MADE IN THE USA : ELEVEN * 10

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

Photo of the Day: The New 10-8 Performance Glock Base Pad

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.

MADE IN THE USA: SMITH & WESSON MODEL ?

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 hereRides 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).

Picture of the Day – The SIG P228

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.

Photo of the Day: Dry Fire Training Setup

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.

Duty Heavyweight: Old School 10-8 Nighthawk

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.

Made In The USA: Two AR Related Issues Solved

 

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).

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Photos of the Day: Old School Blaster by Hilton

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

Photo Of The Day: MP5K-PDW conversion

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!

Photo of the Day: Robar Guns Glock Slide

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.

 

SIG P224 SAS

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.

Walther PPQ Sights

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

MADE IN THE USA: CLASSIC AND STILL FORMIDABLE

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)]

Photo of the Day: Upgraded M&P VTAC

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.