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News | Friday, May 26, 2017

DeSantis Holster for Pedersoli Howdah

DeSantis Gunhide introduces a new holster fit for the Italian Firearms Group Pedersoli Howdah 10" .45/410. The #150 Midnight Express is a reproduction of the holster produced for the Ithaca Auto and Burglar.

Ed Brown Products Offers Memorial Day Free Shipping

Ed Brown Products, Inc. is celebrating Memorial Day by offering free shipping as a part of the "We Remember" week honoring all who have served our country and those who made the ultimate sacrifice. This special offer will begin on May 26th and continues until June 2nd.

Okay Industries Desert Tan AR Mags

SureFeed AR-15 magazines by Okay Industries are now available in Desert Tan. A proprietary Desert Tan coating is applied to the magazine body that has a nano-PTFE additive for increased lubricity, as well as a boron additive for durability

Colt Announces Series 70 Competition Pistol™ Line

Colt announces an update to the incredibly popular Colt Competition Pistol™ line. All models, which were originally offered with Colt's Series 80 firing system, will now feature Colt's Series 70 firing system. This change comes at no added cost to the consumer; the pistol will continue to be priced starting at $899 for blued and $999 for stainless steel.

TROY Extends National Military Appreciation Month Offers

TROY extends their National Military Appreciation Month offers with a package which includes the TROY SPC A3 Rifle, TROY HK front and round rear BattleSights™, TROY BattleSling®, 3-pack of TROY BattleMags® and a bonus swag bag. Sale runs Friday, May 26 – Monday, May 29 with full details at

CMP Awards 158 Scholarships to Student Athletes

The Civilian Marksmanship Program has awarded $158,000 towards outstanding junior marksmen through its CMP Scholarship Program to be used for the 2017-2018 term – over $5,000 more than the previous year. A total of 289 applications were received, with 158 awarded to both junior males and females.

Military Weaponry- This Week on Tom Gresham's Gun Talk

– This week, it's a new trigger for one of the most popular pistols around, the potential future of military firearms, and a new online gun magazine, on Tom Gresham's Gun Talk®, the original nationally-syndicated radio talk show about guns and the shooting sports.

LaserMax Gets New Packaging

The LaserMax Guide Rod laser now has improved packaging. The improved Guide Rod Laser packaging includes a collectible tin, custom cut foam, and a luxuriously styled, printed sleeve.

Brownells New Product Review

The new products video from Brownells features Magpul MCT Gen M3 PMAGs, the Vortex Strike Eagle 1-8X scope, Primary Machine Custom Glock Slides with RMR cut and more.

Canik Pistols Now Shipping

Century Arms is now shipping a new model in the TP9 series of handguns: a double action / single action polymer 9mm pistol, the TP9DA. The TP9DA is designed to give shooters the ability to carry a DA/SA style trigger in a modern polymer frame pistol.

RCBS Offers New Vibratory Case Polisher

RCBS offers reloaders the new RCBS Vibratory Case Polisher. Bright, ready-to-load brass is ready in minutes with the RCBS Vibratory Case Polisher. It shines up to 14 pounds of brass/media at one time with aggressive vibrating action.

XLR Industries a Sponsor of National Rifle League

The National Rifle League is pleased to announce that XLR Industries has agreed to sponsor the NRL's 2017 season as the official Chassis Sponsor. The company offers tactical bolt action rifle chassis for many rifle brands.

CrossBreed Offers Immediate Savings

Through Monday, May 29, CrossBreed is introducing 15% off all retail priced holsters for orders equaling $50 and 20% off orders totaling $100 or more.

Adorama Expands Firearm Products with Swab-its Cleaning Products

Swab-its®, the makers of Bore-whips™, Bore-tips® and Gun-tips® firearms cleaning products, has added New York based retailer Adorama to their growing nationwide dealer network.

NRA Announces Championship Online Registration Downtimes

The National Rifle Association's Pistol, Smallbore and High Power Championship online registration pages will be unavailable this weekend (May 26-29) and the weekend of June 15-18.

Apex Offers Free Shipping Now Thru Memorial Day

Starting Tuesday, May 23, and running through Monday, May 29, Apex Tactical Specialties is offering free shipping on all orders from their online store at during this Memorial Day weekend. In addition, any order over $100 will receive a free Apex PVC patch.

Barnes Product Safety Recall Notice

Barnes Bullets, LLC determined that eighteen Lots of its Barnes Bullets, LLC 300 Weatherby 180 grain TTSX VOR-TX ammunition packaged product may contain cartridges of a different caliber. Firing a rifle with the incorrect caliber of ammunition may result in damage to the firearm, serious personal injury, or death.

Honor Defense Announces "All-American & All You Need" Consumer Promotion

Anyone who purchases any one of the 16 new Honor Defense® pistols from this month until July 4th you'll receive products with a value over $125.

Gun Digest Magazine Announces Expansion

Gun Digest the Magazine, a property of Gun Digest Media, LLC, has announced a significant expansion to its flagship title. Beginning with the June issue, several notable columnists will be lending their expertise to the magazine's pages.

Federal Premium Introduces Gold Medal Berger

Federal Premium Ammunition is proud to announce its new Gold Medal Berger, which combines the most sought-after bullets on the Precision Rifle Series with the industry's most trusted factory ammunition. Shipments are currently being delivered to dealers.

Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative Awards More than $100,000 in First Quarter

Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, announces its Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative endowed more than $100,000 in funds and equipment to eight grant recipients in the first quarter of 2017.


Sight Change, Zero Change

The Ruger LCRx 357 got a Novak Tritium front sight from The sharp profile was of some concern in terms of interacting with holsters.
Back in October, I saw the LCRx in 357 Magnum at NASGW. I told Ruger that the only thing it needed was a front sight with tritium – sometimes things happen in conditions of adverse light. Of course, already had a tritium front sight for .38/.357 LCRs and it's from Novak. The note on the website says "When mounted on the LCR® .22 and 9mm models, however, the point of impact will shift down as much as 5 inches when fired at a 15 yard target."

A couple of weeks ago, an envelope showed up from Ruger, with a nice note and the Novak LCR Tritium Sight for the LCR.

The original front sight, similar in appearance to the one on the LCRx 22 (right), was fine but tritium can be handy in certain situations.
As I'm ham-handed, lack a vise and don't need to be hammering around on guns, I asked Mike Rafferty if he wanted to try his hand at reconfiguring the gun. He's got a great interest in the LCR generally and agreed to try. I picked it up Thursday morning and went right out to the range with two types of ammunition.

As we've had considerable rain for some time, I opted to use the 10 yard target frame at our covered pistol bay. I'd been carrying the little cannon with Black Hills 148 grain lead wadcutter. I imagine some people wouldn't be happy with that, believing in magic bullets and such. I find it to be reliable in ignition and it hit to the sights.

Back then.

Using the entire white dot instead of the top edge of the front sight led to this effort at 10 yards with Hornady American Gunner .38 Special.
I'd recently gotten some Hornady American Gunner 125 grain XTP .38 ammunition and wanted to try it – and this seemed like a good time. There's more .38 ammo inbound and some magnums already here, but I was anxious to see what happened to this new backup gun just by virtue of a change in sights.

A lot happened. Both rounds hit profoundly low at thirty feet. I was using NRA B-8 repair centers. The 148 grain wadcutter by Black Hills hit five inches low – as predicted on the website had the gun been a 9mm or .22 LCR.

Not good. Loading up with American Gunner – lighter bullet going faster – I was rewarded with hits going four inches low at the same distance.

Well, rats.

The front sight works fine in this DeSantis Nemesis pocket holster.
As I hadn't loaded up with a variety of rounds – and there's more coming in that deserves a chance – I had to learn to work with what I had. I found that covering the bull with the entire white circle surrounding the tritium vial put the 125 grain XTP loads just a bit high on the B-8. I worked on the steel IPSC-style target at fifty yards. Finally, after trying the whole white dot in the 'high chest' area of the target, I got hits.

That's actually not terrible. I still want to see where other rounds hit relative to point of aim with this reconfigured gun. Why the concern with zero?

We're accountable for every round that exits the muzzle of the firearms under our control. A miss on the range is a miss – out in "the world," it's an unintentional hit. We don't need any of those.

Mike was concerned that the sharp profile on the Novak sight would be a problem for holsters. I've been using the DeSantis Nemesis pocket holster and the Novak was no problem for it. Likewise, it seemed to be fine in the Galco Hornet cross draw holster as well.

There's more ammo to try and you'll be kept in the loop as I check each load for zero, accuracy and velocity.

-- Rich Grassi

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