This week on TGC News, the purge is here,
a new suppressor company and a new high end carry piece.
Welcome back to TGC News, the only gun news show that covers things you actually care
about, My name is Jon Patton. This week’s first story is about wilson combat. For those
of you that might be unaware, they specialize in high end 1911’s and they’ve just released
a new double stack 9mm called the EDC X9. As you can tell by the name, they’re intending
on people carrying this thing. Let’s start with the basics. It’s got a 4” fluted
barrel, a single action only trigger system, a rounded rear on the grip, some nice G10
grip panels and a bunch of what appears to be functional slide work. It also comes topped
with a fiber optic front sight, some really aggressive checkering on the front strap of
the grip, that matches the slide work, and has that nice angle crownd on the barrel.
And of course being a doublestack, this thing holds 15 rounds of 9mm in the magazine. Its
gorgeous, really. I’ve shot A LOT of different handguns and 9mm 1911’s still stand near
the top of my list for guns that are just fun to shoot. And being that this is made
by one of the premier 1911 builders… I can imagine that it would fall right in line with
that. However, the MSRP on the EDC X9 is $2895. Not surprising but its priced way out of reach
for most people. Is the gun worth it? Probably. But a $600 brand new Glock 19 holds the same
amount of the same ammo and that is the way most of you guys will be looking at this.
What does it do that my affordable carry gun doesnt. Well I think the answer to that is
that the fit, finish and overall quality are on an entirely different level… but to sling
out 3 grand for that priviledge… I don’t think so. I mean, I would it hold my hand
in public. It will be really interesting to see how these high end gun companies start
to stack up as we enter one of the biggest slumps in the gun industry that we’ve seen
in years. What do you guys think? Would you ever spend 3 grand on a carry gun? Or would
you put that towards something else? And in the rise and fall of giants news, the
gun industry is hurting. There’s no better way to say it. Companies across the board
are feeling the results of the buying panic disappearing overnight when Trump got elected.
The purge is no longer coming… its here. From December to January of this year we saw
an 800,000 drop in the number of background checks. And as a result, we talked about Colt
last week laying off people and that trend continues with Remington and a company you
may have never heard of called Howell Munitions and Technology. We’ll start with Remington.
They just laid off 122 people at thier plant in Ilion New York. The CEO made a statement
about this hopefully strengthening the competitive position of the company but I mean, dude I
can tell you right here what would help you more than firing people. Make something that
people want to actually buy. Either way, Remington is a big company and will most likey survive
this bump in the road but continued law suits, recalls and boring guns won’t help their
cause. Now the other company I mentioned Howell Munitions and Technology. A somewhat unfamiliar
name to most of you but they are the parent company of a bunch of others like Ammoload,
Xtreme Bullets and Freedom Munitions. According to an article published by a local news website,
an unknown number of employees have been affected by these temporary lay offs. They are apparently
in the middle of a two week shut down and employees were told “You will be contacted
by your supervisor with exact details regarding your return”… I’ve been through that
kind of stuff with a former employer of mine that those situations never seem to end well.
The reason for this? A “softening market”. Like I said guys, the industry is hurting.
Now, how can companies survive? How can they power through this? Well honestly the companies
out there will have had to run well financially before… but now is the time to innovate,
now is the time to step out of the box and try something new to stand out. And on top
of that, marketing. These guys will have to go out of their way to educate, and win over
customers to make sure they buy the “right” brands. No longer will companies be able to
survive just by being on the shelf at a gun store or having a passive approach. Side note:
if you guys want to hear a deeper discussion on gun industry marketing, please let me know
in the comments. For now, I will say that these lays offs, and companies tightening
their belts, is not going to stop so if you work in the industry, and you’re watching
this right now… batten down the hatches.. The storm is here.
And on hashtag Not A Review, the segment where I take a product and give you guys a hands
on spotlight, we’re taking a closer look at a new suppressor company called GSL Technology.
They’re based out of Michigan and came all the way out to my range here in PA to spend
the day shooting with me and giving me the run down on their line up. One of the biggest
things to note about them is that theyve actually been in the business for making suppressors
for a long time. You may notice some really distinct similarities between their brands
and another suppressor company. I’m not going to stick my face in a beehive so I won’t
get into why the two companies are so similar with certain aspects but the point of me telling
you that is that they’ve got years of experience backing up their line. So first up, we shot
a few rounds through their 22 can… its lightweight, has decent sound, and is relatively affordable
with an MSRP under 300 bucks. Beyond that we shot their 9mm can on a Lionheart pistol
and the thing that stood out to me about that one was consistency from shot to shot. Sometimes
pistol cans have a really distinct first round pop and this one was more consistent across
the board. I also took a look at their 556 cans… they offer their rifle cans in QD
and direct thread models with the direct thread having a really interesting locking system.
Its essentially a spring washer kept in a housing on the back of the can. They tell
me that this is intended to have consistent tight lock up every single time you mount
it. I’ve never heard of anything like this on other direct thread cans so I thought that
was pretty interesting. They also do a couple user servicable models in the 556 cans which
utilizes an adapter for a ¼” spanner. To be honest with you, I don’t really see the
point of that because rifle cans typically don’t need to be cleaned out or anything
so that was a little curious to me. I guess if you had a baffle strike that would be a
great way to fix it. Beyond that we start getting into the 7.62 and .338 cans. The 7.62
models I tried out had decent tone and the .338 was actually really impressive. I shot
it without wearing any hearing protection and didnt notice any pain in the ears at all
like you can get with some bigger calibers… If I had a 338 that might be in the running
to live on my gun. Now the MSRP’s on the pistol cans are around the $800 mark, the
rifle cans hover between there and the $1000 mark. Overall the GSL cans are pretty consistent
with other cans on the market as far as value goes and because theyre new but not new to
making cans, I would absolutely trust them to hold up over time. If you want to learn
more about all of these, hit the link in the description to head over to gsltechnology.com
To see more product spotlights, check out the NotAReview playlist on YouTube.
This week’s friendly fire question is from Ron Reed Jr. who messaged me via theguncollective.com
and he asks “do you think with the modern advances in ammuntion like the xtreme defender
bullet from Underwood and the super fast super light bullet from civil defense that the FBI
ballistic protocol is out of date for newer ammo” This is a really interesting question.
The base answer is sort of… I dont think the entire thing is obsolete but I do think
the interpretation of results with some of the newer ammo is out of date. I would have
to get with a proper ballistician for this but I’ve sen those lehigh and underwood
bullets do FAR more to a real flesh target than they did
in gel… Not only that but Ive heard the argument that a temporary stretch cavity in
a pistol cartridge doesnt matter… but the basis for that argument is from a paper published
in the 80’s and my question to an actual expert would be that the target doesnt have
any bias to a certain weapon the round is fired from… so how can a claim like that
be made if the cavity exists. I think we could certainly update the protocol… but the core
of it which everyone uses to compare things … the penetration depths… I think thats
okay. I just think we have a lot more new concepts that warrant deeper discussion these
days and the FBI would be wise to fully understand whats happening.
Now my friendly fire question to you guys this week is that same great question… since
we don’t see TN Outdoors 9 doing a ton of videos these days… where do you get your
info on ammunition? Let me know in the comments and If you want your question answered right
here on the show, you head over to theguncollective.com and go to the friendlyfire page to send me