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JUNE 30, 2022

Richard Reichert, 68, of Vienna, Illinois, was the recipient of the special 4-Gun rifle aggregate award at the 2022 Talladega D-Day Matches. Reichert’s outstanding performances in the Garand, Vintage Military, Modern Military and Springfield Matches earned him the 3-Gun rifle aggregate honor and the overall win in the 4-Gun category.
Hornady congratulates sponsored shooters Robert Brantley and Jake Vibbert on their performance at two separate matches.
NSSF announced that the U.S. Concealed Carry Association will return for its third year as Presenting Sponsor of the 2022 Range-Retailer Business Expo. The Range-Retailer Business Expo is the premier gathering for entrepreneurs, startups and well-established firearm range and retail operators.

NSSF and Gearfire are pleased to announce a new partnership supporting Project ChildSafe and gun safety. Gearfire gives industry the opportunity to support NSSF’s Project ChildSafe gun safety education program by offering retailers and ranges the ability to activate a round-up or donation option for their customers to use at checkout.
Primary Arms Optics’ new SLx 3x MicroPrism was just awarded special recognition as a recommended duty optic by the National Tactical Officers Association.
High Speed Gear and Comp-Tac Holsters announced that Randy Watt will be joining the team for both brands as a brand ambassador. Currently the Owner/President of SRW, Inc. and Warrior Creed, Watt brings a surplus of tactical experience and knowledge amongst the law enforcement and military communities.

Colt's Manufacturing Company is proud to continue its support of its Veteran Charity Partner, Folds of Honor.
4473 Cloud announced their newest integration partner, EZ Arms Keeper. 4473 Cloud now offers a storage solution that perfectly integrates for all FFLs that currently utilize EZ Arms Keeper as their eBound Book and e4473.
Based on the ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court striking down New York State’s unconstitutional “good cause” requirement for concealed carry permit applicants, the Second Amendment Foundation has filed a preliminary injunction motion seeking to enjoin the City of New York from further enforcement of its long-standing permit regulations.

Firearms Policy Coalition announced the filing of a motion for preliminary injunction in its federal Second Amendment lawsuit challenging the laws that prevent individuals from carrying a loaded handgun on their person for self-defense in New York City.
The Wilson Combat EDC X9 9mm defensive handgun is now available with a 3.25” subcompact barrel and slide assembly. The X-frame is a 15-round, high capacity 9mm 1911 frame that is similar in size to a traditional compact, single stack 1911.
1791 Gunleather offers several everyday carry options for the new SAR9 Compact X from SAR USA.

SIG SAUER, in partnership with world champion 3-Gun competitor and Team SIG Shooter Daniel Horner, is pleased to introduce the M400-DH3 SDI rifle. The M400-DH3 has been designed by Horner in collaboration with the SIG SAUER research and development team and is the rifle used by Horner in 3-Gun and multi-gun competition.
RC Series Elite soft scoped rifle cases are fully padded with dense, open cell foam and have full length heavy duty YKK zippers and welded steel D rings.
Comp-Tac Holsters adds a three-magazine pouch holder to their mag pouch line-up, the Tri-Mag. Designed with input from Rob Leatham, the Tri-Mag offers users the ability to cant the magazines for the utmost accessibility and individual pouch retention adjustment.

DeSantis offers a “Safety Holster” -- the Just Cause 2.0 -- for uniform service. It fits the SIG P320/P250 pistol line. The rig can be ordered for full-size or compact pistol versions, either with or without an optical sight mounted.
Primary Arms Optics aunches their first SLx® HUNTER™ Rifle Scopes, the 3-9x40mm and 3-9x50mm SFP models. The SLx HUNTER 4-12x40mm and 4-12x50mm SFP Rifle Scopes are expected soon and are currently available for pre-order.

 

Summer has arrived; with a vengeance here in Alabama. That means it is also time for our yearly talk about tourniquets.

According to the data, injuries of all types increase in summer. Car wrecks rise significantly; there are more drivers on the roads, especially teenagers and with road construction obstructing traffic. Workplace injuries increase. Outdoor shooting ranges see more visitors. Trauma from lawn mowers, vacations and all other summer activities push the number of injuries higher. Plus, summer is when there are more protests/riots/shootings. In other words, summer is dangerous. A great way to be prepared to save a life is knowing how to use a tourniquet and to have one on hand.

There are three things you need to do to keep someone with heavy injury alive until they get “real” help. Keep them breathing, prevent them from going into shock and stop the bleeding. Everyone should know CPR; it’s simple. The techniques for preventing shock are just as easy. But if you can’t stop the bleeding none of that will help.

Arterial bleeding is severe. Oxygenated blood -bright red – is coming out with pulses or spurts. Blood makes up about seven percent of the body weight. Someone weighing 180 pounds has about 5 liters, or two and one-half of the big 2-liter soda bottles of blood. You can lose about 16 ounces – a regular size soda - without concern, so don’t be alarmed if you see a “lot” of blood.

With 15-30 percent blood loss the body begins experiencing hemorrhagic shock. An increased heart rate, labored breathing and paleness are some of the symptoms. The injured party is about to lose consciousness. At forty-percent blood loss the body can’t compensate any longer. With arterial bleeding there’s only a few minutes to apply life-saving actions.

When this happens in the limbs – arms and legs – the most efficient means of controlling the bleeding is a tourniquet. Application of a tourniquet is simple. “Go high or die.” Position it as high on the limb as possible, the groin or armpit. “Tight is right.” The pressure on the band should be tight enough to cause pain and then, tighten it some more. You’re done. Once it’s applied, do not loosen. Relieving pressure will only blow out the clot that has formed, and the body’s next attempt to form a clot will not be as strong as the original. The limbs can last a long time with that tourniquet. Learn how to apply the tourniquet -- on others and on your own body.

Having immediate access to a tourniquet is the problem. Put them in your car’s emergency bag. Hang one by both front and rear door of the house. Add one to your range bag. When you’re on the range shove it in your pants’ pocket. If I had kids, their classroom would have several. Remember, if needed, you only have minutes -- not very many -- to stop the bleeding.

The tourniquet is number one on the list of necessary. Number two is a set of “trauma” shears. You don’t want to be using a sharp knife to cut through thick, heavy clothing in order to get to the wound. Having some battle-bandages, gauze, and blood clotting agents on hand is good, too.

Lord willing, none of us will ever see the need for a tourniquet. But reality says differently. Make sure if it’s needed that you know how to use it, and can put your hands on one immediately. Plus, we know that those who are prepared usually have less need.

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. Visit Shootrite’s Facebook page for other details.

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