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News | Friday, July 3, 2015

No Wires on Monday, July 6

In observance of the Independence Day holiday, no wires will be published on Monday, July 6. We will publish our regular schedule this week and resume our full schedule on Tuesday, July 7. Time-sensitive releases for the holiday weekend should reach our editors no later than 6p.m. EASTERN time on Thursday, July 2. Material received after this time will be included in our Tuesday, July 7, 2015 issues if still relevant.

USAMU wins 15th consecutive Interservice Pistol Championship,

The Army team from the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU), won the team title and the top three overall spots during the 56th Interservice Pistol Championship June 8-12.

NSSF Announces Logistics Expert Firm TLR As Sponsor Of Import/export Conference

The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the trade association for the firearms industry, is pleased to announce that Portland, Oregon-based logistics expert firm TLR has signed on as a Silver Sponsor for the upcoming Import/Export Conference.

SWAROVSKI Announces New Digiscoping Adapter for iPhone®* 6

SWAROVSKI OPTIK NORTH AMERICA, a subsidiary of the Austrian-based company, announces the release of the PA-i6 Adapter for the iPhone®* 6.

Ruger Redefines the AR Platform Again with the SR-556 Takedown

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE-RGR) is pleased to introduce the new Ruger® SR-556® Takedown autoloading rifle. The barrel is removed from the upper receiver by simply moving the slider bar towards the breech, rotating the barrel and pulling it free - no tools required. At 7 pounds 10 ounces, the SR-556 Takedown handles easily with Magpul's MOE grip and MOE SL stock on a mil-spec buffer tube.

New 260 Remington Ammo loaded with Berger Hybrids

Applied Ballistics Munitions (ABM Ammo) has announced a brand new cartridge addition to their Ammunition lines, the 260 Remington. The Match Ready™ 260 Remington 140gr Berger Match Hybrid Target load combines class-leading ballistic coefficients with match grade accuracy.

New from Firefield - Compact Green Laser Light Combo

Designed to mount to most compact or subcompact pistols, the Firefield Compact Green Pistol Laser Light Combo is a multi-functional laser and flashlight aiming device featuring an ambidextrous digital switch activation for both right- and left-handed shooters.

TROY FREEDOM Independence Weekend Sale Announced

TROY has announced a special July 4th sale to enable their loyal customers to enjoy a 20 percent discount off the price of their Made in America, innovative, top-quality small arms components and accessories.

Apex Tactical Offers Free Shipping This Independence Day Weekend

Apex Tactical Specialties' #OperationApex continues with free shipping this Independence Day weekend on all orders placed Thursday, July 2 thru Sunday, July 5 from their online store at

American Sportsman Shooting Center Offers Summer Youth Shooting Academy

American Sportsman Shooting Center, home of the nation's only indoor, live-fire cinema range, has announced a summer Youth Shooting Academy, presented by K-5 Arms Exchange, that will be conducted from July 20 - August 13, 2015.

NRA Announces 2015 Youth Education Summit Participants

The National Rifle Association is pleased to announce the students selected to attend the 2015 Youth Education Summit (Y.E.S.), a seven-day educational experience in Washington, DC, held July 27-August 2, 2015.

Wiley X®, Inc. Encourages Americans To Celebrate Our Independence With Passionate Patriotism This July 4

The July fourth is the most American of holidays, often celebrated coast-to-coast with parades, family get-togethers and patriotic fireworks shows. But eyewear innovator Wiley X®, Inc. reminds each of us it's important that we not lose sight of the reason behind all this family fun.

This Week on Gallery of Guns TV

Tune in Monday, July 6 at 9:30pm Eastern, as Davidson's airs its second episode of the season. Co-host Anne-Marie and special guest Ashley Honea of Guns&Ammo take a close look at the sleek Ruger 22/45LT, a reliable and accurate modern pistol with the feel of a 1911.

Code of Conduct's Brad Thor - This Week on GUNTALK Radio

It's the latest spy novel from Brad Thor, gun safety for children in schools, and more this week on Tom Gresham's GUNTALK® Radio, the original nationally-syndicated radio talk show about guns and the shooting sports.

New Title From Gun Digest Books is the Definitive Glock Reference

The all-new Glock Reference Guide from Gun Digest Books is your complete guide to one of the most important and influential firearms designs in the past 50 years.

GLOCK Releases New Gray Frame Pistols to be Distributed Through Lipsey's

GLOCK, Inc. continues to create new products with their release of the new gray frame pistols. The new gray frames will be available for the GLOCK 17, 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23 models. All models are available solely in Gen4 and will be distributed through Lipsey's.

ZEISS Offers Tremendous Summer Savings

Carl Zeiss Sports Optics is pleased to announce their Summer "Field Days" promotion. From July 1st through August 31, 2015, ZEISS is offering huge savings on many of its most popular optics including the new TERRA ED Under Armour edition and Lost Camo binoculars.

Pachmayr introduces eye-catching colors

Pachmayr's popular American Legend Grips are Made in America. Our traditional Rosewood grip has been joined by an array of eye-catching colors, including Tropical Purple, Passionwood, Evergreen Camo, Charcoal Silvertone, and Heritage Walnut laminate.

Waco Cabela's to host Marcus Luttrell Friday, July 3

Cabela's will host former U.S. Navy Seal and "Lone Survivor" Author Marcus Luttrell at the company's Waco location on Friday, July 3 from 1 to 3 p.m.

SOTG Radio Celebrates 200th Episode

How important are gun games and sports to the gun culture? Do gun owners, hunters, sport and recreational shooters have a role to play in the preservation of the United States of America or is that a job for Congress? During Student of the Gun Radio's 200th episode the crew lays down their priorities.

Award-Winning Micro™ Joins LaserMax's Trend-Setting Family of Green Laser Sights

Now offered in green and equipped with advanced features and programming, LaserMax's MICRO-2-G represents the newest generation of Micro laser technology.

CCRKBA Applauds Washington Post Expsure of Anti-Gun Falsehoods

The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is applauding Monday's exposure by the Washington Post of questionable data about school shootings used by the gun prohibition lobby to stoke public emotion against Second Amendment rights.

Gun District Apparel To Benefit Honored American Veterans Afield

Legally Armed America Inc. and Gun District announces new Gun District logoed apparel. A portion of the apparel sales will benefit Honored American Veterans Afield (HAVA).

Gold Tip Shooters Sweep ASA Pro/Am Podium

Gold Tip and Bee Stinger pro shooters continued to rack up the wins this weekend at the ASA Pro/Am Tour in Metropolis, Illinois. Chance Beaubouef took home his first win of the year and Team Gold Tip finished 1-2-3 in the Pro Division as well as making a clean sweep of the K-50 class and Donnie Thacker taking home his first ASA win.

Pulsar Introduces New Digisight 850 LR Digital Riflescope

Pulsar is known for producing the world's first digital night vision riflescope – the Digisight. New for 2015, the company announces the release of the Digisight 850 LRF, a digital NV riflescope featuring a built-in laser rangefinder.

Young Alabama Archer Takes Top Prize at National Tournament

Sixteen-year-old Miles Wilson shot a near perfect 298 of a possible 300 points to become the top scoring male at this year's National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) National Championship held in Louisville, Kentucky.

"Be Ready For Anything" Launches July 8

Be Ready for Anything , The Outdoor Wire Digital Network's newest news and information service launches on Wednesday, July 8. The weekly newsletter will focus on a simple theme: be ready for anything you encounter in life. It will use the latest industry news and information to help you be ready for the unexpected events of everyday life instead of stressing you with the "worst case scenarios" or preparations for "the end of the world as we know it." Featuring common-sense information you can use in both your daily life and emergencies, the inaugural edition will go to all OWDN subscribers. At that point, you'll have a single weekly source for the information you need to be better prepared for…anything.

AGI Announces "Christmas in July" Sale

American Gunsmithing Institute (AGI), producers of the most authoritative Gunsmithing DVD courses, announces the launch of its Christmas in July Sale, running now through August 31, 2015.


Editor's Notebook: The Apex Shield

Editor's Note: Today, Tactical Wire ( Editor Rich Grassi shares the latest on his newest project gun, a Smith & Wesson Shield.

The finished S&W Shield: Ameriglo CAP sights, Crimson Trace Laserguard and Apex trigger.
The project S&W M&P Shield had stock sights and a stock trigger for most of its young life. It took some time to get sights arranged. The Apex Trigger arrived pretty quickly. I'd installed a Crimson Trace Laserguard on the gun, but I still wanted sights better suited for my elderly eyes. The Apex trigger was a perk – as the stock trigger didn't bother me at all.

It also took some considerable time to arrange for extra magazines – but they've been readily available for some time now and I'd been putting a few back. The last item to arrive was high visibility sights. Mike Rafferty installed the trigger and S&W Performance Center put the sights in the slide. After it returned, I took the gun to the range but there was little joy.

The first range trip with the Apex trigger and Ameriglo CAP sights – designed by Dave Spaulding of Handgun Combatives – found me anxious to make use of the positive changes. The trigger was fine, not some light competition trigger, but very good for defense work. The original trigger felt round to me and I used the distal joint of the index finger to run it. The flat face of the Apex trigger seemed to even the load of trigger pressure.

Comp-Tac Minotaur MER
The problem is that I'd find the trigger would "stop" periodically while I was shooting. It seemed more prevalent when I'd lose contact with the trigger during a string of fire. It concerned me – stopping in the midst of a fight is a no-go. I left the range concerned.

After asking around about the situation, I took to some dry practice. I found it wasn't the trigger seizing up – with my grip and shooting style, I was failing to disengage the trigger safety. The original trigger was rounded, this one is flat. Pressing it – not "rolling" it back like a "double action" trigger – was definitely called for.

Shoot it like a 1911. Okay.

I made another range trip. I used the Comp-Tac Minotaur MERC holster to carry the pistol. A hybrid, the acronym is said to stand for "Most Economical Reliable Comfort." The cost is around $50 from Comp-Tac. Like hybrid holsters tend to be, it is comfortable. It has a wide range of adjustment, which is more than I need.

The standard clips fit the 1.5" belt, as to my preference. The way the holster was sent from the factory, I needed to adjust nothing – it was perfect as it came out. It may not be that way for everyone, hence the adjustability. The holster is terrific for concealment. Drawing and – as important – re-holstering were both trouble free.

The spare magazine I carried in a Comp-Tac single magazine pouch.

I loaded magazines with Herter's 115 grain FMJ brass case – I had a partial box of this ammo left – and had Black Hills 147 grain FMJ remanufactured ammo to back it up. To test my affinity to the gun, I posted a QIT-99 target from Law Enforcement Targets. Featuring a truncated FBI-Q "bottle" outline, it's allegedly the target of choice for the Bureau in their current qual course. As is my habit, I fired the 25 yard stage first – two strings of two rounds standing followed by three rounds kneeling.

I marked the hits, noting a low hit that was still inside the "bottle" outline, then began on the three yard stage. Three rounds in three seconds from the holster, fired with the dominant hand only comprises the first two strings. This is followed by a draw to three hits, dominant hand only, and three rounds support-hand only. Five yards features "3 in 3" from the holster, done in four strings.

Using more target real estate than desired, the FBI Pistol Qualification was still clean -- not bad for a small gun.
The seven yard stage has a reload-drill but, otherwise, you're shooting strings of three and four there and at fifteen yards.

The score ended at 60/60 in the "bottle." I used more target real estate than I wanted but there was no "trigger stopping" along the way. Between the pair of range trips and dry practice, I believe this little gun is ready for light duty.

Oh, I didn't notice the laser in the daylight. The Ameriglo CAP sights were enough and they helped me go a bit faster than was prudent: it looked "good," I shot.

The Shield was fine at the outset. I competed with a stock Shield at the inaugural IDPA Backup Gun Nationals. While I wasn't the most accurate or fastest, I learned a lot and the gun ran perfectly. With the new sights, I'm quicker to see them and the new trigger really does help in handling – once I figured out how to use it. Add the Crimson Trace "just in case" and we're in good shape.


Comp-Tac Victory Gear

Crimson Trace

Handgun Combatives

Smith & Wesson

-- Rich Grassi

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