JUNE 25, 2020

CCI Ammunition announced the availability of new Clean-22 Suppressor 22 LR rounds, packaged in CCI’s new easy-to-pour, bulk-pack cartons.
Federal brand ambassador and competitive shooter Dakota Overland took home the Ladies Division title at the recent 2020 USPSA Multigun Nationals Match in Frostproof, Florida.
JP Enterprises’ shooting team claimed several high finishes at this month’s USPSA Multigun Nationals and PCC Nationals in Frostproof, FL.

SIG SAUER, Inc. congratulates Team SIG professional shooter Lena Miculek for defending her title as USPSA PCC Lady’s National Champion, and taking the High Lady title at the 2020 USPSA PCC Nationals for the fourth consecutive year.
Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) ) is pleased to announce that, for the fourth time this season, Team Captain Doug Koenig has taken a Production Division win in a Precision Rifle Series Bolt Gun match.
Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is pleased to announce that Team Ruger’s Junior Shooter Beth Walker claimed the High Lady category and finished eighth overall at the Indiana Bass and Buck Multigun event held at the Bass and Buck range in Wabash, IN.

Wilson Combat and SIG SAUER are pleased to announce the availability of their second Wilson Combat enhanced P320 9mm semi-automatic pistol collaboration, the WCP320 Carry.
Faxon Firearms announced their donation to PewTubers' "Stream for a Clearer Tomorrow Charity Auction" benefitting the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.
The Safariland Group introduced its next generation Safariland PROTECH X Series ballistic shields featuring the FoxFury Taker B70 integrated shield light and handle.

King City is the first city police department in California to complete implementation of the FACT Duty gun camera system, which is in various stages of testing and implementation in over 40 states across the country.
Samson Manufacturing announces the release of their new Flash Hider for the Ruger 10/22 rifle equipped with iron sights. These slip-on flash hiders are available in either black oxide or stainless steel.
Galco offers a wide variety of holster belts that work with every type of attire, from business suits to casual wear, in both leather and nylon.


There are a lot of groups and organizations that require you to be sponsored by a member in order for you to join. They introduce you to the group, actively support you becoming a part of the body and share in responsibility when it comes to your actions. You are their patron. Joining the gun world isn’t as official as some organizations, there’s still an obligation on your part to ensure a safe, smooth entry into gun ownership.

Your responsibilities begin the moment a friend or family member asks about “getting a pistol.” For example at dinner with some friends last week, the husband asked me about what handgun he should buy. “What are you wanting to do with it,” I asked? Application should always be first when advising someone else – or your own acquisitions. “I need it,” he responded, “to kill someone breaking into my house.” And so it begins.

“First,” I replied, “if it’s necessary to shoot someone, you shoot to stop the threat, not kill.” This was followed by a lengthy explanation on the difference between shooting the stop the attacker – who may die as a result of your actions – as opposed to premeditated homicide. Next was a short explanation on how avoidance and escaping are at the top of the list of response options, and shooting is actually the last choice.

I carefully explained that training is mandatory for anyone acquiring a firearm, regardless of how they intend on using the weapon. Most of you reading this might be surprised how few firearm owners know, or practice the four firearm safety rules. The actions necessary to employ a firearm safely and efficiently are not instinctual – the majority of them are completely counter to our intuition – training is mandatory. I work this requirement into the conversation as early as possible, stressing that without training one would be much better off not buying a dangerous weapon. For those interested in defensive use of a firearm there’s even more training required.

Your task as “sponsor” is to not only offer advice, but assistance too. Strongly suggest they join you for a session on the range, an introduction to firearms. Offer to visit the gun shop with them to handle and if possible test fire prospective weapons. Guide them to the proper instruction they need, unless you’re a certified, qualified instructor yourself. It’s a good idea to even join them in their first official class.

Remember, part of your job as a sponsor is accountability. It’s your job to ensure the new convert stays on path. This includes additional gear they’ll be purchasing. “Before you buy anything,” I tell prospects, “ask me first.” Not only does this save them mental anguish, but also keeps them in budget. There’s nothing like having to buy something two times due to not getting it right at first.

Helping newbies achieve their goal means prompting them to practice. After training comes practice – repetition – which is when the real learning occurs. Encourage them to join you for regular range sessions to hone their developing skills.

Recent events have resulted in a gun buying frenzy. As representatives of the “gun owner” club, it’s our job to ensure new members are well prepared. The best way to do this is through sponsorship. Just keep in mind this is a serious undertaking, and should be approached accordingly.

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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