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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!

TRIGGRCON venue promo

Hunting Lodge Venue

Originally posted on Firearms Press.

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!

TRIGGRCON venue promo

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?

AB suppressor promo

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.

5.11 TRIGGRCON promo

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?

Barrett promo

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.

TRIGGRCON banner promo

Originally posted on Firearms Press. Read our latest articles.

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.

Person pulling out West coast Armor out of a vest

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?

Body Armor and other swat gear sitting together

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?

West Coast Armor promo pic

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.

Body armor and rifle leaning against a wall

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″
Body Armor Stock photo

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″
West Coast body Armor stock photo

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
West Coast Body Armor leaning against a wall

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

Person pulling body armor out of a vest

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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.

Core Vision Training Promo Pic

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.

Home Defense Training

Structure Assessment Training

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
core vision training class

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.

For more information, you can find them on Instagram and Facebook.

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Rocket Boom Bubble Gun

August 11th, 2022

The Rocket Boom Bubble Gun is for when you’re looking for bubble overkill beyond what even a multi-bubble wand can provide. Reminiscent of a man-portable rocket artillery launcher, the Rocket Boom Bubble Gun has 60 holes capable of shooting out hundreds of bubbles per minute. It features a rechargeable 3.7v 2000mAh Li-ion battery which provides 30 minutes of continuous function off of a 120 minute charge. The Bubble Gun also comes with a shoulder strap, and two 50ml bottles of bubble fluid, because getting a bubble gun without “ammo” on-hand is kinda lame.


https://firebox.com/intl/rocket-boom-bubble-gun#

Magnoli Clothiers

August 9th, 2022

There’s cosplay outfits for sale, and then there’s Magnoli Clothiers. I was recently made aware of this New Zealand-based clothier via a certain someone’s delivery of a reproduction pair of Snake Plissken’s camo pants from ‘Escape from New York’ (seen above, and linked here). After searching them up on the web, I was amazed by the wide variety of products they have on offer, from all manner of television shows, movies, and games across genres, quite a bit of it made-to-measure — with a price to match. However, as a proper clothier, they don’t just focus on costumes (their own site states their products are “…not costume pieces, but tailor-made, high-quality clothing.”, which I won’t refute), but bespoke suits and other high-quality custom-made clothing items. Plus, if you don’t see a particular piece available to order, their FAQ states they can custom make a reproduction of any piece of men’s clothing, whether it’s something you already own or it’s pulled from film stills or other images.

www.magnoliclothiers.com

They also have a line of hand-finished props for the seeker of high-quality costume accessories: www.magnoliclothiers.com/clothing-accessories-props-c-102_23_171.html

Automatic Gel Ball Blaster

August 8th, 2022

For when BBs are just a bit too hard hitting, and NERF darts lose their appeal, you may want to take a look at one of the myriad “Gel Ball Blasters” available on Amazon. Designed to shoot 7-8mm hydrated gel balls, these blasters are generally modeled after real-steel weapons; this particular one takes design cues from the Steyr TMP / B&T MP9. Feeding from a gravity-fed hopper, this blaster is capable of full-auto fire with a rate 350 balls per minute, and can shoot distances of up to 65 feet. The onboard 1200mAh battery recharges via USB, and can support up to 4 hours of continuous use on a 1-2 hour charge. And for those of us who are more environmentally and price conscious, the gel balls are reportedly made of non-toxic materials and fully-evaporate after breaking apart, and 20k additional balls can be had for around $7.

www.amazon.com/Automatic-Blaster-Electric-Outdoor-Backyard/dp/B09X63MDZC

ODG Lancer Magazines: Available Exclusively at GunMag Warehouse

June 8th, 2022

GunMag Warehouse is proud to announce the exclusive availability of AR15 Lancer Advanced Warfighter Magazines in Olive Drab Green (ODG).   The Lancer OD Green Mags are available in 10-, 20-, and 30-round versions.

Lancer OD Green Mags display

The Lancer OD Green Mags features include:

• Hardened steel feed lips

• Impact resistant polymer body

• Steel-topped magazine catch

• Non-tilt follower

• Constant curve internal geometry

• a Stainless Steel spring

• Aggressive texturing on the body for a positive grip

• Slim body design

ODG Lancer Advanced Warfighter Magazine may be purchased in:

• 10-round capacity

• 20-round capacity

• 30-round capacity

Lancer OD Green Mags come in 3 size/capacities.

In addition to Lancer OD Greenmany of these magazines can be purchased in other colors: black, smoke, flat dark earth, translucent red, blaze orange, and translucent dark earth are all options, though it is increasingly difficult to keep them in stock. As a result, availability will vary with demand.

Lancer magazines in different colors

About GunMag Warehouse 

Founded in 2012, GunMag Warehouse has become the predominant gun magazine and accessory destination for new and veteran gun enthusiasts alike. We provide nearly every magazine currently in production, in stock, and ready to ship. Accessories too! We can take care of you. GunMag Warehouse has the largest selection of commercial gun magazines anywhere. Follow us: @gunmagwarehouse on Twitter; /gunmagwarehouse/ on Facebook. Connect on IG, @gunmagwarehouse. Also, be sure to follow our blog, The Mag Life.

Aero Precision Rifle Tested to NIJ Standard

June 2nd, 2022

An Aero Precision rifle has successfully completed a series of rigorous testing procedures required to meet National Institute of Justice (NIJ) standards for law enforcement. Following that process, the rifle was evaluated with a 10,000-round endurance test.

The weapon experienced zero malfunctions during the 10,040 round NIJ assessment, even in extreme conditions that fall outside normal use.

Aero Rifle at an indoor range

Action shot with an Aero Precision Rifle at an indoor range.

Evaluation to NIJ Standard

The evaluation process was conducted by a West Coast law enforcement agency and included the following phases:

• Initial 60-round test fire sequence
• 12 hour Freezer period with subsequent 30-round test fire
• 12 hour Oven period (120° Fahrenheit) with subsequent 30-round test fire
• Water submersion with subsequent 30-round test fire
• Sand submersion with subsequent 30-round test fire
• Six (6) position drop test with five (5) rounds fired after each drop.1
• Initial zero with optic and iron sights2
• Final zero conducted with 3-round zeroing shots near the end of the endurance test with an acceptable zero of 2.75 in.

Frozen Aero Precision Rifle

Aero Rifle Put up to NIJ testing

Endurance Test

• The test consisted of 10,000 rounds fired in 1,000 round increments.
• The rifle was cleaned and lubricated prior to the beginning of the test.
• It was subsequently lubricated in 1000-round intervals.
• The firing schedule for this rifle consisted of 150-180-round increments from various shooting positions and firing rates.
• There was an 8-12 round cooldown period between firing cycles utilizing a 4’x4′ industrial fan.
• The gas rings of the rifle were replaced at 6,040 rounds.
• A final zeroing test was conducted at around 9,960.

The Aero Precision rifle completed both the NIJ Standards and Endurance Test with zero (0) operational problems.

¹The charging handle lever on the port side broke during the drop testing sequence and the flash-hider and pistol group came loose. None of these issues impacted how the rifle functioned. Loosened parts were re-tightened.

²The T&E optic failed during the drop test; no effect on the rifle test. A second T&E optic also failed. A third T&E optic was used during the endurance firing sequence.

Aero Precision Rifle Upper

Every AR15 upper from Aero Precision, stripped or complete, is engineered, built, and inspected to the highest possible standards.

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Aero Precision AR15 lower receivers are among the most sought-after in the industry.

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Aero Precision provides a highly skilled crew with state-of-the-art technology to build extraordinarily reliable weapon systems.

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Faxon Firearms Rimfire: New 10/22 Barrels

May 25th, 2022

Push Reliability and Accuracy to new heights with Ruger 10/22 barrels From Faxon Firearms. Faxon Firearms is proud to announce the availability of new rimfire barrels for the ever-iconic Ruger 10/22 rifle.

Why Should You Upgrade to the Rimfire Barrels?

There is no doubt that the Ruger 10/22 is a good rifle out of the box with all factory components. Ruger has a reputation for building a dependable, durable, and accurate rifle ready to shoot straight from the factory. Because of its popularity and reputation, the Ruger 10/22 has created one of the largest aftermarket parts industries of any rifle.

One of the top benefits of owning a Ruger 10/22 is the fact that you can customize it without going broke. This alone makes the 10/22 rifle an excellent choice for those looking to tinker with their gun or get into the skill of gunsmithing.

Top of the Ruger 10/22

With so many upgrades available, though, most owners overlook one of the most important components of their Ruger 10/22; the barrel. Ruger puts decent Rimfire barrels on their factory 10/22 rifles; however, If you want to enhance the accuracy and performance, you must consider upgrading the barrel.

Faxon believes that firearms bring people together and create generational memories. Faxon Firearms looks to expand on this legacy with the Faxon Rimfire line. Faxon Rimfire Barrels are made from 416-R stainless steel, given six groove rifling at a 1:16 twist, and a Recessed Target Crown. Barrels are Magnetic Particle Inspected and are finished in either Salt Bath Nitride or PVD. Both Tapered and Bull Barrel options are available.” – Faxon Firearms.

New “Shorty” 10/22 barrels (6.0″, 8.5″, and 10.5″)

The barrels being showcased at an event

The newest expansion of the Faxon Firearms Rimfire line includes three new short barrel offerings for the Ruger 10/22 platform. These new “shorty” barrels all have fluted designs and threaded muzzles and are all made from 416R stainless steel.

These new 10/22 barrels are being manufactured alongside the other Faxon rimfire barrels in their Cincinnati facility. Like the other barrels, they are manufactured from raw bar stock. In addition, they will undergo the same Magnetic Particle Inspection testing and quality assurance measures that all their rifle and pistol barrels go through.

These three new Rimfire barrels will feature 6-groove rifling with a 1:16 barrel twist rate and recessed target crown and will be finished in either a Salt Bath Nitride or PVD coating. In addition, the 6″ and 10.5″ 10/22 barrels will come with the same straight fluting design.

The short 8.5″ 10/22 barrel will feature a Flame fluted design.

Rimfire Barrels

 

If you’re going to install any one of these barrels on a standard 10/22 receiver, you’ll need to go through the NFA registration process of applying for a tax stamp since it will be classified as an SBR.

Faxon Rimfire Ruger 10/22 Barrel Specs

  • Barrel Caliber: .22 LR
  • Barrel Chamber: .22 LR Sporting
  • Barrel Profile: Flame Fluted
  • Barrel Material: 416-R Stainless
  • Barrel Weight: 1.0 to 1.4 lbs
  • Barrel Length: 16″
  • Barrel Twist: 1:16
  • Barrel Finish: Salt Bath Nitride
  • Rifling: 6 Groove
  • Target Crown: Recessed
  • Compatibility: 10/22, non-takedown

Rimfire Barrels

Faxon Rimfire Ruger 10/22 barrel’s weight savings.

  • Standard Factory Barrel: 1.78 lbs
  • Faxon Rimfire Pencil Barrels: 1.0 lbs
  • Faxon Rimfire Fluted Barrels: 1.4 lbs

Rimfire Barrels

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The 10/22 may be an excellent rifle out of the box, but any one of these barrels will, without a doubt, maximize the performance even further.

Faxon Firearms has a barrel that can help you meet your goals when the time comes to take your rifle to the next level.

Learn more online at:

https://faxonfirearms.com/rimfire/rimfire-barrels/

Maxim Defense DSX-D: Duty Suppressor System

May 24th, 2022

The DSX-D Duty Suppressor System from Maxim Defense was built to optimize quiet performance in a suppressed weapon system. It provides superior direct thread suppression to weapons chambered in 5.56, 7.62, and 6.5 Creedmoor.

Duty is built for the world’s most rigorous demands; this suppressor is designed to be the most robust and strongest suppressor in the category. It has been repeatedly tested with SOCOM tables across various calibers and barrel lengths, down to 8.5″ 5.56 NATO with M855 ball ammunition. It has survived with no damage or significant changes in sound reduction. 

DSX-D

DSX-D: Duty Suppressor System 

The DSX-D Duty Suppressor was explicitly designed to minimize the violent cyclic rate and gas blowback of a suppressed weapon system like the AR15. 

The suppressor consists of a three-piece MonoKore design that adds 7.25″ to the muzzle of your rifle. It is rated for full-auto (with an 8.5″ barrel restriction) in the following calibers:

►  5.56mm 

►  7.62mm

►  6.5 Creedmoor

  • Increase reliability and longevity with host firearms due to low gas blowback and low gain in host weapon cyclic rate compared to other more traditional suppressor designs.
  • Drops sound to well below hearing safe levels. The specific reduction amount is based on weapon configuration, ammunition, barrel length, and atmospheric conditions.¹ 
  • Decreases flash, decreases recoil, increases accuracy. 
  • Fully and easily serviceable.
  • Disassembles with common tools.

DSX-D

DSX-D Direct Thread Suppressor FEATURES

  • State-of-the-art MonoKore design.
  • Simple 3-piece design.
  • Military-grade materials.
  • Adds 7.25″ to the muzzle.
  • Purposefully built for each available caliber
  • The suppressor core has integrated carbon cutters for tube cleaning
  • Full auto rated in all available calibers, 8.5″ barrel restriction
  • It can be pinned to a 10.3″ barrel to effect a 16″ overall barrel length
  • Ships with direct thread mount²
  • Secondary retention feature for the suppressor tube.

DSX-D

DSX-D Direct Thread Suppressor Technical Specs

  • Available Calibers: 5.56mm, 7.62mm, 6.5mm
  • Diameter: 1.75″ outer diameter
  • Material Composition: Grade-5 Titanium, 17-4 SS
  • Weight: 21 oz
  • Length: 7.9″ overall length
  • Finish: Cerakote DLC (Diamond-like coating)
  • Available in black, gray, or FDE.

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  1. For example, the average measurement per MILSTD-1474D of 134dB on a 10.3″ AR-15 chambered in 5.56 measured at the shooter’s left ear.
  2. A ½-28 thread mount for 5.56; 5/8-24 thread mount for 7.62 and 6.5 calibers

To learn more, please visit https://www.maximdefense.com/product-category/suppressors/.

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Seiko Kinetic Cal. 5M85 GMT Diver’s Watch

May 23rd, 2022

As soon as I saw the Seiko Kinetic watch for the first time, I was instantly attracted. The bezel, face, and case combination are striking, and I’ve always been a fan of rugged dive watches.

Seiko Kinetic with Tactical Gear

A good timepiece should be part of your Every Day Carry, regardless of your occupation.

The “Padi”  Seiko Kinetic has a stainless steel case that is 47.5mm in diameter and 14mm thick. Needless to say, this is a substantial “tactical watch,” and it is not lightweight, either. However, the case has an interesting design, as it comes up around much of the bezel and shields it, creating a sort of protective barrier while still allowing the wearer to access the bezel to manipulate it.

Seiko Kinetic watch face

The PADI’s colors and design are eye-catching. It’s just interesting to look at!

Also, rather than being square, the case is tapered, giving it a streamlined look and feel, which is a pleasant departure from how most dive watches are designed. Finally, the stainless case has a brushed finish, giving it a sort of matte finish that is pleasing to the eye. Another interesting aspect of the case is that there are cutouts on both sides with “windows” that allow you to look inside the watch.

Side view of the Seiko watch

Side view shows the windows cut out in the case, as well as the crown and button to check the charge level. The case partially protects the bezel.

Left side view of Seiko Kinetic watch

There is a large window cut into the left side of the case.

 

Back view of the Seiko watch

The back of the case contains the model number and other watch information.

The crown is of the screw-down variety and is easy to operate, being located at the three o’clock position. Just above that is a button that, when pushed, indicates the power reserve level. Speaking of power, the watch is powered by kinetic energy. In simple terms, each time the watch moves, such as when you’re wearing it, it operates a rotor, which charges an onboard battery. It’s a neat aspect because you can actually feel and hear the rotor operating if the room is quiet. When fully charged, the internal battery’s charge will last for approximately six months. In addition, there is a feature to indicate that the battery is low; the second hand will move at two-second intervals. Beyond that, the movement is quartz, which contributes to accuracy.
The PADI Seiko Kinetic diver has a bezel that rotates in one direction so that if you’re diving, it won’t accidentally move in the wrong direction, which could give a diver an erroneous dive time. That could prove fatal. PADI stands for Professional Association of Diving Instructors, in case you were wondering, and Seiko partnered with them to develop this watch.
The bezel is marked by numbers and is black, which contrasts nicely with the blue face of the watch. The outer portion of the bezel has scallop shapes cut into it, which really gives the fingers a positive purchase when manipulating the bezel.
The number marks on the face of the watch are luminous, as are the hour, minute, and second hands. The luminescence is pleasingly bright and lasts for hours, and is among the best of any of the watches that I’ve ever owned. As mentioned, it’s a dark blue background, and there are red hash marks at the 12, 3, 6, and 9 o’clock spots, which adds a nice dash of color and makes the watch face that much more interesting.

watch face on a human wrist

This Seiko Kinetic, and not lightweight! The band keeps it in place well.

There is a date window between four and five on the face, and it fits in there unobtrusively.
Additionally, there is a GMT feature, so you can set the GMT hour hand for a different time zone if you desire. This particular hand is red, adding more color to the watch face.
This watch is rated for 200 meters, or 660 feet, making it a SCUBA diving-rated watch. There’s no doubt that this watch is up to just about anything you can throw at it in an aquatic environment (and pretty much any environment). These days, divers mostly use dive computers, but it’s always helpful to have a precision watch as a backup to the computer.
To keep the watch securely on your wrist, there is a thick, black silicon band that works very well. The buckle and keeper are stainless steel and very robust, so there’s little chance of ever having issues with it not being durable enough.

underside of watch band

The hardware on the band is stainless steel and extremely sturdy! The band is a black resin, which is firm, yet pliable.

The face of the watch has a sapphire crystal, so it’s incredibly durable and not likely to scratch. So far, despite the bangs and bumps that I’ve put this watch through over the last couple of years, there are no scratches or chips in the crystal. So it’s good to go!
All in all, this is an extraordinary timepiece that is highly durable and looks spectacular. The case and dial, combined with the bezel, all meld together to create a somewhat unique look, which says quite a bit in this market saturated with dive watches. This one is just different enough to make it stand out. Be advised that it is not a lightweight watch; this one does have a bit of weight to it. That said, the band does keep it secured on the wrist well. Whether you want a watch for going into the depths or just a timepiece that looks fetching, the Seiko Kinetic PADI limited edition will be a great choice!

About The Author:

Jim Davis served in the PA Dept. of Corrections for 16 ½ years as a corrections officer in the State Correctional Institute at Graterford and later at SCI Phoenix. He served on the Corrections Emergency Response Team (CERT), several of those years as a sniper, and also the Fire Emergency Response Team (FERT). For 25 years, he was a professional instructor, teaching topics including Defensive Tactics, Riot Control and Tactical Operations, Immediate Responder, and cognitive programs as an adjunct instructor at the DOC Training Academy. He was then promoted to the title of corrections counselor, where he ran a caseload and facilitated cognitive therapy classes to inmates. His total service time was close to 29 years. He was involved in many violent encounters on duty, including incidents of fatalities.

Good, Bizarre, and Bad Tactical Reloads in Movies

May 20th, 2022

Hollywood gets a lot wrong in regards to guns. So much so that we give them a ton of credit when they get it right. Today we are looking at tactical reloads in movies and TV shows. I started looking for good examples of reloads, but then I got deep into the subject and found some very bizarre examples of reloads and some examples of the lack of reloading that are hilarious.

I’m betting most people expect to see John Wick on this list regarding reloads. Yep, lots of great reloads, but I’m making an exception and leaving John Wick off because I could complete the entire best reloads portions with the three John Wick films. So let’s take a peek at the Hollywood Reload and the good, the bad, and the bizarre.

The Best Hollywood Reloads

Tactical Reload from Heat

The bank robbery escape firefight in Heat is legendary. It’s huge, with loud and brutal gunfire, and full of good tactics that might be dated today. However, Michael Mann always does firearms and tactics well, including accurate magazine sizes and appropriate reloads. In Heat, we see one of the best reloads come from Val Kilmer.

Tactical reload from Heat

Amid a gunfight with the police, ole Val runs dry with his Colt 733. Not only does he reload quickly and efficiently, but he does so smartly. First, he takes cover behind a vehicle, and on the way to his knee, he manually strips the magazine from the gun. Then, he grabs a spare, jams it in, hits the bolt release, and keeps on rocking and rolling.

According to internet rumors, this tactical reload was shown at Army/Marine Corps boot camp, but I never saw it at boot camp. Even so, it’s an impressive reload, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s used as an example of a speed reload.

Tactical Reload from Wind River

I took way too long to watch Wind River. But, holy crap, is it a great movie and a solid modern western. The film stars Elizabeth Olsen as a rookie FBI Agent paired with a professional tracker investigating the death of a Native American woman. It’s not an action flick, but the action scenes are well done. The movie is very not Hollywood. It’s not all dolled up and clean, and that reflects in several scenes. One of these scenes is a tactical reload committed by Olsen.

Wind River fight

Hot damn, being maced and in a gunfight would suck

She’s just been maced, and she charges headfirst, by herself, into a run-down trailer with multiple potential threats. Her vision is crap, and the film shows it, yet she charges forward, Glock at the ready. She uses cover, moves carefully, and even keeps her distance from cover. When someone takes a shot at her, she empties her magazine into the guy.

Tactical reload by Elizabeth Olsen

Olsen does a great job with her tactical reload

On the move, she reloads. It’s not super fast or sexy like a Wick film, but it’s pretty realistic. She’s a rookie agent, and most FBI agents aren’t gunfighters. She just got maced and shot at, and adrenaline is jacked. Her reload isn’t a time setting best, but it’s competent and realistic for the scene.

Tactical Reload from Wonder Woman

Yep Wonder Woman, the 2017 film, has a little gunplay. Our titular character doesn’t sling guns and prefers a sword and shield. However, her compatriots are soldiers, and her love interest, pilot, commando guy Steve Trevor carries the legendary Winchester 1897 Trench Gun. A weapon made famous and downright legendary by its use in the trenches of World War 1.

Tactical reload in Wonder Woman

Running a shotgun dry would suck, but knowing how to reload makes things easier

Shotguns require constant reloading, and admittedly the movie doesn’t show much reloading, but it also doesn’t show the trench gun dropping two dozen rounds without reloading. In a scene, Trevor runs his gun dry, and the enemy is fast approaching. With an empty shotgun in hand, what does he do?

Winchester 1897 Tactical Reload

Trench guns are too cool

He slams a 12 gauge round into the port, runs the action forward, and deals with the situation. This is maybe the second port reload I’ve ever seen in a film, with John Wick 2 having a notable port reload.

The Bizarre

Terminator 2 – The T-1000 Multitasks

I don’t know anything about piloting a helicopter, but I know a thing or two about reloading a gun. The T-1000 knows how to fly a chopper and reload and do so simultaneously. In the scene, he chases Sarah Connor and company in the helicopter, and he fires an MP5K through the windshield.

Terminator T 1000 Tactical reload

Multitasking is a lot easier when you can grow extra arms

When the gun runs dry, he reloads. It takes two hands to fly a chopper and two hands to reload. So what does he do? He grows extra arms to both fly the chopper and handles the gun. The T-1000 has hands down the coolest of the movie reloads.

Tomb Raider – Akimbo Done Right

Wielding two guns simultaneously is a prevalent movie trope and part of the Tomb Raider Legacy. Laura Croft has always been a two-gun gal, and the films reflect that with the HK USP Match pistols. However, the film also solves a problem long plagued by dual wielders…how do you reload?

Tactical reload Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider figured out how to reload akimbo guns

You need to drop one gun, reload the other, then rinse and repeat. Laura has two magazines installed on each side of the belt, facing forward, allowing her to slam the guns downward onto the belt to reload. It’s an efficient solution to a real problem.

Mad Max Needs a Friend

Mad Max Fury Road is one of my all-time favorite action flicks. In an early part of the film, Mad Max tangles with Furiousa. They get into a nasty, all-out brawl, and it’s one of the best. It involves Max chained to a War Boy as he brawls it out. Then, Furiousa frees a Glock 17, and they tangle over it.

Mad Max Glock

Everyone needs a friend sometimes

The magazine gets ejected, and the round in the chamber gets fired into the air. They fight, the War boy recovers the mag, and Max gets the gun. They dive together, and the War Boy holds the magazine as Max slams the weapon on it. Finally, he racks the weapon by slamming the sights against his belt or boot and fires a warning shot. This ends the fight, and they all become friends.

The Bad (The Lack of Reloads)

The Walking Dead Infinite Ammo Hack

In season 2 of the Walking Dead, Hershel carries a magical pump shotgun. As the zombies approach, he calmly stands his ground and fires what feels like 50 rounds of 12 gauge. Even when he’s not on the screen, we can hear the gun firing. He doesn’t even look stressed, and recoil isn’t an issue as he gently pumps the action and pulls the trigger. Reloads? Herschel needs no reloads.

Hershel shotgun

Hershel’s magical shotgun doesn’t need to reload

Commando

Is Commando the ultimate 80’s action flick? It sure feels that way. Like all great 80’s action flicks, our hero is shirtless, muscle-bound, and firing an M60 from the hip. He doesn’t need to reload in this scene because his ammo belt continually grows between shots. It’s an impressive feature, and Arnold makes it work.

Rambo Machine Gun

Arnold’s belt of ammo is like his biceps… constantly growing

21 Bridges

21 Bridges is the other Russo Brothers movie with Chadwick Boseman where no one is a superhero. In the film, two thugs rob a cocaine stash, shoot some cops, and everything goes to hell. Those two bad guys with SMGs seemingly firing hundreds of rounds without reloading. It’ gets absurd for a movie that takes itself so seriously. The Scorpion and Micro Uzi Pro are cool.

21 Bridges no tactical reload

No reloads, but hundreds of rounds fired in full auto

Tactical Reload It

Hollywood might not get it right often, but it’s worth mentioning when they do. When they don’t get it right, I can at least appreciate the creativity they use. When they get it wrong, it’s a great way to get dragged out of the movie. These are just a few of my favorites. What are yours? Share below.

About The Author:

Travis Pike is a former Marine Machine Gunner, a lifelong firearms enthusiast, and now a regular guy who likes to shoot, write, and find ways to combine the two. He holds an NRA certification as a Basic Pistol Instructor. is the world’s Okayest firearm instructor, and a simplicisist when it comes to talking about himself in the 3rd person. Hit him up on Instagram, @travis.l.pike, with story ideas.

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STRANDHOGG: Limited Edition Summer Vibes Shirt from First Spear

April 29th, 2022

Cue the music and the Reagan-era vibes. It’s time to celebrate the Strandhogg, First Spear summertime shirt style.

This new limited edition tee is a tactical (~ish) tip of the hat to Andy Warhol in pop art design and the iconic First Spear Strandhogg plate carrier.

The design is printed on a soft side seamed shirt which means better quality, more comfort, and a buff ‘Built for the X‘ appearance when heading out for some summer fun.

After all, looking cool matters.

First Spear keeps the description simple:

Across the front of this LIMITED EDITION white t-shirt, the popular FirstSpear Strandhögg Plate Carrier is featured in vibrant colors.

On the back is the classic FirstSpear logo. This shirt is a perfect addition to your summer t-shirt collection.

The POP ART STRANDHOGG t-shirt is a limited edition run, designed and printed in the United States, and retails for $29.99 on the FirstSpear website.

Don’t wait these are available in limited sizes and quantities and when they are gone they are gone, no backorders will be filled.

Like everything made by FirstSpear, these T-shirts are high-quality and Built for the X.

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State of Decay 2 – A Gun Guy Goes Gaming

April 29th, 2022

If it weren’t for Xbox Gamepass, I’d never have heard of a little game called State of Decay 2. I never heard of the first, and the second looked to be an enjoyable open-world game. Plus, it’s free on Gamepass, so I hopped on it. Never did I expect a game to offer such a unique experience. Not just the game itself, but the guns. As a gun nerd, I geeked out on State of Decay 2. 

weapons of State of Decay 2

The game features tons of guns and some very interesting gunplay. State of Decay 2 takes the player and tasks them with building a community of survivors. Throughout the game, the player has to kill zombies, make allies, and find and scavenge supplies, vehicles, and guns. It’s deep, can be extremely difficult, and is the Walking Dead game we’ve always wanted. It’s a free-roaming game with a vast open-world and several selectable maps. 

Pick a map, roll the nice to get characters, and jump on into a very addictive game. 

State of Decay 2 – The Gameplay 

State of Decay 2 is an open world, community building, third-person game. You can swap between a multitude of characters as you play. Each character comes with a variety of skills that affect combat, navigation, crafting, and more. It’s a very deep game with a lot of minutiae and a cult of players who are far more educated than I about the game. I’ve spent tens of hours playing it, and I still can’t explain the whole thing. 

You start with a small community and steadily build it. You move from sanctuary to sanctuary and build your community with a variety of different upgrades. We can have infirmaries, mechanic shops, armories, and more. Each member of your community is a playable character, and each member can bring different skills to your community. You’ll need to constantly scavenge supplies like fuel, food, ammo, and more. 

weapons of State of Decay 2

All of your survivors are playable characters with different skills

You’ll have to balance the strengths of your characters as well as their fatigue and health. When a character is wounded, tired, or bit, you’ll need to take them back to the community to rest and switch out. You can move between different paths through the game that offers you different missions, challenges, and outcomes. 

Throughout the entire game, you’ll need to balance your scavenging with combat. Combat involves either guns or melee weapons. You have broad availability of both. Today we are going to talk all about the guns of State of Decay 2. 

The Gunplay 

How many guns are there? I don’t know…all of them might be the best answer. There are dozens of guns, and I mean dozens of them. You can use the ultra-modern Maxim 9mm integrally suppressed handgun to the old-school cool Remington 1875. Maybe you are a scattergun guy like me, and you want an AA-12 or a Winchester 1897 Trench gun. Well, you can use either. 

weapons of State of Decay 2

Mare’s Leg? Sure, we got em!

Guns have been added throughout the lifespan of the game. We even get guns that aren’t ‘mainstream’ outside of the world of guns, like the CMMG Banshee, the KelTec Sub 2000, and the Colt Monitor. 

weapons of State of Decay 2

Weapon drops bring us everything, including WW2 guns.

There are tons of guns that fall into various classes. You seemingly get everything outside of crew-served guns. I can’t help but think someone at the State of Decay 2 studio is a gun nerd. Not just because of the gun selection but due to the depth. 

Select fire weapons can swap between full auto, burst, or semi, depending on the gun. Guns will eventually wear out, and when they wear out, they begin malfunctioning and eventually just break completely. 

weapons of State of Decay 2

Don’t forget the shotguns (Courtesy of IMFDB)

Characters build skills with their firearms by using them. The more shoot, the better you’ll be at it. Some characters have unique traits that they come packaged with to make them better shots, and as your skill grows with guns, you can pick between different advantages. Some skills paths and advantages affect reloading, recoil control, and accuracy. 

Noise and Size Matter

Throughout the game, noise is always a concern. If you’re loud, you’ll attract the attention of zombies, which will converge on your location. Breaking windows, kicking open doors, vehicles, and obviously, guns will affect your noise level. Different guns have different levels of quietness. 

They get this mostly on point. A .22LR rifle is a fair bit quieter than a full-powered anti-material rifle. When noise becomes a big issue, you can toss on a suppressor. Suppressors come in different tiers, with the lowest being a fuel filter and the best being an Osprey 9. Suppressors can be attached and removed, but not all guns can use suppressors. 

weapons of State of Decay 2

The Honey Badger Helps keep things quiet (Courtesy IMFDB)

Realistically most revolvers can’t be suppressed, but realistically you can get a silenced Nagant revolver. Little touches like that make a difference that makes State of Decay 2 stand out. 

Throughout the game, you’ll need to manage your inventory. You only have so much room and weight to balance. In some situations taking a suppressed 22LR rifle makes more sense than taking a AR 15. The 22LR rifle is lighter and quieter, and so is the ammo you have to carry for it. Rifle ammo weighs more, so keep that in mind. 

The Little Details 

A few of the little things worth noting is that when you reload a partially empty magazine, the gun keeps a +1 in the tube. That’s a neat little feature I didn’t notice for the longest time. Also, most of the time, full auto is useless. Headshots matter and zombies can’t be suppressed. Firing full auto can be tough to control and inaccurate. 

The only time full auto is handy in State of Decay 2 is when facing off against human threats and juggernauts. Juggernauts don’t go down with a single headshot, so spraying them can be a viable strategy. Guns can be upgraded with mods. 

weapons of State of Decay 2

Full auto is for Juggernauts only

Mods, of course, are suppressors, as well as chokes for shotguns, flash suppressors, and compensators. They alter how the gun handles, and other guns can be found with upgrades, like optics that can’t be removed but increase your zoom range. 

A weapon can be fixed at workshops via spare parts, and ammo can be reloaded and crafted as well. Speaking of ammo, the ammo comes in different calibers and types. However, it’s not super accurate. Some ammo types are grouped together, like different types of rifle ammo are all grouped together. 5.45 guns just shoot 5.56, and the M1918 BAR uses the same 7.62 ammo the AK uses. 

Goofs 

Like any video game, you can expect to see plenty of goofs in State of Decay 2 or just silly things regarding guns in the game. Like damage differences between identical 12 gauge shotguns. The two that stand out most in my mind deal with reload animations and suppressors. 

First, the reload animations for all of the rifles and SMGs are the same regardless of their design. They all insert the mag the same way, and all use a right-side charging handle. M4sMP5s, SCARs, and G36s are reloaded the same way. 

Second, whenever video games have suppressors, they gotta do some weird stuff with them. In State of Decay 2, the suppressor wears the gun down a little faster. The lowest tier suppressors reduce wear the fastest, and the highest tear reduces wear the least.

 

Brains…..Brains….

State of Decay 2 is an awesome romp. It can effectively be played forever, and it only ends when you really want it to. State of Decay 2 does guns fairly well, and the massive variety makes it fun to hunt the guns down as you play. Sure, it’s not perfectly realistic, but guns are a considerable part of the experience and more than just an ornament in the game. 

Compete Defend Protect

April 15th, 2022

Most people buy a gun for a reason. Aside from hunting, where it is used to put food on the table, a firearm can be used in shooting sports and as a lifesaving tool for self-defense and protecting others. Such uses can be further partitioned into three categories; to compete, defend or protect.

by Steve Tarani

Although sharing common ground, for example, hitting what you’re aiming at, what are the specifics that delineate each of these uses?

Competition Shooting

Compete

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) states that 19 million-plus Americans safely invest their time in shooting practice. According to NSSF, some of this is for fun, and much of it is for competitive shooting. Some common and familiar examples of competitive shooting are:

Cowboy Action Shooting: The primary requirement for these types of shooting events is that the guns used are from the era of the American cowboy. That typically means from the 1800s. These are perfect events to get a look at antique guns and their usage.

Bullseye Shooting: While this can occur with the use of rifles, it is mostly a long-distance event for pistol shooters. By long-distance, NSSF defines this as upwards of 50 yards. Competitions are usually a mix of slow-firing and rapid-firing contests. A timer might be used to increase the difficulty level, and participants might also be required to fire using a single-hand rather than a double-hand grip.

International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) shooting events: This action shooting event focuses on international rules and guns. This shooting competition focuses on self-defense-type shooting situations, and the events mimic real life as much as possible. Its sister competition is the United States Practical Shooting Organization (USPSA), which is the U.S. version. 

Competition Shooting

The International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) is one of the world’s largest shooting sports associations and the oldest within practical shooting. Founded in 1976, the IPSC nowadays affiliates over 100 regions from Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe. 

Regardless of governing body, the firearm, as applied to competition shooting, is used in organized shooting events where competitors shoot in a controlled target shooting environment called ‘stages’ based on rules and regulations of the hosting organization. A stage consists of a designated array of targets set up in such a manner as to challenge the shooters’ skills and understanding of the sport.

As with all shooting sports, safety is the highest priority, and as such, competitors are confined to a180 degree range of fire resulting in disqualification if you break that 180-degree shooting plane. Additionally, competitions run a ‘cold range’ which means you must unload your handgun prior to leaving the firing line.

Competition shooting is a ‘one-way range’ (bullets only go one way – down range) where the shooters square off against targets, control the gun and their movement while being aware of their environment, which is predetermined by target placement. As it is a gaming environment with specific rules, targets, and shooting standards, strategy can be developed ahead of time, such as ‘walking the stage(s),’ knowing the round count, and other gaming considerations. Round placement on targets is scored according to regulations set by a governing entity and results in points either earned or deducted based on the shooter’s performance. 

Top-level professional shooters are sponsored by various firearms and/ or ammunition manufacturers and are often referred to as ‘brand ambassadors’ by their sponsors. Competitions are scheduled at the local shooting club level, regionally, nationally, and internationally. 

Defend

People who purchase firearms for self-defense are commonly referred to as ‘defensive’ or ‘tactical’ shooters. Military, police, and responsible citizens of a free republic are trained to utilize a handgun in defense against other human beings who may also be armed with a firearm, other ballistic or non-ballistic weapons intent on inflicting great bodily harm or death to the shooter.

Unlike competition shooting, defensive shooting is applied to a 360-degree range of fire referred to as a ‘two-way range’ (bullets flying in both directions – up range and downrange). Defensive shooters are trained to win a gunfight where an active threat is trying to hurt or kill them in a life-or-death situation. Governed by federal and state laws, as opposed to gaming commission rules, it is incumbent upon the defensive shooter to train in the appropriate use of deadly force.

Training levels vary in the defensive shooting world from a novice shooter attending a reputable shooting school on one end of the skills-development spectrum to highly trained tier-1 government (T1G) assets such as military combat specialty unit operations personnel at the opposite end.

Defensive shooters are trained to stop an active threat if they find themselves in a situation where there may be no alternative other than the use of deadly force to solve the tactical problem. 

Defensive shooting drills prepare you for a fight for your life. You are trained to control your movement with such tactics as the use of cover, tactical movement, and other defensive options as determined by your environment. There are no stages and no preplanned movement. Defensive shooters often carry concealed and run a ‘hot range’ where their firearm is always loaded.

The highest priority in defensive shooting is to remove yourself from harm’s way and with the least amount of injury possible. There are no rules save appropriate use of force and tactics. The cost of missing your target is not a deduction of points but the very real potential for loss of life. 

In defensive shooting, you are legally responsible for every round that departs your muzzle. Because of this, you must be acutely aware of your gun safety, gun handling, and marksmanship in a 360-degree two-way range which may end up being your home, in or around a vehicle, or at an open public venue. Moreover, in any violent physical engagement involving other humans, you are hard-pressed to make combat-effective decisions and round placement on single or multiple active threats while under duress. 

Citizen Defense

Protect

In the world of professional protective services, shooters are often members of an assigned Protective Services Detail (PSD). However, it should be noted that there’s a distinct difference between ‘bodyguard’ and PSD personnel and that difference is the level of training. 

Much like the difference in defensive shooters, where special operations personnel are significantly better trained, PSD shooters are required to go through months of arduous skills development and physical training, whereas a ‘bodyguard’ is not. For example, PSD physical training requirements could include an ability to perform a fireman’s carry, running a timed mile, proficiency in tactical medicine, defensive driving, encrypted communications, multiple weapons systems, and a myriad of other PSD skills requirement.

Examples of the T1G tip of the spear PSD would include the United States Secret Service and the US Department of State Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS), which is the federal law enforcement and PSD security bureau of the U.S. Department of State. 

Much like defensive shooting, PSD shooters are trained to engage in a two-way 360-degree range fighting from a position of dominance (POD). PSD personnel are additionally trained in building and vehicle operations (such as approaches and departures) and to use their environment as a tool to prevail in a violent physical engagement. 

Unlike defensive shooting, which emphasizes control of the handgun, PSD demands responsibility and control of three things: your firearm, your protectee, and your environment. Tasked with either stopping or mitigating the threat, a PSD shooter’s highest priority is the safety and well-being of their protectee(s) – even at the expense of taking a bullet for them. 

In PSD, the objective is to move off the ‘X’ with the lowest scale of injury to yourself and those you are protecting. PSD personnel are trained to deliver combat-effective round placement in a timely manner to control a life-threatening altercation involving third parties immediately. The price tag for failure is exceptionally high as it could impact multiple persons.

The firearm is considered a lifesaving tool to defensive and PSD shooters. They are trained in gun safety, gun handling, and marksmanship like a competitor. However, unlike a competitor, they are additionally trained in vetted gunfighting tactics and in the specifics of managing a hot range. Defensive and PSD shooters expect to operate under duress on a two-way range and in a 360-degree dynamic high-threat environment while saving lives.

Tarani

About the Author: 

Steve Tarani is a former full-time CIA protective programs employee, small arms and defensive tactics subject matter expert who served on POTUS 45 pre-election executive protection detail. He is the lead instructor for NRA’s non-ballistic weapons training program offered nationally and a widely recognized SME on matters of personal protection and urban survival. Tarani is also a DoD and FLETC-certified federal firearms instructor who has been on staff at Gunsite Academy (AZ) as a Rangemaster for over twenty years. Formerly sworn, he is also a former federal contractor and service provider for the US Defense Intelligence Community, US Naval Special Operations Command, and other government agencies. Additionally, Tarani serves on the National Sheriffs’ Association Committee for School Safety and Security.

MantisX Blackbeard

March 31st, 2022

The Mantis Blackbeard is a .223/5.56mm laser cartridge from MantisX systems for dry fire training with an AR. It’s a little more advanced than just a simple laser cartridge inserted in the chamber and later removed with a cleaning rod. Instead, the Blackbeard is a complete bolt replacement, powered by a battery pack that replaces the magazine.

Mantis Blackbeard Dry Fire System

by Pete Nealen

There are a couple of advantages to the  Mantis Blackbeard bolt replacement arrangement. For one thing, the system itself is bright red, and it is impossible to close the ejection port cover over it. There is no way to mistake a rifle set up with the Blackbeard system for one that is loaded, making dry fire that much safer.

Mantis Blackbeard

Mantis Blackbeard installed in an American Praetorians-themed rifle. (American Praetorians is a dystopian military fiction series by the author of this review, Pete Nealen.)

The Blackbeard also is more than just the laser. Built into the bolt replacer is a trigger reset mechanism. Powered by the battery pack in the “magazine,” it resets the trigger just like the bolt cycling if you’d taken a real shot. This cuts down on the extra movement and time required to work the bolt, allowing you to run the gun more realistically, provided the battery is charged. (If the battery runs down past a certain point, the trigger will “fire” but won’t reset, and then you have to charge the battery before you can use it at all.)

Mantis Blackbeard

To start with, the system comes with a padded case, battery pack, bolt replacement, Allen key, and USB cable to charge the battery. Unfortunately, it does not come with a wall charger; you have to supply that yourself. It’s a standard USB cable, though, so that shouldn’t be difficult.

Installation is easy. Simply break the weapon down, remove the bolt and charging handle, and insert the bolt replacement (the bolt and charging handle are all one piece with the Blackbeard). Next, reassemble the rifle, then insert the battery in the mag well. It clicks in using the magazine release. You’ll know that it’s seated properly when the trigger reset mechanism cycles a couple of times.

Unlike the Mantis X Laser Academy System, the Blackbeard requires a bit of zeroing. This is the purpose of the included Allen key. There are elevation and windage adjustments on the Blackbeard itself, accessible through the ejection port. The system comes with instructions to make the necessary adjustments, and it’s relatively simple. You can (and should) turn the laser to “Always On” via a switch just behind the elevation and windage screws to see what you’re doing.

The easiest way to tell the Blackbeard is off is that the laser dot will be a smear, as the beam reflects off the inside of your barrel. Therefore, adjustments should be made until the dot is an actual dot. That’s when the laser is traveling straight down the bore.

It should be noted that this will not co-witness with your sights at near distances, whether iron sights or a red dot. It will be some distance below. This should be familiar to those who have spent a good deal of time with a carbine. It is necessary to find your offset at around five yards and in since the height over bore of your sights versus your barrel becomes a non-trivial factor when aiming. Generally speaking, this offset will be close to three inches from about five yards in with a red dot sight. You will see that same offset rather graphically with the Blackbeard. There’s no way around it without sighting your sights to your laser (which I do not recommend).

Mantis Blackbeard

Because a laser beam doesn’t follow the same path as a bullet, there will only be a very specific range where the dot will co-witness with the sights, and that depends on the length of your barrel and what range you are zeroed. But, in general, this isn’t a huge issue. As you can see, the impact it’s still within BZO tolerances. However, it is still dry fire, with its limitations and advantages.

While the Blackbeard is compatible with the Laser Academy system, that sight offset starts to cause some issues if you’re trying to use them together.

The Laser Academy is primarily designed for pistol training at either 2 yards for the 5×7 targets or 4 yards for the 8×10 targets. At either distance, you will have to adjust for that offset. It’s not a deal-breaker, depending on your skill level. Still, against targets at that perceived distance, you’re either looking at the laser impact or looking at your sights. If you’re training with irons, it will be next to impossible to spot your hits at those ranges.

Mantis Laser Academy

It is, of course, possible to set the targets farther out. You’d want to either have a partner to start the app, or hit start, then run to your firing point. Even then, at about ten yards, your sight offset is still significant enough that you’ll have to adjust.

Again, this isn’t a deal-breaker. Even if it’s low, the trigger reset and the impact provides better training value than just sighting in, pulling the trigger, and working the bolt. It’s just something of which you should be aware. Along with the fact that, while the systems are compatible, the Laser Academy is still programmed with pistol training in mind, not carbine. In time, it can be hoped that MantisX will develop drills, courses, and targets for carbine training, specifically geared toward the Blackbeard.

Keep this firmly in mind; this system is not a complete alternative for range time. There is no recoil management, no reloads, nothing but fundamentals. The limitations of the laser also make marksmanship training slightly more difficult and can potentially create range scars if this is all you’re using for training. It’s a valuable tool, but it is no substitute for the real thing. 

I’d recommend getting one to practice those fundamentals, but make sure you’re getting to the range and doing real live fire when you can.

About the author: Pete Nealen is a former Reconnaissance Marine, a veteran of Iraq* and Afghanistan**, and more than a bit of a Renaissance Man. In addition to a number of online articles for various publications, Nealen has written more than two dozen novels and a pair of non-fiction works. When he’s not penning action books or musing about the Triarii, he can be found… actually, that’s really all he does. Plus the occasional freelance article, of course. *1st Platoon, Bravo Co., 1 Recon Bn. **4th Platoon, Force Reconnaissance Company, I MEF.

Guns of the MCU: Marvel Universe Movie Blasters

March 30th, 2022

Marvel movies, comics, and television shows might mostly be about super-powered people, but there is a healthy amount of firearms in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Some are handled realistically. Some, well…not so much.

“You can tell it’s a fantasy because Bucky’s SAW runs rifle mags without issue.”

Guns of the MCU

by Travis Pike

The guns of Marvel include a little bit of everything. I mean everything, from Intratec’s Derringers to handheld M134 miniguns. Today, let’s take a little peek at the guns used by major characters throughout Marvel films and television shows.

Groot and Rocket Raccoon

Rocket Raccoon uses some interesting weaponry but not much you’d see at your local range. We’ll look at some of those below.

Captain America — M1911A1

Captain America wields a period-appropriate M1911A1 during Captain America — The First Avenger. It’s a perfect companion for his shield and offers him some long-range firepower. Well, maybe not long-range, but further than he can throw a punch anyway.

Capt. America and his M1911A1

Of course, Cap uses an M1911.

The Colt M1911A1 served the United States for over 70 years as the sidearm of choice for American soldiers, sailors, Marines, and airmen. It’s a simple gun with a single stack magazine full of big fat 45 ACP slugs. For a WW2 movie, it fits perfectly beside Cap’s shield.

Ultimately Cap leads the charge over and over with the M1911, fighting the technologically infused Hydra soldiers. The Colt M1911A1 fits the movie to a T and is not just one of the guns of Marvel but an American classic. In this time period, it’s one of the more robust guns that’s second only to the younger, sexier Hi-Power.

Nick Fury — Smith and Wesson M&P

It’s tough being in the Marvel world without any superpowers or super suits. You’re gonna need a gun, and Nick Fury certainly has his favorite. Throughout the Marvel cinematic universe, Fury has wielded the S&W M&P series of polymer-frame, striker-fired pistols. This full-sized sidearm makes sense as a military man’s pistol.

Nick Fury using an S&W M&P

Nick uses a pragmatic and effective firearm.

This modern handgun offers you a very reliable pistol with a 17 round (or more) capacity magazine, a rail, polymer frame and allows you to swap backstraps for various hand sizes. It’s a simple, practical pistol.

The M&P is rather boring for the guns of Marvel, but it makes total sense as it is a practical pistol that’s extremely functional and reliable. Fury isn’t the type to get emotional about choosing his gun. He wants a gun that works the M&P works.

The Winter Soldier — M249 SAW

In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Bucky Barnes wields tons of guns throughout the series. Including the M1941 Johnson rifle, a Skorpion, a COP Derringer, and more. Yet, he consistently wields the M249 SAW. At least in three movies, he chooses the SAW.

Bucky Barnes with the M249 SAW

You can tell it’s a work of fantasy because mags work in the SAW without issue.

The M249 SAW came from the FN Minimi, and America issued it as a squad support weapon. It’s a belt-fed, air-cooled, light machine gun. Oddly enough, the M249 SAW he utilizes never sees a belt of ammunition. Instead, it uses the awkward and rather silly magazine port with a Surefire 100-round casket magazine. I’ve used mags in a saw…they tend to be rather unreliable.

Bucky’s a beast and wields the so-called light machine gun with relative ease. I guess a metal arm helps. He uses a Leupold HAMR 4X sight with a red dot mounted atop of it, as well as the para barrel and stock. Combined with the casket mag, it does look more like one of the guns of Marvel than it does your regular SAW.

 

Falcon — Steyr SPP

Falcon goes akimbo pretty much all the time. Fast-firing machine pistols make sense for a high-flying commando. They’re light, won’t burn up fuel due to weight, and allow you to dispense lead rapidly on a fly-by. That’s seemingly how Falcon wields the Steyr SPPs.

Falcon dual-wielding the Steyr SPP

The Steyr SPP Allows Falcon to dump rounds during a fly-by. (Courtesy IMFDB)

In real life, the Steyr SPPs are semi-auto variants of the TMP, an actual machine pistol. In the films, the guns operate at full auto and provide some compact firepower to the mechanically improved Falcon. SPP stands for special purpose pistol and was produced to complement the TMP on the civilian market.

SPP pistols use polymer frames, 30 round magazines, and a rather large layout for a handgun. However, they look cool and fit in well with the other guns of Marvel. Machine pistols actually make sense. When you are doing a fly-by you have limited time to dispense lead. The high rate of fire and dual nature makes it easy to hit your target via accuracy by volume.

Black Widow — Glock 26

Like Falcon and Fury, Black Widow exists as a normal person in a super-powered world. She most certainly needs guns, and for a long time, she turned to the Glock 26 pistols. She carried two of these 9mm handguns on what appear to be Blackhawk Serpa leg rigs that ride way too low (as with most leg rigs – in the movies, and in real life).

Black Widow uses the outdated Glock 26

The Glock 26 is small, but effective, albeit outdated in 2021.

The ole Glock 26 isn’t a fancy pistol. It’s a double-stack, subcompact, 9mm handgun with ten-round OEM magazines. However, it can take any Glock 9mm double-stack magazine, so the capacity can go to 50 rounds via a drum magazine

Black Widow deals with threats to the universe with the same gun a ton of people use to deal with criminals when concealed carrying. It’s not imaginative, but after several films, they’ve earned their places as guns in the Marvel universe. If I had to fight an intergalactic threat led by a Nordic god I’d likely bring a rifle but to each their own!

Blade — MAC 11

Blade made the MCU or at least helped it pop off with one of the first good comic book movies and gives us one of my favorite guns of Marvel. Blade grabbed that R rating and enjoyed it. Part of that R rating comes from the violence caused by Blade’s custom machine pistol. This futuristic-looking hand cannon is actually a MAC-11.

Blade the Vampire Hunter using a MAC 11

Blade paved the way for the MCU…With a MAC 11. (Courtesy IMFDB)

The MAC 11 in real life is a 380 ACP variant of the MAC-10. MAC-11s are much smaller than the big, blocky MAC-10. You have to be superhuman to effectively wield a machine pistol without a stock, and luckily Blade fits the bill. It makes a better-looking handgun and would be much easier to control than the MAC-10.

A MAC-11 fitted into a futuristic-looking shell. Blade wields it mostly one-handed and seems to control the blank dispensing hellfire producing pistol. He kills tons of vamps with the gun and even occasionally reloads, which is rare for a late 90s action flick.

Emil Blonsky — DefTech 40mm Multi-Launcher

Emil Blonsky decided he’d take on the Hulk with nothing more than a little super-soldier serum and a 40mm grenade launcher. Specifically the DefTech 40mm Multi-Launcher. These revolver-type grenade launchers seem to be pump-action designs.

DefTech 40mm: Emil Blonsky

A 40mm only makes sense if you wanna gunfight a super-powered bruiser…well if you’re fighting most bricks anyway. Maybe not The Hulk.

Emil dumps 40mm HE into the Hulk and even seemingly makes him take cover. However, Emil then reverts to his handgun, which totally seems to work. I mean, if a 40mm won’t work, why not try a 9mm Sig P226R? They should have brought more grenade launchers and fewer assault rifles to this fight.

Multiple grenade launchers bring a lot of fire to the fight…at least for the first six rounds. After that, they reload slowly. What’s impressive is that Emil’s so effective without any kind of sights. Also, to hell with arming range!

The Punisher — Kimber Warrior

The Punisher uses a ton of different firearms in the two seasons of his television show and his guest-starring part in Daredevil Season 2. I chose the Kimber Warrior not because it’s my favorite gun but because Frank wields it in Daredevil and both seasons of his television show.

The Punisher, carrying a Kimber Warrior

Better make those eight rounds count. (Courtesy IMFDB)

The Kimber Warrior is a modern 1911 complete with Novak sights, aggressively textured grips, and a rail. Plus, they damn sure look cool, and looking cool is half the battle. It’s still just an M1911 with its rather outdated design. It packs eight rounds at most with the flush-fitting mags.

I guess it’s a good thing he knows how to reload.

At least as far as Frank goes. Frank plays a special ops commando with a history as a Marine. The Marine Corps clung to the M1911 for much longer than most forces, specifically their Force Recon Commandos. As far as the guns of Marvel go, the Kimber Warrior does a great job of matching the character.

The Guns of Marvel

In a universe where aliens, interdimensional demons, monsters, supernatural creatures, and literal superheroes exist, guns don’t seem to be all that handy. Yet, we’ve seen a wide variety of bad guys put into the ground via a few well-placed rounds. Seriously, guns have always been the great equalizer, so guns are likely more necessary in the Marvel world than anywhere else. And sometimes they even change their respective gun’s magazines.

So, what’s your favorite?

Which ones did I miss? Does Deadpool’s Desert Eagle deserve a spot?

Let us know below.

 

About the Author: Travis Pike is a former Marine Machine Gunner and lifelong firearms enthusiast turned regular guy. Now that he no longer works the 240B like Charlie Parker did his sax across the “Graveyard of Empires,” he likes to write, shoot, and find ways to combine both activities. A self-proclaimed tactical hipster with an unhealthy flannel shirt addiction, Travis holds an NRA certification as a Basic Pistol Instructor and is the world’s okayest firearms teacher. You can connect with him on Insta if you’re so inclined: @travis.l.pike.

Travis Pike, former Marine machine gunner and writer for hire

NERD LMTD – Halo Needler Blaster

November 14th, 2021

NERF LMTD (pronounced “limited”) is Hasbro’s limited release NERF premium license line, which consists of higher end blasters based on famous film and game properties that can only be obtained via pre-order. Their first release was based on the M41 Pulse Rifle from Aliens, and now they’re releasing a blaster based on the Needler from the Halo series. While this isn’t the first time Hasbro is releasing a dart blaster based on the Needler, this version is much more detailed and feature-rich, with a pricetag to match. Aside from light-up features, this blaster will also have a 10-round motorized dart drum, with automatic fire. The blaster will also come with 10 unique pink elite darts, however it should be presumed that regular elite darts will also work with the blaster.

Pre-orders are available now through the end of the year, with an expected ship date of November 2022.

Nerf LMTD Halo Needler

Call of Duty: Vanguard Is Out

November 8th, 2021

Another year, another CoD. This time, however, it’s nominally World War 2, but with a distinct inclusion of modern-style optics and other crazy weapon attachments.

And zombies.

Judge Dredd in Call of Duty

September 14th, 2021

I haven’t been keeping up with the latest Call of Duty titles, however if anything would get me back into playing them it’s the Judge Dredd skin recently added to the latest title’s multiplayer. I’ve been a huge fan of Dredd since first reading the comic in the pages of 2000 AD, and while I’m not the biggest fan of gimmicky media crossovers, seeing Dredd in the thick of battle in a decent game for once does garner my interest.

The Dredd skin — available in full color and a comic-inspired black-and-white variant – is a limited offer available now through October 14th.

https://www.callofduty.com/blog/2021/09/black-ops-cold-war-warzone-judge-dredd-tracer-pack-bundle

ONTARIO KNIFE COMPANY® INTRODUCES INNOVATIVE NEW RETRACTABLE BAYONET

July 6th, 2021

Patent-Pending Bayonet Design Attaches to Picatinny Rail System with Ability to Retract Back When Not in Use

Ontario Knife Company® (OKC®) is an award-winning knife, cutlery and tool manufacturer with more than 130 years of experience creating quality knives for every need. The company is also the long-time primary bayonet provider to the U.S. military and is proud to announce its newest, patent-pending innovation that brings its bayonet design expertise to the civilian market. Introducing the new OKC Retractable Bayonet.

“OKC has been making high-quality bayonets for the U.S. military for decades, and this new retractable bayonet design is unlike anything we’ve ever created before,” said Kenneth Trbovich, President and CEO of Ontario Knife Company. “With its unique retractable feature, premium materials used and ability to easily mount to your AR or any Picatinny Rail System, it truly is a multifunctional blade and we’re excited to launch it to the civilian market”.

Designed for increased means of self-defense to work with or as a backup to your firearm for when hand-to-hand combat becomes necessary, the OKC Retractable Bayonet could be just the weapon you need when in a life-threatening situation. The new OKC Retractable Bayonet easily attaches to your AR, or any firearm outfitted with a Picatinny Rail System. Featuring a 6-inch retractable blade crafted with high quality .1875”-thick S35VN steel (with blade hardened to 59 Rockwell C), the bayonet measures 13-inches in open position, and 7-inches when closed. With simple one-handed operation, the bayonet deploys with a quick pull of its spring-loaded, stainless steel knob. This same knob can be used to easily retract the blade back into its carriage when not in use. With multiple mounting options, the blade can be positioned forward or further back on the firearm to custom fit the barrel, and the user’s preference to how much blade is exposed beyond the barrel. The multi-functional blade can also be taken off the firearm and used as a regular knife.

The OKC Retractable Bayonet has a 6-inch long by 1.5-inch-wide housing constructed from 6061-T6 aluminum with a black anodized finish. This means the bayonet is not only durable and sleek looking, but also incredibly lightweight, weighing in at less than a pound.

The new OKC Retractable Bayonet is proudly made in the USA and backed by OKC’s lifetime warranty.

ontarioknife.com

Noveske x URT Colab SqURT Rifle // Water Hog 5000

July 1st, 2021

Edit: Due to popular demand, pre-orders were opened back up through July 5th, with an estimated ship date of August 10th. Get yours while you can!

Ocean lifestyle brand URT URT and premium firearm manufacturer Noveske Rifleworks have teamed up to produce the Water Hog 5000, a
pump action watergun inspired by vintage designs, and styled after an AR-pattern rifle.

Unfortunately, like all things Noveske, the pre-order sold out quick, but at least we can enjoy the pictures at the link below.

urturt.com/products/waterhog5000