NOVEMBER 23, 2021

Thanksgiving Publishing Schedule
In observance of this week’s Thanksgiving holiday, we will not be publishing any of our services on Thursday, November 25 or Friday, November 26. Our regular publishing schedule will resume on Monday, November 29, 2021. Please note that material received after 4 p.m. on Tuesday, November 23 will not be included in our Wednesday editions. Material received after the 4p.m. Eastern deadline will be included in the Monday, January 29 editions if they are not outdated. For your end of year planning, we will publish our final editions for 2021 on Friday, December 17. Our first editions of 2022 will distribute on Monday, January 3, 2022.
The Bond Arms "Backup" weighs only 19-ounces and is a mere 4.5-inches long. Its 2.5-inch barrels shorten the overall length for ultra-concealability. It is chambered for either 9mm or.45 ACP.
Made to carry a compact or subcompact semiautomatic pistol or double-action revolver behind the strongside hip, the Stinger’s open top and mild butt-forward cant allow a fast draw and easy return to the holster.

U.S. Labor Secretary Walsh recognized Sonoran Desert Institute’s parent company Trade Training Company LLC as one of the 849 recipients of the 2021 HIRE Vets Medallion Award. The Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans Act Medallion Program is a federal award program that recognizes employers who successfully recruit, hire, and retain veterans.
Blackhawk has announced the addition of competitive shooter Todd Jarrett as a brand ambassador. Jarrett will be working closely with law enforcement and other agencies in the use and development of Blackhawk’s duty lines of holsters and other tactical equipment.
Guidefitter, the online marketplace for hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreational gear, announced that Russ Lumpkin has joined the company as editor of the Guidefitter Journal.


Primary Arms Optics is proud to announce that the SLx 1x MicroPrism has received a special recommendation for duty-use by the National Tactical Officers Association.
Primary Arms Optics announced the hiring of Stephen Morgan as the new Director of Product Marketing for all Primary Arms Optics products. A US Army Vet, Stephen has worked throughout the firearms industry in everything from consumer sales to production and product development.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued a Utility Patent to the ACSS Vulcan reticle system, featured exclusively in Primary Arms Optics’ co-branded Holosun HS507C-X2 ACSS mini reflex sight.

SPACE Trailers unveiled a new logo and website going into the new season. While the company name remains the same, the logo and website have improved to better represent the brand.
Primary Arms has announced the appointment of Matthew Do to Chief Financial Officer.
AmChar Wholesale Inc, a leading wholesale distributor, is proudly celebrating 30 years as a Glock Law Enforcement Distributor.

Primary Arms Optics has announced new reticle options for their popular SLx 1x MicroPrism: the green-illuminated ACSS Cyclops G2 and the ACSS Gemini 9mm Reticle.
Hogue Knives is pleased to announce the Deka has been re-engineered and less is more. Engineers worked to make the knife with less hardware and with an upgraded pocket clip.
Primary Arms Optics has released their new SLx 3x MFS magnifier. It’s sold without a mount, but Primary Arms Optics has also introduced a new button-lock Flip-to-Side mount, which perfectly fits their new magnifier.

1791 Gunleather and Mossy Oak recently announced their collaboration to produce the first leather holster in the iconic Bottomlands pattern. This new holster line not only secures your firearm but also adds a layer of protection for the rigors of everyday wear.
Utilizing a compact length slide that is quicker out of the holster, a full 17+1 capacity frame, and the customizable ergonomics and unmatched recoil control you expect from a Shadow Systems pistol, the XR920 is mission ready and available at retail now.
Firearms Legal Protection, a provider of pre-paid legal defense memberships for self-defense, is waiving all set-up fees for new memberships from November 23rd, through November 30th, offering a great incentive before prices increase on December 1st.

GunMag Warehouse announced that Stephanie Kimmell has taken on the role of Managing Editor for The Mag Life blog. David Reeder will continue in his role as Chief Editor.
Viridian Weapon Technologies announced the release of “Full-Blown Tactical,” a collaborative video project shot over two days at Gunsite Academy that captures the exuberance inherent in world-class tactical training, cutting-edge technology, and innovative firearms.
SAR USA by Sarsilma announced that they have redesigned their website to better serve the needs of their customers, dealers and distributors.

MidwayUSA announced the kickoff of their 2021 Cyber Week Sale. Running through Monday November 29, customers can expect deep discounts on popular shooting, hunting and outdoor products.
ISOtunes Sport is excited to announce exclusive savings on its innovative hearing protection products for holiday shoppers.
Daniel Defense announces its $20,000 Thanksgiveaway Weekend, a collaboration with other premium brands, to give away four well-equipped packages online over the holiday weekend.
The GUNS Magazine for January, 2022 features the Mossberg 590S Shockwave. Also, Massad Ayoob checks out the S&W Shield Plus and a Big Horn Armory AR500 Auto Max rifle kicks off another year of great prizes in GUNS’ Firearms Package Giveaway.
Faxon Firearms, a Cincinnati, Ohio-based manufacturer of quality rifle and pistol components, and complete firearms, is kicking off their Black Friday celebration early this year.
From now until the end of November, SDS Imports has marked down their in-stock website parts and accessories by 25%.
Industry Day at the Range announced the renewal of their partnership with Carbon Media as the Official Wi-Fi Sponsor. Carbon Media’s sponsorship will enable wi-fi to be available to all attendees throughout Industry Day.

It’s been quite a year – nearly over for us – with little ammo and a number of firearms. Early on, we were swept up in the wave of micro-moderate capacity 9mm pistols. One that’s still here is the Springfield Armory Hellcat RDP.

Remarkable little gun, it’s too bad that so many others hit at the same time. Good for the market, good for the consumer, bad for the practitioner who needs more time to get settled in with a new pistol design.

Aside from the compensator – still don’t know exactly how much it helps – there’s the small matter of a red dot optic, Springfield’s own – the Hex Wasp. It overtakes the excellent sights and seems to do all such devices are supposed to do.

A few items have come in since the Hellcat arrived. One is ammo, in the form of Federal Premium. I shot the gun quite a bit with a variety of current ammo offerings from Hornady and it likes the ammo very much. Federal sent along a small amount of their “Punch” jacketed hollow point ammo and their out-of-the-ordinary Syntech Defense ammo.

Items received this year and just now tried include new Federal Premium ammo (above) and the Galco Covus holster, below.

For another project, not yet completed, Galco Gunleather sent along one of their more recent designs, the Corvus. The same holster acts as an inside-the-waistband holster and an outside the waist rig. It’s preconfigured with 1.5” belt loops, made, it appears, of the same rigid polymer as the holster body. IWB loops and another set of OWB loops are included.

As that holster fits the Springfield, I thought I’d do some holster drills and check the zero of the pistol – as I left it from testing earlier this year – with the new ammo.

Why a concern with zero? It’s critical to know where the bullets will go if you’re shooting – and potentially reckless not to know.

I started out with the ammo, five-shot groups, just to see where they were going. The overweight (compared to all the 115-124 grain ammo I’d shot from the RDP) went only slightly higher on the target than the 124gr. Punch round. The 138 gr. SJHP – “segmented” HP? – travels at a nominal 1,050 FPS versus the Personal Defense Punch 9mm Luger 124 gr. JHP with an advertised 1,150 FPS. Neither are marked “Plus-P.”


The polymer “jacket” on the Syntech rounds appears similar to the Syntech range ammo. The Syntech uses a company-exclusive “Catalyst” primer that is lead-free. The Punch round is more conventional, with a skived jacket and soft lead core. The nickel-plated brass and sealed primer are premium touches.

Both rounds clustered into around two-inches, with the “best three” of each group hovering around an inch.

I tried holster drills – still trying to figure out how to use optics on pistols – with the Galco Corvus holster. The holster is quick, solid and is formed to conceal quite well in casual concealment situations. It’s fast and I even began to “find the dot” by bringing the gun straight up-pressing straight out technique.

The Springfield Hellcat RDP is still snappy with the Federal ammo -- even with the compensator. At that, this "hammer" pair stayed inside the shaded part of the B-8 repair center bullseye.

At a legit low ready, the gun comes up “escalator” style (thanks to Mas Ayoob for the description). I struggled and then remembered Dave Spaulding’s advice when moving to the red dot: sort out your grip. As I used consistent pressure side-to-side and front-to-back, the dot was present when the gun arrived.

While I was at it, I’d had one of Springfield’s 15-round magazines, loaded, for several months. I elected to do some shooting drills – from the holster and ready – to consume that ammo and try the magazine.

Like the other Springfield Armory magazines, there were no failures to carry-up, feed, etc. Shooting was trouble-free.

The ammo was good, like the gun – and the holster was a pleasure to use.

-- Rich Grassi

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