TTAG Project Gun: Otto Carter Gets Started

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Regular readers will recall that I recently commissioned Master Engraver Otto Carter to engrave a Cabot 1911. Mr. Carter just emailed the above photo of the work in progress, revealing an example of the Aesthetic Style on the gun’s snout. He’s got a lot of work ahead of him – the gun will be adorned throughout. But he’s off and running. It’s all done with a Lindsay Airgraver. “It took a lot longer than I thought,” the Abilene Texas artist told TTAG . . .

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Guns For Beginners: Sara Tipton’s Guide to A Woman’s First Gun


My best friend Josie was attacked and hospitalized by her husband in March. She sustained injuries to her head and neck from being choked. She wasn’t armed. In fact, she’s never been armed. Her soon-to-be-ex-husband is sitting behind bars in a South Carolina jail facing felony assault charges. He could even be released soon, before his court date,  should he post bail or bond out. We all hope that doesn’t happen. Meanwhile, she wants a gun . . .

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Three GLOCK “Must Haves”

GLOCK 19 (courtesy The Truth About Guns)

I own a GLOCK 19. That one. In terms of caliber and cool, it’s not a patch on my Wilson Combat X-TAC Commander. But my GLOCK’s a great gun. It’s got plenty of capacity, never-say-die rugged reliability and excellent ergos (for me). That said, a stock GLOCK in an inside-the-waistband holster? No thanks. Here’s are three GLOCK “must-haves” that make Gaston’s gat, um, perfect  . . .

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Merwin Hulbert Revolvers. You Hurt Your What?

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Mike Searson writes [via]

What do Frank Hamer, Jesse James, Pat Garret, Pearl Heart and Bob Dalton have in common? They all carried revolvers made by the same company and the models in question were not built by Smith & Wesson, Colt or even Remington. From the diminutive 32 S&W to the thundering 44 WCF, the model they carried and treasured was considered the most advanced revolver of its time with many features more impressive due to the brief window in history in which they were made. The company was known as Merwin Hulbert and very few of their revolvers have survived the past 125 or so years . . .

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Why I Shoot .40 Through My Unmodified 10mm GLOCK


10mm Auto came first. The FBI chose a watered-down loading — a 180 grain bullet at 975 fps instead of more like 1,300 fps — and a large-frame S&W pistol through which to shoot it. By the time the contract went through, Tom Campbell, S&W employee, had realized that the powder capacity of the 10mm’s 25.2 mm-long case simply wasn’t necessary to achieve this same velocity, and the .40 S&W with its 21.6 mm-long case was born. For all intents and purposes, .40 S&W is really “10mm Short & Weak.” Brief history complete, let’s skip to the part where I’ve chosen to shoot it regularly through factory-stock 10mm GLOCKs. . .

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My First Month as a Glock 43 Owner


I’ve said it before: I hate just about everything about GLOCK handguns. The trigger is terrible, the grip isn’t ergonomic and the takedown process is dangerous. But when the Glock 43 was announced, I knew I wanted to buy one. And so I did. More accurately, I Shanghai’d Dan Zimmerman’s G43 that he used in the review for my own nefarious purposes. I’ve been carrying it ever since, and now that I have some time with it under my belt I wanted to share my experiences and how it compares to my other concealed carry firearms . . .

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Gun Review: Lone Wolf Distributors Compact Timberwolf 9mm


I know it’s a matter of considerable debate, but I think GLOCKs are ugly. A powerful tool shouldn’t look like a bar of bad hotel soap. Enter the Lone Wolf Distributors Compact 9mm on a Timberwolf Frame. The modded GLOCK’s Cerakoted sniper grey color and radically customized slide cuts transform a ditchwater dull handgun into the firearm you were handed when you joined Starfleet. Our snag-free T&E gun didn’t have a single number or letter on the slide. There wasn’t even a barrel caliber marking. But my God, did it have new parts. Our package contained every GLOCK part Lone Wolf could throw at it, in it or around it. This example includes . . .

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Gun Review: TISAS ZIG M1911


I’ve come to my senses over the last few years when it comes to the 1911. I used to think of it as a dated and archaic design, but the more I learned about firearms design the more respect I have for the firearm. I now own a couple copies myself, a nice Wilson Combat and an okay Springfield. That Springfield always irked me a bit, though — the gun is inexpensive, and it shows in the details, but it would take such little effort to make that ~$500 gun feel like a $1,000 gun. When TISAS sent us an email and offered to send us a copy of their ZIG 1911, I was looking forward to seeing if the Turks could succeed in providing a quality budget-priced 1911 where the Americans had failed.

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Guns for Beginners: How to Maintain Your Concealed Carry Pistols


By James England via

Modern firearms are usually made to exacting standards. It doesn’t matter if it’s a Hi-Point or a Kimber, the modern manufacturing process usually takes out a lot of guesswork as to how a pistol should operate. The most common fault with a concealed carry pistol will be a failure to fire. Supposed “accidental” (negligent) discharges, though oft cited in the news, are truly only common when someone is negligently using his or her firearm. This is usually operator error – not mechanical error . . .

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GA Koenig to Gun Owners: Stop Deluding Yourself On Gun Safety

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TTAG commentator GA Koenig writes:

Christ, the gun world is full of so much self delusion and bullshit. In any other industry with stringent life-safety requirements (automotive, aerospace, medical equipment, etc.), the idea that a system with no secondary manual safety systems and a lightweight “go” button would be deemed irresponsible. There wouldn’t even be a debate about it, this would be considered so self evident that any engineer or industrial designer who crooned otherwise would be written off as some sort of an idiot . . .

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Incendiary Image of the Day: Trigger Finger Edition

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Check out Belinda Padilla’s trigger finger in the image above the story ‘Smart’ guns may help prevent violence — if they can make it on the U.S. market. She is was Armatix’s president. It’s a perfect illustration of the old adage “If you make something idiot-proof someone will make a better idiot.” Not that California is lacking in high-quality idiots, as their gun laws and gang bangers prove. Anyway, TTAG tried to get ahold of an Armatix “smart gun” to have and to hack from this day forth. The company’s gone belly-up. Next? [h/t BA]