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
Got to go back to the 90′s this week and shoot this vintage SP89 which had been converted into the MP5K-PDW as a registered SBR. Neat gun and fun to shoot. I went full on 90′s and folded the stock, mounting the gun by pushing against the sling tension only. If you remember the old HK International Training Division calendars, there were always pics of dudes with balaclavas and no helmets running the MP5 variants with just tensioned slings. It was possible to get decent multiple round hits on a B/C zone torso steel out to 15 yards (running 2 or 3 rounds on each of 3 targets) or running a plate rack with just the tensioned sling, but clearly we have learned that stocks are a better solution. Good times!
Back in August, Hilton and I had the pleasure of touring Robar Guns‘ facility in Phoenix, Arizona. Our friend Freddie Blish gave us the full tour and an education on the NP3 process along with its advantages and applications. He turned us on to a few slides they still had in stock for builds, so Hilton and I both ordered complete top ends for our Glock 17s. These slides come complete with all small parts, a match barrel and we supplied the 10-8 sights. All the metal parts on the top end are coated with Robar’s excellent NP3 finish, and the custom slides come with the corners tastefully contoured and useful front slide serrations.
I’ll be doing a full range report when the schedule lightens up a bit.
The SIG SAUER P224-9-SAS-DAK is one of several variants of the new P224 branch of sub-compact SIG SAUER Classic Line Pistols.
The new SIG SAUER P224 pistols are now making it to the market on a regular basis and this one is mine. Holding true to all the quality, accuracy and ergonomic features of the SIG SAUER Classic Line pistol family, the P224 is the first of the sub-compacts for this line.
About the size of a G26, the 9mm P224 holds 12+1 in 9mm and 10+1 for the .40 and .357 SIg variants. This particular model came with 2, 12 round magazines. An added feature of the P224 is that it will accept and run the larger magazines from the P226 and P229 pistols. A sleeve is in development to fill the gap between the mag base and the end of the grip for the P229 magazines.
The SAS, or SIG Anti-Snag, model has had all the sharp edges blended and since it is a DAK it lacks the de-cocking lever assembly. The DAK or, Double Action Kellerman, is a DA trigger system that runs at about 5.5# and does not stack. It makes for a very smooth and consistent DA only trigger action. Combine that with the rounded butt, E2 Grip System, smooth edges and minimized slide catch lever and you have a very slick and concealable package. Knowing that I can carry 30+1 rounds of 9mm between the gun and a single spare P226 magazine gives me added confidence in the gun overall.
There are several variations of the P224. They, along with all the pertinent specs, can be found here on the SIG SAUER web site.
I’ll be shooting and hopefully carrying this gun over the next few months and will post updates as I progress.
At long last, the 10-8 Performance Walther PPQ sights are now ready. During the testing phase of these sights, I spent a bit of time with the M1 and M2 variants of the PPQ. Range time with the PPQ has shown it to be an extremely accurate gun which is quite easy to shoot. I am working on getting a holster rig to get to some additional testing, but many other pressing projects loom. Continue reading
Let’s see what we have (embedded hot links for the curious):
· Smith & Wesson stainless “no-lock” L frame revolver, Model 686-4 (Distinguished Combat Magnum Plus, 7-shot round butt) in the 2.5 inch variation, circa 1996, one of the last with a hammer mounted firing pin
· Ammunition by Buffalo Bore, “Tactical Short Barrel Lower Recoil Low Flash” 158 gr. .357 Magnum JHP (other loadings available), brass by Starline, velocity > 1,000 fps
· Craig Spegel checkered extended boot grips
· · Lobo Gun Leather “Enhanced Pancake” holster, nice design, appearance, and fit, maker delivers reasonable price and turnaround time
Quality made in the U.S.A. products, making a highly concealable, versatile, capable, and reliable carry package. A carry package not commonly seen, but quite a serious contender and still formidable in 2013.
[Also pictured, not made in the U.S.A.: Quickstrip™ reload strip (8-shot, loaded to 6) by Tuff Products (maker/vendor of nifty, well thought-out specialty items)]
This was one of of the most popular photos posted on the 10-8 Performance Instagram, so I figured it was worth another look here. A 2011/2012 vintage VTAC M&P 9mm that I had previously reviewed, with our new plain black 10-8 rear sight, new FDE base pads, and Apex sear/USB with a trigger job. The FDE theme is cool looking for sure, but you can see it gets dirty pretty easily, if that’s something you obsess over. The thumb safety was added after the fact, an armorer level parts swap that is easy to do if you have access to the parts. The FDE frames have slots for the safety, and come plugged from the factory. I’ve been training with this gun a bit recently, look for more updates as I continue to tinker with it.
We recently received a preproduction sample of the newest revision of the Catalyst M&P extended magazine catch from 21st Century Gunfighter. This catch is similar in length as the Glock 34/35 catch for the 9mm Glock frame, and is a drop in fit on all 9/40/357 frame M&Ps. Look for more as we get some range time with it. If you are interested in pre-ordering your own, visit the 21st Century Gunfighter store: http://21cg.us/shop/.
On our recent visit to Phoenix (AZ) for our 1911 Armorer’s Course, we had the pleasure of visiting with Freddie Blish and Robbie Barrkman of Robar Guns. Known for his extremely durable firearm finishes and Glock modifications, we took a look at one of his creations. This custom Glock is built on a Robar slide, Robar match barrel, and modified Glock frame with grip reduction, texturing, and beavertail. The slide is machined for the Trijicon RMR with suppressor height BUIS. The trigger work is superb with minimal take-up and a clean break.
I had not been all that excited about custom Glocks as it goes against my Glock philosophy, but these guns made me change my mind. I have a custom slide on order, and as soon as my G17 frame arrives, I will be sending it off to Robar. The texturing is especially nice, as it offers a grippy surface without being abrasive. The grip reduction removes the finger grooves and the high cut underneath the trigger guard improves the ergonomics more than I would have expected.
As expected, the slide is coated in PolyT2 and barrel is coated with the ultra slick NP3 for great corrosion resistance and enhanced lubricity.
Visit robarguns.com for more information.
It is now officially Day Two of the 10-8 Consulting 1911 Armorer’s Course. One of our intrepid students brought their fairly rare MARSOC M45A1 to class to work on. It has already been through a high round count pistol course, and belongs to an educated end user who knows how to keep his 1911s running. It was no surprise it passed all our function tests with flying colors.
Lately it seems to have become very popular for the internet commando community to bag on the so called “C Clamp” grip. So many top instructors and shooters use a variation of this support hand position that it would seem they must all be wrong. It is very difficult to discard the mechanical advantages of this grip, which places the shooter’s hand high relative to the bore line. The above photo shows one of the more common interpretations of the grip, with the support hand placed forward on the forend, and the thumb rolled over the top.
Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater people, the support hand position is only one part of the shooting stance. We will explore the nuances of different support hand positions in an upcoming article.
Photo by Triple Bravo
A little gun porn for your Friday enjoyment. Here’s a close up of the textured frame on one of the limited run 10-8 M&Ps. This run is the very first batch to feature my texturing work.
They are slated to be released for sale by the end of the month via the 10-8 Performance email newsletter. You can sign up for the newsletter at the bottom of the home page of the 10-8 site, and check out the site’s M&P page for more information about the run.
Here is a look at the difference between the rail sections of the Colt M45 (right) and Rail Gun. Note the increased thickness (top to bottom) of the M45 rail. This means a different holster will be required for the M45. Look to Raven Concealment for a dedicated holster, and stay tuned for a look at the MARSOC contract holsters.