By David Crane
david (at) defensereview (dot) com
August 27, 2015
Last updated on 8/27/15.
Back in January (2015), right before SHOT Show 2015, DefenseReview (DR) published a piece on the Ashbury Precision Ordnance (APO) Custom Shop (APOCS), which is building some very cool custom combat/tactical pistols with the Trijicon RMR (Ruggedized Miniature Reflex) LED mini red dot sight combat optic and premium back-up iron sights (BUIS) that can be co-witnessed with the red dot, and with the rear BUIS either in front of or behind the red dot, based on customer preference. Some APOCS custom pistols are being built specifically for shooting with silencer/sound suppressors attached, so they feature higher back-up iron sights that allow you to sight over the suppressor.
At SHOT Show 2015, DR got to view and handle a bunch of APOCS custom pistols, including a Glock 17 (G17) 9mm, a Heckler & Koch HK VP9 9mm (striker-fired), a HK HK45 full-size .45 ACP, a HK HK45 Compact Tactical compact .45 ACP, and a 1911 .45 ACP pistol. Some of these guns were were built with suppressor sights and barrels for suppressed shooting. According to Travis Bankston of APOCS gunsmith Travis Bankston, co-witnessing the iron sights with the Trijicon RMR combat optic reduces training time with the RMR, since the red dot sits right on top of the front sight with the iron sights are lined up.
Defense Review noticed that the APOCS team likes Heinie Specialty Products Pistol Sights, including their suppressor sights. We think that’s a good choice, since Heinie sights are great. Just for the record, DR also likes Novak Sights and Dawson Precision Sights, the latter especially for competition.
By the way, DR spoke with a couple of the guys at APOCS today, and they told us that they’re going to be offering APOCS custom Smith & Wesson (S&W) M&P pistols very soon, including guns built for suppressors.
Anyway, take a look at the accompanying photos and video below to see the high level of tactical/combat pistols APOCS is building. DR has yet to get some high-round-count reliability, accuracy and durability data and customer feedback, but the guns at SHOT looked really good.
Company Contact Info:
Ashbury Precision Ordnance (APO)
PO Box 8024
Charlottesville, Virginia USA 22906-8024
General Phone: 434-296-8600 Ext. 998
Email Contact Page: http://www.ashburyprecisionordnance.com/contact-us/?expandable=5
APO Website: http://www.ashburyprecisionordnance.com
APO Facebook: http://www.ashburyprecisionordnance.com/facebook
APO Armory: http://www.ashburyprecisionordnance.com/armory/
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