Rob Pincus made this great little video showing rounds being deflected when hitting a hard surface.
Rob Pincus made this great little video showing rounds being deflected when hitting a hard surface.
Cassie Larsen submitted this article.
I had the privilege of being invited by Rob Pincus to attend a Combat Focus Shooting (CFS) class with my husband. I went to the CFS class with a lot of excitement and a lot of nervousness. I knew I was in for a long day of many new firsts. Here’s a list of some of the firsts, this day would bring; My first professional shooting class. First time wearing a gun belt, wearing a mag pouch and holster. First time moving while shooting. First time drawing from a holster to fire and first time shooting more than 200 rounds in one day. With all those firsts you would think this was a horrible day for me. But it wasn’t, it was a blast. I can’t wait to take another class. I learned so much and I feel much more confident in my ability to defend myself or my children if needed.
Favorite Training Phrases directed to me, by Rob Pincus:
“Cassie is there a reason you can hit box A but not box B?”
“Cassie we have established you can shoot low and to the left, now stop!”
“Cassie if I don’t see those hands up in a startle position, I’m going to throw a rock at you!”
“What box were you told to hit? …..Left….. Ok then why did you shoot the right one?…..Um I have no idea…..Yeah me neither, now stop!”
“Cassie, I don’t know what happened during lunch, but you’re shooting better than your husband”.
The day started out with some classroom training about the philosophy of Combat Focus Shooting. The reasons why continued training, beyond getting your conceal weapons permit, is important. We also got to see a little preview of Rob’s personality and passion for what he teaches. We were only in the classroom for about 45 minutes. Part of which we also discussed range rules and filed out waivers. Also, we got to wait for a team mate who was so excited to come to the class, he jumped a curb and crashed his car.
During the classroom portion, I learned out of the 10 students in the class, I was the only one who had never been to formal gun course, either military, law enforcement or other professional class. With this knowledge I was even more nervous. “Great, now I was going to hold the whole class back.” Rob did help me feel a little better by telling the class that the only person we were competing against was ourselves. We needed to improve our best during the class. I was also the only female in the class.
In the class of 10 students, we had two instructors, Rob Pincus and Barret Kendrick. We also had a CFS Instructor that had just finished his instructor class and was observing. I was surprised in a group setting like this that we actually had a lot of one on one instruction. I was teased a lot by Rob, but it was all to help me improve. I could really feel the passion Rob has for what he is teaching. He really impressed me with how much he seemed to care about all the students improving their techniques in the class. To me it felt like he carried about us.
Rob was very articulate with his explanations, examples and instructions. Every instruction given had a reason behind it, as to why it worked and why it was more efficient than another technique. I liked being told why I was doing something, not just being told to do something. It helped me to understand the reasoning for the specific training we were doing. No matter what questions you asked in the class, both Rob or Barret were very helpful and would give multiple different suggestions or tips to help you. Both Rob and Barret would stay with me during the breaks to help identify my problems or help with additional instructions. I saw them do that with several other students as well. For me they were outstanding and I would highly recommend this class and these instructors to any shooter.
We began with shooting center mass, drawing from the holster. We were given no instructions except to shoot center mass. For me this was stressful. It was the first time I have drawn from a holster and gone through the steps of the draw on my own. Let alone not having my husband by my side, telling me step by step, what to do. I am very proud to say that I hit center mass. I also didn’t have a negligent discharge or drop my gun. After my first 20 or so rounds, I was feeling pretty confident. I was doing well, getting faster at drawing from the holster and firing fairly accurate on the target. Then Rob came over and said, ” Cassie we have established you can shoot low and to the left, now stop!” Okay, now defeat time, but not really. That is the purpose of the class though, to improve on your shooting techniques. I had many more times during the class that I was called out for the purpose of improvement.
I actually preferred that my husband and I weren’t shooting next to each other. In the beginning of the class we were next to each other and I noticed I was watching him and looking to him for confirmation that I was doing what I supposed to. After he moved away from me, I didn’t have him as a crutch and I was able to improve in my confidence. I suggest to other women taking training classes with their significant others, to think about separating from them during the class.
The Startle Response is responding to threat stimulus, then drawing and firing. The Startle Response improves with practice or repetitions, that’s why you train with it. The easiest way to explain a Startle Response without you seeing someone do it, is to have someone scare you. What you usually do is focus your attention towards the stimulus, lower your center of gravity and put your hands up to defend yourself. I initially had problems with the Startle Response during the class, it was a foreign concept for me. Even though I understand the reason behind the training for it, it was still odd for me to act startled and then draw and fire. After talking to my husband, he also had difficulty with the Startle Response, due to years of previous law enforcement training and instructing.
We went through many different drills, shooting at the A box and B box , different numbers and colors, all while using the Startle Response and movement. We were now at the portion of the class, where we were running hard from different positions and firing at different spots on the target. We were supposed to do all the techniques taught to us throughout the day. That included the Startle Response, and moving while drawing and reloading. I patiently watched the first group go through the drill and felt confident that I too, could do the drill well. I was able to stay up to speed with the guys, running from spot to spot, drawing and firing. I however was not doing my Startle Response well enough for Rob, “Cassie if I don’t see those hands up in a Startle Position, I’m going to throw a rock at you!” Rob then picks up a handful of rocks. I think I had five or six rocks thrown at me before I threw my hands up in the air like the cops were yelling at me, “Show me your hands!” I did get a good chuckle from the group behind me.
Out of all the tips and help Rob gave me during the class, I think this one was my favorite. He really was pushing my personal limits, he wanted me to improve. The truth is, if I don’t practice the Startle Response, I won’t be prepared to defend myself. I’ll have to think a lot more about what I’m doing, where my hands are and what I need to do next. I might lose those important few seconds, that could save my life or more importantly my children’s.
Other Learning Moments:
I learned so many more things in this class. I enjoyed shooting with one hand and found it really interesting that I could hit a target without keeping my hands still. I liked that I didn’t have to line up my sights every time I shot, I could still hit the box without them, at a close distances. I learned, even in a stressful situation, I could hit the target. I realized I needed to simplify things more, I have a habit of over complicating things. Many times during the class I was thinking too much or added additional steps that weren’t needed. I was not moving as efficiently as I could be. All of the new things I learned really helped my confidence level with handling a handgun.
During the day I shot about 450 rounds. While I was loading a magazine with new ammo, my thumb locked. For over 15 minutes I was teased by Rob and Barret, trying ” field acupuncture” (poking my thumb with various non-helpful things). My lesson and advice to you is to stay hydrated on a hot day. What finally unlocked my thumb was a very cold Gatorade placed on that hand. From that moment on, I didn’t load my own mags, I had my husband do it.
I truly loved this class. I enjoyed meeting Rob, he was very nice, sincere and took the time to really help you one on one. I would not hesitate to take another class taught by him.
The biggest thing that came out of the class was related to my firearms confidence level. I now feel more confident in using my firearm in a stressful situation. I feel more comfortable manipulating the firearms in my home, especially when my husband is away from home.
Thank you Rob and Barret for all the information given, time spent helping me to improve my skills and my best effort.
If you want to learn more about the Combat Focus Shooting class or take one of your own visit Rob Pincus ICE training website. http://www.icetraining.us/index.html
Open Carry vs. Concealed Carry, is something you should think strongly about, if you live in a state that allows both methods of carry. This is a complex issue with strong points and weaknesses to both carry methods. There are several key things you must consider. As we talk about personal protection as a civilian (sheep dog) or someone else’s protection as a law enforcement (sheep dog), we must think about what is and what is not tactically advantageous.
When thinking about Open Carry there are advantages in certain situations, that usually only apply to you. (1) If someone is planning to rob, harm you or make you a victim, they see you are armed. They think more than likely you will put up a fight and they may not have a weapon equal to your firearm (i.e. knife or blunt force object). (2) They may think you are a law enforcement officer, ex-military, or trained citizen and would rather not have a trained person, or the police force coming down on them. (3) Location is a big factor, are you in a rural area? Possibly hunting or hacking and you are worried about predators (i.e. mountain lions, wolves, bears). Open Carry of a personal protection firearm would be best in this scenario.
I personally believe, through my LE experiences and actual deadly force encounters, (that do not involve animals), Concealed Carry offers you the most advantages against a criminal attack. (1) You are not being targeted right of the bat if a criminal sees you are armed and is adamant about making an attack. (2) The element of surprise is on your side and you choose when to press the attack/advantage. The shock of being confronted with an armed individual may force a peaceful outcome to the encounter. (3) I believe the possibility of a concealed weapon on someone is more of a deterrent to a criminal than them knowing who is armed. This forces the bad guys to be on a 360 degree swivel, not you.
I’m not a fan of open carry in an urban environment. The element of surprise is a good thing IMHO. Even when I was an off duty police officer, I went with concealed carry. I more than surprised a few bad guys when I drew down on them and they had no idea someone was carrying. If they had seen me open carrying, I would have been a target right off the bat, as I cannot see everything that is going on around me. This was a tactical decision, to always conceal carry. The bad guy cannot target you first if they don’t see your armed.
In our current political climate, I feel open carry works against us, in an urban environment. I have always lived in very firearm friendly states (i.e. Utah and Tennessee). In rural areas, I have no problem with open carry as most people are on the same thinking page. In urban areas, I feel Open Carry is doing harm to those that might be on the fence regarding firearms. Also, as mentioned above, I feel it is tactically to my advantage to conceal in most situations. Although it is our right to bear arms, I cringe every time I see a guy on the news carrying his AR15 or M1A, in a store or down main street. This draws negative attention to responsible firearms owners. Most of our politicians and left wing citizens see this and try to push more restrictive firearm laws.
Update: Personal Defense Network 6/04/13
After taking with Rob Pincus of I.C.E. training about this issue, he gave me permission to link his Personal Defense Network (PDN) video on, “Appropriate Open Carry “. In this video Rob states several other reasons that conceal carry is a better option in most cases (not all). Rob’s opinion while his own, is not to be taken lightly, in my opinion. Rob also can state things more eloquently than I can.
Link: Appropriate Open Carry
Whatever method you choose to carry, think about all the options and ramifications of your choice. Open Carry may or may not work in some environments and Concealed Carry may or may not work in those same environments. Think hard about what gives you the advantage in the area you find yourself in. If you are in the Alaskan wilderness, concealing a Glock 10mm or S&W 500 probably is not the best choice, if you are worried about bears. On the other hand, open carry downtown in a major city, while it may be your right, probably is not the best idea politically and tactically. Remember, your actions as a responsible firearms owner could sway someone’s decision, criminally and politically.
Authors opinion on CCW and Open carry are his alone and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the rest of the staff or the two owners of looserounds.com
Now that I have been running the Claw EMS for quite a while, I wanted to do a quick follow up to our initial review of the sights. The longer I have the Claw sights the more I like them. Even though I have been heavily using the sights for slide manipulation, they have no signs of wear. I have not had to adjust the Claw sight do to any movement from use. As I continue to run the Claw EMS rear sight / ProGlo Tritium front sight combination, I can see no disadvantages compared to other defensive sights.
The clean, simple, straight forward design of these sights are very appealing. When I purchase a new Glock, the first thing I think about is buying the Claw EMS rear sight / ProGlo Tritium front sight combination. In the future the Claw sight will be available for other firearms/manufacturers. I would consider them strongly for other firearms.
The biggest advantage that still stands out to me, is the price. I just cannot get over the cost effectiveness of these sights. The sight combinations offered at I.C.E Store are extremely affordable, from $24.00 to $72.00 in price. There are other sights I like just as much (i.e. Trijicon HD’s), but when I compare those prices, at well over double the cost of the EMS combinations, you can see you are getting a lot of sight for the money.
The great thing about the Claw EMS rear sight (a $24.00 item) is that it actually has me thinking about different defensive encounters while training. I want to train with the sight and incorporate it into shooting scenarios. This is a huge benefit in developing and refining your skills. The Claw sight is not just a handgun sight. It is piece of gear that develops a mindset/philosophy in you. The mindset that you are going to do whatever you need, to win, in a deadly force encounter.
When someone asks me, What Glock handgun sight is best for personal defense? I point them to the Claw Emergency Manipulation sight and combinations, offered by I.C.E. owned and operated by Rob Pincus, the developer of the COMBAT FOCUS Shooting Program. There is no other sight combination on the market that gives you this distinct advantage, at a low price, as the Claw EMS sight combinations.
For an in depth review of the Claw Emergency Manipulation sights and there use, check out our original review Link: http://looserounds.com/2012/11/20/claw-emergency-manipulation-sights/
Also, visit I.C.E Store for EMS sight availability and purchase. Link: http://icestore.us/Pistol-Sights/
In case you have lived under a rock some where in a third world country or on Mars, you probably know who Rob Pincus is. the industry being what it is and the flood of so called “expert trainers” being what it is, I will give a bit of an introduction of the Author.
Mr. Pincus has been a trainer in the industry for a while now. If you watch anything on TV about shooting and training to save your life or saving the lives of other people as part of your job, you have seen Rob. For years he had been on the TV show Best Defense ( which was my first intro to Rob) among others, he was the host of the 2 televised and now 1 internet only seasons of SWAT Magazine TV.
To use the blurb on the back of the book.
Rob Pincus is the owner of I.C.E. ( said as EYE SEE EEE) Training company and the developer of the Combat Focus Shooting Program. Rob Leads a team of expert instructors to train military and LEO as well as civilians and security personnel. He has written and taught on the subject for over a decade and is the busiest trainers in the industry. I paraphrased a little, but thats the gist. I would add that I personally feel Rob Pincus to be a true modern day Musashi Miyamoto.
Everyone loves the trainers who show us some sexy move or style that just oozes super gunfighter SOF killer. Often with gear so outrageously pricey or hard to find that more people then you would believe watch or go to them as a type of gear or gun porn. In my opinion, Rob Pincus is not about fluff and flare.
The biggest reason I have always gravitated to What Rob has to say is that its stuff that is common sense and is meant to just work. He dos not fixate on gear, he is not always shilling some new gun that is so expensive the gov would turn down spending money on it and, well, I believe he communicates and explains on a level that makes even the newest shooter or most salty shooter listen. On top of all that, Rob is endlessly sharing his knowledge all over the place to help people, and many of those ways he does it does not cost you a penny and he is a endless defender of the RKBA. Anyone who “likes” his Facebook page will see his endless work ethic.
Now, on to the matter at hand. The book.
The Book is COUNTER AMBUSH and it is the best most honest down to earth training guide I have ever read, and I have read a great many. I was sent the book a month ago and I have read it three times before starting to to tell you about it because I wanted to really sink into what I was reading. What the book tells you is that important. Its something I recommend you study and re read over time. It is not meant to just read once a throw away. It is a book of the modern American martial art just as the intro says it is. And anything worth doing is worth studying.
Of note is that the introduction forward of the book is from none other than the much respected LT. Colonel Grossman, author of the book “On killing” . the LTC’s book are a worthy companions to this book and are invaluable. You could even say that they would make a comprehensive statement when bundled together with each other.
The book is broken down into sections( chapters) that guide you through the things you need to save your life. Everything is explained in detail. Not just training gimmicks, but more importantly, the process the body goes through and how the training is used to exploit the body’s natural reaction. It is as much science as art. Don’t worry that it becomes bogged down into esoteric mumbo jumbo though. Everything and every example is explained to you for a purpose and it will become clear. Once you understand this, you will see why it applies. In my mind, this breaks down some of the pride or legacy things we are taught that do not have a basis in reality. For example, Rob mentions the weaver stance and how a lot of people say its the only position to use in a fight. He then goes on to talk about after watching hundreds of gun fights caught on dash cams and security camera footage, he has never seen some one take up this stance. He even offers some one to prove him wrong. No one has yet. ( for the record, I have never used the weaver).
The book goes on to break down your reactions to a fight from your awareness levels through the order of more and more things going wrong explaining the stages along the way and how to react to them. Once you understand this stuff, you can take advantage of your own natural reactions and use the to your advantages using cues and learned reactions.
One of the things the book explains is something I knew would be in there, but I was glad to see anyway. That is the subject on how unimportant dwelling on your equipment really is. Sure, you have to make sure your finger can reach the trigger and you can use your weapon and the common sense basics, but your mind and training with the weapon and deploying it in the best possible way is what the focus is on, as it should be. We all love our neat toys but fighting is the point. You can work with anything when you reach certain skill level. This is explained in a scale of skill and your ability to recognize this.
Some of what you read will be stuff you have read or have been taught before, but you will be instructed in a fresh way will make you re think some of the old legacy myths of our world. Taking the focus off of gear and driving home the point of just how close in, violent and out of control a life threatening event is, are just two of the things I highlight to people when telling about the book. It is a wake up call to a lot of people and this gets attention. Rob does this very well before he goes on to tell you how to start making your self as ready as you can be for a fight. Or even how to realize you do not always have to fight. The book may not drone on about what guns or calibers are the best, but it does answer the question of what techniques work best under the stress of a fight and helps you use them in the way that your bodies reaction wants to use them. That , is more important then if you are using a .9mm or a .40 S&W no matter what you may think.
I want to give you a chapter by chapter detailed break down of this book because I am so excited about what it teaches on how it will open so many eyes. But, I can’t because then you wouldn’t buy it and because I am too lazy to type that much and would rather be shooting and applying what is in the book.
I think everyone serious about defending their life or others lives should buy this book. It really is the common sense, mixed with hard scientific facts training manual you can find. It is not expensive. It is authored by one of our greatest thinkers and teachers of the art and science of the gun fight and violent encounters. I would do so far as to call Rob Pincus. “America’s Instructor ” because he really is. No one works as hard to make sure you have the skill and knowledge to keep you safe. He can train you and lecture you and give you all the tools you need to safe you need to save your own life but no one is going to be there to do it for you if the time comes. That is why it is important to study these things and have the written and spoken to you in a way you can easily understand. This book does that for you. Of course, you should still seek further training from some one who is not full of crap, but this book is a must have to go along with all other aspects of training.
If you want to buy the book, and you should. You can find it here.
You can also find Rob on his Facebook page here.
Posted with Permission from Rob Pincus
At what point does the cry of “unification” really just become an excuse to keep things smooth with friends or associates?
At what point do you need to start cutting people out of the club?
Better Question: At what point do people self-select out of the club?
Last month, when Cheaper Than Dirt! responded to the tragic killings in Newtown, CT by suspending all online firearms sales in the interest of re-examining their marketing approach (presumably to emphasize “sporting” firearms) and followed that miss-step up with ridiculous price gouging of ammo and magazines (400+% markups), they got what they deserved: Swift Backlash from the firearms community and a loss of many thousands of customers. Since that time, reports of them canceling back-orders and selling the same items for the new higher prices have been rampant. Yet, I was still told by some people at SHOT Show last week that we should not ostracize or boycott them, because we need to be “united”.
For a couple of years now, I have been prodded by people in the Open Carry Movement, and occasionally questioned by those who don’t care a lick about open carry, for my criticism of those who wear guns openly to get attention, to cause confrontation and to agitate law enforcement and non-gun owners. I have taken the position that those people have done the Right to Keep & Bare Arms movement more harm than good… as I believe was demonstrated clearly in the legal changes in CA in regard to open carry of unloaded firearms (the first major negative state level firearms legislative action in over a decade up until the recent New York Restrictions) and the ‘clarification’ of Mississippi laws that prohibit OC, which had up ’til then been a gray area. I have been accused of not supporting the Second Amendment because I was not willing to give this cantankerous crowd support on the basis of presenting a “unified” front as gun owners.
A couple of weeks ago, I was even challenged for wanting to distance myself, and all responsible gun owners, from the conspiracy theory babbling of Alex Jones on a national television program. During his interview Mr. Jones was making some good points about gun violence and allowed himself to be distracted by the opportunity to insinuate the the US Gov’t was complicit in the attacks of 9/11. Again, the call was for me to embrace Mr. Jones as just another gun owner, because it somehow weakened our cause to not be “unified”. Personally, I think it weakens out cause to mix the RKBA Discussion in with our own, unrelated, niche passions in regard to lifestyle, politics or religion and only serves to cut our movement off from the vast majority of moderately minded responsible gun owners.
Most recently, I have read a statement from the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade organization of the firearms industry, calling for “unification” in regard to the Eastern Sports and Outdoors Show. The organizers of that show, Reed Exhibition Company, have decided to ban all AR style rifles and accessories. ESOS is one of the largest hunting shows in the world open to consumers and it is now dealing with many industry leading companies, including Cabela’s and Trijicon, pulling out of the even entirely in response to their decision to ostracize the fastest growing & most popular section of our community. So, why would the NSSF put out a call for people to stay in the show? Reed Exhibitions also runs the SHOT Show… the largest trade event in the firearms industry. How is it possible that we can stay in a show to present a “united” front, when the part of the industry that needs our support the most has been kicked out ? I am a member of the NSSF and it makes no sense to me. I do applaud the NSSF’s official statement as a step in the right direction, but I hope that there is follow up that results in a change in Reed’s position on AR’s or a change in SHOT Show Management.
So, I ask the question, “At what point do one’s actions put them outside the group?” When your actions make you a detriment to the bigger picture and/or to the greater good and the fundamental principles of our cause, I think you step out of the umbrella of “unification”. When you cut off customers, entire classes of firearms, provide the other side with ammunition to paint us as extremists or to give the impression that we have something to hide, be ashamed of, or apologize for, I think you are beyond the scope of claiming protection under the “Unified Front” clause.
Over a decade ago, I wrote a statement for a project called the “Firearms Owners Unification Project“. The fight at that time was to unify those hunters, sport shooters and even some industry leaders who would accept capacity limits and firearms bans because their interested weren’t being threatened with the rest of us who saw the bigger picture and were being directly affected by the bans and restrictions of that era. We’ve largely won that fight and we’ve seen incremental encroachment for what it is. A temporary ban becomes permanent. A 10 round limit becomes a 7. This process continues until we don’t have any firearms left. As individual gun owners, most of us get that now.
I’m all for the unification of our movement and our community… but, not if those I am being asked to join with are making our job harder or trying to play the old game of “hide the black guns”. We know that doesn’t work. The primary reason for the Second Amendment is defense of one’s self, one’s family and, ultimately… if need be… this country. It is not hunting and it is not competition shooting. Those who have benefitted from the amazing growth in the defensive, tactical, “military style” sector of our industry, including Cheaper Than Dirt! and Reed Exhibitions, should think about what “Unification” really means. And, it might be time for NSSF to shop around for a better ally to organize SHOT Show (OR to put some public pressure on Reed to rescind their decision) so that we can know that we are all truly unified.
-I.C.E. Training Company
AmeriGlo’s Claw EMS Sights were designed by Rob Pincus, Owner of I.C.E. Training Company and developer of the Combat Focus Shooting Program. Rob was kind enough to provide Loose Rounds with the Claw EMS rear sight and his AmeriGlo contact provided the ProGlo Tritium front sight. I have been running the sight combination for a few weeks now, and I really like it. The Claw EMS is so simple, yet very effective. For installation of the sights, I used a Glockmeister tool sight set. Installation is very easy with this sight set and took only a few minutes. A small amount of loctite red 262 is a good idea for the front sight threads.
The Claw EMS rear sight was developed for one-handed slide manipulation and disable drills. Using the rear sight to rack the slide for clearing or reloading your handgun is nothing new. This is a technique I have used in my experience as a former law enforcement officer and firearms instructor. The technique is taught to officers in law enforcement academies and advanced firearms schools across the country. Rob set out to develop a rear sight that would more effectively grip gear during one-handed manipulation. The front edge of the (Claw) rear sight is curved forward, allowing the sight to positively grip clothing and gear in order to rack the slide.
The EMS sights are available in several different configurations for your Glock at the I.C.E. Training Store. The Claw rear sight is a standard size 0.165″ height sight. You can buy it alone and it will work with any standard size Glock front sight. The I.C.E Store also has different front sight combinations to go along with the Claw EMS Rear Sight. AmeriGlo makes all of these sights so you know you are getting quality sights. The sight combinations from I.C.E Store will not break your pocket book and are extremely affordable, from $24.00 to $72.00 in price.
If you have the factory plastic sights from Glock, I highly recommend you replace them. The factory sight tends to come off when using the rear sight to aggressively manipulate the slide. In my opinion, the Claw EMS rear sight is one the best all-around option to replace the factory Glock sight.
The EMS sights perform like sights should. I have several different kinds of sights on several different Glocks and the EMS are just as accurate as any others I have tried. I did some off-hand shooting at known distances from the holster. I fired around 200 rounds to get a good feel for the sights. The sights are easy to pick up and follow-up shots are quick and accurate.
I did have one (1) flyer at fifteen (15) yards during accuracy testing. This was my fault of course, I clearly flinched. The ProGlo yellow front sight was very quick to acquire out of my peripheral vision during the draw.
I ran the sights through some various lighting conditions indoors. The sights were easy to pick up in the different lighting conditions and provided a nice sight picture. The Claw rear sight provided a nice flat silhouette for the front sight. I ran the sights with and without a weapon light as well.
One advantage of the AmeriGlo ProGlo front sight is the photo luminescent ring around the tritium post. Simply hit the front sight with your handheld light and the photo luminescent ring glows brightly for several minutes -five (5) to ten (10) minutes on average. Sunlight also charges the photo luminescent ring, making transitions from outdoor to indoor environments smooth on the front sight picture. This feature provides huge advantages to a law enforcement officer engaged in clearing a building or home in changing light conditions. I found the front sight was highly visible in most of the lighting transitions.
The main concept of the Claw EMS rear sight is for one-handed racking of the slide. The name of the sights makes you ask, what is emergency manipulation? It’s a situation where you are actively in a gun fight, you have been hit, and you only have the use of one hand. How are you going to clear a malfunction or do a reload? This is a scenario that law enforcement officers train for but is often overlooked in the citizen concealed carry world. In a dynamic rapidly developing incident, you want to make sure you are not going to fumble around when it counts. The claw/hook design positively grips your gear, belt, holster, magazine pouch, pockets, and clothing providing assistance when racking the slide one-handed. As always, muzzle awareness in very important when applying these techniques, as well as proper trigger finger placement along the frame.
In the case of a malfunction, the Claw EMS rear sight allows you to rack the slide forcefully, clearing the malfunction. This can be done with either your right or left hand, depending on what side has been disabled.
During a reload the Claw EMS rear sight becomes more important on the Glock if you are using your left hand. The slide stop/release is on the left-hand side of your handgun. This makes releasing the slide stop during a reload one-handed difficult. The Claw EMS rear sight gives a fast positive grip and slide release to reload and get back in the fight.
I really like the Claw EMS rear sight in combination with the AmeriGlo ProGlo front sight. They are fast becoming one of my favorite set of sights to use. With most rear sights, the front edges are sloped backwards or straight. When doing one-handed/disable drills, those sights tend to easily slip off gear, and can result in several attempts to clear or rack the slide. This is something you cannot afford to happen in a fight. The Claw EMS rear sight is designed to have a positive bit/grip on gear and/or clothing. During my tests, the Claw EMS Rear Sights worked on all gear/clothing without failure.
For my Law Enforcement friends, I highly suggest the Claw EMS Rear Sight for duty use. The savvy conceal carry citizen should take a look at the EMS sight for their everyday carry as well. The Claw EMS rear sight combined with the AmeriGlo ProGlo Tritium front sight is a winning combination for your defensive carry needs.