eBook Chapter 1: Dry Fire by Josh Gillem

How To Dry Fire:

One of the best things you can do to up your shooting proficiency can take place in the comfort of your own home. And, while there are tools that you can purchase to help you out in your endeavor, you certainly don’t have to buy anything.

In fact, all you really need is some time and your EDC gun. Dry firing is a great idea because you can take all the other aspects about shooting accurately and apply them to your dry fire practice everyday without leaving your home.

Even better, you can practice things your range may not allow you to, like drawing from the holster, presenting to your target, and pressing the trigger. Many gun ranges around the country don’t allow their members to draw and shoot due to safety concerns during live fire, and this may be the only time you can actually practice like this.

If you have any fears about dry firing your gun, please know that all modern, center fire handguns can be safely dry fired without causing damage. If you’re still worried, consult your gun’s manual or the manufacturer to ask if dry firing is safe.

Finally, if you still have concerns about it, you can purchase dummy rounds and use them while dry firing.

One thing dry fire practice is great for is keeping your fundamental skills going even when you’re not at the range doing live fire practice.

How Do You Do Dry Fire Practice?

The most important thing to remember, is that this is called dry fire practice because there is no ammo in the gun. In fact, it’s a good idea to check the status of your gun each time you pick it up.

Even when you know it’s unloaded, check it. It can’t hurt and only takes a second.

Many of today’s instructors recommend dry firing for at least 10 minutes per day, several times per week.

Make sure the gun is unloaded, point it at a spot on the wall or a target (in a safe direction), utilize all of your shooting fundamentals: proper trigger manipulation, proper grip, sight picture, etc., and press the trigger.

You can then reset the trigger and do it all over again. If you’re doing holster exercises, re-holster the gun and start over. Do it repetitively.
And, because there is no ammunition, recoil, muzzle blast, etc., it really helps you focus on what, if anything, you may be doing wrong.

For example …

Did the front sight move at all? If so, what went wrong?

Some of the most common problems are a bad grip, pressing the trigger in a way that causes the muzzle to drift, flinching, or tightening the grip to the point where the front sight moves as you’re pressing the trigger.

Some folks will place an empty shell or a coin on the muzzle of the gun. If that thing, whatever it may be, falls off then you’re clearly in need of some diagnostics. And, if it doesn’t, you’re good to go.

The only problem with that, is sometimes the thing you placed on your front sight may actually stay on because you didn’t flinch hard, but it could still be a less than ideal shot because you did something else wrong.

Remember, even an eighth of an inch at the front sight/muzzle equates to inches on the target. When you’re dry firing, you can see if your sight moves. Did your eyes see the front sight slip to the left or right as you pressed the trigger?

Watching your front sight during dry fire can tell you a lot. If it moves as you press the trigger, there is something wrong. If it continues for a few repetitions of dry fire, you need to figure out what is going on because you’re also likely doing it while live firing.

Dry fire practice allows you to dissect your fundamentals to see just what you’re doing wrong. You’ll get to the point where you’ll know what you did wrong based on how the gun moved.


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Is the IWI Masada the New Glock?

IWI Masada with Rubber-Black TALON Grips

Whenever a new striker-fired pistol is released, it’s forced to live in Glock’s world. However, that’s not to say that a new striker-fired gun—like the IWI Masada—will never be as good as a Glock.

New guns often are just as good as Glocks, and frequently better in certain ways.

But, and this is a spoiler, none of the new striker-fired handguns (including the Masada) will be the new Glock. At least, not for a long time.

We’ll explain why shortly.

For now, let’s talk about why the IWI Masada is actually better than a Glock in many ways.

One thing to note before we start: the Masada is not as easily upgradeable as a Glock because there’s not as much aftermarket support, yet. But that’s not really a fair comparison point, since the Masada is far newer. So we’re not going to hold that against the Masada.

Onto the discussion.


It’s no secret: Glocks have a very particular grip shape. People typically either love it or hate it.

The Masada grip shape isn’t quite as unique as a Glock grip. But it will probably be more comfortable for more people, on average. Those who find the Glock grip to be the most comfortable thing ever will probably label the Masada as slightly less comfortable than a Glock.

However, the rest of us might prefer the Masada grip. The palm swell is fairly subtle and well placed. And the grip texture offers good traction without being too aggressive.

Also, the grip is a couple degrees more upright than a Glock. That’s not a bad thing. It’s a more natural angle, which is nice for those who want a plug-and-play type of gun. Also, the Masada is more versatile for those who shoot multiple handguns, since the grip angle is more consistent with other models.


There’s no way we’d get away with comparing anything to a Glock without mentioning the trigger.

Here’s the juice: the Masada’s trigger is better than a Glock trigger in almost every way.

The break is cleaner. The pull weight is more consistent with IWI’s stated weight. And it feels like there’s slightly less travel in the trigger press.

So where is the Glock trigger better? The reset, of course. Very few triggers reset as positively as a Glock trigger.

But the Masada’s trigger has a nice tactile and audible reset. It’s just that the reset is a bit long. It takes a bit of finesse to get really clean strings of rapid fire.

For accuracy, though, the Masada trigger is a step up from many striker-fired pistols, including Glocks.

Standard features

The Masada comes with more creature comforts and practical upgrades than a bone stock Glock.

The most obvious is steel sights. Glock basically loses every stock sight comparison because they use plastic sights, which are a known issue during one-handed weapon manipulations.

But there’s more.

The Masada also comes with front cocking serrations.

It also comes standard with an RMR cut.

There’s a Picatinny rail.

And the grip is cut so that you can grab and strip magazines for malfunction clearance. It’s a subtle cut. But it’s better than the notch on the front of the Gen 5 Glocks or none at all.

One thing to consider

The Masada does have one fairly unique drawback that’s worth mentioning, even though we’re not here to bash on the Masada: the slide heats up fairly quickly.

If you’re wearing gloves, it’s not a huge issue until you’ve fired five or six magazines in quick succession.

But if you’re not wearing gloves, the slide can be a bit hot to handle after two or three magazines. It’s not dangerous. You’re not going to burn your flesh off or anything. However, the slide gets hot faster than most other handguns.

The Masada is a duty-sized gun. So they may have designed it with a lighter slide to enhance the performance, assuming that the ideal consumer would be armed professionals who usually wear gloves when they shoot.

It’s not a deal breaker. But it’s something to be aware of when you pick this gun up.

Answer: no, the IWI Masada is not the new Glock

Overall, the IWI Masada is a great gun. It’s very comfortable. It shoots well. It seems reliable based on what we’ve seen so far. And it retails for about $400, which is an excellent price.

If you purchased a Masada instead of a Glock, you’d be making a fine choice.

But here’s why the Masada is not the new Glock:

First, it only comes in one frame size. It’s similar to the Glock 19x. It’s impossible for a single, duty-sized gun to replace an entire line of guns that includes smaller, concealed carry options.

Could the Masada be the new Glock 19x? Maybe someday. But that’s not the question we asked.

Glock 19X with TALON Rubber-Black Grips

However, the real reason the IWI Masada is not the new Glock is because it’s better than a Glock in several ways. So it doesn’t really compete directly with Glock pistols.

Glock has become the baseline handgun. If a new gun does anything worse than a Glock—if it’s less reliable, if the trigger is worse, if it’s less comfortable, or anything else—that gun will probably be viewed pretty critically by the firearms market.

Being as good as a Glock is the minimum standard these days, not the gold standard.

The Masada is better than a Glock on multiple fronts. Given enough time, maybe the Masada will become the new measuring stick.

But right now, the Masada is an affordable handgun that’s a bit better than a Glock in a handful of aspects. And you’re wise if you’re considering buying the IWI Masada.

TALON Talk January 15, 2020

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More Ways to Earn TALON Grips Rewards Points!

100 Points = $1 off at TalonGunGrips.com

We’ve added 2 more ways for you to earn rewards points that can be used to get a discount on your orders.

We covered the new TALON Grips rewards system in an earlier blog post which you can read here to get caught up.

The process of earning rewards points through social media is simple. First, make sure you are logged into your account at TalonGunGrips.com then select the Rewards icon in the lower right of your screen.

When the popup opens select Ways to earn.

You will then see Follow on Instagram and Like on Facebook. Like and Follow us and you will get 100 points each.

That’s it! That’s pretty easy way to get 200 points which is equal to $2 dollars off your next order.


TALON Talk December 16, 2019


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TALON Grips Rewards Program

Loyal customers are a big part of our business so we developed a rewards program that will provide you credit based on the dollars spent at TalonGunGrips.com. The nuts and bolts of the program follow:

  1. You will get automatically signed up for the rewards program when you place an order.
  2. You get 4 points for every $1 spent. For instance, if you spend $25 you will accrue 100 points.
  3. For every 100 points you receive $1 off your order.

If you cannot sign into your account reset your password.

Redeeming Your Rewards Points

  1. Go to TalonGunGrips.com
  2. Make sure you are signed into your account. If you don’t remember your password Click Forgot Password, enter your email address and click RESET PASSWORD and an email will be sent to you to enter a new password.
  3. Add the products you want to purchase to the cart.
  4. Once done shopping click the Rewards Icon which is a crown in the lower right of your screen. See Here
  5. You are now in the rewards section. See Here
    1. Rewards Points Available
    2. Ways to earn
    3. All Rewards– Click to redeem points See Here
  6. Slide the ball over to the desired amount of rewards points and discount you want to use and click Redeem. See Here
  7. A code will be generated. Simply click Apply now or copy the code and paste into the coupon code section at Checkout. See Here

If you have any questions about the program please contact us at info@talongrips.com.

Thank you loyal TALON Grips customers.

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A New TALON Grips Website: What it Means to You

Most marketing gurus say a website should be redesigned every 2-3 years. We’ve gotten over 6 years of good performance out of our old website. So you can say our website has done a great job for us and we were in need of a new website… yes, a new website has been a long time coming!

On October 29th we shut down old faithful and moved forward with a shiny new website. Our team has put countless hours into the choosing a new website platform, designing the general layout, organizing the pages logically, writing new product descriptions, taking pictures, building the pages, and…you get the idea. We are happy with the result of our efforts and we hope you are as well.

What the new website means to you is a new rewards program and resetting your account password when you log into your account on the new website the first time.

Use discount code TALON15 to get 15% off your order

Offer good through November 16th, 2019

Resetting Your Account Password

  2. Enter your email address
  3. Click the RESET PASSWORD button
  4. You will be emailed a link which you can click or past into your browser
  5. On the reset password page enter your password and you’ll be set!

If you have any questions please email us at info@talongrips.com.

Feedback from our customers has been vital to our growth, we encourage you to share your thoughts on the new website.

Thank you,

The TALON Team

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