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DECEMBER 1, 2022

Czechoslovak Group has acquired a 70 percent stake in Fiocchi Munizioni, the manufacturer of small-caliber ammunition. CSG will partner with the current shareholders, the Fiocchi family and Charme Capital Partners " for continued growth".
Federal Ammunition congratulates Team Federal sponsored shooter and brand ambassador Alysia Burrows, who recently took home 1st Lady Practical Division at the 2022 PCSL 2-Gun Championship.
Colt Manufacturing’s most coveted hunting revolver is the Anaconda, chambered in the awesome .44 Remington Magnum.

This folding cartridge carrier can be worn on belts up to 2.25" wide, is made from1000 denier nylon and has elastic loops for cartridges. Available in two sizes, to fit pistol or rifle cartridges.
Hornady’s Lock-N-Load Classic kit gets shooters ready to head to the range. Reloading cartridges can save money and, better yet, let reloaders optimize accuracy by precisely creating the load the rifle will shoot the best.
Gerald O’Keefe, former Civilian Marksmanship Program Board Vice Chairman, has recently assumed the role of Chairman and CEO – following the retirement of previous Chairman, Judy Legerski, this year.

NSSF and Project ChildSafe released a new video, “A Teen’s Suicide Prevention Story,” telling the real-life story of a teenager who took the right steps, including using a Project ChildSafe gun lock, to help prevent his at-risk girlfriend from attempting suicide.
NSSF announced that Smith & Wesson will be making a donation of $5,000 to NSSF’s firearm safety initiative, Project ChildSafe. Project ChildSafe is a program of the NSSF actively promoting firearm safety and education in all 50 states and the five U.S. territories.
Creedmoor Sports announces the hiring of Jonathan Davison to expand marketing capabilities. Davidson brings to Creedmoor Sports broad marketing experience in the shooting sports industry including executing product launches and managing large-scale content generation projects.

SHOT Show® Industry Day at the Range exhibitor registration will close today (November 30, 2022). Industry Day at the Range will take place at the Boulder Rifle and Pistol Club in Boulder City, Nevada on Monday, January 16, 2023 - one day prior to SHOT Show.
The Firearms Policy Coalition announced that United States District Judge John Sinatra, Jr. has issued a preliminary injunction against New York’s law banning guns on all private property without express consent.
Firearms Policy Coalition announced that it has filed a motion for preliminary injunction in Gray v. Jennings, its lawsuit challenging Delaware’s ban on so-called “assault weapons.”

Canik Firearms introduces the latest addition of the collectable Canik Signature Series with the "Miami Days and Miami Nights" versions. This limited-edition series will consist of 3050 (in honor of the iconic Miami area code - "305") individually numbered pistols of each the Days and Nights.
High Speed Gear introduces the continued expansion of the TACO line with the Double Extended Pistol TACO and the Duty Double Extended Pistol TACO.
Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc. introduced a new member of the M&P metal-framed series, the Performance Center M&P9 M2.0 Competitor. The Competitor comes with a 5-inch barrel, has an enhanced sear for lighter, crisper trigger let-off, and includes a flared magazine well.

Here for a short time only, GATORZ eyewear is releasing a limited-edition Skyhook frame with Gunmetal Cerakote® and blue mirrored lenses. Not only is the Skyhook frame the lightest frame from GATORZ, but it is one of the most popular and versatile frames in the GATORZ lineup.
Apex Tactical Specialties is pleased to announce the new Apex Super Clamp for use with Steiner MPS optics. Available now, the new Super Clamp increases the clamping surface area of your MPS optic to work on any dovetail mount manufactured within the ACRO mounting specs set by Aimpoint.
The mainstream media tells us that armed citizens almost never stop bad guys with guns. The truth is more interesting.

The Mepro Tru-Vision, available in the U.S., is a commercial version of the Mepro 02 which was made for the Yaman Israel Special Police. It is shockproof, waterproof, and durable in a small, light optic.
Trijicon Inc. announced that consumers who purchase any new REAP-IR 3 or IR-HUNTER 2 through a Trijicon Electro Optics retailer, will be eligible to receive a free Trijicon Tenmile riflescope (select models valued up to $2,265). The offer runs through January 31, 2023.
From Thursday, December 1 through Monday, December 12, Apex is running its annual ’12 Days of Apexmas’ sale offering customers 15% off their orders at ApexTactical.com. Use the discount code APEXMAS22 at checkout to receive 15% off (some restrictions apply). Shipping is free and each order will receive a free commemorative Apex ornament, while supplies last.
Beretta is offering a bundle promotion, during which consumers can purchase a new APX A1 pistol in a bundle deal (valued at $830 MSRP) with a factory-installed Burris Fastfire 3 optic and optic plate for a limited-time special price.
RECOIL Magazine looks back over 2022 highlighting the SCOTUS Bruen decision and its legal fallout, as well as a chopped and suppressed Ruger 5.7x28 LC Carbine – and more.
MidwayUSA is pleased to announce Short Action Customs as one of the latest additions to their offering of reloading supplies, gunsmithing supplies and more.
The CZ Configurator is an online tool that gives the power to fully customize and order the CZ firearm of your dreams from the comfort of your phone or computer. CZ gives complete control in the construction and accessorizing of the gun - model, caliber, colors, components, controls and accessories.
Bond Arms Handguns check all the boxes, whether it’s intended for self-defense, days at the range, a camp handgun, or simply an addition to a firearm collection.
 

Recently, I needed some background on the history and development of the Browning Hi Power pistol for some writing projects. For books on firearms’ history, especially military weapons, the best source for the past forty plus years has been Collector Grade Publications. What I didn’t realize until recently was that the founder – Robert Blake Stevens – passed in 2018 and the company had closed down. These great books are out of print, and getting more expensive. But, if you want the details, these are the books to acquire.

Collector Grade Publications was founded in 1979 in Canada. After working for two decades as a systems analyst and programmer Stevens decided it was time for a change. Stevens played the trumpet, was interested in art and design, had a large collection of firearms and for a while ran Collector Grade Parts and Accessories which bought and sold firearms and accessories. In 1979, Collector Grade Publications began printing books on firearms. However, these were not your average books covering the history, development and use of firearms. Stevens and other authors covered these subjects in detail with technical drawings, letters and exchanges between different people involved and all the small changes that occurred to a firearm throughout the years. Reading one of Collector Grade Publications books would almost make you an expert of the subject matter.

For example, their “Black Rifle” series, I and II, on the M16/AR15 platform are the “bibles” on this platform. This is the place to discover how the rifle evolved, with quotes from Eugene Stoner concerning the design and the trial-and-error developments that occurred before and after the rifle’s introduction. I thought I knew a lot about the “black rifle” until reading these books. Their book on the Browning Hi Power, which was updated in 2014, is very interesting. Reading through this book reveals how much of the pistol we know and love was actually designed by Dieudonne Saive – designer of the FAL rifle - after John Browning’s death. If you’re a fan of S&W “K” frame revolvers, Collector Grade has you covered. They also published a book on development on the .357 Magnum cartridge, which was introduced in 1935.

The added bonus of purchasing a book from Stevens’ company was the quality of their books. They were expensive, but a bargain considering they were printed on excellent paper, captured in between bound hardback covers. These books were made to last, which is a great thing because Collector Grade Publications is no longer in business. Yes, you can still find copies of their books on Amazon and other internet sites. However, you’re going to be paying more for books that are no longer in print. Expensive? Yes, but still worth the cost. And with care something you can pass down to the next generation of new shooters coming up in the ranks.

Maybe someday the Collector Grade series will be formatted for digital distribution, which will surely reduce the cost. If you’re like me though and like actual books, you should probably start collecting the titles you’re interested in now. Most likely as time goes by, they will only increase in price, perhaps making them a good investment.

Tiger McKee is director of Shootrite Firearms Academy. He is the author of The Book of Two Guns, AR-15 Skills and Drills, has a regular column in American Handgunner and makes some cool knives and custom revolvers. www.shootrite.org or visit Shootrite’s Facebook page for other details.

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