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Tom Knapp UPDATE

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Marco Polo, Mar 11, 2010.

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  1. Marco Polo

    Marco Polo TS Member

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    Just got this from a friend in the Firearms trade. It may clairify a few things.

    Knapp News Surprises Benelli USA

    ACCOKEEK, MD - Benelli USA is very pleased that Tom Knapp's health has improved enough for him to resume his exhibition shooting on a limited basis. Benelli USA has multiple agreements with Tom Knapp and the only one affected by his health condition was his exhibition show contract. As per Tom's request his live show schedule for 2010 was canceled indefinitely until his health allowed him to resume.



    In January 2010, Tom informed Benelli USA that he had been diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis, a lung disease that would require a lung transplant. It appeared, at the time, it might take two to three years for Tom to receive a lung transplant. Tom also informed Benelli USA that his condition required that he be on oxygen 24/7, causing the cancellation of his 2010 exhibition schedule and preventing him from attending the 2010 SHOT Show in Las Vegas.



    Tom continues to be contracted by Benelli for his participation in the TV show, Benelli's American Birdhunter. Tom told Benelli USA that he would be unable to participate in the hunts, but he could continue as the on-camera host while Benelli exhibition shooter, Tim Bradley could step in as co-host.



    As clearly stated in a letter sent to Tom Knapp in January, "In reference to additional and future business relations and projects, Benelli USA looks forward to continuing a professional relationship with you (Tom Knapp), whenever and wherever opportunities may arise."



    "We at Benelli have been very concerned with Tom's health and were in regular contact with him to monitor his progress. It would seem that there has been a considerable misunderstanding that we intend to resolve. It has never been the intention of Benelli USA to sever ties with Tom Knapp," said Stephen McKelvain, Vice President of Marketing and Communications. "To the contrary, it was our intention to give Tom the time he needed to recuperate fully from his illness in order that he can continue building his legacy as the World's greatest exhibition shooter of our time."



    Joe Coogan, Brand Marketing Manager, (301) 747-9919, jcoogan@benelliusa.com
     
  2. Tom Strunk

    Tom Strunk Well-Known Member

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    Good.

    Tom Strunk
     
  3. W.P.T.

    W.P.T. TS Member

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    To all of those who were dunning Benelli for their actions, OPPPS ... Some of these threads should have instructions: Open Mouth, insert foot etc ...

    WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
  4. Jack Frost

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    Let me be the first to appologize to Bennelli for my comments. I have a restored faith in Bennelli and it's dedication to the sport and those that support it.

    J.F.
     
  5. bigmike

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    Good to see Benelli back Tom Knapp,he has sold alot of firearms for for them. regards,bigmike
     
  6. m70win

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    I read it on T.S..COM it must be true. And know here's the rest of the story.
     
  7. Basicdesignmachine

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    Keep fighting Tom: My family love's your shows. Lou Engelmann
     
  8. shaner

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    hang in there tom!!!! ive enjoyed every show ive seen you do !!
     
  9. Hap MecTweaks

    Hap MecTweaks Well-Known Member

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    We wish the best of health for you Tom! Hang tough and we'll see you same time tomorrow!!

    Hap
     
  10. Steve W

    Steve W Well-Known Member

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    Doubt Benelli ever had any second thoughts about leaving Tom Knapp, he is a living legend in shotgun sports, Tom Knapp in his red Benelli shooting vest is part of the Benelli image. It'll not be a good business decision to change that in our generation.
     
  11. shotgunpeople

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    Thank you Marco Polo for this enlightening piece of information.

    It was too bad things got misconstrued with this issue. I'm glad it is out in the open now and Benelli will still be having Tom on the "American Birdhunter".

    Keep up the good fight Tom, we ae praying for you !!!

    Dave in SC
     
  12. Grizzlyman

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    I am glad to hear of Tom's improving health and his continued association with Benelli. He is a great ambassador for the shotgun sports and for Benelli.
    It seems that the early reports got some of the information correct, but not all of it.

    Scott
     
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