HGR 079 - SSA Plan B Magazine Baseplate & Paul Carlson's SHOT Show 2015 Adventures

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This week, we speak with Paul Carlson of Safety Solutions Academy from the SHOT Show 2015 show floor to discuss his new Plan B Basepad/Magazine Extension for the S&W Shield and his SHOT Show adventures thus far!

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SSA Plan B Magazine Baseplate & Paul Carlson's SHOT Show 2015 Adventures

Plan B Basepad/Magazine Extension

Check out Richard Johnson's GHG Website for SHOT 2015 Coverage

Wrap-Up:

Until next week, have fun and SAFE SHOOTING!!!

HGR 068 - Mastering The Glock Trigger with Paul Carlson

HGR 068 - Mastering The Glock Trigger with Paul Carlson Hello and welcome to Handgun Radio! I’m your host Ryan Michad from the wilds of Central Maine, and this is your home for all the news, information and discussion in the handgunning world.

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This week, I’m joined by Paul Carlson of Safety Solutions Academy to discuss mastering the Glock trigger and the modifications that are made to Glock Triggers.

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Week in Review:

-Saw a really cool 3D printed gun in 10mm on the Firearm Blog. The gun is a highly stylized 1911 manufactured by Solid Concepts. It’s a pretty cool concept, but the 10mm has a history of battering 1911 frames, as evidenced by the early problems encountered with the Colt Delta Elite in 10mm. I would be interested in not only functional reliability but longevity as well.

-We will do the drawing for the Werkz Holster Giveaway at the end of the show!

Paul:

Main Topic: Mastering the Glock Trigger with Paul Carlson

The standard Glock trigger can be difficult for some people to get accustomed to. If you are a revolver shooter, you probably will have the smallest learning curve. People accustomed to the straight back sliding trigger type on a 1911 may experience the biggest learning curve. It is all about your technique and your previous experience with similar trigger systems that will most likely determine the ease with which you adjust to the platform.

Glock Trigger Types (Mods):

Stock Trigger:  Typically a 5.5 lb trigger pull weight.

NY-1 Trigger: Gives a firm resistance to the trigger finger from the very beginning of the pull and brings pull weight up to around 8 lbs.

NY-2 Trigger: Same as the NY-1 unit in resistance, but brings trigger pull weight up to 12 lbs.

Competition Trigger: Typically gives a trigger pull of between 3.5 and 4 lbs. NOT FOR DEFENSIVE USE! Glock specifically states this is not to be installed in a defensive gun, it is simply TOO LIGHT. Mas Ayoob notes in his book that some people combine the 3.5 lb trigger connector with the NY-1 trigger module, which gives a revolver like pull of around 5 lbs.

According to Massad Ayoob in his book Greatest Handguns of the World, the NY trigger units give you a crisper, cleaner break than does the factory unit. The NY trigger units are also quite a bit more durable. Thanks to Mas for the above descriptions of the trigger systems.

What characteristics of the Glock trigger make it easy or difficult to train shooters on

How can the instructor structure training around mastering the trigger of the Glock pistol?

Compared to other handgun trigger systems, how do you feel the Glock stacks up? (Compared to Sig P-series, Ruger P-Series, XD’s, etc.)

Obscure Gun of the Week:

Ryan: Recreation of the Remington R53 in .45 ACP

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Until Next Week, have fun and SAFE SHOOTING!!


HGR 055 -Defensive Handgun Training: Trainer & Trainee Perspectives with Grant Cunningham & Paul Carlson

Hello and welcome to Handgun Radio! I’m your host Ryan Michad from the wilds of Central Maine, and this is your home for all the news, information and discussion in the handgunning world. This week, I’m joined by Grant Cunningham, proprietor of the Personal Security Institute and Paul Carlson, proprietor of Safety Solutions Academy, to discuss a recent training class they held together, and to get the perspectives of the trainer and trainee when it comes to defensive handgun training!

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We are going to skip the Week in Review and head straight into the Main Topic

Defensive Handgun Training: Trainer & Trainee Perspectives with Grant Cunningham & Paul Carlson

Earlier this month, Grant held a Defensive Revolver Fundamentals training course with Paul Carlson at Safety Solutions Academy in Ohio. Paul hosted Grant, but also took part as a trainee in the course. We have both gentlemen here with us tonight to discuss the different perspectives and what they have learned that will help you get the most out of your defensive firearms training.

General Questions:

1.) What are some of the most common misconceptions people have when they first show up at a training course?

2.) How specifically do you structure your training time? Do you place more value/emphasis on “classroom” time as opposed to range time or do you prefer to have an equal amount of both?

3.) One thing I have heard over and over again from a lot of people is “I just don’t see the value in paying for training”. How do you overcome that sort of mindset as a trainer?

4.) Do a lot of the training techniques/methods cross-over to several different disciplines or do you have to tailor a lot of the training to the specific platform you’re instructing on? (i.e. revolvers, semi-autos, rifles, shotguns)

5.) How can an instructor maximize the value of the training, especially with the current up and down ammunition shortages we seem to be experiencing?

Trainee Perspective:

1.) Having an open mind as a trainee is definitely one of the most important things when attending a course. What other things are very important when attending a course as the trainee?

2.) What sorts of things should the trainee look for when choosing an instructor?

3.) Are there any types of training that people should avoid? (i.e. situations where the risks of the training outweigh any perceived benefits.)

4.) As the person spending the hard-earned money on training, what sorts of things would you like to see more of in the courses that are offered around the Country?

Obscure/Nonexistent Gun we want:

This is a new segment where we get to pick a gun that is obscure that we want simply because we want it, or a gun that isn’t made that we want to see made. Money is no object and this is purely a thought exercise so have fun with it!

Ryan: I still am waiting for Ruger to make me an LCP in .22 LR

Grant: Authentic Biathlon Rifle

Paul: Integrally Suppressed S&W M&P 15-22

Wrap-Up:

Until Next week, Have fun and SAFE SHOOTING!!!!


HGR 041 - Paul Carlson of Safety Solutions Academy & The Remington R-51

This week, myself and special guest Paul Carlson, the proprietor of the Safety Solutions Academy, discuss his work in the defensive training world as well as his experiences with the new-for-2014 Remington R-51.

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Week in Review:

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Ryan:

  • Getting stuff ready for next week’s test of the Glock 42 and the XDs 4.0! Hope to get some great footage of these handguns!
  • My dad found a bunch of old holsters from his early patrol days, as well as the original wooden target grips for the S&W Model 19. I can’t wait to get those on there and see how it looked in it’s original format!

Main Topic: Safety Solutions Academy with Paul Carlson & the Remington R-51 Saga

Safety Solutions Academy:

  • What prompted you to start Safety Solutions Academy?
  • I notice you train people in many different disciplines, such as Unarmed Defensive Training, Long Guns, and have done trainings such as Mas Ayoob’s MAG-20/40 training. Do you have a particular formula that leads you to offer a wide variety such as this? Some way that you balance “knowledge” education with practical education i.e. range time?
  • In your experience, what are some of the more common training “mistakes” made by people who may be new to the training world?
  • With the great increase in firearms sales over the past several years, we have seen a corresponding increase in people offering training services. Many of these people are reputable, knowledgeable individuals such as you & your business, but many are not. For those people that are looking to spend some money and get some training, what are some things to note when looking for a good instructor/training company?
  • What do you have planned in the future for SSA?
  • What are some firearms you are really excited about for 2014?

The Remington R-51 Saga:

As many listeners know, I was extremely excited about the R51, because I am a huge fan of the Colt 1903 and it was nice to see a design from the period being brought back to life. Unfortunately, the R-51 seems to be experiencing quite a few problems. Paul has some videos over at the SSA YouTube page that you can check out!

  • First off, with a hands-on view of the gun like you have (I have not handled one yet) is it living up to much of the hype regarding its controllability and other “advantages”?
  • What are some of the issues that MOST concern you about the pistol? (Maybe from most concerning to least concerning?)
  • Do you have any thoughts as to what might be causing some of the issues you’ve experienced?
  • I really want this gun to work. It is really awesome when a company chooses to resurrect a classic design and they get it right. This is not the case with the R51 it seems. Do you have any thoughts on changes they could make to increase functionality?
  • If you could have the ultimate single-stack 9mm, what would your specifications be for the Paul Carlson 9mm?
  • What classic design would you like to see a modern company reintroduce? (my vote is the Colt 1903.)

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