Today many companies associated with shooting, hunting and even just everyday outdoor recreation have suffered hard financial times, some more than others. This of course, applies to our “made in the USA” businesses.
As sportsmen and women, we should consider buying “Made in the USA” products next time you need to purchase ammunition, firearms or outdoor gear.
The financial fallout from COVID-19 and the current political climate will be lingering for years if not indefinitely. Let’s do all we can to support our home-grown outdoor companies no matter the product.
Now I will be the first to say that some of these companies may indeed have some parts or other manufacturing done overseas, but as a whole they are 100 percent USA based and supported.
When it comes to the shooting and outdoor industry, below is just a small sampling of USA companies that have excellent track records and products to boot:
If you’re a hunter or shooter you have no doubt used Federal Ammunition. I have personally used it for everything from plinking with my favorite 22, to hunting waterfowl, to big game hunting.
The company has been around for 100 years since its beginnings in 1922 and is based in Anoka, Minnesota. At SHOT Show 2020 the company introduced several new lines of ammo for every application from hunting to self-defense.
Other US ammo companies include, Remington & CCI (along with Federal are owned by Vista Outdoors), Hornady and Winchester to mention but a few.
Henry Repeating Arms
Henry Repeating Arms is a company that lives by its slogan of “made in America or not made at all.” The company offers a wide variety of quality lever, pump, and single action long guns, including many special runs of commemorative firearms.
Henry truly supports communities and the USA through the its on-going tradition of giving back.
Take a look a Henry Repeating Arms the next time you’re looking for a special firearm.
Other born in the USA firearms companies include: Remington, Winchester, Mossberg, Sturm, Ruger & Co., Smith & Wesson, Colt, Browning, Savage and Springfield Armory. All together these companies provide hundreds of years of firearm building know how.
Not sure what else to say except that Case pocket knives have been carried for over 130 years. The company (now owned by Zippo) have been making classic knives that are some of the most collected, and admired for over a century now.
The company’s headquarters is in Bradford, Pennsylvania, but was originally located in Little Valley, New York. Currently there is a Case collectors’ club with thousands of members nationwide attesting to the admiration of Case knives.
Other US knife companies such as Benchmade, Buck, Kershaw, and KABAR, are the cornerstone the American Cutlery industry.
The name Coleman is synonymous with hunting camps, summer fishing trips, classic lanterns and has been for 120 years. This company started out in Kingfisher, Oklahoma in 1900 and now headquarters in Chicago, Illinois.
They are known for all camping essentials including, tents, sleeping bags, lanterns, coolers and more. If you’ve spent any time in the field over the years, chances are you’ve used a Coleman product of some kind.
US companies like Orvis, Columbia and North Face are but a few others you may also want to consider.
Having used Leupold rifle scopes and binoculars for years in a wide variety of field conditions it’s not hard to say they produce quality optics. The company is located in Beaverton, Oregon, and is over 100 years old.
All of their rifle scopes, binoculars, and spotting scopes have a lifetime guarantee.
US companies like, Nightforce, Lucid, and Eotec are but a few additional American optics companies.
This short list is just the tip of the iceberg. There are hundreds of made in the USA companies that manufacture gear and equipment for the great outdoors.
Employing thousands of Americans and working hard at making products that help us all get more out of our time in the back country. Let’s do our best to support them now and into the future.