Meprolight FT Sights

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Buyer Beware (by Geoff Silva)

 

For 60 magnanimous, glorious shots I was a (somewhat) competent shooter. I had confidence. I felt good that all of this time I'd put into this gun stuff was paying off. Then this happened...

60 shots in, a tiny little piece of plastic from the inside flew off and now the Bullseye doesn't Bullseye. It's just a single glowing dot. Seems to me that $180 sights really ought to hold up to recoil for more than 60 shots, even if it is from a sub compact.

I've already started my exchange with Opticsplanet for a set of Truglo Brite Sites. Because, fuck all this shit.

The target is from me emptying my mag in frustration after they broke btw. 

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Frustration

Emptying my mag in frustration and with no sights, here was the result

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Broke

A piece of the recital in my hand 

Honor guard vs. glock 43

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Joe Borges - Contributor & local businessman

 

My review of the Honor Guard sub compact 9mm by Honor Defense, a US based, veteran owned company.

Their product was developed by veterans and is manufactured and assembled right here in the USA by veterans.This firearm is very comfortable to hold. The stippling is similar in look and feel to G10 scaling and offers a great grip even in larger hands like mine. The gun has a good weight at almost 24 oz and is roughly the size as a Glock 43. The heavier weight is noticed immediately and gives it an extremely solid feel. And for lefties, like me, it has all ambidextrous controls!! It comes with 1 flush mount 7 round steel mag and 1 extended 8 round steel mag. It has a 3" barrel and an overall length of just of 6". The trigger is surprisingly sweet. 

Before shooting, I read that the stock pull was 7.5lbs so I feared the worst in such a small gun but it in no way feels like it. The trigger is smooth with a short reset. I didn't expect that at all. 

My first shot at 35 ft was left of red by 8 or 9 inches but after only 4 more shots adjusting to the trigger, the last 3 in the mag were all bullseyes. The pic of the target below is this first magazine. Keep in mind that I am an average shooter at best. 

After that, both my son Dylan and I were making solid 5-8" groups at that range pretty consistently. We brought and XDs 9mm, a Glock 19, and a Glock 43. The 19 was not really for comparison but if your going to a pistol range and own one, wtf wouldn't you bring it, eh? 

My opinion is that this gun fits right in with the other 2 smaller guns and gave them a good run. I actually think it's a better shooter than the Springfield and a very, very close 2nd to the 43. I should note that I have a ton of trigger time with the 43 and pretty much carry it daily. My overall thoughts so far, it's a well built, accurate, comfortable, little gun that won't break the bank at $450.00. As soon as I get a holster made for it, I plan to edc this for a bit. 

Below is a comparison to my G43 and the target showing my 1st few shots

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1st target; getting a feel for the Honor Guard

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Honor Guard compared to Glock 43

sticky holster

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I Got a Sticky Holster and I Can't Stop Using It!

 

One thing that I am absolutely famous and/or notorious for is my spur of the moment purchases. I have like zero self-control when it comes to gun related shit. 

About 5 weeks ago, despite having plenty of perfectly good holsters for my EDC(s) I ordered a sticky holster from Ebay.I've been using it for my Glock 23 exclusively for the last 2 weeks, and I have got to tell you, I can't get enough. A lot of people rave about 'comfort level' of their favorite Kydex holsters and that's all well and good. But to me, a kydex holster is a kydex holster, really. With all due respect to the holster makers that are part of this group, the comfort level of of the Sticky Holster is truly off the charts for me. It's so comfortable, that on a handful of occasions, I've almost gone into work with my gun still on because I simply forgot it was there. I've never had that happen with any kydex holster.

Application and removal is a breeze, though, it may require you to loosen for belt a notch or 2. But once it's applied it stays where I put it. You can even adjust the Cant easily without having a clip to worry about. I know a common issue I have with my other holsters is directly related to the clip.

A common question about the type of material used to make a Sticky Holster is "can you pull the trigger through the material?" Simply, no. And I really tried. Check the video I posted (in the Videos section) of my trying to get to the trigger through the material. Also, there's a video of the holster staying put. Sort of like the Urban Carry holster stayed put, except you want the Sticky Holster to stay put.

 Half Assed Synopsis: They can be found for about $27 on Ebay. Very solid option for the money. 

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my fat self rocking the Sticky Holster with my Glock 23

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for good measure, I grabbed myself a Sticky Mag Holser too

S&W Shield 45

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My 1st Time With a Shield and it was Blast

 

I'm not saying that the Shield 45 is the best 45 ever made. I'm not even ready to say that it's the best 45 I've ever shot. But what I will say is that it is a damn fine firearm. If you're versed in the .45 ACP and you can reconcile the lower capacity, this is definitely a gun that you'd want to consider carrying.

Let's get right to it. As I noted in the video preview, the trigger pull sits somewhere right around 6.5 pounds (on my particular model anyway). There are kits that can take this down to about 4.5 pounds. I'd definitely look into that if you get a model different than mine. The reset is pretty standard for a striker fired pistol; about what you'd get from just about any Glock model. The take up on the 1st shot is a smidge gritty but not so dreadful as to make you want to avoid using this pistol.

The big question regarding a sub-compact in a caliber like 45 is felt recoil. (how "snappy" is it?) To be perfectly honest, the recoil is very much in the ballpark of a full-sized 45. Meaning, there is not much. And really, that was the most surprising part of my shooting session with the Shield. The fact you can get such quick and easy follow up shots with this thing is astounding to me. Which leads me to....

Accuracy? Well, as has been noted many times before, I'm not a great shooter. However, even I was able to score quite a few decent groupings; even shooting a chunk out of the center of my target at one point. That says a lot about how well this gun can be controlled. I've posted some of my targets so you can be the judge. And yes, I know I still have the problem of a few shots going off the reservation on me. 

They changed the stippling on the grips for the .45 model. It IS an aggressive texture. But it doesn't beat up your hands. There are other guns out there with way more obnoxious grip patterns. 

A couple small negatives worth keeping your eye on: Mag capacity. It ships with a 7 and 6 round mag. They both have a +1 marking on them, however you will not get a 7th round into the flush mag. I'm actually consider either buying another couple 7 rd. factory mags, or getting some +2 grip extensions. Also, the mags can be a little tricky to load. I was using an UpLula mag loader and I had to press down rather aggressively a few times, But that could be a breaking in situation. And finally, if you like to "top off your mag" you sort of have to slap the magazine into place when you're reinserting it. 

Half Assed Synopsis: Really, the negatives are more annoying than anything. To me they aren't drastic enough to shy away from the Shield 45. I highly recommend this pistol. I think it would make for a good concealed carry option if sub-compacts are your thing. But also, in my opinion, this thing was a blast to shoot!

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Lonewolf frame kit

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Geoff Silva (Editor - Half Assed Range Reports)

 

This isn't a review so much as it is a description of what I've gone through to build my Glock 19 clone using a Lone Wolf frame and parts kit.You decide if it's worth it.

I bought the frame ($215) and parts kit ($115) at the same time. Both Lone Wolf brand. I then ordered a Gen 4 Glock 19 slide from Gunbroker ($365). I can't remember if it's because someone at the shop said it would mimic a Gen 4 or if I saw something on the packaging that said the same. I then bought 2 pre-ban mags in a private sale ($160). 

During assembly, I was able to get everything together myself EXCEPT the main pin. The pin that came with the kit seemed to be slightly too large. In the process, I managed to get the main pin jammed in there real good, requiring pliers to get it out. That caused some marring on the pin and on the frame near the pin hole. Also, the mags didn't seem to lock into place. I took it to a friend of mine who helped me with the pin by replacing it with a real Glock pin ($20 for his effort and having to put up with me). We then discovered the grip was slightly too long, so he brought it to his place and shaved it down so the mags would lock. That fixed that problem.

Finally, assembly day came. I went to put the slide on only to discover that Gen 4 has a different recoil assembly than 1-3. I then ordered a Gen 2/3 recoil assembly ($25). When that arrived, it was assembly day 2. The beveling under the barrel on a Gen 4 was too wide for the frame. It was at this point I realized I had a Gen 3 frame. I managed to get in touch with the guy I got the slide from and he agreed to exchange the Gen 4 for a Gen 3 slide ($20 more for shipping back & forth).So the grand total for my Gen 3 Glock clone is... $895.... not including night sights...

Since I've put this thing together, I've discovered that my Pre-ban mags wobble loose during shooting, when shooting the pre-ban mag, I get 1 jam per 15 shots and my mag release button is outrageously sensitive requiring little to no pressure to drop the mag out. So I've also had to get a custom holster made that covers that covers the mag release ($30). Luckily, the special holster seems to have solved the issue of the mag popping out while I'm watching TV. Also, my 10 round mags fire flawlessly.I still havent solved the pre-ban issue yet....

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