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Leupold VX-3i Long Range Precision Riflescopes
Leupold & Stevens, Inc., introduces the VX-3i LRP (Long Range Precision) riflescope. It delivers high-end features in a competitively priced riflescope, built to the same demanding standards and quality as the rest of the Leupold line of products.
Crimson Trace 2017 Catalogs Now Shipping
Crimson Trace announced that it is shipping 2017 catalogs to the company's 2,500-plus dealers across the United States. This year's catalog provides full details on all Crimson Trace products, including the new LiNQ wireless laser and white light system for AK-style rifles, among other products.
Comp-Tac's New Location, New Products and New OEM Program
Comp-Tac Victory Gear has moved to a new location for the 2017 Shooting and Hunting Outdoor Tradeshow Show in Las Vegas, January 17-20. Comp-Tac will be located on the main floor in booth #11162. Comp-Tac will be displaying their new products, showing retail packaging options and discussing Comp-Tac's Dealer Program and their brand new OEM Project offerings.

Sig Sauer
Impossible Shots: Jerry Shoots the Shield
On the next Shooting USA's Impossible Shots, Jerry Miculek turns a compact carry pistol into a race gun. Then, Guinness World Record Archer, Randy Oitker recreates a classic Bob Munden shot.
Two Federal Premium Ammunition Products Recognized by NTOA
Federal Premium is proud to announce that two ammunition products have received the prestigious "Member Tested and Recommended" seal of approval from the members of the National Tactical Officers Association – the 9mm Luger 150gr HST JHP and the .223 REM 55gr Tactical Ballistic TIP.
Kimber Micro 9 Wins 2017 NRA Golden Bullseye Award
Kimber Mfg., Inc. announced that the Kimber Micro 9 is the recipient of the coveted NRA Golden Bullseye Award for 2017 Shooting Illustrated Magazine's Handgun of the Year. The Micro 9, in multiple variants, is currently shipping to a network of over 2,000 Kimber Master Dealers.

Ruger
Kimber 84M Hunter Wins 2017 NRA Golden Bullseye Award
Kimber Mfg., Inc. announced that the 84M Hunter is the recipient of the coveted NRA Golden Bullseye Award for American Hunter magazine's Rifle of the Year. The Hunter has a stainless steel barreled action wearing an innovative synthetic stock complete with a removable three-round box magazine.
War Sport Announces New Products for SHOT Show 2017
War Sport is launching several new products—and introducing   the next generation of its flagship LVOA line—at NSSF SHOT Show 2017, Jan. 17-20, at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas. One SHOT Show attendee will win a custom color, War Sport GPR-HC by entering a drawing at War Sport booth 15834.
DoubleStar Unveils the Wrath Crash Axe - Tomahawk
DoubleStar Corp announced the first edged weapon that brings the best elements of a crash axe and tomahawk together in the truly modern "CrashHawk." The Wrath was purpose-built, combining the close proximity weapon, chopping capability of a crash axe with the multi-use functionality of a tomahawk from prying to piercing, splitting and breaching.

NSSF
DeSantis Introduces the Raptor Holster
The DeSantis #146 Raptor is a high ride OWB/IWB Kydex-thermoformed holster. It comes with belt loops for 1 ½", 1 ¾", or IWB soft polymer straps.
Beretta Acquires Victrix Armaments Brand
Beretta announces the acquisition of the Victrix Armaments brand (www.victrixarmaments.com) from Officina Meccanica Rottigni, an Italian company based in Cazzano Sant'Andrea (BG). Victrix Armaments offers leading edge solutions in the field of precision bolt action rifles and related technologies.
SB Tactical Side-Folding Brace for CZ Scorpion Evo
SB Tactical is making the CZ Scorpion Evo even more effective with the introduction of the SBTEVO, an integral, side-folding brace built to provide increased stability and improved accuracy.
OSS's New HX MAG Suppressor
Operators Suppressor Systems LLC introduces the third addition to their HELIX line - the HX MAG. Built with OSS's patented Flow-Through technology, the HX MAG is an integrated flush mount suppressor and is full-auto rated.
New Video Series: Finding Fearless
The new video series "Finding Fearless" addresses questions regarding deadly force encounters. In the series, self-defense and firearms instructor EJ Owens places four everyday women in situations that test both their mental and physical toughness.
FightLite Introducing New Products at SHOT Show
FightLite Industries announces that it will be introducing several new products at the SHOT Show. These include the MXR multi-caliber sub gun, chambered for 9mm, but user-convertible to .22 LR, .45 ACP and other popular pistol calibers.
Honor Defense to Attend Range Day at SHOT Show
Honor Defense will be showcasing the Honor Guard 9mm handguns for media, law enforcement, and retailers to try at the 2017 SHOT Show Industry Day at the Range. The Honor Guard is available in both Sub Compact and Compact sizes with barrel lengths of 3.2" and 3.8' respectively.
New Meprolight FT Bullseye Models
The Meprolight FT Bullseye is now available in new models to include Sig Sauer P226 and P320, Smith and Wesson M&P and M&P Shield, H&K VP9 and Remington R1 pistols.
Fobus Holster Fits Ruger American Pistols
Fobus Holsters and Mag Pouches expands its HPP holster to fit the Ruger American, Full Size and Compact. It is available in paddle, belt and roto styles.
BLACKHAWK! Holsters Receive NTOA Seal of Approval
BLACKHAWK! announced that several items in its holster line have received the prestigious "Member Tested and Recommended" seal of approval from the members of the National Tactical Officers Association. These include the TecGrip IWB Holster, the A.R.C.Holster and the EPOCH Level 3 Light Bearing Duty Holster.
HatsanUSA Unveils Its First Semi-Auto Air Rifle
HatsanUSA is pleased to introduce the BullMaster, a new semi-auto Pre-Charged Pneumatic air rifle with a bullpup design. The BullMaster will be available in .177 and .22 calibers and is HatsanUSA's first venture into semi-auto PCP airguns.
Trijicon Introduces HD XR Night Sights
Trijicon announces the precision HD night sight, the HD XR. The HD is popular but there was a call for a thinner front sight post. The HD XR maintains the heavy duty features of the original with the thinner front sight.
New Buttstock from FAB Defense
The Mako Group will preview the GL-Core, FAB Defense's newest addition to its line of buttstocks this year at SHOT Show in booth #20043. The GL-CORE features an integrated cheek rest, ergonomic buttpad and an interchangeable tube adapter.
773 Teachers and Staff Members Get "Armed" Active Killer Training
In response to 'active killer' situations at schools, the FASTER Saves Lives program began providing lethal force training and medical response to teachers and staff members. In just four years, FASTER Saves Lives has trained 773 school teachers and staff members from 194 districts in 8 states. FASTER stands for Faculty / Administrator Safety Training & Emergency Response.
Savage Arms to Host Shooting Sports Celebrities at 2017 SHOT Show
Savage Arms will host a trio of shooting sports celebrities in the Vista Outdoor booth (14551) at the 2017 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, January 17-20. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the "MeatEater" Steven Rinella, along with Troy and Jacob Landry, from the "Swamp People" series on History.
Umarex Gauntlet Sets New Standard
Umarex USA Inc. announces a major breakthrough in regulated Pre-Charged Pneumatic air rifles: the Umarex Gauntlet. Gauntlet offers the performance of $1,000+ PCPs for an MSRP of just $299.
Hoppe's Gun Medic Cleaner and Lube-Quick Fix Given NTOA Recognition
Hoppe's, the best known name in gun care products, announced that an item in the Gun Medic line has received the prestigious "Member Tested and Recommended" seal of approval from the members of the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA).
Bobby Earnhardt Joins with The Mako Group
Bobby Earnhardt, grandson of the late NASCAR legend, Dale Earnhardt Sr., and rising NASCAR driver, has teamed up with the The Mako Group. Together, the brands, and their retail partners, will have the chance to take advantage of major promotional opportunities through NASCAR and a reality show featuring the Earnhardt family in 2017.
Steiner M332 & M536 Battle Sights Feature New QD Mount
For 2017, Steiner has updated the popular M332 and M536 battle sights with a new Quick Detach (QD) mount. The new mount features an improved lock release making it easier to open the levers for removal of the sight, even when wearing gloves.
Burris Provides Competitive Edge with New RT-6 Riflescope
Competitive shooters can now get a leg up on the competition with the RT-6, a new1-6x24mm riflescope from Burris. Built for speed, accuracy and easy handling, the RT-6 is guaranteed to shave seconds off the clock when it counts most.
Federal Premium to Host Celebrities
Federal Premium Ammunition is pleased to invite attendees of the 2017 SHOT Show to meet professional shooter Julie Golob, popular online personalities Hickok45 and 22plinkster, and famed Second Amendment defender Colion Noir, among others.
Savage Arms to Introduce New Firearms at SHOT Show
Savage Arms is pleased to unveil an arsenal of exciting new high-performance products at the 2017 SHOT Show. For starters, the company redefines the modern sporting rifle category with its feature-rich MSR lineup. Also debuting for 2017 are the A22 semi-automatic 22 Long Rifle and a trio of B Series rimfire bolt guns, plus the long-range chassis Model 10 APO and fast-handling Stevens 555 Enhanced over-and-under shotgun.
Vertx Announces Solid Colors for the RECON Uniform Line
Vertx is pleased to announce the release of new solid colors to the RECON line of uniforms. The line was initially launched in MultiCam, however, it will now include solid colors- OD Green, Navy and Black.
SIG SAUER Introduces the 1911 Spartan BB Pistol
SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to introduce the 1911 Spartan BB Pistol. Modeled after the 1911 Spartan centerfire pistol, this CO2-powered, semi-automatic 1911-style BB pistol features a unique bronze finish. Airguns are an inexpensive alternative to live-fire training for those who want to practice but can't make it to the range as often as they would like.
FN Creates New, Responsive Website
FN America, LLC announces the launch of a completely redesigned, responsive corporate website. The website will provide a streamlined and intuitive environment for FN's customers to locate product information, company updates and much more.
BLACKHAWK! Omnivore Holster
The BLACKHAWK! Omnivore is a multi-fit holster that accommodates more than 150 styles of semi-automatic handguns with an accessory rail. The active retention mechanism locks onto our proprietary Rail Attachment Device, not the frame of the handgun. The holsters are now available at dealers.
JP Enterprises Announces New 9mm Carbine
JP Enterprises announces the release of the GMR-15, an updated version of their industry-leading 9mm carbine the GMR-13. It's loaded with innovative features that elevate the pistol caliber carbine platform.
American Handgunner Features Apex Dream Guns
The custom modifications administered to the S&W M&P C.O.R.E. 9mm — the cover gun for American Handgunner's March/April issue -- and S&W Shield by Apex Tactical Specialties are impressive. Publisher Roy Huntington details the collaborative artistry and fabrication involved in the creation of this visually appealing, high performance hardware.
Chambermax TA-1 Slide Enhancement
Chambermax has announced the release of their unique tactical slide enhancement for semi-automatic pistols, the TA-1. The TA-1's patented design provides increased grip engagement for shooters in adverse conditions, situations of extreme stress, or those with compromised grip strength.
FAB Defense AR Podium
FAB Defense will introduce the AR Podium at SHOT Show in Las Vegas. The AR-Podium changes the bi-pod position by incorporating the bi-pod into the pistol grip. The AR-Podium moves the fulcrum point back to just forward of the pistol grip.
L.A.G. Tactical Holsters at SHOT Show Range Day
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.
DeSantis Introduces the Vanquisher IWB
DeSantis Gunhide introduces a new product, The #M71 Vanquisher. This is an ambidextrous tuck-able IWB holster that can be adjusted for both height and cant.
Century Arms Announces Daily Gun Giveaways & Guest Appearances at SHOT Show
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.
Jagemann Launches New Products at SHOT Show
Jagemann is pleased to announce the launch of several new products at the 2017 Shot Show in Las Vegas, NV. These include Jagemann magazines for Glock pistols, .223 Rem. And 5.56 brass and brass for the .300 Win. Mag. and 7mm.
KC Eusebio to Appear at Jagemann Booth, SHOT 2017
Jagemann is pleased to announce several planned booth events at 2017 Shot Show with world renowned shooter, KC Eusebio. Jagemann's booth is 3446.
Trijicon 1-8x28 AccuPower LED Riflescope
Trijicon has introduced the new 1-8x 28mm AccuPower riflescope. Compact enough for any AR, hunting rifle, or carbine it provides a power range meeting most any practical need.
Meprolight MX3 Flip Magnifier
Meprolight introduces the MX 3 Flip, a 3X fixed power reflex sight magnifier. It attaches to the Picatinny rail immediately behind the reflex sight. When not being used, it's offset to the right side.
Cannae Pro Gear Announces New 3-Gun Range Bag
Cannae Pro Gear announced the release of their latest shooting accessory, the Triplex Acies 3-Gun Range Bag. The new 3-gun Range Bag lives up to it's namesake in durability and flexibility for the demanding 3-gun sportsman or law enforcement professional.
Otis Announces New Products for 2017
Otis Technology is proud to announce its new products for 2017. These products will debut at the 2017 Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show on January 17-20, 2017 in Las Vegas, NV.
TacSol Unveils the Standalone Takedown Barrel at SHOT Show
Tactical Solutions is offering a standalone X-Ring Takedown 0.920" diameter, barrel for the Ruger 10/22 Takedown rifle. Next week at SHOT Show in Las Vegas will be the first time that they are showing and unveiling the X-Ring Takedown Barrel individually.
Federal Premium to Introduce New Ammunition at SHOT Show
Federal Premium Ammunition is proud to introduce a suite of new products at the 2017 SHOT Show. The introductions include the game-changing Edge TLR all-range rifle loads, 38 Special +P HST Micro, Hunter Match 22 Long Rifle, Gold Medal Grand, redesigned Black Cloud with FLITECONTROL FLEX, and much more.
SB Tactical Introduces SBTEVO Side-Folding Brace for CZ Scorpion EVO
SB Tactical™, inventors and manufacturers of the Pistol Stabilizing Brace™, is making the CZ Scorpion Evo even more effective with the introduction of the SBTEVO™, an integral, side-folding brace built to provide increased stability and improved accuracy.
Porterfield Knife and Tool Announces First Product Offerings
Porterfield Knife & Tool is proud to announce its first public offering of high quality products. Legendary blade smith Steve Schwarzer has created Porterfield's knives and tools of the highest caliber and design.
Brownells To Feature Vendor Demos, Celebs & Dream Guns® at SHOT Show 2017
The Brownells SHOT Show 2017 booth – #13018 – will be alive like never before. Show attendees are encouraged to stop by and learn about Brownells' SHOT Show special discounts, $99+ order free shipping program, see Brownells' Famous Dream Guns® – including the new "All American Dream Gun," Lou Ferrigno's Big Green Dream Gun, vendor demos, and much more.
STI Unveils New Products at SHOT Show Industry Day
STI International will have their latest line of pistols for competition, law enforcement and civilian use available for hands-on testing at shooting bay SR-37 at the SHOT Show Industry Day at the Range shooting event.
 
Skill Set: New Year's Reading
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

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