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Smith & Wesson
Raven Concealment Systems Inventory Clearance
Raven Concealment Systems has announced the discontinuation and clearance of most models of their Phantom and Phantom LC holster line. First brought to market 11 years ago, the Phantom and Phantom LC completely changed the paradigm of Kydex holsters.
Crimson Trace Sponsors Women's Education Event
Crimson Trace recently played a pivotal part of The Well Armed Woman's annual state conference held in Brooklyn, Michigan. Crimson Trace conducted an educational classroom session along with a hands-on range event to help the 80-plus participants learn more about firearms — and laser sights.
Comp-Tac Flatline Holster
Comp-Tac's most versatile holster comes in a new color - Dark Tan. This low-friction, pancake-style Kydex holster can be worn inside or outside the waist band.

Sig Sauer
DeSantis Offers IWB Concealment for Micro-Glock with Light/Laser
DeSantis Gunhide introduces their #137 Slim-Tuk minimal IWB holster for the Glock 43 with the Streamlight TLR-6. Made of Kydex, the Slim-Tuk uses the 360° C-Clip and can be used by left- or right-handed users.
DoubleStar Unveils Its New Drakon Blade
DoubleStar Corp is proud to announce the release of its new Drakon Blade. Coated in DoubleStar's Dragon Hyde DLC coating, the Drakon Blade has a scalloped beveled edge and a finger loop to ensures secure retention throughout the cut.
Leica Expands Premium Entry-level Binocular Series
Leica has expanded its successful premium entry-level Trinovid HD series with two new binoculars: the Leica Trinovid 8x32 HD and Leica Trinovid 10x32 HD. The new Trinovid 32 HD binoculars guarantee a bright and clear view, pin-sharp resolution, plus superb color fidelity and contrast.

Spirit of Blue Foundation Receives $50,000 Gift From LEU
The Spirit of Blue Foundation reported that it has received a $50,000 cash donation from the National Board of Law Enforcement United. The gift was presented to the Spirit of Blue at LEU's 8th Annual Road to Hope Memorial Ride arrival ceremony held this year at the World War II Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, DC on May 12, 2017.
Taurus USA Team Captain Jessie Harrison-Duff Wins
Taurus USA congratulates team captain Jessie Harrison-Duff as she wrapped up another successful competition at the 2017 Georgia Steel Challenge Championship. Jessie walked away with a first-place finish in the Ladies Open with a score of 90.03 - her personal best match score.
Birchwood Casey Print-N-C Targets for Your Custom Reactive Targets
Shooters can now create their own reactive targets with the new Print-N-C™ Targets from Birchwood Casey. These are 8.5"W x 11"H and will work with any inkjet or laser printer.

Mesa Tactical Signs OpticsPlanet, Inc. as New Distributor
Mesa Tactical has named OpticsPlanet, Inc. as a Mesa Tactical Distributor. OpticsPlanet will be stocking the majority of the Mesa Tactical line, including the SureShell Shotshell Carriers.
Nosler Announces Limited Edition M48 Independence Day Rifle
In a gesture to celebrate the birth of this great nation, Nosler is offering a small run of 25, Limited Edition, Model 48 Independence Day Rifles with some distinct and patriotic features for those looking to add something special to their collection.
Team SIG Member Lena Miculek Brings Home Gold
SIG SAUER, Inc. announces that Team SIG member Lena Miculek recently earned multiple top finishes during the first ever International Practical Shooting Confederation Rifle World Shoot.
Ruger Introduces SP101 Match Champion
Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. announced the new Ruger SP101 Match Champion - a five-round revolver designed with the competitor in mind. Chambered in .357 Magnum, but capable of firing .38 Special, the Match Champion has a full-lug, 4.2" barrel with an 11-degree target crown.
Gerber Gear Updates Blade Marking Capabilities
Gerber Gear, leading global supplier personal knives, multi-tools, and problem-solving gear recently integrated Cajo Technologies laser marking systems - the most advanced laser marking systems available - into their production line. with Breaking News Reports currently features stories on the latest in Syria and behind-the-scenes-articles on Philippines SOF Units. SOFREP News was founded on hard-hitting reports from all over the world.
Meprolight Introduces Suppressor-Friendly Night Sights
As the grip of regulations shows signs of loosening, Meprolight, the world's leading manufacturer of pistol sights, is addressing another challenge facing owners of suppressors -- they tend to block the user's sights.
FN Pro Shooter Sevigny Wins Production
FN America, LLC is proud to announce that Dave Sevigny, FN Pro Shooter, recently won Production Division at the Georgia Steel Challenge Championship, a Level 2 match and part of the Steel Challenge circuit, June 9 – 10, 2017, in Waverly Hill, Georgia.
Lyman Master Gunsmith Tool Kits
Lyman's Master Gunsmith screw driver sets provide all the bits needed by gunsmiths and those who work on firearms. These complete sets come with bits for slotted screws, hex screws, 6-lobe screws, and Phillips screws.
SOFREP TV Releases Full Length Training Cell on YouTube
Chapter 1 of "Gunfight at The Lodge" is now live on SOFREP TV's YouTube page. Viewers will see the team with diverse backgrounds utilize the weapon system to its full capability.
Logistics Experts TLR Named Silver Sponsor of Import/Export Conference
Portland, Oregon-based logistics expert firm TLR has returned as a Silver Sponsor of the upcoming 2017 Import/Export Conference.
Skill Set: The Ultimate .22 AR
Smith & Wesson's M&P 15-22 is a great platform. It fires .22 Long Rifle caliber, which isn't a cheap as it used to be but still less than firing .223/5.56. The 15-22 is reliable. I haven't had any problem with mine, and it doesn't get cleaned that often. As far as manipulations go, it's very close to the actual AR platform. Plus, with aftermarket parts you can set one up just like you want. Everyone should have a 15-22.

My goal was to assemble a 15-22 that was a match, at least as close as possible, to my MHT Katana AR. Putting it all together would require a new stock, handguard, front and sights and a red-dot.

The stock was easy. Magpul's MOE stock fit the bill perfectly. The comb is wider, which provides a better cheekweld, and it's full adjustable. Although my "work" carbine has a fixed stock, the MOE is the same size and shape so it's a good match.

To attach a different type handguard to the M&P requires using a modified barrel nut. Tacticalcool22 offers a "Handguard Conversion Kit" that has everything you need. It comes with the barrel nut, which has the proper threads for attaching any free-float handguard. (You can also use it for factory type two-piece handguards.) You get the barrel wrench - a long tube that goes into the stock handguards from the muzzle - to remove the factory nut. The kit also includes the wrench for the new barrel nut and a set of barrel clamps, which are like "real" ones except in miniature.

Removing and replacing the handguard is a simple process. Remove the original nut, using the special wrench, install the replacement nut and you're ready to attach any type handguard. For my clone, I went with PRI's Gen III Delta. This is the exact handguard on my Katana, with plenty of rails to attach anything you need.

I run fixed sights on my carbines. For the 15-22 rear sight I used the Daniel Defense A1.5 fixed sight, which attaches to the rail on the receiver. The front sight was a little different. Due to the diameter of the M&P barrel it won't take a standard AR sight base. A little research turned up a company that was modifying standard sight bases to fit 15-22. Again, Tacticalcool has you covered with their 15-22 sight base. You'll need to pick up the actual sight, spring, detent and other small parts but that's easy enough. After installing the front sight base and small parts I threaded on a three-prong flash hider, again to get the same look as the Katana.

Finally the 15-22 was looking good, but to complete the build I needed a red-dot. Brownells had just what I needed, Bushnell's TRS 25 sight, which has a 3 MOA dot and comes with the mount

The final parts were a DuckBill Tactical grip, again to match the Katana, and an Agile Sling, which is a simple two point sling with a quick release.

The finished product is almost a perfect match to my work carbine, except it weighs less and it's cheaper to shoot. In other words it's fun. I know what you're thinking – "This is an expensive build." You may not want to go with these same parts. The beauty of the AR is its modular design; with the parts now available the M&P 15-22 is almost the same.

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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