Here I am blending a grip safety for a student. This is normally far beyond the scope of the class, but this student has been carrying this pistol on duty and I couldn’t bear to see the frame cutting into his hand any longer.
Last month, we trekked out to the last frontier known as the State of Alaska, to do a 1911 Advanced Armorer’s Course to the fine folks at Anchorage PD. I enlisted the help of Colt 1911/M16 Armorer Instructor Dean Caputo to help me out with getting some of the guns to run correctly. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that though the agency authorizes the carry of 1911s to folks who meet their requirements, the vast majority of the SWAT guys in our class chose to carry something a bit more modern and forgiving of the extreme elements in which these guys work.
As usual, the class began with an overview of the 1911 pistol, its variants, and basics on how to detail strip the pistol to its component parts and put it all back together. Since we had different makes throughout the 24 student class, the varied approaches different manufacturers use to build the guns (e.g. different FP block devices, built in locking devices, etc.,) required many students to modify their approach from what John Browning originally had in his mind. Continue reading
I’ll bet you don’t see this at your next carbine course.
An observation of mine in recent months looking at pictures of people online attending competitions, shooting courses, training events etc is the there is a huge variety of fitness levels represented in our sport. I use the word “sport” lightly as obviously that means something different to different people. This would seem as an obvious observation but then again lets take a few steps back. I grew up playing traditional sports such as baseball and football, where fitness is a direct contributor to you ability on the field. I then carried on into college and again to play sports we had strength coaches and trainers focused on keeping us conditioned enough to compete at a high level. I have no experience with professional sports but I would take an educated guess to say that it only becomes more important at that level as well. Continue reading
Robar grip work, 10-8 sights and mag base pad, slide work done by Mars Armament. Axe is an RMJ Shrike
It would be safe to say that the Glock as a pistol is almost, or dare I say as big an “icon” as the 1911. Glocks are being used by law enforcement and military personnel all over the world as well as being one of the best selling pistol manufacturers in the US. A good majority of gun owners, especially those who frequent shooting courses or instruction, all seem to own at least one Glock. With its popularity comes an exploding aftermarket with an endless list of companies making parts or modifying/machining the guns themselves. Some are worthy of mention and many are hacks with a hot piece of metal deforming the frames almost to the point of failure on unsuspecting owners looking to emulate the professionals for a fraction of the cost. I personally had a Glock stippled by a friend, and while not a hack job by any means I found the texture too aggressive and didn’t quite know how remedy it without just buying another frame. This is the point where Robar comes in. Continue reading
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
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
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!
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
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.
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
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
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?
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
All of us here at MSW would like to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas! We’ll be taking a little time off to enjoy the holidays, but will be back soon with our regularly scheduled programming. We hope that your holiday season is full of joy and happiness!
Model: Ethereal Rose.
Photo by Shunichi Al Hayashi.