OCTOBER 6, 2020

GSM Outdoors is excited to announce their newest company acquisition, GPS Bags. GPS Bags manufactures specialized range and gear bags for shooters under two distinct product lines and has quickly become a pioneer in the modern range back category.
Sierra Bullets, L.L.C. has acquired certain assets relating to the Barnes Bullets brand of specialty hunting bullets.
Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is pleased to announce that Team Ruger captured multiple divisional wins this past weekend.

Chris Barrett from the JP Enterprises shooting team claimed three World Champion titles while also setting three world records at the 2020 World Speed Shooting Championship.
Atlanta Arms is proud to announce several prestigious wins with our ammunition at the 2020 World Speed Shooting Championships.
Taurus announced that Shooting Team Captain Jessie Harrison had a phenomenal performance at the recent World Speed Shooting Championships. The event was held September 23-25 in Talladega, AL.

Taurus congratulates Shooting Team Captain Jessie Harrison on her GA State USPSA Championship event win. Jessie competed in the event held September 26 in Dawsonville, GA.
This year’s Texas Outdoor Writers Association Fall Stampede is being held October 16-18, 2020 at Shaw’s Bend Social Club in Columbus, TX and Sellmark is excited to attend for the third consecutive year.
Blackhawk announced the addition of new SERPA CQC concealment holsters for the SIG SAUER P365/P365XL, Glock 48, Smith & Wesson M&P Shield EZ 9mm/.380 Auto and Springfield Hellcat pistols.

On Saturday, October 3rd, Beretta celebrated its 494th anniversary as a firearms manufacturer, which makes Beretta the manufacturing company with the longest history of continuous operations in the world.
1791 Gunleather has seen unprecedented demand. Increased demand has caused an increase in headcount in all the company's departments.
GSM Outdoors announced a new partnership between the company's newly-acquired GPS Bags company and popular shooting industry advocates and social media influencers, Charissa Littlejohn and The Gatman.

Benelli announces the addition of legendary waterfowl hunter Ramsey Russell as its latest brand ambassador. Russell has hunted on six continents and spends an average of 200 days in the field with his Benelli shotguns.
NSSF is focusing on former Vice President Joe Biden’s radical antigun campaign promise to ban, register and confiscate the most popular selling centerfire rifles – the modern sporting rifle – sold in America today.
Nightstick introduced their new series of dedicated long gun weapon lights in the LGL-150, LGL-160, and LGL-170 models. These new high-power long-gun lights are made for rifles, carbines, and shotguns with MIL-STD-1913 rails.

Vortex Wear is made for those who live for the outdoors. Vortex announces their Fall/Winter lineup, for an ideal way to hit the chilly season in total comfort.
Primary Arms Optics has released the latest iteration of its popular SLx 1x Prism, now featuring a green-illuminated reticle. This new optic is now available for $239.99.
Galco introduces a wide range of holsters for the popular Taurus G3C pistol. These include the TacSlide, KingTuk, Stow-N-Go.
As a supporter of the National Breast Cancer Foundation, XS Sights is offering an exclusive Pink version of its DXT2 Big Dot Tritium Night Sight through the month of October.
Team Federal/CCI had an excellent showing, setting several world records, at the recent 2020 Palmetto State Armory and Lead Star Arms World Speed Shooting Championships held September 23-27 at CMP Marksmanship Park in Talladega, Alabama.
Olin Corporation (NYSE: OLN) announces that effective October 1, its ammunition division, Olin Winchester LLC has assumed full management and operational control of the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Independence, Missouri.
Viridian Weapon Technologies announces the arrival of the E-Series Laser Sight for the Taurus TX 22. The new red laser sight will add versatility and speed to the TX 22, Taurus’s in-demand semiautomatic rimfire.
Bushnell will continue its title sponsorship of the 2020 GAP Grind/Bushnell Pro/Am set to be hosted by K&M Precision Rifle Training October 2-4 at the K&M Shooting Complex in Finger, Tennessee.
NSSF announces that Leupold & Stevens, Inc., a leading firearm scopes and sport optics manufacturer, has made a significant contribution to NSSF’s #GUNVOTE® voter registration, education and mobilization campaign.
The Armory Life website provides visitors with The Armory Life Presents series of digital magazines. These specially curated issues feature themed content from The Armory Life.
NSSF announced that Bushnell and the Family of Hunting and Shooting Accessories Brands it’s a part of, has contributed $25,000 to NSSF’s #GUNVOTE voter registration, education and mobilization campaign.
Primary Arms Online has announced its Ghostly Halloween Giveaway, which centers around a custom Grey Ghost Precision Combat Pistol Compact. This exclusive pistol comes complete with accessories and gear from Holosun, SureFire, Magpul, Walker’s, Hexmag, Vertx, and Pro-Shot.
Vista Outdoor brands Champion Traps & Targets, Hoppe’s and RCBS have teamed to sponsor the 2020 GAP Grind / Bushnell Pro/Am, providing more than $20,000 in product donations for prize tables and goody bags.
Primary Arms Optics has announced their attendance and sponsorship for Kalash Bash Texas, a range-day festival for fans of Kalashnikov rifles and their variants. In addition to attending the event, Primary Arms Optics is supporting Kalash Bash at a silver sponsorship level.
This week on Pursuit Channel, join Shooting Pro, Doug Koenig and Leupold CEO Bruce Pettet, as they travel to the Majestic Mountains of Utah in Pursuit of Monster Bull Elk.

Shooting revolvers is challenging, especially considering all defensive work is done double-action. You may fire in single action to check zero – although I don’t recommend it. For self-defense you never cock the hammer to shoot single action; they are not made to be de-cocked, especially under stressful conditions. The problem is that most revolvers have very stiff triggers, plus they’re usually a little crunchy. But there is a cure: Get a tune-up.

Transforming a revolver’s trigger into a smooth action with a crisp break is a lot more involved than just swapping out springs. There’s no huge gain achieved by just doing a couple of modifications. Sure, you can replace a couple of springs – the main/hammer spring and the rebound spring, which resets the trigger – but that will only give you a slight gain, and do nothing to smooth out the action.

A true “trigger job” involves reworking pretty much every internal component, and there are plenty of them. Anywhere you have metal on metal friction gets honed or polished. Some springs are replaced – the main/hammer spring and rebound spring mentioned above – a couple are shortened and some are left as is, as long as they are functioning. Eventually all of these small reductions add up to a significant improvement.

The end result is a nice, smooth trigger action with a crisp break. It’s the difference you’d feel between running your hand across a coarse piece of sandpaper vs. a piece of glass that’s covered in soapy water. “Slick” is a good adjective to describe the experience.

Can you do this yourself? Sure, but only after a lot of studying the “how,” and then plenty of practice. There’s plenty of material on action jobs to review; as always be sure of the source. Jerry Miculek has some great videos. I highly recommend Jerry Kuhnhausen’s shop manual on S&W revolvers. There are also a few specialty tools required. The quickest way to ruin a good revolver is to use the wrong size/type screwdriver. The correct tools will let you remove and replace springs, or remove the extractor from the cylinder.

Once you have the know-how and tools it’s time to practice. I started my education on a gun shop “rescue.” The finish was rough – didn’t care – but the internals were in good shape. Over the next year I’d spend an hour or so a week doing a trigger job. I bet that Model 10 was taken apart and reassembled over a hundred times.

The J frame pictured above started out with a trigger past what my gauge will register – twelve pounds. It was also rough, with about four spots where you could feel it hitch, then jump past to the next. It was a “hard” trigger to shoot accurately. Yes, you could do it, but only with intense focus on what you were doing. After tuning the weight dropped down to nine and one-half pounds. (You can get a lighter trigger, but may not get constant ignition with some ammunition.). It’s a smooth action from start to finish, and the break is crisp. “Tuning” may also include swapping out stocks – “grips” – sights or modifications like bobbing the hammer spur.

If you’ve never fired a revolver that has been “fixed” you’ll be surprised at the benefits. You can take a handgun that’s difficult to fire accurately and feels good in hand to something that’s a true joy to fire, and hits about anything you aim it at.

It’s not a job for amateurs: unless you’ve got lots of revolvers to tune, your best bet is to get a professional to do the job. Dig one of those old wheel-guns out of the safe and get it tuned. You won’t be disappointed.

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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