June 30, 2016
Greeley, PA – Magnum Research (MRI) has always counted their BFR (Big Frame Revolver) series among their many success stories. It all began in 1999, when an independent gunsmith/designer named Jim Tertin, was approached by MRI to manufacture the new large caliber revolver for them. Tertin mastered the base pin design, firing pin, barrels, frame and cylinder, and fine-tuned the timing of all BFR revolvers, and then put it into production for Magnum Research. In 2005, Tertin sold the BFR design to MRI and was hired by them as the Director of Manufacturing. His focus is now that of Director of Design, Research and Development for all MRI products including the iconic Desert Eagles and Baby Desert Eagles.
In an effort to always keep the BFR in the forefront of this competitive industry of revolver manufacturers, the BFR has been redesigned with some exciting new features. The hammer spur was addressed first and it is now taller and narrower than previous models. It was raised vertically allowing for easier cocking and is significantly easier to shoot, even with a gloved hand. The new hammer is 100% machined in stainless steel and is made with extremely tight tolerances giving it a very smooth and consistent trigger pull.
Also new for the entire BFR product line is the soft rubber, one-piece grip. They were designed with the most correct taper needed for single-action shooting. With its new ergonomic design, it is just slightly longer than the original two-piece grip MRI used prior to this. The new Hogue grip is a brand new “screwless design” that has never before been offered on a single-action revolver. The one-piece rubber grip fits snugly to the grip frame and will not move under recoil. Each grip is shipped with an assembly/disassembly tool that aids in installing or removing the grip. The new grips and hammers will fit any BFR manufactured since 2000 and are available directly from Magnum Research.
The last new feature offered on the entire BFR product line is the new BFR logo. The logo was designed internally by Kevin Yoon, Marketing Manager, Kahr Firearms Group and it truly reflects a more modern look for the BFR revolvers.
All BFR special ordered calibers, and all twelve BFR standard models with calibers that include: .454 Casull, .44 Magnum, .30/30 Win, .45/70 Govt., .460 S&W, .500 S&W, and .45LC/.410, and with barrel lengths of 5” up to 10” will feature the new upgrades.
June 13, 2016
Greeley, PA – Magnum Research is proud to be a Silver Sponsor of the Scholastic Action Shooting (SASP) National Championship. The event will take place at the Cardinal Center in Marengo, OH July 9-16.
The family-friendly championship event invites youth, 12 years old through college age, to compete in a 4-station timed action shooting event – which includes four “Low Ready” challenges: Focus, Go Fast, In & Out, and Speed Trap. The SASP program is designed to teach young people about fair play, individual responsibility, sportsmanship, self-discipline and personal commitment while also competing in a fun event.
As a Silver Sponsor, Magnum Research has donated five .22 rifles from their Magnum Lite series. One of the donations is the MLR22ATUT which is a 22LR rifle featuring the new Ultra Barrel. This 18-1/2” long, high-tech, modular tensioned-type barrel took Magnum Research over a year to develop and is extraordinary accurate, in part, because of the patented heat sink located inside the barrel. The MLR22ATUT measures 36-5/8” in length and weighs less than 5 pounds. This model can also accommodate a suppressor and has muzzle threads of ½ x 28. Other features include: 1 in 16 twist, Bentz chamber, a black polymer ambidextrous thumbhole stock design with a comb designed for scopes, integral Weaver-type scope mount base on the receiver, and an extended magazine release. MSRP on the rifle is $596.00.
Also donated by Magnum Research is the MLR22H. This .22LR Hogue® OverMolded™ rifle is from the Magnum Lite® Series and features a patented graphite barrel which makes it lighter weight and has better heat dissipation than that of steel while still maintaining rigidity. This exceptionally accurate rifle features a 17” barrel, an overall length of 35.5” and weighs in less than 5 pounds. The integral rail can accommodate Weaver style rings for optics. The stock is a Hogue OverMolded model. The MSRP on the MLR22H is $669.
“We are so happy that Magnum Research, Inc. has joined the Scholastic Action Shooting Program as a Silver level sponsor” stated National Director of SASP, Tammy Mowry. “With the rebranding of the Scholastic Pistol Program earlier this year to the Scholastic Action Shooting Program and the addition of the rimfire rifle program, Magnum Research’s .22 rifles will fit nicely into our program.”
For more information on the Scholastic Action Shooting Program National Championship, go to http://sssfonline.org/scholastic-pistol-program-spp.
May 10, 2016
Greeley, PA – Stop by the Kahr Firearms Group booth #3815 during the 145th NRA Annual Convention in Louisville, Kentucky between 2:00-3:00 PM on Friday May 20th to chat with Michael Bane.
Michael Bane, noted author, TV personality and producer is host of Best Defense, Shooting Gallery, Midway USA’s Best Defense:Survival, and is also the producer of Gun Stories on Outdoor Channel. He has authored more than 20 books and also hosts a weekly radio show and video podcast. Throughout the outdoor industry, his dedication to shooting sports has earned him the respect of not only his peers, but the industry as a whole. His development of the Media Education Program through the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) demonstrates his strong commitment to industry leaders by giving them an opportunity to share their knowledge of the media with firearms manufacturers and shooting enthusiasts worldwide.
Bane has demonstrated a long and well-respected history of support to Kahr Firearms Group for many years and he will be in the Kahr booth to share his experiences as an avid shooter and fan of Kahr, Magnum Research and Auto-Ordnance products. Stop by and chat with him. He always has a great tale to share.
April 28, 2016
Greeley, PA – Congratulations are being extended to Jodi DePorter who was recently promoted from Regional Sales Manager of Kahr Firearms Group to her new position as National Sales Manager, effective immediately.
In her new position, DePorter will be responsible for directing sales activities for all three KFG brands, including; Kahr, Magnum Research and Auto Ordnance. In addition, she will provide leadership to the company’s manufacturer’s reps and will be the point of contact for key distributors and dealer accounts throughout the country. She will also work in conjunction with Frank Harris, VP of Sales and Marketing, to assist with monitoring and directing sales objectives in accordance with sales forecast and production plans.
“I am excited to take on this new responsibility and I look forward to being a part of the growth and development of the sales channels for Kahr Firearms Group” said Jodi DePorter. “I am so thankful to the many people from the firearms industry that have taught, inspired, and influenced me through my career. I feel so blessed to be part of such an exciting industry.”
Ms. DePorter began her career with Kahr Firearms Group in 2006 as a regional sales manager. Prior to coming to Kahr, she worked for ArmaLite and Springfield Armory. She has spent 17 years in the firearms industry.
“Jodi and I have worked together for more than 9 years and I have always been impressed with her approach to sales and how she relates so well to our dealers and distributors” stated Frank Harris, VP Sales and Marketing, Kahr Firearms Group. “From simple problem-solving issues to complicated sales negotiations, she has always demonstrated exceptional skills and a strong work ethic. We are delighted to have her on our team.”
April 20, 2016
Greeley, PA – The latest and popular trend in handguns is exciting new finishes that gun enthusiasts feel best matches their personality. In keeping with this trend, Kahr Firearms Group has created yet another custom finish with their new Black Tiger Stripe Desert Eagle in both .50 AE and .44 Magnum.
The Desert Eagle .50 AE is a gas-operated, semi-automatic pistol with a 7-round capacity in .50 AE and 8-round capacity in .44 Magnum. Both guns measure 10.75” in length with a 6” barrel. Slide width is 1.25”, height 6.25” and the weight with an empty magazine is approximately 4 lbs. 5.8 oz. in .50 AE, and 4 lbs. 6.6 oz. in the .44 Mag. It has a trigger reach of 2.75” and a sight radius of 8.5” with the 6” barrel. The construction of the Desert Eagle utilizes the latest CNC machine technology providing exacting specifications with tight tolerances creating a work of art in a precision firearm. The grip is anatomically formed and provides an ideal hand seating angle for two-handed shooting allowing for comfortable, rapid and accurate firing. The Weaver style accessory rail easily allows for aftermarket optics and scope rings.
“While there are many people that appreciate an unadorned pistol, there are still those that feel they need something more – something that complements their personality” stated Frank Harris, VP of Sales of Marketing. “To address those fans who want something ‘flashier’, we have introduced our handguns in multiple colors, polished gold or chrome and even animal prints. The Black Tiger Stripe Desert Eagle was first exhibited at the 2016 SHOT Show and already we anticipate it will be one of our more popular models.”
The MSRP on the Desert Eagle DE50BTS is $1922 and the Desert Eagle DE44BTS is $1895.
March 28, 2016
Greeley, PA – In 2014, when Kahr Firearms Group purchased their 620-acre parcel of land for the new corporate headquarters, they knew that some of their new “neighbors” in the wooded acreage would be home to various species of wildlife. Much to their delight, a sow bear and her cubs would find all the comforts of home less than 400 yards from the corporate building.
For the third year since Kahr Firearms Group acquired the land, the Pennsylvania Game Commission has come out to check the vitals on the sow that they actually collared in 2006.
Last year, we reported that the sow was healthy and that she had given birth to 4 cubs. Sadly, those 4 cubs did not live, so this year, mama bear gave birth to two adorable cubs, now weighing in at 5 lbs.
Upon receiving permission from Kahr Firearms Group to enter the property and check on the status of the bears, the sow was located using a tracking device and was then darted with a sedative. While the Pennsylvania Game Commission officer collected blood, hair and vitals on the sow, the officer handed over the two cubs to Kahr personnel in order to keep them warm while outside of the den and away from their mom.
“Everyone loves a good bear story, and at Kahr, we feel like these bears add so much interest to this beautiful piece of property where we go to work every day” said Frank Harris, VP of Sales & Marketing. “Every year, a small group of us gather around the Pennsylvania Game Commission officer eager to once again see how our bear neighbor is doing and what offspring she gave birth to over the winter. Sadly, the two previous years she had lost her cubs due to her ailing health and also natural predators, but we were thrilled to see two more this year. We respect the animals of this forest and are so grateful that in spite of our busy office this has not disturbed her and she has decided to stay for the duration.”
The new Kahr Firearms Group corporate headquarters was finished in 2015 and the office in Pomona, NY was closed.
February 15, 2016
Greeley, PA – Should you ever find yourself surrounded by Zombies or other unworldly forces, the new Magnum Research Mark XIX Apocalyptic Desert Eagle may very well be your best defense. The new Cerakote™ white matte distressed finish would intimidate even the most wild of beasts and evil immortals.
For shooting enthusiasts who do not really worry about the apocalypse, this new Mark XIX Desert Eagle distressed white finish just earns kudos for its “cool factor”. The new Cerakote finish consists of a multi-step process which involves a high temperature ceramic coating that holds up well under normal use. It has been extensively tested for durability and has proven to be very tough.
The Apocalyptic Desert Eagle comes in two calibers: .50 AE and .44 Magnum. The .50 AE is a gas-operated, semi-automatic pistol with a 7-round capacity. The .44 Magnum has an 8-round capacity. Both guns measure 10.75” in length with a 6” barrel. Slide width is 1.25”, height 6.25” and the weight with an empty magazine is approximately 4 lbs. 5.8 oz. in .50 AE, and 4 lbs. 6.6 oz. in the .44 Mag. It has a trigger reach of 2.75” and a sight radius of 8.5” with the 6” barrel. The construction of the Desert Eagle utilizes the latest CNC machine technology providing exacting specifications with tight tolerances creating a work of art in a precision firearm. This Desert Eagle features a G10 grip. The G10 material is a high-pressure thermoset plastic laminate consisting of multiple layers of woven fiberglass mesh cloth impregnated with an epoxy resin binder. It is anatomically formed and provides an ideal hand seating angle for two-handed shooting allowing for comfortable, rapid and accurate firing. The Weaver style accessory rail easily allows for aftermarket optics and scope rings.
The MSRP on the new Apocalyptic white matte distressed pattern for the Mark XIX Desert Eagle is $1895 for the DE44WMD and $1922 for the DE50WMD.
January 11, 2016
Greeley, PA – For the second consecutive year, Kahr Firearms Group is proud to be a sponsor of the IDPA West Virginia Championship. The event will take place at the Peacemaker National Training Center in Glengary, WV June 3-5, 2016.
“Last year, Kahr Firearms Group was a contributing sponsor of the IDPA Championship. The 2015 event drew in over 150 shooters, and we really appreciated the opportunity to share our pistols with this talented group of shooters. This year, we decided to become a title sponsor so we could offer even more support to IDPA” said Frank Harris, VP of Sales & Marketing, Kahr Firearms Group. “We are proud to sponsor an event that brings together some of the top defensive pistol shooting enthusiasts in the world. This championship brings together civilians, law enforcement, federal agents, retired military, and also some international shooters. It is a fun event to attend and a great organization for us to support.”
The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) has clubs throughout the USA and internationally. The focus of IDPA is to hone sport-based defensive handgun shooting skills and give shooters with mid-level to expert shooting skills an opportunity to compete against each other in various divisions for rankings.
“The 2016 match will improve over last year by adding even more props, movers, vehicles, challenging stage designs, and better Safety Officer incentives” stated IDPA Match Director, Cody Claxton. “With Kahr as our title sponsor, we will also have even more great guns to give away. It will be a truly fun event for everyone.”
“There will be 7 divisions in total at the match and shooters will participate in 12 defensive handgun stages of fire” stated Cole McCulloch, President Peacemaker National Training Center. “Each stage is based on real time defensive concealed carry scenarios involving moving targets, vehicles and even an airplane. The event is open free of charge to spectators. We are thrilled that Kahr Firearms Group is our title sponsor this year. Kahr pistols are ideal because they are highly concealable, practical and fit the Compact Carry Pistol and Back Up Gun Divisions now offered in IDPA.>> Magnum Research News 2015