Hilton Yam – The Man Behind 10-8 Performance

Hilton Yam is a retired FBI Agent who spent a career putting away violent criminals and teaching firearms. He got started in shooting by competing in IPSC and learning about firearms from Bruce Gray. Along the way, Hilton began his work on 1911 guns and eventually formed his company, 10-8 Performance. That company went on to produce handgun sights for a variety of common handguns like Glock and Smith & Wesson MP line. Now that Hilton retired, I was able to sit down and discuss his work as well as get Hilton’s take on handguns and shooting.

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  1. January 12, 2020 at 3:43 am — Reply

    As a newbie to the world of 1911’s, I have heard various (and conflicting) commentary regarding full length guide rods, single piece (sorry if I’m using the wrong terminology) versus shorter guide rods…which guide rod better ensures reliability in self-defense situations?

    • January 19, 2020 at 4:09 am — Reply

      Unless you are building your own, I’d stick with the manufacturer’s specs. To customize it, I would contact Hilton on one of his social channels. Good luck!

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