Academy of Excellence Awards

This weekend in Grand Island, Nebraska the Academy of Excellence Awards will be presented. Each year an innovative few set new standards of excellence through product design and service to the industry. This marks the 19th year that these outstanding achievements have been formally recognized by industry leaders who, together, form the Shooting Industry Academy of Excellence.

Established in 1992, the academy is sponsored by the FMG Publications, publisher of Shooting Industry, GUNS Magazine, American COP and American Handgunner magazines. However, no one at the publisher is permitted to vote.

The voting power is held exclusively by the academy, which includes industry executives, gun dealers and outdoor writers. They vote twice for each award, first in the potential-nominee round and then to determine who will received the awards. Its like the Oscars of the Gun / Outdoor World.

Here are the Accessory of the Year category nominees, Which do you think should win?

You can see the nominees in other categories here.


About gunwriter

Born and raised in the West Virginia hills, Richard literally grew up in the woods. He has chased coon hounds until daylight, waited out whitetails perched high in an oak, canoed the New River and hunted from the Montana Mountains to the Green Hills of Africa. During service in the Army and later as a municipal police officer and Special Agent with the railroad police, Richard obtained numerous certifications in small arms instruction. He has trained military personnel, law enforcement officers and civilians in the application of firearms for defensive, competitive and recreational use. Richard won the West Virginia Governor’s Twenty Award for law enforcement, the West Virginia National Guard State Pistol Competition and earned his Distinguished Medal with pistol. Badge turned in, Richard is now a contributing editor for several magazines. He was the compiling author of the book, Rifle Bullets for the Hunter and conceptualized and contributed to Selecting and Ordering a Custom Hunting Rifle. Richard also contributed a chapter to the John Velke book, The True Story of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency. Richard has patents on a riflescope reticle and a revolutionary bullet testing media. A hillbilly at heart, Richard lives on Shadowland - his shooting range in West Virginia - with the most understanding wife in the world, their three kids and a very protective ridgeback hound.
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