Many months ago, I wrote about a problem I had with Troy customer service - that they wouldn't repair a TRX Extreme handguard because I was not the original purchaser.
Well, some folks at Troy saw that earlier this month, and since the people who had handled my issue are apparently no longer working customer service, I was emailed a UPS tag and asked to return the handguard. Only a few weeks later, it was back on my doorstep, looking like new - very impressive, considering the holidays. My hat is off to Troy - for both their response to me and for improving their customer service department.
Rumors are swirling about a possible Sabre Defence bankruptcy. It's not exactly "new news," since they were sued by a creditor last month, but the rumors seem to have solidified into something more lately. I still hope they're wrong - Sabre makes a pretty decent product - but if they're true, this could be an early signal, along with the essential elimination of Bushmaster in all but name, that the AR-15 industry is entering a period of serious adjustment.
While the eventual winner may be the consumer, who will hopefully receive a higher quality product at a lower price as companies fight for sales, it's going to, for lack of a better term, suck for the companies (and their employees) that end up consolidating and/or going out of business.
I've been doing a lot of stuff lately, but none of the projects are finished/ready to be published.
Here's what's happening over the next week or so:
Sig P226 X-Five
More spring/buffer comparisons
And here's a nice hi-res ammo photo, for desktop backgrounds and such...
Here's a more vibrant version:
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Having had prior experience with Elzetta products, I was pretty sure that I'd like their new shotgun light mount, the ZSM. In fact, when I heard about it months ago, I shelved plans to buy a railed forend for my Mossberg 500.
As it turns out, I made the right decision. Like the ZFH-1500, which attaches to the front sight base of an AR-15, the ZSM requires nothing more than a flashlight - you don't need any rails. Everything, including adapters for 20 and .410 gauge shotguns, as well as flashlights from .7" to 1.05" in diameter, is included, and the standard model retails for only $39.95. The railed forend I was looking at was $75 - and would have required another $30-40 for a flashlight mount. Beyond that, it was of dubious quality - whereas the ZSM is of the highest quality. Every component - even the raw materials and the supplied allen wrenches - is made in the United States.
Elzetta also sent me their ZFL-M60 light, which has an excellent flood lens - although they're sold as a package for $194.90, I'll be reviewing them separately. I will say, though, that the "flood" effect is phenomenal indoors.
The ZSM places the light just below the bore of my Mossberg, with approximately 1/2" between the light and the barrel. It's obvious that a lot of thought went into the exact placement of the light, for not only did I find it to be an easily accessible location, but so did several other people with varying hand sizes and thumb lengths. Because of the position of the light, as well as the flood lens, the gold bead front sight reflects enough to be very visible against all backgrounds without reflecting so much that it obstructs my view of the target. Frankly, it's better than any night sight I could imagine.
As I mentioned before, the ZSM is of the highest quality - the polymer is identical to that of the ZFH-1500 mentioned above, which I used on a rifle that sometimes had half a dozen 30 round magazines dumped through it at a time, for several thousand rounds, resulting in barrel temperatures over 600 degrees. After that, I took the light mount off - there wasn't a single mark, burn, line, anything that indicated heat had compromised the strength or form of the mount. Given that, I don't think it would be possible to load and fire a shotgun fast enough to cause damage to a ZSM mount attached to said weapon.
I loaded up several Walmart "bulk packs" (100 shells) of 12 gauge birdshot, as well as a box of 00 buck, and headed to the range. The only damage done was to my shoulder - the mount and light stayed in place and maintained perfect function. Obviously, that was a limited test, and I will continue to beat on this device until it fails - which might be a while. In the meantime, Elzetta has definitely earned my admiration for a well-designed and well-executed product, made entirely in the USA, which sells for a very reasonable price.