Range365.com by Barbara Baird
They dress up as gangsters, cops, flappers, and other types from the Prohibition era. They use guns from that period, and compete while in costume. They say they’re “bringing back the Roaring Twenties!”
I’d heard about the members of the American Zoot Shooters Association (AZSA), but I didn’t expect to run into any of them.
It was a hot mid-summer day at the 2015 Industry Masters, an event held to raise funds for the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s First Shots program. This year’s event took place in Kansas, near the Oklahoma border, where temperatures hovered around 100 degrees, and the humidity spiked quickly into the soaking-wet zone.
Most of the handgun, rifle, and shotgun shooters were wearing shorts, t-shirts or shooting shirts, ball caps and cooling neck wraps … except for the three guys from Colorado wearing three-piece zoot suits. They even had ties and period hats from the Roaring Twenties. The Masters’ theme centered on the 1920s, so it was fitting that the AZSA showed up to run a side match that featured Tommy guns and single-stack Model 1911 pistols.
Greeley, PA – Kahr Firearms Group is proud to be a Sponsor of the NRA World Shooting Championship. The event will take place at the Peacemaker National Training Center in Glengarry, West Virginia, September, 24 – 26.
The 3-day event challenges shooting enthusiasts to compete in 12 separate shooting stages to earn the title of World Shooting Champion. Competitors will be provided with all ammunition and firearms to keep the competition on a level playing field while they compete for more than $250,000 in cash and prizes.
At the .22 rifle stage, competitors will be using the Magnum Research MLR22ATUT. This .22 caliber rifle is one of the newer products from Magnum Research. The rifle features the new high-tech, modular tensioned-type, 18-1/2” long Ultra Barrel. It utilizes a superior quality of steel for the barrel, attached to a stainless steel breech and muzzle caps inside a thin-walled aluminum construction. The MLR22ATUT measures 36-5/8” in length and weighs just 4 lbs. 8 oz. This model can also accommodate a suppressor and has muzzle threads of ½ x 28. Other features include: 1 in 16 twist, Bentz chamber, a black polymer ambidextrous thumbhole stock design with a comb designed for scopes, integral Weaver-type scope mount base on the receiver, and an extended magazine release. The rifle retails for $596.00.
In a separate side-match, Kahr Firearms Group will give shooters the opportunity to shoot the soon-to-be-released Gen2 Series 9mm pistol. The TP90R935 is a 9mm pistol measuring 7.5” in overall length, has a 5” barrel, an overall height of 5.08” and weighs just 20.52 oz. The TP90R935 has an 8-round capacity. It is equipped with TruGlo® rear and front night sights. The model used for the side-match will be fit with a Leupold® Deltapoint ™ reflex sight. Kahr plans to start shipping the new Gen2 Series beginning in November 2015.
For more information on the NRA World Shooting Championship, go to https://home.nra.org/events/document/nra-world-shooting-championship.
Greeley, PA – USA based, Kahr Firearms Group are now officially Pennsylvanians. The firearms group ceremoniously cut the ribbon at the grand opening of their new headquarters on Tuesday, August 11th in Blooming Grove Township in Pike County. The construction was completed in just 19 months since breaking ground in May 2014.
The 40,000 square foot building is the new corporate headquarters and is considered “Phase I” in the construction. The building contains offices for the 20+ employees, warehousing and shipping, and also R&D Engineering. Plans for Phase II and Phase III are still in the development stage at this time.
The structure also houses two underground, 100-yard firing ranges. The underground ranges will be used exclusively by Kahr Firearms Group for testing and development of their extensive product lines and should not disturb nearby neighbors or the wildlife that call the 620-acre parcel home.
The event was not shy of state dignitaries, who came in support of Kahr’s new headquarters. In attendance were: Col. Robert DeSousa, state director for Sen. Pat Toomey, U.S. Representative Thomas Marino, Sheriff Philip Bueki, Pike County Sheriff and representatives from state offices plus several county commissioners from Northeast PA. In total, more than 200 people attended the event.
“We are very proud of the long and respected reputation of our three brands. We are also proud that our presence in the firearm industry supports the basic freedoms that each of us has because of the Second Amendment, but now is the time to focus on the future.” stated Justin Moon, Kahr Firearms Group CEO. “As we continue to expand our business in Pennsylvania, we look forward to bringing jobs to Pike County and also hope that we can convince other firearms industry companies to join us on this 620-acre property. Our job is far from over here.”
The plan for the new headquarters will also include a factory outlet retail store, likely to open sometime in 2016.
There are no plans at this time to close manufacturing plants in either Massachusetts or Minnesota, but starting sometime in 2016 some manufacturing and production will be conducted from the new Pike County location.
Greeley, PA – How fast is fast? If you believe that you excel at rapid, but perfectly controlled shooting skills, now is the time to prove it – and earn some nice “swag” while you do it. Kahr Firearms Group (KFG) invites all shooters, 18-years or older, to participate in the KFG 2015 YouTube Video Speed Shooting Contest. Bragging rights may only earn a nice pat on the back, but the grand prize for this YouTube contest is worth far more. Kahr is offering the winner $5,000 in value on any Kahr Firearms Group products which includes; Kahr, Magnum Research and Auto-Ordnance.
“Last year, through our Long-Range Shooting Contest, we challenged people to help us dispel the myth that accuracy is sacrificed in exchange for a smaller sized pistol when shooting long-range.” stated Justin Moon, CEO of Kahr Firearms Group. “This year, we are reaching out to shooting enthusiasts once again asking them to show us what they can do when shooting one of our products very rapidly, safely, and accurately at just 10 yards or more. I feel confident that the videos will more than demonstrate just how effective Kahr, Magnum Research and Auto-Ordnance firearms really are.”
In support of the universe of Kahr Firearms Group fans, we invite each of them to submit a video of them rapidly shooting any Kahr, Magnum Research or Auto-Ordnance firearm at 10 yards or more, and then posting it to YouTube. Next, provide a URL link directly to KFG and the winner will be determined by the video that has garnered a combination of the most Views and Likes. The contest period runs September 1, 2015 through November 30, 2015 and the winner will be announced on December 16, 2015.
The Speed Shooting Contest video must be at least 30-seconds to no more than 5-minutes in length, and must be original footage. The footage must demonstrate shooting at 10-yards or more, exclusively using any of the Kahr Firearm Group products.
Pomona, NY – Effective July 1st, Kahr Firearms Group began participating in a new mobile app called GunDealio.com. The app sends digital offers and text messages directly to shooting enthusiasts. Currently, over 2,300 premier gun shops, across all 50 states, are included in the GunDealio app. Stores also include the major retailers such as Cabela’s®, Bass Pro Shops®, Gander Mountain®, Sportsman’s Warehouse and Academy®.
GunDealio.com gives manufacturers and retailers the opportunity to present geo-marketing messages directly to gun enthusiasts while they are shopping at their favorite gun shops. The push notifications will appear on the shopper’s Smartphone, informing them of deals on guns, optics, ammunition, reloading accessories, and more as soon as they walk into the store.
GunDealio was developed by Tom and Ryan Gresham. “We actually started working on GunDealio about 3 years ago as a way to reach gun enthusiasts.” stated Ryan Gresham. “Our idea was to create a way for gun consumers to get the most up-to-date and relevant information, along with manufacturers’ offers and deals while they were still in the store. Shoppers can then scroll the lists of the current deals and new product news in the app as well as receive push notifications to their phones. We are excited to have Kahr Firearms Group as an early sponsor of our program. Consumers are loyal to this brand and now they will be able to get the latest deals and news from Kahr while shopping at their favorite stores.”
The app is free and can be downloaded onto Smartphones from either Apple iTunes or the Google Play Store.
Pomona, NY – It is long past the era of the once popular Zoot Suit, but for a few days during July, the American Zoot Shooters will be representing Auto-Ordnance, a division of Kahr Firearms Group. They will Zoot suit up to shoot the world famous “Tommy Gun” and the Auto-Ordnance WWII era 1911 handguns during the Shooting Industry Masters July 24-25 at Claythorne Lodge in Columbus, Kansas.
In a “Thompson Shoot-Out” Side Match, the Zoot Shooters team which includes: Steve Fowler “G Man”, Jason Huss “The Hustler”, and Henning Wallgren “The Undertaker”, will shoot at steel targets using Auto-Ordnance’s Thompson 1927A, “Tommy Gun”, as well as Thompson 1911 pistols, while fully attired in the Zoot Suit made famous during the 1920s to the 1940s. In addition, there will be a raffle for a Thompson T150D package which, besides the rifle, also includes a 30 rd. stick, a 50 round drum and a violin case. The proceeds from the raffle will support the First Shots program.
Also representing the Kahr Firearms Group, will be a 4-man team from Magnum Research including: Joby Goerges, director of manufacturing, Jim Tertin, R&D engineer, Brett Pikula, manufacturing lead, and Jesse Tertin, gunsmith. “We have all been in competitions before, but this is our first time at the Shooting Industry Masters, says Jim Tertin. “We feel that we have assembled a great shooting team to represent Magnum Research and we are really looking forward to this great opportunity to compete with other industry professionals in a fun environment.”