Condition: Yellow - responsible preparation, and fun, for an unpredictable world

Two, I mean Three Bad Guys

Today’s training included some close-range drills with multiple targets. After a few reps we started to regard the second target as a new bad guy who arrived late. In this drill I engaged the second bad guy and was performing an admin reload (to ensure I had a full gun after the initial engagements) and my training partner Dave yelled, “Oh shit!” So I had to go back to the gun one-handed on a “new” bad guy. Wasn’t expecting that.

Good training.

IGFS Enhanced Duty Trigger – Failure After 19K Rounds

Since October of 2016 I’ve been running the IGFS Enhanced Duty Trigger in my EDC Glock 19. The action and function of this trigger was excellent and I was very happy with it in my carry pistol. The flat face makes for a more consistent press action and I find it easier to employ proper mechanics than with the stock Glock trigger.

While doing dry-fire practice this week I noticed that the trigger felt different and took a good long look at it. That’s when I saw that the safety tab was rather shallow on the trigger shoe. I confirmed that the safety mechanism no longer prevented the trigger from being improperly pressed to the rear. Not good!

This is the promo photo for the trigger. Notice that the safety tab protrudes prominently.

 

Here (below) is my IGFS Enhanced Duty Trigger after being installed on my Glock 19 last October. Notice here that the safety tab is prominent. I did confirm then that the safety mechanism worked properly.

IGFS Trigger

 

In the seven months that followed I carried this pistol all day, every day, and trained with it 3 to 4 days per week. I shot 19,000 rounds in that time and thoroughly enjoyed the trigger.

But here (below) is the trigger today after 19,000 rounds, 7 months after installation. The trigger safety no longer protrudes enough to keep the trigger from improper engagement. I inspected the trigger assembly for any impediments or damage and could find nothing. My conclusion is that the spring that engages the safety tab just wore out from use.

 

As you can see here (below), the trigger safety should be protruding more in the front so that the rear catch is exposed enough to engage and prevent the trigger from being improperly pressed to the rear.

 

Here (below) you can see where the mechanism is supposed to be when not engaged. Thousands of trigger presses just wore out the safety spring. No bueno.

IGFS Trigger fail

I contacted IGFS and told them about this. they responded to say that they’ve never heard of such a failure and will replace the trigger. That was a few days ago and I have no return or replacement details yet. I will report when I know more.

I like the IGFS Enhanced Duty Trigger and would like to continue to run it in my EDC gun. But I’d like to know that they’ve addressed this specific issue. This trigger is specifically for Glock pistols, which are known for 100% reliability. This component would not seem to fit the standards. For now it’s back to the stock Glock trigger that came with this pistol. I have stock Glock triggers with 60k+ rounds of use that exhibit no safety malfunction whatever. IGFS should do better.

New BCG: Rebel Arms Enhanced Nitride M16 Bolt Carrier Group

I needed another BCG and found a good deal and what looks like a nice component. I picked up the Rebel Arms Enhanced Nitride M16 Bolt Carrier Group and it arrived today. Gonna put it in my SBR and see how she runs this weekend.

Looks pretty nice. My only negative observation here is that I’m not so sure about the gas key staking. Looks a bit anemic and should probably have been more aggressive. We’ll see.

Rebel Arms Enhanced Nitride M16 Bolt Carrier Group

Pistol Drill: Five Inside Out

For this drill you’ve got 5 targets setup at 10 yards–three 6-inchers, a 10″, and a milk bottle. At the beep, draw from concealment and put one round on each, starting from the middle and then clearing the rest.

I did the drill about 25 times and while I had plenty of clean runs, I also had plenty of 1-miss runs; like this string of five in a row. :-/ Moar training!

Reload and Re-engage Drill

This is a simple reload drill. The target is the little round 6″ steel plate at 10 yards, third from the left.

I’ve got one in the pipe and an empty magazine. Draw from concealment and put one round on target, pistol is empty, move off of the X and reload from concealment, then re-engage the target with two more rounds. Should take less than 4 seconds.

Pistol Build 2017 .300BLK

I recently built an 8″ upper for my .300BLK SBR, but later decided I liked my standard 10.3″ upper on that one. Since I now had an extra upper assembly, I went out yesterday and bought an Aero Precision lower blank and built a new AR pistol with the spare parts I had and a Sig arm brace. Because I can. Can’t wait to try this one out this weekend!

  • Upper and lower receivers: Aero Precision (blanks)
  • Barrel: Ballistic Advantage 8″
  • Rail: ALG 8″

AR15 pistol in .300 BLK

Flee-Then-Engage Drill

This drill supposes you’re running away from an armed assailant, then a second cuts you off and you must defend.

Draw from concealment and put 2 rounds on the 8″ plate at 10 yards, you run empty so perform a reload and put 1 round on the other bad guy while advancing on him (intimidation factor works on most folks, causing panic or surrender or sloppiness).

I did this drill about 20 times today. This run was toward the end. Good workout!

New Watch: Smith & Bradley “Springfield”

Really loving my new watch. The Springfield has a classic look, clear indicators in light or darkness, and rugged construction. It’s not an expensive watch ($175 – $225) and I think it looks amazing.

  • Domed Sapphire Crystal With Anti-Reflective Coating
  • 7mm Crown
  • C3 Superluminova Hour Markers 
  • C3 Superluminova Hands
  • Swiss Ronda Quartz Movement
  • 10 ATM Water Resistance
  • 316L Stainless Steel Brushed Finish Case
  • Military Markings
  • 2 Year Limited Warranty

S&B Sp0ringfield

Full-Mag Fatigue Drill

I ran this drill 18 times today. “Fatigue drill” is right.

I’m setup here at 15 yards on a 12″ (not 10″) steel plate. The point is to run this drill several times in succession and maintain accuracy as you get more and more tired.

I started out with 1 miss on my first run, then had 2 per, then 3 per, and ended up with 4 misses on each of my last 4 runs. Fatigue is a thing. More training.

Near the end you can hear Gunny yelling at me about my misses. I can always count on Gunny to keep me humble, and every time I miss it seems he’s standing behind me. Usually with a comment at the ready. 🙂

Two Directions From Concealment

Here I’m just working on directional fundamentals here, ensuring that I’m turning from my hips and not my waist to engage targets spaced far apart in two directions.

Using my EDC pistol: Glock 19. I was pretty consistent today with good hits at 2:10 or so, but I was working on getting consistent hits under 2 seconds. It worked out.