JUNE 18, 2019

Trinity Oaks will present the Lt. Paul Silber Award and the Partner of the Year Award at the 7th Annual Gala Under the Stars on August 10 at La Vilta Assembly Hall, San Antonio. Paul Babaz will receive the Lt. Paul Silber Award, and Roger Schmidt will receive the Partner of the Year Award.
ALPS Mountaineering, manufacturer of gear for wilderness adventures, exploration, and family camping, will unveil their new spring 2020 lineup at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado, June 18-22.

SureFire, LLC will be a featured exhibitor at the 2019 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, held June 18-20 in Denver. SureFire will be displaying its ultralight, 650-lumen Stiletto, which weighs just 2.8 ounces.

The Master Cleaning Station is a self-storing, all-in-one gun cleaning solution, organized for frustration-free maintenance. They are available in versions catering to handguns, AR15s -- and there's a 'universal' kit.

The National Rifle Association Business Alliance program has expanded its exclusive partnership with AXIS POS and Gearfire eCommerce. In addition to the existing benefits offered through Orchid Advisors and the NRA Business Alliance relationship, retail business owners’ have access to RTG and Gearfire applications at a deep discount.
SIG SAUER, Inc. is honored to announce that the United States Marine Corps is set to adopt the M18, the compact variant of the U.S. Army’s Modular Handgun System, as their official duty pistol.

Canik has received the 2019 Industry Choice Award for Handgun of the Year for the TP9 Elite Combat. Canik products are imported to the US by Century Arms.
The National Rifle Association announced the new NRA CCW Course for NRA Instructors, Training Counselors and their students. The National Rifle Association developed this course based on the feedback received from existing Instructors and Training Counselors.
Steyr Arms USA is opening its doors to the Steyr Academy at the CMP Range in Talladega, Ala., to the designated marksmen for law enforcement agencies around the country. The company is offering its long-range training course at no charge to those needing to perfect their skills in the line of duty.

Apex Tactical Specialties, the industry’s leader in the design, development and manufacture of aftermarket trigger kits for pistols, is seeking candidates for the position of Shipping and Receiving Supervisor at their Peoria, Arizona facility.
The new HK Knives Mini Incursion is an "out the front" automatic knife finished with a carbide tip glass breaker and reversible carry clip. HK Knives are manufactured by Hogue Knives.
Designed for the Gen 5 17, 17 MOS and Gen 5 34 MOS GLOCK pistols, the Guide Rod laser replaces GLOCK's factory recoil spring and guide rod assembly with a high intensity red or green laser sighting system for advanced target acquisition.

Comp-Tac has released a new basket weave variant of its Kydex products. The finish is imprinted into the Kydex so it won’t wear off over time. Products include the International Holster, Warrior Holster, Single Magazine Pouch PLM and more.
Ed Brown Products, Inc. honors the men and women serving in the United States Special Operations Command with the special edition Special Forces SOCOM. Based on the Special Forces SR model, the new gun features American flag rear cocking serrations, a black Gen4 coated slide with FDE Gen4 coated frame and a Trijicon RMR.
Viridian Weapon Technologies has announced an upcomingwebinar for law enforcement discussing why over 500 police departments across the country have started the process of implementing the FACT Duty Weapon-Mounted Camera.’s third edition of The Best Holster in the History of Ever survey is live.The 2019 survey features 10 questions which will ultimately provide data on the concealed carrier and their love (or hate) for the various holster brands on the market today.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation, along with the Wichita Police Department and Professional Outdoor Media Association, today launched Project ChildSafe to encourage responsible firearms ownership with an emphasis on securely storing firearms when not in use.

The nonpartisan Second Amendment advocacy group, the D.C. Project Foundation, recently held its first competitive shooting fundraiser. They raised $20,000 to support the women of the D.C. Project as they travel to Washington, D.C. to meet face to face with the Nation’s lawmakers next month.
Daniel Defense has partnered with premier protective case company Pelican to offer a one-of-a-kind deal to its customers. With this latest promotion, customers will receive a free V800 VAULT by Pelican with the purchase of any Daniel Defense firearm., a source of articles and instructional content for shooting, archery, hunting, and outdoor recreation, is announcing its last call for entries into their 2019 Dad's Day Giveaway.
The newly launched Ruger Custom Shop 10/22 Custom Competition Rifle sets “a new edge for the bread-and-butter rimfire” and is featured in the August issue of GUNS Magazine.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation is pleased to announce that Federal Ammunition has signed on to be the Educational Sponsor of its 2019 Range-Retailer Business Expo. Federal Ammunition is a maker of handgun, shotgun and rifle ammunition for the consumer, law enforcement and military markets.
McMillan Fiberglass Stocks announced the company's support of the upcoming Guardian Long Range Competition in Hot Springs, South Dakota. The event is intended to raise money for Bethany Christian Services.
Streamlight, Inc. has renewed its sponsorship of Concerns of Police Survivors for the 20th year. The company’s contribution for 2019 totaled $121,000, including $8,700 in proceeds from recent sales of its Blue Nano Light and Blue Siege AA lantern.

In the continuing discussion of handgun standards to demonstrate skills needed for successful outcomes, we rely heavily on Rehn & Daub, Strategies and Standards for Defensive Handgun Training, image used with permission.

Last time, we discussed the issues relating to minimum levels of competence in defensive gun use in terms of the public’s willingness to train, a feature that tracks along with the relative apathy seen in administration as well as uniformed members of service in law enforcement; it’s mostly a “checked the box” arrangement, doing the minimum.

Our concern is more “doing the most likely needed, then moving on up.” So what do they need? We could start here:

1. Defensive gun uses always begin (on the defender’s side) with access to the firearm from place of storage or the holster (if worn) – after the defender realizes there’s a problem. Awareness and mental conditioning is another problem, category B, if you prefer; critical to success but outside the scope of this discussion.

2. The defense gun use requires reasonable accurate speed of delivery – not a “mag dump,” but a dedicated cadence of fire as needed.

From our source material, Strategies and Standards for Defensive Handgun Training (Columbia, SC: 2019), Karl and John use analysis from Tom Givens, a “gun fit” drill from Gila Hayes (Armed Citizens' Legal Defense Network) and the Texas License to Carry qualification course – a less-than-terrible effort at actually testing some gun skills (with the target they originally used, not the NRA B-27).

The discussion takes us along through analysis to this conclusion: drawing the gun (or otherwise gaining access to it), placing multiple hits into a small area from “close range,” quickly, using both hands – or maybe one hand or the other.

That’s not a bad summation at all and reflects what we’re seeing in actual defense gun uses that require the firing of rounds at an assailant; remember, there are many defense firearms applications that require only the appearance of the gun – with no fired rounds necessary – for the offender to break contact.

We’ll take that. We can’t bank on it, but when it happens it’s a wonderful success.

When we look at their attempt to ‘refit’ the Texas course of fire, we quickly notice they have some stages from “ready” (guard). This is relevant if you don’t believe in gun pointing people – which would make you wise indeed. Having the muzzle directed into the deck off-threat, but using the appropriate verbalization (another vastly undertrained skill) and body language (which everyone reads, but few can completely describe) do more to convince the offender of your intentions than having him look down the muzzle.

The best thing about low ready is that you're not muzzling another human being unless the piece is being fired. Next best, it allows an unobstructed view of the proceedings, helpful in decision-making.

It seems that some offenders relish having guns pointed at them. I’ve seen some smile at the effort, knowing that the armed person won’t pull the trigger – intentionally.

Brave. Stupid, based on the likelihood of negligent discharge, but brave nevertheless.

Having the gun ready to shoot, low ready (guard), index finger at high register, then being able to quickly deliver hits into the center of the threat is a relevant skill. Dave Spaulding, Handgun Combatives, has such a component in his training:

“I begin some of my courses with several “time in” drills in order to evaluate each student’s skill sets. My time in drills are fired at 20 feet into a 6 x 10-inch rectangle as follows:

One shot from the ready position of their choice in one second; ?
• One shot from the holster in two seconds; ?
• One shot, emergency reload, one shot in 3.25 seconds;
Four rounds from ready in two seconds

Now we’re getting to it – the reload requirement is subject to debate, but it sure can’t hurt to know it and be able to perform it. As the authors point out, a good many ranges don’t permit holster use – few instructors have any certification to teach it – and those ranges are often allowing the cadence of “one round per second.”

This doesn’t help someone who’s trying to see how fast he can accurately hit before “the wheels come off” – and that’s a handy bit of information to have.

“Should training – and a “test” – be required by law?”

Structured training, followed by a 'test' - good. Government mandated "solutions" - bad.

Expecting the government to solve problems is silly. It never has yet. Government is singularly unable to actually solve problems. It’s handy to do those things that profit-making enterprises can’t profitably do well. It has a very narrow range of relevance – meaning it’s gotten far too big for its brief. In short, “no.”

The time investment issue in training rears its ugly head; so you have the desire to train? Who can take the time off from work, the family, household chores, social activities, and worship to run around with guns all day? Besides, it amounts to cramming lots of information into short time frames. It’s drinking from the firehose.

Better to take regular, routine sips of water over longer time: better for hydration, better for learning and skills acquisition.

The costs of the industry standard training enterprise are large: travel costs (transpo, lodging, chow) plus the costs of gear, ammo, tuition, range fees, all add up. Our Tactical Professor, also mentioned in our source book, has proposed (and offered) local 2-3 hour training segments. KR Training, the company of our source’s author, offers low cost training blocks, 3- and 4 hour segments in series, which accumulate to the forty-hour defense pistol skills program – and includes requirements for the Texas LTC certification.

That’s very smart. Deeper learning occurs if spread out over time in smaller segments. I’d written about such a program I’d created for law enforcement in the 1990s in an article “The Case for Monthly Firearms Training,” published in Law & Order Magazine. It’s not a new idea, it’s just contrary to the “reasoning-resistant” among us.

The essentials for this “piece work” include elements not available when I penned that article as well as component parts that we’ve always had. A ‘blended learning’ approach with book-work being incorporated into online training – like the Texas concealed carry program – frees up physical skills time on the range.

Using an old staple of any physical skills education – prioritizing skills – means that students learn a technique then reuse it for chained multiple-skills tasks, like having a high-ready position as a component of the draw stroke.

What minimum competency? “A drill which you can complete cleanly (zero misses) on demand.” It’s something not used for licensing, but for personal assessment.

Competent for what?


Environmental factors,

And, engagement: threat(s), rounds fired.

For Tom Givens, a source for our source book, that means a robbery of some type, one-two assailants, from three-to-seven yards; 3 shots, 3 steps in 3 seconds – more or less. Karl Rehn further explained it as multiple hits in a small area from close range – quickly.

What don’t you need?

More appropriately, what could be emphasized less or moved back in the defense pistol program? Shooting on the move is one thing; Paul Howe, retired US Army Special Forces, still teaches to either move or shoot – and he’s got some experience in this thing. He plants his feet to shoot, then moves as quickly as he can. The “speed reload” – we’re seeing no cases where a reload “saved the day.” Still, it’s poor form to finish a battle with an empty firearm.

The only way you know the fight is over is when they’re stringing crime scene tape.

Clearing stoppages? That looks like a class the bad guys could use – but I’m glad they don’t practice it. If you get the wrong gear, you could get all the “immediate action” practice you could ever want, but may have little confidence in your equipment . . .

The “minimal” skills? Presentation from concealment (or place of storage), shoot with two hands, shoot with one hand – right and left. Reloads and malfunctions practice are nice to have. I’d add load, unload, and post-shooting procedures to the need category.

Start out by achieving that minimum competency standard. Then you can work on exceeding it.

- - Rich Grassi

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