MAY 2, 2023

Outdoor sales and marketing group, Outtech Inc. announces that it, along with subsidiaries QuickFire and Peak Strategic Insights, has been acquired by Legacy1846 Outdoor Group, an investment holding company.
PROOF Research’s Weapons Test Specialist, Greg Hamilton, and Sean Murphy of Nightforce Optics have won first place at the Real World Sniper Challenge presented by Dark Corner Concepts.
Throughout its century-long history, events within the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s annual Camp Perry National Matches have evolved to better accommodate competitors and guests. Keeping with that philosophy, the 2023 event calendar has been modified from previous years.

The Second Amendment Foundation and its partners in a challenge of the ban on so-called “assault weapons” in Cook County, Illinois today filed a memorandum of law in support of their request for summary judgment in the case, which began in August 2021 and is known as Viramontes v. Cook County.
Gun Owners of America (GOA) and the Gun Owners Foundation (GOF) secured a preliminary injunction against the Illinois “Assault Weapons” Ban and the Standard-Capacity Magazine Ban.
Primary Arms Government has announced its attendance at the upcoming International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors 2023 Conference, which will be held in Houston, Texas on April 30th to May 5th.

Creedmoor Sports announces the promotion of Sam Payne to Product Specialist. Sam has worked most recently as a Manufacturing Technician at Creedmoor Sports while completing his Master’s Degree at Jacksonville State University.
A compact, streamlined version of the Smokescreen Slingpack, the Blindside pack offers the look and feel of an every-day slingpack, with an ambidextrous, hidden holster compartment.
Seamlessly blending practicality and traditional leather craft, Galco’s SB28 Basket Stamped Holster Belt combines the sturdiness needed for all-day handgun carry with traditional basket stamping to create an elevated everyday holster belt.

Safariland® has released a limited edition the M81 Woodland Camo Cordura wrap for the 6304RDS and 6354RDS holsters. The limited-edition 6304RDS and 6354RDS holsters are specifically designed for firearms with red dot sights.
Employees of companies that support NSSF, The Firearm Industry Trade Association, at the highest level may apply for education aid through the NSSF Patron Member Scholarship Program. NSSF has made a total of $50,000 in scholarship funding available for a total of 20 entries.
AG Composites is thriving and growing. When brothers Dave and Matt Tandy founded AG Composites in 2014 they wanted to build the best carbon fiber composite rifle stocks in the world.

Global Defense announced the Friends & Family Purchase Program to all their industry friends and family members. The program offers employees of authorized Global Defense direct customers (i.e., retailers, distributors, vendors, and industry partners) the opportunity to purchase products for personal use from Global Defense at deep discounts.
Custom arms manufacturer Cosaint Arms, announces the donation of a custom NRA Double Stack 1911 pistol to the Tennessee Friends of the NRA.
Urge Media is adding to their catalog of producer partners for quarters three and four of 2023, with the popular show The Lindsey Way being one of their latest additions to their growing list.

RetailBI powered by Gearfire announces its sponsorship role at the 2023 NSSF Marketing and Leadership Summit at the JW Marriott Savannah Plant Riverside District in Savannah, Georgia, from May 8-10, 2023.
Camfour president Brandon Roper says the additions of Colt and PMC to the company’s already expansive firearm assortment is “giving our dealers more options to better serve their customer base."
Faxon Firearms announced the appointment of Tim Bailey & Associates as their Manufacturer Representatives. Tim Bailey & Associates brings with them years of experience in the firearms industry, and a deep understanding of the needs of both dealers and consumers.

Telum Tactical is introducing six styles of automatic knives in 2023, each precision-crafted for superior performance, durability, and cutting power while providing the perfect balance of modern design and resilience.
Fiocchi of America, Inc. is seeking a Director of Sales. The Director of Sales works directly with the Fiocchi team, territory external sales representatives, and customers to accomplish the company's sales strategy and growth vision.
The Second Amendment Foundation on Friday scored a significant victory in its campaign to “win firearms freedom, one lawsuit at a time,” when a federal judge in Illinois granted a preliminary injunction against enforcement of that state’s ban on so-called “assault weapons” and “high-capacity magazines.”
Safariland has released a limited edition M81 Woodland Camo Cordura wrap for the 6304RDS and 6354RDS holsters. The holsters are designed for firearms with red dot sights.
Burris combines quality magnifying optics with range-finding into a single unit with the new Signature LRF 10x42 rangefinding binoculars.
Anderson Manufacturing, in collaboration with Grit City Cerakote, launches The Dark Horse Cerakote Builder Set for the month of May. This month, the Builder Set features a dark, multi-cam Cerakote finish.
Developed in conjunction with Treadswift, the LWAG, by FirstSpear, is a lightweight concealment cloak that can be used for disrupting visual, infrared, or thermal detection.
Alien Gear Holsters has released the new Photon Light Bearing Holster—a unique holster with a 4-in-1 design that permits owners to change the holster for IWB or OWB uses and by either left- or right-handed shooters.
The U.S. Supreme Court case NYSRPA v. Bruen made NY residents believe they were freed from state and local infringements, but as NY resident James Panero found, state officials attempted to evade the ruling.
Springfield Armory announces the release of drop-in threaded barrels for its Hellcat 9mm and XD-M 4.5” 9mm, 10mm, and .45 ACP pistols. They are hammer forged for both durability and precision performance.
GPO USA announces the launch of its Summer Savings rebate program. Through July 31, 2023, outdoor enthusiasts have the opportunity to purchase one of GPO’s popular ED binoculars and get $100 of their hard-earned cash back.
Mission First Tactical (MFT) announces their annual May Day Sales Promotion. Purchase any holster from the Kydex, IWB, OWB, Leather Hybrid or cool Graphic holster lines and get a special edition Multi-Mount Platform free of charge.

Back in the days of old, our Lord High Sheriff ™ decided that his “serve at the pleasure” reserve officers could do the work of civil service deputies without complaints about overtime (by doing the work for free) and they should receive department compensated training slots for instructor positions. There was considerable grumbling about it but I liked the people he’d selected. Somewhat hypocritically, I was fairly silent about it.

One of those was an old-time gun crank, Harry Carpenter. About 12 years older than me, he knew more about bullseye and PPC that I’d know if I lived to be 1,000. I was working the range with him one day bemoaning the fact that I couldn’t complete a single qual without throwing one – it was always one – round out of the main scoring zone, preventing me from cleaning the course.

He nodded sagely, asking where the round went out. It was often at fifteen yards, the place where precision and timing had to be just right for me.

We’d gone to the auto, S&W 645s, just shortly before this. He said he could help and handed me an additional magazine – I already had three.

Stapling up a fresh NRA B27 target, he had me up by the range house at fifty yards with the intention to have me shoot PPC Match 3. Starting loaded with six rounds and holstered, when the time begins, the shooter drops to sitting for six rounds. Reload as you move into prone, fire six rounds. Reload as you rise into standing left-side barricade left-handed for six rounds. Finally reload for six rounds right hand barricade. That’s a draw, three reloads, four positions, 24 rounds (six from the ‘wrong’ hand) in two minutes, 45 seconds.

No, this isn't a Match 3 target; and that's a marginal effort - but it gives you an idea of the size of the target.

Not particularly fast-paced but we’re trying to hit the B27 “X” ring – about 2” wide by 3” tall --  on the target’s ISU scoring rings. For me, I was just trying to keep them inside the 8-ring (for qualification scoring, the 8-ring counts the maximum - five points.)

That’s about 12” wide by just under 18” high from 150 feet.

The first trip to the line was miserable. Harry examined the target, then had me staple up a fresh target and load magazines while he counseled me.

Between relays, I fired Match 3 over and over, all that day and all the next day.

With his careful coaching, I had 24 rounds inside that blasted 8-ring early the second day.

“Okay. Now we’ll keep them in the 9-ring.”


He was patient, never uttered a cross word. He got me to clustering nearly all those hits inside the “9.”

I was so sick of Match 3, it was ridiculous.

But shooting from 25 yards suddenly became a walk in the park. And fifteen was nearly effortless.

Harry Carpenter knew a great deal about more-or-less standard police guns in the 1970s and 1980s, but was a master of the M1911 pistol.

Harry -- some years after we both left the S.O.

While his main line of work was ownership of a dry-cleaning establishment, I found that it was strange that there was a Star progressive reloading machine there. A good place to pick up your stash of cast lead bullets, Harry had also been known to pull the handle a few times while he was waiting on a load of laundry.

And he was a caring, knowledgeable instructor. He mentored a number of people into the trade, and passed his knowledge to many more.

After 81 years of existence, Harry’s moved on now to a better place.

God bless him.

As to his training technique and persona, I took some lessons from it.

The advantage to distance shooting is somewhat like the advantage to shooting small targets; you learn to hold that silly pistol still while you’re shooting it.

With coaching, repetitive practice – the draw, multiple reloads, shooting left-handed and right-, moving from position to position, all while trying not to miss that ‘big-as-a-bus’ NRA B27 target from fifty yards – combines to create automaticity. When you’re closer, even with less time, shooting seems less a challenge.

Not being the drill sergeant type when trying to fine-tune a middle range shooter – practicing patience – gets great results quickly.

I learned from Harry and I’ll miss him.

-- Rich Grassi

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