Monday, January 14, 2019

CZ USA Gen1 P-07 Handgun Build

I recently built another CZ P-07 handgun using an old used Gen1 DUTY frame that I picked up dirt cheap. I paired the frame with my optic-ready Gen1 slide with a Burris Fastfire3 optic. I also added a Primary Machine Stealth Comp to the gun to bring it to an extreme "tacti-cool" level. I spent quite a bit of time refining the Gen1 DUTY frame by rounding off all the sharp edges and doing a 360-degree stipple job on it since it doesn't have interchangeable backstraps. I tried out a new stippling technique that worked really well for me. It has a medium aggressive texture which is perfect for concealed carry, and I think it looks and feels good too. I liked the new stippling texture so much that I re-stippled my P-09 that I use for 3-Gun with the same technique.

One of the downsides to using a Gen1 DUTY frame is that the mags don't drop free when you press the mag release button (apparently its a European thing). I was able to get this frame to freely drop mags with a LOT of sanding and polishing inside the magwell. It was a lot of work, but well worth the effort as it was messing me up at shooting matches when the mags wouldn't drop out of the gun during slide-lock reloads.

I didn't want to use red Loctite on the barrel threads along with the supplied set screws to secure the compensator to the barrel per the instructions, as I didn't like the idea of not being able to easily remove the comp for cleaning or whatever.  So, I used an over-sized rubber o-ring and shaved it down to a specific outside diameter to allow the comp to thread on to it's tightest point against the o-ring and be correctly lined up with the slide. I'm not able to get the comp as close to the slide as I would prefer with this method, but the comp has not moved at all while shooting and I can remove the comp as easily as a thread protector. The comp definitely helps reduce muzzle flip when shooting the gun, but there is no reduction of perceived recoil in the hand.  I still haven't decided if the added length is worth the effort/discomfort to carry it, but I love using the Streamlight TLR-1 HL light (800 lumens version), so the extra length of the comp is kind of a wash.

Despite the longer length of the gun with the comp and the TLR-1 light, I've been able to conceal carry this gun for 14 hours a day for the last couple of weeks using a custom kydex holster that I made that indexes on the light rather than the gun.  Yes, it's a little more uncomfortable compared to my other compact guns, but it's definitely doable.


Saturday, January 5, 2019

Outlaw 3-Gun Match 01/05/2019

My first shooting match for 2019!  I thought I would be rusty since I haven't been shooting for a little while, but I actually did really well at this Outlaw 3-Gun match.  I won every stage and came in 1st place Overall. I shot my rifle prone for the first time at this match, and was able to do my shotgun reloads fairly decently. 😛  I recently built an older used Gen1 CZ P-07 Duty to use with a dedicated compensator (more on that in a later post), so I decided to use that gun for 4 out of the 5 stages to see if I could tell any difference when compared to my non-compensated full-size P-09.  I had some trigger reset issues with the new P-07, so I wasn't able to shoot it as fast as I would've liked, but I could definitely tell that there was less muzzle flip with the comp. 👍

Monday, November 12, 2018

New Holster for Multiple Guns

I recently made a new holster that indexes on a Streamlight TLR-1 light rather than the gun itself so that it works with multiple guns. The holster is an open muzzle design, so it will also accommodate comps or full-size guns. I love how quickly and easily I can move the TLR-1 from gun to gun without tools and still use the same holster. The additional length of the TLR-1 is a little uncomfortable AIWB, but I'm getting used to it.

I also acquired new optic-ready top ends for my basic CZ P-07 and my Gen4 Glock 19 FS with Burris Fastfire 3 red dot sights, and green fiber optic front sights (my usual competition setup). The top end for the P-07 was one that I previously sold but ended up getting back.  The top-end for the Glock 19 is a factory Gen 4 MOS complete upper. I really like that I can easily convert these two guns back to stock configuration with iron sights if I ever need to. Now I'm up to 6 polymer framed carry guns with red dot sights! 😜

Friday, October 26, 2018

DIY Titanium Anodizing

While I don't post much of my knife addiction on this blog, I thought I would share some of the cool stuff I've been doing lately with anodizing titanium at home for several of my favorite pocket knives.  After watching what seemed like millions of YouTube videos on the subject, I finally decided to give it a go.  I'm pretty happy with the results! 😎

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

IDPA Action Pistol Match 10/24/2018

I reached a new milestone as I shot every stage of tonight's indoor IDPA action pistol match clean using my carry gun and off the shelf ammo (T-shirt concealment from AIWB). To my surprise, I also took 1st place Overall as well. I can't wipe this stupid grin off my face! 😁

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Outlaw 3-Gun Match 10/21/2018

Yet ANOTHER Outlaw 3-Gun match.  It seems as if I've only been attending 3-Gun matches lately, but other than a few indoor IDPA matches that I didn't record, I haven't attended any IDPA or USPSA matches over that last couple of months due to weather cancellations or scheduling conflicts.  Ah well... shooting is shooting, so I'm not gonna bitch. 😜  The stages at this particular match were all very similar with just a few changes for each stage. It was a little repetitive, but it made for an efficiently run match that actually saved us enough time to run a 5th stage and it was also great practice.  I got several opportunities to do some shotgun reloads as well as match saver reloads.  I'm still not that great at either, but it was good to be faced with them at this match. Despite my shotgun reload challenges, I ended up in 2nd place Overall. 😖

Monday, September 24, 2018

Outlaw 3-Gun Match 09/23/2018

This 3-gun match was rifle and pistol only, and most of it was long distance shots out to 400 yards with the rifle and out to 75 yards with the pistol.  Not much movement either.  There were only four of us that showed up, so it was pretty much just a practice day to see what I could do for longer distances.