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Norma Introduces Personal Defense Handgun Ammunition

Norma announces release of the new 9mm Monolithic Hollow Point. It includes an all copper bullet, designed to reliably feed in pistol and carbine chambers. Initial offerings feature a 9mm 108 grain projectile.

Firefield to Exhibit at Dallas Safari Club

Firefield will attend the annual Dallas Safari Club Convention and Sporting Expo and they will display their line of red dots, riflescopes, lasers and accessories.

Sightmark to Attend SHOT Show

If you’re planning to attend SHOT Show 2019, stop by booth #11924 and visit with Sightmark. Experience Sightmark products like the Ultra Shot RAM Series reflex sights along with the Citadel and Latitude Riflescope series.

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See Pulsar at SHOT Show

Stop by Pulsar’s SHOT Show booth to check out the latest Pulsar product releases. These include the Trail LRF Thermal Riflescopes, Accolade Thermal Binoculars and more new products for 2019.

American Outdoor Brands Acquires LaserLyte

American Outdoor Brands Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: AOBC) announces its Electro-Optics Division, Crimson Trace Corp., has completed the purchase of substantially all of the assets of LaserLyte, a provider of laser training and sighting products for the consumer market.

Springfield Armory Announces Cerakote Versions of SAINT Firearms

Springfield Armory is releasing limited edition runs of its SAINT FFH Rifle and SAINT Pistol in three new Cerakote finishes: Desert FDE, Tactical Gray and OD Green.

S&W Performance Center Model 442 Revolver

Performance Center announced availability of the Performance Center Model 442 revolver. This new revolver includes a number of enhancements, including a sleek two-tone finish, high-polished features, Crimson Trace LG-105 Lasergrips, and a Performance Center Tuned Action.

AAC Jaeger 30

The AAC Jaeger 30 provides sound and recoil reduction on single-shot or bolt action rifles chambered up to 300 Win Mag. It features a Grade 9 Titanium mount and blast chamber.

High Speed Gear 247 Trauma Wrap

High Speed Gear announced the addition of the 247 Trauma Wrap to their line of first aid products. Designed to streamline the carry and deployment of live saving medical gear, it’s made for regular carry by sworn and nonsworn citizens as well as covert military.

Breakthrough Clean Technologies Carbon Fiber Gun Cleaning Rods

Breakthrough Clean Technologies announced the release of their carbon fiber gun cleaning rods. They feature the Smooth Operator ergonomic handle and two premium ball bearing sets, to smoothly migrate through the bore of your barrel without binding up under pressure.

Keith Garcia: Newest Member of Team Safariland

The Safariland Group announced that police officer and champion competitive shooter Keith Garcia has joined the Safariland Shooting Team. Garcia has been a California police officer for 20 years and a competitive shooter for 15 years.

SIG SAUER Electro-Optics Partnership with Eastmans’ Publishing Group

SIG SAUER Electro-Optics is pleased to kick-off 2019 with a new, multi-year partnership with Eastman’s Publishing Group. This exciting new partnership between SIG SAUER Electro-Optics and Eastmans’ Publishing Group will include becoming the exclusive optic provider for Eastmans’ Hunting TV, sponsorship of Eastmans’ Elevated Podcast and more.

CCI Unveils New Logo, Packaging

CCI is moving forward into 2019 with several new initiatives. These include a new logo and new packaging.

Viridian Weapon-Mounted Cameras at LVMPD Range Day

Viridian Weapon Technologies will be exhibiting the FACT Duty Weapon Mounted Camera at the 2019 Las Vegas Metro Police Department Range Day held on January 21 in Las Vegas, NV. Admission to the event is free for all active and retired Fire Department, EMS, Military, and Law Enforcement officials.

SIG SAUER 2019 Product Catalog

SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to announce the availability of the official SIG SAUER 2019 Product Catalog. The SIG SAUER 2019 Product Catalog is a comprehensive review of all SIG SAUER pistols, rifles, ammunition, electro-optics, suppressors, airguns, accessories, and the SIG SAUER Academy including new product releases for 2019.

Action Target Genesis Target Retriever

Action Target announced the Genesis target retriever for indoor ranges. Designed to reduce range maintenance, streamline system control and enhance the shooter's experience, the software monitors the target retriever and detects bullet strikes to the target carrier.

Speer Introduces New Look, Logo and Online Sales

In 2019, Speer customers will see a new, fresher, more aggressive logo that sets its products apart from others in a crowded field. Another new step involves improved packaging for Speer ammunition and components.

Crimson Trace Seeks National Sales Manager

Crimson Trace Corporation has a position open for National Sales Manager at their Wilsonville, Oregon location. The successful candidate will develop and implement aggressive strategies to achieve sales goals.

Crimson Trace Position: Manufacturing Engineering Tech

Crimson Trace is seeking candidates for a Manufacturing Engineering Technician in the Wilsonville, Oregon location. The incumbent is responsible for performing diverse and complex technical assignments in support of manufacturing and product development.

Crimson Trace Lasersaddle Sight for Shockwave

Crimson Trace announced that its innovative Lasersaddle LS-250 red laser sight (and LS-250G green laser sight) for the Mossberg Shockwave firearm is now available. 

CrossBreed Holsters Introduces Models for New GLOCK G48

CrossBreed Holsters announces availability of its popular carry holsters for the just-released GLOCK G43X pistol. Alternatives include inside- and outside the waistband, belly band as well as other holstering solutions.

Springfield Armory 911 .380 Pistol Alpha Model

Springfield Armory introduced the 911 Alpha in .380, a value-priced variant of the 911 pistol. The new gun is available in stainless or black nitride & ships with a flush 6-round magazine.

Galco Holsters for GLOCK 43X and 48

Galco Gunleather has introduced multiple holster fits for the new Glock 43X and 48 pistols. These products include inside and outside the waist band holsters, shoulder rigs and ankle rigs.

XS Sights Next Gen Big Dot Shotgun Beads

XS Sights is pleased to introduce its newest Big Dot Shotgun Beads for home defense in tritium and non-tritium models. These next generation sights for shotguns incorporate the company’s glow technology to make them the brightest sights in any lighting conditions.

Galco Royal Guard 2.0 for Glock 43 and 43X

The Galco Royal Guard IWB holster has been improved and Galco has added fits for the Glock 43 and 43X. The holster is made from premium horsehide and has the rough side of the leather out for greater stability inside the trousers.

FightLite MXR

FightLite Industries announces the official production launch of its caliber and magazine convertible FightLite MXR. It’s a multi-caliber, pistol cartridge platform that is primarily chambered for 9mm NATO and is caliber convertible at the user level without tools to include .22LR, 9mm NATO, .357 Sig, .40 S&W, 10mm, 45ACP and FN 5.7 x 28mm.

Meopta USA Introduces New Dichroic Reticle Technologywith Battery-Free Illumination

Meopta USA is now offering groundbreaking new dichroic reticle technology in its MeoStar 3-12x56 riflescopes. Meopta’s patent-pending dichroic DichroTech coating enables reticles in multiple color configurations to automatically adjust color tone and intensity in varying light conditions without the use of a battery.

Hogue Inc. Unveils New Product Line-up at SHOT Show

Hogue Incorporated will be displaying their 2019 new products at SHOT Show, held January 22-25, 2019 at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Burris Optics Becomes Official Optics Sponsor of USA Shooting

Burris Optics announces its partnership with USA Shooting. As the presenting sponsor USA Shooting will announce a monthly “Burris Best” spotlighting the top athletic performance of a USA Shooting Team athlete.

Trijicon Fiber Sights added to Illuminated Sights Portfolio

Trijicon Inc., manufacturer of Brilliant Aiming Solutions introduces the new line of Trijicon® Fiber Sights to its iron sight portfolio.

Savage Expands Lineup of MSRs

Savage has expanded its award-winning lineup of MSRs. Savage will have these new firearms on display in Booth No. 14551 at the 2019 SHOT Show, January 22-25 at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

NSSF: Firearms Industry Opposes Assault Weapons Ban

The National Shooting Sports Foundation announced its opposition to the Assault Weapons Ban of 2019 introduced in the U.S. Senate late last week.

MDT Announces Acquisition of CKYE-POD

Modular Driven Technologies announces the acquisition of the CKYE-POD bipod from Ckye Thomas, owner of 406 Bullets.

Introducing SIG SAUER Blog: The Magazine

Keep up to date with the latest product news, events, personalities, and insights from SIG SAUER with ‘The Magazine’ – the newly introduced blog from SIG SAUER at

Vortex Fury HD 5000 Rangefinding Binocular

Vortex’s all-new Fury HD 5000 10x42 Rangefinding binocular is capable of ranging reflective targets to 5000 yards with an improved, fast readout. The illuminated right barrel display is can be set to yards or meters.

Paul Chartier, Tom Gresham Join NSSF’s Board of Governors

The National Shooting Sports Foundation is pleased to announce that Paul Chartier and Tom Gresham and have been appointed to its Board of Governors.

Remington 870 Tactical DM In March GUNS

Detailed in the March issue of GUNS Magazine, the Remington 870 DM combines the established functional reliability of a classic scattergun shotgun with the speed-loading abilities of a magazine-fed gun. 

Concealed Carry Magazine Competes for Best Cover

Concealed Carry Magazine entered a national contest to see who will be crowned Reader’s Choice in the American Society of Magazine Editors’ annual Best Cover Contest. The magazineis competing on Facebook against more than 200 other entrants in a competition that is judged strictly by the number of likes each entry receives.

Southwick Associates at SHOT Show

Southwick Associates will be attending the NSSF’s SHOT Show this month to help businesses better understand their market and new opportunities through customized, intelligent market research.

Umarex Exhibiting at SHOT Show

Umarex will be exhibiting at the 2019 Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show in Las Vegas. On display will be Umarex Airguns, Axeon Optics, Elite Force Airsoft, and the new Exude Series high performance lights from Optical Dynamics.

Savage Package Guns Combine Value and Performance

Savage has expanded and upgraded its lineup of XP package guns, making it easier than ever for hunters to take a rifle from the box to their blind. Savage will have these new firearms on display in Booth No. 14551 at the 2019 SHOT Show, January 22-25 at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Predator Pursuit TV’s Jeff Thomason at Pulsar Booth

If you will be in attendance at the 2019 SHOT Show, make plans to stop by Pulsar’s booth #11924 to meet Jeff Thomason from Predator Pursuit TV. A master predator hunter, Jeff will be in the booth on the SHOT Show floor Wednesday, January 23rd from 3:00-4:00 pm.

DeSantis Gunhide Variable 13 Holster

DeSantis Gunhide announces the Variable 13 holster – a flat molded OWB holster that can be configured for right- or left handed users. The removable and reversible belt loops allow changing sides, with a straight or FBI cant.

Real Avid Official Gun Cleaning Supplier of Industry Day

Real Avid, the Gun Cleaning Supplier of Industry Day at the Range, will be demonstrating their gun cleaning products on the event before the SHOT Show. Real Avid will have two gun cleaning outposts with a variety of new items.

Otis Announces 2019 SHOT Show Booth Specials

Otis Technology and Shooter’s Choice are excited to announce its presence at the 2019 Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show in Las Vegas. The Otis & Shooter’s Choice booth can be found in the same location as the Otis booth in prior years, at booth number 14213.

Starline Brass to Exhibit at 2019 SHOT Show

Starline Brass will be exhibiting at the 2019 SHOT Show in booth #4258 on the lower floor of the Sands Convention Center. Starline will be showcasing their newest rifle brass offerings including .224 Valkyrie, .30-30, .348 and .375 Winchester, 5.56x45mm, and .222 Remington.

GLOCK Slimlines Accuracy and Handling Tests

Due to the uncharacteristically wet season, the range was a mess. I was able to do accuracy work with the little GLOCK Slimline pistols. I limited the initial exam to two loads per gun as I was rushed.

Shooting from the bench at 25 yards, I found that the guns will, at their best, shoot into around two inches at 25 yards. This assumes a properly secured machine rest. In human hands, expect 3 – 4 inch groups at the same distance.

The following results were recorded:


Federal “Micro” 150 gr. HST


3 1/3”

Vertical stringing (grip)

Hornady Critical Defense 115 gr.


2 ¼”

Strike 4 ¾” low at 25 yards


Super Vel 115 gr. Solid Copper HP +P


3 ½”

American Gunner 115 gr.


1 ¾”

Vertical stringing tells me that my grip is inconsistent. I don’t see that as a regular issue with either gun, but happened intermittently for me. I’m thinking I need more friction -- perhaps Talon Grip will release a G43x-G48 version of their carry-appropriate grip “tape.”

As to the low point of impact, it’s apparent that both guns shoot to the “dot,” not to the top edge of the front sight. Holding intentionally high gave a good elevation but I was tending left at least some of the time. Add the inconsistency of my grip to my natural tendency to push left and we have the windage issue. Legendary Lawman “Marshal” Chuck Haggard has since tried to coach me on this issue and we’ll see how that plays out in future range trips.

As to the ammunition, the Hornady American Gunner load continues to surprise me. It’s very consistent and very accurate as well as being a ‘value priced’ offering.

Using a hasty rest at the bench on 25 yard targets, a pair of loads was tried from each gun. Below, the G43 magazine is a great deal thinner than the G43X/G48 magazine -- to keep the magazine from being longer while still giving a 10-round capacity.

During a morning when the range deck was frozen, keeping me from having to trudge through a bog, I shot the comparative standards with each gun as well as the ‘abbreviated Feeb’ (my fifty-round version of the current FBI qual) and practice drills with the guns. I found I did “okay” with the GLOCK 48 using Federal “Aluminum” practice ammo. It was a complete BOLO with the G43X and the aforementioned Hornady American Gunner load. I could cry about the cold temps, digging the gun out from under layers of clothing, the eight weeks since I’d fired that course, or any number of other issues, but these are the things one should expect when facing the event you least want to face.

That makes it a good test.

The G48 was at least under 40 seconds cumulatively – only slightly. Only two guns were slower for me before this experience. With the GLOCK 43X, the time was bad enough before the five seconds added for penalties – a real record for me on this course of fire.

Layers of clothing hampers the draw -- and reholstering. Below, the 5-yard, 1-hole effort with the G48 using Winchester "White Box" didn't create a 5-shot 1-hole group -- but it wasn't bad.

Aside from the layers of clothing – something that would affect any gun on this kind of evaluation – the thinner frames of these samples were harder for me to index than the typical ‘fat’ frame of the standard GLOCK 9mm pistol. That’s not something I expected, as the non-double stack guns were always better for me before I went with G19 as the regular carry piece in 2001. I found I needed more ‘grip’ on the guns too.

Doing the abbreviated Feeb on the QIT-99 target with the G43X ended with two down, on the left. That wasn’t terrible, but it’s a course I normally clean with about anything. I used 124 grain FMJ loads from Black Hills Ammunition for this course.

Using Winchester “White Box” 115 grain FMJ and the IALEFI-Q target with the GLOCK 48, I shot singles, pairs, singles from guard, a pair of five-shot strings at 25 yards and the ‘one-hole’ drill from five yards. There were three hits outside the ‘rings’ at 7 o’clock, and all but two in the rings were in the “x.” I felt a little better.

While the “one-hole” at five yards wasn’t, both five-round strings were tight.

These are new guns, a new form-factor for GLOCK. I didn’t expect sterling results from the start – but it’s nice when that happens. I’ll continue my work with them and keep you posted.

- - Rich Grassi


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