21 Jan 17
Army Version of the SIG320:
Friends as SIG tell me these additional details about the pistol that will ultimately be delivered to the Army:
Our military’s version of SIG’s 320 pistol will have a manual safety lever. Of course, most troopers will never be allowed to even have a magazine inserted into the pistol, much less carry the weapon with a round chambered, so the manual safety lever will have little real function.
Two more “enhancements:”
The take-down lever will be “secured” in some way on the right side, so that it cannot be removed at the field level which would allow complete removal of the fire-control unit from the plastic frame.
The slide cover-plate at the back will be “secured” in a similar fashion, and for the same reasons.
Army procurement people obviously do not want “end-users” (the ones who may actually have to shoot someone) taking the gun apart any further than field stripping.
I carried a SIG320 for most of last year. My copy has no manual safety, as I have no interest in one and consider it a mostly useless and unnecessary addition. If I were carrying a 320 with a manual safety, I’d leave it in the “off” position. However, a manual safety that does not exist cannot be inadvertently left in the “on” position, and that is why I like it gone!
Not everyone agrees, however.
“There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently what need not be done at all”
20 Jan 17
2017 SHOT Show, Last Day:
At this, the last day of the 2017 SHOT Show, nearly everything stopped during the swearing-in ceremony in Washington DC. There were TV monitors everywhere. A spontaneous cheer broke-out at the conclusion, and cheering continued throughout DJT’s acceptance speech. It was as if a great plague had been lifted from our Nation. Actually, that description is pretty close!
I notice there was destructive rioting in DC and other metro areas, by leftists of course, acting like the spoiled brats they are. When BHO won in 2008 and 2016, I didn’t like the results either, but I didn’t react by destroying property and hurting people. That is because we consider ourselves good people, far from perfect of course, but at least striving to be good and decent citizens. Leftists aren’t, and don’t!
A South African ex-patriot, now living in the UK and also watching, commented:
“While watching, I cried bitterly for my lost country…
Best wishes Marine, my comrade and brother!”
Today, saw the “Coyote Light.” It’s a powerful red spotlight, used to hunt predators, particularly coyotes. Red light does not “spook” the animals. It’s almost invisible to them!
A company called “Timber Creek Outdoors” makes grips and forends of aluminum, but both are skeletonized, to reduce weight. An even more revolutionary AR forend is made by “Brigand Arms” from woven (braided) carbon fibers. It is very strong, with plenty of places for heat to escape.
Primary Arms, makers of an Aimpoint H1 knock-off, also makes a wide variety of other rifle optics, which I didn’t know. I have one of my ARs equipped with a Primary Arms RDO, and it has always run well. At under $200.00, it is very attractive!
The first day of the SHOT Show, I noticed crowds were down from last year, but the second and third days, it was very crowded. I was told that a number of late vendor registrations had to be turned town, for lack of space, much as was the case last year. When you want to come, get your credentials in advance. Otherwise, you’ll stand in long lines most of the first day!
Mood was upbeat, particularly after this morning’s Inauguration Ceremony!
Many claiming to make ARs, more than I could count! Again, the money is in high-end guns!
More AR accessories than I could count! One, called the “Trigger Point” incorporated a laser switch in the rifle’s trigger! For one, I think the purpose of triggers should be confined to causing the gun to fire, but maybe I’m just old-fashioned!
Many ammunition manufacturers, knife-makers, range equipment makers, and loading/reloading equipment manufacturers.
The SHOT Show is a coming-out party. Vendors are here to write orders for the coming year. They want to talk with distributors and big retailers. But, everyone is polite, and most even talk with lowly trainers, like me.
We’re used to the Sands Exposition Center now. We know where restrooms are, and most vendors end-up pretty close to the place they were last year!
When you come to the SHOT Show, be prepared to walk! By the end of the day, your feet and legs will feel it!
This year’s SHOT Show was a great success, for most attendees, and for me personally. I get to see all my old friends!
Now, I’m going to find a poker game!
19 Jan 17
2107 SHOT Show, Third Day:
I spent all morning at our annual meeting of the Board of Advisors of ACLDN (Armed Citizens’ Legal Defense Network). Our Network is rapidly growing in size and influence, and still represents your best bet for legal and financial shielding, as a legal American gun-owner/carrier.
Other Board Members include Manny Kapelsohn, Mas Ayoob, Jim Fleming, Tom Givens, Denny Tueller, Marty Hayes
The excellent educational material provided with your membership is worth the price by itself! With membership now over 12k, in 2106 we had no incidents requiring the intervention of the Network!
I conducted several recorded interviews on the SHOT Show floor this afternoon, with my friends and colleagues, James Yeager, Pete Pi (CEO of Cor-Bon), Justin Moon (CEO of Kahr), and Jared Wihongi, knife designer and trainer for Browning. Much good current information, and all will be made available shortly in our Operator Series videos.
Browning Black Label knives (designed by Wihongi) are available at WWW.FULLKITTACTICAL.COM.
I talked with friends at Blackhawk. Contrary to what I reported yesterday, Blackhawk’s wonderful series of discrete rifle bags, called “Diversion Bags,” has been discontinued. I encouraged them to bring them back! In the interim, “Sneaky Bags” (mentioned yesterday) will suffice and make an acceptable alternative.
I talked with friends at First Light. Flagship product continues to be the 700 lumen T-Max LE. Customer service at Firstlight is second to none! The T-Max LE is also available at our Pro Shop.
This afternoon, we received the news that the US Army has officially adopted the SIG320 Pistol to replace its ageing (and never popular) fleet of Beretta 92s. Friends at SIG are delirious! They tell me that SIG’s clever modularity was the major selling point. It’s a good choice, and will serve the Army well!
Our Presidential Inauguration is at 9:00am (local time) tomorrow morning. We’ve already seen several rag-tag protestors locally. Everyone here is on-edge, concerned about dangerous rioting.
Interesting that only leftists think they have the right to riot!
18 Jan 17
2017 SHOT Show, Second Day:
I saw Dick Davis of Armor Express today! Dick, inventor of soft body armor and supposedly “retired,” still mans the AE booth. Dick and I go back a long way. He is a real hero!
Dick is reviving the Bowling Pin Shoot, where we all had such a great time so many years ago! Central Lake, MI, 9-16 June 17. I’m going to try to make it!
At Raven Holsters, I confirmed that they are still making the “V62.” Basically, a trigger-guard cover, with a lanyard. Perfect for pistols kept in handbags. The trigger is protected. When the gun is drawn, the cover pulls off, and the pistol can then be fired normally. They’re making it for the G19/23, and now the S&W M&P, and the G42.
Phalanx Defense is still making their “Stealth Operator.” A kydex belt-holster (outside and IWB) that fits nearly any modern service pistol. Perfect for equipping students coming to Courses without holsters or with nonsense “holsters” that are unsuitable for serious carry.
A company called SERT had on display their line of “Sneaky Bags.” Soft rifle cases that don’t look like gun cases. Several sizes to accommodate nearly any serious rifle. I’m getting one!
Blackhawk makes a similar line they call “Diversion Bags”
UTM (Ultimate Training Munitions) make a clear face-mask, suitable for Airsoft training. One problem inherent to Airsoft and Sims training is that most face-masks make it impossible to see facial expressions, and interpreting facial expressions is an important component of scenario-based training. This face mask solves that problem!
Hexmag, famous for AR magazines, is now making a G17 pistol magazine, as well as a 20-round 308 rifle magazine.
Lancer is also making an excellent AR magazine, and 308 magazines. Semi-translucent plastic body reveals remaining round count, without making it obvious to everyone. Hard to beat!
Friends at Lehigh Defense, makers of high-performance ammunition, showed me their new FTM round. The 9mm version features a solid copper, 90gr bullet with a “scalloped” nose. It is not a hollow-point, but the Lehigh folks are convinced it has superceded conventional controlled-expansion projectiles, and thus represents the next step in the evolution of serious pistol ammunition.
Velocity is 1400f/s. Penetration 12″-18″, per FBI standards. Gelatin tests are impressive, and of course, there is no hollow cavity to plug-up!
I’ll have some to test shortly!
Friends at Lone Wolf, makers of replacement Glock barrels, and a host of other Glock replacement parts, tell me that the barrel they make that converts a G22/23 into 9mm (9mm Glock magazines run in 40S&W Glock pistols just fine) is their most popular item. Can’t make them fast enough!
Owners of 40-caliber Glocks can thus “convert” their pistols to fire relatively inexpensive 9mm ammunition.
Lone Wolf is now doing the same thing for the S&W M&P Pistol!
The surging popularity of 9mm pistols is insuring prosperity for Lone Wolf!
Friends at Eotech tell me the “thermal drift” issue that reared its head last year is now history. I editorialized at the time that the whole affair was mostly BS anyway, and irrelevant for the vast majority of users. In any event, it is long-since been taken care of.
17 Jan 17
2017 SHOT Show, 1st Day:
Two more major companies have now produced Glock-like pistols, both of which I got my hands on today:
Century Arms CANIK (TP9) Pistol, and the CZ P10C Pistol.
Both are striker-fired, polymer-framed, double-column, 9mm service pistols, with VGG (variable grip geometry), tabbed trigger, and no manual safety. Retail for either is $500.00-$550.00. Both are very acceptable, and very new!
I particularly like the CANIK. Turkish manufactured, but well made, its slide is ceramic coated (cerakote). Slick and smooth. Trigger is Glock-like, with crisp reset. My friend and colleague, James Yeager, is currently carrying a copy and has no compunction about recommending it. I may do the same!
One concern of mine is the pistol’s ambidextrous, long, cantilevered slide-release levers. When operating the one on the left side of the pistol with your thumb (assuming you’re right-handed), there is no problem. We prefer racking the slide, but using the lever may be necessary from time to time.
However, when a right-hander uses his right index finger (trigger finger) to push down the lever on the right side of the pistol, his finger often slides off, enters the trigger-guard, and hits the trigger! On the left side of the pistol, the thumb is too short to cause that problem.
The Walther PPQ has the same issue! On my copy of the PPQ, I had my gunsmith simply remove the lever on the pistol’s right side. With it gone, the potential problem goes away!
When I get my copy of the CANIK, I’ll perform the same surgery!
I’ve informed friends at both Walther and Century Arms about this potential issue, so they are aware of it.
I asked friends at Beretta if their Glock-like APX Pistol would see the light of day at this year’s SHOT Show. They answered in the negative, once more, and could give me no intro date. I’ve only seen pictures of it.
That leaves only two, major gun companies without a modern, flagship pistol to sell:
Beretta and Colt. Both need to get with it!
Friends at DSA, Robinson Arms, et al all tell me that there is little profit any more in low-priced, plain-vanilla ARs. Much competition, and some companies now using cheap, Chinese parts (which are mostly crap). With retail prices flirting with $500.00, there is scant incentive to get into that business.
The money is now in high-end AR and other military rifles, with features like high-tech coatings, M-lock forends, high-tech optics, collapsible/adjustable stocks (Robinson Arms’ version is called the “Fast 3″), etc. DSA, Robinson Arms, PTR, Daniel Defense, Doublestar, et al now have wonderful offerings and packages in that category. For one, I don’t want a “cheap” AR!
Cor-Bon is now making practice (hardball) ammunition, in house, at attractive prices! Their high-performance ammunition, like DPX, Power Ball, Urban Defense all continue in high popularity. Cor-Bon is becoming a major player. A company to watch!
I got a chance to handle Meprolite’s “FT” sight today. It’s a low-profile attachment to the rear of a pistol’s slide. Much less bulky than a typical RDO! No holster modification required. No batteries. Front sight becomes irrelevant! Shooter sees a small, illuminated dot, surrounded by a small circle when the pistol is at eye-level. I like the “sight picture,” but I’m concerned that you can’t see anything until everything is precisely aligned. I thus found myself “fishing” for the sight picture as the pistol came up to eye-level. Maybe after I use it for a while, a consistent presentation will address that issue.
Kahr, who used to have the single-column, striker-fired, carry-pistol business to themselves, now has much competent competition, as I mentioned yesterday. They’ve responded with their new TU3 series of 9mm and 380auto pistols, featuring three-dot sights and a cerakoted slide. I like it and will have a copy (9mm) soon!
Friends at Comp-Tac tell me that the trend in concealment holsters now is in making holsters that will accommodate RDOs and laser attachments permanently attached to pistols, as it seems those two “enhancements” have really caught-on in the burgeoning concealed-carry market.
Speaking of which, friends at GTM (Gun Tote’n Mammas) tell me demand for their purses, briefcases, and handbags continues brisk! For many women, and not a few men, “off-body carry” represents the only option for being continuously armed. GTM’s line is, by far, the most current, competent, and extensive, and all top quality. We’ve trained GTM’s management team, so they know how to go armed, and do!
For those of us who still prefer “on-body” gunleather, Tom Kulwicki at Alessi Leather is the man to see! Tom’s shoulder-holsters, ankle-holsters, and his “Talon/Tuckable” belt holster are second to none! Expensive, but the best always is!
The Show is huge. We’ve barely started!
16 Jan 17
2107 SHOT Show, Range Day
We’re here in Las Vegas, NV for the 2017 SHOT Show, all this week.
Today was Range/Media Day at an outdoor range in Henderson , NV, where we had the opportunity to shoot all the new guns that were of interest.
Here is what caught my interest:
Colt’s “Cobra” 38Spl, six-shot snubby revolver has been revived! Smooth and slick! The “Cobra” and “Detective Special” were discontinued years ago. Those of us who still have copies surely treasure them! This new Cobra is wonderful. For a back-up gun, you can’t go wrong!
We saw and shot the new Hudson Pistol. It is marketed as a striker-fired 1911, but it feels more like an all-steel Glock! No variable grip-geometry, and it features a “jointed trigger,” with the hinge at the bottom. Short pull and shallow reset. Feel of the trigger is different than most, but I’m sure I could get used to it. Recoil is mild, but the gun is heavy.
We shot the Springfield Armory EMP in 9mm. Short and flat. Nice for carrying. Grip is bobbed at the rear, much like the Walther PPQ, which I really like!
The Kimber K6S six-shot, snubby revolver was smoother, even than the Colt Cobra! Once again, excellent back-up gun.
Honor Defense has been in business for a few year now. They make a nice, single-column, 9mm, Glock-like carry pistol. Trigger-group is modular, much like the SIG 320. Designed to compete with the Kahr PM9, S&W Shield, Walther PPS/M2, and G43. I like them!
We had a chance to shoot S&W’s “Gen-2″ M&P, and they’ve make some genuine improvements. “Cat’s tongue” stippling is just right! Trigger is much improved, now with a snappy reset. Since its introduction, the M&P Pistol has established an excellent reputation for reliability and durability, and I have no compunction recommending it.
Angel Armor from Colorado makes the lightest “stiff” armor I’ve ever seen! They won’t tell me what it’s made of, but a panel that lines an entire car door, rated for all pistol rounds, weighs less than eight pounds. Chest plates that stop rifle rounds are a half-inch think and weigh ounces. Amazing stuff!
Inland’s M1 Carbine is wonderful! This little rifle is still a favorite of so many.
Urban Carry makes a clever update of the old “Pager Pal” holster. The pistol is hidden beneath the trousers in the “appendix” position. Pulling up on a leather tab exposes the butt of the pistol, so it can be quickly drawn. Of course, reholstering requires both hands. Vicki, and my daughters, will be testing it!
Doublestar, makers of wonderful ARs and 1911s, had on display and interesting AR accessory, called the “Mortar Plate.” It’s a butt-plate (with rubber pad) that attaches to the end of the buffer-tube. It makes a short AR stock, about as short as a telescoping stock when fully collapsed. However, it is far less bulky. Too short for me, but Vicki really liked it for its lightness and lack of bulk!
I admire all manufacturers who are not afraid to come out on Range Day and invite all of us to actually shoot their wares, with live ammunition. My favorites were all there, even ones I didn’t mention. They deserve much credit!
The Show starts tomorrow morning.
More to come!
11 Jan 17
“People with unusually thin skins ascribe small insults, humiliations, and setbacks consequent upon human existence to vast and malign political forces; and, projecting their own suffering onto the whole of mankind, conceive of schemes, usually involving violence, to remedy the situation that has so wounded them.”
Cedric Richmond (D/LA), chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, threatened Republicans yesterday with, “We may just have to kick somebody’s ass…”
The threat of violence was prompted by the removal of a controversial painting on display at the Capital. It depicts uniformed police officers as pigs, and was created by a high-school student. The ultimate fate of the painting is currently in limbo.
The painting is, of course, a vile insult to all American police officers, and many think it has no place in our Nation’s capital. We’ve all seen the results of the deliberate “de-policing” of metro areas, like Chicago!
Even so, Congressional Democrats, particularly black ones, may apparently articulate such violent threats with casual impunity, on those rare occasions when they don’t get their way.
Curiously, that privilege is never extended to anyone else!
“Who oppose tyranny through terrorism object not so much to ‘tyranny,’ as such, but to the fact that it is not they who are exercising it.”
Again, Marshall Locke
8 Jan 17
“The ‘mentally ill’ will always be with us. Some are dangerous. Some even get elected to political office.
They’s why we have guns!”
Conscientious, honorable, principled, moral, self-regulating American gun-owners have ever been unfairly and venomously maligned by leftists, since the days flintlocks. The “anti-gun” political agenda, consistently promoted by Democrats, is nothing new!
This advice for our new president:
Know and understand that liberals hate your guts, and ours, and always will. Nothing you do, nor can do, will ever change that. They don’t merely hate what we do. They hate what we are. They will never “like” either of us, no matter what concessions we try to graciously throw their way.
This is not the time to break-bread with, nor chat with, nor compromise with, nor drink tea with, nor “make peace” with, leftists. Nor should you squander valuable minutes listening to the their hysterical, nonsensical Marxist drivel about all aspects of private firearms ownership in the USA, nor about the clear meaning of our Second Amendment, so wisely written by our Founders in the 18th Century.
This is the perfect time to put on notice all haters of guns, haters of treasured firearms freedoms historically enjoyed by Americans, along with panoptic haters of all freedom and individual liberty in general, that:
1) You’ve wittingly embraced the wrong issue
2) Your invariable, unceasing anti-gun agenda, and your unquestioning devotion to it, has destroyed your party’s influence
3) You live in the wrong country!
7 Jan 17
Incident in FL:
Debbie W Schultz (D/FL) said (actually shrieked) during a TV interview today that commercial air-travelers on domestic flights should not be permitted to transport guns and ammunition in checked baggage, as they are now on most airlines.
The liberal media stooge doing the interview dutifully nodded in agreement, mumbling “Something has to be done.”
She contemptuously dismissed a fellow commentator who mentioned that lawful American gun owners, including LEOs, hunters, et al fly routinely, every day, with their firearms and ammunition (properly packaged per TSA regulations) in checked baggage.
Of course, the “something that must be done” self-labeled “progressives” never want to say out loud is the complete, forcible elimination of privately-owned guns in America, the demolition of our Second Amendment, forcibly stripping all Americans of all guns. That is their perpetual wet dream, and the only way they can imagine that will insure against an incident like Friday’s airport shooting in FL.
While they’re at it, they’ll have to eliminate trucks too, eh?
All of Western Civilization is enmeshed in a global War with Islamic jihadists, and in case you missed it, it’s a shooting war.
We have to fight!
Converting ourselves into a nation of defenseless, helpless sheep is the only “solution” liberals like Schultz have to offer. Thinking in any other terms is, for them, impossible.
And yet, to my ears, her assurance of “peace and protection through impotence,” is less than inspiring!
Reminds me of “Airplane:”
“Ladies and gentleman, this is your stewardess speaking. We regret any inconvenience the sudden cabin movement might have caused…. There’s no reason for alarm, and we hope you enjoy the rest of your flight.
By the way, is there anyone on board who knows how to fly an airplane?”
Elaine Dickinson (played by Julie Hagerty) in the 1980 feature film, “Airplane”
5 Jan 17
“The Sword of Justice has no scabbard”
Joseph De Maistre
This update, from a friend and student living in Western Europe:
“A year ago, our ‘European Commission’ introduced yet another anti-gun bill, following Islamic terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels.
The bill was very bad! They wanted to ban all rifles that ‘look like’ ARs and Kalashnikovs, as well as all magazines (rifle and pistol) that hold more than ten rounds.
Fortunately, we European citizens (finally!) woke up, and thanks to numerous pro-gun lobbies and thousands of citizens letters to MEPs at the European Parliament, we’ve managed to tone-down the bill. We still do not know the final text.
However, we do know these insulated leftists/elitists will never relent, so long as any of us are not completely helpless and defenseless, while terrorists remain heavily armed. We are getting ready for the next legislative battle!
The results of even talk of this bill, combined with our self-imposed state of continuing Islamic terrorism, is that Europeans are now frantically acquiring guns and ammunition, legally and illegally, any way they can, and at all economic levels.
Jewish communities are particularly alarmed, and should be!
Our version of your NRA is ‘Firearms United’ (https://firearms-united.com/), and their membership and effectiveness increases by the day!
A friend from the Czech Republic commented:
‘Nazis came, and the very first thing they did was take away our guns. Then, Russians came, and they also took our guns. Now, the European Union wants to completely disarm us, once again. We cannot accept this, particularly after what we have been through in the past.’
The Eastern countries are very much against this bill, and we can see why!
I see nothing good happening here in 2017:
More Islamic migrants, more terror attacks, more rioting, more attacks on our freedom (by our own governments), collapsing economies.
Guns, ammunition, food, water, medicine- that what is now valuable. The rest is futile, once we go south.”
Comment: Liberals/leftists are the same, no matter where you find them! They never share in the peril and wretchedness they create for everyone else. From laws, particularly gun laws, they so self-righteously imposes on the rest of us, they always exempt themselves.
Of that you can be sure!
“Leftists are ‘missionaries of unhappiness.’ Their creed is ‘Salvation through Anger.’ Their governing philosophy is to make everyone miserable in order to teach them how they have overlooked the misery of others.”