August 13th, 2011

SAAMI Hires New Director of Technical Affairs

Randy BimsonThe Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute (SAAMI) has named industry veteran Randy Bimson as its new technical advisor and director of technical affairs. In his position, Bimson will manage all activities of the SAAMI Technical Office. He succeeds Ken Green, who recently retired after serving as SAAMI’s technical advisor and director of technical affairs for the past 16 years. A 35-year industry veteran, Bimson most recently served as senior technical advisor for Beretta USA Corp. Other positions he has held over his career include technical services manager of Brownells’ factory parts division, and gunsmithing products division manager at MidwayUSA.

“The role of technical advisor requires the technical knowledge and attention to detail of a top-notch engineer, great management skills, the social skills of a diplomat and a working knowledge of law thrown in for good measure,” said Rick Patterson, SAAMI managing director. “[Randy’s] knowledge and years of experience will help ensure SAAMI’s technical work remains second to none.”

Founded in 1926 at the request of the U.S. Federal Government, SAAMI is an association of the nation’s leading manufacturers of sporting firearms, ammunition and components. It publishes voluntary industry standards, coordinates technical data and promotes safe and responsible firearm use. It handles both domestic and international technical and regulatory issues that affect safety and reliability of firearms, ammunition and components.

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