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Faxon’s Best .308 Bolt Action Rifles

January 20th, 2024

Faxon and Refactor teamed up again to create another guide to explore the firearms frontiers for you. They’ve pooled their expertise and research together to talk to you about what they view as the best .308 bolt-actions on the market. If you’re looking for a new bolt gun, read on! Let’s get into it. 

Who Makes The Best .308 Bolt Action Rifle?

Determining what the ‘best’ is can be different for each person. It’s a subjective question. That said, we’ll share with you what our favorite is. In our opinion, the Faxon FX7 bolt gun is the best 308 bolt action rifle you can buy. It’s a higher-end bolt gun built for extreme precision. There are cheaper options on the market, but you won’t be as happy with them as you would with the FX7. Buy once, Cry once. You won’t regret it.

Faxon FX7

Get ready for a game-changer in precision shooting! Meet the FX7 Pershing Rifle, crafted by the wizards at Faxon Firearms. This isn’t just any rifle. It’s a testament to their unwavering commitment to top-notch quality.

Faxon FX7

Think long-range shooting, and the .308 Winchester cartridge leaps to mind. This round’s got history, having earned its stripes with military snipers and decades of proven performance. It’s the go-to choice for those who don’t mess around when it comes to accuracy.

Now, let’s dive into what sets the FX7 Pershing, loaded with the legendary .308 Win, apart. It’s more than a rifle; it’s a revolution in long-range shooting.

Action

The FX7 Pershing Rifle bolt action reciever, a marvel of precision and durability, centers around a 416-R stainless steel action body, known for its robustness and resistance to corrosion. It features a unique 4340 carbon steel bolt with Faxon’s signature Flame Fluting, combining functionality with artistic design.

The rifle is coated with ArmorLube DLC, offering enhanced durability and a sleek, low-glare finish, meeting military specifications for DEVCON under MIL-PRF-32711. Its 70-degree bolt lift ensures smooth, quick operation for faster follow-up shots. The 6-lug configuration, arranged in two rings, guarantees a secure, accurate lockup.

An integrated 20-MOA Picatinny Rail allows for precise mounting of optics and accessories. The rifle also includes an integrated recoil lug, boosting accuracy and stability. Its design features a straight, interchangeable bolt handle for customization and ease of use.

Compatibility is a key aspect of the FX7 Pershing. It accommodates AICS and AW magazines, Remington 700 pattern triggers, and Faxon Firearms FX7 Prefit barrels. The rifle is equipped with an M16-style extractor and a plunger-style ejector, ensuring reliable extraction and ejection of rounds, cementing its status as a game-changer in long-range shooting.

Barrel

The FX7 Pershing Rifle’s barrel, made of 416-R stainless steel, stands out for its superior accuracy and durability. Each barrel is button-rifled, honed, and lapped, highlighting the dedication to peak performance.

The barrel features a 1:10 twist rate, offering stability across various bullet weights. Its 22″ length strikes a perfect balance, optimizing both maneuverability and long-range precision.

Designed with an M24 profile, the barrel is designed for precision shooting. A salt bath nitride finish enhances its corrosion resistance and longevity, ensuring the barrel withstands rigorous use.

The muzzle comes suppressor-ready with a 5/8×24 thread. Lastly, a recessed target crown is incorporated to protect the barrel’s end, ensuring consistent accuracy shot after shot.

Chassis & Stock

The FX7 Pershing Rifle, far more than just a firearm, is housed in an exceptional MDT/Faxon Firearms co-branded rifle chassis. 

This setup is complemented by an MDT Skeleton stock, sporting a sleek grey Cerakote finish.

Ruger American Predator

The Ruger American Predator is a top-notch bolt-action hunting rifle, built on the reliable action of the American. It boasts a one-piece, factory-installed scope rail, and a standout feature is its free-floating, cold hammer-forged threaded barrel with heavy tapering for precision shooting.

Ruger American Predator

This rifle is not just about performance; it also has a stylish, lightweight synthetic stock in Moss Green. The stock is designed with modern fore-end contouring and grip serrations, ensuring a firm, confident hold. The Marksman Adjustable trigger enhances your shooting experience with its crisp release, while the dual cocking cams make for smooth cycling of the rifle.

Safety is paramount, and this rifle comes with an easily visible and operable tang safety. For added comfort, it features a recoil-reducing buttpad. The rifle also includes a flush-fit rotary magazine for streamlined use.

Let’s talk specs: It’s chambered in .308 Win, has an 18″ alloy steel barrel with a matte black finish, and a 1:10 RH twist for accuracy. The rifle can hold 4 rounds and weighs in at a convenient 6.2 lbs. Its overall length is 38″, with a 13.75″ length of pull and 5 grooves in the barrel, making it a compact and efficient choice for your first 308 bolt action rifle.

Savage Arms Axis XP

The Savage Axis II XP Bolt-Action Rifle is a sturdy, reliable choice for hunters and shooting enthusiasts. It features a robust synthetic stock and a matte-finished carbon steel barrel and receiver for enduring performance.

Savage Arms Axis XP

A standout feature is the factory-mounted and bore-sighted Bushnell Banner 3-9x40mm scope, ensuring you’re ready to aim right out of the box. Savage’s AccuTrigger® is a game-changer, allowing for precise trigger pull adjustments. This ensures a crisp release without creep, enhancing accuracy significantly. 

The innovative design of the trigger also includes a lever within its body, which blocks the sear unless intentionally pressed. This smart design dramatically reduces the chance of accidental discharge.

The rifle’s bolt operates smoothly, and it comes with a detachable box magazine for reliable feeding. For safety, it’s equipped with an easy-to-reach 2-position tang safety. 

Sling swivel studs are integrated, offering convenience for carrying the rifle with a sling or attaching a bi-pod to the fore-end. A rubber recoil pad on the stock makes shooting more comfortable.

This package makes the Savage Axis II XP an incredibly durable, low-maintenance rifle that’s ready for hunting right out of the box, thanks to its careful design and comprehensive features.

Browning X-Bolt Speed Suppressor Ready

The Browning X-Bolt Speed Bolt-Action Rifle, equipped with the Recoil Hawg Muzzle Brake, stands as one of the best mountain-style hunting rifles, designed for hunters who prioritize performance and accuracy.

Browning X-Bolt Speed Suppressor Ready

The rifle features a sporter contour barrel that’s fluted, striking the perfect balance between accuracy and weight reduction. This makes the rifle both lightweight and easy to handle, ideal for challenging mountain environments.

A key feature is the 5/8-24 threaded muzzle, which accommodates the included Recoil Hawg muzzle brake or a thread protector cap. 

This muzzle brake is one of the best at reducing felt recoil (by up to 76%), significantly enhancing shooting comfort. The barrel is free-floated, a design choice that contributes to the rifle’s consistent accuracy.

The rifle’s durability and aesthetic appeal are enhanced by the Cerakote® Smoked Bronze finish applied to the action and barrel. This finish offers superior metal protection compared to traditional bluing or stainless steel.

For stealth and adaptability in various environments, the rifle is equipped with a lightweight composite stock featuring Browning’s OVIX camo. 

This camo pattern provides excellent concealment in diverse terrains and environments, making the rifle a versatile choice for different hunting situations. The stock is also weather-resistant, adding to the rifle’s overall durability and reliability in harsh conditions.

Remington 700 SPS Tactical

The Remington 700 SPS Tactical Bolt-Action Rifle is a distinguished member of the renowned Remington 700 family, celebrated for its exceptional accuracy.

Remington 700 SPS Tactical

This model stands out with its 20″ heavy-contour barrel, a feature that plays a significant role in achieving tight shot groups.

The rifle’s precision is further enhanced by the dual-point pillar bedding within its matte black synthetic stock. This bedding provides a stable and solid foundation for the barrel, contributing greatly to the rifle’s outstanding accuracy.

A notable feature of this model is the Hogue over-molded stock. 

Not only does it offer a comfortable grip, but it also enhances the shooter’s control and steadiness in various field conditions. The stock’s design is both practical and ergonomic, making it a favorite among shooters who value comfort and performance.

Additionally, the semi-beavertail forend of the rifle offers extra stability, especially useful for long-range shooting scenarios. This feature ensures a better grip and steadier aim, making the Remington 700 SPS Tactical a reliable choice for those seeking precision and stability during tactical operations.

Once you’ve selected the rifle that meets your budget and needs, it’s time to outfit it with a scope and a suppressor.

Selecting the best suppressor and scope for your 308 bolt gun can be just as much of a process as selecting the rifle. The market is flooded with options making it even harder to make a decision when your hard-earned cash is on the line.

Here are a few options that we’ve personally used and stand behind.

Best 308 Scope

Budget

Vortex has been known to make high-quality optics for the budget-minded. The Vortex Optics Venom is one of the best budget scopes for larger calibers such as the 308 Win.

The Venom 5-25×56 First Focal Plane scope is a long-range and competition shooter’s dream.

Venom 5 25 X 56- First Focal Plane

With a magnification range of 5-25x and nestled in a beefy 34mm tube, this scope is a powerhouse, offering a whopping 85 MOA in both elevation and windage travel. The XD Optical System is like HD for your scope, delivering crisp, edge-to-edge visuals and slashing that annoying color distortion. And those lenses? They’re fully multi-coated, ensuring top-notch clarity and performance even when the light’s fading.

But wait, there’s more. The RevStop Zero System is a snap to set up, guaranteeing a speedy and dependable return to zero. And check out the side knob for parallax adjustment – tweak your focus on the fly without losing your shooting stance. The EBR-7C reticle is a real treat, keeping your measurements spot-on across the whole magnification spectrum. Plus, a quick-focus eyepiece and a throw lever for swift mag changes? Yes, please!

And it’s tough as nails – nitrogen purged, o-ring sealed, and immune to water and fog. Armortek coating? That means no scratches or smudges on your lenses. The one-piece, aircraft-grade aluminum body? It laughs in the face of recoil and rough handling. This scope is built like a tank but performs like a precision instrument.

High-End

If you have the budget for it, the Leupold Mark 5HD is the best of the best.

The Mark 5HD Riflescope by Leupold, it’s a real game-changer for shooters who love to stretch the limits of their long-range rifles and ammo.

Leupold Mark 5HD

Imagine a scope that’s lighter than most in its league – a necessity for pro guides or anyone trekking on lengthy hunts.

The Mark 5HD’s got this Professional-Grade Optical System, a fancy term for saying it makes everything look super clear, and bright, and cuts down on that pesky glare.

And then there’s the elevation turret on top. Big numbers you can’t miss, clicks you can feel and hear, and it’s got this ZeroLock feature to keep your settings from accidentally changing during transport and stalking.

In short, it’s built for those who take their shooting seriously!

Best 308 Suppressor

Budget

Yankee Hill Machine makes a great 308 suppressor at a reasonable cost; the Resonator K.

YHM’s Resonator K, also known as the “K-Can,” is a .30 caliber suppressor with a blast chamber threaded for 1-3/8″-24. This thread pitch makes it a breeze to pair with a variety of mounts you might find out there.

Resonator K

Its new end cap design is a real game changer, dramatically cutting down on flash signature. You can pop the Resonator K onto rifles with calibers from the tiny .17 HMR to the hefty 300 RUM.

What’s cool about the Resonator K is its tubeless build. It’s made from tough-as-nails 17-4 stainless steel and a heat-treated 718 Inconel blast baffle. This combo means the suppressor is fully auto-rated and can handle some serious use.

It comes with the Phantom Q.D. Adapter, a pair of wrenches for the suppressor, and lets you choose between a Phantom Muzzle Brake or Flash Hider.

Noise levels? For a .308 Win, you’re looking at 137 dB by the ear and 145 dB at the muzzle.

High-End

Want to spend a little more and get a little quieter? then check out the Dead Air Nomad 30 suppressor.

Dead Air’s Nomad 30 suppressor is a versatile champ, perfect for any shooter. Whether you’re blasting through mags at the range or focusing on precision shots, this compact and lightweight suppressor has got your back.

Dead Air Nomad 30

Crafted from fully-welded stainless steel, the Nomad 30 boasts a two-chamber, high-efficiency baffle design. This setup is top-notch for keeping things quiet. Plus, it’s versatile enough for both high and low-pressure cartridges. That means you only need one suppressor for whatever shooting task you’ve got.

Here’s a nifty feature: it’s compatible with Dead Air’s R-Series front caps. So, you can switch up the cap to get the best performance based on the cartridge you’re using. The Nomad 30 comes ready as a direct thread suppressor, but it’s not just a one-trick pony. It’s also compatible with Xeno or KeyMo and works with HUB adapters.

Conclusion

When on the hunt for the best .308 bolt action rifles, personal preference, function, and budget will guide your decision.

The Faxon FX7 stands out for the ultimate precision, ideal for long-range shooting.

Beginners might lean towards the Ruger American Predator, offering ease and solid performance.

For those on a budget, the Savage Arms Axis XP strikes a balance between affordability and quality.

Hunters and tactical shooters have tailored options with the Browning X-Bolt Speed and Remington 700 SPS Tactical.

Adding the right accessories like suppressors and scopes enhances the experience. Ultimately, finding the perfect .308 rifle is a personal journey, with a variety to suit every shooter.

Best Glock Barrels: Top 7 for Reliability & Accuracy

December 28th, 2023

Ever felt the sting of disappointment when your Glock doesn’t deliver as expected? Often, the issue lies with an easily overlooked component: the barrel. Like many shooters, you might have experienced how a generic or ill-suited barrel can affect accuracy and consistency. This common problem doesn’t have to be a roadblock. What if you could turn that frustration into a sense of achievement? That’s where this collaborative effort comes into play.

Faxon and Refactor have joined forces to create this comprehensive guide, meticulously crafted with the shooter’s needs in mind. They’ve pooled expertise and conducted extensive research to present you with the best Glock barrels. Let’s delve into their guide and discover top-tier options that promise precision and a rekindled enthusiasm for shooting.

Faxon Glock Barrels

Why Upgrade To An Aftermarket Glock Barrel?

Even though the OEM Glock barrel with polygonal rifling is pretty damn good and will do the job for the average gun owner, there are two primary reasons to upgrade to an aftermarket Glock barrel. First and foremost is accuracy.

Most shooters will never practice out past 25 yards with their pistols. But if you want to stretch the effective range of your pistol to 50 yards and beyond, you’ll need a good match-grade barrel. A good-quality match-grade Glock barrel will consistently cut your groups in half at 50 yards.

The second reason is to have a threaded barrel for a suppressor or compensator. If you’re thinking at all about adding a suppressor or comp to your Glock down the road, do yourself a favor and get a threaded barrel. If you don’t want to buy and change barrels constantly, getting a threaded barrel is a good idea. They also increase the cool factor of your gun. Let’s get into the Glock barrels.

Top Picks for the 7 Best Glock Barrels

1. Faxon Firearms

Faxon Glock barrels are given a PVD or black Nitride coating to increase resistance to surface wear, lubricity, and barrel life. All barrels are conventionally rifled for various compatible ammunition, including cast lead.

They also drop into factory-spec slides with no gunsmithing required. Thanks to their better-than-factory tolerances, a more consistent, tighter lockup than OEM is guaranteed.

Faxon offers both threaded and non-threaded barrel options for your Glock handguns. Faxon Glock barrels are universally compatible with generations 1-5.

Faxon Flame Fluted Glock Barrel

2. Wilson Combat

Wilson Combat Glock barrels are fully machined from aircraft-grade stainless steel blanks and heat-treated to R/C 40 for maximum service life. Critical manufacturing tolerances are held to less than .0005″ (one-half thousandth of an inch!).

To guarantee better accuracy, extreme care has been taken to ensure that the chamber is glass-smooth and perfectly concentric with the bore. They’ve routinely obtained test groups of 1/2″ at 25 yards in their barrel tests.

Throughout the manufacturing process, each barrel undergoes multiple quality-control checks, with a detailed final inspection prior to receiving the Wilson name. These barrels are compatible with all Generations of Glock handguns.

Wilson Combat Match Grade Barrel

3. KKM Precision

KKM has been producing match-grade pistol barrels for 25 years and has a well-deserved reputation for excellence.  If you want to shoot tight groups through targets or bad guys, KKM can help accomplish that.

KKM Precision Glock barrels use certified 416R gun-barrel quality stainless steel bar stock. The barrels are then heat-treated and vacuum-tempered. Finally, the CNC machining produces superior dimensional tolerances over mass-produced factory barrels.

KKM’s Glock barrels come with fully supported SAAMI spec match chambers for shooting factory or reloaded ammunition.

KKM Precision Glock Barrel

4. Lone Wolf

The Lone Wolf Industries Alpha Wolf Glock barrel series is available in stock length, threaded, and conversion caliber flavors.

Machined from 416 stainless steel (certified, stress-relieved no less), Lone Wolf Glock barrels bring premium manufacturing and features at an affordable cost.

Additionally, they are salt bath nitrided, fluted for heat dissipation and debris clearance, and are compatible with all generations of Glock.

Lone Wolf Alpha Barrel

5. Grey Ghost Precision

The Grey Ghost Precision Glock barrel is an excellent upgrade for a Glock pistol. The barrel is machined to “match grade” tolerances and has an excellent fit and finish.

Made from 416R Gun Barrel Quality Stainless Steel, a proprietary twist rate, and an optional Black Nitride Finish for durability without hindering performance.

Grey Ghost Precision barrels are manufactured with a final dimension of +/- 0.003″ for consistent accuracy.

Grey Ghost Precision Threaded Match Grade Barrel

6. Zev Technologies

ZEV Technologies Match Grade drop-in barrels for Glock feature extremely tight tolerances. They are manufactured with pre-hardened chromium stainless steel (416R) that was originally designed for use in Match Grade rifle barrels.

This material provides high tensile strength and toughness to withstand typical chamber pressures while still being highly corrosion-resistant.

ZEV Technologies barrels are some of the most precise in the industry. Every barrel is double-honed (rough and finish) until a minimum surface finish of 16 RA is reached. The barrels are held to a final dimension of +/- 0.0002″ for consistency and accuracy during this process.

Zev Tech Match Barrel

7. Agency Arms

The Agency Arms Syndicate Barrel offers great performance at an affordable price. This model designed for the GLOCK 19 features a smooth profile without fluting and a target-crowned muzzle.

The Glock 19 Syndicate Barrel is made to the same standards as the other models out of high-quality 416R stainless steel and extremely consistent broached rifling at a 1:10 twist rate.

Agency Arms Syndicate Barrel

Which Aftermarket Glock Barrel Do We Prefer?

Having thoroughly assessed various barrel manufacturers over the years, we confidently recommend Faxon Firearms as the top choice. Let’s take a closer look at some of their current offerings.

Glock 19 Barrel

Seeking the ultimate upgrade for your trusted Glock 19?

While Glock’s renowned reliability and ease of use remain unmatched, its immense popularity has paved the way for many aftermarket enhancements.

Upgrading the Glock 19 barrel is one of the easiest modifications. Faxon’s precision-engineered barrels are shielded with a PVD or black Nitride coating, increasing resistance to wear and ensuring longevity. Crafted with conventional rifling, they will eat almost all ammunition, including cast lead.

The best part? Seamless integration into your factory-spec slides without the need for a gunsmith. Experience a lockup that’s tighter and more consistent than OEM, thanks to their meticulous tolerances.

Whether you prefer threaded or non-threaded, know that every barrel is manufactured in-house (in the USA), ensuring the best possible performance for your Glock 19.

Glock 17 Barrel

The Glock 17 has reigned as one of the best full-size pistols for over four decades.

Despite a divided audience—equally adored and criticized—Glock’s reliability is undebatable.

The sheer amount of aftermarket parts and accessories amplifies its popularity, allowing owners to tailor their firearms. One of the most popular upgrades? Shifting from the OEM barrel to a match-grade barrel.

Faxon Firearms, long admired for its excellence in manufacturing AR-15 barrels and even complete firearms, extends its expertise to the Glock domain. Their Glock 17 barrels, in particular, are a testament to their unwavering commitment to quality.

Glock 43x Barrel

Looking to elevate your Glock’s precision to nail those long-distance shots? The key lies in the right barrel, quality ammo, and superior sights.

Faxon Firearms, a name synonymous with barrel excellence, presents its match-grade barrels tailored for the Glock 43X. These barrels, renowned for halving groups at 50 yards, ensure an immediate fit without any modifications.

Experience the difference with its enhanced lockup, sharper than OEMs, combined with a 1:10 conventional rifling and an 11-degree target crown.

The result? Unparalleled accuracy for your Glock 43X. Plus, with varied coating options, this barrel doesn’t just perform exceptionally—it looks the part, too. Because style, undoubtedly, matters.

Glock 48 Barrel

Want peak performance from your Glock G48?

Look no further than Faxon’s Match Series pistol barrels—a pinnacle in barrel craftsmanship.

Precision-molded from stress-relieved 416-R stainless steel, these barrels boast impeccable quality, shaped entirely in Faxon’s own facilities. With black Nitride or PVD coatings, they promise enhanced durability, extended lifespan, and resistance against wear.

Their conventional rifling is compatible with diverse ammunition types, including cast lead. And the best part? Slide them effortlessly into your factory-spec slides without needing a gunsmith’s touch.

Experience an unmatched lockup—more precise and consistent than typical OEM barrels, all credited to their superior tolerances.

OEM Glock vs. Aftermarket Glock Barrels

OEM Glock barrels are renowned for their reliability and performance straight out of the box. They are designed to meet the versatile needs of most shooters, offering a balance of accuracy, durability, and cost-effectiveness. However, aftermarket barrels present significant advantages for enthusiasts looking to push their Glock’s performance further, especially in precision shooting or customization.

Aftermarket Glock barrels often come with tighter manufacturing tolerances, which can translate to better accuracy, especially at longer ranges. They also offer a variety of features, like different coatings for increased barrel life, threaded options for suppressor or compensator attachments, and aesthetic customization to suit individual preferences. While OEM barrels provide a solid baseline, aftermarket options allow shooters to tailor their Glock to specific uses, be it competitive shooting, hunting, or personal defense.

In summary, while OEM barrels maintain Glock’s promise of ‘perfection,’ aftermarket barrels offer the opportunity to specialize and optimize your firearm according to your unique shooting needs and preferences.

Button Rifling vs. Polygonal Rifling

When upgrading your Glock, understanding the difference between button rifling and polygonal rifling is crucial.

OEM Glock barrels typically use polygonal rifling. This type of rifling is known for its smoother bore surface, offering a slight velocity boost and easier cleaning. However, it’s generally less suitable for shooting lead bullets, as it can lead to faster fouling.

In contrast, many aftermarket barrels feature button rifling. This traditional form of rifling, characterized by its distinct lands and grooves, provides a better grip on the bullet per se and potentially improves accuracy. Button-rifled barrels are also more versatile, accommodating a wider range of ammunition, including lead bullets, without the risk of excessive fouling.

Faxon Full Pistol

Glock markets itself as perfection out of the box. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t take an already-proven design and modify it to suit your style and needs. Swapping out the stock barrel for one of these aftermarket barrels is just one of many things you can do to elevate the performance of your Glock pistol.

Next-Gen Ammo: Exploring the Benefits of Polymer Rounds

December 19th, 2023

Polymer Ammunition represents a significant development in the world of firearms, and HOP Munitions is a notable player in this field. They offer a unique approach to firearms training for pistols and rifles, emphasizing the potential benefits of poly ammo.

Man firing poly ammo from HOP Munitions.

This type of ammunition is gaining attention for its performance, environmental considerations, and versatility in various shooting scenarios. HOP Munitions has leveraged advancements in material science and manufacturing techniques to produce a distinctive product. This ammunition differs from traditional options, suggesting a new direction in the industry.

The development of this poly ammo reflects an effort to combine innovation with environmental responsibility. HOP Munitions has aimed to address contemporary needs in the shooting world, offering a product that they believe stands out in terms of quality and sustainability.

The Emergence of Polymer Ammunition

Polymer ammunition is becoming increasingly significant in the evolving shooting and hunting world. Polymer ammo represents a notable innovation in the field, with a 30% reduction in weight on average compared to traditional bullets. The growing popularity of polymer ammunition reflects the efforts of companies like HOP Munitions, which are dedicated to advancing ammunition technology.

Beyond its performance benefits, polymer ammunition is also gaining recognition as a more environmentally friendly option than traditional ammunition.

HOP Munitions and the Polymer Ammo Market

HOP Munitions is contributing to the evolving market of polymer ammunition. Their product, known as Polymer Bullets, is designed to offer different characteristics compared to traditional metal bullets, including potentially improved performance and durability.

These bullets are uniquely constructed with a lead core surrounded by a high-temperature polymer due to their injection molding process. This design approach distinguishes them from conventional metallic ammunition.

HOP Munitions’ focus on developing these polymer bullets reflects their role in the industry’s broader trend toward innovative ammunition solutions.

About HOP Munitions - Polymer Coated Ammo

 

Advantages of HOP Munitions’ Polymer Ammunition

  • Realistic Training Experience: Similar to JHP duty rounds, officers can train under conditions that closely replicate actual operations.
  • Weight and Cost Efficiency: Poly ammo is lighter and more affordable, allowing for more extensive and less physically demanding training sessions.
  • Durability: The polymer casings are robust and resistant to environmental factors, ensuring reliability.
  • Reduced Firearm Wear: The softer polymer material lessens the wear on firearms, extending their usability.
  • Environmental Friendliness: These rounds are more sustainable, thanks to the ease of recycling polymer casings.

HOP Munitions is contributing to advancements in ammunition technology with their 124-grain 9mm polymer ammo, designed to emulate the performance of standard 124-grain JHP duty ammunition. 

This development is particularly relevant for law enforcement training, as it allows officers to practice with ammunition that closely mirrors real-world scenarios, enhancing the realism and effectiveness of their training. Increasingly, law enforcement agencies recognize this approach’s practicality and incorporate polymer ammunition into their training programs. The trend towards using ammunition that aligns more closely with duty rounds in performance reflects a broader interest in realistic, operationally relevant training methods.

Their poly-coated bullets, which feature a lead core wrapped in high-temperature polymer, aim to enhance shooting performance. These rounds offer several advantages, including reduced barrel wear, minimized fouling, improved accuracy, and affordability. They are especially beneficial for indoor shooting, as they emit fewer toxic gases. The bullets are also designed for smoother feeding from magazine to chamber, decreasing the chance of feed failures, and their reduced fouling in the barrel contributes to better accuracy and longer barrel life. The polymer coating primarily serves to lessen friction, facilitating a smoother and safer shooting experience.

Law enforcement carrying firearms with polymer ammo.

With the introduction of poly bullets, HOP Munitions is responding to a growing demand for cost-effective, high-performance ammunition. These rounds have gained popularity among competition shooters and firearms trainers due to their balance of affordability and quality. This development marks a notable shift in the ammunition industry, with HOP Munitions playing a key role in driving the evolution of shooting experiences through innovative and quality-focused products.

So Why HOP Munitions? Why Poly?

For those interested in improving their training regimen or searching for more efficient and effective ammunition, HOP Munitions provides various poly ammo options, including their 124-grain 9mm polymer rounds. These rounds are tailored to enhance training and operational performance, suitable for law enforcement professionals and individual users.

To understand how these rounds might benefit your shooting skills and preparedness, consider visiting HOP Munitions’ website. You can find information on how their ammunition could upgrade your shooting experience there. HOP Munitions aims to cater to various needs for professional training or personal development. For those curious about the latest in ammunition technology and its applications for both practice and real-world use, HOP Munitions offers resources and products worth exploring.

A First Look at the FX19 Patriot LT

November 29th, 2023

Recently, Faxon Firearms expanded its catalog with the release of the FX19 Patriot LT, a sleek addition to its custom pistols. It’s looking like a solid option straight out of the box, being optics-ready and having a few other key features. Let’s take a closer look at what Faxon Firearms has to say about their new creation in their official release.

FX19s on display.

Meet the FX19 Patriot LT by Faxon Firearms: your next step into the world of custom pistols. This 9mm pistol is compact, perfect for concealed carry, and has a style reminiscent of a Glock 19, yet it stands out on its own. The Patriot LT is user-friendly, thanks to its unique slide with serrations that make handling a breeze. Plus, it’s ready for RMR or Holosun optics right out of the box. Its front fiber optic sight is easy to see, and the match-grade stainless steel barrel, crafted in-house, ensures accuracy and dependability. Dive into a new experience with the Patriot LT.

The Patriot LT Model Redefines Precision and Value

Glock 19 Frame from SCT Manufacturing

At the heart of the FX-19 LT series, particularly exemplified in the Patriot model, lies the SCT® Frame, a testament to SCT Manufacturing’s dedication to high-quality and functional firearm design. This frame is more than just a sturdy base for these advanced handguns; it’s a meticulously engineered component that enhances the overall shooting experience.

The SCT Frame’s standout features include custom polished front and rear slide rails. This meticulous polishing reduces friction, allowing for a smoother slide action, crucial for rapid firing and reliable operation. The smooth operation of the slide directly impacts the firearm’s performance, ensuring that each shot is consistent with the last.

Another significant aspect of the SCT Frame is the double undercut trigger guard. This design choice is not just aesthetic but serves a functional purpose. The double undercut improves grip, allowing shooters a higher and more secure hold on the firearm. This enhanced grip is essential for better control and stability, especially in scenarios that demand quick reaction and precision.

Comfort during use is also a key consideration in the SCT Frame design. The double undercut on the trigger guard and the frame’s overall ergonomics reduce shooter fatigue. This is particularly beneficial during extended shooting sessions, whether in a training environment, competitive shooting, or tactical situations.

Incorporating these features, the SCT Manufacturing Frame of the Patriot model stands as a paragon of firearm innovation. Its combination of custom-polished slide rails and a thoughtfully designed trigger guard underscores a commitment to performance and user comfort. 

These design elements ensure that the Patriot is a reliable and robust firearm and provides an enhanced shooting experience, reflecting the meticulous attention to detail for which SCT Manufacturing is known. This makes the SCT Frame a crucial element in the high-quality build of the FX-19 LT series, especially in the Patriot model.

FX19 Patriot LTs side by side.

Slide

The slide of the FX-19 LT series, particularly in the Patriot model, represents a fusion of advanced engineering and meticulous craftsmanship. Machined in-house from 416-r Stainless Steel, a material renowned for its strength and corrosion resistance, the slide is built to withstand the demands of both frequent use and extreme conditions. 

This choice of material ensures that the slide maintains its integrity over time and contributes to the overall reliability and longevity of the firearm.

The carefully designed front, rear, and top serrations enhance the functionality of the slide. These enhanced serrations improve grip, facilitating easier and more efficient slide manipulation. This feature is particularly beneficial under high-stress situations or when rapid firing is required, allowing for quick and reliable action.

A key feature of the slide is its optic cut, accommodating popular sights such as the Trijicon RMR or Holosun 507C. 

This optic readiness makes the firearm versatile for various shooting applications and allows for quick and easy customization according to the shooter’s preferences. The machined posts in the optic cuts serve a dual purpose – they assist in precise optic locating and also play a vital role in recoil absorption, contributing to the stability and accuracy of the firearm.

The slide’s durability and aesthetic appeal are further enhanced by the Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC) Finish. This finish not only gives the slide a sleek and professional appearance but also adds a layer of protection against wear and tear, ensuring that the slide remains resilient even under challenging conditions.

Completing the slide’s design is the fiber-optic front sight, which allows for lower 1/3 co-witnessing with a red dot sight. This sight option enhances visibility and target acquisition speed, making it an excellent feature for competitive shooters and tactical users.

Faxon Firearms FX19s.

Faxon Match Series Barrel

One of the defining features of the Faxon Match Series Barrel is its patented Flame Fluting design. This unique fluting is visually striking, adding a distinctive aesthetic to the firearm, and serves critical functional purposes. The design significantly reduces the overall weight of the barrel, making the handgun more balanced and easier to handle without sacrificing the barrel’s strength or durability. This aspect is especially beneficial for those who carry their firearm regularly or engage in prolonged shooting sessions.

Furthermore, the Flame Fluting increases the barrel’s surface area, which enhances heat dissipation. This is crucial in maintaining performance and accuracy, as excessive heat from rapid firing can lead to barrel warping and reduced precision. The improved heat management ensures the barrel retains its shape and accuracy even under strenuous use.

The Faxon Match Series Barrel is crafted from 416-R stainless steel, known for its exceptional strength and resistance to corrosion. This choice of material guarantees a long service life and enduring performance, even in challenging environments. The barrel is finished with a QPQ nitride coating to complement its robust construction. This finish gives the barrel a sleek, professional look and adds an extra layer of protection against wear, tear, and environmental elements.

Incorporating the Faxon Match Series Barrel into the FX-19 LT series exemplifies Faxon’s commitment to combining style, functionality, and top-tier engineering. This barrel elevates the shooting experience by offering a blend of aesthetic appeal, lightweight design, and outstanding durability, making it a superb choice for Glock enthusiasts and discerning shooters alike.

This combination of features makes the Patriot Model an embodiment of Faxon’s commitment to excellence in firearm design and functionality.

 

Getting Into Glock Mag Extensions

November 5th, 2023

Magazine extensions, particularly Ergonomic Base Pads (EBP), are critical for those looking to improve their Glock’s capacity without compromising performance. These enhancements are essential in scenarios where reloading speed is key, such as competitive shooting or other more serious shooting scenarios.

Glock mag extension in use.

Balancing The Pros and The Cons

The primary goal of a magazine extension is to add ammunition without hindering the pistol’s handling. The best extensions offer additional rounds while preserving the firearm’s balance and ease of use, ensuring that the modification is beneficial, not burdensome.

Ergonomics and Concealability

Ergonomics play a significant role in the effectiveness of a magazine extension. It should offer a secure grip and integrate well with the shooter’s hand, all while maintaining the firearm’s concealability. The right design will feel like a natural part of the pistol, even with the larger mag size.

Magazine extensions like EBP are designed to optimize a Glock’s performance while aligning with the shooter’s preferences and needs. Choosing the right magazine extension, though, involves a thoughtful assessment of capacity and ergonomic design. You should always ensure anything you add to your kit enhances the shooting experience efficiently and comfortably.

An intelligent choice requires considering several factors:

  • Ergonomic Grip vs. Concealability: The extension should provide a better grip without detracting from the weapon’s concealability.
  • Model Compatibility: Check that the extension is suitable for various Glock models for versatility.
  • Build Quality: Opt for materials that promise durability without unnecessary bulk.
  • Reloading Performance: Look for designs that ensure swift and reliable magazine changes, especially under duress.

Enter The GripForce EBP

The GripForce EBP offers Glock enthusiasts a blend of functional enhancements and practical advantages. GripForce EBP offers Glock owners a combination of available enhancements and practical benefits.

GripForce EBP Design diagram.

The GripForce increases the magazine capacity by five additional rounds, which can be a significant factor for users requiring more ammunition. The design of the GripForce EBP includes an ergonomic grip surface, which aims to improve the user’s hold and comfort during use.

Capacity and Convenience

The magazine extension increases the capacity without adding excessive bulk to the firearm, allowing more rounds to be carried discreetly.

Ease of installation is a primary feature of the GripForce EBP, as it is designed to be attached without needing specialized tools or professional gunsmithing. The durability is also one of the major selling points; it also comes with a non-reflective finish, which some users might find suitable. This combination of increased capacity, ergonomic design, and accessible installation positions the GripForce EBP as a significant upgrade for the Glock platform. Certainly, it is a solid option to consider!

Two EBPs on concrete.

Upgrading Your Glock

Magazine extensions have become an essential consideration for Glock owners seeking additional ammunition capacity beyond what the standard magazine offers. When contemplating such upgrades, it is important to assess how they will affect the firearm’s balance, grip, and ease of carrying, ensuring that the handling qualities of the Glock are maintained or enhanced.

Compatibility is also a key factor; it is vital to ensure that the extension is specifically designed to fit your Glock model to avoid any potential fitting issues. Moreover, the build quality cannot be overlooked—the materials and construction must be robust enough to withstand the demands of regular use without compromising the structural integrity of the weapon.

For those in the market for a magazine extension, a thorough approach is recommended. This includes researching and potentially testing various models to ensure the chosen extension enhances the Glock’s performance without compromising its design. 

 

Faxon Firearms Unveils FX7 Bolt Action Rifles

October 30th, 2023

Faxon Firearms, known for its commitment to quality in the firearms industry, announced the release of its newest offering, the FX7 Pershing Rifle, over the weekend. This release delves into the intricacies of the FX7 collection, aimed at meeting the diverse needs of precision shooting enthusiasts. Let’s highlight the FX7 Pershing Bolt Action Rifles, available in both .308 Win and 6.5 Creedmoor, and see what they have to say about the release.

Unveiling the FX7 Bolt Action Rifle

For firearms enthusiasts who demand nothing short of excellence, the name Faxon Firearms has long been synonymous with quality, reliability, and unparalleled accuracy. Today we are thrilled to introduce the FX7 line of Bolt Action Products. This groundbreaking collection is poised to make a bold statement in the world of precision shooting.

The FX7 Lineup: Precision Redefined

The FX7 Bolt Action Product line is a testament to Faxon Firearms’ unwavering dedication to pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in the world of firearms. This collection includes Precision Rifles, Barreled Actions, Prefit Barrels, and Complete Actions, all meticulously engineered to offer uncompromising accuracy and reliability.

 With Faxon’s Lifetime Guarantee, you can trust that these firearms are built to last.

FX7 Pershing Bolt Action Rifle – 22″ .308 Win – M24 Profile

Prepare to unlock unparalleled precision with the FX7 Pershing Rifle chambered in 308 Win, a true masterpiece of engineering and innovation. But this rifle is more than just a firearm; it’s a living testament to Faxon Firearms’ unwavering dedication to excellence.

In the world of long-range shooting, the .308 Winchester cartridge has long been a revered and proven round. With a legacy dating back decades and its trusted service among military snipers, it has solidified its place as a gold standard for precision and accuracy.

Now, let’s get into the features that make the FX7 Pershing, chambered in the legendary .308 Win, a true game-changer in the world of long-range shooting.

Action Specifications

  • 416-R Stainless Steel Action Body: At the heart of the FX7 Pershing lies a 416-R stainless steel action body, known for its durability and corrosion resistance.
  • 4340 Carbon Steel Bolt: The bolt features Faxon’s Original Flame Fluting, a nod to their industry-leading barrels. It’s not just functional; it’s a work of art.
  • ArmorLube™ DLC Coating: Enhancing durability while providing a low-glare finish, the ArmorLube™ DLC coating is the mil-spec for DEVCON, MIL-PRF-32711.
  • 70-Degree Bolt Lift: This feature provides smooth and swift bolt operation, allowing for quicker follow-up shots.
  • 6-Lug Configuration: Arranged in 2 rings of 3, this configuration ensures a secure lockup for consistent accuracy.
  • Integrated 20-MOA Picatinny Rail: Perfect for mounting optics and accessories with precision.
  • Integrated Recoil Lug: Further enhancing accuracy and stability.
  • Straight Interchangeable Bolt Handle: Designed for ease of use and customization.
  • Compatibility: The FX7 Pershing is compatible with AICS and AW magazines, Remington® 700 pattern triggers, and Faxon Firearms FX7 Prefit barrels.
  • M16 Style Extractor and Plunger Style Ejector: Ensuring reliable extraction and ejection.

Barrel Specifications

  • Barrel Material: 416-R Stainless Steel: Known for its exceptional accuracy and longevity.
  • Button Rifled, Honed & Lapped: The barrel’s rifling is precisely crafted for optimal performance.
  • Barrel Caliber: .308 Winchester: A versatile caliber known for its accuracy and availability.
  • Barrel Twist: 1:10: Providing stability for a wide range of bullet weights.
  • Barrel Length: 22″: A balance between maneuverability and long-range accuracy.
  • Barrel Profile: M24: A profile designed for precision shooting.
  • Barrel Finish: Salt Bath Nitride: Enhancing corrosion resistance and longevity.
  • Muzzle Thread: 5/8×24: Ready for your choice of muzzle devices.
  • Magnetic Particle Inspected: Ensuring the highest quality standards.
  • Recessed Target Crown: Protecting the crown for consistent accuracy.

Chassis and Stock

These exceptional rifles find their home in an MDT/Faxon Firearms co-branded rifle chassis, accompanied by an MDT Skeleton stock finished in a grey Cerakote. 

The FX7 Pershing Rifle isn’t just a firearm; it’s an extension of your capabilities, an embodiment of precision, and a symbol of Faxon Firearms’ unwavering pursuit of excellence.

Dimensions and Weight

  • Length: 41 3/4″ (Muzzle to butt stock)
  • Width: 3 1/8″ (From closed bolt handle)
  • Width: 1 3/4″ (The rest of the rifle)
  • Height: 8″ (Bottom of pistol grip to top of pic rail)
  • Weight: 12 lbs

FX7 Pershing Bolt Action Rifle – 24″ 6.5 Creedmoor – M24 Profile

The FX7 Pershing Rifle in 6.5 Creedmoor not only extends but elevates the legacy of precision. In the same vein as its .308 Winchester counterpart, it stands as a masterpiece of engineering and innovation, forging new standards for unparalleled accuracy and exceptional durability.

 

While the .308 Winchester has long been a trusted choice for precision shooting, the 6.5 Creedmoor brings a new level of ballistic performance to the table. Renowned for its flat trajectory, minimal recoil, and outstanding long-range capabilities, the 6.5 Creedmoor has gained widespread acclaim among competitive shooters, hunters, and military snipers.

 

With the FX7 Pershing now offered in 6.5 Creedmoor, Faxon Firearms invites you to experience a fusion of tradition and innovation. These rifles are crafted to not only meet but exceed the expectations of precision shooters, setting a new benchmark for what can be achieved in the world of long-range firearms.

Action and Barrel Specifications

The 6.5 Creedmoor version shares the same exceptional action specifications as the .308 Win model, featuring the 416-R stainless steel action body, 4340 carbon steel bolt with Original Flame Fluting, ArmorLube™ DLC coating, 70-degree bolt lift, and more.

The barrel, crafted from 416-R stainless steel, offers the same button rifling, honing, and lapping process for unrivaled accuracy. 

With a 1:8 twist rate and a 24″ length, it’s optimized for the 6.5 Creedmoor caliber’s ballistic performance.

Chassis, Stock, and Dimensions

Just like its counterpart, the 6.5 Creedmoor version finds its home in an MDT/Faxon Firearms co-branded rifle chassis, accompanied by an MDT Skeleton stock finished in a grey Cerakote. 

The dimensions remain similar, with a length of 44″, a width of 3 1/8″ from the closed bolt handle, a width of 1 3/4″ for the rest of the rifle, a height of 8″ from the bottom of the pistol grip to the rail, and a weight of 12.5 lbs.

The FX7 Experience: Unmatched Precision

The FX7 Pershing Rifles in both .308 Win and 6.5 Creedmoor represent the pinnacle of precision engineering in the world of firearms. 

These rifles are more than just tools; they are a testament to Faxon Firearms’ dedication to excellence.

Whether you’re a competitive shooter, a long-range enthusiast, or a hunter in pursuit of perfection, the FX7 Pershing Rifle is your ally. It’s a firearm that doesn’t just meet expectations; it shatters them.

Explore the FX7 Bolt Action Lineup

The FX7 Bolt Action Product line is set to launch on October 27, 2023, and will be available to order at that time. Join us in ushering in a new era of precision and performance in the world of firearms.  Visit the Faxon Firearms website for more information and to see the full FX7 Bolt Action Product line.

Gun Art Expands “Defending Freedom” State Collection

October 29th, 2023

Arizona-based Gun Art is proud to announce the expansion of its DEFENDING FREEDOM series. Our high-quality, firearm-related artwork is now available in classic, framed wall art, computer mats, and more.

AR15 Wall Art for Kentucky

These are top-quality artistic representations of beloved firearms perfect for your man cave, office, meeting room, workstation, or…

Bathroom. 

There are two versions of each design, one with a more colorful state background and another that is more subdued.

Artists at Gun Art include Dan Burr, Steven Noble, Ilya Avakov, Rashelle Stetman, Florian Nicolle, and Ricardo Lalinde. 

When it comes to the framed wall art, paintings are available in a number of sizes, including:

  • 12×18
  • 16×24
  • 20×30
  • 30×45
  • 40×60

There are an equal number of frame and material options; three (3) wood, two (2) metal:

  • Black Americana (wood)
  • Charcoal Reverse (wood)
  • Black Scoop (wood)
  • Black Flat (metal)
  • Dark Pewter (metal) 

Current options for display include:

50 State Defending Freedom Gun Wall Art.

50 State Defending Freedom mouse pad/mat

50 State Defending Freedom mouse pad/mat custom shower curtains

50 State Defending Freedom sherpa blanket collection. 

50 State Defending Freedom 13- and 15-inch laptop sleeves.

50 State Defending Freedom 50 State Coaster Collection.

All this and more is online at Gun.Art.com

Gun Art: Where Fine Art & the 2nd Amendment Meet!

Gateway to Adventure: An Overview of All Dungeons & Dragons Starter Editions

August 15th, 2023

Getting into Dungeons & Dragons can be daunting to the uninformed or someone who hasn’t recently spent too much time with the hobby. While you can play entirely for free, legally even, it’s much more fun with modules and rulebooks. You get more stuff; sometimes, the structure is an excellent way to start your adventure. At the time of this writing, there are FOUR separate starter kits, sets, and whatever Wizards of the Coast wants to call them, so let’s break them down.

Whether a novice or a seasoned player eager to delve deeper into the magical domain of D&D, our assembled guide for beginner kits can help!

Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set

An availability note, while this set may not currently be in general circulation, it can still be located via online bundles, third-party retailers, and local game stores.

An Introduction to adventure,  embark on an exhilarating journey into the vast expanses of the Dungeons & Dragons universe with the Starter Set. Ideally suited for up to six players, one of whom will assume the role of Dungeon Master, the narrating force that breathes life into the adventure. 

What The Starter Set Offers

  • Complete Adventure Kit: The set comes equipped with all the necessary spells, dice, monsters, and wondrous magical items required for your adventure. 
  • Simplified Rulebook: The package also contains a 32-page rulebook that effortlessly conveys the gameplay rules for characters ranging from levels 1-5. 
  • Character Selection: Choose your hero from a list that includes a faithful dwarf cleric, an elf wielding potent arcane powers, a stealthy halfling rogue, or a valorous noble fighter. 

Dungeons & Dragons Essentials Kit

Embark on a thrilling excursion into the D&D with the comprehensive Essentials Kit. This kit serves as an ideal companion for both fledgling and seasoned Dungeon Masters as they journey to protect Phandalin from Cryovain, a chilling young dragon who now threatens the peace of the Sword Coast. 

Digging into the Essentials

  • Dragon of Icespire Peak Adventure Book: Discover the extensive information about locations, quests, and monsters, along with an in-depth profile of Cryovain—a fierce, frosty dragon terrorizing Phandalin. Your mission? Safeguard the town, discover mystical equipment, and slay the dragon.
  • DM Screen: Conceal your mysterious plans from your players.
  • Character Creation: Blank character sheets are provided with a set of 11 dice.
  • Bonus Inclusions: Poster maps, magic item cards, and other inclusions.

The Essentials Kit is a unique offering that also includes two-player rules, a welcome addition for games featuring one player and the DM. 

D&D Starter Set: Dragons of Stormwreck Isle

Navigate the intriguing depths of Stormwreck Isle, a place bustling with secrets potent enough to alter the perceptions of even the most weathered adventurers.

Experiencing Stormwreck Isle:

  • Adventure-Ready Characters Levels 1–3: “Dungeons of Stormwreck Isle” plunges players into the midst of an ancient war between dragons on an unexplored island, a battlefield of a timeless conflict.
  • Personal Character Quests: Each pre-created character comes packed with a personal goal that shapes their experience and fuels their actions during play. 

Stormwreck Starter Set: What’s Inside?

  • Rulebook: A comprehensive overview of the essentials, including adventurer’s equipment and a compilation of 30 diverse spells for creating magical antics.
  • Adventure Booklet: The set’s heart is the adventure booklet packed with tips for running the game, maps, location descriptions, monster statistics, and information about magical items.
  • Character Sheets: Enter the realm as a cleric, fighter, paladin, rogue, or wizard with our five pre-created character sheets, all set for action.
  • Dice Set: Rolls some numbers using the starter set comprising the six dice types necessary for a D&D game — 1d20, 1d100, 1d10, 1d8, 1d6, and 1d4.

Stranger Things Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set

Embark on a thrilling adventure, combining the D&D universe with the intriguing world of Netflix’s Stranger Things. Battle through the Upside Down as iconic characters from the show, and unravel mysteries with the adventure book penned by the character Mike Wheeler.

What’s Inside The Box?

  • Rulebook: This Stranger Things-themed guide contains all fundamental rules required to explore the 5th edition D&D starter set.
  • Adventure Book: An informative booklet filled with game tips, map illustrations, descriptions of locations, and details about magical items and monsters.
  • Character Sheets & Dice Set: Choose from one of five pre-made character sheets to role-play as in your adventure. Also includes six standard dice types necessary for a D&D game.
  • Demogorgon Figures: Two Demogorgon miniatures, one of which can be customized with paint, immerse players into the Stranger Things narrative.

This uniquely designed Starter Set, replicating the 1983 D&D red box seen in the series, has everything a group needs to play. Suitable for those new or familiar with D&D, it’s a perfect fit for fans of Stranger Things.

Selecting the right equipment for your Dungeons & Dragons campaign can dramatically influence your gaming experience. Each Starter Set provides a distinct pathway to the fantastical realm of D&D. Whether it’s entering the perilous universe of Stranger Things or exploring the clandestine corners of Stormwreck Isle, there’s a journey waiting for every aspiring adventurer. Arm yourself with comprehensive knowledge about each set to find the perfect entry point into your grand D&D saga. Regardless of the path you choose, remember – every game marks the onset of a thrilling adventure, an exhilarating journey into the enchanted realm of fantasy and wonder.

Bang Saber: Flashbang for civilian use (that you can buy online)

June 6th, 2023

The “Bang Saber” is a flashbang for civilian use. It might not be quite as effective as a military or LE Noise Flash Diversionary Device (NFDD), but it has the distinct advantage of being both a reusable and a civilian legal flashbang. Here is the release.

TS Bang Saber Civilian Flash Bang

St. Peters, MO

For Immediate Release

If you’ve ever thrown an M-84 or CTS 9-Banger at your day job, you will like those. If you’ve ever banged somebody within an FPS game, you will like these. Fact is, whether you’re going FISHing (Fighting In Someone’s House) or trying to liven up a boring cotillion, you’re going to like these. 

Bang Saber

Local warlords: buy flashbangs online!

The TS Bang Saber 2.0 civilian legal reusable flashbang is manufactured for Tactical Sh!t by Helius Engineering. It’s for training, “distracting,” or just for fun. The 2.0 bangs just as hard as its predecessor but is now slimmer and much lighter. Ounces equal pounds, and pounds equal pain… especially when you’re banging someone. 

 

 

 

Bang Saber

The Bang Saber is made in the USA. It utilizes a 12 gauge or 9mm blank or a 209 primer for ignition. Just load the blank or primer into the body, remove the pin, and toss the device where you want it. 

You’ll get a bright flash, some smoke, and an approximate “bang” noise around the 120-160db level. The exact amount of candela and decibels will depend on the type of blank used. 

Here are a few things to know about the Saber flashbang for civilian use: 

  • No training or certification need to purchase (buy flashbangs online!).
  • Limited numbers are available due to manufacturer difficulty with materials: if they’re out when you try to buy one, sign up for notifications.
  • Must sign a liability waiver to purchase.

12 Gauge Blanks

The Bang Saber ignites using a blank cartridge like these 12 gauge blanks. It will also use 9mm blanks.

Flash/Sound Diversionary Devices

Capt. John Kolman, Ret. (LAPD D Platoon SWAT) and Cmdr Sid Heal, Ret (LACSD Special Enforcement Bureau) defined an NFDD in a paper for the Justice Department, as you’ll read below. Contrary to the common vernacular, it is not a “flash bang grenade.” It could not be a grenade in the traditional sense and still be labeled a less lethal device. 

What is a flashbang? “A flash/bang diversionary device produces a loud bang with a brilliant light that is intended to cause confusion and distraction to provide a tactical team with a few seconds of advantage.”

That’s what the Bang Saber does. Get your hands on one or a few!

Rangers gonna Ranger – even in the Ruin

June 3rd, 2023

WarGate Books has sent out a release announcing the latest in their Forgotten Ruin series of novels. Because of the unique way they phrased things, we’ll just let you read it in their words in its entirety.

Scroll on down and we’ll give you a few excerpts.

 

SGT. THOR and MJÖLNIR ROCK THE RUIN

For Immediate Release

Area 51, God Only Knows When

 

Bring it in; take a knee. WarGate Books is proud to announce Sgt. Thor’s imminent raid on the Ruin, Sua Sponte solo style.

This won’t matter to you if you prefer anemic military science fiction, effete protagonists, lackluster action, or peace. If, however, you appreciate a side of carnage to go with your violence of action, then you’re going to want to read on.

BLUF: An indie book company with a stable-full of combat veteran writers and best-selling authors is launching a new book line. You should back them on Kickstarter.

Who is Sgt. Thor? He’s what would happen if Conan completed Ranger School, got tabbed and scrolled, and carried a .50 AMR named Mjölnir on his adventures. He’s the guy who changed his name and his religious affiliation so he could grow a beard, then went full Viking. You know, the former surfer with the Glock 17, matched tomahawks, and Thor Score: The Regimental high score for stacking monstrous bodies.

 

What is the Ruin? It’s an ancient, murderous future. It’s four hundred generations from now, the wreck of a world Ruined by a nano-plague. It’s a place stalked by hideous creatures and haunted by fiends. It’s the place a company of Rangers with attachments and augments find themselves going shock and awesome on a series of HVTs straight out of a Tolkien novel or D&D campaign.

 

What about WarGate Books? They’re this world’s source for the acclaimed Galaxy’s Edge, The Lost, Warlord¸ Splashdown, and of course Forgotten Ruin series of novels. They have entirely reimagined military science fiction.

Rangers gonna Ranger, whether they’re killing bad guys in dirty manjams or orcs in rusted armor.

“The Ranger tab is just a leadership school. The scroll is a way of life.” Sgt. Thor

 

Something to know! Amazon’s marketing department is now shadow-banning indie authors with “violent content” on the cover (guns, swords, combat, etc.: more on that here). Big-name authors like Jack Carr haven’t been impacted yet (that we’re aware of), but individual writers and small publishing houses very much have been. They cannot run ads on Amazon Marketing Solutions on affected novels, and some books are no longer searchable by the author’s name. You can’t find them unless you know the specific title of the individual book. Sound familiar? 

 

 

Contact WarGate: press@wargatebooks(.)com

Visit WarGate Books: wargatebooks(.)com

Forgotten Ruin Books Online: amazon(.)com/dp/B08X1VSRRF

Find out more at the War Out Of Time Blog!

The Amban Phase-Pulse Blaster: The Ultimate Star Wars NERF Blaster

April 4th, 2023

Here is something you may have missed; we certainly did, the NERF Star Wars Amban Phase-Pulse Blaster! There aren’t very many things that go together quite like peanut butter and jelly, but combining the worlds of NERF and Star Wars might just be one.

This blaster is based on the weapon used by Din Djarin, the main character of the hit Disney+ series The Mandalorian. We figured with Season 3 dropping recently, you might be rewatching!

The blaster is designed to look just like the one used in the show, with a sweet mix of sleek and futuristic appearance with a little bit of old school. It has a long barrel and is primarily silver and black in color, with orange accents. Although there are a few versions of this blaster floating around, we’re focusing on the limited edition one because it’s the niftiest.

The NERF Star Wars Amban Phase-Pulse Blaster is one of the most powerful NERF blasters currently available. It supposedly fires foam darts up to 75 feet away, which is quite impressive for a toy. The blaster can hold up to 10 darts at once, and it comes with ten darts included in the box, but we both know you should

The blaster also has several cool features that make it stand out from other NERF blasters. For example, it has a scope that can be attached to the top of the blaster; the scope apparently has an Illuminated lens. No magnification, but it adds some cool factor. The blaster also has a loading lever on the side that makes it easy to reload darts quickly.

The NERF Star Wars Amban Phase-Pulse Blaster is recommended for kids ages eight and up. It is currently available for purchase from several retailers, including Amazon and Walmart, for around $120. However, at the time of writing this, it is on sale over at Amazon for $79. The NERF Star Wars Amban Phase-Pulse Blaster is a must-have for any NERF or Star Wars fan.

G-FLEX: A GLOCK BINARY TRIGGER

March 31st, 2023

Double down. Bang it twice…every single time! Tactical Sh!t is taking pre-orders now for the G-Flex; the first binary trigger for your Glock pistol.

St. Peters, MO | 17 MAR 23

For the first time ever, enhanced pull and release firing capability is here for Gen 3, Gen 4, and Gen 5 Glock firearms. Introducing the G-Flex Binary Trigger for Glock pistols!

The G-Flex is engineered with Reflex Trigger Technology. It fires one round when the trigger is pulled rearward, then a second “reflex” round when the trigger is released forward. This provides the potential for lightning-fast split times and unmatched performance in your Glock handgun.

The G-Flex is manufactured from professional-grade materials and designed for easy drop-in installation. The G-Flex is manufactured with aerospace-grade stainless steel and is built to perform under pressure and hard use. You’ll harness elevated speed and effectiveness with unmatched strength and reliability.

The G-Flex has been engineered with what the ATF wanted; a patented secondary DISCONNECTOR makes it physically impossible for the G-Flex to achieve automatic firing.

Components:

·         Trigger Bar

·         Enhanced Bar Guide

·         Trigger Return Spring

·         Trigger Housing

·         Trigger Shoe

Specifications:

·         Style: Reflex

·         Model: G-Flex

·         Platform: GLOCK 17, 19, 22, 23, 26, 27, 19X, 45, 47, 31, 32, and 33

·         Fit is generation specific

·         Weight: 5 ounces

·         Material: Aluminum/Steel

 

Experience the speed and performance of the G-Flex and its game-changing Reflex Trigger Technology. Unleash Glock’s full potential with G-Flex!

Learn more about the Warlord’s Glock binary trigger.

 

Danger Close Media Group | 4110 North Outer Road, St. Peters, MO 63376

Military Date/Time Group Explained

March 13th, 2023

The military Date Format and Date Time Group (DTG) is used by the military in everything from operations orders to airlifts. It is essential for every service member to know how to put together a DTG format properly.

Why? Because you have to have a consistent timing system utilizing specific datum if you’re coordinating operations (especially joint and combined) in every time zone on earth. This can range from ensuring several attacks kick off at the same time to making sure you’re available for a phone call at the right moment.

Closeup of Members of Provincial Reconstruction Team Farah visit Vocational School showing watch: explaining the Date Time Group and Military Date Format.

Date Time Group

The military date format (Date Time Group/DTG) , used for communications messages timestamp, coordination, and implementation, is traditionally formatted as: D D H H M M (Z) M O N Y  Y

Here’s an example. You receive a message to report to a certain location:

630pm on January 6th 2012 in Fayetteville, North Carolina (United States). These time values would read: 061830RJAN12

DD-Day of the month (e.g. January 6th=06)

HHMM- Time in 24 hr format +military time zone (e.g. 6:30pm in =1830).

Z- Military identifier- see below for a complete list

MON- 3 digit month code, (e.g. January= JAN) (*using military three letter month abbreviation)

YY- 2 Digit year, (e.g. 2012= 12)

DDHHMM(Z)MONYY

DD/Day =06 • HHMM/Hour Military Time Zone= 1830 • Z/Time Zone=5 (US Eastern Standard Time) • MON=January • YY/Year=2012

 

The Date Time Group (DTG), often referred to as the Army DTG (though it's for all of DoD and other entities) is a crucial part of the Military Date Format.

The Date Time Group (DTG), often referred to as the Army DTG (though it’s for all of DoD and other entities) is a crucial part of the Military Date Format.

 

Date Time Group: Military Time Zones

The military time zone is used as a representation to Coordinate Universal Time (UTC). Universal Time is based on hours plus (+) or hours minus (–) Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). GMT is considered Hour Zero (0).  In military time code reference, Greenwich Mean time is called Zulu (Z).  In operations spanning multiple time zones, Zulu will be used to give all operating units a time zone to adjust their time to so that everyone is on the same page.

One common mistake when using the military time code is to use “L” as Local time.  In fact, “L” represents the time code for Coordinate Universal Time (UTC)+11, which covers parts of Russia and Australia.  When referring to your time zone, see your local code identifier by using the reference below.

 

Military Date Format

Military Time Format Letter Reference

Time Zone Suffix

Time values are determined by adding or subtracting the number of hours indicated by a specific time zone to or from UTC.

UTC -12: Y- (e.g.  Fiji)
UTC-11: X (Nome Alaska)
UTC-10: W (Honolulu, HI)
UTC-9: V (Juneau, AK)
UTC-8: U (PST, Los Angeles, CA)
UTC-7: T (MST, Denver, CO)
UTC-6: S (CST, Dallas, TX)
UTC-5: R (EST, New York, NY)
UTC-4: Q (Halifax, Nova Scotia
UTC-3: P (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
UTC-2: O (Godthab, Greenland)
UTC-1: N (Azores)
UTC+-0: Z (Zulu time)
UTC+1: A (France)
UTC+2: B (Athens, Greece)
UTC+3: C (Arab Standard Time, Iraq, Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Qatar)
UTC+4: D (Used for Moscow, Russia, and Afghanistan, however, Afghanistan is technically +4:30 from UTC)
UTC+5: E (Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan)
UTC+6: F (Bangladesh)
UTC+7: G (Thailand)
UTC+8: H (Beijing, China)
UTC+9: I (Tokyo, Australia)
UTC+10: K (Brisbane, Australia)
UTC+11: L (Sydney, Australia)
UTC+12: M (Wellington, New Zealand)

Garmin explains it thusly;

“Military time is very similar to 24-hour time, but there are two differences between military time setting and 24-hour time setting. Military time uses a leading zero and doesn’t have a colon, while 24-hour time uses a colon but not a leading zero. For example, 8 o’clock AM is shown as 0800 in the military and 8:00 in 24-hour time. 8 PM would be 2000 (military) and 20:00 (24-hour).”

This article was originally published in 2012. 

How to Find the Best Barrel Length for Your 300 Blackout

February 15th, 2023

A versatile and well-liked cartridge, the 300 Blackout is perfect for hunting, home defense, and suppressed shooting. The performance of the 300 Blackout round depends significantly on the length of the barrel. Let’s explore the benefits and drawbacks of various barrel lengths and offer tips on where to purchase them.

The main question you need to ask yourself is whether or not you plan on using a suppressor. If you’re looking for the quietest and best handling setup, one could easily go as short as 7.5″, which is offered by Faxon Firearms.

300 Blackout

How Much Does Barrel Length Affect .300 Blackout Velocity?

Based on our personal experience and research, the 9″ 300 blackout barrel is the best overall barrel length with or without a suppressor, especially since an 8″ barrel is the minimum warranty barrel length for many suppressor manufacturers.

Best Barrel Length For Suppressed 300 Blackout

For optimal performance with a suppressed 300 Blackout, we recommend a barrel length of 8″-10″.

Attaching a 6″ suppressor to this barrel length results in a total length of 14″ to 16″, which provides optimal muzzle velocity for accurate long-range shots.

For the longer range engagements with a suppressed 300 Blackout, use a 16″ barrel with a suppressor for an average velocity of over 2,630 fps, leading to more effective shots and minimal bullet drop.

Faxon Duty Series 10.5in

Best 300 Blackout Barrel Length For Home Defense

The .300 Blackout round is an excellent choice for home defense as it combines power and efficiency with lethality when fired from a short-barreled rifle.

Using a short-barreled rifle is ideal for home defense as its compactness makes it easier to maneuver throughout the home. Despite its compact size, a .300 BLK round fired from a short barrel can still hit targets up to 100 yards away.

For optimal home defense with the .300 Blackout, a barrel length of at least 6″ to 8″ is recommended.

Faxon Duty Series 7.5in

Best 300 Blackout Barrel Length For Hunting

The ideal barrel length when hunting with .300 Blackout is one able to reach long-range targets with sufficient bullet velocity and energy on target for a lethal impact.

Longer barrel lengths offer greater accuracy and velocity, with a maximum length of 16″ for the .300 Blackout. This length ensures complete gunpowder combustion to generate maximum force and stabilizes the bullet for a flatter trajectory and improved accuracy.

Additionally, a 16″ barrel offers a long line of sight for better aim, making it the recommended choice for long-range hunting.

Faxon Duty Series 16in

Choosing the right barrel length for the .300 BLK Can Be Hard

At 10″, the muzzle velocity has not yet reached its peak. Heavy subsonic ammo in a 10″ barrel may have lower velocities but allows for the use of a suppressor without damaging your hearing. Supersonic ammo out of a 10″ barrel retains rifle caliber velocities but with more significant bullet drop at longer distances.

At 16″, muzzle velocities are near their maximum. As a result, heavy-grain subsonic bullets struggle to retain their subsonic terminal performance, while supersonic ammo has increased effective range and reduced bullet drop. The 16″ barrel also provides greater energy upon impact, regardless of ammo type.

The barrel twist rate also impacts performance and should be considered when selecting barrel length and determining the effective range of the .300 Blackout. For example, a 1:8 twist is best for lightweight supersonic rounds, while the 1:7 twist is recommended for heavy subsonic rounds with a suppressor.

There are a few factors to consider when selecting the ideal barrel length for the .300 BLK rifle and determining its effective range.

Creating the Perfect AR15 Build: Choosing the Right Barrel Profile

January 28th, 2023

Choosing the right AR15 barrel profile is one of the most important decisions to make when building or customizing an AR-15. The shape and size of the barrel, as determined by the profile, can greatly affect the performance and functionality of the weapon.

Let’s take a look at the different AR-15 barrel profiles available and help you understand the pros and cons of each so you can make an informed decision. From heavier barrel profiles to lightweight pencil barrel profiles, we’ll cover it all.

Whether you’re a competitive shooter, a hunter, or just a hobbyist, this guide will help you choose the perfect barrel profile for your specific needs and goals.

Faxon Firearms Sentry 5.56 Rifle product photo

AR Barrel Profiles Explained

The term “barrel profile” refers to the thickness of a barrel on an AR-15 style rifle, such as the Faxon Sentry 16” 5.56 Rifle. Different barrel profiles can impact the performance of the gun in various ways.

For instance, thinner barrels are lightweight and easy to handle, while thicker barrels provide more stability by adding weight to the front of the gun and can withstand more heat.

It’s essential to consider the trade-offs of different barrel options available in the market when making a choice.

Let’s now look at the different AR-15 barrel profiles to see what makes each one unique.

Gunner Profile

The Gunner profile is a blend of two of the best-performing profiles of all time, Gov’t and Pencil. 

Gunner AR15 Barrel profiles against a white backdrop

Faxon’s Gunner profile combines the durability of the Gov’t profile with the weight savings and maneuverability of the Pencil profile.

The Gunner profile brings the rifle’s balance back towards the shooter’s body, limiting fatigue and allowing for shooting, training, or hunting all day long.

Government/SOCOM Profile

A SOCOM barrel for an AR-15 is designed differently from the standard M4/A2 barrel.

Faxon's SOCOM barrel product photo

Instead of being consistently thick throughout, it has a thinner section past the gas block and a thicker section near the chamber. In addition, SOCOM barrels often have a slot for attaching a grenade launcher and provide a balance between strength and weight.

If you’re looking for a barrel that can handle sustained shooting while still being lightweight, a SOCOM profile barrel may be a good option for you.

Pencil Profile

The pencil barrel is the original profile for the AR-15, typically measuring 0.625 inches in diameter.

It is known for being slim and lightweight, making it easy to carry and handle. However, due to its thinness, it may overheat more quickly during rapid firing, leading to elastic deformation or warping, which can affect reliability and accuracy.

Pencil Ar15 barrel profile y Faxon Firearms

Unlike run-of-the-mill pencil barrels, Faxon Firearms barrels are properly heat-treated and stress-relieved to improve heat resistance and longevity.

The durability of this AR15 barrel profile is ideal for shooters with a light or medium shooting schedule.

AR Barrel Profiles: Finding Your Match

The barrel profile of an AR-15 rifle can greatly affect its overall performance and handling.

The three most common barrel profiles are the Gunner, Government, and Pencil. The Government/SOCOM profile is the thickest and heaviest option, providing the most stability and accuracy but also adding extra weight to the rifle.

The pencil profile is the thinnest and lightest option, making it easier to handle and carry, but sacrificing some stability and accuracy. The government profile is a balance between the two, offering a good compromise between weight and performance.

Ultimately, the choice of barrel profile will depend on the individual’s personal preferences and intended use of the rifle. Therefore, it is important to consider the trade-offs and choose the barrel profile that best suits your needs.

Introducing Strike Industries’… Golf Ball Launcher?!

January 9th, 2023
FORE, introducing the Strike Industries OPPRESSOR Golf Ball Launcher. The golf ball launcher is based on their OPPRESSOR blast shield muzzle device. This Golf Ball Launcher is a device that attaches to your blaster and allows you to launch golf balls using blanks into orbit. Well, maybe not orbit, but it’s fun to think about. Here’s some of what they had to say about it in their official release!
Golf Ball Launcher Diagram

Strike Industries’ Golf Ball Launcher

Similar to the SI OPPRESSOR, which aids in redirecting blast and sound, this SI OPPRESSOR Golf Ball Launcher also uses the SREM to, you guessed it… to Launch golf balls. The quick SREM detach PATENTED Strike Rapid Engage Mount (SREM) system mount, to be specific.
 
Using ONLY blanks, golf balls can be launched 100s of yards, of course ONLY in a safe direction. Depending on the golf ball, fit, weapon, and blank used, you can launch golf balls 500+ yards.
 
Point to just about any angle without the ball falling out, as the tapered cone/cup and large O-ring is designed to fit most golf balls on the market.
 
Constructed of a steel SREM base with a 7075-T6 aluminum body, this SI OPPRESSOR Golf Ball Launcher attaches (and detaches) in seconds. In case you need to be propelling golf balls down range with velocity and distance at a moment’s notice…
 
You can also use this SI OPPRESSOR Golf Ball Launcher device as a blast shield and concussion-reducing device with live ammo… ONLY WITHOUT a golf ball inserted!
Golf Ball Launcher from SI

Golf Ball Launcher Features:

  • Quick detach using PATENTED Strike Rapid Engage Mount (SREM) system
  • Point the golf ball launcher at any angle without the ball falling out.
  • Launches golf balls 500+ yards
  • Use as a blast shield and concussion-reducing device with live ammo (WITHOUTgolf ball inserted)
  • Tapered cone/cup and large O-ring designed to fit most golf balls on the market
  • Golf ball loading inside diameter of 43.58mm(1.716”)
  • 39.50mm(1.56”) base with 55.00mm(2.17”) body overall diameters
  • Steel base construction with 7075-T6 aluminum body

COMPATIBILITY:

  • Only with SI OPPRESSOR Strike Rapid Engage Mount (SREM) muzzle devices
  • Desert Tech: Ratchet compensator, Micro Dynamic Rifle (MDR) w/ Ratchet compensator
  • Ferfrans: CQB Modular Muzzle Brake System (only GEN 1)

NOT COMPATIBLE:

  • Any other muzzle device
  • This is not a direct barrel-threaded device

Golf Ball Launcher side by side

With and without the golf ball in the launcher.

Golf Ball Launcher Package Contents:

  • x1 SI OPPRESSOR Golf Ball Launcher
  • x1 Warning card

WARNINGS:

  • Ensure proper clearance from all parts of the weapon when attaching and removing OPPRESSOR from the muzzle device.
  • LOAD GOLF BALL ONLY. THE DANGERS OF BLANKS AND GOLF BALLS CAN CAUSE DISFIGUREMENT OR DEATH
  • DO NOT USE LIVE AMMO. USE PROPERLY MANUFACTURED BLANKS ONLY.
  • ALWAYS HAVE YOUR WEAPON SAFE WHEN NOT BEING FIRED. ALWAYS FOLLOW ALL FIREARMS SAFETY RULES AND NEVER POINT YOUR WEAPON AT ANYTHING YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO DESTROY.
  • USE AS A BLAST SHIELD DEVICE WITH LIVE AMMO ONLY WITHOUT A GOLF BALL INSERTED.
  • PLEASE DO NOT STEAL GOLF BALLS FROM LOCAL GOLF RANGES.

Launcher and ball, together at last!

Launcher no launching...

Golf Ball Launcher Product Specifications:

  • GOLF BALL LOADING DIAMETER: 43.58mm(1.716”)
  • OVERALL DIAMETER (BASE): 39.50mm(1.56”)
  • OVERALL DIAMETER (BODY): 55.00mm(2.17”)
  • LENGTH: 54.73mm(2.15″)
  • WIDTH: 50.49mm(1.99″)
  • HEIGHT: 113.67mm(4.48″)
  • WEIGHT: 10.90 oz
  • WEIGHT W/ PKG: 12.20 oz
NOTE: Distance varies depending on the blank, golf ball, golf ball fit, and weapon used.

Revision and Fast Metal’s Speed Demon Metal Sunglasses with I-Vis Lens Tech

January 6th, 2023

Two powerhouses in the world of eyewear have joined forces to create a product that’s sure to make waves. Revision Military, a leading producer of protective eyewear, has spent years perfecting their ballistic protective lenses. At the same time, Fast Metal has been focusing on creating premium made-in-USA aluminum sunglasses. And now, they’re ready to unveil their latest collaboration to the world. But first, let’s take a closer look at the official press release.

The Official Release

Revision Military, a leading producer of protective eyewear, has spent years developing best-in-class ballistic protective lenses. Similarly, Fast Metal and its founder have spent that time developing premium made-in-USA aluminum sunglasses. With this collaboration announcement, the two companies have combined what they are truly experts in to create the Revision Speed Demon metal sunglasses with Revision’s new I-Vis lens technology. These sunglasses bring together state-of-the-art lens technology with a sleek, stylish frame.

Fast Metal was built on over 35 years of experience in manufacturing the highest quality metal sunglasses by its founder, Ken Wilson. As the pioneer of the aluminum sunglass industry, Ken created the first patented 27-step procedure for manufacturing high-quality aluminum frames. Today, Fast Metal is proud to offer the world’s first and best aluminum sunglass and eyewear protection system featuring field-replaceable lenses.

Over the past 20 years, Revision has become the proven supplier of military protective eyewear to NATO forces worldwide. This new partnership with Fast Metal is a powerful relationship combining military and tactical industry expertise with the best aluminum sunglass design. The goal – is to create an eyewear protection system that customers not only need but want.

“At Revision, we believe in the power of partnerships and collaborations in bringing new and exciting technology to end-users quickly,” said Revision CEO Amy Coyne. “Our new I-Vis lens technology delivers enhanced visual performance, and we needed an everyday sunglass platform to offer protection, style, and performance. We believe this collab is just the beginning of our partnership with Ken and the Fast Metal team.”

So what’s so special about these new Revision Speed Demon Sunglasses?

Well, first, the frame is entirely made out of aluminum 7075 allow, which provides ANSI Z87.1 protection.

Second, it is available with Revision’s new I-Vis lens technology. This technology is an advanced dye formulation process resulting in a new series of lens tints that markedly enhance visual performance. More than a single solution, I-Vis lenses are available in six tints, each optimized for use in a different environment. Each tint is designed to increase contrast and elevate color recognition in specific geographic regions, doing so without the negative effects associated with traditional monochromatic lens tints. These Speed Demon lenses also come with Revision’s OcuMax anti-fog and scratch coating and are field replaceable.

Revision I-Vis

Finally, all frames and lenses are made in the USA; frames are made by Fast Metal in Yuma, Arizona, and lenses are made by Revision in Essex Junction, Vermont. The product is available for sale today at www.revisionmilitary.com and coming soon to Revision’s network of dealers and distributors around the globe.

Final Rule ATF 2021-05F: The BATFE on 80% Frames

January 2nd, 2023

FINAL RULE ATF: Last week, the BATFE issued new guidance on the legality of 80% frame lowers like those manufactured by Polymer 80, Lone Wolf Arms, Nomad Defense, and Matrix Arms. It’s rarely a Good Thing when we have to report ATF news, and this time is no different.

ATF Changes its Mind. Again.

Once again, the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) has changed its mind. Remember how 80 percent frames and lowers were legal until Joe Biden’s ATF decided that they weren’t? You know, like the ATF always does.

That question was shaking out as part of the Vanderstok v. Garland case in federal court, with the ATF agreeing that the frames and receivers in question were indeed legal so long as they didn’t ship with “associated templates, jigs, molds, equipment, tools, instructions, guides, or marketing materials.”

So, basically, the frames and receivers are only firearms under the Gun Control Act (GCA) if they are packaged with those “non-firearm objects” (NFO). Strange, but okay. Companies had already incorporated that change and were continuing to ship their products. NFO sold separately.

Then, out of the blue, ATF dropped a new rule on FFLs by way of a December 27 open letter. The letter stated that “these partially complete pistol frames are ‘frames’ and ‘firearms’ as defined in the GCA and its implementing regulations.” Even if they don’t include the NFO items.

ATF bases this change on the definition of the word “readily,” as in whether these frames can be “readily converted” to fully functioning firearms.

ATF open letter on GLock 80 frames

Here’s an excerpt from that statement:

Applying the regulatory text of Final Rule 2021-05F, partially complete Polymer80, Lone Wolf, and similar striker-fired semiautomatic pistol frames, including, but not limited to, those sold within parts kits, have reached a stage of manufacture where they “may readily be completed, assembled, restored, or otherwise converted” to a functional frame. This definition of “readily” applies to each and every classification of a partially complete frame or receiver under this Rule, whether sold alone or as part of a kit. Therefore, even without any associated templates, jigs, molds, equipment, tools, instructions, guides, or marketing materials, these partially complete pistol frames are “frames” and also “firearms” as defined in the GCA and its implementing regulations, 18 U.S.C. § 921(a)(3)(B) and 27 CFR 478.12(a)(1), (c).

The following are some examples of companies that build 80% frames.

•  Polymer 80 

• Nomad Defense

•  Matrix Arms

•  Lone Wolf Arms

Now learn about the sizes of handguns!

Ruger 10/22 Bolt Upgrade from Faxon Firearms

December 14th, 2022

There are many parts that make up a 10/22 rifle, and each one of them plays an important role. However, the most critical component of the Ruger is the bolt.

The trigger may be what initiates every shot, but it’s the bolt that’s responsible for the shot-to-shot operation.

A high-quality bolt affects more than just reliability. The bolt face, its consistency, and how the firing pin strikes the bullet significantly contribute to the rifle’s accuracy.

Faxon Stainless Steel Bolt Assembly for 10/22

Whether you’re building up a new gun or keeping an old favorite running, the Faxon 10/22 Bolt Assembly is the best choice.

Ruger 1022 Bolt

Compatible with the OEM receiver, trigger group, charging handle, and bolt stop pin, the Faxon 10/22 bolt is fully assembled and ready to drop into your Ruger 10/22.

Specs

  • Material: 17-4 PH Stainless steel, H900
  • Hardness: HRC 40 – 47
  • Round Firing Pin
  • Sharp Extractor

Why Upgrade a 10/22 Bolt?

Upgrading the bolt improves reliability and accuracy on any 10/22 rifle.

A high-quality bolt such as the one from Faxon Firearms is properly radiused and polished to enhance the reliability of the cyclic action.

Ruger 1022 Bolt

Additionally, the Faxon 10/22 bolt has the proper head spacing in order to improve the reliability of the bullets feeding from the magazine into the chamber.

Lastly, proper firing pin protrusion ensures optimal striking of the rimfire case.

Ruger 1022 Bolt

For these reasons, upgrading your 10/22 bolt does have its advantages. 

All these small gains add up to overall reliability, consistent performance, and improved accuracy.

Does The Ruger 10/22 Have a Bolt Hold Open?

Out of the box in the stock configuration, the Ruger 10/22 does not have a last-round bolt hold open feature.

Ruger 1022 Bolt

To add the bolt hold open feature, you need a third-party upgrade such as the CST Auto Bolt Stop.

What is a 10/22 Bolt Buffer?

A bolt buffer replaces/upgrades the bolt stop pin in your 10/22 receiver. The OEM bolt stop pin is made from steel, whereas the bolt buffer is made from a polymer material.

Over time the steel bolt stop pin can cause micro-cracks in the receiver due to repeated impacts of the bolt during shooting. The bolt buffer mitigates that and several other issues by being manufactured out of a polymer material.

There are three main benefits of replacing the bolt stop pin with a bolt buffer.

  1. It reduces the sound when the bolt slams rearward during the cycling action during shooting. This is also a benefit when shooting suppressed as it greatly reduces the noise signature even more.
  2. The 10/22 blowback action is less shaky because of the dampening of the recoil and bolt cycling vibrations.
  3. It can prevent cracks in the 10/22 receiver resulting from prolonged usage, high round count shooting, or the added stress of high-velocity ammo.

The Ruger 10/22 bolt by Faxon includes a bolt buffer to replace the OEM bolt stop pin. If you’re interested in learning more, check out more on the Ruger 10/22 Bolt here.

Faxon Introduces Their 8.6 BLK Bolt Action Rifles

September 20th, 2022

Not content with merely making barrels for the new 8.6 Blackout, Faxon Firearms has recently released the Overwatch rifle series, looking to combine top-quality bolt-action rifle building with the 8.6 Blackout caliber. Today we’re breaking down the two versions of the Overwatch Tactical.

The Overwatch is available in a more traditional style with the Overwatch Hunter, as well as two flavors of chassis builds in the Overwatch Tactical, in a 16″ barreled rifle and a 12″ barreled/braced pistol.

Faxon 16" Overwatch Hunter Rifle

Faxon Firearms Overwatch Tactical 16″

The 16″ Faxon Overwatch Tactical Bolt Action in 8.6 BLK provides modern modularity and attachment capabilities while retaining the classic bolt action experience.

person holding a 16" Faxon Tactical Rifle

Features and Specs

  • Faxon 16″ 1:3 Twist 8.6 BLK Barrel w/ Thread Protector, Taper Adapter, and Remage-Style Nut
  • Muzzle threaded M18x1.5mm for use with any AI standard muzzle device or suppressor mount
  • MDT LSS XL Gen 2 Chassis
  • Faxon TAC 30 Action & Bolt by Stiller
  • AICS Mag Compatible
  • Timney Elite Hunter 510-V2 Trigger
  • B5 Precision Collapsible Stock
  • B5 Pistol Grip

Weights & Dimensions

  • Weight: 7.61 lbs
  • Length: 35.375″
  • Depth: 8″
  • Width: 1.5″

Product photo of the 16" Faxon Overwatch Tactical

Faxon Firearms Overwatch Tactical 12″

The 12″ Faxon Overwatch Tactical Bolt Action in 8.6 BLK provides modern modularity and attachment capabilities while retaining the classic bolt action experience but in a smaller package, of course.

person holding a 12" overwatch bolt action

Features and Specs

  • Faxon 12″ 1:3 Twist 8.6 BLK Barrel w/ Thread Protector, Taper Adapter, and Remage-Style Nut
  • Muzzle threaded M18x1.5mm for use with any AI standard muzzle device or suppressor mount
  • MDT LSS Gen 2 Chassis
  • Faxon TAC 30 Action & Bolt by Stiller
  • ​​​​​​​AICS Mag Compatible
  • Timney Elite Hunter 510-V2 Trigger
  • SBA3 Pistol Brace
  • B5 Pistol Grip

Weights & Dimensions

  • Weight: 7.87 lbs
  • Length: 29″
  • Depth: 8″
  • Width: 1.5″

product photo of the 12" overwatch tactical

Shared Features of the Overwatch Tactical Bolt Action Rifles

Let’s go over the commonalities, then the differences; here are the Overwatch 16″ Rifle and 12″ Pistol share these commonalities.

8.6 BLK data chart

Faxon TAC30 Action by Stiller

Stiller Actions has been making premium quality rifle action based on the Remington 700 for years. With customers hunting in the woods, competing at the range, and chasing down enemies of America, Stiller Actions is well known to those who demand quality.

close up of the faxon overwatch tactical

Tac30 Action

  • Designed for Tactical and Long Range Hunting applications
  • Bead Blasted 416 Stainless
  • 90-degree bolt throw
  • Modified M16 extractor, Remington 700 pin-style ejector
  • It fits any Remington 700 short-action inlet stock
  • Accepts AICS pattern mags

The first thing you’ll notice with the Tac 30 action is how amazingly smooth the bolt rides when you run it back and forth. But, of course, you can thank Stiller’s proprietary, double-layer coating for that.

Timney 510 Elite Hunter 510-V2

The Timney Elite Hunter 510-V2 is one of the best triggers on this earth. Zero creep, sharp break; it’s perfection in tangible form.

close up of the faxon overwatch hunter

The Differences Between The Overwatch Tactical Rifles

There are two primary differences between the Overwatch Tactical 12″ and 16″. First, besides the barrel length, the rifle has a buttstock, while the pistol has a stabilizing brace.

First, let’s talk barrel length. Next, here’s a look at the preliminary load data for 8.6 Blackout, as provided by Faxon and Q.

The difference between 12″ and 16″ with Barnes supersonic 160gr is only 150 fps. With Sierra’s 300gr subsonic round, the difference is about 40 fps. With 8.6 Blackout optimized for performance in short barrels, there’s little difference.

Instead, the barrel length (and corresponding brace/stock) is more about personal preference and legality. For example, in some states hunting with pistols is outlawed, regardless of caliber.

There’s also the matter of comfort and terrain. If you’re on the shorter end, you’ll probably opt for the 12″ barrel. This is also true if you spend more time hunting in densely wooded areas.

But if you’re more of an ent who likes hunting in wide open spaces, that modest performance gain in the 16″ barrel combined with the more adjustable B5 stock makes a better platform for most.

Regardless of which barrel length you prefer, it’s clear that Faxon Firearms is swinging for the 8.6 Blackout fences with the Overwatch Tactical and Overwatch Hunter.

Like 8.6 Blackout, but prefer a semi-auto to bolt-action rifles? Read more on Faxon’s Sentinel AR-10 platform rifle.

person pulling a faxon overwatch hunter out of a bag

Originally posted on Firearms Press.

TRIGGRCON 2022: THREE WEEKS LEFT!

September 15th, 2022

You’ve got three weeks left to prepare for TRIGGRCON! Hope you’ve got your pre-registration done, if not we’re going to give you a few reasons why you should consider getting that done ASAP!

Just a reminder, this year’s expo will be held at the premier Flint Oak Hunting Lodge in Flint Oak, KS. The dates for the expo are October 7th-8th, 2022. Range day and exhibitor events will be running concurrently.

Who’s Exhibiting at TRIGGERCON?

TRIGGRCON features some of the most innovative companies in the tactical industry. Here are a few of the great companies attending! More coming soon!

VORTEX OPTICS

Since 1986, Vortex Optics has been and remains an American-owned, veteran-owned, family-owned, and operated business of hard-working folks headquartered next to their friendly neighbors in Barneveld, Wisconsin.

Vortex Optics promo pic
SILENCERCO

Born and bred in the mountains of the American West, SilencerCo started life when two men in a garage machined, welded, and shaped their dreams into reality. They had one core belief: Guns don’t have to be loud.

TRIGGRCON SilencerCo promo pic
AERO PRECISION

Since 1994, Aero Precision has paved the way as a leading manufacturer of American Made parts. Aero Precision’s roots are deeply tied to Aerospace, and their drive for clean, perfect engineering and machining stems from that. When you are building something that will fly in the air, there is no margin for error.

Aero Precision promo pic

“Don’t wake up on the 9th and realize you didn’t come; you’re going to have to wait a whole year thinking about how you missed the biggest event in the region.” – GW Ayers III, Chief Operating Officer of Rainier Arms.

Who Can Attend?

The Enthusiast

If you support or are interested in the firearm industry. Whether on a competitive match, in your backyard, or hunting.

REGISTER NOW

Media & Industry

Do you either work in the industry in some capacity or support the industry through your business? This is for you!

REGISTER NOW

TRIGGRCON FAQ

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter TRIGGRCON?

TRIGGRCON is an all-ages show. There are no ID requirements though everyone must have a ticket to enter.

What are my parking options at TRIGGRCON?

There is limited parking under the convention center. However, there are plenty of parking options within two blocks of the venue. Parking fees will vary depending on the parking lot.

Can I bring my pet to the TRIGGRCON?

No animals are allowed. The only exception is for correctly identified on-duty ADA-recognized service animals.

Are personal firearms or ammunition allowed?

Personal firearms must remain in a holster and cannot be discharged.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please send all questions to [email protected].

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, you may either print your ticket or have it on your phone.

Will badges be required?

Only industry, media, and exhibitors will be required to wear a badge during the show. Standard public/enthusiast attendees do not need to wear a badge during the show.

REGISTER ASAP!

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TRIGGRCON 2022: Moving Midwest

September 9th, 2022

Rainier Arms & UN12 are excited to announce they’ll be hosting TRIGGRCON 2022 near Wichita, Kansas. This year’s expo will be held at the premier Flint Oak Hunting Lodge in Flint Oak, KS. The dates for the expo are October 7th-8th, 2022. Range day and exhibitor events will be running concurrently.

Go to one, then the other, or walk back and forth!

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The Venue

Why Attend TRIGGERCON 22?

TRIGGRCON features the most innovative companies in the tactical small arms industry. This is not just a trade show for manufacturers but also an opportunity to become a part of the firearms community.

What Sets Apart This Expo?

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Premium Suppressors

TRIGGRCON is an evolution of the Shooting Sports Expo, now expanded to a 2-day event. We will be featuring the very best of the industry.

Attendance is capped! A fixed number of exhibitors and visitors will be at the show. The cap is to maintain an intimate environment where industry thought leaders can be approached without crush or craziness.

This show is about building and maintaining relationships.

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Another benefit to this exclusivity: several companies will be launching major new products at the show. Visitors can watch in real-time and talk to those involved. This show is going to be epic.

“Don’t wake up on the 9th and realize you didn’t come; you’re going to have to wait a whole year thinking about how you missed the biggest event in the region.” — GW Ayers III, Vice President of Rainier Arms

Who Can Attend?

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Premium Blasters

The Enthusiast

If you support or are interested in the firearm industry. Whether on a competitive match, in your backyard, or hunting.

Media & Industry

Do you either work in the industry in some capacity or support the industry through your business? This is for you!

TRIGGRCON FAQ

  • Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter TRIGGRCON?

TRIGGRCON is an all-ages show. There are no ID requirements though everyone must have a ticket to enter.

  • What are my parking options at TRIGGRCON?

There is limited parking under the convention center. However, there are plenty of parking options within two blocks of the venue. Parking fees will vary depending on the parking lot.

  • Can I bring my pet to the TRIGGRCON?

No animals are allowed. The only exception is for correctly identified on-duty ADA-recognized service animals.

  • Are personal firearms or ammunition allowed?

Personal firearms must remain in a holster and cannot be discharged.

  • How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please send all questions to [email protected].

  • Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, you may either print your ticket or have it on your phone.

  • Will badges be required?

Only industry, media, and exhibitors will be required to wear a badge during the show. Standard public/enthusiast attendees do not need to wear a badge during the show.

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West Coast Armor | High-Performance Armor

August 30th, 2022

Body Armor used to be cumbersome and expensive, good thing it ain’t 2005 anymore. Happily, West Coast Armor has stepped up to the plate (no pun intended) with its Pure Dyneema and Pure Spectra plates.

In fact, the team at West Coast Armor spent five years on R&D before releasing their first product. They’re not messing around when it comes to the preservation of life.

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Who Is West Coast Armor?

The diverse team at West Coast Armor has deep roots in the world of executive protection, military, law enforcement, and the private sector. In addition, the team at West Coast Armor has used and created body armor throughout their individual careers. They know firsthand the benefits and drawbacks of the different types of body armor.

With this knowledge and real-world experience, they achieved what they set out to do. West Coast Armor put five years of research and development, so they could create their industry-leading body armor. They were rewarded with Armor that is lighter, stronger, and more affordable than any others on the market.

What Sets Apart West Coast Armor?

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West Coast Armor uses Pure Dyneema or Pure next-gen Spectra in the construction of its body armor plates.

Hard armor made with pure Dyneema and next-gen Spectra is up to 75% lighter than steel or other traditional armor materials. This is without compromising the level of protection traditional materials provide.

For military, law enforcement, and others working in high-risk environments, hard armor made from Dyneema provides not only maximum protection but also enhances the comfort, maneuverability, and efficiency of the person wearing it.

5 Benefits of Using Dyneema in Body Armor Plates

  1. Constructed from ceramics, compressed laminate sheets, metallic plates, or composites
  2. Designed to deform and capture the bullet upon impact
  3. Absorbs and distributes the kinetic energy of the impact
  4. Protects against NIJ Level III, III+ and works as an excellent backing for ceramics in III++ or IV rifle threats
  5. 75% lighter than steel and 25% lighter than Aramid

Where are West Coast Armor Plates Made?

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All raw materials are 100% domestically sourced and made in the USA.

Is West Coast Armor NIJ Certified?

Yes. West Coast Armor is NIJ certified, and all their body armor plates meet or exceed NIJ criteria.

The NIJ conducts independent research on the Ballistic Resistance of Body Armor with the help of the Office of Law Enforcement Standards (OLES). The most important attribute of the NIJ is its ability to remain objective to the industry and only adopt criteria based on scientific research and testing.

This research and testing are designed to save lives and improve the level of justice our law enforcement agencies can provide. This is why every company that wishes to sell body armor in the United States must meet the requirements set forth by the NIJ.

If you’re looking for a company that is selling armor, ensure they can provide an NIJ letter of compliance by doing a simple check on DOJ’s website to see if the company is certified.

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West Coast Armor Hard Armor Levels

Patriot Armor IIIa Plate

The Patriot Armor level 3a body armor Plate is so unbelievably light and thin that you will forget you’re wearing it. At 0.82 pounds per square foot, these lightweights perform like heavyweights.

Forged from a proprietary manufacturing process, the IIIA Plate is constructed with some of the strongest and lightest ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fibers available.

West Coast Armor’s UHMWPE fibers are stronger than steel at a fraction of the weight.

Features and Specs

  • Designed for use as a standalone plate
  • Standalone NIJ threat level of IIIA
  • True multi-shot plate
  • Weatherproofing: spray-lined synthetic coating
  • 0.82 pounds per square foot
  • Available in black polyurea spray lining
  • Size: 10″ x 12″
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Patriot Armor IIIa Plate

Patriot Armor IIIP Plate

The performance of our Patriot Armor IIIP Plates is second to none. At an incredible 3.3 pounds per square foot, they are clearly some of the strongest level 3 body armor plates available today.

Forged from a proprietary manufacturing process, the IIIP Plate is constructed with some of the strongest and lightest ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fibers available.

West Coast Armor’s UHMWPE fibers are stronger than steel at a fraction of the weight.

Features and Specs

  • Standalone NIJ threat level of III
  • True multi-shot plate
  • 3.3 pounds per square foot
  • Sizes 10×12″, 11×14″
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Patriot Armor IIIP Plate

Level IV AP Plate

West Coast Armor’s IV AP Plate is just like its little brother, the IIIP Plate, in that it is unbelievably strong and light. Weighing 5.5 pounds per square foot, it takes the performance of your tactical armor to a higher level.

Their proprietary manufacturing process utilizes some of the strongest and lightest ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fibers available, allowing West Coast Armor to forge the strongest lightweight body armor on the market today.

Features and Specs

  • Ceramic strike face and UHMWPE backing
  • Finished with a spray-lined, weatherproof synthetic coating
  • 5.5 pounds per square foot
  • Available in black
  • Size: 10″x12″
  • Multi curve
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This is good armor; y’all think through your layout before throwing it on over your favorite warrior shirts and stepping off to do any hot work.

West Coast Armor Testimonies

“As a former Police Chief, I believe that one of the most important responsibilities we have is to give the men and women that serve our profession the best equipment to do their job and keep them safe. I’ve seen firsthand the superior quality of the West Coast Armor Body armor in action. I’ve been blessed to witness agencies across the country test West Coast Armor vests and plates, and the outcomes were superior. I recommend to all my colleagues that they reach out to West Coast Armor.” – Donald (Chief of Police Ret.)

“The West Coast Armor level 4 plates are the most well-balanced and comfortable plates I’ve used. After seven combat deployments between Special Operations and Contract work, I can only wish I’d had these issued to me. I have full trust and confidence in their ballistic properties as I’ve seen their performance through more rigorous testing than NIJ requires. These plates have my full endorsement.” – Kyle C.

“As a retired police officer of 23 years working long shifts and jobs from the jail to vice then on to detective. I was always issued uncomfortable, heavy stiff armor. After wearing all types of armor throughout my military and law enforcement carrier, I can say I’ve never seen anything like it. Without question, West Coast Armor makes me want to wear armor again; it’s the lightest, thinnest and strongest armor I’ve ever seen.” – Bob V. Esponisa

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Scream Factory / Sacred Bones Records The Fog Blu-Ray + 7″ Vinyl Set – PRE-ORDER

August 18th, 2022

I’m a huge fan of John Carpenter films (as if previous posts didn’t make that clear), and I’ve been pretty on top of collecting the Scream Factory/Sacred Bones Records collaborative Blu-Ray and vinyl releases of some of his most famous and beloved films. The most recent film to be added to this collection is 1980’s ‘The Fog’. Like the other films in this collection, the set consists of a special slip cover with art by Chris Bilheimer, containing a Blu-Ray collectors edition release of the film, and a 7″ vinyl record of music from or related to the film; for The Fog, it’s the main theme, and a newly-recorded rendition of the track “Walk to the Lighthouse”.

This is a pre-order item, and is set to release on September 13th this year.

www.sacredbonesrecords.com/products/sbr302-john-carpenter-the-fog

Core Vision Training: Courses To Prepare Yourself

August 18th, 2022

An area of increasing concern for all of us is the occupied home invasion, which can be defined as an incident where the family occupies the house, and they are confronted with an imminent lethal threat by one or more intruders.

Recently, the number of reported violent encounters inside the home has increased. These violent encounters aren’t even limited to your home anymore. You could be thrust into a violent encounter when shopping at a mall or even walking to your car afterward.

This growing concern has prompted a surge of new gun owners who intend to keep that newly purchased firearm for the primary purpose of home defense. Additionally, many states have adopted constitutional carry where gun owners now don’t need to attend any training to carry concealed.

There is a void in the training industry regarding preparing for violent encounters, at least in the context of home defense. Core Vision Training has stepped into that void in a big way.

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Train with Core Vision

Why Spend The Money and Time on Training

Self-defense, home defense, and other preparedness training are necessary to effectively defend yourself, your family, and your home when targeted by crime or violence. There will always be criminals who want to take what isn’t theirs and predators who want to hurt the innocent. When you train to become more proficient in these skills, you gain the tools to stand your ground and live to see another day.

As with any training courses you attend, you want to ensure it fits your context of use and goals. However, many “tactical” training courses claim to train students in the art of fighting with a pistol and rifle, room clearing within your home, and a host of other “tacticool” courses.

Many courses people attend for the experience rather than for learning life-saving skills. Nevertheless, teaching these concepts takes days to execute correctly with the proper instructor cadre.

Core Vision Training employs instructors with proven operational experience, some of which are still operational, which gives you the most up-to-date relevant training available.

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Why Choose Core Vision Training

Core Vision Training is the top self-defense training company and facility in the Pacific Northwest. Their instructors bring decades of relevant operational experience to provide their clients with the highest quality training possible.

In addition to their premier courses, they also offer a monthly membership program. By signing up for the recurring monthly membership, individuals who have taken any form of our Structure Assessment courses now have the opportunity for additional reps and recurring training to maintain and master the skills they acquired in our classes.

Recurring training covers medical, structure assessment, teamwork, land navigation, live fire, vehicle work, and several more.

Let’s take a quick look at a few of their premier courses.

Core Vision: Structure Assessment Active Defense Course

If you are unlucky enough to find yourself in a fight with an armed assailant, learning to load and clear a malfunction is far easier if you are familiar with that weapon or type of weapon ahead of time. This is something you won’t want to figure out on the fly.

Imagine fighting your attacker in a dark parking lot or inside your home, and gaining control of his loaded weapon, only to die because you didn’t know how to operate the safety.

When you become skilled with your primary defensive tool, learn to use other weapons. Clint Smith said it best “There’s nothing that says you are going to fight with just your gun.”

The Core Vision Training Structure Assessment courses prepare you for just that. The Active Defense course, which is a combination of the home defense course and trauma training, is tailored to the everyday citizen looking to sharpen their skills and better protect their family.

WHAT’S COVERED

  • 1 & 2 person structure assessment
  • CCW Pistol mechanics & manipulations
  • Link up procedures
  • Casualty assessment and treatment
  • Call up procedures for 911
  • Center fed, corner fed rooms & hallways
  • Positive Threat Identification

Self Defense Training

Core Vision: Vehicle Escape Concepts

Let’s look at a different type of EDC; your Every Day Car. This is your daily driver, whether a Honda Civic or a Rolls Royce.

When you leave the safety of your home and get into your vehicle to take kids to school, pick up passengers, or go to the store, it becomes your mobile command center.

When you get behind the wheel of your vehicle, think of yourself as the Transporter. It’s not only an excellent movie but highlights some key points. Such as how he maintains driving the car and moves within and around the confines of his vehicle. Everything is done professionally and with a purpose.

The Core Vision Training Vehicle Escape Concepts course teaches you to be ready for a fight in and around your vehicle. Everything they teach you is done professionally and with a practical purpose.

WHAT’S COVERED

  • Avoidance
  • Preparation
  • Movement within and out of a vehicle
  • What is and is not cover on a vehicle
  • Gear & Equipment Preparation
  • Vehicle Considerations
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Vehicle Escape and Defense

Core Vision: Land Navigation

When many of us first enlisted, there was no handheld GPS to tell us where we were and how to reach our destination. Instead, we had to learn how to use a compass and protractor with our maps. Land Navigation courses were taught with the old school military issue Lensatic compasses and a map whether it was daytime or night-time.

The use of a compass is a perishable skill, much like shooting. It requires practice. Nowadays, we have wrist-mounted GPS units, handheld units, and smartphones that provide us with navigational aids. But what if the batteries run out or your GPS gets submerged and shorts out? Now what? How do you get back home? Do you have a backup method of navigation?

The Core Vision Training land navigation course teaches you how to read and orient a map and navigate using a compass so that you make it back home safely. The two available courses are Intro To Land Navigation and Basic Map Reading.

WHAT’S COVERED

  • How to read and orient a map
  • How to familiarize yourself with a map using a compass
  • Individual Pace Count
  • Dead Reckoning & Terrain Association
  • How to identify significant terrain features
  • How to identify minor terrain features
  • How to read contour lines
  • How to plot locations on a map

In the end, the time you invest in training for an event that may never occur is your responsibility. The flip side of that is if that event ever does happen, do you want to be the one who lets your spouse and children down?

We encourage you to reflect on the cost of your personal decisions and how you choose to spend your time and money. Remember, when seconds count, law enforcement is minutes away, and a lot can happen in that time. You can lose your whole world in those few minutes.

If you are ready to accept that risk, that’s on you. But, if you believe your life and the lives of your loved ones are worth every ounce of your effort, train like it. Train like they matter. Train with Core Vision Training.

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