MAY 2, 2019

The National Rifle Association’s Shooting Illustrated magazine recently honored Federal Premium Hydra-Shok Deep with its Golden Bullseye Award for 2019 Ammunition Product of the Year.
The Hornady 6.5 PRC has been named the 2019 Ammunition Product of the Year by the editors of American Hunter Magazine, as part of the National Rifle Association Publications Golden Bullseye Awards.
Bushnell has recognized Richard Mann with the 2019 Bill McRae Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to optics and the outdoor industry.

Umarex USA is set to auction off a unique movie prop replica of the famous DL-44 blaster to benefit the Student Air Rifle Program. This 501c3 non-profit program provides an introduction to the lifetime sport of target shooting for school-aged youth in grades 4 through 12.
Beretta is excited to announce their sponsorship of the upcoming 2019 Bullets, Bourbon, and Barbecue charity fundraiser on Friday, May 3 in Ardmore, TN, an annual event hosted by the Huntsville SOF Network to support the Still Serving Veterans organization.
Federal Premium Ammunition sponsored shooters and brand Ambassadors Vincent Hancock, Kayle Browning, Ashley Carroll, and more are busting clays, competing strong, winning medals and finishing on top at the major shooting competition events worldwide. A key victory was Hancock winning the gold medal at the recent 2019 International Shooting Sports Federation World Cup.

Rossi has redesigned its popular Matched Pair rimfire rifle/shotgun system to satisfy the needs of the modern shooter. The Matched Pair is based on a single-shot, break-open action and comes with two barrels—one chambered for .22 LR or .22 Magnum and the other for 3-inch .410 or 20-gauge. 
Davidson’s is pleased to announce plans to rapidly deploy a new Mid-Atlantic call center in its existing Greensboro, NC distribution facility. Along with this expansion, the company is creating several new remote, regional sales positions across the country.
The American Knife & Tool Institute applauded the introduction of SB 140, which would repeal Ohio’s prohibition on the manufacture, possession, and sale of automatic knives in the state. The legislation will remove the prohibitions on these tools in the Ohio Revised Code and clarify that they are not classified as deadly weapons in the state.

The Texas Senate on Monday passed Knife Rights' "Location-Restricted Knife" Reform Bill, SB 2381, by a bipartisan vote of 19-12. These bills would remove from statute a number of places where Location-Restricted Knives (blades over 5 1/2 inches) are banned.
Streamlight Inc. introduced the QB, an ultra-compact headlamp that delivers 200 lumens over 85 meters on its highest setting. It features the convenience of USB rechargeability, three output modes and a lightweight, low-profile design.
Real Avid created the ultimate gun cleaning solution with their new Master Cleaning Station – Universal. It includes a 43” x 16” gun cleaning mat with a cleaning kit attached. The kit is connected to the mat so everything you need to clean your gun is right there.

SB Tactical announced release of the new SBA4 Pistol Stabilizing Brace. It is a 5-position adjustable brace compatible with all pistol platforms that will readily accept a mil-spec carbine receiver extension.
DeSantis Gunhide announced 12 holster models now fitted for the Kimber EVO SP pistol. These include the Thumb Break Mini Slide, Mini Scabbard, Sof-Tuck and others.
Trijicon, Inc. is expanding the Trijicon HD and Trijicon HD XR lines to include models for the CZ P10/P10C and Glock MOS pistols. Trijicon HD sights are available for the optic ready P10C. Trijicon redesigned the rear sight of the HD and HD XR models to fit GLOCK MOS pistols with the different sight spacing due to the optic.
Versacarry has created a double ply construction in the Compound Series with Kydex infused between leather. This combination provides a secure, comfortable holster that protects the handgun but still makes it easy to access.
Smith & Wesson Corp. announced that Smith & Wesson and Thompson/Center Arms have extended their “Thank You For Your Service” military appreciation program through September 30, 2019. This program applies to all active duty, honorably discharged,retired, or disabled members of the U.S. Armed Forces or Reserves.
Shooting Industry’s debut Woman’s Issue boasts an expansive collection of practical ways for dealers to empower, educate, equip and expand sales to women. More than 20 dealers share powerful accounts of how their stores have successfully cultivated sales in this emerging segment.
This week on Tom Gresham's Gun Talk Radio, tune in to hear more from the 2019 NRA Annual Meetings. Broadcasting from the Ruger booth last Saturday, Tom spoke with a variety of companies in attendance at the Meetings.
MidwayUSA is excited to announce a dramatic expansion in the guns available to its customers.Brands include Ruger, Smith & Wesson, GLOCK, Springfield Armory and more.
McMillan Fiberglass Stocks will be supporting the upcoming JC Steel Challenge long-range shooting event in Benge, Washington, May 3-5. This event will be the sixth event on the National Rifle League's 2019 match schedule.

In the art world “minimalism” is used to eliminate any non-essential elements in the process, creating with only the “essentials.” The same is true in design/architectural fields, where anything unnecessary is removed. Minimalism is also key to defensive success, and applies to the tools you use, the skills/techniques employed, and most importantly, the way you think.

The defensive community - along with the majority of our culture – is way too caught up in consumerism. We’re fed a steady diet of what’s new and different, and why we need it. Occasionally, the “latest” piece of gear or “newest” firearm does contain significant improvements. The majority though are just small variations of the same concepts. There may be minute improvements, but in some cases, these may be beyond your capability of even realizing and/or appreciating. We don’t always need the latest, greatest kit. My revolvers and semi-autos from the early part of the twentieth century still fit the bill and work well.

Today there’s no reason not to have a simple solution to the quest for gear. Almost every offering out there today is well matched for its purpose. Sure, you might have to do some minor modifications to make it fit you specifically. For example, exchanging sights to the type that works well for you. But, on departing the gun shop you should be ninety percent “there.”

One word of advice on modifying your weapon, or accumulating gear. Again, minimalism is your guiding concept. “Simple” works well under stress. Don’t over-complicate your weapon or related gear. In a fight there’s enough to worry about without having a convoluted mess of gear to add to your problems. Whatever equipment you do have make sure to practice plenty. The more complex your kit, the more repetition is required to learn it. This is especially true for professionals whose job requires them to carry additional equipment.

Minimalism applies to your physical actions, the techniques used to respond to a threat. Motion is time, and there’s no time to waste. You draw the pistol using the least amount of motion necessary to accomplish the presentation. Any additional movements or flourishes cost time. You may still be effective – it gets the job done – but that doesn’t mean it’s efficient.

During practice you focus on examining every move/action. Is it efficient? The best way to accomplish this is by having a friend, who knows as much or more than you, observe your techniques, ensuring there’s no wasted motion/time.

Finally, it’s important to consider minimalism in your “defensive” mindset. Remember “Occam's razor?” This “law” tells us “simpler” solutions are more likely to be the correct response over more complex ones. Hick’s Law tells us that the more options there are the longer it takes to make a decision. In the beginning of the confrontation there’s not time to gather a lot of information or work through a long list of possible options. Do something now. Move! It’s a simple solution, easy to apply and creates time for you to gather a few more details and decide what to do next. (You’re constantly cycling through the O.O.D.A. Loop.)

“It’s not the daily increase,” Bruce Lee said, “but daily decrease; hack away at the unessential.” Take the minimalist approach to all things, but especially your defensive choices. In other words, when it comes to gear, techniques and developing a threat response one should simplify for success.

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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