The military has considered camouflage for a long time. The things that give you away, and lead to getting shot, are typically movement, light, shine, noise and outline. For zombies, we can add smell. Simply locking your doors and not attending to anything else in the way of camo will lead to a crowd of zoms milling around your place, attracting more zombies, lower property values and making it difficult to get out of your own driveway.

Additionally, excessively aggressive security measures will attract the attention of non-zombie scavengers. Look too prosperous, and some will ask to join you, and perhaps not entirely politely.

So, what to do?

First, physical barriers. Start by having solid doors, sturdy windows and using the locks on the doors. Windows on the ground floor must be locked, those on upper floors can be openable, but must be blocked to a small opening to prevent entry. Then make a perimeter. If the outbreak is shufflers, you won’t have to be too heavy-handed here. Enough of a physical barrier, starting as far out as you can to slow and re-direct them, will do. A picket fence without gaps in it would be enough to re-direct the walkers. If the outbreak is fast-movers, you’ll need as hard and secure a barrier set as you can manage, and that will not be possible very far out. Here, a six-foot high chain-link fence, motion detectors and fields of fire might be necessary.

Second, don’t attract attention. That means even if you do have power, you need blackout curtains. No showing light at night, even if it is just candles and lanterns. No loud music. No generators, unless you can make the noise un-noticed or un-reachable. A generator in the empty, adjacent house next door, with the muffler pointed up the chimney, will be very quiet. Open fires might not attract attention, depending on just how much stuff is regularly on fire, but the smells of food cooking are different than rubbish burning — or at least I hope so. If your “cooking” doesn’t smell any better than burning rubbish, you have a new problem set. That will be harder to disguise, but some smells are more pronounced than others. We all know when the local grill master fires up for the first time in the spring. We can smell his efforts for blocks. So resist the temptation to roast a pig on a spit over a great big open fire.

One of the things that comes with any civilization is noise. Even a quiet residential neighborhood is noisy. Take all the noise away, and the silence becomes noticeable. Use that noise to your advantage. The old rock-in-a-can trick works, but you can do better. Rig a wind chime so the wind doesn’t cause it to chime, but an opening gate does. Trip wires also. If you have three or four different wind chimes, you will be able to tell where the entry is by the tone of the chimes. No power, no batteries, simple and cheap. They can, however, be relatively negated by live, as opposed to undead, intruders.

Last, no barrier is an actual barrier unless you can ensure two things: You can observe it, and you can bring it under fire. You need to have safe observation points from which you can see all exterior walls of your dwelling. You cannot permit blind spots, which are mischief waiting to happen. Also, your perimeter has to be in sight. If you always have the fence gates closed, and on taking your hourly look, see a gate open, you know there’s a problem. If you can’t see that gate, and it is open, you have no way of knowing if the yard is even safe enough to go out for more firewood or water.

This isn’t rocket science, but it is unforgiving.

Wise Company Grab and Go Food Kits

Wise Company ready made entrees are now available at H&H Shooting Sports Complex.  These emergency food supplies are perfect for long-term food storage, camping, backpacking, hunting, or fishing. They are nutritious, delicious, and available in 100% vegetarian options.


Wise 60 Serving Grab & Go Bucket

  • Each 60 Serving Entrée Only Grab and Go Food Kit contains 2 servings per day (entrees only) for 1 adult for 1 month or 4 adults for 1 week
  • Product within this bucket includes: – Savory Stroganoff (8 Servings) – Chili Macaroni (8 Servings) – Pasta Alfredo (8 Servings)
  • Includes- – Creamy Pasta and Vegetable Rotini (8 Servings) – Teriyaki and Rice (8 Servings) – Cheesy Lasagna (4 Servings) – Creamy Ala King and Rice (8 Servings) – Creamy Tomato Basil (8 Servings)
  • Product within this bucket includes: – Savory Stroganoff (8 Servings) – Chili Macaroni (8 Servings) – Pasta Alfredo (8 Servings) – Creamy Pasta and Vegetable Rotini (8 Servings) – Teriyaki and Rice (8 Servings) – Cheesy Lasagna (4 Servings) – Creamy Ala King and Rice (8 Servings) – Creamy Tomato Basil (8 Servings)
  • Wise Company Grab and Go Food Kits are perfect for any unplanned emergency. Our readymade meals are packed in airtight, nitrogen-packed 4 serving mylar pouches, and then encased in easy to carry, durable plastic containers. Our unique packaging process removes the majority of the residual oxygen through a nitrogen flushing practice. Wise Company Grab and Go Food Kits carry up to shelf life of 25 years, with absolutely no rotation needed.
  • Wise Company takes an innovative approach in providing dependable, simple and affordable readymade freeze dry and dehydrated meals for emergency preparedness and outdoor use. Whether you are preparing your family for the future or planning your next outdoor adventure, Wise Company provides great tasting, nutritious entrees that are quick and easy. Finally a dependable, simple, and affordable choice for both your emergency food supply and outdoor needs.


Wise 56 Serving Grab & Go Breakfast Bucket


  • Each 56 Serving Breakfast and Entrée Grab and Go Food Kit contains 2 servings per day for 1 adult for 4 weeks or 4 adults for 1 week
  • Product within this bucket includes: – Savory Stroganoff (4 Servings) – Chili Macaroni (4 Servings) – Pasta Alfredo (4 Servings) – Creamy Pasta and Vegetable Rotini (4 Servings) – Teriyaki and Rice (4 Servings)
  • Includes – Cheesy Lasagna (4 Servings) – Hearty Tortilla Soup (4 Servings) – Apple Cinnamon Cereal (8 Servings) – Brown Sugar and Maple Multi-Grain Cereal (12 Servings) – Crunchy Granola (8 Servings)
  • Product within this bucket includes: – Savory Stroganoff (4 Servings) – Chili Macaroni (4 Servings) – Pasta Alfredo (4 Servings) – Creamy Pasta and Vegetable Rotini (4 Servings) – Teriyaki and Rice (4 Servings) – Cheesy Lasagna (4 Servings) – Hearty Tortilla Soup (4 Servings) – Apple Cinnamon Cereal (8 Servings) – Brown Sugar and Maple Multi-Grain Cereal (12 Servings) – Crunchy Granola (8 Servings)
  • Wise Company Grab and Go Food Kits are perfect for any unplanned emergency. Our readymade meals are packed in airtight, nitrogen-packed 4 serving mylar pouches, and then encased in easy to carry, durable plastic containers. Our unique packaging process removes the majority of the residual oxygen through a nitrogen flushing practice. Wise Company Grab and Go Food Kits carry up to shelf life of 25 years, with absolutely no rotation needed.
  • Wise Company takes an innovative approach in providing dependable, simple and affordable readymade freeze dry and dehydrated meals for emergency preparedness and outdoor use. Whether you are preparing your family for the future or planning your next outdoor adventure, Wise Company provides great tasting, nutritious entrees that are quick and easy. Finally a dependable, simple, and affordable choice for both your emergency food supply and outdoor needs.



Additional Grab & Go buckets available, including:

  • 60 serving Meat and Poultry Supply
  • 120 serving Freeze Dried Vegetable and Gourmet Flavoring Sauces
  • 12o serving Freeze Dried Fruit and Gourmet Snack Combination
  • 84  serving General Food Supply

For nearly 25 years, I have been fortunate enough to work with one of the finest collections of firearms in the United States. Our nearly 6,000-gun collection rivals that of the Smithsonian, West Point, the Springfield Armory and the Cody Firearms Museum. We are proud of the trust our donors and lenders have granted us in hopes that we would be stalwart guardians and custodians of their cherished belongings. We maintain a public trust to care for and preserve the items entrusted to our care, not for just the present, but for the enjoyment and education of future generations.

To attain accreditation with the American Association of Museums, every museum must develop a disaster plan that outlines steps taken to protect the collection from possible disaster either natural or man-made. Now while we can not foresee every eventuality, we take precautions that we feel are within reason and provide a secure environment for the priceless items entrusted to our stewardship.

While your personal collection may or may not be headed for a permanent home in a world-class institution, it obviously holds a great deal of value to you, or you would not have spent so much in time and resources acquiring it. It is our hope that you would treat your collection with the same amount of care and conservation that we treat the objects we guard.

So consider this a blueprint for your own personal disaster plan to save and prepare your collection for the future, whether that future is behind glass at the Metropolitan or in the hands of your grandchild as he hears the oft-told story of how you came to own such a remarkable artifact.

Disaster Strikes!
There are two types of disasters that can strike your collection and one can be just as devastating as the other. The first, and most unlikely, is a natural disaster like a hurricane, earthquake or fire. While it is hard to predict such events, it is not hard to protect your collection against most of these eventualities.

The second and potentially most devastating is your untimely separation from your collection, either from your own mortality or from theft.

Here are some tips from those of us in the museum world who have seen it all and dealt with it all during our careers.

Conservation Saves the Day
For seven days in August 2005, Hurricane Katrina ravaged the United States and killed over 1,800 people and left $81 billion of damage in its wake. Some of the positive by-products of the devastation were the damage reports filed by museum curators on the condition of the artifacts that were recovered.

In an article printed shortly after the event, complete with photographic support, a comparison of the effect of salt water on the metal and finish of numerous 18th and 19th century firearms that had been subjected to the worst of the flood waters was examined in detail. The firearms that had been documented as having undergone application of microcrystalline wax had been returned to their pre-hurricane condition, and for the most part looked no worse for wear. Those that had not undergone the wax treatment looked as though they had been salvaged from the hold of a Spanish Galleon after a few centuries on the floor of the sea.

Microcrystalline wax has been a mainstay of the museum world since its development and accepted use by curators at the British Museum in the 1950s. It sheaths metal objects with a microscopic layer of protective wax that leaves no visible trace of discoloration. It resists oil and outside penetrants without any loss in protection. Using gloves, museum curators apply a light coating to the metal parts of all our firearms.

Manufactured in the UK under the trade name Renaissance Wax, the British Museum and hundreds of other museums and private collectors use it to ensure that these items are here for centuries to come.

Prior Proper Planning Also Saves the Day!
At least once a week, we get a call from a distressed widow or family member who had a dear relative recently pass, leaving a collection of firearms that they have no idea what to do with and wholly do not understand the first thing about disposing of it, the laws regarding the disposition or their actual value.

In some cases, even access to the collection is problematic due to the owner having taken into consideration that the best way to keep a collection is to secure it from theft. Safe storage is essential and numerous safe companies produce safes specifically for gun collections. However, it is equally important to leave instructions with someone on how to access the collection.

Just as important is the honest and thorough documentation of the collection. This is important for insurance purposes and is necessary, even if you store guns in a closet. How often have you benefited from scoring a windfall in a collection sale because the seller had no idea what they had on their hands? “Well, my husband said he never spent more than $200 on any of his guns.” We all know what each gun in our collection actually cost and what they are potentially worth.

No doubt you wouldn’t want what you spent a lifetime accumulating to be sold for pennies on the dollar at a yard sale. You need to make an inventory of your collection for your personal protection, insurance vales and your potential heirs. A flash drive would be a great way of detailing each gun’s condition, special features and current value taken from a reputable source.

Guns & Ammo recommends The Blue Book of Gun Values, now in its 33rd edition. The Blue Book not only offers current pricing evaluations on most every firearm available, past and present, but they show, via detailed photographic documentation, how to understand condition. You can often find that a firearm hold 95 percent of its value in the last 5 percent of its condition. It is important to know and understand the condition and percent of original finish on your firearms collection. Blue Book Publishing even has a handy tool to record your inventory, values and conditions and even keep pictures of your collection that is kept offsite for disaster recovery proposes. An ISP tool is provided with every subscription to the Blue Book. It’s also kept confidential!

You should also consider keeping records on two flash drives, one at home and one offsite at your office, or at your insurance agent’s desk. Make sure to password protect these drives for security and maintain a hard copy report and keep this both on and offsite as well.

Consider leaving an “In the event of…” instructions to your wife, husband or close relative and/or friend. And in case any of the above fails to protect you against the worst scenario, cover yourself for the financial loss by insuring the collection. NRA members can call 1-877-NRA-3006 or click here to avail themselves of additional gun collectors insurance.

Do it, do it now and you will be amazed at how well you will sleep tonight knowing that you are protected from the various dangers and evils that could attack without warning!


This article was originally posted by Philip Schreier, to view the original post click here. 

Officials at the 10th Arab Shooting Championship Thursday in Kuwait graciously awarded a Kazakhstan athlete a gold medal, but accidentally played the country’s fake national anthem from the movie Borat during the award ceremony.

The Kazakh gold medalist Maria Dmitrienko, who won in trap shooting, politely stood by while listening to the parody that brags about Kazakhstan’s superior potassium, advanced filtration system that removes 80 percent of human waste, and clean prostitutes.


The satirical film follows Borat, a Kazakh journalist, through his exploration of America and American values. Although it has been widely acclaimed, it has also been widely criticized for its portrayal of Kazakhstan and its citizens, and use of interviews. The film was actually banned in the entire Arab world (excluding Lebanon).

The event’s organizers said they accidentally downloaded the song while preparing for the event and played it unintentionally during the ceremony. They have since released a statement apologizing for the incident and the president of the Asian Shooting Federation, the organization that sanctions the event, personally apologized to the team.

Shortly after quarterly shareholders reports showed the American gun manufacturer’s stocks have reached a new, record high,  Ruger has made the public announcement that they will not be accepting more pistol or rifle orders until June of this year.  This isn’t because of any great catastrophe, Ruger simply does not have the manufacturing ability, currently, to fill all of the orders it has received recently.

This isn’t a huge surprise.  Gun sales have been going up steadily every month for nearly two straight years and Ruger, perhaps more than any other US gun maker, has stood poised throughout this time to take advantage of the upswell in interest in firearms, vigilantly developing and introducing some of the current market’s coolest and most innovative guns (like the Ruger LCR and most recently the Ruger American Rifle).

Currently the backlog for Ruger firearms, in dollars, is for $198.5 million worth of guns, with orders for over a million firearms this quarter.  This is up more than double what the demand was last year, by 115%.  Ruger stock subsequently jumped up in price by over 10%.

There are currently three theories as to why sales are up.  First has to be election panic.  People are buying firearms and all the things that could conceivably be restricted should more gun control laws be enacted if or when Barack Obama wins a second term in office.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has reported that in January alone there were almost a million background checks run on the National Instant Background Check System (NICS) database, 920,84.  This likely amounts to over a million firearm sales when you take into account multiple firearms purchases as well as buyers exempt from background checks, such as many concealed-carry permit holders.

The second reason is that guns are just getting more popular and more mainstream as gun taboos are fading away.  Nation-wide,  more people than ever are in favor of the shooting sports including hunting, and gun ownership is at ahigh not seen in decades.  Simultaneously crime remains low, securing the notion that if not more guns equals less crime, at the very least not more guns equals more crime.

Third, people have more money of late.  There are many signs that the economy has been recovering at the market end, with stocks returning to their pre-recession levels, and fewer and fewer people are having problems making do as well.  Also, with this being the time of year when many people receive tax refunds, there is always a surge in business as people spend their personal surpluses.

There is a fourth reason that has not been explored much.  And it’s that Ruger makes a fine firearm.  While gun sales are up across the board, Ruger has clearly made a commitment to develop as many new and original pistols,revolvers and rifles as possible.  In an industry where innovation is often associated with experimentation, Ruger has managed to bring to market new handguns and long guns that have taken over their respective niches far in excess of their supply.

When you take things like their SP101 kit gun and pair it with their Model 77 .357, both recent announcements, and add them to Ruger’s bread and butter, GP100s, Mark IIIs, Mini 14s, 10/22s, and the rest, you wind up with a level of demand that is unparalleled in the gun world.

Time will tell if Ruger will expand to meet this recent explosion in orders and meet future demand.  One thing’s for certain, innovation breeds business.  Whether or not Ruger builds a new facility to stock shelves, they will remain a top manufacturer of American firearms so long as they continue to offer guns that no one else thinks to.



This article was originally posted by Max Slowik, to view the original post click here

The National Oklahoma Archery in the Schools Program is heating up as nearly 1,200 students from across the state prepare to compete March 28 at the annual OKNASP state shoot at the State Fair Park in Oklahoma City.

The students qualified for the state shoot by competing in regional archery events held in February, in which more than 2,400 students participated.

About 310 schools across Oklahoma participate in the Oklahoma National Archery in the Schools Program (OKNASP), and about 70 of those will bring students to compete in the state shoot after a season of practice and competition in their respective schools.

“Coaches have told me time and again that this program has helped every child see success. From the typical athletic student to the child that does not usually excel in most other sports, archery is allowing all students to compete on a level playing field,” said Justin Marschall, OKNASP coordinator for the Wildlife Department.

The number of students at the state and regional shoots reflects the growth of the OKNASP program during its seven years of existence.

“Due to the continued growth of the program we have held regional qualifiers across the state the last two years to help make the number of shooters at the state shoot more manageable and provide closer opportunities for schools throughout the state to compete,” Marschall said.

Coordinated by the Wildlife Department, OKNASP is part of the National Archery in the Schools Program. The program partners state wildlife agencies, schools and the nation’s archery industry to introduce students to the sport of archery. The Archery in the Schools curriculum is designed for 4th-12th graders and covers archery history, safety, techniques, equipment, mental concentration and self-improvement.

Medals and prizes will be awarded to top shooters in all categories. In addition, students and teams participating in the state shoot have a chance to quality for the national tournament to be held May11-12 in Louisville, Ky.

For more information about Oklahoma National Archery in the Schools or the Wildlife Department, log on to or find the program on Facebook at

Michael Bergin or Micah Holmes (405) 521-3856
E-mail: info@odwc.state.ok.

Colt was very late to the modern, double-action .44 Magnum game and then really only stuck around for a little while. Only after both Smith & Wesson and Ruger had become well established in that market did Colt even enter the game with its single offering—the Colt Anaconda revolver.

The Colt Anaconda

The Anaconda was only manufactured as a production gun from 1990 through 1999 and then as a limited Colt Custom Shop offering for a few years afterward, which is a shame because the Anaconda was actually a hell of a revolver.
Colt Anaconda with black rubber grips.
It wasn’t quite up to the standards of the Colt Python, but in my opinion, it’s equal to any other .44 magnum handgunon the market. I like the gun and have owned one with a six-inch barrel, which I bought used, for a number of years now.

The design of the Anaconda was based on the look of the Python. The new AA frame was much larger, scaled up to handle the much more powerful cartridge. The barrel look was the same as the classic Python, with a vent rib on top and a full lug underneath. The internal components were different from the Python, however, and were based on the King Cobra/Trooper models.

The Anaconda was only offered in stainless steel (usually a brushed finish, though they did offer some in a high polish finish). It had target-style sights, with a high-visibility red insert in the front and fully adjustable notch rear that had a slight white outline.

And typically the Anaconda came with rubber target grips bearing a silver Colt medallion, though ones with walnut grips featuring a gold Colt medallion are not uncommon (such as mine).

Initially offered only with a six-inch barrel, later models with a four-, five- (very rare), and eight-inch barrel were also available. The .44 Magnum/Special version is the most common, but there are plenty of Anacondas chambered for the .45 Colt cartridge as well.

Differences from the Colt Python

Unlike the Python, the internal mechanisms of the Anaconda did not get a lot of custom fitting before shipping. As a result, while the trigger is very good, it is not on a par with the Python. However, the whole gun is very robust and I’ve never heard of someone having problems with the cylinder getting slightly out-of-time (where the chamber alignment was no longer perfect), as is a weakness of the Python. The Anaconda locks up tight—“like a bank vault” is the common way it is described.
Colt Anaconda with walnut grips.
The Anaconda is a heavy gun, about the same weight as either the Ruger or S&W double-action .44s. The weight helps to moderate recoil, which can be very substantial with “full house” magnum loads. Personally, I like the walnut grips, but I have shot Anacondas with the original rubber grips and they are nice, as well.


When Colt first introduced the guns, the Anaconda had embarrassing accuracy problems, so very quickly they stopped shipping the guns and retooled them. Subsequently the Anaconda is now considered very accurate.

Using the standard sights, I can easily hit a six-inch group at 50 yards, standing. I’ve never shot one with a telescopic sight (that I can recall), but they are purportedly perfectly accurate for a competent shooter out to at least 100 yards.

While I love and cherish my Python, I actually like shooting the Anaconda more. No, the trigger isn’t as buttery smooth as the Python, but I also don’t have a nagging worry about causing wear on the Anaconda. It is very strongly built, and has taken a real pounding of my very powerful .44 Magnum handloads over the year, without the slightest indication of any wear problems at all.

In single action, the trigger is extremely crisp and fairly light. In double action, it is a long, steady pull, smooth until it stages just a bit before the break. This is typical of the other Anacondas I have shot, as well.


Needless to say, given the size and weight of the Anaconda, this is not your ideal concealed-carry gun. But it would make one hell of a companion on your hip for any hunting or deep-woods expedition. Personally, I wouldn’t choose a handgun to go after grizzlies, but I also wouldn’t feel too under-gunned with an Anaconda (and the right loads), either.

Anacondas hold their value to this day, though, at $1300 to $2000, they’re not priced at as much of a premium as the Python. Given how well the gun is made, if you find one at a price you like, I think you can buy it with confidence that it will last for many years (provided it hasn’t been abused in some way).


This article was originally posted by Jim Downey, click here to view the original post.


Galaxy S4 Case

25 Years of Glock

It has been an amazing quarter of a century for Glock, something even diehard 1911 fans will humbly admit.

In the early 1960s, Glock was a manufacturer of small plastic and metal parts in Austria. Twenty years later, with no history of manufacturing firearms, the company won a contract with the Austrian military and delivered 4,000 handguns to that nation’s army. Recognizing where the real-world market for handguns was, the company sent its G17 pistol to ATF in the mid-80s for approval to sell the gun in the United States. In 1986, Glock shipped its first pistols to our shores for commercial sales. For Americans, that year marks the beginning of Glock’s incredible 25 years reshaping our vision of a defensive handgun. For the world, it redefined the standards of law enforcement handguns from all-metal pistols with some kind of hammer to striker-fired, polymer weapons. To prove it wasn’t a fluke or just a passing fad, Glock has manufactured and sold more than 7 million handguns over that 25-year period.

Buz Mills of Gunsite Academy decided to do something to celebrate the milestone. Many of Gunsite’s students, both civilians and law enforcement personnel, train at the Academy with Glock pistols. I hesitate to call these folks fanatics or cultists, but they are an enthusiastic bunch who loudly praise their chosen pistol for its simplicity and utter reliability. With little lead-time until year’s end, Mills sent out his newsletter announcing Gunsite would conduct a 250 Defensive Pistol class in early October exclusively for Glock pistols in celebration of the company’s silver anniversary. In no time, he had two full classes of students committed and eager to attend. Ever the gun-writer pest, I made a couple of phone calls and got myself invited.

Truth be told, I have never been a member of the Glock community. I have greatly admired the pistol’s simplicity and documented reliability, but the first few generations of pistols never felt right, or to say it differently, the guns just didn’t fit me. When some respected friends recently suggested I might like the company’s Gen4 pistols and Gunsite announced the Glock 250 class, my non-rocket-scientist brain put two and two together, which for me added up to 250.

If you’re not familiar with the Gunsite curriculum, the original Jeff Cooper experience is the 250 class, and it encompasses five days of supervised training including 1,000 rounds of ammo plus another 50 to 100 rounds of frangible ammo for exercises in the fun house and outdoor wash. I cannot think of a better way to objectively test a pistol and one’s personal skills than in a five-day defensive-pistol class under the watchful eye of the Gunsite training staff with their diversified backgrounds. They also take great glee in humbling any overinflated ego.

To celebrate 25 years in the U.S., Glock issued a commemorative Gen4 pistol with a striking anniversary medallion that is inlaid in the grip.

My rules were simple. First, test the Glock’s legendary reliability. Second, run a Gen4 pistol for five days straight and determine at what point in the week it began to feel right and when I felt competent in using the pistol to defend my life.

The first test was simple: I removed the G19 and three standard-capacity magazines (15-round capacity is standard, 10-round is reduced or “California”) from the box and ran the hardware for the entire week with absolutely no maintenance. I applied no lubrication, nor did I disassemble or clean the gun at any time. I didn’t even wipe the gun’s exterior off except a couple times after I slopped sunscreen all over my face. As you might expect, the gun acquired some lotion from my hands and became a little slippery in the warm afternoons. Wiping my hands usually cured the problem, but there were a couple of times where I had to wipe off the grip.

Somewhere between 350 and 550 rounds (considered by some experts as a reasonable break-in period for a pistol), there were three failures to feed, all of which were resolved with the standard tap, rack procedure. Somewhere around 800 rounds, there was one more failure to feed, but it too cleared with a tap, rack. Nor was this record achieved with just 115-grain ball ammunition. The G19 also digested Hornady’s new jacketed-hollow-point match ammo with steel cases and an additional 60 rounds or so of the aforementioned frangible ammunition. Accuracy remained outstanding throughout the week, with head shots being made regularly at 15 yards and skinny poppers being taken down at ranges around 35 yards. I was very impressed.

Regarding my second rule, I had borrowed a 4-inch-barreled G19 along with a plastic, straight-drop Blade-Tech holster. Upon first handling the gun, I realized I could comfortably reach and control the trigger without compromising my grip, even though the G19 is a wide-body handgun utilizing double-stack magazines. This is attributable to three grip inserts that ship with the pistol. The small size was on the gun as delivered, and I never considered changing it.

I’m not saying the trigger is like a 1911—it’s not. In fact, it’s heavier than a good 1911, but the pull is extremely consistent and has a great reset that can be verified both audibly and by touch. I doubt you’d hear it reset in an actual gunfight, but our coaches could hear it on the line and issue instructions to students accordingly. Regardless of background noise, you can definitely feel the trigger reposition itself for the next shot. I like light triggers for precise, long-range shots, but for close-in, fast shooting, a little extra weight is a good thing.

One of my original “doesn’t fit” critiques of Glocks dealt with the grip-to-barrel angle. The gun always seemed to be pointing high when I extended my arms to shoot. The front sight was always considerably higher than the rear sight, and I could see the entire top of the slide. Obviously, in the course of shooting 1,000 rounds in a week, one can adjust to this perspective, but more than that, I discovered a real advantage when coming from the holster for close-in, rapidly delivered shots. As the gun is extended to the firing position, the large front-sight blade with the white dot stands out like an airplane on the end of an aircraft carrier’s flight deck. It’s impossible not to see it. Your eye picks it up as the gun moves toward the threat, and you begin your trigger squeeze as the dot begins to cover the target’s chest or head. I know professional shooters are blindingly quick at putting the front sight on steel as part of their draw stroke and during transition from target to target, but I’ve always been terribly slow in making the transition from eyes on target to eyes on front sight to front sight on target. The Glock’s flat “carrier deck” helped me to get properly focused and on target more quickly than I’ve been able to do in the past, and I suspect this would prove equally true for shooters concerned with self-defense who don’t practice as much as Rob Leatham or Jerry Miculek.

Many of today’s defensive-oriented pistols (and Glock is certainly a member of that family) come with the three-white-dot sight system; two on the vertical sides of the rear sight and one on the front-sight blade. Many knowledgeable shooters believe the dots on the rear sight are superfluous. For close-in shooting, simply put the front dot on the target and press the trigger. For longer-range shots, some shooters tend to align the three dots side-by-side, which can cause a problem if the dots aren’t precisely placed. Due to the white outline on the G19’s rear sight, you can slide the white front blade into the three-sided rear-sight box quickly, with no tendency to align anything. It seemed faster for close shots, while allowing the classic sight picture required for precision shooting at longer ranges.

The Glock is also known for having all internal safeties with nothing on the outside of the handgun to manipulate. For new shooters, simpler is better. You still need a proper shooting grip at the beginning of the draw stroke, but you don’t have to deal with an external safety as part of the maneuver. The higher capacity of the Glock compared to my beloved, single-stack 1911 also required some adjustment on my part. I can keep track of rounds expended in a 1911 because I’m only counting in single digits (it’s that rocket-scientist thing again). In the Gunsite exercises, one is always responsible for ammunition management, which means tactical reloads are expected before the gun is run dry. My adjustment was to reload when I was at a point where I would have depleted an 8-round 1911 magazine, thereby leaving the equivalent of a full 1911 load in the mag I had removed and stored. As you would expect, that kind of capacity is greatly appreciated, even in a simulated gunfight. Fully loaded and with two spare magazines, the G19 carries almost a full box of ammunition.

Glock’s fantastic success is not difficult to understand. It was the right product presented at the right time for the right mission. I am not ready to surrender my 1911; it is a great fighting handgun and has been for 100 years. But while the 1911 stirs my soul, the Gen4 Glock stirs my survival instincts. Nobody gets out of this life alive, but if you want to extend your stay here as long as possible, attend a Gunsite defensive pistol class. And if you want to become competent quickly, take the class with a
Gen4 Glock.


This article was originally posted by Dick Williams, click here to visit the original article.