MARCH 2, 2023

Registration for the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s (CMP) 2023 National Trophy Pistol and Rifle Matches is open. The annual event, held at the Camp Perry National Guard Training Base since 1907, is conducted by a partnership between the CMP and Ohio National Guard.
AGM will be attending the IWA OutdoorClassics 2023 show in Nuremberg Germany 2023 on March 2-5. AGM is an emerging leader in the electro-optics space with 4 very strong years of continued growth.
Kimber, Mfg., Inc. will have a presence at IWA 2023 in Nuremberg, Germany – one of the largest sporting-goods shows in Europe. Kimber is activating a new network of distributors at the show who are now shipping Kimber products internationally.

MidwayUSA is pleased to return as Official Sponsor of the 2023 NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits. The 152nd NRA Annual Meeting & Exhibits will be held at the Indiana Convention Center on April 14-16 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
These tactical gun range bags are made from 1000 denier nylon with wrap-around carry handles, a 2” padded shoulder strap and YKK #10 zippers.
The Elite Survival Systems Discreet Security Pack is a versatile concealed-carry pack that can be worn on the belt, or over the shoulder with the adjustable shoulder strap (provided).

NSSF announced that Birchwood Casey, part of GSM Outdoors, has again shown its support for the First Shots introduction-to-target-shooting program with a generous donation of 10,000 Shoot-N-C targets.
Pnuma Outdoors, a provider of high-performance hunting apparel and gear, announced its sponsorship of Dan Staton and ElkShape Camp. ElkShape Camp is an immersive hunting experience designed to help hunters of all levels improve their skills and become more successful in the field.
Shaylene Keiner, President of HeadHunters NW, a recruiting firm focused exclusively on talent acquisition for the shooting, hunting, and outdoor industry, has made a significant donation to the National Shooting Sports Foundation Political Action Committee, in support of the Second Amendment.

Lyman Products Corp. announced two key appointments in their Sales and Marketing Departments. Alex Hayowyk was appointed National Sales Manager and Spencer Karoll was promoted to Product Manager.
MidwayUSA is pleased to announce Banana Ballistics as the latest addition to their roster of brand ambassadors. He joins a growing sponsorship list of accomplished hunters and fishermen.
O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc. announced personnel changes within its sales and marketing department. Bill Brown will be shifting from his role as Director of Sales into the role of Senior Director of Product Management and Brian Krouse moves into the role of Director of Sales.

Inc. Magazine announces that C&H Precision Weapons is ranked as the fastest growing business in the manufacturing sector and 16th overall among privately held companies in the southeast (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Puerto Rico, South Carolina and Tennessee).
Bear Edge Knives introduces the Bear Edge 61125. The 61125 is an American-built pocket knife featuring a bead finish blade, ergonomic stainless steel handle design, and the super smooth action of a modified drop-point 3 ¼ inch hollow ground blade that rides on ball bearing washers.
MasterPiece Arms announced the release of the DS38SC Open Competition Pistol. It was based off of the success of the DS9 Open, but added five 1\4” barrel ports to allow for more options with 38 Super Comp loads.

Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc. introduced its new folding pistol carbine, the M&P FPC. Chambered in 9mm, the optics-ready FPC has a length of 30 ? inches and a compact folded length of 16 ? inches. It comes equipped with three double-stack M&P pistol magazines, including one 17-round and two 23-round mags.
SIG SAUER introduces the MCX-SPEAR, the civilian version of the U.S. Army’s new XM7 rifle chosen for the Next Generation Squad Weapons (NGSW) program. The MCX-SPEAR is available in 7.62 NATO and 6.5 Creedmoor and coming soon in 277 SIG Fury.
CrossBreed's Custom Shop offers a wide range of custom print designs for the Kydex pockets featured on their leading IWB holster styles. Now, the company expands their custom pocket portfolio with the all-new Sprinkles design — a fun and vibrant pattern further accentuated by colored hardware accents.

The fifth annual Shooting Industry Woman’s Issue boasts several features and columns to aid in generating additional sales to the industry’s dynamic and fastest-growing demographic.

Since the ATF’s recent decision on AR “pistol braces,” many shooters are looking at reconfiguring their AR pistols, which are perfect D.I.Y. projects. The AR is a modular design and once you understand its operation, you’ll see it’s a simple platform, one of its major attractions. Like any other firearm, if you’re planning some modifications, you’ll need to know the “how” and acquire the necessary tools.

There’s a world of info on ‘smithing the AR platform, both on the ‘net and in hardcopy. Being an old guy, I prefer hardcopies. I use the computer as little as possible, and like to highlight, underline and turn down pages.

For the fundamentals, and to achieve a quality build, I like Walt Kuleck and Clint McKee’s “The AR-15 Complete Assembly Guide.” In addition to covering parts, tools and techniques in a step-by-step fashion there are loads of small details. For example, using the proper size drill – “bit” – to ensure all holes for detents and springs are properly sized. It’s often these little things that make a big difference in your results.

Glen Zediker, an accomplished shooter – a High Master NRA shooter, and one of the top AR experts in the world, has several volumes devoted to building your ultimate AR. His book, “the Competitive AR15 Builders Guide” sees constant use in my shop. Zediker covers a variety of subjects including sections on aftermarket triggers, ammunition selection, tips to keep your AR magazines in tip-top shape and about any modification you might be considering.

I’m also a fan of Patrick Sweeney’s books on building and maintaining the AR. After years of working as a top-tier gunsmith he shifted over to writing, sharing his knowledge with others. He has several books on ARs, and you’ll find a world of wealth of information to help on your AR journey.

Using the wrong tools on the screws, pins and other parts of a firearm is a sure path to making mistakes - or ruining a component. The same is true for the “simple” AR. For one-stop shopping I recommend Real Avid’s tools . Their Armorer’s Master Kit for ARs is available in a standard version with tools like punches, torque wrench and clamps for both upper and lower receivers. The Pro kit adds specialized wrenches for different barrel nuts, handguards, castle nuts and flash hiders, plus a bench block to hold various pieces for removal and installation of pins and such. I’m also a fan of their other tools as well.

Learning how to maintain and modify a firearm isn’t that complicated. It just takes time and practice. You’ve got to invest the time required to learn the platform, how it functions and the techniques upkeep or performing various modifications. Then, it’s a matter of practice. With a new platform I start by learning how to disassemble and reassemble the firearm, acquiring an understanding of its function.

Each time you repeat a process you’ll learn more, and become comfortable with what you’re doing. Start with small jobs before attempting major modifications. Eventually, you’ll be performing “expert” work in your shop.

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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