NOVEMBER 17, 2020

Hornady has been recognized as the Innovator of the Year by the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers.
The Benelli Lupo bolt-action rifle has been chosen by Guns & Ammo as their Rifle of the Year for 2020. The Lupo is loaded with innovative features—including seven exclusive Benelli patents.
Federal Ammunition sponsored shooter Tim Herron won the Single Stack Division at the United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) Area 2 Championship. The match was held in Prescott, Arizona, November 5-8.

Springfield Armory introduces the Ronin 1911 in 10mm, a full-size 5" gun, with 8+1 capacity and a forged steel slide and frame - at an MSRP of $849.
Hogue’s HandALL grip sleeve line includes models now available for the Spring?eld Armory Hellcat. It provides protection with the 'beavertail' and has finger grooves for consistent grip.
Hatch announced that it has released the FMN500 – Friskmaster MAX – Cut & Needle Puncture Resistant Glove.The new glove is tested to ANSI Cut Resistance A9, the highest rating for cut resistance, and provides Level 5 ANSI Needlestick Puncture Resistance.

Galco offers several great options for hunters to carry spare ammunition in the field. All are handcrafted from rich, premium Latigo dark havana leather for both beauty and long term durability.

Barrett Firearms Manufacturing, Inc.announced that the submission of its initial production MRAD MK22 rifles have met all requirements for the U.S. Department of Defense contract for ASR  in support of USSOCOM.

The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute, Inc., announced the acceptance of new rifle cartridges for SAAMI standardization. These are the 277 SIG FURY, the 6.5 Weatherby Rebated Precision Magnum and the 6.8 Western.

Blaser Group announced its partnership with Chattanooga Shooting Supplies, Inc. The company is now carrying most Sauer 100 bolt-action rifles designed and built by J.P. Sauer and Sohn.
NSSF released the 2020 edition of its Firearm Production Report to members. The report compiles the most up to date information based on data sourced from the ATF as well as the U.S. International Trade Commission. Since 1990, there are an estimated 19.8 million Modern Sporting Rifles in circulation today.
Buck Knives is seeking candidates for Regional Sales Manager positions. These include a position for the Eastern U.S. and one for the West.

The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation is seeking a highly motivated individual to assume the role of Director of Development for the Scholastic Action Shooting Program. The successful candidate will be responsible for growing and supporting SASP member teams.
McMillan Fiberglass Stocks expands its lineup of ready-to-install fiberglass stocks with the introduction of the Z-10 Bag Rider. It's based on the company's A-10 tactical stock, replacing the A-10's butt hook with a profile to more easily accommodate rear bags for bench or prone shooting.
The TALON SNAP Cleaning System has a Patented Quick Click System that makes it easy to change between calibers and tools, saving you time and money.

GPO introduced the new Optic-Fit binocular and spotting scope tripod adapter system. Designed by outdoor enthusiasts, this quick connect system will get your optic on and off a tripod with an inventive, durable and fast quick detach system.  

The new 40 Auto chambered Generation 5 Glock pistol, the G23 – compact service pistol – has been introduced here and here. There’ve been a few shooting trips with it and I wanted to get it on record in my Comparative Standards – explained here.

To prevent having to go back, it’s essentially a Gen5 GLOCK 19 analog -- 4.02” barrel of the compact line of GLOCK standard frame guns, a 13-round standard capacity .40 S&W magazine like previous generations, it’s all apparently about the same. The firing pin safety plunger shows a Gen5 angled surface and the trigger is “Gen5-like” in feel.

The slightly heavier weight – around 3 oz. more than a similar GLOCK 19 – comes from the 2mm (.08”) wider slide. That weight did make a difference in shooting – and in finding holsters that fit. Comp-Tac announced some of their line fit for the Gen5 40-cal. GLOCKs but I’ve not used them yet.

I did have the Safariland M578 GLS Pro-Fit; it fits a range of compact-analog guns by adjustment of a frame jack in the holster. It’s worked thus far in the evaluation and it was my choice to run the Comp Standards with.

On arriving, I set out my (taped-up) target and loaded up with Federal Premium 180gr. Hydrashok HP ammo. It only takes 20 rounds to shoot the course. It’s a mix of singles from the holster at distance, singles from guard, pairs from the holster – both hands, strong-hand only and weak hand only – a failure drill, a reload drill and a single shot to a small (“head”) target.

The Gen5 G23 was back on target quickly even with service-style 40 ammo, above. Below, it wasn't difficult to handle one-handed either.

The entire course of fire consumed almost 35 seconds with penalties. Fortunately, there were only two penalty points. Remarkably, I was slightly faster than some 9mm service guns (e.g., Lipsey’s Glock P80), some 9mm service compacts, and compact 9mm single stacks. So much for the vaunted snappy recoil of the 40 Auto; this pistol seems to shoot about like a 9mm.

Since I shot the standards cold, a good idea, I did a little warm-up I’d seen on an online video a few weeks ago. I used a business envelope stapled up in portrait mode from 4 yards.

The warm-up exercise is a draw to single, then a pair, three hits, four and five hits. Pushing for time caused me a few high hits. I can outrun my ability to precisely run the gun.

The target for the standards wasn't horrible, but it showed work was needed. The 'business envelope' target, below, was used for a work-out with the GLOCK 23 and a rimfire analog too.

As I saw there was rust to knock off, I used the gun and some 180gr. ball ammo to work out on another business envelope. This included the following stages:

- Draw to single hit, 10 repetitions

- Draw to a single hit, strong hand only, 10 reps.

- Weak hand only from low ready to a single hit, ten times.

- Shooting “out of the notch” (i.e., the Stressfire point index), single hits each string from low ready, 10 repetitions.

That was good stuff. And the Gen5 GLOCK 23 is still chugging along. We’ve past just a few hundred rounds, but I’m not getting the soreness in the forearm, wrist and elbow consistent from shooting 40 Auto in a lighter gun. That few ounces may have made a difference. Maybe the recoil system difference from the Gen3 guns to the Gen4, then Gen5 could be a contributing factor.

Regardless, this seems like a real upgrade for agencies that specify the 40 S&W cartridge. GLOCK really has something here.

-- Rich Grassi

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