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Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Arizona Stages History-Making Event
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PHOENIX Ari. -(Ammoland.com)-
In a symbolic showing of American firearms pride, 1,000 shooters gathered Monday at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility and,
together, pulled the triggers on Henry Golden Boy Silver rifles at the same time.
It was shortly after 2:30 p.m. when the participants, some from as far away as Florida, walked up to the firing line and
stood shoulder-to-shoulder to simultaneously fire two rounds from the lever-action .22-caliber rifles, custom-made and engraved by Henry Repeating Arms.
The Henry 1,000-Man Shoot, presented by the National Rifle Association, raised more than $1 million for the NRA.
The history-making event also put BASF in the spotlight as one of only a few publicly-operated shooting facilities
in the nation capable of hosting an event of this scale.
“It was not an easy task to find a facility that could accommodate 1,000 shooters and several hundred instructors and volunteers,
let alone want to take on such an undertaking,” said Anthony Imperato, president of Henry Repeating Arms.
“Henry Repeating Arms would like to extend a big, heartfelt ‘thank you’ to Arizona Game and Fish and its Ben Avery Shooting Facility
for stepping up to the plate to host the Henry 1,000-Man Shoot, presented by the NRA. Now we know why it’s one of the (city’s) Points of Pride.”
A world-class facility, BASF averages more than 120,000 shooters of all skill levels, as well as numerous regional and national competitions and other major events.
The facility is a City of Phoenix “Point of Pride” and has received a five-star rating from the National Association of Shooting Ranges.
BASF is funded by the revenues generated by user fees and federal dollars appropriated through the Pittman-Robertson Act.
For more information, including maps, hours of operation, prices and volunteer opportunities, visit //www.azgfd.com/Shooting/BASF.
Tips For Getting Comfortable With Concealed Carry
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By Rob Morse
USA – -(Ammoland.com)- If you’re like many gun owners, you don’t carry a firearm every day even though you have your concealed carry license.
Maybe it’s because while you realize the importance of being armed, you just don’t feel comfortable carrying in public. Maybe you’re worried everyone will know you have a gun. Or maybe you’re concerned you might make a mistake, like dropping your gun in the cereal isle at the grocery store.
That’s okay. All it takes is practice to make carrying a firearm feel safe and familiar.
First, you need to get familiar with the gun itself to build proficiency and safe habits. Yes, you may have passed your concealed carry course. Maybe your state doesn’t even require a course, but it is time for you to take a firearms handling class. Here is what you’ll learn.
There are easy and safe ways to load a firearm and put it in your holster. Why not learn those techniques from a professional instructor? You can learn “best practices” rather than learning from your own mistakes.
You already know how to shoot from a bench at a square range. Now you’ll learn how to safely and efficiently take your gun from a concealed holster and shoot a target. You will learn more than abstract techniques. You will experience how it feels to move with a gun on your body. You will build a personal library of sensations that make concealed carry feel familiar.
If you take a day-long class, then you’ll get lots of practice loading and unloading a gun. You’ll verify the gun’s condition over and over. All that practice makes it feel familiar to touch, to walk, and to sit with a gun on your body. Yes, it feels different when you’re carrying. Give yourself the gift of time so you can experience those feelings without surprises.
Next, it’s time to deal with your hesitation to be armed in public. Here’s a list of small steps you can take to build more confidence. Advance at your own pace and let yourself succeed. You will carry for the rest of your life, so who cares if you want to practice a few more days?
Wear your empty and concealed holster at home. Do that as long as it takes to feel comfortable. You’re also learning how to dress while carrying a firearm.
• Wear your empty and concealed holster as you go familiar places outside the home. That reminds you where guns are allowed and where they are forbidden.
• Buy some snap caps and practice safely loading and unloading your firearm the way you were taught in class. Keep building safe habits.
• Carry your loaded and concealed firearm at home. It feels different at first. Put the gun away properly when you’re done carrying it.
• Carry concealed as you go someplace familiar outside your home. It helps to travel with other people who carry. You can be the armed passenger so you don’t even have to drive.
• Go get gas while you are carrying concealed. Yes, you’re carrying in public by yourself, but you don’t have to interact with anyone just yet. Please plan your first trip in the daytime rather than at 2 in the morning in the wrong part of town.
• Wear your concealed firearm on a simple shopping trip. You’ve done this a million times before. Aren’t you running low on eggs and milk?
• Go out to eat with friends who carry.
• If it is allowed, add your work and church to the places you carry.
More tips are listed here.
None of this is intimidating if you take it one step at a time at your own pace. You might not even remember why you were concerned about carrying a few months ago.
Rob Morse works and writes in Southwest Louisiana. He writes at Ammoland,
at his Slowfacts blog, and at Clash Daily.
Rob co-hosts the Polite Society Podcast, and hosts the Self-Defense Gun Stories Podcast each week.
Armatix Plans 9mm “Smart Gun” for U.S. Market
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On Wednesday, Computerworld
reported that gun maker Armatix plans to bring a 9mm “smart” handgun, dubbed the iP9, to the U.S. market in 2017.
The iP9 is Armatix’s second offering for the U.S. market.
NRA does not oppose the development of so-called “smart gun technology,” however, NRA does oppose efforts to mandate that this technology be integrated into firearms.
In 2014, Armatix made headlines when it released the iP1, a .22-caliber “smart” handgun that requires the firearm to be within a certain proximity of an accompanying
wristwatch in order to operate. Despite that the iP1 pistol and watch combo carry a steep price tag of $1,798, NRA staff
tasked with reviewing the iP1 were unimpressed,
noting that the firearm was “disappointing at best, and alarming at worst.” In particular, reviewers noted the firearm’s unreliability, terrible trigger, and cumbersome
controls. Upon the release of the iP1, Armatix and a gun
store in Maryland that planned to stock the gun were criticized by some in the gun rights community,
in part because there were concerns that the sale of the firearm would trigger harsh restrictions on the sale of handguns in New Jersey.
In 2002, New Jersey enacted a law that requires the attorney general to monitor the “availability of personalized handguns for retail sales purposes.” The law states,
For the purposes of this section, personalized handguns shall be deemed to be available for retail sales purposes if at least one manufacturer has delivered at least
one production model of a personalized handgun to a registered or licensed wholesale or retail dealer in New Jersey or any other state.
Once the attorney general determines that there is a “personalized” handgun available for retail sale, it triggers a scenario where the superintendent of the state
police must “promulgate a list of personalized handguns that may be sold in the State.” The sale of standard handguns would be prohibited.
In November 2014, the New Jersey attorney general
concluded that the iP1 did not meet New Jersey’s statutory criteria for a “personalized” handgun, as the firearm
could be fired by anyone as long as it was within a certain proximity of its accompanying wristwatch. Therefore, sale of the iP1 did not trigger the New Jersey
ban on standard handguns.
According to Computerworld, the $1,365 iP9 will use a fingerprint reader to operate. Therefore, depending on the New Jersey attorney general’s interpretation of
state law and whether they choose to respect the U.S. Supreme Court’s holding in District of Columbia v. Heller that protects firearms “in common use,” sale of
the iP9 could implicate the N.J. handgun ban in a manner that the iP1 did not.
According to the report, Armatix CEO Wolfgang Tweraser is still making “final adjustments” to the iP9, but appears eager to get the handgun to market.
The article notes that, “Several large U.S. retail stores have already met with Armatix,” and that, “The company has also been meeting with police departments,
which it sees as a key demographic for the smart gun.” The item also contends that Tweraser “is in the process of establishing sales staff in several states,
beginning with Florida.”
Given NRA members’ interest in all things firearms, as well as the implications that the sale of the iP9 could have for state firearms law, NRA will continue to
monitor this situation closely and apprise our members of any new developments.
Skill Set: Long Distance Pistol Shooting : The Tactical Wire
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Ask someone what a long distance pistol shot is and you'll get a lot of different responses. Some will say twenty-five yards. Other people will say fifty yards. What may seem like a long shot for some is different for others. Regardless, it's a good idea to practice long distance shooting with your handgun.
Pistols are more accurate than most people think. I remember the first time shooting my 1911 at two hundred yards during a class with Scott Reitz. That seemed like a long distance. I was amazed at the number of times I was able to hit the target at that distance, and how long it took the bullet to get there.
We know that most defensive work with pistols takes place at close range, but there are enough documented situations to show us that sometimes it's necessary to make long distance hits with the handgun.
The key to shooting long distance is application of the fundamentals. Focus on the front sight, smoothly press the trigger, and you'll get good hits. Don't be surprised if have to change your point of aim as the distance increases to hit the center of the target. In class today I had two good shooters. We were shooting at seventy-five yards and each of them had to hold at the bottom right corner of the target to hit the center. But, once we determined where they needed to hold they were wearing it out, scoring hit after hit, with most of them within six inches of center on the target.
If possible it's good to brace or rest against something for stability. Can I hit the target at one hundred from standing? Yes, but if I can brace for stability it's going to improve my accuracy. In a recent class I had a group of great pistol shooters, but they had never really worked on long distance shots. By resting the pistol and hands, bracing on the wall, they were able to score head shots at seventy-five yards. They were not perfect head shots – between the eyes and nose – but they would have put a hurtin' on the bad guy for sure.
For really long distances you'll have to start compensating for the bullet drop. For this you want to hold the front sight on target, then lower the rear sight to get the elevation necessary for the hit. You need the front sight on target; trying to aim high or above the target doesn't work. If you can't see the target – your hands and weapon are blocking your line of sight - you'll have a hard time holding the sight picture. Keep the front sight on target and then lower the rear sight for elevation. For example with my 1911 I know the rear sight has to be half way down the front sight in order to hit at two hundred yards.
Even if you don't ever have a need to fire at long distance it's a great confidence builder; if you can hit at one hundred you can make hits at fifty. Hitting at fifty yards means twenty-five yard shots are easy. Now a ten-yard shot is a piece of cake.
The majority of your training should be within realistic distances. But, sometimes "real" might be different from what you thought it would be. Start working on long distance shooting. Apply the fundamentals. Learn where you need to hold in order to hit. You'll be surprised at the results, and it will make getting hits at normal distances easier.
Tiger McKee is director of Shootrite Firearms Academy, located in northern Alabama. He is the author of "The Book of Two Guns" writes for several firearms/tactical publications, and is featured on GunTalk's DVD, "Fighting With The 1911" Website: www.shootrite.org
Smith & Wesson loses Army’s handgun contract competition
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9/26/16 | by Jacki Billings
Smith & Wesson’s bid to be the Army’s next sidearm came to an end last week after the M&P was booted from the Modular Handgun System competition. (Photo: Tumblr/Everyday-Cutlery)
Smith & Wesson notified investors Friday that the M&P will not advance to the next phase of testing in the Defense Department’s mission to replace the Army’s M9.
With only a handful of manufacturers vying to be the Army’s new Modular Handgun System, Smith & Wesson is the first company to publicly get the boot.
The Massachusetts gun maker campaigned heavily for the contract, even partnering with defense giant General Dynamics in 2014 for an added boost. GenDyn signed on to provide barrels for the M&P and also lend its expertise navigating the bureaucratic process.
“They (GenDyn) bring a level of skill and knowledge that we did not have,” Smith & Wesson Chief Executive Officer James Debney said during a third quarter meeting in March. “Obviously, we’re a good partner as well because we bring what our core competency is, is that we can design and manufacture great handguns.”
Smith & Wesson investors have anxiously awaited news on the contract valued at $580 million. During a meeting earlier this month, MHS questions cropped up continually as investor’s aimed to pinpoint Smith & Wesson’s standing within the Army’s process. At that time Debney reported no movement, but said he was confident a win would boost the gun maker’s authority.
“The professional community is extremely important to us, as I’ve said before. It holds us to a much higher standard than if we were just, say, a consumer product business,” said Debney during the company’s first quarter investor’s call. “It certainly gives your product a lot of credibility if it is used, adopted and well-regarded by that professional community because the consumer does pay attention to that.”
Smith & Wesson saw a 40 percent boost in overall firearm sales in the first quarter, raking in $139 million in handgun sales alone.
The M&P model is already one of Smith’s most popular handguns. Introduced in 2005, it features a reinforced polymer chassis, modular ergonomic grip and ambidextrous controls. The M&P functions and aesthetics seemed to fall in line with what the Army wanted from their new handgun.
In the 351 page solicitation published in September 2015, DoD dictated that all competitors have modifiable grips, ambidextrous controls, magazine options, and rails. In addition, the Army requested all firearms have hits on a 4-inch target at a 50-meter range at least 90 percent of the time throughout the gun’s lifespan.
Though no caliber was specified, officials mandate a round penetrate 14 inches into ballistics gel at 50 meters. In addition, it was reported the 9mm and .40 rounds were being heavily considered, while the .45 ACP was ruled out over concerns of size, weight and accuracy.
IHS Jane reported in May that the M&P was a top contender, alongside the Beretta APX, CZ P-09, FN Five-Seven, Glock 17 and 22, and Sig Sauer P320.
Beretta holds the current handgun contract with the M9 serving as the Army’s official sidearm since 1985. The hammer-fired handgun is outfitted with a metal frame and cutout slide design as well as a 15 round magazine capacity. Aside from a few aesthetic changes, the pistol’s design has remained relatively unchanged for the past three decades.
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