1980′s Television

1980′s television taught us so much.  The Bren Ten was controllable for controlled “triple taps”.  A Ruger Mini-14, when fired with the stock folded, was guaranteed to only hit the dirt beside a moving car, and if it did hit the car, it was only a tire.  The car would then flip over 96 times, and then it would show both of the occupants getting out and merely dusting themselves off.  A Smith and Wesson Model 29 (and oddly enough the SPAS-12, and HK P9) would blow the hood open on a car as it traveled towards you.  That bad guys could be armed with the same weaponry as the good guys, but always lacked in marksmanship skills.  And those that are serious carry a M1911 in their waistband with no holster. Continue reading


Warrior, Artist, Philosopher

  Who wouldn’t want to be remembered with words like these:

Stubborn, single-minded, articulate, knowledgeable, independent, moral, inquisitive, interesting and accomplished .   .  .

That’s what Robbie Barrkman wrote of Louis Awerbuck (his friend of 35 years) on his Robar Guns website, after Awerbuck’s death in June 2014.  (The entirety of the heartfelt tribute is HERE).   Awerbuck’s Yavapai Firearms Academy, with a summary of his resume, is HERE.  A 2008 interview of Awerbuck, where he answers well-posed questions on life, death, and equipment, is HERE.  Another one, rather well-known, “Interview With A Madman,” is HERE.  An interesting commentary on his death, evidencing Awerbuck’s appreciation for warrior history and philosophy, “Requiem For A Soldier,” is HERE.  It is said that he was fearless, but carried a high capacity 1911 as a primary, and a Glock 19 as backup. Continue reading

The SHOT Show Primer

Going to SHOT Show?  What is that?  SHOT stands for Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade show that now has become synonymous   with “that cool, tactical (tacti-cool) show”.  In all seriousness, it’s where all the gun and gear companies come together with buyers (?) to show off their new products for the upcoming year.  It’s Mecca for the shooting industry no matter which side (competition or tactical) you are on. 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


It’s coming up on two years since I uploaded my first MSW post.  The process seemed a bit confusing, but the post went up after some help from Tim.  It’s now a cakewalk.  (The post was about shooting and lead “poisoning” hazards, HERE.  If you haven’t read it, please do. It could use some more FB likes. :) I even obtained permission from a well-known artist/chemist to include one of his nifty cartoons).  There are now almost 700 MSW posts; more than 40 are mine. Continue reading

Happy 4th of July!

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.

Lighten Up!

theChive.com is one of my favorite sites to visit and lower my stress levels. Check it out. It’s a good way to “Lighten Up”.

Here at MSW, we pride ourselves in providing blunt, no-nonsense information regarding training and equipment in the context of law enforcement, military or civilian self-defense. And make no mistake, this is serious business. We understand that giving the wrong advice when it comes to life saving equipment or training could result in loss of life or limb. And, admittedly, I would be lying if I did not say that both Hilton and I have been accused of coming across a bit on the serious side in our online personas. That said, over the years, I have learned that life is too short to be deadly serious all the time, or get wrapped around the axle over minutiae that really doesn’t matter. Continue reading

Don’t Panic! (But Stay Vigilant and Plan Ahead)

It’s hard to believe that it’s been just shy of 10 years since the sunset of the “Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994″ and we are in the Golden Age of the shooting sports. Nevermind that the onerous 10 year ban on arbitrarily specified rifles and magazines did nothing to make Americans more safe, we still find ourselves in a public relations war with those who would reinstate a similar law. Just last year, the industry was scrambling to meet demand as customers were paying $5000 for a Colt 6920 or $1800 for a case of .223 Remingtom ammunition, under fear of looming, sweeping bans on rifles and handguns. Continue reading

Buying a Gun for Your Wife?

Last night, one of my coworkers was looking at a back issue of GunUp Magazine and reading a roundup article including the new micro compact Glock 42. He told me he was considering something like that or a Smith and Wesson Bodyguard for his wife. He then asked me what I might recommend. The intended use was home defense (she wasn’t going to carry it concealed) with the caveat that she has no training or interest in obtaining any training. Sound familiar?

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Alexander’s Bridge – From Panteao

Our friends at Panteao Productions have started an independent film project, and are launching a crowd funding campaign to seek funding to complete the film.  Tim and I have known Fernando from Panteao for a long time now, and he is always the man with great vision.  If you have enjoyed the instructional videos from Panteao, check out the Indiegogo page and help support the project.

Alexander’s Bridge – An Independent Feature Film


Alexander’s Bridge is a science fiction/action film about an elite team of US Army Delta Force Operators accidentally sent back 150 years to the middle of the Civil War. Finding themselves where a battle is about to take place and where thousands of Federal and Confederate soldiers will be killed or wounded, they must decide what to do. Can they make a difference? Who will they try to help? Will they get back home?


Indiegogo Campaign Page: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/alexander-s-bridge

Panteao Productions: http://panteaoproductions.com

Happy Thanksgiving

I would like to extend Thanksgiving wishes to all our loyal readers from the whole crew here at MSW.  We are so thankful that you each have chosen to stop by and read our site and share in the exchange of information here.  We will be taking some time off to spend with family and friends to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, and hope that you are able to do the same.

Every year I give thanks for our freedom and our safety, and those who help to preserve it.  Take a moment to think of those deployed in foreign lands, away from family and home, fighting to protect America’s interests abroad.  Think about those on shift during the holiday, perhaps reduced to enjoying the day with only a turkey sandwich between calls in the patrol car.

I am thankful to live in this great country, and proud to serve and protect its people.  I am very fortunate to serve in the company of brave men, and look to honor their trust by striving for excellence every day.

I will close out today’s entry with a quote stolen….borrowed from the Trident Concepts blog, run by our friend Jeff Gonzalez.  If you have not checked out his blog, you should go read his excellent and insightful articles.

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” – Ronald Reagan

Happy Thanksgiving!  We’ll be back on Monday!

A Commentary on Dick Metcalf’s Near Overnight Implosion

In the 2013 December issue of Guns and Ammo, Mr. Dick Metcalf managed to kick over a hornets nest when he gave us a glimpse of his true colors.


“Many argue that any regulation at all is, by definition, an infringement. If that were true, then the authors of the Second Amendment themselves, should not have specified “well-regulated.”

I wondered whether those same people believed that just anybody should be able to buy a vehicle and take it out on public roadways without any kind of driver’s training, test or license.

I understand that driving a car is not a right protected by the Constitution, but to me the basic principle is the same. I firmly believe that all U.S. citizens have the right to bear arms, but to me the basic principal is the same“. — Dick Metcalf, Guns & Ammo


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