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Apex Offers Free Shipping Now Thru Memorial Day
Starting Tuesday, May 23, and running through Monday, May 29, Apex Tactical Specialties is offering free shipping on all orders from their online store at during this Memorial Day weekend. In addition, any order over $100 will receive a free Apex PVC patch.
Barnes Product Safety Recall Notice
Barnes Bullets, LLC determined that eighteen Lots of its Barnes Bullets, LLC 300 Weatherby 180 grain TTSX VOR-TX ammunition packaged product may contain cartridges of a different caliber. Firing a rifle with the incorrect caliber of ammunition may result in damage to the firearm, serious personal injury, or death.
Honor Defense Announces "All-American & All You Need" Consumer Promotion
Anyone who purchases any one of the 16 new Honor Defense® pistols from this month until July 4th you'll receive products with a value over $125.

Sig Sauer
Gun Digest Magazine Announces Expansion
Gun Digest the Magazine, a property of Gun Digest Media, LLC, has announced a significant expansion to its flagship title. Beginning with the June issue, several notable columnists will be lending their expertise to the magazine's pages.
Federal Premium Introduces Gold Medal Berger
Federal Premium Ammunition is proud to announce its new Gold Medal Berger, which combines the most sought-after bullets on the Precision Rifle Series with the industry's most trusted factory ammunition. Shipments are currently being delivered to dealers.
Mossy Oak® Pays Tribute to Military With New "Honor" Web Series
Mossy Oak Capture Digital Productions is certainly honored to present a new digital mini-series titled "Honor." The purpose of "Honor" is to acknowledge the service men and women of this great country and tell their stories of heroism, bravery, and humility.

Lipsey's and Vickers Tactical Full FDE GLOCK
Lipsey's and industry icon Larry Vickers have partnered on an addition to the popular "Vickers GLOCK" series. New this week, they announced the Full FDE GLOCK series, built on the Vickers preferred RTF2 frame -- a Lipsey's Exclusive. The initial production run will be limited to 2,000 G17's and 3,000 G19's.
Wilson Combat Carry Comp Professional
Wilson Combat introduces the Carry Comp Professional. It features a 4" overall length match-grade barrel, including a ½" muzzle extension that houses the meticulously engineered compensation port.
Colt Welcomes Wyatt Gibson to Team Colt
Colt announced its sponsorship of national shooting sports competitor Wyatt Gibson. Gibson has a successful track record in many shooting disciplines, and already has a full schedule ahead with Team Colt in 2017.

Final Days for LaseMax Mail In Rebate Program
LaserMax continues to offer Mail-in rebates through May 31, 2017 on all of their reliable products and each laser has a 5 year warranty. A $50 rebate is offered on all GuideRods including the popular Glock 42 and Glock 43.
Propper and Richard Petty Driving Experience
Propper International has joined the ranks of NASCAR sponsors with a one-year partnership with Richard Petty Driving Experience. In addition to providing apparel and gear to Richard Petty Driving Experience staff, Propper has wrapped one of the RPDE racecars in its company colors and logo.
B&T USA SPR300 Available in U.S.
B&T USA announces the availability of its ultra accurate and concealable Swiss designed and built SPR300 (Special Purpose Rifle) to both law enforcement and commercial customers in the United States.
Around the Water Cooler
Garmin announced their new VIRB 360 -- a compact, rugged and fully spherical 360-degree camera. The waterproof VIRB 360 is an easy-to-use camera that captures high-quality video up to 5.7K/30fps with four built-in microphones to ensure everything sounds as good as it looks in any direction.

The Galati Gear premium quality Military style attache case features hidden backpack straps for hands-free carry and plenty of room for all necessities including a padded pocket to secure up to a 17" tablet/laptop. Along with an internal ID pouch, snap hook and numerous accessory pockets, an internal back zippered pocket is a large open compartment to hold a change of clothes, a holster and much more.

IWI US, Inc. announced that the Galil ACE Pistol in 5.56 with Side Folding Stabilizing Brace has begun shipping to wholesalers everywhere. The Galil ACE pistol features a side-folding stabilizing brace in 5.56 NATO and an 8.3" barrel. The brace was designed to help disabled shooters operate and fire an AR pistol.

CAA introduces its first "Shooting the IDF Way" 10-part Facebook Live series, hosted by LTC (RET IDF) Mikey Hartman. Hartman will be sharing tips and techniques he himself wrote and used in his career as a military trainer with the IDF and as the author of the IDF Marksmanship Shooting Doctrine.

Wiley X, Inc. recognizes the very real sacrifice our brave soldiers and their families make to serve our country. This is particularly true for the many thousands who have made the ultimate sacrifice defending our nation and its freedoms. For this reason, Wiley X always makes it a point to emphasize the true meaning behind Memorial Day, one of America's most significant national holidays.
Skill Set: Relationships
Developing your fighting skills, especially when it comes to firearms, is all about relationships. There are a variety of relationships at different levels. Understanding how this applies to your defensive skills is extremely important.

For over 20 years this was the only pistol I carried, every day. Eventually it became an extension of my body and mind.
All tools require skill and experience. Knowing how to use a hammer is one thing. Understanding and developing the skills to use a firearm is more complex. In other words you spend time, dry and live practice, to develop a relationship with your weapon. Eventually that weapon starts to feel like an extension of your body. Through practice you learn how to manipulate it, without having or needing to look at it. You know what the trigger feels like as you press off a shot. A bad shot is recognized immediately, without having to look at the target to see where the hit is. The mag runs empty. You feel the slide lock to the rear and know it's time to reload. Developing a relationship with your firearm is mandatory.

Over time you develop a relationship with other shooters. Finding partners means you can split the cost of travel for training. With partners you can work in a "coach" and "shooter" format during practice. One shooter watching the other, applying constructive criticisms. You seek out those better than you, soaking up their advice on skills and gear. And, you learn part of the gun culture is spreading the word, teaching what you know to others. You develop life-long relationships that are rewarding for all parties.

There is also a relationship between you and the threat. According to the data in a majority of attacks the victims know their attacker. The threat may even be a close friend or family member. The fact that you have a relationship with the threat cannot prevent you from stopping the attack. Even prior to the attack there's a responsibility for you to "know" the threat. How will they act or what techniques will be used prior to launching the attack? A good source on information on these matters is The Gift Of Fear. Another good reference on pre-attack indicators is Left Of Bang.

Finally, you establish a solid relationship with yourself. It's essential to understand your limits - the two cardinal sins are underestimating the threat and over estimating your abilities. Decide in advance you will do whatever it takes to win; never let the thought of defeat creep into your thoughts. Ultimately you must make peace with the fact that if you're forced to shoot the threat may die. Just keep in mind when you shoot it's to save lives, not to take life. If they die it's their fault.

Relationships are a key component to life. They come in all flavors. Developing the right kind of relationships is critical to being prepared.

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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