FEBRUARY 13, 2020

CCI has introduced a special-edition “Stangers” load named for YouTube shooting sensation 22plinkster's signature drawl. The 100-count, special-edition 22plinkster packaging is sure to be a hit with 22Plinkster’s subscribers and viewers.
Armament Systems and Procedures presented its 2019 Premier Partner Award to distributor Kroll International at the ASP International Sales Meeting last month.
The Benelli M4 H2O Tactical shotgun received Ballistic Magazine’s Best Semi-Auto Shotgun award for 2019. It was cited as reliable and noted for its light felt recoil.

Federal Ammunition recently announced more than 130 individual product SKUs in more than 34 cataloged product lines. Now the company is set to exhibit and showcase many of these new products to customers at three large conservation-driven shows in February.
Beretta will be showcasing several new-for-2020 products at the 2020 Sports Inc. Show in Phoenix, AZ. Displayed in the Beretta booth (#831), visitors will have the opportunity to view a variety of Beretta new and featured guns and accessories, including the 92X line of pistols, the new 694 over-and-under competition shotgun, the new 686 Silver Pigeon I, and several new additions to the 21A Bobcat and 3032 Tomcat pistol lines.

Team Walther has been winning at the highest levels of USPSA, IDPA, and multigun competitions around the United States. Walther announces additions to their shooting team: Bobby McGee, Luigi Li, and Luke Cao.

Kahr Firearms Group announced the launch of the 2020 Fallen Officer Program. The company will donate a Thin Blue Line model PM9 with the fallen officer's name on the side of the slide, and his or her badge number and "end of watch" date engraved on the top of the slide. The gun can then be used to raise money for the family or remain with the family as a keepsake.
Polymer 80 has selected Global Defense Trade Network as an international sales representative for export of P80 products to distributors and dealers around the world to service commercial, military and law enforcement markets.
At the 2020 SHOT Show, Buck Knives awarded their “2019 Sales Rep Agency of the Year” to Upper Canada Sports and “Sales Rep of the Year” to Matt Hicks of Tackett Brothers, Inc.

The Viridian Weapon-Mounted Camera (WMC™) provided the key evidence in the Wilbarger County, Texas trial of Walter Orellana for unlawful deadly force against a police officer.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation and a small Washington state business have filed a motion in the U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington in Seattle to intervene in a lawsuit filed by 23 state attorneys general to block two recently announced rules by the Trump administration. The rules changes would create jobs and reduce onerous and costly regulations on small businesses.
Galco announced the Concealable belt holster made for the new Ruger-57 pistol. It features the "forward molded" two-piece construction, contoured on the body side to the natural curve of the body.

Armament Systems and Procedures announced more than a dozen new additions to its product lines at the SHOT Show in Las Vegas last week. ASP is expanding all its key categories—expandable batons, restraints and tactical flashlights—with new products.
The USCCA announced that it raised more than $28,000 during its January donation campaign to support communities of faith, following a series of recent attacks in Texas and New York. The donation represents the proceeds raised from the sale of the new book — Keeping Your Church Safe.
Daniel Defense issued a Safety Notification Replacement Campaign on October 8, 2019 related to a condition identified with the firing pin cross pin in DELTA 5 Bolt-Action Rifles manufactured before September 20, 2019. More specifically, the firing pin cross pin can break under normal usage.


The snub revolver has been rediscovered. We’re seeing more and more examples being offered by manufacturers and I don’t think they’d be offering them if there was no market. So here are some considerations.

Caleb Giddings, Gun Nuts Media, has a video discussing the “U” shaped utility curve of the snub revolver. Recently brought to my attention, it’s an interesting take and proposes this: the snub double action revolver has great utility for the inexperienced and mostly disinterested user – due to comparative simplicity in use, operation, handling and relative safety (if the user doesn’t cock the hammer) – assuming the user has the grip and hand strength to fire the gun double action.

He goes on to propose that the upside of the “U” curve is where the small wheelgun shines: for the real pro who can make best use of the remarkably concealable and quite accurate weapon. I’d add that’s true, even at distance.

I’ve made good use of the S&W M43c, an 8-shot, 11-ounce 22 LR revolver with a “white ball” for a front sight, on trigger-control exercises on the range. A similar 7-shot 22 Mag, the S&W M351C, is a handy, reasonably powerful package. Both require effort in finding the load that hits to the sights. Once you’ve done so, you find it’s easy to make hits at silly distances – in spite of the profoundly light weight of the guns.

The 11-ounce, 8-shot 22 LR Smith & Wesson 43C is a range favorite. Having to hold the ultra-light gun still against the stout trigger while hitting a mark at speed is good battle practice. The target below is from that short-gun fired on Hackathorn's Wizard Drill.

Some time back, I shot the M43c on Ken Hackathorn’s Wizard Drill, using a cardboard IDPA target. I added a ca. 4-inch circle in the face of the target. The course requires you start with the gun worn as you’d wear it on the street. All starts are from the draw. Taking only five rounds, it calls for singles to the circle in the midst of the headbox inside 2.5 seconds – dominant hand only at three yards, both hands at five yards and at 7 yards, followed by a pair to the high chest “-0” from ten yards.

I had the gun in the front, inside the waist, worn in the Safariland Model 27 IWB holster. As it was low-30s temperature, it required some digging to get the gun out. Surprisingly I passed until I got back to ten yards, then failed by taking right at three seconds to hit, going over on time. I won’t make excuses for the long time it took to hit. That’s on me, not the gun. I’ve similarly gotten a pair in the -0 at thirty feet firing the Ruger LCRx 357 left-handed from the pocket holster – with .38 ammo.

Shooting the same gun on Justin Dyal’s Five-Yard Roundup got a 97/100 – good, close-range practice with a decent shot cadence on a reasonably small target.

For those who care to grow into the gun, snubs are capable of great performance. Too many people stay at the first peak of Caleb’s “U.” Shooting full-size police silhouettes at 9 feet and calling all hits within the silhouette “good” is a waste of a fine gun.

Shooting the Ruger LCR 38 on Gunsite Academy's "Scrambler" when the gun first came out showed my confidence in the gun. Hitting the 60-80 yard steel targets inspires confidence. Below, learning the gun is aided by some book learnin', using texts like Lovette's book on the snubby revolver.

To improve, some reading doesn’t hurt for a start. Ed Lovette’s book on the snub is a good place to start and there are more resources out there. Dry practice is appropriate as well – consider the precautions of no ammo in the room, closing the door to prevent interruptions, and the target on a backstop which will safely absorb any errant, accidental rounds before engaging in the practice. At the end, announce aloud to yourself “Practice is over – I’m making ready for live fire.” Then, no more trigger presses.

The small gun – revolver or semi-auto – isn’t just a ‘good luck charm’ keeping the evil away. It’s a tool with a specific use. Being practiced at its best use is a good thing and can save lives.

I’m currently wearing the Ruger LCRx 357 backing up a GLOCK 19. Why all the guns? Because I’m a lousy predictor of future events. Better to have it and not need it. But there are times I’m wearing only the Ruger snub – like when I’m not leaving home for the day. It’s that last of the last resort solutions. I fired one of the early Ruger LCR 38s at Gunsite when the gun was being introduced. I used it on the Scrambler – hardly a close-range exercise. The gun was up to it. That supports my confidence.

For me, constant access to a snub is more than having that four-leaf clover; it’s the lifeline, the thing that can bring me back. As a result, I tend to shoot DA revolvers (mostly snubs) more often than most do. But it seems it’s a knack that’s coming back into style. There are applications the DA snub fits uniquely. Nothing else will do.

- - Rich Grassi

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