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.

Jim Hoag Colt Longslide

From Pistol_Purview

Colt longslide “gun by committee.” The slide was made by master Jim Hoag, using a new GI Colt National Match slide. Hoag was the master of welding two slides together. His welding and machining skills were leagues ahead of anyone else at the time…maybe even now. After all, if someone wants a 6” slide now, they simply just buy one. John Miller of Marietta Ohio, a former US Army MTU armorer, fit the slide and a very scarce Smith & Wesson 6 inch NM barrel to a Colt 70 series frame. Of interest is the fact that Hoag made the front sight wider to mate perfectly with the Bomar rear .125 notch, for a perfect target site picture. Also the trigger guard was not squared in the traditional manner, but rather was done at an angle to match the angle of the grip frame. In the late 1970s and early 1980s 1911 long slide pistols were all the rage, that is until comp guns made the scene. This is a very special gun, made by legends, for a legend. I’m honored to be it’s steward.

Ruger 10/22 Charger Lite Takedown (4935) First Impressions

I picked up a Ruger 10/22 Charger. I had kinda wanted one for a while, and after looking into the cost to rebarrel and put a new trigger in my 10/22 rifle I decided I’d just pick up a Charger.

I splurged and got the takedown model. I’m not sure if this was the right choice, but I like the idea of being able to easily, and toollessly change barrels. So, if some time later, I wanted a shorter barrel, or a 16 inch match barrel, I could switch between them.

Often, online, I’ve seen people lament the new plastic trigger group housings. But I don’t recall every seeing a story of one breaking. The trigger in this Charger is much, much better than the one in my 10/22 rifle. Not great by any means, but not absolutely awful like my old 10/22.

I took my Leupold 3-9x off my old 10/22 and threw it on this rifle. Much to my dismay, I had to max out the elevation adjustment in order to get this gun to be point of aim, point of impact at 25 yards.

I was shooting some old Remington “golden bullet” bulk pack. After the first couple of rounds were fired, when I got the gun zeroed at 25 yards. I fired three rounds touching. I was rather happy until my next group. The rest of the groups today were rather lack luster.

This model comes with the type of extended mag release I like, but the magwell of this charger is tight. The mags don’t easily drop out, and I struggled to insert the old 25 round Butlercreek mags I have. I gave up on trying to use them.

My previous experiences with UTG products have left me thinking very little of them. I tried to keep an open mind when I use the UTG bipod that came with the Charger, but even when I first took it out of the packaging the finish was shoddy and damaged.

But to be fair, it does what it is suppose to do, it works as a bipod. But I quickly decided I’d rather shoot the charger off a rest.

Anyways, I enjoyed shooting it, but I realized I’d like it better with a brace. I need to figure out why the elevation adjustment is maxed out. Shooting it silenced was nice, but the barrel is long enough to make the bulk pack ammo super sonic so this was noticeable louder than a suppressed short barrel .22 pistol.

I ended up just unloading the Butlercreek mags. They didn’t even want to seat correctly in the Charger’s tight magwell.

7 inch can with a 10 inch barrel still made for a larger gun.


I like it.
I want more mags.
I want a mag loader
It is silly that the 15 round mag is 3 times the size of the 10 round mag, but only slightly smaller than a 25 round mag. Would rather have three 10 round mags or a 25 round mag.
I’d like to have a shorter barrel for silencer use, maybe 4.5 inches or so.
I’d like to have a railed forend for use with a bipod and or laser for plinking.
A brace would really help with consistent head placement with the scope.

Two Classics from Pistol_Purview

Images and text from Pistol_Purview IG page.


This 80 series Colt in 45 ACP was bought and built by Rich Stoddard (lead gunsmith at Colt Custom shop for over 30 years) as his personal gun. I have Rich’s purchase order from Colt where he purchased the gun from his employer. This pistol was purchased from his estate after he died in 2018. The gun was originally built in 1991 and featured hand checkering, Barsto barrel, Ed Brown hammer and thumb safety, lowered and flared port, S&A grip safety, reliability tune, deluxe trigger job, and hand filed magwell opening. One of the best gunsmith in the country made it for himself. That pretty much says everything. When I bought her, she had a pedestrian parkerized finish, so to honor the man, I sent it to Florida for full hard chrome. Mr. Stoddard entered the military out of high school and quickly found himself in Southeast Asia. After his service to our country he successfully graduated from the Colorado School of Trades. After which, he worked at Colt from 1974-2012 as a master gunsmith. He was responsible for making special order guns, primarily the O frame 1911’s. He also built many prototypes and show guns. He was fortunate to learn a great deal from the “old school” gunsmiths, many of which had worked at Colt from the 1950’s.

In the early 30’s, Frank Pachmayr left his father’s rifle business and opened his own shop. He quickly became interested in accurizing 1911’s for bullseye shooting. Frank spent a lot of time figuring out what made 1911’s innacurrate and how to accurize them. All the research was put into the Signature System. Standard Pachmayr bullseye Guns were guaranteed to shoot 3” at 50 yards. Frank wanted 3/4” at 25yds out of the Signature System. The Signature had a nosepiece with Messerschmitt barrel ring and a slide tightener—a yoke that curves up and around the receiver in front of the trigger guard. The problem was that when you wrenched the slide tightener to improve accuracy, it dragged on the slide causing reliability problems. You could loosen it to get total reliability, but at the expense of accuracy.

A true paradox that frustrated Frank. Along comes a machinist named of Thomas Dornaus—yes the Bren Ten guy. He was hired to fix the Signature models that came back into the shop. In his free time, unknown to Frank, Dornaus built a prototype 1911 that could shoot 1-1 1/4” groups, without all the complicated Signature Model features. This was the Combat Special, and we all know the ending—it become a blockbuster commercial success. Frank was disquieted by all of it. He had spent countless time and money trying to perfect the Signature, but everyone wanted a Combat Special. When Ray Chapman chose the CS as his prize for winning the first IPSC Championship, Frank couldn’t understand why he didn’t want a Signature. Craig Wetstein built the majority of PCS (assisted by Larocca) and when he left to open Autoshop, Paul Liebenberg came in to finish the run that spanned 10 years. So this is it. This is the gun that started it all. I searched high and low for this gun and finally sourced this mint condition (seldom fired) gem. Yea —it lacks front strap checkering and a beavertail, but someone burned “Combat Special” into the slide in bronze, so I’ll take the fucker.

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