Glock 41 “The Practical Tactical side of the 45 Auto”

The year is 1904 and from the inner workings of John Moses Browning’s, mind a cartridge emerged. It was the great 45 ACP (Automatic Colt Pistol), 45 Auto or an even more modern nickname “The Flying Dump Truck”. The US military had been buying and using various calibers while searching for the perfect combination of size and power. Having moved from a 250 grain 45 Long Colt to a smaller 150 grain 38 Long Colt during this transitional period many unfortunate and very deadly failures to stop occurred. While the light cartridge was easier to control, it didn’t yield the necessary effects on the target. This lighter bullet combined with a smaller diameter left our fighting men with something that they couldn’t depend on when the chips were down as handgun bullets during this period were not designed to expand.

So Thompson-LaGarde commissioned to study the effectiveness of various calibers and bullets. This led the US Calvary to request that a new handgun be developed for their use and it had to be .45caliber Interesting enough, the first loading of the 45ACP was a 200gr bullet, but after a few revisions a 230gr, bullet moving at 850 ft/per sec was chosen. This loading is only slightly less powerful than the 45 Long Colt that was deemed to be outdated. Since it’s inception the 45 ACP has been known for its knockdown power. Some of the claims were exgarrated but it has been proven to be a fight stopper if the shooter does their part.

Fast forward to 1991, a span of 87 years, we find the the 45ACP being introduced in a state of the art fighting pistol. Fixing what some believed to be the downfall of existing 45cal. pistols, the magazine capacity was increased to 13 rounds providing enough firepower to sustain a fight. I think that the 1911 has enough capacity to do this,but the more bullets the better. This pistol is the Glock Model 21, a full size polymer fighting pistol that provides a modern corrosion resistant platform launching the big powerful bullets. Some people found the thickness of the G21 to be too wide for all hand sizes. To alleviate this somewhat, in 2007 Glock introduced the SF or Short framed versions of their large frame pistols. These SF versions didn’t change the width but decreased the distance from the back of the grip to the trigger by .098in. They also shortened the heel of the pistol by .16 inch. This allows the pistol to be operated by people with smaller hands.

In 2010 Glock took another step forward to modernize an already hi-tech design by releasing the Generation 4 Glocks (Gen4) across their whole product line. This allowed the the use of user installed backstraps to customize grip size to the shooter. These even include 2 with pronounced beavertails. The shooter can also forego the use of any backstrap, this will give the smallest overall grip size. The Gen4 also uses a reversible magazine catch to make the weapons more user friendly for left handed shooters along with a recoil taming dual spring setup.

Glock has never been slow to produce products geared to law enforcement. The Practical / Tactical models were a result of that offered in 9mm and 40cal. these were the G34/35. They feature a slide and barrel which is .8in longer than the service models. This allows faster follow up shots and a longer sight radius. These 2 features also lend themselves to the competitive world. For years the 45 shooters wanted the advantage of the longer platform in both the tactical and competition world. The longer barrel would allow the already good performance numbers to get better by providing higher velocity and enhanced accuracy do to the longer sight radius. Well Glock listened,and in 2014 they introduced the Glock 41, basically a G34/35 length gun in 45 ACP with a 5.3in barrel.

The slide of the G21 has always been fairly wide and really blocky. The G41 uses a slide almost the same width as the 9/40/357 guns, providing a slimmer profile. While providing a slimmer profile, it also lets the longer weapon weigh in at only .7 of an ounce heavier than the standard G21. I will admit I have been a 9mm Glock user with no use for other calibers, but the G41 fits me very well. In fact I hope that they introduce a 10mm version of it making it a perfect woods gun for anything  in North America for anything on 2 or 4 legs.

On to the G41 experience, I find it balances well while allowing me to shoot a wide variety of bullet weights from 165gr to 230gr. I don’t really find any recoil difference shooting range ammo (FMJ) or self defense (JHP). The gun just gobbles them up ! My particular gun likes the heavier bullets, which is fine with me. This gun will never be a hot weather concealed carry gun for me, but I would carry it in 3 seasons without reservations. I will be providing you an updated review once I run the round count up. I currently have 200 rounds thru it and have a plan for a 500 round afternoon in the near future. I will also be reviewing some gear that I have for the G41, holsters etc. I will also try to shoot a wide range of ammo thru it also.

As of right now I can’t find much to complain about, it’s a Glock you just load it and shoot it.

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Multi Holsters kydex that is American Proud !!!

Multi Holsters kydex that is American Proud !!!

This week All Things Tactical had the great pleasure of visiting the manufacturing facilities of Multi Holsters ( http://www.multiholsters.com ) located in Plymouth, Michigan. This makes them a hometown holster maker to those of us in lower MI. Tony the owner of Multi Holsters and I were introduced via a mutual friend Shaun of Sentry Gunleather, and within a few short Facebook messages we hammered out a time for me to visit. I want to take this opportunity to say that I was blown away by the generosity and professionalism of everybody on staff at Multi Holsters, each and everyone of them made it feel like we were visiting with old friends.

Tony and I had a chance to sit down and talk for a bit about most things kydex. Multi Holsters not only produces some of the finest kydex gear, but they are a provider of many interesting items aimed at making the production of quality holsters and gear more efficient and cost effective for the kydex producing industry. I have video of the short interview with Tony where we discuss some of these items. That video will post in the next few days, so be sure to stay tuned for it. Multi Holsters are by far considered the light and laser holster go to company. The sheer number of lights and lasers that they can accommodate is huge. Viridian Laser (http://www.viridiangreenlaser.com ) works extremely close with them, in fact Multi Holster can produce you a custom kydex holster that will have the same technology to turn on and  turn off your Viridian Laser/Light unit just like the the factory OEM holsters.

While I was at the shop Tony allowed me to document the constructing some holsters for my S&W Shield. In fact he let me choose the models and material for each. Since my Shield will be my warm weather gun I decided on a Hybrid style IWB holster (http://www.multiholsters.com/hybrid.htm ) and one of his very popular Multi holsters (http://www.multiholsters.com/multi.htm ) which by the way can also be converted to IWB by just chafing the hardware.

Hybrid Holster:

Since this holster won’t get seen by many I choose to use the standard .080 black kydex. I also opted to use the standard style leather backer with more of a square shape as opposed to the new moon style cut. This was just a personal preference thing, I guess I am just an old school type of guy. Even though this holster won’t be seen by many, the attention to detail is very evident in it’s construction. The molding process used was a vacuum style. This allows the kydex to be formed in greatly reduced time frame while still retaining superb mold definition. On a side note it also is much easier on the equipment being molded. A lot of makers starting out use the actual firearm to do the molding this will subject the weapon and any gear attached to it to great amounts of heat and pressure sometimes multi tons of pressure and the foam used acts as an insulator for the hot kydex. Vacuum molding takes the high pressure exposure out of the equation. Vacuum also allows the kydex to set and cool a little faster easing the heat exposure to the item. I will include pics of the Hybrid holster down at the bottom of this post.

The Multi Holster:

While the Multi holster ( http://www.multiholsters.com/multi.htm ) has some of the same features found on most standard OWB holsters, it can also be converted allowing it to the user to wear it in an IWB fashion just with a simple hardware change. My particular holster is made with Holstex material with a carbon fiber print on it. This color in particular Blood Red has just been released by Index Fasteners Kydex Division ( http://www.ifithermoplastics.com/products/Kydex ). The red color has a certain pop to it. The .080 thick Holstex has great strength, but still allows great definition. The holster attaches via some winged belt loops, this is the first time I have had a chance to use them. The do hold the holster much closer to the body allowing the concealment aspect to be enhanced. The use of the wings also allows the weapon to ride with or with out a cant.

As you can see these 2 holsters are made with attention to detail and a genuine desire to produce the finest gear possible. Tony can be reached by using either his personal email tony@multiholsters.com or giving the shop a call at 734-392-7630. The also have a Facebook page that will have the very latest information on new products ( https://www.facebook.com/MultiHolsters ) . You also can see new product videos on their YouTube channel ( multi holsters )

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Smith & Wesson Shield “Is thin Enough ???”

Smith & Wesson Shield in the house !!!!!

What is the Shield ??

It is a single (well slightly staggered) stack sub-compact version of the ever so popular M&P pistol. This very concealable pistol is available in either 9mm or 40S&W caliber with the 40 caliber model just losing a single round in capacity. One reason people like it is the manual of arms is the same as it’s bigger brothers, so if you carry a M&P your training curve with the Shield is very short.

The thinness of this pistol is what makes it so marketable, coming in at .95 of an inch this is a substantial savings compared to the standard width M&P’s at 1.2in. This makes it very comfortable to carry inside the waistband, which is the easiest way to conceal a handgun.

Build Quality:
Is being thin enough ? Over all the Shield is an extremely well built, as are all of the M&P line of pistols. I have owned 2 of the full size variants and this little one is just as strong as the bigger relatives. One thing I did notice out of the box is that the Shield is very tall for a subcompact firearm, with an overall height of 4.6in the closet of it’s cousins the Compact reaching just 4.3 inches. So it does really look tall when looking down the sights.

Weight wise the Shield tips the scales at 19.0 ounces with the M&P9C coming in at just 21.7, full size M&P 9 is 24.0 not a heavy weight by any means. Where the weight starts to skyrocket is when you load those double stack magazine with ammo.

So with that being said “Is being thin enough” that is what I intend to find out over the next few months as I use this pistol. This will fill the role of summer carry gun once I determine that it will be reliable with my preferred carry ammo. The mode of carry will be IWB both traditional, appendix and OWB. All holsters will be made of kydex to keep weight and thickness to a minimum.

I want to do some ammo testing with the emphasis being on both reliability and performance (JHP). Also want to run an extended endurance test, with 500-700 rounds thru it in a single afternoon. If there are any other tests you would like to see please let me know and I will try to make them happen. If there is a particular ammo you would like to see I will be happy to test any ammo supplied.

Keep tuned for some Shield related gear in future articles.

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IWB Holster from Sentry Gunleather looks a good as it functions !!!

IWB Holster from Sentry Gunleather looks a good as it Functions !!!

Who says you can’t have an IWB holster with function and looks, well whoever said it was lying !!! The above holster is simply named the “Inside The Waistband” holster from Sentry Gunleather ( http://www.sentrygunleather.com ) . This holster features a more traditional leather loop to attach it to your belt. This would be closer to how a standard leather IWB is affixed to your belt, in fact out of all of my kydex holsters, this one is closest in form factor to its leather constructed cousins. This holster is made of kydex, with a pleasing graphite color. Sentry Gunleather uses .080 thick kydex for their OWB holsters as this will offer greater over all strength to the rig, this one is constructed of .060 kydex. This doesn’t detract from the strength or rigidity of the product, it reduces the overall width of the holster and may even enhance to molding definition. I know that .040 of an inch isn’t much but any space savings you can get and not sacrifice strength is a bonus.

When I received the holster in the mail, I noticed that the belt loop was of a solid design, not the split type I was used to using with this style of holster. I have to admit that I was worried that without being anchored to a belt loop would allow it to shift around and require constant adjustment. I am very happy to tell you that it stays exactly where you put it, very little of any movement on the belt. The belt I carry it on is an Original Special Operations EDC belt ( http://www.soebelts.com ) 1.5in wide, the belt loop is a snug fit with the surface texture of the belt and the slightly coarse texture inside the loop providing a good amount of friction. This may also add to the ability of the holster to not shift its position on the belt.

I have worn the IWB for the better part of a week, this means when I get dressed in the morning the holster and gun go on and I don’t remove it until I go to bed. Most day this equates to 17-18 hrs of wear, most of the time I find myself getting antsy with the whatever holster at the 12-14 hour mark. It doesn’t matter whose holster wether it is IWB or OWB, it just seems that is the time when I really start to notice the gun being there. I found that I didn’t do this at all wearing this particular holster, I just simply was able to leave it alone.

The retention is absolutely outstanding allowing a super fast draw without the worry of the weapon accidentally removing itself from the holster. We have had a rough winter here in Michigan with ample time spent behind a snowblower. Even with the unusual movements required to run it I still found the holster very comfortable. I found driving to not be uncomfortable even for extend periods, don’t normally carry my firearm in an IWB while driving I have a holster mounted in the car as drawing from an IWB can present its own set of problems and concerns.

All in all the IWB is a great holster made by an american company, handmade by a true craftsman. You will not find a better holster for the money wether it be leather or kydex, I know some people don’t do the plastic holster thing. Kydex does have a unique set of things it does very well and not a lot of things that it doesn’t do well. That is another article in itself for a later date. You can find this holster and the complete line of high quality gun toting gear at ( http://www.sentrygunleather.com ) .

Pictured below with the IWB is Sentry’s Raptor Series single magazine pouch.

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EDC – What’s in your pockets

EDC - What's in your pockets

What do you carry everyday with you ??

For each person that reads this it will be different, as it should be because each one of us have different needs. We live in different climates, go different places and do different things. What works great for me may be an utter failure for you. That is the single biggest gripe I have about normal EDC posts and articles is that the writers seem to think what they choose will work the same for everybody. I will do my best to go into why I choose the items you see in the photo above. Remember that these work for me they may not work for you. Only you can pick what is needed for your EDC.

1. Firearm: Glock 19 Gen. 3 in FDE (Flat Dark Earth) This my choice for a CCW weapon for the following reasons.

A. The G19 is small enough to conceal about 90% of the time and it retains enough size and capacity to be a legitimate fighting pistol.

B. It uses a full power cartridge and uses a proven design.

C. Out of all of my pistols I shoot the G19 the best (i.e. speed and accuracy) I have other but this is the one that I seem to put in a holster everyday. I also have a spare G-19 you never know when you may need an extra.

D. Magazines and spare parts plentiful, along with the pistol being easy to work on.

2. Holster and Mag Pouch this can vary depending on weather.

A. Sentry Gunleather (www.sentrygunleather.com )Raptor OWB in a monochromatic scheme of Tan with varying textures I choose to use small custom shops for my carry gear, as they seem more receptive to ideas and are faster to react the the needs of the customer.

B. Green Force Tactical ( http://www.greenforcetactical.myshopify.com ) single mag pouch Tan with Od Green back with a G-17 for the reload. I like single mag pouches for the versatility that they offer for carry position, this is a great help to me for CCW.

3.  Ammo is either 147gr Hydra-Shok or the 147gr. HST. Both of these have a good track record and I find them very easy to shoot with good speed and accuracy.

4. Flashlight Olight S20 Baton   You can find the specs for this and many other EDC/Tactical lights on Going Gear’s website ( http://www.goinggear.com ). This light has more than enough power for its purpose while still retaining a rich feature set.

5. Folding Knife  I have a soft spot in my heart for the Spyderco Military as it is a large knife but still has a relatively light pocket weight. This above model is an older one using CPM440V and their patented Spyderedge.

6. Back up blade:  Alan Folts Kiridashi worn in a neck sheath unsure of blade material but it is stainless.

7. Belt of choice : The Original Special Operations Gear EDC Belt 1.5in. wide. Outstanding belt made by an outstanding American Company you can look at the belts available on their website ( http://www.soebelts.com )

One of the most important things you can get is quality training. Real training not the glorified politically correct kind, but learn how to fight with your choice of gun and gear. One place to look for it is Tactical Response ( http://www.tacticalresponse.com ) another great American company of shooters.IMG_0064IMG_2742

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Shotgun for defending your home or office !!!

Shotgun for defending your home or office !!!

This is a topic that has been discussed by people with more knowledge and experience than I could ever hope to obtain. So this article will be from a more simple point of view. I really have a soft spot in my heart for a 12ga. pump action shotgun. My personal preference is a Remington 870, that is not to say a Mossberg 500/590 wouldn’t be a great choice. I just happened to be exposed to the 870 platform first and have chosen to stick with it. I know that some people love their semi-auto shotguns, heck I even flirted with a Benelli M1 Super 90 just wasn’t for me I traded it for 2 870′s as I just love the simplicity of a pump action shotgun. The Benelli is a great shotgun loaded with great features as is the Mossberg 930.

So the newest shotgun to the fold is model 25077 it has a 18.5in barrel with a 6+1 capacity of 2.75in shells. The barrels action is the only part of the gun that remains. I choose to replace the furniture with a Magpul SGA stock and MOE forearm in Flat Dark Earth I also added a SGA Receiver sling mount and MOE rail section for mounting a light ( http://store.magpul.com/category/shotgun) , more about the light later. I believe that when you retrieve a long gun for defensive purposes it should have some additional ammo on the gun, not saying you just couldn’t stuff your pockets with extra buckshot or slugs but that takes time and sometimes that is the only thing we don’t have enough of.

I have added a a Doug Presson Custom Works (http://www.dpcustomworksllc.com) shell carrier to fix this issue. This shell carrier is possibly the most overbuilt piece of gear that I have at the moment I think you could destroy the gun and it would still retain shells. Made entirely of T6061 aluminum with Type III hard coat anodizing it is a beast, does it add weight to the gun of course it does. I have peace of mind that when and if I need extra ammo for the weapon, it will be right where I put it. The shell holes have rubber inserts that provide friction retention either in a base up or base down orientation I have shot 3in Magnum slugs and that haven’t moved at all, so I think that this is a winning combination. These rubber inserts are machined in to the carrier it self so they will stay put no matter how rigorous your activity. Also this was so very simple to install, it really took me longer to read the directions then it did to install.

For those times when I really need to carry a large amount of extra ammo I use another severely overbuilt piece of kit for Original Special Operation Gear. Their 12ga. MicroRig is I think one of the best value items I have purchased in a long time. Cover by one of the best warranties in the business, wait for it …… if you break it they will fix it !!!!! This particular rig holds 24 rounds in 6 round trays. The first 12 rounds are open to use with the remaining 12 rounds located in pockets behind the front 12 rounds, as you empty the 2 front trays you simply pull them down off the velcro (yes they are retained with webbing) you then pull the back trays out and place them on the velcro. The process is much simpler to do then to write it out. Off the the side is a pocket that will hold a full 25 round box of whatever ammo you choose. It also could be used for a med kit if you are so inclined. Visit their website at (http://soebelts.com/collections/micro-rigs/products/12ga-micro-rig) to see what colors are available mine is in Olive Drab.

I believe in having a light on a defensive long gun wether it be a shotgun or a carbine, for this I choose a brand some of you may not be familiar with Klarus. The model I have chosen is the XT 11 this light provides 820 ANSI lumens with 3 lighting modes and 1 strobe mode. I mounted this in an Olight M20 weapons mount this is a simple yet high quality mount this will allow you to mount any 1in. body light to any picatinny rail as long as the head of the light will clear. You can also add a pressure switch for light control, but I decided to go the simple route and use the standard switch. This setup will allow me to light up and engage at any distance that the 12ga. platform would be effective indoors or outside. All of these items are available at GoingGear (http://goinggear.com)

Ammo choice for the 12ga. can be an article of its own. But here is what I choose to use:

Buckshot: I use standard 2 3/4in this particular load holds 21 pellets each .24in in diameter I like this load a lot I would love to see a premium load with #4 Buck so we can get the pattern to shrink.

Slugs: I use 2 different loads depending what I can get 1. Winchester PDX 12 which holds a 1oz. slug with 3 000 buck pellets nested on top. 2. Remington with a 1oz. slug at 1200FPS these are pleasant to shoot all day long and still provide plenty of power.

I may try a 00 Buck load from Federal using the FliteControl wad it seems to get very tight patterns at the most common engagement distances.

The most important thing after acquiring your gear is to get quality training. One that stands out would be the Fighting Shotgun course from Tactical Response ( http://www.tacticalresponse.com )

Please feel free to leave comments on what your choices would be.

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EDC lights that don’t break the bank to carry everyday !!!

EDC lights that don't break the bank !!! Olight does it again

The Baton series of lights seems to be the perfect blend of features and brightness versus value. EDC we all know means Every Day Carry, in order to qualify for EDC status a piece of kit must do the following.

1. It must work all the time.
2. It must be simple to use.
3. You must carry it everyday.
4. You must be willing to maybe lose it during the lifecycle of said kit.

I know that the first 3 items make since, but the last one may confuse some. I will explain it this way. If you spend $350.00 on a light most likely you won’t carry it everyday no matter what as you will fear having to replace said item again at the above cost. So EDC items tend to be a compromise of sorts, will I carry this and use it as it should be or will I fear the thought of losing or breaking it.

I for one love Surefire products, do I own a bunch of them NO. This is not because they aren’t good, in fact they most likely produce some of the best lighting tools in the world. I own a single Surefire my X300 weapons light. I don’t think I would lose this as it is attached to CCW firearm. They don’t for the most part aren’t compatible with rechargabe Li-ion that I use with my other lights. I know they are expanding their product line with some models that will accept Li-Ion cells.

I use a light from a few different manufactures the main ones being Olight, EagleTac, Klarus and Jetbeam. In my opinion these represent the biggest bang for your dollar spent. The provide the largest output and the widest ranging features. They offer smaller lights that pocket very well up to large tactical lights with capabilities of being mounted on long guns. The lights we will discuss here will be the pocketable style that will limit use to 1 and 2 cells models.

My personal prerequisites for an EDC light it simple interface with ample output for tactical use (Min. 500 lumens). But have a setting for simple everyday looking for dropped objects, They also have to be able to use rechargeable Li-Ion cells

Here is a list of what I use:

1. EagleTac D25LC2

This light uses the newer XML-U2 led providing 850 lumens from a single 18650 Li-Ion cell activated by a simple tail clicky switch. The additional features can accessed with a simple twist of the bezel. For more information you can look at either the company website http://www.eagletac-usa.com or my favorite retailer http://www.goinggear.com

2. Olight S10 or S20

These two light are single cell S10 or 2 cell S20 both lights have the same feature set. 1 particular setting I find very useful is the “Moonlight Mode”, this is just the right brightness for use in a darkened room. In fact I can use it and not disturb other people who may be sleeping. The S10 has a max lumen output of 400 my particular example is a limited edition made from Titanium. The S20 has a max lumen output of 500. Again in-depth data on both of these can be found on http://www.goingear.com

Below are some pics of the above models:

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