“The Gun Industry Is Like First Century Judaism” (Coming Soon)
Preacher, Shooter: Interview with Truexodus (by Judah Torres)
The following are frequently asked questions that I receive on a daily basis. If I have referred you here it’s because I sincerely believe that the answer to your question can be found here.
Were you ever in the Military?
Nope. Nor was I ever in Law Enforcement. I wanted to be. I loved the idea of serving my country in theatres of war. However, God had different plans for my life. In order to be a preacher, I had to go to Bible College where I spend 6 years in study and preparation, receiving Bachelors and Masters Degree to do what God has called me to do, preach.
What pistol do you use and why? What caliber do you prefer?
I’m looking to buy my first pistol, what do you suggest?
I prefer the Gen 3 Glock 19. There are many of great pistols out there that can be shot well, but all in all, I prefer the size, performance, and the conceal-ability of the Glock 19. The G19 is a 9mm. The 9mm is the caliber I prefer because I believe it to be the best self-defense option for me:
It’s cheap to shoot
It has very little recoil in comparison to other calibers
Magazines tend to have a larger capacity
Its muzzle velocity is faster equaling to greater penetration
A good 9mm hollow point will expand just much as a .38, .40, .45
I hear a lot of internet talk about “stopping power” and (based off my research) unless you are shooting a .50 cal or being hit by a mac truck, stopping power is a myth perpetuated by movies.
I suggest people buy a Glock 19 as their first pistol. Primarily because its cheap, reliable, and easy to apply the fundamentals. It has a trigger that is stiff, easy to negotiate, and a noticeable, audible trigger reset. Grant it, this isn’t the end all, be all pistol – this is just what I prefer.
What Holster do you use?
Check out “My Gear” Section for the appendix and 4 o’clock holsters I use.
Do I need to spend a lot of money enhancing my gun in order to be a good shooter?
Short answer: No. If you are new to shooting (meaning you’ve been shooting less than 3 years) and you have yet to master the fundamentals, you need to take your money and get proper fundamental training.
After awhile, save your money and customize and modify your weapon to your preference. Imagine the car you drive to work. There are some people who prefer driving a Ford and some people prefer driving a Ferrari. Both will get you to work, but some people like customizing their ride to suit their wants – not needs. I shot a stock glock 19 for 8 years and put 45,000+ rounds through it without a single problem. When you start messing with trigger springs, striker springs, and this and that, you take away from the reliability that Glock is known for as well as potential safety issues (like compromising drop safety).
What Pistol Upgrades do you recommend getting first?
In all honesty, you don’t need any pistol upgrades, except night sights, for the Glock 19. Fiber optic sights are nice and help with what’s going on visually when you align your sights and acquire your target.
But if you wanted a trigger, here are the following that I’ve used and think are worth the money.
Salient Arms International – Apex – Travis Haley Skimmer Trigger
3.5 Ghost connectors make things fun. They require a little bit of know how and work to modify but they can enhance your customization on the pistol.
What sights do you recommend?
For night sights, I prefer Ameriglo I-dot sights. Found here: http://shop.opticsplanet.com/ameriglo-pro-i-dot-set-for-glock-20-21-29-30-31-32-36-front-is-proglo-green-trit.html?_iv_code=AR-AP-GL-203&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=plusbox-beta&gclid=CKCF38KB28sCFQ8vaQod-k8DoQ
I love fiber optic sights too. I prefer Salients Fiber optic sights, warren tactical, Ameriglo fiber optics, and Dawson precision.
If you are interested in getting your pistol slide worked on, frame stippled, undercuts, accelerator cuts, and a paint job – check out Performance Industries: https://picustoms.com/collections/glock
Do you recommend an RMR on a carry pistol?
I personally do not recommend an RMR as of now. I have used them in the past and I have them on guns. I think that they are really cool, but ultimately not necessary in order to shoot accurately and quickly. Some people like them and assist the shooter and others like myself can use them and enjoy shooting with them, but in all reality, unless you are using them in conjunction with night vision, I find them a greater hindrance to personal self defense than regular iron sights. The reason for this is as follows:
1) Auto adjusting/Manual Adjusting Brightness
One of the major issues I ran into when carrying the RMR was the constant adjusting of the brightness I had to do going in and out of buildings or transitioning from the movie theatre in the day to the darkened parking lot at night. I had to keep reaching down and clicking through my shirt up or down and a lot of times, I couldn’t even recall what brightness setting I was on unless I actually pulled out the pistol to see.
Some people would respond with “Well why not get the auto adjusting?” This is probably the better option for carrying the RMR on a pistol (where the dot adjusts to your lit/dim setting). The downside is, that whilst using a handheld or weapon light that is bright and in close distance, the high lumens will wash out the red dot, making your optic less than idea for use. The argument then flips back to getting adjustable. But then, the shooter has to adjust the dot to be more powerful as to not compete with the white light, but when the white light is off (which is good low light tactics) the dot becomes then overpowering and bright. This could provide a myriad of problems in of itself.
2) Dust, dirt, debris, rain.
This was another issue I ran into. Using my RMR mounted pistol, I found that there was a number of foreign debris that kept clouding my field of view through the RMR lens. The problem with this becomes that once you can no longer see through your lens and cant acquire a sight picture, the gun becomes less effective. I hear then the argument “Well just point your pistol because at close distances, which is the normal for self defense shootings, your vision is overwhelmed and you cant really see anything but your target.” Fantastic argument, to which I respond “Then it sounds like you don’t need an RMR.” But then, as your see, when we start increase the distance fro mthe threat – say 25 meters, we then may run into our debris issue again, not acquiring a good sight picture or having to adjust our RMR.
Another huge issue (along this same lines of not being able to see), was when firing when the sun is behind your target (or anywhere close), the lens then becomes this conduit for reflective and overwhelming light, not allowing the shooter to see and acquire a sight picture.
3) Do the Pros outweigh the Cons?
Unless you are shooting your RMR mounted Pistol in conjunction with Night vision, I personally don’t see any benefit that outweighs the cons mentioned above. Ultimately, this is left up for the shooter to decide and for me personally, with my time spent with the RMR’d Pistol – I was running into more glaring issues than benefits that it was providing over traditional iron sights.
With that said, I did find several benefits. A) It was easier to shoot and longer distances. B) People with eye dominance issues or eyesight problems in general found it easier to acquire the dot than traditional iron sights. C) It looks really really cool.
Do you recommend Inforce lights or Surefire?
Yes. It all depends, really. I prefer surefire flashlights over Inforce because they are simply better lights. More durable, better beams, more lumens. The issue becomes is that having them on my EDC pistol, the surefire x300 series are difficult to engage with one finger quickly.
This is where I prefer the Inforce APL over the x300 series. Its easy to engage the light, they are thin and have a low profile which makes them ideal for Concealed Carry. On my rifles, I prefer Surefire overall.
Hand held weapon lights are an absolute must if you are going to carry. Always keep a hand held light on your person. You you can use for a plethora of reasons. Check out the my gear section for a little more info on the E1D Defender.