JANUARY 13, 2022

In observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday we will not be publishing any wires on Monday, January 17. We will resume publishing on our SHOT Show Special Edition schedule beginning with the morning edition on Tuesday, January 18. The Outdoor, Shooting, Tactical and Dealer Wires will run as combined Special Editions through Monday, January 24. Information received after today’s deadline will appear in the Tuesday, January 18 Special Edition as appropriate.
The Avenger GunPack is designed to be carried with the handle, over the shoulder with a strap that's provided, or on belts like the Elite Survival Systems CO Shooter's Belt.
The Hornet belt holster from Galco carries a compact handgun in both crossdraw and the front-of-the-hip or ‘appendix’ position. Available in black for over 45 different handguns, the Hornet fits belts up to 1 1/2".

Add-on safe accessories optimize space, increase functionality and protect safe contents from mildew and corrosion. The SnapSafe® Safe Accessory Pack bundles the most popular safe accessories in one package.
Kimber Mfg., Inc., is pleased to announce the R7 Mako pistol won a coveted Golden Bullseye Award from NRA’s Shooting Illustrated magazine, taking the trophy for the magazine’s “Handgun of the Year” category.
Rock River Arms is honored to be the recipient of the 2022 Shooting Illustrated Golden Bullseye “Rifle of the Year” Award. Shooting Illustrated’s committee selected the Rock River Arms RBG customizable bolt-action chassis rifle available in .308/7.62 and 6.5 Creedmoor.

Bainbridge, Georgia-based Taurus has joined FPC’s Constitution Alliance family as a Benefactor Member in support of FPC’s legal action and advocacy programs to defend and advance the right to keep and bear arms.
Benelli USA announced they retained Media Direct Creative Group of Erie, Pennsylvania, to be its Agency of Record for Public Relations. This agreement to manage public relations and media support covers Benelli USA initiatives and those of Benelli USA’s family of brands, including Benelli, Franchi, Stoeger, Uberti USA, and Chapuis.
Lyman Products announces the promotion of three-year employee Marissa Beamer to Import/Export Manager.

Alex Hayowyck has been promoted to the position of National Account Manager for Lyman Products Corporation.
Real Avid, the Leader in DIY for Guns®, is seeking a hands-on innovative marketing leader who loves to work collaboratively in a team environment and excels in both seeing and navigating the “big picture”.
XS Sights is pleased to extend its R3D Night Sight offerings for CZ and Glock pistols with the addition of standard height R3D sights for the CZ P-10 C Optics-Ready pistol and suppressor height models for Glock 43, 43x, and 48 MOS pistols.

Mossberg has launched the 940 Pro Turkey shotguns into the 940 Pro family of 12-gauge autoloading shotguns. The guns have vent-rib barrels with HIVIZ CompSight front fiber optic sights.
SIG SAUER announces an expansion of the MCX series of rifles with the new MCX-SPEAR chambered in 277 SIG FURY. The MCX-SPEAR was developed with direct input from U.S. warfighters to provide more power, distance, and accuracy to replace the current M4 rifle platform.
AG Composites announces a new carbon fiber rifle stock design that is both aesthetically appealing and highly functional - the AG Edge.

DeSantis Gunhide announced their new #204 Rifle Scabbard. Made for most lever-action rifles with up to a 20-inch barrel, it’s made from chestnut tan steerhide.
B&T USA introduces its new SPC9-series. It’s a 9mm carbine with the same handling characteristics and ergonomics as the AR platform.
Lucid Optics offers an updated model of their L7 1-6x24 scope. It includes ED lenses, upgraded AR lens coatings, a new, lower profile, fast magnification lever and more.

PepperBall announced its support for the National Fallen Officer Foundation. A co-promotional fundraising program kicked-off in December that will support the families of police officers killed in the line of duty, culminating in a check presentation at Shot Show 2022 in Las Vegas, NV.
SIGHTRON announces the launch of the new second generation S1 series of one-inch riflescopes. Each riflescope is backed by their Lifetime Performance Guarantee.
Riton Optics introduces new additions to the 2022 Primal Line. These include 4-12x50, 3-12x56 and 4-16x44 offerings.

Safari Club International (SCI) announced that KUIU has become a national sponsor of SCI. KUIU is a high-performance hunting gear company.
Shoot Like A Girl has released its annual report covering the time period of July 2020 to June 2021 in addition to the recap of 2021. The report highlights the significant results in spite of current events.
Primary Arms has unveiled their free January rifle giveaway, which offers a chance at taking home a customized FN M4 Collectors AR15 along with two tickets to The Gundies Award Ceremony and Range Day.
The TaurusTX 22 Competition is featured in the March issue of GUNS. Also, a BCM RECCE 16 KMR-A from Bravo Company tops March GUNS’ Firearms Package Giveaway.
U.S. LawShield will exhibit at the SHOT Show in Las Vegas, at the Sands Expo Center. Visit U.S. LawShield to learn why more than 700,000 responsible gun owners choose U.S. LawShield for their legal defense coverage.
Otis Technology and its family of brands announced its attendance at the 2022 SHOT Show in Las Vegas. Otis Technology and Shooter’s Choice can be found at booth 12254 and DRD Tactical can be found right across the aisle, at booth 12250.
Savage Arms will showcase new pistols, rifles, and shotguns at Industry Day at the Range, January 17, in Boulder City, Nevada.
Timber Creek Outdoors, manufacturer of American-made AR parts and accessories, will be attending the 2022 SHOT Show. The full Timber Creek team will be on site and ready to conduct business in Booths 44160 and 43960.
XS Sights, "manufacturers of the fastest sights in any light," will display its newest products at the 2022 SHOT Show in Las Vegas. Located in booth #13624, XS will have its newest Big Dot, R3D, and F8 night sights on display in addition to its Gen 2 armorers block for AR platforms.
Armasight , trailblazer in thermal and night vision, will officially launch the brand under new ownership and leadership at SHOT Show 2022.
Meprolight will participate in this year’s SHOT Show in Las Vegas. Stop by booth # 20039 to see the launch of new products.
Federal Ammunition announced its all-new 30 Super Carry cartridge and will showcase this new product launch at the 2022 SHOT Show. The new 30 Super Carry cartridge provides the power of the 9mm Luger in a firearm with increased ammo capacity.
Shoot Like A Girl announced its attendance and exhibition at the 2022 Industry Day at the Range Event in Boulder City, Nevada. Bringing their mobile range to Industry Day, Shoot Like A Girl looks to demonstrate their state-of-the-art military grade firearm simulator to those in attendance.
Wiley X will officially unveil their 2022 product updates at SHOT Show in Las Vegas next week. All media, buyers, sponsored athletes, fans of Wiley X, and any attendee can find Wiley X at their upgraded new booth space #20063 at the Venetian Expo, Level 2, in the Main LE/Tactical Hall.
SAR USA by Sarsilmaz is gearing up to attend the SHOT Show in Las Vegas. SAR USA will be giving away cool swag at the booth along with your chance to win 1 of 40 SAR9 pistols.
B&T USA will be attending the SHOT Show. New products include a suppressor line, the new SPC9-series and the updated APC rifle line.
HeadHunters NW will attend the 2022 SHOT Show, to meet with outdoor organizations and recruit talented executives for their rosters. will be hosting meetings in-person for manufacturers and retailers during the Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show in Las Vegas January 18-21, 2022.
Anderson Manufacturing announced that the company will be an official exhibitor at the expanded 2022 SHOT Show. New products exhibited will include the AM-15 pistol family.
Mesa Tactical, a respected name in tactical shotgun accessories and professional grade accessories for carbines and rifles under the new Mesatac branding, will be exhibiting in the 2022 SHOT Show in Las Vegas in the Venetian Expo Level 2, Booth #20565.

There’s no doubt that John Browning was, and still is, the most influential firearms designer – ever.  Yet, there’s plenty of gun owners who are either completely ignorant of Browning’s contributions to the world of firearms design or have little idea of the extent of his influence.  The Guns of John Moses Browning: The Remarkable Story of the Inventor Whose Firearms Changed the World by Nathan Gorenstein provides a detailed account of Browning’s life and work.

It’s difficult to quantify Browning’s work and its effects on the world.  “His inventions between 1890 and 1900 changed how hunters hunted, how armies fought, how people protected themselves, how crimes were committed, what laws were passed, and how people were killed, the innocent and the guilty both.” Pg. 93.

Winchester’s Model 1885 lever action rifle was Browning’s first commercial design, and it changed the industry.  The 1886 was popular with hunters, lawmen and outlaws.  His full-auto design presented to Colt in 1890 – it fired .45-70’s - was the first to use gas pressure from the barrel to cycle the action.  Browning is responsible for the pump-action shotgun.  His patent for a semi-auto pistol – the first with a frame, barrel and slide was revolutionary.  The 1911 – America’s handgun – was his design.  The Hi Power, released in 1935 and partly designed by Browning, became the pistol for the rest of the free world.  When it came to full-auto military weapons Browning was the star, both on the ground and in the air.

Gorenstein gives us a glimpse into how Browning’s mind worked.  He designed completely in his mind.  These “spatial visualization skills” included the ability to mentally rotate three-dimensional objects, “seeing” how various parts interacted from any angle.  Only after the design was complete in his mind would he make a few rough sketches, which only he understood.  Then he and his brother would begin fabrication of the various parts required for the design.  Instead of blueprints Browning would present manufacturers with a working prototype.  There would be final tweaks to the design to make it compatible with modern production methods, but very little was ever required to bring the firearm to market.

Today, it seems impossible that Browning, a man with very little official education, accomplished what he did.  “So, a very, very conservative estimate – indeed, most certainly too low,” Gorenstein informs the reader about production of Browning’s designs, “is between 35 and 40 million firearms of all types.” Pg. 279. Of course, this was a completely different time.  An engineering degree wasn’t required for men like Browning, Edison and others; they weren’t hampered by the restrictions and constraints created by “modern” society.  Browning’s story should be an inspiration to all of us.

If you’re interested in the history of America, its culture, industrial development and the critical role firearms and hunters have played in preserving our wildlife, this is a great read.  If you’re a fan of John Moses Browning – it’s mandatory.

Tiger McKee is director of Shootrite Firearms Academy.  He is the author of The Book of Two GunsAR-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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