FEBRUARY 13, 2024

Otis Technology presented their 2023 Sporting Goods, Government, and Law Enforcement Sales Awards on Wednesday, January 24th in their booth at the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Tradeshow (SHOT Show).
Silencer Central announced that the new BANISH Speed K has been awarded the Golden Bullseye Award for Suppressor of the Year by NRA’s Shooting Illustrated. This recognition highlights the performance and versatility of the Speed K, which was designed and optimized in partnership with Federal Ammunition.
The Second Amendment Foundation and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms have once again petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to grant certiorari in their continuing challenge of Maryland’s ban on so-called “assault weapons.”

NSSF® petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court in Barnett v. Raoul, to consider the Constitutionality of Illinois’ ban on over 1,000 models of firearms including Modern Sporting Rifles (MSRs) and standard-capacity magazines.
Attorneys representing the Second Amendment Foundation and its partners in a federal challenge of the Illinois ban on modern semi-auto firearms and “large-capacity magazines” have filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court, seeking certiorari in the case of Harrel v. Raoul.
Mission First Tactical announced that they will be exhibiting at the Sports Inc. Spring Show from Tuesday, February 13th through Thursday, February 15th 2024 at the Phoenix Convention Center. MFT will be showcasing their latest offerings.

Meprolight® launched three product families…10 new products at SHOT Show — MPO, micro pistol optics, Magnifiers, and the M22 — which were enthusiastically received by attendees. Next, they will be at the Phoenix Convention Center for the Sports Inc. Spring Show, Phoenix AZ. The Spring Show runs from February 13-15.
NEXTORCH Industries announced that they will be exhibiting at the 2024 Sports Inc. Spring Show, held Tuesday, February 13th to Thursday, February 15th, in Phoenix, AZ. If you are planning to attend the Show, please stop by booth #1550 to see all of the products NEXTORCH has to offer.
SAR Firearmsannounced that they will be exhibiting at the Sports Inc. Outdoor Sporting Goods Show from Tuesday, February 13th to Thursday, February 15th, 2024, in Phoenix, AZ. If you are planning to attend, please stop by booth #544.

Viridian announces its upcoming influencer and media meetup scheduled to take place in Phoenix, Arizona, this Saturday, February 17th.
RSR Group’s 2024 E-Vault Virtual Show featuring SIG SAUER starts Tuesday, February 13th at 11:00 a.m. ET, and concludes on Friday, February 16, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. ET. This unique online event allows dealers to take advantage of incredible deals and savings on SIG SAUER products available only at
HEVI-Shot will showcase new turkey and waterfowl loads, plus host several brand influencers in their booth at the National Wild Turkey Federation’s (NWTF) 48th Annual Convention and Sport Show. The big event will be held February 14-18, 2023 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Viridian Weapon Technologies will be at the upcoming Sports Inc Spring 2024 Show. Visit booth #445 at the Phoenix Convention Center from February 13 to 15, 2024 to take in first-hand the latest in lasers, lights, optics, holsters, and gun cams.
AGM Global Vision is excited to announce the appointment of Trent Henckell as its new Vice President of Sales. In his new role, Henckell will oversee all aspects of AGM's sales operations, including the development and implementation of effective sales strategies, fostering key customer relationships, and driving the company's revenue growth objectives.
Credova, a "Buy Now, Pay Later" solution for outdoor recreation, announced a new partnership with LandTrust. LandTrust is an easy-to-use online marketplace offering bookings for do-it-yourself outdoor experiences such as hunting and fishing, birdwatching and foraging, farm and ranch tours, RVing and camping, and more.

Banshee Brands Inc. announces a new strategic partnership with Breda Italy, to form the Breda America Group. The iconic brand was founded in the late 19th century and is based in the historic firearms manufacturing center of Val Trompia, Brescia, Italy.
AMMO, Inc. (Nasdaq: POWW, POWWP) (“AMMO” or the “Company”), the owner of, reported results for its third quarter of fiscal 2024, ended December 31, 2024. Third Quarter Fiscal 2024 vs. Third Quarter Fiscal 2023 showed net revenues of of $36.0 million and a gross profit margin of approximately 30.3% compared to 32.4%, with adjusted EBITDA of $5.4 million compared to $6.2 million.
Walther Arms, Inc., in conjunction with their law enforcement and sales partners, Eagle Point Guns and Keystone Manufacturer’s Representatives, is proud to announce the Walther PDP as the official duty weapon of the Pennsylvania State Police.

The United States Concealed Carry Association is featuring Liberty Ammunition in a recent blog. The article uses the Liberty OverWatch 9mm.
NSSF® praised a bicameral letter signed by over 100 Members of Congress and U.S. Senators warning the Secretary of the Army not to risk military readiness to appease gun control special interests.
ZeroTech Optics announced the addition of Eddie Davenport to its team of brand ambassadors. Eddie, a celebrated marksman in the realm of black powder precision shooting, brings a wealth of experience, skill, and a remarkable track record of success to the ZeroTech family.
Vudoo Gun Works built a custom Möbius 1911 to be auctioned off at the 47th Annual Alaska Hunting Expo. Auction to be held February 24th, 2024 at the Dena’ina Convention Center in Anchorage, Alaska.
Heckler & Koch announced that the National Institute of Justice has completed its rigorous evaluation of the VP9 against the NIJ Standard 0112.03 (Revision A) for Autoloading Pistols for Police Officers. The results are clear: the VP9 met the standards set by the NIJ Compliance Testing Program.
Hornady® is pleased to announce the appointment of Tom Busch as the Heartland Public Shooting Park Manager.
MidwayUSA’s Devin Lenauer was recently promoted to Merchandising Manager – MidwayUSA Brands. Devin was instrumental in expanding the Exclusive Brand offering, including brands like AR-STONER, U.S. Ballistics, and MidwayUSA. After transitioning back into Merchandising in February 2021, Devin helped grow the Reloading Category by working closely with key suppliers to expand our offering.
Springfield Armory is seeking a strongly motivated and engaged sales executive to fill the role of Vice President of Sales & Law Enforcement. Ideal candidate will have extensive sales experience in the firearm industry.
Countrywide Sports is expanding its sales team, inviting qualified candidates to join the dynamic workforce. This opportunity allows for remote or on-site positions at either the High Point or Thomasville, NC facilities.
ALPS OutdoorZ solves another challenge for hunters and outdoor recreationists with the introduction of the new Talon ambidextrous holster. Suitable for use with backpacks, daypacks, fanny packs, chest packs, and even bino pouches, the Talon includes pass-through strap slots and a polymer MOLLE clip for use with MOLLE up to 4.25 inches wide.
The latest innovation added to American Buffalo Knife and Tool Co.’s Elite line of knives is the new Spur Damascus Folding Knife. Featuring a 57-layer Damascus blade measuring 4¼ inches, this knife folds down to 4¾ inches when fully closed
The high-performance Primary Arms GLx RS-15 Mini Reflex Sight is now available for purchase. Engineered with advanced technology and user-centric features, the RS-15 brings enhanced speed, reliability, and precision to the handgun optics market.
Bear & Son Cutlery introduces the Rancher Sideliner pocket knife, the latest addition to their line of Alabama-made cutlery products. With its sleek design, super smooth action and premium finish, the Rancher Sideliner might be the new standard in the world of pocket knives.
On Valentine’s Day, SIG SAUER will introduce two Everyday Carry accessories for the ROSE by SIG SAUER product line - the ROSE ROMEO-X red dot sight and the ROSE FOXTROT-EDC handheld flashlight.
Galco's SB24 Center Post Flat Buckle Holster Belt is now available. An excellent companion to the Big Iron Belt Holster, the SB24 features Galco’s Center post buckle design and double rows of stitching.
On Valentine’s Day, SIG SAUER is offering an exclusive Valentine’s Day bundle at; the bundle includes a ROSE ROMEO-X Compact, ROSE FOXTROT-EDC Flashlight, and the first fifty to purchase the webstore Valentine’s Day Bundle will have access to a personalized Cameo video message from Lena.
The Second Amendment Foundation has promoted Lauren Hill to the position of Senior Vice President, effective immediately. Hill joined the SAF administration in November 2022 with more than 15 years of experience in the nonprofit fundraising field.
NSSF has issued a call for presentations for its Educational Sessions at the 2024 NSSF Range-Retail Business EXPO. The EXPO will take place July 10-11 in West Palm Beach, Florida.
This episode, the No Lowballers podcast is joined by special guest Kyle Lamb, special forces veteran and Viking Tactics founder and president. He’s accompanied by John Snodgrass from Leupold Optics.
Beretta is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the PX4 Storm series by unveiling two new additions to the PX4 Storm family: the PX4 Storm Compact Carry 2, as well as a full-size model, the PX4 Storm G-SD (Super Duty). Engineered and developed in close collaboration with Langdon Tactical Technology, the enhanced PX4 pistols received enhancements including the installation of a D Hammer spring, a Type-G decocker tailored for carry-style use, and an impressively sized magazine release.
Springfield Armory announced that FIRSTLINE, which supports those who serve both our nation and its citizens through discounts on a select line of products, has added several new firearms to the program.
This month, Primary Arms is giving away a custom Midnight Bronze CMMG Resolute Mk4 5.56 NATO Rifle, complete with optics, accessories, and more. Valued at over $2,850, this impressive rifle package is the perfect addition to any collection and is certain to impress with refined performance.
Armasight ignites Q1 with an exclusive dealer promotion. Introducing the PVS-14 Pinnacle Elite and Magnifier Bundle – an unbeatable offer for enhanced vision in any scenario. Customers purchasing an Armasight PVS-14 Pinnacle Elite during the promotion period will receive a complimentary 3x and 6x magnifier.
WATCHTOWER is now offering its best-in-class Type 10 SPEC OPS rifle at a new, lower price. The Type 10 is a WATCHTOWER Firearms SPEC OPS platform for long-range precision shooting.

The book from which the cover image was taken shows a copyright of “MCMLXXX – Charger Publications and DBI Books.” It was from books like this I got what passed for a law enforcement shooting education, aside from basic academy – which I didn’t get to attend for fourteen months after swearing-in.

I was an avid reader of several periodicals, including GUNS, Shooting Times, Guns & Ammo, Gun Word, and what I came to know as “specialty publications,” including “Annuals.” These predated American Handgunner – a really big deal because most magazines were generalist publications. There was riflery, shotgun sports, hunting, reloading and – occasionally – handgun content. They also predated Combat Handguns, a publication I wrote for a few times.

Did the gun magazines have an impact? Oh, yes. I learned everything I learned of shooting a handgun from them, having no formal instruction at all until cop school. I carefully tried to emulate the posture and grip of the people pictured in the articles.

How did that work out?

Not well.

Lest you think the old writers couldn’t shoot, that group to the left of the bull was fired at 50 yards – through a Colt D-frame Police Positive Special (same frame as the Detective Special, a small gun.

Adult learning principles include learning styles – visual, auditory, kinesthetic. Most adult learners have a couple of preferences of the three – “I can see what you’re saying and I can feel what you’re saying … but often I don’t really hear what you’re saying.”

Sort of like that …

I was stuck with the visual mode and attempting to model what I saw in the images. When the images were a bit at odd with the words, it became a problem.

That’s why when we meet new people at the range who tell us, “I (have) been around guns all my life” or “I learned how to shoot in the (fill in military service, cop service here)” or “I hunted every year with Uncle Stan,” it gives us pause.

My dad did his best to teach me to shoot using an old, long barrel 22 rifle and a shotgun. But he just never could shoot a handgun.

Yes, holsters were made of leather and the triggers were uncovered. It was a different time.

Learning the way I learned took a long time. What’s that got to do with tactics?

That’s how many are learning tactical skills today, except they’re armed with internet videos made by content providers of uncertain expertise. While some are quite good, others are questionable.

The answer isn’t to stop studying. Keep on, but be ready to question everything – and to be questioned by others.

The revolver shown isn’t the first centerfire handgun I owned – but it’s an analog purchased a decade or so later by a brother-in-law upon whom I had an influence. Why did I buy mine?

The gun books said it was a premium revolver. It is. Would I start with it today? No. I could recommend it to him as a fine shooting revolver.

But I learned more about shooting a handgun from using a loaned Colt Frontier Scout 22 than I ever learned from the big Colt. A lot of information got filled in by shooting the (then-new) 1978 S&W Model 60 Chief’s Special I bought for my first backup gun. With its tiny sights and stiff DA pull, it was all I could do to stay on the silhouette at 25 yards – at first.

Years later, I shot the Scrambler at Gunsite with a Ruger LCR. I was surprised at the hits I was making, as was Gunsite Instructor-Retired USBP Ed Head (RIP). I couldn’t have done that without the practice I’d had over decades with small frame DA revolvers.

There’s no quick way to proficiency and gear’s not the answer.

— Rich Grassi

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