Crimson Trace

Tuesday : July 22 : 2014
Home : Subscription : Archives : Contact : RSS
Smith & Wesson
Crossbreed Holsters
Alien Gear Holsters
XS Sights
New Jersey State Police Update Pistols to SIG SAUER® P229
SIG SAUER® is pleased to announce that the New Jersey State Police have selected the P229® Enhanced Elite in 9mm as its new duty pistol. For the past 14 years, the New Jersey State Police have carried the P228® in 9mm.
SilencerCo Announces First Commercial Shotgun Suppressor
SilencerCo has unveiled the first commercially-viable shotgun silencer ever produced. The new product, named the Salvo 12, provides a much needed option for shooting enthusiasts.
DeSantis Offers Holsters for SIG P320C
DeSantis Gunhide®, a division of HELGEN Industries Inc., introduces 5 holster fits for the Sig Sauer P320C: Thumb Break Scabbard, Speed Scabbard, Pro Stealth, Tuck-This II, Pro Stealth and Apache Ankle Rig. Offers Maglula's Full Line added Maglula Ltd.'s entire product line of tools for loading and unloading magazines to its growing inventory. offers the entire Maglula product line, including LULA™, UpLULA™, StripLULA™, BenchLoader™, X10-LULA™ and V10-LULA™.
SIG SAUER Sponsors Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship
Noted New Hampshire firearms maker SIG SAUER® has signed on as one of the returning premier sponsors of the 2014 Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship.

Kahr Arms
Weatherby Featured on NRA All Access
As a sponsor of NRA All Access, Weatherby® appears in six episodes during the popular television show's 2014 season on the Outdoor Channel. NRA All Access, which airs Wednesdays at 10:30 p.m. EST/7:30 p.m. PST, takes viewers behind the scenes to witness the people and programs of the NRA.
This Week on Gallery of Guns TV
Featured are the Duck Commander series of firearms from Mossberg, the GLOCK 41, the Savage AXIS II XP and the Taurus CT9 G2 carbine.
Steyr Shooters Take First and Second in Hunter Class at the FCSA World Championships
Walter Wilkinson and Eduardo A. de Fontcuberta placed first and second, respectively, in the Hunter Class at the Fifty Caliber Shooters' Association World Championships, held July 3rd through 5th at the NRA Whittington Center near Raton, NM. They were using the Steyr HS.50 .50 BMG bolt-action rifle.
Free Streamlight with the Purchase of a New Heckler & Koch Pistol
Heckler & Koch USA is offering a free Streamlight TLR-3 tactical light with a new HK pistol purchased from June 15, 2014 through September 30, 2014.
AR-15 Manufacturer Makes Key Industry Hires
Adams Arms is gearing up for a successful 2015 with promising new hires. At the beginning of 2014, TK Martindill was brought on as the New Product Development Manager and Tyler McCutcheon as the Sales Operations Manager.
Team MGM Dominate at NW Multigun
Team shooters from MGM Targets placed in top spots last weekend at this year's 2014 Colt and Colt Competition Northwest Multigun Challenge.
Cryptic Coatings Gets Into Firearms Business
Cryptic Coatings, Ltd. enters the specialty firearms coating industry by offering complete full auto Bolt Carrier Groups (BCG) for AR15, M16 and M4 firearms coated in their specialty Physical Vapor Disposition (PVD) or Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) processes.
Rock Island Armory Announces 2014 Summer Consumer Rebate Program
Rock Island Armory announces two incentives as part of its summer consumer rebate program; a $50 Mail-In rebate with the purchase of any 1911 from the RIA product line or, a free box of .22 TCM ammo with the purchase of a .22 TCM 1911.
NSSF Adds PR Director, Digital Content Specialist
The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) announces the appointments of Jennifer L.S. Pearsall as Director, Public Relations, and Justin Morrissey as Digital Content Specialist.
GLOCK Awards Marietta Police Department
GLOCK, Inc. has recognized the Marietta (GA) Police Department for their Outstanding Representation of Public Safety Awareness in Partnership with GLOCK's Gun Safety Campaign.
Daniel Defense Announces Guns and Gear Summer Sweepstakes
Daniel Defense announces the Guns and Gear Summer Sweepstakes. Along with participating companies, Daniel Defense will give one fan the chance to win a prize package that includes a Daniel Defense DDM4v5, Kimber PRO TLE/RL11, EOTech EXPS2-0 and G33 Magnifier, along with a 5.11 Tactical COVRT M4-511 Bag.
Magnum Research® Introduces the MLR Ultra 22LR Rimfire Rifle
USA based, Magnum Research, Inc. (MRI) has once again expanded their Magnum Lite® rimfire rifle product line with the introduction of the MLR Ultra 22LR with a high-tech modular tensioned-type barrel.
North Carolina SP Chooses SIG SAUER
SIG SAUER announces that the P226, chambered in .357SIG, has been selected as the new duty pistol of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.
CZ-USA Sponsors 2014 IDPA U.S. National Championship
The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced that CZ-USA has signed on as one of the major sponsors of the 2014 IDPA U.S. National Championship.
Around the Water Cooler: Ruminations on Handgun Selection
Close examination shows a "paddle" in the face of this G17 trigger. Having your finger on the trigger - or allowing the drawstring in the hem of your windbreaker to get in the trigger guard - is the quick way to a bad day when reholstering.
This is the age of people asking "what gun should I buy?" It seems that huge numbers of people have a sudden interest in the ownership of firearms, specifically handguns. As Stephen Wenger says on his website, ". . . I also believe that handguns are Americans' primary defensive firearms."

I concur and the questions I receive usually hover around "which handgun." We need to fold operating systems and nomenclature into the safety aspect of handguns. Had you asked in 1877-1880 or so about which handgun and shouldn't I have the Army's standard handgun, I may have pointed out that the operating system on the Single Action Army is a problem if you intend to carry the piece fully loaded. In fact, most handguns of the time were problematic in that respect.

The 1911 and variants have a thumb safety and a grip safety - belt and suspenders. Disassembly for cleaning is straight forward and requires no press of the trigger.
Loaded with six rounds, if that 1873 Model P was dropped and landed on the hammer spur, things would get loud. Depending on your proximity to the line of travel from the muzzle, you could well be perforated. It's happened a number of times. Smart users put five beans in the wheel, lowering the hammer on the empty chamber.

Currently we have "modern striker fired pistols." These are popular, one of the more popular being the product of GLOCK. It's been noted by many that numerous accidents have happened with the GLOCK, often with cops handling them. The most common patterns of mistake are re-holstering the gun and preparing for disassembly of the gun.

If you reholster any pistol with your finger on the trigger - or something getting tangled up in the trigger guard - you're doing it wrong. Muzzle off target, finger off trigger. I know the movies too seldom show that. When you see the flagrant Rule 3 violations on screen at least tell yourself that the person in violation is a moron and make the mental correction in your head.

This SIG SAUER M11A1 is a double-action/single action design. Longer, heavier triggers don't make guns safer and require some dedicated practice to master. It also requires no trigger press for field stripping.
As to disassembly, the rules are easily followed. First, all guns are loaded. Often, we have the user rack the action vigorously then remove the magazine.


You just refilled the chamber.

Remove the supply of ammunition. Clear the chamber. Lock the slide open, checking visually and physically.

Of course we have to take tension off the striker to allow disassembly. I normally recheck again after the unloading process (it's that OCD), point in a safe direction (Rule 2): Pressing the trigger shouldn't result in loud and embarrassing noises. If it does - safe direction - there may be minor property damage and NO personal injury. That beats the FBI agent at the local police range (not here and not recently) who drilled his thigh with a GLOCK 22 - his issued heater. We never allow the muzzle to cover anything we don't want to destroy and he could have clipped the femoral artery.

Yes, there are guns that don't require a pull of the trigger to disassemble. Is that enough to recommend them over guns which do?

Not for me, but you have to answer that question for yourself.

-- Rich Grassi

© Copyright 2008-2014 The Tactical Wire. All Rights Reserved.
The Tactical Wire is a partner of The Outdoor Wire, and is an opt-in only newsletter. If you feel you have been sent
The Tactical Wire in error, or wish to be removed from the mailing list, click here to be removed.