FRI | FEBRUARY 8, 2019

Nosler, Inc. announces that it has extended its business agreement with Steele Components & Ammo LLC, the Idaho based OEM reloading component distributor.

The Lyman Brass Smith 500 Metal Reloading Scale is built on a sturdy aluminum body. The beam is double sided and the pan has handles for right- and left-handed users.
Crimson Trace began business in the backroom of a machine shop in 1994. In the days that followed, customers sent their GLOCK® pistols in for machining, wiring and installation of an embedded laser diode. Those laser sights continue to be serviced today—a strong commitment to the many loyal customers. This week, those years in business equals 25—a quarter century.

SIG SAUER, Inc. congratulates Team SIG Captain, Max Michel for kicking-off 2019 with a big win in his first match of the competitive shooting season for Team SIG. Michel competed in the 2019 Miami Open and claimed first place in the Carry Optics Division.
The Savage Pro Shooting Team has lots of excitement in store for 2019, including an active competition schedule and three new members. The 2019 Pro Shooting Team is comprised of F-Class, PRS and 3-Gun shooters, including Dean, Pate, Miller and Milanuk.
Cordova Outdoors' lineup of premium-performance coolers and accessories is available at the 2019 Pacific Northwest Sportsmen's Show going on now. The PNSS show is the largest consumer outdoor show west of the Mississippi and the second largest in the nation.

Apex Tactical Specialties will be attending the NBS 2019 Spring Semi-Annual Market taking place February 14-18 at the Fort Worth Convention Center. Apex will be participating in the Hot Show Buying Session and showcasing for dealers their industry leading product line of aftermarket trigger kits and parts.
SHOT Show Industry Day at the Range concluded on Monday, January 21 with record breaking attendance of 1,815 media and buyers. Over 200 exhibiting manufacturers were involved in test firing, demoing and displaying the hottest new products on the market.
Apex Tactical Specialties will be attending the Sports Inc. 2019 Outdoor Sporting Goods Show taking place February 13-16 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Apex will be showcasing for dealers their industry leading product line of aftermarket trigger kits and parts.

The Taurus TX22 .22LR semi-auto pistol is now shipping to dealers across the country. This full-size, 16-shot polymer handgun is made to maximize fit, function, and comfort for shooters of all statures and levels of experience.
In addition to its unrivaled nighttime operation, Stealth Cam's new G45NGMAX offers diverse setting customization to achieve the best imaging and video results regardless of the terrain or site layout.
Med-Eng, LLC announced it has been awarded a four-year contract to supply the U.S. Army with its 2nd generation Advanced Bomb Suit to protect front line soldiers conducting Explosive Ordnance Disposal operations. Med-Eng, LLC is a company of The Safariland Group.

Eric Juergens is one of the top Territory Sales Managers for Legacy Sports Int. Eric works primarily in the Midwest area, covering business with Distributors, Buy Group members and Independent Dealers in Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Celerant Technology announced a strategic partnership with Management One to offer retail solutions to enable both small and large retailers to forecast inventory, control budgets, optimize sales and maximize profits.
ERGO had an amazing time at the Mid-States Winter Rendezvous last week. Mid-States members own 700 of the largest farm, ranch, & home supply stores in 33 states and 4 Canadian provinces.

Davidson’s is currently seeking a passionate, shooting and hunting enthusiasts with outside sales and/or merchandising experience to serve as our Regional Customer Relationship Manager in the Pacific Northwest region (Washington, Montana, Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, and Northern California).
Smith & Wesson Precision Components seeks a manufacturing quality engineer for the Deep River, CT location.
Smith & Wesson Precision Components is seeking candidates for the operations manager position for the Deep River, CT location. This is a high level, high visibility position that requires excellent interpersonal, organizational, managerial and leadership skills.
The Second Amendment Foundation joined several other organizations in a lawsuit against New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, seeking a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against enforcement of a 2018 law that criminalizes distribution of digital instructions that may be used to produce a firearm with a three-dimensional printer.
Tactical Solutions is proud to be exhibiting at the 2019 Sports, Inc. February Outdoor Sporting Goods show, February 13-16 in Phoenix, Arizona at the Phoenix Convention Center.
Sightmark introduced the Ultra Shot RAM Series sights in dark earth finish. Sightmark will offer three different models with the new finish with the R-, A- and M-Spec.
Coming this February, Honor Defense is offering a factory installed LaserMax Centerfire laser designed for the Honor Defense pistol. The CenterFire laser has bilateral controls to accommodate both right and left-handed shooters.
It’s ways to help the community training and education efforts of the "Black Guns Matter" program, the refusal of the House Judiciary Committee to hear from Congressman Steve Scalise on current gun control legislation, training talk with Tiger McKee, an introduction to concealed handguns, and more, this week on Tom Gresham's Gun Talk Radio.
McMillan Fiberglass Stocks is excited to earn Official Stock status of the 2019 National Rifle League season. The 2019 sponsorship as the NRL's Official Stock aligns with several of McMillan's new product initiatives designed to give shooters of all experience levels more options in custom-fit stock platforms.

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the founding of Crimson Trace. According to the release, Crimson Trace began in the backroom of a machine shop in 1994 – the year I began writing for law enforcement publications. That was the time of the product that required guns to be sent to the factory for installation of the laser sight to the frame. The gun was the GLOCK pistol.

As of my trip to the factory about four years ago, they were still seeing those ‘machined into the gun’ laser sights periodically come in for service. Since then, the Lasergrip came out – that’s when I came in, brought along by Jim Cirillo (NYPD, US Customs, ret’d) and Clyde Caceres (national class police trainer). They convinced me that the laser sight was practical – though, for me, the more practical use was on the small backup gun. Still, I’ve used them on service-size pistols.

It was a time before the ‘accessory rail’ was common on pistols. The choices were to machine the frame for the emitter, power source and switching or just use ‘grips.’ There were no grips available for my agency’s selected sidearm and we didn’t issue GLOCK pistols. The Lasergrips went on the backup. The S&W Model 442 (satin nickel) pictured has early Lasergrips on board. I still had a Ruger SP101 357 Magnum I’d worn as a backup earlier in the 1990s when Crimson Trace developed Lasergrips for that cannon. A set went on that revolver too.

An early satin nickel S&W Model 442 with early Crimson Trace Lasergrips. Below, the Ruger SP101 357 Mag. got the same CT treatment.

Crimson Trace is fond of the term “Instinctive Activation” and it’s one time that term is properly used. Under stress, the human critter seems to clutch his hands into fists and that’s what activates the laser aiming diode on the Lasergrip. If you only have one hand to use the gun, you still get the dot. If you can’t raise the gun to eye level – due to injury or some other circumstance – you still get the dot.

Control the trigger while maintaining a firm grip and the bullet goes where the dot is – if you took time to zero the Lasergrip. And that’s easy to do.

I said I had a service size pistol I outfitted with Crimson Trace Lasergrips – it was a backstrap, actually, for the M&P40. Along with the Crimson Trace light on the dust cover, I had the potential for positive target ID in adverse light along with a laser aiming device. Gripping the gun turned on both laser and light. They’ve continued to make lasers for backup or small deep concealment guns too – I’ve used the Laserguard on guns like the Ruger LCP and the GLOCK 42. They still have backup guns covered.

Gunfight survivor, master instructor and retired law enforcement officer, Jim Cirillo made use of Crimson Trace Lasers for training and for carry. Below, the S&W Model 63 "Kit Gun" with a Lasergrip, is still being used as a training revolver.

For training purposes, Crimson Trace Lasergrips shine – so to speak. It was Jim Cirillo who showed me the Ring’s Blue Gun training model fitted with Lasergrips that he used for in-class demos and to determine whether students were properly using the “iron sights” on the “pistol” by having the aimer adjusted below the student’s line of sight. To add to their training aspect, Crimson Trace, now the Electro-Optics Division of American Outdoor Brands Corporation, acquired LaserLyte. Known for “firearm training systems, laser sights and bore sights,” the LaserLyte product lines will mesh nicely with Crimson Trace product offerings.

The Crimson Trace factory features an indoor range for testing products. Below, company founder Lew Danielson at a Midnight 3-Gun match, in a Jim Shepherd OWDN photo.

The company clearly has not rested. I had occasion to lunch with founder Lew Danielson during Industry Day just a few weeks ago. He’s retired now and asked me what I thought about the company’s continuing development. I mentioned the move into red dot sights and magnified optics while maintaining a presence in the laser sight market with the new “Lasersaddle” for shotguns. Currently for the Mossberg 500, 590 and 590 Shockwave in 12 gauge, they have “activation points” on both sides of the device which fits over the top of the back of the receiver.

Lew told me he’d kicked around a shotgun aimer a few years back and that he was very happy they’d completed the project.

I’d heard “common taters” (h/t, Claude Werner) complain that Crimson Trace would only produce gear for guns under the brands of the new owner American Outdoor Brands after the acquisition of the company. That wasn’t a pattern I’d noticed with AOBC – and with the advent of the Lasersaddle as well as initiatives with other gun makers, my guess was confirmed.

25 years out, Crimson Trace is a force in the market. I have to confess that I’m not surprised.

- - Rich Grassi

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