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Takeaways from SHOT Show 2020

Takeaways from SHOT Show 2020

There were far too many products on display at the Sands Convention Center and Expo in Las Vegas to adequately capture it all, but as I zoom along at 300 miles per hour about 34,000 feet above sea level en route home, here are some of the things that immediately spring to mind as having a lasting impression on me.

January 24, 2020

SHOT Show 2018 Part 1

SHOT Show 2018 Part 1

After attending SHOT 2018 in Las Vegas this week, I've compiled a collection of fireams that caught my eye and that I think you'll be interested in, too.

January 26, 2018

Double-Action Semi-Auto Pistols Fall Out of Favor

Double-Action Semi-Auto Pistols Fall Out of Favor

At the present time, only a few agencies still issue Beretta or S&W double-action pistols. In view of the currently available semi-auto models from Glock, S&W, and Springfield, use of double-action pistols has become much more limited.

September 24, 2013

Product Test: SIG Sauer's M11-A1 Pistol

Product Test: SIG Sauer's M11-A1 Pistol

The M11-A1 is basically a P228 with a blackened stainless steel slide, Sig Lite night sights, phosphate coated internal parts, a set of Sig Lite night sights, a short reset trigger, and a blackened alloy frame. The M11-A1 is also shipped with three high-capacity 15-round Parkerized magazines.

February 8, 2013

Glock's 21SF: The Perfect Duty Weapon

Glock's 21SF: The Perfect Duty Weapon

My top criteria for a law enforcement duty gun include reliability, stopping power, ergonomics, and ease of maintenance. Glock has packaged all of these and more into what I consider to be the perfect law enforcement duty weapon, the Glock 21SF (Short Frame).

August 7, 2012

Handgun Trigger-Pull Assessments for Recruits

Handgun Trigger-Pull Assessments for Recruits

The trigger-pull assessment can be an important teaching tool particularly in getting prepared for firearms training, helping new recruits improve their grip strength prior to them entering the program, planning for remedial training, and setting goals for the curriculum. You can discern many things by watching how an individual picks up and handles a weapon for the first time for example.

September 14, 2011

Product Test: FNH USA FNX 9

Product Test: FNH USA FNX 9

With the FNX 9, FNH USA has produced a well made and modern semi-auto pistol. However, its drawbacks as a duty pistol include limited backstrap options, lack of night sights, and a short trigger reset.

May 25, 2011

Rookie Shopping Sprees

Rookies will buy nearly anything without the trifecta of questions that every young cop should ask themselves before a purchase.

September 13, 2010

Glock Will Bring Next-Gen Pistols to 2010 SHOT Show

Are You Safer with a More Complicated Duty Weapon?

There are those that would have you believe that you are safer if your firearm is more complicated and there are those, I am one of them, who argue steadfastly against that assertion because the primary purpose of your firearm is self-defense or the defense of others.

August 28, 2007

Why I Like Smith & Wesson's M&P Pistol

Why I Like Smith & Wesson's M&P Pistol

I have gone on the record many times saying that a duty gun should be as simple as possible. Separately operated external safeties, de-cocking levers, and other “safety oriented” accouterments to pistols complicate training issues and slow down weapons handling.

May 7, 2007

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