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Review: Grip Force Adapters GEN 123SC

I reviewed both of the original models of the Grip Force Adaptor (GFA) last year (Gen 123 and Gen 4). I was extremely impressed with the handling improvement that such a simple addition to the Glock could make. Part of the allure of the Grip Force Adaptors (GFA) is how easily they can be modified to fit the individual shooter. Several users shortened them to work better with the smaller-than-full-size Glocks and also removed the flutes on the beaver tail area. Apparently these modifications became common enough that GFA mercifully created an off the shelf model that incorporated these modifications, called the Gen 123SC.

GFA on a Generation 2 Glock 17 that has been “chopped” to take Glock 19 magazines.

The original GFAs served 2 basic purposes: they straighten the grip’s backstrap and provide protection from getting cut by the slide (so called “race tracks”) if your grip is especially high. They managed to do all of this without adding an exorbitant amount of bulk to the grip. The new Gen 123SC GFA does essentially the same thing but it does feel a little bit different. The differences in feel come for the fact that the GEN123SC is shorter in length and that it lacks the large flutes on the contoured beaver tail area of the original GFA models.

I never really had a problem with the flutes on the earlier versions of the GFA but many people found them to be uncomfortable or at least unnecessary. The flutes also seemed to add a very small additional amount of bulk to the back of the grip (not enough to even come close to being an issue for me or anyone that I know). It was very common to see pictures of the GFA with the flutes completely ground off. Now that I have tried a GFA without the flutes, I can say that the GEN123SC is definitely more comfortable but I wouldn’t say that the earlier models are uncomfortable.

The shorter length of the GFA GEN123SC allows it to fit better on the smaller than full size Glocks like the 19 and 23. The Glock 19’s backstrap is different from the Glock 17 in that the “bump” on the backstrap of the grip sits up higher because the grip is shorter. You could shoehorn the original GFAs onto a 19 without modification or much trouble (I did) but this new model is a better (and easier) fit. As someone who doesn’t really care for the higher bump on the Glock 19, this new GFA is a godsend.

The smooth beaver tail area of the GEN 123SC will appeal those who modified the original GFA to remove the flutes.

The GFA GEN123SC still works very well with the full size Glock grips as well (Glock 17 and 22). Due to its shorter length, it doesn’t quite straighten out the backstrap quite as much as the earlier GFA models but it makes more than enough difference to be noticeable. In fact, I think I prefer this newer version because it does make such a noticeable difference while adding even less bulk than the earlier models. The shorter length and removal of the flutes seems to allow you to get your hand higher and closer to the Glock’s grip. The earlier models were great but this new model is even better.

The GFA GEN123SC, like the earlier GFA, will appeal to people who want a straighter, more 1911esque, backstrap on their Glocks and those who want to be able to get an aggressive, high grip without fear of being cut by the slide. When I originally reviewed the GFA, I was very impressed. Now that I have tried the new GFA GEN123SC, I am beyond impressed. I am not sure I will ever own a Glock 19 without one.

The GFA GEN123SC comes bundled for free with the purchase of any other GFA. Check out the Grip Force Adaptor website for more details.

Beez Combat Systems on One Size Fits All Magazine Pouches and GucciFlage Nightmare Camo

Beez Combat Systems recently posted a good break down on the challenges of making “universal” rifle magazine pouches. AK-47, AK-74, and AR-15 magazines all have a unique shape and vary in length. Pouches that try to fit all of them, often end up not fitting any of them very well.

They also put a huge smile on my face with their late submission to the Army’s camo improvement process – GucciFlage Nightmare Camo (GNC). This may be the world’s first truly universal camo pattern – some part of it ought to blend in just about anywhere. This is the perfect camo pattern for the man who can’t make up his mind or the fashion conscious lady shooter who needs one chest rig to match all her tactical purses. I know it’s a joke, yet I still find myself strangely attracted to this.

Check out the Beez Combat Solutions website.

“Fighting with the AK” with Sonny Puzikas from Panteo Productions

AK shooters rejoice! Panteao Productions just wrapped up shooting on “Fighting with the AK” with AK expert Sonny Puzikas. It is now in their editing queue.

RB1 Limited Edition Aimpoint T-1 Micro 2MOA with LRP Mount

Jason Falla of Redback One recently shared the first images of their limited edition Aimpoint T-1 Micro 2MOA. They are unofficially calling it the RBT-1. This is the latest version of the T-1 with the 2 MOA red dot and the new Aimpoint LRP mount.

The RBT-1 comes direct from Aimpoint in Sweden with the special edition Redback One branding. Redback One is still in discussions with with Aimpoint about retail and commercial sales.

Great Deal on Tango Down ARC Magazines

I have several Tango Down ARC Ar-15 magazines that I use on a regular basis. They have always performed well for me.

Brownells currently has these magazines on sale for $10 a piece.


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When Secondary is Primary

“Handguns are only good for fighting your way back to your rifle.” You have probably heard that glib saying before. This thinking pervades the gun culture so much that handguns are sometimes referred to as “secondaries” and rifles as “primaries.” It is a succinct statement that reflects some of the truth about the inferiority of handguns as fight stoppers, but for the vast many of those who carry a handgun daily; it misses the mark by a long shot.

Most people, who carry a firearm for protection, carry a handgun. There is no rifle for them to “fight your way back to.” When the need to exercise deadly force arises, they must be able to deal with a near infinite number of dynamic situations with only the tools at hand – a handgun, their wits, and their training.

We would all prefer to have a rifle if we knew that we were walking into a gunfight. Unfortunately, that just isn’t realistic for most of us.

So What?

You may be thinking something like “So what? It is just a saying.” Unfortunately, it isn’t just a saying. People let this thinking dictate how they train with their handgun. They train at “handgun distances” and say things like “the typical (or average) gun fight happens at 7 yards (or 10 feet, or 7 feet, or…) and closer” or “if they are further than X yards away, a jury will rule it wasn’t self-defense.” There may be grains of truth in those statements but I have a feeling that, for many of us, there may be no such thing as a “typical” gun fight. The situation dictates what is and is not justified in terms the use of deadly force.

Certainly, there is no danger in studying averages and statistics in terms of gun fights – in fact, there is probably value in it. However, there may be danger in preparing for only an average or typical gun fight. If we were really that concerned with statistics and averages, we might conclude that even carrying a firearm at all is silly. After all, the overwhelming majority of people will never need to produce a weapon in self-defense.

What Does it Mean for Me?

So, if you are still reading, you may be wondering what this all means for you. How should this seemingly small philosophical change in thinking affect the way you approach training? I think the answer is probably twofold – throw the concept of “handgun distances” out the window when you are training and carefully evaluate how you spend your training time.

Throw the concept of “handgun distances” out the window when you are training. – Think about the distances at which you train with your handgun and then answer these questions. Can you quickly and reliably hit a standard sized silhouette or, better yet, a pepper popper at 100 yards (or further) with your carry handgun? Do you know your hold-overs (or for some handguns, hold-unders) for 50 and 100 yards (or further) with your carry ammo and sight combination? If you can’t answer “yes” to these questions, then start training and find out! At the very least, you will learn a ton about your fundamental handgun shooting skills, your handgun, your sights, and your ammo.

Carefully evaluate how you spend your training time. – If you were to evaluate your training time, would you find that you are guilty of spending more of your time shooting a rifle or going to carbine courses? I know I am. Yet, if I take a realistic look at the tool that I would most likely have in my hand in a self-defense situation, it’s a handgun. Carbine courses and carbine training are valuable but don’t over emphasize carbine training at the expense of handgun proficiency. I have found that when I spend a lot of time shooting my handgun, my rifle shooting tends to improve. Strangely, the opposite is not necessarily true. This may not be true for everyone but it certainly is for me. Spend the bulk of your precious training time and your hard earned training dollars, training for the most likely scenarios.

If the unthinkable happens, you will have to find a solution with just the tools at hand – which is likely just a handgun.

Wrapping it up

I am not suggesting that training at extended distances should replace or dominate your normal handgun training routine but maybe it should supplement it. It isn’t hard to incorporate these skills into your current training. You can start with something as simple as incorporating a walk back drill as a cool-down drill at the end of your training day. Not many drills will test your sight alignment and trigger control more than trying to hit a pepper popper at 75 yards or further. It would also be an good idea to take inventory of how you spend your training time and determine if it reflects the realities of your situation. Don’t neglect or overly limit the scope of your handgun training – it may just be the only tool you have at your disposal when the unexpected comes knocking.

JAVRAN Embroidered Logo Patch – Pick a Color, Any Color

Many morale patches are available in just one color scheme. Some may be available in 4 or 5 color schemes. JAVRAN’s Embroidered Logo Patch is available in hundreds of color schemes!

You can choose your background color from all of the typical “tactical” colors that you are used to and some less far less discreet colors like Neon Yellow and Aqua. You can even choose a reflective background. The border and embroidered bird can also be customized individually with any one of 15 thread colors including glow in the dark. The result is a custom patch, made just for you.

Check out the JAVRAN Embroidered Logo Patch.

OC Tactical Continues to Expand Webstore

You’ll find more than just OC Tactical products in their webstore. They have been busy adding products from various manufacturers to their ever growing webstore. The most recent products include a selection of Murdock Multicam Webbing, ITW Grimlocks, and the excellent Down Range Gear QASM.

Check out OCTactical.com.

Karrimor SF – Coming to US Market

Karrimor SF, makers of military rucksacks and more, has been the majority supplier of load carriage gear to the UK Ministry of Defense for some time now. Their gear is widely known to our allies in the UK for its quality and design. Now, their line of military rucksacks and load carriage gear is about to become widely know in the USA market as well.

Karrimor SF cemented a deal for distribution in the US at last year’s Outdoor Retailer (OR) Show in Salt Lake City. This alliance will allow them to not only distribute their line of packs, but also produce Berry Compliant products that they intend to offer to the DOD.

There will be more details about Karrimor SF’s entry into the US market before this year’s OR Show so stay tuned. In the mean time, check out the Karrimor SF website, like them on Facebook, and follow their Twitter feed (@karrimosf) so you can stay up to date.


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