Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Glock 17 Grip Chop and Texture

Just finished up this Gen3 Glock 17 with a grip chop to a Glock 19 size. Finger groove removal, recontoured trigger guard, concealed carry texture, beveled magwell opening, and also added a lip to the bottom of the front strap to give the Magpul magwell something to hook onto. 👍

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Monday, February 22, 2021

Stippling Work for Polymer Frames and Grips

We are now offering stippling work for polymer frames and grips.  We've been doing stippling work for a couple of years now on our personal guns, but we've had enough interest from other people to offer it as a service.  RFV Tactical does not have an FFL at the moment, so this service is only available to the Texas panhandle area for now.  Our rate is $25 per hour, and most stippling work can be completed in 3 to 4 hours once we have the item in hand.  Below are some examples of our work.

Staccato C2 2011 with aggressive texture

Glock 17/34 frame with aggressive texture

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Sunday, January 24, 2021

Holster Length Matters!

When it comes to non-light bearing IWB holsters, we always recommend a holster made for the fullsize version of a gun for use with a compact gun (assuming the frame/slide profile is the same) as the extra length aids in concealment.  If the holster is made for the shorter compact version of a gun, the grip of the gun above the belt line tends to tilt out away from your body which makes the gun print more when concealed.  The additional length of a fullsize holster helps to counteract the gun from tilting out above the belt line. In most cases the extra length also allows a comfort puck to be mounted to the back of the holster which further counteracts the tilting.  

A 3.9" Staccato C2 in a holster for a 4.25" 2011 Commander

A CZ P-07 in a holster for a CZ P-09

A Glock 19 in a holster for a Glock 17

With subcompact guns like the Glock 43 or Sig P365, we will use the longer version of the gun as the mold (i.e. Glock 48 or Sig P365XL), and then simply trim down the end of the holster to reduce the overall length but still keep the holster around 1/2" longer than the gun's frame/slide profile.

If a longer version of a subcompact gun doesn't exist (i.e. Springfield Hellcat), then we will artificially add an extra 1/2" inch to the slide/frame profile of the mold.

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Saturday, January 23, 2021

Minimalist Kydex Wallets

We are now offering minimalist wallets with an integrated money clip as an accessory product. These are based on the same design as our universal fit mag carriers and will hold up to 10 credit cards. Our wallets are made with 0.080" thick Kydex or Holstex. Available in Black, Carbon Fiber, Gunmetal Gray, Olive Drab, and Flat Dark Earth. Other colors and prints can be special ordered for additional cost and wait time.

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Monday, January 18, 2021

New Prototype IWB Light Indexing Holster

In our spare time, we have been working on a new custom mold for a weapon light indexing IWB holster that will accommodate ALL of the following fullsize lights...
Surefire X300U-A/B
Streamlight TLR-1 HL
Olight PL-Pro/PL-2
Inforce WILD2

The holster works great for all of the lights with multiple guns, but its a little loose fitting on a few of them without re-adjusting the tension screws, which is understandable. We're not sure yet if we will offer these for purchase, as there could be some negative experience from having to constantly adjust the tension screws based on the light you intend to use. We like to regularly rotate through several different guns and lights, so the idea of this multi-fit holster is very advantageous to us for that.

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Sunday, January 17, 2021

Surefire X300U - Fitment Tricks and Modifications

The Surefire X300U-A/B weapon light is the standard by which all other lights are compared.  The X300U is widely used by law enforcement and military, so it has proven itself as a durable and reliable light.  BUT... the mounting methods of the two versions of these lights are a bit cumbersome and quirky to use, and the fitment on most handguns is not that great.

The "A" version comes with two different mounting attachments: the "Lever Latch" and the "Rail Lock".  The Lever Latch attachment comes pre-installed on the light and is a quick release mount for easy installation and removal, but it's not a tight fit so the light fits loosely on a lot of guns. The Rail Lock attachment is supposed to address the loose fitment associated with the Lever Latch as it has an adjustment screw that tightens up a small wedge that puts pressure against the gun to tighten things up.  The Rail Lock is a pain to install and VERY cumbersome to use, and having to always have the correct size hex key around to loosen the adjustment screw to remove the light is not ideal.  We don't recommend using the Rail Lock mount at all.
X300U-A mounting methods:
Lever Latch 😊 vs Rail Lock 😢

The "B" version uses a "T-Slot" thumbscrew clamp mount which is similar to other fullsize weapon mounted lights (except the screw placement is on the opposite side of the light compared to other fullsize weapon mounted lights 😕). For some reason, the thumbscrew does not turn freely even if the light is not attached to anything. You typically need to use a thin coin or a screwdriver to assist in mounting it to a gun because the screw or clamp seems to bind up several times throughout the adjustment travel. We've found that putting some gun oil on the threads of the screw and on the friction points of the clamp helps to smooth things out. Despite this issue, the T-Slot mount is the most secure mounting option.
X300U-B T-Slot mount

With either version of the X300U, the biggest problem we've encountered is that there is not enough clearance between the back of the light and the front of the trigger guard on a lot of different handguns. You could opt to mount the light one slot farther forward if your rail allows it, but then this puts the activation switches awkwardly out of reach. The only handgun that it seems to fit without issue is a Glock, but even that is still a tight fit. We reluctantly filed down the back of the light between the activation switches in an attempt to gain more clearance, but most guns required more clearance than we were willing to file off since we didn't know how deep we could go before ruining the light. After much frustration with this, an internet search showed similar frustration by other people, but we also came across a tip to remove the plastic spacer that is pinned to the back of the battery compartment door to gain additional clearance (wait... what?!?)If you read through the user manual for the Surefire X300U there is absolutely no mention of the ability or necessity to remove the 1/8" thick spacer to allow for more clearance at the trigger guard on most handguns. Why don't they include this useful tip in the user manual???

Battery door spacer... why is it there?!? 😕

Here are the pins that need to be removed to remove the spacer.
Push the pins out from one side with a small punch or screwdriver.

Spacer and pins removed to allow for more
clearance at the trigger guard of most handguns.

With the spacer removed, the X300U fitment is drastically improved on most handguns.  The "A" version with it's loose fitting Lever Latch mount can also take advantage of the spacer being removed by inserting a small piece of soft rubber tubing cut to fit horizontally in place of the spacer.  The tubing will press against the front of the trigger guard of the gun to tighten up the fitment of the light similarly to the Rail Lock's pressure wedge, but you don't have to use a hex key to tighten or loosen an adjustment screw.

Soft rubber tubing (1/4" OD, 1/8" ID).

Tubing installed in the absence of the spacer.

The tubing presses against the front of the trigger guard
to tighten up the loose fitment of the Lever Latch mount.

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Friday, January 8, 2021

IWB/OWB Light Indexing Holsters - Known Fitment

Our light indexing IWB/OWB holsters are designed to fully encompass a Glock 17 size gun, but are open ended to work with longer guns or compensators.  They will fit most handguns that are capable of accepting the popular fullsize weapon mounted lights that we mold them for. We make holsters that index on these lights specifically because the body of the light is wider than most handgun frames.  That extra width allows the holster to come in contact primarily with the light more so than the gun's frame or slide.  A benefit to our holster design is that typical holster wear is drastically reduced or completely eliminated on most guns. The holster may touch the controls on either side of the frame on some guns, but in most cases the slide doesn't come in contact with the holster.

Commander length 1911/2011

CZ P-07 with a compensator

Glock 19 with a compensator

The following list of guns have been verified to fit without any issues:

1911/2011 with rail
Beretta 92/96 with rail
CZ-USA P-07/P-09
CZ-USA SP-01/Shadow2/P-01
FN 509 (all variations)
Glock 19/17/34 (all variations)
Springfield XD/XD-M (all variations)
Sig P320 (all variations)
    Note: the top edges of the slide slightly contact the inside of the holster, but fitment is still good
S&W M&P (all variations)

We will keep this list updated as we continue to test fit more guns.

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Glock 17 Grip Chop and Texture

Just finished up this Gen3 Glock 17 with a grip chop to a Glock 19 size. Finger groove removal, recontoured trigger guard, concealed carry t...