About a year ago I received a Cobra Belt from Mike Benedict at Talon Tactical, who recommended his belt for everyday use. For my initial impressions, check out my original review of the Cobra Belt. I’ve worn this belt every day for approximately a year and compared to most nylon belts I have worn, the webbing has held up remarkably well. It is still stiff enough to support a pistol and spare mag pouches. The black coating on the buckle has held up pretty well. The black buckle with black webbing goes with most casual wear.
If you’re looking for a nice gift to give this Christmas, check out the Cobra Belt from Talon Tactical.
Tim recently shared this photo of his duty gun, an extremely worn and reworked specimen of the Nighthawk 10-8 model with the now defunct Dawson Rail. His light setup is the old Surefire Military Light with the optional high intensity 120 lumen lamp installed.
After the tinge of nostalgia passed, I ran to the safe to weigh a similarly equipped pistol. The above pictured setup weighs 51 oz unloaded, no magazine. Ouch. That is a lot of metal to hump all day for 9 rounds and 120 lumens for 30 minutes run time. The light alone weighs 8.4 ounces. If this setup were updated to an X300, it would only pare it down to 4.1 ounces, for a roughly 47 ounce setup. My back hurts just thinking about it.
Ever the one to torture myself at the range, I had been bouncing around ideas for courses of fire which would help me test out new pistols to get an idea of a baseline performance standard with them. I ended up tacking together some of my favorite drills into a longer set, which I’ll now call the 10-8 Pistol Standards #2. If you are wondering what happened to #1, it is the old 10-8 Pistol Test, aka the 5 Second Standards. That course was very manipulation intensive, and this time around I wanted just a straight up shooting test. Continue reading
Ok, I didn’t really learn how to love cleaning AR barrels, but I have learned a few tricks to make it less painful. The two biggest helpers are the above pictured C.J. Weapon Accessories chamber swabs and the .22 bore snake from Hoppes. With the help of these two items, much time is saved during cleaning, and I am able to complete routine maintenance in about 10-15 minutes. Continue reading
The M&P CORE (Competition Optic Ready Equipment) seems to be trickling out into more holsters, and we have been seeing more questions about it. I have one of the very early CORE Pro 5″ 9mm guns, and wanted to share some candid thoughts on the system. I have some older articles with a first look at the gun, the mounting system, and a quick range report, and it may help to check those out if you are unfamiliar with this gun. Apologies for whatever mysterious code gremlins that squished the pics in the first article. Continue reading
I would like to extend Thanksgiving wishes to all our loyal readers from the whole crew here at MSW. We are so thankful that you each have chosen to stop by and read our site and share in the exchange of information here. We will be taking some time off to spend with family and friends to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, and hope that you are able to do the same.
Every year I give thanks for our freedom and our safety, and those who help to preserve it. Take a moment to think of those deployed in foreign lands, away from family and home, fighting to protect America’s interests abroad. Think about those on shift during the holiday, perhaps reduced to enjoying the day with only a turkey sandwich between calls in the patrol car.
I am thankful to live in this great country, and proud to serve and protect its people. I am very fortunate to serve in the company of brave men, and look to honor their trust by striving for excellence every day.
I will close out today’s entry with a quote stolen….borrowed from the Trident Concepts blog, run by our friend Jeff Gonzalez. If you have not checked out his blog, you should go read his excellent and insightful articles.
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” – Ronald Reagan
Happy Thanksgiving! We’ll be back on Monday!
10-8 rear sights on Glock, 1911, M&P. Photo by Triple Bravo.
In yesterday’s post, I discussed the attributes of different front sight types. Today we will take a look at the different considerations for rear sights and how to put it all together. Continue reading
Shield with brass bead front sight, M&P with fiber optic.
Photo by Triple Bravo.
As a manufacturer of sighting systems, we get a lot of emails about choosing sights. In this installment, I will address choosing front sights, and we’ll talk about rear sights in the next one.
The first part of the process is to determine your needs in terms of your use and vision requirements. Are you using the pistol for competition, recreation, CCW, LE duty use? Each usage profile has a different set of needs which should be examined. Continue reading
MSW readers may recall the trigger work that I’d done on my Gen4 Glock 19 a few weeks back. While in dry fire testing I wasn’t super excited about the improvements to the stock trigger, the results on the range told a different story. Bringing the pull weight down to 5 lbs 12 oz from the original 7 lbs made this little gun an absolute laser. Continue reading
Springfield 1911/Colt M45 Dual Recoil Spring Assembly
A short time ago Hilton contacted me about evaluating the Colt M45 1911 Dual Recoil Spring Assembly. As you may know from earlier articles, Colt developed the Dual Recoil Spring assembly for use in the M45 at the request of the Marine Corps. The system is designed to prolong spring life between changes and increase the round count between them.
Recently, I got a call from an officer from a neighboring PD asking if I could take a look at his 1911. You know, because it wasn’t working. I asked him a few questions, and it turns out this particular example was a Colt Rail Gun, but really it could be any permutation of a 1911 Government Model that populate the local gun shops. He said the pistol was giving him fits, he had lost confidence in it, and asked if I could take a look at it.
Of all the 1911 pistols out on the market, Colt probably does the best job putting out guns that generally work out of the box, as seen in my article: Colt Reliability Out of the Box. But they aren’t perfect. So I asked this officer (over the phone), what is it doing? He said it was having feeding issues and also “jamming a lot.” I told him that doesn’t really tell me anything. His response, “Well, I’m not a gun guy.” Continue reading
We were on the range the other day doing some T&E work, and my partner was shooting his HK 416 from prone from 50 yards. I decided to be a smarty, and stepped up on the line beside him, and shot his target with my M&P .40. I was trying to hit where he was attempting to shoot a group at in an attempt to mess with him. Continue reading
After over a year of development and relentless testing of countless prototypes, I am pleased to announce the 10-8 magazine well for the M&P 9/40 full sized frame pistols. Continue reading
It comes up all the time on interweb discussions about so and so’s tricked out gun puking at the training class, and therefore match barrels have no place on a service weapon. Too many times, the judgement is arrived upon too hastily, and there are other factors afoot. Continue reading
The word “hero” is often overused, or misused in the American culture. It seems that the lame stream media tosses around the word “hero” anytime someone tosses a ball, scores a goal, or dominates social media.
The man in the above photo is a true American hero. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this man, more can be learned here http://www.navy.mil/moh/mpmurphy/. Continue reading