FRI | FEBRUARY 15, 2019

No Wires On Presidents' Day
In observance of the Presidents Day federal holiday we will not be publishing any services on Monday, February 18. We will resume our normal schedule on Tuesday, February 19.
Environ-Metal, Inc. introduces HEVI-X Strut from HEVI-Shot. It is a tungsten-based turkey load that offers higher energy on target than lead.
Federal reinvented the proven Hydra-Shok bullet design with Hydra-Shok Deep in 9mm Luger. Now, it has expanded the line with new loads in 40 S&W and 45 Auto. The bullets feature a more robust center post and a core design that penetrates to critical depths through common self-defense barriers, without over-penetrating.

Beretta is pleased to announce that we have partnered with Zamberlan to bring our customers a brand-new line of hiking and high-performance boots designed to work in any environment.
Legacy Sports International wants to inform Sports Inc. members that they will be exhibiting at the Outdoor Sporting Goods Show. They will be featuring some of their new 2019 lineup including the Howa Oryx and Pointer Arrista.
ERGO will be exhibiting at the NBS Spring Semi-Annual Market this week. The sales team will be available for product demonstrations and meetings.

GSM Outdoors is excited to exhibit at the NWTF Convention and Sports Show in Nashville, TN. While visiting the booth, attendees can learn about all the brand-new products from the GSM family of brands.
Viridian Weapon Technologies will be exhibiting new and popular products at the Nation’s Best Sports Spring Market in Fort Worth, TX. Viridian will display several firearm accessories, including the REACTOR Gen 2 lasers and taclights as well as its popular line of X-Series Gen 3 Weapon-Mounted Cameras.
Breakthrough Clean Technologies will be exhibiting at the 2019 NBS Spring Semi-Annual Market in Fort Worth, Texas at the Fort Worth Convention Center, February 14-18.

Savage introduced more than 40 new firearms at the SHOT Show. The company announced several additional firearms not mentioned prior to the show in marketing materials or its product catalog. These include the new Model 64 Takedown, 110 Prairie Hunter bolt-action 224 Valkyrie and four new left-hand models in the company’s pint-size rimfire Rascal family.
Lyman is excited to announce the sponsorship of junior shooter Cheyenne Dalton. Dalton, who has been shooting competitively for six years, said her main goal is to introduce as many women and girls as she can to shooting sports.
Trijicon, Inc. is pleased to announce the promotion of Charles Wahr to Global Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Chuck joined Trijicon in January 2015 as Vice President Sales and Marketing.

RSR Group, Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of CamelBak Products, LLC to its product offering – providing personal hydration gear to authorized CamelBak retailers. The CamelBak line is now in stock and available for purchase through RSR Group.
Apex Tactical Specialties has donated $15,000 to Concerns of Police Survivors. With this latest check, Apex’s total donation to the organization has reached $150,000, all raised through the sale of the company’s Thin Blue Line Series triggers.
FireDisc is excited to announce that company owners and co-founders Griff and Hunter Jaggard will be part of this year's U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Series. The Jaggard brothers will participate in the Chamber's Houston, Texas, event to take place March 5 at The Bell Tower on 34th.
SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to announce the Government of India, Ministry of Defense has officially contracted with SIG SAUER to build and deliver 72,400 SIG716 rifles for its frontline infantry soldiers.
SAF and the National Rifle Association jointly filed their legal challenge to I-1639 late last year, but last Friday filed an amended complaint that released Attorney General Bob Ferguson as a defendant, and instead named the Clark County sheriff, Spokane police chief and the director of the State Department of Licensing.
Crimson Trace announced that it is shipping the Laserguard LG-422 laser sight with red diode and the LG-422G laser sight with green diode, both designed for secure fit onto the Sig Sauer P365 pistol.
The Scholastic Clay Target Program announces its continued support from SKB Shotguns out of Omaha Nebraska.
Legacy Sports International will be exhibiting NWTF Sports Show in booth number 1013.
Shield Our Schools announced it has partnered with Grunt Style to create a limited-edition shirt that promotes the S.O.S. Initiative. These shirts were created in remembrance and honor to the Parkland, Florida shooting from last year. A portion of the sales from these shirts will go to the S.O.S. Initiative to further aid keeping our children safe.
Nexbelt, “The Gun Belt With No Holes,” announced that they’ve introduced their improved EDC ratchet-style gun belts for 2019. They feature a unique ratcheting system called Precise Fit that allows the wearer to adjust his or her belt in ¼ inch increments.
Now through February 18, 2019, Beretta will be running a President’s Day promotion in which you will be eligible to receive 20% off your entire purchase if you spend $150 or more.
Gun control legislation is being introduced at an alarming rate at local, state, and federal levels. Hear one person's take on how a ban on private ownership might look in the U.S.; a fight in New Jersey for both gun rights and the right to freedom of speech; a lawsuit in Massachusetts dragging on regarding the banning of certain rifles, and more, this week on Tom Gresham's Gun Talk Radio.
USA Shooting is proud to announce that Dan Durben (Belle Fourche, South Dakota) has been hired as National Rifle Coach.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will conduct several hunter surveys in the coming weeks to estimate harvest for various game species, determine hunter participation and satisfaction, and obtain hunter opinions.
The Civilian Marksmanship Program invites the public to explore the exciting and fast-growing world of air rifle competition Feb. 15-17, 2019, as hundreds of coaches, competitors and spectators take part in the 2019 JROTC Regional Air Rifle Championships, held at the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center at Camp Perry.

Today's feature is from our companion service, The Tactical Wire.

My last column, prior to SHOT show, discussed how affordable AR parts are. (It’s also a great time to buy a completed weapon off the counter.) My “brother” Hal asked me about building an AR – and of course price. Research quickly revealed AR parts are plentiful and affordable. Hal decided to build an AR pistol; since he knows nothing about this it’s up to me to walk him through, lending experience and tools.

Palmetto State Armory supplied the parts kit for the pistol build. PSA’s kits come in all flavors; let your imagination run wild. This one came with an assembled upper - flat-top, 10.5” barrel and a 5.56 chamber with 1 in 7 twist rate, carbine length gas system and head-spaced bolt group. Magpul handguards and grip and a SB A3 pistol brace are supplied for furniture, plus all parts necessary to assemble the lower receiver. In other words, almost everything needed to assemble a quality AR pistol, and at an unbelievable price. To complete the PSA kit, he added an Anderson lower, Daniel Defense A 1.5 rear sight and an Agile sling. (I also convinced him to put a Colt “Gold” extractor spring and an original style solid firing pin retaining pin in the bolt.)

Assembling an AR isn’t that difficult. Putting one together properly is a little more complicated. In addition to knowing what you’re doing it’s also necessary to have the proper tools. Yes, you can slap one together using a “hammer and chisel,” but it’s probably not going to look good or run reliably. Even with quality parts you should test each part for fit and function during assembly. Your one stop shop for the knowledge and equipment is Brownells. Or, do like Hal and locate a friend who has the experience and tools necessary to help you with the build.

If you’re new to building ARs, one word of advice: On your first attempt don’t try to build your “dream” AR. Buy the parts, pieces and gear necessary to assemble a “basic” platform. Have fun with it, and don’t worry about trying to get it perfect, especially if you’re tackling it alone. Remember, mistakes are a part of learning. With a basic build it’s no big deal if you scratch the receiver while installing the bolt catch. Touch it up, and roll on. Later, after you’ve got a few builds under your belt you can start thinking “fancy.”

After a couple of hours on the bench – it takes longer when you’re demonstrating and explaining as you go – we have a complete pistol, lubed up and ready to test fire and zero. A trip to the range and a three hundred rounds later – using a wide variety of ammo, including some “questionable” surplus ammo from Desert Storm – and the pistol is tested and zeroed. All without a malfunction.

I’ve been experimenting with AR pistols for a long time – I built my first one around 2009. This was before there were pistol parts – there were no such thing as arm braces. The AR pistol concept had been around for a while. Colt started experimenting in the 1960s with compact “pistol” for pilots. In 1971 they added an arm brace that “attached” to the shooter’s arm. Bushmaster began producing an “AR” pistol – without buffer tube – in 1972, and in the early 90’s Olympic Arms released the OA-93. But the pistol concept never really caught on. It was still “new,” and to get a reliable package meant building your own using modified parts. It took a while to work out all the bugs. Initially I wasn’t really sold on them. We’re past those days; now you can buy complete AR pistols, or a kit.

I trust my AR pistol completely, and it’s great for defensive purposes. It’s a compact package, the manipulations are consistent with my carbine or rifle, and the .223/5.56 is a proven round. These days my AR pistol it’s either in my truck, or sitting by the bed at night, waiting and ready. If you don’t have an AR pistol it might be time to start heading in that direction. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

Tiger McKee is director of Shootrite Firearms Academy, located in northern Alabama. He is the author of The Book of Two Guns, AR-15 Skills and Drills, featured on GunTalk’s DVD, “Fighting With The 1911 and has regular columns in Gun Digest and American Handgunner.

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