FRI | SEPTEMBER 13, 2019

GTM Original (GTM) offers several back-to-school purses for young women who want to carry lethal or non-lethal weapons for personal defense this fall. Made from premium leather, all GTM’s purses come with specialized compartments and pockets for holstered firearms, pepper spray, sirens and other forms of self-defense.
Federal recently presented its 12-gauge 1 ¾-inch Smooth Bore Barrel cartridge and chamber designs to the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers' Institute to be voted on for standardization. The specifications were approved and accepted as an official new cartridge recognized by the organization.
Team Beretta shooters recently achieved 11 podiums honors between two concurrent regional competitions. These included honors at the Northeast Regional Championship and the Kansas State FITASC/5-Stand.

Team Hornady shooter Jake Vibbert has taken the lead in the 2019 National Rifle League’s season standings using Hornady 6mm 110gr. A-Tip Match bullets.
The Civilian Marksmanship Program has set a series of entertaining themed events through the remaining months of 2019 and the beginning of 2020. Guests will receive a discounted entry to family-friendly matches held at its indoor air gun ranges at the South CMP Competition Center in Anniston, Ala., and at the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center at Camp Perry, Ohio.
Savage is expanding its line-up of the semi-automatic A Series with the introduction of A17, 17 HM2. The 17 HM2 is a flat shooting tack driver with achievable velocities of 2,100 ft/s.

FN America, LLC announced an exclusive, limited-edition package of an FN 509 Tactical and Vortex Venom miniature red dot optic available through Bass Pro Shops nationwide. The pistol will be sold with the optic pre-mounted for quick and easy use, straight from the box.
Ammunition manufacturer Fiocchi of America Inc. announces the appointment of Anthony Acitelli as new President and CEO.
RetailBI was released earlier this week replacing the legacy CLX Data Program. Upon launch, RetailBI became the shooting sports industry’s largest source of aggregated Point of Sale data available to retailers, manufacturers, and other organizations.

Primary Arms Optics is expanding its presence in the dealer community by partnering with new rep groups. These groups include More & Molloy, Outdoor Outfitters Group and Vincent Pestilli & Associates.
Congressional Democrats “just don’t get it,” the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said after the House Judiciary Committee moved three gun control bills on party lines, including one to limit magazine capacity to 10 rounds.
Comp-Tac announced their newest holster, the eV2 Max. It's a hybrid AIWB holster with a two ply leather backing, interchangeable Kydex shell body and Comp-Tac Kick (a polymer 'outrigger') for improved concealability.

Galco Gunleather is very excited to introduce the new Parabellum shoulder holster system. The new rig features next-generation passive and active retention systems, using hybrid construction that combines Kydex with top grain leather and Premium Center Cut Steerhide.
Breach-Bang-Clear is proud to announce that Survival Hardware is now a part of the Tactical Buyers Club.
Walther launched a new website that helps customers educate themselves on Walther history, products, shooting techniques, and where to buy.

Primary Arms Optics has released a new reticle configuration for the Platinum Series 6-30x56mm Rifle Scope. The scope features Primary Arms’ refined MIL-DOT reticle.
Gun Digest Media has released a new edition of Patrick Sweeney’s best-selling treatise on the iconic 1911 pistol. 1911: The First 100 Years, 2nd Edition builds on his original tribute to the 1911 .45-caliber, semi-automatic pistol, which was published in 2011.
Tom is traveling to Centennial, Colorado, for Firearms Festival 2019 hosted by the Centennial Gun Club. Tune in as he talks upscale gun clubs, training, new technology, cool products, and more, this week on Tom Gresham's Gun Talk Radio.

Olin Winchester, LLC is recalling two (2) lots of 17 HMR 20 Grain Jacketed Hollow Point Rimfire rifle ammunition.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is pleased to announce the rifle and shotgun ranges at Elk Neck State Forest in Cecil County reopened Sept. 6, following completion of a critical maintenance project this summer.

Today's feature is from our companion service, The Tactical Wire.

Your number one concern when working with firearms is safety. We apply the four safety rules consistently, any and every time there are firearms present. Keep in mind, firearms by design are lethal weapons, and should be treated as such. Safety is a religion; a life or death matter. But, is there such a thing as being “too safe?”


Thinking you’re safe enough, believing that you’re too safe is actually dangerous. You become complacent, which leads to carelessness. “Careless” doesn’t really sound like a word with much consequence. However, carelessness with firearms, your negligence, often has tragic results.

While teaching on the range teaching I watch everyone. Newer students can quickly become overwhelmed with the material, and skip a step that ensures safety. Overserving seasoned students ensures they haven’t developed any bad habits between their last visit. And, since everyone can make a mistake I keep an eye “on all of ‘em.”

Regardless of where I am, when someone presents a firearm into that environment I get ready. Remember, safety is an individual responsibility. No matter where you are or who is doing what your responsibility is to ensure a safe environment. You automatically assume until proven otherwise that nobody else has a clue how to safely operate a firearm. Never forget – the majority of firearms owners don’t even know, much less understand and apply the four basic safety rules. Someone is making motions to draw their pistol. If possible, I get in close where if necessary I can control their muzzle. If that’s not possible - or for those who don’t have a lot of experience controlling a gun with a person attached - it’s a good idea to create distance, preferably towards cover. Watch everyone, regardless of their age or experience.

Improper technique

Using the wrong gunhandling skills or defensive techniques is unsafe. Techniques used on military battlefields can be unsafe for civilian applications. Skills often displayed during a run ‘n gun competition are not for self-defense.

You are responsible for every round that exits the barrel, whether it was fired on purpose or through negligence. For self-defense it’s mandatory to maintain muzzle discipline – it’s always pointing in a safe direction and you don’t sweep/cover bystanders - and keep your finger off the trigger and clear of the trigger guard.

Safety also means applying techniques that greatly reduce or eliminate the possibility of being disarmed by the threat. For example, I don’t watch many videos, but once in a while someone sends me a “recommended” clip. It’s disturbing the number principles and techniques being taught “firearms instructors” for self-defense that were created for tactical team applications. Again, think “safety,” then context and application.

In A fight

Yes, even when defending against a violent attack, “safety” is your number one concern. In self-defense life and death are on the line – otherwise you wouldn’t be using your weapon. The fact that you’re using a lethal weapon tells you how important safety is. If you injure/kill innocents while stopping the threat(s) you have done wrong.

Is it possible during a confrontation that I sweep/cover someone negligently? Yes, but it’s not because it’s a habit. Muzzle and trigger finger discipline don’t make you any slower when it’s time to put hits on the threat. Controlling the muzzle/trigger finger greatly reduce the possibility of you shooting the wrong “target.”

Can you be too safe? No. You have to ingrain the four safety rules so they become habit. You apply the four safety rules consistency to everyone, just like you do with any dangerous tool. However, firearms were designed to inflict injury; that’s their only job. Your “job” is to ensure that force is only used at the proper time and in defense of life.

Tiger McKee is director of Shootrite Firearms Academy, which is celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary. He is the author of The Book of Two Guns, AR-15 Skills and Drills, has a regular column in American Handgunner and makes some cool knives and custom revolvers. Visit Shootrite’s Facebook page for other details.

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