Category Archives: Guns

LaRue Goodies

A few days ago, I made my first purchase from LaRue Tactical: Aimpoint Micro Mount. LaRue is renowned for machining high quality optics mounts. I’ve been also ogling their store, from optics to their AR-10.  I was pleasantly surprised to see them throw in a handful of freebies: beverage entry tool (aka beer bottle opener), dillo dust BBQ rub, a few bumper stickers, and a copy of the US Constitution.  Hell, when I was opening the box, I thought they sent me the wrong stuff because of all the freebies.  If you’re wondering why LaRue’s mascot is the dillo, I imagine it’s because the armadillo is one of the few armored animals in Texas.    Backed with world class warranty and customer service (i.e. you run over your optics mount, they will replace the mount), their twenty bucks in freebies really made my day.  Definitely a happy customer of LaRue!

Surefire “Anti-Ambush” Magazines

This is the first time I’ve seen pictures of Surefire‘s new high-capacity 60 and 100 round mags.  Surefire has been marketing them as “anti-ambush” mags because of the uninterrupted firepower they can provide during the critical, first 30 seconds of an ambush.

Traditional high-capacity drums have been notoriously unreliable.  Supposedly, the quad-stack box mag design is a lot more reliable than the drum design.  Surefire is the leader in tactical flashlights.  I have two Surefire flashlights and I would not buy any other weapons-light but Surefire.  If the quality of their flashlights is any indication of what to expect with their mags, I’m pretty sure they’ll be reliable.

I really wouldn’t mind trying out the 60 round mag in Vegas!  I think the 100 round mag is just way too heavy and long to retain agility.

WTF

So yesterday afternoon, my friend and I went to go shooting. During signing in, I noticed a solo Hispanic guy trying to rent a gun.  The guy looked quiet and “broken”, kinda like someone who just got fired/divorced.  Anyways, LA Gun Club won’t let you rent a gun when you’re by yourself.  The idea behind it is you’re less likely to commit suicide in the present of a friend.  Some other dude came in with him and helped the Hispanic dude rent a gun.

I’m doing my thing in stall 4 and the Hispanic dude is in stall 3.  In the middle of my shooting, I hear a loud THUD. At first, I thought someone dropped his gun so I figured (since LA Gun Club is ghetto and in Skid Row) I’d stop and make sure everything is safe.  I put down my gun, leaned out to check what’s going on, and I see a body on the ground and blood everywhere. My friend was right behind me, waiting for me to finish my mag, and kinda saw the entire thing.

I kinda went into WTF/shock/panic mode.  First, I went from OMFG, I did something stupid and shot him somehow, my bullet ricocheted and hit him, etc…  Then, I was like oh shit, there might be an active shooter in here so I grabbed my friend and kinda ran to the door of the shooting line.  I realized we were the only people in the range (slow day) then it hit me that he committed suicide. After that, just grabbed all my shit quick and GTFO.

5 minutes afterwards, cops came in blazing, AR-15s, 870s, handguns with X300s, all tacticool’ed out. I guess they were worried about an active shooter so I guess my concern of an active shooter was justified. LA Gun Club didn’t charge us today, so I guess that was kinda nice.

Sucks for the guy and the range. RIP.

I didn’t take any pictures of the crime scene because I felt it was bad taste.  However, I snapped a picture of the chaos outside.  Too bad you can’t see the 290384 cruisers and cops surrounding the area.

These two pictures were snapped probably 5-10 minutes before the suicide.  Kinda weird to see the guy’s targets next to ours.

Damascus Nighthawk Talon

This is a custom Nighthawk Talon with a Damascus steel slide.  Damascus steel is a type of steel used in swordmaking.  It’s characterized by its distinctive metal grain pattern. I’m not sure if I like it.  However, every Damascus slide is unique.  No two look alike.

My Favorite Custom 1911

This “NightFighter” from Rogers Precision is my favorite full house custom 1911.  This isn’t a 1911 you can simply buy from your local gun store or special order from your favorite 1911 manufacturer.  Sure, you can special order stuff from Wilson Combat, but they will not be able to offer this level of customization.  If you want a full house custom, you pretty much drop your 1911 off (along with couple grand) with your favorite 1911 gunsmith and come pick it up half a year (or a year) later.

This particular 1911 started its life has a “bare-bones” $800 Springfield Armory 1911-A1.  After all this work was completed, it sold for somewhere around $5,500.

The frontstrap is golfballed.  The golfball texture helps enormously with grip, especially when your hand is sweaty or bloody.  Most manufacturers simply checker (a bunch of lines, usually 30 lines per inch) the front strap for grip.  While checkering does get the job done, shooting an aggressively checkered gun is a lot more painful than a golfballed gun.

Custom Kart barrel.  Kart makes some of the best match grade barrels.  Custom flat top slide.  Besides cosmetic reasons, the flat plane helps visual tracking of your target.  This is why Glocks, XDs, etc… all have flat top slides.

Even the safety and slide stop is golfballed.

Full spec list:

Springfield frame and slide.
Fit slide to frame, match grade. Silver-soldered 4142 inserts.
Kart 4150 Chrome-moly barrel.
Wilson barrel link.
Reliability package.
Flush cut and large crown muzzle.
EGW thick flange bushing. Custom contoured.
Bar stock recoil spring plug. Golfballed.
Flatten and golfball top of slide. Double arrowhead pattern.
Rogers’ Tier One sights. Cross dovetailed front with Trijicon lamp. Green with white outline.
Rear sight. Two Trijicon lamps. Yellow without white outline.
Surface grind sides of slide to remove rollmarks.
Lightening grooves. Right and left.
Re-machine rear cocking serrations. Radiused grooves.
Front cocking serrations. Radiused grooves.
French cuts.
Ball cuts.
Machine large 60 degree bevel on bottom of slide.
Remachine ejection port.
Remachine ejector slot in slide.
Fabricate custom ejector.
Bar stock firing pin stop. Small radius. Fitted.
Two Wilson tuned extractors.
Golfball rear of slide, frame, ejector and extractors.
Brown’s ‘Hardcore’ slide stop. Recontoured. Golfballed.
Chamfer slide stop pin hole on right side of frame. Shorten and radius slide stop pin to suit.
Machine ‘take-down’ cut indicator.
Bar stock plunger tube.
Hardened plungers.
EGW bar stock thumb safety. Recontoured. Golfballed.
S&A grip safety. Recontoured and high cut. Golfballed pad.
Wilson match grade hammer.
Wilson tool steel sear.
Colt disconnector.
Greider medium length trigger. Internally lightened.
Trigger job. 3 3/4lbs.
Wilson mag catch. Shortened, angled, golfballed.
High cut and golfball frontstrap.
Brown’s mainspring housing. Fitted. Golfballed.
Heavy bevel at heel of butt.
Carry bevel package. Moderate.
Rogers’ deluxe magwell. Cut at 15 degrees. Modify and weld
mainspring housing for larger opening.
Two Wolff recoil springs.
Dawson light rail.
Surefire X300 110 lumen weapon light. Cerakote finish.
Crimson Trace LG401 laser grips. Front activation.
Parkerize (manganese phosphate), Cerakote all. Sniper Grey and Graphite Black.