NOVEMBER 1, 2022

Firearms Legal Protection, a leading provider of legal defense for self-defense, will now offer policies* in Maryland and Vermont, with the same benefits and pricing as memberships* in most other states.
The Mossberg 940 Pro Turkey Optic-Ready autoloading shotgun was awarded the 2022 Caliber Award for the “Best New Shotgun.”
SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to announce the P365-XMACRO has been awarded two prestigious 2022 NASGW POMA-Caliber Awards for “Best New Handgun” and “Best New Product.”

Celerant Technology received recognition by NASGW for its contribution to the SCOPE CLX program at the 2022 NASGW Expo. As a NASGW member and integration partner, Celerant was recognized for both its technical and data contributions to SCOPE CLX.
Bushnell congratulates pro shooter Jessie Harrison for becoming the only female shooter to win 23 USPSA Ladies National Titles. Harrison successfully defended her High Lady title at the 2022 MasterPiece Arms Racegun Nationals to earn this historical achievement.
Team Armscor’s Casey Ryan took home the first place trophy in both the Lady and C-Class categories in the Limited Division of the Berry’s 2022 Utah State Championship.

The Second Amendment Foundation has filed a reply brief in its appeal of a lower court ruling upholding an Illinois ban on firearms for the purpose of immediate self-defense in the homes of law-abiding adults licensed to provide day or foster care. SAF is joined in the action by the Illinois State Rifle Association, Illinois Carry and two private citizens, Darin E. and Jennifer J. Mille
Galco Holsters will exhibit at the USCCA Concealed Carry and Home Defense Expo in Ft. Worth next week. The company will be showing their product line, including the Concealable 2.0 and WheelGunner 2.0 belt holsters.
The Headrest Safe Company, LLC announced that they are attending and displaying at the 2022 SEMA Show. This premier trade show is geared to help small businesses thrive and succeed.

The Deep Cover Ultra Holster from Elite Survival Systems is light, thin and has an ambidextrous design.
Iron Valley Supply, a shooting sports distributor, announced the hiring of Chris Bailey to serve as Account Manager. Chris comes to Iron Valley after working in various gun stores over the past ten years.
RubLine Marketing welcomes Ryan Jennings as the growing agency’s latest hire. In his role as Marketing Strategist & Account Manager, he will develop full-scope marketing plans, evaluate and optimize campaigns, purchase media assets to execute initiatives, and manage overall client strategies.

AMMO, Inc., with, is the title sponsor of the U.S. Concealed Carry Association’s annual Concealed Carry and Home Defense Expo in Fort Worth, TX. The event is free for USCCA members and $25 for non-members who pre-register.

WildEar announced that Kansas-based Covey Sales & Marketing, an independent manufacturer’s representative agency, has been signed as its new sales representative team for the company in the Midwestern U.S.  

Firearms Policy Coalition and FPC Action Foundation announced the filing of an important brief with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in the case of Barris v. Stroud Township, which challenges the Township’s restrictions on shooting ranges.

Developed specifically for AR-15 and AR-10 platform rifles, Advanced Armament Company's Ranger 5 and Ranger 7 suppressors feature a compact design and reduced weight, delivering reliable, on-the-move performance for tactical or sporting applications.
Holosun has introduced the P.ID pistol mounted light. The P.ID is a 1000 lumen flashlight with 28,000 candelas output.
Streamlight Inc. launched a new high- power tactical rail-mounted light, the rechargeable ProTac 2.0 Rail Mount. Delivering 2,000 lumens of white light, the new light features independently operating push-button and remote pressure switches: everything needed to mount to long guns

Springfield Armory announced the release of the Hellcat Pro 9mm pistol in Desert Flat Dark Earth. The Desert FDE Hellcat Pro is a compact pistol chambered in 9mm that offers 15+1 capacity in a smaller footprint than any other gun in its class.
The Second Amendment Foundation has cautioned the mayor of Redwood City, Calif., against continuing a moratorium on allowing firearms retail sales within its jurisdiction, which could result in litigation against the city on Second Amendment grounds.
The NRA Foundation announced that it received a generous personal donation from Larry and Brenda Potterfield, including a 139,120-square foot warehouse and 8.81 acres of land in Columbia, Missouri.

SIGHTRON announced their Holiday Instant Rebate promotion on the New S1 3-9x40 G2 riflescope offered with 3 reticle options. This instant rebate promotion event runs through January 1st, 2023.
Anderson Manufacturing announces the opening of their annual Dealers Only: Black Friday Sale. The sale is set to open October 28th and run through November 14th., a multi-merchant marketplace for the outdoor recreation community, announced the addition of Wingscapes, part of PRADCO Outdoor Brands’, storefront.
Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc. will offer a $50 rebate, just in time for the holiday season, per each new eligible Smith & Wesson M&P Shield EZ pistol purchased between November 1, 2022, and December 31, 2022.

Last week, we attended the expo given by the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers during which manufacturers attempted to get the attention of distributors in the outdoors industry. While our publisher has ably covered the show here and here, I also acquired a bit of information that should be relevant to our readers.

First, I got to chat with old friend Mike Shovel, National Sales Manager of Cor-Bon Ammunition. Now located in Grafton, OH, the company is making and shipping ammunition. I’m glad to see the company is moving along.

As Jim pointed out in his feature, Mossberg isn’t standing still either. Their Patriot Predator is available chambered for the new 7mm PRC round. The standard long action rifle provides performance in accuracy, velocity and bullet weight, putting it ahead of other 7mm cartridges in the hunting field.

A discussion about pistol optics – the ‘hot ticket’ nowadays – led to a quotable moment from Pete Brownell. When I mentioned the advances in footprint, power supply availability and duration and fitting optics directly to a slide without a mounting plate, he noted the speed of innovation. I remarked that competition was the motive and he replied “competition drives innovation.”

Nothing new in the business world and not always the case – but, at least in this market segment, it surely does.

I chatted with more than one member of industry who indicated that all new pistol lines – and nearly all of the existing lines going forward, will be cut for pistol-mounted optics. I believe that’ll be the near-standard overall for the industry.

GLOCK photo.

Going to the most ‘legacy’ of the service-grade modern striker-fired auto pistols, GLOCK, they’re not moving into PMOs in a small way. It seems like the current generation guns all have “MOS” versions. In fact, they recently announced the “G45 Pistol Optics Packages … available for Agency purchase only.”

If you are an agency purchaser and the outfit has decided to go with a pistol-mounted optic for the troops, GLOCK has the G45 (essentially a G17-frame with a G19 “compact” upper) available from the factory with optics mounted.

According to a flyer from GT Distributors, the G45 MOS “Direct Cut” is available with (1) either Ameriglo Non-Tritium front/rear sights or (2) Ameriglo black outline tritium front with non-tritium rear sights. The optics available is one of the following: Aimpoint ACRO P2, Trijicon SRO or RM06, or the Holosun 508T or 509T. The guns aren’t available so configured for individual officer purchase – only for agencies.

I spoke with the folks at Shadow Systems as I’m working with their Foundation series of pistols. We discussed the guide rod issue (the box says “polymer” and the site says carbon steel – they are carbon steel) and they also explained their optic cut that allows many optics to fit without adapter plates – using spacers. I was particularly interested with how they dealt with the extractor depressor plunger assembly.

Speaking of Shadow Systems, they use sights from Night Fision Precision, not “suppressor height,” but higher than standard. They were showing the new “Ember Fobs,” from Glow Rhino. This is a glowing fob for zipper pulls, etc., and a glass breaker. Think “night sights” when the gun’s in the night stand and it’s “oh-dark-thirty.” The glowing vials display the orientation of the gun. A glowing fob helps you find your keys (or something else) in the dark.

As I mentioned, the sights from Night Fision are featured on the premium Shadow Systems line. There are no glowing front sights on the Foundation series guns – so I may have to source one for the MR- or XR samples.

I stopped by Alien Gear and saw the “Roswell” IWB holster – its simplicity is stunning. Not kydex but an injection molded unit, they offer an optional claw and pad to enhance AIWB wear. A Roswell OWB is also available. For guns wearing pistol-mounted optics, they have the MRDS “hood,” not just a cut-out. This keep debris off of the optic and prevents it from digging into the user’s body.

They also showed the “LVL 2 Slim Holster,” a belt rig with a thumb latch that activates the ejection port lock. The gun locks into the holster as it is seated and requires pressure on the thumb latch to release it.

Security is a good thing.

A company that’s new to me, Nextorch, offers lights and batons, as well as an interesting new duty belt. Some of the batons are configured for plainclothes use and use a mechanical lock; expandable by pulling the striking surface out from the handle as well as by flicking it open like a regular expandable baton, it stays locked – you can use it for jabs, armlocks – unless you press the button on the base of the stick.

Smart move.

There’s more to come as we get to the end of this year and into “show season, 2023.”

-- Rich Grassi

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