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News | Friday, July 22, 2016

CCI Ammunition Introduces Copper-22

CCI Ammunition is proud to announce a new 22 Long Rifle offering with new Copper-22. Its non-lead bullet is suited for plinking, target-shooting and small game hunting. Shipments of this new product are now being delivered to dealers.

Mesa Tactical SureShell Carrier/Pic Rail for Mossberg 930

Mesa Tactical announced the availability of its four, six, and eight-shot SureShell Shotshell Carrier and optics rail assemblies for the Mossberg 930 semi-automatic shotgun. Mesa Tactical's SureShell shotshell carriers are available in aluminum and polymer versions

Next on GunS & Gear

Next week on GunS & Gear, we're breaking some clays with the Mossberg 930 Pro-Series Sporting shotgun. Then, we hit the range with the Smith & Wesson M&P Sport rifle; new handgun and rifle calibers from Sig Sauer's ammunition line; and take aim with the new Colt Competition pistol.

Next Week on GunVenture

The next episode of GunVenture shows how Smith & Wesson forges high-quality steel firearms in their Massachusetts factory with ancient tools and modern-day technology. Then, take a lesson in bladesmithing from Cinescape Studios, as Ryan Gresham learns how knives are created by a true artisan. We also head to Ruger's Pine Tree Casting factory, foundry and inspection room to watch their gun-making process from start to finish.

Mossberg Contributes $150,000 to NSSF's 2016 Voter Education Campaign

The National Shooting Sports Foundation announced that O.F. Mossberg & Sons has joined #GUNVOTE's President's Club, committing $150,000 in support of the association's critical voter registration and education campaign. This is the largest donation the #GUNVOTE campaign has received to date.

Standard Mfg. to Release AR Platform Rifles

Standard Manufacturing Co, LLC announces the release of their two latest Sporting Rifles -- the STD-15 Models A and B. Standard Manufacturing has introduced their STD-15 models geared towards left handed users, sporting enthusiasts and avid long distance hunters.

Decorated Olympian Partners with NWTF to Promote Shooting Sports

Wildlife conservation and introducing youth to shooting sports are of significant importance to both the National Wild Turkey Federation and Vincent Hancock, the first-ever back-to-back Olympic gold medalist in skeet. These shared passions have led to a partnership between Hancock and the NWTF to promote the 300-acre Palmetto Shooting Complex.

ProSounds Extends H2P Indiegogo Campaign

ProSounds Powered by Axil announces a 30-day extension of its successful Indiegogo campaign for the H2P Earpieces, which allows supporters to receive the electronic hearing protection and enhancement devices at discounted prices.

Camp Perry New Range Dedication

Camp Perry, Ohio is the site of the largest and best equipped rifle and pistol ranges in the world. The Civilian Marksmanship Program and the Ohio National Guard unveiled its new addition: Petrarca Range will now be home to 10 state-of-the-art outdoor electronic targets, which are at the forefront of the future of marksmanship.

Doug Koenig's Championship Season From Father to Sons

Doug Koenig's Championship Season on Pursuit Channel, Friday nights at 10:00 pm joins the NRA Freedom Friday lineup. This week Doug and his son Treavor team up and compete together, then it's off to Argentina to hunt alongside oldest son Zach for Red Deer Stag.

Bradley Law Firm a Sponsor of 2016 NSSF Import/Export Conference

The National Shooting Sports Foundation announced that the Bradley law firm, formerly known as Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP, has signed to be a Bronze sponsor of the 2016 Import/Export Conference.

Birchwood Casey Dueling Tree Targets

Birchwood Casey has introduced two great new Dueling Tree Targets for fast-paced shooting action that you can see and hear. The new Dueling Tree Target Stand is available in both .22 rimfire and airgun versions.

Standard Mfg. DP-12

Standard Manufacturing Co, LLC is the first and exclusive company to offer the DP-12, a double barreled 12 gauge pump shotgun. Released in 2013, it holds 16 rounds and was designed to balance the weight for quick and efficient handling with minimal recoil.

New Wilson Combat Custom Alliance Knife

Wilson Combat's knife and tool division -- Wilson Tactical -- has a new Custom Alliance Knife, the THANOS Adventurer's Bowie by Kyle Gahagan. Limited to ten serial-numbered pieces, these are among the largest custom alliance pieces they have ever offered and are truly a sight to behold.

Team Lapua's Reiter Achieves Shooting Milestone

Competing in the Civilian Marksmanship Program's 2016 National Trophy Pistol Matches at Camp Perry, Team Lapua's Steve Reiter became the first Quadruple Distinguished Badge Marksman in history. Reiter, 74, of Tucson, AZ received his most recent Distinguished Badge earlier in July – earning the new .22 Rimfire Pistol Badge, which has only been in existence since 2015.

Carson and Jungman Crowned as Skeet Champions

The USA Shooting National Championships for Shotgun concluded at the International Shooting Park near Fort Carson, Colorado with champions crowned in Women's, Men's and Junior divisions in Skeet.

Team Safariland¹s Golob Defends Her Title at 2016 USPSA Area 7 Championships

Safariland congratulates Team Safariland member Julie Golob on defending her title as the USPSA Area 7 Ladies Production Champion, and her placement of 21st overall among 296 competitors at the 2016 USPSA Area 7 Championships held July 9-10 in Augusta, Maine.

Platinum Sponsors for TacSol Rimfire Challenge NW Regionals

Tactical Solutions is proud to announce the 2016 NSSF Rimfire Challenge NW Regional Championship August 13th and 14th at the Parma Rod and Gun Club. Platinum sponsors include Armalite, Century Arms, Magpul, Vortex, Hogue, Inc., Powder River Precision and Mammoth Coolers.

DeSantis Holsters Available for Guns with Crimson Trace Green Laserguards

DeSantis Gunhide, a division of HELGEN Industries Inc., introduces new holster fits for Crimson Trace Green Laserguards. These include the Mini-Scabbard, Nemesis and Super Fly, among others.

Inland Mfg. Awards Pistol to Top Pistol Shooter at 2016 Nationals

Inland Manufacturing and MKS Supply, LLC announced their sponsorship at the National Championships National Trophy Individual (NTI) Pistol Match fired July 16 at Camp Perry, Ohio. Inland Manufacturing provided the winner, Army PFC Christopher Hudock a member of the U. S. Army Marksmanship Unit with a new Inland Manufacturing World War II 1911 A1 style pistol.

Breitbart's AWR Hawkins on Armed American Radio

Each Sunday on Armed American Radio, host Mark Walters welcomes journalist AWR Hawkins from Breitbart News as political analyst and regular contributor.

Heritage Rough Rider Scores Best Seller in New Revolver Category

Heritage Manufacturing, Inc. hit the number one new firearms revolver spot on the Top 5 - Best Sellers Gun List for the month of June on The online auction site for gun sales also had the Rough Rider ranked third in May.

Top Guns For Men's And Women's Doubles Trap Named At SCTP Nationals

The top male and female athletes in Doubles Trap were recognized by the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) at the 2016 National Team Championships for their outstanding individual performances in each of its six competitive divisions.

North Scott Trap Team Wins Varsity Division National Title In Doubles Trap

Iowa's North Scott Trap Team claimed a second national title in Doubles Trap, this time in the Varsity Division, during competition at the 2016 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Team Championships held last week at the Cardinal Shooting Center in Marengo, Ohio.

Iowa's North Scott Trap Team Wins Intermediate/Advanced Div. Doubles Trap National Title

Breaking 854 out of a possible 1,000 targets, the North Scott Trap Team of Iowa took home the Doubles Trap title in the Intermediate/Advanced Division during competition at the 2016 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Team Championships held last week at the Cardinal Shooting Center in Marengo, Ohio.

Hudson Raiders Win Badger State Battle for Junior Varsity Division Doubles Trap National Title

In a battle of the Badger State teams, the Hudson Raider SCTP Shooting Club outshot Wisconsin rivals the Waterford Wolverine Shooting Team to take home the Doubles Trap title in the Junior Varsity Division during competition at the 2016 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Team Championships.

Beretta Collaborates with McRee Precision on Limited Edition Tikka Rifle

Beretta U.S.A. announces the launch of a new, limited edition, Precision Rifle -- a joint project between Beretta U.S.A. and McRee Precision. The rifle, designated TSR-1, combines the barrel and action of the Tikka T3 Compact Tactical Rifle with a custom-built aluminum chassis from McRee Precision.

Carla Robertson Promoted to Controller

Hornady is pleased to announce that Carla Robertson has been promoted to the position of Controller. Prior to her promotion, Robertson held the position of Assistant Controller for the past seven years with Hornady.

Crimson Trace Classrooms

Crimson Trace has an innovative classroom training partnership that has now reached more than 200 shooting ranges and firearms retail sites across America. This partnership program has also resulted in the training of more than 2,000 sales staff and range managers.


Editor's Notebook: Smith & Wesson M&P 9C

This story ran in our companion service, The Tactical Wire.

The Smith & Wesson M&P9 Compact has been around for some years. For those who are "Glock-centric," the M&P9C fits between the Glock 19 (compact) and the Glock 26 (sub-compact). The standard G26 magazine holds ten rounds of 9mm, the 19 holds fifteen and the M&P9C takes 12 rounds in the magazine. The smaller guns in the line of each maker can use the longer magazines of the full-size guns – Glock and M&P. I've used the G19 magazine backing the Glock 26 and used a G17 magazine to back a Glock 19.

The M&P works the same way. I've used M&P9 magazines in M&P9C guns.

The slide-barrel "upper" of the M&P9C is longer than the Glock 26's upper. It's a little shorter than the Glock 19. It's a genuine "in-between" gun. In a print article done a number of years ago, I had some deputies shoot the 9C. The conclusion was that it could do as a gun for detectives or for uniform service.

I had to agree.

The sample under examination here is a used gun. It arrived having been fitted with Ameriglo M&P Pro I-dot sights. The front sight is the ProGlo -- .140" wide, with a tritium vial inside a lime-green painted "glow" outline. The rear sight has a rounded .180" wide notch. A tritium vial is mounted at the center bottom of the U-notch.

The trigger was unremarkable – it's so-so for a striker fired gun. Easily manageable, it takes a small amount of time to get used to. I decided to take it to the range for a workout. Shooting the current FBI Qualification course cold would tell me what I needed to know. I took enough extra ammo to get some reps in after the qual course.

A sixty-round course, the FBI starts the current qual at three yards. I start it at the 25 yard stage, then move up to three yards for those strings of fire. I fire the remainder of the course in order ending at fifteen yards.

The ammunition included the excellent Black Hills factory new 115 grain FMJ along with the same maker's remanufactured 147 grain FMJ load. I also supplied Remington Golden Saber in 124 grain and in 147 grain formats.

I used the Galco Double Time OWB/IWB holster, a kydex holster that can be used inside-the-waist or outside depending on how you configure it. I used it IWB and used a Comp-Tac single magazine pouch to keep the M&P9c fed.

I found that I hadn't loaded up on the FBI QIT-99 targets, but I had some of the Birchwood-Casey "Dirty Bird" BC-19 Silhouette Targets. Made to look like the NRA TQ-19 target, it's smaller – more like the reduced size "50 ft." TQ-20. The TQ-20 is a 12 x 20" target. The BC-19 is 12 x 18".

I should have fired the 25 yard stage of the course at 16.6 yards I suppose, but where's the fun in that? I fired the "15 seconds for five rounds" pair of strings (2 rounds standing, then 3 rounds kneeling) at full distance. Why shoot the distance stage first?

Because you could "pass" the course if you cleaned it back to fifteen yards and threw every shot at 25. By shooting the 25 yard stage first then closing up to three yards, you get the benefit of seeing what you did. And what I did was put nine hits in the shaded "hit" zone with one just outside on the right.

I felt good about that. Another reason I like this course is the reliance on one-handed shooting up close. I had to grand-stand on one of the four- five yard strings. They all call for three hits in three seconds from the holster. I shot the last one as a "failure" drill, putting the last hit in the scoring area on the "skull" of the target.

I'd made the times so far. As I got back to seven and fifteen, I had gotten used to the trigger enough that I got to speed up. It was a bad choice as I grabbed one off the silhouette (but still on the paper) at fifteen yards.

This was all shooting from an inside the waist holster – the Galco Double Time – worn under a shirt with a variety of ammo to see if the gun was cool with it. The holster was quick, secure and comfortable.

The Ameriglo Pro I-dot sights are wonderfully visible. The M&P9c is a great size for concealed carry and handling was intuitive even if the trigger wasn't.

I am a fan of the M&P line – auto pistols, revolvers and rifles, including the rimfire part of the family. That I'd like the M&P9c was no real surprise to me.

Ameriglo Sights

Dirty Bird 12" x 18" BC-19 targets

Galco Double Time OWB/IWB

Smith & Wesson M&P9c

-- Rich Grassi

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