The Family Business: A Dystopian Shoot-out

Baen Books has released Mike Kupari’s latest novel, The Family Business. Its protagonist is a Federal “Recovery Agent” on the job in a much-changed United States of America hunting alien collaborators (from the invasion) and leftover aliens (still at large) while dodging apex xeno-predators lurking in remote places.

Author Mike Kupari putting some time in on the range. An ardent Second Amendment supporter and enthusiastic shooter, Kupari spent several years as an EOD tech and a PMC contractor before turning to writing full time.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Free Territories were what became of parts of Nigeria, Chad, and Cameroon, the former Human Sectors. A vast demilitarized zone created by the Treaty of Khartoum, millions of former UEA citizens lived there, since most of their native countries wouldn’t take them back. 

An army of UN Peacekeepers, mostly from countries that had stayed neutral during the war, kept the ex-UEA separated from the rest of the population of Africa, lest that continent see more war and genocide.

Kupari, a self-described revolverphile who preaches the Gospel of the FN, is an experienced (though wrong-handed) shooter who uses his experience as a former EOD Technician, PMC contractor, and general retr0-gun-nerd-savant to provide verisimilitude to his writing.

Kupari, has written several novels in the past.

Here’s another excerpt.

Moving through the deserted streets of Chandler, weighed down by an armor vest, load-bearing gear, a gunbelt, a medical kit, water, and ammunition was harder than it used to be. Tinted goggles and a high-filtration respirator protected him from the potentially toxic dust, but it made it harder to see and breathe. He had to keep going, though. The Feds’ advance was stalled, one of their vehicles was apparently disabled, and they were caught out in the open. If they stayed there, they were all going to get killed.

The gunfire had only been sporadic before, but now it had died off completely. An eerie quiet settled over the ruined city as Nathan moved. There were other structures between him and the target building, but he was alert for movement. The enemy had an opportunity to press the advantage, to counterattack and wipe out the Homeland Security troops. He had to figure out what the hell was going on and tell them to pull back before it was too late. 

The Ruffner APCs were only about half a mile from the mobile command center. All Nathan had to do was follow the plume of black smoke drifting up from the street. There was another, smaller one farther away, probably the wreck of the Feds’ helicopter, but he wasn’t

going to go look for it by himself. 

The APCs had followed a doglegged path through the streets, keeping themselves out of view of the target building until the last possible moment. That had been smart, for all the good it had done them. It was likely, he thought, that the UEA insurgents had rigged the entire area with sensors and alarms. Hell, they might be watching me right now, he thought,

moving up a dust-covered alleyway.

The alleyway ended at a wide, four-lane, divided street. A row of desiccated tree trunks ran down the center of the divider island. Either side of the boulevard was lined with abandoned cars, faded from years of sun and weather. To his left, just before the intersection, were two

of the three Homeland Security APCs. They were idling, one right behind the other, too close together. The third one, presumably the one that had been hit, had already rounded the corner.

They got lucky, Nathan thought, running across the street. 

If the defenders had waited a few seconds, they might have gotten all three APCs into the kill zone. 

Breathing hard through the respirator mask, he paused for a moment to catch his breath and check his surroundings. No sign of any UEA insurgents. Keeping close to the empty storefronts, he jogged up the sidewalk, approaching the two stopped APCs from the rear. The vehicle commanders’ hatches were open. Both men had their seats elevated so that they could see better, and saw Nathan coming. He kept his weapon slung and held his bronze badge up as he approached…”

The book is officially described thusly:

Decades ago, the Visitors descended on Earth. They claimed to bring peace and prosperity. Their real goal was the total subjugation of humankind. But humanity did not give up its only home without a fight. After a devastating war, the Visitors were driven back to Mars. Their millions of willing human collaborators were left behind. The task of hunting down these former alien collaborators and bringing them to justice falls to Federal Recovery Agents like Nathan Foster.

Now, Nathan Foster is tasked with bringing to justice Emmogene Anderson. As a teenager, Emmogene was experimented on by the Visitors and implanted with a device that allows her to control other people. With her is her obsessive ex-lover, who was also a former commando of the Visitors’ forces. It’s an easy enough job—but Emmogene has been implanted with something else, something much more important.

Nathan and Ben must decide what is right in a largely lawless world— and the fate of the planet hangs in the balance.

Says Kupari,

“I started writing in high school. I didn’t really get into it until college when I began writing fiction online. I never seriously considered trying to be a novelist, though, not until 2006. That was the year I met Larry Correia. He liked a story I was writing online and asked if he could jump in on it. That story ultimately became DEAD SIX.

I lived in Doha, Qatar for a year, while working security at a US installation there. Qatar ultimately became the inspiration for the fictional country of Zubara.

Later in life, I served as an explosive ordnance disposal technician in the US Air Force. I deployed to Afghanistan and applied that experience to my second book, Swords of Exodus.

My first solo novel, Her Brothers Keeper, wasn’t exactly inspired by real life. I am sad to admit that I’ve never captained a privateer rocket ship. I do, however, have a lifelong love of science fiction and space opera and am excited to continue sharing my take on different genres.”

About Author Mike Kupari

Mike Kupari is the author of the debut science fiction novel Her Brother’s Keeper, as well as the co-author, with Larry Correia, of the best-selling Dead Six military adventure series including Dead Six, Swords of Exodus, and Alliance of Shadows. He is a relatively active prolific freelance writer, having contributed to Breach-Bang-Clear, The Mag Life, and other publications over the last several years. Mike grew up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and enlisted in the Air Force at the age of seventeen, deploying twice as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal tech. He went on to serve six years in the Army National Guard and spent several years both at home and abroad as a security contractor with a PMC. He now lives in the northern tier, bemoaning the price of ammo, arguing with a truculent parrot, and filling in DFPs (complete with grenade sump) dug into his yard by a recently adopted canine.

You can find the book on the Baen website or in Amazon.com’s book section.

 

Vertx/Firebase PARABELLUM Bandolier: It’s for Multi-Mission Loadouts

The Firebase Parabellum Bandolier is an AR or PCC magazine bandolier created by Vertx, in collaboration with Firebase Combat Studies Group (Firebase CSG). The Vertx Firebase Parabellum acts as a low-profile, multi-use load-bearing option. It’s designed to mitigate the weight and space problems caused by the need to pack and load for multiple mission profiles. If you watch the video below, the Parabellum can be worn in more than a couple of ways. It can be worn as a bandolier, like a chest rig, or under the arms.  You can also mount directly to a plate carrier, inside a backpack, or down in a kit bag.

Vertx advises,

“You can’t always spare the space or weight it takes to pack for multiple mission profiles so when it comes to loadout the Firebase Bandolier is the versatile solution you need. With the ability to be worn or stored in four different configurations, the Firebase Bandolier is an expert addition to the Prepared Professional’s arsenal.”

 

Features:

• Unique multi-purpose pouch platform allows for on or off-body carry options
• Exterior panel can be stowed to reveal hook-side for attachment in bags, packs, chest rigs and plate carriers
• The center stow pocket can be used to store sensitive items like IDs and documents or IFAK
• Belt keeper shock-cord provides added security when worn in x-strap configuration
• Snap closures add retention when on the move
• Straps can be reconfigured for left or right-handed use
• Pouches can be oriented faceup or facedown for faster reloading

Construction:

• 4 pouches sized to fit AR15 magazines, IFAKs, radios and other tools (Option 1)
• 4 pouches sized to fit pistol caliber carbine magazines, flashlights and other tools (Option 2)
• Overlapping elastic retention
• Silicone printing inside mag pouches for added retention

Fabric and Technology:

• Pliable material conforms to the body
• Wear-resistant honeycomb mesh
• Lightweight and durable Hypalon snap closures

 

AR Bandolier Version

 

PCC Bandolier Version

 

 

Vertx provides the following bandolier/chest rig advice:

Be A Hard-Charger, Just Do It Discreetly

You can’t always spare the space or weight it takes to pack for multiple mission profiles so when it comes to loadout the Firebase Parabellum Bandolier is the versatile solution you need. Worn either under the right or left arm like a shoulder holster, diagonally across the body like a bandolier, attached to the front of your plate carrier, or deployed from your bag for off-body carry, the Firebase Parabellum Bandolier allows up to four mags with  the ability to configure access either from the top or bottom.

Each mag cell has silicon printing for extra retention and the centerline pocket is Tactigami compatible and a great place to store maps, documents or an IFAK. Designed for concealment under shirts or jackets the low-profile shoulder and waist straps secure the bandolier without adding bulk. A multifunctional, multiple carry platform, the Firebase Bandolier is an expert addition the Prepared Professional’s arsenal.

 

 

Firebase CSG is online at https://firebasecsg.com/.

The new bandolier is available online at: https://vertx.com/firebase-parabellum-bandolier

and: https://vertx.com/firebase-pcc-bandolier

Taylor’s and Co. Release .45-70

It’s a lot more like your great-grand-pappy’s favorite rifle than the ones you prefer – it’s a new addition to the Taylor’s Firearms 2021 lifestyle series; it’s the TC86 Takedown rifle. The Taylor’s and Company TC86 Takedown is a .45-70 lever action hunting rifle they describe as a weapon made for the “…ultimate expedition, while maintaining a finish fit for a classic design.”

Here’s the remainder of the release we were sent:

The TC86 becomes a versatile companion for any hunt, hike, or to just go plinking at the range. The color case receiver and checkered pistol grip walnut stock.  A rubber butt plate absorbs recoil, and the wide lever size allows for easy use in all conditions. It also Includes a weaver rail sight with a skinner peep sight on it

“Taylor’s & Company brings to the gun enthusiast classic firearms that made cowboys, lawmen and outlaws famous, but with a modern twist,” said Rob Girard, VP of Sales & Marketing. “All Taylor’s premium firearms are made using the latest in precision machinery and high-quality materials with one goal in mind; to create reliable and accurate reproductions of Civil War, Old West, hunting and tactical guns from the 19th century. The TC86 Takedown is a perfect example of this.”

The rail up top can be utilized for optics, a rifle-suitable weapon light (in an offset mount), or whatever else you might want.

The TC86 Takedown is available and models are shipping now.

SPECS

LENGTH: 16.5” | CALIBER: .45-70

Release Date MSRP: $1839.86

To learn more about the new Taylors and company takedown rifle and the complete product offerings from Taylor’s & Company, please visit www.taylorsfirearms.com or follow them socially on Insta, @taylorsfirearms.

Seriously Light Armor Plates (Level IV!) from ShotStop

ShotStop Ballistics (of Stow, OH) has announced the release of armor they characterize as “ultra-light” Level IV HA  Armor Piercing Advanced Body Armor Plates. 

ShotStop says,

“What makes this an industry shattering announcement is the unprecedented weight for Level IV protection, weighing in at 4.5 lbs (2.0 kg) with a low profile of 0.9″ thick, these multi-curve, stand-alone, multi-hit plates provide the lightest armor-piercing protection in the world. The plate will provide the operator comfort, better mobility, and all the confidence to carry out their mission whether they are Military, Special Forces, SWAT, or Law Enforcement.”

Jason Henkel, Director of Operations at ShotStop, says, “Protection is absolutely ShotStop’s top priority, but being able to increase comfort, mobility, and advanced unique applications really differentiate this launch from others. Our new Level IV plate is positioned to dramatically change the way in which personal protection can be utilized in various environments and circumstances.”

The armor plate inserts from ShotStop Ballistics are available in the following Shooter Cut and SAPI cuts and the following sizes:

6” x 6” x .9”

8” x 10” x .9”

8.75” x 11.75” x .9”

9.5” x 12.5” x .9”

10″ x 12″ x .9″

11″ x 14″ x .9″

Threat Level Protection The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) states that level IV armor must stop a single hit of 7.62MM AP. ShotStop’s HA Level IV ballistic body armor, made with patented Duritium® technology, is multi-hit and can defeat special threats including: 5.56x45mm 55 grain ball (M193), 7.62x39mm PS ball (MSC), 7.62x51mm 149 grain M80 FMJ, NATO M855 (SS109) 5.56x45mm 62 grain steel core (SS109), M855 A1, 7.62×54mmR Dragunov, and 7.62x63mm M2 AP.

The plate is currently pending testing to be listed with the NIJ.

Ounces Equal Pounds, and Pounds Equal Pain Improving on the current HS Level IV model plate, ShotStop reduced the weight from 5.3 lbs to 4.5. When pounds equal pain for the operator, every ounce matters. Typical heavy body armor increases the amount of pressure on the joints, causing fatigue, pain and long-term medical issues. ShotStop’s Level IV plate gives the operator maximum mobility and while reducing weight-displacement injuries which are typical from heavy steel or ceramic Level IV plates.

“The accumulated reduction in knee load for a 1-pound loss in weight would be more than 4,800 pounds per mile walked,” says researcher Stephen P. Messier, PhD, of Wake Forest University. So, if a person was carrying 10 pounds less weight, “each knee would be subjected to 48,000 pounds less in compressive load per mile walked.”

Industry-Leading 10-Year Warranty Along with the armor-piercing protection, the HA1RF3MC model comes with an unprecedented 10-Year warranty, translating to an unusually low total cost of ownership for the highest quality level IV plate available. Standard level IV ceramic body armor is only warrantied for 5 years. Unlike ceramic plates, which can crack when dropped, ShotStop’s proprietary composite plates do not need MRI/x-rays to monitor the plate’s integrity throughout the industry-leading warranty period. ShotStop’s plates can take a beating from everyday wear & tear and mishaps like drops, without ever compromising protection.

What is Duritium?

Duritium is a portfolio of technologies including a proprietary formula of Polyethylene fibers or ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene. These polyethylene fibers are woven and stacked by a computer navigated layering process at particular angles which elevate the ability of the armor system to more efficiently diffuse kinetic energy during ballistics impact. The stacked polyethylene is then vulcanized under 5000 lbs. per sq. inch presses while going through various high heat and cold cycles to form the base of the Duritium body armor.

Depending on the threat level requirement, the armor system can then be combined with ShotStop’s proprietary alloy composite which offers even further weight and thickness savings compared to other competitive armor options, especially at the higher threat levels.

ShotStop is online at shoststop.net. You can follow them on social, @shotstopbodyarmor on Instagram or /shotstopballistics/ on Facebook.

Read the remainder of the release after the video.

 

SINTER: a 3D Printed Ti Suppressor from RADICAL FIREARMS

The SINTER is a monolithic 3D-printed 6Al-4V Titanium suppressor from Radical Firearms, a Texas based firearm manufacturer and silencer company.

Radical Firearms RF15 with Sinter attached, a proper layout of good gear and some rifle magazines to feed it!

As for size, Radical Firearms says,

“This Radical Firearms suppressor is 8 inches long, 16 ounces, and rated up to 300 WM. If you thought it couldn’t get any better, it does! The Sinter’s full titanium construction means you get durability without any added weight.

It’s not just about the insides for the Sinter titanium suppressor, but it also has to do with its unique aesthetic appearance.

The honeycomb exterior is intended to help dissipate the heat due to its increased surface area, helping the Sinter cool down faster. This is a wonderful feature since the Sinter can withstand higher rates of fire!

With its muzzle brake taper mount design, you’ll also be able to mount your silencer onto your host firearm and be ready to rumble in no time at all.”

Sinter Silencer Specs

The SINTER is one of the lightest, most durable suppressors on the market to date. Tested on everything from .22 WMR to 300 WM, all calibers are hearing safe. The internal design creates a robust superstructure unachievable through traditional manufacturing methods. Constructed wholly of Titanium 6Al-4V, the SINTER has a high strength-to-weight ratio creating a durable and the lightest weight commercially available suppressor for everyday use. – Radical Firearms

Cal: Up To 7.62

OAL: 8”

OD: 1.75”

Weight: 16 oz

Material: Titanium 64 (Ti-6Al-4v)

dB: ~136.7 with 12.5” 308

Monolithic Design

Additive Manufactured (3D Printed)

High Temp Cerakote Exterior Coating available in Black or Desert Tan

Muzzle Brake Taper Mount Design

Honeycomb exterior provides increased surface area for heat dissipation

Full Auto Rated

TACtically effective, TACtically smaller: CAA MCK TAC

The MCK TAC is an expansion to CAA USA’s MCK/Micro Conversion Kit lineup. Compatible with 120 or more models of handgun and available in a wide variety of colors and camouflage patterns, the MCK TAC is one of the smallest “PDW conversion kits” available yet — or the more common ones, anyway.

An MCK TAC retrofit conversion kit is also available (and not just for all those handguns fed by Glock-compatible magazines either).

The MCK TAC is designed for close-in type defensive work (hence the Personal Defense Weapon angle of their description and intended use. One significant example of that would be “close protection” (i.e. VIP/PSD) missions, providing what is essentially an add-on shooting platform expansion. There is no stock on the MCK TAC as it is not intended to be shouldered.

Instead, it is stabilized (insomuch as any weapon using sling tension can be stabilized) as described by the manufacturer below.

The MCK TAC ships with a special Bungee sling, sling swivel, and rail-mounted thumb rest for added stability when accuracy and control truly count.

• The combination of the shooter’s arm at full extension and the resistance from the bungee-style sling creates a steady platform for added accuracy and control when shooting the MCK TAC.

Installation is fast, simple, and largely intuitive (as writer-reviewer Travis Pike reported in his review of a similar Glock brace upgrade frame.

LTC. (Ret.) Mikey Hartman, CEO of CAA USA advises,

“Born out of demand by private and military security firms, we put our engineering team to work on creating the most compact and discrete MCK (Micro Conversion Kit) to date. Presenting the MCK TAC. The TAC is suitable for all real-time scenarios in which concealment and speed are paramount. Taking cues from the shooting dynamics of firearms like the HK MP5K, the MCK TAC, with included bungee sling and swivel is the ultimate compact shooting solution. Not only are we releasing the MCK TAC, but we’ve also created a TAC upgrade KIT to retrofit any existing MCK to the new TAC configuration. The TAC rear compartment keeps you in the fight by adding storage for an additional CR123 battery for your weapon light or optic, up to four 9mm rounds or even hearing protection.”

Sling Tension Shooting

Sling tension shooting“, also referred to as “the SAS method” was first popularized (if that’s the right word) by images of the British Special Air Service, though other units have used it. Sling tension shooting is, as described above, a push/pull method. Here’s an explanation (though it uses a different weapon system).

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MCK TAC in Use

 

Reddy for anything: ASP’s HK416 Red Gun [Review]

“Train like you fight” as the saying goes. Every gun owner worth their salt spends more time off the range than on it, through dry firing, movement drills, and even small unit tactics. Safety is of course always a priority and even with we believe our gun is “empty”, it only takes one error in judgment for an easily fatal negligent discharge. This is one reason many shooters prefer to train with a “rubber duck” training weapon, red gun, laser dryfire training tools or other dummy weapons.

To that end, the folks at Armaments Systems & Procedures (ASP) have been developing reality-based defensive training tools for years to tackle this exact problem. Introducing, the ASP Red Gun H&K 416 training carbine, a new take on polymer training guns.

HK416 Red Gun Review

Feeling “Reddy” for Anything

by Guest Contributor Eric Huh

While you might have heard of the “blue gun” training tool, this Red Gun was built from the ground up with modern materials and purpose-made for law enforcement tactical applications.

HK-416 Training Gun from ASP

Unlike most training guns, ASP’s Red Gun is constructed with stronger reinforced polymer for repeated use and abuse in training environments. This makes the tool ideal for simulating combative encounters that may involve hard weapon drops or smacks across surfaces. While I certainly had not been conducting building drops with this gun, it certainly felt it struck the right balance between durability and weight savings.

Another unique feature of the Red Guns is the functional magazine release and catch. This particular model includes two AR-pattern Hexmag training magazines that feel exactly like the real thing. The only difference here is of course they are non-loadable.

ASP Training Gun (HK416 replica)

The ASP Red Gun H&K 416 is both lightweight and durable in construction. This holds true in such other versions of the new “enhanced” line as their AR15 training rifle and Beretta M9 trainer.

The Red Guns are also molded to the exact specifications and tolerances of their real-life counterparts. In this particular model, the Red Gun perfectly captures the shape of the H&K 416 from the grip down to the handguard and barrel. There is even a usable sling loophole in the stock.

Red Gun Functionality and Use

The look and feel of the tool is nice, but how does it perform when used practically?

The H&K 416 Red Gun does exactly as advertised, with a few minor hiccups. As mentioned before, the geometry and tolerances are so well replicated here that the Picatinny rails are actually fully usable. I was able to easily mount various red dot and holographic optics as well as a weapon-mounted light. While seemingly an insignificant feature at first glance, having the full use of the pic rails further immerses the user by giving them the option to mount the exact same accessories as they would in the field. The aforementioned sling loophole (along with the included front sling mount adapter) allows for…well a sling, arguably one of the most important accessories to your rifle.

Training gun with ProTac and Holosun optic

Streamlight ProTac and Holosun red dot attached to an ASP training gun for the HK416. You’ll see a similar nod to the value of this attachment system in another HK416 training gun article over on 50 Shades of FDE.

The magazine release and catch I have found that these work exactly as you’d expect, perfectly retaining and dropping magazines with ease. I literally could not tell the difference between my real AR and this Red Gun. As a matter of fact, you can even use real AR mags if you so desire. This goes without saying, but incorporating reloads into your training adds further realism and of course carries over to live fire.

The value of this feature cannot be overstated.

The ASP Red Gun H&K 416 can accept any milspec, standard AR magazine.

The ASP Red Gun H&K 416 can accept any mil-spec, standard AR magazine.

In terms of shouldering the Red Gun, I will voice a small complaint. The length of pull for the carbine is permanently fixed at its longest (usually four “clicks” out) configuration, due to its all-polymer construction. While for some larger individuals I’m sure this would be no issue, however, this is not how I set up any of my ARs. In fact, more often than not, my length of pull changes depending on if I’m standing or going prone and if I’m wearing kit or not. It’s certainly not the end of the world to shoulder the weapon at maximum length, but it is slightly uncomfortable. There is not any solution I can think of that could include an adjustable buttstock without sacrificing the all solid polymer construction.

The ASP Red Gun’s rigidity lends itself to a consistent shoulder placement and cheek weld with the butt stock.

The ASP Red Gun’s rigidity lends itself to a consistent shoulder placement and cheek weld with the buttstock.

And while I do appreciate the fully usable Picatinny rails, I do wish there were some form of included front and rear iron sights. I am well aware that this Red Gun is a replica of a base H&K 416 without any sort of attachments, however, I do still think perhaps including detachable, screw-on Picatinny mounted sights would be very convenient for the user. After all, what good is simulating a firearm if you cannot convincingly aim at anything? It would be nice to have some capability of dry fire training, but incorporating such a feature into a dummy gun like this would likely be very difficult.

You might also like: Nemo Arms NXL Shotgun Review

Verdict

On the whole, the ASP Red Gun H&K 416 is an excellent training device and something I would highly recommend for anyone looking to do close-quarters firearms training. This is probably as close as you can possible get to replicating the real model without compromising on rigidity and safety. While I might have my minor complaints, ASP has more than delivered on the intended uses of this product.

NEMO Arms NXL Lite Shotgun Review

NEMO Arms … When you think of the name “NEMO Arms” the first thing you probably think of is the insane OMEN 300 Win Mag AR they make. The last thing you probably would have thought of was “Over/Under Shotgun”, but that’s all about to change. NEMO Arms recently started offering 12 gauge and 20 gauge over/under shotguns that are sure to blow your mind. 

I’ve got to be honest, I like nice things but I’m never really been an over/under kind of guy. More of a 870 pump or Mossberg 930 kind of guy. I’ve always been under the impression that to get into a nice over/under you’d have to spend something in the $8k-$10k range, so I’ve never even tried. I mean, if you do a simple search for “expensive over/under shotgun” you find examples that are over $100k.

Recently I was given the opportunity to photograph and review the new NEMO Arms NXL Lite 20 gauge with an MSRP of $3,199. Compared to many other “high end” over/under shotguns, $3,199 is actually on the low end so I was interested to see what this gun was all about. 

First let’s look at some of the features of the NEMO Arms Shotgun

  • NEMO Arms (Ergal 75) Magnesium Frame with (Nickel Plated) Finish
  • NEMO Arms 26” (Monobloc 42CrMo4) Steel Barrel
    Italian Certified Proof markings inside the receiver and extensions
    Laser engraved scrolling on o.d. of chamber
  • Stock & Forend Material is made from class A Turkish Walnut with Oil Stained Finish
  • 5lb Mechanical Trigger pull with an adjustable trigger blade for better adjustment for shooters ergonomics
  • Polished safety for smooth operation
  • Choke Systems with 2.75” oal. NXS Model comes with 3 chokes [Full,Modified,Improved Modified]
  • TSA approved NEMO Negrini Case with 3 code locks and QD mounts for sling attachments

FIRST IMPRESSIONS
While a good first impression is not a concrete stamp of approval, it is usually a great indication that the company has done due diligence in other areas of the firearms production as well. It’s no surprise that NEMO Arms went all out on the presentation of their new shotguns. Imagine if you will, you show up to your FFL to pick up your new shotgun. The guy behind the counter goes back to get the gun everyone has been drooling over. He can’t help but find it appropriate to do what I would call a “curtsy” as he hands you the NEMO Negrini Case.

The outside of the case is all Black and kind of sporty looking with a checkered texture and NEMO logo. You lay the case out on the counter and proceed to open it like a treasure chest and this is the glorious sight you see …

The inside of the case is lined in a beautiful padded red felt-like material with a divider separating the two halves of the shotgun which are held in two molded compartments for a perfect fit. This is the type of presentation you would expect from a high end shotgun and they nailed it.

IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS
Another good indication of a quality firearm can be found when you get close up and look at the details. Some details can look good from far but upon closer inspection you see they are far from good. The NEMO Arms NXL Lite has a lot of details in all the right places. From the Grouse, Partridge and Pheasant engravings on the frame to the scroll work on the barrel and checkering on the handguard, the craftsmanship is absolutely beautiful. The camera had an easy time finding plenty of beautiful angles to view this gun.

RANGE TIME
Of course, the NEMO Arms NXL Lite shotgun can not be reviewed without some range time. From the minute we opened the case at the range to the time we left we were reminded of how nice this shotgun is.

Over/Under shotguns are totally different from your semi auto guns in that there is no tube. You open the breach, place one shell in each chamber and then snap the breach back closed. Now you’re ready for some fun. No matter how many rounds you’ve already shot, you just keep going back for more. Maybe it’s the awesomeness of ejecting the spent casings and seeing the smoke billow out but we we having so much fun we didn’t even care how much the ammo costs. The NEMO Arms NXL is super accurate which makes shooting clays a breeze.

Overall the NEMO Arms NXL just seems like it shouldn’t be as good as it is at this price point. It seems like an all around perfect package for this type of shotgun. Lightweight with it’s magnesium frame, even with it’s 26″ monobloc steel barrel, the weight is only 6 pounds. That’s the same weight as a Remington 870 with only an 11″ barrel. The world of shot guns I’m used to, you never get everything you need in a single package. This NXL Lite on the other hand comes with A Negrini Case and all the chokes you’ll need, also in their own small case. Full, modified and improved modified.


While anything priced $3,199 MSRP is not cheap, I fully realize I have AR’s that cost more than this. And knowing what kind of crazy money some of these high end over under shotguns go for I’d say this is a killer deal. If anyone I know is looking for an affordable but extremely nice over under shotgun, I will have no second thoughts about recommending the NEMO Arms line as something they can even hand down to their children years from now.

For more information regarding the NEMO Arms Over/Under Shotguns you can check all four models out at www.NEMOArms.com


Guest post, photo and review by Greg Skaz Photography.

GunMag Training: New from GunMag Warehouse

GunMag Warehouse has launched GunMag Warehouse Training. That’s going to be most immediately significant to those of you living in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area, but eventually it’ll be good news for everyone.

Here’s what GMW says in their release:

GunMag Warehouse Launches GunMag Training

Carrying a gun is (or should be) a gestalt of conditions, not just a mastery of marksmanship. It’s as much about being a good human being, controlling emotions, and practicing compassion as it is honing weapon manipulation skills and practicing situational awareness. A responsible armed citizen doesn’t need to be a Tier One Ninja, but does need to be ready for the hard part.

And the hardest part of any defensive shoot occurs prior to and after the trigger press.

GunMag Warehouse is proud to announce the launch of GunMag Training.

GMT will be the instructional arm of GMW. It will be led by Daniel Shaw, formerly of Shaw Strategies and the USMC. Additional cadre members will be announced in coming months.

GMT’s mission will be to prepare those who carry a gun for such difficulties, and to promote a well-trained, reasoned, and humanistic armed citizenry. Because of GMT’s atypical approach, its students will gain more than a high level of technical proficiency.

GunMag Training courses will address such things as:

Ÿ • Life safety as it relates to the armed citizen and the use of force

Ÿ Ÿ • Contextual safety beyond the traditional four rules

Ÿ Ÿ • Effective weapon handling

Ÿ Ÿ • Mental and emotional preparation prior to an Event

Ÿ Ÿ • Pragmatic expectation of what happens after an Event

Ÿ Ÿ • Awareness of positional and locational engagement

Ÿ Ÿ • Practical understanding of the spherical environment

Ÿ Ÿ • Practical understanding of the public environment

Ÿ Ÿ • Practicable marksmanship on demand not command

Shaw, a retired Marine infantry leader and combat veteran, will pull from his extensive military career and a lifetime of experience to combine tactical acumen with the moral ethos appropriate to carrying a firearm. 

Courses will begin almost immediately with firearms training classes in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area and others in Ohio (including Shaw’s seventh year teaching at the Ohio Tactical Officers Association Training Conference). Additional classes and locations will be announced soon.

Learn more at GunMag Training (https://training.gunmagwarehouse.com/).

About GMW/GMT

Founded in 2012, GunMag Warehouse has become the predominant gun magazine and accessory destination for new and veteran gun enthusiasts alike. Follow us: @gunmagwarehouse on Twitter; /gunmagwarehouse/ on Facebook. Connect on IG, @gunmagwarehouse. And be sure to follow our blog, The Mag Life.

The Mute: Non-Metallic Noise Mitigation

“The Mute” is a recently announced, non-metallic, no baffle suppressor for your firearm. It’s intriguing for a number of reasons, and we’re looking forward to seeing if reality meets seeming potential.

Here’s a quick look:

 

This is the release received by AR 15 News:

The Mute Suppressor

The Mute offers a combination of durability, low weight, and excellent sound reduction without baffles. Utilizing the Venturi Effect, the non-metallic can was designed to remain incredibly cool, making it mild to the touch and allowing you to remove The Mute after firing.

Shooting The Mute polymer AR 15 suppressor

This product integrates self-thermal regulation via the Thermal Shroud function. Our proprietary D28 material and next-gen unibody construction methods reduce recoil and regulate the heat for less mirage, muzzle rise, and blowback. The highest level in all details ensures best in class performance.

Works in unison with the flash hider (included) by mounting directly over the device.

The Mute quickly attaches to a flash hider.

The Mute quickly attaches to its mated flash hider.

Revolutionary Material

This suppressor’s design integrates self-thermal regulation via the Thermal Shroud, which greatly reduces heat, mirage, muzzle rise, felt recoil, and sound compared to an unsuppressed firearm. Our proprietary D28 material and next-gen unibody construction methods deliver the highest level in all details and ensure best-in-class performance.

Next-Gen Design

This is a baffle-less nonmetallic design consisting of a thermal shroud and flash hider mount. Incorporating advanced manufacturing techniques and our proprietary D28 material, The Mute’s innovations result in a sleek and resilient unibody, with excellent thermal regulation and portability.

"The Mute" sound suppressor, business end.

“The Mute” sound suppressor, business end.

SELF THERMOREGULATION

As the bullet travels through the mute, gases are focused out the front vent, bringing cool air in from the rear. The more rounds you fire the more air is cycled through allowing the Mute to cool faster.

REGULATES HEAT

The intended purpose is to not trap and cool, rather direct gas through the thermal shroud. The improved thermal shroud instead uses a venturi effect to mitigate the heat. The average temperature is 97°F – 120°F even with intense rapid-fire. The exterior wall is tame to the touch allowing you to remove the Mute even after intensive shooting compared to traditional suppressors.

Learn more about these interesting new Quick Detach (QD) suppressors at the-mute.com.