Category Archives: Guns

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.

Skill Set: My Pistol Never Malfunctions (Repost)

I found this to be a great article – train as you fight.  But you have to be prepared for malfunctions. They happen all the time – and if you aren’t ready to deal with it and react to it – you’re lost.

At an IDPA match in the last few weeks, we worked in some dummy rounds and I noticed that most people were anticipating a problem instead of correctly reacting to it.  A lot of people complained about it – but I strongly agreed that it was great training.

Skill Set: My Pistol Never Malfunctions

by Tiger McKee

When I hear the statement, “My pistol never malfunctions,” it makes me worried. The problem is your pistol may never malfunction, but the pistol itself is only a part of the whole package. What people often fail to realize is that for the semi-auto pistol to function it has to have ammunition, magazines, and be fired properly by the shooter.

Obviously ammunition is essential to the equation. Your pistol may be in working order, but when you come across a bad round that will create a malfunction, or worse a jam or breakage that can’t be cleared or corrected. I have a collection of rounds with bad primers, fired in multiple weapons to confirm the primer is defective. I have rounds that have deformed cases, a small lip at the mouth of the case that prevents it from being chambered. There is also a 9mm round which was fired in a .40 caliber pistol. Then there’s the ‘too much or too little powder in the case,’ which needs no explanation. The point is when you get a bad round of ammo, you have a malfunction.

Magazines feed to ammo to the semi-auto weapon. They have to work properly, especially if we’re talking about fighting. Things happen to magazines. The follower gets stuck in a cock-eyed position. A small rock gets inside it creating a stoppage. When you were rolling on the round trying to keep from getting kicked in the head, the mag got bent. A bad magazine will create a stoppage. This is the reason I have training/practice mags, which get abused during drills, and my operational mags, which I carry to fight with, after a thorough testing of course.

The semi-auto pistol, at least most of them, are recoil operated, which means it has to have resistance when fired to cycle properly. This is especially true for small pistols with small frames and big bullets. .40 calibers, which have sharp snappy recoil, also require plenty of resistance or you’ll have failures to eject empty cases or problems chambering a fresh round. Providing the resistance necessary for the weapon to function may not be a problem on the range, until you start doing one-hand drills. On the street you may be firing from a compromised position that prevents you from getting a good two-handed grip on the weapon. In a fight, the unusual and unexpected are constantly occurring. This is fertile ground for malfunctions to pop up.

Knowing how to clear malfunctions is essential to being prepared to fight with a weapon. Understanding that you may have a jam or a breakage as opposed to a malfunction is also important. When your weapon breaks or jams, you ain’t gonna clear it during the fight. This is a good reason to carry, and know how to use, a backup weapon. And, who knows, you may find that going to your backup is easier and more efficient than reloading an empty weapon or clearing a malfunction.

If you weapon has never malfunctions, then you’re not training and practicing enough.

Reposted from The Tactical Wire

Debunking 9 Myths and Whoppers About Firearms (Repost)

So I was off surfing through the magic of the internet and found this article ( and felt that it covered a lot of the points that I feel strongly about.  My thoughts will be bolded and italicized at the end in parenthesis.

Myth #1 – Caliber Matters

First off let’s talk caliber. Let me say that this is one of the hottest topics out there and is bandied about with much fanfare and supposition on all sides by experts and non-experts. Here are some facts and figures that actually do matter.

  1. A .22 has killed plenty of people. So have a .32, a .380, 9-milly, a .357, a .357 Sig, .40 and a .45 caliber. Bullet type (ball vs. hollow point) has more to do with effectiveness that the caliber.
  2. The common term “Stopping power,” is more a measurement of energy and has nothing to do with a dynamic target such as the human body.
  3. Shot placement is key.
  4. The cavity a bullet can make in a block of gelatin, wet phone books, or a water jug, has very little to do with what it can do in a diversely dense target such as the human body. The human body has differential densities i.e. muscle, tendon, bone and voids (lungs and intestines). All of these affect how the bullet performs.

What does all this mean? Well, if you plan on using your firearm in a deadly force engagement then you better know how to use it and where you need to hit them. Do I carry a .22 to serve a warrant? No, but I don’t walk around loaded for warrant service when I go to the store for a gallon of milk either.

Pick the right tool for the job, I wouldn’t want to use the 16 pound sledge to drive out the pins from a pistol on my gun bench and I wouldn’t want to drive tent stakes into hard earth with the brass hammer either. If you need to and can comfortably conceal & carry a .45, good on you if you are willing to do it every day.

I’m not and don’t need to. While a majority of the time a full size P-229 in .357 Sig is my carry option, occasionally in the heat and humidity of FL (and the relatively safe lifestyle and area I live in), the Walther P-22 does fill-in duty for shorts and t-shirt weather.

(Shoot whatever you shoot best!  I’ve seen women handle .45ACP like it’s not a problem and just as many men master the 9mm round.  Whats better – more smaller rounds on target or blatent inaccuracy with a larger, more powerful round)

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