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March 20th, 2009

Weaver Launches New Website

Weaver Optics has unveiled its new, upgraded website: The new site is easier to navigate, and you’ll find much more complete information on all Weaver riflescopes plus useful charts showing the correct ring/mount sizes for various scope/rifle set-ups.

weaver web site

NEW Weaver Website Features
• Complete scope detail: Each scope category shows available finishes and reticles in a simple, clear presentation.
• Mount charts: Quickly and easily find the right mount for your firearm; then browse the ring options for the right solution to your mounting needs.
• Online purchase: “Buy now” option lets you purchase scopes, mounts, and accessories through an approved, secure third-party online store.

NEW Gunsmith Work Center
Weaver’s new website also features a section just for accessories. There we found a cool new product, Weaver’s new Gunsmith Mounting Center (item 849725). This innovative product combines a gun vise with an integral vertical pegboard for tool storage. The gun vise has dual padded jaws that slide on 30″ rails to accommodate all types of long arms. Measuring over two feet tall, the pegboard offers plenty of room to hang tools and cleaning gear. The unit also has a flat platform behind the vise rails, plus a handy 12″x19″ parts tray up front.

weaver gunsmith mounting center

• Footprint size on workbench: 34″ wide x 18.5″ deep x 30″ tall
• Pegboard panel sizes: 8″ x 26″ (2) 20.5″ x 26″ (1)
• Parts tray size: 12″ x 19.25″
• Vise adjustment range: 0.5″ – 3.25″
• Vise vertical adjustment range: 2.75″

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March 20th, 2009

Half-Price Sale on MidwayUSA Shooting Mats

Here’s a great deal on a functional shooting mat. The MidwayUSA Competition Shooting Mat (item 169107) is currently on sale for just $24.99. That’s marked down $25.00 from the normal $49.99 price. The mat features padding for both knees and elbows, plus corner grommets so the mat can be staked down. It rolls up to a compact 6″ x 27″ package.

Competition shooting mat

• Bottom of mat is constructed of textured, non-skid, water-resistant material
• Roughly .325″ thick at the elbow pads and .350″ thick at the knee pads
• Legal for Highpower/CMP rifle matches and smallbore competition
• Dimensions (unrolled): 69″ Long x 27″ Wide
• Includes handle and shoulder strap

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March 20th, 2009

Smith & Wesson Pistol Sales Up Nearly 50%

Across the country, Americans are purchasing handguns in record numbers, and Smith & Wesson is riding this wave of gun buying. S&W reports that its pistol sales rose a whopping 45.7% in the third quarter of 2008. Due in large part to the rise in handgun revenues, Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. (NASDAQ:SWHC) reported Thursday that it posted a third-quarter profit of $2.4 million, or 5 cents a share, compared to a loss of a loss of $1.8 million, or 4 cents a share, a year ago.

Smith Wesson pistol sales

The company’s third-quarter results easily beat Wall Street estimates. For the quarter, pistol sales jumped 45.7 percent during the quarter while net product sales rose 25.9 percent. Said CEO Michael Golden, “While our hunting business continues to suffer in the current economic environment, the market for hunting rifles in a healthy economy is a sizeable one. In addition, this portion of our business produces barrels for our tactical rifles, products that are clearly in very high demand right now.”

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