ACU Archery Under New Ownership and Other Industry News

ACU Archery under new ownership, NASP Academic Archer Program results, and Kinsey’s adds Latitude Outdoors to its distribution offerings.

ACU Archery Under New Ownership and Other Industry News

ACU Archery Under New Ownership

ACU Archery, the only company in the archery industry to develop a device to prevent dry fires, is under new ownership. Former owner Glenn Butcher, with his son, Josh, were the first to create the ACU Lok. This lock can attach to either a bow’s strings or cam to prevent dry fires and add security to a resting bow. The ACU Lok comes in two versions, the ACU Lok, which is made of a molded ABS, and the ACU Lok Elite, which is constructed from aluminum.

The ACU Lok has been a device that both shop owners and retail customers can use. Archery shops have been able to use the device to add security to their equipment while customers are shopping. In addition, it adds a theft deterrent quality to bows on the floor for show.

Retail customers have enjoyed using the ACU Lok for safety out in the field, air travel protection through TSA, the ability to childproof bows, and to have this device in states that require bows to be secured when not in use.

Glenn Butcher and his wife (left) sign over ACU Archery to its new owners Eric and Karla Griggs (right).
Glenn Butcher and his wife (left) sign over ACU Archery to its new owners Eric and Karla Griggs (right).

Josh Butcher said, “The Butcher family is honored and thankful to have served our customers and the archery industry by providing them with an innovative way to protect their investments. It’s been an amazing journey that started back in 2009 with a concept that ended up, 13 years later, in over 600 retailers, more than 10 countries and in all the top distributors. We are extremely pleased knowing that the Griggs family will scale this business to the next level, and we wish them the best of luck in their pursuit.”

“ACU Archery has been a popular company amongst retail customers and dealers in the archery industry,” said Eric Griggs. “We are excited to have this product along with the brand to bring it to new levels!”

According to Eric Griggs, many new products will be offered by ACU Archery. Keep an eye out for the new additions by visiting  


NASP Academic Archer Program Results

The National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) continues its focus on academic success though recognizing students for their improvement and achievements in the classroom. 

As school archery activity is roaring back from the COVID-19 pandemic, participation in the NASP Academic Archer program has made a strong return as well. NASP coaches again utilized local criteria to nominate their deserving students. Registration for the Academic Archer program concluded for the 2021/2022 school year on April 1 with an all-time high of 32,286 students enrolled into the program. Educators from 42 states, and three Canadian provinces enrolled students in the NASP Academic Archer Program this school year. Students who earn this honor through their hard work in the classroom are recognized at national events and through recognition programs at many schools.

From the onset of the Academic Archer program, NASP and Easton Technical Products have partnered to provide (10) randomly selected Academic Archers with a new Genesis bow and custom Easton 1820 arrows.

Carri Garrett of Easton Archery said, “Easton is proud to sponsor a program that is so beneficial in acknowledging the hard work that the NASP students put forth in their education while enjoying the great sport of Archery. Congratulations to all the 2020 Academic Archers!”

Kevin Dixon, project director of NASP said, “The students are the stars of NASP, so it’s a real motivating factor for all of us when they succeed. We’re all thankful for the opportunity to recognize these students for their academic success and hope this program encourages other students to set and reach individual academic goals.”

Following the close of registration for Academic Archer, NASP conducted a random computerized drawing from among all registered students and selected 10 student names. Each of these young people wins a new Genesis Bow in the color of their choice and custom Easton Academic Archer Arrows. NASP expressed its thanks to the generous unnamed sponsor who purchased the bows, and Easton Archery for donating the arrows.


Kinsey’s Adds Latitude Outdoors to Distribution Assortment

Kinsey’s recently announced the addition of Latitude Outdoors products to its vast assortment of distributed archery and firearms products. Kinsey’s is excited for the new partnership with Latitude Outdoors due to the company’s specialization in designing and manufacturing cutting-edge saddle hunting gear and accessories.

Dealers can now purchase Latitude Outdoors saddles and other gear from Kinsey's.
Dealers can now purchase Latitude Outdoors saddles and other gear from Kinsey's.

Over the past few years, the saddle hunting category has grown tremendously within the bowhunting community. Saddle hunting allows bowhunters a very convenient and lightweight mobile hunting option. To stay true to its archery roots, Kinsey’s wanted to offer their dealer partners a saddle hunting option that’s made in the USA.

Alex Chopp, co-founder and chief product officer at Latitude Outdoors, said, "Our customers have made it clear that they want the opportunity to try saddles before they buy. We understand saddles fit everyone a little different, so the decision to make our gear available to retailers was an easy one. We're thankful for Kinsey's partnership and look forward to supporting their dealer network to help grow this exciting new category."

Kinsey’s dealers can shop Latitude’s saddle hunting assortment, which includes their Method 2, Method 2 XL, and Classic 2 saddle and saddle kits. Kinsey’s will also carry a variety of Latitude Outdoors’ saddle hunting accessories such as tethers, lineman belts, carabiners, dump pouches, and knee pads.


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