There has been a lot of buzz on the internet lately about the reliability of a 1911 platform as a self defense pistol.
For a quick torture test DRF (DownRange Firearms) Training took a Sig Sauer 1911 and my personal Glock 19, buried them in the dirt, actions open, cleared the dirt and debris from the guns and proceeded to fire the guns testing their reliability.
The Glock performed flawlessly, the 1911, as expected, failed miserably. Glocks shot off all 15 rounds where the Sig only came up with 2 shots fired. We had fun with this one and hope you guys enjoy it!
DRFTraining used factory fresh Remington UMC 230gr .45 and Federal 115gr 9mm, no hand loads.
For anyone who wants to know EXACTLY what happened to the 1911…To clean it we had to strip it down to the empty frame.
Dirt was located in the sear,trigger, grip safety, mag release, hammer and there was a pebble jammed under the leaf spring.
Matt: What’s up guys, it’s Matt with Downrange Firearms Training, we’ve got my friend Nick today. Nick was kind enough to let us borrow his Sig 1911, I wanted to run a torture test real quick on the 1911 platform Vs the Glock platform. There’s a lot of buzz on the Internet, especially after James Yeager’s videos from Tactical Response, basically saying that the Glock pistol is the only pistol you should own. I totally agree with James, I love the philosophy on the video, and essentially if anybody knows me, they know the fact that I slam the 1911 all the time because it’s actually– while it is a great shooting target-pistol, that’s its limitations, the fact that it is a target pistol and should not be used as a defensive carry pistol, because of the fact that the gun, essentially, is built to such tight tolerances that it can’t stand up to the abuse that something like a Glock or a Smith and Wesson M&P or a Springfield XD would.
So I want to do a real quick torture test, show you guys– I’ve got my fourth-generation glock19, the gun that I carry all the time, and Nick was nice enough to volunteer his Sig Target 1911. We do have factory-fresh ammunition, just so you guys know, we’re not using reloads or anything like that. What we’re gonna do, we’re gonna load up the rounds , load up the guns to the capacity that they have; the 1911 is limited obviously to eight rounds, then we’re gonna toss ’em in the dirt, get ’em pretty dirty, and then just see how they run from there. So Nick, if you don’t mind loading up the 1911 there, buddy, I’m gonna load up the Glock.
We’ve got a nice warm day here in massachusets, we’ve got some dried-up mud that we’re gonna toss the guns in, it’s kind of a silt-y material right now because it’s been raining the past couple days, but the sun’s out today, dried everything up. Toss ’em in the dirt, cover ’em up, take ’em out, bang ’em off, and see how they work, and we’re gonna do it with the actions open.
So here’s my gun, fifteen rounds, pop that in there so you guys can see. You all set with that one?
Matt: Alright. Just gonna take ’em, toss ’em in the dirt, both of ’em. You wanna do the honors since it’s your gun? Get the glock covered good, so nobody can say that we gamed it. Alright. Pretty dirty, not something a lot of people would do to their guns, but for the sake of the argument today, we’re gonna do it. Wanna zoom in real quick and get inside ‘n see? There’s a ton of dirt and everything in there, so we are gonna clear that out first, make sure that there’s no obstructions in the barrel. How’s that one lookin’?
Nick: Pretty fuckin’ dirty.
Matt: Nice work. Good? Alright. I’ll put my ear protection on real quick.[Gunshots]
Alright, let’s stop it right there real quick. Now as you guys can see– did you even get a round off?
Matt: Nick got two rounds off, to my fifteen. Again, we didn’t game it, anything like that. We took the gun, fresh from the way we carry ’em, toss ’em in the dirt, load ’em up. The hammer wouldn’t even go back on his, another reason why you shouldn’t use firearms with safeties and with hammers on ’em. A double-acton striker-fired pistol, this one looks a lot dirtier right now than the 1911 even does, and performed flawlessly. That right there, again, is why I relate back to James Yeagar’s video, he essentially said that all guns should be Glocks, all Glocks should be 9mm, and all 9mm glocks should be 19s. Big enough to shoot with, small enough to fight with, and in my opinion it’s one of the best platforms out there, and that right there just proves the reliability of the gun.
Hey guys, thanks for checking out the video, hope you enjoyed it, we had fun makin’ it, for more informative videos, check us out on the web www.DRFtraining.com, visit us on the facebook page, subscribe to the youtube page, and go over and check out James Yeager’s video on the Glock19, it’s pretty good, I think you guys would enjoy that one as well.
Nick: Remember guys, only hits count. Unless you’re carrying a 1911. Alright Matt, go clean my gun.
Matt: Thanks bud.
Sources: DRFT Training Youtube, Sig Sauer, Glocks
Having a laser and flashlight on your pistol may be the thing to have and it does look highly cool.
Black Scout Survival is a collaboration of all things tactical and survival, goes over the practicality of mounting a laser or combined laser-flashlight on your pistol for home defense.
So basically what it comes down to is for EDC (Every Day Carry) is not a practical thing, for a home defense it may be an invaluable tool to have.
Before spending time getting a laser, be sure to work on your basic marksman shooting with iron sights. Slapping a laser on it, looks nice but will not make you a better shooter. The advantage with a laser is that it can get you on target quickly.
Watch the video to find out if it’s the right decision for you.
Having a tactical flashlight is an added convenience so you don’t have to use the “Chapman” method. Placing your finger on the mechanism is all it takes while holding your pistol on target. Lasers has a huge advantage of acquiring targets quickly. Flashlight can help you identify who is in front of you and prevent tragedies before making that choice to use deadly force.
If you keep a pistol handy in your home for emergency situations, consider mounting a tactical flashlight or laser combo.
What’s up guys? This is BlackScoutSurvival and today we’re gonna talk about home defense lasers, and lasers on pistols for home defense. There’s a couple schools of thought on lasers. People say ‘learn how to shoot, learn how to use your iron sights’, I agree with that, you need to know how to use basic marksmanship if you have any type of firearm anyway. two, they’ll say if the badguy can see you, the guy breaking into your house can see you, You’re right, but you’re already in a firefight by this point in time, and there’s ways to employ this laser, and ways that you shouldn’t employ the laser.
So if you’re already in a firefight, you’re already in a combative situation, they already know where you are, you know. So you’re already emptying your magazine into ’em. But you know, in the military, guys used those with night vision, you know, the different pec models, you know, it just gives you quick point and shoot-type capabilities. I think in the middle of the night you’re groggy, you just wake up, your dog wakes you up, alarm goes off, your adrenaline spikes, you know someone’s in the house, and you put those well-placed shots coming from a deep REM sleep, you know, it could be problematic. So you’re gonna wanna have every kind of advantage you want.
Alright, we’ll talk about flashlight use and that type of stuff later on, today we’re just going to talk about lasers, and we’ll talk a little bit about flashlights. Here we’ve got Glock 19, this is my favorite one, TLR-1, and it just has a light on it, it has on, and then momentary, and then a strobe. Now this is the TLR-4, Which is a– Jay, the man behind the camera, he wanted to get one for his wife, for home defense, and that’s why we went with this TLR-4 here.
So the deal with this one is, this has the light, so you have the light, you have momentary on, and constant on, you can go straight-laser, only laser, momentary on or constant on, or you can switch to those modes you can go constant on with a light and laser, and you can also do that momentary as well. So you’ve got a switch for all those modes, which is pretty cool. So you can employ whichever ones you want.
Low-light conditions, you may want to use the light and stuff like that, momentary on, quick, constant on, whatever. But, pretty cool. Hundred and twenty-five Lumens, which is pretty stout. Takes one CR23 batteries, and I like the capability of being able to switch through the different modes. So anyhow, me and Jay are about to go down to the range, we’re gonna shoot that, and then we’re gonna go down to the clubhouse.
Alright guys, we’re down here at the range, and we’re gonna show how bad this thing shoots. It’s pretty cool, it has constant on, momentary on, it has the red laser and the light, I think it’s gonna be a good option for you guys for home defense type stuff, so let’s go ahead and pop a few rounds off.[Shooting montage]
So we’re back at the clubhouse, and we just went to the range and, I like it. Bottom line up front. A few things, this TLR-4 will fit subcompact models as well as full-sized, it has an adjustable key-thing here, you can change those out, and I’ve changed that out for this glock 19, and you can see the size of it’s a little bit smaller than the TLR-1, it doesn’t stick out as far. But anyhow, it’s polymer verses the TLR-1, this goes for about $125 bucks, really you can’t beat that for having a laser and light combo. Aiming, sighting in, I pretty much ballparked it, I kinda dialed it in just using the iron sights and moving and adjusting it from there.
Now you’ve gotta be very light on the adjustments, because it will go all over the place, so go very light when you’re adjusting it. Eyeball it to a pretty good sight with your iron sights and pop a few rounds, then get it dialed in from there. So anyhow, it screws on, it screws off easy, you just press in that screw and it pops off, and you pop it back on and just screw it back on. So, easy on and off, no special tools required, and I dig it. Hundred twenty-five bucks, I say you’d be hard-pressed to beat that. Use your finger there, constant on it. Anyhow guys, check us out at the link below, you can find this at Optics Planet, the TLR-1, I’ll put links to both of those in the links below, if you like that FDE color, this one will have a laser option, but I like that FDE color, so. I’ll put links in the description for both of those, use BlackScout5 for 5% off your OpticsPlanet discount. Anyhow guys, thanks for watching BlackScout Survival.
Sources: Andy Van Loan, Black Scout Survival Youtube