A couple of years ago, I really wanted to get my holster away from my body a bit more, particularly when wearing a heavy winter coat. I found that a lot of times, my front sight would snag on the coat pocket on the way up.
So, I did my research and chose to go with the Safariland Quick Locking System versus a simple stand off. At the time, I didn’t realize how beneficial that would be.
I do not have a take home car due to not living in the county that I work, so I have a 10 minute commute to work each day. When I purchased my new Toyota 4Runner, I noticed that the holster was wearing on the leather. So, I started taking the holster and pistol off when in my own vehicle. Thus it has saved on the wear and tear on the leather. Extra added bonus, to say the least.
Some of my coworkers have been hesitant about the connection systems, but I have had zero problems from it. One of the neat features is that you can have multiple attach points and use the same holster in many functions, IE a belt attachment, a drop leg attachment, etc.
I have found this piece of gear to be very durable. The locking mechanism is as strong two years later, as it was the first day I attached it to this holster. I’ve encountered zero problems with it, and have nothing but praise for the system in the context I use it.
It has been noted more than once that lately there seem to have been many MSW articles recommending against the use of the 1911 as a service pistol. This is not really a new trend, and even since the days of the 10-8 Forums we have always cautioned folks that the 1911 is not for the casual user.
Starting with IPSC back in the 80′s, I traveled a long road of being a devoted user of the 1911 in both competition and duty applications, a builder of custom 1911s, and a designer of 1911 components. The last 15 years or so had seen the 1911 absolutely dominate my existence, and everything I did seemed to revolve around the gun. With all this devotion to the 1911, it is even more telling then why I went away from it.
One of the most common questions we see in the 10-8 Performance office is the compatibility of one brand of sight with another. It is great that the market is filled with so many excellent options that shooters can pick from, but not all the brands are able to play together. So how do you go about mixing and matching different brands of sights? Continue reading →
Mini red dot optics on pistols continue to grow in popularity, and clearly seem like they are here to stay, much as they already have on our rifles. I have been testing the Trijicon RMR for some time, and you can search back to look at the various articles here. I was also one of the first shooters in my USPSA region to use an optic on my handgun back in the early 90′s, so I am not at all new to the concept.
I pay attention to discussions about these slide mounted optics, and ask as many users about their experiences as possible. The one constant trend which continues to persist is that shooters will readily indicate that they are slower on the first shot out of the holster, yet go on to laud the merits of it at distance, on the move, etc. I get all the advantages, but WHY is everyone ignoring the elephant in the room??? Since when in a defensive encounter, CQB scenario, and countless other applications, is the first shot NOT an issue??? Continue reading →
Earlier today (at the time I wrote this), 1911 guru Bill Wilson posted an excellent article on his blog on the secrets to making a short format 1911 pistol work reliably. Bill explains, “the basic functional difference between a full size (as John Browning designed it) 1911 pistol and a compact version with a 4.25″ or shorter barrel is slide mass and speed.” The point of the article was that these guns can indeed be made to run reliably if you know what you’re doing. The key lies in controlling spring weights, slide speed (hammer spring and firing pin stop geometry), a carefully tuned extractor, and careful ammunition selection. Follow the right formula, keep up on your preventative maintenance, and you can have a reliable compact 1911 (assuming it was set up correctly to begin with.)
The question is not meant to have a definitive answer. The answer will depend on your own use and experience. I wish only to offer some thoughts on the matter. The arguments on the thumbs down side usually lean towards users not wanting to have any obstacles to overcome when they need to fire in whatever high stress scenario they can imagine. The arguments on the thumbs up side tend to lean towards the user desiring some additional layer of protection from an unauthorized user being able to fire, and either thwarting their attempt completely or merely giving the owner time to react to the attempt. Being that this article is being presented on Modern Service Weapons, my thoughts are geared towards those who use pistols as just that, service weapons. Continue reading →
With the recent attention and series of articles on modified polymer pistols, I thought revisiting my Robar/10-8/MSW/Glock was in order. As the recent series of evaluations have highlighted, extensive modifications to polymer pistols are usually a want to do, rather than a have to do, decision. Having said that, as I stated in my previous evaluations modifying your pistol to best suit you and to ensure it’s 100% reliability falls squarely into the have to do category. Continue reading →
Folks tend to get very emotionally involved and ego invested in their choice of firearm, and it gets very difficult to reason with them objectively. I have certainly been there myself, and my own road to discovery was long and rocky.
Let’s play a little game and remove the emotional attachment of a particular weapon system, and just outline a few things for consideration. What if someone told you any of these items about their awesome XYZ5000 blaster? Continue reading →
Some time ago Hilton contacted me to conduct an evaluation on Colt’s new Dual Recoil Spring Assembly for the 1911 pistol. For those of you who haven’t kept up with the various articles on this, Colt developed the dual recoil spring assembly at the request of the Marine Corps for the new M45 1911 Pistol. The reasoning behind the new spring is to extend service life to 8000 rounds between changes.
Springfield 1911/Colt M45 Dual Recoil Spring Assembly
Hilton and I recently both wrote articles regarding the current popularity of custom machined slides on service weapons. Hilton reviewed the Innovative Gunfighter Solutions modified M&P Slide and I wrote about whether or not we needed the fancy work to begin with. Both of us agree that the extra serrations do add some utility. The added traction to aid in one handed (and some two handed) manipulation of the pistol is not lost upon us. However, we still got hate in the comments here and on Facebook about how important it is to have that added ability to rack the slide should one of your hands become otherwise occupied or incapacitated.
IGFS slide mounted on 10-8 textured frame with prototype FDE mag well.
A few months ago, John Garron, the honcho over at Innovative Gunfighter Solutions (IGFS), reached out to me to ask if I would be interested in reviewing their work. Wanting to keep my finger on the pulse of the M&P world, I requested he lend me a modified M&P slide that I could mount on one of my pistols for review. I received one of their full house packages finished in nickel boron, with S&W factory parts and sights installed. Continue reading →
M&P Base Pads From L: 10-8 original style, Arredondo, Speed Shooters Specialties, Taylor Freelance, 10-8 XTC, Taran Tactical
We released the 10-8 Performance M&P magazine well earlier this week, and I am very excited that it has been so well received. We are almost sold out of the first run of parts, and the accompanying XTC base pads already sold out. With the release of this product has already come further discussion about the litany of aftermarket base pads and if/why they are or are not compatible. I thought it would be worthwhile to discuss here.
Recently, several folks have asked why we cover the 9mm variations of Glocks/M&Ps and seem to ignore the other calibers, specifically the 45. So here are a random collection of thoughts on the Glock 21. When selecting a pistol for duty, it’s really hard not to get mired in a caliber debate. Without digressing too far, it is my strong belief that in service handgun calibers, using modern hollowpoint ammunition, the caliber used is of no real significance. Yes, you could split hairs, but for all intents and purposes handgun calibers are all weak. So if we can agree on that, it doesn’t really make a whole lot of sense to deviate from the 9mm. This caliber offers the following advantages: higher capacity, lower recoil, and reduced costs for training. The lower recoil is a significant advantage even to red blooded American males who aren’t recoil sensitive as it allows for longer training periods with less fatigue and more importantly, significantly reduced probability of wear and tear to your joints and connective tissue over a career of high volume shooting. All things being equal, the reduced recoil also allows most shooters to put down accurate followup shots more quickly. Continue reading →
For many years, the internal extractors in later model SIG P-Series pistols have been somewhat problematic. The problems have been largely hit and miss, but were evident in some of the X5 pistols, as well as the P220 and others fielding the internal design. SIG eventually switched out to the short external extractor, and currently to a long external extractor.
My mentor, Bruce Gray at GrayGuns, INC has been working on the problem for several years and has finally come up with a “fix” for the reliability issues with the internal extractor guns. As can be observed in the video, the new extractor cleans up ejection and extraction, making it consistent and reliable. The process involves fitting the new extractor to the individual pistol and tuning it for reliability. The turn around time is about 10 days, and the cost for the modification is $200.
I am a self professed, self styled Glock hater. They are ugly. They have no soul.
About seven years ago, I had a very good opportunity at work. The down side was that it required me to give up the SIG P226 I was carrying, and forced me to a Glock.
I bought my first Glock 22 in around 1994, predating my entrance into law enforcement just a bit. All the other cool guys were carrying them, and it was the “wave” of the future. I shot it for a while, had some marksmanship problems with them, and quietly sold the G22 and went back to a P226. Now, in fairness, that was probably about the start of my wanderlust of pistols. I traded pistols at work every couple of years looking for the “One” that would make the bronze God of all things tactical. I drifted between calibers, and manufacturers every so often. As this offer came up at work, I made the switch to the G22, and eventually the G35. Continue reading →