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JUNE 18, 2024

The highly anticipated BLADE Show 2024 has culminated in another triumph for CIVIVI as the CIVIVI Yonder, designed by Zac Whitmore, has been honored with the prestigious ‘Best Buy of the Year’ award.
Burris Optics announces that the company’s sponsored shooter, Camdyn Powers, successfully captured two top spots at this year’s Utah’s Rimfire Revival – The Revenge competition.
Reserve your spot today at the 2024 National Pistol Matches, ready to take the firing line July 14-21 at the historic Camp Perry National Guard Training Site in Port Clinton, Ohio, and facilitated by the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP).

Bushnell® congratulates pro shooters KC Eusebio and Jessie Harrison for winning their divisions at the 2024 World Speed Shooting Championship. Eusebio earned his 11th World Speed Shooting overall title using the new Bushnell RXM-300 Reflex Sight while Harrison captured her 17th Ladies Open World Speed shooting title.
The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) is hailing the U.S. Supreme Court’s 6-3 ruling that a semiautomatic rifle equipped with a bump stock is not a machinegun, and that the ATF exceeded its authority by issuing a rule that classified the device as a machinegun. The case is known as Garland v. Cargill.
Randy Kozuch, Executive Director of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA), released a statement on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Garland v. Cargill.

Mission First Tactical announced that they will be attending the 2024 Warrior East Expo from Tuesday, June 25th to Wednesday, June 26th at the Virginia Beach Convention Center in Virginia Beach, VA.
The Civilian Marksmanship Program’s Talladega Marksmanship Park in Alabama is not only proud to be one of the most advanced outdoor facilities in the country but also a frequent host of organizations supporting meaningful causes.
SIG SAUER will be exhibiting at the upcoming Eurosatory Exhibition, scheduled for June 17, 2024 – June 21, 2024, at the Paris-Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre in Paris, France. The SIG SAUER Stand is #E25 located in Hall 6.

High Speed Gear® is proud to announce that their new GEN 2 TACO® product line has been tested and recommended by the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA).
The National Tactical Officer’s Association (NTOA) membership has tested and rated the ‘Bad Larry’ rifle suppressor from the Yankee Hill Machine Company (YHM) with Gold.
DeSantis introduces the #N87 Pro Stealth holster made for the SIG-Sauer P365-XMACRO and Springfield Hellcat Pro pistols. Made of heavily padded 1050D black senior Ballistic nylon and lined with slick pack cloth, this holster comes with a 1 3/4" sturdy, powder coated black spring clip.

X-Vision Optics announces its new partnership with some of the top sales groups in the nation, including Professional Marketing, Inc. and Maschmedt & Associates. These strategic partnerships aim to enhance X-Vision Optics' market presence in the United States.
AMMO, Inc. (Nasdaq: POWW, POWWP), the owner of GunBroker.com, the largest online marketplace serving the firearms and shooting sports industries, and a leading vertically integrated producer of high-performance ammunition and components, reported results for its Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2024, ended March 31, 2024.
NSSF® applauds Louisiana Gov. Jeff Landry for signing SB 301, the Second Amendment Financial Privacy Act, into law last week. This NSSF-supported law protects the privacy and sensitive financial information of people purchasing firearms and ammunition in The Pelican State.

Maxim Defense is proud to announce a major legal victory in the Mock v. Garland lawsuit challenging the Biden Administration’s “pistol brace” ban rule issued by the ATF.
AG Composites announced the launch of their exciting new contest, "Name that Camo." From June 17-30, customers will have the opportunity to name the latest camo pattern in the AG Composite lineup. The lucky winner will receive a non-adjustable fiberglass rifle stock, while runners-up will receive fantastic swag bags filled with hats, t-shirts, and stickers.
Heckler & Koch welcomes back John M. Harrison as Sales Manager. John brings over two decades of experience in the defense, law enforcement, and commercial sales sectors. His background includes significant achievements in international, government, and commercial sales, making him an ideal fit for this role.

Burris Optics announced the appointment of Bruno Beccaria to the position of General Manager. Beccaria has a long and successful leadership and marketing background in the firearms industry through his work with Beretta Holding S.A.
Orion Wholesale announces the promotion of Matt Nicholson to Vice President of Sales. In his role, Nicholson will be responsible for sales team leadership, expanding new sales territories, developing new distribution channels and contributing to the company’s marketing and business strategies.
It’s been 47 years since Larry and Brenda greeted MidwayUSA’s first Customer in that small 1,600-square-foot gun shop in Columbia, MO. A lot has changed since ‘77, but these important things will always remain the same: Customers come first, Employees are like family, Suppliers are our partners and friends, and we continuously improve everything – always.
Century Arms introduces the Centurion 11. The Centurion 11 is the iconic GI model 1911, imported from Turkey. These firearms are chambered in .45ACP with a capacity of 8+1.
B5 Systems announced the release of the M-LOK Vertical Foregrip. It is precision engineered and designed to enhance ergonomics and handling for tactical, sporting, and recreational shooters.
EOTECH is launching a 2A initiative to provide financial resources to support two key 2A advocacy groups in their efforts. EOTECH is proud to launch this "2A Initiative" with a special edition EOTECH EXPS3 and XPS2 Holographic Weapon Sight (HWS) featuring the custom "2A" logo on the hood.
Federal Ammunition adds a 32 Auto, 68 Grain load to its popular Personal Defense Hydra-Shok Deep product line. This new load is now available at select dealers.
ATN Corp announced the launch of their latest innovation, the BlazeSeeker Thermal Monocular. The BlazeSeeker comes in at one of the most affordable price point. The BlazeSeeker has a powerful 256x192 sensor, which boasts a NETD rating of <35mK, ensuring exceptional sensitivity to temperature variations and delivering unparalleled image quality.
TV Ammo, Inc. (“True Velocity”) and FN America, LLC (“FN America”) have announced a strategic licensing and manufacturing partnership for the production of True Velocity’s .338 Norma Lightweight Medium Machine Gun for U.S. and Allied military units.
The newest addition to The Armory Life Presents series of digital magazines is The 1911 Pistol issue, just recently released. The digital magazine features a deep-dive consideration of the 1911, covering not only its history but some of the newest and most cutting-edge variants available.
MyOutdoorTV (MOTV) announces incredible growth in viewer engagement on both YouTube TV and YouTube Primetime Channels and Roku platforms. From January to May 2023 through January to May 2024, MOTV has seen a remarkable year-over-year increase in total minutes spent by viewers.*
 

When it comes to learning from past mistakes, it seems that the community is more prone to buying gear that “should” help solve the problem. The fact is that training is hard; people are exposed to the human tendency to err, they feel it makes them look foolish and they’d prefer to stay in their comfort zone.

We learn gun retention in static mat room exercises before we get more dynamic. Shown here, a gun grab attempt on a gun carried in front of the hip.

The agencies tend to play into that because pulling people off of the road (or whatever assignment) to train makes scheduling difficult. “Besides, didn’t they all go to the academy?”

As people – in basic, in-service or in outside training – get an idea of legal aspects of using force (and, we hope, medical implications), we also get time in the mat room and on the range to learn the basics. That’s a critical piece. “Why marksmanship? It’s not all about shooting?”

True. But without it, that additional weight on the duty gear is a waste of effort and space.

After enough exposure to technique, there’s some sparring in the mat room. For the range of force options, we use indoor/outdoor simulators with targets, video simulators and, finally, force-on-force. We generally agree that the latter, FoF, is critical to success.

The in-briefing for force-on-force includes the equipment check and checking for no live weapons. In this ancient photo, the in-briefing is video-recorded.

Early on, my agency issued guns that had no FX-simulators. Even after the “Simunitions” revolution, there was nothing to fit our 45 caliber pistols. For that reason, we used conventional paintball guns.

While that didn’t help with holster drills and the like, we were able to do a single iteration of FoF in in-service one year, agency wide. We had help from the Police Department that had sims for their guns and made pretty extensive use of them in basic and in-service. They gave us ideas we could pilfer to make the effort relevant.

Working doors isn’t easy. The approach, above, was problematic resulting in the trainee taking incoming fire (below). Work the problem until you can’t get it wrong.

We learned some hard lessons. One was that teaching cover on a one-way range allowed far too much cheating. You best learn to work corners, doorways (don’t forget windows) and engage in room combat in FoF. I was never a fan of the ‘pain penalty,’ but I agree it’s critical to get people to more effectively use cover/concealment – and to think.

Another lesson was that you needed tightly scripted scenarios that permitted both the chance to fail and the chance to succeed. Finally, where there was failure, remediation was offered. They have to get the chance to succeed.

In the evaluations, the troops indicated that more was learned by the failures and less from the successes – though the few successes were also teachable moments for the remainder of the group.

We see that operationally. It’s why we study the “Officers Assaulted and Killed” data from each year. Seeing what’s happened to others allows you to develop countermeasures. Not taking time to analyze what went wrong isn’t simply “Monday morning quarterbacking” if it’s insightful analysis; how to keep this event from occurring again. Of course, we are always fighting the last war; the next war hasn’t yet arrived.

But going through the mental exercise of determining countermeasures “greases the skids” to better allow access to that analysis on the fly – in real time.

In the absence of the staffing, gear and training to conduct force-on-force, lots of our people end up with on-the-range make-weights, fabricating doorways, using upright barricades as wall and cover simulations, etc.

Still, it’s a one-way range and you tend to be facing paper and cardboard enemies. They don’t think, they don’t move, they don’t engage in conversation. They give you something you don’t have in the field – time.

Some rehearsal is still possible – and such mockups have value in rehearsal.

When the Israelis went to move into Nuseirat refugee camp to recover hostages held by Hamas, they just didn’t wander in and hope for the best. According to media reports (something to view with skepticism for the most part), there were rehearsals.

According to AP, “Israeli intelligence figured out where (the hostages) were and commandos spent weeks practicing the raid on life-size models of the buildings, according to Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari, the Israeli military spokesman.”

It’s not the first time such ‘rehearsals’ have been used.

Shoot-house room combat training, using mockups on the range and doing force-on-force training is critical. It needs to be planned and it needs to be part of the complete training program.

Analyze the “failures” in rehearsal, remediate them and work through solutions. Use digital video to record the training – not simply to immortalize errors or to show at the office Christmas party, but to show participants where the errors occurred.

Then run it again and do it right.

— Rich Grassi

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