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Hornady congratulates team member Scott McGregor on winning the 308 Optics Division at the 2020 Magpul Wyoming Governor’s Match, July 31 - August 2 in Cody, Wyoming.
SIG SAUER Academy announced it will host a “Mogadishu Mile Run Meet-Up” on Saturday, October 3, 2020, at its Epping, New Hampshire facility. The event will commemorate the heroic actions of the U.S. Army Rangers in the Battle of Mogadishu, and benefit the Three Rangers Foundation.

One way to make shooting accurately in the field easier is with Galco’s RifleMann Sling. It allows a hunter or rifleman to use the sling in three braced positions.
Sellmark Corporation is thrilled to announce their acquisition of the 460,000 sq. ft. Pier 1 building at 2200 Heritage Parkway, Mansfield, Texas. The structure is located directly across the street from Sellmark’s international headquarters.
Filson and Buck Knives, two iconic American heritage brands, announced a limited-edition collection of branded knives designed for a life lived outdoors.

The U.S. Concealed Carry Association said that, along with 5 million new gun owners this year, there is also unprecedented demand for self-defense training, education and legal protection resources.
Guidefitte announces the release of the Fall 2020 Issue of The Guidefitter Journal, the quarterly trade publication for the professional guiding and outfitting industry. The Fall Issue covers a wide range of stories from running a business despite the protracted pandemic to avoiding guide burnout, a common yet conquerable affliction
Savage Arms is now hiring for multiple positions at its Massachusetts headquarters. The company is currently searching for qualified applicants to join the Savage team in engineering, sales support, and operations.

To help emphasize the important work state wildlife agencies do and how Pittman-Robertson funds help them, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service produced the Enduring Partnerships video, which features manufacturers’ role in conservation.
Nightstick has launched their new TSM-Series of subcompact handgun weapon lights with the TSM-11G, designed to securely mount to the front of the trigger guard and dustcover of Glock G42, G43, G43X, and G48 pistols.
DeSantis Gunhide releases a new fit for the Springfield Hellcat and Hellcat OSP. The Cozy Partner is a premium saddle leather holster that is available in black and tan.

Ed Brown Products, Inc. expands the FX Series with the introduction of the FX2. Topped with Trijicon's new RMRcc, and Ed Brown designed co-witness rear sight, with Ameri-glo orange front sight, the FX2 is ideal for concealed carry.
Guidefitter announced their official partnership with Swarovski Optik North America. The deal grants Swarovski Optik NA access to Guidefitter’s extensive network of verified pro guides and outfitters through Guidefitter’s digital influencer marketing platform.
SIGHTRON announced that they are suspending enforcement of their Minimum Advertised Price (MAP) policy across every retail channel on all of their quality products. This promotion runs from September 4th through September 8th, 2020.

Grizzly Targets, a veterans-operated steel target manufacturing business, announced that 5% of all Labor Day sales will go directly to Special Operations Warrior Foundation from customers who use the coupon code "SOWF."
Outdoor Edge, the company that designs and manufactures knives and tools for all things outdoors, announced the launch of its largest giveaway to date with a fully guided Colorado elk hunt.
The Eliminator III laser range-finding smart riflescope from Burris Optics is on sale. The company announced that it has dropped the MAP Pricing by $400 for the balance of the year.
The brand-new compact Trijicon RMRcc Mini Reflex Sight is now available for sale from Primary Arms Online. These reflex sights bring the durability and performance of the full-size RMR into a compact footprint, ideal for use in concealed carry.

Last week we talked about how to determine what gear might be “best” for you. This week we’re applying the same to tactics, and again, it’s all subjective and relative. Defensive tactics for someone carrying concealed for protection are different from those used by armed professional – law enforcement personnel. Obviously, tactics depend on what’s occurring right here and now, when time is short. Tactics depend on the individual, considering their ability, physically and mentally, their amount of training and, as always, practice. The “best” tactic, or manner of solving the problem isn’t an easy question to answer.

As a card-carrying concealed permit holder my number one tactics are always avoidance and escape. The number of situations where I would actually be forced to fight are few and far between, although the possibility exists anywhere, anytime. I pay attention, looking out for potential trouble, and don’t participate in stupid games where one only wins stupid prizes. When something looks wrong my first and best response is avoiding and escape.

If forced to fight my goal is to break contact at first opportunity and find a place I can hold safely, and if necessary, defend against the next attack. Remember, just because the threat is down or gone doesn’t mean the fight is over.

The tactics used by law enforcement officers are going to be different. They get paid to go towards the danger. The problem is when aggressive tactics, those used by law enforcement, and certainly military personnel, are taught as defensive tactics for personal protection. While the techniques for employing the firearm as a weapon – marksmanship, manipulations and such – are basically the same, the actual tactics and principles for application of that weapon vary greatly between L.E. and self-defense use. The military application of force is a whole universe apart. The “best” tactics for one are the “worst” for another.

“Best” doesn’t always even mean the same. You give ten people the same defensive problem. Chances are, each one will respond with different tactics. Sure, their response relies on moving, communicating, the use of cover, shooting – if necessary, and thinking, in order to solve the problem. Yet, all ten are going to have a different solution. “But,” you ask, “which is best?” According to Bill Jordan in No Second Place Winner:

“Each fight is different and the officer must react differently – and always correctly – to each. These reactions, even if proven correct by their success, are not always logical appearing. At times the right action is “sensed” against all logic and the wise man follows his hunch and lives.” (Pg. 104)

In other words, as long as your response works, it stops the danger, it doesn’t matter. Winning allows you to discuss what was, or could have been “best” after the fight.

Defending against an attack is about decision making. In a short amount of time you’ve got to determine the “best” way to solve the problem. You don’t need perfect; there’s rarely a flawless solution. There’s usually little time to determine what’s the “best” tactic. A simple solution that’s good enough, applied right now, is usually the “best” way to win.

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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