#TacticalDrawings shares…… Minuteman – My latest drawing. You can get your own print from: https… – http://pinterest.com/pin/A2uaVQAQQJoG1ZCY28sAAAA/?s=3&m=wordpress
Category Archives: Gear
I’m working on the new “members only” section of the Crusader website. Its still not ready for a membership drive but I’m getting some great contributors lined up. I don’t want this to be just me, no one wants to read just me and if that’s what it was I’d just use this blog. The contributors are all industry pros. KCT holsters, George Hill from Grilling While Armed, and even the founder of the Southern Kentucky Spartans (competition team) are among the crew so far.
In the meantime I’m working on some cool stuff for the membership package. That’s right, not only will you get info from professionals from across the industry but some cool swag to go with it.
If you are an industry pro and would like more information email me at email@example.com. If you’re someone wanting to join, I’ll announce the membership drive soon.
I installed a new ghost connector for a Glock customer recently. Normally that’s a short task and the gun runs beautifully. This time…nightmare. Typically I love Ghost products but the new Evo Elite I’m not that thrilled with. Let me explain the situation.
Sure, I went through it several times and something just wasn’t right. So, tinker as much as you can from the bench and out to pay range fees to test fire the pistol. Nope, runaway gun again (Always bad). So, back to the bench to tweak on it until the next trip to the range and pay more range fees just to have the thing not work AGAIN. Finally I go to a different range that isn’t going to freak out if I bring tools and work from the tailgate of the truck.
Once at the new range I tried every combination and the only thing that would make this thing work was the original parts. Frustrated I leave the range dissatisfied yet again only this time I’m pissed. I get home and tear into this poor unsuspecting pistol. Nothing makes sense. Finally I take the original connector and the Ghost connector and hold them side by side. The ramp I have the red arrow pointing to was the entire problem. The angle used is very specific. It is supposed to let the rear of the trigger bar move upward a specific amount. This is important because it makes sure there is enough contact between the trigger bar’s “crucible” and the striker. The two make up your sear engagement. Now if there isn’t enough contact you get bump fires. How do I know this….the hard way of course, with several test fire shots ripping off rounds without intending to. Yeah…never a good thing.
Now this new Ghost connector, the Evo Elite, has that very specific angle changed. How so? Well the angle on this one is much more flat. So much so that it holds the curved back end of the trigger bar is kept down too low. I took out the Evo and put in a normal fitted 5lb connector and guess what….the trigger felt lighter, much more crisp, and actually functions safely.
Well it’s a good thing that Ghost has a great warranty. That connector will be going back for a refund. So, moral of this story is careful of what is going into your Glock. Have it done by a professional and be prepared for crazy, evil things to happen. If it doesn’t work perfectly the first test fire…stand by. No quality gunsmith will return your pistol to you in an unsafe condition. It may take a little longer to diagnose the problem but they will take good care of your gun. If this had been done on your own then you would have an illegal, full auto, pistol on your hands and you’d be taking it in to the gunsmith in the first place. So let’s do things right, let’s do them safely, and let’s get you back at the range for some trigger time.
Here’s one you might not have heard of which means you’re missing out on it. Odin Works has some great products (low profile gas blocks, AR15 keymod handguards, and the very cool tactical candle holder to name a few) but there’s one in particular I want to zero on.
I have personally bugged Odin Works about doing a .308 handguard in the past. Let’s face it…that’s a corner of the market that hasn’t gotten much attention. The guy on the phone said they take suggestions very seriously and I immediately dismissed it. Why, very few companies pay attention to their dealers, especially ones that aren’t dropping five figures a month on them. Little guys are just too little to be taken seriously. So I didn’t think much would come of it. Then I get an email. It was pretty standard except the part that said something like have you seen the .308 handguards we’re working on?
“Holy Crap, seriously?”
I had to read it a couple of times. I knew I wasn’t the only one bugging them about this but they actually listened. That is a huge plus for Odin Works in my book and shows a high level of company integrity.
Knowing how much I like their 556 handguards I was excited to try one out. Well, I have one for a friend’s rifle and I am really impressed. It’s made of top quality aluminum and is very light. They stayed with their signature “key mod” system so there are almost limitless ways to customize it to suit your needs.
Some handguards out are so tight to the barrel that you wonder about burning yourself. The Odin handguard still has a slim profile but as you can see in the picture even a bull barrel has plenty of room for heat dissipation.
The Odin Works .308 handguard is a big win for SR-25 style rifles everywhere. If you are in the market I highly suggest you take a look at Odin Works.
Beretta USA has made the announcement that they are moving all manufacturing out of Maryland. This has been a while in coming and my contacts inside Beretta have kept me in the loop during their decision process.
Apparently this does not include any of the office staff which means they will retain a Maryland presence despite the change in firearm laws there.
A couple of observations:
1. Bet Maryland is lamenting the loss of tax revenue now. The sheer volume of money a company like Beretta brings into a community is staggering.
2. Come on Beretta…why leave the office folks behind? That’s kind of a cheap shot.
Okay, this is sweet. We had an interview and test done on the Broadsword….2 years ago…that we just heard nothing from. It just fell off the radar. So I figured, “no worries”, right? Well, I get an email last week saying “oh, by the way we’re publishing the article in July’s issue of…….. SPECIAL WEAPONS FOR MILITARY & POLICE magazine.”
I about fell out of my chair on that one. So they send over a .pdf of the article for me to read over. Well, after a few corrections…this was originally put together 2 years ago, remember…we’re ready for the article to come out and it looks AWESOME. We have some great Oleg Volk photos in there so you know it looks great. I wish I could post up a pic for you but you’ll just have to buy the issue.
So, anyway, I’m really excited about the article and can’t wait to see it in print.
So, I’ve been here in Texas for almost two months…I think. Time flies when you’re trying to get back into a routine. After a little time I’ve had time to think about a few observations.
First off, this is the South. People are more kind than anywhere else I’ve lived and I love that about the South. Honest, willing to earn your trust, and God fearing people trying to do what’s right. I should just leave it at that but I’ll keep going with the post.
There’s more to it here that has taken me a while to get use to, or should I say understand. You can’t drive anywhere, down here, without seeing the US flag…without the Texas flag…and more than half the time you’ll see the two at the same height.
I’ll just let that sink in a bit….
Normally that would get me upset but I gave it some time to sink in. Yes, I know that no other flag is supposed to be the same height as our national flag. Back in Utah this would have every boy scout within a hundred miles having a fit over such a display. Here it’s common place. Common enough to be seen daily at my local police station, banks, car dealers, ect.
Here’s my thoughts on it. At one point in time I would be sitting in the Republic of Texas…it’s own sovereign country. Sure that let to the Alamo and the Mexican American war and all the statehood stuff but deep down in people’s hearts still lives the Republic of Texas and they’re very proud of that.
Now I’m not saying I’m running out to buy flags so I can do the same thing on my house. It’s not happening. I am saying that even though we shouldn’t see it, it’s here and I can understand why.
As a side line to the above comment…state pride. I’ve never seen it like I have here. People are proud to be Texan and will never really consider a move in part of that crowd until they see some pride in your eyes. This is the 9th state I’ve lived in and I have never seen state pride like this. Most people are more than willing to throw up a wall around their house and call it their country. Oregon…outside of the indigenous people…no one gives a crap about the state of Oregon. Sure, they care about the politics and laws they have to live by but no one I’ve met is truly willing to fight for Oregon. The same goes for every place I’ve ever lived. Here…there’s a reason for the saying “don’t mess with Texas”. You try to tear down Texas, verbally or otherwise, and they will whip you ass. I’ve heard more than one say that if asked, oversees, where they were from, they aren’t saying the US…they’re from Texas. As for my opinion on the subject, I think it’s refreshing to see anyone taking such pride in their community. It’s just nice to see people willing to stand up for where they live.
Anyway, that’s all for now….stay safe.
We had some “high speed/low drag” dudes pointing out how little I know about everything. Well…haters gonna hate. They had issues with the first post on this topic. That one I tried to keep it so even the newest of the newbies out there could stay on track. So for the more “high speed” guys…
Forging is a process where a chunk of billet is heated to the point of being pliable. Not a puddle but not ridged either. Then it is put in a precision mold inside a hydronic press. The press forces the workable metal into the mostly complete outer shape of a receiver (which is much different than an extrusion process). I originally called this similar to a casting for mental image comparison. This is as close to casting something as you can get with out starting with molten metal. Now, any time you have a lot of sharp angles, and yes I consider right angles to be sharp, you have a week spot. On an AR receiver there happens to be a lot of them. Then the finish machining can begin. This is things like magazine wells, trigger housings, and yes even final outside shape. After all, you have to attempt to remove the crease left from having a two piece mold (metal tends to squeeze out from between the mold). Now unless you have the metal in such a state that you can alter the shape of the crystalline grain structure to the shape of the mold you are creating areas of high stress. These areas are more prone to cracking than non-forged receivers. Now, with everything I’ve read (there’s a lot of arguments on both sides) as long as you use the same material to make a forged or milled receiver it still has the same material strength…except for the stressed areas.
A billet receiver is just that… machined 100% from a single piece of material. This method ensures that you are much less likely to have highly stressed areas (and probably micro fissures). Companies that use this method usually are proactive and keep areas that are know high stress areas and beef up that area. Yeah, the mall ninja will complain because it weighs an extra couple of ounces….yes ounces…but in my opinion (10+ years as a gunsmith and government armorer) you have a longer lasting (and able to endure more abuse) receiver using this method over forging. Feel free not to like my opinion if it lets you sleep at night.
BattleComp…..just use it and you’ll see. Does this comp remove recoil? No. You’d have to be a moron to think that. What a compensator does is use the gas blowing out of the muzzle to pull the rifle slightly away from your shoulder. This essentially dampens “felt recoil”. All the recoil is still there…you just don’t feel as much of it because the muzzle devise is “compensating”….see what they did there? This comp is basically a single suppressor chamber that has been vented on top. You get great flash suppression and acts as a compensator at the same time. How is this not a win?
Mil Spec is still the military’s attempt to ensure everything meets at least the their minimum quality standards and parts commonality. A field armorer has to be able to throw in a new trigger from a bucket of parts and it work in any rifle. This doesn’t, however, mean that it’s the best standard. Mil Spec may say to keep to the blueprints measurements to within .005″ while civilian manufactures are trying to stay within .0005″ to .001″. That means better tolerances which equals out to everything working better together. But the military needs to establish a minimum standard to make sure they aren’t given absolute crap. But this also allows companies to make things as cheaply as possible within the set parameters. Any questions? So why make something that uses more material and therefore costs more if you don’t have to? That’s Mil Spec.
Things like buffer tubes use the extrusion method of manufacturing. It’s a process where metal is pressed or drawn through a mold. Think of it like metal noodles. Put aluminum in and force it into the mold…spit out new buffer tube ready for media blasting and anodizing.
Metallurgy has to do with the metal itself…not in machining methods. Just saying.
Anyway that’s all for now.