APRIL 9, 2020

Good Friday Observation
In observation of Good Friday we will not be publishing any of our services tomorrow, Friday, April 10. We will resume our distribution schedules on Monday, April 13, 2020. We wish everyone a happy Easter.
Crosman Airguns will soon release the 1077 FreeStyle, a new take on the best-selling RepeatAir 1077. This multi-shot, semi-auto CO? air rifle is built in America.
SIG SAUER, Inc. adds a 205gr subsonic 300BLK load to its Tipped Hunting line of ammunition. It features a yellow-tipped, 205gr lead-core bullet designed for explosive expansion and exceptional accuracy.

FN America, LLC announced the availability of the FN 509 Midsize MRD in flat dark earth, now the latest in the optics-ready FN 509 line-up to be offered in FN’s signature color.
Primary Arms has announced a new series of protective measures to help protect customers and employees from the spread of the novel Coronavirus, COVID-19. Primary Arms remains fully operational for all customers through this pandemic.
Colt’s Manufacturing Company announces the addition of two members to its professional shooting team – Jalise Williams and Justine Williams. The Utah-based sisters bring exceptional young talent to the sport and will represent Colt at shooting competitions and industry events.

Marlin marks the 150th anniversary of the Marlin lever action rifle with the Anniversary 444 Marlin and the 150th anniversary Model 60 rifle in .22 LR.
Body Armor Direct, an online direct-to-consumer retailer of NIJ Certified body armor, has seen demand for their bullet resistant t-shirt increase significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic.
CCI took the top spot in handgun ammunition in a recent report released by Southwick Associates which surveyed more than 20,000 hunters and recreational shooters. Combined with its centerfire sub-brand Blazer, CCI was purchased by more than 24 percent of those surveyed.

Reports of increased crime as the coronavirus pandemic continues underscore the renewed public interest in gun ownership, and the necessity of gun shops and shooting ranges where genuine gun safety is practiced and taught, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said.
XS Sights has expanded its high-performance 3-Dot RAM Night Sight line to include the Canik TP9SF series and Taurus G2 pistols. The front sight features XS’s proprietary Ember Glow Dot technology which absorbs ambient light and glows in low light.
Galco introduced a wide range of holsters for the Taurus TH9 pistol. This includes belt holsters, premium IWB designs, versatile carry options and more.

Faxon Firearms announced their new line of pinned gas block barrels. Faxon’s barrels come pre-notched for the cross pin.
German Precision Optics announced that the 10x50 RangeGuide rangefinding binocular and the RANGETRACKER 1800 Rangefinder are now being shipped to dealers across the country.
Primary Arms has announced its April Rifle Giveaway, which centers around a custom-built modernized AK-47. This rifle includes an array of top products from US Palm, Troy Industries, Precision Armament, CMC Triggers, Krebs Customs, UltiMAK, RS Regulate, Century Arms, and Primary Arms Optics.


I was browsing through gun publications and noticed that one of the common themes was what people actually carried daily. So, since we’re all locked down – and with a little bit of irony – I thought why not cover my “possibles” that are on me every day.

These days, when I’m not teaching, I’m carrying revolvers. I’m a big fan of the modern defensive ammo in .38 Special and .357 Magnum. They do a great job of stopping danger. Revolvers are easy to use with right or left hand. For close quarters, where most defensive situations occur, revolvers have fewer malfunctions than semi autos. The revolver can be jammed against the threat’s body and still fire. Plus, wheel guns are not recoil operated so “limp-wristing” isn’t a problem.

I normally carry two. One on the strong side hip, and another either on the support side or in an ankle holster. Extra ammo, which will fit both revolvers is usually carried in a 3x2 pouch on the front of my support side where I can get to it with either hand.

A flashlight is mandatory for carry. Most conflicts take place in low-light environments. The light can be used as a communication device – one of the oldest methods of long-distance communication was light from fires. It can be used as an impact weapon. Concentrating all your power into a small, hard surface is much better that striking with flesh and bone. It’s needed to navigate unfamiliar terrain, and of course locate, I.D. and -- if needed -- engage a threat. A bright light flashed in the eyes of a threat – maybe even before you’ve determined they represent danger – can buy you a little time to formulate a response. Light on, off then move. They won’t be able to tell where you are. Plus, once you start carrying a light you’ll wonder how you ever did without; you’ll find yourself using it for all kinds of reasons.

I carry a Streamlight Pro Tac 2L in my left rear pocket. My wallet keeps it indexed on the outboard side of the pocket, and I can get to the rear pocket pretty much regardless of what position my body is in. I’m also a big fan of the Streamlight Stylus, the AAA battery model. This is good for admin tasks, and if necessary puts out enough light to navigate, locate, identify and if necessary engage a threat.

Clipped in my right front pocket I carry a Spyderco Delica. A pocket knife is mandatory. In most areas you can carry one legally, although there are length restrictions. It doesn’t have to be a “tactical” blade, but I consider a locking blade mandatory. I also carry a small “old man’s knife” in my left side pocket.

Sure, I usually have a carbine in my truck. Most often it’s a lever gun so I’ve got commonality of ammo between my handguns and the carbine. But, as they say, “When trouble comes, whatever you have on you is what you’ll use.” So, I don’t count it as carry gear.

Throw in my old flip phone and you’ve got my daily carry gear. (I also travel with a little “emergency” cash, just in case something pops up where it’s needed.) It doesn’t matter where I am – home, work or play – if I’m wearing pants I’ve got my carry gear.

My kit is constantly evolving. I began with a .38 Special, then a Hi Power. For most of life it was a 1911 every day as a primary. Now, I’m back to revolvers. If you haven’t got your everyday carry sorted out now is a good time to nail it down. Someday, the “stay at home” thing will be done, so make sure you’re ready.

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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