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Having run a number of my AR-15s in 5.56 and 300 BLK with suppressors over the years, I’m no stranger to the unpleasant gas and powder blowback in my eyes that comes along with suppressed experience. So, when I made the decision to go all-in and order an integrally suppressed AR-15 upper in 5.56, I knew I was going to be spending some time figuring out how to reduce that blowback to some extent or another.

To introduce some urgency to the situation, I decided my goal is to make this integrally suppressed AR-15 my go-to rifle. Which means I’m going to practice regularly with it and it’s going to get a lot of use.

If you have never shot a suppressed AR-15 in 5.56, much of the gas and unburnt powder that normally comes out the muzzle when you shoot unsuppressed, gets blown back into the upper receiver.

The problem is that gas has to come out somehow.

Unfortunately, the primary places for the gas to escape are located directly under your eyes and nose; mainly the spaces around the charging handle where it locks into the upper receiver and around the forward assist where it’s inserted into the upper.

The gas isn’t just unpleasant, it actually burns your eyes and forces your eyelids to close. As you would imagine, the quicker and more frequently you pull the trigger, the worse it gets.

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As a 1911 fan and daily carrier, when Browning first introduced the 1911-380 and 1911-22 a few years back I was intrigued. I wasn’t sure if these were practical guns or more of a novelty. I did a little research and read the reviews I could find about them, but the price seemed a little much for something that may be nothing more than a novelty for me.

Browning sells quality firearms, which is why their firearms are generally on the more expensive side compared to similar models from other manufacturers. For the premium you pay for a Browning firearm there is no doubt you can expect to get a gun that is very nicely machined with excellent fit and finish.

Over the last few months I have started to see what I consider very good deals on many of the Browning 1911 variants in both .22LR and .380 Auto. When I saw I could pick up a 1911-22 for around $350, I decided it was finally time to see if one of these mini 1911 pistols were worth adding to my collection. So, I ordered the 1911-.22 pictured below. It’s the compact version of the 1911-22 with the 3.6” barrel.

My 1911-22 originally came with a standard non-threaded barrel.

I contacted Browning’s parts department and found out I could buy a threaded barrel directly from them for around $150 delivered.

While I have many .22LR hosts for my several .22 suppressors, I couldn’t resist being able to see how well the Browning would do with a can.

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Backup Tactical has spent the last six months perfecting their Glock 48 Threaded Barrel. The single-stack Glock 48 is noticeably thinner than its double-stack big-brother, the Glock 19. In order to make the Glock 48 as thin as it is, the hole in the muzzle-end of the slide that the barrel goes through has a noticeably smaller diameter than the same hole in the Glock 19.

That means the barrel has a smaller diameter.

Simply put, the Glock 48 barrel is thinner than the Glock 19 barrel.

The big challenge when engineering a threaded barrel for the Glock 48; the small diameter of this barrel does not leave any room to machine a shoulder on the barrel for the suppressor to lock-up against. The simple solution would be to use a barrel spacer for the suppressor to lock-up against. But using a barrel spacer on any caliber other than .22LR never works out well in the long run.

The spacer winds up deforming and battering the suppressor or accessory you attach to the barrel. 

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Backup Tactical has spent the last six months perfecting their Glock 48 Threaded Barrel. TFBTV covered the Glock 48 and 43X earlier this year so go check out that video if you’ve been living under a rock. The single-stack Glock 48 is noticeably thinner than its double-stack big-brother, the Glock 19. In order to make the Glock 48 as thin as it is, the hole in the muzzle end of the slide that the barrel goes through has a noticeably smaller diameter than the same hole in the Glock 19.

That means the barrel has a smaller diameter. Simply put, the Glock 48 barrel is thinner than the Glock 19 barrel. The big challenge when engineering a threaded barrel for the Glock 48; the small diameter of this barrel does not leave any room to machine a shoulder on the barrel for the suppressor to lock-up against.

The simple solution would be to use a barrel spacer for the suppressor to lock- up against.

But using a barrel spacer on any caliber other than .22LR never works out well in the long run. The spacer winds up deforming and battering the suppressor or accessory you attach to the barrel. The only other viable option was to determine the perfect length for the barrel so the muzzle of the barrel would shoulder up against the internal shoulder of the piston

This meant coming up with the exact right barrel length so the muzzle will shoulder on internal shoulder of the piston for all the 9mm pistol suppressors currently on the market.

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I made my trip around the custom world over the years and some time ago I finally settled on the Tucker Gunleather Cover-Up Plus as my IWB holster of choice for all of my carry guns. Why? Most IWB holsters are adjustable for either cant or height, but not both…or not adjustable at all.

The Tucker Cover-Up line of holsters were one of the few IWB holsters that I could find that were adjustable for both cant and ride height. Let’s face it, humans come in as many shapes and sizes as there are people. The more adjustment an IWB holster offers, the better the chance of finding that perfect, comfortable fit for day-long carry.

The Cover-Up line is made of leather. I don’t know about you, but I find Kydex rubbing up against my skin all day long to be very uncomfortable; especially in hot and humid South Florida where I call home. I would much rather have leather, which, after all, is actually skin, rubbing against my hip and buttock all day instead of plastic.

Kydex is also rougher on gun finishes than leather as well.

I don’t mind being rough on the finish of a utilitarian pistol like a GLOCK, but I want to keep the finishes on my Wilson Combat and Dan Wesson carry guns looking as nice as possible; leather is the only way to do that.

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How did we arrive at a Dan Wesson ECP Vs Wilson Combat ULC showdown?

After years of carrying and practicing with a Glock 19, and a couple of other compact polymer double-stack 9mm pistols, I found I wasn’t really getting to where I wanted to be with my CCW pistol training. Specifically, I felt my double-taps and rapid-fire groups should be better. Seeing how well my peers were able to shoot rapid fire drills with the same pistols, I knew there was a lot of room for me to improve. But I had reached a certain point and I was just not getting any better. There were two possible explanations: either my shooting skills had plateaued, or I wasn’t using the right equipment. I decided to explore the latter explanation and look for a 9mm carry pistol I could better control. I figured if I could find a 9mm pistol that was designed for concealed carry that had noticeably less recoil than a Glock 19, that would be a great place to start.

INTRODUCTION: DAN WESSON ECP VS WILSON COMBAT ULC

It was just over two years ago that my quest to find 9mm carry pistol with minimal recoil took me headlong into the world of single-stack 9mm 1911 pistols. For those of you who have checked in along the way reading my reviews and discussion forum posts, know it has been quite a trip! To be honest, had I known what an absolute fortune this journey was going to cost me, I probably would have stuck with my Glock 19 and the 6” rapid-fire groups I shot with it! 

I’m not going to recount all the pistols I have shot, compared, bought and then sold; that’s all been well documented in other articles and discussion forum reviews. For this particular review, I’m focusing on a popular segment of the 9mm 1911 world, the 4” Bull-Barrel 1911. In particular, a couple of Bulls with lightweight aluminum-alloy frames. While Bull-Barrel 1911 pistols, can be had with a steel frame, they are heavier, and many find the extra weight makes them unsuitable for daily carry. A Lightweight Bull, on the other hand, with a full 9-round magazine, is comparable in weight to loaded Glock 19. But since 1911 Bull is a single stack, it is thinner and somewhat easier to conceal. So, the Lightweight Bull makes a lot of sense for the EDC crowd. 

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It’s funny, there is no way I could afford or justify buying a new $4000 pistol. But somehow, I was able to afford and justify buying three used $4000 pistols all in one month.

Right now I’m just going to tell you which ones I bought and show you some pics from shooting them at the range. After I get to spend some real quality time with them, which will include some time outdoors shooting steel and running some timed drills, I’ll write more in-depth about the individual guns.

I also plan on doing some comparisons to some of the other 1911 pistols I own, including my beloved Dan Wesson 9mm pistols. Before going any further, I should warn you all of my 1911 pistols are chambered in 9mm, and the WC pistols below are no exception.

I have been on a quest to find a 9mm carry pistol that mitigates recoil better than the double stack 9mm polymer wonder guns that have become the standard go-to guns for so many of us over the last few decades. After years of carrying a GLOCK 19, then a CZ P-10C, I grew tired of not being able to better my rapid-fire groups with these guns.

After all, what’s the point of a carry gun in the first place?

To neutralize a threat. What’s the best way to do that with a handgun in a very stressful and possibly poorly lit situation? The goal is to be able to get as many accurate/well-placed shots on your target as quickly as possible.

The less felt recoil your pistol produces, the more you maximize your chances of placing both accurate and fast fire on your target(s). If I could carry a 22LR for personal defense I would. Alas, 22LR is just not a great defensive caliber for reasons we don’t need to get into here.

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I tend to gravitate toward firearms that exhibit excellent recoil-control and promote quick and accurate follow-up shots. After many years of shooting, buying and selling semi-auto pistols, a few years ago I settled the pistol caliber debate for myself.

I decided with developments in modern bonded hollow-point ammo, that 9mm offers the best balance of terminal performance and recoil moderation. Any decent 9mm bonded hollow-point will give you virtually the same performance as a similar 45 ACP hollow-point, with considerably less recoil.

The milder recoil of the 9mm round enables the shooter to not only put more shots on target quicker, but also deliver those shots more accurately.

After all, what’s the purpose of a defensive handgun?

It’s a tool you use to stop a threat/attacker. As I understand it, the best way to stop a threat/attacker is to put as many well-placed shots on target as quickly as you can. For me, 9mm is the caliber I choose to achieve that end if need be.

Not only is 9mm an excellent choice for a typical carry pistol, but if you want to move up to large format pistol with a brace rather than a stock* for home defense, or a pistol caliber carbine, you get more than a trivial increase in velocity, and the extra weight of the larger platform further dampens recoil. Boosts in performance aside, LFPs with a brace or stock and PCCs are just a lot of fun to shoot.

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I was given the opportunity to spend some time with a brand new Vigil Commander in 9mm, Dan Wesson’s new entry-level 1911 pistol. The Vigil is currently available in both 9mm and 45 ACP in four configurations; full-size government with a 5” barrel, a full-size government with a 5” threaded barrel, a commander with a 4.25” barrel, and a CCO (the commander 4.25” barrel on a shorter officers frame).

All Vigil pistols have an aluminum frame with a hard black anodized finish, and a stainless steel slide finished with Dan Wesson’s “duty finish” (black nitride).

The Vigil Commander 9mm I tested was unfired and brand new in the box when I got it.

The preservative/oil that is normally on all new Dan Wesson pistols had already been wiped off. Upon disassembly before firing the Vigil, I noticed the rails and barrel had already been properly lubricated.

The normal break-in procedure as outlined in the manual instructs the owner to clean and lube the pistol every 50 rounds for the first 500 rounds. My plan was to run 350 rounds through the new Vigil, but I wasn’t going to be able to break it down and clean it every 50 rounds.

Instead I added a little extra lube to the rails and the hood of the barrel before I started shooting. I also decided that during the course of shooting the 350 rounds, I would lock back the slide every 50 rounds or so and reach in through the ejection port to wipe off the feed ramp and whatever else I could reach with a cotton patch, and also put a drop of oil on the hood of the barrel.

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Notice: This Post is a transcription from a YouTube video review from Matt Hoffman and his Channel Hoffman R.A.N.G.E.

Hey everyone. Welcome back to The R.A.N.G.E. Looking to fancy up your Generation 3 or Generation 4 Glock 19? Well step inside, walk this way; let’s take a look at Backup Tactical’s threaded barrel for our Glock 19.

I’ve had Backup Tactical’s threaded barrel on my Glock 19 MOS Gen 4 pretty much since I bought the gun. Let’s do a rundown on the barrel specs.

  • Overall barrel length is four and a half inches
  • 416 stainless steel construction
  • Pulled-broach SAAMI spec rifling
  • One in sixteen twists; the factory is 1 in 10
  • 1/2 inch by 28 threads
  • 4 finish offerings: stainless steel, black, olive drab, and flat dark earth, all on PVD

Did I mention this is made in the USA? And drop-in and pew fit. Street price on these is right around $200.

As far as chamber support goes, we have good, full-chamber support on the barrel to handle those +P+Loads. The Backup Tactical threaded barrel is on my left here, and the factory is on the right – and we just have some of the standard snap caps from A-zoom in there.

Now to the down-and-dirty.

I’ve tested just about all my subsonic ammunition to this barrel, from 124-grain subsonic to the 165-grain Freedom Munitions HUSH. Rounds all hit the target head-on and no keyholing; that’s a very good thing. I ran HST, Ranger-T, Gold Dots, and even some of the Hirtenberger L7A1 through the barrel and not a single hiccup.

I do not have a dedicated 9-millimeter suppressor so I use my Osprey 45. I do have cycling issues with subsonics unless I run the IMI 158-grain loads which are a little on the warm side for subsonic. They’re right around 1000 to 1025 feet per second for 158-grain. This is more or less to blame on the recoil spring assembly in the Gen 4s over anything, from what I’ve read. No random accuracy or feeding issues when I wasn’t running it suppressed. We’ve also seen velocities in this 4 1/2 inch barrel that meet or exceed the 5.1-inch barrel in the M9 A3. I do like the thick barrel profiles in the Glocks which allow me to use a standard half-inch piston that indexes off the barrel shoulder and not off the muzzles.

Why Backup Tactical?

With as many aftermarket Glock barrels, I’m sure someone down in the comments may ask, “But why buy the Backup Tactical? It’s all about personal choice my friend. Maybe you like the four-color offerings? Maybe you want a middle-of-the-road-priced barrel that doesn’t have dimples or flutes or super-exotic colors? Maybe you even like their wide array of threaded protectors that they offer in various colors, shapes, and sizes? Maybe you want a 4 1/2 inch barrel with half-inch threads over one that’s 4.7 or in metric M13?

To quote the King, “Have it your way.”

It’s hard to really pick apart the barrel. It’s made in the USA, drop-in fit, and very competitively priced. If I had to complain about one thing I wish it would caliber-mark the barrel somewhere like on the hood like they do in the factory. When you get a lot of accessories on the table at the range, sometimes picking up a barrel and seeing the caliber mark erases any doubt that you’ve grabbed what you’ve needed. I see in addition to the threaded Glock 19 barrels they offered non-threaded versions as well as now offering Glock 17 threaded models.

I’d like to thank Backup Tactical for the opportunity to test their barrels and to you all for watching.

At this current time, I’m unsure what the content restrictions with YouTube will play out like. I like uploading here so I’ll try my hardest to comply with their rules even though I think they’re stupid, but it is their sandbox. I’ve reserved my channel name on full30 so when they allow more content creators to upload there I will try my hardest to get on there. I do have a Patreon account set up I’ll put the link in the description below for anybody willing to help out a little extra there. As always, I appreciate any of my contacts, supporters, and vendors. Until next time, catch you at the R.A.N.G.E.

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