Friday, August 2, 2013

Friday Gun Pr0n #330

Today's gun pic comes to us courtesy of Ron from When The Balloon Goes Up:

I'll let Ron tell you about this beauty:
This is the Glock 19 RTF2 modified by ATEi and fitted with a Trijicon RMR RM06 red dot that I had built for the Ultimate Personal Protection Pistol Project for my series on (I thought about calling it the Perfect Personal Protection Pistol Project but I thought that might be too much alliteration ;) ) It also featured in the July 2013 issue of GunUp the magazine in a piece about adding an optic division to IDPA.

ATEi milled the slide to add front cocking serrations, enhance the rear serrations, added M&P style serrations on the top of the slide and install a Trijicon RMR with the proper bosses.  I am very happy with their work!

I started the project as an experiment to determine how much harder it was to carry a red dot pistol and to document the training curve, but to my surprise carrying it doesn’t change anything and I have learned more about my iron sighted shooting than I thought possible from it.
Boy, howdy, but that's a smart looking set-up. I know some folks (cough, NFO) don't like putting anything with a battery on a defensive firearm, and to an extent I agree. If it's the sole device for aiming - like if you have a red dot sight that obliterates the front sight (as I do on my S&W model 422), then you're just begging Murphy to strike. If, as in the case of Ron's Trijicon RMR RM06, it can be set up with a backup (suppressor sights), then I don't see it as an issue.

In any case, if it's not a firearm you're betting your life on, it's a matter of inconvenience if the batteries die. Sure, it's a PITA if your competition gun craps out in the middle of a match - but then again, shouldn't you have extra batteries in the range bag for just such an emergency? Not to mention, shouldn't you be tossing in a fresh battery if you're even the slightest bit concerned? Most powered optics take either a CR123 or CR2032 battery, which are reasonably cheap enough (heck, the local warehouse store stocks the CR2032s; I buy 'em in a package of 6).

Thanks for sharing the Tupperware, Ron - that's a sharp looking setup you have there!

That is all.


Brad_in_MA said...


My pal Bogie's got a Sig 1911 with an optic mounted on the slide. Have a look:

Chad said...

You could always put a set of Birdman "Homeboy Nyte Sytes" on it as backups.

Anonymous said...

Hmmm.....I'm going to have to do some experimenting, but I would think that if you had a properly setup red dot, and it died, you could simply center the target in the frame and it would still suffice.

Now that would be at distances that you would typically use a self defense pistol, not beyond 25 yards.