FRI | OCTOBER 18, 2019

The annual Western Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) Travel Games will return in 2020 for another round of marksmanship events at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility. The week-long series of recreational vintage and modern rifle competitions, normally fired in October, is set to be held March 13-22 and is open to competitors of all ages and experience levels.
SHOT Show® Industry Day at the Range™ has announced that limited exhibit space is still available for companies wishing to showcase their products to over 1,800 members of the media and buyers.
If you own a SIG P365 handguns, Versacarry offers you a choice of 14 different models of holsters for you to choose from to accommodate any preference you have on how you carry your P365.

Galco introduces new fits for the versatile and affordable new Switchback™ belt holster for a broad range of popular modern semiautos with 4”- 4.5” barrels from FN, Glock, Ruger, SIG-Sauer, S&W, and more.
On-site consultation time with Gearfire and AXIS Point of Sale (“POS”) experts has been made available during the NASGW Expo, to be held in Orlando, FL next week.
European American Armory Corporation (EAA Corp.) will be displaying their new 2020 handgun and long gun products at the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers (NASGW) Expo & Annual Meetings at booth no. 1101.

Mc3 Stocks will be displaying at the upcoming National Association Sporting Good Wholesalers Expo at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, October 22-25.
Pietta USA/EMF manufacturers of the finest historical and modern firearms, is proud to be exhibiting at the 2019 NASGW Expo. This year, Pietta will be unveiling four new single-action pistols: the “Gunfighter,” the “R”, the “US Marshal” and the “Deluxe Grande Californian” all part of the Great Western II line of single actions.
The Civilian Marksmanship Program’s (CMP) National Air Gun events, fired each year alongside the National Trophy Pistol and Rifle Matches, gives experienced competitors and those simply looking for a fun challenge the rare opportunity to compete on a national level.

Meprolight USA will exhibit their lie of red-dot, thermal and self-illuminated sights for the civilian and professional markets at the 2019 NASGW Expo, Oct. 22 -25, 2019 in Orlando, Florida.
Dickinson Arms will be showing off several exciting new shotgun models during the 2019 NASGW Expo, October 22-25 in Orlando, Florida — perhaps none more exciting than the new Plantation Series Over & Under
Samson introduces four new M-LOK® Vertical Grip designs in anodized black: Grenade, Golf Ball, Spiral or Fluted.

Laser Range, a leading provider of 3D training and simulation systems, announced the release of Laser Range – a firearms training simulator with professional features developed for the consumer market to significantly enhance the indoor training experience.
RCBS has launched a new and improved website at that enables visitors with direct access to over 1,5000 of the company’s industry leading products.
Celebrating 25 years – and some upgrades coming soon – at Shootrite in Alabama. Plus, the Truth Squad in action, a new Smith & Wesson rebate you won't want to miss, and more, this week on Tom Gresham's Gun Talk® Radio.

SIG SAUER, Inc. is now shipping the semi-automatic SIG AIR ProForce M17 airsoft pistol. Designed for professional training, this high-end SIG AIR ProForce airsoft pistol is a replica of the U.S. Army issued P320-M17 9mm pistol in look, balance, and handling characteristics and engineered to SIG standards for precision, accuracy, and reliability.
Doug Koenig’s Championship Season returns to Pursuit Channel celebrating its ninth season. Winning the Production Division at the WAR Precision Rifle Series in Maryland, this week’s show highlights Doug running several of the twenty-two stages.


One of my least favorite -- and most critical -- parts of friend Stephen Wenger’s news digest are the Rules Reminders. These feature the “ugh” moments that are parts of our daily lives.

Recently, I saw a video linked in social media. It depicted an on-duty, in-uniform police officer in a gun shop. Apparently he’d asked to see a handgun, which was removed from the display case and handed to him.

The clerk didn’t remove the magazine nor lock the slide back. The officer likewise failed to check the piece – and contrived to muzzle all the other patrons in view of the security camera. He also muzzled his hand – and then fired the gun.

The title of the video indicated he sued the gun shop. This was likely because putting one’s hand in front of a muzzle and pressing a trigger makes the gun fire – and he hadn’t been warned that it was a likely result.

Sadly, the comments in social media were seemingly engineered to push everyone into a deep depression. “Guns aren’t loaded in the gun shop. If they’re in the gun shop, they’re empty.”


That’s why Rule 1 is Rule 1. Understanding and living that rule means that you will always act in accordance with the next two Rules – which are the ‘main physical safety checks.’ They are main physical safety checks because (1) they indicate disciplined gun handling and (2) anyone watching can see that the gun handler is a pro.

A real pro. Not an amateur in a uniform.

Rule 1: All guns are always loaded – is often misstated as “treat every gun as if it were loaded.”

No. That’s not the point. The point is “all guns are always loaded.” If all guns are always loaded, we ensure the muzzle never covers anything we’re not willing to destroy. If all guns are always loaded, we ensure the muzzle is in the safest available direction in the environment. Likewise, we only press the trigger – for dry practice, disassembly or doing a function check – when the muzzle is in the safest direction available.

And we never allow the muzzle to cover our hands -- and other stuff that’s made of flesh, bone and blood.

Chamber flags are a good idea on ranges and any place where people handle guns with an expectation they’ll be fired. Some manufacturers supply them with new gun purchases.

In recent years, our local gun club has gone to ‘flagging’ all firearms – rules mandating that no one touch guns while people are in the forward area (down range) not being enough, I thought. After some time, I find that the “chamber flag” rule is a pretty good one when guns are out and people are doing what they need to shoot on a club range.

Many manufacturers ship guns with chamber flags in place. Even for those who don’t, chamber flags are commonly and cheaply available. The idea is that a gun that’s out of battery – action open to the point that the mechanism cannot function – and with an obstruction in the chamber, makes life a little easier on the firing line.

Flagging the guns on a range, whether for practice or during matches is a practice way to visually see that a firearm is incapable of being fired. Looking around the web to learn about the practice was instructive.

“When handling any rifle or firearm, the action must be open with a CBI (Clear Barrel Indicator), ECI (Empty Chamber Indicator) or OBI (Open Bolt Indicator) inserted. Gun actions must remain open except when the gun is on the firing line and preparation or firing periods have begun. When shooting is finished, the action must be open and a CBI/ECI/OBI must be inserted, even when the gun is on the firing line. The gun action may be closed when it is placed in a gun case or storeroom, but must be opened and a CBI/ECI/OBI inserted as soon as it is picked up again.” Civilian Marksmanship Program, “SAFETY” page.

For operational use, I like the Hornady Rapid Rack, shown above while the gun is being prepared for accuracy testing. Below, MSG Paul Howe, Combat Shooting And Tactics, demonstrates use of the Chamber Safe.

This makes mandatory a visual and physical inspection of the firearm each time it’s handled – a good plan.

For operational use of long guns, I like the Chamber Safe ?Chamber Blocking Device. It’s a device I’d seen years back and thought little of, until MSG Paul Howe (ret’d) instructed me in its use. More lately, I’ve taken to the Hornady Rapid Rack. It’s similar in appearance to a Chamber Safe, but made to rack the action, chambering a round when needed. It serves as a chamber flag when at the range too.

Folks, let’s all follow the rules. Let’s all accept direction when someone reminds us to “mind the muzzle.” It’s civility . . . but with guns.

-- Rich Grassi

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