How Striker-Fired Guns Work

Apex Tactical Heavy-Duty Striker for FN.

Striker-fired guns are the bee’s knees. Rarely do you see a new gun come out in any design besides striker-fired. Hammer fired handguns aren’t dead, but they may be gone as far as armed professionals go. The United States military got rid of the hammer-fired Beretta for the P320. Most police forces have transitioned to these guns in various flavors, and most popular carry guns are striker-fired models. What exactly is a striker-fired handgun? How do they work? Well, let’s find out.

What’s A Striker-Fired gun?

All strikers are firing pins, but not all firing pins are strikers. Striker fired guns can best be described as spring-loaded firing pins. The racking the slide or pulling the trigger, or a combination of both cock the striker and the striker is held in the ready to fire position with potential spring energy behind it. Once the trigger is pulled, the spring energy propels the striker forward.

Image showing the internals of four striker fired handguns.
Strikers galore.

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Cheek Weld: a fundamental of accuracy

Cheek weld: because consistency breeds accuracy.

Cheek weld is important — far more important than many people know. Like grip on a handgun, cheek weld is frequently misunderstood.

Consistency equals accuracy.

We have – you should have – been hearing this for years.  There is no single element that guarantees someone will be a good shooter. Rather there is a collection of several seemingly small things (i.e. fundamental skills and actions) that must be reliably and consistently executed with each and every shot.

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Smoke grenades: a colorful strategy from Enola Gaye

Enola Gaye Smoke Grenades

Now and then, you find yourself in need of letting everyone within several city blocks know of your whereabouts. Maybe you’re a stranded hiker outside of Machu Picchu and just got your gear lifted by Peruvian bandits. Now you need to signal for help. Or, maybe you just really like a flamboyant entrance to Mom’s annual 4th of July cookout. Either way, Enola Gaye USA (@enolagayeusa) makes a whole line of smoke grenades to make just such efforts easier.

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You Wanna Be PALS with MOLLE?

Thyrm Now A Part of House Morningwood

A company has made it when people start using their brand name as a stand-in for any item in the same realm. For example, tissues being called Kleenex, Jacuzzis and hot tubs, and lest we forget Ping Pong and table tennis. Sometimes it happens even when it’s not an accurate term. This is what has happened with the terms MOLLE and PALS. MOLLE became the nearly synonymous name with modern webbing used on plate carriers, belts, backpacks, and more.

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Loot Vault: Morning Wood Plunder

Tactical equipment contests and giveaways from breachbangclear.

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Past giveaways and loot distributed.

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Among the many benefits of backing us on Patreon is access to the loot we hand out to our supporters. We’ve given a lot of swag and plunder away since we first called the banners.  Unfortunately, we’re not terribly bright so we didn’t record it all or post it online.

That’ll change now. As we go forward we’ll update this page with new contests and giveaways (or the big ones, anyway). We’ll also announce on Instagram (@house.morningwood), so be sure to keep an eye on that frequency too.

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Sorry. Female Space Marines would attract Space Bears

Kinpatsu Cosplay: WH40K Space Marine

A couple of years ago, military-related news feeds were full of stories about female Ranger School graduates, female infantry officers for both the Army and the Marine Corps, even a large number of female enlisted Marines headed for SOI (the terrestrial School of Infantry mind you; nothing to do with any Space Marine training).

It wasn’t too much later that we began hearing the all too predictable calls that females also be allowed to fight in the ranks of the Legiones Astartes (the Emperor‘s Space Marines).

Sisters of Battle Squad (Warhammer 40K cosplay)
This polite young lady is part of the Sisters of Battle squad.

WTF.

Sisters of Battle cosplay by Rudy Chaos.
Sisters of Battle cosplay by Rudy Chaos.

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Monster Energy Girls

Monster Energy Girls

Monster has a lot going for it — fast cars, fast motorcycles, badass athletes, a massively popular line of energy drinks (duh). Our personal favorite: the Monster Energy Girls.

Since they make Monster Energy‘s activity so much more visually appealing, we figure it’s only appropriate to post their latest news.

You’re welcome.

Monster Energy Girl @missivickilund in Morocco.
Meanwhile, in Morocco, Monster Energy Girls like @missivickilund are makin’ the desert look good.

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Cheers! Cloud Defensive Has Joined the Bazaar

Cloud Defensive has joined the Morningwood Bazaar

Cloud Defensive is best known for their OWL (Optimized Weapon Light), which was a generational leap in weapon light technology and performance. The company specializes in firearm component development and testing for the firearms community. Their mission is to “… provide customized defensive solutions through innovative product design.”

Recently, Cloud Defensive raised its flag and declared for House Morningwood. Now, it is a member of our Tactical Buyers Club, which makes the OWL, COR, LCS, and ATB seem even more tantalizing than before….

and that’s not easy to do! 

Cloud Defensive
Cloud Defensive OWL and COR at SHOT Show 2019

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