On Sept. 6 and 7, Up In Arms Shooting Supplies in East Smithfield held their annual fall kick-off sales event. They featured over 20 factory representatives who supply Up In Arms with the excellent products this community has come to appreciate.
Gus Edwards, representing Hoyt Archery and Easton Arrows, among other companies, was one of the vendors participating in Up In Arms’ biggest event of the year.
“We offer the best broadhead and field point targets in the industry at a great value,” said Edwards. “Also made in America.”
Edwards likes representing Up In Arms because he says, “They have a great hometown, pro-shop customer service at box store prices.”
Scott Neuschwender from Legacy Sports International’s product line including firearms and scopes is the company’s Northeast representative. Neuschwender used to work closely with the owners of Up In Arms from a local gun shop. He kept the relationship after joining Legacy.
“I’m here today to help promote our products through Up In Arms,” said Neuschwender, adding, “And to answer any questions and help customers by promoting the event here.”
Dick Walsh, from Bradford County, was at the Up In Arms event selling his gun wax. He sells his product, Ray’s Gun Wax at Up In Arms and saw this as an opportunity to demonstrate and show people how to use it. Most people he talked with got to see firsthand how great it works.
Roger Kingsley was representing the Bradford County Trophy Deer and Bear Club, whose goal is to measure, keep records of, and bring public attention to the outstanding specimens of big game taken within Bradford County by fair chase – the “ethical, sportsmanlike and lawful pursuit and taking of any free-ranging, wild native North American big game animal, in a manner that does not give the hunter an improper advantage over such game animals.” Up In Arms is one of their sponsors.
Kingsley had information available on this non-profit organization as well as their 13th annual banquet coming up on Sept. 28 at Alparon Park.
According to Kingsley, and as a service to hunters, their categories are the same as the state’s categories.
“Their records are added to the Pennsylvania State record book,” said Kingsley.
John Demuth from DSM Customs in Elmira was demonstrating how his custom engraving works. His business does engraving, cerakote, laser stippling, firearm restoration and gunsmithing.
“Up In Arms is one of our biggest suppliers for custom work,” said Demuth. “We don’t just do firearms. If it can go in an oven, we can coat it. Jewelry, tumblers, sunglasses, and golf clubs – it’s unlimited.”
Jeff Minsterman, Northeast sales manager, was representing Hawke Optics, and was showcasing products such as scopes and binoculars.
“It’s a great event, great store,” said Minsterman. “They put a lot of time and effort into this event as well as their store.”
Joshua Coffman, representing Bowtech Archery and Excalibur Crossbows, stated, “Up In Arms is one of my best accounts. The customers here are great to work with. This is one of my favorite events.”
Jeffrey Roe, sales representative from Harrisburg for Ten Point Crossbows, added, “Up In Arms is one of our larger accounts in the Northeast. The owners are very professional, very easy to work with, and focus on their customer service.”
Tom Beiersdorf, sales representative for Savage Arms considers Up In Arms their “dealer business partner.”
“They buy directly from us. We’re here to support them. To answer questions, solve problems and open up a point of contact between the consumer here and the factory,” explained Beiersdorf. “We appreciate Up In Arms, their business and our relationship. That’s the reason why we’re here.”
“Up In Arms is one of my favorite accounts,” said Dustin Youtz, regional sales manager of MWS Associates. “Their annual fall sale is one of the most successful events we attend.”
Friends of NRA, a 501-3C organization supporting about 180 shooting sports programs was selling raffle tickets as one of the many fundraisers in their district. They represent the local communities serving Bradford, Sullivan, and Susquehanna County. Their fundraising supports different organizations, through grants including youth, women, hunting and conservation, competitive shooting, training and safety, law enforcement and public range initiatives. They will be having their banquet next May at Alparon Park.
Ridgebury Fire Company and Ridgebury Sportsman’s Club were selling their 2020 calendars as a fundraiser. This special calendar has a gun or cash prize listed on each day of the year. Those who purchase a calendar get two numbers or chances on the calendar. Starting Jan. 1, 2020 there will be drawings every day based on the Pennsylvania Lottery Pick 4 number.
“If you choose the gun as your prize, you go to Up In Arms for it,” said Bob Leonard. “They’ve given us a great deal on the prize purchases.”
Their goal is to sell 5,000 calendars by Dec. 31. Anyone interested in purchasing one can contact any Ridgebury Fire Company member or Ridgebury Sportsman’s Club member, or check them out on Facebook. Calendars can also be purchased at Up In Arms.
At their fall kick off event, in addition to representatives from other organizations, Up In Arms had their own game booth set up. It was free to play and included Plinko and Pick a Card. They also had door prizes that included a Smith & Wesson handgun, a Hoyt compound bow and an Excalibur crossbow.
Deborah Alexander works in the gun department at Up In Arms and says that customers, particularly females and new shooters appreciate her advice.
“A lot of women feel more comfortable with another woman,” said Alexander. “I have a unique perspective because I’ve carried guns for a number of years.”
“I come here a lot. This is a great event,” said Nick Marino. “The staff here do a great job and help me out with everything.”
If you weren’t able to attend this year’s Up In Arms fall kick-off, don’t worry. All of the quality products and services represented are always available through Up In Arms.
And of course this East Smithfield event would not have been complete without the opportunity to have food from Bryan’s Barbecue Pit – including their famous burgers, hot dogs, pork barbecue, and brisket, as well as some new items.
“I actually look forward to visiting Bryan’s food trailer every year,” said Youtz.
“The pork and potato bowl is the best,” said Deb Urban, who had stopped in for lunch with three co-workers from Animal Care Sanctuary, just down the road. “I would drive anywhere for this!”
“It’s salty, it’s sweet and savory,” added Becca Morgan. “The whole shebang!”
But Jeffrey Roe, who had come from even further away said, “It’s worth the trip just for the smoked bacon on the burgers.”