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Watch the Latest Season of American Airgunner on Pursuit

American Airgunner is back for its third year on Pursuit Channel. This season, Rossi Morreale explores the airgun sports of Field Target and Airgun 3-Gun

NewTown Solutions Seeking 45 Mechanical Engineers and Designers

NewTown Solutions seeks 45 Mechanical Engineers and Designers. NewTown Solutions is pursuing people who have 2-10 years of experience and are interested in designing some of the finest equipment in the firearms industry.

Growth Strategy Partners Retained by DoubleStar to Improve Business Performance

DoubleStar, a manufacturing and distributor of sporting rifles, handguns and accessories, wanted to improve its growth and business performance, To accomplish that the company hired Growth Strategy Partners to conduct their business growth and performance evaluation using GSP's 7 Keys to Growth

Michigan DNR Ranges Open Six Days Per Week in October

Beginning on October 1, the Michigan DNR shooting ranges are open six days per week (Wednesday through Monday, closed Tuesdays) to coincide with the archery deer season opener. Start sighting in your guns and use our archery ranges to ensure successful hunts this fall.

SilencerCo Releases Shorter, Lighter K Versions

SilencerCo has released two shorter, lighter versions of the Saker and Specwar product lines - the Saker K 556 and Specwar K 556.

Burris Company Announces Search for Manager of Online Marketing

The Burris Company has announced that a search is under way for a Manager of Online Marketing. The position will report to the Chief Global Marketing Officer for the Beretta Optics Division.

NSSF Shooting Sports Participation Report Now Available

The 2014 edition of the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) Shooting Sports Participation report is now available for purchase.

MGM's Multi-Generational Gibsons Rock East Coast Match

In the 2014 FNH USA 3 Gun match at Peacemaker National Training Center outside Glengary, West Virginia, MGM vice president and team shooter Travis Gibson took the Open title while overall third place and high junior was won by Travis' son, Wyatt.

Meprolight Night Sights Now Available for Wide Range of Pistols

Meprolight Night Sights are available for the Colt 1911, Baby Eagle, Beretta, Bersa, Browning, Colt, CZ, Glock, HK, Jericho, Kahr, Para Ordinance; Ruger; SIS, Smith & Wesson, Springfield, Walther, Armscor/Rock Island, and Taurus.

ProMag Industries Says R.I.P. ProMag California

ProMag® Industries, one of the world's largest producers of firearm magazines and gun accessories, has officially left California and has relocated to a new 90,000 square foot factory in west Phoenix, Arizona. The company says 2015 will see new warranty programs, new ultra-durable materials and a Springs for Life program.

Couples Concealed Carry Training This Week on Gun Talk TV

This week on Gun Talk Television, host Tom Gresham and field host Chris Cerino put a married couple through a conceal carry crash course.

CrossBreed Holster's Purse Defender-This Week on Guns & Gear TV

This week, Guns & Gear TV, one of the top-rated television programs to showcase products for shooting and hunting, features the Purse Defender from CrossBreed Holsters.

Zeiss Offers Tremendous Fall Savings

Now through November 17, 2014, Zeiss is offering huge savings on many of its most popular optics including the new TERRA ED binoculars in Lost Camo. Simply purchase any of the following ZEISS products from an authorized ZEISS dealer during the promotional period and get a mail-in rebate.

Federal Court Ruling Opens Door to Gun Rights Restoration for Certain Misdemeanors

The Second Amendment Foundation says it has "quietly won a significant federal court victory" in which a judge has ruled that a man convicted of a serious misdemeanor crime several years ago, but who has demonstrated that he "would present no more threat to the community" than an average law-abiding citizen, may not lose his Second Amendment rights under a federal gun control statute known as 922(g)(1).

Project Appleseed Marksmanship Clinic Set for Florida's Hernando Sportsmen's Club

A Project Appleseed marksmanship clinic will be held on Oct. 11-12 and Nov. 29-30 at the Hernando Sportsman's Club, located at 16121 Commercial Way (U.S. Hwy. 19), Brooksville, Florida.


Skill Set: Confidence

Editor's Note: Today's feature from Training Editor Tiger McKee first appeared in our companion service The Tactical Wire.

Shooting and fighting with firearms is a mental process. In the average self-defense confrontation the physical component of the fight isn't usually that demanding. It's what's going on upstairs that makes the big difference. For example, when you first learn how to shoot it is a conscious process. You align the sights, focus on the front sight and smoothly press the trigger and score an accurate hit. Eventually this sequence becomes a subconscious process. You think "fire," pressing off the hit without consciously thinking about it. The key to applying this skill under stress is in trusting what you've learned. Confidence is essential to success; this is true of all your fighting skills.

Confidence is a result of thinking and focusing on previous successes. The problem most people experience is that they will have nineteen good hits and one bad shot. They focus on the bad shot, get angry - that's never productive - frustrated, and obsess on the one bad hit instead of the ninety-five percent of the shots that are good. Bad habits can be reinforced just as easily as good ones. Focus on the proper, efficient techniques and the success they produce.

After practice and repetition you've learned how to shoot accurately. You also learn to trust your firearm and related gear. From that point on, especially under stress, you've got to trust your skills and equipment. Whenever I press the trigger I'm confident it will be a good hit. Are my hits always good? No, sometimes I'm wrong, but in my mind there's never any doubt. Confidence doesn't guarantee success, but it does get you a lot closer than the alternative.

Confidence also allows you to be decisive. There is no time for hesitation or debate. Apply what you know, at a speed that provides predictable results, and you'll be rewarded with success. Start questioning your ability and the sequence you're executing will suffer, your timing will be off, and the threat will see this as weakness. With confidence you do something "now," a decisive action that buys you time to do something better.

I have confidence in my actions - say the ability to shoot accurately - but I don't have confidence in how those bullets will affect the threat. That is out of my hands. But I do have a plan. I start by placing hits in the chest. When that doesn't work I shift to plan "B," the pelvis. The head-shot is another option. I always have a plan "B." When plan "B" becomes plan "A" I come up with another plan "B." If you can think one or two moves in advance you're doing well. The only way to think about what comes next is to have confidence in your skills, knowing that at some point they will be productive.

Place a plank on the ground and walk across it. Raise the plank twenty feet off the ground and you begin to lose confidence. Your task is to develop confidence in your fighting skills through practice and constant mental reinforcement so when the time comes your performance will be effective and victory will follow.

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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Ridgway Rifle Club, Ridgway, PA
Sep 27-28
Lead Farm Range, Versailles, Missouri
Oct 2
Albuquerque, NM
Oct 3
Sir Walter Gun Club, Creedmoor, NC
Oct 3
North Versailles, PA
Oct 3
Rolla, MO
Oct 3-4
Sacramento Valley Shooting Center, Sloughhouse, CA
Oct 6-8
Turnberry Isle Resort, Miami, Florida
Oct 10
Lefthanders Gun Club, Loami, IL
Oct 11-12
Hernando Sportsman's Club, l16121 Commercial Way (U.S. Hwy. 19), Brooksville, FL.
Oct 16
Old Fort Gun Club, Ft. Smith, Arkansas
Oct 14-17
Statehouse Convention Center Little Rock, Arkansas
Oct 17-19
Pioneer Sportsmen Club, Dunbarton, NH
Oct 26
Ridgway Rifle Club, Ridgway, PA
Oct 31-Nov 2
Cops Range at Rolla MO
Oct 31-Nov 2
Hansen Range, Punta Gorda Florida
Nov 2
Rio Salado Sportsmans Club, Mesa Az.
Nov 7
Nov 7
Sanners Lake Sportsman's Club
Nov 6-8
S&W Shooting Sports Center, Springfield, MA
Nov 7-9
South River Gun Club, Covington, GA
Nov 29-30
Hernando Sportsmen's Club, 16121 Commercial Way (Highway 19), Brooksville, FL
Dec 20
Universal Shooting Academy - Frostproof, FL
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Sands Expo Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Mesa, Arizona

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