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Dissipator Fans Rejoice – Sionics Developing Dissipator Barrel

The folks at Sionics Weapon Systems always seem to have a few interesting things in the pipeline. They recently let slip that one of those interesting things is a Dissipator barrel! This would be a great addition to a market that is very thin when it comes to quality Dissipator and Mock Dissipator options.

There is no real time frame available for the release of the barrel… so don’t hold your breath.

Exos Defense TI-7 KWIKGUARD on Carbine


Make Your Own Artsy-Fartsy Cutout Photos with Gunstruction

Gunstruction recently posted a very cool photo to their Facebook page of a near perfect “cutout” of a carbine. They claimed that they did it without photoshop, using nothing but native Gunstruction Photo Mode functionality. I took that as a challenge and had to figure out how to do it for myself.

gunstruction cutout

Lucky for you, I figured it out and I feel like sharing.

  1. Visit the Gunstruction website. I hate that I have to mention this step but if I don’t some goof will email me and ask how to get there.
  2. Configure your AR-15 the way you want it. I won’t hold your hand here. It’s your carbine. Have some fun with it.
  3. Click the Paint button on the main screen to enter the Paint menu.
  4. Click the Color button to paint the entire carbine single color.
  5. Choose “Duracoat White”.
  6. Click the Apply to All button. Paint it White
  7. Click the Back button to return to the main screen.
  8. Click the Photo button to enter the photo menu. You can fiddle with any of the settings that you like. I will only mention those that are responsible for creating the desired effect.Enter Photo Mode
  9. Click the Lights button to enter the lighting menu.
  10.  Set all three lights to true white by sliding the R, G, and B, sliders all the way to the right.
  11. Set all three lights to full intensity by sliding the Intensity sliders all the way to the right.Adjust the Light Sliders
  12. Click the Room button. This is where you will create the black background.
  13. Choose “None” from the drop down menu beneath the Room button.
  14. Move the R, G, and B sliders all the way to the left to create dark black background.Set the Backgroud Sliders
  15. Click the Filters button. You are almost done!
  16. Click on the drop down menu beneath the Filters button.
  17. Click the X in the Ambient Inclusion check box to de-select it.Set the Backgroud Sliders
  18. Snap cool cutout photos to your heats content.Start Snapping Photos

It looks like a lot of steps but it is very easy once you get the hang of it. Once you have the cutout image, it would be pretty easy to reverse the colors in photo editing software to create a silhouette. A smart guy like you could probably figure out all sorts of cool things to do with this type of image.



Ruger LCR 9mm

Ruger just released their LCR chambered in 9mm! This isn’t Ruger’s first foray into 9mm chambered revolvers. Both the SP101 and Speed Six were offered in 9mm for a short time and those models have become highly sought after.

9mm actually makes good sense in a revolver since it generally outperforms .38 Special, costs less, and offers a much wider array of factory loaded ammunition choices. It has always boggled my mind that there aren’t more compact frame revolvers chambered in 9mm!

5456You could certainly argue that there isn’t much room left for small revolvers in a market that is stacked with compact, magazine fed, 9mm semi-autos but there are still some situations that I prefer a small frame revolver. The use of moon clips helps to mitigate the magazine advantage though capacity is still an issue. Many small autos lack the reliability of their larger counterparts while compact revolver, though not infallible, are generally very reliable. There is also a lot to be said for the lack of exposed hammer or reciprocating slide for a deep concealment gun.

Additionally, the dimension numbers can be deceiving when it comes to revolvers. They look thick but much of their thickness is confined to the cylinder. On paper, a Glock 26 looks nearly identical in size to a small frame revolver but I have tried to pocket-carry a G26 and it doesn’t work for me. However, I pocket-carry a small frame revolver frequently. People also forget the role of weight in concealment and comfort. A lightweight revolver like the LCR works better in dress clothes and for pocket-carry due to its lighter weight.

I didn’t intend for this post to become a justification for small frame revolvers but there you have it. I believe there is still a role for such a firearm and if I was starting from scratch, I would almost certainly choose a 9mm LCR over the .38 Special +P model. I would also give it a hard look versus many of the similarly sized semi-autos on the market.


Daniel Defense Expands Color Finish Options to Additional Firearms

Daniel Defense is now offering their MK12 and V11 with some new finish options. Looking sharp Daniel Defense!

From Daniel Defense:

Daniel Defense, engineering and manufacturing the world’s finest firearms, precision rail systems and accessories, today announced the expansion of their exclusive finishes, Mil Spec+™ and Daniel Defense Tornado™, to additional models.

The Daniel Defense MK12—introduced at SHOT Show this year—with an 18-inch stainless steel barrel and rifle length gas system, is now being offered in the Daniel Defense Tornado finish. The gray cerakote is not the only visual difference on this Special Purpose Rifle. The stainless steel, MK12 profile barrel has a bead blasted, chemically passivated finish that resembles the base metal. “We’ve invested a lot of man hours and capital toward development of the MK12,” noted Jordan Hunter, Director of Marketing for Daniel Defense. “The New Tornado finish and bead blasted, stainless steel barrel provide this precision firearm with a new appeal.”

“We’re also happy to publicize that the V11 is now available in our new finishes,” Hunter continued. The DDM4v11, which features Daniel Defense’s SLiM Rail™, their first rail system with the KeyMod attachment method, is available in Mil Spec+, Tornado as well as Black. “Demand since the release of the V11 has been exceedingly strong. With the encouraging response to these distinct finishes, making them available on this firearm is a no-brainer.”

About Daniel Defense

President and CEO, Marty Daniel founded Daniel Defense at the turn of the 21st century. From its humble beginnings as a start-up company, creating rails and accessories for the AR-15 platform in small batches, Daniel Defense has grown exponentially over the last decade, and is now known for its premium line of rifles and firearms accessories. Now with two locations and a combined 137,000 square feet of available manufacturing space, Daniel Defense looks forward to continued growth, as well as the opportunity to better serve their customers.

For more information, visit www.danieldefense.com.

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The Brass Wrangler

Finally! A brass catcher that doesn’t look like it was cobbled together from wire hangers and aquarium netting in some guy’s basement.

The Brass Wrangler is the best thought-out brass catcher that I have seen for AR-15s. The catch is that your AR-15 must have a hand guard with a top rail and a dust cover. It attaches to the top rail via a plastic arm and is designed to be help open by your AR-15’s dust cover. This set up is much more compact than typical brass catchers.


Brass Wrangler is currently available to crowd fund on RocketHub. The working prototype was made with Kydex and the funding will be used to purchase the necessary molding to make the plastic parts out of more durable injection molded polymer.

I absolutely see the utility of a brass catcher but I have never wanted to fiddle with one since they all seem to be junk. This looks like something that has had some actual thought put into it. Check out the Brass Wrangler on RocketHub.


Pat Rogers Has a Nicer AR Pistol Than You!

The AR pistol is enjoying unprecedented levels of acceptance among shooters of all types, including quality instructors. This was starting to happen before the release of the Sig SB15 Pistol Brace but the brace’s arrival solidified the current interest in the AR pistol.

You may recall a previous post where I broke the news of BCM’s work with AR pistols. That post mentions that Pat Rogers of EAG Tactical was working with AR pistols to see how viable they were. Well, he has recorded some of his thoughts and experiences on Lightfighter and recently he posted an image of at least one of his BCM built AR pistols. It’s a really stinkin’ nice pistol.


The pictured pistol features a ton of BCM gear which isn’t surprising. I see a KMR Rail, GUNFIGHTER Comp, GUNFIGHTER Grip, and, of course, a BCM upper/lower. The Magpul AFG is a conservative choice given the BATFE’s stance on vertical grips on a pistols with an OAL of 26″ or less (I don’t know the OAL on this pistol). Pat Rogers’ affinity for the bomb-proof Aimpoint T1 is well known so it is no surprise to see one in use here.


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