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Kershaw Launch 7 Automatic
With its machined handle and integrated backspacer, the Launch 7 has an industrial look. This version offers improved toughness, grindability, and polishability as well as providing excellent corrosion resistance and edge retention.
Aimpoint Receives U.S. Army Contract
Aimpoint has been awarded a contract for supply of 30,000 M68 Close Combat Optics (M68CCO) to the U.S. Army. The Aimpoint CompM4s sight is type-classified as the M68CCO when used by the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force.
Action Target Ultimate Prize Package
Action Target is pleased to announce the Ultimate Gear Package Giveaway. Action Target has teamed up with Cannon Safe, HexMag, CrossBreed Holsters, Springfield Armory, Crimson Trace, Personal Defense Network, Propper Apparel, American Trigger, GunTalk Media, PACT, and Freedom Munitions to offer this incredible prize package to one winner.

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TROY Sweet Elite Madness Continues
Look at the Sweet March Madness deals from TROY: Select the strong, lightweight Alpha 13" Revolution BattleRail in carbon fiber for only $249 and save $100 on the rugged, reliable TROY M7A1 PDW Stock in black for $399.
Michael Jensen Leads GPO, USA into Shooting Sports
GPO, USA announces its arrival to the North American shooting sports market with a full spectrum of premium binoculars and riflescopes. This company brings unique advantages to the outdoor optical enthusiast with a full portfolio of new, premium products carrying technical and pricing advantages for dealers and consumers alike.
Caldwell Shooting Supplies Lead Sled 3
The new Lead Sled 3 shooting rest securely holds a firearm on target, and reduces felt recoil by up to 95% when compared to shooting without the rest. The innovative skeletonized front rest, with non-marring surfaces, securely holds a variety of firearms in place without damaging the firearm's finish.

SureFire Backup MaxVision
SureFire, LLC announced the launch of the new E1B-MV. The sleek, compact E1B-MV Backup has a virtually indestructible LED which delivers 400 lumens on high and five lumens of useful light at its low setting. The MaxVision reflector produces a wide, smooth beam.
DoubleStar Debuts the Oops! Replacement Kit
DoubleStar Corp. announces availability of their "Oops!" Replacement Kit. This popular repair kit includes the most commonly lost or worn springs and detents in the AR15 platform and is a vital component of every AR15 owner's tool kit.
Blue Force Gear to Attend USCCA Expo
Blue Force Gear will participate in the 2017 United States Concealed Carry Association Expo. The event will be held from April 7 to April 9 in Fort Worth, Texas at the Fort Worth Convention Center.

NRA Improved Basics of Pistol Shooting Program
The National Rifle Association is introducing an improved Basics of Pistol Shooting Program, engineered to meet the demands of NRA Certified Instructors and students alike. The improved Basics of Pistol Shooting Program places NRA Certified Instructors in the driver's seat.
NSSF Cites Drop in Unintentional Firearms Fatalities
The National Shooting Sports Foundation applauds the work of responsible firearm owners for helping to keep guns out of the wrong hands, as it shares the latest data regarding unintentional fatalities involving firearms. The National Safety Council's "Injury Facts-2017 Edition" shows a 17 percent decrease in accidents involving firearms from 2014 to 2015, a year in which firearms sales soared.
GPO, USA Hires Murski Breeding Sales Agency
GPO, USA, the industry's newest premium optics company, has hired Murski Breeding Sales to represent GPO, USA in 37 southern, central, northern, and eastern states. The sales agency will be responsible for all channels of trade and all products within the GPO portfolio for these regions.
Shooting USA's Impossible Shots - Byron is Robin Hood
This week on Shooting USA's Impossible Shots, Master of the Longbow Byron Ferguson aims to split an arrow with another arrow. Then, Mr. Flintlock, George Sutton, shows us the Impossible way to split cards.
Viridian Continues PDN Tour Sponsorship
Viridian announced that it has extended its partnership with the Personal Defense Network Training Tour as a primary tour sponsor for 2017. The tour has 100 planned stops in more than 25 states coast to coast and features over 35 informational and skill-building topics.
San Bernardino Sheriff's Office Approves Honor Defense Honor Guard
The San Bernardino County Sheriff's office has approved the Honor Defense Honor Guard for use by its deputies as back-up and off-duty handguns. Honor Defense will soon be adding a Blue Label program and a law enforcement SKU to the lineup.
Barrett Sponsors 8th Annual USASOC Sniper Competition
Barrett will participate in the 8th Annual USASOC Sniper Competition, March 20-24, 2017, as a Platinum Sponsor. The match portion of the event consists of combat-oriented courses where snipers from around the world compete over the span of five days and nights.
Nightforce Optics Sponsors USASOC Sniper Competition
Nightforce Optics, Inc. is proud to announce their platinum level sponsorship of the 2017 USASOC Sniper Competition. Members of the MIL-GOV-LE team will be in attendance to exhibit products and provide support to customers and end-users.
Comp-Tac Concealed Carry Holsters
The Com-Tac MTAC is an inside-the-waistband holster that uses modular design for better concealability, comfort and flexibility. The foundation is built with premier cowhide pinch and rub-free leather backing, then the precision-formed Kydex handgun shell is attached.
Streamlight Debuts ProTac HL USB Headlamp
Streamlight Inc. has enhanced its popular HL (High Lumen) family of tactical lights by adding a hands-free, USB rechargeable solution, the ProTac HL USB Headlamp. The high-powered, yet lightweight, area light provides up to 1,000 lumens and 20 hours of run time, while letting users charge it on the go from most any USB power source.
Leupold Chooses Rob Nees to Lead Manufacturing
Leupold & Stevens, Inc. is pleased to announce that Rob Nees has been hired as the optics manufacturer's vice president of manufacturing and global supply chain. Nees will oversee operations at Leupold's Beaverton, Oregon, manufacturing facility.
Creedmoor Sports Promotes Gina Williams
Creedmoor Sports is excited to announce the promotion of Gina Williams to the position of Customer Care and Operations Manager. Gina will be responsible for directing all matters in providing Creedmoor customers with the best customer service possible, in addition to managing Operations.
Fobus Holster Signs Laura Burgess Marketing
First Samco, Inc., the exclusive distributor of Fobus Holster, has signed Laura Burgess Marketing to manage the Fobus brand in the law enforcement, military, security and civilian marketplace. The Fobus holster was developed in Israel for Israeli military and special services.
Skill Set: Handgun Manipulations
It's been a while since we've discussed handgun manipulations, so I thought it's a good time to review these skills. Safety is always our primary concern with firearms, regardless of the application. You have to be safe on the range, and it's even more difficult to be safe during a confrontation, when things are fluid and dynamic. This means you must know how to manipulate your weapon safely, and efficiently, which is critical in a fight.

The way I teach manipulations is based on one set of skills: the techniques used to load and unload the pistol. Once you understand how to load and unload you have the skills necessary to reload and clear malfunctions. You don't need or want a lot of different techniques. Hick's Law tells us that the more options we have to choose from the longer it takes to make a decision. Also, the more options or techniques there are the longer it takes to learn these skills.

One set of skills, with a slight variation here and there, works for everything.

For our purposes we'll break the manipulations into two categories – Administrative manipulations and Functional manipulations. The Admin actions are loading, unloading and verifying the status of the pistol. Is it loaded or unloaded? The Functional manipulations are the actions necessary to keep the pistol operating. The handgun runs empty. You need to reload it efficiently, and as mentioned above, safely. A malfunction occurs. Again, you must get the pistol operating, and if the pistol is having a mechanical problem you'll need to do this after every shot.

The Admin actions are done when time is not a factor. In fact you take the time necessary to ensure the pistol is loaded. You perform these actions in a "Low-Ready" position, which means hands and arms extended out and muzzle low. Obviously - or sometimes not – your finger is off the trigger and clear of the trigger guard. Ideally you want to keep your head and eyes up, getting in the habit of not having or needing to look at the pistol. (There's a couple of exceptions to this that I'll discuss as we progress.) All the Admin actions begin with the magazine and end by checking the chamber.

The Function manipulations are done with the pistol on target, or the threat. (I will explain why this is important later.) Step One is to get your finger off the trigger. You don't want to be tapping and racking or doing anything else to the handgun with your finger on the trigger. Next, you'll perform the actions required to get the pistol running again. Once the pistol is functioning again, you're ready, if necessary, to put hits on the threat.

Part of the responsibility of owning a firearm is knowing how to manipulate it properly. For every operation there is a proper technique to use. Consistently using the correct and proper technique provides safety, our primary concern, and efficiency, which is critical for defensive purposes. Over the next few weeks we'll discuss these actions in detail.

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 of Shootrite's website:

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