Industry News: V10N6


Photonis Announces Partnership with Night Vision Devices

Photonis USA Pennsylvania, Inc., has entered into a strategic partnership agreement with Night Vision Devices, Inc., as the United States’ exclusive distributor and integrator for Photonis’ 4G 16mm night vision image intensifier tubes. This announcement comes as the U.S. night vision market continues to expand, and solutions that offer lighter weight, less volume and enhanced capabilities are becoming the norm for specialized operations which rely on the best in night vision technology. Photonis 4G 16mm Image Intensifier Tubes are the lightest mass-produced tubes on the market, customized with a choice of photocathode, phosphor screen, gating speed and power supply.

Walther Arms Announces New Marketing Manager and Vice President of Sales

Cody Osborn, Marketing Manager

Walther Arms, Inc. is excited to announce the addition of Cody Osborn to the position of Marketing Manager. Originally from Texas, Cody holds a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Science and a Master of Education in Agriculture Leadership, Education and Communications from Texas A&M University. For the past 3 years, Cody has been working with Walther as a Dealer Support Rep and a Dealer Support Rep Manager. During his time in these positions, Cody established strong relationships with Walther dealers across the United States, helping them with inventory, sales staff product training, sales and event promotions. Cody is also a member of the Walther Pro Shooting Team, competing in USPSA Production and Carry Optics. In his new role, Cody will manage Walther’s marketing team including media relations, content development, advertising, events, social media and more.

Chris Carlberg, Vice President Sales

Walther Arms, Inc. also announced that Chris Carlberg has joined Walther as Vice President of Sales reporting to CEO Adam Blalock.

Carlberg will lead all sales direction, planning, expansion and execution for Walther handguns in the United States. Walther handguns set the standard for concealed carry semiautomatic pistols with Walther Performance Design which includes innovative features like ergonomic grip contours, interchangeable grip backstraps, refined control placement and the best trigger system on a polymer handgun.

Chris brings to Walther Arms a well-established and successful career in the firearms industry, including more than 22 years with industry leading firearm distributor Bill Hicks & Company. He also served as Chief Operating Officer for Chris is an avid hunter and outdoorsman and gives back to the outdoors, serving on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Sportsmen’s Club and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Hamline University.

*Walther is the premier provider of personal protection and recreational firearms of various calibers ranging from .22 to .45. With a vast devotion for continued innovation and customer focus in a fast-growing industry, Walther Arms engineers products that are built for life.

CMMG Unveils New Brand Logo

Over the course of its history, CMMG has established a reputation for its quality and innovative AR rifles, pistols and small parts. With the launch of the DefCan suppressor line-up earlier this year, CMMG expanded its presence beyond the AR category. As part of a larger rebranding initiative, CMMG is pleased to unveil its new brand logo, to which the company will transition going into 2019.
“Our entire team at CMMG is excited to roll out the new brand logo. It’s indicative of how much CMMG has grown since the beginning. Over that time, we’ve worked tirelessly to expand and enhance our product line-up, along with further strengthening our in-house manufacturing and engineering capabilities. This new brand logo is a reflection of that growth and the bright future ahead,” said Chris Reinkemeyer, CEO of CMMG.

U.S. Special Operations Command Awards 5-Year Contract to Trijicon

The U.S. Special Operations Command awarded Michigan-based Trijicon a $7.62 million contract for handgun sights. The fixed-price contract will run over a 5-year period.

A Trijicon press release stated:
Trijicon®, Inc., global provider of innovative aiming solutions for the hunting, shooting, military and law enforcement markets is pleased to announce the selection of the Trijicon RMR (Ruggedized Miniature Reflex) Type 2 by NSWC Crane Division for the USSOCOM Miniature Aiming System–Day Optics Program. … Work will be performed in Wixom, Michigan, and is expected to be completed by August 2023.

“Trijicon is honored and extremely pleased to win this contract,” said John Rupp, Vice President of Business Development. “This selection is a testament to the rugged durability of Trijicon optics and the RMR Type 2 will provide outstanding performance to USSOCOM.”

The Trijicon RMR® Type 2 deploys a new electronics design that bolsters durability and performance in the most punishing environments and extends the functionality of the red dot sight. The updated electronics and battery contacts increase reliability under the harshest use and stiffest recoil. The CR2032 lithium battery lasts up to four years in the Adjustable LED model at mid-setting. Audible and tactile windage and elevation adjustments allow for quick and easy zeroing with no need for special tools or devices. The RMR Type 2 is compatible with existing RMR mounts and optics-ready pistols.

Trijicon is proud to count among its users all the United States Military Services, including Special Operations Forces, the United States Government, state and local Law Enforcement and many of America’s allies.

According to Trijicon, the RMR® Type 2 is designed to be as durable as the Trijicon ACOG®, while also improving precision and accuracy with any style or caliber of firearm. The RMR Type 2 is designed with a patented housing shape that absorbs impacts and diverts stresses away from the lens to increase durability.

Midwest Gun Works Outsources Production

American Built Arms Company (, a veteran-owned, Type 07/NFA FFL manufacturer of firearms parts and accessories to the law enforcement, military and civilian markets, announced it has been chosen by Midwest Gun Works out of Pevely, MO, to help expand MGW’s rifle parts and accessories offering.

“We are extremely thrilled to be working with Midwest Gun Works and adding another valued industry leader to our Large Online Retailer Program,” said Jason Combs, President and Founder of American Built Arms Company. “As a manufacturer of high-end parts and accessories for the firearms industry, we continue to look to partner with large online retailers who can offer outstanding on-time delivery and a robust product offering to firearms enthusiasts. Midwest Gun Works definitely covers both of these growth-oriented business goals.”

American Built Arms Company will continue to launch and distribute new, “Made in the U.S.A.” products with Midwest Gun Works as they are made available to firearm enthusiasts throughout the country.