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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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Red Blooded Americans and Alpha Males – A dying breed?

Where are my red blooded Americans?

“The recoil bruised my shoulder. The brass shell casings disoriented me as they flew past my face. The smell of sulfur and destruction made me sick. The explosions — loud like a bomb — gave me a temporary case of PTSD. For at least an hour after firing the gun just a few times, I was anxious and irritable.”

Lastly, the shooting range mentioned is no friend of ours it seems.

See Full Article Here

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We don’t plan to fail, we fail to plan

If you are from Ohio you know it gets very cold, bitterly cold, around December of each year and lasts through February and many times into March. That is about a quarter of our year, sometimes more, here in Ohio.

If you spent 25%+ of your life in cold snowy weather with multiple layers on, a logical person would assume you also train and practice with your firearms in said weather.

Yet, all to often here in Ohio we see people hang up their gun belts, rifle slings and shotgun shell holders when it gets cold and they gather dust until warm weather comes back around.

Don’t be one of these people.

Get out and train in the environment that you are might have to defend yourself in one day.

Cold weather does funny things to the human body.

Heavy coats and extra layers make drawing from concealment a chore.

Don’t fail to plan.

Train and practice in the conditions you are likely to face when you have to defend your life or the life of your loved ones.

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PopsCabinetShop rifle magazine speed loaders Review

Pops Cabinet Sop Rifle Magazine Speed Loader

We are taking a look at the PopsCabinet Shop rifle magazine speed loader for the AR-15 and AK47 magazines. This device allows for quick and efficient loading of magazines. While not a necessity, no something you are likely going to take to the range with you, it is a great device when pre-loading magazines at home for a class or range trip.

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3 Gun Video

Some of my 3 Gun video footage for you guys and gals.

3 Gun – September 20th, 2015

We were able to head out to the last 3 Gun of the year in Garretsville, Ohio. We had a great time and as the video shows improvement is still needed. On stage 1 we had a small head target at about 100 yards that I could not hit for the life of me.

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3 Gun in Garretsville, Ohio

Have you been considering attending a 3 Gun?

I made a concsious effort to attend 4 this summer and I had a blast.

If you have ever shot USPSA or IDPA, think how much you fun you had doing that and mutliply it by 3.

3 Gun is a great way to keep your skills sharp at a very reasonable price.  You also get to meet a lot of great people who are like minded.

Get out there and train, practice and have fun guys and gals!

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Manticore Arm ARClight Rail Installation & First Impressions

Join us as we take a look at the Manticore Arms ARClight rail for the IWI Tavor.

We will checkout what it takes to install the rail and go over our initial impressions.


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Do you know CherryBalmz grease?

Had a great conversation with Dallas of CherryBalmz Weapons Lubricants. I will be adding there grease to our tested lubricants in the very near future.
I can honestly say I have never spent as much time on a website just reading before either. Head over to and read the FAQ and “History of Gun Lubricants” tabs.

Have you tried CherryBalmz?
If you have what did you think of it?

If you have not tested it would you want to?
Thinking of taking a different approach to the testing. Looking for a few people with different types of guns, especially finicky guns that do not run well.

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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.