Saturday, August 12, 2017

ProjectPDW - Testing is Now Finished; Details and Parts List

After several months of work and some outside help, Project PDW has finished the testing phase. With that, I consider this project complete.

Today I took some of the Glock-brand Glock clipazines I had and some Winchester Forge steel case ammo over to the LGS to test for malfunctions. Thankfully, the metal portion of the Glock magazines allow for steel cases to move without too much trouble unlike the polymer offerings from ETS and Magpul.

This alleviated the binding issue at the magazine's bottleneck allowing for reliable feeding. The range was really busy (it usually is on a Saturday afternoon) so I wrapped up pretty quickly. I was able shoot enough to get a good amount of heat built up in the barrel and receivers but nothing intense.

I built ProjectPDW to be a range toy after finding that physically weaker individuals had trouble pulling back the side-charging handle on the Vector SDP Gen 2 I had. I liked the idea of a side charging 9mm large frame pistol that uses Glock magazines that also looked really cool. I later decided that I wanted it to fold up since the Vector didn't pack up nicely with the SB tactical brace it had on it. The Vector had all the street cred and good looks but the difficulty of use by other shooters and the fact that I couldn't use ALL my Glock pattern magazines (specifically the Magpul GL9 17's I have) was annoying. I wanted a large frame weapon in a caliber that isn't a rifle or intermediate size cartridge. This way, a new shooter has all the fun without the concussive blast associated with short barrel .223 ARs and other cool-guy guns. It also saves me money. Usually, they end up using my ammo so this way they can use cheaper ammo than 5.56 but isn't .22 rimfire. It sucked letting the Vector go but I think it was for a good cause.

This is easily the nicest weapon I've put together to date. It runs great even if it doesn't lock back like it should. It still has a few things missing such as a suppressor, red dot sight and a Fostech echo trigger but these are expensive (I want a good optic for it so I'm still choosing) and frankly aren't necessary. I'm looking forward to have some new shooters try this thing out once I get a red dot on it. I'm thinking SIG electro-optics or Holosun. 

Like almost every build I have, the lower is assembled with a JP Enterprises spring kit with Anderson Mil-Spec trigger and hammer. The receiver set is a New Frontier Armory side charging upper with Glock magazine lower. I also use their modular blowback bolt. I forget what buffer I put in but it was a 9mm specific blowback buffer. Same with the spring. The buffer tube is from SB tactical to match the SBM4 arm brace. The 4150 steel 8.3 inch barrel came from Ballistic Advantage with a 1/2x28 thread pitch, onto which I screwed on a Griffin Armament 3 lug adapter. Later a 9mm suppressor will go on. Once I had the barrel, I checked lengths and found that a 7.25 inch handguard would match just right so as to have enough clearance for a suppressor but gives it a full look. After searching, I settled on a SLR Rifleworks SOLO 7". It was sleek and not encumbered with excess picatinny rails on the sides and bottom. It was also just right at 7.25 inch overall length. I topped it off with Magpul Pro flip up sights that I've come to love and MOE+ rubberized grip that will likely be changed out. The final piece of this puzzle was the Law Tactical Gen 3 folding adapter. This part adds length and complexity to any build but makes it worth the price for the ability to stow this build in a messenger bag. 

All in all, I'm very very pleased with this build. It will eat just about any 9x19 I can get my hands on as long as I use Glock magazines or if I'm running brass case ammo then I can use any 9mm Glock pattern magazines I want. This is a small limitation seeing as I can even use the 10 round Glock 26 magazines, a feat that the Vector will never boast. I'm sure that I will add more parts in the future but it will be small stuff like a 45 degree selector switch, red dot and maybe different handguard but for now this build, is done.

Update! I settled on the SIG Sauer Romeo 5 red dot sight.

ProjectPDW - The PDW has finally finished the testing phase. This thing will officially eat ALL of the ammo I typically can get around here. I finished off the testing with #glock mags and Winchester Forge with no real issues. I still have some side testing I want to do with MaxxTech and that Tula grey tip stuff just because those are some of the worst and cheapest rounds on the market but it's not necessary. It's been a while since I started this project and I'm glad to see it done mechanically. It still needs a optic and an Omega 9k but that'll come later. I now finally have a great weapon to take to the range with new shooters. #projectpdw #ar9 #thepewpewlife #ar15 #9mm #freedom #2a #pewpewlife #Winchester #newfrontierarmory #projectgun #rangeday #rangetoy PS - I have some other cool stuff coming down the pipeline. #staytuned
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Monday, August 7, 2017

The Folding AR - Now Project PDW; Short Update

I had an opportunity today to take Project PDW over to 42 North to run some Tula steel case and Winchester Forge through it. I am very excited to report that she will eat just about everything; with a caveat. Apparently, neither the ETS or Magpul GL-9 polymer magazines were willing to feed the steel cased cartridges without trouble. Once the last few rounds above the follower get to the bottleneck the cases have too much friction and bind up the magazine. I will make sure to take some Glock-brand Glock mags out and try again. 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Folding AR Pistol - She Runs!!

After several months of troubleshooting the folding AR9, it finally runs. I had swapped out hammer springs in an attempt to alleviate the light primer strikes but after not successfully resolving the issue, I called in the big guns.

I stopped over at the internet famous Moss Pawn and Gun here in Georgia to have their resident gunsmiths take a look. After a quick diagnostic, it turned out that the firing pin spring was binding up on the tapered section of the firing pin. They were so kind as to turn said firing pin on a lathe to make a nice shelf and create a new spring to match. After some chatting with the gents, including Eric himself sporting an SBR Zenith 5.56 roller-delayed HK clone, it was off to 42 North for a test run.

I had a box of Winchester White Box with me at the time so, I loaded up a few rounds into the ETS magazines, racked the side charging handle and pulled the trigger. After successfully emptying the Glock-style magazines, I knew we had a winner. I loaded the magazines back up for another go. Every round ignited without fail. I completed a rough zero of the Magpul BUIS Pro sights as best I could, making this build officially operational.

After leaving the range I knew I only had one more thing to do, run everything I could get my hands on to see if she'll eat it. When I got back to the range the next day I asked for the worst ammo they had but nothing like what I was looking for. I was able to grab a box of Monarch steel case from Academy which ran without issue. At the time I hadn't remembered that I had Tula steel case and Winchester Forge in my inventory until I got back from the range. My next visit will involve running through the above mentioned ammo. If this thing will eat those rounds, we have probably one of the best range toys I've ever had the pleasure of shooting.

I'm not fully finished with the project. For this project to be fully realized, I have three more parts that need to be added. A red dot sight, a tri-lug suppressor and finally a trigger pack. This won't be just any trigger pack; it'll be the Echo Gen 2. Fostech has officially released their second generation Echo trigger and it's immensely improved. It no longer requires their proprietary BCG and now can use any BCG meaning this can most likely be dropped into anything that takes AR triggers. That makes it the perfect addition to this range toy.

Below are a few pictures from my new Instagram account.

I want to give a big shout out to Ray and Rafael over at Moss Pawn and Gun for helping make my dream into a reality.

IraqVeteran8888's YouTube video on the new Fostech Echo Trigger

Monday, July 3, 2017

Happy Independence Day!!

I hope everyone has a happy and safe Independence Day!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

CZ 75 P-01 - Cheaty McCheat-Face

I really like the CZ 75 P-01. It's probably one of my best guns. It's easy to carry and accurate. The trigger isn't too bad and is very smooth. It's possible to find holsters for it but it can be tricky. So what's the problem?

Well, the issue is me; basically my trigger control sucks. I'm having too much trouble mastering the double action trigger pull from a draw. I can be fast but my shots are poorly placed or I can go slow and be accurate. That would be the problem though, the accuracy is coming at a speed far too slow than what I'm comfortable with. Maybe if I got some professional training to help master the DA/SA but I haven't but the desire to seek out that training just yet.

In the mean time, I've decided to be a Cheaty McCheat-Face. I'm switching back to striker-fired guns.

The M&P 9 Shield, M&P9c, SIG P320 SC, Glock 26 and Walther PPQ M1 are now back in my rotation. With that, I will be able to go back to appendix carry (Shield) giving me more options on method of carry as opposed to the OWB method for the P-01.

Over the last few months, I'd been tracking my times and shot placement with the P-01, which led my to wonder if I would be any faster/more accurate with the striker guns. As it turns out, I'm not any faster but I am significantly more accurate. This doesn't really surprise me since my initial training was done on a striker gun (XD-40 Service). That and I think the triggers on striker-fired guns are inherently easier to shoot well, hence the cheating part.

I really wanted to master the DA/SA trigger but I just don't have the money to throw at getting past shooting the DA quickly. I'm managing around 50 rounds every weekend right now but I don't feel like that's enough to get past my control issues. If I can motivate myself to locate a class or professional instruction on mastering the DA/SA then I will look into switching back. Until such time, I will have to stick with striker-fired guns.

Friday, May 19, 2017

New Pistol Build - I'll finally build up a Glock in .357 SIG

I don't own many Glock handguns; they just don't really do it for me. That said, the aftermarket for Glock anything is insane. Therefore, I have decided to start, at some point, a Glock 35 build in .357 SIG.

It will be what I call a "cool guy" gun. It'll have a custom cut slide, an RMR, tritium iron sights, threaded barrel, stippling, a Cerakote finish, etc converted from .40 S&W to .357 SIG.

I haven't decided if I want to build it from a police trade in or start fresh. I'll probably pick up a LEO trade in to help keep costs down. It will be a while before I get started so I may wait till Q4 to start buying parts.

P.S. - The AR9 build is done from a functional position, though does need some tuning and final cosmetic details. It is, however, experiencing light primer strikes. I have extra hammer springs that I will try.

Monday, May 1, 2017

2017 NRA Atlanta Convention - Too Much for One Day

I had the opportunity to go to the 2017 NRA convention this Saturday. It was pretty cool but there was just too much for me to go over in the one day I was there.

I got in around 9:30 and walked just the exhibition floor till around 2:15 before I had to go work with a client. I managed to cover most of the exhibit floor but there was a lot of small stuff I missed. I didn't even get a chance to hit the shop or other locations. I also missed the opportunity to chat with Adam Kraut. Unfortunately, Adam didn't win a seat this year.

On the upshot, I was able to shake hands with a few of the YouTuber's on site.