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FEBRUARY 18, 2021

For 2020, Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE:RGR) reports net sales of $568.9 million, with diluted earnings of $5.09/per share. The increase represents a thirty-nine percent increase over 2019. The company also announced plans to re-introduce Marlin lever action firearms to further broaden the company’s offerings in “late 2021”.
Galco’s versatile WheelGunner belt holster offers a bilateral design as well as quick on-off capability. It secures the revolver with a combination of hand molding and an adjustable hammer thong.
Hornady announced the appointment of Seth Swerczek to Marketing Communications Manager. Swerczek began with Hornady in 2013 as a Technical Services Representative and most recently as a ballistician in the Hornady Engineering Department.

Bangers Wholesale announced the recent partnership with 3M|Peltor to distribute their complete line of hearing protection and safety eyewear products to firearms dealers nationwide.
The U.S. Concealed Carry Association announced its online petition in support of H.R. 38, The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2021, has received more than 75,000 signatures and is gaining every day.
Taurus announced another expansion of its premiere hunting revolver line with the introduction of the new Raging Hunter .460 S&W, a five-shot DA/SA revolver.

Century Arms introduced their AP5 firearm line to the US market. The AP5 or “Apparatus Pistol”, is a roller delayed blowback firearm imported from the MKE manufacturing facility. They are available in a full sized model, a midsized version, and a fully concealable version as the AP5-M.
Walther launched the Performance Duty Pistol, its flagship handgun. Including Red Dot Ergonomics engineered into the pistol, SuperTerrain serrations and Performance Duty Trigger, the new 9mm pistol is modular, versatile and is available in compact and full-size service models.
BPI Outdoors / Bergara Rifles announced that their Bergara B-14R Trainer rifle will be available in a left-handed version in steel and carbon fiber barrel.

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc.is pleased to introduce the Jeff Quinn Memorial GP100 revolver to honor Gunblast.com founder, Jeff Quinn, who passed away last year. Ruger created the Jeff Quinn Memorial GP100 in collaboration with Lipsey's and the members of Gunblast.com.
Bianchi, a Safariland brand, announced the Bianchi 126GLS Assent concealment holster. This is the first Bianchi leather holster to incorporate Safariland’s advanced Grip Locking System retention, offering multi-fit capability. The 126GLS comes in six sizes to fit over 250 firearms.
ETS Group announced the release of their new 30 and 40 round 9mm magazines for the CZ Scorpion Evo. These clear polymer magazines are made so they won’t crack or break when dropped.

Meprolight Tru-Dot night sights allow you to upgrade your capabilities for less-than-ideal low light defense situations. An upgrade to factory-supplied sights, Meprolight Tru-Dot models require no transition from day to night use.
The Samson Manufacturing Low-Profile M-LOK Hand Stop is contoured to provide a more comfortable interface with your hand - and the minimalist design takes up less space on your handguard.
Daniel Defense has joined the Second Amendment Foundation’s ‘Corporate Sponsorship Program’ as the first Gold level supporter for 2021.

The G43/G45 magnifiers developed by EOTECH were initially launched to the world at SHOT 2020. As of February 1, 2021, both G43 and G45 magnifiers have begun shipping with volume ramp-ups to occur in the next few weeks.
Ballistic features a For Your Eyes Only cover image starring Black Rifle Coffee Company co-founder Mat Best. Also, the magazine is bigger than ever at 164 pages.
On American Rifleman TV, the picks for the top 10 machine guns of all time continues with No. 4, the Browning M2 .50-cal. heavy machine gun, and No. 3, the German MG42 general-purpose machine gun.
 

Editor’s note: When working from downed/disabled positions live fire on a range, look out for the angle at which rounds approach and exit the target; if you’re close, you’ll potentially put rounds over the backstop. As an alternative, working close, use airsoft or lower the targets to ensure a safe backstop, per RULE 4.

One of the big advantages of fighting with firearms is the ability to move while still putting hits on the threat. It’s usually better to stay on your feet while fighting so you can move. But there are times you’re forced to fight from a position other than standing. When this happens it’s far better to have practiced in advance.

Fights at danger close -- arm’s reach distance -- often end up on the ground. The attacker lands a smashing right hook into the side of your head; pushes you down or tackles you from behind. Maybe, and we see this happen on the range so you know it occurs in fight, you trip over your own feet. Regardless of the reason you why -- you ended up on the ground and you don’t want to stay down.

Train in “grounded drills,” using the gun to fight your way up to standing from a downed position on your stomach, back, sideways. You practice how to safely draw the pistol from these positions, without sweeping or covering yourself or others. Working with a dummy weapon on the carpet in the den is the best way to learn these skills, but only after receiving instruction on the proper techniques.

The fight may begin while you’re sitting. You’re at a desk, a table at the diner or maybe sitting inside a car. The situation requires you to draw while seated, another skill that needs to be practiced for efficiency but also for safety. Because of restricted movement – it might not be a good idea to telegraph what you’re doing - move the feet and legs out of the way of the muzzle as you draw.

It may be necessary to get lower to take advantage of cover. In most defensive situations it’s important to use positions that are quick to get into -- and equally important, easy to get out of. Usually this means working from a kneeling position. The “speed” or “unbraced” kneel is simply dropping down onto the strong side knee. In “braced” kneeling the support elbow is resting on the support knee. There’s the “double” kneeling position; you drop down onto both knees. This works well for leaning out to both strong and support sides of cover. While discovering which positions work best, you’re also learning what doesn’t work for you, which changes as you age.

Regardless of where you’re fighting from, your position must be stable. When moving from one position to another, for example from kneeling to standing, keep the muzzle pointing in the appropriate location and finger off the trigger. Whenever possible make sure to scan as you change positions; each one gives you a different view of the world.

Learn these techniques and skills in advance, as opposed to attempting to acquire new skills during the fight – which is difficult if not impossible. As they say the devil is in the details. Sure, things probably won’t go as planned. No problem. A good grounding in these fundamentals will allow you to improvise as necessary.

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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