LAPoliceGear.com Review

Let me start off by saying that I have placed some orders with these guys in the past and wasn’t overly pleased with the experience. My biggest complaint was ordering something and only after ordering it finding out it was back ordered for an indefinite amount of time and then having it show up weeks and sometimes months later with no further email traffic. I have no problem with ordering something that is back ordered but I want to know that it is back ordered and a decent estimate of a timeline for when it will be back in stock.

My most recent order was a much more pleasant experience. My wife was complaining that I needed some new pants, mine were getting a little worn out. Not long after I received an email from LAPoliceGear.com containing a special on some of the 5.11 Covert Khaki’s. I went ahead and ordered a pair of the pants from them because it was a really good deal. I placed the order late at night and the next morning I received an email from customer service member letting me know that the color and size I ordered was out of stock and discontinued, she also offered to either cancel my order or change my order to one of the other colors that they did have in stock. I quickly emailed back requesting a different color and within hours received an email confirming that my order had been shipped.

Four days after the shipping confirmation email I got my package in the mail. I’m currently living in Alaska and mail can be a little slow sometimes so I was pretty happy with the speed of delivery. Nothing real exciting here, package came quick and was a great deal.

Overall I was very pleased with my new order and how things went. I still wish their webpage would let you know what is and is not in-stock before you place your order but the way they handled my out of stock order was plenty acceptable. I’m sure I will be ordering for them again and will continue to pay attention to their closeout section that contains some amazing deals.

Keep up the good fight
-Rob

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KAR-15 Review

FIgured I would do a quick review of my first AR build. I call it a at KAR-15 since my first name starts with K. I stole a lot of this from a forum post I made last year on the GRRN Forums. If you don’t know what GRRN is please click here and check it out. I’m a big fan of several of the podcasts over there.

Buttstock – MOE Stock
Never have been a fan of the original collapsible stock. I liked the MOE because it is harder to snag anything on the stock release with the triangle design. I also liked the value of the stock compared to some of the other replacements. Overall I really like it, locked up well and felt great. It did have a very slight side to side wobble but not enough to effect anything.

Pistol Grip – MOE Grip
Same as above, I really hate the A2 style grip, the finger groove doesn’t fit my hand at all and actually rubs a blister on my finger. I also like the storage options for the grip. I tried one before I bought it and the size was just right so I had no need to get the MIAD since I wouldn’t be adjusting it anyway. Lately I’m thinking it might not be as good as I first though. I’m looking into getting a Ergo grip or one from Tango Down. The MOE is the right size but it is just too slick, I could just but a piece of bicycle inner tube over it but what fun would that be?

Trigger Guard – Magpul
Liked the rounded edges on the side better. Plus it fills that annoying little gap that is normally behind the trigger guard. When I was building this I knew I was heading to Alaska and figured (correctly) that I would be shooting with gloves on occasionally. If the plastic version was available when I built this I would have picked that up instead but nothing wrong with the metal one.

Optical Sight – Eotech 512 w/Larue mount
Let me start off by saying that some people have had reliability issues with this sight. This is not a gun for serious social purposes, my life is not riding on the reliability of the sight. Having said that I prefer the circle and dot reticule as opposed to just the dot that other companies like Aimpoint use. So far I have had zero issues with it but I only shot 200 rounds through the gun while I was visiting. I also like the Larue mount because it raises the sight up slightly allowing for a lower 1/3rd co-witness of the iron sights. I also like the fact that I can just take it off and have a zero that is fairly repeatable.

Handguard – VTAC by JP Enterprises
I knew I wanted some rails for mounting stuff but I also knew I really would only be mounting a vertical fore grip and a light. This handguard is a free float design that you can attach small rail sections all along the guard. It is also slightly lighter than a fully railed handguard. It also has the added benefit of being smooth with no unused rail sections to tear up your hands. I love this on my gun, I can set it up just how I need it. I did have to wait 9 months while it was back ordered though but I’m glad I waited. If I had it to do over again I would have went ahead and got the rifle length handguard. I still might go ahead and order it, it would be really easy to attach at this point.

Vertical fore grip – Larue FUG
Wanted a vfg to use as more of a handstop. I was looking for a shorty grip and went with the Larue one for a few reasons, one it was adjustable by switching the end caps, two, I’m from Texas and love supporting Texas companies, and three I just plain like Larue products and have never had a problem with any of them or there service. Any of the major brands of these would probably work just fine though and most of them are a little cheaper. I still love my FUG but am really interested in th Magpul AFG. I already use the FUG as more as a handstop and think the AFG would just work slightly better.

Light – Surefire X300
This was kind of a fluke, I lready had a Surefire G2 in a VTAC mount ready to go when I stumbled across an insane deal on the X300. I went ahead and mounted it instead of the G2 since it was lighter and more compact. No issues with it, it is easy to activate with my support hand from my normal firing stance. Since I got up to Alaska the X300 rides on my every day carry Glock 19 pretty much all the time but I still keep the small peice of rail on my AR so I can always slide it right back on.

Magazines – Pmags and L5’s
All I own are Pmags and Lancer L5’s. I’ll admit I only have the L5’s for the CDI factor even though they have proved themselves to be very reliable . So much has been written about the Pmags that I don’t really have anything to add, they just work.

Upcoming Plans –
I’m still waiting for the top rail of the handguard so I can mount some BUIS, I plan on picking up a pair of the MBUS sights from Magul. Other than that I have no other plans to change anything, if I find a really good deal on an Aimpoint I might switch it out but just not sure. I’m also toying with the idea of a magnifier for the Eotech but who knows at this point. What I really need to focus on is buying ammo and practicing more (don’t we all).

Keep up the good fight
-Rob

Range Report 04-14-10


Well I had the day off because I have to go into the shop this weekend for some special missions that we are supporting. Oh yeah I should probably mention that I bought a Ruger 10/22 yesterday. Look for a initial review of that in a few days.

It’s a little colder than it has been the last week or so but most of the snow has melted and it’s actually pretty nice outside. I took the new 10/22, the Saiga-12, the 1911, and I carried my Glock 19 as I do everyday. I also took my Birchwood-Casey .22 spinner target figuring it would be a real hoot with the 10/22.

I started by setting up the spinner target about 20 yards down range and loading up some 10/22 mags. For the first 50 rounds or so I don’t think I ever hit the spinners once. The only experience I have with long gun iron sights is aperture sights. I was trying to use the sights on the 10/22 like pistol sights lining up the notch in the middle of the big gap in the middle of the rear sight. Took me those 50 rounds or so to notice the much smaller notch in the bottom of the rear sight. Once I got that little trick figured out I was ringing the steel much more regularly.

Actually I still had some trouble hitting the targets every time so I set up a cardboard box and put a sticky target on it to see where my point of impact was compared to my point of aim. I set the box up right next to the steel spinner around 20 yards out. I shot an entire 25 round magazine at the target while aiming at the bullseye so I could get a good pattern to see how the POA/POI compared. Turns out with the irons I was hitting about an inch lower and an inch to the right of where I was aiming. Once I figured this out I applied a little Texas Windage (Kentucky Windage) and was able to hit the steel targets at least 9 times out of 10.

Total I fired 200 hundred rounds of .22LR and had a blast. As you can see from the picture at the top the steel targets are pretty much gray so next time I run by the hardware store I going to pick up some blaze orange paint to re-touch the spinners.

I also shot about 50 rounds through the Saiga-12 bouncing coke cans and bottles around the range. It has about 200 rounds through it now and it seems to be smoothing out. I actually had zero malfunctions at that was shooting nothing but Federal bulk pack from Wal-Mart.

I also ran a few magazines through my Dan Wesson Pointman 7 1911 and all I really learned was that I need more practice and I need to slow down and focus more on the basics. When I did my job the bullets went right where I wanted them. If I got in a hurry and rushed the shots they might end up somewhere in the vicinity of where I was aiming.

Over all I had a great time and really enjoy weekday trips to the range when there is almost no one out there. Since the weather has started improving the range has been really crowded on the weekends. Well I hope y’all have a great time on your next trip to the range no matter what you’re shooting.

Keep up the good fight
-Rob

Range Report 04-10-2010

Went out to the range after my daughter’s birthday party with some guys from work. I took out my Saiga-12, Remmington 417, Glock 19, and 1911.

I am absolutely amazed with how accurate that old Remington is. It’s just a single shot bolt action .22 but could change a gnat’s religion at 25 yards. I was just shooting it standing off-hand for fun and was able to hit 2″ steel circels with boring regularity. Nothing overly special about this old gun but is just lots of fun and cheap to shoot.

Nothing new to report with the Glock or the 1911. I only had about 50 rounds for each of them and have no problems to report, they just work.

Now for the really fun part.
I had picked up some 12 gauge magnum buckshots shells along with some rifled slugs to try out. These were the first powerful loads I have fired from the Saiga, I have only fired cheap birdshot in it up to this point. So I adjusted the gas system for the more powerful shells, loaded a mag and we were off to the races. The Saiga loved the hotter loads. There is just something fun about unloading 5 rifled slugs into an old freezer as fast as you can. The slugs left some pretty impressive entry wounds into this old freezer but what really got everyone’s attention was the exit holes. The pic was the back of the freezer with my buddy’s big ol’ meat hooks he calls hands. Definetly good times.

Keep up the good fight
-Rob

AWB? Not again…

Just heard about this from Doc over at Rsktkr. Time to get our butts in gear and make our voices heard. I’m still at work and doing this on my iPhone but will write more later.
http://abcnews.go.com/m/screen?id=6960824

RCS Phantom LC for Glock 19

My main carry gun is a Glock 19 with a Surefire X300. Initially I was against the idea of a pistol mounted light but once I got to the ragged edge of civilization (Fairbanks, AK) where there is 22 hours of darkness in the winter and only 2 hours of daylight I saw the light, so to speak.

I have been stationed in Germany for the last three years so I was basically starting from scratch when it comes to carry gear. When I started looking for a god holster I found out that there is a serious lack of quality holsters for pistols with lights mounted. The main two options I found were Bladetech and Raven Concealment.

I eneded up going with the Phantom LC from Raven Concealment Systems (RCS). A family member actually ordered it for me for my birthday but accidentally selected a left hand holster. When it showed up I contacted RCS to see what I could do, I was only hoping for a possible discount to re-purchase the same holster in a right handed configuration. I got an email back from one of their reps telling me to just send it back with a very minor payment and they would replace it. I was shocked, RCS has a customer for life. They have some of the best customer service in the industry.
I’m really a big fan of this holster. It has a slight curve to it which makes it hug your hip holding the pistol very close to your body. This makes it exceptionally easy to conceal, even under just a t-shirt. One issue that I noticed was that it keeps the pistol so close that it rubs my side and is slightly uncomfortable. Now I firmly believe in the concept that carrying a gun should “be comforting, not comfortable” but I like comfort. The solution that works for me is just wearing a tucked in undershirt, usually just an a-shirt (beater).

One of the other things I really like about this holster is how tightly the Glock and X300 snap in. The way the holster is custom molded for this combination makes it have amazing retention. I can hold the holster upside down and shake it vigorously and the gun will not fall out. This is extra important for me because I have a two year old daughter and I really enjoy not worrying about the gun falling out of the holster when I’m playing on the floor or worry about my daughter accidentally kicking the gun out when we are cuddling on the couch.

So in summary Raven Concealment’s Phantom LC holster is a great piece of kit that holds a pistol securely and close to your body from a great company who I will be doing more business with in the future. Speaking of future business, I plan on ordering some of the many different attachment options that are offered by RCS. The first one I’m looking forward to trying is their IWB tuckable belt loops. As the days get longer and the temps get higher I think this will make an already great holster that much more concealable and useful.

Keep up the good fight
-Rob

Addicted to steel

Hello, my name is Rob and I have an addiction… to shooting steel targets. Some of the most fun I ever have on the range is ringing steel targets. There is just something about that sound that never ceases to put a grin on my face.

One of the biggest advantages to shooting steel is it helps me remember that there is such a thing as “good enough.” When shooting at paper I’m always striving for a better grouping. I know that I will never be satisfied with my grouping, no matter how small of a ragged hole I make in the target. Steel can really help my ignore the grouping and just shoot the target. I especially like it for working on drawing from the holster and firing.

I got my first experience with shooting steel targets while visiting my dad in Phoenix. He had gotten a hold of some 3/8″ steel cutouts that were 2″ squares and looked like they would be perfect for spinner targets. A little time with some paper and pencil, a trip to Home Depot, some time welding and we had a homemade steel spinner target.

We took it out to the desert and started shooting it at ~15 yards with .22LR, 9mm, .40SW, and .45ACP. We had no issues what so ever. The targets reacted great, sounded better, and showed no damage at all. Later we moved back to almost 50 yards (if I remembered my pace count correctly) and took some shots with my 1911. I won’t lie and say I spun the targets every shot but when I did it was amazing. *BOOM* slight pause *TING*

After a while we couldn’t resist and just had to try shooting it with my AR just to see what would happen. I have a 16″ AR and was shooting XM193. We shot from the same position ~50 yards out. I carefully squeezed off one shot and saw the target spin. We walked up and found a good sized hole in the target. It was actually kind of interesting to look at. The hole was big enough to pass a piece of .223 brass through and was blown out on both sides. Guess I won’t be doing that again. I ended up leaving that target with my dad so he could have some more fun with it.

More recently my wife and daughter got me a Birchwod-Casey steel resetting target for .22LR. It has 4 hanging circles that are 2.5″ in diameter and then a fifth circle on top that will reset the lower 4 targets after they have been hit. Little did my wife know the only .22LR I have is a Remington 416 which is a single shot bolt action. Not the best thing to use on multiple steel targets. Now I have a good excuse to buy a Ruger 10/22, I can use it on my new target and also have something for my daughter to learn on. One of my favorite things about this target is the fact that it has fold out legs and you don’t have to stake it to the ground. Here on the ragged edge of civilization we call Fairbanks the ground is still frozen and hammering in any kind of stake is damn near impossible.

Now I’m looking into getting at least one good steel target for centerfire pistols and maybe even my AR. Right now I’m looking hard at MGM Targets from Mike Gibson. I have heard lots of good things about them. Daniel Shaw from the Gunfighter Cast has one and loves it. He even runs monthly specials and you can even get a 10% discount from them if you order your target unpainted.

So do we have any others out there ready to step out and admit their addiction?

Keep up the good fight
-Rob