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Taurus Contributes $50,000 to NSSF's #GUNVOTE Campaign
The National Shooting Sports Foundation announced that Taurus has joined #GUNVOTE's Ambassador Club, contributing $50,000 in support of the association's critical voter registration and education campaign.
Stag Names Berlinski to Marketing Manager
Anthony Ash, President of Stag Arms, announced that Christopher F. Berlinski has been appointed Stag's Marketing Manager. Mr. Berlinski has over 10 years of retail and marketing experience and holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Eastern Connecticut State University.
SilencerCo Contributes $100,000 to NSSF's #GUNVOTE
The National Shooting Sports Foundation is pleased to announce that SilencerCo has joined #GUNVOTE's President's Club, contributing $100,000 in support of the association's critical voter registration and education campaign.

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Team Safariland Dominates at IPSC, IDPA & NRA Championships
Safariland congratulates Team Safariland members Maggie Reese, Julie Golob, Robert Vogel and Rob Leatham for their triumphs at the 2016 IPSC Nationals held in Frostproof, Fla. In addition to claiming a title at IPSC, Vogel dominated the day before at the 2016 IDPA National Championship hosted in Cresson, Texas while Doug Koenig won top honors at the NRA World Shooting Championship in Glengary, W. Va.
American Handgunner for Nov/Dec 2016
The latest issue of American Handgunner features the HOSS 1911 from Guncrafter. Other highlights include "Suppressors and the Modern Handgun," Springfield's Range Officer pistols and the Honor Guard 9mm.
Vero Vellini Slings to Aid Accuracy
Vero Vellini makes slings to comfortably carry your rifle and that will tighten up your field-expedient shooting position for increased accuracy this hunting season. A simple wrap of the Vero Vellini sling around the support arm cinches the rifle down, creating a rock-solid shooting platform in any position.

Nexbelt Seeking Outdoor Sales Reps Nationwide
NexbeltTM (, "The Belt With No Holes" is seeking experienced Outdoor Sales Reps throughout the United States.
Troy Acoustics CEO to Speak at NSSF Lead Management Workshop
The National Shooting Sports Foundation announced that range acoustics expert Bill Bergiadis has joined the growing list of firearms range and retail professionals speaking at the association's fall Lead Management and OSHA Compliance Workshop, taking place October 16-18 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Speed Record Set by Tactical Solution's BJ Norris
A new speed record was set in San Luis Obispo in August when BJ Norris achieved a staggering 82.44-second time in the Centerfire Limited Division. Norris' history-making win was further emphasized by his second placed win in the Rimfire Pistol Optic Division.

Calif. Gov. Brown Vetoes Anti-Conceal Carry Measure
On Monday, California Governor Jerry Brown vetoed Assembly Bill 450, a measure to allow local governments to radically increase the amount of fees they charge for handgun carry license applications and issuance. Brown's veto message stated that the issue was not one that "merits a statewide change."
Mass Casualty Event on The Best Defense
Award-winning producers of THE BEST DEFENSE, Michael Bane and Jeff Murray, decided to tackle the issue of being trapped in a mass casualty event - active murderer - in a compelling, and terrifying, special premiering on OUTDOOR CHANNEL at 8:00 PM ET Wednesday, September 28, encoring November 2 (Time to be announced). Bane and Murray reached out to both law enforcement and military counterterrorism experts and trainers who studied mass casualty events to produce this realistic and chilling special event.
XS Sight Systems Revamped Name and Logo
XS Sight Systems is set to officially change its name to XS Sights, effective January 1, 2017. XS Sights was founded in 1996 by Ed Pastusek, who went on to partner with Ashley Emerson to apply precision manufacturing to produce sights for defensive shooting.
Comp-Tac Flatline Holsters New Color and New Fits
Comp-Tac Victory Gear have added options of a new color and additional firearm fits to the popular holsters the Flatline and Flatline Thumb Break. Both holsters are available in Hunter Green. New fits include Glock standard and large frame pistols (e.g., 17 and 21), S&W M&P, Walther PPQ and SIG P320/250.
Brownells New Product Review
The New Products video from Brownells is out. This week, products featured include the Bootleg PicMod Handguard, the ALG Defense AK Trigger Enhanced, the Recover Tactical MAG Clip System and the Recover Tactical RC12 rail for Gen1/Gen2 Glock 17.
Ruger One-Button Takedown Mark IV 22
Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. announced the Ruger Mark IV. The heavily redesigned Mark IV maintains the same classic outward appearance as the Mark III but it incorporates a simple, one-button takedown for quick and easy field-stripping.
MGM Junior Camp Alum Hill Achieves Grandmaster
MGM Targets congratulates the accomplishment of Shane Hill with the Practical Edge Junior Team. Shane, a MGM Targets Junior Shooter Camp alumnus has just earned the Classification of United States Shooting Association's Grandmaster.
CMP Talladega 600
Be a part of the new "Southern Classic" as The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) hosts its second Talladega 600 – the perfect getaway for rifle, pistol and shotgun enthusiasts. The event will begin Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, and concludes Sunday, Dec. 11, at CMP's ground-breaking Talladega Marksmanship Park.
Crimson Trace Founder Lew Danielson to Retire
Crimson Trace's Founder Lew Danielson has announced his retirement after more than two decades as a leader in the company and the industry. Danielson, a trained engineer, co-founded Crimson Trace in the backroom of an Oregon machine shop in 1994.
Pulsar Quantum HD19A Thermal Monocular
Pulsar announced that the Quantum HD19A Thermal Monocular has been reviewed and tested by the National Tactical Officers Association. It is now recommended by the organization's membership.
UTG Pro Super Slim Keymod Handguards for 308 AR
The New UTG PRO 15" MTU026SSKC and 17" MTU038SSKC are the latest Keymod Compatible handguards from UTG PRO's manufacturing facility. Compatible with the Smith and Wesson M&P10 and DPMS low profile LR-308 (other variants using the same dimensions may also be compatible), the handguards feature an ultra-lightweight octagonal profile, carrying on the same features and ergonomics from their successful AR15 varieties.
Editor's Notebook: Absolutes
I'd decided that the so-called "AR pistol" was a "never happen" for me. Then, after some consideration, the absolute seemed to vanish. The sample in the photo was too heavy, but a lighter gun could be an asset in a personal defense plan.
I've noticed an abundance of 'absolutes' recently – largely in social media, though some in personal conversations. 'Absolutes' are flat statements of fact, meant to apply 100% of the time. In terms of the self-defense/tactical shooting venues, we've had "facts" stated from the earliest time I can remember. Many, if not all, have had exceptions.

The only real absolute it seems is the existence of variables.

The one to consider is training: you absolutely must be trained or you're going to lose the fight. Aside from the fact that it ought to be true, the data simply don't support the position. As far back as there being maybe 16 states with some form of permitted concealed carry – nearly all of those being of the "arbitrary denial" type (thanks, Stephen Wenger), we still had cops and most of the cops were loath to carry a gun off-duty. Most existed in the state of "it'll never happen to me" even on the job. Agencies seldom did more than have people qualify on "some mickey-mouse accuracy test" (h/t to Clive Shepherd). In spite of a lack of what we'd call 'real training,' cops were winning overwhelmingly when they had any chance at all. Still, the "it'll never happen to me" virus was around.

"1911 pistols are unreliable." Ask yourself, compared to what? Understand what you're doing with the gun, what its role is and your skill at maintaining the piece are all additional considerations.
I remember a case in the late 1970s when we had an officer reporting he'd been shot at. That was a big deal in our little town and the officers thereabouts seemed to get tense. I saw a veteran of many years show up the first day after the event. His normal carry gear was a four-inch Colt Python backed by a double dump pouch (a leather affair that, if you broke the snap, six rounds were supposed to fall out in your hand so you could reload the cylinder). Seldom did all the rounds come out and, it seemed, people would drop one or two rounds fumbling around – and that was on the range).

This day I first noticed a pair of HKS speedloaders in a pouch on his belt – I knew he'd had them but never had used them before. And, for the first time since I'd know him, he was wearing armor.

This guy was no coward either. I'd seen him walk into a room in the hospital after a man armed with a shotgun. He talked the guy out. Say what you will, but I have a lot of respect for the old boy.

Soon after, we determined that it was a bogus shooting and the body armor went away.

"It'll never happen to me."

"Revolvers are obsolete and no good for defense." For some people, they remain a top choice. For someone who works at shooting skill, they can be an asset in learning trigger control. Their day has not yet passed.
Cops tended to show up at qualification but didn't pick up their primers or have the shift loaders load ammo for them (We got a thousand primers a year. The outfit supplied the Star reloader, a loader operator on each shift. You provided the slugs and brass and the powder was gratis.) I'd happily trade guys out of their primers and got to be one of the loader operators, loading 3,000 or so rounds a year just at the department in addition to what I loaded at home.

Still, those cops tended to win fights against some pretty nasty characters. Same with armed citizens – people who'd bought a pistol, fired six rounds and dropped the gun in a sock drawer seemed to do well against violent felons – when they could get to the gun.

The data may change over time, but it seems the armed citizen seems to win over violent criminal offenders overwhelmingly. Now that the no-longer federally sanctioned War on Terror has come home to roost, it may not work out that way in future. We'll see.

Next on the list is the type of gun or make of gun that gets the absolute statement of fact, the real truth: "If it's not X, you'll die." Yeah, okay. That's kind of like the "cheap, easily concealed handgun is no good, a widow-maker, etc." You'll find that it's (1) being aware there's a serious problem, (2) willingness to deal with that problem and (3) having a tool to assist in the process that makes all the difference.

Yeah, that 1911-pattern pistol won't work over a 300-1,000 round class (until it does, which seems to happen). As Ken Hackathorn pointed out in an interview, that data set is irrelevant anyway – he carries 22 rounds of .45 with a 1911. It has to work for that many rounds, after which it becomes an impact weapon. It was the same with "Glocks just blow up," "M&Ps are no good," and other such silliness.

Sure, you should buy and use a gun you can maintain and keep to factory specifications. The 1911 isn't for everyone no more than a traditional double action or a striker fired gun or a revolver. Here's the deal: you find your place and make it work. It could be that a real service style handgun with a high round count service life could be your thing. It may not for whatever reason.

Same with caliber. If I had a nickel for every time the caliber nonsense arose, I'd kick Warren Buffett out of his old Nebraska home and turn it into a museum. The round has to work – reliably fire, extract/eject, reset the firing device, feed up and lock into place. After that, it needs to predictably hit to the sights. Penetration is good too. Expansion? That's angels dancing upon the heads of pins.

I don't care about 9mm vs. .45, .38 vs. 9mm or any of that. It lacks relevance in the real world.

It is critical to have the right size ammo for the gun you carry. That makes a difference.

Revolvers aren't relevant to self-defense? Yes, that's another absolute. They aren't until they are and that's when they're employed. We all know that capacity is limited and if you get a stoppage with a wheel gun that is not related to simply running out of ammo, you're in serious trouble. I carry a revolver nearly every single day – as it backs up another gun, a compact version of a service pistol. Even the service pistol can break, quit running or get taken from me.

Simply stated, when someone rattles off a statement of absolutes, think critically. Don't just buy it because it's a strong statement. Strong statements sound good, but they are often shaky and don't respond well to being pushed.

-- Rich Grassi

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