SEPTEMBER 19, 2023

Huk's new Pursuit jacket for men is designed to take the punishment of a trip on the water and still look good enough for the evening out when the adventure is done. It features 10K-rated waterproofing and a 10K-rated breathability fabric to keep anglers dry and ready for action.
A new take on a classic OG FirstSpear Wind Cheater. This American-made, Tiger Stripe Wind Cheater is the ultimate go-to jacket for anyone who is on the move.
Private Amber Kingshill is the newest member of the Army Marksmanship Unit service rifle team. She is hungry to succeed in the sport while lending her expertise to the AMU’s mission.

Burris congratulates Bruce Piatt on his latest win at the Chambersburg Regional Action Pistol Championship. Powered by the unrivaled quality of Burris Optics, Piatt achieved top honors as the match’s First Place High Overall.
PROOF Research’s Weapons Test Specialist Greg Hamilton and Sean Murphy of Nightforce Optics take home a repeat win in the Real World Sniper Championship, held at Bridle Iron South outside of Refugio, Texas, Sept. 8 - 10, 2023.
Hornady congratulates Sean Murphy and Greg Hamilton for their performance at the Real World Sniper Challenge, September 8-10, 2023, in Refugio, Texas.

The Headrest Safe Company™ is pleased to announce they will be exhibiting at the upcoming 2023 TRIGGRCON Firearms Convention.
Primary Weapons Systems will join leading industry brands at the Midwest’s Largest Gun Expo, TRIGGRCON, presented by UN12. TRIGGRCON is a three-day annual firearms industry event held in Wichita, KS.
Brownells invites attendees of the inaugural Gunstock to visit shooting range bay #P2 to try out Brownells guns and optics, meet gun industry content creators and learn more about gunsmithing at the Extreme Tactics & Training Range in Waxahachie, Texas, September 23-24.

Davidson’s, a firearms, ammunition, optics, and accessories wholesaler, has collaborated with Ruger to produce a series of exclusive American Predator rifles with a Bushnell 4-12x40 AO Sharpshooter scope and rings included.
Davidson’s, a top firearms, ammunition, optics, and accessories wholesaler, has collaborated with H&K to produce an exclusive variant of the MR762A1 chambered in 7.62 NATO. The MR762A1 has a cold hammer forged 16.5” barrel made from the highest quality cannon-grade steel, producing a barrel that ensures superior accuracy, even after firing thousands of rounds.
Galco's Speed Master 2.0 paddle/belt holster is now available for the Springfield Hellcat. It can accommodate the pistol with a mounted optic. It’s an open top design with covered trigger guard and tension screw adjustment.

Hornady Reloading now offers an innovative powder funnel that features a tapered mouth, a double-step abutment, and a shorter design to enhance the user’s reloading experience.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) recently issued a notice regarding recent changes to the ATF Form 4473. All federal firearms licensees (FFLs) are encouraged to begin using the Revised Form immediately.
Liberty Ammunition has been awarded full judgment resulting from an arbitration award it obtained against Veritas Inspections Systems LLC.

Christensen Arms announces new leadership of its Customer Service team with the addition of Jimmy Durham as Director of Customer Experience.
SIG SAUER, Inc. announced the 7th Annual SIG SAUER Charity Golf Tournament raised over $120,000 for Honored American Veterans Afield. The tournament held in August at Pease Golf Course in Newington, New Hampshire is an annual event hosted by SIG SAUER in support of the HAVA organization.
As a staunch supporter of the Freedom Hunters military outreach program, Benelli is encouraging all outdoor sports enthusiasts and shooting industry members to participate in this year's Freedom Hunters online auction.

SAR Firearms will be exhibiting at the 2023 TRIGGRCON Firearms Convention in Wichita, Kansas from Friday, September 22 to Sunday, September 24, at the Hartman Arena for the show and Severance Training Center Range for the live-fire portion.
Timber Creek Outdoors, Inc. is growing. We are currently seeking sales representatives to introduce and expand the presence of Timber Creek Outdoors’ new product line within the outdoor retail market.
The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms says the gun prohibition lobby has once again lost all credibility for not recognizing the importance of armed self-defense by private citizens, because such cases do not support their anti-gun narrative.
Taurus Holdings, Inc. announced the forthcoming release of its latest masterpiece, the "Judge Home Defender." The 13-inch barrel, 45 Colt/410 3-inch cylinder, topside pic rail and steel blast shield are some of the key features of the Judge Home Defender.
Real Avid continues to roll out innovative DIY tools and gun cleaning products that set new standards in efficiency and effectiveness. This latest round of essential gun tools just introduced was developed to take your do-it-yourself prowess to the next level.
Garmin announced the tactix 7 AMOLED Edition. Featuring an easy-to-read adaptive AMOLED display with both traditional button controls and touchscreen, the newest tactix 7 provides dedicated tactical, training and performance features, wrist-based navigation, and comprehensive health and wellness monitoring. With the new night vision compatible flashlight and up to 31 days of battery life, this high-performance smartwatch will be ready for service even on the darkest night.
Beretta USA and First Lite are excited to announce an exciting new collaboration. Together, they introduce the A400 Xtreme Plus shotgun, now available in First Lite Typha™ and Cache patterns.
Angled Spade Technologies (AST) is proud to unveil the AST P320® Fire Control Upgrade Kit. The AST P320® Fire Control Upgrade Kits, one for standard models and one for models with an external manual safety, increase safety for owners of Sig Sauer® P320® handguns.
SDS Imports introduces following Tokarev USA’s success with their excellent TX HDA1 12-gauge pump shotgun, it is appropriate they follow it with the introduction of two new lighter-recoiling 20-gauge pump-action shotguns; the TX3 20HDA1, with its black anodized aluminum receiver and matte blued-steel like finish chrome-lined barrel, and their 4140 chromoly-steel 20HDMA1 Marine Pump Action Shotgun.
ZeroTech Optics unveils its latest sight - the Thrive HD Micro Reflex Optic (THDM21). With “shake awake“ technology and built on the RMSc footprint, the Thrive HD Micro Reflex is promised to be recoil proof, waterproof, and fog-proof.
Steiner announces the popular MPS (Micro Pistol Sight) line now available in a new FDE (flat dark earth) model. The Steiner MPS is purpose-built to withstand the hard use and challenging field conditions encountered by defense professionals across the nation.
Compact, light weight and easy to carry around, the ruggedly constructed Vortex Bantam HD delivers a wide field of view, clear glass, 6.5x magnifying power, and simple-to-use controls that make it easier to find distant wildlife fast.
The BCA Foundation supports a wide variety of worthy causes. One that is highly anticipated each year is the BACK IN THE WOODS AGAIN event, a deer hunt for mobility-challenged hunters.
Throom Targets is excited to announce their newly formed partnership with The Heritage Guild which has three convenient locations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania that include firearms, indoor and outdoor ranges, archery, training and pro-shops.
Beginning September 15th, customers who purchase select Springfield Armory handguns will qualify to receive three additional magazines and a Springfield Armory dual pistol bag with the Crossed Cannon™ logo.
MidwayUSA is pleased to announce a partnership with provider of buy now, pay later financing solutions, Credova. This partnership will give customers flexible financing solutions for purchasing, all with no credit card.
Everest announces the launch of its new and improved website. You can explore the upgraded site at, designed to offer user focused navigation, enhanced AI fueled search capabilities, and a modern layout, ensuring customers can easily discover their desired outdoor products.
Mission First Tactical (MFT) announces they have partnered with SecureIt and ZEV Technologies for the ultimate “Armed for Autumn” Sweepstakes to kick off the fall season. Total prize package valued at $2,593.96.

I was copied on an email last week asking for information about our agency’s earlier firearms instruction staff. As an outfit that varied from 80 or so sworn to around 130 or so (depending on era, whether we had the jail, etc.) it encompasses a lot of years and they’re trying to document who was there doing that job.

That caused me to consider past instructors I’d known. They each had lessons to teach and I pulled my first trigger in the 1960s. That covers lots of territory. At the risk of the tendency of the elderly – repeating oneself – I elected to highlight a few but to tag each name with a lesson or lessons I learned over the decades.

The first has to be my father. As someone heavily invested in trying to teach a youngster responsibility, the thing that comes to mind is Rule 4, as I’d call it now. He called it “no shooting over the horizon.”

He went further than that, explaining that a skip off hard ground would still allow a bullet to travel a great distance and be dangerous to someone I couldn’t see. He was a hell of a shot with that long 22 rifle he had. Nearsighted, I could barely make out the front sight with glasses on.

The lesson? Responsibility. The person responsible for everything that leaves the muzzle is the person in control of the gun. The cost for failing to remember that can be too high to bear.

A stint in the Army taught me about range discipline. My first attempt at a police qualification – well before I went to the academy (remember, this was ancient times) – was a horrendous failure. I was in an agency that left the choice of sidearm (within limits) to the user. You just have to ‘qualify’ with it.

The gun I’d gotten from a former member of service, a used Colt National Match, choked. Seeing I’d never pass, the instructor pulled me from the line. A bystander, Harry Claflin, was present. At that time, he was proprietor of the Starlight Training Center over in Liberal, Missouri -- and a friend of an officer in our department. He examined the gun, did a “factory adjustment” to one of my magazines and tossed another of them over the berm. He fronted me enough ammo to finish the course and gave me some advice. My memory’s dim, but I think I got a 96% score – that with his guidance and assistance.

Lesson: sort your gear out. Embarrassing on the range, that kind of nonsense can be fatal on the street. I’ve not forgotten that lesson as part of my daily routine to “make ready.”

Finally, at the academy, I got to learn more. Not getting a class until fourteen months after I entered service, I was a bit of a veteran before getting to that hallowed institution. I was told I couldn’t use my speedloaders (revolvers were mandated at Basic classes in those days) and had to load from my pockets. I wouldn’t be doing that on the street, so why?

The answer. “It’s not fair to those who don’t have them.”

Lesson: It’s not a valuable skill to learn if you won’t be using it on the street. An instructor who’ll go unnamed showed me how to stage the loose ammo, how to use the flutes of the cylinder to load without looking (you may have to do this at night or in a dark room). He may have also mentioned something about using the loaders when the ROs were at the other end of the line.

In a fight, take every advantage.

Things changed greatly at the academy over the five years I was gone. I had the chance to return to take an instructor’s school. Attendees were warned not to come unprepared, noting that it’s not a basic shooting school – it’s a teaching school.

I’d gotten into the sad habit of dropping one out of every fifty rounds fired when it counted. As it was still revolver oriented, a lieutenant at the agency I was with offered to help me sort it out. This lieutenant was Harlan Bonner. Using exercises to cure my “preignition push,” he patiently worked to get me ready for the school.

Lesson? I learned about being free with my time and effort to get a student moving to reach the individual’s objectives.

He subsequently returned to Morehouse Parish Sheriff's Department, Bastrop, Louisiana. On June 22, 1984, he was murdered during an arrest by being shot with his own gun.

I learned something from that too. I’d do everything I could to make sure that didn’t happen again. It took a decade to get there, but it was the least I could do.

To be continued ...

— Rich Grassi

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