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A First Look at the FX19 Patriot LT

Wednesday, November 29th, 2023

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

FX19s on display.

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

The Patriot LT Model Redefines Precision and Value

Glock 19 Frame from SCT Manufacturing

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

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

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

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

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

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

FX19 Patriot LTs side by side.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Faxon Firearms FX19s.

Faxon Match Series Barrel

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

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

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

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

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


Core Vision Training: Courses To Prepare Yourself

Thursday, 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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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SIG SAUER Introduces the Commercial Variant of the U.S. Military M18 with the P320-M18

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019

NEWINGTON, N.H., (December 3, 2019) – SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to introduce the P320-M18, the commercial variant of the U.S. Military Modular Handgun System (MHS) M18. A smaller version of the M17, the P320-M18 features a 3.9” barrel, compact slide, and carry length grip module. The M18 was recently chosen as the official sidearm of the U.S. Marine Corps, and has been recently issued alongside the full-size M17 to all branches of the US Military as a result of the MHS contract award.

“Since the official selection of the M17 and M18 by the U.S. Army for the Modular Handgun System (MHS), we’ve seen significant civilian interest to own both variants of the handguns. The P320-based M17 and M18 are among the most tested handguns in history and the pair has been proven to be unmatched in both accuracy and reliability,” said Tom Taylor. Chief Marketing Officer, and Executive Vice President, Commercial Sales. “We are very proud that with the P320-M18, civilians can now own the same innovation and versatility that has made either the M17 and M18 the handgun of choice for all branches of the U.S. Military.”

The P320-M18 is a 9mm striker-fired pistol with an exclusive “M18-XXXXXX” serial number that comes with one 17-round magazine and two 21-round magazines. The pistol features a SIGLITE front night sight and a removable night sight rear plate as specified by the MHS contract. The slide is optic ready and with the rear sight assembly removed, the SIG SAUER Electro-Optics ROMEO1Pro Optic mounts directly to the slide. The P320-M18 is configured nearly identically to the U.S. Military’s models and features black controls, a carry-length coyote-tan grip module, coyote PVD finished slide, and an ambidextrous manual safety. The P320-M18 is also available in a state compliant version and is currently listed on the Massachusetts handgun roster.

P320-M18 Handgun Specs:
Overall Length: 7.2”
Overall Width: 1.6”
Weight (incl. magazine): 28.1 oz
Overall Height: 5.5”
Barrel Length: 3.9”
Sight Radius: 5.8”

The P320-M18 handgun is currently shipping and now available in retail stores.

Sideshow Collectables – ‘Rambo III’ 1/4 Scale Rambo Statue

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

Have you ever taken a look at your desk or shelf, and thought “Gee, you know what would really tie this space together? An 18″ tall Rambo statue!” Well, then you’re in luck, because Sideshow Collectables and figurine production company Phisen have partnered to release a 1/4 scale statue of Rambo as he appeared in Rambo III. This highly-detailed statue is made of Resin, PVC, and ABS, and features actual leather and fabric clothing and accessories.

This is a pre-order item, and is expected to ship between September and November of this year.


An Introduction To Kirk Fu

Monday, October 24th, 2016

You can’t help but admire United Federation of Planets Captain James T Kirk’s unique fighting style.  

I’ve always like the double fisted back blow, but in the end, nothing Kirk does, is quite as effective as Commander Spock’s Vulcan Nerve Pinch.

The 3 Amigos Are On The Ground At Outdoor Retailer

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014


Watch this space for coverage of Outdoor Retailer Summer Market all week, by the 3 Amigos.

Bullet Casing Earrings And Cuff Links

Sunday, June 1st, 2014


The people behind the Bullet Casing Valve Stem Covers also design and sell earrings, cuff links, and tie tacks using spent casings. They also offer free shipping in the USA.

You can check out their products here: www.designsfromdixie.com

Project Skyborn

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

Project Skyborn – short film from Marko Slavnic on Vimeo.

This science fiction short film by Marko Slavic is kind of a blend of ‘Battle Royale’ and ‘Moon’.

Cold Steel Shark Tactical Marker

Saturday, October 26th, 2013


Cold Steel’s Shark Tactical Marker is a heavy-duty fine-tip felt marker. Although it’s lacking a strike edge or metal body like a tactical pen would have, the Shark does have a hard plastic body, four times thicker than regular markers. The cap is also screw on, so it’s easily secured.



Saturday, March 16th, 2013

TROOPS is the classic ‘Star Wars’ fan film that parodies COPS; an oldie but a goodie.

Titanium Escape Ring

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013


The titanium escape ring is a nondescript titanium ring that holds a saw and handcuff shim pick combination micro escape tool. The shim can be used to open single-locked handcuffs, while the saw can cut zip-ties, disposable handcuffs, duct tape, rope, and other non-metallic materials.

Uniquetitanium.com – titanium escape ring

19th Century Russian General’s Head Replaced With Chuck Norris’ In Portrait

Saturday, February 16th, 2013


An artist on Society6 named Replaceface has taken many of the 19th century portraits of Russian generals by George Dawe and replaced the heads with those of modern day celebrities.


ARGUS-IS Drone Camera

Monday, February 4th, 2013

The ARGUS-IS (Autonomous Real-time Ground Ubiquitous Surveillance – Imaging System) is a powerful 1.8-Gigapixel camera capable of real-time, high-resolution video for the purposes of finding, tracking and monitoring events in real time; it’s able to identify six inch targets from up to 20,000 feet in the air. Leave it to DARPA to make the inevitable machine takeover that much easier.

UAV Identification Kit 001

Friday, January 4th, 2013


This UAV identification kit was created by James Bridle while he was Artist in Residence at the Visible Futures Lab at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Created from 3D modeling software and desktop printing technologies, the kit was based on military and civilian recognition kits, which were collections of models used to train gunners, radar operators and visual observers. Kit 001 was made using models of the MQ-1 Predator, the RQ-170 Sentinel, and the RQ-4 Global Hawk with human models for sense of scale.


Deenamee Shooting Sports Training Center – Crowdfunding

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Deenamee (Greek for strength) Shooting Sports Training Center offers a relatively unique situation: crowdfunding for a shooting range. Deenamee, LLC is a company founded by Special Forces veterans with the goal of creating a superior shooting range and firearms instruction environment. The pledge length will last until September of 2014 when they hope to reach at least one million dollars in funding, with an stretch goal of four million dollars. Further details, including the donation reward levels, risks and rewards, and more on the company itself can be found on the Deenamee website. Deenamee also pledges to donate all non-taxable funds to the NRA in the event they don’t reach their initial goal of one million dollars.




Robot Dragonfly Drone On Indiegogo

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012

The TechJect Robot Dragonfly is a micro UAV designed to mimic an insect; the project started due to a grant from the U.S. Air Force for research into biologically-inspired spy drones. Four models will be available, with the highest model featuring a re-configurable processor, hovering and gilding capabilities, accelerometers, gyroscopes, remote control, GPS, an advanced sensor pack with 18 individual environmental sensors, two cameras, and wi-fi compatibility.



Bullet Cufflinks

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

These cufflinks are made from spent .357 SIG and 9mm casings recycled from shooting ranges. The casings are soldered with either brass or silver and given an antique finish.


Glass Grenade Decanter

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

This glass decanter is shaped like a MkII grenade, although the lid is plastic and screws on. Weights 2 lbs. empty and holds up to 16 oz of fluid.

Urban Outfitters – Glass Grenade Decanter

Happy Halloween from Tactical Distributors!

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

All day today receive $20.00 off and free over night shipping for orders over $99.00 from www.tacticaldistributors.com.


Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

GoPro’s latest iteration of their line of HERO cameras, the HERO3, has just been released. It comes in three progressively better editions: White, Silver, and Black. All three editions come WiFi-enabled and are capable of recording in upwards of 1080P resolution. Additionally, the HERO3 is also capable of taking photos upwards of 12MP, depending on the model.


Inheritance Collection

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

The Inheritance Collection the creation of one Stephen Kenn, who is selling them on his site. Each piece in the collection is constructed using salvaged WWII-era military fabric surplus; seen above is the couch, loveseat, and single chair with ottoman. Some of the pieces are far from cheap, but man are they cool looking!


LaCie RuggedKey

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

This is quite possibly the most rugged USB storage device yet conceived (well, with the case on, anyway). It’s drop resistant up to 100m, IP-54 certified for resistance to damage from dust and water projection, and heat and cold resistant. Additionally, the RuggedKey features a transfer speed up to 150MB/Sec and AES 256-bit data encryption.

Available in 16 and 32GB from LaCie

Written by Richard W Graves

Project Honor Camo Stencil Kit from LBX Tactical Available for Pre-order

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

Shipping August 20th is the Project Honor Camouflage Stencil Kit. The pattern was developed for the upcoming Electronic Arts title Medal of Honor Warfighter.


The kit includes –

4 4.5oz Aerosol Cans
1 LBX logo stencil
1 LBX digital logo stencil
6 Digital stencils


Duffle Bag Back Pack – Indiegogo

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Indiegogo is a site much like Kickstarter, where individuals can use cloud/social funding to raise capital for various projects. It also happens to be the platform that Matt Arrell of Home Combat Magazine is using to try and fund his project: converting old military duffel bags into EDC bags. The initial donation will be used to create prototypes for the bags, which will include a hydration bladder pocket and pockets on each of the shoulder straps for holding your cell phone and credentials. If these prototypes prove successful, the plan is to try and move production to a veteran’s homeless shelter in Arizona, which will provide the veterans with jobs and assistance. The project only requires $550 out of a $750 goal with 26 days left at the time of writing. You can find out more information at the project page on Indiegogo.

indiegogo – Duffle Bag Back Pack

Metallic Pistol USB Flash Drive

Sunday, June 24th, 2012

Coming in at a weight of 49g and an approximate dimensions of 73x9x48mm, this pistol model doubles as a USB flash drive holder, which is stored in the magazine well. Available in 2, 4, 8, and 16GB models. Also available is a black handgun, three different models of revolvers, and silver and gold cartridges.

USB.Brando.com – Metallic Pistol USB Flash Drive