MON | MARCH 23, 2020

The National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP®) has announced the cancellation of the 2020 Western National Tournament in Sandy, Utah - April 24-25, 2020 and the Eastern National Tournament in Louisville, Kentucky – May 7-9, 2020.
The Honored American Veterans Afield (HAVA) Academy Family Day scheduled for June in Moyock, North Carolina, has been postponed due to the unsettled nature of the COVID-19 virus.
The Honored American Veterans Afield (HAVA) Academy Family Day scheduled for June in Moyock, North Carolina, has been postponed due to the unsettled nature of the COVID-19 virus.

Collegiate SASP teams converged on the CMP Marksmanship Park in Talladega, Alabama in a race to see which team would come out on top in a number of Action Shooting disciplines.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission has closed all rifle, pistol, shotgun and archery ranges on state game lands,  until further notice.
The NSSF has notified SHOT 2021 exhibitors that their second show payment, due April 3, has been delayed to June 5. Space selection/booth change deadlines have also been delayed to the second and third weeks in June.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation  and its partners urge gun owners to keep firearm safety a top priority and are making safety resources widely available as gun and ammunition sales increase, especially among first-time firearm purchasers.
Due to delays and cancellations related to COVID-19, the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) is extending the grace period between the time of online course completion and range day attendance. Those completing the online portion of the SSSF Basic Shotgun Coach or SSSF Basic Action Shooting Coach course will now have 12 months to attend the required in-person range day component.
The Second Amendment Foundation applauded Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker for including firearm and ammunition suppliers on the list of “essential businesses and operations” that will remain open during the Prairie State’s “Shelter-In-Place” emergency due to the ongoing COVID-19 Coronavirus emergency.

Specifically built for lefty’s, the new RRA pistol features a 10.5-inch, left-hand twist barrel, left sided ejection port, left-handed charging handle and more.
SAR USA by Sarsilmaz, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of firearms, announces new B6C compact pistol frame colors: Flat Dark Earth and OD Green. 
With more Americans embracing their right to self-defense, USCCA President Tim Schmidt is reminding all gun owners that training and responsible gun ownership is now more important than ever.
The Civilian Marksmanship Program is shutting down all facilities and activities for the next two weeks, beginning today (Monday, March 23). Plans are to return Monday, April 6, although the CMP will monitor conditions and report changes to the plan as required.
With continued growth of the Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP), Hunters HD Gold has moved up to the Gold Sponsorship level.
The sight-in range at Killdeer Wildlife Management Area in Lancaster County and the prairie chicken viewing blinds at Burchard Lake WMA in Pawnee County have been closed temporarily.


Last week I covered the basics of the Ruger PC9. Today I’m setting it up for self-defense. The goals for any weapon defensive weapon are reliability and weight – the PC9 has both of these covered right out of the box – plus simplicity. Obviously the “simplest” way to run the PC9 would be without any accessories, but adding a couple of parts is going to make it better suited for defensive applications. Finally, as individuals there are some mods needed to make a weapon “fit” us.

The PC9’s stock comes with spacers to adjust length of pull, plus a rubber recoil pad. For defense I like a shorter stock than “normal;” even after removing all the spacers the stock was still a little too long for me. Plus, for quick defensive applications - grab the carbine and address the threat - a rubber pad is a little too grippy. When positioning the stock into the shoulder pocket it tends to get caught up on my clothing. (Keep in mind, these things apply to me. You may be different.)

My first mods were to make the PC9 fit me. I replaced all the spacers on the stock and the rubber recoil pad with a homemade G10 end cap. This brought the LOP down to twelve inches, just about the same as my AR’s with the A-1 stock. Now the stock is short, and quick to mount into the shoulder for low-ready position or on target to fire. I also added a sling mount to the left side of the stock so the carbine hangs flat against the body when slung.

Any defensive long gun/carbine should have a light. Remember safety rule #4 – Always identify your target and what’s beyond and surrounding it. Each year people shoot friends/family/non-threats in the dark due to a failure to identify the “threat.” Weapon mounted lights cure this problem. I mount the light at eleven-o’clock. I work the tail-cap switch with the thumb on my support hand. The eleven o’clock position places it in the right place to work to the left, right or over the top of cover and corners.

Another essential for me is a red dot sight. I can still work irons in the light, but the dot is essential for me in low-light conditions. I stay away from magnified optics. Remember, carbine use in defensive work is short range – bedroom to the end of the hall. Magnified optics restrict your field of view, so 1x is the way to go.

The top of the PC9’s receiver has a rail, so bolting on a sight is no problem. The model I have – 19115 – comes with an aluminum handguard with M-Lok slots, so attaching a light is simple too. My final changes were to swap the bolt handle to the left side, and replace the factory Ruger magwell with the supplied Glock magwell, creating the ability for pistol and carbine to use the same ammo and magazines.

“My” PC9 is ready to hit the range. And I apologize, but I got so deep into the reasons for my modifications that there’s no more room left. And, I have a feeling that this range trip is going to require more than just a paragraph or two to cover the details. Bear with me, and I promise a full report next week.

Tiger McKee is director of Shootrite Firearms Academy, which is celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary. He is the author of The Book of Two Guns, AR-15 Skills and Drills, has a regular column in American Handgunner and makes some cool knives and custom revolvers. Visit Shootrite’s Facebook page for other details.

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