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That Shooting Accessory You Didn’t Know You Needed Until Now

You ever been doing something that you’ve done a million times and think “man I wish there was something to make this easier? I was fighting a tube or quad rail forearm one day while trying to shoot the smallest possible groups I could off a bench and thought about how annoying it was. “if only there was some attachment..” “The gov should pass a law!”

well there was, I just didn’t know it. Later on I mentioned this to Howard who had been thinking the same thing at some point or another. Unlike me though, Howard decided to do something about it.

Now, this isn’t some original idea to either one of us. Things like this have been around for a while. But it is something hand made by Howard. He can do that with all the tools available to him at work. I haven’t looked at the other options carefully so I am not sure how they mate the piece to a picatinny rail. Howard’s solution is pretty simple and clever, using something like the base of the standard factory ACOG mount. It works. Works perfectly.

It works perfectly on sand bags or my more sophisticated benchrest front rests. I’m sure most of you have fought with the same problem at some point at different levels. Bipods are great, but they are not close to idea for shooting off bags or BR for squeezing out all possible performance from the gun and yourself. Shooting the smallest groups you can for testing can be hard work. Sometimes it takes me hours to shoot groups sometimes when accuracy testing some gun or ammo and fighting with the forearms over bags just makes it even more of a PITA. This has removed all that frustration.

The smooth base allows the gun to move straight back and consistent during recoil. That is important. Believe me it makes a big difference. Accuracy results are results of everything acting the same, being the same and moving the same. Even things you may not have thought of. This is why bipods are for field use, not for serious BR use unless you have nothing else and even then don’t expect your best results.

As you can see, I been using in on the Colt Accurized Rifle ( CR6724). The round tube fore arm makes shooting off of bags or my rest a real pain with out this thing. Now that I have Howard’s sled, it is a joy to shoot from a rest.

Rechargeable batteries, those bastards

Two Rechargeable 18650 batteries. Note the different lengths.

Long ago I had this idea. I was going to use a Surefire weapon light and an Eotech 553 and then all I would need is CR123 pattern batteries to run them. I would then be able to use rechargeable CR123s and save money.

This was before I learned first hand how bad Eotech sights are. I also contacted Eotech and Surefire and asked about rechargeable batteries. I got a hard NO, with terms thrown in like, “melting”.

A CR123 puts out 3 volts. Some of the RCR123 can be charged to the point where they are putting 4.5+ volts each. Put a pair of those in an electrical device that is not designed for it and you might cause catastrophic failure. So that killed my plans back then. Fortunately that got me into Aimpoints.

Now, a good bit more battery powered devices are designed to use rechargeable batteries, and there are new sizes of batteries. A little while back I sold several older lights and I picked up a Surefire M600 Dual Fuel light that uses a 18650 rechargeable battery. It can take 2 CR123s for a slightly lower output, but one rechargeable 18650 out performs them. Now, there is also the Zenitco Perst-2 which has an Green Laser, Slaved IR Laser, IR Illumination, and a 740 lux light that uses the 18650 battery. One battery could run a high performance Surefire weapon light or a Perst-2 combination device.

This just seemed awesome to me. I sold a bunch of older stuff to update to this new versatile configuration.

But then those bastards screw me. Turns out, that the 18650 battery is a very loose standard and almost each company making them makes them different lengths.

Over on the Candle Power Forums there is even a chart made by HKJ about it:


Manufactures can never make this simple. What a mess.