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News | Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Crimson Trace Launches Laserguard Pro

Crimson Trace announces the release of the company's much anticipated Laserguard Pro. This first in a series of new laser and light combination products is designed to precisely fit onto the trigger guard of Smith & Wesson's popular M&P Shield pistol.


Springfield Armory Limited Edition Chris Kyle Legend Series TRP

Springfield Armory is pleased to announce the Legend Series 1911 TRP Pistol. In cooperation with the Chris Kyle Foundation and the Chris Kyle family the company aims to honor the spirit of American Sniper and Navy Seal Chris Kyle while providing direct support to the foundation.


Shooting Illustrated an Official Journal of the NRA

Beginning with the July 2016 issue, Shooting Illustrated will be an Official Journal of the National Rifle Association. This means that the only way to receive the magazine—after the June 2016 issue—will be to sign up for an NRA membership.


Winchester USA Forged Steel Shellcase Loads

In the new USA Forged, Winchester introduces a steel shellcase product that is made in the USA. This new line is proudly manufactured in Winchester's Oxford, Miss., manufacturing facility and utilizes precision-made steel shellcases with a proprietary coating for improved reliability and corrosion resistance.


FN America a Sponsor of Scholastic Clay Target Program

The Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) would like to announce its newest supporter and sponsor, FN America. This includes product donation of SLP shotguns and P-12 pump shotguns to the Scholastic Clay Target Program.


NRA Foundation Announces Wall of Guns Sponsors for 2016 NRA Annual Meetings

The NRA Foundation's extremely popular Wall of Guns will be returning to the National Rifle Association's 145th NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits May 20-22, 2016. Funds raised at the WOG benefit The NRA Foundation, America's leading charitable organization in support of the shooting sports.


AKTI Applauds Passage of Ill. SB 2294

The American Knife & Tool Institute applauded the Illinois Senate's swift passage of SB 2294, a repeal on the prohibition of auto-open knives. SB 2294 passed the Illinois Senate on April 19th, and was immediately referred to the House, where it awaits a Committee assignment.


Tennessee Faculty and Staff Campus Carry Legislation Will Become Law

The NRA-Institute for Legislative Action is reporting that Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam will allow Senate Bill 2376 to become law without his signature. Effective July 1, 2016, the legislation will permit full-time employees of state public colleges or universities carry a handgun while on property owned, operated or used by the employing college or university if the employee has a valid Tennessee handgun carry permit.


MidwayUSA Introduces Pro Series Folding Shooting Mat

MidwayUSA announces the latest addition to their shooting gear lineup – the MidwayUSA Pro Series Folding Shooting Mat.


Paul Howe Joins Panteao Productions

Panteao Productions is pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Howe as Director of Training & Video Production, effective May 1, 2016. The role of Director of Training & Video Production is a new position at Panteao Productions created to assist with assessing new instructors, counsel and mentor instructors.


Ken Jefferies & Associates Expands Inside Sales Support

Ken Jefferies & Associates, LLC is expanding their inside sales support with the hiring of Cortney Francia. Ken Jefferies & Associates, LLC is a manufacturers' representation and marketing firm servicing 37 states.


NYPD Approves Springfield Armory XD-S for Off-Duty Use

Springfield Armory announced that effective April 7, 2016, a special edition of the XD-S 9mm was approved by the New York City Police Department. Off-duty uniformed officers are now able to select the XD-S 9mm pistol as their carry gun of choice.


Hornady Adds 6.5 Creedmoor to American Whitetail Line

Hornady announced the 6.5 Creedmoor as the newest addition to their American Whitetail line of ammunition. Loaded with a Hornady 129 gr. InterLock bullet, the Creedmoor offers precision-based performance at extended ranges for hunters.


Team Safariland's Lenseigne Sets 2 World Records at CMSA

Safariland congratulates veteran Bianchi team member Kenda Lenseigne following yet another promising effort at the 2016 Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association National Championship in, Tunica, MS last weekend.


NRA World Shooting Championship Announced for September 15-17, 2016

The National Rifle Association proudly announces the 2016 NRA World Shooting Championship, scheduled for September 15-17, 2016, at Peacemaker National Training Center in Glengary, West Virginia. The competition, gathering the top shooters in the world to compete in virtually every type of major firearms shooting sport including pistol, rifle, shotgun and combined firearm sports, will crown one competitor the undisputed "World Shooting Champion."


Slide Fire SSAR-15 MOD in FDE

Slide Fire Solutions, a veteran-owned, US designer and manufacturer of the patented bump fire technology and represented by Ken Jefferies & Associates, announces the breakthrough SSAR-15 MOD is now available in Flat Dark Earth.


Lehigh Defense 300 BLK Controlled Chaos Copper Ammo

Lehigh Defense is introducing the first high velocity multipurpose 300 Blackout / Whisper bullet that provides high level terminal performance at 10 feet or 400 yards. The Controlled Chaos Copper bullet is a solid copper bullet designed to provide a controlled, predictable and repeatable fragmentation.


SB Tactical Selects Driftwood Media

SB Tactical has selected Driftwood Media, Inc. to assist with its public relations and overall communications efforts. Effective immediately, all media-related inquiries should be directed to Driftwood Media.


'Smart Gun' Push an Obama Gun Control Legacy?

Friday's announcement by President Barack Obama that he will keep pushing for so-called "smart gun" technology during his final year in office is proof that he wants gun control to be a cornerstone of his legacy, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said.


NASP Academic Archer program Concludes

US and International response from educators and coaches to NASP's new Academic Archer program has been outstanding. Registration concluded for the 2015/2016 school year on April 30th with 8,517 students enrolled into the program.


GunBroker.com Marks 5th Year as Sponsor of JR Shoot

For the fifth consecutive year, GunBroker.com is serving as Official Hospitality Sponsor of the Jack Robertson Invitational Sporting Clays Shoot. The Jack Robertson Invitational will mark its 17th consecutive year of fund-raising on behalf of the hunting and shooting sports on Thursday, May 26.


Traditions Crackshot Rifle

The Crackshot rimfire rifle has an option of either a 16.5" or new 20" barrel and weighs just over 4 pounds. It's very transportable due to light weight and it's easy to disassemble for packing over long distances. It's available in .22 LR and .17 HMR calibers.


FEATURE

Aiming for "Disruption"

Editor's Note: This piece comes to us from our companion service The Outdoor Wire.

It's not secret that I like lasers on guns. From my diminutive North American Arms revolvers that travel with me when nothing else is acceptable (or concealable) to the wide-pattern lasers that ride on both my Scattergun Technologies 870 at home and my 3-gun competition shotgun, I have lasers on any firearm I believe I'm going to find myself needing in a situation.

And unlike many others, I'm going to admit- openly- that in an emergency situation, I'm probably going to worry more about putting the red or green dot on a threat than concerning myself about finding my front sight.

I'll get on that front sight- but I'm far more in favor of letting what/whomever's threatening see me there's a potential threat in front of them where another victim was standing just seconds before.

That's because I believe in using the best tools possible, whether I'm driving nails or writing features. I'm not a craftsman on any of them, but I'm reasonably proficient. Reasonable proficiency doesn't equate to exceptional performance under duress, so I like "assistive devices" whenever they're out there.

And I'm a "platform agnostic" about lasers just like I am about computers. The name on the equipment doesn't concern me - if it's reliable and fits my needs. But that reliability issue is one that has separated the wheat from the chaff when it comes to what's on my guns.

All that having been said, I won't apologize for saying that in the broadest sense of the word, Crimson Trace has led the light/laser industry throughout its history. Today, the company has more than half the entire laser market -and offers more than 200 SKUs.

A quick trip to Charlotte, NC gave me the opportunity to get some hands-on time with Crimson Trace's first LaserGuard Pro combo. Designed for polymer concealed carry pistols, their first offering is for the country's most popular small pistol, the S&W M&P Shield.
Last week, I had the opportunity to travel to Charlotte, North Carolina and take a look at a pair of their newest offerings.

The first is their Laserguard Pro, a new line addition that's designed specifically to expand capabilities for concealable handguns with polymer frames. They combine a 150-lumen white light with either a red/green laser, and are user programmable to go in a variety of combinations when they're activated (light or laser only, light/laser, strobing light/laser).

And they use Crimson Trace's proven "instant activation" system- using a button/pad positioned under the trigger guard. Grab the gun and it's on. Simple - and when you need something quickly, simple is good.

At this point, the new LaserGuard pros are available for Smith & Wesson's M&P Shield pistol, but units will soon be rolling out for Springfield Armory's XD-S and Glock's Models 42 and 43.

They're available in either red (MSRP: $279) or green (MSRP: $379) and, yes, they're going to mean you'll probably need a new holster.

Recognizing that fact, Crimson Trace has partnered with Blade-Tech to offer a holster package that only adds about $20 to the purchase price.

The business end of Crimson Trace's new LiNQ system (top) and the new technologically advanced pistol grip (below) Although it's not ready for distribution, it's another interesting technological wrinkle in the assistive sighting/lighting business. Jim Shepherd/OWDN photo.

And, yes, the new LaserGuard Pros qualify for the Crimson Trace Free Batteries for Life Program.

The other device we had the opportunity to give a quick trial run was C-T's new LiNQ system- a bluetooth-ish (Crimson Trace Engineering Director Eric Pettersen was adamant to make it understood it "wasn't bluetooth"- although he wouldn't elaborate) system that makes a RailMaster-looking light/laser unit able to be remotely activated.

That remote activation means a user simply picks up their AR-style rifle, takes a firing grip and, viola, the device comes on. It's still in the final testing phases, but the technology is one that has me pondering its ability to interface with additional units.

While Pettersen was coy about future capabilities, I'm thinking that the ability to remotely activate a light/laser could have very interesting implications should the LiNQ be able to control independent light or light/laser units.

As always, we'll keep you posted.

--Jim Shepherd


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