NASGW Announces 2022 Appreciation Award Nominees

Posted by NASGW on 10/12/22 9:43 AM



Ankeny, IA (October 11, 2022) - The National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers (NASGW) and their wholesale members have nominated this year's Appreciation Award finalists. Each year, NASGW Awards the top optics, accessory, ammunition, and firearms manufacturers along with the leading importer and innovator, who best demonstrate a commitment to the two-step distribution while providing outstanding service value. "NASGW's Appreciation Awards are an opportunity for our wholesale members to recognize the top manufacturers that support two-step distribution," said Kenyon Gleason, NASGW President. "We can't wait to see who wins later this month." Wholesaler members evaluate manufacturers' performance on four key criteria; distribution policy, marketing, sales, and promotion; logistics and operations; and NASGW and industry support. This comprehensive assessment of manufacturer performance is designed to provide a more balanced appraisal that truly recognizes the best of the best, according to NASGW distributor members.

This year's nominees are:

Firearm Manufacturer of the Year

  • Century Arms
  • Glock
  • Ruger
  • Smith & Wesson
  • Springfield Armory

Optics Manufacturer of the Year

  • Burris Company
  • Holosun Technologies
  • Leupold & Stevens
  • Trijicon, Inc.

Ammunition Manufacturer of the Year

  • Aguila Ammunition
  • Armscor Precision
  • Fiocchi U.S.A.
  • Hornady
  • PMC Ammunition
  • Vista Outdoor
  • Winchester Ammunition

Accessory Manufacturer of the Year

  • American Outdoor Brands
  • Franklin Armory
  • GSM Outdoors
  • Magpul Industries
  • Streamlight
  • Vista Outdoor

Importer of the Year

  • Armscor Precision
  • Century Arms
  • CZ-USA
  • PMC Ammunition
  • Tristar Arms
  • Zastava Arms

Innovator of the Year

  • Hornady
  • Kel-Tec
  • Ruger
  • Springfield Armory
  • Trailblazer Firearms


Winners of the NASGW Appreciation Awards will be announced on October 25th at the annual NASGW Appreciation dinner to kick off the 2022 NASGW Expo in Kansas City, MO. 

The National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers is comprised of wholesalers, manufacturers, independent sales reps, media and service providers - both national and international - all of whom are primarily focused on shooting sports equipment and accessories. As a trade association representing the business interests of its members, NASGW’s mission is to bring shooting sports buyers and sellers together. For more information about the NASGW, visit the association’s website at

For More Information Please Contact:
Gregg Alexander
National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers

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