Repost: GEARS and the X-15

X15 Drum Mag and the  X25S Drum Mag

Yesterday we looked at the XPRODUCTS X25S for Video Tuesday which sent me back to when we had first become friends with James and the awesome Team over at XPRODUCTS.

As you can see below we have been working with them since before they dropped the S in XS-Products and I stand by my first review of the XPRODUCTS X-15Size: I live in the great state of Texas where I am not limited on how many rounds I can have in my magazine.  I own 30 round magazines and up, which can be a problem if you are sighting your rifle in on a lead sled but I found that the X-15 works great for that and I don’t have to change mags if 10 rounds wasn’t enough or if you are sighting in a number of ARs.”

After that review came out, someone laughed at me for the sighting in comment, saying if you need 50 rounds to sight in a rifle you are the problem. Lets face it, how many of us have sighted in our rifle and said “hey, I have shot my 10 rounds to get sighted in now I don’t want to shoot anymore”? Once the rifle is sighted in, thats when the real fun starts.  So why wouldn’t you loaded up a full 50 round drum for the “after party”?

What is your take on the over 30 round mags on the market?

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Remington 11-87 Sportsman Field Review

I have been provided the materials needed for this review. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.

Skeet shooting is one of my favorite past times, give me a thrower, clays, ammo and a shotgun and I will be busy for hours (or until the clays run out). I had the rare chance to meet up with Jessica of the Freedom Group (who owns Remington) at SHOT 2014 so we could review firearms from the Freedom Group. Naturally I was drawn straight to the shotguns because of my love of them.

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I was fortunate to grow up in a Boy Scout Troop who owned 2 Remington 870s and a number of other shotguns. During shooting campouts I would run (with the guidance of an NRA certified adult) the shotgun and .22lr rifle groups. Over the years we had various leaders of the troop bring in shotguns on the campouts that included semi auto, pump, bolt action and break action. I had a chance to really get a feel for many different kinds of shotguns and brands.

Remington 11-87 Sportsman Field

SPECS:

Weight: 8.25 lbs. (3.7 kg) with 28inch barrel
Length: 48”
Barrel length: 28”
Cartridge: 12 gauge
Action: Semi-automatic
Feed system: 4+1 rounds, internal tube magazine

KEY FEATURES:

· Wood and Satin Blued Configuration
· Solid Walnut stock and fore-end with Satin finish and Fleur-di-Lis checkering
· 12 gauge with 28″ RC barrel and Mod Choke
· Dual bead sights
· Nickel plated bolt and gold trigger

Shooting

I got this shotgun back in March 2014, we have taken it to our range every time and shot about 500+ shells through it. I have only cleaned it about 3 times. One of the shooters we work with was not a proficient skeet shooter. He just doesn’t have many hours logged on the shotgun range. After about 10 clays thrown, with the Remington 11-87, he started asking for 2 clays to be thrown at a time. He was hitting them about 75% of the time. He commented later that it gave him fast follow up time making it easier to hit the clay before it was too far out. He felt he did much better with this shotgun because of how smooth the recoil was and the fact it was semi auto.

Between myself and a friend of the GEARs crew we shot 95 shells for 90 clays.

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My Final Thoughts

I loved this shotgun. I really like everything, from the looks of the shotgun to the recoil to the smooth action. This shotgun just felt great in my arms.

The MSRP is $845 which is a middle of the road priced semi-auto 12 gauge. If you are looking for a shotgun that is going to last you for generations to come with easy maintenance, this is a shotgun you will want to put on your list.

SAFETY TIPS FOR TAKING PEOPLE SHOOTING WITH YOU FOR THE FIRST TIME.

SAFETY TIPS

If you have been following us for the past year you may know about the “Disney World” of gun ranges the GEARs crew shoots at. For those of you who might be new or just haven’t heard, you can find out more about TDSA HERE.

While TDSA is my favorite place to shoot for work and play, I won’t take friends and family there if I have never shot with them. While it might seem a little rude of me, to not share this range with everyone I know, I have a rule to keep me and my “new” shooters safe.

TDSA draws more of the seasoned shooter crowd. They are a membership based range, which means the range officer for each bay is the member themselves. I have been a range officer for years with different groups, and don’t have a problem when I know the shooters and their abilities.

I have found that I need to focus all my attention on the individual I am taking shooting with me for the first time. Over the years I have found that when I go to the range with someone for the first time (even if they own guns or have shot for years) I have a chance to learn their deficiencies in shooting. This helps me keep everyone safe when I shoot with them next.

When I have official range officers behind me, I always know I have one more level of safety to protect us. On top of that, when I am first introducing someone to shooting, I want them to feel as safe as possible. The sound of full auto going off in the background might not be the most comforting thing when someone hears it the first time.

I also will not shoot the day I take someone to the range for the first time. The simple fact is, that this day is not about me. It is about the person I am shooting with. I want to see if this is someone who is ready to go shooting in a very different shooting environment. TDSA is a place we have more freedom to try different things like shooting metal targets from a golf cart or shooting Tannerite.

friends seem to shoot fine but have a hard time remembering basic safety rules like keeping your glasses on at all times. At our range, this can get the member a violation, even if it is the guest,  When this happens, I have given myself two options.

1. I can never shoot with this person ever again.

2. I can choose to protect my membership and shoot with them at a more structured shooting range, like the one I take my new shooters to.

When deciding to take someone new to the range it is important to keep things like this in mind for everyone’s safety. Too many times, have I seen a guy taking his girlfriend out to the range and acting all macho with this guns. He forgets that the day isn’t about him, but about introducing her to the SAFE world of firearms.

Walther Arms– Colt Government 1911 A1 Rail Gun .22lr Review

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Caliber:   .22 Long Rifle
Mag Capacity:    10 or 12 rounds
Weight w/out Mag:    2.25 lbs
Overall Length:    8.6 in
Barrel Length:    5 in
Barrel Twist:    1 in 13-3/4 in
Grooves:    6
Operation:    Blowback
Trigger:    Single Action, 5.5 lbs
Rear Sight:    Drift Adjustable
Front Sight:    Removable, Drift Adjustable
Safety:    Manual Thumb Safety, Grip Safety, Disconnector
Extractor:    Internal + Pinned Ejector
Muzzle Thread:    M8x.75mm

 

Last year I reviewed the Colt Government 1911 A1 .22lr that was made by Carl Walther and distributed by Walther Arms (distributed by Umerex when the review was written). At SHOT 2013 Walther introduced the FDE 1911 Rail gun.

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I wanted to get my hands on one to review so I contacted Walther a few months back to see if we could review the FDE (Flat Dark Earth) but due to a shipping error we got the black rail gun instead (same gun just different paint jobs).

Short history of the name:

The Colt 1911 as suggested by the name was formally adopted by the US Army March of 1911 and given the designation M1911.

Looks:

Since this is a replica of the real 1911, Walther made this gun to look and feel like a full .45 ACP 1911 straight down to the weight which matches the the real colt rail gun.

I think the 1911 is a work of art that has clearly passed the test of time.

Feel:

The gun is not made of plastic so it doesn’t feel like a toy in your hand. This feels like a real Colt 1911 because it is one. 

Price:

The Colt 1911 Rail Gun chambered in .45ACP retails for around $1,200 where as the Walther Colt Rail Gun chambered in .22LR MSRP is $449.99 for the black and $499.99 for the flat dark earth.

.22 Caliber:

The .22 caliber 1911 has a few benefits really worth talking about.

1. You can train with the .22 version at the range if you plan to carry a full frame 1911 and not worry about spending the $18 for a box of 50 .45acps

2. You can train with use of a new laser or flashlight that you plan to attach to your full frame 1911 rail gun.

3. Smaller children can shoot this gun without worrying that the recoil is going to hurt them.

4. .22 LR is a fun round to shoot all day without worrying about how much it is costing you.

Shooting:

This gun shot every type of .22LR rounds that we could find without malfunction.  I really enjoy going to the range with this gun.  It feels like a real Colt 1911. 

Overall Thoughts:

The 1911 is one of my favorite pistols of all time.

The Walther Colt 1911-22 is a great addition to anyone’s collection who is looking for a quality .22 version of the iconic 1911.

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TDSA: The new GEARS Range

For the past year I have been looking for a new range to move my company to.

Since before I was blogging I always shot at a public range and after almost 3 years trying to write the best reviews I could with the amenities that range had I was frustrated. I would be working on a review and want to make a video to show the different parts of the gun or how the gun works and when I would get back to the office I would watch the video and it would sound like *BANG* Hi, my name is Attic- *BANG BANG BANG* *ONE SHOT A SECOND!* -sofguns.com *BANG*. that just doesn’t make for quality videos.

This article is by no means a diss on that range or even public ranges in general. I know that they have their place and for most gun owners are the best place in the world.

I will give my pros and cons to public ranges

PROS:

· Range officers everywhere to keep everyone safe.
· Safety rules like one shot a second to keep people from thinking they are Rambo the first time they ever pick up a MSR.
· Public ranges are relatively common in populated areas in the USA.
· Some have pro shops that can help you with basic questions about shooting and there is a good chance they have shooting clubs that meet out there if you are looking to get into that.
· For the gun owner who doesn’t get to the range but just a few times a year this is an inexpensive way to shoot.
· Typically there are experienced shooters who might be able to lend a hand if you are having problems.
· Safe for all types of shooters
(If you have a pro or con I might have missed please comment and share your thoughts)

Cons:

· Gun owners who shoot a lot can get bored.
· Public ranges typically have restrictions on types of guns and ammo that can be shot there (This is for safety reasons).
· Public ranges can get crowded at anytime.
· The noise level can get intimidating for new shooters.
· If you have more than one gun, space for cases and gear can be limited.
· Some ranges have a max amount of time you can shoot.
· If you are a frequent shooter cost for the range fees get overly expensive.
· The length of the ranges may not give you the distance you are looking for.

With all of that being said I have my own cons as a gun blogger that make working from a public range rather difficult.

Cons:
Space for guns, gear and crew.
Cost
Noise
Safety rules that stop us from testing triggers,holsters,over 10 rounds in a magazines, etc.

Since this has been making reviews and shooting more difficult I started looking to friends of the GEARS crew for help to see if they had a ranch we could shoot at and every time the answers were the same. No, we don’t know of a place or sure but it is a 5 hour drive out there.  I googled ranges in my area before and most were unable to help me any better than my current public range and that was when I spotted TDSA.net.

For any of you who follow Colion Noir on YouTube or watch Video Tuesday here on our site you might have seen Colion shooting targets from a golf cart and thought hey that is really cool… Well the cat is out of the bag. He was at TDSA in Ferris, TX.

I had seen when he released his video what range it was and never really thought about it again until I came back across the site when I was searching for a new range again and read the amenities they offer there.

7 Pistol Ranges:

  • Roughly 25 yards by 25 yards in size.
  • Rapid Fire is allowed.
  • Moving while shooting is allowed.
  • Drawing from holster is allowed.
  • Transitioning from rifles to pistols is allowed.
  • We also allow you to set up scenarios using barrels or barricades.
  • ***Upon request you may park your vehicle in the bays and shoot from inside your vehicle. (Remember this is based on request and approval ONLY).
  • ***We allow FULL AUTO FIRE in our pistol bays after a short Shooting Proficiency Test.

Rifle Ranges:

  • Shooting Proficiency Test required at 100 yards.
  • Full Metal Jacket is allowed
  • Steel Core is allowed
  • .50 and .338 caliber is allowed
  • All shooting done from a bench or prone position ONLY.
  • No Tracer or Incendiary rounds allowed.
  • Distances: 25 yards, 50 yards, 100 yards, 200 yards, and 300 yards.

Other Ranges (used for training and shooting matches):

  • 200 yard STREET with multiple cars lining each side.
  • 40 foot shooting TOWER with 4 floors and multiple ports on each floor.
    • TOWER can be used to train sniper initiated entries into STREET and CITY.
  • 200+ yard CITY with multiple rooms all around to shoot into and out of.
    • One large area is designed to resemble and Afghan village commonly seen by soldiers.
    • The CITY can be used for live fire, force on force training, and can take up to and including .50 caliber rifle fire.
  • Both CITY and STREET may be used to shoot from moving vehicles.
  • Rifle range can also be used as 270 degree 300 yard assault course.

Classroom:

  • There is a 1,300 sq. ft. classroom available upon scheduling. A white board and 60 inch TV monitor is included.

Other Information:

  • We allow Binary Exploding targets to be shot UPON REQUEST AND APPROVAL.
  • Night Fire is allowed on a “special needs basis” and UPON REQUEST AND APPROVAL.
  • Law Enforcement Discounts for Individual officers.
  • Corporate Membership Discounts.
  • Law Enforcement Agency Memberships.

[Taken from the TDSA website]

 

After reading all of that I was amazed and had to set up a meet with the Owner of TDSA, Len Baxley.

A few Mondays ago Panzer and I drove down to meet with Len and see this range.  The drive is about 45 minutes from where I live and the whole time I was thinking about the new and different reviews I could post on the website.

We pulled up and met Len in the classroom/his office and we sat down and started talking and getting to know each other. After 30 or so minutes of talking with Len and reading about his range I knew this is where the GEARS Crew would be shooting from. I told him that I didn’t need to see the range that I was ready to just sign up as a member. We talked for another 30 minutes when he said we should go and at least look at the range. He gave us the introduction/safety tour.  About halfway through the tour, I looked around and saw no other members were at the range. It was the most quiet and peaceful gun range I had ever been at!

Len is a no-nonsense kind of guy. He has built a range that is designed with a different kind of shooter in mind. This range is not for the gun owner who doesn’t shoot all that much or for the shooters who aren’t looking to take their shooting abilities to new levels. Len stresses that you are not going to have that range officer to keep you in check, this is the kind of place were you have to be in the mind-set that safety is your job.

I like this range because it opens new opportunities to the GEARS Crew and to the reviews we can offer.

If you live in North Texas and this sounds like the kind of range you are looking for, than CONTACT Len Baxley and tell him Atticus sent you.

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Video Tuesday!!! TDSA and X Products

Atticus testing the X-products X-15 magazine at the TDSA range in Ferris TX.

If you are interested in visiting the range call them and tell them Atticus sent you!

Gun Range: http://www.tdsa.net/
Drum Magazine: http://www.xproducts.com/
AR-15: http://www.americanweaponsystems.com/
AR-15 Review: http://gearsofguns.com/aws-zombie-annihilator-review-pt-1/