WED | JUNE 8, 2022

The Armada Semi Auto — the latest semi-automatic, premium pre-charged pneumatic (PCP) air rifle from Benjamin -- is available for order now on the Benjamin website.
With the World Games heading to Birmingham, Alabama early next month, the ATA encourages the industry to join in-person or tune in live during the archery competition scheduled for July 7 to July 15.
Southwest Tennessee Archers hosted the 4th Tennessee S3DA 3D Regional Tournament in Finger, Tennessee. Nearly 100 archers from eleven S3DA Teams met to compete for their chance to not only earn a place on the podium but qualify for the Tennessee S3DA 3D State Championship.

Otis Technology is proud to announce the Otis Elite Cleaning Kit has won the 2022 ICA Industry Choice Awards for Premium Accessory of the Year.
Otis Technology is proud to announce its new EarShield Ranger Electronic Pro Ear Muffs recently won several accolades by both the National Tactical Officers Association and Industry Choice Awards.
Nearly 400 zombie hunters armed with handguns, shotguns and rifles converged in Grand Island, Nebraska, June 3-5, 2022, to battle the “undead” during the 10th annual, Zombies in the Heartland 3-Gun Match hosted by Hornady and the Heartland Public Shooting Park.

Team Luth-AR member Jason Carillo topped the field at the 2022 Zombies in the Heartland 3-Gun Match held at the Heartland Public Shooting Park in Grand Island, NE June 3rd-5th, 2022. Luth-AR was a Silver Sponsor for 2022.
Incoming Hillsdale College freshman Jordan Sapp of Phoenix, Arizona, earned a gold medal in the ISSF Junior World Cup in Suhl, Germany, Sapp, who has committed to the Hillsdale College shotgun team, helped the United States team win six medals.
More than 90 athletes ranging from grade school through high school competed in the Scholastic Action Shooting Program Iowa State Championship match, June 4 and 5, at the Olofson Shooting Range, near Polk City.

Nearly 3,100 Iowa shooting sports athletes from grade school through high school will shoot more than 770,000 targets during the 2022 Iowa Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) Trap Championships, June 7-12, in Cedar Falls.
Colt’s Manufacturing worked with US Special Forces Trainers to design and build the Colt Combat Unit (CCU) Series of 1911 pistols -- available in CCU Government, Combat Unit Rail and the Combat Unit CCO Commander models.
ReFactor Tactical and West Coast Armor will host a fundraising event to benefit the Firearms Policy Coalition on June 17th in San Diego.
Now available for the Colt Python, Galco's Silhouette High Ride Belt Holster is a compact, concealable, secure and versatile open-muzzle design.
Replacing a factory rifle stock with a custom stock from AG Composites is a quick and easy way to increase the accuracy potential of both rifle and shooter.
Designed to handle everything from tailgating trips to buck butchering, the PECOS Table is the world’s first outdoor premium table.

DeSantis Gunhide introduces the Tac-Lite #117 Holster for the SIG P320C with the Streamlight TLR-1 or Surefire X300 weapon lights mounted.
The CenterPoint Hellion 400 delivers performance and value, arming hunters with the serious power required to pack a knockout punch.
To date, MidwayUSA Customers have contributed over $21 million dollars to the NRA-ILA National Endowment for the Protection of the 2nd Amendment.This is a special fundraising effort to raise funds for the NRA Institute for Legislative Action.

Celerant Technology recently completed its annual client conference in San Antonio, TX. Celerant hosted #ClientCon22 in-person, reconnecting firearms dealers using Stratus Enterprise, industry partners and team members for three days of collaboration, training, and unveiling new retail software features and integrations.
Heckler and Koch is pleased to announce the promotion of Jason Whitten to Law Enforcement Sales Manager. Whitten joined Heckler & Koch in 2019 as a customer service representative. after retiring from law enforcement.
Primary Arms Government has announced the hiring of Brice Gallasso as the new U.S. Law Enforcement Territory Sales Manager for the Western Region.
Blackout Defense announced that it has executed a licensing agreement with Dead Air Silencers, permitting Blackout Defense to manufacture devices with Dead Air’s KeyMo and Xeno mounting systems.
NSSF announced a new insurance benefit to its members provided by SAGE Program Underwriters.
The Firearms Policy Coalition released a statement regarding ongoing bi-partisan negotiations on gun-control in the United States Congress - "rights are not negotiable."
Umarex USA, innovator, manufacturer, and marketer of airguns, optics, and accessories for the outdoor enthusiast announces the appointment of Scott Faldon as marketing manager. In this position Scott will lead, manage, and execute holistic marketing strategies for the company’s product categories in North America.
As Chattanooga Shooting Supplies continues to expand its sales force across the nation, so too it is expanding its distribution center. This onward and upward expansion includes adding an additional 40,000 square feet of space to its current facility.
Federal Ammunition adds the Force X2 Shorty Shotshell to the line of Premium Personal Defense Shotshells. The Force X2 Shorty is designed for use in firearms capable of cycling sub-length shotshells.
Springfield Armory is proud to announce the release of a pair of exclusive .308 M1A rifles in Two-Tone Desert FDE, developed specifically for sale by Nation’s Best Sports.
The Armory Life announced the release of the Summer 2022 issue of The Armory Life print magazine. The new issue features a cover story on the new Hellcat Pro 9mm pistol by Offensive Group’s Scott Conditt.
RECOIL OFFGRID Magazine, a publication of CMG West, LLC, has released its latest issue, number 50, with an emphasis on how to hold your ground.
Shooting USA attends the largest industry range day on the East coast – and it happens to be open to the public: the PSA Gathering. Plus, the story of an ultra-rare 1911 from World War Two that came home from the war to surprise one family with a six-figure value.
 

Today’s feature is a continuation from Part I, presented by correspondent Dave Spaulding. From his previously published work on the RDS, he expresses his findings and brings us up to date.

“Spaulding’s one-year Red Dot trial findings:

  • The sight is fast and accurate. Though I didn’t overly abuse the sight, it did hold its zero through normal-to-rugged use.
  • When going from cold to hot environments, the sight would fog over. I tried several different defog products and most worked as advertised. The only problem was knowing when I might have to defog. I found that wiping the sight with saliva worked just as well, and I always had a supply of that on hand.
  • The sight got in the way of the rotating hood-style of the police duty/SWAT holster. A thumb break worked just fine, as well as open top concealment holsters, which is what I used most of the time.
If you look closely, you can see the divots in the sight screen from ejected brass.
  • The sight window was chipped on several occasions by extracted brass that went back instead of out. This didn’t affect the sight or obscure the dot because the J Point has an acrylic window, not glass.
  • Although the sight did stand up to abuse, I don’t know what would have happened if the gun was dropped with the sight top down. It’s doubtful that the sight would go flat, so the back-up fixed sights should work fine.
  • The sight was no harder to conceal in a proper belt holster than traditional fixed-pistol sights, and was even faster to draw from the holster.”

After finishing this study and article, I returned to iron sights for several years. I noticed the increase in red dots showing up in classes, but I did not feel their use required specific training. As students continued to ask for a red dot specific course, Handgun Combatives co-instructor Brian “Bucky” Buchanan and I started from scratch and created our own red dot course. We did this because we did not want to play “instructor follow the leader.”

We wanted to truly create a course of our own, so we purchased the most popular red dot units from sources on the internet and started shooting them under every condition we could think of including cold and rain. We shot them standing, sitting, laying on our sides and even upside down…anything we could think of we tried. We then developed our lesson plan. After doing that, we took classes from several instructors who specialize in red dot shooting and started to watch online videos on the subject. It is interesting to note that nothing we saw in our classes or in on-line videos changed our lesson plan. Of course, we did continually refer to what I had discovered during my year- long study of the optic.

In a nutshell, we found very little difference in training with the red dot pistol and one with iron sights. Both worked quite well with the major difference coming from presentation, whether it’s from a holster, ready position or after a manipulation. Finding the dot can be problematic, but the solution seemed obvious to us after shooting in varied positions, not just standing upright. This solution is available to view here.

The video is from an actual red dot course that I taught in November 2021. Are there other solutions? Of course, but we have found this one to work the best under varied circumstances and shooting positions. It is also quite easy to accomplish and simplicity is king under duress! Many will say, “just align the iron sights and the red dot will be there.” Read the top of the article again … I can’t see the irons without corrective lenses so this will not work for me or many others with the same problem.

The slide was cut by Caspian in an effort to get the sight low enough to see the sight notch as a rear sight.

Refining the red dot needs to be biomechanical and not visual. Ducking your head or tightening a single finger, things that require specific movement, can be problematic. While the above technique is not perfect, it is the best thing I have tried. Over the last six months, I have taken a number of training courses, including Gunsite 250, that have required both long distance AND close, fast shooting and my “search” for the red dot on presentation is a thing of the past. In several courses, I have won the fast draw, man on man shoot off with the red dot sight, never failing to find it.

Once the presentation is mastered and used without thought, the red dot actually makes the process of pistol shooting easier. The “eye sprint” from front sight to target and back is eliminated as the shooter can look at the target/threat, superimpose the dot and depress the trigger. It can’t get much simpler visually. No, the red dot will not correct lack of trigger control, but it will help show what your hands are doing while in contact with the pistol as the dot will tremor with every little movement.

Red dots are here to stay, but so are iron sights. There will continue to be shooters who will not trust a battery powered unit and that is ok. Confidence is an important aspect of defense and something that should be decided by each of us. I see the red dot and iron sights as complementing each other … not an either/or proposition. In the end, the choice is yours.

Dave Spaulding is a professional firearms instructor with 36 years' experience in law enforcement and federal security. The recipient of the 2010 Law Enforcement Trainer of the Year Award from the International Law Enforcement Training and Educators Association, Dave has worked in all facets of law enforcement including communications, corrections, court security, patrol, evidence collection, training and investigations. He was a founding member of his agency’s SWAT Team and acted as its training officer for 8 years. He spent a year in an undercover capacity and was the commander of a multi-jurisdictional narcotics task force, has been an adjunct instructor at the former Heckler & Koch International Training Division and the Tactical Defense Institute. In addition to his many published articles (over 1,400), Dave is the author of two acclaimed books, Defensive Living and Handgun Combatives. He operated his own training company with focus on “the combative application of the handgun” www.handguncombatives.com.

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