JANUARY 26, 2023

Federal Ammunition congratulates sponsored shooter and USA Shooting trap athlete Derrick Mein who recently won two medals at the 2023 International Shooting Sports Federation Rabat Shotgun World Cup.
X-Vision Optics and its line-up of thermal optics and infrared products will be on display at the Mid-States Winter Rendezvous, which will be on January 25th and 26th at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona.
SAR announced that they are attending Mid-States Winter “Rendezvous” industry trade show held January 25th and 26th in Phoenix, Arizona.

SIG SAUER Academy announced that Team SIG Professional Shooter Lena Miculek will visit the SIG Experience Center for a daylong event to showcase the all-new ROSE by SIG SAUER brand and programming on Saturday, February 4, 2023.
The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) recently announced a full lineup of ASA (Archery Shooters Association) and NSCA (National Sporting Clays Association) events for 2023.
Primary Arms Optics has announced its attendance (Booth #2240) at the upcoming Mid-States Winter Rendezvous, which will be on January 25th and 26th at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, AZ.

Colt's Defender 1911 pistol series is an excellent choice for concealed carry and is available in three models -- two in 45 ACP and one in 9mm.
The Elite Survival Systems 4-gun Pistol Pack is a discreet case designed with two identical compartments, one on each side. Both can hold two handguns and contain fully-adjustable straps and loops for magazines.
SnapSafe introduced several convenient and affordable accessories to help keep gear organized, maximize storage space, and increase the functionality of gun safes.

Henry Repeating Arms announced donations totaling $75,000 to some of the nation’s most significant grassroots gun rights and Second Amendment advocacy groups as part of its charitable Guns for Great Causes campaign. The check presentations to the Second Amendment Foundation, Gun Owners of America, and the Firearms Policy Coalition took place at the SHOT Show.
The 2023 Action Target Safety Award was awarded to Savage Arms at the Action Target SHOT Show booth on January 18.
Bond Arms announced that a concept lever action rifle has taken top prize at SHOT Show 2023, winning this year’s RECOIL Magazine’s "Best in Show" for Best Firearm.

Natchez Shooters Supplies, an online retailer specializing in shooting, hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, and outdoor supplies, announces it has rebranded as Natchez Shooting & Outdoors.
The Second Amendment Foundation has filed a motion for preliminary injunction in its federal court challenge of the recently-signed ban on modern semiautomatic rifles and their ammunition magazines.
NSSF, along with several co-plaintiffs, filed a legal challenge seeking declaratory and injunctive relief to prevent Illinois from enforcing the recently enacted law that bans most semiautomatic firearms including Modern Sporting Rifles, certain models of semiautomatic handguns and standard capacity magazines.

For 2023, the EFLX pistol sight by EOTECH, will be available in Flat Dark Earth color to complement the large number of FDE pistols in the marketplace.
Bushnell announces the new Match Pro ED 15x56mm Binocular, a high-quality optic designed for long-range precision shooters looking to combine features of a high magnification binocular and an MRAD based reticle.
Daniel Defense announces its Limited Series Program, a collaboration with other world-class manufacturers to create small batches of unique, once-in-a-lifetime rifle builds.

Media Lodge announced the launch of its annual “What’s Hot at SHOT” video series covering the sensational products in the firearms industry this year. Jenn Jacques, Brand Strategist and Editor-in-Chief of, announced the launch live from the SHOT Show floor - a first since the series’ inception.
Larry and Brenda Potterfield, co-founders of MidwayUSA, tell how they grew their once small gun shop into MidwayUSA — and how they, along the way, used their business acumen and dedication to the protection of our rights to help the NRA protect the 2nd Amendment.
Brownells customers can now turn their hard-earned tax refunds into guns and accessories during the second annual Brownells Tax Time event, starting January 24 and lasting all the way through April 15. The special deals and offers for Tax Time will be periodically unveiled at the Brownells Tax Time page.

The past couple years have seen dramatic increases in physical violence of every type. There’s also been an increase in attackers being stopped by regular people who carry concealed. Some of the shots they have made seem “miraculous,” until you discover that they have all practiced, sometimes very similar scenarios. Which raises the question – can you make the shot?

Defensive use of a firearm often occurs within “short” distances. Sometimes “bad breath,” arms-reach range. Engaging the threat from three or four yards isn’t’ that difficult, as long as the decision to fire is made in a timely fashion. But the threat may already have a physical hold on your body. When was the last time you practiced drawing, then hammering hits into the target from a retention firing position?

Chances are high the threat will be moving. It’s somewhat rare that someone will stand still while you align the sights to press off the shot. Engaging moving targets is easier than most people think. It does take practice to become comfortable with the experience; it’s not something you want to try to learn in the middle of the attack.

It’s possible that the threat is behind cover, and the only part of the body exposed is the head. Effective head shots require placing a surgical shot in the proper location of the skull, as dictated by your angle of view. A six-inch group won’t cut it. You’ve got about a two or three-inch square in which to place the hit. Plus, you’ll likely only get the opportunity to fire one round. Again, people don’t stand still while you shoot.

Hand and arm injuries are common in fights. You may be injured, but it’s still up to you to end the fight. This may be through avoidance and escape. It could be you have to fight with the pistol using your strong or support hand only. Firing with the strong hand isn’t that difficult. Shooting with the support hand is altogether different. These techniques must be practiced in advance, especially surgical shots and at firing at longer distances.

“Longer distances,” you say? There are enough situations where “long-distance” pistol shots were necessary to end the fight. This should provide the reason to practice shooting at longer ranges. This normally requires adjusting your point of aim. At seventy-five yards with most pistols you aim about belt buckle height to get hits in the center of the chest. If the windage – left and right – isn’t properly adjusted you’ll have to compensate there, too. Should your conflict require firing at an increased distance, it’s best to have the sights zeroed, know where to aim, and have the fundamentals of marksmanship squared away.

You never know what it will take to end conflict. Worst-case scenario, you’re forced to fire your pistol. Knowing when to fire is important. Knowing you can make the shot is critical. This confidence and skills are the result of plenty of practice. Recognizing when you shouldn’t press the trigger is equally important, if not more so. If you’re counting on “luck” to make the hit, you shouldn’t be pressing the trigger. Again, practice helps ensure you’re up to the task, no matter what is required.

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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