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December 2016

At the risk of starting another caliber war, I want to answer a question that several members at warriortalk.com posed. In essence: Why would we pick a 9mm like the Glock PDW when we can have a 5.56x45 SBR? Well...it is a valid question and I will give my perspective on this based on 32 years of experience going into harm's way as well as teaching those who go into harm's way. Every weapon is a special weapon with a specific application. There are no weapons that handle every possible combat task equally well, and any choice is an exercise in compromise. While we all have personal preferences, the professional, or professionally-minded enthusiast should not have a "favorite weapon". Rather he should be skilled at a variety of weapons so that given some forethought and planning, he can select the best tool for the job. Now lets recall the concept of the PDW and its pseudo-official definition: A personal defense weapon (PDW) is a class of compact magazine-fed, self-loading, hybrid between a submachine gun and a carbine. The name describes... Read more →


I first saw this in an article by my friend Chris McLaughlin in the old, and then credible, SWAT Magazine. He wrote the story of its development for the US Marshal Service and its Witness Protection guys. As well its production by Wilson Arms, and later other firms. The short barreled shotgun is a highly controversial weapon, loved by some and maligned by others. We have never taken any bit of collective knowledge for granted, nor taken the words of others as gospel. When we "see for ourselves" we often discover that the reason something was either widely accepted, or widely dismissed had little to do with the efficacy of the weapon or method, and more with the "not invented here" syndrome. One of the things we have been studying for the past year has been the Personal Defense Weapon concept, and the AR Pistol's role in that mission. In this post I want to discuss one alternative weapon for the PDW mission, the pistol gripped shotgun. The first thing to understand is that it is a niche weapon, just... Read more →


Back in the 1980s the triggers on SIGs and Berettas and S&Ws were heavier than today...or maybe we are stronger today. I don't know. I came to the DA Semi Auto from the DA Revolver so the first shot was not a big deal to me. One rolled through the trigger in one continual and constant motion on the way out and the shot broke just as the last sight verification was made. But we did work on those DA triggers quite a bit both in dry work and in the gunsmith shop. I tracked down a relatively unknown 'smith named Steve Deladio who ran the Armory at Long Beach Uniforms. He tuned my S&W 686 to ridiculous smoothness and when I used the S&W 5906 I did the same. Steve gave it a fantastic double action pull that could be rolled through like the best revolvers. I never knew that the first shot was so "difficult", or that the transition from double action to single action was such a "problem" until I attended Gunsite and was told as much.... Read more →


Handstops have been in existence in the shooting world for years. They have been used as the name implies - for short weapons, placed in a way to prevent the hand moving forward of the muzzle, or as barricade points to hold against cover while shooting. I put one on my Mk18/Commando, intending to use it as a hand stop. Now I have been fencing Epee for a while now and I immediately saw some parallels in the feel of these "hand stops" with the pistol grip on my Leon Paul Epee. The epee pistol grip (otherwise known as the anatomical or orthopedic grip) was originally developed for a 19th century Italian fencing master, L.Visconti. Visconti had lost some fingers in some sort of mishap, and had the grip designed to enhance the leverage of those he had left. This grip has become popular among sports fencers in the late twentieth century because of the way it enhances a fencer's lateral strength for the parry (block), complements the agility and athleticism of competitors. In high-level fencing, pistol grips are used... Read more →


We have been doing this a long time, and while many seem to copy our every move, others just don't seem to get it. A properly set up red dot handgun has two sighting systems. One is the red dot, and the other is the iron sights. Both must be zeroed. Ideally, both are zeroed to hit at the same distance and on the same target. Let me explain a little bit more. Imagine you had a rifle with sights that could not be adjusted for neither elevation nor windage. That means that either the rifle shot at the same spot the sights were set for at manufacture, by happenstance...or the rifle shot elsewhere and you had no way to change that. So the rifle could never be zeroed using those sights. Now you could certainly put an Aimpoint red dot on that rifle and zero it for perfection, but the iron sights would in essence the useless. They would be there for show only. A rifleman who gambled on never needing those iron sights could argue that it didn't... Read more →


Americans tend to be very narrow focused and generally ignore international events, but this one has the potential to easily embroil the USA in things that really have no bearing on America nor on Americans. I suspect Trump's America First platform will help keep us out of Syria for the time being. Had Hillary and her globalist-socialist policies been elected, we may easily have been caught in a shooting war in Syria, and against the Russians. Notice the gunman. Clean, well dressed, and good weapons discipline. At first glance one may consider him a member of the security team. In fact, word is that he was a Turkish cop! The ambassador was several minutes into a speech at an embassy-sponsored photo exhibition in the capital, Ankara, when the man in the video wearing a suit and tie shouted “Allahu Akbar” and fired at least eight shots, according to an AP photographer in the audience. The attacker also said some words in Russian and smashed several of the photos hung for the exhibition. Do we have any doubt about motives? And... Read more →


Time for some heresy. For engaging a reactive threat's torso inside of five yards (fifteen feet), you do not need to use the sights at all. In fact, you are better off simply raising the pistol into the line of sight, pointing it at the chest, and pressing until he drops to the ground. We will wait for the collective gasps of the "sights all the time" tribe to subside, and so they can strike my name from the Raven's Book Of Life before we continue. Alright, all joking aside, when the problem calls for point shooting, you point shoot and the type of sights on the weapon are irrelevant. But when you do need extra refinement...which happens often enough, the sights are of great importance as they help you refine alignment as well as index carefully on target. So lets set down some points: The dot does not work WITH the sights. It works independently of the sights. Think of the iron sights and the red dot like two distinct and separate sighting systems. You do not need one... Read more →


I had the opportunity today to run my RMR'd Glock 17 with my new Suarez Match Barrel. I'm running a RMR 02, Black SI sights, on a OEM milled slide that I got from SI when the SI slides were scarce. It has the Tactical Grade FCG with the obligatory 2,000 round trigger job. I also installed the 2 piece SI Mag Well after shooting my buddy's G17 so equipped. In a conversation with Gabe, he told me that the barrel was designed to be match grade when used in conjunction with the SI slide, but that I'd notice a difference with an OEM slide as well. He was right in his assertion. 100% reliable and even though the nerd in me wanted to spend time benching the gun, the real test is in standing on your hind legs and seeing what it'll do in your hands. Very impressed. The fit and finish are superb. The little things, like the slight concave bevel at the muzzle to further protect the crown from inadvertent damage, set this barrel head and shoulders... Read more →