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AUGUST 11, 2020

Taurus announced that Shooting Team Captain Jessie Harrison captured a big win at the recent USPSA Area 3 Championship held August 2 in Grand Island, Nebraska.
Hornady congratulates team members Andrew Hyder and Jessie Harrison on their performance at the Area 3 Championship. Hyder placed second in the Open Division and Teammate Jessie Harrison won High Lady.
SIG SAUER, Inc. announced that the SIG SAUER CROSS Bolt-Action Rifle is now shipping and will be available in retail stores soon. Whether you're hunting the steep terrain of mountains or densely forested hills, the CROSS delivers PRS performance, built for the backcountry hunter.

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. introduces the Fourth Edition of the Ruger Collector's Series - the Vote 2020 10/22 Carbine. Accompanied by unique collector's memorabilia, this Fourth Edition of the Collector's Series is a great way to start a 10/22 collection, add to an existing collection, or simply celebrate your right to vote.
A Texas law enforcement patrol vehicle caught fire. The entire interior was incinerated, and the cause was determined to be accidental. Amidst the ashes, nothing functional remained…except for the officer’s Sightmark Ultra Shot M-Spec, mounted on a rifle in his range bag.
Fall is just around the corner and Galco makes a wide array of products for use by hunters, clay shooters and outdoorsmen.

Apex Tactical Specialties is pleased to announce the introduction and upcoming release of its new Action Enhancement Trigger for the hugely popular Hellcat pistol from Springfield Armory. Starting at just $79.95, the trigger kit significantly improves the feel of the trigger pull while reducing overall trigger travel and pull weight to that appropriate for a duty or carry pistol.
Federal developed a series of virtual sales shows to support its Buy Group customers. Many of the industry’s sales shows are cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Starting on August 10, and running throughout the month, Federal will launch four virtual Buy Group shows for its business partners.
True Velocity named aerospace and defense industry veteran Jim Stephens as its chief operating officer on Monday, rounding out the Texas-based technology company’s executive leadership team.

SIG SAUER, Inc. announced that it has been recognized with two 2020 Industry Choice Awards. The CROSS bolt-action rifle was awarded as Innovation of the Year. The P320 XFIVE LEGION won Handgun of the Year.
The Second Amendment Foundation has joined four other gun rights organizations in an amicus brief supporting Olympic gold medalist Kim Rhode in her challenge of California’s background check requirement to purchase ammunition.
Blackhawk announced that it has expanded its popular line of T-Series holsters with the introduction of the Level 2 Compact models specifically engineered to accommodate Colt 1911 and Springfield XD pistols.

Nexbelt introduced their new Frances EDC Gun Belts, designed especially for women.  The ratchet style buckle of the Frances EDC Gun Belt is a stylish take on the traditional equestrian D ring and features a 1 3/8” smooth leather strap in either black or brown.
Forensics Source, a brand of The Safariland Group, announced that it has launched an all-new, standalone website at ForensicsSource.com. Specifically redesigned with the forensics professional in mind, this website offers simple navigation with enhanced searchability for a streamlined and user-friendly experience.
FMG Publications’ cast of resident “guncranks” — Publisher Roy Huntington, GUNS Magazine Editor Brent T. Wheat and American Handgunner Executive Editor Tom McHale — hosted The Outdoor Wire Publisher Jim Shepherd on the latest episode of “Guncranks Live!”

Releases from Firearms Trainer Association and CCW Safe announced the passing of Doctor William Aprill, a deputy sheriff and Special Deputy U.S. Marshal, a decorated competitive shooter, an instructor who conducted training for civilians, law enforcement, and military in various defensive fighting skills for three decades and a practicing licensed mental health professional.
In celebration of National Knife Day, August 24th, Outdoor Edge announced the launch of its online “Win 20 Knives for 2020 GiveAway” promotion.
NSSF announced that Primary Arms is the newest Gearbox Giveaway sponsor in support of 2020’s National Shooting Sports Month and the all new #RangeChallenge Series.
In this issue, Robert Jordan tests the Springfield Saint Victor .308 pistol and Jon Sundra considers Shaw Precision’s MK-X, the newest long-range competition ready rifle. There’s an article on a DIY 300 BLK build and a 9-way Blackout Shootout.
In the next Personal Defense World, author Todd Burgreen explains why you should upgrade to the Springfield Armory Saint Victor 300 Blackout pistol. Also, if you’re a tech-savvy homeowner looking to upgrade your castle-defense toolkit, Peter Suciu tells you why you should consider the possibility of using a drone to protect your homestead.
FMG Publications is pleased to announce Denny Hansen has joined its team to handle social media engagement for GUNS MagazineAmerican Handgunner and American COP Facebook pages, as well as other industry-related projects.
Beretta announced the global launch of a brand-new collection of tactical clothing and accessories, the Beretta Tactical Defense Training Gear. The line includes Performance Shirts, BDU Pants, Waterproof & Softshell Jackets, Shooting Protection, and more.
Everest has announced the addition of Midland Radio Corporation to its family of online storefronts.
Brownells announces the next generation of its popular BRN-180 uppers, including a version chambered in 300 AAC Blackout. All BRN-180 Gen2 uppers are ideal for folding stocks or braces as the recoil mechanism is totally contained inside the upper.
Riton Optics is now the new sponsor of Trigger Time TV featured on the Pursuit Channel. The show brings together firearms professionals to provide the highest level of firearms training and information to firearms enthusiasts across the country.
 

It has certainly not been a quiet year in terms of product introductions. While supplies of guns, ammunition and reloading components have been stretched to the breaking point, support gear continues in development and production. The items here are support gear.

None of this stuff does the job ‘by itself.’ It takes training followed by practice to reach your objectives. The gear this time includes a ‘club,’ a refresh of an existing way to carry and use spare ammo for revolvers and a new flashlight – with needed innovations.

To start, we have a ‘club’ from Armament Systems & Procedures. Long known for expandable batons that deployed by snapping them open, ASP now makes expandable sticks that can be closed by a press of the tail cap. This means they’re locked open and the use of the jab is back on the table.

The example I have is concealable, the ASP Steel A40 Agent baton – a disc lock expandable. It features a “Snap-Loc” clip to facilitate carry in pocket, on the belt or inside the waist – something that should appeal to detective-types. The club is secured in the extended position via a flick of the baton, though I found that a surreptitious opening behind by back was easily accomplished without the fanfare of snapping it open (while a decent warning, it can be seen as escalation in the era of ‘de-escalation.’)

A press on the tail cap while pressing “in” on the 4140 steel striking tip closes the baton for storage. As one might expect, it’s easily used – when closed – as a “Kubotan” (yawara stick) for strikes, wrist drags, etc.

The grip has checkered bands (Crosstec knurling) between narrow grooves. Measuring at just under eight inches closed and just over 13 ounces in weight, the baton is right at 16” long deployed.

It’s not ‘turned hickory.’ Like any device with moving parts, it requires maintenance, may need repair and definitely requires lubrication to the factory specification. As our people can’t carry other concealment size impact weapons (e.g., saps), this is certainly a good fit. In function (though not in design) it reminds me of the Monadnock Auto Lock baton I used to carry.

I’ll be passing this along to one of the DT guys to get a look at.

 

I was surprised to see Galco enter the “sorta rubber-type cartridge strip” scene. They quietly added Galco E-Z Loader Cartridge Strips 38/357 EZL38 to their line a short time ago. The website notes they’re made of “flexible Santoprene.”

Santoprene looks, feels and “acts” like rubber, but it amounts to rubber particles in a polypropylene matrix. It’s rubber and it’s plastic, lighter and more easily worked and manufactured into products than rubber alone.

Is it strange they entered this space? Tuff sells QuickStrips in a range of sizes, but they’re stiffer than these – “injection molded from a black flexible urethane material” – a process I believe to be similar to these. Bianchi Speed Strips, a legacy device from years back, is likewise made from that flexible urethane material … Like those from Tuff and Bianchi, the Galco product is sold 2 strips to a package.

It’s always good to have more options and it’ll be interesting to see how the Galco product works out.

Streamlight photo.

In the “weird looking flashlight” department, we have a new offering from Streamlight. An innovator for decades, Streamlight has really pushed the envelope this time. In a bit of regression, I’ll likely be boring you with an oft-told tale. A group consisting of known law enforcement types were roped into a group discussion one year at SHOT Show by a company moving into the field of flashlights. I didn’t realize they already had a product in mind when they asked what we thought should be in a police flashlight.

So when the group consensus was “strobing is useless” or “complicated switching arrangements won’t be helpful in moments of crisis,” there was some dismay. More, when one of us – Mike Boyle, I believe – noted that the flashlight physical design was dictated by the form factor of the battery, much like the auto pistol’s form and format is married to the magazine, the dismay was deepened.

Above, Streamlight Stinger DS LED HL 800 lumens light on right, new 2,000 lumen Stinger 2020 on left. Below, new switching allows change in output -- low, medium, high -- without tapping through a menu.

Finally, the SureFire Stiletto broke the mold in recent years. I didn’t think for a minute that Streamlight was ‘asleep at the switch’ and they proved me right with the Streamlight Stinger 2020. While the line has been keeping up with the times since it’s rollout in 1993 when it defined a product segment by being the first serious “compact rechargeable flashlight,” they’ve now thrown the book away.

There’s no comparing it to my previous Streamlight Stinger – the Stinger DS LED HL. It was an 800 lumens (max) light with dual switches: on the body behind the reflector and at the cap. It was programmable for function by a series of “taps” on the switch. While it gives flexibility, it also got used at a single setting – the users never getting the hang of the required sequence of “taps.”

Now we have the oddly shaped, very practical in application, Stinger 2020. A couple of the issues concerning us have been positively addressed. One is the dedicated mode switch, easily found, well-marked – and after very little use, can be addressed without looking, by feel. We no longer have to cycle through modes to get to a desired setting. Easy.

This means I can set it (“and forget it”) left – to low – for 100 lumens for our nightly dog walks. For navigation and generally “looking up close,” it’s more than enough. The medium setting, center, is more powerful than the high setting on the Stinger DS LED HL at 850 lumens. That’s more than enough for our use and would work well for checking the open door at the warehouse.

The right setting on the toggle is high – 2,000 lumens, for a ca. 300 meter beam distance and a two hour run time … that’s crazy power. Like with the standard, round Stinger, this is dual switch- both on the “barrel” which no longer is a barrel and on the tail cap.

The ‘body switch’ is the location of the battery charge indicator. On “low,” with more power than we ever had with our big old police flashlights back in the day, there’s an estimated 24 hour run time.

I won’t be testing that.

It’s flat-sided up to the “finger groove” depression, then round out to the reflector. The aluminum alloy body has an ergonomic shape with an anti-roll design. Turn it on, set it on a flat surface; it stays.

It’s a nice effort and could be the flashlight buy of the year. We’ll know after we’ve used it for a year. And we use it every day.

-- Rich Grassi

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