Archive for July, 2012

The Worst Kind of Shooter

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

Friday night the range was extremely busy. There's a huge gun show in town and that means lots of first time shooters dropping by the NRA hoping to become the next Top Shot champion overnight. Most of them have no training and except for reading it on their range safety test ...

Dogma, Doctrine, Direction

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

A good instructor should know why he teaches certain techniques instead of others. If he uses a particular stance or grip, if he favors a particular type of reload or process for drawing the gun he should understand and be able to communicate that to students. Some instructors go beyond that, ...

Bloomberg: Idiot

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

You know we very rarely get into anything political at It's not what the site is about and frankly, there are so many excellent RKBA websites and blogs that it would just be redundant. But reading NYC Mayor Bloomberg's call for a national police strike as a response to what ...

Springfield/Warren 9mm 1911 Endurance Test: Report #2

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

4,524 rounds 1 stoppage 0 malfunctions 0 parts breakages 1 mag deadlined It's been a busy week for the test gun: daily dry fire and five days of live fire including a 2-day Rangemaster Combative Pistol course taught by Tom Givens. In what will no doubt be a shock to regulars, I cleaned the gun. In fact, it has been cleaned twice ...

Drill of the Week 37: the iHack

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

The latest Drill of the Week has been posted at It's a repeat of the iHack ... the first Drill of the Week in 2012. The iHack is a  modification of the Hackathorn 3-second Head Shot Standards which is more suitable for folks who are limited to working on a single ...

Inaugural Concealed Carry Skills Class

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

The inaugural Concealed Carry Skills class is scheduled for 8-9 September in Culpeper, Virginia. CSS focuses on practical skills needed by those who carry concealed including marksmanship, use of cover at speed, dealing with malfunctions, target discrimination, and building good pre- & post-shooting habits. Registration opened last week and there are still ...

Springfield/Warren 9mm 1911 Endurance Test: Report #1

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

2,287 rounds 0 stoppages 0 malfunctions 0 parts breakages Three range trips and almost 2,300 rounds into the test and it's fair to say that some sacred cows are in danger of becoming hamburger. Stoppages? None. Break-in? Not necessary. Ammo sensitivity? Three different FMJ-style rounds and two different JHPs without a problem have gone down the pipe. ...

Drill of the Week 36: Surprise Reloads

Monday, July 16th, 2012

Just in time for "My 1911 Reloads Suck Out Loud" week, DocGKR has posted the 36th Drill of the Week: Surprise Reloads. Give it a try and post your results at PF! Train hard & stay safe! ToddG

Springfield/Warren 9mm 1911 Endurance Test: The Magazines

Monday, July 16th, 2012

Before the this year's test  began, I asked SACS about magazines and they recommend the Springfield (Metalform) 9rd mags that ship with the pistol. They also endorsed the Metalform 10rd magazines which were designed in partnership with Springfield's own Rob Leatham. But I checked out various online discussions and spoke to people with ...

Springfield/Warren 9mm 1911 Endurance Test: The Gun

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

The test of the 9mm 1911 has begun! First, a bit about the pistols themselves. These are not guns that the Springfield Armory Custom Shop built specially for me. When I inquired about a pair of 1911s that were built to the same specification as the FBI "Professional" model but in ...