First Look: The Nighthawk Custom Carry

I told you guys several months ago that I would be replacing the M&P Shield that I was, at the time, carrying. I also told you I’d give a look at the gun I was considering as a replacement. Today I will come through on that and give you a quick look at the Nighthawk Custom Carry 1911. Before I get into the specifics of the gun, let me explain why I chose to the give the old super-centenarian a go. Continue reading “First Look: The Nighthawk Custom Carry”

Some Thoughts on Being a Professional Instructor

I have spent the better part of the last nine years as a professional, full-time instructor. I’m not a “presenter” or “speaker” – I am an instructor. I take great pride in my craft. People walk away from my classes with quantifiable skills. I’m not an expert on many of my interest areas, but professional instruction is a topic on which I consider myself extremely well versed. Today I’m going to share some generalities and observations I’ve picked up over the years. Continue reading “Some Thoughts on Being a Professional Instructor”

A RevolverGuy’s Perspective on Pepper Spray

I recently purchased a can of pepper spray for my girlfriend. I decided to grab an extra can and carry it myself. I’ve known I should be carrying a non-lethal option for years. . . but I haven’t. Like most of the firearms industry I’ve overlooked this important facet of comprehensive self-defense. In the past couple of months I’ve really come to appreciate the benefits pepper spray brings to the table. Continue reading “A RevolverGuy’s Perspective on Pepper Spray”

Grant Cunningham on Revolver Trigger Reset

Grant dropped some awesome knowledge today on his podcast, the aptly titled, Grant Cunningham Podcast. Today’s episode is called “Revolver Knowledge: Resetting the Double Action Trigger.” If you are serious about mastering the double action revolver (or know someone who is) this is really solid information. Take six minutes and give it a listen, or read it on his blog.

The Pachmayr Aluminum Competition Speedloader

It has been quite some time since I’ve written about a new speedloader. I thought I’d just about covered everything that’s out there on the market. Turns out there are a couple of new products popping up. Today I’m going to talk about the new Pachmayr Aluminum Competition Speedloader. Continue reading “The Pachmayr Aluminum Competition Speedloader”

Why YOU Should Be Proficient with Double Action Revolvers

I frequently get the question, “why revolvers?” Using revolvers doesn’t make much sense to some, especially in today’s world of inexpensive, reliable, high-capacity semi-autos. However, I still contend that gun owners should be well rounded. This means that you – yeah, YOU! Over there with the HK V-whatever – should know how to operate a revolver proficiently. This post will probably mostly be preaching to the choir, but that’s OK – it might help you to answer the, “why revolvers?” question. My real hope is that you will direct the asker of that question here, so I can explain! Continue reading “Why YOU Should Be Proficient with Double Action Revolvers”

Why I Don’t Like Fiber-Optic Sights

I seem to be in a minority. A lot of shooters seem to really like fiber-optic sights, but I don’t. Not even a little, and this post will explore that a bit. The main reason I don’t like them: consistency. This really hit home with me during some shooting with the 10mm GP100. Continue reading “Why I Don’t Like Fiber-Optic Sights”

Lobo Gunleather Moon Clip Pouch

Since the 10mm GP100 came into my life I have been getting intimately acquainted with moon clips. One thing I’ve had trouble finding is a suitable field/defense carry option for loaded moon clips. If I’m going to bring the gun, I want to bring a reload or two. A reader here recommended I try the Lobo Gunleather moon clip pouch, so I ordered one. It arrived recently and I’ve had few range sessions to work with it. Continue reading “Lobo Gunleather Moon Clip Pouch”

Etekcity Ultralight Camping Stove Review

Somehow, I have found the time to do a bit of camping this summer. I like getting out just for the sake of getting out, but I also like messing around with gear. My next personal cooking stove review is also in the budget line: the $12 Etekcity Ultralight personal camping stove. Continue reading “Etekcity Ultralight Camping Stove Review”

TK Custom Moon Clips and Moon Clip Tools

The world of moon clips was fairly intimidating one for me until recently. When thinking of moon clips, I mostly pictured ultra-modern competitors with dozens of clips arrayed around a fancy shooting belt. . . or WWII-vintage revolvers. Of course that all changed when the 10mm GP100 came along. This gave me a legitimate motivation to learn more about them. Knowing enough to know that I don’t know what I don’t know, I reached out to an expert: Tom over at TK Custom. Tom was happy to provide some TK Custom moon clips and the associated tools to get started properly. Continue reading “TK Custom Moon Clips and Moon Clip Tools”