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Ruger LCR 9mm

Ruger just released their LCR chambered in 9mm! This isn’t Ruger’s first foray into 9mm chambered revolvers. The SP101 was offered in 9mm for a short time and those models have become highly sight 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.


Latest on the BAD/Brentwood Gunsmithing OIP Carbine – a Sub 4 Pound AR-15

If you are a fan of lightweight AR-15 carbines, you likely remember the joint project between Battle Arms Development and Brentwood Gunsmithing called the OIP Carbine or Ounces is Pounds Carbine. Battle Arms Development released an image of one of the receiver sets with a very cool natural anodized finish. This is the best look at what it takes to make a sub-4 lb. AR-15 yet.

You can see that extra material has been aggressively milled away and even skeletonized in some places. The top rail has been shortened to allow just enough space for an Aimpoint Micro. The stock is a minimalist nub of aluminum. Every part was scrutinized and I suppose that is what it takes to make a carbine that is a full 2 pounds lighter than what most consider ultralight when it comes to AR-15s.

OIP lightweight battle arms


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