BLUF: I'm staying enrolled for another month.
I received my first package from Alpha Outpost today. It was a dense well built box and arrived as promised. I received an email from Alpha stating that it would be shipping along with a tracking number. After it was delivered I received a confirmation of delivery . Professional and organized
Under the cover page there was a packing list.
It listed all the contents and the values associated with each item in the box.
The box was well organized and neatly packed - first impression was "this is it?" but as I kept unwrapping the items are of high quality and well thought out within the theme.
Three seasoning rubs along with a recipe / reference book that is laminated or a plastic type paper.
The final inventory:
All in it was a good package. A good theme and some good gear. I plan to see what next month's theme will be and plan to stay enrolled.
We headed to the range on Monday night in order to process some ammunition into brass, shoot more MagTech ammo and to field test the Talon grip. We were joined by long time friends - he is and avid shooter, his wife had never shot a firearm before.
Talon Grip - this has been installed on Susan's handgun because after shooting more than 10 rds - her XDS was not comfortable. I am happy to report that she was impressed with the comfort of the grip. She also commented that it improved accuracy - I assume due to the firearm requiring less grip to maintain - she no longer feels that she has to squeeze it to death in order to hold onto it.
Overall - she is very happy with the grip. It stay put, looks like it belong there and she is more confident and comfortable with the firearm along with looking forward to the next round of range time.
Training - we took a novice shooter from never firing a firearm at the beginning of the night to multiple magazines of .45ACP via a sub compact. Progressing from a .22 revolver thru 9mm to 40 S&W and ending up at .45ACP autoloaders. She enjoyed the night and is looking forward to the next time in a about a month or so.
I ordered a Talon Grip for the Springfield XDS .45 ACP on Friday from Amazon for $17.99. The ruberized version. It arrived on Sunday
Simple packaging, the grip, an alcohol swap, a sticker and some instructions.
I test fitted it and it seems straight forward. Cleared the firearm, field stripped and cleaned the grip with the provided alcohol wipe.
Peeled the backing off and gently began to apply to the grip.
Pressed it down and checked the fit. Ensure that it clears the magazine release.
Next step is to heat it up with a hair dryer and firmly press all edges and surfaces down.
Reassembled and ready for the range.
Time spent - about 15 minutes.
At first it was what the hell. I paid nearly 20 bucks for a sheet of gasket material.
But - it fit perfectly and high quality manufacturing - no loose pieces and sloppy edges. The adhesive was sticky enough to hold and then seemed to melt into the grip after it was heated. To be honest it appears that it should be there. The grip is more comfortable and doesn't dig into my palm.
I'll update you after the range on shooting comfort, accuracy and durability.