FEBRUARY 11, 2020

The Red Army Standard White Box packaged ammo is polymer steel cased, non-corrosive, Russian made ammo that offers the same reliability of the original red boxed ammo at a fraction of the price.
SIG SAUER, Inc. expands its line of premium-grade Elite Copper Hunting ammunition with the addition of 6mm Creedmoor. Featuring an 80gr all-copper bullet that delivers deep penetration and consistent 1.8x diameter expansion with maximum terminal ballistic performance, the 6mm Creedmoor Elite Copper Hunting ammunition is an accurate load for hunting medium-sized game.
Steiner’s Predator AF 8x30  and Nighthunter/ShadowQuest 8x56 binoculars have been awarded Best Lightweight/Travel Hunting and Best Low-Light Hunting binoculars respectively for 2020 by

Steiner’s BluHorizons 10x26 binoculars have been awarded Best Compact Binoculars for 2020 by the website
Dealers are invited to visit Apex Tactical Specialties to take advantage of show specials and the 'Hot Buy' during the Sports Inc. 2020 Outdoor Sporting Goods Show taking place February 12-15 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona.
Rock River Arms expands their series of semi-autos chambered in 9x19mm with the new BT92152. Designed to work with GLOCK style magazines for optimal cross-compatibility, the 4.5-inch BT-9 Pistol features the SBA3 Arm Brace.

GunMag Warehouse is pleased to announce the relocation of its headquarters to Coppell, TX. The new facility will house all operations and significantly increase their capabilities.
The Springfield Armory Hellcat has received the “gold” ranking in the "Member Tested and Recommended" program of the National Tactical Officers Association.
The FACT Duty Weapon-Mounted Camera from Viridian Weapon Technologies recorded an officer-involved shooting in Texas. This is the first OIS in the world captured by a gun camera.

Primary Arms Optics has announced three awards for standout partners in 2019. These honors are granted to partners that have gone above and beyond the average in both sales and business development.
The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute announced the acceptance of a new rifle cartridge, the 300 HAM'R, for SAAMI standardization. The round was developed by SIG Sauer.
Smith & Wesson is seeking candidates for National Account Manager. The incumbent is responsible for meeting sales objectives at their assigned accounts (Distributor or Big Box Retailer).

Smith & Wesson is seeking candidates for a district sales manager. The successful candidate must reside in the assigned territory – Alab., Tenn, or Georgia – or must be willing to relocate to the territory.
DeSantis Gunhide introduces 9 new holsters for the Taurus G3 pistol. These include the Thumb Break Scabbard, the M24 Tuck-This II, the Speed Scabbard and more.
Outdoor Edge announces the introduction of the new RazorBone replaceable blade knife. Accepting a 3.5-inch drop-point blade, a 5-inch boning/fillet blade and a new gutting blade, the new RazorBone offers the solution for processing big game.

Apex Tactical Specialties announces that the Apex Action Enhancement Kit for the Gen 5 Glock is fully compatible with the newly released .22lr caliber Glock 44.
Benelli USA recently recognized the exceptional performances of its sales team in 2019 when it named its sales representatives of the year and other prestigious award winners. The awards were presented during the 2020 SHOT Show in Las Vegas.
The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms has thrown its support behind a new effort by President Donald Trump’s administration aimed at improving school safety with the launch of a dedicated website to provide information to help local school districts shape their own strategies.

In the Ballistic Magazine cover feature story, you will learn about how Anna Paulina Luna, running for the House seat from Florida’s 13th, has been fighting and coming out on top of life’s many challenges. From her early days growing up around gang violence in Los Angeles, right on through her time serving in the U.S. Air Force, Anna’s life story is inspiring.
GUNS’ April cover gun, the Weatherby Mark V Backcountry 6.5 RPM, launches a 127-gr. bullet over 3,200 fps. Wayne van Zwoll evaluated the test gun.
Kryptek Outdoor Group and CarbonTV congratulate Melanie Johnson from Northern Michigan as the lucky winner of INVICTUS - a fully-customized 2019 Chevy Silverado Trail Boss, wrapped in Kryptek Typhon™ camo.



As our Tactical Professor Claude Werner likes to point out, there are far more gun owners out there – and defense firearms bearers – than can be adequately (even basically) trained by the numbers of instructors and instructional facilities available.

That makes it tough. Every time an issue is raised from “wrong gun/caliber/holster” to “you shouldn’t have done that, but this,” people cry out “get training!” It just isn’t that easy. Resources are strained – from being able to take time away from work, family, travel, lodgings, food, ammunition, gear to finding a knowledgeable person with instructional skills, it’s just more than most people can – or will – take on. Karl Rehn uses his facility in Texas to run shorter training segments, a help and something to be considered across the country.

It’s that way across the ‘knowledge’ spectrum. Educational institutions are moving to distance learning in order to better spread the word. Perhaps that’s something to be considered here too. There’s a device, little used these days – it seems, -- that helps out with the ‘software’ part of the firearms training equation. As we move deeper into the age of instant communications, it’s still critical to have the grounding to understand what’s going on. One way to get that grounding is to read; the device in question is a book.

That’s the topic of today’s feature: a book that amounts to a concealed carry class you can carry around with you, read at your leisure, to take notes from and it even lists courses of fire. It’s not a law book – don’t look here for the laws governing concealed carry in your state; this is more that grounding in the essentials that you need to have in place before you carry the gun.

Rangemaster Firearms Training Services was founded by Tom Givens, an experienced peace officer, trainer and past-owner of the range which had been the primary source for handgun carry permit certification in the “high action location” known as Memphis, Tenn. His training resume is profound and long. He has the gift of communication – verbal and written – that makes him one of the nation’s most sought-after instructors. His new book, Concealed Carry Class: The ABCs of Self-Defense Tools and Tactics has been out just a short time. As the title states, it’s a complete course – all but the shooting on the range in front of an instructor/coach and the state/local law issues.

Reading a book doesn't equal range time, but it covers the things that range time won't -- and it gives you an idea about smart practice.

The first part of the book accounts for the ‘software’ issues, those things that are critical and too seldom addressed. This includes general legal issues, stress mitigation, awareness and decision-making under stress. The second part is the gear: selecting the firearm, support gear, ammunition as well as technique – how to shoot.

Consider the essential issue: why carry a gun? What’s the problem you seek to solve? That can be followed up with the social consideration: is it legal . . . are you “permitted?” Once you pass that obstacle, consider when can you . . . should you, must you . . . use deadly force – or any force at all.

The answer is foundational to use of force in personal defense generally. “The question should never be, ‘Can I shoot him?’” he says. “The question should always be ‘Do I have to shoot him?’”

If you mindset is “I wish the fool would . . . “ a gun isn’t the answer to your problems.

Tom Givens was a student of Jeff Cooper – as all practitioners of the craft are, in reality. As such, he draws on the maestro when it comes to ‘principles of personal defense,’ the Color Code and safety. He also draws on the experience of many in terms of preparation – “not paranoia,” as stated in the old Motorola Teleprograms film “Survival Shooting Techniques.” He asks you to ‘play the mind game’ with visualization, preparation and rehearsal – awareness games and self-training.

He mentions ‘intelligence’ activities, considering how ‘the other side’ thinks and acts. Here’s a clue: they don’t think like us. You have to recognize the problem before you can act to counter it. This calls for threat assessment to guide your training priorities – what do you have to prepare for . . . what should you prepare for?

The factors he draws are from three good sources of reality: shootings engaged in by FBI, DEA and Rangemaster students (who self-reported). The commonalities through the groups is that each are non-uniformed; they carried guns hidden. Similar incident factors included number of attackers, location of the assaults, the distance at which the engagements occurred and the number of rounds fired. With that in mind, looking to see how FBI, for example, requires their troops to qualify on the range gives us a clue as to what we should practice.

Speaking of practice, it’s something you should do S.M.A.R.T., Givens notes. The practice should be Specific – have one or two skills you’re working to improve on each range trip. It should be Measurable – hold yourself to a time and accuracy standard.

It must be Attainable; identify your baseline, set a goal to achieve that’s some better – and then do the work. Goals need to be Realistic; based on resources, you can only go so far in the amount of time you have with the amount of ammunition you can afford, etc. Finally, have an improvement schedule; don’t just say “someday, I’ll make this particular standard.” Set a date to have a particular improvement accomplished and stick to it.

Finally, he lists some courses of fire upon which to practice. As always, remember to ‘craw-walk-run.’ Don’t start with drawing from a holster. Work into it.

For less than a couple of boxes of practice ammo, you get a lot of information – and a way to guide your use of that ammo. Give it a read – even if you are going to a class. You’ll learn things.

I did.

- - Rich Grassi
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