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Smith & Wesson
Milwaukee To Host Inaugural NRA Carry Guard Expo
The National Rifle Association is proud to announce the inaugural NRA Carry Guard Expo, scheduled for Aug. 25-27 at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
FightLite MCR and Lightweight Polymer Ammo
FightLite Industries announces a development program for next generation, lightweight polymer ammunition to work in conjunction with its patented Dual-Feed™ Squad Automatic MCR® (Mission Configurable Rifle).
Honor Defense Partners with Jones & Company in the Southeast
Honor Defense is pleased to announce a partnership with Jones & Company for sales and marketing in the southeast.

Sig Sauer
Buck Model 722 - In Honor of Law Enforcement
Buck Knives is pleased to present the 722 Blue Line SpitFire, designed as a tribute to military and law enforcement officers. The 722 Blue Line represents the commemoration of our country's fallen law enforcement and the support of those still in the force.
Federal Premium, CCI Shooting Sports Partners of the Boy Scouts
Federal Premium and CCI are now the Official Shooting Sports Partners of the Boy Scouts of America. The shotshell and rimfire ammunition partnership supports 1,620 Scout Camps that offer shooting sports across the country.
Propper Records First Armor Save
Troup County (GA) Sheriff's Deputy Michael Hockett, 24 years old and newly married, recently became the best kind of statistic – a survivor – thanks in part to his Propper 4PV concealable armor.

Sellmark to Display at Worldwide Fall Trade Show
Join 12 Survivors, Firefield, Pulsar and Sightmark August 27-21, 2017 at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center for the Worldwide Fall Trade Show.
Sellmark at AGLOW Conference
Sellmark is proud to announce participation at AGLOW from its brands 12 Survivors, Firefield, Sightmark and Pulsar. The event is to take place September 25-28th at Lake of the Woods, Minnesota.
The NRA Foundation Awards $15,000 in College Scholarships
The NRA Foundation has awarded $15,000 in college scholarships to attendees of last summer's 2016 Youth Education Summit through the Y.E.S. Grand Scholarship program.

Harrison-Duff Takes First in Ladies Open at the US IPSC Nationals
Taurus USA congratulates team captain Jessie Harrison-Duff as she finished another successful competition at the 2017 US IPSC Nationals. Jessie walked away with a first place finish in the Ladies Open, claiming this national title for the second year in a row.
Two-Gun Jerry on Impossible Shots
It's an Impossible Shot like none other. Smith & Wesson Pro Shooter Jerry Miculek attempts to shoot two guns at the same time – and accurately. Then, it's a Wild West version of the "El Presidente" shooting drill, Cisko-style on Shooting USA's Impossible Shots.
SureFire To Exhibit at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market
SureFire, LLC will be an exhibitor at the 2017 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, held July 26th - 29th in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Comp-Tac Victory Gear's New Home
Comp-Tac's latest innovation is moving to a new 12,000 square foot facility. The expansion facilitates improved production capability and a better supply for consumers.
NWRC Gold Sponsors Recognition
The presenter of the 2017 NSSF Rimfire Challenge Northwest Championship, Tactical Solutions, appreciates their Gold Level sponsors. The match prize table has grown to exceed over $100,000 due to support from all the sponsors.
Bergara B-14 HMR Awarded by Editors of Field & Stream
Bergara Rifles, a division of BPI Outdoors, is pleased to announce its Bergara B-14 Hunting and Match Rifle was chosen by the editors of Field & Stream for its best hunting gear of 2017 list. The B-14 HMR was one of only two bolt-action rifles to make the list.
Century Arms 7.62x39mm Boat Tail Ammunition
Century Arms has announced they have begun shipping a new version of their 7.62x39mm ammunition under the Red Army Standard brand. The new version features a boat tail bullet for improved performance and sealed neck and primer for resistance to adverse elements.
UTG PRO Mil-spec Receiver Extension Tube in Color
UTG PRO now has US made 6-position receiver extension tubes available in red, blue, and bronze anodize, and FDE Cerakote. Each tube is machined from 6061-T6 Aircraft Grade aluminum.
Federal Offers Fusion MSR 6.5 Grendel Load
Federal Ammunition is pleased to announce a new 120-grain 6.5 Grendel load designed for deer hunters in its Fusion MSR lineup.
Buy A Burris Eliminator III and Save
Burris Optics is offering a $100 rebate with the purchase of an Eliminator III 4-16x50 LaserScope from now until October 31, 2017. The Eliminator III features a built-in laser rangefinder and bullet drop compensator.
Daniel Defense Launches DD WAVE 3D Printed Suppressor
Daniel Defense has released its first standalone suppressor, the DD WAVE. The 7.62mm sound suppressor features an innovative 3D printed construction and unique overlapping-baffle design.
Shooter Wins Ironman with Hornady Match Ammo
Hornady Match ammunition's latest victory was at the MGM Targets Ironman Long Range Challenge.Greg Hamilton, a weapons test specialist with PROOF Research, won the Precision Rifle Series Gas Gun match on July 8 and 9 in Parma, Idaho, shooting factory-loaded 6mm Creedmoor 108 grain ELD Match ammunition.
Crosman Corporation Acquires LaserMax
Crosman Corporation has announced the acquisition of the commercial business of LaserMax, Inc, a designer and manufacturer of gun mounted laser aiming devices.
Ruger Will Report Q2 Earnings on Wednesday, August 2
Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) will announce its financial results for the second quarter and file its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q on Wednesday, August 2, 2017, after the close of the stock market.
Nightforce Optics Now Available At Bass Pro Shops
Nightforce Optics is proud to announce its partnership with Bass Pro Shops to expand retail and digital distribution of premium riflescopes and accessories. Customers can find select Nightforce products in their local stores or online.
Editor's Notebook: CCW Issues
In the feature of yesterday's Outdoor Wire, Jim Shepherd told of the Crime Prevention Research Center report on concealed carry. This just covered permit holders – as 11 or so states have some form of "no-permit-required" concealed carry, we are seeing some part of the iceberg but not the whole thing.

In the report, the estimated total of concealed carry permit holders is over 16 million. That's quite a number.

Coincidentally, I came across a series of blog posts on "minimum competency" with a concealed carry handgun. Frankly the various state tests for permit holders aren't what they could be and going for even base competency – think "essentials" – can take longer than most states have allocated for the programs.

But other tests examine a number of skills that, while nice to have, aren't really minimum competencies. The minimum competencies are something you need to be able to do cold, on demand, any time and any place – and they're skills that people have actually needed in real incidents.

How do we determine what skills are necessary? Well, we don't. We let people who've researched this issue, like Tom Givens and Claude Werner, do that. What we arrive at, as John C. Daub ("Hsoi") did, is simply (1) draw from concealment (I'd add "safely reholster"), (2) using a smaller target, like the A/C zone of an IPSC or "-0/-1" zones of the IDPA target, (3) require "acceptable" hits – not "cuts the line" hits, and (4) do this in a relevant time frame at fairly close distances.

In other words, what do we need to get someone on line and ready to go in, say, an afternoon?

As Hsoi points out, these are minimums. It's not "enough," whatever that is. Can it ever really be enough?

Do you imagine someone facing extinction in the next few seconds ever thought, "Damn. Wish I hadn't trained quite so hard?"

That's not likely and is similar to the "I wish I had a smaller gun" or "less ammo" – anything along that line. But in a real world with a living to make, children to raise, medical issues, housing, repairs, bills – and taxes – we all have other things to consider. Not everyone will attend the 250 at Gunsite.

It'd be nice. But it's not going to happen.

That being said, these minimum competencies are beyond basic firearms safety, handling, loading and unloading. That's someone one needs before the "draw from concealment and shoot" type training.

I had occasion to chat with an associate yesterday. He mentioned a couple of cases where acquaintances were partnered with people who absolutely wouldn't allow guns in their homes. Being curmudgeonly, we considered that being alone wasn't the end of the world.

Fate took a hand in both those cases. One was an increasing incidence of violent crimes close by. In another, a rather large, aggressive canine was attacking a family pet and seemed ready to attack a woman and her child.

In both cases, there was contact with my associate and the question, "We need a gun. Can you recommend a 38?"

He didn't. In the second case, with the home being the primary concern, his response was a shotgun.

In both cases, they became armed households and the people took up the shooting lifestyle. We can hope that all ends well.

This leads me to believe that those of us inside the industry aren't driving this train. People are being driven to us. It's up to us to best help them find their way.

The information about minimum competencies were taken from Stuff From Hsoi's blog. There's good information there and his sources, Karl Rehn and Tom Givens, are aces.

- - Rich Grassi


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