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.
I’ve been using the Hogue Wooden grips for the past two matches and while the size is just right, the slipperiness of it especially during cold/wet days it a little hard to deal with. The Hogue rubber grips that originally game with the gun is just nice but the grooves were a little out of place for me.
It’s designed for someone with slightly larger fingers. When I use it stock, my grip is not high enough. The only way is to modify the rubber grip by cutting off the tangs and smoothen it out.
Here’s how it looks like after cutting and filing it down.
And how it looks on the gun :
Now it’s perfect!
I’ve also changed the trigger weight to 8lbs (average)
Hope all those light strikes will go away now.
I’ve heard a lot of people complaining about the safety of the release mechanism of the Serpa holster and I agree. I’ve used it a few times in IDPA matches and it’s either
- very hard to engage the switch or
- when I do it under stress I find my trigger finger in the trigger guard when it releases.
In this video, I discuss the benefits of this holster, the problems and a suggested fix or modification that Blackhawk could do to this good holster to make it great.
What do you think?
*Update: Here’s a video of me doing the Serpa Double/Triple Pump *
Watch time index 1:15 and 1:45
well I’m not sure if it’s his but I saw it on his new DVD JM Practical Rifle from Brownells.
he has a chain that links both feet of the bipod together tightly so that you can pull on one leg and the other will follow, quickening the release of the bipod in 3gun matches.
Here’s a 6inch length of chain I bought from Home Depot for 30cents. I went with black so it doesn’t look too out of place.
After mounting to each side using pliers etc :
Pulling on one side and you can see the other side will follow :
Fully extended :
The Silver bipod feet is The Bi-Slide by Bruce Piatt so that you can slide your bipod to transition from target to target much faster than a standard bipod feet will, since it’s super smooth.