Archive for Pistol

Ultimate Defensive Glock – On a Budget

Glock Perfection – Is Glock the Best? (An Honest Look)

Glock Custom Trigger Job – Budget DIY

If I Could Only Have 5 Guns …..

First Look – Ruger American Pistol – Glock Competition?

Striker Fired vs Hammer Fired Handguns – Which is Better?

Kel-Tec P-32 – Reluctant Review & Opinions

Top Guns for Defense & Prepping (Make, Model & Caliber Specific)

Truck Guns – Good or Bad? (The Great Debate)

Taurus TCP – Budget Defense CCW?

Defensive Handgun Sight Options & Philosophy

Tagua Leather Holster Review

Tagua gun leather goods are manufacturered in Paraguay and they make a wide variety of holsters, belts and other gun and gear related leather goods. I first ran across their company a year or so ago because a friend of mine has one of their OWB holsters for his Beretta 92fs and its a good solid holster.

About 5 or 6 months ago after my wife decided she wanted to get her concealed carry license and of course she wanted a new gun for carry and we ended up getting the Ruger LC9 for her. Well we needed a holster and so I started looking around on ebay to see what was out there. I ran across an IWB Tagua holster for the LC9 for about $30 bucks with free shipping and it looked solid so I ordered it.

I have to say that the holster looks a little plain, almost generic, but is made from a good think leather that holds its shape well and retains the pistol perfectly. There is no retantion screws or straps, so its all held tight by the leather and your belt but this seems to works great.

Almost 6 months of use (and yes I’ve carried it more than a few times myself) I can safely say that this is a good quality leather IWB holster and one I can easily recommend. It’s held up very well and it’s definitely a company that I’ll be looking at for my next holster purchase.

Blackhawk CQC Leather IWB Holster Review

Finding the right holster for concealed carry can be an exhaustive and expensive process that includes buying and trying out several different style and brands of holsters before eventually find the right one for the right situations.

We all know that depending on what we’re wearing and what time of year it is we’re probably using at least a couple different holsters for our carry pistol.

About 6 months ago I came across a Blackhawk CQC leather IWB holster, one I’d seen many times at various gunshops and sporting goods stores and quite frankly I mostly ignored them in favor of other less expensive or different style holsters.

This particular day though I decided to try it out since I had just picked up a new Glock 26 and I needed a holster for it and thought if I didn’t like it I’d just take it back. All I can say is that I now realize I’ve never made a better holster purchase.

The overall feel of the holster is great, its the perfect thickness to allow for secure retention and still be very comfortable inside the waistband up against the body. I’m a big proponent of having a good sweatguard on my holsters and this one completely covers the rear of the slide to protect the gun. The retention adjustment screw works as expected and allows u to perfectly adjust the tention on the triggerguard to your personal preference. I like the single loop design as it allows for easy one handed removal of the holster. The holster is perfect for any degree of carry, from middle of the back, strongside, appendix carry or cross draw. Also the holster has been a great choice for both cold weather and during this summer while wearing shorts and a T-shirt. It also comes in a very large variety of models to fit just about any pistol or revolver on the market.

Overall, in my opinion the holster is as good or better than some custom holsters at almost twice the price. Needless to say I’ve been very pleased and can highly recommend this as a great choice for a CCW IWB holster.

Why Glocks Suck!

So there is alot debate about Glocks. People either seem to love ’em or hate ’em. But today we’re going to be answering one very important question that both Glock haters and lovers should know the answer to ……… Why do Glocks suck?

So lets look at some of the things people complain about most when it comes to the Glock pistol.

First off, the sights. Everyone, even alot of Glock lovers seem to hate the sight, they’re cheap, plastic and just low grade compared to many sights on the market.

Next is the controls. How many Glock owners complain about the mag release and slide stop and eventually end up replacing them with extended controls.

Then we have the grip texture and grip angle. How many businesses are there making a living by stippling frames and shaving backstraps because Glock lovers have to modify their Glocks to work for them.

Then of course we have the looks. Lets face it, Glocks aren’t the prettiest girl at the ball. They’re more reminiscent of the less attractive girl you try to push off on your friend so you can have a chance at her cousin.

So those are the reasons why people tend to dislike Glock and those very same reasons are the thing Glock lovers modify or replace most often while proclaiming their love for Glocks.

So now back to the question ……… Why do Glocks Suck?

Glocks suck because with all the things that people complain about and modify on their Glock, and because it looks like something Gaston Glock originally intended to be a hammer …….. Glocks suck because despite those reasons, its so damn reliable and durable that u just can’t go wrong with one, because crappy controls, sights, grip angle and all ……… it just works!

Ruger LC9 Review

Glock vs M&P

Glock is without a doubt the most popular pistol around, and for good reason, its a durable, reliable and all around solidly designed pistol. There is however another pistol on the market that is taking a shot at the title of “Most Popular Pistol” and thats the Smith & Wesson M&P series polymer pistols.

Lets compare the two pistols and see how they stack up.

First off let’s look at the triggers. The Glock trigger is a little spongy when firing from the forwardmost position, and has a bit of takeup before the break but is very crisp breaking trigger with a short reset. The M&P is equally as spongy (at least for the first few hundred rounds out of the box) but with a longer take up and slightly longer reset. It does however have an overall more consistent trigger pull between letting the trigger out to the reset point of all the way forward. I’ll give the Glock a slight edge out of the box but not much since after about 250 rounds I actually began to perfer the M&P trigger.

Next we’ll look at the magazines. Both mags work well and have no issues. The M&P either come in stainless or melonite coated stainless and drop free perfectly. Th Glock mags Perform just as well but have the polymer coating that adds some durability to them. I’ll give the edge to the Glock mags definitely for their durability.

Next will be the controls, your slide lock and mag release. On both pistols they function the same and for my money I see neither as being better then the other since they are both easy to operate. The M&P controls do give you a little more area to to get a grip on so for those of you out there who like to replace your Glock controls for extended controls you might like the M&P better out of the box. I’ll call this one even as they both function as they should.

Now let’s talk about the ergonomics of the pistols. The Glock is not known for its comfortable grip, it was designed as a military sidearm, nothing more nothing less, it was designed to work, not be ergonomic. The M&P on the other hand is a very ergonmic pistol and very comfortable to shoot. The edge definitely goes to the M&P.

Looks are the next thing we’ll discuss and hands down this goes to the M&P. The Glock is a very utilitarian looking pistol due to its afore mentioned design, and theres nothing wrong with that and I do know more than a few people who see the beauty in the Glock’s simple design, but the M&P is a much better looking pistol.

Finally we’ll look at the reliability and durability of these pistols. There is no doubt that even though the Glock has had much more time to prove itself that both of these pistols are equally as reliable and durable. Both pistols have been designed with rugged durability in mind. This one is a tie.

So bottom line is this, the Glock is a fantastic pistol and it will be the king for a long time I’m sure, but the M&P is for all intents and purposes an upgraded Glock. It takes everything we love about the Glock and adds better ergonomics and better looks. Either one of these pistols will serve you well for a long time.

First Time Pistol Buyers Guide

For the first time buyer choosing a pistol can be quite a chore. You might spend hours online researching certain models on forums and blogs, or you may just be talking to friends with firearms experience in the hopes that they’ll lead you in the right direction.

Whatever way you decide to go, I’d like to throw out a few guidelines for choosing a pistol that might help you out along the way.

1) Purpose – you need to decide what you plan on using this pistol for. Will it be for home defense, concealed carry, fun at the range, a vehicle gun or hunting. Figuring this out will help you to figure out what will and won’t work for you. A good example is if your looking for a good concealed carry pistol you might want to stay away from larger full sized pistols.

2) Type – This refers to choosing between a semi-auto pistol or a revolver. Both have their pros and cons but both will work for just about whatever you may be looking for. A semi auto has the advantage of having a larger capacity (usually) and will be quicker to reload while a revolver is much simpler and easy to operate and generally speaking is a more consistently reliable handgun because of its simplicity.

3) Caliber – This is important for a couple of reasons. First you want to make sure you choose a caliber that you can comfortably handle otherwise you might not practice with the gun as much as you should and become proficient with it. Second you don’t want to choose a caliber that may be expensive to stock up on and may cost too much to really shoot.

4) Personal Preference – This may be your first gun but you may be already familiar with certain firearms and already be comfortable with certain brands or calibers. This definitely should be taken into consideration as you don’t want to purchase a pistol that you’ll later regret.

5) Feel in the hand/Shoot it – Many first time gun buyers tend to underestimate the usefullness of just holding a pistol in the hand when it comes to making a decision about buying, and getting a chance to shoot that gun is an even better option.

So thats it, those are the basics of buying your first, or even tenth pistol. Remember that a little time and effort before hand can save you alot of time spent trading off or selling the gun down the road.

Taurus PT709 Slim Review

Taurus has come a long way in the firearms industry in the last 10 years, and the PT709 Slim is just one example of how far they’ve come in being a big player in the firearms industry.

The 709 is a compact slim pistol designed for mainly concealed carry. It weighs in at 19 oz, is 6″ long, 4 1/2″ tall, 7/8″ wide & is chambered in 9mm, with a 7+1 capacity, giving it plenty of bang for it’s size.

It is comparable to the Ruger LC9 and Kel-Tec PF9 in size, weight & capacity, however what makes the 709 stand out among the others is the trigger, it’s not a long 11 to 12 lb double action trigger, the trigger on the 709 comes in at right about 6 lbs with an extremely clean break and short reset, truely one of the best triggers I’ve felt on a small practically pocket sized pistol.

Now along with having an extremely light trigger (by pocket pistol standards) it also has a manual safety. Now some people will cry foul on that for a carry weapon but it doesn’t bother me at all, especially since I never use it. I guess it’s just a nice feature to have if your uneasy about carrying in condition 1.

The pistol shoots extremely smooth and very accurate at self defense distances, the only complaint I have about the pistol is the grip, it is quite a bit smaller than the grips on the afore mentioned LC9 & PF9 making it a bit harder to find the right purchase on the grip when firing, especially for follow up shots. Now this is just a small complaint and if you don’t have freakishly long fingers like I do then this may not even be an issue for you, but it is worth mentioning. The upside about having a small grip is that when conceal carrying the smaller grip means less of the gun is sticking up out of your IWB holster.

Now let’s discuss price. MSRP on these is around $489 and is completely out of the ballpark, most new 709’s will go for somewhere between $300 to $350 depending on where u shop and I’ve seen used 709’s sell for as little as $225, so keep your eyes peeled for a good deal.

All in all it’s a great concealed carry pistol for a great price, easily one of the top choices for a slim conceal carry 9mm.