Henry Ford was alleged to have said that you can have a Model T Ford in any color you want as long as it’s black. Cabot Guns CEO and weapons engineer Rob Bianchin could have informed a potential client in a similar manner: You can have any all-American-made Cabot 1911 in any caliber as long
I started wearing 5.11 trousers (my DI told me strongly that women wear pants and men wear trousers) back in the 1980s when FBI HRT adopted a “soft uniform” to wear while at the FBI Academy. Eventually, they were adopted by New Agents Training and it was said that FBI candidates looked like Lands’ End
Hill fighting in Vietnam, especially for the majority of us “flatlanders,” was among the toughest terrain to trade bullets on. The enemy not only enjoys the high ground, but can be dug in and almost impervious to an array of supporting arms. Given lots of vegetation, the enemy is almost impossible to spot until you
There are as many Kydex holsters on the market as there are stars in the sky, and they probably outsell leather scabbards by a wide margin. I love the feel and smell of top-grain leather and appreciate its beauty, but for duty, defense, and competition, it’s hard to beat Kydex gun products. Unlike leather, Kydex
When I traveled to Israel on a counterterrorism project, I rendezvoused with the commanding officer of a military counterterrorist unit at a relative’s home in Jerusalem. He was one of three IDF personnel I had trained with while attending a GSG 9 counterterrorism conference in Germany that hosted members of ten other nations’ hostage rescue
In spite of its liberal persuasion, lots of good things related to shooting happen in Oregon. A “why didn’t I think of that” invention has been developed by Oregon Trail Defense, LLC (OTD) located in Baker City, Oregon. And here is a situation where bigger is better. SAFARILAND ALS The Safariland series of synthetic holsters,
In military parlance, the letter “X” attached to an object’s nomenclature usually means experimental. By no means is the SIG Sauer P320 X-Five an experimental firearm, but rather the sophisticated relative of the big Army’s replacement for the Beretta, sans bilateral thumb safeties. It also joins SIG Sauer’s X-Five fine family of steel and alloy,
Every few years, the FBI looks for a new pistol. I was initially trained with revolvers. When the field SWAT program was transferred to the Special Operations and Research Unit, we acquired the 9mm S&W 459 pistol, while field agents carried the S&W M13 revolver.
The 10mm Auto (10x25mm), which I have carried on duty and used in competition, has become one of my favorite self-defense and pistol hunting calibers. Loaded to the max, it’s quite powerful and was designed to deliver .41 Magnum ballistics in a semiauto handgun. But the .41 Magnum revolver round remains energy boss at a maximum of 1,135 foot-pounds of muzzle energy (me), while the ten has made it to 1,015 foot-pounds with lighter projectiles at 2,420 feet-per-second (fps).
Nowhere else has the public’s desire for a highly concealable handgun in a serious caliber been more evident than with the long-awaited 9x19mm Glock 43 (G43) pistol. Even though the Glock 42 filled a gaping hole in the Glock concealed carry inventory, many serious gunners told me they would have preferred it in Parabellum, not in .380 ACP, and waited.