11: Tommy Thacker, President of Armalite on the future of the company and the future of 3-Gun

Tommy Thacker fought a cold and demands on his time as President of Armalite to give us an hour to discuss how to encourage innovation in a 60 year old company, exciting new products that his team of engineers have put together in a very short amount of time and where he plans to take the company in the future.

A long time competitor and supporter of 3-Gun, Tommy also relates his vision for the future of the sport including new shooting formats, growing the audience for 3-Gun Nation which results in increased participation in the sport and eventually making 3-Gun a full-time job for 50-60 touring competitors.

Finally Tommy discusses his involvement with the charity One Team, One Fight and how he is committed to raising $50,000 for our nations veterans in 2015.

When we spoke to Rick Birdsall in Episode 7 we discussed the benefit of getting the Tommy Thacker seal of approval on anything in 3-Gun. Here’s where we do that on The 3-Gun Show.

In this Episode You’ll Learn:

  • The significance of Armalite in the past, present and future
  • How and why Tommy’s team at Armalite was able to build a rifle that can be run in the Pro Tour right out of the box
  • How to teach a product engineer about the importance of the feel of a competition rifle
  • How to discover what the consumer is actually looking for in a product
  • Why creating solid, lasting relationships are the greatest way to get ahead in the 3-Gun community and in life
  • The future of 3-Gun and why Tommy is pushing the sport to reach a level where shooters can make a full time living shooting and training for the sport of Multigun
  • Plus, why “Good competition brings great industrialism”
  • And more!

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Thanks for listening!

Thank you so much for listening to the very first episode of the 3-Gun Show podcast! Putting this web site and these shows together has been a ton of work but definitely an equal amount of fun. This little project started out as an idea nearly two years ago and today with the show in your ears and your eyes on this, the concept has been validated. Again, thank you!

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A big thanks to Tommy for being such a great guest on The 3-Gun Show! Thank you so much for your time and for the advice.


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