L.A.G. Tactical has announced that they will be demonstrating their products at the 2017 Industry Day at the Range preceding SHOT Show 2017 on Monday, January 16th. The company's premium holsters will be available for live-fire use in conjunction with targets from Triumph Systems, Lakeshore Ammunition, and handguns from Century Arms' Canik product line.
Century Arms has announced a series of raffles and guests that will be appearing at their booth, #11962, at the 2017 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, NV. Three raffles in total will be held with two packages given away at each raffle along with appearances by professional shooter Corinne Mosher, Scott Warren from Warren Tactical, and James Yeager from Tactical Response.
There are thousands of great books to read, so I find it helpful when someone passes along a good title to pick up. Here are three that I highly recommend. As usual, these books will lead you to more research and other books to read.
"Jelly" Bryce was one of the original FBI agents hired for their gunfighting skills during the Gangster era. Mike Conti has just release the third volume in his trilogy about Bryce –The Man in the Mirror
- and just like the first two, it's one of those books you don't want to put down. This trilogy of historical fiction books cover Bryce's life, details about the F.B.I.'s early days, details about espionage during WW II and introduces people you may not know much about such as "Wild" Bill Donovan. Reading this book will certainly prompt further study into other people and events. If you haven't read the first two installments of this trilogy order all three. For those who have read the first two - "The Legend Begins" and "FBI Odyssey" - you'll want to pick up the final installment.
Next on the list is The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Weaponry
, by Chuck Wills. There are a lot of books that cover weapons with plenty of photos and short bullet point paragraphs of information. What caught me about Wills' book is the way the material is presented and that it was written in association with the Berman Museum of World History
in Anniston, AL, about an hour's drive from me. As Farley Berman was an intelligence officer during WWII, the book and museum include plenty of "spy" kit, showing just how inventive man can be when it comes to creating weapons. This is a great book; some of the weapons covered have never been photographed before. If you find yourself near Anniston, AL make it a point to visit the museum.
Vickers Guide: AR-15, Volume I
is technically a coffee table book. It's large with beautiful pictures. It also contains great historical information on the AR's development and the different models produced. If you're into the history of the AR you'll want to get a copy of this. Volume I shows how Stoner and Armalite combined existing technology with contemporary components to create America's longest serving military rifle. It also includes "replica" or reproduction AR's built by people to match rare AR's – the "retro" thing is really gaining traction among builders - and prop guns used in movies such as "Black Hawk Down." It's expensive, but this is a quality book you can pass on to the next generation.
As always, if you want to get immersed in the pure technical aspects of the AR and its history check out The Black Rifle
series by Collector's Grade Publications.
As they used to say when I was young, "Readin' is fundamental." Reading about things you enjoy is even better. Increasing your understanding of the weapons you love creates a stronger bond and more enjoyment and efficiency when handling your weapons. It also improves your ability to pass this knowledge on to new shooters, old or young. One of the major responsibilities as firearms owners is passing on the heritage, culture and our Constitutional rights concerning firearms to others, helping them get started in the right direction and insuring these rights for the future.
Editor's Note: Tiger's new AR book is coming out soon -- AR-15 Skills & Drills: Learn to Run Your AR Like a Pro. You'll be able to order them from Shootrite once they are available.
Tiger McKee is director of Shootrite Firearms Academy, located in northern Alabama. He is the author of "The Book of Two Guns" - http://shootrite.org/book/book.html 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