By David Crane
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May 14, 2012
Last updated on 5/14/12.
DefenseReview (DR) stopped by STS Arms in Oregon yesterday on our way out to NDIA Joint Armaments Conference, Exhibition & Firing Demonstration 2012 in Seattle to drop off some guns (ARs and other weapons) for (Cerakote ceramic) coating, one of the company’s specialties. STS coats the inside with Micro Slick, a permanent dry-lubricant ceramic coating that significantly reduces or even eliminates the need for wet lubrication. STS’ owner Ron Downs then took us to the range for a little shooting session with some of his guns, including an in-house-built (STS Arms) suppressed tactical AR SBR (Short Barreled Rifle) chambered in 300 AAC Blackout, a full-auto .22 LR AR, and the piece de resistance, a select-fire/full-auto Glock 22 (G22) machine pistol outfitted with an prototype push-button-type STS Arms select-fire backplate/backplate fire selector switch reminiscent of the FSSG Fire Selector System, which DR wrote about a long time ago.
In fact, the STS Arms backplate selector switch would appear to operate identically to the FSSG, and only differ a bit in physical appearance and materials. The STS Arms select-fire backplate for Glock Pistols appears to be all steel, while the FSSG, originally invented by a Mr. Jorge A. Leon of Venezuela, and holding U.S. patent number US5705763, incorporates high-impact graphite polymer. How the STS backplate gets around the FSSG’s patent, or if it gets around it, is anyone’s guess. It sure is fun, though. Actually, it’s a blast, excuse the pun.
So, how does it work? For normal semi-auto fire, make sure the push-button-type selector button is pushed all the way to the left so it’s sticking out the left side and is flush on the right side. To go rock n’ roll/full-auto, just push the button from left to the right so the button is sticking all the way out on the right side.
Just like th FSSG, the STS Arms replacement Glock backplate selector switch replaces the standard Glock backplate, and and can be swapped out from one Glock to another just as easily.
The first video below (top video) is my second attempt at full-auto fire with the STS Arms backplate-outfitted G22 pistol, once I was used to its firing characteristics. The second video below (bottom video) is my first attempt.
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