So, I’ll be honest, sometimes it’s weird to me to write a post on a video that I just made. It just doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. I said pretty much everything I wanted to say in the video so what else am I supposed to write about? Well this time, there are a few things I want to say about this video.
When I think “torture test” for a gun, I imagine the torture test that FPS Russia did on that Glock. It was insane. He froze it in an ice block, broke the ice block by shooting it repeatedly, put it in an oven, and literally blew the gun up. That’s awesome to watch and all, but it doesn’t really tell me a whole lot about the real world stress that the gun can handle.
I went into filming this video with the intention of recreating more real world scenarios than the FPS Russia video. I tried to imagine who might be using this weapon and what kind of circumstances they might be under. So, for instance, we submerged it in water for an extended period of time. It’s no secret that our special forces teams are sometimes required to swim with their equipment before a mission. I wanted to be certain that water was not an issue for this gun. It wasn’t.
The gun is a multi-charge weapon, meaning that it can be charged from the rear or the side. Because of the side charge, there is an open port on both sides of the upper. In addition, the upper is actually built like an octagon which causes the shock waves from the gun to travel outward rather than backward. This forces the water (and dirt) to get blown out of the sides to keep the bolt running smooth.
A weapon like this should not have to be babied. It’s not meant to be a safe queen. I want to know that if it was used in a battle, or even if it was just used out in the country that the owner could toss it in the back of the truck and it would be fine. Not only that, but it could withstand any dirt and debris from any elemental surroundings. Hence, the throwing and kicking it around in the dirt and rocks. It still performed without a hitch.
The last thing I wanted to test is how it would run if it were bone dry. If an operator were to use it in a life threatening situation and it was dead dry and there was no way to lubricate it, would it still fire? To test this, we poured gasoline on it and lit it on fire to burn off all of the oil and lubricant. We threw it around in the dirt. Then we lit on fire for a good 20 seconds while it sat there in the dirt to get any additional residue off.
It fired multiple rounds but ended up jamming after every clear. So we decided to see if we could get it to run with just a few drops of lubricant while keeping it fully assembled. Mike put 2 drops on each side of the bolt. Chris racked it a few times and pulled the trigger. It ran like new.
I wanted to explain that to all of you because I’ve been getting a decent amount of hate mail saying that the torture test wasn’t “torture” enough. Sure, we could have put it an oven and strapped c4 to it but what would that have really shown you?
Hopefully this brought a little light to the video. Of course, first and foremost, it’s meant to entertain so thank you to all of you who have supported the video and supported me along the way. Here’s to a bunch more.