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News | Friday, December 2, 2016

California Appellate Court Reverses Dismissal of 'Microstamping' Lawsuit

A California Appellate Court has reversed the Fresno Superior Court's dismissal of the National Shooting Sports Foundation and the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers' Institute lawsuit seeking an injunction to block enforcement of the state's ammunition microstamping law and remanded the case back to the lower court to hear arguments.

Finalists for World Archery 2016 Athlete of the Year Award

World Archery announced the finalists for the 2016 Athlete of the Year Awards yesterday. Among the world's top competitors, six U.S. archers are in the top five of their category.

Outdoor Companies Partner for Families

Lew Horton Distributing, Baron Technology, Inc. and are again partnering to help critically ill children and their families through the Kids & Clays Foundation. Kids & Clays supports a national series of shooting events, with proceeds benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Nightforce Optics Designates Frederick Karl to Lead Marketing

Nightforce Optics, Inc., has named Frederick Karl as Strategic Marketing Manager. Fred brings with him extensive experience in product development and marketing in multiple categories of products within the outdoor, military and firearms markets.

Carbon Express Predator XSD Arrow

Carbon Express introduces the new Predator XSD – the ultimate penetration in a small diameter shaft. The new Predator XSD features an extreme .166" inside diameter for increased penetration and reduced wind drift.

This Week on Gun Talk Radio

It's the gift on everyone's list, important legislation for shooters, and more, this week on Tom Gresham's Gun Talk Radio, the original nationally-syndicated radio talk show about guns and the shooting sports.

Next Week on Guns & Gear

Next week on Guns & Gear, it's the evolution of Mossberg's MVP line of rifles. We'll also check out new optics from Sig Sauer, shoot Barnes Bullets' high performing Range AR ammunition, great for training or competition, and light up the range with LaserLyte's Lyte Ryder Center Mass Laser Sight.

Next week on GunVenture

Next week on GunVenture, two episodes from the First Person Defender series remind us how quickly the most mundane activity can become downright deadly, and how staying aware can also mean staying safe.

Industry Veteran Skrabo Joins F+W Outdoors

F+W Outdoors, parent group of Deer & Deer Hunting, announces the addition of John Skrabo to its national advertising sales staff. Skrabo will serve as national sales manager, alongside Michael Cassidy, vice-president of sales and business development.

Alien Gear Releases Cloak Mag Carriers

Alien Gear Holsters announces the release of the all-new Cloak Mag Carrier. The new magazine holster can be worn inside or outside the waistband.

Bushmaster Introduces the Minimalist

Bushmaster Firearms International announced its latest modern sporting rifle offering - the Minimalist-SD. The Minimalist provides accuracy, reliability and performance in a rifle that is highly featured, lightweight and economical.

Springfield Armory and Action Target Giveaway Offers SAINT™ AR-15 Rifle and Popper Targets

Springfield Armory® and Action Target are pleased to announce a new giveaway offering a lucky winner a ready-to-go combination of a brand new SAINT™ AR-15 rifle and five Action Target PT Pepper Popper Targets. Contestants can enter the giveaway by visiting the Action Target Facebook page at

SIG SAUER ROMEO4M to be Issued by FBI

SIG SAUER, Inc. congratulates Tidewater Tactical on successfully procuring the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation solicitation for red dot sights to be used on agency-issued patrol rifles. Tidewater Tactical will begin shipping the ROMEO4M to the FBI in government fiscal year 2017.

Ruger Expands SR1911 Family

Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. (NYSE: RGR) introduces a new Target Model into the SR1911 series. The full-sized, stainless steel Target Model features a Bomar-style, fully adjustable rear sight and an extended, ambidextrous manual safety. This new SR1911 in satin-finished stainless steel also features blackened controls with G-10 textured grips.

PolyCase Appoints Heider as Director of International Sales

PolyCase Ammunition, LLC announces their new Director of International Sales, Jens Heider. Mr. Heider has devoted the majority of his career in the firearms industry with focus on International Sales and Training with Smith & Wesson.

Bergara B-14 Woodsman Performance Series Rifle Receives Award

Bergara Rifles announced that its B-14 Woodsman Performance Series Rifle has been named to Field & Stream's "Best of the Best Awards 2016." Thirteen items were chosen by the Field & Stream editors for the outdoorsman who deserves nothing less.

Hodgdon Powder Company Announces Succession Plan

Hodgdon Powder Co. announced the future retirement of Hodgdon Chief Executive Officer Tom Shepherd as part of the company's succession planning process. On December 31, 2017, Shepherd will retire from his current position and transition into his new role as chairman of the board of directors of Hodgdon Powder Company.

Sightmark Latitude Spotting Scopes

Sightmark Latitude Spotting Scopes feature high-powered magnification, fully multi-coated glass, robust objective lenses, twist-up eyecups, focusable eyepieces and a central focus system to deliver distortion-free clarity. Rubber-armored construction and fogproof, dustproof, IP67 waterproof performance help to keep view of your subject, even in harsh environments.

Shooting Industry's December Issue

The arrival of the 2017 New Business Year is imminent and Shooting Industry's December issue is rich with products, insight and commentary intended to give dealers a head start on early-year sales. Highlights include a year-end reflection from retailers across the country, an extensive preview of the 2017 SHOT Show and the colossal 2017 New Product Showcase.

"Defender Week" Continues

"Defender Week" continues with two exciting new episodes from First Person Defender Season 4. Watch as one participant learns how taking charge can help save lives when an active shooter hits campus with his sights set on a classroom full of students in "School Shooter Stopped by Concealed Carrier."

SIG SAUER Electro-Optics ROMEO4

SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to introduce an all-new lineup of ROMEO4 red-dot sights. The ROMEO4 is available in the 4H Hunter model, 4T Tactical model and 4S Solar model. All incorporate a side-mounted coin-cell battery for quick battery changes in the field, while both the Tactical and Solar models also incorporate a solar panel.

FOBUS Announces New Website

Fobus Holsters and Mag Pouches has recently launched a new, navigation friendly website. The robust site was built from the ground up in an effort to provide the user with an extremely easy and intuitive shopping experience.

Lockdown Vault Releases LED Vault Lights

The new Lockdown LED Vault Lights allow you to maintain secure storage while providing adequate light to easily retrieve your firearm and other stored items when needed. The Vault Lights are cordless and one model features an automatic sensor to turn the light on when the vault is opened.

NSSF Announces New Shooting Sports Fantasy Camps in Las Vegas

The National Shooting Sports Foundation is pleased to announce that registration has opened for its newest Shooting Sports Fantasy Camps, two back-to-back events scheduled for April at the world-class Clark County Shooting Complex in Las Vegas.

Celerant Technology Corp. a Sponsor of 2017 SHOT Show University

The National Shooting Sports Foundation announced that Celerant Technology Corp. has signed on to be a Gold Sponsor of the 2017 SHOT Show University. Headquartered in Staten Island, New York, and with satellite offices in Georgia, Ohio, Oklahoma, Colorado and California, Celerant is a provider of point of sale, retail system architecture and real-time management technology solutions.

Stevens Adds Three Compact Over-Under Shotguns

Stevens by Savage Arms is pleased to announce its extension of 555 over-under shotgun product line by adding three compact models priced less than $695. Shipments of these firearms are currently being delivered to dealers.

Stevens Adds Four Enhanced Over-Under Shotguns to its 555 Line

Stevens by Savage Arms is pleased to announce its extension of 555 over-under shotgun product line by adding four upgraded and laser engraved models priced less than $865. Shipments of these firearms are currently being delivered to dealers.

Federal FUSION 6.5 Creedmoor Hunting Load

Federal Premium Ammunition is pleased to announce a new load in its FUSION hunting lineup. The popular FUSION ammunition is now offered in a 140-grain, 6.5 Creedmoor option. Shipments of these new products are being delivered to dealers.

HSM Low Recoil Rifle Ammunition

HSM Ammunition of Stevensville, MT has developed a new line of Low Recoil rifle hunting ammunition. It's available in .243 Win., .270 Win., 7mm-08 Rem., .30-06 Springfield and other calibers.


Which Gun Shoots Best for You?

Doing a baseline evaluation tells you where you are as a shooter and how well you handle a particular pistol. The gun shown here is the Remington R51.
When faced with alternatives, can you select which gun you can shoot best? There are a number of ways people have tried. I've always used various law enforcement qualification courses to test the gun's "fit" to me. What "feels best," subjectively, is not always best – as I found out.

I recommend you break the process into two parts: one is just enough shooting to get to know the particular firearm as you work through the same problems over varying distances. This isn't a timed exercise; you have to know the gun first, then work on adding tasks and adding time pressure.

This handling examination should get you enough work behind the sights, on the trigger and including a reload without adding aspects that can throw the process off: this includes holsters and working under time.

I don't like reinventing the wheel – especially as the hard work of course development has already been done for me. Claude Werner, in his blog, listed the first part of his Pistol Practice Program, "Establishing the Baseline." The concern there was to determine at what distance one could have 100% shot accountability – zero misses – with the chosen sidearm. Misses when one has to "shoot for real" are actually "unintentional hits" as every round fired goes somewhere. He has students use a silhouette target, only count the central scoring zone as a 'hit,' and makes (unintentional) head shots 'misses' as well.

The same stages are fired from 3, 5, 7, 10 and 15 yards. At each distance, one fires four strings for a total of ten rounds per distance. There is no time limit. The magazines (or revolver cylinder) starts loaded with five rounds each. Chamber the first round before starting.

The M&P45 Shield shot remarkably well. While the course isn't timed, it was apparent that shot-to-shot times were long. Trying a course based on speed to hits would sort that out.
All strings start from 'ready,' the pistol pointed in at the deck below the target, finger off the trigger. String one is a single hit. Hold onto the aiming point for one second before lowering and decocking (if the gun is so equipped). String two is a pair, following the same procedure. String three is three hits (firing the last two in the gun, reloading it, and firing the last single). Finally, fire four rounds into the center of the target, pausing for that second, benching the gun and checking the target.

As there are five positions, ten rounds each, you fire fifty rounds. Following the lead of Greg Ellifritz, as he mentioned on his blog, I used NRA B-8 repair centers. I collected three recent T&E sample firearms: Remington R51, S&W M&P45 Shield and the Ruger American Pistol Compact, the ammo and targets and headed to the range.

As noted, this was a run to (1) gain enough familiarity with each piece to give it a "best" chance in evaluation and (2) find out which one was objectively best in terms of being able to accurately shoot it over this evaluation. It's not complete: doing holster drills, multiple target exercises, distance shooting and work under the timer would finish it up nicely. The Tactical Professor's Baseline Evaluation gives us a solid foundation to proceed.

A critical component of the course is scoring the target after completing each individual distance. This tells you where you had problems and need work.

With the bullseye targets, I looked at the actual score (as far as it was possible to do so) and measured the accumulated group on target. The results surprised me.

With the R51, hits tended low, right of center and the accumulated group showed vertical stringing. There were three hits in the "8" ring, 6 in the "9" and 41 in the "10" and "X." I could feel my finger dragging on the base of the trigger guard on the right and the feel of the trigger was vastly different – a bit of a 'crunch' at times.

The R51 shot better than expected. The notes at the upper right of the target are made at the end of each stage before going on.
The Shield in .45 ACP was notably slower – while I wasn't running a timer, I was watching the front sight leave the "black" circle at ignition. Remarkably, there was a centered cluster that tore out the "10" and "X" rings. A few leaked out into the "9." None went into the "8" ring.

The Ruger American Pistol Compact in 9mm is the most "alike" other guns I routinely use and I could tell by the quicker pace. I had to force myself to slow down. There was one hit in the "8" ring – it was after a "light strike," felt almost like there was something wrong with the gun. I reset the striker without ejecting the round and promptly stood on the trigger, putting the round into "flinchville." There were only four hits in the "9" ring. Jerking the trigger pulled the Ruger right out of first place.

I used ASYM 230 grain FMJ in the Shield and Federal American Eagle Syntech in the two 9mm pistols.


Group Height

Group Width


Remington R51

4 ¼"



M&P45 Shield

4 ½"

2 3/8"


Ruger American Compact

4 5/8"

2 7/8"

3 7/8" high without 'jerk'


The Ruger American Pistol Compact was easy handling -- tended to make me think I could shoot 'faster,' resulting in the hits in the "9" ring. The sole trigger jerk put the hit low left into the "8."
One could argue these three guns don't necessarily serve the same purpose. I think they're close enough in size to fit – but you may not. The M&P45 Shield was remarkable. This shows the accuracy of the .45 ACP along with the ergonomics of the Shield. The R51 was frankly better than I expected. If I could center it up, it would help me some. Even at that, it's a virtual tie. The Ruger American though pulled away – or would have if I hadn't messed it up.

If the bullseye is a bit much, use a silhouette. Do take a look at Claude's blog and get his take on this course, his invention, and check into Greg's blog as well to see how he used it. I intend to use this course more often: it's a great familiarization with a new gun. I'm interested in seeing how other sidearms will stack up as well.

Finally, even if you own one gun and you're not looking to buy another, the Baseline Evaluation also can help you improve your shooting. Following Claude's plan, you can shoot this thing periodically and keep a log of results. It's a way to improve and keep a record of progress.

-- Rich Grassi

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