MARCH 5, 2019

Davidson’s, a top firearms wholesaler, is pleased to announce it received the 2018 Premium Partner Award from Federal Ammunition and the 2018 Top Performer Award from Savage Arms.
Registration for the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s 2019 National Trophy Pistol and Rifle Matches opens today. The annual event, held at the Camp Perry National Guard Training Base since 1907, will be entering its second year of enhanced events, featuring original CMP matches and traditional events.
Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is proud to announce that Team Ruger claimed a first-place win at this year's Winter Range SASS National Championship of Cowboy Action Shooting held at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix, AZ.

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is pleased to announce that Team Ruger started its 2019 season strong with two divisional wins at the first match of the year. Team members Dave Olhasso and James McGinty each earned a divisional win at the 2019 IDPA Arctic Blast Regional Championship held at the Wilkes-Barre Rifle and Pistol Club located in Hunlock Creek, PA.
Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is heading to Europe for the 2019 IWA OutdoorClassics show. Visitors to the show will have an opportunity to meet with Ruger representatives and view a large assortment of Ruger products including newly introduced models.
The Dickinson Arms ASI Series semi-auto shotgun is constructed with Dickinson’s inertia-based mechanism, using few moving parts to enhance strength and ensure reliable cycling. This system’s rotating, locking head shoots all loads from 1 oz. field loads up to 1-3/4 oz. magnum loads (including steel) without adjustment.

Imported exclusively by the Italian Firearms Group, Pedersoli’s new Howdah Alaskan 45/410 is perfect for home defense and as a truck gun, and it’s just the thing to clear out pesky snakes and “varmints”.
Savage is proud to announce its lineup of redesigned AXIS XP rifles. These package firearms include bases, rings and a scope, mounted and bore-sighted at the factory, to deliver both performance and value. Shipments have been delivered to dealers.
Taurus is excited to announce the implementation of the company's new Limited Lifetime Warranty. Taurus customers will be pleased to learn that certain Taurus handguns, previously covered under a one-year warranty, will now be covered under a Limited Lifetime Warranty.

Responding to feedback from smaller retailers, Apex Tactical Specialties is pleased to announce new, lower minimum order amounts for firearms and accessory retailers. Apex has also launched its Apex Range Program which is designed specifically for stocking dealers with shooting ranges.
Last week, YouTube announced that going forward all strikes against videos that violate Community Guidelines will now carry the same punishment: a temporary ban from YouTube activity, with the length of time increasing with the strikes., the leading digital platform for hunters and shooting sports enthusiasts, welcomes gun-related YouTube channels that promote legal firearms, demonstration of their use and lawful sales.
A recent report conducted by Southwick Associates identifies Federal as the top handgun ammunition brand in today’s marketplace. Federal, including sub-brands like Fusion, came out on top after Southwick Associates surveyed more than 18,000 hunters and recreational shooters in 2018 through its online and consumer panels.

Jeff Wieber is a Territory Sales Managers for Legacy Sports Int. Jeff works primarily in Alaska, covering business with distributors, buy group members and independent dealers.
Visit ERGO International’s booth at IWA (Hall 5, Booth 220) March 8-11 where you can get hands-on and test some of the highest quality grips, rail systems, stocks, and accessories available to the firearm market.
Action Target Inc. announces a new organizational structure. Action Target is now organized into three strategic business units: Shared Services, Core Products, and Range Services.
On Thursday, February 27, 2019, Butler County Common Pleas Court Judge Charles Pater ruled against the parents and in favor of Madison Local Schools, saying the Buckeye Firearms Association’s FASTER training for teachers was sufficient for legal carry in schools.
Streamlight Inc. introduced the TL-Racker, a compact, lightweight 850-lumen forend light, designed to replace forends on Mossberg 500/590 and Remington 870 pump-action shotguns.
SureFire, LLC is proud to announce the launch of the Fury IntelliBeam. The Fury IntelliBeam is a versatile, dual-fuel, pocket-sized searchlight that can be powered by either two 123A lithium batteries or a single 18650 lithium-ion rechargeable battery. SureFire's proprietary IntelliBeam technology continuously evaluates and regulates light output based on your surroundings — anywhere from 15 to 1,500 lumens
MidwayUSA is pleased to announce the addition of Nosler Rifles to its growing firearm offerings.
Versatile and easy to carry, the new TrailBlaze™ drop-point folding knife from Outdoor Edge is a fully capable hunting knife that is also conveniently suited for everyday carry.
Honored American Veterans Afield announces Year-2 of a new hunt series that this year provided a hunt-of-a-lifetime experience for seven veterans in east-central Arkansas. Hosted by shotgun exhibition shooter Micah McMillan, the hunt lasted 3 fun-filled days. On The Deck Outfitters provided food, lodging, guide and equipment. Guns and ammo were generously donated by Silver Eagle Arms, Federal, Nordic and Kicks Chokes.
Lone Wolf Distributors announced partnering with Willi Schmidt of Pure Hunting TV. With the Timberwolf Large frame’s obvious potential as a platform for a backcountry sidearm, Lone Wolf has been looking to form partnerships within the hunting industry.
Dealers around the country roundly report interest in long-range shooting has ignited over the past 12-plus months, and the March issue of Shooting Industry “zeroes in” on this burgeoning profit center.
Mc3 Stocks announced its support of the upcoming National Rifle League Bighorn Steel Classic competition. The Bighorn Steel Classic, presented by Thunder Beast Arms, will be held March 8-10 near Nehawka, Nebraska.
GAMO Outdoor USA has announced completion of the 6th annual Squirrel Master Classic. What started as friendly end-of-hunting-season industry event by Jackie Bushman of Buckmasters has grown into much-anticipated annual "happening" with a serious mission—to raise awareness of the need for hunter recruitment and to promote the next generation of young hunters and shooting sports ambassadors.

Anytime you have new gear being deployed, questions should be asked: what’s the best way to effectively use the new gear and what information can we gain from operational use of the new equipment? Today’s feature is an announcement for a law enforcement survey from the National Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors Association about operational use of the pistol-mounted red dot sight.

Pistol-mounted RDS study. Grassi/OWDN photo.

Pistol-mounted red dot sights (RDS) have becoming increasingly popular in law enforcement over the last few years. The National Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors Association (NLEFIA) recognized the trend in 2017 and realized many firearms instructors probably did not have the technical knowledge or experience to implement a formal training program within their agency. One of the NLEFIA staff instructors had already been running a pistol RDS at his agency for three years. So, the NLEFIA staff began doing additional research and developed the 2-day / 16-hour Red Dot Sights for Duty Pistols instructor development course which was announced in summer of 2018 for scheduling in 2019. NLEFIA has already completed two classes with more classes being requested and scheduled.

One of the big questions is how will pistol-mounted RDS affect officer involved shootings and hit ratios which have come under scrutiny again in recent months. It’s unknown if there has even been an OIS involving a pistol-mounted RDS yet. And while many firearms training experts claim it will be the “wave of the future”…just as it was for rifles…some experts are concerned that the lack of firearms training that law enforcement receives may be a problem because a pistol RDS requires more training to be proficient than a RDS on a rifle.

Regardless, many agencies are already authorizing the use of pistol RDS for SWAT and patrol officers. The only way to know if the pistol RDS concept is beneficial for law enforcement is to gather data from every OIS involving the use of a pistol RDS.

NLEFIA has created an online survey that will be active for several years in hopes to capture data that will help firearms instructors and agencies dissect pistol RDS-related equipment, training, and performance. NLEFIA is hoping agencies will participate in the survey if they experience an OIS involving the use of a pistol RDS. NLEFIA will release current survey results to NLEFIA members and law enforcement agencies upon request.

To view the national online survey, go to:

Jason Wuestenberg
Executive Director
NLEFIA - National Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors Association
800-930-2953 |

NLEFIA is a membership-based organization dedicated to provide networking & information sharing, continuing education & training, and advanced certifications for professional firearms instructors.

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