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The National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers was organized in 1953 and incorporated in 1954. The Association was originally identified as the Sporting Goods Jobbers Association. In 1962 the name was officially changed, and manufacturers and reps were invited to join as Associate members. The NASGW is the organizer and sponsor of the industry's former Hunting Show, now known as the NASGW Annual Meeting/Expo Event. This annual event provides an unmatched educational, marketing, and communications opportunity for the hunting and shooting sports wholesaler, manufacturer, and sales professional.

The NASGW annually recognizes manufacturers with Manufacturer of the Year Awards, and in 2005 initiated a special industry leadership award as well. The criteria for the awards are based on areas of the manufacturer's performance that enable the wholesaler to provide efficient and effective service in the marketplace.

The NASGW serves as a liaison with other sporting goods associations, including the American Suppressor Association (ASA), The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), The Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation(CSF), The National Rifle Association (NRA), and is also a member of The National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW). NASGW members receive a discount on all NAW Publications.


President's Message: Change is a Good Thing

NASGW President, Kenyon Gleason's monthly column to the members for the month of November 2022.

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NASGW and the Hummel Group Launch Fortify Insurance

NASGW and the Hummel Group announced last month the creation of risk management and insurance solutions called Fortify Insurance.

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Shotgun Sales on the Rise – More Heading to the Field

SCOPE data indicates that as the pandemic fervor has waned, more shotgun purchases are trending back toward field guns instead of tactical.

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NASGW Announces Annual Donations

NASGW announces annual donations to NSSF, CSF, Walk The Talk America, the Youth Shooting Sports Alliance, and the American Suppressor Association.

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Chairman’s Message: The Best Week in the Shooting Sports Industry

NASGW Chairman Chris Mean's monthly column to the members for the month of November 2022.

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To service our membership through strong, trusted relationships between shooting sports buyers and sellers.


NASGW will be the indispensable and trusted business partner for the U.S. shooting sports trade.


Collaboration/Partnership, Commitment, Innovation, Trust, Integrity


Promoting the common interest of the sporting goods industry.

Encouraging the highest standards of merchandising practices.

Maintaining an active liaison with the trade associations of all other segments of the industry.

Collecting and distributing information as to all matters or things pertaining to sporting goods wholesalers.

Conducting and participating in sporting goods shows and exhibitions.


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