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.

Recovering From SHOT Show

SHOT was a good time, but I am very glad to be home. This year’s show reminded me as always that it is not the gadgets and guns that are important, but the relationships that we forge. For those inside the industry, the week of SHOT is less about looking at the latest doodads, but more about visiting with old friends and making new ones. The widgets will come and go, but friendships last beyond what booth someone is working this year. Continue reading

SHOT Show Updates, Day 1

New M&P SIRT has been completely redesigned from the ground up.

Day1 of SHOT is behind us, and we are wearily readying ourselves for some Day2 action! SHOT is a massive event, and it is impossible to see everything even in all four days of the show. Here are some of the items we saw yesterday which we are most excited about. Continue reading

SHOT and 10-8 for 2015

New for 2015, the 10-8 Glock base pad in FDE.

As you read this, I am probably in transit to SHOT Show in Las Vegas, our industry’s annual gathering to unleash the latest new products. I have only missed one show in 15 years (2014), and am looking forward to meeting up with old friends, making new ones, and checking out what our industry has to offer this year.  Continue reading

It Needs A Holster

Safariland 6004 with M&P and RMR. Don’t get excited, this is an old photo, not a new project.

As new pistols, lights, and especially new pistol mounted mini red dot optics come into the market, there follows much discussion about their integration into practical use as a CCW or LE service weapon. If we put aside the obvious need for the weapon, light, or optic to be vetted out for function, durability, and reliability, the next critical step is for the pistol to have a proper holster. Continue reading

Mindset & The Determined Adversary: An LE Training Perspective

As a career LEO and trainer, current events caused me to ponder how we should approach training for our profession. If you are in LE and reading MSW, chances are that you have already pondered what we will be discussing here, but despite our best efforts and hopeful wishes, not everyone in our profession has likely come to grips with all of the reality of dealing with the threats we now face.  Continue reading

Training In 2015: Some Recommended Instructors

Kyle Lamb of Viking Tactics shoots a demo during his Street Fighter class.

As 2015 starts to get into full swing, some folks are probably putting some thought into their training plan for the year. In my previous post, I gave some suggestions for how to up your game with training in general. Today, let’s take a look at a list of some instructors with whom I have trained recently, and why I think you should go check them out. Continue reading

Happy New Year and New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year everyone! With 2014 behind us and the calendar back to one page, thoughts always drift to plans for the new year. The problem with the classic New Year’s resolution is that they tend not to be very long-lasting – think of all those wasted gym memberships, unread diet books, and unused exercise equipment. To maximize success, consider thinking in small realistic increments for your best results. Let’s take a look at a few resolution ideas that might fit for MSW readers. Continue reading

Happy Holidays from MSW!

On behalf of the whole crew here at MSW, I would like to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We hope that your holiday season is filled with joy and the company of loved ones. Please take a moment to think of those overseas on deployment who can’t be home to celebrate with their families, and those who are on shift over the holidays keeping our streets safe. Thank you so much for your support and participation, we are truly grateful for your readership. The blog will be taking a little bit of a break until after the new year so that all of our writers can have some well earned vacation. Check back in with us soon for more good stuff, and you can also look forward to SHOT 2015 coverage from us at the end of January!

Be safe and have a happy holiday season!

Throwback Thursday Boots: Adidas GSG-9

Back in the 90′s, THE cool guy boot to have was the Adidas GSG-9. Lightweight with a soft lug sole and supple leather upper, it simply made you more tactical just wearing it. Adding to the mystique of the boot was that it was not readily available through commercial channels until the late 90′s, was extremely expensive due to being imported from Europe, and was the only sneaker style assault boot on the market at the time. Continue reading

EDC: How much is too much?

As self reliant, safety minded citizens, MSW readers most likely make a habit of carrying more essential items on a daily basis than the average person on the street. However, it seems like the trend of Everyday Carry (EDC) items seems to grow regularly, and I got to wondering when it was too much. Continue reading

The Long Slide Glock in Service Use

This past week a good buddy and I discussed the merits of choosing a Glock 17 or 34 for LE special team use. The long slide Glock 34 (9mm) and 35 (.40), initially introduced as competition pistols, have gotten some traction as service pistols. The M&P 9L (now discontinued), M&P Pro, and Glock 41 (.45) are other long slide versions of existing service sized pistols which come to mind. Continue reading

Shooting On The Move, a Trainer’s Perspective

I was once asked by a student, “Why don’t we train to shoot on the move?” I replied, “We need people to be able to shoot while stationary before we can expect to combine moving and shooting.” That is an oversimplified overview, but hits the crux of the matter. Our previous article hit the basics of the ideas surrounding shooting and moving, and today I wanted to offer a counterpoint focused primarily on the training considerations. Continue reading

1980′s Throwback for the 1911

In yesterday’s post, I promised to discuss the holster and magazine in the photograph. For starters, the knife was an easy one to ID – a classic Gerber Mark II in factory black finish. That knife is probably one of my favorite all time knives, though a dagger design with a smooth double guard handle is impractical for most applications. Continue reading