JULY 11, 2019

On Monday, July 15, 2019, Buck Knives will participate in the third annual Made in America Product Showcase at the White House. The company plans to showcase American-made knives and cutlery during the event.
Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. announced the new AR-556 Pistol chambered in .300 Blackout. It features a 10.50" cold hammer-forged barrel with a 1:7" twist and pistol-length gas system to reliably function with both the lightest supersonic hunting rounds and heavy, subsonic rounds.

Eagle Industries has launched an eCommerce website to bring its top-of-the-line gear to discerning users in all walks of life. Product offerings include everything from carriers and rigs, to packs, bags, pouches, and more.

SIG SAUER, Inc. in conjunction with Winchester Ammunition,announced that the SIG SAUER Modular Handgun System has officially received notification of Full-Material Release from the U.S. Army Program Executive Office Soldier, Picatinny Arsenal, NJ. MHS is collectively comprised of the SIG SAUER M17 Full-Size, and M18 Compact handguns, and Winchester Ammunition M1152 Ball, M1153 Special Purpose, and M1156 Drilled Dummy Inert.
Champion announces the signing of competitive shooter Robert Brantley to Champion’s Ambassador/Shooting Team. He will represent Champion at shooting competitions, training sessions and community appearances.
B&T USA announces a partnership with Davidson’s, one of the largest firearms distributors in the United States. The relationship will ensure greater distribution of B&T’s line of firearms to dealers, both box store and independent, throughout the country.

The VHS 3.0 brings a reshaping/redesign of the harness straps, replacement of harness screws with a key-hole harness fastener attachment, and the addition of an innovative new tie-down system. Galco’s original Vertical Holster System was field-proven across the globe from Afghanistan to America.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation is pleased to announce that Magpul has once again signed on to be the Platinum Sponsor of NSSF’s annual Import/Export Conference. Magpul is an American manufacturer of firearms parts and accessories, primarily for the modern sporting rifle market.


Primary Arms has announced a 3-day sale on Anderson Manufacturing stripped lower receivers. Priced at $28.99, these lowers are expected to move quickly, so supplies are limited to 3 per customer.

SIG SAUER, Inc. announced the expansion of the Small Parts Shopper to the SIG SAUER P320 and P226 pistols on the SIG SAUER Web Store at The SIG SAUER Small Parts Shopper is now available for the P365, P320, and P226 pistols and the MCX.

In order to win a defensive confrontation, you have to be thinking. Fighting is problem solving at high speed. The best solution is avoidance and escape, but you have to be thinking well in advance for this to work. The answer may require aggressive counter actions; your weapon is used to stop the attacker(s). Winning is about making decisions; it’s going to require you to think.

The basics, such as drawing, moving, accuracy, manipulations and everything else must be learned to the point that the conscious mind is freed up to think about other things. If you’re having to think about how to draw, or where to position yourself behind cover you can’t be thinking about what to do next. Remember, your task is to force the threat to react to you and keep putting pressure on them so they don’t have a chance to counter.

You have to be thinking about what your next move is, and according to how the threat responds what you’ll do after that. Keep in mind the “doctrine of good surprise.” Whatever you’re doing, don’t expect it to work and have your next action in mind. At some point your actions produce the desired results. That will be a good surprise.

Cultivating the proper mindset is mandatory. All your skills, tactics and gear won’t do any good if you’re not willing and ready to use them as and when necessary. You have to discover and tap into your inner “wolf.” When avoidance, escape or convincing the threat to break off contact doesn’t work the only way to stop violence is with more aggression – controlled aggression.

Control is the number one concern. You are the only thing that you can control in a fight. This is especially true when it comes to applying force. Hysterical force is useless, and dangerous to everyone. Out of control violence is what you’re trying to stop, using disciplined force.

The winner of the confrontation is the one who can make rapidly make decisions while under stress. Time is always in short supply. Decide what to do and act. It may not be the perfect decision; there probably isn’t a perfect decision. Do something, now, and get ready for the next action necessary.

If you’re not thinking – prior to ever getting involved in a conflict, during the confrontation and afterwards too – all you’re doing is reacting to what’s happening to you. The more you think about defense, study and research your protection, the more you practice moving, communicating, using cover, shooting and practicing the proper mindset the less chance there is that you’ll actually have to use these skills. But when it does become necessary, the better your chances of winning. And when you think about it, victory is the only option.

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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