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News | Friday, May 29, 2015

Business Exclusive: Ruger Announcing Return to California of LC380 Pistol

Later this morning, Ruger will announce to the rest of the industry the return of their LC380 pistol to the California market. Their new LCA 380CA model isn't really a "new" pistol, it's actually the LC380 as was manufactured in 2013- the year it was approved in California-rather than the 2014 version that had some minor modifications in its manufacturing process.

This Week on Dan Small Outdoors Radio: A State of the Art Shooting Range

This week, Dan Small Outdoors Radio features The Range of Richfield owner Jim Babiasz, Wisconsin Crossbow Federation president Chris Dymale, Wildland Mangement CEO Eric Schlender and fishing pro Duffy Kopf. Jeff begins fitness training for the 2016 Ice Fishing World Championship. Dan shoots handguns at the new Range of Richfield.

Crimson Trace Releases Bersa Thunder .380 CC Lasergrips

Crimson Trace is now shipping the Lasergrips® LG-646—a powerful red laser that is designed for Bersa's popular .380 caliber Thunder Concealed Carry (CC) pistol. The MSRP for the LG-646 is $279.

Crimson Trace Offers Industry's Newest Glock Laser Sights

Crimson Trace is now offering the recently released Laserguard® LG-443 with a red laser diode for the compact GLOCK 42 pistol, which also serves double duty by fitting onto GLOCK's newer Model 43 pistols. The new LG-443G (Green) Laserguard will soon be shipping to dealers across America.

Sight-in Crossbows with Laser Precision from LaserLyte

The LaserLyte CrossBow Sighter gets archers on target fast and saves money on expensive bolts/broadheads. Gain crossbow confidence by re-checking zero before going out into the field to ensure optimal accuracy. MSRP is $64.95.

CZ-USA's Miller Breaks World Record in Pheasants Forever's Shooting Sports Fundraiser

By breaking 3,653 clay targets in 60 minutes – that's one target every .985 of a second – Dave Miller, CZ-USA's Pro-Shooter & Shotgun Product Manager, set a new Guinness World Record at the first-ever Clays for Kids event, helping raise more than $80,000 in support of Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever's youth shooting sports programs.

CTK Precision Introduces AR Buttstock Rail

CTK Precision is proud to introduce the AR Buttstock Rail, a Picatinny rail designed to mount at the sling attachment point on the underside of LUTH-AR MBA-1 and MBA-2 stocks.

MGM Targets, PNTC Announce Affiliation

MGM Targets has finalized an agreement with Peacemaker National Training Center, LLC (PNTC), a leading firearms training facility located in West Virginia. The agreement will bring an extensive selection and variety of steel targets for virtually all manner of firearms training and competition.

Federal Court Denies Admin. Stay In DC Concealed Carry Case

The federal district court judge handling the Second Amendment Foundation's challenge to the District of Columbia's "good reason" concealed carry permit requirement has denied the city's request for an immediate administrative stay of his ruling last week granting a preliminary injunction against further enforcement of the requirement.

Education on How to Protect Your Brand Provided by the American Knife & Tool Institute

Custom knifemakers and knife companies will have an opportunity to learn what they need to know and do to protect their knife businesses, business name and products on Saturday, June 6, at the Blade Show in Atlanta, GA.

Tom Gresham's GUNTALK Radio Welcomes More In W. Virginia

Tom Gresham's GUNTALK is pleased to welcome WAJR AM, WAJR FM, WBUC AM, and WBTQ FM, as the newest affiliates of GUNTALK!

Comp-Tac Introduces New Infidel Max Cant-Adjustable IWB Holster

Comp-Tac Victory Gear, a leader in developing everyday carry holsters, has created a new Inside the Waistband cant adjustable holster: the Infidel Max.

Ruger Announces California Compliant LC380 Pistol, Conversion Kit

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is proud to announce the reintroduction of the Ruger® LC380® pistol to California. The new LC380CA reflects the unmodified pistol as originally approved by California in 2013.

ZEISS Pro Shooter Cousins Wins Eighth European Pro Series Archery Title

Zeiss Sports Optics Pro Shooter Dave Cousins has won the European Pro Series Archery Event held in For van Lier, Belgium. The win is Cousins' eighth in the event.

Cannon Safe Names Gondek Brand Sales Manager

Cannon Safe Inc. is pleased to announce its recent hire of Gregory Gondek, who joins the Cannon Safe team as the Brand Sales Manager.

Redding Introduces Micrometer Adjusting Profile Crimp Dies

Redding has introduced a pair of innovative, top-adjusting, Micrometer Adjusting Profile Crimp Dies for the 38 Spc/357 Magnum and 44 SPC/44 Magnum, two of the most popular revolver cartridges used in competitive shooting today.

Swab-its Attending Black Bird Shopping Center Annual Parking Lot Sale

Swab-its®, the makers of Bore-whips™, Bore-tips® and Gun-tips™, will be participating in the Black Bird Shopping Center Annual Parking Lot Sale this weekend, May 29 thru 31, in Medford, Oregon.

Nikon Introduces the P-308 Riflescope

Nikon has expanded its line-up of precision .308 WIN riflescopes with the introduction of the all-new P-308 4-12x40 BDC 800, which provides shooters with everything they need to hit their target, including a 4-12 magnification, a 40mm objective and fully multicoated lenses to ensure a clear view.

Starline Brass Supports America's Mighty Warriors

Starline Brass recently kicked off a promotion to support America's Mighty Warriors, an organization whose mission is to honor the sacrifices of our troops, the fallen and their families by providing programs that improve quality of life, resiliency and recovery.

Beretta Releases Limited Edition 92 Centennial Pistol

Beretta celebrates this year the 100th anniversary of its first semi-automatic pistol – the Beretta Model 1915. To mark this historic occasion the company has produced a limited number of the 92 Centennial collector's edition pistol, which are for sale now through a select network of dealers and the Beretta Galleries in Dallas and Memphis.

FNH USA Donates Firearms To YSSA

The Youth Shooting Sports Alliance (YSSA) recently announced that FNH USA, LLC continued their support of efforts to recruit and retain youth in the shooting sports with a generous donation to the YSSA of rifles, handguns and shotguns.

Justin Porlier joins Walther Arms

Walther Arms is pleased to announce the appointment of Justin Porlier as National Sales Manager. Justin will join Bret Vorhees in the management of all sales activities with current distribution, and retail customers.

Streamlight Renews Annual C.O.P. S. Sponsorship

Streamlight®, Inc. has renewed its sponsorship of Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.), which provides support to the families and co-workers of fallen officers.

NRA Foundation Auctioning Off One-of-a-Kind Henry Repeating Arms 2015 Ford F-150 Lariat 4x4 SuperCrew

The NRA Foundation is auctioning off a one-of-a-kind Henry Repeating Arms 2015 Ford F-150 Lariat 4x4 SuperCrew® custom wrapped by SkinzWraps of Dallas, Texas, on

Officer Pearson Fundraiser Ends Saturday, Help Still Needed

A joint fundraiser by Lew's and the Missouri Fraternal Order of Police to benefit wounded Springfield police officer Aaron Pearson concludes Sunday, May 31. There is still time to support the worthy cause and have a chance to win the fully rigged 2015 Ranger bass boat grand prize or dream fishing trip with Hank Parker or Jason Christie.

Steel Will Knives Introduces the New Druid 240

Steel Will Knives announces their newest Outdoor Series knife, the Druid 240. Sleek and slim, this blade is perfect for finishing jobs with unmatched precision and control.

Sight-in Crossbows with Laser Precision from LaserLyte

The LaserLyte CrossBow Sighter gets archers on target fast and saves money on expensive bolts/broadheads. Gain crossbow confidence by re-checking zero before going out into the field to ensure optimal accuracy. MSRP is $64.95.

SportEAR Changes the Hearing Protection Game

SportEAR has taken hearing protection innovation to the next level with their new Custom Edge™ product line with all new, 100% Lynx Digital circuitry and the world's first waterproof in-ear sport hearing devices for unrivaled performance and reliability.


Editor's Notebook: Colt/TALO Wiley Clapp CCO

Editor's Note: This review originally appeared in our companion service, The Tactical Wire.

Longtime friend Wiley Clapp has had an impact on handgun refinement through his preferred custom packages. The first of these was from Colt, a Government Model to his specifications, followed by a Commander.

Most recently, the "Concealed Carry Officers." This is a lightweight Officer ACP frame mated to a Commander slide. Properly rendered as the 4.25" barrel/slide/shortened bushing, it makes the pistol appropriately convenient to field strip. The Commander-length slide/barrel setup is the shortest reliable upper for the 1911 pattern pistol in .45 ACP.

His tag line, "Everything you need and nothing you don't," is appropriate here. The O9840WC is clear of "curb feelers and mud flaps." Starting with blue steel on top, a match barrel and a black anodized Officers ACP lightweight frame, he adds 25 LPI checkering by Pete Single. The front strap is cut high under the trigger guard to keep the user's hand high on the piece relative to the bore.

Front strap checkering at 25 LPI -- and other metal work -- by Pete Single. The butt is subtly rounded.
Wiley was especially concerned about the heel of the frame. Classically a sharp point with a flat mainspring housing, some have chopped that edge as an angle to minimize print under a cover garment. This creates discomfort for some hands and doesn't "feel right" for many of the rest of us.

The result is a nicely rounded heel. In dry handling, I was feeling a sharp edge which I ran down to the left Altamont stock panel. This was unnoticed in the first 300 round shooting trip showing that I'm more critical when not shooting.

The safety lever is the old style with the raised tab. The slide stop and magazine release button are likewise original style and not extended types. A long trigger and flat mainspring housing complete the treatment.

For the aiming component, Wiley prefers the Novak sights – and Wayne's sights are simply great. In a nod to those of us in our twilight, the rear notch is wide at .170" and the front sight has a brass bead in the face. The Altamont Tactical Oval stocks feature a forward taper – thinner at the front than the rear – and "fingerprint" checkering, both designed to use the feel of the gun in your hand to move the muzzle to the target.

Great leather goods by Simply Rugged Holsters.
While "feel" in a pistol has been overstated as critical, subtle changes like these really do assist in your personal firing solution. The Altamont Tactical Oval stocks on this gun are modified to match the rounded butt.

I took the custom cannon to the range with a selection of ammo. I was assisted by a trio of magazines I'd picked up from CDNN Sports. One was marked Nighthawk Custom -- the second was a PSI ACT-Mag and the third was a McCormick Power Mag, the 8-shot for compact guns.

For leather, I used the Simply Rugged Holsters pancake holster, nicely rendered in cape buffalo, with matching single magazine pouch – which I won at a shoot-off at Gunsite Academy last August. Rob Leahy's rendition of the classic is made of better materials than the originals and are a testament to the design. The butt in pulled in closely and the rig simply stays put.

The day started roughly as the Power Mag wasn't terribly impressed with the CCO magazine catch – nor was a Brownell's 8-shot standard 1911 magazine. Either would stick on entry and my first try resulted in a lost stock screw I hadn't noticed when the day started. The remainder of the magazines – both Colts, the ACT and the Nighthawk Custom – worked smoothly.

This is a minor fitting issue and something to be expected when dealing with classic designs and parts made 104 years post-introduction.

As I shot the WC-CCO, I just wasn't getting the hits I expected. My old numb hand ultimately felt the slippage of the right stock panel and I found the problem. A frustrating search of the grass on the range led to recovery of the screw. Then I couldn't get the screw – a short screw for a short stock screw bushing because we have to make the pistol so much thinner – started on the threads. I was able to get a bit of metal debris dislodged and the piece reinstalled as I told myself "Check your equipment before coming to the range and again before you start shooting."

This target is from the FBI Qual course plus some trigger "demand" drills and some alternative aiming singles from ready. Low hits in torso, head courtesy of the shooter.
At that point, the trip became uneventful. The little gun ran through all the ammunition I brought along without objections – from Federal 185 grain SWC Gold Medal Match, ASYM Practical Match 230 FMJ, Winchester Winclean 230 gr. BEB to ASYM Solid Defense-X and Cor-Bon DPX 185 gr. +P. Federal Aluminum case 230 grain hardball and Hornady Critical Duty 220 grain +P likewise functioned through the little gun.

I shot the FBI's current qual course, starting at their 25 yard stage first before moving to three yards, working back to finish at fifteen yards. The 25 yard stage showed how accurate the .45 ACP can be in the right gun. The FBI qual was an easy task with the WC-CCO.

The trigger was crisp and firm with nearly no take-up. I had ammunition left, so I did the "demand drill" – on target, on trigger, on sights and breaking the shot in .25 second. This compressed break exercise is a good way to learn a new trigger.

I finished with head-shots from guard. My newly gained trigger control failed on one of those last few rounds and one dropped, Mozambique-style, into the neck.

Wiley Clapp is respected in the trade due to his wisdom and willingness to say what he means. This gun is a great testament to one of the industry greats. Take a look at the Wiley Clapp CCO. If the old way is the right way for you, I don't know you can find any better.

-- Rich Grassi
Grassi is editor and founder of our companion service, The Tactical Wire (

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