All posts by Matt Landfair

Active Law Enforcement background since before the turn of the century in the middle of no where. Firearms instructor, armorer, hangs out at DARC, has attended numerous training courses including DARC, Follow Through Consulting, EAG, TMacs, and more boring mandatory popo training you can shake a stick at. He has written for RECOIL Magazine, Breach Bang Clear, Soldier Systems Daily and Monderno. Enjoys long walks on the beach, blah blah blah… Known as Matt Prime or Riafdnal in some circles. Matt@primaryandsecondary.com

Mr. John Chapman Joins B.E. Meyers & Co. Inc. As Latest MAWL™ Brand Ambassador and Certified Trainer

February, 22nd, 2017 (Redmond, WA) – B.E. Meyers & Co. Inc. is proud to announce that Mr. John Chapman, a.k.a. “Chappy”, is joining the B.E. Meyers Team as our latest Brand Ambassador for the MAWL™ Modular Advanced Weapon Laser system.  This is part of Chappy’s continued law enforcement training efforts while also CEO of Raven Concealment. “I am honored to be joining the B.E. Meyers team”, said Chappy. “The combination of proven designers and engineers working with experienced applications experts has enabled B.E. Meyers to create the MAWL-DA, the most capable multi-function small arms laser system I have used.  I am excited to educate the law enforcement tactical community on the overwhelming benefits of the MAWL™ and B.E. Meyers other signature products for the military and law enforcement community.”   “Chappy brings years of experience to the team, and acts as a conduit for the voice of the customer as we move forward into future products”, said Matt Meyers, President at B.E. Meyers & Co. Inc.  “One of our core goals is to be the most end-user centric photonics company in the industry, and Chappy will undoubtedly be a critical part of that path”.  Chappy joins the current certified MAWL™

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Bawidamann Denlinger OWB Mag Pouch

After seeing a Soldier Systems Daily article about the Bawidamann holster now called the Gotham, I wanted to look into further into the holster. So I bought one. I was already familiar with Bawidamann horizontal mag pouches and their blades by reputation - that reputation being quite good.  Long backstory short, the holster is outstanding. Excellent passive retention, nicely finished, very well constructed, very comfortable, sturdy. This is coming from someone who has been wearing weapons appendix for a number of years, so comfort is relative. Mid January I acquired a small selection of Bawidamann mag pouches: the already well known horizontal Uber CC for standard Glock mags as well and a newer Uber CC for a G43, and the vertical Denlinger for my 9mm double stack Glocks and  one for my G43. Similarly crafted to the Gotham, the finely made Denlinger is a low profile OWB streamlined single mag pouch. The pouch affixes to your belt via a flexible strip that is permanently attached to the bottom with screws and heavy rubber washers and the top has a one way snap. This pouch does have a smaller footprint compared to other similar pouches due to needing only one belt attachment

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Terror, Violence, and The Modern Police Officer

The war on terror sparked on September 11th, 2001. When the U.S. was attacked on its own soil it opened eyes of police forces to upgrade equipment prior to becoming a liability to save lives of citizens and LE in an armed conflict.  The public expects law enforcement to intercede in armed conflicts and stop the threat. Typically, police are not the most popular of the public servants – except when needed to stop a violent threat.  Similarly to the military during peacetime, the public does not seem to think police departments need such equipment until a crisis occurs.  After the crisis is handled, the public quickly forgets the needs of the police.  Police are a part of government that is often criticized.  Civilian speculation plays a major part of criticism of the police.  An objective analysis of a police department is necessary to determine its needs. However, trusting the same public that does not have an understanding of use of force and realistic measures to neutralize a threat to determine the needs of a police department is a dangerous precedent.   Public expectation (that lack of understanding again) versus realistic results needs to be considered during an analysis. The terror

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Evolutions In Outfitting The Modern Police Officer

I have worked within law enforcement (LE) since the last century. I  have worked with leadership that recognized the importance of officer safety and enacted proactive polices which maximized police effectiveness through modern equipment and training.  Currently, police officers do everything from teaching classes in elementary schools to direct combat with terrorist forces.  As a school resource officer, I taught several D.A.R.E. (Drug Awareness Resistance Education) classes a day at the local elementary schools and still responded to all types of incidents.  Our officers have ever changing job duties as well as high expectations from the public.  In order to more safely and effectively conduct their duties, upgrading equipment and uniforms to a more versatile and functional condition will help with officer and public safety. Police departments are funded by the cities the serve.  Outfitting and updating police a department is expensive.  There are federal programs that allow the use of used military equipment for police work.  Equipment offered with these federal programs included at one time: weapons, armored vehicles, non-armored vehicles, night vision, generators, vehicle parts, combat uniforms- nearly everything. Some items require fees to be paid, some items are free.  All of these items are on loan from

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“The Best Gun Is The One You Have”

After reading many discussions on social media, specifically ones centered on firearms, I have found one phrase that people drop out of context frequently. This phrase usually is in a discussion where someone is defending a poor choice and trying to make someone else feel better about their poor choice. Let's discuss the copout of "The best gun is the one you have." Apply this concept to different circumstances - preparedness and food storage. A recent natural disaster has closed off transportation to your area. Roadways aren't expected to be opened back up for a week. You haven't prepared properly so you have a quarter bag of dog food and some leftovers... the best food storage is the food storage you have. Spending a couple dollars more at the grocery store on some canned food for storage is considered preparedness. Apply this concept to acquiring better choices in firearms - save a little more money weekly. I often hear the excuse that people can't afford a more suitable gun - buying a subpar option instead is taking resources away from this viable option. Cutting back on a habit in order to save a little more for a better solution ultimately

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Brand Loyalty, Bias, and Being Dumb 

Brand loyalty is a strong influence on people’s attempt to find the best option. Ford vs Chevy, Coke vs Pepsi, we all have our preferences. Is it safe to blindly rely on our loyalties with our choices in guns, gear, and training? Is it wise to consider a piece of gear without knowing other (possibly better) options available? My gun/gear purchases are work related. I don’t bother with cheap options. I have that bin of crappy holsters, AR15 accessories, and cheap optics from over a decade ago. I have learned inexpensive usually means not for work use. I am one who believes you get what you pay for after a few bin related issues. Serious use items need greater scrutiny. A blind assumption that a specific brand will always provide the optimal option is a wrong assumption. I have used Glocks for years without issue. I just bought a new G34 for duty use, but I won’t buy a G43. G34’s have had great reviews, Glocks in general are an outstanding option – G43s seem to still need some proving. I am not going to make the blind purchase based on my previous experience with Glock. (I did buy a

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Real Threats To Our 2nd Amendment

We don't do political posts on Primary & Secondary. In case anyone wonders, we are extremely Pro 2nd Amendment. A majority of the staff are current or former Military and Law Enforcement. Of those staff members who did not serve in an official capacity, they serve our communities with helping, educating, and being examples of productive gun owners and gun wearers. There are a lot of wasted efforts in the gun world, especially within gun enthusiast organizations. A lot of posturing and a lot of people drawing imaginary lines in the sand against an enemy that isn't as overt as they claim. Our immediate enemy isn't the federal government or gun grabbers, our enemy is bad info being spread by gun enthusiasts. Ignorant pro-gun groups are preparing for a physical revolt while our rights are being attacked on their watch under their noses. Laugh at California and tell the gun owners from there to move, it is just a matter of time before your state is affected. They could have done something but instead, people decided to play dress up and pretend to prepare for war or argue about stupid emotional ties to obscure weapons. Our rights are in danger -

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Radical Firearms/Primary & Secondary

After hearing from our reviewer Shockey that Radical Firearms had visited his place of employment I felt it necessary to inform our readers as to why our review stopped. My understanding was a company was attempting to exert their influence to alter the outcome of our review. Looking at the from our limited and one-sided perspective this was our only logical conclusion. Like with most things, there is my side, your side, and the truth somewhere in between. P&S reported too quickly before knowing both sides of the story and didn't realize the reputation of both organizations could be harmed. To take this further, we advise people to contact the manufacturer if they encounter issues. I didn't do that. Had I done that, this would not have been an issue. After discussing both sides of the incident, Radical Firearms and Primary & Secondary forensically reconstructed the event including information from both sides to create one complete experience. So put your torches and pitchforks away and sit down by the fire for a more complete retelling of what had occurred. I can skip to the moral of the story here: it is amazing what is resolved when mature adults discuss their

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“Candid and Unbiased”

Primary & Secondary was founded with the purpose of providing current and accurate information to people that need it. Based on our mission this write up is necessary to provide the following information in regards to a company that requested a review be conducted by our staff and the interaction afterwards. On January 05, 2016, I received an Email from the Marketing Department of Radical Firearms to see if Primary & Secondary would be willing to conduct a review of one of their rifles. The representative of Radical included in the email: “We ask only for candid and unbiased feedback from you.” A few months later a member of the Primary & Secondary Staff set up a test which included a rifle received from them directly. He was doing this review entirely for Primary & Secondary and not his primary employer. Our Staff member noticed some issues and contacted Radical to report them. He provided some insight to the issues within one of the P&S discussion groups on Facebook. The issues were in regards to  manufacturing and quality assurance / quality control. Radical contacted the P&S Staff member and explained they didn’t feel the weapon being reviewed was up to

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Trends You Can Influence

The state of the gun industry rant: ON. Right now large gun industry entities are promoting and providing an outlet for non-rates (who probably should be classified as hobbyists) to shine and get undeserved attention. This provides a very negative effect on us as consumers. There are potential long term effects from the bad info these people share. Many of these Instagram/YouTube famous people are providing our community with wrong info and inaccurate insights. This is causing a snowball effect making impressionable people who have no business discussing insights with firearms think their voice too should be heard as a voice of authority. There is nothing wrong with entertainment, just don't confuse it with real sources of proven information. Remember how people compared all of the new training companies to McDojos years ago? Social media is the new place to gain clout and success through shares, hits, and views but not actual hard work and experience. Side affects include: -Special snowflakes that think their inexperienced opinion matters. -YouTube channels that are wastes of time. -Overabundance of Gun Bunnies. The worst part, the consumers of this drivel don't know any better and accept it all as fact. This is why we have

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