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News | Wednesday, September 2, 2015

ZEISS Offers Tremendous Fall Savings

From September 1 through November 17, 2015, Zeiss is offering huge savings on many of its most popular optics. Simply purchase any of the following ZEISS products from an authorized ZEISS dealer during the promotional period and get a mail-in rebate.

Ruger Introduces the Polymer Stock 22 Charger Pistol and 22 Charger Takedown Pistol

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE-RGR) announces the addition of polymer stock models to the recently re-engineered 22 Charger and 22 Charger Takedown pistol lines. First introduced in 2007, and re-engineered in 2014, the Charger pistol family is quickly becoming a favorite of .22 LR shooters and plinkers alike.

Front Line Introduces The BFL Modular

The new Front Line BFL Modular System is an improved version of the standard belt holster, with an innovative, proprietary design that allows it to be worn two ways: either as a regular slide-on belt-loop holster or as a paddle holster with a security strap that easily closes around the belt.

Breakthrough® Clean Technologies Becomes VIP Event Sponsor For Precision Rifle Series

Breakthrough® Clean Technologies is proud to announce their partnership as an Event VIP Sponsor and the official firearms maintenance solution for the Precision Rifle Series.

LSL Training Tour Heads to Massachusetts

Wes Doss, founder of Khyber Interactive Associates, is now traveling to the Maynard Police Department in Massachusetts for Stop 13 of the 2015 Lights, Sights, Lasers US Tour which offers cost-free training to military personnel, law enforcement officers, security specialists and select firearms trainers.

Apex Now Shipping Flat-Faced Trigger for Smith & Wesson's M&P Shield

Apex Tactical Specialties is now shipping the new Apex Flat-Faced Action Enhancement Trigger for the popular Smith & Wesson M&P Shield pistol. The trigger reduces pre-travel and over-travel by approximately 20%.

Kahr® Firearms Group Sponsors NRA World Shooting Championship

Kahr Firearms Group is proud to be a Sponsor of the NRA World Shooting Championship. The event will take place at the Peacemaker National Training Center in Glengarry, West Virginia, September, 24-26.

Congressman Mark Walker Tours Ruger's North Carolina Facilities

U.S. Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC) toured the Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. manufacturing facility in Mayodan, North Carolina yesterday and met with employees and company executives. Ruger established this manufacturing facility in 2013 to accommodate its continued growth and has created approximately 200 jobs in the Mayodan area, with more expected in the future.

S3DA to Host Kentucky Outdoor Adventure Games 3D Tournament

Scholastic 3D Archery, in conjunction with the London-Laurel County Tourism Commission, will be hosting a 3D Archery tournament for the Kentucky Outdoor Adventure Games, in London, Kentucky, on October 17, 2015.

Savage Arms Introduces the Model 10 FCP-SR

Savage Arms has made its Law Enforcement Series even more versatile by adding a 10-round detachable box magazine to its new 10 FCP-SR rifles. Shipments of these products are currently being delivered.

Taurus Offers Limited Time $25 or $50 Rebate on Select Taurus Pistols and Revolvers

Taurus® announces a rebate program on several of its most popular firearms. Consumers can receive either a $25 or $50 Taurus® Visa® Prepaid Card by purchasing qualifying items from September 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015.

Local Rifleman Sets New Record, Claims Win at 2015 National Rimfire Sporter Match

Ted James, 36, of Woodville, Ohio, was the overall winner of the Tactical Class during the Civilian Marksmanship Program's (CMP) Rimfire Sporter Match – recently held during the 2015 National Matches at Camp Perry. James bested a field of 65 competitors in the class that helped make up a group of over 300 participants overall.

This Week on Shooting USA and Impossible Shots

This week on Shooting USA, see the largest silhouette range east of the Mississippi River for a new match that's changing the game, and on Impossible Shots, Byron Ferguson tries the hardest shot in all of archery, the Robin Hood.

Willow Slough FWA shooting range will close for improvements

The shooting range at Indiana's Willow Slough Fish & Wildlife Area in Newton County will close on Sept. 28 for improvements.

MGM Targets Welcomes Hoskinson to Inside Sales Role

MGM Targets is pleased to welcome Jeffrey Hoskinson to the MGM sales and customer service team.

Springfield Armory® Unveils First 'Wild Wednesday' with 10-Gun Promo

The first "Wild Wednesday" has arrived, as Springfield Armory® continues to unfurl its daily DUEL 3 promotions throughout September. Today, Springfield Armory® is giving away 10 of its own firearms for a total value of more than $5,800.

Big Rock Sports and SIG SAUER® Introduce Electro-Optics Lineup

Big Rock Sports, LLC and SIG SAUER® are pleased to introduce 100 new-for-2015 electro-optic products. The new lines are in stock this fall, and available to Big Rock Sports customers.

Tonight on American Rifleman TV: Ruger Manufacturing, Part 2

On this season's final episode of American Rifleman TV, the ARTV staff concludes its visit to Ruger's Newport, N.H., plant by learning how engineers handle the challenges of building and testing a revolver like the new Super Blackhawk in .454 Casull and Ruger .480.

Randi Rogers Wins Ladies Production at USPSA Area 8- Comes in 2nd Overall Production Division

Team Comp-Tac's Randi Rogers won the 2015 USPSA Area 8 Ladies Production title this past weekend in Fredericksburg, VA. In addition, Rogers came in 2nd overall of all competitors in the Production Division.

NASP® Administrators' Conference

The National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP®) held their annual "Coordinators Conference" in Nashville, Tennessee July 20-22, 2015. NASP® administrators from 35 states, Canada, United Kingdom, and South Africa attended.



Editor's Note: Editor Jim Shepherd is on assignment this week. The following feature first appeared in our companion service The Tactical Wire (

Constructing a moving target that uses pulleys and rope is a fairly simple matter, and will add another dimension to your training and practice.
Last weekend we had a revolver class with students who were more experienced than normal. This allows us to run a wider variety of drills than usual, so we were able to work on multiple and moving targets, plus complex setups with bystanders, or what people often call "no-shoot" targets. The problem with thinking of these as "no-shoot targets" is that in real life not only do you not want to shoot them you also should not be sweeping them with your weapon.

Competitions have scenarios containing shoot and no-shoot targets. Your task is to engage the shoot targets, sometimes in a specified order, but there are no penalties if you sweep or cover the no-shoot targets. In real life we have to always apply the four safety rules, with Rule II : "Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy," always in effect. There are slight variations of this but they all mean the same thing; don't point it at anything you're not willing or ready to put bullets into. In theory this sounds simple, but under stressful situations applying it can be difficult.

In the beginning you start training and practicing on a single, stationary target. You practice the fundamentals, developing the ability to draw efficiently, move, communicate – issuing verbal commands – using cover and making good, accurate hits. At some point additional targets are added. Now you're developing the skill to prioritize and engage multiple threats. Eventually you need to start adding bystanders, representations of people in the environment who aren't involved in the confrontation. Remember these aren't "no-shoot targets," they represent family members, friends, neighbors and others.

Now you're having to move, acquire the threats and ensure you don't cover "friendlies." There is a lot of focus on coming off the trigger and bringing the muzzle down into a ready position, moving or transitioning to the next threat, then getting back on target. In the beginning you have to go slow, consciously thinking about this sequence. Otherwise you're in a low-ready position but your finger is on the trigger, or you're off the trigger but still sweeping the bystander.

When the threats and/or bystanders begin to move, which is closer to reality, things become even more complicated. Under stress we tend to get tunnel vision, especially when faced with a dangerous attacker. Without plenty of practice losing track of where everyone is can happen quickly.

One of the best ways I know to develop these skills is using blue/red guns and a few friends. There is no live weapons or shooting. You don't have to go to the range. Start slow, and let speed build naturally. With dry practice using dummy weapons you don't have to worry about making a mistake, and trust me, your buddies will quickly let you know if you sweep or cover them. Just keep in mind when it does happen you don't stop the drill or get to start over. Learn as you go and apply what you learn on the next run.

Is it possible we'll break Rule II in a fight? Sure, it can happen. But breaking this rule isn't something we want to become habit. A negligent or unintentional discharge can occur with anyone. Nobody reading this wants to mistakenly shoot someone else, causing serious injury or death. Practice. Being prepared for the fight means you're able to use your weapons properly, which means efficiently and most importantly, safely.

—Tiger McKee

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 - Website:

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College Station, Texas
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Penberthy Rec Sports Complex, College Station, Texas 77843
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Tusco Rifle Club, New Philadelphia, Ohio
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Medellin, Colombia
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Peacemaker National Training Center, 1624 Brannons Ford Rd. Gerrardstown, WV 25420
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