Live on the Outdoor Channel at SHOT 2016

OutdoorChannelFollow the link to see my interview with Michael Bane that broadcast live from SHOT!

http://outdoorchannel.com/eventvideo.aspx?&id=34399&pid=IDhsYLmRJ43D

 

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2GACM: Phoenix 12-13-2015

Thanks to the guys at We Plead the 2nd I was able to get a holster for the KE Arms Aimpoint Micro Glock slide made up just in time for the match.  It needs some refinement as we develop this concept, but it worked well for a first ever attempt.  Retention was excellent, indexing off the Aimpoint brightness knob.

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Match video:

I placed first open and first over all.  Shooting offhand on the long range stage and not wasting time getting into positions saved me a lot of time over other competitors.  I had the fastest time on 2/3 stages, and second fastest time on the last.

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KE Arms Glock 34 Slide

Edit for Clarification: This is the first prototype slide off the machine.  The cut outs and serrations on production slides are limited only by our imagination.  Don’t like deltas?  There will be other options.

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I have previously mentioned that one of the things that attracted me to accepting the marketing director position at KE Arms is the manufacturing capabilities that the company possesses.  Things can sometimes take a while to get rolling, but once they are KE Arms can deliver innovative, high quality parts, in high volume.  The slide project for the Glock 34 we have been working on is no exception.

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We are currently in the final testing phases of the Glock 34 slide project.  The slides are made from 17-4 stainless steel.  Making these slides from the ground up presents us with some unique opportunities for customization; including a variety of serrations and cuts to suit the end users taste.  The most notable aspect of customization with the ground up slide is the ability to mount the Aimpoint T-1 micro at the front of the slide without any special plates or adapters.

Inspiration

I was an early adopter of the RMR on the Glock back in 2010.  Using the red dot Glock over the past 5 years I have seen both its benefits, and areas for improvement:

1)      Durability.  RMRs are now better than they used to be, but I have had them fail at inopportune times.

2)      The RMR is susceptible to fouling from sand, dirt, and moisture.  Carrying it on the range or in the field the rear lens acts like a cup collecting debris.  At matches like Ironman or Hard as Hell in talcum powder sand I often had to clean the lens before the next stage.  I think this could be more problematic for people using red dot pistols in roles where they don’t have the luxury of cleaning prior to use.

3)      Most people normally rack the slide at the rear.  The RMR at the rear can interfere with this process depending on your perspective and rear racking leads to more frequent lens cleaning.

Co-witnessed iron sights are essential on a red dot pistol for training to see the dot, aiding in indexing the pistol, and in the event of an optics failure.  Even with a more durable optic like the T-1, there is still a place for co-witnessed irons.  The assorted frame mounted solutions to put a T-1 on a Glock preclude the use of iron sights.  The rear mounted adapter plates for the T-1 make it sit too high and/or force the rear iron sight in front of the optic; changing the iron sight picture that most shooters are used to.  So the question rolling around in my mind for the past couple years was how can a T-1 be mounted to a Glock in a way that preserves the traditional iron sight arrangement?  KE Arms’ 34 slide program presented the right opportunity.

Advantages

Lacking the cut out of a factory 34 slide, there is material present to mount the T-1.   The 34 slide also has enough length to mount the T-1 up front, without interfering with the movement of the slide over the barrel.  This configuration also allows for the placement of iron sights in their traditional locations.  The rear of the slide is left clear for traditional manipulations as well.

@ke_arms @aimpointusa T-1 micro red dot Glock slide testing #glock34 #glockporn

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The T-1 is much more durable than an RMR, and I believe they will hold up better in use on reciprocating slides.  The T-1 being a completely sealed optic does not have the same vulnerability to fouling as the RMR.

Target transitions with the @ke_arms @aimpointusa T-1 micro Glock slide #glockporn #glock

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An unanticipated benefit is with the dot closer to the front sight, it is more natural for most shooters to acquire and track through movement.  Most pistol shooters have trained to find the front sight first and focus on the front sight.  The proximity of the dot makes this easier we naturally find the dot when the front sight enters the center of our vision.  Getting used to finding the dot has always been a learning curve with red dot pistols.  Co-witnessed irons have made this transition easier with a visual hand off from the irons to the dot before.  Now that process should be even easier with a forward mounted red dot.

The Aimpoint being forward mounted also shifts the center of gravity forward.  Muzzle flip is reduced with the mass moved forward.  Mass of the slide is reduced to compensate for the weight of the optic, without windows all the way through that allow debris to enter the action.

The future

KE Arms will be releasing 34 slides in early 2016.  We will continue to explore the mounting of different optics, to the Glock, different slide lengths, and other platforms.  We are still relatively early in the testing of this concept, but so far it holds great promise.

 

 

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KE Arms DMR Trigger Assembly and Install

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Phoenix Rod and Gun 3 Gun 10-25-2015

1st/8 Open Shooters at this one
KE Arms Rifle with DMR Trigger, 18″ Barrel, and Vortex Strike Eagle
Suarez International Glock 17 with Trijicon RMR
VEPR-12 with Vortex SPARC

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Vortex Strike Eagle Review live at RECOIL Web

My review of the Vortex Strike Eagle is online on RECOIL Web

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Rio Salado Team 3 Gun 2015

My team took second place at the annual Rio Salado Sportsman’s Club team 3 Gun.  Each team was allowed one open shooter.  In our case that was me, so I spent most of the match shooting my VEPR-12 with a little rifle and pistol at the end.

Team KE Arms (left to right): Russell Phagan (me), Danielle Vermeulen, Sam Travis.

Congrats to Kelly Neal, Dale Averkamp, and Kyle Schmidt on first place!
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