I’ve handled the Glock Model 45, but haven’t fired it… But I have fired the Glock 19X. Here’s my take on the G45: It’s the best handgun Glock has ever made. Period. It takes that “Glock Commander” form factor that make the 19X a pleasure to shoot, but improves it. True Glock Gen 5 features, forward slide serrations, and no droopy lip on the bottom of the front strap like on the 19X. And no lanyard. All you need to do to the G45 is to put Night Sights on it. Done. It’s the first Glock that I’ve ever looked forward to seeing hit production.
I’ve done something I honestly never thought I’d do. I picked up a Gerber. I’ve been kind of interested in Cleaver Blade folders, and this one just stood out to me. Now, I’m just not a fan of Gerber… Their designs, their Chinese production… and this one is Chinese made too. Damn it. I seriously find that irritating and I strongly dislike Gerber for that reason. I make no excuses for getting this knife… I have Sinned. Forgive me. But this knife is pretty cool…
The SIG M11-A1 has been one of my Unicorn pistols for some time. It’s basically the latest version of the P228 that’s no longer in production. I had used a 228 many moons ago as
Now, a lot of new Shooters out there might not know anything about the M11. In the
The M11 was primarily issued to Investigators and other DOD Agents that needed something concealable. It also found its way into the hands and holsters of Aviators and others that the M9 was too large for. The M11 has been quietly seeing service ever since the late
During that time, the civilian P228 was gaining popularity with Law Enforcement and I remember if
Driving the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is an experience that any true Car Guy needs to check off the bucket list. Sitting in the car, you find that you are both very comfortable, and held into place thanks to what are the most perfect sport sedan seats I’ve ever felt.
Once adjusted and mirrors positioned, you buckle up and hit the start button located on the steering wheel. The button’s position is to remind you of just what it is you are getting yourself into. Things pop into mind like “Ferrari” and “Racing Car”, and those things are not far from the truth. The engine truly is derived from Enzo’s passion. That’s no joke. But this is a Sedan that is meant to be used as a car, just like any other… That’s why there are the A and N settings on the now famous Alfa Romeo DNA dial. Continue reading Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
When I first saw the Vanderhall Venice, I was really smitten. I was thinking it was the coolest thing ever. And they are cool. Don’t get me wrong, they are cool and they are fun to drive. The problem I have with them is that they are 30 Grand. For that much money, you can buy some pretty nice cars that are also fun to drive but also offer some practicality. The Venice has no practicality to it. At all. The other cars out there that you could get also have a certain level of Build Quality. And that’s my main problem with the Venice. Vanderhall is almost there with it, but every car seems like it’s still a prototype.
The Venice has a vibe of a 60’s era Formula 1 car. Like something James Garner drove in “Grand Prix”. But they missed that mark in cosmetics and other styling points. They also missed the mark on the “Modern Morgan 3 Wheeler” they were shooting at.
Let’s look at the details. The grill just flat out looks cheap as hell. It looks like an old-fashioned Ice Tray insert. That’s a detail that bugged me from the very first instant when I saw it. I like that the headlights are tucked in, but overall the impression is that the entire front end was just phoned in. Also, the area below the grill being flat faced when it could have been more like a Formula 1 cowling. It was a missed opportunity for greatness. Continue reading Vanderhall Venice: Constructive Criticism.
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.
Some time ago I was contacted by Luke of Craft Holsters, with an invitation to review one of their products. I checked out their site and found something I was interested in trying out. A small Sling Bag type set up that I thought might work out great when riding a Motorcycle. Hit that link to see the details and better photos than I took.
I used this bag for a couple months now. You guys know I don’t like to do a review unless I’ve actually used the thing I’m reviewing. And if I don’t like it – I’ll tell you that I don’t like it. And I’d also throw down any Constructive Criticism that I have for the Item, so it could be used for further Product Development. Continue reading Craft Holster’s Cargo Explorer Concealed Carry Bag
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
No watch out there gets more controversial than the Invicta Pro Diver. For this reason alone, I think the Watch Community is kind of odd. Kind of conflicted. Let me tell you why…
The watch its self is solid and well made, and certainly well worth the retail price tag. It offers a very good 200 meter water resistance. The automatic movement is by Seiko, which is very nice, and is the darling brand in the community. Almost universally adored. Yet the Invicta Pro-Diver garners some serious hate. Overall it’s a very handsome watch. What people hate about it is that it looks like a Rolex. From a distance. Yet many of the same people that hate on the Invicta for that reason, will give passes on other watchmakers who do a Submariner-Look-A-Likes. Continue reading Invicta Pro Diver
Luke Adams has been making my holsters for the better part of a decade now. Check his stuff out at AdamsHolsters.com. Or email him directly, firstname.lastname@example.org for questions that need answers.
Well, Luke is branching out into some other items, including a new division working with Kydex. Take a good close look at these:
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