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Rainier Arms Pro Staff Shooter – Chris Andersen

Posted on March 22nd, 2014 by ar15news

My friends at Rainier Arms recently signed on a new shooter to their list of Pro Staff and we thought it would be cool to introduce him to you guys. If you follow the world of 3-Gun Competition then you’ll undoubtedly recognize the name Chris Andersen. Check out his bio and some pictures below.

Chris Andersen, Professional 3-Gun Competitor and Shooting sports columnist, is a lifelong sportsman from Norman, Oklahoma.  A regular on the 3-Gun Nation Pro Series, and USPSA Grand Master pistol competitor, Andersen has multiple wins and top five finishes at national level pistol and 3-Gun competitions.  He regularly works with law enforcement and SWAT operators in firearms training.  Chris is also a nationally featured columnist, writing articles and pro tips for outlets like 3-Gun Nation Magazine, and

“I look forward to working with Rainier Arms in this new capacity.  I am excited about having the opportunity to assist in development and introduction of fantastic products from a truly exceptional company.”

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Lights, Sights, Lasers 2014 US LE/MIL Tour

Posted on February 20th, 2014 by ar15news

Lights, Sights, Lasers 2014 US LE/MIL Tour: You Can’t Shoot What You Can’t See

 Firearm Industry Manufacturers Partner to Sponsor FREE Accredited Training Tour to Law Enforcement and Military Professionals

lsl-225-237Fort Worth, TX – Supporting sponsors of the Lights, Sights, Lasers 2014 US Tour have partnered to bring accredited training through Wes Doss of Khyber Interactive Associates and is intended for firearms instructors, tactical officers along with law enforcement and military professionals assigned to specialty details/assignments. This one-day (8 hour) accredited workshop is being hosted by departments from Florida to Washington State and is no-cost to the attending student; for additional Tour information visit Class sizes are limited and pre-registration is required.


-  February 20 & 21: ALS/AMTEC Training Ceneter – Perry, FL
-  March 18 & 20: Mobile Police Department – Mobile, AL
-  April 7 & 8: Alexandria Police Department – Alexandria, LA
-  April 21 & 22: Independence Twp PD – Independence Township, NJ
-  May 19 & 20: Dillon Sportsman’s Park – Zanesville, Ohio
-  May 29 & 30: Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office – Phoenix, AZ
-  June 9 & 10: Minnesotta School of Business, Dept. of Criminal Justice – Jordan, MN
-  September 15 & 16: Richland Police Department – Richland, WA
-  October 16 & 17: San Antonio Police Department – San Antonio, TX
-  October 20 & 21: Marine Corps Air Station – Yuma, AZ

This program is funded and made possible by the Lights, Sights, Lasers 2014 Official Tour Sponsors:

XS Sight Systems | Title Sponsor

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XS® Sight Systems is a family-owned business located in Fort Worth, Texas. For over 18 years XS® has been a leader in precision manufacturing of practical hunting and combat effective tactical products for civilian, law enforcement and military professionals. XS® 24/7 Tritium gunfighter sights utilize a shallow rear V and visible front Dot, designed for quick front sight acquisition in full to low lighting conditions. Upgrade your pistol, rifle and shotgun with The Fastest Sights in Any Light.™

Steyr Arms | Partner Sponsor

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Established in 1864 in Steyr, Austria, Steyr Arms is one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious firearms manufacturers. Steyr’s comprehensive lines of premium hunting rifles, precision sporting and tactical rifles, and striker-fired handguns are technically mature, and their subtle elegance also communicates the harmony between appearance and substance. Steyr’s legendary SBS actions and cold-hammer-forged barrels are distinctive and unparalleled.

Blade-Tech Industries | Ancillary Sponsor

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Blade-Tech Industries is the leading manufacturer of custom, production thermoplastic, injection molded tactical holsters, knife sheaths and magazine pouches. Blade-Tech also produces its own line of high quality field knives. Our injection molded and Kydex® holsters are the culmination of rigorous field testing by Law Enforcement, Military Personnel and also at Gunsite Academy, one of the world’s premier firearms institutions. Our holsters, pouches and knives are in daily use by members of law enforcement departments, Special Ops, civilians, competition shooters and military agencies worldwide.

Crimson Trace

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Over the past 17 years, Crimson Trace Corporation has shipped nearly a million sets of Lasergrips® and Laserguard® units to responsible gun owners throughout the world. Our diverse and loyal customer base includes: the US military, federal/state/local law enforcement agencies, private security officers, concealed carry aficionados, defense-minded citizens, target shooters and sportsmen. As the undisputed industry leader in laser sighting products for handguns and rail-equipped long guns, Crimson Trace places a passionate focus on our products – because the lives of our customers may depend on it.

DRD Tactical | Ancillary Sponsor

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DRD Tactical specializes in the design and manufacturing of quick take-down rifle systems that fit in suitcases, briefcases, attaché cases, small backpacks and camera hard cases. Our rifles can be assembled in less than one minute without the use of tools. These advantages allow for a very compact carry of full size carbines in 5.56, 300AAC and 7.62 NATO calibers by motorcycle officers, SWAT, and covert units, etc.

Gargoyles Performance Eyewear | Ancillary Sponsor

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Release your inner hero with Gargoyles Performance Eyewear. Our line of military and law enforcement sunglasses is made with the best materials and the latest technology, resulting in excellent durability and unparalleled optical clarity. Every lens in our 2014 line meets or exceeds ANSI Z87.1+ standards for high mass and high velocity impact. Additionally, our Z87.1+ and Tactical+ lines meet or exceed additional ANSI Z87.1+ standards for impact resistance and coverage. Gargoyles sunglasses protect the eyes of the heroes who protect us.

Rainier Arms

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Started by enthusiasts for enthusiasts, Rainier Arms specializes in high-end AR15s/M16s, parts and accessories. Founded in 2005, already has more than 2590 unique products, and growing. RA’s technical advisory team consists of enthusiasts, law enforcement and military personnel that continue to make our offerings unique and desirable in the marketplace.

Sharps Rifle Company

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The Sharps Rifle Company Relia-Bolt compensates by providing a patented camming action that allows the bolt to continue into battery. By rounding and tapering the lugs, the Relia-Bolt will push past carbon buildup, sand and dirt, unlike the square edges of traditional MSR bolts that would typically jam. The Relia-Bolt is an original invention, engineered by Broadsword Group designers. This drop-in bolt for assault rifle platforms is currently in the patenting process (patent also extending beyond ARs). Its contoured lugs make jamming in the bolt-to-barrel extension almost impossible – in fact, to date there have been no reports of jamming.

TerraLUX Inc.

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Founded in 2003, TerraLUX Inc. designs, patents, manufactures, and distributes LED-based lighting solutions. Born from a rich tradition of technology innovation in solid-state lighting, TerraLUX builds its expertise into every product and component it makes. Our LED flashlights, worklights, headlamps and LED conversions are designed to provide reliable, cutting-edge performance and features for the most demanding users.

To learn more about the Lights, Sights, Lasers 2014 Tour, please visit

NEW!! “Three-Percenter” Forged Lower from Adams Arms

Posted on February 19th, 2014 by ar15news

Adams Arms already has what I would call a cool forged lower. They come with a very nice deep black anodized finish and have a serrations on the front of the magwell that not only give you better grip but also a unique look as well. Now they’re offering a limited edition run of Three-Percenter lowers that have the “III” logo laser engraved on the magwell surrounded by 13 stars representing the original 13 colonies. The term “Three-Percenter” refers to those willing to stand up and fight for our freedoms and oppose tyranny. If you feel you are a “Three-Percenter” as I know many of you are, you’re going to love this new lower. Check out the pictures below then head on over to to pick one up for yourself.

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620 Adams Arms Three Percent Lower Ltd Edition 1

Adams Arms Stripped Lower engraved with the Three-Percenter III% logo. LIMITED TIME OFFER


Weight: 8.384 oz.

During the American Revolution, the active forces in the field against the King’s tyranny never amounted to more than 3% of the colonists. Three Percenters today identify with this 3% because they were true patriots fighting for the freedoms the nation we love and honor was founded upon.

Coming Soon!! Revolvr Android App

Posted on February 6th, 2014 by ar15news

A Revolutionary New M-Commerce App in the Firearms Industry
(Official Public BETA Launch on Feb 10, 2014)

Revolvr is a firearm accessory peer to peer exchange that was founded by the entrepreneurs behind Rainier Arms, Defense Marketing Group, and the newly announced PayMeBaby platform that drives the PistolPay payment service. Today, Revolvr officially unveiled the company and its first product, the free Revolvr Android app, which is based on creating a social buying experience for firearm enthusiasts.  Revolvr is the first native m-commerce application that is open to the 2A friendly community that allows individuals to freely buy and sell firearm accessories.

Revolvr App

“Hundreds of millions of dollars are exchanged each year in the secondary firearm market, we are looking to decrease the friction of this exchange using technologies of today paired with our new partners at PistolPay, to enable safe payments between firearm enthusiasts across the United States.” said John Hwang, founder & CEO of Revolvr.  ”We created Revolvr so that the firearm industry can “revolve” their used firearm accessories.”

Revolvr solves the much needed problem of person to person transactions in the firearms community.  A new Revolvr user can download the application from the Google Play Store and sign up for the service and begin posting their new or used parts & accessories in the mobile application.  “We wanted to create a mobile first experience with Revolvr which is why we didn’t start with a website commerce site” said Tony Bristol, founder & Chief Product Officer of Revolvr.  “Eventually we will have a website, though we didn’t want it to drive our design or user experience in the mobile centric society we operate in today’s world.”  Revolvr will bring together firearm enthusiasts from across the United States to exchange their valued items in a safe and secure way. Revolvr takes a small fee of each sale to cover credit card transaction fees as well as continued investment into the Revolvr app development.

Revolvr is integrated with the latest social tools like Facebook, Google+ and Twitter to share items easily with user’s social networks. Revolvr also leverages the PistolPay payment service which is the only 2A friendly peer-to-peer payment service in the market, combining the security PCI compliance with the safety of an escrow solution.   

Revolvr was founded in August, 2013 by a team of firearm innovators and a mobile application pioneer: John Hwang and Paul Hwang of Rainier Arms and Tony Bristol, previously with Microsoft; and for the last 6 years, an executive and founder of multiple mobile startups.

“For several years our industry has been discriminated against by large ecommerce and payment solutions.  Revolvr brings together the latest mobile technologies leveraging Tony’s experience in the technology and mobile startup ecosystem with Paul and my grassroots knowledge of the firearms industry, to deliver a product that truly serves our industry.”  said John Hwang, Rainier Arms CEO and firearms marketing guru.

Revolvr is a mobile firearm accessory marketplace built around the mobile social experience. Firearm enthusiasts are able to quickly post their accessories and buy new or used items right from their phones. Revolvr’s 2A friendly community brings firearm enthusiast together to share their individual collections, allowing open commerce for a community underserved by the newest technologies. Founded in August of 2013, Revolvr is headquartered in Auburn, WA.  For more information, please visit Revolvr’s free Android App can be downloaded from the Google Play Store.

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For more information, please contact:
Tony Bristol

NEW!! CIV Tactical Match, 3-Gun and SPR Barrels

Posted on January 28th, 2014 by ar15news

If you’ve been around for a while it won’t surprise you to hear me speak highly of CIV Tactical. The owner, Dustin, is one of those guys who looks at Gunsmithing as a form of art and has made a very reputable name for himself. CIV Tactical doesn’t cut corners and only offers the best of the best gunsmithing. A few months ago he let me know he was going to start making his very own CIV Tactical Match barrels and the each barrel would come with a matched and headspaced bolt. I knew from personal experience with CIV Tactical products that this was going to be a barrel to wait for. The wait is finally over!

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Each CIV Tactical Match barrel is hand made from a Shilen stainless steel blank. Dustin profiles the barrels, threads and hand chambers the barrels in .223 Wylde. Bolts are then hand picked and matched to each barrel to the tightest SAAMI specs allowed. All chambers are hand polished and the muzzles are crowned, polished and lapped. All of this creates an amazingly accurate barrel. You can also pick from Machine Polished, Bead Blast (Matte) and Cerakote finishes.

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Available barrels will be 20″, 18″, 16″ and 10.5″ with 14.5 inch, 13.7 inch and 7.5 inch coming soon. Both 1/8 and 1/9 twists available.  

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The guys at CIV Tactical are working on adding the new Match barrels to as we speak but they can already be ordered by contacting them directly. For more information on a specific barrel or to discuss a custom barrel order, email Dustin at  

PayMeBaby – Press Release

Posted on January 25th, 2014 by ar15news

Industry Leaders, Merchant Services LTD and Rainier Arms, Join Forces to Release 2A Friendly eCommerce Solutions

MIAMI, FL, January 15, 2014 – Merchant Services LTD (“MSL”), a Miami-based merchant services company processing over $14 billion in transactions a year, and Rainier Arms, a leader in the firearms community with their AR-15 products and online store, today announced the launch of their new collaborative project, “PayMeBaby”. PayMeBaby’s technology platform is used today to drive the PistolPay website ( as well as an industry-first peer-to-peer exchange mobile app for firearms & accessories, called Revolvr (currently in closed beta).

PayMeBaby’s technology combines payment processing of all the major credit cards with a secure, third-party intermediary service (similar to escrow) to provide consumers in the firearm industry “peace of mind” when transacting high value items with other like-minded people all across the USA. PayMeBaby uses patent pending technology to deliver PCI compliant transactions to both the buyer and the seller with minimal risk of chargebacks, fraud, or otherwise.

The new partnership between MSLTD and Rainier Arms, is positioning PayMeBaby to become the premier payments technology platform for high value items and has targeted the firearms industry, with Rainier Arm’s commitment to the industry to furnish a responsive, modern payment service built from the ground up to serve 2A needs.

“I initially got involved with PayMeBaby to solve a major pain point in the industry. It’s about time that we have a peer-to-peer payment method that we don’t have to hide behind or hope that the product I bought is the one that I am receiving.” said John Hwang, Rainier Arm’s CEO and firearms marketing guru.

MSLTD’s involvement is key to the success of PayMeBaby as it brings payments experience and necessary financial compliance and security to the entire payment process. MSLTD was recently named by Inc Magazine’s INC 500 list as the 18th fastest growing private company in the United States.

“We are excited to team up with Rainier Arms on PayMeBaby. PistolPay has been specifically 2A friendly since we rolled it out 16 months ago, though we see an opportunity to improve and expand the technology with the guidance of experienced industry insiders. PayMeBaby is our effort to look at all of the amazing possibilities for the future of eCommerce in the Shooting Sports Industry. Ultimately, the goal is to examine everything we have learned with PistolPay and leverage those lessons with Rainier’s vast eCommerce experience to provide the best financial services to the industry and allow our projects and products to grow with the industry moving forward.” said Chapman Ducote, MSLTD’s CEO.

Look out for improvements to the PistolPay platform and the launch of Revolvr in the coming weeks.

About Merchant Services LTD
Merchant Services LTD [MSL] is a vertically-integrated direct credit card processing firm providing competitive merchant processing nationwide. MSL has been and remains a stalwart supporter of the Shooting Sports Industry and the Second Amendment rights of Americans, providing services for both brick and mortar retailers and those embracing internet commerce. MSL helped to launch the PistolPay Payment Platform 16 months ago in order to fill a gap in the market left by other P2P payment providers who turned their backs on the industry.

About Rainier Arms, LLC
Rainier Arms [RA] was founded in 2005 as an online retailer that specializes in AR15s, parts & accessories. RA now operates a storefront & distribution center located in Auburn, WA. RA manufactures parts, accessories and offers a complete line of AR15 rifles and has become the leader in the AR15 market place. RA distributes products all over the US and launched international distribution in 2013



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