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Glock Rear Sight Adjustment Hack

Morgan,

Hi,  My Glock fell on a tile floor and the rear site was knocked to the right about 1/8 inch. I need to get it back. Will this book help me do that?

Chris 

Chris,
 
In a word, yes, my book will tell you how to readjust your rear sight.  I’ll tell you up front here though that to do it right you’ll have to buy a sight pusher.  Like this:  http://www.gunracing.com/Qstore/Qstore.cgi?CMD=011&PROD=1115081417
 
I admit it is difficult to convince yourself to buy a $90.00 tool to move your sight a millimeter.  Although I do not recommend it, there is a hack that the book does not cover.  Others have successfully used this workaround.  I have not tried it.  The way I look at it, Glocks are precision instruments, they deserve to be treated as such.  That is one reason I wrote the book.  I wanted people to know how to treat their weapons with respect.  We demand a lot from them, the least we can do is maintain them like the life-saving machines they are.
 
However, if you need to slide your sight on the cheap, you can do so with a wooden dowel and a hammer.  For two reasons, I do not recommend this.  One, the sight is not designed to tolerate multiple strikes.  Two, it is not designed to tolerate multiple slidings.  The rear sight in the Glock is a friction fit.  The more you mess with it, the looser it will get and the more likely it is that you will break it.  But just to get it back in place, a few light taps should be OK. 
 
The basic procedure is to take the slide off, secure it, set the dowel on the sight and tap the dowel with a hammer until the sight is in place.  You may want to do this at the range so you can confirm correct alignment.
 
The book will tell you a lot more that you should know about your Glock. 
 
Keep on Glockin’
Morgan
 
PS  I love the 26.  It was one of my first Glocks and I still shoot it about the best.

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Great Glock Watermelon Shoot

Morgan,
My son and I watched the “Great Glock Watermelon Shoot” DVD Sunday afternoon.  What a hoot! 
 
He and I went out last month with watermelons and cantaloupes.  My first shot was at a watermelon from about 10 feet with my Glock 29 loaded up with Double Tap hollow points.  Definitely a 3-star result!  Surprisingly, my Ruger Mini-14 in 6.8mm SPC got the same results at 100 yards, but I can’t carry that thing around on my hip.
 
Have a great day!
Rob

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I bet she wishes she had a Glock

Rapist With Bitten Off Tongue Tip To Face Charges

MURRIETA, Calif. (CBS) ?

 
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A woman bit off the tongue of Ronald McGowan as he allegedly tried to rape her.

Ronald Douglas McGowan of West Covina is scheduled for arraignment Tuesday for allegedly raping a Murrieta woman Friday who, in turn, reportedly bit off part of his tongue during the alleged attack.

Officials say the alleged victim bit off part of McGowan’s tongue. He was arrested after walking into the Rancho Springs hospital — across the street from the crime scene — seeking treatment, according to Sgt. Tony Conrad.

McGowan Jr., 32, is a convicted rapist.

Police were sent to an apartment complex across the street from the hospital about 10:20 a.m. Friday to investigate a report of a rape-in-progress, said Conrad.

The woman, who reportedly had broken bones in her cheek and eye socket, told officers she bit off part of her attacker’s tongue, which was found in the home, Conrad said.

The piece she bit off and spat out was about the size of a “50-cent piece” Murrieta police Sgt. Jim Ganley said.

Doctors were not able to re-attach the tongue, the sergeant said.

Investigators say the alleged victim had been targeted by the suspect but the extent of how he knew her “is what we are still investigating,” said Ganley.

McGowan was booked into the Southwest Detention Center on suspicion of
robbery, rape by force or fear, kidnap to commit robbery and committing a
felony with great bodily injury and more than three prior convictions.

The arraignment will be at the Southwest Justice Center.

(© 2008 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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“He’s a Legend”

Earlier this month, every member of the US Concealed Carry Association got the following email.  I want to thank Tim for his kind words about my father.  Tim and I met many years ago at a SHOT Show where he interviewed my dad.  He’s a great guy with a passion for his important enterprise. 

Join the USCCA and get a subscription to a great magazine.

Here’s Tim’s email:

 “There wouldn’t BE any USCCA members without this guy…”

August 20th, 2009

Dear USCCA Member,

I came across an interesting resource this week that I think you should know about.

It’s a set of articles written by someone, without whom, there probably wouldn’t BE a USCCA.

His name is Robert Boatman. He’s a legend. And he was a great contributor to Concealed Carry Magazine and the USCCA.

Boatman passed away this year… on April 21.

In some ways, he’s actually responsible for the creation of the USCCA. Without his article, The Constitutional Right and Social Obligation to Carry a Gun, you wouldn’t be reading this email.

Because that’s the article that knocked some sense into me about my obligation to carry a gun- both for personal protection, and for all the other reasons you and I hold dear.

The resource I want to tell you about is Boatman’s blog, which is still up and full of great articles.

Here’s the link:

http://boatmansminibloglibrary.blogspot.com/

Stay safe,


Tim Schmidt
USCCA Founder

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The Price of Freedom

Morgan

I just completed the Gunsite 250 pistol class.  Learned a lot but it
is just the beginning.  While there, I purchased and have now read
“Living With Glocks”.  (I shoot a G22)  I was impressed with the
strong and direct writing.  There can be no doubt where Robert stands
and what he thinks of Clinton.  We share those opinions.  Now it seems
things are even worse.  How close are we to a scenario like the one
described in “Unintended Consequences”?  As an older guy (67) just
starting to gain proficiency (something I should have done long ago) I
am probably not much use when the time comes to water the tree of
liberty.  But I hope to at least get good enough to protect my wife
and myself and my neighbors — most of whom hold political positions
much like my own.
Anthony

Anthony,

I’m sure you can imagine that I get a lot of mail.  I try to answer it all.  So without further delay…

 
Thank you for your note about my father.  He will always be deeply missed in this household as a great friend, father, grandfather and warrior.  Thank you.
 
Where do we stand?  Those who would fight for freedom always stand alone.  Those who would trust his fellow man with education, wealth and a gun will always stand alone.  Those willing to inconvenience themselves to learn the skills it takes to survive outside of the fantasy that government, the media and those in power would paint for us always stand alone.  Those who question where societies invariable end up will always stand alone. 
 
Alone, but together.
 
Together with the spirit of the Founding Fathers.  Together with parents who teach their children to think for themselves.  Together with those willing and able to defend themselves and their loved ones from attack on any and all fronts.  Together with those who have refused to think what a doomed society would demand you to think.
 
There is no question that the current administration will turn against citizen ownership of firearms when they feel the time is ripe.  But don’t kid yourself.  Any and all administrations have done it too.  It’s not just the democrats we must keep an eye on, it is all government, at all levels.  No one in power wants the citizens to have power.  Simple as that.
 
Where do we stand?  We stand right here.  Ready.  Always vigilant.
 
Keep in touch,
Morgan
 

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Tritium is not Magic, It’s Poison!

Morgan,
I hope you are doing well. My used Glock came with Glock night sights. Well one night I took my gun out and tried to sight in a tree and I couldent see my sights at all!! So I’ve been looking around at sights but I’m not really sure what I want besides a set of real night sight that actually work! What works best I have a budget of $100 maximum.

Thanks!

Rob

Rob,
I’m afraid you are going to be disappointed with my response.  Tritium night sights are useless Glock Bling just like lasers. 
At Gunsite, we train at night.  Almost every one has night sights.  Let me tell you something first.  I’ve had my 23 for a very long time.  I’ve never bought a Glock brand new, and I didn’t buy this one brand new.  I train extensively with my 23.  It had Trijicon night sights on it when I bought it.  Over the years they have slowly faded (as all tritium sights do.  They only last for about eight years, max.)  Mine are now long since darkened.  So, the good thing is that I’ve trained with glowing sights at night and non-glowing sights at night.  And here is what I’ve learned.  Simply put: 

 
IF IT’S TOO DARK TO SEE YOUR FRICKIN’ SIGHTS, IT’S TOO DARK TO SHOOT AT PEOPLE.
 
Remember, a gun is a tool of death.  This is not a game of touch football.  When you pull that trigger, you are going to kill whatever you hit.  Can you comprehend the word kill?  Would you walk into a dark room in your house full of people and start poking them with a sharpened pencil?  No?  Then why would you do the same with a gun?
 
Most people’s houses have more than one person in them.  Do you know where every member of your family is at all times?  How about right now?  Could a member of your family suddenly walk in on you while you’re sitting here at the computer?  My point is that in any house, there is a vastly higher probability of someone you know lurking in the shadows than Charley the Serial Killer.  If Charley does show up, you want to clearly and definatly identify him and then shoot him using regular plain old iron sights.  You do not want to be the father who shot his own little girl in her own closet while playing hide-and-seek.  (True story)
 
What is one of the four rules that every responsible person with a gun knows by heart:  Be certain of your target and what’s around it and behind it.
 
Can you obey this rule when you can’t even see your sights?  What the hell are you point that death-machine at?  What’s behind your target?  What’s beside it?  This is no joke.  Glowing night sights are not only useless, they are dangerous.  They encourage people to shoot unidentified targets.
 
Glowing night sights are bitchin’, no doubt.  The whole idea of something that glows without batteries or exposing it to light is just what every kid wants.  Hell, I had my share of glow-in-the-dark monster models when I was a kid.  The Mummy was one of my favorites.  But you know what?  Glow-in-the-dark gun sights are just as ridiculous. 
 
Do yourself and your loved-ones a favor and paint-out your tritium sights with white enamel and use that 100 bucks on ammo and training.  As a corollary to the old saying: “Beware the man who only has one gun (he probably knows how to use it).”  I’d add:  “Beware the man who does not rely on batteries, tritium, expensive gunsmithing or high-tech solutions to problems that don’t exist (he is probably well-trained and willing to use his gun when he needs to.)
 
So, what’s the solution?  Learn to use a flashlight.  “Darn, that’s not as cool as radio-active sights, though, Morgan.”  Yep.  And they do take batteries, unfortunately.  I carry a flashlight wherever I go.  Think about it.  If information is the most important component to strategy, a flashlight can be more important than your gun.
 
Keep on Glockin’
Morgan

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My Glock has no Safety!

Morgan,

Thank you for the prompt reply. 

 I received a Glock 29 from my son for Christmas last year and have enjoyed shooting it quite a bit, although the 10mm round in such a small-framed pistol certainly gets your attention.  I ordered the book because I have been very uncomfortable carrying a loaded firearm that does not have a mechanical safety lever.  I understand how the Glock system works, and have every confidence that the pistol will never accidently discharge, but it seems to go against the grain of everything I ever learned about firearm safety.  I hope reading your late father’s book will enlighten me.
 
I am sorry to hear of your father’s passing.  I can empathize with you, having lost my mother on December 27, one day before her 86th birthday.  Needless to say, despite receiving my Glock, Christmas 2008 will always have some sad memories.
 
There’s no need to add a note to the book, but my friends call me Jon, and your kind reply has already put you in that category.
 
I look forward to the book.
Jon,
 
“Certainly gets your attention,” I love that!  Yes, the 29 was my dad’s favorite Glock.  He carried the 36, but he loved his custom 29. 
 
Dad was a hardliner on carrying with ‘one in the pipe.’  His argument was for training, a good holster and the basic fact that a loaded Glock is just as safe as a loaded revolver.  He – and I agree – that it is mutilation to install a third-party manual safely on a Glock, but I know those who have done it and are happy with that solution.  What others have done is put a heavier trigger in their carry gun.  If you’re going to change the pull on your carry gun, I’d recommend to go heavier, not lighter anyway.  For several reasons.
 
Thanks for the note and keep in touch.
 
Morgan

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Glock Battle Scars

Hi Morgan hope your summer is going well! i was wondering how much it would cost for Robar to do a slide colouring like your dads G29 but withougt the cerations because every time I look at the right hand side of my Glock there are quit a few wear spots and they are litarly spots!! Plus a two tone Glock would look cool. Thanks!!

Sid

Sid,

The coloring on the 29 is beautiful, but it is not simply a paint job. Robar uses a special and complecated process to coat the slide with what they call NP3, a tough alloy that protects the metal under it. I don’t know the prices. Robar would be very happy to help you with that.

Almost everyone goes through a phase of gun-ownership when they want all their guns to be perfect in every way. They want all the wood unscratched, they want all the metal sparkling, they want all the polymer pristine. In Martial Arts training I’ve seen this too. This is the phase of wanting to look like Bruce Lee or Steven Segal before a fight.

The next phase is training. Real hard training. In martial training, you get hurt. You get tired. Instead of having long lovely hair, you shave your head. Instead of a clean white shirt, you have blood stains on it. It’s the same with your guns. There is now holster wear on the slide, the wood is knicked from dropping it on the gravel. The polymer is scuffed from the cinder block walls of the kill house. Inside there is some carbonization you just can not get off. You’ve shot it that much.

Once you’ve fought, you don’t care so much about the scratches on your slide. In fact, you learn to love them. Like that bony lump on your rib cage where that punch broke your rib. Like that scar under your eye. Like your unfashionably short hair. You know why they are there.

So, yeah, gun bling is awesome. But save the money you would have spent on that and get some training and buy ammo. Shiny guns don’t shoot better. Clean guns do. It reminds me of an old saying that a good paint job makes a car go faster. A well-cared-for car operates better, and a nice paint job may be an indicator of a conscientious owner, but not always. Sometimes it’s just a nice paint job.

Your Glock’s finish my wear, but the metal itself is treated by a process that makes the surface virtually impenetrable to rust. Don’t worry about your gun. Use it.

Hope this helps,
Morgan

Even a rubber training knife can add character!

Even a rubber training knife can add character!

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Living with Glocks Lives On

Morgan,
Please accept my condolences on your father’s passing. I only learned of this today from your website. He has been on my mind of late as I began to re-read Living With Glocks for the nth time. You both have affected profoundly my new awareness of the politics of 2nd Ammendment freedom.
Sincerely,
Larry

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Living with the 1911

Dear Morgan,

I received the books yesterday.  I immediately read 42 pages and am extremely pleased with my purchase.  The book is the most definitive treatise on a most spectacular firearm which is indeed superior in the mind of most. 

What I found even more noteworthy were the readiness and mental preparation sections that myself, a weekend plinker never really considered.

I shall recommend the book to all fans of the 1911 I know.

Regards,

Chad

PS.
I’m from the Philippines, the savage strife in our south that gave birth to the 1911 still continues to this day.  And to this day many of our armed forces carry the 1911.

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