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JULY 14, 2020

Federal Premium Hydra-Shok Deep is the first expanding 380 Auto load to consistently penetrate beyond the FBI-recommended 12-inch minimum in bare gel and through heavy clothing.
Hornady® congratulates team members, Clay Blackketter, Doug Koenig, Travis Gibson, Dave Preston and Jonathan Berry on their performance at the Hornady® Precision Rifle Challenge, July 10 - 11, 2020 in Evanston, Wyoming.
Faxon Firearms has teamed up with several industry co-sponsors for their 'Old Glory' giveaway event which ends Friday, July 17, 2020.

SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to announce a partnership with the Former Texas Ranger Foundation to release the exclusive Texas Ranger Edition P320 Pistol.  A portion of the sales of the Texas Ranger Edition P320 pistol will benefit the Former Texas Rangers Foundation.
Galco offers an array of ankle holsters, ideal when hot weather arrives and we wear fewer layers.They are particularly useful for gun carriers who are seated for much of the day.
Henry has designed and donated 88 limited edition Henry “Ethan’s Army” Edition Golden Boy lever-action rifles to benefit the family of 2-year-old Ethan Shaw and assist with the medical expenses associated with childhood cancer treatment. These rifles are available now through Henry Repeating Arms’ website and the first in the series, ETHANSARMY01, is currently up for auction. All proceeds from the sales of the “Ethan’s Army” rifles will be presented to the Shaw family.

SAR USA by Sarsilmaz announced the sponsorship of Jordan Anderson’s “Race for Freedom” No. 3 Chevrolet Silverado in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series on Saturday, July 18th 2020 at the Texas Motor Speedway. SAR USA will be featured on the coveted front hood position and both sides of the inside bed of the truck for this event. 
NSSF lauded the decision of the U.S. State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls to rescind the 2002 policy that blocked the export of firearm suppressors to overseas markets. NSSF has championed the effort to remove the policy which has only harmed U.S.-based suppressor manufacturers.
Streamlight, Inc. launched the rechargeable Stinger 2020, the next evolution in duty-ready flashlights. The new light delivers 2,000 lumens and up to a 24-hour run time. The Stinger 2020 features an anti-roll body design, non-slip side panels and an ergonomic shape for a perfect grip.

Blackhawk announced that it has introduced a new T-Series Jacket Slot Leg Strap Adapter for use with the T-Series holster. The new adapter bolts into the bottom of the T-Series Jacket Slot Belt Loop Holster Platform and serves as the pivot point for the T-Series holster, allowing it to stay upright and secure regardless of your leg position.
Force X2 copper-plated 00 FX2 buckshot pellets are specially engineered to split into two equal-size pieces on impact. Shipments of this new product have begun to arrive at dealers.
Springfield Armory introduce the Ronin Operator® 4.25", a lightweight, rugged and reliable 1911 pistol built for a lifetime of service at an MSRP of $849.

According to a Minneapolis law firm, Meuser, Yackley & Rowland, over 150 Minneapolis police officers have started the process of filing disability claims over the last six weeks. The number is remarkable, as PD Minneapolis has about 850 sworn officers.
The Adaptive Defensive Shooting Summit (ADSS) October 23-24 at the SIG Sauer Academy in Epping, New Hampshire, announces Sturm Ruger as a platinum partner for the event.
Season Two of Skull Bound Chronicles is launching now on CarbonTV with new episodes that capture hunting and fishing excitement, important conservation efforts and an overall emphasis on an outdoor lifestyle of sustainability.

The Second Amendment Foundation says the recent revelation that the anti-gun-rights Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence took a federal Paycheck Protection Loan worth up to $1 million, while working to keep gun stores closed is an “outrageous exploitation of the COVID-19 pandemic to prevent people from exercising their constitutional rights.”
Primary Arms is celebrating Independence Day with their largest giveaway yet: a fully-kitted FN SCAR 20S Precision Rifle, complete with a Primary Arms GLx riflescope and GLx mount, plus a Magpul bipod and a spare 20rd SCAR .308 magazine.
The Riton Optics 2020 Veteran’s Hunt will provide one deserving veteran with a once-in-a-lifetime Barbary Sheep hunt, along with additional hunt opportunities and a prize package.
Walker’s® introduces the RAPTOR, a radical new approach to hearing enhancement & protection. Utilizing bone-conduction technology to amplify ambient sounds by transmitting sound waves through bones in the head to the inner ear rather than through the ear canals.
 

It’s been many years since I first heard of an innovation to prevent striker movement in one of the most popular striker-fired pistol platforms in history, the GLOCK. The first I heard of it was from Todd Lewis Green. Along with Tom Jones, he developed the concept and they moved into a long, methodical beta testing of the device before any examples were offered for sale.

If you look carefully, you could see the slide cover plate is already in motion, moving back as the trigger has reset and tension reapplied for the next shot.

 

Tau Development Group Striker Control Device

The idea was simple. The well-trained protocol for safe holstering of a handgun involved placing the thumb of the shooting hand over the hammer of the pistol or revolver. This could be done in such a way to prevent hammer travel if something snagged the trigger during the reholstering process. I’ve known the 1911-types to place the shooting thumb under the thumb safety for the same reason; with the safety on, the trigger can’t trip the sear and the slide can’t be pushed back out of battery when being forced into a tight holster.

I’d done a bit different with the Browning design, preferring to bring the thumb up between hammer and slide. This prevented hammer fall but also activated the grip safety. Doing this protocol works on various hammer-fired guns. What do we do about striker-fired guns?

The “gadget” as Todd had referred to it was far simpler than the various safety elements of hammer-fired guns; so simple that the original pistol’s designers had to have kicked themselves when they saw how easy it is. It replaces the OEM striker cover plate, that piece that keeps the striker in the slide, as well as provides pressure to the extractor depressor plunger via the spring loaded bearing.

To reholster -- with or without the SCD -- place the trigger finger at high register and place the thumb on the back of the slide onto the slide cover plate. The SCD prevents motion of the striker if something should get catch onto the trigger.

Officially referred to as the “striker control device,” the gadget simply blocks movement of the striker rearward – required to get the requisite distance before getting enough tension and distance to be released – preventing firing.

It’s not a ‘safety’ as such; it simply prevents firing of the gun if pressure is placed on the back of the slide. One still needs to mind the muzzle and stay clear of the trigger. The SCD is a passive device. In normal operation, it does nothing.

As these things have been installed on a range of GLOCKs over a number of years and some have many thousands of rounds on them, I Installed the SCD on three guns that are the most likely carried GLOCK pistols available to me: a Gen5 G19 that was from the rollout of the line nearly three years ago (August, 2017), a GLOCK 43 and the newest, a G43X.

There is the version available for Gen5 (which also includes the 19X, 17M, 19M, and G45), Gen1-4 (models 17–41), Slimline 9mm (43, 43X, 48), and G42. It’s designed to work with OEM GLOCK triggers and aftermarket trigger components that do not alter pre-travel compared to the stock trigger – don’t install the Striker Control Device on any gun with aftermarket triggers that reduce pre-travel.

The SCD at rest; below, even gravity can make the SCD deploy. In operation, pressure on the trigger moves the SCD back.

As I’ve been through GLOCK armorer training a number of times – though sadly not recently – I found it no trouble to get the SCD installed on the three guns. It’s not a chore, just something you may want a GLOCK armorer to install. Last month, I took the guns to the range after having installed the Striker Control Devices.

Using the ‘brand new to me’ GLOCK 43X, I started out on the “Dirty Bird Silhouette” from Birchwood Casey, a target reminiscent of the ISU target with the ISU (and the NRA B-27) scoring rings. I held on the upper 1/3 of the target from fifty yards. It was zero for elevation, but tended left with a pair of hits on the cardboard backer, and one round nicking the edge of the target. At fifteen yards, I corrected my grip and put four inside the red “10” ring, with one in the “9” at the right side.

The Gen5 G19 with assorted hollow-point ammo tended high and a little right. The G43 at the same distance tended high with the assorted ammo. None of the dispersion from point of aim to point of impact involved the SCD; in fact, except for movement of the slide cover plate when I pressed the trigger, it was completely transparent. Nothing had changed – until I went to holster. Even then, using the protocol I’ve used since the S&W M645 was first issued to us in 1986, I noticed no difference.

The next day, I took the G43X to the retiree LEOSA range for my former agency. Using Winchester 147gr FMJ ammo, I shot 100% with some low hits at 25 yards. The instructor asked “what’s happening with your slide cover plate?” I explained the device to him.

Before readying the two newer guns for carry, I took them out to confirm function and zero. Using CCI Blazer 124 gr. TMJ ammo in the Gen5 G19, I shot five rounds at fifty yards on a target which is a size analog for the NRA TQ-15. The more-or-less 8 ½” x 11” preferred scoring zone held four of the five. One was a bad miss; I’d called it, realized I was shooting unlocked. It went over the silhouette’s left shoulder (my right). Using 65 gr. RNP Inceptor “Sport Utility Ammo” in the G43X, I printed off to the left with one miss off paper, 1 on paper outside the silhouette at 8 o’clock, a line cutter at 9 o’clock and two hits in the main scoring zone.

Using the “Wyoming Sight Drifter” obtained from Skinner Sights, I made a ‘factory adjustment’ and tried a ten yard B-8 bullseye. The sights put Black Hills 115 grain JHP EXP rounds inside the bull. After cleaning and oiling, the pair of guns were ready for duty.

I’ve changed nothing in my gun handling and now I don’t notice movement of the Striker Control Device as I shoot. The Gadget simply works within the gun handling protocols I’ve used for decades. I didn’t have to have it; I find it comforting to have it installed.

The SCD is CNC machined from 17-4PH stainless steel, has a black oxide finish, and is made in the United States. This additional layer of safety is well worth the effort.

- - Rich Grassi

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