MON | MARCH 9, 2020

Kinsey’s has purchased Alpine Archery and will reinvigorate the brand and their well-known assortment of quality archery products. Alpine Archery has been producing products for nearly 30 years.
The Civilian Marksmanship Program has added an Advanced Maintenance Class to the National Matches Long Range schedule, set for Aug. 4-6, 2020. The class will be held at the Camp Perry National Guard Training Facility in Ohio.
The final rules for the USML to CCL transition (formerly called Export Control Reforms) will take effect today (Monday, March 9), after a federal court in Seattle ruled in NSSF’s favor of a partial injunction, narrowly limited to 3D printing. The efforts of the 23 states attorneys general who sued to enjoin implementation has essentially failed and the final rules as published by the Trump Administration will enter into force with the exception of the export of technical data related to the 3D manufacturing of firearms or parts. 

Despite two years of hard work and numerous trips to Olympia by Knife Rights Director of Legislative Affairs Todd Rathner, the Washington State House of Representatives again failed to vote on SB 5782, the "Spring Blade" (Switchblade) Knife Ban Repeal bill, before the March 6 cutoff for bills originating in the Senate.
Meprolight announced a partnership with TrackStreet, a platform designed to reduce online pricing violations, in order to enforce MAP pricing for its dealers. Through TrackStreet, Meprolight will be able to use artificial intelligence to enforce the minimum prices retailers will be allowed to advertise and resell their products.
Leica Sport Optics has launched a newly developed premium riflescope series - Leica Amplus 6. The new line features 6x zoom and reticle illumination in a 30mm design.

Leica Sport Optics has unveiled its first thermal imaging camera designed specifically for hunters: the Leica Calonox. Launching in August, the Leica Calonox will be available in two versions: As a pure hand-held observation device – The Leica Calonox "View" - and as a mounted device on a riflescope – The Leica Calonox "Sight."
The Civilian Marksmanship Program has released its 2020 schedule for Petrarca Range on the grounds of Camp Perry – a public gun range which features electronic targets designed to withstand both rifle and pistol firing.
Primary Arms announced a new EDC-themed giveaway, running through March. This giveaway prize is a full everyday carry loadout, including a custom-built Rook Customs Glock 19, an appendix-carry holster from ANR Design, a Mini SOCP from Benchmade, and a handheld flashlight from Streamlight.

Scholastic 3-D Archery announced that Heath McDonald was named Ohio S3DA State Conservation Outreach Coordinator. Heath will work to provide S3DA clubs and teams across the state outdoor-related activities and education centered around conservation.
The Alabama S3DA Indoor State Championship was held at Archery Unlimited (archery shop) in Prattville, Alabama. More than 100 archers representing 10 clubs and teams competed.


Today's feature is about the first outing of the GLOCK 44, first published in our companion service -- Tactical Wire.

Likely the most-panned new gun introduction to the 2020 production year was the GLOCK 44, a GLOCK 19-format pistol chambered in 22 LR. Featuring a pair of 10-shot magazines, adjustable (plastic) “ball-in-the-bucket” GLOCK sights, a trigger and operating system just like the Gen5 GLOCK pistol line, it was seen as the “it’s-not-what-I-told-the-manufacturer-to-make” gun. This is a feature of (un)social media and a throwback to the old coffee shop/gun shop chatter of old.

While it fits in the G19 envelope, it’s substantially lighter (just over 14.5 oz. with empty magazine) than “the real thing” partly due to the hybrid steel-polymer slide. Like the Gen5 series, the gun is supplied with backstraps for hand-size adjustment and the GLOCK Marksman Barrel. The magazines feature the typical-for-22 “load-assist” tabs.

Size comparison to the Ruger LCP II 22 LR -- above -- and the S&W M&P22 Compact, below. While varying in size, each gun has a capacity of ten rounds of 22 LR.

So what the hell good is it? That depends on who you are. If you're the owner of a GLOCK pistol and you want a low-cost “feels the same” shooting experience or – more important – you represent an agency that issues GLOCK pistols to enforcement types, the G44 has a lot going for it. If I had a stock of, say, 150 sidearms issued out to 110-130 troops, I’d like to have ten or twenty G44s in the armory with a few cases (not ‘cartons’) of the 22 ammo the guns liked best. When we had a problem shooter or a new hire, it’d be time to do ground work with the lightweight to get (1) better results quicker as well as (2) more ‘bang’ for the buck.

To check out compatibility, I tried the magazine in the nearest Comp-Tac kydex magazine pouch – it fit. The gun was tried first in a new holster line I’m trying out from Massaro Holster Works. The inside-the-waist rig, recommended to me by world class trainer and Wire contributor Dave Spaulding, was the American Purebred IWB, this one supplied in coyote tan for the G19/G44.

Designed for anyone, but especially for the elderly who’ve carried guns a long time, the API is a .080” precision-molded kydex holster ‘pouch’ which secures with mil-spec hook-and-loop fastener to a neoprene backing – very adherent to the body – and clipping to trousers with ATSM spring wire coated in a black zinc finish.

The G44 fits it as well as it does the Gen5 G19 I carry about every day.

But does the gun shoot? For some internet types, a 22 auto that exhibits some idiosyncrasies is problematic. I’ve come to expect it.

On a particularly cold, inhospitable day, I took the sample to the gun club. It was deserted as other members are smarter – and more comfortable. I only tried a couple of brands of ammo. One was Winchester Super-X 40 grain solids, the other was CCI “Clean-22,” the pink version if it matters. With the coated 40 grain solid projectile, it’s bulk packed in a plastic jar.

After firing the gun a little just to get a feel for the piece, I realized the trigger feels similar to Gen5 GLOCKs of my experience. The “ball-in-the-bucket” plastic sights are adjustable – something I have had no experience with on GLOCK pistols. It seemed the gun was hitting “close enough” at ten yards, so I tried 25 yard shooting, seated, gun braced over a range bag. The first group was the Winchester load and it was low on the page of the NRA B-8 repair center. It hovered around two-inches and it appears some sight adjustment would be in order. The “Clean-22” put five rounds into 3 ¾” including a flyer I felt – the best four of the group was inside an inch – and the group was all in the shaded portion (the bullseye) of the target. No adjustment needed.

Before anyone asks, yes the front sight’s dot is partly occluded by the rear sight notch when I align the top of the front with the top of the rear sights. Also, I tend to hold 2/3 of the way up the ‘bull.’ The front sight covers the bottom two-thirds. In this case, the bullets hit right under the top edge of the sights – perfect. The only stoppages I experienced that day – there were two – were due to a failure to fire (which occasionally happens with rimfire priming) and a failure to eject – I was shooting left handed and likely interfered with the slide. It’s not like I fired a case of ammo; it was cold. But this was two rounds out of about 80, so I fled for warmth and shelter.

So, what’s the verdict? Thus far, it’s getting the schedule and weather cleared to the point I can shoot the gun again. I’m happy so far. Images here show the best group fired and the G44 with other 22 pistols of fairly recent introduction and manufacture. Stand by for more.

In the short term, I see ‘sub-caliber’ analogs as best used for practicing (1) the first hit from ready, (2) the first hit from the holster, (3) slide-lock reloads and (4) trigger control drills.

That’s what I intend using it for. If you’re someone who relies on the GLOCK pistol line, this appears to be a great choice for a subcaliber trainer. I wish it’d been available 15 years ago.

- Rich Grassi

Event Calendar

Western CMP Games & CMP HP Rifle Matches

Marksmanship 101 class, Ben Avery Shooting Facility, Phoenix, AZ

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One Man Shoot Announces 9th Annual Sporting Clays Fundraiser For Prostate Cancer Research and Awareness

Riverside Sporting Clays, 52400 Hwy. 16 Denham Springs, LA 70706

The One Man Shoot is a family friendly sporting clays competition for four person teams that raises funds for Dr. Oliver Sartor’s Prostate Cancer Research Fund at Tulane Cancer Center. for more details and a full event schedule. For additional information, please contact: Amy Kellogg,  or call 504.717.1328; 225.753.8722

APRIL 17-19
NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits

Music City Center - 201 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203 -

Eastern CMP Games & CMP HP Rifle Matches – Camp Butner, Butner, NC

Marksmanship 101 Class CMP

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MAY 12-14
2020 National R3 Symposium

Provide a venue for partners focused on the growth of hunting, angling, target shooting, boating, and other outdoor recreation, to gather, learn, discuss and contribute to national efforts to recruit, retain and reactivate participants. 

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma (

MAY 16-17
Ridgway Rifle Club – Ridgway, PA

CMP Marksmanship 101 Class

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MAY 29
Camp Atterbury – Edinburgh, IN

CMP Markmanship 101 Class

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