News | Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Federal Premium Ammunition is pleased to announce its expansion of the Micro HST lineup to include a 150-grain 9mm Luger load. The new 9mm Luger load is specifically designed for short-barreled, concealed-carry pistols. Shipments of this new product are now being delivered to dealers.
Safariland announced the expansion of its Protech Tactical X-CAL line of "in-conjunction-with" (ICW) ballistic hard armor plates with the addition of the X-CAL US. Independently tested under the NIJ 0101.04 type III protocol, this special threat plate under 4 lbs. in weight is designed to defeat high-threat rounds and velocities.
Brownells will make its 68th consecutive "NRA Show" appearance at the upcoming 145th NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits, held at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, KY, May 20 – 22, 2016. Brownells will welcome visitors at Booth #3401, located next to the NRA's booth, at the main entrance.
SIG SAUER, Inc. introduces the ECHO1 Thermal Reflex Sight, the latest addition to the Electro-Optics line from SIG SAUER. This is thermal imaging optic that functions like a conventional reflex sight.
The Meopta MeoPro HD 80 spotting scope is the winner of this year's Outdoor Life Editor's Choice award in the spotting scope category. Beating out 11 competitors for this prestigious award – one of the largest fields in years – the MeoPro HD 80 impressed the test team.
Breakthrough Clean Technologies is proud to announce their newest products. The "HP-Pro" firearms oil lubricant, and the "Ammo Can Cleaning Kit" has been added to the company's roster. All of these products will be available for purchase online or at the NRA annual meetings and exhibits, May 19th-22nd at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, KY.
The National Rifle Association has expanded the number of ways that users can access the most comprehensive coverage of Second Amendment issues, events and culture. The complete NRA News catalog of video content is now available on the new NRA TV app on Apple TV. Viewers will also be able to watch live content on NRA TV on Apple TV.
SIG SAUER, Inc. introduces the FOXTROT1 Pistol Light from the SIG SAUER Electro-Optics Division. The FOXTROT1 incorporates advancements that have not been seen in rail-mounted flashlights and is available to both civilian and law enforcement markets.
Starline Brass has been offering a series of online giveaways to thank their loyal customers. For the grand prize, Starline has teamed up with Dillon Precision to give away a Dillon RL 550 B reloading press. The winner will be announced at 2:00 p.m. Saturday May 21, at Starline's booth #4150 at the NRA convention in Louisville.
FN America, LLC announce the company's continued support of the National Rifle Association with donations of several of the company's newest firearms to the 2016 NRA Annual Meeting Special Events, held in Louisville, KY. The company will be donating the FN Military Collector Series to NRA's ILA for silent bid at the annual dinner and auction.
BLACKHAWK!'s new Leather Tuckable Pancake Holster offers maximum versatility and the ability to adapt to most popular carry configurations. The design allows civilians and law enforcement officers to choose from inside-the-waistband, tuckable or belt-mounted wear.
Bushnell announced a complete re-engineering of the company's popular Trophy line of hunting optics. In addition, Bushnell is now offering a new feature-laden Trophy Xtreme line of binoculars, riflescopes, spotting scopes and laser rangefinders for hunting, outdoor and birding enthusiasts.
Ellett Brothers is pleased to announce that it has been recognized by Sightron for outstanding sales and support of their products throughout the 2015 campaign.
Safariland congratulates Team Safariland members Julie Golob and Rob Leatham for each winning multiple titles at the 2016 USPSA Revolver National Championships. Golob claimed both the 2016 USPSA Ladies Revolver National Champion and Classic Nationals Ladies Aggregate Champion titles. Leatham won a handful of titles, including Revolver National Champion, Senior Revolver National Champion, Senior Single Stack National Champion, and Classic Nationals Aggregate Champion.
Armscor-Rock Island Armory has announced a firearm giveaway through its Gun District page leading to the NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in May.
Three of Armscor-RIA's ROCK Ultra pistols are outfitted with Crimson Trace Master Series Lasergrips as part of the company's new RED Series - the ROCK Ultra MS 45ACP, the ROCK Ultra CS 45ACP and the ROCK Ultra FS 45ACP.
's Gordon Carrell has extended his winning streak by finishing division champion of the Enhanced Service Pistol Division at the 2016 Comp-Tac Republic of Texas IDPA State Championship this May 13-14 in Bellville, Texas.
As part of the NRA Annual Meeting, XS Sight Systems, Inc., will be hosting a book signing at its booth (#4609) Saturday, May 21, 1-3 p.m., featuring shooting enthusiast and author Roger Eckstine. XS Sights will be offering visitors the chance to meet Eckstine, as well as pick up a copy of his book, The Shooter's Bible Guide to Home Defense, free of charge.
Century Arms has announced the guns they will be raffling off each day and the guests that will be appearing at their booth, #2438, at the NRA 2016 Annual Meetings in Louisville, KY. Each day of the show, Century Arms will hold a raffle for attendees present at the booth.
The Wilson Combat WCR-22 Rimfire Suppressor was designed with noise reduction, easy maintenance and long term durability in mind. This lightweight, ultra-quiet design will be equally effective at controlling sound on your rimfire rifle or pistol.
Walker's will attend the annual NRA Show in Louisville, KY surrounded by a few well known names in the firearm industry. Competitive shooter, Corinne Mosher, will be one of those personalities making an appearance at Walker's booth #3427 May 20th from 11am-12pm.
Redding Reloading Equipment has introduced a newly designed precision inside case neck chamfering tool using a unique low angle cutter design. The Model 15 P design offers easier entry to boat tail bullets by providing a shallow angle, which better matches the bullet's entry angle.
Gamo Outdoor USA is pleased to announce they will be attending the 2016 NRA Annual Meeting & Exhibits industry event in Louisville, Kentucky May 20-22, 2016 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. They will feature a number of new products and new technologies from Gamo, BSA Optics, Laser Genetics and BSA Guns.
's Randi Rogers wins in her own home state at the 2016 Comp-Tac Republic of Texas IDPA State Championship this May 13-14 in Bellville, Texas. With a final time of 240.65 Rogers finished 1st Master in the Stock Service Pistol Division, 2nd Overall Stock Service Pistol and High Lady.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation announced that A.N. Deringer has agreed to renew its sponsorship of the 2016 Import/Export Conference at the Bronze level. A.N. Deringer is a leading expert in logistics, providing customs brokerage, freight forwarding, warehousing and distributions services, among others.
Trijicon, Inc. is heading to the 2016 NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits in Louisville, Kentucky in full force. All attendees are encouraged to visit booth #2869 for an exciting weekend of events.
Winchester continues its 150th anniversary celebration at the NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Louisville, Ky., May 20-22. The 150th anniversary firearms from Winchester Repeating Arms that will be on display include the Model 1866 "Yellow Boy", the Model 1873, the Model 94, the Model 70 and the Model 101.
Weatherby's booth (#3423) at the 2016 NRA Annual Meetings will showcase 71 years of innovation and products that will define the precision rifle market for many years to come.
UM Tactical will be at the upcoming NRA Annual Meeting and Exhibition in Louisville with their R.A.G.E compensation system. UM Tactical will be in Booth 4356 at the show, which runs from May 20-22.
Hailey Ordnance Company will be displaying two of their new silencers that feature patented and patent pending technologies at booth #5685 at the NRA 2016 Annual Meetings. With interest in silencers and firearm suppression at an all-time high, company executives feel the timing is ideal to show these products.
In the online "Exclusive: Photos of my Gen 2 GLOCK 19 by Robar," Mark reveals the details of his Robar modified GLOCK, including close-up photos of all the awesome alterations. Along with the engraving "Semper Vinco logo" — "always victorious" — he displays his Robar "front cocking serrations and bullnosed front slide."
Action Target Inc. launched a new secondary logo. Inspired by components from the Action Target primary logo, the new secondary logo will be used simultaneously with the primary logo and will replace it in small or square spaces.
Convention goers and press will get at first look at the new Tikka T3x family of rifles when Beretta unveils these new models at the NRA Show on Friday. In fact, attendees can enter for a chance to win a new Tikka T3x rifle when they visit the Beretta booth (#5222) during the show.
Social Responsibility Network's GunTV, the first-of-its-kind television shopping network for firearms, accessories and related consumer goods, announce the addition of Share & Save affordable advertising opportunities for firearms accessory companies to share broadcast segments with high quality, complimentary products and save big.
The NRA Women's Leadership Forum (WLF) began over a decade ago with a vision to form a community just for women. Since then, it's grown into so much more as one of the largest and most influential philanthropic groups within the NRA - gaining momentum with each passing day.
The National Shooting Sports Foundationannounce that AIRSCHOTT, Inc., has agreed to sponsor the 2016 Import/Export Conference at the Bronze level.
Traditions Performance Firearms will be set up at the NRA show with their entire new 2016 firearms in booth #6525 for consumers to handle. From new rifles to accessories, Traditions has what you are looking for in blackpowder and plinking guns.
Both Gun Talk Radio and GunDealio are offering a variety of events and interactions to visitors and residents this week in Louisville, Kentucky, during the 2016 NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits.
HPR Ammunition will have the producer of Sootch00 Fun Gun reviews at the HPR booth during the annual NRA show. Don Porter, popular YouTube Vlog producer of both the Sootch00 and Sensible Survival channels, will be available for a meet and greet with show attendees Saturday May 21st and Sunday May 22nd from 11am-12pm.
The Unites States Concealed Carry Association will be in booth #2523 at the 2016 NRA Annual Meeting in Louisville, Kentucky May 20-22. Attendees who enter the contest will receive a free "Responsibly Armed American" T-shirt.
The Mako Group booth #2131, is offering 20% off on products from Meprolight optics, FAB Defense weapon components and accessories, Front Line Holster and RTS Target Systems.
Weatherby announces the addition of professional snowboarder Scotty Lago to Team Weatherby, a select group of celebrities who serve as spokespersons for the legendary firearms company.
O.F. Mossberg and Sons, Inc. encourages firearms enthusiasts and Second Amendment supporters to attend the 2016 NRA Annual Meeting and Exhibits at the Louisville Exposition Center in Louisville, KY, being held May 20th-22nd. While at the exhibits, stop by the Mossberg booth (No. 3223) for an opportunity to see and shoulder the latest 2016 offerings.
SureFire, LLC will be exhibiting at the 2016 Special Operations Forces Industry Conference in Tampa, Florida, May 24th-26th. SureFire will be showcasing new options for their widely popular Scout Light series, including a new low-profile throw-lever mount and dual switch.
Browning Ammunition makes its inaugural debut at the NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Louisville, Ky., May 20-22. The full-line of performance ammunition for hunting, personal defense and target shooting was introduced in January, 2016.
Walther Arms, Inc. returns to the NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits this year in Louisville, KY taking place May 19-22. Walther invites everyone at the show to come by booth 2231 to see the full line of Walther products, including the brand new Q5 Match Pistol.
The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation is pleased to offer a highly engraved GLOCK G17 as part of a raffle package benefiting the Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP). To commemorate 30 years of GLOCK, 30 pistols have been uniquely hand-engraved by five master engravers.
Cannon Safe and GunVault are teaming up with farm and home retailer Rural King to offer exclusive pricing at the 2016 NRA annual meetings and exhibits as well as on Rural King's website RuralKing.com.
Viridian announced it will be showcasing its new line of weapon-mounted LED illuminators at the upcoming 2016 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits show in Louisville, Kentucky May 20-22.
Weatherby, Inc. is currently recruiting for a Design Engineer to develop new firearms products and related components from concept to production. The Design Engineer is responsible for a variety of duties in the design and development of new and existing products, fixtures and equipment.
The Indiana Youth Shooting Sports Foundation, in conjunction with the NSCA, has completed Indiana's first NSCA Level 1 instructors' class. Russ Arnold, of Shooting Sports Consulting, was the course instructor.
TriStar is proud to announce that it will donate ten over/under shotguns to the NRA for its Wall of Guns giveaway during the Annual Meetings and Exhibits in Louisville, Kentucky May 20-21.
Leica Sport Optics is seeking a Product Specialist for outdoor/hunting markets to service the eastern region of North America. Extensive travel is required.
Butler Creek has collaborated with firearm manufacturer Savage Arms to offer a new 25-round magazine for the wildly popular Savage A17 semiautomatic .17 HMR rifle.
The elite challenge in precision rifle competition, the Bushnell Brawl, isn't just a long-range rifle challenge – it's a punishing physical challenge, on Shooting USA. On Impossible Shots, SSG Daniel Horner threads the needle off-hand.
STI International has announced the addition of Brogan Miller to the team as Sales Manager.
Anamosa's David Machart scored 299 out of 300 to win the high school division and first place overall in the bullseye competition at the National Archery in the Schools Program National Tournament last weekend in Louisville, Kentucky.
The Benelli 828U has added another coveted award to its already-lengthy resume as it has been named Shotgun of the Year by American Rifleman. The 828U will receive a 2016 Golden Bullseye Award at the upcoming NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits in Louisville, Kentucky.
The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) is pleased to announce the election of Tom Yost to its board of directors.
The National Rifle Association's Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program Staff are excited to be part of the 145th NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits, scheduled for May 19-22, 2016, in Louisville, Kentucky.
Walker's®, pioneers in hearing protection and enhancement, hosts a woman who needs no introduction, Jessie Duff. Duff redefines the world of competitive shooting and will be at the NRA Show in Louisville, Kentucky in the Walker's booth #3427 on Friday, May 20th from 1:30 - 2:30 signing autographs and taking pictures.
Walker's®, pioneers in hearing protection and enhancement, will be in the presence of a shooting legend May 21, 2016 at the NRA show in Louisville, Kentucky, as Doug Koenig will make an appearance at the Walker's booth #3427 from 2pm-3pm on Saturday during the event.
This Father's Day treat dad to some outdoor gear and accessories he is sure to love. From packs and accessories, to tools, find the perfect outdoor branded gear for the dads in your life. Starting May 19th through June 19th, 2016 customers will also get free shipping on all orders from www.spgoutdoors.com.
Vero Vellini launched its new branded website, which offers full product information plus the ability for the consumer to purchase. The website will offer the comprehensive line of Vero Vellini products including its classic slings, camouflage slings, safari slings, premium leather slings, tactical slings, binocular slings, camera straps and harnesses, and cartridge cases.
Aimpoint will exhibit at the NRA Annual Meetings May 20 - 22, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. Aimpoint will be showcasing their latest products, including new 3X and 6X accessory magnifiers and mounts, as well as the Micro T-2 and Patrol Rifle Optics.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation is pleased to announce the opening of its all-new SHOT Show Online Store. The store will feature a wide variety of hats, t-shirts, sweatshirts, fleece vests and backpacks, all bearing the SHOT Show logo.
The classic low ready/muzzle down position is easily attained with both the carbine and pistol. Muzzle down is usually the "safest" of positions.
Webster defines the word continuity
as "a continuous state or quality, an unbroken coherent whole, a consistent state of action.
" Continuity is one reason I have taken such a strong liking to the AR-15 family of weapons. I served in various law enforcement positions for 37 years, but never in the military so the AR-15 was never a firearm I used on duty. When my former agency created its SWAT Team in 1980 our original long gun was a folding stock Ruger Mini-14, a weapon I still like as the gun worked very well. However, as the team progressed in both skill and knowledge, the Heckler & Koch MP-5 was used as an entry gun and the Steyr AUG-P for perimeter duties.
In the late 90s, as the short AR carbines grew in popularity, I decided I needed to learn more about the platform, so trips to Thunder Ranch, Gunsite, Blackwater and the Tactical Defense Institute were undertaken and I'm now quite familiar with the weapon system. I chose not to teach carbine courses when I formed my training company as I feel it's a bit disingenuous to instruct a system I never actually used on the street, but I have become a big fan of the gun.
While it might not be the best choice for long range desert or mountain warfare, it is a great choice for law enforcement or personal security due to its simplicity and almost non-existent recoil.
As I have progressed through my AR journey (I believe all training, regardless of the skills involved, is a journey of discovery), one thing I have noted is the continuity of action between "running" an AR and a semi-automatic pistol. In truth, I work at keeping the two systems as similar as possible as the more I do, the less physical contradiction
I encounter. My research into armed conflict over the last 30 years has led me to believe simplicity is a major factor in prevailing in the stress and duress of a gunfight. Consistency and continuity of action are certainly components of simplicity, as least as far as shooting is concerned. Let's look at a few ways the two platforms are similar:
Ready positions: Mr. Webster defines "Ready" as "prepared to act." The high and low ready positions I prefer for combative pistolcraft are easily applied to the carbine. In a nutshell, "never point the muzzle at anything you are not willing to shoot, kill or destroy." Based on the situation, this could be muzzle up or down, seldom muzzle forward.
Grip: The most efficient way to control a pistol's recoil is to grip high on the back strap reducing recoil's path to move. By flagging the shooting hand thumb, a space is left to "sink" the support hand in place for a solid two hand hold. While the support hand is not used on the pistol grip of an AR, keeping the thumb high to manipulate the safety lever is sound practice. I like to shoot a pistol with a thumbs forward support hand which also applies to the AR-15. Whether the support hand uses the magazine well, fore end or a vertical fore grip, keeping the thumb forward or over top the fore end helps control recoil or "drive" the gun from target to target. The hands take the same position on an AR as they do a pistol, they are just separated to offer more control and make use of the longer platform.
The author prefers a high, thumb forward grip on the pistol which translates nicely to hand placement on the carbine.
Reloading: One of the primary advantages of the semi-automatic pistol over a revolver is the ability to reload quickly. This also applies to the AR over other rifles that require rounds to be pushed into an attached magazine or a magazine that must be "rocked and locked" such as the Mini-14, M-14 or the AK system. To eject an AR magazine, the index finger merely pushes a button and the mag is gone while another can be put in place. On most pistols the thumb usually performs this action but not always. On guns like the HK USP, some Walther's and the Springfield XD, the release lever/button can be manipulated with the index finger much like the AR. Thirty round AR magazines must be grasped with the whole hand, much like holding a soda can while pistol magazines are seated in the palm of the hand with the index finger on the forward edge. I have found that twenty round AR magazines can be grasped just like a pistol magazine, which is why I tend to carry twenty rounders on my belt in a way that is consistent with my pistol magazines. Again, continuity of action simplifies the training process.
Malfunctions: While clearing a pistol malfunction can be dogmatic based on methodology and some instructors get downright hostile when discussing it. I have looked at the physiology of doing it efficiently (according to Mr. Webster, "the least amount of time, effort and energy spent to achieve a goal") and have decided the best way to get the "crap" out of the chamber is to invert the pistol in board and let gravity help get it out while pulling the slide back several times smoothly instead of rapidly jerking on it, which often results with rounds/empty cases crammed into the chamber. I have had great success doing the same with the AR-15. The ejection port of the AR is relatively small as compared to most modern pistols, leaving little room for error when trying to get junk out of the chamber. By rolling the gun outward and pulling back on the charging lever firmly but smoothly, most stoppages are cleared via gravity. Not all, mind you…but a sizeable number of problems are not made more problematic by doing it this way. It is possible to work the slide or bolt too fast and making the problem worse!
The support hand thumb should be forward or up regardless of whether it is grabbing the magazine well, the hand guard or a vertical fore grip.
Simplicity and continuity between the semi-auto and the AR make the two guns a potent pair when it comes to one's personal security. Keep both guns as "slick" as possible, trying not to succumb to placing all of the accessories currently available on them as more stuff flies in the face if simplicity. If an accessory does not fix a known problem, then you probably don't need it. K.I.S.S…Keep it simple and slick! You won't be sorry. Give this a try before you just dismiss it wholesale…sometimes tradition is not the best path and critical thought will never be wasted regardless of which path you take.
Both the custom Glock 19 and AR-15 seen in the photos were built by Templar Custom Arms
Dave Spaulding is a retired law enforcement officer with 36 years of law enforcement and private security experience. A graduate of many of the nation's premier firearms training courses, he is also the author of over 1,000 articles that have appeared in newsstand gun magazines and law enforcement trade journals. He is the owner and chief instructor for Handgun Combatives LLC , a training concern that focuses on "the combative application of the handgun" Handgun Combatives.
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