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Problem with AK You Say? Options for Mounting Optics to AKs

RS Regulate AK-303 Full-Length Rail – Brownells
U.S.A. –-( The problem with the AK you say? Optical mounts and options. Frankly, you’d be right about that. I remember the thoughts zipping through my beanie the first time I bought one of the original Russian surplus Night Vision scopes – the 1PN58 if my memory serves me correctly. I was a bit dumber then and saw it advertised someplace, made a remark about it openly, and was egged on my buddies to “buy it or you ain’t a man…”
Who wants to be less than a man, right? I bought it without paying any attention. It came in, I opened this stinky green little tackle box they customarily were housed in, and inside was this foreign-looking gray scope that appeared to attach to the side of a weapon. “This isn’t what I ordered,” was the comment I remember blurting out, to which my right-hand man, Dave, remarked, “You wanted Russian Night Vision for your AK? That’s what you get…”
Ever since then I’ve been more discerning about what I order and how I intend on attaching it to my AK variants. We need to understand some things first. Consider the mounting problems associated with any AK akin to the venerable 870 Remington. The original design of both firearms places your eye down low so you sight right across the top of the weapon. This is fine if you never intend on adding optics or modifying much on the weapon. When do you, however, some challenges and additional considerations apply.
The top cover of any AK can be removable or riveted into a hinge configuration. Only when the front of the top cover is hinged in place would I be willing to mount any optic to the cover. Even then I don’t like it much. When these parts move around, you simply cannot count on repeated shot placement. Railed dust cover replacements can work, but they move, so keep that in mind. I firmly believe railed gas tubes, fall into this category as well. Sure, they can work, but they aren’t designed or affixed to the weapon in a truly solid and repeatable method, so your zero is going to wander. For close up work, you might be fine, but nobody wishes to have their point of impact shift all over the place. Know what you’re potentially headed into if the mounting method moves on you.
There are modified side mounts that aren’t too bad. While some are pretty cheap and look like an afterthought, there are some that are darned solid and provide stable platforms to mount your optics. I know it shouldn’t boil down to price, but if you can buy an optical side mount for your AK for $16, you haven’t purchased much, so keep that in mind. Midwest Industries, Arsenal, RS Regulate, and a few others offer some solid products in this arena.
I have witnessed people at the range using barrel mounted optics. While they can be stable, most of those mounts are pretty rinky-dink. When you attach anything to something round and lift it way up in the air, it’s as if you’re begging to see how quickly you can bend, move, rotate, or tweak it. These just aren’t good first choices for optics mounting folks.
There is a saddle-style mount out there as well. It looks eerily similar to those you see on shotguns like the 870. The theory appears to have merit, but I haven’t had a customer ask me to install one yet, so my personal experience with this mount is limited to that of strictly academics.
I tried a few of the rear sight rails and if you can get them really tight, they aren’t too bad. You’re essentially removing the rear sight ramp and installing some picatinny rail that hangs after over the cover. I wouldn’t attempt to mount much of a scope to one of these, but something small like an Aimpoint Micro, Zeiss Z Point, Vortex Optics Razor, or Trijicon RMR can work well. If your sight is low profile and small you can make this mounting system work. The bigger your optic is, the more trouble you may run into, so be cognizant of that limitation.
The evolving accessories like the forward rails that replace the handguards are really good too. Most can be affixed in a really solid fashion, but you add a bit of weight out front. Keep in mind there is no such thing as ‘free lunch’ when we add accessories like this. You’re taking off paperweight handguards and adding something, even if it’s aluminum, that can be a tad heavier. That isn’t truly the problem. The problem comes with what you bolt on the railed handguards, as you are adding more weight further away from your body/core. When you use a railed handguard like those from Midwest Industries, Troy, Arsenal, MAGPUL, or Texas Weapon Systems, you can mount or configure just about anything you need. If you’re running a scope though, keep in mind your eye relief, and consider a ‘scout’ scope or the likes.
There’s something for everyone out there and you can pick up most of this stuff at Brownells if you’re shopping online, but you’ll need to carefully weigh your options to find what works best for you and your application. Also, don’t forget that you want a good cheek weld so your sight easily and repeatedly down your optics bore, so your choice of stocks will impact this greatly.

About Michael Ware:
Michael is a Christian husband and father to two children. He owns and operates Controlled Chaos Arms, a premier custom weapons shop in the Midwest. He serves as Chairman of the board of Directors at the Iowa Firearms Coalition. The pursuit of truth drives him in research and his writing.
Michael enjoys shooting, hunting, and fishing throughout the Midwest and Rockies. An avid outdoorsman and tireless supporter of all Second Amendment virtues, he can be found in his gun shop, in a tree stand with his kids, or on Capitol Hill lobbying in support of Freedom and Liberty at any given time.

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VA Dems Seek to Ban the Manufacturing or Repair of Certain Semi-Automatic Rifles

VA Dems Seek to Ban the Manufacturing or Repair of Certain Semi-Automatic Rifles
Richmond, VA –-( The “Assault Firearms” bill (HB 961) in Virginia passed the Public Safety Committee on Friday.
On Monday, the legislature read the bill for the first time in the full House of Delegates. The full House of Delegates will vote on the bill before the annual crossover day. Crossover day is where the Senate sends all passed measures to the House and vis versa.
The bill will ban magazines that hold more than 12-rounds, Shotguns that hold more than seven shells, semi-automatic rifles with certain cosmetic features, suppressors, and trigger actuators. There are other things in the bill that gun owners are overlooking.
The bill reads:
“Assault firearm” includes any part or combination of parts designed or intended to convert, modify, or otherwise alter a firearm into an assault firearm, or any combination of parts that may be readily assembled into an assault firearm. “Assault firearm” does not include (i) a firearm that has been rendered permanently inoperable, (ii) an antique firearm as defined in § 18.2-308.2:2, or (iii) a curio or relic as defined in § 18.2-308.2:2.
This passage could potentially ban parts used to repair broken rifles. Banning the transfer of these rifles to anyone other than the government would mean once the rifle breaks, it is useless. If the owner repairs their gun or sells it, they are committing a felony.
Gun rights groups from around the country expressed concern about the passage of HB 961 out of the committee. One of these groups is Gun Owners of America that has been fighting hard alongside VCDL in the Commonwealth to defeat the attack on gun rights. Senior Vice President, Erich Pratt, is dismayed the bill has gotten as far as it has.
“The radical Democrats in Richmond are poking the proverbial bear. Gun owners have a long memory,” Pratt told AmmoLand. “And they are motivated more so than ever before to get involved politically. Over 98% of gun owners polled say they would NOT reelect a Delegate or Senator who votes for a ban on commonly owned firearms, such as what passed out of a House committee today. Gun owners will definitely “remember in November.”
Democrats hid another passage in the bill. It reads:
B. It is unlawful for any person to import, sell, transfer, manufacture, or purchase an assault firearm, provided that a person may transfer an assault firearm to another person if:
1. The transfer is a bona fide gift made by or to a member of a transferor’s immediate family as defined in § 6.2-1300;
2. The transfer occurs by operation of law;
3. The person receiving the assault firearm is an executor or administrator of an estate or is a trustee of a trust created by a will, and the assault firearm to be transferred is property of such estate or trust;
4. The transferor is an executor or administrator of an estate or is a trustee of a trust created by a will, and the assault firearm to be transferred is the property of such estate or trust;
5. The transfer is temporary and is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm;
6. The transfer is temporary and occurs within the continuous presence of the owner of the firearm;
7. The sale or transfer of an assault firearm is to an authorized representative of the Commonwealth or any subdivision thereof as part of an authorized voluntary gun buy-back or give-back program;
8. The transfer is of an antique firearm as defined in § 18.2-308.2:2; or
9. The transfer occurs at a shooting range, shooting gallery, or other area designated for the purpose of target shooting, for use during target practice, a firearms safety or training course or class, a shooting competition, or any similar lawful activity.
C. A violation of this section is punishable as a Class 6 felony.
D. The provisions of this section shall not apply to (i) any government officer, agent, or employee, or member of the Armed Forces of the United States, to the extent that such person is otherwise authorized to acquire an assault firearm and does so while acting within the scope of his duties; (ii) the manufacture of an assault firearm by a firearms manufacturer for the purpose of sale to any branch of the Armed Forces of the United States or to a law-enforcement agency in the Commonwealth for use by that agency or its employees, provided that the manufacturer is properly licensed under federal, state, and local laws; (iii) the sale or transfer of an assault firearm by a licensed dealer to any branch of the Armed Forces of the United States or to a law-enforcement agency in the Commonwealth for use by that agency or its employees; (iv) the purchase by any person of his service handgun pursuant to § 59.1-148.3.
This hidden provision would make it illegal for the manufacturing of “assault firearms” in Virginia unless the intent is to sell it to the military or the police. Several manufacturers in Virginia would be put out of business or forced to move out of Virginia. The people employed by these companies would lose their jobs and cause economic hardships on the very people Democrats claim they care about the most, the working class.
In fact, they showed how much they cared about the public by only giving them six minutes to express their opposition to HB 961. After the committee voted the public was kicked out of the room by Capitol police under threat of arrest on orders from the Democrats. Talking to long time observers none could recall that happening before.
The bill is far from passing. HB 961 will have to pass out of the House of Delegates before being sent to the Senate. There is already one Democrat on record stating he will not vote for the bill. If another Democrat Senator breaks with their party line over the bill, then the law will fail.
AmmoLand encourages all gun owners across the Commonwealth to contact their representatives and encourage them to vote no on HB 961.  Bloomberg will not stop at Virginia, but we have a shot of handing him a defeat in his war against guns.
Readers can email their representatives directly at

About John Crump
John is a NRA instructor and a constitutional activist. He is the former CEO of Veritas Firearms, LLC and is the co-host of The Patriot News Podcast which can be found at John has written extensively on the patriot movement including 3%’ers, Oath Keepers, and Militias. In addition to the Patriot movement, John has written about firearms, interviewed people of all walks of life, and on the Constitution. John lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and sons and is currently working on a book on leftist deplatforming methods and can be followed on Twitter at @crumpyss, on Facebook at realjohncrump, or at
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Savage Arms Awards CSSI with Distributor of the Year for 2019

Savage Arms 110 Tactical in 6.5 Creedmoor
USA – -( Chattanooga Shooting Supplies was awarded “Distributor of the Year” by Savage Arms at the 2020 SHOT Show. This award reflects the rapid growth in sales of Savage Arms products by Chattanooga Shooting Supplies throughout 2019.
“We are extremely honored and take great pride in our longstanding relationship with Savage. This award is a testament to our mutual commitment to offering innovative products in the market,” said Ron Staffieri, President/CEO of CSSI.
“We continue to strive to give our customers what they want, when and how they want it. Savage Arms makes it easy to get the right products in customers’ hands. Our inventory has moved quickly, and we are excited about the continued success between Savage Arms and Chattanooga Shooting Supplies,” said Staffieri.

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The Sypderco Native 5 comes from the factory razor sharp.
U.S.A. –-( I’ve tested a few of the knives in the Spyderco Native 5 line. For this Product Review we’re going to test the Spyderco Native 5 C41PSBK5 knife. It has what they call the combination blade which is half serrated and half plain edge. Spyderco has 11 options in their Native 5 line-up. In this line-up they offer up to three bade options on the 11 options:

PlainEdge-This is a plain edge.
CobminationEdge-The blade is half serrated & half plain.
SpydercoEdge-Which is serrated on all but about the last ½” of the blade.

I guess everyone appreciates a sharp knife but every time I test a new Spyderco knife I am blown away by their sharpness. They are so sharp that they almost scare me. No doubt, one slip and you just won a free (or not so free) trip to the emergency room. A knife this sharp won’t stop until it hits a bone. So like with all knives but especially with this one be careful.
This knife is not a thick bladed survival/tactical type of knife. It is what I would classify as a high-level EDC. So if you’re in the market for a classy EDC then you need to check out the Spyderco Native 5 C41PSBK5 folder. Due to the half-serrated edge it would also meet my requirements to use while rafting or boating in general. It would slice through a rope in a hot second like hot butter. The Spyderco Native 5 C41psbk5 has an MSRP of $150.00 and as usual, we will close with the specs and this time a quote from Spyderco regarding this line of knives.
Since its original release in 1997, the Native has been a mainstay of the Spyderco product line and a flagship of our American-made stable of knives. The design has evolved steadily over the years, reaching its current state of the art in 2012 with the release of the Native5. The latest addition to the Native lineage is the Native5 Lightweight, which combines the Native5’s engineering refinements with the weight-saving advantages of an injection-molded fiberglass-reinforced-nylon (FRN) handle.
Proudly manufactured in our factory in Golden, Colorado, the Native5 features a spear point blade made from premium CPM S30V stainless steel. Its full-flat grind, distal taper, textured index-finger choil and thumb ramp, and understated swedge collectively offer a distinctive appearance and outstanding edge geometry and point utility. The blade is supported by a highly refined back lock mechanism that takes this time-tested lock design and elevates it to a new standard of engineering and manufacturing excellence.
The linerless FRN handle features Bi-Directional Texturing for an ultra-secure grip and reduces the overall weight of the knife to a scant 2.5 ounces. The handle also houses four sets of threaded inserts molded directly into the FRN. These allow the improved hourglass clip to be positioned for left or right-side tip-up or tip-down carry. A generously sized lanyard hole also provides a handy attachment point for lanyards, fobs, and safety lines.
A highly advanced evolution of a time-honored design, the Native5 Lightweight is an incredibly capable, pocket-sized cutting tool and a shining example of Spyderco’s commitment to making even our best products consistently better.

Overall Length – 6.95″ (177mm)
Blade Length – 2.95″ (75mm)
Steel – CPM S30V
Closed Length – 4.00″ (102mm)
Edge Length – 2.42″ (61mm)
Weight – 2.5oz (71g)
Blade Thickness – 0.125″ (3.2mm)
Handle – FRN
Clip Position – Ambi
Tip Carry Position – Tip-Up/Down
Lock Type – Back Lock
Grind – Full-Flat
Sheath – N/A
Origin – United States

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About Tom Claycomb

Tom Claycomb has been an avid hunter/fisherman throughout his life as well as an outdoors writer with outdoor columns in the magazine Hunt Alaska, Bass Pro Shops, and freelances for numerous magazines and newspapers. “To properly skin your animal, you will need a sharp knife. I have an e-article on Amazon Kindle titled Knife Sharpening #ad for $.99 if you’re having trouble.”
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CZ BREN 2, The Next Big Thing? Video Review

U.S.A. –-( I was always a huge fan of the original 805 BREN and felt like it was a very well thought out and solid rifle. That is why I was a little surprised when CZ announced the BREN 2. I really didn’t think that there was too much to improve on. Well, I couldn’t have been more wrong.
When you first pick up the CZ BREN2, one of the most notable and welcomed changes is that CZ put the Bren on a massive diet.  They managed to trim almost 2 pounds off the original Bren. The Bren2 weighs in at a mere 5.6 pounds. Which is insanely light for any AR-type gun, but practically unheard of for a piston-driven platform. The lighter weight is a welcomed improvement and immediately noticeable as soon as you pick up the gun. The weight, or lack thereof, also just makes the ergonomics and handling of the gun that much better. CZ achieved this by trimming down the aluminum upper receiver and going with a carbon fiber reinforced polymer lower. I will also say that the BREN2 has a slimmer barrel profile than the original.
All of the ergonomics have been greatly improved over the original BREN 805 as well. One of the biggest advancements is that the charging handle no longer reciprocates while firing. I used to say that reciprocating charging handles didn’t bother me, but I also used to not carry a GPS, a calendar, a calculator, a camera, a personal computer, my entire music collection, and oh yeah, a phone, around in my pocket. The new way is better, much better, it’s 2020, time to get rid of the reciprocating charging handles on all current designs. 
The charging handle can be swapped to either side of the gun for your liking, and the magazine release and safety can be accessed from either side of the gun. The bolt release design is extremely well thought out too. It’s basically a button that can be pushed down to release the bolt inside the front of the trigger guard, making it ambidextrous as well. The bolt release inside the trigger guard can also be pushed up to work as a bolt hold open. If you’re not a fan of the bolt release inside the trigger guard, there is also one in the same spot you would find one on a traditional AR-15
A closer look at the controls for the BREN2. You can see the bolt release inside the trigger guard, as well as the left handed mag release.
The BREN2 that we got for review is technically a pistol with an eleven-inch barrel. Another nice touch with the newer BREN, is that it comes ready to accept a buffer tube to attach your favorite brace. This is a big deal because with the original 805 BREN, you had to buy a rather expensive adapter plate to attach a buffer tube. Very nice that CZ is thinking of their customers in this way and saving them some serious cash. The grip also feels amazing; it’s nice and thin, and has a really good texture on it. The rear portion looks like it will be customizable with different inserts in the future. All of the controls are very well thought out, exactly where you’d want them, and this gun just feels great. It truly all comes together and feels more like an extension of the shooter, rather than a cumbersome tool. 
I mentioned earlier that the BREN2 has a very thin barrel profile, and I was initially concerned about this for a few reasons, one being accuracy. At 100 yards it was solid, but nothing to write home about.  We were getting about an inch and a half groups; sometimes a little better, sometimes a little worse. Now keep in mind, that is well within what is considered acceptable accuracy for a military rifle. I decided to see how far out we could effectively get hits on man-size targets. While at 100 our results weren’t spectacular, we managed to effectively get hits at 500 yards, and even as far out as 700 yards, even with the 11-inch barrel on the Bren2. So while target accuracy may not be great at 100, it has more than enough practical accuracy to get effective hits on targets farther out than you’ll probably realistically ever shoot a rifle like this. 
I really feel that CZ has a huge winner on their hands with the Bren2. The gun just feels so good to shoot, and has great ergonomics, while being extremely light.  While it is a very light gun, it is more than capable of getting the job done in the accuracy department. This is just an all-around awesome gun, and if you’re in the market for something like this, I would highly recommend the CZ BREN2.

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Kel-Tec, 50 rd .22 magazine, P17, and Suppressed Sub 2000 at 2020 Shot Show

CP33 with accessories and 50 rd mag extension, courtesy Dean Weingarten
U.S.A. –-( At the Kel-Tec booth at the shot show, I talked to Kel-Tec lead design engineer Toby Obermeit and engineer Ryan Williams.
One of the first things I saw was the new extension magazine for the CP33. It holds 50 rounds of .22 LR. It was mentioned last year as a coming product and should be available this summer.
The CP33 has been an enormous success story. They are very popular; they have a reputation for both accuracy, reliability, and a good trigger. The CP33 only weighs 24 ounces with a 5.5-inch barrel and comes with two 33 round magazines. There are already a couple of aftermarket pistol braces available for the CP33.
I asked Toby about the P17, Kel-Tec’s extremely light, .22 pocket gun that comes with three 16 round magazines. It had some teething problems. Videos on the net showed it to repeatedly fail to fire and function.
Toby said they had some early problems with a bad batch of stamped parts and springs. When asked about the requirement to use only high-velocity ammunition, he said the pistols will shoot both high velocity and standard velocity ammunition.
P17 pistols is are making their way through the distribution chain to the general public.  Kel-Tec fans will be reporting how well the part and spring corrections are working in the next few months.
The concept has a great deal of promise. With a fixed barrel, there is good reason to believe the pistol capable of excellent accuracy.  It is in direct competition with the Taurus TX22, the Glock 44, and perhaps the Ruger SR22.
It is the lightest and smallest of the group, weighing only 14 ounces loaded, with a 16 round magazine.  The TX22 has shown a 16 round magazine and polymer frame can work in a .22.  The P17 has the lowest manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $199. Kel-Tec has always been a leader in finding ways to use technology to produce innovative and inexpensive products.
It is not difficult to produce good products if the price is not an object. It is the epitome of engineering excellence to make an effective product at an affordable price.
If the P17 overcomes the initial poor press, it will be very popular.
Author shooting P17 at Industry Day at the Range. Courtesy Dean Weingarten
The P17 I shot at the Industry Day at the Range functioned fine for the few rounds I put through it.
The integrally suppressed Sub 2000 is another Kel-Tec innovation. This is the first suppressed system Kel-Tec has produced. The folding pistol caliber carbine uses a 4.1-inch rifled barrel, giving the same ballistic performance as a Glock 19. The suppressor/barrel overall length is a bit over 16 inches.
The initial offering uses Glock magazines. Without sights, it weighs a little over 5 pounds and folds to a package that will fit in most briefcases.
Ryan Williams, KelTec Engineer, shows off the integrally suppressed Sub 2000. Courtesy Dean Weingarten
A suppressed carbine is an excellent choice for home defense. The short length of the Sub 2000 makes it harder for an opponent to perform an effective disarm, and easier to maneuver indoors. The suppressor means indoor shots will not blind or deafen the shooter. Optical sights and/or a laser can assist in practical accuracy under difficult conditions. Ryan Williams told me that adding an optical sight and laser to one of the suppressed Sub 2000 carbines brought the overall weight to 5.7 pounds.
Ryan Williams explained his wife would be able to use the integrally suppressed Sub 2000 without any problems. It is expected to be available at about $1000, not including the $200 National Firearms Act tax stamp. It should be out this summer.

About Dean Weingarten:
Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of Constitutional Carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.
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Highlight Your R3 Innovation at the 2020 National R3 Symposium

2020 National R3 Symposium
Washington, D.C. – -( The Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports is seeking snapshot proposals to highlight partners’ innovative efforts to recruit, retain, and reactivate outdoor participants as part of the 2020 National R3 Symposium. The 2020 National R3 Symposium will be held in Broken Arrow, OK, on May 12-14. The event, the second of its kind with the first occurring in 2018, offers the chance for conservation partners – including industry, fish and wildlife agencies, and non-profits – a chance to gather and discuss the latest trends and opportunities in R3 across the country.
“In the last five years, conservation partners have made investments in their organizations’ efforts to recruit, retain, and reactivate hunters, target shooters, anglers, boaters, and other outdoor recreationists. Innovative ideas have been tested, and partners are just starting to evaluate what impacts their efforts are having. We’re asking partners to share Snapshots of their R3 efforts – their wins and lessons learned – so that others can learn from and build on their efforts in the future,” commented Samantha Pedder, Director of Operations for the Council.
“The needs of R3 professionals are evolving, and the Council has committed to hosting an event that reflects the current needs of the R3 community. With the recommendations of the Symposium Steering Committee, we added this section to the agenda this year with the hope that attendees will take advantage of this great opportunity to learn from each other,” stated Kristen Black, Manager of Communications and Human Dimensions for the Council.
Snapshot proposals should address current challenges and opportunities within the R3 movement, and should highlight the organization’s R3 solutions to address these. The Council will give priority to snapshot proposals that demonstrate innovative ways of addressing recruitment, retention, and reactivation through strong partnerships and collaboration across industry, agency, and non-profit organizations. Submission categories include the topics of mentoring, targeting new audiences, target shooting efforts, marketing, technology, and more. Presentations will be limited to 15 minutes, and PowerPoints must be submitted prior to the event. Please note that this is not a funding pitch, but an opportunity to highlight how partners can connect with your organization on R3.
The deadline for submissions is March 8, 2020. Selected presenters will be notified by March 18, 2020. Please visit this link to fill out the submission form.
Registration for the 2020 National R3 Symposium will open Feb. 12, 2020. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, to view the event agenda and book travel arrangements, please visit:

About the Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports
Purpose: Ensure support for and active participation in hunting and the shooting sports for future generations.
Vision: America where hunting and the shooting sports are an integral part of mainstream culture and where hunters and shooters are widely recognized as premiere conservation contributors.
Mission: Facilitate the promotion and growth of hunting and the shooting sports and the education of the public on the contributions that hunters and shooters make towards wildlife conservation.
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GunMag Warehouse Announces Relocation to Dallas – Ft. Worth

GunMag Warehouse new HQ in Coppell, TX
U.S.A. –-( GunMag Warehouse is pleased to announce the relocation of its headquarters to Coppell, TX. The new facility will house all operations and significantly increase their capabilities.
The increase in capacity will allow GunMag Warehouse to add much needed new talent to all departments, including order fulfillment, customer service, marketing, and leadership roles.
“Coppell’s thriving business community and superb quality of life made it an easy choice for us,” says GunMag Warehouse President Michael Lambka. “Not only does it align us with a pro-Second Amendment state like Texas, but its geographical location will decrease in-transit shipping times.”
Daniel Shaw, Director of Marketing at GunMag, is equally enthusiastic.
“We’re making moves that will significantly improve our operational capability,” explains Shaw. “We’ll be better able to take care of our loyal customers while also having a positive impact on our new community of Coppell, Texas. We’re all looking forward to the move and the opportunities it generates.”
GunMag Warehouse will be hiring talented ninjas across all departments including managers and inspired leaders. Learn more about these pending Coppell jobs or just send your resume to [email protected]

About GunMag Warehouse
Founded in 2012, GunMag Warehouse has become the predominant gun magazine and accessory destination for new and veteran gun enthusiasts alike. We provide nearly every magazine that is currently in production, in-stock and ready to ship. need a mag for your SIG P365? Got you covered. Looking for something to feed that Ruger PC9? We can take care of you. GunMag Warehouse has the largest selection of magazines anywhere. Follow us: @gunmagwarehouse on Twitter; /gunmagwarehouse/ on Facebook. Connect on IG, @gunmagwarehouse. Be sure to follow our blog, The Mag Life: after all, there’s far more to proper defensive firearm carry than the ability to grab a gun and pull the trigger.
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American Spartan: Overthrow build gets a custom Cerakote finish

Completed Sharps Bros and rainier Arms Build
U.S.A. –-( Last year I assembled an AR with a little help from Rainier Arms and Brownells. I started on the lower receiver with a Sharps Bros Overthrow and finished up with a Rainier Arms UltraMatch Billet Upper (MOD 3), Aero Precision Atlas S-One and a 16″ Brownell’s B-TAC barrel.
After my initial build and some testing, I made a few changes. I swapped out the original brake for a Ghost Wind 5.56 brake by American Manufacturing so I could run the Ghost Wind suppressor on here and decided to send the rifle out for a custom Cerakote finish courtesy of Nevada Cerakote.
What is Cerakote?
In case you have been living under a rock the past few years, Cerakote is a ceramic based finish that can be applied to metals, plastics, polymers, and wood. The unique formulation used for Cerakote ceramic coating enhances a number of physical performance properties including abrasion/wear resistance, corrosion resistance, chemical resistance, impact strength, and hardness. Each of these properties is rigorously tested to guarantee that Cerakote products remain at the forefront of the ceramic coatings market. Cerakote ceramic coatings utilize state-of-the-art technology to out-perform any competitive coating in both laboratory settings and real-world applications.
Sharp’s Bros Jack Lower Receiver with the Armaspec XPDW Stock, the magazine well was Cerakoted by Nevada Cerakote
There are a lot of shops offering Cerakote these days and I try to support local small businesses whenever I can, so I took my rifle to Russ Bacon at Nevada Cerakote.
Nevada Cerakote
We have been faithfully using Nevada Cerakote for a number of years. The shop is about 90 minutes from my home, but their work is so good that I would ship it halfway across the world if I had to!
Nevada Cerakote did the laser stipple and bronze finish on a Grey Ghost G43 build I finished up in 2018.
More recently, Nevada Cerakote performed the laser stipple and grey Cerakote finish on a Rival arms Glock project. build from 2019.
My one problem with Cerakote is there are so many ways you can go with it. From natural finishes replicating basic black, grey, OD, or tan to camo patterns or any artistic design you can envision. Compounding this is the fact that Russ is as much an artist and craftsman as he is a gunsmith, so I often go on information overload.
Nevada Cerakote’s laser stippling and refinish on an early Grey Ghost Precision Glock.
I knew I wanted the Spartan helmet on the lower in bronze, but really wanted to do something with the rest of the rifle and took my inspiration from what I love most: The American flag. When you have a dozen or so “black rifles” you can afford to take a chance on a flashy color scheme, can’t you?
Old Glory would be the rest of the theme and I had seen Nevada Cerakote offer this pattern on firearms they coated for Axelson Tactical, Aero Precision and other manufacturers and customers. I considered the vibrant red, white and blue for half a second and decided against it in favor of a distressed, battle-worn finish.
Axelson Tactical Rifle, camo coating by Nevada Cerakote.
I dropped the rifle off and told Russ to take his time to work his magic.
The American Spartan by Nevada Cerakote!
The end result exceeded my expectations. It was as if my simple idea had magically come to life, courtesy of Nevada Cerakote’s artistry. Take a look at the “before” photo.
A good looking rifle, no doubt, but it screamed for something else!
Notice the initial reddish selector. On a black rifle, a little drop of color can make a cool accent. However, after the “Captain America” paint job, it stuck out like a sore thumb. I do not stand in an artist’s way, so when I got the call, I said: “Do what you need to do.”
Nevada Cerakote’s American Spartan, close up.
Stock finish by NV Cerakote
American Spartan by Nevada Cerakote
Besides the quality paint job, this has become one of my favorite rifles to take to the range. It doesn’t hurt that it gets a lot of attention and one of these days Nevada Cerakote may do a special pistol for me to go with it. Check out their website and social media, most importantly their Instagram feed. Their prices are reasonable, the work is outstanding and their laser engraving and stippling services are some of the best in the business.

About Mike Searson
Mike Searson’s career as a shooter began as a Marine Rifleman at age 17. He has worked in the firearms industry his entire adult life as a Gunsmith, Ballistician, Consultant, Salesman, Author, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1989.
Mike has written over 2000 articles for several magazines, websites, and newsletters, including Blade, RECOIL, OFF-GRID, Tactical Officer, SWAT, Tactical World, Gun Digest, and the US Concealed Carry Association as well as AmmoLand Shooting Sports News.

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Bear & Son Cutlery Announces Annual “Open-Door Knife Sale”

The Company Welcomes the Public to a Tour and Factory-Direct Bargains.Jacksonville, Alabama – -( Bear & Son Cutlery, known throughout the knife community for its premium, made-in-the-US knives, is opening their doors to the public Thursday, November 15 – Sunday, November 18th, 2018, to celebrate their 22nd annual Open-Door Knife Sale.The public is encouraged to stop by for a free factory tour to observe the knife making process and to take advantage of some amazing deals on assorted cutlery products.Bear & Son Cutlery stands apart in the knife industry for its fully self-contained manufacturing process. All heat-treating, grinding, assembly, and hand-finishing is done by skilled craftsmen on-site to ensure the highest level of quality and performance from every knife produced. In its Jacksonville, AL-based facility, Bear & Son Cutlery manufactures premium knives for a broad range of specialty applications, including hunting knives, tactical knives for military and law enforcement, competition knives, as well as knives for collecting and to pass on to future generations.During the annual sale and tour, visitors will learn about the 90 different hand operations and advanced machinery employed to create premium-grade knives. Following the tour, guests will have the opportunity to view through hundreds of different knives on sale just in time for the holidays.In addition to observing the manufacturing processes, visitors will see first-hand how Bear & Son Cutlery continues to make a positive impact on the Jacksonville-area community through employment and skills training—all while offering quality, American made cutlery products to consumers nationwide.To participate in a tour and to take advantage of some great prices on high-quality knives, visit Bear & Son Cutlery at 1111 Bear Blvd., Jacksonville, AL on the dates and times listed below:Annual Knife Sale Hours:Nov 15, 2018 Thursday 7:30am – 6:00pmNov 16, 2018 Friday 7:30am – 6:00pmNov 17, 2018 Saturday 7:30am – 5:00pmNov 18, 2018 Sunday 12:00pm – 5:00pmTo learn more about the Bear & Son Cutlery brand, please visit www.bearandsoncutlery.comThe post Bear & Son Cutlery Announces Annual “Open-Door Knife Sale” appeared first on

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