3 Reasons Glocks Suck

Yes I said it. Glocks suck. Glock as a company also sucks but I’ll get to that in another post. Now why you might wonder, would I say Glocks suck. it’s really pretty simple. I’m taking a break from the bug out kit thing as this has been floating around in my mind for the last few days.

  1. The Trigger Guard – As someone who has “Glock Callous” I can honestly say the trigger guard on the Glock frame needs to be thinned. This an almost universal modification when people have stippling work done on their Glocks. If you’re one of the few that this doesn’t bother, great! For the rest of us, this could stand to be remedied. It actually helps to get the hand a bit higher on the grip and for new users or people who don’t shoot frequently, it can be a bit rough on the knuckle. I largely exempt the 42 and 43 from this one.
  2. Plastic Factory Sights – I’m to a point now where if the sights were decent, I might not bother replacing them. Having torn a front loose once and known others who have smashed the crap out of the plastic factory rear, I think it’s safe to say that this is a shortcoming. I understand most will replace them. It’s my view this is more of a necessity than anything else.
  3. In a day when many new guns have already been released with ambidextrous controls, Glock decided they’d live dangerously. They tossed us users a bone with a reversible magazine release on the Gen 4 guns. That’s it. Many of us who shoot the crap out of our guns prefer to release the slide with the thumb of either our support hand or our firing hand. Being able to use the same quick methodology for which either hand would be great. As I type this, we’re approaching the release of the Gen 5. And that may finally give us the ambidextrous slide catch.

With all that said, I still shoot Glock 19s primarily. So if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be in the garage with my Glock 19 frame and Dremel.

Building Your Bug Out Kit Part 1

Sorry for the delay getting to this, my laptop developed a power supply issue. It’s back up and running for now. With that out of the way, on to the writing. Part 1 follows.

So, my methodology for doing things may be a bit different from some.

Right off the bat, I’m not a fan of keeping guns stowed in vehicles. While from an ideological stand point, it should never be an issue. Reality however, tells us Continue reading “Building Your Bug Out Kit Part 1”

Trust The Feeling, Listen To The Voice

Kathy over at the Cornered Cat blog, shared this blog post today. It is a good reminder for those with children. It’s also important to remember that we get “feelings” when something isn’t right. For some this may come as a “voice in the back of the head” or something along those lines. It is important that we don’t ignore that feeling or voice. It is there to help us survive. Instead, in many case, people choose to ignore it. How often have you heard someone say, “I should have known better”? Whether we’re trying to avoid food poisoning or a violent encounter, that voice is there for a reason.

Sometimes we may not even have a clue of why that voice or feeling is telling Continue reading “Trust The Feeling, Listen To The Voice”

A Brief Overview of Triggrcon 2017

For those who aren’t aware, this past weekend was the 2017 Triggrcon show in Tacoma, Wa. Largely an AR15 related show, there were a number of vendors with other products such as Glock oriented parts, cleaning supplies, and bullets. The whole thing was the brainchild of Rainier Arms.

The first year, 2016, it was dubbed the Northwest Shooting Sports Expo. That event was so successful that it was renamed and expanded, giving us 2017’s Triggrcon event.

THE DAYS

The first day, Thursday, was a range day for industry and media. That is where I finally managed to lay my grubby mitts on a Hudson H9. I came away from shooting it with a very favorable impression. I had heard that there were functional issues at SHOT. For this event, those issues appeared to be non-existent. I don’t see it being anything other than a niche market gun, sort of in the same vein as the HK P7 series, but it’s a nice niche gun.

Friday was industry and media day at the show. Sadly I forgot to take my camera’s memory card for my along. Crap. But I had plenty of batteries!

Triggrcon was open to the public Saturday and Sunday. Registration was still required through the site. If they had any on site, I missed it.

A FEW OF THE ATTENDEES

I’ve largely been skeptical of 80% stuff. Keep in mind I have a background in metal working and look at the 80% AR lowers and ask “Why?” That said, Polymer 80 was there at the show with their “Glock” (fauxlock?) frames. I found myself actually liking P80’s Glock frame. It actually felt better in the hand. I’m sure the feel was partly due to the high cut front strap resulting in less trigger guard interference on my knuckle. Impressive. I might have to try one.

Your Buddy Stan , a local vendor based just north of Seattle,hosted Phlster. Jon and Stan brought plenty of holsters and Flatpack TQ carriers as well.

One of the more interesting things I saw was a 3.7 pound AR15. Perfect for those who don’t want to lug a bunch of weight when hunting.

Rainier Ballistics had a booth and bullets. What more could you want there? Ok, maybe powder.

There was a lot more to the show, but I will have to get into that later.

 

Triggrcon 2017 Range Day

Firing the SCAR 17

Sorry for the absence for the last few days folks. The good news is I spent yesterday on the range Triggrcon’s ¬†Industry and Media Range day.

Just the range portion of the day turned out to be a much larger event than I had expected. Daniel Defense, Aero Precision, Quarter Circle Ten, GemTech, Sig Sauer, Grey Ghost Precision, Hudson, Noveske, FN, Chip McCormick, S3F, Battle Arms Development, and Kinetic Development Group, to name but a few of them.

My lesson for the day was that a Scar 17 isn’t particularly controllable on full auto. Though squeezing off two shots at a time is relatively easy.

Signal To Noise

Recently, Tom Givens wrote an article in American Handgunner. It raised some excellent points about people with knowledge and experience trying to share with others only to have their efforts dismissed for one reason or another without consideration of the merits of their points.

You can find the article here

Have a good day!

Concealed Carry – What The #@(& Are You Thinking?

As readers of concealednation.org and/or activeresponsetraining.net may know, Concealed Nation has a regular feature they call “Dig the Rig”. Generally if there’s something glaringly bad, Greg over at Active Response Training covers it. Since he hasn’t yet touched this one, I thought I would.

THE INITIAL EQUIPMENT

On July 18, 2017 Concealed Nation posted the carry arrangement of an individual named “Philip”. It can be found here. On the surface, it didn’t seem Continue reading “Concealed Carry – What The #@(& Are You Thinking?”

Effective Communication Trumps Guns

Today, I have something a bit different from what I usually post. The incident used as an example is from about 3 years ago. Now, let me preface this by saying I am not now nor have I ever been in law enforcement.
I come from a background of management. My former employer put a lot of emphasis on effectively communicating. So with that understanding, this incident has stood out to me as a shining example of piss poor communication. And I’m not blaming the officer 100 percent for this. The stopee (as I will call him) also fails to communicate effectively. More officer training in the area of effective communication could help. Instead of asking the stopee to get his wallet, he could have asked him where his ID was located. The stopee, instead of just going for it assuming the officer knew what he was doing, could have said to the officer, “Hey no problem. It’s in my glove compartment. How would you like to proceed?” Craig gets into this in his post as well. This incident was also a topic of discussion in a class I took with Travis Haley.

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