Ok, I didn’t really learn how to love cleaning AR barrels, but I have learned a few tricks to make it less painful. The two biggest helpers are the above pictured C.J. Weapon Accessories chamber swabs and the .22 bore snake from Hoppes. With the help of these two items, much time is saved during cleaning, and I am able to complete routine maintenance in about 10-15 minutes. Continue reading
Springfield 1911/Colt M45 Dual Recoil Spring Assembly
A short time ago Hilton contacted me about evaluating the Colt M45 1911 Dual Recoil Spring Assembly. As you may know from earlier articles, Colt developed the Dual Recoil Spring assembly for use in the M45 at the request of the Marine Corps. The system is designed to prolong spring life between changes and increase the round count between them.
We were on the range the other day doing some T&E work, and my partner was shooting his HK 416 from prone from 50 yards. I decided to be a smarty, and stepped up on the line beside him, and shot his target with my M&P .40. I was trying to hit where he was attempting to shoot a group at in an attempt to mess with him. Continue reading
A few weeks back, I briefly profiled the above pistol, my personal M&P VTAC model with a few mods. I trained with it extensively for a few weeks with only the mods listed in the first article – 10-8 replacement rear sight, 10-8 base pads, and new Apex internals with a trigger job. A nice setup for sure, but a fairly simple set of mods that any user could really just drop in with minimal fuss or affect to the major operating characteristics of the gun. Discussion amongst some industry associates in the ensuing weeks got me to pondering what new and intermediate shooters should be looking to do with their polymer pistols. Continue reading
New production M&P slide stop, with welded pads for structural reinforcement and tactile reset.
One of the main areas of complaint with the M&P has been with the lack of Glock like tactile reset. As documented in one of my previous posts, the mid 2013 production guns started to have what I now refer to as a Gen2 slide stop with a stamped flange on the right side to push the trigger bar during reset. The Gen2 slide stop was a big leap forward, and in conjunction with the new machined sear, created a trigger pull that pretty much eliminated any complaints that could be had about the M&P trigger. Continue reading
Thus far my testing of the Rand CLP has been quite positive in terms of its use as a lubricant and a cleaner. I have not yet had much opportunity to see how it does with rust removal and prevention. That was until I found a few of my M&P magazines which apparently had been put away wet into a damp range bag. Continue reading
My Centurion Arms 12.5″ Lightweight build was cleaned and lubricated with Rand CLP in an earlier update, and has fared uneventfully for about 500 rounds. As you can see in the above pic, a bit of it has burned off the vents in the bolt carrier group. I’ll be shooting the Frank Proctor (Way of the Gun) Performance Carbine course tomorrow, which is projected to be approximately 800 rounds. I like to run my carbines fairly wet, so I threw a few extra drops of the Rand CLP on the bolt carrier group and we’ll see how it goes. Stay tuned for a review of the class as well as another update on the CLP.
A few weeks back I started using Viking Tactics Rand CLP, and I have now incorporated it into all of my weapons maintenance routines. It has served well as a cleaner and lubricant, but I have yet to do much to test its corrosion inhibition qualities. One of the standout things I have noticed is that the Rand CLP does a great job smoothing up trigger mechanisms. The difference when applied is noticeable. Continue reading
The Multitasker Series multitool is one of the most popular firearm oriented multitools on the market, and for good reason. It is the Swiss Army Knife of multitools and contains nearly everything you need to maintain most common modern weapon systems used today. Hilton and I have been using the Series 2 tool for quite a bit, and found that it is not only handy on M4s, it is a great tool for performing many maintenance tasks on Glocks, M&Ps and even 1911s. Not long ago, the Series 3 tool was released, which incorporates a few features the designer felt was missing from earlier generations.
2oz bottle and handy “Rip and Drip” pouches for your range bag. One pouch is enough for 1-2 firearms.
During a call the other day from my friend Kyle Lamb, I mentioned that I saw the press release on his new lubricant. Kyle went on to describe his initial skepticism of the product, and how it went on to really surprise him with its excellent performance. He promptly arranged to have a few samples sent to me, and here we are. Continue reading
With permission of WC, here’s what a Tactical Elite looks like now in its basic configuration.
Meet the Wilson Combat (WC) Tactical Elite (TE), a really nice full size 1911 with a unique flanged cone barrel. The claim of softer recoil and faster shot-to shot-recovery (due to almost two ounces additional weight) is not a false boast. I base this on the comments of friends who have shot my TE, and from personal experience. There are a couple of pistols in WC’s expansive current offerings I now might like better, but that in no way diminishes this rather unusual iteration of the 1911.
Simple to find, easy to replace yet so often overlooked, magazine springs for shotguns are very often the cause of feeding issues in shotguns.
Operating on the assumption that modern shooters who care for their equipment keep track of their round counts, most of us track the lifespan of our wear and tear parts. In this case springs will be the main focal point. Have you ever counted how many springs are in your gun? Ever consider how important each one is to the proper operation of your pistol, rifle or shotgun? I know quite a few people who have never given it a single thought. They just figure that if it still works, it must be good to go. Scary thought process huh? Continue reading
To most people, a “match trigger” in a AR15 platform belongs on a rifle with a 16 to 22 inch precision barrel. During the course of my career I have shot the normal GI trigger that I was given. During sniper school the precision platform opened up to me, but the desire of a nicer trigger didn’t really bleed down to my other carbines until I shot a friend’s Geissele trigger a few years ago. I have since tried many “match” triggers of all types and from numerous companies, never really finding something I liked enough to warrant the additional funds.
I shoot a lot of 1911 like most of the other contributors on this site and personally use primarily a flat blade trigger. This preference of a flat trigger has bled down to my bolt guns as well. I learned that Geissele was producing a flat blade trigger and I had to try it, so I ordered 1 of every model ( Super Dynamic 3 gun, Super Dynamic Enhanced, and Super Dynamic Combat). Continue reading
Cleaning handguns after heavy training can be tedious. Cleaning a weapon mounted light can be even worse. The above pistol had nearly 3,000 rounds through it in a foolish stunt to see if we could make it break. The gun got so hot at times that I had to rack the slide on my holster during reloads because I could not touch it with Oakley gloves on. I do not advocate abusing a modern service weapon in the way we did above at any time. But, sometimes during product development it is necessary. Continue reading
Recently, I traveled down to Smyrna, Georgia this week to the home of all things Glock for their eight hour armorers course. I had originally taken the course in 1996. It was an eight hour course then, and best I remember it cost $75. It was eight hours of assembly and disassembly. The course wasn’t much. As simple as the guns are, I never re-certified.
Fast forward to last November. I told my boss I wanted to go down to the factory and take the Instructor Workshop class, and he green lit me for it. A very nice lady from Glock Training called me back and informed me that I had to be a current armorer to be eligible for the class. So, I said what the heck, and added a day onto my trip. I drove down with a head full of questions, ranging from recoil spring weights to extraction issue questions to a whole lot of questions about the 17T (Simunitions pistol). Continue reading