SEPTEMBER 14, 2023

A federal judge has granted a temporary restraining order in a Second Amendment Foundation challenge of New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s Sept. 8 edict suspending the constitutionally-protected right to bear arms, in Albuquerque and surrounding Bernalillo County.
Barnett® is proud to include three models to their legendary line of hunting crossbows. The updated Explorer (“XP”) series is designed with the serious hunter in mind. Veteran outdoorsmen and beginners can now find a quality, reliable, and deadly-accurate bow at an affordable price, all in the same crossbow series.
The Horus Heatstroke Open took place this August, drawing 26 elite shooters to Darwin. Team ZeroTech’s Mitch Hogan emerged victorious, clinching the 7th position overall and being honored with the Marksman award.

SAR announced that they are the title sponsors of the Primary Arms 4th Annual First Responders Range Day. This event will take place Saturday, September 16th, 2023, and will be held at Extreme Tactics & Training Solutions, 620 Greathouse Rd., in Waxahachie, TX.
The Texas Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America will host the Fall Sporting Clays Shoot NSCA Tournament 2023. This year’s fundraising event will be held on October 1, 2023, at Moyesway Shooting Sports, located at 12601 FM 20, Kingsbury, TX 78638.
Complete set of THROOM HANGTUFF™ Targets include five targets, a 2″, 3″, 4″ 6″ and 8″ HANGTUFF™Target sold together to save you money. THROOM HANGTUFF™ Targets hang down from 2X3s, 2x4s and 1x6s, and attach easily with two wood screws.

Angled Spade Technologies has announced that Hunter Outdoor Communications has been named as its agency of record. This announcement comes after a careful review process and is effective immediately.
Beretta announced the signing of a new athlete to their professional pistol competition team - Fabio Spinella. Spinella will compete with the 92X Carry Optic in USPSA Carry Optic matches and the 92X Performance Defensive in IDPA competitions.
Gun Owners of America is excited to add John Fahrner as their new Senior Development and Marketing officer. John has been in the industry for the past ten years and brings that devotion and knowledge over to Gun Owners of America.

ZeroTech has joined forces with Kenton Industries to offer its customers adjustable scope turret upgrades. The partnership means shooters will have access to fully customizable ZeroTech Turrets tailored to suit their firearm, scope, environmental conditions and ammunition type.
Brownells announces the exceptional recipients of the Brownells Gunsmithing Scholarship awarded at Montgomery Community College. Three outstanding recipients, Joseph Hampton, Dalton Miller and Alex Rosales are being recognized for their outstanding dedication to the gunsmithing trade.
Outtech is currently seeking candidates for a Telesales Specialist. The primary responsibility of this role will be to communicate with current and potential retailers to promote and sell brand programs for Outtech’s vendor partners.

The Second Amendment Foundation has filed a federal lawsuit in California seeking declaratory and injunctive relief from the freshly inked Senate Bill 2 (SB 2), which makes nearly every public place in the state a “sensitive place” and forbids the carrying of firearms even by citizens who have gone through the lengthy and expensive process of obtaining a concealed handgun license.
The Second Amendment Foundation has scored an important First Amendment victory before a federal appeals court panel in San Francisco which unanimously reversed a lower court’s denial of a preliminary injunction in a challenge of California’s law prohibiting advertising of firearms products in a way that may appeal to minors.
The Second Amendment Foundation has filed a federal lawsuit against New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and four other officials on the grounds that the governor’s “emergency order’ prohibiting open and concealed carry in Albuquerque and surrounding Bernalillo violates the Second and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution.

According to CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, the country could take a lesson from the armed protesters who turned out in Albuquerque, N.M. this week in opposition to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s unconstitutional suspension of Second Amendment rights under the guise of a “public health emergency.”
Big & J has partnered with the Bone Collector to develop the new Bone Collector Blend to help hunters harvest bigger, better, and even more deer. The new series of the Bone Collector Blend can be found in three different products: a blend, a block, and a liquid.
Hornady Security proudly offers the RAPiD Safe Shotgun Wall Lock. This state-of-the-art wall lock offers an array of advanced features and uncompromising security designed to cater to the needs of responsible gun owners.

Uncle Mike's announced a new line of premium leather holsters and gun belts under a brand licensing partnership with OLG Licensing. The new holster line is handcrafted with premium American leather and includes options for both inside-the-waistband (IWB) and outside-the-waistband (OWB) carry.
XS Sights now offers its new, second-generation R3D 2.0 and Minimalist tritium night sights in standard and suppressor-height for select SIG SAUER, Springfield Armory, and FN pistols.
FN America, LLC is pleased to announce the release of a limited production of the FN SCAR® 17S Designated Marksman Rifle, or DMR, chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor. The SCAR 17S in the DMR configuration features premium upgrades, including the precision buttstock assembly and Geissele 2-stage trigger that SCAR 20S owners rely on for surgical accuracy.
Ruger introduces a new American Rimfire 10/22 Rifle with Fifth Edition Collector Series Embellishments. This collectible rifle features an exclusive Collector's Series bolt marking and comes packaged with a National Ruger Day commemorative metal street sign.
The SnapSafe Keypad Safe XL provides top-tier security technology with unmatched strength and unwavering protection. This rock-solid safe is designed to safeguard valuable possessions, important documents, and cherished items with the highest level of security.
CrossBreed® Holsters expands its OutRider leather holster lineup with the introduction of the all-new OutRider Modular Holster. The OutRider series is CrossBreed's only full-leather, multi-fit holster designed to accommodate a wide range of handgun sizes and configurations.
The Bantam HD 6.5x32 Youth Binocular combines Vortex quality and lifetime service in a streamlined, rugged binocular ergonomically designed for smaller hands and faces.
Urge Media just launched a Quick Hunts 2023 Hunting Outlook Survey with a chance to win a 3-day deer hunt with Curtis Bailey on private property in Kentucky, and more.
Target Sports USA announces a day of excitement and unprecedented savings with the inaugural AMMO+ Day. On September 19th, all Ammo+ members will double their savings to 16% off selected in-demand ammunition – doubling the standard 8% savings usually offered to Ammo+ members.
SIG SAUER is reminding consumers about the risks associated with the use of light-bearing holsters, which have been involved in a number of alleged unintentional discharge incidents. Due to the large openings in these holster designs around the trigger (necessary for accommodating the bezels of attached weapon lights), fingers or foreign objects may be able to enter these holsters and contact the trigger.
QuietKat and The National Deer Association are excited to announce the launch of the "Gear For Deer Sweepstakes," a thrilling opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts to contribute to wildlife conservation while winning fantastic prizes.

This look back is a piece from Publisher Jim Shepherd in which he discusses training with our friend Tiger McKee. It's worth remembering. 

For more than a decade, readers of the Wires have gotten the benefit of the training and shooting insight of Tiger McKee. The soft spoken Alabamian says he’s “never been a soldier, bodyguard or a ninja” but that’s only a part of his story. His father was a notable warrior, and Tiger grew up where being able to take care of business was a very high priority.

This week, after a hurricane drowned my planned trip to Gunsite Academy, I was determined to spend some much-needed quality time on a range…somewhere.

In a moment of “head-slap clarity” I realized one of the country’s top trainers -and a better-than-middling knife maker and gunsmith, only lived about 1 percent of the distance from my house to Gunsite Academy.

A couple of calls were made, an RV parking spot located, and suddenly I had plans for what would have otherwise been a lost week. We’re so close, I didn’t have to plan fuel stops or deal with the complications of six days of solo travel in an RV in this time of social distancing.

Tiger’s one of those trainers that never raises his voice, doesn’t ridicule you for an occasional bonehead shot (as long as you don’t violate a safety rule), and makes his point in a considered style that makes you wonder why some instructors feel the need to scream about everything.

He doesn’t shoot your gun to impress you with his abilities (although they’re impressive) or take every opportunity to suggest you’re using the “wrong” gun. He teaches you to shoot what you have - but that doesn’t mean you won’t want to improve your equipment. As you progress, you’ll learn that some gear will turn out to be best for you. His ability to explain points to consider when deciding what gun, holster, sight or light might be “right” for you and simpler.

Like everything else, his goal is to help you improve.

In short, he’s a student of teaching. Having read his Book of Two Guns (Amazon: more than one time over the past decade, I know he is constantly looking at the art of shooting the same way great teachers look at teaching any skill: how do I best to communicate the information in its most usable, understandable form to every student.

He proved that to me again this week while I was imposing on his range. What was a simple testing session (more on that later) evolved into an impromptu lesson.

Great instructors can’t help but offer help when needed.

Like all the other instruction he’s offered me over the years- either in person or via his writing- it helped.

As I was working with several small handguns, all equipped with red dot sights, I was making initial hits. My accuracy slipped about half-way through each magazine. As he was watching, he said I was anticipating the trigger break. When I had no expectation of when the trigger would break, shots were right on the money. As I got more familiar with the gun, I was unconsciously anticipating trigger break.

The gun was barely moving, but bullet impacts don’t lie. If where you aim is different from where you hit, you’re moving something.

His range fix, having me start to count slowly aloud as I pressed the trigger seemed to work, and rounds moved back to the center of the steel plate.

But as I got over the self-consciousness of counting aloud, rounds started moving again. I was baffled, but as we talked, he realized it was a mental issue, not a physical one.

Rather than pressing the trigger straight back, I was trying to squeeze the trigger. A good trigger press stabilizes the finger. A squeeze induces motion-and motion means misses.

No matter how much instruction you’ve had, not interpreting the material correctly means you’re applying it incorrectly.

My basic grip technique was flawed. He quickly moved us into the shade and showed me the difference between what he was saying and how I was interpreting it.

Turns out I squeezed a trigger the same way I gripped a handgun- and both were wrong.

His suggestion: associate a straight-back motion with my trigger finger, rather than tightening the entire finger (squeeze). 

Tiger McKee expanded his offerings to include customized Smith & Wesson revolvers and limited edition knives.

Everything stabilized while I dry fired, so we moved to the range. There, the rounds found the center of the plate far more often -and consistently-than before. We tried the “fix” on four different guns I’d brought along to give long-overdue test runs. They were different feeling guns, but the idea of pressing the trigger rather than squeezing it, made them all simpler to shoot accurately. Ultimately, that’s the only goal of shooting - to hit your target.

Tiger had identified a problem that wasn’t due to mechanics or technique. It was an incorrect comprehension of terminology.

Reading Tiger’s insights in the Outdoor, Shooting or Tactical Wires, you imagine his writing to be like his teaching. It is straightforward and designed to inform you in the most understandable manner possible. It takes a whole lot of knowledge to teach anything in an easy to understand style.

If you imagine what it would be like to see that knowledge applied to firearms and knives, you’re going to enjoy the second part of my time with Tiger.

— Jim Shepherd

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