FEBRUARY 19, 2019

Federal reinvented the proven Hydra-Shok bullet design with Hydra-Shok Deep in 9mm Luger. Now, it has expanded the line with new loads in 40 S&W and 45 Auto. The bullets feature a more robust center post and a core design that penetrates to critical depths through common self-defense barriers, without over-penetrating.
CCI Ammunition is proud to announce new Clean-22 ammunition. Clean-22 uses an exclusive polymer bullet coating to greatly reduce copper and lead fouling in the barrel without leaving a residue. It also cuts lead buildup in suppressors 60 to 80 percent.
ERGO will be exhibiting at the NBS Spring Semi-Annual Market this week. The sales team will be available for product demonstrations and meetings.

SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to announce the Orlando Police Department has adopted the SIG Virtus Rifle as part of their standard issue equipment for the departments uniformed officers, detectives, watch commanders, and sergeants. The Orlando Police Department is comprised of over 700 sworn officers protecting over 275,000 citizens in the City of Orlando.
The Vernon Police Department has implemented the FACT Duty™ Weapon-Mounted Camera (WMC™) from Viridian® Weapon Technologies, becoming the first agency in the state of Texas to formally adopt this technology. Chief Randall Agan and Viridian officials will speak on Tuesday, February 19 at 10:00 am at police headquarters: 1306 Main Street Vernon, TX 76384.
Apex Tactical Specialties has donated $15,000 to Concerns of Police Survivors. With this latest check, Apex’s total donation to the organization has reached $150,000, all raised through the sale of the company’s Thin Blue Line Series triggers.

Three amicus curiae (friend of the court) briefs have been filed in support of plaintiffs' petition for Writ of Certiorari to the Supreme Court of the United States in Knife Rights' nearly eight-year-old civil rights lawsuit over New York City's persecution of pocket knife owners.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation praised the introduction of H.R. 1222, the Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act of 2019 in the U.S House of Representatives. The bipartisan bill was authored by Reps. Ron Kind (D-Wis.) and Rob Bishop (R-Utah).
JP Enterprises has debuted their new manual rifle chassis, the Advanced Precision Ambidextrous Chassis, now available for purchase. Machined from light-weight 6061-T6 aluminum, this V-block Remington 700-compatible chassis system was designed for ease of carry and operation.

Armament Systems and Procedures has added several new products to its restraint line. These include a transport kit, Rigid Ultra Cuffs and Tri-Fold Disposable Restraints.
GRITR announced the launch of a new holster line hand crafted in Texas. The initial GRITR product line consists of three holster models for the SIG Sauer P365 – a standard inside the waistband, an IWB with a sidecar magazine holder, and a standard Outside The Waistband holster.
Three amicus curiae (friend of the court) briefs have been filed in support of plaintiffs' petition for Writ of Certiorarito the Supreme Court of the United States in Knife Rights' nearly eight-year-old civil rights lawsuit over New York City's persecution of pocket knife owners.

Brand Avalanche Media joins with the Youth Shooting Sports Alliance, helping to introduce young shooters to the shooting sports. Along with Mossberg, Springfield Armory, TruGlo, FeraDyne Outdoors, Boyt Harness, Federal Premium and CCI Ammunition, they created the YSSA $9K Spring Guns and Gear Giveaway, with 100% of the proceeds benefitting the Alliance.
Smith & Wesson Corp. today announced that Smith & Wesson and Thompson/Center Arms have renewed their “Thank You For Your Service” military appreciation program for 2019. This program applies to all active duty, honorably discharged, retired, or disabled members of the U.S. Armed Forces or Reserves.
Walther has introduced an innovative program that shows how confident they are in their flagship model, the PPQ series of handguns. This program is called "Shoot It. Love It. Buy It.” and allows buyers to try out their PPQ line and return it if you’re not satisfied.
\FireDisc® Cookers are shipping from the company's Texas base to all points east and west at an accelerated pace.
Indiana Conservation Officer Robert Klakamp has been selected the 2018 District 6 Officer of the Year. Klakamp is currently assigned to Brown County. He has been a conservation officer for a little more than two years.
Indiana Conservation Officer Josiah Julian has been selected by his peers as the District 4 Officer of the Year. He hired on with the DNR Law Enforcement Division in 2015 and was assigned to Madison County, where he has served since.

We’re well on the way into the New Year. There were elections last year and they have consequences – to quote a former president.

There’s been another ‘mass shooting,’ this at a manufacturing concern in Aurora, Illinois, last Friday. It has several dimensions, leading to the cynics among us to observe that the timing is suspect. For example, the killer was a prohibited possessor under federal law – and he had the Illinois Firearms Owner Identification Card. Yes, it’s a state where you have to be identified to the state as a gun owner.

The FOID program seems problematic. Here’s an offender, prohibited by a previous felony in another state who was known to Illinois LE for complaints that could include a trigger of the Lautenberg Amendment (misdemeanor domestic violence as a trigger to prohibited possessor status). Still, Illinois issued the card – revoked the card, didn’t collect his gun.

According to KREM Channel 2 in their report, “Like in many of the country's mass shootings, Friday's attack was carried out by a man with a violent criminal history who was armed with a gun he wasn't allowed to have.”

How someone with a felony conviction to have the FOID in Illinois should be a question except that it’s government “business as usual.” The one thing you can rely on is that they’ll screw it up – either intentionally, conspiratorially or, more likely, due to state incompetence. Bureaucracy at its finest. To hear the other side tell it, the solution is more infringement on non-prohibited possessors, non-felons – just like it always is.

It’s never “enforce existing laws like you’re supposed to.”

Adding to the outrageous nature of the attack, the report indicated that the offender set an ambush for responding officers, knowing the ‘active shooter’ (sic) response tactics. That led to a negative outcome for five police officers who first responded to the scene. It’s not Columbine anymore. The current mass killer has learned and adapted. There’s a lesson here.

Next, a photo is circulating around the internet. Is it real? Quien sabe? The photo purportedly depicts a door at the front of the facility, the scene where this latest criminal outrage occurred. There was a ‘gun buster’ sign – indicating it was a “gun free zone.” (sic)

We set ourselves up for this insanity by enforcing ‘murder empowerment zones’ and forcing more irrelevant regulations upon one of the most regulated aspects of life in America. It’s past time for gun owners to get back on offense.

Is anyone listening?

As correspondent Stephen Wenger notes, “most rapid mass murderers have either cleared background checks to acquire their guns or stolen them from relatives who have. And, while the murderer had been employed by this company for 15 years, its CEO claims that their own pre-employment background check also failed to turn up that felony conviction in Mississippi.”

Meanwhile, intoxicated with power, the Democrat Party has reinforced its reputation as the “Party of Infringement” – a term I’ve co-opted from Mr. Wenger and one I use on social media. Their answer to all problems, as it has been since the collectivist-statist shift in the 1960s, is “old Gun Control.” Like a political cartoon of the era, they resemble the patent medicine drummers of old, bringing out the same, tired, ineffective and proven negative prescription: prohibition of the private ownership, carry and use of firearms. They are driving on, “dancing in the blood of victims” as they celebrate another excuse to violate civil rights.

Above, the new sights from Trijicon. This shot from the rear shows the wide-open nature of the new Trijicon sights (Trijicon photos). Below, the rear sight is shown installed on a gun by Chuck Haggard. The gun also features the Tau Development Group Striker Control Device, a replacement for the factory striker cover plate. Chuck Haggard photo.

Meanwhile, back in the frozen Heartland, our range time is vastly limited. I’d received a package from Trijicon – a surprise – and saw they’d sent their new Trijicon Fiber Sights. Made for GLOCK pistols, the sights feature a thin front post (.110” wide) with a .06” fiber optic rod implanted therein. The black rear sight has a .125” notch, offering plenty of light along each side of the front sight when viewed from the rear sight notch. The rear sight is nicely rounded for carry but has a steep “hook” at the front for one-handed slide manipulation.

I had no pistol to add the sights to, but Legendary Lawman “Marshal” Chuck Haggard did – he did so and sent the attached images.

While I’m not a fiber optics guy, I’m glad to see the thinner front sight. Trijicon says the front sight is made to “promote fiber retention under stress.” The sights are provided with a red fiber installed in the front. A red and a green replacement fiber are both included and additional fiber replacement packs are available for purchase.

While he’d engaged in some dry practice with the new sights – and noted their visibility – it will be some time before he’s available to try them live fire. We look forward to his report.

- - Rich Grassi

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