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September 26th, 2010

Mossberg Introduces $276 AR-15 Clone Rimfire Trainer

Mossberg Tactical .22LRHere’s a product that should interest varminters and Service Rifle shooters. Mossberg has just introduced its new Tactical .22 auto-loading rimfire rifle. With a $276 MSRP, the Mossberg Tactical .22 provides the look and feel of an AR-style rifle with an affordable price. This gun, officially sold by Mossberg Int’l, promises to be a fun plinker that can also work for very close-range varmint hunting on small prey.

Service Rifle shooters looking for an inexpensive trainer will find that the Mossberg Tactical .22 shares most of the ergonomics of their centerfire AR-15 match rifles. With the rising costs of centerfire ammunition, Mossberg’s new Tactical .22 rimfire can provide a cost-effective training platform.

Mossberg Tactical .22LR

Mossberg Tactical .22LRModel 702 Action in AR-Style Chassis
The lightweight Mossberg Tactical .22 is based on Mossberg’s proven model 702 rimfire autoloader. Mossberg adapted the Model 702 action to an AR-style chassis with an 18″ barrel and a quad-rail fore-end. (We would rather see standard AR-style handguards, but this does allow a varminter to mount lights or other accessories on the forearm.) The Mossberg Tactical .22 will be offered with two stock configurations — a fixed stock with 13″ LOP, or a 6-position stock that can adjust length of pull from 10-3/4″ – 14.5″. The adjustable stock may be good for young kids, but otherwise we recommend the fixed stock. The Tactical .22 comes with an A2-style carry handle and an adjustable rear peep/front blade iron sights. On top of the carry handle is a Picatinny rail for mounting optics. Groan — that’s the wrong position for a scope, because you can’t maintain a cheek weld, but the rail is better than nothing if you need to mount a red dot or other sighting system. A 10-rd magazine is standard.

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September 26th, 2010

Product Manager Jobs Offered by Both S&W and FNH USA

Would you like a “dream job” helping to develop new firearms for a major manufacturer with a strong heritage? Are you interested in Tactical and Law Enforcement rifles? Well here are two great opportunities. Both Smith & Wesson and FNH USA are currently seeking to hire product managers.

S&W Tactical Rifle Product Manager
The S&W Tactical Rifle Product Manager, based in Massachusetts, will be responsible for developing short-term tactics and long-term strategies to achieve margin and revenue objectives. This position involves strategic planning, product development and category growth. According to S&W, the successful candidate “will drive the strategic positioning of S&W within the broad tactical rifle market, identify and execute emerging user trends and growth opportunities with a very strong focus on new product development.” A bachelors degree is required, with MBA desirable. Candidates should have 7-10 years job experience with 5 years in product management leadership roles. To apply, contact Danielle Sanville, HR Dept., dsanville [at], (413) 747-3477.

FNH Commercial/LE Asst. Product Manager
FNH is seeking an Assistant Product Manager for its Law Enforcement and Commercial Sales group, based in McClean, VA. FNH says: “Candidate duties will include new product launch and enhancement development for firearms in the law enforcement and commercial markets. Experience in product or project management to include business case development and product launch planning/scheduling is required.” Knowledge of firearm design, testing, and manufacturing processes is beneficial. A bachelor’s degree in business administration or marketing is preferred. Knowledge of the general firearm market or competitive shooting sports is desired. If you’re interested, email Paula Staudt, FNH Human Resource Director, fnhusahr [at], or call (703) 288-3500.

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