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Trijicon ® Adds New Red and Green Reticle Options to ACOG 4x32 LED Line
Trijicon, Inc. announces new reticle choices for Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight (ACOG) 4x32 LED riflescopes. The battery-powered LED ACOG scopes now include a selection of Horseshoe, Chevron, or Crosshair .223 illuminated reticles in red and green color, all of which are powered by a single AA battery.
Crimson Trace Films with Guns & Gear TV
Crimson Trace has filmed a series of television shows with the highly popular Guns & Gear TV show. The shows will begin appearing in July and can be seen on the Pursuit Channel.
Action Target Announces Free Shipping Online During NRA Show
Action Target will be offering free shipping on any order made through its online store (limited to the 48 continental United States) during the three days of the NRA Annual Meeting and Exhibits (April 25-27). Action Target will be exhibiting at the NRA Show held this year in Indianapolis, Ind., in booth #3418.
Colt's Maggie Reese Places 2nd Open Lady at USPSA Multi-Gun Nationals
Colt's Manufacturing Company sponsored-shooter Maggie Reese put in another outstanding performance over the weekend at the USPSA Multi-Gun Nationals, placing 2nd in the Lady's Open division. The match was held April 18-20 at the Desert Sportsman Rifle and Pistol Club in Las Vegas, Nev.
Team Benelli Takes Two Top Honors at USPSA Multi-Gun Nationals
Team Benelli 3-Gun members, Taran Butler and James Casanova took top honors in their respective divisions at the 2014 USPSA Multi-Gun Nationals held last weekend at the Desert Sportsman's Rifle & Pistol Club in Las Vegas. Butler placed first in Open Division while Casanova won Limited Division and Team Benelli lady 3-gunner, Janna Reeves, ranked 3rd among the ladies in Tactical Division.

Kahr Arms Reports the Top 5 Best Selling Used Firearms for March 2014 has released its list of Top 5 best selling Used Firearms for March 2014. Every month, publishes the Top 5 Best Sellers List for for each major category of firearms sold on the popular gun auction site.
Army Marksmanship Unit Action Shooting Team Takes Two in Vegas
Soldiers from the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) Action Shooting team won two titles at the 2014 U.S. Practical Shooting Association Multi-gun National Championships, April 18-20. Staff Sgt. Daniel Horner won the overall title and first place in the Tactical Ops Division for an unprecedented sixth time, while Sgt. Matthew Sweeney won in the Heavy Metal Tactical Division.
Visit ARES Defense Booth 7970 at NRA 2014
ARES Defense will display its full line of firearms at the 2014 National Rifle Association's Annual Meetings and Exhibits in Indianapolis, Indiana, April 25-27. Stop by the ARES Defense booth 7970 to get a first look at America's newest Sport Rifle - the ARES SCR™ (Sport Configurable Rifle).
Mossberg® Announces Partnership with Red Jacket Firearms™
O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc, America's oldest family-owned and operated firearms manufacturer, is announcing a multi-year agreement with Red Jacket Firearms and the stars of the reality-based TV series, Sons of Guns, to include a branded series of shotguns and rifles developed in conjunction with the Red Jacket Firearms team.
Shooting will provide constant updates from the 143rd NRA Annual Meetings Exhibits in Indianapolis. The latest in firearms, gear, optics and accessories from hundreds of manufacturers will be on display, and Shooting Illustrated will be on the show floor to bring you information straight from Indianapolis.
To assist its member companies in better understanding their customer's shopping experience, NSSF has issued a new report whose findings are based on the use of mobile eye-tracking technology to reveal what really attracts shoppers to products.
The Whittington U School of Extreme Long Range held its inaugural ELR Masters I Course on April 14-16, 2014. Braving wind and snow during the three days of instruction, five students established new benchmarks in the Extreme Long Range community.
Remington Arms Company is pleased to announce the Model 700 Ultimate Muzzleloader - the most technologically advanced in-line muzzleloader on market today. MSRP is $1,295.
DeSantis Gunhide®, a division of HELGEN Industries Inc., invites you to attend their booth, # 8465, at the 2014 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits. Many of their most popular holsters will be available to sell at a special NRA show discount.
Stag Arms has released its 16 inch AR-15 carbine upper receivers in the popular 300 AAC BLK / 7.62x35mm caliber. The company had researched and tested many different cartridges on the AR-15 platform before making a final decision.
Bushnell has introduced the new Bushnell Elite Tactical 1-Mile ARC laser range finder. With seven power magnification, ranging capabilities out to one mile and a host of valuable features, this unit is built for professional and long-range marksmen.
Swab-its® invites you to stop by booth #3448 at the 143rd NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits to see first hand the superior firearms cleaning properties of their Bore-tips® and Gun-tips® products.
If you're in Indianapolis for the NRA meetings this week, be sure to stop by booth #8456 and visit with Charlie Sisk, Texas rifle maker, and see the animated video of just some of the adaptiveness his new STAR® stock is capable of.
Inspired by the continued success of the MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup and its impact on his hometown of Columbia and the shooting industry, Larry Potterfield, Founder and CEO of MidwayUSA, Inc., has pledged a $65,000 cash donation for the 2014 NRA Bianchi Cup.
Viridian is sure to have one of the most talked about exhibits at the 143rd NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits. Stop by booth 3623 and experience a state-of-the-art, interactive shooting simulator - the Viridian Demo Lab.
Trijicon, Inc. now offers its legendary Bright & Tough™ Night Sights with an integrated RMR® mounting platform for Model 1911 pistols.
The world's largest nighttime 3-Gun competition-the 3rd Annual Midnight 3-Gun Invitational (M3GI) hosted by Crimson Trace is seeing a growing list of sponsoring shooting industry manufacturers getting involved in the event. August 12-17 more than 200 shooters will compete over a four-night span.
Gary Mol's Bullet Bunker, a system that stops - and contains - bullets shot at it, is showcasing its New Generation designs at the one hundred forty third NRA Meeting & Exhibits April 25-27 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Those designs include Ted Nugent's own custom bullet bunker.
Vortex Optics is offering a free Vortex wristband to the first 100 people who stop by to visit (Booth #4764). They'll have some additional tokens of appreciation for their customers who they consider the real celebrities of the NRA Annual Meeting & Exhibits.
Range Systems encourages you to stop by Booth #3762 at the Annual NRA show April 25-27 at the Indianapolis Convention Center for a chance to win some great prizes. Range Systems will be featuring a brand new line of Dura-Steel targets in their booth.
Attendees at the 2014 NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits in Indianapolis, Indiana are encouraged to visit the LaserMax booth (#6249), where a full schedule of booth activities will complement the company's display of laser sights and lights for firearms.
Returning online for a second time following its successful debut from the 2014 SHOT Show®, "Inside the Chamber with Smith & Wesson" will again air live from 2-3pm ET from the floor of the Smith & Wesson booth at the NRA Show.
Galco Gunleather is excited to announce book signings and appearances at the 2014 NRA Annual Meetings in Indianapolis, all in Galco's booth #5464.
Around the Water Cooler: Loaded Language and Legislation
Things are moving in America on the brink of the NRA Annual Meeting and Exhibits taking place in Indianapolis this week. A couple of news tidbits have developed close to home for me.

First, the mother of Trayvon Martin made an appearance at K-State University Student Union on Tuesday. She said that his death was "needless" and that we "need to have difficult conversations about . . . gun violence," according to a report in the Topeka Capital-Journal. She then said that he was after "a drink and candy," not mentioning the drug nexus alleged by some and said " . . . racial profiling still exists."

What was unreported was that there was an allegation that Martin was the aggressor, that Zimmerman fired in self-defense and that "gun violence" is no more than an emotionally charged moniker.

Our readers know that "gun violence" is a loaded term and that it doesn't exist in reality - like "smart politician." Violence describes acts between people. Only those with an agenda use the term "gun violence." Now, with their gun problem solved, the UK is facing a crisis of "knife violence." Same song, second verse.

Meanwhile, the Kansas Governor signed a bill into law that addressed the issues of CLEO approval on NFA transfers, carry of handguns - concealed and otherwise, forces return or sale of seized firearms and cleans up the preemption statute.

The chief law enforcement officer in a local jurisdiction is required to approve transfers of NFA regulated firearms unless a condition exists that prevents it - a legal disqualification, not "Silencers are icky."

Municipalities will be forbidden to demand CHL status information on municipal employees and may not discriminate against an employee who is so certified. Additionally, "gun buyback" (sic) programs shall not be funded by local government taxes under the new law.

There are other provisions to the statute, which is effective 1 July 2014, but those are some highlights.

-- Rich Grassi
Skill Set: Desired Characteristics
Tony, a Shootrite student, has a lot of physical challenges, but his mental characteristics more than make up for them.
Personal protection is an individual responsibility. To prepare yourself to solve a defensive problem - avoiding trouble, applying unarmed defensive tactics, or using your firearm - you must focus on a few key characteristics.

Motivation is essential to success in any endeavor. Your motivation for training/practicing defensive skills is to save lives - protecting yourself, family, friends or teammates. Motivate yourself with this: At some point it may be up to you to defeat a violent opponent. This could happen any time, any place. Once the fight starts it's too late for what you "could'a, would'a, or should'a" done.

Learning to fight with firearms takes time, money, and more time. You have to be dedicated in budgeting both time and money for training and practice. You attend training, but the majority of your time is spent on practice, performing the repetitions necessary to learn the skills and tactics required for effective self defense. Scheduling time to practice takes lots of dedication; otherwise it falls to the side, replaced by more what seem like more pressing needs. The thing to remember is that most of your practice can be performed dry, which doesn't cost anything. A ten-minute session per day with dry practice will maintain and improve your skills.

Humility is a hard one. Acknowledge that there is always more to learn. Fighting with firearms is an art. You think you've mastered a certain aspect or skill. Then, something forces you to reexamine your skills. You'll never get it perfect - whether it's tactics or skills and techniques - but there's always room for improvement. Chances are you'll never be the "Best" or "Number 1," but then when it comes to fighting you don't have to be the best, you just have to be better than your opponent(s).

The path you've chosen is a life long journey. It takes determination stay on the path. You have to be determined in other ways as well, for example, determined to stay aware of your environment, constantly looking for possible trouble. You're determined to improve your skills, always looking forward, concentrating on becoming better. You also have to be determined that when the time comes you will not hesitate to stop the threat(s) as efficiently as possible. And you're determined that no matter what happens, you will win.

Learning, and if necessary, applying lethal force is a serious subject, and should be approached accordingly. It's interesting to me when I see posts on my writings and teaching criticizing me for being "too serious." Part of that is my personality. My Mom says I was always serious, even as a child. The other factor is that the skills I teach are about life and death, and cannot be approached lightly. What applies to the teacher applies to the student. You should develop and cultivate the characteristics and attitude that will serve you well in life as well as fighting.

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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