APRIL 15, 2021

A new survey by McLaughlin & Associates, a nationally-recognized polling firm based in Blauvelt, New York, shows overwhelming public support for the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, and a clear majority belief that more gun control laws would not have prevented recent mass shootings in Georgia and Colorado. According to the survey results, 52.2 percent of the public thinks better enforcement of existing gun laws is the right approach to reducing violent crime, and 55.5 percent want politicians to focus on current laws rather than enact more laws (36.1%). Importantly, 58.1 percent of Americans believe any proposed firearm policies should be debated and enacted through a democratic process, while only 31 percent think the president should enact policy by executive order.
The Civilian Marksmanship Programhosted the 2021 Talladega Spring Classic at the CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park in Alabama. Over 400 rifle and pistol entries flowed throughout the 500-acres of the facility, logging a successful turnout to launch the CMP’s spring schedule.
SIG SAUER, Inc. congratulates Team SIG Captain and professional shooter Max Michel for his first-place finish in the Carry Optics Division at the Inaugural 2021 Team Motley Dragon’s Cup.

RCBS has announced the expansion of its Matchmaster and Group D Die offerings with the addition of several new cartridge options.
The Plano AW2 Pistol Case is made in the USA. It features a Dri-Loc seal to keep dirt, dust, debris, and moisture out while the interior features pluckable foam. An over-molded handle allows for easy transport and is airline approved.
Galco offers an array of ankle holsters, a carry method that can be ideal in warm weather. These include the Ankle Glove, Ankle Lite and the Ankle Guard.

Remington Ammunition announced the much-anticipated brand homecoming and factory reboot at its Lonoke, Arkansas facility.
Safariland announced the formation of a new breed of brand ambassadors: CADRE. The CADRE brings first-hand expertise in product application, life dependent scenarios and training capabilities.
Primary Arms Optics has announced the hiring of Katie Ryan as the new U.S. Field Sales Manager. Formerly of VLTOR Weapon Systems and Safari Club International, Katie brings a wealth of experience in firearms sales and customer relationship management.

Hornady has been named an Official Sponsor of the 2021 National Rifle League Hunter Series. As an Official Sponsor of the NRL Hunter Series, Hornady will provide products as match donations and help promote the series through its various platforms.
Pulsar has unveiled three brand-new Thermion 2 models. They have Wi-Fi connectivity with Stream Vision App compatibility along with built-in video recording with sound and 16GB of memory storage.
Safariland announced new 575 Slim Pro-Fit holsters equipped with Safariland’s Grip Locking System. It is designed for the GLOCK 43, 43X and 48, Springfield Armory Hellcat and XD-S, Sig Sauer P365/P365X, Smith & Wesson M&P Shield/Shield Plus, and similarly sized pistols.

Federal Premium introduces Punch 22 LR, a new load using a first-of-its-kind 29-grain nickel-plated lead-core bullet, pushed at maximum velocities for the deepest penetration through short-barrel handguns.
Blackhawk continues to educate new and experienced gun owners through its Your Right 2 Protect initiative. The YR2P program was created by Blackhawk to support new and existing firearms owners with the goal of helping people them feel more confident, prepared, and protected when carrying a firearm
The EOTECH Vudu 5-25x50 FFP now offers an illuminated Horus TREMOR reticle for long-range accuracy. The Horus TREMOR3 reticle allows Vudu shooters to quickly and accurately estimate target range and size while compensating for bullet drop and wind.

Primary Arms Online now carries an assortment of concealed carry handbags and purses from popular brands, Gun Tote’n Mamas and Cameleon Bags.
Manufactured from a solid piece of 4140 Chrome-Moly steel, hardened and coated, the Securis is useful for any task from cutting to breaching, making it the perfect addition to any go-bag.

This week I got the opportunity to meet with one of the greats in the firearms industry. Il Ling New was in north Alabama teaching a Scout Rifle class at the CMP range in Anniston and found time to come by, sit and talk for a while. Although she shouldn’t need it – considering her accomplishments in the firearms world – this also created the chance to introduce Il Ling to readers of the Wire.

Il Ling grew up shooting; as a teenager she worked for her father’s outfitting service. At 17 she received her first guide license, and was the first female captain of Yale University’s skeet and trap team. “My father encouraged me to be a well-rounded person,” she explained. “He taught me how to safely ride a horse and motorcycle, how to shoot and hunt.” She’s worked as a professional guide, has hunted game across the world and is renowned for her ability to prepare hunters for their action in the field.

In 2012 Il Ling was inducted into the California Outdoors Hall of Fame, receiving more votes than any of those honored that year. Considering California is the center of sports, this is high praise. She was elected to the NRA Board of Directors in 2018. On top of all this, she’s an instructor at Gunsite, where she teaches defensive classes for handguns, rifle and shotguns, plus hunting courses and wingshooting.

Her first professional training in defensive use of firearms was in 1981. “My parents understood ‘defense,’” she told me, and encouraged her to get handgun training. She went to Gunsite for her first class – a 250 Handgun course. “A few months later,” she added, “I went back to Gunsite for a rifle class.” As a marketing executive travelling the world, she credits training at Gunsite with helping her avoid danger – even in places where she couldn’t be armed.

That's Il Ling, as a student in a 250 (Defensive Handgun) in 2006. I'm not sure anyone knew that she'd been a Gunsite instructor since 2000 nor that her first 250 was in 1981! And that's a Smith & Wesson Model 586 357 Magnum worn crossdraw.

Jeff Cooper took an interest in Il Ling’s training, and in 2000 she became a full-fledged instructor at Gunsite. Even now, when she speaks about those times you can tell that Gunsite and Cooper hold special places in her heart. “Life lessons,” she said, “come from places like Gunsite.” She even met her husband there, when he was attending classes.

When I asked what inspired her to become a firearms instructor she paused. “Everybody should know how to safely use firearms.” Then she quickly added that she was motivated and encouraged by great teachers. “Their influences led me to teaching people to defend themselves.” And this is where she has truly shined. Her message to others? “If I can do it,” she told me – being a petite woman – “you can do it, too.”

If this is your introduction to Il Ling then go onto the ‘net and search out her writings and video. Should you ever get the chance to train with her I’d highly recommend the experience. And if you know someone who questions their abilities when it comes to firearms, Il Ling is a great role model to steer them towards.

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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