MAY 16, 2023

PROOF Research’s Weapons Test Specialist Greg Hamilton and Sean Murphy of Nightforce Optics took first place at the first annual Legion Team Sniper Challenge held May 6 - 7, 2023 at the 5th Special Forces Group’s range complex at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
CMP Affiliated Clubs have the opportunity to host their own local CMP Sanctioned Matches, all year long. Action Pistol is one of CMP’s latest programs – offering events that combine accuracy and movement.
Bushnell, along with RCBS, congratulates pro shooter Robert Brantley for winning the Tactical division at the 2023 Leupold Best in Texas PRS Match. Brantley used Elite Tactical and RCBS products to help secure his top place finish.

Bushnell® congratulates pro shooter Jessie Harrison for winning her 16th Ladies World Speed Shooting Championship title. Harrison’s latest achievement has set a record for the most titles of any female shooter in the sport.
Cobalt Kinetics announced that they will be exhibiting at the 2023 TRIGGRCON show (October 7th-8th) in Fall River, KS at the Flint Oak Hunting Lodge.
Designed in conjunction with FS professional users, the Sherpa is a hard use day bag that can be put to work across a wide variety of environments and situations.Made in the US, the Sherpa

Galco’s Concealable 2.0, a thoroughly modern version of the strongside belt holster, is now available for the SIG-Sauer P365XL and Spectre Comp with or without a pistol-mounted optic.
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.
Urge Media is pleased to announce the renewal of the long-standing partnership with Quiet-Kat Electric Mountain Bikes 2023.

The American Suppressor Association (ASA) announces the hiring of Jessica Kallam as the Vice President of Marketing.
Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc. announces the growth of its Brand Ambassador Team. Joining as a Smith & Wesson Ambassador toward the end of 2022, Travis Kennedy was a Navy SEAL. Smith & Wesson is also pleased to announce its newest addition to the Ambassador Team, Chad Robichaux, a former Force Recon Marine who has served our nation as a Special Agent with the US Federal Air Marshal Service.
Streamlight Inc. announced that Core Line Marketing received the company’s 2022 Sales Rep Agency of the Year Award for the Sporting Goods market.

Urge Media is pleased to announce the renewal of partnership with Wallhanger TV, a highly acclaimed hunting show airing on Pursuit Channel.
Streamlight Inc. announced that Odle Sales received the company’s 2022 Sales Rep Agency of the Year Award for the Law Enforcement market.
Powder Valley announces the addition of American Outdoor Brands’ Frankford Arsenal, as one of their latest additions to their lineup reloading equipment.

MidwayUSA is looking for a talented Senior Web Application Developer to build features as part of a collaborative team of developers and designers.
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.
Telum Tactical announced the launch of its Glaive Automatic Knife. Featuring a unique design for quick and easy operation, the Glaive can be fully opened with the push of a button to release its coil spring.

Cobalt Kinetics announced that they will be teaming up with Firearms Depot to release two signature rifle builds designed by their Pro-Staff members. Jon Dufresne (Kinetic Consulting) & Don Edwards (Greenline Tactical) have lent their subject matter expertise to design the 11.5” CK-Pro “Bear Claw” and the 13.9” CK-Pro “Fast Eddie” platforms.
Combining the power of 5x magnification with the size and weight of a red dot, the Primary Arms Optics SLx 5x MicroPrism is now available for pre-order with delivery in late June. Coinciding with the launch, pre-orders are also available for two new MicroPrism accessories: a 12 O’Clock Reflex Mount and an Offset Micro Dot Mount.
Davidson’s announced its latest Exclusive pistol produced in conjunction with EAA/Girsan, the Girsan MC P35 PI OPS. This newest variant of exclusive MC P35s has a silver cerakote-finished frame and shorter “detective” length slide. The slide is optics-cut for a Shield RMSc footprint.
Featuring an extended 4.4” threaded barrel, the new Springfield Armory Hellcat Pro OSP with Threaded Barrel combines the performance of a larger handgun with class-leading concealability. The result is an exceptional everyday carry pistol ready to accept the suppressor or muzzle device of your choice.

NSSF, The Firearm Industry Trade Association, praises Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for signing SB 214, a law that bars credit card companies from implementing a special Merchant Category Code (MCC) for credit card purchases at firearm retailers.

The RAPiD Safe Ready Vault Series is loaded with modern technology and proven security features to keep firearms secure while accessible. Hornady Security RAPiD Safes offer quick, dependable firearm access using patented RFID technology while providing unmatched security from unauthorized users.
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.

It’s remarkable what you see when you’re looking for something else.

I was availing myself of video ‘learning’ through an online streaming service. It was legit, a commentator trying to evaluate techniques by testing and evaluation – I wasn’t watching an ‘action movie.’ (In my day, we’d joke about the latest Clint Eastwood (or similar) fare as a ‘training film.’)

This was legit, but I didn’t learn what I was seeking to learn. The topic was generally methods of aiming. The user tried iron sights in what he referred to as ‘flash sight picture’ against the so-called target focus versus using a pistol-mounted optic (also a target focus).

As this was a path I’d been taking, I availed myself of his lesson.

This was someone who I’d watched before and I find his presentations more appealing than some. While I don’t agree with his conclusions generally, I’ll often find something I didn’t know before. This time it was generally negative, though I did find some glitter amongst the chicken feed – it was unintentional on the presenter’s part.

Those misses under the 'arm' of the target? They're okay, on the range, when you determine what you can and can't do. Remediate those; know the distance at which you can guarantee a hit. It's what you can hit, at what distance, in what time limit.

He mentioned that an instructor had recently opined in a class he took that ‘one miss off the silhouette isn’t that big a deal.’ As a former member of a foreign military service, missing was a “detail” for the instructor, just a minor inconvenience. Our presenter noted that it’s more than a big deal for the armed citizen or civilian law enforcement – and he’s right.

Then he begins warning about liability.

Liability is serious, okay. No one wants to get booked into jail and face criminal charges. And civil liability can be lurking, in some states, for two years or more after the event – and can take many years to litigate, draining your personal resources.

Do you think that’s the worst of it? – No.

This event is potentially the death of a citizen, an uninvolved party, an innocent bystander, a potential witness for your defense; a human being. The problem isn’t just what the badges or the robes will do or say, nor the press. It’s the fact you’ll live with that tragic outcome until you don’t live anymore.

That’s really tough. If you don’t know anyone who’s accidentally killed someone, they seem to go through a torture that’s unlike any other. It’s psychic brutality. Killing someone when you intend to is bad enough. I’ve known people to suffer over that too. Or failing to save someone they believe they could have saved. The trauma from accidentally killing can cause a range of issues – and suicide is one.

Look at the suicide data for certain occupational groups. It’s that way for a reason.

According to the American College of Emergency Physicians, Each year in the U.S., roughly 300 - 400 physicians die by suicide. (Source: The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention)

Physicians face huge civil (even potential criminal) liability risks too; ever checked out the increasing rates for malpractice insurance?

How about military veterans? According to American Addiction Centers, more than 16 veterans per day perished to suicide in 2020. Nearly a quarter of all US suicides in the US are military veterans.

The police and fire service likewise see high rates of suicide, being more likely to die that way than dying “in the line of duty.“

That’s not because they “shot and missed,” unintentionally hitting someone else. That’s not the cause of self-inflicted harm in most cases. But self-doubt is a big deal and knowing that an innocent who’d be living today (or living without a crippling injury today) won’t be -- due to a shot that you fired.

That’s more a threat to your well-being than simple liability – though the judgement of society, even if it’s just in the press and isn’t litigated otherwise, can still put the pressure on conscience.

What to do about it? First, only send the shot only if you know you have the shot. To do that, you determine your baseline without the rigors of the fight. You use the laboratory of the range. You find what you can do 100% -- so you know what you may not be able to do.

Next, you need to consider the tragic consequences of battle. That drives your desire to avoid it. It teaches suppression of ego, so you don’t have to fight to prove yourself.

Avoid, evade, escape – the shot not taken is the best one. If you have to, you do.

Just please don’t miss.

-- Rich Grassi

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