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News | Friday, August 29, 2014

No Wires on Monday, September 1

In observance of the national Labor Day holiday, we will not be publishing any wires on Monday, September 1. We will resume our normal publishing schedule for all wires on Tuesday, September 2.

Ruger Launches Free Ammo & Mag Giveaway

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE-RGR) announces the launch of the Ruger Free Ammo & Mag Giveaway. Purchase any new Ruger LCP or Ruger SR22 pistol between August 28, 2014 and November 30, 2014 and qualify to receive a free box of Winchester ammunition and an extra magazine for their firearm, a retail value of over $50.00.

MGM Shooters Top Chart at Rockcastle Pro-Am 3 Gun

Over 500 shooters arrived in Rockcastle Shooting Center at Park Mammoth Resort in Park City, Kentucky last weekend for the Brownell's Rockcastle Pro Am 3 Gun Championship. Numerous top ten scores were taken by MGM Targets team shooters including Clint Upchurch taking Open division and Overall wins, Greg Jordan's Tactical Optics division win, with Jesse Tischauser and BJ Norris finishing in third and fourth places, respectively, and Mark Roth's thirteenth-place finish in Open.

Fort Hartsuff to Host Historic Firearms Display

Nebraska's Fort Hartsuff State Historic Park will host The Timeline of American Military Firearms, 1860-1990 on October 4-5.

"NRA...The Rest of the Story" Released

Shooting Sports USA Managing Editor Chip Lohman has collaborated on"NRA...The Rest of the Story" a book that takes a contentious debate-private gun ownership in America, and moves it into the classroom.

Countdown to 2014 ISSF Worlds Begins for USA Shooting Team

Twelve days is all that separates 81 USA Shooting Team athletes from the biggest shooting competition on the planet as competitors anxiously await the 2014 International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Championship in Granada, Spain, and the official beginning of an 18-month Olympic qualification period.

Safariland Adds 7TS Holster Fits for Glock and Sig Sauer Firearms

Safariland® announced yesterday the expansion of the 7TS™ Holster Series with new fits for the Glock 17/22 and 19/23 with the most popular lights, and new fits for the Sig Sauer P220R/P226R, P227 full-size/compact and the P229R.

Stag Arms Tactical Watch

Stag Arms teams with Reactor Watch to create a watch designed to be durable and rugged enough for tactical situations and good looking enough so it can be worn every day. The watch includes a low profile black band, bezel, and watch face.

Crimson Trace: Still Made in the USA

As our nation takes a break this Labor Day holiday, Crimson Trace continues its 20-year Made in the USA tradition. All of the company's products are proudly engineered and made in Wilsonville, Oregon, one of the early guiding principles established by company founder Lewis Danielson.

Brownells Expands Preparedness Videos To Cover Work, Home And Car

Brownells has released a new three-part video series showing how to prepare for emergencies that could arise at work, at home and in the car. Each video covers potential situations and shows how to use specific supplies and gear - including products featured in the recently-released Brownells ESG Essentials Kits.

Big Win in CA - This Week on Gun Talk Radio

It's a huge win in California, a fight for gun rights in Washington, big game hunting, and more, this week on Tom Gresham's Gun Talk® Radio, the original nationally-syndicated radio talk show about guns and the shooting sports.

ArmaLite Introduces Defensive Sporting Rifle™ Series

ArmaLite is pleased to announce the addition of its Defensive Sporting Rifle™ Series to its extensive line of rifles. This series includes three different models to meet every shooter's needs: Defensive Sporting Rifle™ 15, Defensive Sporting Rifle™ 15F, and Defensive Sporting Rifle™ 10.

Savage Arms Expands Line of Suppressor-Ready Rimfire Rifles

The bolt-action Model 93 FV-SR chambered in 22 WMR and Model 93R17 FV-SR chambered in 17 HMR weigh 5.5 pounds. Each are equipped with a heavy, fluted barrel which improves accuracy and dissipates heat quickly, an easy-to-use oversized bolt handle, and a 5-round detachable magazine.

Remington Outdoor Company and Pelican Products Announce Strategic Partnership

Remington Outdoor Company ("ROC") announces a strategic partnership with Pelican Products, Inc. In the partnership, Pelican will create custom gun and accessory cases for each ROC brand, as well as Remington/Pelican branded outdoor gear including coolers, flashlights, and luggage. The Remington-Pelican line of gear will be available in Q4 of this year and feature Pelican's signature hard cases for firearms and accessory pieces.


Family Planning

Editor's Note: As we begin the holiday weekend, we want to wish everyone a safe and happy Labor Day weekend. But we also want to encourage you to consider the points Tactical Wire Training Editor Tiger McKee raises in the following "think" piece. We are responsible for the safety of our entire family -whether we're with them or not. Be safe, have fun and we'll be back in your email box on Wednesday, September 3 as normal.

One of the most common reasons people give for coming to defensive classes is their desire to be able to protect their family. And culturally, in the average two-parent family, security is the male's responsibility. The vast majority of our students are male. This is a step in the right direction, but the problem is that when "dad" isn't around the family has no security. Additionally, a family's defensive plan should have a role for everyone. Not involving the entire family is a big mistake, greatly reducing your family's ability to respond to danger.

Parents are responsible for their children's safety. All responsible adults, male and female, should be trained to defend against a violent attack. The best tool for this job is a firearm. To use a firearm properly, which means safely and efficiently, requires training and subsequent practice. You don't need to be a high-speed operator. You do have to know the fundamentals, which includes teamwork, a mandatory skill regardless of the source of trouble.

A lot of guys I talk to tell me their wife doesn't carry, and has no desire to. This doesn't mean they can't be part of the response. You should talk about having a code phrase that means "pay attention, I've got something important to tell you." This phrase should be something that would never come up in general conversation; "The goat needs new shoes." (Unless you have goats that wear shoes.) Anyone can say this at any time they think there is possible trouble.

Now you provide the information needed, such as "Go out the side exit, call 911, and tell them ..." For a situation that develops quickly, a sudden violent attack that completely consumes you physically and mentally the rest of the family needs to know what to do without getting any commands.

Older children should be taught what to do with their younger siblings who may not be able to comprehend the problem and what needs to be done. They can also be used as a set of extra eyes; it's amazing how quick younger people can learn to spot trouble.

In your home there should be a plan in place. Each member of the family should know in advance how to respond to trouble. Have the entire family practice the plan, so you can discover possible problems, and their solutions, in advance. Being prepared also means you practice what to do in case of a house fire, car wreck, or any other mishap that might pop up.

It's difficult to plan for everything, but you can be prepared for almost anything. When times get exciting things probably won't go exactly like you planned, but having an foundation to start with goes a long way towards success.

As I've said before, personal protection is a individual responsibility. This doesn't only apply to you but to preparing your family as well. Anything less is unacceptable.

Tiger McKee is director of Shootrite Firearms Academy, located in northern Alabama. He is the author of "The Book of Two Guns," writes for several firearms/tactical publications, and is featured on GunTalk's DVD, "Fighting With The 1911 - Website:

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Schultz Resort Rod & Gun Club, Muskego, WI
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Sir Walter Gun Club, Creedmoor, NC
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Lefthanders Gun Club, Loami, IL
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Old Fort Gun Club, Ft. Smith, Arkansas
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Statehouse Convention Center Little Rock, Arkansas
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Pioneer Sportsmen Club, Dunbarton, NH
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Ridgway Rifle Club, Ridgway, PA
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Cops Range at Rolla MO
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Sanners Lake Sportsman's Club
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Universal Shooting Academy - Frostproof, FL
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