About Hilton Yam

Hilton Yam is the founder of 10-8 Performance, LLC. He is a full time law enforcement officer in Florida with extensive experience working robbery and violent fugitives. He is currently assigned to firearms training and SWAT. He is a team leader as well as the lead instructor for his team, responsible for providing training in firearms, CQB, rappelling, defensive tactics, and team tactics. Hilton is also responsible for RDT&E of equipment. He has carried a 1911 extensively on duty, and has spent a great deal of time examining what makes the guns succeed and fail.

AAR: Mike Pannone Patrol Vehicle/Rapid Trauma Management

If you work around vehicles and carry a gun for a living, you should have a plan for how to function around your vehicle with that gun. If you carry a gun for a living, holes may possibly appear where you don’t want them, and you should have a plan for how to address those. Mike Pannone (CTT Solutions) offers a single class – Patrol Vehicle/Rapid Trauma Management –  which addresses these contingencies, and you should plan to get to it if you fit the above description. Continue reading

Chasing Our Tails?: Polymer Service Pistol Mods

 

Two bone stock pistols which will get the job done, even if they are not extra cool or super fun.

In Tim’s recent article on modifying modern polymer service pistols, many questions came up which I want to now address a little more in my usual nuts and bolts technical manner. I have spent more than my share of time building custom 1911s and working on/with/around polymer service pistols, and have put quite a bit of thought into the whole topic of modified pistols.

The bottom line for pistol modifications is making the gun work better for you. In the custom 1911 world that meant reliability, sights, and trigger, in that order. Everything after that is just fluff and fun. To keep the scope of this article a bit tighter, we’ll focus on the two most popular polymer service pistols, the Glock and M&P. Continue reading

Army Resumes Search for New Service Pistol

Photo: FoxNews.com

A recent article on FoxNews.com indicated that the Army is looking for a new “more powerful” service pistol to replace the aging fleet of M9′s and M11′s in DoD inventory. It is of interest that the effort is potentially aimed at a larger caliber while domestic LE is starting a move away from .40 toward the 9mm. What do you think of this project?

Happy 4th of July!

For everyone here at MSW, we’d like to wish you and yours a happy and safe Fourth of July! Take the day to celebrate this great nation of ours, and remember those who are still overseas and are unable to be home to enjoy the day with family and friends.

Stuff Breaks

 

First generation S&W M&P .40 with approx. 7000 rounds through it. Who packs a spare locking block?

As I start gearing up for a class with Mike Pannone next week, preparation of gear is at the top of the list.  I am often asked what spare parts I take for my guns when I attend a class.  My answer is always to bring a spare gun.  No matter how well you stock your spare parts bin, you will inevitably break something you did not pack.   Continue reading

Tactical Pocket Litter

There are a lot of items that a responsible and self sufficient has to carry, and it can be a real drag to try to keep up with all the items.  We should have a handgun, spare magazine, white light source, knife, phone (sometimes two for you guys with an issued phone and a personal one), ID/badge/credentials, wallet, air freshener, etc.  It gets a little daunting and frankly sometimes getting dressed to leave the house becomes quite the undertaking.   Continue reading

HK VP9

HK set the internet on fire yesterday with the announcement of the pending release of their long awaited striker fired pistol, the VP9.  Derived from the popular P30, the VP9 – presumably harkening back to the naming of the VP70, the “Volkspistole” (“People’s Pistol”) – would seem to be the pistol that many have been hoping HK would finally make. Continue reading

Glock 42: Range Session #3

When I last visited the range with the Glock 42, I got a lot of good one handed shooting work in.  I had waited a bit to get back out with the gun until my new holster arrived – a Ghost pocket holster from Griffon Industries.  With holster in pocket, it was time to finally work some draws with this little gun. Continue reading

Glock Magazines and the GTUL

During the development of the 10-8 Glock magazine base pads (or magazine floor plates for you guys who sleep with their certificates of completion from the 8 hr Glock Armorer School), I had occasion to disassemble and reassemble a lot of Glock magazines.  I had seen the GTUL before, but figured I would give it a try. Continue reading

The Fragile Fiber Optic Front Sight….?

It comes up frequently that fiber optic front sights are inappropriate for practical/street use because they are fragile or that they are a liability because they become useless when the fiber rod falls out.  These arguments have been taken as gospel in many circles, and simply regurgitated as needed.  Having spent just a little bit of time using, designing, and studying sights, I would like to offer some thoughts on this. Continue reading

Transitioning To The Handgun

Author transitions from carbine to handgun during Pat McNamara TAPS class.

I have long searched for thoroughly documented instances in LE shootings where the shooter’s long gun went down and transitioning to the handgun was necessary.  We have always just taken it at face value that we should train it, and we certainly should provide shooters with a plan in the event that their primary weapon system goes down. Continue reading

The .22 Conversion Kit

Tactical Solutions conversion kit on 10-8 “14-A” Glock 19 frame.

Training with a .22 offers many known advantages: cost, reduced recoil and noise, and reduced physical wear on the shooter being at the top of the list. Even with the current state of the ammunition market, .22 rimfire ammunition is still decidedly less expensive to shoot than centerfire ammunition. If training younger shooters, older shooters, or anyone else with physical ailments that makes shooting centerfire problematic, the .22 can be a great solution. Thanks to some fairly horrific tendonitis issues that I have been battling, I have spent some bit of time with a Tactical Solutions .22 conversion kit on one of my Glock 19 frames.   Continue reading