GENESEO, ILL. (02/15/21) – Springfield Armory® is pleased to announce the hiring of Fred Mincks as its Law Enforcement Sales Manager.

Mincks comes most recently from the corporate policing world, where he was the Lead Investigator for John Deere’s World Headquarters in Moline, Illinois. Before working for John Deere, Mincks had a distinguished 21-year career in law enforcement in Illinois, retiring as a Senior Operations Sergeant at the Moline Police Department in 2018.

“The opportunity to join the Springfield Armory family is truly an honor,” Mincks says. “I’ve long been a fan of Springfield products and am very excited to be part of the team. I look forward to supporting all our heroes and the LE team in this new position.”

Mincks’ law enforcement career included positions as a Criminal Investigations Detective, SWAT Team Leader, DEA Clandestine Laboratory Site Safety Officer, and Street Crimes Detective, among others. Mincks is a certified Master Firearms Instructor and is a proud former member of the Fraternal Order of Police and the Police Benevolent and Protective Association.

Throughout his career, he received training from the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy, Illinois State Police Academy, and the University of Illinois. Before joining the police force, Mincks served in the U.S. Army for six years, where he earned his Combat Infantryman Badge during the invasion of Panama. He was a Team Leader and a Non-Commissioned Officers in Charge of Company Arms Room before his honorable discharge at the rank of sergeant in 1990.

“We at Springfield Armory are a family and are proud and excited to welcome Fred Mincks into that family,” says Peggy Hickenbottom, Vice President of Distribution for Springfield Armory. “His extensive experience in law enforcement and as a U.S. Army combat veteran will make him an incredibly valuable resource as a liaison between Springfield Armory and the law enforcement community.”

For law enforcement-related inquiries, Mincks can be reached at 309-944-8980, or


About Springfield Armory®

In 1794, the original Springfield Armory began manufacturing muskets for the defense of our young, free Republic. The Armory functioned as a firearms supplier for every major American conflict until 1968 when the government sadly closed its doors. In 1974, nearly two centuries after its inception, Springfield Armory Inc. in Geneseo, Ill. revived the iconic heritage of the Armory to carry on its legacy.

We strive to honor this responsibility as guardians of the original Springfield Armory legacy by manufacturing the highest quality firearms to enable responsible citizens to preserve their right to keep and bear arms in the defense of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

With an unmatched emphasis on craftsmanship, performance and exceptional customer service, our mission is to forge superior firearms and provide the tools necessary to defend individual freedoms and equality for those who embrace the rights and principles secured by our Founding Fathers. For more information, please visit us at:


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