FEBRUARY 6, 2020

The readers of Predator Xtreme awarded CCI the 2020 Gold Award in the category of Rimfire Ammunition. The award was recently given to CCI ammunition engineers Justin Ruegsegger and Dylan Dixon at the 2020 SHOT Show.
SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to announce the SIG SAUER M400 TREAD has been recognized with a 2019 Ballistic Best Reader’s Choice Award for “Best Semi-Auto Rifle.”
Federal has received the 2020 Gold Award in the category of Shotshells by the readers of Predator Xtreme. The award was recently given to company representatives at the 2020 SHOT Show in Las Vegas.

Henry Repeating Arms President and Owner, Anthony Imperato, designed and donated 60 rifles for 4-year-old Beckett Burge of Princeton, Texas, and 66 rifles for 3-year-old Sadie Kreinbrink of Ostrander, Ohio to assist with the medical expenses associated with their leukemia treatments.
The Pelican iM3300 Storm Long Case in Realtree EDGE Camo is packed with the same features as Pelican's Premium Protector case, but is upgraded with a Press-and-Pull latch that locks the case securely.
Bear OPS, a tactical knife brand specializing in military and law enforcement knives, introduces the AC-800-CF-S, an American-made pocket knife featuring a sleek, lightweight design, backed by a lifetime warranty.

ALPS OutdoorZ has been awarded by NRA Publications staff the 2020 American Hunter Golden Bullseye "Gear of the Year" Award for its Hybrid X pack.
The Second Amendment Foundation is joining several other rights organizations in an amicus brief to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in support of a case challenging California’s ban on so-called “assault rifles.”
Otis announced the launch of a Reality Based Training Kit for the law enforcement and military markets. The line includes a 9MM and a .223 Cal/5.56MM Reality Based Cleaning Kit. A portion of the sales proceeds will be donated to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

Galco introduced the Stow-N-Go inside the waistband holster for the Smith & Wesson M&P Shield EZ 9mm. The holster's vertical orientation gives the option of strong side carry, crossdraw, or appendix carry to meet the needs of a broad range of gun carriers.


Buck Knives announced the release of the Ground Combat collection, featuring tanto style blades and spear point blades. The use of 5160 spring steel increases the blade toughness, level of ductility, and offers excellent fatigue resistance.

The new line of handguards, SXT M-LOK, were announced by Samson Manufacturing. Using a simpler clamping system of two cross bolts which fit into the barrel nut for a rapid and easy installation, they could lower the price compared to legacy handguards.

For the 4th straight year, brings exclusive coverage of the hottest new products at SHOT Show, the largest annual event in the world for the shooting, hunting and firearms industry.
Tom Gresham's Gun Talk Radio, the original nationally-syndicated talk show about guns and the shooting sports, hit an all-time high for monthly downloads this January, for a record total of 432,631 downloads.
Primary Arms has announced the start of a new AR15 Special Purpose Rifle Giveaway, which will run through January. This custom-built precision AR15 comes chambered in 5.56x45 and features products from Geissele Automatics, Modlite Systems, Cross Machine Tool, Magpul, Scalarworks, and more.

Primary Arms has announced its February giveaway, offering entrants a chance at taking home a fully-kitted competition PCC setup. The giveaway starts with an FM Products FM9 3-Gun Carbine.

I’ve been doing amateur gunsmithing for the last thirty-five years. Over time I’ve actually gotten fairly decent. In fact, requests for the custom knives and S&W revolver work I do has grown enough over the past few years to warrant spending more time in the shop – and building a larger shop. Which brings us to a new series for this year – “Fancy Gunsmithin’ At Home.” Yes, I just said I was moving into a bigger shop, but that’s for commercial reasons. Along the way to here I’ve learned ways to do cool stuff with limited budget, materials and space.

About every gun guy ‘n gal I know is interested in how their firearms work and in modifying them. So, if you’ve never investigated the mysteries of doing custom work on your own firearms there’s no reason not to. Especially with all the resources and information out there today. Sure, you can buy parts to attach to your gun but, does this really express your individuality? No, not like modifying your weapon in a way that nobody else would or could do.

The key areas to think about, which I mentioned above, are budget, materials and space. “Budget” is always a consideration. Sure, I’d like to have a fancy tool for every task I perform, but there’s not enough money in my wallet to do that. Every so often there’s a job that does require a specific tool, but usually those are smaller and inexpensive. For example, the wrench designed to remove and replace an AR barrel. One word of advice. If there is a piece of equipment you need it’s best to buy quality as opposed to thinking you’ll get by with something cheap. In the long run, for your time and money qood equipment is the way to go. When you do come across something that’s not in our budget chances are you can find someone who you can contract the task out to while you do everything else.

Prior to starting any modification make sure you’ve got the “materials,” -- here’s what I need to do this job. With all the great resources we have – Brownells, the ‘net and other references it’s easy to determine what materials you’ll need to perform the work. This is also where you figure out how to do the job. Study, research well and check your list three times. Nothing sucks more than being in the middle of a job and realizing you forgot something. Especially if it’s something you can’t just head into town to pick up.

Finally, don’t forget to consider “space.” If you’re going to try to refinish a barrel with a spray ‘n bake paint be sure you have an oven big enough to actually hold the part – for small parts a counter top toaster oven will work. You can do a lot of work in a “tiny” shop, if you set everything up right. Also, don’t set up shop in your kitchen. A lot of the materials you’re working with may create toxic fumes.

I preach that firearms are just tools. Yet, if I can make that tool work better for me – modify this or slim that down – it’s going to make me more efficient with that weapon, should I ever be forced to use it for defense. A weapon that is “mine” - it fits and works perfectly for me – is also going to create confidence. I’ve developed a relationship with that firearm. And nothing strengthens that bond like some fancy, personalized gunsmithing. Stay tuned.

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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