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Meprolight's Mepro MOR Wins Golden Bullseye Award
The Meprolight Mepro MOR Tri-Powered Reflex Sight has received The American Rifleman's 2015 Golden Bullseye Award for Optics. The Golden Bullseye is a symbol of excellence and innovation in firearms, accessories and related equipment.
The Mako Group Offers Self-Healing, Non-Ricochet Targets
The Mako Group adds RTS (Reactive Targeting Systems) by FAB Defense to its roster of products. The RTS Target Systems provide instant target feedback - audio or visual - confirming the hit. They are durable yet lightweight, self-healing and above all, safe.
New Burris Tactical Kits
Burris releases three new AR Tactical Kits. The kits include a quality prism sight and either a secondary red dot sight or an AR Tripler, plus mounts, all packaged in a rugged carry case.
DNZ Products names Ellett Brothers 2014 Distributor of the Year
Ellett Brothers has been named Distributor of the Year by DNZ Products for an exceptional year in handling their product line during the 2014 campaign. DNZ Products creates quality scope mounts and mounting accessories at Certified Machining, Inc. located in Sanford, North Carolina.

Doug Koenig Championship Season Presents 2014 World Action Pistol Championship
This week, Doug Koenig heads to Kentucky to compete in the Open Division at the World Action Pistol Championship - on Doug Koenig's Championship Season.
Project Appleseed Rifle Marksmanship Clinics Offered
Project Appleseed rifle marksmanship clinics will be held around Florida in February 2015. Project Appleseed is a nationwide program of The Revolutionary War Veterans Association, teaching rifle marksmanship skills that have been passed down from generation to generation.
Burris Optics Launches New Brand Look, New Website
As part of a complete rebranding effort, Burris unveiled a dramatic new look at SHOT Show 2015. With the rebranding comes an iconic new logo, distinctive packaging, refreshed product design, powerful advertising and a modern, responsive website.
XS Sight Systems Sponsors 2015 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals
XS Sight Systems, makers of firearm sights that give the user considerable advantages in the highly dynamic world of threat situations, has returned as a major sponsor of the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals.

Apex Sponsors Texas A&M Corps of Cadets Marksmanship Unit
Apex Tactical Specialties, the California-based manufacturer of aftermarket firearms parts, announced that it is sponsoring the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets Marksmanship Unit and has donated parts and accessories to support the Unit's competition Glock pistols.
Burris Upgrades XTR II Riflescope Line
Burris® announced upgrades to their popular XTR II™ line of tactical riflescopes. New competition reticles and improved adjustment knobs on higher-magnification models will let more shooters master long-range accuracy.
Burris New Side Parallax Adjustment for Popular Riflescopes
Burris® is introducing a new side parallax adjustment to its long-range Fullfield E1® and Predator Quest® riflescopes. The new ergonomic location makes correcting parallax faster and easier, without compromising the hunter's shooting position for improved long-distance accuracy.
Skill Set: Shooter & Coach
One of the best ways to practice your defensive skills is to use the "shooter and coach" approach. Instead of everyone shooting at the same time, teams are formed with one member shooting the drill and the other acting as the coach, watching the shooter to ensure they are performing properly and applying constructive input for improvement.

There are a lot of times when practicing defensive skills that we develop undesirable habits, often times without even realizing it. We'll have students come to a class after a few months or longer since their last training and they'll be doing things that are incorrect. Over time during their practice things have gotten a little out of shape, out of sequence, or extra motions and unnecessary actions have been added to a sequence. A lot of the times this occurs without the shooter even being aware of it. "I'm doing that," they ask, after I've offered a correction. "I didn't even know it," they say. One of the best ways to avoid this, and to improve and hone your skills, is to go shooting with a partner, but instead of everyone shooting at the same time you use the shooter/coach technique.

Of course this assumes that both of you are on the same sheet of music, but usually this is the case with people who practice together and have attended the same training. The shooter runs the drills. The coach watches, ensuring the shooter is performing correctly or supplying corrections when needed. Just remember that criticisms should be constructive. For example, "After you press the trigger focus on follow through - recovering from the recoil, reacquiring a sight picture and resetting the trigger," is good. "Dude, you suck," isn't really that helpful.

Having a coach watch you ensures you're performing properly and not letting any bad habits creep into your routine. Plus, it's critically important that every repetition you perform is a good one. Remember bad habits can be learned just as easily as good ones.

Another advantage of this practice is that as coach you're still learning. One of the major ways we learn is visually, watching someone else perform the task you're working on learning. While acting as coach, making sure the shooter is performing properly and supplying corrections, you're also learning.

Running shooter/coach drills is a benefit for both participants. With someone watching you perform you're ensuring that mistakes are corrected, as opposed to bad or incorrect skills becoming ingrained into your habits. While acting as coach you're helping your shooter improve, and at the same time learning through observation and coaching. Using this system produces better results, using less ammo and more return from the time invested.

If you're serious about preparing for a self-defense confrontation you should research and study up on various techniques that can be used to improve your practice sessions. Going to the range and blasting is fun, but the true joy should be found in recognizing you're getting better and better at the skills that may be necessary to save lives.

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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