Shoot Like A Girl

dedicated to growing the number of women who participate in shooting sports by empowering them with confidence

with a mission to grow the number of women who participate in shooting sports by empowering them with confidence. The first five years focused on archery. The concept was if women could try to shoot a bow, they would love the feeling they get from shooting and join the sport. They developed a process called Test Shots™, and in five years Shoot Like A Girl put bows in the the hands of nearly 3,500 women and grew the number of women archers!

  • 2008 established
  • Feb 2009 launched at the World Archery Festival in Las Vegas, NV
  • Karen Butler is the President of SLG
  • December 2013 added “Firearms Test Shots”
    where women can shoot a 9mm pistol, .223 rifle with the use of a military grade firearms simulation system
  • February 5, 2020 over 22,000 women have participated in the program

Shoot Like A Girl
401 Hughes Road Suite 2
Madison, AL, 35758

Para USA

moved to USA in 2009 – 2015
Canada, North Carolina, Alabama

History in Canada

  • 1985 founded by Ted Szabo and Thanos Polyzos in Canada
    – two childhood friends
    – Szabo was born in Hungary
    – Polyzos was born in Greece
  • had a factory in Markham, Ontario, Canada
  • January 2009 moved to Pineville, North Carolina

USA History

  • January 2009 moved to Pineville, North Carolina
  • Renamed Para USA
  • January 2012 bought by Freedom Group
  • 2014 moved into Remington Arms facility in Huntsville, Alabama
  •  March 2015 cessation of the Para name

Steyr Arms

 USA office 2008

  • 1864 Josef Werndl founded a company that would become Steyr Arms
  • 1884 M. 85 battle rifle
  • 1895 Mannlicher 8mm
  • 1969 SSG 69 long-range tactical rifle
  • 1977 AUG bullpup
  • 1998  Steyr Scout introduced
    – by Lt. Col. Jeff Cooper (USMC),  Gunsite Academy founder
  • 1999 Steyr M9 pistol
  • 2013 headquarters complex in Bessemer, Alabama
    – 33,000 sq./ft.

Steyr Arms USA
2530 Morgan Road
Bessemer, AL 35022

(205) 417-8644


Advanced Armament Corporation

since 1994
Georgia, Alabama

  • 1994 founded by Kevin Brittingham in Lawrenceville, Georgia
    –  previously a distributor for GEMTECH
    –  chief suppressor designers is Robert Silvers
  • 2009 purchased by Remington Arms 
    – Robert Silvers remained  as a leader of r&d
  • 2015 moved to Huntsville, Alabama
  • 2011 instrumental in forming the American Silencer Association (ASA)

1816 Remington Circle SW,
North Dock Bay F
Huntsville, Alabama 35824


Fifty Caliber Shooters Association

  • 1985 established in 1985 by a small group of dedicated individuals who set for themselves the mission to advance the sporting use of the .50 BMG Cartridge.
  •  FCSA is a non-profit organization
  • Registered in Tennessee and Utah
  • primary sport is 1000 yard shooting competition
  • mission to advance the art of extreme long-range accuracy with the fifty caliber rifle
  • 2009 NRA club of the year

FCSA has a sister organization, the Fifty Caliber Institute (FCI), whose role is education, media representation and political advocacy on behalf of .50 caliber owners and manufacturers.

Fifty Caliber Shooters Association (FCSA)
P.O. Box 1601 Theodore
AL 36590


DPMS Panther Arms

founded  in 1985

Defense Procurement Manufacturing Services (DPMS)

  • 1985 founded in Osseo, Minnesota
    manufactured M203, M14 and M16 parts
    U.S. military contracts
  • 1990s moved  to Becker, Minnesota
  • 2004 moved to St. Cloud, Minnesota
  • 2004–2007 doubled its revenue & size
  • 2007 named one of The Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal’s
    “50 fastest-growing privately held companies”
  • December 14, 2007 purchased by Freedom Group
  • 2014 production moved to Remington’s facility in Huntsville, Alabama

DPMS Panther Arms
Huntsville, Alabama


Kimber Manufacturing

founded in 1979

  • 1950s Jack Warne started Sporting Arms (Sportco) in Adelaide, South Australia
  • 1968 Omark Industries purchased Sporting Arms
  • 1968 Jack Warne moved to Oregon
  • 1979 founded as “Kimber of Oregon” by Jack Warne in Clackamas, Oregon
    – accurate .22 long rifle caliber rifles
  • second manufacturing plant in Colton, Oregon
  • 1989, Kimber of Oregon sold to WTD Industries, Inc (Bruce Engel)
    – later went bankrupt
    – Kimber of Oregon’s tooling ended up in a Portland junkyard
  • 1990 Dan Cooper (fomer Kimber employee) founded Cooper Firearms of Montana
  • February 1991 Jack Warne founded the Warne Manufacturing Company
    – manufactured new rifle scope mounting system
  • Mid 1990s  Greg Warne & Les Edelman purchased the original tooling and partnered to found Kimber of America
    – Edelman forced Greg Warne out
  • 1996? – Kimber mves to Yonkers, New York
  • 2002 LAPD SWAT chose a Custom TLE II as standard issue
  • 2019 moved from Yonkers, NY to Troy, Alabama

Beth Alcazar

  • 2000 – creator of the “Pacifiers & Peacemakers” blog
  • author of “Women’s Handgun & Self-Defense Fundamentals.”
  • 2015 – The Well Armed Woman Instructor
  • 2016 – associate editor of the women’s section of USCCA’s Concealed Carry Magazine
  • Represents her state, Alabama, as a member of the D.C. Project
  • 2017 – Certified firearms instructor through the NRA, Sig Sauer Academy, TWAW, I.C.E. Training,
  • 2018 – D.R.A.W. School, A.L.I.C.E. Institute and the USCCA
  • 2019 – NRA’s Marion P. Hammer Woman of Distinction Award



  • 1973 originally the Gwinn Firearms Company in Madison, North Carolina
    sold the Bushmaster bullpup carbine 5.56
    moved to Bangor, Maine
  • Richard Dyke purchased for $241,000
    – moved to Windham, Maine
  • 1992 until 2005 Bushmaster M17S bullpup rifle
  • 2002 “D.C. Sniper” attacks
  • 2006 sold to Cerberus Capital Management
  • 2006 bought Cobb Manufacturing
  • 2007 BA50 bolt action rifle 50bmg
  • 2008 Magpul agreed to manufacture the Masada rifle, as the Bushmaster ACR
  • 2010  ACR entered the market
  • 2011 Remington’s Ilion, NY Facility
  • 2012 added to Freedom Group
  • 2011 Windham Weaponry was created by Richard Dyke
    – in Windham, Maine
  • 2012 Sandy Hook in Newtown, Conn attacks
  • 2014 relocated in Huntsville, Alabama
    – 500,000-square-foot facility
    – formerly used by Chrysler
  • 6,400 firearm gun library ???

Bushmaster Firearms
1816 Remington Circle SW
Huntsville, AL 35824