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LaserMax Unveils New AR Weaponlight at NRA
Attendees at the upcoming NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Louisville, Kentucky will have their first opportunity to test the new Manta-Ray series of WeaponLights at the LaserMax booth, #5047. Featuring adjustable brightness and a unique light signature, Manta-Ray snaps on and off rifle rails in seconds.
Geissele Automatics a Sponsor of 2016 Firearms Industry Compliance Conference
Orchid Advisors and the National Shooting Sports Foundation are pleased to announce that Geissele Automatics has agreed to sponsor the 2016 Firearms Industry Compliance Conference at the Lanyard level. A leading manufacturer of premium triggers, rails, tools and accessories, primarily for modern sporting rifles, Geissele Automatics is headquartered in North Wales, Pennsylvania.
Distinguished Badge Presentations at the 2016 National Rifle and Pistol Matches
In celebration of the Civilian Marksmanship Program's 20-Year Anniversary, the CMP would like to invite previous civilian Pistol and Rifle Distinguished competitors who were not presented their Distinguished Badges onstage to be formally presented with their badges during the 2016 National Match Award Ceremonies.
Trijicon Introduces 2016 Pro-Staff
Trijicon Inc. is pleased to announce its 2016 Pro-Staff roster. Headlined by Julie Golob and the Cerino family, this roster of shooters will represent the brand in their respective competition fields.

The Wilson Combat Sentinel Compact
The Sentinel Compact merges their shortest slide fighting pistol - the Sentinel with the frame of their compact 1911 series handguns. The result is a pistol designed for accurate shooting and easy concealment.
Springfield Armory Partners with GunDealio as Sponsor
GUNTALK Media is excited to announce that firearms manufacturer Springfield Armory has recently joined as a sponsor of GunDealio - the free smartphone app from GUNTALK.
Exhibitor Registration to Open for SHOT Industry Day
Registration for SHOT Show Industry Day at the Range 2017 will open for new exhibitors on Monday, May 2, 2016. Industry Day, which will take place on Monday, January 16, 2017, allows for a wide spectrum of exhibitors including firearms, ammunition, trucks, ATV's, knives, archery, airgun and more.
OCR a Bronze Sponsor of Firearms Industry Compliance Conference
Orchid Advisors and the National Shooting Sports Foundation are pleased to announce that OCR Global Trade Management has agreed to sponsor the 2016 Firearm Industry Compliance Conference (FICC) at the Bronze level. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., OCR is a leading provider of international trade compliance solutions.

Firearms Insurance Agent a Firearm Industry Compliance Conference Sponsor
Orchid Advisors and the National Shooting Sports Foundation are pleased to announce that Firearms Insurance Agent has agreed to sponsor the 2016 Firearms Industry Compliance Conference at the Silver level. Based in Grain Valley, Missouri, the company specializes in product liability, workers compensation and a variety of general coverage products written specifically to address the needs of those in the firearms industry.
Agencies Select Z-CLEAN
National Police Ammunition announced its proprietary Z-CLEAN ammunition has been adopted by two of Florida's largest law enforcement agencies, Orange County Sheriffs and the City of Miami Police Department. Z-CLEAN is used for state required qualifications and training in lead-free range facilities.
CrossBreed Holsters Freedom Carry Holster Special
CrossBreed Holsters announced a special price on their Freedom Carry Holster. It's available for a 20% savings for orders placed by May 6, 2016. The Freedom Carry allows different carry positions including cross-draw, "appendix," and strong side.
Bigfoot Gun Belts with Flat Black Hardware
Bigfoot Gun Belts is offering belts with a new line of flat black hardware. These scratch and corrosion resistant roller buckles are now available for both the rich brown and classic black leather gun belt options.
Team Timney's Milkovich Wins PRS Match
Timney Triggers congratulates Regina Milkovich on her victory at the 2016 Nor Cal Tactical Bolt Rifle Challenge. Regina made history by being the first female shooter to win a major Precision Rifle Series (PRS) match.
Orchid Advisors and the Ashcroft Law Firm Announce Firearms Industry Strategic Advisory Service
Orchid Advisors, the Firearm Industry's Trusted Compliance and Operations Experts, and former Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Michael J. Sullivan on behalf of the Ashcroft Law Firm, announce the launch of a cooperative program to deliver strategic advisory, regulatory, compliance and legal services to the firearms industry. Mike will work closely with Orchid's clients in the capacity of a Firearms Industry Executive Advisor.
2016 USCCA Concealed Carry Expo April 29th - May 1st
The USCCA Concealed Carry Expo, the only event dedicated to the concealed carry lifestyle, will be held, this weekend, April 29 – May 1, 2016, at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The Expo will feature an information-packed, three-day consumer show with seminars, demonstrations, a concealed-carry fashion show, live-fire shooting range and a full line-up of world-class guest speakers.
LaserMax Adds Customer Service Staff
LaserMax is pleased to welcome Kevin Bock as its newest Customer Service Representative, providing essential consumer support and warranty processing services.
RSR Adds More Apex Products
Apex Tactical Specialties announced that wholesale distributor RSR Group has expanded its offerings from the Apex product line to include barrels for the Smith & Wesson M&P and the new trigger for the Walther PPQ.
Doug Koenig Championship Season Presents From Father to Sons
Tonight on Sportsman Channel at 7 p.m. EST, Doug Koenig Championship Season highlights the special bond Doug experiences competing on the range with his son Trevor and hunting alongside Zach for Red Deer Stag.
Guns for a Cause on Behalf of Kara's HoPE
Guns for a Cause is hosting a fundraiser on behalf of Kara's HoPE. Proceeds from this event will help fund their ongoing mission to provide relief to families with children who are coping with the effects of Holoprosencephaly (HPE). The prize is a Colt National Match Deluxe Gold Cup TALO Edition.
HAVA Raffle of Glock 30th Anniversary Gun
Honored American Veterans Afield (HAVA) and Glock US jointly announce the award of a Glock 30th Anniversary commemorative pistol (1 of 30) to a deserving disabled veteran or wounded active duty military member who attends one of HAVA's 2016 Family Day events.
Plano Synergy Pursues Key Marketing Position
Plano Synergy has announced the availability of a key marketing position.
Editor's Note: The Origin of "Rule 5"
I was taken to the woodshed, again, by Stephen Wenger of (Defensive Use of Firearms). This is somewhat a correction of the story from Tuesday. He denies originating the addition to the Cooper/Gunsite Four Rules. He should know.

I attach his comments below:

. . . (T)he credit for promulgating the Rule actually goes to Arizona attorneys Michael Anthony and Robert Brown:

"Michael Anthony served on the "CCW Committee" for Arizona DPS when the CWP program was organized until the "authorized training program" was dissolved and was responsible for the instruction in legal issues for the DPS-authorized instructors. He was assisted unofficially by Robert Brown. Brown did a study of lawsuits against gun owners and was surprised to learn most gun owners - and most of the successful lawsuits against gun owners - did not involve wrongful shootings but unauthorized access, through improper storage, resulting in misuse of the firearm by someone other than the owner. That research is what resulted - in the home state of Gunsite - in the addition of a fifth Rule to Cooper's original Four Rules."

That fifth rule -- maintain control of your defensive firearms -- is critical for more than legal reasons. My response to Stephen is this -- Thanks to the lot of you. It's a relevant rule and has a more important function than preventing litigation . . . preventing tragedy. And that's what you'll be remembered for.

I appreciate his input and pass his comments and analysis along routinely here and in other internet locations. We'd be wise to follow his counsel.

-- Rich Grassi
Skill Set: Slow Down
The most common issue we encounter in every class is speed. And I'm not talking about the good kind. Everyone wants to go fast. Constantly, during the entire class, we have to remind students to slow down. It sounds wrong, but during training, practice and even in a fight "fast" is usually a bad thing.

Training – regardless of the level - introduces new skills, techniques and fighting principles. You discover how to use firearms properly, safely and in defense of life. You're modifying or fine tuning existing skills. You're not going to actually learn the material in a two or three day class. Learning requires practice. Training shouldn't be about speed. Get it right while the instructor is watching so you know what and how to practice. Training - new material - needs to be taken slowly, literally one step at a time.

After training comes practice, performing the repetitions necessary to actually learn a skill or set of actions. In other words, practice until you don't have to think about it. The conscious mind says, "reload." The subconscious takes over, performing the reload. To embed a skill into the subconscious literally takes thousands of "good" repetitions. "Bad" reps don't count, and the experts say that every bad rep takes dozens of good ones to erase the bad. The only way to ensure you're "gettin' gooder" is to slow down. Don't think about speed; concentrate on technique.

Good technique reduces or eliminates mistakes. You're acting efficiently. Yes, we're preparing to fight, but in a fight every action must be clean, with no wasted motion or unnecessary actions. You can go really fast, adding unnecessary movements and making a lot of mistakes, but this isn't helping you learn, and it definitely isn't preparing you to fight. A little thing - not getting the magazine positioned properly in your hand - creates a big problem - dropping the only mag you have on the ground while moving to cover. Slow practice creates efficiency.

Practicing slowly teaches you how to react to mistakes. Yes, we just talked about not making mistakes, but the fact is they happen, especially under stress. When a mistake occurs you correct, compensate and continue. Go too fast, make a mistake and you step into a default mode. You stop thinking and start reacting, reverting to "natural" instincts. The problem is most skills we use to fight with firearms are not natural. By working at a moderate pace you are able to identify mistakes sooner and immediately apply corrective actions.

In "No Second Place Winner," Bill Jordan records advice he received from Texas Ranger Captain John Hughes: "If you get into a gunfight don't let yourself feel rushed. Take your time, fast." The only thing you can control in a fight is you. Jordan adds that while this isn't easy advice to follow, everything you need to know about gun fighting is summed up Hughes' words. "When you really understand their full meaning," Jordan adds, "you have come of age." (Pg 107)

During training, slow down. When you practice, slow down and focus on technique and efficiency. In a fight, trust your skills and apply them at the proper speed. Victory will follow.

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 - Website:

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