The Ambrose Award

The Ambrose Award is established and presented periodically to recognize an Industrial Firm which, in the opinion of the Small Arms Committee Executive Board, has made outstanding contributions to the field of small arms systems.  An outstanding contribution is characterized by exemplary commitment and contribution to the Armed Forces by delivering superior materiel that meets required operational capabilities and supports a high level of force readiness in the conduct of warfighting activities or homeland defense.  Such contributions may be shown through a record of continual demonstration of emerging technologies, development of products and systems, establishment of enhanced production capabilities and integration of innovative weapons systems and supporting products and services required by the DoD and Allied countries.


The Ambrose Industry Award is named in honor of former Under Secretary of the Army, James R. Ambrose because of his recognition of the value and contribution of industry in meeting the needs of our National Defense.  This was made unmistakably clear during his tenure from 1981-1988 as Under Secretary of the Army during the Presidency of Ronald Reagan.  He was a major force in the post Vietnam modernization of all small arms weaponry where new and improved versions of the M16, M249, and M9 were purchased in large quantities as a result of industry competitions. 


Past Award Winners

Year Name
2022 Glock, Inc.
2021 Not awarded, COVID year
2020 Vista Outdoor
2018 Arrow Tech
2017 Oehler Research Inc.
2013 Surefire
2012 Winchester Ammunition
2009 Otis Technologies
2008 St. Marks Powder