Sentinel Design Magwell Update

I get a lot of questions about when the Glock Compact frame (G19/23) model will be available.  I also get questions about when the Gen 4 full size model will be available.  I am putting this update together to keep people up to date.

Currently Sentinel Designs is working on the Glock 19/23 model and the intent is to work it out so that it will work with both Gen 3, and Gen 4 small and medium configuration.  After that is released and remaining stock of the current batch of full size frame models is exhausted the Gen 4 compatible full size model is planned to be released.

I get a lot of emails asking APC/SD to hurry up and get the product to market.  We most certainly want to get this done and get the product on the shelf.  That being said it is a pretty large investment in each batch that we do, roughly $25-30,000 to get the quantity pricing necessary to make the product affordable for you the customer.  Beyond the financial investment, both companies are dedicated to making certain that the product is ready when the drawings go off to the machinist.  This requires multiple prototypes and time for evaluation of each iteration.  The current design is pretty well fleshed out for the compact model and the final prototypes are being ordered soon.

I think I speak for both Clint at Sentinel Design when I say we both appreciate all the support and interest in the current product as well as the upcoming models but please be patient as we work to get them out.  As of right now there is not a hard ETA on release.  To clarify, I could give you a date but it would be based on no hard facts.  Once I have hard info I will release it here and on the APC facebook page.


Thanks again and stay sharp,

Mike G

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Remington 870 Salvage Project Part 2

Back in November I posted the article:  Remington 870 Salvage Project Part 1. The beginning of a short series on reviving one of the most prevalent shotguns on the US market today and while I have not been able to finish the project due to the great panic of 2012-13 I wanted to post an update. Quite a bit of the gun is complete, once I can put hands on the last few parts it will be time to hit a shotgun class.

To review, the shot gun started as a basic Remington 870 Express Magnum with 28″ vent rib barrel. Measurements: Length 47.75-48″, Weight 7lb 6.8oz (unloaded) and costing me $159.50 after tax.

As of today, the measurements are: 37.5″, Weight 7lb 8.4oz (unloaded). Below is a breakdown of the mods with pricing:

-Remington 18″ Barrel Police with rifle sights, parkerized, Improved Cylinder: $189.99
Note: I sold the stock barrel for $75 to help offset the cost of the new barrel.
-Vang Comp Big Speed Safety for Remington Pattern Shotguns: $11.99
-MagPul FDE Stock for Remington 870: $109.95
-MagPul FDE Forend for Remington 870: $29.95
-MagPul SGA Receiver Sling Mount: $19.95
-Blue Force Gear Single Point Sling: Recycled (Free)

Total cost of accessories to date: $286.83

870 salvage part 2

Total cost as shown:  $446.33

To do list:

-Add factory magazine extension

-Add MagPul Forward Sling Mount

-Change single point sling to BFG VCAS sling

-Add white light solution

-Add Raven Concealment/ARES Gear Shotshell Carrier

-Texture Forend or eval hand stop

-Shoot the crap out of this thing…

Once I get some more of this project completed I will post up.  Until then, stay sharp.

-Mike G

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Glock Armorer Services

For some time I have been working on Glock Pistols for friends but have not been publicizing the service.  Since I get a fair amount of requests for services I figured I would throw a pricing sheet together for some popular services.

Annual Inspection and Cleaning:  $35

Glock recommends an annual inspection and cleaning by a factory certified armorer.  This service takes roughly an hour and includes complete disassembly of the pistol (with the exception of sights) and a single magazine, cleaning and inspection of all components, reassembly, lubrication, and completion of Glock Armorer checks.  The customer will be provided with an inspection form and will be advised of any parts that are recommended be replaced.  Replacement parts will be installed upon approval of customer.  Customer is responsible for cost of parts but installation is included in the inspection fee.

Annual Inspection and Cleaning with  Proactive parts replacement:  $65

This service is recommended for high round count guns, duty guns, and used guns of unknown duty life.  While Glock pistols are extremely durable and reliable they are still mechanical tools that require a minimum amount of maintenance to perform correctly.  This upgraded service is recommended for pistols used in the defense of life as well as those that see high round counts.  In addition to the Annual Inspection and Cleaning the customer gets proactive replacement of the following parts

  • Trigger Pin
  • Locking Block Pin
  • Recoil Spring and Guiderod Assembly (RSA)
  • Trigger Return Spring
  • Mag Release Spring
  • Slide Lock Spring
  • Firing Pin Spring

Replacement of these parts ensures that your gun is in top notch condition and in some cases prevents permanent damage to the frame and/or locking block.  The customer will be provided with all original parts.

Part installation:  $10 for first two parts, $5 for each additional.  This does not include sights.

Installation of Glock “-” 4.5 pound Connector:  $35

Sight installation:  $25 for customer supplied, $15 for sights purchased from APC.  Sights will be installed to a mechanical zero.

APC is constantly adding new Glock brand parts as well as aftermarket parts for the Glock platform.  Check out our selection here.
The fine print:  APC is not an FFL so all services will be limited to customers local to the Richmond, VA area.  Should you absolutely need to send me a gun from outside the area I can arrange for transfer via a local FFL but a significant service charge will be incurred by the customer.  To request services please email to arrange a meet up and schedule service.  Limited services will be available when I travel to trade shows and training.

Look for more services to be available soon including work on the AR platform.  I am still working on getting the workshop setup for faster turn around on AR pattern work.


Mike G

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Glock Decorative Slide Cover Plate – Thoughts

We have all seen these and some of you reading this may have them.  The laser etched or engraved Slide Cover Plate:

slide cover plate
Photo credit:  stolen from google search…

On the surface these accessories add a bit of custom flare to an otherwise common pistol.  Some people use them to convey a message like “I’m a bad ass”, “I’m a pirate”, “I’m cool”, “I like kittens”, etc.  Some of them have unit logos or the American flag.  All that is cool but are there any negatives?  What could be negative about personalizing my blaster?  Lets look at the OEM part.

OEM slide cover plate
The OEM part is pretty benign, plastic molded over stamped metal with serrations.  Why serrations?  Often times when serrations are integrated into a design on a gun it is for one or both of two reasons:  to provide grip and reduce reflection.  The serrations on slides, mag releases, slide stops, etc are all made to ensure a solid grip whereas serrations on sights, the top and rear of slides is commonly used to cut down on reflection when shooting in full daylight.  The take away is that the OEM part is designed to be easy to grip for removal/installation and potentially non-reflective so it is not distracting to the shooter.  Adding a decorative part is counter to that.  While it may not be noticeable by some it likely will be by others.  The decorative part is most likely to be viewed each time the gun is brought up on target as it sits just under the rear sight.

Years ago, I was taught  that in medicine there a three general dispositions to any action:  Good, bad, neutral or no change.  I have applied this analytical tool to many other areas of life.  Taking a critical look at these parts tells me that on a working gun at best they add nothing to the function of the gun and at worst they potentially distract the shooter when the sights are brought on target.

Take away:  Take a hard look at any gun mods before moving forward.  If you have one of these on your gun decide if it is right for you but keep in mind the points made here.  I am not condemning them but you won’t see them on my guns.

Until next time, stay sharp.

-Mike G

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Contingency Kits – A Series

After having many customers and friends ask me about my opinion on packing lists and various kits for certain contingencies.  Some may call them “bug out bags”, “go bags”, “get home bags”, etc.  All of these fall under my term of Contingency Kit or Bag.  A contingency is defined as a future event or circumstance that is possible but cannot be predicted with certainty.  So any time you are concerned about a possibly negative event whether that be for a weekend trip to the woods, a daily drive to work, a man made or nature based disaster, an enemy encounter in a non-permissive environment, or some combination of those and you decide to prepare a selection of equipment to respond to these events this can fall under the subject of Contingency Kits.

The first thing to consider when building a kit is to assess what your contingencies are.  While it may be cool to tote around the same kit that a security contractor would use overseas for a domestic weekend camping trip the kit is not really addressing the actual issues you are most likely going to run into.  Now I am not saying that you don’t need to have a firearm and some extra ammo BUT do you need six M4 mags and six AK mags to cover the two platforms that your team is running on your weekend camping trip?  Probably not and if you are carrying all that and leaving out a means for shelter, heat, water procurement, etc not only are you focusing on an unlikely contingency but you are neglecting a likely one.

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One of my Contingency Bags from my early days in Iraq. I have learned a lot since then and my bag would change some but this covered a lot of possibilities specific to my mission at the time.

So how do we assess our contingencies?  We have to evaluate the activity we are participating in.  For military operations METT-TC (Mission Enemy Terrain Troops available Time Civilian considerations) works well but for civilian activities it doesn’t always translate perfectly so don’t feel chained to it because it is a cool acronym.  If you are looking to build a kit you obviously have some concern in your mind.  Expanding from that concern and evaluating the entire activity around that concern will allow you to build a well rounded kit.  For example:  I am concerned about being stranded due to mechanical failure of my vehicle.  After evaluating any preventive measures that may be taken (i.e. fueling vehicle up, routine maintenance, etc) the next step is to look at what are the potential consequences of such an event taking into consideration terrain, weather, local threats, and the purpose of your travel.  Once I have identified likely consequences I can work to identify solutions.

So, as you build your contingency kit keep this in mind:  It is not about having a bag full of cool guy kit, it is about having the knowledge to use well selected tools to create capability.

More to follow…

-Mike G

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Long Term Food Review – Wise Co – Teriyaki Chicken And Rice

Tonight’s meal was the Wise Food Company Teriyaki Chicken And Rice. Overall I was very disappointed in this meal. While e packaging and prep still rank high because it used the same concept of all the Wise Co meals the contents were not appetizing enough to even make it to the portion rating. In order to confirm I was not have a picky pallet tonight I gave some to the wife without telling her my opinion on the dish and got the same response from her. She didn’t make past one bite.

The smell when prepping the meal was not very appetizing but I had hoped I could press through and the flavor would be more tolerable. Texture wasn’t bad but definitely didn’t make up for the taste.

For the scores:
-Packaging 4
-Ease of prep 4
-Flavor 1
-Texture 3
-Portion sizing 4 – didn’t really matter.

If you have this one in your disaster pantry make sure you have plenty of hot sauce.

Until next time, stay sharp.

-Mike G

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Long Term Food Review – Wise Co – Cheesy Lasagna and Beef

Over the next few weeks to months I will be reviewing as many long term foods as I can get my hands on and try to provide a standardized system for evaluation. The scoring will go as follows:

-Packaging 1-5
-Ease of prep 1-5
-Flavor 1-5
-Texture 1-5
-Portion sizing 1-5

The better the food the higher the score. Portion sizing is based on advertised portion, so if a meal packet says two servings the prepared meal is split in two for evaluation.

Tonight’s meal is the Cheesy Lasagna and Beef from Wise Company. This packet was part of a 72 hour Emergency Food Kit that provides 4 servings per day for a total of 12 servings. The individual packets get a good score but the kit comes in a cardboard box that has a fair amount of wasted space and would not stand up to much in the way of moisture or bugs. Preparation is easy, simple pour in two cups of boiling water, stir and let sit. The uncooked appearance of the meal was promising as I could easily distinguish actual noodles instead of just small chunks or powder. Once the food was prepped and I split the servings I chowed down. The flavor and texture get high marks as well. It is no homemade lasagna but pretty tasty for coming out of a bag that is supposed to have a shelf life measured in decades. The portion size is reasonable, I wasn’t stuffed but I wasn’t hungry either. If I had to have a high level of output I would need more food but a single serving is enough to let you know that you have eaten and keep you functional. Eat both servings and you should be full.

For the scores:
-Packaging 4
-Ease of prep 4
-Flavor 3.5
-Texture 3.5
-Portion sizing 4

In addition to the lasagna I had a Nalgene bottle full of Wise Co Orange Delight. This stuff is like crack. The flavor is great. It doesn’t taste like orange juice it just tastes like something between Tang and Orange Gatorade. Tasty.

I will post back with any associated GI complaints if there are any.

Until next time, stay sharp.


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