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About Blac-Rac Manufacturing

Law enforcement, federal agenices, and the military rely on Blac-Rac weapon mounts for reliable security.

These Are the Facts

There are over 300 million firearms in the United States. 45 million homes have guns. On any given night, 20 million homes will have at least one firearm loaded and unlocked.

Our Mission

Blac-Rac makes products that secure firearms from getting into the wrong hands while assuring fast deployment to the appropriate user.

Our Purpose

We come to work every day to provide the best vehicle and personal weapon retention products on the planet. Our responsibility to our customers affects every decision we make, from the design and selection of materials and the choice to manufacture every Blac-Rac at our factory in Boise, Idaho, to our ongoing research and development that allows us to offer customized solutions for law enforcement and armed forces around the world.

In the right hands, a firearm is a powerful tool for defense, hunting or personal security. However, in the wrong hands, it’s a potential threat. We are honored to be trusted by law enforcement, the military and responsible gun owners.

The Blac-Rac Story

We are honored to be the weapon security solution for over 70,000 law enforcement, military, and civilian users.

An Original Design

Kevin Pintar is an experienced manufacturing operations executive, recreational sport shooter, and firearm collector. In the mid 2000s, as Kevin’s interest in shooting increased, he was looking for a way to secure his long-barrel (rifle-like) guns in his home. He came up with a bracket that met his safety needs while allowing flexibility for securing different types of guns.

When he received enough encouragement from fellow shooters, and after surveying the market, Kevin recognized that his design was unique, and sought to market it as a product to secure long barrel guns for home use. He submitted an application for a patent.

A Gun Show in Vegas

Kevin refined the design, made up some prototypes, and invested in exhibiting at a large gun show in Las Vegas. This show had two distinct sections: recreational shooters (sport and hunting), and security (police, agency and military). To Kevin’s dismay, he discovered his exhibit location was not in the recreational building, but in the security section.

He assumed his $5,000 investment would go for naught, but decided to go ahead with the show in the hopes that some of the recreational attendees would happen through the security section. First one, then several police chiefs stopped by, each asking if Kevin’s gun rack could be adapted to fit in a police car. After some 25 such requests over three days, Kevin made an appointment to visit a police car garage in Washington State to see what they could do. Three days later, modifications and features were identified.

Going Full-Time

Kevin returned to Boise, invested in manufacturing tools, and with the help of his friend Tom Torres, set up shop in his garage and on his wife’s kitchen table. With his first production models, he attended an annual SWAT Show in Orlando, Florida in 2008. Product value was recognized, and sales began.

Kevin left his 15 year position as an operations executive with the ECCO Group to pursue his new product full time. He named the product “Blac-Rac”, since the rack was designed to hold all types of tactical weapons, known in the industry as “Black Weapons”.

From Garage to Production Plant

Around 2010, the requirements of a growing business-led Kevin to consult with his friend and former ECCO CEO, Ed Zimmer. After months of strategizing, including some customer visits, Kevin and Ed decided to recapitalize the company, investing in volume production tooling, product engineering, marketing, working capital, and operational support. Blac-Rac was able to move out of the Pintar family garage and kitchen and into a small manufacturing facility in Meridian, Idaho.

Today, Blac-Rac Weapon Retention Systems are recognized and preferred by law enforcement and military agencies throughout North America and abroad as the most secure and reliable firearm racking system for professionals.

Kevin Pintar says that his philosophy for business is simple

Listen to your customers. Meet or exceed their requirements. Design it in America. Build it in America. Surround yourself with great people and suppliers. With this approach, you’ll enhance the lives of all involved.

You Can't Build a Great Product Without a Great Team

We are honored to be the weapon security solution for over 70,000 law enforcement, military, and civilian users.

Kevin Pintar

President & Product Innovation Leader

Kevin Pintar is the inventor of the Blac-Rac Weapon Retention System and founder and President of Blac-Rac Manufacturing Company.

Kevin has seven patents, with more pending. Today, his products are used by hundreds of law enforcement agencies, all branches of the US military, and many federal and homeland security branches. His personal values and passion set the culture for all team members at Blac-Rac.

Prior to starting Blac-Rac, Kevin had a successful career in global manufacturing operations with Fortune 500 companies. His unique expertise in bringing complex engineering projects to reality have brought hundreds of products to commercial markets, most recently with the ECCO Safety Group as Global Supply Chain Manager.

Tom Torres

Operations Manager & Special Applications Leader

Tom Torres oversees manufacturing and special projects for Blac-Rac, developing many unique and challenging installation solutions for customers. In the early days, Tom worked with Kevin Pintar in the family garage, helping design and fabricate Blac-Rac’s first products.

Tom is an active trainer, coach and instructor in many disciplines in the firearms world. He’s a certified Firing Range Officer, and has provided weapons and shooting training for the US Air Force, Idaho SWAT (Sniper Squad), the Department of Corrections, sheriff’s departments, and competitive shooters. Before joining Blac-Rac, Tom was a manager for Haliburton and Morrison Knudsen in the heavy construction divisions.

Eric Haney

Director of Sales & Marketing

As a retired law enforcement officer and veteran of the United States Marine Corps and the United States Navy, Eric is well versed in the needs of law enforcement and military customers. He helps guide fleet managers, law enforcement agencies, military customers, and consumers to determine the proper Blac-Rac product for their specific application.

Camille Olson

Customer Service Manager

Camille leads customer ordering, customer service and product shipments. An expert on firearms, accessories and installation of Blac-Rac products, she helps law enforcement agencies specify the appropriate configuration for their specific application.

Camille started with Blac-Rac in 2011. Having assembled thousands of units herself on the production line, Camille intimately understands each component of the products.

Camille is an avid snow skier, recreational shooter, hunter and outdoor enthusiast. She has previously worked in the snow ski industry and has a life long history in customer service.

Cory Ytsma

Product Engineering Manager

Cory is deeply involved with all new products by taking raw ideas and shaping them into finished products using 3D modeling, simulations, prototyping, testing, tooling, and graphic arts.

Cory started with Blac-Rac as an intern and part time mill technician. He joined the company full time after graduating from the University of Idaho in 2014 with a degree in Mathematics and Applied Physics.

His OCD nature assures that all documents and models are meticulously managed and up to date. In his spare time, you can find Cory training at the local Krav Maga gym or mountain biking to nowhere in particular.

Ed Zimmer

Chief Executive Officer

Ed Zimmer joined Blac-Rac in 2010 and became CEO in 2015. He is leading Blac-Rac to become the #1 manufacturer in America for professional firearm mounts.

Previously, as the CEO of ECCO Group, along with his partner Jim Thompson, Ed led the company from 20 to over 500 employees with factories in the US, England and Australia. When he retired in 2009, ECCO was (and still is) the world’s largest manufacturer of warning lights and reversing alarms for commercial vehicles.

Ed is also a founder and director of the Boise State University Venture College, where he helps students and community members launch start-up businesses.

Terry Frisk

Financial Advisor

Terry leads finance for Blac-Rac. As a CPA and Parter of B2B CFO®, he fulfills the needs of our rapidly growing manufacturing business.

Janice Callahan

Bookkeeper

As a certified management accountant, Janice provides bookkeeping services to Blac-Rac.