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MAR 2017

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Lindsey Bertomen A retired police of ficer and militar y small arms trainer, Lindsey Ber tomen has taught shooting techniques for over a decade, in addition to teaching criminal justice at Har tnell College in Salinas, California. Of f the clock he enjoys competing in shooting spor ts, running and cycle events. He welcomes comments at lber tomen@letonline.com. F IR E A R M S TA C T I C S GUNS, GEAR, TRAINING AND BEST PRACTICES 28 I t's always a pleasure to see old friends and new products at SHOT Show. There is never enough time to see everything and there certainly isn't enough column space to report everything. I can give you an overview though. Here goes. Handguns At the range, the handgun that generated the most amount of attention was the Hudson 9. This is a 15 round, 34 ounce, striker fired, 9mm firearm with controls and ergonomics similar to a 1911. It had a familiar feel and grip angle to the traditional slab sided gun, except that there was a little more metal where the traditional dust cover resides, making it look a little "retro futuristic". The purpose of the unusual design is to reduce the recoil impulse by placing the axis of the bore closer to the hand and directing the energy closer to the palm. The fire control system and recoil system is engineered in a very nonconventional way. That is, the recoil spring is just barely above the trigger finger, allowing the barrel to sit just above the hands. What they are doing definitely works. Cy and Lauren Hudson were on the range, sharing some of their design philosophy about the gun. They tried to duplicate some of the aspects of the 1911. For example, the dimen- sions of the trigger guard are nearly identical. The fact that the workmanship of the gun we were shooting had a custom quality was not lost on us. We are looking forward to testing this in the future. I was excited to see the Colt Cobra release this year. This is a .38 special +P double-action handgun. It is different than many other pocket .38s, because it carries 6 shots. It also differs from other revolvers because it uses leaf springs, which give a consistent trigger pull throughout the cycle. The workmanship was great and the trigger didn't disappoint anyone. However, the double-action mechanism did not favor users who "milk" the trigger. The Colt Cobra handled +P cartridges rather well. It felt as good in the hand as my old Colt Detective Special. I definitely want to get one. While I was shooting on the Colt range, I saw Mike McNett and Kristie Hill of Doubletap Ammunition. (We were shooting their product.) Doubletap Ammunition has a reputation for being one of the most consis- tent products in the industry. I asked why we weren't shooting Colt Defense Ammunition in the Cobra. Apparently, the ammo I was shoot- ing will eventually have the Colt brand. This is outstanding news. Kimber responded to officers who liked the quality of their gun, but needed something smaller. The Micro 9 is a 15.6 ounce, 6+1 9mm with a 3.15 inch barrel. The fit and finish is typical of Kimber quality. This gun is palm- sized, with a grip that might be a little short for bigger hands. However, the concealability of this gun is better than some micro compacts. The handling and accuracy was superior. It 23 More Things From SHOT Show Firearms, holsters, knives, a new trigger … even a pair of socks Lauren Hudson holds the Hudson H9, one of the most innovative handguns from the show.

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