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1911 Squib Round with Cheap Ammunition

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.

Duncan.

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Glock 43 sights, Ameriglo Spartan Sights

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.

Duncan.

Ameriglo G43 Spartan Tactical sights
Ameriglo G43 Spartan Tactical sights
Ameriglo G43 Spartan Tactical sights
Ameriglo G43 Spartan Tactical sights
G43 (left( Shiled (right)
Shield (left) G43 (right)
Shield (bottom) G43 (top)
Shield (bottom) G43 (top)

For more Glock sight information see links bellow:

Installing Sights on Glocks

Ameriglo CLAW Emergency Manipulation Sights

Ameriglo Sights Follow-up

Glock G43 Stripped Vs. G42 Internals

Last year with the release of Glock 42, Loose Rounds was one of the first to get out a completely stripped down look at it. We have had to wait a little while to get the new single stack 9mm G43, as it is probably the most awaited single stack 9mm in history. Now that we have it, let’s strip it all the way down and compare the parts.

The new G43 has several unique, redesigned, internal components that are very different from all other Glock’s.  You can see it is a 2 pin design, like the old Gen2 Glock’s, with a Gen4 magazine release and stippling identical to the G42.  I have completely stripped this G43 to give you an idea of what the new internal parts are. The Slide and Frame are obviously different between the two fireams ,but when completely stripping the G43, you will notice some of the parts are similar to the G42.  In-fact some of the internal parts are the same as the G42, but not all.  While I will not go into a complete tutorial on how to strip your Glock down, it is not extremely difficult and you can learn how to properly do it with some quality research.

G43 Disassembled
G43 Disassembled

When stripping the G43 completely down, pay close attention to the parts that are significantly different in their design and placement in the G43, compared to the traditional larger Glock Models. Also if you have a G42 make sure you are very familiar with what parts are compatible with the G43 and which ones are not. Below are several pictures of a completely stripped G43, the new internal parts and parts that are shared with the G42.

LOWER RECEIVER PARTS

G43 Lower Parts
G43 Lower Parts

Frame Pins:

The front Trigger Pin is slightly larger, as the frame is wider, and is marked differently in the G43. The G42 pin has two circle cuts where the Slide Stop Lever engages the pin. The rear Trigger Housing Pin, interestingly, appears to be the same as the G42 pin.

Frame Pins (G42 right), (G43 left)
Frame Pins (G42 right), (G43 left)

Locking Block:

The Locking Block appears to be the same as in the G42. They fit in both of the firearms.

Locking Block (G42 right), (G43 left)
Locking Block (G42 right), (G43 left)

Slide Stop Lever:

The Slide Stop Lever looks almost identical as in the G42, but you can see the spring tabs on the G43 Slide Stop are different. Also, The shape of the them is slightly different on the angle bars above the spring and they do have different part numbers. I found they worked in both firearms even though they have differences. I also have a G42 Vickers Slide Stop Lever and it works in both firearms but the Vickers is very loose in the G43. Im not sure I would bet my life on it working, so I would wait for the Vickers to come out in a G43 specific configuration.

Slide Stop Lever (G42 top), (G43 bottom)
Slide Stop Lever (G42 top), (G43 bottom)

Trigger Mechanism Housing w/ Ejector & Connector:

The Trigger Mechanism Housing (TMH) with Ejector and Connector, are identical to that of the G42. All the part numbers on the TMH and the Ejector are the same.

Trigger Mechanism Housing G42/G43
Trigger Mechanism Housing G42/G43
Connector / Ejector
Connector / Ejector

Trigger Spring:

The Trigger Spring parts, from what I can tell they appear to be the same part as in the G42.

Trigger Spring (G42 right), (G43 left)
Trigger Spring (G42 right), (G43 left)

Magazine Release:

The Magazine Release is slightly larger in the G43. The frame is just a little wider and the Magazine Release has a different part number.  These parts are not compatible between the two firearms.

Magazine Release (G43 top), (G42 bottom)
Magazine Release (G43 top), (G42 bottom)

Trigger Bar:

The Tigger Bar is longer in the G43 and the part numbers are different.  Unfortunately it is not compatible with the G42. I was hoping they would be the same as I absolutely hate Glock serrated triggers and I was hoping to swap it out to the G42 smooth trigger.

Trigger Bar (G42 top), (G43 bottom)
Trigger Bar (G42 top), (G43 bottom)

Slide Lock:

The Slide Lock is slightly larger in the G43. The frame is just a little wider and the Slide Lock has a different part number.  The Slide Lock Spring appears to be the same part.

Slide Lock (G42 top), (G43 bottom)
Slide Lock (G42 top), (G43 bottom)

SLIDE UPPER PARTS

G43 Slide/Upper Parts
G43 Slide/Upper Parts

Barrel & Recoil Spring Assembly:

Obviously the Barrel and Recoil Spring are larger on the G43.

Barrel (G42 top), (G43 bottom)
Barrel (G42 top), (G43 bottom)
Recoil spring (G42 top), (G43 bottom)
Recoil spring (G42 top), (G43 bottom)

Slide Cover Plate:

The Slide Cover Plate is slightly larger on the G43. The plates will fit in each slide, but the G43 Plate is taller and does not match up with the inside of the slide on the G42, making reassembly of the slide and frame impossible.

Slide Cover Plate
Slide Cover Plate (G42 left )(G43 right)

Firing Pin Safety:

The Firing Pin Safety is completely different on the G43 vs G42, it is larger. Again it can only go in one way. The smaller notch on the left side of Firing Pin Safety faces the Firing Pin.  The Firing Pin Safety Spring  appears to be the same part.

Firing Pin Safety (G42 left), (G43 right)
Firing Pin Safety (G42 left), (G43 right)

Firing Pin Assembly:

The Firing Pin assembly is very interesting. Some parts are the same as the G42 and others are not. The Spring Cups and Firing Pin Spring appear to be identical to the G42. The Firing Pin and the Channel Liner are clearly larger.

Firing Pin Assembly (G43 top), (G42 bottom)
Firing Pin Assembly (G43 top), (G42 bottom)
Firing Pin / Channel Liner
Firing Pin / Channel Liner
Firing Pin Spring
Firing Pin Spring
Spring Cups
Spring Cups

Extractor Depressor Plunger:

The Extractor Depressor Plunger Rod is larger on the G43, but the Depressor Plunger Spring and the Spring Loaded Bearing appear to be identical as the G42s.

Extractor Depressor Plunger (G43 top), (G2 bottom)
Extractor Depressor Plunger (G43 top), (G2 bottom)

Extractor:

The Extractor is slightly larger and has a different part number on the G43. It is extremely hard to tell the size difference visually, but the G43 Extractor is wider than the G42s.

Extractor
Extractor (G42 top) (G43 bottom)
Extractor (G42 left) (G43 right)
Extractor (G42 left) (G43 right)

Final Note:

If you are not a Glock Armorer, Gunsmith or you are very unfamiliar with stripping your Glock down; I would not recommend any disassembly past regular field strip maintenance. Most people will have no need to break the firearm down to this level. A few of the G43 parts look identical or are the same parts in the G42, but several are also newly designed/beefed up for the larger 9mm G43.  Hopefully this answered some of the questions out there about compatibility of parts with the G42 and G43.

Duncan.

For more information on how the parts fit in the single stack Glocks, see the link below. 

Link: Glock G42 Stripped / New Internals

Aimpoint H-2 Release

Check out the alert sent to us today on the  new Aimpoint H-2 RDS. For those who do not need night vision capability, the H-1 and new H-2 Aimpoint’s are the way to go.

Aimpoint logo
Aimpoint Micro H-2

NEW PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENT May 11, 2015

AIMPOINT LAUNCHES NEW 

MICRO H-2 HUNTING SIGHT

New sight provides additional features and enhanced performance for hunters


 Chantilly, VA – May 11, 2015 – Aimpoint, the originator and world leader in electronic red dot sighting technology for forty years, has announced the addition of the new Micro H-2 sight to the company’s commercial product line. The Micro H-2 will be available for shipment in August 2015, and will be offered alongside the company’s existing Micro H-1 product.

Since its introduction in 2007, the Aimpoint Micro sight has become a popular hunting sight worldwide due to its lightweight and compact size, durability, and extremely long battery life. Product reviews with hunters and sport shooters identified a series of desired product enhancements that have now been added to this new product. These changes include: a new sight housing which allows the addition of front and rear protective flip covers, additional physical protection for the sight’s adjustment turrets, and increased ruggedness for the sight’s internal electronic components.

The most significant developments in the Micro H-2 however, are the advanced optical lenses that allow for even better light transmission and provide a noticeable increase in the clarity and performance properties of the sight. This ensures a more distinct and clearer dot in all conditions and situations.

“The Aimpoint Micro has become the worldwide standard for compact reflex sights” says Matt Swenson, Vice President of Sales. “With the sight’s new design, the Micro H-2 takes the level of performance available from a compact sight to an entirely new level.”

The Micro H-2 can be mounted on nearly any rifle, shotgun, handgun or crossbow, and can be used with most existing mounts that fit the Micro H-1 including the Blaser saddle mount.  The sight can also be mounted to a larger magnified scope with a 30mm or 34mm scope adapter giving the hunter ability to hunt at both short and long distances while providing faster target acquisition. The Micro H-2 can operate for up to five years of constant-on use, using just one CR-2032 battery, and is waterproof.

Duncan.

Scalarwoks LDM/micro Mount

A few Scalarworks LDM/micro pictures to peak your interest in our upcoming review. This mounts is really nice and has some very nice features.

Scalarworks LDM/micro on Colt LE6920:

LDM right side / Colt 6920
LDM right side / Colt 6920
LDM left side / Colt 6920
LDM left side / Colt 6920
Colt 6920 /Scalarworks LDM / DD Omega X 12.0 FSB
Colt 6920 /Scalarworks LDM / DD Omega X 12.0 FSB

Scalarworks LDM/micro on Colt AR6720:

LDM right side / Colt 6720
LDM right side / Colt 6720
LDM left side / Thumbwheel
LDM left side / Thumbwheel
Colt AR6720 / Scalarworks LDM / DD Omega 7 Rail
Colt AR6720 / Scalarworks LDM / DD Omega 7 Rail

Scalarworks Patch and LDM with some Gear:

TAG Gladiator / Scalarwoks LDM & Patch / Colt AR6720
TAG Gladiator / Scalarwoks LDM & Patch / Colt AR6720

Here is a link to my initial thoughts on the Scalarworks LDM/micro mount: Scalarworks-LDM-Mount-Initial-Thoughts

Duncan.

Scalarworks LDM/micro Mount, Initial Thoughts

The generous guys at Scalarworks (scalarworks.com) were kind enough to send me one of their 1/3 Low Drag Mounts (LDM)  for Aimpoint Micro’s to review. I have been following the LDM development for a while and was very interested in the mount. It’s lightweight, skeleton construction seamed perfect for a lightweight fast carbine.  I wanted to get my quick, initial thoughts out and post some pictures.

Scalarworks
Scalarworks
Scalarworks LDM Aimpoint Micro Mount
Scalarworks LDM Aimpoint Micro Mount

I have to say, after opening the packaging and getting my hands on the LDM, I was extremely happy.  This thing is light. It felt like it weighed less than the small cardboard box it came in. I immediately mounted it up on a Colt AR6720 and was very pleased. I really like the scalloped thumbwheel construction,  used to mount the LDM. Also, the LDM just looks badass.

Scalarworks LDM
Scalarworks LDM / Left Side
Scalarworks LDM / Right side
Scalarworks LDM / Right Side

Construction and mounting the LDM  is rock solid, lightweight and low profile.  I have several of the popular / well built / reliable micro mounts, and on initial inspection of the Scalarworks LDM, I can say it does not disappoint.

Colt AR6720 w/ Scalarworks LDM
Colt AR6720 w/ Scalarworks LDM

The Aimpoint Micro seems to be floating in the air over the receiver with this mount. I am eagerly waiting getting on the range with the LDM. Some very minor modifications have been made to the LDM mounts, due to user feedback and I think the LDM is looking like a rock solid piece of gear.  As soon as I get some rounds down range, I will report back with an in-depth review.

Some more of our pictures of the LDM/micro mount can bee seen here: Scalarwoks-LDM/micro-Mount Pictures

You can see more pictures of the LDM mount at Scalarworks Facebook page (Scalarworks Facebook).

Duncan.

Colt LE6920-OEM1 & OEM2

Let’s take a quick look at two new offerings from Colt in the LE6920-OEM1 and LE6020-OEM2 models. Several places have these listed and they are in the Colt 2015 catalog, but no one currently has them in stock. They should be available and hitting the market after Shot Show. The OEM’s come without a stock, handguards, trigger guard and BUIS. Now, you might be thinking, what is the big deal with the OEM models? If you are new to the AR15 platform they might not be for you, but if you already have a few ARs you can see the benefits.

Colt LE6920-OEM1 & OEM2
Colt LE6920-OEM1 & OEM2

#1) It’s a Colt, you know what you are getting, (proven reliability), enough said. #2) I currently have several stocks, handguards , grips, rail systems and BUIS laying around. Most of us do as we are constantly getting new accessory products to try out. #3) The MRSP is just under 800 dollars. That means you will probably be able to get an OEM1 or OEM2 in the mid 600 dollar range once they start hitting the street. Slap on the extra parts you have laying around and you have a new standard configuration Colt LE6920 for under 700 dollars with the OEM1.

Colt LE6920 OEM1
Colt LE6920-OEM1

The LE6920-OEM2 is the real winner here, with the factory pinned FSB / Gas System that has been milled down to a low profile gas block. The delta ring has not been added, leaving just the barrel nut and no handguard cap behind the FSB. The OEM2 is screaming for you to slap on an extended Free Float (FF) rail system of your choice. If you choose a rail system designed to mount directly to the mil-spec barrel nut, (i.e. Centurion C4, Fortis or Midwest), you simply put it directly on. No removal of the flash hider or FSB is needed. This saves you time and money, while keeping the reliability of factory gas system in place. If you choose a propriety barrel nut FF rail system, you still get the benefit of the factory gas system, you save money not having to replace it with an unpinned low profile gas block or have the FSB milled down.

Colt LE6920 OEM2
Colt LE6920-OEM2

Hopefully the OEM’s will be available soon. I think these will be one of the best “Bang for the Buck” items, especially when most of us strip off the factory accessories anyway. The LE6920-OEM2 is on my list of next purchases.

Duncan.

Update:

A few days after we posted this article, Larry Vickers did a quick video of the Colt LE6920-OEM1 and OEM2 offerings at Shot Show 2015. Check out the video bellow.