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Walther Introduces the Creed
Walther Arms, Inc. is proud to announce the new Creed pistol. The new pistol is a modern polymer-frame feature-rich handgun achieved with 
an economic price-tag.
GunVault Launches new ARVault at NASGW
GunVault launched their new ARVault, a compact safe specific for AR rifles, at the 2016 National Sporting Good Wholesalers (NASGW) annual Expo in Kansas City. GunVault is also taking pre-orders for this new ARVault at booth # 56 during the expo.
Honor Defense Partners with Outdoor Marketing Group
Honor Defense is proud to announce a partnership with Outdoor Marketing Group for sales representation. Outdoor Marketing Group will be responsible for selling Honor Defense in the southeast.

Sig Sauer
Magnum Research Congratulates Pro Shooter John Nagel
Last fall, John Nagel was introduced as the Pro Shooter representing Magnum Research at shooting events across the U.S. Now, Magnum Research is proud to announce that Nagel has earned high honors among the shooting community.
Vertx® Announces 5 Days of Thanks Campaign
Vertx®, a leader in low-profile apparel and gear for the prepared professional, announces its 5 Days of Thanks campaign. The campaign is Vertx's way of saying thank you to all of their customers and paying it back to groups that support veterans, law enforcement or other organizations that protect our way of life and liberty.
Leupold named Optics Manufacturer of the Year by NASGW
Leupold & Stevens, Inc. has once again been recognized as the Optics Manufacturer of the Year by the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers (NASGW) at the body's annual meeting in Kansas City, Missouri.

Liberty Ammunition Offers Halloween Sale
Liberty Ammunition is offering 20 percent off all ammunition storewide from today (October 27) through October 31, 2016. Orders of $100 or more receive a free gift.
NEMO Arms Relocates to Idaho
NEMO Arms, creators of the first viable semi-automatic .300 Win Mag, AR patterned rifle, has relocated to Nampa, Idaho. The move comes in an effort to expand operations and manufacturing to better serve the needs of customers in this expanding market.
Guncrafter American Now in 9mm!
Guncrafter Industries adds the 9mm chambering to its hand crafted 1911 American pistol in both Stainless and Melonite finishes.

G2 Industries Introduces .45 ACP Civic Duty Round
The new G2 Research Civic Duty .45 ACP + P round features large copper petals that open like airplane propellers causing a large wound channel in addition to the inherent stopping power of the round.
Mossberg Selects Copper Basin for Shotgun Gear and Accessory Line
Copper Basin, manufacturers of innovative, lightweight bags and packs for hunting, hiking and discrete firearm storage,has partnered with Mossberg to produce a licensed outdoor product line through Mossberg Gear that includes innovative shotgun slings, shotgun shell carriers, gloves and accessories.
Sightmark 3000 Lumen Spotlight Lights the Way
Sightmark's SS3000 Tactical Spotlight (SM73011) goes to work when most people turn-in for the night. Whether your goal is to locate an objective or blind and disorient the bad guys, 3000 lumens of white light packed into the SS3000's compact body does the job exceedingly well.
Hornady Announces New Products for 2017
Hornady® Manufacturing, an industry leader in bullet and ammunition technology, is proud to announce a comprehensive lineup of new and technologically advanced products for 2017.
Nosler® Introduces Their Most Powerful Cartridge Yet – The 33 Nosler®
Nosler, Inc. introduces the patriarch of the Nosler® cartridge family – the 33 Nosler®. The "33" shares the same parent case (404 Jeffery) as the rest of the family but fires .338 caliber bullets which are generally known for being tough on big game as well as having high Ballistic Coefficients and Sectional Densities for excellent interior, exterior and terminal ballistics.
2016 Industry Awards & Donations Announced by NASGW
As they kick off their annual meetings, the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers (NASGW) has announced the top optics, accessory, ammunition and firearms manufacturers who best demonstrate a commitment to the two-step distribution process, and who provide outstanding value and service.
Taurus Newest Sponsor of NSSF/HAVA Golf Classic at SHOT Show
The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the trade association for the firearms industry, is pleased to announce that Taurushas agreed to sponsor the 3rd Annual NSSF/HAVA Golf Classic at the Bronze level.
Pachmayr ALS Revolver Grip
Lyman and Pachmayr brought back - and improved - the American Legend Grips for Smith & Wesson "J", "K&L" and "N" Frame Round Butt revolvers. The grips have improved contours to evenly distribute and disperse recoil, and tighter manufacturing tolerances for superior frame-to-grip fit.
Skill Set: Trigger Slack
A common problem with shooters, both new and experienced, is the "slack" or "take-up" on triggers. A lot of pistols, especially striker-fired handguns such as Glocks, XD's and M&P's have "slack" in the trigger. This slack is rearward movement of the trigger, a sort of free travel that must be removed or taken out before the actual trigger press begins. Confusing this slack with the trigger press is the cause for a lot of bad shots. The shooter presses the trigger. There's not a lot of resistance to it. When they actually get to the point that they start feeling resistance – where the real trigger press should start – they jerk the trigger, forcing the shot to fire. The shooter anticipates the recoil, tensing up their muscles and moving the sights off target. The result is an inaccurate shot.

The key to shooting accurately is pressing the trigger smoothly without anticipating when the shot is going to fire. A good trigger press fires the shot without moving the muzzle. Jeff Cooper called this a "surprise break." You press the trigger and let the pistol fire when it's ready, as opposed to you making the pistol fire. (The same thing applies to any firearm.) The time it takes to press the trigger, how smoothly it needs to be pressed, depends on the accuracy you need.

Trigger designs that have slack or take-up require you to press the trigger lightly to the rear, removing this free travel. Once the slack is out you begin pressing the trigger to fire the shot. Think of it as a two-stage trigger like you might find on a precision rifle.

At the start of a class we have shooters verbalize this process. During dry practice they come on target and place their finger on the trigger. They say out loud, "Slack out," or whatever words work best for them as an individual. At the same time they apply light pressure to the trigger until feeling the actual resistance start. (Verbalizing this slows the mind down, forcing the conscious mind to think about the process.) Then they release the slack out and take their finger off the trigger. This is done numerous times so they get the feel of taking the slack out and releasing it.

Once this is working well we move to the actual trigger press. This is a two-step process. They are on target, finger on the trigger. Step one: they say, "Slack out." The slack or take-up has been performed. Step two: they say out loud "Presssssssssss… ," hissing like a snake and steadily increase pressure on the trigger. At some point the trigger "breaks," moving all the way rearward. Remember this is done dry, so they get to the point that the sights are steady throughout and after the trigger press. (This is normally done in a team format so the "coach" can cycle the slide, allowing the shooter say out loud "Reset," releasing the trigger far enough forward to reset the internals.)

After plenty of dry practice to figure out how their trigger works we go hot, performing the same drill live, one shot at a time with students still verbalizing their actions. "Slack out," takes out the free travel. "Pressssssssss… ," fires the shot. They recover from the recoil; get the sights back on target, and say "Reset," to reset the trigger. This sequence produces good, accurate hits for beginners and experienced shooters improve their trigger manipulations.

"Learning" your trigger is a never-ending process. You're always trying to improve. Any time you pick up a different type firearm it's going to take some time to become familiar with that trigger. If you're helping out a friend or new shooter make sure they understand the principles involved. Knowing how to work the trigger, both before and after the shot, is the key to getting good hits. Practice this often.

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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