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Thursday : November 16 : 2017
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Kimber Adds New Micro and Micro 9 Models
Kimber Mfg., Inc. announced the expansion of its Micro and Micro 9 product line to include eight new variants. The Kimber Micro and Micro 9 are premium micro-compact carry pistols chambered in .380 ACP and 9MM respectively.
Kimber Red Dot-Integrated Aegis Elite 1911s
Kimber Mfg., Inc. announced the release of the red dot sight-integrated Kimber Aegis Elite family of 1911-style handguns. Available in five variants, the Aegis Elite is available chambered in 9MM or .45 ACP in each model.
Comp-Tac Holsters for S&W Shield with Crimson Trace
Comp-Tac Victory Gear has expanded their holster fits to include the Smith and Wesson M&P Shield 2.0 with Integrated Crimson Trace. Comp-Tac is offering both an Inside the Waistband holster fit and Outside the Waistband holster fit for the M&P Shield 2.0 with Integrated Crimson Trace.

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Kimber Introduces New Precision Rifles
Kimber Mfg., Inc. announced the introduction of the new for 2018 Kimber® Advanced Tactical SOC II and Advanced Tactical SRC II precision rifles with a .5 MOA accuracy standard. The Advanced Tactical SOC II and SRC II both incorporate Kimber's legendary 8400 action which includes a full-length Mauser claw extractor for absolute dependability.
Vertx Launches 12 Days of Deals Contest
Vertx announces a new holiday promotion offering shoppers several ways to save and the chance to win a Grand Prize worth over $4,000. 12 Days of Deals begins Friday, Dec. 1 and runs through Tuesday, Dec. 12.
Kimber Introduces Stainless 1911 Long Slide
Kimber Mfg., Inc. announced the introduction of the Stainless 1911 Long Slide. The Stainless (LS) is available in .45 ACP and 10mm.

HAVA Works With Government Agencies to Further Access
After meeting with Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zenke last month, Honored American Veterans Afield was invited to return to the nation's capital. Learn to Shoot Again Director, Rick Cicero, was asked to be the guest speaker at a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service meeting as a follow-up to the Interior Department Disabled Veteran Forum.
Kimber KHX Family of 1911 Handguns
Kimber Mfg., Inc. announced the release of the optics-ready Kimber KHX group of 1911-style handguns. Available in five new variants, all KHX models are available chambered in 9mm or .45 ACP.
Sightmark Wolfhound 6x44 and Mini Shot M-Spec
Sightmark announces the new Wolfhound 6x44 Mini Shot M-Spec Kit. Military-inspired, these two optics work together to keep shooters on target no matter the situation

Beretta - Wilson Combat 92G Centurion Tactical
The Wilson Combat- Beretta 92G Centurion Tactical merges the Brigadier Tactical enhanced frame with a shorter, 4.25" Centurion slide to create the ideal everyday carry Beretta 9mm pistol. The 92G Centurion Tactical features all-steel Beretta and Wilson Combat custom parts.
Smith & Wesson Winter $50 Rebate
Smith & Wesson Corp. announced its Winter Promotion, offering a $50 Smith & Wesson rebate on qualifying purchases of any new M&P Bodyguard firearm or Smith & Wesson revolver, including Performance Center products, purchased between November 15, 2017 and December 31, 2017.
DeSantis Raptor Holster for SIG P229
DeSantis Gunhide announced the high ride OWB/IWB Kydex-thermoformed Raptor holster sized for the SIG P229 pistol.
Crimson Trace for Weapon-Mounted Lights
Crimson Trace offers to help defenders see and identify threats during periods of darkness as well as providing laser aiming solutions. The Crimson Trace Laserguard Pro includes the aiming laser as well as light, both using Crimson Trace's Instinctive Activation system.
Creedmoor Sports Adds Four New Reloading Accessories
Creedmoor Sports is pleased to introduce four new products to its reloading accessories line: Wilson Case Trimmer Platform, Annealing Made Perfect Pilot Holder and the 30 Cal. and 223 Loading Blocks. These new reloading accessories solve age-old reloading problems.
Springfield Armory SAINT EDGE
Springfield Armory just released the SAINT Edge: lightweight, with a slick billet machined lower receiver with Accu-tite tension system, patent-pending full-length free float handguard, modular trigger system, unique mid-sized charging handle – and the new SA-Lite muzzle brake which is a special Springfield Armory design.
Action Target to Offer Professional Ventilation Removal Services
Action Target now offers expert ventilation filter removal services to members of Action Target's metals recycling and range supplies program.
Night Fision Partners with Rainer Arms
Night Fision is excited to announce that Rainier Arms is their newest distribution partner for their Perfect Dot tritium night sights. Rainier will be stocking a broad selection of Night Fision's night sights for dealers and consumers.
Bushnell Announces New Elite Tactical XRS II
Bushnell announces an enhanced level of precision and performance with a new Elite Tactical flagship riflescope – the XRS II.
Skill Set: Pistol Presentation
I teach one technique to draw the handgun. Within this technique are variations. For example you may be drawing from an open holster, or concealed, while sitting or -- due to an injury -- using only one hand to shoot. There are a variety of other techniques that different people teach. But, once the pistol is in hand, there are only three places it should go. You're either drawing to a "retention" position, the "low ready" – where it could be fired if necessary - or onto the target, extending the arms and weapon out in a normal position to engage the target.

Shootrite teaches a four-stop draw, or presentation. Step I is "grip and slap." (When carrying concealed, Step I includes clearing your cover garments.) Your firing hand acquires the proper firing grip on the pistol. The support hand goes to the center of the body, where it's ready to acquire a two-handed grip on the pistol. It can also be used to shove or push the threat back, and it's not hanging out there where the threat can grab it to take physical control of you. Most importantly it's out of the way so you could fire from retention - Step II of the draw – without risking shooting yourself in the support hand/arm.

On Step II the pistol is drawn from the holster, and the first place it goes after leaving the holster is into the retention position. The retention position is used to fire from when the threat is danger close, so close that if you extended it out in front of you they could grab it. (Usually they follow this by shooting you with it.) Remember most confrontations occur at very short range, and retention may be where you have to start firing. The pistol is held in tight against the body. It's chest high on you, which puts it chest high – give or take - on the threat standing right in front of you. The pistol is at the side of the body, right below the pectoral muscle, and tilting outboard so the slide can operate without hitting your body or clothing and creating a stoppage. You can fire from here and put accurate hits on target, again because the distance is so close.

In Step III you take the pistol to the center of the chest/body where the support hand is waiting to get a two-handed grip.

Step IV is where you have an option. The pistol can be extended out in front of the body into a low ready position. In low ready the muzzle is pointing down, at a safe angle and where you can keep your eyes on what needs to be seen. Remember Safety Rule II: Never point the muzzle at anything you're not ready to destroy.

So if I had a potential threat, but I haven't decided they need to be shot, I'm not going to aim my weapon at them. I also want to see their body so I can identify threatening movement, like prepping the feet to attack, and see the hands, which might be holding a weapon. If necessary it's a short distance from there onto the target, especially if you're going to make a pelvis shot. This is also the position you use to perform Administrative manipulations – loading, unloading or checking the status of the weapon. Or, on Step IV, you're punching the pistol out, acquiring a sight picture to place good accurate hits on target.

Once the pistol comes out of the holster there are three acceptable places for it to go. The threat is danger close. The pistol goes to the retention position. You have to manipulate the pistol to load or unload. It goes to the low ready. Or, you have a possible threat and need to pistol in hand ready to fire. Again, low ready. The third option is to put it on target in order to get some hits. Drawing the pistol is a serious matter. Make sure you understand how to perform these actions safely and efficiently. Regardless of where the pistol goes keep in mind you'll have to justify why you did what you did. Study hard, and practice well.

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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