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
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
In the 2013 December issue of Guns and Ammo, Mr. Dick Metcalf managed to kick over a hornets nest when he gave us a glimpse of his true colors.
“Many argue that any regulation at all is, by definition, an infringement. If that were true, then the authors of the Second Amendment themselves, should not have specified “well-regulated.”
I wondered whether those same people believed that just anybody should be able to buy a vehicle and take it out on public roadways without any kind of driver’s training, test or license.
I understand that driving a car is not a right protected by the Constitution, but to me the basic principle is the same. I firmly believe that all U.S. citizens have the right to bear arms, but to me the basic principal is the same“. — Dick Metcalf, Guns & Ammo
I’m not sure when that it happened. When I was in my 20′s, I thought people in their 30′s were “Middle Aged”. When I was in my 30′s, I thought people in their 40′s were “Middle Aged”. Now that I am in my mid-40′s, I’m not sure who to blame now. Continue reading
Many years ago, Ernest Langdon wrote an article entitled “Fear Not, The Double Action Shot”. If memory serves me correctly, it was written shortly after he waxed all comers at the 2003 IDPA Nationals in the CDP category with a SIG P220. It was reading that article that started me down the road to where I am today. Continue reading
I had the distinct pleasure of traveling to the Way Of The Gun training facility recently to train with Frank Proctor. Frank operates his facility out of Eastaboga, Alabama, which is near Talladega, Alabama for those of you that follow racing. Frank’s facility is still pretty spartan, as it appears that construction and additions are a daily event. But, the layout is pretty ingenious as he offers a training area and a public range area to the local community. Frank is going to have a world class training facility. Continue reading
A little painting going on in the Jones household this week. The top rifle is new and was in need of a coat of paint. The bottom rifle was painted seven or eight years ago and I grew tired of the pattern. The old pattern had a Field Drab base with Marine Corps Green and Black.
Both rifles were properly degreased and base coated with Aervoe 977- Sand. The bottom rifle was then painted with Aervoe 992- Marine Corps Green to see if I liked the color. It was a bit dark for what I wanted, so I painted the top rifle with Aervoe 979- Forest Green. Both rifles were then finished with Aervoe 999 Earth Brown. The optic on the top rifle is a temporary Aimpoint on it. When the new Aimpoint comes in, I’ll get it painted as well.
I made a Brownell’s order last week. I ordered some Aervoe camouflage paint, and three Viking Tactics padded slings. Well, the tricky marketing department at Brownell’s baited me with “those who purchased this also like this” type deal. It was for the book “Green Eyes and Black Rifles- Warriors Guide to the Combat Carbine” by SGM Kyle Lamb, US Army (Ret.). Having both poor self control for shiny things, and an American Express with virtually no limit, it was the perfect storm for an impulse buy. So I clicked “Add to cart” and my order was on the way. I forgot about ordering the book until I got back into town last night. Continue reading
When people see the topic of evolution, it usually brings forth some heated arguments. This article is about how we fail to evolve as firearms and tactics instructors. This failure of evolution has brought forth a lot of heated arguments as well.
I don’t see this failure as much in the larger, more mainstream firearms and tactics schools as I do in the smaller ones. Certainly it exists in larger schools. I see it more often in training at the local level, and mainly in institutional organizations and police training. These schools often have instructors that have been around a while, and generally they haven’t been to a school to upgrade their skills and knowledge since Carter was in office. And the curriculum shows it. Continue reading
My last piece I wrote was about service pistols going back 20 years, the Smith and Wesson 10mm series of pistols. The 10mm was created as an ideal police cartridge to bridge the gap between the 9mm and the .45 ACP. This time we’re going back another 20 years (closer to 30, actually) to a rarely remembered Smith and Wesson M&P.
Today, when we mention the Military and Police in many circles, it conjures the image of a sleek auto pistol chambered in 9mm, 357 SIG, .40 and .45. But the term Military and Police goes back to around the year 1900 when Smith and Wesson set the world on it’s ear with a hand ejector revolver that would be marketed to law enforcement. And it would go on in one shape or fashion to rule what was in police holsters for the better part of that Century. The .38 Military and Police had many variants from from about the year 1899 and later became a modeled number of the Model 10. Modeled numbers were introduced in the late 1950′s. There were different versions of the Military and Police. One was chambered in .357 Magnum as the Model 13. Continue reading
When you look around today in police holsters, we see a lot of plastic. Polymer pistols are the new norm. They offer a lot. Durability, weight reduction, increased mag capacities in some cases. This always has not been the case. The metal pistol ruled the scene for a while, before Gaston set the world afire. Continue reading
At SHOT Show, we caught a glimpse of the new line of Safariland ALS holsters. When we stopped by to speak to Bill Rogers, he showed us the new effort. Basically, it uses modern manufacturing techniques to fix some of the complaints that the ALS system has had from the end user. The current line of 6xxx holsters, when used in a concealment role, have met the complaints that they are too bulky for detective assignments. The new 7xxx holsters fix that without compromising the durability and dependability of the ALS system. The 7xxx line is going to be available in all the model lines apparently All you have to do is just substitute a 7 in front of your favorite 6 model holster for selection of the holster that is right for you. (IE- our current issued duty holster is a 6360 ALS with the hood, and the new slimmer, lighter version will be a 7360). When we spoke to Bill Rogers in January, he stated that the price point was going to be lower than the current line of ALS. How much? That is the million dollar question at this point.
The Glock 34/35 series of pistols are ideal for just about any role an end user may require. They work well out of the box, with only a few minor changes needed to make them a little better. Shown is one of my G34′s with one of the early Apex FRE prototypes, and a most excellent set of 10-8 tritium sights. A man (or lady) can about rule the world with that setup. It is no wonder why this series of pistols have became favorites of police officers and competitors alike.
The 2013 NRA Show in Houston debuted the new prototype 10-8 Performance/Apex Tactical polymer base pad for the M&P series of pistols. The production run should be out by fourth quarter 2013.
An old qualification target with a vintage FBI sniper school data book. Documentation on the target states that the run was made in 4:11 total.
Years ago, I had the pleasure and honor of attending the Kentucky State Police Advanced Sniper School a couple of times. I went back several more times with the honor of helping put it on.
This article is not about the grueling 16+ hour days, the realistic scenarios or the demanding mental and physical conditioning needed to pass. This article is about the single thing that sent many a perspective sniper, or in some cases experienced sniper packing without a certificate at the end of the week.
This article is about the modified qualification course.