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Americase, Inc. Announces 30th Anniversary
Americase, Inc. announces that they are celebrating their 30th year of business. Bill Kinsala, Americase Founder, started building custom gun cases for competitive shooters in 1985.
Safariland Group Selected as Equipment Supplier for US Air Force Security Forces
The Safariland Group announced that its distributor, Garrett Container, was awarded a $17.7M contract from the United States Air Force for law enforcement equipment. As the majority equipment supplier for this contract, The Safariland Group products, including Monadnock® batons, Safariland® tactical holsters and accessory kits, and Second Chance® body armor, will be supplied to the Air Force Security Forces over the five-year contract period.
Brownells Latest AR-15/M16 Catalog
Brownells announces the release of AR-15 Catalog #10. With 104 pages, it contains hundreds of products for building, customizing, repairing and cleaning America's favorite firearm. With 104 pages, it contains hundreds of products for building, customizing, repairing and cleaning America's favorite firearm.
XS Sight Systems Sponsors Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals
XS Sight Systems, makers of firearm sights that give the user considerable advantages in the highly dynamic world of threat situations, has joined the growing list of returning major sponsors supporting the 2014 Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals.

Ruger Named "Manufacturer of the Year"
Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. has been recognized as the Firearms Manufacturer of the Year by the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers for the eighth consecutive year. The presentation of the award was made during the Association's 41st Annual Meeting at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock, Arkansas by NASGW Chairman Kent Williams and Vice Chair / Director Pete Brownell.
Wilson Combat .308 AR Rifles
Wilson Combat announces the availability of our new large format BILLet-AR rifles in .308 Winchester caliber. These all-new rifles utilize our in-house BILLet-AR receiver technology to build the next generation of lightweight but accurate and reliable semi-automatic rifles suitable for a variety of tactical and outdoor roles.
NASGW Makes $20,000 HAVA Donation
Honored American Veterans Afield (HAVA) and the National Association Of Sporting Goods Wholesalers (NASGW) jointly announce a large donation to the HAVA mission of service to disabled military veterans and their families as they try to re-build their lives after devastating injury. The award was announced at the October 15, 2014 kick-off of the annual NASGW meetings in Little Rock, Arkansas.
MidwayUSA Promotes Lines to Marketing Team Application Development Manager
MidwayUSA announced the promotion of Neal Lines to the position of Marketing Team Application Development Manager. Neal began his career at MidwayUSA as an Application Development Intern during the summer of 2008.

Kahr Arms
I.C.E. Training and Rob Pincus Partner With Ancient City Shooting Range
Rob Pincus, owner of I.C.E. Training Company and the developer of the Combat Focus® Shooting Program, announced that I.C.E. Training Company will have a consistent presence at Ancient City Shooting Range. Since the shut down of Valhalla Training Center in late 2007, I.C.E. Training Company has been 100% mobile, conducting courses around the United States and the world.
Starline Brass to Appear on Fox Business
Starline announces it will be presented in an upcoming production of Manufacturing Marvels®, airing on The Fox Business Network® at approximately 8:30-8:44p.m. CST on Monday, October 27.
Apex Tactical Specialties, 10-8 Performance Introduce M&P Replacement Base Pads
Apex Tactical Specialties and 10-8 Performance have teamed up to introduce polymer replacement base pads for owners of the popular Smith & Wesson M&P pistol.
TRU-SPEC to Showcase Top Products at 2014 IACP
TRU-SPEC will be showcasing several of their new products, including H20 Proof Outerwear, 24-7 Series® Ascent Pant and their line of Concealed Carry items at their booth (1541) at the 2014 IACP Annual Meetings, at the Orange County Convention Center, in Orlando Florida.

IWI US, Inc. Releases Tavor® Tactical Combat Folding Knife
IWI US, Inc. announces the newly released IWI Tavor® Tactical Combat Folding Knife. This exclusive design for IWI US was manufactured in Pennsylvania by Guardian Tactical in an impressive collaboration between the U.S. Protective Service and Andrew Buerk, Guardian Tactical's Chief Designer.
Colt Again Sponsors Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals
American gun making icon Colt has signed on as one of the returning major sponsors of the upcoming Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals.
Brownells Offers Great AR-15 Deals During "Back In Black Rifle Event"
Brownells kicks off the "Back In Black Rifle Event" starting October 20, running through Black Friday weekend. That's more than a month of special deals on AR-15 parts, tools and accessories. The event culminates with more blowout specials on the official Black Rifle Friday Weekend - from Friday, November 28 through Cyber Monday, December 1st .
Crimson Trace Recognizes 2 Millionth Customer
Crimson Trace has honored David Dunker of Illinois as its two millionth customer. Dunker received an expenses-paid trip to the company's production facility along with an engraved custom Kimber Ultra Carry pistol equipped with a Crimson Trace Lasergrip signifying Dunker as the two millionth Crimson Trace customer.

Heckler & Koch USA Announces Rebate Program
Heckler & Koch USA is offering a $200 VISA card with a new HK firearm purchased from November 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014. The offer covers new HK firearm models: USP, P30, HK45, Mark23 and MR rifles.
New UK Gun Policy "Should Be A Warning to American Gun Owners"
The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is warning that new policy announced by the British Home Office allowing unannounced searches of the homes of registered British gun owners should raise alarms among Americans who are threatened with increasingly restrictive gun laws pushed by wealthy anti-gunners including billionaire Michael Bloomberg.
Ruger 10/22 HC3R Tactical Pack
Shooting-lots of shooting-with America's favorite .22 rifle, the Ruger 10/22 rimfire,is easier and reloading even quicker with the rugged HC3R magazine and the NC3R Tactical Pack.
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal Visits Daniel Defense
Daniel Defense welcomed Georgia Governor Nathan Deal to its Black Creek manufacturing facility yesterday. During the visit, Executive Vice President Cindy Daniel thanked Deal for his support of Georgia HB 60 which allows for the use of sound suppressors for hunting and his support of the Manufacturing Engineering degree program at Georgia Southern University.
Hornady Named NASGW 2014 Ammo Manufacturer of the Year
For the fifth consecutive year, Hornady Manufacturing has been named the 2014 Ammunition Manufacturer of the Year by the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers (NASGW). This year's winners were announced at an awards ceremony during the Annual Meeting and Expo in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Skill Set: Shoes, Pistols 'n Calibers
Imagine someone gave you "shoes" - a pair of old-school army boots - and told you these are what you have to wear. You have to wear them each day, everywhere, no exceptions or go barefoot. Your boots could be too small and uncomfortable. Maybe they're too large, sloppy and ill fitting. The boots could be so unbearable you decide to go barefoot, hoping you don't have to do the "Die Hard" thing and walk over a floor covered in broken glass.

Now, imagine someone says, "This is the pistol you need," and adds, "I wouldn't carry anything else." The problem is, just like the boots, this pistol doesn't work for you. My hands are small. A large, bulky weapon, such as a double stack .45 caliber frame, is too big for me to get a proper grip. I can shoot it, but I can't fire or manipulate it as efficiently as something like a 1911, a single stack weapon with a slim grip profile. And, with my body build, when I carry a large weapon it's very apparent. The profile of the pistol is clearly visible under my clothing, unless I dress in oversize, sloppy garments.

Compact, or what I call "tiny" pistols, can be too small, especially for people with larger hands. Smaller pistols are easy to conceal, but for that advantage there are a lot of downsides. The smaller platform makes it more difficult to manipulate. A pistol with a short slide and strong recoil spring is harder to cycle, especially considering you don't want part of your hand covering the ejection port. With a smaller pistol your hands may prevent empty mags from dropping free - with tiny pistols I suggest stripping the mag with the support hand to ensure it clears. When seating a new mag ensure your hands don't get in the way or pinched, caught between the mag and frame.

Caliber is also an important consideration. Sure, we want the biggest man-stopper we can carry. But, it has to be a weapon we will carry, and practice with, learning how to operate efficiently and shoot accurately. Large, high velocity rounds have great "terminal ballistics" but are difficult to shoot. I know, "Real men don't care about recoil." The rest of us do. Recoil affects the ability to hit accurately and efficiently, whether it's the psychological effects and anticipation of the force or the time required to recover from the recoil to fire the next shot.

Just like shoes, you must make sure your pistol fits. It's a size you can and will carry. The pistol's size and shape should allow you to manipulate it properly, which means safely and efficiently. The right pistol allows you to obtain a good grip, with finger positioned in the proper place on the trigger, and the ability to press the trigger straight to the rear. The right pistol is a caliber you can shoot accurately and rapidly.

You may start with one type and size pistol, then after learning what you need decide that a different size, shape or design works better. You'll also probably need a few different sizes; sometimes the way you have to dress dictates the "shoes" you wear. Or, for a bedside pistol, which you don't carry, size may not be an issue. One thing I recommend it once you've decided on what type weapon suits you I would stick with that design and operating system. Under stress there's no time to try and remember which type pistol you're carrying that day.

Choose a caliber you can hit accurately and efficiently with. In my opinion, caliber is not as big a concern as the design of the bullet and the ability to fire multiple, accurate shots in a timely fashion.

Find the weapon that works for you. What your buddy, local SWAT or favorite spec-ops unit carries shouldn't be part of the equation. Today, more so than ever, there is no reason not to have a pistol that fits. Find your pistol, practice, and build the efficiency and confidence in your skills that wins the fight.

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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