Registration for the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s Oklahoma CMP Games is currently open. The annual event is set to take place Oct. 7-13, at the Oklahoma City Gun Club. Along with competitive matches, a rifle Small Arms Firing School is scheduled.
On Sunday, September 15, 2019 SIG SAUER Academy will host best selling author Jack Carr for an exclusive book-signing event from 1:00pm – 4:00pm at the SIG SAUER Academy Pro Shop at 233 Exeter Road in Epping, New Hampshire.
The Second Amendment Foundation and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms expect huge interest in this year’s 34th annual Gun Rights Policy Conference the weekend of Sept. 20-22 in Phoenix, Ariz.

Walther is proud to announce the release of the PPK/S First Edition. A TALO exclusive, it commemorates the return of the PPK family and the beginning of Walther’s US-based manufacturing.
DTLgear announced the addition of a high-quality first aid kit made specifically for outdoorsmen to their product line. It’s lightweight, includes emergency bleeding control kit with tourniquet, chest seals and more.
Davidson’s is proud to welcome 14 sales professionals to its family and announce the opening of the southeastern and northeastern regional call centers in Chapin, South Carolina and Downingtown, Pennsylvania. This expansion provides greater accessibility to customers and increases the level of service.

Sovereign Sportsman Solutions has been awarded a contract by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to build a new volunteer and event management System for the agency.
SIG SAUER, Inc. announced the official award of a contract by the U.S. Army in the down-select process for the Next Generation Squad Weapons. The award encompasses the complete SIG SAUER system consisting of 6.8mm hybrid ammunition, a lightweight machine gun, rifle, and included suppressors, making SIG SAUER the single source manufacturer for ammunition, weapons, and suppressors for the U.S. Army.
XS Sights announced the hiring of Addison Monroe as Digital Marketing Specialist. In this role, Monroe will be responsible for all digital marketing for the company including web content creation and graphic design.

Outdoor Solutions announces its 2020 spring schedule for its highly popular long-range shooting schools. Outdoor Solutions hosts its long-range shooting schools in Texas, Utah and now at the newly opened location in Michigan.
Armament Systems and Procedures ? a manufacturer of law enforcement and public safety products ? is seeking a proven sales professional to service its Mid-Eastern US Market. The region includes Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee, and Kentucky.
Meopta USA Sport Optics is now shipping its newest line of premium riflescopes – the Optika6 series. Available in hunting and shooting models, Optika6 riflescopes feature a 6x zoom, zero-reset turrets and advanced MeoBright lens coatings.

The burgeoning concealed-carry segment continues to be a “must-have” category for dealers. In Shooting Industry’s September issue, readers will learn how stores positioning themselves as resource centers through training and education programs have achieved continued growth among CCW customers.

Your number one concern when working with firearms is safety. We apply the four safety rules consistently, any and every time there are firearms present. Keep in mind, firearms by design are lethal weapons, and should be treated as such. Safety is a religion; a life or death matter. But, is there such a thing as being “too safe?”


Thinking you’re safe enough, believing that you’re too safe is actually dangerous. You become complacent, which leads to carelessness. “Careless” doesn’t really sound like a word with much consequence. However, carelessness with firearms, your negligence, often has tragic results.

While teaching on the range teaching I watch everyone. Newer students can quickly become overwhelmed with the material, and skip a step that ensures safety. Overserving seasoned students ensures they haven’t developed any bad habits between their last visit. And, since everyone can make a mistake I keep an eye “on all of ‘em.”

Regardless of where I am, when someone presents a firearm into that environment I get ready. Remember, safety is an individual responsibility. No matter where you are or who is doing what your responsibility is to ensure a safe environment. You automatically assume until proven otherwise that nobody else has a clue how to safely operate a firearm. Never forget – the majority of firearms owners don’t even know, much less understand and apply the four basic safety rules. Someone is making motions to draw their pistol. If possible, I get in close where if necessary I can control their muzzle. If that’s not possible - or for those who don’t have a lot of experience controlling a gun with a person attached - it’s a good idea to create distance, preferably towards cover. Watch everyone, regardless of their age or experience.

Improper technique

Using the wrong gunhandling skills or defensive techniques is unsafe. Techniques used on military battlefields can be unsafe for civilian applications. Skills often displayed during a run ‘n gun competition are not for self-defense.

You are responsible for every round that exits the barrel, whether it was fired on purpose or through negligence. For self-defense it’s mandatory to maintain muzzle discipline – it’s always pointing in a safe direction and you don’t sweep/cover bystanders - and keep your finger off the trigger and clear of the trigger guard.

Safety also means applying techniques that greatly reduce or eliminate the possibility of being disarmed by the threat. For example, I don’t watch many videos, but once in a while someone sends me a “recommended” clip. It’s disturbing the number principles and techniques being taught “firearms instructors” for self-defense that were created for tactical team applications. Again, think “safety,” then context and application.

In A fight

Yes, even when defending against a violent attack, “safety” is your number one concern. In self-defense life and death are on the line – otherwise you wouldn’t be using your weapon. The fact that you’re using a lethal weapon tells you how important safety is. If you injure/kill innocents while stopping the threat(s) you have done wrong.

Is it possible during a confrontation that I sweep/cover someone negligently? Yes, but it’s not because it’s a habit. Muzzle and trigger finger discipline don’t make you any slower when it’s time to put hits on the threat. Controlling the muzzle/trigger finger greatly reduce the possibility of you shooting the wrong “target.”

Can you be too safe? No. You have to ingrain the four safety rules so they become habit. You apply the four safety rules consistency to everyone, just like you do with any dangerous tool. However, firearms were designed to inflict injury; that’s their only job. Your “job” is to ensure that force is only used at the proper time and in defense of life.

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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