When Smith & Wesson relocated its Thompson Center Arms subdivision to its Springfield HQ, Smith gutted Thompson’s workforce. It was a devastating blow for the 200-plus New Hampshire-based Thompson Center employees left jobless by the move. (Only seven TC employees relocated.) Smith’s “rationalization” deep-sixed decades of institutional knowledge, based on product-testing through hands-on hunting. We’ll see what Smith makes of Thompson. Meanwhile, just as Windham Weaponry was born out of the ashes of The Freedom Group’s decision to move Bushmaster into Remington’s New York facilities, Thompson Center employees who wouldn’t uproot for Smith have started-up their own gun manufacturing biz: LHR. Their prospects are . . .
Pretty good. The firearms industry is going great guns. The new company hopes to produce at least one of them. fosters.com reports:
The company’s first rifle, “Redemption,” [ED: I would’ve preferred Revenge] will be revealed in February, at the Eastern Sports & Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, Penn.
[VP Sales and Marketing Mark] Hanley said that so far, LHR Sporting Arms has been promoting its first product around its name and concept, and will reveal pieces of information about the rifle as winter approaches.
“We are kind of building up anticipation,” said Hanley.
He said the company is expecting to produce several variations of “Redemption” throughout 2013. Laney said the company will continue to come up with new rifle designs and product.
In a ballsy maneuver for a gunmaker, the Redemption page on LHR’s website has a countdown clock to the product’s unveiling that includes milliseconds. If LHR pull a Heizer and fails to meet their own deadline, it will do nothing to help build consumer confidence in LHR products.
If they do unveil a new gun—on schedule—that kicks Thompson Center Arms’ collective ass, and LHR provides the kind of customer service they’re promising, the company’s future will also be promising. TTAG will reach out for a testing & evaluation model ASAP. Watch this space.