Springfield Armory has released the XDM in 10mm now. It’s available in two flavors, 4.5″ and 5.25″. The service sized pistol has a fixed rear sight and a fiber optic front. While the 5.25″ pistol has a fiber optic front sight and an adjustable rear sight. It also has a big long open port in the stop of the slide, that I’m not a fan of.
First off, Fiber Optic front sight posts annoy me. I hate them. It’s a cheap sight and I can’t stand them on any gun I own. I’d much rather have seen them use pretty much any other sights. But no matter… I’d put Trijicon HD’s on these things regardless. I’d also liked to have seen a threaded barrel. Or at least throw one in the box with the pistol as an extra option. I know Springfield is just testing the waters, but I’d have liked to have seen them take the test seriously.
What they did take seriously though is the 10K Run they put the gun through… a claimed 10,000 rounds without a failure. If true, that’s impressive as hell.
I hope that this is a signal that 10mm is becoming more mainstream.
Right now your 10mm options are as follows:
3. EAA Witness
4. SIG 220’s.
The EAA guns are finicky, the 1911’s can be expensive and or finicky, and the SIG’s are expensive and can be hideous looking in that camo for the Hunter version. Is that Kryptek? That’s the Nickleback of Camo. Don’t buy that one.
So really if you want to spend less than a Thousand Dollars, really the only viable option for a reliable 10mm is the Glocks… and now the XDM’s. It’s good to have options.
I put out a survey and talked to a lot of Firearms Instructors about the most consistently unreliable pistols they’ve seen come through their classes. When the pattern emerged through the Signal/Noise filters, it confirmed my theory. Short Barreled 1911’s are the Most Unreliable. Let’s look at this for a second and see why.
The 1911 family of guns tend to be very reliable. During the Pistol Trials before the gun was adopted by the US Army, the Colt ran well over 6,000 without problems and thoroughly crushed the competition (Savage) which didn’t even make it halfway. Since then, it garnered a reputation for being unreliable? What happened?
Well, for a long time, Colt owned the patent on the design and if a 1911 wasn’t built by Colt, it was built under license and the guns all tended to follow that pattern rather closely.
Continue reading The Most Unreliable Pistols
I’ve had this knife for several years now. And the one thing I can tell you about this, is that it isn’t a tool. See, most knives regardless of their marketing-defined purpose, are cutting tools. First and foremost, they are able to cut things and be used for many tasks. The SOCP doesn’t do any of that. The SOCP does only one thing. Stab. The blade is designed to puncture. And it does that very well, thanks to its needle-sharp tip. It does have some sharpening up the sides of the edges, but only to aid in penetration and to open the wound channel a bit. There is really no other utility going on here. And that’s okay. Continue reading Benchmade SOCP Dagger
There’s not much to say about the Benchmade Adamas Push Dagger that hasn’t already been said on many a knife forum, blade magazine, or YouTube Video… at least when they first came out. Really not much about them ever since. And I find that a little curious. Because this knife is with me quite often. Even into places where weapons are strictly verboten. It’s a frequent carry item because it’s just so bloody good at being exactly what it is there to be. Your Backup. Continue reading Benchmade Adamas CBK Push Dagger
This knife is The Classic Military Knife, and to me, just as Iconic as the Willis Jeep, Leather Bomber Jackets, Thompson SMG’s, and Sherman Tanks. It screams History, Heritage, and Tradition.
I’m not going to go into the History aspect of it… I don’t need to. Its been spoken about for generations. This one is stamped “US ARMY”, as all the best ones are… Just sayin…
Continue reading Ka-Bar: Classic Military. The Aragorn Knife.
This knife was a gift to me by the Prince of North Carolina. Actually, we’re on quite good terms. No, seriously… a friend of the family gave this knife to me… and as such, as all Gifted Knives are to me, they become quite special to me. But at the same time, this knife is meant to be used hard. Which is why I had to get another one. Because I wanted to use it – Hard. Everything about the design is beefy and rugged and just screams that it wants to get Deployed or go Hunt Orc. The knife wants to Adventure. Continue reading Cold Steel SRK, Zero Fuq’s Given
I’m going to respectfully disagree with our friends over at Lucky Gunner. They put out an article where they say that the Shockwave is Mostly Useless. And maybe it is to the untrained, uninitiated, and those who just don’t understand the Shotgun.
What the Shockwave is, is basically a legal to own, stockless, short-barreled, 12 Gauge firearm. It’s legally “Not a Shotgun” because of some reasons no one really gets but everyone, including the ATF, is playing along with. Because no one really cares about barrel length anymore. Too late for Randy Weaver’s family… but there we have it. It’s based on the Mossberg 590 platform, which gives us a robust action and a heavier barrel, making this one tough little firearm. Continue reading Mossberg 590 Shockwave
I don’t even remember when, where, why, or how I got this knife. I only remember that it was really really cheap. Like McDollar Menu Cheap. I think I remember getting a few of them and giving most of them away… But I held on to this one. Cold Steel made a production version of what is a popular cheap folding knife from South Africa.
On one hand, I think maybe this is something that should have stayed in South Africa. Continue reading Worst Knife Ever? Cold Steel Kudu
There’s really nothing that I can say about this knife that has any degree of criticism… Save for maybe Cost. These are not cheap knives. However, you really and truly do get what you pay for.
This knife is my personal favorite. My #1. I love everything about this piece. The size, the blade shape, the handle and scales, the materials, the lock… This knife checks all the marks for what I personally look for in a knife. Wood Scales, Bowie type blade, good length… it just doesn’t get any better for me. When I first saw this knife, I knew I HAD to have it. But I waited… Because my friends at DNA Guns were becoming Benchmade Dealers, so I wanted to get it through them. I was patient, and good things do come to those who wait. So as soon as I could, I ordered my Benchmade. Continue reading Benchmade Crooked River
I’m a huge fan of Emerson knives. Unfortunately, my budgetary priorities says I have more important things to spend my money on. When Kershaw started doing collaborations with Emerson – it made me happy. I’ve owned several and have been impressed.
Now, I’m an unabashed fan of the Bowie knife. So when I saw the CQC-10 for the first time – I HAD to have it. I had no choice.
Just look at how beautiful this knife is. Just look at it. Continue reading Kershaw Emerson CQC-10