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?
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!
Sometimes being serious all the time gets kinda dry. So here is a link to a video that made me laugh my pants off a few days ago. Found these guys on YouTube thanks to our friend Caleb at GunNuts.Net. Be sure to watch this one and check out the rest of the videos on the same channel. You’ll be glad you did.
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
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
We at MSW have been big proponents of Next Level Training’s SIRT pistol since we discovered them a couple years ago. With current ammunition shortages and prices, training with the SIRT to maintain marksmanship and gun handling skills is a no-brainer. Even with an endless supply of ammunition, the SIRT pistol helps replace bad habits formed by recoil management.
Thanks to our friends at Next Level Training, the discount offered to all MSW readers and 10-8 Consulting / 10-8 Performance fans is now 15% OFF. To receive your discount, simply enter the code 10-8 in the coupon code box after adding at least one SIRT product in your shopping cart on the Next Level Training website.
S&W Model 28-2, “Highway Patrolman,” 4 inch. Classic “N” frame, .357 magnum, unpolished blued, used by local and state police. In production 1954-1986. Stocks by Ahrends. Extreme duty fixed U-notch rear and front sight by Cylinder & Slide.
S&W Model 66-2. Classic “K” frame, .357 magnum, 2.5 inch stainless, introduced in 1982. In service with the Department of Treasury, including U. S. Secret Service, Customs Service, and ATF. Stocks by Ahrends.
2300 rounds. That is a week at Roger’s Shooting School. Not a big deal through most Modern Service Weapons. Through a Smith and Wesson J frame, 2300 rounds is a metric crap load. I think that it is fair to assume that most J frames are carried a lot, but shot not so much. Continue reading →
Every year SHOT Show brings the excitement and anticipation of new products, training, and advancement of the firearms industry. Sadly, this year’s show was somewhat overshadowed by the current political climate and the untimely passing of John Novekse. However, all of us remain hopeful that we as a nation will pull together and examine the gun control issue logically, rather than fall for the play on emotions by those who wish to promote their personal agendas.
Nevertheless, Hilton and I endeavored to find the latest and greatest gear to share with you here. In no particular order: Continue reading →
I know we’re a little late, but in case you didn’t hear, Blue Force Gear’s lightweight Helium Whisper pouches have received National Stock Numbers. Here’s the official press release!
SAVANNAH, GA—January 7, 2013—Blue Force Gear® announced today that seven of their Helium Whisper™ backed pouches received National Stock Numbers (NSNs). These Patent pending Helium Whisper pouches fulfill an immediate SOCOM Load Carriage System Contract and can be purchased by government customers with access to DLA.