BUSHMASTER WINS MAJOR CONTRACT FROM TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
Windham, ME (January 13th, 2006) - The Texas Department of Public Safety announces the award of a contract to Bushmaster
Firearms of Windham, Maine for 3,008 16” Barreled M4A3 Type Removable Carry Handle Carbines. G.T. Distributors in Austin, Texas was the contractor for this bid, and W. L. Carter Company, a Manufacturer’s Representative for Bushmaster, contributed significantly toward winning this contract.
Israel M. Anzaldua, Bushmaster’s Director of Law Enforcement & Government Sales reported that; “This project was 3 years in the making, and it all came together with the help of Jim Orr of G. T. Distributors and Brad Locker of W. L. Carter Company. The success in this contract reflects Bushmaster’s continuing commitment to serving Law Enforcement, Government and International markets, as well as our commercial customers”.
The program involves an eight month commitment from Bushmaster to deliver 400 rifles per month beginning January 16, and ending on August 16, 2006. Beyond that date, there is the possibility of a re-order for several hundred more rifles. This contract also includes a requirement for Armorer’s Course training at the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Florence and Austin facilities. Approximately 100 T.D.P.S. personnel will be trained in weapons maintenance, repair, and future upgrades for the Bushmaster Rifles.
Representatives from the State of Texas put the Bushmaster Rifle – as well as products from other competitors for this contract – through intense testing. The weapons were dropped onto hard surfaces, dragged for 350 yards, submerged for 15 minutes in mud and water; and then fired (465 rounds) as fast as possible. Following those torture tests, the weapons were then fired for accuracy. At the conclusion, the Bushmaster had passed all trials, and became the weapon of choice for the Texas Department of Public Safety.