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Christensen Arms Releases New Modern Sporting Rifles
Christensen Arms is proud to announce the official release of the CA-15 and CA-10 Gen 2 rifles. These rifles are available with either stainless steel or carbon fiber barrels and feature newly designed, billet 7075 receiver sets that were engineered to mate seamlessly with a slim-profile, aerograde carbon fiber handguard.
Ruger Precision Rifle in 5.56 NATO/.223 Rem.
Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. introduced the Ruger Precision Rifle chambered in 5.56 NATO/.223 Rem. Delivering low recoil and exceptional accuracy potential from a wide variety of 5.56 NATO and .223 Rem. ammunition, the availability of the Ruger Precision Rifle in this new chambering broadens the appeal of the already very popular rifle.
Apex Now Shipping New Flat Advanced Trigger for Sig Sauer P320
Apex Tactical Specialties is now shipping the all new Flat Advanced Trigger for the Sig Sauer P320 series of pistols. Designed to reduce trigger pull weight by approximately 2 lbs., the new trigger has an MSRP of $49.95.

Sig Sauer
Tactical Solutions Promotes Keith Feeley
Tactical Solutions announces the promotion of Keith Feeley to Director of Brand and Product Services. In this role, Keith will be broadening his marketing leadership with a focus on increasing brand presence in the marketplace.
Lyman Products Sweepstakes
Win the reloading setup of your dreams, by entering the Lyman Products "What's on Your Bench" sweepstakes. The Grand Prize includes a Savage Axis II XP Hardwood Stock Rifle, a Borecam Borescope, a Cyclone Rotary Tumbler, a T-Mag Expert Reloading Kit, and everything you need for reloading and firearms maintenance.
Barrett Fieldcraft Now Shipping
Barrett is excited to announce that shipments of Fieldcraft rifles to distributors have begun. This rifle is designed to be carried further on long days in the field and perform like a Barrett at that critical moment.

Ruger
Stone Glacier Avail 2200 Pack
Stone Glacier has added a new pack, the Avail 2200. Designed to meet the needs of hunters, climbers and skiers, it's an ultralight daypack that can still be used with Stone Glacier's KruX or XCurve Frames to achieve heavy load carrying capacity to comfortably haul meat and gear out of the backcountry.
Steiner Hires Seth Fields
Steiner Optics announces Seth Fields as the National Sales Manager, Commercial Accounts. Fields will be the brand ambassador to the commercial market, responsible for managing all strategic and tactical aspects of Steiner's relationships with its customers.
Team Hornady at Long Range Shooting Experience
Team Hornady shooters attended the Long Range Shooting Experience at Rockcastle Shooting Center in Park City, KY, a challenging match designed to be a true test of a shooter and their equipment.

NSSF
DeSantis Hunter's Holster
DeSantis Gunhide introduced a new product, a holster for hunters. The M72 Yukon Hunting Rig is a chest holster on a harness system of heavy duty ballistic nylon. The large auto version has a magazine pouch.
Century Arms Announces Release of New AK-47 Pistols
Century Arms has announced that the newest addition to their AK-47 line, the C39v2 and RAS47 AK pistols, are now shipping and will be available through major distributors and retailers across the country. The C39v2 and RAS47 AK pistols combine the high-quality features seen in their rifle counterparts, trimmed down into a compact pistol form.
ProForce Law Enforcement Seeking Buyer
ProForce Law Enforcement is currently seeking a Buyer to join their hardworking team in Prescott, Arizona. ProForce is an innovative leader in the sale and distribution of law enforcement equipment and recognized for its excellence in creative marketing, technology, and world-class customer service.
Leupold's VX-5HD Line
Leupold introduces its new VX-5HD line of riflescopes. The VX-5HD features a 5x erector assembly, fitting perfectly into Leupold's line up between the VX-3i and the VX-6HD.
Atlanta to Host NRA's 146th Annual Meetings & Exhibits
The 146th National Rifle Association Annual Meetings and Exhibits will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia from April 27-30, 2017. This four-day event features more than 15 acres of the most spectacular displays of firearms, and shooting and hunting accessories in the world.
GPO, USA Passion 3X Riflescopes
GPO, USA introduces the PASSION 3X riflescope portfolio. The PASSION 3X riflescope lineup is built on a 1" machined aluminum main-tube and includes 40mm, 42mm, and 50mm objective lens models.
GPO, USA Hires Total Sales & Marketing
GPO, USA has hired Total Sales & Marketing to represent GPO, USA in 13 western states. Total Sales & Marketing will be responsible for all channels of trade and products within the GPO portfolio.
GPO, USA GPOTAC Riflescope
GPO, USA introduces the GPOTAC 8Xi riflescope. It is built on a 34mm machined aircraft aluminum main tube and comes standard with an iControl fiber-optic, auto-off, illuminated, and mil-spec horseshoe reticle.
Grizzly Cartridge Company Hires Elite Outdoor Sports Marketing
Grizzly Cartridge Company has hired Elite Outdoor Sports Marketing as its national sales representation company. Moving forward, Elite Outdoor Sports Marketing will manage all outside sales for the Rainier, Oregon based ammunition manufacturer.
GPO, USA Passion HD Binoculars
GPO, USA announces the PASSION HD binocular portfolio. The PASSION HD binocular lineup is built on a high-performance and highly durable magnesium frame and includes 42mm and 50mm objective lens models.
Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle in .450 Bushmaster
Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. announced that the Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle is now chambered in .450 Bushmaster. The .450 Bushmaster model offers big-bore, high-energy performance in a compact and handy rifle which weighs only 6.6 pounds.
Lyman Digital Trigger Pull Gauge
Lyman is pleased to announce the release of a new and improved model of their very popular Digital Trigger Pull Gauge. The new model Trigger Pull Gauge features a solid collapsible rod with 4 locking positions. This feature increases ease of use with a wide variety of firearms, and prevents the rod from moving when applying pressure to the trigger.
TRUGLO TRITIUM PRO Evaluated by NTOA
TRUGLO Inc is pleased to announce that the new TRITIUM PRO handgun night sights surpassed expectations and impressed members of the National Tactical Officers Association. NTOA Evaluators put the TRITIUM PRO sights through rigorous testing and scored them based on several categories including: design, performance, quality, durability, versatility, accuracy and ease of use.
Team Springfield Junior Shooters Sweep USPSA Area 2 Championship
Springfield Armory is pleased to announce another big finish at one of USPSA's most prestigious championships by Team Springfield™'s junior competitors. It was a clean sweep of the USPSA Area 2 Championship by the youngest members of Team Springfield, Justine and Jalise Williams.
 
Editor's Notebook: Targets
As far back as 1999, stencils were used to 'doctor up' blank targets. This photo was taken at the old Maricopa County (AZ) Sheriff's range in 1999.
In the beginning, there was an unadorned mark at which to shoot, a plain circle called the "bull's eye." As we got further and further from constant and consistent battle – if that state every truly existed after the advent of bow and arrow – it was decided that a target should in some way resemble something one would face, whether hunting or fighting.

The silhouette target was a "bullseye" in the form of a human, more or less. As people found how easy that was to hit in those charming "Mickey Mouse accuracy tests" called qualification, scoring rings were added. People began gaming the system in competition that simulated agency quals and the scoring rings were tightened using the existing ISU scoring system. An "X" was placed at the middle to break ties and game-types kept working the guns, ammo – and the techniques – to beat that game.

Somewhere along this mess, I showed up in American law enforcement. My first qualification was fired on 'cartoon targets' from ATS. The scoring was like the B-21 which is somewhat like the FBI-Q. After that, I was propelled backwards in the next agency that used the B-27. Like a big red barn, except a tiny bit smaller, qualification scoring was maxed inside the "8" ring. It's like the A/C zone except maybe bigger. A little.

It was brought to my attention that we were shooting at faceless, not apparently armed humanoid shapes wearing scoring rings for a t-shirt.

There are graphic targets out there -- if your agency budget can afford those plus the required targets for POST qualification.
If you want targets with faces and threat indicators these days, the only limit is the agency target budget. Between the cost of targets and the shipping – which is a big part of the cost – it's money that eats into your ammo and training aids budget.

Besides, there are states and agencies married to one target or another. In my state, for example, the state says "Agencies must use either the FBIQ or IALEFIQ target for the adopted (that is, state mandated) qualification course of fire."

Neither necessarily has a 'face' or a threat indicator. The rules don't say they can't be added and the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors has an approved target line, same dimensions, with photo overlays. That could mean you could buy an assortment of state-approved targets, some of which are marginally realistic.

But qualification isn't training and targets can be doctored up. I found that the instructor who brought the NRA Law Enforcement into the modern age, Clive Shepherd, had access to a copy machine and knew we did too. He got us to using "faces and guns" by stapling photocopied threat indicators and faces on the standard (at the time) NRA TQ-21, a buff silhouette.

Some used stencils and spray paint. I copied some stencils onto copy paper and cut them out of file folders using a hobby knife. Similar techniques are all predicated on making the target something else for a training reason. An instructor who handled LEOSA retiree qualifications for people who'd moved out of the states in which they served to settle in his state was required to have them shoot the state daytime qual and to do a "threat ID" course. He simply had props and would have the retiree face up range while he went down range and set the target up. He'd then give the attendee the very short scenario and have him turn to face the target. There were three evolutions – and it was 100% to pass.

The Patriot Stencils "open hand" stencil is shown between "staple on" face and threat indictor items.
Now – after I'm long out of the training game – Patriot Stencils comes along and makes die-cut stencils that should last practically forever. Made from mylar – a polyester film, it's material used for industrial stencils.

As opposed to the cardboard/file-folder cut-outs of mine that were crudely constructed, these can be cleaned and re-used over and over. They can be rolled up for storage – in short, a grand answer.

Mark up your plain silhouettes, put the "open hands" or "pointing hand" on some, perhaps the "knife" threat indicator on some that are perhaps a bit far away from the firing point – or use the gun.

There's even a bullseye stencil with an 8" diameter outside ring – good for using an aiming point for trainees until they're able to find the "spot" on unmarked targets. I'd been stapling B-8s on my targets.

Shooting gear continues to improve and training items are coming right along. If you are stuck with a blank target, take a look at Patriot Stencils to doctor them up. Then document your training.

-- Rich Grassi
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