M9A1 Porn v3.0 (suppressed)

Discussion in 'M, C, L and S Series' started by Syntax360, Jun 4, 2007.

  1. Syntax360

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    I am happy to report that my "project" has seemed to reach an end. I picked up my AAC Evolution-9 suppressor about a month ago from the awesome folks over at RCS Guns, and I must say - I don't think I have ever had a cooler toy :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:. Dating back to when I was a child a suppressed handgun has always been at the top of my "things I wish I could have" list, and thanks to the Great State of Texas, I have finally been able to realize this dream.

    I went the trust transfer route and was pleasantly surprised when my Form 4 only took 18 days to process, mailbox to mailbox. This method also saved me the trouble of having to get (pay for) a passport photo, fingerprints, or a CLEO signature. After a late-night hour-and-a-half drive to my Class 3 and a pile of additional paperwork, I was finally able to to take possession of my can:

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    Imagine my surprise when I opened it up and saw the user manual, only to discover that the folks over at AAC have really good taste:

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    Yep - that's an original Steyr M9 on the cover! These things are not model specific, though you must specify what thread pitch you need on your piston. I thought for sure a H&K would be "featured", as the USP9SD uses the same 13.5x1 LH thread pitch and are way more common than a threaded Steyr. Excellent choice, AAC. 8)

    Included in the "can" is a suppressor, a user manual, a wrench used to disassemble the ASAP system, a nylon belt carrying case, and a spacer to replace the spring on the ASAP system should you decide to attach the can to a fixed-barrel weapon.

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    A.S.A.P. is AAC's fancy name for a Nielsen Device, which is necessary to ensure proper cycling on most semi-autos. When the pistol is fired, the barrel is driven rearward with the slide until it is cammed out of battery. The weight of a suppressor hanging off of the barrel can be enough to cause issues, but things are further complicated when one considers that a silencer is pushed forward by escaping gases. The pistol not only has to overcome the extra weight, but also needs to counter-act the forward pull of the barrel. The Nielsen Device (somewhat) neutralizes this violent tug-of-war by allowing both parts of the weapon system to move in opposite directions at the same time. This setup allows the M9A1 to toss spent brass every bit as energetically as it does without the silencer equipped. However, one must take care to keep the ASAP system clean - after about 150 rounds (starting wet) it gets pretty gummed up and I experienced pretty regular failures to return to battery. I haven't had a chance to extensively test the cleaning thresholds of the unit yet, but I will report back when I have more range time on it. The Evo-9 is a sealed unit - cleaning of the main unit is best done by use of a solvent tank and an air compressor, and AAC's recommendation of using a scotch bright pad to clean the ASAP piston and spring has proven to be quite effective.

    The A.S.A.P. system disassembled:
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    A look down the can:
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    The Evo-9 can be run wet or dry. The dry report is about as loud as a pneumatic roofing nailer, but wet yields something closer to a brad nailer or paintball gun. In both cases it is a metal clanking sound combined with a low pitched puff/pop. I haven't quite mastered the art of how much fluid to use - AAC recommends 5cc's of water, but I have had better results using slightly more. Still, too much water results in a report that is only slightly more quiet than dry.

    The Evolution-9 also features an adjustable zero feature which is designed to allow the user to adjust the can to achieve the least POI shift. I was actually a bit surprised at first when I seemed to be hitting a few inches off each time with the can equipped versus the dead-on accuracy of the pistol unequipped. When the pistol is fired, escaping gases travel through the baffles of the silencer which cause slight deviations in the gas flow around the bullet which can cause some erratic results. By pulling the suppressor away from the pistol and turning it counter-clockwise, you can make up to 10 adjustments in the orientation of the piston to slightly shift the POI. With a little tinkering and re-zeroing of my laser, I was able to get her shooting true in short order.
     
  2. Syntax360

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    Time to run down the stats: M9A1 9mm equipped with PT three dot blue/green/blue night sights, a Steyr factory threaded barrel (13.5x1 LH), a SSG Knives USP9SD thread protector, custom flash hider, Streamlight/Insight M6X laser/light, Hogue tool grip, Wulf custom 17 and 18 round high capacity magazines, BigTaco stainless (black oxide) captured guide rod, BigTaco trigger job, and of course, an Advanced Armament Evolution-9 suppressor.

    Upon first attaching the can to the pistol, I was taken aback at the overall size. The complete setup measures just a hair under 15" OAL - definitely not something you could stuff into a IWB :lol:. The complete pistol (loaded) feels to be more or less equal to the weight of my load SigARMS GSR 1911, and is very well balanced. The various weight measurements are as follows:

    Pistol + Evo-9, unloaded: 2.55 lbs.
    Pistol + Evo-9, loaded: 3.15 lbs.
    Pistol + Evo-9 + M6X, unloaded: 2.25 lbs.
    Pistol + Evo-9 + M6X, loaded: 2.85 lbs.

    The measurements on the silencer are (per AAC's website):
    7.25" OAL
    1.25" Diameter
    10 oz. (.63 lbs.)

    The can is constructed of stainless steel and aluminum and the fit and finish are absolutely top notch. All muzzle flip has been eradicated by the gizmos, and perceived recoil is ridiculously soft. The BT guide rod was an awesome addition to the rig. The new rod is notably heavier than the flimsy plastic stock piece and provides a very nice feel to the front end. If you haven't ordered one of these yet, get to it - you won't be sorry :). The aftermarket rod has held up quite well thus far (~700 rounds)...

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    I was worried about the sighting situation, but I'm actually very pleased with the diameter of the can vs. the height of the sights. The top of the front sight is dead even with the top of the can - one can place the center of the target just on top of the front sight be able to score decent shots all day long without the aid of a laser (minute-of-zombie is a breeze :D). However, the lower part of the sight picture is obscured a bit by the can, so I do prefer to use the setup with the M6X's laser on.

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    Thus far, I've only shot 3 types of ammo through the can - WWB 147gr. JHP, WWB 124gr. FMJ, and CCI 115gr. Of course the subsonic 147gr. was the quietest, but I was pleasantly surprised at the supersonic stuff as well. It's loud, but definitely not stupid loud like a normal unsuppressed gunshot. It is also worth noting that the sound of a bullet hitting a metal backstop is way, WAY more loud than a suppressed shot :shock:. Hearing protection is an absolute must if you plan on shooting at an indoor range. A friend and I also noticed that the pistol does have an almost hollywood laser gun sound when you are shooting subsonics at the indoor range using hearing protection - I suspect it's a product of the shot and the impact in rapid succession.

    As usual, I've spent way too much time yapping and not enough time throwing down pictures, so on to the first set...
     

  3. Syntax360

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    My normal carry rig:
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    Leatherman Charge Ti multitool, M9A1 in a Blade-Tech UCH, Blade-Tech extra mag carrier, Surefire G2 flashlight, Böker BO051 knife, Oakley Whisker sunglasses, and VX9900 enV phone.

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    Ideally, I would take the threaded barrel out for carry, but I'm not too comfortable rechambering the same round 2 times per day, and it wouldn't make any kind of financial sense to go through 1 perfectly good bullet a day by just tossing it out. I'm definitely glad now that I invested in the thread protector - chopping my holster for the flash hider would have been a bit much :lol:.

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  4. Syntax360

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    As promised, I finally talked the photographer out from behind her camera and snapped a few shots of both my beauties 8)...

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  5. Syntax360

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    I didn't realize just how frightening the business end was until we snapped this picture... yikes! :shock: :lol:

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    And to think - I used to think the Steyr was a weird looking gun.
     
  6. Syntax360

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    And onto our favorites...

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    Her favorite.

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    This is my all-time favorite picture. How bad do you think a BG would really want that purse? :lol:

    And of course, I gotta rep the club...
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    And as for those videos I promised...

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    The videos are flattering - the pistol does sound more loud, but I don't have access to any fancy audio/video equipment to properly capture it. Still, we did some indoors testing at a shop my buddy owns out in the country and the general consensus is that one could fire the pistol in one room and a person in the next wouldn't here it (provided the doors were closed). This is, of course, wet and under ideal conditions.

    In case anyone has missed the other parts of the evolution: v1.0 - regular pistol, v2.0 - threaded barrel, v2.5 - flash hider.

    I will probably periodically update this thread with any info regarding various types of ammo I try with the can and the results. I hope you guys like the pictures and the new setup! I consider this pistol "done" (for now :p) and it is certainly the finest weapon system I own. It is a joy to shoot and is sure to put a smile on any enthusiast's face with every shot 8)
     
  7. Wulf

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    Dayam, *tax* !!! :shock:

    Funny, but she seems a bit over dressed! :shock: Ya got 'er in nail polish only? :twisted:

    Wulf <-- thinkin' dressed to kill is somehow appropriate
     
  8. babj615

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    ...funny.....

    ...I don't remember Texas being that green......

    ...OR red, for that matter!!!!

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    Excellent post, Syn.

    I am very surprised to find the EVO-9 manual has a Steyr on the cover!!!

    Maybe Ill have to make a special trip back through Dallas.... I'll bring some friends...

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  9. CWILLIAMS

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    You are the greatest!!! I want to be like you when I grow up!!!
     
  10. smores

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    Man...... I need a silencer ASAP! However I might wait until I get the UZI for that ;)
     
  11. matt13

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    :shock: Wow! She's hot!!! Oh, and your girl's a looker too. :twisted:
     
  12. posterboy7

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    Man, I "need" a shotgun and carbine but now I just want to trick out my Steyr! Syn, You have inspired lust... :twisted:
     
  13. West01

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    Whoa!

    Syntax, your post goes from the beautiful to the sublime! And vice versa! :D

    "James Bond 007" comes to my mind for some reason.
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    The best!

    West01

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  14. mugdava

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    Hey Syntax!

    Now that'a a post! 8) Outstanding pics! :wink:
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  15. squirrelpotpie

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    wow syntax, nice pictures - your steyr m9-a1 version 3.0 accessories look awesome ':D'
     
  16. CWILLIAMS

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    Oh by the way "innocent she ain't".

    Makes Daisy Duke look like a girl scout. Talking about the Steyr.
     
  17. MrApathy

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    what ammo you using with the silencer?

    try subsonic ammo yet?
     
  18. Syntax360

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    Thanks for all the kind words, guys. 8)

    Like I said, thus far I've only shot a few boxes of 147gr. WWB JHP (subsonic), 124gr. WWB FMJ (supersonic), and 115gr. CCI FMJ (supersonic). I'm going to pick up a few boxes of 147gr. Rangers this weekend and we'll see how they go...