JANUARY 16, 2020

The Winchester Air Rifles Model 12 Pump BB Gun is a good "first gun" for any youth. Made to resemble Winchester’s classic shotgun, the Model 12 Pump BB Gun allows mentors to teach gun safety and marksmanship skills with a BB gun that looks just like Dad’s.
The newest addition to Federal’s Hydra-Shok Deep lineup is the industry’s first expanding 380 Auto to consistently meet FBI protocol recommendations for penetration (12 inches minimum) through bare gel and through heavy clothing.
Federal’s latest Syntech offerings include new Practice & Defend Packs and Federal Premium Solid Core featuring Syntech technology.

Meopta’s DichroTech reticle technology, which delivers battery-free illumination, has won a 2020 Gray’s Best award. DichroTech reticles are currently available in the MeoStar and Optika6 riflescope lines.


Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. announced that the new Ruger-57 pistol received New Product Showcase Awards for Best New Handgun and overall Best New Shooting Sports Product at the Big Rock Sports National Outdoor Expo.
Team Hornady shooters Sean Murphy and Greg Hamilton survived the grueling Mammoth Sniper Challenge on Jan. 9-12 at Fort Gordon, Ga., to emerge victorious.

Anderson Manufacturing is pleased to announce that the company will be an official exhibitor at the SHOT Show. The Kentucky-based manufacturer has relocated and upgraded its booth to better accommodate its growing firearms dealer base.
Hornady will more than double its footprint at this year’s SHOT Show, making more room for Hornady Security and moving its SnapSafe division from the lower level to the main booth.
Buck Knives will be exhibiting new products during Alliance Week at Pro Gun Vegas in Boulder City, Nevada on Jan. 19, 2020.

Springfield Armory’s XD-M Elite features the Match Enhanced Trigger Assembly, with flat-face trigger and integral overtravel stop. The gun is supplied with magazines holding up to 22 rounds of 9mm.
Heckler & Koch announced several updates to its VP9 pistol. These include updated 17-round magazines, new sights and optics-ready cut for mini reflex sight.
Springfield Armory introduced the Ronin Operator, a full-size 5" 1911 pistol with a stainless steel forged frame and a forged slide of carbon steel. It’s priced at an MSRP of just $849.

Blackhawk announced that it will participate in a contract for the French Armament General Directorate to equip newly furnished Glock G17 Gen5 pistols with new T-Series L3D holsters.
Media Lodge announced a partnership with Auction Armory, who reaches millions through their social network, email list and firearms marketplace. Together, this partnership will provide video advertising products, email marketing, social media and commerce solutions to advertisers.
Media Lodge CEO Jeff Siegel, announces the promotion of Christen Everly to the newly created position of President.

Taurus has announced the upcoming retirement of Chief Executive Officer David Blenker. Blenker has enjoyed a long and notable career with Taurus that has encompassed nearly three decades.
SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to announce the United States Special Operation Command, working closely with SIG SAUER, has completed a safety certification of the new SIG SAUER MG 338 Machine Guns, SIG SAUER 338 Norma Mag Ammunition, and Next Generation Suppressors.
Last month, the United States Special Operations Command selected two optics from Nightforce Optics featuring the Horus Vision TREMOR3 reticle to fill the Precision - Variable Power Scope component of the Miniature Aiming Systems – Day Optic (MAS-D) Program. Using the Horus Grid, shooters can follow up misses with quick second shot corrections from 0 to extreme long range. It also allows shooters to visually place the target on the appropriate horizontal and vertical grid lines to correct for elevation and windage without turning turrets or counting clicks, increasing speed and efficiency.

Sightmark announced that select boresights will now be assembled in the US for law enforcement and GSA sales. Premium in-chamber laser boresights will be offered through the GSA program to help officers sight-in duty weapons with ease and efficiency.
After failing to receive a House floor vote last year, Washington SB 5782, the “Spring Blade” Knife Ban Repeal Bill has been “reintroduced and retained in present status.”
McMillan® Fiberglass Stocks has developed the Z-1 stock designed to fit most Remington-type actions and most barrel contours with no factory or user modifications required. Stop by McMillan’s SHOT Show booth, #15545 this week to learn more.
For 2020 Riton Optics is introducing their Primal Series riflescopes, all new products focused specifically on the needs of the hunter.
CrossBreed Holsters announced the addition of the Micro Reckoning Holster to their product listing. CrossBreed is also offering Limited Edition Kydex options, changing monthly, on the Reckoning Holster.
DeSantis Gunhide introduced the Wild Hog Field and Range holster. The leather holster can be worn forward cant or cross draw, can be used by both left- and right-handed users, and will be available for SAA and DA revolvers and large autoloaders.
Galco introduced the QuickTuk Cloud inside the waistband holster for the Glock 43 with Crimson Trace Laserguard. The QuickTuk Cloud features a single clip attachment for convenience.
In response to customer requests, German Precision Optics (GPO) USA announces the immediate availability of its popular 8x42 and 10x42 ED binoculars in deep green.
Comp-Tac released six new products to display at SHOT Show. These include the Blue Duty Holster Series, the PLM V2 hinged equipment mount, the Secure Quick Release mounting system and more.
The DeSantis Nylon Kurz Shotgun Case is a different take on the traditional shotgun scabbard. Designed around the popular 14” pump action firearms in 12, 20, .410 gauge, the Kurz allows easy and safe transport of gun and ammunition.
Stop by the Samson booth at SHOT Show for a chance to win an A-TM prize package including a Ruger Stainless Mini-14 with Samson A-TM folder, XS Sights, padded gun case and more.
The Mag Life, the official online publication of GunMag Warehouse, announces Varg Freeborn has joined its stable of writers.
Ed Brown Products, Inc. will be exhibiting at the 2020 SHOT Show, in Las Vegas, Nevada. They will be showcasing all of their new products in booth number #15958.
SHOT Show Industry Day at the Range announced that ExpertVoice is the Coffee Sponsor of the 2020 event. The 15th annual event will be held at the Boulder Rifle and Pistol Club in Boulder City.
Meprolight has teamed up with Double Shoot to simplify and upgrade the zeroing process. Using the Mepro Foresight app, shooters can save up to 10 firearm profiles so the sight can be used with various firearms without the need to re-zero.
SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to announce the availability of the official SIG SAUER 2020 Product Catalog online at the SIG website. Printed copies of the SIG SAUER 2020 catalog will be available at the SHOT Show.
The Mag Life, the official online publication of GunMag Warehouse, is proud to announce that Jeremy Stafford will now be a part of their contributor lineup.
The Mag Life, the official online publication of GunMag Warehouse, is proud to announce that Frank Woods will now be a part of their contributor lineup.
Riton Optics invites each 2020 SHOT Show attendee to stop by booth #428. In addition to a showcase of the all new Riton Optics product line, the company is also hosting a series of interactive and social events in their booth including coffee from Filthy Pirate Coffee Company, and the opportunity to meet Leroy Petry, US Army Veteran and Medal of Honor Recipient. And there’s “Riton time for Beer” happy hour Wednesday and Thursday from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
Trijicon introduces the Credo and Credo HX series of riflescopes, designed to meet the demands of serious shooters and hunters. These riflescopes offer a range of reticle choices, focal plane options, and adjuster styles to meet any need.
Nightforce Optics released the Wedge Prism. This new product is a clip-on accessory that mounts to a forward or continuous MIL-STD 1913 Picatinny rail to increase the effective elevation travel.
Trijicon introduced the Ascent series of riflescopes, designed for the tactical or competitive shooter. Scopes in the line are available as a 1-4x24 or 3-12x40.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation is pleased to announce that the application process for the 2020 round of the Hunting Heritage Trust Grant program is now open for application.
Mossy Oak is inviting SHOT Show attendees to visit #10735 to learn more about MOOSE Media and how the “baked-in distribution” of their creatives make MOOSE totally unique in the media space.

Every year about this time I go through my firearms and oil ‘em up. I pull them out of the safes, inspect and wipe down each one. This is an admin matter, ensuring nothing is dry and there’s no rusting occurring. It’s also an emotional event; every weapon has a story. This year the one that really connected was “my” Walther P.38.

The Walther 9mm P.38 was designed to replace the expensive and fragile Luger. It was adopted by the German army in 1938, with production from 1939 to 1945. It uses a single stack magazine, and was the first pistol to combine the locked breech design with a double/single action trigger. And, it has a loaded chamber indicator. Over a million P38s were built in Germany, and it found favor with many Allied troops too; there were a lot of “liberated” P.38’s “imported” by Allied troops.

My P.38 story starts with my maternal grandfather. After WWII he acquired a P.38 that was produced by Spreewerke in December of 1943. In 1951 my dad was heading to Korea and needed a pistol to carry. Gramps sold dad the P.38 for $40. (Amazingly the bill of sale survived - I have it too.) Since dad couldn’t carry to Korea my grandfather built a small tin box to shield it from x-ray – apparently this was a big thing - and shipped it overseas. Dad carried the P.38, then mailed it back to the states in the same box. Mom kept the box for keepsakes, and amazingly that’s survived with the postage markings still on it.

The P.38 is a pleasure to shoot – in single action. The double action trigger goes way past my scale’s ability to measure, but I’m going to say it’s like 18 pounds or more. It’s heavy. The sights are more like target sights, as all pistols were in those days and it shoots accurately. But, it’s definitely no fun to manipulate … like grabbling hold of a box of razor blades. In fact, this is one of those pistols you use a “sling shot” grip with the thumb and first finger to cycle the slide instead of the preferred “c-clamp” grip between the heel of the hand and finger tips. Using the “proper” technique is sure to result in the large and sharp de-cocking lever tearing a chunk of flesh out of your hand. No, I don’t shoot it very often, but then that’s not the point.

Firearms are more than just tools. They are handed down and passed from one person to another, always with a great story attached. Unlike most tools, there’s an emotional connection. For the P.38 it’s a generational string from grandfather through dad to me. This “gun” produces fond memories of the entire family spending time on the range, where truthfully there was more grilling, eating and stories told than actual shooting. Firearms are a way of connecting with those who came before us.

What’s the point of all this? When someone says they want to restrict your ability to own firearms, they’re not just taking away a valuable tool – which saves lives – they’re also filching your memories and history. Of course, I could just be full of nostalgia and over thinking all of this. But, since it won’t be long before the “youngsters” will be deciding what’s important it might be cheap insurance to help spread the word about how important firearms ownership is, and the many ways they enrich your life. After all, the best way to convince someone of something is to make an “emotional connection.”

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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