SIGARMS already has some real advantages in offering a handgun that meets the specifications for the Joint Combat Pistol (JCP). First, Naval Special Warfare personnel are already familiar with the P-226, since it has been used quite a bit by the SEALs. Other military personnel are familiar with the SIG P-228—military designation M11—since it has been issued on a limited basis as well.
It was known far and wide by savvy shooters (as in shooters with savoir-faire) as The Mozambique Drill, and was probably the most influential combat training drill of all time. Then the language-killers got in the act, politically corrected the phrase, sucked all the juice out of it and bestowed upon the famous firing sequence the inspiring title of “failure-to-stop” or simply “failure” drill in their manner of communicating like a rookie cop writing out a shoplifting report.
Almost everyone reading this will be familiar with the Springfield Armory name and their products, so no history lesson is required. Springfield Armory is synonymous with M1As, 1911s and most recently their imported Croatian pistol, the XD.
Anyone who has trained with Louis Awerbuck knows that he’s a “thinking man’s warrior.” It is always interesting to get Mr. Awerbuck’s perspective on a combative topic or the flavor-of-the-month gun tactic or gear, because he will always have an opinion and you know that it will be well thought-out. It may not be the way you feel about it, but you will admit that it is a way that is definitely viable—and you might even change your mind.
The firearms industry of the 1970s and 80s was the territory of the big four: Colt, Smith & Wesson, Remington and Winchester. There was no Glock, and SIG and Beretta were merely exotic “European guns.” Besides the big four, however, there was a small but potent group of companies that customized products for the most
[Editor’s Note: On 10 March 10 2006, the name of the program was changed from Joint Combat Pistol to Combat Pistol. In the Fall of 2006, the Combat Pistol program was suspended indefinitely.] Over the last year and a half I’ve been following with great interest the progress of the U.S. armed forces tests to
It’s been 25 years since Robbie Barrkman first built a shotgun and a pistol for me. It’s been ten years since I first torture-tested an HS2000 pistol. So the logical step, when Springfield Armory released their .45 ACP Compact XD (the Americanized name for the HS2000), was to mate up Barrkman’s prowess with an already established reliable pistol.
I like to think of myself as a progressive, forward-thinking individual when it comes to firearm design and trends. I take pride in quickly perceiving the advantages of polymer construction and the new safe-action triggers heralded by Glock.
Maybe it’s just the media giving more airtime to stories about human tragedy, but this past year seems to have had more than its fair share of people getting lost and dying in the wilds. While some of these events had heroic efforts at self-rescue, others showed signs of the victim just giving up and dying without a fight.
If one finds himself in a situation in which he has time to use the sights, then, by all means, use the sights. However, if the conflict begins at less than ten feet, in the dark, and very rapidly, as it is statistically likely to, point firing is the way to survive.