MAY 11, 2023

The Elite IWB Clip-On Holster is crafted for inside waistband carry and maximum concealability. It is constructed of multi-layer, turned and quilted ballistic nylon, and has a sturdy spring-steel clip.
Some homeowners prefer a shotgun or carbine as a home defense weapon but these require bigger storage containers than pistols. SnapSafe offers the solution. Under bed safes, keep larger firearms, ammunition, and other valuables secure, allowing quick and convenient slide-out access when needed.
GunsAmerica is still offering an opportunity to big in an exclusive online auction featuring a rare set of surplus M17 and M18 pistols from SIG SAUER. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Sterling Promise Foundation, supporting early cancer detection and financial assistance for special operations veterans and their families.The auction ends tomorrow (Thursday, May 11) with the winner announced on Friday, May 12.

AmmoSquared Inc. announced its sponsorship of Old Eighteen Defense's innovative and challenging Run n Gun events for 2023. These six weekend events culminate in a championship event in Palestine Texas.
Nightstick announces the launch of its latest TCM-10 Series compact handgun weapon lights, TCM-10 and TCM-10-GL models. Both new models feature ultra-performance LEDs and an optimized TIR lens, delivering a brighter and longer-reaching 650-lumen beam for up to 2 hours.
Buck Knives, Inc. offers several solutions for campers who face a wide range of chores while in the great outdoors. When those chores need the attention of a sturdy knife, Buck Knives’ 104 Compadre Camp Knife and the 108 Compadre Froe are great camping companions.

Liemke introduced the premium Luchs line of thermal optics. Made in Wetzlar, Germany, the Liemke Luchs (or Lynx as translated in English) incorporates the latest in thermal technology in these versatile devices that can be clipped onto any daytime riflescope or used as a handheld monocular.
Federal Ammunition introduced a new product line of match-grade centerfire rifle ammunition: Federal Premium Gold Medal CenterStrike. These new match-grade loads feature a proprietary open tip match design, sleek profile and extremely tight specifications for long-range accuracy and consistency.
Springfield Armory announced the release of the new 1911 Operator 9mm, a no-nonsense duty-grade 1911 pistol. This 9mm version of the 1911 Operator includes a Tactical Rack rear/tritium front sight set, rugged G10 VZ Grips, ambidextrous safety, two magazines with bumper pads with increased capacity of nine rounds, forward slide serrations and more.

Bear Creek Arsenal has partnered with Sierra Ammunition and Shooting Targets USA to offer the ultimate hunting giveaway. Prizes include a Huntmaster 30-06 Right Side Charging Rifle, BCA Rifle Scope, Sierra ammunition and more.
The “Featherweight,” built by the pros at Tyler Gun Works and RW Grip Frames, is the light, versatile and discreet Ruger Vaquero featured on the July/August cover of American Handgunner.
The master craftsmen of Turnbull Restoration excel in taking firearms to dizzying heights of beauty, performance and quality. They showcase their collective talents on a classic Browning SA-22 in the July issue of GUNS.

Apex Tactical Specialties announces the release of a Failure Resistant Extractor designed specifically for 10mm variants of the M&P M2.0 pistol from Smith & Wesson., an online multi-merchant marketplace for the outdoor recreation community, recently launched Negrini Cases storefront. Makers of high-grade luxury hard gun cases, Negrini luxury hard gun cases are the lightest weight with IATA approval, TSA Compliance.


(Editor’s Note: In this piece, from April 9, 2009, Tiger took a question from a subscriber, Jason C. His response appears below in this installment of Skill Set Classics.)

What style of sights do you find works best for the 1911 and Glock platform? There are so many options these days I was wondering what your thoughts were. Jason C.

There are three major issues to consider when equipping yourself with a pistol for fighting – you need a weapon that fits your hand, a good crisp trigger, and sights that you can see. Each of these things will be different for each individual. Glocks are great weapons - my wife carries one - but they don’t fit my hands very well, even with a grip reduction. You can get used to any trigger, but a smooth trigger press, with a crisp break will help you shoot better. When it comes to sights, you need sights that will work for your eyes. What works for your buddy may not suit you, and as we age what worked for us when we were thirty probably won’t serve us well when we’re sixty.

When I first got into training I used Novak sights, with tritium inserts. Now that I’m fifty the narrow front sight is getting harder to see, especially in low-light situations, so I’m currently in the process of switching over to XS dot front sights. XS offers two versions of these sights, a large and small dot, and they have them for about any weapon you can think of.

Are tritium sights essential? If it’s so dark you can’t see the sights, then you probably can’t identify your target either, which means you’ll need a flashlight. If you’re using a flashlight to locate and identify threats you’ll probably be able to see your sights. When there is enough ambient light to I.D. your threat, you should be able to see the sights. Or, the situation develops quickly at extremely close distances, which means tritium sights won’t really matter. Don’t get me wrong, tritium sights are nice to have, just remember they don’t help with identifying the threat. And with most tritium sights you’ll have to modify your sight picture to place the bullet where it needs to go, so this will take plenty of practice to familiarize yourself with the modified sight picture under low-light conditions.

Ultimately, as with all other gear choices, you need to choose gear that works for you. Then remember there is no guarantee you’ll be fighting with your gear. Even if you have a light and tritium sights on your weapon, you still need to know how to use a hand-held light and standard iron sights. You want to be able to fight with any weapon that you may ‘acquire’ during the fight. Don’t let any gear become a crutch for you. And keep in mind that gear won’t compensate for a lack of skill. So equip yourself with the gear that works for you, and practice accordingly, but be ready to fight with anything.

-- Tiger McKee

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