And in comes the next innovative product from SPD Tool, the SPD Range Rod. Continue reading
And in comes the next innovative product from SPD Tool, the SPD Range Rod. Continue reading
I first met Tom Allen at the SHOT show seven or eight years ago. At the time, Tom had a small-ish firearms/accessory business in Chesterland, Ohio. Tom and I made some small talk and he told me if I ever needed any SIG related stuff to give him a shout.
I got home and needed a set of sights a few weeks later, and went onto the Top Gun Supply website and ordered a set of Meprolight Night Sights for a P220. I remember I ordered the sights on Monday. They got to my door on Wednesday. Whoa. That was quick.
Over the years, I’ve watched Top Gun Supply grow into the largest supplier of SIG Sauer parts and accessories. Tom and Michelle have dedicated much to the SIG Sauer line of products. Continue reading
I recently had a range experience that dispelled one of the greatest urban legends of the firearms world. That the 7.62x.39 AK 47 is incapable of the accuracy level of the AR-15…. or much of anything else. While that may be true in most cases, I just found that to be a myth. After much experimentation down the AK47 path, I settled on what I believe is the finest AK pattern rifle ever made. This is the Arsenal SAM7SF. Continue reading
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
I was recently going through my bookshelf throwing away some old catalogs and magazines and came across a few gems that I particularly enjoyed reading, not only because they were entertaining, but had a good amount of educational value as well. None of these books are exactly hot off the press, but if you’ve missed any of these, do yourself a favor and grab them from Amazon. Continue reading
I finally managed to squeeze in a serious range session with my new HK VP9. I shot the gun completely stock with the exception of blacking out the two dots on the rear sight with a black marker. Holster rig was a pair of Comptac P30 mag pouches and their P30 paddle holster with the retention backed out a bit. It worked out well enough in a pinch, but a different holster is forthcoming. 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
One of the most common questions that is heard in relation to gun parts, and 1911 parts in particular, is “do I need a gunsmith to fit it?” The short answer – if you need to ask that question, you will have the best results if you have a gunsmith do it. Continue reading
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I am here today to share with you a trick that the “BIG SCHOOLS” don’t want you to know. If you don’t want to shoot better like a NAVY SEAL in just two hours, please leave this blog now. This is for those who are serious, for those who want instant improvement in their practice. This one “Weird Trick” discovered by a stay at home mom wanting to learn to defend herself from the upcoming zombie apocalypse. Please, stay until the end of this blog if you are serious.
This one “weird” trick is called PRACTICE. There are no slick fixes. There are no pills, no potions that will take a D class shooter, and make them a Master class.
It seems the “ONE WEIRD TRICK” “HOW TO LOSE BELLY FAT WHILE EATING PIZZA THREE MEALS A DAY” or “FIND OUT THE REAL REASON OBAMA WANTS YOUR GUNS” meme has started to lurk into the firearms community. The sideshow barker lures you in with an instant cure for diabetes from an ad showing a Jelly Doughnut. Or warns you that “For those not serious about defending your family with the tricks of real world special forces operators need to leave this video now” all the while showing a bearded, multicam clad meat eater with his face blacked out.
I get that the firearms community has been hawking stuff for years with the claim of making us better and faster. Variations of the sights that I call the “Alien versus Predator” sights that claim that it makes you faster on target. Yet, every special ops unit and top tier competitor I know is using standard sights. Some with a fiber optic front, some with a standard front blade. If these huge, colorful sights that come together making an homage to the pharaohs were so good, you’d think they’d be on every gun in USPSA,, and CAG would order 500 sets of them. Apparently, these folks haven’t discovered how fast these sights make you.
There is no magic fix other than practice. The more you dry fire, the more you practice, the better you will become. Say it with me, the faster you will become. Recently, I had a buddy of mine who is just getting back into shooting USPSA after a lay off come to me with a question. At his last match, he won his division by a hair. He said that he sucked, but everyone just sucked a little more than he did that day. He was concerned that some of the younger guys were faster than him. He was sure that he was too slow, and wanted help putting a plan together to get faster. I asked him when the last time he devoted 15 minutes to dry firing and he replied “Oh, I have not practiced in months”. There your problem, you’ve got mud in your tires.
We as a nation seemed to be fixated on quick fixes. Time and practice makes us better.
The one “WEIRD TIP” is the same that it has been for decades. Practice. Train with a plan. Dry Fire. You’ll like the results.
Recent stories where the non-sworn (usually referred to as a “citizen” or “civilian”) successfully assisted a police officer caused me to write this post. One “all’s well that ends well” scenario involved a man who took shots when he witnessed an in-progress armed robbery and believed a responding officer was in danger of being ambushed. The officer took cover and the robber was captured later. (See here and here). Another, a more common scenario, involved bystanders who helped subdue a subject who might have overpowered the officer. (See here). Similar stories and videos on topic pop up on TV news reports and officer interest websites from time to time. (See examples, here and here). As an MSW reader, you likely already know that being a “hero” aiding police is, like policing itself, dangerous business. Thus it is no surprise; not every “hero” comes through unscathed. (See here). Also not surprising; simply having a cup of java in public with an officer is not risk-free. (See here). Finally, would it not just plain suck to aid an officer . . . and then someone else gets the credit? (See here). Continue reading
Last week, I was out at the SIG Academy teaching a class when one of my friends who is one of their engineers showed up with all kinds of cool stuff.
One of these items was a suppressed SIG MCX in 300 Blackout. I didn’t have a lot of time due to teaching, but I ran enough ammo through it to say without a doubt…….wow. Continue reading
Much like Sisyphus, the poor bastard in Greek mythology who was doomed to forever push a rock uphill and have it roll back down, Tim and I seem to repeat the same conversation every few months. It usually goes like this:
Me: Man, I wish there was a better way to carry while I was in PT gear.
Tim: Yeah, no real convenient way. Also it is hard to PT with the gun on anyway, and you risk having it fall out or hurting you if you roll on it or something.
Me: No, I meant while wearing PT gear, like on the way home after the workout, not during PT.
Tim: Oh. Continue reading
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
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“Officer Down” column (last article link below in list) — a must read comprehensive analysis of an OIS, with a buffet of food for thought. This one has particularly important lessons for traffic stops and other encounters where repeated challenges are issued to a non-compliant. In one case where a non-compliant subject was holding a weapon, a federal appeals court said: “We accept for the present purposes that, once past Sergeant Carr, Montoute never turned to face him again, and Montoute never actually pointed the sawed-off shotgun at anyone. But there was nothing to prevent him from doing either, or both, in a split second. At least where orders to drop the weapon have gone unheeded, an officer is not required to wait until an armed and dangerous felon has drawn a bead on the officer or others before using deadly force.” The case, Mountoute v. Carr, is here.
Kyle Dinkheller, EOW 1/12/1998: The dashboard video is here. Watch it and then read the column. As Rod Serling would say, submitted for your approval: Repetition makes good practice, but in the real world, use it at your own risk.
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Stay safe, whether in or out of uniform.
I come here today to review some of those super awesome belts that make your life better. I’m guessing that someone smarter than me realized that wearing 50 lbs of mags, med kits and more mags on your chest rig led to pain and encumbered movement. They came up with MOLLE on a belt so you could carry more stuff on your waist and still have room for more mags on your chest. They called it a “battle belt” (how cool…) So now, if you want to be tactical, you need to “run” your gear on these new belts. I do admit, it is more comfortable and functional than a standard “bat belt” I wear as a LEO. Depending on your agency or unit, you might be able to ditch the old “leather” gear for one of these beauties.
The first one I’d like to talk about is the HSGI Battle Belt $79. http://www.highspeedgear.com/hsgi/sure-grip-padded-belt-31PB.html