While visiting friends in Portland, Oregon, I realized that Portlandia isn’t a very creative show. It’s actually more observational; practically a documentary. Seriously, how does a button store or a terrarium store or three piano stores within a half mile of my friend’s place survive? Maybe they’re just trustafarians selling pianos ironically? Anyway…silencers. Delta P Design makes the BREVIS II family of compact rifle suppressors, which piqued my interest at SHOT Show 2015. Not only are they really freaking compact and mind-bogglingly lightweight, but they’re the first 3D printed suppressors on the market. That makes them cool. But to find out if they actually work, I escaped Portland, drove a half hour south, and met up with the guys from Delta P for a range day. . .
Like a lot of gun guys, I geek out pretty hard for cool gadgets and technology. With the rise of smartphone technology, nearly every hunter and shooter has a computer in their pocket that’s capable of an incredible amount of calculating and data gathering. Unlocking this power is up to the designers and developers of the millions of apps featured prominently in the Apple and Android stores. Given how much math goes into shooting at long range, smartphone-based ballistics calculators are a natural byproduct. I recently got the chance to spend a few months playing with GeoBallistics’ BallisticsARC app now available in the Apple Store…
Recover Tactical is primarily known for their CC3H “grip and rail adapter” retrofit for 1911s pistols, as well as their BC2 grip system for the Beretta 92 series of pistols. These low-cost, full-frame grip covers create picatinny rail space for pistols that otherwise lack that feature. These grips have been well received by the shooting public, and were recently picked up by retail giant Cabela’s and others. Recover Tactical recently released a holster that is intended to work with the CC3H, and they sent TTAG some T&E samples of their products for review . . .
Apex Tactical is perhaps best known for their trigger kits that clean up the Smith & Wesson M&P’s bangswitch, though their original success came from their renowned work on Smith revolvers. As the company has grown, they’ve slowly added additional trigger shoe types and they’ve recently branched out to other striker-fired platforms. Recently, though, they’ve taken on the biggest platform out there, GLOCK brand GLOCKs…
[The following review was written by Paul G., one of my buddies from the day job]
I’ve never made an 80% lower before, but I have watched several videos online and my boss at work makes them as a hobby. That being said I know each location on a completed lower and what goes where with relative accuracy and with the assistance of quick Google search. I have always wanted to complete an 80% lower, and thankfully after 80% Arms asked TTAG to review their entire kit Nick figured a novice would be a good choice to test it out…the perfect guinea pig.
It’s available! It does exist! CZ-USA is now distributing the Czech-made buttstock for the Scorpion EVO 3. That would be the same buttstock that has come from the factory on the submachine gun Scorps since 2010, and now it’s available in the U.S. for those who have filed a Form 1 and received ATF approval to go from pistol to SBR. For the time being, the stocks will only be sold in a package along with a 6-part 922(r) compliance kit, which I probably began installing before the FedEx guy was back in his truck. Although I’m a huge fan of the ACE M4 SOCOM stock that previously graced my non-compliant Scorp [paperweight], the factory model certainly has a few advantages. . .
When Rekkr Custom Kydex approached TTAG to a review one of their holsters, I jumped at the chance. First, I love reviewing holsters. I’m always interested in exploring carry options for women. Second, I haven’t found a Kydex holster yet that I’ve liked; especially one that will take my EDC (Springfield XD Sub Compact) with laser. I always have to remove the laser – unless I go with a more elastic style holster, such as a belly band or Can Can She Bang. Anyway, when Mike Rekkr says “custom,” he means it . . .
I’ve had more than a few 1911s over the years. A couple of them required a barrel bushing wrench to disassemble. One of them required a barrel bushing wrench and a mallet. I got rid of those guns, both Les Baer 1911s in .45ACP. They were shockingly accurate guns, they just took a lot of maintenance. The necessity of a tool, or tools to disassemble them made maintenance much more difficult. Apparently I’m not the only one who’s annoyed no end by a tight barrel bushing. Dd Fab of Canada has created what they call the 1911 Gripwrench. It’s a barrel bushing wrench that has a little swivel hook on the side of it for 1911s with, in my opinion, overly tight bushings. While I already have a few 1911 openers, this one seemed worth a try . . .
Several months ago, TacShield shipped me one of their belts and a set of MOLLE-compatible magazine pouches. I found their belt to be sturdy enough for EDC use and very fashionable…as long as it remains covered by a nice collared shirt. It was also relatively affordable given what it offered. Their magazine pouches – both pistol and rifle – seem to be in the same league. Affordable, durable, and functional . . .
This is a guest post written by my buddy, CASES4CASES:
Warne Scope Mounts has a reputation for high quality, possibly over-engineered, and simply rock-solid optics mounting systems, bases, and rings. With their beginnings dating back to 1940’s Australia, Warne has a very interesting history. Currently based out of Tualatin, Oregon, Warne locally operates and oversees its engineering and manufacturing processes, which utilize 3D modeling, alloy creation, metal extrusion, CNC cutting, and a variety of finishing processes, including epoxy powder coat, anodize, cerakote, and bluing. . .
By Bud Harton
Back in 1969 when I first started carrying a handgun, it was a revolver. I couldn’t afford a Colt Python so I opted for an S&W Model 19. Grips weren’t a problem because there were plenty of aftermarket grips available. Wood, manufactured and rubber, there was no shortage of choices. But then I changed to my first semi-automatic pistol, a S&W Model 39 . . .
Only a few years ago I was happily scoffing at those who owned pistol versions of “proper” rifles. Their clunky form factor made for an awkward shooting position and a generally strange experience on the range. It was only with the introduction of SB Tactical’s SB-15 pistol arm brace that these guns finally became both usable and somewhat attractive looking. Naturally, other companies saw the sales success of the SB-15 and wanted in on the action. One of the more popular entries is Shockwave Technologies’ Pistol Stabilizer, and they were nice enough to send us one for review . . .