Fail: Burris Fastfire III

I wanted to like the Burris Fastfire III.

I did like the sight.

It was at a pretty good price point for me. It felt nice in the hand and was much smaller than I expected based on the picture. I have a TacSol Picatinny rail on my Browning Buckmark.  And it fit perfectly.

I had high hopes.

I’m guessing it was not properly calibrated at the factory. It was WAY off zero from the start and the available adjustment could not compensate. It was still 3+ inches high at the point that it could no longer be adjusted.

Now I’m returning it.

Very sad.

G.P.S. Handgunner Backpack, Meet Kaizen Foam

I decided to get a new range bag, and after a bit of searching and uncertainty, ordered the GPS Handgunner Backpack.  (And of course its price has dropped since I last looked!)

GPS Handgunner Backpack

It has really good reviews and has pockets for all the basics.  The one part I was not sure about was whether I’d really be able to get my handguns into the compartment and its (very sturdy feeling) foam tray comfortably.

GPS Foam Tray

And once I got it, I found that my concerns were justified.  5″+ guns do not fit well.  And add in an optical sight (even a relatively small one) or the extra width of a revolver’s cylinder and things just did not fit.

But I decided to try another solution first before returning the bag.  It won’t fit 4 handguns as the bag is designed, but I think I’ll ultimately be able to squeeze in 3 (is that a good excuse to buy another gun?)., but it looks like its going to work out well.

I bought some Kaizen foam, cut it into rectangles for the guns to sit horizontally (instead of vertically) and then cut out space for each gun.

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Just finished all that.  I haven’t taken it to the range to give things a real whirl yet, but I’m happy with how things turned out.

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The one thing I still want to do is glue a very thin piece of wood to the bottom of each piece of foam.  I think that could be good for taking the foam blocks out and setting them down on things at the range.

My 3 day weekend can now be considered successful.  😉