We recently picked up a few new aftermarket AR part from Hogue, an AR collapsible buttstock and overmolded AR pistol grip. I'm also trying out one of their new PowerSpeed Automatic Retention System holsters for a Glock 23.....
The feature I really like about the PowerSpeed holster is that it fits perfectly with my Glock 23 and a Trijicon RMR mounted. I normally have to make small modifications to holsters in order to accommodate the added RMR. I don't know if this was a design consideration on the part of Hogue or if it just turned out to be my lucky day, either way it fits perfectly.
The release mechanism is smooth, the learning curve is minimal to get a clean and quick draw stroke down. The holster comes with the paddle already attached to the holster, a belt slider attachment comes along with additional mounting screws. Hogue offers and accessory mounting solution for this holster, the MOLLE mount adapter allows you to mount the holster to almost any piece of equipment with sufficient rows of MOLLE available.
The PowerSpeed holster goes for approximately $49.00 and the MOLLE adapter is right at $10.00. For $60.00 bucks you have yourself a reliable holster that can be used for EDC as well as working it in to a home on your kit. We'll keep you updated on how the holster performs during some of the more rugged portions of our classes. We've seen several other manufactures automatic retention holsters completely fail during our training courses.
Now lets look at the AR Pistol Grip and Buttstock. Let me tell ya, these feel great, a nice tacky surface, a really nice positive grip. As with virtually all AR pistol grips the installation of the Hogue grip was a snap. The grip has a design piece I like which seems to give the pistol grip more rigidity as well as prevents hot spots on the knuckle of your "You're number 1" finger.
looking at the above pistol grip from this angle you can see it ties in nicely with the trigger guard and the edges are nicely rounded. I've had issues in the past with pistol grips being too sharp in the area right under the rear trigger guard and would need to remove material with a dremel (dremel aka the armorers best friend).
Samson makes a handy accessory that fits into the hallow space of the Hogue pistol grip. The Samson Field Survivor 1 is an all in one multi-function tool specifically for the AR platform.
The tool has the following accessories:
- Broken shell extractor
- Wire brush for bore cleaning
- Ampule for oil for one field lube
- Cable to pull the brush through the bore
- Carbon scraping tool
- Flat blade screwdriver
- Feed lip adjustment tool
- Gas key cleaning tool
- Cotter pin hook
- Strike Plate
- Front sight adjustment tool.
- Magazine feed lip gauge
The Hogue OverMolded AR buttstock has a specific design which greatly reduces the shimmy and shake most adjustable buttstocks have. Once this stock was installed on my rifle it had zero sound coming from the buttstock when shaking the rifle vigorously. Moving the buttstock all the way out to the last position, usually the loudest, the Hogue buttstock was still silent. The buttstock also has 3 flushcups for those who use a QD type sling attachment point. After the holster I was most impressed by the stock and how quiet and solid it felt in each position, zero extra movement or play from this buttstock.