SEPTEMBER 24, 2020

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) announced that Team Ruger took multiple divisional wins at the 2020 East Coast Steel Challenge Championship held at the Ontelaunee Rod & Gun Club in New Tripoli, PA last weekend.
Shoot Like A Girl is taking the Coast to Coast Tour to Bass Pro Shops in Charleston, West Virginia this weekend for a free interactive event that introduces women to the shooting sports in a fun, safe and comfortable atmosphere.
Galco has an entire collection devoted to cool weather carry, including a selection of popular belt holsters.The line includes the Corvus Kydex holster, the premium FLETCH and more.

Texas-based True Velocity, a manufacturing and technology company specializing in small-arms ammunition, is introducing new technology and proprietary solutions to help armed forces streamline ammunition production and logistics from anywhere in the world.
Champion Traps & Targets serves as a national sponsor of the Kids & Clays Foundation and recently had the opportunity to help raise funds at a sporting clays tournament in St. Louis, Missouri.
Tactical Gear Distributors is looking to expand its sales team in both the Chapin, South Carolina and Aberdeen, North Carolina sales offices.

Tactical Gear Distributors is looking for a professional Sales Assistant for a full-time position in the Aberdeen, North Carolina corporate office.
Tactical Gear Distributors is looking for a professional Sales Coordinator for a full-time position in the Aberdeen, North Carolina corporate office.
The upcoming release of Gen5 GLOCK 40-caliber pistols (G22, G23 and G27), will require new holsters to fit the slightly wider pistols. Comp-tac added new fits in the Infidel Max, Infidel Ultra Max, Warrior, International and Blue Duty Holster Series approximately two weeks prior to the launch of these new firearms.

DeSantis Gunhide announced availability of the Slim-Tuk holster for the Walther PPQ and PPQ M2 pistols. It’s a minimalist IWB holster that can be used by left- or right handed users.
DeSantis Gunhide introduces the DS Paddle holster for the S&W M&P .380 Shield EZ. The Kydex construction allows precision molding for retention yet minimal friction during the draw.
Armament Systems and Procedures has introduced the Tactical Response Kit — a prepackaged solution containing a supply of disposable restraints, a retractable baton, carrying cases and related accessories. The kit is a portable and cost-effective way for every officer and vehicle to be prepared for crowd control and riot situations.

Beretta and have partnered to bring training and fundamentals of safe firearm ownership to new and experienced gun owners with the At the Range Season 2 Video Series, Presented by Beretta.
Gun Digest Books has released a new edition of one of Massad Ayoob’s most popular titles, The Gun Digest Book of Combat Handgunnery. This revised and expanded 7th edition details the aspects of using a handgun to defend yourself and your loved ones in life-threatening situations
This week on Guns & Gear the crew is customizing Ruger's PC Charger 9mm pistol, shooting Springfield Armory’s 1911 Ronin Operators, testing predator protection with Black Hills’ 45-70, .44 Magnum & .44 Special -- and more.


The fundamentals of firing an accurate shot are Aim, Hold, Press and Follow Through. You aim by getting the sights in alignment between your eyes and target. Visually, you hold by watching, seeing or looking at the front sight. Applying smooth pressure to the trigger – press – fires the shot. Follow through consists of recovering from the recoil, reacquiring a sight picture and resetting the trigger, releasing it far enough for the internals to reset but not letting all the slack or take-up out of the trigger or finger losing contact with the trigger. The most difficult part is manipulation of the trigger.

Very little of our natural instincts apply to using a firearm efficiently. We’re not designed to have explosions going off in our hand, even controlled detonation. As the trigger is pressed, we often will pull or push it to one side or the other. When force is applied against us – recoil - it’s natural to resist with an equal or more aggressive action. Add all this up, and it makes it difficult to fire the weapon without anticipating the coming “bang” and recoil, which of course causes us to jerk the sights off target right before the shot fires.

Pressure applied to the trigger must be smooth, from start to finish, straight to the rear – no pushing/pulling - and without anticipating the recoil. It all starts by acquiring the proper grip on your weapon; firearm fit is mandatory. The correct size weapon will allow you to form an “L” shape with the trigger finger. Movement of the finger occurs in the middle joint. The pad of the finger touches the trigger so its pad is centered on the trigger. This allows you to feel what’s occurring as pressure is applied. Then, imagine there’s a glass rod running from the trigger straight back to your nose, and press to the rear without bowing, pushing or pulling the rod. Straight to the rear.

A smooth “press” is mandatory. It must be constant pressure all the way through the shot, without speeding up or slowing down. (Keep in mind taking the slack out of the trigger isn’t part of the press. Remove the take-up, then the press begins.). And you have to press without anticipating when the shot is going to fire. In the beginning, this takes complete and total concentration. This means you have to occupy the mind with pressing the trigger, and only pressing the trigger.

There are several techniques I use with students, both new and experienced, to obtain the proper press. Once the shooter is on target, and on the trigger – slack or take-up removed – I have them say out loud, “presssssssss…,” or have them count, “1, 2, 3, 4, … .” At the same time they steadily increase pressure on the trigger.

The goal is achieving a “surprised break.” When the shot fires it should be a complete surprise. If not, you’re going to tense up muscles in anticipation of the recoil. Linking the physical press with verbalization accomplishes two things. It focuses the conscious mind - which can only think about one thing at a time - on the “press,” and slows the mind down, otherwise it will get way ahead of the physical. Having the student say it out loud also lets me tell what they’re thinking as they perform the press. If the shot keeps breaking at the same time it lets me know they’re making the weapon fire, as opposed to letting it fire.

This technique – verbalization – works like magic. The key is you have to say it out loud. Just thinking it in your mind doesn’t work well, especially in the beginning. Someday, with practice, you can just think it. Some claim to not even have to think about the press, but for the rest of us, the more practice the better.

(Next week, Trigger Manipulation Pt. II – Follow Through.)

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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