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Ankeny, IA – The 2019 Caliber Awards Finalists have been selected for the 3rd annual NASGW-POMA Caliber Awards.
The National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers (NASGW) in partnership with the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA), have chosen the top products in six categories including: Best New Rifle, Best New Handgun, Best New Shotgun, Best New Ammunition, Best New Optic, and Best New Accessory. An independent panel of 18 industry judges will select the winners in each category as well as a Best Overall New Product. In order to qualify, manufacturers needed to be a NASGW member in good standing, the product must have been publicly released between the end of last year’s NASGW Expo and the beginning of this year’s Expo, and submission of the products was required through the NASGW Expo New Product Showcase, found on the NASGW Expo website and NASGW Connect mobile app.
“In our 3rd year, the Caliber Awards continue to gain recognition as one of the top awards in the shooting sports industry,” said Kenyon Gleason, NASGW president. “Our expert panel of 18 judges is choosing from the best of the best with some really innovative new products.”
The Caliber Awards offer a unique, unbiased approach to recognizing and honoring new innovative products. The voting panel is comprised of the people who buy and sell these products on a daily basis as well as the media members who review and report on these products in the field.
“The Caliber Awards and our partnership with NASGW continue to be a great addition to the shooting industry,” said POMA Executive Director Kevin Orthman. “It’s great to see the product innovation and progress the industry continues to develop.”
Being chosen as a finalist is an honor itself. Over 150 submissions were narrowed down by the panel to three finalists in each category. Judges were asked to consider the uniqueness, market need, the value of the product, the ingenuity, and presentation. The finalists for this year’s Caliber Awards are:
- Huntego Limited - CleanShot
- Mantis - Mantis X10
- SIG SAUER - MOD X9
- Leopold & Stevens - Freedom RDS
- SIG SAUER - Romeo 8T
- Trijicon - SRO
- Dickinson Arms - Plantation Over & Under
- Girsan - MC312 Gobbler
- Franklin Armory - Reformation® RS7™
- CVA - Paramount
- Remington Arms - Marlin 1895 Dark
- Ruger - Precision® Rimfire
- Hornady - A Tip
- Remington Arms - Golden Saber
- Winchester Ammunition - 350 Legend
- Mossberg - MC 1SC 9MM
- SIG SAUER - P365 SAS
- Walther - Q5 Match Steel Frame
Winners for the all-new Caliber Awards will be announced on October 22 at the NASGW Annual Appreciation Dinner during the NASGW Expo in Orlando, FL. The Annual Appreciation Dinner will also feature NASGW’s Annual Appreciation Awards, honoring the year’s strongest two-step distribution manufacturing partners. Tickets can be purchased online through the NASGW Expo website at nasgwexpo.org.
The National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers is comprised of wholesalers, manufacturers, independent sales reps, media and service providers - both national and international - all of whom are primarily focused on shooting sports equipment and accessories. As a trade association representing the business interests of its members, NASGW’s mission is to bring shooting sports buyers and sellers together. For more information about the NASGW, visit the association’s website at www.nasgw.org.
POMA continues to uphold its tradition of promoting excellence in communications at all levels. This includes connecting the companies and organizations whose focus is the outdoor industry with the content creators who can help tell their stories and promote their products.
By The Outdoor Wire - Thursday, October 10, 2019