Trailblazer Firearms

started in 2014
Trailblazer Firearms

  • 2014 founded by Aaron Voigt
    – to design, develop, manufacture and market innovative American-made firearms
  •  LifeCard
    – took us seven years to bring the initial LifeCard concept to market
    – just 27 parts
    – weighs about 7 ounces
  • 2019  LifeCard .22 Magnum

Trailblazer Firearms
388 Cane Creek Road
Fletcher, NC 28732

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

Microtech MSAR

founded in 1994
Florida, North Carolina

  •  famous for its tactical OTF automatic knives
  • 1994 founded in Vero Beach, Florida
  • 2005 relocated to Bradford, Pennsylvania
  • 2009 relocated to Fletcher, North Carolina

“It has the same quality as a handmade custom.”

Microtech Small Arms Research (MSAR)

2007 – 2015

  • 2007 manufactured an American-made  Steyr AUG
    – Microtech Small Arms Research (MSAR)
  • 2009 Archangel 9mm pistol
  • Fletcher, North Carolina

Project Appleseed

Project Appleseed

  • 1999 started from a series of ads appearing in Shotgun News
    by Jack Dailey under a pseudonym “Fred”
  • 2017 those ads ceased
  • April 2006 in Ramseur, North Carolina
  • 2006 instructors began a national tour to attract instructors who could maintain and develop local programs
  • 2018 over 120,000 individuals have attended an Appleseed marksmanship and history clinic in all 50 states

a non-partisan group of men and women (known as the Revolutionary War Veterans Association) who are committed to upholding the values and principles of America’s founding fathers. We use rifle marksmanship instruction as a gateway to help bring our nation’s history to life and to show that many of the values that our forefathers relied on to win our independence are still very much in demand today.

Through clinics and events, we teach rifle marksmanship and early American heritage to introduce individuals of all skill levels to the knowledge that was so crucial to the success of our nation’s founders. Aside from the fun and camaraderie of these events, the designed takeaway is a renewed sense of civic responsibility that each attendee can then implement in his or her own community. If we can reconnect enough people with the selfless civic virtue of our forefathers, we as a nation will all be better off.

Our goal is to create a nation of Riflemen

Appleseed is a fast-growing non-profit nationwide community of volunteers. Therefore, it is to be expected that prices, terms, and programs offered are and can be subject to change without notice. Visitors to our site should be cautioned that printed literature can be old/out-of-date, and that only prices and opportunities currently listed on the site are authoritative as to current Appleseed programs and opportunities.

March 31, 2006 – founded

Appleseed is a fast-growing non-profit nationwide community of volunteers committed to teaching two things: rifle marksmanship and our early American heritage.

I.O. Inc

founded in 1995
North Carolina, Florida

  • 1995 Ulrich “Uli” Wiegand started the company
    – German immigrant
  • 2013 moved to Florida
  • 60,000-square-foot
    – 50 employees
    – 2,500 AK-47 rifles a month

 Inter Ordnance
3305 Westwood Industrial Dr
Monroe, NC 28110

(704) 225-8843

 Inter Ordnance
295 North Dr Suite A
Mlebourne, FL 32934


Grass Roots North Carolina GRNC

1994 founded


  • Paul Valone – President

As a symbol of tenacity, GRNC has adopted “Max,” a pit bull with the Constitution clenched between his teeth. Max represents not only GRNC’s aggressive tactics, but also our promise, as a lean, all-volunteer organization, to deliver you “Max bang for your legislative buck.”



  • 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


Mark Robinson



Mark Robinson April 3, 2018 at a Greensboro City Council meeting 
  • Mark spoke April 3, 2018 at a Greensboro City Council meeting 
    (Mark was not a gun-owner at the time)
  • His defense of the Second Amendment Went Viral
  • 1985 to 1989 Army Reserve

“You can’t withhold my right to own a firearm because somebody else committed a felony with a firearm,” Robinson told The Daily Signal. “It’s not right. And like I said, it’s a lazy and unconstitutional way to enforce the law. So when I said [to the council and the audience] that we are the majority, that’s what I meant. We are the majority. The majority of people are law-abiding citizens, work hard every day, and their rights should be preserved.”

Mark Robinson April 3, 2018 at a Greensboro City Council meeting 

“I would have still been outraged by it, if I had no plans to buy a firearm. Because like I said … I have no plans to hire an attorney, [but] that doesn’t mean I want my right to counsel taken away. Those rights need to be preserved.”

Mark Robinson April 3, 2018 at a Greensboro City Council meeting 


Southeastern Outdoor Press Association

SEOPA is the nation’s premier regional outdoor communicator’s organization

  • May, 1964 Founded at Fontana Village, N.C by Tennessean Evan Means
  • 1965 Treasury contained $35.26 for publication of a newsletter
  • 1973 Tom Rollins executive director
  • 1974 SEOPA boasted 95 active and 39 corporate members
  • 1976 Meetings were decreased from twice annually to once because of an increase in gasoline prices
  • 1977 SEOPA was chartered
  • 1984 SEOPA logo was redesigned to include Arkansas
  • 1985 Sharon Coe (Rushton), SEOPA’s first woman president
  • 1987 initiated the SEOPA Education Fellowship Endowment with scholarships to deserving Southern students in outdoor-related fields
  • 1988 Tom Rollins retired as executive director.
    400 members with assets of almost $20,000 and acquired a reputation as the largest, most active and progressive regional outdoor press association.
  • 1988 Carle Dunn executive director.
  • 1988 SEOPA office was moved to Zwolle, La
  • 1992 Outdoor Tables and Tales cookbook was published
  • 1992 Gail Wright succeeded Carle Dunn as executive director
  • 1992 SEOPA office was moved to Gilbert, S.C.
  • 1995 West Virginia, Missouri and Texas were added to the SEOPA area
  • membership climbed from 375 to 579
  • 1996 Gail Wright resigned and was granted honorary lifetime membership status in the organization by the board of directors
  • 1996 Stephanie E. Wise was selected to serve as executive director, and the office was moved to Sumter, S.C.
  • 1999 Lisa McDowell (Snuggs)  executive director
  • 1999 office was moved to Unionville, Tenn
  • 2001  first Southeast Outdoor Showcase debuted in Gulf Shores, Ala
  • 2002 new website was unveiled to include links to members’ sites and a color version of the newsletter
  • 2002 SEOPA moved to North Carolina
  • 2004 established the Outdoor Journalist Education Foundation of America Inc. (OJEFA)
    a 501(c) (3) nonprofit corporation dedicated to further education, research and network opportunities in the field of outdoor journalism for students, active outdoor journalists and outdoor journalist organizations.
  • 2005 the annual conference was canceled because of weather (Hurricane Katrina)


P.O. Box 115
Badin, NC 28009