Springfield Armory


named for the original Springfield Armory in Massachusetts
the original armory closed in 1968

  • Elmer C. Ballance  renamed LH Manufacturing in Texas to Springfield Armory
  • 1974 Bob Reese bought the company
  • M1 Garand
  • 1911-A1,
  • M1A, which is the civilian model of the M-14 rifle
  • 2001  introduced the XD pistol line
  • 2007 introduced the XD-M
  • 2016 SAINT  AR-15
  • 2017 introduced XD-E
  • 2019 Hellcat

Springfield Armory
420 W Main St
Geneseo IL 61254



Dave Grossman

August 23, 1956 

  • Born in Frankfurt, West Germany
  • Specialized in the study of the psychology of killing
  • Lieutenant colonel in the United States Army
  • Professor of psychology at West Point
  • 1995 – Author – On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society
  • 1999 – Author – Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill: A Call to Action Against TV, Movie and Video Game Violence
  • 2004 – Author – On Combat: The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and in Peace
  • 2016 – Author – Assassination Generation : Video Games, Aggression, and the Psychology of Killing


National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers (NASGW)

since 1954


The NASGW is the organizer and sponsor of the industry’s former Hunting Show, now known as the NASGW Annual Meeting/Expo Event. This annual event provides an unmatched educational, marketing and communications opportunity for the hunting and shooting sports wholesaler, manufacturer and sales professional.

  • 1953 organized as the Sporting Goods Jobbers Association
  • 1954 1st incorporated
  • 1962 name was officially changed

The NASGW serves as a liaison with other sporting goods associations, including

  • the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA)
  • The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF)
  • The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation(CSF)
  • The National Rifle Association (NRA)
  • The National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses
  • The National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW).

National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers
One Parkview Plaza, Suite 800
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181 USA
(630) 596-9006



Incorporated in 1951 – 1980

  • Homer Clark Jr
  • most of the components  sold were imported from Europe
  • Shotgun Powder manufactured by Baschieri & Pellagri
    – Bolona, Italy
  • powders from Bofors of Sweden
  • 1964 plastic cased shotloads and blanks
  • 1970 the company over extended itself
  • 1970 acquired by Smith & Wesson & Fiocchi 
  • 1972 Smith & Wesson Fiocchi was manufacturing and selling Alcan branded ammo & components
  • 1980 stopped manufacturing under the Alcan Name


National Sporting Goods Association

founded in 1927
Downers Grove, Illinois

In 1927, the association’s founders fought an unfair taxation on sporting goods in the state of South Carolina. This fight led to the formation of the Sporting Goods Dealer’s Association of South Carolina.

Soon after, other regional sporting goods associations began to form in the East, Midwest and the South. Finally, these associations merged into one and in 1936, the name was officially changed to National Sporting Goods Association.

National Sporting Goods Association 
3041 Woodcreek Drive, Suite 210
Downers Grove, Illinois 60515
(847) 296-NSGA (6742) 


Warren Page

– 1960 Created the First National Conference on the Shooting Sports
– 1972 Director of National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF)


Amateur Trapshooting Association


is the National Governing Body for ATA-type trapshooting. The ATA hosts the Grand American Trapshooting tournament at Vandalia, Ohio in August each year. The “Grand” attracts the most shooters of any shooting event held in the USA.

– Founded 1900
– first president was John Philip Sousa
– Mission, To promote and govern the sport throughout the world
– changed to the Amateur Trapshooting Association in 1923
– http://www.shootata.com

Amateur Trapshooting Association
1105 East Broadway
P.O. Box 519
Sparta, IL 62286

Western Cartridge Company

founded in 1898 – 1944
East Alton, Illinois

Cartridges made by Western are stamped WCC

  • 1886 Franklin W. Olin received an engineering degree from Cornell University
  • 1892 one of several investors in the Equitable Powder Company in East Alton, Illinois
  • 1893 they made blasting powder for coal mining in southern Illinois
  • 1898 Olin formed Western Cartridge Company
    – manufactured rifle powder and shotgun shells
  • 1900 Union Cap and Chemical Company (UCC)
    – formed with the Austin Cartridge Company (Ohio)
  • 1907 purchased the Alliance Cartridge Company
  • forerunner of the Olin Corporation (1944)
  • 1931 Western Cartridge Company acquired the Winchester Repeating Arms Company
  • 1935 formed Winchester-Western
  •  World War II produced 3 billion rounds of ammunition
  • 1944 Olin businesses were brought together as Olin Industries, Inc.

Western Cartridge Company