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GLOCK 19X Reaches Sales Milestone

GLOCK, Inc. announced landmark sales of the G19X, the company’s commercial version of the pistol it developed for the U.S. Army MHS pistol solicitation. In less than six months since the release of the G19X to the commercial market, GLOCK has delivered over 100,000 pistols. 

Export Control Reform and the Ammunition Industry

When Export Control Reform takes effect in 2019, sporting ammunition will accompany non-automatic and semi-automatic firearms on their journey from the International Traffic in Arms Regulations to the Export Administration Regulations. Ammunition that is primarily non-military in nature will be classified under Export Control Classification Number 0A505 of the Commerce Control List.

Hogue, Inc.Announces Partnership with Blade Aces Precision Action Sports

Hogue, Inc. is proud to announce their sponsorship of Blade Aces Precision Action Sports.  The partnership is intended to expand the Hogue Knives and Blade Aces brands by exposing weapon throwing to an eager consumer base.

Sig Sauer
Firefield’s Verge M-LOK Series Rail System

Firefield’s Verge M-LOK Series rail system is a slim, low-profile handguard, designed to be lightweight and user friendly. The Verge rail system features a skeletonized design and durable anodized 6061-T6 aluminum construction.

Meopta USA Sport Optics Hires Covey Sales & Marketing

Meopta USA Sport Optics has hired Covey Sales & Marketing as its sales agency for the Midwest.  This latest edition to the Meopta sales force continues to strengthen the company’s presence in the U.S. market. 

Gerber Pack Hatchet

Gerber announces the introduction of the new Pack Hatchet. With an overall length of 9.46” and blade length of 3.5”, the tall blade grind retains optimal sharpness for less sharpening.

Taurus Appoints Director of Engineering

Taurus USA is pleased to announce the promotion of Olivier Coulombier to Director of Engineering for Taurus Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiaries. Taurus USA encompasses the popular Taurus, Rossi, and Heritage Manufacturing product lines.

DOJ, SAF Reach Settlement in Defense Distributed Lawsuit
The Department of Justice and Second Amendment Foundation have reached a settlement in SAF’s lawsuit on behalf of Cody Wilson and Defense Distributed over free speech issues related to 3-D files and other information that may be used to manufacture lawful firearms. 
USCCA Home Invasion Training Series

The United States Concealed Carry Association has announced the launch of a live training event series to advise and educate USCCA members on how to defend themselves in a home invasion scenario. 

Taurus USA Promotes Juan Camilo Velasquez to Senior Marketing Manager

Taurus USA is pleased to announce the recent promotion of Juan Camilo Velasquez to Senior Marketing Manager for Taurus Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiaries.  Taurus USA encompasses the popular Taurus, Rossi, and Heritage Manufacturing product lines. 

Kimber CCW Duo Featured In September GUNS

With distinctive looks all its own the Aegis Elite Pro from Kimber — paired with a Vortex Venom — resides in the “something special” zone according to Contributing Editor Massad Ayoob. The CCW duo takes the lead in September’s GUNS Magazine.

Clenzoil Launches Redesigned Website

Clenzoil is proud to announce the launch of their new website – It has been improved and redesigned for functionality.

SureFire Shipping XH30 Weaponlight

SureFire, LLC announced the launch of the all-new 1,000 lumen XH30 weaponlight. It features a recoil-proof LED paired with a Total Internal Reflection lens which creates a far-reaching, high-intensity beam with ample surrounding light.

Leica Rangemaster CRF 2400-R

Leica’s new Rangemaster CRF 2400-R measures up to an astonishing 2,400 yards. Compared with its predecessor, Leica has added an additional 800 yards to the unit’s measuring capability. 

Savage Launches New Enhanced Website

Savage’s new website satisfies serious shooters’ appetites for easy-to-access, in-depth information on the industry’s leading rifles and shotguns for hunting, competition and self-defense. 

SIG SAUER and the Gambler 500

Follow the world-class driving team from SIG SAUER as they compete in the Gambler 500 Adventure Rally throughout Oregon July 13th to July 15th. SIG SAUER is the 2018 presenting sponsor of the Gambler 500, a mostly off-road, rally-style, navigational adventure. 

Final Leg of 2018 PDN Training Tour

The final leg of the 2018 Personal Defense Network Training Tour is underway, with over a dozen classes taking place in seven states. Since its launch, the tour has conducted more than 60 courses in over two dozen states.

SIG SAUER Match Elite Pistol Competition Ammunition

SIG SAUER introduced their new Match Elite pistol competition ammunition.   Available in 147gr 9mm Luger, the soft-shooting, low-recoil Match Elite load features coated nickel cases and fast, clean-burning powder.

Samson Manufacturing’s Clearance Sale

Samson Manufacturing has consolidated their dealer samples, prototypes, color samples and blemished items on one page with heavily discounted pricing.

World Champ Shooter Jessie Harrison Chooses Bushnell

Bushnell announces the signing of World Champion Shooter Jessie Harrison to Bushnell’s Ambassador/Shooting Team. She will represent Bushnell at Steel Challenge, USPSA, Bianchi Cup and IPSC matches, as well as assist with the development of new products. 

50th Anniversary of the Leatherwood ART Rifle Scope

Hi-Lux has introduced new versions of the ART scope system designed for the hunter and long-range shooter.  Over the past 50 years, the ART scope system has been steadily improved under the discerning control of James Leatherwood.

1,000 Yard Benchrest on Shooting USA

This week on Shooting USA, thousand yard benchrest competition with unlimited guns is featured. Plus, the NRA meeting in Dallas.

Skill Set: Range Time
I know this may sound strange.  I have a range in my backyard, and spend a lot of time on it, but I’m teaching.  It’s rare that I’m actually on the range and shooting.  However, last Saturday I wasn’t teaching, the morning temps were bearable so I get to do some live-fire practice.

I was packin’ the Browning Hi Power.  It’s been a while since I’ve had any serious time trigger time with the Hi Power, and it needed testing after I’d done a few the modifications.  The new Mec Gar thirteen round mags needed testing too, especially with hollow points.

My focus for the day is marksmanship at extended distances.  There’s an eight-inch target at about thirty yards, and a full size torso target at around fifty yards.  These aren’t extreme distances, but they demand applications of the fundamentals – Aim, Hold, Press and Follow Through.

Each drill starts by taking a couple of lateral steps and drawing the pistol.  By the second step the sights are on target.  I focus on the front sight, and presssssss… the trigger smoothly, letting the pistol decide when it’s time to fire.  After the hit it’s muzzle down, I index on the other target and repeat for another hit.

I work the drills with both eyes open.  This takes concentration because I don’t have a dominant eye; with both eyes open I see two sets of sights.  I hit the close, small target fairly quickly using both eyes.  On the fifty-yard target it’s more efficient to squint the support eye, making the strong side eye dominant.

Once the shot breaks I concentrate on visually tracking the front sight as it lifts off target during recoil and back onto the target during recovery.  This is difficult, something you have to really work on, but it pays off.  When the sight rises, it leaves the area between the eyes and target vacant.  The eyes will instinctually shift focus to the next object in the line of sight, the target.  After recovering from the recoil and getting the sight on target the eye has to shift focus back to the front sight.  Shifting the focus from sight to target and back to the sight costs time.  Focus on the front sight before, during and after the shot.  Again, this takes plenty of practice – live fire practice.  Dry practice doesn’t produce recoil, and it’s not something you want to simulate by moving the arms.

The key to shooting accurately – at close range and long distances – is to concentrate on the process as opposed to forcing it to happen, or worrying about where the shot will go.  Whenever you do it right you feel it; you immediately know it’s a good hit.  You have to trust your skills to produce the desired results.

Trusting your skills gives you good hits, but every once in a while you’ll have a miss.  Missing tests your self-control.  After a miss slow down, reset everything to ensure the next one is a hit.  This is especially important during my strong and weak hand shooting, again at long distances.  Missing once is acceptable; missing two in a row is a sure sign you’re going too fast and out of control.

Every so often you should go to the range and just focus on the fundamentals: Aim, Hold, Press, Follow through – recovering from the recoil, reacquiring the sight picture and resetting the trigger.  If you have to use your weapon for defense these are the skills that will win the fight.

Tiger McKee is director of Shootrite Firearms Academy, located in northern Alabama.  He is the author of The Book of Two Guns, AR-15 Skills and Drills, featured on GunTalk’s DVD, “Fighting With The 1911 and has regular columns in Gun Digest and American Handgunner.


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