We’ve been getting a ton of people asking us “What does Match Grade mean?” The definition of this term actually aligns perfectly with the approach we take in developing our high quality products.
Technically, the term Match Grade refers to firearm parts and ammunition that are suitable for a competitive match. The goal, obviously, is to hit the same spot, every time. The only way to do that is to control all of the variables and keep them consistent. If you have the same high-quality firearm paired with ammunition that is the same weight every shot, you can focus on building your firing platform, controlling your breathing, and that slow smooth squeeze that’s been beaten into our heads since the first time we picked up a firearm.
It is with this same thinking that we approach our products at Match Grade Apparel. We realized early on in our planning that if we controlled all the variables, we could create an amazing product. This included finding the right manufacturer here in the US, coming up with designs we were proud of, creating a website that people will enjoy exploring, choosing honest, reliable, military Charity Partners and much more.
I have a grey fleece jacket I wear pretty much every chance I get. I love it. It’s got the 1st Marine Division diamond embroidered on the back collar and Iraq War Veteran embroidered on the left chest. It’s something that I am proud of having earned the right to wear. When we started talking about what kind of products to carry at Match Grade, my thoughts immediately went to my fleece jacket. It would be awesome to link up with this company and get some custom stuff made for Match Grade. Then I saw it…..MADE IN CHINA. That one hurt. I knew I wanted to make all of our clothes in the USA and this just drove that point home even more. What the hell is the point of making these cool, military-themed, designs if I was going to turn around and put them on a shirt made in China, or Bangladesh, or Honduras? The bottom line is that’s not Match Grade, period. If it isn’t Made in the USA, we won’t carry it in our store.
I’m an idea guy. I’ve always got ideas. They aren’t always GOOD ideas, but hey, they can’t all be winners, right? I’ve had some of these designs in my head for quite some time. When putting together Match Grade Apparel, taking the designs from idea to reality was the fun part. We strive to bring cool, patriotic and military-themed shirt designs to the masses. You don’t have to have served to wear and appreciate our designs, you just have to want to support those who have.
This is the most important part for us. We give back $1 of each and every shirt we sell. The best way to help the Military and Veteran communities is to show support. Whether it’s donating your time, thoughts, or money, every little bit helps. We want to make sure we are doing our part to ensure that funding is available for the continued study of PTSD and the exploration of drug-free treatment options, but we also want to make sure that smaller, lesser known military charities get the attention they deserve. There are thousands of great charities out there who are teaching skills to Veterans in order to support the transition process. We are proud to do our part by giving back and hope you will join us in this endeavor.
To find out more about Match Grade Apparel, our products and our Charity Partners, visit this link: www.matchgradeapparel.com. You can also connect with us on Facebook here: www.facebook.com/matchgradeapparel.
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According to Hello Handbag founder, Anna Shelton, "I am personally honored to count many veterans as dear friends. One of those incredible people is Alec Reisberg, who founded Match Grade Apparel as a way to continue serving his country beyond his time as a Marine. Alec, his wife Nicole (a badass in her own right), and their beautiful baby make up this service-focused powerhouse."