Just so’s there’s not another gap in my monthly archives listing to the left there, a few things I wanted to follow up on:
Custom Glock: As I mentioned here, I recently had my Gen3 G19 dremeled and stippled. The initial results were a very, very, very enhanced grip at the expense of comfort. I wasn’t terribly concerned about that as the piece was never intended to be an all-day shooter. However, after a couple months of carry and some shooting, the initial rough surface has mellowed out somewhat and is now just about perfect. It doesn’t look any better, it’s like it’s got some kind of rare skin condition. But who buys Glocks for the aesthetics anyway?
Crimson Trace Light Guard: I’ve been kicking the conclusion to this review down the road for a looooong time because the plain truth is I just don’t like it. On the G19, it crowds my fingers too much to really shoot well, and every time I try it out I’m reminded how much more I like the TLR-1, even though it’s bigger. Even having a custom holster made for it didn’t improve my opinion any. It seems like a durable, well made accessory, I just couldn’t make it work for me. I did, however, pass it (and the holster) along to another shooter, who may have a different take in the future.
AR-15s: I finally got around to buying some decent AR-15 parts and pieced together the first of two 16″ flat tops. The second will wait until I have had a chance to wring the first one out some and see if my component decisions were correct.
Brief parts list because I know we care about that kind of crap: Aero Precision lower, Palmetto State Armory 16″ midlength upper (not recommended, post to follow), BCM bolt carrier group and medium enhanced charging handle, ALG ACT trigger group, Magpul everywhere, including a MOE fixed stock, and a Troy fixed rear sight. I’ve got a Primary Arms weaponlight (450 lumens for $90? Okay…) and a Crimson Trace Rail Master laser mounted on the handguards. Aimpoint PRO and sling to follow. I haven’t had a chance to shoot it yet, but I already dig the fixed MOE stock. They could have made it an inch shorter by not hinging the entire buttplate and going with a sprung trapdoor, but it’s fine for me. It’s just about an M4 telestock one click in. I’ll have more to say on the out of control proliferation of telestocks later, but I think the vast majority of AR shooters who do not need to share the gun among people of different heights, or aren’t planning to use it while wearing body armor, would be better served with a solid fixed stock than a collapsible one. If you don’t need the tiny decrease in overall length for storage or shooting, a fixed stock is both more durable and comfortable to shoot. I was going to go with a surplus A1 stock, but I liked how the Magpul came with sling swivel sockets and hey, it looks about 30% more ninja.
Sadly, the rig weighs in at 8.1 pounds dry, with no optic, but whaddyagonnado? Operators gotta operate.
USPSA: I didn’t make the November match at my club due to kid issues(tm), but did manage to squeeze in some practice with some 1/3rd scale printable targets and a printable A-zone that fits on a 8.5×11. (pdfs to follow).
Upcoming posts: My Norinco 1911 gets turned into the pimpest Norinco ever (kind of like being the tallest midget at the dance), pdb’s adventures in metallic shell reloading, the departure of 2 shotguns and the arrival of a replacement, my further frustrations in competition, and … not much more. My day to day and personal stuff is pretty much on Facebook at this point. I apologize that this is never going to be a post a day kind of blog, but a) I write because I want to, not because I have to, and b) I only write when I have something to say. Hopefully this is interesting to someone other than me!