Vortex® announced that it has made a $15,000 donation to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF). The money was generated through the sale of special edition, Vortex Crafted Impact™ apparel.
The Headrest Safe Company, LLC, announces they will be exhibiting at the upcoming 2023 Concealed Carry and Home Defense Expo presented by USCCA. This year's USCCA Expo will be held from Friday, September 8th to Sunday, September 10th 2023, at the Baird Center (formerly known as The Wisconsin Center), Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
XS Sights will be displaying its newest products at USCCA’s 2023 Concealed Carry & Home Defense Expo. Held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, September 8 – 10, 2023, this three-day consumer show will feature self-defense seminars and training in addition to a wide array of self-defense related products.

Beretta will be displaying a wide variety of firearms at this week’s 2023 USCCA Concealed Carry and Defense Expo held at The Baird Center in Milwaukee, WI from September 8-10, 2023.
Arms Preservation Inc. ( now offers Breakthrough® Clean Technologies gun care products. Now customers can purchase everything needed to properly clean a firearm and prevent corrosion of their daily CCWs, home defense guns, or firearms going into the gun safe or long term storage.
At the heart of the BERM Tanto Flipper Knife lies a 3.5" Tanto blade constructed from resilient 7Cr17MoV stainless steel and finished with a Titanium Nitride coating. Featuring a caged ball-bearing pivot system, this knife enables smooth and effortless deployment, ensuring quick access to the blade whenever needed.

Safariland has announced the release of a limited edition holster lineup featuring the Kryptek Highlander pattern. Kryptek Highlander uses multi-directional configurations and colors that blend seamlessly into both urban and natural backdrops.
Galco’s Triton 3.0 holster is now available for the GLOCK 17, with or without a pistol mounted optic. Made from Kydex, the Triton 3.0 is supplied with two types of interchangeable tuckable clips.
The August 2023 NSSF-adjusted NICS figure of 1,117,824 is a decrease of 13.1 percent compared to the August 2022 NSSF-adjusted NICS figure of 1,286,816. For comparison, the unadjusted August 2023 FBI NICS figure 2,047,515 reflects a -16.4% percent decrease from the unadjusted FBI NICS figure of 2,450,616 in August 2022. August 2023 marks the 49th month in a row that has exceeded 1 million adjusted background checks in a single month.

How is a responsible gun owner to ensure their firearm is secure from unauthorized use while also keeping it accessible? GOSAFE co-founder Mark “Oz” Geist spent many years in search of a solution that would preserve a gun owner’s right to quick, authorized access while lessening the opportunities for unauthorized access.
Larry and Brenda Potterfield, owners of MidwayUSA and founders of the MidwayUSA Foundation, recently received the Outdoor Legacy Award at the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation Outdoor Hall of Fame.
Shooter’s Choice is excited to announce their 40thanniversary and is marking the milestone with several changes, including a branding refresh and updates to their cleaning kit line.

PWS announced the results of the recent testing completed by PEW Science on the BDE (Bravo Delta Echo) 762 Suppressor. The PEW Science laboratory provides the public firearm community with meaningful, comprehensive, unbiased sound signature testing and analysis for suppressed weapon systems.
The Holosun SCS-320 (Solar Charging Sight) is designed for P320 optics-ready handguns and other DPP footprints. The new optic attaches directly to the slide without needing an adapter plate.
Taurus International Manufacturing, Inc. announces the latest evolution of its GX4 series - the Taurus GX4 Graphene. The firearm's striking gray graphene finish not only adds a touch of sophistication but also enhances durability, making it more resistant to wear and tear.

FS Silkies are now in OD Green. Whether you're at the gym or shopping for groceries, FS Silkies have you covered.
FN America, LLC announced the release of the FN Catch 22Ti, the company’s first rimfire suppressor and second installment in its suppressor lineup following the FN Rush 9Ti released in 2022. The rimfire Catch 22 Ti is a lightweight, durable and quiet suppressor that has been optimized for versatility.
Cold Steel® proudly introduces the Cable Whip Cane—a one-of-a-kind Lynn Thompson design built to empower individuals with an unassuming, yet highly effective means of personal security, wherever they are.

Wilson Combat has spared no expense in developing the new generation New Ultralight Arms (NULA™) line of bolt action rifles. Current caliber offerings include .243 Winchester, 6.5 Creedmoor, 7mm-08 Remington, .308 Winchester, and .358 Winchester, with many more coming soon.
Redding Reloading Equipment has renewed its sponsorship with MidwayUSA Foundation, committing to the future of the outdoor and shooting sports industry.
HeadHunters NW recently launched a new episode of the HeadHunters NW Podcast featuring Ernie Beckwith, CEO of Dead Air Silencers. Hosted by Shaylene Keiner, President of HeadHunters NW, this episode discusses Beckwith’s experience in various roles in the industry.
FN America, LLC announced new rebate offers on qualifying purchases of its 5.7x28mm-chambered firearms. Customers who purchase an FN Five-seveN MRD pistol during the promotional period are eligible to redeem their purchase for $125.00 cash back. Customers who purchase the FN PS90 carbine are eligible for $175.00 cash back.
The Armory Life announced the release of the Fall 2023 issue of The Armory Life print magazine, featuring a cover story on the new Springfield Armory Echelon 9mm pistol. This quarterly print magazine complements the daily digital content available on
Retail expert Hank Yacek provides ways to maximize retail profits from Black Friday through the end of the year to ensure the holiday season leaves retailers “as big a pile of cash as possible.”
Bond Arms offers the Roughneck pistol in the spirit of the American Roughneck. Built for dependability, and ruggedness, all the while remaining budget minded, the Roughneck by Bond Arms is proudly made in Texas by Texans.
Buck Knives announces that the company is a title sponsor of the 2023 Bourbon and Blades event in Kentucky with Red Hill Cutlery on Saturday, September 9.

In this installment of SKILL SET CLASSICS from April 7, 2009, Tiger responds to a question from a reader.

“I once read that everyone who prepares themselves to take a life in self-defense should prepare themselves to save one as well. Should those of us with an interest in self-defense take first aid training, and if so, how in depth should that training be? Mitch M.”

Our ‘tactical’ toolbox should include a lot more than just fighting techniques. Staying alive, or surviving a violent encounter, is the ultimate goal. Avoiding or escaping confrontation is the top option for the armed citizen. For law-enforcement or military applications, responding with overwhelming power can force the threat(s) to make a mental decision that they don’t want to fight any more. When it comes down to fighting the goal is to inflict enough damage that physically our opponents can’t continue to fight. This is accomplished by draining the fluids, cutting off the supply of oxygen, or shutting down the computer that operates the body.

The other side of this coin is that if we are injured, we need to stop the bleeding, keep breathing, and prevent shock from developing. The ability to keep someone alive until professional help can take over is an important tactical skill. After all, we learn how to manipulate our weapons to keep them operational and in the fight. If you think about it, your ultimate weapon is the body and mind, so we need to be able to keep them functioning as well. Plus, these skills come in handy for natural disasters, automobile wrecks, and armed conflict.

Your tactical gear should include a way to stop the loss of blood. Today we have blood-clotting agents that do a great job with this, even with arterial blood loss. Battle bandages, rolls of gauze, duct tape and tourniquets are also essential. Every member of your ‘team’ – whether we’re talking shooters or family members – should be equipped with these items and the knowledge to use them. It’s also a good idea to know how to use pressure techniques to stop blood loss. This gear is small enough to fit into a small bag on your belt or vest.

Your job is to stay alive, or keep your partners alive long enough for the pros to show up, and then let them take over from there. You don’t need to know how to do major surgery, but you do need to know more than just how to pull out a splinter in a finger. The key is to determine what you need for your particular needs - just like any other tactical skill or piece of gear - and then locate someone who can teach you what you need to know.

As with everything, it’s better to have it, know how to use it, and not need it, as opposed to needing it and not having it. Hope for the best, prepare for the worst, and reality will fall somewhere between the two.

— Tiger McKee
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