SEPTEMBER 22, 2022

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is pleased to announce that Team Ruger continued its winning streak by securing several divisional wins last weekend.
The lightweight HIP Gunner is designed to carry your weapon concealed on the waist or sling style cross-body. The front pocket of this concealed carry hip bag has loops for spare magazines and plenty of room for necessities.
MidwayUSA announced the promotion of Stacey Uptegrove to eCommerce Strategy Manager. Stacey began her career at MidwayUSA in 1994 in Customer Service where she was an Administrative Assistant before becoming a Training Supervisor.

Henry Repeating Arms is pleased to announce a total figure raised in the amount of $52,175 to benefit Shadow Warriors Project.
MidwayUSA is excited to announce the promotion of Brandon Stallo to UX Manager - eCommerce.
Taurus announces the hiring of Caleb Giddings as Marketing Manager for the Taurus brand.

Tactical Gear Distributors is seeking additions to its national sales team. Candidates with experience in shooting sports retail, distribution or rep agency can work remotely.
Winchester is launching its “Introduction to Ammunition-Ammo 101” series, a four-part series that includes custom illustrations and information in the following ammunition categories: rifle, pistol, rimfire and shotshell.
Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw appealed FPC’s victory in the Andrews v. McCraw lawsuit, which held that Texas’ ban on handgun carry by young adults is unconstitutional under the Second Amendment.

Gun Owners of America (GOA) and Gun Owners Foundation (GOF) have re-filed a federal lawsuit in the Northern District of New York over the poorly named Concealed Carry Improvement Act, which took effect September 1st.
The Second Amendment Foundation announced that it is financially supporting a federal lawsuit filed by four Illinois residents who are challenging a ban on licensed concealed carry on Public Transportation under the state’s Firearm Concealed Carry Act.
Anderson Manufacturing prepares for the oncoming hunting season by adding a .350 Legend option for their Sharpshooter and Marksman models within the AM-15 Precision Series.

The DC Project, Women for Gun Rights, returned fifty-one delegates representing forty-eight states to Washington, DC, September 13-16, 2022, to deliver its core message to Congress. Their effort concluded with a rally on the steps of the United States Supreme Court.
More than two months after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down New York State’s “proper cause” requirement that was used for generations to deny carry licenses to untold numbers of people, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms says crime victims prevented from being legally armed deserve reparations for decades of disregard for their rights., a multi-merchant marketplace for the outdoor recreation community, announced the launch of a storefront for Mainers, an accessories brand that makes mittens for extremely cold weather.


Recently a gentleman contacted me about training. In response to the details and pricing he accused me of being a “crook,” and he told me that he “refused to be ripped off.” “Someone,” he wrote, “should put you in prison for robbery.” Not sure what I’m guilty of. His response - although rude - was amusing. It also prompted me to do some research on the cost of firearms training.

Pretty much everything you need to do in order to use a firearm safely and efficiently is counter to our “natural” instincts. When picking up a firearm, the unlearned will place their finger on the trigger; that’s where it feels “right.” None of us are programmed to shoot accurately. The aim, hold, press and follow-through is only learned after many repetitions. Instinct tells you to suck in tight to cover; in reality, you want to create distance from the object being used for protection. You’re going to have to invest time and money into training, especially for defensive principles and skills.

Two of the top facilities for defensive training are Thunder Ranch, in Oregon, and Gunsite in Arizona. Tuition at Thunder Ranch for their three-day “Defensive Handgun” class is $1200. Thunder Ranch uses lead-free ammunition, which you can purchase from Sinter Fire. You’ll need 1000 rounds, which currently is listed at $532. Gunsite’s “250 Pistol,” their entry level defensive class is five days, with a cost of $1820. A thousand rounds on site costs $550.

I also checked with Tom Givens of Range Master, who is a great instructor that teaches in various locations. His two-day “Combative Pistol” class costs $495, and you’ll run through five to six hundred rounds. For something local and closer to home I checked the website of Bullet & Barrel, a firearms facility in Huntsville, Alabama. They provide a variety of courses, and have a three-hour defensive class which costs $120 and requires 150 rounds of ammunition.

In addition to tuition and ammunition costs – assuming you already have firearms and related gear – you’ll need to factor in travel costs, food and lodging, the price of time away from home and possibly hours lost from your job.

About this time some of you are asking, “Is training worth all this?” Yes, it’s expensive, both time wise and financially. And after training, you’ll need plenty of practice, which is when the real learning occurs.

But, if you’re going to have a firearm in anticipation of using it for defense, training and practice are mandatory. Think of it as insurance. It’s affordable “health” insurance, and provides the ability to defend yourself, family or friends against a violent attack. We also know that learning defensive principles and skills actually reduces your chances of even being involved in a violent confrontation. Should you need to apply these against an attacker there’s less chance of making mistakes and acting in an irresponsible manner that makes you the “bad guy.”

Yes, training is costly, but once you consider the horrible alternatives to not getting instruction, you’ll see it’s a wise investment.

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.

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