I finally managed to squeeze in a serious range session with my new HK VP9. I shot the gun completely stock with the exception of blacking out the two dots on the rear sight with a black marker. Holster rig was a pair of Comptac P30 mag pouches and their P30 paddle holster with the retention backed out a bit. It worked out well enough in a pinch, but a different holster is forthcoming. Continue reading
One of the most common questions that is heard in relation to gun parts, and 1911 parts in particular, is “do I need a gunsmith to fit it?” The short answer – if you need to ask that question, you will have the best results if you have a gunsmith do it. Continue reading
Much like Sisyphus, the poor bastard in Greek mythology who was doomed to forever push a rock uphill and have it roll back down, Tim and I seem to repeat the same conversation every few months. It usually goes like this:
Me: Man, I wish there was a better way to carry while I was in PT gear.
Tim: Yeah, no real convenient way. Also it is hard to PT with the gun on anyway, and you risk having it fall out or hurting you if you roll on it or something.
Me: No, I meant while wearing PT gear, like on the way home after the workout, not during PT.
Tim: Oh. Continue reading
From front to back: Trigger01, Trigger02, Trigger03
A recent discussion on Facebook about the 1911 industry and trigger designs reminded me that it would probably be of interest to our readers to go over the history of the 10-8 1911 triggers.
Before I delve into 10-8 triggers, a quick word on 1911 triggers is in order. Back in the early 1980′s, the dawn of the 1911 aftermarket part industry as we know it, there were just a few options for a custom trigger in your gun, and it usually was a Videki, King’s Gunworks, or a Wilson. Some other ones might have been around, but they slip my mind right now. It wasn’t like it is now, where you have a whole Brownells sub catalog filled with only 1911 parts. Continue reading
It would seem odd that an article in a blog which reviews gear, written by a guy who founded a gun parts business, makes this title statement. However, if you have followed MSW for any amount of time it should be clear that we heavily emphasize training (whether anyone reads those articles or not….). Continue reading
When I first started running the Gen 4 Glocks, I was fairly insistent that due to the shorter fore/aft size of the new frame, I no longer needed to use an extended slide stop with the guns. All of my Gen 3 Glocks sport some type of extended slide stop, but now with the slightly smaller Gen 4 frame I had found that my thumb was better able to reach the standard length slide stop. That all worked great until one day where I trained in the pouring rain…. Continue reading
So I got an HK VP9 recently and got a chance to stare at it a bit, handle it, and get some impressions of it. This new offering, essentially a striker fired P30, has been hotly anticipated as it is the first striker fired gun out of HK since they started the ball rolling in 1970 with the very first polymer striker fired gun, the VP70. Continue reading
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
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
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?
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.
In discussions of the Glock 42, the two most common gripes are that it is either too big to have been a .380 or that one should just carry a pocket 9mm instead. Depending on the mode of carry, going bigger may or may not be a viable or attractive option. Continue reading
Photo courtesy HK-USA.com
Last week we were all excited about the pending release of the HK VP9 striker fired pistol. A few more updates have trickled in via the interwebs, so I figured we could compile them here. Continue reading
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
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