Range Report

Went plinking today.

I have been working on 3D printing 40mm projectiles. I wanted to test a 3D printed pusher, and someone asked me to try zinc stearate as an alternative to colored chalk dust. I took a video, I’ll have that posted up some other time. I’ll talk about the results then.

My 100% infil pusher fired just fine, but did not break on impact. Might have been the angle of impact, or the projectile might just be light enough that it is less likely to break. Here is the recovered projectile next to a standard pusher.

This printed projectile had a narrower diameter to fit in a printed case, so I used a little blue painters tape to make it a snug fit in the standard cases. That is what is all torn up at the base.

It shows some damage from being fired, but not much.

I had my KAC/Larue bastard SR25 out. While I really like the Nightforce ACTAR 1-8X, that 1 MOAish center dot makes it harder for shooting groups. After tweaking the zero a bit, I finally decided I was going to use the top edge of the reticle for my 100 yard zero.

The center dot is .35 mils, which makes it about 1.2 inches in diameter at 100 yards. I initially was trying to shoot at 3/4 inch dots, and trying to center on a dot I was completely covering was somewhat hard for me.

Using the top edge of the dot will let me see what I am shooting at when I shoot at 100 yards, and should make the tip of the post my 200 yard point of aim.

I fired a few rounds from the B&T APC9k, then headed out. Didn’t stay too long, as it was kinda cold out.

B&T Tactical Sling

A little while back I was thinking about what sling I should use for my APC9k. I was looking at my pile of slings and while some would have worked fine, none really fit the bill. So I went online and started reading about what slings people were using for SMG and compact pistol calibre carbines.

A variety of slings were talked about, and in the discussion of the B&T guns people said they just used the B&T sling. I looked it up, many places sell it for about $100. Ain’t no way I’m paying that for a sling.

Saw someone say they used the sling that came with their gun. Huh, mine didn’t come with a sling.

Or so I thought, I went back into the packaging and sure enough, there was a sling.

I certainly wouldn’t order this sling for $100, but since I already paid for it(with the gun), I figured I’d use it. When I took a closer look, the sling included with the gun is not the same as their expensive one, but I’m not about to buy their expensive sling, so I’m using this.

It is a simple single point sling. You have a single loop that goes over your head and shoulder. There is a QD buckle for quickly removing the sling. It has extra material and a M buckle so you can adjust the length of the sling.

There is also a little slider so that you can adjust the size of the loop. You can put the sling around your torso, then slide this slider to your torso so that the strap going to the gun stays narrow.

The APC9k comes with a piece of parachute cord looped around the rear sling mount. You attach the HK style snap hook to this cord. This saves wear on the hook and the sling loop.

In my time in the Corps, I saw many a HK style hook used on a SAW sling fail. Twice, I saw where the metal hook wearing on the sling loop end up cutting though the sling loop.

That led me to not have much confidence in HK style sling hooks. But, the SAW is about 17 pounds. The HK style sling loop works just fine on these much smaller and lighter guns.

Is it the perfect sling, no. Are there better slings, yes. But this sling comes in the price of a B&T and it works, so I’m going to use it. The narrow strap does start to dig into your shoulder when you are wearing the gun for a long period of time. A single point sling does allow the gun to flop about a lot when you are moving with out a hand on the firearm. But that is less of an issue with these smaller guns.

You do have to keep paying attention to the muzzle, as it is easier to have the muzzle of these small firearms point at your self then on larger guns.

It works well enough, and I already got it. It’s going to stay on this gun.

Review: True North Concepts Modular Holster Adapter

Some pointless back story, feel free to skip.

Some time back I had a Springfield 1911 GI model. It was alright. I decided I was going to sell it and buy a nicer 1911. I knew I was going to get a nicer 1911, so I sold my Springfield knowing that I would replace it soon.

Took a couple of years before I actually got a replacement, a Colt M45A1. Around that time I decided I wanted to get a good holster setup for it for range use. I grew to like the idea of having a warbelt with a modular holster platform so I could swap holsters for what ever gun I was running. A holster for the Glock, a holster for a 1911, what ever other lesser guns I feel like using, etc.

Yea. Still haven’t done that yet. Still wanna do it. Also, never sell something unless you have its’ replacement in hand.

It is said that if Safariland doesn’t make a holster for it, you shouldn’t carry it. There is some truth to that.

Whoops, guess more exposition ahead, skip ahead more if you just the review.

That said, I am not a fan of Safariland. The few times I’ve tried to buy direct from them, they either didn’t have the item in stock, or told me they wouldn’t sell that to the public.

Are you Airforce or Military?

What the Safariland rep on the phone asked me. Awesome way to slight the Airforce. +1 to Safariland for that.

Why Safariland? Why won’t you sell me a damned holster?

Personally though, my favorite holster is from Tom Kelly at DarkStarGear. Check them out if you are looking for a holster.

But, I was surfing the web and I found a surplus Safariland M45A1 holster with drop leg attachment for a reasonable price, so I bought it. Somehow, I managed to not take any photos of it, so I found a picture online. It looked like this:

Picture from random ebay ad.

But the drop leg is slow to don and doff, and puts the pistol lower than I would prefer. This one had the Safariland quick detachment, so the butt of the pistol was about 4 inches away from my side. Might have been ok if I was a wild west gunslinger, but the handgun was banging against the walls of my home when I walked around.

Then I learned of the True North Concepts Modular Holster Adapter.

Actual review starts here:

I learned of the True North Concepts Modular Holster Adapter online. I saw this picture and decided that is what I wanted.

I saw this and I wanted it. The holster setup, not the guy’s ass. Just to be clear.

So I went ahead and ordered me one.

Price is $75, which I felt was really high for a piece of metal with some holes and slots in it. But after I bit, I thought about it and decided that a nicely machined piece of anodized metal that would fit a niche I wanted for years was worth it.

Packaging was nice. Sealed ziplock style bag, so even after you opened it you could reseal it.

Packaging is excellent. The parts needed for various configurations are placed in different colored bags, and clear instructions are on the packaging. This feels like the packaging of a premium product.

The Safariland dropleg holster put the gun lower than I wanted, and required using a leg strap which I didn’t want to use. This adaptor appears that it would allow for mounting the holster at a similar height if you really wanted to.

For the price, I had assumed it was machined alumnium. Nope, waterjet.

Now something being waterjet isn’t a bad thing, if done right. Waterjet cutting a part is a cheaper and faster manufacturing process. But. . . Waterjetting tends to leave tapered holes. You have to account for this. True North Concepts didn’t. The narrow end of the tapered holes wouldn’t get the bolts pass though. I had to open up the holes in order to mount the holster adapter and the belt/MOLLE loops.

Then to make it even better, the slots in the adaptor wouldn’t align with the quick detach holster mount. After much fiddling with it, I was able to find a single sweet spot where everything lined up well enough to attach it.

When it finally came together, I thought it was going to work oh so well.

But no, I found on the belt I was using, when I attempted to draw from the holster, the whole deal would just pivot up at the belt. The belt I have is fairly stiff, but I guess is still loose enough that the entire section of it can just twist when I attempt to draw the 1911.

I can’t blame the design for that, it is the belt’s fault, but that is still a disapointment.

So overall I am rather disappointed. I still haven’t accomplished what I set out to do, and the tapered holes and misalignment of the cheaply made part would lead me to not recommend this product.