WED | JANUARY 6, 2021

The 2021 NASP Educator and Coaches Conference, sponsored by Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s, is to take place in July in Springfield Mo.
N8 Tactical introduces the Pro-Lock Holster, their first outside the waistband holster. The new holster line features the Secure Twist Release Retention System.
Galco’s classically-designed Avenger has a vertical orientation that allows a wrist-locked draw stroke and a molded sight rail that prevents snagging on the draw.

High Speed Gear has added LE Blue to the color offerings for most of its Polymer TACO family at the start of 2021.
1791 Gunleather announced the addition of Sebastian Contreras as a new Inside Sales Associate for the Central Region of the U.S. In this new role, he will focus sales efforts for 1791 Gunleather in the Midwest and South-Central territories.
Springfield Armory co-founder and CEO Dennis Reese has been awarded NRA Publications’ Golden Bullseye Pioneer Award for excellence and enduring innovation in the shooting sports industry.

Bangers is pleased to announce the expansion of its ammunition category assortment with the recent addition of the Liberty Ammunition.
Hornady recently donated $44,955 to the GRACE Cancer Foundation in Grand Island, NE with a matching amount going to the American Cancer Society for a total donation of, $89,910 split evenly between the two organizations.
Trijicon Inc. announced that the Trijicon Huron riflescope has been selected to receive a Golden Bullseye Award as the 2021 American Hunter Optic of the Year.

ALLEN Company has recently confirmed a strategic agreement with shooting industry personality Kristy Titus, where she will serve as a trusted brand ambassador for the 2021 calendar year.
Hornady 6mm ARC has been named the 2021 Shooting Illustrated Ammunition Product of the Year as part of the National Rifle Association's Golden Bullseye Awards.
A PointsNorth client, a leading optics company, is seeking a Law Enforcement Sales Manager.
The CZ-USA Tactical Sport 2 is a brand-new firearm that represents the next generation in tactical sport pistols. The steel frame and improved ergonomics reduce muzzle flip.
Savage Arms introduces IMPULSE, a unique straight-pull action rifle that refines the basic function of the conventional bolt into one fast, intuitive movement.
Springfield Armory announced the release of the Springfield Armory Workbench Series of videos supporting some of the firearms offerings in its product line. These in-depth videos were developed to help new gun owners safely care for and maintain their firearms, as well as provide a useful resource for seasoned gun owners.

Riton Optics announced the addition of their riflescope line to the Strelok Pro Ballistic Calculator. Strelok Pro has apps available for both Android and iOS platforms.
The U.S. Concealed Carry Association commended U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson (NC-8) for introducing H.R. 38, The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2021, on the first day of the 117th Congress.
The International Hunter Education Association—USA announced that Alex Baer has been promoted to Executive Director effective January 1, 2021. Alex, formally COO of the IHEA-USA, replaces David Allen.

The Second Amendment Foundation has signed an agreement with Parscale Strategies to produce digital media marketing and social media advertising. Brad Parscale, founder and owner of Parscale Strategies, served as a digital consultant and political adviser to Donald Trump’s 2020 presidential campaign.
The Korth Mongoose Carry Special and Heritage models are featured in the Mar/Apr issue of American Handgunner. Also, the new retro P80 GLOCK from Lipsey’s which replicates the very first GLOCK pistol is reviewed.
The January edition of Shooting Industry focuses on the need for dealers to prepare for “A New Playing Field” while keeping their footing during the continual change of 2020.
Primary Arms Online now carries a selection of carry-minded women’s apparel from Alexo Athletica. Available products include tees, jackets, and a range of leggings, which allow for effective concealed carry of a pistol without compromising on form or style.
The next Shooting USA features a look at the new cartridge for AR-15s, the Hornady 6mm ARC - Advanced Rifle Cartridge.

Unseasonably warm pre-Christmas weather gave me a couple of opportunities at range time in advance of the holidays and the upcoming winter storms. I wanted to work on gun handling with a strong side of grip and trigger control. I’d been reading the musings of recently-retired Greg Ellifritz and decided to work a variation of the neural fluidity exercises of Marcus Wynne.

I find that grip and trigger control combine to the foundation of shooting accurately – as well as shooting quickly and accurately. Like most, I tend to work on something “perfect for form,” increasing tempo as I’m capable, then dropping back to “perfect for form” to close. These trips are examples, but I elected to work on “handedness.”

Pistols and revolvers are handguns – not “hands”-guns. While it’s far smarter to shoot with two hands with both are available, a force multiplier in handgun accuracy and handling is found in shooting with only one hand. Moreover, it’s critical to shoot with that “less dominant” hand; going to the nonfamiliar hand forces you to work those essential elements like a new(ish) shooter.

For that reason, I’d shoot two-handed, dominant-hand only, nondominant hand only – and eventually, nondominant hand supported.

This would start with a close range – 5 yards – and a B-8 repair center, because I have lots of them and they seem to tell me what I need to know. There’s also a mini-IPSC steel silhouette on the club range, about 14” high, 11 ¼ “ wide or so, plus a 4”x4” head box and swinging head plate with ca. 5” flats.

I still had the Lipsey’s exclusive GLOCK P80, not a gun I was particularly handy with. Using Hornady American Gunner 124 gr. XTP +P, I fired the following strings:

3 rounds, two handed

3 rounds, dominant hand only

3 rounds, nondominant hand only.

The procedure was to start at low ready, bring the sights into the eye-target line and press out three hits, remove the support hand and repeat, then roll the gun into the non-dominant hand and finish out the last three rounds. I was not quick.

Top, the first rounds are fired as usual -- two-hand supported. This is followed by dominant hand only, then -- CAREFULLY transferring to the nondominant hand, finish the drill. The idea is dexterity, fluid motion and the best accuracy you can manage.

I was deliberate. Anytime you go to moving the gun from one hand to the other, you stand the risk of dropping the gun. Now the P80 won’t fire if dropped – as long as you fight the urge to grab at it as you lose control.

Grabbing at a falling firearm creates an unacceptable risk of clutching at the trigger while the muzzle is arcing. This has led to people shooting themselves, something I’m fond of avoiding myself.

While the gun-juggling? It’s learning the ‘flow,’ greasing those neural pathways to increase dexterity. While it’s not a gunfighting skill, being able to shoot one-handed with either hand can be an advantage. Regardless of one-handed or two, whichever hand one has available, you still need to (1) grip the gun firmly, (2) align the muzzle with the target and (3) keep things still through ignition; that’s still the basis of marksmanship and a fundamental of combat.

Besides, it hones gun handling skills.

The result with the P80 with +P ammo was 90/90, a fine score, but with two out of the ‘X’ ring; at that distance, it’s an X-ring exercise. I couldn’t blame the gun.

Stepping back to 25 yards really put me in my place. There was one miss, just out of the “7” ring, high. I scored 74/90 on that and was unimpressed. Never having had the sense to quit, I stepped back to 50 yards and worked on that steel silhouette with the same drill.

Yep. Fifty yards. But the target is bigger.

I placed eight hits out of nine rounds fired on the steel – yes, that included the swinging plate and that’s a lot of real estate.

Above, taking it back to fifty yards really pushes the limits -- shown with the Gen5 GLOCK 23. Below, the rimfires came out the following day for the exercise -- the GLOCK 44 for semi-auto and the Ruger GP100-22 shown below that.

I elected to shoot some old ammo out of the new Gen5 GLOCK 23. Here’s a news flash: changing ammo in mid-stream can lead to negative results. At five yards on the B-8 center, I nearly duplicated the work with the Lipsey’s GLOCK P80 with 90-7X. At 25 yards, that fell apart with only 69/90. From fifty yards on the freshly painted steel, I shot PMC 165 grain ball. Having fired 180 gr. Winchester HP for the first 18 rounds and changing to the lighter bullet didn’t work well. Interestingly, I expected the PMC to go low. I compensated, contriving to put hits over the steel into the backstop. This led to four hits out of nine rounds fired. The last two, weak hand unsupported, helped me out. I’d figured out the appropriate solution and both of those rounds hit the steel.

The next day, I hit the range with rimfires, the GLOCK 44 and the Ruger GP100-22-4 for a five-round ‘fluidity’ drill and a walk-back on the steel. This time I added a non-dominant hand supported stage, for twenty rounds total per gun.

The G44 with Remington Golden Bullet yielded 200-20X up close. I followed with the walk-back on steel. I used the swinging 5x5 plate at 10-, 15- and 20-yards strong hand only. I used the whole target for 25 yards and back, freestyle. I had a pair of misses during the walk back.

At fifty yards, I worked on five rounds dominant hand, three rounds two-handed and two rounds weak hand supported. There were five hits out of ten rounds, all in the upper half of the silhouette/head box.

Using the Ruger GP100 22, I shot a 200-18x up close, and did the walk back to 45 yards on steel. Managing the DA trigger one-handed is a chore.

To work speed, I went back to the GLOCK 44. At ten yards on the steel, I went for timed single hits from low ready using the PACT timer. The times hovered between .64 to .85 second, with all hits.

I finished with precision at four yards using the barcode on a B-8. Using the rimfire GLOCK, I put five hits into 7/8” with three in one hole. I finished with shooting left hand unsupported at the trade mark on the upper left of the target. The result was one hole, about ½” across.

Shooting left-handed forces me to concentrate on grip and trigger – a good lesson to take from the range.

-- Rich Grassi

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