Hornady congratulates Phillip Velayo on his performance at the Alpha Munitions PRS Match, September 3, 2022, in Price, Utah. Velayo took 2nd place overall shooting Hornady 6.5mm 135 gr. A-Tip Match bullets.
Samson Manufacturing has announced their participation as event sponsors of “Kalashtober,” a two-day AK-47 focused training and range competition being held in Pelham NH.
Honored American Veterans Afield hosted their Inaugural Pacific Northwest Range Day at the Tacoma Sportsmen’s Club last weekend. The range day event brought nearly 75 Veterans together for a day of shooting, comradery, and prizes.

The growing line of Rapid Force duty retention holsters will be on display at the WLLE Training Symposium Sept. 12 – 14, 2022, in Anaheim, California, booth #611.
RECOIL Magazine, a publication of CMG West, LLC, announces its first inaugural CANCON event. Come join the RECOIL, OFFGRID, and the Gun Digest teams right outside of Savannah, Georgia, for a weekend featuring firearms and suppressors from the best manufacturers in the industry.
DeSantis Gunhide introduces multiple new holster fits for the Springfield Prodigy 4.25” with or without red dot sight.

SIG SAUER Academy announced a partnership with The Light Foundation for its Corporate Training Day 2022. The proceeds raised from the event will directly benefit the programming of The Light Foundation whose mission is to provide leadership tools and training through outdoor experiences to underserved youth.
Iron Valley Supply, a leading shooting sports distributor, announced the hiring of Dan Gilnack to serve as Account Manager. Dan comes to Iron Valley after a successful 15 year career in private security working for companies such as UBS and Johnson Matthey Pharmaceuticals.

As part of an ongoing national effort to help prevent illegal “straw” purchases of firearms, NSSF, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Department of Justice are reminding the Greater Phoenix area public that stiff penalties are in place for individuals convicted of such unlawful purchases. The campaign is in its 22nd year and is a cornerstone of the cooperative relationship between members of the firearm industry and law enforcement.
MidwayUSA’s Jeff Larkin recently accepted the position of Vice President – Merchandising. The transition comes in the wake of former Merchandising Vice President Ryan Fischer’s announcement of plans to retire later this year.
Ed Small, CEO of Big Rock Sports, LLC and parent company Peak Global Holdings, announced that David McCartney has been named president of Big Rock Sports. McCartney will assume responsibility for the day-to-day management of the outdoor sporting goods distribution company.

Parkwest Arms is still going strong. Since Steve Rabackoff acquired the company, Parkwest Arms has had an impressive 18-month stretch of growth that included an increase in revenue annually as well as continued expansion to its already impressive line of quality firearms and services.
AMMO, Inc. announced that Steven Urvan, Chief Strategy Officer, and Susan Lokey, Chief Financial Officer of SpeedLight I, LLC d/b/a, have been placed on administrative leave with immediate effect.
The Loadout™ Range Bag from Elite Survival Systems offers the utmost in modular versatility. From its adjustable, movable mag pouches and accessory pouches, to its removable firearms compartments and lift-out ammo insert, this bag offers unrivalled customization.

Bushnell announces the availability of two new micro red dot sights for personal protection and concealed carry, the RXC-200 and RXU-200. The two new micro red dots expand Bushnell’s proven RX Series and are compatible with popular optics-ready pistols such as the Glock 43, S&W Shield, Springfield Armory Hellcat and SIG P365.
ZEISS announces the release of its all-new first focal plane riflescope – the ZEISS LRP S3. The new riflescope for long-range precision shooting and hunting includes impressive total elevation travel, advanced optics, daytime visible illuminated reticle, ballistic stop, and an external locking windage turret.
Sturm, Ruger & Company announces the latest addition to its modern sporting rifle lineup: the Small-Frame Autoloading Rifle, (SFAR). Chambered in 7.62 NATO / .308 Win., the SFAR combines the ballistic advantages of .308 Winchester with the size of a traditional MSR.

NSSF released its 2022 Congressional Report Card, grading all 430 sitting U.S. Representatives (as of Aug. 8) and 100 U.S. Senators on key legislation that is of critical importance to the firearm industry, Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens and America’s hunters and target shooters.
Smith & Wesson announced the launch of a new GUNSMARTS campaign. Evolving from the first two series, this new video lineup focuses on intermediate and advanced training topics to further promote skill growth and continue the journey of firearm education and ownership.
Trinity Oak’s Thumbtack Ranch, the first Purple Heart ranch in the country, located in Batesville, Texas, a partner with San Antonio Food Bank for the past four years, will be taking the partnership to a new phase.
Liberty Ammo announced participation in the "Ultimate Outdoor Defender" Giveaway. Top brands from key categories have joined together to offer consumers the best prizes this year.
Kimber is extending the R7 Mako promotion for all new R7 Mako pistols. R7 Mako (OI) models will receive a $100 Kimber store credit, and (OR) model purchases will receive a $50 merchandise credit – both for use on the Kimber Store.
Kimber, Mfg. is continuing its popular promotion until Oct. 31, 2022, allowing customers to get a free 7-round Tac-Mag - which has a value of $53.95 – with all new Micro 9 pistol purchases.
CARNIVORE Magazine, a publication of CMG West, LLC, has released its latest issue, number 8, with the latest in field-to-table products, personalities, recipes, and wild game hunting.
In the Sept. issue of Shooting Industry, Hank Yacek argues with sustained high levels of demand, “the art of salesmanship can go out the window as salespersons become transaction facilitators.”

When was the last time you did any low-light practice? A large portion of attacks occur in low-light environments. Working the pistol in the dark is a different experience. Add in a flashlight and things get more complicated. The principles for working in low-light environments and the proper techniques to achieve these goals are not something you want to learn on the job.

The first step is learning to manipulate your weapon based on feel. You should be able to load, reload and clear malfunctions without needing to see the weapon. During the fight you want to keep your eyes on the threat(s). They’re not going to stand still while you’re eyeballing the pistol to reload or clear a stoppage. Plus, when it’s dark looking at the pistol won’t help any. Dry practice, using dummy rounds with your eyes closed until you can do everything based on feel.

There are numerous techniques for using a hand-held light in conjunction with pistol or long gun. There’s no one method that will do everything needed. At the same time, you don’t need thirteen various ones to choose from. I teach four. The “Jaw” – light is held against the jaw, the beam in alignment with where you’re looking. This is the quickest technique to assume and fire, although with one hand. It’s also safe, allowing you to draw and holster without muzzling the support hand/arm holding the light.

The “Harries” technique is used on the strong side of the weapon. For right hand shooters this is used for clearing a left turn corner and working to the right of cover. For a right turn corner and working the left of cover, the “Reverse Harries” positions the light on the support side of the weapon. The “old” F.B.I. method of holding the light off to the side works well for scanning, and moving shadows to reveal what’s hiding there.

How much should you use the light? As little as possible or as much as necessary. There may be enough ambient light that you can move without using the light. Then, when seeing something suspicious, use the light to determine whether it’s trouble or not. Or, it’s so dark you’re going to need the light to navigate, ensuring you don’t step out into trouble. The light is used to locate, identify and -- if needed -- engage the threat.

In addition to navigating unfamiliar terrain, the light can be used to communicate, indicating an area of concern or escape to a partner. A quick blast of bright light to the threat’s eyes is a good way to disorient them, buying time for you to move. The flashlight can also be used as an impact weapon, much more effective than flesh and bone.

While a weapon-mounted light simplifies things, it’s still necessary to learn the proper application of weapon and light. Plus, it’s a good idea to have a hand-held light. It offers more versatility, and serves as back-up if the mounted light fails. Part of your every-day-carry gear should include a flashlight.

How long has it been since you’ve practiced in the dark? Probably too long.

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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