Crimson Trace

Thursday : April 27 : 2017
Home : Subscription : Archives : Contact : RSS
Potterfields Donate Over $530,000 to Support Youth Shooting Sports
Larry and Brenda Potterfield, owners of MidwayUSA, recently donated $530,470 to the MidwayUSA Foundation to benefit youth shooting sports. A large portion of the donation stems from a 2017 matching program administered by the MidwayUSA Foundation.
Live from the 2017 NRA Annual Meetings - This Week on Tom Gresham's Gun Talk
Tom Gresham's Gun Talk broadcasts live from the NRA Annual Meetings in Atlanta, GA, this Sunday, April 30th, from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm Eastern at the FN America booth, #2429.
Aimpoint Celebrity Booth Appearances at the 2017 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits
Aimpoint is proud to announce five celebrity guest appearances in their booth at the 2017 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Atlanta, GA, April 28-30.

Sig Sauer
Benelli to Release Limited Edition M1014
Benelli announces the availability of a limited number of its famed M1014 shotguns, which will be available through authorized Benelli retailers beginning in June 2017.
Girard Joins Benelli USA as Vice President of Sales
Benelli USA announces the hiring of Rob Girard as the company's Vice President of Sales, effective April 17.
Team Safariland to Appear at NRA Show Booth #2142
Team Safariland members including Rob Leatham, Julie Golob, Maggie Reese, Doug Koenig, Bobby McGee, Robert Vogel and Team Bianchi Kenda Lenseigne will be available for meet and greets at this year's National Rifle Association Annual Meetings & Exhibits, April 27-30 in Atlanta, Georgia, booth #2142.

Leupold VX-3i Awarded Golden Bullseye
Leupold & Stevens, Inc. has received the coveted Golden Bullseye award from the editors of the National Rifle Association's American Hunter magazine for the industry-changing VX-3i riflescope, featuring the Twilight Max Light Management System.
Honor Defense Exhibits at NRA Annual Meetings
Honor Defense, maker of Honor Guard 9mm pistols, will be attending the National Rifle Association's Annual Meetings & Exhibits at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, April 27-30.
Buck Knives 119 Special Custom
In honor of the 75th anniversary of the historic 119 Special, Buck Knives is pleased to offer many customizable options. The 119 Special will feature many choices, pommel and guard selections as well as the added option of blade engraving.

2A Arms to Sponsor Northwest Rimfire Challenge
2A Arms announced they will be sponsoring the Northwest Championship Rimfire Challenge. The fifth-annual July 28- 29th event will bring both professional and novice shooters together for two days of challenging, yet fun shooting matches.
Vertx Welcomes Dave Benton to NRA Booth
Vertx is proud to announce that Benghazi hero Dave "DB" Benton will be in attendance at the Vertx booth #1856 during the 2017 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Atlanta, Georgia.
Taurus USA Introduces their New T4SA
Taurus USA announces their new Taurus T4SA at the NRA Meetings in Atlanta, Georgia. The Taurus T4SA is a lightweight gas-impingement 5.56mm semi-automatic carbine that boasts superior reliability and durability.
Benelli Bringing Super Black Eagle 3 to NRA Annual Meetings
Benelli will highlight its recently introduced Super Black Eagle 3 along with showcasing the rest its acclaimed shotgun line during the 2017 NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits, which run April 27-30 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.
Walker's NRA Celebrity Appearances
Walker's will attend the annual NRA Show April 27th to the 30th in Atlanta, GA and will host several well-known industry celebrities at their booth #2213. Those individuals include Doug Koenig, Eva Shockey, Fred Eichler, Jessie Duff and Corinne Mosher.
ELEY Presents Jessie Duff at NRA
ELEY sponsored athlete Jessie Duff will be appearing at the ELEY booth during the NRA Annual Meeting. Stop by the ELEY booth, number 4254, to meet Jessie Duff Saturday 3pm to 4pm, where she will be signing autographs and greeting fans.
Vertx Announces its Hyde and Hyde LT Pants
Vertx announces the release of its newest product, the Hyde Pants and Hyde LT Pants. This casual, "no profile" stretch pant includes a number of classic Vertx features and has the capacity to store daily items from cell phones to magazines in a discrete, convenient manner.
ZEISS Introduces new Victory Pocket Binoculars
Carl Zeiss Sports Optics is pleased to announce the launch of the new Victory Pocket binoculars. Offered in 8x25 and 10x25 models, the new Victory Pocket binoculars are the perfect companion for premium and luxury vacations, cruises, tours, concerts, car races or outdoor sporting events.
DoubleStar Introduces ARC 300 Rifle at NRA
DoubleStar Corp. will be unveiling its new ARC 300 rifle at the 2017 NRA Annual Meeting and Expo. DoubleStar will be at Booth #1110.
Taurus USA Donates 20 T4SA Carbines for the NRA Wall of Guns
Taurus USA will donate 20 T4SA carbines that will be displayed on the NRA's Wall of Guns. While the new T4SA is making its first appearance at the NRA show, 20 lucky show attendees purchasing raffle tickets for the Wall of Guns will walk away winners of the newest Taurus carbine.
STI HEX Tactical 3.0
The new HEX Tactical 3.0 Pistol offers the same function of the popular HEX Tactical 4.0 and 5.0 versions in a shorter, lighter package. STI removed the tactical rail on the HEX Tactical 3.0 to cut down on weight and width and made the frame out of aluminum.
Burris & Steiner Hire Hennig as Director of Marketing
Burris and Steiner Optics announce the hiring of Ryan Hennig as Director of Marketing. Hennig will be in charge of developing the marketing and communications strategies for the Burris and Steiner USA brands.
Gun Digest Books Presents Massaro's Big Book of Ballistics
In Big Book of Ballistics, from Gun Digest Books, author Phil Massaro takes on the daunting task of explaining the physics of firearms and ammunition.
Leupold Handheld LTO-Quest
Leupold & Stevens, Inc. introduces the latest in its line of Leupold Thermal Optics, the LTO-Quest. This pocket-sized thermal optic helps hunters find downed game, track blood trails and increase situational awareness.
Fobus Holster Exhibiting at NRA Meetings
Fobus Holsters and Mag Pouches will be exhibiting at the National Rifle Association Annual Meetings & Exhibits. At booth # 4751, Fobus will have products available with discounts only available at the venue.
Steyr Arms Rimfire Scout Unveiled at NRA
The Steyr Scout RFR, a rifle that emulates the look and feel of the original Steyr Scout Rifle in a rimfire chambering, will make its official debut to the American public in the Steyr Arms booth (#3258) at the NRA Annual Meetings.
Meprolight at NRA Annual Meeting
Meprolight will be at booth 1119 at the NRA Annual Meetings. Aside from showing current products, Meprolight will also hold an exciting product drawing on the first two days of the show giving away great Meprolight optics and night sights to six lucky winners.
Colt Announces In-Booth Signings at NRA
Colt is pleased to announce the in-booth signing schedule for the 2017 NRA Annual Meeting, held this year in Atlanta, Georgia, April 28-30. Colt will be in booth #2830, and feature signings from Team Colt, Colt Combat Unit, and Larry Vickers.
Tactical Solutions Ambidextrous X Ring Rifle to Debut at NRA
Tactical Solutions introduces the first ambidextrous charging X Ring receiver and will show it at the NRA Annual Meetings. The rifle can be used by both right and left handed shooters and TacSol's innovative design allows shooters to charge the rifle while maintaining their firing grip.
FAB Defense at NRA Annual Meeting
Visit FAB Defense in booth #1119 while at the NRA's Annual Meeting and see the latest in weapon accessories including the 43-10 mag extension for the Glock 43.
Bushnell and Hoppe's Pro Maggie Reese Wins USPSA MultiGun National
Team Bushnell Tactical Shooter and Hoppe's Pro Maggie Reese took home the 2017 Ladies National Champion in Open Division at the U.S. Practical Shooting Association MultiGun Nationals in Boulder City, Nevada. It was her fourth Ladies National Champion Title, following wins in 2009, 2010 and 2015.
HIVIZ Giveaway & Pro Shooters at NRA Show
Make HIVIZ your first stop at the NRA Show in Atlanta this weekend and you could win a range bag full of gear valued at more than $750 -and meet a selection of the industry's top shooters signing autographs.
MAKO Group Attending NRAAM
The Mako Group is excited to be attending the NRA Annual Meeting in Atlanta. Stop by booth #1119 to see the latest in sights, electro-optics, and weapon accessories including buttstocks, rails, grips, bi-pods and other needed components for your pistols, AR's and AK's.
DeSantis Holds Book Signings at NRA
DeSantis Gunhide is proud to announce that Lt. Col. Robert K. Brown, USAR (Ret.) will attend the DeSantis Booth #3712 for the 2017 NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits.He will be signing copies of his book, I Am Soldier of Fortune: Dancing with Devils.
Meet Jessie Duff at the Taurus USA Booth
Jessie Duff, Taurus Team Captain and one of the most decorated shooting champions in the world, will be making an appearance at the Taurus USA booth throughout the course of the NRA Annual Meetings.
TAURUS SPECTRUM Pistol at the NRA Show
Taurus USA will exhibit at the NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Atlanta at the Georgia World Congress Center with the recently released TAURUS SPECTRUM pistol.
Redding Adds New 6 mm Creedmoor Die Sets
Redding Reloading Equipment introduces new die sets in 6mm Creedmoor for 2017. They will be available in Type–S, Type-S Match and Competition series Die sets for the most demanding handloading enthusiasts.
Panteao Teams Up with Federal Premium Ammunition
Panteao is happy to announce Federal Premium Ammunition coming on board as the official ammunition sponsor for Panteao Productions.
NRA Wall of Guns to Include TriStar Arms' Shotguns
TriStar Arms has announced the donation of ten Cobra Mag Camo shotguns to the NRA Wall of Guns for this year's annual meeting in Atlanta, GA. Proceeds from fundraisers like the Wall of Guns go directly to preserving our fundamental rights.
GPO, USA Introduces Custom Turrets With Entry-Priced Scopes
GPO, USA, the industry's newest premium optics company, introduces ballistically calibrated elevation turrets as a free accessory with select models of its PASSION™ 3X riflescope portfolio.
SIG SAUER® ECHO1™ Wins 2017 NRA Golden Bullseye Award
SIG SAUER announces the company's ECHO1™ digital thermal imaging reflex sight has been awarded a National Rifle Association (NRA) Golden Bullseye Award for 2017 as Optic of the Year by Shooting Illustrated magazine.
Safariland Introduces Concealed Carry Holsters at NRA
Safariland introduced a variety of new gun fits for their popular concealed carry holsters accommodating the Glock 26/27, Glock 42, Glock 43, Ruger LC9S, Smith & Wesson M&P Shield and Springfield XD-S. Safariland holsters will be on display at The Safariland Group booth #2142 at the NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits.
Federal Premium Introduces New Ammunition at NRA Annual Meetings
Federal Premium Ammunition is proud to introduce a lineup of new high-performance products at the 2017 NRA Meetings and Exhibits. The introductions include Federal Premium Gold Medal Berger, Federal Premium Edge TLR, Federal Non-Typical and Federal Train + Protect.
MagPump will Exhibit at National Rifle Association Annual Meeting
MagPump will proudly be displaying in Booth #3511 at the 2017 NRA Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA this weekend — April 28-30. MagPump chief officers will be on site to demonstrate the innovative and patented magazine reloading products.
Stoeger to Display New Products at 2017 NRAAM
Stoeger will showcase the newest additions to its hardworking line of all-purpose shotguns during the 2017 NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits, which runs April 27-30 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.
Bianchi Concealed Carry Holster Offerings at NRA Annual Meetings
Bianchi announced the availability of several new gun fits among their popular and newest inside waistband (IWB) holsters, meeting a steady growing consumer demand. Based on the holster selected, Bianchi Models may now be offered for popular smaller guns.
Hoppe's Presents Shooting Sports Celebrities at 2017 NRA Annual Meetings
Hoppe's welcomes competitive shooting icons to the Vista Outdoor booth (#2542) at the 2017 NRA Meetings and Exhibits Show in Atlanta. Show attendees will have the opportunity to meet "Shooting USA" host John Scoutten and world-champion shooter Jessie Duff, as well as long-range standout Missy Gilliland and practical shooting expert Maggie Reese.
Volquartsen Firearms Exhibits at NRA
Volquartsen Firearms is heading to Atlanta, GA, for the 146th NRA Annual Meetings. While there, check out the American Flag Scorpion and the LLV Upper for the Ruger MK IV.
Competition Target Systems Now on Optics Planet
CTS Targets are now available through This expansion of availability is a major advantage to the consumer as currently some of the 54 CTS products listed on Optics Planet are available with free shipping: gongs, stands, hangers, and targets as well as the popular T-Post Pro Hanger.
CrossBreed at the NRA Show
CrossBreed Holsters announces their support of the National Rifle Association's Annual Meetings & Exhibits by presenting at the show in booth #632.
Colt Lowers Prices on Certain Models
Colt is excited to announce new lower pricing on the flagship modern sporting rifles, the LE6920 and Magpul Edition, which now carry an MSRP of $999, as well as lower pricing on the blued Defender models, which now carry an MSRP of $899.
SIG SAUER, Inc. announced an expansion of its popular line of M400 rifles.
The new M400 Elite includes a lightweight, full-length, free-floating M-LOK handguard.
Surefire Offers Special Show Pricing at 2017 NRA Show
SureFire, LLC will be offering many of its products for sale at exclusive show specials at the 2017 NRA Show in Atlanta. Show attendees will have the opportunity to purchase some of their favorite SureFire products, including SureFire Wardens, WARCOMP's, and Sidekicks.
New Shotgun Tech From Tacstar
Tacstar introduces the carbon fiber magazine extensions tube. The new carbon fiber magazine extensions are much lighter than traditional steel tubes and are even more durable.
ATF Clarifies Ruling on Pistol Stabilizing Braces
SIG SAUER, Inc. announced news of a welcomed clarification from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on pistol stabilizing braces. The ATF's refined position is that placing a PSB against the shoulder does not, in and of itself, necessarily alter the classification from pistol to short-barreled rifle.
Brink's Selects the FN 509
FN America, LLC. announces the award of a long-term firearms contract by Brink's, Incorporated. After extensive testing of all major pistol manufacturers over the course of nine months, Brink's has selected the all-new FN 509 striker-fired 9mm pistol and will issue the new sidearm to its armed security guards.
Viridian Weapon-Mounted Camera to Record NRAAM Content
Viridian announced that in addition to introducing its new line of FACT weapon-mounted cameras to the NRA membership, it also will utilize this new weapon-mounted camera technology to record HD video of the company's on-stage guest segments at the National Rifle Association Annual Meeting and Expo.
SIG SAUER Electro-Optics ROMEO5 Models
The SIG SAUER Electro-Optics Division is pleased to announce the expansion of the popular ROMEO5 red dot sight to include the new ROMEO5X and ROMEO5XDR. The ROMEO5X adds a AAA battery for extended runtime, while the ROMEO5XDR picks up both the AAA battery and a Dual Reticle.
Savage Arms to Introduce New Firearms at NRA
Savage Arms is proud to continue its long tradition of innovation by unveiling an exciting lineup of new high-performance firearms at the 2017 NRA Meetings and Exhibits Show in Atlanta, Georgia, April 27-30.
Blue Force Gear Micro Trauma Kit at NRA
Blue Force Gear will host 18 Delta Special Forces Medic Travis Hall at its booth during this year's National Rifle Association (NRA) Annual Meeting, scheduled for April 27-30 in Atlanta. Hall will host product demonstrations of Blue Force Gear's new "Micro Trauma Kit Now!"
Kershaw's New Pub is Simply the Best Key Chain Tool Ever
Designed by Belarusian custom knifemaker Dmitry Sinkevich, the new Kershaw Pub looks like nothing you've ever seen. The handle for models 4036BL and 4036BLK is an anodized aluminum front scale and a steel back. It comes in two colors: black and blue, and features slotted screwdriver tip and bottle opener.
Smith & Wesson SW22 VICTORY Named 2017 American Hunter Handgun
Smith & Wesson Corp. announced that the Smith & Wesson SW22 Victory has been selected as the 2017 American Hunter Handgun of the Year by the National Rifle Association Publications' Golden Bullseye Awards. The SW22 Victory pistol was selected by a seven-member committee made up of editors, designers and senior NRA Publications staff.
Hogue Aqua Blue Grips
Hogue, Inc. is proud to announce the expansion of several of their grip lines to include their new Aqua color. Included in the Aqua offerings is Hogue's new popular line of HandALL Beavertail Grip Sleeves.
Springfield Armory Announces Winner of the Night of the SAINT
Springfield Armory is pleased to announce the winner of Night of the SAINT -- part shooting competition, part athletic contest, part documentary. The winner was Katelyn Ely.
Negative Outcomes: Mistaken Identity Shootings
This critically important piece of your defense plan is far too seldom discussed, let alone practiced. You must identify the person against whom you may have to employ deadly force. The cost you pay for failure to do so can't be measured.

"I thought I had an intruder in my house. ... I shot the intruder, but the intruder was my wife." That was a 911 call in Florida a few years ago. The woman died. It's hard to imagine anything more heartbreaking than that, except possibly shooting your own child by mistake. Unfortunately, that happens, too. Sadly, the latest episode of a mistaken identity shooting occurred less than a month ago. They happen more frequently than we realize.

Rule Number 4 – Know your target and what is beyond it. That has been part of the training community's doctrine and dogma for decades. But, it's something most gunowners don't have to practice very much when they're shooting at the range. They buy a target, run it downrange, and enjoy shooting at it. But the controlled surroundings of either an indoor or outdoor range are very different from your home when you hear 'that bump in the middle of the night.' You're probably sleepy, it's dark, and who is downrange is unknown; that can be a terrifying set of circumstances.

We have to be absolutely sure of whom we even aim a gun at, and even more so if we make the decision to shoot. A flashlight should be just as much a part of your home defense equipment as your pistol. Keep your flashlight right next to the pistol. Don't pick up one without the other. There are lots of decent flashlights available at hardware stores and home improvement stores for less than ten dollars. That's one of the best investments in home defense you can make.

An indoor range is ideal for flashlight and gun practice. Even if you can see, have you ever shot with a flashlight in one hand and gun in the other?
Along with illumination, your voice is one of your most valuable tools. A simple 'Who's there?' would have prevented any number of tragedies I can name. If you want to be really 'tactical,' you can make your challenge from behind a position of cover. If you hear "It's me, Daddy" then it's time to stand-down.

Make sure you know where your family members are before you go hunting for Ninjas Coming From the Ceiling and then double check. In the incident that opened this article, the man thought he checked that his wife was still in bed. Obviously, he was wrong. Don't be in a hurry to go hunting unless you hear someone screaming. Make sure you're awake, too.

Remember, time is on your side, not a burglar's. If it is a burglar, you can afford to give him time to make a mistake. And you have the advantage of being on the defense. The military axiom is that an attacking force should be three times the size of the defense, that's how much of an advantage the defense has. You, on the other hand, can't afford to make a mistake in your own home. The odds are that it's a family member because they're there every night.

A light attached to the gun is not a light – it's a gun. Where the light goes, the muzzle goes. Watch that muzzle direction, keep it in the safest direction in your environment. Use bounce lighting from floor/ceiling to identify the threat.
The downside of this is that you have to learn to do several things at once. You have to hold a pistol in one hand, a flashlight in the other, and be able to speak while holding both. Learning how to do that while your knees are knocking at 3 a.m. is probably not the experience you're looking for. Even if you don't take any flashlight training, at least do a dry run of it occasionally. You don't even have to use your pistol for your dry run. Use your phone or any other object that you can carry with one hand. What you'll find is you have to figure out what to do with the flashlight while you're opening doors.

And guess what, if you do end up having to shoot in a real situation, you're going to end up doing it one handed because you're unlikely to drop the flashlight. Have you practiced your one hand shooting while holding something else in the other hand lately? Probably not. That's a good range drill for you next time.

Be awake, have a light, take your time, use your voice. Those are tactics that are more likely to save a loved one's life than your own.

Claude Werner is The Tactical Professor. He served in Airborne, Ranger, Special Forces and Mechanized Infantry units in the US Army as both an enlisted man and an officer. His military assignments include being a Special Forces A-Team Commander, Intelligence Officer, and Mechanized Infantry Company Commander. Well known in the shooting community, he was formerly the Chief Instructor of the elite Rogers Shooting School and has won six sanctioned IDPA Championships with snub nose revolvers. In his civilian career, he was Research Director of three commercial real estate firms and was the National Director of Real Estate Research for Deloitte & Touche LLP. His blog is Tactical Professor.

© Copyright 2008-2017 The Tactical Wire. All Rights Reserved.
The Tactical Wire is a partner of The Outdoor Wire, and is an opt-in only newsletter. If you feel you have been sent
The Tactical Wire in error, or wish to be removed from the mailing list, click here to be removed.