Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Pistol Dynamics Gift Certificates

Info on how to order Pistol Dynamics gift certificates for the holiday season is now available here. We wish all our friends and customers a very Merry Christmas and happy holiday season

Monday, November 26, 2007

Nyle Leathem

Our thoughts and condolences go out to Robbie Leathem and his entire family at the passing of his dad Nyle. Marie and I will remember him with great affection.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Old Farts....

It was really good to see my pal 'Tommy Gun' Campbell at the recent SWAT Round-Up in Orlando FL. We've been close friends since the early days of IPSC and rumour has it that we might be competing again in an 'Old Farts' reunion match which will be a real hoot if it happens. (I'm going to make a fortune with my on-site geriatric equipment rental) . I was going to dig up all my old shooting gear so that I could roll up in 'costume', as it were, but I dropped that idea as soon as I realized that none of it would fit. (By the way, that's NOT a Safariland holster that I'm lifting off the table as my photo guy blitzes Campbell with a high intensity strobe). To prove that we were actually young once, here's a picture of Tom, Marie and I at the Bianchi Cup in 1984. Yup, that's him wearing her hat.....solid evidence that even in those days the man wasn't all there. However, Tom is one of the finest handgunners of all time and an icon in the world of practical shooting.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Carry Gun FAQ

We are sometimes asked what we might suggest for an effective carry gun. We have a number of potential solutions but one of the more practical is a 4" XO based 1911 on an 'Officers' size frame similar to that shown here. Even though it's compact, the unit is manageable because most people can get a full grip on the pistol thanks to our high-hold ergonomics. The slide and barrel length is long enough to afford a usable sight radius and there is ample room for a proper recoil system. The ARP mechanism retards the timing and tames recoil impulse. Very often people are drawn to ultra-compact 1911s that are easier to carry but teater on the edge of not functioning reliably because there is very little room for an effective recoil system, the slide cycle is short and the slide velocities are elevated to a point of causing magazine related malfunctions. We believe that a compact XO is the most practical package a shooter can confidently rely on. The gun is small enough to be concealable and has plenty of manageability and performance to warrant being used in IDPA to practice shooting skills. The other advantage to the XO concept is that there are no tools required to field strip the pistol and basic maintenance is simple.

Monday, August 20, 2007

More from the Steel Challenge

A quick thanks to Jim O'young for flying the PD flag at the Steel Challenge. As usual, Jim put up some solid numbers with his Pistol Dynamics stock gun and can always be counted on to be there when we can't. Thanks for the image Jim.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Steel Challenge Time!

If you happen to be in the So Cal area during this week stop by the World Speed Shooting Championship at the ISI range near Lake Piru. Get Directions here. The Steel Challenge, run By Mike Dalton and Mike Fichman, has been the premier pro pistol tournament for many years. I had a lot of fun shooting the Steel Steel Challenge in the 80's and have a tremendous respect for both Mikes. We are a proud sponsor of the match and if you do have the opportunity to drop by you could enter to win this specially prepared Pistol Dynamics Scout.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Electronic Mailing List

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Saturday, June 30, 2007

Congtratulations Kaelin!

We're proud to report that Kaelin Liebenberg has been awarded her Black Belt in TaeKwon-Do. She's worked tirelessly over the last five years to attain this goal while maintaining a ‘Straight A’ average at school. A special thanks goes out to ‘uncle’ Al Tong (Black Belt in his own right) for his encouragement, support and for laying the foundation to Kaelin’s winning attitude in martial arts. We're also looking forward to her competing in the US Open Martial Arts Tournament in Orlando next week and wish her continued success as she moves to this next level of competition.

Radial Bushings

This is a quick look at one of our new Radial bushings for the 1911. Starting with the introduction of our new Pistol Dynamics 1911 (July 2007) we will offer two variations of the system; one that is flush mount to the slide and requires a wrench, and another that is designed to facilitate a totally toolless field strip. Both Systems utilize a flush mount reverse recoil spring plug.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

New Trituim Rear Sights

Our tritium rear sights have been reconfigured to blend a little better with the latest fads in tactical training. This design is available with or without tritium tubes. The sight is compatible with the 'Novak' dovetail. Price and availability can be had here

Monday, April 09, 2007

Barbara Stone

We are deeply saddened by the passing of Barbara Stone, wife of the late Irving O. Stone Jr. and namesake of Bar-Sto Precision. Marie and I are honored to have known the Stone family for over 25 years. Barbara and Irving treated us like their own and we miss them. We extend our sincere condolences to Irv Stone III and the entire family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Irv.

Paul Liebenberg

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Performance Shooting HQ

Performance Shooting HQ is a new source for Pistol Dynamics parts and accessories. You can access the site here or through a link on our parts page. Some special order items are only available directly from us but PSHQ has a comprehensive listing of stock items.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Contact Reminder

Please be aware that our phone and email systems are protected from solicitation and spam. Any call that is received from a number of an 'Unknown' or 'Private' source automatically goes to voice mail. If you have an ID block on your phone it is important to leave a message so that we can return your call. All calls from unblocked numbers will be answered unless our lines are busy. In either case your call will be returned promptly if you leave a message. Emails should have a subject related notation in the subject line otherwise the message may be automatically transferred to a spam folder and be deleted.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

New 'Features' Page

Please visit our new 'Features' page on our web site. It was uploaded to help explain the features of our pistols and the terminology we use. We hope this will assist you in making the best decisions when ordering.

Friday, February 09, 2007

We Don’t Install Shok-Buffs in 1911s

If you send a 1911 to us for any kind of service that requires a barrel installation, recoil system upgrade or timing adjustment please make sure to remove the little blue thing on your guide rod (if you have one) before shipping it to us. We discard these devices in order to properly tune the pistol and will not return them.
Shok-Buffs reduce the slide travel on 1911s significantly enough to potentially interfere with how we do things. They reduce the dwell time at the end of the slide stroke and sometimes affect the ability of the magazine to deliver and settle a round to the lips of the mag in time to feed the next round effectively. This is particularly relevant to "Commander" length pistols where the slide stroke is already shortened by 080”-100” over a full size pistol. We have found that In some cases Shok-Buffs reduce the slide travel to such an extent that the slide either fails to lock back on the last round or damage occurs to the slide stop notch over time and the slide stop loses its ability to engage.
A 1911 with a correctly fitted barrel, that is well timed, and matched to the recoil system does not benefit at all from these devices in our opinion. PLEASE DO NOT INSTALL A SHOK-BUFF IN ANY PISTOL DYNAMICS HANDGUN. Our guns are precisely timed and tuned for function and the materials of the slide, frame, and guide rod have been carefully chosen to absorb impact that is not enhanced by the installation of a Shock-Buff.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Liebenberg Built Pachmayrs

We've received a number of questions on how to identify a Liebenberg built Pachmayr Combat Special. Other than number ID, a Combat Special built by Paul differs slightly in certain areas from the typical Pachmayr specification. The most noticeable deviation is the ejection port dimple and the bevel treatment on the slide, bushing and safeties. Some Combat Specials were fitted with wide-links and all of those examples were Liebenberg built. The front strap checkering is bordered differently and many pistols had pocket Bomar rear sight installations. The picture above depicts a typical Liebenberg Combat Special of the early 80's. The image on the right is a modern Pistol Dynamics tribute pistol to Frank Pachmayr and the Combat Special. 'Combat Special' is a registered trademark of Pistol Dynamics through SuperFormance Inc.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

New Briley / Pistol Dynamics Project

Claudio Salassa of Briley MFG. and Paul Liebenberg have collaborated on the introduction of a new 1911 pistol; the first 40 of which will be offered through Briley in Texas and hand built by Paul and team in the Pistol Dynamics model shop. The handguns will utilize Briley’s new forged and machined 1911 frame, slide and barrel. The project will showcase a blend of Briley and Pistol Dynamics 1911 components and innovations. Features will include a match grade barrel, custom sights, machined beavertail grip safety, hand checkering, PD ignition system and many other traditional custom nuances. A custom mag well and various finish options will be available to produce an extremely logical and desirable handgun. The guns will include a hand fired test target and authenticity document signed by both Claudio Salassa and Paul Liebenberg. Keep checking here and our web site for more information.