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Crimson Trace's Newest Rail Master Released
Crimson Trace reports that the new green Rail Master CMR-206 is now shipping. This newest laser sight features a powerful and bright green laser in a compact unit that's designed to fit onto all firearms equipped with standard M1913 Picatinny and Weaver accessory rails.
Video: You Didn't Shoot - Now What?
USCCA presents its latest video about the aftermath of an incident in which you had to draw but not fire. Do you just move on and try to forget about it? Kevin Michalowski briefs you on what to do next and why.
Streamlight Upgrades Pistol-Grip Searchlight Models
Streamlight®, Inc.significantly upgraded the lumen output of the Waypoint® Alkaline battery model and the Waypoint® Lithium Ion Rechargeable pistol-grip spotlights, while also enhancing both lights' design. Handheld and powerful, the lights feature C4® LED technology to provide extremely bright lighting with an integrated long-range targeting beam.
Newsletter to Focus on Women Gun Buyers
The March edition of's FFL Unleashed newsletter will provide its stocking dealer affiliates with insight, tips, advice, and from-the-source recommendations on selling to the fastest growing group of firearms, ammo, and accessory consumers – women.

Weatherby's SA-08 Deluxe 28 Gauge Shotgun Wins Award
Weatherby's® SA-08™ Deluxe 28 Gauge semi-auto shotgun has earned a 2015 Gray's Best award from Gray's Sporting Journal. The SA-08 Deluxe 28 Gauge shotgun was chosen as a Gray's Best winner by the magazine's shooting editor, Terry Wieland, after extensive field testing.
Sellmark Seeks Marketing Communication Specialist
Sellmark Corporation is in search of a marketing communication specialist. Sellmark's brands include Sightmark, Pulsar, Firefield, 12 Survivors and Southern Crossbow.
MidwayUSA Foundation Seeks Executive Director
The MidwayUSA Foundation Inc., a public charity focused on helping communities and organizations raise funds to support their high school, college, and other youth shooting teams is actively seeking an Executive Director.
Oakley Standard Issue the Official Eyewear Sponsor of 3-Gun Nation
3-Gun Nation and Oakley Standard Issue have announced a partnership for the 2015 season. Oakley Standard Issue, a division of Oakley, will work closely with 3-Gun Nation (3GN) to promote 3GN athletes and competitions nationwide as the official eyewear of 3-Gun Nation.

Colt Back As Major Sponsor Of Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals
The American gun making icon Colt is back as a major sponsor of the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship taking place this week.
Blade-Tech Sponsors Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals
Blade-Tech Industries, the leading manufacturer of custom production thermoplastic and injection molded concealment and competition holsters, is returning as a major sponsor of the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship taking place this week.
NSSF Joins Orchid Advisors to Co-Sponsor Firearms Industry Compliance Conference
The National Shooting Sports Foundation announced it would join Orchid Advisors in joint sponsorship of the annual Firearms Industry Compliance Conference to be held May 11- 13, 2015 at the Marriott's Orlando World Center Resort.
Atlanta Arms Announces New Target Defense Ammunition
Atlanta Arms announced its new line of Target/Defense Ammunition. The first calibers to be offered will be the .40 S&W 180 GR HP and .45 ACP 230 HP. This ammunition has been thoroughly tested by industry professionals.
MGM Targets Craig Outzen Dominates 3GN Western Regional
Last weekend at the Southern Utah Practical Shooting range in Hurricane, UT, the first major match of the 3 gun season was held. After completing the 8 stages with rifle targets out to 335 yards, slug targets out to 150 yards, and a 40 round shotgun stage, Craig Outzen handed out an austere beat down to all comers.
Sponsorship Opportunities for 2015 Zombies in the Heartland 3-Gun Match
MOLON LABE is the theme of the fourth annual Zombies in the Heartland / Pandemic 2015 3-Gun Match that will take place May 29 through May 31 at the Heartland Public Shooting Park in Grand Island, Nebraska. Sponsors are encouraged to attend and shoot the match on Industry Day, an event scheduled just for them on May 28, 2015.
New Survival Series Video Available from Panteao
Panteao Productions announced the release of the next video title in the new Make Ready to Survive instructional video series. Suburban & City Environment is now available streaming to Panteao subscribers. The DVD versions will begin shipping next week.
Around the Water Cooler: News Briefs
The American Knife & Tool Institute announced that U.S. Senators Mike Enzi, R-WY, and Ron Wyden, D-OR, introduced the Knife Owners' Protection Act (KOPA). The legislation is a response to the current patchwork of state and local knife laws, which have increasingly presented problems to lawful knife owners during interstate travel.

Benchmade Knife Company announced the Benchmade Ultimate Experience Contest. Benchmade owners will have opportunity to share their "Benchmade Story" with the company for a chance to win a trip for two to Oregon City, Oregon to visit the Benchmade Factory.

Vista Outdoor Inc. announced yesterday that the company's Board of Directors approved a repurchase program for up to $200 million of the company's common stock.

The Firearms Policy Coalition announced they'd be printing and delivering letters of opposition to the ATF ban on M855/XM855/SS109 5.56x45mm ammo in mid-March – for those letters sent to the FPC "Take Action" platform at recently launched as a new gun auction site, online sporting goods store, and discussion forum. It features gun auctions, free classified advertisements, a retail store, and an open discussion forum.

USDOJ announced this week that the independent federal investigation found insufficient evidence to pursue federal criminal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman for the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26, 2012, in Sanford, Florida.

American Built Arms Company announced that Tim Bailey & Associates, Inc. will represent their brand in 29 states throughout the Mid-West, Rocky Mountain and West Coast regions.

5.11 Tactical introduced the launch of the limited edition 5.11 Folds of Honor t-shirt. Created as part of its ongoing mission to support the Folds of Honor Foundation, 5.11 Tactical will donate a portion of the proceeds generated through the 5.11 Folds of Honor t-shirt to the nonprofit organization. Folds of Honor Foundation provides annual educational scholarships and tuition assistance to military families of those who have been killed or disabled while serving in active military duty.

NSSF reported that Cabela's is a Project ChildSafe supporting company which included gun safety messages in its printed and online catalogs and in stores across the country. Last week, Cabela's sent an email blast telling its huge number of customers that "Cabela's Has Teamed With Project ChildSafe To Promote Firearm Safety For The Whole Family" and included a link to its dedicated safety page.
Skill Set: Synergy
"The whole is greater than the sum of its parts," attributed to Aristotle.

A graphic illustration of synergy: by assembling the individual parts on the left together they form a circle, a shape which is greater than the sum total of the smaller parts.
The modern term "synergy" applies to the total achieved by adding parts, but the "whole" in this case is greater than the sum of its parts. This isn't a mathematical equation -- sometimes two plus two can equal five, or maybe six.

How does all this apply to our defensive or fighting skills? When you add together movement, communication, the use of cover, and if necessary shooting accurately, combining all these skills into one package, the sum, or whole, becomes something greater than the total of the individual acts. Your reaction, application of these skills, can be greater than the threat's actions.

Moving, communicating, using cover and if necessary shooting, are essential elements to your threat response. Using only one or two of these actions may not be enough to solve your problem. For example moving to create distance and getting behind cover may provide temporary relief from the attack - or it could change their mind about pressing the attack - but these actions won't stop a dedicated threat from advancing or continuing the attack. In this day and time there are plenty of recorded actions that illustrate this point, both with good and bad outcomes. By examining the conflicts when the good guy lost you'll often see a lack of movement, no use of cover, and/or wild, inaccurate shots. Reviewing conflicts where the good guy wins will illustrate the advantages of applying these combined skills. Getting distance and taking advantage of the protection cover can, and does, provide one with the opportunity to place accurate hits on the threat to stop the attack.

Taken separately there are none of these skills that are difficult. Applying all of these principles at once in response to a threat can be programmed, but practice is the key. Without practice, the repetition necessary to learn these skills individually and then the ability to blend them together, you'll be lacking. When applied with the element of surprise these skills are almost always enough to provide you with victory.

Also, keep in mind "victory" is very subjective and depends on who you are. For example an armed citizen has a right, and obligation to protect themselves, family or possibly other innocents. It's not their job to track, attack, or combatively assault the attacker. It's purely a defensive role. The armed professional, law enforcement officers or military personnel, have different definitions of victory, and often it's their job to press the attack.

Knowing these fundamental skills, and just as importantly when to apply them and in what measures is critical. Maybe you're not an expert shot. But, moving, communicating and using cover can make up for what you lack in accuracy. The sum of all your skills, your response, can be enough to win. Don't just go to the range and work on shooting small groups on a target. Make sure your practice includes all the skills needed to defeat the threat. The sum of all your skills will be great than their total.

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 - Website:


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