WED | APRIL 10, 2024

Bowhunters seeking the utmost in a precision-made arrow need look no further than the new Easton Match Grade Pro Shop Series SONIC 6.0. Crafted in the USA with Easton’s exclusive Acu-Carbon process, every Match Grade SONIC 6mm arrow offers bowhunters the ultimate in confidence-building accuracy.
Federal has received the 2023 Gold Award in the category of Shotshells by the readers of Tactical Retailer. Shooters who read this magazine are extremely loyal to the products they use. These annual awards allow them to reveal what products they think are the absolute best.
Baschieri & Pellagri USA announced the outstanding achievements of its Pro Staff member, Lance Thompson, at the 2024 Collegiate Lower East Coast Conference Championship held at Forest City Gun Club in Savannah, GA on February 9th through the 11th.

Powder Valley is expanding its inventory of gun storage and accessories with the addition of Savior Equipment products. Savior Equipment offers a variety of rifle and pistol cases for easy transportation to the range as well as backpacks and convenient pouches for carrying ammo, magazines, and more.
Century Arms and CANiK announce their attendance at the 2024 Kalash Bash Texas held in Eagle Lake Texas April 13th & 14th.
SLG2, Inc announced its upcoming visit to Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s in Greenville, S.C. as part of the highly anticipated Safe LivinG 2024 Elevate Tour. Safe LivinG offers attendees a unique opportunity to engage in various activities centered around personal security and firearm safety.

The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) has announced it will be hosting several informative Steyr firearm courses in April, all available at the Talladega Marksmanship Park in Alabama.
SHOT Show Industry Day at the Range announced that registration is now open for new exhibitors for its 19th annual event, slated to take place on January 20, 2025. Last year's event boasted a record attendance of over 2,600.
Continuing to build on the DAKA GRID’s adaptability and customizability, Magpul released its new DAKA Gear Straps and DAKA Bins (2X2 and 4X2 sets) adding other implements to further enhance the GRID’s utility.

Galco’s update of the traditional belly band allows concealed carry of a handgun and accessories around your midsection, in a nearly infinite variety of configurations.
The total economic impact of the firearm and ammunition industry in the United States increased from $19.1 billion in 2008 to $90.05 billion in 2023, a 371 percent increase, while the total number of full-time equivalent jobs rose from approximately 166,000 to over 384,437, a 131 percent increase in that period, according to a report released by the NSSF®, The Firearm Industry Trade Association.
The readers of Tactical Retailer awarded CCI the 2023 Gold Award in the category of Rimfire Ammunition. The Readers’ Choice Awards are 100-percent reader driven and deliver unbiased views of what everyday shooters rely on.
Kinsey’s Inc. announced their new partnership with Diamondback Firearms and Southern Grind Knives. The company will be carrying the full line of Diamondback firearms including their SDR Revolver and the Obsidian DB15 Rifle.
Fiocchi congratulates Fiocchi Pro Team member Matthew Kutz on his huge achievement at the Spring Olympic Trials held in Tucson, AZ at Tucson Skeet and Trap. Matthew earned a coveted spot on the 2024 US Jr. National Team. announces its new collaboration with celebrity chef and former U.S. Army Master Sergeant, Andre Rush. Chef Rush, widely recognized for his culinary prowess, military background, and social media virality, is a leading advocate for veterans.

Mission First Tactical is proud to announce they are official supporters of the 2024 Best Ranger Competition, hosted by the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade. The event is held Friday, April 12th through Sunday, April 14th, 2024 at Fort Moore (formerly Fort Benning), GA.
ANECHOIC™ announces that it has hired Brice Gallasso as its new Regional Sales Director—TALO. Brice is a distinguished law enforcement professional with over 14 years of experience and numerous instructor-level accreditations, making him a valuable addition to the ANECHOIC™ team.
WATCHTOWER Firearms recently announced the appointment of Graham Kohlmeyer as its new Chief Operating Officer. Before joining WATCHTOWER Firearms, Graham held the position of Director of Product Management for Beretta USA.

NSSF® has announced that Derek Sevcik has been appointed to its Board of Governors to serve in the board’s Media seat. Sevcik is Executive Vice President, Group Publisher and Operations, at Outdoor Sportsman Group (OSG).
Silencer Central’s $50,000 commitment will boost Protect Liberty PAC’s efforts ahead of the November 2024 election to ensure voters in key battleground states are informed about which candidates will fight for their Constitutional rights.
VKTR Industries is proud to announce their brand partnership with ExpertVoice. This partnership with ExpertVoice will directly allow the employees in the VKTR dealer and distributor network to receive online training and education on the VK1 rifle system.

NSSF® praised new data revealed in an ATF report that showed processing wait times on submitted National Firearms Act (NFA) forms significantly dropped following direct NSSF advocacy efforts among lawmakers in Washington, D.C.
NSSF hails the introduction of S. 4075, the Protecting Privacy in Purchases Act, by U.S. Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.), which would ban the use of a firearm retailer-specific Merchant Category Code (MCC). The legislation would protect the Second Amendment privacy of firearm and ammunition purchasers from financial service and payment card providers compiling purchase history that has already proven to be exploited by the federal government for political purposes.
TenPoint Crossbows announced that founding member Chuck Jordan will be inducted into the Archery Hall of Fame in 2024. An unprecedented feat in the archery industry, Chuck will become the third TenPoint founding member in the Archery Hall of Fame – joining Bill Bednar (2007) and George Gardner (2008).

Signature Products Group (SPG) is currently in search of Regional Account Managers to join our team. Each Regional Account Manager will support a specific territory across several states with a focus on Outdoor / Hunting / Fishing / Shooting Sports / and Workwear.
Xpedition Archery is seeking Regional Sales Managers to cover the Midwest, Southwest and TALO territories. These managers will serve as the driving force behind our sales growth & customer engagement, ensuring that our bows are effectively promoted, distributed, and supported within each respective region.
Burris Optics announced the release of an exciting new video that captures the history of Strut Commander and shares what “legacy” means to the Strut Commander host, Jordan Summitt.
Ed Brown Products, a leader in the custom 1911 market for over 50 years is pleased to announce their latest product - the Flat Wire Recoil System. Available for .45ACP or 9mm, these systems include a proprietary recoil spring guide and plug. Sets are available for both 5" Government and 4.25" Commander models.
SA Consumer Products is thrilled to spotlight their brand-new Sports Afield vault – the Home Defense Side Mount Quick Access Handgun Vault. Keep your handgun securely stored and by your side with the Sports Afield Quick Access Handgun Vault. This vault uses your fingerprint as the passcode to your firearm.
GPO USA introduced two new 10X monoculars to its line of premium optics – the GPO PASSION 10x32ED monocular and the GPOTAC 10x42ED tactical monocular.
Part of American Buffalo Knife and Tool Co.’s Roper collection, the new Pecos Large Toothpick is engineered for everyday jobs that call for precision. Sporting a 3.25-inch carbon steel toothpick blade, the knife folds down to 4 inches for easy carrying in a pocket or holster.
Global Defense announces the availability of two exclusive new Global Defense branded pistols —the SA-9 9mm and the 1911 Thunderbolt Signature Series custom .45 ACP through distribution partnerships with AmChar Wholesale Inc. and Sports South, LLC.
The National Bowhunter Education Foundation offers its Advanced Black Bear Anatomy and Shot Placement Guide and Mini 3-D Durable Foam Bear Model. These informative items help increase hunting success and safety for all hunters.
Chattanooga Shooting Supplies announces the addition of Area 419 products to its extensive inventory, further enhancing the offerings for precision shooters and reloaders. Area 419 is renowned for design and precision manufacturing of its top-of-the-line products and accessories, all proudly Made in America.
Snake guns are back in a big way with the Colt King Cobra .22 LR, and it’s a positive sign of renewal for the storied company under new ownership of CZ. FMG Special Projects Editor Roy Huntington celebrates the “mini-snake for the masses” in May GUNS.
Winchester partners with RangeMe to streamline retail exposure to the Winchester Signature and premium King Buck brands of dog products. Retailers utilizing RangeMe now have access to the entire line of Winchester pet products.
SKRE Gear presents the Summer Bundle, a collection of high-tech clothing designed to meet the demands of hardcore hunters. The Summer Bundle includes the Kaibab 150 SS Merino Wool short-sleeve shirt, Unita Early Season Pant—V1, Grid Lite Jacket, and Timber Hitch belt.
AirForce Airguns and Rapid Air Worx(RAW Air Guns) announced that they will be product sponsors of the upcoming Northeast Airgun Classic set for April, 2024. The Northeast Airgun Classic (NAC) will be hosted at the world famous Sig Sauer Academy in Epping, New Hampshire from April 17-21, 2024.
Outdoor enthusiasts, barbecue aficionados, and all who savor the primal allure of cooking over fire are in for a treat as Outdoor Channel unveils its latest culinary adventure, Life of Fire, premiering on Monday, May 6 at 9 p.m. ET. The show, hosted by renowned Tennessee pitmaster Pat Martin, takes viewers on a journey into America's rich barbecue culture and the art of live fire cooking.
Howitzer Patriot and Colt have stepped up to fund a cash prize for the fastest shooter to shoot a Bill Drill. It’s six shots at seven yards from the holster, and all the hits have to be in the A zone.

When it comes to tools, serious gunsmiths, the ones that actually make their living working on guns, spend more on their tools than the GDP of some smaller nations. The itty bitty ones that nobody can name or find on a map.

But most gun owners don’t need to take on that kind of financial commitment, and only require a smattering of specialized tools to work on their firearms. Tools like a bench vise, which a lot of people may already own, a proper driver set for various screws, especially for optics, and a bench block will take care of a lot of gun maintenance needs.

For many DIYers working on their guns, a hammer or two found in their regular tool box is probably pulling double duty when it comes to working on guns. That will work, but it’s not really optimal.

Gunsmiths often have a selection of specialized hammers for working on guns and none of them come with a claw for pulling nails. If you’re using a claw hammer on your guns, well, it’s time to step up your game.

Real Avid recently sent me one of their new Armorer’s Master Hammers, which coincidentally replaces my own claw hammer, for working on guns.

Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall process the power of do-it-yourself gunsmiths everywhere. Real Avid’s new Armorer’s Master Hammer handles a wide range of firearms disassembly and installation tasks where a hammer is called for.

The Armorer’s Master Hammer is designed to cover most. if not all, of your DIY gunsmithing needs. With a soft-blow hammer head cover, steel hammer head, rubber, nylon and brass hammer interchangeable heads, it does the work a multiple hammers.

It weighs 20 ounces, so it’s bit heavier than some of the smaller gunsmithing hammers, but not too heavy for working on most firearms. Of course, how you use it, meaning using it properly, will determine how successful you are wielding this Mjölnir for armorers.

This shouldn’t be a problem as the overall length is just 9.5” which means that unless you are trying to tear your rotator cuff with a giant roundhouse hammer blow of some sort, this shorter hammer will help prevent you from doing damage of the overzealous type.

Damage? you ask. Yes. The customer service department phone logs of certain gun companies are littered with calls from customers who used the wrong hammer, used it incorrectly and ended up cracking their frame.

Of course, they likely blamed the gun company, following the first rule of DIY gunsmtihing which is to blame someone else for your own mistakes. Don’t lie, we’ve all done it at one point, still doesn’t make it right, though.

But, try not be be that guy – or gal – and get your hands on the right tools, even if just for the occasional workbench job.

Having seen cracked polymer frames first hand, I know a bigger hammer, a harder strike, isn’t always the correct path, and can easily lead to disaster. Thus the need for this purpose built tool.

Shown here with brass tip installed, the nylon and rubber tips are stored in head of the hammer’s cross beam. Note the polymer shroud that covers the larger steel hammer head. This acts as a soft-blow feature.

The hammer’s interchangeable heads – brass, nylon and rubber – will help cover a lot of gunsmithing bases without, or at least minimizing, the risk of damaging your firearm.

Stored in the grip of the hammer is a Magnetic Pin Starter that fits pins 1/16” to 7/32” (1.8mm to 7.14mm). Driving small pins in, or out, is a primary task for a hammer like this and it’s real easy to lose a pin, damage a frame or, worse, your fingers trying to free style it by hand.

The Magnetic Pin Starter is an excellent, and important, feature of this hammer. It instantly adds to your gunsmithing capabilities and, provided you don’t screw it up, should ensure you don’t ruin something during assembly.

Once you have your pin started properly you can move to the correct pin punch to drive it home. A good set of pin punches is another one of those useful workbench accessories, and once again Real Avid has you covered there as well.

When the new Armorer’s Master Hammer was announced, they also announced the availability of the Armorer’s Master Hammer and Accu-Punch 11-Piece Standard Pin Punch Set. This combo platter gives you the hammer and a pin punch set for an MSRP of $89.99.

The 11-piece Accu-Punch set comes in a three-position plastic case that when opened makes the punches easily accessible. The standard punches range from 1/16” up to 9/32” covering most of your DIY needs.

The punches themselves are made of hardened steel with a nickel plating finish for corrosion resistance. The hex-shaped handles allow for better control. What I like best is that they are clearly marked and easy to read.

There is nothing I hate more than having to use the iPhone’s camera to read small type or markings on products. Somebody at Real Avid either had the same feeling, or simply realized most of their customer base has aging, crappy eyesight. Whichever it is, I appreciate that simple touch of clearly marking the punches.

If you work on your gun a lot, or plan to, and you think you might start installing factory replacement or aftermarket parts yourself, then you will need a hammer suitable for gunsmithing tasks. The Armorer’s Master Hammer from Real Avid is a great place to start.

Pick up the paired hammer and pin punch set and you’re that much closer to full-on DIY status. Plus your friends will be jealous of your sweet new tool set.

— Paul Erhardt, Managing Editor, the Outdoor Wire Digital Network

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