Sheepdogs are easy to spot. They stand out from the flock because they’re not sheep, they’re dogs.
Those of us who carry concealed don’t stand out from the crowd: We blend in and look just like the average guy on the street because, well, we are.
If you haven’t figured it out already, Islamic terrorists have no concept of “rules of engagement”. To them, civilians are as valid a target as the military, and that means you.
What should you do? I’ve got some ideas up on Ricochet.com. Go check them out.
So it looks to be a G19-sized version of the P07, with replaceable backstraps and the Omega Trigger.
Now shrink it by 2/3rds again, CZ, top out the mags at 8 rounds (or 8+1), and you’d have the only gun in the G43/Shield/LC9 category with a DA/SA action. All it would take to sell them is one pull of the trigger compared to the nightmare that is the stock Shield/LC9 trigger.
I sent my P07 off to the boffins at Automatic Accuracy for some trigger work. Right out of the box, the double action/single action trigger on the P07 is pretty good, with around a 9 pound double action first pull and a 5 pound single action second pull.
I like double action pistols, because while they start out behind the trigger pull power curve compared to a striker-fired gun, you usually wind up with a trigger pull that’s shorter and less onerous than a striker gun for the rest of the magazine.
I’m really curious to see how well the gun shoots after I get it back in a month. Yes, I know, Massad Ayoob says you shouldn’t have a “hair trigger” on your defensive sidearm, but there’s a big difference between a one-pound trigger on a 1911 race gun and the trigger kits that Apex and ZevTech sell, and the work that Automatic Accuracy does is right in that same vein.
But it has little to do with shooting USPSA instead of taking a tactical course. Instead, it has to do with WHERE you are training.
Flat range mindset is a sticking point with me during training. Too often, when I set up drills that require kinetics, guys are hesitant to move in varying directions, with a gun in their hands. The administrative need to orient it downrange overrides the necessity to move naturally with a weapon system in hand.
This was brought home to me when I was on “Shooting Gallery”, training with Gabe Suarez. One of the drills we did was a shoot on the move where we darn near ran full-out at a 45 degree angle to the target while putting rounds on-target. Because of my history with square ranges and IDPA, I was doing a “duck walk” and couldn’t initially work up the speed that Gabe was looking for. Once Gabe helped me get into the spirit of things by pointing the frame (Not the barrel nor the slide, just the frame. Calm down, people.) of his Glock at my head, it quickly got me out of the square range mindset and onto the 360 degree world of the street.
Because so much of our competition/practice/training revolves around cold ranges, keeping our guns pointed downrange at all times and/or not pointing our gun at the guy next to us, we forget that the real world does not have a 180° rule. Don’t get me wrong, I am NOT in favor of “big boy rules” and sending students into the line of fire, but you can’t think outside of the box if you can’t go past the firing line. Sure, you can “scan and assess” for threats if you’re doing tactical training on the line, but how much good does that do if you can’t take the logical next step and actually engage the threat you’ve spotted?
On a related note, a local firearms training company puts on a “Shoot N Scoot” practice/range session on the weekends that’s pretty much a free-form steel/USPSA practice session for new gun owners, but done with a hot range. At first, I didn’t quite understand what they were doing, but once I went to one, I got it. The shoot n scoots aren’t there to teach the latest tactical techniques or get people up to C Class in USPSA overnight. Rather, it’s there to get new gun owners used to the simple concept of carrying a loaded gun around on a regular basis.
Any CCW instructor will tell you that the #1 problem they face is getting people to carry their guns after their students have finished their class. Carrying around a pound of potentially dangerous metal on your hip is not a part of most people’s lives before they take a CCW course, so anything that gets your students accustomed to safely carrying a loaded gun around and safely shooting it under stressful conditions is a good thing (and good for your repeat business as well).
I’m amazed how many people get their concealed carry permit, but then don’t carry their guns with them, so I wrote some tips on making the transition from the unarmed to the armed lifestyle.
I’ll be honest, when I first heard about the Honor Defense pistol, my reaction was a solid “meh”. Ok, so some friends of mine were involved in the design process, but really, what does this new gun give me that my tried and true S&W Shield doesn’t give me.
Ok, now I’m interested. And the sights look pretty good, too. And that goofy standoff frame makes sense when you think about it.
Alright, now it looks pretty good. I hope they succeed.
Judge Smails: “Ty, what did you shoot today?”
Ty Webb: “Oh, Judge, I don’t keep score.”
Judge Smails: “Then how do you measure yourself with other golfers?”
Ty Webb: “By height.”
It boggles my mind that the same people who will spend HOURS on Facebook complaining about how America’s education system is being ruined by too many “participation” trophies and a lack of standardized testing will then turn around and sign up for a firearms training class that doesn’t integrate standards and skill-testing into its curriculum. You don’t get into Advanced Calc without testing, even if you took Intermediate Calc the year before, so why should you get into an instructor’s Advanced Tactical Pistol only because you spent $500 to take his/her Intermediate Tactical Pistol in the previous year?
The Tactical Professor has more, including some great tests to see where you really are in your skill set. Shooting the El Presidenté over and over again helped me see that yes, I was making progress in my skills (although not as fast as I’d like) and my classification in IDPA/USPSA is showing pretty much the same thing. Do those drills show the proper way to get into suburban prone and other tactical skills? No. Do they show how fast I can put rounds on target under stress? You betcha, and at the end of the day, which is more important, stopping the threat, or earning style points for doing it the way I was taught in school?
* Stolen from the Tactical Professor by way of Insights Training