JANUARY 10, 2023

Federal Ammunition has added its latest load offerings to the updated Ballistic AE app. This leading Ballistic app is available for free to download on iOS devices.
The annual process of reviewing and updating CMP competition rulebooks is nearing completion with this announcement and the posting of the 2023 rulebooks on the CMP website.
HEVI-Shot is proud to announce new upland game and wild turkey loads for 2023. Several new line extensions will be showcased and on display at the 2023 SHOT Show (Booth No. 11838), January 17–20 at the Venetian Expo and Caesars Forum in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Elite Crotch Pocket Holster can carry deep and below the belt, allowing you to sit down frequently without your firearm causing discomfort as sometimes experienced with IWB carry.
Meprolight will participate at SHOT Show in Las Vegas. Dealers will be interested in the “silent salesmen” -- the Meprolight Point of Sale displays.
The Hornady 7mm PRC (Precision Rifle Cartridge) has been named the 2023 American Hunter Ammunition Product of the Year as part of the National Rifle Association Publications Golden Bullseye Awards.

Davidson’s, one of the nation’s top firearms, ammunition, optics, and accessories wholesalers, has appointed Matt Bellitti to the position of Arizona Call Center Sales Manager.
Burris announces Phillip Harding IV as the new United States Regional Sales Manager. Phil will be focusing on training representatives and dealers on Burris product knowledge and sales strategy, in addition to targeting key growth opportunities with dedicated support.
Venom USA Ammo and Medef Defence, a maker of bullets, brass, shotgun shells and loaded ammunition, announced the addition of Matt Nicholson to the role of Head of Sales in North America.

Maxim Defense announced that they have partnered with Covey Sales & Marketing for sales representation in the Midwest. Their commercial sales territory coverage and responsibilities include Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, and South Dakota. 
Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) announce the addition of Orion Wholesale as an independent distributor of Ruger® firearms in the United States. Founded in 2012, Orion Wholesale has grown from a regional to a nationwide distributor carrying over 120 product lines across the shooting sports industry.
Nielsen-Kellerman Company (NK) announces Chuck Arkell’s having been named Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and member of the Board of Directors, effective January 1, 2023.

The Civilian Marksmanship Program will play host to two GLOCK Training Events, each set in March 2023 at Talladega Marksmanship Park in Alabama. The courses are part of CMP’s regular marksmanship education offerings held weekly at Talladega.
SIG SAUER Academy, a provider of high quality firearms instruction and tactical training, announced that DCF Guns East in Colorado Springs, Colorado will be hosting on-location SIG SAUER Academy courses as an official affiliated SIG SAUER Academy Outpost.
GPO USA has announced its entrance into the reflex sight market with the introduction of its new GPO Spectra Reflex sight. This new introduction offers next generation red dot technology from GPO with the highest quality dense polymer lenses that are fully multi-coated with GPO’s proprietary GPObright high transmission technology.

Comp-Tac Holsters introduces several new holsters available for the Glock 48 including their Level III CT3 duty holster specifically designed for law enforcement. The CT3 level III holster is designed with the intent of achieving a master grip before drawing the weapon.
Mission First Tactical announced the new Leather Hybrid line of holsters including: Appendix Inside Waistband, Inside Waistband and Outside Waistband holsters.
Bergara announced their new B-14 Squared Crest Rifle. Designed for mountain hunting adventures, the Crest is an ultralight high-performance rifle made to meet the needs of the most demanding backcountry hunters.

Speer and CCI Ammunition announce new ammunition options for 2023. Two all-new products will be showcased and on display at SHOT Show: Speer’s Gold Dot Carbine and CCI’s Clean-22 Hyper Velocity ammunition.
Federal Ammunition is proud to announce new centerfire rifle ammunition options for 2023. Several all-new products will be showcased and on display at the 2023 SHOT Show (Booth No. 11838), January 17–20 at the Venetian Expo and Caesars Forum in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Meopta Sport Optics introduces the MeoSight IV. This new red dot reflex sight is Meopta’s smallest, weighing just 1.2 ounces. Its ultra-low profile makes the MeoSight IV ideal for handguns.
Bear OPS, a professional-grade brand of knives produced by Bear & Son Cutlery, introduces the BEAR TAC III, a new fixed-blade knife designed specifically for military and special operations teams.
BPI Outdoors/CVA announced the PARAMOUNT PRO V2 long range muzzleloader. The Paramount Pro V2 is light and versatile, with a custom designed Grayboe stock that is 8 ounces lighter than its predecessor in .45 caliber and 2 ounces lighter in .50 caliber.
Bergara announced the addition of carbon barrels to their B-14 Wilderness Series rifles.  The No. 6 carbon fiber barrel with 410 stainless is equipped with a threaded 5/8-24 Omni muzzle brake, in (20, 22 or 24 inches, depending on the caliber). 
TenPoint Crossbow Technologies recently launched the NEW Flatline 460 Oracle X™ featuring the Burris® Oracle X™ Rangefinding Crossbow Scope.
Bergara announced the addition of a carbon fiber barrel to their B-14 Wilderness HMR (Hunting / Match rifle). The HMR Carbon Wilderness comes with a sub-moa guarantee and is chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor, 6.5 PRC, .308 Win., and .300 Win. Mag.
Colt proudly announces the launch of its new CBX Precision Rifle. The CBX is an advanced bolt-action chassis rifle with features ideal for competitive shooters.
Taurus USA adds the new TaurusTX 22 Compact. The new pistol is ideal for people with smaller hands and features a 13-round magazine. It also has an optics cut and a threaded barrel.
FN America, LLC announces the release of two new striker-fired pistols – the FN 510™ Tactical, chambered in 10mm Auto, and the FN 545™ Tactical, chambered in .45 ACP. These big bore pistols feature industry-first capacity, with a standard 15-round capacity and 22+1 rounds of 10mm or 18+1 rounds of .45 ACP from the extended magazines.
Primary Arms Optics has launched ‘Odyssey 2023’, an online reveal of their 2023 catalog. With it, Primary Arms Optics provided exciting details about upcoming US-made optics, as well as ten new products that fans can expect in the first half of the year.
Headlined by Tim McGraw, Reba McEntire, Faith Hill, and Taylor Swift, 19 prominent County music artists have been added to the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms’ (CCRKBA) gun prohibitionist list.
The latest Special Edition issue of Concealed Carry & Self-Defense features ways to invest in self-defense knowledge, training, practice and of course, the necessary guns and gear, to prepare for such situations.
The Rock Island Armory (RIA) 5.0 is featured in the Mar/Apr issue of American Handgunner. Also, Clayton Walker’s “Parting Shots” assures readers there are undoubtedly guns in the collection (ugly ducklings, ones that don’t shoot, etc.) to which it’s time to say goodbye.
Shooting Industry’s first edition of 2023 is packed with content primed to deliver early-year success for dealers, and is topped by the second installment of the 2023 New Product Showcase — featuring brand-new products from more than 60 brands.
Built from the GLOCK 45, the GGSP boasts a Holosun HE509T-RD X2, an FBI Magazine Release and the fire control system features a “Minus” Connector. The Gunsite GLOCK Service Pistol is the “crossover” G19-length upper on a 17+1 receiver – and it’s the cover story in the March GUNS Magazine.
Liberty Ammunition “OverWatch,” to be launched at SHOT Show, was developed at the request of a government agency. It has an “Open Cavity Design” with the feature of a delayed rupture.
Otis Technology debuts their new lineup at the 2023 Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show. Attendees can stop by Otis Technology’s booth #12254 to see their new offerings firsthand.
Luth-AR is attending the 2023 SHOT Show in Las Vegas. The company will showcase their latest products and innovations including the MBA Buttstock, Palm Handguard, Widebody Hand Guard, Wing Grip, Chubby Grip , and MCA-22 Rimfire Chassis.
Apex Tactical Specialties will be exhibiting at the 2023 SHOT Show (booth 42711) taking place in Las Vegas. Dealers are invited to review the Apex product line, learn about upcoming new products and sign up to order direct from Apex to take advantage of our SHOT Show specials to maximize profits.
Orion Wholesale, a fast growing distributor in the hunting and shooting sports industry, is proud to announce they will be exhibiting at the 2023 SHOT Show.
Federal Ammunition announces new handgun ammunition options for 2023. Several new products and line extensions will be showcased and on display at the SHOT Show. These new additions include new offerings in Federal’s Train + Protect, Punch, and Gold Medal product lines.
GATORZ Eyewear is gearing up to attend the 45th annual Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show in Las Vegas. This year, GATORZ Eyewear will showcase some of its new 2023 products, as well as the popular Marauder frame and durable ammo can eyewear case that was launched this past year.
Advanced Armament Company has announced that the company will be displaying at the 2023 SHOT Show. This event will take place in Las Vegas.
Mission First Tactical is preparing to attend the SHOT Show. The company welcomes dealers to join with MFT in representing their innovative products to the tactical and self-defense customers.
The Headrest Safe Company, LLC, makers of a discreet vehicle safe storage system, announced that they will be exhibiting at the 2023 SHOT Show. The Headrest Safe will fit in virtually all vehicles with a 2-prong post headrest pattern and can easily be installed by the user.
AGM Global Vision will exhibit at SHOT Show in booth #42730 with the latest in electro optics. AGM is one of the fastest growing brands in the thermal/night vision category.
SIGHTRON is gearing up to attend one of the 45th annual Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show in Las Vegas. Stop by the SIGHTRON booth #72639 in the Caesars Forum to check out the best-in-class riflescopes and to learn more about the new S6 30mm and 34mm riflescopes along with the new S1 one-inch riflescope line.
Dead Air Silencers will be joining more than 2,000 exhibitors at the 2023 SHOT Show, January 17th–20th, in Las Vegas.
High Speed Gear and Comp-Tac Holsters will be displaying, entertaining, and meeting with customers and industry professionals in booth 75707 at the 2023 Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show.
Rosco Manufacturing LLC will be showcasing their Bloodline barrels, Purebred barrels, their assortment of Glock pistol barrels, and their new K9 series of rifle barrels at the 45th annual 2023 SHOT Show.
Norma Precision Inc. announced their attendance at SHOT Show in Las Vegas. The company will exhibit both existing and new ammunition offerings for 2023.
XS Sights will showcase its newest products at the 2023 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, January 17-20. XS now offers complete solutions for improved shooting – from advanced sights for personal defense and hunting, to the tools needed for installation.

Today, we’re looking at gutty works of the Girsan MC P35 “Private Investigator,” the new short barrel version of the Hi Power. There have been a variety of Hi Power clones the last few decades. These “non-FN/Browning” pistols run the gamut when it comes to how close they mirror the original design and overall quality. Obviously, you can tell a lot by examining the fit and finish of a pistol, the quality of the internals, and especially little details like pins and springs. I’m happy to say the “Private Investigator” scores high marks in all categories.

Disassembly of the “P.I.” is the same for any other Hi Power; easy and quick.

The first thing you notice is how smooth and even the pistols matte black finish has been applied; it’s one of the best I’ve seen on a Hi Power clone. The same is true for all small parts. The chrome finish on the barrel is a little bright for me, but it should hold up well, especially in hot, humid environments. Fit and function is nice as well. Hi Powers require a little looser fit between the slide and frame. The P.I.’s fit is tight, but not so tight it’s going to create a problem during high-volume firing.

The slide contains a flat, short recoil spring, as opposed the standard spring made from round wire. The guide rod is also unique. Due to shortened length, the front of the slide below the barrel has a hole for the guide rod to push through as the slide cycles, or locks to the rear. The strength of the recoil spring and rod are a little difficult to remove from the slide due to their length. But, after a few practice runs you’ll figure out the right combination of shakes and wiggles for smooth removal.

Differences between the “P.I.” and a standard Hi Power include the flat recoil spring and that the recoil spring guide rod extends out the front of the slide when cycled or the slide is locked to the rear.

The sear lever, which transfers the movement from the trigger lever to the sear, is a late model style that blocks the firing pin from forward movement when there’s no pressure on the trigger. Should the hammer or sear fail, this feature prevents the pistol from going “full-auto.”

The pins and springs inside a pistol make the difference between an efficiently functioning pistol and one with a lot of problems. The P.I.’s springs are the proper dimensions with good tension. One sign of a properly made Hi Power is that pins for parts like the sear, sear lever, extractor and ejector shouldn’t require a lot of force to tap in and out. Plus, the pins shouldn’t deform when removed or installed, as long as you use the proper punches. All of this is true for the P.I. Everything fits and feels right.

The “P.I.” has a Mk III style sear lever. This late style lever - pictured in the slide at bottom - blocks the firing pin from going forward unless there is pressure on the trigger. In the case of sear or hammer breakage this prevents the pistol from going "full-auto."

The one thing that is different is the shape of the rear of the grip. You’ll notice this immediately if attempting to swap out the factory stocks. The factory supplied Mk III style stocks fit perfectly; they don’t wiggle or shift on the frame. Some of the aftermarket stocks I checked have some slop. This is often the case with Hi Power clones, and building up the front area of the stock on the inside, where it indexes on the frame, is easily done with a little J.B. Weld or epoxy.

The Girsan MC P35 P.I. looks good inside and out. Now, it’s time to get it on the range to check function and accuracy. I’ll have a full report on this coming up next.

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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