Today we’ve got a quick update on the Modern Fighting Revolver after running it through the Modern Samurai Project Black Belt standards. The first big hurdle on the gun test was getting the optic zeroed and seeing if the Apex Tactical ACRO revolver mount would stay solid.
Good news, the Apex Tactical ACRO revolver mount is rock solid and the Modern Fighting Revolver is at least good to go for initial shooting. In this range session, I ran the Modern Samurai Project Black Belt standards, which consist of the following drills:
1. 3×2 drill at 3 yards under 2 seconds 2. Single shot at 7 yards under 1 second 3. Bill Drill at 7 yards under 2 seconds 4. Single shot at 25 yards under 1.5 seconds
To earn the coveted Black Belt patch you have to hit all those standards under the par times with all A-zone hits. It’s an extremely difficult test that relies on a fast draw time and being able to see a sight picture fast enough to guarantee good hits.
Due to my still recovering shoulder injury, I ran the standards from the low ready. Using the Modern Fighting revolver I was able to beat the par times easily, and only dropped one hit out of the target zone, which was at 25 yards. One reason I was able to get fast hits is the Apex Tactical ACRO revolver mount. The mount entirely replaces the rear sight assembly of the 686+, and securely anchors with three screws in the top strap of the revolver.
Because the Apex Tactical ACRO revolver mount sits in the rear sight trough, the optic itself is positioned…fairly high on the revolver. While this might cause an issue with sight offset inside 5 yards, it creates an advantage because it rapidly presents the optic’s window into the shooter’s view. At close range on drills like the 3×2, you can get acceptable hits by simply looking at the target through the window of the optic and not really worrying about the dot. With the optic showing up quickly in your field of view, I was able to get a 1.65 on the 3×2 drill, which is 3 shots to the body and 2 to the head.
Of course, if a mount doesn’t hold zero it’s useless. I’m happy to say that the Apex Tactical ACRO revolver mount held zero through the entire MSP standards and an additional 250 rounds that day. This is more than can be said for some other mounts I’ve used while working the bugs out of this project. It my opinion, it’s the best option for mounting an optic to a modern revolver. Currently it’s only available for the Aimpoint ACRO, but the design could be adapted for other mounts…if there was a market out there for it.