Author Archives: Ryan Finn

Ryan Finn is the Director of Operations and an Associate Instructor for Montana Tactical Firearms Instruction as well as a contractor for Vanguard Security Consultants when he isn't writing for TTAG. In his free time he is a volunteer firefighter and enjoys spending time in the mountains with his family.

Gear Review: Wilson Combat Beretta 92/96 Short Reach Steel Trigger


The distance between the go-pedal and the backstrap on a 92 series handgun is approximately three inches. For some people it might as well be a mile. Small-handed shooters have always had a problem effectively grasping the Beretta 92′s trigger (as well as Big Gulps, footballs, etc.). Most can only shoot the gun effectively in single action (SA) mode. My medium-sized paws could handle the 92′s trigger reach, but it never felt comfortable per se. It was more of an inconvenience I accommodated to get to the SA pull. With the help of Wilson Combat’s Short Reach Steel Trigger, I aimed to fix this ergonomic malady . . .

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Gear Review: Wilson Combat Beretta 92/96 Reduced Power Hammer Spring

Beretta 92A1

I grew up watching John McClane and Martin Riggs with wide-eyed adoration. So I’ve always known that a Beretta 92 and I were meant to be. But close encounters of the ergonomic and ballistic kind proved a let down; I really didn’t dig the pistol in its stock form. Back in March, 1911-makers Wilson Combat announced they were producing aftermarket parts for the Beretta 92/96 series of pistols. Both the gun and my childhood fascination were born again. Slowly but surely, I’ll be bringing you reviews of all of these parts as my Beretta 92A1 transforms. First up: the Wilson Combat Reduced Power Hammer Spring 16# or as most people simply call it, a “D” spring . . .

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Gun Review: Ruger LC380


The Ruger LC380 for this review was provided by The Kentucky Gun Company

I’ve never had much use for small framed pistols. I like large frames that shoot things with a minimum case length of 19mm. James Bond and his PPK weren’t favorites of mine. I much preferred Detective John McClane and his full sized Beretta 92. No one seems to care much what I like, though, because despite my feelings about small bore pistols in small packages, they get more popular with each passing day. Even Mother Teresa once said, “Be faithful in small things, because it is in them your strength lies.” So is there strength to be found in Ruger’s LC380? I honestly didn’t think so when I started this little adventure, but it turns out the little .380 had some surprises in store for me . . .

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First Impressions: Ruger LC380


The Ruger LC380 for this review was provide by The Kentucky Gun Co.

Have you ever owned something that seems really cool, that gradually starts to lose its appeal due to what initially seemed like a minor flaw? That’s how I’m starting to feel about the Ruger LC380. At first blush, the sleek ‘n sexy gun’s got what it takes: low recoil and perfect concealability (it hides underneath the tightest of Ed Hardy muscle tees). As the march of time has progressed, I’m starting to lose patience with . . . I don’t want to give away the full review. So I’ll just say this: the LC9 is a classic pistol. Chambering it in .380 ACP makes perfect sense; small is beautiful when it come to pocket pistols. But there is a point of diminishing returns. Has the Ruger LC380 reached that vanishing point, or is the point and shoot pistol a viable option for deep concealment and/or BUG status? Watch this space.

Gun Review: Springfield Armory XD-S .45 ACP

“The .380 was a cute fad,” Springfield Armory’s print ads proclaim. “Now, let’s get back to business.” Back to business indeed. Forty-five caliber single-stack striker fired pistols aren’t exactly a new thing. Kahr and Glock have been making them since the naughties. Truth be told neither model has been flying off the shelves. But no one has made a pocket .45 this small. Our small-handed man Dan got to grips with the XD-S at this year’s SHOT Show and loved it. But is the new XD-S really all that and a pocketful of protection . . .

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Gun Preview: Springfield Armory XD-S .45 ACP With Extended Grip

I received a surprise email from our friends at Springfield Armory last week. Their girl Friday (a.k.a., Deb) was sending an .45 caliber single-stack XD-S pistol to my FFL. Following its debut at the SHOT show, the compact XD-S is hotter than Candice Boucher. Astute members of the AI will notice that the grip on this particular XD-S seems a bit long. It’s one of the first extended mags for this gun that’s been seen in the wild. We were hoping to run the gun before it hit the shelves (and disappeared), but we won’t let editorial petulance interfere with an honest and thorough review. After that, it’s off to RF/Ralph for a shoot-out with the Glock 36. Watch this space.

Gear Review: Elite Iron CQC 1 Tactical Muzzle Brake

As a resident of Big Sky Country I am constantly running into native companies that are making some very nice firearms products. Recently I came across one of these firms while chatting up a professional varmint hunter who was taking one of the courses I teach. At the end of the day he pulled out his custom AR-15 complete with a very nice looking silencer threaded on the muzzle. Having chronic and severe silencer envy (I blame Nick), I immediately started drooling. However, what really fascinated me was underneath the silencer. It was threaded on a beautiful looking flash hider that also came with a separate flash hider/muzzle brake combo which threaded on the same way as the silencer. I was in the market for a new muzzle device so I called up Elite Iron in Potomac, MT to get the low down on their products . . .

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