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Viridian Weapon-Mounted Accessories Now Available for Sig Sauer P365

Viridian Weapon Technologies has announced the availability of two new weapon-mounted accessories for the Sig Sauer® P365. The REACTOR® R5 Gen 2 Green Laser Sight and the E-SERIES™ Red Laser Sight are each designed to fit the P365 and are currently available for sale in stores and online.

FBI National Use-Of-Force Data Collection

The FBI announced that the official launch of the National Use-of-Force Data Collection will take place on January 1, 2019. The National Use-of-Force Data Collection, the first of its kind, is an addition to the national data collections in the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program.

Mossberg Pump-Action Shotgun Retrograde Series

O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc. introduced the Retrograde Series of pump-action shotguns; the 500 Persuader Retrograde and 590A1 Retrograde. Commemorating Mossberg’s 100th anniversary in 2019, the Retrograde Series features the two most iconic police and military pump-action shotguns, built with the retro look and feel of a walnut stock and matching corncob forend.

Sig Sauer
Jeff Powers Joins SIG SAUER as Vice President

SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to announce Jeff Powers has joined SIG SAUER as Vice President, Operations & Continuous Improvement. In this position Powers will work to streamline manufacturing operations and processes to increase productivity and oversee continuous improvement.

Federal Ammunition Receives $41 Million Ammo Contract for United States Navy

Federal Ammunition was recently awarded a significant contract from U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC), for MK 318 Mod 0 carbine small rifle cartridges.

Nightforce Optics 1-8x Unimount Upgrade Promotion

Nightforce Optics, Inc. announced the 1-8x Unimount Upgrade promotion. This promotion will provide a free Nightforce X-Treme Duty Unimount ($260 value) to eligible purchases of any ATACR or NX8 1-8x24 F1 riflescopes between December 7, 2018 and January 31, 2019.

Samson Manufacturing Holiday Sales Continue

Get more for less with Samson by enhancing your lightweight build with Samson Manufacturing's Lightweight Low-Profile Gas Block. Save 20%, now through the end of December.

Umarex Gauntlet Available in .25 Caliber

Umarex USA Inc. announces a major addition to their Gauntlet line of Pre-Charged Pneumatic air rifles: the .25 caliber Gauntlet. The Gauntlet offers the larger .25 caliber for the same MSRP of just $299.99.

German Precision Optics USA Expands Passion 3X Riflescope Line

German Precision Optics USA has expanded its PASSION 3X riflescope line with the addition of the new 6-18x50 riflescope. German designed and engineered, this new scope features the perfect range of magnification for long range shooting and a large objective lens for shooting in low light conditions.

SureFire Shipping X400U & X400UH Weaponlights

SureFire, LLC is proud to announce the launch of the all-new 1,000 lumen X400U and X400UH models. The X400U, features 1,000 lumens of stunning white light focused by a Total Internal Reflection lens.

Comp-Tac Top Holster at the IDPA Nationals

Comp-Tac Victory Gear remains the top holster choice among IDPA members, according to the results of the equipment survey conducted by the International Defensive Pistol Association during their 2018 National Championship last September. This is the 7th year in a row that Comp-Tac was named the number one holster brand in the competition holster category.

Hornady to Supply 300 PRC Ammunition to U.S. DoD
The 300 Precision Rifle Cartridge, released by Hornady earlier this year, was tested and selected by the Department of Defense for its extended long range sniper program following a rigorous evaluation process.
Bear Edge Knives’ New Assisted Sideliner

Bear Edge Knives, a brand under Bear & Son Cutlery, introduces a new assisted sideliner — Model 61106. Lightweight, smooth action with a minimal snagging design, this new pocket knife is comfortable to carry all-day.

Skill Set: Draw and Move

Rich’s column in Tuesday’s Wire is spot on. The ability to draw, or present the pistol properly – which means safely and efficiently – is incredibly important. Unfortunately it’s something that the majority of shooters never really practice. “But,” they say, “I shoot regularly.” And most can shoot accurately. But, force them to draw the weapon at full speed from concealment – for example during Force On Force training – which may be to the low-ready or on target to engage, and things get ugly.

Once I received proper instruction on how to draw the pistol – during a Gunsite Handgun class – I dedicated myself to actually learning to draw. I put in thousands of hours on the presentation. Like any skill it takes repetition, and dry practice is the way. But, initially part of my problem was not doing it from concealment. Your practice should be as you carry, same weapons, holsters and clothing or concealment.

As Rich mentioned a great number of your repetitions should be drawing to a low-ready position, as opposed to coming on target every time. Ask anyone who has drawn the pistol on a regular basis and they’ll tell you that actually presenting on target is a rare occurrence. And you never point it at someone until you’ve decided it’s time to shoot. Safety Rule II: Never point the muzzle at anything you’re not ready or willing to shoot. Numerous negligent shootings have occurred from people using the “Muzzle Intimidation” technique; pointing the muzzle at someone just to prove you’re willing to shoot them is never a good idea.

For defensive applications it’s also important to move while drawing the pistol. Moving - even if it’s only one step to the left or right – forces the threat back to the beginning of their OODA Loop. After forcing them into a reactive mode you continue to move, creating distance, getting behind cover or to get a clear angle of fire on the threat.

This initial, immediate movement is not natural. In fact, instincts tell you to root to the ground, whether you’re trying to orient to the exact nature of the threat, attempting to gather more details until finally deciding what to do, or you’ve decided to fight. While practicing your presentation – using carry gear and dressed accordingly – add movement into the sequence. It’s not natural, so it’s going to take a lot of repetitions for it to become automatic.

I do lots of dry practice on the draw and move. When I do get to the range, it’s lots of draw/move and fire one shot. The focus is marksmanship, extending the distances and making one accurate hit. After follow through, preparing to shoot again if necessary, everything slows down for a good scan. After scanning, looking for all the things that are important – other threats, family/friends, cover, an exit or law enforcement – I methodically, slowly work it back into the holster, ready to reverse it out and presenting the pistol again if it were necessary. Regardless of the live-fire repetitions, they are heavily outnumbered by the number of times I draw to the low-ready position.

As a community, and here at the Wire, the draw or presentation is a common subject. Your task is to take it beyond the academic and put these skills into practice - literally.

Tiger McKee is director of Shootrite Firearms Academy, located in northern Alabama. He is the author of The Book of Two Guns, AR-15 Skills and Drills, featured on GunTalk’s DVD, “Fighting With The 1911 and has regular columns in Gun Digest and American Handgunner.


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