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Well, I haven't received my Evolution-9 just yet, but I did get my new flash hider yesterday :D. This thing is just plain mean - insanely cool :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:!!!!!! I have always like the futuristic look of the M-A1 series, and I initially wanted to put together a Steyr that looked like a pistol worthy of being carried on Marvin the Martian's hip. I decided a flash hider would be the pinnacle of tacticool, but I had some real issues finding something that would work. One would think 13.5x1 LH accessories would be easy to come by, as the USP9SD uses the same setup and I'm sure accessory manufacturers have realized by now that H&K types tend to have spare coin to drop on toys... However, the only manufacturer I could find that had what I needed was CCF, and they stopped making their $99 steel Vortex in 9mm due to weak brass ejection - instead, they opted to only sell the 9mm version in titanium with a hefty price tag of $149+shipping. Now I don't mind dropping some cash for new accessories, but even $99 seemed a bit high for more sex appeal - $149 was out of the question. I decided to scrap the project...

...Until I stumbled upon a gentleman over on HKPRO.com who fabricates these things for a hobby (if anyone wants his contact info, PM me and I'll pass it along). It took MAYBE a week for him to get the thing made and shipped to my door. When I received it, I was taken aback by the quality - it's solid, beautiful, and smooth all around. I couldn't have hoped for more. :D And here it is -





Unfortunately, I haven't had a chance to hit the range yet, but I will try to get to it this weekend and throw up a range report. CCF has a nice write-up on their webpage about the "science" of how flash hiders are supposed to increase accuracy and velocity. I'm not sure how much I buy into their numbers, but I sure would like a chrono to test the theories.

Added weight to the end of the muzzle is the first obvious benefit. With a full 15 round magazine in the pistol (127gr. +P+ Ragers) and the threaded barrel equipped, the various weight measurements are:

Flash Suppressor - 2.4 oz. (.15 lbs.)
Pistol - 34.4 oz. (2.15 lbs.)
Pistol w/ M6X - 39.2 oz. (2.45 lbs.)
Pistol w/ F.H. - 37.6 oz. (2.35 lbs.)
Pistol w/ M6X & FH - 42.4 oz. (2.65 lbs.)

More weight hanging off the front should equate to less muzzle flip (though I doubt anyone was complaining :lol:). In addition to that benefit, CCF's website claims:

The explanation for the accuracy enhancement has to be the flash suppressor eliminating "dirty air" from being created ahead of the bullet by expansion gas. If you watch a slow motion video of a bullet leaving a barrel you will notice for the first couple of inches out a barrel, the expansion gases actually speed forward past the bullet. We surmised that either one or both of the following two scenarios were taking place - 1st, expansion gases were creating dirty air ahead of the bullet or 2nd, as the expansion gases break past the rear edge of the bullet's base, they torque the bullet and give it a yaw and destabilizing it. When you have the vortex flash suppressor on the barrel, while the bullet is in the flash suppressor, the expansion gases are channeled off where they can't torque the bullet and by the time the bullet has exited the flash suppressor, whatever expansion gas remains behind the bullet has lost most of its energy (gas having very little mass dissipates its energy quickly).
They claim all of this should translate to a 7-8% increase in velocity for 9mm, which would mean 15-16% more energy on target. If these numbers are true, it will help further close the gap between a hot +P+ 9mm load and a .357SIG load.

And of course there is the obvious benefit of less flash when shooting, though I cannot imagine it would be noticeable except at night or while using some insanely dirty range rounds. In a "tactical" scenario, the flash hider should help conceal the location of the shooter.

Since we are talking handguns, increased accuracy and perhaps velocity were my only real concerns. Thus far, this thread has a definite surplus of words and a shortage of pictures, so without further adieu...
 

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One of my favorite things about the flash suppressor is hearing the slide rack forward - there is a distinct ringing bell sound that emits from the front end of the pistol for about 5 seconds. The sound is beautiful and terrifying at the same time! :eek: :D



(I knew someday I would get some use out of this stupid Ouija board :p)



And these two pictures are my tribute to Wulf - a tequila shot to remember :lol::





And here is my (somewhat crooked) portal to "our world":



A better shot:

 

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And onto the final part of the illustrated production...









I'll get a range report up pronto...

Just in case someone has missed the previous versions: v1.0 and v2.0. v3.0 will be feature my Evolution-9 complete with MPGs. Stay tuned...
 

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uber tacticool!!!!!

I have seen those for sale on gunbroker and stuff, and they had always showed them attached to USPs or SOCOMs. That's where I saw the thread protectors with o-rings as well (the ones I told you about before but could never find ;) ). Let us know how it affects your shooting (if it does at all). I think it does something to counter the extra length added by the MX-6. Good luck holstering that badboy though ;)

I swear the o-ringed thread protectors are out there.... honest!!!!!!!!
 

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Tax, you mind if I use your photos on another board?

Is your bandwidth any good or should I save 'em and waste mine?
 

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I'm using photobucket, but I've slung my various pictures all over all kinds of boards. Knock yourself out - my girlfriend will be flattered (she takes 'em) :).

Thanks for the compliments, guys - I'm pretty proud of this pistol. One of these days I just might resize the originals to wallpaper size and find a place to host 'em - there doesn't seem to be much out there in the way of Steyr M-A1 wallpapers...
 

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Dayam *tax :shock:

Awesome firearm , Dude! 8) How bouta *.wav file ?... kachingggg! :twisted: Hava great weekend, Bro. :)

Wulf
 

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Steyr Threaded Barrel

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I'm looking at several polymer pistols for my next purchase and I keep coming back to the Steyr. Where did you buy the extended threaded barrel ?

Great Photos !!
 

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I just have to say, the Ouija board shots are brilliant. "Yes" at the operator end, as in: this is the side you want to be on and "No" at the muzzle end, as in: you absolutely do not want to be on this end and "Goodbye", the inevitable conclusion, beneath it. Its voodoo and foreboding meets cold brutal physics, ancient evil and futuristic evil; the prediction of doom and the method, all in one. It darkly whispers with the force of inevitability: you are going to die, and here is the gun that will kill you. You may as well just pick it up and kill yourself right now because there is no escaping your fate. Or it looks like the gun could slowly start spinning on its own just as you finish asking a question, ready to end up pointing to an answer you dread but already know is coming...

Ok, I'm getting a little carried away.

Also, the black and white contrast is a great background. Its just awesome.
 

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Pop quiz!

Which sells tequila to a gun nut, errr, enthusiast, best, when posed next to the product?

A) a sexy woman

B) a sexy gun

C) a sexy woman with a sexy gun (Duh!)

D) tequila sells itself

E) forget the tequila, give me the sexy woman and the sexy gun!

F) Just give me the frackin' gun

G) zombies, sexy sexy zombies...
 

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I picked up the barrel from a member in the classifieds. You can get one yourself through SAI for something like $250, or IGB makes them. I prefer the genuine thing, but to each his own.

Thanks for the kind words, guys :)

As for the quiz, I thing "G" would be the best to sell guns to tequila nuts. "C" should be the answer, but personally, I'd go for "E" if hard pressed :D.

Tell ya what, I'll get the photographer on the other end of the camera for a picture or two in v3.0 and we'll see if guns, alcohol, or a hot girl get the most attention :wink:.

All the paperwork has been submitted and folks on Sigforum are reporting sub 30 day approval on Form 4's - my Evo-9 should be in my hands shortly. :twisted: :twisted:
 

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Syntax: Forget the sexy gun, get the sexy photographer on the other end of the camera and post photos mucho pronto!

Seriously (and I was serious to start with) that is one sexy mod you got going there. When you get to V. 3.0 are you going pro and start selling fully tricked-out accessory kits?

My plain Jane M357-A1 sure could use a pair of them high-heel sneakers and a snazzy red dress for Saturday nights out on the town.
 

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Seriously (and I was serious to start with) that is one sexy mod you got going there. When you get to V. 3.0 are you going pro and start selling fully tricked-out accessory kits?
I actually considered this, but I highly doubt it would be cost effective. And I assume whatever class 3 transfer paperwork involved would be a PITA.

I would still like to add a BT captured guide rod and M6X lens cover into the setup. I once considered a remote trigger for the laser/light, but those stringy switches seem like trouble. If there was a way to throw a red dot up top, she could almost pass for a race gun. 8)
 
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