MON | APRIL 5, 2021

Hornady congratulates Kelly Neal on his performance at the Superstition Mountain Mystery 3-Gun match in Mesa, Arizona. He used 5.56 NATO 55 gr. FMJ Frontier ammunition for close range rifle shots, 5.56 NATO 75 gr BTHP Frontier for the long-range rifle targets and Hornady 9mm 115 gr. Hornady Action Pistol bullets.
Gold Tip is celebrating big wins at the ASA Foley Archery Tournament after team members took home five podium finishes in the Pro Division at the highly contested ASA Pro/Am Tour 3-D match.
For the third consecutive year, Team Lapua member Nancy Tompkins has brought home the Western Wildcat International Smallbore title using Lapua Center-X .22LR ammunition.

Hornady congratulates Doug Koenig and Dave Preston on their performance at the W.A.R. Rifles Shootout PRS match on March 27, 2020 in Tremont, Pennsylvania.
The Civilian Marksmanship Program announced the opening of registration for the National Trophy Rifle and Pistol Matches, held at historic Camp Perry in Port Clinton, Ohio. Guests may log on and begin signing up for the return of the annual event beginning now, on the CMP website.
Tennessee S3DA held their annual Indoor State Championship on February 19th and 20th at the Mid Tennessee Expo Center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Over 200 archers from 20 S3DA teams across the state competed in this year’s event. 

Hillsdale College’s shotgun team brought home its seventh Division III national championship title from the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) Collegiate Clay Target Championships in San Antonio, Texas.
HIVIZ Shooting Systems will be attending the 2021 Texas Tactical Police Officers Association SWAT Conference this week (Apr. 7-11) in Dallas, TX.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has awarded a Five-Star rating to CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park. This is the first outdoor range to be awarded a Five-Star Rating under NSSF’s revised star rating system for outdoor ranges.

The Yaqui Slide holster, popularized by Jeff Cooper, was ushered into the modern era of holster design when Galco added a set of independent tension screw adjustments, allowing for a custom fit to the firearm and micro-adjustment of the draw stroke.
Orion Wholesale announced their new headquarters facility in the Greater Louisville area. The 130,000 square foot distribution facility and corporate offices are set to open in the fall.
Buck Knives has added personnel in newly formed Regional Sales Management roles and has grown the sales and marketing team.
Federal Ammunition and sister brand Remington Ammunition announce the “President’s Award” to recognize an industry partner that has moved to elevate the hunting and shooting sports through acts of generosity, kindness, and advocacy. Jason Vanderbrink, President of Vista Outdoor Ammunition brands, has announced Reeds Family Outdoor Outfitters as the 2020 recipient of this award.
Beretta is excited to join Sako Ltd. in the celebration of its 100th birthday and the impact that the company and its products have made in the rifle and cartridge marketplaces around the world.
Legacy Sports International announces the launch of its redesigned website to enhance the customer experience. Customers now have the opportunity to view and research products more easily.

B&T USA is proud to announce a strategic partnership with Mike Pannone of CTT Solutions. Mike joins the B&T team with a primary role of Director of Training; he will also assist in increasing brand awareness within influential professional markets and to drive strategic sales opportunities within B&T’s established top tier LE and SOF customer bases.
Nexbelt introduced their new Craniums, Guardian and Spartan ratchet-style EDC Gun Belts for 2021. All the EDC Gun Belts have a stiffener in the strap to prevent belt sag or rollover when carrying your firearm.
Vihtavuori, maker of propellants for competitive Benchrest and Extreme Long Range shooters, announced their support of the U.S. Palma National Rifle Team.

SIG SAUER Academy, the leading provider of the highest quality firearms instruction and tactical training in the world, is pleased to announce the addition of Shotgunning with the Pros with Jerry and Lena Miculek to the 2021 course schedule.   
French gun maker Chapuis delivers high performance in the field while boasting exquisite aesthetics with the Faisan Classic and Artisan over-and-under shotguns.
The Walther Performance Duty Pistol line grows with the availability of the five-inch guns in full-size and compact (15-round capacity) versions.
The Oracle 2 features increased functionality of the auto-brightness sensor to allow the pin brightness to be lower in ambient light conditions. Hunters can also use the easy-to-reach buttons to manually override the sensor to adjust to their desired brightness. The laser rangefinder adjustment mechanism also received improved usability by allowing users to adjust the laser’s point of aim without the use of special tools.
The Civilian Marksmanship Program introduced its first Pistol Marksmanship 101 class and accompanying M9 EIC pistol match on Wednesday, 17 March at the CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park ahead of rain and thunder later in the day.
CZ-USA is stepping up to help the MidwayUSA Foundation change the future of youth shooting sports. The organization is now one of the Foundation’s Elite Sponsors.
Beginning today, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is running a national radio blitz on the Salem Radio Network and Westwood One with six national radio programs.
Remington announces an expanded lineup of licensee partners to bring fans a wide variety of outdoor lifestyle accessories, gear, gifts and more.

Today's feature is from our companion service, The Tactical Wire.

The trend toward smaller pistols carrying a greater quantity of ammo gives this elderly type pause. As one who’s derisively called “boomer” and “Fudd,” I remember a time when the first newsstand publication specifically covering handguns started – and it was some years after I first went on the job. Before that, the paltry few gun magazines were mostly centered around hunting, rifle and shotgun competitions and reloading. Very little was devoted to the police/defense handgun.

As “the police,” I remember when “service revolver” meant the gun with the round thing that held ammunition carried in your leather holster on a 2 ¼” wide belt known by the name of someone called “Sam Browne.” A rectangular nickel or brass buckle backed by two hooks provided some adjustment to the belt and early versions had the “D” rings for the “suicide strap” that went up over the right shoulder.

When I started, it was generally the "round gun" in the holster. I worked for an enlightened outfit, and the revolver quickly gave way to a 1964 vintage Colt National Match (below).

While troopers are fond of those shoulder straps and flat hats, the rest of us didn’t like the ‘grab’ point for suspects and wanted to avoid getting snagged by a moving automobile by the suicide strap.

But now we have the era of the “wonder-nine,” first named in the 1980s when it became a “thing.” Now the preferred poison is the 15+ capacity 9mm – after a flirtation with the 40 Auto.

For me, the early shifts caught me with a Ruger Security-Six in the Don Hume (nominally K-Frame S&W) holster issued by the outfit with a double ‘dump pouch’ to carry spare ammo. These hinged creations were named for the likelihood they’d dump six rounds of your total 18-round loadout on the ground when some idiot in rollcall would flip the snap flap open on your gear. That caused the cartridge box to flop down, dumping the rounds on the deck. Some hilarity and considerable foul language followed.

Bless their hearts.

I quickly elected to go to speed loaders or cartridge loops and by the end of my first year of service, I was carrying a cocked and locked Colt 45. Purchased from a previous member of service, the finish was a disaster but it was easy to shoot. With a pair of spare “gun show” magazines, the loadout increased from 18 rounds with the wheelgun to 22 rounds with the 45.

Still, I’d read Skeeter Skelton and others. I determined that a small, spare gun was the way to go. In 1978, I purchased a S&W Model 60. A five shot 38 with a 1 7/8” barrel, it was modified only with a Tyler T-grip grip adapter until a fellow cop excised the hammer spur. The gun is still so equipped today.

Off-duty, I carried that Smith & Wesson Model 60 from October 1978 through July 1980 in a Bucheimer suede clip-on inside the waist holster in front of my right hip.

This Bucheimer suede IWB holster has a long, thin clip that never seemed to allow the holster to come out with the S&W M60 I wore "off-duty" (a quaint practice in those old days. The gun only carried five rounds of 38 Special. Compare that with the Ruger MAX-9, below - a subcompact 9mm that carries up to 12+1 rounds ...(Ruger image)

In those long since forgotten days, the suede clip-on inside the waist holster was commonly and cheaply made by various holster manufacturers. The advantage, an ability to remove gun and holster at the same time to lock in your desk before you went into the interview room with a suspect, was also its major disadvantage. With many of them, drawing the gun meant drawing the holster too – not ideal.

With the suede rig, re-holstering one-handed by feel (something not widely understood as desirable these days) was impossible.

As a young off-duty cop in t-shirt and blue jeans, the S&W Model 60 worn right up front – you’d call it ‘appendix’ these days – was easily hidden. I also realized that if I drew the gun, I’d have to remove the holster to replace the gun; it’s the cost of doing business. Notably, the long, thin clip of the Bucheimer held onto the belt and I never had it come off during a draw.

Still, the gun would shoot. Recently, I found range notes from 1988 – 1996. There was a record of a “left hand qualification” shot with that Model 60, my first backup gun, habitually carried on duty in a pocket accessible to my left hand -- hence the reason for shooting it from that side. In my notes from April 1988, I find that I fired qualification strings from 25 yards up to three yards on a B-27 repair center, left-handed using +P ammo. The scoring, on the NRA repair center, showed four rounds in the “8” ring, with the remainder in the “9” and “10.”

It wasn’t one of the new polymer, striker, multi-capacity pistol, but it was what I relied on back in those frontier days of the Carter Administration. I still find considerable use for the small 38s and even shoot a 45 auto on occasion.

I guess that’s what it means to be a ‘boomer.’

-- Rich Grassi

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