Fun was had by all
Last night, I went to CCA to meet Les and CounterTop for some shooting. Also, got a chance to reveal my secret identity to Tam and Alston, which had an effect on Alston because, well, through a set of circumstances he knows me. We rented one of the subguns (an H&K MP-5, to be exact) and sent several hundred rounds down range. Then, the fun began when myself, Tam, Alston and another CCA employee began debating whether or not the grip on the new Sig 229 DAK is wider than the grip on the regular Sig 229. Three of us said yes. Coincidentally, SigArms’ website is silent on the issue but the DAK does weigh about an ounce more, which I’d say is in the grip.
Also, regarding my pending 9mm AR-15 project, Alston convinced me that the Colt system was the way to go. The two predominant 9mm systems on the market are the Colt system and the Olympic system. Both require mag blocks (though in the Olympic system, there are mags that have a block attached to them). I was going to go with the Olympic system at first because it uses unmodified Sten mags, which can be had for less than $5 each. The Olympic system is a bit more expensive when you don’t factor in the magazines. The Colt system uses proprietary Colt mags or modified Uzi mags. Colt mags run about $50 and Uzi mags run about $20 but can be modified for $5. Then, Alston informed me that Bushmaster was making Colt compatible, polymer magazines that held the bolt open after the last round was fired. In fact, they had three in stock. Bolt hold open is a nice feature and the mags were going for about $20. Any money saved by using the Sten mags became irrelevant unless you wanted 10 or more magazines. I was convinced. I’ll be getting the RRA upper receiver for my 9mm project.
Olympic is now offering a system that uses Glock magazines, which is pretty neat.
Also, if you’re interested in a 9mm, check out arfcom’s 9mm AR FAQ.