MAY 21, 2020

No Wires on Memorial Day
In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, no wires will be published on Monday, May 25, 2020. We will return to our normal schedule on Tuesday. Time-sensitive material for the holiday weekend must be submitted no later than 4p.m. Eastern on Thursday, May 21 to assure inclusion in Friday’s editions.
Speer Gold Dot Rifle ammunition is engineered to provide industry-leading performance in FBI protocol testing through barrels less than 16 inches long.The 223 Rem. Gold Dot Personal Protection ammunition is available in 75 grain and 33 grain versions.
Punch, from Federal Ammunition, features bullets with a skived jacket and soft lead core to produce the best expansion and penetration in its class. Its nickel-plated brass and sealed primer deliver the reliable feeding and ignition and is available in the most popular, self-defense chamberings.

Evidence from a Viridian FACT Duty Weapon-Mounted Camera was used in an officer-involved shooting trial. That video has been viewed more than five million times on YouTube and was run on corporate media outlets as well.
Winchester Ammunition continues its industry leadership in supporting women who are interested in hunting, personal defense and the shooting sports with its commitment to a new digital platform launched by the National Rifle Association,
The ATF is set to release its latest version of the Form 4473, the form used by all Federal Firearms License (FFL) holders to record pertinent information from persons seeking to purchase a firearm or firearms prior to the FFL performing a background check via the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) or state-approved point-of-contact law enforcement agency.

Task Force SIG is a unique, one-day intensive team-building course taught by current and former U.S. Army Special Forces Green Berets with decades of experience in high threat environments and who understand the complexities of working as a team.
National Police Ammunition (NPA) announces the development and the release of their HELO Defense 9mm 115 grain + P solid copper hollow point with proprietary interior skives.
Galco introduces the versatile and affordable Switchback outdoor holster for the Ruger Wrangler. The Switchback works for right- or left-handed users, can be used strong side or cross draw and is a hybrid of leather and synthetics.

Bear Edge Knives expands their popular pocketknife line with the new model 61122, a tough framelock model that features ball bearing washers, premium handle materials, and a dependable steel blade.
Pulsar releases its newest line of digital riflescopes. The Digex comes in 2 models, the N450 and N455, and both feature a 1280x720 sensor with up to 600-yard detection range in complete darkness.
SIGHTRON has partnered with Harris Global Marketing & Communications for all of their public relations and media needs.

The B5 Systems furniture is featured on select SAINT and SAINT Victor firearms and is available now, in addition to the original offerings equipped with BCM furniture.
Nearly 24 hours before the Edenville Dam in Midland County collapsed Tuesday, conservation officers from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources began evacuating people in homes and businesses positioned downriver of the dam.

Jeff Cooper’s doctrine for the handgun, the Modern Technique, revolutionized the way pistols are used for defense and combat. For the AR platform we look to Clint Smith, of Thunder Ranch fame. Clint’s “Urban Rifle” doctrine completely changed the way we look at the AR, and the techniques applied to operate it efficiently. Clint’s newest book, Urban Rifle 2: Close Combat Conflict Resolution, is a must read for anyone interested in the Urban Rifle doctrine.

“At its inception,” we’re told in the book’s forward, “the original course of URBAN RIFLE in 1983, it could be said, “no one wanted it and it couldn’t be given away for free.”” Since then, numerous events have shown us the necessity for the Urban Rifle doctrine. The Miami F.B.I. fight in 1986 was a watershed moment; the threats were well armed and dedicated. “Good Guys Win” was the headline, but at an awful cost. The North Hollywood bank robbery – bad guys armed with large caliber, full auto weapons and wearing body armor - was another example illustrating the need for the Urban Rifle.

Urban Rifle 2 lays out the details of Clint’s doctrine, and the techniques Thunder Ranch teaches to employ the AR to its full potential. The chapter titled “New Stuff” discusses the AK platform, and there’s also a section on the M1 carbine. Additional chapters cover manipulations – administrative actions and reloading/malfunctions - carry modes, the use of cover and firing positions. Clint advises in the “Support Equipment” chapter: “Remembering that most of the equipment is rarely carried by you (from the truck to the bench, from the truck to the house) the weight and size of the rifle should always be in mind.” As with all things Clint, he reminds us to focus on application and the equipment required, as opposed to loading your carbine up with “widgets.” Each section, and there are plenty of them, has color photographs to illustrate the material presented.

My first class with Clint was right after he started Thunder Ranch Texas and the Urban Rifle course. For me, especially considering I thought I knew a lot about the AR platform, it was one of those life changing events. I threw myself into studying the doctrine, taking every chance to return and train with Clint and staff. Eventually, I became an instructor with Thunder Ranch and the real learning began. While your experience might not be as life changing, I feel safe saying that attending an Urban Rifle class with Thunder Ranch will not be regretted. For defensive, law enforcement or combative use of the AR platform there’s no better place.

Can’t make it to Oregon? The next best thing is the “Urban Rifle 2” book. If you’ve already made the pilgrimage then you’re aware of the quality of the Ranch’s instruction, so you’ll need to get the book too. In other words, if you’re interested in the AR platform you need this book.

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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