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News | Friday, November 17, 2017

Kitanica MARK IV in Black

US apparel manufacturer, Kitanica, has just launched their flagship jacket, the MARK IV, in black. It retains the signature articulated spine pad of the original, but has also been equipped with double layer elbow sleeves that accept Kitanica's articulated padding system.

Andy's Leather Offering Holiday Discounts

Andy's Leather, purveyor of fine leatherwork for rifles, Scout rifle slings and accessories, is pleased to announce several holiday specials. For Black Friday and Cyber Monday, customers will receive 20 percent off all products, including the popular Rhodesian and Ching Slings, belts, jingle bells, tote prototypes and other accessories.

HEVI-Shot Introduces HEVI-Snow Ammunition

Environ-Metal Inc., Makers of HEVI-Shot is pleased to announce our new Snow Goose ammunition HEVI-Snow. HEVI-Snow is a precision manufactured steel waterfowl load.

Apex Offers Free Shipping For Online Orders Nov. 17 Thru Nov. 27

Starting today, Friday, November 17, and running through Monday, November 27, Apex Tactical Specialties is offering free shipping on all orders from their online store at In addition to free shipping, Apex is now taking orders for the new Flat-Faced Forward Set Trigger Kit for the M&P M2.0.

Carry Methods on Tom Gresham's Gun Talk

It's different modes of carry, great deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and more, this week on Tom Gresham's Gun Talk Radio, the original nationally-syndicated talk show about guns and the shooting sports.

Pursuit Channel Presents Doug Koenig's Championship Season

The Koenig family is southbound destined, in search of Osceola Turkey deep in the cypress swamps of Ocala, Florida. With decoys set, and the afternoon sun fading, Doug's youngest son Bradley, tries to keep his adrenaline in check from inside the blind.

Sightmark's 6.5 Creedmoor Laser Boresight

Sightmark is proud to announce a 6.5 Creedmoor laser boresight (SM39020) that can also be used for .22-250 chambered rifles. This laser boresight is inserted into your rifle like a standard cartridge.

USCCA Supports Senate Background Check Improvement Bill

The United States Concealed Carry Association supports the inclusion of all appropriate records in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, according to a statement from the organization's President and Founder, Tim Schmidt.

NSSF Commends U.S. Sen. Cornyn for Fix NICS Legislation

The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®) praised U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) for his leadership on introducing the bipartisan S. 2135, the Fix NICS Act. The bill penalizes federal agencies who fail to properly report relevant records and incentivizes states to improve their overall reporting.

CCRKBA: Failure of Gun Laws, Legal System Allowed Rancho Tehama Rampage

The horrible truth emerging in the aftermath of the Rancho Tehama Reserve rampage is that California's legal system and restrictive gun control laws failed miserably, allowing killer Kevin Neal to remain loose and commit mass mayhem, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said.

Charity Navigator Awards NASP Highest Ratings

NASP was recently awarded a 4-star rating, the highest achievable, from Americas largest independent charity evaluator, Charity Navigator.

2017 Camp Perry Open

It's time again for the Civilian Marksmanship Program's annual Camp Perry Open – a staple air rifle and air pistol event held in Northwest Ohio for over a decade.

Kimber Adds New Micro and Micro 9 Models

Kimber Mfg., Inc. announced the expansion of its Micro and Micro 9 product line to include eight new variants. The Kimber Micro and Micro 9 are premium micro-compact carry pistols chambered in .380 ACP and 9MM respectively.

Comp-Tac Holsters for S&W Shield with Crimson Trace

Comp-Tac Victory Gear has expanded their holster fits to include the Smith and Wesson M&P Shield 2.0 with Integrated Crimson Trace. Comp-Tac is offering both an Inside the Waistband holster fit and Outside the Waistband holster fit for the M&P Shield 2.0 with Integrated Crimson Trace.

Kimber Introduces New Precision Rifles

Kimber Mfg., Inc. announced the introduction of the new for 2018 Kimber® Advanced Tactical SOC II and Advanced Tactical SRC II precision rifles with a .5 MOA accuracy standard. The Advanced Tactical SOC II and SRC II both incorporate Kimber's legendary 8400 action which includes a full-length Mauser claw extractor for absolute dependability.

Vertx Launches 12 Days of Deals Contest

Vertx announces a new holiday promotion offering shoppers several ways to save and the chance to win a Grand Prize worth over $4,000. 12 Days of Deals begins Friday, Dec. 1 and runs through Tuesday, Dec. 12.

Kimber Introduces Stainless 1911 Long Slide

Kimber Mfg., Inc. announced the introduction of the Stainless 1911 Long Slide. The Stainless (LS) is available in .45 ACP and 10mm.

HAVA Works With Government Agencies to Further Access

After meeting with Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zenke last month, Honored American Veterans Afield was invited to return to the nation's capital. Learn to Shoot Again Director, Rick Cicero, was asked to be the guest speaker at a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service meeting as a follow-up to the Interior Department Disabled Veteran Forum.

Kimber KHX Family of 1911 Handguns

Kimber Mfg., Inc. announced the release of the optics-ready Kimber KHX group of 1911-style handguns. Available in five new variants, all KHX models are available chambered in 9mm or .45 ACP.

Bushnell Announces New Elite Tactical XRS II

Bushnell announces an enhanced level of precision and performance with a new Elite Tactical flagship riflescope – the XRS II.

DeSantis Raptor Holster for SIG P229

DeSantis Gunhide announced the high ride OWB/IWB Kydex-thermoformed Raptor holster sized for the SIG P229 pistol.

SASP Ohio Halloween Regional a Success

Although it was cold and the rain changed to snow for the 2017 Ohio Halloween Regional, the event held October 27-29 was a huge success. Ninety four athletes battled the elements and competed with 29 athletes being young ladies.

HAVA/LTSA Launches Florida Training Series

Honored American Veterans Afield announces the launch of an expanded shooter training series through its new Learn to Shoot Again program for the benefit of severely disabled veterans in the state of Florida. The expanded series will tap the state's large veteran community and offer a learning platform to evaluate innovative training and motivational techniques.

Kimber Red Dot-Integrated Aegis Elite 1911s

Kimber Mfg., Inc. announced the release of the red dot sight-integrated Kimber Aegis Elite family of 1911-style handguns. Available in five variants, the Aegis Elite is available chambered in 9MM or .45 ACP in each model.


Skill Set: Manipulating Small Pistols

Editor's Note: Today's feature first appeared in our companion service, The Tactical Wire.

Small pistols are easy to conceal. They are a viable carry option, especially considering all the options today, which are reliable and come in acceptable calibers. This is the golden age of "defensive" pistols. Larger pistols –what I call combative pistols – have a large magazine capacity, and if necessary can be used to take control of your environment. Defensive pistols, usually smaller caliber with a limited magazine capacity, are used only for defensive purposes. Shoot the threat while creating distance and escaping to a safe area. The smaller, compact defensive pistols will do the job – you'll probably fire three to five rounds. But, if you're going to carry a smaller pistol there are some things you need to consider

First, if you're going to carry a compact pistol then that's what you should train and practice with. Attending training and practicing with a full size pistol is good for learning the fundamentals. The larger pistol is easier to manipulate and shoot accurately. This is fine for the beginning. Once you decide to carry a smaller pistol then that's what you should focus on, working with it almost exclusively so everything is consistent with what and how you carry.

The smaller the pistol the more difficult it can be to manipulate. Larger hands and small pistols can be a difficult combination. For example a lot of compact handguns have a thumb safety, just like their bigger brothers. The problem is that the safety is small, in proportion to the size of the frame. A miniature thumb safety is difficult to operate already due to its size. Add larger hands into the mix and it can become almost impossible. None of my compact pistols have thumb safeties. If I did have one with the small safety I would try to fabricate up a larger safety for it.

Compacts have shorter grips and magazines. This requires you to develop some specialize techniques for inserting and removing the magazine. Normally the grip and magwell will not extend past or below your fingertips. When inserting a fresh mag, to load or reload, it's usually necessary to do a high-tea kind of thing and get most of the fingers of the strong hand out of the way so the mag can be inserted and locked into the pistol without fingers getting in the way.

The same is true when removing the mag, for example when reloading. The fingers and heel of the hand are usually in contact with the magazine, especially if the mag has extended base plates to increase capacity. When the mag release is pressed the hand/fingers are in contact with the mag. It will release, but probably won't drop free. The solution is to use the support hand to strip the mag out of the grip as the hand goes for the new mag.

Usually we use a "C" clamp grip to cycle the slide, grabbing the slide between the heel of the hand and the fingertips. With a smaller pistol it may be necessary to use the "sling-shot" method, pinching the slide between the thumb and first finger of the support hand. Regardless of how your cycle the action make sure the ejection port isn't covered or blocked by the hand/fingers. This can quickly turn a Type I or II malfunction into a Type III stoppage.

There is not set standard way to manipulate small compact pistols. Pistol and hand size will determine what works best. Explore the various options to determine works for you. Once you determine what techniques you need then use them all the time. Remember consistency is key for safety and efficiency. Smaller, compact pistol are good, as long as you know how to operate them properly.

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 - McKee's new book, AR-15 Skills and Drills, is available off Shootrite's website:

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