Named Company of the Year by SHOT Business Named Company of the Year by SHOT Business

Las Vegas, NV –-( received the SHOT Business Award for Company of the Year at a Bonnier Outdoor Group breakfast January 18 in .

The award is presented annually to a leading company/organization in the shooting sports industry. It is based on community outreach and efforts to preserve the hunting and shooting heritage, as well as protect firearm freedoms.

SHOT Business Editor Slaton White presented the Company of the Year Award to Steve Urvan,’s founder and CEO. The Bonnier breakfast was held on the opening day of the Shooting and Hunting Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show. Bonnier Corporation is one of the largest consumer-publishing groups in the U.S. A Bonnier magazine, SHOT Business is the official publication of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF).

As the award recipient, was cited for revolutionizing the firearms marketplace. Its website ( has become the world’s largest online auction for firearms and hunting/shooting accessories, with about three million monthly unique visitors and 1.75 million registered users.

“ and Steve Urvan are models of how a successful business is doing all it can to support the future of our industry and the shooting sports,” White said.

“It is particularly gratifying that a ‘non-traditional,’ or Internet, firearms business understands the principle of protecting a heritage that traditional ‘brick and mortar’ companies have so long supported. As more Internet businesses spring up in the industry, serves as an example to be emulated in this regard.”

Examples of’s support included:

  • Helping to raise funds for organizations including the Hunting Heritage Trust, USA Shooting, National Wild Turkey Federation and many others. provides free listings on the website, with proceeds of the auctions going to the organizations.
  • Hosting the SHOT Show auction since 2003, helping to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for organizations and initiatives dedicated to the advancement of hunting and shooting traditions, and firearm freedoms. This included supporting the NSSF’s biggest outreach effort last year—the modern sporting rifle education campaign—with the auction of a special gun at the 2010 SHOT Show.
  • Partnering with the NSSF in launching the new “Pull the Trigger” newsletter that provides tips to hunters and shooters. This newsletter promotes hunting and shooting participation by reaching some 800,000 firearms owners, a list that provides at no cost to the NSSF.

“We are very honored to be recognized as Company of the Year,” Urvan said.

“This award was made possible by the millions of people who visit and use our site: hunters, shooters, gun collectors, firearms retailers and other industry partners. We are grateful for the opportunity to give back to them by doing our part as a member of the shooting sports industry and community.” is an informative, detailed, secure and safe way to buy and sell firearms and hunting/shooting accessories. promotes responsible gun ownership. Aside from merchandise bearing its logo, sells none of the items listed on its website. Third-party sellers list items on the site and Federal and state laws govern the sale of firearms and other restricted items. Ownership policies and regulations are followed using licensed firearms dealers as transfer agents. For more information, visit