WED | FEBRUARY 5, 2020

Federal has expanded its available loads in 6.5, including the 6.5 Creedmoor Swift Scirocco II, Terminal Ascent and the MeatEater Series Trophy Copper. Terminal Ascent is also available in 6.5 PRC. In addition, Federal has expanded itsFederal Premium Gold Medal rifle ammunition line with a new 6.5 PRC load.
Nosler announced new offerings in the Trophy Grade Ammunition product line. These include AccuBond projectiles in 6.5 PRC, 27 and 30 Nosler as well as Partition bullets in 6.5 Creedmoor, 270 Win., 28 Nosler and 30-06 Sprg.
The readers of Predator Xtreme awarded CCI the 2020 Gold Award in the category of Rimfire Ammunition. The award was recently given to CCI ammunition engineers Justin Ruegsegger and Dylan Dixon at the 2020 SHOT Show.

Join Krieghoff in Booth 2725 at the 2020 Safari Club International convention. Known as one of the premier hunting shows, SCI runs from February 5 -8 at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center.
Beretta anticipates thousands of visitors this week at their redesigned SCI booth. The booth has been revamped to highlight several unique firearm displays that include premium firearms and demonstrations from master artisans.
ZEISS invites attendees of the Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show to visit the ZEISS booth (#811) in order to see the full performance-based product assortment from ZEISS Sports Optics and take advantage of Show Specials.

On Wednesday, February 12, 2020 SIG SAUER Academy will host Larry Vickers at the SIG SAUER Academy Pro Shop for an exclusive book signing and meet and greet event. Larry is a retired U.S. Army 1st SFOD-Delta combat veteran, author of the Vickers Guides, and founder of Vickers Tactical.
The new Savage Arms Renegauge Turkey is made for longbeard callers. With its 24” barrel and Mossy Oak camouflage patterns, it’s easy to maneuver in dense brush and has an adjustable stock to fit the gun to the user.
The Pelican iM3300 Storm Long Case in Realtree EDGE Camo is packed with the same features as Pelican's Premium Protector case, but is upgraded with a Press-and-Pull latch that locks the case securely.

The demand for the S3DA program is growing faster than the current organizational infrastructure has been able to support. With such demand, and the assistance of the RMEF, S3DA hired a National Conservation Outreach Coordinator and is currently working to build a team across the United States of State Conservation Outreach Coordinators.
The Mauser 18 bolt-action rifle has been named 2020 Rifle of the Year by the editors of American Rifleman magazine, as part of the NRA’s annual Golden Bullseye Awards.
Breakthrough Clean Technologies announced that it has signed IPSC World Champion Shooter Max Michel, Jr. as a Brand Ambassador to represent its complete line of gun care products.

Mammoth Coolers announced that they now have nationwide sales representation coverage. The agencies named cover the east & southeast, southwest/central and western regions as well as ND, SD, WI and MN.
Operation Blazing Sword is adding Chris Cheng, to the Board of Directors. Cheng made his name winning History Channel’s Top Shot Season 4 competition in 2012, earning a $100,000 cash prize and the title of “Top Shot”
Kinsey’s has an open position for a Sales Representative in their Dealer Sales Department (Pennsylvania location).

Eighteen state attorneys general have joined in an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court supporting a Second Amendment Foundation petition for writ of certiorari seeking high court review in the case of Culp v. Raoul, which challenges the refusal by Illinois to take applications from non-residents for an Illinois carry license.
Mantis Tech announced the Mantis X2, a small, rail-mounted sensing device that tracks minute movements. It analyzes shooter movements, and sends the data over Bluetooth to the MantisX app for smartphones and tablets.
Boyds Gunstocks, the South Dakota-based hardwood gunstock manufacturer, introduces its new thumbhole stock for 2020. Called Spike CampTM this new thumbhole gunstock shape is designed with simplicity in mind.

Galco introduced the Tuck-N-Go tuckable inside the waistband holster for the Glock 48.  Part of Galco's Concealed Carry Lite line of holsters and accessories, the Tuck-N-Go IWB has an open top, reinforced holster mouth.
The tactical brand of Bear & Son Cutlery, Bear Ops, adds a new, modern-designed titanium automatic knife—the AC-1200-Ti-SW.
Nighthawk Custom announced the release of the Drop-In Trigger System for 1911 pistols. It's a true drop-in part that offers shooters a high-quality trigger job that can be installed in the time it takes to complete the routine cleaning of a 1911.
Berger is shipping the new 30 caliber 245 Grain Extreme Outer Limits (EOL) Elite Hunter projectiles to exclusive retailers now.
Veil Camo’s Alpine pattern will appear on Dryshod’s New ViperStop Snake boots for 2020. With an adjustable gusset, the ViperStop features a penetration-resistant rubber lower and upper and is two inches taller than other Dryshod models to deliver maximum protection from snake bites, brush, and debris.
The new line of handguards, SXT M-LOK, were announced by Samson Manufacturing. Using a simpler clamping system of two cross bolts which fit into the barrel nut for a rapid and easy installation, they could lower the price compared to legacy handguards.
Project ChildSafe, the firearms safety program of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, has provided 1,000 firearm safety kits and educational materials to assist Denver Mayor Michael Hancock’s new firearms safety initiative. The effort, which launched Feb. 1, focuses on promoting firearms safety throughout the Denver area.
Primary Arms has announced the start of a new AR15 Special Purpose Rifle Giveaway, which will run through January. This custom-built precision AR15 comes chambered in 5.56x45 and features products from Geissele Automatics, Modlite Systems, Cross Machine Tool, Magpul, Scalarworks, and more.
Primary Arms has announced its February giveaway, offering entrants a chance at taking home a fully-kitted competition PCC setup. The giveaway starts with an FM Products FM9 3-Gun Carbine.
GSM Outdoors announce corporate support for Shoot Like a Girl. GSM and Walker's are now the exclusive ear and eye protection brand of the training and support organization for women shooters and hunters.
Shooting USA takes viewers inside the training program that qualified more than 1,500 Ohio teachers to carry firearms in their schools. Plus, the M-1 Carbine is now one of History’s Guns.

There was an image on social media – Instagram, Facebook, etc. -- of a person wearing a small pistol in a holster attached to her yoga pants. She’s in a commercial establishment, apparently addressing a store associate who is bent over examining something on a shelf. The holstered sidearm, causing the yoga pants waistband to sag perilously, is very close to the employee – or so it appears from the image. Seeing it concerned me, so I shared the image with the following comment:

“First, don't comment on the wardrobe. The focus is the non-secured firearm . . . Second, don't do this. Ever. If this is the only means you have to practice defensive arms -- well, give up . . . In these times, there are very good solutions . . . and then there's this soup sandwich.”

There's bad and there is bad. Should it be discussed -- and if so, how do we best address issues regarding carry of firearms

There was some blowback. Our own Tactical Professor called out posting the image and made salient points about the impotent and irrelevant cries to “get training.” As he noted, she did have a gun – which can be a handy thing – and the holster did feature a safety strap. However, judging from the location of the image, the fashions being worn and the sidearm/holster combination, I’m wondering who exactly will fund the price to get the object of the image sent to a major league gun school. See his comments so you can understand how thinly spread instructional assets are in this country – and consider what you could do to make it more available.

Then we had a worthy commentator who said that criticism of this nature was ‘just an effort to be heard,’ a cry for attention and the like. While that’s a hallmark of social media, consider this as well.

“And some speak out because we can help folks learn from observing others - hence the reason I didn't allow comments about 'fashion,' etc., but just the gun pulling her drawers down. She did have a gun, from the shot it appears nearly in the face of another person. Maybe she wants 'training' (more likely, advice), perhaps not. That doesn't mean we can't observe and enjoin others from that kind of “solution.””

Indiscreet carry isn't smart but it exists and people will do it. How best should they proceed? Below, this image was collected outside a US Post Office before the person pictured entered the facility - likely a good time to keep your own counsel and let this play out?

The day seldom passes that I don’t see a complaint about “tactard” – this and “Fudd” that, “okay, Boomer,” and other elementary school playground banter on the ‘error-net.’ Everyone has the answer to everything – until Claude Werner correctly asks, “how many gun owners are there” versus “how many instructors” (and how many of those are relevant?) versus “how many training venues – firing ranges –that allow actual training?”

Another observer pointed out that we have a duty to speak out when we see a problem, but need to consider how that’s best accomplished. “But there is a right way and a wrong way to publicly address these kinds of problems. If your criticism contains words like "tactard" . . . or something similar, it's a pretty safe bet you're not being professional nor constructive.”

I’m not seeing a lot of response to that issue. Nor do I see lots of people – who allegedly know something – offer their assistance.

You can have 'indiscreet carry' with the gun nominally covered up, as shown above. This isn't better than "open carry." (sic)

If you’re going to have an interaction with someone who’s carrying a firearm without any evidence of conscious thought, you may want to pattern it off of this – again, thanks to our Tactical Professor.

I’ve said it before. We have more – and better – equipment solutions than ever before. Availability is good, reliability easily exceeds anything from previous generations, more smart people are thinking about ways to make the gear better – and at a lower (inflation-adjusted) cost. Where are we falling down?

The same place as always; the hardware is fine. It’s the software that’s the problem.

- - Rich Grassi

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