Jerry Jones has been a Sheriff's Deputy in Kentucky since 1996. Jerry is currently assigned as a patrol deputy, firearms instructor and senior operator/training supervisor with a multi jurisdictional tactical team.
Jerry is Kentucky POST certified to teach firearms, SWAT, and sniper operations and deployment at the Academy level.
Jerry is also the President/CEO of Operation Specific Training and the Law Enforcement Representative for Apex Tactical Specialties.
In late 2004, FN Herstal won the contract from the United States Special Operations Command for a new, modular, and adaptable rifle system. The FNH entry was called the Special Operations Forces Combat Assault Rifle (SCAR). The new rifle system offering was rumored to be slated for several different calibers, including 6.8 SPC. To date, the FNH SCAR is only available in factory form in 5.56x45mm and 7.62x51mm. The FNH SCAR saw service with the United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM) in the two variants, the SCAR MK16 (5.56), commonly referred to as the SCAR-L for Light, and the MK17 (7.62), commonly referred to as the SCAR-H for Heavy. In 2010, SOCOM announced that it was cancelling the MK16 program. The initial claim was that the MK16 did not do anything better than the current M4 offerings. To my knowledge, a couple of units still field the 5.56 SCAR-L in the 10.5 inch CQC variant. The SCAR family of rifles operate off of a short stroke piston system. The SCAR family of rifles are also completely ambidextrous, a bonus for left handed shooters who often are at the whim of right hand designs. Continue reading →
Glocks tend to run great out of the box. They are reliable, and accurate. I have a friend who shoots a lot of 3 gun and IDPA with a completely stock Glock 17 with the plastic sights, and does it well. Some folks like to simply change out of the plastic “filler” sights that come stock, for aftermarket sights such as 10-8′s.
I like my Glocks a bit more modified. Above is a brand new Gen4 G19 that is a recent acquisition. The gun shot great out of the box, but there are changes that I like to make for my own benefit. Continue reading →
A couple of years ago, I really wanted to get my holster away from my body a bit more, particularly when wearing a heavy winter coat. I found that a lot of times, my front sight would snag on the coat pocket on the way up.
So, I did my research and chose to go with the Safariland Quick Locking System versus a simple stand off. At the time, I didn’t realize how beneficial that would be.
I do not have a take home car due to not living in the county that I work, so I have a 10 minute commute to work each day. When I purchased my new Toyota 4Runner, I noticed that the holster was wearing on the leather. So, I started taking the holster and pistol off when in my own vehicle. Thus it has saved on the wear and tear on the leather. Extra added bonus, to say the least.
Some of my coworkers have been hesitant about the connection systems, but I have had zero problems from it. One of the neat features is that you can have multiple attach points and use the same holster in many functions, IE a belt attachment, a drop leg attachment, etc.
I have found this piece of gear to be very durable. The locking mechanism is as strong two years later, as it was the first day I attached it to this holster. I’ve encountered zero problems with it, and have nothing but praise for the system in the context I use it.
At the NRA Show, Pat Hogue, of Hogue Inc., dropped by the Apex Tactical/OpSpec Training Booth to chat. Pat noticed Scott Folk’s Smith and Wesson 342 sitting in the cabinet sporting the Hogue pink rubber grips. Pat went over to his booth and returned with his new Hogue S&W Centennial and Polymer Bodyguard Rubber TAMER™ Grips. Pat installed the grips and showed the latest features. It was pretty ingenious.
Finding and deciding on the grips for a Smith and Wesson J Frame isn’t always easy. Hogue has always been a good choice, and at times has been OEM for Smith and Wesson. The new TAMER grips improved on Hogue’s long winning design in a few areas. The first, and most noticeable was the molded plastic “butt cap” that was added to bottom portion of the grips. The first thing that this allows for is a smooth, snag free draw that is not being hampered by the rubber grabbing on a cover garment.
The next thing was the ability to take a round from the gun when you unload (an inert round in this case as we were inside the show), and remove the grips without other tools. Pretty slick.
The rest of the attributes the new grips bring to the table carry over from the classic Hogue design. While a little large for ankle concealment, this style Hogue makes shooting hotter +P loadings a lot more fun. Some of the small bikini grips are just no fun after the first 15 rounds or so.
Lastly, when buying from Hogue, you’re buying from a family company that stands behind their product. There is peace of mind in that alone.
There was a time in law enforcement that the SIG Sauer P228 was the quintessential Fed gun. It was issued or authorized by many Federal agencies such as the FBI, and USSS. The P228 was a great handgun to carry for plain clothes assignment, as it has great balance, and could be shot very well. In modern days of plastic handgun, the P228 still has class. It truly is the benchmark of the classic SIG line.
One of the concepts I embraced many years ago was the idea that shooters aim into a larger area on any given target than what they need. Although, the phrase “Aim Small, Miss Small” is a bit cliche, it applies to high speed marksmanship. A shooter who accepts what many are taught in the academy of “Center the sights in the middle of Center Mass and you’ll do OK” are setting themselves up for nothing short of disaster when stress enters into the equation. When you accept a broad target area, it tends to also give the shooter a corona of inaccuracy that is emotionally comforting to them as Linus was about his blanket. Continue reading →
Force on Force is some of the most important training out there in my opinion. For those who carry a gun for defense or for work, it is the closest thing to the real thing going if done correctly. It also vets what we think will work in square range drills, against what happens against the living and breathing who shoot back. Continue reading →
Now comes the “in the white” prototype of the new Apex Tactical Specialties line of bolt handles for the SCAR 16s/17s line of rifles.
The design was a request by some .mil customers who wanted a bolt handle that would clear all the optics they were issued. Based upon their needs, we developed a couple of versions designed specifically around the EoTech and Elcan. The above picture was decided as the best compromise for clearing the optics with gloves on, all the while giving positive control of the bolt handle. Some OpSpec students have been running these bolt handles for the last year in classes and we have over 15,000 rounds to test for wear and issues.
The yet to be named project should be to market around the NRA show, or slightly before.
When the mercury drops into the single digits and stays there, things you don’t normally see freeze will freeze. Fortunately for most of the United States, this is a rare occurrence, though this season seems to be the exception. For extreme cold conditions, we have to take special precautions to ensure that our equipment functions. Our friends in the Northern US, or elevation in the mountain regions simply call this “Tuesday-another day at the office”. Continue reading →
As this week’s weather pattern drops most of us into the single digits or below for daytime temps, it is easy to bypass training outdoors.
A good quality airsoft gun has a lot to offer as it comes to individual training. A couple of years ago, I bought a bunch of airsoft stuff for a project known as “MST” that Randy Lee and I have been working on for about 5 years. It has mainly found a home on a shelf in my closet until recently. I’ve started using it to grab 10-15 minutes here and there of basic dry fire style practice. I can do it in my garage. About all it requires is safety glasses and a cardboard box backstop. Continue reading →
For many years, the internal extractors in later model SIG P-Series pistols have been somewhat problematic. The problems have been largely hit and miss, but were evident in some of the X5 pistols, as well as the P220 and others fielding the internal design. SIG eventually switched out to the short external extractor, and currently to a long external extractor.
My mentor, Bruce Gray at GrayGuns, INC has been working on the problem for several years and has finally come up with a “fix” for the reliability issues with the internal extractor guns. As can be observed in the video, the new extractor cleans up ejection and extraction, making it consistent and reliable. The process involves fitting the new extractor to the individual pistol and tuning it for reliability. The turn around time is about 10 days, and the cost for the modification is $200.
I am a self professed, self styled Glock hater. They are ugly. They have no soul.
About seven years ago, I had a very good opportunity at work. The down side was that it required me to give up the SIG P226 I was carrying, and forced me to a Glock.
I bought my first Glock 22 in around 1994, predating my entrance into law enforcement just a bit. All the other cool guys were carrying them, and it was the “wave” of the future. I shot it for a while, had some marksmanship problems with them, and quietly sold the G22 and went back to a P226. Now, in fairness, that was probably about the start of my wanderlust of pistols. I traded pistols at work every couple of years looking for the “One” that would make the bronze God of all things tactical. I drifted between calibers, and manufacturers every so often. As this offer came up at work, I made the switch to the G22, and eventually the G35. Continue reading →
You all know “that guy”. He is the Tactical Placekicker. He is the guy that expounds all kinds of tactical advice based upon the “average”. His entire being exists at “bad breath” distance with a bad guy inches away. He tells of the “average” gunfight being 1-3 rounds, 1-3 feet, and over in 1-3 seconds. He waxes poetic on all types of scenarios, and all of which fits neatly in the overhead bin of the J frame in his pocket. He often quotes “competition” can get you killed. He also knocks any training as “unnecessary” that is beyond bad breath distance, involves malfunction clearing, or multiple targets. He believes trigger control is overrated, and not really needed for the scenarios involving “Give me your wallet”!
He lurks out there. He can’t run. He can’t catch. He can’t block. He is the Tactical Placekicker.
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 →