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News | Friday, December 9, 2016

Apex Tactical Specialties Leaves California, Relocates To Arizona

Citing the regressive business climate, particularly for companies in the firearms industry, Randy Lee and Scott Folk, co-owners of Apex Tactical Specialties, the highly regarded designer and manufacturer of aftermarket firearms parts, announced the company has fled the state of California and relocated to Peoria, Arizona and a new 50,000 sq. ft. facility.

FN 15 Series Re-Engineered

FN America, LLC announced the release of the next evolution of FN 15 modern sporting rifles, featuring the newly-designed FN handguard with M-LOK technology. The FN 15 Series will take on a streamlined, family approach and will feature updated models.

New DeSantis Magazine Pouch

DeSantis Gunhide introduced the #A84 -- The Reliant Mag Pouch. It is ambidextrous and keeps the magazine high on the belt and tight to the body.

Tactical Solutions Expands X-Ring Line

Tactical Solutions is to unveil its new X-Ring Rifle and the new barrel/stock combo with the Magpul Hunter X-22® and Hunter X-22 Takedown Stock at the 2017 SHOT Show.

Warne Scope Mounts Signs Chevalier Advertising

Warne Scope Mounts has announced Chevalier Advertising & Public Relations as its official agency of record. Warne Scope Mounts designs and manufactures precision mounting solutions for rifle scopes.

CMP's Talladega Marksmanship Park to Host Televised Event

The Civilian Marksmanship Program announced that its innovative Talladega Marksmanship Park will play host to the American Marksman National Championship Jan. 6-8, 2017. This is the first year for the event, and the CMP is thrilled to be chosen as the site of its inaugural National Championship.

Southwick Associates Expanding Services and Staff

As businesses and agencies in the outdoor industry require increasingly sophisticated data to make more informed growth decisions, Southwick Associates is expanding its staff and services to meet this vital need. We are proud to announce the hiring of two new staff members and research experts, Patrick Hogan and Lorna Caputo.

12 Days of Giveaways - This Week on Gun Talk Radio

It's hunts, holsters, and more, this week on Tom Gresham's Gun Talk® Radio, the original nationally-syndicated radio talk show about guns and the shooting sports.

Apex Announces Apex Grade Threaded 9mm Barrels For Smith & Wesson M&P Pistols

Apex Tactical Specialties is proud to announce the expansion of its line of patent pending Apex Grade Barrels for the 9mm Smith & Wesson M&P with the immediate availability of Apex Grade Threaded Barrels in Semi Drop-In and Gunsmith Fit configurations.

Next Week on GunVenture

Next week on GunVenture, Ryan Gresham heads to Ox Ranch with Ruger's Mark Gurney, and they'll shoot the biggest gun ever fired on GunVenture- from a Sherman tank. Plus, trap shooting, a deer hunt with the Ruger SR-762, and a trip to Dury's Gun Shop for a look at some truly historic firearms.

Next Week on Guns & Gear

Next week on Guns & Gear, it's Timney Trigger's 2-stage trigger for your AR. Next, it's range time with Colt National Match ammunition from DoubleTap Ammunition and shooting the T/C Compass rifle from Thompson/Center Arms.

DeSantis Holsters for SIG P320/P250 Compact

DeSantis Gunhide, a division of HELGEN Industries Inc., introduces 5 holster fits for the SIG P320 and P250 Compact/Carry. These include shoulder rigs, outside- and inside the waist holsters

CrossBreed Belt Sale

CrossBreed Holsters has initiated an all-inclusive belt sale just in time for the holiday season. Now through December 11th, customers can take advantage of big savings on every belt CrossBreed has to offer, including the newly released Ladies Carry Belt and the Executive Gun Belt.

Wes Doss Joins Panteao Instructors

Panteao Productions is happy to announce an addition to the Panteao instructor lineup. Panteao will be introducing new videos with instructor Wes Doss, Founder, President, & General Operating Manager of Khyber Interactive Associates, LLC,.

Standard Manufacturing DP-12 LTL LE Shotgun

Standard Manufacturing Co, LLC announces the DP-12 LTL model. Made exclusively for law enforcement applications, it is based on the DP-12 double pump-action shotgun and is made for 'non-lethal' 12 gauge munitions.

SIG SAUER Electro-Optics TANGO6

SIG SAUER Electro-Optics Division announces the TANGO6 Riflescope -- with LevelPlex. LevelPlex allows the shooter to remove unwanted cant from the system to +/- 0.5° of accuracy.

Industry Day at the Range 2017 Sponsors

Several companies have renewed their commitment to SHOT Show Industry Day at the Range as Supporting Sponsors. Three others have joined at the same level. The twelfth-annual event will be held on Monday, January 16, 2017 at the Boulder Rifle & Pistol Club.

PolyCase Ammunition Selected for SAAMI Membership

PolyCase Ammunition, LLC proudly announces their selection as an Associate Member of the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers' Institute. SAAMI is an association comprised of the Nations' leading manufacturers of ammunition, firearms and components.

Smith & Wesson Announces 20th Anniversary of IDPA Indoor National Championship

Smith & Wesson Corp. announced that registration for the 2017 Smith & Wesson IDPA Winter Nationals will open on December 11, 2016. The Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship is even more meaningful this year since the match will celebrate the 20th Anniversary of this premier event.

Viridian Featured on Industry Podcast

Viridian® Law Enforcement Sales Manager, John Sheahan was the featured guest during the "Black Friday" episode on the new podcast, The Hollow Point.

Streamlight Newest Gold Sponsor of 2017 SHOT Show University

The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®) announces Streamlight has signed on to be a Gold Sponsor of the 2017 SHOT Show University.


"Get Training"

Getting training isn't as easy as someone telling you to "get training." It requires a physical location and a proper instructor.
We continue to face a huge number of new gun owners and new shooters – something that had its beginning in 1986 with the advent of 'shall-issue' concealed carry permits, continued through the years of the Clinton gun ban from 1994 until its sunset, and really ramped up in the age of internet forums, internet video and the Global War on Terror. Something that continued the drive to more private gun ownership was self-identification of the Democrat Party as the "Party of Infringement" (h/t, Stephen Wenger) and a federal government that continued to be threatening as certain individual states rushed to get state-level infringements of their own passed.

Still, to the new gun owners and new shooters, we've all been saying "Get training."

Let's face some unpleasant facts. First, the training infrastructure is unable to handle the load of new shooters – let alone people coming in for refresher. Aside from just the number of facilities and the times that they are not open, consider special needs. In the overwhelming number of ranges, the act of drawing from a holster is forbidden. States, like my own, passed a training mandate for carry permits had lesson plans that forbade drawing and reholstering as a component of the class. We could dip into that and go through all the reasons they wrote the plan as they did, but consider that many ranges (and instructors) have liability policies in which they're not indemnified from potential personal injuries suffered by someone who makes a mistake.

While the numbers of ranges have started to rise in certain locales, there are still not enough to accommodate the needs of the "new shooters" group.
Even doing the NRA Basic course requires numbers of instructors that just aren't available – there are so many more potential students than trainers. As ranges grow in number, they face considerable cash flow issues – the additional costs to consumers of ammunition and support gear for the most basic of training prevents the numbers of students required to make a good dollar if you consider closing all or part of the range for the class.

Consider vetting instructors. We call on consumers to do that, but how will they do so absent a training oversight organization that certifies instructors? If you look at NRA, they have an instructor development program but the numbers of instructor trainees are such that how can anyone do a meaningful assessment of a candidate's ability to teach a physical skill? There are many in the industry who don't think much of NRA instructors, but that doesn't help the "I never shot before" student.

Then you get those who are the "Uncle Fred taught me to shoot on the farm" or the "I was in the military and I know about gun safety" types. Having been a law enforcement trainer since 1986, I've seen all types. There are internet horror stories, the video equivalent of "self-inflicted wounds," with so-called "tactical" instructors in a building pointing guns at students and having students point guns at instructors or other students.

With Gunsite, the SIG Academy, Thunder Ranch with physical facilities and companies like Massad Ayoob Group, DTI and Handgun Combatives that bring the training to a place near you, there are training opportunities. The problem is that taking the trip, taking the time and packing a training event into 2-5 days is an expenditure that many can't or won't take on. Consider the advantage of having local trainers that could do fairly short classes during evenings and having the new shooter track his or her own progress.

Besides, people really should have some grounding in the gun before engaging in some of the classes the "days long" training institutions offer.

Even teaching action shooting skills requires a range that allows the use of holsters -- and fewer ranges seem to allow practice of that necessary skill.
Going beyond simply training how to safely handle and accurately shoot firearms into training geared to self-defense is even more problematic: Issues like mindset, awareness, escape and avoidance aren't "training as entertainment," as Michael Bane has noted and has little appeal for the 'video game' type shooting enthusiast.

Doing force-on-force, something only to be done (1) after some level of competence is achieved on the square range and (2) only under the supervision of a controlled environment by trained force-on-force practitioners, is even more ego-crushing. It's also critical to get someone past being a shooter and into being someone capable of handling emergencies.

Personally, I'm less interested in new shooters being able to do the FAST Drill than to be able to draw/reholster without shooting themselves, having muzzle/trigger awareness and learning ethical decision making in the defensive firearms context. It's very hard to market, but it's critical to success.

This is an issue that will follow us into the future and one we need to discuss and consider if positive outcomes to Gun Culture 2.0 are to be realized.

Defensive Use of Firearms

The Tactical Professor

-- Rich Grassi

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