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Fall 2013 • Special Edition
Today, the first day of the NASGW (National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers) Convention and Expo at Grapevine Texas, we roll out our SPECIAL EDITION: CONCEALED CARRY. You're getting this in addition to your regular Tuesday wires: Outdoor Wire and Tactical Wire.

This single-topic issue covers lawful concealed carry for self defense. Our focus is preparation. We start out with semi-pro competition shooter/former law enforcement officer/police trainer and now trainer of citizens, Mike Seeklander. He tells you what you need to know to prepare to do his drills to practice for responsible employment of deadly force when required. The accompanying videos and his book will help you to practice.

We invite you to read Outdoor Channel's Michael Bane discussing lessons learned in the scenario-based television program THE BEST DEFENSE. A link to the latest scenario - as well as the list of the last season's programs - help make his point.

Former Lead Instructor of the Rogers Shooting School and Army Officer Claude Werner applies the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program to post-CCW-license training and explains the benefits of engaging in that program.

Tiger McKee reveals an after-action report from a student - a close call - and the lessons learned there-from. On the equipment front, I explain the Ruger .380 autopistols and we examine the role of each. Finally, our New Products section includes carry gear that has come in since our last get-together on the occasion of the NRA Annual Meeting.

Our own Paul Erhardt, Editor here at the Outdoor Wire Digital Network, previews the Smith & Wesson and International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) competition covering the smaller guns in the marketplace -- . the 2013 Smith & Wesson Back Up Gun Nationals. It'll be a test of hardware and skill.

Simply read the opening to each article and click on the picture to go to the complete article.

We'll have other SPECIAL EDITIONS coming your way in 2014. It's another way we seek to keep you posted.

Rich Grassi
By Mike Seeklander

When doing shooting demonstrations or after my training classes I am often asked for training drills to enhance skill with a handgun. While the full training program in my book Your Defensive Handgun Training Program contains dozens of good drills in the three-phase program, I always default to three concrete drills that are beneficial for both the beginner. They are key drills I still use almost every training session. It seems to me that shooters are almost always looking for something "advanced," complex or new. Instead they should strive to simplify and focus on concrete training drills that offer the most bang for the buck.
By Michael Bane

We're just finishing Season 6 of THE BEST DEFENSE (TBD) on Outdoor Channel, and I wanted to share some of the concealed carry insights that have come out of this landmark series. If you're not familiar with the show, I and co-hosts Mike Janich, Mike Seeklander (yep, 3 "Mikes"...appropriate in competition lingo!) and Marty Hayes from the Firearms Academy of Seattle create a personal defense scenario, then, over the course of the show, dissect it into "worst-better-best" cases. Most of the scenarios a drawn from actual crimes and drafted after consultation with other trainers, law enforcement, etc.
By Claude Werner

Any reputable firearms trainer will tell students that practice after a training class is necessary to maintain the skills they acquired and to build further competency. In those states that do not have proficiency requirements for concealed carry licensing, those obtaining a Weapons Carry License may wonder how to evaluate and improve their skill level. The National Rifle Association provides several possible models as answers to those issues.
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By Tiger McKee

I recently received this email from one of our students: "Last evening, she (writer's wife) was walking the dogs about 1/4 mile from the house (still on our land) and some guy climbed out of the woods, jumped 2 fences and started approaching her from behind. The dogs went crazy, she turned, and he started moving toward her more quickly despite two growling dogs. She offered some very specific verbal commands, he just started saying that he just wanted to "talk to her". She then presented to him her S&W M&P, and offered more commands - this time with a gruff, Northern Alabama accent."
By Rich Grassi

Ruger has two .380 pistols - one is very small and the other is small - the size of the LC9, roughly similar to the old Colt 1903 Pocket Model (which was made in .32 ACP). A .380 version was the model of 1908. The Colt was only slightly slimmer, the height and barrel length of the Ruger is shorter. The Colt tipped the scales at 24 ounces, heavier than the 17 ounces of the empty Ruger.

Why two .380s - and why put one of them in the envelope originally designed for the LC9? Because they fit the perceived needs of end-users - something Ruger has been very attentive to.
By Paul Erhardt

In just two weeks Smith & Wesson and the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) will be putting the competition spotlight squarely on the most popular category of handguns in today's firearms market - the back up gun.

November 14-16 the Springfield, Mass. gun maker will host on its indoor range a defensive shooting competition designed specifically for the pistols and revolvers that make up the bulk of concealable handguns used by today's CCW holders.
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