WED | JUNE 22, 2022

Texas Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) hit the proverbial nail on the head when he said “This bill is not going to please everyone…” shortly after the bipartisan group of Senators he led dropped the long-awaited, much-speculated full text of their “bipartisan gun safety bill” last evening. According to the Senators, the bill will “protect America’s children, keep our schools safe, and reduce the threat of violence across the country.”

In response, groups like the Firearms Policy Coalition and the National Rifle Association wasted no time in letting the Senators know they’re the opposite of happy. “You can thank the worthless GOP,” the FPC wrote, “which has basically f*cked you and your rights- but couldn’t be bothered to buy you dinner.” Erich Pratt, Senior VP of the Gun Owners of America issued a statement saying “Once again, so-called conservative Senators are making clear they believe that the rights of American citizens can be compromised away. Let me be clear, they have NO AUTHORITY to compromise our rights, and we will not tolerate legislators who are willing to turn gun owners into second-class citizens.”

The National Rifle Association’s statement was more polite, but equally direct: “The NRA will support legislation that improves school security, promotes mental health services, and helps reduce violent crime. However, we will oppose this gun control legislation because it falls short at every level. It does little to truly address violent Crim while opening the door to unnecessary burdens on the exercise of Second Amendment freedom by law-abiding gun owners.”

Despite the vociferous opposition, the Senate says it is “confident” it will have the legislation passed before the Senate leaves for its two-week July Fourth recess.

As always, we’ll keep you posted.

The third stage of the 2022 Archery World Cup opened in Paris with the compound qualification round. Eight archers from Team USA Archery took to the field as the sun beat down on the Stade Charlety.

The results are in for the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s (CMP) 2nd annual Smallbore Postal competition. The 2022 Smallbore Postal event included three-position (3x20) and prone (Sling and F-Class) rifle competitions from 50 feet for adult and junior athletes.

James Fox of Team Berger took an outstanding first place finish at the Washington State High Power Championship. Fox, shooting Across-the-Course, set a new match record with a score of 1,594-79x to win Service Rifle division for the 3rd year in a row.
Since 1981, The World Games have been the premiere multi-sport international event for sports not contested in the Olympics—including compound and field archery. Birmingham, Alabama will host the event from July 7-17. 
Firearms Policy Coalition and FPC Action Foundation announced that William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal will publish a scholarly paper authored by the foundation’s director of constitutional studies, Joseph Greenlee. The piece presents compelling evidence in support of the right to train with the very weapons protected by the U.S. Constitution, and provides courts with examples of history and legal precedent to establish it as a “core” human right.

On June 8, officials gathered to formally welcome Rock Island Armory to Cedar City, Utah.
It’s been 45 years now, since Larry and Brenda greeted MidwayUSA’s first Customer in a small 1,600 square foot gun shop in Columbia, Missouri.
Primary Arms Optics’ new SLx 3x MicroPrism was just awarded ‘Red Dot of the Year’ in the 2022 Industry Choice awards.

The Firearms Policy Coalition noted the passage of gun control legislation and said they will be “investigating all available options to remedy this injustice against the peaceable people of the state.”
As part of an ongoing national effort to help prevent illegal “straw” purchases of firearms, NSSF, the ATF and the Department of Justice are reminding the Greater Philadelphia area public that stiff penalties are in place for individuals convicted of such unlawful purchases.
Available for a limited time only, the world-famous AA shotshell, AA128 Light Target Load has a new look as Winchester celebrates the 70th anniversary of NILO, its iconic hunting and shooting facility.
The new Crosman Challenger PCP three-position pellet rifle brings big upgrades to Sporter class competitors. The Challenger is the official choice of all U.S. Military JROTC program sharpshooters and the sporter class air rifle preferred by competitive marksmanship programs coast-to-coast.
Gatorz offers a new technology in its lineup with Laser Defender Lenses.  Designed to protect eyes from harmful laser wavelengths, the Gatorz Laser Defender lenses are the perfect tool for anyone who can be subject to damaging laser strikes.
Everest, the digital company bridging community and commerce for the outdoor recreation space announces the launch of, the first online marketplace and community hub offering consumers brand assortment, convenience, expert advice, content and community all in one place. 

The Civilian Marksmanship Program is happy to welcome two new State Directors for the state of Wyoming: brother and sister duo, Phillip and Linda Dobkins.
“The Right to Train: A Pillar of the Second Amendment” in the William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal presents compelling evidence in support of the right to train with the very weapons protected by the U.S. Constitution, and provides courts with examples of history and legal precedent to establish it as a “core” human right. The paper was written by Joseph Greenlee, director of constitutional studies for the Firearms Policy Coalition’s Action Foundation.
Gun Digest Books has released a new edition of one of Grant Cunningham’s most popular titles, Defensive Revolver Fundamentals. In this revised and expanded second edition, revolver and handgun training expert Cunningham provides a modern take on the age-old revolver.

Legacy Sports International’s  new HOWA Carbon Flag Chassis is in stock and now shipping. 
The new promotion from Kimber gives the customer the eligibility to add a holster or another accessory to their R7 setup at little to no cost.
Shooting USA is at the World Speed Shooting Challenge -- now expanded to include divisions for Centerfire Handguns, Pistol Caliber Carbines, and both Handguns and Rifles chambered in 22 caliber.

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

XS Sights should be well known by all readers here. They offer sights for about any platform, in a variety of configurations. XS recently released a version of their R3D sights for the Springfield SA-35 Hi Power. The SA-35 is a great pistol. With the addition of the XS sight it scores high in every category. But wait, there’s more. It’s a surprising twist – and maybe a Tactical Wire exclusive – they also fit another brand of Hi Power.

XS began life as Ashley Research & Development. Ashley Emerson decided to manufacture “better” sights for handguns and field/hunting rifles. He teamed up with Ed Pastusek – A&E Mfg. – which after several evolutions ended up as XS Sights. Today they provide sights for almost everything, and are best known for their work with tritium sights.

There's a good reason XS produces sights for the Springfield Hi Power. First, Hi Powers are more popular than ever. Springfield is building as many as possible, and is still trying to meet demand. The SA-35’s factory sights are nice but have no tritium. XS has met this need, and of course, you know they only produce quality products.

The arrival of the XS sights presented a problem. I have a SA-35 but, very early on, modified it to take an XS sight. There’s no going back so, I wasn’t sure what to install the new sights onto.

Ben works with me in the shop. While comparing Hi Powers, his is a Tisas BR-9 clone, we noticed that the dovetails on the Turkish pistol’s sights looked very similar to those of the XS sight. They were so close that we decided to see how the sights fit.

Having the proper tools for the job is essential when working on pistols, especially sight swaps. Yes, you can use a hammer and punch. There’s a good chance you’ll damage both sights and pistol. Alternatively, you can get a sight tool (a jig to lock everything into) and push sights out and then in with some precision.

I use a setup from B&J Machine; Brownells carries them. Over many years and a multitude of handguns it’s never failed me. The rear sight on the Tisas was tight. There’s no way a hammer/punch would have driven it out successfully. The sight tool pushed it out cleanly, although there was a very loud “pop” once it broke free.

While the XS sights did require a little polishing and honing to fit the Tisa slide it wasn’t anything out of the ordinary. It’s not uncommon to have to perform a little fitting. After that, they mounted up with no problem.

The modifications you perform on a defensive pistol are limited by two things – money and imagination. Since the majority of us work with limited budgets that leaves us a whole lot of room to focus on being creative. In this case, the creativity was in fitting sights made for one pistol to install them on another … one which nobody makes tritium sights for.

Your budget doesn’t have to be the only factor when considering how to make things better. A creative response can work just as well as “store-bought.”

Tiger McKee is director of Shootrite Firearms Academy. 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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