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Cabela's Announces Online Firearms-Sales Program
Cabela's Incorporated announced that customers can now order new firearms online and have them shipped for free to a Cabela's store in the United States for purchase.
Swab-its Expands International Dealer Network With New Zealand Chain
Swab-its®, makers of Bore-Whips™, Bore-tips® and Gun-tips™, announces the expansion of their international dealer network with the addition of Hunting & Fishing New Zealand, a chain featuring over 30 retail stores, each owned and staffed by outdoors enthusiasts.
Stack-On Products Biometric Lock for Long Gun Safes
Stack-On Products has added a biometric lock to three of their most popular safes, each with entry level price points and top-end capacity. The new lock face features an ergonomic design that is placed at just the right angle to make it easy to scan your fingerprint.

Sig Sauer
'Get Your Apex On' With Free Shipping This Labor Day Weekend At ApexTactical.com
'Get Your Apex On' this Labor Day weekend with free shipping on online orders placed Tuesday, August 30 through Monday, September 5 at www.ApexTactical.com.
Comp-Tac Labor Day Sale
Comp-Tac Victory Gear offers 15% off and Free Shipping on orders over $50 from August 29th through September 5th, on Comp-Tac's online store. The sale includes a range of items: concealed carry holsters, competition holsters, gun belts, magazine pouches, pepper spray and flashlight holders.
ERGO Grips Unveils New Website
ERGO Grips announced their new, updated website, ergogrips.net. A safer shopping cart is added to the more easily navigated site as well.

Ruger
Cabela's Teams with Shoot Like A Girl
Cabela's and Shoot Like A Girl announced a partnership to make Cabela's the premier retail destination for female shooting-sport enthusiasts. The new expanded partnership will include on-site visits by Shoot Like A Girl's mobile range to Cabela's stores, training for Cabela's staff, Shoot Like A Girl product features at Cabela's, and more.
Calibers Shooting Sports Centers' CEO Joins NSSF's Retail Advisory Council
The National Shooting Sports Foundation is pleased to announce that Ryan Burt has joined its Retail Advisory Council. Burt is the CEO of Calibers Shooting Sports Centers based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, a family-owned business since 1997.
Bergara B14 Rifle Wins UK's Shooting Industry Award
The Bergara B14 Hunter bolt-action rifle recently won the U.K.'s "Rifle of the Year" award during the 21st annual U.K. Shooting Industry awards. Distributed exclusively by RUAG AMMOTEC UK since 2015 in the United Kingdom, the B14 rifle has won the hearts of the British hunting media.

NSSF
Back-to-Back NSSF Fall Fantasy Shooting Sports Camps Announced
The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®) is pleased to announce that registration has opened for its newest Shooting Sports Fantasy Camps, two back-to-back events scheduled for this October at the highly regarded and well-respected United States Shooting Academy in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
NSSF Offers Assistance to Firearms Retailers and Ranges in Wake of Louisiana Floods
The National Shooting Sports Foundation has announced a disaster relief effort to help its members whose businesses were impacted by the recent floods in Louisiana's Baton Rouge region.
Beretta Holding Group Companies Contribute $100,000 to NSSF's #GUNVOTE
The National Shooting Sports Foundation announced that Benelli USA, Stoeger Industries and Burris Company, three companies under the Beretta Holding Group umbrella of firearms industry companies, have together donated $100,000 toward #GUNVOTE, the association's critical voter registration and education campaign.
CrossBreed Holsters Labor Day Sale
CrossBreed Holsters announces their Labor Day Sale. Starting Monday and running through Sept. 6, CrossBreed is offering free standard shipping.
IG Restores World of Troy
TROY invites all freedom of speech, gun-loving Instagram Users to join the party as they celebrate the reactivation of @WorldOfTroy with 7 Days of Giveaways through Friday, September 2, 2016.
CrossBreed Holsters for Streamlight TLR-6
CrossBreed Holsters has launched a line of holsters mean to accommodate small pistols fitted with the Streamlight TLR-6. The TLR-6 is a light/laser combo that attaches securely to the pistol's trigger guard. Fits include the small Glock pistols, Kahr pistols, the S&W M&P Shield and some smaller SIG pistols.
Team Safariland¹s Julie Golob & Rob Leatham are USPSA National Champs
Safariland congratulates Team Safariland members Julie Goloband Rob Leatham for triumphing at the 2016 USPSA Back-to-Back Production and Carry Optics National Championships held in Barry, Ill. Following these competitions, Golob is the first and only woman to win a national title in all seven USPSA divisions, and Leatham is a 28-time USPSA National Champion.
FMG Partners With Curtis Circulation Company
FMG Publications has partnered with distribution giant Curtis Circulation Company to expand newsstand circulation of American Handgunner and GUNS Magazine beginning with current issues of these popular gun enthusiast publications.
Action Target Sponsors World Champion Shooter Max Michel
Action Target Inc. announced its sponsorship of World Champion Shooter, Max Michel. The sponsorship of Max Michel is intended to create more visibility of Action Target products and increase brand awareness.
All-Female Handgun Camp at Talladega
The Civilian Marksmanship Program will be welcoming a Babes with Bullets Handgun Camp to its Talladega Marksmanship Park, Sept. 30 through Oct. 2, 2016. The camp will cover novice beginner instruction all the way up to advanced handgun program material.
 
Editor's Notebook: "FAST"
Shot timers are invaluable in training and in practice. It's tough to tell what your speed is without the independent confirmation of a timer. They're even handy when you're trying to check speed to first hit with various holsters -- as long as you use a target too.
It seems like everyone gets wrapped around the axle about speed: fastest draw, shortest split times, quickest transitions between targets, fastest reload – fastest back to 'ready' or back into a holster. It's not all it's cracked up to be.

In a fight, one mustn't dawdle: to do so is a good way to get measured for a wooden suit. To attempt to go faster than you can is a critical error and sets you up for catastrophic failure. Since people are in the process of re-debating "competition versus combat" – a silly kind of controversy as most tend to be – tell me you've never gone faster than you can succeed and ended up with quick misses?

I did that recently in a sort-of shoot-off at a media event. I missed with the first shot and acted like shooting faster would solve the problem. The rounds all hit the back stop and that's a good thing -- but it's not a winning strategy.

There's no back stop out in the world. There are tragic consequences that dwarf any legal considerations and go to the center of one's being. If that's not bad enough, ever round that misses hits the proverbial busloads of nuns, each of them related to high-dollar liability lawyers and district attorneys.

No reasonable person wants to get shot, stabbed or bludgeoned but missing a shot on the street that leads to grave personal injury of an innocent is a deeper wound that can last as long as you last.

So, no speed. How fast is right? Well you have to shoot as fast as you can hit. How can you tell how fast that is?

As noted in a feature a few month back, Dave Spaulding, world class trainer and periodically a contributor to the wires, says the blink of the human eye takes around .32 second. For those who think that split times of .25 second should be measured by a sun dial, the blink of the eye must be eternity. Besides, how can you control the trigger and shoot faster than a quarter second between hits – we're not talking quick noises here, you have to hit your mark.

Rob Leatham is fond of making firearms instructors reach for consciousness-altering substances by saying we have to learn to "jerk the trigger." He's twisting your tail. It's a figure of speech. I prefer "crushing the trigger." The verb "jerk" implies violent, abrupt and uncoordinated movement. That's not what he's doing. He is staying on target with .14 second splits – not every time on every target, but A-zone at fairly close ranges I'd imagine.

Making X-ring hits on the Gunsite Option target at seven yards in their 250 School Drill -- 2 hits from the draw in 1.5 seconds – requires the "hammer." That's two presses of the trigger with one sight picture. Seven yards is a stretch for putting both those pills in the eight-inch circle.

Again, how fast do you need to make the hits?

Size of the target relates to distance to target. Penalties for peripheral hits and misses are part of the equation too.

Instead of FAST, I prefer SURE. You can't waste time, can't fumble around. You have to use less movement to do the job. You have to clean up the gun handling. You have to have the recoil control – grip and stance, the trigger control – quick manipulation without moving the gun off threat, and the visual on the sights – in soft focus up close, to get the job done. To do those things, you have to be "sure."

Fast to the gun – get your hand moving at the start of the audible tone/as the target begins its turn – sure to the grip. Fast to the sights – get that gun up in the visual cone – sure to the trigger.

Rob Leatham and Dave Spaulding, among others, have good videos out there showing some of their presentations on these topics. Dave also has a series of videos from Panteao Productions. They show how they take elements of each of these skills, working them together in building blocks.

Dave is also teaching at venues around the country. Taking a class sure helps getting the basics – then it's critical to practice those basics. Try to make them second nature.

-- Rich Grassi
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