-NBS NEWS-
NBS Announces Dates for 2021 Fall Semi-Annual Market in Fort Worth, Texas
We are excited to announce that the NBS 2021 Fall Semi-Annual Market will be an in-person event that will take place from August 23-25, 2021, at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas! Registration is not open yet, but we will share more information regarding registration in the coming weeks. To view the current Market schedule of events, click here.
-NEW MEMBER ANNOUNCEMENTS-
Welcome Top Cat Sales to the NBS Family!
We are excited to welcome Top Cat Sales to the Nation's Best Sports Family! Top Cat Sales is a team athletic dealer located in Madison Heights, Michigan. We look forward to seeing our new Member at our upcoming Markets! To learn more about Top Cat Sales, click here.
-MEMBER NEWS-
Smith & Wesson Recognizes 14 NBS Members as Ambassador Dealers
Smith & Wesson announced that thirty-two of its top retailers across the nation have been recognized as Ambassador Dealers for their outstanding performance in 2020. The Smith & Wesson Ambassador Dealer program recognizes retailers who serve as strong advocates for the Smith & Wesson family of brands and who continually support the company in selling and promoting its brands and products.

The following 14 NBS Members have been recognized as Ambassador Dealers: Able's Sporting (TX), Adventure Outdoors (GA), Ammo Bros (CA), Buds Gun Shop (KY), Fin Feather Fur Outfitters (OH), Florida Gun Exchange (FL), H & H Gun Range (OK), Magnum Shooting Center (CO), Nagel's Gun Shop (TX), Shooters of Jacksonville (FL), Superior Outfitters (TX), Top Gun Shooting Sports (MI), Vance Outdoors (OH), and Williams Gun Sight (MI). Congratulations to all 14 of our Members for this achievement! To learn more about the Smith & Wesson Ambassador Dealer Program, click here.
-INDUSTRY NEWS-
ICAST 2021 Opens Registration for In-Person Event in July
ICAST, the world's largest sportfishing industry trade show, is back with a show floor packed with exhibitors plus all the great events you've come to expect including New Product Showcase, On the Water Demo Day, Industry Breakfast, Education Seminars, and more! | For More...
NSSF, USA Mentor Reward Program Reaches 1,000 Novice Hunters & Shooters
In late January, the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) wrapped up their 2020 Mentoring Rewarded campaign upon recruiting union members to mentor 1,000 newcomers in hunting, target shooting, or firearms safety. | For More...
NICS Background Checks Growth Slows in February
The FBI completed 1.38 million gun background checks on an NSSF-adjusted basis in February, an increase of 7.2 percent compared to the February 2020 NSSF-adjusted NICS figure of 1.29 million. The increase follows strong double-digit gains in recent months, including a 75.2 percent hike in January. | For More...
Mastercard: U.S. Retail Sales Grew 4.6 Percent in February
U.S. retail sales climbed 4.6 percent in February after adjusting for the fact that 2020 was a leap year, according to data from Mastercard’s SpendingPulse. Without seasonal adjustments, the total retail sales increase would have been 1 percent. | For More...
-VENDOR NEWS-
Pure Fishing to Acquire Plano Synergy Holdings
Pure Fishing Inc., the world’s largest fishing tackle company, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase Plano Synergy Holdings Inc. The purchase will include Plano Synergy’s 15 preeminent brands, which specialize in tackle storage, catch management, hunting accessories and archery. This acquisition is the third for Pure Fishing in two years under the ownership of private equity firm Sycamore Partners. | For More...
Rocky Brands Announces Completion of Acquisition of Honeywell International
Rocky Brands, Inc. announced that on March 15, 2021, it completed its previously announced acquisition of the performance and lifestyle footwear business of Honeywell International, Inc., including The Original Muck Boot Company and XTRATUF footwear brands for $230 million. | For More...
Trigon Sports Acquires Practice Partner
Trigon Sports Int., Inc. announced the acquisition of Practice Partner, Inc. located in Wilmington, NC, effective March 1, 2021. Trigon Sports will acquire the Practice Partner assets, supply chain, and customer base. The merged business will continue operating in Memphis, TN. | For More...
Legacy Sports Appoints Director of Merchandising & SVP Finance/Operations
Legacy Sports International appointed Randy Casper as director of merchandising and Rod Hansen as senior vice-president, finance & operations. | For More...
TacSol Names Director of Sales
Tactical Solutions (TacSol), based in Boise, ID, has promoted Cody Bennion to director of sales. Bennion joined the maker of rimfire firearms, upgrades, and accessories in February 2020 and promoted to national sales manager in June 2020. | For More...
-MARKETING & SOCIAL MEDIA-
-WINTER SPORTS-
Vail Resorts Sees Improving Visitation Rates
Vail Resorts Inc. reported total visitation across its North American destination mountain resorts and regional ski areas were down 5 percent in the second quarter. Season-to-date total skier visits through March 7 were down 8.2 percent. | For More...
-ATHLETICS-
SFIA, NFHS & NCAA to Host Virtual Team Sports Rules Conference
The Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA), the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) moved its traditional Team Sports Rules Conference in Indianapolis, IN, to a virtual platform on April 13-14, 2021. | For More...
-CRASH'S CORNER-
5 Ways to Boost Your Focus, Even For Short Periods of Time
Ideally, comprehensive self-care—good nutrition, exercise, sleep, meditation, and the like—helps us stay sharp. But even when those things aren’t possible, there comes a time when you just need to concentrate, regardless of the circumstances. | For More...
-CRASH'S MEME OF THE DAY-
-NEW MEMBER RECRUITING-
Do You Know Any Independent Retailers That Would Be a Good Fit For NBS?
In case you are not aware, NBS provides a stipend to those who refer and actively assist in our recruiting effort. For more information, or to discuss possible leads, contact Julie Cerza via phone at 817-605-2212 or via email at jcerza@nbs.com.
-HAVE SOMETHING TO SHARE?-
Contact Catherine Rash via email at crash@nbs.com or via phone at 817-605-2223 to share your company's information with NBS!