MacBourne's Musings

Time to go back to the land: Planning to be as off-grid as I can - in the process there'll be music, guns, guitars, a smattering of politics (really kind of over that), CNC routing, yeah - a bunch of other stuff, too. Conservative with libertarian leanings - no wookie suit, yet. Μολὼν λαβέ - ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒE

Tag: Guns

Friday Eye Candy



Pick and Pluck Foam FTW

I recently bought a house-brand Pelican-style camera case from Calumet Photo to use as a gun case – I figured I needed something with healthy dimensions to accommodate my folded Kel-Tec SUB2000  with optics attached.

To get the length and depth I needed, I had to move up to a pretty large case – but hey, extra space isn’t a bad thing! The case is built like a tank – with four latches and two locking points at each latch.

As you can see, there’s quite a bit of interior real estate – 22.83 x 17.32 x 8.66″ – Internal –  filled with a solid one inch piece of foam in the bottom, two layers of pick and pluck (diced) foam and topped with egg-crate foam in the lid.

It took about ten minutes to create the form-fit area for the SUB2K – pretty slick! Next step will be to fit slots for the magazines and mount that Magpul AFG and pluck foam to accommodate it.

That’s a Red Lion Precision, LLC SUB 2000 forend on the Kel-Tec – allows you to index the forend by 90° increments so you can add optics and accessories and still fold it. (Another solid piece of equipment – amazing how much more substantial it makes the gun feel.) More of a review and range-testing to follow soon.

There’s lots of “left-over” space in the case – room for four to six pistols and their mags – more to come on that.

This will make range trips (and grab-n-go) much easier – I’m really liking it!

Highly recommended…




FTC Disclaimer: I purchased the Kel-Tec SUB2000, the Calumet case, the Red Lion Forend and the Magpul AFG with my own money. I thought it might be worth writing about…I received no wheelbarrows full of cash for writing this short-form review.
(…and bite me).

Range Test – Kel-Tec Sub 2000

I have recently had the opportunity to test and evaluate (read “send a bunch of ammo downrange”) a Kel-Tec Sub 2000 in 9mm Luger. Kel-Tec  offers the Sub 2000 configured to use a variety¹ of readily available pistol magazines and they were kind enough to send me a test unit configured to use Glock 17 magazines.

When I picked it up at my local FFL, the gun was packed in a no-frills but form-fitted corrugated box and included a sight adjustment tool and a “key” to lock it in the folded position. Prominent on the lid of the box appears a large amount of American pride. In addition to the stylized American flag Kel-Tec logo, there are a series of smaller flag logos signifying American-Owned, -Made and -Parts – yeah, I like that.

At 16.1″ folded, the weapon is small enough to easily fit into a backpack, briefcase or laptop bag. (Or the available soft case from Keltec).
Spartan to the point of homeliness, this little ugly duckling comes into its own when you do what it was designed for – just shoot it. The cheek weld on the buffer tube leaves something to be desired (I believe a God’ A Grip Customizable Cheek Pad ² would be a very nice addition) but “as-is”  it is amazingly accurate. 
The sights were off out of the box – but the groupings were tighter than this old man’s eyes have a right to do. The sight adjustments are pretty straightforward – loosen a Phillips head screw with the supplied tool and then tweak the fluorescent blade up. Side-to-side sight adjustments are done with the hex end of the same tool by backing the locking pad out on one side and tightening by the same amount from the opposite side. Don’t over tighten!  
During my testing I’ve put over 300 rounds through the Sub 2K – a mix of Federal, Remington UMC and Tula. From the first magazine to the last – no failures whatsoever. That includes alternate loading the three different products in a single mag – still flawless.
Kel-Tec brought this little beauty (grin – it grows on you) in at a very attractive price point – $409 starting MSRP. Davidson’s shows models other than “basic black” as high as $446 MSRP. It looks like they retail for $300-350 – if you can find one in the wild. These puppies are scarce! 
The nice price point does open up some neat options – some I feel are must haves – some tacticool. For the must have list – the stock extension and more magazines. It works beautifully with the larger capacity mags as well. If you’d like to mount some type of optics and still retain the “foldability”, you’ll need the aluminum forend (available with two or four picatinny rails) and a good quick release scope mount.
Aside from being a fun gun to shoot, I see some strong utility. Take it hiking/backpacking, four-wheeling, working the back forty – a handy little truck gun. Due to its compact size and accuracy, it could also easily fill a niche as a home defense gun. Hmmm…might need to cycle some defense rounds through it…any excuse to head back to the range!
I’d love to see it in God’s own caliber – preferably using Springfield Armory XD .45 magazines. Being able to share mags would be wonderful. Even without that option, I’m loathe to return this little gem. I foresee another purchase in my near future.

¹ The 9mm SUB-2000 is available in the following magazine types: GLK17, GLK19, S&W59, BERETTA92, SIG226. 
The .40 SUB-2000 is available in the following magazine types: GLK22, GLK23, BERETTA96, S&W4006, SIG226.

² I bought one of God’ A Grip’s Cheek Pads and put it on my Ruger 10/22 – I’ll likely buy more. Good products.

FTC Disclaimer: Kel-tec was kind enough to ship this weapon to me via my local FFL for testing and evaluation. I paid the requisite transfer fees and purchased my own ammo for this test. The  God’ A Grip cheek pad I mentioned, I purchased with my own money. I will very likely purchase a Sub 2000 in the near future. I received no wheelbarrows full of cash for writing this review.
(…and bite me).

Range Report – Moss Knob – Saturday 5/23/2010

Oh goody – Range time!
Moss Knob is a very nice Forest Service shooting range -just a few miles from both my work and apartment.

Sign at access road – hard to see approaching from the north.

Apparently some folks feel the need to shoot at the range sign.

It’s very well maintained and neat…

Firing line seen from the parking lot.

No skeet or aerial allowed.

Six double-sided benches…
No alcohol.

Stands at 7 yards, 25 yards, 40 yards, 50 yards, 60 yards, 100 yards

Dad’s old Mauser 1914 – ca. 1918. It has feed issues. 

I need to get a new magazine for it – any ideas?

7 yards – I got three shots out of nine out before a
FTE/FTF/stovepipe. More on the other shots on the target
in a minute…

My new Ruger 10/22

First shot was “just a bit high” – knocked the target off of the stand. While I was waiting for the “range clear” call, I went back and shot at the 7 yard target again – proof if you are close enough it can look wonderful!

25 Yards – First target

 Second target I tightened things up a bit…

25 Yards – second

 Moved out to 50 yards – the old eyes are failing me…


50 Yards

Moved out to 60 yards – all 10 on the target. Just not very tight.


60 Yards

 Five shots at 100 yards –  only four on the paper. I see a scope in my future.

100 yards

 Gotta shoot at the whistle pigs, too…

Groundhog – 25 yards

Groundhog – 50 yards

Lessons learned? I need a bipod and/or a sling. I think I need to visit my eye doctor and I think a scope will help, too.

‘Way too much fun – and only 8 miles from the apartment.

Booger Hook and Bang Switch

Trigger finger discipline acquired from archery over on The Blazing Orange…got me to thinking (dangerous, I know).

OK, we’ve all seen The Four Rules a blue million times and it seems that there are many minor variations – but it can’t hurt to put ’em out there one more time:

Jeff Cooper’s Four Rules Of Gun Safety

1. All guns are always loaded.
2. Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy.
3. Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target.
4. Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.

“It’s not loaded.” We’ve all heard that countless times…always refer to Rule 1. Trust, but verify. Truly some of the saddest words ever spoken: “But I thought it was unloaded…”
Be aware of where the dang thing is pointing.
Booger hook offa da bang switch ’til it’s time to go “bang”.
Target identification – is anyone or anything else in the line of fire? Proceed.

Situational awareness – it’s not just surroundings and outside influences, it’s also about things you can control.

As Jay G would say, “That is all.”

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