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Elite Tactical Systems (ETS) Group C.A.M. Rifle Magazine Loader

Our first How To Video with the ETS C.A.M. Rifle Magazine loader.
Learn how to use this great device in less than 2 minutes!!

Ohio Concealed Carry Course

A one day, 8 hour course, that satisfies the requirements for an Ohio resident to apply for their Ohio Concealed Handgun License.

The class with cover areas such as, but not limited to;

– Firearms safety

– Safe storage of both handgun and ammunition

– Handgun and Ammunition Selection for Concealed Carry

– How to safely draw your firearm and engage a lethal threat

– How to engage multiple threats

– The bodies natural reactions to a lethal threat

– What to do after using a handgun for self defense

Students will need to bring,

Handgun (We will have handguns available for rental, upon request)

Ammunition (200 rounds or more)

Holster (we can provide, upon request)

Eye protection (we can provide, upon request)

Ear protection (we can provide, upon request)

Clothing for outdoor weather

Notepad

Pen/Pencil

Highlighter

Please bring firearm in a case or a bag unloaded with no ammunition in your magazines.

Please bring a lunch with you or purchase the ticket for a pizza lunch with your entry to the course.

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IWI Trigger Upgrades

Have you wondered what exactly the Giessele Super Sabra Trigger Pack and Lightning Bow Trigger will do to the pull weight of your your IWI Tavor or X95?

Well wonder no more!

A video will be posted tonight with the Geissele Lightning Bow Trigger install on the X95 as well as trigger pull weights.

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Tragedy in Oregon

As most of you know by now a University in Oregon was targetd by a follower of Islam.

During the tragic event men and women were made to kneel.

Each was asked a question,”what faith are you?”.

If Christian was the answer they were shot in the head.

Don’t follow blindly my friends. This was a clear and violent attack on Christians, on US soil no less.  We are entering darker and darker days.

The enemy is becoming more and more unafraid as our current administration ignores all attacks that do not fit their agenda.

Prepare yourselves, and your loved ones, now.  Soon your mettle, strength, cunning and faith will be tested.

Will you be stronger than any threat that presents itself?

Will you be ready when the wolf howls at your door?

Keep practicing, keep training, keep your powder dry and your guns close!

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Great Lakes Tactical Commander Muzzle Break Comparison and Installation

Finally, FINALLY, got the video uploaded.

Take a look at our video comparing the Lantac USA Dragon, Great lakes Tactical Commander and the old favorite, the A2 birdcage.

We also show how to install the Great Lakes Tactical Commander as there is not another installation video out there right now.

If you are unfamiliar with muzzle brakes they are generally an aftermarket purchase and help to keep the muzzle from rising when doing rapid fire. In this video, keep an eye and muzzle flash after each shot and how much the muzzle rises to see how effective each is.

Take a look and let us know what you think.

Also, remember to subscribe to our YouTube channel for a chance to win one of our great prize packages. At 1,000 subscribers we are going to giveaway a bunch of great holsters, ammo, pmags and a muzzle brake! So be sure to subscribe as it not only helps get us closer to our giveaway but also get more gear to review!

 

 

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What You Need To Build Your AR15 Lower

There are many options for those contemplating building their own AR15 or AR variant.

If you are trying to build the cheapest AR15 possible with milspec parts you can often complete a rifle for under $700.

You can also build a top of the line rifle but at much greater expense.  The choice is yours!

This post will detail what you need and a few popular spots to get what you need.

 

To start with you will need a lower.  The lower, or receiver, is the only part of the AR15 that is serialized.  This means that the lower is the portion that must be purchased through an FFL, if purchasing new.  Think of this as the gun.  The rest of the rifle is simply “parts”.  The next thing you will need is a lower parts kit or a lower build kit.  These are two separate things.  A lower parts kit will still require that you buy a buffer tube, buffer spring and stock.  A lower build kit includes everything necessary to build your AR15 lower.

Tools You Will Want/Need To Build Your AR Lower

Castle Nut Wrench (Necessary)

MidWest Industries – $5.25

Lower Receiver Vice Block (Recommended)

Palmetto State Armory – $9.99

Rollpin Punch Set (Recommended)

Wheeler Engineering – $15.99

Now lets begin with the parts necessary to build the cheapest AR15 lower possible.

AR15 Lower

Palmetto State Armory – $49.99

Choose Either Option A or B to Complete Your Lower:

Option A

AR15 Lower Parts Kit

Palmetto State Armory – $44.99

AR15 Stock Kit

Palmetto State Armory – $39.99

Option B

AR15 Lower Parts Build Kit

Palmetto State Armory – $79.99

 

Now lets begin with the parts necessary to build a moderately priced AR15 lower.

 

AR15 Lower (4 options)

Palmetto State Armory Gasden Flag – $99.99

Anderson Manufacturing – $49.99

Aero Precision – $69.99

Spikes Tactical – $89.99

AR15 Lower Parts Kit

Rock River – $70.00

Enhanced Grip

Magpul MOE – $22.99

Enhanced Trigger Guard

Magpul MOE – $7.99

AR15 Buffer Tube Assembly

Spikes Tactical – $69.99

AR15 Stock

Magpul MOE – $39.99

 

Lastly lets look at the parts necessary to build a high quality AR15 lower.

 

AR15 Lower (4 options)

MEGA Arms Billet – $196.00

MEGA Arms Forged – $114.00

Noveske Billet – $318.00

Noveske Forged – $183.15

AR15 Lower Parts Kit

Daniel Defense – $99.00

Enhanced Grip

BCM – $29.95

Enhanced Trigger Guard (Not required for Billet Uppers as they have built in trigger guards)

Magpul MOE – $7.99

AR15 Buffer Tube Kit

BCM – $99.50

AR15 Stock

SOPMOD – $58.00

AR15 Trigger Upgrade

CMC Single Stage – $164.95

 

A few notes to take from this list.

This list is not meant to be something that you have to follow without deviation.  This list of parts is meant to give an idea, or guide if you will to follow.  You should feel free to interchange items between lists.  These are some of the best prices available as of January 2015.  When looking at some of the items listed you should realize that as price goes down, generally so does quality.  However, if you are like me and on a budget, you must make certain sacrifices to afford the parts and equipment necessary.  This list reflects the cost that could be cut to lower the price of your rifle, but do realize that as that price goes down your quality could go down as well.  Even the cheapest parts listed on this post are considered adequate but they will have less polish and possibly less quality standards than the higher priced items listed.

A prime example would be the AR15 lower.  Many lowers are created by the same manufacturers but then sold with differing stamps.  While one lower might be $200 and another $75, they could come from the same manufacturer and the reason for the different pricing is finishing and name brand.  This does not mean that higher priced lowers are not worth the price.  After years of buying AR15 lowers I have noticed that I now tend to purchase lowers in the medium price range.  This generally allows me to get a high quality lower with a great finish and complete milspec dimensions.  I say this because I have purchased extremely cheap through rather expensive priced lowers and very often I find that very cheap lowers have dimension issues.  While I would say that is the exception and not the rule, it is still something that happens the lower the price you go.

As you will note, if you are looking at building one of the cheapest, yet quality, AR15 lowers palmetto state armory is where you are going to buy your parts.  As stated in the above paragraph though, you will find that you might get a parts kit that is not to spec.  Before the gun and ammo craze a few couple of years back I purchased 3 lower parts kits from Palmetto State Armory to build a few rifles.  After hours of not being able to get my kit to work I sent it to a certified armorer and immediately he recognized that it was not his lower that was out of spec (as I originally thought) but instead the lower parts kit.  He swapped out the out of spec part and to my surprise the rifle worked without issue.  Out of 3 kits that I bought that day, only 1 had issues.  Now while that is 33.33% of the kits having errors, I have purchased no less than 5 other kits from Palmetto State Armory with zero issues.  I also know a large amount of fellow shooters that buy lower build or parts kits from Palmetto State Armory with the majority having no issues.

When we look at entering the mid-range AR15 market you will notice that Magpul is a big contender.  Magpul makes extremely high quality parts at very reasonable prices.  Their grips, stocks and trigger guards are some of the best in the mid range market and their prices are very competitive.

When we enter the high end AR15 market the first name that comes to most AR15 enthusiasts or professional users is Bravo Company Manufacturing USA, or BCM.  While their prices are generally higher than others, their quality cannot be beat.  I have never purchased an AR lower, part, upper or anything for that matter from BCM that did not exceed my expectations.  These parts are meant for the user that will run their gun and run it hard.

A company I want to promote that makes fantastic rifles and parts is 2Vets Arms.  One of the first rifles I built had an out of spec parts kits and while I am sure the the guys at 2Vets Arms wanted to tear me a new one, they calmly explained that the parts kit I sent was out of spec and that they replaced the out of spec parts and put the lower together properly for me.  This showed me that the company was looking to more than just make money.  They were invested in their customers.  I was able to hangout with one of the guys and his wife from 2VetsArms at the 2014 NRA AM.  I did not explain to him who I was or what I had done for him but I did buy him a beer.  I can definitely say he was an interesting guy and knows his stuff and gets a little crazy.  Either way this is a company to source what parts you can.

 

Let me know what what you think and your experiences with the parts listed or parts that were not listed.

What would you add to this list or remove?  Let us know.