MARCH 26, 2019

The Outdoor Edge RazorMax, a replaceable fixed-blade knife, was named one of the best new knives of 2019 SHOT Show by Field & Stream.
SIG SAUER, Inc. congratulates Team SIG professional shooter, and U.S. Army Sergeant First Class, Daniel Horner for multiple first place finishes at the 2019 U.S. Army Small Arms Championship, hosted by the Army Marksmanship Unit held March 10-16th at Fort Benning, Georgia.
Sightmark will return to the New York Tactical Officers Association Conference and Expo after a successful show in 2018 to acquire new partnerships. The company will display their law enforcement and military-inspired products like the Ultra Shot M-Spec Reflex Sight and Mini Shot M-Spec.

The Model 700 Mountain Stainless, a light-weight and durable rifle, is now available in 6.5 Creedmoor. The new rifle features a 22” light contour barrel and premium Bell & Carlson stock.
Stevens’ 320 Field Grade uses anything shooters pump through it, from the heaviest hunting loads to light target shells. The proven design, with a rotary bolt and dual slide bars, now features an updated synthetic stock that stands up to hard use.
Modular Driven Technologies announced a partnership with QPro Defense. QPro Defense is a Veteran Owned Small Business based out of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Sellmark Corporation announced Dianna Sellers, Sellmark’s CEO since 2010, will retire effective March 31. Dianna has led the privately-held corporation from a once-small startup to a multi-million-dollar international enterprise with headquarters on two continents.
Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is proud to announce that it has signed Maggie Reese Voigt to its professional shooting team. In addition to serving as a competitive shooter for Ruger, Maggie will also represent the Company as an official Brand Ambassador.
GLOCK, Inc. is excited to welcome Hancock County Sheriff’s Office to the GLOCK family. Hancock County Sheriff’s Department is located in Ellsworth, Maine and has responsibility for Acadia National Park. After testing and evaluation, they will be deploying the GLOCK 45 9mm pistol.

In recognition of National Medal of Honor Day, SIG SAUER, Inc. is honored to announce the production and presentation of a commemorative MK25 pistol to Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Command Master Chief Britt Slabinski, and the release of a short documentary, “For Service As Set Forth: The Story of CMC Britt Slabinski, Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient.”
American Defense Manufacturing is proud the National Tactical Officers Association has fully tested the ADM UIC15 MOD 1 LE 5.56 rifle system and earned its recommendation.
A U.S. District Court judge in Seattle has denied a motion by the Washington State Attorney General’s office that sought to compel the Second Amendment Foundation and Defense Distributed to provide discovery responses in a lawsuit the state filed against the U.S. State Department relating to the publication of information about 3D printing of gun designs.

High Speed Gear is pleased to announce the addition of three products to the Duty Line. These include the Duty TACO, Duty Double Decker TACO and Duty Double Smoke Grenade TACO.
Galco Gunleather is excited to announce a Combat Master belt holster for the Charter Arms Professional revolver, being introduced at the USCCA Expo in Pittsburgh. The Combat Master combines premium saddle leather, double-stitched seams and hand-molded fit.
Birchwood Casey introduced two new items to their product line: The WingOne and WagOne are both handheld throwers made to make life easier for two great hobbies, busting up clay pigeons and playing fetch with man’s best friend.
Taurus has selected Mid-States Distributing as the Taurus 2018 Buying Group of the Year. Taurus presented the award to Mid-States Distributing at the SHOT show.
Samson Manufacturing has released their new Offset Light Mount. The Samson OLM allows you to continue using the sling swivel stud on Ruger’s PC Carbine when adding a weapon-mounted flashlight.
RISE Armament was recently the rifle manufacturer of choice for Kiefer Police Department in northeastern Oklahoma.
Viridian Weapon Technologies has released new episodes of the “Art of Defense” video series, showcasing defensive firearms techniques for personal protection. Episodes continue to be released on YouTube. 
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission reported a voluntary recall of the Alpha Guardian Stack-On Sentinel gun safe as sold by Dick’s Sporting Goods. A bolt malfunction may cause the safe to open without key or combination allowing access to contents.
Americans who served in the First World War discovered the Springfield M1903 rifle was a “world-beater” and “war-winner.” Its many guises are heralded in the 2019 Special Edition issue of GUNS Surplus Vintage & Classic Firearms, Vol. 83.
The May/June 2019 issue of Combat Handguns features Volquartsen FTV Scorpion and the miniature North American Arms BUG II. Also covered is Mossberg’s 100th anniversary and the subcompact MC1sc the company released to celebrate it.

A few weeks ago, I got to visit the president and the owner of Fort Scott Munitions, makers of premium hunting and defense ammo. While there, they told me of the upcoming “Customer Day” celebration and mentioned a training class before that event. It is to be put on by Kris “Tanto” Paronto.

I left their store with information for a feature and with Paronto’s book.

For those, like me, who came in late, Tanto is an Army Ranger from 2nd Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment who became a private security contractor and was involved in the Benghazi operation. A subject of the book and movie, 13 Hours, this event in Libya was a terrorist attack, resulting in the death of a US Ambassador followed by an apparent cover-up of the disaster.

After his Army service, he became a private security contractor and deployed to South America, Central America, the Middle East and North Africa. He was a member of the Global Response Staff, an organization responsible for conducting low profile security in high threat locales.

The Ranger Way isn’t a rehash of 13 Hours, but a personal tale of life: attempts, failures, depressions and victory in spite of it all. It’s a human story of a young man who spontaneously decided to join the Army and become a Ranger – just because. His immediate family had an impact on his decision just as a personal relationship caused him to make some bad choices that led to some lean times.

The Rangers had already reached him though. In Ranger Indoctrination, he accepted the ideals; trials and hardship were the norm, and existed to make one hard and strong. In reading his story, I began to get the feeling he was speaking to me.

He interweaves training and operational tales including the events in those desperate hours in Libya (during which he saw associates fall and realized that the government they were serving wasn’t coming to help) with Ranger principles of conduct.

These principles are recorded in the Ranger Creed and Kris uses them for chapter headings.

Ranger Creed

Recognizing that I volunteered as a Ranger, fully knowing the hazards of my chosen profession, I will always endeavor to uphold the prestige, honor, and high esprit de corps of the Rangers.

Acknowledging the fact that a Ranger is a more elite Soldier who arrives at the cutting edge of battle by land, sea, or air, I accept the fact that as a Ranger my country expects me to move further, faster and fight harder than any other Soldier.

Never shall I fail my comrades. I will always keep myself mentally alert, physically strong and morally straight and I will shoulder more than my share of the task whatever it may be, one-hundred-percent and then some.

Gallantly will I show the world that I am a specially selected and well-trained Soldier. My courtesy to superior officers, neatness of dress and care of equipment shall set the example for others to follow.

Energetically will I meet the enemies of my country. I shall defeat them on the field of battle for I am better trained and will fight with all my might. Surrender is not a Ranger word. I will never leave a fallen comrade to fall into the hands of the enemy and under no circumstances will I ever embarrass my country.

Readily will I display the intestinal fortitude required to fight on to the Ranger objective and complete the mission though I be the lone survivor.

He freely discusses his failures, his thought processes and how it led to depression. It’s not a “Look at me, I’m a hero” thing, it’s a “look at how I screwed up, understand that we all do – and here’s how I got myself back.”

This is from someone who got to the Regiment before getting his tab, then all-but-“chaptering” out of the Army. It took a trip to the bottom, a struggle to get back up, and going through BCT – Army basic again. He went through Ranger Indoctrination once more, got to Ranger school, one of the toughest training environments anywhere.

He achieved his objective. The lessons he took from this struggle are lessons from which we all can learn. It’s an attitude adjustment.

Combat mindset? Sure, the book speaks to that – hence the reason I’m sharing this here. Facing extinction with a short time to get yourself together if you’ve never been tried before is a bad bet. But it’s a basic self-help book too. It’s about understanding the struggles in others then looking at yourself and realizing, “Hey. You’re not as bad as you thought you were. You can do this.”

Learning to deal with life’s trials successfully, learning to “embrace the suck,” all contribute to being able to face a critical incident. Reading this book can help you seek out ways to learn these lessons.

- - Rich Grassi

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