By David Crane
david (at) defensereview (dot) com
April 27, 2021
We’re a little late on this one, but we’ve been on travel, and better late than never. DefenseReview (DR) just learned that a friend of DR’s, retired Tier 1 US Army Special Forces Unit operator Mike Pannone of CTT-Solutions, will be B&T USA’s new Director of Training in a partnership between the two companies. This is very fitting, since Pannone is a top-notch combat/tactical shooting instructor, and B&T makes high-grade combat/tactical firearms. DR’s actually trained with Pannone/CTT-Solutions, Pannone’s written for us in the past (see “Related Articles” below), so we know from experience that B&T couldn’t have made a wiser choice. We’ve also covered a number of B&T firearms in pretty good detail (see “Related Articles” below), and have handled them at various SHOT Shows, so we know their guns pretty well.
B&T is owned by Karl Brugger, who started a suppressor (silencer/sound suppressor) manufacturing company with Heinrich Thomet in 1991 called, appropriately enough, Brugger & Thomet. It’s DR’s understanding hat Thomet isn’t involved with the current company B&T.
The following is the official press release on new partnership:
“FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 2nd, 2021
B&T USA PARTNERS WITH MIKE PANNONE OF CTT SOLUTIONS
Tampa, FL (April 2, 2021) – B&T USA is proud to announce a strategic partnership with Mike Pannone of CTT Solutions. Mike joins the B&T team with a primary role of Director of Training; he will also assist in increasing brand awareness within influential professional markets and to drive strategic sales opportunities within B&T’s established top tier LE and SOF customer bases.
“Mike has a sterling reputation and an accomplished, professional background that
continues to go unmatched within this space. He is not only well-connected within
firearms industry, but is acutely aware of the importance of driving both company sales and marketing goals to better position those companies he chooses to represent — B&T is proud have him on our team,” stated Jon Scott, Vice President of Sales, B&T USA.
Mike will be a high-visibility contributor to the B&T brand and will be seen at various training events, trade shows, VIP/Media presentations, and his contributions to product development will be clear as B&T USA releases new and innovative products over the course of 2021 and beyond.
About Mike Pannone/CTT Solutions
Mike is a former operational member of U.S. Marine Reconnaissance, Army Special
Forces (Green Beret), 1st SFOD-D (Delta) and the Asymmetric Warfare Group. He is an active USPSA pistol shooter holding a Master class ranking in Limited, Limited-10 and Production divisions. Mike has participated in stabilization, combat and high-risk
protection operations in support of U.S. policies throughout the world as both an active duty military member, and a civilian contractor. Mike also worked as the primary firearms instructor for the Federal Air Marshal program in Atlantic City, as well as the
head in-service instructor for the Seattle field office. He has spent countless hours on the range and in the classroom with military units, LEO and operational personnel sharing his vast combat and practical experience to increase proficiency and
About B&T USA
B&T USA, a Florida-based firearms, silencer and accessories manufacturer operating
under license of B&T AG SWITZERLAND, which was founded in 1991 as a designer and manufacturer of the industry’s most advanced suppressors. Under the leadership of Karl Brügger, B&T AG has evolved into a world leader in the design, manufacture, and sale of the most technologically advanced, high performance weapons systems in the world. From the comprehensive APC (Advanced Police Carbine) line, recently adopted by the United States Army, to the new 9mm USW® (Universal Service Weapon) and USW conversion kits; B&T weapon systems are used globally by police, Special Forces, and elite military units. For more information on B&T USA, visit: www.bt-arms.com.”
Company Contact Info:
Tel: +41 33 334 67 00
Email Contact Form: https://www.bt-ag.ch/site/eng/kontakt/kontaktformular
B&T SHOP THUN
Tel: +41 33 334 67 30
B&T SHOP ZÜRICH
Tel: +41 43 443 32 00
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