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El Monte Police Department Adopts a SIG SAUER "Complete Systems Solution"

SIG SAUER, Inc. announced that the El Monte Police Department has selected a full package of SIG SAUER products to create a solution for the department’s mission. The package includes pistols, rifles, suppressors and electro-optics. 

ZEISS Sports Optics Spring Into Savings Promotion

The ZEISS “Spring into Savings” promotion includes the premium Victory SF as well as the ever-popular Conquest HD binoculars from ZEISS.  Purchase a binocular from either family assortment and receive a 10% discount from March 23 – April 23, 2018.  

NSSF: YouTube’s New Policy Provides Cause for Concern

The National Shooting Sports Foundation has characterized YouTube’s new policy regarding firearms content as a “cause for concern”. The NSSF goes on to say it believes the decision “will be interpreted to block much more content than the stated goal of firearms and certain accessory sales” and has the potential to affect the industry.

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Meopta USA Introduces the TGA 75 Collapsible Spotting Scope

Meopta USA introduces the TGA 75 collapsible spotting scope.  Engineered for hunters, the classic draw-tube design of this rugged spotting scope allows the length to be shorten from 14.8 inches when fully extended to 9.8 inches when collapsed, making it easier to carry. 

NTOA Tested the Pulsar Helion XP50

Reviewers from the National Tactical Officers Association membership evaluation program have announced their positive findings on the Pulsar Helion XP50 thermal monocular. 

Springfield Armory Celebrates M1A Series with Behind-the-Scenes Video

Springfield Armory has released a short video detailing the history of its M1A series, and what goes into the creation of an American icon. The M1A product line has been produced by Springfield Armory since 1974. 

Daniel Defense to Attend the 2018 Arizona Game & Fish Outdoor Expo

Daniel Defense will attend the 2018 Arizona Game & Fish Outdoor Expo this week. The expo, which takes place from Saturday, March 24 through Sunday, March 25, will be held at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix, Arizona. 

Radians Sponsors 2018 ATA Grand American World Trapshooting Championships

Radians, a manufacturer of high performance personal protective equipment for shooters and hunters, is a proud sponsor of the 2018 Grand American World Trapshooting Championships, which will be held August 1-11 in Sparta, Illinois. 

DoubleStar Debuts STAR10-BX Rifle

DoubleStar Corp introduces the American-made STAR10-BX rifle line with two new calibers: 6.5 Creedmoor and .260 Remington. The STAR10-BX line is based upon the STAR10-B Rifle. 

CMP Seeking Staff Assistance for 2018 National Matches

The Civilian Marksmanship Program is again in search of individuals to serve as members of NM Support Staff during the 2018 National Match events, held in July. 

CrossBreed Continues PDN Sponsorship

CrossBreed Holsters will continue their sponsorship in 2018 with the Personal Defense Network Tour.  The PDN Tour consists of select qualified trainers who teach defensive training classes across the US.  

Sellmark Corporation Preps for NBS Fall Semi-Annual Market

This year’s NBS Outdoors Show is scheduled for August 28 – 31, 2018, at the Fort Worth Convention Center, in Fort Worth, Texas. Sellmark Corporation plans to showcase products from its Sightmark, Pulsar, Firefield and 12 Survivor brands.   

CCRKBA: Oregon's Initiative 42 Demonstrates Prohibition Agenda

The language of newly-filed Initiative 42 in Oregon has bared the true intent of gun control by requiring that so-called “assault weapons” be sold, surrendered, registered or removed from the state, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said.

Beretta Defense Technologies a Sponsor of USASOC Sniper Competition

Beretta Defense Technologies announced its Platinum Level Sponsorship of the USASOC 9th Annual International Sniper Competition scheduled for this week at Fort Bragg, NC. 

Bismarck Police Department Selects the SIG SAUER P320

SIG SAUER, Inc. announces that the Bismarck Police Department has selected the P320 striker-fired pistol as its handgun of choice. The city commission approved the purchase of 140 SIG SAUER P320 handguns equipped with X-RAY3 pistol sights.

CrossBreed Connects with Customers

CrossBreed Holsters has the ability to text message customers. Messages will announce special discounts, first looks at new products and allow customers to contact the firm from mobile devices.

Heckler & Koch Offers Free Magazine with New VP9SK Purchase

Between March 1 and April 15, 2018, each purchase of a Heckler & Kock VP9SK will entitle purchasers to a free additional magazine. Redemption is via the H&K web shop and must be redeemed by May 15, 2018.

Skill Set: What’s The Difference?

“What’s the difference between what you’re teaching us and what you teach law enforcement?”  This question is often asked during concealed carry and self defense classes.  “It’s almost exactly the same,” I explain, “it’s the application that’s usually different.”

To efficiently and safely work with a firearm you have to know the basics, starting with safety.  The four safety rules apply to everyone; there are no exceptions.  The fundamentals of marksmanship – aim, hold, press and follow-through - are used for shooting accurately.  Ditto for manipulations, which include loading, unloading, reloading and clearing malfunctions when they occur.

The threat response should include moving, communicating, using cover, shooting if necessary and thinking.  Moving forces the threat to react to you, puts more ground between you and the threat – which is almost always a good idea – and gets you behind cover.  You communicate with the threat, issuing verbal commands, and with other members of your team, who may or may not be armed.  Cover provides protection.  If necessary you shoot to stop the threat.  Thinking, evaluating and making decisions is necessary to win, regardless of conditions.

Everyone uses the same fundamentals and techniques to use their firearm safely and efficiently.  The difference is in tactics, the application of these skills.  In a self-defense situation you do not pursue a threat, unless it was to prevent them from attacking someone else.  When involved in a conflict you need to break off contact as soon as possible.  It’s not a good idea for to go searching for a threat, again unless necessary to save someone else, for example a family member.  If you hear gunfire the first tactic is avoidance and escape.  Normally a concealed carry holder does need or want to hold a threat or attempt to take them into custody.

A law enforcement officer’s job is to actively pursue threats.  They are trained to do this, and will often have backup when searching for threats.  When necessary law enforcement officers to go towards the shooting in order to stop the threat.  Officers receive training in the proper way to detain suspects and take them into custody.  Their application of the fundamental skills is different from that of a concealed carry holder.

One of the things that most people don’t understand is that unless you’re in the military you’re a civilian.  There are a lot of civilians who have carry permits.  Law enforcement officers are civilians, but are what I call “armed professionals.”  It’s their job to deal with dangerous situations.  Concealed carry holders avoid danger if at all possible, but if necessary are trained to protect themselves, family or friends.  Concealed carry holders and law enforcement officers use a lot of the same skills.  The difference is how, when and why they use them.

Tiger McKee is director of Shootrite Firearms Academy, located in northern Alabama.  He is the author of “The Book of Two Guns” - writes for several firearms/tactical publications, and is featured on GunTalk’s DVD, “Fighting With The 1911 -  McKee’s new book, AR-15 Skills and Drills, is available off Shootrite’s website:


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