Zombie Annihilator review PT.2

The conclusion to the gears review on the AWS ZA-15

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First I have to say I had no input about what went onto this rifle. They built the rifle and shipped it to me and when I opened it at my gun shop it was the first time I saw and knew what was on this rifle.
 

APPEARANCE:

This model is engraved with ZOMBIE ANNIHILATOR and a biohazard symbol which  makes this a GREAT zombie killer. Without the paint and engraving the rifle looks like a standard AR-15.  More than that the gun has a number of features that make this a great gun.

STOCK:

They put the UBR (utility / battle rifle) stock on this rifle which is a bit bulky but has a great feature, the cheek rest, which does not move with the rest of the stock. This lets the shooter have a nice full cheek wield. It comes with a compartment which holds (6-7) .223 rounds. I didn’t want to take all of my EOtechs apart and pull the batteries out but it will hold a few CR123 batteries or a few AA or AAA batteries. The storage compartment in the stock is removable and the door is reversible.
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Sling mount specs:

 

Front/Rear – Reversible QD swivel sling mounts fit up to 1.5″ push-button swivels (swivel not included)
Bottom – 1.25″ sling loop
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FELT RECOIL:

The felt recoil is low and of the few people outside of the GEARS crew that shot it only one person disagreed, but everyone has their own opinion. Old man lefty  made the comment that it had lower recoil than the Kel -Tec SU-16CA. Gun Bunny made an observation that you can hear the buffer tube (action) spring when the rifle is fired. This did not affect the rifle but it was a curious thing to hear. 

MAGAZINES:

The magazine they sent with the rifle was the 60 Round surefire magazine. Since we are out of Texas this magazine is legal (if you want your rifle to come with this magazine please check with your local laws). The magazine had no problems and functioned perfectly.  Since I am not a competition or tactical shooter I do not have any comments about using this magazine in a competition or in a tactical situation. I fired 60 rounds in as fast as I could pull the trigger and the rifle shot normally. I did like having the 60 rounds to sit and shoot without having to reload or change mags.
Reloading took me 120 seconds to pull each round out of my loose .223 ammo box and hand load. All 60 rounds fed with about the same (felt) spring tension as the 1st  round loaded. I did not use a maglula (speed loader) with this magazine because I do not have one at this time.

FIELD STRIPPING: 

Since this a a standard AR-15 there are not any special things that have to be down to field strip this rifle.

ACCURACY:

From 25 –50 yards the rifle held tight groupings with 10+ shots in a quarter size hole.  I did not test it at any longer ranges. 

SIGHTS:

The Samson FFS & FRS Quick Flip Sights are spring loaded which makes popping them up fast and easy from the rifle hanging on your side from a sling.
The sights were on target when I got the rifle so I didn’t need to adjust them. They are an all metal construction so they are solid when you are walking around with the rifle from a sling and they fold so you are not getting the sights caught on your gear.
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RAILS:

The standard ZA-15 comes with 18’” rail on the top (2) 1 3/4” on the left and right sides and one 4 3/4” rail on the bottom that has the TROY Industries, Modular Combat Grip. 

WEIGHT:

The weight is around 11-12 pounds (unloaded) which is on the heavy end of the mid length 16” barrel AR-15’s weight. (for comparison my M&P15 comes in at just under 7 pounds with a 16” barrel). The rifle uses a heavy barrel for improved accuracy.  I wouldn’t want to be firing from an unsupported or standing position all day with this rifle but with support this rifle is an okay weight. 

CASE:

AWS sent the rifle in a SFR 5013 Double Rifle Case which is a TSA approved case. By shipping in this case it protected that rifle better than the normal cardboard box and packing peanuts.

Fore-Grip:

The TROY Industries, Modular Combat Grip AWS put on the rifle is nice. It unscrews so you can change the size for your shooting preference.

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TRIGGER:

The Two Stage Geissele Trigger has a nice clean break when fired and one of the most smooth and clean triggers I have ever had.  

Charging Handle:

The MechArmor TacOps-1 Charging Handle has a charging handle  latch on the right and left side of the handle making it easier to charge the firearm left or right hands and while the rifle is in different positions.

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HAND GRIP:

I liked the Magpul MIAD hand grip because you can change the back and front straps. This allows you to find the most comfortable grip for shooting and reduce hand fatigue from shooting all day.  

DUST COVER:

This made most of the people I showed this to at the range smile.

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NiB-X NICKEL BORON:

While I did not have any issues with it, I would like to do more testing with the nickel boron before I make any more comments about how good or bad it is. Two different shooters and gun smiths I respect both have completely different takes on Nickel Boron so I need to test more for myself and my own understanding before I would recommend it.

PROS:

  • Fun to shoot
  • Low Recoil
  • Easy to shoot
  • Easy to clean
  • Stock is adjustable for different shooters
  • Candy cane breaking trigger pull (clean snap)
  • Draws attention when at the range

CONS:

Weight is heavier than I like.

OVERALL THOUGHTS & COMMENTS ON THIS RIFLE:

Overall I loved this rifle and would love to own this rifle.

The price is high but when you put all the parts together into one rifle the price is reasonable.

Great gun, fun to shoot and worth the price for the time and care American Weapon Systems puts into each gun.

While AR-15s and AK-47s are two of the most copied designs of guns that doesn’t mean they are all the same. American Weapon Systems is not a mass producer of AR-15s which lets them devote the time to customizing rifles to their clients wants and needs.

Atticus: Umarex “Colt 1911” .22LR Review

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I took this pistol out for review along with the HPR ammo review and when I got home and plugged the camera into my computer it formatted the camera and I lost all of the pictures from both reviews.

Technical Specs
Caliber:
.22 L.R.
Capacity:12-Round Magazine
Mode of Fire: Semi-Auto
Barrel Length: 5 in (127 mm)
Method of Operation: Blowback Action
Front Sight: Drift Adjustable Front Sight
Rear Sight: Drift Adjustable Rear Sight
Overall Length: 8.6 in (220 mm)
Overall Width: 2.6 in (65 mm)
Safety Type: Manual Thumb Safety, Grip Safety
Principal of Operation: Blowback
Weight w/out Mag: 2.25 lbs (1020 g)
Extractor: Internal + Pinned Ejector
Features: Full metal body

A few months back I got in contact with Umarex USA who distributes licensed (by original manufacturers) versions of different firearms like the Colt Government 1911 chambered in .22 Long Rifle or the H&K MP5SD Chambered in .22LR.

Umarex  sent out the Colt Government 1911 .22lr for test and evaluation. We shot over 525 .22 rounds through this pistol without a single failure or problem.

I shot Remington Golden Bullet 22LR 525 Round Value Pack and a few strays from some other brands that were all mixed in a box in my range bag.

The Colt 1911’s history is long and this pistol has proven to be one of the best pistols ever produced which is why you can find so many variants of this pistol in the market place. As of late .45 ACP has sky rocketed in price which makes going to the range and shooting hundreds of rounds in one sitting rather painful to the pocketbook.

The Colt 1911 .22lr from Umarex as a full weight 1911 chambered in the .22 Long rifle, this lets the shooter practice with .22s to help with muscle memory. Muscle memory of that firearm allows the body to perform the task of firing the gun without conscious effort. This is helpful in conceal carry because when your brain clicks and says “Hey I need to draw my firearm” you body just completes the task without having to think which may save a life.

The Colt 1911 is not just for muscle memory, in fact one of my favorite rounds is the .22lr because I enjoy shooting and the .22 lets me shoot as long as I want for a fraction of the cost if I was using .45ACP.

The take down of this pistol is very similar to that of the .45ACP 1911s and I will link a video at the bottom to shows you the take down.

They make three versions of this pistol the standard Colt Government (the one I shot) the Colt 1911 Rail gun which has a rail under the barrel and the Colt 1911 Gold Cup.

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Pros/ Cons

PROS

The weight of the gun is about the same as a .45ACP 1911 which is a comfortable weight for shooting.

Sights were stock but held nice groupings

The trigger weight was  5.5lbs which gave a crisp trigger pull

Easy to clean and maintain

CON:

The magazine has a spring relief nub on the side to help quickly load the rounds and the only thing I found is with how slim the nub is it tore up my thumb after loading 100 or so rounds. This problem is not that bad since the magazine is still easy to load without the relief.

Overall:

This is one pistol I plan on adding to my collection because of how much fun it is to shoot as well as nice for practice.

The ammo used for testing was (all ammo used was Hyper Velocity)
1.Remington Golden Bullet .22lr
2.American Eagle (Federal) .22lr
3.CCI .22long HV
4.Winchester white box 550 copperplated 40gr
5. Remington HV 22

MSRP: $405.00

Atticus: HPR Ammo Review

A few months back I was out at the range and I experienced a phenomenon I believe most shooters can relate to. I was sitting there on the line with the GEARs crew testing out a rifle when I ran out of ammo. knowing I needed about 40 more round to complete the testing I ran up to the club house and picked up a box of the only .223 they had in stock, HPR’s (which stands for High Precision Range) .223  HYPERClean 60 Grain / soft points.

After we finished shooting I took the box home because I wanted to test how clean they truly are. So I reached out to them and they were nice enough to ship me out a  box of .45 Auto TMJ (Total Metal Jacket) 230 grain Hyperclean and a box of .223 Rem 75 grain Boat Tail Hollow points MATCH both of which come in a box of 50 rounds.

While I had my camera out at the range taking video and pictures when I brought it home my computer formatted the camera and we lost all of the images.

The rifle and and gun used in the review was a Glock 21 and the American Weapons Systems ZA-15 which is chambered in the .223 wylde (allowing for the rifle to fire both .223 and 5.56x45NATO round)

Up first we tested the HPR .45ACP (Automatic Colt Pistol also known as .45 Auto). I fired 25 rounds before taking the gun apart and inspecting the carbon and unburnt powder in the gun.
The feed ramp was still shiny and clean. The brass had some slight powder burn that wiped off with a dry towel and just left a normal sight discoloration on the brass, the inside of the brass looked almost new in coloring. No misfires or feed problems.

After that I used monarch .45 ACP 230 grain TMJ and the first thing I could see after firing 5 round was the feed ramp was black with carbon and unburnt powder the brass was coated just like the feed ramp and the gun needed a heavy nitro cleaning when  I came home. No misfires or feed problems.

After that I shot the HPR .223 75 grain BTHP Hyperclean. I did not fire any rounds of similar specs.
The spent brass only had some discoloration at the neck and the inside was clean just like HPR .45 acp brass.
The rifle firing the heavier 75 grain over the normal 55 or 60 grain did make the recoil a little more noticeable. At the 50 yard range the 50 rounds held a nice 1 inch groupings.

The price of the ammo is a little high for just normal target practice but the fact that it kept nice groupings and the firearms stayed cleaner I would recommend this ammo.

You can purchase HPR from Cabelas, LuckyGunner or Scottsdale Ammo

Panzerfaust: The ZOMBIE ANNIHILATOR

Panzerfaust: The ZOMBIE ANNIHILATOR

I finally got to preview the zombie annihilator on Saturday, and I have to say I was very impressed with what I saw. While there were a few minor issues with the weight  and cost of the rifle, these were only minor setback to the overall performance of this well designed weapon. Even thought it is a bit on the heavy side the Troy industries forward grip and the Magpul UBR collapsible stock manage to comfortably distribute the weight when shouldering the rifle. I really enjoyed having the ability to quickly adjust sights from large to small aperture using the Samson FFS quick flip sight. Picture this, you are being attacked by a hungry mindless hoard of undead foes the one thing you don’t need is a lot of upward recoil when every shot counts. Equally important the A2 flash suppressor will limit your enemies ability to spot your position. The two stage trigger gives you a clean even break with each shot without extra resistance and the Magpul enhance trigger guard allows for plenty of room for mobility for even the heavily gloved finger.

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SPECS:

 

 

American Weapon Systems Forged Zombie Annihilator® Lower and Upper, Machined from Forged 7075-T6 Aluminum
AWS 16″ Mid-Length LW-50 Stainless Steel Barrel 1:8 Twist Polygonal Rifling, With .223 Wylde Chamber.
AWS Nickel Boron Coated M16 Bolt Carrier
Two Stage Trigger: Geissele
Magpul UBR (utility / battle rifle)
Magpul MIAD (Mission Adaptable) Grip
Magpul MOE Trigger Guard
Surefire 60 round high Cap Mag
Forward Grip: TROY Industries, Modular Combat Grip
Samson Low Profile Gas Block
MechArmor TacOps-1 Charging Handle
A2 Flash Suppressor
Samson FFS & FRS Quick Flip Sights

Overall Impression:

I know this review might sound a bit one sided, however I really enjoyed test firing this awesome rifle. After about 100 rounds, I can say my impression of the sleek and versatile design is a testament to American Weapon Systems ability to forge a mean zombie killing machine.

Be sure to check out American Weapon Systems and pick your rifle today.

The ZOMBIE ANNIHILATOR is HERE!!

The ZOMBIE ANNIHILATOR ZA-15 came in today for us to review. I am very excited to say that we have this to test for the next few months

Be sure to check out American Weapon Systems and pick your rifle today.

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SPECS:

American Weapon Systems Forged Zombie Annihilator® Lower and Upper, Machined from Forged 7075-T6 Aluminum
AWS 16″ Mid-Length LW-50 Stainless Steel Barrel 1:8 Twist Polygonal Rifling, With .223 Wylde Chamber.
AWS Nickel Boron Coated M16 Bolt Carrier
Two Stage Trigger: Geissele
Magpul UBR (utility / battle rifle)
Magpul MIAD (Mission Adaptable) Grip
Magpul MOE Trigger Guard
Surefire 60 round high Cap Mag
Forward Grip: TROY Industries, Modular Combat Grip
Samson Low Profile Gas Block
MechArmor TacOps-1 Charging Handle
A2 Flash Suppressor
Samson FFS & FRS Quick Flip Sights

AWS ZOMBIE ANNIHILATOR Review PT. 1

AWS ZOMBIE ANNIHILATOR Review PT. 1

Back in April 2012 I was involved in a Zombie shoot in Dallas, TX the grand prize sponsor was American Weapon Systems.
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After seeing the grand prize I contacted them and had a chance to talk with them about doing a test and evaluation of the ZA-15.
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SPECS:

American Weapon Systems Forged Zombie Annihilator® Lower and Upper, Machined from Forged 7075-T6 Aluminum
AWS 16″ Mid-Length LW-50 Stainless Steel Barrel 1:8 Twist Polygonal Rifling, With .223 Wylde Chamber.
AWS Nickel Boron Coated M16 Bolt Carrier
Two Stage Trigger: Geissele
Magpul UBR (utility / battle rifle)
Magpul MIAD (Mission Adaptable) Grip
Magpul MOE Trigger Guard
Surefire 60 round high Cap Mag
Forward Grip: TROY Industries, Modular Combat Grip
Samson Low Profile Gas Block
MechArmor TacOps-1 Charging Handle
A2 Flash Suppressor
Samson FFS & FRS Quick Flip Sights
Samson manufacturing, Evolution series 12.37” Forend

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Old Man Lefty and I had a few chances to take it out to the range and put it through its paces.
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Safe-Zombie-SHTF (S**T HITS THE FAN)
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I buy guns based on need such as a new hunting rifle for larger or smaller game, or based on performance like  handling, ease of use, and how it feels to me.

As seen in past posts I do own a few different types of .223/5.56×45 rifles

FN-H FS2000
Kel-Tec SU-16CA
Sig 556 DMR
Sig 556 SWAT
Smith & Wesson M&P-15
I have fired many different AR-15 Platforms from Colt, Daniel Defense,  DPMS, STAG, AAC, and BCM.

The Smith & Wesson M&P-15 I own is  stock.  I have not made any modifications to it, outside of adding a scope.

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The S&W M&P15  is a nice rifle that is well built. It has more felt recoil than the ZA-15.

The stock model M&P15 is boring and if you want a M&P15 you may end up changing quite a few parts just to get it to the point you like it.

The ZA-15  can be customized before it is even shipped to you so you know the rifle you are buying is going to be the rifle you want.

I have met a a few people who believe an AR is an AR is an AR but that simply is not the case. Not all AR-15s are made equally and this becomes very apparent when firing the ZA-15 next to the M&P 15.   You can feel the time spent hand assembling the ZA-15  and it is obvious that this is not another factory line gun using the the same stock rifle with the same parts time and time again.
 

As Built

American Weapon Systems has built a very high quality AR-15 rifle and and you are going to pay for it.  Depending on the build you are looking at $2000.

AWS builds the rifle to your spec to insure you get the rifle of your dreams.
The GEARS crew and friends shot about 1000 rounds of .223 and 5.56×45 though this rifle and it preformed exceptionally well under all the conditions we put it through . 

The barrel of this rifle is chambered in .223 Wylde which lets you shoot .223 Remington and 5.56×45 rounds through with no problems.

The bolt carrier group is a full auto bolt carrier group which I am a big fan of because it reduces (by the bolt being heavier) the the speed the bolt carrier goes into full battery (the status of a firearm when the action has returned to the normal firing position. Bolt carrier group locked in the lugs of the barrel). The reason I like that is it slows the action down making the  extractor have enough time to eject the spent brass reducing the chance of stove piping(the rifle is NOT full auto). A  heavier bolt increases your control over your firearm. 
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Magazines

AWS shipped us the rifle with a Surefire 60 round magazine which is fun to fire and just looks cool.

Zombie!

They have dressed up the rifle with the Zombie killer dust cover and all of the Engraved  Biohazard Logo and Zombie Annihilator® painted in neon green so it shows up really well. While this doesn’t make the rifle anymore accurate or function any better it does make the rifle a nice conversation piece out at the range. 

Personal Thoughts

I personally do not buy firearms because of aesthetics.  I don’t buy a gun just because it was branded with the latest trend, but that being said I am always excited by anything that helps the firearm industry.   This is a well built gun and it has a fun factor thrown in that makes taking it to the gun range a exciting way to meet other shooters.  Everyone wants to come see the Zombie gun and talk to you.                              

In part 2 of my review I  will break the gun down into each component category to expand upon what  I like about this rifle as well as the pros and cons I found.

Kel Tec Su-16CA

Okay, here this goes. Kel Tec has created two of my favorite weapons. To be fair to everyone else, I have a rather extensive favorite list that is based mostly off of practical application of novel and helpful changes to what seems like the “standard” weapon designs. As expressed in my short article highlighting some first impressions on the Kel Tec SU-16CA I am a huge fan of the efficiency of this gun, and having put it through its paces (although I was not able to be there for much of the testing) it has proven to be a very sturdy weapon as well as a novel idea. Some day when funds allow I would love to keep one around for a bugout bag.

Since I had very little range time with the SU-16CA I’m going to keep this part brief.

Pros:

-Very easy to use, and a lot of cool features. (Magazine storage, folding stock, bipod, threaded barrel)

-Had no jamming problems/misfeeds while I was firing other than the SIG magazines which didn’t want to feed the last two rounds.

-I love the piston driven gas system for its simplicity and brutal efficiency.

Cons:

-Not much you can do with the gun as it was shipped to us. (Notably it has a few accessories built in.

-Not the most comfortable gun. I wasn’t a fan of the blocky charging handle and it just didn’t sit right on the table. More than likely that has to do with my gangly arms though.

 

On another note, and partially an apology for the lacking amount of content in my most recent posts, I will be taking a bit of a writing sabbatical due to extenuating circumstances. Hopefully I will soon regain both the time, and mental capacity to continue writing for GoG. Until then, Shoot smart and have fun!

Kel Tec SU-16CA PT.2

To read the first half of this review CLICK HERE

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Like I said in the first half I really enjoyed this rifle so I will just jump right into the review

 

POLYMER FRAME: The rifle is made up of mostly polymer which makes the gun very light weight at only 4.7 pounds. Whereas an AR-15 is about 7 pounds.

SAFETY: The safety on this rifle is simple. it is just a push side to side button with a red ring on the fire side. I like to live with the K.I.S.S. mind set which is Keep It Simple Stupid.

PISTON: Similar to that of the AK family this rifle uses a piston system. This seems to it the bolt and chamber cleaner. as you read about in our 1700+ round testing.

ACTION:  this rifle is a piston driven system which seems to make this rifle cycle beautifully.

FELT RECOIL: (While this rifle is threaded for a muzzle device Kel Tec does not thread one on to this rifle.) The recoil was surprising to me when doing a side by side comparison to my AR-15 with a flash hider as the SU-16 had lower felt recoil.

MAGAZINES:   The rifle comes with (2) 10 round polymer mags in a carrying well in the folding stock. The stock also supports the use of a 20 round AR magazine in place of the 2 ten round mags. They designed this mag well to be that of the AR-15 mag wells to support the use of AR-15 mags (including beta mags). One thing we did notice was that the last 2 rounds in my 4 of my polymer sig mags did not seem to want to chamber.

FIELD STRIPPING:  To take this gun apart to do basic cleaning is as simple as using the bullet to push a pin out in the stock. (cleaning the bolt carrier group is a little bit more than just that but for the review we are only talking about taking the gun down to is basic parts)

ACCURACY: I will not lie and say I am the best shot in the world or that I am even a great shot (since breaking my back I cannot hold still). With all that being said I was still able to hold 5 shot quarter size groupings at 50 yards

SIGHTS: I liked the iron sights they sent out with the rifle but I can’t really place my finger on why that is. I used both an EOtech and a 3-9×42 scope but I still preferred the use of the iron sights. Go figure!

RAILS: The rifle only has the short rail on top which meant I couldn’t use my lasers and other TOYS much needed accessories. Kel Tec does sell a fore grip that replaces the bipod that has more rails on it.

FOLDING STOCK: I loved that stock folds under the rifle making the carry in a backpack or storage of the rifle take up less room. Some people are not a fan of this so Kel Tec also makes a replacement stock and pistol grip that is easy to install.

OVERALL THOUGHTS

I shot over a 1000 rounds through this rifle and I have to say I wish I didn’t have to send it back because this was a comfortable and easy to shoot rifle.

This rifle has the best of a lot of worlds with its bipod, piston, folding stock, mag holder, polymer frame. all around just a GREAT gun!

With the prices of a basic “cheap” AR-15 hitting close to $1000. The SU-16CA rifle coming in MSRP as $770 (VERY VERY HIGH and in most cases can be found cheaper) this is a good buy for a .223/5.56 rifle.

REVIEW: Kel-Tec SU-16CA Review PT. 1

Kel Tec was gracious enough to sent out out of their SU-16CA rifle for us to do a review on a few months ago and I have been trying to push this gun to its limits and it has exceeded my expectations.

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Caliber: 5.56 NATO.
Magazine: (2) 10 Round detachable box. Accepts standard NATO M16/AR magazines.
Barrel: 18.5″
System of Operation: Semi-automatic
Overall length: 36” open 25” folded
Weight (unloaded): 4.7 lbs

This was a fun gun to review. The end tally of rounds we shot through this rifle before shipping it back was 1700+ rounds.

 

I had read a number of different  other reviews on this rifle before we got our hands on it and I noticed most of them said that they liked the gun and it was easy to use and blah blah blah nothing really exciting that made me want to buy this gun for any other reason than it was reliable. I wanted my review to be focused in a different direction other than just a few range reports. As I mentioned before we shot little over 1700+ round through it, during that time (Kel-Tec in no way suggests or recommends in anyway that you do or try this with your rifles) we never cleaned the rifle over a 2 1/2 month time period.

The rifle uses a piston gas system which limits the amount of gas sent back into the chamber making the rifle run in some cases cleaner. (Due to some problems with my camera while I was cleaning the rifle to be shipped back I didn’t get the chance to take pictures of the rifle dismantled to show you the piston)

I pulled the rifle straight out of the box and took it to the range. Normally I would strip the rifle down and oil the rifle myself but I felt if I was going administer this test I should show using the oil Kel-Tec uses vs. the over oiling I like to do on my rifles. First 1001 rounds we shot no problems the gun functioned beautifully. Round 1002 we had our first failure to feed so we chambered the next round shot fine but chambering the next 3 rounds seemed slow 1006 and 1007 both ejected the spent brass but did not feed the next round. I pulled the bolt and piston grouping out of the rifle put two drops of gun oil on the piston rod put the gun back together and the rifle shot just as if it was just cleaned and oiled.

Over the next 6 weeks we finished putting the last 700+ through the rifle and it shot beautifully.

The fore grip on the rifle is also a bipod which I found in the seated position didn’t work very well and bounced all over the table and sometimes would completely collapse after taking your first shot. I never tried shooting from the prone position but I have a feeling that it would be similar to what I found when standing with the rest on a table which was that it was a bit more stable but still not as good as the  shooters rest we have out at the range.

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Stay tuned for the completion of my review of this rifle on Wednesday.

REVIEW: Versacarry

You may have noticed that my installment of the versacarry review trilogy has been somewhat delayed. This certainly isn’t a result of versacarry making a complicated or difficult to use product, but instead from my lack of a concealed handgun license. I was hoping to have completed my licensing course and have some real world experience with the holster before I made my conclusive review of the product, but due to a lack of funding on my part, and a but of a deadline for the review, here it goes.

If you haven’t seen the previous reviews, you may want to read through this before hand.

First off, I am very thankful that we got this product for review. It is different and interesting at the very least, and being able to work with the holster and get a good feel for how it feels and functions proved that it is much more than just a novel idea. The execution of this idea for a minimalistic holster is beautiful, simple, and effective.
The first thing I noticed about this holster was exactly how little material it consists of. Its just so small. If I hadn’t read up on it before it was put in my hands, I wouldn’t have known what to do with it. The size of the whole package is excellent, but that actually wasn’t my favorite part. As cool as it is to have a few more millimeters shaved off that little bulge my M&P .40 makes on my waist, the best and most important part of the versacarry is how easy and reliable it is on the draw.
Now I am in no capacity and expert on holsters or concealed carry situations/requirements, but I do know a thing or two about efficiency and consistency. the clasp on versacarry holsters is a stout one. With an angled protrusion on its end the clip stayed rather firmly in place as I drew repeatedly from my jeans even without a belt on. Using it like it was intended; with a belt in place , the versacarry is going nowhere fast and let my pistol slide out very smoothly very consistently.
Argh. I just remembered another test I haven’t gotten time to run yet. As soon as I get my hands on a linear scale I will be measuring and posting exactly how firmly the versacarry holds my M&P .40 and hopefully a few other handguns in place. For now just rest assured that for such little contact area between the holster and the firearm, it is a comfortably tight fit. I wouldn’t ever worry about any unwanted movement or the possibility of slipping out.
The only problem I see with the versacarry, is the potential difficulty of training with it. Not being able to re-settle the pistol on your versacarry without removing it from your pants would make repeated drawing a bit more tedious. Obviously in a real life situation use of a versacarry only necessitates one draw.
All in all, I like it quite a lot, and fully intend on using versacarry as soon as I am licensed.

REVIEW: Versacarry from a female standpoint

I was completely intrigued when I first saw this holster, I am soon to be getting my CHL to carry my KelTec 9mm and have been looking at the type of holster I would use. For women, there are particular holsters made specifically for us, such as ones that attach to the bra. Those are less easily concealed then the Versacarry. As women, we tend to wear tighter more fitted clothing than our male counterparts which makes carrying concealed on our body rather more difficult.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that when I put on the holster with my gun, while wearing form fitting pants, there was a small bulge, but not an obvious shape. It would be easily covered by wearing a sweater or a non-super form fitting shirt.

The only issue I have with the holster is that it requires the use of a belt, because otherwise, when you draw the holster comes out with the gun. But this is a small issue compared to actually having a holster that is not completely obvious and can be worn with most clothing.

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First Impressions: VersaCarry Holsters

First Impressions: VersaCarry Holsters

About two weeks ago We were contacted by VersaCarry about a T&E (review) of their holsters and of course I was very excited about trying them out since they one of the most interesting IWB holsters (Inside the Waist Band) on the market.

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They sent us three holsters to review

A large .45 ACP for my Glock 21 (pictured above blue on the right)
A Medium .40 S&W for Caleb’s S&W M&P .40
And a Small 9mm for SAWGunners Kel-Tec PF-9 (Pictured above yellow on the left)

Since I haven’t had the chance to see SAWG I have had the small holster to review against my large.

 

Large .45 with a Glock 21

Concealment level: I tend to wear more medium T-shirts which does not conceal the Glock 21 as well as I would like it to.
By wearing a large or XL shirt the gun is less noticeable in the small of my back. wearing mediums and larges I cannot wear the holster on my side because the gun shows. Wearing an XL shirt the gun on my hip still has some bulk but is less noticeable and the general population most likely wouldn’t even notice.

Comfort level: With the Glock in the small of my back I have to reposition it to my side if I want to sit down. Walking around the gun stays where I holstered it and even with the weight it doesn’t pull my pants down or feel uncomfortable. However if I knew I was going to be standing and sitting off and on this is not the size I would want to carry since I would have to keep moving it back and forth.

Ease of Draw:  The size of the gun makes the gun a quick draw and have rounds on target with relative ease. Cross draw and carrying in the small of my back still very easy.

Ease of reholstering: The package does say you have to pull the holster out and put the gun back on the rod which is the main con I have found so far.

Safety: The Holster comes with a trigger guard which covers the trigger from the outside of your pants and the skin of your body covers the other side. this keeps those of us without a switch safety more protected. 

Overall thoughts: I have only had this holster for about a week now and I will say I like it. It is all made of plastic. The barrel rod screws onto the frame and has a metal insert molded into the rod so it shouldn’t strip if you change the rod to a different caliber.

So far I like the way it carries and feels. it doesn’t seem to weigh me down or make movements awkward.