MAY 14, 2020

The National Shooting Sports Foundation has joined with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for a webcast about “Protecting Mental Health and Preventing Suicide During COVID-19” that will premier today Thursday, May 14), at 8 p.m. Eastern time on the U.S. Concealed Carry Association’s YouTube Channel.
Rock River Arms expands its line of defensive semi-autos with the introduction of the RRAGE 10.5-inch pistol. It is built on RRA's RRAGE upper and lower receiver and handguard assemblies, which deliver a sleek profile.
Real Avid introduces the Gun Tool CORE – AR15. It's all about core AR15 function and being a multi-tool, it equips the owner to handle a wide array of possible tasks without having to carry around bulky tools.

Wildlife Research Center introduces two new whitetail scents: Trapper John’s™ Ultimate Buck Lure® and Chainsaw Brian’s™ Premium Doe Estrus.
Everest announced its latest initiative – the Everest Affiliate Program. The affiliate marketing program is open to all content marketers including social media influencers, freelance writers, print publications, digital networks, broadcast programming and more.
Sara Rissi has joined the team as Digital Marketing Strategist for their portfolio of brands.

CrossBreed Holsters launched the new Light Defender Series Holster 2.0 designed to provide concealed carry comfort and adjustable retention for firearms equipped with the most popular lights.
XS Sights is pleased to introduce the XTI2 DXS Ember Standard Dot 45-Degree Offset Iron Sights for AR-15 rifles. The second generation XTI2 sights are a close-quarters, secondary sighting solution for rapid transition from a magnified primary optic.
Galco introduces a wide range of holsters for the SIG-Sauer P320 XCompact pistol. These include selections from their line of shoulder holster systems, Carry Lite IWBs, premium IWB designs and more.

High Speed Gear will give away an assortment of Polymer TACOs, PMAGs and other gear from HSGI and Magpul every Friday for four weeks starting this week.
Gun Digest Media has teamed up with leading shooting instructor Frank Galli to publish Galli’s comprehensive guide to long range shooting: Precision Rifle Marksmanship: The Fundamentals.
The XD-M Elite OSP is featured in the July issue of GUNS Magazine. The gun has a true bilateral-pushbutton magazine catch, extra-deep cocking grooves on the slide, a dedicated loaded chamber indicator and an ambidextrous slide stop.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will be opening its offices in phases beginning tomorrow (Friday, May 15), at its headquarters in Baton Rouge and across the state on Monday, May 18.

The introduction of law enforcement and military tactics into the defensive/concealed carry world has blurred the lines, especially when it comes to the goal of the armed citizen. Your goal in a defensive confrontation is to break contact as soon as possible, disengage and find a location that you can hold, and if necessary, defend.

The first tactic in defense is to avoid and escape. Maintain awareness, move – your first response to signs of trouble – and issue verbal commands as required. Your directives carry a lot more weight when there’s a firearm in hand – in a safe, low-ready position. Safety Rule II – Never point the muzzle at anything you’re not willing and ready to shoot. This includes “potential” threats.

Your movement should position you in a safer spot, behind cover/protection and allow an easy defense. A “fatal funnel,” which limits movement of the threat. “But,” they say, “I’ll be trapped.” Remember, one skilled person, willing and in a defendable location can easily succeed against multiple attackers.

The same doctrine applies to home defense. I hear a lot of, “I heard a noise somewhere in the house/garage/yard and grabbed my light and pistol to see what was going on” stories. Usually from people who readily admit they don’t have any training. It makes me cringe, every time. Unless there’s something worth risking your life in the house/garage/yard then avoid, escape and find somewhere you can hold and defend. “But,” they say,” it’s my house/garage/yard.” Don’t let your ego put you into a life and death situation. Your death, someone else’s death … it’s not worth it.

Trouble and danger are often sudden. Not completely unexpected -- because we should always be aware of the possibility -- but instantaneous, with little or no warning. The situation can turn physical. They are trying to choke, hit, cut or shoot you. The only way to prevent this is with an aggressive defense, physically stopping the attack. You’re in a fight. Yet, even when you’re applying aggressive actions, it’s still a defensive situation. Be careful about letting the reptilian part of the brain take control. There’s no conscious thought or decisions occurring there, and it will take you way past what would be considered a “reasonable” response.

Again, as soon as possible, you get free from the situation – either the threat leaves or is down, providing you with the opportunity to break away to a safer location. If the situation does escalate, you’re in a strong position of defense.

Judicature, the administration of justice, is the responsibility of the authorities. We do everything possible to avoid and escape. If it’s necessary to fight, it must be aggressively. But, at the first opportunity it’s time to break contact, disengage and find a safe place to defend.

Of course, this doesn’t happen naturally. Preparing for defense takes training, an introduction to the proper skills and techniques. Plenty of practice is required to actually learn this system; repetition is mandatory to applying it under stress. Above all it’s about developing the proper mindset and the ability to make life and death decisions in fractions of a second. Especially making the decision on when to break contact, disconnect and get to safety.

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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