Versacarry [UPDATE]

After posting this review I was contacted by Versacarry to help me make a few corrections

  1. Belts MUST be worn with this carry system.
  2. if you have a longer barrel than what is normal specs (threaded barrel, compensated barrel or other) be sure to make note of that when purchasing this carry system.
    I made that mistake and made a comment on the safety of my carry with this system due to a misunderstanding on my part. With the proper trigger guard this safety issue has been rectified.
       “The trigger guard may not be in the correct place because of your threaded barrel. Our product is sized based on barrel length, so if you’ll give us the length of your threaded barrel
    we can get you the correct size to provide more than ample trigger coverage. Its like trying to stick a size 10 foot in a size 8 shoe.” (From Versacarry)
  3. By patent definition, the Versacarry is not a “holster”. So, in this case you must re-holster your Versacarry and gun every time
    the gun is drawn. However, on a day-to-day basis if you need to remove your weapon just un-clip the Versacarry and remove the weapon
    and Versacarry as one unit just in reverse of how it went on. For range drills this can be a little more work, but in day to day life the Versacarry
    and weapon will only be separated for two things, cleaning, and a life or death situation.” (from Versacarry)
  4. I made the comment that you could simply change the barrel retention rod but at this time Versacarry does not allow you to change out the rods. they will have a version later that will allow you to do that.

Versacarry swiftly responded back about this. 

REVIEW: VersaCarry Large .45 holster review

A few weeks ago VERSACARRY.com contacted us about doing a review on their inside waist band (IWB) holsters.

They sent SawG, Caleb and Myself each a different one
My Glock 21 .45 ACP – Large Blue
Caleb’s Smith and Wesson M&P .40S&W – Medium Red
SawG’s Kel-Tec PF9 9 Para bellum – Small Yellow

Since I still haven’t been able to give SawG his holster my sister will be doing a review from a females stand point later on this month.

Large .45 ACP Holster

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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

Conclusions:

While I do like the deep concealment of this gun I did find it hard to practice drawing and firing from this holster at the range since you have to take the holster off every time. If you can practice and take the time to draw from this using snap caps or other ways of practice I believe with time it will be come second nature.

Safety is always a major thing I look at when I am carrying because I never want to be walking around and have a round go off into my leg. Since I have the threaded barrel on my Glock it does raise the trigger a little bit outside of the trigger guards cover. The stock non threaded barrel is covered by the guard and for added safety I can just carry in condition 3 (See all 5 conditions here) if I am that worried.

Pants and Belts: I found that in most of my pants and shorts that I had to wear a belt in order for the holster to stay in when drawing my pistols. However when my sister tried on the small holster she was having this problem since her nice work clothes do not have belt loops for her to wear one. I will let her explain more in her posting later on.

Final overall conclusion:

I think even with the safety, reholstering and wearing a belt that this holster is one of the more interesting and comfortable on the market.

Versacarry.com

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First Impressions: Kel-Tec SU-16CA

Ah, Kel Tec. Makers of nifty folding rifles and the KSG. I was stoked when I heard that the GEARS crew got to play with one of the first firearms that got me interested in Kel Tec CNC, the SU-16CA. After a few productive hours at the range on Saturday, now comes the time to lay back on the sofa and say “how I feel about it”.

Overall, the SU-16CA was a pleasure to shoot, and I will eventually be following up with a much more thorough review of this very interesting rifle. The first thing that came to my mind when I got my hands on the gun was how amazingly efficient Kel Tec was with space. The magazines both fit into the stock, The fore grip folds out into a bipod, and the whole gun folds up into a tidy little backpack sized package. I really have no substantial complaints thus far with this gun. Of the various (5.56×45).223 magazines we fired from, only one had a failure to feed on the last round, and even though the bipod was a little jumpy on the bench we were firing from, I don’t think that will present a problem from a prone position. The only thing that I wasn’t really crazy about was the charging handle. We had fun with it today. I’ll get back to you once we have tortured it a bit more about whether or not you should go grab one for your backpacking adventures. We are also planning on bringing it to the suppressor shoot this month since it does come with a beautiful threaded bull barrel. Until then, check out the crazy muzzle flash on this guy.

Less M16, more M4.

This last weekend I took a long, cramped trip down to Ft. Hood to qualify with my rifle. This time it was different though, this time I was issued my first M4.

I’m not a huge fan of the M16 and that’s no secret. It jams, it’s clunky, it’s inconvenient in small areas and its sights are antiquated. The M4 though, this sweet little baby has changed my mind about U.S. issued assault rifles. One of the first things I noticed was the much improved sight functionality.

Notice the rear sight, it flips up. How cool is that? They really thought of everything. The elevation adjustment is a simple click and not a menacing horizontal knob like the M16 has.

The insides of the M4 look identical to the M16. Making transition simple, even for the slowest of soldiers. Here is a quick field-strip of the m4.

 

While the aesthetics of the rifle are neat in itself that’s not really the most important thing. What is important is how it shoots. I have never shot such a tight shot group in my shooting career. From the command “fire when ready”, my three bullet holes were damn near on top of each other. This I think is partially due to the shorter length of the rifle (better positioning), the adjustable buttstock(better recoil control), and of course my mad shooting skills.

Moral of the story – the M4 rocks.

Bonus range picture:

Kel Tec PF9

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I had the opportunity to go out to the gun show with my sister and Sawgunner this past weeken dto  find a conceal carry for my sister.
After a few hours she found for the size and price that she liked the Kel Tec PF9

SPECS

Caliber: 9mm Luger (9X19 mm)
Weight unloaded: 12.7 oz
Length: 5.85”  (149 mm)
Height: 4.3” (109 mm)
Width: .88” (22 mm)
Barrel Length: 3.1 ” (80 mm)
Magazine Capacity: 7+1 rounds
Trigger Pull: 5 lbs.

Sawgunner and and her will have a review for this pistol after next weekend.

REVIEW: FN-H FS2000 Range review PT.2

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The conclusion to the gears review on the FN-H FS2000 bullpup.

Polymer frame/ comfort:
The polymer frame and ergonomics of the grip and fore grip makes the rifle lightweight and comfortable to shoot for extended amounts of time.

After a day of shooting the gun never heated up to uncomfortable point.

Sling and carrying
While shooting the rifle in a more tactical range we found that carrying and shooting the rifle without the sling is not as comfortable.

Left handed shooting

The GEARS crew has a left handed shooter who went out with us.

Compared to the Sig we were also shooting I found the FS 2000 to be much more comfortable.  Being left handed a problem that commonly occurs is getting hot brass in the face, with this rifle, no problem. (Written by DJ. GEARS left handed shooter)

Reloading
As we said in part 1 on Monday of the review (link at the bottom of this page)
The is not your standard AR style mag release and requires the shooter to press the (Ambidextrous bottom mounted) magazine release while they pull the magazine out.
It took a a few reloads before it becomes easier and after a day of shooting blind magazine change becomes more easy without having to take your eye of the target.

Felt recoil
The recoil on this gun is lower (.223 has low recoil) when compared to our AR-15 and about the same when compared to our SIG556s

Semi-auto
Shooting off the bench rest or standing with firing in a fast semi-auto burst we could still stay on target and keep about and 2” to 4” grouping with no problem.

Safety
The Ambidextrous safety in the trigger guard is a nice feature. but other than that no real comment on the safety.

Comments on the rifle:

Clearing the weapon: It always seemed we had to rack the charging handle back twice just to be sure the round came out of the rifle.

The forward ejection: Standing alone at the table or with no one to our right the ejection was nice but when a person was standing to our right they sometimes were hit with spent brass.

Cleaning: After breaking down the rifle we  didn’t have to take the bolt carrier apart to clean like our AR-15 which made cleaning quick and simple.

Accuracy: center grouping was taken off the bench rest and the other holes were from sighting in and when doing semi-auto burst fire.

 

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For part 1 of the review Click here or specs and other info Click here or for a video about how to field strip the weapon Click here.

REVIEW: FN-H FS2000 Range review. PT.1

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The GEARS crew went out to the range to sight in our new rifles and get a feel for them so we could better review them.

We shot about 200 rounds running M855 5.56×45mm 62-grain ball cartridge, green tip steel penetrator rounds.

After an extended range time with this rifle we have had a better chance to review it.

We can now expand on our original Pros and cons:

PRO:
Uses AR-15 magazines.
AR-15 Metal magazines are cheap and easy to find, if you own an AR-15 style rifle you can buy one type of magazine for both rifles.

Accurate.
While on the range we took the rifle and shot it from the bench rest, seated w/o the bench rest and standing and rifle remained relatively stable and on target after each shot
Full size gun in a small package (Bullpup)
The Bullpup design allows for different height and build shooters to fire the rifle without the need of changing a stock length or forend grips.
Balance
The weight of the rifle is mostly centered in the middle of the rifle making the recoil low and reducing some of the muzzle climb when fired in semi-auto.

CONS:

Chamber access is limited.
With the ejection port at the front of the rifle the chamber has very little access when fully assembled making clearing jams or brass stuck in the barrel hard to do.

The only malfunction we had was a double feed which was easy to remedy by removing the magazine and locking the charging handle to the rear.
Magazine doesn’t drop free.
This wasn’t so much a problem for us at the range. A shooter who has been trained on the AR style mag release will need to relearn the motions for releasing the magazine. This requires the shooter to press the (Ambidextrous bottom mounted) magazine release while they pull the magazine out.
No Polymer magazines.
The rifle only uses metal magazines.

 

For specs and other info Click here or for a video out how to field strip the weapon Click here

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