IDPA just introduced the CCP division which is just a modified BUG division which was announced a while back, instead of the sought after Optics division. I don’t understand that decision. Instead of being a thought leader in the concealed carry space, they opted to make a minor change to their rules to make BUG a legitimate division.
Why can’t they do better?
With the popularity of Reflex / red dot sights these days many members are questioning why this isn’t a valid configuration for IDPA? Most people have RDS sights on their home defense guns, and on-body RDS carry is getting more and more popular. I can only see benefit for the club and the organization if they introduced the Optics division. It will invigorate the sport, stimulate the economy and boost their membership.
They can even help drive what kind of products that manufacturers create for the concealed carry market because it is being tested competitively.
This could be a symptom of a bigger problem related to the old-boys-club mentality of the gun community. The community has always been slow to adopt new things and new technologies. Example, the Internet, Online commerce, Social Media, Video and new technology for guns.
They need to be daring and move at the speed of the Internet or be left behind.
The M&P 9 Shield has been very well received. I’ve seen so many people talking and expounding on it’s conceal ability. The only problem I’ve heard is the safety is too small and hard to engage. It’s not as easy to engage like the M&P 9s or 1911 thumb safeties.
Here’s Falia talking about her experience with the gun.
If you don’t like the safety, what options are there? S&W is supposedly going to release a new version that does not have a safety, but here’s a very simple instructional video showing you how to remove the manual safety. Obviously doing so will put you in all kinds of legal hurt if you actually have to use the gun one day, but if you don’t give a damn, it might help.
The better option of course is for someone like Apex Tactical to manufacture a slightly bigger extended safety lever that’s slightly thicker and longer. If I had some CAD skills I’d totally design it but I don’t. so here’s hoping they’ll make one quick.
Got curious with the multitude of reviews on YouTube for this new no-clip sticky holster and thought I’d give it a try. The Nemesis holster that I’ve been using with my Ruger LCP is already smoothing out and losing it’s grip. I’ve drew my gun out of my pocket together with the holster many times.
The version I bought is the one that’s supposed to fit a Ruger LCP with a laser. http://www.remoraholsters.net/Remora-Series-2A-Holster-Pocket-IWB-1XSMA3.htm I was a little worried that my huge armalaser block might not fit in this holster but wanted to give it a try anyway. here’s how it’s packaged :
Out of the package, quality is pretty good :
Let’s see if it fits :
ooo tight fit, I have to push it in really hard.
Here it is compared to the Nemesis :
It is a little bulkier than the Nemesis, but perhaps I need to wear it in for a bit. Also, the outer material is made out of some kind of rubberized material and shaped in small circles, compared to the Nemesis which uses a cross-stitch pattern. Here’s a close up view of the surface :
Right now, the fit is really tight, I can’t draw the gun without the holster coming out with it. I’m gonna leave the gun in and let it set or stretch out for a few days to see if it gets better.
Just found a buyer for my Springfield XDm and traded it for a Kimber Ultra Crimson Carry II. I’ve been looking for an Ultra sized 1911 for a while now and just managed to find one.
It’s so small, light (about 25oz empty and 30oz loaded 7+1) and has an integrated Crimson Trace lasergrip.
It fits into my Landshark Leather holster (that was made for a Commander length 1911) perfectly. Time to start carrying this one
I’ve been looking for new carry ammo and after researching forums and videos on YouTube, decided to settle on the Federal HST 147gr 9mm ammo as my Glock 19 carry ammo. I can’t seem to find it anywhere, went to multiple gun shops around the Seattle Area, Eastside etc, none. I even tried online but folks online are price gouging and I had to buy like a case of it if I wanted one box.
Dropped into West Coast Armory in Factoria today and they had a bunch of em for about $30 a box of 50.
Here are some video reviews about the Federal HST 147gr :
This will be my primary carry ammo and my Speer Golddots and Federal Hydrashoks as backup.
Ever since I bought my Glock 19, I’ve upgraded it with a few enhancements, one of them is an extended magazine release. The reason is I find it a little hard to depress the mag release button without having to shift my grip too much. Quickly bought one from MidwayUSA and after a couple of minutes struggling with the small spring tension, I finally got it installed. It worked very well right up to the point I had to carry the Glock in my IWB Crossbreed Supertuck holster.
The extended mag release protrudes out from the frame a little too much for IWB carry and keeps getting engaged while I’m seated or while moving around. This caused my magazine to release prematurely and drop out from the gun fairly frequently. This problem doesn’t exist if you use it with OWB type holsters because you have more clearance between the gun and your body.
Seeing my dilemma, a buddy of mine who works at Zev Technologies (Glockworx) sent a prototype magazine release to me a few weeks ago. I’ve been carrying it in my Crossbreed holster for two weeks now and it works wonderfully. It’s the best of both worlds actually, it sits flush against the frame and yet makes it easier for me to engage the mag release.
It’s cut a little shorter than the stock mag release.
To compensate for not being able to press the mag release as much as a stock one, they moved the spring tension “hole” forward just a hair. This makes it easier for you to drop the magazine. It is in essence, shorter, yet easier to depress than a stock mag release. The feel of it is very similar to the extended one, but without the detriment of accidentally releasing the magazine when carrying it close to your body.
(Top to Bottom : Glockworx prototype, Stock mag release, Extended mag release)
Overall, I’ve very happy with this dual benefit release mechanism. If they had this product available, I would not hesitate to buy it or recommend it to my friends who carry a Glock.
Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate, I do hope that your day would be warm and enjoyable with close friends or family. In this special day, I will be carrying my Glock 19, to provide protection & peace of mind to my family and friends.
What will you be carrying?
If you carry daily like I do, make sure you clean your stuff every one or two weeks. I carry my Ruger LCP and a spare magazine in my jeans pocket almost everyday and it accumulates a lot of lint. This was taken after about a month of carrying this spare magazine.
I know a lot of you don’t really care about cleaning guns, but do check it once in a while to make sure that nothing will hamper it’s operation, especially when it comes to magazines for a semi-auto, as it is widely known to be the primary source of failure.
This is a great guide for women who have their Concealed Pistol License (CPL) of Concealed Carry Weapon license (CCW). Women have very different body shapes than men and clothing preference, so Falia is doing a great job going through the various different types of holsters and carry options for various clothing styles.
This is by far the HARDEST sight change I’ve ever done. The front sight on the Eclipse Pro II is so hard to remove, it’s even harder than the XDm’s front sight. It took me a hour of banging and hammering with a steel punch with some Liquid Wrench to remove it. Ugh!
I wanted a really good carry sight since this is going to be my other carry gun, and after watching numerous tactical videos / training DVDs, I decided to get a Heinie Kimber LEDGE Straight Eight Sight Set that would allow me to manipulate the slide one handed by hooking the sight on to a belt or holster or anything hard. It also comes with tritium dots that form a figure 8 when you acquire a proper sight picture.
Here’s what it looks like after it’s installed :
Closeup of the LEDGE :
and the sight picture :