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OCTOBER 20, 2020

The list of Team Federal competition wins during the 2020 World Skeet Championships at the National Shooting Complex in San Antonio, Texas was impressive. Team Federal made another good showing with three members of the team taking home notable wins.
Savage Arms was proud to be a part of the Aiming for Zero Great Nor’easter shooting competition. More than 200 competitors came out to help prevent veteran suicide and support the local veteran community.
Galco offers a concealed carry systems approach in both leather and Kydex. For example, the Triton 2.0 is slender and easy to conceal. Paired with the Kydex Single Magazine Carrier and the EDC belt, it's a complete package.

XS Sights is proud to announce that Michelle Waldran and Jen Blake have been named XS Ambassadors. As ambassadors, they will support the company’s social media efforts and help bring awareness to women about the importance of learning firearms safety and training for self-defense.
Christensen Arms announced that they have partnered with Joel Harris of Harris Global Marketing & Communications for all of their public relations and media needs.
RSR Group, Inc. announced the addition of Christensen Arms to its product assortment. Christensen Arms manufactures lightweight, precise, and accurate firearms including bolt action rifles, modern sporting rifles and modern sporting pistols.

NSSF is focusing on former Vice President Joe Biden’s radical antigun campaign promise to repeal the industry-essential Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. The bipartisan law prevents activist lawyers and politicians from attacking the firearm industry with frivolous lawsuits that are designed to bankrupt manufacturers for the heinous crimes committed by individuals.
Nightstick announced its TCM-Series compact LED handgun weapon light with a daylight-visible 532nm green aiming laser for maximum visibility in all conditions.
Primary Arms Optics has released a brand new long-range precision optic designed for use with 6.5 Creedmoor and .224 Valkyrie cartridges: the GLx 4-16x50mm FFP Rifle Scope with ACSS Apollo 6.5CR/.224V Reticle.

To celebrate twenty-five years in business, Christensen Arms is running an online contest featuring four weeks of promotions across Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and their website as well as e-blasts. Twenty five prizes will be awarded, including the grand prize: a Special Edition Traverse Rifle with Leupold VX-6HD 3-18x44mm riflescope.
Media Lodge promises to deliver the best of SHOT Show to the consumer, building on a library of over 300 past SHOT Show product videos.
GetZoneHunting.com, a community created by hunters for hunters, is dedicated to serving the hunting enthusiast and continues to build its original hunting video content library.

The Dan Wesson Vigil CCO is featured in the December issue of GUNS Magazine. Also, the Bravo Company BCM RECCE-14 KMR-A Carbine tops December’s Firearms Giveaway Package.
What’s Hot at Shot returns with an award-winning content production team to cover SHOT Show 2021. The What’s Hot at SHOT video series is an annual production for Media Lodge.
Primary Arms Optics has announced that it will be a platinum-tier sponsor for the upcoming 2020 Shooter Symposium, which is hosted on October 15th-18th at The Ranch TX Private Shooting Club in Eagle Lake, Texas.

Industry Day at the Range is pleased to announce that Palmetto State Armory will be the exclusive On-Ground Staff Transportation Sponsor at the 2021 range day event.
 

In September, we received a release from a holster maker announcing holsters fit for the Gen5 GLOCK pistols in 40 S&W. The announcement was clear that the guns were bigger, hence the change in holsters.

As I’d heard nothing from GLOCK, I contact the National Sales Manager and media personnel for GLOCK to ensure we weren’t getting ahead of them in the announcement. The word was “run it.” We did – and I asked some questions.

The Gen5 line was expanding to include the G22 (service-size), G23 (compact) and G27 (subcompact). As they’ve returned to a single pin design, excising the locking block pin, apparently something else needed changing.

I was well aware of agency purchase controversies early this century; our neighboring agency reported issues with their Gen3 guns. We had already enjoyed a trouble-free year with the same product line. While they – and other agencies like Indianapolis PD – reported malfunctions, we found our guns remarkably trouble free.

We did keep on the maintenance. Every year, the guns were detail stripped, recoil springs and firing pin safety plungers changed out and the locking block pins were examined. We considered them 9mm format guns that were loaded up to the snappy, abusive 40 S&W.

Some years after I left, my agency moved into Gen4 GLOCK pistols in 40 caliber. I heard no complaints about function or maintenance. But the world moved on to modern loadings of the elderly 9x19mm cartridge for police service use. They seem to work just fine and I have no objections.

My general rule is that it’s the gun’s job to do its work, the ammo’s job to work with the gun – it’s my job to run the gun effectively with the ammo that’s in it. Caliber, action-type and other nonsense are minutia. Just make it work.

Still, I was a bit curious about how they made the Gen5 system work with the abrasive little Forty.

The Gen5 G23 is noticeably wider -- and heavier -- in the slide than the Gen5 G19 (right). Below, the guns are otherwise similar in envelope.

To start, the slide is 2mm wider than previous versions. Now, .080” doesn’t sound like much but it accounts for some of the 2.71-ounce increase in the weight of the empty pistol (without magazine). The obligatory Gen5 refinements include the nDLC finish, flared magazine well, enhanced GLOCK Marksman barrel and bilateral slide stop lever.

As to the gun, it’s straightforward; the 4.02” barrel of the compact line, 13-round standard capacity for the magazine like previous generations, it’s all apparently about the same. The firing pin safety plunger shows a Gen5 angled surface and the trigger is “Gen5-like,” meaning it’s just fine.

Why a 40-caliber version? We all thought it was dying. Apparently, some agencies still like it. From GLOCK’s release, there’s a statement:

“Availability will begin in October; however, the focus will be on supporting existing .40 caliber agencies on transitioning to the latest technologies within the law enforcement market. While we will continue to support fielded Gen4 pistols and agencies with Gen4 models, we have stopped 9×19 and .40 caliber Gen4 productions for the US commercial market.”

According to a contact at GLOCK who already fired the new guns, we have this addition: “On the ‘plus’ side, the extra slide mass dampens felt recoil and muzzle flip quite a bit.”

I’ve not shot it, so that remains to be ‘felt.’ But I will test it as I have 40-cal. ammo.

For the ‘caliber commandos,’ I compared the 9x19mm to the .40 S&W on paper. Bullet weights for the 40 hover between 135 grains and 180, mostly. For the 9mm, 115 grains to 147 grains covers most of the bases. As to muzzle velocity, Federal HST (P40HST1S vs. P9HST1S) shows the 40 Auto to yield about 1,010 fps versus the 1,150 fps of the 9mm.

The target being shot likely couldn’t tell the difference – though the person doing the shooting could, depending on the launch vehicle. Hence, the thicker slide …

We’ll check it out and let you know.

-- Rich Grassi

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