November 15th, 2015

Blast from the Past: Sam (L.E.) Wilson, Benchrest Pioneer

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Sam (L.E.) Wilson actively competed in benchrest matches until he passed. He’s shown here with an Unlimited benchrest rifle of his own design.

If you’ve used hand dies with an arbor press, chances are you’ve seen the L.E. Wilson company name. You may not know that the founder of L.E. Wilson Inc. was an avid benchrest competitor who pioneered many of the precision reloading methods we used today. Known as “Sam” to his friends, L.E. Wilson was one of the great accuracy pioneers who collected many trophies for match victories during his long shooting career.

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The photo above shows Sam (foreground) with all of his children at a shoot. Behind Sam are Jim, Jack and Mary, shooting in the Unlimited Class. What do they say — “the family that plays together stays together”? Note the long, externally-adjusted scopes being used. Learn more about Sam (L.E.) Wilson and his company on the L.E. Wilson Inc. Facebook Page.

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Unlimited Class was Sam’s favorite discipline, because in the “good old days” top competitors normally would craft both the rifle and the front/rear rests. This rewarded Sam’s ingenuity and machining/fabrication skills. In the “build-it-yourself” era, one couldn’t just order up an unlimited rail gun on the internet. How times have changed…

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November 15th, 2015

NSSF Site Offers High-Level Job Opportunities in Gun Industry

NSSF Jobs Database firearm industry employment listings

Looking for an executive-type job in the firearms industry? Right now on the NSSF Jobs Site there are a number of high-level positions listed, including CFO for Hornady and Sales Director for Surefire. These are high-paying positions for very qualified applicants. If you are interested in one of these positions, it’s easy to upload your Resumé, and the NSSF Job Alert feature can send you new listings via email as soon as they post. Visit jobs.nssf.org for other current employment opportunities.

Here are some of the high-level job listings on the NSSF Firearms Industry Jobs Website:

Chief Financial Office (CFO), Hornady Mfg., Grand Island, Nebraska.

Director of Sales, Surefire LLC, Fountain Valley, California.

Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Century Arms International, Burlington area, Vermont.

Senior Product Manager (Optics), Vista Outdoors, Kansas.

Executive Director Int’l Hunter Education Assn. (IHEA USA), Denver, Colorado.

Dealer Support Representative (National), FNH USA, all USA (with travel).

Vista Outdoor Employment Job Listing Careers

In addition to the Senior Product Manager position listed on the NSSF website, Vista Outdoor (formerly the sporting unit of ATK), has over 60 job listings on its corporate Careers webpage. Vista Outdoor is headquartered in Utah and employs approximately 5,800 workers. Current Vista Outdoor opportunities include: Brand Marketing Manager, Senior Firearm Design Engineer, Mechanical Product Engineer, Senior Tax Analyst, Budget Analyst, Senior Quality Manager, Operations Manager, Manufacturing Engineer, Digital Communications Specialist, and many more.

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