky on December 31, 1860. His father, a graduate of West Point, served as Lt. Colonel during the civil war and, John, following in his father’s footsteps, also graduated from West Point and served in the Army. It was while he was in the Army that Thompson went to engineering and artillery schools and began researching small arms. He was later assigned to the Army Ordnance Department in 1890 as a 2nd Lieutenant and was responsible for arming and dispersing of weapons during the Spanish-American war.
During WWI, before the U.S. became involved, Thompson saw the need to assist the allies with better artillery, so he retired from the Army to dedicate his time to develop a fully automatic weapon. By 1916, while employed as Chief Engineer at Remington Arms, he created a gun that could be used to clear enemy trenches, nicknamed the “Trench Broom” and this was the beginning of the Thompson submachine gun.
When the U.S. entered WWI in 1917, Thompson re-enlisted into the Army and was promoted to Brigadier General. Once the war was over, Thompson continued to perfect the Tommy Gun and by 1920 it was patented.
With the war now over, there was little demand by the military for the arms, so Thompson began marketing the Tommy Gun to Law Enforcement Agencies and also to the general public. Historically, it also became infamous as the weapon of choice for gangsters, including John Dillinger, Al Capone, and Baby Face Nelson.
Thompson died in 1940 at age 79 and was honored with a burial on the grounds of the United States Military Academy at West Point. Less than two years after his death, WWII broke out and the U.S. Army ordered significant quantities of the Thompson submachine guns.
Auto-Ordnance is proud to honor the man and the legacy of the Tommy Gun with the introduction of the commemorative 100th Anniversary matched set edition of the Thompson 1927A-1 rifle and matching 1911A1 pistol.
The limited edition Thompson 1927A-1 Deluxe Carbine is offered in .45 ACP and comes with one 20-round stick magazine. It features a 16.5” finned barrel (18” with compensator) and is prominently engraved with the classic Thompson logo, limited edition numbers, and displays the words “100th Anniversary” on the matte black steel frame. The gun weighs 13 lbs. and has an overall length of 41”. Other features include a pinned in front blade and an open rear adjustable sight. The stock is fixed, has a vertical foregrip, and is made from luxurious American Walnut.
As a matched set, the limited edition series also comes with the Thompson 1911A1 GI Specs pistol. It comes in .45 ACP, has a 5” barrel and a matte black steel frame. Overall length is 8.5” and it weighs just 39 oz. The iron sights are front and rear dovetail cut low profile. The pistol is shipped with one 7-round magazine. Just like the Thompson 1927A-1, it too is engraved with the iconic Thompson logo, the words 100th Anniversary, and lists the limited edition numbers on the frame. Both guns must be purchased as a set and the MSRP is $1,971. The guns are shipped together in a polymer hard case with the yellow Thompson Bullet logo and the words “Chicago Typewriter” in white stamped on the black case cover.
“We are proud to honor the name and the legacy of General John T. Thompson with this special 100th Anniversary matched set” states Frank Harris, VP of Sales and Marketing, Kahr Firearms Group. “There is a rich historical past attached to the Tommy Gun, and we feel General Thompson would be proud to see that what started as a research project in 1915 has served the military, law enforcement and shooting enthusiasts around the world so prominently for over 100 years.”