I worked Gangs, Special Enforcement and a few other details that had my team and I "undercover" or at least wearing plain clothes. The job required that, as having a uniform on would have defeated the entire point of the exercise. But we knew that the moment we needed to engage the bad guys, we would either need to don some sort of attire that signified we were police. That either was a raid jacket with the words "POLICE" emblazoned on it in bright yellow, or a Point Blank SWAT vest with a badge and the word "POLICE" readily visible. The reason is that we did not want to be mistaken for other bad guys. As it was I got plenty of police guns pointed at me through the years I worked those details. But we knew that a criminal would more likely surrender to the police than to another thug that wanted to rob him. And, if the situation allowed it, we always tried to have a marked police unit with a couple of uniformed officers on hand should... Read more →


QUESTION ON OUR 34 SLIDES: Q. Hello, I'm wondering why your Glock 34 red dot RMR slide doesn't have the top cut away opening like the factory Glock 34 slide. I am under the impression this cut away is to reduce reciprocating mass and speed up the cycle time. I'm interested in a slide and would like to know the answer before a purchase. A. Glock is into saving money. They want to use the same recoil unit on all full sized pistols from the 9mm Glock 17 to the 357 SIG Glock 35. The opening is to lighten the slide to allow for that but at the cost of weakening the slide and allowing all manner of dust and sand to get into the workings of the pistol. Here in AZ we tested this and once sand gets into the weapon, while it may still function most of the time, its reliability is greatly reduced. It is popular now in our world, where "looks is more important than performance" to see slides with a myriad of holes cut into... Read more →

One of the members at Warriortalk asked this morning about semi-autos instead of pump actions when selecting a shotgun. So here is my point of view - and I am certain the hate mail will begin shortly. The semi auto has advantages, namely that the shooter doesn't have to manually operate the weapon...BUT when I have worked these in less than perfect situations, meaning the shooting position not fully established...cheek weld and shoulder mount not quite there...weapon unsupported like in moving or in quick unexpected engagements, I see them malfunction. The only real malfunction of the pump action is a short-stroking of the action, or not working the pump for a sufficient distance to eject the spent shell and load another. That can be remedied in training. And if it does happen, the dead trigger will result in a quick more aggressive pumping action and a remedy of the problem much faster than clearing a problem in a semi auto. The Beretta 1301 I have began exhibiting this. Its a great SGN...but not for everything. The Benelli can unload the... Read more →


There is a difference and the two applications are not the same at all. Some perspective is in order. If your goal is gunsport, then enjoy yourself, but understand that it is not gunfighting. Some sportsmen may feel upset at me saying that, but they should not. Just as Olympic fencing is not knife fighting, and NASCAR is not PSD driving, one has to honest with himself. The problem is that when one tries to interject the weapons intended for sport, or the methods intended for sport into a real world application, those likely to fail with the expected results. So an essay in images - These guys are on their way to kill bad guys. This guy is on his way to find a duck. This soldier is shooting a terrorist. This guy is shooting a clay This man is protecting his store from looters. They are different pursuits with different tools. There may be some slight parallels, but just as these gunfighters would not prevail in a gun game with rules and special guns organized to give a... Read more →

Some of you will know the feeling. You have been gone from your old hometown, your parent's house, or an old car you used to drive. You return, ten, maybe twenty years later and there is a definite familiarity to it. The shotgun, specifically the Remington 870, is that way for me. It is the main long gun I carried into battle working night watch, and later the Gang Unit. I got into many shootings with issued 870s, and when I heft one it has that familiarity I mentioned. We have said that situation will determine you tactics and those will select the weapon for you best suited for the task. That selection must be an emotionless and analytical one based on reason and not feelings. For many years, the weapon that I kept by the bed was a rifle. I lived in a crowded house filled with old people and children, and often other staff members staying with during training courses. The concerns over surgical accuracy and the avoidance of over-penetration were forefront of the mind. But today it... Read more →


Here is a crazy video. It illustrates what men are capable of doing, and that sometimes one should reconsider their course of action. This happened in Costa Rica. A woman arrived complaining that the bread she bought was old and dried out. She later returned with her husband, who had likely been worked up by the wife. He was clearly quite angry. The man began yelling insults at the baker. At one point the baker’s son steps up to defend his father. At a certain point you will see in the video, the man leaves the argument to go to his car. He immediately returns with a shotgun. The shotgun is one we saw a great deal in Central America, a pistol gripped shotgun of some sort. Likely a Mossberg or Winchester. I didn't quite catch the audio, but the son appears to taunt the armed man to shoot him. Well...sometimes you get your request granted. Learning points - 1). Sometimes it is impossible to calm down a situation. It is importnat to have the escalation switch at hand and... Read more →

In my The Truth About The Gen 5 Glock article I wrote about the new Gen 5 barrel. I told a story about a gunfight I got to participate in involving a couple of armed robbers and a team of guys armed with polygonal barreled pistols. The bad guys ended up as large slabs of ballistic gelatin on legs, but the CSI guys were not able to determine whose rounds hit which bad guy due to the inability of the polygonal bores to mark the bullets sufficiently for a match. I got this from a correspondent who is in the CSI biz: "I just read your blog post about the new Gen 5 Glocks. Some info on the CSI front. You are correct that previously, nearly any bullet fired from a Glock would not be identified to a specific pistol. However some time ago Glock started marketing barrels that were designed so the bullets could be matched back to a specific weapon. The guns that had these barrels were not very common. Glock continued to work on developing barrels that... Read more →

We received two of them yesterday, not from Glock but from our usual distributor. And for over a month now we have been deluged with ostensibly objective articles all over the gun media singing the virtues of the Gen 5 Glocks...almost to a messianic level. I suspect that Glock didn't send these early samples out to people who were not in the pocket of the company, promised to give a favorable review, or at least "of the faithful". But now we have them. In short...it is a Gen 4 Glock without finger grooves. That's it. Yes, it has some new additions such as 1). Ambidextrous slide releases: I can't comment of the game shooters or the Youtube gun jugglers but most modern combat-centric training today involves operating the slide manually over the top during a reload. The slide release is actually a superfluous item that often gets in the way of the most solid grip. Now it will get in the way for both right handers and left handers. If I ever run one of these, I may well simply... Read more →

The Stakeout concept is gaining ground. I shake my head at all the guys that sneered at the idea we discussed last year now getting orgasmic over the Mossberg Shockwave and the Remington Tac-14 (I wonder how many got a free weapon from Mossy or Remy?). Anyway - here are the original videos we did. Feel free to comment or discuss. Stakeout 870s are in the shop ready to be built to your specs and so much more efficient, accurate and shootable than the mass produced items you won't believe it. Read more →

By Greg Nichols We’ve been talking a lot about shotguns, styles, models, ammunition, actions, and applicable situations of use. I want to look at the actual functioning of a shotgun during use and take you through, step by step, the method I use to run one so fast. In specific I will be addressing a pump action as it addresses the management of pump and auto, with an auto. 1) When you trigger the shotgun you use the same trigger control/staging as you do on a pistol or rifle. There really isn’t a need to tune a shotgun trigger as the marksmanship isn’t required to be as fine just based on the capabilities of the platform. The key here is to use your non-shooting or support hand to apply pressure to seat the butt tightly in the shoulder pocket. Your shooting hand only needs a light touch, and I like to put my thumb on the top of the grip rather than wrapped around it (excepting those with a pistol grip). On a PGO only shotgun the function is the... Read more →