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S&W's Battenfeld Technologies to Acquire Taylor Brands
Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation's Accessories Division, Battenfeld Technologies, Inc., has signed a definitive agreement pursuant to which BTI Tools, LLC ("BTI Tools"), a newly formed, wholly owned subsidiary of Battenfeld Technologies, Inc., will purchase substantially all of the assets of Taylor Brands, LLC ("Taylor Brands"), a designer and distributor of high quality knives and specialty tools, for $85.0 million, utilizing cash on hand.
New Bushnell LRHSi 4.5-18x 44mm Riflescope Boosts Accuracy with Illuminated Reticle
Bushnell now offers its proven Elite Long Range Hunting Scope (LRHS) with an illuminated reticle to help hunters quickly put their aiming point on target in all light conditions, even at extreme distances.
Team Safariland¹s Golob Defends Her Title at 2016 USPSA Area 7 Championships
Safariland congratulates Team Safariland member Julie Golob on defending her title as the USPSA Area 7 Ladies Production Champion, and her placement of 21st overall among 296 competitors at the 2016 USPSA Area 7 Championships held July 9-10 in Augusta, Maine.

Sig Sauer
Platinum Sponsors for TacSol Rimfire Challenge NW Regionals
Tactical Solutions is proud to announce the 2016 NSSF Rimfire Challenge NW Regional Championship August 13th and 14th at the Parma Rod and Gun Club. Platinum sponsors include Armalite, Century Arms, Magpul, Vortex, Hogue, Inc., Powder River Precision and Mammoth Coolers.
DeSantis Holsters Available for Guns with Crimson Trace Green Laserguards
DeSantis Gunhide, a division of HELGEN Industries Inc., introduces new holster fits for Crimson Trace Green Laserguards. These include the Mini-Scabbard, Nemesis and Super Fly, among others.
Inland Mfg. Awards Pistol to Top Pistol Shooter at 2016 Nationals
Inland Manufacturing and MKS Supply, LLC announced their sponsorship at the National Championships National Trophy Individual (NTI) Pistol Match fired July 16 at Camp Perry, Ohio. Inland Manufacturing provided the winner, Army PFC Christopher Hudock a member of the U. S. Army Marksmanship Unit with a new Inland Manufacturing World War II 1911 A1 style pistol.

Ruger
Breitbart's AWR Hawkins on Armed American Radio
Each Sunday on Armed American Radio, host Mark Walters welcomes journalist AWR Hawkins from Breitbart News as political analyst and regular contributor.
Heritage Rough Rider Scores Best Seller in New Revolver Category
Heritage Manufacturing, Inc. hit the number one new firearms revolver spot on the Top 5 - Best Sellers Gun List for the month of June on GunBroker.com. The online auction site for gun sales also had the Rough Rider ranked third in May.
Beretta Collaborates with McRee Precision on Limited Edition Tikka Rifle
Beretta U.S.A. announces the launch of a new, limited edition, Precision Rifle -- a joint project between Beretta U.S.A. and McRee Precision. The rifle, designated TSR-1, combines the barrel and action of the Tikka T3 Compact Tactical Rifle with a custom-built aluminum chassis from McRee Precision.

NSSF
Carla Robertson Promoted to Controller
Hornady is pleased to announce that Carla Robertson has been promoted to the position of Controller. Prior to her promotion, Robertson held the position of Assistant Controller for the past seven years with Hornady.
Comp-Tac Supports Law Enforcement
Comp-Tac Victory Gear has announced that they will donate $5,000 to the Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.). In addition, Comp-Tac has increased their regular individual LE/Mil discount to 50% off starting July 20th through August 20th.
Sonic Boom Sponsor of TacSol's NW Regional Rimfire Championship
Sonic Boom is pleased to announce their position as a Platinum sponsor of the Tactical Solutions Northwest Regional Rimfire Championship. The TacSol NSSF Rimfire Challenge Northwest Championship will be held August 13th and 14th at the Parma Rod and Gun Club.
Zeiss Victory V8 Rail Mount
Carl Zeiss Sports Optics announced three added models of rail mount scopes to the Victory V8 line. This additional premium feature from ZEISS enables simple and quick mounting of the riflescope without any adhesion problems associated with a ring and base combination.
Remington Announces New Worldwide Distribution Center
Remington Outdoor Company announces the July 25, 2016, opening of its new worldwide distribution center in Southaven, Mississippi. The Southaven distribution center has extensive logistics and transportation infrastructure, key geographic proximity and the full support of the community.
Gun Digest Releases its 71st Edition
The Gun Digest 71st Edition has a premium collection of fascinating articles by the best names in gun writing covering all categories of rifles, handguns and shotguns. "The World's Greatest Gun Book" is available now.
MidwayUSA Brings on IMI 7.62x51mm Ammo
MidwayUSA is pleased to announce the addition of Israeli Military Industries (IMI) 7.62x51mm NATO 150 Grain Full Metal Jacket Ammunition. This ammunition is new production, non-corrosive, in boxer-primed, reloadable brass cases.
Firefield Laser-Light Designator
The Firefield AR Laser-Light Designator allows fast target acquisition without compromising your sight-picture or field of view. Firefield's workhorse, IPX4 weatherproof laser-light system incorporates a precision 5mW green laser with an intense 180 lumen white LED.
Wilson Combat Ultralight Carry Commander
The Wilson Combat Ultralight Carry Commander is a 4.25" bushing barrel top end mated to a lightweight aluminum alloy frame. It features the full-size 1911 grip frame but the overall length is shorter than the 'government size 1911 and the alloy frame makes the package lighter. Available in 9x19mm and .45 ACP.
Daniel Defense Integrally Suppressed Rifle
Daniel Defense has taken suppressed weapons to the next level with the release of their new DDM4ISR rifle. This new rifle, designed for fulltime-suppressed fire and optimized for the .300 Blackout cartridge, features a fully integrated suppressor attached to its barrel.
PFC Hudock Earns First NTI Win at 2016 National Trophy Pistol Matches
In a tight National Trophy Individual Pistol Match, fired on July 17, PFC Christopher Hudock, 26, of the Army Marksmanship Unit (AMU), received his name on the General Custer Trophy as the overall winner by finishing strong in the last stage of the event – earning the win by his rapid fire score of 99-7x.
Slide Fire Donation to GCA Giveaway
Slide Fire Solutions, represented by Ken Jefferies & Associates, has donated a Slide Fire SSAR-15 MOD Stock to the GCA Ultimate Gun Giveaway. The stock is included in the AR-15/1911 Package of the giveaway. The giveaway consists of three prize packages with a combined value of over $14,000.
 
Editor's Notebook: Handling Post-Encounter Issues
Shooting at the range and training can be fun, but consider the aftermath of a lethal encounter -- that takes planning.
Much of the training, writing, internet videos explore gear and applications of force. It's necessary of course, but it seems that the least addressed aspect of deadly force is every bit as critical to success: what happens after the shots are fired and your ears are ringing?

This is not a simple, one-dimensional thing: how do you not snatch defeat from the jaws of victory by an improper post-shooting procedure, how do you ensure that you're not destroyed by the offender's confederates, responding police, other armed persons nearby – or if you are bleeding out from gunshot wounds? After all that, we consider the legal reality.

Dave Spaulding is known for saying that you must an active participant in your own rescue. That's relevant in the fight – and all that precedes it – and it's relevant in the aftermath. It's all on you and you can't rely on others to prepare for the ugly eventualities on your behalf.

I'm aware of the bleating in big media about the horrors of the stupidly named "stand your ground" laws. Ask them, they'd likely tell you the Castle Doctrine upon which the "no need to prove inability to retreat" laws are based is just as bad. There are states' attorneys who have no love of self defense law and likely believe that you have no right to defend yourself from an attack – particularly if you're forced to use the ultimate force option to save yourself or others you have a duty to protect.

And it doesn't stop there. Anyone who believes you can only be tried once for a single event has real issues. I'm no lawyer and I know about 'double jeopardy,' but the armed citizen can face criminal and civil liability. The police officer can – and does – face criminal and civil liability at both state and federal levels. That's four potential trials before we examine the potential employment liability in internal agency investigations.

Any idea why someone wouldn't choose a career in law enforcement?

Some light reading and the ID card from the Armed Citizens' Legal Defense Network.
I attended Deadly Force Instructor in 1998, taught by friend and mentor Massad Ayoob. I annually took – and taught – instructor level training in uses of force by police. Let's say I became a little acquainted with the law.

I'm no lawyer though, nor is Mas. His second great book on the topic of understanding the rules of the road in terms of deadly force, Deadly Force: Understanding Your Right to Self Defense, is as important a work as you can find on the topic. There's another text on the topic, a complementary work – not a replacement, and that's attorney Andrew Branca's The Law of Self Defense.

The Foreword of the text is written by the aforementioned Ayoob and sets the context of the two books – and the two instructors, as Branca teaches a well-attended course based on his book.

He goes beyond Mas's book in the sense that he breaks down various legal elements on a state-by-state basis – yes, there are differences and you better know the rules where you live – and the rules of locations to which you travel.

The context of the legal battle is set in terms of competing narratives, the state advancing a theory of criminal behavior behind your use of deadly force and your defense creating the image of defendant as a crime victim in perilous straits. Branca sets the five links, essential components of a successful self-defense claim, as innocence, imminence, proportionality, avoidance and reasonableness.

This sounds remarkably like the 'circumstance that justifies homicide,' as put forth by Ayoob: "immediate, otherwise unavoidable danger of death or great bodily harm to the innocent."

Branca examines these in turn, then explores issues like 'defense of property.' Instead of quickly dismissing the concept, he explores it with a keen analysis – showing you "his work" and how he arrived at the conclusion most of us in the field share. He advances a legally sound defense strategy – minimizing your exposure to liability entanglements completely. His state specific information – which, as Ayoob points out is alone worth the price of the book – covers provocation/aggressor laws, 'regaining innocence' laws, justified deadly force, the duty to retreat in deadly force cases, legal presumption of reasonableness, justifiable use of force in defense of others, use of non-deadly force in defense of property – and use of deadly force in defense of property.

Taking the class to get your permit doesn't make you ready to roam about armed in public no more than simple citizenship allows a blanket pass to armed self defense on your own property. As a Natural Right, self defense requires some thought, soul-searching and consideration.

Understanding this, you need to study both texts. Add to that some active and ongoing protection, like membership in the Armed Citizens' Legal Defense Network.

Failure to do so can move you down the road to negative outcomes in the form of civil and criminal penalties.

Get both books, read them. Be an active participant in your own legal rescue.

-- Rich Grassi
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