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News | Friday, February 5, 2016

4th Circuit Returns Maryland Gun Ban Case to Lower Court

According to a story in the Washington Post Thursday afternoon, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals returned the case of gun shop owners and others against Maryland's ban of modern sporting rifles and standard capacity magazines. The Post reported that ". . . the court found that the Maryland law "significantly burdens the exercise of the right to arm oneself at home." The story went on to say "The court's opinion Thursday directs the U.S. District Court to apply a more stringent standard of review to the case."

Frankford Arsenal Releases Perfect Seat Hand Primer

The new Frankford Arsenal® Perfect Seat Hand Primer was specifically engineered to avoid "over seating" and when used properly eliminates the potential of crushing a primer.

Gun Membership Skyrockets

Legally Armed America Inc. has posted an article, Facebook bans First Amendment in attack on the Second, in response to last Thursday's New York Times story; Facebook Moves to Ban Private Gun Sales on Its Site and Instagram. With membership growing at a steady pace, companies and groups on Facebook are encouraged to invite their followers to join them on Gun District.

AR-15 Podcast 157 - MK1 Mod2 - PWS and Stacey Nagey

This week, Stacy Nagey of Primary Weapon Systems joins Reed Snyder, J.D., and J.W. Ramp for episode 157 of the AR-15 Podcast to discuss the MK1, Mod 2 platform

AG & AG Announces 5-Year Anniversary Giveaway

A Girl & A Gun Women's Shooting League (AG & AG) announced today that it will have a surprise drawing on February 28, 2016, to celebrate its five-year anniversary. A lucky AG & AG member will win a new revolver from Charter Arms.

Southwick Offering Consumer Omnibus

With Southwick Associates' Consumer Omnibus, companies that wish to reach anglers, hunters, shooters, or recent firearms purchasers can now share the cost of a single survey while maintaining confidentiality and ownership of their own questions and results.

Sign Up Now to Become a GSM Master Instructor in 2016

Dates have been released for the 2016 GSM Master Instructor Courses. Experienced rifle marksmanship instructors and shooters who would like to receive advanced training to bring even more opportunities to his or her home shooting club is strongly encouraged to become a Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) Master Instructor through one of the many courses offered each year.

Collegiate Clay Target Program Partners with USAYESS

The Association of College Unions International has announced an exciting development in its partnership with USA Youth Education in Shooting Sports. Effective immediately, USAYESS state-affiliated programs will offer a college division at many of their USAYESS shoots.

USCCA at the Great American Outdoor Show

During the upcoming NRA sponsored Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, the U.S. Concealed Carry Association will be giving away a free gun each day of the show. Attendees need only stop by USCCA booth #615 to receive a free USCCA t-shirt and wear it during the show to be eligible to win.

Comp-Tac's Q Line Sensational Sales Debut at SHOT Show 2016

Comp-Tac Victory Gear's, newest addition to their concealed carry and competition holster offerings, the Q Line, made the most successful sales debut in company history at the 2016 SHOT Show.

Hogue Inc Announces the G10 15 Degree Vertical Grip for AR15 / M16

Hogue Inc. announced the newest tactical advantage for AR15 and M16 shooters. Crafted to be light weight and engineered to be comfortable and convenient, the Hogue AR15 / M16 15 degree vertical grip is a new choice for AR rifles.

AAR Announces New On Air Regular Contributor

Beginning this weekend Sunday Feb. 7th, 2016 Breitbart News' award winning journalist AWR Hawkins joins nationally syndicated Armed American Radio host Mark Walters as regular weekly contributor and official on-air political analyst. Hawkins will be heard each week on the national radio broadcast during the program's second hour between 9-10p ET, 6-7pm PT.

Beretta Defense Technologies Launches New Website

Beretta Defense Technologies, the strategic alliance of four manufacturers under Beretta Holding: Beretta, Benelli, Sako and Steiner, has recently launched a new comprehensive website. The new website showcases all BDT defense offerings and capabilities providing a more clear view of the individual products, weapons systems and the latest innovations offered by BDT.

Crimson Trace Recognizes Industry Partners

Crimson Trace took the time to recognize several key partners in the company's growing success during the recent Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. These included Cabela's, Smith & Wesson and others.

Ken Jefferies & Associates Named Rep Group of the Year from Slide Fire

Ken Jefferies & Associates, LLC announces receiving the Slide Fire Sales Representative Group of the Year award at the 2016 SHOT Show held in Las Vegas, Nevada Jan. 19 – 22, 2016.

Outdoor Sportsman Group at Great American Outdoor Show

Outdoor Sportsman Group – Networks – comprised of the premier outdoor lifestyle cable networks, Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel and World Fishing Network, will have a presence at the National Rifle Association's 2016 Great American Outdoor Show. The nine-day event takes place in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania from Saturday, February 6 through Sunday, February 14.

CTS Targets Appoints OMG Associates as Sales Representatives

CTS Targets announced the appointment of OMG Associates as its new regional sales agency of record covering the Southeast region. Headed up by industry veteran Forrest Jones and supported by over a half-dozen regional representatives. OMG Associates is recognized as one of the top agencies in the Southeast.

Shooting Industry's February Issue Profiles Self-Defense Accessories Market

The growth of the self-defense market over the past decade has been well documented by dealers and manufacturers alike — evidenced by hundreds of new products debuting at SHOT Show 2016 in this category. Shooting Industry's February issue provides insight on sales "beyond the gun" for customers buying self-defense accessories.

Breakthrough Clean Technologies Partners with Outdoor Outfitters Group

Breakthrough Clean Technologies announced the signing of Outdoor Outfitters Group as their Mid-Western region rep group. Outdoor Outfitters will be representing the Breakthrough Clean brand along with their revolutionary line of cleaning products throughout 12 states in the heart of the U.S.

Easton's Pagni Becomes First "Lucky Dog" Vegas Champion

Team Easton's Sergio Pagni of Italy, the respected two-time World Cup final champion, added the Vegas title to his list of accomplishments and took home a check for $50,000 for his efforts.

Oakwood Controls Electronic Target Systems

Oakwood Controls Electronic Target Systems bring precision and instant feedback to the long range shooter, trainer, and competitor. Several different shot location systems are offered, including the standard H-Bar LOMAH system, Precision Box Targets, BCMS Cubes, R&D Cubes, and many more.

FN Now Distributed by Tactical Gear Distributors

Tactical Gear Distributors is now stocking a selection of FNH USA firearms. TGD provides its Retail Partners with free access to the Tactical Zone® Dealer Portal.

Apex Shipping New Flat-Faced Forward Set Trigger For Walther PPQ

Apex Tactical Specialties is now shipping the new Apex Flat-Faced Forward Set Trigger for the popular Walther PPQ pistols chambered in 9mm, 40S&W and 45ACP.

Crimson Trace Seeks Eastern Sales Manager

Crimson Trace has an immediate opening for an Eastern Division Sales Manager. This Sales Manager will be responsible for managing a team of Crimson Trace Regional Sales Managers across seven large U.S. territories, including: the Midwest, South, and Eastern states.

Expert Training - This Week on GUNTALK Radio

It's all about training - the mindset needed, building your skill set, how to avoid a gun fight, and what to do if you can't  - this week on Tom Gresham's GUNTALK® Radio, the original nationally-syndicated radio talk show about guns and the shooting sports.

Nosler Ballistic Tip Ammo – This Week on Guns & Gear

This week, Guns & Gear features Ballistic Tip Ammunition from Nosler; Sig Sauer's complete line of optics; Ruger's AR-556 direct impingement rifle, and new "452" AR drop-in trigger; Appendix Carry holster options from CrossBreed Holsters; Grand Power's P45 with rotating barrel, and their K100 9mm; and more.

Next Week on GUNTALK Television

GUNTALK follows trainer Chris Cerino and his family as they attend the Bianchi Cup National Championship, an action pistol competition drawing top shooters from around the world to Columbia, Missouri every May.

O'Neill Speaks & Shoots at Lock & Load Miami

War hero Rob O'Neill presented on leadership and his life experiences to members of a Miami Chapter of the Young Presidents' Organization this past weekend at Lock & Load Miami. O'Neill participated in the machine gun experience with members of YPO along with staff of Lock & Load Miami.

Realtree Gun Safes

The first gun safe designed to fit under a bed, in a vehicle or stacked in a closet is outfitted in Realtree Xtra camo. Proudly made in the U.S.A., the Realtree gun safe is outfitted with all of the features of a quality upright gun safe, but in a design that allows for easy storage.

Academic Archer enrollment climbs to 1000+

US and International response from educators and coaches to NASP®'s new Academic Archer program exploded to over 1000 students entered into the program in the first two weeks after launch.

Buck Knives Names Agency and Sales Rep of the Year

At the recent 2016 SHOT Show, Buck Knives awarded their "2015 Sales Rep. Agency of the Year" to J. Harding Associates. Buck Knives also named Andy Tackett of Tackett Brothers, Inc. as "Sales Rep of the Year."

CCRKBA To Seattle, Chicago: "How Are Those Gun Taxes Working For You?"

Following the bloodiest January in Chicago in 16 years, a double homicide Jan. 26 in Seattle's "Jungle" homeless camp and Wednesday's shooting on a Metro bus, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is challenging both anti-gun cities to explain how their gun violence taxes have accomplished anything to reduce firearms-related violent crime.

February Issue of Shooting Industry

Shooting Industry's February issue provides insight on sales "beyond the gun" for customers buying self-defense accessories.

Kinsey University Offers Retail Growth and USA Archery Certification Course

Kinsey University is partnering with the ATA to bring retailers an exciting opportunity to obtain USA Archery Level II Instructor Certification and learn how to build a moneymaking archery program with the ATA's Retail Growth Initiative and Explore Bowhunting programs.

Swab-Its Attending Williams Shooters Supply Dealer Show, Feb. 9-11

Swab-its®, the makers of Bore-whips™, Bore-tips® and Gun-tips™, will be on hand at the Williams Shooters Supply Dealer Show which takes place February 9 through 11.

Swab-Its Sponsors A Month Full of Events

Swab-its® is sponsoring a month full of events, and as part of their sponsorship Swab-its has donated packs of their popular lint-free, reusable Bore-tips®, Bore-whips™, and Gun-tips™ firearms cleaning swabs to key events taking place this February.


Accessories and Practice

I'm behind on shooting projects as we had a large number of new products hit at about the same time. I'm playing catch-up and this is where I start.

Rifle Sights

Backup "iron" sights for your carbine can be helpful. This tritium set from Meprolight is one example.
I'm a belt-and-suspenders type when it comes to firearms. While optics are now the order of the day, a good set of backup irons really takes the worry out of being close when the glass takes a crap. It doesn't happen often, but once is enough.

Two sets of sights came into the shop recently and they both have certain advantages. The first was from XS Sights – the express sights people. I'd really been waiting for this setup and can't wait to get them deployed.

The front sight is the XS AR 24/7. A white stripe on the post with embedded tritium.

Night sights on a carbine? Sure. Useful in that situation where the target has enough light –ambient or otherwise – for identification but you can't make out the front post, the 24/7 covers all hours: the white stripe calls your eye when the front post is well enough lit and the tritium bead catches your eye when the light is deficient. I've used this system before on an earlier carbine and I'm here to tell you it works wonderfully.

XS 24/7 AR sights with the CSAT rear sight take care of sight visibility in adverse light and the problem of off-set at close range.
The rear sight has no tritium or white markings – which suits me fine in most applications. It's the XS CSAT rear sight in the TROY flip-up folding BattleSight base. For those who came in late, the CSAT rear sight has a pistol-style notch atop the small rear aperture. Having tried this arrangement at the Combat Shooting and Tactics range in Texas, under the watchful eye of the inventor, MSG Paul Howe (U.S. Army, ret'd), I found it to be the answer to high-speed change in distance-to-threat situations.

In testing there, we used the CSAT shoot house. Moving into a room, there was a target at 20 feet or so. Using the top "notch" to bracket the front sight, there was no off-set. Moving into a hall, where there was a target at fifty-plus yards, use the peep to center the front sight. It's that easy.

If you have to operate in more dimly lit environs, perhaps having to pick the rifle up in the dark, you could always try the Meprolight FRBS M4D – with four tritium elements on the rear sight. Those four elements are at 12 – 3 – 6 and 9 o'clock, making a circle around the tritium bead in the front sight. The sights are "finger-adjustable," the rear for windage and the front for elevation. These are low profile sights and deploy with pressure "up." If you run into something in the dark – either sight snags – it simply folds down without damage.

It'll be interesting to see how these sights turn out on the rifle. It's nice to not need a tool to adjust the front but that's not something you need to do everyday.


Remember the "Okay Industries" magazines from your military service? Now they're available to consumers as "SureFeed" brand. Available in 10, 20 and 30 round models.
If you were into AR-15s before the 1994 Clinton Gun Ban or if you're an Army vet, you've seen – and likely used – aluminum magazines made by "Okay Industries." I remember when prices on used Okay magazines commanded a premium due to the pointless federal ban along with supply & demand.

Like the former Occupant's "star power," the ban is gone – for now – in free states. AR magazines are plentiful but now we face overwhelming consumer demand by the proliferation of new gun owners.

In that context, I was happy to find out that Okay Industries AR-15 magazines are now available commercially. The new product name is SureFeed. According to the media release, each new magazine goes through an extensive inspection and testing process before shipping.

As Okay Industries helped co-develop the 30 around AR mag with the U.S. Military in 1973 and have been a provider to U.S. forces for many years, it'll be interesting to put these in the rotation to see how they shake out.

Samples were provided in 10-, 20 and 30 round capacities.


Need to figure out how to do pistol practice? Here's a program and training aid available for about the cost of a box of defense ammo.
One of the most common questions posted on internet shooting sites is "how should I practice?" They're asking for drills, tests and other ways to get the best use of their time and effort. Claude Werner, the Tactical Professor, has a "Pistol Practice Program" to answer that need.

The kit contains a compact disc that contains live fire drills, the safety procedures for dry practice, printable dry practice targets, and instructions on how best to practice. He also includes scenarios based on actual incidents – learn vital lessons that someone else had to learn the hard way.

Audio files include dry practice sessions for single and double targets and one-handed practice. The live fire drills are "indoor range friendly" – if you attend a local range that prohibits drawing from a holster and rapid fire, these drills are very helpful in skill development.

The package includes the Rogers Tap-Rack-Training aid and costs about $20.

It's worth more and highly recommended.

-- Rich Grassi

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