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News | Monday, February 8, 2016

Great American Outdoor Show Opens

The 2016 Great American Outdoor Show presented by Outdoor Channel opened its doors Saturday, February 6 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

UTG's New Super Slim Series of Risers

UTG has introduced a series of military standard risers to raise an optic or dot sight to the correct height for co-witness, clearing of fixed or folding backup sights, or to adjust the optic to the shooter's cheekweld. The new risers are slimmer and features integral recoil stops.

ATA's Youth Program Receives Scholarship Endowment

The Amateur Trapshooting Association (ATA) youth program AIM was recently the recipient of a scholarship endowment from the Pat and Penny Ireland Trust of Virginia which will be distributed to a number of young trap shooters in the years to come.

Sales Reps Sought

Parks and Son of Advance, NC seeks sales representatives in the expanding southeast territory. The ideal candidate will have been involved in the shooting industry as a sales representative calling on customers.

Kalashnikov USA and CAA USA Seeking Managers

CAA USA is seeking an experienced candidate to fill the position of General Manager for the US market of CAA firearms accessories and Kalashnikov USA-CAA USA are actively seeking an experienced candidate to fill the position of Marketing Manager at their facility in Pompano Beach, Fl.

BLACKHAWK! TecGrip Holster

The new TecGrip Inside the Waistband (IWB) and Pocket holsters from BLACKHAWK! are designed for law enforcement and nonsworn concealed carriers. The TecGrip outer layer holds tightly to almost any material and keeps the firearm holstered snugly in place.

Walker's New Razor Series

Walker's introduces the all new Razor Series of ear protection. These "Razor" thin muffs were engineered with the goal of having the lowest possible profile without compromising the hearing protection and amplification properties of the muff.

Caddis Seeking Digital Strategist and Content Specialist Candidates

Caddis, an award-winning agency serving the outdoor industry and located in Franklin, Tenn., seeks applicants for Digital Strategist and Content Specialist positions.

CMP to Introduce New 'Legacy Series' at 2016 National Matches

After receiving many suggestions on how best to fill our recently-added competition week at the end of the National Matches in August, the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) has created a schedule of events. The final week of competition is called the "CMP Legacy Series," and will include several matches

Arrow-Maker Gold Tip Opens New Utah Facility

Gold Tip and sister company Bee Stinger moved their manufacturing and business offices a few miles up the road to American Fork, Utah. A ribbon "cutting" ceremony was held on January 12 at the new location.

UM Tactical to Introduce R.A.G.E. Total Compensation System

UM Tactical will introduce the Rapid Adjustable Gas Expulsion System (R.A.G.E.) Total Compensation System at the Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, PA. The R.A.G.E. Compensator is the world's first reconfigurable recoil tuning and management device.

MSR Distribution Named Distributor for Rex Zero 1s Pistols

FIME Group LLC, the exclusive US importer for Arex pistols, has selected MSR Distribution as a premier distributor for the new Rex Zero 1S pistols.

MI DNR shooting ranges closed Feb. 15

The Michigan DNR's Ortonville, Pontiac Lake, Rose Lake, and Sharonville shooting ranges will be closed on Monday, Feb. 15, for the Presidents Day holiday.

Appeals Court Remands Decision for 'Strict Scrutiny' of Second Amendment

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit overturned a federal district court decision that had upheld the 2013 State of Maryland Firearm Safety Act as constitutional under intermediate scrutiny review.

Public Input Sought on Recreational Target Shooting on National Monument Land

The Arizona Game and Fish Department encourages the public, especially those interested in recreational target shooting, to provide their input for revision of a portion of the Resource Management Plan (RMP) for the Sonoran Desert National Monument near Gila Bend.


Standards: GLOCK Evaluation Course

Editor's Note: If you're never fired a line drill or 'qualification course' under supervision or never used a holster, proceed with caution. Don't be in a hurry to put the gun back into the holster and make full use of the Four Safety Rule, plus whatever rules exist at the range you use.

The idea of qualification courses of fire tends to elude me, but I was "brought up bad." While the appeal of one "test" to cover all possible skills is appealing, like honest government, the reality is unlikely. What are we seeking to do?

In police agencies, the qualification amounts to little more than an accuracy test. We're told the only pressure can be time and that everyone should have to meet the same standard. For individuals, such tests can be a way to see if we "measure up," assuming the test is executed the same way it would be for someone in service.

The basis for the qualification is to collect evidence of skill that could be used in court. I'm not sure that qual scores have ever been used in court. I remember when people jumped to the "pass/fail" and away from numerical scoring. I argued then that not counting for hits and misses was an intentional blind designed to mislead a court and that amounted to obstruction. We didn't go "pass/fail."

I like individual standards, something I was first exposed to at the HK International Training Division. They had a qual course but you had to individually perform handling standards for an instructor's approval – that is more to the point for individual development and evidence collection both.

The KLETC KS-Q Target is designed for basic and instructor courses. As KLETC sponsored the GLOCK Instructor Course, the sponsor's targets were used.
Still, I collect these things and it's interesting to try them on. Here's one of them.

I've taken the GLOCK Instructor Development Course a couple of times over the years. It was usually ended by students shooting the school's "Evaluation Course," a police-type qualification test. It's an examination to see if students have learned to best use their duty pistols to solve problems their officers will likely face.

The last time I was in class – many years back now -- I used the GLOCK 37, a full-size service pistol chambered for the then-new .45 G.A.P cartridge. This cartridge, shorter than the ACP, provided heavy, wide-bullet ballistics in a shorter package. The G37 has the frame of the standard 9mm - .40 - .357 Auto GLOCKs, with the bigger .45-size slide to withstand the recoil and allow consistent function.

I used the Galco Combat Master pancake-style holster, concealed under an unbuttoned shirt, and Remington-UMC .45 GAP 230 grain ball, to shoot the GLOCK Evaluation Course under time. With only two magazines (three are required at the training class) and each of those limited by design to 10 rounds, I went over the maximum time on the 25 yard stage.

As we were at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center, we used the KS-Q target instead of the FBI or IALEFI-Q targets. For this course of fire, hits inside the "4" and "5" scoring rings are counted, in addition to the five required head shots. The course of fire required 12 rounds, 3 fired from standing and kneeling positions at 25 yards from either side of a cover item. I shot around the left side left handed. The time limit was thirty seconds.

If you have the requisite background, the Instructor Evaluation should be shot with duty gear or with concealment gear worn concealed, as shown using the Galco Combat Master holster.
At fifteen yards, 12 rounds with a mandatory "tactical" or magazine-save reload, had to be fired within 20 seconds. Fifteen seconds were allowed for 12 rounds with a slide-lock reload from 7 yards. One hand unsupported shooting was required to deliver two hits to the center in 2.5 seconds, followed by two hits into the head in the same time limit – from four yards.

At two yards and the one-hand "weapon retention position," first one shot and then 3 shots were required within 2.5 seconds. Finally, a contact-distance "shove and shoot" (shoving off and backing out) was completed in two phases. The first called for 2 center hits plus one into the head. The second called for 1 chest and two rounds to the head of the target. Each phase allowed 2.5 seconds.

I made all the time limits save the long distance effort. The result was a 100% score with the GLOCK 37 and the Galco Combat Master.

This is a well balanced course as to distance and speed assuming the shooter uses duty gear or a concealment holster worn concealed.

If you're interested in seeing other standards and qualifications, let us know at

-- Rich Grassi

Feb 18-20
S&W ESC 299 Page Blvd. Springfield, MA 01104
Mar 2
Mesa, Arizona
Mar 31-Apr 2
Kingston, Jamaica
Apr 7
Palmetto Gun Club, Summerville, South Carolina
Apr 13
Las Vegas, Nevada
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29595 Leonard Road, Atlanta, Indiana 46031
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South River Gun Club, 5205 GA-212, Covington, GA 30016
May 15
Troutman, North Carolina 28166
May 20
Byram, Mississippi
Jun 9
Wichita Falls, Texas
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KELLEC Range, Random School Road, Rosenberg, Texas 77471
Jul 16-18
Billings, Montana

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