Gear Review: M3 TI (Tactical Illuminator)

Illuminator? I just met her! And there’s your trouble. For an explanation of one of the main dangers of using a snout-mounted light on your handgun, let us turn to page 2, point 5 of Insight’s manual for its M3 Tactical Illuminator, under the main heading WARNINGS. “Once the M3 TI is attached to a firearm, the firearm will be pointed at anything that the M3 TI is directed at. Do not point the M3 TI at anything or anyone that you do not intend to shoot.” So how do you search for a perp in a darkened space that might contain friendlies (e.g. your children) without pointing the light and, thus, the gun at them? The manual has a theory—and we have some video of the light in action—after the jump . . .

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Illuminator? I just met her! And there’s your trouble. For an explanation of one of the main dangers of using a snout-mounted light on your handgun, let us turn to…

Trigger Comparo: Ruger SR9c, Springfield XD(m), Glock 30

So I was schmoozing with Wayne down at the American Firearms School this evening. When I opined that the Ruger SR9c’s trigger felt totally different from the go-pedal on Ye Olde full-size Ruger 9mm, he fished-out the rental SR9 from AFS’s ballistic trolley. Yup. Ruger’s boffins have given the SR9’s trigger a desquidgyectomy. We decided to finish the evening’s entertainment with a trigger comparo: the T/E Ruger SR9c, my Springfield XD(m) and Wayne’s ever-faithful Glock 30. Bottom line: the SR9c has the most 1911-style trigger of the bunch. Is that a good thing? I’m not entirely sure. But rest assured I’ll jump off the fence in this week’s SR9c review.

So I was schmoozing with Wayne down at the American Firearms School this evening. When I opined that the Ruger SR9c’s trigger felt totally different from the go-pedal on Ye Olde…

UPDATE: Remington UMC vs. Ruger SR9c – Are We There Yet?

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I’ve just returned from the American Firearms School, where I fed our test and evaluation Ruger SR9c something other than 115-grain Remington UMC bullets. In specific, I shot ten rounds-plus from…

Also a top-notch demonstration on why you should NEVER get your supporting hand ANYWHERE NEAR the front of a revolver.

How To Tell If Your Smith & Wesson is Out of Alignment

Also a top-notch demonstration on why you should NEVER get your supporting hand ANYWHERE NEAR the front of a revolver.

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Gun Review: ArmaLite AR 24-15C

Back in the day, stoners contemplated life’s mysteries from a tetrahydrocannabinol-enhanced perspective. So enabled, they’d confront cosmic karma with a simple statement: “that’s heavy.” Heavy was deep. Heavy was good….

Gun Review: Henry Repeating Arms Golden Boy

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Don’t tell my kids, but I toured Europe on a BMW K100RT motorcycle. The “flying brick” was utterly reliably and Germanically comfortable (tough yet firm). When I returned to base,…