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New Combat Optics Video with Freddie Blish
Panteao Productions announces the release of the first instructional video from Freddie Blish: Intro to Combat Optics. Freddie reviews optics from Aimpoint, EOTech, Trijicon, Vortex, and JP Enterprises. He reviews durability, reliability, trouble shooting, optic mounts and much more.
Comp-Tac's Randi Rogers Takes Individual Bronze, Team Gold at IPSC World Shoot
Team Comp-Tac's Randi Rogers won the bronze medal in individual competition in the Ladies Standard Division at the International Practical Shooting Confederation's (IPSC) World Championship October 13th-17th, 2014, in Frostproof, Fla. Rogers' third place performance also helped secure the gold medal for the women of Team USA's Ladies Standard squad.
Beretta's PICO: The Thinnest Micro-Pistol Made Today, Now Shipping
Setting the new standard for the micro, compact-carry pistol, Beretta has begun shipping its super thin, ultra-concealable Pico to retailers across the country. Just 18mm at its widest point and with a smooth double-trigger action, the Beretta Pico is the softest shooting, thinnest .380 semi-automatic pistol on the market today; and at a suggested retail price of $399 it is also an exceptional value.
Critical Space Combative Pistol with Dave Spaulding
Panteao Productions announces the release of the fourth instructional video from Dave Spaulding: Critical Space Combative Pistol. Critical Space Combative Pistol teaches you the drills and techniques you need to be better prepared for carrying a firearm for self-defense.

New RSM Joins Crimson Trace Sales Team
Crimson Trace has selected Dustin Gimmy as the Regional Sales Manager (RSM) for the Midwest States of Missouri, Illinois, Nebraska and Kansas.
Browning Reaches 2,000,000 Facebook Fans
Browning reached a remarkable 2,000,000 "Likes" on Facebook and offers thanks to all the fans. The interest and dedication of Browning fans all across the world has been the strength and power behind the growth of the Browning page.
Team SureFire's Mike Voigt Prevails at IPSC World Shoot
SureFire LLC congratulates Team SureFire members, Mike Voigt and Maggie Reese, on their stellar performance at the IPSC World Shoot held at Universal Shooting Academy in Frostproof, FL. Mike Voigt took home the Open Senior, Open Senior Shoot-Off, and Open Senior Team titles, while Maggie took bronze with the USA Ladies production team, which also included Julie Golob, Sara Dunivin, and Cindi Thomas.
Precision Rifle with Mike Lamb
Panteao Productions announces the release of the second instructional video from Mike Lamb: Precision Rifle. Mike walks you through rifle selection, ammunition options, optics, the shooting fundamentals, zeroing, units of measure, barrel types and more.

Kahr Arms
Harris Publications Sponsors Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals
Harris Publications, a leading publisher of special interest publications and owner of such titles as Combat Handguns and the popular websites and, will once again be a major sponsor of the 2014 Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals.
Warne Scope Mounts Expands its Production Facility
Warne Scope Mounts is growing to better serve customers and clients. Over the past year Warne Scope Mounts has expanded their production facility from 10,000 sq ft to 20,000 sq ft.
The ATN X-Sight Day / Night Rifle Scope Line Now Shipping
American Technologies Network Corp. announces that the ATN X-Sight 3-12x and 5-18x HD Day / Night rifle scopes have begun shipping to distributors. The X-Sight rifle scopes utilizes new electro-optical technologies with an advanced HD sensor providing superb image quality with high resolution at an affordable price.
Bob Stonehill Named Assistant Match Director For S&W IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals
Brian Steskla, Match Director of the upcoming 2014 Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals, has named Bob Stonehill as Assistant Match Director for the championship. This is the second year in a row Stonehill is serving in this role.

Wilson Combat Sponsors Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals
Wilson Combat, the renowned manufacturer of 1911 pistols, will be one of the returning major sponsors of the 2014 Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals.
H&G Marketing Partners with Eagle Imports, Inc.
H&G Marketing, a National Manufacturers Sales and Marketing Agency for the shooting sports market, announce that Eagle Imports has signed H&G to represent the Bersa, Metro Arms, Comanche and Grand Power handgun lines to the distribution channels in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma territories.
MGM Shooters Excel at World Match
The 2014 IPSC World Shoot was conducted at the Universal Shooting Academy, Frostproof, Florida. Tons of MGM steel was featured in the event. MGM Shooter Max Michel took the Open Division win.
New Survival Video Series from Panteao
Panteao Productions announces the upcoming launch of the Make Ready to Survive instructional video series. The Make Ready to Survive videos are a true tutorial to help you and your family. Whether you live in the heart of the city, on the outskirts in a quiet neighborhood, or out on a farm, the Make Ready to Survive videos show you techniques that are critical for survival and much more.

Inteliscope Releases New Apps with Reticle Overlay Recording
Inteliscope LLC announced it has launched new versions of their popular Apple and Android apps, allowing the shooter to now record video with the Heads up Display and reticle included. In addition, the video can be sent directly from the phone to YouTube to share with others.
Brownells Releases Tech Tip Videos on AR-15 Barrels
Brownells has released a three-part video series showing how to properly choose an AR-15 barrel based on the three criteria: caliber, twist rate and gas system length. Filmed in Brownells' own studio, the videos feature an expert Gun Tech and are scripted to present information accessible to novice AR-15 builders, but still useful to the most experienced gunsmith.
Daniel Defense is SHOT Mobile App Sponsor
Daniel Defense, the manufacturer of small arms and small-arms accessories, has become the title sponsor of SHOT Mobile for the 2015 Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show®).
SIG SAUER® Congratulates Max Michel, Jr., on IPSC World Championship
SIG SAUER, Inc. sends a special congratulations to Max Michel, Jr., on his recent victory at the International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) World Shoot Championship.
The Ultimate Situational Survival Guide Offers Practical Advice for 21st Century Survival
As the world changes, so do the emergency situations. The Ultimate Situational Survival Guide: Self-Reliance Strategies for a Dangerous World, a new pocket-sized reference from Living Ready Books, addresses practical preparedness plans for potential 21st century survival situations, including everything from natural disasters and man-made accidents to public shootings and home burglaries.
Miculek Defends 3GN Lady Pro Series Title
Lena Miculek went to Tulsa on a mission-to repeat as the 3GN Lady Pro Series Champion. Miculek defeated Dianna Liedorff two bouts to none to repeat as 3GN Lady Pro Series Champion.
Horner Wins 3GN Championship
Army Staff Sgt. Daniel Horner did what no other shooter has been able to do since 3GN's debut in 2010-he became the first to win a second 3GN Championship. Horner defeated teammate Sgt. Matthew Sweeney two bouts to none to win the all-AMU final, taking home $50,000 from Leupold Optics and NRA Sports.
Brian Aitken: Three Years Later - This Week on Gun Talk® Radio
It's a detailed book from wrongfully-imprisoned Brian Aitken, a youth hunting program in Texas, a gridlocked senate in Iowa, exclusive guns, and more, this week on Tom Gresham's Gun Talk® Radio.
Concealed Carry Blackhawk® Displays Available at Tactical Gear Distributors®
Tactical Gear Distributors® (TGD) is pleased to offer a custom, space-saving Blackhawk® Display through the Tactical Zone® Program. This display was designed as a special retail presentation of Blackhawk products to help retailers increase turnover by offering the market leading brand of holsters.
Editor's Notebook: Catching Up
As Tiger is tied up sponsoring Massad Ayoob this week at Shootrite - great instructors both - the feature fell to me. I have a lot of catching up to do and this gave me the chance.

Our club range had the backstops mined. In so doing, the method of posting targets - metal frames going into sleeved holes in the ground - is no longer possible. The earth movers "fixed" the holes. No problem - I'd had a discussion with a vendor who'd put a press release out on a new portable target frame and I'd been promising myself a set of Rob Tackett's TacStrike Arched Frame Target Carriers.

CTK Precision P3 Ultimate Target Stand
Headed out today on a couple of projects, I had a chance to try both. The more complicated - useful and unique -- is the CTK Precision P3 Ultimate Target Stand. The design is interesting and neat for people who take a small car to the range or live in a place where take-down stands that would fit in a duffel - but useful for recreation as well.

The angled legs slide into end caps which are separated by a 1x2" bit of lumber - 2 feet is fine for the larger target backers, 18" works for IPSC/USPSA/IDPA cardboard targets. The legs are long and arch up making the stand stable on uneven ground (is there any other kind?), fairly sharp on the "feet" to allow the legs to sink into soft ground - more stability. The assembly bolts have turning knobs and the 1x2 between end caps and used as uprights are stabilized by clamping plates that even the bolt pressure - the lumber is held securely.

TacStrike Arch Frame Target Carrier.
The height of the main beam gives around 3 ½" of clearance. No tools are needed for quick assembly at the range. CTK will even provide "bottle holders" to secure 2-liter soda bottles on the uprights. Set 2 or three water-filled bottles on each arm and have a competition.

The TacStrike Arch Frame Target Carrier is a welded unit and comes in one piece. A bolt on each upright cup keeps the furring strips secured. An inch-and-a-half of clearance at the center of the carrier makes the unit stable on uneven ground. There's only ground contact at the corners. It doesn't rock or tip.

I had to check zero on an SR1911CMD on a project with John Harrison. Whilst I was about it, I snagged some Brownells 8-round 1911 magazines. These are simply steel tubes with spring follower and floorplate. They are coated with Xylan, a dark, slick substance. The magazines fed up and ejected cleanly. The follower is a metal "anti-tilt" unit and an extra power spring drives it. The removable polymer floorplate gives enough space to allow loading to eight rounds in the nominally 7-round 1911.

Brownells 8-round 1911 Magazine with test ammo.
I used two vastly different loads: ASYM Precision 230 grain FMJ Match and Remington 185 grain Metal Case Semiwadcutter. The "softball" round is notorious for choking in 1911 pistols. Both rounds slid through the Ruger without issue.

I set up the Spaulding 2-Second drill: From ready - Dave has his own (inherently practical) ready position - you have to get a round into the "A" zone within the first second, with four rounds into the threat before two seconds elapsed. The cadence gives you some idea of the "operational speed" or rate of fire. Also, according to Dave, "it shouldn't sound like a monkey on a typewriter," but an even cadence of fire.

Using the 185 grain WC Remington load - and preparing to clear the expected stoppage, I put four rounds on the B-8 repair center I used for a target in 1.59 seconds. A more robust load would have pushed my recovery time up it seems, but the gun seems to function slower with the light load so I figure fair is fair.

I'd done this drill with the double action/single action SIG P239 9mm and with this SR1911CMD as well. Someone - forgive me for forgetting who it was - asked how the 2-Second drill went with a DA revolver. I had no idea.

Two-Second Drill, 5 yards, Cor-Bon .38 Special 147 grain FMJ Performance Match -- with elderly S&W M10-5 and Herretts Shooting Star stocks.
I shot an elderly S&W Model 10-5. A good example of an earlier era, it has a four-inch skinny barrel, round butt - something I've not seen a lot of in four-inch guns - and an aftermarket Parkerizing job. I had fitted the gun with Herrett's Gunstocks' "Shooting Star" with skip-line checkering some years ago. Using Cor-Bon 147 grain FMJ Performance Match ammo and a B-8 Center, I flunked the first try with the first round out in 1.03 with a total time of 1.8 seconds. That's the effort in the picture.

After working with some other gear, I posted a Birchwood Casey 12'x18" Eze-Scorer IPSC Practice Silhouette Paper Target and stepped off about five yards. The A-zone on this target is 6 3/8" x 3 3/8". I tried the drill anew. This time, the first round hit at .96 - close enough - and all four smacked the A-zone in 1.72 seconds. Revolvers will do just fine, thanks.

P3 Ultimate Target Stand

TacStrike Steel Target Systems

Brownells 8-Round 1911 Magazines

Birchwood Casey

Herrett Shooting Star

-- Rich Grassi

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