Yesterday, with the passing of Britain’s 96-year old Queen Elizabeth II, we lost the last vestige of leadership of our “greatest generation.” For seventy years, Queen Elizabeth exemplified “a life of duty” whatever the circumstance. This Sunday will mark the twenty-first anniversary of 9/11. 2,750 people died in New York City, 184 at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and 40 in Shanksburg, Pennsylvania after the passengers of United Flight 93 thwarted that hijacking attempt. Both dates are now part of our history and consciousness, but for decidedly different reasons. May we never forget either.

Hornady congratulates Phillip Velayo on his performance at the Alpha Munitions PRS Match, September 3, 2022, in Price, Utah. Velayo took 2nd place overall shooting Hornady 6.5mm 135 gr. A-Tip Match bullets.

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Gold Tip, along with Bee Stinger, congratulates team archers for their strong finishes at the NFAA First Dakota Classic and NFAA Outdoor Target Nationals. Team members Tim Gillingham and Kyle Douglas captured multiple top place finishes during the two matches, with Gillingham receiving additional honors as “Shooter of the Year” in the Senior Pro division.

Team Winchester members continued to show off their shooting skills at the most recent event at the NSCA Championship Tour, Powered by Winchester.
Federal Ammunition competition shooter and brand ambassador Casey Reed finished first at four straight USPSA championships. Reed is also an employee of Federal Ammunition who works as a Handgun Product Development Engineer.
Registration for the American Legion’s 33rd Junior Three-Position Air Rifle Tournament, which provides sporter and precision competitors an opportunity to test their marksmanship ability in competition with other junior competitors throughout the nation, is now open.

Four of the 17 qualifying archers from the USA will be heading into the semifinal rounds this Saturday in Stroncone, Italy. Each individual will have one more match to see who will be shooting for gold or bronze medals.
RECOIL Magazine, a publication of CMG West, LLC, announces its first inaugural CANCON event. Come join the RECOIL, OFFGRID, and the Gun Digest teams right outside of Savannah, Georgia, for a weekend featuring firearms and suppressors from the best manufacturers in the industry.

DeSantis Gunhide introduces new holster fits for the Springfield Prodigy 4.25-5” with or without red dot sight. These include the Veiled Partner and the Cazzuto.
MidwayUSA’s Jeff Larkin recently accepted the position of Vice President – Merchandising. The transition comes in the wake of former Merchandising Vice President Ryan Fischer’s announcement of plans to retire later this year.
Rock Island Armory’s striker-fired STK100 has been approved for competition shooting in both the Production and Carry Optics Divisions in accordance with the strict criteria outlined by the IPSC and the USPSA.
Leupold & Stevens has donated $10,000 to NSSF in support of a Project ChildSafe program campaign during September — Suicide Prevention Month — to help parents, veterans, law enforcement and teens better understand mental health.
EasyExport announces the launch of its new website and on-demand webinar, A New Global Opportunity - Now is the Time to Start Selling Internationally.
As part of an ongoing national effort to help prevent illegal “straw” purchases of firearms, NSSF, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Department of Justice are reminding the Greater Phoenix area public that stiff penalties are in place for individuals convicted of such unlawful purchases. The campaign is in its 22nd year and is a cornerstone of the cooperative relationship between members of the firearm industry and law enforcement.

The Firearms Policy Coalition announced the filing of an amended complaint in Beeler v. Skrmetti, its case that seeks to restore the right of adults under 21 years of age to carry loaded, operable arms in public for self-defense in Tennessee.
Attorneys representing the Second Amendment Foundation and its partners in a federal lawsuit challenging Minnesota’s ban on concealed carry by young adults have filed a reply in support of their motion for summary judgment in the case, known as Worth v. Harrington.
Bushnell announces the availability of two new micro red dot sights for personal protection and concealed carry, the RXC-200 and RXU-200. The two new micro red dots expand Bushnell’s proven RX Series and are compatible with popular optics-ready pistols such as the Glock 43, S&W Shield, Springfield Armory Hellcat and SIG P365.

ZEISS announces the release of its all-new first focal plane riflescope – the ZEISS LRP S3. The new riflescope for long-range precision shooting and hunting includes impressive total elevation travel, advanced optics, daytime visible illuminated reticle, ballistic stop, and an external locking windage turret.
Beretta USA announced the launch of the new 92X Performance Carry Optic - the next evolution of the popular 92X Performance line of competition pistols. The new 92X Performance Carry Optic model retains the same ergonomics and features of the popular 92X Performance platform with a red dot optic-ready slide, included optic plates, and improved trigger performance.
Silencer Shop of Austin, Texas has renewed its Gold level sponsorship of the Second Amendment Foundation’s “Corporate Sponsorship Program” for 2022.
Terri DeWitt, former Olympian and Head Coach of the Scholastic Clay Target Program's International Team has joined the SCTP full-time as the Director of Development, Southeast Region.
Trinity Oak’s Thumbtack Ranch, the first Purple Heart ranch in the country, located in Batesville, Texas, a partner with San Antonio Food Bank for the past four years, will be taking the partnership to a new phase.
"We at Ed Brown Products are deeply saddened to report that John May, Sales and Marketing Director, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, September 2. He will be greatly missed by our team."
Kimber is extending the R7 Mako promotion for all new R7 Mako pistols. R7 Mako (OI) models will receive a $100 Kimber store credit, and (OR) model purchases will receive a $50 merchandise credit – both for use on the Kimber Store.
Kimber, Mfg. is continuing its popular promotion until Oct. 31, 2022, allowing customers to get a free 7-round Tac-Mag - which has a value of $53.95 – with all new Micro 9 pistol purchases.
CARNIVORE Magazine, a publication of CMG West, LLC, has released its latest issue, number 8, with the latest in field-to-table products, personalities, recipes, and wild game hunting.
In the Sept. issue of Shooting Industry, Hank Yacek argues with sustained high levels of demand, “the art of salesmanship can go out the window as salespersons become transaction facilitators.”

Today, there are options when it comes to defensive shotguns. They’re available any and all features you desire. But it wasn’t always this way. When upgrading an older shotgun for defensive use the first item on the list is the front sight. Small brass beads are fine for bird hunting in daylight. For defensive use you need a sight that’s quick to acquire, under all conditions, especially low-light situations.

Your shotgun will dictate what style sight is needed, and any modifications required. This project belongs to Ben, who works with me in the shop. It’s a single barrel, Harrington & Richardson Arms Co. with a 28-inch barrel -- which is too long for this application. Chopping the barrel requires a new front sight. We use XS Sight’s tritium shotgun sights on revolvers -- so that’s what we mounted.

If your shotgun already has a bead that’s .125 - .140-inch diameter there’s nothing required. If the bead is too large, but has 3-56 or 6-48 threads you can remove it and install a #6 bead or #26 bead. The shortened barrel required drilling and tapping new threads. The difficult part of this is ensuring the new sight is at true top - dead center of the barrel, and in alignment. For the final installation I use a little bit of JB Weld on the bead’s threads to lock it in place. After letting it fully cure, I inspect the barrel, trimming the bead if it’s protruding into the bore. Epoxy the XS sight onto the stud, let it cure for a couple days and you’re good to go.

“But why,” you ask, “a single-shot gun?” Break action shotguns, both single and double barrel, are short, lightweight and uber-reliable – all desirable features in a defensive weapon. These “simple” shotguns will “eat” any type round you feed them. One/two loads of buckshot are effective in slowing down the threat, forcing them to leave and/or physically stopping them. The “shorty” rounds are good for recoil sensitive shooters, and still deliver a healthy payload at defensive distances. I think of them as “transition” weapons, creating time for you to shift to another weapon. They’re great “truck-guns” (if you use such a thing, ensure it’s secured in the vehicle when unattended) and they sit well by the bed or your favorite chair. Separate barrel from receiver and it can be carried in a backpack or small bag, ready for an emergency, or to harvest game for the table. And, shotguns are legal in more locations than other types of firearms. They’re also affordable, and require few modifications for defensive applications.

Like all long guns you’ll need to check fit, especially length-of-pull, possibly hone the chambers for easy extraction and add a sling. Even though it might be a transition weapon, a cuff for extra rounds is recommended. While these shotguns are simple, time behind the trigger(s) is still required to become proficient.

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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