Going to the SHOT Show!
As of this writing, I am getting ready to head out to Las Vegas for the 2020 Shooting, Hunting, & Outdoor Trades Show. This annual event is when manufacturers premier most of their new wares. I am not sure of this year’s size, but I remember hearing a couple of years ago that there were over 18 miles of displays. This definitely ain’t a gun show at the Farmer’s Market....
Some of the things that I am looking forward to seeing are the recent developments in the AR and AK market, especially the “PDW”-sized guns. As noted in the last newsletter, I am forming some opinions on the set-up of these pieces and I am welcoming the opportunity to bounce ideas off of some of our vendors.
One of the most-highly anticipated new guns out there is the Glock model 44 in .22LR. I have shot it and can answer the question “Why?” pretty simply: if you’re teaching a new shooter, it is certainly easier to train them with something that doesn’t recoil as hard as a 9mm, so we often use a .22 autoloader like a BuckMark or Roger. The downside to most .22 handguns is that they have nice single-action triggers. The shooter learns on a great trigger, but when they try to transition to a carry gun with a typical double-action or “safe action” trigger, the wheels fall off. The G-44 will allow us to practice with a gun that feels and shoots exactly like our EDC guns, but with cheaper and softer-recoiling ammo. I have one en route, but it is already spoken for. Distributors are currently “allocating” them, but knowing Glock’s logistic stream, it won’t be too long before they’re widely available.
Experimenting - Phase II:
Last time we were together, I wrote about some work I was doing with very small AR-15s. I did get the aforementioned .300 Blackout PDW built. The velocity loss was not much at all, owing to the fact that subsonic Blackout uses powders that could best be described as “fast rifle powders or slow pistol powders”. These powders like to burn completely in a barrel that’s only four or five inches long. Out of a 16-inch gun, my Blackout 208 grain bullets fly at 1120 FPS. In the 4-inch PDW, they’re only losing 40 FPS. A 208 grainer at 1080 would be like getting hit by a pretty stout .45ACP, but one that’ll defeat intermediate barriers.
My experiment is your gain!!! I currently have a Maxim Defense PDX in 5.56 NATO for sale. MSRP is $2295, plus shipping and tax. How about ”$1995 and I eat the shipping and tax”? It’s definitely low-mileage, with maybe 100 rounds on it. It comes with a 20-round OEM mag; I’ll throw in a 30-round Magpul on-the-house.
I have done a lot of work on Kalashnikov pattern rifles over the years, but have never owned one until now. I found an American manufactured rifle that I am impressed with (the Riley Defense RAK-47, out of Charlotte, NC), so I bought one. It has a stamped receiver, but both the front and rear trunnions are forged. The dimensions are true, so aftermarket parts work with minimal fitting. The safety is either the sought-after one from Kreb’s Gunsmithing or a really good copy. I can get you into a base model for $595.95. The upgrades that I did to mine were: a Magpul OEM pistol grip ($22.95), an ALG trigger ($84.95), and a muzzle brake ($24.95). The pistol grip and trigger were both ergonomic preferences. The original trigger was a nice TAPCO unit that a lot of enthusiasts upgrade their Yugo or Chinese AKs with, but the ALG has a straighter trigger profile that just fits my hand better. The comp was installed because I am recoil-sensitive... :-) Seriously though.... 7.62X39 is a lot closer ballistically to a .30-30 Winchester than a 5.56 NATO. It moves in rapid fire!
Gun Cleaning Special: Get the full-house, world-renowned CCGW cleaning job on your match guns, carry pieces, and hunting guns. Most every gun will be only $25 each; complicated guns slightly higher. (Glocks, M&Ps, 1911s/2011s, and the like are simple. Benelli M-4s, piston-driven ARs, etc. are NOT. I recently learned that Browning Auto-5's definitely are not....) Turn-around time is typically less than a week.
Chronographing Services: Got some ammo that you've been producing and you want to make sure that it's living up to what the reloading manual promised? Going way out in left field, using non-standard powders to do things that books say can't be done (like 9mm Major)? I will chronograph that ammo, using your pistol and give you a detailed report with each shot recorded, average velocities, extreme spreads, Standard Deviation, and Power Factor. Doppler radar will be used, so accuracy isn't dependent on light. Competition loads will be checked "hot", "cold", and "room temperature" to ensure that you don't go "sub-Minor" at your next big match. Fees are "a la carte", but would normally be around $35 per hour. Five or six different loads could be tested in that time, allowing time for the barrel to cool between strings.
We are offering complete basic guns built on our Camp Creek Gunworks-branded Lower Receivers, in addition to the full-house competition guns that we've always offered. We're calling these mil-spec guns the "Basic Defense" series. They feature a 16-inch barrel with A2 flash hider, a flat-top upper receiver, free-float handguard, collapsible stock, mil-spec trigger, mil-spec pistol grip, and the Magpul MOE trigger guard. Add a soft case and 30-round MagPul magazine. Of course, like all CCGW products, they're backed by our "We'll make it right" warranty. The price is only $749 plus tax.
Our latest thing has been PDWs (Personal Defense Weapons). These are built off of our CR-15 lowers and feature short barrels (length depends on caliber and your desired features). A pistol-stabilizing brace is added for greater accuracy potential. 5.56mm and .300 Blackout guns get the Noveske KX-5 suppressor. 9mm's don't need it. An upgrade to a folding stock model is available for $300 more. Prices start at $1500 for a basic model and go up to $3750 for the top-of-the-line model with EOTech HoloSight, TLR-2G light/laser combo, backup sights, premium SB Tactical brace, upgraded trigger, and custom fit case.
We have a 6-inch 2011 in-stock in .40 S&W. It is built light, so it swings well from target to target. The extra sight radius makes mid- and long-range shots EASY. Only $2700
CCGW PCC's suitable for USPSA or 3-Gun competition are available. Got one ready-to-go now for $950!
Glock 22C: These are Blue Label Glocks (3 mags & night sights). Brand new in the box for $499 plus tax.
Used Glock 23C. LNIB with night sights and three mags. $425
Until next time, See you on the Range!!