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.

2015 Top Cop Pistol Championship

This was the second year of the Top Cop Pistol Championship, held at the Broward County Sheriff’s Office Range at Markham Park in Sunrise, Florida. The match drew over 110 competitors and the proceeds from the match benefitted the The Broward Sheriff’s Advisory Council, a charity whose mission is to provide financial assistance to the families of officers killed or disabled in the line of duty. In addition, they also help develop educational programs to assist and support the State of Florida in drug abuse prevention and crime prevention. Continue reading

Service Pistol Maintenance Considerations

In the wake of SHOT Show, I had been pondering some conversations with folks who were interested in changing their agency or team over to the 1911 from a Glock, Sig, etc. Readers here likely understand the true investment required to run a 1911, and I wanted to throw out some fresh thoughts on what it means to keep after a quantity of pistols in LE service.  If you are an agency armorer or a gunsmith contracted to repair a local agency’s weapons, what they issue/authorize could mean different things for your life. Important caveat for internet readers with short attention spans – what follows deals with LE agency use of the 1911 or other pistols, so hold your comments if you are not using one in that context.  Continue reading

SHOT Disappointments

The Glock 40, a confusingly named 10mm.

Every SHOT Show brings great anticipation of new things to come, and inevitably some introductions end up being disappointments in some way. This post will surely bring hurt feelings and gnashing of teeth at keyboards, but these are just my own opinions so you get what you pay for. Continue reading

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