NOVEMBER 3, 2022

Taurus announced that the GX4 Family won the coveted Guns & Ammo Handgun of the Year Award for 2022. 
NASGW has announced Franklin Armory as the winner of the “2022 Accessory Manufacturer of the Year.” The Awards are held in high regard, as they are not simply based on one sole part of the manufacturing process, but rather the entire operation.
SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to announce the receipt of the 2022 NASGW Leadership Award for “Optics Manufacturer of the Year” by the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers.

Primary Weapons Systems announced their sponsorship and attendance at CANCON 2022, put on by Recoil Magazine over Veteran’s Day Weekend. Attendees of CANCON will get the exclusive first look at the newest product from PWS, set to be released in Q1 2023.
The Elite Survival Systems M/ASH Shoulder Holster is constructed of padded ballistic nylon and is ambidextrous. The holsters and harnesses are interchangeable - own just one harness or system, and change holsters if your carry weapon changes.
MidwayUSA’s Brian Rose was recently promoted to the position of Engineering Manager – Logistics. Rose began his career at MidwayUSA in 2016 as an Industrial Engineer and has spent the last several years engaged in process improvement projects.

SHOT Show Industry Day at the Range has announced exhibitor registration will close on November 30, 2022. Industry Day at the Range will take place at the Boulder Rifle and Pistol Club in Boulder City, Nevada on Monday, January 16, 2023 - one day prior to SHOT Show.
Celerant Technology recently wrapped up its 2nd annual client conference, #ClientCon22, for dealers using Cumulus Retail. This year’s conference focused on teaching dealers how to streamline ATF compliance, expand product lines and sell more of their distributors’ products in-store and online, and improve range operations.
AG Composites is proud to announce they have been selected to provide the stocks for the cutting-edge Remington Model 700 Alpha 1 bolt-action rifle.

Advanced Armament Company has signed three new sales groups to represent the company as it continues to expand its product portfolio and to grow market share in the competitive suppressor segment.
The Second Amendment Foundation filed an amicus brief in support of a District of Columbia resident’s motion for a preliminary injunction against the city’s ban on carrying handguns within its public transportation system. The case is known as Angelo v. District of Columbia.
The Second Amendment Foundation and its partners have filed a supplemental brief in their challenge of Maryland’s ban on so-called “assault weapons,” telling the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals the state’s position was effectively nullified by the June Supreme Court ruling in the Bruen case.

Patriot Ordnance Factory Inc announced the addition of the 6mm Creedmoor chamber offering in both the Prescott and Revolution models. The 6mm Creedmoor Revolution will be available in a bronze or black anodized finish.
MDT announced the addition of MDT XRS CZ 455 to their lineup of XRS chassis inlets. The MDT XRS Chassis provides shooters with an accurate platform to mount your CZ rimfire action.
Arms Preservation Inc. will showcase its products at the USCCA Concealed Carry & Home Defense Expo November 11-13, 2022, in Fort Worth. The Arms Preservation Inc. team will feature their full range of rust prevention firearm storage products.

XTech Tactical has released its MAG47 Elite. The Elite offers the same reinforcements as the MAG47mil but without the waffle pattern on the exterior of the magazine.
The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is celebrating its 75th year of delivering hope to children in need across the nation. U.S. Marines and volunteers will be conducting over 830 local toy collection and distribution campaigns in all 50 states, DC, Puerto Rico, Guam, and U.S. Virgin Islands.
The National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers announced at the annual NASGW Expo donations to five shooting sports industry organizations, including The National Shooting Sports Foundation, Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation, Walk The Talk America, the Youth Shooting Sports Alliance, and the American Suppressor Association.

Consumers who purchase a new G-series 9mm can receive a $50 rebate on GX4 and GX4XL pistols and a $25 rebate on qualified G2C, G3, G3C, G3X, and G3XL pistols purchased between November 1, 2022, and January 15, 2023.
Stoeger Industries is offering buyers of new STR-9 9mm pistols a $50 rebate on qualified purchases made from November 1, 2022, through January 15, 2023.
Heritage Manufacturing, Inc., producers of the Rough Rider series of single-action revolvers, is now offering a $30 rebate on all Rough Rider, Rancher, and Barkeep series, now through January 15, 2023.
SilencerCo has partnered up with some of the most notable companies in the gun industry to give away $6,800 worth of hunting gear. This giveaway will run from November 1, 2022 - November 30, 2022 and is free to enter.
Rossi USA announced the Holiday Rebate, from November 1, 2022, through January 15, 2023, Rossi rimfire buyers can redeem $25 on all RS22, Gallery, and Rio Bravo Rifles.
Springfield Armory took certain traits from John Moses Browning’s 111-year-old combat pistol and fused them with an ‘Information Age’ polymer fire-control system, creating the most extraordinary, hybridized end result: The Prodigy OSP.
Brownells customers can now find all the deals, promotions and specially-priced products in one convenient location – at the new Brownells Deals site.

We’ve been “tacticalizing” a single-shot shotgun lately; it belongs to Ben who works in the shop with me. The barrel was chopped down, he added an XS sight on the front and recently parkerized everything. The final modification was setting it up with sling mounts. The sling for a long gun is like a holster for a pistol. And, as always, here are a few tips that make everything work better.

A lot of modern, synthetic stocks come with multiple sling mount points, usually for a quick-disconnect type sling loop. Some older model guns didn’t come with any setup for attaching a sling -- or the factory attachments aren’t in the ideal location. Correcting this is an easy D.I.Y. project.

I prefer the rear sling mount to be on the side of the stock – left side for a right-handed shooter - as opposed to the bottom. The side mount lets the gun hang flatter against the body when slung over the shoulder, or around/over the neck for hands-free mode. When the sling is attached to the bottom of the stock the gun wants to flop about from side to side. With a side mount check before attaching to ensure the sling is located in a place where it doesn’t interfere with obtaining the proper cheek weld on the stock.

For the front mount I recommend mounting on the bottom of the handguard/forend. This way if you grab the front of the sling against the guard as done in a “Hawkins” firing position when bracing against an object the tension doesn’t try to twist or rotate the stock as it would if the sling was attached to the side of the guard.

Attaching sling mounts to wood furniture requires drilling a pilot hole for the wood-screw threads of the stud. Measure and test a few times to get the proper placement for the mount before drilling. Use a test piece of wood to determine exactly what size hole to drill. If the hole is too small the wood will chip or crack when screwing the stud in place. A hole that’s too big means the stud can easily strip out of the wood, which usually results in a dropped gun. For final mounting always make sure to use small plastic spacers/washers between the stud and stock. This helps prevent chipping or cracking when the mount is tightened into the stock.

The final task is to get the sling properly adjusted. The length should allow you to sling the gun in “African” carry mode – support side, muzzle down – as a “hasty” sling, simply looping it around the neck in order to free up both hands and in a “tactical” carry - looping the sling over the neck and around underneath the support side arm, which works well for extended carry. Adjusting the sling to the correct length should allow you to use it in all three modes above, and still be loose enough to let you shoulder and fire without choking yourself out.

Slings for long guns are mandatory. Having the right sling, mounted in the proper location, and adjusted to fit you makes everything a lot easier.

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. or visit Shootrite’s Facebook page for other details.

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