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SIG SAUER 9mm V-Crown Named Ammunition of the Year
SIG SAUER 124gr 9mm V-Crown Elite Performance Ammunition was named 'Ammunition of the Year' at the 1st Annual Firearms Industry Choice Awards held July 21-23, 2016 at the Rockcastle Shooting Center in Park City, Kentucky.
CrossBreed Holsters for M&P45 Shield
CrossBreed Holsters announces new holsters fit for the M&P45 Shield. These include the SuperTuck, MiniTuck, Appendix Carry, Freedom Carry and others.
Mec-Gar USA Announces New 'Pocket Pistol' Magazine
Mec-Gar USA is proud to announce the addition of a six-round Taurus 738 magazine to its product line. The Taurus PT738, sometimes called the 738 TCP, is a popular pistol in the fast-growing .380ACP pocket pistol market.

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Century Arms Exhibiting at The Southeast Shooting & Outdoor Convention
Century Arms will be displaying new products from the Red Army Standard AK-47 and Canik Pistol lines at The Southeast Shooting and Outdoor Convention in Jacksonville, Florida from Friday, July 28 through Sunday, July 31.
Noveske a Sponsor of NSSF Rimfire Challenge
Tactical Solutions is proud to announce Noveske Fireworks LLC will be a Platinum Sponsor of the 2016 NSSF Rimfire Challenge NW Regional Championship August 13th and 14th at the Parma Rod and Gun Club.
Smith & Wesson Expands Relationship with Smith & Wesson Historical Foundation
Smith & Wesson Corp. announced that it has expanded its long-standing relationship with the Smith & Wesson Historical Foundation, an organization founded to preserve, organize and digitize original Smith & Wesson factory records. The Smith & Wesson Historical Foundation will assume full responsibility for the company's Letter of Authenticity process.

MGM Steel Target Provider of NSSF Rimfire NW Championships
MGM Targets is proud to announce its involvement as the Official Target Supplier and sponsor of the 2016 NSSF Rimfire Challenge NW Championship on August 13th and 14th, 2016 at the Parma Rod and Gun Club, Parma, Idaho.
Midland-Odessa Campaign Targets Illegal Gun Purchases
As part of an ongoing national effort to help prevent illegal "straw" purchases of firearms, the National Shooting Sports Foundation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are reminding the public in the Midland-Odessa region that stiff penalties are in place for individuals convicted of such purchases.
CCRKBA Rips Gun Ban Proposed By Northwest Gun Prohibition Groups
The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms blasted two prominent Pacific Northwest gun prohibition lobbying groups for proposing legislation aimed at penalizing law-abiding gun owners for the crimes of racist cop killers and home-grown terrorists.

Ruger Extends the "2 Million Gun Challenge"
Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is excited to announce the extension of the 2 Million Gun Challenge to Benefit the NRA - which is now the 2.5 Million Gun Challenge. Between the 2015 and 2016 NRA Annual Meetings, Ruger met the challenge goal of selling two million new firearms, for a total donation of $4,000,000 to the NRA-ILA.
September Issue of S.W.A.T. Magazine
The September issue of S.W.A.T. features the CZ-USA 805 rifle, how to be a successful instructor, a comparison of the Zenith MP5 and SIG MPX and the Inland Mfg. M1 Carbine -- and more.
Gander Mountain Supports NSSF's 2016 #GUNVOTE Campaign
Minneapolis-based specialty outdoor retailer Gander Mountain, in partnership with the National Shooting Sports Foundation, announced its alliance with the NSSF's 2016 #GUNVOTE campaign to support the association's voter education efforts throughout the course of the election year.
Swab-its Adds FDM Tactical To Growing List of Dealers
Swab-its®, the makers of Bore-whips™, Bore-tips® and Gun-tips™, announced the addition of FDM Tactical of Hopewell, Virginia to their growing list of retailers carrying the Swab-its line of firearms cleaning products.
Davidson's Delivers and Extends the "Ruger 2 Million Gun Challenge"
Davidson's accepted Ruger's challenge at the 2015 NRA Annual Meetings and pledged to donate one dollar to the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action for each new Ruger firearm it sold within the challenge period.
Leupold Expands Tech Service Phone Hours
Leupold & Stevens, Inc. has expanded the hours of its Tech Services call center, making it even easier for Leupold owners to access the product expertise of the services staff.
Trijicon MRO Wins Award
Trijicon Inc. is pleased to announce their Miniature Rifle Optic (MRO) has been awarded the Firearms Industry Choice Awards Optic of the Year. The Firearms Industry Choice Awards' product evaluation process is designed to determine the best product of the year in several categories.
Lehigh Defense Solid Copper Wide Flat Nose Bullets
Lehigh Defense is introducing a line of Wide Flat Nose (WFN) bullets. These bullets eliminate the chance of lead fouling and, as they're not lead, require no gas check. These require no bullet lube.
Honor Defense's Gary Ramey Elected to Citizens Academy Alumni Association Board
Gary Ramey, President of handgun manufacturer Honor Defense, located in Gainesville, Georgia, was recently elected to the FBI Atlanta Citizens Academy Board of Directors. The FBI Atlanta Citizens Academy Alumni Association is a nonprofit organization separate and apart from the FBI.
FMG: How To Be A Good Gun Store Customer
FMG Online Editor Mark Kakkuri hosts a forum on "How To Be A Good Gun Store Customer" — referencing a video from Roy's Insider Tips, featuring American Handgunner Publisher Roy Huntington. In the online exclusive, Kakkuri lays out the fundamentals of how to conduct yourself in a gun shop.
Skill Set: Scanning
After reading Rich's column in Tuesday's Wire I want to discuss scanning. The most common reason given for scanning is to locate any additional threats. This is good, but there are a lot more reasons to be scanning.

For purposes of this discussion we'll define "scanning" as looking around your environment, as opposed to a close examination. Being visually oriented creatures, the majority of what we gather comes through the eyes. This is especially true under stress, when almost everyone experiences auditory exclusion; your hearing shuts down and you start relying almost totally on the eyes to find out what's going on around you.

What are you looking for or trying to find? There is a list of things, just keep in mind the details will differ according to who you are, what you do, and the particulars of the situation.

According to the documentation there is likely to be more than one potential "threat," and they won't be all lined up all in a row in front of you like they are on the range. This doesn't mean you'll need to shoot several people. You may not even have to fire your weapon. But if there are other possible threats you need to locate them. Plus scanning and the body language that goes with it tells other possible threats you're still plugged in and ready to fight if necessary. This also doesn't mean you can ignore the threat that's down or gone.

You scan to find your family or friends. Where are they and what do you need them to do? The same applies for locating armed partners you may be working with. Look to locate cover to get behind and the protection it offers. Just because the threat is down or gone doesn't mean the fight is over. You glance around to find an exit in order to escape or get to a safer location. Visually checking your weapon's condition might be a good idea; on the range you'll often see people standing there with an empty weapon. If the slide is out of battery – you're empty or have a malfunction – you need to get it operational again. For armed citizens you need to look and see if law enforcement officers are arriving so you can comply with their commands. Remember, at that point they don't know who the good guys are.

A big reason to scan is to break out of the "tunnel vision" most people experience under stress – your field of view narrows down to roughly fifteen degrees so you can visually focus on the source of danger. (The level you experience this depends on how stressful the event is, which will vary according to the individual and their experience.) After the immediate danger is over you need to open up your field of vision. Moving your eyes off the old danger and visually focusing on something farther away opens up your field of view. Your peripheral vision is working again. Now you can look in another direction you yet still monitor the downed threat, in case they get back into the fight, or the corner they ran around to escape, because they might decide to come back.

When and where do you need to scan? That depends on the specifics of the situation. Does every situation call for you to scan? No, but it's easy to choose not to do something you've practiced as opposed to trying to remember to employ a skill or technique that you don't practice or understand.

When you think about it you should be scanning all the time, paying attention to the environment in order to spot possible danger in advance. You need to be scanning after the immediate threat is down or gone, while still watching the last know threat or keeping an eye on where you last saw them. Like all other skills this takes practice and repetition, but with the proper thought process behind it. When practicing you have to make the mental connections between what you're doing on the range and how it applies in "real" life. Otherwise it does just become a motion you perform on the range without any real meaning attached to it. Mentally plug in during practice so that when it counts your actions will be productive.

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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