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Two Armies

August 19th, 2017

Are we there yet?

“I’d like to have two armies: one for display with lovely guns, tanks, little soldiers, staffs, distinguished and doddering Generals, and dear little regimental officers who would be deeply concerned over their General’s bowel movements or their Colonel’s piles, an army that would be shown for a modest fee on every fairground in the country. The other would be the real one, composed entirely of young enthusiasts in camouflage uniforms, who would not be put on display, but from whom impossible efforts would be demanded and to whom all sorts of tricks would be taught. That’s the army in which I should like to fight.”

-Jean Lartéguy

Gunfighter Moment – Aaron Barruga

August 19th, 2017

AS VEHICLES BECOME THE PREFERRED WEAPON OF TERROR ATTACKS, PATROL OFFICERS SHOULD BE FAMILIAR WITH THESE 5 CONCEPTS

Aaron Barruga
August 18th, 2017

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Since Thursday, 13 people have been killed and 100 more injured as vehicles were driven into crowds in Eastern Spain as part of terror attacks executed by the Islamic State. In March, a car plowed through pedestrians on the Westminster Bridge in London, killing 5 and injuring 49. Last December, a truck driven through a crowd in Berlin killed 11 people and injured 56.

For terrorists, vehicles pose numerous tactical advantages over traditional small arms or explosive attacks. For these reasons, law enforcement officers should consider the following five concepts.

1: PRE-STAGING A VEHICLE PATROL RIFLE
Whether in the trunk, the center console, or the back of a motorcycle, officers must be familiar with the rapid employment of carbines or any weapon capable of defeating windshields and door panels. Simple dry-fire exercises such as releasing the carbine from its mount and dismounting the vehicle can help with minimizing officer response times during crises.

If responding to crises, officers should consider releasing the carbine and staging it for quick access on the passenger seat of their patrol car. The ability to arrive on scene and immediately step out of his vehicle with a patrol rifle allows an officer to be an immediate force multiplier when responding to crises.

Stow your sling with rubber bands or similar retainers. Slings that hang loosely inside of vehicle mounts can create unnecessary headache should an officer need to rapidly dismount his vehicle. To ensure a patrol rifle’s sling doesn’t catch on dashboard equipment or the steering wheel, slings should be stowed against the patrol rifle with rubber bands. When stowing a sling with rubber bands, remember to build in a quick release by “s” folding the sling. This allows it to move freely of the carbine when an officer decides to sling his patrol rifle.

2: UNDERSTAND SAFE WEAPON READY POSITIONS
Vehicle attacks are most likely to occur in urban environments because of the target density available to terrorists. Responding officers will need to navigate through crowds, possibly with weapons at the ready. Officers must feel confident running with both carbines and pistols in these confined areas. The ability to move aggressively in and around terrain without flagging bystanders or fellow officers is critical for a safe response.

When teaching ready positions, competency should not be sacrificed in favor of misinterpreted simplicity. Despite sayings such as “more tools for your toolbox,” during a stressful situation individuals fall back on the technique that they have the most repetitions performing. Furthermore, utilize common sense when validating ready positions. If a technique contradicts the tenets of developing competent shooters (such as placing a pistol against the shooter’s forehead for “safety”) avoid these methods so that you can instead develop more well-rounded tactical responders.

3: THE DANGERS OF SYMPATHETIC FIRE
Our senses are overwhelmed by stimulus in urban environments. In close quarter engagements, over saturation may cause an individual to pull a trigger as part of a sympathetic reaction to another officer shooting. It is paramount that officers always understand what lay in front and behind the threats they are engaging.

4: HOW TO CLEAR A VEHICLE AS A SINGLETON
The exigent circumstances of terror or active shooter attacks might demand that an officer individually clear vehicles containing suspects. Although certain protocol might advise officers to wait for backup or even SWAT, in his dying breaths a terrorist’s resolve might be to continue killing bystanders. For this reason, an officer must feel confident in his ability to clear a vehicle by himself. This does not suggest that officers unnecessarily put themselves at risk, but it also does not excuse them from performing the task should it be necessary.

5: IMPROVISE, ADAPT, AND OVERCOME.
In preparing for urban terror attacks, perform scenario training that encourages adaptability and abandons rigid training approaches, or “if this, then that” mentalities. Despite being labeled as “stress induced” or “unscripted,” a lot of scenario based training fails officers because the techniques taught only work under the very narrow guidelines of the specific training scenario. This produces officers that are great at navigating artificial training environments, but these individuals are more likely to freeze when responding to the spontaneous nature of a real fight.

It is impossible to predict exactly how an attack will be executed, or what exactly will transpire on the ground during the attack. For these reasons, it is critical that officers participate in training that encourages both flexibility and decisiveness.

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Aaron Barruga is Special Forces veteran with deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Pacific Theater of Operations. He has trained foreign commandos, police officers, and militia fighters. He is the founder at Guerrilla Approach LLC, where he consults law enforcement officers on counter-terrorism and vehicle tactics.

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Larry Burrows – Combat Photographer

August 19th, 2017

This photo is of Larry Burrows, a British photographer for Time. He covered the Vietnam war from 1962 until his death in 1972 when the helicopter he was a passenger in was shot down over Laos. 

Crimson Trace Launches Laserguard For Ruger’s LCP II

August 18th, 2017

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(Wilsonville, OR)— Crimson Trace®, recognized as America’s top brand of laser sights in a recent Southwick Associates industry survey, is now manufacturing two new Laserguard® laser sights: The LG-497 with red laser diode, and the LG-497G with green laser diode. Both laser sights are designed for a precision fit onto Ruger’s popular LCP® II compact semi-auto pistol. These Laserguard laser sights are also offered in special packages with holsters that are designed to secure the firearm with the laser sight installed. Details on additional available holsters for these laser sights installed on Ruger’s LCP II and many other firearms can be researched at www.holsterresourceguide.com.

These new Crimson Trace Laserguard laser sights for the Ruger LCP II pistol can be easily adjusted for windage and elevation. Each side of the product also has unique stripling to match segments of the Ruger pistol’s grip. A distinct CTC logo is prominent on each side of the laser sight’s front section. These new laser sights are easy to install and maintain (owner’s manual is included in packaging and also available on the company’s website), plus these laser sights are covered under Crimson Trace’s innovative Free Batteries for Life Program.

Like all Crimson Trace Laserguard laser sights, these new products feature the company’s award-winning and patented Instinctive ActivationTM firearm laser technology, designed to activate the laser sight when the firearm is held with a normal firing grip and when the user is ready to fire.  Instinctive Activation, a common consumer demand, is one of the many reasons that Crimson Trace is a leader in the firearms laser sight market. 

Released in 2007, Crimson Trace Laserguard laser sights incorporate either a red or green laser diode within a sturdy and compact housing that’s simple to install onto the pistol’s trigger guard. The necessary installation screws, plus battery for operation, are included in the product packaging. Some other laser sight manufacturers require the additional purchase of tools and batteries after purchasing the product or offer their products only with green lasers.

Crimson Trace further leads the laser sight accessory category by offering more than 275 products at 2,500+ dealers across America. The company’s products can be easily installed without requiring modification of the firearm —or special gunsmith skills. For more information on Crimson Trace products, dealers, dealer locations, and to obtain a free copy of the company’s catalog, visit www.crimsontrace.com or call 800-442-2406.

About Crimson Trace Corporation
Based in Wilsonville, Oregon, Crimson Trace Corporation is recognized as the leader in establishing laser sights as standard equipment on concealed-carry and personal-defense firearms. For more than two decades, the company has provided America’s firearms owners, law enforcement officers and military units worldwide with the largest selection of award-winning laser sights and tactical lights products. Those innovations include: Lasergrips® laser sights, Laserguard® laser sights, LiNQ™ wireless operated laser and light systems and Lightguard® lights for firearms, each with Instinctive Activation™ firearm laser activation technology. Additional product lines include the Defender SeriesTM and Rail Master® firearms accessory platforms. Full details are available at www.crimsontrace.com or by calling 800-442-2406.

Norm Crawford Wins Prestigious Wimbledon Cup for Second Year in a Row

August 18th, 2017

Columbia Falls, MT. (August 2017) With a winning shoot-off score of 100-5X, Norman Crawford won his second consecutive Wimbledon Cup Championship. Crawford used the same PROOF Research barrel he used in 2016 to earn a cup victory-the first ever achieved with a carbon-fiber-wrapped barrel-a 32″, 1.1″ diameter, 1-in-8″ twist chambered in Shahane .284.

“They’re lighter, they seem to be a lot easier to find a load that will shoot through them, and they don’t seem to wander quite as much as a regular steel barrel will as it warms up and cools down,” Crawford said of the PROOF barrels he uses in competition. “Generally, they just seem to be a bit more predictable all the way around.”

Crawford has won the historic Wimbledon Cup a total of three times, earning his first victory back in 2003 with a steel barrel.

“I shot steel barrels for years. I got asked three or four years ago to try one of PROOF’s barrels for competitive shooting,” Crawford explained. “And that barrel shot as good as any barrel I’ve ever had-and it lasted longer than any other .284 barrel I’ve ever had. In fact, I couldn’t kill it.”

Crawford has been shooting competitively since 1990 and has racked up a long list of victories over the course of his career, but he is especially proud of his Wimbledon Cup victories, given the historic significance of this match. “The Wimbledon Cup is probably considered the most prestigious of all the long-range matches in the national championship,” he said. “It’s been shot in the United States since 1876.”

Next up for Crawford are the Spirit of America Fullbore Rifle Prone National Championships, which will take place in New Mexico the second week of September 2017. He plans to use a PROOF carbon-fiber-wrapped barrel in this competition as well.

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Zenith Quest Corporation & Shot Spot Announce the Release of the Zenith Hero Program

August 18th, 2017

Zenith & Shot Spot have jointly developed the Zenith Hero Program in order to provide military personnel, law enforcement officers, corrections officers, firefighters, and EMS providers cost effective access to Zenith Firearms’ products.

Afton, VA: Zenith Quest Corporation, through its subsidiary Zenith Firearms, working in partnership with Shot Spot, LLC of Carrolton, GA, has just announced the release of the nationwide Zenith Hero Program. This program enables military, law enforcement, corrections, firefighting, and EMS professionals to make non-departmental purchases of Zenith Firearm products at substantial discounts. Shot Spot manages this program, offering Zenith’s products through their nationwide affiliates.

“We are very pleased to have Shot Spot join the Zenith family, and we appreciate that they have years of experience running and managing like programs,” says Hanri Kaya, CEO of Zenith.

Shot Spot recognizes the quality and diversity of the Zenith product line and believes this is an excellent addition to its growing business model. “We are appreciative of all the ‘heroes’ that impact our daily lives and we want to show them our gratitude; this program is a way of doing just that,” says John Paulk, CEO of Shot Spot, LLC.
Zenith Firearms, a privately owned company located in Afton, VA, imports a wide variety of firearms including pistols and shotguns, and is the sole importer of the MKE-produced roller delayed blowback firearms, true to the original design. Zenith offers quality products and ammunition at affordable prices. Shot Spot of Carrolton, GA operates a highly successful business that caters to firearm and sporting enthusiasts. It operates state of the art indoor ranges, and offers a full selection of firearms, ammunition, apparel, and services. Shot Spot is also an experienced distributor of law enforcement specific products via its dealer network.

Shot Spot: The Zenith Hero Program is available now by calling 678-664-0610 or visiting www.shotspotllc.com for a list of dealers in your area. To become a Zenith Hero Program affiliated dealer please contact Chase Chambers at 404-909-5252 or chase@shotspotllc.com.

Zenith Firearms: Contact Don Leckrone at 434-202-7790 x113 or don@zenithquestcorporation.com.

Rio Ammunition Expands its Sales Team

August 18th, 2017

Irving, Tx. (August 15, 2017) – Rio Ammunition, Inc, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, just added three experienced staff to its growing salesforce. With the new state-of-the art manufacturing facility completed in Marshall, Texas, Rio Ammunition has the capacity to produce more than a million shotgun shells per day, therefore sales and service demanded the expansion of the sales and product management team.

Darrell Morrow was recruited to lead the new team as Director of Sales. Darrell brings over 15 years industry experience to the team, and as an avid hunter and shooter, is looking forward to being in the ammo side of the business. Darrell most recently served as the VP of Sales at Vertx successfully growing the tactical apparel and gear line over the past 6 years while building strong relationships in the retail area. Darrell is a graduate of LSU with a degree in Business Administration.

Another industry expert is Tes Salb who will be one of two new Key Account Executives. With 16 years of experience in the industry, Tes has an expansive marketing and communications background having worked for companies like Benelli, Armalite, FN America and the NRA. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame in Marketing.

Finally, Bill Vitiello joined the team as the other new Key Account Executive. Bill is an Army veteran coming from Knights Armament with both LE/Military and Commercial sales experience.

Earlier this year Rio added Annie Foster (now Wilcox) to the sales team. She brings with her 10 years of in-depth experience in marketing, sales and manufacturing from her time at Colt Competition Rifles, XS Sights and Warne Scope Mounts.

To focus on products specific to the US market, Bryan Bornes has taken over in the newly created position of Product Marketing Manager. Bryan has been at Rio for 2 ½ years, having previously been one of the key people in the growth of Able Ammo and is considered a pioneer in online firearms and ammunition sales. Bryan has been deeply involved in the Skeet and Sporting Clays market and provides great insight to future product lines and improvements.

General Manager, Ken Pfau commented, “I’m very excited about the quality of talent coming on board at Rio. We’ve always had a great product at a good value, now we will be able to focus on our levels of service and bring additional new products for the competitive shooter and hunter. Rio is already one of the top brands in the world and we look forward to being one of the key shotgun shell brands in the US.“

Rio Ammunition, founded in 2002 and headquartered in Marshall (Texas), is MAXAM’s sports shooting and hunting cartridge subsidiary in the United States. Rio Ammunition’s success is based on proprietary technological developments – as a result of ongoing investment in R&D – and a totally integrated production chain ranging from the manufacturing of the main raw materials to the production of all the cartridge components (cases, primers, powder, wads and lead shot).

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MMI Certified as Women Business Enterprise and Women Owned Small Business

August 18th, 2017

MMI Textiles, Inc. Certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council

WESTLAKE, OH – MMI Textiles, Inc, a leading supplier in the textile industry, is proud to announce national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise and Women Owned Small Business by the Ohio River Valley Women’s Business Council Certification Committee, a regional certifying partner of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and Women Owned Small Business (WOSB).

“These certifications mean a lot to me and my organization for many reasons, but chief among them is that we do a lot of business with large, private organizations and with the government who have initiatives to do business with woman-owned enterprises. Women have come a long way in our society at pushing equality with the male gender, and these certifications help our communities see that women can be an important part of the fabric of that community with job creation and active involvement”, said founder and president of MMI Textiles Inc., Amy Bircher.

WBENC’s national standard of certification implemented by the Ohio River Valley Women’s Business Council Certification Committee is a meticulous process including an in-depth review of the business and site inspection. The certification process is designed to confirm the business is at least 51% owned, operated and controlled by a woman or women.

By including women-owned businesses among their suppliers, corporations and government agencies demonstrate their commitment to fostering diversity and the continued development of their supplier diversity programs.

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