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October 1st, 2008

Leatherman Skeletool CX on Sale at Natchez

Natchez Shooters Supplies has the Leatherman Skeletool CX on sale for $53.49, marked down from $96.00. Light-weight (just 5 oz.), compact (4″ closed), and versatile, the Skeletool CX features pliers, wirecutter, screwdriver (with changeable bits), and a very nice semi-serrated cutting blade. The handle is tungsten-coated steel and carbon fiber. We’ve checked around the web, and the next lowest price for the versatile Skeletool CX is $62.99 at If you do order from Natchez, please mention that you saw this deal on

Buyer Reviews of the Skeletool CX have been extremely positive. One owner declared: “I’ve owned practically every Leatherman and SOG multi-tool produced over the past 15 years; a few Gerbers and Swiss Army brands thrown in there as well. And I’ve got to just jump in and say, this is arguably the best Leatherman ever.” Another Skeletool user wrote: “I’ve owned this product for about 4 months now and really do love it. I appreciate that this Leatherman has done away with all the extraneous tools that add bulk and weight but are rarely used. Instead of needing a holster, I can wear it in my pocket like I would any other knife.”

Leatherman Skeletool CX

Better Than a Blade Alone
For years, this Editor’s favorite, carry-around cutting instrument has been a semi-serrated Spyderco Delica. I may finally retire the Delica and replace it with the Skeletool CX. For not much more money than a Delica costs today, the Skeletool provides a semi-serrated stainless cutting blade, plus pliers and a bit-driver. The overall package isn’t much larger than my Delica, and it’s just as easy to carry. The Skeletool CX has a removeable pocket clip PLUS a handy, carabiner type carry loop (see photo at right).

• Length: 4 in. / 10 cm closed
• Weight: 5 ounces / 142 grams
• Features: Combination Straight/Serrated Cutting Blade (154CM stainless steel), Pliers, Wire Cutters, Screwdriver with bits, Bit Storage in handle, Bottle Opener, Lanyard Ring, Carabiner snap-loop, Removable Pocket Clip
• Materials: Stainless Steel, Tungsten DLC Coating, 154CM, Carbon Fiber (handle)

Included Bits:
• Phillips #1 and #2
• Screwdriver 3/16″ and 1/4″

Leatherman Skeletool CX

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October 1st, 2008

Important Gun Industry Jobs Offered

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) lists current firearms-related job offerings in its Industry Career Connection webpage. There are a number of interesting positions offered currently by major players in the gun industry.

1. Hornady Manufacturing (Grand Island, NE)
Hornady is seeking a skilled Product Engineer to work on bullets and ammunition. Salary is listed as “negotiable”.
Job Description: This position will be responsible for design of products and the associated tooling, manufacturing processes and quality testing for the product. Must possess strong demonstrated project management skills and be proficient in CAD. Prefer a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Science or Mathematics or 10 years experience in the Ammunition or Bullet industry. Some traveling to trade shows will be required.
Contact: Carolyn Weidner, HR Adminstrator, (308) 382-1390.

2. MidwayUSA (Columbia, MO)
MidwayUSA seeks a Gunsmithing Technical Services Specialist. The listed salary is $30-45K per annum.
Job Description: Responsible for providing technical information specifically for our Gunsmithing product line. This position will be responsible for writing technical product descriptions for both our website and catalog production, managing customer comments from our website and staying up to date with the latest product information. The ideal candidate will have excellent reloading experience and be versed on the best products and methods in regards to reloading, optics and ammunition in today’s market.
Other Positions: MidwayUSA also has web-related job openings for Web Marketing Manager ($60-100K), Graphic Designer ($30-$55K), and SEO Analyst (Search Engine Optimization).
Contact: For more information on all these positions, contact Jake Dablemont in Human Resources, (573) 447-5135.

3. Remington Arms Company Inc. (Madison, NC)
Remington is looking for a new Brand Manager for the Marlin Firearms line of guns. (Remington acquired Marlin in January, 2008). Salary is not specified, but this should be a six-figure position, based on comparable jobs in the industry.
Job Description: Position is responsible for managing core product categories to insure products are positioned competitively in the marketplace and are appropriately configured and featured to compete in current market conditions. Job involves updating existing products as well as introducing new products into the market, positioning these products and monitoring product life cycles. Brand Manager has key responsibility for the profitability of the product line — this requires understanding target market and keeping the product line competitive on both price and features. Candidate must develop and produce Strategic Planning documents.
Contact: Angela Holden, HR Recruiter, (336) 548-8602.

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