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Wild turkeys make history in Michigan!
Posted 4 months ago

Spring is just around the corner, and folks are thinking about the coming turkey season, but did you know how far Michigan has really come in the turkey world?
Michigan Wild…

Wild turkeys make history in Michigan!
Spy Baiting 101
Posted 5 months ago

What is Spy Baiting??? Spy Baiting is the newest technique coming out of Japan right now. This technique has yet to win any money to my knowledge here in the…

Spy Baiting 101
Ducks and Bucks Cart Blind
Posted 8 months ago

The Ducks and Bucks 4 Season Hunting and Fishing Cartblind.
“How many _____ does it take to change a lightbulb?” Here’s a better question “How many different products do I have…

Ducks and Bucks Cart Blind
Product Review: KUIU Binocular Harness System
Posted 9 months ago

If you’ve spent any time toting binoculars in the mountains then I’m confident you’ve cussed your bino harness a time or two. They either ride up on the back of…

Product Review: KUIU Binocular Harness System
Product Review: Slip System from Elk Mountain Gear
Posted 9 months ago

Hunting from the ground has a certain appeal. Boots on the ground at eye-level with wary game keeps the excitement high and requires a bit more diligence when it comes…

Product Review: Slip System from Elk Mountain…
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Interview with Jody Scott of Tacticool22

by Jeremy Henricks on January 25, 2011

I’m here with Jody Scott of Tacticool22. Jody, please tell us a little about your company.

Tacticool22 is a family owned company in Springfield, Oregon. We are located in the heart of hunting, shooting and outdoors country. We have a very close connection to the local shooting community. We are a self-funded corporation with no loans for financing. We rely completely on our loyal customer base for continued growth. Everything we make is made in house, in Oregon or in the United States by certified manufacturers. We carry some well known brands too because they offer a unique product that we would like to offer our customers.

Everything with the Tacticool22 logo is 100% made in the U.S.A.; we don’t assemble offshore components or any other trickery. With Tacticool22, Made in the U.S.A. means exactly that. The quality of our products shows the pride and attention to detail that is taken in every step from concept to delivery. We are always ready to receive input about our products or what products we should make. We are not restricted to the .22 firearm by the way.

How did you come up with the idea for Tacticool22?

I was looking at different firearms at a local gun shop and they showed me this new rifle they were excited about. It was the Smith & Wesson M&P 15-22. I bought it immediately. I realized as soon as they handed me the rifle, that here was a new market. The only magazine at the time was a 25 rounder, so I designed a magazine restrictor to limit the mag to 10 rounds. I built the mold and ran a few thousand parts. There are trimming ribs so you can change the capacity to 15 or 20 rounds. You can also block the new 10 round short mags to 5 rounds for hunting in States that require that.

The barrel had a plain non threaded muzzle, so I came up with a threaded end a non-machinist could slip over the muzzle so that a flash hider, muzzle brake, or flash hider could be attached. The Colt M4/M16 .22LR and H&K 416 .22LR series needed some help with that too.

Lots of new and exciting products are in development. Tactical + cool + .22 firearms = Tacticool22

A lot of companies have jumped into the tactical .22 market during the last couple of years. What do you attribute this to?

The fun factor and low cost of the .22 ammo. The firearms are usually lower cost and lighter too, so children and smaller adults can handle them comfortably and not get gun shy about recoil and loud noise. Plus the higher quality guns have exact operating features so when the young shooter transitions to the full size version, they know exactly how to work it. Then the shooter will be ready to purchase the larger caliber gun and the gun company just sold two or more guns. Pretty smart for the companies.

If you could make one improvement to a specific firearm, what would that be?

The Colt M4/M16 series needs to have the safety move 90 degrees from safe to fire. That will be the same as all other AR-15 style rifles. There is talk that that will be addressed.

If you weren’t running Tacticool22, what would you be doing?

Designing and developing new items for other industries. I have a mechanical engineering CAD/CAM background and have built another successful business that does plastic injection molding, part design, mold design and mold building. A one stop plastic shop if you will. We can machine or mold anything that I can dream up. So, I guess I would just be doing more of what I already do.

You recently started using social media to communicate with your customers and gun enthusiasts. How has this impacted your business?

I have seen a nearly 100% increase in communication and a significant increase in sales. Sales are driven in part from relationships. I and my sales staff work with each customer like they are the most important person. And for the sales call they are. We talk about the weather, or how their local shooting club is, what is going on at a favorite gun shop, what their least favorite gun shop, gun, ammo, Etc. All this information gives us the ability to customize the experience for each customer.

If they are going to buy something they clearly don’t need, we might steer them to something that would suit them better, or recommend they not buy the item. The time we spend with each person is value added time for us. The large corporations look at phone time as time/money lost, and you can tell when you try to contact them.

I need to add that the help of family and friends has made the company what it is and will help us grow into what it can be. The personal relationships are the lifeblood of this company, without that extra help, love, respect and support, we would not be where we are and would have no future. Thank you everybody, you know who you are.

Where can we find more information about your company and products?

You can find us through our Web sites at www.tacticool22.com and www.mp15-22.com.

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SHOT Show 2011 Day 3

January 25, 2011

Let’s take a look at what we saw on day 3 of SHOT Show 2011. Day 3 Highlights SentrySafe Multi-use Security Cabinet – Rifle hunters can choose from numerous safes to secure their firearms, and now bowhunters can do the same for their bows. I spoke at length with Scott Alread, who was previously with […]

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Ruger SR9c Compact Centerfire Pistol – SHOT Show 2011

January 22, 2011

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Ruger LCP Centerfire Pistol – SHOT Show 2011

January 22, 2011

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SHOT Show 2011 Booth Babes

January 22, 2011

Each year at SHOT Show, you’ll find great looking models (also known as “Booth Babes”) throughout the show, which definitely puts a smile on your face. And ladies, we have one for you at the bottom. Now on to the Booth Babes. And for all the ladies out there…

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Great People in the Hunting and Shooting Industry

January 21, 2011
Somewhere Over California

As I sit on the plane headed back to the Northwest, I’m already starting to miss SHOT Show 2011. You know, racing from booth to booth, navigating the show floor, etc, all to get a peak at the latest gear and sit down with exhibitors. But more than that, I’m going to miss the new and […]

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SHOT Show 2011 Day 2

January 20, 2011

Let’s take a look at what we saw on day 2 of SHOT Show 2011. Day 2 Highlights Remington Model 700 SPS Tactical AAC-SD – Any firearm with a threaded muzzle allowing for end-of-barrel accessories is cool in my book, and the Model 700 SPS Tactical AAC-SD from Remington fits the bill with a 5/8-24 […]

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SHOT Show 2011 Day 1

January 19, 2011

The first day of SHOT Show 2011 is over. Pursue The Outdoors was on hand and saw a ton of new gear and firearms, met a lot of great people, and saw several industry veterans throughout the show. Now that we’re moving to day 2, let’s take a peek at what we saw on day 1. Day […]

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New Blogs Added to Outdoor Blog Network

January 14, 2011

This week we have added 3 new outdoor blogs to the Outdoor Blog Network: Heather Moore – Heather Moore is a field staff shooter for The Bow Rack in Springfield, Oregon, a field staff member for PursueTheOutdoors.com, a member of the local archery club, Oregon Hunters Association, Women in the Outdoors, Mule Deer Foundation, Rocky Mountain Elk […]

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ATA 2011 New Bows

January 12, 2011
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Pursue The Outdoors Field Staff member Larysa Switlyk was on hand at ATA 2011 to check out the latest bowhunting gear. Check out the gallery featuring new 2011 bows and crossbows from Bear, Bowtech, PSE, Winchester, and more. [nggallery id=1]

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