NOVEMBER 22, 2022

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, the Outdoor Wire Digital Network will not be publishing wires on Thursday, November 24 or Friday, November 25. Releases received after 2p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, November 22 are not guaranteed to make Wednesday’s editions. If the releases are not time-sensitive, they will be included in our editions beginning Monday, November 28, 2022. We wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving.
Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh has acknowledged in a brief to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit that knives are "arms" covered by the Second Amendment. Unfortunately for him, he tried to use a ban on Bowie knives from the 1800s as an argument that Maryland's ban on "assault weapons" is legal. According to Knife Rights, “It's an argument that just doesn't make the cut."
Hornady Security solved vehicle vulnerability with their innovative RAPiD Vehicle Safe. The feature-rich safe is engineered for maximum security and peace of mind, while its discreet appearance blends seamlessly into the vehicle’s interior.

The Combat Master’s traditional high-riding pancake-style design places the belt slots on either side of the holster, pulling the handgun tight to the body and making defensive handguns disappear under even light clothing. It is now available for the SIG-P365XL and Spectre Comp models.
The National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers (NASGW), the association representing shooting sports wholesalers, manufacturers, and their trade partners, and the Hummel Group announced earlier this month the creation of risk management and insurance solutions designed for the Shooting Sports Industry, called Fortify Insurance.
Red Arrow Weapons announced the appointment of Dwayne Phillips as the growing company’s latest hire. In his role as Sales & Customer Manager, Phillips will create and execute sales strategies, develop and grow retail partner relationships, and more.

NSSF announced that 4473 Cloud, powered by SilencerShop, has joined its roster of Affinity Benefit Partners. 4473 Cloud is a digital cloud storage solution available to FFL dealers that will integrate with virtually any e4473 and eBound Book compliance solution providers.
Blackhawk applauds the successful wrap-up of The Tactical Games Nationals, which took place November 4-6 in Florence, Texas. Blackhawk served as Presenting Sponsor for this year’s Tactical Games season and will return as a Platinum Sponsor for the 2023 Games.
AMMO, Inc. (Nasdaq: POWW, POWWP) announces that holders of record of the Company’s 8.75% Series A Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Stock as of the close of business on November 30, 2022 will receive a cash dividend equal to $0.5529514 per Series A Preferred Stock share, to be paid on December 15, 2022.

1791 Outdoor Lifestyle Group announces the hiring of Evan McNamara as Vice President of Sales & Marketing. 
NSSF, The Firearm Industry Trade Association, has filed suits against the attorneys general of Delaware and New Jersey, challenging recently-enacted “public nuisance” laws in both states that are “specifically designed to evade the judgment of Congress – and the Constitution
Loaded with the latest restrictions, Orchid eState protects your FFL from illegal purchases and state-level compliance violations.

Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership — a project of the Second Amendment Foundation—has released a new study showing there is “no association between increased lawful firearm sales and rates of crime or homicide.”
Anderson Manufacturing is extending their A4 Series Lineup with the addition of three new models equipped with quad-rail handguards. The quad-rail handguards are T-marked on all four sides to bring added simplicity to customizing and accessorizing your firearm to meet any mission.
Creedmoor Sports announced the addition of the Warne product line to its assortment of optics mounts and shooting accessories.

Bond Arms releases two new .22LR versions of popular double-barrel handguns ahead of 2023. The Stinger RS and Rawhide lines get an additional model and strengthen the lineups that handgun enthusiasts have already come to love.
Brownells customers can now buy BRN-4 build kits and parts compatible with popular HK416 style rifles and pistols – at a significant savings compared to rare, hard-to-find factory original kits.
Part of the new 600-series rifle family, the CZ 600 Range integrates competition-born features into its design for the ultimate accuracy.

Davidson’s is very pleased to announce the latest Exclusive pistol produced in conjunction with Heckler & Koch. The Davidson’s Exclusive VP9 has a gray polymer frame, as well as the standard push-button magazine release.
Renovations to Tranquility Wildlife Area shooting range include new backstop and side berms, a covered shooting line, concrete ADA walkways, parking lot and entry road improvements, and 25- and 50-yard ranges that incorporate space for handgun and rifle shooters. A permanent restroom is under construction and will be completed soon. The updated range is open daily beginning today (Tuesday, November 22) from 9 a.m. until sunset.
Here is a breakdown from America’s 1st Freedom of what the midterm elections mean for our freedom and, therefore, what President Joe Biden (D) might be able to do in the last two years of his term.
This covert operations discreet case for IWI Tavor & bullpups fits Steyr AUG/A3, FN F2000 & FS2000, as well as the new Springfield Armory Hellion and similar bullpup rifles with overall lengths of 30 inches or less. 
Anderson Manufacturing announces the opening of their annual Extended Black Friday Sale. Through November 29, the  sale will be hosted on their website, at and  will offer customers an exclusive 15% off most items on the website with some items even more reduced. Some exclusions do apply.
Starting Friday, November 25, 2022, at 12:01 Eastern time, SDS Imports will begin their first annual Scratch and Dent Sale. If you don’t mind a few blemishes or a missing box, you could pick up a quality product from one to their many partner brands.

Today’s feature is from correspondent Dave Spaulding.

Ready: adjective \ˈre-dē\: prepared to do something, properly prepared or finished and available for use, almost about to do something

Prepare: verb/ pre·pare \pri-ˈper\: to make (someone or something) ready for some activity, purpose, use, etc., to make yourself ready for something that you will be doing, something that you expect to happen, etc., to make or create (something) so that it is ready for use.

While “ready” and “prepare” are similar, when it comes to the positioning of your combat handgun they should not be viewed as the same. In true READY, the gun is oriented in a position in which it can be fired with minimal motion as nothing else will do in the tight time frame and distances of pistol combat. In a PREPARATORY position, the gun is out of the holster but held in a position that keeps persons around the shooter safe in the event of a negligent discharge. It’s more about diverting the muzzle than being prepared to fight. An important point: If the gun is not oriented in a position that would allow the “safe” discharge of a round then don’t use it! This includes both bystanders and the person holding the handgun.

I have had the good fortune to attend courses held at the best shooting facilities and by the best-known travelling instructors and all had a signature or preferred ready position. There is nothing wrong with this but it should also be understood that no single ready position will work for all situations. How could it? Conflict is fluid by nature and the threat(s) will move and so should the orientation of the gun. We have known since the days of The Spartans that the person who will win in a fight is not the fastest or most accurate, but the one who has the proper state of mind ... he who can control panic ... and can adapt the quickest to the rapidly changing situation and muzzle orientation must be part of this change/adaptation.

In my classes, I taught what I called “The Arc of Ready” which was a battery of three Ready Positions that can be adapted with minimal motion but change the forward orientation of the muzzle dramatically. They can also be used with one or two hands, which is important. While few students believed it at first, I made the point that one ready position was not appreciably faster than the next and then I demonstrated by shooting each position at 20 feet into a heart sized target using an electronic timer as the start signal. I could usually deliver an accurate hit in the .5 to .7 second region and, considering it takes between .22 and .27 to hear and react to the beep of the timer, this leaves around .4 to .6 second for a response and shot. Considering the blink of an eye is .32 second, this is a minimal response time and I am quite satisfied with it.

The author's Ribcage Index position as described in the text of the article. He likes it as it keeps the muzzle off others as well as himself but allows 360-degree movement.

It is essential for the reaction/response time from ready be as fast as possible for obvious reasons. Recently the Force Science Institute undertook a study looking at various trigger finger and ready positions to see if one was faster than another. Their results were quite interesting. Here are the main points from this study. If you want to read the entire report, it can be found through their website.

Force Science reported the results of the study in their newsletter. Their findings?

1. That trigger finger placement off of the trigger matters when the index finger is positioned to rest on the pistol slide- that’s slower, according to their study samples, than other options (index finger straight alongside the trigger guard, the same with finger bent against the trigger guard front, above the trigger guard along the frame and “high register” – finger straight resting on the slide.

2. Tactical ready positions were studied, including the following: pistol held behind the leg (“bootleg”), “belt tuck” where the gun is at navel level and pulled into the body, close-ready -where the gun is higher than the belt and pulled in with muzzle downward, high ready (slightly depressed muzzle), low-ready (aimed down at a 45° angle and “temple index” (high-guard, one-handed next to the head.) High ready was fastest, “bootleg” and “high-guard” were contrastingly slower – when aiming. Without aiming (!), the fastest was low-ready. Researcher Lewinsky noted, "the handgun timings indicate that the closer the ready position is to a final firing position, the faster the officer is likely to be in getting off his first round."

3. He also noted that “more important than improving the mechanics of weapon craft is teaching officers to read potentially hazard scenarios early on, so they can detect threat cues quicker and better anticipate an adversary's actions, thereby getting ahead of the reactionary curve before the crisis point. "Without that skill," he says, "they're likely to end up so far behind the action that things like the most desirable finger indexing and ready positioning won't really matter."

As always, Force Science has done a thorough job but some of their muzzle positions do not differentiate between a ready and prepare which is of critical importance. What they call The Boot Leg (something I have never taught but seems to occur with many police officers regardless of training) is certainly a preparatory position and if I am reading it correctly so is the “Belt Tuck” which seems to be similar to SUL. Their “Close Ready” I call a Compressed Low Ready while their High Ready is also known as the Guard Position as made popular by Jeff Cooper. Their Low Ready is aptly named and is the most popular/utilized position while The High Guard I have always known as The Temple Index and is also considered a preparatory position.

Above, the Guard Position as described to the author by Jeff Cooper. The gun is held just low enough to see the suspect's hands. Below, the author's preferred Ready Position, the Compressed Low Ready. The gun is held off-target at the suspect's feet but pulled closer to the body for retention purposes.

The reason I consider the Boot Leg, SUL and the Temple Index Preparatory Positions is due to the orientation of the muzzle off the threat zone/battle space for safety purposes while the various Ready Positions orient the gun in a fast-fighting posture toward the threat. As Dr. Lewinsky stated, the further away from a fighting posture the gun is, the slower it will be into action which is certainly a matter of common sense, though common sense isn’t always “common” …

I did not teach any of the Preparatory Positions listed in this study (though I have seen them used in my programs) as I feel they are not as efficient as what I taught. I taught what I called a Ribcage Index in which the gun is held in the shooting hand only with the thumb flagged and the wrist locked orienting the muzzle down. In this position, the gun can easily be defended and is oriented in a position in which I would be willing to discharge a round into the ground. As a matter of fact, I have done this on multiple occasions demonstrating where the round will strike, which is in a two-to-three-foot circle around my feet. Are you willing to do this with the gun held in SUL, Boot Leg or Temple Index? If not, don’t use it as that is why you are diverting the muzzle. Another thing I like about the Ribcage Index is it is consistent with other movements I make. The position is nothing more than stopping along the arc of the draw stroke, meaning I can easily re-holster, go into a weapon retention firing position or a full extension of the arms in the same practiced manner as if I hadn’t paused at the rib cage. It also keeps my support hand free to fend, fight or just push someone out of the way…something that cannot be done when the hand is buried under the gun. Continuity of action/motion is important when building skill.

Whichever you choose, understand the difference between a Ready and Preparatory Position and use them wisely. Make the motions when moving from one to another smooth, minimal and efficient and you will find you place yourself at a minimal disadvantage in a high threat zone. Adaptation is the key and the proper use of any Ready or Preparatory Positions will help you prevail when your life's on the line.

Dave Spaulding is a professional firearms instructor with 36 years' experience in law enforcement and federal security. The recipient of the 2010 Law Enforcement Trainer of the Year Award from the International Law Enforcement Training and Educators Association, Dave has worked in all facets of law enforcement including communications, corrections, court security, patrol, evidence collection, training and investigations. He was a founding member of his agency’s SWAT Team and acted as its training officer for 8 years. He spent a year in an undercover capacity and was the commander of a multi-jurisdictional narcotics task force, has been an adjunct instructor at the former Heckler & Koch International Training Division and the Tactical Defense Institute. In addition to his many published articles (over 1,400), Dave is the author of two acclaimed books, Defensive Living and Handgun Combatives. He operated his own training company with focus on “the combative application of the handgun”

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