JANUARY 5, 2021

As a candidate for governor, then Attorney General Mike DeWine promised Ohio's 4 million gun owners that he would sign legislation to repeal the state's unjust duty to retreat law. Yesterday (Monday, January 4, 2021) Governor DeWine fulfilled that commitment by signing Senate Bill 175.
Inter-Con Security Systems, Inc. announces the acquisition of the Peacemaker National Training Center in Glengary, West Virginia. The acquisition of this world-class training facility positions Inter-Con as the industry leader in the provision of fully-customized, highly sophisticated security and training services.
Now available in black in addition to tan, Galco’s Phoenix belt holster can be worn strong side or crossdraw at the user’s discretion.

Riton Optics is excited to announce RSR Group as the newest distributor of Riton products.  By partnering with the RSR Group, Riton Optics is able to expand its reach to more dealers across the country. 
Riton Optics announced Eric Hickman as the new Brand Manager for Riton Optics. Within this position, Hickman is focusing on marketing programs, such as the ProStaff, brand ambassador and influencer programs, as well as the industry relations.
Springfield Armory co-founder and CEO Dennis Reese has been awarded NRA Publications’ Golden Bullseye Pioneer Award for excellence and enduring innovation in the shooting sports industry.

Bangers is pleased to announce the expansion of its ammunition category assortment with the recent addition of the Liberty Ammunition.
Hornady recently donated $44,955 to the GRACE Cancer Foundation in Grand Island, NE with a matching amount going to the American Cancer Society for a total donation of, $89,910 split evenly between the two organizations.
Springfield Armory announces their Model 2020 Waypoint bolt-action rifle has been chosen the NRA Publications’ American Hunter 2021 Golden Bullseye Rifle of the Year.

Springfield Armory has been awarded the 2020 “Best Overall New Product” Vendor Award for the Hellcat series of micro 9mm pistols from Crow Shooting Supply and Brownells.
From Canada to New Zealand, Riton Optics is now available from distributors in five of the seven continents.
A PointsNorth client, a leading optics company, is seeking a Law Enforcement Sales Manager.

Gemtech Suppressors announced that it has released the Gemtech Integra 15-22, a new integrally-suppressed upper receiver designed for .22 LR.  Built for use exclusively with Smith & Wesson’s M&P15-22 rifle, the Gemtech Integra 15-22 ships as a complete upper receiver group.
The SLx MD-20 has an enhanced emitter, providing an ultra-bright reticle with a 50,000-hour runtime on medium settings. With an MSRP of $149.99, the SLx MD-20 Microdot is now available and shipping to customers.
In 2021, the National Rifle Association celebrates 150 years of service as America’s oldest civil-rights organization. Founded in 1871 by Civil War veterans, the NRA has protected Second Amendment freedoms, taught marksmanship and gun safety and helped to pass self-defense laws across the country.

Shoot Like A Girl has released its annual report for the 2020 calendar year, announcing a full tour schedule, impressive attendance numbers and impressive results in spite of current events. The 2020 Coast to Coast Tour saw more than 2,701 women (and some men) introduced to the shooting sports.
The U.S. Concealed Carry Association commended U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson (NC-8) for introducing H.R. 38, The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2021, on the first day of the 117th Congress.
The Korth Mongoose Carry Special and Heritage models are featured in the Mar/Apr issue of American Handgunner. Also, the new retro P80 GLOCK from Lipsey’s which replicates the very first GLOCK pistol is reviewed.
The January edition of Shooting Industry focuses on the need for dealers to prepare for “A New Playing Field” while keeping their footing during the continual change of 2020.
Primary Arms Online now carries a selection of carry-minded women’s apparel from Alexo Athletica. Available products include tees, jackets, and a range of leggings, which allow for effective concealed carry of a pistol without compromising on form or style.
Outdoor Products Innovations (OPI) LiDCAM+ is available in Mossy Oak Break-Up Country camouflage, with units currently priced at $109.99.

I was returning from a media trip in Ontario, Calif. on July 13, 2007, had just arrived at the gate and turned on my phone. There was a voicemail from Jim Cirillo, Jr. informing me that his dad had perished in a motor vehicle collision the evening prior.

Though I’d been aware of him for decades, I’d only met Jim Cirillo in the waning years of the 20th Century. Our first meeting was on the exhibit floor of the convention center holding the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers conference in Mobile, Ala. A gregarious type, Jim was an instant friend to nearly all he encountered and we found we shared a birthday.

“Mine was much later,” I told him.

He laughed. “Yeah. But I got the good looks.”

That characterized our contacts over the succeeding years and, like everyone, I was crushed to lose him. I’d gotten to know that voice over the phone, the correspondence about sights he’d designed and the gun projects he’d worked on with Dan Wesson Arms. I joined him at a training event, held by Jim and his son, Jim Jr., at a nearby venue. We’d gotten to spend some time and I got to see his laid-back instructional style.

Jim Sr. observing Jim Jr. doing a shooting demo in a class.

When we say “no pressure,” we may be joking. With Jim, the command to fire a string at the target was calmly, quietly spoken: “You may commence.”

Not good for running a timer, but great to get a jumpy crowd of new shooters – or shooters new to training under someone who had really faced death with a revolver in his hands.

Before our annual publication break, there was an announcement of an update to Paul Kirchner’s book, Jim Cirillo's Tales of the Stakeout Squad. According to what I’d read, it’s a newly revised and expanded edition of the book originally published in 2008. With added information and photographs, the revised edition is 30% longer than the original at 228 pages. Jim had written about some of his experiences in "Guns, Bullets, and Gunfights," published in 1996, but Kirchner drew out many additional stories from Cirillo in extensive interviews. He also interviewed other members of the unit, including Bill Allard and the pseudonymous “George Ballinger,” who provided many additional accounts and background.

During the break, I read the book. If you want to learn about the Stakeout Unit, about shooting competition, about life in the Emergency Services Unit of the NYPD with context appropriate to the times these events took place, this book will take you there.

Above, Jim Cirillo agreed to participate in a panel about 'point shooting' at the ASLET conference. Also seen, from left, Clive G. Shepherd, Bert Duvernay and Brian Felter. Below, Jim was a believer in technology. He used a Ring's Blue Gun with a Crimson Trace laser in classroom demos and student diagnostics.

I feel I can judge an interviewer best if I know the person being interviewed. I can report that I read the quoted passages in the book, hearing them in my mind rendered in Jim’s voice. Paul captures the personality, the humor, the serious side with precision I don’t often detect in biographical works.

That doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen; it does mean the author is skilled and dedicated to getting it right. He goes so far as to demonstrate what the ‘badges’ in the crowd know to be true: when there’s an event involving several people, the tale will definitely not be the same as told by each participant.

He relates an incident from Jim’s view and then gets the other team member – Bill Allard or “George” – to retell the story. There are differences, which Jim well knew to be a normal human characteristic.

“Cirillo freely acknowledged that his recollection of events sometimes differed from that of his partner, and that did not make him lose credibility with me – quite the contrary. Nothing would be less credible that two participants remembering every detail of a gunfight exactly the same way.”

Hence, the relative unreliability of eyewitness testimony. Jim was also quite the raconteur. He’d embellish for entertainment or for instructional impact. I never knew him to lie. Further, those who worked with him found him trustworthy and honest to a fault.

And funny. Very funny.

Will you get practical instructional value out of this retelling?

I did, but I tend to seek that kind of thing out. It reinforced a concept to me, true in shooting, in fights, in policing, in politics and in life generally: there are some things known to be 100% every time … until they’re not, which tends to happen.

The thing about learning from fights is that they all seem to have unique aspects that hinder generalization. That doesn’t mean “don’t study the past.” It means “study the past carefully.”

For me, it was a chance to relive the conversations I had with Jim and the time I got to spend with Jim and his son. I wouldn’t trade those memories for anything.

You may have to search the auction site for Kirchner’s books; it seems that when one sells, it shows “sold” and you have to seek the link for another book for sale. While unwieldy, it’s doable.

If you’re a student of the serious use of firearms, this book is a ‘must read.’ Likewise, if you simply read for entertainment or to learn a little history.

-- Rich Grassi

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