Jason Burton

Jason Burton is an owner-operator of Heirloom Precision where he builds the finest quality 1911 pattern pistols. During his tenure as a custom 1911 builder Jason has had the opportunity to work with and build pistols for private citizens as well as law enforcement/military personnel alike and his knowledge of the 1911 pistol has made him a very sought-after master craftsman. Jason has always had a passion for fine weapons and related equipment and their practical application for everyday use by civilians and law enforcement personnel. This passion extends to his lifelong pursuit of firearms training and seeking out the best possible tactics for firearms-related scenarios. As a result, Jason has had the opportunity to train with and refine these skills with some of the most respected individuals and schools in the nation. These include Thunder Ranch, International Training Consultants, Vickers’s Tactical, Rob Leatham, Trident Concepts, EAG Tactical, and others. Jason has built a network of training partners who are like-minded in their ideas on how to prepare for and survive armed confrontations. Because of his dedication to this field and his passion for teaching, Jason was invited to be a current adjunct instructor for Thunder Ranch Inc. and has taught at both the Oregon and Texas facilities. In 2010, Jason became involved with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office where he has focused on teaching handgun techniques to various personnel in MCSO as well as consulting on assorted firearms related subjects.

Recent Posts

#AskSpringfield: What is the best gun for concealed carry?

Posted by Jason Burton

Sep 8, 2016 10:30:00 AM

There is no single best choice to solve every concealment requirement or occasion. There are many variables that will play into exactly which gun to carry depending on the required level of concealment, mode of dress, activity level, etc.  

However, as a general rule I believe the best gun for concealment is the largest gun you can shoot effectively while still being able to have it adequately concealed. I think it is wise for folks who are serious about concealed carry to have multiple choices and here are a few of my favorites based on size:

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Pistols & Compact Guns, Polymer Handguns, First Time Gun Buyers, 1911 Handguns

Dry Fire Friday Episode 8: Drawing from Concealment

Posted by Jason Burton

Aug 5, 2016 10:10:24 AM

Here's one more thing to put on your weekend to-do list - the Dry Fire Friday drill.

Jason Burton here and I've got another drill for you concealment fans to perfect your draw stroke - so let's get started. Whether you're an IWB or appendix carry fan, the rules still apply. It's about practicing that quick fluid motion of the draw to make it a reliable and useful skill. So get your unloaded carry gun, your concealment holster, a cover garment and an empty magazine and you're ready to dry fire practice.

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Topics: Shooting Tips, Pistols & Compact Guns, First Time Gun Buyers, Dry Fire Friday, Trigger Pull

Dry Fire Friday Episode 7: Reloading from Concealment

Posted by Jason Burton

Jul 29, 2016 2:43:37 PM

Hello there, Armory fans - It's Dry Fire Friday.

Jason Burton is locked and (un)loaded to offer up this week's dry-fire drill for your practice and perfecting - slide lock reloads from concealment. All you'll need to get started is an empty magazine in the gun and a spare magazine or two with dummy rounds in your pocket. Don't forget - emphasis on "empty" and "dummy".

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Topics: Shooting Tips, Pistols & Compact Guns, First Time Gun Buyers, Dry Fire Friday, Trigger Pull

Dry Fire Friday Episode 6: Three Ready Positions

Posted by Jason Burton

Jul 22, 2016 3:03:11 PM

Welcome back - It's Dry Fire Friday.

Jason Burton is on deck in that handy video up top to offer some advice on your next go-to dry-fire drill; firing from three ready positions. Whether you're practicing for real-world scenarios in which your starting point is low ready, high ready or compressed ready, be better prepared with some dry-fire practice.

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Topics: Shooting Tips, Pistols & Compact Guns, Dry Fire Friday, Trigger Pull

Carrying Concealed: Changes You Can Expect to Your Lifestyle

Posted by Jason Burton

Jun 6, 2016 12:06:55 PM

On my 21st birthday, the prospects of being able to finally purchase alcohol weren't nearly as interesting to me as my ability to now acquire a concealed pistol license (CPL) and carry a handgun on a daily basis.

So a couple of weeks after I turned 21, I received my CPL and strapped on my carry pistol.

At the time, it was a compact stainless steel 9mm. It didn’t take long for me to realize that, despite having been raised with guns and literally shooting my whole life, I knew nothing about carrying a concealed handgun for self-defense on a day-to-day basis. 

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Personal Protection

Anatomy of the Concealed Draw: The IWB Holster

Posted by Jason Burton

Apr 26, 2016 7:00:00 AM

When it comes to drawing a handgun that is carried in a concealed format, a friend of mine has a saying: “The fastest draw stroke in the world is a gun that’s in your hand when the fight starts.” 

This of course leads us to the heart of the matter, which is, "How exactly do we get the pistol out of our concealed holster and onto the target?"

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Topics: Gun Safety, Concealed Carry

The Renaissance Gun: The Versatile Range Officer® Operator® 9mm

Posted by Jason Burton

Jan 20, 2016 5:00:00 AM

I once read that "we are all victims of our own frame of reference." 

It’s a statement that so often rings true in the gun world. To each situation, we all bring our own set of experience and bias, whether it be about guns, gear, training, etc.

And I am certainly no different.

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Topics: 1911 Handguns

Why I Choose To Carry A Full Size 1911

Posted by Jason Burton

Jun 9, 2015 8:38:00 AM

There are plenty factors that play into the decision of what pistol to use as an everyday carry gun.

After carrying a pistol in one form or another for the last 17+ years, one thing I can conclude is that a full-size 1911 is one of the easiest pistols to carry in a concealed format… at least for me.

With all the various options, formats, and configurations available, people still ask me why I continue to choose a full-sized 1911 over other popular sizes.

For me, it’s a pretty easy answer that can be broken down into three basic parts: carryability, reliability and shootability. 

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Personal Protection


Springfield Armory® recommends you seek qualified and competent training from a certified instructor prior to handling any firearm and be sure to read your owner’s manual.  These articles are considered to be suggestions and not recommendations from Springfield Armory®.