FEBRUARY 21, 2019

Nation’s Best Sports presented SIG SAUER, Inc. with the NBS Vendor of the Year Award during the 2019 NBS Spring Semi-Annual Market at the Fort Worth Convention Center. John Dain, director of national accounts for SIG SAUER, accepted the award on SIG’s behalf.

SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to announce the exclusive sponsorship of the Second Annual SIG SAUER Relentless Warrior Championship set for Saturday, March 30, 2019 at the SIG SAUER Academy in Epping, New Hampshire.  

Join Orchid Advisors at the IWA Outdoor Classic March 9th through the 11th in Nuremburg, Germany for a free introductory training session on the transition from ITAR-to-EAR under U.S. Export Control Reform.

Savage’s AXIS rifle has a new look and design for better performance. In addition to a fresh look with improved ergonomics, it includes thread-in headspacing, button rifling and a floating bolt head.
DeSantis Gunhide introduces six holster fits for the GLOCK 48. These include the #001 Thumb Break Scabbard, #002 Speed Scabbard, #176 Intruder M2.0 and more.
Galco Gunleather introduced the Speed Master 2.0 convertible paddle/belt holster. The holster’s versatility derives from its included twin attachment methods – a paddle and an adjustable belt slot – that are quickly and easily interchangeable by the end user.

Century Arms announced that their new heavy duty AK rifle, the VSKA, is backed with a Lifetime Warranty. In addition to new purchasers, the warranty will be available for all VSKA rifles purchased prior to this announcement. Owners should keep their receipts as they will be required for warranty service.
GLOCK, Inc. announced that its changes in design are gaining early adoption among law enforcement agencies throughout the United States. Among the long list of agencies to make the switch in recent months are Baltimore County Police, Ste. Genevieve Sheriff’s Department, the Lynnwood Police Department, and the Tennessee Department of Revenue.
Brandlive, the video solutions platform, announced an industry-first live video partnership across all of Gearfire’s 2000+ FFL dealer websites. The program will allow shooting sports manufacturers to use Brandlive to stream live video content through Gearfire’s platform to reach the network of 2000+ dealers and subsequent consumer audiences.

Firefield proudly congratulates sponsored competitive shooter Marius Kazanskis for becoming Lithuania’s Top Rifle Shooter for 2018. Marius also placed 2nd in a PCC division match on Christmas Day.
Modular Driven Technologies is proud to announce the addition of industry veteran Matt Hornback to the position of Public Relations Manager. Prior to joining MDT, Matt held the positions of Marketing Communications as well as Director of Product Development for Legacy Sports International.
Sightmark is pleased to congratulate sponsored competitive shooter Marius Kazanskis for becoming Lithuania’s Top Rifle Shooter for 2018. In December, Kazanskis was deemed the best after placing 1st in the Lithuanian Ranking 2018 – Rifle Semi-Auto Open division, a result over 4 ranked matches and a local season-closing match.

Springfield Armory is currently seeking an experienced Product Manager. This position will be responsible for managing product development, conducting market research, generating product requirements and more.
High Speed Gear announced the addition of their versatile One-Quart Canteen Pouch to its military line of equipment. This pouch is designed to fit standard-issue USGI canteens with canteen cups.
Armament Systems and Procedures has added several new products to its tactical flashlight line. These include the Scribe DF, Sentinel e3 and the Poly DF.
Apex Tactical Specialties announces that the popular FN509/FNS-C Disassembly Fixture, part #104-130, is now back in stock and shipping.
Birchwood Casey, manufacturer of shooting and gun care products since 1948, has renewed its long-standing support of Hunter’s Handbook, the official student publication of the International Hunter Education Association.
BPI Outdoors / Bergara Rifles is pleased to announce the sponsorship of the Precision Rifle Series. Bergara has been making rifles for PRS shooters for the last several years and feel it is important to support an organization that is promoting shooting competitions across the country.
The nonprofit Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida recognized two Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission law enforcement officers at FWC’s Commission meeting in Gainesville Wednesday, February 20, 2019. The Foundation honored FWC Investigator Rene Taboas and Officer Jeff Babauta.

The armed response to an attack is about applying the fundamentals: Move, Communicate, Use Cover, Shooting (if necessary), and Thinking. If you’re unarmed – remember “unarmed” is a state of mind; there are always weapons at hand – the response is pretty much the same, except instead of shooting it may be necessary to use improvised weapons. These same fundamentals apply to an “Active Killer” situation. It’s important you understand these principles, and equally critical you teach them to family and friends.

Your first response to danger should be moving. You don’t need to know the exact nature or details of the danger. Something unexpected happens – you see sudden, unnatural movement in the crowd, or hear gunshots, which won’t sound like they do on the range. Move!

Moving makes you a difficult target. Dropping to the ground and curling into a ball is not the solution. You move to escape, or get to cover and the protection it provides. It may be necessary to get to your family or friends, meeting at a pre-established rally point.

Moving in a frantic crowd is difficult. You don’t want to get trampled. Fighting against the flow to go in a different direction may require moving next to the wall where traffic is lighter. Maintaining contact family members is a problem in frantic crowds. Learn the techniques, and practice them.

Communication with your family and friends is critical in order to co-ordinate your response. It’s a good idea to have code words or phrases – something that would never come up in general conversation – used to get your partners’ attentions. “When one of us says ______ that means pay attention. This is important.” Communication with law enforcement should be established as soon as possible. Understanding the commands officers issue when they arrive on scene, and what they expect you to do is crucial; you do not want them mistaking you or a family member for a threat.

Learn how to use cover. You don’t want to be close and tight, where instinct tells you it’s safe. Creating distance from cover opens up your field of view, normally gives you more room to maneuver and greatly reduces the chances of eating debris and fragmentation created when bullets ricochet off a hard surface.

Be careful about actually engaging the threat, unless it’s your job. Conditions will be less than perfect; it’s not going to be like a nice day on the range. You don’t want to complicate matters for the professionals who will be arriving to deal with the danger. And if you get injured, who is going to take care of the rest of your family?

It’s also important to understand basic trauma medicine. The ability to apply a tourniquet – to yourself or another - is a proven lifesaver. That’s assuming you have one with you. Just because you’ve been injured doesn’t mean you’re going to die. Research how much blood one can lose before passing out, then have your family watch while you pour that much fluid on the ground so they understand that injured and bleeding doesn’t mean death.

To apply these principles and skills you have to pay attention. You’re looking for questionable behavior, keep track of where the closest cover or exits are. You have to be able to make decisions, rapidly and under stress. These are all learned skills.

It’s also your responsibility to pass this knowledge on to others. Your “team,” which is likely family and friends, must have a plan. Then you’ve got to practice it, no matter how much they complain. You wouldn’t let them drive without car insurance; don’t neglect to teach them life insurance skills.

Until our existing laws are enforced there are going to be bad people doing horrible things with firearms. Accepting that violent events occur anywhere, anytime is the first step to solving the problem. You create a plan, and practice in advance. This is the key to survival. Or not – it’s up to you. Just remember that personal protection – surviving violence – is an individual responsibility.

Tiger McKee is director of Shootrite Firearms Academy, located in northern Alabama. He is the author of The Book of Two Guns, AR-15 Skills and Drills, featured on GunTalk’s DVD, “Fighting With The 1911 and has regular columns in Gun Digest and American Handgunner.

Tactical Wire - 2271 N Upton St., Arlington, VA 22207
Copyright © 2019, All Rights Reserved.