Charleston Powder Magazine

I just returned from a trip to Charleston South Carolina and while there among the places I visited was the Charleston Powder Magazine. I thought it might be of interest to Loose Rounds readers.

The Powder Magazine is a storage building completed in 1713 to house gunpowder to be used by the city’s defenders in the day when Charleston was still a fortified walled city.



In this model of the city as it was in 1713 the Powder Magazine is the building to the far right of the map completely enclosed by a fence.  It was set off away from the rest of the buildings so as to minimize damage in the event of an explosion.



What impressed me, aside from that it’s still standing, was the thought that went into its design. The walls are three feet thick and the roof thins out as it reaches its peak in order to channel the blast upwards in the event the powder was ignited in the building. The roof was also built in layers with sand sandwiched between so if the roof was compromised in an explosion the sand would dump downwards to smother any fire. Consider it an early fire suppression system.









Nasty little thing to have coming at you.


Uniform of the Independent Company of South Carolina





I thought it was a neat bit of history and something not often seen in American cities.

More sillyness: bridge rails.

Above is pictured a Beretta I owned, on it is a Survival Consultants International WOR4 rail.

Every so often someone pushes the bridge rail for pistols as a new invention.  Mounting an optic on the fixed rail is easier on the optic, and the bridge rail does not require permanent modifications to the gun.

Then come the downsides.  You end up with a pistol nearly impossible to holster, unweildy and sometimes awkward to manipulate.  There are several very major reasons why you don’t see many people use bridge rails on pistols.  Outside of competition race  guns and toys, they are just not practical.

“Black Hawk Down” Tribute Gear Picture



Above is a picture of some older Black Hawk brand gear, DCU and a Colt Commando in the configuration that would have been seen in the 1993 time period,   The vest is more proper for 2001 than 1993, so I guess it can be considered a movie prop much like the HEAT movie vest posted earlier.   But is our little tribute to the movie and the Battle of Mogadishu.

Introducing the Glock G45: Slimline Single Stack 9mm Perfection

Glock G45, the perfect gun?


Following on the heels of the new long slide Glock in 45ACP and the single stack .380, the new G45 simline subcompact single stack 9mm Glock has been highly anticipated.  Holding 6 rounds of 9mm in an easy to conceal package with the traditional Glock reliability.

Some worried that the smaller grip on the G45 combined with the recoil of hot 9mm loads in a small lightweight gun would make it harder to control.  That is not the case as the blocky ergonomics of the G45 give the shooter complete control over the muzzle flip.  The new G45 is super small and super reliable, it is going to give other pocket pistol makers serious competition.

The slim frame of the G45 is so concealable that it is nearly impossible to make it print when carried.


Yet the generous ergonomic 2X4 like grip makes it easy to draw and shoot.




Despite the small grip, controllability is excellent.  Fast follow up shots are easily done.


Unfortunately due to the G45 single stack nature it does not accept the legacy G26/19/17/18 Mags, it will only be a matter of time before larger factory and aftermarket mags are available.


The G45 diminutive size can make hard to spot even when open carrying.  This small black gun easily blends in with a dark belt and the folds of the carriers shirt.


Some may worry that this small single stack 9mm is only suited for deep concealment or pocket carry.  They can rest easy as the G45 can handle hot +P+ loads nearly equivalent to a .357 magnum.  This makes the G45 not that dissimilar to the old police service revolvers.  Between modern ammo choices and quick reloads, a 6 shot firearm is fully practical for law enforcement work.








You would be a fool to not buy this gun.

Bank Robbery Vest From HEAT( Film) By Michael Mann

A few days ago I posted a little gun factoid from the movie HEAT, the classic action film with Al Pacino  which featured the greatest bank robbery shootout in film.  Mainly the post was about how my friend learned how the armorers rigged up a sling out of bungee cords the robbers used to sling their Colt Commandos under their jackets for the bank heist.  The same friend, while learning about how they hid the guns in the movie, ran across a company making a reproduction of the vest the robber wore during the robbery that held the spare ammo they used to shoot their way out of the police blockade.


Above is the vest with a Colt commando, the same type ( minus full auto) used in the film.   The vest is ballistic nylon with elastic with velcro flaps to secure the mags.  It is mainly mesh with a short zipper section in the front and a tied rear to adjust it for size.

It is surprisingly comfortable and easy to hide.

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The vest will hold eight mags and what looks like 2 single stack pistol mags or one double stack pistol mag.

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When using the bungee sling rigged up the same way as used in the movie, the gun does hide under a sport coat well enough for Hollywood.  Of course a larger or longer coat would work better. It also lets you shoulder if very quickly, though transitioning shoulders is pretty much a no go. But for what it was intended to be, it is pretty snazzy.  The vest and the gun rig works well together and nothing on the vest gets on the way of shouldering or firing the carbine.  Below is a picture of just the carbine and the rigged up bungee system used by the bad guys in the movie for those who did not see the earlier post.




It is a neat little set up and very cool if you are a big fan of the movie.  The vest is made over seas and was advertised as being for airsoft or real use, and I have to admit it is high enough quality to last a decent time period or real use. Its not a tactical tailor or first spear vest, but it certainly would work for a short term system to hide your ammo and gun in a situation you may have to evade across some city riot hell in the vent of some kind of breakdown of society, and not be noticed.  Really, it is just a fantasy toy and movie memorabilia prop or however you want to think of it.  But, it would do well for a while as long as it did not see extreme abuse. I think they are made one at a time so I can not vouch for the quality of all of them made. So I am not gonna even bother to list the company name,  You can easily find it by a search of Ebay if you loved the movie and want to have a piece of it as much as my friend did.