June 30, 2009
Heres this weeks ammo update as reported by Michael Bane on his blog. If your buying at wally-world, keep looking. Ours still aint got any ammo in!
There are a few bright spots on ammo. There seems to be a lot of 5.56/.223 around right now, at reasonable prices, $300-$400 per K. Nine mil is coming into the pipeline, too, but the prices are still badly inflated. It seems to me that .22LR is lagging a bit behind, with mostly target variants available. I’ve been shooting a lot of the Aguila blue box low-end target stuff (they have several more expensive target variations) I got a good deal on from Midway USA a few weeks ago, and I’ve been very happy with it.Primers…fuggetaboutit, at least for the time being. I found Federal Small Pistol Magnum, but only 3K. Strongly suggest you sign up for Midway USA’s email alerts, then buy the primers when the email comes in. I got an alert on large pistol primers, which I haven’t seen in a coon’s age, last week, but I was away from my computer. By the time I signed in 3 hours after the alert arrived, they were all gone.
June 30, 2009
June 30, 2009
Guns N’ Grosses: Arms Makers Fall Back From Obama Surge
By BILL ALPERT
Gun fanciers have loaded up on 15-round pistols and military-style rifles since the November election of a Democratic Congress and a president partial to gun control.
Southport, Conn.-based Ruger saw earnings quadruple in its fiscal first quarter from a year ago, rising to about $6 million, or 30 cents a share, on revenue of $64 million. Smith & Wesson’s earnings doubled in its fiscal fourth quarter, to $7.4 million, or 14 cents a share. The Springfield, Mass., company’s revenue was up 20% to $100 million.
On this rush of business, investors bid up shares of Ruger to as high as $13.71, from $6.50 before the election, while Smith & Wesson stock has risen to more than $7.50, from a pre-election $1.60.
But now the gun industry’s leading indicator — the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s monthly count of the instant background checks it runs for gun dealers — is settling back toward pre-election levels. While November background checks were 42% above the year-earlier level, May’s were up just 15%.
June 30, 2009
TASER XREP Ready to Fly
Wireless TASER Round Achieves Groundbreaking 100 Foot Range, Available Now
June 30, 2009
LINEUP INCLUDES 11 DEBUT SHOWS: ‘BERETTA’S WILD & RAW,’ ‘FIELD & STREAM OUTDOOR ICONS,’ ‘THE BEST DEFENSE: SURVIVAL,’ ‘DUCKS UNLIMITED,’ ‘BENELLI PRESENTS DUCK COMMANDER,’ ALONG WITH OTHER RETURNING HIT SERIES
POPULAR TALENT, UNFORGETTABLE DESTINATIONS, RUGGED ADVENTURES – ONLY ON OUTDOOR CHANNEL
TEMECULA, Calif., June 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Outdoor Channel (Nasdaq: OUTD), America’s leader in Outdoor TV, today announced its robust and compelling third quarter (Q3) programming schedule starting June 29th. Entertaining and educating for more than 15 years, the network features the biggest on-air celebrities in the outdoor industry, plus breathtaking backdrops and action-packed adventures the entire family can enjoy. All of this is part of the mix this season, as new original shows premiere and returning hit series debut!
‘We’ve consistently packed our schedule with powerful content that truly captures the excitement of authentic hunting, fishing, shooting and adventure, giving our loyal viewer base more of what they have come to enjoy from Outdoor Channel,’ said Tom Hornish, COO, Outdoor Channel. ‘Our third quarter schedule illustrates our commitment to producing the highest quality shows in the genre.’
June 30, 2009
Well, now that ball season is over and my oldest child has graduated and hopefully starting a job soon, I hope I can get back on track to a better investing education.
I was reading a blog out camping and there was a post about investing in your outdoor gear. That got me thinking over the weekend while I was trying to get my work shop cleaned up. I started looking around at my power tools and wondering if I could invest in any of those companies. Naturally I moved over to my hunting gear. What products do I use and more importantly, how many other hunters are there, who buy this stuff every year before they head outdoors.
Somewhere on this blog, I think I told yall I own some Smith & Wesson stock along with my dad’s old S&W 38 revolver. I also own a Ruger 10-22 rifle however I dont own any Ruger stock, but I do watch it along with my S&W. I own some Rocky boots so I should look them up and see what going on with them maybe.
Over the next week or so, Im going to make a list of stuff I carry on every trip outdoors. Then I’ll start looking online and see what companies are publicly traded.
Heres your first symbol to look up “BOOT“
June 30, 2009
Over on the Thinking Outside blog, they posted something that caught my eye and kind of fits into the outdoor investing world. The solar power world that is. I really think solar power will be a big energy source in the coming years. I think every thing will start showing up with solar chargers. Heck they have been on bass boats for awhile now. And as a matter of fact ,I have an information packet from a company who was looking for dealers to sell solar powered back backs. More info on those things later…… back to the blog post.
Remember how the enviromental nazis’ went nuts when the Bush clan wanted to drill on public lands. Well gues what, Obama is also considering taping public lands for energy. But wait just a minute, hes looking for How would you like to see fields of solar panels on your next great outdoor aventure? Well I bet it would be better then your favorite mountain being strip mined….
But what about access to this land, sounds like they are going to block hunting access to me…..
676,000 acres of federal publicly owned land taken from the us, the public, and given for use by privite electric companies basicly for free, then they sell us what they basicly get for free, solar energy. At almost half, 351,000 acres are located in the Mojave Desert with the remaining lands in California, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado and New Mexico.
Heres a quote from the Thinking Outdoors blog quote:
Mr. Salazar, appearing in Las Vegas with Harry Reid, the Senate Majority Leader, said that 670,000 acres of lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (an agency within the Department of the Interior) would be studied to determine whether they could support large solar power arrays.
Twenty-four tracts of land in six states — Nevada, Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah — are under review. Maps of the land will be published shortly in the Federal Register.
I think if they get to use public land, then the public should get free power!
Whos with me?
June 22, 2009
Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. to Join Russell 3000 Index
June 19, 2009
Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE-RGR) announces that it will join the Russell 3000® Index when Russell Investments reconstitutes its U.S. and global equity indexes on June 26, according to a preliminary list of additions published on June 12.
Annual reconstitution of Russell’s U.S. indexes captures the 4,000 largest U.S. stocks as of the end of May, ranking them by total market capitalization. Membership in the Russell 3000, which remains in place for one year, means automatic inclusion in the large-cap Russell 1000® Index or small-cap Russell 2000® Index as well as the appropriate growth and value style indexes. Russell determines membership for its equity indexes primarily by objective, market-capitalization rankings and style attributes. The Russell 3000 also serves as the U.S. component to the Russell Global Index, which Russell launched in 2007.
Ruger CEO Michael O. Fifer commented, “We are very pleased to be included in the Russell 3000 Index, which reflects well on the Company’s achievements over the past few years, and we are hopeful that it will broaden the Company’s appeal to a wider spectrum of investors.”
Russell indexes are widely used by investment managers and institutional investors for index funds and as benchmarks for both passive and active investment strategies. An industry-leading $4 trillion in assets currently are benchmarked to them. These investment tools originated from Russell’s multi-manager investment business in the early 1980′s when the company saw the need for a more objective, market-driven set of benchmarks in order to evaluate outside investment managers.
Total returns data for the Russell 3000 and other Russell Indexes is available at http://www.russell.com/Indexes/performance/default.asp.
About Sturm Ruger
Sturm, Ruger was founded in 1949 and is one of the nation’s leading manufacturers of high-quality firearms for the commercial sporting market. Sturm, Ruger is headquartered in Southport, CT, with manufacturing facilities located in Newport, NH and Prescott, AZ.
Russell Investments provides strategic advice, world-class implementation, state-of-the-art performance benchmarks and a range of institutional-quality investment products. Russell has $136 billion in assets under management as of March 31, 2009, and serves individual, institutional and advisor clients in more than 40 countries. Founded in 1936, Russell is a subsidiary of The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company.
Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. “Arms Makers for Responsible Citizens”®
June 18, 2009
New Site Features Enhanced Functionality and a Multitude of Resources for Affiliate Partners
TEMECULA, Calif., June 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Outdoor Channel (Nasdaq: OUTD), America’s leader in Outdoor TV, today announced the launch of the new Outdoor Channel affiliate web site, an interactive site designed specifically for Outdoor Channel affiliates. The site, located at http://affiliates.outdoorchannel.com/, is a one-stop-shop for essential information, providing a suite of comprehensive resources for affiliates, including information about the network, its specialized outdoor content, plus marketing and local ad sales support.
“We developed this new, easy-to-navigate online destination as part of our ongoing commitment to provide our affiliates with everything they need to succeed as our partner,” said Randy Brown, Senior Vice President, Affiliate Sales and Marketing, Outdoor Channel. “Based on affiliate feedback, we anticipate the site’s depth and functionality will substantially improve their ability to benefit from Outdoor Channel’s investment in local sales and marketing tools.”
Outdoor Channel’s new affiliate web site is all-inclusive. Complete with a video player featuring various programming spots and showcasing the network’s focus on conservation, affiliates can witness the ingenuity and quality of Outdoor Channel’s SD, HD and VOD content first-hand. Additional marketing information is also featured, promoting the network’s national campaigns and delivering key marketing elements, as well as offering instant access to current programming details. Cable executives can also use the affiliate site to research Outdoor Channel in developing tools and presentations for local advertising sales.
All details imaginable, including technical information, photo galleries and contact information for corporate and regional representatives are available via the Outdoor Channel affiliate web site.
About Outdoor Channel Holdings, Inc.
Outdoor Channel Holdings, Inc. owns and operates Outdoor Channel, America’s leader in outdoor TV, and Winnercomm Inc., an Emmy Award winning production and interactive company. Outdoor Channel offers programming that captures the excitement of hunting, fishing, shooting, off-road motorsports, adventure and the Western lifestyle and can be viewed on multiple platforms including high definition, video-on-demand, as well as on a dynamic broadband website. Winnercomm Inc. is one of America’s largest and highest quality producers of live sporting events and sports series for cable and broadcast television. Winnercomm also owns and operates the patented Skycam and CableCam aerial camera systems which provide dramatic overhead camera angles for major sports events, including college and NFL football. For more information please visit www.outdoorchannel.com.
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June 18, 2009
EAST HAVEN, Connecticut–Netkey, a global provider of software for self-service kiosks and digital signage, today announced that its customer Cabela’s Inc. (NYSE: CAB) has won the 2009 Self-Service Excellence Award for “Best Overall Software Solution” for its in-store interactive kiosk program, powered by Netkey software. The award was presented at the KioskCom Self Service Expo and The Digital Signage Show.
Known as “The World’s Foremost Outfitter,” Cabela’s operates 30 retail superstores in the U.S. and Canada, some as big as 250,000 sq. ft. It also has a popular mail order catalog. The company’s web site, www.cabelas.com, offers more than 200,000 items and is considered one of the leading online sites for outdoor retailing.
Cabela’s has moved aggressively to synchronize its retail channels and enhance the customer experience by extending online e-commerce capabilities into its stores using interactive kiosks powered by Netkey software. The kiosks also support several other customer-facing applications including product information, inventory availability, promotional registration, and the ability to join Cabela’s CLUB, their popular loyalty program and Visa credit card.
“We are pleased that our kiosk program has been recognized with this prestigious award,” said Kari Blankenship, Retail Programs Manager from Cabela’s. “Our customers have told us they want more convenience and more options in their shopping experience at Cabela’s and that’s exactly what the kiosks give them. We are now able to extend our entire product selection to customers at any location, regardless of store size.”
More than 250 kiosks have been installed in Cabela’s retail stores. Kiosk application and remote management software is provided by Netkey, offering Cabela’s customers a rich interactive user experience and giving the company the ability to remotely monitor, track and update all kiosks in their stores nationwide from a single PC.
“Cabela’s is demonstrating the power and value of multi-channel retailing by bringing their online assets into the store using kiosks and giving their customers access to more products and services,” said V. Miller Newton, chief executive officer of Netkey. “We’re proud that Netkey has been a partner in the success of Cabela’s kiosk program.”
A video demonstration of the Cabela’s kiosk can be found on the Netkey web site at: http://www.netkey.com/Default.aspx?tabid=206
Cabela’s Incorporated, headquartered in Sidney, Nebraska, is a leading specialty retailer, and the world’s largest direct marketer, of hunting, fishing, camping and related outdoor merchandise. Since the Company’s founding in 1961, Cabela’s® has grown to become one of the most well-known outdoor recreation brands in the world, and has long been recognized as the World’s Foremost Outfitter®. Through Cabela’s growing number of retail stores and its well-established direct business, it offers a wide and distinctive selection of high-quality outdoor products at competitive prices while providing superior customer service. Cabela’s also issues the Cabela’s CLUB® Visa credit card, which serves as its primary customer loyalty rewards program. Cabela’s stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “CAB.”
Netkey is a global provider of solutions for self-service kiosks and digital signage. Netkey helps businesses increase sales, enhance the customer experience and improve communications with consumers and employees. Netkey is a trusted partner to leading organizations including Avery Dennison, Bank of America, Borders, Cabela’s, Casual Male XL, Clear Channel, Target, Toys “R” Us, the U.S. Postal Service, and many others. Contact Netkey at 1-800-443-7924, via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on the Web at www.netkey.com
Robert Ventresca (203) 907-0227 or email@example.com
John Castillo (308) 255-2221 or John.Castillo@cabelas.com