WED | MARCH 15, 2023

The NSSF has taken exception to President Biden’s Executive Order to increase gun control measures, saying the president should "demand that soft-on-crime prosecutors and lawmakers use the laws already in existence to lock up criminals that misuse firearms to prey on innocent Americans ” rather than continuing to "scapegoat the firearm industry for its unwillingness to address crime. The failure of this administration to seriously address spiraling crime and instead focus its attacks on a Constitutionally-protected industry that works diligently to remain in compliance with laws and regulations and actively cooperates with law enforcement, especially ATF, exposes the lack of urgency Americans demand to curb rampant and out-of-control crime.”
Luth-AR is a sponsor of the 28th Annual Superstition Mystery Mountain 3-Gun Championship held at Rio Salado Sportsmans Club in Mesa, AZ. Luth-AR will be a Division Sponsor for 2023.
Hosted October 19th-22nd in Wallis, Texas, the Primary Arms Space City Challenge 2023 has opened its registration for competitors looking to participate in this exciting Major-level match.

USA Shooting skeet athletes earned a total of five medals at the International Shooting Sports Federation Doha, Qatar, Shotgun World Cup, March 4-13.
Hornady congratulates sponsored shooters Austin Orgain and Doug Koenig on their performance at Clay’s Cartridge Classic, March 4-5, 2023, in Leedey, Oklahoma
Remington Ammunition is proud to announce that Team Remington continues to compete at the highest level with multiple wins from the 2023 Triple J Classic at the National Shooting Complex in San Antonio March 9-12, 2023.

On February 12, 2023, nearly 100 youth archers, representing six different teams, traveled from across the state and arrived at Flint Bowmen Archery Club in Grand Blanc, Michigan, to compete in the 2023 Michigan S3DA Indoor State Championship.
Team SK member Erich Mietenkorte kicked off the 2023 competition season with a win at the 2023 Bernd Meier Invitational Silhouette Championship March 11 and 12th. Mietenkorte secured the title with a grand aggregate Smallbore score of 145x160 and a 72x80 in High-Power.
South Carolina S3DA recently held its 2023 Indoor State Championship on the campus of Presbyterian College at the Springs Student Center in Clinton, South Carolina.

The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) and its partners in a federal lawsuit challenging the prohibition of handgun sales to young adults have filed an appellant’s brief with the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. The case is known as Reese v. ATF.
AMMO, Inc. announced that management will participate in a fireside chat at the 35th Annual Roth Conference being held on March 12-14, 2023 at The Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel in Dana Point, California.
Alien Gear Holsters will be attending the upcoming International Law Enforcement Educators & Trainers Association conference in St. Louis, Missouri on March 20-25.
Liberty Ammunition has named Cheri Ady as Controller of the company. Cheri will oversee the company's financial structure as they continue to grow.
MidwayUSA’s Sam Moreland was recently promoted to the position of Logistics Inbound Manager.
As a total solution manufacturing facility, OUTERWILD MFG will continue to produce an extensive lineup of high-demand products including bolt carrier groups, lower and upper receivers, barrels, handguards, muzzle brakes, and bolts. Coming March 20, Dealers and builders will be able to purchase OEM parts for AR15, AR10, and AR9 platforms on our website formerly

NSSF has awarded Cape Gun Works its Five-Star rating for range excellence. Five stars is the highest rating in NSSF’s star-rating system, which evaluates shooting facilities on appearance, management, shooting sports development and amenities.
Kinsey’s Inc. announces an open position for a Dealer Sales Representative in their Mount Joy, PA location.
Panteao Productions announces the launch of banner advertising on the Make Ready TV website.

Howa Superlite rifles were first introduced in Kryptek Altitude and Kryptek Obskura –Transitional and are now offered in two new solid color designs – gray, tan and green.
Springfield Armory announces the release of the XD-M Elite 4.5” OSP 10mm in Desert FDE. The gun features a 4.5″ match grade Melonite finish barrel and the ergonomic frame houses a 16-round, double-column stainless steel magazine.
The new NTAC-45 is a 1.75” EDC belt designed by Nexbelt with IDPA, USPSA or 3-Gun competitors in mind. Featuring two tracks on the strap, two independently operating push button buckle releases and two locking mechanisms, it’s made to have a secure lock up.

Built into the Burris Signature LRF 2000’s rugged armored rubber exterior is a sophisticated program and laser rangefinding system that allows the user to customize the operation and data feedback for spot-on ranging accuracy in any environmental setting.
The DeSantis Gunhide #097 Woodsman holster is now made for the Browning Buckmark 5 ½” with optic, the Ruger Mark IV 22/45 with red dot and the S&W Performance Center M41 with red dot optic.
XS Sights offers its Ghost Ring sight sets for Henry Big Boy Carbine lever-action rifles chambered in 357 Magnum and 44 Magnum. Featuring a large ghost ring aperture and white stripe front sight, they are designed for easy installation on Henry Big Boy Carbines equipped with a compatible XS Lever Rail.

NASP is excited to continue the Student Contributor Program for a second year. Students, families, coaches, coordinators, and friends of NASP can experience the program through the eyes of student archers, shared in their own voice.
The IHEA-USA announced that Megan Fedrick has assumed a new role within the organization, Director of Partnerships and Development. Megan’s primary focus will be to connect the IHEA-USA with national partners, regularly communicate with state administrators, and provide training for law enforcement and instructors alike.
President Joe Biden’s new executive order on guns won’t reduce gun-related violent crime, nor will it make our communities safer, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms says, instead he’s bypassing Congress “with the goal of increasing the number of background checks conducted before firearm sales.".
Taurus is offering a $25 rebate on any new Taurus G3 pistol, except the G3c, and a $50 rebate on any GX4 series pistol.
AMERIGLO announced a limited time promotion with Walther. Beginning 03/13/2023 and running through 04/17/2023 consumers who purchase a new, standard PDP or PDP F-Series Walther pistol will receive a free AMERIGLO Haven Handgun Red Dot Sight.
The Vortex Nation Giveaway is awarding weekly winners leading up to the grand prize: A $5500 Vortex optics and apparel shopping spree. The big winner will be announced on March 31.
Featured in the May issue of Shooting Times, is the optics equipped EVO-E9-LW from Ed Brown Products. The EVO series is optimized for 9mm with a shortened and thinned slide, and retains 100% 1911 controls and handling characteristics.
The April-May 2023 issue of Personal Defense World comes packed full of all the latest and greatest from SHOT Show 2023. New products include the Beretta 80X Cheetah, the POF-USA Tombstone, the S&W CSX and more.
Shooting USA covers the PRS Finale, an invitational match consisting of local and regional winners in the Precision Rifle Series. Plus, the inexpensive Grease Gun is now one of History’s Guns from WW II.
Renovation Hunters is a new Outdoor Channel original series where home improvement meets the outdoor lifestyle airing Fridays at 8:30 p.m. ET. Hosted by Hal Shaffer, hunter and outdoorsman, this series is dedicated to preserving the family tradition of the outdoors.

Recently, our own Tiger McKee wrote about working through the modularity of your own AR-15 here. While searching through the Gun Digest Books library, I found a book by Patrick Sweeney -- AR-15 Setup, Maintenance and Repair.

What can you expect to get out of a book like this that you may not get from another? – Asides from a great deal of practical information, you get organization. It’s about the best organized book on use and care of America’s Rifle that I’ve seen thus far.

As to the author, I met Patrick Sweeney a few times, shot with him some during media events. To say he’s knowledgeable is an understatement, but it goes further. He can handle the hands-on inspection, fitting, repair and test protocols – he’s a legitimate gunsmith. If I wrote a book about the AR, it would be short – I’m a trigger puller. When it comes to getting much past immediate action for stoppages and checking the bore for obstructions, I’ll be checking in with someone just like Mr. Sweeney.

From an industry event in 2006, Patrick Sweeney demonstrates his prowess with the AR-15 (this one a Smith & Wesson M&P15).

Beginning with basics, he shows and describes what they are, the different types of AR-15 firearms (some could be called “pistols” by ATF … sometimes). He also illustrates the nomenclature, explaining the proper names of the various pieces & parts. Some people think those who use technical terms are posturing as an expert. Others of us know that a common language is essential to communication – explanation and learning.

He has a chapter on tools – you don’t need many, but what you need you need. He lists the essential implements as well as those that can be nice to have or that handle jobs you didn’t think you’d have to do.

The chapter on “Testing the AR-15” is a critical piece. It explains a process of checking a gun at a gun show/gun shop or checking a gun that you (or someone else) built. It’s an essential piece of knowledge for those who have some dedication to the platform – which is broadly used from the National Matches, in 3-Gun competition, for self-protection training and applications, for hunting and just to possess and shoot “America’s Rifle.”

From there, he takes the rifle in sections. He begins at the top, the upper receiver. Explaining the components, their construction and assembly, how they work together, he weaves a narrative to assist in understanding the principles of the rifle’s operation and use. While “Uppers” is the name of a chapter, it’s followed by chapters on barrels, barrel fitting and cleaning, bolts and bolt carriers, front sights and gas blocks, and rear sights. In each, there’s a hands-on component as if you’re building a rifle – or inspecting one.

He moves to the lower receiver with a general discussion followed by chapters on the stocks, springs and buffers, and triggers.

He ends with a build sequence for those who want to make their own.

I mentioned my contact with Patrick Sweeney, but his bio gives additional support to his expertise in this area. He is a certified master gunsmith and armorer instructor for police departments as well as being author of several books with the Gun Digest imprint.

Read them, you’ll learn something.

I learned quite a lot.

-- Rich Grassi

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