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JANUARY 31, 2023

Zombies are preparing to invade Nebraska once again for the Zombies in the Heartland, 3-Gun Match on June 1-4, 2023, at the Heartland Public Shooting Park in Grand Island, NE.
SAR announced that they will be exhibiting at the Nation’s Best Sports Spring Semi-Annual Market held Thursday, February 2nd to Monday, February 6th at the Fort Worth Convention Center, Fort Worth, TX. SAR will be unveiling their latest offerings.
Mission First Tactical announced that they are attending the Nation’s Best Sports Spring Semi-Annual Market held Thursday, February 2nd through Monday, February 6th at the Fort Worth Convention Center.

Colt's Combat Commander melds classic 1911 durability with modern innovations. The upgraded Combat Commander features enhancements like Colt's patented dual recoil system, a high-swept beavertail grip safety with integrated palm swell, and an undercut trigger guard.
Designed to be carried on belts like Elite's Cobra buckle belt or attached to MOLLE platforms, the Liberty gun pack can be worn in a horizontal or vertical position. This concealed carry belt pouch also has dual rip-cords for instant access to your firearm from multiple positions.
Indiana Conservation Officers have arrested three individuals regarding a theft of hunting equipment that happened early this month near Paris Crossing.

Hi-Point Firearms recently named Vance Outdoors Inc. its Dealer of the Year award. Charlie Brown, President of MKS Supply and distributor for Hi-Point Firearms, presented the award to Andrew Hyder, firearms buyer for Vance Outdoors, and his team at the 2023 SHOT Show.
Brandon Maddox, CEO of Silencer Central, has become an active member of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation Board of Directors. Maddox will join the mission of promoting, protecting and advancing America’s outdoor traditions.
Legacy optic manufacturer Burris is pleased to announce the appointment of Alberto Corbetta to the position of VP Strategic Brand & Product Marketing.

NSSF, Columbia Mayor Daniel Rickenmann, the Office of Congressman Joe Wilson and local law enforcement agencies, along with local veterans, conservation, youth, faith and sporting organizations launched “Project ChildSafe Columbia,” a citywide initiative to help prevent firearm accidents, theft and misuse, including suicide.
Henry Repeating Arms presented a $25,000 donation to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. The nonprofit relies on private donations to help provide programming and support for the families and co-workers of the dozens of line-of-duty deaths that occur each year.
Steiner Optics announces Mic Otto as Steiner’s head of National Sales Manager and Product Specialist.

Ruger has earned two awards from Big Rock Sports at the 2023 Big Rock Sports Outdoor Expo. The SFAR, or Small-Frame Autoloading Rifle, was awarded best product in both the Rifle / Shotgun category and the Overall Best New Shooting Sports Product category.
On Target magazine recently recognized Force X2 Shorty Shotshell with an Editors’ Choice Award for best new shotshell ammunition for 2022, as part of the magazine’s annual awards program.
A fundraising auction hosted by GunBroker.com benefiting NSSF’s Project ChildSafe, raised a total of $39,330 for Project ChildSafe. A program of NSSF, Project ChildSafe works to help prevent firearm accidents, thefts, and misuse.

The readers of Predator Xtreme awarded CCI the 2023 Gold Award in the category of Rimfire Ammunition for the seventh consecutive year. The award was given to CCI company representatives during the 2023 SHOT Show.
Speer Ammunition was recently awarded the French Police 9mm duty handgun ammunition contract for Speer 124-grain Gold Dot. The duty handgun contract will supply this agency for up to four years with an expected quantity of 20 million rounds.

The Civilian Marksmanship Program has announced its lineup of Master Instructor and Range Officer training courses for 2023. These courses allow learning opportunities on how to train others in marksmanship as well as to ensure safety and proper regulations at local competitive events.  
NSSF filed a motion for a preliminary injunction to block state authorities from enforcing HB 5471, the recently-enacted “Protect Illinois Communities Act,” which bans the sale of several hundred of the most commonly-owned semi automatic rifles in America, including all rifles on the very popular Modern Sporting Rifle (MSR) platform.
Timber Creek Outdoors announced the expansion of their Enforcer Pistol Accessory line at the SHOT Show. Accessories include Extended Mag Release, Mag Extension Plate, Slide Plate Cover, Mag Floor Plate, and Ambidextrous Charging Handle.
Blaser Group introduces the Mauser M18 bolt-action rifle in two camo patterns – U.S. Marine Corps and Fred Bear Old School Camo. These newest M18 models have the same features as the Savanna tan version – a rugged composite stock with grip inserts and a threaded barrel for the addition of a suppressor or muzzle break.
Trijicon Inc. announced the availability of limited editions of the legendary ACOG 4x32 riflescope in exclusive Tiger Camo patterns. For a limited time, Trijicon will be offering both a three-color Tiger Camo version and a two-color Tiger Camo version of the famed ACOG through select dealer channels.
Timber Creek Outdoors announced the expansion of their Enforcer line with the introduction of the Bolt Action Rifle Chassis at SHOT Show. The new rifle chassis brings the designs and colors Timber Creek is known for in the MSR market to bolt-action firearms.
High Speed Gear announces the LR-XL TACO. The LR-XL TACO magazine pouch was developed to hold large precision rifle magazines for firearms such as the Barrett MRAD MK22.
Comp-Tac Holsters has introduced the QD Holster which is a newly designed combination holster. It features both the versatility of the Q-Line and the concealability of the Dual Concealment Holster.
Primary Arms Optics has just released new Flat Dark Earth variants of their best-selling SLx 3x Micro Magnifier. Weighing just 5.3 oz, the Primary Arms Optics SLx 3x Micro Magnifier helps marksmen achieve greater precision and range with a red dot or holographic sight.
MidwayUSA Foundation, recently held its first event at NSSF’s 2023 SHOT Show. Over 100 supporters gathered on Wednesday, January 18, for a reception to share ways the industry can support youth shooting sports.
The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms accused anti-gunners in Florida of “once again promoting hysteria” at the announcement of “Constitutional Carry” legislation, which would allow law-abiding Sunshine State residents to carry firearms for personal protection without having to obtain a license from the state.
The 2023 SHOT University was deemed a tremendous success by attendees and its organizers at NSSF. This SHOT Show marked the second year of NSSF’s extended learning opportunities, which were available a la carte Tuesday, January 17, through Friday, January 19, giving attendees more flexibility to participate.
Celebrating the American shooting tradition, Athlon Outdoors and Heritage Manufacturing teamed up to create something truly special–the Heritage Journal.
RECOIL Magazine, a publication of CMG West, LLC, has released its latest issue, number 65. This issue covers the Staccato CS, the Dan Wesson DWX, as well as &W M&P12 Bullpup shotgun, POF’s new lever-action 9mm Tombstone, and more.
Sturm, Ruger & Co. is returning as a sponsor of the 2023 Shooting Sports Showcase set for March 28 in Talladega, Alabama.
 

Along with two other Foundation Series Shadow Systems pistols received here for T&E was the service-size DR920.

The DR920 is the ‘duty’ Shadow Systems pistol. It has the 4 ½” barrel (the “crossover” has the shorter 4” barrel, as does the “multi-role” compact gun). It also has the full service capacity of 17 rounds and it fits Gen4 G17 holsters.

Like the other Foundation series guns, the frame is premium Shadow Systems all the way, including the bore-angle changing backstrap system. The standard Shadow Systems optic cut with direct-mount capability is covered with a polymer plate instead of the steel on the pricier premium lines. The gun has steel sights, unmarked and serrated in the rear with a white dot on the front sight. They’re high enough to ensure a co-witness with most PMOs.

The trigger shoe is polymer. The guide rod is made from carbon steel (stainless on the premium lines). The gun weighs in at just over 22 ounces empty and features a nitride finish on the slide and barrel.

There is a hole in the bottom of the dustcover portion of the slide that allows access to the underside of the front sight where the attachment screw is; that wouldn’t be necessary but I thought it could be to limit the number of recoil spring types to have in stock.

This appeared to be set up, in a way, like the G47 LE contract guns – and the G34, as far as getting to the sight attachment screw goes.

In a phone conversation with Trevor Roe of Shadow Systems, he confirmed my observations. It’s one recoil spring assembly to stock – making life easier in manufacture, spare parts supplies and, for agency purchasers, it means one SKU in the armory, not two.

I’d fired the other Shadow Systems guns in previous outings last year. They’re not “GLOCKish,” or even GLOCK-like in “feel.” They are similar in use and maintenance.

I covered the other guns, as well as the collective that were shipped, here, here, here and here. The DR920 – as I’m composing this out of sequence of actual range trips – was also used in a later ammo test.

That should help you guess what I think of the guns and the company.

Early this year, I took the DR920 on its first trip to the range on a 40° foggy morning. I first sought to find out where the gun hit relative to the sights and then I moved up for some handling drills. The sights were checked from a seated rest at 25 yards on a large circle target. I called one flier, the first round fired, and had another from an apparent shift in grip.

But the Hornady 135 grain Critical Duty load shot into four inches with the best three clustering in 2 ½”.

The shooting exercises with the DR920 included one-handed shooting, dominant hand and non-dominant hand.

From there I moved to 20 feet to shoot pairs with old duty 9mm which had been indifferently stored. It was still plenty hot. In the first magazine, toward the end, there was a light-strike failure to fire. That was an occurrence in the other sample Foundation guns.

I felt a hitch in the slide on the return to battery when shooting a few times, but the rest of the rounds fired without issues. To further test function, I fired the gun one-handed with either hand.

No further problems.

In the later ammo test, the DR920 – again from 25 yards and a seated rest – put two different light bullet loads into sub-3 inch groups, with the best three for one load (a +P) going into 1 3/8”. The best three for the other load – a range load – went into 7/8”. There were no function issues in this range event either.

That performance makes me happy. I look forward to shooting these guns again.

-- Rich Grassi

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