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Ruger Introduces AI-Style Precision Rifle Magazines
Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) announces the availability of Ruger® AI-Style Precision Rifle magazines compatible with the Ruger Precision Rifle®, the Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle and many AI-Style bottom metal assemblies.
CrossBreed New fit to Flagship SuperTuck
CrossBreed Holsters is now offering their flagship SuperTuck holster with the Crimson Trace Rail Master (CMR-201). It is available for the Glock 17, 19, 22, 23, 25, 21, 32, 34, and 35.
ERGO NRA Giveaway Gun
ERGO is proud to introduce their fourth Giveaway Gun in two years, the ERGO NRA Giveaway Gun 2017. This $2,500+ custom AR-15 will be given away to one lucky winner in May, after the NRA Show 2017.

Sig Sauer
NSSF Restructures Membership, Business-Development Departments
The National Shooting Sports Foundation has realigned its member services and business-development departments to "ensure better service to its more than 12,000 members and the industry at large."
Panteao's INSIDE STORY Online Video Series
Panteao has released the first two segments of Episode 1, Part 1 from the new online series, INSIDE STORY. The first episode in the series, The Warfighters, is being released in segments highlighting each question the guests tackled.
MidwayUSA Gun Cleaning and Maintenance Mat
MidwayUSA announced the introduction of their Gun Cleaning and Maintenance Mat. It provides a clean working surface when and where you need it. Constructed of 100% Neoprene, the mat absorbs oils and solvents, and works as a buffer between work surface and firearm.

Taurus a Sponsor of US National Steel Championships
Taurus USA announces their sponsorship of the U.S. National Steel Championships taking place this weekend in Covington, GA March 30th-April 1st.
SOFREP Crate Clubs Deliver Another Month of Tactical Gear Hand Picked by Special Ops Veterans
Subscribers to the SOFREP Crate Clubs are receiving another shipment of gear chosen by Spec Ops Vets. Thousands across the country are having the March crates show up to their doors now.
Nosler Announces M48 Long Range Rifle
Nosler, Inc. is excited to announce a new offering to their semi-custom, bolt-action rifle lineup with the Nosler Model 48 Long Range. Nosler's robust action is machined from a solid block of steel and built to provide a rigid platform for the utmost in accuracy.

RRA Match Sponsor of the US Steel Championships
Rock River Arms, Inc. is a match sponsor of the US Steel Championships hosted this weekend in Covington, Georgia. Competitors come from all parts of the nation to participate in the US National Steel Championships.
Installing Meprolight FT Bullseye on Springfield XD
Meprolight has posted an instructional video on installation of the Meprolight FT Bullseye sight on the Springfield Armory XD/XDM line of pistols.
SureFire "Field Notes"
SureFire's YouTube channel now features "Field Notes," an informational series containing tips and techniques from various subject matter experts. The video featured now is Robert Vogel's take on trigger control
Walker's Sponsors U.S. National Steel Championships
Walker's has signed on as a stage sponsor for the U.S. National Steel Championships in Covington, GA March 30th-April 1st. Walker's will be sponsoring Stage 5 of this thrilling competition.
Taylor Whitney Joins Weatherby Inc.
Weatherby has hired Taylor Whitney as Brand Coordinator to ensure broad, meaningful engagement with customers. In her role, Whitney will work closely with Weatherby Director of Marketing Taylor Nahrgang.
Backpack-Perfect: Kershaw Reverb
The lightweight Kershaw Reverb is lightweight and has no flipper or thumb stud to catch on anything, making it ready to go with you on your next outdoors trip. The built-in carabiner clip makes it easy to clip to backpack or harness -- for pack-it-anywhere, have it when you need it handiness.
Fobus Holster for S&W M&P M2.0
Fobus Holster adds to its holster line to fit the new Smith and Wesson M&P M2.0 in 9MM, .40 and .45 calibers. It is available in paddle, belt and roto styles.
DoubleStar Presents its Superlite Gas Block
DoubleStar Corp, manufacturers of US-made AR components, rifles and pistols, proudly presents its Superlite Gas Block. The Superlite Gas Block is machined from rugged 6061 T6 aircraft aluminum and Type III hard coat anodized to match the finish of most AR style uppers.
Blue Book of Gun Values, 38th Edition
Blue Book Publications, Inc. is proud to announce the upcoming release of the 38th Edition Blue Book of Gun Values by S.P. Fjestad. This new edition contains significantly updated values and information reflecting fundamental changes in the gun industry.
PolyCase Ammunition to Attend LAAD
PolyCase Ammunition announces its upcoming exhibition at LAAD Defense & Security Expo. Held April 4–7 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the international military and professional security services trade show and conference is the leading Latin American expo, bringing together over 600 exhibitors from 41 countries.
Skill Set: Administrative Manipulations for the Semi-Auto
This is the way to hold a loaded magazine -- toe of the floor plate in the palm of your hand, thumb and fingers along the lower part of the magazine and the index finger along the front edge to guide it into the receiver.
Last week we discussed the basics of manipulating the semi-auto pistol. Now, we're going to launch into the details, starting with the Administrative manipulations. This category includes loading, unloading or verifying the status of the pistol - is it loaded or unloaded.

The Admin manipulations are performed in a "Low-Ready" position. The hands, arms and pistol are extended out in front of the body with the muzzle pointing in a downward position. This keeps the pistol pointing in a safe direction. The Admin actions always start with the magazine and end by checking the chamber.

With these actions, and almost everything else, it's the small details that make a big difference. Consistency is the key; all your manipulations are done the same way every time, which ensures efficiency and safety.

For example, every time you pick up a magazine it should be positioned in your hand with the first finger running up the front of the mag and actually touching the top round. This tells you the mag is loaded, and the top round isn't sticking partially out of the mag, which prevents it from being inserted into the pistol. The thumb and fingers are down low on the mag with the base-pad or bottom of the magazine in contact with the heel of the hand.

Loading starts by "indexing" the mag. You bring the mag up at an angle – top of the mag tilting forward - and index the back of the magazine with the back of the magwell. This is a positive index that's easy to feel, as opposed to trying to stick it straight in. After hitting this index you align the mag with the magwell and start pushing it in. At this point you open up the thumb and fingers, seating the mag aggressively using the heel of the hand.

When you're manipulating the firearm use aggressive actions, applying more force than should be necessary to ensure positive results. Then if you're a little distracted by the guy that's trying to kill you and you use less force than you normally do it, will still be enough to get the job done.

Perform these actions with head and eyes up, learning how to manipulate the pistol without having to see it. This is especially important when involved in a confrontation. There are more important things to look at than your weapon. If it's dark you won't be able to see it anyway. The only time you should need to look at it is when visually checking the chamber.

Next, chamber a round by cycling the slide. We teach using a "C" clamp grip on the slide, clamping it between the heel of the hand and the fingers. (This is where all your gripping strength is.) Make sure your fingers or hand are not blocking or covering the ejection port, which obviously will cause problems. Cycle the slide one time, again aggressively.

You've gone through all the actions to load, but the last step of all Admin actions is checking the chamber. This can be a visual check – pulling the slide slightly back to see the round – or a physical check – pull the slide rearward and use a finger to physically feel for the round. Checking the chamber is cheap insurance. Now you know when you press the trigger it will go "bang."

Unloading starts with the magazine. Remove it and place it in the pinky finger of the firing hand, clamping it against the bottom of the pistol grip for more retention. (You keep the mag at hand for reasons that will be clear when we discuss Functional manipulations.) Cycle the slide three times. Three is the magic number, for anything except loading. Sometimes once won't get it done, and again you'll see these same actions for malfunctions.

Unloading ends by checking the chamber. Visually check it. You cycled the slide three times, but if your extractor is having a problem there could still be a round in the chamber.

Verifying the status of the pistol – is it loaded or unloaded – starts with the mag and ends by checking the chamber. To confirm the pistol is unloaded stick your fingers of the support hand into the magwell. This gives you a physical confirmation that regardless of what type pistol it is there's no mag in it. Cycle the slide three times. You end by visually checking the chamber for clear.

To confirm the weapon is loaded remove the magazine. Make sure it's loaded, then insert and seat it in the pistol. Check the chamber to confirm it's loaded.

Knowing how to manipulate your pistol starts with learning how to load and unload. The key is consistency, manipulating the weapon the same way every time regardless of the circumstances. This ensures safety and efficiency. At the same time you're developing one set of skills that will apply to all your manipulations, which we'll be discussing next. In the mean time practice the loading and unloading skills. You'll be surprised at how much you can learn by spending quality time with your firearm.

Tiger McKee is director of Shootrite Firearms Academy, located in northern Alabama. He is the author of "The Book of Two Guns" - writes for several firearms/tactical publications, and is featured on GunTalk's DVD, "Fighting With The 1911 - McKee's new book, AR-15 Skills and Drills, is available off Shootrite's website:

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