The hardest thing about concealing a pistol is keeping it from printing or being exposed while the wearer moves. Although a compact pistol is an option, it does not offer the same advantages as a longer barrel or slide.
Many experienced shooters prefer a compact gun with a full-sized slide and frame. The Colt Concealed Carry Officer is the most popular example. It uses a 4.25 inch Commander-style barrel and slide, mated with the shorter Officer’s Model frame. While the gun is easier to conceal, the shorter butt allows for greater accuracy and concealment.
The same process can be used to reduce the grip of polymer pistols. Because there is no “intermediate” size between the full-sized 17-round M&P9 pistol and the 12-round M&P9c, grip reduction has been a popular modification to the Smith & Wesson M&P lines.
This makes it more concealable and allows you to keep the slide and barrel longer. However, there are some drawbacks. It is only a one-way journey. It is impossible to replace the grip material once it has been removed. The interchangeable palm swells must be permanently attached to the grip. This means that the ability to adjust the grip size will also be lost. This reduces the pistol’s versatility, and decreases its resale price.
The new Hybrid Kit from Cole Partnership & Training, ATEi and ATEi is here to help. The Hybrid Kit allows you to mount the M&P9’s full-sized slide and barrel (instead of the compact pistol’s smaller barrel and slide) on a M&P9c framework. The kit is currently only available for the 9mm version of the pistol.
The Story Behind The Kit
Matthew Cole, Cole Partnership & Training in Las Vegas, created the Hybrid Kit. He stated, “I wanted to bring the M&P a Glock-19-sized gun.” “I wanted something that was easily reversible, didn’t require any permanent modifications to my firearm and could be used with existing holsters. That was my goal.”
To bring this idea to life, Cole teamed up with Douglas Holloway from ATEi. Two U.S. Patents covered the result, which is a three-piece kit. The kit contains a non-captive flat-coil recoil spring and a full length steel guide rod. A horseshoe-shaped spacer blocks fills in the gap between M&P9c frames and the full-sized slide. You can choose from either black nitride and nickel-boron options. Both versions were sent to me for testing. For the Hybrid Kit, you will need an M&P9c to build the host frame and a full-sized M&P9 to make the donor slide.
The First Steps
Remove the barrel and the captive recoil spring assembly (full-sized slide) from the unit to install it. Slide the horseshoe-shaped block on the frame rails starting at the rear, with the flat side facing towards the muzzle. Install the barrel again, and then install the non-captive recoil spring as well as the full-length guiderod. You can now install the unit on the frame as usual. You cannot use the original full-size captive recoil spring. The spacer block will prevent it from functioning properly.
For photos, I installed the kit originally with the black nickel spacer block. The piece was easy to slide onto the slide, and then back off again. The extra thickness of my nickel-boron coating made it drag, and it got stuck three quarters of a mile down the slide after I switched to it. It was initially thought that I would need to tap the slide with a brass hammer, but I finally managed to get it out of its way and move it. Later inspection revealed that some of its finish had been lost.
Finalization of Installation
It was also difficult to install the non-captive coil spring. It was difficult to keep the spring in place due to the force needed to compress it. Although I was able to do it several times, this part took a while. It is highly recommended that you use eye protection at this stage.
Field stripping is done as usual, but on certain pistols you might need to move the takedown lever slightly beyond the point where the slide stop engages. Tolerance stacking causes this. It wasn’t an issue with my pistol.
The resulting S&W can be used with either full-sized or compact magazines once it is assembled. The slide’s nose profile is similar to stock, so it can be used with holsters that are made for full-sized M&P9. The rail can only be used with rail accessories that are made for the compact model, as the donor frame is not extended.
The nickel-boron kit was tested at the range using a variety self-defense and target ammunition. The Hybrid was carried with my Comp-Tac QB-1 multi-fit belt holster.
On the range, the Hybrid lived up its name. Before field-stripping, I fired both my compact and full-sized M&P pistols.
They were able to install the Hybrid Kit. First, I noticed the heavier muzzle compared to the compact gun. I was able to better manage my recoil and aid in shot-toshot recovery thanks to the extra weight at the front. The tradeoff was that the pistol’s full-size gun held more rounds in the smaller frame. Although the barrel was slightly longer and had a wider sight radius, it may have also been more beneficial. However, the best improvement over the stock Smith & Wesson M&P9c was the better recoil control.
I used 300 rounds mixed FMJ target ammunition for function testing. This included Federal’s Hi-Shok JHPs (115-grain), Speer’s Gold Dot (124-grain) and Speer’s JHPs (147-grain). I used a dual-handed grip with the dominant and support hands. Two failures to eject occurred during testing with Winchester FMJ 115-grain ammunition.
The Smith & Wesson Hybrid Kit for semi-auto M&P pistols I consider a high-performance part that is suitable for dedicated shooters. Combining a compact frame with a full-length slide gives you the best of both worlds in terms concealability and effectiveness. It’s much more cost-effective to change back to the standard configuration than to permanently reduce grip. It is an added bonus to be able to use any standard holsters with the full-sized M&P.
To ensure that the pistol functions with their chosen self-defense ammunition, the owner must test it. The Hybrid Kit retails at $136 and is only currently available from ATEi.
The Nighthawk TRS Comp Pistol
The new TRS Comp pistol from Nighthawk Custom is a full-sized, government frame 9mm double stack built around a match grade barrel and a monolithic slide. It’s built to compete and starts at $4,599.
The TRS Comp comes standard with a recon rail under the barrel and a dimpled rear cocking design that offers ample traction when racking the slide. It also sports unique dimpled frame and slide textures that match the grip pattern.
The TRS Comp is Nighthawk Custom’s first full-size pistol designed around a double stack frame. It features a 17+1 capacity and incorporates Nighthawk’s Fire Hawk compensator, which boasts a precision-designed port that reduces muzzle flip for quicker follow up shots.
This model also features a unique dimpling texture found throughout the slide and grip, which provides ample grip while being snag-free during holstering. The TRS Comp uses a 14K gold bead front sight that does an excellent job catching light, coupled with a Heinie Ledge Black rear sight for quick target acquisition.
The pistol also features Nighthawk Customs’ Interchangeable Optic System (IOS), which is a dedicated dovetail machined onto the slide and allows for optic mounting with adapters. This system allows for an interchangeable series of sight options to quickly switch rear sights in a matter of seconds.
Interchangeable Optic System
Nighthawk Custom’s Interchangeable Optic System allows a user to switch from a plate with a traditional rear sight to a red-dot optic in seconds. This feature is especially beneficial for concealed-carry practitioners who want to train with a red-dot but still carry a traditional rear sight.
Nighthawk’s unique IOS system involves milling the top rear section of their slide to interface with an interchangeable series of sight options, including a Trijicon RMR and other red-dot sights. This low-profile system also incorporates a suppressor-height rear sight as a backup to the optic’s front sight.
The TRS Comp features a match grade 5.00′′ barrel on a government sized frame with a monolithic slide, a full-length dust cover and an integrated single-port compensator. This combination reduces muzzle flip and delivers faster follow-up shots on the range, a must-have for competitive shooters.
The TRS Comp is finished in black nitride for a sleek, durable look. The lightweight aluminum trigger possesses a serrated flat face and a gold bead front sight does an excellent job catching light, providing quick target acquisition. A Heinie Ledge Black rear sight completes the package.
Match Grade Barrel
One of the most important features of any match pistol is a properly fitted barrel. A true match grade barrel will have zero play in the muzzle or at the hood, and it should glide into battery smoothly without any drag or snag on the slide.
This is achieved by carefully fitting the barrel to all of the chamber hood contact surfaces and the lower locking lug. Once this is done it will have a true target fit and shoot groups that rival a 1911 handgun.
The TRS Comp is the first Nighthawk Custom model to be designed around a double stack frame, offering 17+1 capacity and using their integrated compensator, the fire hawk. The compensator has a precision port that reduces muzzle flip and helps shooters stay on target for follow up shots.
Unique Dimpled Texture
The TRS Comp is the newest addition to Nighthawk’s line up. It is a high-end double stack 1911 that packs a 17+1 punch, as well as a lot of style and class. It also happens to be the most accurate and durable gun in its caliber. It also comes in a variety of colors and finishes, from matte black to high-shine chromium. Its crown jewel is the aforementioned patented integrated compensator, which may be the best thing to happen to your sidearm in years. It is a real head turner, especially for those who don’t usually opt for the sexy gun. The aforementioned gizmo is accompanied by a precision designed port in the rear of the slide that reduces muzzle flip without sacrificing a hefty amount of power. The aforementioned gizmo features a matching name badge aft of the slide, as well as a match-grade 5″ barrel and a full-length dust cover with accompanying nifty-fun accessory rail.
AGP Arms PC Charger Brace
The PC Charger is a pistol chambered in 9mm, and it can take Glock magazines. It is very popular and has become more of a sought-after gun than the original carbine.
Many owners of the PC Charger equip it with a brace to give it stability. This makes it a lot more shootable.
Ruger PC Charger
Ruger’s PC Charger is a pistol-caliber carbine (PCC) that combines the fun and utility of an AR style pistol with the reliability and accuracy of a high capacity AR. Designed to take both Ruger Security 9 and Glock magazines, the PC Charger is a highly customizable weapon that makes a great range gun or home defense tool.
Adding a brace to the PC Charger increases its stability and makes it more shootable. The brace can be attached to the MIL STD 1913 rail on the back of the pistol.
The SB Tactical FS1913 Brace is one of the best PC Charger braces available today. It is made of a polymer material that offers quick deployment and a lightweight profile.
This brace is perfect for a shooter who is new to pistol braces, and is looking for a compact and inexpensive option. It is also a good choice for people who are already familiar with the design and use of a buffer tube.
The AGP Arms brace kit for the Ruger PC Charger is the best way to upgrade the standard stock and barrel. The brace is the logical extension of AGP’s acclaimed pistol grip Gen 2 stock and handguard, allowing users to customize their pc charger to their own specifications. The brace is the brainchild of a dedicated team of military and law enforcement personnel, many of whom have been in the trenches for longer than most of us will ever know. Featuring a modern twist on a classic design, the brace is an understated delight. Its most prominent feature is a cleverly engineered gearbox that enables the user to rotate the entire gun by hand, and then lock it into place using a single pin. The aforementioned pin is mounted in the rear of the gun, where it is tucked under a protective cover for safekeeping. In keeping with the aforementioned design, the brace is also anodized black for a look you can be proud of.
SB Tactical is the inventor of pistol stabilizing braces. They were started in 2012 by Army veteran Alex Bosco after he designed a brace for his disabled friend so he could continue to shoot.
SB Tactical was the first to introduce adjustable pistol stabilizing braces. This was a big win for the industry and gun owners alike.
After getting pre approval from the ATF, they began selling pistol braces for AR/AK style firearms, CZ Scorpions, H&K MP5 designs, 1913 rails, and more.
The SBA3 is one of the best pistol braces on the market and offers 5-position adjustable adjustment, ambidextrous QD sling attachment points, and a Velcro strap to connect to your arm for one-handed shooting.
The SBA4 is another great choice and offers a sturdy M4-style strut, 5-position adjustable, and an integral QD sling socket. This is an excellent option for a Ruger PC Charger gun with a Glock drum, but it also works well on any pistol without a buffer tube.
Midwest Industries is a family owned and operated company that manufactures quality parts, uppers, lowers, rails, barrels, furniture and muzzle devices for AR platforms and many other firearms. They also have a number of innovative products and services that make them a great choice for those looking to upgrade their firearms.
Probably the most useful item that they manufacture is their Combat Rail Handguard in hard coat anodized 6061 aluminum. It features eight functional M-LOK slots and two anti-rotation sling swivels. Its hefty price tag might be a turn off, but its high performance and robust construction is well worth the outlay.
What you might not have known is that they also make the pc charger brace aka the FS1913. Basically the same as the name aforementioned but a lot more durable and the brace actually folds to a compact size for easy transport. They even include a nice looking sling with an integrated bottle opener to boot.
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Mambas are venomous snakes of the family Elapidae, which also includes coral snakes and cobras. They live throughout sub-Saharan Africa.
Black mambas are venomous snakes that are found in Africa. They can grow to up to 14 feet in length and are one of the longest venomous snakes in the world.
They are very fast and aggressive, and their venom is particularly deadly for humans. It takes only about 20 minutes for a bite from a black mamba to kill a person.
They live in grassland, savanna and rocky slopes of southern and eastern Africa. They are primarily diurnal and prey on small rodents. They have excellent vision and a highly developed sense of smell.
Green mambas are found in coastal areas of eastern Africa including Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania and South Africa. These snakes are venomous, which makes them extremely dangerous to humans.
They are a diurnal species, which means they are active during the day. They also spend a great deal of time in the trees and rainforests of western Africa, where they live amongst the forest canopy and thickets.
This snake preys on birds, lizards and small mammals. Its venom isn’t as powerful as the venom of the black mamba or the red mamba, but it can still kill.
Green mambas breed during the rainy season. Females lay eggs, which hatch in about 10-12 weeks. Males seek out and compete for females by following a scent trail or by wrestling or dancing. These combats aren’t biting, but rather a way for the two snakes to establish dominance over each other.
The red mamba is a species of snake that lives in Africa. It is related to the black mamba and can be found in various countries throughout the continent.
It is a medium-sized snake that can grow to be 2 m long. They are mainly found in tree hollows and termite mounds.
They are very venomous and kill their prey quickly. Their venom is highly toxic and can affect the breathing, heart and muscle function of the victim.
They can also paralyze their prey, which they then swallow. They feed primarily on birds and small mammals.
The mamba is an African snake. There are four species: black mamba, green mamba, red mamba and yellow mamba.
The Eastern green mamba (Dendroaspis angusticeps), formerly known as the white-mouthed mamba, is a venomous snake that lives in coastal regions of East Africa. It is found from Kenya south through Tanzania, Malawi, and eastern Zambia.
The eastern green mamba is a shy snake that avoids humans when possible and only strikes if provoked or cornered. Its habitat is fragmented in parts of its range and it is listed as Vulnerable by South Africa due to habitat destruction and deforestation.
Mambas are notorious for their speed and aggression, and they come in a wide variety of species. They are a common sight in Africa’s rainforests, and all have deadly venom.
Of the four types of mambas, the most venomous and dangerous is the black mamba. Known for its lightning-fast speed, erratic behavior, and painful bite, it can strike multiple times in a matter of seconds.
Its venom is highly neurotoxic and cardiotoxic, with fasciculins present to paralyze the muscles of a bite victim. The venom can kill a victim within hours of a bite.
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