On November 6, Alan Mossberg, chairman of O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc., passed away at his home in Tierra Verde, FL. He was 89 years old.

“On behalf of the executive team and over 500 U.S.-based employees, we extend our deepest sympathies to Alan’s family during this difficult time,” said Doug Bell, Mossberg’s president and COO. “A great leader, visionary and champion of bringing high quality, innovative firearms to the masses, Alan was a tireless advocate for gun rights and gun safety while always working to ensure that the American traditions of hunting and shooting sports live on for many years to come. More importantly, Alan was a devoted husband, father and friend. He will be greatly missed.”

Grandson of O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc. founder, Oscar Mossberg, Alan Mossbergstarted working for the Mossberg organization at a very young age. For the better part of the last 50 years, he became a pillar of the global firearms industry by leading Mossberg to grow into one of the largest and small arms manufacturers.

A staunch proponent of conservation and shooting sports in his career, Mossberg was involved with organizations including Ducks Unlimited, National Rifle Association, National Shooting Sports Foundation, National Wild Turkey Federation, North American Hunting Club, Sporting Arms, the Ammunition Manufacturers Institute, and the U.S. Olympic Shooting Team. Under his guidance, Mossberg has been and continues to be, a large contributor to these and other organizations that promote hunting and shooting sports.

Alan Mossberg was also a pioneer in firearm safety and security. In 1989, he directed Mossberg to ship a gun lock with every firearm that the company sold, which is now common practice across the firearm industry.

He is survived by his children, Iver Mossberg, Jonathan Mossberg, Gretchen (Mossberg) Highsmith and Linnea (Mossberg) Helalat. Iver Mossberg is currently CEO of O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc.

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