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News | Friday, July 21, 2017

Crosman Corporation Acquires LaserMax

Crosman Corporation has announced the acquisition of the commercial business of LaserMax, Inc, a designer and manufacturer of gun mounted laser aiming devices.


Top Guns For Men's And Women's Bunker Trap Named At SCTP Nationals

The top male and female athletes in Bunker Trap were recognized by the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) at the 2017 National Team Championships for their outstanding individual performances in each of its three competitive divisions.


NWRC Gold Sponsors Recognition

The presenter of the 2017 NSSF Rimfire Challenge Northwest Championship, Tactical Solutions, appreciates their Gold Level sponsors. The match prize table has grown to exceed over $100,000 due to support from all the sponsors.


Deer Season XP Lineup Now Includes .223 and 6.5 Creedmoor

Deer Season XP by Winchester Ammunition is now offered in .223 Remington, as well as 6.5 Creedmoor. The .223 load features a 64 grain bullet and a 125-grain bullet is used in the 6.5 Creedmoor.


Tom Gresham's Gun Talk Welcomes New Affiliate

Tom Gresham's Gun Talk is proud to announce KNNR AM in Reno, NV, as its newest affiliate. Residents of Reno and the surrounding areas can now tune in to the live radio show on 1400 AM Sunday from 11a.m.-2p.m. Pacific time for the latest news on guns and gun politics.


Adams Arms at TRIGGRCON

Adams Arms will be making its second appearance at this year's TRIGGRCON in Tacoma, Washington. TRIGGRCON is an exclusive media event where a small group of firearms manufactures are invited to showcase their products.


2017 NRA YHEC National Championship in Raton, New Mexico

The 2017 National Rifle Association Youth Hunter Education Challenge National Championship is scheduled for July 23-28, 2017, at the NRA Whittington Center in Raton, New Mexico.


Allchin Gun Parts a Sponsor of the NWRC

Allchin Gun Parts, manufacturer of quality custom gun parts is proud to announce their Gold sponsorship of the Northwest Championship Rimfire Challenge.


Ohio's Buckeye Chippewa Trapshooting Club Takes Open Division National Title in Bunker Trap

Breaking 225 of their 300 targets, the Buckeye Chippewa Trapshooting Club of Ohio claimed the Bunker Trap title in the Open Division during competition at the 2017 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Team Championships.


Colorado's Rocky Mountain Clay Busters Take Senior Division National Title in Bunker Trap

In a close battle that saw the top three squads separated by just nine targets, Colorado's Rocky Mountain Clay Busters took the Bunker Trap title in the Senior Division during competition at the 2017 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Team Championships.


Atlanta Arms Supports Sportsman's Team Challenge

Atlanta Arms proudly supports the 2017 Sportsman's Team Challenge as a Gold Level Sponsor. This year marks the 30th Anniversary of this unique team oriented competition and it runs July 20-22, 2017.


Nikon BUCKMASTERS 3-9x50

Nikon has announced that its newly-introduced BUCKMASTERS 3-9x50 Matte BDC riflescope model is now on its way to retailers' shelves. The new 3-9x50 has precise ¼-inch@100 yards reticle adjustments and Spring-Loaded Instant Zero-Reset turrets.


Browning Expands Silver Shotgun Line

Browning has added four new models to the Silver semi-automatic shotgun line. They are the Silver Black Lightning, Silver Matte Hunter, Silver Matte Hunter Micro Midas and the Silver Rifled Deer Matte.


A Look at the Numbers for the 2017 SCTP & SASP National Championships

With more than 1,043,100 competitive rounds fired by the 2,687 competitors from 32 states, you start to get an idea just how large the 2017 Scholastic Clay Target Program and Scholastic Action Shooting Program National Championships really were.


Hornady Employees Dominate at Long Range Shooting Competition

Hornady employees, John Potratz, Craig Anderson, Trampas Kluender, Justin Morrow, Anthony Landers and Matt Ritchie dominated at the International Benchrest Shooters 1000 yard competition in Harris, Minnesota, June 23-25, 2017.


Iowa's North Scott Trap Team Wins Varsity Div. Doubles Trap National Title

The North Scott Trap Team of Iowa broke 928 of 1,000 targets on their way to claiming the Doubles Trap title in the Varsity Division during competition at the 2017 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Team Championships.


Maquoketa Cardinals of Iowa Win Open Div. Doubles Trap National Title

The Maquoketa Cardinals of Iowa broke 853 of 1,000 targets to take the Doubles Trap title in the Open Division during competition at the 2017 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Team Championships.


Iowa's North Scott Trap Team Wins JV Div. Doubles Trap National Title

With a final target count of 915, the North Scott Trap Team of Iowa took home the Doubles Trap title in the Junior Varsity Division during competition at the 2017 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Team Championships.


Iowa's Easton Valley Trapshooters Win Intermediate/Advanced Div. Doubles Trap National Title

Breaking 865 of 1,000 targets, the Easton Valley Trapshooting Team of Iowa took home the Doubles Trap title in the Intermediate/Advanced Division during competition at the 2017 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Team Championships.


Jacksonville University Wins Collegiate Div. Doubles Trap National Title

The Jacksonville (Fla.) University Sporting Clays, Skeet & Trap Team outgunned the University of Tennessee at Martin 819 to 795 to claim the Doubles Trap title in the Collegiate Division during competition at the 2017 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Team Championships.


Davidson's Promotes Josh Tucker

Davidson's is pleased to announce the promotion of Josh Tucker. Josh has been promoted to the position of Information and Technology Application Manager.


AWR Hawkins on Armed American Radio

Every week on the nationally syndicated Armed American Radio program, regular AAR contributor and Breitbart News columnist, AWR Hawkins brings his journalism to the airwaves. Tune in this Sunday, 8-11p ET, 5-8p PT.


American Outdoor Brands/Battenfeld Seeks VP, Marketing

American Outdoor Brands Corporation is seeking a Vice President, Marketing for the Accessories Division at the Battenfeld Technologies location in Columbia, Mo. The incumbent will be responsible for growth of various brands including Caldwell Shooting Supplies, Wheeler Engineering, Tipton Gun Cleaning Supplies, Frankford Arsenal Reloading Tools, among others.


This Week on Tom Gresham's Gun Talk

This week, it's the latest in hearing protection, a stock allowing for reliable rapid fire, and a grandparent's fight to maintain care of his grandson, while also maintaining his constitutional rights on Tom Gresham's Gun Talk, the original nationally-syndicated radio talk show about guns and the shooting sports.


Comp-Tac Victory Gear's New Home

Comp-Tac's latest innovation is moving to a new 12,000 square foot facility. The expansion facilitates improved production capability and a better supply for consumers.


NWRC Gold Sponsors Recognition

The presenter of the 2017 NSSF Rimfire Challenge Northwest Championship, Tactical Solutions, appreciates their Gold Level sponsors. The match prize table has grown to exceed over $100,000 due to support from all the sponsors.


Bergara B-14 HMR Awarded by Editors of Field & Stream

Bergara Rifles, a division of BPI Outdoors, is pleased to announce its Bergara B-14 Hunting and Match Rifle was chosen by the editors of Field & Stream for its best hunting gear of 2017 list. The B-14 HMR was one of only two bolt-action rifles to make the list.


Gold Tip Announced as Official Archery Partner of the Boy Scouts of America

Gold Tip is now the official archery partner of the Boy Scouts of America. Gold Tip will become the exclusive arrow at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve, home of the Boy Scouts National Jamboree and high adventure courses.


Ruger Will Report Q2 Earnings on Wednesday, August 2

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) will announce its financial results for the second quarter and file its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q on Wednesday, August 2, 2017, after the close of the stock market.


Battenfeld Technologies Seeks Logistics Specialist Candidates

This position will be responsible for picking, processing, packing, and shipping customer orders within designated shipping windows, as well receiving products via container processing. The position requires excellent communication skills, self-motivation, and attention to detail and be based at Battenfeld Technologies facilities in Columbia, Missouri.


Walker's Sponsors Shoot For The Gold

Walker's announces their sponsorship in the third annual Shoot for the Gold multi-gun match benefiting Special Olympics Kansas. The match will be held July 22-23, 2017 at the Mill Creek Rifle Club in DeSoto, Kansas.


Florida's FishHawk Dynasty Shooting Team Wins Intermediate Division Bunker Trap Title

Florida's FishHawk Dynasty Shooting Team won the Bunker Trap title in the Intermediate Division during competition at the 2017 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Team Championships. Combining for a total target count of 174, the FishHawk Dynasty squad was led by Trevor Hinton of Riverview who broke 64 of 100 targets, followed by Abigale Wigh of Dover with 63 and Trentin Hagan of Riverview with 47.


Cabot's Shue Stuns Military Shooters at National Pistol Championships

Jonathan Shue of Cabot Guns stunned military shooters at this year's NRA National Pistol Championship by taking first place and winning the Gold at the NRA National Matches.


FEATURE

Skill Set: AR Pistol Arm Brace

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

The history of the arm brace for the AR pistol is an interesting story.

Alex Bosco and his company SB-Tactical developed the SB-15 Pistol Stabilizing Brace in 2013 to help disabled shooters operate an AR-style pistol with only one hand. The flexible rubber of the cuff wraps around a shooter's wrist or forearm and a section of Velcro strap secures the brace in place.

From SB Tactical website: "The Stabilizing Brace was conceptualized to assist a disabled war veteran in shooting the AR pistol the way that it was intended; safely and accurately. The finalized design is for people with limited mobility due to a handicap or the lack of strength to fire AR pistols in compliance with the Gun Control Act."

Then, the ATF responded to a letter from a police department in Colorado that was wondering if shooting a Sig Brace-equipped pistol from the shoulder would reclassify the pistol into an SBR. According to this letter the "misuse" of the brace, positioning it in the shoulder to fire the AR pistol, could be considered as illegal. Use of the legal brace in an illegal manner could be considered a Federal crime, turning the AR pistol into a "short barrel rifle," which requires Federal paperwork.

This year ATF issued another letter, stating that an NFA firearm – short barreled rifle - has not necessarily been made when the device is not reconfigured for use as a shoulder stock – even if the attached firearm happens to be fired from the shoulder. So, if the brace is used in the shoulder to fire the pistol occasionally then it doesn't become an illegal short barreled rifle. Keep in mind that this applies as long as the brace is not modified. If you change the brace in any way, trying to make it stronger or removing the Velcro strap then yes, you have modified the original design and now you have an illegal short barreled rifle. So the SB Tactical Pistol Stabilizing Brace is legal to buy and install on the AR or other pistol designs, regardless of how it's used and as long as it hasn't been modified.

(Keep in mind that these rulings only apply to SB Tactical braces – and may be subject to state and local laws regardless of federal statute. SB Tactical may be the only ones who have received approval from the ATF. If you have another brand brace doesn't have federal approval, it could become an issue for you.)

With the latest ruling from ATF in mind I finally ordered a brace from SB Tactical. I got their "SOB" brace, which works with AR and AK pistols. I also ordered SB's buffer tube. There are two standard diameter buffer tubes for the AR. The "mil-spec" tube has a 1.148" outside diameter. The "commercial" tube is 1.168" diameter. The SB tube has an outside diameter of 1.2" that creates a tighter fit between the tube and brace, preventing it from slipping or shifting position. They offer two different length tubes. The "OPNT" tube is 6.125" long, and the "STDT" tube is 8.3" long. This way you can get the length adjusted to what best fits your needs.

My AR pistol is great. It's lightweight, easy to handle to very accurate. It can be carried easily for travel. I split the upper and lower and it goes into my bag or suitcase. You can travel to other states without getting the approval from ATF as you would with a registered short barreled rifle – as long as the state/city you're traveling to doesn't restrict possession of AR type weapons. The SB brace completes the package; it's a perfect Personal Defense Weapon. (SB Tactical also offers braces for other pistols, such as the AK-type.)

It works great in the field. The one potential issue I have found during malfunction drills is with the Type IV, or case stuck in the chamber. To clear this you have to bang the stock against something solid, while pulling the charging handle to the rear. In order to get the force you need, make sure to hit the area of the brace where the extension tube is seated. The soft areas, where it clamps around the arm, don't provide enough resistance. The only thing I would change is that I should have ordered the FDE color to match the rest of the pistol.

Keep in mind, if you modify the brace in any way you're in trouble. I have a lanyard attached to the rear of the brace, but only on one side so it still functions as designed. If you use it specifically/exclusively as a stock to fire the pistol, you're in trouble. But occasional use, especially under duress, of the brace in the shoulder is not illegal. Like with any other weapon issues, it's your job to know what the laws are, and how they apply. Do not, at any time do anything illegal.

Tiger McKee is director of Shootrite Firearms Academy, located in northern Alabama. He is the author of "The Book of Two Guns" - http://shootrite.org/book/book.html writes for several firearms/tactical publications, and is featured on GunTalk's DVD, "Fighting With The 1911 - http://shootrite.org/dvd/dvd.html McKee's new book, AR-15 Skills and Drills, is available off Shootrite's website: http://shootrite.org/AR15SkillsBook/AR15SkillsBook.html

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