Crimson Trace

Thursday : July 24 : 2014
Home : Subscription : Archives : Contact : RSS
Smith & Wesson
Crossbreed Holsters
Alien Gear Holsters
XS Sights
Eagle Imports Chooses Epicosity as Marketing Agency of Record
Eagle Imports Inc., an exclusive US importer of international firearm brands including Bersa, MAC, American Classic, SPS and Comanche announces a new creative and strategic partnership with outdoor marketing agency, Epicosity.
12th Annual Shooting Industry Masters Concludes
FMG Publications held its 12th Annual Shooting Industry Masters July 18-19 in Sebastian, Fla., with more than 400 members of the industry competing in a plethora of fun shooting events and enjoying the hospitality of the Treasure Coast.
DeSantis Now has Holster Fits for Springfield XD-S® 4.0
DeSantis Gunhide®, a division of HELGEN Industries Inc., introduces 4 holster fits for the Springfield Arms XDs 4".
Steskla Returns As Match Director For 2014 Smith & Wesson IDPA BUG Nationals
The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) and Smith & Wesson announced that Brian Steskla will once again take the reins as Match Director of one of IDPA's most popular new events - the Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals.
Hodgdon® Reloading Data Center Launches How-to Videos
Hodgdon® has launched three new professionally produced how-to videos on its popular Reloading Data Center. Rifle, pistol and shotshell reloading basics are shown in an easy to understand step-by-step format.

Kahr Arms
MidwayUSA Releases Larry's Short Stories #67
Larry Potterfield tells a story ostensibly about .357 Magnum brass, but it exposes the nature of small businesses combining to supply components to a large group of consumers -- in Larry's Short Stories #67.
Hornady Calls for Action Against HSUS Anti-hunting Petition
Hornady® Manufacturing urges firearms owners, hunters and sportsmen to call Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and demand she reject a petition filed by the HSUS that seeks to ban hunting with traditional ammunition on public lands.
FN's 125th Anniversary Rebate Special
In celebration of FN's 125th Anniversary, consumer rebates are available on a pair of their newest guns. From now until September 5, 2014, rebates are available on the FNS striker-fired pistol and on the FN 15 carbine.
Arsenal's SLR 107FR Now Available
Arsenal, Inc. announces the return of its flagship 7.62x39 caliber stamped receiver rifle. The SLR-107FR, Arsenal, Inc.'s best-selling and most popular rifle is back in stock.
Service Pistol Warm-Up, EIC Matches Prime Competitors for 2014 National Trophy Pistol Match Season
The 2014 National Trophy Pistol Match Season began with a little stretching of the mind and loosening of the competitive muscles as the Pistol Small Arms Firing School (SAFS) and Service Pistol Warm-Up Matches readied competitors for the week ahead. SAFS was held on July 7 to a class of 305 new and experienced shooters.
New Browning ProSteel Black Label Safes for 2014
For 2014, Browning is extending the line of Black Label products with the introduction of the Black Label Mark IV Series safes in Wide and Standard sizes. The new Black Label Mark IV safe is designed to accommodate modern sporting rifles as well as traditional long guns.
Doug Koenig Championship Season Presents 2014 World Action Pistol Championship
This week on Doug Koenig's Championship Season, Doug Koenig competes in the Open Division at the World Action Pistol Championship in the Bluegrass state of Kentucky. Publishes Top 5 Best Selling New Firearms for June 2014 has released its list of Top 5 best selling new firearms for June 2014. This week's release features data on new firearms. Ruger American Rifle takes the top spot as the #1 selling new Bolt Action Rifle.
AR Manufacturer Makes Move to Dominate the Market
While traditional piston systems can cost an average of $1,200-$1,600, the Adams Arms base piston rife now has a MSRP of just $995 as a result of bringing production in house. Lower prices allow the company to compete with lower priced, traditional rifle systems, while still offering consumers the ability to afford high-quality piston rifles, parts and accessories.
New LaserLyte® Trigger Tyme Pistol Compact Kit
LaserLyte® introduces the Trigger Tyme Compact Kit (LT-TTPC) for safe, realistic training anywhere. Used in conjunction with the included LaserLyte® LT-PRO, the Trigger Tyme Pistol Compact is perfect for all ages and experience levels.
Beretta Will Relocate All Manufacturing to Gallatin, Tennessee
Following the Maryland legislature's passage of the Firearms Safety Act of 2013, Beretta U.S. A. Corp. announces it will now move all manufacturing from Maryland to a new facility under construction in Gallatin, Tennessee. "The Maryland legislature's passage of the Firearms Safety Act of 2013, would have prevented Beretta from being able to manufacture, store or even move into the state products sold to customers sold throughout the United States and around the world," said General Manager Jeff Cooper. The transition is set for 2015 and be managed "so as to not disrupt deliveries to Beretta customers." Manufacturing of the M9 9mm pistol will continue at the existing Accokeek, Maryland facility until current orders from the U.S. Armed Forces have been filled.
Around the Water Cooler: News Briefs
It was a Matter of Time -- NYPD apparently tried to take a resisting suspect into custody. It appears an officer got an arm around the suspect's neck and they went to the ground. The suspect died in custody. Everyone predictably screamed about "choke holds." You know, like the ones your young nieces and nephews do regularly in judo classes, like competitors do in MMA. Same thing. The suspect appears to be obese, he and others in the photos appear to be dressed for warm, even hot, weather. He's heard to say he can't breathe -- meaning he can. Surprisingly, CBS turned to the National Law Enforcement Training Center, my alma mater, and sought out the truth. What follows is the fairest discussion of Lateral Vascular Neck Restraint I've seen in media. Want to read it? See CBS News.

Rules Violations -- In Wednesday's stack of news, we had a pair of NDs from cops. One was a reserve officer at the end of a chase planting a round in the door of the suspect's vehicle. No injuries. Then there was an officer who was attacked by a dog. In the process of stopping the dog attack he apparently "accidentally shot himself." The condition of the dog wasn't reported though the officer had injuries described as "non-life threatening." Finally, a citizen who -- it appears -- pocketed a handgun without benefit of a pocket holster shot himself when he hitched his shorts up. Guns in pockets after going into a pocket holster.
Skill Set: Fighting Positions
Depending on time, distance, and the environment it may be necessary to fight from a position other than standing. When possible, you stay on your feet for mobility. But the cover that provides protection may require you to lower your profile in order to use it. You may need additional stability, achieved by lowering your center of gravity and/or creating more contact points between your body and something solid, for increased accuracy.

The thing to keep in mind is the difference between shooting positions and fighting positions. Sitting is a great shooting position, especially if you're firing downhill, but it's rarely used in fights because it's slow to get in and out of. For fighting the variations of kneeling are usually best. For example there's the "speed" kneel, which is simply dropping down to your strong side knee. This is quick to assume and easy to get back onto your feet to move. "Double" kneeling, dropping down onto both knees is another good position, especially for working around to the left or right side of cover. Squatting, or "rice-paddy prone," is one of those positions that either works well for you or one you avoid. (For squatting to have stability you need to be able to keep both heels flat on the ground.) If a position doesn't create a stable platform you can't shoot accurately. Learning about fighting positions is about figuring out what works, but also discovering what doesn't work for you as an individual. It's much better to figure these things in advance on the range as opposed to making a mistake during a fight.

The positions listed above are example of what I call "reactive" positions. These are positions that are quick to get into, but equally important quick to get out of. Fights are normally dynamic with everyone moving; it may be necessary to get on your feet to move or relocate quickly.

"Premeditated" positions, like prone, take more time to get into and out of. Theses positions are generally reserved for specific applications, such as rollover prone, which is used to shoot underneath an object. Then there are all kind of variations of the different positions, such bracing or resting against something solid like a corner or window to create additional stability.

These days it seems like most shooters have gotten away from anything other than some of the kneeling positions. For example we'll put shooters into prone, which should be the most stable position of all - your center of gravity is as low as possible and there are numerous contact points between your body and the ground - but their group size on the target increases in size.

The next time you go to the range, instead of firing from a bench or rest start working on the various fighting and firing positions. Remember, you never know what may be required to solve the problem you face. Your task is to determine what is necessary to ensure when you press the trigger you're getting proper placement of the shot, or you have the ability to take advantage of cover and the protection it provides. Learning the different positions and their variations is an important part of your training and 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 - Website:

© Copyright 2008-2014 The Tactical Wire. All Rights Reserved.
The Tactical Wire is a partner of The Outdoor Wire, and is an opt-in only newsletter. If you feel you have been sent
The Tactical Wire in error, or wish to be removed from the mailing list, click here to be removed.