At the NRA Show, Pat Hogue, of Hogue Inc., dropped by the Apex Tactical/OpSpec Training Booth to chat. Pat noticed Scott Folk’s Smith and Wesson 342 sitting in the cabinet sporting the Hogue pink rubber grips. Pat went over to his booth and returned with his new Hogue S&W Centennial and Polymer Bodyguard Rubber TAMER™ Grips. Pat installed the grips and showed the latest features. It was pretty ingenious.
Finding and deciding on the grips for a Smith and Wesson J Frame isn’t always easy. Hogue has always been a good choice, and at times has been OEM for Smith and Wesson. The new TAMER grips improved on Hogue’s long winning design in a few areas. The first, and most noticeable was the molded plastic “butt cap” that was added to bottom portion of the grips. The first thing that this allows for is a smooth, snag free draw that is not being hampered by the rubber grabbing on a cover garment.
The next thing was the ability to take a round from the gun when you unload (an inert round in this case as we were inside the show), and remove the grips without other tools. Pretty slick.
The rest of the attributes the new grips bring to the table carry over from the classic Hogue design. While a little large for ankle concealment, this style Hogue makes shooting hotter +P loadings a lot more fun. Some of the small bikini grips are just no fun after the first 15 rounds or so.
Lastly, when buying from Hogue, you’re buying from a family company that stands behind their product. There is peace of mind in that alone.
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 →
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 →
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
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.
Now comes the “in the white” prototype of the new Apex Tactical Specialties line of bolt handles for the SCAR 16s/17s line of rifles.
The design was a request by some .mil customers who wanted a bolt handle that would clear all the optics they were issued. Based upon their needs, we developed a couple of versions designed specifically around the EoTech and Elcan. The above picture was decided as the best compromise for clearing the optics with gloves on, all the while giving positive control of the bolt handle. Some OpSpec students have been running these bolt handles for the last year in classes and we have over 15,000 rounds to test for wear and issues.
The yet to be named project should be to market around the NRA show, or slightly before.
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.
From L to R: 10-8 M&P, 10-8 modified VTAC frame with IGFS slide, Salient Arms Tier 2 package
Other than a bunch of alliteration, there really are a few cool and topical polymer pistol reviews forthcoming. I recently received a T&E loaner slide from Innovative Gunfighter Solutions – a nickel boron coated slide with their full serration package, which includes their Radius Serrations on the radius of the slide. That slide came with the factory sights and nothing else, so it sits atop the frame of my personal VTAC M&P which I’ve previously featured. Lastly, after waiting not so patiently for some months, my Salient Arms Tier 2 M&P build came in. I’ll be checking these out and running them a bit in the coming months, so stay tuned for more reviews on these as I get time with them. For more photos and other updates, you can also check out our Instagram page.
From Top: IGFS nickel boron slide, 10-8 M&P with ATEi machining package, Salient Arms
In my role as a designer of firearms accessories, I must frequently field inquiries about expanding the product line to cover a particular firearm. Small companies such as mine need to be extremely careful with how fast and how greatly they expand, and foolish decisions in this area can easily cripple or bankrupt a company. I wanted to share a few thoughts here that hopefully will serve to educate our readers and customers better, and perhaps be of assistance to those looking to enter the industry. Continue reading →
My new Glock 17, which has been the topic of several recent posts, is worth a closer look for you gearheads out there. It started life as a pile of parts that I had in the shop, with the frame and slide being separate components that had not previously met as a complete firearm. Continue reading →
A quick look on popular social media sites such as Facebook or Instagram will yield plenty of photos of highly modified modern pistols worked over by shops such as Boresight Solutions, Salient Arms, ATEi, and others. I don’t think it is debatable that the guns look damn sexy, but do these guns really need all that fancy, and expensive, work to be truly serviceable?
Take a look at the pistol above. This pistol started out as a Glock 17 RTF2 that had nothing more than aftermarket sights (10-8 Performance brass bead front and .140″ notch rear), a factory minus connector, Apex extractor, TangoDown mag catch, and a metric sh!tload of trigger presses. It was one of my favorite pistols to shoot because it was pretty accurate and extremely reliable. But when the opportunity to get some fancy machining done to it by ATEi, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity.
I have been around every evolution of the SCAR®/CAR/MK17 (or whichever nomenclature you chose to use) since the beginning of the program. I have participated in numerous SOCOM tests, taught a block of training where we had over 70+ of them, as well as carried and employed the weapon system overseas giving me a decent amount of familiarity with the weapon. Designed to replace the EBR M1A and MK11/SR-25 weapon systems FN was chosen by NSW and SOCOM as the new 7.62 battle rifle. After over eight years of development, and numerous changes by FN driven by AAR’s from operators overseas, I believe the weapon itself is not where it needs to be… it has promise but isn’t quite there yet. One of my biggest complaints with the system is the lower. In my opinion, although while being lightweight because of the polymer material used, it isn’t durable enough for heavy use. Another one of the largest complaint from the civilian side was the accessibility and price of magazines from FN as the military contracts were soaking up the vast majority being produced. Continue reading →
Molded rail sections. From L: Scout light adapter, long and short Picatinny rails.
I have been using the CMR rail from Centurion Arms for a while on my latest rifle build. It is an exquisitely well executed tubular forend with a 12:00 rail and threaded helicoils for the attachment of modular rail sections. My buddy Monty from Centurion had supplied me with a set of the preproduction rail sections a few months ago, and I finally got around to getting them onto the gun. The rail sections are molded, and screw right onto the tube via the threaded helicoils. As pictured above, there is a Scout mount adapter as well as a long and short Picatinny rail. Other adapters, including an X300 mount, are in the works. Production units of the pictured rail sections should be hitting fairly soon at your favorite Centurion dealer. Continue reading →