Breaking: Unexpected Update on Hornady’s Company Jab Policy

A few days ago,we let you know about an internal letter from the President of Hornady to the company's employees. The letter from Steve Hornady greatly encouraged its recipients to take the shot mandated by President Biden, despite there being no real legal force behind it currently. In one part of the letter, Steve said:

…it goes way beyond a health measure… But there is nothing we (and ultimately you) can do to avoid this.

The Fallout?

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The thing that “we” [Hornady] could not avoid in Steve's estimation were the threats of a $14,000 fine per employee who didn't capitulate. The thing “ultimately you” couldn't avoid, would be termination from Hornady if you didn't do what President Biden said.

Click here to read the entirety of the letter from Steve Hornady and my take.

The response toward Steve Hornady for that letter was overwhelmingly negative. Of course, we don't encourage hatred or personal attacks against someone for what they believe. However, we encourage voicing an opinion respectfully when we perceive something is wrong.

Many of you reached out directly to Hornady to air your disappointment and posted on their social media sites. So apparently, there is something we all can do to stand up against this nonsense. And it starts by self-assessing what we really believe in and stand for.

I am not an insider, but I also imagine that internally, employees voiced their displeasure with the decision.

Hornady's Response:

Guns and Gadgets posted today that they obtained a new employee memo. The statement from Steve Hornady attempts to clarify the original memo. Unfortunately, I don't have a copy of the message and have not confirmed it.

However, according to Guns and Gadgets, the memo is authentic and reads as follows:

To all Hornady employees, 

October 26, 2021

From Steve Hornady,

Regarding Clarification of the October 11 Memo:

We (Hornady Manufacturing) most specifically are not mandating, requiring, demanding any employee get a vaccine. That is purely a personal decision. We are sorry that we gave that impression. The reason for the memo was to let you know that we would have vaccines available during our annual health screening. We did not, nor are we mandating a vaccine. We are sorry for the worry this has caused. Your job is not in jeopardy.

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Gun owners “voted with their wallets” and voiced their concerns. Hornady noticed.

A non-Apology – Apology is still a win:

So right off the bat, this is good for the employees of Hornady.

They no longer must worry that they would lose their job if they didn't get the shot, as was clearly stated in the original letter.

We do not want you or us to be faced with career devastating decisions in the final days before this mandate is in effect.

It is good for the company as a whole.

While ammo demand has been high and they undoubtedly were on track for “another great year,” the fallout from this decision would most assuredly hit Hornady in the pocket, potentially leading to layoffs and people losing jobs anyway.

I think it is also a win for Steve Hornady personally.

I realize, and anyone who compares the two letters sees, that Steve's letter isn't exactly an example of taking accountability. It is clear that the intent of the original letter was not just about letting employees know the shot would be available.

However, regardless of the motivation, in the long run, Steve Hornady made the right decision. Steve Hornady's history as the president of the company bearing his name has been positive.

I Think Steve Hornady Made a Mistake in Judgement:

In fact, he did stand up against selling ammo to local governments who openly oppose individual gun rights. Consider this post from May 2, 2018.

Perhaps like us, this difficult time is a chance for Steve Hornady to grow as a leader. We are all leaders in some circle of influence.

In addition, I hope that this experience brings a closer bond between Steve Hornady and the employees, who are integral parts of whats made Hornady a well-respected company in the industry.

Call to Action:

If you are reading this post, I ask that you share it just as vigorously as the post about the unfortunate stance Steve Hornady took originally. We just want to disseminate the truth, good or bad.

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About Matthew Maruster

I follow my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ who is the eternal co-equal Son of God. I currently live in Columbus, Ohio with my wife and daughter. I served in the Marine Corps Infantry. I was a Staff Sergeant and served as a Platoon Sergeant during combat in Iraq. After I was a police officer at a municipal agency in San Diego County. I have a Bachelors's Degree in Criminal Justice from National University. MJ Maruster Defense.


  1. Dona Pettijohn on October 27, 2021 at 11:56 am

    I guess he saw the error of his ways!!

  2. Bill Rediger on October 27, 2021 at 11:58 am

    Good job. I like ur ammo even more now. Thank u and God bless

  3. Joey Alvarez on October 27, 2021 at 12:03 pm

    I WAS a loyal Hornady fan. After this miasma of “misinterpreted” guidlines… My go to now is black hills powder and honey badger bullets. I have had enough of double talking, back tracking when confronted companies. Bring on.the competition… that’s the American way

  4. Chas on October 27, 2021 at 4:58 pm

    Since when does the minority dictate to the majority?
    What has happened to this country?

  5. Tom on October 27, 2021 at 10:52 pm

    I’ll keep the Hornady I’ve got, but won’t bother purchasing any more. Too bad, it was good ammo.
    A man of conviction, would stand by his statement- come what may.
    Funny how many things are “Misinterpreted” these days..

  6. JAD Human on October 28, 2021 at 1:55 pm

    Hornady the company will likely not have much choice in following the mandate, it just hasn’t seen the contract modifications from the GAO, yet.

    See this :

  7. Carl on October 29, 2021 at 11:43 pm

    Wow! So real journalism works! It can produce the greater good for all. Too bad it is an endangered practice. Thanks again Matthew and concealed carry dot com for carrying the torch. The writing is on the wall now for what hornady really is. However, it is now safe again for its employees. Expose all truth. Defensive mindset is pervasive.

    • Mark on October 31, 2021 at 8:43 am

      It’s not safe for its employees, Steve just paused temporarily on his communist stance until he can figure out how to comply without impacting his bottom line. I’m printing Hornady’s vaccine mandate letter out and Steve’s weak-a$$ response and direct mailing it to over 1000 individual gun shops in my home state that currently carry Hornady products and I’m encouraging them to cease carrying their products.

      You can do the same – get a list of FFL dealers in your state on fflgundealers dot net and start mailing. Hornady will be the shining example to other firearms related companies of what happens when you side with the Biden administration.

  8. Dave on October 31, 2021 at 12:39 pm

    First I would like to say, Mark you’re awesome!

    To everyone else, his reversal is simply a PR stunt. If you watch Liberty dolls recent video on this she Blows the Whistle on him again!

    They are now hassling their non-vaccinated employees and stealing their sick days from them regardless of why they’re out.

    They’ve even put a bounty on the head of the person that released the letters!

    It’s time for the employees to band together and file a class action suit against this Steve Hornady.

    The only way I would ever buy another Hornady product is if that piece of s*** made a public apology to his employees and put it in writing that he would never do anything like this again.

    As stated elsewhere, a mandate is not a law, the Communist dictator currently pretending to run this country does not have the authority to mandate s***! Only the legislative body has the ability to create law.

    The only reason he is being allowed to get away with this crap is because the average American is sitting on their ass doing nothing to fight back.

    Write your politicians, call your politicians, tell them that you will not comply. Tell them if they keep pushing this crap you are going to vote them out of office. Or when the s*** hits the fan, drag them out of office!

    Trust in God, not your politicians, and not the pharmaceutical / Medical industrial complex who wants to enslave the population with their mandatory drugs.

    Once you’ve taken the jab your immune system is gone, you will need to take boosters just a prop up your immune system. Provided you survive!

    Si vis Pacem, Para Bellum

  9. Debbie Gress on November 6, 2021 at 7:47 pm

    I re-read both memos and cannot find any evidence of “misinterpretation”. What I DO NOT find is HIS apology for making the wrong decision to begin with but he must personally examine his reasons for doing so. This is another red herring that diverts the TRUE focus to what the YOU, the READER MISINTERPRETED. What he did was attempt damage control after the backlash of opinions started coming in. He “clarified” his decision because he perceived financial repercussions instead of making a measured decision from the start and doing the right thing. Important decisions must be considered from all angles, most importantly from whether it is right or wrong. I recall that saying “True character is who you are when…”. If the decision is still in question, bounce it off some people you trust (not necessarily friends or shareholders) before you release it to the public. Even then, if you realize you truly made a bad decision (which everyone does at times), OWN IT. It is always sadly disappointing but very valuable in weeding out those who are disposed to (right out of The Free Dictionary here): “lie, cheat, deceive or defraud”. Conservatives call them RINOs. For me it calls into question where anyone will stop at saying/doing what they want people to see/hear. It is also a clear indicator to me of where true allegiance is-in this case to money, not the Constitution. My trust in them and what I thought they stood for is damaged to the point that I can no longer purchase their ammo. Just one person’s opinion encouraging you all to not just look at the surface.

    • Bert Blue on February 15, 2022 at 4:06 pm

      Well said Debbie. I just want to pile on here and say there was no misinterpreting his original memo. It was quite clear. And although I was a serious Hornady fan, I will no longer support them. Sucks either way for the employees because there’s no doubt this will hurt the company. But sadly, Americans have short memories so I’m sure Hornady and the employees will recover. But I will not ever forget. Not a dime of mine will go to them.

  10. Donald May on November 17, 2021 at 8:33 pm

    Federal judge told biden that his mandate is ILLEGAL period!!!!

  11. KGBrown on November 19, 2021 at 5:12 pm

    I stopped buying their products after the first memo.

  12. Bert Blue on February 15, 2022 at 4:09 pm

    The first memo was all I needed and then his non apology just made him look worse. A bold face lie saying we misinterpreted it. Buh bye Hornady.

  13. Captain Obvious on May 1, 2022 at 5:46 pm

    I personally wrote them a letter since it seems they completely scrubbed their website of any way to get a hold of them. I informed them that I would no longer be purchasing their products if this is the way they wish to treat their employees. So far I have not seen a response from their management so I purchase elsewhere. No sweat off my back.

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