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Revision Military Eyes New Brand for Outdoor Recreation

Revision Military, a world leader in tactical eyewear, armor and protective systems, has expanded to create a new brand in the outdoor industry, Revision Outdoor.

HAVA Launches Long Range Shooting Program

Honored American Veterans Afield announces the launch of a new long-range shooter training program through its Learn to Shoot Again division. This new precision rifle program began in Leesburg, FL with a full 3-day class that trained 11 injured veterans to shoot effectively out to 900 yards.

Hi-Lux Introduces Junior High Power Program

As part the ongoing commitment to help the next generation of CMP/NRA High Power competitors achieve their match goals, Hi-Lux has created a discount program for junior high powers teams on the scope specifically designed for CMP and NRA High Power "Across the Course" Competition.

Sig Sauer
Williams (AZ) PD Implements Viridian Weapon-Mounted Camera

Viridian Weapon Technologies announces that the Williams Police Department, located just west of Flagstaff, Arizona, has deployed the FACT DutyWeapon-Mounted Camera.

Guntec USA Celebrates its 30th Anniversary

Guntec USA celebrates their 30th Anniversary. The company wasn’t always in the firearms industry; rather the company was a prominent player in the automotive industry.

ZEISS Seeks Qualified Candidates for Territory Account Manager Position(s)

Carl Zeiss SBE, LLC is seeking qualified candidates for the Territory Account Manager position(s), for Sports Optics, for the Consumer Products business group.

Norwegian Police Adopt P320 X-Series Pistol

SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to announce the Norwegian Police have selected the SIG SAUER P320 X-Series as the standard service pistol for select agencies within their organization. The Norwegian Police is comprised of 8,000 police officers and 8,000 civilian personnel.

ERGO Welcomes Rocky Mountain Rubicon Sales Reps

ERGO announces the addition of Rocky Mountain Rubicon to its growing list of experienced and respected independent sales reps. Rocky Mountain Rubicon joins Evernham & Associates and Southern Outdoors Group, rounding out representation in key US regions.

SAF, Defense Distributed Ask TRO, Injunction Against NJ AG

The Second Amendment Foundation and Defense Distributed have filed a motion in federal court in Texas seeking a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal to prevent enforcement of a new law that they believe is a direct infringement of their First Amendment rights.

Apex Announces FDE Polymer Trigger Options

Apex Tactical Specialties is pleased to announce the addition of Flat Dark Earth Polymer Triggers and Kits for the M&P M2.0, M&P and SDVE/Sigma model pistols from Smith & Wesson. 

Team Safariland’s Rob Leatham Wins Top Senior Title at 2018 USPSA Nationals
Safariland celebrates Team Safariland members Rob Leatham and Scott Carnahan for their wins at the 2018 USPSA Nine Days of Nationals in Frostproof, Fla. Leatham placed 1st in the Senior category and 6th Overall in the SIG Sauer Optics Nationals Carry Optics Division ahead of 336 optics (all combined) competitors, while Carnahan finished 2nd in the Senior category in the Pistol Caliber Carbine Division.
Guns & Ammo Names Hornady 2018 Ammunition of Year

Hornady has received the Guns & Ammo award for Ammunition of the Year for its Critical Defense Rifle and Hornady Subsonic ammunition. Guns & Ammo called Critical Defense Rifle and Hornady Subsonic ammunition a “must-have” for those who depend on a rifle for personal defense.

B&T USA Contracted to Provide GL06 40mm Launcher to US DHS

B&T USA, LE Division, recently won an IDIQ contract to supply US Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection Agency with B&T’s GL06 40mm Launcher. B&T will deliver 329 of their “Safe Impact Round” launchers to DHS.

Catch Tom Gresham’s Gun Talk on Podcast

If you missed Tom Gresham’s Gun Talk this weekend, tune in to the podcast at, or catch it on video on YouTube, Facebook, Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV and – Tom dissected the midterm election results, shared how you can help support and honor Veterans with Brownells, and more.

Samson Month-Long Black Friday Sale Includes SX Series Handguards

Samson Manufacturing, Inc. continues their month-long Black Friday Sale offering 20% off all SX Series Handguards. Available in both M-LOK and KeyMod, these free-floating AR-15 rail systems feature sleek profiles.

Firefield BattleTek Laser/Flashlight

Firefield introduces its new BattleTek Sights. The Firefield BattleTek Flashlight with green and IR laser, Flashlight and Flashlight with green laser all offer a 150-lumen flashlight.

Greensboro Police Department Choose GLOCK

GLOCK, Inc. is pleased to announce that Greensboro Police Department in North Carolina has selected GLOCK as their sidearm of choice. Greensboro recently transitioned to the GLOCK 19 Gen5 with Ameriglo BOLD sights.

Jan/Feb American Handgunner

The January/February issue of American Handgunner features Tanfoglio’s Stock III Extreme 9mm and Witness Polymer Carry 10mm pistols. Kicking off 2019 with a prize catch, a SIG SAUER P320-M17 tops the Handgun Of The Month giveaway.

Accura Outdoors Expanding Products to Retail and Consumers

Accura Outdoor is now offering its entire line of pistol and rifle bullets to consumers and retail across the nation. Accura is best known for creating the PowerBelt bullet for muzzleloaders.

Mossy Oak Designated Official Camouflage Partner of NRA

Mossy Oak and the National Rifle Association have united in a relationship that aims to express support for the long-term preservation of our hunting heritage and outdoors lifestyle.

Competitor Casey Reed Takes a 1st Place with Syntech Action Pistol Ammo

Federal Ammunition employee, competition shooter and brand ambassador Casey Reed won first place in the Limited 10 Division at the recent 2018 United States Practical Shooting Association Nationals, presented by Federal Ammunition. The competition was held in Polk County, Florida on October 20 to 28, 2018.

Working the "Non-Gun" Trainer
Using any device that launches a projectile calls for the use of protective eyewear, like these glasses from Howard Leight.

On October 30, we ran a story about “Non-Guns for Training” – specifying the new Glock pistol airsoft analog from Umarex. In it, I considered the use of non-gun models for practice and training. While I’m no longer on the job, anyone can get good use of such devices with properly considered practice.

While it’s obvious that these non-gun trainers can be of great utility, it should likewise be obvious that you can do the wrong things. Using them for unstructured force-on-force quickly degenerates into kids’ play “cops-n-robbers” – fun but failing to achieve proper teaching objectives and potentially training bad habits.

I was concerned about this trainer because I had nearly no airsoft experience. While it seemed remarkably “Glock-like,” I didn’t know about the accuracy, whether it’d have the power to properly cut a target or if it’d be worth the effort.

The 'target trap' is a cardboard box with packing paper. The B-8 repair center is a favorite target for real range use. Below, the 'indoor (quiet) range' is handy in rugged weather or when you can't get away to the livefire range.

It certainly appears to be worth the effort. It took little time to follow the documentation accompanying the ‘non-gun’ and learn about the two-step loading procedure: gas up the magazine, add polymer projectiles to the magazine.

These are round and they do bounce; protective eyewear is critical.

I used a cardboard box with the packing paper used to protect products in shipment as a target trap. The target was the NRA B-8 repair center, a favorite mark of mine. I elected to work on my trigger control using Larry Vicker’s “3-6-9” drill. Not having lots of space within the garage I used for a range – nor knowing about the relative accuracy of the Umarex-Glock 19, I used “feet” instead of the range-customary “yards.” Starting at only three feet, I quickly determined that it was too easy.

I was surprised to see I was tending right, something really un-Glock like. At six feet, the single hole in the B-8 simply got bigger. It was stringing further to the right. I glanced down at the gun and saw that the rear sight was slipping to the right. I’d not fired it much, indicating that the sight was too small for the dovetail in the slide – or the dovetail in the slide was too big. While I didn’t strip the piece to see about changing sights, I simply pressed the sight back to center. At 9 feet, the pellets continued to slam into the same long hole in the target.

The accuracy seems to be there.

The ‘target trap’ box worked too. I recovered every projectile.

What’s it good for? I used it for trigger control practice, something I can always use more of. From there, I’d move to single hits from the holster. From singles, I’d move on to work on movement during the draw, pivots and turns – and finish up with a ‘one-hole’ drill at six or so feet.

Turning the lights down, I could work on some adverse light – using a handheld light to identify the target before shooting. It’s not often that people who aren’t members of service to get to practice ‘night fire.’ You can with an airsoft analog, indoors, without disturbing anyone.

I found the Umarex-Glock 19 locked open on the last shot fired, very handy and ‘real.’ I appreciate that attention to detail. At the end, I used the relief valve on the back of the magazine to bleed off the unused gas.

For agencies, you could use these for force-on-force – tightly scripted with one person responsible to ‘field-strip’ anyone entering the training area. Keeping that area sterile is critical to participant safety.

As to the Umarex product, I’m concerned about the sliding rear sight. I imagine using an adhesive/thread locking compound – as XS Sights recommends on their sight installations – would keep the existing sight in place. As to changing sights, I’m not sure yet about doing that with the Umarex product.

So far, so good. We’re on our third accumulating snow of this season already, something we normally don’t achieve until at or near the New Year. I’ll still be getting some trigger time though, thanks to a garage and the Umarex Glock Collection.

- - Rich Grassi


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