Vista Outdoor Names Joshua Waldron President of its BLACKHAWK! Business Unit

Waldron to have Responsibility for BLACKHAWK!, Eagle and Uncle Mike’s Brands

Joshua Waldron
Joshua Waldron

Overland Park, Kansas —-( Vista Outdoor Inc. (NYSE: VSTO) announced that Joshua Waldron will serve as president of the company’s BLACKHAWK! business unit, effective today.

The business unit is part of Vista Outdoor’s Outdoor Products segment and includes brands such as BLACKHAWK!, Eagle and Uncle Mike’s. Waldron will have full responsibility for the business, including finance, operations and manufacturing, sales, marketing and new product development. He will relocate to the company’s Virginia Beach, Virginia, location, which will serve as the business unit’s headquarters due to its close proximity to several key law enforcement and military customers.

For the last decade, Waldron was the co-founder and chief executive officer of SilencerCo, a firearm sound suppression company. While at SilencerCo, he was awarded one of the Top 50 Fastest Growing Companies for six consecutive years by both Mountain West Capital Network’s Utah 100 and Utah Business Magazine’s Fast 50. Under Waldron’s leadership, SilencerCo significantly expanded the suppressor category and increased market share. Waldron is a co-founder and board member of the American Suppressor Association and sits on the board of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation.

“Josh is an exceptional innovator and marketer,” said Dave Allen, Group President of Vista Outdoor’s Outdoor Products segment. “He understands our customers’ requirements, and his entrepreneurial mindset is essential to lead these brands in developing the next generation of leading products for the tactical market.”

“I am excited to join the BLACKHAWK! team and get to work on delivering new, innovative solutions to our core consumers,” said Waldron. “I am passionate about this industry and the opportunity to lead such a strong portfolio of well-recognized brands.”

BLACKHAWK!About the BLACKHAWK! Business Unit

The Vista Outdoor BLACKHAWK! Business Unit is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of consumer products in the tactical, law enforcement and military segment. The division operates under three brand names, BLACKHAWK!, Eagle and Uncle Mike’s, and has a portfolio with a wide range of items for recreational and professional pursuits. With some of the most trusted names in the tactical market, the Vista Outdoor BLACKHAWK! Business Unit prides itself on providing innovative products of the highest quality to those professionals that demand the best. We’re constantly researching, refining and perfecting every detail to provide gear that won’t let you down. Because we’re not just making stuff. We’re honoring a vow.

Vista OutdoorAbout Vista Outdoor Inc.

Vista Outdoor is a leading global designer, manufacturer and marketer of consumer products in the growing outdoor sports and recreation markets. The company operates in two segments, Shooting Sports and Outdoor Products, and has a portfolio of well-recognized brands that provides consumers with a wide range of performance-driven, high-quality and innovative products for individual outdoor recreational pursuits. Vista Outdoor products are sold at leading retailers and distributors across North America and worldwide. Vista Outdoor is headquartered in Utah and has manufacturing operations and facilities in 13 U.S. States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico along with international customer service, sales and sourcing operations in Asia, Australia, Canada, and Europe.

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Carol Smeltzer

Congratulations, Josh. BLACKHAWK! is a fine company with outstanding, dedicated employees. Take good care of them, and they will take good care if you.

Wild Bill

I think that is very nice that Vista Outdoors would give a job to a homeless person. Must be part of the corporate altruism program.


Good lord, you’re all catty and worried about a photo like a bunch of girls… Its hard to believe this is a thread on Ammoland. Get over yourselves, trolls. And congrats, Josh!

James Brigham (Bigg) Bunyon

Some people actually believe the scrubbier you look the more business-like you appear. I think that’s the millennial crowd that also believes you’re not an adult until age 30. I’m told that scowl he’s sporting is to make him appear he’s ready to do serious business. Looks more like my 4yo grandson when he’s having trouble doing his business.


Scrub….. cant find a jacket that fits, a tie or a razor. Wear a real beard or shave. That look went out with the French not shaving or bathing and showering in cheap cologne back in the 80’s . Geez. That’s a promo? For what? How to look like a dick from a cheap mobster movie?
Well if you cat be big, wear small shirts.
I feel sorry for uncle Mike’s and Blackwater, I used to buy lots of stuff from them. Now. I think I will be very discriminating on my purchases.


This loser ran his own company into the ground while driving a lambo to work everyday. The other investors had to do a hostile takeover and fire him. Good luck Blackhawk!


Really crappy idea for a promo/introductory photo. Not very professional for a company with BlackHawk’s kind of assets. With all those accolades, you’d think he could afford a suit and some shoe polish.


Who in the hell picked this photo for this article? He looks like a guy about to “postal”! What’s the matter with you people? You just gave ammo to the anti-2A crowd. Dumb…Dumb…Dumb!!

Ansel Hazen

Looks like a Jihadi weapon in his hands to me. 🙁