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FEBRUARY 2, 2021

Staccato 2011, LLC announced team, product, and distribution updates. In October, the company’s 2011 pistols had been approved for duty in over 250 law enforcement agencies. All 2021 Staccato pistols will include the continuous improvement updates from 2020.
OSS Suppressors LLC introduces the new RAD 9 and RAD 45 – lightweight and modular, they are built with the next generation Flow-Baffle technology, substantially reducing gas blowback while maintaining superior pistol performance.
Primary Arms Government announced its sponsorship of the Houston Police Department Marksmanship Team’s First Clay Shoot. This 72-target event also includes a dinner, along with giveaways from top sponsors.

ETS Group releases their new 40 round 9mm magazines for the Smith and Wesson M&P, Sig P320, and HK VP9. These clear polymer magazines are made from advanced polymers that provide extreme impact resistance so they won’t crack or break when dropped.
Gunwerks announced the hiring of Brian Poor and Ian Miner as instructors at the Long Range University. Poor comes to Gunwerks with over 31 years of experience and Miner has over seven years of long range shooting experience.
Military Products, maker of Tac Shield products and Sport Ridge shooting gear, appoints Sport South as an official wholesale partner.

SIGHTRON announced they have won Hard Air Magazine’s Gold Award. The Sightron SIII FT Series 10-50X60mm riflescope scored 95% at the conclusion of testing, earning it the coveted award, Hard Air Magazine’s top accolade.
The MEPRO RDS Pro V2 is the latest red dot optic from Meprolight. Features include 16 levels of brightness and the choice of two reticle patterns—2.0 MOA dot with either green or red reticle.
SIG SAUER, Inc.announced that Team SIG Pro Shooter Lena Miculek received the Gundies Most Influential Female Award. The Gundies is an annual community voted award that spotlights the world’s best firearm-centric content creators and influencers.

Blaser Group is pleased to honor its top-performing sales representatives for their exceptional efforts on behalf of Blaser Group throughout 2020.
Orchid LLC announced the appointment of Michael Andersen to the position of Director of Regulatory Services. He will lead Orchid’s international trade practice and will fulfill client needs related to ATF compliance, import / export licensing and firearm eCommerce regulations.
NSSF’s Melissa Schilling and Colleen Leonard have earned their GBAC Technician certifications, which will help ensure that all NSSF Live! events will be conducted in accordance with the highest standards to protect the health and safety of attendees and team members.

Modular Driven Technologies announced the addition of the .300WSM / 6.5 PRC / 7RSAUM calibers to the MDT Metal Short Action Magazine family. These magazines are designed with a unique Double Stack to Single Feed transition design for reduced overall height.
Otis announces the Professional Pistol Cleaning Kit, a must-have for any Glock owner. This new kit cleans and maintains 9MM, .40 cal, and .45 caliber Glock pistols.
Walker’s introduces the new X-TRM Razor Digital w/Bluetooth earmuffs. Improved from the original Razor earmuffs, the X-TRM Razor Digital w/Bluetooth feature ultra-low profile with GEL ear pads, cool mesh headband with advanced technology for one of the best electronic hearing protection choices on the market.

 

The MEPRO RDS Pro V2 is the latest red dot optic from Meprolight. Features include 16 levels of brightness and the choice of two reticle patterns—2.0 MOA dot with either green or red reticle.
The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms says: "When perennially anti-gun Sen. Dick Durbin declared in a tweet to make gun control a 'top priority' now that he chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, it was an unmistakable signal that Capitol Hill Democrats represent a danger to the Second Amendment."
To inspire repeat business from 2020’s millions of new gun owners, retailers like Jacques Clerc of Inner 10 Weapons and Training in Omaha, Neb., use classes to create meaningful connections for customers and their firearms purchase — with the goal of turning one-time buyers into enthusiasts.
Shoot Like A Girl is pleased to welcome back more than 38 corporate partners for the 2021 Home of the Brave Tour. These include retailers Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s, firearms manufacturers and many more companies.
 

Over the last year, I stumbled across a channel on YouTube called “HR Funk.” He has a video series called “Qualification Challenge Videos.” In these, his objective is to shoot the mandated law enforcement handgun qualification course from every state in the union. While some states don’t have a mandated course and others allow some discretion in the procedure for the courses, he does his best to get a representative course of fire from an agency in those states.

He uses a different handgun each time to “challenge” the course. The object is to evaluate each course in an effort to identify “the best.” He has identified elements that he considers important. Creating a spreadsheet, he compares each to those elements and the one with the highest score wins.

He has a system. I may or may not agree with bits and pieces of it, but he has a plan.

I can pick at his definition of elements as critical (e.g., ‘failure’ drills, shooting one-handed with either hand, shooting from cover, verbalization stage, decision-making/shoot-don’t shoot, moving target, shooting while seated, shooting at distance .. among others), but the issue isn’t with the content creator or his system; I’m not really a fan of “qualification” per-se.

Months down the road -- or years -- could you remember whether or not one of these officers missed some shots? Below, individual standards are one-on-one, documented individually.>

As “HR” illustrates, there are a good many things inherent in these courses, things we should learn and things we should practice. But what should we test and how can we best test skills for the purposes of (1) supervision, (2) effectiveness of training, (3) documentation for internal purposes – retention, promotion, special assignments and (4) to supply information to the court in the event of criminal/civil litigation?

What? You thought this was about shooting?

No. The concept of qualification is a “documented standard of achievement.” Can the officer do the right thing in sterile conditions with the aim that another person can testify to the officer meeting the standard?

When I was close to retirement, I helped the outfit get a new handgun to issue and offered to help in the transition. I wrote up a class outline and specified two features relevant to this discussion. One was an accuracy test -- ten hits on a sheet of copy paper from ten yards.

This is for people used to shooting at a barn-size silhouette at the same distance – with any hit counting for something. Why copy paper? Partly for budget reasons, but primarily because I could keep the signed, dated page in the file to demonstrate that a specific officer shot the issued pistol for accuracy and had ten hits on that page.

That’s documentation. If they say “he couldn’t shoot,” I could produce the page and say, “Maybe not, but he sure did that day.”

 

Is it the same as the street? No less than any qual course in the USA. That didn’t end testing, but was simply a start.

We run line drills as “qualifications” so we can get “everyone through” in an orderly, proficient military manner. Looking back at the reasons for testing, I don’t see “getting them through” as an objective. “Getting them through” is laziness.

So in my transition, I had each person learn the skills likely to be needed – loading, holstering, unloading, safely drawing, a ready position to replace the hideously risky “gunpoint,” pivots and turns without muzzling people. After the training, each trainer took a group. Every participant got to perform each skill individually for the instructor’s approval – and documentation.

Clearing stoppages, this one a failure to extract/eject, is critical to learn and practice. It's not something to test on a line qual, but is relevant in individual standards.

So Deputy “A” performed the needed skills on a date certain in the view of Instructor “B,” who documented it. If you’ve ever seen the IALEFI Safety Check (a non-shooting evaluation), it’s along those lines, but our people had to shoot – and hit inside the scoring rings of the TQ-15 we used at the time. Any other impact point was a miss.

This met the needs of training effectiveness assessment, supervision, retention and documentation.

It takes longer to accomplish the task and like every single qual course, doesn’t cover everything. What test really does?

A ‘test’ properly comes at the end of training (a ‘pretest’ is handy, to gauge progress). For the “qualification is training” crowd, I’d submit you’re in the minority of the instructor community – at least that was true “back when.”

The primary focus is the same as any testing to renew a driver’s license – to ensure there are no issues that need remediation before we allow you back on the road. Execution of the standards show some basic operational safety skills and has a (minor) marksmanship component. It takes longer to do, uses less ammunition and it features one officer performing skills for one documenting instructor.

I still like shooting drills and I still collect qual courses because I’m a student of the game. But I think the individual standards best accomplish the needs of the agency. In any event, HR Funk puts a lot of effort into his videos and his work is appreciated.

-- Rich Grassi

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