FRI | MAY 3, 2019

Blazer Ammunition has expanded its wide selection of range ammunition with a new 147-grain 9mm Luger Blazer Brass load designed for realistic high-volume training.
Federal Premium Hydra-Shok, the bullet design that’s defined self-defense for a generation, is now available as a component for handloaders.
Springfield Armory’s 911 .380 was awarded a coveted Golden Bullseye Award during NRA Show 2019. The honor was for “Tactical Firearm of the Year.”

Umarex USA is set to auction off a unique movie prop replica of the famous DL-44 blaster to benefit the Student Air Rifle Program. This 501c3 non-profit program provides an introduction to the lifetime sport of target shooting for school-aged youth in grades 4 through 12.
Beretta is excited to announce their sponsorship of the upcoming 2019 Bullets, Bourbon, and Barbecue charity fundraiser on Friday, May 3 in Ardmore, TN, an annual event hosted by the Huntsville SOF Network to support the Still Serving Veterans organization.
Federal Premium Ammunition sponsored shooters and brand Ambassadors Vincent Hancock, Kayle Browning, Ashley Carroll, and more are busting clays, competing strong, winning medals and finishing on top at the major shooting competition events worldwide. A key victory was Hancock winning the gold medal at the recent 2019 International Shooting Sports Federation World Cup.

Hunter Howe of the Platte Valley Claybusters 4-H club will defend his Cornhusker Cup this week at the 50th Cornhusker Trapshoot.
Team Beretta shooters achieved 8 podium honors in 5 different events at last week’s 2019 Texas State Championship at the NSCA Headquarters in San Antonio, TX.
Luke Beckman of Malcom 4-H broke 98 of 100 clay targets at 16 yards to win the junior high competition in the 50th Cornhusker Trapshoot on Thursday. Josie Lange of Karp & Krow 4-H (Burwell) had the girls’ highest score at 89.

The HOWA .300 Blackout from Legacy Sports International is now shipping. It is featured with either a traditional synthetic hunting stock or the more modern ORYX chassis system.
Canik has been selected as the Official Handgun to commemorate the 25th Anniversary Handgun of the FBI National Academy Associates and will offer three special edition TP9 Elite Combat pistol models.
Taurus is participating in the Charles H. Kirbo Regional Center job fair and will be looking to fill numerous positions for its new Bainbridge, Georgia, headquarters and manufacturing facility.

Chattanooga Shooting Supplies is proud to announce and welcome Nick Evans as a Buyer. Nick will be responsible for establishing new vendor relationships, managing inventory and increasing sales through product selection.
American Defense Manufacturing announced the partnership with 88 Tactical Training Organization out of Omaha, Nebraska. The company will be the exclusive firearm and mounting solution for the 88 Tactical Mobile Training Team.
Ravin Crossbows, a Velocity Outdoor Company, is searching for an Archery Product Design Engineer for their Superior, WI facility. The Engineer will be responsible for transitioning archery concepts and prototypes into product and component designs for production.

The Texas Senate on Monday passed Knife Rights' "Location-Restricted Knife" Reform Bill, SB 2381, by a bipartisan vote of 19-12. These bills would remove from statute a number of places where Location-Restricted Knives (blades over 5 1/2 inches) are banned.
Real Avid created the ultimate gun cleaning solution with their new Master Cleaning Station – Universal. It includes a 43” x 16” gun cleaning mat with a cleaning kit attached. The kit is connected to the mat so everything you need to clean your gun is right there.

Apex Tactical Specialties announces that its newest addition to the Failure Resistant Extractor line, designed specifically for the industry’s most popular striker-fired pistols, including the FN 509, is in-stock and now available

Streamlight Inc. introduced the Streamlight 18650 Battery Bank Charger, designed to help first responders, industrial technicians and other users maintain and
Bear OPS, the tactical brand of Bear & Son Cutlery specializing in military and law enforcement knives, adds a new knife to its balisong series with the 5-inch Bear Song VII Butterfly.
SB Tactical announced release of the new SBA4 Pistol Stabilizing Brace. It is a 5-position adjustable brace compatible with all pistol platforms that will readily accept a mil-spec carbine receiver extension.
DeSantis Gunhide announced 12 holster models now fitted for the Kimber EVO SP pistol. These include the Thumb Break Mini Slide, Mini Scabbard, Sof-Tuck and others.
Trijicon, Inc. is expanding the Trijicon HD and Trijicon HD XR lines to include models for the CZ P10/P10C and Glock MOS pistols. Trijicon HD sights are available for the optic ready P10C. Trijicon redesigned the rear sight of the HD and HD XR models to fit GLOCK MOS pistols with the different sight spacing due to the optic.
Looking to provide the best resources and opportunities for its growing Paralympic shooting program, USA Shooting has hired Will Anti to fill the role of team coach/manager. Anti will begin his duties on-site at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado on June 1.
XTech Tactical is now shipping its OEM47 10/30 (MSRP $19.95) as an expansion of its “Commufornia Special” magazine line. Like the MAG47 10/30, $1 for each magazine sold off the company’s website will go towards Gun Owners of America to fight for gun rights.
Apex Tactical Specialties is now shipping its latest addition to its pistol barrel lineup – a new threaded barrel for the FN 509 model pistols. Retailers and wholesale distributors that have not yet ordered and wish to stock the new barrel can contact Apex at or (623) 322-0200 for pricing and quantity availability.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation applauds Congressman Scalise’s (R-La.) introduction of H.R. 2443, the Firearms Interstate Commerce Reform Act. The legislation would reduce the burden on law-abiding citizens, including active duty military and their accompanying spouses, to allow them to buy firearms, including handguns, across state lines, as long as they meet applicable laws at the point of purchase and their home of record.
This week on Tom Gresham's Gun Talk Radio, tune in to hear more from the 2019 NRA Annual Meetings. Broadcasting from the Ruger booth last Saturday, Tom spoke with a variety of companies in attendance at the Meetings.

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

I’ve always appreciated a “quality” holster. I know what holsters I like, what works good for me and where to get the “good” ones. (Having older shooters to provide advice on gear saves a lot of headache.). But, I never knew much about holster history. When discussing holsters – and sometimes debating - older gunmen would mention names like Brill, Myers, and Heiser. I knew these were holster designers and makers, but never understood how important these and other gun leather-men were to the evolution of leather we carry today. That is until I got a copy of “Holstory: Gunleather of the Twentieth Century,” by R.E.D. Nichols and John Witty.

The May ‘19 issue of Guns magazine has a review on “Holstory” – which stands for “holster history.” I contacted Roy Huntington at FMG and asked him about the book. (It’s a little expensive for a book, so I couldn’t just buy it on a whim.). Roy, listed in the book as a contributor, gave Holstory high praise. He also advised me to check out Mr. Nichols’ gunleather. I contacted “Red” by email to inquire about getting a copy of “Holstory” for review. A few days later the book arrived, plus a fine, nice looking model G1955 “To Catch A Thief,” Avenger style holster made by Red for my Browning Hi Power.

“Red” – Richard Edward Dale – Nichols is a “rocket scientist” of holsters. He started as a designer/maker with Bianchi in 1970. In the 90’s “Red” began Nichols Innovation, “the first consulting-design service to the holster industry.” For over a decade he guided companies like Aker, DeSantis, Galco and dozens more on how to make great holsters. He’s now crafting fine leather gear in Australia. John Witty, Nichols’ partner in crime, is a holster expert who owns a huge collection of quality leather and related material like catalogs from the first seventy years of the 1900’s. He’s also “Red’s” representative here in the states for both Holstory and leather gear.

In Holstory, I learned where concealment holsters began. A Texas Ranger company was “dismounted” and assigned to Austin. The Ranger’s long barreled Colt Single Actions riding on belts full ammunition, rifles and normal “trail” gear caused concern among the citizens. It was decided that the Rangers needed to carry concealed and the “city holster” was born. This is the beginning, but there was much more to come.

From here Holstory carries us through the evolution of the carry holster and those who influenced its design. For example, a lot of early designs did not cover the trigger guard of either revolvers or semi-autos. Today this would be considered crazy and unsafe. Holstory also includes high quality photos of this evolution.

I mentioned Holstory is a “little expensive.” But if you’re interested in handguns and gun leather, which you should be, it’s well worth the money, and not as expensive as other books I have enjoyed less. You’d also do well to check out “Red’s” leather gear, and you’ll his work for sale on “the ebay.”

It’s important to have great gear, and understand the history of how it came about. Knowing this history allows us to share it with younger shooters who are coming up. This is important. Every aspect of the story of firearms is an amazing one, and it’s important we ensure this heritage is remembered, shared and practiced in the future.

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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