From front to back: Trigger01, Trigger02, Trigger03
A recent discussion on Facebook about the 1911 industry and trigger designs reminded me that it would probably be of interest to our readers to go over the history of the 10-8 1911 triggers.
Before I delve into 10-8 triggers, a quick word on 1911 triggers is in order. Back in the early 1980′s, the dawn of the 1911 aftermarket part industry as we know it, there were just a few options for a custom trigger in your gun, and it usually was a Videki, King’s Gunworks, or a Wilson. Some other ones might have been around, but they slip my mind right now. It wasn’t like it is now, where you have a whole Brownells sub catalog filled with only 1911 parts. Continue reading
During the development of the 10-8 Glock magazine base pads (or magazine floor plates for you guys who sleep with their certificates of completion from the 8 hr Glock Armorer School), I had occasion to disassemble and reassemble a lot of Glock magazines. I had seen the GTUL before, but figured I would give it a try. Continue reading
I am very proud to introduce the new 10-8 Performance Glock magazine base pad! This has been a very long process of design and testing, and we are very excited to finally launch these.
The new pads are injection molded from glass reinforced nylon, and they are extremely tough and resistant to impact. Our pads fit and install the same as the factory pads, use the factory retainer plate, and no extra parts are required.
The 10-8 pad is slightly thicker than the factory pad, and features angled sides and front to allow for easy stripping of stuck magazines. The pads also feature a grooved front and scalloped sides for positive grip during manipulations. The bottom of the pad features our usual dimples for marking your magazines.
They are available in any color you like, as long as it is black. These pads are extremely lightweight at only .24 oz.
The pads fit Glock magazines for 9mm, .40 S&W, .357 Sig, .45 GAP. NOT compatible with early production non metal lined (Gen1) Glock magazines. Continue reading
Glocks tend to run great out of the box. They are reliable, and accurate. I have a friend who shoots a lot of 3 gun and IDPA with a completely stock Glock 17 with the plastic sights, and does it well. Some folks like to simply change out of the plastic “filler” sights that come stock, for aftermarket sights such as 10-8′s.
I like my Glocks a bit more modified. Above is a brand new Gen4 G19 that is a recent acquisition. The gun shot great out of the box, but there are changes that I like to make for my own benefit. Continue reading
Ever since the introduction of our extremely popular M&P base pads, customers have been clamoring for the same design concept to be brought to the Glock. These new pads will be injection molded from glass reinforced nylon, and they are super tough and resistant to impact. Our pads fit and install the same as the factory pads, use the factory retainer plate, and no extra parts are required. Continue reading
Not long ago, this article could easily have been titled “Glock .40. No.” For most of the gun buying public, I would still say that buying any handgun in .40 is a wasted effort. With the advances in 9mm JHP cartridges, the 9 gives up an inconsequential amount over the .40 in terms of performance. For just plain shooting, you will be hard pressed to find .40 FMJ for as low a price as 9mm FMJ. Add the additional recoil and wear on the gun, and the .40 is left as a rather distant second to the 9mm. So why is my latest training gun a .40? Well why not….. Continue reading
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
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.
Today I am selling the last of my custom 1911s. You may be surprised to know that I don’t even own one of my own builds, they have all had to go to help fund new projects. This stainless Colt XSE was completed in the spring of last year, and is the last 1911 build to have come off my bench. Many fans have mourned that this is the end of an era, and while I am reluctant to use “never,” I have no plans to build any more 1911s in the near future. That can change, but for the time being I need a break from 1911s as they have ruled my entire existence for far too long. Continue reading
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
10-8 tall rear sight, mounted to rear of Trijicon RMR on ATEi customized slide.
With the growth in popularity of the mini red dot optic on handguns, much thought has been given to the options of where and how to mount back up iron sights on the slide. It comes down to a few basic options for consideration:
1) No iron sights.
2) Rear sight in front or behind the optic.
3) Inserts on the sights or plain black.
Tim recently shared this photo of his duty gun, an extremely worn and reworked specimen of the Nighthawk 10-8 model with the now defunct Dawson Rail. His light setup is the old Surefire Military Light with the optional high intensity 120 lumen lamp installed.
After the tinge of nostalgia passed, I ran to the safe to weigh a similarly equipped pistol. The above pictured setup weighs 51 oz unloaded, no magazine. Ouch. That is a lot of metal to hump all day for 9 rounds and 120 lumens for 30 minutes run time. The light alone weighs 8.4 ounces. If this setup were updated to an X300, it would only pare it down to 4.1 ounces, for a roughly 47 ounce setup. My back hurts just thinking about it.