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Vang Comp Basic Home Defense Shotgun – Magpul Limited Edition

The shotgun whisperers at Vang Comp Systems (VCS) have offered their Basic Home Defense Shotgun package built on Mossberg 500s a few times over the years. The package is a Mossberg 500 that has received a host of the well known VCS upgrades and then sold at a very affordable price. I have always regretted not picking one up when I had the chance because I actually like Mossberg 500s and the package price is very affordable for what amounts to a custom pump-action shotgun.

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Now the Basic Home Defense Shotgun is available again with a Magpul twist. The new package features everything you expect from Vang Comp like a lengthened forcing cone, back boring, porting, VCS’ Big Speed Safety and Stainless Magazine Follower but it also includes Magpul’s excellent furniture. The package costs $595 which is pretty amazing considering you are going to spend around $350 just for the basic 18.5″ Mossberg 500.

The Vang Comp Basic Home Defense Shotgun – Magpul Limited Edition is only available at Freedom Firearms. Contact them to see about having one shipped to your FFL.

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Whiskey Two-Four Introduces Slanted Chest Rigs

Whiskey Two-Four is not afraid to try things that are different which is why I always watch them closely. Their most recent product is a testament to that. They are introducing a line of chest rigs with a built in slant that angles gear like magazine pouches in toward the wearer’s center line. This allows the pouches to be mounted out toward the sides of the rig while still being accessible. That in turn opens up the center of the rig so it is more comfortable in the prone and it breathes better.

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Currently, they are only offering an rig that has a 4×3 PALS grid on each side and an open center. There may be additional variations in the future like a split front that incorporates the slant and more compact options. These laser cut Hypalon panels are designed to be used with WTF’s Universal Chest Rig Harness system.

Check out the new slanted rigs at Whiskey Two-Four.

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Diving Deep on the ALG Defense EMR Rail

I have stated here before that the ALG Defense EMR is one of my favorite rails regardless of price. It isn’t just a good rail for the price. It’s just a good rail at almost any price.

ALG Defense rolled out two videos yesterday that really drill down into these affordable rails. The first video is a product overview that goes through the variations of the EMR, design objectives, and more. It even gets into interesting stuff about why torque values don’t tell the whole story when it comes to barrel nut installation, why the EMR barrel nut is so long, and other similarly impressively minute and fascinating details.

The second video is an installation video that is like having Bill Geissele himself guide you through the included instruction sheet and adding his own details as he goes. I learned more than a few things including the fact that I haven’t been applying anti-seize everywhere that I should be during barrel nut installs.

Both videos are worth a watch but neither is short so settle in with a cup of coffee. Even if you don’t own or plan to own an EMR, you will learn things and come away impressed with the detail that went into such an affordable rail. Check out the EMR at ALG Defense.

 

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Aero Precision Labor Day Sale

Everything at Aero Precision is on sale for 15% off from now through September 7th. The discount will automatically be applied to the items in your cart – no coupon necessary. I plan to use this time to pick up an optic mount or two and maybe a few things I need for future AR-15 builds.

Check out Aero Precision.

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Crimson Trace Holster Resource Guide

It has been my experience that most right handed holsters will work well with the Crimson Trace Lasergrips but some of their products are more difficult to find a compatible holster for than others. If you find yourself holster shopping and you want to make sure that you end up with a holster that fits your Crimson Trace equipped handgun, check out HolsterResourceGuide.com.

The website is a massive PDF document with tons of holster compatibility information from several manufacturers. There are clickable links to all compatible holsters and the document is relatively easy to navigate.

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The Numbers Game – Shooting Drill for New RE Factor Tactical IQ Target

RE Factor Tactical has been releasing drill videos to give shooter’s ideas for how to use their new targets. Today’s drill is called The Numbers Game and it pushes the shooter to process a lot of visual information in order to complete the drill. The shooter must scan the entire target and engage only the colored shapes that have a number printed in them with the number of rounds indicated by the number. Doing this against another shooter or on the timer should be more than sufficient to screw with your head.

See The Numbers Game in action in the video below. See the targets at RE Factor Tactical.

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Review: LMT Defense DMR556 Stock

LMT’s DMR556 Stock is a precision oriented adjustable stock that has LMT’s SOPMOD finger prints all over it. While it is sure to draw comparisons to the Magpul PRS Stock, the DMR556 packs a lot of unique features that set it apart including one that puts this head and shoulders above anything else I have tried.

LMT Defense DMR556

Overview

The DMR556 is a drop-in, adjustable stock designed for AR-15 based precision rifles. It is adjustable for length of pull (LOP) and comb height, features two QD sling swivel locations on each side (total of four), and has a covered lower rail section for mounting a rear mono-pod. Best of all, the DMR556 can be mounted on any mil-spec dimension carbine receiver extension (buffer tube).

Both the LOP and comb height dials click into position as you rotate them to help keep your adjustments repeatable. The LOP can be finely adjusted at the dial or more coarsely adjusted by moving the stock’s position on the receiver extension.

This stock looks similar at first glance to the Magpul PRS because they are both descendants of the HK PSG-1 stock. The LMT differentiates itself with several features including the ability to mount on a carbine receiver extension and built in QD sling swivel mounting points as mentioned before. It also has LMT design elements throughout including a SOPMOD stock inspired cheek piece and the same buttpad as the SOPMOD stock.

LMT Defense DMR556 Top Down

Observations from Use

This stock has a lot of great features but none are greater than the way it mounts to a mil-spec carbine receiver extension. The stock simply slides on and is retained by a spring loaded pin that locks into the stops on the receiver extension. This is excellent for several reasons. First, it allows you to more easily tune your recoil spring and buffer set up with heavier buffers, extra springs, etc as there is a much wider variety of items like this for carbine receiver extensions than there are for rifle length extensions. It will even fit on Vltor’s excellent A5 receiver extensions though there will be a slight gap at the front of the stock which is not a big deal. Second, it allows the user to adjust the length of pull in a more coarse way than the dial allows by moving the stock forward or back on the receiver extension.

Finally, the stock mounting setup allows the user some impressive modularity. Let’s say you have a carbine built up to be something of a light precision or RECCE configuration with a precision barrel and low power magnification optic like a 1-4x or 1-6x. With a carbine like that, you may want a more compact, lighter adjustable stock on it at times and you may want a no-compromise precision stock on it at other times. The DMR556 allows you to accomplish that easily without the need to swap buffer tubes. You simply use the tip of a bullet or similar object to compress the retention pin and slide the stock off of or on to the receiver extension. It couldn’t be much easier.

LMT Defense DMR556 Retainer Pin

The cheek piece is excellent. It has the familiar flared SOPMOD stock shape. On the SOPMOD stock, those flares serve to house the extra battery storage and enhance cheek weld. On the DMR556, there is no battery storage and the flares are in place solely to enhance the cheek weld which they do well. The use of a SOPMOD buttpad works well here too. The rubber texture locks it into your shoulder and, as SOPMOD users already know, the rounded edges make it easy to roll the rifle up to your shoulder from a low ready position.

The stock has a covered bottom rail that is easily accessed by prying the cover off. The rail is useful for those who use a rear mono-pod. When the cover is in place, it creates a very long flat surface that settles into a rear shooting bag nicely. I don’t use a mono-pod but I do use shooting bags and I really appreciate the shape of this stock on the bag. The club foot area works well whether you are on a shooting bag or not. It is the perfect place to put your support hand when the front of your rifle is supported.

LMT Defense DMR556 Front

The four built in QD sling swivel sockets are greatly appreciated. I use mine to mount the excellent Armageddon Gear Precision Rifle Sling that I use on my precision AR. It is nice that these mounting points don’t have to be purchased separately and that they have both a low and high mounting position on both sides of the stock. If I could change one thing about the stock it would be to make the sling swivel mounts rotation limited. The free spinning sockets are a disappointment on an otherwise excellent stock.

The LOP and comb height dials are easy to turn, even with gloved hands. The detent action in each position is strong and positive. You can easily feel each click and I had no issues with my adjustments moving once they were set. I used a paint pen to witness mark my adjustments.

The DMR556 fit every mil-spec receiver extension that I tried from several different manufacturers including Colt, BCM, LMT, Vltor, Spike’s Tactical, and more. There is minimal movement and zero rattle with the stock mounted.

LMT Defense DMR556 Pad

Wrap Up

The ability to mount the DMR556 on a standard mil-spec carbine receiver extension takes this stock to another level. It is the greatest feature on a stock that is packed with great features. The added QD swivels are a big plus but I really wish they were rotation limited. The SOPMOD design elements remind the user that this is an LMT product and they aren’t just there for branding. They are also functional. This is an EXCELLENT precision stock for the AR-15.

Check out the DMR556 at LMT Defense.

Disclosure: The DMR556 was provided to me free of charge for review by LMT Defense.

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Andro Corp Industries Launches New Site and Products

AR-15 builder Andro Corp Industries just upgraded their little corner of the web. The new site has easier navigation via menus at the top of the page and a ton of new products including complete rifles and new uppers. They have expanded their selection of uppers with SLR Rifleworks hand guards and have more Ballistic Advantage 18″ and 20″  Wylde chambered precision offerings too. Check out the new AndroCorpInd.com.

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SKD Tactical Flash Sale – 30% Off Paraclete LVBC with BALCS Armor

If you are in the market for an armor carrier, you are going to want to be somewhere around the vicinity of SKDTAC.com at noon. That is when they are dropping the price on a size large Paraclete LVBC with BALCS Armor by 30% to get rid of some inventory. The deal will last 48 hours but I have a feeling the inventory won’t last that long so act fast.

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OV Innovations Gen II Load Lifter Panel Patent Issued

I have said before that the OV Innovations Gen II Load Lifter Panel (LLP) made me fall back in love with my Mystery Ranch NICE Frame. The NICE Frame has a lot going for it but if you are tall or have long torso, you will find that it just isn’t long enough to allow the load lifters to transfer weight to your hips. That is where the Gen II LLP comes in. It acts as a frame extension to add height to the lifters. It’s easy to use, lightweight, and it works.

Congrats to OV Innovations on their recently issued patent for the LLP.

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