MAY 19, 2022

Sellmark announces the acquisition of flashlight, firearm and helmet-mounted light manufacturer INFORCE.
Blackhawk, along with Eagle Industries, are pleased to announce both companies are attending the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference, which takes place in Tampa, Florida.
XS Sights will display its newest products at the 2022 NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits in Houston, May 27 - 29. These include the soon-to-be-released Glock Sight Pusher Tool with unique inline press design.

The 2022 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits is just around the corner, and Hornady Security and SnapSafe will be there. The Hornady team is easy to find on the main show floor, booth number 2715.
Designed to be belt carried or attached to MOLLE platforms, the Liberty concealed carry belt pouch is discreet, compact and can be worn in vertical or horizontal orientation.
Hornady Security’s family of RAPiD security vaults provide quick, dependable, touch-free access to firearms. The new RAPiD Safe Keypad Vault is a budget-friendly option for securing up to two handguns, ammo and other valuables and provides the advanced features included in all Hornady Security RAPiD products.

Luth-AR announces new Repair Kits for AR15. Each kit contains a selection of essential pins, springs and other parts that commonly require replacement.
Trijicon Inc introduces the Trijicon Dual Defense Kit. The Dual Defense Kit combines the legendary RMR Type 2 Adjustable LED optic with the industry leading Bright & Tough Night Sight set into one, easy-to-use kit.
SDS Imports LLC announced the addition of the VP-12 Shotgun to their line of imported firearms. The VP-12 combines elements from the classic Kalashnikov design with many modern enhancements.

Ruger announced its title sponsorship of the 2022 USPSA Classic Nationals being held May 21 and 22 at the premiere-class CMP Marksmanship Park in Talladega, AL.
Meopta Sport Optics is pleased to announce the MeoStar S2 82 HD spotting scope has been named ‘Best Value’ by Outdoor Life in its April 2022 spotting scope test.
Beretta is excited to announce that Lynda Turnbull, a renowned professional pistol shooter, has joined Team Beretta as a part of the pistol team segment.

Ruger reintroduces the Marlin 1895 Trapper. Chambered in .45-70 Govt., this latest Marlin offering from Ruger features a 16.17”, cold hammer-forged barrel with a 1:20” twist and a threaded muzzle. The stainless steel receiver, lever, magazine tube and barrel feature a non-glare, satin finish, the bolt is spiral-fluted and nickel-plated and the receiver has the Skinner Sight system.
1791 Gunleather introduced its Ultra Custom Light Bearing Holster at SHOT Show, and they are now shipping to dealers nationwide.
Memorialize BLADE Show 2022 with the limited-edition dark beauty from Microtech — the BLADE Show Hera. Orders are open now and purchasers must collect their knives at the show.

U.S. LawShield conducted a live YouTube event titled Domestic Violence: Your Right to Self-Defense during which U.S. LawShield Independent Program Attorneys answered questions about protecting yourself or someone else in a domestic violence situation.
The Civilian Marksmanship Program named Catherine Green the North Range Coordinator – overseeing all competitions and events held at the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center in Ohio. The CMP also welcomesRyan Hinson, as the Junior Rifle Camp Coordinator.
The newest addition to The Armory Life family of digital magazines is the 2022 edition of the EDC/Everyday Carry issue, just recently released.


For a firearm to shoot “accurately” – fill in your definition of accuracy – the bullet has to exit the barrel in a consistent path. A muzzle crown that’s cut equally and perpendicular to the barrel’s bore allows the gasses driving the bullet to escape evenly. Gas from a crooked, off-center crown or one that’s dinged or nicked will push the bullet off track as it exits the barrel. This is true for both long barrels and handguns. Ensuring the crown on your gun is correct is a fairly simple process.

The “crown” is the end of the barrel. The “muzzle” is the area surrounding the bore. Both are important. The crown must be square or perpendicular to the bore. The muzzle, the angle between the bore and barrel must be consistent, concentric and aligned to the muzzle. These angles allow the gasses to exit the barrel in a uniform fashion, improving accuracy. The muzzle can be cut square, ninety degrees to the bore or cut at an angle – eleven degrees is very common. My research and question asking has convinced me the exact angle doesn’t matter, as long as it’s true.

Yes, this is done by the factory; most factory barrels can be improved on. In the field, the muzzle of your revolver could get dinged up on a rock. High velocity rounds in your rifle will eventually erode the end of the bore; it’s time to clip a little off the barrel and cut a new muzzle and crown. Or, you want to cut a “recessed” crown, a second crown inset into the original that helps prevent the muzzle from damage.

Regardless of the reason, ensuring your crown and muzzle are correct, or cutting new angles can be done by hand. Plus, it’s not that expensive to get into the crowning business. Brownells sells everything you need as a kit to get you started, and individual components to add to your collection.

Cutters for squaring the muzzle and creating the perfect crown come in a variety of sizes and angles. A caliber specific brass pilot goes in the barrel to keep everything aligned with the bore. It’s attached to the cutter, and a “T” handle screws onto the other end of the cutter. (Pilots and handles can be swapped between cutters.). Use plenty of cutting oil, and apply light pressure while turning in a clockwise only direction. Remove the setup constantly to clean metal shavings from cutter and barrel and re-oil. This ensures a smooth cut, and extends the life of the cutter.

Start by squaring up the muzzle, then switch cutters to cut the crown. Final cleanup is done with a round-tip brass tool mounted in a hand-drill and lapping compound. The same process is used with handguns and long barreled firearms. With the proper tools, time and patience this is a task anyone can perform.

Accuracy depends on consistency. This is true for the shooter and the firearm. Make sure both are well maintained.

Tiger McKee is director of Shootrite Firearms Academy. He is the author of The Book of Two Guns, AR-15 Skills and Drills, has a regular column in American Handgunner and makes some cool knives and custom revolvers. Visit Shootrite’s Facebook page for other details.

Tactical Wire - 155 Litchfield Rd., Edgartown, MA 02539
Copyright © 2021, All Rights Reserved.