Glock 40: First Look at a G40 10mm Long Slide

To the annoyance of every gun counter guy between Northern Ohio and Southern Florida I’ve asked “do you have that new 10mm long slide” at every gun shop I’ve stopped in since the G40 was announced.

Well, I finally found one at a nice little shop in coastal North Carolina,the Gun Shack OBX  In a few days I’ll take her to the range for a full report. In the meantime, here are some pictures I grabbed before it was packed up and shipped to my FFL.

It’s a little larger than I had anticipated (that’s what she said) I was expecting something closer to a G34. I have a surefire X300 ultra waiting for a host gun this one should do just fine. I’ve ordered a Cuda from Simply Rugged, I have one of their holsters for my S&W 29 which I like very much. I’m hoping Raven concealment will make a light compatible holster for the G40 in the not too distant future.

Some gun shop pictures before it was shipped off:


Will this take the place of my 4″ S&W 29 as my favorite “woods gun?” I suppose time will tell how lucky I feel.

Glock 19 or Glock 26

Many folks thinking about buying a glock ask, should I get a Glock 19 or Glock 26?

I have both and they each have advantages.

The Glock 26 is more concealable and gives you more carry options, i.e. pocket carry. I also find the 26 prints noticeably less in the same holster when compared to the 19. The glock 26 will take the Glock 17,19, and 26s magazines.

The Glock 19 has higher capacity and can be a little more comfortable to shoot because of the longer grip.

The 26 gets a lot of criticism for its short grip. Yes your pinky will “hang” but with a little practice you’ll be able to shoot the 26 as well or better than the 19.

I’m not a big fan of using pinky extension magazines in the 26. The biggest advantage the 26 has going for it is it’s concealability an extension defeats the purpose. If you practice with the extension because it is easier you will likely carry with the standard magazine and your training may not translate.

My official recommendation: get both, they compliment each other nicely.

Pictures to compare the two



Glock 26 using Glock 19 magazine


Glock 19 and 26 sharing the same crossbreed supertuck made for a glock 19



Printing of the Glock 26 in crossbreed supertuck


Printing of the Glock 19 in the same crossbreed supertuck


Have Gun Will Travel: Flying With a Handgun

I fly fairly frequently for work, but I’ve never had guts to check a handgun. My wife and I went to the Florida Keys for our 5th anniversary and much to her dismay I decided its time to make this happen. Turns out it’s pretty easy to do. I bought an orange pelican 1200 with pick and pluck ,and a set of matching master locks just big enough to fit through the lock points. Pick and pluck certainly does not look nice but it gets the job done.


Review your airlines policy, but for US air the firearm needs to be unloaded in a locked hard side case. Do NOT use a “TSA approved” lock, the firearm should only be accessible to you. Keep the key with you and place a spare in your carry on. This case can be put in your larger soft sided checked bag. I take the extra step of using a bike cable lock to lock the hard case to the soft luggage. While it wouldn’t take more than a few minutes  and basic tools to get the cable  off the bag, I would hope it would slow down a rogue airport employee looking to quickly make off with my Glock.


Ammo can be in the larger soft luggage bag, but must be in a manufactures case or similar. I carry buffalo bore their package is nice for reuse. Some airlines allow you to keep your ammo In the locked hard case others allow you to store ammo in a loaded magazine.  I find it easier to keep it separate, as I generally fly US Airways. 20121217-125636.jpg When you get to the airport go to the counter and tell them you would like to declare a firearm. If its busy you may want to ask where to go at the start of the line. At PHL I needed to go to the “special assistance line” at MIA I just went to the regular line. At the counter you will sign a little orange form declaring it is unloaded and unlock the case placing the tag inside. At PHL I was walked down to the end where my bag was handed off to TSA at MIA the X-ray is on a different level so I was told I’d be paged at the gate if there was a problem (there were no problems).


At your final destination you’ll claim your bag as normal from the belt so don’t stop for 6 beers after your flight lest your Glock becomes property of one of the homeless that roam PHL. Make sure you check the state laws of your destination before you fly with a gun and avoid NJ and NY, It is also a good practice to review the airline polices. I have flown, US air, United, and Delta in this manner.


Going to Camp Perry? Planning to Concealed Carry in OH? Not with an AZ Non-Resident permit

First off, just to be clear: You can not concealed carry at Camp Perry or the CMP store.

The folks at have recently uncovered that as the reciprocity agreement is written OH does not recognize AZ non-resident permits, even if that was the intention.

I was in the process of getting an AZ concealed carry permit so my Glock 19 could come with my to Ohio. It turns out that I will need to apply for a different permit or hope they work of their differences soon.

As you can see the agreement states “residents of the state.” Read the whole document here.

Hopefully this is cleared up soon. You can check this document for updates on Ohio’s reciprocity.

Here is a random picture of my constant companions… My Gen 3 Glock 19 riding in a crossbreed supertuck, and my Tactical Bernese Mountain Dog

He’s not coming to Camp Perry either