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News | Friday, October 24, 2014

Guns & Ammo Encourages Women to Get on Target

A date at the gun range with a girlfriend has sparked additional coverage for women shooters at Guns & Ammo. 25 Ways to Make Women Feel at Home on the Range" is now available at Guns & Ammo online.

Carlson's Choke Tubes Releases New Recoil-Reducing Tactical Shotgun Muzzle Brake Choke Tubes

The New Carlson's Tactical Muzzle Brake choke tube features a porting designed to reduce recoil significantly. This new choke tube is manufactured from 17-4 Heat Treated Stainless Steel in your choice of either Cylinder or Extra Full constriction.

Wilson Combat Announces .308 Pattern AR Style Rifles

After rigorous testing and evaluation Wilson Combat is pleased to announce the availability of our new large format BILLet-AR rifles in .308 Winchester caliber. The .308 caliber rifle is an ideal choice for the hunter or long-range shooter looking for an AR-style rifle with impressive down range ballistics.

Crosman Introduces MAGPUL® M-LOK Licensed Air Rifles

The world leader in air guns has teamed with the leader in AR accessories to create the Benjamin Armada, the premier AR-compatible PCP Air Rifle featuring the official Magpul M-LOK modular accessory system. The first unit will be auctioned off on, October 20-30 with the proceeds going to support the Navy SEAL Foundation.

Ruger Takes "Manufacturer of the Year" for Eighth Year in a Row

Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. (NYSE: RGR) has been recognized as the Firearms Manufacturer of the Year by the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers for the eighth consecutive year.

XS Sight Systems Sponsors Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals

XS Sight Systems, makers of firearm sights that give the user considerable advantages in the highly dynamic world of threat situations, has joined the growing list of returning major sponsors supporting the 2014 Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals.

AR-15 Podcast Looks at Vehicle Storage Options

J.W. Ramp and Anthony Hardy take the reigns this week for episode 96 of the AR-15 Podcast and cover vehicle storage options to safely and properly transport everyone's favorite black rifle.

Ducks Unlimited Continental Shoot announced for Las Vegas

Competitive sporting clay shooters are encouraged to register now for the 2015 Ducks Unlimited Las Vegas Continental Shoot. This annual event will take place February12-15, 2015, at the Clark County Shooting Complex in North Las Vegas.

IHEA-USA Partners With NSSF on Project ChildSafe

The International Hunter Education Association (IHEA-USA), the world leader in developing safe and responsible hunters since 1949, has become a promotional supporter of the National Shooting Sports Foundation's Project ChildSafe® program.

NASGW Steps Up for Disabled Vets

Honored American Veterans Afield (HAVA) and the National Association Of Sporting Goods Wholesalers (NASGW) jointly announce a large donation to the HAVA mission of service to disabled military veterans and their families as they try to re-build their lives after devastating injury.

FMG's Online Editor Kakkuri Reviews "Tough As Nails" Holster & Gun Care Musts

FMG Publications online editor Mark Kakkuri assesses the made-to-order High Noon Public Secret holster for an online-only GUNS Magazine exclusive, explaining why it's virtually never in the proverbial box of unused holsters.

DRT Ammo announces .243 95gr projectiles for reloading and retail sales

DRT has created a Terminal Shock™ .243 bullet to meet the demands of hunters who require a .243 minimum for their state while hunting big game. DRT's new .243 projectile is lead free, extremely accurate, and has the devastating wound ballistics that DRT's Terminal Shock™ line is known for.

Kimber Sponsors Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals

Kimber, an American company that designs and manufactures premium firearms for sporting, law enforcement and military markets, has joined the growing list of major sponsors supporting the 2014 Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals.

Doug Koenig Championship Season Presents Maine Black Bear

This week, the hunting gear is all loaded in the truck, Doug's TenPoint Venom™ Crossbow is safely packed and the GPS is set for due north, the North Woods of Maine. Doug's plan is to hunt the area near Mount Katahdin, the highest mountain in Maine, known for its heavy concentration of Black Bears in dense fir forest.

Dolnack Joins HAVA Board

Honored American Veterans Afield (HAVA) and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) announce the election of NSSF Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Chris Dolnack to the HAVA Board of Directors, joining directors from Smith & Wesson, Mossberg, Leupold & Stevens, Yamaha Outdoors and XS Sights

Oregon Friends of the NRA Announces 2014 Scholarship Winners

The NRA Foundation announces the 15 beneficiaries of the Oregon Friends of NRA 2014 Youth Scholarship Program. Each high-achieving high school senior will receive a $1,000 scholarship to pursue higher education.

Beaman Endures Travel Nightmare, Captures World Cup Finals Silver

When can a silver medal be as sweet a triumph as winning? Well, in Janessa Beaman's case, there may be no more a significant and hard-fought medal in her growing trophy case than yesterday's second-place finish at the World Cup Finals (WCF) in Gabala, Azerbaijan.

Team Bianchi's Kenda Lenseigne Wins Fourth World Title

The Safariland Group congratulates Team Bianchi shooter Kenda Lenseigne for another overall win at the 2014 Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association World Championship in Amarillo, Texas last weekend.

Michigan's Dansville State Game Area Shooting Range Opens November 1

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced that its Dansville shooting range in Ingham County - located at 1819 Kelly Road in Mason, within the Dansville State Game Area - will reopen Saturday, November 1, after extensive renovations

Front Line Holsters: Performance, Safety, Security

Front Line offers holsters with a wide variety of security levels, from simple retaining snaps on leather holsters, to Level I and Level II security locking systems. Law enforcement personnel and civilians can choose their preferred degree of carry-security.

Nebraska's Pressey WMA Range Closed for Weekend

The shooting range at Pressey Wildlife Management Area will be temporarily closed during the opening weekend of pheasant season, October 25-26.

ArmaLite Announces Walt Hasser as V-P of Product Management

ArmaLite of Geneseo, Illinois, announces the appointment of industry veteran Walt Hasser as Vice President of Product Management.

Leupold® to Sponsor University of Florida 3-Gun Shooting Team

Leupold & Stevens, Inc., is proud to announce its sponsorship of the newly created University of Florida 3-gun shooting team.

Texas Game Warden Named National Boating Officer of the Year

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Game Warden John Thorne has been named Boating Law Enforcement Officer of the Year by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA).

Owners of Safari Company Indicted for Illegal Rhino Hunts

The owners of Out of Africa Adventurous Safaris have been charged by federal law enforcement officials with conspiracy to sell illegal rhinoceros hunts in South Africa in order to defraud American hunters, money laundering and secretly trafficking in rhino horns.

Team Safariland Takes Honors at IPSC World Shoot

With a strong performance from Team Safariland members - Bob Vogel, Julie Golob and Maggie Reese - special recognition is due for Rob Leatham and Michael Voigt, as both competitors won overall in their respective divisions as individual shooters and as part of their USA Team. (MORE)

Team Smith & Wesson® Earns Multiple Distinctions In Recent 3-Gun Competitions

Team Smith & Wesson has made its presence felt in multiple 3-Gun competitions across the nation. Leading the team in individual titles so far this season is rising star Lena Miculek. With 17 High Lady titles in the Tactical Optics Division, including one National Championship (USPSA Multi-Gun Nationals) and two World Championships (Rocky Mountain World 3-Gun Championship & Trijicon World Shooting Championship), Lena is on track for the most successful season of her career. Including Lena's titles along with those of her parents, Jerry and Kay, plus fellow teammates Randi Rodger and David Olhasso, Team Smith & Wesson has claimed over 50 individual, divisional and category wins this season.

Crimson Trace Earns Prestigious SEOPA Recognition

Crimson Trace has been honored by the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association (SEOPA) with an "Excellence in Craft" award. The award, recognizing Crimson Trace's high standards in media and public relation efforts, was presented to the company's marketing department during SEOPA's annual conference in Fontana Village, North Carolina.


Editor's Notebook: Dots

Editor's Note: This feature first appeared in The Tactical Wire and kicked off considerable conversation there. We think you'll find it food for thought-and conversation- as well.

Why white dots on the rear sight when your attention is supposed to be on the front sight?
So why do we have three-dot sights on today's pistols?

It starts out early in modern handgun history when sights were an afterthought; people shot handguns with one-hand by custom and competition rules (sometimes by necessity) and "real combat shooters" all shot by "instinct."

Some time passed before the question of using sights at speed arose. This gave target style sights, big and blocky as they were, the big boost. Durability and portability weren't big points for early sights except for the high fixed Micro sights - those for 1911 primarily.

XS Sights is one solution with the highest level of front sight visibility. Photo: XS Sight Systems.
Revolvers, more commonly used for interpersonal confrontations, got the practical adjustable sights first: the S&W Micrometer sights, the Colt Accro- and Elliason sights (both of the Colt sights used on autos as well). Tricky pistol-plumbers like Armand Swenson put the S&W revolver sight on 1911s.

S&W advanced down the field with their premium holster gun sights - red ramp up front with a white outline. When I was young, I found the red difficult. With age, that improved. S&W continued that line of reasoning with the Model 645 with its red ramp and white outline. The time for such sights was passed and the "three dot sights" took over.

Featuring a white dot up front with a pair of white dots aft, they put twice as much eye-drawing power to the rear sight as the front. It's what everyone wanted while no one articulated while they were good.

Simply stated, we need to see the front sight the best. When time is short, as it is in the defensive context, it's to the front we must look - that sight rests over the muzzle, telling us where the gun was when we mashed the trigger. Complicating the rear sight is of dubious use.

We've made extensive use of the Heinie Slantpro "Straight-8" sights, like these from Brownells.
Ashley Emerson saw this and responded with the sights from dangerous game rifles - express sights. Naming the handgun (and shotgun) versions in a similar fashion, he had XS Sights which are made to this day. They serve the purpose of quick, accurate shooting by minimizing the rear sight and maximizing the front.

Dick Heinie worked along similar lines in a different fashion. By stacking a tritium vial in the front sight over a tritium rear vial at the base of the rear notch, he had the "Straight 8." When time is pressing, the dots go over the threat. It's quick and uncomplicated.

Trijicon also advanced the game with their HD sights. Using unoutlined tritium aft, the front sight has a band of orange or yellow photoluminescent paint around the front tritium element. In conditions less favorable to the glow of tritium, put the colored dot on the threat and control the trigger.

There are many terrific sights out there made by several great companies. Just nose around and you'll find them. I've used these and a few others. You just need to find the ones that fit your needs.

The large rear notch with the photoluminescent paint around the tritium in the front sight make the Trijicon HD sights very useful.
I'm just as happy with a plain black rear sight with a glowing dot on the front sight.

What to do if you have three painted white dots on your sights? It happened to me recently at a Gunsite get-together. Jeff Quinn, also in attendance, had a black permanent ink marker. He blacked out the rear sight dots on my holstered pistol while I loaded magazines. I excised the white dots on his rear sight while he was loading magazines.

Problem solved.

XS Sights

Heinie Sights

Trijicon HD Night Sights

-- Rich Grassi

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S&W Shooting Sports Center, Springfield, MA
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