SHOT Show: Does Made in USA Matter?

We editors don’t pretend to know the percentage of products displayed at SHOT Show that are made in places other than the USA, but it must be very high. One company, however, that has bucked this trend is Crooked Horn Outfitters.

Company founder Lennis Janzen has been making topnotch specialized hunting gear since 1989. Click here to learn more about Lennis; it’s a good story of the American Dream coming true.

Even if you’ve never heard of Lennis or his company, you certainly know about one of his inventions. The Crooked Horn Outfitter’s Bino-System (below) is a cross-over-the-shoulder design that eliminates the bouncing of a binocular on your chest, and it distributes the weight of a full-size bino across your shoulders and not your neck. The product has become so well known (and copied) by other companies that many hunters simply refer to them as a bino harness.

It’s not my intention to get into patents, trademarks and the cost of defending such things. Instead, I’d like to celebrate a man and company who proudly puts “Made in the USA” on his products, and on the signage in his SHOT Show booth.

Well done, Lennis. Well done.


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