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ISSUE 28

BUYERS
GUIDE
KARAMBITS

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Lithgow Arms,
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KARAMBITS 101
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in the harshest conditions. A true American innovation, this pistol was developed through a rigorous Voice
of the Customer process where numerous law enforcement and military trainers, rearms experts,

Recoil-Reducing Barrel Cam, Low Mass Slide,


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distributors and retailers provided input, feedback and testing in the determination of the form, function and
features of this rearm. The resultant new pistol is a revolutionary platform for Ruger, one that utilizes the
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a low mass slide, low center of gravity and a low bore axis to provide an unparalleled shooting experience.

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FEATURES
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A Look at the Rifle That


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ASCUS
ROAD TO DAMA
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A Modern Spin on An
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INDUSTRY CHO
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AWARDS
ons, and
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Celebrating Excellence

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ON THE COVER

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ZEROED IN
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DOWNRANGE
Editors Letter

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DIY
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GONE SHOOTIN
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RECOIL reminds you to be safe and


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MSRP:

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URL:

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property, or freedom, and for the most part, theyre either

mens of humanity (dear God, please make it stop) Im not

insulated from the effects of disarmament, or else theyre

going to labor the point here. Instead, let us take comfort in

willing to trade it all for personal ambition.

the fact that due to the foresight of the men who wrote our

Those behind the gun-control organizations know this of

Constitution, the president has less power than the media

course, and try to counter by spending heavily on advertis-

would have us believe.

ing in an attempt to create the illusion of a grassroots move-

Despite the current incumbent throwing tantrums worthy

ment. You need only look at their social media presence to

of a 2-year-old, in terms of meaningful progress to his anti-

realize theyre an empty shell. By and large, theyll make

gun agenda, hes managed little apart from mildly inconve-

one turgidly unoriginal post every work day to satisfy their

niencing gunsmiths and a few importers. Now, this is not

backers, then call it quits on Friday afternoon. Contrast this

in any way meant to minimize the impact of government

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meddling in the lives of honest citizens, merely to illustrate

RECOIL at all hours of the day, just because we believe in

that in comparison to what might have happened were it not

what we do, and think this is the coolest job ever.

for the efforts of energetic and energized gun owners.

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serve at the pleasure of their electorate. Let them know

a hard time countering. They cant take people to the anti-

that should they feel the need to screw with our Second

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Nothing causes cursing


at RECOIL HQ like disasembling Glock mags.
Well, maybe taking a
Ruger Mark III apart, but its a
close call. Glock says to stick a
punch in that little hole in the
base plate and lean into it to
break the little bastard free.
Oblonged baseplate holes and
broken furniture attest to the
efficacy of this factory-authorized method. The Maggclaw,
distrubuted by Glockmeister,
will change all that. Its a sturdy
tool that grabs the plate and
levers it off the mag body with a
little more effort than popping a
bottle cap from a beverage. We
tested it on a brand-new mag
and it worked so well, we pulled
all our mags apart just because
we finally could. The Maggclaw
works with most regular sized
Glock mags; the outliers are
the larger baseplate (.45 and
10mm) mags and the smaller
G42 and G43 mags.
MAKE:

CCRS Industry
MODEL:

Maggclaw
MSRP:

$14

MAKE:

Emissive Energy/Inforce

Scalarworks adds the


Aimpoint CompM4
to its optic mount
weight-loss program.
The company touts its Low
Drag Mount, weighing 1.49
ounces, as the lightest mount
available for the CompM4.
The LDM/CompM4 is made
from 7075-T6 aluminum,
and features that distinctive
thumbscrew with ball detent
for retention and telescoping
clamp made to return to zero
each time its attached. Weve
heard Scalarworks is going
to have a dedicated Aimpoint
PRO mount this winter, but we
couldnt wait. We ditched the
base of Aimpoints QRP2 mount
and put the PROs mounting
ring atop the LDM. It cuts 1.2
ounces from the ensemble and
fits the PRO like a glove.

The gen2 update to


the Inforce WML and
WMLx lights increase
the brightness from
200 to 400 lumens in the onebattery, WML lights, and ups the
brghtness of the two-cell lights
from 400 and 500 to 700 and
800 lumens for the white and
white/IR versions, respectively. The lights maintain their
anorexic outlook, but just about
everything else is upgraded,
including the body material,
LED, lens, reflector, waterproof
sealing method, mode selector
switch, durometer of the rubber,
the activation button and the
locking bale. Basic operation of
all four models include constant,
momentary, and a disable-able
strobe with a selectable IR light
on indicated models.
MAKE:

Scalarworks

MODEL:

MODEL:

WML and WMLx

LDM/CompM4

COLORS:

WEIGHT:

Black, FDE

1.49 ounces

MSRP:

MSRP:

$175 to $2255

$149

URL:

URL:

www.inforce-mil.com
m

MAKE:

Bullets2Bandages
MODEL:

Six Shooter Shot Glass


MSRP:

$30 per pair

www.scalarworks.com

URL:

Whether youre
a fan of wheel
guns or youre a
cowboy at heart,
the Six Shooter Shot Glass
from Bullets2Bandages is a
fun way to line up your shots
(of liquid courage). Sold in
pairs, each cylinder weighs 4
ounces, holds up to 1.25 fluid
ounces, and stands 2.5 inches
in height and 1.75 inches in
diameter. Its made of anodized
aluminum with a food-grade
gunmetal gray finish. Ideal as
a birthday present, groomsmen
gift, or business swag, these
glasses can be engraved for
an additional $12 or shipped
in a customizable box for a $6
premium. Bullets2Bandages
was founded by Erik Spalding
and Cole Evans, two former
U.S. Navy explosive ordnance
disposal officers who donate a
portion of their profits to various veteran charities.

URL:

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www.glockmeister.com

Anyone whos ever


been in a tense
situation or done
realistic training
under stress knows that, when
the adrenalines pumping,
fine motor control flies out the
window. Enter the Lyte Ryder
Center Mass Laser Sight for
shotguns and rifles. LaserLyte says its the worlds first
rail-mounted laser sight with
built-in pressure activation.
Switch on its nine-laser spread
pattern by simply squeezing the
2.3-inch pressure pad no
tiny lever or button to feel for.
The ambidextrous device has
momentary-on and constant-on
modes and can be set up where
your support hand naturally
goes so long as your foreend has at least 4 inches of Pic
rail. And thanks to its ledgeshaped design, it also doubles
as a grip stop. Made of 6061-T6
aluminum and glass-filled nylon, the Lyte Ryder weighs 1.76
ounces with the included three
357 batteries installed.
MAKE:

LaserLyte
MODEL:

Lyte Ryder Center Mass Laser


Sight
MSRP:

$150
URL:

www.laserlyte.com

War rugs were first made


by Afghans as a sort of wry
celebration of the Soviets
attempt to occupy the unoccupiable country. As so many Americans
have taken up temporary residence in
such shi*holes as Nangalam, Kandahar,
Assadabad, and dozens of others,
the war rug motif has traveled home.
Bravos Sierra Block pack in war rug
print throws back to the F*ck you,
USSR era with modern accoutrements,
such as a dedicated, padded laptop
sleeve, tons of pockets, full-zip front,
and some super plush, yet hardwearing
fabrics that hold the print. If you dont
need a pack, but want in on the print,
check out the limited edition War Rug
Beach Towel ($50) with microfiber and
antimicrobial construction.

Less than five years ago, nobody in the USA had heard of
Fjllrven, let alone pronounce
the name of the massive-inEurope, Swedish outdoor brand. Today,
the mixture of authentic Scandanavian
backcountry wear has collided with
North Jersey fashion and exploded. Let
the hipster masses eat up the brands
trendy backpacks; well roll in their highly
technical Keb Trousers. These pants are
tough, made for movement, and loaded
with features such as vents, gusseted
pockets, semi-gaiter cuffs, articulated
knees, and reinforcements in all the right
places. And, they dont feel like trash
bags on your legs since theyre made
from a mix of stretch panels and comfortable, wax infused poly-cotton fabric.
We used them on a three-day backcountry hunt, and they were a fast fave.

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MAKE:

Many dedicated range bags


are setup for a full-on range
outing, but the Blaster
Bag a collab between
Tuff Products and Sentinel Concepts
carries all you need for a lunchtime
range session, fits in your RDC pack, and
stows in a car, easily out of sight. A little
smaller than a Trapper Keeper, it holds
a couple of pistols, eight mags, pasters,
a staple gun, spare staples, data book,
pen, marker, ear plugs, and 200 rounds
of ammo in factory boxes. Add some
folded-up targets and change for the
meter, and youre set for some midday
9mm therapy. For longer trips, the bag
keeps your pistol gear organized and
handy when placed inside a larger bag.
MAKE:

Tuff Products
MODEL:

Sentinel Concepts Blaster Bag Pro

Bravo Company Worldwide

MAKE:

MODEL:

Fjllrven

MSRP:

Sierra Block I Pack/War Rug Print

MODEL:

$45

MSRP:

Keb Trousers

URL:

$210

COLORS:

www.tuffproducts.com

URL:

10 colorways (Tarmac shown)

www.bravocoworldwide.com

Say hello to the Transformer


of the pack world. The Czech
Pack Tactical is a sling bag
with MOLLE webbing that
stands 7 by 6 by 4.5 inches, about the
size of a few Game of Thrones paperbacks stacked together. Two compartments can hold your phone, keys, and
other everyday-carry (EDC) items. The
sling can be tightened to wear it as a
waist pack. Unzip it down the center and
out pops a lining and shoulder straps,
turning this tactical murse into an
18.9-liter backpack. Known for Kydex
accessories, zZz Custom Works teamed
up with Lucky Dragon Industries to put
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one thatll do the job of
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accepted a request from SKD Tactical to
test out the Delta Utility Glove, the latest
in the FDT lineup from Patrol Incident
Gear. These paw protectors are meant
to be used anywhere on the range,
in your car, or in the garden while
providing comfort, tactile sensitivity,
and digit dexterity. For those addicted
to posting foodporn photos (which no
one cares about), these gloves have
touchscreen-compatible thumbs and
index fingers. They also have paracord
pull loops and elastic wrists. Our early
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tool when youre concerned about losing
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a reversible deep-carry pocket clip,
and a sharp 8Cr13Mov-stainless-steel
blade. With a glass-filled nylon front
scale attached to a stonewashed steel
back, the Westin feels good in hand.
Of course, its made in China, but to
get this quality for only $45 is ideal for
budget-minded folks.

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asts alike. Its the Iowa Gold Star Military

land, Iowa is where their political dreams

Museum, and it easily wins a gold star for

Territory, it had been part of both the

rise or fall. Iowa is also about as Midwestern

its presentation and inspiring displays.

French and Spanish empires before becom-

as it gets its truly part of the American

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It might seem surprising that Iowa would

ing an American territory and later a state.

Heartland and the only U.S. state to be

be home to a notable military museum,

It supported the Union during the Civil War

bordered on both east and west by rivers.

given that the state wasnt the site of any

and, due to efforts by Samuel J. Kirkwood,

While some coastal residents may consider

major engagements. In fact, the Battle of

Iowas first wartime governor, the Hawkeye

it flyover country, Iowa has plenty of at-

Athens (a small skirmish that took place in

State sent more than 75,000 of its sons as

tractions.

August 1861 during the opening months

volunteers. Sadly more than one-sixth of

of the Civil War) was fought in neighboring

those who volunteered never returned home

State, or just driving through Iowa on Inter-

Missouri, as close as any front lines have

by the time the war ended in 1865.

state 80, theres a must-see museum for

been to Iowa. Yet the state is still rich with

military history buffs and firearm enthusi-

military history.

For those in and around the Hawkeye

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Given that it was part of the Louisiana

To those seeking the highest office in the

During World War II, five more sons of


Iowa would become famous for their service.

IOWA GOLD STAR MILITARY MUSEUM


since that time has been a Guard and

fraction (some 1,000 items) are on

Reserve installation.

permanent display, while many others

Its home to the National Maintenance Training Center, Joint Forces


Headquarters, Iowas emergency

The Fighting Sullivan Brothers of


Waterloo, Iowa, were among the tens
of thousands of men from the state
to volunteer during World War II. All
five brothers were killed in action after
serving together on the USS Juneau
(CL-52) in November 1942.

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Its the sacrifices of all of these

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sons of Iowa for which the Iowa Gold


Star Military Museum was built. The
museums mission is stated clearly
to honor and depict the military
experience of Iowa citizens in all wars,
homeland defense, and Iowa service.
The museums purpose is to collect,

1. For those who like


old-school guns
it doesnt get much
better than these
18th and early 19th
century European
pistols.
2. Seventy-five
thousand sons
of Iowa fought to
preserve the Union
during the Civil War,
and their sacrifice
is depicted in
this display that
features a vintage
10-pound Parrot
Rifle on a field
carriage.

expect to see something new.


The entire collection, apart from the

operations center, a Military Entrance

outside exhibits of military vehicles,

Processing Command installation, and

is housed in the former headquarters

the State Police academy.

building for the Iowa National Guard

The Iowa Gold Star Military Museum

are rotated so that repeat visitors can

on Camp Dodge. It chronicles the con-

is a member organization and facility

tributions of Iowa veterans in state and

of the Army Museum System, and as

national defense from the early 19th

noted its meant to honor the services

century, when Iowa was acquired by

of Iowa veterans. It does this in spades

the United States as part of the Louisi-

via its impressive collection, including

ana Purchase in 1803, to the present

140,000 artifacts, documents, and

day. Nearly 60 percent of the items

photographs ranging from the Civil

have come from Iowa military veterans

War era to present. Currently, just a

through donations to the museum.

preserve, and exhibit materials that illustrate the story of Iowas military past
from statehood to the present. The
Iowa Gold Star Museum honors the
heroic service of all Iowa veterans.

CAMP DODGE AND THE IOWA


GOLD STAR MUSEUM
Just driving up to the Iowa Gold
Star Museum can be a thrill in itself,
as its located in Camp Dodge, an
active National Guard post that was
first constructed in 1907. Named
after Brigadier General Grenville M.
Dodge, who organized Iowas first
National Guard in 1856 and later
served a term in Congress representing Iowa, the camp was used as a
regional training center for U.S. forces
in the First World War. It served as
an induction center for new service
members during World War II, and

3. Iowas role in the


American military
dates back to the
early 19th century,
and some of earliest
settlers were in
the first forts to be
settled west of the
Mississippi River
when the U.S. Army
wore uniforms such
as the one in this
display.
4. Young men from
the heart of the
nation went off to
Cuba, the last time
blue was worn
as an American
combat uniform
and those soldiers
brought superior
firepower, such as
this Model 1883
Gatling Gun!

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The bulk of the collection is made


up of real artifacts, including a Civil
War cannon, Indian War-era Gatling
Gun, and a partially restored Vietnam War-era UH1 Huey helicopter.
The museum even has a bicycle that
was used by the Viet Cong to move
equipment down the Ho Chi Minh

1. Seen here is a
replica of the P-40
Warhawk flown by
Lt. Colonel William
N. Reed, who served
as the commander
of the ChineseAmerican Composite
Wing during World
War II.

Trial and could likely be the only


such example of one in any museum
collection today.
One replica, which is understandable, is a full-size WWII Curtiss
P-40 Warhawk. It was added to the
collection in 2012 to honor the four
Iowans who served in China as part of
the Flying Tigers during World War II.
The plane is a recreation of the one
flown by Lt. Colonel William N. Reed,
who served as the commander of the
Chinese-American Composite Wing.
Reed had destroyed a total of nine
Japanese aircraft in aerial combat
as well as eight additional Japanese

2. Lt. Colonel Reeds


uniform and medals
are also in the
museums collection.
3. This display
includes one of
the only surviving
military bikes
used by the North
Vietnamese Army
during the Vietnam
War. It was donated,
along with the
majority of the items
in the collection,
by an Iowa military
veteran.

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aircraft on the ground. Reed was shot

features one of the most impressive

down and killed in December 1944.

collections of military small arms found

Its a replica P-40B that has been

anywhere in the country. In total, the

suspended from the ceiling since Oc-

collection includes 324 small arms of

tober 2012, and it represents Reeds

foreign and domestic manufacture,

aircraft as it would have appeared in

explained Vogt.

January 1942, said Michael Vogt,

These include numerous American

curator of the Iowa Gold Star Military

rifles from the Civil War to modern day,

Museum.

as well as many small arms from the


Second World War. The museum is for-

THE SMALL ARMS COLLECTION


As the Iowa Gold Star Museum is
part of the Army Museum System, it

tunate to have pieces on loan from the


United States military, including several vintage sniper rifles. Among the

IOWA GOLD STAR MILITARY MUSEUM

donated items is a working example of


the German StG44, the worlds first
assault rifle.
The collections World War II weapons include some impressive pieces
such as a Soviet PPSh-41 submachine
gun, an M3 Grease Gun, and a Browning Automatic Rifle, while the Vietnam
War-era firearms include the M14, two

different versions of the AR-15/M16,


and an M60 machinegun.
A full room is dedicated to the rest
of the weapons collection and filled

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with more than 250 weapons in total

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from a recoilless rifle to a Lewis

1. A rare live
working example of
the German StG44
assault rifle that
is on loan from the
U.S. military.

gun, as well as several anti-tank weapons and bazookas. Among the sniper
rifles in the museums collection are
a Springfield, an M14, and a very rare
WWII-era German G-43, still considered one of the most effective semiautomatic sniper rifles ever created.

2. A Soviet PKM
light machine gun
that was captured
by soldiers of the
186th Military Police
Company during
Operation Desert
Storm in 1991.

The Iowa Gold Star Military Museum is truly worthy of a gold star in
excellence.

IOWA GOLD STAR MILITARY


MUSEUM
ADDRESS:

Camp Dodge
7105 Northwest 70th Avenue
Johnston, Iowa 50131-1824
HOURS:

Monday through Friday


8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(Closed Sundays, holidays, and holiday weekends)
ADMISSION:

Free (donations accepted and appreciated)


TELEPHONE:

(515) 252-4531
URL:

www.iowanationalguard.com/History/Museum/
Pages/home.aspx

3. Heres just some


of the 250-plus
weapons that are
now part of the
collection of the
Iowa Gold Star
Museum.

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Vision. Itd be easy to say in hindsight

added a Gobi Stealth model with a

there was a clear, start-to-finish vision

rear ladder to carry more gear and ex-

for this truck. But, like many project

pand the vehicles capability. facing is

builds, getting from stock to upgraded

a 40-inch Rigid E2 combination flood

was an ever-evolving path. For me,

and spotlight LED lightbar, while work

a professional filmmaker and pixel

lights are a pair of top-mounted Rigid

pusher, it was about treading the line

D2 white LED flood lights. An ARB

between daily driver and overlanding. I

2,000mm awning was mounted to the

wanted something that could serve as

driver side of the vehicles rack to ward

a utility vehicle for carrying precious

off the ever-present Pacific Northwest

cargo comfortably and safely into

rain and provide protection from the

remote locations.

sun during trips to shinier climes.

colored 2015 4Runner TRD Pro and

a total of three weeks before I decided

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it needed a winch. Given that WARN

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and off-road handling. The 4Runner is

Industries is a local Oregon company,

based on the tough-as-nails, body-on-

there was no debate about brand. I

frame, Toyota Prado 150 platform with

chose the ZEON 8-S, with synthetic

a manual transfer case and bombproof

line, to provide 8,000 pounds of

reliability because ... Toyota. The TRD

pulling power. I was reticent to give

Pro from the factory was seemingly

up the styling of the OEM front end,

everything originally desired as a base

which admittedly was what attracted

platform, with factory skidplates,

me to the original vehicle in its base

larger Nitto Terra Grappler A/Ts, larger

form. The solution was to use a hidden

Bilstein shocks, and aggressive, retro

winch mounting system from Pelfrey-

styling. That was all that was needed,

bilt, requiring the removal of the origi-

or so I thought.

nal aluminum crush bumper assembly,

The project began with an inferno-

and installing the steel winch plate in

a back-and-forth facilitated by 503

its place. With this system, once the

Motoring. Iain Gordon, 503 Motorings

front bumper valence is trimmed, you

shop manager, served as the conduit,

have a winch that hides neatly behind

offering sensible design choices,

the bumper.

suggestions, and alternative execu-

Unfortunately, if you live in a two-

tions. As a shop that routinely handles

plate state, finding a good solution

supercars, the 4Runner provided an

for a license plate is a challenge. The

interesting change of pace for its staff,

solution came from Cascadia 4x4 in

mostly patrons of pavement.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada,

Upon delivery from Japan, I im-

with its Flipster license plate system.

mediately began altering the 4Runner

It works with either the Hawse or roller

for more overland-specific use. I first

fairleads by placing a bracket behind

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The entire upgrade process was

The 4Runner stayed untouched for

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1 PLATE FLIPPER

2 3 4 5 6 7

MAKE:

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Flipster V1 (Hawse Fairlead)


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2 AMBER LIGHTS
MAKE:

Rigid Industries
MODEL:

D2 Wide Single
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3 FRONT BUMPER
MAKE:

Pelfreybilt
MODEL:

Aluminum Front Plate Bumper


URL:

www.pelfreybilt.com

4 SNORKEL
MAKE:

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MODEL:

5th Gen Prototype Snorkel


and over the fairlead, allowing the

remote reservoirs

license plate to swing up and out of

on all shocks,

the way when winching. Sandwiched

upgraded lower

between that is the Factor55 Flatlink

trailing arms,

and Hawse Fairlead, both extremely

and tubular up-

low-profile solutions. The Flatlink

per control arms.

replaces the traditional hook, making

5 TOP LIGHTBAR
MAKE:

Rigid Industries
MODEL:

40-inch E2 Combo Spot/Flood


Lightbar

The Nitto Mud

for a safer and more visually attractive

Terrain tires were

option for using a winch. Great, its

selected from

done, right? Not even close.

past experience,

The vehicle looked good with its

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6 AWNING
MAKE:

as they present

ARB

added carrying capacity and self-

a good balance

recovery abilities. But all that weight

between off-road performance, with

was a rather dramatic one, and would

had a rather adverse affect on the

minimal impact to on-road noise and

require the first major alteration of

stance of the vehicle. So, I decided

handling. The Nittos have an excep-

the vehicles body through the use of

the next goal would be to tackle the

tionally aggressive sidewall tread, giv-

power tools and sparks, lots of sparks.

suspension and tires.

ing them a beefier side profile without

The simplest solution for carrying

resorting to the use of wheel spacers.

a spare tire is on the roof. Does this

Pelfreybilt

work for most people? Absolutely.

Bolt On Tapered Kickout Sliders

I opted for the Icon Vehicle Dynam-

MODEL:

Awning (2,000 mm)


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7 ROCK RAILS/SLIDERS
MAKE:
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ics Stage 2 suspension and Nitto

Toyota designs their vehicles to

Trail Grappler 33-inch tires, while

use a 265/70 as their largest factory

However youre most likely not chang-

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still maintaining the original factory

equipped tire. As a result, some al-

ing a spare tire under ideal conditions

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TRD rims; I didnt want to give up

teration was required here and there.

to begin with, and trying to haul 85-

their strength and visual appeal. But,

Being that the factory spare (already

plus pounds of wheel from your roof

before I could get anything installed

undersized by comparison to the TRD

is a serious pain in the ass. Combined

I had reverse buyers remorse, and

Pros original 31.5-inch tire) would

with raising the vehicles center of

changed the suspension from the Icon

not be ideal in an emergency with

gravity, a roof-mounted spare was out

Stage 2 to the Stage 5, which gained

the new 33-inch tires, the solution

of the question.

8 ENGINE LIGHTS
MAKE:

Anti-Dark
MODEL:

Universal Engine Light


URL:

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The solution instead was through

In the pursuit of self-sufficiency an

possible. However, after a trip to the

the CBI Offroad rear steel bumper.

ARB twin compressor was installed,

Oregon desert, where many jackrab-

To say this bumper is well built would

allowing for in-the-field airing up of

bits sacrificed themselves on the

be a comedic understatement; its

tires or for cleaning off camera gear

front bumper, I decided it was only a

absolutely a tank, made entirely of

or other equipment. The main bat-

matter of time before the plastic front

steel. God help whoever rear-ends

tery was also swapped out with an

end would suffer a cruel fate. Youve

that bumper. In preparation the rear

Odyssey Group 31 battery, the weight

got a lot of options with the 4Runner

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springs were swapped with Old Man

of which is akin to that of a dying

in regards to front bumpers. Mostly it

Emu 2898 440-pound springs to

neutron star. However, the added

comes down to your particular tastes.

Stealth Roof Rack (with rear


ladder)

handle the increased constant rear

capacity helps ensure power when

Since the vehicle lives downtown

load. The CBI rear bumper provides

you need it. The vehicle can also be

in a rather dense city, making the

a tire carrier on a steel locking swing

powered from the Overland Solar

vehicle longer is undesirable. The

1 ROOF RACK
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Gobi

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2 RECOVERY BOARDS
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arm, while also allowing provisions for

panel array that can easily top off the

CBI rear bumper already increases

dual jerry cans, HiLift jack mount,

battery while at a campsite.

the overall length of the vehicle by

MODEL:

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MKII FJ Red

and rear tire, and a large front step

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and cutouts for rear bumper lights


(because, why not more lumens!).

The original intent was to keep the


vehicles front end as stock looking as

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MAKE:

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LoadSpotter Levitating Fridge


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MAKE:

CBI Offroad
MODEL:

5th Gen 4Runner Rear Bumper


(with Swing Away Tire Carrier,
Double Jerry Can Holder)
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Nitto
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Trail Grappler M/Ts (285/70/17)


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bumper would be both heavy, and
increase the vehicles length further.

Its a challenge to balance out what


works great off-road with what has to
be practical on-road, especially in an
urban landscape.
The solution, again, came from
Pelfreybilt, which had just begun offering an aluminum frontend. Its frontend
mimicked the general profile and shape
of the OEM frontend and is a complete
drop-in front replacement, no cutting
required. Because it was aluminum it
was also a staggeringly light 62 pounds.
This meant when the steel winch plate
was removed the net gain was only 6
pounds due to the addition of the Rigid
Combo 30-inch single-row lightbar.

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as a test mule for the upcoming Safari/

factory. So the goal was to make the

MAKE:

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vehicle as livable as possible, using a

MODEL:

4Runner. What you see on the vehicle

full drawer system from Goose Gear.

is actually a 3D printed prototype,

This provides full-length lockable

and, of course, added defense against

Jack X-Treme
(with JackCover)

which should inspire a bit of awe when

drawers in the rear and a mounting

front impacts. As more and more OEM

www.hi-lift.com

you consider how big the printer must

platform for the ARB 47-quart fridge

be to accommodate such a large end

mounted on the TemboTusk LoadSpotter fridge slide.

The advantages of the bumper were


better articulation off-road, quicker ac-

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provisions for amber Rigid D2 foglights,

Hi-Lift

URL:

components fell by the wayside, they


were replaced by additional components

2 WATER CANS

result. The ARMAX snorkel, besides

such as the ARB steel skidplates, which

MAKE:

providing cleaner air in the desert, and

integrate perfectly with the Pelfreybilt

Rotopax

fording capabilities, also increases

extinguishers, medical kits from Dark

frontend. Other components were either

2-gallon water

horsepower and benefits in increased

Angel Medical, cargo organizers from

gusseted or additionally armored to

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engine efficiency, seeing a noticeable

Blue Ridge Overland, and navigational

boost in miles per gallon.

aids. For navigation the vehicle uses

protect from trail damage.

MODEL:

rotopax.com

Other major additions were fire

The next upgrade, while not for the

Internally the 4Runner TRD Pro

squeamish, was an amazing opportuni-

(based on the Trail Edition Premium)

GPS, and an iPad with Bluetooth GPS

ty as the vehicle was selected to serve

comes incredibly well setup from the

module in a RAM mount for back-

its onboard GPS, Garmin Montana

country navigation. In addition, the


vehicle is wired with a HAM radio for
long-distance communication in the
desert, along with a C.B. and Delorme
InReach.
Ultimately this is a snapshot of the
vehicle as it currently stands. It would
be a boldfaced lie to say its done.
The vehicle has and continues to
outperform our expectations. Not just
in how it looks, but the terrain it can
tackle safely. While treading dangerously close to serving as a background
vehicle along the trails of Fury Road,
it still serves admirably as an obnoxiously fun daily driver.

UNUSUAL SUSPECTS

everyday-carry (EDC) knife, while the lack of a

retention even if covered in mud or blood.

karambits are like the sexy foreign exchange

straight tip makes it a poor fighting knife.

With your index finger inside the ring with a


next to impossible for a bad guy to disarm you.

as a utility tool by farmers and fishermen in

know better. A karambit is brutally effective at

Indonesia, this ancient knife (also spelled

ripping tendons, redirecting limbs, leveraging

popular since we featured it back in Issue

kerambit) was patterned after a tigers claw

takedowns, and (cue the groans) disembowel-

6, so here are just a few of the latest Asian

and eventually morphed into a self-defense

ing. Its not without a specific purpose.

(inspired) models youll want to fondle today.

The karambit has haters, though. Some


complain the curvature makes it a horrible
MAKE:

1 Pinkerton Knives
MODEL:

MAKE:

4 Ontario Knife Company


MODEL:

ARK (Active Response


Karambit)

Ranger Kerambit EOD

OAL:

7.5 inches

BLADE LENGTH:

3.6 inches

BLADE MATERIAL:

5160 carbon steel

WEIGHT:

8.8 ounces

MSRP:

$237

URL:

www.ontarioknife.com

5.46 inches
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reverse grip (the most common position), its

ipino kali, and other Southeast Asian systems

years among Western knife nuts.

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But those who practice Indonesian silat, Fil-

love to get your hands on. Originally used

weapon. Its become all the rage in recent

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STORY AND PHOTOS BY PATRICK VUONG

With vivacious curves and seductive rings,


student you know nothing about, but would

50

KARAMBITS

1.6 inches

154CM stainless steel


1.2 ounces
$80

OAL:

BLADE LENGTH:
BLADE MATERIAL:
WEIGHT:
MSRP:
URL:

www.compfightsys.com
MAKE:

2 Combative Edge
MODEL:

Dragons Tail
OAL:

7 inches
BLADE LENGTH:

2.5 inches

BLADE MATERIAL:

D2 tool steel
WEIGHT:

3.69 ounces
MSRP:

$170

URL:

www.combativeedge.com
MAKE:

3 Bker Plus
MODEL:

Wildcat
OAL:

7.38 inches
BLADE LENGTH:

2.88 inches

BLADE MATERIAL:

D2 tool steel
WEIGHT:

4.6 ounces
MSRP:

$120

URL:

www.boker.de/us

MAKE:

5 Fox Knives
MODEL:

479KN Neptune Kryptek G10


Folding Karambit
OAL:

7.6 inches
BLADE LENGTH:

3 inches

BLADE MATERIAL:

N690Co stainless steel


WEIGHT:

4.6 ounces
MSRP:

$150

URL:

www.karambit.com
MAKE:

6 Emerson Knives
MODEL:

Super Karambit
OAL:

8 inches
BLADE LENGTH:

3 inches

BLADE MATERIAL:

154CM stainless steel


WEIGHT:

5.6 ounces
MSRP:

$308
URL:

www.emersonknives.coom

This exotic genre has only gotten more

And, no, the ring in the handle is not for

Also check elsewhere in this issue for Steve

spinning it around like a cowboys six-shooter.

Taranis article on the history of the karambit

Sure, some twirling techniques do exist, but

rn more about why


to learn

the ring has two primary functions: striking and

a key to its longevity.


longevvity.

MAKE:

7 TOPS Knives
MODEL:

TAC-TOPS Karambit
OAL:

11.25 inches
BLADE LENGTH:

7.13 inches

BLADE MATERIAL:

109 carbon steel


1095
WEIGHT
WEIGHT:

1 ounces
10
MSRP:

$210

URL:

w
www.topsknives.com
p
m

its effectiveness is

FLIP THE PAGE FOR MORE DETAILS ON EACH KNIFE.

INTERROGATING THE UNUSUAL SUSPECTS


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COMBATIVE EDGE

DRAGONS TAIL

BKER PLUS

WILDCAT

ONTARIO KNIFE CO.

RANGER
KERAMBIT EOD

FOX KNIVES

479KN

EMERSON KNIVES

SUPER
KARAMBIT

TOPS KNIVES

TAC-TOPS
KARAMBIT

411:
After fielding a request
from a U.S. contractor in Afghanistan,
Dirk Pinkerton devised
(with input from Chad
McBroom of Comprehensive Fighting
System) this backup
blade to stay in your
hand even while youre
shooting, reloading, or
hauling gear. (Note: We
reviewed a prototype.
The production version
will reportedly have a
tumble-blast finish and
chamfers at the corners
for more comfort.) Made
in the USA.

411:
Designed by two martial artists (Rob Walker
of Combative Edge and
C. Despins of Max Venom Product Group), the
Dragons Tail combines
a karambit handle with
a spear-point blade
in a slim package.
This hybrid design
provides the benefits of
a karambit (retention
ring, concealability,
etc.) with a wider range
of utility due to its
versatile blade profile.
Comes with a well-built
custom Kydex sheath.
Made in the USA.

411:
Bkers blade-smithing
lineage goes back
almost 200 years, so its
reputation for manufacturing quality swords,
knives, tools, and other
edged implements is
well deserved. The
companys Bker Plus
line aims to offer gear
at affordable prices by
manufacturing in China
or Taiwan. The Wildcat
is one such specimen,
combining Chinese
manufacturing with
German engineering
based on an Indonesian
concept.

411:
Ontario Knife Company
(OKC) has operated out
of New York for more
than 125 years, with a
long history of making
tools for the U.S. military. So its no surprise
that OKCs Ranger
lineup consists of edged
weapons meant for
combat in the harshest
terrain. Designed by
U.S. special operations
veteran Justin Gingrich,
this model was made
specifically for the U.S.
Marine Corps EOD
hence the name. Made
in the USA.

411:
This top-tier folder has
three opening methods:
flipper tab, tear-drop
thumb hole, and Emerson Knives patented
wave-shaped feature
(which opens the blade
as you draw by snagging on your pocket).
Offered exclusively at
www.karambit.com,
this version has handle
scales with Neptune
Kryptek camo. Also
available in Typhon
Kryptek (a blackish
pattern) and Highlander
Kryptek (more desert-y
colors). Made in Italy.

411:
Its impossible to talk
about karambits without
mentioning Emerson
Knives; naturally we
included one from this
California company.
The Super Karambit
is Ernest Emersons
modern interpretation
of a large-ish karambit,
and the results are
first-class. (Watch for
a future review of his
karambit flipper model,
which we got to play
with briefly, but was
still being tweaked at
press time.) Made in
the USA.

411:
Knife noobs, this is
not the karambit you
seek. Designed by
C. Despins (theres
that name again),
this bad boy is meant
for advanced users.
Born out of a request
from an elite military
operator who needed
a deadly tool he could
carry while wearing
gloves, this innovative
chimera combines the
Indonesian blueprint
with a kukris reach
and quality American
manufacturing. Made in
the USA.

PROS:
Reminiscent of the
Max Venom Karambite,
the ARKs extended tang
above the ring provides
tension that keeps the
knife in hand even if you
hold it palm down.
154CM is one of our
favorite blade steels.
Quality Kydex sheath
can be worn around the
neck or affixed to a belt
or pack.

PROS:
Blade shape suitable
for combat and most
EDC tasks.
Despite the anorexic
look, its the most comfortable knife in this
buyers guide to hold,
whether in reverse or
forward grip.
Compact, slim, and
concealable
Pointed pommel on
ring for striking

PROS:
Sleek hybrid aesthetics
Smooth flipper opening
Durable yet comfortable G-10 scales
Reversible pocket clip
for right- and wronghanded users.

PROS:
The 0.25-inch-thick
blade is made of tough
5160 carbon steel to
stand up to abuse.
Though not stainless,
the steel is powdercoated to help fight off
corrosion.
Thick-ass Micarta
scales ideal for heavyduty use and those
with sausage fingers or
gloves

PROS:
The N690Co blade
cuts and stabs like a
laser.
The G-10 scales (our
favorite handle material) is smooth without
being slippery.
Love having multiple
opening methods
Reversible pocket clip

PROS:
Wave-shaped feature
on the blades spine
allows for lightningfast draws from ones
pocket.
The 154CM blade
features a chisel grind,
making it razor sharp.
Superb construction
and craftsmanship
Incredibly durable (and
reversible) pocket clip
something lacking in
many production folders.

PROS:
Inventive design meets
battlefield lethality
Pointed pommel on the
ring is skull-crushingly
crafted without being
too obtrusive.
Though almost a foot
long, it weighs only 10
ounces.
Because 1095 carbon
steel rusts easily, this
monster features a
black traction coating to
help prevent corrosion.

CONS:
Placement of the ring
(for the middle finger)
offsets our grip by several millimeters just
enough to make it feel a
little awkward.
Not for tactical mall
ninjas: If you plan to
use the ARK while
shooting, lots of mindful
training will be needed
beforehand to prevent
accidental cuts.

CONS:
D2 is a good tool steel,
but for the price we
would prefer a premium
stainless.
Due to its curve,
the Dragons Tail is a
tad difficult to place
smoothly into the
sheath.

CONS:
This made-in-China
knife retails for 120
clams?!
Recurve blade
diminishes some of the
karambits greatest
attributes: ripping and
hooking.
In forward grip, we
had to keep our pinky
outside of the ring,
which splayed our digit
if looped inside.

CONS:
Bust out the sharpener; edge came kinda
dull out of the box.
One of the worst
designed sheaths weve
seen in a while. Its
ill-fitting with limited
mounting options.

CONS:
In forward grip, the
position of the ring is
too far rearward, forcing
our pinky to sit uncomfortably inside of it.

CONS:
The roughness of the
G-10 scales acts as
sandpaper on our pants.
In forward grip, the
retention ring forces an
awkward pinky position.

CONS:
Length precludes it
from being a practical
EDC tool, unless youre
a doorkicker ... or
want to draw plenty of
unwanted attention.
Will require knifefighting experience and/
or training

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STORY BY IAIN HARRISON


PHOTOS BY STRAIGHT 8 AND JOSH WHI

LITHGOW ARMS USAS ATRAX IS LIKE THE AUG, ONLY BETTER

27 years and was chambered in a far

In the late 60s the guys at Steyr gazed

bolt popularized by Stoners system. A

upon the firearms landscape and said,

short-stroke gas system dating to the

superior cartridge. But lets not get

You know what? Star Wars isnt even

1920s acts on a milled bolt carrier,

too far into the weeds. Following its

going to be thought of for another de-

which runs on twin guide rods vaguely

adoption by the Austrian armed forces

cade, but lets build a space gun any-

reminiscent of an AR-18.

in 1978, other countries were quick to

way. And they did. And it was good.

Placing the magazine well behind

jump on the bandwagon, with Ireland,

the trigger did confer a number of

New Zealand, Malaysia, and all three

to be fielded by a modern army, the

advantages, however, chief of which

members of Luxembourgs army

AUG or Armee Universal Gewehr to

being a truncated OAL useful if

adopting it.

give it its full title, is surprisingly

your main strategic threat lay on the

conventional beneath its attention-

other side of the Fulda gap and your

to Australia. The government there

grabbing plastic exterior. Unlike the

infantry was destined for a short, ac-

negotiated local production by Lithgow

HK G11, there are no telescoped,

tive life, jumping in and out of armored

Arms at their Lithgow plant as part

caseless wunderpatrone fed by a Swiss-

fighting vehicles.

of the deal, with an official in-service

One of the first successful bullpups

watch-like hyperburst mechanism.

The AUG was also one of the first

The biggest contract, however, went

date of January 1989. Known as the

Instead, a detachable box mag

general-issue rifles pushed across an

F88 Austeyr, it replaced both the long-

offers plain vanilla 5.56 NATO into a

arms room counter complete with an

serving L1A1 SLR and the M16A2.

hammer-forged barrel, where theyre

optic, though if you really want to get

locked into place by a multi-lugged

nerdy, the British EM2 predated it by

After 20 years of service, the F88


was due for a facelift based on two

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decades worth of user feedback and
improvements in available materials
and manufacturing technology. In
addition, design improvements were

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PRODUCT IMPROVEMENTS

new rifle dubbed F90 on the world

Lets start with the most significant

military market. A semi-auto model

change first. One of the most distinc-

to be manufactured by Lithgow Arms

tive features of the original AUG was


its ability to switch barrels by simply

headed to these shores. We got to

pressing a button and pushing forward

than just slavishly following Austrian

play with a couple of samples, and

on the folding foregrip, whereupon it,

blueprints. Their upgrades are both

heres what we found.

the gas system, and barrel would pop

lution into a true R&D facility, rather

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significant and worthwhile,with the

USA as the ATRAX in the U.S. is

made possible by Lithgow Arms evo-

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The ATRAX offers


smooth, curvaceous
lines which means
its less likely to get
hung up on stuff.
Plus we like curves.
Its a guy thing, so
sue us.

Speed
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Detail molded for exact
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Excellent choice for
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Optimum
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Firearm
retention &
highly
concealable
Some models
with 2 belt slots
&/or without
tension device

INTIMIDATOR
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MSRP

39 99

Style
138

Compact &
lightweight
Precision-molded
Kydex holster
Leather &
synthetic back

MSRP

Slim-Tuk

MSRP

3999

Style
137

Precision molded
from Kydex
Tuckable 360 C-Clip
affords unlimited
mounting options
Features a rugged
nylon clip
Ambidextrous

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free from the receiver. This is conspicuously absent from the new version.
Instead, the barrel assembly and
receiver are unitized, and in order to
swap barrels, the whole shebang must
be pulled. While this might sound
like a retrograde step, it means that
any optic mounted on the full-length

The triangular
section forward of
the trigger is empty
and provides space
for electronics, the
trigger group of
a 40mm grenade
launcher or snacks.
OK, we lied about
the last one.

oclock Picatinny rail that accepts oth-

and provides adequate clearance when

er accessories in addition to any VFG,

deployed. This means the user doesnt

and infrared lasers or white lights can

skin their knuckles against mounted

be accommodated on the supplemen-

optics when cycling the weapon, un-

tary rail located on the receivers right

like some contemporary designs. We

side. The bottom rail is particularity

always figured the SCAR got its name

significant to Australian troops, as it

when the development team was using

gives a convenient mounting location

scopes with QD mounts .

upper Picatinny rail retains zero, and a

for a new 40mm grenade launcher,

significant weight saving is achieved.

which is an important force multiplier.

given a makeover, and theres a

Not only is the new version about a

Add one to your birthday list.

better cheek weld due to a revised

pound lighter than the one it supersedes, its center of balance is shifted
toward the users shoulder, making the
rifle feel much livelier in the hands.
Further mass is shed from the hammer-forged barrel by means of fluting,
which perhaps more importantly
also increases surface area available
for cooling. The folding foregrip of
the original is gone, replaced by a 6

The ATRAX is one


of the few carbines
that actually needs
a VFG. Fortunately,
the lower Pic rail
offers a handy
solution, as well
as space for an
underslung grenade
launcher.

On the left side of the unitized barrel

The old weapons stock has been

profile that places the users head

assembly lies a familiar cocking handle

more in line with rail-mounted optics.

that retains the forward assist capabil-

Advances in plastic technology havent

ity of the AUG. In the Lithgow Arms

been overlooked, and the new exoskel-

version, it folds upward into a recess

eton is tougher than the previous one,

Wed like to thank our competition for


paving the way in polymer pistols.

we ll take it from here.

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while incorporating cavities destined
to house whatever electronics the
military industrial complex can come

Cocking handle
retains the forward
assist capability of
the original.

up with. You can see evidence of this


in the revised stock profile at the front
of the trigger guard, which has a triangular addition with handy trap door at
the front.

That crossbolt
safety is a royal
pain, but falls easily
under thumb and
forefinger.

The semi-automatic ATRAX will be


available in the USA manufactured
by Lithgow Arms USA, which will be
based on the Lithgow Arms F90 with
the first deliveries scheduled for early
2017. If theyre anything like the ones
we shot, then purchasers wont be
disappointed by their trigger pull, as
for a bullpup, theyre pretty frickin
good, and way better than a stock
trigger on an AR.

Right side rail is a


handy place for a
PEQ or light.

While the AUGs magazine catch has

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60

lease on the left side of the weapon so


users no longer need to rack the charging handle to chamber the first round
after a reload. Speaking of magazines,
while Steyr was using polymer mags
before the cool kids got around to it,
the version destined for the U.S. has
ditched their proprietary design in favor of the ones weve all been stocking
up on over the past decade.

ROUNDS DOWNRANGE
As the AUG has a stellar, longterm reputation for accuracy and the
ATRAX uses the same barrel and bolt
technology, we skipped the usual dull
foreplay of shooting groups off of a
bench and cut to the chase. While 40
years of sub-MOA performance should
not be taken lightly, the landscape has
changed considerably since the funnylooking carbine burst on the scene,
and suppressor use has exploded.
If a design weakness is going to
show up, then its going to show up
faster if the weapon is suppressed.
And its going to show up tout de suite
if a suppressed gun is shot full auto,
so we proceeded to do just that, chew-

Mag release is
operated by the left
thumb. Bolt catch is
new and a definite
improvement.

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ing through a case of ammo in about

Bullpups and vehicles are a wining


combination. Muzzle
exhibits almost zero
movement in full
auto fire. Get some.

able affect on balance, but due to the

After experiencing zero stoppages

ATRAXs weight shift as compared to

with either rifle, despite putting

the AUG, it had way less effect than

enough rounds through both to get

we were expecting. Another surprise

them uncomfortably hot and discolor

was in terms of controllability. In its

their barrels and cans, we arrived at

as well as the firearms they were fitted

full auto guise, the F90 is one of the

the conclusion that for the major-

to. We took the opportunity to shoot

easiest 5.56 guns weve ever shot to

ity of users, the 16-inch barrel is

both the 16- and 20-inch barreled

keep on target, and the only compa-

the way to go. Shooting from inside

guns and came away with a distinct

rable experience is shooting a HK MP7.

and around vehicles and buildings is

preference for one of them.

Instead of rising up and to the right like

much less challenging, and the trad-

most machine guns, both stay flat and

eoff for reduced velocity is easy to

level. Rather than recoil, they vibrate.

justify you get the same size pack-

the time it takes to finish a large coffee. SilencerCo Hybrid cans were used
as an optional accessory and took the
edge off the muzzle blast and held up

Adding 20 ounces to the muzzle of


a carbine usually has a very notice-

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age as a 10-inch SBR, but without


the paperwork.
As a do anything carbine, the

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ATRAX is a very attractive proposition.

Hammer forged,
chrome lined, fluted
barrel should last
a long time in a
semi-auto.

adverse conditions and as compact as

RECOIL, were proud to not pull that

possible for home defense, its hard to

sh*t, so when we come out with an un-

find a role it couldnt fill.

equivocal recommendation, we stand

As gun buyers these days, were

by it. This is one of those cases, and

Accurate enough for slaying coyotes

pretty much inoculated against glowing

when the ATRAX goes on sale, your

and prairie dogs, with a good enough

gun rag reviews, especially when lo

humble editor will be one of the first in

trigger to make rapid follow up shots

and behold theres a full-page ad

line with a credit card clutched tightly

for three-gun, sufficiently reliable for

running right next to the feature. At

in his sweaty paw.

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ITHGOW
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THAT BECAME THE BANE OF
JOHN MCCLANES CHRISTMAS EVE
STORY AND PHOTOS BY MIKE SEARSON

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66
Its harrd to believe that the Steyr
y AUG

The AUGs journey as a firearm in

a reprieve
off sorts in
off the
i
i the form
f

is turningg 40 next year.


y
Whats more

America has been an interesting one to

USR.
Cosmetic
S C
i changes were made

remarkable is that its still used to this

say the least. One might consider it an


n

to the rifles
ifl design
i to allow importai
-

day to represent a futuristic weapon or

in-depth examination of the stupidity

tion under the 1994 Federal Assault

the latest in firearms technology.

of laws designed to restrict firearms

Weapon ban, with the name being

ownership being written by people who

primary. A plastic segment was added

know nothing about firearms.

behind the pistol grip to transform it

Thats the beauty of the bullpup. Its


shorter overall length makes it great
to keep in confined spaces such as

Importation began in the 1980s as

into a Planet of the Apes Thumbhole

troops in an APC or a tank crew, and

the AUG/SA (SA denoting semiauto-

stock and the barrel was unthreaded

this compact size is perfect for troops

matic), and for the most part they were

so a shooter could add neither a flash

to use in MOUT operations for shoot-

slow sellers due to the price and likely

suppressor nor a silencer because the

ing from cover.

the fact that its design was so unique.

goal of anti-gun politicians is obviously

The initial offering (A1 model) boasted

to make all shooters go blind and deaf.

an integral 1.5x optic.

So much for their bold calls for safety!

Initially called the Stg-77 (Sturmgewehr 77) and adopted by the


Austrian Army in 1988, we saw it for

Despite never being used in any

the first time in a James Bond movie

sort of crime in the United States for

end and when the ban sunset in 2004

(Octopussy). Being 12 or 13 years old

over its first decade, it was banned

Steyr Arms worked with Sabre Defense

at the time, I assumed it was some

by name via an executive order by

to produce enough of the parts do-

futuristic rifle invented by a Hollywood

President George H.W. Bush under

mestically so that the AUG could be

prop master, until seeing it again five

the 1989 Assault Weapon Import ban.

sold legally in this country. The first

or six years later in Die Hard. Then,

This really sent the prices of existing

of these came to market in 2008,

I thought, Man, I really need one of

rifles through the roof.

but production was short-lived due

those.

Six years later, AUG fans gained

All bad things eventually come to an

to legal problems with Sabre. Appar-

ently smuggling weapons in the false

with a 1 in 9-inch twist rate (yeah,

AUG, and they can be had for as low as

bottom of an ISO container is frowned

we know). Barrels lock into a steel

$17 in some areas. We were able to run

upon by the feds. Who knew?

insert within the receiver that, contrary

a few and, while we did not have the

to popular belief, isnt considered a

time nor the stockpile of ammo to jam

ing with VLTOR in 2012 to manufac-

trunion. The folding vertical fore grip

20,000 rounds downrange, we were

ture receivers and with FN USA to

makes pivoting and removing the bar-

happy with the results and found them

make their barrels.

rel deceptively simple.

Steyr Arms bounced back by partner-

In the same manner that Rolex sells

Operation is via a true piston system,

watches, so does Steyr with regard to

allowing the shooter to regulate the

AUGs: They sell every model they make.

flow of gas depending upon conditions.

STEYR
AUG A3

CALIBER:

5.56x45mm NATO

as reliable as the factory magazines.


The AUG-A3 we borrowed for this
retrospective look at the Steyr AUG

BARREL LENGTH:

was fitted with a Nightforce 1-4x

Like many bullpup designs, the

16.375-inch

scope one of our favorite types of

newest M1 variant for review, but

main flaw that we see is in the rifles

28.15 inches

scopes for use on a defensive carbine.

unfortunately even their demo rifles

trigger. The A3 we sampled has a trig-

WEIGHT, EMPTY:

The circle reticle is similar to the origi-

were completely sold out by the time

ger that breaks at about 8 pounds, but

7.8 pounds

is remarkably smooth and has a short

MAGAZINE
CAPACITY:

nal one found on the integrated scopes

we went to press (as were their new


40-year tribute rifles in the form of the

reset. We have been told that quality

Stg77). We borrowed our sample from

aftermarket triggers by several compa-

30 rounds (10- and


42-round available)

a friend and fellow Steyr enthusiast in

nies are in the works and one may be

the form of an AUGA3.

available by the time you read this.

We were on deck to receive the

The A3 differs from the original

the rear of the stock. They can be

any scope of their choosing without

expensive and/or hard to find and an

the limitations of a 1.5x optic. A bolt

aftermarket STANAG stock is available

hold-open to lock the bolt on an empty

to accommodate standard AR-15 maga-

magazine was added at the request of

zines if youre one of those folks who

shooters worldwide.

either cant give up their P-Mags or has

migration and Customs Enforcement


(ICE) officers in the United States.
Now that theyve been absorbed by
DHS (Department of Homeland Security) theyre stuck with M4s.
Not that theres anything wrong with
that, but we have heard through the
grapevine that many ICE guys lament
the fact that they had to give up their
AUGs.
The quick-change barrel system is
one of our favorite features, allowing the
AUG to use barrels anywhere
from 13 to 24 inches
in length. Likewise the
rifle can be converted
to 9mm in a similar manner should
anyone have a need for that.
Barrels are cold hammer forged

500 perfectly fine GI magazines left


over from the last rash of panic buying.
Fortunately, Magpul has begun
producing 30-round magazines for the

Shooting it was a dream. We found


the circular reticle to really draw our
eye to the target and the soft recoil of
the AUG with the scope on the 4x setting at 100 yards let us see our hits on

Steyr is rightfully
famous for their AUG
design, but in
recent years we
have become fans
of their striker fired
pistols like the M9A1,
which incorporates
an absolute perfect
grip angle for a lower
bore axis and easy to
acquire trapezoidal
sights.

of a Glockish feel to it, so if you are a


fan of the other Austrian gun maker,

target. The broken-in trigger had more

you might find yourself comfortable


behind the Steyr AUG.
We predict that the AUG will remain
a cutting edge design for the next 40
years as Steyr and Lithgow continue to
improve upon an amazing platform.

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variable power is definitely an upgrade.

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and textured, they insert straight into

tries and was used for a time by Im-

steyrarms.com

of the AUG A1 and USR, while the

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of engineering beauty. Translucent

top Picatinny rail on the top of the

In spite of its radical appearance,

URL:

Steyrs magazines are simply a thing

A1 variant by incorporating a flat

the AUG is fielded by over 40 coun-

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STORY BY DAVE MERRILL


PHOTOS BY MATT LANDFAIR AND DAVE MERRILL

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Down an unimproved road in the backwaters of northern Little

waits beyond. Its immediately apparent that this isnt your

Rock, Arkansas, sits the Direct Action Resource Center, common-

run-of-the-mill shooting range.

ly known as DARC. As you drive toward the gated entry, mosqui-

Though its been around for more than a decade, DARC (pro-

toes buzz in the air. You pass a swamp-ish pond, where turtles

nounced dar-see) has managed to stay out of the limelight. It

throw themselves into the water. Beyond the simple chain-link

was the first center exclusively built for tactical urban training,

barrier lies a training facility where some of the very best law en-

and while some training facilities rely on flashy advertising or big-

forcement and military personnel train for worst-case scenarios.

name instructors, everything I heard about DARC came from the

After passing through the threshold from its rural surround-

mouths of graduates. Details were always vague, with knowing

ings, youre greeted by an actual helicopter fuselage mounted

nods, quiet murmurs, and sly grins exchanged among any alumni

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When I told my wife Id be attending

day training period I put in 96 hours

a course at DARC to check out the facil-

and expended nearly 3,000 Simuni-

ity, she said very seriously, Youre going

tion rounds. Over 50,000 Simunition

to get hurt. Wait! My former-psycholog-

rounds were fired by students and

ical-operations soldier wife knows more

OPFOR (opposing forces) during the

about the school than I do? Sh*t.

week. And this was just Level 1.

DARC is best known for their


LECTC, the Law Enforcement Counter

can be characterized as rapid incre-

Terrorism Course. While we knew

mentalism. Imagine a college-level

it would be challenging, the term

math class originally designed for a

challenging would turn out to be an

16-week semester crammed into three

understatement.

weeks, and youll have the right idea.

Some courses, even from profes-

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Mason teaching the


nuances of assaulting.

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Complex structures
and real obstacles
make for a challenging training
environment.

The founder and owner of DARC is

the previous, and if you miss anything

enforcement, are structured for the

youll be well behind the power curve.

students to succeed or for simple


team building. DARC is not one of

Hes of small stature, built like a

those places. Though teams natu-

barrel, and pieces it all together with

rally become more cohesive through

a fiery red beard and piercing eyes

shared hardship and experience, no

that could freeze lava. A comparison

scenario the students were put in is

to Gimli, the dwarf from The Lord of

specifically designed to be won or lost

the Rings, paired with an M4 sprung

the scenario is the scenario, and

to mind, but some thoughts are

you prosper or you fail.

soundly again.

Each step immediately builds upon

sional schools solely devoted to law

a former SOF warrior, Richard Mason.

best kept unsaid lest we never sleep

The training methodology at DARC

To give an idea of the intensity of


the course, over a five-and-a-half

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LECTC is a tactics course, so if


your weapon manipulations arent solidly at a subconscious level theres no
way youll be able to succeed without
being carried by your stronger teammates. The coursework takes large
and complex problems and breaks it
down into bite-sized elements but
no matter how small you cut up that
72-ounce steak challenge, you still
have to eat the whole thing to win.
We dont teach people what to
think; we teach people how to think,
explained Mason during a conversation after a particularly rough raid.
Were training for the Super Bowl,
and youll never know how many
people youve saved if you do it right.
The instructor cadre at DARC is incredibly dedicated, comprised almost

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personnel. Theyve seen the tactics,


techniques, and procedures from
DARC work firsthand and therefore
are very motivated to pass on the
knowledge to others. Far beyond a
typical weekend basic course load,
the class had a very impressive student/instructor ratio the best Ive
ever experienced for a large class. For
24 students in LECTC, there were 10
instructors standing by for corrective action. Theres no sliding by, and
theres no place to hide. You have to
do it legitimately.
Just as important as the actual instructors are the role players. Theres
no taking turns amongst the students
there are assaulters, and there are
terrorists. A small group of role players take time out of their daily lives
to regularly wreak havoc on those
training at DARC. They arent stupid,
and they know the entire layout of the
facility better than the architects who
designed the place. Theyre nameless,
faceless, and show no mercy.
Almost all major force-on-force
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lights, night vision, and lasers. DARC

The shoot house is the centerpiece

of the interior walls can be removed

shares a healthy relationship with

of many DARC courses. Its more

to alter the layout and keep everything

several other companies, including

than 6,000-square feet of concrete

unpredictable. Catwalks cover the en-

L3 Communications. An L3 repre-

and steel, structurally reinforced by

tire upper portion of the structure for

sentative was actually on hand at the

the tears and frustrations of anyone

instructor and student observation.

facility to troubleshoot and fix any

who has ever stepped foot inside.

equipment issues that cropped up

Dozens of rooms and hallways present

and to loan out night vision gear to

endless angles that help the OPFOR

those in need.

murder the hell out of students. Some

In addition to the airframes at the


facility, there are dozens of vehicles to
work with. School buses, city buses,
compact cars, and molester vans were
all present and standing by, waiting to be used and abused. Live-fire
ranges are peppered throughout the
entire campus to accommodate both
short and long ranges. A concrete
village covering more than an acre
is a complete gunfighting nightmare
with enough angles to give a geometry teacher the cold sweats. And,
arguably the heart of DARC, a huge
covered modular shoot house is purpose built for maximum carnage and
assaulter demoralization.

Not your everyday


square range.

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A high steel roof is equipped with

rifle and handgun classes as well, all

interior lighting, so neither weather

taught by experienced instructors.

nor time of day are ever an issue

Patches and other assorted flair

and everything is wired for sound.

have been popular in our industry for

Why sound, you ask? So they can play

a long time now. The bulk of them

heavy metal loud enough to rattle

are passed out at trade shows and

your teeth and make Manuel Noriega

conventions with little or no fanfare.

surrender all over again.

Its different at DARC. I earned a

But as you may have surmised,

coveted patch during the fourth night

theres more to DARC than LECTC.

of the course with a lot of sweat and a

They offer nearly two-dozen courses

little bit of blood. Now, when I come

that span the range from beginner to

across someone sporting a DARC hat,

expert. Breaching courses cover both

I can engage in some knowing nods

mechanical and explosive methodolo-

and quiet murmuring myself.

gies. They have Advanced Urban Warfare (AUW) and long-range precision
shooting. Recently more popular, for
reasons that remain obvious, is TUSC,

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breakdown of law and order following


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8

AFTER A COUPLE THOUSAND YEARS, THIS


BLADE DESIGN IS STILL CUTTING EDGE
STORY BY STEVE TARANI
PHOTOS BY STRAIGHT 8, PATRICK VUONG, AND STEVE TARANI

An ancient design, the karambits

island located northeast of Java, which

origins can be traced back to Suma-

is traditionally larger and with more

tra, Java, and Malaysia, according to

of a curve known as the klurit (pro-

the oral history passed down from

nounced clure-eet). There are also

generation to generation and then onto

many different shapes and designs of

me by my Indonesian masters. Due to

the ancient combat karambit such as

regional variations, there have always

rajawali (bird-head shape) and others

been differences in design, depending

that include protruding spurs used for

on which island the blade came from.

tearing flesh in the heat of battle a

For example, the karambit of Pulau

coveted blade-performance require-

Lombok, an island of the Indonesian

ment of the ancient world. Today,

Archipelago, and that of its northeast-

these features have been reduced to

ern neighbor, the island of Sumbawa,

merely fanciful designs and, in most

is said to have been traditionally a

cases, ceremonial etchings.

larger or battlefield-sized karambit quite a bit bigger than its more


personal-sized Javanese cousin.
According to the oral record, there is
also another variation of the karambit
that comes from Pulau Madura, an

Early Javanese bladesmiths figured

of the tigers claw combined with the

To take advantage of these toxins,

that Mother Nature had already

handheld weapons of the characters

the personal karambit, a smaller

developed the appropriate length and

from the Sanskrit epics called the

version of the battlefield or combat

blade geometry of the ultimate edged

Mahabharata and the Ramayana has

karambit, was primarily designed for

tool, so they copied it. The tiger claw

evolved into what is known in modern

targeting the nerves and joints. Given

was used as the pattern for the evolu-

times as the karambit. Its now recog-

diminutive blade lengths and cor-

tion of a cutting instrument, which

nized internationally as a traditional

responding reduced cutting surface

to this day, has no need for improve-

Malay weapon.

of the smaller karambits, most cuts

Its said that in ancient times,

cannot be made deep enough to kill

was emulated by the first designers of

when a fighter unsheathed a battle-

someone, which is why the karambit

the combat karambit.

field karambit, the cutting edge was

can be considered a personal self-

often smeared with some type of

defense tool and not an offensive

rienced tremendous Hindu influences

deadly poison, acting almost instantly

weapon.

as early as 1st century A.D. Since

upon entry into the bloodstream via

that time, Hinduism along with Bud-

laceration or even a light scrape of

karambit besar (larger or battlefield

dhism spread across the archipelago

the flesh. The smallest cut was

version of the personal-sized karambit)

and reached a peak of influence

good enough to get the poison

is longer and thus facilitates deeper

around the 14th century when the

into the bloodstream. Knowledge

cuts. According to the ancients, the

last and greatest among Hindu-

and usage of poisons derived from

combat karambit was preferred not

Buddhist Javanese empires, the

various species of poisonous frogs,

only for its superior length, but also for


f

Majapahit Empire, ruled.

snakes, scorpions, and spiders were

the fact that you could quickly spill

considered an essential element of

the entrails of your enemies onto the

a warriors arsenal in close-quarter

ground. However, with the advent off

able cultural influence from the

combative skills. These poisons

mfunctional, battle-worthy firearms, sim

Indian subcontinent during the first

immediately affected the central

ilar to circumstances in the Occident,

and second millennia CE. Hinduism

nervous system, rapidly accelerate

bladed weapons became obsolete on

had significant impact and left an

brain death, and were mostly feared

the Far East battlefield and relegated

indelible imprint in Javanese art and

for their nearly instantaneous stop-

to the utilitarian uses of knives that we

culture. The original blade geometry

ping power.

see today.

ment. It is this original shape that

The Indonesian Archipelago expe-

Sumatra were subject to consider-

The concepts
shown here are
for illustrative
purposes only.
Seek professional
training from a
reputable instructor
before attempting
any techniques
discussed or shown
in this story.

In contrast, the blade of the

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Below is a kujang,
kujang
one of the traditional
edged weapons of
the Sundanese.

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Often used as a last line of defense
in ancient times when the larger klurit
was made inoperable, the smaller

Top right: The


three grips of the
karambit.

rendering his enemys weapon arm

arm stroke. All other blades of that era

permanently disabled.

were limited to only one arm motion per

Specifically designed as a close-

one cut.
The ancient battlefield karambit was

personal karambit targets included the

quarter instrument of self-defense, the

eyes, testicles, the Achilles tendon, ca-

personal karambit of old was addition-

rotid artery, biceps, forearm, and wrist.

ally quite difficult to see in the hand of

A particularly nasty target of ancient

a well-trained user, due to its method

times was the clavicle (collar bone).

of deployment and cover of the fingers,

It could not be effectively taken

clenched within a closed fist. Doubly

away.

Madi tribesmen, when executed

menacing was that it could not be

It could change ranges without

perfectly, the karambit user jumped

disarmed as a result of its forefinger

body movement.

straight up into the air driving his

grip design what we now call the

It could deliver two strikes in a

curved blade downward into the upper

safety ring.

single arm motion.

According to the traditions of the

torso of his opponent, similar to one

This feature was unique at the time,

unique because:
It could not be easily seen.

It could be held in thee complete-

of the fight scenes in the 2004 movie

and meant it could be used for both

ly different grip configurations.

Troy. In one swift movement, hed uti-

close-quarter and extreme-close-quarter

It could be used simultaneously

lize the combined physics of momen-

fighting ranges without changing dis-

with other weapons systems.

tum and body weight.

tance of the striking arm. The user sim-

Under load, the combat karambit

ply swings the blade around the index

would hook the collarbone, tip pointed

finger, allowing it to protrude from the

and as fierce as it looks, its primary

down, then reverse blade direction

fist and providing an additional handle-

application in this modern era is utili-

upon impact. This would result in a

length of reach to the opponents target

tarian. Although used also by martial

broken collarbone, effecting destruc-

areas. It was also the only blade used in

artists who practice the art of Pencak

tion of the brachial plexus and thus

battle that could cut twice with a single

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as an implement of personal defense

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(much like any modern pocket knife,


screwdriver, or steak knife as an improvised weapon), its small blade-tip size

Regardless of the
grip, the karambits
ripping and hooking
can do serious
damage.

tioner that his knife should not be

training members of the special opera-

unsheathed without good reason, nor

tions community, I was approached to

without honor.

design a get off me weapon based


on traditional blade designs.

THE MODERN KARAMBIT

and length are not conducive to delivery


of lethal blows. The karambit cannot be

Fast-forward 600 years. Modern

Partnering with Duane Dwyer of


Strider Knives, Inc., we came up

used for effective thrusting, and thus

war-fighters faced with the constant

with a modified karambit that would

cannot be considered a dirk or dagger.

threat of close-quarter contact in a

fit adjacent the ejection-side trigger

However, when used correctly, it can

hostile environment rely upon only two

housing of the AR-15, and allow the

deliver convincing motivation to any

things for their personal survival: their

user an additional weapon option when

would-be attacker to forget about you

training and their gear. As a result of

working in a crowded environment.

and look for a much softer target.


Today, the karambit has found a
home with campers, hunters, construction workers, martial artists, collectors,
knife enthusiasts, and defense-minded
citizens who choose to carry a utility
knife that may also be used in the
event of assault on their person. As
with any tool of value it becomes the
responsibility of its owner to know how
to care for and safely operate it.
In the blade cultures of the Malay
people, such a utility tool that could
also be used for personal protection
represents skill, maturity, honor, and
wisdom. Those who are well versed
in its usage have a greater advantage
over those who dont. A 14th century
code of ethics reminds the practi-

A 14TH
CENTURY CODE
OF ETHICS
REMINDS THE
PRACTITIONER
THAT HIS
KNIFE SHOULD
NOT BE
UNSHEATHED
WITHOUT
GOOD REASON,
NOR WITHOUT
HONOR.

HISTORY AND EVOLUTION OF THE KARAMBIT


Oftentimes, when carrying out hits

to rapidly engage a threat at personal

in urban areas, team members would

contact range and with curved blade

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be crowded by potentially hostile

still in hand. He could then move right

Steve Tarani is a former CIA employee who served

members of the community that

back onto the carbine to deliver rounds

in protective programs and formerly on staff at the

although appearing to be unarmed,

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would impede their ability to provide

It would seem that the ancients

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CODY
WILSON
BEGAN HIS REVOLUTION WITH ONES
AND ZEROS, THE U.S. GOVERNMENT
FOUGHT BACK WITH RED TAPE

was a small, inexpensive pistol meant

technology. Wilson might say its about

to be air dropped en masse into Axis

a government restricting the flow of

occupied territory. The idea was to sink

information that threatens its ability to

Jerrys morale by making him wonder

control its citizenry. Yet, spectators will

if every civilian might be an armed,

argue the U.S. Constitutions First and

insurgent threat.

Second Amendment are very much at

Wilsons Liberator differs from


the original in a few ways, the most

stake.
Wilsons new book, Come and Take

important being DDs Liberator isnt a

It, is a sort of journal describing the

gun. Its an idea. Sure, the end result

ideas and events that led to the release

is a 3D-printed, single-shot, .380 ACP

of the Liberator. The journey spans

pistol. But, the gun itself isnt what

continents, social movements, and

According to Wired, this guy is the

moved the U.S. State Department

technological horizons. Left wing, right

fifth most dangerous person on the

to action. It was DDs free and open

ring, anarchists, capitalists, politicians,

internet. He and his company, Defense

distribution of the instructions and

bureaucrats, and the media are all

Distributed, caused Uncle Sam some

files, giving anyone with a 3D printer

forces Wilson has to navigate and mar-

heartburn back in May 2013 when it

the ability to manufacture a pistol, that

shal in order to bring about his vision

released the Liberator project.

locked the two in a years-long legal

of a free society through technology.

STORY BY ROB CURTIS


PHOTOS BY SCHULTZ PHOTOGRAPHY

The Defense Distributed Libera-

battle.

Cody is 28, grew up outside Little

tor grew out of Wilsons wiki weapons

Whats the basis of the fight? It de-

Rock, Arkansas, has a girlfriend and no

project. Its named after the .45-cali-

pends whom you ask. The government

Southern accent. He was student body

ber, WWII-era, FP-45 Liberator. The

might say its about the protection of

president in high school, a member

original gun was more a tool of psycho-

American strategic interests through

of the varsity track team, and drives a

logical rather than actual warfare. It

the regulation of exportable weapon

Ford Edge.

PHOTO COURTESY OF CODY WILSON

HAS THE LIBERATOR MET ITS MAKER?


Wilson displays
his experience and
his motivations for
his controversial
project in his new
book, Come and
Take It: The Gun
Printers Guide to
Thinking Free.

as a violation, so they already had me

Whos funding your defense?

by the balls. All I had time for was to

CW: I am, but in fact its not a de-

scramble to get a lawyer in the 30 days

fense. Im the one who brought the

they gave me to respond.

challenge. The government is the defense, and Im an appellant. At the end

and your response?

of 2014, I started a new company and

CW: I ended up taking all the files

a new product, called Ghost Gunner,

down. Then in the intervening years,

with the purpose of making enough

I waited for the State Department

money to begin a lawsuit against the

to make a decision about whether

State Department to fight and prove

I violated ITAR. At first I waited six

out the Liberator in court.

months. Then I waited a year. Then

RECOIL: So, your book is out; whats


happened since it was published?

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Cody Wilson: Two days after [the Lib-

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erator] was released, the government


was like, F@#k no. This aint getting
released, and weve been in a fight
ever since.
Whats the governments argument?
CW: It was the State Department
through whats called the Directorate
of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC).
They did what they did in the 1990s
with encryption. They were like, Naw,
the public cant just have this, and so
under the tissue-thin justification of export law, they made the novel argument
that posting the plans for a gun on the
internet were the same thing as exporting those plans to foreign nationals.
They sent whats called a directed
disclosure letter or a directed disclosure request. They were like, This may
have violated International Traffic in
Arms Regulations (ITAR). You have to
remove all these files while we decide
if youve violated ITAR. I was like,
What the hell? I wasnt in a position
at that time to fight because penalties
are huge. Penalties are like millions of
dollars for every violation. I mean, its
bad. Each foreign download can count

Defense Distributeds Ghost Gunner 2


is a $1,500 desktop
CNC mill designed
to complete aluminum 80% AR-15
lowers. DD is working on code thatll
allow the device to
finish 80% AR-10
and 80% 1911
receivers, as well.

I ended up waiting three years. They

Tell us a little about Ghost Gunner.

didnt make a decision, and I realized,

CW: We sell a CNC machine that

Oh, yeah, its pointless for them to

finishes 80-percent receivers for both

make a decision. They were just going

AR-15 and 308s, and were working on

to keep me off the internet.

the 1911 pistol frame. Weve shipped

So we tried to get an injunction

almost 3,000 in the last couple of

against the government because the

years. Weve done millions in revenue,

government argues, This is exporting

and funded this huge lawsuit.

defense information. You cant just post


it on the internet. Then we go, Oh,

Where does the fight over the project

what are you talking about? This is pri-

stand today?

vately generated, unclassified stuff. We

CW: We started in Western District last

have a freedom of speech interest.

year. The first thing we did strategi-

HAS THE LIBERATOR MET ITS MAKER?


cally was to ask for a preliminary

Two years in court and the govern-

three days after I released the Libera-

injunction against the government. We

ment would only address procedural

tor, I dropped out of law school. The

did that so we wouldnt have to have

concerns instead of the free speech

next day, I got attacked by the govern-

the whole trial at the lower level and

issue? Now what?

ment. Everything changed after that.

let the judge just mangle everything.

CW: I can appeal en banc because we

I couldnt finish my degree because I

We pushed on with our facial challenge

got a monster dissent. Its a split deci-

was trying to fight for many years to

so that we can get an appellate court

sion, and the majority is very meek in

protect what we had done in those few

their opinion. I think well probably be

short months.

like the Fifth Circuit court of appeals,


to say, OK, these are the constitutional issues. These are what issues
will control them, then basically force
the government to settle by solving the
constitutional issues real quick.
But, its been two years, and they
wont talk about the merits because
its too scary. They dont like the merits. Amazingly, the Fifth Circuit was
just like, Well, we dont have to talk
about the merits. Its just procedural.
We dont think the government has

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exceeded its discretion so far, so were

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not going to give an injunction.

The Liberator ia a
3D printed, singleshot .380 pistol
that is untraceable
and can be made
to be undetectable.
Though the round
and the hardware
store nail it uses as
a firing pin can be
carried separately,
a chunk of metal
is supposed to be
permanently epoxied in the frame to
complete assembly,
making the receiver
itself detectable by
electronic means.

granted an en banc hearing and have


to do it all over again in New Orleans

Are you concerned about establishing

before the Fifth Circuit.

a bad precedent if the case goes all


the way to the Supreme Court? They

OK, but what the hell does on bonk

could decide you created and dissemi-

mean? Is that lawyer-speak?

nated a weapon, not protected speech.

CW: En banc. Its a legal term. It

CW: No. I think theres two different

means the whole circuit has to hear it

things going on. About six months after

instead of just a three-judge panel.

I took them to court, the government


decided that, Oh, hey, by the way,

You talked about attending law school

we got back to you on the request you

in your book. A law degree must be

made. Yeah, you did break the law.

useful through this struggle?

So, the government has already de-

CW: I didnt put this in the book, but

cided that I broke the law, and I made

HAS THE LIBERATOR MET ITS MAKER?


Is there irony in the idea of a free society having to vote for measures that
provide freedom?
CW: Yeah. Its almost like when people
vote freedom today, they almost
subconsciously mean it in terms
of license: Someone will give me
freedom to do so. Anarchy is totally
egoistic, the vacuum of authority. In
terms of guns and 3D printing, you can
almost only do things the government
will literally license and allow you the
freedom to do. Thats been true for
many years in our gun culture, and its
becoming increasingly true in aspects
a weapon or whatever. But no, if youre
asking am I afraid of making a bad
precedent, not really. I think I have the
best legal team possible. I have Alan
Gura. Ive got the guy who got us Heller

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and McDonald, you know?

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Has anybody ever called you an optimist?

Profits from Wilsons


original Ghost
Gunner, and now
the Ghost Gunner 2,
have been funding
Wilsons fight with
the U.S. government
over the release of
the Liberator.

CW: Optimist, yeah, sometimes. I


think Im pretty gloomy in my outlook
in general, but youre right. I wouldnt
do everything I was doing if I didnt
believe that I could pull out in the end.
Do you consider yourself a firearms
enthusiast?
CW: I am now. But, not at that time. I
like guns, and I liked them then, but
no, I didnt know much about them,
and I wasnt a huge enthusiast. Now,
Im much more comfortable talking to
people about the specifics of a couple
different guns, but at the beginning
there was just, How do we play with
the symbol; how do we exploit the
symbol?
Do you carry a pistol? Are you an advocate of self-defense?
CW: Yeah. Sure. Im an advocate, but I
dont carry. Maybe one day I will carry.
I dont have a problem with carrying.
Most of the people at my shop do, and
have guns at work and everything. I
just dont personally.

Whats the difference between anarchy

that we felt theyd never touched, both

and freedom?

in the states and eventually at the

CW: I think theyre synonymous. In

federal level. We all know that Hillary

some ways freedom is kind of like a

doesnt spell a good end to all this if

buzzword because people differ more

she makes it. Yeah, at some point only

on what freedom is, negative liberty

a good anarchist will have a semi-auto

versus positive liberty, than they differ

rifle in this country.

on what anarchy is.


Anarchy is the lack of control. Its

A shipment of Ghost
Gunner 2 housings
arrive at Defense
Distributed in Austin,
TX for final assembly.

Have you ever felt like a terrorist when

a lack of systemic, programmatic

youre trying to bring about change?

mechanisms. It basically means the

CW: A little bit. I kind of flirt with what

true latitude of human action, indi-

Baudrillard called the spirit of terror-

vidual sovereignty.

ism a little bit in the narrative. The

HAS THE LIBERATOR MET ITS MAKER?


spirit of terrorism is this idea they can
use involuntary, involuting forces. You
can take the government structure and
almost trick it, lull it into a defensive
spiral of extending resources and
effort to where it collapses on itself.
That was one thing we were kind of
beckoning people at the time. Were
like, Hey, come and stop us on the
internet. Hey, security state, come and
make yourself real. You think you can
stop guns? Watch this. I think thats
a terrorist spirit, at least in the sense
that Baudrillard writes about it.
In your book you say, we piss explosive, what does that mean?
CW: One of the ingredients of the explosive urea nitrate is in our piss. Were
weaponized down to our core biology.

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Thats the thing. You can try to play

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100

a game of platonic forms where, Oh


yeah, theres weapons, and we can regulate weapons. The world can be made
safe, but when you really think about
it, the whole problem is at the level of
scientific discipline. Weve accessed
the power of electricity in the atom and
the explosive, and its everywhere, and
its in our biology. We live in a world of
increasingly exploitable weaponization.
Whats your take on Snowden?
CW: There was a lot of overlap in our
network and Snowdens network,
and, of course, we aspire to the same
mentality about access to information,
but Snowden is a committed Democrat. I dont mean that in just his party
politics. I mean he still believes in
democratic structures, protecting, and
defending the Republic of the United
States from corruption.
Everything he did came from a place
of civic norms that we might recognize a generation ago in the interest
of the voting public. Thats cool, but we
just dont share his view about how to
protect, and his optimism about whats
worth protecting in this government.

Wilson doesnt think


3D printing will supplant traditional machining, ... theres
always going to be
more complex parts
that we can only
make with metal
3D printing. But
you cant beat the
old-school milling
and lathing man.
Thats just the bread
and butter of all this
stuff.

You talked a bit about your father

your mom. Im going to probably hear

in the book, but nothing about your

about it. I dont know, man. Obviously

mom. You think shell be pissed that

she was a part of this, but all I did was

you didnt mention her in the book?

make her worried through that whole

CW: She hasnt read the book yet,

thing, so she didnt play the same role

so shes probably going to be like,

as my dad did in it. Of course she was

Wheres mine? I did say To my mom

there for the whole thing. She knew

and my dad in the dedication, so at

what was happening just like other

least I put it in the beginning there.

people in my family did. But, no. If


anything, moms just want you to be

For your sake, we hope shes not like

safe. They dont want you to go off and

our mom.

start inviting the government to f*ck

CW: Oh God. I think shes probably like

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Do you support the NRA?

NRA. NRA is not spending money on

CW: Im glad theyre there. I do think

you for that. Its even worse for groups

theyre a significant lobby. At the same

like the NSSF. All they are is an indus-

time I know that they dont really take

try lobby. All they have is a political

the government to the mat in court.

action committee, and they just like

They dont really care about creat-

schmaltz around with politicians and

ing precedent and a strong Second

stuff. They wont even give me a mem-

Amendment at the highest level. They

bership. These people dont believe in

tried to f@#k up and then take credit

the Second Amendment.

for McDonald. All the significant Sec-

We talked about freedom and anarchy.


What about security? What does that
mean to you?
CW: Security now is like a dog whistle.
I think its used culturally and ideologi-

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102

saw things in the terms of, Oh, Im


actually going to help people with security. Theyll have a gun, and then theyll
be safer. I dont believe the Liberator

What precipitated your strong opinion

at the courts have been through the

of the National Shooting Sports Foun-

Second Amendment Foundation, not

dation?

the NRA. They are not as important

CW: I joined the NSSF for one reason.

to the actual living, breathing Second

I want to present at SHOT Show. I have

Amendment as they would like you to

a nice product. I dont mind support-

believe; but Im glad that theyre a big,

ing the NSSF. I think theyre like the

strong lobby in Washington.

little brother to the NRA. I send an


application, and I dont get a response.

The Second Amendment Foundation is

A month later, I just get my member-

an organization you respect? Can you

ship application returned and my

talk about them a little bit?

application fee refunded as an NSSF

CW: Of course. Alan Gottlieb runs the

check. They said ... In fact Ive got it

show, man. They just got a victory in

in my email. It went all the way up to

the Third Circuit on a double en banc.

the CEO of NSSF. Let me get it to you

They just created [a way so] felons

right now. Im like radioactive up there.

for anybodys self-defense. I want to

whove served their debt to society

I think theyre worried Im going to go

strip away that veneer, that feeling of

can get their guns back. That aint the

write some story in RECOIL Magazine.

is an effective and acceptable option

the security state and the kind of prevailing norms of security that you think
protect us like a little blanket.

Testing: DD decided
to see if the Liberator
could run 5.7x28 FN.
It couldnt.

You mention the Undetectable Firearms Act of 1988 in your book. How
does that play into your attack of state
security?
CW: Theres a historical bonus because
the Liberator ends up being this undetectable gun; it can be made completely of plastic. Its a happy accident
because I was only interested in it
being an untraceable gun. Its so beautiful because it highlights two separate
conversations. Theres security through
observability in a sense of the government can see what youre doing when
youre doing it. Then, theres that
deeper level of security in detectability. The Liberator creates problems out
of both of them.

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cally in a sense of securitization. I never

Wilson and Amir


Taaki in Berlin,
August 2014.
Taaki joins Wilson
on the other side of
Wilsons cryptoanarchist project:
Bitcoin. Their
Dark Wallet and
DarkMarket projects
use Bitcoin to create
untraceable financial transactions.

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CODY
WILSON

Ha.

after the Liberator plans were posted,

for years. This controversy is manu-

CW: Here we go. This is an email

but how much of this stuff was already

factured, and nothing weve done is at

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from [their] director of membership

out there on the internet, and still is?

the level of true fundamental inven-

services. Follow up to your phone

CW: Oh, quite a bit. All of the stuff

tion, although we ushered in the 3D

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message Friday 19th. Defense Dis-

we released is still out there. Our

printed gun phase. The stakes of the

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fight are that the government now

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NSSF staff, including Steve Sanetti,

everybody elses remixes for the AR.

realizes theres tooling and technology

president, CEO. After reviewing the

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out there that lets anyone take all the

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ASPIRATIONS, INSPIRATIONS, AND CELEBRATING EXCELLENCE


STORY BY STEVEN KUO
PHOTOS BY ROB CURTIS AND STEVEN KUO

Some industries have made an entire

Park City, Kentucky. Nathan and Nick

Nathan explained that they wanted to

industry out of celebrating their own

Noble of Rockcastle Shooting Center,

develop an in-depth product testing

industry. Tinseltown, for example,

David Powers of Oneida Molded

process for firearms and accessories,

has elevated self-aggrandizement to

Plastics, and many others worked

with comprehensive and unbiased

an art form with an unending array of

tirelessly to execute an event honor-

evaluations. The goal was to help

awards and awards shows, from the

ing innovation and excellence in the

consumers with their buying decisions

Academy Awards to the Tony Awards

firearm industry.

as well as to give manufacturers honest and detailed feedback about their

to the Emmy Awards. Consumers eat


it up, artists genuinely appreciate

THE GRAND IDEA

products.
Participating manufacturers

the recognition, and companies love

Powers described how it came

the exposure. The firearms industry,

to be: We tried to come up with a

submitted products they considered

however, has never been quite so

different concept for the Firearms

their best in various categories

organized and ambitious.

Industry Choice Awards and Team

each evaluated and scored on fit,

Challenge. Its an opportunity for

finish, form, and function. Product

change that, and we were there to wit-

us in the industry to celebrate our

categories included rifles, handguns,

ness its unveiling at the inaugural

passion, the things we do, and what

shotguns, optics, accessories, and

Firearms Industry Choice Awards in

makes these products so great.

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COMPETITION,
CAMARADERIE,
AND CELEBRATION
Two months after the evaluations, their representatives converged

on Rockcastle Shooting Center for two days of shooting competitions,


good food, and good company. The Industry Team Challenge format
pitted teams of four against each other across eight courses of fire.
Three shotgun stages featured trap, five-stand, and sporting clays.
Competitors pistol skills were put to the test on the Smoke and Hope
stage from Steel Challenge and a team relay stage with 70 steel
targets spread across the berm to be engaged with five different
types of pistols. Two three-gun stages required shooters to engage
targets with pistol, shotgun, and rifle at both close quarters and at

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forms per product, with both numeri-

ators assembled at the Rockcastle

cal ratings and qualitative feedback

culverts and engage long-range targets with a precision bolt gun and

Shooting Center for several days of

no small task given the number

a gas gun. After all the dust settled, the Luth-AR team won the event.

hands-on testing and evaluation of

of products, and time and effort re-

the products. Evaluators were hand-

quired to review each. Their feedback

generous portions of delicious smoked pig for dinner, folks from the

picked to include a mix of firearms

was anonymous to ensure they could

various companies enjoyed the opportunity to connect with each other

retailers, distributors, gunsmiths, law

be completely frank and honest. We

in a much more intimate manner than the frenzied Vegas nights at

enforcement, military, journalists, and

were impressed to see the reviewers

SHOT and other trade shows.

competitive and recreational shoot-

taking their appointed duties very

ers. Powers elaborated, We looked

seriously, working on their evaluations

youth of America and supporting our veterans. The former are critically

to bring in a team of people who

from morning to night the whole time

important to the future of the Second Amendment; the Generation III

have no bias and no correlation to

they were at the Rock.

Gun and 2A Heritage organizations were on hand, raising money and

the manufacturers who submitted the

awareness for junior shooters. In fact, the Generation III Gun team of

products.

Reveling in the hospitality at the Rock, musical performances, and

108

A panel of 20 experienced evalu-

distance. Finally, a team relay called for teammates to crawl through

Two other causes near and dear to the firearms industry are the

junior shooters took second place in the Team Challenge. Mission 22

Evaluators carefully examined prod-

Ratings were then tallied to determine the winners in each category.


All evaluator feedback was given to

was also present, raising awareness, enlisting support, and seeking to

ucts on the bench before taking them

the manufacturers following the award

end veteran suicide in America. Raffles and auctions raised funds for

to the range for live-fire testing. From

ceremony, vetted end-user feedback

all of these causes.

the perspective of the end user, they

being invaluable when it comes to

filled out three pages of evaluation

product development.

HOT WASH
At RECOIL, we strive for credible
and honest reporting, and we love
to celebrate the strong values and
excitement that the firearms industry,
lifestyle, and shooting sports represent. Therefore, we were happy to
hear of the Firearms Industry Choice
Awards, with its noble goal of honoring the best the industry has to offer,
evaluating products with hands-on,
impartial testing, promoting the shooting sports, and bringing the industry
together. With high hopes, we headed
out to Rockcastle for the evaluation

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represented 151 years of military and

ators werent able to shoot groups to

law enforcement experience; 138

test firearms for accuracy, run box

years as instructors, rangemasters,

tests on scopes, perform product

or coaches; 67 years of gunsmithing

durability testing, or examine the

experience; 64 years of retail and

terminal performance of ammunition

distribution; 24 years as media; 346

in gel blocks, and so on.

years of recreational hunting and

sessions and returned months later for


the Industry Team Challenge competition and the awards ceremony.

The incomparable
Andy Horner hard at
work on the range.

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Coordinating an industry-wide

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Wed like to see the event expand

shooting; 288 years of competitive

the scope of product testing beyond

shooting; and an average of 14,000

the look, feel, measure, and shoot

rounds sent downrange each year.

evaluations performed this year. Some

Rankings were calculated by tabu-

participants suggested increasing the

lating numerical assessments on a

number of evaluators to allow subject

scale of 1 to 10 across many specific

matter experts to focus on specific

dimensions. Qualitative feedback was

categories and do more extensive test-

also recorded, but not factored into

ing. Still, when compared to the award

the scores.

criteria applied to other industries

The testing and evaluation protocol


was focused on deriving impartial

award competitions, it was a great


start.
And thats really the most important

product evaluation event is truly

results, unencumbered by any other

a herculean challenge. In an ideal

business considerations. One evalua-

thing the fundamental underpin-

world, youd have many categories to

tor told us, The idea of an industry

nings are strong and now in place.

compare like-for-like items and a wide

award is great, but it needs to be

This sets the stage for growing the

representation of products from across

based on merit, not on popularity or

event and evaluation process while

the industry. But, the inaugural event

monetary concerns. Nothing should

maintaining the purity of the original

saw a more modest field of entries,

skew the results. And they did a good

intent.

with a total of 65 products submitted.

job of that.

Therefore, categories had to be broad

And a manufacturer (who didnt win

In the end, youve gotta start somewhere. And for its inaugural effort,

enough to foster competition but

their category) said, I dont have a

we were impressed with the objec-

made for some strange bedfellows. For

huge advertising budget, so my guns

tives and execution of the Firearms

example, the first years rifle category

have to stand on their own merit. It

Industry Choice Awards. Theres still

had carbines ranked against precision

sucks to lose, but it was good to get

much that can be improved with more

an honest shake.

time, resources, and support from the

rifles. In the optics category, there


were red-dots, tactical scopes, longrange scopes, and binoculars.
In speaking with manufacturers and
evaluators afterward, both said theyd
like to see narrower product categories. Increased awareness of the event
will bring more resources and, we
hope, more manufacturers who want
to validate their concepts and reward
their employees with the recognition
of an award presented by industry
insiders.
The organizers created an evaluation process designed to produce honest and unbiased feedback based on
actual hands-on use, coming from a
highly experienced, end user perspective. The evaluator cadre collectively

A Springfield
Armory EMP, the ICA
Handgun of the Year,
getting wrung out by
one of 20 evaluators.

However, resource and time con-

industry. Were excited for the event to

straints put limitations on the extent

grow into the definitive source of rec-

of testing that could be performed by

ognition for excellence in the firearm

the evaluators for instance, evalu-

industry.

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RUGER

PRECISION RIFLE
CALIBER

NOTES:

.308 Win, 6.5 Creedmoor, .243 Win

Theres a reason Ruger Precision Rifles are scarce in stores, and its the same reason it won the rifle category its a featurepacked, accurate, precision bolt gun at a great price.
For a retail price starting at $1,399, Ruger offers a precision rifle with a 5R rifled, cold hammer-forged 4140 chrome-moly steel
barrel, secured in a 4140 upper receiver with a KeyMod handguard. The lower accepts multiple magazine types and the folding
buttstock is fully adjustable and can be replaced along with other furniture with AR parts. The trigger is adjustable from 2.25 to
5 pounds, and the stock is in-line with the bore, providing more effective recoil management, like an AR.
Evaluators were duly impressed. One stated, The price point was really eye opening. Years ago, this would have been a custom
gun with a custom price tag. But a shooter can just buy this off the shelf and do PRS matches. You get a lot for that price point, and
its hard to beat with any other bolt gun platform. Another said, No other bolt rifle out there performs like it does with the same
options for that price. Its no surprise theyre so hard to find right now.

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SPRINGFIELD ARMORY

1911 EMP 4 LIGHTWEIGHT


CHAMPION 9MM
CALIBER

9mm

NOTES:

Springfield
Armorys EMP variant
4 inches
of the venerable and
WEIGHT
seemingly immortal
31 ounces
1911 platform is
MAGAZINE CAPACITY
notable in that its
10
scaled down for
MSRP
the smaller 9mm
$1,179
cartridge, resulting in
URL
a very compact packwww.springfield-armory.com
age that retains all of
the 1911 ergonomics
that shooters love so much. The latest version extends the
match-grade barrel to 4 inches and stretches the grip out
another inch, accommodating a 10-round magazine and
more of your grubby mitt.
The slide is satin stainless steel with a fiber-optic front
sight and two-dot rear sight. The frame is black anodized
aluminum, with a dimpled front strap, a checkered mainspring housing, and ambidextrous safety levers.
Evaluators were particularly pleased with the
downsized 1911 design, optimized for 9mm rather than
retrofitting a .45 ACP frame. They also praised the quality,
fit, finish, and value. However, in speaking with some, we
could feel eyes rolling through the phone at a win for the
century-old JMB platform apparently no ones immune
to the age-old 1911 debate.
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BENELLI

828U
CALIBER

NOTES:

12 gauge

Benelli is known for its semi-automatic shotguns,


and were big fans of their inertia-driven guns. So,
26 and 28 inches
it was a bit of a surprise when they unveiled a new
WEIGHT
over-under shotgun. But not a surprise was the fact
6.5 to 6.6 pounds
that Benelli had a brand-new take on how to build
MAGAZINE CAPACITY
an over-under. The 828U features an innovative steel
2
locking system with a steel plate that locks behind
MSRP
the chamber and barrel, containing all the pressure.
$2,499 to $2,999
This eliminates stress on the receiver and hinge pin,
URL
enabling the use of lightweight aluminum for the
www.benelliusa.com
receiver and avoiding a usual wear point. The result is
a very light, lively, and well-balanced shotgun.
Benelli didnt stop there; the 828U also has a removable trigger group, carbon-fiber
rib with a fiber-optic sight, and a recoil-reducing buttstock. The whole package comes
together in a beautiful meld of metal and wood.
Evaluators loved the 828U, despite its hefty price. They applauded its innovative design
and simply enjoyed shooting it. One complaint focused on the slimline safety, which could
be difficult to actuate with gloves while hunting.

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TRIJICON

MRO

NOTES:

The red-dot sight market seems to get more crowded every


day. The Trijicon MRO differentiates itself with an offering thats
compact, lightweight, boasts long battery life, and comes from
RETICLE
a distinguished lineage of bombproof optics. In particular, its
2 MOA red-dot
25mm objective size provides better field of view than other
MSRP
micro-sized red-dot sights. It has cap-less windage and eleva$579 to $639
tion adjustments and a brightness control on the top of the sight
URL
for quick ambidextrous use. You can opt for a low, co-witness, or
www.trijicon.com
lower one-third co-witness mount.
Evaluators appreciated the MROs mix of features and its
price. For instance, one wrote, The Trijicon MRO has been one of the best values in optics thats
come out in a long time. I really like the balance of the 25mm objective size its right in between
the Aimpoint Micro and the fullsize Aimpoints, allowing for a decent FOV while still maintaining a
small footprint. Whats especially impressive to me is how crisp the dot is until you really push the
brightness levels. On the other hand, the MRO has something of a reputation for having slight
magnification noticeable to some shooters; indeed, some evaluators noted that. Still, the MROs many
strengths chalked up a win for Trijicon.

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INDUSTRY CHOICE
CHOICE AWARDS
AWARDS

LUTH-AR

MBA-3 CARBINE
STOCK
COLORS

NOTES:

Black, Flat Dark Earth

Following on Luth-ARs
original MBA-1 rifle-length AR
$160 ($170 in FDE)
buttstock, its MBA-3 stock clicks
URL
onto a carbine receiver extension.
www.luth-ar.com
You get the same custom fit and
light weight, while being able to set
it to your desired length. The shorty Luth-AR retains the tool-free
cheek height and length of pull adjustment and adds multi-position
functionality, a three-axis butt plate (with fine adjustments for
length, vertical position, and cast), a Pic rail on the base, and a set
screw to eliminate play in the stock. Spin those knobs and get that
precision feel for your carbine.
Evaluators praised the stock for being well designed and
thought out, packed with features while being light and affordable.
Those familiar with the evolution of the Luth-AR buttstocks were
pleased that the company consistently incorporated customer feedback in improving each successive generation. One suggestion for
improvement was to include a QD sling swivel cup, which currently
can be added by screwing in an aftermarket threaded cup.

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MSRP

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SAFARILAND
MODEL 578 GLS
PRO-FIT HOLSTER

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MATCH 5.56MM
BROWNING BPT
PERFORMANCE
TARGET/BXP
PERSONAL DEFENSE
9MM

SIG SAUER

V-CROWN ELITE PERFORMANCE 9MM


CALIBER

NOTES:

9mm

SIGs V-Crown defensive ammunition features jacketed hollow point bullets with V-shaped
jacket skives and scores, designed to provide uniform and controlled expansion. The brass
cases are nickel-coated for additional lubricity, corrosion resistance, and enhanced reliability. The loads are optimized for terminal ballistic performance in smaller-framed handguns.
The organizers noted that the ammunition category was the most difficult category to
evaluate, and scoring was very tight. Terminal performance wasnt tested, but evaluators
weighed, measured, and chronographed the ammo, sending thousands of rounds downrange
in a variety of guns. They also assessed retail appeal and packaging. In the end, the SIG
ammo was victorious.

BULLET WEIGHT

124 grains
MSRP

$19 (20 round box)


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120

JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT


COULDNT GET ANY BETTER
A LOOK AT THE SIG P320 RX
STORY BY NICK SAITI
PHOTOS BY KENDA LENSEIGNE

Red-dot sights make everything better.

A red-dot is simpler to use than

Just think how accurately you could

iron sights. That doesnt mean its

brush your teeth or how fast you could

easy. I think back to the first time

answer your smartphone with a red-dot

I dropped the hammer on a pistola

mounted. They can do all that and

with a dot. It was magical. Just put

more. Id put a red-dot on all my ap-

the red dot on the target, and thats

pliances if possible. I must admit a bit

where the bullet goes. The gun almost

of a jaded perspective as most of my

shoots by itself. Insert rude awaken-

competitive shooting career has been

ing. I believe the bullet hit the back

with a red-dot.

berm, but cant be sure.

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Delusions of being an action-movie

and trigger control are all the same.

star, sending blazingly accurate rounds

Its in the sight alignment arena that

downrange without even looking were

the advantage comes into play. Simply

laid to rest. The realization is quick

put, movie magic does not exist.

that just because the sighting system

Red-dots have a definite leg up on

(or any other part of the firearm for

iron sights. The fact that you dont

that matter) is more better doesnt

need to switch focus back and forth

mean you can skimp on the important

from sights to target, but simply super-

stuff. The fundamentals of good shoot-

impose the dot on the target is the big-

ing still need to be there. Grip, stance,

gest advantage. The dot is much easier

WHEREFORE ART THOU ROMEO1


Optical sights have been riding long

to see than irons, especially with aging


eyes that arent what they used to be.

guns forever, and nowadays youre hard

sights are a perfect example of this,

The target area is more visible without

pressed to find a rifle without some

as they keep getting smaller by the

iron sights impeding the view, making

sort of mounted optic. In the realm of

minute. Pistol manufacturers are now

it easier to shoot with both eyes open.

long guns, iron sights are circling the

making way for progress by offering

All this pales in comparison to the cool

drain. Until recently the use of optics

optics-ready guns that have the slides

factor of having a frickin laser saddled

on a pistol was looked at as a novelty

milled just right to make the red-dot

on your gun.

or for gamers on their race guns. Laser

feel at home.

sights were about as crazy as the

On the other hand, there are a few


disadvantages. Red-dots are electronic, and no matter how bulletproof
the companies say they are, failure can
occur. Whether that means the electronics or the ability to hold zero. The
most common disadvantage is simply
the difficulty in finding the dot. This
is very prevalent with someone who
hasnt put many rounds downrange
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from view and the shooter spends eons

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the rest of the tech world. Mini red-dot

adjusting grip, stance, and bobbing his


head trying to find the dot again. Not a
pretty sight.

SIG had the bright


idea of running a
channel down the top
side of the ROMEO1,
which conveniently
lines up with the
rear sight notch. Two
buttons on the sights
left side control dot
intensity.

The latest company to join the fray

industry went. Technology has come a

has been in the firearms business

long way since Arnold kicked in Sarah

since the mid 1800s. SIG SAUER is a

Connors door waving his long-slide

name that doesnt need any expla-

.45 with a laser that looked like a

nation and in the last decade have

silver Maglite mounted on it.

broadened their horizons to include

It seems the size of electronic

training, ammo, suppressors, and

devices is inversely proportional to

optics. Anyone whos familiar with this

their state of advancement, and the

company knows they dont skimp when

gun industry is finally catching up with

it comes to quality, and its evident

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The 320RX retains the
originals modularity
due to its chassismounted fire control
system.

and law-enforcement, where you need


to fit many different body types, but
still keep uniformity. The modularity doesnt stop there. The caliber of
the pistol can also be interchanged
between 9mm, .40, and .357 SIG. Its
like you have a safe full of pistols in
one wee package.
After getting past the modularity
there isnt much to set the P320 apart
from the pack. The full-size version

in their new endeavors. The feeling of

system is a genius idea. It features a

comes with a 4.7-inch barrel, 17-round

quality cannot be faked.

stainless steel frame that holds the

magazine capacity, and a full M1913

trigger group, and this is the serial-

rail. It does have a little more heft than

TECHNICAL

ized part the ATF is interested in. This

its peers, weighing in at 29.4 ounces.

The introduction of P320 a few

allows the P320 to be configured into

There are two schools of thought here.

years ago has added SIGs name to

different sizes and many applications.

One side says a heavier gun will soak up

There are full, compact, and sub-

more recoil, while the other side says a

the striker-fired pistol market. The

lighter gun is quicker to transition.

slide sits high in the hand, removing

compact frames and small, medium,

doubt that its a SIG SAUER. It has a

and large circumference grips. This

streamlined design with no external

allows for a custom fit in the hand

in at just under 6 pounds, which was

controls other than the takedown lever

versus just changing an insert or palm

very surprising, as the way it breaks

and slide stop. The P320s chassis

swell. This is a big plus for military

makes it feel significantly lighter. All

Theyre both right. The trigger comes

WHEREFORE ART THOU ROMEO1


the trigger parts are metal, making the

sight was designed specifically with

theyve conveniently designed the

trigger very consistent; out of all the

handguns in mind.

top-loading compartment so theres no

factory striker-fired guns out there it

Admittedly, I was more intrigued

need to remove the sight and read-

has the closest feel to a single-action

by the optic than the pistol itself. The

just zero. The 30mm diagonal lens

trigger. Again, this is a personal prefer-

ROMEO1s zeroing system uses SIGs

size is bigger and clearer than most.

ence issue; some think single-action

TruHold lockless twin adjustment

The sight is covered by SIG SAUERs

triggers are better, and then theres ev-

springs to compensate for the abuse

Infinite guarantee and electronics

eryone else whose opinion is wrong. Ive

of a reciprocating slide. The two-piece

limited warranty. Dont plan on using

always been analytical when it comes

magnesium housing saves weight,

the warranty the sight is built like

to shooting, whatever nets the most hits

but not rigidity. It features a 3-MOA

a T-800 minus the intent to kill the

on target is the method to go with.

dot with seven intensity settings.

human race. Theres a rumor that SIG

Even though its bright enough, the

tortured this poor sight with 25,000

ROMEO1 isnt available with a bigger

rounds on top of handguns. How do we

dot size. A bigger dot can be an advan-

get invited to these torture tests?

SIG has hung an RX designation


on the latest iteration of its strikerfired pistol. The P320 RX comes with
suppressor-height night sights and a
slide-mounted red-dot straight from the
factory. No messing about with gooey
thread locker and small screws during
install. The ROMEO1 miniature reflex

You can take a soldering iron to the 320s


interchangeable grip
modules, but theyre
pretty sticky right out
of the box. Forward
cocking serrations are
a nice touch.

tage in close quarters situations.


The MOTAC (motion-activated illumination) system with motion sensors

TRIGGER TIME
Any good shooter will tell you the

ensures you wring out the most battery

fastest way to shoot is to rely on the

life. When you do replace the battery

sights and know where they are when


you activate the trigger. If you cant

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track the movement of the sight, youll

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126

spend extra time trying to reacquire


them. This translates into lost time
and efficiency, totally negating the purpose of putting a red-dot on in the first
place. The answer to this is to spend
time getting familiar with the timing of
the gun and the dot.
Striker-fired guns dont use hammers, which should technically allow
for a low bore axis. The closer the
grip is to the bore axis the easier it
is to manage recoil. SIG decided to
stick to its signature high riding slide.
This along with the steep angle of the
grip equates to more muzzle flip and
perceived recoil. Even with the lower
recoil of the 9mm round this not a plus
when it comes to pistoleering.

WHEREFORE ART THOU ROMEO1

ABOUT THE
AUTHOR
Nick Saiti has been a world-class
competitive shooter for over 10
years and is a four division USPSA
Grand Master. As impressive as
he is to watch behind an Open
Division pistol, hes currently
third in the nation in the sport of
three-gun. Considering himself a
professional gunslinger he happily
imparts his unique perspective
and knowledge teaching at
www.secretweapontraining.com.

The gun can shoot. Functionality


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was flawless, even with lighter hand


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loads. The best five-shot group off


hand at 20 yards was 0.68 inch with
SIGs 9mm 115-grain ammo. The
concept of co-witnessing sights on a

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handgun is fairly new, and Im starting

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to get the idea. When I found myself


looking for the dot the iron sights act-

Though Nick claims


the high bore axis is
a handicap, hes the
only guy we know
whos good enough
to tell the difference.
One case in the air,
two holes in the target, and a flat muzzle
all while sliding
into home base.

SPEC BOX

ed as a GPS, letting me know the dot

gears between sighting systems. The

have to prove yourself to the other kids,

iron sights for the close easy targets

and the P320 tends to get lost in the

where you can get away with indexing

playground among a sea of Glocks and

and the red-dot for the harder shots

S&Ws. Whats key here is the package

that require a better sight picture. This

that SIG offers. Theres no need to go

takes a ton of focus to do efficiently.

shopping for a separate red-dot that

Co-witnessing this way could be a big

may or may not fit your gun, or send

asset, but might be a bit complicated

your slide to a gunsmith to be milled.

especially for simple-minded gun writ-

An MSRP of 800 bucks makes it very

ers/competitive shooters.

appealing indeed, and if anything ever

is high, low, or anywhere in between.

The base P320 by itself is not a

After shooting some run-and-gun-

game changer, but its not at the bot-

goes wrong, then theres no one else


to play the blame game. Put all this to-

style field courses, something interest-

tom of the heap, either. Being the new

gether, and you get something greater

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guy in the neighborhood you always

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OVERALL LENGTH

8 inches
WEIGHT (UNLOADED W/ SCOPE)

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132

TWO VERSIONS OF THE CLASSIC

MARINE SNIPER RIFLE

STORY AND PHOTOS BY DAVE MERRILL

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133
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Both of these rifles featured were expertly

If you close your eyes and try to imagine a

until the early 2000s, though some still saw

sniper rifle, youll probably come up with

limited use later. It could safely be called the

hand-crafted at C&H PWS (CHPWS) by Dave

something like the M40A1. Though there

prototypical sniper rifle, and the only one of

Clark. Clark was in the Marine Corps for more

were precursors, this heavily customized Rem-

its kind for quite a long time. Every precision

than two-and-a-half decades, and a good

ington Model 700 was the longest-serving

bolt-action rifle would be compared to the

portion of it was spent in Quantico building

standard-issue Marine Corps sniper rifle. It

M40A1 from that point on, for better or for

these very guns for warfighters as a precision

was fielded from the early 1970s all the way

worse. The grandson alongside is the M40A5.

weapons technician.

M40A1 RENAISSANCE
Starting with Remington 700 Short
Actions, Clark goes through each build
process meticulously precisionfitting each barrel, lapping lugs, and
bedding everything properly to specifi-

You can clearly see


the shared lineage
between the two,
though the M40A5
is distinctly more
modern.

ber, weve been at war for a decade

is being replaced after only six years

and a half so there are bound to be

in service.

some changes along the way. Though


both rifles featured are extremely accurate and are about as featherweight

but they will deviate a bit and finish

seeing the M40A1 that you see here.

as your typical anvil, there are some

in Cerakote if a customer requests it.

Though he carries a different precision

obvious differences well get into.


Youll notice that the M40A5 has

Though CHPWS has branched out into

rifle for work these days, he still has

customizing and building all sorts of

a strong affinity for the one he went

a standard rail for optics mounting

guns, they stay busy with their M40

through Scout Sniper Basic Course

as well as a bridge mount to ease the

builds. And its for a reason.

(SSBC) with so many years before.

attachment of clip-on thermals, night

Like a race car driver remembering

vision, and other electronic devices.

their first fast car.

With the M40A1, mounting solutions

the whole spectrum of precision shooting, but theres just something about
this old rifle that causes stirrings.

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deployed and outfitted. And remem-

currently issued M40A5 pictured here

sh*t, thats my jam right there! upon

capable rifles than the M40A1 across

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so long a sign of stability. Even the

ished in black oxide per USMC specs,

Of course we have newer and more

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weapons themselves, but how theyre

One sniper we know said, Oh

cations. All of the metal parts are fin-

134
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Perhaps its just that it was around for

The bridge mount of


the M40A5 makes
using modern night
optics a much more
appealing prospect.

To be certain, warfare pushes and

were far less wieldy and more cumber-

drives innovation through sheer neces-

some. Also, note the threaded barrel

sity not only in the development of

topped with a SureFire muzzle device

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M40A1 RENAISSANCE

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1366

for use with a suppressor as a further


sign of modernization.
The stocks themselves are quite
different, with the M40A5 having far

The Kestrel Elite


Weather Meter and
Bushnell CONX
range finder are right
at home with this
crowd.

approved the A3/A5 (stock) was obvi-

ways taught field-expedient measures

ously getting some kind of kickback. I

for setting up our firing positions.

have learned how wrong I was over the

Whether it was shooting sticks/tripods,

years, he elaborated.

or deuce gear, or our packs, we had

The flat rear portion of the stock

to have something else in order to use

slings. More than that, Ben Alicea, a

makes the rifle so much steadier on a

the rifle effectively. A3/A5 eliminated

retired Marine Scout Sniper who has

rear bag. With A1s, if you werent hold-

that with the ability to mount a bipod,

experience with both models had this

ing onto the rifle it would slowly roll

now only requiring a rear bag to ensure

to say, Back when they came out

over and fall to its side. A1s had no

the likelihood of a high-probability

I would have told you that whoever

ability to mount a bipod so we were al-

first-round hit.

more options for attaching bipods or

M40A1 RENAISSANCE
The M40A1, unlike the M40A5
doesnt have an integral cheek-piece.
Snipers and shooters instead utilized

SPEC B
BOX
OX

The optics have also changed. Gone


is the fixed 10 power Unertl (the

500-mph tape to achieve their desired

featured rifle has one of a limited run

cheek weld with the M40A1. It should

of MST-100s from U.S. Optics) and

be noted that there are still some

instead replaced with a 3-12x variable

who continue this practice, integrated

Schmidt and Bender M8541.


While you absolutely could still use

The M40A5 also features a

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modularity.

cut-up portions of sleeping mats and

cheek-piece be damned.

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are the result of a need for increased

an M40A1 to precisely put holes in

five-round detachable magazine as

whatever you happen to be shooting,

opposed to the internal magazine of

for modern fighting it just got a little

the M40A1. While were not talking

long in the tooth, especially when it

about a 20- or 30-round magazine in

came to electro-optics. No, its no

a semi-auto carbine, its doubtful that

longer primarily utilized as a fighting

many have complained about the abil-

implement, but this old warrior can

ity to rapidly reload a rifle. The main

still live on at the range and hold a

differences you see between the two

coveted place inside your gun safe.

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WEAPONS

M40A1

CALIBER

138

.308 Win / 7.62 NATO


BARREL LENGTH

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24 inches from recoil lug


OVERALL LENGTH

44 inches without recoil pad


WEIGHT (UNLOADED W/ SCOPE)
ACCESSORIES

Turner Sling
US Optics MST-100

$80
$2,900

14.5 pounds

MSRP

$ $3,450

MAGAZINE CAPACITY

5 rounds

PRICE AS FEATURED

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$ $6,430

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C& PRECISION
C&H
PR CIS ON
WEAPONS

M40A5
CALIBER

.308 Win / 7.62 NATO


BARREL LENGTH

26.45 inches with muzzle device

ACCESSORIES

OVERALL LENGTH

Schmidt & Bender M8541 Scope


Badger Ordnance 34mm USMC spec
rings and SIMRAD Cap

44.25 inches without recoil pad


WEIGHT (UNLOADED W/ SCOPE)

16.6 pounds

MAGAZINE CAPACITY

5 rounds shown (10-round


magazines available)

MSRP

$ $4,250

$3,900
$375

PRICE AS FEATURED

$ $8,525

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STORY BY STEVEN KUO


WITH COMMENTARY FROM LARRY VICKERS, C. REED KNIGHT JR., AND DR. EARL BURRESS
PHOTOS BY JAMES RUPLEY AND LARRY VICKERS

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The AR-15 has truly become Americas Rifle,

After a rough start in service during the

Last year in Issue 22, we brought you a

modern-day muskets that are integral to the

Vietnam War, the U.S. military officially adopt-

special look at some amazing 1911s cour-

fabric of life for American gun owners. Whether

ed the AR-15 platform as the M16A1 service

tesy of the Vickers Guide: 1911. If theres

wielded by warfighters and law enforcement,

rifle by the end of the decade. Chambered

something even more closely associated with

or in the hands of civilians for home defense,

in 5.56x45mm, its a direct impingement

Larry Vickers than the 1911, it might just

hunting, competition, or target shooting, ARs

gas-operated rifle. Both of these facts have

be the AR-15 platform. Vickers spent over

are literally everywhere. Its reported that one

generated a great deal of debate and Internet

two decades in special operations, including

of every four rifles made in the U.S. is an AR.

butt-hurt over the years, but the truth is that

15 years with Delta Force, deploying with

And its a uniquely American story with

the AR platform is extremely effective and has

different varieties of the AR platform. Hes

ingenuity and innovation, missteps, continuous

been refined to a mirror finish. There are many

also renowned for his encyclopedic knowl-

improvements and refinements, and its even-

very lethal 5.56mm rounds on the market

edge of firearms, gunsmithing, and firearms

tual ascendance to firearms behemoth.

now, and the modularity of the platform allows

instruction.

Today, one might think of Hollywood,

you to easily switch to many other alternative

Vickers Guide is back, with another beau-

California, with some amount of disdain when

calibers. The direct impingement operat-

tiful coffee table book dedicated to the AR-

it comes to firearms. But back in the late

ing system can deliver great accuracy and

15. With all the modern-day wonder guns,

1950s, Armalites small workshop in that very

shootability, but many short- and long-stroke

bristling with optics, accessories, and race

town gave birth to the most adaptable and

gas piston systems and conversions are also

parts, folks today might not be as familiar

longest-lasting standard U.S. service rifle of

available. The AR platform features largely

with early incarnations of the AR platform.

all time. The AR-15 was based on Eugene

unparalleled ergonomics, with well-positioned

So flip the page and enjoy some fascinating

Stoners 7.62mm AR-10 design, utilizing the

controls, conveniently configured sighting

and historic rifles from the earliest days of

latest in materials as well as manufacturing

systems, amazing aftermarket triggers, and

the AR-15, with commentary from Vickers

processes. Precise manufacturing tolerances

the ability to accommodate different types and

as well as industry experts C. Reed Knight

combined with steel, aluminum, and synthetic

sizes of shooters. And theres an enormous

Jr. of the Institute of Military Technology

materials to create a weapon system that has

ecosystem of products and services supporting

and Dr. Earl Burress of Tactical Applica-

become a model of modularity, versatility,

the huge installed base of AR-platform rifles in

tions Group. Please try not to drool on the

and effectiveness.

the U.S. and the world. Merica, indeed.

magazine.

PHOTO BY STEVEN KUO

AMERICAS RIFLE

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Left: The first


AR-15 ever made.
Behold its glory.
Note the charging
handle on the
top of the upper
receiver and nonadjustable rear
sight.

XAR1501
This is the first AR-15 ever made.

originally had aluminum composite

Well repeat that this is the very

barrels. Serial number 1001 was sold

first AR-15, ever. Patient zero. The

to Sam Cummings at Interarms and

granddaddy of them all. Built by Ar-

remains with only minor modifications

malite before 1958, this is Experimen-

to its original configuration. Serial

tal AR-15 Number 1, prior to Colts

number 1002 was used in the Spring-

involvement in the AR-15 program. On

field Armory testing performed in 1957

the orders of General Willard Wyman,

and sports Mathewsons replacement

Commanding General of the U.S.

barrel. Serial number 1003, shown

Continental Army Command, approxi-

here, was at Fairchild (Fairchild Engine

mately 15 to 20 guns were built for

and Airplane Corporation, the parent

initial testing.

company of Armalite) and is virtu-

Knight relates that the serial num-

ally unaltered. Serial number 1004

ber, XAR1501, was derived from the

was also tested at Springfield, fired

following formula: eXperimentalAR-

extensively at the same time as number

15number01. Note that this particular

1002, and later had the upper receiver

rifle is missing the front sight and is

replaced with a quick-change heavy

equipped with a non-adjustable rear

barrel. 1005 was retrieved out of Eu-

sight, as requested by General Wyman.

rope, received additional modifications,

The furniture was also painted with

and was the test rifle for the Dutch to

the same speckle paint used on the

build their original guns. These five

Armalite AR-10s.

guns were the very first batch of proto-

If you look carefully at the left


side of the rifles magwell, youll see

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were all used for demonstrations and

type hand-built guns with the uniquelooking front sight tower.

something thats practically invisible

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to the naked eye in person. AR-15


Exp. Prototype is handwritten on the
magwell. It all started here, folks.

COLT ACR
In the latter half of the 1980s, the
U.S. Department of Defense funded
the Advanced Combat Rifle program

HOLLYWOOD AR-10 SERIAL


NUMBER 1003
Five original prototypes of the

Right: One of
the five original
AR-10 prototypes.
It was built in
Armalites
workshop in
Hollywood,
California.

to develop a successor to the M16


platform. A primary objective of the
program was to improve the hit prob-

Armalite AR-10 were built, with serial

ability of the average U.S. soldier

numbers 1001 through 1005. The one

employing the weapon, as compared to

shown here is the third, serial number

M16 variants in use at the time. Colt

1003. The serial numbers for these

was one of six companies selected to

initial guns were derived as follows:

participate, and the Colt ACR shown

ar10number03. So number 1003 here

here (in its more rare carbine-length

is the third rifle built, not the 1,003rd.

form) was their entry.

Knight explains that they were all

The Colt ACR experimented with a

hand-built in Armalites workshop in

number of ergonomic changes to the

Hollywood, California, thus earning

M16 and is closely associated with the

the moniker, Hollywood AR-10s, and

development of so-called duplex am-

differentiating them from AR-10s later

munition a single cartridge contain-

manufactured in other locations such

ing two nested bullets, which would

as the Netherlands.

both be discharged down the barrel of

All five prototypes were inscribed

the rifle with a single trigger pull and

with the large ARMALITE marking

single recoil impulse, with the intent of

on the left side of the receiver. They

increasing hit probability.

AMERICAS RIFLE

Vickers explains that the Colt ACR

The p
program
g
was eventuallyy ter-

Dr. Burress explains: 65 American


prisoners were believed to be held at

unique entrants progressing further.

the Son Tay camp, located 21 miles

Vickers notes one particularly useful

from the North Vietnamese capital of

realization from the program that

Hanoi. During the operation, a team of

an enhanced multi-position retract-

56 Army personnel were inserted by he-

able buttstock would be advantageous.

licopter and assaulted the camp. In just

under 40 grains, out of a barrel de-

Indeed, the ACR-style buttstock lives

29 minutes, the assault team secured

signed to fire much heavier projectiles

on through a variety of manufactur-

the objective, cleared the prison facility,

like the 62-grain M855 and 64-grain

ers such as Lewis Machine & Tool,

determined that there were no American

M856 tracer proved hopeless without

Knights Armament Company, and B5.

prisoners present, and completed an

a change of the barrel twist rate.

Alas, beyond that the Colt ACR has

extraction of all U.S. personnel. Though

been relegated to history, with none of

they encountered heavy resistance,

ing plane on top of the handguards also

its other distinctive features making it

no Americans were killed, whereas the

wasnt sufficiently effective, with any

past the developmental stage.

North Vietnamese forces suffered an

ammunition fired from an M16 is


nearly worthless due to unacceptable accuracy at reasonable combat
distances. The effort to stabilize two

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relatively lightweight projectiles, each

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144

A rare carbine-length
Colt ACR, with enhanced buttstock and
shotgun-style sighting
plane. Pictured to the
right is a cutaway
of the unique but
ill-fated duplex ammunition.

minated in 1990,
1990 with none of the

ultimately demonstrated that duplex

Additionally, the shotgun-style sight-

such advantages as a rapid sighting

estimated 40 killed-in-action. Although

SON TAY COLT GAU-5A/A REPRODUCTION

considered an intelligence failure since

developments in red-dot optics to come


later. As a point of comparison, Vickers

The Son Tay raid, code-named

been moved out of the camp, the raid

system being completely outclassed by

himself used an Aimpoint 2000 optic


on his Colt Model 723 during Operation Just Cause in December 1989
the same time period that Colt and the
U.S. Army were testing the ACR.

This is a reproduction
of the Colt GAU-5A/A
carbine used in
Operation Ivory Coast,
the Son Tay raid.

the American prisoners had already

Operation Ivory Coast, was a ground-

was an operational and tactical success.

breaking American special operations

Moreover, it had a strategic impact

mission conducted to rescue U.S.

on the Vietnam War, demonstrating

prisoners of war at the Son Tay camp

Americas will and capability to conduct

on the night of November 21, 1970.

a deep strike into North Vietnam.

AMERICAS RIFLE

Duringg the operation,


p
American forc-es primarily used two versions of the
GAU-5 (the Air Force designation
g
for
t Colt XM177), manyy of which were
the
equipped
eq pp with a Normark Singlepoint
g p
Occluded Eye Gunsight (OEG) scope.

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Its believed that Air Force GAU-5s

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This Model 601 may


be one of the prettiest
AR-15s ever made.

red-dot optics to improve the night--

ceding
page
gp
g was constructed using
g an

time capabilities of the ground assault

early 1970s upper, a barrel and lower

force. This model Singlepoint scope

from a mid-1990s Colt R6520, and a

were selected in lieu of Army XM177s

(as pictured) presented the shooter

solid replica flash suppressor serving

because the mission was rehearsed

with a closed black tube punctured

as a substitute for an XM177 modera-

near Eglin Air Force Base, Florida;

by a 16 MOA pinhole, illuminated by

tor. A genuine moderator is classified

thus, it may have been easier to

a red fiber optic filament, which ap-

as a sound suppressor/silencer by the

procure Air Force weapons through the

peared to the shooter as a single red-

BATFE, despite its minimal sound

local logistics system. Though today

dot. The weapon was aimed using the

reduction. The replica flash suppressor

these weapons would be considered

shooters binocular vision to superim-

is constructed to appear to be fitted

carbines, during this period the GAU-5

pose the red-dot, viewed by the shoot-

with a grenade ring, designed to be

and XM177 family were classified as

ers dominant eye, over the target as

used as a mount for the experimental

submachine guns. The 10-inch bar-

viewed by the shooters non-dominant

XM148 40mm Grenade Launcher. The

reled GAU-5A carbine was assembled

eye. The Singlepoint was attached to

barrel length is a bit longer than 11.5

using partial fence lowers, and the

the upper receivers carrying handle

inches to achieve a 16.1-inch overall

11.5-inch barreled GAU-5A/A was con-

using a mount that incorporated steel

length with the moderator permanently

structed using full fence lowers. The

strap retention bands, similar to those

attached, avoiding classification as a

lower was fitted with a slick side upper

used on the German WWII G43 ZF4

short-barreled rifle.

devoid of a forward assist, a barrel with

scope mount reportedly reinforced

a 1 in 12-inch twist rate, an XM177

with black electrical tape. The Son

moderator, and an aluminum buttstock

Tay Raid was the first documented

on a two-position buffer tube.

example of a U.S. SOF team using a

During the mission rehearsal period


between September and November
1970, the rifles were fitted with OEG

red-dot type optic in combat.


The reproduction of the Colt GAU5A/A used in 1970 shown on the pre-

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HOW MUCH DO MENS BRAINS DIFFER FROM


WOMENS IN PRECISION SHOOTING?
STORY AND PHOTOS BY DR. NEAL H. OLSHAN

around the United States and is by no

out that the rifle had been designed

means a scientific study. However, the

from the ground up for a British sniper

results might make you a bit more ob-

rifle contract in the early 1980s. Next

jective about your own decision making

came the pricey optics, including a

or desires to criticize others.

high-end rangefinder. Of course, there

Fred is a typical male. He was

People often question the differences

excited about attending a long-range

between men and women in terms of


their ability to handle firearms, how

shooting class. He didnt regret spend-

they take to firearms training, and their

ing the money on an Accuracy Inter-

motivation for seeking training. Well

national .300 Winchester Magnum.

break it down with examples of both as


they apply to precision rifle shooting.
Note: This article is based on a sampling of multiple interviews conducted
with male and female instructors

Do you often ask


yourself if expensive
gear is better? See
how men answer
that question versus
women.

Fred didnt want to be handicapped by


a cheapo rifle. He liked the idea that,
as his friend had said, The AI is built
like a tank and shoots like a laser.
He also felt a tingle when he found

BATTLE OF THE SEXES


was the bipod and other incidentals,
but after spending nearly $12,000, he

The author with


C2 Tactical instructor,
Aili deGreef

was confident that he would be at the


top of his class.
Maria is a typical female and was
a little nervous about the long-range
shooting class that she was going to
take in two weeks. She had become
proficient in the use of her handgun
and felt it was time to move up. The
idea of shooting objects at distances
out to 1,000 yards was daunting.
That afternoon she called the shooting center and asked to talk to the
instructor of the class. He called back
30 minutes later and answered all of

ITS BELIEVED
THE AVERAGE
PERSON HAS
AS MANY
AS 70,000
UNIQUE
THOUGHTS IN
A SINGLE DAY.

her questions, which were, What type


of rifle, what caliber, and what type of

upsell her, realized that this customer

in the air and ask. She was enjoying

optic and accessories should I buy to

was going to stick with what was on

shooting her new rifle and appeared to

use in the class?

the list. She walked out of the store

be making progress. There were four

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Maria listened and took notes as the

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feeling somewhat guilty about spend-

other women in the class, and she

instructor provided her with several

ing nearly $4,500, but confident that

enjoyed the mutual support. Although

options in each category, but only after

shed been able to obtain all of the

her groups werent as good as some

asking her some questions about her

instructors recommended gear.

of the men, she was unconcerned and

physical stature, arm length, height,

felt that she was improving at each

WHAT HAPPENED?

weight, and previous shooting experience. He also asked her if she had any

By lunchtime break on the first day

evolution with the help of the instructional staff. Although she was tired,

back, neck, or extremity problems that

of the three-day shooting class, the

might cause her discomfort if she were

difference between mens brains and

Who do you think had the most

in a specific position for an extended

womens brains had become obvious

enjoyable and productive morning of

period of time.

and, in fact, had taken a toll on Fred.

instruction?

She was very grateful that the in-

After firing approximately 70 rounds

structor had been willing to spend over


30 minutes on the phone with her.
That evening she went to one of her
local gun stores and provided the list
to the salesperson who, after trying to

In most cases,
women arent as
bashful as men about
asking instructors for
guidance.

she enjoyed lunch.

Women learn differently than

from a prone position during the morn-

men in most cases, but its especially

ing, Fred was having difficulty moving

so in shooting, says Aili deGreef, an

his shoulder. No one had mentioned to

instructor with C2 Tactical. Most

him about the recoil. A quick inspec-

women get into shooting for the pur-

tion of his shoulder while in the mens

pose of self-defense. Most women who

room indicated the beginnings of a

shoot have had an event in their life

rather nasty looking purplish bruise.

that caused them to seek out proper

He also ran into difficulties with the

instruction and purchasing a firearm.

complexity of his optics, with which

After a personal incident, I made that

he was unfamiliar, and battled through

very decision. I dont think I could ever

multiple periods of frustration. He left

explain fully the sense of indepen-

the restroom disgruntled, in search of

dence and empowerment that I felt

some type of padding to cushion his

after becoming safe, confident, and

shoulder.

proficient with a firearm. Now, as an

Marias morning went fairly well. She

instructor, I find women are less likely

found the instruction to be easy to fol-

to have an ego about their shooting or

low, and whenever she had a question,

learning; oftentimes the ladies are the

she didnt hesitate to put her hand

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Women come to classes for very prag-

WOMENS BRAINS

matic reasons and typically do more

The frontal lobes, the seat of ex-

research before signing up for a class,

ecutive control in the brain, are

with specific reasons why they want

larger in women than in men.

to take the class. Additionally, women

Girls do better at tasks utilizing

have a tendency to read the users

fine motor skills.

manual, be it a carbine or an optic.


Women are typically encouraged and

Women have a greater density


of gray matter, or neurons, in

motivated by incremental improvement

the language areas of the brain.

whereas men often come to class with

Female brains have more space

the mindset I want to be a gunfighter.

between neurons, which means

Women respond more quickly to


skills that are broken down incremen-

more connections.
At rest, many women had increases in amygdala activation.
The amygdala plays a key role

John Chapman,
EAG Tactical
Instructor

in memory, decision making,


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and emotional reactions.

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THE POPULAR
MYTH THAT
HUMANS
USE ONLY 10
PERCENT OF
THEIR BRAINS
ISNT TRUE:
EVERY PART
OF THE HUMAN
BRAIN HAS A
FUNCTION.

tally and are willing to move step by


With men, a higher percentage

step through the learning process. In

seem to come to class for reasons

general, men have a tendency to think

other than motivation to learn. Ego and

in terms of, Just give me the rifle,

outside validation seem to be a greater

show me the target, and let me pull

factor in men when it comes to tactical

the trigger.

training than with women. All men

Women have a tendency to develop

want to be thought of as dangerous,

personal satisfaction in the small

and some choose to validate this not

incremental steps in the learning pro-

through action, but through training.

cess involved with precision shooting,

Women tend to not have this ego-driven

but when things go off the rails, they

trait, and therefore tend to learn more

have a tendency to become more eas-

quickly and with greater precision.

ily flustered than men. They also seem


to be more susceptible to psychologi-

MENS BRAINS
Males tend to have larger
brains than females.
On average, the region of the
brain involved with spatial
reasoning is larger in men.
Male brains are 8- to 10percent bigger and more
densely packed with neurons.

A quote from John Chapman,


Instructor EAG Tactical seems to sum
it up nicely: The type of women who
self-select to attend a course tend to
be confident and truly eager to learn.
This gets to the heart of what makes
a good student regardless of gender:
motivation. In my experience, women
tend to be easier to train, but only
because a much higher percentage of
them are coming to class for the right
reasons.

While men may have


the stature to hold
heavier guns more easily, a womans attention
to detail can often give
her an advantage.

PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER

cal frustration than men.

Based on the collective experience

Men have a tendency to look at

of the instructors we interviewed, here

success only in terms of results like

are some patterns that theyve seen.

groupings of shot clusters, as opposed

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to the woman who often views success


as mastery of all the steps. Men have a
distinct advantage in their weight and
musculature when utilizing highercaliber weapons.
Men typically want the latest,
greatest, and most powerful weapon,
whereas a woman, prior to entering the
class, will typically ask the instructor what type of weapon she should
be using based upon her size, body
structure, and musculature.
Women are typically more compliant
in terms of appropriate caliber. They
more easily obtain a natural point of
aim, and quickly realize that they cant
muscle the rifle. Women also have a
tendency to learn alternative shooting

Jason Palleta,
LMS Defense
Instructor

tion and, if they have the money,

As far as easier to instruct, in my

assume success requires the lat-

experience, woman are easier. They

less body mass to absorb the recoil of

est, greatest, and most expensive.

check their ego at the door and lack the

a rifle.

Typically, when an inappropriate rifle

testosterone or I know what Im doing

positions more easily. Yet, they have

Women will readily take into con-

selection is pointed out to a male, the

attitude you sometimes tend to see

sideration advice regarding the recoil

response usually is, Thats OK, I can

with men. With that being said, I would

component involved in the selection of

handle it. This almost becomes ap-

also add that women are inherently bet-

an appropriate rifle.

pointment worship.

ter shooters than men because of their

Men have a tendency to become


ego driven, wanting instant gratifica-

Women focus more on better rifle fit


and caliber fit.

attention to detail, says Jason Palleta,


an instructor with LMS Defense.

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THE INSTRUCTORS ADVICE
Men

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Women will typically ask questions,

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Women

Before taking a precision rifle

Before taking a precision rifle

shooting class, check with the

shooting class, check with the

instructor to find out which rifle

instructor to find out which rifle

and optic will provide you with

and optic will provide you with an

an optimal learning experience.

optimal learning experience.

Dont get caught up in the mine

Research the instructor. If you feel

is longer and more powerful than

more comfortable with a woman,

yours mindset.

then do the legwork and find one.

Ask questions if youre unsure or

If you have trouble finding a female

dont understand.

precision rifle instructor, contact

Allow your instructor to help you

me and Ill help find one for you.

set appropriate goals.

Relax and dont view the class

Relax take a deep breath,

as a competition of men against

let it out slowly, and enjoy the

women. Save that for when you get

experience.

into competition shooting.

Dan Flowers, owner of


Ballistic Edge

but if its a mixed class with males,


they usually feel uncomfortable asking.
In one precision shooting class, several
women were asked why they didnt ask
any questions and the typical response
was, I didnt want to be treated like a
dumb little broad.
Women consistently report that male
instructors in a mixed gender class
have a tendency to talk down to the
women. However, Dan Flowers, owner

BECAUSE
YOURE
SMALLER
IN STATURE
DOESNT
MEAN
YOURE ANY
LESS OF A
SHOOTER.

of the Ballistic Edge, states, Whats


great about women is that if theyre

DAN FLOWERS

not getting it they will ask.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Dr. Neal H. Olshan is the
developer of Evolution
of Mindset and is a
consulting psychologist
for corporations and the
sports industry for athletic
improvement through
the use of his Mindset
program. He is also a
pilot, an award-winning
photographer, an author of both fiction and nonfiction
books, and the chief combat psychologist for LMS Defense.

RESOURCES
The best resource is a qualified instructor. Dont be shy. Ask for their advice.

Ask
Dr.O

As I began the interview process, which involved talking to


numerous male and female instructors from various parts of the
United States, it became abundantly clear that in training, women
appear to have a distinct advantage based upon the way their
brain functions and how it controls the body. This doesnt mean
that women have the same advantage in situations that might
involve taking someones life, such as a military sniper, a SWAT sniper, or competition shooter. This
article solely focuses upon the training experience and outcomes of an individual just entering the
arena of precision rifle shooting. I must admit that during the course of these interviews, I recognized
some of my own behaviors and made mental notes. Surely there are some of you out there who will
disagree with some of my statements and conclusions and in particular circumstances you may be
right. If you disagree or agree, please let me know and some of your feedback may be cited in a future
column. And let me know if you want me to take the next step: Who is the better competitive shooter?
Who is the better sniper, a man or woman? Send me your thoughts at mindsetdoc@gmail.com.

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COMPLETING AN
80% GLOCK LOWER
BY DAVID MERRILL

No doubt youve seen 80-percent AR-15

deemed kosher by the BATFE until

receivers built in the past, with materials

lowers. Theyve taken many forms over

it wasnt. A notable example of this in

ranging from sheet steel to converted

the years from simple forgings to billet

the AR-15 world was the EP Armory

airsoft lowers (the latter was harder than

pieces in various states of completion.

80-percent lower that utilized two

youd think). Polymer 80 first wet its feet

If the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,

different colors of polymer: one that

with AR-15 lowers and more recently

Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE) has a

needed to be drilled and milled out,

moved into the world of Glock.

special calculation as to the difference

and the other that didnt. Another was

between an 80-percent lower and an

an AR flat that consisted of slabs

complete Glock receivers, all with

81- or 82-percent lower, they havent

that could be drilled, tapped, and

varying levels of success and failure,

shared it with us.

screwed together (a weldable version is

but Polymer 80 has produced the first

still allowed at the time of this writing).

commercially available 80-percent:

By and large, what the BATFE


considers a firearm seems mostly to be

It was only a matter of time before we

Thereve been a few third-party

the Spectre. Polymer 80 started with

a subjective measure. Thereve been

saw 80-percent Glock lowers for sale.

a standard 9mm/40 frame, suitable

incidents in the past where a lower was

Thereve been some scratch-made Glock

for constructing third-generation

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Glocks (17/17L/22/34/35) in a variety


of colors. Likely by the time of publication, theyll have a Glock 19-sized
option available.
For $160 you get the incomplete

Though it might look


like a lot of work
to the uninitiated,
theres not too much
required to bring this
project to completion.

frame, a disposable jig, mill and drill

have to provide yourself, as well as


the slide and barrel assembly. A quick
jaunt to Gunbroker and other online

resulted most of what was needed,

(subject to your state laws) like the

and the rest was obtained for under

Ghost Guns California State Senator

$20. The magazine catch spring, one

Kevin de Leon is so worried about.

of the simplest parts, was the hardest

build include the following:

Complete slides are


readily available
online and can ship
directly to your door.

Going through our box o


o parts

legal, homemade gun for personal use

The parts you need to complete this

bits, and a proprietary locking block.


All the small parts and pieces youll

who simply like the idea of having a

to source. For those without a box o


parts, some aftermarket shops have
started selling receiver completion

Complete slide assembly, in-

packages. Lone Wolf Distributors cur-

cluding barrel and recoil spring

rently has them listed for $79.

Trigger and trigger bar

For complete slides, Polymer 80 sells

auctions shows complete Glock receiv-

Rear housing assembly, includ-

their own, and auction sites like Gun-

ers for as low as $165, so some of you

ing trigger spring, ejector in ap-

Broker are a safe bet if you want OEM.

may be asking why bother? Why not?

propriate caliber, and connector

Some resellers seem to do little more

Not every DIY project one undertakes

Magazine catch and spring

than separate the slides and receivers

has to be done solely for cost sav-

Slide stop lever

and sell them separately. Of course, a

ings; the pure pleasure of working

Slide locking lever and spring

ton of aftermarket slides and barrels are

with your hands is enough for many.

Pins (trigger, locking block, and

out there. We decided it would be best

Still, there may be those worried about

rear housing assembly)

to go with an OEM slide to minimize

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tightly around the incomplete frame as
we went.
Were talking plastic here, so you
dont have to mill this area down in 40
passes like youre working something
like hardened steel. Still, a few slow
passes makes for much cleaner work.
We did bobble it a couple times and
you can see the scars on the jig itself.
Oh well, its single use anyway.
When drilling the holes, ensure
youre perfectly lined up its probably best to drill each side separately.
One of the holes we drilled through
without being perfectly level, making
for a larger headache later. Then
came milling the rear rails. While
youll be cleaning up this area later
during fitting, this isnt something
you want to mess up. Go nice and

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The Spectre frame isnt just a facsimile of the OEM model. It has a larger gripping area, no finger grooves, an

You can see why a


clamp is recommended to keep the jig tight
around the frame.

some clamps. The idea was to put the


end mill bit into the drill press, secure
the jig in the vice, raise the drill press

integral beavertail and magwell, and

table itself to achieve proper height,

a full Picatinny rail. Its also available

and move the vice itself around to

in a variety of colors. Just giving the

perform the milling. The jig wasnt a

kit a glance over, it doesnt seem like

perfect fit, so the clamps ensured it fit

theres actually too much to do mill


off the front bits that stick out, drill
three holes, and machine the rail in
the back. The rail is what we expected
to give the most trouble, in no small
part, because while a traditional Glock
handgun frame is mostly polymer, the
rear rails themselves are metal.
The Polymer 80 webpage has links
to video instructions, which we dutifully
watched for 30 seconds before deciding to just dive right in. Lets talk about
how we did, where we messed up, and
how to avoid the same pitfalls yourself.
While we have access to a milling
machine, in order to make this more
of a home build we decided to use
some more common tools. An old
12-inch tabletop drill press, Dremel
tool (of course), a drill press vice, and

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stays in place. Your slide locking lever
and spring go in next.
And check fitting. Again. Start again
with a bare slide. Then, an assembled
slide without barrel. And finally, with
the barrel. Fitting in steps allows you
to isolate and diagnose any potential
issues with the parts and your machining. Dont go nuts and take off too
much at once.
Though it took a bit of time, we felt
fairly confident it would be easier to
do another. And with fewer tools. So
we did. Though we didnt have time
to grow a scraggly beard and find a
proper cave to work in, we settled for
not showering for a day and doing everything on a dirty basement floor. You
gotta set the mood. Glocks are like AKs

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in that no matter how dicked up they


there are reports by some of frame

are, theres always some assh*le who

cracking. Some builders have used

(drunkenly) says, I bet it still shoots

larger bits, but we used a hand reamer

good! Lets test that.

until the pins went in without an undue amount of force.

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And thats it! Well, almost. The


actual machining operations are fairly

A flat file is perfect for


final fitting.

simple, but parts fitment can be more


time consuming. Start with a stripped
slide to check for fit. Use a flat file to
make modifications as required, but
continue checking for fit often you
can always take off material, but adding it on is a different story.
Next, youll want to install your
small parts. The included locking
block is the first to go in. Itll absolutely be tight, but dont remove any
material. Line it up and tap it in. From
there you might think you can install
your trigger, but youd be wrong. The
holes themselves are undersized, and

Use the best tools


you can, but you dont
necessarily need the
best tools.

Another Spectre was obtained, this


time in FDE. That desert color also

After your pins are installed, bust

helped with the mood. For tools we

out your Loctite or other thread locker,

went with a Dremel (naturally), cord-

and secure the included machine

less drill, and a clamp. In a pinch, you

screws to ensure your locking block

could probably just use the cordless

THE GHOST GLOCK


drill. Sanding drums on the Dremel
made quick, albeit dirty, work of the
front area that has to be milled out.
The rear rail and the holes were done
freehand. To fit the rails a stripped slide
and hunk of wood were used to rough it
out. Total time? Twelve minutes with
most of that being swapping out sanding drums and snapping photos.
Assembled, shes ugly as hell. But,
do they shoot?
The first time shooting any home
build gives us pause. Yes, people have
done this before, but we cant help
feeling like we should be using a vice,
a string, and a ballistic shield. I settled

Drilling and Dremeling, and not much


more.

for extending my arm and turning my


head to the side all that was missing
was a hearty Hold my beer, and watch
this! We wish we could report that both

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pistols were phenomenal right out of the


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box ... err basement? Ultimately it took

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a couple range trips along with some tinkering before they became more reliable.
The black Spectre suffered from ejection

The beavertail is a
welcomed touch.

issues and the FDE would fail to return


to battery.

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the smoothest of actions. Huh. The


issue with the black Spectre
p
was a
bit
i more nuanced. There was some
p
playy in
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igg housing,
i g likely
i y
due to mucking
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i
Ultimately
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we ended up shimming
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p
to restrict
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g
there are still
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tions
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STORY BY RYNE GIOVIANO

Weve all seen the behemoths on TV performing


insane feats of strength: pulling an 18-wheeler,
deadlifting an axle with several large tires attached,

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or carrying a huge stone for distance. Some of these

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seem inconceivable. For the vast majority of us,


they absolutely are, but what we can take away from
these incredible performances are concepts and a
style of training that can lead to tremendous gains in
strength. For others, itll change things up a bit and
give you some much-needed variation in your training. Enter strongman training for the average joe.

COMPONENTS OF STRONGMAN TRAINING


When considering strongman training, you might
be thinking that its not for you; maybe for others, but
its just too hard core for you. This really couldnt be
further from the truth. There are several factors making up strongman competitions that we can use in our
training that will result in great progress. Varying your
training regimen can be a great thing.
Now, you dont need to rush over to Menards and
attempt to make a gigantic stone. Nor do you need to
figure out how youre going to get the axle off of your
car. Well use what we can in a typical gym or trainAndrew Rich/istockphoto.com

ing facility to get the same effect. Lets go over some


of the basics of strongman training, and then create
a game plan thatll have you well on your way to great
strength gains.

WARNING!

The exercises and


content expressed in
this column are for
illustrative purposes
only. Consult your
physician before
trying any physical
activity or nutritional
plan. RECOIL and
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EXERCISES

THE

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PILLAR OF STRENGTH
holding a heavy object in each hand,

One of the first commonalities

Most of these strongman events

in strongman training is simplicity.

involve some sort of time component.

or lifting boulders and placing them on

Many programs involve few exercises

These guys are pulling something,

pedestals. In doing this type of lifting,

with many sets, based on just a few

carrying something, or holding some-

the exercises such as deadlifting, tire

types of movements. Secondly, heavy

thing for a length of time. Based on

flipping, or moving a huge weight over-

weights are obviously a large aspect

the mathematical equation for power

head involve the entire body. So, well

of the program. You wont become

(force multiplied by distance divided

look to mimic this as well.

the Worlds Strongest Man with sets

by time), one could make a convinc-

of dumbbell curls for 15 reps. Were

ing argument these competitions

usually talking heavy sets of two or

should be called the Worlds Most

three repetitions. There are definitely

Powerful Man. In any case, complet-

variations, but strength is built with

ing exercises for time is a critical

tires lying around or boulders to lift.

low reps and more sets.

component for strongman training,

While that tends to be what these guys

and it should be part of your strong-

lift in competition, you can get a great

man training.

strength benefit without figuring out

Next, grip training is an absolute


must. Pulling a truck or deadlifting a

EXERCISES YOU CAN DO WITH


REGULAR GYM EQUIPMENT
Not many of us have spare tractor

car or truck axle requires a ridiculous

Strongman training tends to include

amount of grip strength. This is often

static holds and concentric lifts (lifting,

your house. Much of the equipment at

accomplished with thicker bars and

not lowering, the weight), so including

your local gym or training facility has

handles, simply changing your grip to

that type of training will better mimic

everything you need. Lets break down

make holding weight more challenging,

strongman-style training. Examples of

these types of lifts, and give you op-

or just lifting a lot of weight.

lifts like this include pulling a truck,

tions to do on your own.

the logistics of shipping a boulder to

1. CONVENTIONAL/SUMO DEADLIFT
This is an easy one. These guys typically lift an axle with huge tires attached. While it may not look as impressive, you can certainly use a bar
and regular weights to do the same thing. Vary up the stance so youre getting a good mix of conventional and sumo stances in your deadlifts.
Start by standing with

Sit your hips back while

your shins touching the

reaching forward to keep

tween your knees about

Grab the bar in be-

floor, focusing on pushing

Drive your feet into the

to the starting position,

barbell and your feet

your spine in a neutral

shoulder-width apart.

the bar off the ground,

while keeping your back

about one-and-a-half

position.

flat.

Your hands should be

not pulling it with your

times shoulder-width

directly underneath your

back. Squeeze your butt

apart. Your toes should

shoulders.

at the top and bring your

also be pointed out a bit.

hips to the bar.

Lower the weight back

THE

PILLAR OF STRENGTH

EXERCISES
2. BARBELL OVERHEAD PRESS

This is another pretty easy exercise to do on your own. Strongman competitors lift gigantic logs overhead, which can easily be replicated
in the gym with a regular Olympic bar and plates. Generally speaking, this exercise shouldnt pose a problem, but you have to know your
body. If you cant get your arms over your head without arching your lower back, thats an issue. Its recommended, at the very least, that
you use dumbbells to give your shoulders freedom of movement. If that hurts, or you still notice your back arching, go to a single-arm
dumbbell overhead press or nix the exercise altogether.
Begin in a standing position

Begin driving the bar overhead

Push your head and shoul-

Return the bar to the starting

with the bar 1 to 2 inches

by generating power through

ders under the bar as you

position.

below your collarbone, and

your elbows, not your hands.

reach the top position.

push your elbows slightly

Theres a definite distinction.

forward and inward.

As you begin to press the bar


past your face, imagine pushingg yourself
y
awayy from the bar

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as hard
h d as you
y can.

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3. LOADED CARRY
Loaded carries are another staple in strongman
training, as well as strength and conditioning. These
can be great for building overall body strength and
muscle, enhancing core stability, improving shoulder
health, and increasing your conditioning. Whether its
a large stone, a keg, or some other object, carrying
something heavy for a distance is always in the training program. We can easily do carries that yield some
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ABOUT THE
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4. SLED WORK
Pulling or pushing something heavy is another common exercise and does a

Ryne Gioviano is the owner of Achieve


Personal Training & Lifestyle Design
located in Aurora, Illinois. He earned his
masters degree in exercise physiology
and is a certified personal trainer through
the National Strength and Conditioning
Association. You can find more information
at www.achieve-personaltraining.com or
reach him on Twitter at @rgioviano.

great job building leg strength, endurance, faster sprinting, and overall conditioning. Whereas pulling a truck might be pretty common, well pull or push a
weighted sled. These are harder to find at traditional gyms, but are becoming more common in private fitness facilities and personal training gyms. For
the sled, well focus on pushing the sled, pulling the sled with a suspension
trainer attached, and pulling the sled with a harness.

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5. SLED AND CARRY COMBINATIONS


NS
What happens when you combine sled work an
nd
carries? You get several of the benefits of each all
at once strength, stability, power, and condiitioning all wrapped up in one. Pull the sled witth a
harness and two heavy dumbbells in your hand
ds.
Its very challenging and also very beneficial.

SAMPLE PROGRAMMING
EXERCISE

SETS

REPS

REST (SECONDS)

Conventional/Sumo Deadlift

120-180

Barbell Overhead Press

90-120

Loaded Carry

30 Yards

90-120

Sled Push

30 Yards

120-180

CONCLUSION
This type of training is sure to de-

Implement these exercises within your

liver some great strength gains. After

own program, or feel free to use this

all, if youre going to take any tips from

article as a sample of how to structure

people on building strength, it only

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makes sense to learn from the best.

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1 MODEL:

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COLORS:

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$74.99 to $79.99
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PANTS
2 MODEL:

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COLORS:

Black, Fatigue, Slate

MSRP:

$89.99 to $99.99

FOOTWEAR
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COLORS:

Black, Brown
MSRP:

Coming soon

BELT

4 MODEL:

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1.5 inches
COLORS:

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MSRP:

$50.95 to $61.45

KNIFE
5 MODEL:

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COLORS:

Silver

MSRP:

$102.45

PACK

6 MODEL:

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COLORS:

Black, Coyote Tan, Multi


Cam, Ranger Green,
Urban Gray
MSRP:

$143.45 to $173.95

OUTFIT: MOMENTS NOTICE


BLACKHAWK! prides itself on clothing thats inconspicuously functional. This ensemble is perfect for everyday
use. The Tac Convetible Shirt and Tac Life Pants provide
a level of comfort thats unimpeded by their durable,
Teflon-coated fabric. Convertible sleeves give you the
option of buttoning up if you need to literally get your

hands dirty. With the addition of the Instructors Gun


Belt and Terrain Mid shoes, this outfit allows maxiumum mobility and fast movement to access to your
EDC firearm, Michael Janich-designed Be-Wharned
knife, or a variety of other accessories you can keep
on your person. Your Cyane Stealth pack is the perfect

addition with over 1,000 cubic inches of storage space


for your larger items. Whether its a day at the office or
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OUTDOORSMAN
OUTERWEAR
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COLORS:

Fatigue, Slate
MSRP:

$199.99 to $209.99
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COLORS:

Black, Fatigue, Jungle,


Navy, Steel, Stone
MSRP:

$59.99 to $64.99

PANTS
3 MODEL:

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COLORS:

Black, Fatigue, Jungle,


Navy, Steel, Stone
MSRP:

$69.99 to $79.99
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FOOTWEAR
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COLORS:

Coyote Tan, Desert Tan,


Sage Green
MSRP:

$163.45

KNIFE
5 MODEL:

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COLORS:

Silver

MSRP:

$102.45

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COLORS:

Black, Coyote Tan, Multi


Cam, Ranger Green,
Urban Gray
MSRP:

$143.45 to $173.95

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COLORS:

Black

MSRP:

$45.95

OUTFIT: EXTREME OUTDOORSMAN


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The resilient Tactical Softshell jacket gives you plenty of protection
from rain and cold, as well as a host of storage compartments. Use

the lockable side-flap zippers to protect your carry items when locked
in the up position; flip them to the down position and pull the tab for
quick access. When the weather warms up you can switch up to the
Pursuit SS Shirt, practical for any occasion or purpose. The action
waistband and reinforced knees in your Pursuit Pants allow great
flexibility with lots of pockets for your extra gear. Those Desert Ops

Boots are to your feet what radial tires are to your car lots of traction, while holding up to the elements without fail. This combination
offers everything youd need to handle a day outdoors if youre forced
to deal with wet, stormy conditions without having to stop in the
middle of what youre doing because your clothes got soaked. See for
yourself how much youll be able to carry with uninhibited movement.

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OUTERWEAR
1 MODEL:

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COLORS:

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MSRP:

$179.99 to $189.99

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COLORS:

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Navy, Steel, Stone
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COLORS:

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COLORS:

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MSRP:

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MSRP:

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COLORS:

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MSRP:

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OUTFIT: LONG-RANGE OUTDOORSMAN


When youve got to be on foot for an indefinite amount
of time, you dont have the luxury of going home to get
whatever you forgot. You need it all in one place, while
wearing clothes that are unobtrusive and keep you cool.
The Pursuit LS Shirt gives you all the flexibility and comfort
of the short-sleeve version with a little more protection for

extended outdoor use. Youll be amazed how much defense


from the weather the lightweight, water-repellant Tac Life
Softshell Jacket offers. Even when fully packed, the padded
straps and quick-release buckles on the YOMP Pack enable
you to securely and comfortably take your belongings along
for the ride. With plenty of webbing, youve got lots of op-

tions for your loadout placement and the hydration bladder


enables you to carry water ergonomically, all while covering
ground in your Terrain Mid shoes. The interchangeability of
these apparel items and freedom of movement wont slow
you down. Take it out for a days hike, weekend camping
trip, or survival course.

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MSRP:

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MSRP:

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PACK
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COLORS:

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MSRP:

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OUTFIT: PRO OUTDOORSMAN


Some people prefer the look of a collared shirt, but one
thatll hold up to the elements when you need it most.
Whether youre an instructor who is looking for the right
shirt to embroider with your company logo or you just
enjoy wearing a pullover collared shirt, the capabilities of

the Performance Polo are hidden in plain sight. With UPF


40+ protection, Teflon-coated fabric, and quick-drying
polyester, you wont be let down by how well this top holds
up and looks stylish doing it. Pair it up the Riggers Belt
for a secure and professional combo. Your Courier Bag can

function as both an office laptop bag or low-pro carry bag


for your EDC gear. Go straight from the office for a jog or
to throw a few rounds downrange. Youll be surprised how
much you can do with an outfit thats a little more on the
formal side, but functions like casual wear.

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OUTERWEAR
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MSRP:

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MSRP:

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COLORS:

Black

MSRP:

$205.45

3
3

OUTFIT: CLASSIC OUTDOORSMAN


Everyone wants a casual outfit, but not one that sacrifices
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throw on the Tac Flow Shirt. Its unique fabric technology contains micro perforations that allow maximum breathability
and lightweight comfort. If things cool down, you can throw

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but the reinforced cotton canvas, bartacks, and traditional
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it looks cool and offers plenty of pockets to hold your gear.
The Black Ops Boots feel like athletic shoes, but offer the

tenacity youd expect from boots with the Blackhawk! name.


Wear this combo while you take the family for an outing,
spend a day with friends on the fishing boat, or just relax by
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carry in clothing thats so relaxed in feel and appearance.

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MSRP:

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MSRP:

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MSRP:

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COLORS:

Black

MSRP:

$143.45

OUTFIT: ACTIVE OUTDOORSMAN


If youre out and about, but want to keep it simple, this
assortment is sure to do you right. The 1700 Shirt is
comfortable, tough, and has timeless aesthetics. Snap
buttons allow for fast retrieval of your EDC and the textured
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having to worry about that wrinkled look. Throw on the


Terrain Lo sneakers and youll be just as at home on an
outdoor excursion as you would doing yard work or enjoying
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a day at the range in your Enhanced Pro Shooters Bag. The

foam lining will help protect your gear from damage if it gets
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eye pro, targets, ear pro, extra mags, and a few bottles of
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warm and cold environments. With the amount of storage

it offers, you can easily keep your phone, keys, important


papers with you, and the lightweight fabric means you
can reach for your pistol without interference. Throw it
all together with your jeans and Terrain Lo shoes and you
wont have to change, even if the forecast does.

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MSRP:

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COLORS:

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MSRP:

$179.99 to $189.99

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MSRP:

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MSRP:

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FOOTWEAR
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COLORS:

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OUTFIT: SUMMERTIME GENTLEMAN


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shoes on and youve got a simple yet professional outfit
thats functional and allows plenty of movement. Thinking of spending a summer day outdoors? Weve got your
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heres a certain pride

Mike Searson takes us back to the

associated with being one

early days of the AR-15, to a time

of those people. You

when Colt was advertising the SP1 as

know, the ones who are

the ideal ranch protection tool (youre

able to actually do stuff, rather than

dating yourself if you can remember

either wait for the market to react to a

those print ads when they first came

need they never thought they had, or

out). Here, he recreates a classic

have to take their busted appliance,

XM177 from brand-new components,

vehicle, or firearm to a pro to be fixed.

thats as close as you can get without

Yet the transition from consumer to

taking out a second mortgage for a

doer has never been easier, due in

full-auto original.

rapidly changing place. It


seems like instead of anticipating whats going to

be the hottest trend or newest product next year, youre looking at what

Bolt gun fans have recently gotten

could potentially be introduced in the

information, and the wide availability

a new set of toys to play with, as the

next 90 days. Theres a lot to digest,

of parts and accessories. If youve

highly respected Japanese Howa

but when it comes down to it, you

always wondered whether or not a

rifles have made a welcome return to

need only visit one location to stay

particular project is within your abili-

the U.S. Not only are there complete

up to snuff on all of it Brownells.

ties, then if youre like most of us, the

guns available, but for the home

For the past 75-plus years, Brownells

default answer is probably yes. Take

smith something even more exciting

has been staying in the know for one

pistol modifications, for example.

has happened barreled actions in

simple reason they love firearms.

large part to the democratization of

In this issue of Brownells Gunnery,

a range of calibers and profiles are

Brownells YouTube channel

Dave Merrill takes two of the most

shipping, so you can build them up to

(www.youtube.com/brownellsinc) has

popular handguns on the planet and

your liking. We took three examples

over 1,500 videos with new ones

tears into them. Both have weakness-

and configured them to meet any

posted each week. Subscribe and

es. Both can be improved, so we do

requirements we could see coming

just that. You can choose how wild to

down the pike, and got a lot of satis-

go with modifications, but there are a

faction from doing so.

few basic problems that every owner

A firearm is one of the most

should be able to correct without

personal tools we as humans own,

breaking the bank.

embodying a history and tradition


that goes far beyond mere steel, plastic, and wood. Dont settle. Be one of
those people.
Iain

he firearms industry is a

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the differences between .223, .223
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Their new 7,000-square-foot retail
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inventory. You know its an accomplishment when VIPs and fellow gun
lovers like Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lou Ferrigno come out to
help you celebrate the grand opening.
Visit www.brownells.com/retail to get
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youre in the area, stop by and theyll
make it worth your while. You can
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Still have questions? Visit
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to speak with techs who can give you
the general guidance you want and
that same family-oriented mentality.

deserve. Whether you need help de-

Bob Brownell was putting together a

termining the right part for your aging

catalog with a handful of staff prob-

Personal thank you letters from

Remington 870, or need recommenda-

ably the same catalog your grandfather

Frank or Pete Brownell still get sent

tions on what the best tools are to help

was choosing parts from.

out for large orders. Theyre still rooted

you disassemble and reassemble that


Ruger Mark Series youve got, theyre

In addition to having the best parts

in old-school values, and no matter

to choose from, Brownells now offers

how much technology evolves, theyll

actual production firearms for sale.

keep up with it and not let it compro-

You can finally buy a new gun and get

mise how they operate. Not today, not

itable, one thing that never wavers is

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tomorrow, not ever. Youll still hear a

their commitment to you, the custom-

and maintain it from one place. Talk

real person on the other end of that

er. Brownells 100% Forever Guaran-

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phone. Brownells is serious about

tee (excluding ammo and guns) still

even as their inventory grows by leaps

ensuring youre armed with all the right

stands, just as it did in the days when

and bounds, they still do business with

information the future will bring.

only a few clicks or a phone call away.


Even as anticipating change is inev-

If youre a firearms
lover and havent
made the pilgrimage yet to Grinnell,
Iowa, to see
Brownells retail
store, its definitely
something to add to
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BY MIKE SEARSON

hey dont make ARs like they


used to, and thats both good and

RECEIVERS
Black Cerakoted receivers with Spartan

bad. The modern AR-15 offers

helmets, Gadsden flags, or pirate ships may

improved rifling, piston operating

be cool on a personal AR, but are completely

systems, more calibers, better materials,

wrong for a retro build of any type. Likewise,

integrated scope rails, and thanks to innova-

integrated trigger guards, checkering on the

tions like KeyMod and M-LOK, 99 percent of

front of the magazine well, and other forms of

the accessories are plug n play.

customization have no place on a retro build.

Todays rifles are a breed apart from what

Brownells is producing their receivers as

initially sprang from Eugene Stoners mind

close to period correct as you can get without

over 60 years ago. Still, the author cut his

jumping into a time machine and snagging

teeth on an M16A2 as a 17-year-old Marine,

some hippies draft card before he burns it to

and sometimes we kind of miss carry handles

take his place at INDOC.

or find ourselves lusting after one of the short

Pouring over the Brownells M16A1 Upper

XM177s that a generation of operators before

Receiver, we found that it matches the orig-

us carried, as they slogged through the rice

inal A1 profile. That means theres no shell

paddies and jungles of Southeast Asia.

deflector for southpaw shooters, the A1 rear

We wanted to roll a retro carbine build and

sight housing and carry handle have identical

went on a nostalgic hunt for an AR receiver

contours to the ARs of old, and obviously

with a fixed carry handle, and there were

there are no M4-type feed ramps.

virtually none to be found. Every assembled

The BRN-16A1 Lower Receiver has a front

rifle for sale at the local gun shop/gun show

takedown lug profile and profile surrounding the

circuit seemed to be a railed, 16-inch bar-

receiver extension that are identical to those

reled wonder with Magpul furniture. Not that

found on the M16A1, versus the more common-

theres anything wrong with those, but we

ly found A2 profiles, making them correct for

wanted to go retro!

any M16A1 reproduction build.

The few we did find were older Colts that

Nodak Spud (the manufacturing leader

have value as collector items in their own

in retro receivers of all types) provides the

right, and we didnt want to Bubba a fine

7075-T6 aluminum forgings on both upper

factory piece for our own amusement. As

and lower receivers, and then Brownells has

comes from the grenade ring moderator.

a builder, I found myself challenged by the

it machined to Mil-spec dimensions. After

This muzzle device was intended to reduce

authentic M16 kits that were abundant just

machining, each receiver is coated in a matte-

the loudness of a short-barreled rifle by mak-

a few years ago, but are now drying up. The

black, hard anodized finish.

ing it sound like a full-length M16. Because

few parts that you can find seem to be more


spurious than anything else.
We turned to Brownells, which makes it

Our suggestion is to not cheap out on the

of the change in sound signature, ATF classi-

build with another lower or upper that may not

fied these moderators as silencers requiring

match up with either of these for a retro build.

the $200 transfer tax.

BARREL AND MUZZLE DEVICE

nade ring, allowing mounting of the XM148

There are lookalikes without the gre-

safe and easy to source a retro build you


pretty much get one-stop-shopping with the
added benefit of trusting the source.

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One of the unique looks of the XM177

launcher, the precursor to the M203 grenade

BROWNELLS MAKES BUILDING A RETRO-THEMED AR-15 SIMPLE AND PAINLESS

FURNITURE

launcher. We wanted authenticity above all

Brownells AR-15 12.7-inch barrel as opposed

else, though, and Brownells makes a repro

to the sexier 10-inch version. An added benefit

XM177 flash hider complete with grenade ring

was the ability to pin and weld the moderator,

short. These are very unlike the fat M4-

with a total length of 4.5 inches.

saving us the $200 tax stamp for an SBR.

style handguards with dual heat shields that

When looking for a barrel, we wanted to

This barrel came with the Skinny Min-

The handguards on XM177s are round and

became popular in the 1990s. We like the

go short. Unfortunately that proves to be a

nie profile and the old-school 1:12-inch

problem with a retro build as most of the

twist rate. While its not our favorite configu-

improvements to function come at the expense

ration for heavier match bullets, its fine for

groove original A1 type. These can actually be

of authenticity. We definitely wanted the

the standard 55-grain projectile and its

relatively easy to find, but Brownells is working

aforementioned moderator, but went with a

the one you want for historical accuracy.

on a classy reproduction that fully looks the

version that Brownells is currently offering.


For the pistol grip, you need the no-finger-

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We found a plastic reproduction that got the job

in the 1960s that still see use to this day, but

the original finish.

done, but its currently not available.

you can pick up new 20-round magazines

An imaginative builder could also send the

from Brownells that look authentic and are

carbine out for a Cerakote paintjob. No Boba

made with an improved follower and spring.

Fett or Iron Man themes, but a nice old-school

MAGAZINES

tiger stripe camo pattern would do this type

While your plastic mags, drum-style


magazines, and other favorite AR-15/M16
magazines will fit, the only ones that will
look right are the original metal GI types.
Experimental 30-round magazines were in

FINISH
The matte-black, hard anodized finish works

of build justice and give it the protection of


modern chemicals.

well, but is a little too black to be entirely


authentic. If you really want the ultimate in

GADGETS?
You might say, Add a sling and a flashlight
and you could run any modern tactical course
with this rifle. While youd be right, the main
problem with that statement is that the retro style
does not lend itself well to adding lights or optics.
We found a Midwest Industries rail that
attaches easily to the front sight blade and
works well for mounting a flashlight. Purists
will shout, Heresy! Thou shalt not mount any
tactical accessories to thy retro build!
We arent advocating it as such. We merely
put it out there should you want to run a lowlight carbine or other tactical course with your
build. Although unlikely, if this is the only AR

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As for an optic for actual use, our favor-

position with no sling, rest, scope, or bipod.

Brownells
M16A1 Lower Receiver
080-001-304
$150

Brownells
M16A1 Upper Receiver
080-001-303
$150

ite has always been the Trijicon ACOG with


ACOGs, will mount in the carry handle. It may

FINAL THOUGHTS
If youre a builder and want to put something

affect your cheek weld a bit, but our LEOs

together to resemble a Vietnam-era build with-

and warfighters used them long before all the

out the hassles and heartbreaks of crawling gun

cool kids switched over to flat tops. Thats the

shows and scouring online ads for questionable

uppers, not the haircuts.

parts while you listen to Credence or the Stones

If you dont care for the ACOG, another

on your iPod, then Brownells has you covered.

option is a Picatinny carry handle mount by

We started out with the intent of putting

Smith Enterprise (available from Brownells,

together an XM177, and once that building

851-000-071) or a variety of others that mount

bug bites, we found ourselves thinking of the

to the carry handle and hover the sight over the

next project.

top of the handguard. Personally we prefer the

The good news is Brownells is committed

extended eye relief to an awkward cheek weld.

to the retro market, with a line of about 10

When you need to make your rifle look like

retro/military-style barrels already out, and the

it belonged to a LRRP (Long Range Recon-

company is looking to develop more period-cor-

naissance Patrol) Team slogging it through

rect furniture in the future. Theyre committed

Cambodia, you simply remove the mount from

to seeking out additional parts for other retro

the mounting hole in the carry handle.

builds as well.

Our own stance is that if you learn to correct-

your trigger, it looks like there will be plenty more

all shooter, but some shooters prefer optics.

to come in the future from Brownells. We think


the world would be a better place with some

Nailing the look on any historical build is

Brownells
X177 Flash Hider &
Grenade Ring
078-000-311
$50
DPMS
AR-15 Lower Parts Kit
231-115-003
$50
Brownells
AR-15/M16 Old-Style
Flat Slip Ring
080-001-262
$17
Brownells
AR-15/M16 Buffer Tube Assembly
080-000-555
$70

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AR-15/M16A1 Rear Sight Assembly
231-000-195
$14

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100-015-495
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100-020-431
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078-000-160
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So if building an old-school AR really trips

ly use your irons, it will make you a better over-

ITS PRETTY, BUT CAN IT SHOOT?

Brownells
AR-15 12.7-inch A1-Style Barrel
100-020-996
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M16A1 rifle clones, with a 1:12-inch twist on a


20-inch A1 barrel, but were silly like that.

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PHOTOS BY STRAIGHT 8 AND KENDA LENSEIGNE

ere all familiar with the

offer barreled actions for those of us who like

The actions themselves are a two-lug,

ubiquitous Remington 700

to set up our rifles to meet our specific needs

push feed design, much like their M700

action, with its vast array

(either real or imagined), rather than settle

competitors. Where they differ is their

of aftermarket accessories

for whatever rolled off the production line.

extractor, which is usually one of the first

that allow a motivated individual to build up

items to be replaced on a custom build. In

bolt guns ranging from mild to wild. Thanks

thing we could foresee doing in the next 12

this case, theres no need, as the upgrade to

to Brownells, theres now an alternative that

months, from Precision Rifle Series matches

an M16-style claw has already been done for

starts a little higher up the spec sheet, while

to big game hunting to one rifle thats just

you. The bolts themselves are well finished

offering one option that Big Green overlooks.

as versatile as it is unusual. Common to all

and cycle smoothly. While the bolt knob is

Interested? We thought you might be.

is a Howa 1500 barreled action, saving us

a little on the small side for a full-house

the headache of finding a good rifle smith

tactical build, its no more diminutive than

an excellent reputation among the cogno-

to thread, chamber, and barrel a stripped

a stock M700, with a slightly longer handle.

scenti, while, for the most part, staying under

receiver. While this does admittedly limit

Overpressure events resulting in case head

the radar of most American gun buyers. That

your options when it comes to barrel length,

separations are handled via three large vents

might change in the coming years, as Legacy

profile, and chambering, the stock ham-

on the bottom of the bolt and one small one

Howa rifles have a long track record and

We put together three rifles to cover every-

Sports from Reno, Nevada, has committed

mer-forged barrels are an excellent starting

on the right, which should mean that gasses

long-term to importing them from Japan,

point by the time theyre shot out, youll

are safely vented into the magazine and

which has encouraged many accessory com-

have a better idea of exactly what you want

away from the shooters face. Hopefully, well

panies to offer products and support for the

to spend that particular chunk of cash on

never need to put this to the test, but its

base models. In addition, theyve taken the

and the factory tubes give a good baseline

reassuring to know the engineerings there if

inspired step of partnering with Brownells to

from which to make a decision.

we need it.

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WITH BOLT-ON GOODIES FOR EVERY APPLICATION
Wrapped around the bolt, the Howa

shots at bull elk, stalking moose through alder

SAUER. This 1-inch diameter 4-12x40 gave

receiver features a flat-bottomed design

thickets, or sneaking up on brown bears, a lit-

us a good price-to-performance ratio, as its

that puts lots of real estate in contact with

tle more horsepower is preferable. The 7mm

rated waterproof to 1m, uses low-dispersion

either bedding compound, bedding blocks,

Rem Mag is on the lower end of the caliber

glass, and wont break the bank. It sat in a

or a chassis, depending on how you choose

spectrum for Alaskan grizzlies, but when

pair of SIG Alpha medium height rings, and

to set up your stock. An integral recoil lug is

loaded with premium bullets it works just

if we had to do it over again, wed opt for the

employed to limit rearward movement as the

fine, while offering a flat trajectory and proven

low versions to get a little better cheek weld.

bullet goes downrange, and the front stock

performance on everything in the lower 48.

screw is threaded into it. All told, its a very

Howa offers a 24-inch barreled, long action

Previous versions of Howa rifles were


blessed with triggers that how should

competent design. Sure, its not an Accuracy

that fits the bill nicely, while Hogue supplied

we put this? sucked. The current HACT

International or a Surgeon, but its around one

an overmolded stock with an aluminum

trigger, however, is a good example of how

third the price, and you get a barrel for free.

bedding block that should be impervious to

factory rifles should be set up. A two-stage

anything mother nature flings at it. Further

unit that breaks clean at around 3 pounds,

enhancing the weatherproof nature of the proj-

its very competent and eminently useable;

One of the first choices to be made when

ect is the actions matte gray Cerakote finish,

if youre looking to control costs, leave it

selecting a rifle for North American hunting

which looks like bead-blasted stainless steel.

alone until it starts to hinder your perfor-

THE BIG GAME RIFLE

is of course the caliber. Just about anything

Up top, an EGW scope base was attached

mance. In a hunting rifle, were guessing itll

short of a BB gun will take down an eastern

via four screws and a dab of thread locker,

be a long time before you need to whip out

whitetail, but when it comes to cross-canyon

ready to accept a Whiskey3 scope from SIG

the credit card for a better bang switch.


ICE
akote

rrel

$60

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EGW
Howa 1500 Heavy-Duty LA Scope Base
296-000-253
$70
SIG SAUER
WHISKEY3 4-12x40 Scope w/Triplex Reticle
100-017-262
$250
Howa
1500 Barreled Action
100-805-054
$527

AM M O

TOTAL: $1,128
Hornady
7mm Remington Magnum 162-grain
ELD-X 20/Box
749-016-321
$40

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MOD
/ PRODUCT ID# / PRICE
Howa 6.5 Creedmoor 24-inch
-inch Hvy Bbl

AMMO

10

Kinetic Research Group


Howa 1500 180-XRay Short Action Chassis
100-019-798
$700

Jard
Howa & S&W 1500/Weatherby Vanguard
Adjustable Trigger
100-003-164
$132
Vortex Optics
Razor HD 5-20x50 Rifle Scope w/EBR-2B Reticle
100-013-101
$1,700

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6

Vortex Optics
Vortex Precision Matched 35mm Scope
Rings (.95-inch Height)
100-006-719
$150
EGW
Howa 1500/Vanguard Heavy-Duty Steel
Scope Base
296-000-256
$120
Magpul
Remington 700 PMAG 10 7.62 AC AICS
Short Action Magazine
100-017-581
$38
Magpul
Remington 700 PMAG 5 7.62 AC AICS
Short Action Magazine
100-016-599
$33
Accurate Mag
AICS-Style 10-Round 223/5.56 Magazine
100-012-475
$70

THE PRS
S RIFLE
E
A couple of years back, the guys who run the
Precision Rifle Series came up with an excel-

and replaceable butt pads to shift the length


of pull. KRG makes this chassis for other rifles,
but the Howa 1500 version is available only

lent idea. In order to build the sport, why not

from Brownells. If we got to feeling froggy and

offer a division with a price cap, so that anyone

wanted to upgrade to a folding stock at some

thinking of getting involved wouldnt have to

point in the future, well, that takes three screws

drop new-car money on a custom rifle, just to

and a credit card, or as we like to call it, a

get in the door? Production Division has since

typical Friday night.

taken off like a cigarette butt dropped in a Cal-

Being less than $1,800 into the build at this

ifornia forest, proving that theres a demand for

point, we decided to splurge on some glass,

a competitive rifle that wont require its owner

opting for Vortex Optics top-of-the-line Razor

to trade in their home for a refrigerator carton

HD 5-20x50, mounted in their own rings. With

under a freeway bridge.

a 35mm tube, this monster optic allows up to

Our sniper match rifle started out life as a

33 Mils of elevation adjustment, which means

Howa
1500 Barreled Action
100-805-064
$546

24-inch barreled short action in 6.5 Creed-

we could exploit the 6.5s ballistics out to its

moor, chosen because the .260 caliber blows

transonic range, without ever running into the

TOTAL: $3,489

away the .308 ballistically, while offering much

stops.

Hornady
6.5mm Creedmoor
140-grain
ELD-Match 20/Box
749-016-348
$29

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Hornady
6.5mm Creedmoor
120-grain A-Max
20/Box
105-201-260
$27

longer barrel life than a 6mm. A KRG 180-

A precision rifle is best served by a precision

XRay chassis gave us a place to hang AICS

trigger, so Allen wrenches were pulled from the

magazines, as well as an adjustable cheek-

toolkit and a Jard, single-stage adjustable unit

piece, near-vertical pistol grip with optimum

swapped in. This brought the pull down to just

finger placement, a rear hook for our off hand

under 2 pounds, with zero slack and overtravel.

2
10

Howa
a 6.5 Grendel 20-inch Heavy Bbl blued

MAK
KE / MODEL / PRODUCT ID# / PRICE

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4

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AMMO

THE CBD RIFLE


Wait, youve never heard of the CBD rifle be-

Hornady
6.5mm Grendel
123-grain, Super
Shock Tip 20/Box
100-012-016
$23

tto b
l such
h system
t
il bl right
i ht now
be th
the only
available
Howas standard 10-round detachable polymer

up. The acronym stands for cute, but deadly,

magazine, so spares are readily available. Its a

and its a sub 10-pound, 1,000-yard capable

skinny little fella though, so if youre expecting

bolt gun thatll fit in a regular backpack.

tons of acreage for a skid plate or a flat area the


size of Kansas to lay against a barricade, this is

up, through the use of a mini-length action.

not the chassis you seek, though it does come

Howa is one of just three manufacturers we

drilled and tapped for an optics bridge, so you

know of that build a bolt gun specifically for the

can use it at night. Although I only needed the

shortest of commonly available cartridges. Usu-

half-inch cheek riser, other sizes are available.

ally, rounds such as the 5.56 NATO, 7.62x39,

for the mini action. As a bonus, it accepts

fore? Thats probably because we just made it

We kept the weight down, and performance

Add a Timney trigger and a scope rail, and

Timn
ney
Howa
a 1500 Trigger
883-000-056
$124
4
Nigh
htforce
SHV 3-10x42mm Rifle Scope
524--000-219
$873
3
Warn
ne
Howa
a Mini Action Mountain Tech Scope Base
947--000-267
947
000 267
$59
Modular Driven Technologies
Folding Adapter for LSS Chassis
100--015-983
$130
0
Brow
wnells
AR-1
15/M16 Mil-Spec Buffer Tube
080-001-046
080
8
$26
High Standard
M4-Style Castle Nut
430-000-532
$5
Magpul
AR-15 CTR Carbine Stock - Mil-Spec
100-002-946
$57
Howa
1500 Barreled Mini Action
100-805-077
$439
Modular Driven Technologies
LSS Chassis for Howa 1500 Mini Action
100-022-919
$400

10
0 Magpul
AR-15/M16 CTR/MOE Cheek Risers
100-004-222 (-inch)
100-004-221 (-inch)
100-004-223 (-inch)
$19

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and their derivatives are fed through actions

you have the makings of a rifle able to wring

more suited to their .308-length brethren,

everything possible out of the Hornady factory

which means theyre longer and fatter than they

load with the 123-grain SST bullet, and if you

AR-15/M16 MIAD Gen 1.1 Grip Kit


100-014-095
$34

need to be, with a concomitant weight penalty.

dont mind single loading, 140-grain projec-

TOTAL: $2,166

By using a mini action and chambering it

tiles are a perfectly feasible option. Our CBD

in 6.5 Grendel, were able to stuff an awful

performed admirably on the range. While it was

By doing your homework and turning

lot of performance into a very small package.

slightly sub MOA with the Hornady ammo, I

wrenches, building a bolt gun to fit your

That package size is reduced even further if

reckon handloads could get it down from that

criteria, rather than those of some corporate

we incorporate a folding stock, made possi-

with CFE powder. In keeping with our most

marketing team, is easier than ever. Start with

ble through the use of an MDT LSS chassis

bang for the ounce theme, a Nightforce SHV

a barreled action and pay only for the parts

system, which also permits a degree of

3-10x42 scope was chosen at 21 ounces

you need theres no one better than you

customization, as the buttstock and pistol grip

its one of the lightest and most capable pieces

to figure out just what features are im-

are both sourced from the ubiquitous AR-15.

of glass in its price bracket, and was used to

portant and which are superfluous to your

This MDT chassis is brand new and appears

ping distant steel on Cowtowns West range.

requirements.

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BY DAVID MERRILL

To that end, we obtained an example of

backstraps to accommodate for hand sizes,

each. A Glock 17 Gen3 was chosen over a

whereas Glock didnt release the same,

hen the Smith & Wesson

Gen4 not only because a Gen3 is still easy

perhaps in a reactionary manner, until their

M&P was first released,

to obtain, but also because the vast majority

latest Generation 4 variants. While both can

the comparisons to Glock

of aftermarket parts are tailor-made for that

be burned with soldering irons or otherwise

immediately started rolling

popular series. A large-frame M&P 9mm

modified, with the S&W having the edge on

out. While there have been other so-called

was chosen as the rival. Since the Glock

grip, neither is particularly aggressive.

plastic fantastics, the M&P was the first

doesnt have a magazine or thumb safety,

that actually seemed capable of dethroning

we configured the M&P similarly.

noise of Glock versus 1911 and .45 ACP


versus 9mm, soon came Glock versus M&P.

The same goes for the swappable magazine release, though with small hands the
M&P release tends to be easier to engage

Glock from the top of the pile. Adding to the

OEM
When considering either pistol, the word

with your dominant hand without breaking


your master grip. S&W has a truly ambidex-

utilitarian first comes to mind. Initially, that

trous slide stop/release, though if the photos

Sure, well look at the raw handguns

sounds OK, but it also conjures images of

are to be believed, well soon see the same

themselves, as it provides a solid baseline,

concrete Soviet-bloc housing and Toyota

from the next Glock offering.

but well also have a gander at the after-

Corollas. If you just want a place to lay your

market for some solid solutions to potential

head at night or something to make quick

factory sights. The M&P sights are better

drawbacks and possible deal breakers.

jaunts to the grocery store, thats fine. But

than the plastic pieces lovingly referred to

Today well cover three different levels of

of course, we want to go further.

as dovetail protectors found on the Glock,

This isnt your typical A versus B piece.

modifications for each type of pistol: OEM,


enhanced, and advanced.

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The M&P ships standard with different

each handgun, a fullsize 9mm version of

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Out of the box, its considerably easier


to talk about differences than similarities.

Neither will win awards for the basic

but thats a bit like saying Carrot Top is less


obnoxious than Pauly Shore.

WE TRICK OUT AN M&P9 AND GLOCK 17 GEN3 TO SEE HOW THEY COMPARE
The triggers are much of the same, but in

If you want two grown men to argue like

the opposite direction. Were not even upset

children, the easiest way is to find a woman

that S&W managed to have a longer pull with

theyre both attracted to and add her to the

more creep than a Glock were impressed

mix. The immediate runner-up would be to

at the feat. Of course, higher-end models of

ask them about preferences in pistol sights.

both can be had with better. Measured on

The minutiae between fiber optic, tritium,

an actual trigger scale, the M&P weighed in

adjustable, fixed, thin front sights, etc., can

with an average of 7 pounds, 5.7 ounces;

work people into a tizzy. Though the S&W is

the Glock at 5 pounds, 13 ounces. Despite

newer than the Glock, its been around long

ment here. If youre a just keep it stock

the weight difference, my split times on the

enough that you can probably get whatever

for reliability person, feel free to opt out.

range were similar at 0.22 seconds between

sights you prefer. I happen to like Trijicon

However, with both guns there are combi-

shots. No, Im not winning any championships

HD sights, so both guns are wearing them.

nations that are proven to be reliable. The

Regarding controls, there was a bit less

Apex AEK completely changed the feel of

anytime soon. Overall impression: utilitarian.

ENHANCED
In an effort to correct some of these woes

The triggers showed the biggest improve-

needed on the S&W side of things. Their

the M&P trigger; once you try it, you might

foresight from the factory is apparent. If you

never turn back.

like an aggressive texture, grip tape makes

The pull was shortened a bit, smoothed

we turn to the aftermarket, which in this case

for an easy job of it. If you plan to carry

tremendously, and reduced to 5 pounds, 7

means Brownells. Its no surprise that we

either pistol, you might want to put grip tape

ounces, though it subjectively feels much

address the same downsides of each pistol:

on just the off-body side, as to avoid sanding

lighter. At the range, splits improved to 0.16

sights, trigger, grip, and controls. We consid-

yourself down or wearing holes in your un-

seconds, standing out as the largest single

er addressing these first as near-mandatory

dershirts as you go about your day. Just be

enhancement of any item shown here. Be

upgrades in most circumstances. Heres the

sure you install your preferred grip module

advised that working on the M&P trigger can

parts breakdown for each:

on the S&W before applying the grip tape.

be quite frustrating when compared to the


simplicity of the Glock. Thankfully Apex has

S&W (see chart for number reference)


2 Apex Tactical Aluminum AEK Trigger
5 21st Century Gunfighter Catalyst Extended
Magazine Release
7 Trijicon HD Night Sights
10 Brownells Insta-Grip Tape

Glock (see chart for number reference)

a good series of installation and trouble-

2
5
7
10
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shooting videos.

ZEV 3.5-pound trigger bar


TangoDown Vickers Extended Magazine Release
Trijicon HD Night Sights
A-Zone Gear Grip Tape
Aro-Tek Extended Slide Release

The simplest solution with the Glock was


installing a ZEV connector. It didnt give the
same dramatic change as the AEK on the
M&P, but did result in an incremental upgrade
to a 5-pound, 3-ounce pull and 0.18 second
splits. Of course, you can do more if you start
swapping springs and such which is what
the advanced scenario is all about.

ADVANCED
Were not just going a little further here,
were running all the way down the road in
this section. As in, make-your-friends-uncomfortable down the road. Were going to
push it as far as we can go without having
to rely on custom work. Match triggers,

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threaded barrels, optics, and more yes

Yes, we replaced the entire upper half

haps demonstrates S&W being more proac-

sir. This is also where the more robust af-

of the Glock. The fact that this form of

tive about anticipating their own aftermarket

termarket of the Generation 3 Glock shines

aftermarket support exists for the Glock and

interchangeable grips, ambi controls, and

the most. But as youll see, all is not lost

not the M&P shouldnt be taken outright as

lets not forget the M&P C.O.R.E. that was

for the M&P. Heres the parts breakdown

a slight against the S&W. Aside from Glock

released well before the Glock MOS. Had

for each:

being around for decades longer, it also per-

Glock released the MOS several years ago,


the pool of aftermarket optics-ready Glock

Glock (see chart for number reference)


2 ZEV Trigger Springs
3 Agency Arms Flat Trigger
4 ZEV Threaded Barrel
6 Brownells/Taran Tactical Magazine Extension
8 Trijicon RMR06
9 Raven Concealment Freya Magwell
11 ZEV
Z Dragonfly
fl SSlidee

S&W (see chart for number reference)


3 Apex Tactical Red Flat Face Forward Set
Trigger
4 AAC Threaded Barrel
6 Brownells/Taran Tactical Magazine Extension
8 Vortex Viper Reflex Sight
9 Burris FastFire M&P Mount

slides would likely be smaller.


Were fans of handguns with red dots,
though its easy to spend as much on the optic
itself as the base handgun. The same could
be said for rifles, as well, though not everyone
finds this juice worth the squeeze. Certainly
an optic that mounts in the rear sights dovei is
i less than idea
i l. As far as sight acquitail
si i goes, the sligh
i htly higher height over
sition
bore can be surmounted with a little trigger
i
time.
However, cowiitnessing iron sights is a
i this
is setup. In general, with a
non-starter with
i
i its best for the optic to
slide-mounted
optic
i
e slide itself.
be recessed into
the
fly comes straight from
The ZEV Dragonfl
go with ZEV internals
Brownells readyy to g
i sights,
i
and plain
all hot and ready for you to
i a barrel and
d an RMR.
drop in
be runnin
ing a suppressor or muzIff youll
i off some kind, a threaded barrel
zle device
i mandatory. Additionally, you may be
is
able to e
eke out extra accuracy if
ide to roll with a match
you decid
h some fitting may be
barrel, though
i
required.
Thosse shooting lead reloads
i probably e
enjoy the non-polygonal
will
ifli g as well.
nature off the rifling
/
Tactical extensions give
Brownells/Taran
j i s for the party. 23+1
you more projectile
9
rounds off 9mm
isnt anything to turn your
p at. Unlike
i m
many other magazine
nose up

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Vacillating between the

i
ownells variety comes
extensions,
the Bro

Apex AEK and the Apex


Red Flat-Faced trigger
for your M&P? There are
noteworthy benefits to
each option head on

i replacement springs and has a locking


with

over to Recoilweb.com
for a breakdown.

heir extensions failed.


everywhere when th

i
i e
exceedingly hard to
mechanism
so its
i
dmittedly, we may have
lose by accident.
Ad
j
enfreude in the past from
enjoyed
the schade
i someones
s magazine spill rounds
watching

MAKE / MODEL / PRODUCT ID# / PRICE

Flat-faced triggers may take some getting


used to for some and are a joy for others,
and both the Apex and Agency rock wide,

a measly 3 pounds, 3 ounces, and average

splits of 0.16 seconds.


Why the magwell? Why not? Though origi-

flat faces. Whenever you stack non-OEM

nally designed as a reloading aid, if you have

parts on top of non-OEM parts, you can

larger mitts itll help your hand stay higher

start running into problems. Part of the

on the grip. In order to fit the Raven Con-

reason these particular trigger parts fall

cealment magwell on the Glock 17, we had

under the advanced section is that you

to trim back some of the grip tape this is

should probably know what the hell youre

a fitted part manufactured with precision.

doing before you just start replacing one


part after another. And if you werent good
at swapping out fire control parts before you

CONCLUSIONS
The bottom line is that you need to deter-

start ... youll either get good at it, or have

mine what you want to do and how far down

an awfully hard time with it.

the rabbit hole you want to go. Configuring

The Apex Red Flat-Faced trigger is

for defense is different from competition.

designed to work with Apexs Forward Set

If youre looking to upgrade all the way to

Sear; it just doesnt play well with the facto-

advanced in parts and pieces, the Glock is

ry sear. Thankfully, Brownells sells these as

the obvious choice with its vast aftermarket

a matched set. It also should be noted that

support. If youre looking for the simplest

at the time of this writing the red version

solution right out of the box, perhaps strong-

is only available from Brownells. Put in the

ly consider something from the S&W line.

time on the bench, and youre rewarded with

Ive been shooting Glocks for a long time,

minimal creep and overall throw. That orig-

but those M&P aftermarket triggers sure do

inal OEM pull of more than 7 pounds was

shine brightly once properly tuned.

halved to 3 pounds, 7 ounces. Split times

Remember that were talking about two

werent cut in half, mostly because this

pistols that have seen heavy law enforce-

shooter isnt superhuman, but times below

ment, carry, and competition use for years.

0.15 seconds were recorded.

Its clich to say that you cant go wrong,

The ZEV/Agency solution provided similar


results, ultimately attaining a pull weight of

but you really cant. Besides, the title of this


article wasnt Glock versus Lorcin.

GLOCK

M&P

Glock
G17
100-300-133
$550

Smith & Wesson


M&P Handgun 9mm
17+1 Full Size No Safety
100-300-407
$470

Zev Technologies
Trigger Upgrade
Components for Glock
100-004-108
$15

Apex Tactical Specialties


M&P Aluminum AEK
Trigger
100-010-583
$77

Agency Arms
Drop-in Flat Trigger
for Glock
100-018-061
$150

Apex Tactical Specialties


Red Flat Face Forward
Set Trigger
100-017-344
$165

Zev Technologies
Match Barrel for G17,
Threaded
100-019-697
$285

Advanced Armament
S&W M&P 9mm Threaded
Barrel
276-000-038
$215

TangoDown
Vickers Glock Extended
Magazine Release
100-003-404
$17

21st Century Gunfighter


M&P Catalyst Extended
Magazine Release
100-015-909
$20

Brownells / Taran Tactical


Innovations
Firepower Base Pad Kit
Glock +5/+6
100-020-743
$40

Brownells / Taran Tactical


Innovations
M&P Firepower
Base Pad Kit +5/+6
100-020-740
$40

Trijicon
HD Tritium Night Sight Set
892-000-077
$134

Trijicon
HD Tritium Night Sight Set
892-000-081
$158

Trijicon
RMR Sight LED 3.25 MOA
Red Dot
892-000-050
$557

Viper Optics
Viper Reflex Sight
100-017-321
$230

Raven Concealment Systems


Freya Mag Well
100-020-442
$95

Burris
FastFire Mount
118-000-073
$48

10
0 A-Zone Gear

Brownells
Insta Grip
084-093-106
$21

Grip Tape
100-013-729
$10

11 Zev Technologies
Zev Dragonfly G17
Slide Kit
100-019-702
$798

TOTAL: $1,444

12 Zev Technologies
V4 Connector for Glock
100-012-422
$15

13 Aro-Tek
Extended Slide Release
for Glock
066-100-300
$36

TOTAL: $2,702

AMMO
Remington
UMC Handgun
Ammunition
(9mm 115-grain FMJ)
305-201-761
$25

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