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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Part of the charm of the .380 is that the ammo is somewhat harder to source than 9mm, available in fewer varieties, and costs more per round. Thus our next range session with the Glock 42 leaves us firing aluminum case Blazer 95 grain ball, which was all that I could find on short notice. Continue reading
110gr and 208gr .300 Blackout loads with 5.56 M855 Green Tip in foreground.
When it comes to tacticool ninja stuff, the .300 Blackout cartridge is one spoken of in hushed tones. Even if we ignore its fabled use by Fox Force 5 and other velcro clad, tobacco chewing, bearded warriors, its conceptual benefits as an urban CQB cartridge are quite clear. The problem is, once we get away from the mystique, is adoption of the .300 Blackout a smart move for agencies and teams? Continue reading