Whether flat or rolled, they take up little space, and weigh almost nothing. Proven highly useful in everyday civilian aid, search and rescue, military, sports, and back country applications. From the sammedical website: “Built from a thin core of aluminum alloy and sandwiched between two layers of closed-cell foam, the SAM Splint can be bent into any of three simple curves, becoming extremely strong and supportive for any fractured or injured limb.” And yes, there is a guy named Sam — he’s an MD, and the company’s founder and CEO. Continue reading
Rite in the Rain (RITR) of Tacoma, Washington. Magic stuff. Well, not really. But definitely rain, splash, and sweat proof, and about as tacticool as you can get for something that doesn’t send rounds downrange and make noise. Some of their products have an NSN, so my guess is real operators use ‘em. Continue reading
Springfield TRP 1911 with MDFA Kydex Carry Gear
Just so nobody thinks we’ve abandoned the 1911 here at MSW, here’s a quick peek at my Springfield Armory TRP. I recently bought her LNIB. Continue reading
[I was looking to make this one of the "Made In The USA" posts, but it turned out the two items I reference here are not. They are nevertheless worthy of consideration as additions to your comprehensive home/tactical medical kits. My prior MSW post pictures of tactically-oriented medical items I stock at home and carry are here and here].
I recently added two kit items as a result of my never-ending quest to be fully prepared to play first responder on myself and to provide others (who might attend to me or need items for their own use) medical kit items I have determined are easy to use and effective. They are: MEDIHONEY® (gel, paste, and dressings; New Zealand by way of Canada) by Derma Sciences, Inc., and the four-inch version of the OLAES Modular Bandage (China by way of South Carolina) by Tactical Medical Solutions:
The SIG Sauer P320 is starting to show up in gun stores with a little more frequency. The P320 Carry is rumored to be on the way as well. I will have a review up with mine pretty soon. Stay tuned.
[Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial]
Monday, May 26, 2014.
From the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website (here):
The origins of special services to honor those who die in war can be found in antiquity. The Athenian leader Pericles offered a tribute to the fallen heroes of the Peloponnesian War over 24 centuries ago that could be applied today to the 1.1 million Americans who have died in the nation’s wars: “Not only are they commemorated by columns and inscriptions, but there dwells also an unwritten memorial of them, graven not on stone but in the hearts of men.” . . .
The National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation.
On behalf of Hilton, Tim, and all of the MSW contributing authors, I ask that you please take a minute pause today to quietly say “thank you” to the families of those who died in service to the people of this great nation.
No brother in battle left behind. No veteran or casualty of battle forgotten.
Be safe, today and always.
Click on the image to see the Eleven 10 Gear home page.
The company makes/sells tourniquet cases, medical pouches, kits, and related supplies. LE agency, military unit (the backgrounds of the company’s founders), and related individual purchases account for almost all of their sales. From their website:
“When we started to develop the prototypes for our new product line, we had a decision to make … Overseas production or USA production. Even though we could of made more profit having everything manufactured overseas, we decided keeping everything here was more important. All of our products are manufactured in Cleveland, Ohio with US made materials. We keep hearing that manufacturing in the States is dead, we beg to differ. Designed, prototyped, tested and manufactured all locally. Even our packaging is printed in Cleveland!” Continue reading
Prototype 10-8 Performance Base Pad on a Glock FDE Gen 4 Model 19. Production versions will be black.
It probably comes at no surprise that I’ve been using 10-8 Performance Base Pads on my 1911 and M&P magazines for quite some time now, and have grown accustomed to the included features, including dimples for marking the magazines, scalloped sides and serrated or scooped front to aid in removing stuck magazines. All these features are built into the new Glock base pads while maintaining a low profile shape that conforms to the pistol grip. Installation is simple and uses the factory retainer plate. The new Glock base pads are molded and should come in at a very affordable price point of about $4 each. I’ve been running two prototypes for the better part of a year, and have been very happy with the design and durability of the pad. The pictured base pad above is molded OD green, but production versions will be black. Go to the 10-8performance.com website and sign up for the newsletter for updates as to availability. Hilton advises that the current production updates put these about 2-3 weeks out.
It is a factory nickel K-frame born 1981 (hat tip Roy Jinks, who was in when I called). S&W logo was moved to the left side of the frame to facilitate engraving. Blued, in various barrel lengths, used by U.S. military, various state and local police, FBI, IRS-CID, Hong Kong Police, and many more. Mostly .38 special, but a small run was chambered in .357 magnum. This one sports a pinned barrel, eliminated in 1982. Gas ring changed from yoke to cylinder in this dash.
I received the revolver as a present in 2010. On the first dry fire trigger pull, the tip of one of the prongs on the mainspring claw broke off and the wheel gun became nonfunctional. I replaced it with a factory rated Wolff, also a new strain screw, and installed a slightly reduced weight rebound spring. Cleaned and polished it with nickel-safe products and lubed her up. I put on official S&W store checkered rosewood boot grips, available here. Likely good to go for another 30+ years.
A J-frame in the pocket may be more comfortable, but a K-frame is more comforting. Much easier to shoot, and has that “extra” round. Model 10-7, 2 inch. A .38 caliber M&P of the 20th century:
Shown with K5 thin Kydex pocket holster made by FIST, see here. Rides perfectly in the top pocket of several well-known brands of tactical/cargo pants and shorts. Ammo of choice is current loading of Federal Premium 125 grain NYCLAD® HP (P38MA).
There was a time in law enforcement that the SIG Sauer P228 was the quintessential Fed gun. It was issued or authorized by many Federal agencies such as the FBI, and USSS. The P228 was a great handgun to carry for plain clothes assignment, as it has great balance, and could be shot very well. In modern days of plastic handgun, the P228 still has class. It truly is the benchmark of the classic SIG line.
This photo was sent to us by one of our more dedicated students after he discovered Next Level Training’s SIRT pistol. Though optimized for the laser training pistol and rifle bolt, this can be used with virtually any dry practice setup. An A-frame ladder can be utilized for virtually any conventional or unconventional braced position. With this setup, your training is truly only limited by your imagination. Single target and target to target transitions are just the beginning. So stop making excuses and start off the year right with some solid training.
All of us here at MSW would like to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas! We’ll be taking a little time off to enjoy the holidays, but will be back soon with our regularly scheduled programming. We hope that your holiday season is full of joy and happiness!
Model: Ethereal Rose.
Photo by Shunichi Al Hayashi.
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.
I recently completed a stripped Gen 2 Noveske Chainsaw Grade lower and topped it off with a BCM mid-length upper with a Centurion Arms rail. For my optic I chose both a Trijicon ACOG (the compact 1.5 X 16S, see here) or a short base EOTech (see here). A good looking, well set up AR with optics, Made In The USA! For white light, I mounted a Surefire X300 Ultra. Fits and looks good, and is lightweight . . . I even like the way the activation switches work, except for one issue, see below. (Prior Jerry Jones MSW post about the Surefire is here).
I set the time machine back about 10 years to revisit with the very first full house custom 1911 that Hilton built for me. I carried it on duty for a few years before retiring it to range duty. Before its retirement, it got shot quite a bit. Over 20,000 rounds through it, including a fairly steady diet of my agency’s then-issue Winchester 230gr Ranger +P (RA45TP) round. Eventually it was too much for the Kart barrel, which cracked from the barrel lugs to about halfway down the barrel.
The pistol went back to Hilton, who tightened the slide to frame fit, and fit up a rare National Match barrel and bushing set produced on contract by Israeli Military Industries. These barrels look and shoot great. The pistol also wears a prototype rear sight that later became the production 10-8 sight. Continue reading