NOVEMBER 24, 2020

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Team USA, comprised of Olympians Lucas Kozeniesky and Ginny Thrasher, wrapped up a successful Hungarian Open including three air rifle gold-medal performances despite months of no competition.
Team Beretta shooters recently achieved 18 podium finishes in 8 different events during the 2020 World FITASC and Providence Cup at Providence Hill Farm in Jackson, MS.

Honored American Veterans Afield (HAVA) and partner organizations hosted four days of diverse training and new instructional shooting for 60 Veterans at the Bandera Gun Club in Bandera, Texas.
Uncle Mike’s announced today the addition of new Apparition IWB/OWB holsters for the SIG SAUER P365/P365XL, GLOCK 48, Smith & Wesson M&P Shield EZ 9mm/.380 Auto and Springfield Hellcat pistols.
Galco introduces the Corvus Kydex OWB/IWB holster for Glocks with Streamlight’s TLR-1 attached. Packaged set up for belt carry, the Corvus is swiftly and easily converted to a highly concealable IWB holster.

NSSF® welcomes the millions of Americans who intend to go afield this hunting season – many of them for the first time – and reminds hunters to use, transport and store their firearms safely and help prevent accidents in the field, on the range and in the home. announced its most recent additions to its line-up of storefronts. These include Honor Defense, Ed Brown Products and more.
Christensen Arms announced that they have expanded their executive and production teams. The expansion is necessary to accommodate the double-digit increase across the Christensen Arms bolt action rifle and MSR product lines.

1791 Gunleather is pleased to announce the addition of Rebecca Bouchard LaGrange as Customer Success Representative for the company. Rebecca joins the team with over 10 years of customer service experience.
Riton Optics announced the addition of Chris Klok to the marketing team. Klok is filling the position of Content Creator with a focus on creating compelling visual and audio content.
The #TealFor2A campaign is spearheaded by the DC Project. It''s a cause that embraces the premise that there should be no compromise on the constitutional right to bear arms in the United States.

Primary Arms Optics announces the release of the new GLx Microdot Risers. Both absolute and lower 1/3 co-witness models are priced under $50.
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The new ZULU6 binoculars feature Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) technology which utilizes an electronically stabilized 2-axis gimbal system to cancel out vibration caused by buffeting wind, chop and waves on the water, washboard ranch roads, heartbeat, heavy breathing and shaking.

Smith & Wesson Inc. announced that they have identified two M&P Shield EZ Pistols on which the hammers manufactured by the supplier were cracked. In those firearms, the hammer failed to fully engage the sear, causing the round to fire, cycling the slide, and potentially resulting in multiple discharges without depressing the trigger.
SIGHTRON announced big holiday savings on all of their products. This promotion runs from November 1st through December 31th, 2020.
SIG SAUER, Inc. announced the SIG SAUER Custom Works P320 Fire Control Unit is now shipping and arriving at select SIG SAUER Master and Elite Dealers. The standalone P320 Fire Control Unit enables an entirely new level of customization and personalization in the world of firearms.
Starting Friday, November 20, and running through Monday, November 30, Apex Tactical Specialties is offering free shipping on all orders from their online store at during this early Black Friday to Cyber Monday period. In addition, any order over $100 will receive a free Apex Swag Pack.

In the week before the Thanksgiving holiday, I received some interesting letter mail, the acknowledgement of renewal to the Armed Citizens’ Legal Defense Network. This makes ten years I’ve been a member – and I’ve never needed it for legal defense.

That’s something important for which to give thanks; I never want to allow the situation where such a benefit would be necessary. It’s why I continue pistol practice and study ‘beyond basic’ about interpersonal unpleasantness – not because I want to, but in preparation.

That part’s rehearsal. I recently saw a discussion by our Tactical Professor, Claude Werner, about avoidance as a practiced habit. He mentioned the practice of looking first; call the ‘security halt’ in the vicinity of the defensive perimeter – or your starting point. This is a ca. five second observation period to “accustom yourself to the sights and sounds of the battlefield.”

What is wrong? What doesn’t fit, is out of place? Is it not your “right world?” If something’s different, there’s a reason. Ask yourself “why?” And ask if it’s that critical to continue on your mission.

Practice avoidance.

The best way to deal with chronic deadly illness is to avoid contracting it. Same with violence; use the ACLDN board member John Farnam’s formulation: the “stupid rules.”

Don’t go to stupid places with stupid people and do stupid things; you quickly find out that you can win the “stupid prize.”

While ‘defending your community,” etc. can be an erstwhile goal, it’s also prone to put you downrange of potentially deadly opposition. If you succeed at defeating that threat, you are still subject to criminal prosecution.

Avoidance is ‘king.’ When the avoidance and escape isn’t enough, confrontation and resistance is all that’s left. Then you face the threat of those who’ll judge your actions. That gets expensive.

Why not some ‘insurance solution’ to legal defense?

I don’t know enough about them to offer an opinion. I do know something about the Armed Citizens’ Legal Defense Network. Partly, it’s because I know a number of the people involved in the program.

What is the network? First off, it’s not insurance. Quoting from the Network, “There is no insurance component in our member benefits. Nor are we a pre-paid legal service plan. We do not have any attorneys on staff or under contract to assign to handle your case.”

It’s simply a funding mechanism for legal defense. Strong on education and training, the best defense is preparation. It’s best to have it and not need it. If it’s needed, after consultation the Network ensures a fee retainer is prepared so you have access to counsel for immediate needs.

The goal is to help a prosecutor determine there’s no criminal act on the part of the victim/network member. If the case is advanced anyway, the network will continue assistance in funding a legal defense of the legitimate self-defense case. (They’re not out to defend criminals.)

What’s the cost? “Network membership costs $135 per year and additional household members may be added to the membership for an additional $60/yr. each. Three-year memberships are available for $295 and 10-year memberships for $790.”

When you consider the five-digit sum necessary just to open a potential legal defense – let alone the costs of trial – it’s quite reasonable. Check out the ‘insurance’ types of programs and give the Network a look too. Do your own comparison, make your best judgement.

And give thanks for all your blessings.

-- Rich Grassi

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