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Faxon Firearms Launches EXOS Pistol Compensator

Faxon Firearms, a leader in the firearms industry, is proud to announce the release of its new EXOS Pistol Compensator, designed to significantly enhance the performance of the SIG P365 series, including the P365XL and P365 XMacro. This innovative compensator promises to reduce muzzle rise and felt recoil, allowing for faster follow-up shots and improved accuracy.

Why Choose a Compensator for Your SIG P365?

The SIG P365 series is renowned for its compact size, reliability, and accuracy, making it a popular choice for concealed carry and personal defense. However, its small size can result in noticeable muzzle rise and recoil, affecting shooting speed and precision. A compensator, such as the Faxon EXOS, attaches to the firearm’s threaded barrel, redirecting gases to counteract barrel movement during firing. This enhances shooting accuracy, control, and comfort, making it an essential upgrade for SIG P365 users.

Key Benefits of the Faxon EXOS Pistol Compensator:

  • Reduced Muzzle Rise: Maintains sight picture for faster follow-up shots.
  • Decreased Recoil: Improves shooting comfort and control.
  • Improved Accuracy: Minimizes muzzle movement for precise shots.
  • Faster Shooting: Enables quicker target reacquisition and shot placement.

Features of the Faxon EXOS Pistol Compensator:

  • Superior Design and Construction: Crafted from high-quality materials for durability and longevity, ensuring consistent performance.
  • Threaded Barrel Compatibility: Seamlessly fits onto the SIG P365’s threaded barrel, offering easy and secure installation.
  • Effective Gas Redirection: Innovative port configuration effectively reduces muzzle rise and felt recoil.
  • Lightweight and Compact: Adds minimal weight, preserving the firearm’s balance and handling.
  • Aesthetic Appeal: Sleek, modern design complements the SIG P365 series, adding a professional and tactical look.

Performance Benefits:

The Faxon EXOS Pistol Compensator enhances shooting accuracy by reducing muzzle rise and recoil. It allows shooters to maintain a steady sight picture and deliver more precise shots, even during rapid fire. Its lightweight design ensures it doesn’t compromise the firearm’s maneuverability, making it an ideal choice for competitive and personal defense scenarios.

Comparing the Faxon EXOS Pistol Compensator to Competing Models:

The Faxon EXOS outperforms popular models such as the Herrington Arms HC365, Parker Mountain Machine PMM JTTc, and the MCARBO compensators. It offers superior gas redirection, easier installation, and a more aesthetically pleasing design.

Upgrade Your SIG P365 with the Faxon EXOS Pistol Compensator

The Faxon EXOS Pistol Compensator is a top-tier option for those looking to enhance their SIG P365, P365XL, or P365 XMacro. Its superior design, high-quality materials, and performance benefits make it a standout choice. For more information and to purchase the Faxon EXOS Pistol Compensator, visit the Faxon Firearms product page. Elevate your shooting experience and see the difference a high-quality compensator can make.

About Faxon Firearms:

Faxon Firearms is a premier manufacturer of high-quality firearms and accessories committed to innovation and excellence. Focusing on superior design and performance, Faxon Firearms delivers products that meet the needs of firearm enthusiasts and professionals alike.

STREAMLIGHT LAUNCHES PROTAC 2AA-X USB TACTICAL LIGHT

Streamlight Inc., a leading provider of high-performance lighting and weapon light/laser sighting devices, introduced the ProTac 2AA-X USB personal carry light, a rechargeable version of its popular ProTac 2AA flashlight, featuring multi-fuel capability with USB or disposable battery options while delivering 550 lumens and 10,250 candela. The exceptionally lightweight light, small enough to fit in pocket or attach to clothing or gear, is ideal for a variety of users, from first responders and tactical professionals to outdoor enthusiasts, industrial technicians, DIYers and automotive mechanics.

“The ProTac 2AA-X USB not only is USB-C rechargeable, but also more than doubles the lumen and candela output of its predecessor,” said Streamlight Chief Revenue Officer Michael F. Dineen. “It gives users the choice of using either a cost-saving USB-C rechargeable battery pack or alkaline batteries, depending on availability or user preference,” said Dineen. “About the size of a marker, it’s the perfect EDC light for a variety of operating needs.”

The multi-fuel ProTac 2AA-X USB uses a 1600mAh Streamlight protected lithium polymer USB-C rechargeable battery pack that is rechargeable up to 500 times. The battery charges in approximately four hours via a USB-C port on the side. The light can also accept two AA alkaline batteries.

The new model features a multi-function, push-button tail switch that permits one-handed operation of the light’s momentary, variable intensity or strobe modes. The light’s TEN-TAP programmable switch allows for user selection of one of three different programs: high/strobe/low (factory default), high only, or low/high.

The ProTac 2AA-X USB uses a power LED that on the High setting delivers 550 lumens and 10,250 candela, a beam distance of 203 meters and a 2.25-hour run time when using the rechargeable battery pack. With alkaline batteries inserted, it offers 270 lumens, 5,000 candelas, a 141-meter beam distance, and a 2.5-hour run time. On Low, run times range from 16 hours with the rechargeable battery to 48 hours with AA batteries. Strobe run time is 4.5 hours with the lithium polymer battery and 5 hours using disposable batteries.

Constructed with 6000 Series machined aircraft aluminum with an anodized finish, the ProTac 2AA-X USB features a gasket-sealed glass lens and an anti-roll face cap. The light weighs 3.5 ounces using either battery type, and measures 6 inches long with a body diameter of 0.7 inches. 

The new model features an IPX7-rated design, making it waterproof to 1 meter. It is also 2-meter impact resistance tested.

Available in Black or Coyote, the ProTac 2AA-X USB ships with a holster, rechargeable lithium polymer battery pack, and a USB-C charge cord. It has an MSRP of $105.00 and comes with the Streamlight Limited Lifetime Warranty. Learn more about the Streamlight Protac 2AA-X

 

About Streamlight

For more than 50 years, Streamlight, Inc., based in Eagleville, PA, has designed, manufactured, and marketed high-quality, durable flashlights designed to serve the specialized needs of professionals and consumers alike. Today the company offers a broad array of lights, lanterns, weapon light/laser sighting devices, and scene lighting solutions for professional law enforcement, military, firefighting, industrial, automotive, and outdoor applications. Streamlight is an ISO 9001:2015 certified companyOnline at Streamlight.com.

Faxon Firearms Unveils the ARAK-21

Faxon Firearms is proud to announce the launch of the ARAK-21. This groundbreaking rifle ingeniously combines the features of the AK-47 and AR-15 platforms to offer unmatched adaptability and precision in the modern firearms market. Designed for enthusiasts who demand versatility without compromising performance, the ARAK-21 is set to revolutionize the shooting experience.

The ARAK-21 emerges as a hybrid marvel, engineered for durability under the harshest conditions while maintaining high accuracy and ease of customization. With its modular design, the ARAK-21 rifle is compatible with standard AR-15 lower receivers and allows users to switch calibers between 5.56 NATO and 7.62x39mm easily.

Innovative Features and Design

  • Monolithic Upper Receiver: Enhances alignment and accuracy.
  • Enhanced Bolt Geometry: Extends the lifespan through reduced wear and tear.
  • Optimized Felt-Recoil Reduction: Ensures a smoother shooting experience.
  • Billet Construction with Uninterrupted Top Picatinny Rail: Provides a robust build and ample space for accessories.
  • Easy-to-Adjust Gas System: Adapts seamlessly to various ammunition types.
  • Folding-Stock Shooting Compatibility: Offers enhanced portability and versatility.
  • Quick-Change Muzzlok® Muzzle Device: Allows for rapid adjustments.

The ARAK-21 is not just an addition to a shooter’s arsenal—it’s a comprehensive upgrade, offering a lifetime guarantee of performance and reliability. “With the ARAK-21, we’ve merged the reliability of the AK-47 with the precision of the AR-15. This rifle is designed for the future of shooting and will excel in diverse conditions and shooting disciplines,” said Bob Faxon, CEO of Faxon Firearms.

Availability

The ARAK-21 is available through Faxon Firearms’ dealers and direct online sales. For more information on acquiring this innovative rifle, please visit www.faxonfirearms.com/arakfinder.

About Faxon Firearms

Faxon Firearms is a leader in the firearms industry known for innovation and quality. Dedicated to advancing firearm performance, Faxon Firearms focuses on engineering excellence and technological innovation.

AimLock: Leading the Charge in Advanced Semi-Autonomous Weapons Technology

Denver, CO – AimLock, a pivotal innovator in the defense industry, continues to redefine precision targeting and engagement capabilities with its state-of-the-art semi-autonomous weapon systems. 

Since its inception in 2009 and incorporation in 2013, AimLock has been at the forefront of integrating cutting-edge technologies such as artificial intelligence, sensor management, and computer vision into advanced weapons systems, enhancing targeting accuracy and operational efficiency in combat scenarios.

AimLock’s dedication to enhancing the capabilities of warfighters while ensuring their safety through advanced technologies is unwavering,” said Bryan Bockmon, CEO of AimLock. “Our systems are designed to increase the speed, accuracy, and safety of military engagements, making them indispensable in modern warfare.”

Revolutionizing Military Engagements with Core Targeting Module

Central to AimLock’s technology suite is the Core Targeting Module (CTM), a robust computing solution that drives precision in fire control and platform management across air, ground, and unmanned systems. The compact, IP67-rated CTM brings unprecedented processing power to various military applications, from unmanned mission computing to guided weapons launch control.

Seamless Integration with Legacy Systems

AimLock excels at marrying new technologies with existing military hardware. Integrating the Core Targeting Module into legacy systems enhances their efficacy without necessitating complete overhauls, bridging the gap between traditional and modern warfare technologies.

Innovative Semi-Autonomous Weapon Systems

AimLock’s portfolio includes the I-M1 and R-M1 systems, which significantly enhance the capabilities of medium-range rifles and machine guns by introducing autonomous targeting features that improve accuracy and reduce response times in dynamic combat environments.

The R-S1 system, part of AimLock’s R-S Series, offers versatile applications, ranging from sniper overwatch to precision strike capabilities. It is designed to function effectively in both ground and aerial engagements.

Remote Operated Launch System (ROLS)

The Remote Operated Launch System further underscores AimLock’s innovation in semi-autonomous weaponry. Integrating the Core Targeting Module with a single launch tube for APKWS, ROLS extends the reach and precision of this established weapon system across various new platforms.

Leading the Future of Defense Technology

As AimLock continues pushing the boundaries of military technology, it invites defense departments and industry stakeholders to experience the transformative effects of its semi-autonomous systems. With a steadfast commitment to enhancing combat effectiveness and warfighter safety, AimLock remains a key player in the evolution of modern military operations.

For more information on AimLock’s innovative solutions or to schedule a demonstration, please contact us.

About AimLock

AimLock is a leader in semi-autonomous weapons technology, specializing in developing precision engagement systems that enhance combat effectiveness and operational superiority across diverse environments. AimLock’s commitment to innovation and safety is demonstrated in every product designed to help warfighters fulfill their missions securely and efficiently.

Faxon Outdoors Presents the Icon 50L Waterproof Duffel

(Cincinnati, OH) Faxon Firearms, a Cincinnati, Ohio-based manufacturer of quality rifle, pistol components, and complete firearms, is proud to showcase a key product in the Faxon Outdoors ICON series: the ICON 50L Waterproof Duffel. Embark on every adventure confidently, knowing that Faxon Outdoors’ ICON Series is by your side. Whether trekking through the untamed wilderness, engaging in thrilling water sports, or simply enjoying a peaceful retreat into nature, our waterproof duffels and backpacks represent the pinnacle of rugged durability and engineering.

GEAR UP | GO ANYWHERE

Icon 50L Waterproof Duffel

The following information comes from Faxon Outdoorswhere durability meets discovery. 

ICON Outdoor Series

In the unpredictable world of outdoor exploration, the elements can change at a moment’s notice. From sudden downpours to unexpected river crossings, the challenges are as varied as the terrain.

The ICON Series stands ready to safeguard your essential gear against water, dirt, and damage. These waterproof bags ensure that rain, sweat, and the occasional splash are no match for these products’ impenetrable protection. Moreover, with the ICON Series, your adventure gear is not only stored but truly secured, providing you with a tactical advantage that lets you focus on the journey ahead without distractions. 

The new Faxon ICON Series features a range of protection levels tailored to diverse outdoor needs, illustrating our deep commitment to understanding and implementing the nuances between waterproof, water-resistant, and submersible gear.

ICON 50L Waterproof Duffel

The ICON 50L Duffel is engineered for full waterproof performance. It is designed to withstand conditions that might cause full temporary submersion or long-term exposure to inclement weather with lots of precipitation. Explore without limits with the Faxon Outdoors ICON 50L Waterproof Duffel, a premium choice for those who need reliable and robust waterproof luggage. Boasting a world-class IPX 7 submersible waterproof rating, this large waterproof duffel bag ensures your belongings stay dry and secure, no matter the intensity of your adventures.

The main compartment features a TIZIP® Masterseal waterproof zipper, renowned for its impenetrable seal. The front compartment uses a YKK® Aquaguard water-resistant zipper for additional safe storage. Crafted with a double-sided ultra-high abrasion-resistant outer shell and precision laser-cut design, the ICON 50L is engineered for world-class fit and function. Additional features like a high-pressure air valve, removable water-resistant pouch, and internal pockets and tie-downs enhance its utility, making it the ideal companion for adventure seekers. Its design to fit inside overhead compartments makes it a traveler’s delight, backed by a lifetime warranty for peace of mind.

Get yours at Faxon Outdoors.

Icon 50L Waterproof Duffel Specs

  • World Class IPX 7 Submersible Waterproof Rated
  • Main Compartment: TIZIP® Masterseal Waterproof Zipper
  • Front Compartment: YKK® Aquaguard Water-Resistant Zipper
  • Double-sided Ultra-High Abrasion Resistant Outer Shell
  • Precision Laser-Cut for World Class Fit & Function
  • High-Pressure Air Valve – Holds or Blocks Air As Needed
  • Removable Water-Resistant Pouch Included
  • Internal Pockets & Tie-Downs for Maximum Security
  • Designed to Fit Inside Overhead Compartments
  • Lifetime Warranty With Proof of Purchase
  • See more of the Faxon Outdoors 50L waterproof duffel bag

About Faxon Firearms: Faxon Firearms is a family-owned and operated manufacturer proudly based in Cincinnati, Ohio. It began with its patented ARAK-21 XRS. Since then, Faxon has expanded into rifle and pistol barrels. Eventually, moving into MuzzLok­© muzzle devices, BCGs, FX-19 handguns, and two lines of complete rifles. Faxon strives to bring high-quality, high-value products to the shooting sports marketplace that can be enjoyed and handed down from generation to generation.

Ultimate Guide to AR-15 Barrel Profiles: Choose the Right One

(Cincinnati, OH) Faxon Firearms, a Cincinnati, Ohio-based manufacturer of quality rifle and pistol components, complete firearms, and the highly regarded line of Faxon barrels, is proud to provide its latest informational effort: The Ultimate Guide to Barrel Profiles.

Building or tweaking an AR-15 can involve a variety of things, some vital, some arguable or even cosmetic. It could be receiver sets, muzzle devices, anti-walk pins, or any of a dozen other things, but one of the most important considerations is that of a barrel – and when you’re choosing a barrel, you need to be thinking about barrel profiles.

Finding the right barrel profile is a Big Deal. It’s not just about looks; it shapes how your rifle handles and shoots and fits your shooting lifestyle, whether that’s defending your home, hunting in the woods, or just having fun at the range.

Why should you care? Every profile offers something different; each one has relative advantages and arguable disadvantages.

From the heavy hitters to the lightweight models, we’ll walk you through what each might mean for your build or intended upgrade. Whether you’re a seasoned shooter or someone who’s just getting started, we want you to make the choice that feels—and functions—just right.

Faxon Barrel Profiles Explained

The term “barrel profile” refers to the thickness of the barrel on an AR-15-style rifle (like the Faxon Sentry). Different barrel profiles can impact the gun’s performance in various ways.

For instance, thinner barrels are lightweight and easy to handle, while thicker barrels provide more stability by adding weight to the front of the gun and can withstand more heat. The weight of your barrel is going to impact the weight of your rifle. Though those few ounces might seem insignificant, they’re not, particularly if you’re manipulating the weapon for extended periods, carrying a bunch of weight in other ways (armor, gear, etc.), or maybe just dealing with physical constraints or limitations.

It’s important to consider the trade-offs of different barrel options available (particularly vis-a-vis accuracy, heat dispersion, durability, and weight) before making your choice!

Let’s take a look at some AR15 barrel profiles and see what makes each one unique.

Faxon barrels are available in several barrel profiles.

Faxon barrels are available in several barrel profiles.

Faxon Gunner Profile

The Faxon Firearms Gunner profile blends two of the best-performing profiles of all time: Government (Gov’t) and Pencil.

Faxon’s Gunner profile combines the durability of the Gov’t profile with the weight savings and maneuverability of the Pencil profile.

The Gunner profile brings the balance of the rifle back towards the shooter’s body, limiting fatigue and allowing you to shoot, train, or hunt all day long.

 

Government/SOCOM Profile

A SOCOM barrel for an AR-15 is designed differently from the standard M4/A2 barrel.

Instead of being consistently thick throughout, it has a thinner section past the gas block and a thicker section near the chamber. SOCOM barrels often have a slot for attaching a grenade launcher and provide a balance between strength and weight.

If you’re looking for a barrel that can handle sustained shooting while still being lightweight, a SOCOM barrel may be a good option for you.

 

Pencil Profile

The pencil barrel is the original profile for the AR-15. It typically measures 0.625 inches in diameter.

It is known for being slim and lightweight, making it easy to carry and handle. Its thinness, however, makes it heat more quickly than its cousins, particularly during rapid fire. Overheating the barrel leads to elastic deformation or warping, which in turn affects accuracy and reliability.

Unlike run-of-the-mill pencil barrels, Faxon Firearms barrels are properly heat-treated and stress-relieved. The Faxon manufacturing process improves heat resistance and longevity.

The durability of this AR15 barrel profile is ideal for shooters with a light or medium shooting schedule.

Learn more about barrel characteristics and how they affect the performance and longevity of your weapon, particularly AR15 barrel profiles.

What is the best all-around barrel profile to use?

Of course, barrel profile doesn’t just affect AR15s and large-frame pistols. The barrel characteristics (not just the profile) of any firearm can greatly affect its overall performance and handling.

We’ve looked at the three most common barrel profiles: Gunner, Government, and Pencil.

Of those, the Government/SOCOM provides the most stability with the greatest potential for accuracy. It does so because it’s the thickest and heaviest style, which adds weight to the gun and to the shooter’s aggregate loadout.

The Pencil version is the thinnest and lightest option, making it easier to handle and carry but it does sacrifice some stability and accuracy potential.

Faxon believes the Faxon Firearms Gunner barrel is the best general barrel choice. It provides the best balance of the other two, offering a good compromise between weight, performance, and durability.

Ultimately, the choice of barrel profile will depend on the individual’s personal preferences, but should absolutely be appropriate for the intended use of the rifle.

Consider the trade-offs and choose the barrel profile that best suits your needs!

Learn more about the Faxon Gunner Barrel:

More news about barrels. 

About Faxon Firearms: Faxon Firearms is a family-owned and operated manufacturer proudly based in Cincinnati, Ohio that began with their patented ARAK-21 XRS. Since then, Faxon has made impressive expansions into rifle and pistol barrels, MuzzLok­© muzzle devices, BCGs, FX-19 handguns, and two lines of complete rifles. Faxon strives to bring high-quality, high-value products to the shooting sports marketplace that can be enjoyed and handed down from generation to generation.

The Effective Range of 6.5 Creedmoor

Ballistics and effective range can be a tricky subject to get into, especially when you’re working with a caliber that isn’t as common as some. Luckily Faxon has covered and provided this nifty ballistic breakdown. Let’s dive into the effective range of 6.5 Creedmoor.

The 6.5 Creedmoor

The maximum effective range of the 6.5 Creedmoor is roughly 1,200 yards, depending on ammunition, rifle platform, and the shooter’s ability to make precision hits at a distance. If you’re hunting with the 6.5 Creedmoor, the maximum effective range for an ethical kill is roughly 500 yards. The effective range represents the furthest distance at which a firearm can accurately and reliably hit a target, maintaining sufficient kinetic energy for its intended purpose. For the 6.5 Creedmoor, achieving an effective range involves more than mere distance; it requires precision, power, and the ability to meet specific objectives, whether in hunting or competitive shooting.

Factors Influencing Effective Range

Barrel Length’s Impact: The length of the barrel directly influences the bullet’s velocity and stability. Longer barrels allow for a more complete burn of propellant, increasing the bullet’s velocity and potentially its range. However, shooters must balance these benefits against factors like maneuverability and overall rifle weight.

Kinetic Energy Considerations: Kinetic energy, crucial for determining the effective range, especially in hunting, depends on the bullet’s mass and velocity. The energy delivered at the target must be sufficient to achieve the desired outcome, making understanding and maximizing kinetic energy essential for extending the effective range.

External Ballistics and Its Effects: After a bullet exits the barrel, external factors such as wind, air pressure, and temperature influence its trajectory. Understanding how these elements affect the bullet’s path is vital for accurately estimating and adjusting for effective range.

Bullet Design and Its Influence: The 6.5 Creedmoor’s bullet design, particularly its ballistics coefficient, plays a significant role in its ability to maintain velocity over distance. Bullets with higher ballistics coefficients are more aerodynamically efficient, reducing air resistance and extending the effective range.

Creedmoor barrels

The Role of Kinetic Energy in Effective Range

Kinetic energy, fundamentally, is the energy a bullet carries as it moves towards its target. This energy is crucial in determining the effective range of the 6.5 Creedmoor, as it directly impacts the bullet’s ability to perform its intended task upon impact.

The formula for kinetic energy, ½ mv-squared, where m is the mass of the bullet and v is its velocity, highlights the significant role velocity plays in kinetic energy and, consequently, in effective range.

Kinetic Energy’s Impact on Terminal Performance

The terminal performance of a bullet—its effect on the target upon impact—is largely a function of its kinetic energy.

High kinetic energy at the point of impact ensures that the bullet has sufficient force to penetrate and cause the desired level of damage, whether for hunting or ballistic performance. 

In hunting scenarios, for instance, a bullet must deliver enough kinetic energy to ensure a humane, ethical kill.

Kinetic Energy Across Distances

As a bullet travels, it loses velocity due to air resistance and decreases kinetic energy. 

The rate of this energy loss determines the effective range of the 6.5 Creedmoor. Bullets designed for long-range shooting, such as those commonly used in 6.5 Creedmoor cartridges, are engineered to retain as much kinetic energy as possible over longer distances. 

This retention capability extends the cartridge’s effective range, making it a preferred choice for long-range shooting disciplines.

The Significance of Bullet Design in Kinetic Energy Retention

Bullet design plays a pivotal role in kinetic energy retention. 

Factors such as the bullet’s shape, mass, and ballistic coefficient influence how efficiently it can maintain its velocity and, by extension, its kinetic energy over distance. Bullets with higher ballistic coefficients experience less drag and can therefore retain more kinetic energy at longer ranges.

Shooters aiming to maximize the effective range of their 6.5 Creedmoor must consider ammunition selection carefully. Choosing bullets with optimal designs for kinetic energy retention is crucial. 

Additionally, understanding the ballistic properties of different loads can help shooters make informed decisions that enhance their rifle’s performance across varying distances.

6.5 Creedmoor accuracy comparison

The Impact of Rifle Configuration on Effective Range

Rifle configuration plays a pivotal role in maximizing the effective range of the 6.5 Creedmoor. From the precision of the bolt action mechanism to the length and make of the barrel, each aspect of a rifle’s design directly impacts its accuracy, stability, and overall performance at long distances.

Creedmoor rifle build - The Original ARAK-21 XRS

Bolt Action Rifles: Precision and Reliability

Bolt action rifles, known for their precision and reliability, are particularly well-suited for the 6.5 Creedmoor cartridge. The mechanism of a bolt action rifle ensures a tight lockup of the cartridge in the chamber, leading to consistent bullet velocity and trajectory. This consistency is crucial for long-range shooting, where even minor variations can significantly affect accuracy.

Barrel Considerations for Optimal Performance

The barrel is another critical factor in rifle configuration. Its length, twist rate, and material affect the bullet’s velocity and stability. A longer barrel generally allows for more complete powder burn, which can increase bullet velocity and, consequently, kinetic energy at the target.

  • Barrel Length: The optimal barrel length for a 6.5 Creedmoor varies depending on the specific application but generally ranges from 20 to 26 inches for a balance of velocity and manageability.
  • Twist Rate: The barrel’s twist rate must match the bullet’s weight and design to stabilize the bullet in flight. A 1:8 twist rate is commonly recommended for the 6.5 Creedmoor, accommodating a wide range of bullet weights with excellent stability.

Highlighting the Faxon FX7 Bolt Action Rifle

Among the top contenders for the best 6.5 Creedmoor rifles, especially for competition shooters, stands the Faxon FX7. 

This bolt-action rifle exemplifies precision engineering, offering shooters an unparalleled combination of accuracy, reliability, and performance. The Faxon FX7 is designed with a heavy, fluted barrel that not only aids in heat dissipation but also contributes to its exceptional accuracy over long distances. 

Its ergonomic design and customizable features make it a preferred choice for shooters looking to achieve top-tier performance in competitive settings.

To fully harness the capabilities of the 6.5 Creedmoor, shooters must consider their rifle’s configuration carefully. The Faxon FX7 bolt action rifle serves as an exemplary model of what to look for in a competition-grade firearm. 

Its superior design and construction cater to the demanding needs of precision shooters, making it a standout choice for those aiming to push the limits of their 6.5 Creedmoor’s effective range.

Real-World Applications and Limitations

Leveraging the 6.5 Creedmoor in Hunting

The 6.5 Creedmoor has revolutionized the hunting world with its exceptional accuracy, flat trajectory, and manageable recoil. 

Its versatility across a range of game sizes makes it a preferred choice for hunters seeking a cartridge that combines long-range precision with effective terminal performance. Whether targeting deer, elk, or smaller game, the 6.5 Creedmoor delivers the necessary kinetic energy and accuracy at distances beyond what traditional hunting calibers can achieve. 

However, hunters must understand the ethical considerations of ensuring a humane kill, which requires precise shot placement and understanding the cartridge’s limitations based on the game size and distance.

The 6.5 Creedmoor in Competitive Shooting

In the realm of competitive shooting, the 6.5 Creedmoor stands out for its exceptional ballistic coefficients and reduced wind drift. 

Its accuracy at long ranges makes it a dominant force in precision rifle competitions. Shooters appreciate the cartridge’s ability to maintain tight groupings at distances exceeding 1,000 yards, a testament to its design and performance. 

The 6.5 Creedmoor’s efficiency in recoil management also allows shooters to maintain sight picture and make quicker follow-up shots, a critical advantage in competition settings.

Limitations and Considerations

While the 6.5 Creedmoor excels in many aspects, understanding its limitations is crucial for effective application. 

One consideration is the choice of bullet weight and design, which must be matched to the specific task, whether hunting or target shooting, to optimize performance.

  • Ammunition Availability and Cost: The popularity of the 6.5 Creedmoor has led to a wide variety of ammunition options, though costs can vary. Shooters should consider the availability and expense of high-quality ammunition, especially for specialized applications.
  • Barrel Life: The high-velocity rounds of the 6.5 Creedmoor can lead to faster barrel wear compared to some other calibers. Regular maintenance and monitoring of barrel conditions are essential for maintaining accuracy over time.

Faxon’s Best .308 Bolt Action Rifles

Faxon and Refactor teamed up again to create another guide to explore the firearms frontiers for you. They’ve pooled their expertise and research together to talk to you about what they view as the best .308 bolt-actions on the market. If you’re looking for a new bolt gun, read on! Let’s get into it. 

Who Makes The Best .308 Bolt Action Rifle?

Determining what the ‘best’ is can be different for each person. It’s a subjective question. That said, we’ll share with you what our favorite is. In our opinion, the Faxon FX7 bolt gun is the best 308 bolt action rifle you can buy. It’s a higher-end bolt gun built for extreme precision. There are cheaper options on the market, but you won’t be as happy with them as you would with the FX7. Buy once, Cry once. You won’t regret it.

Faxon FX7

Get ready for a game-changer in precision shooting! Meet the FX7 Pershing Rifle, crafted by the wizards at Faxon Firearms. This isn’t just any rifle. It’s a testament to their unwavering commitment to top-notch quality.

Think long-range shooting, and the .308 Winchester cartridge leaps to mind. This round’s got history, having earned its stripes with military snipers and decades of proven performance. It’s the go-to choice for those who don’t mess around when it comes to accuracy.

Now, let’s dive into what sets the FX7 Pershing, loaded with the legendary .308 Win, apart. It’s more than a rifle; it’s a revolution in long-range shooting.

Action

The FX7 Pershing Rifle bolt action reciever, a marvel of precision and durability, centers around a 416-R stainless steel action body, known for its robustness and resistance to corrosion. It features a unique 4340 carbon steel bolt with Faxon’s signature Flame Fluting, combining functionality with artistic design. The rifle is coated with ArmorLube DLC, offering enhanced durability and a sleek, low-glare finish, meeting military specifications for DEVCON under MIL-PRF-32711. Its 70-degree bolt lift ensures smooth, quick operation for faster follow-up shots. The 6-lug configuration, arranged in two rings, guarantees a secure, accurate lockup.

An integrated 20-MOA Picatinny Rail allows for precise mounting of optics and accessories. The rifle also includes an integrated recoil lug, boosting accuracy and stability. Its design features a straight, interchangeable bolt handle for customization and ease of use. Compatibility is a key aspect of the FX7 Pershing. It accommodates AICS and AW magazines, Remington 700 pattern triggers, and Faxon Firearms FX7 Prefit barrels. The rifle is equipped with an M16-style extractor and a plunger-style ejector, ensuring reliable extraction and ejection of rounds, cementing its status as a game-changer in long-range shooting.

Barrel

The FX7 Pershing Rifle’s barrel, made of 416-R stainless steel, stands out for its superior accuracy and durability. Each barrel is button-rifled, honed, and lapped, highlighting the dedication to peak performance. The barrel features a 1:10 twist rate, offering stability across various bullet weights. Its 22″ length strikes a perfect balance, optimizing both maneuverability and long-range precision. Designed with an M24 profile, the barrel is designed for precision shooting. A salt bath nitride finish enhances its corrosion resistance and longevity, ensuring the barrel withstands rigorous use. The muzzle comes suppressor-ready with a 5/8×24 thread. Lastly, a recessed target crown is incorporated to protect the barrel’s end, ensuring consistent accuracy shot after shot.

Chassis & Stock

The FX7 Pershing Rifle, far more than just a firearm, is housed in an exceptional MDT/Faxon Firearms co-branded rifle chassis.  This setup is complemented by an MDT Skeleton stock, sporting a sleek grey Cerakote finish.

Ruger American Predator

The Ruger American Predator is a top-notch bolt-action hunting rifle, built on the reliable action of the American. It boasts a one-piece, factory-installed scope rail, and a standout feature is its free-floating, cold hammer-forged threaded barrel with heavy tapering for precision shooting.

This rifle is not just about performance; it also has a stylish, lightweight synthetic stock in Moss Green. The stock is designed with modern fore-end contouring and grip serrations, ensuring a firm, confident hold. The Marksman Adjustable trigger enhances your shooting experience with its crisp release, while the dual cocking cams make for smooth cycling of the rifle. Safety is paramount, and this rifle comes with an easily visible and operable tang safety. For added comfort, it features a recoil-reducing buttpad. The rifle also includes a flush-fit rotary magazine for streamlined use.

Let’s talk specs: It’s chambered in .308 Win, has an 18″ alloy steel barrel with a matte black finish, and a 1:10 RH twist for accuracy. The rifle can hold 4 rounds and weighs in at a convenient 6.2 lbs. Its overall length is 38″, with a 13.75″ length of pull and 5 grooves in the barrel, making it a compact and efficient choice for your first 308 bolt action rifle.

Savage Arms Axis XP

The Savage Axis II XP Bolt-Action Rifle is a sturdy, reliable choice for hunters and shooting enthusiasts. It features a robust synthetic stock and a matte-finished carbon steel barrel and receiver for enduring performance.

A standout feature is the factory-mounted and bore-sighted Bushnell Banner 3-9x40mm scope, ensuring you’re ready to aim right out of the box. Savage’s AccuTrigger® is a game-changer, allowing for precise trigger pull adjustments. This ensures a crisp release without creep, enhancing accuracy significantly.  The innovative design of the trigger also includes a lever within its body, which blocks the sear unless intentionally pressed.

This smart design dramatically reduces the chance of accidental discharge. The rifle’s bolt operates smoothly, and it comes with a detachable box magazine for reliable feeding. For safety, it’s equipped with an easy-to-reach 2-position tang safety. Sling swivel studs are integrated, offering convenience for carrying the rifle with a sling or attaching a bi-pod to the fore-end. A rubber recoil pad on the stock makes shooting more comfortable. This package makes the Savage Axis II XP an incredibly durable, low-maintenance rifle that’s ready for hunting right out of the box, thanks to its careful design and comprehensive features.

Browning X-Bolt Speed Suppressor Ready

The Browning X-Bolt Speed Bolt-Action Rifle, equipped with the Recoil Hawg Muzzle Brake, stands as one of the best mountain-style hunting rifles, designed for hunters who prioritize performance and accuracy.  The rifle features a sporter contour barrel that’s fluted, striking the perfect balance between accuracy and weight reduction. This makes the rifle both lightweight and easy to handle, ideal for challenging mountain environments.

A key feature is the 5/8-24 threaded muzzle, which accommodates the included Recoil Hawg muzzle brake or a thread protector cap.  This muzzle brake is one of the best at reducing felt recoil (by up to 76%), significantly enhancing shooting comfort. The barrel is free-floated, a design choice that contributes to the rifle’s consistent accuracy. The rifle’s durability and aesthetic appeal are enhanced by the Cerakote® Smoked Bronze finish applied to the action and barrel.

This finish offers superior metal protection compared to traditional bluing or stainless steel. For stealth and adaptability in various environments, the rifle is equipped with a lightweight composite stock featuring Browning’s OVIX camo. This camo pattern provides excellent concealment in diverse terrains and environments, making the rifle a versatile choice for different hunting situations. The stock is also weather-resistant, adding to the rifle’s overall durability and reliability in harsh conditions.

Remington 700 SPS Tactical

The Remington 700 SPS Tactical Bolt-Action Rifle is a distinguished member of the renowned Remington 700 family, celebrated for its exceptional accuracy. This model stands out with its 20″ heavy-contour barrel, a feature that plays a significant role in achieving tight shot groups.

The rifle’s precision is further enhanced by the dual-point pillar bedding within its matte black synthetic stock. This bedding provides a stable and solid foundation for the barrel, contributing greatly to the rifle’s outstanding accuracy. A notable feature of this model is the Hogue over-molded stock. 

Not only does it offer a comfortable grip, but it also enhances the shooter’s control and steadiness in various field conditions. The stock’s design is both practical and ergonomic, making it a favorite among shooters who value comfort and performance. Additionally, the semi-beavertail forend of the rifle offers extra stability, especially useful for long-range shooting scenarios. This feature ensures a better grip and steadier aim, making the Remington 700 SPS Tactical a reliable choice for those seeking precision and stability during tactical operations.

Once you’ve selected the rifle that meets your budget and needs, it’s time to outfit it with a scope and a suppressor. Selecting the best suppressor and scope for your 308 bolt gun can be just as much of a process as selecting the rifle. The market is flooded with options making it even harder to make a decision when your hard-earned cash is on the line.

Here are a few options that we’ve personally used and stand behind.

Best 308 Scope

Budget

Vortex has been known to make high-quality optics for the budget-minded. The Vortex Optics Venom is one of the best budget scopes for larger calibers such as the 308 Win.

The Venom 5-25×56 First Focal Plane scope is a long-range and competition shooter’s dream.

With a magnification range of 5-25x and nestled in a beefy 34mm tube, this scope is a powerhouse, offering a whopping 85 MOA in both elevation and windage travel. The XD Optical System is like HD for your scope, delivering crisp, edge-to-edge visuals and slashing that annoying color distortion. And those lenses? They’re fully multi-coated, ensuring top-notch clarity and performance even when the light’s fading.

But wait, there’s more. The RevStop Zero System is a snap to set up, guaranteeing a speedy and dependable return to zero. And check out the side knob for parallax adjustment – tweak your focus on the fly without losing your shooting stance. The EBR-7C reticle is a real treat, keeping your measurements spot-on across the whole magnification spectrum. Plus, a quick-focus eyepiece and a throw lever for swift mag changes? Yes, please!

And it’s tough as nails – nitrogen purged, o-ring sealed, and immune to water and fog. Armortek coating? That means no scratches or smudges on your lenses. The one-piece, aircraft-grade aluminum body? It laughs in the face of recoil and rough handling. This scope is built like a tank but performs like a precision instrument.

High-End

If you have the budget for it, the Leupold Mark 5HD is the best of the best. The Mark 5HD Riflescope by Leupold, it’s a real game-changer for shooters who love to stretch the limits of their long-range rifles and ammo.

Imagine a scope that’s lighter than most in its league – a necessity for pro guides or anyone trekking on lengthy hunts.

The Mark 5HD’s got this Professional-Grade Optical System, a fancy term for saying it makes everything look super clear, and bright, and cuts down on that pesky glare. And then there’s the elevation turret on top. Big numbers you can’t miss, clicks you can feel and hear, and it’s got this ZeroLock feature to keep your settings from accidentally changing during transport and stalking. In short, it’s built for those who take their shooting seriously!

Best 308 Suppressor

Budget

Yankee Hill Machine makes a great 308 suppressor at a reasonable cost; the Resonator K. YHM’s Resonator K, also known as the “K-Can,” is a .30 caliber suppressor with a blast chamber threaded for 1-3/8″-24. This thread pitch makes it a breeze to pair with a variety of mounts you might find out there.

Its new end cap design is a real game changer, dramatically cutting down on flash signature. You can pop the Resonator K onto rifles with calibers from the tiny .17 HMR to the hefty 300 RUM. What’s cool about the Resonator K is its tubeless build. It’s made from tough-as-nails 17-4 stainless steel and a heat-treated 718 Inconel blast baffle. This combo means the suppressor is fully auto-rated and can handle some serious use.

It comes with the Phantom Q.D. Adapter, a pair of wrenches for the suppressor, and lets you choose between a Phantom Muzzle Brake or Flash Hider.

Noise levels? For a .308 Win, you’re looking at 137 dB by the ear and 145 dB at the muzzle.

High-End

Want to spend a little more and get a little quieter? then check out the Dead Air Nomad 30 suppressor. Dead Air’s Nomad 30 suppressor is a versatile champ, perfect for any shooter. Whether you’re blasting through mags at the range or focusing on precision shots, this compact and lightweight suppressor has got your back.

Crafted from fully-welded stainless steel, the Nomad 30 boasts a two-chamber, high-efficiency baffle design. This setup is top-notch for keeping things quiet. Plus, it’s versatile enough for both high and low-pressure cartridges. That means you only need one suppressor for whatever shooting task you’ve got.

Here’s a nifty feature: it’s compatible with Dead Air’s R-Series front caps. So, you can switch up the cap to get the best performance based on the cartridge you’re using. The Nomad 30 comes ready as a direct thread suppressor, but it’s not just a one-trick pony. It’s also compatible with Xeno or KeyMo and works with HUB adapters.

Conclusion

When on the hunt for the best .308 bolt action rifles, personal preference, function, and budget will guide your decision. The Faxon FX7 stands out for the ultimate precision, ideal for long-range shooting. Beginners might lean towards the Ruger American Predator, offering ease and solid performance. For those on a budget, the Savage Arms Axis XP strikes a balance between affordability and quality. Hunters and tactical shooters have tailored options with the Browning X-Bolt Speed and Remington 700 SPS Tactical. Adding the right accessories like suppressors and scopes enhances the experience. Ultimately, finding the perfect .308 rifle is a personal journey, with a variety to suit every shooter.

Global Ordnance Unveils The MONOLITH: SHOT Show 2024

Sarasota, FL – Global Ordnance, a leading force in the defense and commercial firearm industries, will unveil the MONOLITH bufferless AR-style rifle series at the 2024 NSSF SHOT Show. This extraordinary technical design seamlessly combines cutting-edge features for an unmatched shooting experience. 

The Monolith will be available in 16.1” rifle, 12.6” pistol, and SBR configurations. It harnesses all of the advantages of a new bufferless operating system while incorporating a unique single-piece integrated barrel system and fully ambidextrous controls.

Monolith Key Features

  • Simplified Design: Monolith uses over a dozen fewer parts than a traditional AR.
  • Bufferless System: The Monolith’s operating system eliminates any need for a buffer assembly, streamlining its structure for increased efficiency and reduced weight. 
  • Integrated Components: The single-piece Monolith barrel is a precise and flawlessly engineered combination of Dead Air’s Keymo Brake muzzle device, gas block, and barrel extension; no need to pin and weld! 
  • Refined Gas Flow: A 45-degree gas port ensures perfect gas flow and decreasing traditional gas port size, optimizing the Monolith’s performance as a suppressor host. 
  • Enhanced rifling: The Monolith boasts superior barrel rifling for unmatched accuracy. 
  • Heavy Duty Bolt: Monoliths features a rugged, heavy-duty bolt for reliability and longevity.
  • Interlocking Upper Receiver / Handguard: An innovative interlock feature between the upper receiver and handguard promotes added stability while simultaneously contributing to the platform’s accuracy.
  • Integrated Folding Adjustable F5 Modular Stock: Monolith’s versatility is further enhanced by the inclusion of an integrated, folding, adjustable F5 Modular Stock assembly. 
  • Ambidextrous controls: The Monolith prioritizes manipulability with ambi controls, including a newly patented bolt release. 

Compact, accurate, lightweight, and feature-rich, MONOLITH exemplifies Global Ordnance’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of firearm technology and design. 

Experience the future of firearm design firsthand. Meet the Monolith bufferless AR at Booth #72227 in Caesars Forum, SHOT Show 2024.

Headquartered in Sarasota, Florida, Global Ordnance LLC (GlobalOrdnance.com) is a force multiplier within the commercial and defense military industries supporting a wide array of equipment, ammunition, and firearms. As a Veteran Owned Small Business, Global Ordnance LLC strives to provide excellence to our customers with unparalleled integrity of values and the loyalty expected. To learn more about Global Ordnance, please visit www.GlobalOrdnance.com, or follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates.

Optic Plate for Slimlines: Forward Controls Design

Forward Controls Design is excited to introduce a new Glock Slimline optics plate: the OPF-G43x/48 RMR. It’s a new addition to the OPF family of optics plates.

This plate allows Glock 43X MOS or Glock 48 owners to mount a full-sized RMR, SRO, or RCR on their factory-milled slide. The reason we wanted to offer this is that despite the RMRcc being almost identical in width the RMR, some have expressed the sacrifice in window size between the two makes the RMR the preferable choice, even on smaller pistols.

Glock G43X with OPF-G43X

The OPF-G43x/48 RMR mount not only raises the mounting surface but also includes lugs and a front recoil fence to securely hold the sight in place. The package includes 2 plate-to-slide screws, 4 sight-to-plate screws, and a packet of VC-3 Vibratite. The OPF-G43x/48 RMR is lightweight and features a large lightning cut that is hidden once installed, helping to reduce unnecessary weight.

Forward Controls Glock 43X Plate

Forward Controls Glock 43X Plate

All our RMR OPF plates have recoil lugs that meet specifications and are never undersized. These recoil lugs are essential to prevent mounting failures, as using screws alone as recoil lugs with the RMR footprint is insufficient. We are proud to say that this design has had no failures throughout the lifespan of the product family, knowing that users can trust it.

Close-up of Forward Controls U.S. Patent Number

Upgrades like the FCD Glock Slimline optics plate focus on three criteria: a design that holds optics securely, tight tolerances, and strong material selection. These criteria are essential for LE and MIL applications. FCD supports factory-milled slides, providing a standardized mounting solution for a wide range of optics. FCD uses US-sourced 4140 steel and machine shops with tight tolerances. OPF optics plates ensure secure mounting that maintains zero during drops, one-hand manipulations, and battery changes (RMR).

Due to the slight possibility of differences from brand to brand, it is recommended you doublecheck individual Glock 18 holster manufacturer websites to ensure proper fitment. 

Learn more about the FCD plate lineup on 2 Cent Tactical.