APRIL 18, 2019

No Wires on Good Friday
We will not be publishing wires on Friday, April 19 in observance of the Easter holiday. We will resume our normal distribution schedule on Monday, April 22. Additionally, we will be combining the Shooting, Tactical and Outdoor Wires next Wednesday-Friday to cover the National Rifle Association Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Indianapolis, Indiana.
SIG SAUER introduces the new P365 BB Pistol. Modeled after the SIG SAUER P365 concealed carry pistol, this CO2-powered, semi-automatic BB pistol features realistic blowback action and is an exceptional training tool for personal defense. 
Team Hornady sponsored shooter Jessie Harrison captured two more national titles at the U.S. Steel National Championship on April 3-6 in Covington, Ga.

Team Hornady sponsored shooter Ashley Rheuark has successfully defended her National Lady title in the Tactical Division at the U.S. Practical Shooting Association Multi-Gun Nationals for the fourth year in a row.
Anderson Manufacturing will be an exhibitor at the NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits at Booth 7648. The company will showcase its full line of rifles, parts and accessories as well as introduce the new Anderson Elite Series.

AirForce Airguns will be exhibiting at the 148th NRA Annual Meeting in Indianapolis April 26-28. They will be in booth 3634. AirForce has exhibited proudly at NRA Annual Meetings since its founding and is proud to continue that tradition in 2019.

CrossBreed Holsters will be attending the 148th National Rifle Association’s Annual Meeting in Indianapolis. The company will be showing their carry options for the Ruger Security 9c handgun in addition to holster fits for other firearms.
Real Avid is heading to Indianapolis to join thousands of 2nd Amendment supporters at the 148th NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits. Stop at booth #1009 and watch staff members put Real Avid tools to work.
DeSantis Gunhide invites all to attend their booth #2845 at the 2019 NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits. Gene DeSantis, who started the business almost 50 years ago, will be in attendance.

The 2019 Man Skills Challenge presented by Skillset Magazine is coming to the NRA Annual Meetings. The event is scheduled to take place Friday, April 26, 2019 at the Howl at the Moon restaurant/bar in Indianapolis.
Taurus is following up the recent introduction of the company's latest big-bore revolver, the Raging Hunter, with a new caliber. Originally released in .44 Magnum, the Raging Hunter is now available in .357 Magnum.
There’s no match for Savage’s new MSR 15 Long Range. Savage engineers tuned barrel length specifically for the 224 Valkyrie cartridge to achieve peak accuracy at extreme range.

Thompson/Center Arms announced that it has added two new rifle stock options to its line of T/CR22 rimfire rifles. The T/CR22 rifle will be available with a traditional hardwood stock as well as a Magpul composite stock in a Flat Dark Earth Black Grit finish.
MTM introduces a practical way to transport and store the millions of 30 and 50 caliber metal ammo cans that are currently in use today. The Metal Ammo Can Tray is ideal for stacking, storing and carrying traditional metal military ammo cans.
Smart Brushes from Real Avid were designed with firearms maintenance in mind. Four different shaped heads --to fit in recesses and hard to reach areas -- come in two materials; phosphor bronze and nylon.
High Speed Gear is pleased to announce the signing of William Petty of Centrifuge Training, LLC as an official High Speed Gear brand ambassador.
Action Target Inc. reports significant developments within the recently restructured Range Services Business Unit. Action Target’s Range Services Business Unit encompasses Action Target’s aftermarket sales and services (such as recycling metals and filters), the online store, AutoTargets and range maintenance.
Project Childsafe is excited to announce the National Shooting Sports Foundation and the Bureau of Justice Assistance have released a new video series, "Many Paths to Firearm Safety," to help new and potential gun owners understand their responsibilities if they decide to keep firearms in the home. The new videos are viewable online on the Project ChildSafe website.


FN America, LLC is pleased to announce that the company has been awarded an indefinite quantity, indefinite delivery contract, valued at up to $9.9 million, by Defense Logistics Agency to supply machine gun barrels over a five-year period ending in 2024.
Choate Machine and Tool has introduced The Choate Modular Stock (C. Mod) chassis system, a true modular rifle stock that allows the user to change the forend or butt stock without removing the rifle action from the main chassis section.
DeSantis Gunhide introduces 12 holster fits for the Beretta APX Carry pistol. Along with these new holsters, DeSantis will exhibit many other items at the NRA Annual Meeting.
OSS Suppressors introduced the RAD 22 rimfire suppressor, built on their Flow-Through technology. Directing expanding gasses through radial grooves route them forward through the suppressor and away from the shooter.
The National Association of Police Equipment Distributors and North American Association of Uniform Manufacturers and Distributors Conference and Exhibitions drew over 367 distributors, exhibitors and attendees to the Hyatt Regency, April 7 – 9, for their annual meeting.
This year's U.S. Army Best Ranger Competition will use the individual firearms mostly carried and used in WWII by the Rangers at the assault on Point du Hoc, on D-Day. Inland Manufacturing was chosen to supply the correct model 1944 M1 .30 caliber Carbines and 12-gauge Model M37 trench guns for this competition.
Panteao Productions, LLC, in conjunction with Nighthawk Custom, is proud to announce a short film on Amazon Prime – Up Close with Sheriff Jim Wilson. This 37-minute documentary features writer, singer, gunslinger, Sheriff Jim Wilson, who is a legend of the great American southwest.
The Vortex Razor HD 4000 delivers 4,000 yard reflective ranging capability and reads distances as close as 5 yards. 7X magnification brings subjects in close for better target identification and more accurate ranging.
Pachmayr introduces the Gripper Slip-on Grip for a large variety of popular medium to full size pistols. It features a non-slip texture with palm swells for increased control.
Honor Defense is now pleased to announce a 10% discount for Active-duty Military, Retired Military, Veterans, Law Enforcement & First Responders.
The Fostech Echo Sport is back in-stock at Proven Arms & Outfitters. It’s an economical pull and release trigger for the AR-15 platform.
The National Rifle Association’s 148th Annual Meetings and Exhibits will have its unofficial start at the 2019 National NRA Foundation BBQ & Auction at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind., on Thursday, April 25, at 5:00 p.m. Funds raised at the attendee-favorite event sponsored by Henry Repeating Arms, Kimber and Century Arms—with a pre-event reception at 4 p.m. sponsored by SIG SAUER—benefit The NRA Foundation.

I’ve always appreciated a “quality” holster. I know what holsters I like, what works good for me and where to get the “good” ones. (Having older shooters to provide advice on gear saves a lot of headache.). But, I never knew much about holster history. When discussing holsters – and sometimes debating - older gunmen would mention names like Brill, Myers, and Heiser. I knew these were holster designers and makers, but never understood how important these and other gun leather-men were to the evolution of leather we carry today. That is until I got a copy of “Holstory: Gunleather of the Twentieth Century,” by R.E.D. Nichols and John Witty.

The May ‘19 issue of Guns magazine has a review on “Holstory” – which stands for “holster history.” I contacted Roy Huntington at FMG and asked him about the book. (It’s a little expensive for a book, so I couldn’t just buy it on a whim.). Roy, listed in the book as a contributor, gave Holstory high praise. He also advised me to check out Mr. Nichols’ gunleather. I contacted “Red” by email to inquire about getting a copy of “Holstory” for review. A few days later the book arrived, plus a fine, nice looking model G1955 “To Catch A Thief,” Avenger style holster made by Red for my Browning Hi Power.

“Red” – Richard Edward Dale – Nichols is a “rocket scientist” of holsters. He started as a designer/maker with Bianchi in 1970. In the 90’s “Red” began Nichols Innovation, “the first consulting-design service to the holster industry.” For over a decade he guided companies like Aker, DeSantis, Galco and dozens more on how to make great holsters. He’s now crafting fine leather gear in Australia. John Witty, Nichols’ partner in crime, is a holster expert who owns a huge collection of quality leather and related material like catalogs from the first seventy years of the 1900’s. He’s also “Red’s” representative here in the states for both Holstoryand leather gear.

In Holstory, I learned where concealment holsters began. A Texas Ranger company was “dismounted” and assigned to Austin. The Ranger’s long barreled Colt Single Actions riding on belts full ammunition, rifles and normal “trail” gear caused concern among the citizens. It was decided that the Rangers needed to carry concealed and the “city holster” was born. This is the beginning, but there was much more to come.

From here Holstory carries us through the evolution of the carry holster and those who influenced its design. For example, a lot of early designs did not cover the trigger guard of either revolvers or semi-autos. Today this would be considered crazy and unsafe. Holstory also includes high quality photos of this evolution.

I mentioned Holstory is a “little expensive.” But if you’re interested in handguns and gun leather, which you should be, it’s well worth the money, and not as expensive as other books I have enjoyed less. You’d also do well to check out “Red’s” leather gear, and you’ll his work for sale on “the ebay.”

It’s important to have great gear, and understand the history of how it came about. Knowing this history allows us to share it with younger shooters who are coming up. This is important. Every aspect of the story of firearms is an amazing one, and it’s important we ensure this heritage is remembered, shared and practiced in the future.

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.

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