Wilson Combat Beretta Action Kits

1-Jul-15 – 15:43 by ToddG

748-001After more than a year of development and testing, Wilson Combat is finally releasing its Ultimate Action Tune Kit for 90-series Beretta pistols. Designed with Beretta expert and champion shooter Ernest Langdon, the highlight of this kit is the new trigger bar featuring completely re-engineered geometry that dramatically improves both trigger feel and reset.

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I’ve had the opportunity to shoot Ernest’s personal Ultimate Action Tune Kit pistol on a few occasions and the difference is pretty spectacular. I’ve been shooting Berettas for more than 15 years and none have ever come close to the trigger on these kits. Even my own Langdon-tuned pistol (“LTT 1“), excellent as it is, becomes overshadowed as soon as you compare it to a gun that has one of these new trigger bars and a little expert know-how.

My guess is that these will become standard on every Beretta in the hands of serious users.

It’s great to see the Beretta 90-series gun making a comeback now that someone like Ernest Langdon and a company like Wilson Combat are teaming up with Beretta USA. Expect to see more developments from this partnership in the coming months!

Train hard & stay safe! ToddG

Gadget Update

29-Jun-15 – 18:31 by ToddG

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Did someone ask for a Gadget update?

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Check back here on Friday for a major announcement that will include not just the status of the Gadget but will finally give a specific date when you’ll be able to order from the very first production run!

Train hard & stay safe!

ToddG & TomJ

Scared of the Boogeyman

22-Jun-15 – 19:50 by ToddG

Recently, a well known instructor announced that he is banning AIWB from his classes.

From my point of view — as someone who has taught a lot of high velocity shooting to people who carry AIWB all the time — this is silly. It’s literally nothing more than fear of the unknown. Following the same basic safety rules as anyone using any other kind of holster, AIWB can be done safely just like … well, like any other kind of holster. It’s not a magic trick.

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This is the difference between Big Boy Rules and actual safety protocols. Teaching people to do things properly and safely is harder than simply saying “Ya’ll be safe now, hear?” but it actually benefits the students more. And that’s the point of being an instructor, isn’t it?

Obviously, if an instructor wants to exclude a holster, he can. That’s his decision to make. But unless you can point to a mountain of evidence proving otherwise (e.g., the SERPA), don’t blame the holster. Admit that you don’t know how to handle it properly and maybe, just maybe, considering taking a class so you can teach it better rather than just running from a make believe boogeyman. Especially when so many of your peers seem to have a perfectly good — and perfectly safe — handle on the issue.

Train hard & stay safe! ToddG

 

Rangemaster Newsletter May 2015

6-May-15 – 04:01 by ToddG

Check out this month’s Rangemaster Firearms Training Services newsletter for a reprint of the pistol-training.com post All or Nothing: Red Dots as well as some excellent articles by Tom Givens, Chuck Haggard, and Craig “Southnarc” Douglas.

givens-smartTom’s “S.M.A.R.T.” approach to establishing training goals (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, timely) should be particularly useful to folks who have been following pistol-training.com for a while and understand the importance of goal setting and performance tracking. Guaranteed you’ll read it twice.

Train hard & stay safe! ToddG

Glock Trigger Pull Experiments

27-Apr-15 – 20:57 by ToddG

twoglocksI’m currently breaking in two Glock gen4 19s. One will eventually become my everyday carry pistol. The other will serve as my primary training gun.

Because of the issues with my arm/grip/finger strength, I am making a lot of compromises regarding trigger pull weight that I wouldn’t have in the past. It seemed like the details may be of some interest to folks.

The two guns are -46 and -58 (serial numbers). Both guns had trigger pulls that weighed 7# out of the box as measured with an official NRA Weight Set using the center of the trigger … as you’ll see later, that makes an important difference.

46 got measured very specifically as I changed parts along the way:

That five pound eight ounce pull, when measured at the trigger’s tip, is only three pounds ten ounces. The configuration is exactly the same, it’s just easier to pull at the tip than the center. That’s important to keep in mind if you’re buying parts that are supposed to give you a two pound trigger pull… because it’s almost certainly being measured generously in the lightest spot possible.

58 was a stock-to-complete one time change.

  • 7# out of the box, standard gen4 dot connector
  • 5# 12oz after the following changes: Apex Ultimate Safety Plunger, Taran Tactical Light Plunger Spring, Taran Tactical connector, gen3 trigger bar (kept striker spring stock)
  • very good rolling break

I added the Taran Tactical trigger spring but the trigger would fail to reset when the slide went home gently. It didn’t seem like an issue worth dealing with, especially as it had provided no measurable benefit on 46. The five pound twelve ounce trigger pull at the center measures three pounds twelve ounces at the tip.

CAPsWhile 58 has a tiny bit heavier trigger — four ounces at the center and two at the tip — the pull is much smoother, has a better roll through the break, and maintains the stock striker spring weight. I may play with a reduced striker spring in it just for the purpose of getting a measurement, but the trigger pull is very satisfactory as is and provides the comfort of stock striker force for breaking primers.

My plan is to convert the 46 gun to the same setup as the 58.

Both guns sport Dave Spaulding’s Ameriglo orange CAP front sights (green tritium) and Pro Operator rears (yellow tritium) and Glock extended slide release levers.

Train hard & stay safe! ToddG

An All or Nothing Example: AIWB by Darren LaSorte

27-Apr-15 – 16:56 by ToddG

ARM_3551Darren LaSorte is a genuinely good guy. Scratch that, he’s a genuinely awesome guy. He has spent most of his adult life working full time in jobs to promote & protect the Second Amendment freedoms that we enjoy, in particular as a key member of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action.

This morning, one of the NRA’s publications posted an article by Darren on its website. The article, called The Appendix Carry Craze, was pretty much a perfect example of the “All or Nothing” issue that pistol-training.com has been discussing for the past few months.

Darren doesn’t like aiwb. He’s tried it and it didn’t work for him. So he’s not going to do it anymore.

So far no problem.

  • It didn’t work for him.
  • He’s not going to use it.

Reasonable. Smart. Totally understandable.

But then he goes on to explain that it’s painful not just for him but for everyone (he refers to aiwb carriers as “masochists“). He also seems to believe that aiwb carriers — again to quote — “are becoming more like a cult than a group of gun owners concerned for their safety and that of others.

Come on. Really?

jmck-aiwb-pouchIf it doesn’t work for you, don’t do it. But don’t be so silly as to tell many of us that it’s not working for us when we seem to go about our days all over the country in every imaginable mode of dress and every imaginable environment carrying every imaginable gun comfortably and discreetly. And if you can’t even manage to carry a gun that way for a day, please don’t tell me about its tactical disadvantages because perhaps those of us who do it every day have a little deeper understanding.

Finally, I’d like to address one particular line from Darren’s article: “The devotees of the relatively recent appendix carry craze disagree with me.

You know all those drawings you’ve seen of people from a gazillion years ago with their black powder pistols shoved down the front of their belts? That’s how old appendix carry is, dude. It literally pre-dates holsters. The first dedicated appendix holster was probably the Summer Special by Bruce Nelson, which was only later modified to be a behind the hip holster. So aiwb is nothing new. People have been doing it basically as long as there have been guns small enough to wear on a belt.

Doesn’t work for you? Don’t do it. Works for me, though. So I will.

Train hard & stay safe! ToddG

Cleaning Guns by Todd Green

21-Apr-15 – 18:59 by ToddG

I know. Cleaning Guns by Todd Green is like How to Have a Successful Marriage by Tiger Woods. I clean my pistols every 5,000 rounds or so whether they need it or not.

c-cctSomeone at the NRA Headquarters Range turned me on to this little plastic doodad a while back and I have to tell you, it works exactly as advertised. The Channel Cleaning Tool by Calbico is one of those things that looks so simple you won’t believe it really works.

I can’t count the number of q-tips, toothpicks, and other household junk I’ve used up over the years trying to remove the kind of worn in, burnt on residue my guns often see from the abuse they get. There are two different sized ends (one narrow and pointy, the other wider and blunt) intended to handle just about every task you can imagine when it’s time to clean.

And believe me, this thing really works. The first time I tried it on my Burton 9mm 1911 Commander it was amazing how much residue it pulled off the slide rails and how easy it was to reach the little nooks and crannies in the gun without having to take anything apart. One bore patch, a little cleaning solution, and pow … clean gun.

Then I even went so far as to clean a Glock with it and … did you know that Glocks accumulate shooting debris? I never even realized. But in about a minute it was all stripped from the slide and the gun was actually clean. A Glock!

These things are silly inexpensive ($9.95 direct from Calbico, plus actual shipping which for me works out to $2) and available from Brownells, Wilson Combat, and possibly even the local gun shop near you. I keep one on my workbench and one in my range bag.

Train hard & stay safe! ToddG

To Infinity, and Beyond!

20-Apr-15 – 18:30 by ToddG

Some recent … let’s call them discussions over on my Facebook page have once again reminded me that some people don’t understand what training issue really means. All too often it is used as a catch-all to blame anything and everything on the shooter.

  • Had an accident with a gun with a two ounce trigger pull? Training issue.
  • Can’t shoot a Bill Drill in under two seconds? Training issue.
  • Can’t shoot a clean sub-5s FAST on demand? Training issue.
  • Can’t shoot a perfect 2700 at a bullseye match? Training issue.
  • Took a P7M8 apart and can’t get it back together while blindfolded? Training issue.
  • Can’t win the (insert name of sport here) World Championship? Training issue.
  • Haven’t had every safety rule & issue in the world beat into your skull so hard you’ll never have even the slightest chance of ever making any mistake whatsoever? Training issue.

The problem with calling these all training issues is that, newsflash, not everyone has access to infinite amounts of time, money, and training. Mortals need to balance their resources. That’s true for individuals, police departments, the U.S. military, and every other entity that deals with shooting.

So yeah. It’s a training issue. Every bloody thing is a training issue. But by using that phrase, shooters get to turn their noses up at people who make mistakes they think they’ll never make themselves, or can’t do what (they claim) they can do.

Everyone would benefit from more training. Most people cannot just snap their fingers and make the necessary resources appear out of thin air. Cops cannot make their academies spend a week’s worth of extra time and money on additional firearms training. And so forth…

So the next time someone says “it’s a training issue,” just mentally delete the word training from the sentence and nod politely. “Hey, your imperfection is due to issues!” No duh.

Train issues & stay safe! ToddG

Cleer EDC Pocket Kit

11-Apr-15 – 19:17 by ToddG

Most of my friends (and I) tend to carry a full IFAK — Individual First Aid Kit — or two on our range bags for emergencies that hopefully will never happen while we’re practicing. But as we see new emerging threats like the attacks in Paris and Nigeria, people are beginning to understand that gunshot and similar wounds can happen to ordinary people anywhere, not just on the practice range.

With that in mind, a relatively new company called CLEER Medical, the brainchild of some very established firearms industry experts, has put together a small, easy to carry “pocket” emergency kit.

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CLEER_RATSKit_Parts__23438.1421331771.1280.1280While a bit tall, this entire blow out kit can easily fit in the back pocket of a pair of jeans or the chest pocket of a suit coat. It contains:

  • 24″ long Celox hemostatic gauze
  • A RATS one handed compact tourniquet
  • CLEER’s own Medical Easy Tape surgical tape
  • A pair of nitrile gloves (size L)
  • all in a LokSak bag which can be used as a small occlusive dressing if necessary

The kit costs $79 and is 3x6x1.2 inches in size. If you wanted to skip the tourniquet for size reasons, they also sell a mini-EDC kit for $64 that measures a tiny 3x4x1 inches. That’s smaller than a normal packet of the 3×5 cards we all use as targets.

I keep the full size EDC kit in my Uh-Oh bag and intend to add another one or two to my Jeep and my wife’s car. I’ll probably toss one of the mini kits in my range bag to supplement the existing IFAK (or save the weight and space of a second IFAK, depending on how you look at it).

pistol-training.com strongly urges all shooters to get at least basic first aid and gunshot wound care training. But even if you choose not to, remember that having this gear with you at least gives a trained but unequipped bystander a chance to save someone. That someone may even be you.

For the cost of the new gun you were going to buy just for fun & giggles, you can outfit your range bag, every vehicle you own, and your bug out kit with these small, lightweight, and simple to use emergency medical packs. They may not be fun, they may never be used, but they’re the kind of thing that when you need one, you’ll need it right now! As the saying goes, better to have it and not need it…

Train hard & stay safe! ToddG

There Are Many Like It

6-Apr-15 – 21:50 by ToddG

I’m in the process of putting together a photo album of the Burton/Heirloom 1911 Commander that shows all the little things that make it different & special compared to all the other Commanders out there.

That got me thinking about the Glock 19 I was carrying. Here’s what makes it different than all the other G19s out there:

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By the way, the Gadget in front of the muzzle is the original test unit, which was made of aluminum, and has over 50,000 rounds through it. The production pieces will be steel, which is what all the other ones in the photo are made of (including the one on my carry gun, which you cannot see).

Train hard & stay safe! ToddG