The FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team (HRT) and Defensive Systems Unit (DSU) have made the switch to Aimpont. Both units have used various Eotechs for several years. Looks like they made the switch back in July to the Micro T2 and Micro H2. Here is the press release we received this morning from Aimpoint.
One of our loyal followers, who was very interested in the FBI 9mm Justification article from last year, submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for the FBI’s 9mm Executive Summary of Justification for Law Enforcement Partners. Our reader then provided us with a copy of the FOIA.The FBI’s FOIA subject is titled: FBI Academy Caliber Specific Ammunition Trial. We figured someone else would have released the documents they had by now, as so many stated they also had it and vetted it, but no one has.
Our reader requested a lot of information in the FOIA and gave me the specific information requested. I would like to point out (Paragraphs 2 & 3) of the FOIA letter. Paragraph 2 states, “Material consisting of 6 pages has been reviewed pursuant to Title 6, U.S. Code § 552 and this material is being released to you in its entirety with no excisions being made by the FBI”. Paragraph 3 states, ” For your information, Congress excluded three discrete categories of law enforcement and national security records from the requirements of the FOIA. This response is limited to those records that are subject to the requirements of the FOIA”.
After reviewing our readers requested information and vetting it through some of our sources, certain information requested in the FOIA is listed as Law Enforcement Sensitive/Classified by the FBI/Gov and that information was not released in the FOIA. This is the reason for the Appeal process outlined in Paragraphs 4 & 5. The Executive Summery is identical to the one we received over a year ago through official channels. I think we have done our due diligence on vetting the info. The info is identical and accurate to what we previously had and we can now release the actual Executive Summary.
I did make small changes for our previous article, as I stated for ease of reading, and you can now see those small changes. Bellow is the FOIA given to use and I have redacted specific information at the request of the owner/provider of the FOIA.
The single stack 9mm market is huge. The Smith & Wesson’s Shield and the new Glock 43 are dominating that market. One great thing about Glock’s is the fact that just about everyone makes parts and accessories for them. The aftermarket accessories and parts are plentiful, and easy to install. So now you have your G43, you have run ample carry ammo through it and it is ready for carry. What are the must haves for your G43. Let’s keep this simple and pick the three (3) absolute must haves for your Every Day Carry (EDC) G43.
Last year we reviewed the AR-15 Mag Holder from Mag Storage Solutions. We were lucky enough to be the first to get a review out on the AR-15 Mag Holder. The AR-15 Mag Holder is a great product and functions very well; several of us at Loose Rounds have them. The owner of Mag Storage Solutions (magstoragesolutions.com) reached out to us last week. Mag Storage Solutions stated they had a new prototype magazine holder for us to look at. This time, Mag Storage Solutions has put together a mag holder for Handgun/Pistol magazines. The Pistol Mag Holder is a perfect mate for those who have the AR-15 Mag Holder. There are approximately 5000 units currently in production. These should be hitting retail markets in the first few weeks of October (2015). I expect the new Pistol Mag Holder to move just as fast as the AR-15 Mag Holder did when released.
The Pistol Mag Holder provides a storage solution for mainly full sized handgun magazines. Depending on what magazines you are using, you can store ten (10) Glock or fifteen (15) 1911 magazines. The Pistol Mag Holder is similar in size and shape to the original AR-15 Mag Holder. It can be mounted inside your gun safe, weapons room, or any area where you store and organize your magazines. It also looks very well mounted next to the AR-15 Mag Holder.
I was looking for a smaller case to put an SBR or broken down AR in. I have owned several AR soft cases and have paid quite a bit of money for them. About a year ago I saw the AR15.com 26″ Covert Takedown Case. For 60.00 dollars it looked like a case worth taking a chance on. Unfortunately it was never in stock. I finally clicked the notify when in stock button and was on the notification list for a long time. To my fortune, when I was notified it was back in stock, it was on sale for 30.00 dollars. Without hesitation I got one. At this price point it was worth the chance to gamble on the case. Looking back now, I should have bought two or three of them at that price. This case has many features higher priced cases come with and a little more.
One of the main reasons I looked at the ARFCOM case were the eight (8) Velcro straps that come with the case. Pretty much all soft rifle cases come with two (2) Velcro straps. The versatility of having (8) straps, gives you unlimited rifle mounting and accessory mounting options throughout the case, with the three (3) rows of MOLLE loops.
With the dimensions of 26L x 12W x 4D, there is ample room to place the upper & lower of your 10.3″ to 16″ rifle as well as its mounted accessories and additional accessories, in the case.
The case comes with four (4) D-rings on the back. These are large and seem to be very secure. The case does not come with a strap, but the addition of the D-rings allows you to mount a shoulder strap, if you want.
The case comes with upper and lower Velcro pockets for the foam padding sheets. The foam sheets are removable and replaceable. The padding is very generous at 3/4 of an inch on both the top and bottom. The foam padding sheet is a three (3) part sheet, a soft foam middle sheet, sandwiched between a top and bottom cardboard type layer, that has a thin foam coating. This pads the case nicely and creates some rigidity to the case. The (3) layer foam sheets also help the soft foam to avoid memory prints/indents. Surprisingly, the (3) layer foam sheets appear to be nicer and thicker than on the closed-cell foam on other higher end cases.
Velco & Zippers:
The case comes with a double sided carry handle that has a loop around Velcro closure. This allow you to secure both sides of the handle together for easier carry and security. The main compartment of the case has two (2) large zipper tabs. The zipper teeth are large and function very smoothly.
The AR15.com 26″ Covert Takedown Case appears to be made very well. The stitching is well done and it appears that it will hold up very well. I was unable to find out any real material specifications on the case. The case appears to be at least 500 Denier Cordura Nylon Fabric. The older version of the case had a stitched on AR15.com patch, that is no longer offered. It now has a Velcro loop patch so you can add any patch you would like on the case. I have compared this case to several other soft cases I have and the construction seems to be very close.
The mounting options with the size and (8) Velcro straps makes this case a huge winner in my book. The price point is also a major winner with this case. Even at the full price of 60.00 dollars, you could buy two of these cases for the price of some of the big name brand cases. With what I am going to be using the case for and probably what you will too, I do not see the advantage or need to step up into a higher priced case. There is so much the case can carry with your rifle and accessories, it is only limited to your imagination. As you can see from the pictures, you can place your fully outfitted rifle with magazines and other accessories with no problem. You even have some more room to spare.
This happen recently at a gun range that I use frequently. The range officer gave me permission to share the photos. This happened with a new shooter and his new, very expensive custom 1911. The shooter was using Parabellum Research (PBR) ammunition when he had a squib round and fired the next round into the squib. Luckily the frame and slide held up well and did not appear to be damaged. Only the barrel had been damaged. The manufacturer of the ammunition is taking care of the firearm owner. The range advised it has been having problems with this particular ammunition manufacturer.
It is important as a shooter to quickly identify when you have had a squib round, to avoid firing then next round into it and blowing your barrel and firearm up. If you have the money to buy a custom built very expensive firearm, (no matter what it is), don’t shoot low quality / cheap ammunition through it to save a few cents. You had the money to buy the firearm so don’t get cheap on the ammo. While this can happen with any ammunition, if you buy known quality factory or premium factor ammunition, this will lessen the chances of having a squib or catastrophic failure.
I replaced the commonly known POS Glocks stock sights (on the G43) with Ameriglo Spartan Sights. The G43 is now on par with my Shield (which has Ameriglo Hackathorn sights). I really like Ameriglo sights and have them on several firearms. You can not go wrong with Ameriglo and they have numerous combinations for your firearms. Testing can now continue on the G43 vs. Shield Article. The G43 was at a huge disadvantage during my first few range sessions, as the Shield had an advantage with better sights. I have added some photos below for you to enjoy as well as several Ameiglo and Glock sight articles. Always upgrade your stock Glock sights, they should be the first thing you upgrade. Also, I did not like the stock Shield sights, and I think they should be upgraded as well.
For more Glock sight information see links bellow: