SEPTEMBER 10, 2020

Chumash Capital Investments, LLC announced that it has acquired Azimuth Technology, LLC from LongueVue Capital and Clavis Capital Partners. The transaction closed on August 31, 2020. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Hornady congratulates team members Clay Blackketter and Tate Streater on their performance at the Okie Showdown Pro Series Qualifier, August 29 in Ninnekah, Oklahoma.
SIG SAUER, Inc. announced the addition of the P220 LEGION CARRY SAO, in 45 cal, to the exclusive SIG SAUER LEGION Series product line of pistols.

Smith & Wesson announced the introduction of the M&P9 M2.0 Compact 4” OR -- Optics Ready. The new models are chambered in 9mm and feature a slide cut for optics, co-witness white-dot front and rear sights, and enlarged forward slide serrations.
As suicide prevention groups mark Suicide Prevention Month by calling for prevention to become a national priority during the COVID-19 pandemic, the firearm industry is supporting that effort by educating the public – particularly the gun-owning community, including veterans and their families – on how storing firearms responsibly and simply talking to loved ones can mean the difference between a life saved and a tragedy.
SAR USA announces that, in an effort to meet the unprecedented number of SAR firearms being sold in the US, Sarsilmaz (SAR USA’s parent company in Istanbul) Turkey, has added a fourth shift.

SureFire, LLC announced the release of the all-new XSC family of micro-compact handgun weaponlights. Less than 2 inches long and weighing under 2 ounces, the XSC is rechargeable and delivers 350 lumens.
Safariland announced that it is expanding its Impulse Hearing Protection line. The new Foam Impulse Hearing Protection blocks damaging noise while allowing conversation and other ambient sounds in—without the need for expensive electronics.
N8 Tactical announced the new OT2 Combat Cut Holster for mid- to full-size pistols. It's an inside-the-waistband design with the "Combat Cut," allowing for a full grasp on the pistol grip while drawing.

Galco introduces the versatile and affordable Switchback belt holster for the 4” Kimber K6s revolver. The Switchback is a hybrid design, can be used for left- or right-handed users, worn either strong side or cross-draw.

Gun Talk Media reports that the addition of two podcasts to the Gun Talk Podcast Network have been a hit – with 1.7 million total network downloads over the last three months.
NSSF announced that Hornady Manufacturing, an ammunition manufacturer, contributed $500,000 to NSSF’s #GUNVOTE voter registration and education campaign. This contribution matches the largest single donation the #GUNVOTE campaign has received to date.

Thanks to a strong public response, the Second Amendment Foundation announced today it is extending and expanding its “Second Amendment First Responder’ advertising campaign to include new channels next week.
Primary Arms Online has announced their latest giveaway for September: a fully-loaded Foxtrot Mike Products FM9 7” 9mm AR-Style Pistol.

Here are the most common issues I see when teaching. (issues are common with groups, as opposed to problems, which occur with individuals.). So, it’s likely these are the things all of us need to work on.

Starting from the ground up: A big issue is the stance. Properly positioning the feet and legs, serves as the foundation for everything from there up. Without a good base nothing else is going to be efficient. Keep in mind there’s big difference between a fighting stance and a shooting stance. A fighting stance is aggressive, assists you in recovering from recoil – or a punch/shove – and permits you to move in any direction while shooting if required. The physical – an aggressive stance – will also affect the mental – your mindset. Just the act of acquiring a fighting stance mentally changes your attitude. “I’m ready to fight,” the body is telling the mind.

The next “step” is footwork. Footwork is essential in everything physical. Basketball, tennis, boxing and fighting all require proper movement. A huge amount of training and practice is put into learning how to move correctly. Plus, moving is number one on the list when responding to danger. You move to escape. Moving forces the threat into a reactive mode – O.O.D.A. Loop. You move to create distance – always a good idea, to get to cover or to obtain a clear angle of attack on the threat. All this is done while drawing the pistol; some is done shooting as you’re moving, which requires a stable platform. The vast majority of your defensive training and practice should include movement.

Marksmanship. The ability to shoot accurately under any and all conditions is something we all work on for the rest of our lives. And we’re not talking about going to the range every so often, standing still and firing tiny groups on stationary targets. Sure, this is our introduction to the fundamentals – aim, hold, press and follow through – but after that we need to work on defensive marksmanship. Not everyone has access to moving targets – although it’s easy to build your own – but all defensive drills should be with movement. Negative targets worked from various distances are great. Up close you shoot fast. As the distance increases you fire slowly. The goal is to put all hits through the hole, varying speed according to distance. I end my practice with surgical marksmanship – small targets at medium distance.

Communication is one of the fundamentals, and yet seldom practiced on the range. You issue verbal commands to the threat. The sooner you tell them what to do, the quicker they may comply – the psychological stop. Or, the sooner you know it’s time to ramp up your response. Communication is required to co-ordinate actions with your team. This doesn’t mean everyone is armed; family, friends and/or bystanders may be part of your response. Without practice – actually incorporating verbalization into your drills – you’ll likely succumb to lock-jaw during the confrontation.

Finally, and probably most important, is “awareness.” The two things I say on the range the most, by far, are, “Slow down,” because everyone goes too fast, and, “Scan,” because once the shooting begins everyone gets tunnel vison on the target. Staying aware prior to the fight, or “left of bang,” is key to escape/avoidance or preparing to fight. Awareness after the fight is just as critical. Students will visually lock onto the cardboard target on the range; just imagine what this will be like in a real-life situation. It takes practice to overcome tunnel vison, loss of hearing and the other stress related reactions we experience. Once the immediate threat is down or gone you’ve got to tune into your surroundings.

These fundamentals are often ignored when training and practicing. They have to become habit. Being prepared is just like religion; you have to practice it constantly. Then, before you leave to step out into the world remind yourself, “Today, if the fight comes, I am 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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