Glock G19X

The Glock G19X was submitted for the Army’s Modular Handgun System competition. Although it didn’t come out victorious, it’s Jan. 22 availability is a victory for U.S. consumers. Glock G19X, Fear and Loading, Guy J. Sagi

The Firearm Blog is reporting it’s the first factory-colored-slide to be offered by the company, and it comes in the first-ever colored case from the firm. The GEN5 version uses a G19 frame and G17 slide. No finger grooves, by the way.

“The G19X was developed for the military and is a practical everyday pistol that will do what you need it to do, when you need it to; every time, in every condition,” said Glock Vice President Josh Dorsey. “Using Glock’s combat-proven experience with consideration to efficiency, dependability and durability, and through rigorous testing, the G19X stands out above the competition and has the ability to function in harsh climates and all conditions with increased accuracy and ultimate reliability.”

The Glock 19X has a reversible safety, ambidextrous slide stop, loop for a lanyard and its, “…improved nPVD slide coating prevents corrosion, resists chemicals, and stands up against the elements,” according to the company. Three magazines come with the handgun, a pair of 17+2 version and a more-traditional 17 rounder.

“Our coal was to meet the demanding needs of the military while maintaining our standard of perfection,” Dorsey said. “With proven testing results and fewer parts than our competitors’ pistols, the G19X has maximum efficiency, reliability and is easy to maintain.”

The Glock G19X comes from the factory the company’s marksman barrel installed. Improved polygonal rifling and muzzle crown are designed to maximize accuracy.

What the Glock G19X Signals?

The company is touting this handgun as a “perfect crossover to confidence.” Combining the capacity of a full-sized frame with a compact slide/barrel isn’t exactly a new concept, although it’s certainly different for Glock.

However you look at it, though, the Army’s loss is a real win for Glock fans. I’ll leave you with more photos, all courtesy of Glock. No doubt you’ll notice that the Glock G19X doesn’t appear to come with a threaded barrel.


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Bump Fire Stocks Could be Listed as an NFA Item

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives posted an “Advance notice of proposed rulemaking: request for comments” on Dec. 26 that, “…would interpret the statutory definition of ‘machinegun’ in the National Firearms Act of 1934 and Gun Control Act of 1968 to clarify whether certain devices, commonly known as ‘bump fire’ stocks, fall within that definition. Before doing so, the Department and ATF need to gather information and comments from the public and industry regarding the nature and scope of the market for these devices.” It’s important opinions are voiced before the deadline, because otherwise bump fire stocks could be listed as an NFA item. The notice and instructions for making comments are posted on the Federal Register and for consideration they must be electronically transmitted or postmarked on or before Jan. 25, 2018.

Consumers are being encouraged to provide information on price, point of purchase and intended use of the stocks. Retailers and manufacturers are posed the majority of the questions, with the latter asked, “If ATF classified ‘bump stock’ devices as machineguns under the Gun Control Act of 1968, as amended, and the National Firearms Act of 1934, as amended, what would you expect to be the impact on your gross receipts for calendar year 2018?”

BATFE isn’t alone in the bump-fire stock efforts. Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) have also introduced measures in the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate that would create an outright ban. “The actual language of this legislation, however, reaches considerably beyond bump stocks and threatens almost any part or accessory that would allow a semi-automatic firearm to shoot more quickly,” warned NRA-ILA Executive Direct Chris Cox. “Neither proposed ban has a grandfather provision, meaning they could turn Americans who obtained their parts or accessories years earlier (when they were still lawful) into federal felons. In this regard, the bills are even more extreme than the confiscatory gun bans of Australia—so admired by gun control advocates—which at least allowed current owners to surrender their property for compensation.”  

Late last month a Denver city councilman introduced a measure that would make it, “…unlawful to sell, carry, store or possess a bump stock device within Denver City limits.”

More Aguila Minishells Coming

I posted a modest YouTube video on my Fear and Loading channel two years ago providing all the details on Aguila Minishells, then followed it up with testing. The response has been a resounding, “Where can I buy it?” Thankfully, I received a note from the company public relations manager today that should stop the flood of e-mails and comments…..I hope.

“Minishell production did ramp up and we’ll also begin producing Minishell here in our Texas facility in a few months,” I was told. “The Minishell sells out as soon as we get it in our warehouse. All of our distributors have been receiving shipments, but they’re not always telling is where the Minishell is going. I do believe Sportsman’s Warehouse has it. We’re also hoping that Academy, Brownells, etc. will have it soon as well. A good place to always check is I believe they currently have Minishell available.”

Advantage in Aguila Minishells

The videos detail the smaller size and precise load (including powder charge), but the Reader’s Digest version of the story is the load is shorter in size (advertised at 1 3/4 inches), which means higher magazine capacity in self-defense shotguns with tubular magazines. The Remington 870 and Mossberg 500 are examples. The buckshot version is the one I was sent for testing and it’s loaded with 5/8 ounce of two different sizes of buckshot.

The lighter load and moderate powder charge mean less recoil, getting you back on target faster. The shorter stature, however, means it doesn’t function flawlessly in all firearms, however I’ve yet to hear that from 870 owners. The testing video details that situation in the gun we were using, although there are many aftermarket solutions now available to improve carrier handling.

Aguila Minishells could be an ideal solution for recoil-sensitive shooters who use a shotgun for home defense, assuming they feed in the gun 100 percent of the time. Reduce the thumping and the odds are they’ll practice more, too. It’s important to note, as well, that the pattern in our gun didn’t widen significantly from a traditional load despite the added distance before the buckshot enters the forcing cone. So at home-invasion distances, the shotgun still needs to be aimed to effectively neutralize the threat.








Holiday Grinches

Porch pirates are preying on America’s online-shopping shipping lanes, and a man in Tacoma, WA, has figured out a way to repel the boarders. His solution grew out of frustration after dozens of packages disappeared from his porch and no arrests were made—despite security video that clearly showed multiple perpetrators. After channeling his inner Wile E. Coyote, TheBlankBox was born and now being deployed on decks across the nation for the holidays.

Unfortunately, the shotshell-based solution is apparently illegal, although no citations have been issued, and will undoubtedly earn a dubious place of distinction in the gun-safety hall of fame. Well, maybe not. I’ll let you decide while reading the article and watching the rather entertaining videos of criminals running away with roadrunner haste.

Holiday Grinches Approach Not Condoned

Early reports the product is endorsed by Chris Kringle and his staff were erroneous, according to North Pole CFO Donner. He explains in the company’s latest quarterly report, “Hazing criminals from package staging points would violate our contract with Elves Local 13, which states we cannot engage in any proactive measure to prevent theft of toys, gifts or miraculous sports victories. Our hands are legally tied. The agreement ensures those greedy little labor organizers can continue to collect their salaries—and commensurate overtime—if we were forced to churn out replacements for good little boys and girls. Fortunately, NORAD continues to ride shotgun, pun intended, when Santa and his reindeer launch every Christmas Eve and we’ve yet to suffer a single hijacking. As a result, our bottom line remains strong, and we expect dividends to increase next fiscal year due to an unexpected expansion of New Jersey’s naughty list.”

The incident cited took place in Hoboken, during the annual SantaCon pub crawl. No citations were issued for impersonating Saint Nicholas, although 55 people went to an emergency room, 17 arrests were made and another 51 people received at least one non-criminal summons—disorderly conduct, drinking on the street, impersonation of a dog near a fire hydrant, etc. North Pole Public Relations Manager Blixen stated, “All of their names have been added to the naughty list. And, for the record, that’s not how Santa gets his red nose.” Officials did not disclose the number of warnings issued for soliciting when the wannabees were caught on street corners calling a hearty, “Ho, Ho, Ho.”


Shriners Tribute Rifle

Bad news drives traffic to websites, sells papers and spreads across our social media feeds faster than a tropical plague. It’s a shame, too, because it literally drowns out the good work being done by so many people and organizations.

Shriners are one of the groups swept under by the anger-mongering riptide, but its charitable efforts haven’t escaped the notice of Henry Repeating Arms. The company has just rolled out a tribute edition of its Golden Boy lever action with a portion of each sale going to help its philanthropic endeavors.

The Shriners Tribute Edition is chambered in .22 LR, but also digests longs or shorts. The tubular magazine holds between 16 and 21 rounds and comes with a fully adjustable rear sight and octagonal barrel.

The American walnut stock is laser etched and hand painted with the Shriners red Fez and sports a gold-pained scroll with the words “Shriners International.” The nickel-plated receiver has an engraved Shriner shield in 24-karat gold plating and banner that reads “Fun, Fellowship and Philanthropy”—the organization’s core values. MSRP for the collectible is $1,154.95.

Shriners have been making the world a better place since 1872, although its efforts rarely attract the headlines they deserve. The Shriners Hospitals for Children is a good example. The organization’s 200,000 members do a lot more, too, with many of the efforts detailed on its website.

“Shriners are a beacon of light in their communities,” Anthony Imperato, president of Henry Repeating Arms said. “They give so much in the pursuit of bettering themselves and helping families in need, and we are honored to offer this rifle as a salute to all of their hard work and charitable contributions.”

In the interest of impartiality, I must report I’m not a Shriner, never have been, not aware of any family members who’ve joined and my wife won’t let me wear any fez in public. That, of course, doesn’t preclude me from being a fan of the organization’s work, and trying to spread some good news, far and wide, especially this time of year.  


Hot Dog Robbery

Phoenix, AZ, police responded to a eunique case about a month ago when a 19-year-old man allegedly trying to rob a hot dog stand on Oct. 31 cut his escape attempt short by shooting himself in the penis.  Surveillance video captured the event, and authorities indicate the unwanted discharge came after he stooped to collect money from the floor, ultimately hitting the trigger when he shifted the .38 in his waistband.

After a short wrestling match with an employee, he escaped and the blood trail indicated he managed to make his way to a nearby bench to wait for a bus to the rodeo—or at least that’s what Chris LeDoux fans will claim (Hint: it doesn’t get 40 below in Phoenix). When his ride didn’t arrive, he went up the steps of a nearby building, collapsed and was corralled without incident.

Investigators told reporters the arrested man’s underwear pattern matched those in the video. He was also in possession of a pistol of the same caliber and victims’ wallets. The fact his voice was a lot higher than in the audio captured by security cameras may be a challenge for prosecutors, though.






Real Life Spooky Tales

Soulless spirits summoned from the netherworld roam the earth on Halloween night, enlisting lost souls in their goulish army and striking fear into those who refuse to submit to their will. OK, it’s just costumed kids looking for a sugar fix at the door, but read Dave T. Hardy’s new book, “I’m From the Government and I’m Here to Kill You: The True Human Cost of Official Negligence,” and I guarantee these real life spooky tales will force you to check under your bed, twice, before you turn off the lights and retire.

What’s really scary is the fact you won’t find it in the fiction section, either. Hardy documents the true stories in frightening detail, and explains how Americans met government-approved final fates in tales as recent as Operation Fast and Furious—leaving behind a body count that continues to rise after “public servants” cooked up a drug cartel gun-running scheme.

Tales of Death and Destruction

The lack of accountability after Ruby Ridge will make your hair stand on end. Revelations from Waco—including the fact that arrests could have been made without a shot fired—still gives me the creeps. That chapter’s title pretty much gives away the plot though, “Waco, Texas: It’s Showtime.”

Hardy knows a thing or two about the inner workings of our government. For 10 years he worked as an attorney for the Interior Department’s Office of the Solicitor in Washington, DC. In 1975 he was admitted to practice before the Arizona Supreme Court and in 1980 received the same privilege from the Supreme Court of the United States. He has argued and won constitutional challenges under the First, Second, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Tenth Amendments.

He speaks with legal authority—in a lively fashion that’s a pleasure to read—when he explains how 600 innocent residents of Texas City were killed through no fault of their own in 1947. There’s also a science-gone-wild chapter, in which officials withheld medicine in Tuskegee, AL, just to see what happens to the victims. Did residents get the same protection as the military when we tested our first atomic bombs? Searching for an answer as to why, “The Department of Veterans Affairs Kills Veterans,” as he puts it?  Did the government add poison to alcohol that killed people during Prohibition?

Download it Trick or Treat Time

Hardy covers all that and much more in his book, “I’m From the Government and I’m Here to Kill You,” which is available from as a Kindle download or in hard copy. They retail for $14.74 and $17.18, respectively.

I’ve known Hardy for more than three decades and have had the honor of working with him on a variety of articles. He’s knowledgeable, oozes patriotism and a diehard supporter of the Second Amendment. This is his fifth book, and despite the fact he’s already written one New York Times best seller, I think this chilling tale is his boldest and best yet.

Fake Gun News

The stories are real. Don't take our word for it, just hit the links. But when news items break like this meet a fertilized imagination, fake gun news grows. Guy J. Sagi and Fear and Loading take no responsibility for skewered election results or BBQ mishaps. 

Apple Shortage

In a development that could threaten fall bobbing, demand for Washington State apples abroad has strained stateside supplies. Consumers are being warned to expect hauntingly high prices as Halloween approaches.

The shortage remained unexplained until an industry insider uncovered a recent rash of the treat’s exports to Asia. “Nine out of every ten apples are currently being shipped to China, particularly the oversized hybrids,” her report said. “The good news is they seem to prefer the flatter-bottomed, tarter varieties, so there are plenty of golden and red delicious to go around for America’s Halloween festivities.”

Recently declassified government documents indicate there’s a grim reason for the shipments. “This Chinese military video indicates its special operations teams practice shooting apples off the heads of subordinates who karaoke,” it states. “And because there’s no shortage of these specially trained warriors [the shooters, not the singers], we recommend the fruit be included in the list of strategic minerals and materials to limit and better monitor exports.” The heavy legislative docket would seem to indicate that trick won’t be possible until the 2018 legislative session.

CIA Denies Involvement 

Intelligence sources abroad have determined it was Kalashnikov Concern’s live-fire demonstration—which shows militarily dressed operators pretty much breaking every rule of gun safety on this planet and those regions of Mars with intelligent life—that was responsible for the mysterious deaths of an entire battalion of ISIS terrorists last week. “The warning ‘not to try this at home’ wasn’t included when it was originally posted, despite the use of live ammo,” a former OSS agent hiding in Lesotho, who requested anonymity, said. “Terrorists dropped like mall ninjas trying to emulate the dangerous moves and it didn’t stop until they ran short of cartridges.”

And Finally in Fake Gun News: Fully Funded Retirements

Russia and China have released annual reports that indicate their respective military retirements are fully funded and secure. Members of their armed services who live to the age of 90 can expect to receive full benefits. Oddly, a similar announcement came out of the great white north after it was revealed the Royal Canadian Mounted Police travel with unsecured grenade launchers

Signs Someone Has a Hidden Gun

Photographers have at least one thing in common with self-defense enthusiasts. They know the ability to notice the smallest detail can be a formidable weapon, a fact emphasized by a 2015 study  based on images and video of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “gunfighter’s gait.” It’s yet another of the signs someone has a hidden gun.

There are other “ticks” a lawful citizen can recognize to buy them a lifesaving second or two if the unthinkable happens. The nuances are also important to gun photographers recreating criminal encounters, although there’s no lack of “self-proclaimed expert” advice out there.

The U.S. Department of Justice’s “Violent Encounters: A study of felonious assaults on our nation’s law enforcement officers” provides an authoritative list of signs someone has a hidden gun. Published in 2006, it includes the results of two previous studies and some frightening perpetrator statements. I’ll spare you the hair-raising stories and distill to the point.

Leather and kydex give them a rash

Those of us with carry permits may find this strange, but none (as in zero) of the criminals interviewed used a holster. That’s a huge difference from lawful citizens and advantage because that lack of retention, “…may have made their actions more exaggerated or noticeable, or it may have affected their behaviors in varied but related ways,” according to the study.

Body language

• Hand checking—Without anchoring in some way, the urge to tug on, touch or adjust that gun is constant. “These acts become most observable whenever individuals change body positions, such as standing, sitting or exiting a motor vehicle,” according to the report. When running, a criminal will often hold the gun in place and citizens should watch for those hands chronically diving into a pocket.

• Jock itch—“Many offenders in the three studies revealed that they purposely transported weapons in their crotch areas…because of the reluctance of officers to thoroughly search this location,” the study said. Coupled with the above-mentioned urge to check an unholstered gun’s location/orientation, problematic itching is a giveaway.

• Blading—When approached, someone trying to minimize detection of an illegal gun will often turn their body to shield it from detection. One of the felons interviewed added a scary twist with, “Because they can’t see what I’m reaching for, I get that extra second.”

Telegraphing attire

• Sagging—“Normally, personal items, such as wallets, keys, pagers, and cell phones, do not weigh enough to cause a pocket to hang substantially lower than the one on the opposite side.” Jackets droop or swing like a strong-sided pendulum when walking unless supported by a quality holster of some sort.

• Improper clothing—Coats in the heat, jackets open to winter precipitation, and, “Similarly, if a man is wearing a dress shirt, dress pants, and dress shoes, why would he have his shirttail hanging out?” the study asks. It also warns that criminals will often carry a gun under a coat or item draped over their arm.

• Hoodies—“One offender in the current study stated that he had several friends who carried firearms in their jacket hoods,” the report warns, noting hoods not worn during rain and snow might raise an alarm for officers.

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The handoff

“Twelve percent of the male offenders in the same study [‘In the Line of Fire’] reported giving their handguns to females to carry for them when approached by law enforcement officers.” In general, the females also preferred storing their guns in places that will minimize chances of frisking. Ninety-two percent of the criminals interviewed carried their weapons somewhere in the middle torso—crotch, back, side, chest or belly.

If the unthinkable happens, retired Border Patrol Agent and Gunsite Rangemaster Ed Head said your observation should include another focus. “I always looked at their eyes, face and neck,” he said. “People tense up before they launch and you can see this as their eyes narrow or squint, their facial muscles tighten and their carotid arteries in the neck throb as their pulse quickens.”

The power of observation could buy a split-second advantage in a fight for your life—hopefully enough time to come home safely to your family and loved ones. The study, and Putin’s gait, are also things gun photographers/editors should keep in mind. Accurately depicting the average encounter reinforces the lifesaving information our readers and fans deserve.

Simple Strobist Lighting for Rifle Photography

Most modern sporting rifles are black, which makes them a tough subject to pull out of the background in photos. A lot of details can disappear, even with a decent exposure (especially outdoors). Here’s a down and dirty way set up simple strobist lighting for rifle photography.


Two flashes with a power output that can be adjusted manually. Make/model doesn’t matter because they’ll be off the camera. In this case I used my Canon 580EXs.

Three PocketWizards to trigger the strobes remotely from the camera. I use the simpler PlusX versions, the older ones.

Some means of affixing everything in the direction desired. In this case I used a pair of Oben tabletop tripods to adjust and anchor flash direction.

Rifle. For my assignment I needed to photograph a Leupold VX5 on a Beretta ARX100.

Tripod. Not necessary, although nice if you want to drag the shutter long enough for ambient light to provide backlighting.

Camera. The one I used, my outside choice most of the time, is a Canon 5D MkII.


Pick a shady or semi-shady spot and stage the rifle between you and the sun. Sunlight is a “third” light source in this case.

Place the flashes on both sides of the rifle, and aim so they light the gun. Attach a PocketWizard to each and mount the third on your camera.

Now you’re ready to go, but before you turn on the radio transmitters (PocketWizards), take a few pix. The rifle will probably be dark and black. However, now’s the time to adjust until you like the ambient light captured. That’s all you’re doing with these photos, so temporarily ignore the rifle.

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Here’s a look at the setup used for this image.

Adjusting Your Strobist Lighting for Rifle Photography

Turn everything on, compose the image and hit the shutter. Too dark? You can either open the aperture or turn up power on the strobes. Remember the former will reduce your depth of field.

Too bright on one side? Dial down the flash over there.

Not enough rim lighting provided by the sun? Change the height from which you’re taking the photo, or slow your shutter speed. That’s when the tripod starts to become handy, especially in the shade or on overcast days.

Now bracket, adjust and experiment until you get something you like.

This image was for an assignment, but not good enough to send to the editor at Here’s a link to another story I did for him. Take a close look at what would have been a boring boot photo, also taken strobist style. I’d like to think that shadow, with detail, emphasizes the tracks we all leave outdoors.

And it doesn’t take a ton of gear to capture good gun photos. Take a look at the blog I did using foam and other reflectors with a cheap point-and-shoot camera. They’re not perfect, but pretty good.

If you want to learn more about the strobist technique, here’s a link to the inventor/king/grand night. I lurk as often on his blog when I find a breather in my schedule. I suggest you do the same.


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