NOVEMBER 17, 2022

Fiocchi announced the selection of a 281-acre site in the Port of Little Rock, Arkansas for a new ammunition primer manufacturing facility. Representing a $41.5 million investment and a 120-person workforce expansion, the new production operation will pave the way for future growth in Arkansas and provide much-needed primer supply relief for the broader ammunition manufacturing segment.
The Civilian Marksmanship Program announced the addition of the Bianchi Cup International Pistol Tournament, the second longest running pistol championship in the world, to its match schedule in 2023. The CMP Bianchi Cup is set to fire May 23-26 at the Green Valley Rifle & Pistol Club in Hallsville, Missouri.
Orchid and Williams Mullen's Firearms Industry Group call for speakers to lead educational sessions at FIC 2023, May 1-3, 2023.

The Elite Combo Holster was designed to be clipped onto the pants or be threaded onto a belt. It's a holster with a mag pouch and it is built to last - constructed of 1000 denier padded nylon for maximum durability.
Buck Knives has hunting tips if you will be hunting deer in the days and weeks ahead or you’re thinking about purchasing a new knife for your deer hunting adventure.
The Second Amendment Foundation filed a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Delaware’s recently-adopted ban on so-called “assault weapons” on the grounds the legislation—known as House Bill 450—violates the Second Amendment.

Firearms Policy Coalition announced the filing of an opening brief with the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Granata v. Healey, which challenges the Massachusetts Approved Firearms Roster and the Attorney General's Handgun Sales Regulations.
Firearms Policy Coalition announced that it has filed a new Second Amendment lawsuit challenging Delaware’s ban on so-called “assault weapons.”
1776 USA has unveiled a revolutionary new ammunition line and Sports South has the products available to order. This innovative new product allows shooters the ability to purchase lead-free ammo at lead ball costs.

Target Sports USA & Winchester announces this holiday season's promotion. On Monday, November 21st, 2022, Target Sports USA and Winchester offer a $50 gift card on a qualifying purchase.
The Civilian Marksmanship Program would like to announce the retirement of three long-time Board members: Judith Legerski (Chairman), Jon Bengtson (Treasurer) and Harry Sieben (Secretary). Each played a significant role in the foundation of the CMP as a renowned organization while also serving their country through charity work and public positions.
USA Shooting is pleased to announce the hiring of a new Chief Executive Officer, Craig Kozeniesky. A retired Marine Corps Colonel, Kozeniesky will assume duties in early January of 2023.

The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms calls the Biden White House’s call for a ban on so-called “assault weapons” in response to the murder of three University of Virginia students in which a handgun was used is “a dishonest exploitation of a tragedy in a deplorable effort to advance Joe Biden’s gun ban agenda.”
Athlon Outdoors launches the fifth annual Ballistics' Best Readers’ Choice Awards. Voting is open to the public. One lucky reader will take home a ZEV Technologies OZ9 Elite Hyper-Comp just by voting and entering to win.
SilencerCo has launched an end of the year suppressor promotion running from November 15, 2022 - December 31, 2022. Any customers who purchase one of the qualified SilencerCo suppressors during this timeframe will receive a $200 SilencerCo Store coupon.

XTech Tactical is offering each of its MAG47 line up with a 10/30 option for customers living in or intending to travel to states with magazine capacity restrictions.
Beretta USA will be hosting its’ annual Warehouse Sale on Saturday, November 19, 2022, from 9 am to 5 pm at 17601 Beretta Drive, Accokeek, Maryland. Open to the public, the one-day sale allows visitors to shop a variety of men’s hunting clothing and sportswear, women’s hunting, sporting, European designer clothing, firearm accessories, and more.

There’s no need to slow down at sundown with X-Vision Optics new XANB55 Hands-Free Deluxe Digital Night Vision Binoculars. With 1-3x magnification, the hands-free binoculars offer full color daytime observation up to 400 yards and up to 200 yards in total darkness.

Many of the pistols produced today have sights mounted in dovetail cuts in the slide or, in the case of revolvers, in the barrel and frame. Even though they can be adjusted left and right for windage, they are still considered “fixed” sights. True “adjustable” sights have a rear sight that can be shifted for both windage and elevation in order to regulate point of aim to the bullet’s point of impact. Each configuration has advantages and disadvantages. Selecting the “best” sights for your gun depends on your application.

Both of these revolvers are S&W Model 15’s, which came with factory adjustable rear sights. Pistol on the right has a Cylinder & Slide fixed rear sight installed.

In the early days of pistols there were no adjustable sights. Both front and rear sights were part of the frame and barrel, or the slide, and were completely fixed. The only way to adjust the pistol’s point of impact was to remove or add material to the sights. Removing material was an easy job. Just cut down the offending sight through careful application of a hand file. Adding material was more difficult. There was welding involved, and after building up the sight it still had to be filed to the proper height.

Factories eventually began offering adjustable sights. For example, Smith & Wesson revolvers could be purchased with either fixed or adjustable sights, depending on the specific model. This was true with semi-auto pistols as well. Browning Hi Powers were offered with both fixed or adjustable sights. Gunsmiths also began modifying customer pistols to accept adjustable sight components, and companies like BoMar began producing aftermarket adjustable sights.

Adjustable sights for a handgun have advantages. They normally offer a more defined sight picture, which generally improves accuracy. The ability to adjust the pistol’s point of aim into alignment with the bullet’s point of impact is a plus, especially for target matches and competitive shooting where fractions of an inch make a big difference in your final score. The downside of adjustable sights is their fragility. The small screws, springs and detents don’t hold up well under hard use and it’s easy for them to get damaged and/or come out of adjustment.

Fixed sights are more durable. They contain fewer components than adjustable sights. With revolvers that I carry which came with adjustable rear sights I replace them with a fixed rear sight that’s made for the adjustable sight frame. But they offer no adjustment for elevation. As described above, you can regulate them by removing or adding material but, other than that you adjust by modifying your sight picture. For example, your hits are striking low on target. When sighting on target instead of holding the top of the front sight level with the top of the rear sight you hold the front sight slightly higher than the rear. If it’s a slight degree of difference between point of aim and point of impact it’s probably not going to be a factor for defensive shooting. However, I’ve seen fixed sight pistols that printed ten- or twelve-inches difference between point of aim and point of impact at seven yards. That is too much, and can be enough to cause a complete miss, especially on a small target like the head. In this case modifications will be necessary.

Regardless of what type of sights you use it’s necessary to get on the range and fire the gun at various distances to confirm zero, or determine what’s needed to arrive at a workable solution. Then, it’s on you to apply the fundamentals of marksmanship to produce accurate hits on target.

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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