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Special Tools Solutions & Palmetto State Armory Facility Tour ~ VIDEO

U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- If you’ve been watching and hopefully enjoying my content long enough, you realize I’m also a Car Guy! And Road trips are like Catnip to Car Guys, so when Josiah McCallum, Consumer Relations Manager of PSA (Palmetto State Armory), offered me the opportunity to take a tour of their Jacksonville Florida Facilities I couldn’t pass up the chance to work two of my favorite things into one awesome video (if you’re into mechanical things with wheels as much as I am check out StranerPalooza on the YouTubers).
Palmetto State Armory
My home base is just outside of Gainesville so the two and a half-hour ride in a 2019 Audi RS5 Coupe (basically a 500 horsepower German version of an All Wheel Drive luxury Mustang, so way better) was comfortable and totally enjoyable. If you’re wondering why we were even allowed into the plant with the Covid-19 crisis ongoing? Well this all took place before lockdowns and mask requirements were in place.
The plant is called Special Tools Solutions or STS, it’s a sister company under the PSA umbrella and its about 5 minutes off I-10 in a heavily industrial section of Jacksonville. Joining us on the tour was, of course, Josiah of PSA, Brian Johnson of Ammoland News, and John Ammons and his son Sean of Alpha Charlie Concepts. The outside of the building is pretty nondescript, no tanks, MRAP’s Attack Helicopters or other heavy military hardware you may find at some other flashier firearms manufacturers. I’m not complaining about those guys either, I enjoy climbing all over those things just as much as the next gun guy. On the inside however we discovered the reason PSA is kicking all the ass in the firearms industry these days: with one hundred and ten employees, approximately fifty CNC machines slicing and dicing raw materials into everything from your favorite AR-15, AR-9, AR-10, AK lowers and Uppers.
Hank Strange STS Hand Guard Reamer Tool
Before and After PSA Hand Guard
PSA KS-47 Before and After
PSA 6.5 Creedmoor Lower Before and After
This facility alone rivals the production capabilities of many standalone manufacturers in the industry. The biggest question I wanted to answer was just how much raw materials rolled into the cargo bay doors every month and rolled out again as quality gun parts? The Answer: From One Million dollars a month of raw steel and aluminum, etc. all the way up to possibly Five Million dollars a month. The end results averaging around eight thousand uppers and lowers a month, with tons of other various parts (gas blocks, trigger guards, hand guards) mixed in as of course they are necessary to complete those firearms.
Not all lowers from PSA are made at the Jacksonville Facility. For example, the Meme lowers we’re all very fond of, are manufactured at their DC Machine in Summerville South Carolina. Josiah cautioned that due to PSA’s ability to quickly change production directions literally mid-day based on demand and available materials, this number would be very flexible. Manufacturing isn’t finalized at STS, parts are shipped from there to PSA’s other South Carolina plants for anodizing, coating and other finishes as well as final assembly.
Overall Palmetto State Armory’s almost military-style logistic and manufacturing superiority over competitors in the Firearms Industry is the Secret Sauce to why this company is winning the price wars these days. Often though low prices equals low quality. In my opinion, after taking this and other tours of their facilities in Columbia, PSA has decided to use the Nuclear Option and pour just as much money time and resources into meeting and exceeding justified customer demand for top-notch Quality Control to go with their value pricing.
Do yourself a favor and watch the last part of the video where my favorite tool in the factory shows up, basically a reaming tool for the mag well of a lower, it’s very interesting! Big thanks to Josiah, Palmetto State Armory and the STS crew for hosting us at their plant, and if you guys and girls want to see me do more of these videos leave requests below in the comments, I’m always up for more factory tours.
Especially when Road Trips are involved!

About Hank Strange
Hank Strange is an Enthusiastic Supporter of The Second Amendment, An Avid Filmmaker, Writer, Blogger, Music Producer, and Digital Artist: Hank is a Prolific YouTube Content Creator having Published over 1000 Videos to date relating to Lifestyle in the realms of Firearms, Cars, and Technology. A Proud American Citizen Since 2003 Hank was born of Mixed Race Parentage (his Father having African Ancestry and his Mother being of East Indian Ancestry amongst others) in Guyana, South America. He has traveled to a few places in the world with his Family living in London, England, and Nigeria in West Africa before settling in NYC. Hank & His Wife Lola are both Federal Firearms Licensees and currently live and work in Florida. Passionately Pursuing The Lifestyles Of The Locked And Loaded! Tune in to the daily Gun Culture News “Podshow” Who Moved my Freedom Podcast (WMMF) on the LIfestyles of the Locked and Loaded youtube channel. Hank’s work can also be seen on https://www.youtube.com/user/hankstrange/featured, Facebook https://www.facebook.com/hank.strange.77, Instagram instagram.com/hankstrange, his Personal Blog hankstrange.com, and other Social Media.
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WMMF Podcast Ep. 554 with Ken McAlister from K&M Arms

Category : Firearm News , Hank Strange

Hank Strange Shooting K&M Arms M17S In 308
U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- I have to admit of all the Awesome Categories of Guns: Bullpups are my Favorite so I’m definitely a collector of any firearm with its action sensibly positioned behind the trigger. (go ahead leave your comments below I already expect it) That being said I always make a point of making friends with the experts and manufacturers in the often maligned and downtrodden Bullpup Ilk. Ken McAlister has been one of those friends for over five years, and Episode 554 is his third appearance on the WMMF Podcast. Walter Keller of Safety Harbor Firearms who manufactures a 50 BMG Upper that goes on your AR-15 Lower was also on the show as my Co-Host.
Our show is usually two hilariously entertaining hours long, starting promptly at 7 pm Eastern time and ending around 9 pm. With our guests beaming in from their homes and business around the country, and we always have a lively audience adding to the mix on YouTube. We don’t really plan out our conversation, usually allowing the subject matter to flow naturally, however, we do try to break the show up into six twenty-minute sections (which mostly never works out perfectly) However to give you some flavor of the conversation here we’ll go ahead and break the show down into six rough segments.

[First 20 Minutes] K&M Arms is located in Chandler Arizona, so based on the current Covid-19 Lockdown tyranny the first thing we wanted to check in with Ken on was how is his part of the world affected by the crisis?
[Second 20 Minutes] The second part of our conversation turned to discussing what its like to be a niche manufacturer. Both K&M Arms and Safety Harbor Firearms that our Co Host Walter Keller runs falls squarely in that category. Also we went over the pluses and minuses of running a small business, like costs of materials, managing employees etc.
[Third 20 Minutes] Yes we’re Gun Nerds! The third section of the podcast finds us angling the conversation towards the passion necessary to avoid the burnout that inevitably comes with running your own business, especially when facing completion from larger gun makers. Also Ken goes over the cool guns on his wall in the background (you have to watch the video to see this, however we do explain them on the audio version as well).

[Fourth 20 Minutes] This section of the show we turned to politics, specifically the 2020 Presidential Elections, is it really going to be Trump verses Biden or will some other person jump in at the last minute?
[Fifth 20 Minutes] Here we turn to the Bullpups we would like to have in our collections, how and where do we find rare and sometimes very collectable guns from?
[Sixth 20 Minutes] In the final minutes of the show Ken explains the problem with developing a 300 Black Out variation of his Rifle and then we get into what calibers we would like to see K&M Arms M17S in the future.
Or Guests on Tonight’s Episode 556 are Joe From 13C Gun Reviews on YouTube & Richard Of BWE Firearms.
How To Watch & Listen To The Podcast:

https://www.hankstrange.com/wmmf-podcast/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtWkHJGSgs_cxYIL6NlSjNg?disable_polymer=true

About Hank Strange
Hank Strange is an Enthusiastic Supporter of The Second Amendment, An Avid Filmmaker, Writer, Blogger, Music Producer, and Digital Artist: Hank is a Prolific YouTube Content Creator having Published over 1000 Videos to date relating to Lifestyle in the realms of Firearms, Cars, and Technology. A Proud American Citizen Since 2003 Hank was born of Mixed Race Parentage (his Father having African Ancestry and his Mother being of East Indian Ancestry amongst others) in Guyana, South America. He has traveled to a few places in the world with his Family living in London, England, and Nigeria in West Africa before settling in NYC. Hank & His Wife Lola are both Federal Firearms Licensees and currently live and work in Florida. Passionately Pursuing The Lifestyles Of The Locked And Loaded! Tune in to the daily Gun Culture News “Podshow” Who Moved my Freedom Podcast (WMMF) on the LIfestyles of the Locked and Loaded youtube channel. Hank’s work can also be seen on https://www.youtube.com/user/hankstrange/featured, Facebook https://www.facebook.com/hank.strange.77, Instagram instagram.com/hankstrange, his Personal Blog hankstrange.com, and other Social Media.
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What Happened To MrGunsnGear’s FaceBook Page? ~ VIDEOS

U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- So If you’re the All-Knowing All-Powerful Grand Poobah Chief Executive Officer of a World Swallowing Social Media Empire, worried that the world just isn’t bending to your whims quite fast enough! Wouldn’t you just make up new random Terms Of Service every day to get rid of those who dare offer an opposing opinion to yours? Right, of course you would and that’s exactly what’s happening everyday at Facebook and Youtube and other platforms of a similar ilk.
After all, what’s wrong with using Social Media As A Weapon to Silence Dissent?
That’s what all dictators and despots have done before right? And historically that always worked out great! While of course at the same time pretending it’s all for the greater Good. Nothing to see here folks just keep moving it along!
Well not for the first time this year my friend Mike of MrGunsnGear got one of his Facebook Fan Pages Unpublished (these days you have to have B and C pages, and the last one that got unpublished was the MrsGunsnGear Page).
So what was Mikes’ dastardly crime that could only be handled by immediately Unpublishing a page with over Two Hundred Thousand followers and tons of useful content to the gun community?
He had the unmitigated gall and unbridled criminal audacity to visit a rally in North Carolina called “Re-Open North Carolina” and post a live stream of his fellow patriots exercising their God-given rights as human beings confirmed by the First Amendment to the Constitution to peacefully assemble and petition their government for redress.

Apparently FaceBook Overlords don’t like the idea of the common folk thinking its time for Americans to get back to work until they say its A-Okay!
By the way, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki also came out recently and confirmed the world’s biggest video sharing platform would now also be purging any content from their servers that the World Health Organization deemed against their regulations. In case you think you read that wrong, YouTube is now marching in lockstep with the same WHO that initially said: “Hey COVID-19 Nothing To See Here, these aren’t the droids you’re looking for!” Mike joined me in the video attached here exclusively for Ammoland News, to talk about the trials and tribulations of a very popular and respected Veteran and Gun Guy just trying to follow his passions and convictions while at the same time serving his Community and his Country.
Mike as he usually was very stoic during our conversation, rightly stating there are worse things happening in the world. At the same time, all these small cuts and blows to the multitude of men and women in America so heavily invested in serving their communities, across a wide spectrum of Pro Second Amendment and Liberty oriented values via social media, in the long run, will lead ultimately to the silencing of all voices of dissent unless we wake up pay attention and prepare alternatives!

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About Hank Strange
Hank Strange is an Enthusiastic Supporter of The Second Amendment, An Avid Filmmaker, Writer, Blogger, Music Producer, and Digital Artist: Hank is a Prolific YouTube Content Creator having Published over 1000 Videos to date relating to Lifestyle in the realms of Firearms, Cars, and Technology. A Proud American Citizen Since 2003 Hank was born of Mixed Race Parentage (his Father having African Ancestry and his Mother being of East Indian Ancestry amongst others) in Guyana, South America. He has traveled to a few places in the world with his Family living in London, England, and Nigeria in West Africa before settling in NYC. Hank & His Wife Lola are both Federal Firearms Licensees and currently live and work in Florida. Passionately Pursuing The Lifestyles Of The Locked And Loaded! Tune in to the daily Gun Culture News “Podshow” Who Moved my Freedom Podcast (WMMF) on the LIfestyles of the Locked and Loaded youtube channel. Hank’s work can also be seen on https://gunstreamer.com/@HankStrange, Facebook facebook.com/HankStrange, Instagram instagram.com/hankstrange, his Personal Blog hankstrange.com, and other Social Media.
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Leather Carving: How Its Made? with Andrews Custom Leather – Video


U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- People don’t make things by hand that much anymore! Not in the times of Amazon Prime Next Day Delivery, 3D Printers, and CNC machines. Nope, these days Made by Hand Craftsmanship of any sort is a quickly dying skill. Don’t get me wrong I enjoy hoarding cheap soulless stuff just as much as the next gun-toting guy (or squirrel) At the same time nothing beats a beautiful warm leathery piece of gear endowed with soul by the weather-beaten and calloused hands of a real dyed in the wool Artiste. I’m sure all the Super Tactical Ninja Boogaloo Boys are crying out right now “no all you need for the end of the world is kydex man”. Sometimes I would be inclined to agree with the rabble, only sometimes though. After all I do usually rock a Harrys Holsters Executive 1 Clip for my Glock 43.
However at the risk of sounding like a commercial for your local supermarket: in these “Trying Times” (my least favorite words since we got into this lockdown). In These Trying Times: we really do need a little ray of Sunshine and Hope to remind us its not really the End of the World! You know like for when you want to feel more like Dirty Harry than John Wick!
Dominic Whitaker of Andrews Custom Leather
So that long intro brings me to why I make these How Its Made Videos with Sam Andrews of Andrews Custom Leather. Sam has been a custom leather holster maker for the better part of forty years, before that he was in law enforcement, and before that he was probably an Old British Major General in another life with that basso profundo voice of his. (Yes for he’s the guy that does the intros to my videos) We’ve done quite a few of these videos covering all the multitude of options of exotic leathers, styles of holsters, and shoulder rigs. We’ve even covered the fact that he makes holsters and rigs for major motion pictures like the recent Magnificent Seven remake.
Leather Carving: How Its Made?
Leather Carving: How Its Made?
Leather Carving: How Its Made?
One thing we didn’t cover fully in that particular video is how does Sam make these beautifully carved holsters from the olden days? You know when men were men and sleeping with the wrong showgirl in a saloon got you a nice venereal disease! (Okay don’t get distracted) He did however mention the carving was done by his protege Dom, so this time around we decided to feature the Sheridan Style Leather Carving Craftsmanship of Dominic Whitaker. Dom as the Andrews Custom Crew refer to him affectionately, started his journey as a hobbyist eight years ago in North Carolina, is a graduate of Florida’s Flagler College with a bachelors in Fine Art and Design, and has been working with Sam as his protege for the last three and half years.
Leather Carving: How Its Made? with Dominic Whitaker of Andrews Custom Leather
In this video, we cover everything from the tools you need, what type of leather, how you transfer your pattern onto the leather, and the actual carving and stamping process. Without a doubt this is a long video especially for those with only a minute and a half attention span, however considering Dom estimates the process of carving a design onto a leather holster starts and somewhere around seven hours and can go up to several days, we hope you’ll appreciate us condensing it down to just forty-five minutes for you…You’re welcome!

About Hank Strange
Hank Strange is an Enthusiastic Supporter of The Second Amendment, An Avid Filmmaker, Writer, Blogger, Music Producer and Digital Artist: Hank is a Prolific YouTube Content Creator having Published over 1000 Videos to date relating to Lifestyle in the realms of Firearms, Cars and Technology. A Proud American Citizen Since 2003 Hank was born of Mixed Race Parentage (his Father having African Ancestry and his Mother being of East Indian Ancestry amongst others) in Guyana, South America. He has traveled to a few places in the world with his Family living in London, England, and Nigeria in West Africa before settling in NYC. Hank & His Wife Lola are both Federal Firearms Licensees and currently live and work in Florida. Passionately Pursuing The Lifestyles Of The Locked And Loaded! Tune in to the daily Gun Culture News “Podshow” Who Moved my Freedom Podcast (WMMF) on the LIfestyles of the Locked and Loaded youtube channel. Hank’s work can also be seen on https://gunstreamer.com/@HankStrange, Facebook facebook.com/HankStrange, Instagram instagram.com/hankstrange, his Personal Blog hankstrange.com and other Social Media.
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