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Crimson Trace Equips the Revolver
Revolvers are on a rebound in popularity with Americans. At the 2015 SHOT Show, manufacturers unveiled many new revolvers, many models designed specifically for concealed carry. To go along with the revolver resurgence, Crimson Trace offers Lasergrips® that will fit more than 50 revolver models.
DeSantis Introduces Range Holster
DeSantis Gunhide®, a division of HELGEN Industries Inc., introduces the #130 Range Master™ Kydex® holster. The pistol is made to fit the Browning P35, 1911 pistols by Colt, Smith & Wesson and others, as well as some Glock models.
Rock Island Armory Renames 1911 Pistol Series
1911 manufacturer Rock Island Armory and its parent company, Armscor USA are celebrating 30 years of doing business in the United States by updating three of their flagship 1911 series titles. In addition to the naming structure, Armscor is also offering consumers online rebates with the purchase of any .22 TCM chambered 1911 pistol or rifle in 2015.
Crossbreed Holsters 2015 Bronze Sponsor Of SAF
The Second Amendment Foundation announced that Crossbreed Holsters, LLC is supporting SAF in 2015 as a Bronze Level Corporate Sponsor. Crossbreed Holsters' generosity serves as vital backing for the Foundation in its' mission to protect and restore the right to keep and bear arms.

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Team MGM Rocks US National Steel Championship
MGM Targets sponsored shooters made high marks in last weekend's annual US National Steel Championship at Volusia County Gun & Hunt Club. Team MGM shooter Max Michel placed 2nd to best all but one of 200 plus shooters followed by MGM teammate BJ Norris in 3rd place in centerfire.
Emergency & Disaster Management Now Available from Panteao
Panteao Productions announced that "Emergency & Disaster Management," part of their Make Ready to Survive instructional video series, is now available streaming to Panteao subscribers. The DVD versions will begin shipping next week.
Doug Koenig Championship Season Presents Scottish Red Stag
Doug Koenig's Championship Season travels to the remote town of Argyll, Scotland, located on the west coast near the Ardnamurchan peninsula in search of a majestic Scottish Highland Red Stag.
Weatherby Inc. Sponsors 2015 NRA Outdoors Long Range Schools
Weatherby® Inc. announced its endorsement and exclusive firearms sponsorship of the 2015 NRA Outdoors Long Range Hunting/Marksmanship Schools. The NRA's long-range school educates novice and intermediate marksmen on the fundamentals of precision long-range shooting.

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New Nightstick Tactical Fire Light
The new Nightstick FDL-300R Tactical Fire Light features a tough glass-filled nylon polymer housing is rated IP-X7 waterproof and built to resist impact, chemicals and high temperatures. A hard anodized aluminum tail cap with one large, textured tail switch works for constant on or momentary use.
SureFire Names Director of Foreign Military Sales / Intl. Business Development
SureFire, LLC announced the hire of Rick Krewson as its new Foreign Military Sales and International Business Development Director. Mr. Krewson, who previously served as the Iraq Country Manager / International Program Manager at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, will be responsible for identifying new business opportunities, developing product solutions, and implementing new sales growth programs for SureFire within the international military and consumer markets.
Mako Asks Consumers to Pressure Congress
The Mako Group issued a release asking enthusiasts to keep pressure up on members of Congress regarding the currently "under consideration" ATF ban on M855 ammunition. ATF released a statement saying they "plan more study" on the ammo ban. The large number of comments to ATF along with citizens contacting elected representatives is believed to have postponed the ATF action.
Panteao Mobile App Available for Android Devices
The latest version of the Panteao Mobile App for Android Devices is now available for download.
Hopper Spit Provides Superior Firearms Protection
Hopper Spit from Birchwood Casey was designed to provide extreme long-term rust protection for firearms and is specifically formulated to protect both ferrous and non-ferrous metals from the harsh effects of corrosive conditions and long-term storage.
HIVIZ® Introduces New Website
HIVIZ® Shooting Systems announces that it has officially launched a new website and corporate identity. According to Phil Howe, HIVIZ® President and CEO, the new website reflects the company's new logo and strategic vision for growth.
XS® Sight Systems Partners with United Sporting Companies
XS Sight Systems, manufacturer of hunting and tactical sights, is pleased to announce a new functioning wholesaler relationship with United Sporting Companies.
Hoppe's Introduces the 1.2.3. Done! Cleaning Kits
New 1.2.3. Done! kits from Hoppe's include a caliber/gauge specific Hoppe's BoreSnake® along with 2-ounce bottles of time-tested and proven Hoppe's No. 9 bore cleaner to quickly remove powder residue, lead, metal fouling and rust, and Hoppe's high-viscosity lubricating oil.
 
Skill Set: SUL Position
I first saw the SUL position around the year 2000 during an advanced handgun class I was attending. (See photo for a visual of SUL.) Alan Brosnan and Max Joseph created SUL, Portuguese for south. They were teaching in Brazil with guys who didn't have holsters. Once the problem was solved they needed a "safe" position to hold the handgun and the ability to work around others without muzzling anyone. After a short time people began using SUL for a variety of other applications, and this is when things got distorted.

The SUL position is a "safety" position, only to be used once the action was over; it's basically an administrative position, an option to holstering the weapon. I've seen SUL used as a ready position, for clearing corners while searching buildings, for inside vehicles and as a retention position. SUL was never designed to be used for these applications, and in fact can put you at a disadvantage and be downright dangerous.

From a safety aspect when SUL is used incorrectly you're almost guaranteed to sweep your body with your weapon. Any movement of the torso must be preceded by moving the feet and legs first, moving them slightly in advance of the hips and upper body to ensure you don't cover them with the muzzle. See Safety Rule #2: Never point the muzzle at anything you're not ready/willing to put bullets into. This includes parts of your body.

SUL isn't a ready position. Your "ready" technique should allow you to fire a shot with the least amount of movement and time necessary. What I call a "low-ready" - pistol extended out in front of you with weapon, hands and arms low enough so you can see what you need to or prevent covering/sweeping anyone – only requires you to bring the sights up to eye level, rotating the arms at the shoulders. We also teach a "retention" position, which has the pistol chest high at the side of the body, tilting outboard slightly. This makes it more difficult for the threat to grab, and when the threat is too close to extend the arms out in a normal fashion you can fire from here.

SUL is not a ready position. Obtaining a sight picture involves the joints/muscles of the shoulders, elbows and wrists. While this is going on the hands must acquire a firing grip. You can practice it and get pretty fast, but simply bringing the arms up to eye level is more efficient, ultimately quicker. To fire up close from SUL you have to get into the retention firing position, again to locate the weapon as far from the threat as possible, ensuring the slide can cycle without hitting your body or clothing, creating a stoppage.

From a retention standpoint, keeping the threat from taking the weapon away, the SUL has you starting at a disadvantage. SUL requires bending the wrists into an unnatural angle, where the wrist is weak. In fact it's one of the same angles used to manipulate the joint in order to take physical control of someone. Keeping the wrist locked is always stronger.

SUL has a time and place to be used, but it's very specific in it's application, the context, time and place for its application. When it comes to your fighting skills keep it simple. Hick's Law states that the more options you have to choose from the longer it takes you to select one and act. This principle should apply to all your training and practice. One or two techniques, learned well, will normally serve better than having five or six options to achieve the same goal. But also remember, there are techniques such as SUL that when applied correctly and under the proper context fill a specific need. Regardless of what you use the key is completely understanding the technique, both the pros and cons of its application, and then as always, plenty of practice.

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 - http://shootrite.org/dvd/dvd.html Website: www.shootrite.org

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