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SAS, Sig P365 SAS, that is. Or, why would you want a front sight anyways?

Billed as “the perfect CCW solution for the real world,” Sig Sauer has released a new SIG Anti-Snag, or SAS version, of their P365 micro-compact 9mm pistol.

The latest variant of the P365 uses an innovative flush-fit rear-mounted Meprolight FT Bullseye sight with a combination fiber optic and tritium insert embedded into the slide, alleviating the need for a front sight post, which is interesting, to say the least.

I wonder what Paris Theodore would think of this? His “guttersnipe” ASP predated the general concept by 40 years, only restricted by the tech of the Disco Era

More in my column at Guns.com

Apparently people really like 9mm pistols

Initial gun production numbers are in from 2018, showing an increase from the previous year’s figures and the solid popularity of 9mm handguns.

According to the latest figures from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, 8,669,259 new firearms of all sorts were produced last year. This is up from 8,327,792 released into commerce in 2017.

The largest single category of firearms produced in 2018 was in pistols chambered larger than .380ACP to 9mm, with 2,281,450 handguns logged. This is up significantly from 1,756,618 in the same category reported in 2017.

More in my column at Guns.com 

Not how this works

Christmas afternoon 1979: my grandfather, a combat veteran of several real-life shooting wars, taught me how to shoot straight when I was just five years old when he handed me my first Red Ryder BB gun.

However, first came the basics of firearm safety.

Thus:

Fast forward 40 years and I have shot literally hundreds of different guns ranging from that .177 to 155mm howitzers across five continents and the basics of safety have all remained the same.

I’ve also trained thousands, both in LE/Security courses and “civilian” CCW classes and the first thing that happens is a check of all guns, pockets, boxes, tables, and floors to ensure that nothing resembling brass or ammo is removed– not only from the chamber and magazines but from the area altogether– before the class commences. Chambers then get inspected by at least two other sets of eyeballs and fingers beside the class member’s to build confidence that no one is going to get zapped by a negligent discharge.

Even then, said muzzle remains clear of people and fingers remain off the trigger/out of the trigger well until in a safe and cleared direction/environment. You could almost say that we treated the guns as if they were loaded, even when we believed they were not.

The number of casualties seen at my courses over the years (not caused by staplers) = zero.

This is why stuff like this burns me up.

From the Palm Springs Desert Sun 

A Riverside man attending a firearms training class to get his concealed weapons permit was accidentally shot by a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department trainer, the department told The Desert Sun.

On Aug. 10, the man, identified only as a civilian, was participating in a course at the Ben Clark Training Center’s gun range in Riverside.

According to a department news release issued in response to questions from The Desert Sun, gun range staff inspect students’ firearms during the course and students are instructed to unload their guns.

During the inspection, the range staff member — a civilian instructor the department did not identify — administered a “trigger pull test” and shot the student in the leg. Range staff initially treated the injured man.

Let’s get a little refresher on firearms safety here, please. Just 17 words:

Be safe out there, kids.

G19X Rolling Past the 5K Mark

My G19X along with the well-used Boker Burnley Kwaiken and Streamlight MicroStream I tote no matter what along with a Snag Mag. The Glock is wearing an EC custom IWB holster.

While writing a piece on my experiences with the Glock G19X for an upcoming publication, I got to doing bullet math on my personal “Coyote Crossover.” I first picked it up in late 2017 for T&E and over a three-month period ran 2,000 rounds through it– without documented issue number one.

Since then, I have alternated it and my S&W M&P M2.0 Compact and 642 J-frame as training and EDC guns. I can now report that the Glock has surpassed the 5,000 rounds fired mark and is going strong.

The number of jams? Zip other than one caused by a fouled magazine, which wasn’t the gun’s fault.

I’ve cleaned it in the neighborhood of a half-dozen times and only plan to replace the recoil spring as it is a recommended item to swap out every 5K or so.

At the 10K mark, I will post an update and plan to change out the other lesser springs (trigger spring, slide stop spring, magazine catch spring, striker spring, and spring cups) just because that is how I roll.

Of note, I have a cop buddy who has carried his same Gen 3 Glock 19 every day since 2004– it’s his only gun– and has put somewhere on the order of 50,000 rounds downrange with no giant issues, only stopping to replace springs here and there. Does he trust it? Did I mention that he has used it across three departments in the past 15 years?

Flying with guns: What not to do

Airlines and the TSA are pretty humorless when it comes to flying with guns, no matter how funny you are, but that shouldn’t keep you from flying with one in your checked bag.

As part of my job, I spent a lot of time living out of suitcases. While I prefer to drive, on trips longer than a 500nm radius of Biloxi I wind up having to catch a plane– which I abhor.

As I generally like to carry wherever I am going, something that I have done virtually every day since about 1992, this gave me lots of sour experiences with airlines and, post-9/11, TSA.

My lessons learned in this lengthy article at Guns.com.

Burt’s Roscoes

Burt Reynolds was, of course, a guy’s guy. Besides his prep and college (FSU) athletic career and work on the large and small screen, he was also an avid hunter and firearms collector. As his father was the Chief of Police of Riviera Beach, Florida while he was a youth, Burt no doubt felt a sort of kinship to cop roles, especially those set in the South, and in 1989-90 he played a retired New Orleans PD detective turned Florida houseboat-residing private detective B.L. Stryker for two seasons.

While it was not his best acting, he apparently really dug the guns from the show as he kept the S&W Model 10 .38 special that was used on camera in his “B.L” role until he died and it was later sold at an estate sale, reportedly in unfired condition.

The Stryker Smith

Notably, the Smith was without the on-screen holster used by Reynolds.

That, according to auctioneers, went on to be used in his real life to carry his EDC wheelgun around his Florida homestead. It was an old-school 1970s-era carbon steel round-butt Rossi .38 that had its 4-inch barrel chopped to 2.75-inches and a new sight added.

It has a lot of honest wear.

I have a couple of these old (pre-Taurus) Rossis and will vouch that they are reliable. When talking recently with a friend of mine who cut his teeth in the Brazilain Army’s mountain troops, he also stood by those old Smith-pattern Rossis.

Sold by Julien’s Auctions, it is now on the market again (for $4K), with the verbose tag that “Every day Burt carried this Rossi concealed, where he knew if required he could draw and defend himself from any crazed maniac or other threat.”

Note the BL Stryker cocoa basketweave special…waste not, want not.

 

Dragoon Snubbie?

Photo and caption via the University of Utah’s collection:

Colt's 1st Model Dragoon Revolver, Serial No. 3262 Stekes Utah Historical Collection

“This was Colt’s 1st Model Dragoon Revolver, Serial No. 3262. This revolver was made in 1848 or 1849 as records show that “a little over 4000 of the first model were made in 1848.” The barrel has been shortened from the original 7 1/2 inch length to 2 1/2 inches. The loading lever has been removed and a new front sight has been dove-tailed in on the barrel. This was a common practice to enable quicker drawing and firing & to carry concealed. The revolver was allegedly brought to Salt Lake City in 1936 by a lady from “Southern Utah,” who said that it had some connection with John D. Lee. It could hardly have belonged to Lee as William Stokes, Deputy U.S. Marshall, who arrested Lee at Panquitch on the morning of Nov. 7, 1874, related that Lee was curious about a similar revolver that he (Stokes) used. Could this perhaps be the Stokes modifed “dragoon pistol?” C.K. Gift of Charles Kelly. “

For reference, John Doyle Lee was famously convicted as a mass murderer for his role in the 1857 Mountain Meadows massacre and executed by firing squad at the Mountain Meadows site in 1877.

For further reference, this is what an unmodified Colt Dragoon looks like:

Pvt. Mabry W. Wafer, Company C, First Texas Partisan Rangers Colt Dragoon revolver Texas Historical Society Civil War

Pvt. Mabry W. Wafer, Company C, First Texas Partisan Rangers, shown with his Colt Dragoon revolver, photo via the Texas Historical Society

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