APRIL 16, 2024

The readers of Shooting Sports Retailer recently awarded CCI the 2023 Gold Award in the category of Reloading Components. The Readers’ Choice Awards are 100-percent reader driven and deliver unbiased views of what hunters, shooters, and reloaders seek out at retail stores.
It has now been a year since the GCA and CMP (in a joint partnership) announced the creation of the “Master Marksman Program”. This program was created to motivate GCA members to participate in CMP matches, and to acknowledge those who consistently score well with As-Issued M1 Rifles at designated Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) competitions.
Hornady® congratulates sponsored shooter, Sean Murphy for his performance at the River Bend Gun Club, Run-n-Gun Match on March 30, 2024, in Dawsonville, Georgia. Murphy took first place overall shooting Hornady .224 73 gr. ELD® Match bullets in his 223 Rem. Carbine and Hornady 9mm 125 gr. HAP® bullets in his pistol.

Silencer Central announces its sponsorship of CANCON 2024, taking place at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix from April 18-20, 2024. Silencer Central will be selling onsite and will provide attendees the opportunity to experience a live-fire demonstration of the entire BANISH line.
BulletSafe announces its participation in the 2024 NRA Show, scheduled to take place from May 17-19 in Dallas, Texas. Attendees are invited to visit BulletSafe at booth 8052 during the event to explore its cutting-edge products designed for professionals and civilians alike.
ANECHOIC™ announces its attendance at RECOIL’s CANCON in Phoenix, Arizona. The event, which will take place at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility from April 18th to 20th, 2024. ANECHOIC™ is excited to showcase its innovative AnechoX titanium suppressor line.

INFORCE announces its participation in the NRA Show 2024, scheduled to take place at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. Visit INFORCE at booth 8052.
Pulsar is gearing up to showcase its latest advancements at the NRA 2024 event in Dallas, Texas, from May 17th to 19th. This exhibition promises to be a landmark event for the outdoor industry.
SIG Elite Store, Keystone Shooting Center in Mars, Pennsylvania will host the SIG SAUER ROSE Seminar Series featuring Team SIG professional shooter Lena Miculek this Saturday, April 20,2024.

HeadHunters NW invites those seeking expert recruitment solutions to book in-person strategic planning sessions during the 2024 Modern Day Marine Expo, which will be held from April 30 to May 2 in Washington, D.C.
Sightmark announces its participation in the NRA 2024 Annual Meetings & Exhibits, taking place in Dallas, Texas, from May 17-19, 2024. Attendees can visit Sightmark at booth 8052 to explore the latest innovations in optical technology and experience firsthand the exceptional performance of Sightmark products.
Firefield announces its participation in the upcoming NRA 2024 exhibition May 17-19 in Dallas. Firefield will exhibit its latest advancements in night vision and variable optics, including the highly anticipated Hexcore HD 1-3x Night Vision Binoculars and the expanded RapidStrike Series.

Real Avid is further expanding its AR-platform offerings to cover AR-10 models. New for 2024 is the Smart-Fit® AR15 Vise Block with Sleeve for AR10*, the Smart-Fit Vise Block Sleeve for AR10*, and the Pivot Pin Tool for AR10*.
SDS Imports is pleased to announce that the company has hired Christoper DiCenso as the company’s CEO. Chris brings over thirty years of experience to SDS, and most recently was a Managing Partner at Growth Strategy Partners where he specialized in helping mostly firearm and related companies accelerate their revenue, profit, and organizational growth.
SERGEANT announced that U.S. Navy SEAL Veteran and motivational speaker Ray “Cash” Care has been named a Global Brand Ambassador. Mr. Care joins SERGEANT at an exciting time of growth for the company as it prepares to launch an expanded product line of tactical, outdoor, and survival gear with a new cross-platform advertising campaign.

Luth-AR, LLC, proudly announces its continued partnership with the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) at the Silver level. This collaboration underscores Luth-AR’s commitment to supporting the fundamental rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment.
The Hollywood, Florida Police Dept is one of the latest departments to include Liberty Ammunition for training needs. Liberty is assisting with their Steel Plate/Range frangible ammunition for training in .223.
The NSSF’s Protect Liberty Political Action Committee (Protect Liberty PAC) received a sizable contribution from Grasso Holdings. The $10,000 contribution will benefit Protect Liberty PAC’s efforts ahead of the November 2024 election to in key battleground states and congressional districts.

The Biden administration’s new rule to expand background check requirements for private gun sales amounts to another attack on America’s gun owners, the Second Amendment Foundation said in response.
The readers of Shooting Sports Retailer recently awarded Federal with the 2023 Gold Award in the category of Shotshell Ammunition. Shooting Sports Retailer polled its readership to find out their favorite gear; the products that really work. They then tallied the votes to determine the 2024 Readers' Choice Awards.
Randy Kozuch, Executive Director of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA), released the following statement on posting of the DOJ/ATF Final Rule dealing with the definition of firearms dealers.
NSSF® revealed in a report that detachable magazines with a capacity exceeding 10 rounds are the overwhelming standard for firearm owners in the United States. The report, which surveyed 30-plus years of detachable magazine production and distribution, demonstrated that of the conservatively estimated 963,772,000 detachable magazines supplied from a firearm manufacturer and in the aftermarket.
The readers of Shooting Sports Retailer recently awarded CCI with the 2023 Gold Award in the category of Rimfire Ammunition. The Readers’ Choice Awards are 100-percent reader-driven and deliver unbiased views of what hunters, shooters, and reloaders seek out at retail stores.
Ballistic protection specialist RTS Tactical introduces its latest crossover protection product, the Ballistic Armor Whiteboard. The Ballistic Armor Whiteboard combines the function of a whiteboard with RTS Tactical’s proven Level III+ armor plate technology.
To provide School Resource Officers the ability to safely and discreetly store long arms that can be quickly accessed from within a locked-down campus, Hayman Safe company developed the Rapid Access Firearm Safe (RAFS) as part of the company’s School Resource Officer (SRO) Initiative.
Fiocchi continues to stay apace with the 5.7 wave with two new ammunition offerings of this spicy, multi-purpose cartridge. Fiocchi is giving 5.7x28mm fans two combo pack options to satisfy both training needs and end use.
Crosman Corporation unveiled a special edition of the popular Challenger PCP air rifle emblazoned with the American flag. The custom patriotic stock finish is applied using the hydro dip technique and combines elements of Old Glory with images of the script “We The People” from the U.S. Constitution.
There’s a new term that is making waves: Medium Power Variable Optics (MPVO). This new style of optic bridges the gap between the high magnification of traditional optics and the versatility of lower magnification LPVOs. ZeroTech's MPVO solutions are engineered to boost shooting precision, versatility, and performance.
The bloody rampage by a knife-wielding madman in Sydney, Australia over the weekend underscores the deadly danger of public disarmament in a nation whose restrictive gun control strategies are often envied by U.S. gun control advocates, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said.
Kimber is excited to announce a strategic partnership with RSR Group. RSR is the latest addition to the Kimber authorized distributor network, including MGE wholesale, Orion wholesale, Kinseys and Grice wholesale.
RSR Group, Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of Kimber Mfg. Inc. to its product assortment. Dealers will soon be able to place orders through RSR Group, Inc. for all their Kimber firearms and accessories needs.
Hayman Safe Company developed the Minuteman Quick-Access personal defense safe for long guns, handguns and flashlights. The safe accommodates defensive guns up to 39-inches-long, like an AR-15 or shotgun, as well as handguns and accessories such as lights and extra magazines.
RTS Tactical announces the company will exhibit at the 2024 New York Tactical Officers Association (NYTOA) TacOPS North Law Enforcement Tactical Training Conference & Expo this week at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, New York.

Editor's Note: This is the last feature that Tiger McKee wrote for the wires. It appeared in our April 13, 2023 edition. Seeing the new S&W J-frame Ultimate Carry guns makes it seem that Tiger's spirit is moving small revolver manufacturing -

A couple of features ago, I talked about the underrated S&W “J” frame. While they have many advantages, one of the downsides is the anemic fixed front sight. However, there is a cure for this, and it’s an easy D.I.Y. project.

There are J frames that come with pinned front sights, which are fairly easy to replace. Remove the pin and pull out the old sight. Position the new sight, then using the existing holes in the barrel, drill a hole in the new sight base for the pin. (It’s best to drill from both sides to the center.). Install the sight and pin, using a little thread sealer to ensure placement.

Fixed sight pistols – the sight is part of the barrel – are a little more difficult. XS Sights offers a replacement sight, their “Big Dot” tritium sight, but installation is a little more involved. Since the factory front sight is thin and difficult to see, especially for defensive work and low-light situations, replacing it can be a smart move.

Installation requires cutting down the existing front sight to a mounting nub. The XS sight uses epoxy over the top of that nub. There are two ways of removing material from the front sight. Obviously, a milling machine is the best way; it’s easy and consistent. This is just one of about a million reasons to have a milling machine in your shop. Not a full-size, industrial type mill, but one of the smaller table or bench-top mills. These miniature versions of the “real thing” are perfect for sight work, modifying small pieces or machining a custom part from a block of metal. There is a learning curve but if you have a mechanical inclination and can perform a little math the only limit will be your imagination.

Cutting down the front sight can also be done by hand, using files. This is slower than using a milling machine, and requires patience. This is the way I did it prior to getting a mill. The old rule of measure twice and cut once definitely applies. Remember, it’s always easy to remove more material, but it's a real pain to correct a cut that was too large or deep.

To keep you from having to start cutting from scratch, XS supplies complete info on how to install their sights on their website. (Here are instructions on various type S&W J frames - .)

The XS tritium sights for J frames are available in both their “Big” dot and “Standard” dot versions, as well as options for Ruger and Taurus revolvers. The older I get, and the more my eyes age, the more I appreciate the “Big” dot sight. It’s quick to acquire under all light conditions and still provides the accuracy needed for small targets and longer distance shots.

Along with installing the XS sight on the front it’s a good idea to open up the rear sight from the factory square notch to a “U” shape. Again, this can be done on a milling machine or – I find this easier and quicker – just using a round file of the appropriate size.

J frames “rock.” They’re small and lightweight; easy to conceal and carry. They are also way more accurate than most people can shoot them. They are ideal for defensive carry or as a secondary weapon - as long as you’re willing to invest in training and commit to regular practice. After a couple of modifications – like an XS front sight – they’re almost “perfect.”

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. or visit Shootrite’s Facebook page for other details.

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