JANUARY 5, 2023

Franklin Armory, Inc.  in conjunction with the Firearms Regulatory Accountability Coalition, Inc. has filed a federal lawsuit challenging wrongful classification of firearms and regulatory delays by U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). The case, Firearms Regulatory Accountability Coalition, Inc., et al.  v. Merrick B. Garland, et al., seeks the immediate promulgation of procedures and forms necessary to facilitate sales and transfers of Franklin Armory’s Reformation® firearm line as required by law. 


A federal lawsuit supported by the Second Amendment Foundation and Firearms Policy Coalition has been filed in New York, challenging that state’s ban on so-called “assault weapons.” Plaintiffs are represented by SAF and FPC attorneys.
X-Vision Optics and its line-up of thermal optics and infrared products will be on display in booth #1309 at the Big Rock Sports Outdoor Expo, in Nashville, Tennessee from January 4-6, 2023. X-Vision Optics will feature a new line-up of thermal products at the Big Rocks Sports Tradeshow.

Parkwest Arms, a manufacturer known for its custom bolt-action rifles, and accessories will be exhibiting at the Dallas Safari Club 2023 Convention. The event will take place January 5-8 at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in Dallas.
Hornady will be attending the Dallas Safari Club Convention, January 5-8, 2023, at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in Dallas, TX in booth #4413.
The MSX suppressors by Maxim Defense is specifically designed to minimize the increase in cyclic rate and gas blowback of a suppressed firearm. The primary design features include the significant reduction of sound signature, decreasing flash signature, reduced recoil and an increase in accuracy.

The Headrest Safe Company announce The Headrest Safe, the standard for anti-theft vehicle safes. The Headrest Safe™ is completely covered in 1/2-inch foam rubber and the safe itself is made of 18-gauge steel with a 16-gauge steel door.
The Warden Chest Holster is available in three fully-adjustable sizes to fit nearly any handgun, with or without a light/laser attachment. The Warden allows you to carry your firearm close to your chest providing maximum stability and immediate access to your weapon.
The Hide-Away Security Wallet not only carries wallet essentials but sports an ankle holster to carry a lightweight micro-pistol.

Smith & Wesson Brands announces a new and improved American Guardians program to more generously reward those who serve and protect. The program offers specially priced firearms for Law Enforcement, Military, and First Responders through a network of Authorized Dealers. has partnered with the National Shooting Sports Foundation to launch an auction with all proceeds benefiting Project ChildSafe. is pleased to offer a wide assortment of products for the auction, waiving all transactional fees for the listings.
Henry Repeating Arms is proud to announce the promotion of Daniel Clayton-Luce to Vice President of Communications.

Silencer Central announced their attendance at the Dallas Safari Club Annual Convention and Expo as a Diamond Sponsor. From January 5-8, 2023, Silencer Central will present their suppressors, including the new Banish Backcountry, in Dallas alongside exhibitors from across the world.
Remington Ammunition announced that Core-Lokt Tipped has been awarded American Rifleman’s 2023 Golden Bullseye Award for Ammunition Product of the Year. Core-Lokt Tipped is officially hunter-approved alongside the original Deadliest Mushroom in the Woods, Core-Lokt.
Maxim Defense, manufacturer of precision firearms, suppressors, and accessories, announced that they have partnered with Wild West Marketing for sales representation in the Western States.

Venom USA Ammo announces a new loading facility to come online in Q2 of 2023 is now actively accepting new dealer applications through its new website
Primary Arms Optics announced the hiring of Ryan Gabriel as its new U.S. Field Sales Manager for the Central Region. Ryan brings a strong sales background, both inside and outside the firearms industry, with experience at companies such as Cabela’s, SAP, and 3M.
Mission First Tactical, manufacturers of USA made rifle/carbine accessories and holsters, announced that they have partnered with Joel Harris, Owner/CEO of Harris Global Marketing and Communications, for all their marketing and communications needs.

Since 1998, ERGO has provided top firearms products and customer service. The company celebrates all through 2023, with giveaways, sales and offering a Limited Edition 25th Anniversary Grip (available now).
Patriot Ordnance Factory Inc., a provider and manufacturer of AR-type rifles on the United States commercial market, announced a partnership with ExpertVoice. ExpertVoice, an advocacy platform, offers brands a scalable solution to grow awareness and increase sales by educating retail staff through their programs.
Streamlight Inc. announced the appointment of Brice Silveria as Regional Sales Manager for the company’s Federal/Military Division. In his new position, Silveria will be responsible for sales development of Streamlight products to the Federal, Military and Government markets, as well maintaining relationships with distributors and key end-user sales agencies.
Otis Technology is pleased to announce a new sales partnership with Simpson Sales Company, Inc., providing Otis Technology and Shooter’s Choice with additional sales support across the Southeastern United States.
Venom USA Ammo announces a new loading facility to come online in Q2 of 2023 is now actively accepting new dealer applications through its new website
Maxim Defense, manufacturer of precision firearms, suppressors, and accessories, announces that Bobby Plowfield has joined the company as Senior Director of Distribution Sales.
Smith & Wesson is seeking a District Sales Manager for the MT, WY, ID, UT, WA, AK District.
Armament Systems and Procedures has introduced Sentry Handcuffs — stainless steel restraints with exclusive, advanced features, at a price that budget-pressured police departments will appreciate.
21st-Tec has released their patent pending Bellator™ Rifle System. The new Bellator™ system is a Multi-Caliber, Modular, Bolt Action Repeater Rifle designed for precision sub-MOA long range accuracy in 338 Lapua Magnum, 300 Norma Magnum, .308 and 6.5 Creedmoor calibers.
Patriot Ordinance Factory’s Tombstone is a modern-lever-action rifle chambered in a pistol caliber, initially offered in 9MM. Another unique POF-USA design, the Tombstone is magazine fed instead of utilizing a traditional magazine tube for feeding.
This steel framed SFx Rival-S pistol is the evolution of the multi-award winning Canik SFx Rival in that the ergonomics of the platform are the same but now the firearm is an all metal design.
EOTECH Magnifiers, which enlarge the target’s image when needed, pair perfectly with any EOTECH HWS, transforming them into close to medium-range weapon sight systems. New for 2023, the G43 and G45 will be available in Flat Dark Earth color, to complement the FDE colored optics and firearms widely used.
Personnel of Military Products Inc, booth number #14427, will be excited to see old friends and make new ones at the 2023 Shot Show. The team has been working to provide new solutions for the American warrior and professional retailer.
On November 29, MidwayUSA Foundation had a record-breaking Giving Tuesday by receiving the largest amount of donation dollars for youth shooting sports since beginning their Giving Tuesday campaigns in 2017.
CONCEALMENT Magazine, a publication of CMG West, LLC, has released its latest issue, number 30, with columns on revolvers, a review of the FN 509 CC Edge and more.
NRA Publications’ 2023 Golden Bullseye Awards have been announced. The Golden Bullseye Awards recognize the firearm industry’s top products as voted on by NRA Publications’ editors.
Used in place of the Ruger American magazine in short-action rifles, the One-Shot sled allows for quick and easy loading of a single cartridge. The sled can be a useful tool to slow down a new shooter or to simplify loading during range sessions. It is also ideal for hunting – particularly in states with single-shot hunting regulations, such as Illinois.
MidwayUSA is pleased to announce Bravo Company Manufacturing as one of the latest additions to their offering of rifles, parts and accessories.
Davidson’s, one of the nation’s top firearms, ammunition, optics, and accessories wholesalers, has collaborated with GLOCK, Holosun Technologies, and Gunsite Academy to produce the exclusive Gunsite GLOCK Service Pistol (GGSP).
AMMO, Inc., along with, will be attending the 2023 SHOT Show, January 17-20, at The Venetian Expo and Caesars Forum in Las Vegas, NV.
Buck Knives, Inc. announces that the company will be attending the upcoming Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show and will be displaying a full line of quality cutlery and tools in Booth # 13651 on the Venetian Expo Level 2.
Maxim Defense, manufacturer of precision firearms, suppressors, and accessories, announced that they will be exhibiting at the 45th annual SHOT Show. The company is a sponsor of this year's Industry Day at the Range.

The best way to start a new year is with a fresh handgun. My year began with one of Girsan’s new Hi Power pistols, the MC P35 PI, or “Private Investigator.” “What,” you ask, “is special about another Hi Power?” The PI is a “shorty;” the barrel is almost an inch shorter than a traditional Hi Power.

One of the most sought-after versions of Browning’s iconic Hi Power design was the “Detective” model, a short-barrel “Browning” produced by FM of Argentina. It had a one-inch shorter barrel/slide on top of a traditional size frame. FM also sold conversion kits with shortened slide, barrel and other necessary parts to convert your Hi Power into a “Detective” model. Unfortunately, the Detective was only produced for a short time. (Companies like Cylinder & Slide have since been cutting down standard Hi Powers to build custom “detectives.”). Now, Girsan is producing the MC PC35 PI, or “Private Investigator,” a short-barrel Hi Power, which is being imported into the U.S. by EAA.

Girsan, located in Turkey, has been producing quality firearms since the mid-90’s, exporting them to over fifty countries. They manufacture shotguns, a variety of steel frame pistols based on the 1911 and Beretta 92 and polymer, striker-fired pistols. Since Browning ceased production of the Hi Power in 2018 – although they’re now offering an upgraded model - several companies have stepped in to fill demands for Hi Powers. Girsan released their first version of the Hi Power in 2021. They’ve continued developing, and have several different versions of their MC PC35 Hi Powers, including a red dot sight option. The most recent addition is the PI.

Girsan’s shorty uses a traditional size Hi Power frame, but with a 3.88” long barrel vs. the traditional 4.87” barrel. Overall length is 6.25”. It comes with a Mk III style ambidextrous thumb safety, similar type stocks and a Commander-style “ring” hammer. The current model retains the original design’s magazine disconnect; the pistol will not fire without a mag locked in place. (Blame this one on the French military’s “demands” that this feature be included in the design.). The adjustable dot sights - white, not tritium - are set in dovetail slots cut into the slide. The P.I. comes with a factory supplied Mec-Gar magazine – can’t go wrong there – that holds fifteen rounds.

The Hi Power is a great pistol and has served with distinction around the world in every type of environment and application. With a few modifications, which is standard for any military-style handgun, it’s ideal for concealed carry. It’s got reliability, accuracy and the double stack mag carries plenty of rounds. Girsan’s short-barrel PI makes the HI Power even more attractive for defensive carry. The shorter barrel/slide is easier to conceal, and clears the holster just a little sooner during the draw. The PI pistol weighs in at 1.6 pounds, more than three ounces lighter than a full-length Hi Power. While these differences in length and weight compared to the original’s specs might seem slight, there’s a noticeable difference when the pistol is carried all day, every day.

In Part II of this review, we’ll get into the “guts” or internals of the PI. While the frame and lower parts will be familiar to Hi Power shooters, the upper components are a little different. For Part III, we’ll take it to the range to report on function and accuracy. Stay tuned.

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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