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SB Tactical SBA3 Adjustable Stabilizing Brace for AR Pistols

SB Tactical announces the SBA3. Designed for all platforms capable of accepting a mil-spec carbine receiver extension, the 5-position adjustable SBA3 brace greatly enhances the usability of the firearm by adding a third point of contact and does not change the classification of the host pistol in accordance with GCA provisions.

OSS HELIX-QD Suppressor Line

OSS Suppressors LLC is proud to announce the new HELIX-QD suppressor line in 5.56k, 7.62 and Magnum configurations. The new HELIX-QD suppressors will be shown at SHOT Show (Booth #1561), The Industry Day Range (Lane SR 35) and ATAC Range.

DeSantis Women’s “Gunnybag”

DeSantis Gunhide announces their new #L28 Women’s Gunnybag. The Gunnybag is a well-designed and fashionable handbag.

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Crosman Introduces Full Auto CO2 Rifle

Crosman Corporation, in partnership with DPMS Panther Arms, is proud to announce the new DPMS SBR full auto CO2 rifle – the most fun you’ll ever have shooting an airgun. 

Range Day Forecast Chilly: Keep Your Head Warm

RISE Armament will be offering free beanies to anyone who visits their booth at the 2018 SHOT Show® Industry Day at the Range™ and test fires one of their premium AR firearms.

Vortex Optics Strike Eagle 3-18x44 and 4-24x50

Strike Eagle Riflescopes from Vortex assist in executing technically complicated, long-range shots - for a trim, lightweight, durable optic -  making them the ideal choice for value-minded shooters who already shoot long range.

Lyman's Brass Smith All-American 8 Turret Press

Lyman Products is proud to introduce the New Brass Smith All-American 8 Turret Press.  The extra-large 8 station turret is machined out of heavy duty cast iron. It is equipped with an easily removed turret bolt which makes swapping turrets simple.

Vortex Optics Crossfire Red Dot Sight

The Vortex Optics Crossfire Red Dot is a daylight-bright, 2-MOA dot optic that features 11 intensity levels of brightness. The included, skeletonized, mount offers two mounting-height options.

Alan Corzine Appointed President and COO of Kent Cartridge North America

Kent Cartridge has announced the appointment of Alan Corzine to the position of President and COO of North American Operations. Corzine comes to Kent Cartridge with an engineering background and over 30 years of worldwide experience in the small caliber ammunition industry. 

Steyr Arms Announces Manufacturing Job Openings

Steyr Arms announced that the company is searching for qualified candidates to staff its new firearms production facility in Bessemer, Ala., which will be operational later this year. 

Taurus 1911 Officer Model

New for 2018, Taurus USA expands their 1911 line-up with the debut of their compact Taurus 1911 Officer. The Taurus 1911 Officer model in .45 ACP is a concealable 6+1 round pistol with a 3-1/2” barrel and an overall length of 7.2 inches.

Vortex Optics Viper HD Spotting Scope Series

A high-end spotter, without the high-end price tag, the new-for-2018 Viper HD  Spotting Scope Series has an HD optical system coupled with lenses fully multi-coated with XR coatings. Exterior lenses are protected by ArmorTek - an ultra-hard, scratch-resistant fluorine compound that repels oil, dirt and the corrosive salts of fingerprints.

Inceptor Ammunition Adds 7.62x39mm and 223 Rem

Inceptor Ammunition has added a 7.62x39mm and 223 Rem offering to its Short-Range Rifle Sport Utility Ammo lineup. The SRR combines a patented injection-molding process and bullet design with copper-polymer materials. 

Century Arms Announces New Draco NAK9 Pistol

Century Arms has announced the release of a new 9mm AK-based pistol, the Draco NAK9. The magazine well allows for compatibility with Glock 17 and Glock 19 magazines.

The Safariland Group Honors SAVES CLUB Members at SHOT Show

The Safariland Group invites SHOT Show attendees to its booth events throughout SHOT Show - Tuesday, January 23, through Friday, January 26 at booth #12762. This year’s schedule is highlighted by the SAVES CLUB tribute on Jan. 24 at 3 p.m. marking the 2000th life saved by The Safariland Group.

Remington Cutlery to Exhibit First Set of New Products at SHOT

Remington Cutlery will  unveil the first group of products under the official license of Buck Knives, Inc. at SHOT Show 2018 next week in Las Vegas.

XS Sights Announces New Booth Location at the SHOT Show

XS Sights will have a new booth location at the 2018 SHOT Show.  The company is moving from the lower level to the main floor of the Las Vegas Sands Convention Center and will be in booth #16054.  XS will be displaying its popular F8 Night Sights, including new F8 models for the Smith & Wesson M&P pistols and SIG SAUER P320 striker-fired pistols.

Vanguard Launches Endeavor RS IV Illuminated Riflescopes at SHOT Show

Vanguard will launch new riflescopes in the Endeavor RS series at the 2018 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. All the new riflescopes as well as additional new products from Vanguard will be on display at Booth No. 14825.

DoubleStar Unveils the Noogie “ABO” Assisted Bottle Opener

DoubleStar Corp unveils the Noogie “ABO” Assisted Bottle Opener. Made from ½” thick durable 6061-T6 aluminum, the Noogie is coated with Type III anodizing, providing it with extra strength around the cap contact location.

SureFire to Exhibit at SHOT Show

 SureFire, LLC is proud to announce they will be exhibiting a plethora of lumens, at the 2018 NSSF SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. SureFire will be displaying handgun weaponlights with 1,000 lumens, hand-held lights with 1,200 lumens, and long-gun weaponlights with 1,500 lumens.

Join Oakwood Controls at the SHOT Show

Oakwood Controls is proud to announce their participation at The SHOT Show 2018.  Visit booth #20657 for the latest live-fire Electronic Target Systems. 

Crimson Trace Laserguard for S&W SD and SD VE Pistols

Crimson Trace announced its newest Laserguard laser sight—the LG-457 with red laser diode—for a precision fit onto the Smith & Wesson series of SD and SD VE pistols. This new Crimson Trace Laserguard laser sight will fit the Smith & Wesson SD9, SD40, SD9 VE, and SD40 VE semi-auto pistols. 

ALLEN Company Arsenal Backpack

The Arsenal Backpack by ALLEN Company allows you to pack a number of handguns for those all-too-rare range trips. The guns are stored individually in hubs-so they are protected and separated from each other.

Vertx Concealed Carry Shirts

Vertx announces the launch of its new line of shirts designed to comfortably carry concealed weapons and gear. The collection includes the new Guardian button-down style shirt and the Assessor polo. 

Samson Manufacturing Pocket Comp for S&W 9mm Shield

Samson’s latest offering is the Pocket Comp for the M&P Shield. Designed to fit ½ X 28 threaded barrels and use the factory recoil spring, the two-part system uses a proprietary barrel nut as an attachment point. The Pocket Comp then slides over the barrel nut and is attached using hex head screws.

Taurus 7-Shot Multi-Caliber Revolver

Taurus USA introduces the 692 Multi-Caliber revolver. The 692 offers the ability to change the caliber from .38 Special +P/.357 Mag. to 9mm Luger with a simple swap of the cylinder.

Night Fision Night Sights to Display at SHOT Show

Night Fision announced that they will be displaying their advanced tritium night sights at the SHOT Show.  Night Fision is the sister company of Cammenga, the official supplier of the U.S. Army’s Tritium Lensatic Compasses.

New 416 Barrett Ammo Now Available

Barrett's new 416 match grade ammo is loaded with a 452 gr MTAC Cutting Edge Bullet which has a much higher ballistic coefficient (G1 .83 / G7 .42) than their previous bullet. 

Kent® Cartridge Names Howard Communications Inc. as Public Relations and Advertising Agency of Record

Kent® Cartridge has announced that Howard Communications Inc. will be responsible for all public relations and advertising activities with the outdoor media.

Beretta Booth #13956 at SHOT Show 2018

Beretta anticipates thousands of visitors next week at their redesigned SHOT Show booth. The booth has a new, open floor plan with a designated feature product wall positioned at the center of the booth for a quick overview of Beretta’s featured products.

Vertx Tactical Gloves at SHOT Show

Vertx announces the launch of a new cutting-edge tactical glove line designed to further support the Prepared Professional. This new line of gloves consists of four innovative styles including the VaporCore Shooter, Rapid LT, FR Assaulter and FR Breacher.

Vermont Fish & Wildlife Grants Available to Improve Shooting Ranges

The Vermont Shooting Range Improvement Grant Program seeks grant applications from clubs and government agencies involved in the operation of shooting ranges, including archery ranges until 4:30 p.m. on March 15

Otis Technology Acquires Shooter’s Choice

Otis Technology is pleased to announce that it has acquired the popular Shooter’s Choice brand.  The deal took effect January 16, 2018.

ALPS OutdoorZ Introduces the Delta Waterfowl Boat Blind Chair

ALPS OutdoorZ, official manufacturer and licensee of Delta Waterfowl gear,  announces addition of the Boat Blind Chair to their 2018 waterfowl hunting line.

DeSantis Gunhide Introduces Light-Bearing Raptor Holster

DeSantis announced availability of their new Model #162, Light Bearing Raptor OWB/IWB concealment holster. The new holster is made from thermoformed Kydex for Glock pistols.

Crosman Introduces New Line of Break Barrels at SHOT Show

Crosman Corporation is introducing several new key break barrel technologies and features at SHOT 2018 that will deliver significantly upgraded performance in speed, power, sound suppression, and accuracy across a wide spectrum of airguns under the Crosman and Benjamin brands.

Hornady to Feature New Products at SHOT Show

Hornady will greet attendees at this year’s SHOT Show with a full array of product introductions, hunting and shooting personalities, and a social media promotion at Booth 13145.

Lyman Introduces the Cyclone Case Dryer

Lyman Products proudly introduces the Cyclone Case Dryer. Using forced heated air circulation, brass is dry inside and out in a mere hour or two and it leaves brass with no unsightly water spots. 

Mini-Action Rifles from Legacy on Guns & Gear

This week on Guns & Gear, see the Howa HCR and MiniAction rifles from Legacy Sports Intl., the range-ready SAINT rifle from Springfield Armory, and Standard Manufacturing’s double-barrel DP-12 shotgun.

Brownells Joins the Retro Revolution at SHOT Show 2018

Brownells invites SHOT Show visitors and shooting enthusiasts alike to join them on a throwback journey that promises to be a real “gas.” Among the events and attractions happening in booth #13018 are gun giveaways, a fresh batch of Brownells Dream Guns, and a major announcement coming at 2:00PM (PDT) on Tuesday, January 23rd.

MagPump Launches 9mm Loader

MagPump, LLCannounces the fastest and most reliable 9mm magazine loader available on the market today: the new MagPump 9mm Luger Magazine Loader 

Skill Set: Slam Fire
The free floating firing pin strikes the primer every time the chamber is loaded, although normally not with enough force to fire the round, until it does.  Keep the muzzle pointing in a safe direction.


During a class this week a student’s pistol experienced a couple of “slam-fires.”  Twice, during an empty reload with a Browning Hi Power, the pistol fired when he cycled the slide to chamber a round.  I was watching him carefully – we had just started working on empty reloads and I was watching him carefully - so I know his finger was nowhere near the trigger when this occurred.  The pistol was pointing downrange – we teach students to keep the muzzle on target during reloads - so there was no danger.  Slam fires are not uncommon, and an important reason to always keep the muzzle pointing in a safe direction during all manipulations.

The pistol in question had been modified.  It had a trigger job done by a gunsmith.  In order to get a lightweight, crisp trigger ‘smiths will often cut the tolerances too close on the hammer and sear, and/or lighten up spring pressures on the trigger components.  Cutting and fitting everything to these tolerances will produce the desired feel.  But often it’s usually not long before things wear, and the hammer starts to jump or follow the slide forward as it cycles.  The result is an unintentional discharge.  This would be different from a negligent discharge, which results from the finger being on the trigger at the wrong time.  (Although technically this is a form of negligence since the weapon has been modified to the point it is unsafe.)

Be very careful when it comes to modifying a trigger.  First, make sure the gunsmith you’re using is qualified to perform the work you’re looking for.  Work that’s performed improperly is dangerous to you and anyone else around you.  It can lead to slam fires, plus for defensive purposes a trigger that is too light is simply dangerous.  Under stress you’ll end up firing an unwanted shot; this is especially true when attempting to reset the trigger after firing a shot.  A light trigger also potentially opens you up to some serious legal problems.

Slam fires will occur with long guns too.  The AR, AK, SKS, 870 shotguns – and most other long guns – have a free-floating firing pin.  This means that every time a round is chambered the firing pin hits the primer.  Normally it doesn’t striking the primer hard enough to ignite and fire a round.  But, if you have a faulty round, or a high or sensitive primer the weapon can fire when chambering a round.  This is true while firing and when manually loading or reloading.  And yes, slam fires will occur with bolt-action rifles as well.

A dirty firearm can also cause slam fires.  When too much grime builds up in the channel for the firing pin it prevent can the firing pin from traveling freely.  If the firing pin locks up in a forward position it can cause a slam fire.

The possibility of a slam fire means when you’re manipulating your weapon – loading, unloading, reloading or clearing stoppages - the muzzle should pointing in a safe direction.  For administrative manipulations – loading, unloading or checking its status – the muzzle should be pointing downward and at something that would stop or trap an errant round.  During reloading or clearing a malfunction the muzzle should be on target, so if a slam fire does occur the round is going downrange.

Owning a firearm is about responsibility.  Buy good equipment.  Be careful when it comes to modifications.  And always keep the muzzle pointing in a safe direction.

Tiger McKee is director of Shootrite Firearms Academy, located in northern Alabama.  He is the author of “The Book of Two Guns” - writes for several firearms/tactical publications, and is featured on GunTalk’s DVD, “Fighting With The 1911 -  McKee’s new book, AR-15 Skills and Drills, is available off Shootrite’s website:


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