The firearms training industry is absolutely brimming with personalities of all types, and as a student it can be very difficult to filter through the noise and find quality instruction and guidance which pertains to one’s specific needs.
So many people in the industry seem desperate to spread themselves into areas where they have no business venturing. The flip side to that is that we have plenty of folks in the industry with great resumes in their respective lanes, and if you seek what they have to offer, then absolutely go to them. Continue reading →
One of the potential weak points on a 1911 pistol is the plunger tube. Shortfalls in either materials or workmanship (usually workmanship) can lead to the plunger tube becoming loose in the frame, or even completely falling out of the frame. The latter tends not to happen, since the grip panel will usually hold it in place. Continue reading →
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.
Some time ago Hilton contacted me to conduct an evaluation on Colt’s new Dual Recoil Spring Assembly for the 1911 pistol. For those of you who haven’t kept up with the various articles on this, Colt developed the dual recoil spring assembly at the request of the Marine Corps for the new M45 1911 Pistol. The reasoning behind the new spring is to extend service life to 8000 rounds between changes.
Springfield 1911/Colt M45 Dual Recoil Spring Assembly
Any serious student of the 1911 knows the name Paul Liebenberg. He was innovating right there in the beginning, working as the manager for the Pachmayr Gun Shop in the 1980s. He founded the high end gunsmithing shop Pistol Dynamics, and also built high end customs in the renowned Smith & Wesson Performance Center. In his Panteao video series, Paul gives a ton of background on the 1911, custom modifications, and his approach to fitting barrels, installing safeties, reliability mods, and many other popular custom touches for the 1911. I watched this video and found it pretty informative and actually pretty entertaining. While the video won’t turn you into a 1911 gunsmith, it will give any 1911 fan some insight into what goes into building a high end, custom 1911 pistol.
At the request of fellow MSW contributor Doug, I am updating an old 10-8 Forums thread regarding malfunctions in 1911s. If you are a 1911 shooter, it is absolutely critical that you understand the types of malfunctions that you will get, as none of them will go away with hope, good intentions, more cleaning, or more lube. Remember that we are discussing malfunctions or stoppages, and the more specific one can be, the more intelligent the analysis that can follow. Merely indicating that “the gun had a jam” offers no information at all. Continue reading →
“Don’t go swimming after you just ate a meal”, “You’ll get sick if you go outside with wet hair” and of course, “shooting competition will get you killed!” (from the Tactical Bible..)
Axioms to live by..or maybe we need to use critical thinking to get past what easily could be described as sacred mumbo jumbo. Why? In this four part series I’m going to present an argument on why competition is good for the tactical soul. Continue reading →
Hilton and I recently both wrote articles regarding the current popularity of custom machined slides on service weapons. Hilton reviewed the Innovative Gunfighter Solutions modified M&P Slide and I wrote about whether or not we needed the fancy work to begin with. Both of us agree that the extra serrations do add some utility. The added traction to aid in one handed (and some two handed) manipulation of the pistol is not lost upon us. However, we still got hate in the comments here and on Facebook about how important it is to have that added ability to rack the slide should one of your hands become otherwise occupied or incapacitated.
Many people who regularly carry a concealed handgun in street clothing find it necessary to take the weapon off and put it back on as part of their routine. Some IWB and OWB holsters accommodate that rather well with snap closures (when used with a perfectly matching belt). But, despite providing increased concealment and thus more choices in cover garment, not everyone likes an IWB holster, and the OWB snap closure holsters can be rather pricey and many of the sought-after makers have long turnaround time.
My approach has been to use the often maligned paddle holster. I have used paddle holsters for concealed carry, training classes, and competition. Naysayers usually have concerns with the paddle, including that it is bulky, does not provide a stable platform, comes loose on the draw, is susceptible to a “gun grab,” ruins trousers or underwear, or is uncomfortable when compared to an OWB belt holster. After some 20 years running numerous paddle holsters as well as OWB and IWB customs, the only meaningful drawback I have found with the paddle is the likely increase in “print” when carrying concealed. Many paddle holsters work well for belts of varying widths where a slotted OWB will not. (I use 1-1.75 inches wide belts). Continue reading →
One of the concepts I embraced many years ago was the idea that shooters aim into a larger area on any given target than what they need. Although, the phrase “Aim Small, Miss Small” is a bit cliche, it applies to high speed marksmanship. A shooter who accepts what many are taught in the academy of “Center the sights in the middle of Center Mass and you’ll do OK” are setting themselves up for nothing short of disaster when stress enters into the equation. When you accept a broad target area, it tends to also give the shooter a corona of inaccuracy that is emotionally comforting to them as Linus was about his blanket. Continue reading →
IGFS slide mounted on 10-8 textured frame with prototype FDE mag well.
A few months ago, John Garron, the honcho over at Innovative Gunfighter Solutions (IGFS), reached out to me to ask if I would be interested in reviewing their work. Wanting to keep my finger on the pulse of the M&P world, I requested he lend me a modified M&P slide that I could mount on one of my pistols for review. I received one of their full house packages finished in nickel boron, with S&W factory parts and sights installed. Continue reading →
Force on Force is some of the most important training out there in my opinion. For those who carry a gun for defense or for work, it is the closest thing to the real thing going if done correctly. It also vets what we think will work in square range drills, against what happens against the living and breathing who shoot back. Continue reading →
M&P Base Pads From L: 10-8 original style, Arredondo, Speed Shooters Specialties, Taylor Freelance, 10-8 XTC, Taran Tactical
We released the 10-8 Performance M&P magazine well earlier this week, and I am very excited that it has been so well received. We are almost sold out of the first run of parts, and the accompanying XTC base pads already sold out. With the release of this product has already come further discussion about the litany of aftermarket base pads and if/why they are or are not compatible. I thought it would be worthwhile to discuss here.
If you shoot nonreactive (fixed) steel targets regularly where frangible ammunition is not required (it rarely is) or the steel has been shot a great deal (it usually has), you likely have been hit by ricocheting bullet or jacket fragments. My experience suggests one is usually hit from the shots of others, and to a much lesser extent from reactive steel. (Ricochets also occur in indoor ranges when shooting paper targets, due to walls, floors, and metal objects downrange, or backstop integrity issues). Ricochets can be large, sharp, and travel at sufficient velocity to pierce skin and draw blood, sometimes even through a layer of clothing. A bullet or jacket fragment can become embedded in an open wound at skin level or deeper, and can cause most types of wounds; laceration, incision, avulsion, or puncture. A puncture wound (also referred to as penetrating trauma) is the type most likely to do damage beneath the skin and require professional medical attention even though superficial bleeding is stopped. I have seen each of those type wounds, and one likely arterial and two venous bleeds caused by fragment ricochets. Continue reading →
Last week I had the pleasure of attending Mike Pannone’s Covert Carry handgun class down here in sunny south Florida. Mike’s resume is extremely extensive, and I had been looking forward to training with him for some time. In an industry overflowing with buzzwords, hype, and self aggrandizement, Mike is a breath of fresh air and the consummate quiet professional. If you are a serious student of the gun, you need to step away from the guys in the glossy self promoting videos and train with Mike. Do it. Now. Continue reading →