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GWACS Armory and KE Arms – Flying Too Close to the Sun

I have written about GWACS Armory CAV-15 Lower Receivers before. They are the only polymer AR-15 lowers that I have personally vetted over several years and a few thousand rounds. I own two of them and trust them in large part because they are designed around the strengths and weaknesses of polymer rather than just a normal lower rendered in plastic instead of aluminum. Are they for everyone and every purpose? Maybe not. Do they work as intended and take a massive amount of abuse? You bet. I believe they are very under-appreciated.

InRange TV (who you really should be watching regularly for their unique blend of firearm reviews, history, culture, and consistently solid content) posted a test a while ago that I shared on the JTT Facebook Page that showed them running over, shooting, and generally abusing a GWACS Armory CAV-15 Lower.

KE Arms recently sent me some press that shows what happened to that poor, abused CAV-15 Lower. You might think it was retired to trade show booth wall-hanger status or the dust bin. Not quite. Karl, one of the hosts of InRange TV is still using it. In fact, he is using quite effectively. The lower was recently used in conjunction with a KE Arms upper to win Trooper Division at the Independence Day Action Rifle Match and place 6/76 over all.

The upper/lower combo has affectionately been named Icarus which is very fitting. It certainly looks like it has been flying a bit too close to the sun. Both KE Arms and GWACS Armory are understandably proud of Karl’s accomplishment and their gear.



TOPS Knives Releases the SXB Knife

Knife people seem to have a love/hate relationship with the Wilderness Survival Knife (WSK) design. Some love it for its ability to perform a wide variety of tasks and potentially replace multiple tools. Some hate it for its large size and brute force approach. All I know is that I have seen some very capable people doing a multitude of survival related tasks with them and doing them very effectively. I also know that the new SXB from TOPS Knives is one of the most radical WSKs I have seen yet.


Take TOPS Knives’ well known Tom Brown Tracker, stretch it out by nearly 5″, add TOPS Knives’ Rocky Mountain Tread handle treatment, add an extended pommel and guard, and you have something close to the SXB EJ “Skullcrusher” Snyder. Interestingly, because the SXB is not quite as tall as the Tracker, it manages to weigh 2 ounces less in spite of all the extra blade length.

SXB Flyer

Overall Length 16.75″
Blade Length 10.38″
Cutting Edge 9.75″
Blade Thickness 0.250″
Blade Steel 1095 RC 56-58
Blade Finish Black Traction Coating
Handle Material Black Linen Micarta
Handle Style Rocky Mountain Tread
Knife Weight 26 oz
Sheath Included Yes
Sheath Material Black Ballistic Nylon
Sheath Clip Molle Backing
Designer EJ “Skullcrusher” Snyder

Archer Mfg Kanon 12ga

Archer Mfg has introduced a new shotgun package that has a back story and cause that are even better than its spec sheet. The Kanon 12ga is their tribute to a fallen teammate who was killed in Afghanistan while working as a security contractor. The name Kanon actually comes from the name of their fallen comrade’s explosive detection dog. A portion of the proceeds from all sales of this shotgun will go to a trust established for his daughter’s college education.

archer kanon

Like I said, the back story and cause are better than the specs, but that is really saying something because the specs are pretty darn good too. The Kanon starts life as a Remington 870P with an 18″ barrel with 2 round magazine extension. They are inspected and function checked before the Kanon package is applied which includes:

  • Dehorn and polish receiver, ejection port, and loading port
  • Back bore barrel and lengthen forcing cone (reduces recoil, tightens patterns)
  • Polish bore and chamber
  • Coat receiver interior and magazine exterior with Micro-Slick
  • Polish magazine tube interior
  • Install Volquartsen Exact Edge Extractor, SBE Aluminum Tactical Follower, and Big Speed Safety
  • Install XS Ghost Ring rear sight and XS banded Tritium front sight
  • Install MagPul SGA forward sling mount and Micro Flush rotation-limited rear
  • Cerakote in choice of colors
  • Deliver in Patriot Case hard case

The Kanon starts at $1495 and will be available with several buttstock and foreend options. It is in the process of being added to the Archer Mfg website.


Dimitri Karras Answers

Dimitri Karras has supplied JTT with a PDF document that he states was sent to Ares Armor CEO Bryce Sterlin this morning. It is Karras’ assertion that the press release sent out by Sterlin this evening regarding Karras’ release from Ares Armor contains false statements and is in retaliation for this PDF document.

In the document, Karras claims that that Sterlin and Ares Armor are falsely attributing quotes, falsely portraying veteran status, breech promises made during the sale of Ares Armor, and more. Read the PDF document HERE.


Karras Out at Ares Armor

Ares Armor LogoThere has been a shake up at Ares Armor. Current CEO Bryce Stirlen just sent out press regarding the relationship of Ares Armor with their well known founder and liberty activist, Dimitri Karas:

July 6, 2015
It is with heavy hearts in Ares Armor Inc. that we announce the forced termination of Founder Dimitri Karras for breach of duty as an employee of this firm.
Mr. Karras had been on paid administrative leave since March 2015 for highly unprofessional behavior against members of the management team, staff, and others. Most recently, he launched a series of disruptive and disrespectful public attacks against the CEO, and the company. Furthermore, the uncovering of serious financial discrepancies connected to his selling the company only served to complicate matters.
Mr. Karras repeatedly took advantage of the incredible patience and generosity of new owner and CEO, Bryce Stirlen. “We as an organization simply cannot allow him to continue this type of behavior against the company and people who supported him,” said Stirlen. “Mr. Karras has a very well-documented history. As one the of the company directors said in a management conference call, ‘sometimes to grow a bigger and better garden you just have to root out the weeds.’ Regardless, we still wish Dimitri the best of luck in his future endeavors.”

Gen 3 IR Patches from Perroz Designs

One of the common issues with laser cut IR patches is that the laser cut layer can begin to separate and peel over time. This is especially true at the corners. Perroz Designs just introduced their Gen 3 IR Patches that use a folded edge to secure the edges and corners. This new edge treatment prevents the laser cut Cordura layers from delaminating from the luminous material layer below which in turns makes for a more durable patch.

Check out the Gen 3 IR Patch Patches from Perroz Designs.

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Crowdfunding the Gadget

Pistol-Training.com has announced that The Gadget (or Gadget Striker Control Device as it is now known) will be brought to market via a crowdfunding campaign that will kick off on Friday. July 10. This will make the day of those who know what The Gadget is and understand its use. If you are scratching your head about what The Gadget is, read on.

Early prototype of The Gadget

Early prototype of The Gadget

The Gadget is a “striker control device” made for Glock pistols that is the result of collaboration between instructor Todd Green and a student of his, Tom Jones. It is a back plate for Glocks that is hinged at the top and protrudes in through the striker channel to contact the rear of the striker. Essentially, this creates a physical linkage between the shooter’s thumb and the striker that can help prevent accidental discharges of the firearm caused when a holster obstruction presses the trigger.

Why is this physical linkage important? There are two reasons. First, it allows the shooter to feel the movement of the striker. Second, it allows the shooter to block the movement of the striker. The shooter can place their thumb on the back plate and provide pressure while holstering their Glock in an effort to feel or, better yet, block accidental movement of the striker caused by an obstruction that presses the trigger as a handgun is pushed into the holster.

It works like this. The shooter places their thumb on The Gadget and provides pressure while holstering. If they feel any resistance while holstering or they feel the striker moving via The Gadget, they can withdraw the handgun and check for holster obstructions.

I can already hear people crying about additional safeties and unnecessary widgets. The Gadget is not a safety and this procedure of placing the thumb on the hammer of a handgun has been taught for decades with hammer fired handguns and handguns with protruding strikers. The Gadget simply makes the procedure viable for Glock shooters.

The Gadget is completely passive in how it functions. If you don’t provide thumb pressure, it does nothing to block striker movement. If its only moving part should happen to break off the host handgun, the Glock will continue to function as normal.

Stay tuned for additional details on the Gadget Striker Control Device crowdfunding effort.


Independence Day 2015

239 years ago,  brave patriots with ideals that were noble, fair, and good founded a nation unlike any other. The United States of America is a nation that is worth celebrating!

Happy Independence Day from Jerking the Trigger.



Sionics Weapon Systems NP3 BCG Sale

If you are looking for a great deal on a great BCG, look no further. Sionics Weapon Systems is offering their NP3 coated bolt carrier group for $139.95 on sale to celebrate Independence Day.

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