WED | SEPTEMBER 28, 2022

Jake Stine of Team SK finished 3rd overall securing him a place on the podium at the inaugural 2022 Lapua Monarch Cup.
Congratulations to Team Berger member Amanda Elsenboss for winning the prestigious President’s 100 Rifle Match during the 2022 Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) National Rifle Matches.
SIGHTRON announced that they are the official riflescope and spotting scope sponsor of the 2022 Extreme Benchrest Airgun Championship. SIGHTRON will be sponsoring the attendee goodie bag with several promotional items included.

The 37th annual Gun Rights Policy Conference is scheduled for Sept. 30-Oct.2 at the Westin Dallas-Fort Worth Airport hotel, Irving, Texas. It will feature more than 70 speakers covering a wide range of topics including Second Amendment legal action, the upcoming Nov. 8 midterm elections, state and local affairs, the media, personal protection and more.
Preserving the future of shooting sports means providing a variety of assets to young shooters, including mentors, ranges, and funding. Recently, MidwayUSA Foundation offered all three to air rifle and air pistol shooters at an Air Gun Training Camp held in Fort Wayne, Indiana at the X Count facility.
The Remington Gun Club hosted the inaugural Shoot to Cure charitable fundraiser on Friday, September 23, 2022 in Lonoke, Arkansas. The sporting clays shoot raised a five-figure amount in support of the Arkansas Children’s Foundation.

DeSantis Gunhide introduces the Slim-Tuk™ holster for the WALTHER PDP, PDP F-SERIES 3.5"-5" with or without Red Dot Sight
The Headrest Safe Company, LLC announced that Jeff Naranjo will assume the role of Chief Manufacturing Officer. As the Chief Manufacturing Officer, Naranjo oversees the company’s manufacturing processes as well as sourcing suppliers and vendors.
The National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers announced that FightLite will be sponsoring an NASGW Expo Happy Hour on Wednesday, October 26th in Kansas City, MO.

Christensen Arms announced that they have hired industry veteran, Willie Vernon, as the Executive Vice President of Marketing. Prior to joining Christensen Arms, Willie worked as head of Marketing for BOTE, SilencerCo, Vista Outdoors Tactical Business Unit and Rex Specs.
Available for a limited time, EasyExport’s first-ever signup promotion offers companies that sign-up a discounted implementation and setup savings to enable them to start selling guns, parts, and accessories to international dealers, consumers, and others easily and safely from their own facilities.
Hunting and target shooting participation diversity has increased in the U.S. over the past decade according to a new report released by the Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports (Council) and the Outdoor Foundation.
Buck Knives announces the hiring of Drew Stephens as the company’s Director of Engineering and New Product Development.
AMMO, Inc. celebrated the grand opening of its new 185,000 square foot world-class ammunition manufacturing facility in Manitowoc, WI, on September 22nd.
Firearms Policy Coalition announced the filing of a new lawsuit challenging the provisions in California SB 1327 that are designed to suppress and chill legitimate challenges to firearms regulations and were enacted as retribution for Texas’s SB 8 abortion law.

The Second Amendment Foundation today filed a complaint in U.S. District Court in West Virginia, challenging the federal prohibition on handgun sales to young adults ages 18-20, and is asking for a declaratory judgment and injunctive relief. Joining SAF in this legal action are the West Virginia Citizens Defense League and two private citizens, Benjamin Weekley and Steven Brown. Defendants are the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, ATF Director Steven Dettelbach and Attorney General Merrick Garland, in their official capacities. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia. The case is known as Brown v. ATF.
The Second Amendment Foundation has filed suit in federal court in California, asking for injunctive relief and a declaratory judgment against the state’s new law which includes a one-way fee shifting penalty in the government’s favor that applies only to litigation challenging state gun laws.
Henry Repeating Arms is pleased to announce two limited-edition models celebrating the company’s twenty-fifth anniversary.

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. announced the Marlin Model 1895 Guide Gun. Formerly known as an "1895 GBL" (Guide Big Loop), this model is Ruger's first reintroduction in the Guide Gun family of rifles and Ruger's first introduction of an alloy steel Marlin rifle with a blued finish.
Apex Tactical Specialties is pleased to announce the release of the all new MRAT Compensator for the FNX-45 model pistols equipped with a factory threaded barrel.
Primary Arms Optics has just released their first 1-10x scope, the SLx 1-10x28mm SFP Rifle Scope, which launches with a choice of two ACSS reticles. Priced at $449.99, this new 1-10x LPVO delivers premium performance with unprecedented value.
Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. announced the Marlin Model 1895 Guide Gun. Formerly known as an "1895 GBL" (Guide Big Loop), this model is Ruger's first reintroduction in the Guide Gun family of rifles and Ruger's first introduction of an alloy steel Marlin rifle with a blued finish.
Alien Gear Holsters and the Rapid Force line of Level 2 and Level 3 Duty Holsters introduce the LVL 2 Slim Holster. It accommodates suppressor height sights of 0.475-inches and the optic cut is compatible with all standard optic mounting plates.
What if, like millions of other Americans, you already own a standard pistol — not optics ready — and want to mount a micro-red-dot? Technological advances in design and manufacturing have allowed the engineers at Meprolight to solve these problems with the Mepro microRDS.
RECOIL Magazine has released its newest issue, featuring a “distinct Eastern European flavor."
Laney Bohl of Mitchell hit 35 of 40 targets to win the Nebraska Youth Smallbore Silhouette Invitational on Sept. 24 at Pressey Wildlife Management Area south of Broken Bow.
The Green Valley ranges are open in Columbia, Missouri and again welcoming international competitors to the challenges of The Plates, The Practical, The Barricades, and The Mover. Bianchi Cup competition is back to full strength with new faces claiming the titles in the most prestigious handgun tournament of the year.

Revolver coverage continues from the “Chopper #75” piece in yesterday’s Tactical Wire.

Earlier in the year, Colt announced the production of the 2020 Python 357 Magnum with a three-inch barrel. As they already had the revolver in a 4.2” and 6” format, why the shorter gun?

Because so many revolver aficionados are fond of snub revolvers and they bring some advantages to the table. To read our coverage of this fine wheelgun, check out the original story and the follow-up.

Thereafter, I found that gun crafter John Harrison was making replacement sights for the new revolvers – and they could use them. While I could see the red ramp front sight, it’s short, as is the rear sight window. Others complained that the rear sight didn’t hold zero – something I hadn’t run across, but I don’t doubt my sources. The improved sights (a new rear sight slide and a new front sight) are available on John’s website, Harrison Design & Consulting, LLC. The new rear sight blade has rounded corners to prevent snagging fabric or cutting skin. The set screw is the more commonly used 1/16” hex key and it has been moved to the center of the blade. It’s quite thick front-to-back, implying some durability. The front sight is higher than the original and wide enough to feature ‘color contrasting’ features like gold beads, fiber optic rods or tritium. Easily changed, I placed the Harrison front sight with gold bead myself.

The rear sight slide needs fitting; John explains how on his website. As you don’t want me cutting on precision parts, I’d asked Mike Rafferty to help out. The photos show him laboriously fitting it using a fine emery paper with frequent stops to test fit. He did a first-rate job.

In the previous image, you saw the fine emery paper Rafferty used to slim the new sight slide. In the image above, he test fits the slide to the sight body. Below, the sights are installed - as is the new Hogue cocobolo Monogrip.

While I was at it, I sought a better solution for a stock for the Python. The SILE version of the Herrett’s stock was good, but it didn’t belong to me. I checked in with Patrick Hogue at Hogue Products. He recommended an Exotic Hardwood revolver stock, the one-piece Monogrip – for the Colt Python. It was made from Cocobolo.

I got a message from him -- “Would you like for me to pull a nice wood example and round off the butt a little for a better complement to a 3” ‘snake’?” I quickly agreed. The new stock – yes, the packaging refers to the Hogue Monogrip (a trademark) as the “Exotic Hardwood Revolver Stock” – was a great example of the breed.

The wood is from Central America, a type often used for fine furniture, cabinetry, musical instruments, custom pool cues. It has a very smooth finish.

It’s great to work with professionals. Pat is the revolver enthusiast in the Hogue operation and he was willing to help the cause of the snubbed reptile.

Here’s more information about Hogue products from our service

“It was in 1968 that Hogue got its start. Guy Hogue, who was with the LAPD at the time, began making custom grips for revolvers. They quickly became popular with his colleagues in the department and soon he had a local Los Angeles firearms dealer selling them as well. By 1970, when Guy retired from the LAPD, his grip business had taken off. He moved to Cambria, California, built a workshop and published his first brochure, further fueling demand for his custom wood grips. The mail-order business immediately exploded and Guy Hogue quickly reached full capacity.” (Paul Erhardt)

In the email conversation, Pat drew my attention to the fact that the current production Colt Anaconda has the same grip frame dimensions as the current-issue Python. He wrote, “Something to note: The new Anaconda is made with a Python grip tang and actually is shipped with the Hogue 46000 grip as OE (original equipment).”

And that’s as good a choice as there is – for a wide range of human hand-sizes. There are a few people like Bill Jordan who can palm a VW Beetle the way others can a basketball, but that’s not the majority.

The Monogrip fills the space behind the trigger guard and isn’t widely flared at the base like ‘classic’ target stocks were. It also broadens the space at the height of the tang, where a recoil hump would be on the S&W product. That spreads the impact of recoil across more area, lessening the effect of the blow.

Now with improved sights and a stock that better fits me, it was time to shoot the new Colt again.

Arranging leather was also simple, as Galco has added the 3” Python to their holster fits – I selected their Summer Comfort IWB holster. The Galco holster is tightly and properly fitted to the 3-inch snub and carries the gun close.

I took the assembled gear to the range to zero the gun to its new sights. I shot it with Cor-Bon 147 grain FMJ Match ammo from 20 yards, shot from a seated rest over the Caldwell Pistolero Handgun Rest. The first rounds fired went 4 ¼” low; a quick adjustment and we were zeroed.

I confirmed the zero with a short-range assessment on an IALEFI-Q target. The distances are listed, as is the procedure and my “points down.”

10 ft – pair (down one), followed by a pair strong hand only, and a pair fired weak hand only (6 rounds)

20 ft – Failure drill x 2 (down two) (6 rounds)

30 ft – pair (2 rounds)

60 ft – pair x2 (4 rounds)


I used Federal American Eagle 158gr RNL ammo for the course of 18 rounds. The slightly modified Hogue Monogrips stock was quite comfortable and fit me quite well. Between the gun, the new sights and the stock, I have no room to complain.

Besides, the gun just looks good. The front sight – with the gold bead – stands out, the rear sight slide is nicely rendered, gives an excellent sight picture. These sights are a great addition for the new Python line.

If you like revolvers, this is a great way to go. If you don’t, you don’t know what you’re missing.

-- Rich Grassi

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