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FEBRUARY 25, 2021

Otis Technology is proud to announce their 2020 annual awards for the following categories: Customers of the Year, Elite Partners of the Year, and their Sporting Goods and Law Enforcement Sales Awards.
SIG SAUER congratulates Team SIG professional shooter Lena Miculek for a remarkable career first for taking the Overall Championship Pistol Caliber Carbine division title at the 2021 Annual Florida Open. Additionally, Miculek earned the High Lady title and First Grandmaster for the competition.
MKS Supply announced that the Barnaul and Hi-Point brands will be displaying at the upcoming Shooting Sports Showcase to be held March 8 at the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s Talladega Marksmanship Park.

The Galco FLETCH holster has a fast and easy-to-use thumb break retention strap. An enduring design, it is available for over 180 different gun models.
Safariland announced that it has released two new highly customizable armor systems: the SHIFT 360 Scalable Plate Rack System and the Fast Attack Vest.
One way 1791 Gunleather is engaging with fans and customers is through the launch of an affiliate marketing program. 1791 Gunleather announced the new program and has made it available for anyone wishing to participate.

Meprolight, manufacturer and global supplier of electro-optical / optical Sights, and self-illuminated sights for firearms announced Idea Ranch as their Agency Of Record. Idea Ranch is an advertising, PR, and consumer insights firm headquartered in Tulsa, Okla., with a second office in Wichita, Kansas.
The Board of Directors of MidwayUSA announced the promotion of Matt Fleming to President & CEO effective immediately. Matt joined MidwayUSA in 2001 as a Sales and Marketing Manager and was promoted to Vice President of Sales and Marketing in 2004.
Bond Arms' Rough Series handguns feature the same outstanding qualities inherent in every Bond Arms gun without all the frills. 

MDT Announces their new 26oz Hunting Chassis, the MDT HNT26 Chassis System. It weighs in starting at just 26 oz. for the full chassis system including chassis base, buttstock, forend and grip.
The Springfield Hellcat OSP is now available with an optional ambidextrous, low-profile manual thumb safety. While the Hellcat’s passive safety mechanisms make it safe to carry and operate, this new option is for those that prefer the addition of a manual safety.
Alien Gear Holsters announces launch of the Rapid Force Duty Holster. Made with law enforcement input, it’s available with Level II or Level III active retetion.

The Samson Swivel Stud QD Adapter mounts to any swivel stud on a firearm and allows the attachment of a QD sling swivel.Each QD Adapter set includes a pair of Swivel Stud QD Adapters and 7/64" hex wrench.
Break Free has released two new sizes of its popular Break Free CLP (Cleaner, Lubricant & Preservative): Break Free CLP-14, a compact, one-ounce needle container and CLP-21, a two-ounce spray container.
National Rifle League announced that SIG SAUER is an Official Sponsor of the inaugural 2021 season of NRL HUNTER.

Award-winning Guns & Ammo is now in its 19th season on Sportsman Channel (Thursdays at 9 pm ET). Consistently voted by viewers for “Best Shoot Show,” Guns & Ammo puts a variety of products to the test.
 

In life it’s usually the small things that trip you up. Something that seemed “insignificant” at the time turns into a major problem. There’s also, as they say, “the devil in the details.” These are stumbling blocks that weren’t anticipated. Regardless of what happens, or why, you can’t fix it by going back in time. You acknowledge what’s happened, then compensate, correct and continue.

The “usual” fight is well documented. Close range – bad breath, danger distances, usually low-light environments. There’s a big possibility of multiple threats; you have to prioritize the danger. The time involved in the physical part of the fight is going to be short -- likely a few seconds. When forced to fire it will probably be three to four rounds. Knowing all these conditions – documented conflicts – tells us what to practice. But there are always exceptions.

The “small” thing pops up. You know, like forgetting to ensure your doors are locked – both in the vehicle and at home. You didn’t take a moment to ensure the pistol has a fully loaded magazine and a round chambered before leaving the house. (Unless you’re one of those who carry without one in the spout, which is a whole other discussion - seek help immediately.) You weren’t paying attention to the environment, no situational awareness, and failed to notice the group of “protestors” moving in from the side streets. These and more are the small matters, that don’t take that much energy or time to tend to, that can cause large problems.

Sometimes it’s “details” that are missed. Yes, most defensive situations occur at close distances -- until they don’t. Often, we look at “averages;” the average distance, number of shots etc. The problem with averages is that they’re skewed by numbers at the extreme ends of the spectrum. They don’t cover the details, or situations outside of the average. These include defensive situations where shots had to be fired at extended ranges. Twenty yards, thirty-five and even sixty- and seventy-yard shots are documented.

Maybe it’s a “detail” you failed to anticipate. Like the fact that malfunctions occur more often in fights than they ever do on the range. Why? Because in real life things are far from perfect, like they are on the range. You “forget” to seat the mag aggressively enough, or cycling the slide with extra force and create a stoppage. You couldn’t get a perfect firing position or grip, causing a failure to eject the empty case. Another stoppage. The distance is close, the slide is jammed against the attacker’s body. Stoppage. Failure to practice malfunctions is a detail you don’t want to ignore.

Take care of the “small” matters. Pay attention to the details. If you do, none of these will be your problem. When your setback does occur, which will be during the fight, immediately apply corrective measure. Don’t be distracted by the misfortune, or dwell on the mistake. Compensate, correct and continue. This is the path to victory.

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. Visit Shootrite’s Facebook page for other details.

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