For our purposes, mechanical offset relates to the difference between the line of bore and the line of sight. This distance will vary from one gun to another. Additionally, the sight and mounting system will also influence the difference. All handheld firearms have a certain amount of mechanical offset. It may be negligible in the case of a pistol, or significant in the case of certain rifles/carbines.
Every so often one finds a training experience that recalibrates the measurement of what is possible and pushes the student past all self-prescribed limits. This is advanced training—and what a group of police, military, and dedicated civilians received at the inaugural Viking Tactics Night Fighter class outside of Fayetteville, North Carolina recently.
Everyone I know who carries a gun for a living would like to carry one that will stop an attacker immediately, 100% of the time. But, until someone invents a disintegrator ray-gun or freeze-right-there-statue-maker-gun that’s small enough to carry comfortably on a belt or in a purse, it isn’t going to happen.
The 30-round magazine has been with us for the majority of the M16 series’ service. The original 20-round magazines nearly disappeared for awhile, seeing use in only a few niche areas such as high-power service rifle competition and with a handful of proponents. There are, however, some instances where the shorter magazine can actually outperform
The firearms training industry has experienced enormous growth in the past decade with some tremendously qualified instructors and groups, including many with recent combat experience in elite units. One such organization, Magpul Dynamics, has exploded onto the training scene propelled by positive reviews and high-speed videos. Magpul Dynamics represents the synthesis of Travis Haley and
I started defensive firearms training in 1993, back when the handgun nearly everybody used was a steel-framed Government Model 1911, and the preferred long gun was a Remington 870, Winchester 1300 or Mossberg 500/590 slide-action shotgun. Back then, the really high-speed guys installed ghost-ring sights on the shotgun and took pleasure in the fact that
Bats generally veer to the left when they exit their caves. But that doesn’t mean you bet your life on it when a swarm of vampire bats go out to dinner and you’re the closest entree. Similarly, “new and improved” pistol sight systems may not be all they’re touted to be—or applicable or effective for