Friday, January 30, 2009

Pipeline Filling Back Up

I'm hearing that ammo is trickling back into the retail pipeline. AIM Surplus has Russian 5.56...as they say in country music, it ain't love but it ain't bad. If you want to break the budget, Midway USA has Black Hills Match — wonderful ammo — at a bit over $700 per thousand. There's off-brand 9mm around as well. J&G is quoting Glock 17/34 9mm mags in stock...I'm gonna order a few and see what happens.

As I mentioned earlier, I ordered an FNH USA FS2000 bullpup (above) because I've gotten curious about the bullpup platform. Knowledgeable people either love the things or absolutely positively hate them. I've shot the 2000 a bunch at the range and generally like it...not as much as the new flat-top AUG, but it seemed to me to be a good, serviceable carbine in a small package. I thought it might be fun to spend some time shooting a bullpup and doing some video.

I got the Para GI Expert back from Para after I asked them to address the FTF issues I had on the first firings. Not surprisingly, the gun now works super. As I mentioned before, this el cheapo 1911 was superbly accurate but stuttered like some of my 1970s guns...one of the drawbacks of getting the third gun off the line. It's now 100%...engineers tell me they replaced the hammer and sear. I still believe this is one heck of a platform for the 1911 of your dreams or, if you're like me, SASS Wild Bunch competition right out of the box.


BTW, I'm breaking in an IWB holster for my Carry 9 from John Ralston at 5-Shot Leather...as I mentioned on Twitter at SHOT, it is a beautiful, intelligently designed holster...the two separate belt loops allow the holster to be positioned over the belt loop on your pants, the ideal place for an IWB on most jeans.


I also just got a beautiful leather Ching sling from Andy Langois at Andy's Leather. Andy's the premier maker of Ching slings in the country and he does what amounts to heirloom work. You're probably not familiar with his leatherwork because he's one of those "secret" holstermakers that the expert trainers and people who actually use this stuff to stay alive keep pretty busy. So I strongly suggest you visit his site and if you're in the market, order now! I spent a bunch of time with Andy and my old pal Tim Craft at SHOT.,..it was big fun. I'm actually going to commission a couple of rigs from Andy, including a Ruger Blackhawk "concealment" holster for the Ruger single action self-defense class at GUNSITE in a couple of months.

And besides, how many other top makers will do a Glock garter holster in pink?


Remember, you heard it here first!

14 comments:

Arthur said...

The picture of you in a hoodie flashing gang signs was hilarious, but if you ever put up a picture of you in drag wearing a pink garter holster I'm never visiting this site again.

vmijpp said...

Dittos on Andy Langlois-- he made the Ching Sling for my Steyr Scout. It's a great piece of gear, and he's a damn good guy.

Anonymous said...

I would want to stay as far away from those legs as I can get.

Anonymous said...

Agreed on Andy. I got an early Jeff Cooper package for a good price when my gun shop couldn't sell it, but the sling wasn't very good. Andy's replacement is the best sling I've ever used.

Overload in Colorado said...

I've had feeding problems with my FS2000. I finally found online that PMAGs don't work. Wonder why. Gonna try and get out to the range and try stock magazines and see if that is my problems.

Michael Bane said...

Overload;

When I first shot the FS a few years back, they told me the PMAGS wouldn't work (and heaven help you in you accidently stuck in a 20-rounder!).

Next time I'm out at MagPul, I'll ask the guys what up...

mb

John Ralston said...

Michael,

It was nice to meet you at SHOT - please keep me up to date with how the leather is working out.

John

seeker_two said...

You and Marshall have pretty legs.... ;)

Overload in Colorado said...

Michael,
I hear magpul is introducing the eMag to fix the problem.

I did in fact insert a mag WORSE than a 20 rounder: The rivetted together 10 round magazine that came with my Bushmaster. I had to destroy that magazine to get it out of the gun.

montieth said...

C-Products magazines work just dandy in the FS2000..

He Mike, please ask the FN folks if there's supposed to be an accessory for stock storage for the FS2000. There certainly seems to be room and space for a guide rail for a pouch or other device to fit in there. Seems like it'd be a great place to store spares and tools.

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