FRI | SEPTEMBER 16, 2022

The Team Winchester sporting clays shooters rolled into Palmyra, Tennessee, competing for top honors at the 2022 National Sporting Clays Association Southeast Regional, and Eric Harvey set the tone.
Hornady congratulates Sean Murphy and Greg Hamilton on their performance at the Real-World Sniper Challenge, September 10-11, 2022, in Refugio, Texas.
Registration has begun for the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s 8th annual Talladega 600 marksmanship event. Featuring an assortment of rifle and pistol competitions, the Talladega 600 is set for Nov. 14-20, 2022, at CMP’s own Talladega Marksmanship Park.

Congratulations to Team SK member Jake Stine winning multiple titles at the 2022 NRA National Silhouette Championship, including overall High Junior and Hunter Rifle Team National Champion.
The Georgia Chapter of Safari Club International (SCI) hosted its third annual Introduction to Hunting Firearms event on Saturday, September 10, 2022, recruiting new people into hunting and the shooting sport and teaching genuine firearms safety.
Tickets are now on sale for the 10th Annual Under the Oaks Gala, a night of celebration in support of Trinity Oaks programs for underprivileged kids, terminally ill children and combat veterans in our community.

Target Sports USA is celebrating PRIME DAY on September 19, 2022. The event is to show appreciation to the community of Prime members by hosting an exclusive online event that starts with daily specials, then ends with a day of ammo deals.
USA Shooting’s 2022 Sporting Clays Cup will be held at the American Shooting Centers in Houston, Texas, Nov. 17-19, where participants have the opportunity to meet and shoot with Olympic athletes.
Butler Creek announces that the new Featherlight Minimalist Sling is available at retail just in time for this year’s hunting season. The new rifle sling is designed for backcountry hunters needing a simple, dependable sling that doesn’t interfere with their backpack and gear, all while maintaining maximum strength and durability.

MidwayUSA’s Ben Rogers was recently promoted to the position of Application Development Manager – Logistics.
Federal Ammunition has been awarded a 5-year contract to produce the United States Army’s 5.56mm training ammunition valued at $114 million dollars. AA40 5.56mm frangible ammunition is used by the U.S. military branches in rifles and carbines chambered for this caliber for training.
The National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers announces the full launch of SCOPE CLX, a platform that analyzes retail sales to empower shooting sports businesses. SCOPE CLX is a weekly sample of more than 500 stores reporting anonymously through point-of-sale software partners, including Coreware, Celerant, AIM and Orchid POS.
Primary Arms has announced the hiring of Kody Staples as Vice President of eCommerce and Inbound Marketing. In this position, Kody will oversee Primary Arms’ digital sales channels and ecommerce marketplaces, with responsibilities over Content and Editorial teams.
European American Armory Corporation, an importer of European firearms, has recruited Dangersoup to handle Public and Media Relations.
Remington Ammunition has announced that three-gun competitor and social media phenomenon Danyela D’Angelo has joined team Remington. D’Angelo will soon be competing and winning with Remington ammunition as well as showcasing the iconic Remington brand to a new generation of shooters.

During Vihtavuori’s recent 100th anniversary celebration, Nammo Group CEO, Morton Brandzaeg, announced plans for the construction of a new Vihtavuori primer factory while delivering his keynote speech to strategic partners in both military and civilian markets.
NSSF denounced the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Final Rule that offered hunters a “bait-and-switch” deal that banned the use of traditional ammunition for opening 18 national wildlife refuges for new hunting and fishing opportunities.
Walk The Talk America, a non-profit organization designed to bridge the gap between the firearms industry and owners and the mental health industry, is honored to have received a generous donation of $20,000 from Chattanooga Shooting Supplies, Inc. and welcomes them as WTTA’s newest Silver Sponsor.

Olin Winchester, LLC, a leading ammunition manufacturer,?is seeking a Manager, Winchester Brand Licensing and Marketing. This position will be located at the East Alton, IL facility.
The Firearms Policy Coalition announced that it has filed a new Second Amendment lawsuit challenging New York’s "sensitive location" handgun carry bans in public parks, public transportation, and all private property without express consent.
Firearms Policy Coalition announced the filing of a motion for summary judgment in its Suarez v. Evanchick lawsuit, which challenges Pennsylvania's prohibition on carry by individuals who have had their civil rights restored following prohibiting convictions.
Outdoor Sportsman Group’s MyOutdoorTV (MOTV) continues to add to its growing list of features with the addition of HuntStream – the 24/7, ad-free streaming channel that features the world’s best hunting shows.
Designed and engineered with serious respect for the original John Browning pistol design, EAA’s MCP35 Match and MCP35 OPS by Girsan pay homage to one of the most widely used military handguns in the world.
HatsanUSA, the exclusive U.S. distributor of Escort Shotguns, is proud to showcase the Escort FieldHunter Youth. This pump-action shotgun is engineered for youth and smaller framed shooters of all levels.
Springfield Armory announces its newly updated and expanded online store, designed to provide customers with an easy-to-use interface as well as a broad selection of exciting products.
Chad Belding, host of The Fowl Life on Outdoor Channel, is the host of this episode of “It’s Federal Season” podcast. Belding is joined by Drew Keeth of Honey Brake Lodge in Louisiana and these two friends discuss a bunch of important topics as seasons are underway in North America.
Scholastic 3D Archery is pleased to announce Amanda Adcock has been named as the Arkansas State Coordinator.
The National Collegiate Shooting Sports Athletic Association, a newly formed program focused on the growth and protection of the long-standing history of competitive shooting sports, is pleased to announce a partnership with Take Aim Technologies.
Blackhawk has released 24 new fits for the Omnivore Multi-Fit Holster, bringing the total number of compatible firearms past 250 and cementing it as one of the more versatile OWB holsters on the market.
SDS Imports announces a new lower price on their 20rd. Drum Magazines for T-1919 Pattern Shotguns of $99.95. Compatible firearms include the popular Tokarev USA TBP 12 bullpup and TAR 12P shotguns, along with many others that utilize the Turkish 1919 pattern magazines.
Silencer Shop announced that, effective immediately, Energetic Armament’s silencers are available at their website. Energetic Armament silencers available include the VOX-S, the LUX and the NYX Mod 1.
If you have a current Utah hunting, fishing or combination license can visit either of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources public shooting ranges on Saturday, Sept. 24 and shoot for free.
Primary Arms has revealed its September retail giveaway, which includes a E-15 Enhanced AR from Evolve Weapon Systems.

Today, I consider myself a recreational shooter, an occasional hunter and a former competitor.

As I run basic tests of many high-quality guns coming into the marketplace, my focus is usually the “fun” part of shooting. But there’s another thought that’s always there: could it be suitable for self/home defense?

Seems everyone’s constantly debating a simple question: if forced to switch from fun to fight, is this enough gun?

“Enough” isn’t a consideration when it comes to hunting. State wildlife management agencies have regulations covering what they consider “enough gun.” Otherwise, “enough gun” never suffers a shortage of opinions. There is no hard/fast rule.

Yes, in an emergency any gun beats no gun. True, but not helpful.

“Enough” isn’t the same for everyone.

For some, their minimum is a heavy-caliber, full-sized handgun loaded with +P+ ammo. Heavy to carry, hard to conceal and punishing to shoot - absent the adrenaline rush of an emergency.

Definitely not conducive to practice. In some instances, the selected choice for “enough” might actually be “too much.” Because practice is never optional. Shooting skills are perishable.

Absent the ability to quickly and accurately place those magnum rounds under stress, they might be better off swapping the hand-cannon for sneakers and running away.

A gunfighter’s gun doesn’t make you a gunfighter. But…a gunfighter’s skills make virtually every gun “enough.”

Like many of life’s choices, “enough” is a balancing act.

Cost is definitely a factor. And guns are bargains compared to ammunition. And you must practice. So wants/needs are balanced against hard economic realities.

Size, weight, caliber, concealability and capacity also play parts in our final decisions.

But the ability to control it, manipulate it, and put rounds on target with it -accurately- should be your primary concern. Otherwise, you’re betting lives - your own and others’ - on suddenly being able to accurately run a gun you either don’t like to shoot or can’t shoot/run well.

Over the years I’ve carried each of these handguns (and occasionally combinations of them). As proficiency improves, decreasing size, capacity and capacities of handguns becomes less stressful. Gunplay, after all, is never the goal.

My perspective on “enough” has changed. Today, enough means “sufficient to allow me to withdraw from a situation” - unless there is simply no other option. In public places, that means a small handgun. Gun size, caliber and capacity increase the further I get from civilization.

For extended distances a long gun (secured) is added. I hope I won’t need either, but the Scouts did a great of job of imprinting “be prepared” on me.

At home, a daylight knock at the front door or a ring of the doorbell means a small handgun (discretely carried, then dropped in a pocket).

A “bump in the night” requires something larger: a pump shotgun. More than sufficient to discourage marauding critters - of any type, especially with a light/laser combination. Letting any “critter” know it is unwelcome might avoid escalation. Looking for sights might take longer than prudent if a threat presents itself.

My tools might change, but my goal never does: to avoid/discourage an encounter, not have a gunfight. Gunfights should never top anyone’s To-Do list.

If intruders run away, I win. Apprehending miscreants is a job for the police.

Would my mindset and equipment be the same if I suspected something bad really was coming?

Absolutely not.

That would require a combative mindset and appropriate equipment.

A long gun, with spare magazines/ammo would become primary. A large capacity handgun, again with spare magazines, would be secondary. A shotgun - nearby- would be for a last-stand scenario. Allowing someone into to shotgun distance would represent a tactical failure.

My single objective is to make certain mine are the last people standing - and being prepared to do whatever is required to make that happen.

Owning firearms requires a responsible mindset. For me, carrying a gun for self defense requires carefully considering appropriate responses before I’m forced to improvise.

FYI, this isn’t a new attitude.

Preparation - for any task - was drummed into my impressionable young noggin during my time in Buffalo Patrol/Troop 251, Boy Scouts of America, Gravel Switch, Kentucky.

Traveling the world during the half-century since has only reinforced the wisdom of the advice.

Being prepared is never a bad thing. Being unprepared always is.

— Jim Shepherd

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