AUGUST 1, 2019

Daisy Outdoor Products announces the introduction of the new Model 1999 BB Gun in three versions. Each version features some traditional Daisy features – 650 BB capacity, lever action, trigger block safety.
Sightmark is ready to attend the “granddaddy of all hunting shows” -- the Texas Trophy Hunters Association Extravaganza, scheduled for August 9-11 at Fort Worth, TX.
In recognition of National Shooting Sports Month SIG SAUER, Inc. is honored to announce support for the NSSF's annual initiative to celebrate the shooting sports throughout August. SIG SAUER is offering more opportunity for participation in the shooting sports through the SIG SAUER Shooting Sports Gear Box, a Web Store Promotion, and SIG SAUER sponsored events.

FN America, LLC is pleased to announce the release of an optics-ready variant of its FN 509 Midsize pistol. The FN 509 Midsize MRD combines the 15-round frame size with FN’s patented optics mounting platform.
Springfield Armory announced the newest member of the M1A family, the M1A Tanker. Inspired by the shortened “Tanker” Garand rifles of WWII, it’s a maneuverable and compact rifle, featuring a 16.25-inch parkerized barrel.
Galco Gunleather introduced a wide range of popular fits for the new military-issue SIG-Sauer M18 and its non-government equivalent. These include the Combat Master, Corvus, Summer Comfort and more.

Savage announces Murray Road as the public relations agency of record. Murray Road will now handle all media inquiries, product sample requests, communication needs, public relations and related efforts.
1791 Gunleather is excited to announce increased availability and dealer support with the addition of Zanders Sporting Goods as a new wholesale distributor.
GSM Outdoors is pleased to announce the recent hire of Kim French to the GSM Outdoors sales team. French will serve as the Regional Sales Manager for the TALO and MINK states.

Kestrel Ballistics announces the release of the Kestrel 2700 Ballistics Weather Meter. Simple to use and designed for single-gun, single-target operation, the 2700 is a standalone field device for beginner long-range shooters and hunters seeking to push out farther.
Radians, Inc., manufacturer and supplier of safety gear for shooters and hunters, recently added Overlook to their eye protection line. The new glasses feature ANXI Z87.1 protection in a lightweight frame with comfort features.
Meopta USA Sport Optics is now shipping its Optika HD binocular line. Available in 8x42 and 10x42, the lightweight, rugged, magnesium-alloy binoculars are encased in a newly designed shock-proof, rubber-armored exterior for a modern look and feel.

A limited number of IDF sights are available from Samson Manufacturing. These sights are production overruns for the backup iron sights Samson designed and manufactured for the Israeli Defense Forces.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation announced that O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc., is the newest company to donate an exciting Gearbox Giveaway in support of the National Shooting Sports Month celebration. The Mossberg giveaway includes an MC1sc pistol and 590A1 Retro shotgun.
The National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers (NASGW), the association representing shooting sports wholesalers, manufacturers, and their trade partners, is renewing their Tier 3 sponsorship of the American Suppressor Association.

Viridian Weapon Technologies has teamed up with Springfield Armory, Norma, Inceptor, Champion Traps and Targets and others to give away a gun, laser and gear prize pack to one lucky winner.
Mantis Tech announced their trade-up program: Existing MantisX owners can upgrade to the new X3 and X10 through a simple process.
Self- and home-defense remain top of mind for today’s customer. The August issue of Shooting Industry uncovers trends affecting sales of defensive long guns — with three dealers lending their expertise in expanding sales in this category.

Walther announces the industry’s first 30-day money-back guarantee for pistols. It extends to include the PPQ and PPS models.
Indiana Conservation Officers are proud to recognize Sgt. Paul Axton for 40 years of service with the DNR Division of Law Enforcement, the longest tenure of any active Indiana Conservation Officer. Axton was appointed after a month-long recruit school in 1979.

Competing in a match and defending against a violent attacker are two completely different applications of your firearm. No matter how seriously you approach it, competition is a game. You get to go home at the end of the match. In self-defense, your performance, the ability to solve the problem, is the difference between going home, or not.

In a match you know where the targets are, where you’re expected to fire from and the required number of shots. Hopefully your hits are good, but accuracy, good or bad – the points you earn – is dictated by lines on the target and of course, time is a factor. You can go fast, get decent hits and still place well in the match.

Engaging a threat is completely different. First, it’s normally a sudden event, with little or no warning to prepare for the confrontation. The threat(s) may be difficult to locate and identify. You shoot until getting the desired response – the threat leaves or you get the opportunity to disengage. Ultimately the threat determines how “accurate” the hits are. You may get a marginal hit in the arm or leg, and that ends the fight. Or, you have to place multiple hits in different zones of the body. Again, the threat lets you know when you’ve fired enough rounds.

Yes, in a fight time is a major consideration, but not in the way you might think. The “time” we’re concerned with is how long it takes you to make decisions, and then act. Determining what needs to be done, and choosing to actually perform those actions must be done in an expedited fashion. This allows you to draw, get to cover, issue verbal commands – which are not required in a match – and if necessary get ready to fire without feeling stressed. Once you stress out and get into a hurry, trying to go fast, your rendition fundamentals will be full of mistakes. Efficiency just left the building. And the more time it takes to stop the threat, the more dangerous it gets for you.

During a match you’re not going to need to initiate an unarmed response against the attacker in order to create time for you to draw your weapon. There’s no worry about the threat attempting to disarm you. You’re not going to have to continue to fight, possibly with only one hand or arm after being hit, stabbed, or shot. The range is a controlled, safe environment where everyone plays by the rules.

In real life and death encounters there are no rules. In fact, cheating is highly recommended. It ain’t “playground” rules. You do everything and anything possible to gain an advantage over your opponents. And the unexpected – which rarely happens during a match – occurs constantly.

There’s nothing wrong with shooting competitive matches. Any shooting is good shooting, as long as you keep it in perspective. Keep in mind, there are competitive skills and techniques that are unsafe for self-defense. Be very careful not to develop any bad habits. The best way to prepare for self-defense is to focus on that specific art, developing your skills until there’s no way you’re going to get it wrong.

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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