Doctor, it hurts when I do that!

One of the oldest jokes out there, right? This guy goes in to the doctor’s office, jams his finger into his eye and says “Doctor, Doctor, it hurts when I do that!” So the doc looks at him and says “stop doing that.” Seems like a simple fix, doesn’t it? The problem is that people have a tough time applying that same logic to their personally owned firearms, especially after they’ve added upgrades to those guns.Continue reading →

LWD and MDF Bridger Bucks partnership: 4 years of raising money for conservation!

Every year for the past four years, The MDF’s Brett Hyde, has invited us to participate in a custom pistol build, to be raffled off to help raise money for Mule Deer conservation. We of course are always excited to be involved and have worked with them to build a unique, and very custom pistol each year. Usually, each pistol ends up fetching between $1,000-$1,500, with the proceeds going towards habitat improvement and other conservation related work. This year the custom G20SF that we built, brought in a record setting $2,500!

We have even higher hopes for next year’s raffle!

A note from Brett Hyde, regarding the efforts of the Bridger Bucks MDF chapter, and what they’ve done for Mule Deer conservation in Montana:

“In their twelfth year of existence, the Bridger Bucks Chapter of the Mule Deer Foundation has solidified itself as one of Montana’s top contributors to habitat projects across the state. The Chapter’s April fundraiser in Bozeman yielded more than $40,000, which will be appropriated to successful project applicants at the end of the calendar year. Moving forward, all of Montana MDF Chapters will remain focused on enhancement of critical mule deer habitat and migration corridors. Such projects becoming increasingly important, as Montana’s population continues to grow and critical mule deer winter and fawning grounds continue to disappear, due to development. Thus far in 2018, MDF has contributed $105,000 to thirteen habitat projects in Western Montana. MDF will also continue to contribute staff time and resources to curb poaching and help contain a recent outbreak of Chronic Wasting Disease in Montana mule deer. ”   

The LWD-built, custom G20SF on display next to another item (FHF bino harness) that was also raffled off at the banquet.

 

Why customize?

We live in a golden age of pistols. Never before have there been more choices available to shooters who are looking for accurate, reliable guns. Yet even with this wide array of choices, people still will seek to enhance and personalize their firearms. Whether it’s cosmetic touches or performance enhancing parts, there’s always something new to add to your gun.

But why bother? Everyone has probably heard the argument that the best way to get good at shooting is to buy your new gun, get 1,000 rounds of ammo, and take a class. That’s generally correct, but what happens when you get beyond that? What do we do when the factory trigger isn’t quite good enough anymore, or the factory sights aren’t giving you the feedback that you want? What if you want to go further, and build a gun for a specific purpose, but no factory models really meet your desires?

That’s why we customize. A lot of people have the idea that “customization” means going all out – cutting the slide, stippling or changing the frame, things like that. That is true, those are custom touches, but customization can be as simple as a new 3.5# connector and a 6# trigger spring. In fact, that’s my standard “I do this to all my Glocks” modification. Any of my Gen3 or Gen4 guns will automatically get a 3.5# connector and a 6# trigger spring, because that goes a long way towards getting rid of the hard “wall” in the Glock trigger. That allows me to shoot the gun faster and more accurately at speed, which is a performance characteristic I value.

Your goals might be different! There’s another reason to modify or customize your guns that I haven’t talked about yet, and it’s one of my favorites: because it’s cool. There are a million Glocks out there that look exactly alike, and changing something simply because you want it to look different, is a totally reasonable decision! Let’s be honest with ourselves about this: we’re not carrying these guns on duty, we’re not jumping out of helicopters with them, we have them to take them to the range and shoot, because shooting is supposed to be fun. If we can’t have fun with a cool, customized gun, what’s the point?