Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Ulterior motive...

So, apparently S&W will no longer be the US importers for Walther, starting next year.

Instead, both Umarex USA and the newly-formed Walther Arms, Inc. will share a new corporate headquarters facility in Fort Smith, Arkansas. It's always good to see firearms companies smart enough to locate their facilities someplace other than MA, NY, or IL, but I suspect that there may have been an ulterior motive for Umarex/Walther to pick Arkansas.

They wanted to be close to the source:

9 comments:

og said...

Now that's just cold.

Funny, but cold.

Jason said...

Ouch.

That said, I'm glad the Walther PPQ won't be hobbled by S&W's lack of marketing anymore. Walther's quality is right up there with H&K's, but they don't hate you. And the trigger is second to none. Yet it doesn't sell as well as a gun everybody replaces the trigger on right out of the box, just to make it shootable. I wish gun buyers weren't a bunch of ad-driven lemmings, but they are, so let's get Walther out of the shadow of the M&P and put some glossy ads in magazines.

GBBL said...

I'm a Walther fan.

I hope that this makes the P99 more popular.

Tam said...

P99/PPQ is a fine pistol.

Walther repair/customer service has always been spotty, and Smith really helped them out in that department. Hopefully they don't let it go to the dogs in the divorce...

Trevor Putnam said...

Zing - or maybe, Zinc!

Oh, Walther...your willingness to cut corners on the P22 doesn't impress as much as it did when the model launched. The Ruger SR22 and S&W M&P-22 Pistols are selling very well, both sporting Aluminium slides at competitive prices. Here's hoping they can bring it back with their own US team. I really liked the PPQ I tried recently.

Joe in PNG said...

Hey- from what the interwebz tell me, zinc guns are every bit as good* as ones made from steel, and if you think otherwise, you are some kind of ignorant gun snob!


*usual quote: "ive shot 100s of bullits in my highpoint ok & gloks jam alot yuo suck"

Joe in PNG said...

Also- I think it's rather sweet that Ultramex sells what are basically airsoft replica guns that shoot real (.22lr) bullets. How cool is that?

Kristopher said...

Off topic:

Some awesome from darkroastedblend.com:

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Mick said...

I like the Illinois inclusion. Several years back, just before Les Baer jumped the river to Iowa, I wrote a guest article for the Galesburg IL paper that went to the ISRA and NRA. I called/wrote/emailed/visited all the gunmakers in the Rock Island and Geneseo area about the .50 cal. proposed ban, as well as the ever-unpopular "assault weapons ban" coming up. I was amazed at how much info the various companies were freely willing to provide: payroll, property taxes, fuel costs, employment figures, etc. The gist of my article was to set aside, for a moment, the "gun control" idea, and consider the financial devastation that would impact western Illinoi, and the state in general. I am a nurse by trade, shooter by avocation, and Constitutionalist since having read Atlas Shrugged in my early adulthood (not a conflict, but confirmation). I was amazed at how well-received the article was; I had not intended for that much splash. Chicago runs Illinois; Chicago politicians make a living being anti-gun, contrary to their constuents needs and desires, but they have The Machine. I've droned enough.