Weatherby Nation Shoots Past 25,000-Member Milestone

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Weatherby's trailblazing online community for hunters and shooters recently passed the 25,000-member milestone. The legendary firearms company launched its community, Weatherby Nation (http://www.weatherbynation.com), in September 2007. In 2008 alone, there were 127,500 unique visitors to the site, which offers free membership.

Weatherby Nation is one of the first, if not the first, stand-alone online communities created by a firearms company

Weatherby's trailblazing online community for hunters and shooters recently passed the 25,000-member milestone.

The legendary firearms company launched its community, Weatherby Nation (http://www.weatherbynation.com), in September 2007. In 2008 alone, there were 127,500 unique visitors to the site, which offers free membership.

"Weatherby Nation is one of the first, if not the first, stand-alone online communities created by a firearms company," noted Brad Ruddell, Weatherby's vice president of sales and marketing. "It's been exciting to watch the rapid growth of Weatherby Nation and see how active it has become."

Ruddell added, "The Nation is much more than a resource on all things Weatherby. It's a place where passionate hunters and shooters can gather to swap stories and photos, discuss past and future hunts, show off their trophies, and give and receive input on firearms and related equipment. In addition, we are planning a number of exciting enhancements that will make the site even more useful, informative and entertaining for the members."

Through June 2009, more than 150 forums were active on Spike Camp, Weatherby Nation's key feature. The forums are categorized by species, types of firearms and other hunting- and shooting-related topics such as ammunition, reloading and optics. As of July 1, there were just under 22,000 posts on nearly 2,500 topics in Spike Camp forums.

Other Weatherby Nation features include an online trophy room, virtual gun rack and online store--the only source for Weatherby Nation gear and apparel. Members can also connect with
hunting buddies and join groups with similar interests. Additionally, members have the opportunity to participate in product surveys and be among the first to receive "breaking news" from Weatherby.

Weatherby Nation offers a calendar of events where member groups can post items of interest. The calendar also alerts members to upcoming events on the site, such as live chats with company President Ed Weatherby and other members of the staff.

Founded in 1945, Weatherby, Inc.'s 2009 line features the popular Vanguard® and legendary Mark V® rifles, over/under and side-by-side shotguns in the classic Athena® and Orion® lines, semi-auto and pump shotguns, premium ammunition and security/shooting accessories. The company is based in Paso Robles and invites all hunters and shooters to visit and join its online community at http://www.weatherbynation.com.

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