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Jay LenoSHOT: Too-Hot for Leno
Caving in to pressure from anti-gun groups, comedian Jay Leno has canceled his scheduled appearance at January's Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trades (SHOW) Show, We're told negotiations were ongoing as late as yesterday morning, but shortly after 3p.m. Eastern, Mother Jones' Tim Murphy broke the news that Leno had told him he'd cancelled and called "the Newtown Action Alliance to let them know." Anti-gun groups quickly launched a twitter campaign to thank Leno for choosing to cancel rather than "helping to legitimize a crass commercialism which values profit over human lives" through his appearance.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation responded that Leno, "unilaterally cancelled his promised appearance due to pressure from the anti-gun lobby, which included false statements about our industry and its commitment to genuine firearms safety." NSSF says it "attempted to personally correct" those statements with him, "but to no avail."

We'll keep you the meantime, you can read the entire NSSF Statement.
Crimson Trace Holiday Sale
Crimson Trace offers discounts ranging from $20 to $50 off retail prices on products from Friday, November 28 through Thursday, December 25. The discount is determined by the product selected and is automatically applied during e-check out in the company's online store.
Metro Arms MAC 1911 Bobcut
Eagle Imports, Inc. offers the MAC 1911 Bobcut. The Metro Arms MAC 1911 Bobcut is value priced and has a life time warranty. It's available in .45 ACP only and has an overall length of 7.88 inches and height of 5.42 inches. It weighs 34.58 ounces (empty) and is available in three finishes: Hard Chrome, Blue and Black Chrome.
W Train & Defend Named Ammunition of the Year
Winchester® Ammunition announces that W Train & Defend has been named 2014 Ammunition of the Year from Guns & Ammo. The W Train & Defend system pairs range-ready Train rounds with ballistically-matched threat-stopping Defend rounds, each designed to limit the recoil felt by the shooter and to promote confident load selection for each caliber offered.

Armed American Radio Welcomes New On-Air Contributor
Mark Walters, host of Armed American Radio, welcomes newest contributor, Amber Kunau, to the Armed American Radio lineup of named Regular Contributors. An NRA Certified Instructor in multiple disciplines and a USCCA Affiliate Instructor, Amber is a powerful voice for real moms across this country who take their personal defense seriously. Launches Insider Newsletter
Beginning on November 19, more than 20,000 FFL stocking dealers with accounts at will receive the exclusive "inside intel" digital newsletter FFL Unleashed. It will deliver advice, intelligence and market data to assist FFL dealers who sell new-in-the box guns as well as used gear on-line in building sales, tapping new markets, cutting labor costs, increasing efficiency, and boosting productivity.
BLACKHAWK! Wins 2014 OpticsPlanet Awards
The BLACKHAWK!® line of holsters was recently named the 2014 "Holster Brand of the Year" as part of the annual OpticsPlanet Brilliance Awards. The BLACKHAWK! Omega Elite™ Cross Draw/Pistol Mag Vest was also awarded the Experts Pick for "Best Tactical Vest."
Signature Products Group Appoints Howard Communications
Howard Communications Inc, is proud to announce Signature Products Group (SPG) as their Public Relations Client. Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, Signature Products Group offers consumers a wide variety of outdoor lifestyle products.

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NRA Foundation Funds Louisiana State University Mobile Marksman Project
The NRA Foundation is proud to support Louisiana State University's Mobile Marksman Project, a system developed by the LSU Mechanical Engineering Capstone Design Program to help high level quadriplegics to participate in the shooting sports. The nearly $2,200 grant funded the 2014 system, the team's final design iteration.
Larry & Brenda Potterfield Donate Over $500,000 to Youth Shooting Teams
Larry and Brenda Potterfield, owners of MidwayUSA, recently donated to the MidwayUSA Foundation to benefit youth shooting sports. Their donation of $645,366 will go directly into the Team Endowment Accounts of various shooting teams that hold an active account with the MidwayUSA Foundation.
FAB Defense Offers Gen 2 T-Pod
The Gen 2 T-Pod allows the shooter to transition from using a forward grip to shooting from a prone position. It has a wide-angle leg opening for stability and a quick release feature for those operating in variable conditions.
Apex Unveils New Flat-Faced Forward Set Trigger For M&P Pistols
Apex Tactical Specialties announced the release and immediate availability of the new Flat-Faced Forward Set Sear & Trigger Kit. Previewed at the 2014 NRA Show in Indianapolis, the design of the Flat-Faced Forward Set Trigger was extremely popular with customers who were looking to replicate the feel of a flat 1911 type trigger but in an M&P pistol.

New Make Ready to Survive Trailer Released
Panteao is happy to announce the release of the Make Ready to Survive video trailer. The trailer introduces the instructors from the series and uses a musical score written exclusively for Panteao by Tim Kvasnosky. The video series will debut both on DVD and HD streaming video in December with three titles from the series.
E-LANDER AR-15 Magazine Couplers
E-LANDER Magazine Couplers attach two magazines together for faster reloads and allow you to keep additional rounds of ammunition accessible on the rifle at all times. E-LANDER Magazine Couplers are designed to clamp magazines in many different configurations.
Seeklander Nabs Consecutive IDPA BUG National Titles
For the second consecutive year, Team Armscor's Mike Seeklander has taken gold in the pistol division at the IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals using his Rock Island Armory 2011 Tactical Compact Pistol.
Shooting Illustrated Reaches Social Media Milestone
Shooting Illustrated has surpassed 1 million "likes" on Facebook, securing it as one of the premiere social media pages dedicated to self-defense, tactical firearms, gear and training.

NSSF and HAVA Announce Industry Golf Outing
Honored American Veterans Afield (HAVA) and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) jointly announce the creation of a new pre-SHOT Show golf outing for industry insiders to be held on Sunday January 18th at the Bear's Best Country Club on Flamingo Road in Las Vegas. Intended to be a fun industry event before the serious business of SHOT Show begins; the new event, called the HAVA Invitational Golf Classic, is intended for players from the shooting and outdoor industry.
Crimson Trace "Free Batteries" Program
All Crimson Trace products-more than 160 models of laser sights and tactical lights are available-are shipped with batteries. Many Crimson Trace products are covered under the company's "free batteries for life" program. This unique program allows one set of batteries per calendar year.
Doc Beech Joins Applied Ballistics
Applied Ballistics announces the exciting new addition of Nigel "Doc" Beech to its team. Mr. Beech will provide customer support to users of all AB products; primarily the smartphone ballistics apps and Kestrel units.
Applied Ballistics Announces New Reference Book
Applied Ballistics, LLC announces the release of Bryan Litz's newest resource for long range shooters: Ballistic Performance of Rifle Bullets. The book provides highly accurate ballistic performance data for modern long-range bullets from .224 to .408 caliber; and serves as an extension of the bullet data library from the popular Applied Ballistics for Long Range Shooting 2nd Edition.
Core Rifle Systems Releases The All New Hardcore X Series Rifles For 2015
CORE Rifle Systems of Ocala, Florida, announces the release of the new HARDCORE X Series precision rifle systems, an addition to the CORE family of products that is available in four systems - Hardcore X1, X2, X3 and X4.
Inteliscope Inks Sales Rep Agreements
Inteliscope, LLC, has signed sales representation agreement with MK Marketing of Omaha, Nebraska, Haynes and Associates of Houston, Texas, and Dynamic Boundaries Marketing of Vancouver, Washington.
Smith & Wesson® Offers Consumers Two Free Magazines With Purchase Of New M&P® Pistol
Smith & Wesson is currently offering consumers two free magazines with the purchase of a new full-size or compact M&P pistol. The promotion is available to consumers in the continental United States who purchase any new Smith & Wesson M&P pistol in 9mm, .40 S&W or .45 ACP from November 14, 2014 through December 3, 2014.
Julie Golob Closes Out 2014 Shooting Season with Podium Finish
Champion shooter Julie Golob closes out the 2014 competition season with another podium finish at the Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun National Championships in Springfield, MA. Golob placed second in the women's category.
LensPen for Holiday Gifts
With something for everyone, LensPen products are great holiday gifts for anyone with a camera, tablet, smartphone, eyeglasses or sunglasses.
Skill Set: Pistol History Pt II
Tiger, on the far left, with other instructors and Clint and Heidi Smith back in Texas, an incredible time and place to be part of. Clint was instrumental in developing many of the doctrines and skills we take for granted today.
Last week we covered some of the early pioneers of pistol work. The "true" first men of pistol combat were guerilla fighters participating in the border wars between Kansas and Missouri. Traveling light and fast on horseback, these men often carried six or more handguns on them and their mounts. But, none of them recorded their techniques, much less taught these skills. This week we're looking at some of the pioneers of firearms instruction.

When talking to "new" shooters it's hard to believe how many of them are not familiar with Jeff Cooper, the father of modern gunfighting. Cooper founded the American Pistol Institute - which later evolved into Gunsite - in 1976. There were many gun instructors prior to this, but Cooper opened the first commercial school that taught both armed citizens and professionals. The "Colonel" was a prolific writer. Seek out and read his writings. API/Gunsite was home for a lot of instructors we know today, such as Louis Awerbuck, Pat Rogers, and Dennis Tueller. If you're not familiar with these men and their contributions start correcting that fault now.

In 1979 Ray Chapman opened the Chapman Academy. He enlisted in the Marines at age sixteen, worked in law enforcement, and later became an engineer. Chapman was a top competitive shooter, a friend of Cooper and member of the famous Southwest Combat Pistol League. His background allowed Chapman to contribute a lot to the things we use today, especially fighting positions - such as "roll-over prone" - which was originally developed for pistols; Clint smith later adapted it to rifles. Chapman also contributed heavily to the techniques used to manipulate semi-auto pistols and a host of other defensive skills.

Clint Smith is another who traces his roots back to the American Pistol Institute. After serving two tours in Vietnam with the Marines, Clint went into law enforcement as instructor, SWAT member, and precision rifleman. He eventually left law enforcement to become Operations Officer for Jeff Cooper. In 1983 he founded International Training Consultants, traveling across the country and teaching. Clint settled down and in 1993 opened up Thunder Ranch in Texas. Clint was the first to teach moving and shooting on a large scale, especially the concept of backing up to create distance, and in the mid 1980's developed the "Urban Rifle" doctrine for using the AR type carbine for defensive and law enforcement applications.

During the early and mid 80's the Central Training Academy, part of the DOE, was working on techniques for protecting nuclear materials. The CTA brought in a host of instructors to teach gunfighting, including competitive shooters, and everyone in military and law enforcement, such as Delta and LAPD, were sending their guys to the CTA. There was a constant exchange of ideas, and a host of the techniques used and taught today - especially hostage rescue and building clearing - were developed and disseminated at the CTA.

To understand any subject, and apply that knowledge properly, requires a thorough education. This is especially true for fighting with firearms. Just attending training classes and going to the range and shootin' targets won't cut it. Research and study is just as important as physical practice. You don't need to be an expert on the subject. You should acquire enough understanding of the topic to allow you to judge what's new and innovative as opposed to an old technique that has been renamed. You're able to understand how some techniques developed for pistols transfer over to rifles, or why some skills taught for teams don't apply when you're alone. Ultimately you can make educated decisions on what doesn't apply to your situation, and most importantly what does work for you as an individual.

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 - Website:

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