News | Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Tactical Gear Distributors introduces its new Suppressor Program. TGD is partnering with the premier suppressor manufacturers in the industry.
This week's New Product Review from Brownell's includes Navidrex stocks for the Browning High Power, Vortex Optics bubble level and matched scope rings, Jagemann unprimed brass and triggers from Timney.
The Mako Group's Annual President's Day Sale of 20 percent off starts Monday, February 8. Products from Meprolight, FAB Defense, E-Lander Magazines, RTS Targets and Front Line Holsters will be available at a discount through the end of February 21.
Otis Technology is pleased to announce its participation as the presenting sponsor of the first annual Babes with Bullets 3-Gun Challenge. The match takes place April 30th - May 1st at the Miculek's Shootout Range near Shreveport, LA.
ADCOR Defense and NRA announced the firearms manufacturer's new sponsorship of Cam & Co "On Location" shows and "Hero of the Day" segments. Airing on NRANews.com, Cam & Co, sponsored by Nosler, is a daily talk show hosted by popular personality Cam Edwards.
Plano Synergy is seeking a Creative Director. The creative director will direct all visuals of the company under the supervision of the VP. They will work with their own internal team to deliver marketing collateral in various forms.
MidwayUSA is pleased to announce American Rifle Company as one of the newest additions to their Optics product offering.
The Great American Outdoor Show is announcing Bounce Back Sunday, a special promotion allowing all outdoor enthusiasts attending the show between February 6-13 to be readmitted free of charge on February 14, the show's final day by showing a previous day's ticket.
With its first commercial .45 ACP, Walther's "power-packed PPQ" makes its presence felt on the cover of GUNS Magazine's April issue.
Benelli is showcasing the newest additions to its shotgun line at the 2016 Great American Outdoor Show, which runs February 6-14 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Pa.
Franchi is showcasing the newest additions to its expanding line of Italian-made shotguns at the 2016 Great American Outdoor Show, which runs February 6-14 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Pa.
Stoeger is showcasing the newest additions to its line of all-purpose shotguns during the 2016 Great American Outdoor Show, which runs February 6-14 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Pa.
Honored American Veterans Afield and the National Shooting Sports Foundation announce the very successful completion of the 2nd Annual HAVA/NSSF Golf Classic held on Sunday January 17, 2016 at the Bear's Best Golf Club in Las Vegas. Hosting 100 golfers from the shooting sports industry, the classic attracted tremendous support as 38 companies entered foursomes or individuals, and 8 companies supported the event as sponsors.
Tremendous growth potential for organized marketing professional with an internationally recognized firearms brand and firearms accessory company.
CAA USA is seeking an experienced candidate to fill the position of General Manager for the US market of CAA firearms accessories out of the new facility in Pompano Beach, Florida.
Apex Tactical Specialties
announced it will be one of the major sponsors of the 2016 Smith & Wesson IDPA
Indoor Nationals. This is the fourth year in a row Apex has supported the event.
For the second consecutive year, Brownells has received Daniel Defense's 2015 Platinum Dealer of the Year.
This week, ShootingUSA features world-class competition in paradise at the Smith & Wesson Pan American IDPA Championships in Puerto Rico.
One of the most versatile holster systems offered by Front Line is the Quad holster. It can be worn IWB, OWB, left side and right.
The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation announced the release of a brand new DVD on the Scholastic Action Shooting Program. The nearly two-hour educational video is geared toward coaches, parents and athletes interested in getting started in the Scholastic Action Shooting Program.
Precision airgun pellet and reloading bullet manufacturer H&N Sport announced that Chevalier Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations is its U.S. agency of record. This new partnership will combine H&N Sport's nearly 190 years of experience in precision projectile manufacturing with Chevalier's 63-plus years of experience in brand development, public relations, advertising and marketing within the shooting and outdoors industry.
Legacy Sports announces the new Howa Diamond Package – the Howa 1500 barreled action in short, long and magnum caliber sizes. The rifles feature the Hogue Overmolded pillar bedded stock, a one piece picatinny rail and rings.
Irving Stone III, owner of Bar-Sto Precision Machine, has receivedwith the 2016 American Pistolsmiths Guild Pistolsmith of the Year Award.
Benjamin has been recognized by the readers of Predator Xtreme magazine as their Favorite Airgun. This is the fourth straight year Benjamin has won the Readers Choice GOLD award, winnng it previously in 2015, 2014 and 2013.
Young marksmen from Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) programs will travel north, south and west to participate in one of the Civilian Marksmanship Program's (CMP) most anticipated events of the year – the 2016 JROTC Regional Service Championships. Top teams and individuals are invited to compete in one of three Regional events, held in Provo, Utah (Feb. 12-14); Camp Perry, Ohio (Feb. 18-20); and Anniston, Ala. (Feb. 12-14, 18-20).
The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®) announces it is honoring U.S. Rep. John A. Culberson (R-Texas) as NSSF's 2015 Legislator of the Year.
Sparta, Illinois-based Zanders Sporting Goods will expand its inventory of archery supplies in 2016
Larry and Brenda Potterfield, owners of MidwayUSA, recently donated $67,162 to the MidwayUSA Foundation to benefit youth shooting sports.
Cabela's Incorporated (NYSE:CAB) announces that Scott K. Williams has been appointed President, effective immediately. He will continue to report to Tommy Millner, the Company's Chief Executive Officer.
Streamlight Inc., a leading provider of high-performance lighting, introduced the Super Siege, a brilliant 1,100 lumen rechargeable light that is one of the brightest LED lanterns available today. The new model is ideal for large-scale scene lighting required by industrial users, first responders and outdoor enthusiasts alike.
Odds and Ends
Today, we examine a little of this and a little of that. First, the "internet controversy" du jour: A lot of internet traffic was generated over a snippet of video that apparently depicted an unintended discharge of a firearm, the subject being a nationally known instructor. Immediately the internet peanut gallery began throwing stones. Admittedly, some of the critics have some background – but many have no apparent background. That the object of the exercise had some people making excuses didn't help. Adults in the room – Dave Spaulding and Pat Rogers – noted that people using machines have accidents and that doesn't make them "bad." Attacking people with keyboard vitriol is counterproductive and silly.
Perhaps we should learn from the event and not pile on. If you have something constructive to advance, carry on. Otherwise, we're degraded to being "Heckle and Jeckle."
Meanwhile, I saw a posting from an instructor who found he had an armorer course student who'd never
touched, fired, carried a firearm before. The questions that the student raised made the instructor think he was being trolled. It became apparent that this student was "newest of the new" and decided to start in the firearms lifestyle by learning about the pistol in-depth.
That student is precisely the people we want in Gun Culture 2.0. They bring a different way of looking at the lifestyle and thinking about it. Realizing that this was a great opportunity, the instructor did the best he could in facilitating learning for that student – even spending time after class to make sure he "got it."
He recommended we slow down before being quick to criticize someone for a lack of knowledge. I agree.
While we have some clowns in the industry, they are (thankfully) few in number. In fact, this is the best industry in the world in terms of the people we tend to draw. Let's keep it that way – and stay civil.
Honor Defense has begun shipping their line of All-American 9mm pistols. These are modular handguns. According to their release, the first pistols shipped are the Sub Compact and FIST. Additional Honor Defense models are set to ship in Q1 2016. Meanwhile, holster maker DeSantis Gunhide is involved in making holsters for the new gun. DeSantis offers a full line of IWB and OWB holsters, plus a wide range of accessories, using leather and Kydex.
As to the Monday feature in this space, the proposed "Standards" series
, I asked for feedback – and I got it. In response to reader mail, I'll be running various qualification-type courses in this space periodically. It won't be a "standards and qualification" handbook – those are available from the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors, IALEFI
. On some courses, I'll be able to provide a link to the source – on others I may not.
As always, if you're new to defensive firearms and haven't participated in basic training or line drills, don't just go out and try these on your own. In fact, it's best to cut some of these courses up into segments and work them one at a time. Don't set the par time on your timer – leave it open-ended and record your hits and the actual time it took to do it. Then you can work on those elements individually and clean up your performance.
-- Rich Grassi
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