Category Archives: Pistol

S&W M&P 9 – Part VII: Update

Well, it’s been a couple of months now with the M&P9. Let’s review where we are so far: Apex Tactical “Competition Action Enhancement Kit” Dawson sights (fiber 1.25 red front/ black serrated wide rear) Black Diamond grip tape stainless guide … Continue reading

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Hornady Critical Defense ammo: when it really counts

I have a lot of fun shooting firearms but let’s face it, we really do this for a much more important reason than simple pleasure. While it is true that many people hunt with guns, most hunting is done with … Continue reading

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Springfield XD: Striker-Fired Excellence

Springfield Armory’s XD series of pistols is not an American gun, but it’s a fine pistol in any case. Continue reading

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Blackhawk Serpa CQC holsters: a singular achievement

I’ve made several references to the Serpa holsters but I think it is high time I talk about them directly. They certainly deserve it. I have one for every semi-auto pistol I own except for the diminutive Ruger LCP. I’ve … Continue reading

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Arredondo Base Pads: bottomless mags-R-us!

Those of us lucky enough to be able to indulge in the shooting sports are doubly blessed with a large number of entrepreneurs who have made it their business to provide us with all sorts of things to help improve … Continue reading

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S&W M&P 9 – Part VI: bottom line (sort-of)

The rubber meets the road with the M&P9 at practice and in competition. Continue reading

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Springfield Armory 1911 TRP: Yes, it’s that good.

Springfield TRP: one big, mean, tough 1911. Continue reading

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S&W M&P 9 – Part V: Light at the end of the…barrel

With the trigger squared away it was time to install the new sights. My Dawson Precision sights arrived and I quickly got to work. I put the slide in a vise with some 3/4 pine blocks as buffers and got … Continue reading

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S&W M&P 9: Part IV – A Comedy of Errors

Installing Apex Tactical’s Competition Action Enhancement Kit. Continue reading

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S&W M&P 9: Part III (with a sidetrack into USPSA history)

In 2001 the US Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) decided to add a new competitive division. It would be known as “Production” class. The idea was simple: allow shooters to compete with common duty/self-defense pistols in stock configurations. These would include … Continue reading

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