MAY 7, 2019

Blazer Ammunition has expanded its wide selection of range ammunition with a new 147-grain 9mm Luger Blazer Brass load designed for realistic high-volume training.
Federal Premium Hydra-Shok, the bullet design that’s defined self-defense for a generation, is now available as a component for handloaders.
Hornady is proud to announce 350 Legend 170 gr. InterLock American Whitetail ammunition. InterLock bullets feature exposed lead tips for controlled expansion and hard-hitting terminal performance.

Springfield Armory’s 911 .380 was awarded a coveted Golden Bullseye Award during NRA Show 2019. The honor was for “Tactical Firearm of the Year.”
Steyr Arms will be hosting the 2nd Annual Steyr Challenge, Oct. 5 in Seetaler Alpe in Austria, with teams from across the globe competing for the title of “Toughest Hunters in the Alps.”
O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc. continues the celebration of the company’s 100th anniversary with the introduction of a limited edition Mossberg 500 Centennial pump-action 12 gauge shotgun . This commemorative model features a nickel-plated receiver engraved with the Mossberg 100th Anniversary logo on the right side and a pair of flushing ruffed grouse on the left, highlighted in 24 karat gold.

Canik has launched the Canik ONE Series pistol line. Featuring the Canik handguns users have come to know, each ONE Series model includes Warren Tactical sights, 1 magazine, 1 additional backstrap, a hard plastic case, and a limited lifetime warranty.
Canik has been selected as the Official Handgun to commemorate the 25th Anniversary Handgun of the FBI National Academy Associates and will offer three special edition TP9 Elite Combat pistol models.
Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) will file its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q today (May 7, 2019) after the close of the stock market.

American Defense Manufacturing announced the partnership with 88 Tactical Training Organization out of Omaha, Nebraska. The company will be the exclusive firearm and mounting solution for the 88 Tactical Mobile Training Team.
The 2019 NRA Annual meeting wrapped on April 28 with 81,283 total attendees and over 800 exhibitors, including GLOCK. The Company debuted its newest pistol at the show — the GLOCK 45 MOS — which meets growing market demand for an easy way to mount popular optics without expensive slide alterations.

Apex Tactical Specialties announces that its newest addition to the Failure Resistant Extractor line, designed specifically for the industry’s most popular striker-fired pistols, including the FN 509, is in-stock and now available

Streamlight Inc. introduced the Portable Scene Light EXT, a taller model of its Portable Scene Light, featuring a pole and rotating head that extend a full 84 inches high. With its extra foot of height and its 5,300-lumen output, the rechargeable high lumen light allows for complete scene light coverage
DeSantis Gunhide introduces 11 holster fits for the Ruger Security-9 Compact pistol. These include the Mini Slide, Mini Scabbard, Inside Heat and more.
Streamlight Inc. introduced the Streamlight 18650 Battery Bank Charger, designed to help first responders, industrial technicians and other users maintain and
Bear OPS, the tactical brand of Bear & Son Cutlery specializing in military and law enforcement knives, adds a new knife to its balisong series with the 5-inch Bear Song VII Butterfly.
XTech Tactical is now shipping its OEM47 10/30 (MSRP $19.95) as an expansion of its “Commufornia Special” magazine line. Like the MAG47 10/30, $1 for each magazine sold off the company’s website will go towards Gun Owners of America to fight for gun rights.
More than 100 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty last year, an increase from 2017, according to the FBI’s annual Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted, 2018 report released Monday.
Apex Tactical Specialties is now shipping its latest addition to its pistol barrel lineup – a new threaded barrel for the FN 509 model pistols. Retailers and wholesale distributors that have not yet ordered and wish to stock the new barrel can contact Apex at or (623) 322-0200 for pricing and quantity availability.
The National Rifle Association’s 148th Annual Meetings & Exhibits, presented by MidwayUSA April 25-28, 2019, in Indianapolis, Indiana, was met with energy and enthusiasm from a massive crowd of 81,283 members.
Vanguard recently launched a newly redesigned website. The company chose to build their website on the Shopify platform, which provides a better user experience and adds peace of mind that personal data is being housed on a secure platform.
Employees of companies that support the National Shooting Sports Foundation at the highest level may apply for education aid through the NSSF Patron Member Scholarship Program. NSSF has made a total of $60,000 in scholarship funding available for a maximum of 25 winning entries.
"Democrat presidential aspirant Cory Booker’s far-ranging gun control scheme that calls for five-year licensing, invasive background checks, bans on semiautomatic rifles and original capacity magazines and more amounts to an outrageous plan to turn the Second Amendment right into a government-regulated privilege,” says the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA).
Former International Confederation of Revolver Enthusiasts (ICORE) officer and Master Class Shooter Vick Pickett of Mesa, Arizona died April 29 after a 20 month fight with transverse myelitis.
O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc. announces an online consumer promotion, the MC1sc Centennial Sweepstakes. In celebration of the company’s 100thanniversary and the introduction of its 9mm concealed carry handgun, the MC1sc, Mossberg invites consumers to register to win a limited edition MC1sc Centennial 9mm pistol.

I’ve been surprised by the number of new revolver model releases by a number of companies. Stalwarts Ruger and S&W have continued and proliferated their lines, but other companies are crowding in.

A few years back, Kimber entered the fray with a strange looking revolver. It features an angular cylinder treatment; in place of (the necessary) cylinder flutes, there were flats. Easier to machine, cutting costs to manufacture, they still give the user a felt index to load without looking.

Why would you ever need to do that? First, if you’re loading/reloading the gun operationally, you need to keep an eye out for trouble so you can close the cylinder wherever it’s at and go to work. There are also times of diminished light, hampering your ability to see. To learn loading the revolver, by all means look – seeing the process helps early on. As you become adept, you need to get your head up and into the situation.

That’s not all that’s interesting about the new gun. It has sights you can see, a push-button cylinder latch and a slick action. The first guns were featured with hidden hammers, which is fine. Now, Kimber has released their K6S with a three-inch barrel, heavy profile, and an exposed hammer spur.

The gun shipped in a nylon pouch, inside a box. Where the magazine would be for a Kimber EVO SP semi-auto pistol, there was a DeSantis Swift Strip “speed loader,” a nice touch. The gun weighs around 25 ounces empty, measures just over 7 ½ inches long and is around 1.4” wide. Like the name implies, the K6S is a six-shot revolver chambered in 357 Magnum.

It’s fabricated of stainless steel and has a brushed finish. The backstrap features serrations and the stocks are of walnut. They’re long enough for a whole hand grip, but thin enough the gun squirms in recoil. They allege the trigger should weigh in at 9 ½ - 11 ½ pounds, but you can’t prove that by me. It’s slick and non-stacking.

How about the single action trigger? Not sure, I haven’t tried it yet. The gun has an MSRP of just under $950, putting it in premium revolver territory. Nothing I’ve seen so far indicates that it’s not worth it.

3-in S&W M36 Chief's Special, heavy barrel, square butt, target stocks and trigger. And no, I wasn't in 2ID, it's a used utility jacket.

I’ve not completed work with the little cannon yet, but I’ve taken it on a few outings and have been able to make some conclusions as to its capabilities. First, I find it eerily reminiscent of the pair of S&W M36 Chiefs Specials I used to own –one blue and one nickel plated. Each had a three-inch heavy barrel, factory S&W “target” stocks on their square butts and J-frame wide “target triggers” I’d ordered from Gil Hebard Guns. They were light, handy, accurate and handled like a pair of full-sized M&Ps that someone left in the clothes dryer too long.

I’ve long regretted letting them go. Now I’m holding a modern analog, six rounds instead of five, better sights and actions and chambered in 357 Magnum.

“What a country!”

The first range outing, appropriately, was to the HR218-retirees’ range for the Sheriff’s Department. I met fellow instructor-retiree Myron Stucky and we took to appreciating the finer points of the revolver-maker’s art.

Myron shot it first, before me, with his ammo. I’ve never even fired the gun yet. The results? He stayed well inside the ‘Q’ back to 25 yards.

“The action’s as good as on my (old) 686.” He said the sights, trigger great, stocks are beautiful, but he’d change them for something larger.

Now it was my turn. I stapled a paper FBI-QIT 99 over a pre-shot “Q” target, loaded up with CCI-Blazer (aluminum case) 158gr round-nose lead ammo.

Shooting the state’s mandated course with the little gun led me to a few conclusions. First, the stocks aren’t really comfortable with the old service-style 38 loads – I considered 357s with some trepidation. I also found the stocks, attractive as they are, allow the gun to squirm a mite even with the relatively mild 38 loads. The lumber is thin too, so the gun hammered the proximal joint of the thumb of my dominant hand with the mild-shooting 38s.

The ejector rod is unnecessarily short. I couldn’t regularly eject the aluminum empties even with muzzle skyward. It only dumped all the empties one time and that was at the end of the last stage.

As for the shooting, I allowed my concentration to lapse and I let two fliers ‘leak’ out of the bottle. They were near misses, inside the line of the state-mandated “Q,” but I still called it 96/100.

There’s more to my report, to be available soon on Shooting Wire, a companion service. If you’re not subscribed, you should be – it’s another way we try to keep you posted.

- - Rich Grassi

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