Sunday, December 25, 2011

First Direct Communications with Heizer

With the holidays, I'm behind on my email so while my new GPS was getting a map update downloaded I scanned through what's accumulated this weekend.  I was pleasantly surprised to find a note from Heizer in response to my query about their new DoubleTap. 

Last week, I posted an update on the Heizer DoubleTap.  One thing that was interesting in the provided photos was that the barrels shown in the latest pictures did not appear to be rifled.  The blog from last week can be found here.  I shot a note over to Heizer and asked them about it and received a response from Ray Kohout himself this morning.  The DoubleTap pictured in the latest images was indeed a mock up and production barrels will be rifled.  He also answered my question about if it would be possible to co-mingle a 9mm and .45 ACP barrel in a single barrel set.  The answer was co-mingling would not be an option, which is fine since I wouldn't want that.  I was more interested in the option to port only the under barrel while leaving the over barrel sans porting.

From my shot gunning days, I learned that firing the under barrel causes the gun to rotate less since it's more in line with the center axis of the gun.  When shooting trap doubles, the under barrel is shot first to aid in getting to the second target as quickly as possible.  Ideally, with the DoubleTap it should discharge the lower barrel first before discharging the top barrel for the second shot.  I still think that porting only the bottom barrel would be a good option for getting back on target as fast as possible for the second shot.

I hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas with their family and friends.  Happy New Year to everyone and Mouse Guns and Gear will see you next year.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

A Unique Opportunity to Review A Heizer DoubleTap

Two months ago I heard about a new firearm from Heizer Firearms called the DoubleTap.  My first post about it was published on October 15th and much more information has come out from Heizer over the last two months.  I've been following Heizer on Twitter and I know they also have a Facebook page if you are interested.  A little after my first post about Heizer, I was contacted by their PR Team about taking part in their early release testing and review cycle.  Needless to say, I was flattered and jumped on the opportunity to be part of that group.  I really enjoy putting together my reviews for the few I've done, but being 100% self funded without any commercial support usually involves paying "out the nose" for a new model if I'm lucky enough to track one down.  This arrangement with Heizer definitely takes that pressure off me.

Late last week, I checked in with the folks at Heizer to see if I had "made the cut" and had a spot on their Testing and Evaluation list.  It was great to hear back and learn that I was indeed on the list.  At this point there isn't a confirmed date for delivery, but I have a feeling that it will probably be some time after the annual NSSF SHOT Show in January.  It's also up the air as far as which model with be provided for evaluation. 

When I was confirming my opportunity to participate in an early review, I was given a pair of new pictures to share with you all.  The first image shows a cut-away view of the DoubleTap.  The next two images come from the Heizer Facebook photos.  The second two pictures are more exciting because they show an actual cut-away DoubleTap with .45 ACP barrels installed and a spare set of what appear to be 9mm barrels.  You can also see the two finish variations of black and something similar to Ruger's Target Gray.

The second provided image shows a DoubleTap with the aluminum frame.  With the aluminum frame being 2 ounces lighter than the titanium frame, and retailing for about $200 less than the Ti version, I bet these become to fastest selling models offered.  Not sure about you, but I think it looks pretty darn sexy.

When looking at this picture in full size and expanding it a little, the bore appears to be smooth and without rifling.  I've asked the PR group about that, but I may go to the source with that question.  I've also been thinking about the porting a bit more and it's really only needed for the first shot to help recover for the second shot.  If given the option, I would really like to get a set of .45 ACP barrels with only the first shot barrel ported and the second shot barrel without ports.  This would allow me to velocity test both barrel types and still test the recoil reduction offered by the porting.  In the real world usage scenario, first shot barrel porting will be the one that matters as it allows for faster recovery for the second shot.  Second shot barrel porting isn't needed for shot recovery and would only reduce velocity from the second shot.  

The last picture was an early promotional photo that shows a DoubleTap .45 ACP along with an iPhone.  When I saw this image, I pretty much made up my mind that I had to have a DoubleTap.  I NEVER leave my house without my iPhone.  You can figure out the rest.

I've read that holsters in nylon and leather are in the works with their various makers so there must be some dummy guns floating around out there now.  I'm sure Alan at Remora could whip something up quickly if I asked him to take a shot at it.  

So stay tuned for any updates.  I'm really excited about the opportunity and it's lit a fire under me to finish up my bullet catcher so I can do some terminal ballistics testing with the 3" barrels that the DoubleTap comes with.  It will be interesting to compare velocities and terminal performance from the DoubleTap with that of a 3" barreled 1911.  The DoubleTap may just be the perfect back up for those that typically carry a .45 ACP as their primary.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Savage Scout Rifle Update

A couple of weeks ago I did a blog post about putting together a Savage FV-SR scout rifle in 22LR.  Last weekend I got rained out at the range so it gave me time to order up a more appropriate scope and read up a little more about experiences others have had with various ammo selections in their FV-SRs.

As a reminder, this is what the Savage looked like with the original Bushnell rimfire scope.

After reading some different posts from others about their rimfire scope choices, there was an overwhelming positive feedback thread on the Nikon Prostaff 3x9 Rimfire scope.  Midway USA had the scope in stock along with Wolf Match .22LR ammo that others reported as a great and accurate ammo when shot through this rifle.

I took a chance and ordered a second set of Leapers UTG rings in medium height.  It's always a gamble when you order a scope and rings or your rifle.  Luckily, the rings were more than high enough to accommodate the larger objective lens diameter of the new scope.  Here's what she looks like now.

It was chilly and windy today, but the sun was out so I decided to take a run up to the range and start running some rounds down range with the scout.  Unfortunately, I forgot the clips that hold my target holder together so I was able to rig something up with the clothespins I had in my bag.  With the headwind coming up range over the backstop, the target was swinging in the breeze.  I was able to get the scope zeroed and the wind died down slightly just long enough for me to get one good group on paper.  If it's any indication of what's to come in this rifle's future, I'm going to be very happy with this rifle.  It's so nice when you feel good about the money you spent on something.  I'm really pleased.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Diamondback DB9 Frame Pin Replacement

If you've been following the blog, you may remember that I reported on an issue with one of the frame pins walking out of the frame during firing on my DB9.  It turns out that I wasn't alone and many other owners reported the same issue.  We've all been waiting on Diamondback to come up with a solution to this problem that didn't involve the application of blue loctite or some other adhesive.  My try at applying loctite didn't work out so well and I never did get the problem pin to stay put.

The good folks at Diamondback Firearms let us know on Monday of this week that knurled pins were now available in the Diamondback on-line store.  Ordering the pins was pretty simple, but did require that I set up an account with the store even though the pins are shipped out free of charge. 

I really wanted to get out and shoot my Savage Scout today, but I got rained out.  The postman delivered my replacement pins today so I shot a live video of me going through the process of replacing the old pins with the new set from Diamondback.  It's a pretty simple process and shouldn't give you any difficulty.  Now I just need to get out to the range and see how well the new pins hold.