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News | Friday, February 24, 2017

Apex Announces 40/9 Conversion Barrels For M&P Pistols

Apex Tactical Specialties announces the expansion of its line of patent pending Apex Grade Barrels for the Smith & Wesson M&P with the upcoming availability of Apex Grade 40/9 Conversion Barrels in Semi Drop-In and Gunsmith Fit configurations.

AcuSport Blue Crush Compactor

AcuSport Corporation is proud to support their partner, Air Filters, Inc. to introduce its revolutionary new product The Blue Crush. The Blue Crush compactor is a commercial grade air filter compactor specifically designed to reduce filter waste while lowering overall disposal and storage costs.

RTS Target Systems by FAB Defense

Made entirely of non-ricochet (non-metal) parts, RTS Targets can be used by individuals or groups for CQB out to 300 yards. Whether you want to shoot knockdowns, spinners or stationary, RTS has the system for you.

Lipsey's Stainless Ruger Bisley Flattop .44 Special

Lipsey's has added the highly anticipated stainless steel option to the popular line of Ruger Bisley Flattop .44 Special revolvers. They are being built on the mid-size 357 Magnum frame in both the 4-5/8" and 5-1/2" barrel lengths.

Wilson Combat Launches Two 6.5 Creedmoor Rifles

Wilson Combat is pleased to announce an expansion of our large format AR rifle line with two new models in 6.5 Creedmoor. Adding the wild popularity of the 6.5 Creedmoor cartridge, in addition to existing .308 and .338 Federal caliber choices, Wilson Combat has a custom AR-10 style rifle for even the most discriminating of shooters.

S&W Pro-Shooter Josh Lentz Captures 2017 Florida Open Revolver Title

Smith & Wesson is proud to announce that long-time team member Josh Lentz, won the revolver class at the 2017 Florida Open Pistol Shooting Championship. Josh fired 300 rounds over 11 stages with his Performance Center Model 929 revolver.

This Week on Tom Gresham's Gun Talk

This week, it's special cartridges from Black Hills, a big win for gun rights, range reports, and more, on Tom Gresham's Gun Talk®, the original nationally-syndicated radio talk show about guns and the shooting sports.

Otis Renews Partnership with Kids & Clays

Otis Technology is delighted to announce its renewed partnership with the Kids & Clays Foundation, a charity group whose proceeds benefit various Ronald McDonald House Charities. Otis Technology has partnered with the organization since 2015.

Yackley Family Joins HIVIZ Pro Staff

HIVIZ Shooting System is excited to add the Yackley family of professional shooters to the HIVIZ pro staff. Husband Mark and wife Becky along with their three sons Tim (16), Sean (14), and Andrew (9) will proudly represent the HIVIZ brand at shooting events throughout the country.

Sightron Sport Optics Seeks Independent Sales Reps

Sightron Sport Optics, manufacturer of rifle scopes, binoculars and spotting scopes is looking to expand its sales presence. Independent sales representation sought in TALO and Western states.

Federal Premium Introduces 209 Muzzleloading Primer

Federal Premium Ammunition is pleased to introduce the new 209 Muzzleloading Primer to complement its line of B.O.R. Lock MZ bullets, which ensure a deadly combination of accuracy and downrange devastation. Shipments of the new primers are currently being delivered to dealers.

Sightmark Wolverine Red Dot Sights

Sightmark is proud to announce the release of new Wolverine Red Dot Sight models. Four new models are being added to the line. Wolverine CSR and FSR models will be adding a locking, quick-detach mounting system.

P.O. Ackley: America's Gunsmith

A new book from Gun Digest Media, P.O. Ackley: America's Gunsmith by noted author and gunsmith Fred Zeglin, takes the most comprehensive look ever into the life and work of P.O. Ackley, the eminent gunsmith, barrel maker, teacher and cartridge developer. The book is set for release the week of March 6, 2017.

Gold Tip and Bee Stinger Pro Tommy Gomez Wins First ASA Event of 2017

Gold Tip and Bee Stinger pro shooter Tommy Gomez took home the first Archery Shooters Association (ASA) Pro/Am title of the season this past week in Foley, Alabama. In addition, Gold Tip and Bee Stinger continued their ASA tournament dominance.

Shoot With Both Eyes Open Using OFFEYE Optical Filters from Birchwood Casey

New OFFEYE Optical Filters from Birchwood Casey® help shooters with cross or middle eye dominance see targets more clearly for more effective shooting.

Performance Feedback and Goal Setting Webinars

Growth Strategy Partners is conducting two complimentary webinars on How To Provide Performance Feedback That Works and Goal Setting for Executives and Individuals.

Heybo Outdoors Enhances Fall Line with New Technical Camo Collection

Heybo Outdoors debuted its new Fall 2017 line by expanding its camo collection and welcoming the new Technical Camo products. The new line includes the Landing Zone Wading Jacket, Timbers Vest, Single Barrell Quarter Zip and Heather Quarter Zip, now available to dealers for pre-order.

Blaser's F16 Shotgun Wins 2017 Golden Bullseye Award

Blaser USA is the proud recipient of the prestigious 2017 NRA Golden Bullseye Award for "Shotgun of the Year" from American Rifleman Magazine for the F16 over/under shotgun.

RCBS Offers New ChargeMaster Lite

RCBS offers the new ChargeMaster Lite for unparalleled powder-measuring accuracy in a compact package.

Champion Traps & Targets Offers New VisiColor Reactive Targets

Champion Traps & Targets expands their popular VisiColor line with the new Real Life, Reflex, Training Silhouette and Fun Games series of reactive paper targets.

Crimson Trace Upgrades Iconic 1911

The Master SeriesT Lasergrips laser sights by Crimson Trace are designed to be an upgrade to one of America's most popular firearms—the 1911 semi-auto pistol. Master Series laser sights are available in a wide range of designs, with a variety of woods or colors in durable G10 composite, and with brilliant red or green laser sights.

Wilson Combat's Bill Wilson Carry II Pistol

Chambered in .45 ACP or 9mm, the Bill Wilson Carry II is a carry gun - accurate and easy to carry on a daily basis. From the compact X-Tac grip frame, to the lightweight integral light rail and gold bead sight-this gun is exactly how Bill currently options his daily carry pistols.

Apex Sponsors 2017 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals

For the fifth year in a row, Apex Tactical Specialties has signed on as one of the major sponsors of the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals which takes place this weekend in Springfield, Mass.

SureFire Exhibiting at IDEX

SureFire, LLC is co-exhibiting with IGG at IDEX (International Defence Exhibition) February 19-23 in Abu Dhabi, UAE. SureFire will be displaying their illumination tools, hearing protection, WeaponLights, and several new innovative additions to its extensive product line.

Rail Accessories by Crimson Trace

As many firearms, particularly pistols and AR/MSR rifles, have accessory rails, Crimson Trace offers numerous options to help firearms owners across America decide what rides on their rails. These include the LiNQ wireless operated laser and light systems, Rail Master Pro laser and light and more.

March Issue of Shooting Illustrated

NRA members who receive Shooting Illustrated as their magazine will learn all about the new Kimber Micro 9 Raptor, a single-action offering from Kimber's custom shop, in the March issue. Offering 9 mm versatility in a size normally associated with .380 ACP, the Micro 9 offers power that fits in a pocket.

Creedmoor Sports Offers Cleaning Products

Creedmoor has introduced Bore Tech's line of cutting edge cleaning supplies to its product catalog and its online store, including the Bore Tech AR-15 Complete Receiver Cleaning Kit and Rimfire Blend Bore Cleaner.


Skill Set: "Press"

The more I practice, train and teach the use of firearms the more I realize just how important the trigger press is to shooting accurately. Regardless of what you're shooting you always have to apply the fundamentals. But of all of the fundamentals – in my opinion – the trigger press is the most important.

This is mandatory in the beginning, learning how to smoothly press the trigger without tensing up muscles in anticipation of the recoil before, during and after the shot. The sights are always going to be moving; all the other components will never be perfect. As long as you press the trigger smoothly, letting the firearm "release" the shot, you'll get good hits.

In the beginning it's also important to take time to obtain the proper placement of the finger on the trigger. Position the finger so the trigger is centered in the pad of the first segment or "distal phalanges." This allows you to "feel" the trigger as you press and reset it, and helps ensure you're pressing straight to the rear without pushing or pulling the trigger and moving the muzzle. With consistent practice this placement becomes habit.

As you progress you learn what speed you can press the trigger in order to get good hits. With a close, large target you can press fairly quickly and get the hits. As the distance increases and/or the size of the target decreases you learn that a slower press is required to make the shot. Regardless of the speed of the press it always has to be a smooth press.

There are other trigger techniques used, and one can produce acceptable results with them, but these are more for specific applications. For example skeet and bird shooters will "slap" the trigger to release the shot. Some competitive shooters will "tap" the trigger. But to shoot as accurately as possible you're going to want to press that trigger.

I don't know how many thousands of rounds I've fired in my life so far. But still when I'm trying to shoot accurately – regardless of the type firearm, caliber or distance - I will say "pressssssssss" out loud, hissing like a snake while pressing the trigger. Verbally saying it out loud, extending out the last part of the "pressssssss" always produces good hits.

Also, keep in mind that as things get more complicated, such as when moving and shooting, the trigger press becomes even more important. For example when moving there's a greater tendency to go "now" on the trigger in an attempt to fire the shot as the sights move across the target. This leads to the dreaded anticipation, and is going to negatively affect your accuracy.

For defensive use it's important that you get accurate hits. Good hits stop the threat quicker. Accuracy ensures the safety of those in the environment; remember you're responsible for where each and every bullet ends up. The only way to produce this type accuracy under stress is to drill it on the range, under a variety of conditions. Then, when facing a violent attack and lives depend on you, "pressssssss" that trigger, and repeat as necessary.

Tiger McKee is director of Shootrite Firearms Academy, located in northern Alabama. He is the author of "The Book of Two Guns" - writes for several firearms/tactical publications, and is featured on GunTalk's DVD, "Fighting With The 1911 - McKee's new book, AR Skills and Drills, is available for pre-order:


Feb 24-26
Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center, 299 Page Boulevard Springfield, Massachusetts 01104
Mar 10-11
Copperhead Creek Shooing Club, Marble Falls, Texas
Apr 5-9
Oklahoma City Gun Club Arcadia, Oklahoma
Apr 27-30
Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Apr 28-May 7
Camp Butner, North Carolina
May 12-13
Sig Sauer Academy, 233 Exeter Road, Epping, NH 03042
May 28
Jun 2-4
Talladega, Alabama
Jun 24-26
Duluth, Minnesota
Jul 8-15
Cardinal Shooting Center, Marengo, Ohio
Jul 8-15
Cardinal Shooting Center, Marengo, Ohio
Jun 26-Jul 29
Camp Perry, Port Clinton, Ohio

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