MARCH 16, 2023

Luth-AR is a sponsor of the 28th Annual Superstition Mystery Mountain 3-Gun Championship held at Rio Salado Sportsmans Club in Mesa, AZ. Luth-AR will be a Division Sponsor for 2023.
Hornady congratulates Doug Koenig on his victory at the Accuracy International Long Range Classic hosted by Altus Shooting Solutions, March 11-12, 2023 in Baker, Florida.
Yesterday, Knife Rights filed a federal lawsuit challenging California’s complete ban on automatic knives 2-inches and greater that the state prohibits as “switchblades.” Knife Rights is joined in the case by three Knife Rights members James Miller, Garrison Ham, and Eliot Kaagan, and knife retail members North County Shooting Center and Poway Weapons and Gear.

The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) and its partners in a federal lawsuit challenging the prohibition of handgun sales to young adults have filed an appellant’s brief with the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. The case is known as Reese v. ATF.
Primary Arms Optics has announced its attendance at DSEI Japan 2023, which will be held March 15-17 in Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan. Attendees are invited to visit Primary Arms Optics at Booth #H7-231.
Shoot United is announcing 20-plus events in 2023 that will be held at shooting ranges throughout the United States, with the focus of introducing participants to the shooting sports and responsible firearm education.

With its inconspicuous sports-pack styling and robust construction, the Summit Backpack was designed for discreet storage and transport of a rifle and accessories.
Kimber Mfg. has collaborated with several industry partners to create the 2023 Kimber KHX Custom Sweepstakes, where one lucky winner will receive a prize package worth nearly $3,000.
Bergara announced the Predator Giveaway. Enter to win the perfect predator package. The package features a Bergara B-14 HMR in .22-250 Rem topped with Athlon glass and sitting on an Athlon CF tripod.

Mission First Tactical announced that they have partnered with Kimber, Hornady, Streamlight and Last Cut Crystal for the ultimate St. Patrick’s Day prize package giveaway, valued at nearly $3,000.
Liberty Ammunition has named Cheri Ady as Controller of the company. Cheri will oversee the company's financial structure as they continue to grow.
HeadHunters NW announces it will host weekly live meetings to provide resources for those who work in the firearms industry. Weekly HeadHunters NW, Career Planning sessions, are scheduled for Wednesdays, and HeadHunters NW President Shaylene Keiner will host each interactive 30-minute Zoom session.

Gun owners in several states where Democrats control the legislative process are facing an onslaught of gun control and prohibition legislation and the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms condemned what appears to be the party’s war on freedom in state capitols across the country.
Bear Creek Arsenal announces the release of their .45 ACP and 10mm pistol caliber carbines. Shooters can now enjoy the power of .45 ACP and 10mm with a carbine's ease of use and capacity.
XS Sights offers its Ghost Ring sight sets for Henry Big Boy Carbine lever-action rifles chambered in 357 Magnum and 44 Magnum. Featuring a large ghost ring aperture and white stripe front sight, they are designed for easy installation on Henry Big Boy Carbines equipped with a compatible XS Lever Rail.

The new Vortex Defender-CCW micro red dot fits the Shield RMS footprint. It features the biggest sight window in its class, a “Fast-Rack” textured front face for weapon manipulation, adjustable brightness, is motion activated and is available with 3 MOA or 6 MOA reticles.
Safariland recently launched the next evolution of duty rated retention holsters. The new SafariVault holster is now available for purchase for Glock and Shadow Systems fits.
The Vortex Nation Giveaway is awarding weekly winners leading up to the grand prize: A $5500 Vortex optics and apparel shopping spree. The big winner will be announced on March 31.

Taurus is offering a $25 rebate on any new Taurus G3 pistol, except the G3c, and a $50 rebate on any GX4 series pistol.
AMERIGLO announced a limited time promotion with Walther. Beginning 03/13/2023 and running through 04/17/2023 consumers who purchase a new, standard PDP or PDP F-Series Walther pistol will receive a free AMERIGLO Haven Handgun Red Dot Sight.
Featured in the May issue of Shooting Times, is the optics equipped EVO-E9-LW from Ed Brown Products. The EVO series is optimized for 9mm with a shortened and thinned slide, and retains 100% 1911 controls and handling characteristics.
The new year brought firearms industry product introductions and the May-June issue of Combat Handguns brings all the new guns and gear right to your living room. The collaboration of Wilson Combat and SIG SAUER on the P365 kicks things off.
Samson Manufacturing Corp. has released an M-LOK version of their popular K-Rail handguard series. Two versions are currently offered for stamped receivers, one with a sling loop cut and a non-sling loop version with integrated steel QD Sling Points.
Sportsman’s Guide is now a Whitetails Unlimited national sponsor.
Patriot Ordnance Factory Inc. announced their presenting sponsorship of the 2023 Superstition Mountain Mystery Three Gun Match. The SMM3G Match is the longest-running, largest multi-gun match annually, with both 2-gun and 3-gun discipline matches represented.

There are a lot of different style pistols, but one of the most iconic is the Smith & Wesson “J” frame. These “snubbies” – short barrel revolvers – have a special place in America, and still have a great appeal as defensive handguns.

Although the “J” frame design is decades old, it’s still one of the most popular handguns -- and for good reason. These small-frame short-barrel revolvers are reliable, as are all revolvers, but they’re also easily concealed. They work especially well for pocket carry, as long as you have a pocket holster. This is ideal concealment when you can’t conceal or carry a large frame pistol. They’re very common in the south, when summer wear is often a t-shirt and shorts. “J” frames are ideal for “back-up” pistols, again due to their size and ease of carry. A “J” frame in a well-designed ankle holster is easy to carry, comfortable, and in some cases, depending on your body position, might turn into your primary pistol.

Snubbies come in a variety of calibers. A small frame revolver might not be pleasant to shoot with .357 Magnum rounds, but it’s comforting to know you can practice with .38 Special rounds and carry the magnum ammo for defense, when the difference in recoil won’t be noticeable. You can also load them with “snake shot” rounds, which are like little shotgun shells and perfect for dealing with uninvited yard pests.

“J” frames score high in the “fit” department, too. A pistol must fit the hand – your hand – in order for it to be used efficiently. The ability to easily change out the stocks on the “J” frame means you can customize the pistol for your hand size. Stocks – which go on the grip of the pistol – are available in a variety of sizes and shapes, made from about any natural or man-made material you can think of. With the options offered today, there is no reason you can’t find the “perfect” stocks whether you need small ones for concealment or something larger to make the pistol more comfortable to shoot.

Revolvers are often referred to as “simple.” And they are the easiest pistols to shoot but they’re the most difficult to shoot and manipulate properly. All defensive revolver shooting is done in double-action. The trigger stroke both cocks and releases the hammer to fire the shot. The trigger travels a lot more distance than the trigger of a semi-auto. It takes a lot more practice to learn how to manage the trigger properly. The short sight radius of a snubbie means you have to pay close attention to sight alignment and picture. If you spend enough time on the range with one, you can consistently hit man-size targets at 100 yards. Revolvers are more complicated than semi-autos when it comes to loading, unloading and reloading. This is nothing that proper technique and practice can’t overcome.

Revolvers are ideal for self-defense. But, they’re not for everyone. If you decide to pursue them you’re going to need to invest more time and effort to “learn” them. This journey is very rewarding. Revolvers are fun to shoot. The small “J” frame revolvers have a lot to offer, so don’t discount them until giving them a fair chance.

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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