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Kyle Tengwall Named Chief Marketing Officer/General Manager of PepperBall
United Tactical Systems announced it has appointed Kyle Tengwall as Chief Marketing Officer and General Manager of the Consumer Division of PepperBall. Tengwall brings an extensive track record of proven leadership, growth and innovation. He was most recently General Manager of Duck Commander Inc.
Crimson Trace Laserguard for Ruger's LCP II
Crimson Trace is now manufacturing two new Laserguard laser sights: The LG-497 with red laser diode, and the LG-497G with green laser diode. Both laser sights are designed for a precision fit onto Ruger's popular LCP II compact semi-auto pistol.
TROY FDE Summer Sale
TROY has taken 25% off select Flat Dark Earth accessories for a limited time. BattleSights, BattleRails and accessories, including PDW and Tomahawk Stocks, Slings and BattleMags for your 5.56 and 7.62 rifle and carbine.

Sig Sauer
Concealed Carry Fashion Show at the Inaugural NRA Carry Guard Expo
The 2017 NRA Carry Guard Expo Concealed Carry Fashion Show is scheduled for Friday, August 25, at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Fashion Show will showcase the Expo's top concealed carry products and demonstrate the features and benefits to an audience of firearm enthusiasts and industry media.
USCCA To Sponsor Reception At Gun Rights Policy Conference
The United States Concealed Carry Association (uscca) Is Hosting A Saturday Evening Reception During This Year's Gun Rights Policy Conference, September 29-october 1, 2017 In Dallas, Texas.
Starline Brass Shooting Sports Month Promotion for Veterans
August is the National Shooting Sports Foundation's Shooting Sports Month. To tie into it, Starline has developed a Shooting Sports Month promotion that will help support our veterans through America's Mighty Warriors and promote shooting sports and the hobby of shooting.

MidwayUSA Now Offering Swenson Glock Barrels and Slides
MidwayUSA is pleased to announce the addition of Glock Barrels and Slides to their existing offering of Swenson products. Swenson Glock barrels are precision machined from stainless steel and finished with melonite for wear and corrosion resistance.
Viridian to Display at NRA Carry Guard Expo
Viridian Weapon Technologies will attend the NRA Carry Guard Expo in Milwaukee, Wisconsin August 25-27. The Viridian booth (#1018) will offer attendees first-hand looks and interaction opportunities with their newest, most-advanced lights and lasers.
Federal Premium Introduces Edge TLR All-Range Hunting Ammunition
Federal Premium Ammunition announces Edge TLR, a full line of rifle ammunition combines the features of top match bullet designs with the industry's best bonding technology.

Fox Builds on Legacy of Craftsmanship with New A Grade Series Shotguns
For 2017, the new Fox A Grade Series presented by Savage Arms continues this heritage of craftsmanship with shotguns that handle gracefully, point naturally and hit hard. Shipments of these fine firearms are now being delivered to dealers.
Starnes Named CEO of DoubleStar
DoubleStar Corp is pleased to announce Stacy Starnes, former chief financial officer of DoubleStar Corp, as its new chief executive officer.
Apex Exhibiting At 2017 NRA Carry Guard Expo
Apex Tactical Specialties invites attendees of the 2017 NRA Carry Guard Expo, August 25 through August 27 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to stop by booth #1009 for a hands-on look at the latest products.
Brownells/Henry Rifles Experience Giveaway
Brownells and Henry Repeating Arms are working together to give one lucky winner a pair of personalized guns and an all-expenses-paid trip for two for an unforgettable experience at Brownells in Grinnell, Iowa.
INTELCASE Co. Announces their Expansion to Fort Smith Arkansas
INTELCASE Company, distributor of Negrini luxury gun cases, is expanding its operations and opening a new location in Fort Smith, Arkansas. The new headquarters will continue to offer the best quality firearms cases and customer service in the industry.
Glock Custom Pistol Enhancements At Wilson Combat
Wilson Combat custom pistol enhancements for Glock are now available. These include numerous Armor-Tuff coating color options, tactical sights, match-grade barrels, slide performance modifications and the signature Starburst polymer frame stippling.
Timney 49R Short Throw Ambidextrous Safety Selector
Timney Triggers introduces its 49'r ambidextrous short throw safety selector for the AR platform. It is precision machined, heat-treated steel, with replacement spring and carbo nitride coated safety plunger.
Skill Set: Browning Hi Power
The Browning Hi Power is an iconic pistol. It was carried was carried by both Germany and the Allies during WWII, and over fifty nations since then. It's probably safe to say it's one of the most extensively used military pistols ever.

John Browning began designing the Hi-Power in the 1920's in response to a request from the French military. The design of the Hi Power is similar to the 1911, but the details are very different. Browning's assistant, Dieudonne Saive, designed the "double stack" magazine for the Hi Power, and took over the project after Browning died. FN began selling the pistol in 1935. The French didn't accept the pistol, but many others did.

My history with the Hi Power started in 1978. I had grown up shooting 1911's, but because of my hand size sometimes I didn't get the standard G.I. grip safety depressed. I was finishing high school and decided I wanted a semi-auto 9mm as a graduation present from my parents.

At that time your choices in hi-cap semi-auto nines were the Browning or the Smith & Wesson nines. Dad took me to the gun shop, and I handled each of them. Just like my well worn copy of Small Arms of the World claimed, the pistol's "…better than usually instinctive pointing qualities" felt great in my hand. I informed Dad it was the Browning for me. He smiled, the shop owner smiled and I knew I had made the right choice. (In fact, the 20th Group SF presented Dad with a Hi Power during his Change of Command ceremony when he stepped down as their commanding officer.)

My dad knew the High Sheriff, so I already had a pistol permit; my jobs sometimes required me to carry deposits to the bank. I got a belt holster and a shoulder holster for carry and I was set. Even though it has a double stack magazine that holds thirteen – I always loaded twelve – a loaded Hi Power is lighter than the 1911. The slide is thin and tapers in the front, which means it's easy to conceal and comfortable to carry. That Browning served me well for many years – until I could afford to have a custom 1911 built that actually fit my hands – and it's one of those guns I'll never get rid of.

In today's market of high capacity polymer pistols the Hi Power is often overlooked. But it makes a great carry pistol. There are plenty of options available for custom Hi Powers. Cylinder & Slide and Robar offer parts and smithing services for the Hi Power. Nighthawk Custom offers full tilt custom Hi Powers. And there's plenty of surplus Hi Powers available from one of the many countries that made clones.

If you've never thought about the Hi Power give it a try. You might be shocked to find that a pistol from the 1930's is still great for today. In fact, I may just have to pick up another one to get some custom work done.

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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