NOVEMBER 21, 2019

Berger is offering the new 6mm 109 Grain Long Range Hybrid Target Bullet. The company’s Meplat Reduction Technology System applies controlled pressure along the projectile nose, producing a homogeneous and repeatable bullet profile.
In October, the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) opened the doors to its South Competition Center air gun range in Alabama and welcomed area youth for a day of marksmanship learning and fun.
Vermont State Game Wardens and the Vermont Marine Corps League will accept toys, gift cards and donations until December 15, which will allow time to transfer them to the Toys for Tots program.

SureFire, LLC will be exhibiting at the Military and Police exhibition in Paris, France on 19-22 November 2019. Milipol is the leading event dedicated to homeland security, and is organized under the auspices of the French Ministry of Interior in partnership with several governmental bodies.


Kimber Mfg., Inc. recently announced two additions to their new for 2020 EVO SP lineup -- EVO SP Select Black and Stainless. Available in two different finishes, Stainless and Black, both feature white three dot sights, stainless steel slide, KimPro II frame, and ship with one 7 round magazine.
New for 2020, Kimber adds two new models to the Micro 9 family, the Amethyst and Triari, both chambered in 9mm. The Micro 9 is a pistol with a single action trigger.

Kimber Mfg., Inc. announces the new Raptor Collector Editions for their 2020 line up. The family consists of the full size 1911, Micro 9, and EVO SP.
Kimber Mfg., Inc. recently announced the addition of three new models to the K6s Revolver lineup. These include the K6s DASA 4-inch in Target and Combat models as well as the K6s Texas Edition.
New for 2020, Kimber Mfg., Inc. added the RAPIDE (Black Ice) to their line of 1911 pistols. It is equipped with Kimber Stiplex front-strap stippling as well as black G10 grips and finished with KimPro II.

The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute Inc.,® (SAAMI®), the organization at the forefront of promoting firearms safety by creating standards that ensure safety, reliability and interchangeability of firearms, ammunition and components, announced the acceptance of a new shotshell cartridge and a new centerfire rifle cartridge for SAAMI standardization. is proud to announce the cumulative donation of $2,799.55 to the Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation and the Second Amendment Foundation.
Israel Weapon Industries announces its expansion, reflected in the marketing of its semi-automatic weapons to the European commercial markets of sport-shooting and hunting.

SIG SAUER Academy announce the full 2020 course schedule is now available for registration online at The SIG SAUER Academy curriculum is a unique firearms training program designed to achieve results at every level.
The USCCA is offering free online education and training to help Americans prevent and survive a mass shooter threat. This comes as FBI figures for firearm purchase background checks – performed via the National Instant Criminal Background Check System – show that October 2019 was the third consecutive month of record checks.
FN America, LLC is seeking an experienced and creative marketeer to lead FN’s marketing team as Director for the company’s commercial, law enforcement and military business lines.

Hogue Knives® is thrilled to announce the SIG SAUER® LEGION Series as the newest addition to their expanding SIG™ line of knives.
The North American Association of Uniform Manufacturers and Distributors and its Public Safety Suppliers & Retailers division announce they are now accepting submissions for the Best Dressed Public Safety Award to a police, fire or sheriff department in the United States.
The new optics were developed to be the ideal high-power precision optic for a wide range of consumer and commercial applications, including scenic observation, astronomy, commercial fishing, ship- or land-based surveillance and other uses requiring extended observation sessions under rigorous conditions.

Blackhawk has expanded its popular line of T-Series holsters with the introduction of a Level 2 Compact (L2C) version engineered specifically for the SIG SAUER P365 pistol.
The Mag Life, the official online publication of GunMag Warehouse, announced that Chris Tran has joined its team of contributors. Chris is a seasoned and accomplished law enforcement officer for a large metropolitan agency in the Pacific Northwest.

Last week we discussed Jeff Cooper’s contributions to pistolcraft; he is the father of the “Modern Technique.” He opened the first commercial firearms training facility - the American Pistol Institute/Gunsite – that was open to civilians. Armed professionals - law enforcement and security personnel – and your average guy interested in the defensive use of firearms could attend. Notice that it was for civilians, not military applications. Yes, military personnel did attend, but the focus was always defensive use of the firearm, plus classes for big game hunting and such. Then, somewhere along the way, things got a little sideways. Over time principles, tactics and techniques that are only used in the military, or SRT law enforcement teams began to appear in “defensive” classes. Today the line is blurry and hard to see, especially for those who don’t really know the difference between “combative” and “defensive.”

First, there was the “traditionalists” or “Pre-Modern” era. This was the old bladed stance, single hand firing with focus on accuracy, as opposed to a fighting stance. This is also where we begin to see advances like Sikes and Fairbain’s techniques – a crouching stance, but still single hand. Applegate is here too. Then, the “Modern Technique,” and Coopers contributions. Today we’re in the “Post Modern” period. Things have advanced beyond “Modern.” But, you ask, “Isn’t this a good thing?” Not necessarily. Advancing is not always progress, particularly if you lose sight of your destination.

During the early 2000’s instructors started including – and students began demanding – more “combative” oriented classes. As the number of instructors began to rise, due to a variety of factors, many began including, and in some cases creating, “dynamic” principles and techniques. Think combative/military. All of this in order to attract more students. You also see the rise of instructor “personalities,” guys who developed “tactical” personas. It became a “my dogma” vs. “your teachings,” much like the early days of the Christianchurch.

Of course, this was all driven by the market. Using your handgun to Defend yourself or family against a violent attacker in a dark parking lot is kind of boring compared to runnin’ ‘n ‘gunnin’ in all your tactical gear while engaging multiple threats. The students in defensive classes began to look like special forces “operators” or members of a SWAT team.

Make no mistake, when dealing with a violent attack your response must be aggressive. But your goal is to break contact as soon as possible, retreat and find a place you can safely hold and if necessary easily defend. You aggressively move, in order to avoid or escape, get to cover or be a moving “target” for the threat(s). The situation may require you to shoot, in which case you’ll likely fire three to four shots - accurately. There may be more than one threat, but it’s the exception when someone has to shoot more than one of them. You probably won’t need to reload, but it may be necessary to clear a malfunction. Knowing the basics of treating a severe injury may be more important than knowing how to shoot.

So, what does all this have to do with you? Selecting the type class and training you should attend is based on your anticipated use of the firearm. If you’re looking at honing your skills for self-defense you need defensive instruction. This means wearing the same gear you carry every day. You train, practice and carry using the same gear. Consistency is mandatory, and makes solving the problem much easier. For carbine classes you have this same gear – because you wear it every day – plus your carbine and a couple of mags shoved into a back pocket. Remember, self-defense is a life or death situation. It’s a serious subject, and should be approached accordingly. Or, you can wear a lot of tactical gear, run and gun and have fun. Just don’t kid yourself into thinking your preparing for reality.

— Tiger McKee

Tiger McKee is director of Shootrite Firearms Academy, which is celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary. 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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