I like to use the word knowing in conjunction with the word CONFIDENCE. Is knowing and confidence the same? I’m going to talk about knowing in competition and the tactical world. So what is knowing? Knowing you have the confidence to make a shot. Knowing you can hit a steel target at 50 yards. At a 100 yards. In competition, having the confidence to take a 30 yard shot on a partial target because you’ve done your homework. You know what the sight picture looks like for that distance and what type of trigger pull you need. You’ve zero’d your gun and know where the rounds are going to land. Continue reading
The HK416D is the ultimate in the cool guy kit. I have been issued one for two years now. I was dead set against the 416 when we were looking. I was on the selection committee, and shooting the carbine was what won me over. Continue reading
The U.S. Supreme Court is once again considering a case which could significantly impact those who own firearms, both LEO and the non-sworn. (I previously wrote on the Abramski case, involving the ATF Form 4473 actual buyer rule, HERE and HERE). The recently submitted case, Henderson v. United States, arose in an interesting setting (equitable action for return of property under federal procedural rule), and has an unusual pedigree (the Court of Appeals decision is not officially published, and thus it is not precedential). Some have suggested Henderson reflects an irreconcilable conflict between federal statutes and a judicial rule. Others perceive it to be a forfeiture or 2nd Amendment case. I think it will not be decided as any of those. For a synopsis of the facts, and the legal issue(s) remaining after developments from the parties’ briefing, see the Henderson preview page at SCOTUSblog, HERE.
Like Abramski, Henderson was once an LEO (Border Patrol agent). He entered a guilty plea to marijuana trafficking, for which he received a six-month prison sentence. The narrow question “officially” presented to the Supreme Court was whether after federal conviction, a judge may order the government to transfer non-contraband firearms voluntarily surrendered (to the FBI) as a condition of pretrial release to: a designated person, such as one to whom the defendant has sold the firearms, or; someone (who might be influenced by the defendant) to sell them, for the benefit of the defendant. I think the Court may remand for further proceedings to implement the law/procedure it decrees. Whatever the actual holding, I hope the Court will: provide guidance from which firearms owners (whether or not criminally accused or convicted) and their attorneys can implement a plan to effect dispossession upon firearm disability, and; put to rest erroneous legal positions (FFL requirement for consignment dispossession, necessity for the government or a court to inquire of and approve dispossession arrangements) advanced by the government. Continue reading
If you have more than a couple rounds down the barrel of the AR15 platform, you should know the system works but isn’t necessarily the cleanest. For anyone who actually shoots their gun instead of keeping it clean and pretty, the cleaning of the bolt carrier group in particular is always a fan favorite. Your choices are to soak it in solvent of some type of spend a good amount of time with a scraper of some type trying to break through the layer of fossilized carbon built up around the gas rings on the bolt. This is where aftermarket finishes and treatments have come into play in recent years in an effort to battle the carbon buildup. I have never been a fan of the flashy silver bolt carriers shining through the ejection port of a AR. I made a habit of writing them off as flash as my AR’s had always run just fine without them. Continue reading
Recently, I was evaluating a HK VP9 that was done up by Grayguns, Inc. I was shooting string after string on the timer. I noticed that somewhere south of .22 splits on multi-shot strings, my accuracy fell apart. I dismissed the VP9 as being inferior, due to the stock box P320 Carry giving me nice little piles of bullet holes at .16-.18 splits. Continue reading
This was the second year of the Top Cop Pistol Championship, held at the Broward County Sheriff’s Office Range at Markham Park in Sunrise, Florida. The match drew over 110 competitors and the proceeds from the match benefitted the The Broward Sheriff’s Advisory Council, a charity whose mission is to provide financial assistance to the families of officers killed or disabled in the line of duty. In addition, they also help develop educational programs to assist and support the State of Florida in drug abuse prevention and crime prevention. Continue reading
I seem to keep learning the same lesson, over and over again. Buy once, cry once. The lower light is a Streamlight 600 lumen. I picked it up at a bargain of $50. I liked it a lot, and at the time my Surefire’s were all 200 lumen. After a little bit of T&E, I mounted it on my issued HK416D. I trained and used it at work for about a year without issue. Continue reading
Hornady is expanding their ammunition offerings in 2015. One of the products will be the new “American Gunner” line. I recently came into a couple of boxes of the stuff from another gun writer who was in one of my classes. (Thanks Tom!) Continue reading
Clint Eastwood’s characters have always been brimming with exceptionally wise one liners, but today’s post highlights his great one from Magnum Force, “A man’s got to know his limitations.” Continue reading
1980′s television taught us so much. The Bren Ten was controllable for controlled “triple taps”. A Ruger Mini-14, when fired with the stock folded, was guaranteed to only hit the dirt beside a moving car, and if it did hit the car, it was only a tire. The car would then flip over 96 times, and then it would show both of the occupants getting out and merely dusting themselves off. A Smith and Wesson Model 29 (and oddly enough the SPAS-12, and HK P9) would blow the hood open on a car as it traveled towards you. That bad guys could be armed with the same weaponry as the good guys, but always lacked in marksmanship skills. And those that are serious carry a M1911 in their waistband with no holster. Continue reading
Warrior, Artist, Philosopher
Who wouldn’t want to be remembered with words like these:
Stubborn, single-minded, articulate, knowledgeable, independent, moral, inquisitive, interesting and accomplished . . .
That’s what Robbie Barrkman wrote of Louis Awerbuck (his friend of 35 years) on his Robar Guns website, after Awerbuck’s death in June 2014. (The entirety of the heartfelt tribute is HERE). Awerbuck’s Yavapai Firearms Academy, with a summary of his resume, is HERE. A 2008 interview of Awerbuck, where he answers well-posed questions on life, death, and equipment, is HERE. Another one, rather well-known, “Interview With A Madman,” is HERE. An interesting commentary on his death, evidencing Awerbuck’s appreciation for warrior history and philosophy, “Requiem For A Soldier,” is HERE. It is said that he was fearless, but carried a high capacity 1911 as a primary, and a Glock 19 as backup. Continue reading
In the wake of SHOT Show, I had been pondering some conversations with folks who were interested in changing their agency or team over to the 1911 from a Glock, Sig, etc. Readers here likely understand the true investment required to run a 1911, and I wanted to throw out some fresh thoughts on what it means to keep after a quantity of pistols in LE service. If you are an agency armorer or a gunsmith contracted to repair a local agency’s weapons, what they issue/authorize could mean different things for your life. Important caveat for internet readers with short attention spans – what follows deals with LE agency use of the 1911 or other pistols, so hold your comments if you are not using one in that context. Continue reading
These Aimpoints are over a decade old and have been treated in the worst ways. Despite their external appearance, they still hold zero and work like new.
Loyal readers of MSW and the old 10-8 Forums know that Hilton and I have been longtime fans of Aimpoint red dot sights. Having seen all kinds of optics show up in classes and on the range, along with how they perform through training cycles consisting of fairly high round counts, Aimpoint really has set themselves apart from the rest in terms of reliability and durability. Continue reading
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”- Charles Dickens Continue reading
When searching for the “best” ammunition for EDC, premises defense, or the downright silly (but dreaded nevertheless) “zombie apocalypse,” you will likely consider using a law enforcement product, even if you are not an LEO. Whether for pistol, AR-15, or shotgun, you will likely choose products from these brands/loads: