FEBRUARY 27, 2024

Team Mathews set the bar high for the 2024 3D tournament season taking home 1st in Men’s Known Pro, Women’s Pro, and Senior Known Pro this past weekend at the ASA event in Foley, Alabama.
Vudoo Gun Works congratulates Vudoo Valentines NRL22X Match competitors and thanks match director Wayne Ullrich for a job well done. The Vudoo Valentines NRL22X Match was sponsored by Lapua on Valentines Day weekend at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix, AZ.
New York Attorney General Letitia James says the "verdict is a major victory for the people of New York and our efforts to stop the corruption and greed at the NRA."

NSSF® applauded the decision by U.S. District Judge Andrew Schopler granting an injunction prohibiting the enforcement of California’s law that exposes firearm industry members to lawsuits in California for the lawful commerce in firearms that takes place entirely outside the state of California when those legally made and sold products end up being misused by criminals and others in California.
Luth-AR, a pioneer in precision firearms components, announces its participation in the IWA OutdoorClassics. Celebrating its fiftieth anniversary, this landmark event will take place from February 29 to March 3, 2024, in Nuremberg, Germany.
Maxim Defense announces they will be exhibiting at the 2024 Enforce Tac Law Enforcement and Defense Trade Fair held Monday, February 26th through Wednesday, February 28th, 2024, at the Nuremberg Exhibition Centre, Germany.

Global Defense™ invites attendees of the 50th IWA OutdoorClassics in Nuremberg, Germany from February 29 to March 3 to explore cutting-edge firearms and ammunition products at Hall 5, Stand 5-219.
Excalibur Defence will exhibit in the upcoming Enforce Tac 2024 (Booth #7-605) in Nuremberg, Germany from February 26th to 28th. Excalibur Defence is the manufacturer of the B.S.R weapons systems.
Primary Arms Optics will exhibit in the upcoming Enforce Tac 2024 (Booth #7-870) in Nuremberg, Germany from February 26th to 28th. As a leader in the firearms optics industry, Primary Arms Optics will feature its latest tactical optics built to enhance the precision and performance of operators in the field.

Century Arms and CANiK announce their attendance at the 2024 IWA Outdoor Classics Show in historic Nuremberg Germany, February 29th – March 3rd.  Stop by Hall 3C, Booth #433 and meet their highly knowledgeable and friendly staff.
Primary Arms Optics is excited to announce its participation at the IWA OutdoorClassics, the world's leading trade fair for hunting, shooting sports, and outdoor activities. The event is set to take place at the Exhibition Centre Nuremberg, from February 29 to March 3, 2024. Visitors are invited to explore Primary Arms Optics' latest advancements in optics at booth #3C-403.
Fiocchi announced its participation in the 2024 Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic, scheduled to take place from March 1-3 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. This event allows Fiocchi to showcase its innovative products and commitment to supporting conservation efforts.

Yankee Hill Machine announced its participation in the Quiet in the Capitol event on March 2 and March 3, 2024, in Manchaca, TX. Attendees of the event will have the exclusive chance to shoot YHM's full line up of suppressors to include the latest release, Bad Larry .338.
Primary Weapons Systems announced that it will be exhibiting at Enforce Tac 2024 in Nürnberg, Germany February 26-28, 2024. PWS will be in attendance at stand 2-717, showcasing multiple legacy piston-driven products.
Constructed of durable, virtually maintenance-free Kydex, the Triton™ 3.0 is fast on the draw, slender in profile, and easy to conceal. The Triton 3.0 is supplied with two types of interchangeable tuckable clips: the UniClip™ and the Ultimate Stealth™ clip.

MidwayUSA’s Ken Nichols recently accepted the position of Merchandising Manager – Gunsmithing. Ken joined MidwayUSA in February 2024 with an extensive background in firearm accessories within internet retail.
Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc. announced that it will host an online auction of a limited-edition engraved Model 1854 rifle and matching numbered Model 29 revolver set. With just 100 units being produced, this pair of .44 Magnums is extremely rare and boasts striking engraving with 22-karat gold inlay done by Baron Engraving.
SDS Imports announced that the company has entered a strategic partnership with Agency Arms of Boise, ID. The partnership, announced at the 2024 SHOT Show, detailed that Agency Arms will be manufacturing their custom M4 and M2 shotguns using Military Armament Corp 1014 and MAC 2 products.

Primary Arms Optics names Simmons' Sporting Goods as its Dealer of the Year. This award highlights Simmons' Sporting Goods' unparalleled commitment to promoting and supporting Primary Arms Optics products, setting a high standard in customer service and brand advocacy.
Team Colt’s Captain, Mark Redl, is a top-tier pro shooter, consistently winning local, state, and national championships. For the past 15 years, Redl has proudly represented Team Colt. Redl also works as Colt’s manager of R&D Product Testing.
Vudoo Gun Works proudly has built and donated a matched pair of custom Mobius 1911 pistols to Christian Craighead, former member of the famed 22 SAS Regiment and hero of the Nairobi incident. These pistols raised $22,000 for the SCI Hunter Action Fund.
NSSF hails the introduction of the Protecting Privacy in Purchases Act, introduced by U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), which would ban the use of a firearm retailer-specific Merchant Category Code (MCC). The legislation would protect the Second Amendment privacy of firearm and ammunition purchasers from financial service and payment card providers compiling purchase history that has already proven to be exploited by the federal government for political purposes.

Mission First Tactical introduces the new EXD Metal front and rear back up sights offering a simple, effective, alternative if something ever happens to your red dot or illuminated crosshair. MFT EXD sights are an excellent choice for home defenders and competitive shooters.

MidwayUSA Foundation is now accepting grant applications to endowment holders wishing to apply for Coach Training or Range Development grant funds. Both of these programs help the public charity continue its mission to offer sustainable funding for youth shooting teams and organizations across the United States.
This week, the No Lowballers podcast is joined by special forces veteran, mixed-martial arts fighter, and social media star Tim Kennedy.
Safariland has announced the release of the Species holster in MultiCam Black. Designed with the modern user in mind, the Species features a minimalist design, offering a smaller package than other inside-the-waistband holsters.
The Armory Life™ is proud to announce that respected military consultant, actor, director and writer Capt. Dale Dye, USMC (Ret) has authored an article on World War II’s Battle of Iwo Jima, commemorating the 79th anniversary of this pivotal battle that began on February 19th, 1945. In this piece, he recounts one of the U.S. Marine Corps’ most revered, yet costly victories.
ZeroTech Optics is excited to announce its attending the upcoming IWA OutdoorClassics show, taking place from Thu, 29 Feb 2024 – Mon, 4 Mar 2024. Visitors can find us in Hall A at booth number 3A-300, where we will be showcasing all our new optic releases for 2024.
The 2024 National Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic, presented by Federal Ammunition, will be held in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, March 1 - March 3. The event will bring together tens of thousands of upland hunting enthusiasts to see all the best new products including Federal Premium’s lineup of Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever branded product lines.
Walther Arms, Inc. is proud to announce their title sponsorship of the seventh annual NRA World Shooting Championship, taking place from April 4-6, 2024, at Camp Atterbury, near Edinburgh, Indiana.

Do you choose to enter risky situations through your choice of occupation? Can that have some impact on post-engagement mental health?

A podcast I’ve taken note of is one by Chris Williamson. A clip featuring Douglas Murray on Williamson’s Modern Wisdom podcast was entitled “Most People are Cowards.”

In that discussion, Williamson told a story about an acquaintance who did the “manly stuff,” the hard workouts, putting himself in difficult situations of various types, who confessed that he’d always worried that he was a coward. It was the tale of the person who believed he was cowardly running toward the battlefield. 

That’s not altogether unheard of, kind of like aversion therapy. Paraphrasing from the video, it went like this: “My entire life I was afraid that I was a coward. In my darker moments, I could hear my better self … clearing his throat in the room next door.”

An interesting take, the individual had faced “cancellation,” being shunned by his in-group or something. He realized this was his test. When that negative outcome arose, he told Williamson that his “better self in the room next door” just kicked that door in and came on in to help.

I think a lot of us have that “better self” and don’t always recognize it. As the discussion went on, the issue of post violent event trauma or PTSD, along with the observation that it seems to dwell in those suddenly dropped into a life-threatening situation. For those who voluntarily walk into danger, Murray noted, it appears less common.

Murray noted that danger through personal choice –volunteering -- versus situations you find yourself thrust into are remarkably different in terms of the post-event outcomes; the situations you’ve been thrust into seem to have a higher likelihood of PTSD (assuming you survive, I add) than if you choose to enter those situations.

I’ll note that Cooper seemed astonished at the concept of post violent event trauma, he called it POT – post-operational trauma – having never occurred to him and not having heard of its incidence. There’s a reason that we can go into.

With Jim Cirillo, he described his fear in those situations as they arose. Only a moron wouldn’t be afraid. But he was too busy to dwell on the fear in the midst of the fight; he had things to sort out first then he could give into the fear. His encounters on the Stakeout Unit were, clearly, events he chose to attend; though he didn’t know they would happen in a particular shift, he was going into high-incidence armed robbery locations and setting up, like a hunter in a ground blind. That he was a well-adjusted individual with a sunny outlook, a great sense of humor and a strong family bond was icing on the cake. 

With Cooper, his mindset program – designed to overcome the natural resistance to causing harm to other human beings – had the side benefit of having “chosen (in advance) to enter (or avoid) the situation,” perhaps as Murray notes, minimizing the onset of negative mental issues thereafter.

I don’t know.

If you’re afraid of being a victim of violent crime (not paranoia, that hinders living life, but a nagging doubt that you’d be able to handle it), what do you do about such situations?

Do you join the cops? It makes the least sense, or so it seems to me, or perhaps it’s a selection due to a lack of courage. Step into it, face it head on. 

Maybe they have something here. 

— Rich Grassi

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