Lancer OD Green Mags: At GunMag Warehouse

GunMag Warehouse is proud to announce the exclusive availability of AR15 Lancer Advanced Warfighter Magazines in Olive Drab Green (ODG). 

Lancer OD Green Mags in AR

The Lancer Advanced Warfighter Magazines are made for the AR15.

Available in 10-, 20-, and 30-round versions, these Lancer OD Green mags feature:

• Hardened steel feed lips
• Impact resistant polymer body
• Steel-topped magazine catch
• Non-tilt follower
• Constant curve internal geometry
• a Stainless Steel spring
• Aggressive texturing on the body for a positive grip
• Slim body design

Different capacities of Lancer OD Green mags

Lancer Advanced Warfighter Magazines come in 3 different capacities; 10, 20, and 30 round.The Lancer OD Green Advanced Warfighter Magazine may be purchased in:

• 10-round capacity

• 20-round capacity

• 30-round capacity

In addition to Lancer OD Green mags, many of these magazines can be purchased in other colors: black, smoke, flat dark earth, translucent red, blaze orange, and translucent dark earth are all options, though it is increasingly difficult to keep them in stock. Availability will vary with demand.

Lancer mags in darker colors

Darker shaded colors of the Lancer Advanced Warfighter Magazines.

Lancer OD Green Mags in bright and dark colors

Lancer Advanced Warfighter Magazines in brighter and darker colors.

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The Night Fision ORS Tritium Sights Series

Night Fision’s Optics Ready Stealth Series (ORS) tritium sights are engineered to offer a lower ⅓ co-witness. Still, with the new blade heights, a wider array of optics and handgun combinations will see what is regarded as the best position for backup irons on a handgun with a slide-mounted optic.

Night Fision Optics Ready Sights

ORS sights are designed from the dovetail up to work as backup sights for optics yet obscuring less of the optic window while still allowing three-dot sight as an alternative to repurposing Suppressor Height sights alignment if needed.

Night Fision Optics Ready Stealth Pistol Sights

Night Fision is pleased to announce new blade height offerings for three manufacturers in their Optics Ready Stealth Series product line; GlockSIG SAUER, and Heckler & Koch.

Optics Ready Stealth Glock Sights

Designed to work with pistol optics, these Optics Ready Glock sights offer the perfect 1/3 co-witness tailored to the shooter’s preference. Additionally, they are serrated for low glare, so you’ll never know they’re there until you need them.

Glock Night Fision optics

Two new Glock 17 MOS sights from Night Fision.

Optics Ready Stealth SIG Sauer Sights

Designed to work with pistol optics, these Optics Ready SIG SAUER sights offer the perfect 1/3 co-witness tailored to the shooter’s preference. Additionally, they are serrated for low glare, so you’ll never know they’re there until you need them.

SIG Sauer Night Fision sight

New SIG Sauer P320 RXP sight from Night Fision.

Optics Ready Stealth HK VP9 Sights

Designed to work with pistol optics, these Optics Ready HK VP9 sights offer the perfect 1/3 co-witness tailored to the shooter’s preference. Additionally, they are serrated for low glare, so you’ll never know they’re there until you need them.

HK VP9 Night Fision Optic

Two new HK VP9 optics from Night Fision.

Optics Ready Stealth Series FEATURES

  • Green Tritium Vials in front and rear sights are housed in a ballistic-grade polymer.
  • Thin ring size on front sight balances visibility without distraction.
  • Perfect Dot front sights have a domed lens to focus glow for crisp sight picture, and fluorescent rings guaranteed not to chip, crack, or break.
  • Rear sight available in blank or with black polymer ringed Tritium.
  • Serrated heavy-duty steel sight body complimented by a tough Nitride Coating.
  • Blade heights allow for various co-witness possibilities with different optic, plate, and milling-depth combinations.
  • Built-in the USA with Swiss Tritium

These new sights are designed so that they are just high enough to clear the optic. Many shooters have used suppressor height sights to co-witness with an optic in the past. The problem is that it clutters the optic sight window and can become distracting to the shooter. With many pistol optic manufacturers making more oversized sight windows, why would we want to impede that with tall irons?

The new Optics Ready Stealth tritium sights are designed to sit right at the bottom of the pistol optic sight window, allowing you to take full advantage of the sight picture but still have co-witnessed irons as a backup.

These additions to our most popular product line affirm that they truly are designed with our customers in mind,” said Rachel Maloney, Marketing Director for Night Fision, “that we can help our customers create their perfect sight picture and remove any barriers to both having the brightest night sights on the market mounted on their gun, yet avoid crowding their optic window when they aren’t needed.”

For more information on these products or other Night Fision offerings, visit the Night Fision website.

Aero Precision AR Successfully Tested to NIJ Standard

An Aero Precision AR has successfully completed a series of rigorous testing procedures required to meet National Institute of Justice (NIJ) standards for law enforcement. Following that process, the rifle was evaluated with a 10,000-round endurance test.

The Aero Precision Rifle under testing

The weapon experienced zero malfunctions during the 10,040 round NIJ assessment, even in extreme conditions that fall outside normal use.

Evaluation to NIJ Standard

The evaluation process was conducted by a West Coast law enforcement agency and included the following phases:

• Initial 60-round test fire sequence
• 12 hour Freezer period with subsequent 30-round test fire
• 12 hour Oven period (120° Fahrenheit) with subsequent 30-round test fire
• Water submersion with subsequent 30-round test fire
• Sand submersion with subsequent 30-round test fire
• Six (6) position drop test with five (5) rounds fired after each drop.1
• Initial zero with optic and iron sights
• Final zero conducted with 3-round zeroing shots near the end of the endurance test with an acceptable zero of 2.75 in.

Endurance Test

• The test consisted of 10,000 rounds fired in 1,000 round increments.
• The rifle was cleaned and lubricated prior to the beginning of the test.
• It was subsequently lubricated in 1000-round intervals.
• The firing schedule for this rifle consisted of 150-180-round increments from various shooting positions and firing rates.
• There was an 8-12 round cooldown period between firing cycles utilizing a 4’x4′ industrial fan.
• The gas rings of the rifle were replaced at 6,040 rounds.
• A final zeroing test was conducted at around 9,960.

The Aero Precision rifle completed both the NIJ Standards and Endurance Test with zero (0) operational problems.

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Aero Precision AR15 lower receivers are among the most sought-after in the industry.

1The charging handle lever on the port side broke during the drop testing sequence and the flash-hider and pistol group came loose. None of these issues impacted how the rifle functioned. Loosened parts were re-tightened.

2The T&E optic failed during the drop test; no effect on the rifle test. A second T&E optic also failed. A third T&E optic was used during the endurance firing sequence.


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Building AR-15 with a Aero Precision kit.

In addition to complete rifles, Aero Precision is known for offering a range of AR 15 kits for people who want to build (or upgrade) their own rifle.

Aero Precision's AR15 uppers are designed, built, and tested to the highest quality.

Every AR15 upper from Aero Precision, stripped or complete, is engineered, built, and inspected to the highest possible standards.

The team of Aero Precision is highly trained and uses amazing technology to get the job done.

Aero Precision provides a highly skilled crew with state of art technology to build extraordinarily reliable weapon systems.

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Shooting a AR-15 made by Aero Precision in a indoor range

Walther releases WMP: “Walther Magnum Pistol” in 22 WMR

Walther has announced the release of their first-ever .22 Magnum pistol: the WMP, saying:

“This isn’t just another target practice plinker, Walther has developed a high quality, lightweight, easy-to-shoot, and affordable pistol for shooters who want to stay READY as part of their active outdoor lifestyle.”

They go on to say,

“Featuring an optics-ready slide, best-in-class ergonomics, and a first-time patented ambidextrous reloading mechanism incorporating both paddle and button releases called the Quad Release. With 4 total activation points, the Quad Release mechanism is the most versatile ambidextrous mag release ever created.”

It will ship with either two flush-fit 15-round Walther WMP magazines or 10-round WMP mags depending on local restrictions. It will also come with a pair of optic adapter plates for most RDS footprints.

Walther WMP Specifications

Caliber:                   22 Winchester Magnum Rimfire
Color:                       Black
Slide:                        Aluminum optics ready
Frame:                     Polymer
OAL:                         8.2 inches
Slide Length:        8.2 inches
Width:                     1.48 inches
Height:                   5.66 inches
Barrel Length:    4.5 inches
Sights (Front):    Fiber Optic
Sights (Rear):     Serrated
Weight:                  27.8 ounces (with empty magazine)
Mag Capacity:     15 rounds

Learn more about the Walther WMP on the Walther Arms website,

Faxon Firearms Rimfire: New 10/22 Barrels

Push Reliability and Accuracy to new heights with Ruger 10/22 barrels From Faxon Firearms. Faxon Firearms is proud to announce the availability of new rimfire barrels for the ever-iconic Ruger 10/22 rifle.

Why Should You Upgrade your Rimfire Barrels?

There is no doubt that the Ruger 10/22 is a good rifle out of the box with all factory components. Ruger has a reputation for building a dependable, durable, and accurate rifle ready to shoot straight from the factory. Because of its popularity and reputation, the Ruger 10/22 has created one of the largest aftermarket parts industries of any rifle.

Rimfire barrel

Rimfire barrel

One of the top benefits of owning a Ruger 10/22 is the fact that you can customize it without going broke. This alone makes the 10/22 rifle an excellent choice for those looking to tinker with their gun or get into the skill of gunsmithing.

With so many upgrades available, though, most owners overlook one of the most important components of their Ruger 10/22; the barrel. Ruger puts a decent Rimfire barrels on their factory 10/22 rifles; however, If you want to enhance the accuracy and performance, you must consider upgrading the barrel.

Faxon believes that firearms bring people together and create generational memories. Faxon Firearms looks to expand on this legacy with the Faxon Rimfire line. Faxon Rimfire Barrels are made from 416-R stainless steel, given six groove rifling at a 1:16 twist, and a Recessed Target Crown. Barrels are Magnetic Particle Inspected and are finished in either Salt Bath Nitride or PVD. Both Tapered and Bull Barrel options are available.” – Faxon Firearms.

New “Shorty” 10/22 Rimfire Barrels (6.0″, 8.5″, and 10.5″)

The newest expansion of the Faxon Firearms Rimfire line includes three new short barrel offerings for the Ruger 10/22 platform. These new “shorty” barrels all have fluted designs and threaded muzzles and are all made from 416R stainless steel.

Rimfire barrel

These new 10/22 barrels are being manufactured alongside the other Faxon rimfire barrels in their Cincinnati facility. Like the other barrels, they are manufactured from raw bar stock. In addition, they will undergo the same Magnetic Particle Inspection testing and quality assurance measures that all their rifle and pistol barrels go through.

These three new Rimfire barrels will feature 6-groove rifling with a 1:16 barrel twist rate and recessed target crown and will be finished in either a Salt Bath Nitride or PVD coating. In addition, the 6″ and 10.5″ 10/22 barrels will come with the same straight fluting design.

The short 8.5″ 10/22 barrel will feature a Flame fluted design.

If you’re going to install any one of these barrels on a standard 10/22 receiver, you’ll need to go through the NFA registration process of applying for a tax stamp since it will be classified as an SBR.

Faxon Rimfire Ruger 10/22 Barrel Specs

  • Barrel Caliber: .22 LR
  • Barrel Chamber: .22 LR Sporting
  • Barrel Profile: Flame Fluted
  • Barrel Material: 416-R Stainless
  • Barrel Weight: 1.0 to 1.4 lbs
  • Barrel Length: 16″
  • Barrel Twist: 1:16
  • Barrel Finish: Salt Bath Nitride
  • Rifling: 6 Groove
  • Target Crown: Recessed
  • Compatibility: 10/22, non-takedown

Side view of the ruger 10/22

Top of the Ruger 10/22 with the barrel

Faxon Rimfire Ruger 10/22 barrel’s weight savings.

  • Standard Factory Barrel: 1.78 lbs
  • Faxon Rimfire Pencil Barrels: 1.0 lbs
  • Faxon Rimfire Fluted Barrels: 1.4 lbs

The 10/22 may be an excellent rifle out of the box, but any one of these barrels will, without a doubt, maximize the performance even further.

Faxon Firearms has a barrel that can help you meet your goals when the time comes to take your rifle to the next level.

Learn more online at: or watch more about the barrels

DSX-D: Duty Suppressor System

The DSX-D Duty Suppressor System from Maxim Defense was built to optimize quiet performance in a suppressed weapon system. It provides superior direct thread suppression to weapons chambered in 5.56, 7.62, and 6.5 Creedmoor.

DSX D Suppressor FDE

DSX-D Duty Suppressor in the FDE color.

Duty is built for the world’s most rigorous demands; this suppressor is designed to be the most robust and strongest suppressor in the category. It has been repeatedly tested with SOCOM tables across various calibers and barrel lengths, down to 8.5″ 5.56 NATO with M855 ball ammunition. It has survived with no damage or significant changes in sound reduction.

DSX-D: Duty Suppressor System

The DSX-D Duty Suppressor was explicitly designed to minimize the violent cyclic rate and gas blowback of a suppressed weapon system like the AR15.

The suppressor consists of a three-piece MonoKore design that adds 7.25″ to the muzzle of your rifle. It is rated for full-auto (with an 8.5″ barrel restriction) in the following calibers:

►  5.56mm

►  7.62mm

►  6.5 Creedmoor

  • Increase reliability and longevity with host firearms due to low gas blowback and low gain in host weapon cyclic rate compared to other more traditional suppressor designs.
  • Drops sound to well below hearing safe levels. The specific reduction amount is based on weapon configuration, ammunition, barrel length, and atmospheric conditions.¹
  • Decreases flash, decreases recoil, increases accuracy.
  • Fully and easily serviceable.
  • Disassembles with common tools.
DSX-D Duty Suppressor Maxim Defense

Closer look at the DSX-D Duty Suppressor.

DSX-D Direct Thread Suppressor FEATURES

  • State-of-the-art MonoKore design.
  • Simple 3-piece design.
  • Military-grade materials.
  • Adds 7.25″ to the muzzle.
  • Purposefully built for each available caliber
  • The suppressor core has integrated carbon cutters for tube cleaning
  • Full auto rated in all available calibers, 8.5″ barrel restriction
  • It can be pinned to a 10.3″ barrel to effect a 16″ overall barrel length
  • Ships with direct thread mount²
  • Secondary retention feature for the suppressor tube.

    Maxim Defense Supressors

    DSX-D Duty Suppressor pieces.

DSX-D Direct Thread Suppressor Technical Specs

  • Available Calibers: 5.56mm, 7.62mm, 6.5mm
  • Diameter: 1.75″ outer diameter
  • Material Composition: Grade-5 Titanium, 17-4 SS
  • Weight: 21 oz
  • Length: 7.9″ overall length
  • Finish: Cerakote DLC (Diamond-like coating)
  • Available in black, gray, or FDE.
Maxim Defense DSX D product photo

The various colors available for the DSX-D Duty Suppressor.

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  1. For example, the average measurement per MILSTD-1474D of 134dB on a 10.3″ AR-15 chambered in 5.56 measured at the shooter’s left ear.
  2. A ½-28 thread mount for 5.56; 5/8-24 thread mount for 7.62 and 6.5 calibers

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“Maxim Defense: Not built for safe queens.”

Maxim Defense DRF-22 Rimfire Suppressor

It’s said in the industry that it’s easy to make a 22 suppressor, but to make a good one is another story. Maxim Defense has taken the .22 suppressor to a whole ‘nuther level with its new DRF-22.

They’ve been seen and discussed before, but we will provide you with a little more detail.

Maxim Silencers

DRF-22 (Direct Thread Rimfire) 22 Suppressor

Why the DRF-22? Because the DRF-22 suppressor is specifically designed to minimize the increase in cyclic rate and gas blowback of a suppressed rimfire firearm.

Primary design features include the significant reduction of sound signature, decreasing flash signature, reduction of recoil, and increasing the accuracy of the suppressed firearm.

And let’s be honest. Who wouldn’t want a suppressed .22? With the right ammo, the most you will typically hear is the action of the bolt. What’s not to like about that?


Things to Know

There are four unique characteristics of the Maxim Defense DRF-22 rimfire suppressor that a potential user/shooter should know.

  1. It is user-serviceable. This means that you can disassemble and clean the suppressor without having any specialized tools or having to send it into Maxim Defense. If the core itself becomes compromised from a bullet strike, all you need to do is remove the core from the tube and send in that part; there is no need to send in the serialized part and deal with the red tape of replacing that.
  2. The suppressor has been designed to mitigate First Round Pop significantly; see below for more information.
  3. The suppressor tube has an integrated carbon scraper. As you unscrew and pull the tube from the core, it scrapes any excess carbon from the internal core of the suppressor.

With some other suppressors on the market, after running a lot of rounds through them, the threads tend to lock up, and you cannot remove the suppressor from the gun. Maxim Defense has put the time into their thread design to ensure the suppressor stays secured to the weapon, but it will unthread with minimal effort when it comes time to remove it.

Maxim Silencer

What is First Round Pop?

First-round pop is defined by the volume of the first round fired minus the average of the volume of the remaining rounds fired.

In a typical case, the first round fired is much louder than the other rounds that you would fire. There are several contributing factors to first-round pop.

First and foremost: before the first round is fired, the suppressor is full of an oxygen-rich atmosphere. This oxygen encourages a secondary detonation inside the suppressor as unburnt and burning gun powder enters the device.

After the first round is fired, the suppressor is immediately full of carbon dioxide instead of oxygen; additional detonations do not occur. There are other causes of first-round pop, but this is the most common.

Two others are:

  • Ammunition. Pressure. Pressure is generated in different measures by different loads. Therefore, separate versions even of the same cartridge (and/or manufacturers) may react differently.
  • Barrel length. Barrel length also contributes to first-round pop. As a result, short-barreled weapon systems tend to have first-round pop than their longer barrel counterparts.

Maxim Mitigation

Maxim Defense 22 suppressors, for the most part, are designed to negate or, at a minimum, significantly reduce first-round pop. The internal geometry of the suppressor baffles are what tend to increase or decrease first-round pop.

When Maxim Defense designed its monocore, they went to great lengths to find the right combination of entrance chamber volume and baffle geometry (fluid resistance). Its DSX and PRS line of suppressors have an integrated M baffle in the entrance chamber that significantly reduces or negates all first-round pop entirely. Its line of 22 suppressors does not have an integrated M baffle, as it turns out that they do not need it. The baffle geometry that they had designed worked perfectly on its own. For the .22, it all came down to a mathematically and geometrically optimized monocore.


DRF-22 Rimfire Suppressor Technical Specs

  • Diameter: 1.0″ outer diameter
  • Material Composition: 7075-T6 Aluminum and 6AI-4V Titanium
  • Weight: 3.5 ounces
  • Overall Length: 5.9″
  • Finish: Type III MIL-SPEC hard coat anodizing and DLC

DRF-22 Rimfire Suppressor Features

  • State of the art MonoKore Design
  • Simple three-piece design
  • Constructed of military-grade materials
  • No detectable first round pop
  • Designed explicitly for .22LR pistols and rifles chambered in .22LR, .22MAG, and.17HMR
  • Disassembles with standard tools for end-user serviceability

Find DRF-22 Rimfire Suppressor or the entire Maxim Defense suppressor lineup here online.

Stable Fighting Platform | Why One Fighting Stance Should Fit All

Throughout the professional hard skills training community, spanning federal, state, and local agencies, a majority of officers or agents who required the use of force training are divided into two separate training schools. The two being small arms (SA) and defensive tactics (DT). Although each is run by qualified personnel, each is focused on the specifics of either SA or DT with little, if any, crossover. Back in the day, an academy cadet was taught to stand and move from a certain standing position in a manner specific to that training school. To this very day, the most common physical start position is called a fighting stance.

In SA a stance is considered a stable position of the body. It’s employed to bring about the desired result of safe, rapid gun handling, and quantified marksmanship using a pistol, rifle, shotgun et al. In DT a stance is utilized to deploy a baton, chemical propellants, etc., or unarmed empty-hand technique, and may vary from that of SA training. Way back in the 1990s a student learned to keep their support foot forward when shooting a rifle but the strong foot forward when deploying a baton.

Two men establishing fighting stances

As time marched on and with the advent of mixed martial arts (MMA), UFC, and three-gunner competitive firearms matches, training started drifting toward what I called back then “a seamless progression” of applicable techniques. In other words, the same way you stand with a gun should be the same way you stand to deploy non-ballistic use-of-force options.

Fighting Stance | Shooting Stance

The very word “stance” invokes discipline-specific mental imagery. In the martial arts, for example, you may find a “horse stance”, “linear stance” or “boxer’s stance.” Whereas, in the gun world, you may be trained to use a Weaver stance, Isosceles, Modern/ Modified Isosceles, or other similar firearms stance(s).

In modern hard skills training academies, the word “stance” equates to a “fighting position,” “athletic posture,” or “delivery platform.” Law enforcement professionals found in a use-of-force response situation may need to go from asserting uniformed presence to issuing verbal commands to hands-on, to non-lethal force options, to deadly force, and or everything in between. Law enforcement professionals and defense-minded citizens alike should be prepared to respond effectively from a stable and reliable starting physical position.

“Whether it’s a small arms or defense tactics solution, the strong and versatile foundation of a stable fighting platform affords you optimal body position for maximum physical performance.”

Two Men Fighting, one from a more solid fighting stance.

What’s the purpose of a fighting stance?

The bottom line is that there should be no confusion or wasted time in the needless thought process of “What foot goes where?” The idea is that you should be able to issue commands (for example “Stay back!”), place hands-on (non-ballistic response) and deliver rounds down range all from a structurally sound and stable delivery platform.

The purpose of a ‘one body posture fits all’ stance is that you are ready to run the gamut from issuing commands all the way through the force options continuum through to the appropriate use of deadly force. It’s tough enough as it is to juggle the legal, emotional, physical, political, policy (if working for a state or local agency), and aftermath (criminal and civil court) considerations of an undesirable situation. All of this compounded by stress and urgency, now add on an unnecessary and time-consuming decision-making process of “Now, where should my feet be again?”

Since you would be using such a stable and versatile starting posture for some type of reactive physical response, it means you’re engaged in a physical altercation. Which, in politically incorrect terminology, amounts to a violent physical altercation. Aka “fight.”. As such I have adopted the term “stable fighting platform” because a fight is exactly what a stance is used for in all practical applications.

Fighting Stance High and Low: a Two-Part Focus

In the development of any stable fighting platform, there is a two-part focus, upper body, and lower body. Starting from the ground up (like any building the foundation is built first) the feet and legs are most important. Without a stable lower body (hips, legs, and foot position), the hands are rendered less effective with the entire body out of balance.

The feet should not be crossed as this will attenuate mobility and offers little or no support to either safe or combat-effective firearms handling nor defensive tactics. Feet crossed compromise both mobility and stability. Using the time-tested “tall thin candlestick in the wind” versus “short wide-base bowling pin in the wind” analogy, the feet should also not be too close together.

Kangroo having a better fighting stance than a woman.

Feet too close together compromises stability while too far apart, although stable, compromise agility and mobility. Bottom line, feet should be at least shoulder-width apart and in an athletic yet comfortable and stable configuration with knees slightly bent to support your body type.

What about the hands?

The human body naturally allows for three positions of the hands in a “fight or flight” stimulus-response. These are “hands below” – where your hands hang naturally below your belt. For example when you are walking with hands swinging naturally at your side. “Hands above” is the recommended hand configuration of protective services and law enforcement professionals (field interview position) with hands positioned above the belt. Lastly “hands away” where you may be placing hands out in front of you to engage an active physical threat.

Man standing beside path

Your movement from one hand position to another should not affect your balance and in fact, should be done with such economy of motion as to add structural support. An optimal stable fighting platform should include feet comfortably spaced – not crossed, not too close together, and not too far apart with knees unlocked and hands above the belt prepared for multiple response options.

Your weight (center of gravitational mass) should be shifted slightly forward (like a professional boxer) as if you were about to push open a heavy door. You do not want to be so far forward that you would face plant, but also not straight up or leaning too much backward should you be met with sudden and forceful physical impact and be knocked off balance.

More than the Hokey Pokey

A stable fighting stance offers a structurally sound and balanced foundation for individual force options delivery.

If you need to go to guns, then a stable fighting platform provides a reliable shooting platform from which the shooter may safely and deftly apply their gun handling and marksmanship skills.

If you need to go hands-on, then a stable fighting platform affords you a solid defensive tactics foundation from which techniques may be applied to deliver appropriate use of force.

Two men fighting in the street

Whether it’s a small arms or defense tactics solution, the strong and versatile foundation of a stable fighting platform affords you optimal body position for maximum physical performance.

About the Author:

Steve Tarani is a former full-time CIA protective programs employee, small arms and defensive tactics subject matter expert who served on POTUS 45 pre-election executive protection detail. He is the lead instructor for NRA’s non-ballistic weapons training program offered nationally and a widely recognized SME on matters of urban survival. Tarani is also a DoD and FLETC-certified federal firearms instructor who has been on staff at Gunsite Academy (AZ) as a Rangemaster for over twenty years. Formerly sworn, he is also a former federal contractor and service provider for the US Defense Intelligence Community, US Naval Special Operations Command, and other government agencies. Additionally, Tarani serves on the National Sheriffs’ Association Committee for School Safety and Security.Author Steve Tarani

What Are the Different Types of Body Armor?

The best place to start your search for body armor is by exploring the different levels of threats that the manufacturer claims it’s armor will stop. For instance, NIJ Level IIIA rated plates will stop a round from a 9mm pistol.

With the world getting more complex, and conflicts seeming more likely than they have in the past, people are carefully considering what level they might need to survive conflicts, whether those are self-defense shootings or armed conflicts between nation-states that we civilians get wrapped in.

Ballistic Helmet and Plate Carrier with G19


Whatever the case may be, one such tool that may make surviving a violent encounter more likely is body armor. If you’ve begun to do a little digging, you’ve found out that there’s a lot to learn.

In this piece, we’re going to break down the basic types and classifications of body armor to help make buying what you need a little simpler.

Soft Body Armor

Soft body armor, as you’d expect from the title, is made from soft and flexible materials. Most commonly, this kind of armor is sewn into premade vests that are, in a lot of cases, thin enough that you can wear under a shirt or a jacket.

If you choose this option we do recommend, however, an undershirt that’s made out of an athletic type of material that’s close-fitting just so that you don’t get the armor too sweaty over the course of the day.


The materials used in soft body armor have changed a lot in the last several decades. Kevlar is still a popular and lightweight option that allows for flexibility. Currently, several kinds of polyethylene have been engineered to be of good use in body armor.

Protection wise, most soft body armor is rater as II or III level armor that can resist a single handgun round at close range. That is an impressive feat in and of itself, but this is the lowest level of protection provided by modern body armor, and soft armors are generally not rated to resist rifle or shotgun rounds of any kind.

Because this is light armor, it’s favored by people who might face danger but are not necessarily sure they’re going to end up in a gunfight. For example, this kind of armor is popular among police detectives or people who are assigned to diplomatic protection roles. The lightness and flexibility of the armor make it easy to wear all day long.

At the cheaper end of this material, you’ll likely find armor that is able to resist a single handgun round. The more expensive and fully featured soft armors are also resistant to cutting and stabbing, which makes soft armor a compelling option.

Hard Body Armor

There are several types of rigid, or hard body armor available today, that come in a variety of materials and with different characteristics.

To help keep things simple, we’ll go through each of these material types with their varying characteristics so that you can make the choice that makes the most sense for you.

Steel Armor

Steel is one of the oldest, most affordable, and still best options for body armor. Steel armor can come in a variety of shapes, from simple rectangles to plates that are cut to be more ergonomic with cutouts for your arms to make it easier to move with the plates in place.

Steel armor is usually at least level III rated, but is often also level IV or above, meaning that you can expect it to withstand at least one rifle round. This makes it an effective and affordable choice for body armor.

Of course, this comes with some caveats. First, steel armor without a special coating can fragment when it is hit, and those fragments can injure the wearer. Furthermore, steel armor can also badly deform when they are hit, and each of these deformations makes the plate overall less effective. That said, steel is an affordable and good option for rifle-level protection.

Polyethylene Plates

There are also hardened plates made from a stronger and more rigid version of the material more common to soft armor- polyethylene. These plates are typically related to stop multiple pistol rounds, and the higher-end versions here can take a single rifle round.

The major upside to these plates is that they’re exceptionally light: usually, these weigh a third less than steel.

But, with that lightness comes a greater chance to deform when it, which makes them much less effective after being hit a single time. These are good for folks who are concerned about weight.

Ceramic Plates

In terms of sheer ability to stop a bullet, there’s no beating ceramic. These advanced materials can take, in some cases, armor-piercing rifle rounds with relative ease.

The most advanced versions of ceramic armor are made up of a large number of small ceramic disks arranged like plate-mail from the middle ages: this armor can resist several rifle strikes without much compromise.

Hesco Ceramic III+ Plate


The downsides to ceramic are twofold. First, it’s heavy even when compared to steel. Second, it is, paradoxically, fragile and prone to cracking. The same plate that can stop a .308 round might well crack if you drop it on its edge.

Thus, we recommend ceramic armor for people who expect that they might well get into a shooting incident, and thus need the absolute best protection. Generally, we recommend these to folks in law enforcement than to the general populace.


In this piece, we’ve looked at several types of body armor in order to help you make a choice of armor for your protection. Starting things off with soft armor: it’s lightweight and easy to wear all day, and can even be stab-resistant, though it won’t stop rifle rounds.

Hard armor can come in a few different materials, each of them making tradeoffs in terms of protection, weight, and general fragility.

So, which one should you go with?

Group of People with Body Armor


It depends very much on your situation and what you might want to use your armor for.

If you’re the kind of person who needs protection, for example, a delivery driver, but you have to be able to drive, sit, stand, etc. all day, then we think that soft armor under clothing is an excellent option.

If, on the other hand, you’re preparing a plate carrier for home defense or some other kind of conflict, then we think that hard armor is often the better choice even if it’s heavy.

Maxim Quiet: Maxim Defense Moving to Dominate Suppressor Game

Maxim Defense is now manufacturing suppressors. Beginning with one for a belt-fed, then the DSX-D (Duty Suppressor System – Direct Thread) suppressor, plus the DRF-22 (Direct Thread Rimfire) suppressor, with more to come. 

And none other than Phil Dater is helping them do it. 

Maxim Quiet

Maxim Defense Suppressor Development

After S&W acquired Gemtech Suppressors and moved the company cross country, Maxim Defense was privileged to hire many of the talented people who remained behind. One of those people was Phil Dater. You might remember his name from the founding of Gemtech and the excellent work done by Antares Technologies in the modern small arms and suppressor industry. 

Michael Windfield, founder and owner of Maxim Defense, launched the development of Maxim’s suppressors with the directive, “We do the hard stuff first.” Hard stuff in this context refers to successfully suppressing an FN MAG belt-fed machine gun, which they did.

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Having checked that box, they began developing a full line of suppressors. Those devices are now dropping sound levels well below the OSHA hearing safe threshold of 140dB. For example, the average measurements taken per MILSTD-1474D while testing the DSX-D suppressor were 134dB on a 10.3″ AR-15 chambered in 5.56 and 114dB with the DRF-22 rimfire suppressor. These sound levels were measured at the shooter’s ear.

Maxim Defense DSX-D Suppressor

The DSX-D (Duty Suppressor System – Direct Thread) suppressor is specifically designed to minimize a suppressed weapon system’s violent cyclic rate and gas blowback.

DSX-D Maxim Defense

The suppressor consists of a three-piece MonoKore design that adds 7.25″ to the muzzle of your rifle. The DSX-D is rated for full auto in all available calibers; 5.56mm, 7.62mm, and 6.5 Creedmoor.

There is, however, an 8.5″ barrel restriction. Additionally, the suppressor can be pinned to a 10.3″ barrel to give you a 16″ overall barrel length essentially.


DSX-D Suppressor Features

  • State of the art MonoKore Design
  • Simple three-piece design
  • Constructed of military-grade materials (Grade-5 Titanium and 17-4 Stainless Steel)
  • Drops the sound level below the OSHA hearing safe threshold of 140dB
  • Purposely built for each available caliber (5.56, 7.62, 6.5 Creedmoor)
  • The suppressor core has integrated carbon cutters for easy tube cleaning
  • Full auto rated in all available calibers
  • Ships with direct thread mount (1/2×28 for 5.56 or 5/8×24 for 7.62 and 6.5 Creedmoor)
  • Disassembles with standard tools for end-user serviceability 


DSX-D Suppressor Technical Specs

  • Diameter: 1.75″ outer diameter
  • Material Composition: Grade-5 Titanium and 17-4 Stainless Steel
  • Weight: 21 ounces
  • Overall Length: 7.9″
  • Finish: Cerakote and DLC (Diamond-Like Coating)

DSX-D Suppressor Testing Protocol

The Duty Suppressor System is built for the world’s most rigorous demands; this suppressor is designed to be the most robust and strongest suppressor in its category.

It has been repeatedly tested with SOCOM tables across various calibers and barrel lengths, down to 8.5″ 5.56 NATO with M855 ball ammunition. It has survived with no damage or significant change in sound reduction.

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SOCOM Firing Table test is conducted using eight fully loaded 30-round magazines, fired sequentially at different rates, from 1 round per second to a full auto mag dump.

Magazine #1 – 1 round per second
Magazine #2 – 2 rounds per second
Magazine #3 – 1 round per second
Magazine #4 – 3 to 5 round burst
Magazine #5 – 1 round per second
Magazine #6 – 2 rounds per second
Magazine #7 – 1 round per second
Magazine #8 – full auto mag dump

Maxim Defense DFR-22 Rimfire Suppressor

The DRF-22 (Direct Thread Rimfire) Suppressor is specifically designed to minimize the increase in cyclic rate and gas blowback of a suppressed rimfire firearm. Design features include the significant reduction of sound signature, decreasing flash signature, reduction of recoil, and an increase in overall accuracy.


DRF-22 Rimfire Suppressor Features

  • State of the art MonoKore Design
  • Simple three-piece design
  • Constructed of military-grade materials
  • No detectable first round pop
  • Designed explicitly for .22LR pistols and rifles chambered in .22LR, .22MAG, and.17HMR
  • Disassembles with standard tools for end-user serviceability


DRF-22 Rimfire Suppressor Technical Specs

  • Diameter: 1.0″ outer diameter
  • Material Composition: 7075-T6 Aluminum and 6AI-4V Titanium
  • Weight: 3.5 ounces
  • Overall Length: 5.9″
  • Finish: Type III MIL-SPEC hard coat anodizing and DLC


Find the entire Maxim Defense suppressor lineup here online.