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Personnel Changes at Galco
Galco Gunleather announced promotions among its staff. Jim Willert has been promoted to Product Development Associate. John Hansen has been promoted to Account Executive and Rachel Fry has been promoted to Account Representative.
Bushnell Introduces Fixed Power Red Dot Sight in AR Optics Line
Bushnell Outdoor Products has introduced a new fixed power red dot in its new AR Optics product line. The new TRS-32 features a 5 MOA red dot with 11 brightness settings, allowing the site to perform in a wide variety of light conditions.
Arsenal, Inc. Releases the SAM7SF Modern Sporting Rifle
Arsenal, Inc. released the SAM7SF rifle, the latest in a small group of firearms to join the SAM family. It incorporates smarter, more comfortable features for the American enthusiast. The 7.62x39 caliber SAM7SF rifle utilizes the Bulgarian right-folding tubular buttstock.
APO Announces ASW223 Chambered in .223 Wylde
Ashbury Precision Ordnance Mfg (APO) continues to expand its unique line of Asymmetric Warrior® Precision Tactical Rifle's with the bolt action ASW223 chambered in .223 Wylde.
July 2013 NSSF-Adjusted NICS Background Checks Up 0.2%
The July 2013 NSSF-adjusted NICS figure of 855,259 is an increase of 0.2 percent over the NSSF-adjusted NICS figure of 853,355 in July 2012. This marks the 38th straight month that NSSF-adjusted NICS figures have increased when compared to the same period the previous year.

Benelli USA Pledges $250,000 to NRA-ILA, NRA-Civil Defense Fund
Benelli USA is giving the NRA a $250,000 donation. Cav. Ugo Gussalli Beretta is doubling down on his concern about recent anti-gun legislation by matching up to $250,000 in contributions to NRA-ILA and the NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund.
Viridian® green laser system for Ruger® LC9® and LC380® at dealers now
The premium Viridian® Reactor 5™ green laser sight, automatic Enhanced Combat Readiness™ activation, and custom-fit holster - a ready-to-go system for $219 MSRP is available now.
New NRA National Sporting Arms Museum now open at Bass Pro Shops in Springfield, Mo.
Hunters, conservationists and sporting arms enthusiasts from across the country gathered to celebrate the grand opening of the NRA National Sporting Arms Museum on Aug. 2 at the Bass Pro Shops flagship superstore in Springfield, Mo. The museum, home to more than a thousand firearms, focuses on the history of hunting, conservation and freedom.
MGM Targets Provides Steel For Babes With Bullets Camps
MGM Targets proudly announces multiyear sponsorship of Babes with Bullets™.Babes with Bullets™, a series of three day camps offering firearms training programs for women was co-founded in 2004 by Deb Ferns and Kay Miculek.
International Training Inc. to Teach One Day Instinctive Driving Course
International Training, Inc. (G4S ITI) is teaching a One Day Instinctive Driving Course at its Virginia Facility on October 26th, 2013. The Instinctive Driving Course is designed to familiarize students with concepts and techniques to help them avoid a crash or minimize the damage of an imminent collision.
Laser Devices Inc. Hires John Chapman as Senior Global Support Specialist
Laser Devices Inc. announces the hiring of John "Chappy" Chapman as Senior Global Support Specialist. Chappy's key responsibilities at Laser Devices include product training and field support for Military and Law Enforcement customers.
Gun Girl Radio Discusses What's on a Gun Girl's Bucket List?
Randi Rogers of Comptac Victory Gear and Team Smith & Wesson's Julie Golob can't have much more left on their shooting bucket list, not with over 80 national and world titles between them. To find out what they have left on their wish list, tune into Gun Girl Radio.
Rangemaster Annual Tactical Conference Coming Up in February 2014
The Rangemaster Annual Tactical Conference will be conducted Feb. 21-23, 2014 at the new facility in Memphis, Tenn. The trainers signed up to present at the conference include Massad Ayoob, Wayne Dobbs, John Farnam, Todd Green, Chuck Haggard, Marty Hayes, "Southnarc" and others -- over 20 in all.
GASTON J. GLOCK style LP Releases New Hunting Shirt
GASTON J. GLOCK style LP is pleased to announce that the newest addition to their hunting apparel line, the Lightweight, Rustic Hunting Shirt , is now available for purchase. The classic cut ensures easy wearing comfort.
Tacprogear Introduces New Multicam® Tactical Product Line
Tacprogear announces their new line of Multicam® tactical gear. The Multicam camouflage pattern allows warfighters to hide in a variety of environments, weather and light/dark scenarios.
CSOs Named For Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship
Bob Biehl, Match Director of the 2013 Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship, announced the team of Chief Safety Officers (CSO) that will help run the championship.
Apex Sponsors S&W New England Regional IDPA Championship
Apex Tactical Specialties has signed on as a gold sponsor of the 2013 Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship.
RangeLog Sponsors S&W Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship
RangeLog, creators of the leading online-based personal logbook for tracking firearms maintenance, training and competitive performance, is continuing its strong support for IDPA competition with its sponsorship of the 2013 Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship.
Girls With Guns Clothing Offers Casual Wear Featuring Mossy Oak
For girls and women who like to show their love for the outdoors in their everyday lives, there's Girls With Guns (GWG) clothing. Designed by women, for women, Girls With Guns offers casual, fashion attire for ladies ages 12 and up.
DoubleTap Defense Receives Ultility and Design Patents
DoubleTap Defense, LLC, a firearms design and manufacturing company, has received official notification from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) that the DoubleTap™ Tactical Pocket Pistol has received a Design and a Utility patent on their concealed carry pistols.
MGM Shooters Show Strong at JP Rocky Mountain 3 Gun
MGM Targets proudly acknowledges MGM Team shooters for strong performances at JP Rocky Mountain 3-Gun competition held August 1-3 at NRA Whittington Center in Raton, New Mexico.
SPS High Capacity Magazines Now Available From Eagle Imports
Eagle Imports announces the arrival of SPS high capacity magazines for .38 Super, 9mm, .40 S&W and .45 ACP MAC 3011, SPS Pantera and Vista and Para-Ordnance pistols. The SPS magazines also fit the STI and SVI pistols. The new magazines are available in 12 to 29 round capacities.
Skill Set: "Mil-Spec"
by Tiger McKee

Just because chicken meat is white doesn't mean it's actually white meat from the chicken, regardless of what the commercials say. The same thing is true when it comes to "mil-spec," or military specification, a term that is tossed around very casually these days. While a lot of parts are advertised as being mil-spec, in truth very few of them are.

This fact was really driven home this last week when I was assembling an AR carbine. I installed the bolt catch in the receiver, and when I checked it noticed the catch would not pop up high enough to trap the bolt. It was physically binding. I took everything apart, and started with another catch, using the same spring and plunger. Same problem. I disassembled it, did a little polishing on the catch, and installed it without the spring and plunger and it worked fine. Drove the pin out. Put it all back together.

Still had a problem. I had already checked the holes in the receiver, so I knew that was good. It comes apart again, and I used another plunger, even though I had compared the ones I had and they all checked out the same. Again, not working right. I tore it down and pulled another spring out of my parts stash. Still, no luck. I had finally gotten to the point of really being frustrated and decided to compare and check each part against what I knew were Colt factory parts. The spring was out of spec.

I'm not sure where the problem bolt-catch spring came from. I had several in stock, some "mil-spec" and some from Colt. The problem spring was shorter than the Colt spring, which is about all I can tell you other than it would not work. After assembling everything one more time with the Colt spring it worked fine. That one small spring had cost me about an hour of head scratching.

There is a greater difference when you start talking about parts like the bolt and barrel. For example on a Colt rifle the bolt and barrel are "high-pressure proof tested" - firing a proof round that is twenty percent hotter than a normal round - and runs through a magnetic particle inspection, which will discover any imperfections. There are over 100 additional different points of inspection that every rifle goes through. Each spring, detent, and every other part is inspected, and must be interchangeable with any other part from any other rifle.

The point is that not all parts that are advertised as mil-spec meet the true definition of that term. Just because its dimensions are correct doesn't mean it's made from the proper material, or properly hardened. This more true now than ever before. With the rise in demand for AR parts new companies have popped up and are dumping AR components out the door as fast as possible. Some of these companies are producing well-made parts. Some of them are producing explosions waiting to happen.

When it comes to parts, "parts ain't parts." Any part used in a weapon that may be used to fight with had better be up to the task. A breakage on the range isn't a big deal; most likely someone will have the part you need in their kit bag. A breakage in a fight can mean disaster.

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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