NOVEMBER 19, 2020

Taurus, together with GunsAmerica, Primary Arms, and Brand Avalanche Media, is excited to announce the Giving Thanks III $15K Guns & Gear Giveaway.
Krieghoff announces the K-80/S “Galapagos Islands” side-plated shotgun as their Gun of the Year 2020. As exotic as the islands that inspired it, this exquisite K-80 features the vast wildlife which roam the untouched islands of Ecuador.
Savage’s110 Ultralite is available in KUIU Verde 2.0 camo. This rifle, a new addition to Savage’s Backcountry Xtreme Series, has been pared down to less than six pounds.

SAR USA by Sarsilmaz announced the launch of the new SAR 2000 pistol line in the US. Designed as a duty pistol for military officers, the all steel hammer-fired SAR 2000 pistol is favored among military and police forces around the world.
Galco’s VHS 4.0 is available for the SIG-Sauer P320F/M17 with and without red dot sights. The VHS 4.0 comes complete with vertical holster, harness, double ammo carrier, tie-downs and harness fasteners.
The Crandall, Texas Police Department has deployed the FACT Duty Weapon-Mounted Camera for officers in the field.

SIG SAUER, Inc. announces the achievement of two significant milestones of the Modular Handgun System program; delivery of the 200,000th MHS pistol manufactured at the SIG SAUER facility in Newington, New Hampshire, and the first month to have MHS pistols simultaneously delivered to all branches of the U.S. Military.
ALLEN Company partnered in 2019 with the Girls with Guns Lifestyle brand. New products have been launched for the 2020 and 2021 sales seasons, including the Concealed Casual Collection of purses and handbags.
Gun Talk Media announces the addition of Matt Johnson and Gary Killingsworth to their ever-expanding team.

On October 23 of this year, Riton celebrated the grand opening of their new building. With over 10,000 square feet of space and property for continual expansion, this beautiful new structure features an engaging front lobby area with custom displays, a full studio for media and significant floorspace for operations, quality control and warehousing.
Sightmark announces the Core HX riflescope for 350 Legend and 450 Bushmaster. This 3-9x scope features fully multi-coated lenses and a range-finding BDC reticle designed specifically for whitetail deer. becomes one of only two online marketplaces to offer streaming entertainment to its customers, which they call Caliber Members.

Join shooting pro Doug Koenig and his youngest son Bradley, as they travel to the Palmyra Sportsman’s Club in central Pennsylvania for the PSA Shootout, the largest “all-steel” knockdown match in the US.

Most people today are looking for instant, immediate gratification. I blame it on the digital age. Press or click, and you’re rewarded with prompt results. Looking for a specific weapon equipped in a certain? Chances are you can buy almost exactly what you need, with little if any modifications required. Need something “exotic?” Usually it’s only a matter of how much you want to spend. The one thing you can’t buy, or rush, is the acquisition of skill. Becoming adept at anything requires you to “crawl, walk and someday – with enough proper practice – you might be able to run.”

Almost everything you have to do with firearms to employ them safely and efficiently goes against our natural instincts. In the beginning it’s mandatory you learn safety first. After that you can start working on the fundamentals – manipulations and marksmanship. “Manipulations” covers operation of the weapon. Before the shooting ever starts one has to learn how to load and unload, including the techniques used to check the status of the firearm. Is it loaded or unloaded? Manipulations also include reloading an empty weapon, and the techniques to clear a stoppage or malfunction. There’s much more to manipulating the weapon safely and efficiently that most people realize. It takes plenty of repetition – “time” to learn these skills.

“Marksmanship” is the ability to shoot accurately. Developing these fundamentals – aim, hold, press and follow-through – requires lots of practice, again, “time.” There are several ways to practice marksmanship, with dry practice being the best. After learning how to shoot accurately you begin to experiment with “speed.” For close, large targets you discover how fast you can fire and still maintain the accuracy required. With smaller targets, or those farther away you learn how slow you need to fire in order to get the hits. “Marksmanship” means when you press the trigger it results in a good hit.

“But,” they ask, “when do we get to the defensive drills?” Until one has learned how to manipulate the weapon and fire it accurately, there’s no reason to even think about progressing into any defensive work. You have to “crawl” first.

Eventually you start to “walk.” You’re getting into the fundamentals of the threat response – move, communicate, the use of cover, shooting accurately if needed and thinking. If you think it took lots of time to learn how to manipulate the weapon and shoot it accurately, learning how to apply these fundamentals listed above is going to seem like a long time. And, just like manipulations and marksmanship, the techniques used to move, communicate and use cover are contrary to what your “instincts” will tell you. There’s plenty of time spent “walking.”

The key to learning is repetition. And, we’re talking about proper repetition. First you crawl – an introduction to the fundamentals. Next, you’re “walking” through plenty of proper repetitions – drills - performing them over and over. Eventually these skills are blended into one seamless package. After putting in plenty of time, way down the road, you start “running.” And maybe someday, with who knows how much practice, maybe you’ll be able to “fly.”

Tiger McKee is director of Shootrite Firearms Academy. 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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