MARCH 7, 2019

Federal introduced Syntech Training Match, loads that offer the same velocity, trajectory and point of impact as equivalent Federal Premium Personal Defense HST and Tactical HST duty ammunition.
Sporting Classics magazine recently recognized Federal Ammunition as part of the magazine’s 17th annual Awards of Excellence. Nominees for the 2019 awards were submitted by Sporting Classics’ senior and contributing editors, then finalized by the magazine staff.
Barrett Firearms Manufacturing, Inc., will be making an appearance at the 2019 IWA OutdoorClassics show on March 8-11.They will be showing their new contract-winning REC10 this year.

SureFire, LLC will be exhibiting at both the IWA Outdoor Classic and Enforce Tac shows March 6-11 in Nuremberg, Germany. SureFire will be displaying their illumination tools, hearing protection, and several new additions to its extensive product line.
Bushnell Optics will be an exhibitor at Europe’s largest trade show covering the hunting and shooting sports—the 2019 IWA Outdoor Classics. Held March 8 to 11 in Nuremberg, Germany, this international hunting, shooting and outdoor trade show hosts more than 1,500 exhibitors and 45,000 attendees.
JP Enterprises has debuted their new manual rifle for 2019, the MR-19. The MR-19 is a collaborative rifle project between JP and other premier manufacturers in the precision rifle market, including Ultimatum Precision and Proof Research.

Savage brings together precision, performance and price with its new AXIS II rifle which features an AccuTrigger and updated stock. The rifle’s user-adjustable AccuTrigger, thread-in headspacing and floating bolt head extract the utmost accuracy from the 22-inch button rifled sporter barrel.
Savage is proud to announce it has added four left-hand models to its synthetic-stock Rascal line, a family of pint-size rifles that let shooters build skills thanks to full-sized features.
Remington Cutlery introduced its second group of products under the official license of Buck Knives, Inc. at SHOT Show. These include limited edition Bullet Knives, new additions to the Heritage Series and more.

Want to learn more about the transition from ITAR-to-EAR under U.S. Export Control Reform for the firearms and ammunition industry? Join Orchid Advisors at the IWA Outdoor Classic March 9th through the 11th in Nuremburg, Germany for a free introductory training session on ECR.
The Blaser Group has promoted Christian Socher to the Head of Sales and CEO of Blaser GmbH. Industry Veteran Jason Evans has been hired as the new CEO of Blaser USA.
Pepperball announced the hiring of Chris Hartnett as the new vice president of consumer sales. In this role, Chris will head up PepperBall’s non-lethal consumer and retail sales efforts.    

Garn Kennedy is a new Territory Sales Managers for Legacy Sports Int. covering Washington, Oregon and Idaho for buy group members and independent dealers.
The Washington "Spring Blade" Ban Repeal bill, SB 5782, has passed the Senate 46-1. It would repeal the ban on sales and civilian possession of "spring blade" knives, as well as specifically exclude them from the definition of "dangerous weapon.
Streamlight, Inc introduced the TLR-VIR II, a lightweight, compact rail-mounted tactical light with a high intensity white LED, an integrated infrared LED illuminator, and Class 1 “Eye Safe” IR aiming laser. The new light securely fits all long guns with MIL-STD-1913 rails and M17/M18 pistols.
Samson Manufacturing will be exhibiting at the 46th IWA OutdoorClassics 2019, from Friday, March 8 through Monday, March 11, 2019, at the Exhibition Centre in Nuremburg, Germany.
Reports that the National Rifle Association is being engulfed in what one publication described as “a rapidly expanding tangle of congressional investigations” raise an important question that nobody has been asking: Is this a deliberate effort by anti-gun-rights Congressional Democrats to overwhelm the organization’s leadership and prevent NRA from fulfilling its mission to protect the Second Amendment?

There’s a world of difference between a gun owner and a gunman or woman. (I use the term gunman as you would human.). Yes, all gunmen are “owners,” but not all owners are “gunmen.” The difference is a degree of maturity. Anyone earnestly involved in shooting sports, or preparing for the possibility of using their weapon to defend against an attack is going to understand the seriousness of these subjects. It takes dedication, training and practice and a mature attitude.

There are some people who just buy firearms to have them, with no real intention of ever using them. When asked why they made a certain purchase they’ll reply, “I liked the way it looks,” or, “Special Team Z” uses this pistol. For a lot of owners that may be enough; it’s just something else they wanted to have. Like a kid with a new toy, once the wrapper’s off and it’s been “experienced” it’s on to the next new thing. Acquisitions are made in a haphazard manner.

A gunman carefully examines what he or she needs for their specific application. They research to discover what particular firearm fits that need, and understand the buying of that pistol, rifle or shotgun is just the beginning. Next comes additional equipment such as holster, slings and optics and the right kind of ammo. A big difference between a gun owner and a gunman is gunmen have holsters, slings and optics for every firearm they own.

When gunowners go shooting they usually have several different firearms, but no two alike. They’ll shoot one gun a little – with no specific goals or purpose – then switch from one to another, working through the whole batch. A gunman may not have a wide variety of platforms, but inventory will normally be deep. You’ll see two, three or more of basically the same firearm. There will be minute differences between each firearm, but you’d have to be a gunman to identify and understand these small but critical variations. When a gunman heads to the range it’s with a specific purpose. Maybe it’s to check out new ammo, zero a scope or practice defensive drills, and there’s very little ammo wasted.

A true shooter usually concentrates on one type firearm. Once they get that squared away, they have skills that apply and transfer to other firearms. A gunman can pick up almost any firearm and operate and shoot it well. And while they’ll experiment around a little, ultimately they’ll have deep convictions on what they use – they’re not caliber or platform “neutral.”

Not all of us grew up with firearms in our lives. Most every gunowner is a “newbie.” Some of these discover the joy of ownership, and dive in deeper. They read the manual that comes with their firearm. They know the details of their firearm, and can tell you a little – or more than you want to know – about “their” gun. They learn how to disassemble, clean and if necessary perform regular maintenance, replacing standardized parts such as recoil springs. They attend training, and like to practice. They are on the way to becoming gunmen.

Your assignment is assisting these new owners, helping them become a responsible, educated and mature gunmen and women. When possible start young, imprinting on them safety and how to handle firearms properly at an early age. A lot of new shooters are getting started at a later age; it’s important to help them too. Encourage all to become involved in protecting our gun rights and ensuring them for future generation. It’s not about what you do with the gun, but what the gun does to you. Becoming a gunman or woman should be a life changing event.

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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