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Thursday : April 19 : 2018
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Crimson Trace Lasergrips for Kimber Revolver

Crimson Trace announced the release of a second Master Series Lasergrips laser sight for the Kimber K6s stainless steel revolver. The new Lasergrips LG-952 feature a red laser diode and a distinctive full-length rosewood panel on each side of the grip.

Otis to Exhibit at NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits

Otis Technology will again be exhibiting at the National Rifle Association Annual Meetings and Exhibits in Dallas, Texas on May 4 - 6, 2018. The company will be showing their newest products, specifically Mission Critical MC-10, Bore Stick and Foaming Bore Cleaner. 

M&P M2.0 Compact Series Goes Green

Smith & Wesson Corp. announced that it is offering versions of the M&P M2.0 Compact pistol with a pre-installed Crimson Trace Green Laserguard. The new M&P M2.0 Compact pistol packages are chambered in both 9mm and .40 S&W and feature a green Crimson Trace laser sight.

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Crimson Trace Tactical Lights Now Shipping

Crimson Trace announced that its tactical lights designed for long guns are now shipping. The Crimson Trace CWL-100 tactical light provides 500-Lumens of LED white light and the CWL-200 tactical light provides 900-Lumens of LED white light. 

ERGO Names Caitlin Ortiz National Distributor & Dealer Sales Rep

ERGO announced that Caitlin Ortiz will be the new National Distributor and Dealer Sales Representative, helping distributors, dealers and buying group members in selecting firearms accessories.

PDN Training Tour Reaching 39 States

The 2018 Personal Defense Network  Training Tour is in full swing, bringing practical professional training to venues around the United States. The support of sponsors provides the opportunity for students to receive significant savings on training ammo and other products.

Agencies Make the Switch to GLOCK Pistols

While GLOCK is currently the preferred pistol for 65% of law enforcement agencies, those numbers continue to grow.  During the first quarter of 2018, GLOCK was pleased to welcome over a dozen new agencies making the switch from competitor pistols.   

New Bushnell AR Optics

Bushnell has added to its top-selling line of AR Optics with several new options. The growing AR Optics line now has a scope specifically tailored for almost every prevalent caliber of today’s most popular rifle—including 22 LR, .223/5.56, .308 Win., .300 BLK, and even the red-hot 6.5 Creedmoor and .224 Valkyrie.

Ohio’s Vance Outdoors Is Latest Apex Stocking Dealer

Apex Tactical Specialties, the industry leader in aftermarket drop-in performance parts for firearms, is pleased to welcome Ohio’s Vance Outdoors as the newest Apex stocking dealer.

Brandlive Webcast on the State of Retail

On Thursday, April 19th, Brandlive will be hosting a live webcast, The State of Retail & Live Video, led by Brandlive’s Dustin Edwards and Sam Myers.  

SAAMI Welcomes Two New Members

The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute announced that two new companies have joined its member roster. Savannah, Georgia-based Quantum Ammunition, LLC has been accepted as an Associate Member, and Vairog US, LLC, of Cleveland, Tennessee, has been accepted as a Supporting Member. 

Galco Holsters for the Ruger EC9s

Galco Gunleather is excited to announce multiple holster fits for the Ruger EC9s. These include the Combat Master, TacSlide, KingTuk and others.

ERGO Hires Jared Gastelum

Jared Gastelum is the newest member to the ERGO Sales Team. Hired to assist in OEM Sales, Jared is a very capable individual and a US Army veteran.

Creedmoor Sports Adds Five New Product Lines

Creedmoor Sports is pleased to announce five new brands and product lines are now available. These new product lines include Edgewood Shooting Bags, Grayboe, Markron Custom Products, BarrelCool and the TRACE 10 GEN2 Training Analysis System. 

Meopta Hires Mountain States Sports Marketing

Meopta USA Sport Optics has hired Mountain States Sports Marketing (MSSM) as its sales agency for the Western 13 states – AK, HI, WA, MT, OR, ID, WY, CA, NV, UT, CO, AZ and NM.  

Perma Color Metal Finish Kit
The new Perma Color Metal Finish Kit from Birchwood Casey® is specially formulated to create a case colored effect without the problems and expense of traditional case-color hardening.
Lone Wolf Distributors Selects Giddings

Lone Wolf Distributors is pleased to announce the hiring of Caleb Giddings as their new Creative Editor. Giddings has over a decade of experience in the firearms industry, including writing, editing, competition shooting, and retail.

Firearm Importing Focus at Conference

Gary Taylor (Division Chief, ATF Import Branch) and Desiree Dickinson (Programs Manager, ATF Import Branch) will address Federal Firearms Licensees including those who import regulated firearms and firearms components at the upcoming Firearms Industry Compliance Conference. 

Shoot Like A Girl Mobile Range to Be Inside Exhibit Hall at NRA Annual Meeting

Shoot Like A Girl will be at booth 12358 inside the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, TX for the NRA Annual Meeting May 4 – 6, 2018. 

Skill Set: Good Reads

There are a lot of good books to read out there, in fact so many it’s sometimes hard to pick out one.  Here are a few suggestions that I think everyone will benefit from, and enjoy.

The first book by Mark Bowden I ever read was “Black Hawk Down,” a classic that should be read by all.  Since then I’ve read about everything he’s written, and have never been disappointed.  Last year he came out with “Hue 1968,” covering the Tet offensive in Vietnam.  The Tet offensive was a push by North Vietnam that was part military action and part “popular” uprising.    The communists launched military offensives in various parts of South Vietnam, with the hopes that people in these areas would rise up in revolt, joining in the attacks against American forces.  Their biggest push was in Hue, the capital of South Vietnam.  On the first day of the Lunar New Year – January 31st – then thousand troops emerged from the surrounding jungles to attack Hue.  These troops were assisted and guided into the city by locals, who had smuggled in weapons prior to the attack.

At first reports were sketchy, and the full scale of the assault was underrated by the U.S. commanders in country and politicians at home.  That day the city fell, all except for two small military posts.  What followed was some of the bloodiest urban battles America has ever faced.  Bowden covers this offensive in detail, with info from American, South Vietnam and troops from the north.  This is an incredible story, and one I highly recommend.

Another author I’ve read, and reported in the Wire, is Dustin Salomon.  His book “Building Shooters” is a mandatory work.  His newest book, “Mentoring Shooters,” is a must read as well.  The primary focus is on firearms instruction, but even if you don’t teach you’ll learn a lot from studying this book.  Get it, read it, and then study it well.  You won’t be disappointed.

“Evaluating Police Tactics – An Empirical Assessment of Room Clearing Entry Techniques” by Blair and Martaindale is a technical book, but one I think most will find interesting and informative.  This covers tactics used by officers for room clearing, specifically rooms that contain a threat, but it has information that all will find useful.  The authors cover various techniques, but then supply hard information on what techniques work best.  Again, more a technical book, but a recommended read for anyone interested in these skills.

I’ve always been a fan of the Scout Rifle concept as presented by Jeff Cooper.  I have a Steyr Scout, one of the first ones to come into the country; in the “If you could only have one” contest this would be it.  So when a good friend of mine gave me a copy of “The Scout Rifle Study, The History Of The Scout Rifle And Its Place In The 21st Century,” I dove right into it.  Richard Mann covers the Scout concept with details on Cooper’s writings on the subject, starting in 1966.  Chapters are broken down into the various elements, such as the weight, length, caliber, stock and all the other parts to the Scout concept.  If you’re interested in Cooper’s work in general or the Scout in particular you’ll enjoy Mann’s book.

Gun work, especially the tactical side of it, is an interesting subject.  You can look at it from a variety of angles – historically, from an individual viewpoint and the work of others.  Reading and research in all these will make you a better shooter, regardless of the discipline.  Read on, and stay safe.

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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