Sunday, August 15, 2010

620V/Millenium Adaptor

Finally some breathing room in my schedule and a new product ready to release into the wild.  We have gotten a great number of requests for a bracket to offset the Millennium series lights.  I personally would prefer a smaller, more efficient light such as the Scout but I know there are a ton of them in service with the military and civilian shooters.  With the release of the 620V light (Scout with dual-output head) I had to get something going because Surefire decided to change the mounting footprint to use their huge (and crap) throw-lever mount.

I first tried to extend the standard Scout Mount out to accommodate the Millennium footprint.  Worked like a champ, except you get head clearance issues with rails, sights, etc.  A much simpler solution was to make a bracket to bolt directly to the Scout Mount, and bolt on the Millennium/620V light.  Easy day, and you can retrofit a Scout no problem.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Mounts in stock, website updated

After a hectic couple of weeks at the day job, all of the mounts are back in stock and available for order on the site.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Atlas Bipod

The bipod is one of the most important pieces of equipment a precision shooter uses. Harris Bipods have served well for a long time, and are the standard bipod for military and police. They are affordable, available, and fairly sturdy. I was in Iraq in 2007 and came across the Atlas Bipod on the rifles of another unit. It's one of those products that after seeing one you will never be able to go back to the old stuff. The Atlas is lighter than comparable Harris models, uses superior materials, is considerably less bulky, and is much more adaptable to a variety of shooting conditions.

The Atlas has a number of unique features. First and foremost, it is built around a specially built, CNC machined ball joint. This allows tracking targets while they are moving vertically as well as horizontally. This alone is worth the price of admission, whether you are tracking single targets moving perpendicular to your line of fire or engaging targets in array. Another feature of this ball joint is a built in preload of cant for loading the rifle onto the bipod. Should you wish to add 3” extenders or different feet (claws, skis, buttons) you need only to push a detent in and swap them out using a bullet tip. Adjusting length is a simple matter of pulling a slip ring and sliding the legs out, while deploying the legs take just pulling down and moving them to the desired notch Too easy.

The fact that the Atlas has no exposed springs that slap open is also a big plus. The Atlas can lock out straight to the front or 90 degrees straight down similar to Harris. The similarities end there, with the Atlas affording the opportunity to lock at 45 degrees for a lower profile and straight to the rear as well. This is useful for shooting positions in a dynamic environment where dropping bags is impractical but the standard Harris would be too tall if deployed. The option to lock to the rear is especially useful on shorter rifles (SR25 EMC, SCAR-H, SPR, shortened bolt guns) as you can move the bipod to it's proper forward position and it not stick past the muzzle.

The version pictured takes the Larue LT171 mount, which is my favorite option. There is also a version that use a standard clamp-and-screw arrangement if you do not need the option of rapid installation or removal. A version with an ARMS 17S already installed is available, but we all know the deal with ARMS. You wouldn't mount a Schmidt and Bender with duct tape so why mount your bipod with a hunk of pot metal shit?

The Atlas costs $219.00 from Bauer Arms ( with either the plate for the LT171 or the 1913 clamp. I bought mine from them and it was a great experience. Other people sell them to include Botach...stay away from them. It sounds pricey but a comparable equipped modified Harris costs approximately $275 and it still comes with all the Harris issue and none of the Atlas functionality.

Atlas has a new version with a new locking system for the legs offering a much larger range of available positions for the legs as well. Check them out at

Handstop sale

Handstops are on sale!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The Handstop

One of my projects is ready to be released into the wild finally.  We have been working on the Low-Pro Handstop for a while but in my absence lately it's taken a couple months to get it refined and out to the masses.  I wish it was cheaper, but all the 3D machining drove the cost a little higher than anticipated.  This item is pretty special to me because it was designed and built for my personal use but it turned out so well we made more.  I am pretty excited about it to say the least.

I have used two handstops in the past (KAC and Gear Sector), as well as a one day trial of the AFG from Magpul.  They all worked pretty well and were very high quality pieces, but there were a couple issues I wished I could tweak with each one.  I felt the KAC one had too shallow of a curvature on the face.  The Gear Sector version mated up well to rail panels and was small and light but the actual "stop" portion was too short for me.  With both of them if I pulled hard enough my hand would slide over them.  I think when you pull back against the stop it needs to be long enough to engage bone, not just the meaty part of your palm.  The AFG was just huge, and I couldn't get behind it due to compatibility issues with my light and laser.

I got an idea when Josh at Grey Group bought a 7.5" upper and it came with an Ergo handstop.  It was huge and hooked towards the front.  But man, did it give you some grip.  I wanted something with less of a footprint as well, taking up less rail space.

So, we made a tiny handstop that curved towards the front.  No slippage, minimum footprint, the usual aluminum construction and anodized finish.  It's very well dehorned and can be run reversed if the curvature is not to your liking.  Enjoy.

Now in stock at and  We should have some more dealers on-line as soon as time allows as well.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

D-Day Remembered

On this day in 1944, Allied Forces stormed the beaches of France to retake Fortress Europe from Hitler's Third Reich.  Rarely in current conflicts have troops faced such a daunting task as climbing the cliffs at Point Du Hoc to knock out artillery which could spell defeat for your guys down on beach, or running over open beach at a MG bunker spitting MG fire at your landing craft.  All of this after three or four years away from home.

Whenever you feel like life is hard, think back to those guys and realize we have it pretty easy.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

3 More Weeks

I will be back in touch on the 30th of May, a little sooner than I thought.  Sorry for all the missed calls and e-mails, work is what it is...and right now that's 24/7.

We will be back in June with a ton of new stuff, ample stock, and of course more T-Shirts.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Envirnomentalist shirts

Are in stock.  100% of the proceeds of this shirt will go into parts for a Harley Davidson, guns and ammo, and very large V8 SUV and pickup trucks that rarely hold more than one occupant.

Screw hippies.


Monday, April 12, 2010

BCM 03 MSF Chest Rig

I have been running a BCM Chest Rig for a couple of months.  All signs point to it being a winner, and I am really impressed with it's design and quality.

In early 2003 I rode into Iraq loaded to the gills with 16 M4 mags, 6 M9 mags, 4 frags, an M203 with 16 rounds, a big-ass knife, 2 canteens, NVGs, IFAK, MBITR and God knows what else that I can't remember.  I was young and strong then.  As I have become older and wiser my kit has slimmed own considerably to 4 M4 mags (2 on the vest, 2 on the gun), a Glock and a spare mag (maybe), an MBITR, and a tourniquet.

Th rig you use to carry your it a conex-full like in 2003 or a pocketful in crucial to your efficiency.  The BCM rig is a great one for the well-prepared user.  It carries 4 mags integrally, has a removable bladder pocket for hydration, has MOLLE webbing for an IFAK or pistol mags, and has split front so it's easy to put on.  It's made of lightweight 500D nylon.  Everything you need, nothing you don't.

The great thing about it is it's grab-and-go setup.  Let's say you are a cop called to the scene of an active shooter, in a mall, a school, a large industrial complex, etc.  You may be working off of your body for a long period without resupply or assistance.  With this setup you are guaranteed 120 rounds of carbine ammo in addition to what is carried on/in your weapon as well as a hydration system.  It can be put on without sacrificing movement or visibility the same way you put on a jacket, and rides very securely in the event you need to run.  Another often overlooked feature is it's thickness-it will allow to you maintain an extremely low profile if you are in a prone position.  In addition, this feature allows it to be worn under a winter shell or fleece with minimum bulk.

This rig was designed by noted shooter,  Law Enforcement professional, and former Marine Jeff Carpenter at 03 Design Group and is sold by Bravo Company Manufacturing.  I recommend anyone in the market for a low-profile chest harness take a look at it.  **Pics to follow shortly**

03 Design Group

Bravo Company USA

Sunday, April 11, 2010

STI 1911 with an interesting heritage

Yesterday I stopped by the gun shop to get a new holster for a J-Frame.  As is customary, I left with a new gun instead.

I saw a railed 1911 that really caught my eye.  It was an STI Duty One that had been customized.  All my criteria for a good solid shooter were met:

- 5" barrel with GI bushing and guide rod
- Steel frame with integral light rail
- Dovetail front sight.  Stake-in sights are garbage.
- Novak rear sight cut for maximum compatibility with a large number of sights

This gun had the above mentioned barrel configuration,  FDE cerakote, flush-cut barrel crown, cut at 11 degrees with a mirrored polish, lanyard loop, and had been dehorned and lined up on all edges.  None of these are option from STI.  Nice.

Seeing as how a new one is $1300 and it had about $1100 of work or more, I figured the asking price of  was a fair deal.  My local shop (Ed's Guns in Vass, NC), always has great prices on used guns.  Actually, I have never seen a used gun in there I would consider overpriced. 

After doing some research, I found out this pistol was built by Superior Arms LLC in Kentucky and presented to the winners of the 2009 International Sniper Competition.  Some of you may have seen this on the Discovery Channel (shown as Top Sniper).  The pistol was one of two presented to a team of Army Special Operations Snipers.  I guess Ed had something he wanted more (that happens), because it wound up on the shelves that Saturday morning.  Lucky me.  It goes nice with my STI Tactical .40 SOF Test Pistol in the historical collection.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Scout mounts, etc.

Thanks for the overwhelming response on the latest runs of mounts.  Currently, everything is back in stock to include the Low-Pro Scout Mount.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Beware: ADCO

My partner recently sent and upper to ADCO for some work.  Unfortunately, the low level of workmanship and totally unbelievable handling of his concerns when he contacted them about it has led me to believe they no longer offer the quality they were previously reputed for.

He sent a simple Colt M4 upper to them, the task was to put a DD 12.0 FSP rail and perm attach a BCM extended A2 flash hider.  Where he messed up was not sending it to me since I have the tooling to do that in my garage...lesson learned.

ADCO had the upper an inordinate amount of time...but that's the norm for gun work these days.  When it finally returned, the front sight block was canted 20 degrees.  Well, lets see.  Send it back to them for another unspecified amount of time or send it to a reputable gunsmith (JoJos in CT) and pay up for known perfection.  When they disassembled the upper to rectify the issues, it was found out that the following issues occured:

1.  The flash hider was fixed with a pin...THAT WENT ALL THE WAY INTO THE GROOVES OF THE BARREL.  Yeah, a pin into the barrel.  That's safe.

2.  The barrel nut had been tightened down with so much torque it cracked the receiver.  A really expensive Colt M4 receiver.

3.  The barrel was marred as though it was held in a bare vise

4.  The front sight block, as described above.

ADCO, of course, blamed JoJo's, who called the issues to the attention of Duke.

You tell me, can they work a machine or not?  I call bullshit.  ADCO is refusing to make it right even though he is out about $1,000 due to the inattention/inexperience of the employee who did the work.  This is doubly frustrating for me as in the past I have recommended ADCO to people and feel I have steered them wrong.  No longer, I wouldn't let them put a cotter pin in my bolt carrier anymore.

Shame on you, ADCO.  Shame on you.  Looks like you have been taking business lessons from LWRC.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


Dear Magpul,

I will see you anime-inspired Buell and raise you something hetero.  Thank you for making great mags and stop fucking with motorcycles.


PS: See Below for example of how awesome two wheels can truly be.


New shirts in soon.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Best Day Ever...

Last Sunday was a good day for a few reasons.  For the last decade I have wanted a Harley.  Like a lot of guys, some reason not to always came up...deployments, marriage, kids, whatever.  Last Sunday my lovely wife decided I had suffered long enough and bought me a HD Softail that I am afraid to touch because it looks so cool.

On my way back from snagging the chopper I dropped in on Ken Hackathorn's pistol class in at Drake's Landing near Bragg.  I now know how the guy at Nike felt the first time he saw his shoes on Michael Jordan...

Sunday was a good day.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Russian Bus Takedown Demo

FAIL.  But I won't get into that.  Just watch the chaos ensue.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Gen II G2 mount

The second generation G2 mount is now in stock and so far has been a huge success.  We lightened it from 1.4oz to .8 oz.  It also addresses a logistical issue here at the looks different than the 1" mount, which could get confusing if you weren't very careful about what you were dealing with before.

Now in stock at

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Scout mounts

I'm stuffing envelopes as fast as I the mail folks!

New, updated G2 mount are in stock also.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

New Glock Shop

Crazy Glock shit is about to go down.  While the picture looks like an SVI Infinity and a Glock made a baby, the dudes who are running this shop are well-versed in reversing people's skulls with guns so they will be built for function.

Bookmark this page.  The custom Glock is going to get a whole lot more custom in the near future.

S&S Precision...neat stuff

S&S Precision is a shop in VA run by some dudes who know what is up.  You might not have heard of them, but they make some innovative stuff.

I have been using their HK416 specific light mount for a little while and it is pretty nice.  It is a plate that attaches to the vent holes in the space between the rails, which your light is bolted to.  It is very low profile and well made.  What does this offer over bolting it right to the rail?  Well, you can change batteries a lot easier and it can be mounted on the top side of the rail where the Scout only bolts into the lower spaces without the mount.  Look for a more detailed review soon.

I also think their weapons catch is innovative and has a ton of potential applications.  It isn't cheap, but for it's size and diversity it is pretty fairly priced.  I look forward to running one in the future.  There's no reason not to with it's size.

Yes, they're the competition in some ways but when you've got a winner you've got a winner.  They cater to a specific market which is why you likely have not seen or heard of their stuff but you can't keep good stuff a secret forever.  Check out the link below.

S&S Precision Catalog

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Website Double charges

Orders placed on the web site may have been double billed over the last couple of days due to a software glitch with Yahoo.  This issue is corrected and will not happen on any new orders.

I have already refunded anyone who was charged twice for the second charge and it will be credited back to your account as soon as your bank processes the refund.

I am very sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused any of our customers.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

03 Design Group Low-Pro review

Our friends at 03 Design Group did an awesome review of the Low-Pro G2 mount.


Also, look for the updated version of the G2 mount next week, which is skeletonized similar to the E-Series mount for a 30% weigh savings without sacrificing any strength.  It also looks super-cool, which never hurts.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Scout Mounts

Are available for pre-order with an anticipated ship date of March 18th.

Buy mounts!  My kids gotta eat!  My gun safes gotta eat too!


Sunday, February 28, 2010

Low-Pro Scout mount

A few years ago Larue Tactical made an offset Scout light mount.  There are tens of thousands of Surefire Scout's in service but oddly, only Larue makes a replacement mount for the thumb screw and it's no offset from the rail any longer.

For a while, guys wishing to bolt them onto HK416s at an offset angle have been screwing them to the handguard.  Works like a champ, but positioning and battery changes become an issue then.  Not anymore.  We have modified the E-Series design to accept the Scout light, both the 3V and 6V versions. Seen here on the 10" 416 and KAC SR15 E3.




Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The Hotel Room

I forgot I had some entertaining pics of out suite in VA from heading to USTC a few weeks ago.  Thank God housekeeping didn't bust in anyways and we kept the sign out.  After the downpour on Day 1 we had to hang our stuff in front of a vent, all the guns spilled out everywhere, and the ironing board turned into an impromptu loading table/benchrest for boresighting.  Win!

Off the top of my head we had a Colt, HK416, LMT MRP, 2 LWRC rifles, 7 Glocks, 1 STI, 3 sets of Gen III NVGs, 3 IR lasers, about 5000 rounds of 5.56, 2000 rounds of 9mm and 100 rounds of .40SW.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Cold Weather isn't too bad...

When you dress for it.  For about 5 years of my life as an Infantryman and SFQC student I had no choice but to wear the same crap I wore in 100 degrees when it was below freezing.  Once I got somewhere where I could invoke common sense as opposed to uniformity, my life got a lot more bearable in cold weather.  Thanks to Grey Group's well stocked showroom I am better prepared than ever this winter.

The best thing going for rugged outdoor clothing is the  Arcteryx in my opinion.  Yes, it can be expensive.  I get it, $500 for a jacket is insane.  Or is it?  When we were standing in a 32.1 degree deluge at Blackwater/USTC last week it was the bargain of a lifetime.  Combined with a puffy jacket as an insulator, I was perfectly dry and comfortable.  Compared to the guys rocking sweatshirts, my performance didn't waiver nearly as much.  Imagine if we were on the side of a mountain in Afghanistan.  The consequences are far greater than a few thrown pistol shots.

Currently all my clothing needs for serious use are met by a few companies.  For work pants, I recommend Mountain Khakis.  I despise the PMC Tuxedo that is 5.11.  Nothing says GUN like a vest made to cover a gun.  Everyone knows you are not a photographer guy.  You don't have a camera.  Wear a shirt from North Face or Patagonia.  It does the same thing.  Leave off the pants that look like a Khaki assault vest for your legs.  Carry less stuff.

For outerwear I like the Arcteryx Atom jackets and The Alpha LT jacket.  The Alpha LT jacket is velcro-free on the sleeves and it's super-lightweight as opposed to the standard Alpha.   It packs small but the Gore-Tex Pro Shell sheds rain like it's going out of style while breathing during active situations.  The Atom is by far my favorite jacket.  It's an insulating layer with a little bit of weather resistance as well.  For many years the Mountain Hardwear Chugach was my go-to and I was not seeking a new one.  When I felt how light the Arcteryx was, I rethought that.  It packs small, is super warm, and has ventilating polar stretch panels in key areas (under arms and sides).  I liked it so much I bought two so I am not without one during washings.

When the conditions turn a little more severe, soft shell Guide Pants from Patagonia are what I use.  They are perfect for cold weather where you are active, and are also fast drying and durable.  They stretch as well, making the great for situation where you need to ascend/descend and have an integrated gaiter on the cuff to seal your boots.

When you must stay dry on the legs, go with the Alpha pant from Arcteryx.  They are a full-featured Mountaineering pant geared for military users.  Buy once, cry once.  They aren't cheap.

Base layers are crucial.  Arcteryx Rho and Patagonia Capilene lead the pack here.  Many people make suitable base layers however, and can be found pretty reasonably on the internet.  I like Ibex, Icebreakers, Smartwool, and The North Face as well.  Wool is a good option as it stay warm when wet and doesn't hold odors like some synthetics.

Socks...SMARTWOOL.  Don't skimp here.  Put them under waterproof footwear (I like La Sportiva and Salomon) and defy the elements.

Gloves and a hat from Outdoor Research will round out the winter wardrobe and keep you toasty when the weather takes a dive.

Visit to get hooked up with what you need, they sell Arcteryx, Marmot, Mountain Hardwear, Kuhl, Smartwool, Keen, Salomon, 5.10, and many others.

Valentine's Day and the Biggest F***ing Safe Ever.

So my wife asked what I wanted for Valentine's Day.  I said a gun safe the size of a master bathroom.  She wanted another wedding band to match hers so the colossal rock (that was supposed to be a 2005 Fat Boy at the time) is surrounded.  I agreed to her demands and went to buy a safe.  After all, it's a write-off anyways.  I was going to buy it regardless but it's always a good idea to have my self-appointed business manager on my side.

Enter the Griffin 56, bolted into 3 feet of concrete.  2100 pounds of empty bank vault.  I can stand up inside it of it.

Now, to go about filling it up...

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Low-Pro flashlight mount

The 1" flashlight mounts are up on the retail site ready for immediate shipment.

Danger Close web store

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Danger Close firearms parts

In partnership with AMS Machine of West End, NC, we are proud to announce a full line of readily available firearms accessories for the AR-15 pattern rifle, Krinkov, AK series rifles, and Saiga shotguns among others.  More details will follow over the next few days as products are available for purchase.

Monday, February 8, 2010

USTC Larry Vickers/Ken Hackathorn 3-Day Pistol/Carbine

Just back from USTC:  I have not been there since 2005 and boy, has it changed.  Disney World for guys like me comes to mind.  World-class facilities does not even begin to describe it.

Day 1 was cold, and storming in the afternoon.  Fortunately my relay did carbine in the morning so at least we didn't have to lay down in the rain.  Ken's back was giving him fits but he was hard as nails, never even letting on that it was raining.  Larry showed us some great carbine shooting techniques for low-light that were shockingly effective.  I learned something new...

Day 2 was close-range shooting, with snow all day.  On the coast it turned to corn-frost very quickly and every staitonary object on the OBX had sideways icicles from the winds.  COLD. 

Day 3 was sunny and around 40 degrees...a welcome change.  We shot carbine drills combined and one relay with Larry and Ken and then went back to the classroom for a history lesson on the M4 and choosing a combat handgun.

I shot an HK416 that was boringly reliable and accurate.  Geissele trigger, LMT stock, KAC sights, and a Surefire Scout so I was pretty much guaranteed a problem free run with my rifle, shooting 75GR TAP.

My short gun was a Gen 4 Glock 22 out for it's first paces.  Again, boringly reliable with a light, accurate, and shoots softer than the Gen 3 guns due to the recoil spring.  I use a (-) trigger with a polish job and Dawson PI sights.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Danger Close weapons accessories

What if I told you I had an aluminum offset Surefire mount that was $10 more than a VTAC but just as low profile?

What if I told you I had a MRDS mount that protects the sight from impacts, is compatible with Trijicon, Docter, Insight, JP, and Burris MRDS sights...all on the same mount.  It sits low but has a mounting plate for co-witness on an AR if desired?

What aboout a 45-degree offset 1913 rail that will allow a T1 to clear a 50MM on long guns?

A super lightweight 1913 riser for the stock Aimpoint T1 mount allowing use on a variety of platforms?

A usable Aimpoint T1 mount for the NSN ACOG?

Or a way to effectively turn the SCAR upper into the dimensions of the SCAR-SSR without affecting the ability to swap barrels at all?  And at the same time get rid of the pesky SCAR front sight....

Hmm...too bad I am going out of town and am trying to get packed.  You will all have to wait til Monday to see them.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Wet Terrorist shirts

Are on the site, available for order.  ACU friendly tan, M-XL.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Most hateful shirt ever in stock.

Wet Terrorist tees have arrived, and will be in-stock by the end of the weekend on the website

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Baffling E-Mail just received

Someone from my old unit sent me this.  Whatever can it mean?  With today's Armament Advances, suppressor failures among SOF end users SHOULD certainly be as uncommon as unicorns or Gen I NVGs.  I am baffled, and am going on strike.  I bet I could go to 36 different ranges and not see one.  Maybe at number 37, but I haven't made it that far in a day yet.

Any further lies will result in a Blackout.  I don't mean to be a TiRant but any more of this crap will result in opening up SCARs.

Furthermore, you guys should at least let me know which company you're talking about in the interest of responsible journalism.  Dicks.

Blueforce Gear Ten-Speed design

I am a huge fan of the people and products at Blueforce Gear.  Ashley and Stephen have been extremely kind to me over the years.  Their products continue to be innovative and functional in everything they do.

I was fortunate enough to be an early adopter of the Ten Speed 3-mag shingle and later the Ten Speed chest rig as well as some other BFG products that I will review in the future.  They are great products that really fill a niche for lightweight, ultra low profile load carriage with adequate retention.  More on those later.  I liked these products so much that Duke and I came up with a great logo specific to the Ten Speed line.  See the goods at!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Generation 4 Glock 22 initial impressions

Recently I picked up a new Glock 22.  I already had about a dozen various Glocks to include a 22 and 35.  I grabbed this new variant to see if Glock had finally taken some market cues and improved their product.  I have only fired a small amount of rounds at this time but subjectively, it shoots softer.  I attribute this to the stiffer dual-spring recoil assembly.  It was comfortable and accurate.  The trigger was standard-issue Glock but I worked some magic to get it to about 3 pounds and smooth.  Sights are Dawson PIs with a black rear and fiber optic front.

There are a few small changes to the pistol that don't warrant complete detail.  The frame rails are slightly changed and the trigger bar has a rounded protrusion, presumably to help lift the firing pin block more easily.  The other changes are more functionally apparent and will be covered a little more in-depth.  Of note, the slides are not interchangeable between the Gen 3 and 4 pistols.

1.  The grip and mag release.  The grip is not a sharp as the RTF frame.  It will not tear up clothing and can be carried concealed.  It seems to be more durable as well where the RTF grip pattern would lose some of it's bite after use.  The mag release is flush to the frame and extends back towards the rear.  It is about 4x the size in surface area and much easier to depress than even an extended Gen 1-3 release.  I think people may find this the best upgrade of the package.  It is reversible for wrong-handed shooters as well.

2.  The guide rod.  The guide rod uses a telescoping dual spring design similar to the subcompact Glocks.  It requires a larger hols in the front of the slide and a new cut on the locking block for the larger rear flange.  It is noticeably stiffer and shoots softer as well.  I presume this to be Glock's answer to reports of stoppages with the lights mounted.  I can't say, as I never had this happen with my .40 Gen 3 guns.

3.  The grips are small.  Equate the pistol with no backstrap to the "SF" version of the G21.  It is shorter from front to rear.  To customize the fit, a backstrap clips over the rear and is retained by a longer trigger group pin.  The medium piece is roughly the same size as the Gen 3 Glock frame, and the large is roughly the size of the G21SF, although more narrow from side to side.  It's a good system, and I think people will like it.  I also believe most folks will just use the smallest size and leave the backstraps off.

This shot shows the smaller rear cavity of the Gen 4 gun, and the relative thickness of the two additional backstraps.

4.  The magazines are nearly the same, and previous Glock mags fit with one caveat.  There are cuts for the ambi safety as well as the reversible safety from the Gen 4 guns present on the Gen 4 mags.  This is required for the safety when on the right side  for lefty shooters.  I presume these guns come with 3 mags to make sure the possible left handed shooter has a duty loadout.  For righties, use whatever G22 mags you have.   The rear of the feed lips is slightly different but does not appear to affect function.  See below.
* FDE mag is Gen 3, Black is Gen 4

Friday, January 22, 2010


Now that the first shirts are out from the printer, #2 is ready for it's big debut.

Everyone has seen the signs: "Caution-Wet Floor". For those of us with different workplace hazards, check this out.
Well, what if your workplace performs activities that aren't as mundane as the average cereal factory? Don't we all deserve to have a safe work environment? I think so. This one is for you guys.

Copyright 2010 Danger Close Consulting, LLC

Soon on our site in Tees, Stickers, and Patches

The Stark Equipment grip

I have tried almost every grip for the AR variant known to man. I like the Tangodown Battlegrip and have used it for a long time, but my hands are just too big and I cannot get proper finger placement all of the time. The answer to this was the Sierra Precision SPR grip. That was my front runner for a long time, and still is on my work gun. The SPR grip has a built up shelf for the thumb and is very thick on the right, which keeps you from getting too much finger on the trigger. Wrong-handed shooters are SOL, as the SPR grip is built ergonomically for the right hand.

Recently, I picked up a Stark Equipment SE-1 grip from Shooter's outside of Bragg. I like the fact that it keeps the trigger finger from riding too high on the trigger and contacting the receiver. The Stark grip keeps your finger where it needs to be, on the trigger and only the trigger. The Stark grip looks kind of odd, but is remarkably comfortable and extremely efficient at promoting proper grip and finger placement on the trigger. Coupled with a Geissele SSA it's like shooting a different gun.

The Stark Grip is available in FDE, Black, OD, and Desert Digi (similar to desert MARPAT and AOR1). A "fancy sauce" version, the SE-2, has a built-in QD flush cup on the rear for sling mounting. I like this option as it keeps the sling from interfering with your cheek weld as some receiver end plates can do.

Check them out at, and buy them from Bravo Co. USA or Brownells.

Pics to follow shortly.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


We intend to use this blog to announce new products, review equipment, and share news with the Military and Law Enforcement community. Stay tuned!