JUNE 16, 2022

The Civilian Marksmanship Program announced the addition of two new pistol trophies to be awarded at the annual National Matches at Camp Perry. The trophies are designed to pay tribute to prominent figures in the pistol world and will be ready for presentation at the 2022 National Matches.
Team Federal congratulates brand ambassador Josh Froelich on winning 1st Overall and 1st Open Division titles at the 2022 Vortex JP Tri-Gun held at Forest Lake Sportsman’s Club in Minnesota, June 11-12. Federal Ammunition was a Platinum Sponsor for the event.

CMMG® has taken portability to a whole new level with the introduction of the DISSENT™ – a new line of buffer-less AR15 pistols that utilize the company’s patent-pending Compact Action. At the time of release, the DISSENT will be available in 5.56x45mm, .300BLK and 5.7x28mm, with each model sporting a 6.5-inch free-floated barrel and complemented with a 5.5-inch M-LOK Handguard, making the DISSENT the shortest, most stowable Personal Defense Weapon that CMMG has built to date.

At the heart of the DISSENT is CMMG’s patent-pending Compact Action, which makes it possible to operate the firearm without the receiver extension and buffer assembly installed. The Compact Action uses a set of dual guide rods and springs contained within the upper receiver to cycle the action and is compatible with both Direct Impingement and CMMG’s patented Radial Delayed Blowback™ operating systems. Click here to read more.

Benelli announced that several members of Team Benelli 3-Gun successfully participated in the 2022 Zombies in the Heartland event. This much-anticipated annual competition took place June 3-5 at the Heartland Public Shooting Park in Grand Island, Nebraska.

The Civilian Marksmanship Program announced the 2022 First Shot Ceremony, set to take place Tuesday, July 12, at the Camp Perry National Guard Training Facility near Port Clinton, Ohio.
1791 Gunleather offers a wide range of quality holsters for any handgun, including the micro-compact Taurus GX4. The new GX4 IWB Kydex holster sports a slim, lightweight design that can accommodate optics and provide a customized multi-position fit.
The Hide-Away Security Wallet from Elite Survival Systems not only carries wallet essentials, but sports an ankle holster to carry a lightweight micro-pistol.

Liberty Ammunition, a manufacturer of self-defense ammunition, is being adopted by Focus Fire Training as the instructors’ personal carry ammo.
Colt’s Manufacturing Company announced that the Colt Anaconda has been selected as the 2022 American Hunter Golden Bullseye Handgun of the Year.
Amid the renewed clamor by anti-gunners for a ban on so-called “assault weapons,” the Second Amendment Foundation pointed to a new Quinnipiac University poll showing public support for such a ban to be at an all-time low.

Gatorz Eyewear has taken two of its most popular protective eyewear frame options, the Specter and the Magnum, and laser engraved 15 stars and stripes on the side of the frames, creating both protective and patriotic limited-edition eyewear.
Bushnell announced the availability of the new Broadhead Laser Rangefinder. Engineered for precision and +/- 0.3-yard accuracy out to 150 yards on any target, the Broadhead Laser Rangefinder is made for archers and bowhunters.
Blackhawk, a leader in law enforcement and military equipment for over 20 years, has released its Father’s Day Gear Guide as well as an exclusive Ranger Green T-Series holster in time for celebrating dad.

The hunters in your life want more trail cameras for Father's Day. Wireless trail cameras from Wildgame Innovations fit the bill, transmitting images straight to Dad's mobile device at any time.


XS Sights should be well known by all readers here. They offer sights for about any platform, in a variety of configurations. XS recently released a version of their R3D sights for the Springfield SA-35 Hi Power. The SA-35 is a great pistol. With the addition of the XS sight it scores high in every category. But wait, there’s more. It’s a surprising twist – and maybe a Tactical Wire exclusive – they also fit another brand of Hi Power.

XS began life as Ashley Research & Development. Ashley Emerson decided to manufacture “better” sights for handguns and field/hunting rifles. He teamed up with Ed Pastusek – A&E Mfg. – which after several evolutions ended up as XS Sights. Today they provide sights for almost everything, and are best known for their work with tritium sights.

There's a good reason XS produces sights for the Springfield Hi Power. First, Hi Powers are more popular than ever. Springfield is building as many as possible, and is still trying to meet demand. The SA-35’s factory sights are nice but have no tritium. XS has met this need, and of course, you know they only produce quality products.

The arrival of the XS sights presented a problem. I have a SA-35 but, very early on, modified it to take an XS sight. There’s no going back so, I wasn’t sure what to install the new sights onto.

Ben works with me in the shop. While comparing Hi Powers, his is a Tisas BR-9 clone, we noticed that the dovetails on the Turkish pistol’s sights looked very similar to those of the XS sight. They were so close that we decided to see how the sights fit.

Having the proper tools for the job is essential when working on pistols, especially sight swaps. Yes, you can use a hammer and punch. There’s a good chance you’ll damage both sights and pistol. Alternatively, you can get a sight tool (a jig to lock everything into) and push sights out and then in with some precision.

I use a setup from B&J Machine; Brownells carries them. Over many years and a multitude of handguns it’s never failed me. The rear sight on the Tisas was tight. There’s no way a hammer/punch would have driven it out successfully. The sight tool pushed it out cleanly, although there was a very loud “pop” once it broke free.

While the XS sights did require a little polishing and honing to fit the Tisa slide it wasn’t anything out of the ordinary. It’s not uncommon to have to perform a little fitting. After that, they mounted up with no problem.

The modifications you perform on a defensive pistol are limited by two things – money and imagination. Since the majority of us work with limited budgets that leaves us a whole lot of room to focus on being creative. In this case, the creativity was in fitting sights made for one pistol to install them on another … one which nobody makes tritium sights for.

Your budget doesn’t have to be the only factor when considering how to make things better. A creative response can work just as well as “store-bought.”

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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