I’ve always wanted to use a thumbrest on my Open race gun but could never get it to work because the Safariland 013 holster I’m using doesn’t have the clearance for a thumbrest as I’ve mentioned in this post : Arredondo Thumb Rest
I had to distract myself from some personal issues so I decided to take my new Dremel to the holster and make it work.
Here’s how the thumbrest fits on the gun :
First cut with the cutting blade. Yes I know, VERY sloppy.
Another view :
Test Fit :
Smoothed out the cut, and added Birchwood and Casey’s Metal Polish:
Fully assembled :
Final Fit :
Looks like it works! Now I got to get used to using a thumbrest.
Always wanted to put on a thumb rest on my SV Open gun to see if it works well at keeping the muzzle down during recoil. If you remember, I tried to get one from Gas Pedal but got pissed off at their lame customer service.
I also didn’t want to waste money investing in an expensive thumbrest just to experiment with, so I went with the Arredondo Plastic Thumbrest.
During test fit, I realized that these parts aren’t drop-in like most other types of guns. As you can see from this pic, the back part of the thumb rest is long and stops at the slide stop. That means I’d have to take out the thumbrest just to field strip the gun for cleaning. So I have to cut that off. I also cut off the front portion of the thumbrest already just to sit flush with the C-more Serendipity sight.
After cutting and filing the thumb rest flush, now it looks like it’s part of the gun (ok my dremel kungfu is still lame)
The other thing is the two screws that came with the mount is longer than usual, so I had to cut and file it short so that it doesn’t poke out of the insides of the frame and catch on the recoil guide rod or spring.
Once everything is proper and fitted, time for some BLUE Loctite so that the screws will stay in place and not run out during recoil.
All done! It looks good…
Only problem I found.. that was really disappointing was, this
The gun is not stable. It tilts BACK instead of forward. I guess the thumb rest is not far back enough to make it tilt forward and raising the back. Not it’s a little harder to grab the gun.
I also tried holstering this in my Safariland 013 holster and guess what, it doesn’t fit! it gets in the way.
So off it comes.
Went out to the Custer Sportsmen’s Club for the USTRA (http://ustacticalrifle.org) final TacRifle match of the season. Squadded with a bunch of great & experienced shooters. I came in 6th overall at this match and had a ton of fun. It’s always exhilarating to shoot a Tactical Rifle match, you shoot anywhere from 30-50 rounds of ammo per stage and you get to run and gun with long guns like you would in a traditional USPSA/IPSC type stage format.
I brought out my high-speed camera and gun-cam and spliced them together. Hope you enjoy watching it.
Checkout SAND FACE 🙂 Courtesy of an Arredondo Muzzle Brake. Sweet!