Body armor and ballistic rated panels (for use in packs, briefcases, or other off-body use) are described best by the well-known Kafkaesque adage: It is better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it. I don’t mock the “tacticool” nature of body armor, and I avoid debating the SWAT or military “wannabe” aspects of owning it. (I readily acknowledge you are not alone if you do). I think armored materials are something worthy of consideration for anyone who frequents gunfighting classes, shoots regularly, or because of employment or other lifestyle particulars, has concerns of going where negligent friendlies or armed hostiles might be present. The days of body armor being only for LEOs passed (somewhat quietly) years ago.
Executive Summary: Let’s default to my deadly force paradigm: If you CAN afford it, and CAN do what you need to do when it is deployed (adequately conceal it, run and move effectively, maybe in confined space, and shoot, with additional bulky kit, maybe 18 pounds worth), go for it. If you acquire it, study up on and observe the manufacturer’s storage and care specs for the particular product. Unless a specific federal, state, or local law prohibits the ownership of such products, the non-sworn MAY own/wear body armor and ballistic-rated materials. SHOULD you buy such products? That is for you the reader to answer, as is how/when to use it. If you buy, buy the best-tested you can afford which is convenient to deploy, fits properly, and can be stored and maintained to suit your lifestyle. Expect some ribbing from “friends.” How about the MUST? It is beyond question the products save lives. Yours and/or the life of someone you “cannot live without,” regardless of who is slinging shots. At the very least, overt soft armor and plate carriers provide convenient, user-friendly platforms to attach identifying patches, pouches, and other “things.” And plates do provide a good weight-bearing workout. Continue reading
These Aimpoints are over a decade old and have been treated in the worst ways. Despite their external appearance, they still hold zero and work like new.
Loyal readers of MSW and the old 10-8 Forums know that Hilton and I have been longtime fans of Aimpoint red dot sights. Having seen all kinds of optics show up in classes and on the range, along with how they perform through training cycles consisting of fairly high round counts, Aimpoint really has set themselves apart from the rest in terms of reliability and durability. Continue reading
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”- Charles Dickens Continue reading
Although I did not get to venture through the halls of splendor and witness the new hotness of every gun, gear and gadget, I did have the opportunity to look at a few items that piqued my interest.
I like clever and ingenious. When someone looks at the mousetrap and says “I can do it better” that excites me. I had the pleasure to sit down with some of these designers and take the opportunity to learn more about their nifty new thing.
First off, the Leupold D-EVO (Dual-Enhanced View Optic) http://www.leupold.com/tactical/scopes/d-evo
Safariland 6004 with M&P and RMR. Don’t get excited, this is an old photo, not a new project.
As new pistols, lights, and especially new pistol mounted mini red dot optics come into the market, there follows much discussion about their integration into practical use as a CCW or LE service weapon. If we put aside the obvious need for the weapon, light, or optic to be vetted out for function, durability, and reliability, the next critical step is for the pistol to have a proper holster. Continue reading
It’s true. The well-known holster and magazine pouch attachment device shown above was designed by two knife guys. If you are into knives, you likely recognize the names Tim Wegner and Robert (Bob) Terzuola. If you ever spent serious time at a national knife show (BLADE, Knifemakers Guild) you might have met and even chatted up one or both. It is indeed the very same Tim Wegner who is a co-founder of this very well-known maker of carry, duty, and competition holsters and accessories —
No, this is not a James Bond holster from Q Branch (but that would be cool). This is the brain child of Gary Quesenberry, former Department of Homeland Security agent and contestant on the History Channel’s “Top Shot” Season 5. Continue reading
As self reliant, safety minded citizens, MSW readers most likely make a habit of carrying more essential items on a daily basis than the average person on the street. However, it seems like the trend of Everyday Carry (EDC) items seems to grow regularly, and I got to wondering when it was too much. Continue reading
Custom Gen 3 Glock 19 EDC with MDFA Kydex Carry Gear
Given recent incidents involving Active Shooters and current threats we all face, I rethought my EDC weapon selection. While I enjoy the 1911 platform and shoot it well, the ammunition capacity and ability to mount a WML were lacking. Continue reading
Takeaway — Simple answer: Yes, less-lethal (impact, aerosol chemical, conducted energy) should be considered as a possible EDC adjunct to being armed. If you choose to carry less-lethal, get initial and periodic refresher training from a professional credentialed for the particular type/brand less-lethal weapon. Be prepared to articulate what you chose to carry (likely OC) and why. Update your knowledge base at least yearly for usage studies and legal developments, and to consider any product improvement. If you choose not to carry less-lethal, be prepared to articulate why not. Whichever way you go, expect that somebody, maybe someone whose opinion matters, will second guess you. Continue reading
So, I am a self admitted muzzle brake newb here. I’ve only been fooling with them for about a year now, so I am most definitely the new guy on the block. I’ve always been a fan of the A2 style flash hider, if for nothing else as to not be annoying to my fellow shooters as there are brakes out there that are down right annoying. Continue reading
Photo courtesy Wilson Combat.
Beretta is bringing back in my opinion the best Model 92 pistol they ever made………the 92G series.
In an announcement on their Facebook page on November 4, 2014, Beretta announced that they were bringing back a couple of “classic” 92 series pistols. One of these pistols is the 92G. The 92G is for all purposes the same reliable, accurate service pistol that the military M9 is. With the major exception that the decocker/safety is a decocker only. I find this very important and believe this is the gun that the military should have bought. The major detractor of the “decocker/safety” is the ability to inadvertently put the weapon on safe anytime you manipulate the slide. For those living in a cave who have not shot the Beretta, this can lead to turning the gun into a non-functioning paper weight. I’ve seen shooters over the years, and in some cases experienced shooters, accidentally push the safety/decocker down, and then pull the trigger two or three times before they realize what they have done and fix it. Some instructors/schools have come up with doctrine to train around the decocker safety to keep this from happening, but to me the 92G is a much better deal. The decocker on the 92G is the same as on its M9/92FS sibling, it is just spring loaded to the fire position.
BUT WAIT, THERE IS MORE!!!!! The picture above is credited to Wilson Combat’s website. It is a collaboration between Wilson Combat and Beretta. It is a special run of Beretta 92G Brigadier pistols.
For more information, check out Beretta and Wilson Combat.
So, I was able to get my hands on a full size Sig P320 to do an evaluation on and I have to say I’m in love with this gun. Now is that anyway to start an objective review…probably not. You know how this story will end. Let me show you how I got there. Continue reading
We are pleased to announce an exciting collaboration between Apex Tactical Specialties and 10-8 Performance – the molded M&P base pad! This new product brings all of the practical design elements from our original M&P base pad in a more affordable format. Continue reading
What? Are we talking about a hat? Not a top hat or sombrero, but a ball cap no less. Well, unless you’ve been in a cave (Taliban?) for the past decade, the ball cap is part of our tactical wardrobe. But..not all caps are the same. Continue reading