Silencers are Legal shoot in Dallas 4/28/12

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The GEARS of guns crew will be out at this event.

This event was designed to help the public get a better handle on the fact that suppressors are legal (with the proper paperwork) and FUN to shoot.

The GEARS Crew will have a group of women joining us to help teach them about guns and shooting so be sure to bring out everyone and get a chance to try out some of the coolest SUPPRESSED firearms on the market today.


Come support the silencer industry and invite friends to learn about silencers including: uses, benefits, and how to purchase silencers. This live fire event will surely be the year’s most exciting gun show. Conveniently located in the heart of Dallas, Texas at Elm Fork Shooting range, one of the nicest shooting facilities in the country. Vendor tents are on the firing line for easy access to test the most current products on the market. Bring your guns and enjoy silenced fun!

For vendor/exhibitor information:
Please contact Kenny at Silencerco/SWR | 801.417.5384 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 801.417.5384 end_of_the_skype_highlighting |

All raffle proceeds and ticket sale profits go to the American Silencer Association.
WHEN:Saturday, April 28, 2012, 9:00 am – 6:00 pmWHERE10751 Luna Road | Dallas, TX 75220
972.556.0164 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 972.556.0164 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
WHAT:Testing products from many vendors, including silencer manufacturers
and firearms manufacturers
Raffles for a chance to win awesome products
Vendor booths selling state-of-the-art firearms and accessories
Ammo vendors on site to make sure your guns are fed all day long
Food and drinks available all day to ensure you have the energy to shoot

Must be 18 to attend the event.
Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a guardian.
If you have children, the minimum age is 5 and the minimum age for shooting is 12.

All live fire must be suppressed. No unsuppressed shooting allowed.
Advantage Tactical

Atwell Tactical
ITS Tactical
John Doe Investigation
John’s Guns
Lone Star Armory
Lone Star Medics
NFA Ventures
North Texas Armament
Shark Suppressor
Silencer Shop


For the event website click here

First Impressions: VersaCarry Holsters

First Impressions: VersaCarry Holsters

About two weeks ago We were contacted by VersaCarry about a T&E (review) of their holsters and of course I was very excited about trying them out since they one of the most interesting IWB holsters (Inside the Waist Band) on the market.


They sent us three holsters to review

A large .45 ACP for my Glock 21 (pictured above blue on the right)
A Medium .40 S&W for Caleb’s S&W M&P .40
And a Small 9mm for SAWGunners Kel-Tec PF-9 (Pictured above yellow on the left)

Since I haven’t had the chance to see SAWG I have had the small holster to review against my large.


Large .45 with a Glock 21

Concealment level: I tend to wear more medium T-shirts which does not conceal the Glock 21 as well as I would like it to.
By wearing a large or XL shirt the gun is less noticeable in the small of my back. wearing mediums and larges I cannot wear the holster on my side because the gun shows. Wearing an XL shirt the gun on my hip still has some bulk but is less noticeable and the general population most likely wouldn’t even notice.

Comfort level: With the Glock in the small of my back I have to reposition it to my side if I want to sit down. Walking around the gun stays where I holstered it and even with the weight it doesn’t pull my pants down or feel uncomfortable. However if I knew I was going to be standing and sitting off and on this is not the size I would want to carry since I would have to keep moving it back and forth.

Ease of Draw:  The size of the gun makes the gun a quick draw and have rounds on target with relative ease. Cross draw and carrying in the small of my back still very easy.

Ease of reholstering: The package does say you have to pull the holster out and put the gun back on the rod which is the main con I have found so far.

Safety: The Holster comes with a trigger guard which covers the trigger from the outside of your pants and the skin of your body covers the other side. this keeps those of us without a switch safety more protected. 

Overall thoughts: I have only had this holster for about a week now and I will say I like it. It is all made of plastic. The barrel rod screws onto the frame and has a metal insert molded into the rod so it shouldn’t strip if you change the rod to a different caliber.

So far I like the way it carries and feels. it doesn’t seem to weigh me down or make movements awkward.

All Pistols Are Not Created Equal

Holy wars have been fought on the internet for years arguing which pistol is the best. I don’t believe there is one best pistol, but among the many service pistols that exist in the marketplace some appear to be better suited to the defensive role.

What I consider most important in a pistol is its “trainability.” How easy or hard is it to pick up that pistol and learn how to operate it proficiently? There are other considerations to think about when selecting a self-defense pistol, but here I’m talking mainly about the features of the pistol. This is where some pistols have an advantage over others.

It is easiest to learn to operate a pistol when the controls are straightforward and don’t require intensive training in order to be able to operate without thought. Having a vast array of controls doesn’t make a firearm harder to operate per se, but having those controls and having them placed in unique or unnatural positions does.

There are four primary features that make a pistol easier or harder to operate depending on how they are set up: the action, the number of safeties, the mag release, and the slide stop.


Most defensive guns fall into one of three types of actions: single action only, striker fired, and double action/single action (DA/SA). Single action guns like the 1911 for example tend to have lighter trigger pulls. Many shooters prefer the 1911 trigger pull for that reason. Striker fired guns, like Glocks or the M&P tend to have a heavier trigger pull than the single action. Whether you choose a single action or a striker fired, they both have the same trigger pull every time.

DA/SA guns like the Beretta 92FS or the Sig Sauer P226 have two distinct trigger pulls. The idea is that a heavier first trigger pull is less likely to be pulled accidentally, thus making the firearm safer. The issue here is that two separate trigger pulls doubles the functions you need to worry about training. To draw and fire two shots you will contend with both of these trigger pulls.

In terms of trainability, the striker fired or single action win out because they only require you to master a single trigger pull instead of two.


Safeties come in a variety of flavors. Grip safeties, thumb safeties, and safeties located on the slide are just a few of the diverse options on the market these days. Other guns like Glocks don’t employ safeties at all. Personally I prefer a firearm that has no safety because it’s one less thing to fail or worry about.

A safety makes training harder because it adds another step to the process. Some guns have multiple safeties, like the 1911 which has two: a grip safety and a thumb safety. The grip safety is built into the pistol-grip making it automatically engaged while the pistol is held in a proper firing grip. The additional safety is located such that it can be engaged with the right hand thumb (or with modification the left hand thumb for the lefties out there). Both of these safeties are easy enough to operate that a minimum of training makes them both natural to use.

The Beretta 92FS on the other hand has a safety on the slide. This safety is a lot harder to manipulate while handling the pistol because it needs to be switched upward to be deactivated. This is an unnatural and difficult motion to make while drawing a pistol. Training can compensate, and you’ll find many people disengage the safety prior to drawing. This is a safe way to operate the pistol since the long double action first trigger pull makes unintentional discharge nearly impossible.

Mag releases

Not all mag releases are created equal. Most pistols tend to have the simple push button located on the left side of the gun behind the trigger guard. This position is superior only in that it is so common. Most pistols operate this way, so it makes training easier.

Some Walther pistols, like the P99 for example, employ a mag release lever instead of a button. This lever sits in the same location as the button, but requires a downward push to actuate instead of the inward push that is pretty much the industry standard.

This lever works fine, and if the user is trained properly it might even be advantageous because the trigger finger can be used to release a magazine. However, because this feature is so unique, it makes switching between pistols more difficult. Exchanging any of the other common service pistols for a P99 would require significant training to master the different mag release.

Given the choice I would rather have the manual of arms on all of my firearms be very similar. Every bit of diversity in your rotation means you will have more things to train, and more unrelated habits to avoid under pressure.

Slide stop

Service pistols all tend to have slide stops. They can be different sizes and locations on the pistol, but they all tend to be pretty close to within thumbs reach on the left of the pistol. This commonality means service pistols are easily trainable from a slide stop perspective.

Some concealed carry guns have no slide stop, and therefore the slide won’t lock back on the last round. This does create a training issue as you are forced to manipulate the slide when reloading. This isn’t a big deal unless you also train with a service pistol. The training industry has been advocating the use of the slide stop when reloading for improved speed for a while now. If you carry a gun that doesn’t have the slide stop, now you need to choose between learning one method (working the slide) or training two different methods for different guns.

Ultimately the pistol you choose is up to you. Some are easier to train with because of the simplicity or commonness of their features. When choosing a pistol for self-defense, consider these features as they could dramatically impact the amount of time it takes to become effective with that pistol.

Nick Savery is the author of, a blog discussing integrating training across a variety of systems and platforms for the purposes of self-defense.

First Impressions: Kel-Tec SU-16CA

Ah, Kel Tec. Makers of nifty folding rifles and the KSG. I was stoked when I heard that the GEARS crew got to play with one of the first firearms that got me interested in Kel Tec CNC, the SU-16CA. After a few productive hours at the range on Saturday, now comes the time to lay back on the sofa and say “how I feel about it”.

Overall, the SU-16CA was a pleasure to shoot, and I will eventually be following up with a much more thorough review of this very interesting rifle. The first thing that came to my mind when I got my hands on the gun was how amazingly efficient Kel Tec was with space. The magazines both fit into the stock, The fore grip folds out into a bipod, and the whole gun folds up into a tidy little backpack sized package. I really have no substantial complaints thus far with this gun. Of the various (5.56×45).223 magazines we fired from, only one had a failure to feed on the last round, and even though the bipod was a little jumpy on the bench we were firing from, I don’t think that will present a problem from a prone position. The only thing that I wasn’t really crazy about was the charging handle. We had fun with it today. I’ll get back to you once we have tortured it a bit more about whether or not you should go grab one for your backpacking adventures. We are also planning on bringing it to the suppressor shoot this month since it does come with a beautiful threaded bull barrel. Until then, check out the crazy muzzle flash on this guy.