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Ballistic Advantage Barrel of the Week: 18″ BA Hanson Mid-Length

If you are building a precision AR, take note. Ballistic Advantage is offering their Premium Series 18″ .223 Wylde BA Hanson Midlength AR 15 Barrel w/ Lo Pro Gas Block with barrel of the week discount.

This barrel comes with a 1MOA guarantee. The Hanson profile cuts the weight while still offering the type of performance you want in a precision barrel. The included pinned, low profile gas block makes this a great value.

18″ BA Hanson Barrel at Ballistic Advantage


Black Rhino Concealment and the Road Rash Test

Have you ever wondered what would happen to a Black Rhino Concealment (BRC) holster if it was involved in a 70MPH motorcycle crash? It turns out that, at least in one case, the answer is… not much. This BRC TCS for the Glock 42 went through exactly that and it still usable and the G42 stayed in the holster the entire time.



Victory First Debuts Victory Wear

No trainer has been more involved in the melding of firearm training concepts and every day carry gear, especially as it pertains to carbines, than Matt Jacques. That is a good reason to be excited about what will come out of Victory Wear.

Victory First officially announced today the creation of its lifestyle brand, Victory Wear.  Victory Wear, a Division of Victory First will produce lifestyle and apparel items that resonate with the “everyday carry” community.

The debut offerings feature attractive graphics on a variety of American-made T-shirts, decals, and PVC patches.  The theme of all Victory Wear products focuses on mindset and preparedness to protect family, hearth, and home.  If you carry a concealed pistol daily, or keep a carbine handy in your vehicle or around the house, Victory Wear is a brand designed for your the way you live your life.

Although some of the themes will be staples within the brand, most will be limited runs.  While the initial run is fairly focused, there are over a dozen different themes slated for release before Independence Day.

“There are some great lifestyle brands in this industry, but most have a very pronounced military-feel to their products.  As a former Marine, I love those brands, but not everyone who carries a gun is a veteran.  We created Victory Wear to reflect the values and mindset of the everyday American who carries a gun to protect himself and the people he cares most about,” said Matt ‘Jake’ Jacques, owner of Victory First and Victory Wear.  “If you take on the responsibility of carrying a gun every day, you’ll ‘get’ our products.  They are a reflection of that mental and emotional commitment.”

Victory Wear products are available for purchase at https://victory-wear.com, and you can check them out on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/VictoryWearables/  and on Instagram @ VictoryWearables


Fun and Useful – MDOT “Emoji” Sticker at Tactical Works

Everyone likes seeing a smiling face and everyone likes knowing their drops so, everyone should like the MDOT “Emoji” Sticker by Scope Dope. These stickers feature a bright yellow smiley face with a MIL-dot reticle superimposed and space to right in your drops at various dots. Just write in your dope with a fine tip permanent marker, place the sticker in your rear scope cap, and enjoy the warm feelings that accompany looking at a smiling face and knowing your drops.

The MDOT “Emoji” Sticker is available at Tactical Works.


Faxon Firearms STREAMLINE CARBON Series Hand Guards

Faxon Firearms just released details for their new STREAMLINE CARBON Series Hand Guards.

We’re proud to announce our new STREAMLINE CARBON Series of Handguards for the AR-15.

Faxon Firearms, incessant innovators in the firearms industry, is pleased to announce the release of the STREAMLINE CARBON series of handguards for the AR-15. The STREAMLINE CARBON series of carbon fiber handguards melds extreme lightweight and functionality into a single rugged, easy-to-install M-LOK handguard. Mounted to a weapon, the shooter will see a dramatic increase in maneuverability and swing ability of their rifle compared to legacy metal options.

The STEAMLINE CARBON fuses Faxon’s patent-pending mounting architecture and quality machining with Lancer Systems carbon-fiber know-how. The rails mount to the AR-15 using the common mil-spec AR-15 barrel nut, ensuring anyone with standard tools can mount the rail quickly and easily. When mounted correctly, the rail is locked in to position across all three axis, ensuring rigged and rugged performance under the most demanding circumstances. The 15″ rail clocks in at less than 8 ounces in its standard configuration including all mounting hardware. An optional titanium barrel nut reduces weight further by ~.8 ounces.

The rails feature full-length Magpul M-LOK across all 8 faces of the octagonal handguard. Using an optional low-profile M-LOK rail, shooters have the option of mounting on-plane BUIS. Overall size balances a slim profile (OD is 2.05″) while being able to fit suppressors up to 1.6″ diameter.

“As shooters, we designed the STREAMLINE CARBON series of handguards like our GUNNER barrels. We wanted all the functionality possible while reducing weight to the maximum extent possible,” commented Bob Faxon, President of Faxon Firearms. “Usability and modularity were absolutely critical to our design process. We want shooters to pick up the STREAMLINE CARBON option not just for its weight, but for superior utility for mounting accessories while handling arduous courses of fire.”

The STREAMLINE CARBON handguard will launch at Rainier Arms in a 15″ configuration. 13.3″ and 10.2″ lengths are in-production and will be available Q1/Q2 2017. The 13.3″ is the ideal companion for pinned and welded 14.5″ barrels, giving just enough space for the hand to extend all the way to the end without being concussed by muzzle devices. Retail for the carbon-fiber rails is set at $349, $339, and $329, respectively.


Extreme lightweight without sacrificing strength, rigidity, or practicality.
M-LOK attachment across 8 facets.
Dramatically increases maneuverability of the weapon over legacy metal rails.
Low heat transfer for handling xtreme duty cycles.
Fits common suppressors under-rail
Attaches with standard armorer’s wrenches and tools.
Co-witness iron sights and optics/lasers*
*Requires optional low-profile M-LOK rail adapters.


Length: 15.0″
Weight w/o Barrel Nut (Includes ALL Mounting Hardware): 6.71 Ounces
Weight, Steel Barrel Nut: 1.28 Ounces
Weight, Titanium Barrel Nut: .77 Ounces
Height (Flat to Flat): 1.98″
Max Outer Diameter (Peak to Peak): 2.05″
Max Inner Diameter (Front Aluminum Ring): 1.70″
Construction: Lancer Carbon Fiber & Aerospace Aluminum – Type III Hard Anodized
Accessory Mounting: M-LOK
M-LOK Slots: 8
Attachment Method: Standard AR-15 Barrel Nut, Patent-Pending Clamp Architecture

Length: 13.3″
Weight w/o Barrel Nut (Includes ALL Mounting Hardware): 6.12 Ounces
Weight, Steel Barrel Nut: 1.28 Ounces
Weight, Titanium Barrel Nut: .77 Ounces
Height (Flat to Flat): 1.98″
Max Outer Diameter (Peak to Peak): 2.05″
Max Inner Diameter (Front Aluminum Ring): 1.70″
Construction: Lancer Carbon Fiber & Aerospace Aluminum – Type III Hard Anodized
Accessory Mounting: M-LOK
M-LOK Slots: 7
Attachment Method: Standard AR-15 Barrel Nut, Patent-Pending Clamp Architecture

Length: 10.2″
Weight w/o Barrel Nut (Includes ALL Mounting Hardware): 4.96 Ounces
Weight, Steel Barrel Nut: 1.28 Ounces
Weight, Titanium Barrel Nut: .77 Ounces
Height (Flat to Flat): 1.98″
Max Outer Diameter (Peak to Peak): 2.05″
Max Inner Diameter (Front Aluminum Ring): 1.70″
Construction: Lancer Carbon Fiber & Aerospace Aluminum – Type III Hard Anodized
Accessory Mounting: M-LOK
M-LOK Slots: 5
Attachment Method: Standard AR-15 Barrel Nut, Patent-Pending Clamp Architecture



Now Shipping – Magpul Zhukov-U Hand Guard for AK47/AK74

Magpul is now shipping the Zhukov-U Hand Guard. It’s the same Zhukov Hand Guard you love but 1.5″ shorter.

The Zhukov-U Hand Guard shaves off 1.5” from the original Zhukov AK Hand Guard to accommodate shorter barreled rifles and pistols, and keeps the front end of full length rifles a little more lively. The shorter version also allows us to accommodate the military issue cleaning rods, so you don’t have to give that up to get the benefits of the Zhukov anymore! The Zhukov-U shares the same type of sturdy aluminum chassis as the longer standard Zhukov for strength and heat mitigation sheathed in a comfortable, injection molded exterior for superior ergonomics. The Zhukov-U includes M-LOK slots for accessory attachment, and is fully compatible with the UltiMAK gas tube rail. Installation requires removing handguard retainer.



Faxon Firearms SLIM Muzzle Devices

Faxon Firearms is offering a new line of muzzle devices that are slim enough to pass a gas block and barrel nut over. This is useful in applications where the muzzle device will be permanently attached so that the user can change components like hand guards or rails if desired. They are not the first company to create muzzle devices like this but with their barrel making expertise, they have taken the concept to the next level.

The SLIM line of muzzle devices will be available with the hard work of pinning and welding to permanently attach them to the barrel already done for you. Faxon already has a number of options loaded on their website that include two different muzzle device options (SLIM Flash Hider and SLIM 3 Port Brake) and two different 14.5″ barrel profile options (Pencil and GUNNER).

Faxon Firearms, incessant innovators in the firearms industry, is pleased to announce the release of two new SLIM muzzle devices, a 3-port muzzle brake and a tri-prong flash hider. The new SLIM devices are machined to a .620” outer diameter, making them the perfect companion for pencil, GUNNER, and similar barrel profiles. SLIM muzzle devices are manufactured from gun-barrel quality steel and QPQ Nitride coated for durability and longevity.

When installed, the SLIM series muzzle devices match the threaded shoulder, maintaining the thin profile of the host barrel. Further, they allow the user to mount and remove the gas block without having to remove the muzzle device, allowing shooters to reconfigure their rifles without having to visit a gunsmith.

Initially the SLIM devices will be offered as permanently welded muzzle devices attached to 14.5” Pencil and GUNNER profile barrels. Both the brake and flash hider will be available on both profiles.

“We listened to our customers. With Faxon offering the lightest pencil profile barrels in the industry, our customers asked for companion muzzle devices,” said Nathanial Schueth, Director of Sales & Product Management, “Instead of offering standard devices, we sought to improve upon and offer the lightest steel devices possible. The SLIM devices are the perfect complement to the Pencil and GUNNER profiles and the added modularity allows customers to modify their 16” legal firearms without a gunsmith.”

Retail for the muzzle devices is set at $59.99, including the mounting/timing kit. Retail for the SLIM equipped barrels is between $249 for GUNNER profiles and $259 for pencil profiles. The first SLIM equipped barrels with brakes have shipped to dealers including Right to Bear, Brownells, AIM Surplus, and others. SLIM flash hider equipped barrels will be shipping mid Q1 with the individual muzzle devices being offered as stand-alone products as soon as possible

These barrel and muzzle device combos give you, as a builder, options that have never been this easy to access. Check out the SLIM Muzzle Device and Barrel combos at FaxonFirearms.com.


Shipping Spring 2017 – Magpul PMAG 30 AR 300 B for 300 BLK

Magpul will roll out their latest PMAG in Spring 2017 – the PMAG 30 AR 300B specifically for the 300BLK.

The PMAG 30 AR 300 B Gen M3 is a purpose-built magazine for 300 Blackout rifles. Designed to meet end-user requirements for a magazine capable of feeding the wide variety of 300 Blackout bullet weights and profiles with absolute reliability, the PMAG 30 AR 300 B GEN M3 ensures 300 Blackout shooters no longer need to compromise on feeding performance.



SERT Take Down Case (TDC)

SERT is one of original innovators of discreet take down cases for AR-15s. Their C3 Compact Carbine Case was the case to have back in the day and it has been copied by several companies since. The C3 is still available and will be offered along side a new compact carbine case, the TDC or Take Down Case.

The new case features extensive internal organization options. It can be carried a number of ways depending on how you configure the straps (duffel carry, briefcase carry, backpack, cross shoulder). The TDC will be available in two sizes: 22″ and 28″ (shown). The 28″ model will accept a number of different carbines but it is sized to accommodate a 16″ AR-15 with Law Tactical Folding Stock Adapter.

Stay tuned for pricing and release details. SERT will unveil the new TDC at the SHOT Show.



Shipping early 2017 – X-22 Backpacker Stock and Optic Mount

It’s that time of year again. SHOT Show is looming so we know we can start looking forward to a wave of new product announcements from Magpul. One of the first is the X-22 Backpacker Stock and Optic Mount. The Ruger 10/22 Takedown has been on the market for several years now but Magpul may have just helped it realize its full potential as a compact, lightweight backpacking/survival .22 rifle.

X-22 Backpacker Stock

The Magpul X-22 Backpacker stock takes the function of our full-size Hunter X-22 Takedown, and pares it down for ease of storage and transportation. Made for the Ruger 10/22 Takedown rifle, the X-22 Backpacker offers a minimalist solution for the hunter or outdoorsman who wants to transport their rifle in an efficient, convenient package without compromising shooting performance. Constructed of a durable advanced polymer, the X-22 Backpacker features an ergonomic hand guard, optional QD sling mounting capability, integrated storage compartment in the grip, a hinged storage compartment in the stock capable of storing up to 3 spare 10rd magazines, a MOE SL nonslip rubber butt-pad, and a unique locking interface to attach the barrel assembly to the receiver when being transported. Fits all Ruger 10/22 Takedown rifles as well as the Tactical Solutions SBX barrel. (MAG808, MSRP $109.95)

See the stock at Magpul.com

X-22 Backpacker Optic Mount

The X-22 Backpacker Optic Mount is a solid, repeatable optic mounting platform for the Backpacker Stock. (MAG799, MSRP $59.95)

  • Barrel mounted aluminum optic rail for Ruger 10/22 takedown
  • Barrel mounting helps retain zero between takedown and assembly
  • Replaces factory takedown barrel block
  • Relief in rail allows use of factory iron sights
  • Intended for use with small red dot sights

See the mount at Magpul.com



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