Saturday, May 8, 2021
Saturday, May 1, 2021
Saturday, April 10, 2021
Wow... it as been another couple of months since I've attended an outdoor action pistol match, and it was really good to shoot again. At this USPSA match in Lubbock, TX, I ended up in 3rd place overall (25 total), so I guess my shooting skills haven't deteriorated too much. After reviewing the video, I can see that my performance wasn't stellar by any means, but it was still a lot of fun. I was shooting my new Glock 34 build at this match, and the gun ran great.
Monday, December 28, 2020
I've been very busy in December of 2020 as I decided to start my own small business making kydex holsters, mag carriers, and other custom items. I've been making my own holsters for over 5 years and I've been slowly refining my holster making techniques. About 2 years ago, I came up with a holster design that indexes on a Streamlight TLR-1 weapon mounted light rather than the gun itself so that I could use multiple guns in the same holster as I like to rotate through several different types of guns for concealed carry. I'm on my 4th version of this type of holster, and I've fabricated my own custom modular mold so that I can make it for each of the popular fullsize weapon mounted lights that are wider than the frame of a gun (Streamlight, Surefire, Inforce, and Olight). I felt like this latest version was a good enough design that it would appeal to other people. I will admit that it's probably not a large group of people that would be interested in it, but currently there are only two other companies that make this type of holster and those holsters aren't very aesthetically pleasing to the eye in my opinion. I realize that it's not important for a holster to look good as long as it works well, but why not have a holster that works well and also looks good? I also came up with my own inside the waistband magazine carrier design a few years ago that I've been using every day that is a minimalist design and works universally for double stack and single stack magazines. I'm on my 4th version of this type of magazine carrier as well, and I've recently incorporated a LOT of features into the design so that it would appeal to a large group of people as it is now reversible for inside the waistband and outside the waistband. I'm also making non-light bearing holsters for a select number of popular concealed carry guns, since the majority of people aren't as fanatical as I am about carrying a gun with a fullsize weapon mounted light every day. 😜
The company name is RFV Tactical. RFV stands for Ready For Violence as in... "always be Ready For Violence to happen". I've spent the entire month of December making products for display/photo purposes for the new website and social media, and I've even managed to make a few holsters and mag carriers for customers too. I don't expect the business to take off quickly and keep me super busy, but over time I'm hoping that it will be something to keep me busy after I retire from my fulltime job in the telecommunications industry.
Go check out the website that has links to the Facebook and Instagram accounts as well.
Sunday, December 27, 2020
It's been a while since I've been to an outdoor IDPA action pistol match. Due to Covid-19, our local matches have been pretty far and few between. I was shooting my new Bul Armory Tac Commander 2011 at this match after having a lot of troubles with it at the last IDPA match back in September. That last match went so bad with gun troubles that I never even posted anything on this BLOG or published the video on YouTube! Today's match went really well and I only had two instances of the trigger not resetting, but those absolutely could've been me short stroking the trigger. I ended up in 3rd place overall out of 14 total. I am going to embed both videos below so you can see the difference in the gun's performance. By the way, both of these IDPA matches were half IDPA and half USPSA so that we could all enjoy the variety of both games at one match.
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
After acquiring multiple compact 2011 handguns for my carry gun rotation, I decided that I needed a 2011 specifically for competition usage. I picked up a Bul Armory SASII Tac Commander from GP Arms for this task, and immediately went crazy modifying the crap out of the gun. I replaced all the controls with stainless steel parts from Fusion Firearms and all the ignition parts with components from EGW. I sent the slide to Primary Machine to have it milled for a Trijicon SRO using their proprietary RMR/SRO mounting plate that doesn't have an integrated rear sight, so the SRO is mounted farther back on the slide and doesn't hang over the ejection port. I am not aware of any companies that offer aftermarket front sights specifically for the Bul Armory guns, so I ordered a fiber optic front sight for a Kimber 1911 from Dawson Precision hoping that it would fit, but I had to custom fit it to the dovetail in the slide, which was a pain in the ass! I made a custom rear "iron" sight using 1/8" black pinstripe tape that is applied to the front of the optic window which co-witnesses with the new 0.360" tall front sight. I also installed the grip module and tactical magwell that came off of my STI Tac-Lite 4.0 2011 that I stippled, which was surprisingly not that difficult to install. Since this is basically a Frankenstein build with a mix-match of modified parts, it took quite a bit of troubleshooting and tuning to get this gun to run reliably. Every time I would fix an issue, a new problem would pop up like a never ending domino effect. Very frustrating for sure, but I've finally got the gun running reliably. 1911/2011 handguns are not legal in the Carry Optics division of USPSA, so I'm going to just run the gun in the Open division and have fun with it. I'll also be using it in the Open division of my local outlaw 3-Gun matches.