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Magpul Enhanced Receiver Extensions

Magpul has released their new Enhanced Receiver Extensions for the AR-15/M4 and SR-25/M110.

magpul enhanced receiver extensions

Not your average receiver extensions. Constructed of impact extruded 7075-T6 aluminum with Type III, Class 2 hard coat anodizing for an extremely hard, abrasion resistant surface. The interior of the receiver extension features Everlube® coating for enhanced corrosion resistance and reduced friction. Available in a 7-position AR15/M4 profile as well as a 10-position SR25/A5 profile optimized to fit with the full line of Magpul Mil-Spec carbine stocks.

These are being released as part of an entire line of AR-15 stock related small parts that includes buffers, end plates, and castle nuts which great news for AR-15 builder. Check them out at Magpul.com.


New from Stout Gear Knives: The Kestrel

The newest design from Stout Gear Knives has landed. The Kestrel is billed as a compact (compact is a relative term here) bushcraft/bird and trout knife that offers a more svelte alternative to Stout Gear’s other full-sized field knife, the Ibex. The Kestrel is still sized like a full-sized field knife with its 4.25″ blade but is both thinner (.170″ versus .190″) and shorter in blade height than the Ibex.

stout gear kestrel

The Kestrel is available in your choice of S35VN stainless steel or CPM3V steel. Both of these steels are very tough and should hold a working edge long for a long time especially with Stout Gear’s convex grind with mirror polished edge. The hand filling handle is available with your choice of G-10 or TeroTuf scales and the spine is squared to throw sparks well on the ferro rod. Like all Stout Gear Knives, the Kestrel comes with one of the best kydex sheaths you’ll ever use. I can’t emphasize enough how unique and functional their sheaths are.

I own a Stout Gear Knives Ibex that is one of my most used chore knives. As much as I like it, I likely would have opted for the Kestrel had it been available. Stout Gear does a great job with the geometry of their knives and the thinner stock used on the Kestrel should make it a great cutter while still being more than stout enough for chores.

Check out the Kestrel at Stout Gear Knives.

stout gear kestrel spine


Griffin Armament Low Pro RIGID Rail – Now Available without the Kit

Griffin Armament’s Low Pro RIGID Rail was initially released as a kit that included one of their excellent Primo Gas Blocks, a full set of their Sheild Rail Panels, and a sling swivel. The kit is a great value if you are setting up a new upper but if you just want the rail by itself, I have good news. The Low Pro RIGID Rails are now available to be purchased on their own.

They come with everything you need to mount the rail including the lightweight barrel nut and a useful armorer’s tool. The Low-Pro RIGID Rails are available in 4 lengths: 8.6″, 10.5″, 13.5″, and 15″. You can learn more about the rails in the official press release. The Low Pro RIGID Rail is available at Griffin Armament.



Telluric Training Drill of the Day – I See Dead People

Telluric Training recently posted a great video on their Facebook page explaining that safer communities start at the individual level with people who do what they can to be ready.


One way you can do what you can to be ready, even if you can’t train at the Brunswick, GA based Telluric Training facility, is to stay on top of your training. Telluric Group provides one of the best best free training resources available with their Drill of the Day. Today’s drill is called I See Dead People.

You can visit Telluric Training’s website daily to check our the drill or sign up to receive the Drill of the Day directly to your email.


Labor Day Sale at ShootingSight.com

ShootingSight.com offers a variety of triggers, armorers tools, and other gear for rifles like the FN SCAR, IWI Tavor, M14, and more. Today marks the first day of their Labor Day Sale. You’ll find discounts that range from $10-15 off some of their tools and an additional 10% off a selection of some already discounted gear.

The sale runs through September 7th. Orders delivered to the USA receive free shipping. You can check out ShootingSight.com and the image below for details.

labor day sale


Elzetta and PFC Partner for Low Light Training

Elzetta and Progressive F.O.R.C.E Concepts are partnering to provide low-light training on November 11 and 12 in Park City, Kentucky. The courses takes place at the excellent Rockcastle Shooting Center facility where a cave can be used to provide low/no light conditions any time of day. The course takes place over the course of two days with one day focused on carbine techniques and one on handgun techniques.

Visit PFCTraining.com for details.



Don’t Cheap Out on Eyewear

If you read this blog, it is likely that you enjoy shooting – an activity that has hot bross flying through the air, the potential for catastrophic failures of mechanical objects held close to the face of the shooter, and splash-back from steel targets. All of that adds up to a very good reason to wear eye protection. Shooting and eyewear generally go hand in hand.

11325311_837006569725395_1544704338_nI’ve learned, first hand, the value of good eyewear. I’ve seen it protect people from injury and I’ve seen the effects of poor quality eyewear on the performance of a shooter. The protection aspect of shooting glasses is often discussed but the performance aspect rarely is, so I thought I would share a story from one of my first carbine courses to illustrate.

It is common in carbine courses for the instructor to complete a zero check at the start of each day. They want to establish that the rifle is good to go so that when the student misses, they can eliminate a problem with the rifle as the cause. In this particular course, we established a zero on day one before beginning basic drills.

On day 2, the instructor started with what was supposed to be a very quick zero check. One of the shooters showed up without his normal eye protection so he grabbed a pair of disposable safety glasses and headed to the line. That quick zero check turned into an entirely too long trouble-shooting session. Every shooter on the line was crowded around trying to figure out why this rifle was still grouping well but in an entirely different place than it was yesterday. I don’t recall everything we checked but we eventually wondered if his change in eyewear was playing a role.

Sure enough, without the cheap safety glasses, the rifle would group exactly where he expected. Someone produced a better pair of glasses for him to borrow and we moved on without further issues. A shift of several inches at 50 yards was caused entirely by the distortion from cheap safety glasses.

11241536_926598717407622_1710246931_nThat lesson stuck with me. Before that incident, I had seen eye protection protect from things bullet jackets coming off steel targets but I had never seen it have such a drastic effect on performance. Those disposable safety glasses that are so attractively priced may protect your eyes, but what are they doing to your vision?

You spend hundreds, maybe even thousands on good glass for your rifle. Why would you then put cheap plastic lenses of poor optical quality between that nice optic and your eye? You spend hours establishing a solid zero on your rifle and working out your drops at various distances. Why would you run the risk of throwing that off with cheap eye wear?

Eye protection doesn’t have to be expensive to be good, just make sure what you are buying is good enough that it keeps distortion to a minimum.


Bullpup Shoot 2016

Bullpup Shoot 2016 is right around the corner and this is going to be a big one. There will at least 5 new rifle designs displayed at the vendor tables, not just to look at… They will be available to shoot!

The following new rifles will be available to shoot:

  • Lithgow USA F90 ATRAX
  • Hill and Mac Gun STG-44
  • Hill and Mac Gun CETME L
  • JARD, Inc. J97 9mm Gen 2
  • Desert Tech MDR

That’s right. Desert Tech will have a demo MDR on hand that you can shoot. This might be the biggest bullpup release since the Tavor came to the USA.

The shoot is held in Mount Carroll, Illinois on September 17th from 9AM to 5PM. You can visit BullpupShoot.com for more detail.


Southern Grind Jackal Pup

The Jackal Pup, a more compact version of the full-sized Jackal, is now available from Southern Grind. Like its big brother, the Jackal Pup features full tang construction, sculpted G-10 handle slabs, 8670M steel, and a kydex sheath. The thumb ramp, shallow first finger groove, self guard, and modified clip point blade shape are all intact – just scaled down into a much more EDC-friendly size.

The Jackal Pup is available in variety of handle colors and blade finishes. Check it out at Southern Grind.

southern grind jackal and jackal pup

Handle: 3D Milled Solid G10
Grind: Conventional Flat Grind
Blade Steel: 8670M High Carbon Steel
Hardness: RC 58-59
Overall Length: 5.75″
Weight: 2.8 oz
Handle Length: 2.95″
Blade Length: 2.8″
Blade Thickness: .135″


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