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.
10-8 rear sights on Glock, 1911, M&P. Photo by Triple Bravo.
In yesterday’s post, I discussed the attributes of different front sight types. Today we will take a look at the different considerations for rear sights and how to put it all together. Continue reading
Shield with brass bead front sight, M&P with fiber optic.
Photo by Triple Bravo.
As a manufacturer of sighting systems, we get a lot of emails about choosing sights. In this installment, I will address choosing front sights, and we’ll talk about rear sights in the next one.
The first part of the process is to determine your needs in terms of your use and vision requirements. Are you using the pistol for competition, recreation, CCW, LE duty use? Each usage profile has a different set of needs which should be examined. Continue reading
MSW readers may recall the trigger work that I’d done on my Gen4 Glock 19 a few weeks back. While in dry fire testing I wasn’t super excited about the improvements to the stock trigger, the results on the range told a different story. Bringing the pull weight down to 5 lbs 12 oz from the original 7 lbs made this little gun an absolute laser. Continue reading
After over a year of development and relentless testing of countless prototypes, I am pleased to announce the 10-8 magazine well for the M&P 9/40 full sized frame pistols. Continue reading
I have spent some bit of time researching and tuning the S&W M&P, as those pistols have become my passion of late. The latest model which intrigued me was the super sexy VTAC model. It’s tan. Come on, what more reason do we need?! Ok, other than being a slave to fashion, I wanted to spend a little time looking at the vapor deposition finish on the slide and the merits of the 6 dot sighting system. Continue reading
Thanks to dimensional variations that are inherent to the manufacturing process, it is possible to end up with an aftermarket dovetail sight (front or rear) which is loose in the dovetail. Depending only on some Loctite or the set screw is not sufficient to remedy this situation, so what are your choices?
First, let’s consider the quandary of the sight manufacturers. For full disclosure, I AM a sight manufacturer, so I have a bit of a unique insight into this problem. Most customers expect sights to just be plug and play, to drop in to a perfect fit in their slide. In a perfect world, this is 100% achievable and reasonable to expect. Unfortunately, manufacturing tolerances and ever changing blueprints or tooling preclude slide dovetails from being identical. Having done this for a bit, you will find that most quality sight manufacturers are able to hold tolerances on their sights such that they are essentially identical. It is a bit easier to cut the smaller sights all the same than it is to cut a bigger dovetail in a piece of steel that is harder than the steel used to make the sights. This problem is exacerbated in the 1911, where many manufacturers interpret the dimensions differently even for common dovetails such as the Novak LoMount (r) rear and the Novak 1911 Front. For this reason, many manufacturers make the sights a bit oversized to allow filing for a perfect fit.
If your new sight is a bit loose due to being undersized relative to a larger dovetail, the easiest solution is the time honored gunsmithing method of peening to create an interference fit. Using a flat nosed stake punch (I make my own from commonly available punches by grinding down the tips) and a large hammer (I use an 8 oz hammer), strike the underside of the dovetail to create a deformation. This peening, done with sufficient material displaced, will create a permanent interference fit.
Other options also include welding up the sight dovetail base or welding and recutting the slide, both of which are well out of the reach of the typical end user. Manufacturers also tend not to have “oversized” sights on hand for such situations, as sights are made in large batches to what is determined to be the most common optimum dimensions.
If you install enough sights, you will eventually end up with a loose one. This peening method is also a handy way to rescue a worn sight which has gotten loose, or one which was filed too much and would otherwise be useless.