Monthly Archives: January 2012

Flat Triggers in a 1911

I’ve had a lot of people ask me about the benefits of a flat trigger – or even if there are any.  Some people think it’s only cosmetic.  Personally, I don’t have a dog in this fight. I’ve never had one, never used one.

Hilton Yam at 10-8 Performance loves the flat trigger.

Our flat trigger has become one of our trademarks, and brings this competition tested concept into a duty ready design.  The shoe features a flat face, providing consistent trigger feel no matter where you engage the trigger. The length of pull is the same as the shortest point on a traditional “long” curved trigger.

Quack (yes, really) a 1911 collector loves him some flat trigger as well.

The theory of the flat trigger is a consistant trigger pull (feel) no matter where your finger is on the trigger itself.  Since the trigger pull on a 1911 is straight back, the flat trigger makes sense.  The trigger works well for me because my trigger finger is naturally at an angle (not perpendicular to the trigger face) and sits lower on the trigger. With a long curved trigger, my trigger finger is forced to the center and would get rubbed raw due to the angle of my finger. Flat triggers also worked well when I took a pistol class in the cold rain where I was wearing gloves.

Here’s a link to his blog post regarding flat triggers, to include quite a few pictures.

Check out all of Quack's flat-triggered 1911's

Additionally, many flat trigger users feel that they can get a higher grip on the gun and a higher grip on the trigger, providing a more accurate shooting platform.  Beware though, the flat trigger is the same length as the shortest part of the long curved trigger.

From what I’ve read, most people either claim that they are totally for function or that it’s only for looks. Entirely subjective, it seems.I guess it’s probably worth it just to try one so I can see which category I’d put myself into.


Kimber’s got issues…. again.

First let me say, that I’m not a Kimber guy.  I can never say that I was, because I’ve yet to own one.

Everything I’ve heard has been hit or miss. Love/Hate.  They run like a top or they run like crap.

My 1911 is a Springfield, and I chose that after a lot of research.  Additionally, I didn’t want to chance getting a Kimber and having to send it back to the manufacturer because of issues.

Apparently, North Carolina’s Division of Alcohol Law Enforcement (ALE) purchased Kimbers as their sidearm.  Turned out to be a bad idea for them and within 3 years, swapped them all out for Sigs.  Of course I’m not sure how much of this is operator error.

ALE Director John Ledford said the Kimber pistols repeatedly suffered such problems as rounds jamming during training exercises, broken sights and the weapon’s safety button sometimes falling off. He made a deal with a local firearms dealer to swap the pricey pistols for less expensive handguns without spending any additional money.

ALE's Problematic Kimber

Since the Kimbers were issued to agents in the fall of 2009, Ledford said, his agents documented 289 malfunctions with the pistols during training exercises. Many agents chose to carry personal weapons instead, Ledford wrote in a memo Nov. 8 to Young.”

Here’s a link to the original article.


SHOT Show – The Sears Catalog for Men!

As a boy, my brother and I couldn’t wait for Christmastime and the Sears Catalog.

We’d lie on the floor, skip past all the grown up stuff, right to the back of the book to the toys.  The toy section was awesome.  There would be GI Joes set up on mountains, Ninja Turtles in sewers, Voltron in outer space – and we had to have it all.

Fast forward 20 years.  Sears Catalog is out, SHOT Show is in.

The Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT) Show “is the largest and most comprehensive trade show for all professionals involved with the shooting sports, hunting and law enforcement industries. It is the world’s premier exposition of combined firearms, ammunition, law enforcement, cutlery, outdoor apparel, optics and related products and services. The SHOT Show attracts buyers from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. The SHOT Show is owned and sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation

This is the Super Bowl. Celebrities from the gun world, sports world, entertainment world all make it out to this.

Last year alone 57,390 people attended the show with 1,600 exhibitors in 630,000 square feet.  2,074 alone were media (Hopefully next year, we can call it 2,075.) In other words, HEAVEN for a gun and gear guy.

Things like this:

And this is where all the cool stuff comes out.  This is the place to be to see the current and future trends of firearms and gear. My goal is to attend as a member of the media.  So follow my blog and pass the word.

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