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Color Shift, the amazing new cerakote finish from Lone Wolf,  makes your gun a fashion statement. I am not a fan of shiny guns, my taste runs more to fall colors and earth tones, but Color Shift has my attention. Cerakote is a rugged finish which performs well under any conditions.

Gun of Many Colors: Color-Shift Cerakote from LoneWolf

Gun of Many Colors: Color-Shift Cerakote from LoneWolfColor Shift, the amazing new cerakote finish from Lone Wolf,  makes your gun a fashion statement. I am not a fan of shiny guns, my taste runs more to fall colors and earth tones, but Color Shift has my attention. Cerakote is a rugged finish which performs well under any conditions. Color Shift contains advanced light interference pigments that change color depending on the light source. As your gun moves the finish reflects a shifting rainbow of rich colors.  Lone Wolf offers three types : Mongoose, Razor and Mako. Mako changes color from Green to Blue to Purple Chameleon. Razor changes color from Gold to Green to Purple to Red. Mongoose changes color from Purple to Red to Blue. We currently only offer this service on Glock O.E.M. parts and Lone Wolf parts. Slides and lowers need to be completely disassembled before shipping to us. A new channel liner will be required (we can remove and install for you) If you have plastic OEM sights they will be destroyed during removal so new sights will also need to be purchased. The newest finish in gunworld is there for the asking. Get it now before the ATF bans color shifting finishes because criminals don’t want you to know what color of their gun. You can send your gun in for refinishing or buy a new one from lonewolfdist.com . Call now, operators are standing by.

Glock G43X and G48 [Hands-On Review]

Glock G43X and G48 [Hands-On Review]

Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s Hold on to your hats awesome readers, Glock has two new offerings on the table for concealed carriers and they are outstanding . The G43X is an updated version of the original G43, the single-stack, 9mm wunderkind produced by the Austrians. The G48 is a slightly longer version of the same gun but its presence portends something potentially even greater. (left) Glock G48 and (right) G43X I’m going to give you some details about the new shooters, throw my pitch as to why I think you should care, and then take a stab at guessing the future—at least, as it pertains to Glock. G43X (X Meaning 10) When the G43 was revealed in 2015 it hit a lot of marks for customers who loved Glock reliability but wanted something on more of a diet. After all, the G19 is a good concealed carry option, so is the G26 for that matter, but both are a little on the thick side with their double-stacked magazines. Shooters prayed for a slimmer Glock they could tuck away when it was warm outside and concealing layers of clothing were either telling or just uncomfortable. To answer that need—Glock released the G42  in .380, then the G43 followed in 9mm. Most loved the thinner profile. Some argued over the 6+1 capacity. While one camp thought this was a decent tradeoff, others wanted still more capacity. Glock G43X At the beginning of SHOT Show in 2018, Sig Sauer released their P365, a 9mm single-stack with a 10+1 capacity.  Now, companies can’t, or at least they shouldn’t, rush production on things so you can imagine a lot of planning, design, then testing go into making new models. Glock had been preparing for its next iteration like a counter-puncher in a prize fight. The G43X was gifted with the genetics found in the Gen 5 upgrades: better trigger, tapered muzzle, and orange magazine followers.  But one of the best upgrades had to be the 10+1 capacity. So how did Glock do this? Comparing my original G43 with the new model they are essentially the same size but for the grip, which is elongated on the G43X by a little less than half an inch.  The magazine is a single stack configuration. Glock widened the magazine and magwell to accommodate this change though I could barely tell the difference.  The overall package is still very small and easily concealed. The appearance with the silver slide is pretty sleek, a bit more refined.  Working down the slide toward the muzzle you also find there are three (count ‘em) forward serrations on the G43X. G48: A Bigger Brother Imagine the same gun with a roughly half-inch longer slide and you have the G48 in a nutshell. Glock 48 Another difference is there are four slide serrations near the muzzle due to the slightly expanded real estate.  The grip, trigger, and other controls are all in the same areas as they are on the G43X. Again, the gun still has the same capacity at 10+1, but the slightly longer sight radius should help with a little more accuracy. The Smell of Gunpowder Glock was kind enough to send these new models out a bit in advance of the release, just enough time for me to get a few hundred rounds through each and formulate some impressions.  I’ve been plugging away pretty faithfully with the old G43 so I also had that experience to compare and contrast with. Firing a 9mm from a full-size pistol is one thing.  Simple physics dictates that same exchange in a smaller gun is going to produce more recoil, the springs can only do so much.  That being said, I feel like the newer models had less muzzle flip. Example of WAY too much muzzle flip… I believe the extended grip has everything in the world to do with this.  Follow up shots were a bit quicker because I wasn’t recovering so much from recoil. The smoother trigger was pleasant and actually tested nearly two pounds lighter on the Lyman Digital Trigger Gauge from Brownells (right around 6 pounds).  I found both guns to be accurate and consistent, firing everything I ran through them without fail. The longest distance I shot from was 15 yards but the accuracy was good, both guns grouped well. The only failure I experienced was when the slide did not lock back on the G43X after I ran the mag dry.  This was caused by my thumb placement (sitting on the slide stop lever) and after I adjusted, did not reoccur. Because these are smaller guns, extra large hands can cause some minor issues. I had a tiny amount of slide bite but didn’t even notice it until after my day at the range.  Part of the web of my 2X hand still manages to reach up over the beavertail. Everything else was golden (or silver?), pure Glock mechanization. What’s It All Mean Dr. Strange? Hey Doc, cast a spell to tell me what Glock has up their sleeve next! I’m no Sorcerer Supreme and I have no bones that predict the weather (yet).  With Glock calling the G43X a sub-compact and calling the G48 a compact, I got to wondering if they might put out a full-size, single-stack, 9mm.  To me, it only makes sense and—it would be amazing! Imagine a 1911-esque, full-size shooter with Glock’s proven reliability.  If we’re at 10+1 now, could we see 12+1? Oh man, my knees are shaking under the desk as I type this.  But back to the matter at hand! The G43X and G48 are bold moves.  Some will undoubtedly compare Glock to Apple, complaining they are delivering yet a newer version in a never-ending progression of upgrades so I’ll have to buy the next one.  Others might look at the G43X and G48 and say “meh” it’s not that different.  Here’s why they’re wrong. Glock G48 and G43X with Magazines! The firearms industry is filled with ancient dinosaurs trudging toward the tar pits; companies that haven’t come up with innovative ideas in years.  Some of these giants are also guilty of either not listening to or being out of touch with their customer base. The constant improvements demonstrated by Glock are largely driven by customer demand.  This is a result of either direct communication or from watching the enormous Glock aftermarket.  They are listening to their buyers and delivering. The G43X and G48 are wonderful examples of that. Oh, and we’re told that MSRP will be $580 . If you’re looking for something a bit larger though, take a look at my review of the Glock G45 ! What do you think of the new Glock offerings? What do you want to see from Glock at SHOT Show this year? Let us know in the comments! See our favorite Glocks in our best Glocks rundown.

Best IFAK Pouches: Foundation of Building Your IFAK

Best IFAK Pouches: Foundation of Building Your IFAK

When I am at the range, I often look at what other people bring with them as part of their range bag or range kit.  One thing that I often find missing is an IFAK, an individual first aid kit .  I find this alarming since accidental gunshot wounds create such traumatic injuries and most drug stores and big-box store first aid kits are just not equipped to handle such massive damage. I prefer to build my own IFAK’s based on my experience and with the help of several friends who are both long time shooters and trained emergency medical practitioners.  The one thing that I have found is that without a good well-design pouch, an IFAK is almost useless.  There are several reasons a top-quality pouch is essential. Protection – Items packed in sterile wrappings or packages need proper protection to remain serviceable over time.  The right IFAK pouch will protect everything inside and ensure that when I need some of those supplies, they are as fresh as the day I put them into the pouch the first time. Functionality – My IFAK has a lot of small items.  In an emergency, I don’t want to dump the entire pouch out on the ground to find the one item I may need right now.  A well-designed IFAK pouch will secure and organize items so that they are immediately available and organized so you can find the item you want in the dark. Durability – An IFAK, by definition, must be readily accessible.  For me, that means my IFAK rides on the outside of my pack, bug-out bag, and range bag.  It takes a lot of wear and tear and must tough enough to survive its often-exposed condition Ergonomics – Size and weight are everything, especially if you are on the move.  Your IFAK pouch should be as small and lightweight as possible yet provide the other criteria listed above.  Finding the right combination of weight, size, and capacity can be a challenge. Quick Navigation The IFAK Pouches: My Top 4 Picks Best EDC IFAK Case – A Range Bag Essential EDC IFAK Case – The Personal Carry Option The Essential IFAK – A Pouch for All Reasons The Essential IFAK – An Alternative Concept I Have a First Aid Kit Already. Do I Really need an IFAK? Before You Need it The IFAK Pouches: My Top 4 Picks Preview Product Rating 5.11 Tactical Style # 56489 Flex Med Pouch, Includes Flex Hook Adaptor,... No ratings yet See Price on Amazon RESCUE ESSENTIALS ANKLE MEDICAL HOLSTER No ratings yet See Price on Amazon Condor Rip-Away EMT Pouch No ratings yet See Price on Amazon High Speed Gear Pouch - Reflex IFAK System | Roll and Carrier - Med roll... No ratings yet See Price on Amazon Last update on 2020-08-14 at 05:58 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API With just a little knowledge about what I look for in an IFAK pouch, I must also say that I look a little forward and try to anticipate the situations in which I might find myself. Things I also consider when putting together an IFAK are Where I am going How many people are along? The types of trauma I might encounter With my basic criteria and this additional forethought, I typically size my IFAK accordingly.  Let’s look at some of the options in IFAK cases that I suggest for your list. Best EDC IFAK Case – A Range Bag Essential 1. 5.11 Tactical Flex Med Pouch Review I advocate that everyone carries what I term a “blowout kit.”  A “blowout kit” is a small IFAK that carries only the essential items to treat a traumatic and severe penetrating injury.  You can read that to say a gunshot wound or a deep stab wound.  Either one requires quick intervention to control bleeding, and that is what a “blowout kit” does. The 5.11 Tactical Flex Med Pouch is small, lightweight, yet tough enough to withstand the rigors of everyday carry use. The pouch size allows packing several essential items securely yet keep them clean, safe, and readily available. Includes 1 Flex pouch and 1 "Flex Hook Adaptor" 500D Nylon Material External EMT sheer holder External rip away tourniquet holder Pull tab opening This pouch is a perfect size to add to a day-bag or to drop into a briefcase. Every range bag should have one of this size IFAK’s as part of the standard gear. Pros Great size for a day bag or a small backpack The flex hook adapter makes the Flex pouch must more versatile than some other small pouches Well-constructed and top-quality material Cons Only available in three colors I couldn’t find many negative comments about the 5.11 Tactical Flex Med Pouch.  The comments and ratings by users of this pouch are outstanding. 5.11 Tactical Style # 56489 Flex Med Pouch, Includes Flex Hook Adaptor,... It includes 1 Flex Med pouch and 1 Flex Hook adaptor This med pouch has 500D nylon right panel w/ external shear storage. Versatile med pouch w/ Flex-HT... See Price on Amazon Last update on 2020-08-14 at 05:28 / Affiliate links / Images from "Amazon Product Advertising" API EDC IFAK Case – The "Personal Carry Option" 2. – Rescue Essentials Ankle Medical Holster Review There are times when it is prudent to carry a blowout kit on your person.  Most of the law enforcement officers I know do this routinely, and one of the most popular ways to carry a small IFAK without adding another pouch to a duty belt or a vest is to ankle carry. A popular pouch for this type of carry is the Rescue Essentials "Ankle Medical Holster" .  This little pouch fits comfortably around your ankle and can comfortably carry A tourniquet 4” Israeli bandage 2 pair nitrile gloves Additional room for other items My suggestions for added items for this rig is a chest seal and a packet of Z-gauze impregnated with a clotting agent such as Celox. Carrying small items such as an IFAK on your ankle may seem a little strange, but the position of the ankle pouch puts those critical trauma care items within easy reach, even if you are lying on the ground. Pros Has enough pockets and straps to carry everything you need and keep it secure no matter how extreme the situation becomes Well-constructed Comfortable and fits well even with boots Cons May not fit under tight or narrow pant legs For the most part, users of the Rescue Essentials Ankle Medical Holster are satisfied.  There are some negative comments concerning the way the hook and loop system is attached.  Some users would prefer the hook side to be pointing away from their leg instead of toward their skin. RESCUE ESSENTIALS ANKLE MEDICAL HOLSTER Elastic storage bands and pouches » Customizable to user preferences Lightweight and comfortable See Price on Amazon Last update on 2020-08-14 at 05:38 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API The Essential IFAK – A Pouch for All Reasons 3. Condor Rip-Away EMT Pouch Review Condor Outdoor Products has several different pouches that they advertise as medical or IFAK pouches.  The Rip-Away EMT pouch has become my go-to standard for building a more complete IFAK than a smaller EDC style of pouch. The fold-out interior design and the quick-release rip-away attachment system makes this pouch perfect for attaching to the side or back of a backpack or even to a MOLLE style seatback system in your vehicle.   One buckle and quick pull rips the industrial hook and loop fastening system from the mounting plate without having to deal with MOLLE or PALS attachments. The interior tri-fold design opens to put everything in the pouch in easy sight and quick reach.   In addition, Condor Outdoor has provided a host of other features that make this pouch our pick for an IFAK. Rip away quick deployment system Additional MOLLE webbing on the pouch for adding modular attachments to the pouch Zipper closure with dual sliders Clamshell full open design D-rings on the back for adding a temporary attachment Hook and loop on the front of the pouch for adding small items or ID tags Grab-Handle Three compartment interior flip-open storage system Multiple elastic, mesh, and zippered compartments inside to keep items controlled and organized Available in multiple colors including red I mention the available red color for a remarkably simple reason.  I like to keep at least one of these kits in my vehicles, mounted in a visible location, usually on a seat back mounting system where I can carry other pouches and gear.   The red color makes it easy to give someone instructions on retrieving the IFAK from my vehicle.  Being able to tell someone to grab the red pouch on the back of the passenger seat is much easier than trying to describe the pouch and its location exactly. Pros Will hold an amazing amount of gear Well-constructed and rugged The rip-away design makes deploying this pouch much quicker and easier Holds everything my old pouch held and then some more. Cons This pouch may be too large for some people. Condor Outdoors’s Rip-Away EMT Pouch gets top marks from users.  The few negative comments we found focused on the size of the pouch, and many who made these comments were happy in every other aspect with their choice of the Condor Rip-Away pouch for their IFAK. Sale Condor Rip-Away EMT Pouch Tri-fold design Multiple pockets and elastic loops for storage See Price on Amazon Last update on 2020-08-14 at 05:48 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API The Essential IFAK – An Alternative Concept 4. "High Speed Gear" Reflex IFAK System Review AN alternative to the flip-open tri-fold pouch design is the High Speed Gear Reflex Pouch system.  This pouch features an innovative design that makes this pouch a single-handed ambidextrous deployment system The pouch normally rides in a mounting system that can be attached horizontally or vertically, depending on your preference.  The pouch deploys by yanking one of the handles located on either side of the pouch.  The pouch pulls outward from the mounting system and opens easily for access to the gear inside. High Speed Gear has an interesting video on their website that demonstrates the pouch and its deployment system. You can watch the video by following this link. The Reflex pouch is feature-loaded. High Abrasion-Resistant Neoprene Kevlar pull handles Vertical or horizontal mounting on belts Horizontal mounting on MOLLE systems Sell designed internal organization system Easy access to gloves without removing the pouch from the carrier Hook and loop on the pouch roll and the carrier for ID tags Made in the USA Lifetime warranty Pros The High Speed Gear Reflex pouch is such a new product that customer reviews and comments a limited.  I must admit that I haven’t gotten my hands on one yet.  From the few comments, we could find we learned a few things Well-built and sturdy design The deployment system works as advertised Still testing but so far this pouch works well Cons I only found one comment about the High Speed Gear Reflex IFAK pouch that came across as unfavorable.  The user had the pouch mounted on a belt during a nighttime tactical exercise. While moving cross country, something snagged one of the handles and pulled the pouch from the carrier without the user noticing. The unique design of this pouch sets the High-Speed Gear Reflex pouch apart.  I haven’t had the chance to put this pouch to a personal test.  The price of the pouch makes it hard to justify an on whim purchase.  I will have this pouch on my list when it comes time to add or replace an IFAK. High Speed Gear Pouch - Reflex IFAK System | Roll and Carrier - Med roll... Features HANK (High Abrasion- "Resistant Neoprene Kevlar" composite) grab handles for long-term... Can mount vertically or horizontally on belts 1.5 “-2.25”, and horizontally on MOLLE See Price on Amazon Last update on 2020-08-14 at 05:58 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API I Have a First Aid Kit Already. Do I Really need an IFAK? In a word, Yes! That first aid kit that you bought at one of the big box stores or online is fine for small cuts, scrapes, and burns.  One complaint I have with most of these pre-packaged first aid kits is the bit of false advertising that goes with the packaging.  Many kits advertise that there are 100, 200, or even 300 items in the kit.  If you look closely, that 300 items are usually more than half individually packaged doses of aspirin, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, laxatives, antacids, and other over the counter medications. The significant problem here is the likelihood of ever using those items before they expire.  Typically, that first aid kit gets tossed under the seat of your car, in the boat, or put into a drawer somewhere and forgotten until you need a band-aid.  Why stockpile and pay for things that you aren’t going to use. A better solution in my mind is to build an IFAK that has the things you will need in a traumatic injury situation.  Pack these things in a pouch where they can be retrieved quickly, even in the dark, are protected, and can be carried and kept where they may be needed. Of course, your IFAK should have items like band-aids and over the counter pain relief products, but in small manageable quantities.   Small cuts and scrapes happen as well, but don’t overload your IFAK with these small items.  It is better to keep small quantities that you can regularly replace as they reach their expiration dates. Here is an interesting video: Before You Need it The best advice I can give you about IFAK pouches and your IFAK is to build it, or buy it, and have it on hand before you need it.  We all hope and pray that we are never involved in a situation where we need to deal with a traumatic injury on ourselves or someone else.  Unfortunately, hoping and praying, wont’ replace a tourniquet or a pressure bandage when the need arises. I hope the reviews and information in this article help you toward making the right decision for yourself about what kind of IFAK pouch best fits your situation.  If you have any questions, comments, suggestions, or experiences to share, please do so in the comments below. Other interesting articles: Building a Basic Defensive Arsenal Building the Ultimate Survival Fire Kit: Which Items and Why?

Magnum Research Debuts The .500 Linebaugh BFR.

Magnum Research Debuts The .500 Linebaugh BFR.

/* custom css */.td_uid_2_5f3765383bfa6_rand.td-a-rec-img { text-align: left; } .td_uid_2_5f3765383bfa6_rand.td-a-rec-img img { margin: 0 auto 0 0; } The .500 Linebaugh out of the shadows of obscurity into the light of recognition with the Magnum Research BFR. How Magnum Research Dishes Up A .500 Linebaugh: It's built on Magnum Research’s short-frame and is constructed entirely of 17-4PH stainless steel. The oversized, five-shot cylinder is counter-bored and unfluted. A free-wheeling pawl enables the cylinder to rotate in either direction with the loading gate open. It's equipped with transfer bar systems, allowing for safe carry with a live round under the hammer. The revolver sport Magnum Research's interpretation of the Bisley grip frame. Show up at the range with a .50-caliber handgun, and folks don’t fail to notice. It elicits whispers about compensating for alleged inadequacies and some comments about your mental state. Others secretly hope you bury the front sight in your forehead. That said, you will not fail to draw attention every time you touch off the behemoth and it thunders the way only a large displacement cartridge can. But aside from drawing sometimes unwanted attention, what are these big revolvers good for? Big-game hunting, plainly and simply. Well, at least that’s what I use them for! Like all BFRs, this one is equipped with a fully adjustable rear sight by LPA. There are a number of .50-caliber handguns readily available commercially that are chambered in .50 AE, .500 JRH, .500 Wyoming Express and the “horsepower king”—the .500 Smith & Wesson Magnum. However, the .500 Linebaugh has the deepest roots of all. Despite only recently making its commercial debut, having been relegated only to custom builds in more than three decades of existence, we have Magnum Research, manufacturer of the BFR—the “Biggest, Finest Revolver”—to thank for giving .50-caliber aficionados yet another choice. Related GunDigest Articles Choosing A Big-Bore Cartridge And Rifle Big-Bore AR Evolution Is Larger Than Life Big-Bore Lever-Actions: Steel Henry .45-70 Is Golden A Brief History Lesson Magnum Research’s latest foray into the .50-caliber wars was announced at this year’s SHOT show. However, the .500 Linebaugh was unleashed on the general public in August 1986 by Ross Seyfried. Let’s just say the .500 Linebaugh is “fashionably late.” The new “Bisley” grip frame by Magnum Research is, of course, its interpretation of the famous Bisley by Colt. That said, it is, by far, the author’s favorite grip frame for controlling heavy recoil. The author’s came decked out with attractive ivory polymer grips. Best Starter Kit for Concealed Carry: S&W M&P 9 SHIELD $394.96 guns.com Safariland IWB Holster $43.99 brownells.com Safariland Duty Belt $88.99 brownells.com SnagMag Ammo Pouch $LOW! gundigeststore.com Disclosure: Some of these links are affiliate links. Caribou Media Group may earn a commission from qualifying purchases. Thank you! In the mid-1980s, John Linebaugh, a then little-known gun builder out of Cody, Wyoming, created this cartridge in his lab like a mad scientist—using a cut-down .348 case as the “parental unit.” An earlier iteration existed, but the progenitors of that .50-caliber—Bill Topping and Neil Wheeler (out of Salt Lake City, Utah)—were unable to gain any traction, and their creation was stillborn. So, John Linebaugh used the large-rimmed .348 Winchester, cutting it down to 1.4 inches and blowing the case out to a .510 bore. It was never quite loaded to potential in the early days and was overshadowed by its over-achieving little brother: the .475 Linebaugh, which was another one of Linebaugh’s creations. For more than three decades, the .500 Linebaugh has been a custom proposition only, typically built on massaged Ruger full-sized, single-action revolvers that cost a premium to construct … until Magnum Research boldly went where no other gun manufacturer has gone before. Magnum Research BFR Like all BFRs, this one, built on Magnum Research’s short-frame, is constructed entirely of 17-4PH stainless steel and is all American made. The massive, oversized, five-shot cylinder is counter-bored and unfluted. The author shot three different loads from Buffalo Bore Ammunition for accuracy (see the accuracy results table on page 43): a low-velocity, 435-grain hardcast load, a fast, 350-grain jacketed hollow-point load and a heavy, 525-grain, flat-nosed, hardcast load. Buffalo Bore has the distinction of being the first ammunition manufacturer to offer commercially loaded ammo for this obscure caliber. About counter-boring: This is a nice detail that actually serves a precautionary function. Under normal conditions, the cartridge head supports the loading gate and keeps it from tipping forward. If the loading gate encounters an empty hole, it is unsupported and can thereby tip forward a considerable amount. If this happens enough times, a number of failures will result, such as breaking of the loading gate stem and pushing the loading gate spring forward into the thin web of the frame—potentially tearing it (which is permanent damage). However, counter-boring puts a permanent support in position relative to the loading gate that is not dependent upon loaded cartridge case heads for support. This is particularly important when heavy recoil levels are the norm (not so much with lighter calibers). The .500 Linebaugh requires a large cylinder to encapsulate it, particularly because of its really big rim. The cylinder rides in the frame on a locking base pin. The free-wheeling pawl is a great feature that enables the cylinder to rotate in either direction with the loading gate open. BFRs are also equipped with transfer bar systems, allowing for safe carry with a live round under the hammer—an important feature when out in the field.

Windham Weaponry RMCS Rifle: Caliber Change Magic!

There we were on the last day of SHOT Show 2017, feet burning and dead tired when fellow writer Travis Pike and I were waved over to the Windham Weaponry booth by our Editor in Chief former Army Green Beret Mark Miller. One thing we figured out early when working with Mark is that if he tells you to stop and check something out, chances are it’s not going to be ordinary. What waited for us upon our arrival was the Windham Weaponry RMCS Rifle System. To me it felt like I was staring at the loch ness monster of the gun world, something people said existed but no one was ever sure was going to be proven. Enter the RMCS In a perfect world of gun fantasy most of us would love to be able to use one gun and switch back and forth between AK-47 and AR-15 magazines and have a quick change barrel system. It would be even better if we had some sort of standardization of parts and be able still get some aftermarket trigger kits or something along those lines. Well that is exactly the sort of hopes and dreams the engineers at Windham Weaponry tapped into and that is exactly what they did with the RMCS Rifle system. We quickly peppered the Windham staff with question after question in fast succession and we we found out about the RMCS was the following Built by Windham Weaponry of Windham, Maine Uses standard AR-15 trigger group so you can get aftermarket triggers if you want Magazine well separates from the rest of the lower receiver Comes in 2 , 3, or 4 caliber kits Available calibers include 9mm, .223, 7.62×39 and .300 AAC Blackout Uses low profile gas block Features quick change barrel system Barrels are 4150 Chrome Moly Vandium Steel Lowers are 7075 T6 Alumnium Lifetime warranty 9mm variant uses Colt sub machine gun magazines Uses stock AR15 buffer tube and M4 style stock There may have been other companies who tried similar projects but I am unaware of them actually coming into the commercial market. When we spoke to the staff at the Windham booth they said they had over three years of research and development into the project. Apparently the company purchased the project that was incomplete from a company in their local area and invested more time and capital into it to arrive at the finished product that was before us. In the above video if you skip ahead to the 1 minute mark you get an idea on how the quick change barrel system works. At roughly the 3 minute mark the video shows exactly how easy it is to change out the magazine wells. The video also goes on to warn the user about dry firing the gun, in order to make the magazine wells removable the company had to narrow the space between the hammer and the back of the magazine well. I don’t think this is a huge concern but just something that Windham had to inform users about. The RMCS is not cheap but it does offer a user a significant amount of expandability in the system. The RMCS -2 is the base model and comes with two caliber conversions one barrel in .223/5.56 NATO and one in .300 AAC Blackout. A second kit the RMCS-3 includes both the .223/5/56NATO, the .300 AAC Blackout and one magazine well and barrel chambered in 7.62×39. The top of the line kit is the RMCS-4 and it contains all of the previously included barrels and magazine wells in addition to a 9x19mm barrel, bolt and magazine well for Colt pattern sub machine gun magazines. Each kit ships in a locking airline approved hard case with custom cut foam inserts. MSRP Prices: RMCS-2 (.223/5.56mm & .300 AAC Blackout) $ 1738.00 RMCS-3 (.223/5.56mm, .300 AAC, & 7.62×39) $2391.00 RMCS-4 (.223/5.56mm, .300 AAC, 7.62×39 & 9x19mm) $2971.00 This system is one of the most intriguing things we saw this year at SHOT Show, it represents over three years of research & development and uses quality materials and well thought out approach to updating the AR-15 and making it more versatile for all shooters. My only slight complaints about the system as it sits are very minor in the big scope of things but should be noted. Prefer it to use Heckler & Koch MP5 magazines instead of traditionally finicky Colt magazines Rail should have M-Lok on the side instead of dated picatinny rails, but this is a minor issue. We hope you like this quick look at the Windham Weaponry MCRS system, and yes we have asked Windham to let us have one for a nice long test and evaluation period. If this happens you will see and hear the tests and results here on the site. We have enclosed a picture of what exactly the RCMS-4 comes with if you were to order one from Windham Weaponry. Image Courtesy: theshootingwarehouse.com

Best 45-70 Scopes 2020 Guide for First Time Buyers

Cartridges containing .45-70 and the rifles that fire them are a type of weapon that can really benefit from the improved range and accuracy that a scope provides. Good scopes can take the natural benefits of .45-70 rounds, such as power and precision, and make your rifle an even better tool than it was before. Let's see what kinds of scopes are worth your while to make your next hunting expedition a greater success. At a Glance: Our Top Picks for Scopes for 45-70 OUR TOP PICK: Nikon Buckmasters II 3-9x40mm BDC Riflescope Primary Arms 1-6X24 SFP Rifle Scope (Gen III) Vortex Optics Diamondback Second Focal Plane Riflescopes Leupold VX-1 3-9x40mm Riflescope BEST BUDGET OPTION: Bushnell Banner Dusk & Dawn Multi-X Reticle Riflescope Comparison of the Best .45-70 Scopes IMAGE PRODUCT Our Top Pick Nikon Buckmasters II 3-9x40mm BDC Riflescope Weatherproof Multi-coated Lenses Patented BDC Reticle View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews Primary Arms 1-6X24 SFP Rifle Scope (Gen III) 1-6x Magnification 11 Settings of Illumination "Second Focal Plane" Reticle "View Latest Price" → "Read Customer Reviews" "Vortex Optics Diamondback" Second Focal Plane Riflescopes BDC Reticle 4-12x Magnification Fast Focus Eyepiece View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews Leupold VX-1 3-9x40mm Riflescope Weatherproof 3-9x Magnification Precision Finger Adjusters for MOA View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews Best Budget Option "Bushnell Banner Dusk" & Dawn Multi-X Reticle Riflescope DDB lenses Multi-X Reticle Fast-Focus Eyepiece View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews What is a .45-70 Good For? What is its Effective Range? The .45-70 cartridge was originally developed by the U.S. government, intended for use in the Springfield line of rifles in 1873. It was designed to alleviate accuracy concerns surrounding rifles of that time period. It was thought that a larger bullet would provide extended power and better accuracy at long ranges for infantry use. As a result, the .45-70 bullet and rifles which fire it, such as the Marlin 1895, are mainstays of hunting, particularly where large game is involved. The power and size of the bullet allow for animals with thick hides to be downed with certainty, so hunters that frequently try to bag game such as moose or similarly-sized animals will find the .45-70 cartridges very useful. Source There’s also a bit of cultural mystique surrounding the cartridge, as it was born in the black powder era of bullet-making and can be used in a lot of “old-fashioned” weapons that are iconic for their frontier spirit and rugged, individualist appeal. The effective range of a Marlin 1895, or any rifle firing .45-70 cartridges, is around 1000 yards with good elevation adjustment and a great scope. While you can still hit targets at ranges around 3000 yards, accuracy becomes less certain the further you shoot from the 1000-yard range. Most users of .45-70 rifles stay within 200 yards, where the bullets can do the most damage and you don’t need a scope to be accurate. Aspects to Consider Before Buying a .45-70 Scope Before we get into the best scopes for a Marlin 1895, there are a few things to keep in mind that can help you narrow the field. These are factors that are important for all scopes you might use with these cartridges. Magnification You’ll want a relatively low-power scope for your Marlin or any rifle that fires .45-70 cartridges. These weapons are renowned for their accuracy at long ranges. Because of this, you can use lower-power scopes that provide you with a good field-of-view before you take your short without sacrificing a lot of accuracy. Eye Relief​ The space between your eye and the scope matters for accuracy and personal safety. Because the Marlin and others like it kick back and you want to target products that offer a lot of eye relief. No one wants a black eye just from firing their weapon! Source Mounts​ A good mount is important for keeping your rifle steady as you shoot . Try to find bases made from high-quality materials, like anodized aluminum or steel. The rings of the base are equally-critical; they need to keep your scope tight and stable the whole time, even as you pull off shots. Don’t cheap out when it comes to your mount; your entire experience will suffer as a result. Scope Attributes​ Try to find a scope that has some kind of coating to protect against scratching damage or reduce glare. These will extend the lifetime of your scope and allow you to shoot more accurately in sunny weather. Some have better reticles than others, too; in general, simpler reticles provide better assistance for making key shots, and busier reticles can mess up your sight picture and ruin target acquisition. Quick Take - The Best .45-70 Scopes These are our recommendations for the best .45-70 scopes: Nikon Buckmasters II 3-9x40mm BDC Riflescope Primary Arms 1-6X24 SFP Rifle Scope (Gen III) Vortex Optics Diamondback Second Focal Plane Riflescopes Review of the Best .45-70 Scopes Below are some of our top picks and all the details you need to make a well-informed purchase. Best Overall: Nikon Buckmasters II CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Eye Relief is Generous Very Tough and Sturdy Very Bright, Clear Sight Picture Cons Rather Long, Hard to Fit on Smaller Rifles The Nikon Buckmasters II is a great example of a scope that works well with .45-70 rifles, such as the Marlin 1895. It has a great, sturdy base made from high-quality material that’s weatherproof and adept for use in rugged outdoor conditions. The BDC reticle is a patented design that offers see-through circles to let you maintain your target acquisition, even if your target is in front of a busy background or moving quickly. This is one of the best additions to any rifle that you might use for hunting, and since the .45-70 is often used to bring down big game we really appreciate its inclusion. The lens is multi-coated and to protect the glass from scratching and against glares into your eye as you sight through the scope. There’s a 100-yard parallax setting and the images brought to you are clear, colorful, and vivid. This can be helpful in mono-color settings such as forests or marshes. The eye relief offered by this product is phenomenal, as well. You can protect your brow and maintain excellent accuracy at the same time. This is important for a .45-70 rifle due to the kick from each bullet. Bottom Line "The Nikon Buckmasters" II is a great, durable product that provides exceptional eye relief and fantastic detail and color through its multi-coated lens. The power is low but effective, making it an optimal rifle for hunting at ranges around 200 yards, which is the ideal range for using a .45-70 rifle. Best for Lever Action .45-70: Primary Arms Illuminated Chevron Center Rifle Scope CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Compact, Manageable Size Tough Body Made From High-Grade Aluminum Reticle is the Same Size No Matter the Magnification Level Cons Somewhat Expensive The Primary Arms scope has an interesting reticle that can allow you to accurately fire and track targets no matter which of its six magnification settings you set it to. These low magnification settings are good for use with a .45-70 rifle, such as a Marlin 1895. The reticle is on the second focal plane, so it doesn’t change size as you flip between magnifications. This is ideal for tracking a moving target as it gets closer or further away from you, as your eyes don’t need to adjust to a new reticle size each time. The reticle can also be illuminated with 11 different brightness settings to fine-tune your experience in daylight or during low-light, nighttime shooting. A spare battery for this feature is included in the windage turret cap with your purchase. The aluminum body is weatherproof and built to last for long hunts in the wilderness. To that end, the lenses are also multi-coated to provide a quality and excellent picture that rivals that of our top pick above. It’s also a bit smaller and more compact than the Buckmasters II, although it’s also more expensive. This will fit better onto smaller rifles without sacrificing eye relief, which is still generous and gives you good accuracy without risking a nasty bruise on your brow or eye. Bottom Line "The Primary Arms" Chevron Scope is a good pick if you’re going to hunt in variable lighting conditions or think you’ll have a use for the second focal plane reticle. If you switch between magnification settings often, this product will work with you to enhance your hunting experience. 3. Vortex Optics Diamondback CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Turret Erector System Allows for Easy Tracking Lenses Provide Optimal Clarity at All Light Conditions Excellent Durability, Very Solid and Made From One Piece Cons Lowest Magnification is 4x, Not Optimal for Shorter-Range Shooting The Vortex Optics Diamondback Scope is a precision weapon, so it’s a little at odds with the closer ranges favored by .45-70 rifles. The lowest magnification setting that it offers is 4x, which is a bit high for many hunters who might appreciate being able to focus in on closer targets. The longest range is 12x, which, when used with the elevation and windage tools included, can allow you to hit fantastic shots at a distance. The adjusters for these tools and the turret swivel itself are very smooth to operate thanks to a precision glide erector system. The entire piece is durable and weatherproof and is made from a single piece to maintain unit integrity. The lens is another standout as it has a similar, see-through BDC reticle as the Buckmasters II and is multi-coated to provide great color and clarity. It can allow you to track targets no matter the time of day, as it can work well in high or low light conditions. The eye relief offered is very good, since the lens is wide enough to give you good accuracy from a fair distance away. When paired with the steadiness of its mount and base, you’ll find that consistency is the name of the game for this scope. Bottom Line The Vortex Diamondback is a consistent, quality piece of equipment that zooms in a little further than we’d like but which makes up for that by providing great precision tools and smooth adjusters. It’s weatherproof, too, to handle all kinds of hunting conditions. 4. Leupold VX-1 Riflescope CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Lightweight But Durable Erector System is Smooth and Snappy MOA Adjusters Allow for Optimal Customization of Your Targeting Cons A Little Expensive The Leupold VX-1 is a lightweight model that can fit on a majority of .45-70 rifles. Its style and shape are simplistic but refined and can pair well with any hunter that enjoys efficiency over flashiness. It is tough, weatherproof, and rated for all moisture conditions. It is multi-coated and has a sight picture that’s brighter than many competitors, even some of those on our list. The eye relief provided is exceptional and full. It has magnification levels of 3-9x; this is a good range for the moderate optimal distances that .45-70 cartridges should be fired at. You can use finger-click adjusters to alter your minute-of-angle, or MOA, settings. This can let you plot out the arc of your bullets more cleanly and should mainly be used with the higher magnification settings to close riskier longer distance shots. Finally, the erector system is very snappy and easy to modify. This means that changing your position or setting up the scope is easier than some other models. Bottom Line The Leupold VX-1 is a narrow, effective model of riflescope that can let you shoot up close or far away. It also provides the tools to ensure that farther shots hit their targets instead of chasing away your game. 5. Bushnell Banner Dusk and Dawn Riflescope CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Eye Relief is Good Reticle is Precise and Allows for Adjustment DDB Lenses Allow for Use During Day or Night With Great Results Cons Adjustment Knobs Aren’t Very Smooth The Bushnell Banner Riflescope provides great service no matter what lighting level you’re working with. Its lenses are coated to prevent scratches and, more importantly, to provide you with enough light to bolster color and clarity. Finding targets is easy at any time of day with this scope. It’s adjustable with windage and elevation knobs, although these aren’t as smooth as some others we’ve seen. The reticle has notches for ¼-inch MOA adjustments and everything is totally weatherproof. It is durable and ready to handle anything you can throw at it. The eyepiece is sized for quick focusing on moving targets and promotes good eye relief, around 3.3 inches. This is enough to protect you from the recoil often incurred by .45-70 rounds. Bottom Line "The Bushnell Banner" is a great pick if you shoot in varying light conditions from time to time and want to get something on a budget. It’s affordable but tough enough to last for years to come, and its sight picture is as bright as several more expensive scopes. Is a .45-70 a Good Bear Gun? Bears have thick, furry hides that make penetration with some lower-caliber bullets difficult. Because of its size and power, the .45-70 rifle is a great bear gun, so long as the bear is in relatively short range (around 200 yards). Other weapons are better for bear defense since they can be used in close range without the unwieldy nature of a Marlin 1895. Since the effective range is somewhat short, having a bear so close to you is a risk you’ll have to balance. Accuracy and planning are both important if you choose to hunt bears with a Marlin 1895. Conclusion Scopes for .45-70 rifles can enhance your hunting experience and let you hit targets at ranges you’d never imagine. You can push the power and precision of these fantastic rounds farther than ever before provided that you have the right equipment. Grab one of these products and have fun out there!

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