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Wellspring Aims For Pamlico’s Airgun Company

Wellspring Capital Management LLC has bought Crosman Corp., a maker of shooting-sports products, from Pamlico Capital, as Buyouts first reported.

The Bloomfield, N.Y.-based company generates about $125 million in annual revenue, a source said, and according to its website the company employs more than 300 people.

Crosman offers a wide menu of air rifles and air pistols, as well as crossbows, archery toys for children and other archery products. The company was founded in Rochester, N.Y., in 1923 as Crosman Arms Company. The company also devotes a portion of its website to “Crossman University,” where visitors can “explore these hallowed halls and learn everything there is to know about the exciting world of airguns and Crosman,” including safety tips and educational programs for young shooters.

New York-based Wellspring Capital is investing out of its fourth fund, which the firm closed with $1 billion in commitments in 2006. Crosman is likely one of the final investments out of the fund, as Wellspring closed a fifth fund with $1.2 billion in commitments November 2010.

Wellspring sponsors transactions in the $50 million to $2 billion range across a broad range of industries. Its earlier funds have performed fairly well: Its third fund, a $675 million vehicle raised in 2003, for example, was generating a 1.9x return on capital and a 25.6 percent internal rate of return as of June of last year, according to pension fund data compiled by Buyouts.

For Pamlico, the sale would come out of Pamlico Capital II, a $1.1 billion fund the Charlotte, N.C.-based firm raised in 2007 when it was still a division of Wachovia known as Wachovia Capital Partners. Pamlico typically targets deals in the business and technology services, communications and health care industries.