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
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