I retired an old friend to the safe today: my everyday carry knife for the last 13 1/2 years. My constant companion for almost a decade and a half, the only walkabouts she’ll accompany me on now are those into the past. We have shared both the happiest and most exhilarating of times, as well as some damned bitter ones. Purchased in 2004, the knife I’ve carried for almost a decade and a half is the Emerson CQC-7. Continue reading “Retiring an Old Friend: The Emerson CQC-7”
I am both a coffee drinker and SOF veteran, so my interest is always piqued when I run across a company that has an interest in both. I recently reached out to Black Rifle Coffee Company, asking if I could do a review of their coffee. They got back in touch with me in short order and said it would be no problem. I know most of you probably aren’t interested in reading about me doing sometime I do four times a day (drink coffee) but I tried to have a little fun with this one, so check it out! Continue reading “Black Rifle Coffee Company “AK47””
As the the sun sets on 2017, I wanted to talk about my experience with the perfect J-Frame Revolver: the S&W 640 Pro Series. I’ve carried this gun day-in/day-out for almost two and a half years now. It has been a special gun in that it has taught me an awful lot about the revolver. I’m going to talk about the accessories and solutions I’ve found to make this the most viable self-defense option possible, and my thoughts on going forward into the 2018. This will also be a bit of a reminisce over some of the changes I’ve made over the last year, and some things you can expect in the coming year. Continue reading “The Perfect J-Frame: Two Years In Review”
I recently had the opportunity to check out a pretty cool concept from Galco. The basic idea is one that I have had in mind for a while – a holster with an attached speedloader pouch along the topstrap. Since the cylinder of the holster creates a bit of a “gap” in the pants anyhow, why not use that space to throw in a speedloader? Continue reading “Galco Walkabout J-Frame Holster”
As regular readers here know, I’ve taken up the revolver only recently. In years past I’ve carried the Beretta M9, the MEU(SOC) .45 1911, and the Glock 17 and 19 in harm’s way. I’ve invested hundreds of hours of training on these platforms, both at work and at my own expense. So when I made the switch from flat guns to round ones I tried to bring some of that knowledge with me, including how I grasp the gun. It turns out that I didn’t know what I didn’t know and inadvertently adopted the thumbs-forward revolver grasp. Continue reading “The Thumbs-Forward Revolver Grasp”
If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time you’ve doubtlessly noticed that with the exception of Steve Tracy’s recent article, I haven’t given Ruger much love. That changes today! After Mike and I visited the Ruger factory in Prescott, we were generously offered access to T&E samples of Ruger revolvers – an offer we wasted no time taking them up on. The first gun I wanted to get my hands on is the one reviewed here: the GP100 Match Champion. Continue reading “The Ruger GP100 Match Champion”
If you’re a Revolver Guy, you should know that Mike Wood was recently the guest of Mike Seeklander on the American Warrior Show. Mike was invited on to talk about the Newhall Shooting and he did a fantastic job. If you haven’t heard it, check it out HERE. And if you don’t know what the American Warrior Show is, keep reading! Continue reading “Mike Wood on The American Warrior Show”
It’s been said plenty of times before, but there are a lot of pretty experienced shooters out there that don’t know how to shoot a revolver. This number seems to grow every year, as more and more people pick up the shooting sports and fewer and fewer pick up wheelgunning. In fact, a friend (who is really into revolvers) recently told me that he believes revolver mastery is truly a dying art. I mostly agree, were it not for a small handful of people keeping the skillset alive.
Ok, ok – they aren’t revolvers but 1911s are still pretty cool. A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to meet Aaron from the In the Rabbit Hole Urban Survival Podcast. I was in his neck of the woods so we met up and the talk turned to firearms. As it happens, Aaron has never owned a 1911, and I have owned a bunch and carried them in combat, so…we decided to record an episode. If you want to hear me ramble on about old guns (that aren’t revolvers) check it out HERE!