WED | FEBRUARY 12, 2020

The Red Army Standard White Box packaged ammo is polymer steel cased, non-corrosive, Russian made ammo that offers the same reliability of the original red boxed ammo at a fraction of the price.
CCI has introduced a special-edition “Stangers” load named for YouTube shooting sensation 22plinkster's signature drawl. The 100-count, special-edition 22plinkster packaging is sure to be a hit with 22Plinkster’s subscribers and viewers.
SIG SAUER, Inc. expands its line of premium-grade Elite Copper Hunting ammunition with the addition of 6mm Creedmoor. Featuring an 80gr all-copper bullet that delivers deep penetration and consistent 1.8x diameter expansion with maximum terminal ballistic performance, the 6mm Creedmoor Elite Copper Hunting ammunition is an accurate load for hunting medium-sized game.

In what he calls “the most important thing I’ve ever done,” Brady Ellison shot an unprecedented 900-point perfect score at the Vegas Shoot with his Easton Eclipse X7 arrows.
The Allen Company is pleased to announce that Dave Moore, from The Wellman Group, has been recognized as the 2019 Rep of the Year. The award is presented to The Allen Company Rep whom excels at various criteria including; customer service, customer retail performance, coordination with the Allen Sales Team, and overall results.
Best Binoculars Reviews has awarded the GPO PASSION 8x42 ED binocular with its 2020 Best Birding Binocular.

ZEISS invites attendees of the 2020 Western Hunting and Conservation Expo to visit booth #4024. ZEISS staff will be on hand to educate, demonstrate, and share their expertise on riflescopes, binoculars, binocular laser rangefinders, spotting scopes, and the ZEISS Hunting App.
A special Ruger Precision Rifle chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor was presented to ALLEN Company President and Owner George Cavanagh at the SHOT Show. The anodized, golden firearm gleamed with elegance and was a fitting tribute to a 50th business anniversary for a family owned company.
The Allen Company announced that The Wellman Group has been recognized as the 2019 Rep Group of the Year. The achievement was celebrated at the annual sales meeting recently during the 2020 SHOT Show.

In recognition of the rapid growth in sales of Savage Arms Products, Chattanooga Shooting Supplies was awarded “Distributor of the Year” by Savage during the 2020 SHOT Show.
Nosler Inc. announces awards recently presented within the company’s independent sales and marketing groups during SHOT Show. The awards, recognizing excellence in territory development and customer growth, were given out during a pre-show meeting held at the Nosler booth.
Team Walther has been winning at the highest levels of USPSA, IDPA, and multigun competitions around the United States. Walther announces additions to their shooting team: Bobby McGee, Luigi Li, and Luke Cao.

Kahr Firearms Group announced the launch of the 2020 Fallen Officer Program. The company will donate a Thin Blue Line model PM9 with the fallen officer's name on the side of the slide, and his or her badge number and "end of watch" date engraved on the top of the slide. The gun can then be used to raise money for the family or remain with the family as a keepsake.
Smith & Wesson is seeking candidates for National Account Manager. The incumbent is responsible for meeting sales objectives at their assigned accounts (Distributor or Big Box Retailer).
Smith & Wesson is seeking candidates for a district sales manager. The successful candidate must reside in the assigned territory – Alab., Tenn, or Georgia – or must be willing to relocate to the territory.

Realtree is seeking an experienced marketing professional to assume its VP/Marketing position.
Yesterday, the Virginia House of Delegates voted 51 – 48 in favor of passing House Bill 961, Delegate Mark Levine’s (D-45) “assault firearm” and suppressor ban, with all Republicans and three Democrats casting dissenting votes.
Apex Tactical Specialties announces that the Apex Action Enhancement Kit for the Gen 5 Glock is fully compatible with the newly released .22lr caliber Glock 44.

Benelli USA recently recognized the exceptional performances of its sales team in 2019 when it named its sales representatives of the year and other prestigious award winners. The awards were presented during the 2020 SHOT Show in Las Vegas.
The USCCA announced that it raised more than $28,000 during its January donation campaign to support communities of faith, following a series of recent attacks in Texas and New York. The donation represents the proceeds raised from the sale of the new book — Keeping Your Church Safe.
Scholastic 3-D Archery had the opportunity to hold a drawing for a New Mexico Mule Deer Hunt provided by the Safari Club International Foundation. Twenty applicants applied for the chance to win this hunt and Matthew Ebner from the Umpqua Valley Archers in Roseburg, OR was the lucky winner.
Scholastic 3-D Archery named Rod Garrison as a new Georgia S3DA Regional Coordinator. As a Regional Coordinator, Rod will oversee the development and operations of S3DA within the western region.
The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms has thrown its support behind a new effort by President Donald Trump’s administration aimed at improving school safety with the launch of a dedicated website to provide information to help local school districts shape their own strategies.
Texas S3DA has had three S3DA Indoor Regional competitions. Archers participating in the Texas S3DA regional events will qualify for the upcoming Texas S3DA Indoor State Championship to be held in March.
GUNS’ April cover gun, the Weatherby Mark V Backcountry 6.5 RPM, launches a 127-gr. bullet over 3,200 fps. Wayne van Zwoll evaluated the test gun.
Honor Defense has teamed up with Chattanooga Shooters Supply to offer a special Mossy Oak Overwatch pistol only available from Chattanooga Shooters Supply.
Kryptek Outdoor Group and CarbonTV congratulate Melanie Johnson from Northern Michigan as the lucky winner of INVICTUS - a fully-customized 2019 Chevy Silverado Trail Boss, wrapped in Kryptek Typhon™ camo.


Shooting USA has coverage of the 2019 Bianchi Cup, the “prestigious pistol match in the world.” Also, the historic XM177A2 re-issue and John shoots the Smith & Wesson 610 10mm revolver.

With the trigger finger loosely in the trigger guard of this Ruger LCP II 22 LR, the shooter waits until everything's right - then runs back against the trigger, firing the piece.

Of the fundamentals of shooting, trigger manipulation has traditionally not been as well covered as sight alignment/sight picture. Why?

We tend to be visual creatures, binocular vision, eyes on the same plane, better acuity (as a group) than we are at scent, for example. Also, handguns historically have sights made for . . . something other than accuracy. We’re trying to drill a hole through something that’s not within our immediate reach. To accomplish that, we have to line the “bit” up with the point to be drilled and hold it still while we commence the “bit” to start drilling.

But, it’s that “hold it still” thing that perplexes most of us. Sights are better today than ever in our history. Once we know where a student is looking and what he or she is seeing, we can chat about “seeing what you need to see and no more” – moving on to trigger. But even that doesn’t get it done, because a function of trigger control is grip – itself a critical aspect of the game.

How hard do you hang on to that pistol? An old timer told me to “hang on like your life depends on it – because it sure as hell does.” Beyond that your hand has to be high as possible on the gun consistent with allowing it to function (don’t have your hand under the travel of the exposed hammer, if equipped, or in the way of the slide).

All of that brings me to this. I had a T&E gun, the Ruger “Lite Rack” LCP II, and offered it to a young man who has some light acquaintance with shooting handguns. He’s a gun owner, has fired handguns, but he’s learning his way around them – as we all are.

All triggers aren't the same - and aren't handled the same. The current S&W M648 22 Mag being fired double action at 25 yards -- rolling the trigger back in a steady press is required to hit.

I watched him instead of his target. I can learn more about how a shooter shoots and how well the shooter can hit by watching the process, not the target. The target will always be there to be examined later.

I quickly noted a hold low on the backstrap of the piece – and that’s not easy as there’s very little pistol there at all. I counseled a grip change first. Getting his hand higher, right under the tang, helped his hits immediately. Then I saw that his finger would be in the trigger guard, relaxed at the front of the space, until he decided the sights were good. Then that finger would come back and, in one stroke, fire the piece.

I’d seen that before; there’s a YouTube type who shoots a pistol just that way. Not revolvers, but semi-auto pistols. Before anyone speaks up, don’t mention high-speed pros like Rob Leatham. That’s a different category completely. The video personality referred to above will show his seven yard targets and 1 ½ - 2 ½ ” groups at that distance and pronounce satisfaction. For the way he handles that trigger, I can understand his acceptance.

And I’m not calling him out for derision either; he’s not stupid. In fact, I’d say he seems to be a good dude and someone who really knows stuff. It’s just the interaction with the trigger that grates.

Running the trigger is something to be learned. Here, Jim Cirillo teaches trigger control on the so-called 'traditional double action' autoloader. Below, 'prepping the trigger' doesn't mean you have to shoot slow -- as LT Rob Child demonstrates with a Gen3 GLOCK 22.

So, noting that same syndrome here, I introduced “prepping the trigger.” Not useful for DA or SA revolvers, it’s the province of the semi-auto pistol, striker fired or single-action. When you have the muzzle coming onto the target, you can introduce your index finger to the face of the trigger. “Take the slack out,” as Jeff Cooper would say, until you hit the wall; there’s firm resistance.

Confirm the situation and continue the press. It’s like smashing a rotten grape under your finger against the face of the frame at the rear of the trigger guard. You’re compressing the back of the trigger into the trigger stop, letting the pistol fire. You can release to that wall, if you’re of a mind, or further during recoil. As the gun settles back into line, you can take that slack out and assess or shoot again. It depends. But always reset to fire again in case you must.

As he began these trigger control exercises – 22 LR is cheap – the groups tightened and confidence rose. That’s okay, all hopes will be dashed later, but learning occurred. I know the real hotshots are in too much of a hurry to approach shooting this way, but trigger control exercises are foundational and cumulative.

I demonstrated the double action revolver trigger on a Ruger LCRx; using the distal joint (‘power crease,’ thanks Mas!) and “rolling the trigger,” not pressing as before. It’s a different thing. But it’s the same too.

I also re-learned the value of video because I took cell phone video of a short string of fire he shot. I got to show him the muzzle “nose-dive” as he anticipated ignition – once. During the remaining string, the muzzle didn’t move at all as he pressed through.

Helping someone learn is relearning and valuable for personal improvement. I appreciate that help.

- - Rich Grassi

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