MARCH 21, 2023

The Civilian Marksmanship Program’sNational Long Range series will be fired July 31 through Aug. 5, 2023, highlighted by a new event. 2023’s schedule will include a Mid-Range 3x600 Match – 20 shots slow prone at 600 yards in 22-minute block times.
Blackhawk tactical athlete Zach Rodman finished in second-place at the Tactical Games 2023 New Mexico Regional event held at the NRA Whittington Center in Raton.
The Civilian Marksmanship Program will again welcome competitors and guests to its annual Talladega D-Day rifle and pistol event, set to be held June 7-11, 2023, at Talladega Marksmanship Park in Alabama. Registration is currently open, so sign up now to join in on this commemorative occasion.

Primary Arms Government has announced its attendance at the upcoming International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association2023 Annual Conference and Expo at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri.
Maxim Defense announced that they will be exhibiting at the 2023 “The Gathering” Firearm Range Day and Expo presented by Palmetto State Armory on Friday, March 24th and Saturday March 25th in Clinton, SC.
Fiocchi congratulated Fiocchi Pro Team member Lena Miculek for taking home the award for Best Shooter at the Gundies event. This awards ceremony was held on February 25th.

Colt's Manufacturing introduced its newest snake gun—the King Cobra Target 22 LR. It packs 10-rounds in its cylinder, has a one-piece stainless steel barrel with a 1:16RH twist, optimal for 22 LR, and is available in a 4-inch or 6-inch model.
The Concealed-Carry Belt Pouch fits compact 22, 25 and .380 caliber pistols such as Ruger LCP, Kel-Tec P32 & P-3AT, and similar small frame autos.
Galco's Parabellum 2.0 shoulder holster system uses hybrid construction that combines Kydex with top grain leather and premium center cut steerhide, along with a refined and updated harness.

Mec-Gar USA donated $3500.00 to the Firearms Policy Coalition Action Foundation, an organization dedicated to fighting for Second Amendment rights throughout the nation. Mec-Gar’s donation was raised through their sales of their 1911 .45 ACP magazine with the text of the 2nd Amendment laser engraved thereon.
Evernham’s team will oversee the growth and expansion of The Headrest Safe Company’s accounts in Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Illinois, Wisconsin, North & South Dakotas, Minnesota, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas by developing and implementing key strategic incentives.
SilencerCo announced the promotion of Chase Glenn to Director of Business Development. In his new role, Glenn will be responsible for SilencerCo’s strategic relationships, brand representation, and development of new Licensing and OEM opportunities.

PTR Industries Inc. announces the addition of Jonathan Mossberg to the company as Chief Executive Officer, effective February 21, 2023.
Liberty Ammo recently received coverage from several well-known industry influencers. Among these was Brandon Curtis from Concealed Nation.
High Speed Gear and Comp-Tac Holsters announced the addition of Blackstone and W.L. Carter as sales representatives for Comp-Tac in their respective territories. Syncing commercial sales representation with Blackstone Marketing Group and W.L. Carter across all holster brands enhances the combined companies’ ability to service their commercial customers.

Springfield Armory announced the new 10-round Hellcat Pro 9mm pistol. This new offering provides those in locales requiring restricted capacities an opportunity to own a popular EDC pistol that combines the performance of a larger handgun with class-leading concealability.
Arms Preservation Inc. announced the launch of the new website for its line of Firearm Rust Prevention Storage Bags. The product provides gun owners and shooting enthusiasts with long-term firearm storage bags that can prevent rusty guns for five years or more depending on use.
Designed as the ultimate long-range, high-performance riflescope, the German Precision Optics SPECTRA 6X 4.5-27x50i SFP has been built to give premium performance for those who hunt game in environments where shooting at extended ranges is often required.

The National Rifle Association of America announced that Randy Kozuch has been named interim Executive Director of the NRA-Institute for Legislative Action. NRA-ILA is the “lobbying” arm of the NRA.
Silencer Shop, a long standing gold corporate sponsor of the Second Amendment Foundation, has launched a new program to help support SAF’s ongoing litigation and education efforts by donating a percentage from each Form 1 service to the organization from now through May 31.
CZ announced that the P-10 M price has recently been reduced to $299, the P-10 S, C, and F have been reduced to $399, the P-10 S, C, and F Optics-Ready guns reduced to $449, and the P-10 Optics-Ready Suppressor-Ready C and F models have been reduced to $499.

The annual qualification for retirees under provisions of the federal “Law Enforcement Officers’ Safety Act” and relevant state enabling legislation and rules was looming. While our state qual course is nothing to fear, I thought it still wouldn’t hurt to knock some of the rust off.

That said, being a pensioner meant I tend to watch pennies and so I elected to use a rimfire analog to the pistol I normally carry.

About this time, I’ll be catching flak from those who will note that “only a Fudd practices with a 22” and “the centerfire gun recoils more than the plinker.”

Right, likely as not, in both cases.

I find the time limits on the state course to be … generous. Likewise, I find that the 22-auto pistol is more likely to experience a failure to fire or other stoppage than my service-compact carry pistol. That means I can spend some time on stoppage reduction – for the unlikely situation I’d face one at the department range.

The GLOCK 44 is a rimfire analog to standard service-compact GLOCK pistols -- allowing it to use holsters for the G19 like the original Galco Side Snap Scabbard (below).

Besides, the problem with qualification is more score-on-target than how-much-time is used. I’d prefer to take care of the accuracy part of the equation.

To use the same size holster and magazine pouch, I’d use an analog to my carry GLOCK 19, the GLOCK 44. It doesn’t have the nice sights nor the Talon Grip than the Gen5 does, but it fits the carry gear and feels “close enough” to get some training effect.

For the holster, I used an original Galco S.S.S., Side Snap Scabbard. It fits close to the body as the back of the holster is a flat sheet designed to fit around the wearer’s body. The outside of the holster is precision molded to the gun it’s made to fit. There is a tension adjustment screw under/behind the trigger guard.

This holster isn’t the current, improved Side Snap Scabbard. Like the original, it has the quick on-off snap loops that fit 1 1/2” belts. It’s an open top design with a reinforced mouth for smooth and easy one-handed re-holstering. The newer version has a slight butt-forward cant, unlike the steeper angle of the earlier version.

I was working on a carton of Federal AutoMatch. A bulk-packed load, it’s meant to function 22 autos. Like any 22, the G44 is prone to minor interruptions in the cycle of operation.

Like the actual state-mandated LEOSA course, drawing from a holster consumed a great deal of the practice. Unlike the qual, there was a lot of one-handed shooting in practice, including with the nondominant hand, below.

To quiet the din of the mob, I stapled up a B-8 repair center. It’s vastly smaller than the FBI-Q ‘bottle’ target. The bull gives me an aiming point; I just can’t sight in on that tiny “Q” on the qual target at any distance.

I did a 30-round practice. Starting from the holster and from ‘guard,’ shooting mostly 1-handed (it’s not supposed to be easy) with either hand, I worked a few rounds from as close as three-yards back to fifteen yards. The resulting target showed four hits high in the “9” ring, six in the ’10’ ring and the remaining ten hits went into the tie-breaking “X” ring.

What did I find out?

Well, it took some time to get those hits. I’ll be shooting a bit faster at the agency’s event. I’ll also be shooting less one-handed than I did for practice and the target is larger.


I experienced a neat stoppage. It began with a failure to fire. I believe the slide didn’t pick up a round and when I went to clear it, a partially deployed round left the magazine and presented vertically in the ejection port.

It’s part of the reason I don’t carry a 22 auto for defense. And part of the reason I like it for practice.

All in all, I was happy with the results. The accuracy was there. We’ll see if the practice helped after qualification day.

-- Rich Grassi

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