I’ve had much to do lately. Now a full time twenty-one dealer, and working night shift at that, my range time has been extremely limited. That is, it was extremely limited, until last Wednesday when on a last minute requested extra day off (thanks again boss!) I was able to finally sign the dotted line on a new-to-me truck.
Now with my 2012 Xterra, still under original factory warranty at under 27,000 miles, I am able to finally write up a range report as transportation is no longer limited to merely borrowing a family car to and from work. Today, my Saturday, I thoroughly enjoyed my two most recent purchases: a police trade in Generation 3 Glock 23, and a bump fire stock from Bump Fire Systems (http://www.bumpfiresystems.com) that now resides on my Moore’s Machine Co. (Now Bear Creek Armory) M4.
Thanks to AIM Surplus having police trade in models for sale, I purchased my first Glock over the holidays as a gift to myself for $300. Previously I was relying on a TT-33, P64, and occasionally even a P38 for open carry purposes in Nevada. Compared to those platforms, the G23 is a Cadillac, and I am an infidel.
When I picked the gun up from Davidsons Firearms, who I strongly recommend transferring through when in Southern Las Vegas or Henderson, I went ahead and ordered the above pictured slide cover, a steel guide rod, extra factory original magazines and some Korean high capacity mags.
Shooting Federal and Prvi Partizan brass, I learned quickly that the stick mags and drum are very fun but in a matter of practicality with good shooting the traditional 13 round factory mags will most likely be more than enough to dispatch any two legged animals that may come across my periphery with the intent to do harm. That said, I love the hi caps for training and even the slight chance there’s a room full of trouble somewhere for me to walk in. Compared to 9mm Luger and Makarov, or even 7.62x25mm Tokarev that I am used too, .40 S&W has plenty of stopping power and a hell of a recoil. The police department that traded these in clearly made a mistake, unless of course they were merely upgrading to Gen 4.
My target was whatever was in front of me in my mountain shooting area west of town. Today that happened to be a big bird doll already shot up, a car door also torn up but still perfectly propped against a cactus, and other various pieces of discard and refuse people were using on their own outings. All in all, the recoil was manageable but proved to be drastically uncomfortable half way through the drum. Accuracy was rated on if I hit it, since I was shooting as far as 50 yards away but I certainly didn’t feel cheated by not using a traditional target. The sights are easy to line up, the weapon is easy to hold, and I simply love it. However, a pistol is only for surviving long enough to reach your rifle, which brings me to the best for last.
The AR itself is nothing special. Purchased as a $499 special before MMC changed its name to Bear Creek Armory, it’s a run of the mill flat top. However, after a break in period last year after purchase, it shoots as good as a rifle twice the price. At first it would FTF/E once per magazine, now it’s a rarity and is usually only while shooting cheap Russian steel cased WPA. This rifle screams “bump me.” So, I did.
Bump Fire Systems’ stock was a perfect fit, at $100 compared to $250+ for SSAR, or $4-500 for Bumpski’s product line, this baby holds its own and does exactly as designed. With the same targets before me as those used by the Glock, I learned how to control my fire from 2-3 shot bursts to entire drum and magazine dumps. This is considerably the closest I will come to select fire in awhile, unless we can get a new President and an overturn of the October 1986 ban.
The stock is made of plastic, but slides easily and comes with the ability to “select bump fire” by locking it into a position or allowing it to slide freely. The company backs the product up with a limited warranty, returns accepted, and also produces a model for the millions of AK variants floating around the states. Due to SSAR and Bumpski suing each other over product infringement, BSS is able to carve its own market niche by not getting involved in the legal overhead. While that’s the case is the time to pick them up.
You, like me, will find that it’s very addicting to control bursts by speeding up your time to pull the trigger. Like me, another shooter may wind up confusing your rifle for a fully automatic variation and call the police in to check your paperwork. After 500 rounds of shooting in rapid succession, just as an already dead tree was falling down from being sawed down in a hail of bullets, a state trooper showed up asking about reports of automatic gun fire. After showing him what it was and explaining that it works by using the recoil of shooting the weapon to “slide” your finger back on the trigger for every shot which makes it legal under the one round per pull rule, I was good to go home.
But I should have gone for more ammunition. At publishing time I am itching to go back out. Fortunately for me, tomorrow is my Sunday. Like the kids say these days on my table before a stupid double down decision or splitting tens, you only YOLO once. Or something like that anyway.