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Bad-Element Co – Analog Gauge Window Magazine Cut

Bad-Element Co creates custom AK magazines including California legal conversions, custom magazine chops that turn 30 round magazines into more compact 20 round magazines, and even custom window cuts. Their work is very clean and can be quite handy if you live in an AWB state, or… Maybe you just want something unique like, say, a 20 round Russian Bakelite or a Chinese Flat Back with a window cut that lets you view how many rounds are left in the magazine. It’s what they do.

They recently took their craft to a whole new level with their Analog Gauge Window Magazine Cut. It’s is absolutely incredible. Let the picture wash over you for a second.

bad element co round counter

They have cut away the side of the magazine with three windows running from top to bottom. The body of the magazine is marked with hash marks and Arabic numerals. The follower is cut and carefully bent so that a small pointer actually slides outside the body of the magazine to point at the hash marks.

It may not be the most practical magazine in the world but who cares? This is a display of hardcore craftsmanship for the sake of being a hardcore craftsman. It’s part AK mag, part art installation and it’s all awesome.

You can learn more about Bad-Element Co’s services on their website and their Facebook page.



Magpul “El Original” Shark Skin Gun Belt, Leather Patches, and End of Summer Apparel Sale

There is a lot of news coming out of Magpul today!



With the end of Summer approaching and to make room for our Fall apparel line, select apparel items are on sale for a limited time.



Now Shipping: Magpul Gun Belt – “El Original” Shark Skin

Our Tejas “El Original” Gun Belt is now offered with a rugged outer layer of shark skin. This fine grain exotic leather is amazingly durable and holds up to the wear and tear required of a belt.)

As with our other Tejas Gun Belts, The “El Original” Shark Skin Gun Belt is proudly made in Texas.  The shark skins used are all a by-product of licensed and legal fishing activities, tracked from the time they are harvested until they are made into the final product.

This belt will be limited to the quantity on hand and may not be released again. Sizes and availability are limited.


  • Durable shark skin outer layer, top grade bullhide leather middle layer, and supportive but flexible reinforced polymer interior
  • Gun belt rigidity with dress belt comfort offers stretch and sag free performance
  • Removable buckle with branded “tool-free” fasteners
  • Standard 1-1/2″ wide and 1/4″ thick to fit most belt loops and holsters
  • Eight holes with 3/4″ spacing for a wide yet precise adjustment range
  • Multiple lengths available in limited quanities from 32-44 inches (please review Belt Sizing directions in Specs below*)

Only available at Magpul.com

MSRP 184.95

Made in the USA



Now Shipping: Magpul Leather Patches

100% Bullhide morale patches, using portions of the same bullhide that our Tejas Gun Belts are made from, these hook and loop backed patches can be used anyplace a standard woven patch would be used. Each patch is heat embossed with a logo or image that will be unique to that patch due to the natural qualities of real leather.


  • Top Grade Bullhide Leather
  • Dimensions: 3”X 2”
  • Hook and Loop Backing
  • Made in Texas, USA



TangoDown GSR-03 Vickers Tactical Slide Racker

TandoDown’s newest product will help you get a grip on your Glock. Their GSR-03 Vickers Tactical Slide Racker is designed to aid in the manipulation of the  slide without being obtrusive. It serves to increase grip during normal manipulations. In the event that you lose use of one hand, it can also be used as catch for manipulating the slide a table top, your belt, your holster, the bottom of your shoe, or whatever else is handy.


TangoDown has developed a Slide Racker to accommodate larger frame 9mm & .40 double stack Glock™ models.

The GSR-03 provides small serrated wings at the slide’s end, to guarantee a positive cycling of ammunition into the weapon. Even if you’re down to one hand, cycling the slide against your belt, holster or heel is quick and positive. Those with small hands or struggling with arthritis, will benefit from this upgrade. The GSR-03 is big enough to offer advantage, yet small enough to be unnoticeable in concealed carry holsters.

MSRP: $18.95

Visit TangoDown.com for more information on the GSR-03.



Weapon Outfitters to Cease Offering Gunsmithing Services

This story isn’t just about Weapon Outfitters. Thanks to the recent ITAR related “guidance” that included an expansion of the term “manufacturer”, many gunsmiths are finding themselves reconsidering their businesses or at least the services they offer. Weapon Outfitters just happens to be one that is on my radar but there are certainly others.

13.7 WO build

Weapon Outfitters 13.7″ Build

Weapon Outfitters is known, in part, for AR-15 builds with unique 13.7″, 14.0″, and 14.5″ barrels. These barrel lengths, of course, require permanently attaching a muzzle device, which under the new guidance may constitute “manufacturing”. This is a broadening of the threshold for what constitutes a manufacturer and thus may require that the “manufacturer” pay a $2250 fee yearly to the State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls. Many gunsmiths may be unwilling or unable to absorb this fee.

Weapon Outfitters released the following statement via their Facebook page:

We’ve been offering high quality pinning and welding as well as basic gunsmithing services for years through 3rd party providers local to me. A machinist did fantastic work with the lathe and end mill, and a welder did fantastic TIG welding for us.

Due to these new regulations with significant financial cost and legal burden, we have to stop all gunsmithing services immediately.

There is certainly an argument to be made that the guidance does not apply as outlined very well by Adam Kraut. However, many gunsmiths are still going to be unwilling to risk their own livelihoods or those of their vendors to find out who is right.


SIONICS Weapon Systems – Navajo Nation Rifle Contract

sionics 125SIONICS Weapon Systems AR-15s are used by departments around the country and they continue to rack up new rifle contracts thanks to their proven quality and reliability. They also have the ability to support their rifles with dedicated armorers service and training which sets them apart. Their latest contract is with the Navajo Nation.

SIONICS Weapon Systems is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a Multiple Rifle Contract with The Navajo Nation. We are honored to be working with the Navajo Nation Police and Division of Public Safety which has Police Jurisdiction over 27,000 square miles.


VZ Grips Palm Swell Grips for CZ and Hi Power

VZ Grips has introduced a new style of grip for the CZ 75 and Hi Power series of handguns. The new Palm Swell Grips feature a contoured palm-swell design that not only fills the hand but also does a great job of showing off the layers of the G-10 material from which they are machined. They are available in a variety of colors and several of VZ Grip’s well known texture patterns.

You can check out the the CZ 75 and Hi Power Palm Swell Grips at VZ Grips.

vz grips palm swell


Dissipator News – Faxon Firearms and AIM Surplus

Dissipators and mock dissipators are a frequent topic of discussion online. It seems that, when they aren’t available, everybody wants one and, when they are available, very few people buy them. This creates a cycle in which an AR-15 manufacturer brings a dissipator configuration to market to fill the perceived niche, a few people buy them but not enough to justify their production, the configuration is discontinued, and the cycle starts over.

If you aren’t familiar with what a dissapator is, it is basically an AR-15 upper configuration that has a fixed front sight base in the rifle position but placed on a 16″ barrel – so a carbine length barrel with rifle length sight radius. The way this is accomplished varies but it is usually done by placing a low profile gas block under the handguards in the carbine or midlength position as the actual functional gas tap with a front sight tower pinned in the rifle position serving only as a front sight.

Dissipator Gas Block

One of the few disspator uppers that has managed to sell well in recent years and actually have some staying power was the Spike’s Tactical GMP upper which was only available at AIM Surplus. I am using the past tense because, due a cost increase, AIM Surplus will no longer be engaging Spike’s to offer these uppers. I happen to own one. It has been a solid performer and I appreciate the lightweight barrel on an otherwise heavy configuration.

Will disspator fans be left out in the cold? Not for long!

It appears that AIM Surplus will be working with Faxon Firearms to create 3 new disspator options: a complete upper, a builder style/OEM style upper, and a dissipator barrel for those who want to build their own. The barrels used will likely be a lighter profile similar to the current Faxon Gunner profile.

The complete upper will be just what it sounds like – a complete, ready to shoot upper. It will be produced by Faxon and offered for sale through AIM Surplus.

The builder style/OEM upper is basically a stripped upper. It comes without handguards, flash hider, charging handle, and bolt carrier group so that you can choose your own.

The barrel will come with a pinned gas block, installed front sight base, and hand guard cap.

These new disspator options are about 8 weeks out. So, dissipator fans have reason to be excited.


XTECH Tactical Introduces 5rd Magazine Extender and Complete 20rd Magazine for HK VP9

If you shoot an HK VP9 and frequently find yourself wishing your magazines would last just a little longer before locking the slide back on empty (and who doesn’t, really), then XTECH Tactical has good news for you. They are now shipping their +5 Mag Extender for the VP9 and, later this fall, they will be offering complete 20 round magazines!


The +5 Mag Extender is designed so that the inside dimensions of extension match the inside dimensions of the magazine perfectly. According to XTECH Tactical, this is critical to reliability with magazine extensions. The +5 Mag Extender installs without tools. It comes with an extended spring.

You can learn more about the +5 Mag Extensions at XTECH Tactical.



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


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