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Crossbreed Fits for Glock 42,43 with Streamlight TLR6
CrossBreed® Holsters confirms fit for the Glock® 42/43 with the Streamlight TLR-6. The TLR-6 is the first subcompact pistol light with both an LED illuminator and a red aiming laser designed for the Glock® 42/43.
Federal Premium 380 Auto Personal Defense HST Ammo
Federal Premium Personal Defense HST now features a new load in 380 Auto, an excellent option for concealed carry pistols. Shipments of this new ammunition are currently being delivered. HST ammunition provides consistent expansion, optimum penetration and terminal performance that raise the bar for micro-size handguns.
Beretta Defense Technologies Launches New Website
Beretta Defense Technologies (BDT) is pleased to announce the US launch of its enhanced, navigation-friendly website. The website is also accessible from the Beretta homepage under the 'BDT' tab.
YHM Tier Three Sponsor Of ASA
The American Suppressor Association announced that Yankee Hill Machine Co., Inc. is the newest Tier Three Sponsor of the ASA. With their contribution, YHM joins the ranks of AcuSport, Daniel Defense, Gemtech, SilencerCo, and Silencer Shop as a voting member of the association.

New Carbine Records Set During 2015 National Games Matches
Victor Betzold, 60, of Bel Air, MD, left the 2015 National Matches after placing or firing a high score in virtually every CMP Games Match during rifle week.He set a new National Record and won the Carbine Match with a score of 375-6x. He was also the high senior of the event. Also setting a new National Record was the high junior of the Carbine match, Mark Stout II, 17, of Waterford, MI, with an outstanding score of 362-5x.
Shooting Industry Masters Auction To Benefit USA Shooting Team
FMG Publications has teamed with to auction one-of-a-kind Shooting Industry Masters custom gun packages with proceeds benefitting the USA Shooting Team.
Brownells Provides Scholarships for Summer Youth Shooting Academy
Brownells has teamed with the American Sportsman Shooting Center, home of the nation's only indoor, live-fire cinema range to provide scholarships for the upcoming Youth Shooting Academy, presented by K-5 Arms Exchange. The scholarship applications are now available to young shooters between the ages of 13 and 18.
Industry Support Builds for Inaugural Starlight 3 Gun Championship
With the inaugural Starlight 3 Gun Championship presented by Timney Trigger less than two months away, sponsors from around the country continue to join the companies that are taking advantage of the high profile event. Set for September 23-26 at the Peacemaker National Training Center in Garradstown, West Virginia, the event will pit the top three-gun shooters from around the country in the only national three-gun competition shot exclusively at night.

Rutherford, Armstrong Win Vintage Sniper for Third Time at 201 National Games Matches
Winning the Vintage Sniper Team Match at the 2015 National Matches was team "Double D" - consisting of Douglas Armstrong, 55, of Lexington, North Carolina, and Glendale "Don" Rutherford, 63, of Tallapoosa, Georgia. The two men are used to winning the match now - having won three of the five times its been shot at Nationals.
Brownells New Product Review For 7-24-2015
Recently added to the Brownells website, the New Product Center highlights the hottest new products picked up by the savvy Brownells merchandising team.
Lyman Introduces Turbo Case Media Separator
Lyman introduces the Turbo Case Media Separator, which incorporates many new features that make the messy job of sifting media from cases much easier.
Washington's Team Gotta Scores Senior Rimfire Division National Pistol Title
Two squads of Washington's Team Gotta made it to the podium at the Scholastic Pistol Program (SPP) National Team Championships with one squad taking third while the other claimed the National Team Pistol Championship.
South Texas Shooters Capture Senior Centerfire Division National Pistol Title
With their final combined time of 242.95 seconds, the Lone Star State's South Texas Shooters outpaced teams from Wisconsin and Tennessee to capture the Senior Centerfire Division title at the Scholastic Pistol Program (SPP) National Team Championships.
Renton Steel Dragons Of Washington Take Junior Rimfire Division National Pistol Title
Washington's Renton Steel Dragons took the Junior Rimfire Division title at the Scholastic Pistol Program (SPP) National Team Championships in a combined time of 175.38 seconds.
Wisconsin's Lake Country Action Shooters Claim Junior Centerfire Division National Pistol Title
The Lake Country Action Shooters of Wisconsin claimed the Junior Centerfire Division title at the Scholastic Pistol Program (SPP) National Team Championships in a time of 188.59 seconds.
#PDNLIVE to Discuss Self Defense and the Blade
Personal Defense Network (PDN) will host another round of #PDNLIVE on Thursday, July 30, 2015. Alessandro Padovani of Safer Faster Defense will join host Rob Pincus.
Men's And Women's Top Guns Named At Scholastic Pistol Program Nationals
The top male and female athletes in Speed Shooting were recognized by the Scholastic Pistol Program (SPP) at the 2015 National Team Championships for their outstanding individual performances in each of its six competitive divisions.
Viridian Options for Glock 43
Viridian has a range of targeting and illumination options for the Glock 43. These include a green laser, red laser and a white tactical light.
Otis Supports VETS2FARM
Otis Technology is proud to announce its support of a start-up non-profit organization for disabled veterans - Vets2Farm. Vets2Farm's sole purpose is to provide disabled veterans a place to heal, farm, grow and give back.
Thorguarde Weapons Vault is NTOA Recommended
Performance Custom Cabinets, LLC announces that the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) has awarded the Thorguarde Weapons Vault a high score from their Member Tested and Recommended Program.
Free Aimpoint Micro T-1 from LWRCI
Aimpoint has partnered with LWRC International to offer consumers an outstanding value-with-purchase opportunity. Through August 31, 2015, consumers purchasing a new rifle from an authorized LWRCI dealer will receive an Aimpoint Micro T-1 red dot sight (retail value $889.00) for free, via a mail-in rebate. This promotion applies to the following LWRCI rifles: IC-5.56, SIX 8-6.8 SPC, and R.E.P.R. - 7.62 models.
Starline Brass Announces Donation to America's Mighty Warriors Organization
Starline is proud to announce that they will be donating $5,000 to the America's Mighty Warriors organization. As a result of a recent promotion, Starline is donating $1 to the organization for every order and $1 for every new Facebook Like they received from Memorial Day through the 4th of July.
News Briefing
Four Second Amendment organizations, including the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, announced they are offering a $4,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals responsible for the slaying of Donnie Chin, a respected activist in Seattle's International District, and also a devoted firearms enthusiast and collector.

Band of Heroes, a non-profit organization focused on servicing combat veterans dealing with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), has set August 17th, at the Pub Fountains, in Stafford, Texas for a Band of Heroes concert and documentary filming for the Hustle For Heroes/Band of Heroes Project. Live musical performances from U.S. Combat Veteran Soldiers, along with special guest, Major League Baseball legend, Pete Rose are included in this special evening. BOH and HFH offers private dining, memorabilia giveaways, auctions, & autograph sessions with Pete Rose and Nashville Recording Star, Kevin Blake Weldon.

IntelCase Co., exclusive distributors of Negrini luxury travel cases, announced the introduction of the newly developed 1619LX compact rifle case for scoped bolt-action rifles. The new lightweight compact travel case has specially designed interior compartments which specifically fit scoped bolt action rifles with barrels as long as 24".

LaserLyte is introducing the next generation of their LT-series of pistol laser trainers. The all-new LT-Premium (LT-PRE) combines the training features of the LT-PRO with a brand new ON/OFF switch to conserve battery life, and a tool-less barrel diameter adjustment to easily fit nearly any handgun.

Mission First Tactical, LLC released its latest product, the TEKKO Metal AR Free Float 7" KeyMod Rail System (TMARFF7KRS). This all metal free float 7" rail system allows secure mounting for MIL-STD 1913 Picatinny Rails and tactical accessories, like vertical grips, bipods, lights, lasers and other rail mounted kits. The KeyMod system allows for universal modularity between numerous manufacturers of accessories and accessory rails.

You think that it's only government operations that occur in the dark? Nope, there's a shooting competition that occurs in the dark as well -- The first Starlight 3 Gun Championship -- presented by Timney Triggers – is quickly approaching. NSSF is a sponsor, as is LaserLyte, Taurus International and Emissive Energy Corporation. The event is to take place September 23-26 at the Peacemaker National Training Center in Garradstown, West Virginia, along with the National Rifle Association's World Shooting Championship -- both events occur simultaneously at Peacemaker National. The event will pit the top three-gun shooters from around the country in the only national three-gun competition shot exclusively at night. For information, see the competition website.
Editor's Notebook: Demonstration
Editor's Note: Tiger is out today and will return next week. This feature is from our May 22, 2012 edition.

Jim Cirillo, teaching a class, demonstrates trigger reset using a checked/confirmed unloaded gun from a student.
As a serious student, I find I have to dip into instructor development to increase my own skill set. Teaching is a matter of transmitting learned behaviors through superior communication skills – communication is something critical during incidents and post-incident from immediate aftermath to courtroom testimony.

I've been privy to some debates about the extent to which instructors in physical skills classes should demonstrate the skill to be learned in the presence of students. The arguments against follow the pattern of "off-days" and "show-offs."

The off-day issue normally presents as "If I shoot in front of a class and I'm having a crappy day, they'll know they have a clown as an instructor." You're trying to teach them something you can't do.

Without addressing the "Would you take a flying class from someone who never flew a plane" argument, this is a situation where the instructor is normally capable but having a hard day for whatever reason.

It's one thing to shoot a course clean on a range. It's an ideal situation, everything is perfect; sun's shiny, comfortable breeze, not too hot, not too cold. Your mind is on the task at hand. You shoot very well. Leave the range and have a gunfight in the middle of a hostile crowd, at night, wind's howling, people pushing and shoving – going to shoot that course clean?

The instructor has to be able to perform under pressure. I'm more impressed when he or she has some chatty patter if the shooting goes south, but a re-do to ensure everyone knows it can be done and that you can do it is even better. Instructors practice shooting under pressure by competing in shooting competitions and by shooting against other instructors for a money prize. I find the best way to really learn material is to have to teach it. This increases pressure and helps build my skills.

Besides, how can a student know what is expected if all he or she has seen is re-runs of Miami Vice?

Some students are visual learners. They have to see what you are saying and what you want done. Others respond better to listening. Some have to feel it and will model your behavior trying to replicate exactly your process to get your results. Most learners use some combination of learning styles with one or another style being dominant. For that reason, your demonstrations need to be done as they'll learn the skills. Some will begin empty hands, some with inert or unloaded guns – done "dry," others will go live fire. As they will do, you must do.

After shooting for zero, a student still shot off the mark. Cirillo shoots the student's gun in front of all the students to re-check zero and to demonstrate points related to accurate shooting.
As the teacher, you'll demonstrate various elements of shooting, say trigger re-set if that is a component of your teaching plan. You can demonstrate that dry as well as live-fire.

Sometimes a student will have a gun that shoots consistently off the bulls-eye in one direction. The instructor has to be able to take that gun and check the zero by shooting it in front of the student.

Jim Cirillo believed in the backup gun. Here Jim is wearing one of his Colt Cobra revolvers worn cross-draw in support of the main holster gun he wore in class.
Finally, if a component of the teaching plan is drawing from a particular holster, don't be using another type/brand/location than the students. If part of the class is reliance on a second gun, be ready to show you follow the plan too.

In the last instructor refresher I did at the agency, I wanted to do something a little different from the walk-back I normally did. I slit each backer and put one of my soon-to-be outdated business cards in the slots for each candidate to shoot edgewise from a distance of 24 feet. The resulting bellow of disbelief from the group required that I do it first.

So I did. Not remarkably, every student in class then replicated the feat.

-- Rich Grassi

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