JUNE 6, 2019

Sellmark is proud to announce the addition of Kopfjager to the corporation’s family of brands. Launched in 2012, Kopfjager began with a rifle rest designed, tested and redesigned by two SWAT officers, Garret Hellinger and Matt Banes.
Hornady celebrates the win of shooter Jake Vibbert at the Precision Rifle Series Quiet Riot in Hiawatha, Utah May 31-June 1, 2019. Vibbert won the national Quiet Riot match using the new Hornady 6mm 110 gr. A-Tip Match bullets.
Wilson Combat team shooter B.J. Norris topped all others in the field at the 2019 World Speed Shooting Championship held May 15th-19th 2019 at the CMP Marksmanship Park shooting complex in Anniston, AL.

Hogue’s new Exploit knife is their latest "backbone trigger/fire out the front" automatic knife offered to consumers. The Exploit’s blade is cryogenically treated, hand sharpened and honed.
Buck Knives is excited to introduce a new series of everyday carry knives featuring a ball bearing pivot system. The Sprints feature a 3 1/8” blade with an overall closed length of 4 3/8”, making these lightweight liner lock flippers perfect for every day.
Cordova Outdoors, the officially licensed cooler of the National Rifle Association, encourages hunters, shooters, and outdoor fans to attend The Great Northwest Outdoor Expo June 7-9 in Nampa, Idaho.

Bear & Son Cutlery will have over 45 new 2019 pocket knives in booth 4 at Blade Show, June 7-9, 2019 in Atlanta, GA. A must see are the new made in the USA Swing Guard Lockbacks available with a Rosewood, White Smooth Bone or Genuine India Stag Bone handle.
GATCO Sharpeners invites Blade Show guests to Booth #4 June 7-9, 2019 in Atlanta, GA to discover the multiple types of sharpening tools that keep your world sharp.They offer several different types of sharpeners to accommodate pocket knives, bowies, folders, and even household kitchenware.
Bear OPS, the tactical brand of Bear & Son Cutlery specializing in military and law enforcement knives, will bring their impressive new lineup of automatic knives to this year’s Blade Show —Booth 4 at the Cobb Galleria in Atlanta, Georgia.

The annual John C. Garand D-Day event, held June 6-9, 2019, at the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s Talladega Marksmanship Park, will stray from its usual format to celebrate history not only through marksmanship competition but also through fanfare and fun. The event will honor the 75th anniversary of the Allied Forces landing at Normandy Beach in France in 1944 through a series of vintage rifle and pistol competitions.
ERGO’s team will be in Utah for the Rocky Mountain Airgun Challenge June 6th-9th. The company is proud to be a sponsor of the event, helping towards the amazing $20,000 prize pool for winners.
Bear Edge Knives invites all guests attending the 2019 Blade Show to visit booth #4 while in Atlanta, GA. A new knife that’ll be on display will be the Bear Edge 61128, a stainless steel framelock pocket knife that features a 2 ½” stainless steel blade.

Savage is excited to announce the new 110 Apex Predator XP, which offers adjustability and accuracy. The 110 Apex Predator XP pairs a Model 110 rifle with a 4-12x44mm Vortex Crossfire II scope that comes mounted, bore-sighted and ready to hunt.
SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to announce the Spartan II series of pistols with the 1911 Spartan II Full-Size and Carry, and the P238 and P938 Spartan II Micro-Compacts. The Spartan II series of pistols are all hammer-fired, single-action-only, all-metal pistols with a distressed coyote finish.
Gunwerks launched a new program producing quarterly, limited run rifle builds. The first in the SkunkWerks series is the FireStarter, a competition-specific chassis rifle build chambered in 6mm Creedmoor.
Galco Gunleather introduces a wide range of popular holsters fit to the Mossberg MC1Sc pistol. These iinclude the Ankle Glove, Combat Master, Scout 3.0 and more.
High Speed Gear released a new nylon medical pouch, the Tourniquet TACO. Built from Cordura nylon, this pouch is designed to retain most windlass-style tourniquets, such as SAM XT, C-A-T, SOF TT, and SOF TT Wide tourniquets, in one pouch.
Meopta USA Sport Optics is pleased to announce industry veteran Barton Hege has joined the company as Field Advisor. In this position, Hege will assist with online consumer service and provide extensive content generation for social media platforms.
B&T USA will be partnering with Beck & Associates Outdoors to bring B&T’s line of firearms to retailers in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma.
Applied Ballistics, LLC is proud to announce that its founder and owner Bryan Litz, will be receiving the National Defense Industrial Association 2019 Hathcock Award.
The Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) and Firearms Policy Foundation (FPF) announced the filing of an important brief before the Colorado Supreme Court in Sternberg v. Colorado, a case challenging the State’s ban on so-called “large-capacity” firearm magazines.
Mec-Gar USA announced the availability of an upgraded 9mm 10 round Sig Sauer P226 X5 magazine. The magazine consists of a 17 round tube with the new aluminum +2 basepad installed. The magazine is dimpled to prevent more than 10 rounds from being loaded, but allows the spring and follower to be removed for cleaning and maintenance.
Ed Brown Products, Inc. is proud to introduce the EVO CCO9 Lightweight as the newest model in the Evolution Series. It weighs approximately 27 ounces, due to its lightweight aluminum compact frame and shortened and thinned slide.
Accura Outdoors, the leader in the manufacturing and distributing of the highest quality plated projectiles in the firearms industry is looking for a positive, energetic, conscientious and detail-oriented individual who enjoys making a difference, being part of a team and takes pride in their career to work in our fast-paced office.
Greg McHale’s Wild Yukon, Gunwerks, Kuiu and Vortex Optics have joined forces to offer what could be the largest giveaway ever of its kind. The Stone Sheep Dream Hunt offers one incredibly lucky hunter an all-inclusive guided Stone Sheep hunt that will take place in Northern British Columbia in August 2019.
Galco Gunleather introduces new fits for the Paragon IWB holster, including multiple variations of the SIG-Sauer P220, P226 and P229. Adjustable for angle from strongside to crossdraw, the Paragon is optimized for the popular appendix mode of carry.
Bushnell announces several Father’s Day offers and tools to make his day the perfect one. Customers can celebrate Dad with instant savings on select Prime and Nitro products.
Pietta Firearms, manufacturers of the finest historical and modern firearms, known for its craftsmanship, quality and dependability is proud to announce their all-new series of shotguns.
McMillan Fiberglass Stocks will support the upcoming Dog Valley Precision Challenge in Nephi, Utah, June 7-9. The match is presented by Vudoo Gun Works.

During conversations about self-defense the ability to communication rarely comes up, even among those educated in its importance. And when you bring up “communication,” as a mandatory fundamental, the result is usually a questioning look. Now it’s time to grab a chair, invite the curious to settle in and discuss “communication.”

There are multiple reasons for communicating during a dangerous situation. There are multiple people you need to communicate with prior, during and after the event. And while we interact verbally with people every day – some more than others – communicating with others during a high stress situation – someone is trying to kill – is extremely difficult.

You’re at the mall and, as always, paying attention to what’s going on around you. Danger - that man’s hand is gripping the gun tucked into his waistband. You step over to your significant other, say the prearranged code phrase, followed by “We’re leaving now.” You’re exiting as shots ring out from where you “were.” Communication is key to avoiding and escaping danger. You talk to family/friends, telling them what to do or checking to see if they’re okay. Communication with armed partners is mandatory to co-ordinate actions, fully utilizing the exponential advantage of an armed partner.

In most every situation you’ll need to issue verbal commands to the threat(s). As soon as you identify a possible problem you start issuing commands. “Stop! Do not come closer!” They may comply. If not, it may be time to start creating distance, looking for cover and preparing to draw the pistol. Verbal commands start establishing that you’re the “good guy” – avoid profanity – and witnesses can testify you verbally warned the attacker. It may be necessary to tell bystanders to escape or avoid the threat since they could still be dangerous.

Communicating with partners, or verbally commanding the threat(s) isn’t easy. It’s stressful, and we tend to get lock-jaw. At a time when we need to be communicating we won’t say anything. Practicing your communication skills is just as important as any of the other fundamentals. And make sure to use your “outside” voice. Stress creates auditory exclusion; you’ll have to yell, maybe even physically grab someone in order for them to hear you. Keep your communications short and simple; normally there isn’t any time or the need to get into lengthy, detailed explanations.

At some point you’ll be communicating with responding law-enforcement officers. This is a completely different type of talking. This is slow, deliberate communication at the proper time. Say something too soon, prior to the time you actually recall and understand the correct events and you can be in serious trouble. You can prepare for this – I recommend Ayoob’s book Deadly Force plus his MAG 20 class. This also preps you for communicating with attorneys, family/friends and as you work through the incident even talking with yourself.

Move, Communicate, Use Cover, Shoot if Necessary and Think. The fact that number two is communication should tell you just how important it is. Study, practice and be prepared.

Tiger McKee is director of Shootrite Firearms Academy, which is celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary. He is the author of The Book of Two Guns, AR-15 Skills and Drills, has a regular column in American Handgunner and makes some cool knives and custom revolvers. Visit Shootrite’s Facebook page for other details.

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