Guest Editorial: Jeff Gonzales on Strength and Shooting

*We are very pleased to feature a guest article written by our good friend, Jeff Gonzales of Trident Concepts. Jeff is an experienced trainer, avid shooter, and long time friend of mine and Tim’s, and we are very excited to have him here. To learn more about training with Trident Concepts, please visit www.tridentconcepts.com - Hilton

Jeff demonstrates a strength training drill on the range, pulling a weight attached to a length of rope.

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SHOT Disappointments

The Glock 40, a confusingly named 10mm.

Every SHOT Show brings great anticipation of new things to come, and inevitably some introductions end up being disappointments in some way. This post will surely bring hurt feelings and gnashing of teeth at keyboards, but these are just my own opinions so you get what you pay for. Continue reading

SHOT Show: My Highlights

Hilton covered Raven Concealment’s new Eidolon, but it deserves another mention here. In a world where most simply imitate, Raven Concealment continues to innovate and turn new ideas into great products. The Eidolon is an ambitious new design and concept, and we look forward to running this new holster.

Over the past week or so, Hilton has done a great job covering most of the notable new items that had relevance in our world. As he mentioned, over the years we have learned that this annual congregation of the shooting industry is far more about maintaining and developing relationships with great people rather than obsessing over the coolest new swag being passed around.

But still, this blog is about equipment. So in addition to what Hilton posted, here are a few products that also deserve mention, in no particular order: Continue reading

SHOT Show mini reviews

Although I did not get to venture through the halls of splendor and witness the new hotness of every gun, gear and gadget, I did have the opportunity to look at a few items that piqued my interest.

I like clever and ingenious.  When someone looks at the mousetrap and says “I can do it better” that excites me.  I had the pleasure to sit down with some of these designers and take the opportunity to learn more about their nifty new thing.

First off, the Leupold D-EVO (Dual-Enhanced View Optic) http://www.leupold.com/tactical/scopes/d-evo

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Recovering From SHOT Show

SHOT was a good time, but I am very glad to be home. This year’s show reminded me as always that it is not the gadgets and guns that are important, but the relationships that we forge. For those inside the industry, the week of SHOT is less about looking at the latest doodads, but more about visiting with old friends and making new ones. The widgets will come and go, but friendships last beyond what booth someone is working this year. Continue reading

SHOT Show Updates, Day 1

New M&P SIRT has been completely redesigned from the ground up.

Day1 of SHOT is behind us, and we are wearily readying ourselves for some Day2 action! SHOT is a massive event, and it is impossible to see everything even in all four days of the show. Here are some of the items we saw yesterday which we are most excited about. Continue reading

SHOT and 10-8 for 2015

New for 2015, the 10-8 Glock base pad in FDE.

As you read this, I am probably in transit to SHOT Show in Las Vegas, our industry’s annual gathering to unleash the latest new products. I have only missed one show in 15 years (2014), and am looking forward to meeting up with old friends, making new ones, and checking out what our industry has to offer this year.  Continue reading

The SHOT Show Primer

Going to SHOT Show?  What is that?  SHOT stands for Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade show that now has become synonymous   with “that cool, tactical (tacti-cool) show”.  In all seriousness, it’s where all the gun and gear companies come together with buyers (?) to show off their new products for the upcoming year.  It’s Mecca for the shooting industry no matter which side (competition or tactical) you are on. Continue reading

It Needs A Holster

Safariland 6004 with M&P and RMR. Don’t get excited, this is an old photo, not a new project.

As new pistols, lights, and especially new pistol mounted mini red dot optics come into the market, there follows much discussion about their integration into practical use as a CCW or LE service weapon. If we put aside the obvious need for the weapon, light, or optic to be vetted out for function, durability, and reliability, the next critical step is for the pistol to have a proper holster. Continue reading

Mindset & The Determined Adversary: An LE Training Perspective

As a career LEO and trainer, current events caused me to ponder how we should approach training for our profession. If you are in LE and reading MSW, chances are that you have already pondered what we will be discussing here, but despite our best efforts and hopeful wishes, not everyone in our profession has likely come to grips with all of the reality of dealing with the threats we now face.  Continue reading

Cold Weather Training

Training at a Balmy 32 degrees.

For those of us who live in the “Less Temperate” areas of the country. Cold weather training is a reality if you want to keep your training relevant and current. In the Northeast we have approximately 6 months of cold weather and 6 months of not quite as cold weather. There are several differences in cold weather firearms carry and usage that need to be addressed in training.

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Controlling time?

Last weekend I was at the range with a party of different shooters and friends.  There were several kinds of props and targets and everyone was having a good time shooting.  The group consisted of some novice shooters and at one station there was a military guy with his “babe” of a girlfriend.  She had taken up a stock Glock and was trying to knock down plates on the plate rack.  Well…she was struggling.  She was jerking the trigger, throwing shots repeatedly to the left driving through the magazine.  At this point, her “stud” came over and told her the all knowing advice of “slow dow and get your hits!”  Duh!  Just slow down and get your hits.  Of course this did NOT go well.  Our heroine tried her heart out but only managed to miss slowwwwly. Continue reading

Training In 2015: Some Recommended Instructors

Kyle Lamb of Viking Tactics shoots a demo during his Street Fighter class.

As 2015 starts to get into full swing, some folks are probably putting some thought into their training plan for the year. In my previous post, I gave some suggestions for how to up your game with training in general. Today, let’s take a look at a list of some instructors with whom I have trained recently, and why I think you should go check them out. Continue reading