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GunVault® Launches New Online Tools
GunVault® has created two new online tools to help consumers find the right safe for their firearms: one lets you search from the firearm type and size to the right product and the other lets you search from product to the appropriate firearm.
Sightmark® Releases Military-Inspired LoPro Combo™ in Dark Earth
This military-inspired, multi-functional laser and flashlight device can be mounted on a picatinny or weaver rail of an AR-15, either in front of a riflescope without interference with field-of-view, or on the side of the quad rail.
Crimson Trace® Equips S&W's M&P SHIELD™
Crimson Trace announces the pending release of a Laserguard® green laser sight - the LG-489G® -- designed specifically for Smith &Wesson's M&P SHIELD™ pistols. This newest Laserguard® will feature a green diode and is designed to fit securely and unobtrusively onto the trigger guards of the popular polymer-framed M&P SHIELD™ pistols.
Sept. S.W.A.T. Magazine Issues Next Week
The September issue of S.W.A.T. Magazine features the Colt Model 6940P, dealing with recoil, emergency preparation and the September Sweepstakes. September's S.W.A.T. Magazine will be on newsstands on August 5th.
2014 Shooting Industry Masters Raised $100,000 For Shooting Sports
The nearly 400 participants and industry partners at the 12th annual Shooting Industry Masters raised a record $100,000 for shooting programs. The event took place along Florida's Treasure Coast, July 18-19.

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Night Optics USA Unveils a New High Performance Night Vision Riflescope
Night Optics USA, manufacturer of high performance night vision and thermal products, introduces the Magnus 790 6x long-range night vision riflescope. The Magnus 790 is the new and improved update to the very popular D-760 6x scope.
U.S. Army Acquires Additional Beretta M9 9mm Pistols
Beretta Defense Technologies announced the purchase by the U.S. Army of a quarter million dollars worth of additional M9 pistols from Beretta U.S.A. Corp. The Army acquired the additional pistols by issuing the 6th delivery order to date against a contract for up to 100,000 pistols awarded by the Army to Beretta U.S.A. Corp. in September 2012.
New Ground Strike Targets from Birchwood Casey Add Challenging Fun to a Day at the Range
Birchwood Casey® has added three new targets to the Ground Strike™ line for 2014. Ground StrikeTargets from Birchwood Casey are constructed of a durable self-healing material that will withstand hundreds of shots while still maintaining their original shape.
TRU-SPEC® Adds Two New Patterns from the MultiCam® Family to Popular TRU Line
TRU-SPEC®, a supplier of uniforms and personal equipment to the military, law enforcement and public safety markets, has added the MultiCam Tropic™ and MultiCam Arid™ patterns, developed by Crye Precision, to their popular Tactical Response Uniform selections.
Traditions Performance Firearms Seeking Sales and Marketing Coordinator
Traditions™ Performance Firearms is seeking a Sales and Marketing Coordinator. This position is an entry level position with potential for growth. The position would be located at the company headquarters in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, but will involve some travel.
Olympic Athletes Set Sights on M3GI
With the opening shots of Crimson Trace's Midnight 3-Gun Invitational (M3GI) only weeks away, the roster of registered shooters for the event holds some of the top names in the 3-Gun competition world. That competitor list now includes twin sisters and Olympic Biathlon shooters Lanny and Tracy Barnes. The Olympians have been preparing for M3GI by competing in other events, attending training schools, teaching -and practicing.
Colt Sponsors and Donates to FMG Shooting Industry Masters
Colt's Manufacturing Company sponsored FMG's Shooting Industry Masters event at the gold level and donated a special Single Action Army® Revolver specially engraved to commemorate Samuel Colt's two hundredth birthday for the event's charitable auction.
Introducing BlackBore Shotgun Chokes
BlackBore Sports introduces shotgun chokes at the cutting edge of choke design. With is unique patented port design, a full line of competition, hunting and tactical chokes are offered for the discriminating shooter.
Remington Clarifies R51 Status
Remington has released a product update on their R51 subcompact pistol. The statement includes a statement on production issues and an offer for purchasers of the initial release of the R51.
Leupold Introduces Mark 6 Throw Lever
Leupold has created a new Throw Lever for its Mark 6 line of riflescopes. Engineered to allow for lightning fast magnification changes, the Throw Lever is designed to eliminate the chances of over-torquing the adjustment ring.
ZEISS Offers Instant Rebates During the "2014 FIELD DAYS" Promotion
From August 1 through August 31, 2014, Zeiss Sports Optics is offering huge savings in the way of an instant rebate on many of its most popular optics as part of its 2014 ZEISS FIELD DAYS promotion.
Mossberg Signs Pro Shooter Trevor Baucom
O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc, America's oldest family-owned and operated firearms manufacturer, is pleased to announce a multi-year sponsorship agreement with competitive shooter, Trevor Baucom.
Desantis Product Availability For H&K VP9
DeSantis Gunhide®, a division of HELGEN Industries Inc., introduces 5 holster fits for the H&K VP9. These include the Speed Scabbard and the Thumb Break Scabbard, among others.
SureFire Introduces Two New 600-Lumen Fury Scout Light LED WeaponLights
SureFire has expanded its signature Scout Light Series with the new M600P and M620P Fury Scout WeaponLight models. Both models feature SureFire's newest high-performance LED, which produces 600 lumens and provides a wider beam with increased surround light. MSRP is $349 (M600P) and $449 (M620P).
FMG Announces 2014 Shooting Industry Masters Winners
Industry members from across the country gathered in Sebastian, Fla. at the Indian River Shooting Range, July 18-19 to launch the 12th Annual Shooting Industry Masters. Over 350 competitors and industry partners raised thousands of dollars in support of NSSF's First Shots, USA Shooting and HAVA.
GLOCK Pledges $150,000 to CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park
GLOCK, Inc. has contributed $50,000 to the Civilian Marksmanship Program in support of its new CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park, which opens in the spring of 2015.
Adams Arms Announces New AR Pistols
The new Adams Arms AR Pistols are currently being offered in 7.5" and 11.5" barrel configurations with an introductory price of $1099, which includes a Samson Evolution rail.
Larry and Brenda Potterfield Honored at Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation Nationals
The Potterfields were honored by SSSF as the 'Founding Life Diamond Members' of the Champion's Roundtable, which recognizes donors who have made major contributions to the SSSF missio
IDFholsters.com Now Offers Front Line's Crimson Trace® Compatible Holsters
IDFholsters.com now offers new Front Line holsters designed to fit handguns equipped with Crimson Trace Lasergrips®.
 
Editor's Notebook: Carrying "Light"
As the center of summer came along, heat and humidity rising (until this week) and travel approaching, I began carrying "light." A bad idea in most cases, but we adapt to changing circumstance and adjust mindset to a slightly decreased capability.

I'd determined not to write more about the S&W M&P Shield until the Apex trigger parts and new sights were installed. I'm still waiting on sights and haven't mucked around with the interior of the gun as it's working fine as is. My sample is the one with that dangerous safety lever. I don't stay awake nights as it's never migrated on or off without prompting from my thumb.

I did add the Crimson Trace Laserguard - in this edition, they announced a new one forthcoming with a green diode - and have it zeroed with the sights. Finally, magazines have become available. I availed myself of the 8-round versions. Only slightly less compact than the standard, flat-floorplate seven-round versions, these add so little to the form that concealment is in no way compromised in a belt holster.

My pockets are otherwise occupied.

Getting holsters to fit the LG-mounted pistol was a bit of a different story. Some time back, the CrossBreed Snapslide came along. A belt-slide holster, there is nearly no pistol protruding from the rig when the gun is seated. The fear of sitting in an armchair, catching the muzzle on the chair and popping the gun out onto the deck is nonexistent. The gun rides close and virtually disappears. It is a small gun and the Snapslide has a forward cant along the lines of the old FBI-style holster.



Photo Courtesy of Comp-Tac.
Timed draws out of the little holster were quite fast and the gun snaps into the holster firmly.

For more discreet carry - but only a little more - an IWB was desired.

Enter Comp-Tac with their Minotaur MERC holster. Another hybrid, the acronym is said to stand for Most Economical Reliable Comfort. The cost is low, in the vicinity of $50 from Comp-Tac. Like hybrid holsters tend to be, it is comfortable. It has a range of adjustment, which is more trouble than I need.

The standard clips fit the 1.5" belt, as to my preference. The way the holster was sent from the factory, I needed to adjust nothing - it was perfect as it came out. It may not be that way for everyone, hence the adjustability.

The spare magazine - yes, I carry a spare magazine - fits into a Comp-Tac single magazine pouch. No problems.

My experience with the S&W Shield on the home range, on the road and when "competing" at the S&W IDPA Backup Gun Nationals last November, led me to believe I could rely on this pint-sized gun when things get tough. I'd like to have more ammo - actually, I'd prefer a carbine or shotgun - but the Shield works just fine for a small, yet service-style, handgun.

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-- Rich Grassi
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