Sometimes you are left wondering what the hell someone was thinking when they slapped their label on a product. In this episode of TFBTV, Patrick is going to take a look at his top 5 dumb gun product picks he has come across either as a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog or as a consumer. With the firearms industry growing at a rapid pace, there is a lot of room for less than scrupulous manufacturers to produce something that only checks the ‘cool’ box without addressing a specific need or use. There are far too many poor products on the market and as consumers, it is our job to spend wisely so that less than informed consumers aren’t roped in by the tacticool feels that they can be subject to.
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So if you asked yourself, “Why in the world “did this company produce this product? “And why did somebody think it was a good idea “to purchase it and put in on a shelf “in my local gun store?” Or maybe you saw something like a bladed floor plate for a Glock at a gun show, and you think, “Man, who buys this stuff?” Well, today, I want to talk about the top five dumb gun products that I’ve come across, either through testing and evaluation over at the Firearm Blog or as a consumer.
So let’s kick it off with my number one, and that is the Glock 17 pistol-to-rifle conversion kit from American Manufacturing Group.
So this is a 16-inch barrel that you replace your stock barrel, and you have a rifle-length barrel now, and then you can put a stock on it, making it non-NFA.
But it doesn’t quite work as it should.
It’s not very reliable, and if you don’t have the stock, like, really up against your shoulder, like, really pulling that gun in, you’re gonna have malfunctions.
And you’ll see, when I’m out at the range, that I’m having a little bit of issue with it.
Kinda got frustrated, maybe tossed it a little bit.
It’s got an interesting barrel, though, ’cause it has a strange (racks slide) piston setup here.
So it’s got ports drilled in underneath this locking nut here.
And it drives this piston back to help operate the slide, which I found using another barrel that is of similar length from another manufacturer that doesn’t do that that it’s not really necessary.
And I found, actually, that the other barrel was more reliable.
I also question the quality of the barrel because you’ve got a barrel hood, a locking piece here, that is pinned onto the barrel, so it’s not one piece like you would expect.
The stock is fine, and it’s similar to other ones on the market, but, you know…
When you kinda shoulder the thing, it’s more of a chin weld than anything, and that’s annoying for somebody who’s used to shooting Americanized firearms.
And lastly, you have pistol-length sights, so they don’t extend the sight radius at all, making it not any more accurate than you would be with a handgun.
And in fact, I found I was more accurate with a 16-inch barrel, holding the pistol like I normally would rather than shouldering it.
And follow-up shots are a bit faster with the stock.
I’ll have to give it that.
So let’s get out to the range, shoot this guy, and then we’ll get onto the other four on our list here in just a bit.
(slams in magazine) (racks slide) (gunshot) (target pings) (racks slide) (sighs heavily) (gunshots) (targets pinging) (racks slide) (gunshots) (targets pinging) (racks slide) (trigger clicks) (pulls slide back) What the hell? (gunshot) (target pings) (sighs) (racks slide) (gunshots) (targets pinging) I’m not even wasting my ammo on this.
(drops magazine) (gunshot) (gun clatters) All right, so that was number one, and as you can see, it’s kind of a stinker out at the range.
But, if it’s something that you’re interested in, it might fit a need that you have.
It doesn’t fit into my needs at all, though.
So number two on my list of ridiculous gun items is going to be the Bungee Holster.
Which, I didn’t buy one, because frankly, I don’t want to spend $20 on a hair tie.
So I stole a couple of my wife’s hair ties that she doesn’t like because she’s not a purple girl, and tied them together to kind of approximate what this thing is supposed to do.
So, essentially, it’s a bungee thing that you loop through your belt, and we’ll show you how that works just now.
So, now, this thing offers a low-profile carry experience, and you have to keep the gun clear because there’s nothing protecting the trigger guard, so you don’t want to shoot yourself when you’re carrying.
So that’s my number two on dumb gun products, (racks slide) (imitating gunfire) and you could probably lump in other things like the Bungee Holster that has the stick on it, and the Versacarry.
Anything that requires you to leave an empty handgun on your person as a method of carry I think is kinda dumb.
And frankly, the ones that plug the barrel are a little bit on the dangerous side in my opinion.
All right, number three on dumb gun products, and that is going to be the pistol-mounted bayonet thing.
So it’s a magazine baseplate that replaces the stock one, and you can clip a knife on there.
I don’t really see much of a use for it, and if you happen to run out of ammo, and the zombie is still charging you, I probably would just run instead of taking the time to affix a, I guess, magazine bayonet to my gun, and then bash the magazine knifey thing into their skull, or whatever.
So, probably not something that has a real use, and definitely is just one of those things that some people at the gun show might think, “Man, that looks really awesome.
“It needs to be on my gun.” So number four on my list of dumb gun products is going to be the Picatinny muzzle brake from TufForce Products.
Now, I reviewed this over at the Firearm Blog a while back and found that it didn’t do a very good job at mitigating recoil.
It didn’t offer any type of attachment point that was useful, and it wasn’t very durable at all.
In fact, it was made out of 6000 series aluminium, which wore away.
It was eroding from the blast on my rifle.
And I even tried mounting some stuff to the muzzle brake and found that the muzzle blast blew it off.
So, not exactly something that works, and you can read the full review there over at the Firearm Blog.
I’ll drop a link in the description for you, if you’d like to do that.
Probably wouldn’t buy that one either.
All right, so the last one on my list of five dumb gun products is going to be the Mule stock.
The idea behind this is you can store a Glock 19 inside your AR stock, and frankly, I think that’s just kind of ridiculous.
I’d rather have it on a holster on my hip so I can easily transition to it if I needed to go from rifle to pistol.
I don’t really foresee a need to have one onboard that I pop out, all operator style, and pew-pew the bad guy in the face.
So, now this stock was rolled out at Shot a while back, and since then, the company has gone defunct.
There aren’t any working retail versions of them out there, but it definitely does fall under the dumb gun product thing.
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