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May 23, 2018

Howard Leight by Honeywell Lends Support to NSSF’s First Shots Program

NEWTOWN, Conn. — The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the trade association for the firearms industry, is pleased to announce that Howard Leight by Honeywell has agreed to be the official eye and hearing protection sponsor for the organization’s First Shots program. Howard Leight by Honeywell is a leading manufacturer of hearing protection for sport and workplace use, with its U.S. headquarters located in Westwood, Massachusetts.

Howard Leight by Honeywell“We are thrilled to have Howard Leight by Honeywell invest in our First Shots program,” said Zach Snow, NSSF Director, Range Services. “Thanks to this support, our First Shots host ranges will now receive sets of eye and ear protection in the promotional packages we send them to provide to all First Shots participants. This is a win-win for all parties, as it helps offset event expenses for the host range while building brand awareness by connecting new shooters with an industry leader dedicated to their safety and success.”

Mercedes Sune-Weaver, Product Manager of Howard Leight by Honeywell, echoes Snow’s enthusiasm. “We’re very pleased to have the opportunity to provide support to the NSSF and the First Shots program,” says Sune-Weaver. “Our products will help keep participants safe, while maximizing their comfort and enjoyment during their initial experience in the shooting sports. Howard Leight by Honeywell shares the NSSF’s goal of expanding participation in recreational shooting in a responsible manner, which includes establishing safety as a priority, and by reinforcing it during every step of instruction.”

NSSF First Shots program recognizes that the biggest challenge for new shooters is simply getting started. First Shots eases that challenge by providing basic safety instruction and a fun, memorable introduction to target shooting on the range. More than 43 percent of First Shots participants are converted to target shooting enthusiasts who individually spend on average more than $600 annually on their shooting sports endeavors. Ranges of all types and sizes should consider hosting First Shots events, which can focus on an introduction to handguns, rifles or shotguns. NSSF provides host ranges with all program materials and promotional packages to help defray the overall event expenses and help attract a whole new audience to the world of shooting sports. To learn more or to begin hosting First Shots events, contact Ann Gamauf at 203-426-1320 ext. 247.


About NSSF
The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 11,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers. For more information, visit


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