Modifications & Safety

14-Jul-15 – 17:49 by ToddG

orangegadgetThere has been quite a bit of discussion about the Gadget over the past few days, both pro and con.

What strikes me is that safety improvements are held to a different standard that other modifications.

People will change their sights, triggers, even permanently modify the grip of a gun all in the name of shooting better. Now, we all know that — at the end of the day — you could just practice a lot more. But not every movement of the finger is going to be ideal and people make mistakes. Having modifications that make you perform better are improvements, simple as that. The fact that “paying more attention” and “training more” can also improve those things doesn’t detract from the simple fact that sometimes, an improvement is just an improvement. Freud would understand that.

But suggest that someone could improve safety the same way and immediately the Monks of the Holy Order of Self-Righteous Range Safety (see The Safety Sin, Revisited from 2013) object most subjectively. A modification that makes you more accurate is ok. A modification that makes you faster is ok. A modification that supposedly could make you safer? Blasphemy. For All who handle The Gun should already have Safety infallibly within Their Hearts (and Fingers).

If you think you can jerk the trigger or anticipate or heel the gun or fail to track your sights, then you’ve come to realize you’re capable of making mistakes. Welcome to the entire human population. So if you pretend that your safety habits are somehow immune to your human behavior… who are you trying to convince?

Train hard & stay safe! ToddG

GOOOOOOAAAAAAAL!

11-Jul-15 – 19:58 by ToddG

gadgetglowThanks to a Mr. Anonymous (which is clearly the most common surname on the Internet) and his contribution toward a pair of Gadgets, the Gadget Striker Control Device campaign on Indiegogo has already met its original goal in less than two days!

Again, Tom and I want to thank all of the contributors and supporters who have made this possible as well as the testers who spent so much of their time (and ammo budgets!) putting Gadgets through more than 300,000 rounds of shooting.

Thanks to this huge outpouring of support, Tau Development Group would like to announce another announcement that will be announced Soon™ that should make all of the contributors so far very happy. Watch here for the announcement of the announcement as soon as it is announced. Soon™.

The Indiegogo campaign has not ended. Please let your friends and fellow shooters that there are still Gadgets to be had as long as they make their contributions (and claim their perks) in the next 43 days. No matter how many Gadgets get committed through this campaign, they will all be produced and delivered as part of the first production run.

Train hard & stay safe! TomJ and ToddG

Day One of the Gadget Campaign

11-Jul-15 – 02:11 by ToddG

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We made it onto Indiegogo’s front page as a “trending campaign.” When the page went live at 00:00 MDT, so many had stayed up for the midnight deal that we literally overwhelmed the Indiegogo servers. Thanks to everyone who contributed and encouraged us!

Final day one tally:

  • Almost $37,000 raised
  • 92% of our original goal already reached
  • 382 contributors
  • 786 Gadgets already promised as perks

Now that Day One is over we’re setting things over to the regular campaign pricing. Also, there were so many people who paid for two 2-Gadget perks that we’re adding a new 4-Gadget option. (while it will be a good deal, it’s going to be more than what the folks who bought four on Day One had to pay because that’s just fair)

The campaign will run for about six more weeks. Please feel free to share with friends, clubs, gun shops, random people walking the street, your Congressmen, etc. 😎

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Train hard & stay safe! TomJ and ToddG

GO! GO!

10-Jul-15 – 02:00 by ToddG

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9-Jul-15 – 14:37 by ToddG
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Brace Yourself

7-Jul-15 – 18:44 by ToddG

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Gadget Striker Control Device

3-Jul-15 – 03:00 by ToddG

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Tau Development Group is proud to announce that fans of the long-awaited Gadget Striker Control Device will be able to participate in our upcoming crowdfunding program. Exact details will be posted here on the day the campaign begins, Friday July 10th.

The Gadget Striker Control Device allows the user to impede movement of the action of a Glock — similar to placing your thumb on the hammer of a hammer fired gun — to reduce the odds of an AD while holstering.

Those who contribute at least $55 will automatically receive a Gadget Striker Control Device. That’s below MSRP and even includes free shipping! Additional contribution options will include receiving multiple “Gadgets” at an even greater discount. This way, you’ll be able to put your name on the list for a guaranteed unit from the very first production run.

Additionally, for those who are the earliest of early adopters, the first five contributors will receive a Gadget Striker Control Device for merely a $1 contribution.

And for anyone else who participates on the first day, the required contribution level for a shipped Gadget Striker Control Device will be just $50.

The campaign will run for forty-five days. Once it ends, no further orders will be accepted until all of the qualifying contributors have received their Gadget Striker Control Device.

Todd Green & Tom Jones sincerely appreciate the patience and enthusiasm so many of you have demonstrated over the past few years while we jumped through all the necessary hoops to deliver a tested, proven product that we can stand behind with pride. And to all of our beta testers, thank you for the huge role you played. This could not have happened without you.

See you next Friday.

Train hard & stay safe! ToddG & TomJ

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