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S.W.A.T. Features Lone Wolf G9 Pistol
The June issue of S.W.A.T. Magazine includes a write-up of the the Lone Wolf G9 pistol -- a 9mm built on an AR chassis. In other features, there's a look at how to acquire guns and gear that represent superb investments for the rugged American individualist on a budget, and which statements should set off alarm bells when you read them on internet forums.
National Police Week
Thousands of people will be visiting Washington, D.C. May 10-16 to observe National Police Week. Included in this group are almost 3,000 surviving family members and co-workers of America's fallen law enforcement heroes. This year, 127 officers who died in the line of duty in 2014 will be honored during National Police Week at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial's annual Candlelight Vigil and the Fraternal Order of Police and its Auxiliary's National Peace Officers' Memorial Service.
Daniel Defense Launches Guns & Gear Sweepstakes
Daniel Defense announced it will give away a Guns & Gear Prize Package valued over $3400 to one lucky grand prize winner. The second annual "Guns & Gear Sweepstakes" is open for entries now.
Liberty Ammunition to Exhibit at USCCA Concealed Carry Expo
Liberty Ammunition will be exhibiting at the USCCA Concealed Carry Expo in booth 219-221 at the Washington County Fair Park in West Bend, Wisconsin May 8-10, 2015. The USCCA Expo allows concealed carry enthusiasts to see cutting edge industry products, services and information.

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Shooting Industry – Handgun Sales And L.E./Tactical Gear Trends
The May issue of Shooting Industry profiles the handgun market and highlights law enforcement and tactical trends. In "Handgun Resurgence," Shooting Industry Editor Jade Moldé examines the state of the handgun market after the sales downturn of 2014, and receives insight on the market from Charles Brown, owner of MKS Supply.
Otis Partners With Kids and Clays Foundation
Otis Technology is excited to announce its partnership with the Kids & Clays® Foundation, a charity group whose proceeds benefit various Ronald McDonald House Charities. The Kids & Clays® Foundation is a community of shooting sports enthusiasts committed to supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities and improving the lives of children and their families.
Knife Rights' Oklahoma Knife Law Preemption bill signed by Gov. Fallin
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has signed Knife Rights' Knife Law Preemption bill, HB 1460, after passage by the House 81-4. The new preemption law becomes effective November 1, 2015. Oklahoma is the EIGHTH state in which Knife Rights has passed a Knife Law Preemption bill.
ZEISS and Kimber Partner on Rifle Package
Carl Zeiss Sports Optics announced their partnership with Kimber Manufacturing. With this the partnership, ZEISS provides their Conquest HD5 rifle scopes decorated in the Gore Optifade Concealment patterns to be packaged with Kimber's lightweight Mountain Ascent (Open Country pattern) and Adirondack (Elevated Forest pattern) rifles.

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Team SureFire's Maggie Reese Takes 1st at MultiGun Nationals
SureFire LLC, manufacturer of high-end illumination tools and tactical products congratulates Maggie Reese on on her third first place finish in the Open Division at the USPSA MultiGun National Championship.
Living Ready Presents Survival Savvy Family
The latest publication from Living Ready, an imprint of F+W Media, Survival Savvy Family provides the answers to several questions that helping families plan for unexpected events without being overwhelmed.
Dead Air Armament Announces Post A Selfie, Win A Silencer Contest
Dead Air Armament, distributed through BPI Outdoors, announces its first monthly post a selfie and win a silencer contest called #TurnUpTheSelfie.
NRA Names MidwayUSA Title Sponsor of 2015 Bianchi Cup
The National Rifle Association announces MidwayUSA as title sponsor of its 2015 National Action Pistol Championship, May 20-23, 2015 in Columbia, Missouri.
Armed American Radio and Armed American Radio Daily Defense Welcome New Affiliates
Armed American Radio, with Mark Walters, now heard in hundreds of cities across America on over 150 stations has recently added Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Live-Fire Shooting Range Featured at USCCA Concealed Carry Expo
The Concealed Carry Expo, May 8-10, 2015, at the Washington County Fair Park in West Bend, Wisconsin will bring a mobile, live-fire shooting range to expo attendees. Attendees will be able to test out a new pistol on site. The family-friendly event will include three days packed full of training seminars, products, retailers, and a special concealed-carry fashion show, along with the live-fire shooting experience.
Oakwood Controls Introduces Weatherproof H-Bar Electronic Target System
Oakwood Control's has introduced a weatherproof model of its Portable H-Bar Target System. This system was designed for professionals, as well as enthusiasts, that need instant feedback on long-range shooting in a portable package.
Building the Ultimate AR for the Ultimate Mag
C Products Defense Magazines and Ergo Grips have set out to build the Ultimate AR. Carol Jamil, Vice President at C Products Defense, said it was time to build an AR that would help showcase their magazines.
Front Line Holsters Featuring Kydex New Generation
FRONT LINE holsters incorporate high quality, durable designs with multi-layer materials to provide every handgun carrier with the top of the line protection they need.
Concealed Options For "Executive Carry," Online From FMG Publications
If you work in an office, concealing your gun within dress code parameters can limit carry options. FMG Publications Online Editor Mark Kakkuri finds the right rig to enhance "executive carry" and shares a few other top picks.
Team Hornady has Big Winners at USPSA Multi-Gun Nationals
Hornady Manufacturing, a world leader in bullet, ammunition, and reloading tools, congratulates the performances of Team Hornady members at the Multi-Gun National Championships.
Heizer Defense Promotes Polkis to VP, Sales & Marketing
Heizer Defense announces that Eric Polkis has been promoted to Vice President of Sales and Marketing. He previously worked for companies such as Colt, FN, and Beretta, where he has held significant sales roles in the dealer, distributor, chain.
Team Safariland's Reese & Voigt Excel at the MultiGun Nationals
Safariland congratulates team member Maggie Reese on her recent overall Ladies Open Division win and applauds Michael Voigt with his 5th place overall in the Open Division at the USPSA MultiGun National Championships. Reese, now with her third National title, and Voigt wore their Safariland ELS Belt System at the MultiGun Nationals.
Beretta Gallery Opens in Bass Pro Shops Memphis Pyramid
Beretta's third United States Gallery location opened this past week inside the Bass Pro Shops Memphis Pyramid, in Memphis, Tennessee.
 
Editor's Notebook: Reckoning
The Glock 19 Generation 4 and the Glock 30s, along with their new parts, took some trips to the range. I quickly found that the shooter wasn't up to the task.

I don't want to drag you back to the features that covered ROBAR's great work on a Gen. 2 Glock 17, but I'd had considerable trouble shooting straight with that gun. It appeared the same issue was arising here.

Now I've fired both of these heaters in the past – each had been fired on the Kansas C-POST qualification courses while supervised by active service personnel. The Glock 30s, being a .45 caliber Glock, was quite accurate – no surprise to me. I've not run into a Glock in .45 caliber – either ACP or GAP – that demonstrated less than very good service pistol accuracy. The Gen. 4 Glock 19 was okay – certainly better than earlier Glock 9mm pistols in the accuracy department, just not quite up to the accuracy of the 45s.

That work had been done with the "ball in bucket" factory plastic sights. I was very careful to try to center that fat front sight in the not-so-wide rear notch and was rewarded with fairly centered hits. Like many people, I tend to press left (when shooting right-handed) with Glocks. I had to learn to "bury" the trigger finger and use the distal crease to control the break of the trigger. That helped in the past.

Seeing groups high and left with the .45, I went to the 9mm and was seeing the same pattern. I think the "non-standard" feel of the Gen. 4 pistol sans backstrap was putting me in the same position as I was when shooting the ROBAR custom G17. The G30s was likewise messing with me.

I remembered the injunction to "cover the target with the contrasting color" and press the trigger. I normally will hold the top edge of the front sight 2/3 of the way up the bull and I was doing that here to cover the target with color. Bad idea.

Going to a ¼ - ½ of the bull hold (top edge of the front sight centered on the bull or ¼ of the way down from there), brought the elevation down. Using the distal joint of the index finger brought the group onto the left side of the bull with both guns.

It was time to work trigger control. I did the "bump drill," Bruce Gray's trigger control exercise. From sights-on-target, finger-on-trigger, press until you feel tension build. Release pressure, then press again a little more. Release and repeat. If it doesn't fire, try again, each time slightly increasing pressure. You'd get a surprise break somewhere in there – follow through on it. Take a breather and go through the process again. It's a good way to reinforce the feeling of a surprise trigger break. Works well in dry practice too, just make sure all that pesky ammo is elsewhere and that you're on a bullet absorbent target.

The contrasting color of the sights had pulled my attention away from the trigger – after all, this is a test of the sights, right? After getting on trigger control, things settled in nicely. I then worked the "Demand Shot," a drill from Wayne Dobbs and Larry Vickers. Using the Glock 30s and a B-8 target center, I stood at 7 yards (supposed to be 5 yards). I was aimed in, finger on the trigger. On the beep, I was to hit in the "X" within .25 second.

Another equipment issue intruded. I bought a Competition Electronics Pocket Pro timer in their early years. Don't believe me? – Take a look at the photo, it's the original box. I got it from Gil Hebard Guns in Illinois – remember him? I'd been getting an extra decimal on the display and finally broke down and got the Pocket Pro II on the right. They were on sale at MidwayUSA.

I made sure I had everything properly set up, including the random start. Well, the new "random" can be very quick – too quick for this old shooter. After I got arranged, the Pocket Pro got me into five good reps on the Demand Shot drill. The quickest time was .18 and the longest was .23, with four rounds into one hole and a single round outside that cluster but still a fraction of an inch away.

Having a surprise break is critical but moving to the demand shot makes you speed that process up without jarring the gun offline.

The Gen 4 G19 chugged through a variety of rounds from the lightly loaded Federal 115 grain FMJ in aluminum cases (locally purchased), Hornady 124 grain TAP-FPD, Hornady Critical Duty 135 grain Flexlock and Cor-Bon 115 grain DPX +P. The ejection problems disappeared, it seems that it's due to the Apex extractor.

I went back to the range and tried again – this time the pre-2012 Arizona Daytime Semi-Auto Qualification course. I put NRA B-8 bullseye repair centers over the silhouettes. Our sight install on the G19 Gen. 4 wasn't helpful. The ejection issue is solved but no amount of finger in the trigger guard would solve left-ward hits with this gun on this day.

The G30s came out. I found that the Bianchi Model 135 Suppression holster works fine with the small .45 and used it in the course of fire. All the rounds hit on the repair center – one was high left and in the "6" ring. The rest were all inside the "8" ring. Using the bullseye scoring, it yielded 470/500. Using silhouette scoring, it was "clean."

The small slide can be jarring with hot ammo. Using the Federal "Aluminum" case 230 grain FMJ, it was still a handful but not impossible to control.

The Generation 4 Glock 19 went back out to the range today. Mike Rafferty was there with the sight pusher. For that reason, the first five rounds I fired from it at fifteen yards hammered the B-8 bullseye target center.

The project continues. It'll take more time with these guns to get the symbiotic relationship I've had with the old Gen. 3 Glock 19 that's been a frequent companion since 2001. I'll work it out – given time.

-- Rich Grassi
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