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U.S. District Court Denies Mass. AG's Motion to Dismiss Suit

A U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts judge has denied state Attorney General Maura Healey’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit brought by four federally-licensed Massachusetts firearms retailers and the National Shooting Sports Foundation, challenging the overreaching “Enforcement Notice” issued by her office in 2016 that deprived the retailers of their due process protections. The suit, which seeks declaratory relief and a permanent injunction enjoining enforcement, can now move forward. 

Century Arms Canik TP9SA Mod.2 Pistol

Century Arms has released a new addition the Canik TP-series handgun line, the TP9SA Mod.2.   Enhancements include a flat top slide allowing for better sight acquisition and a top-slide-mounted disassembly button. 

Galco's Improved Pocket Magazine Carrier

Galco Gunleather is excited to introduce the improved Pocket Magazine Carrier which made its debut at SHOT Show in January. The newly improved mag pouch features vertical magazine orientation, an adjustable tension unit and twin fore-and-aft “hooks.” 

Sig Sauer
Hi-Lux MTD30 Red Dot Turkey Scope

Don’t finish patterning your turkey load without a Hi-Lux MTD30 Red Dot Scope on your turkey gun. The MTD-30 is a zero-magnification electronic reflex type sight that is parallax free - allowing you to quickly get on the bird and quickly take the shot. 

Vertx Launches Tactical Gloves Line

Vertx announces the launch of a new tactical glove line. This new line of gloves consists of four innovative styles including the VaporCore Shooter, Rapid LT, FR Assaulter and FR Breacher. 

Apex Exhibiting At 2018 Arizona Game and Fish Dept. Outdoor Expo

Apex Tactical Specialties will be taking part in the 2018 Arizona Game and Fish Department Outdoor Expo, exhibiting on the shooting ranges during the March 24-25 event at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix.

DoubleStar Corp. Hires Ernie Sandoval as Wholesale Sales Manager

DoubleStar Corp announced that Ernie Sandoval is its new Wholesale Sales Manager, effective immediately. Sandoval’s focus will be on maintaining and expanding DoubleStar’s customer base. 

Sightmark Pinnacle 5-30x50

Reviewers from the National Tactical Officers Association membership evaluation program have announced their findings on the Sightmark Pinnacle 5-30x50 riflescope. The Pinnacle took home an overall score of 4.4 with perfect scores from one reviewer in 8 categories. 

Vanguard USA, Inc. Chooses William Gartland Associates as Rep Group

Vanguard introduces its new hunting and outdoors rep group.  William Gartland Associates will be responsible for dealer channel sales from Texas to North Dakota over to the east coast from Maine to Florida. 

Leupold VX-Freedom Named New Product of the Year

The VX-Freedom from Leupold & Stevens, Inc., was named the “New Product of the Year” for the optics category at the 2018 Worldwide Spring Show in Reno, Nev. earlier this month. 

Federal Train + Protect Wins Editors’ Choice Award

On Target magazine recently recognized Federal Train + Protect ammunition with an Editors’ Choice Award. The load’s Versatile Hollow Point bullet design helped earn the title, part of the magazine’s 16th annual awards program. 

Galco Holsters for the Ruger Security-9

Galco Gunleather announced multiple belt holster fits for the newly-released Ruger Security-9 pistol. These include the Avenger, Concealable, Hornet and others.

Lyman Brass Smith Precision Funnel Set

Lyman’s Precision Funnel Set is made to be completely static free, with no more powder clinging to surfaces. The set comes with inserts for 22, 243/6mm, 25/6.5mm, 270/7mm, 30 and 338 caliber rifle cartridges.

New Fits for DeSantis Kingston Car Seat Holster

DeSantis Gunhide introduces a greater range of handgun fits for the Kingston Car Seat Holster. This holster mounts to the car seat but can be detached and placed in the waistband when leaving the car.

Gun Digest Seeks Managing Editor

Caribou Media - Gun Digest seeks candidates for their Gun Digest the Magazine publication and related online content. This is a full-time position in the Appleton, Wisc. office.

NSSF Praises House Passage of STOP School Violence Act

The National Shooting Sports Foundation praised passage of H.R. 4909, the STOP School Violence Act of 2018. The legislation passed the U.S. House of Representatives in an overwhelming bipartisan majority. Identically–titled legislation is being considered in the U.S. Senate. 

Samson Manufacturing Announces New Website

Samson Manufacturing announced the release of a new and improved website. The new website features faster search results, enhanced security during checkout and more.   

CCI Adds Segmented Hollow Point to Mini-Mag Product Line

CCI Ammunition announced the addition of the new Mini-Mag Segmented Hollow Point to its ammunition selection. The bullet is engineered to split into three equal-size parts on impact.

Skill Set: Slicing the Pie
Working the edge -- doorways, corners of buildings or other structures -- is fraught with peril and it's not something you "just know."

Searching for a threat is nerve racking.  Interior or exterior, it doesn’t matter.  A team can work it with a relative degree of safety.  Clearing and searching by yourself is extremely difficult, and to be avoided if possible.  Yet, sometimes clearing an area is necessary to get out of a bad place, find a family member or make sure the environment doesn’t contain any threats. 

The world is made up of corners.  There are structural corners - think walls, furniture and appliances - and radius corners, such as a tree.  Corners run vertical and horizontally.  The technique used for clearing around a corner is called “slicing the pie.”  This skill allows you to clear an unknown area as safely as possible.

Imagine the corner you’re working is the center of the pie.  You are the outside crust.  To clear around the corner you slice off small pieces of the pie, carefully pivoting around the corner.  Each step you take slices off a little more of the area on the other side of the corner.

Maximize the distance between you and the corner.  This puts as much ground as possible between you and who ever might be on the other side of the corner.  Distance reduces your chances of being injured or having someone on the other side from taking physical control of you.  Distance gives you a better angle to work from, and if someone does shoot at you and hit the corner it cuts down the risk of taking debris or fragmentation bouncing off the corner.

As you clear the corner you’re trying to see part of them before they see part of you.  You lean out to the right or left – depending on which direction corner you’re clearing.  Ideally you want your eyes, muzzle and sights should be the first thing that breaks the angle, or as much as possible.  Keep your hands, arms and weapon down low enough so they don’t block you from seeing everything from the bottom of the corner and beyond.

You take small steps – usually lateral movement – to pivot around the corner.  The width of your steps is dictated by how deep the environment extends on the other side.  If it’s a long hallway or deep room a small amount of movement will bite off a big piece of the pie.  With each step you scan from close to far and back, making sure visually to go as deep as possible in the environment.  At the same time you’ll need to pay attention to areas above and below you and any windows or doors a threat could use to attack through.

Once you locate a possible threat there’s a few options, or combinations of these options.  First choice is to go another direction.  Whenever possible avoid danger.  If you have time and it’s not going to endanger someone else you can hold your position, issue verbal commands and see how the threat reacts.  Or, you step out just far enough to identify and if necessary engage the threat.  Once you locate a possible threat it’s time for the hard decisions.

The same principles and geometry apply when using cover.  Get back from the object that’s being used as cover, and expose the minimum amount of your body necessary to locate, identify and engage if needed.  Slicing the pie is the same whether you’re armed or not, for example to escape a dangerous area.

The ability to clear/search an area is a necessary skill, but it’s not instinctual so training under a qualified instructor is mandatory.  Keep in mind you don’t need SWAT team tactics, so be careful when selecting an instructor.  Once you understand the principles they can be practiced anywhere.  No, you won’t be in a fighting stance or using a lot of lateral movement, but you can always maximize distance and visually scan while walking anywhere.  Plus, the more you practice it the better you understand it’s not something you want to do unless it’s worth risking your life.

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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