A History of Innovation
The development of Mark 7® began in earnest in Boston, Massachusetts. Fresh off a successful career in the computer software industry during the rise of the Internet, Jay Hirshberg wanted to return to his roots and competitive shooting. As a newly minted Grandmaster level shooter Jay realized that the large amount of ammunition required to maintain his ranking would need to be made by hand. Unhappy with the prospect of pulling a handle to make such large quantities of ammunition, Jay hatched a plan and met with colleagues and associates. Thus was born the all digital, patented Autodrive.
A Timeline of Milestones
2014 Jay developed a prototype and with his business partner brought the digital Autodrive for the Dillon Super 1050 to the 2014 World Shoot. At that time there were no solutions in the marketplace of this type and it was clear that this product was a hit. Much was learned from the introduction of the product to the marketplace that faithful October.
2015 That product was displayed at the SHOT Show in Las Vegas in January and continued to gain momentum. Expansion of the feature set of the Autodrive product continued and shipments to customers commenced that summer. To the delight of customers the product had an integrated digital clutch and was controlled by a computer tablet –the first motor controlled by a tablet with the unique Software Development Kit developed by Mark 7®.
2016 Sensors began to be expanded first with an early alert primer system PrimerSense®, and then continuing with the decapping sensor, DecapSense®. As digital sensing technology was the key to safety the market looked for more sensors and thus was born the swage sensor SwageSense® as well as the bullet topple sensor BulletSense®. Torquesense® was introduced and the press line was extended to include the Dillon 650 line of Autodrives. The 1050 line of Autodrives was expanded to include the1050 X. But rumblings in the marketplace were being heard –can Mark 7® actually design and release a loading press ?
2017 A new, all digital loading press was displayed at the SHOT Show in Las Vegas that had integrated sensing technology along with a press that was developed for Automation and included the first-ever Onboard Primer Collator. That press was displayed at the 2017 World Shoot in Chatereaux, France (where Jay was a member of the United States shooting delegation) and with it’s 10 station design it was clear from the market feedback that Mark 7® had another winner on its hands. In fact 16 of the 25 winners of the 2017 World Shoot already made their ammunition on Mark 7® products. Engineering and production ramped-up and the Revolution® loading press began shipping in late 2017 to customer accolades. Mark 7® moves into a 12,000+ square foot facility and looks to develop in-house parts manufacturing capabilities.
2018 With the Revolution® gaining traction in the marketplace a new press was announced at the SHOT Show in Las Vegas – an ambidextrous, hand-operated loading press based upon the Revolution® design. So many orders poured in for this press that Mark 7® needed to temporarily stop taking new orders to allow for the ramp-up of a production facility to support the new press line. Expansion of the press feature set included an automated version of this hand-press as well as updates to the software controls and tablet, availability of a remote stop button, and the initiation of Mark 7® Professional Services. Showroom assembly and pick-up becomes popular and Mark 7® partners with customers to help them grow their capabilities in the loading space. Mark 7® expands its distribution with partners in Europe, Australia, and South Africa. Mark 7® becomes the official loading press of the United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA).
2019 In its 6th year of operation Mark 7® has a full line of loading presses ranging from hand-operation to light commercial operation. Each of these presses can be configured to exactly what the customer needs from the ground up through innovative package builders on the new Web site. The company has 4 Autodrives for the Dillon Precision line of hand loaders. The company has customers in over 25 countries. The company upgrades the 1050 PRO Autodrive to include 3,500 RPH at no additional cost to the customer, and adds a factory recertification program for the 1050 line. But the story is just beginning....