Henning started out shooting in ’83, shooting a Tangfolio, and basically mastering the platform. Like many of us in the shooting community, he got the itch to customize his guns to his liking. This then gave him the idea to start custom pistol smithing the Tangfolio for others as well. He continued shooting all over the world, competing in places I can only dream of. Around 2004 he started possibly one of the first shooting lifestyle blogs to catalog his experiences and stories. Later in 2006, Henning decided to try his customizing of other pistols by making custom sights and triggers. Finally in 2007 he opened his own shop to sell his own work and custom parts. All this may seem ordinary for a custom shop, but what came next is big.
Now we roll into 2015, and Henning Group brings out their newest idea: The Battle Hook Sight. While the concept may not be new in the tactical shooting community, I.E using the gun itself to manipulate the slide, the Battle Hook brings a whole new dynamic to the table. Looking at this sight we see it has a very positive 11 degree forward angle, allowing for a secure grip on whatever you can use to rack the slide on. The sight channel is also wider, allowing for easier target acquisition as is needed of combat sights. Adding to the reliability of these sights is a second set screw. That’s right, two set screws to keep that pesky rear sight from getting pushed around during drills, drops, and other range shenanigans. Finished off with an anti-glare Ion Bond finish and these have to be some of the most bad ass sights for your money without all the gimmicks.
I sat down with Cindy DeSplinter, a fellow competitive shooter and Marketing specialist for The Henning Group, to discuss some of these innovations and how they would affect the shooting world. JVWAR: So, what is different about the Battle Hook that other sights just don’t have. Cindy: Well, the Battle Hook’s 11 degree forward cant is patented and nobody else is making their sights like that. We redesigned the width on the rear sight notch to allow a wider sight picture for quicker target pick up. On top of that we offer our sights in single units, not pairs like most other companies. This then allows the end user to customize their firearm to whatever specification they desire. JVWAR: What else makes Henning Group unique? Cindy: We are making all of our stuff in house. Right here in Longmont, CO. Also customer support is a huge priority to us. Anytime somebody has a problem with anything of ours, we want them to call us. Simple. And nine times out of ten Henning himself will be on the other end of the phone. We will do everything we can to make our product work. If someone brings us suggestions on how to improve something, we listen and take that back to the drawing board to see if it can improve our design and if we can make it happen.
But the innovation doesn’t stop there. Henning added some mag base pads to his line up as well. You can find your standard base pads as seen in most pistol competitions for the Tangfolio, EAA witness, Grand Power X-Calibur, M&P, Sig Sauer, CZ, and Baby Eagle. They have standard base pads as can be seen from other companies, replacement flat base plates, and then there is their Blue Line base pads. Designed with a groove in the front to aid in indexing as well as serrated sides for maximum grip. These base pads will increase the capacity to +4 in 9mm/10mm and +3 in .40S&W/.45ACP. On top of this amazing line, they also have their EDC lineup as well. This set focuses mainly on reliability, as would be sought for an EDC setup. While they only add a +2 capacity, they are bulletproof in their feeding reliability. The front and sides are serrated for maximum grip as well. All of these base pads are available in multiple color options, including anodized and cerakoted.
All in all, I was very impressed to learn everything that Henning has done, what they offer now, and the potential they have for the future. Keep up the good work guys.