June 3rd, 2010

Fire and Explosion at Nosler Plant in Bend, Oregon

Nosler Fire and ExplosionAt around 2:15 on the afternoon of June 2nd, there was a fire and explosion at the Nosler production plant in Bend, Oregon. Apparently the accident started in the ballistics tunnel testing area. Employees reported a flash, then smoke followed by a “massive explosion” which was felt many blocks away. One employee who saw a bright flash alertly activated a fire alarm which helped speed the evacuation process.

Nosler Plant Fire and Explosion VIDEO Report

Thankfully, all the roughly 100 Nosler employees were able to evacuate safely, and there were apparently no serious injuries. The fire and explosion did do significant damage to the 80,000 square foot Nosler building. When fire crews arrived, they found major damage to the southeast corner of the Nosler plant, with thick smoke still pouring out.

Damage could run into the millions of dollars. A number of city blocks were evacuated and cordoned off. Right now the cause of the fire and explosion remains unknown, but the Bend Fire Department, state police agencies, and the federal BATF are commencing investigations.

CLICK HERE for Nosler Fire Damage Photos | CLICK HERE for KTVZ.com (Bend, Oregon) News Report

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June 3rd, 2010

Zeiss Offers $100-$150 Rebates on Rangefinders and Riflescopes

Carl Zeiss Sports Optics has renewed its “Zeiss Field Days” promotion for 2010. Zeiss now offers substantial rebates on scopes, binoculars, and laser rangefinders.

Zeiss Optics Rebate $100

$100 Rebate on Zeiss Victory 8×26 PRF Rangefinder
Earlier this year we comparison-tested a variety of Laser Rangefinders. Among the units tested, we felt that the overall best value, considering price, was the Zeiss Victory 8×26. While larger and heavier than the Leica CRF1200, it was easier to hold and aim, and it costs much less than the Swarovski Laser Guide. The Zeiss Victory is an outstanding unit and now it is even cheaper. From June 1 – December 31, 2010, Zeiss is providing a $100.00 mail-in rebate on the award-winning Victory 8×26 T* PRF Laser Rangefinder. (There is also a $100.00 rebate for the Victory Compact Binoculars.)

zeiss PRF Rangefinder

$150.00 Rebate on Zeiss Riflescopes with Rapid-Z® Varmint Reticle
From June 1 – September 30, 2010, Carl Zeiss is offering a $150 mail-in rebate for customers purchasing Zeiss Victory Diavari 6-24X or Zeiss Conquest 6-20X Riflescopes with the Rapid-Z® Varmint reticle. The Zeiss Rapid-Z® Varmint Reticle provides multiple, labeled hold-over points so you quickly move from one target distance to another without dialing scope elevation.

Rapid-Z Zeiss reticle

According to Erik Schumacher, president of Carl Zeiss Sports Optics: “This is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to our many loyal customers…. Given the challenging economic times, these reduced prices and rebate promotions should help many more to afford the best optics possible.”

Rebate Rules
All rebate request forms must be completed and postmarked 30 days from the date of purchase. Payment will be made by Carl Zeiss Visa Prepaid Cards. CLICK THIS LINK for more info about the Zeiss Field Days Promotion. Click the links below for PDF Rebate Forms.

Victory PRF Rangefinder Rebate Form PDF | Victory/Conquest Riflescope Rebate Form PDF

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June 3rd, 2010

Amazon.com Tool Sale — Up to 50% off Major Brands

Amazon.com is running a big Fathers’ Day Sale on name-brand tools. There are some exceptional deals offered on quality equipment. Whether you need a gift for dad, or just want to upgrade your own tool inventory, you should check out some of these deals. Here are some examples:

Black & Decker WM425 Workmate 425-550 Pound Capacity Portable Work Bench
On Sale $119.99, marked down from $163.92. FREE Shipping.
Dremel 300-1/24 300 Series Variable-Speed Rotary Tool Kit
On Sale $64.37, marked down from $110.36. FREE Shipping.
Makita BDF452HW 18-Volt Compact Lithium-Ion Cordless 1/2-Inch Driver-Drill Kit
On Sale $178.20, marked down from $378.00. FREE Shipping.

There are many, many other Fathers’ Day Bargains, including deep discounts on Multi-Tools, Tool Cabinets, Flashlights, and Wood-working tools.

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