Archive for June, 2010

The 1911 Multi Tool Done Right.

To coincide with the introduction of it’s new 1911 pistol Remington has begun to produce some tools and accessories for it.  Along with some grips and other goodies they have introduced their own 1911 specific multi-tool.  As with everything Remington does this new piece of gear is a very well thought out product. The quality is evident with nice fit and finish as well as non multi-tool traditional G10 grips.  The tool includes barrel bushing wrenches for both full size and Commander size guns to add versatility as well as a mainspring housing punch and 5 piece screwdriver bit set.  You also get more standard tools such as lockback 8Cr13MoV steel drop/serrated blade and a bottle opener, can opener and file. All of this is done in an attractive durable black oxide finish and comes with a nice black molle compatible case.  At a street price under $50 the Remington 1911 multi-tool compares favorably with other tools on the market not as useful on a 1911 pistol. We are keeping ours and recommend it as a must have.  All we need now is for our new Remington 1911 to get here… JB

Training Day At Sig Sauer Academy

I have always been a firm believer that if you are going to do anything you should do it right. When I decided to make a 1911 my primary carry weapon for the mean streets it came with the realization that I needed to be proficient with a 1911 or not carry it. Most armed confrontations take place in very close proximity to your opponent and are over in a few seconds.  With a conventional pistol or revolver that’s a short period of time to draw, aim and fire. With a 1911 it’s a complicated scenario that you don’t want to be fumbling with when you need it. The only useful way to carry a 1911 is in “condition one” which is a round in the chamber, a full magazine, hammer cocked and the thumb safety on.  While this may seem unsafe to some, you need to understand that in the heat of battle the idea that you are going to have time to rack a round into the chamber and be combat effective could cost you your life.  You need to draw, release the thumb safety, maintain a proper grip, aim and fire, hopefully in 2 seconds or less. That’s a lot to do under stress.

Enter Sig Academy. They have what they call a “1911 Operator” course that is meant for intermediate shooters wanting to achieve “operator” capability with a 1911. It a fairly intense, no nonsense course. They cover many situations you might encounter in an armed confrontation in every day life. Also included are practical safety and maintenance reviews but the bulk of the training is done on the range and you shoot all day. Covered in the instruction are tactical drills covering admin reload, proper draw, clearing jams, multiple adversaries, shooting multiple targets while moving, shooting while backing up and threat assessment.

The Epping New Hampshire facility is top notch and set in the beautiful New Hampshire countryside. The instructors are from law enforcement, government or military backrounds and  totally professional and don’t miss a beat. They watch your every move and are very helpful when you make a mistake. I learned more in one day than I could have learned on my own in any period of time because much of the instruction was on areas I would not have thought to cover as a layman. It was actually a perfect balance of useful operations without being overwhelming. No egomaniacs with tats and stories, just good solid training. Everything you need, nothing you don’t.

I’ve been shooting for over 30 years and thought I knew how to shoot but the 1911 in rapid combat is a whole new animal.  It adds additional steps to using it properly in combat and even unloading requires more thought. The latest must have fad is the 1911 for shooting everything  from tin cans to carrying for self defense. Everybody wants one.  Bottom line, if you are contemplating using a 1911 as your primary carry weapon you had better either have had professional training or you need to get some before the time comes when you need it to save your life or the lives of loved ones. If not you are much better off with a conventional semi-auto pistol.  I chose Sig Sauer for obvious reasons. They are a major firearms manufacturer with a professional facility and a highly trained group of instructors. I wasn’t disappointed. I came home with a wealth of information and drills to practice as well as an increased sense of confidence in my decision to carry a 1911.

You can visit the Sig Academy to check all the many courses offered at the link below. I’ll be back up there in September to further my instruction.  Good luck and stay safe.

Sig Sauer Academy

Cheers, DJ

Who Put The “X” In XM193?

As the debates goe on about Lake City ammunition, I’ve heard everything from XM193, XM118 are reloads to they’re rejects, basically anything with an X in the number is a bad thing. That’s what the arm chair experts say anyway even though they look the same, weigh the same and have the same LC/Nato head stamps. I decided to settle the debate, at least in my head, by contacting Lake City to get the real info. The person that returned my call turned out to be the production manager for all things 5.56 from the ATK brand including Lake City and Federal. Here is what I was told. In order to distinguish retail brand packaging from military supply they decided that anything that was Federal retail boxed they would add an X to the prefix. That’s it. Federal or Lake City label, it’s made on the same assembly line, using the same components and built to the same military specs. The only ammunition that is questionable would be “PD” labeled which is ammunition that for whatever reason is not up to military spec. This does not mean it is bad, only that it does not meet total quality fitness. This could be as simple as passing the submersion test or appearance defects. These issues, for the most part, would in no way effect a civilian shooter. Of course feel free to debate this in your favorite forum. DJ

Leupold Gen III Mark 4

Leupold recently released it’s Generation III series of illuminated reticle scopes.  The improvements do away with the less than positive on/off positions on the illumination dial and provide a 15% increase in reticle brightness.  The Gen III illumination system provides positive click adjustments by allowing the user to select eight different brightness levels.  Each level is separated from the next by an off position. Clicks are definite between levels and a welcome upgrade.  We ran a Mark 4 3.5-10X40 TMR thru it’s paces at the range to test out the new features.  The adjustments to the illumination worked just as advertised and the reticle was as clear and precise in daylight as it was at sundown.   This Mark 4 performed impressively well with positive windage and elevation adjustments, plenty of eye relief and rugged construction. The Leupold lens system provided a bright, clear sight picture with no discernible coloration or edge distortion. We ran a box test at 100 yards and it passed with flying colors and after bore sighting in the shop gave a cold bore perfect bulls eye first time out with no further adjustments.  Leupold has a large and loyal customer base because they make a solid product at prices that won’t put you in the poor house. It’s no wonder Leupold is the #1 choice of shooting professionals, LE and the military by a mile.  At an average street price under $1,3oo and a warranty that is the absolute best in the business it’s still one of the best deals out there for a high quality tactical scope and of course it’s made right here in the USA. DJ

  • Length (A) 13.5 in
  • Tube Diameter (I) 30 mm
  • Actual Magnification 9.5 (3.2)
  • FOV @ 100 yds (ft) 11.0 (29.9)
  • FOV @ 100 m (m) 3.7 (10.0)
  • Eye Relief (in) 3.4 (4.7)
  • Eye Relief (mm) 93 (119)
  • Obj. Clear Aperture 1.6 in / 40 mm
  • Weight 21.0 oz / 595 g
  • Elevation Adj. Range (MOA) 65
  • Windage Adj. Range (MOA) 65
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