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Dick’s Sporting Goods: It’s ‘a perfect storm’ in retail right now

General Gun News - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 07:30

Dick’s Sporting Goods grand opening in Houston, Texas in October 2016. (Photo: Dick’s Sporting Goods/Facebook)

Dick’s Sporting Goods’ top executive described the current retail market as “a perfect storm” in a phone call with investors last week.

Chairman and CEO Ed Stack said Saturday the company’s hunting category faces slow growth as politically-driven fear around impending gun regulation drags sales and causes inventory backlog, inciting a “panic” industry-wide.

“It’s a perfect storm right now,” he said. “We’re not particularly happy that we’re in it, but we think we are one of the few that are very well positioned to come up the other side very strong and continue to be the leaders in this industry and we think it’s there and we think it’ll be great on the back side, but it’s going to be painful for a while.”

Dick’s reported second quarter net income of $112.4 million, 23 percent higher than 2016. Net sales increased 9.6 percent to exceed $2.2 billion.

“In this very competitive and dynamic marketplace, we were able to deliver a significant increase in our bottom line from last year,” Stack said. “We continued to capture market share and generated strong results in eCommerce, footwear and golf, although sales were pressured by weakness in hunting, licensed and athletic apparel. By design, we will be more promotional and increase our marketing efforts for the remainder of the year, as we will aggressively protect our market share.”

Stack told investors the company’s extensive consumer research in markets where competition is “more fierce” revealed some uncomfortable truths.

“The customers have told us they feel our prices are not competitive in today’s environment,” he said. “Consequently, we have become more promotional and competitive, and have launched our best price guarantee where we promised the customer if they find a lower price than ours, we will match it.”

Stack echoed the woes of other sporting goods’ chains and firearms manufacturers whom blame sluggish sales on stockpiled inventory hanging around since last year’s election. He called the promotional pricing in the hunting category “almost irrational.”

“The gun and ammunition business is difficult,” he said. “That is right now … continuing to be promotional. And I think it’s going to become more promotional as we get into the meat of the season, which is toward the end of the third quarter and to the beginning of the fourth quarter.”

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Portland to have first African American woman for police chief

General Gun News - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 07:00

Danielle Outlaw will join the Portland Police Bureau as chief no later than October. (Photo: Portland Mayor’s Office)

A 41-year-old woman who began her law enforcement career as a police explorer while attending high school in Oakland, California, will make history by becoming Portland’s first African American woman to serve as police chief.

“I have concrete goals for the Portland Police Bureau, all of them challenging to achieve. I need a partner. I need a leader. More than that, I need someone with a passion for this work who will be in it for the long haul. Danielle Outlaw is that person,” Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler wrote in a press release last week announcing Outlaw as the selection for the position.

Wheeler noted that beyond Outlaw’s experience, she shares his drive to improve community relations, especially in communities of color. He also noted their mutual goals of increasing diversity and embracing equity within the department, which is made up of 950 sworn employees and 270 non-sworn employees.

Wheeler said the Bureau’s mission is to create and maintain safe neighborhoods by working with the community, and to reduce crime and the fear that follows while working with the citizens to preserve life, maintain human rights, protect property and promote individual responsibility and community commitment.

“My life’s passion is policing. I want to make a positive difference in the lives of my fellow officers and the residents of the community,” Outlaw said in a statement released by the mayor’s office. “Portland is an amazing city. I am humbled by the tremendous opportunity in front of me, and am ready to get to work.”

Outlaw has been with the Oakland Police Department for 19 years and served as the department’s Deputy Chief since 2013. She was the second female Deputy Chief in Oakland’s history. Likewise, Outlaw is only the third outsider chosen to serve as the Bureau’s Chief of Police and rose above more than 30 other applicants seeking the position.

Outlaw, who has two teenaged sons, intends to make her home within the Portland city limits. She is expected to start her new position, which pays $215,000 annually, no later than October.

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Top Five Reasons to Carry a 1911

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 06:22

I’ve got really good reasons to choose a 1911 for concealed carry. Here are my top five.

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Marines Looking to Order for 50,000 More H&K IAR Support Rifles

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 15:51

The U.S. Marine Corps wants to order 50,000 additional Heckler & Koch M27 Infantry Automatic Rifles for wider infantry use.

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Watch the LifeCard .22LR ‘Credit Card’ Pistol in Action

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 15:42

This is a tool that can be carried by anyone, anywhere with maximum ease and comfort.

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U.S. startup builds gun-carrying drone that could reduce number of combat soldiers (VIDEO)

General Gun News - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 15:30

A U.S. startup company has built a gun-carrying drone it says could reduce the number of combat troops required out on the field of battle.

The remote-controlled drone, built by Florida-based Duke Robotics, is called TIKAD and has the ability to carry a variety of different weapons, including machine guns and grenade launchers.

The company says the drone could be used to reduce the number of combat troops deployed to conflict zones and also has the unique ability to reach areas troops may not be able to.

“Troops can use TIKAD to handle potentially dangerous situations quickly and efficiently from the air, reducing the need to send our sons and daughters into harm’s way,” the company says on its website. “This technology also allows troops to potentially disarm a situation remotely, without ever deploying a ground presence.”

The drone comes equipped with built-in cameras that allow operators to identify and engage with targets. TIKAD’s lightweight, real-time six degrees of freedom Robotic gimbal can carry weapons up to 3x its weight and can take the full recoil of a discharged firearm and then readjust to stay on target.

The invention won the Department of Defense’s 2016 Security Innovation Award and the top prize at the 2016 Combating Terrorism Technology Conference, which was sponsored by the DOD’s Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office, Israel’s Ministry of Defense, Directorate of Defense Research and Development, and the MIT Enterprise Forum of Israel.

Duke also says the Israeli military has expressed an interest in the drone.

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Florida man pulls gun to try and prove point at self-defense class

General Gun News - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 15:00

George Meyer was arrested Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017. (Photo: Port St. Lucie County Jail via AP)

A Florida man has been arrested for pulling a gun on a martial arts instructor to try and prove a point about self-defense and firearms during a class at a Port St. Lucie school.

Martial arts instructor Christopher LaSala was teaching a self defense class at Grace Christian Academy Sunday night when one parent asked about using guns, the Associated Press reported. LaSala replied that guns aren’t always the right choice for self-defense.

This didn’t sit well with 61-year-old George Meyer, who said martial arts were useless and then proceeded to pull out a handgun, point it at LaSala and say, “Bang, you’re dead.”

“When he walked to his chair, he made sure he let everyone know his gun was locked and loaded and ready to fire,” LaSala told WPBF news.

LaSala then left the class to call the police and alert school administration.

“If want to have a discussion or a debate about martial arts and firearms then, well, you talk about it,” said Port St. Lucie police spokesperson Frank Sabol. “You don’t have to, especially, it’s illegal, to pull out a gun and point it at somebody to make a point.”

Police arrested Meyer at his Port Lucie residence and seized his handgun. While Meyer claimed he pulled the gun but didn’t point it at anyone, he caught charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill and other gun related charges, including carrying a concealed firearm without a permit.

After being release on bond, Meyer reportedly returned to the school Monday afternoon and was cited for trespassing.

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Chicago’s top cop moves forward on recommendation to fire officer involved in fatal shooting

General Gun News - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 14:30

Officer Raoul Mosqueda, left, is accused of lying several times about the circumstances surrounding the January 2011 shooting of Darius Pinex, right.

Chicago’s top cop is acting on a recommendation from a police watchdog group, and is moving to fire an officer who’s been accused of lying about the circumstances surrounding a fatal shooting during a traffic stop in 2011.

Officer Raoul Mosqueda was suspended without pay over the weekend, and now a nine-member board will determine whether he gets to keep his job, according to the Chicago Tribune.

In February, the city’s Independent Police Review Authority issued a 34-page report noting discrepancies in Mosqueda’s account of what happened when he and his partner opened fire on 27-year-old Darius Pinex, killing him during a traffic stop on the South Side. The report accuses Mosqueda of lying three different times.

Mosqueda and his partner, Gilgardo Sierra, pulled over and boxed in Pinex, and reportedly exited their squad with guns drawn. The officers said Pinex refused orders and put his car in reverse. The two officers opened fire, and one of Mosqueda’s bullets struck Penix in the head. A gun was found in Pinex’s car, under the driver’s seat, according to records.

IPRA said Mosqueda lied to IPRA investigators immediately after the shooting on Jan. 7, 2011, then again during a 2013 deposition during a lawsuit filed by Pinex’s family, and then again on the stand at trial in 2015.

IPRA recommended to Johnson that Mosqueda be fired, and now he’s acting on that recommendation, sending the case to the Chicago Police Board, the panel appointed by the mayor. It’s up to them to decide the officer’s fate.

In December, the city approved a multi-million dollar settlement to Pinex’s estate.

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Elderly woman’s tip about stolen golf cart leads to stash of stolen weapons, drugs

General Gun News - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 14:00

A 25-year-old South Carolina man is facing numerous charges after a tip about a stolen golf cart led authorities to the man’s Berkeley County home last week where they found numerous stolen guns and illegal drugs.

Danzel Rubin Willis faces charges for three counts of possession of a stolen handgun, and one count each of possession of stolen property, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and trafficking in cocaine base.

Deputies went to Willis’ home after an elderly neighbor reported seeing the stolen golf cart at his home as she returned home from a recent hospital stay.

Outside of Willis’ home, authorities found numerous parts to the stolen golf cart, but inside the home they found a bit more. In fact, they found cocaine and marijuana, along with two shotguns, four handguns, a rifle, several magazines, ammunition, and a bulletproof vest. Three of the guns were previously reported stolen.

At the time of the incident, Willis was out on bond for a previous, unrelated arrest on drug charges.

[ ABC News 4 ]

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Pennsylvania man who led militia in Charlottesville condemns white supremacists

General Gun News - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 13:30

Pennsylvania Light Foot Militia leader Christian Yingling says he wanted to protect the First Amendment rights of protestors, but called the organizer of Saturday’s rally a “piece of shit.”

The leader of a Pennsylvania-based militia group that attended Saturday’s ‘Unite the Right’ event in Charlottesville is condemning the white nationalists who put on the rally.

Christian Yingling and 32 other members of the Pennsylvania Light Foot Militia were armed and on hand Saturday to serve as “neutral peacekeepers,” according to reports.

The militia sought to prevent clashes between white supremacists and counter protestors, but Yingling said they were outnumbered. The group withdrew shortly before a driver rammed a car into a group of counter protestors, killing one woman and injuring more than a dozen others.

“It was a resounding success until we were just so drastically outnumbered that we couldn’t stop the craziness,” Yingling told the Daily Progress of the clashes at the event. “It was nothing short of horrifying.”

The Pennsylvania Light Foot Militia arrived on Saturday around 7:30 in the morning. Five hours later, they were asked to leave. Virginia’s secretary of public safety, Brian Moran, said authorities were worried Yingling and his men would be mistaken for National Guard members by the public.

“They seemed like they weren’t there to cause trouble, but it was a concern to have rifles of that kind in that environment,” Moran said.

Yingling was carrying a Sig Sauer AR-556 rifle. While the magazine was loaded, he said anybody with a long gun was ordered not to have a round in the chamber. “Now, our sidearms are generally chambered and ready to go,” he said.

Yingling said the idea that his group sympathized with white nationalists was absurd. In a Facebook Live video on Sunday, he called the organizer of Saturday’s event a jackass.

“I wanna publicly state, Jason Kessler, you’re a piece of shit for what you did to that city yesterday,” Yingling said in the nearly 45 minute video.

“This rally had nothing to do with uniting the right wing,” Yingling said. “They weren’t there to support Southern heritage or protest a statue; they were there to fight.”

Still, Yingling’s criticism wasn’t reserved for rally organizers. He also took shots at the anti-fascists, and even the police, saying they were poorly prepared and not assertive enough. Moran disputed that claim.

“To say we were unprepared or inexperienced is absolutely wrong,” Moran said. “We unequivocally acted at the right time and with the appropriate response.”

Yingling said the fact that not a single shot was fired by his men was a testament “to the discipline of the 32 brave souls serving under me during this particular operation.”

“Not one of my people said a word,” he said. “They were given specific orders to remain quiet the entire time we were there. … Our mission was to help people exercise their First Amendment rights without being physically assaulted.”

Yingling said his group wasn’t there to take sides. He said that fact has been misconstrued in the media at previous events. “While I could completely understand Southern people’s need to show up and defend their heritage, I could also understand Black Lives Matter to defend theirs,” he said, talking about what he’d discussed with members of the media.

The Pennsylvania Light Foot Militia is one of 276 militias and 998 “active extreme anti-government groups,” according to a 2015 report from the Southern Poverty Law Center. The SPLC notes, however, that inclusion in that list “does not imply that the groups themselves advocate or engage in violence or other criminal activities, or are racist.”

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Sacramento man gets 5-plus years for making, selling AR-15s rifles

General Gun News - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 13:15

Luis Cortez-Garcia and brother Emiliano Cortez Garcia were both sentenced to prison for illegally manufacturing and selling assault rifles. (Photo: FOX KTVU)

A man from Sacramento, California, was sentenced to five and a half years in prison Friday for illegally manufacturing and selling AR-15 assault rifles.

According to a Justice Department news release, 44-year-old Luis Cortez-Garcia ran a firearms parts business called LCG AR-15 Parts and Custom Accessories in Sacramento, where Cortez-Garcia sold AR-15 style rifles that had been manufactured in a metal shop at his business. However, Cortez-Garcia did not have a license to manufacture or sell firearms and was prohibited from possessing guns, as an undocumented resident and prior felon.

Cortez’s brother, Emiliano Cortez-Garcia, also helped to run the business and was sentenced in December 2016 to six years in prison for the unlawful manufacturing and selling of firearms, possession of a machine gun and possession of an unregistered firearm.

Undercover agents and at least one convicted felon purchased made-to-order assault rifles from the brothers. The guns did not have any serial numbers or other identifiable manufacturer markings, which would make them untraceable if they were used in any crimes.

The authorities conducted a search on the business in October 2013 and seized 312 firearms and parts, including fully automatic assault rifles, illegal short-barreled rifles, and suppressors.

Most individual firearms parts are not regulated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and can be bought and sold without reporting the transactions and without conducting a background check. However, once a complete lower receiver has been made, it is considered a firearm and is subject to regulation.

The brothers and others involved in the business sold such parts and then directed customers to Emiliano Cortez-Garcia, who would work in the metal shop to complete the machining of the lower receiver. One of the brothers would then assemble the AR-15 rifle at the shop.

Customers paid cash for the firearms and their assembly, and no ATF paperwork or background checks were ever completed for the sales. ATF agents completed seven undercover purchases of AR-15 rifles during the investigation.

The ATF investigated the case with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and the California Department of Justice Bureau of Firearms with assistance from the Sacramento Police Department, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, and the California Highway Patrol.

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Rapper celebrates success with gun-themed bling

General Gun News - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 13:00



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Symere Woods, a 23-year-old rapper better known as Lil Uzi Vert, celebrated his success with a a custom-made gun-themed piece of bling.

The diamond covered Uzi pendant was created by Elliot Avianne of Avianne & Co. and representative of the musician’s moniker, while the 16 on the bottom represents a 16-inch barrel, as well the song “16” which the rapper made with fellow musician and record producer Don Cannon.

It’s not known how much the custom piece cost, but based on the selections from the jeweler’s website, it probably wasn’t cheap.

[ XXL Mag ]

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More on the Trailblazer LifeCard ‘credit card .22’ pistol (VIDEO)

General Gun News - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 12:30

Starting with an idea to make a gun that would fit inside an Altoids mint box, a seven-year project has produced a folding single-shot .22LR pistol.

Beginning with a wooden mock-up, the LifeCard has evolved over the years until the final product is machined from solid billet, with the barrel, bolt and trigger all made from 4140 pre-hardened steel.

The evolutionary process from wood to 4140 steel (Photo: Trailblazer)

“LifeCard is different, but it is not a novelty,” said inventor Aaron Voigt in an email. “LifeCard is a single-shot, single-action .22LR pistol that folds up securely and safely. I wouldn’t say this is my primary carry but I would tell you that the LifeCard is the last gun you’ll leave behind due to any particular limitation on weight or size.”

Overall length is 3.375 inches with a width of 0.5 inches. Weight is 7 ounces. When folded, the LifeCard is 2.125 inches high, or about the same profile as a credit card.

But does it fire? Yup.

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2 shot dead in front of Chicago church during Sunday morning service

General Gun News - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 12:00

Crime scene tape marks off an area around Friendship Baptist Church as a man and two young girls stand nearby. (Photo: Alyssa Pointer / Chicago Tribune)

Two men were shot and killed as they prepared to enter a Sunday morning worship service at a church in the South Austin area of Chicago.

The victims were identified as Emmanuel Fleming, 34, and Michael Swift, 46. Authorities believe Fleming was the intended target and Swift, who was a visitor to the church that morning, an innocent bystander.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Fleming recently started attending the church as part of an effort to “turn over a new leaf.” Fleming was an usher for the church and his three young children, all of whom were present at the time their father was killed, were baptized there.

“There should be a sanctuary from violence, and I believe that the church should be one of those sanctuaries,” said Rev. Reginald Bachus, who pastors at Friendship Baptist Church, where the shooting occurred.

“It’s time for us to make a change in our city,” Bachus added.

Chicago Police Cmdr. Dwayne Betts echoed a similar sentiment, saying, “When this cycle of violence reaches the doorsteps of a church, we are really in trouble.”

Police say the two men were gathered in front of the church just after 11 a.m. as church members and guests made their way inside where about 100 people were already singing hymns.

“They were on their way up the steps to the church, and two gentlemen ran up from Jackson (Boulevard) and basically unloaded on them,” said Bachus, who witnessed part of the mayhem.

Fleming’s three children were outside with him when the suspects appeared, but according to Bachus, as soon as Fleming saw the suspects, he yelled at his children to get inside the church and take cover. Bachus rushed the children inside and, seconds later, a volley of gunshots outside could be heard from inside the church.

Fleming and Swift were rushed to the hospital, but despite efforts to save them, both men succumbed to their injuries.

Bachus said the idea that something like this could happen on the steps of his church is hard for him to grasp.

No suspects are in custody at this time, but they were said to have fled the scene in a silver SUV and reports indicate they may have been captured on camera.

The investigation is ongoing.

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Rookie cop stops stabbing on his way home from work (VIDEO)

General Gun News - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 11:30

A rookie cop with the Miami Police Department is being hailed a hero after he stopped a brutal stabbing attack of a woman Sunday morning.

Authorities say the officer was off-duty and on his way home from work when they received a call about a woman in distress.

The officer apparently tried to stop the attack before he eventually fired at the suspect, killing him. The officer then rendered aid to the woman as best he could until she was airlifted to a nearby hospital. The woman, who was seriously injured, was last listed in good condition.

“This officer was a hero,” said Miami Fraternal Order of Police President Javier Ortiz. “If he didn’t take the action he did, the woman would have died.”

Ortiz said it was a case of the officer being in the right place at the right time.

“He did everything possible to save this woman. He was in the right place at the right time, on his way home and he saw a crime being committed,” Ortiz said. “There was nothing else he could have done to prevent a heinous crime.”

Ortiz said the officer, who has been with the force less than a year, is upset over the incident.

“This affects all of us. The last thing we want to do is take someone’s life,” Ortiz said.

[ CBS Miami ]

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WWII veteran returns Japanese flag to family of fallen enemy

General Gun News - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 11:00

A 93-year-old American World War II veteran recently took a 10,000-mile trek to return a Japanese flag to the family of an enemy who died during the war more than 70 years ago.

Marvin Strombo arrived in Tokyo on Friday, then traveled to a remote tea-growing village to meet the Japanese soldier’s brother and two sisters.

Strombo recalled the fleeting moments in 1944 on the island of Saipan when he came across the deceased Japanese soldier, whom he described as laying peacefully, as if he were asleep. Peeking out of fallen soldier’s pocket was a silk cloth, which Stombo pulled out to reveal a Japanese flag, the red sun surrounded by intricate Japanese markings.

Strombo caught up with his crew and years after the war’s end, the flag made its home in the glass behind Strombo’s gun cabinet. The veteran said he previously tried to learn more about the fallen soldier or his family, but before the days of the Internet, the task turned out to be difficult.

More recently, with the help of the Obon Society, a nonprofit based in Oregon that helps to heal the wounds of war by returning soldiers’ personal effects to their families, Strombo was united with the Japanese soldier’s family.

The soldier was identified as Yasue Sadao and the intricate writing on the flag turned out to be the names of hundreds of family members and friends, including the names of Sadao’s brother and two sisters, who Strombo met with last week.

The journey has no-doubt been an emotional one for both Strombo and Sadao’s family, but Strombo somberly said before boarding his plane bound for Japan, “I think that soldier wanted me to find him for some reason.”

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Man fatally shot after threatening roommate

General Gun News - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 10:34

Shelby County law enforcement respond to reports of a shooting over the weekend. (Photo: ABC)

Alabama authorities are investigating a domestic dispute that ended with a man fatally shooting his roommate at their home in Sterrett Saturday afternoon.

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office identified the deceased man as 30-year-old Samuel Julius Nave, and the man who shot him claims he did so in self-defense after Nave threatened him.

Deputies were dispatched to the home after receiving a call about a shooting around 3:20 p.m. and when they arrived on the scene, Nave was found lying on the ground outside of the house.

Nave, who had been shot, was unresponsive. Medical personnel arrived and attempted to revive Nave, but their efforts failed and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities spoke with an adult male and an adult female who lived at the home with Nave, neither of whom were publicly identified. An investigation revealed that Nave and the woman had what was described as an “ongoing domestic dispute.” The sheriff’s office did not elaborate on the dispute or indicate what type of relationship – if any – Nave and the woman had.

However, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office, at some point during the weekend dispute, Nave threatened the male occupant with a weapon, which led to the fatal shooting. Authorities did not disclose what kind of weapon Nave had or whether that weapon was recovered at the scene.

The male who shot Nave was taken into police custody for questioning but has since been released. No charges have been filed at this time, although authorities noted that the investigation is ongoing and charges could still be possible in the future, depending on the outcome of the investigation.

The sheriff’s office assured residents that the shooting was an isolated event and there was no immediate danger to the community. The department also offered its condolences to “the families of everyone involved in this death investigation.”

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10 gun training essentials

General Gun News - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 10:00

Take the material seriously, but enjoy yourself. (Photo by Kay T)

I recently returned from a four-day rifle training course out at Front Sight in Nevada. After observing some issues students ran into while at the course (and some of my own), I decided to list the top 10 items needed for anyone seeking firearms training.

10. Snacks

I’ve seen the toughest guys in the world transform into petulant children when they don’t keep their blood sugar high enough. Grab something healthy and filling. That gas-station pickled egg is a bad idea and you know it. Buy some protein bars (not the massive ones, you’re no powerlifter) and eat one slowly. This will help regulate your blood sugar and keep you full and focused.

9. Sleep

Remember the SATs? Your teachers told you to eat a big breakfast and get at least 8 hours of sleep the night before. Your job leading up to the shooting course is to make sure you don’t have anything to worry about except the material itself. Most of us treat our bodies like rented mules 90 percent of the time. Make this part of the 10 percent and cut your body some slack: give it 8 hours of solid sleep. Since the information in a defensive course may save your life, make sure you’re 100 percent there.

8. Hydration

The human body is comprised of over 60 percent water and when pushed hard that water is lost through our skin. If you’re training somewhere cold you won’t even notice until your lips crack and you have a bad headache. Stay hydrated with water or sports drinks, but steer clear of caffeine. The increased heart rate will affect accuracy and coffee will make you run to the head in the middle of a lecture. You paid good money for the course, keep your head in the game.

7. A lid

If you’ve ever gotten a hot shell-casing down your shirt before, this one goes without saying. Additionally, a hat keeps the cancerous rays of that giant flaming ball in the sky out of your face as well. A huge advantage for shooters who enjoy hitting targets.

6. Pouches/holsters/slings

ITW’s Fast-Mag carriers held up very well. (Photo by: Kay T)

In most training environments students don’t wander around, gun in hand. So you need something to hold your weapon and its magazines. (Clips if you’re running an SKS or Garand) Thrifty students can make due by using the mag carriers built into most pants called pockets, but these won’t offer the same level of security and accessibility a purpose built carrier will.

On a similar note you’ll need a holster for any handguns you’ll be using and a sling for any long weapons. Most schools make these mandatory so instructors can see that students have their weapons with them but aren’t handling them. Depending on the course, a two-point traditional sling may be more useful than a tactical single-point one. If, however, the course involves transitioning from shotgun or rifle to handgun you’ll need a single-point sling.

5. Comfortable clothing and shoes

When trying to master a new skill the more distracted you are from the task the more likely you are to forget everything, except how distracted you were. No matter how ‘tactical’ or ‘operator’ you want to seem in that new course, don’t wear those new combat boots. If you do your feet will hate you. Find those ratty boots you’ve mowed the lawn in a half-dozen times that have a permanent indentation of your feet in the soles. You might look like a tactical hobo, but you’ll be able to concentrate better on the course.

Essentials seven, five four and three all in one photo. (Photo by Jim Grant)

4. A familiar gun that runs

If your gun doesn’t function, you can’t learn. If you don’t know how to use the weapon you bring, you’ll be playing catch up the entire time. Most instructors understand you’re there to learn and won’t expect you to be a former SEAL, but students should know how to safely use his or her weapon and clear common malfunctions.

3. Electronic hearing protection

If you can’t hear the instructors you sure as hell can’t follow range commands. I know plenty of people out there will say they can hear fine with plugs and at a range with a handful of shooters that may be true. However, at larger shooting facilities there can be dozens of additional shooters blasting away in the background. Do you really want to be the guy who has to explain the reason he almost walked in front of the line was because he thought the range officer said, “The range is cold,” not ”It sure is cold”?

2. Ammo

Federal MilSpec XM193 goes bang every single time. (Photo by Jim Grant)

If a course recommends 500 rounds, bring 700. Unless you’re willing to procure on site, which to civvies means being at the mercy of local scalpers, bring extra. Bring reliable ammo, that you’ve tested extensively with the rifle you’re running the course with. Guys running revolvers can use any type of ammo except someone else’s handloads.

On a side note, if the school uses steel plates, leave your green tips at home. Most schools take the damage out of the instructor’s pay. They may run a gun like a rockstar, but they aren’t paid like one. Be considerate.

1. An open mind

Sure this sounds cliche, but I’ve run into good shooters who could be great if it weren’t for their own stubbornness. Shooting classes can be like a gym sometimes: some people are just there to show off. Good for them. They paid money, same as you. If you want to actually learn anything in the course you’re going to have to let some old habits go. Maybe you’re a dyed in the wool Weaver stance guy and the new school only teaches Modified Isosceles. Don’t be discouraged, the worse thing that could happen is you decide it’s not for you and go back to your old style. If you’ve never gotten professional instruction on Isosceles you may learn something to change your mind.

Many of these seem like common sense but you’d be amazed at how many students were running on 3 hours sleep or had only just fired their first gun that day. While both categories of students did well, they could have maximized their training by taking a few preparatory steps.

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