TRIGGRCON 2022: Moving Midwest

Rainier Arms & UN12 are excited to announce they’ll be hosting TRIGGRCON 2022 near Wichita, Kansas. This year’s expo will be held at the premier Flint Oak Hunting Lodge in Flint Oak, KS.

The dates for the expo are October 7th-8th, 2022. Range day and exhibitor events will be running concurrently.

Go to one, then the other, or walk back and forth!

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Hunting Lodge Venue

Why Attend TRIGGERCON 22?

TRIGGRCON features the most innovative companies in the tactical small arms industry. This is not just a trade show for manufacturers but also an opportunity to become a part of the firearms community.

What Sets Apart This Expo?

TRIGGRCON is an evolution of the Shooting Sports Expo, now expanded to a 2-day event. We will be featuring the very best of the industry.

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Premium Ammo

Attendance is capped! A fixed number of exhibitors and visitors will be at the show. The cap is to maintain an intimate environment where industry thought leaders can be approached without crush or craziness.

This show is about building and maintaining relationships.

Another benefit to this exclusivity: several companies will be launching major new products at the show. Visitors can watch in real-time and talk to those involved. This show is going to be epic.

AB suppressor TRIGGRCON promo pic

Premium Suppressors

“Don’t wake up on the 9th and realize you didn’t come; you’re going to have to wait a whole year thinking about how you missed the biggest event in the region.”
— GW Ayers III, Vice President of Rainier Arms

Who Can Attend?

The Enthusiast

If you support or are interested in the firearm industry. Whether on a competitive match, in your backyard, or hunting.

Media & Industry

Do you either work in the industry in some capacity or support the industry through your business? This is for you!

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Premium Blasters


  • Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter TRIGGRCON?

TRIGGRCON is an all-ages show. There are no ID requirements though everyone must have a ticket to enter.

  • What are my parking options at TRIGGRCON?

There is limited parking under the convention center. However, there are plenty of parking options within two blocks of the venue. Parking fees will vary depending on the parking lot.

  • Can I bring my pet to the TRIGGRCON?

No animals are allowed. The only exception is for correctly identified on-duty ADA-recognized service animals.

  • Are personal firearms or ammunition allowed?

Personal firearms must remain in a holster and cannot be discharged.

  • How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please send all questions to [email protected]

  • Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, you may either print your ticket or have it on your phone.

  • Will badges be required?

Only industry, media, and exhibitors will be required to wear a badge during the show. Standard public/enthusiast attendees do not need to wear a badge during the show.

TRIGGRCON banner promo

Originally posted on Firearms Press.

Mystery Ranch – Gunfighter 24

By Houtekamer

In our continued goal of telling you about all of Mystery Ranch’s new bags for 2022, we bring you the Mystery Ranch Gunfighter 24. We previously talked about its smaller sibling the Gunfighter 14 and now the larger bag which holds a whole ten extra liters and a different zipper configuration that feels like a wider opening version of the 3-Day Assault Pack.

Let’s dig into the features of this new bag in Mystery Ranch’s Assault Pack line.

The Gunfighter 24 is the TALL version of the Gunfighter 14

Mystery Ranch Gunfighter 24

Features and Layout

Starting on the top of the bag we see a very similar zipper configuration to the Gunfighter 14 which uses the Rip Zip top where after undoing a single buckle the lid of the pack can be quickly torn open. Things differ though in the addition of two more zippers at the bottom making this pack what they call a 4-Zip. These additional zippers really make the bag open up especially at the bottom making the contents of the pack easy to find.

Outside of this expansion, the outside of the bag looks like the stretch limousine version of the Gunfighter 14. The bag has the familiar Velcro patch area on the top where you could pick up some sweet morale patches from 2 Cent Tactical and help some veterans charities (shameless self-promotion but for a good cause).

The top of the lid has a grab handle for hefting your pack or you if things go pear-shaped. You also get the pass-through slot so you can run antennas or hydration bladder lines through.

The end of every zipper has a loop of webbing that acts as a zipper garage and a tie-down point for any gear you don’t want to drop.

The laser-cut PALS webbing is a great weight-saving option that doesn’t reduce the overall strength.

The bottom of the bag has a pouch with two zippers for storing some smaller quick-access items. Inside the larger zippered area you get some mesh pockets with elastic to keep your gear from falling out but larger items can just be tossed into the pouch.

The sides of the bag have two water bottle pockets that can hold anything from tins of chew, smoke grenades, or life-sustaining hydration. Above these on each side of the bag is a section of laser-cut PALS webbing to attach your MOLLE pouches to like a spare tourniquet holder or multitool pouch.

The lower zipper pulls have toggles to lock into the wings making the top the only open option if needed.

The back of the bag is plastered in 3D Spacer Mesh to aid in cooling since you will likely be pretty active while using this bag. The straps are the contoured ones you should expect from Mystery Ranch at this point.

What you don’t get is the Futura harness you’ll find on larger packs, which means you’ll sacrifice some adjustability for height. This pack does come with a hip strap but is likely mostly for stabilizing the bag so it doesn’t move around when running. You also get a sternum strap (which in our opinion almost every pack needs).

On the MultiCam version, all of the webbing is MultiCam branded webbing and on the Coyote version, you can expect coyote-colored webbing like you would expect.

All the spacer mesh for your cooling needs.

Inside of the bag, you get a hydration pouch toggle at the top which is needed in a bag this size. On each wing of the bag, you will find a zippered mesh pocket that you can easily identify the contents of. Each pocket has a space behind it you can stuff long items to keep them out of the way.

A rolled-up tarp fits well in a place like this. Each wing also has a D-Ring at the top for extra tie-down potential but is also used for the toggles on the lower two zipper pulls. These allow you to lock the lower zippers up so they can’t be brought down by running the toggle through the zipper.

And, in case you need it, you have some more PALS webbing inside of the bag for more of your pouches or even clipping on a pen or knife.

The inside of the bag may be spartan but it has spaces for the necessities and of course a hydration toggle.

All in this seems like a perfect larger version of a short mission-specific bag. Something that would be perfect for patrols where you will be returning to a vehicle or FOB. You get a bit more space than with the Gunfighter 14 but you aren’t carrying a full-sized ruck or 3-Day Pack that you will probably overfill (ask us how we know).

You can pick these up from Rampart in Canada through their Shield program and they currently have the Gunfighter 14 in both colors and the 24 in Coyote. In the states, you can head to the Mystery Ranch website  or visit one of their dealers to pick up one of their new Assault Packs or even the ever-popular classics.

More about Mystery Ranch backpacks.

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Navy Arms FRF2 Sniper Rifle Replicas Available (for a little while)

Martinsburg, WV based Navy Arms (@navyarmsfirearms), a replica manufacturer and importer of historical firearms, has announced the availability of FRF2 sniper rifle replicas in limited numbers.

The FR F2 sniper rifle, or Fusil à Répétition modèle F2, is 7.62 x 51mm NATO  precision weapon. It is commonly used by the French military as well as the security forces of other countries, including those of Lithuania and Estonia.

According to the release, each FRF2 rifle that Navy Arms has for sale has been individually inspected for functionality.

They go on to say,

Once again, Navy Arms has succeeded in bringing military collectors a heretofore unseen model — the French FRF2 sniper rifle. We are proud to offer these unique pieces of firearms history to military collectors and target shooters.

Used in dozens of countries by the French military and police, the FRF2 was a redesigned, upgraded version of the French MAS 36 rifle, chambered in 7.62×51 (.308 Winchester). 

Each FRF2 rifle that Navy Arms has for sale has been hand-inspected to ensure there are no defects and that each gun is complete and operational.

FRF2 Sniper Rifle Replica

Cal: 7.62×51 NATO (.308 Winchester)
BBL: 24″
Magazine Capacity: 10 rds
LOP: 13.5″
OAL: 44.5″
Condition: V.G.
Stock: Wood
Stock Finish: Oil
Accessory Pack: Includes bi-pod, scope mount with pic rail, sling, two (2) magazines, 2-pocket mag pouch, two (2) stock spacers, two (2) cheek piece risers, take-down tool, barrel pull-thru with brass lead, take-down tool/pull-thru carry pouch, oil bottle, field bag and field manual.
MSRP: $8,995.00

More at 


An FR F2 rifle in a French military sniper’s hands, somewhere in the Sahel, Africa.

Read more about the FRF2 rifle (and watch some videos too).

Navy Arms was founded in the 1950s by the legendary Val Forgett, Jr.. Since that time it has imported a wide variety of precision firearms, including such models as the Belgian FN49, Russian PU Mosin and Dragunovs, even British L42 Enfield sniper rifles. For nearly seven decades they have provided their customers with quality products that retain both monetary and historic value.

West Coast Armor | High-Performance Protection

Body Armor used to be cumbersome and expensive, good thing it ain’t 2005 anymore. Happily, West Coast Armor has stepped up to the plate (no pun intended) with its Pure Dyneema and Pure Spectra plates.

In fact, the team at West Coast Armor spent five years on R&D before releasing their first product. They’re not messing around when it comes to the preservation of life.

West Coast Armor chest plate sitting in a bag

They’re not messing around when it comes to the preservation of life.

Who Is West Coast Armor?

The diverse team at West Coast Armor has deep roots in the world of executive protection, military, law enforcement, and the private sector. In addition, the team at West Coast Armor has used and created body armor throughout their individual careers. They know firsthand the benefits and drawbacks of the different types of body armor.

With this knowledge and real-world experience, they achieved what they set out to do. West Coast Armor put five years of research and development, so they could create their industry-leading body armor. They were rewarded with Armor that is lighter, stronger, and more affordable than any others on the market.

Chest plate sitting with rifles in a vehicle

What Sets Apart West Coast Armor?

West Coast Armor uses Pure Dyneema or Pure next-gen Spectra in the construction of its body armor plates.

Hard armor made with pure Dyneema and next-gen Spectra is up to 75% lighter than steel or other traditional armor materials. This is without compromising the level of protection traditional materials provide.

For military, law enforcement, and others working in high-risk environments, hard armor made from Dyneema provides not only maximum protection but also enhances the comfort, maneuverability, and efficiency of the person wearing it.

West coast Armor promo picture

5 Benefits of Using Dyneema in Body Armor Plates

  1. Constructed from ceramics, compressed laminate sheets, metallic plates, or composites
  2. Designed to deform and capture the bullet upon impact
  3. Absorbs and distributes the kinetic energy of the impact
  4. Protects against NIJ Level III, III+ and works as an excellent backing for ceramics in III++ or IV rifle threats
  5. 75% lighter than steel and 25% lighter than Aramid

Where are West Coast Armor Plates Made?

person pulling a chest plate out of their vest

All raw materials are 100% domestically sourced and made in the USA.

Is West Coast Armor NIJ Certified?

Yes. West Coast Armor is NIJ certified, and all their body armor plates meet or exceed NIJ criteria.

The NIJ conducts independent research on the Ballistic Resistance of Body Armor with the help of the Office of Law Enforcement Standards (OLES). The most important attribute of the NIJ is its ability to remain objective to the industry and only adopt criteria based on scientific research and testing.

This research and testing are designed to save lives and improve the level of justice our law enforcement agencies can provide. This is why every company that wishes to sell body armor in the United States must meet the requirements set forth by the NIJ.

If you’re looking for a company that is selling armor, ensure they can provide an NIJ letter of compliance by doing a simple check on DOJ’s website to see if the company is certified.

Body Armor, a pistol, and rifle at an outdoor range

Body Armor put to the test

West Coast Armor Hard Armor Levels

Patriot Armor IIIa Plate

The Patriot Armor level 3a body armor Plate is so unbelievably light and thin that you will forget you’re wearing it. At 0.82 pounds per square foot, these lightweights perform like heavyweights.

Forged from a proprietary manufacturing process, the IIIA Plate is constructed with some of the strongest and lightest ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fibers available.

West Coast Armor’s UHMWPE fibers are stronger than steel at a fraction of the weight.

Features and Specs

  • Designed for use as a standalone plate
  • Standalone NIJ threat level of IIIA
  • True multi-shot plate
  • Weatherproofing: spray-lined synthetic coating
  • 0.82 pounds per square foot
  • Available in black polyurea spray lining
  • Size: 10″ x 12″
Patriot Armor IIIa Plate

Patriot Armor IIIa Plate

Patriot Armor IIIP Plate

The performance of our Patriot Armor IIIP Plates is second to none. At an incredible 3.3 pounds per square foot, they are clearly some of the strongest level 3 body armor plates available today.

Forged from a proprietary manufacturing process, the IIIP Plate is constructed with some of the strongest and lightest ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fibers available.

West Coast Armor’s UHMWPE fibers are stronger than steel at a fraction of the weight.

Features and Specs

  • Standalone NIJ threat level of III
  • True multi-shot plate
  • 3.3 pounds per square foot
  • Sizes 10×12″, 11×14″
Patriot Armor IIIP Plate

Patriot Armor IIIP Plate

Level IV AP Plate

West Coast Armor’s IV AP Plate is just like its little brother, the IIIP Plate, in that it is unbelievably strong and light. Weighing 5.5 pounds per square foot, it takes the performance of your tactical armor to a higher level.

Their proprietary manufacturing process utilizes some of the strongest and lightest ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fibers available, allowing West Coast Armor to forge the strongest lightweight body armor on the market today.

Features and Specs

  • Ceramic strike face and UHMWPE backing
  • Finished with a spray-lined, weatherproof synthetic coating
  • 5.5 pounds per square foot
  • Available in black
  • Size: 10″x12″
  • Multi curve

West Coast Armor Testimonies

West Coast armor being pulled out of a vest

“As a former Police Chief, I believe that one of the most important responsibilities we have is to give the men and women that serve our profession the best equipment to do their job and keep them safe. I’ve seen firsthand the superior quality of the West Coast Armor Body armor in action. I’ve been blessed to witness agencies across the country test West Coast Armor vests and plates, and the outcomes were superior. I recommend to all my colleagues that they reach out to West Coast Armor.” – Donald (Chief of Police Ret.)

“The West Coast Armor level 4 plates are the most well-balanced and comfortable plates I’ve used. After seven combat deployments between Special Operations and Contract work, I can only wish I’d had these issued to me. I have full trust and confidence in their ballistic properties as I’ve seen their performance through more rigorous testing than NIJ requires. These plates have my full endorsement.” – Kyle C.

“As a retired police officer of 23 years working long shifts and jobs from the jail to vice then on to detective. I was always issued uncomfortable, heavy stiff armor. After wearing all types of armor throughout my military and law enforcement carrier, I can say I’ve never seen anything like it. Without question, West Coast Armor makes me want to wear armor again; it’s the lightest, thinnest and strongest armor I’ve ever seen.” – Bob V. Esponisa

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Core Vision Training: Defense Training Courses

An area of increasing concern for all of us is the occupied home invasion, which can be defined as an incident where the family occupies the house, and they are confronted with an imminent lethal threat by one or more intruders.

Recently, the number of reported violent encounters inside the home has increased. These violent encounters aren’t even limited to your home anymore. You could be thrust into a violent encounter when shopping at a mall or even walking to your car afterward.

This growing concern has prompted a surge of new gun owners who intend to keep that newly purchased firearm for the primary purpose of home defense. Additionally, many states have adopted constitutional carry where gun owners now don’t need to attend any training to carry concealed.

There is a void in the training industry regarding preparing for violent encounters, at least in the context of home defense. Core Vision Training has stepped into that void in a big way.

Core Vision Vehicle escape course

Vehicle Escape Training Course

Why Spend The Money and Time on Training

Self-defense, home defense, and other preparedness training are necessary to effectively defend yourself, your family, and your home when targeted by crime or violence. There will always be criminals who want to take what isn’t theirs and predators who want to hurt the innocent. When you train to become more proficient in these skills, you gain the tools to stand your ground and live to see another day.

As with any training courses you attend, you want to ensure it fits your context of use and goals. However, many “tactical” training courses claim to train students in the art of fighting with a pistol and rifle, room clearing within your home, and a host of other “tacticool” courses.

Many courses people attend for the experience rather than for learning life-saving skills. Nevertheless, teaching these concepts takes days to execute correctly with the proper instructor cadre.

Core Vision Training employs instructors with proven operational experience, some of which are still operational, which gives you the most up-to-date relevant training available.

Home Invasion Training Course

Structure Assessment Active Defense Course

Why Choose Core Vision Training

Core Vision Training is the top self-defense training company and facility in the Pacific Northwest. Their instructors bring decades of relevant operational experience to provide their clients with the highest quality training possible.

In addition to their premier courses, they also offer a monthly membership program. By signing up for the recurring monthly membership, individuals who have taken any form of our Structure Assessment courses now have the opportunity for additional reps and recurring training to maintain and master the skills they acquired in our classes.

Recurring training covers medical, structure assessment, teamwork, land navigation, live fire, vehicle work, and several more.

Let’s take a quick look at a few of their premier courses.

Core Vision: Structure Assessment Active Defense Course

If you are unlucky enough to find yourself in a fight with an armed assailant, learning to load and clear a malfunction is far easier if you are familiar with that weapon or type of weapon ahead of time. This is something you won’t want to figure out on the fly.

Imagine fighting your attacker in a dark parking lot or inside your home, and gaining control of his loaded weapon, only to die because you didn’t know how to operate the safety.

When you become skilled with your primary defensive tool, learn to use other weapons. Clint Smith said it best “There’s nothing that says you are going to fight with just your gun.”

The Core Vision Training Structure Assessment courses prepare you for just that. The Active Defense course, which is a combination of the home defense course and trauma training, is tailored to the everyday citizen looking to sharpen their skills and better protect their family.


  • 1 & 2 person structure assessment
  • CCW Pistol mechanics & manipulations
  • Link up procedures
  • Casualty assessment and treatment
  • Call up procedures for 911
  • Center fed, corner fed rooms & hallways
  • Positive Threat Identification
Core Vision Training Self Defense Course

Self Defense Training

Core Vision: Vehicle Escape Concepts

Let’s look at a different type of EDC; your Every Day Car. This is your daily driver, whether a Honda Civic or a Rolls Royce.

When you leave the safety of your home and get into your vehicle to take kids to school, pick up passengers, or go to the store, it becomes your mobile command center.

When you get behind the wheel of your vehicle, think of yourself as the Transporter. It’s not only an excellent movie but highlights some key points. Such as how he maintains driving the car and moves within and around the confines of his vehicle. Everything is done professionally and with a purpose.

The Core Vision Training Vehicle Escape Concepts course teaches you to be ready for a fight in and around your vehicle. Everything they teach you is done professionally and with a practical purpose.


  • Avoidance
  • Preparation
  • Movement within and out of a vehicle
  • What is and is not cover on a vehicle
  • Gear & Equipment Preparation
  • Vehicle Considerations

Land Navigation

When many of us first enlisted, there was no handheld GPS to tell us where we were and how to reach our destination. Instead, we had to learn how to use a compass and protractor with our maps. Land Navigation courses were taught with the old school military issue Lensatic compasses and a map whether it was daytime or night-time.

The use of a compass is a perishable skill, much like shooting. It requires practice. Nowadays, we have wrist-mounted GPS units, handheld units, and smartphones that provide us with navigational aids. But what if the batteries run out or your GPS gets submerged and shorts out? Now what? How do you get back home? Do you have a backup method of navigation?

The Core Vision Training land navigation course teaches you how to read and orient a map and navigate using a compass so that you make it back home safely. The two available courses are Intro To Land Navigation and Basic Map Reading.


  • How to read and orient a map
  • How to familiarize yourself with a map using a compass
  • Individual Pace Count
  • Dead Reckoning & Terrain Association
  • How to identify significant terrain features
  • How to identify minor terrain features
  • How to read contour lines
  • How to plot locations on a map
Land Nav Course

Land Nav Training Course

In the end, the time you invest in training for an event that may never occur is your responsibility. The flip side of that is if that event ever does happen, do you want to be the one who lets your spouse and children down?

We encourage you to reflect on the cost of your personal decisions and how you choose to spend your time and money. Remember, when seconds count, law enforcement is minutes away, and a lot can happen in that time. You can lose your whole world in those few minutes.

If you are ready to accept that risk, that’s on you. But, if you believe your life and the lives of your loved ones are worth every ounce of your effort, train like it. Train like they matter. Train with Core Vision Training.

Core Vision Training

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SIG P365 X-MACRO: It’s a 17+1. Here are the details

As many of you have already heard (and more are about to), SIG Sauer has released another hybrid compact pistol in the SIG P365 line — like its predecessors, the “SIG P365 X-Macro” has just a 1″ profile. But this one has 17 round capacity P365X magazine.

This might not be as big a surprise as the original P365s were for their capacity, but that’s likely because we’ve at least partially become inured to rapid advances in small frame pistol design. That doesn’t make it any less a desirable evolution in the P365, though, particularly when you consider that same mag will fit in the P365 model you already own.

P365 XMacro Specs

The P365-XMacro is a polymer frame, striker-fired pistol that features a new grip module, the “Macro-Compact-Grip Module”. The Macro-Compact Grip Module features a standard 1913 accessory rail, an integrally compensated optics-ready slide with their XRAY3 day/night sights, and a flat trigger. The weapon ships with interchangeable small, medium, and large backstraps, and two 17 round P365 XMacro magazines. As one would expect, the pistol  is optimized for use with SIG electro-optic red dot sights and weapon lights.

P365-XMACRO Specs:

Tom Taylor, SIG’s Chief Marketing Officer, had this to say about the new pistol:

“When the P365 was introduced, it reimagined the possibilities of everyday carry, and the P365-XMACRO continues this tradition delivering more on everything that made the P365 the number one selling, and most award-winning gun in America.

“The innovative magazine design of the P365-XMACRO delivers on capacity while maintaining the slim design, making it more comfortable and more concealable than any other 17+1-round pistol on the market. The integrated compensator of the P365-XMACRO reduces muzzle flip making follow-up shots faster and easier to stay on target shot after shot for even more accuracy. It is very simple, like the name suggests, with the P365-XMACRO you get more of everything you want in an everyday carry pistol, and you no longer need to compromise your capacity for concealability or shootability.”

Learn more at:


P365 XMacro First Looks

Aaron Cowan of Sage Dynamics recently posted these images to social media with the comment, “The 365 line has been growing on me, and now I have [one that is] 17-round capacity, optic-ready, with adjustable back straps and a more robust accessory rail.”

He also notes that this gun does a good job of bridging the gap between “full size guns” and the micro compacts with high magazine capacity.

SIG P365 XMacro

SIG P365 XMacro


SIG P365 XMacro

P365 XMacro Magazines

As noted, the P365 XMacro has a 17+1 round magazine potential before mag extensions. As John Hollister of Sig Sauer Academy said, “XMacro vs XL: same slide and thinness. You just get more. Twelve vs. seventeen.

Happily, that 17-round magazine can be used in any P365 pistol (assuming you already have one).


XMacro vs P365XL

P365 XMacro vs P365L – John Hollister

P365 XMacro vs P365L – John Hollister

P365 XMacro vs P365L – John Hollister

read the original article in its entirety at GunMag Warehouse.

The Sentinel AR10: Faxon’s Newest 8.6 Blackout

It’s all in the name… Sentinel. A Sentinel is a guard whose job it is to stand and keep watch. The Faxon Firearms Sentinel will do just that… keep watch… overwatch, that is. The AR-15, no doubt, is America’s favorite rifle. But even America’s rifle has its limitations. The primary limitation is that it cannot handle long-action cartridges such as the 8.6 Blackout The standard 5.56 NATO cartridge loses a lot of velocity and power at a distance. So to get over that hurdle but still have the same feel as an AR-15, you’re looking at an AR10 The AR10 has the same look and feel as the AR-15. But you can now shoot longer action cartridges such as the 8.6 Blackout, 308 WIN, and 6.5 Creedmoor.

The Sentinel 8.6 BLK, part of Faxon’s Summit Line of firearms, boasts a billet aluminum receiver set, G3 Aluminum Streamline M-LOK Handguard, new 8.6 Blackout MuzzLok Muzzle Device, and the impressive 1:3 twist Big Gunner Profile Barrel. Faxon’s Lifetime Guarantee also backs the Faxon Sentinel.

Man holding an 8.6 BLK AR10

Faxon’s newest Pistol, the 8.6 Blackout AR10

Faxon Sentinel 8″ 8.6 Blackout AR10 Pistol

close up of a 8.6 BLK AR10 Pistol

8.6 Blackout AR10


  • 7075 Billet Aluminum Receiver Set
  • Faxon 8″ 1:3 Twist Big Gunner Profile 8.6 Blackout Barrel, 4150 CMV, Nitrided
  • Faxon MuzzLok 8.6 BLK 3-Port Muzzle Brake
  • Faxon G3 Aluminum Streamline M-LOK Handguard
  • Faxon G2 Superfinished AR10 BCG
  • Faxon AR-10 Height Gas Block
  • SBA3 Pistol Brace
  • Faxon Trigger by Rise Armament
  • B5 Pistol Grip
  • Ambi Charging Handle
  • Ambi Safety Selector
  • Pistol-Length Gas System

Weight and Dimensions

  • Weight: 6.59 lbs
  • Length: 24.5″
  • Depth: 7.5″
  • Width: 2″
Faxon 8.6 BLK AR10 Pistol

8″ 8.6 BLK AR10 Pistol

Faxon Sentinel 12″ 8.6 Blackout AR10 Pistol


  • 7075 Billet Aluminum Receiver Set
  • Faxon 12″ 1:3 Twist Big Gunner Profile 8.6 BLK Barrel, 4150 CMV, Nitrided
  • Faxon MuzzLok 8.6 BLK 3-Port Muzzle Brake
  • Faxon G3 Aluminum Streamline M-LOK Handguard
  • Faxon G2 Superfinished AR10 BCG
  • Faxon AR-10 Height Gas Block
  • SBA3 Pistol Brace
  • Faxon Trigger by Rise Armament
  • B5 Pistol Grip
  • Ambi Charging Handle
  • Ambi Safety Selector
  • Pistol-Length Gas System

Weight and Dimensions

  • Weight: 7.87 lbs
  • Length: 29.25″
  • Depth: 7.5″
  • Width: 2

Faxon Sentinel 16″ 8.6 Blackout AR10 Rifle


  • 7075 Billet Aluminum Receiver Set
  • Faxon 16″ 1:3 Twist Big Gunner Profile 8.6 BLK Barrel, 4150 CMV, Nitrided
  • Faxon MuzzLok 8.6 BLK 3-Port Muzzle Brake
  • Faxon G3 Aluminum Streamline M-LOK Handguard
  • Faxon G2 Superfinished AR10 BCG
  • Faxon AR-10 Height Gas Block
  • B5 Precision Collapsible Stock
  • Faxon Trigger by Rise Armament
  • B5 Pistol Grip
  • Ambi Charging Handle
  • Ambi Safety Selector
  • ​​​​​​​Carbine-Length Gas System

Weight and Dimensions

  • Weight: 9.33 lbs
  • Length: 36″
  • Depth: 7.5″
  • Width: 2″

The Faxon Sentinel AR10 rifle and AR10 pistol configurations are the best of the best in their particular niches. They are perfect if you find yourself needing to hit something further out with some devastating kinetic energy.

Meet The Maxim Defense MD9 PCC

Over the past few years, you’ve probably seen a massive resurgence of the pistol caliber carbine, most notably the 9mm carbine. Stability is the most significant advantage of the pistol caliber carbine over any sidearm. You’ve probably also seen some crack shots at the local shooting range who can shoot the wings off a fly at 25 yards with their sidearm. However, for the majority of shooters, handgun accuracy tends to begin dropping off around 15 yards, especially in kinetic situations where the adrenaline is surging and stress levels are through the roof. The pistol caliber carbine gives you added stability to hit your mid-range targets more accurately and consistently. Maxim Defense recognized this demand in the industry and answered with the MD9 9mm pistol caliber carbine. The Maxim Defense MD9 offers a PDX-like platform chambered in 9mm.

Maxim defense MD9 with furniture

MD9 with furniture

Maxim Defense MD9 Pistol Caliber Carbine

When you’re looking for Maxim Defense ingenuity in a new standard AR-9, the MD-9 is your answer. The MD-9 was engineered to fit the growing demand for cutting-edge AR9-style rifles for today’s Military and commercial market.

Every MD9 features Maxim’s free-floating barrel and custom handguard for increased comfort and versatility. These handguards provide a monolithic-like upper receiver platform and M-Slot compatibility.

person posing with a Maxim defense MD9

Testing out the MD9


  • Modified Maxim Defense HATEBRAKE
  • M-Rax and M-Slot compatible handguard
  • Military-grade materials
  • 5.8″ barrel
  • ALG Combat Trigger
  • Radian charging handle and selector
  • Maxim CQB stock
  • Ambidextrous magazine release
  • Fully floated barrel
  • The last round holds open
  • Compatible with Glock 9mm magazines (Glock 19 and larger)


  • Caliber: 9x19mm Parabellum
  • Barrel Thread Pitch: ½-28
  • Material Composition: 7075 Aluminum & tool steel
  • Finish: Nitride / Type III Anodizing
  • Barrel Length: 5.8″ [147.32mm]
  • Overall Length: 20″ [508mm] (collapsed stock)
  • Weight: 6lb 1oz [2.75kg]
  • Barrel Material: 4150 CrMoV
  • Muzzle Velocity: 1,150 FPS (Federal FMJ 124gr)

MD9 with bullets


MD9 posed against a wall

$1,995.00 at Maxim Defense

What Sets the Maxim Defense MD9 Apart?

The package weighs in at just over six pounds unloaded, and 20 inches collapsed, adding to the small footprint. The MD9 also boasts an ambidextrous magazine release, Radian charging handle, and selector. It accepts all Glock 9mm pattern magazines, G19 or longer. Rounding out the set-up is a modified Maxim Defense HATEBRAKE muzzle booster and ALG Combat trigger.

An issue seen in previous pistol caliber carbine designs is that the shooter would use the magwell for their support grip, which would cause the magazine to move just enough to cause failure to feed malfunctions. Maxim Defense recognized this issue and mitigated it by extending the length of the magwell, giving the shooter a full support hand grip without interfering with the function of the magazine.

The Modified HATEBRAKE emulates the back pressure of a suppressor. So not only is it directing the blast forward and away from the shooter and those around the shooter, but it regulates the cyclic rate. The advantage of this is whether you’re running the included HATEBRAKE or a 9mm suppressor, the cyclic rate will be consistent and not over-gassed.

Maxim Defense went with a barrel length of 5.8″ to maximize the velocity and hence accuracy of this PCC. The optimal barrel length for the 9mm cartridge is roughly 6″, so with the MD9, you’re getting optimal performance out of the 5.8″ barrel. In addition, the MD9 was tested with 124gr FMJ, which resulted in a muzzle velocity of 1,150 feet per second.

When it comes down to defending your home and keeping your family safe, stack the odds in your favor with the Maxim Defense MD9 pistol caliber carbine.

person posing a maxim defense MD9

Maxim Defense MD9

RAID Pack! The Raid LT 32 from Mystery Ranch

By Ryan Houtekamer

In our quest to tell you about all the new packs from Mystery Ranch in the Assault Pack Line, we previously told you about the Gunfighter 14. That was the smallest of the bags in the line. This article’s spotlight will be shined on the Mystery Ranch Raid LT 32. You will get a full review of the raid pack later in the fall, but so far, it has been a great daily driver.

Read on.

The lower weight of the Raid LT 32 means you have more room for gear or your collection of artisanal fidget spinners.

The Raid LT 32 is the second largest of the bags in the new line. The 32 Litre bag is the same size as the 3-Day Assault pack but comes in at almost a pound and a half lighter or a 30% drop in weight.

BLUF: Get your Mystery Raid 32 LT right here online

Let’s dive into the bag and what makes it different from its predecessors.

Raid Pack

The Raid LT 32’s Departures

The most significant departure from the venerable Mystery Ranch 3-Day Assault Pack is the lack of the Tri Zip opening. Instead, the Raid LT 32 has a traditional splayed style open you are used to from your childhood backpack. This means the bag only unzips just under half of its height instead of all of the way to the bottom. This means you must pull things out of the top or rummage around the sides to grab items at the bottom. In the field, the bottom of the bag for me would have things like a ranger blanket or a rain jacket that are easy to pull out but not something I need to grab quickly.

I like small dry-style bags in my pack, organizing things by a specific type like food in one bag, etc. Also, the 3-Day Assault packs compression straps run across the front of the bag while the Raid LT’s zig-zag across each side.

The thinner compression straps of the Raid LT 32 are across the sides.

3-Day vs. The Raid LT

The 3-Day is better for storing bulkier objects on the back, while the Raid LT is better at strapping things using the bottle pocket like trekking poles. The other most considerable departure for the compression straps is the width of the webbing. The LT uses 3/4″ webbing instead of the 1″ on the 3-Day, living up to the LT designation. Speaking of which, the LT stands for light, and this isn’t the only weight-saving change for the bag since they went with 330D cougar nylon instead of 500D Cordura.

The final weight-saving changes come with the material used in the PALS webbing and the bottle pockets on each side. The LT uses a laser-cut PALS surface that blends better with the bag than the woven webbing on the 3-Day. In addition, the bottle pocket combines a stretch material along with the 330D cougar nylon. Now that we have talked about some weight-saving changes, it’s time to talk about the rest of the bag’s features.

The bottle pocket is stretchy but lightweight and easily swallows a Nalgene.

The Bottom of the Bag

At the bottom of the back of the bag is a laser-cut PAL’s webbing-covered pouch with a good amount of storage for its size. Inside the pouch are two mesh elastic topped pouches that handily hold a 30-round AR15 magazine, each with room in the front of the pouch to store other items you want close at hand. Just under this pouch at the bottom of the bag is a single line of webbing attached to the bag, unlike the two on the bottom of the 3-Day.

A couple of fresh magazines are only a bag drop away.

Above this pouch is the other laser-cut PALS patch for attaching any other MOLLE goods like a multitool pouch or an admin pouch. If you keep heading upward, you will find the large velcro patch area and a zippered pocket that I tend to use for my sunglasses, and a USB battery pack. Every zipper on the bag has a tie-down point at the end that also acts as a bit of a zipper garage.

The bag straps are adjustable with the Futura Harness, and the hip belt is easily stashed.

Talking Straps

When it comes to straps, you get your grab handle consisting of the double-over webbing providing a sturdy point to haul your pack. The actual shoulder straps for the bag feel pretty damn familiar if you have had one of their bags. You get the curved and contoured straps to fit your body better, but most importantly, you get the Futura Yoke which provides a ton of adjustability using the plastic spade hidden within.

The strap system on this bag is the light version, so it is a bit thinner than you have seen before. This has been one of my favorite features of Mystery Ranch bags because you can customize your fit perfectly and get your hip straps exactly where you want them. Along with the Futura Yoke, you get the sternum strap and a hide-away hip belt which stores in a slot behind the bottle pockets. The 3D spacer mesh of the back looks and feels exactly like the 3-Day if you have handled one of them, so no surprises there.

The inside of the pack doesn’t have many storage options, but what it does is help keep your gear at hand.

Inside the Bag

Inside the bag, you are greeted with another fairly familiar sight. The back panel of the pack has your 3×4 PALS grid for mounting pouches to that you can also stuff/route things behind it. Under that is a dump pocket with elastic at the top to hold its contents firmly. The bag doesn’t come with a toggle to hang hydration bladders from, though, and I think that is a bit of an omission.

Instead, you get a single zippered mesh pocket on the front of the bag, and you can see it in the exterior pocket at the top of the pack. Finally, a single drainage grommet is at the bottom of the bag to help get dirt and water out.

From mustaches to MultiCam, the Mystery Ranch Assault Packs are all made in-house in the states.

One big thing we wanted to touch on with this series of articles is that all of the Assault Pack line from Mystery Ranch is designed, cut, sewn, and handled with care and attention in the United States of America. Americans are given jobs to make these badass bags that go to the battlefield and beyond. The quality of work that goes into these bags is nothing but impressive and not only that, they have a tag with the initials of the worker who made the bag and the person who inspected it.

To order this bag or see what else Mystery Ranch has released in the new Assault Pack line, head on over here virtually, to Bozeman Montana, or hit up your local dealer and see what they have. We hope to see more LT variations of other popular Mystery Ranch backpacks.

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The Definitive Guide To Getting The Best AR-10 Barrel from Faxon Firearms

Faxon Firearms’ recently partnered with RE Tactical to write up what they refer to as the definitive guide to finding the best AR-10 barrel. Buying after-market barrels can be a hassle; maybe this might help. We’ve brought it here to share with you all. So here is the definitive guide to finding the best AR-10 Barrel from Faxon and RE Tactical!

A Definitive Guide To Finding The Best AR-10 Barrel

The purpose of the AR-10 platform is to get more power and long-range precision out of the AR platform. Who doesn’t want more power and precision? To capitalize on that power and precision, it makes sense to get the best AR 10 barrel you can find. The right barrel will allow you to maximize the benefits of using the larger 308 round in a semi-automatic AR-10 battle rifle.

Faxon Firearms’ high-quality, affordably priced AR10 barrels are all manufactured in the United States and ready for reliable and accurate long-range shooting. So whether you’re shooting 308 WIN, 6.5 Creedmoor, or the new 8.6 Blackout (8.6BLK), Faxon has the right barrel for you. Their stock of AR10 barrels are available in various lengths up to 24″, Salt Bath Nitride outside finish, gas systems (carbine, mid-length, and rifle-length), and barrel fluting.

Faxon AR10 barrels are also available in Big Gunner, Heavy Fluted, and Pencil profiles. They are made with the finest 4150 Chrome Moly Vanadium or 416R Stainless Steel and rifled for the best possible velocity and accuracy. Before we get into finding the best AR 10 barrel, let’s answer some of the most common questions about AR10 barrel selection.

Best AR 10 Barrel

AR10 Barrel Length Considerations

There is more to consider about the barrel length than its effect on velocity and accuracy. For example, your barrel length will dictate your choice of accessories, such as handguards. Do you want something that just goes past the gas block or something that runs the full length out to the muzzle?

This can be important for aesthetic or practical reasons, such as ensuring that a suppressor or other muzzle device has enough clearance between the end of the muzzle and the handguard. In addition, a longer handguard provides more real estate for accessories like optics, sling mounts, and bipods. Finally, keep in mind that the length of the barrel will play a major part in the rifle’s overall weight, which is something to consider if this is a hunting setup.

What is the optimal barrel length for 308?

Barrels lengths for AR10 calibers range from 16″ up to 24″. Although 20″ seems to be the sweet spot for the 308, with the right barrel, you can get away with using a 16″ barrel.

How accurate is a 308 16-inch barrel?

A 16″ barrel will do you just fine until you get out to and past 600 yards. Unfortunately, the 308 round will drop significantly past 600 yards, so if you’re going to be engaging targets at distances past 600 yards, you’d be better off with a 20″ barrel.


Is an 18-inch barrel good for an AR 10?

Most 308 WIN loads get full powder burn at roughly 18 inches of barrel length. So for a general-purpose AR10 build, an 18-inch barrel will do you just fine.

However, even in 18-inch barrels, the profile and gas system length can determine weight. 18-inch barrels can range from a Faxon pencil to a thicker Big Gunner profile and come in both mid and rifle-length types.

What is the most Accurate AR10 Barrel?

The Faxon Match Series AR10 barrels take renowned performance and value up a notch.

Manufactured in-house from gun-barrel-quality bar-stock, the Match Series barrels start with 416-R in 5R rifling. 5R is a hybrid rifling with lands opposite grooves and reduced sharp angles that reduce jacket deformation, increasing velocity, and easy cleaning. After rigorous testing, the barrels are Nitride treated inside and out, locking in the bore, extending barrel life, and keeping the elements at bay.

The extension is coated in a Nickel Teflon coating that maintains incredible dry lubricity and corrosion resistance. The Nickel Teflon coating also tightens up the fit between the extension and receiver, further improving accuracy. As a result, the Faxon AR10 Match Series barrels are ready for when duty calls with unrivaled performance.

Best AR-10 Barrel | Faxon Firearms

Below you’ll find a list of AR10 barrels available for your next AR-10 build or upgrade.

Faxon Match 16″ Heavy Fluted, 308 WIN Specs

  • Barrel Material: 416-R
  • Barrel Type: 5R Button Rifled
  • Barrel Caliber: .308 WIN
  • Barrel Twist: 1:10
  • Barrel Length: 16
  • Barrel Profile: Heavy Fluted
  • Barrel Gas System: Mid
  • Inside Finish: Salt Bath Nitride
  • Outside Finish: Salt Bath Nitride
  • Muzzle Thread: 5/8-24
  • Gas Block Diameter: .750″
  • Gas Block Journal Length: 1.1″
  • Barrel Extension: DPMS LR-308 Compatible – Nickel Teflon Coated
  • Barrel Weight: 2.03 Lbs
  • Magnetic Particle Inspected
  • Recessed Target Crown


Faxon Match 16″ Big Gunner, 6.5 Creedmoor Specs

  • Barrel Material: 416-R
  • Barrel Type: 5R Button Rifled
  • Barrel Caliber: 6.5 Creedmoor
  • Barrel Twist: 1:8
  • Barrel Length: 16
  • Barrel Profile: Big Gunner
  • Barrel Gas System: Mid
  • Inside Finish: Salt Bath Nitride
  • Outside Finish: Salt Bath Nitride
  • Muzzle Thread: 5/8-24
  • Gas Block Diameter: .750″
  • Gas Block Journal Length: 1.9″
  • Barrel Extension: DPMS LR-308 Compatible – Nickel Teflon Coated
  • Barrel Weight: 1.89 lbs
  • Magnetic Particle Inspected
  • Polished 11-degree Target Crown

16 inch 6.5 Creedmoor

Faxon Match 18″ Heavy Fluted, 308 WIN Specs

  • Barrel Material: 416-R
  • Barrel Type: 5R Button Rifled
  • Barrel Caliber: .308 WIN
  • Barrel Twist: 1:10
  • Barrel Length: 18
  • Barrel Profile: Heavy Fluted
  • Barrel Gas System: Rifle (1.1″ Journal)
  • Inside Finish: Salt Bath Nitride
  • Outside Finish: Salt Bath Nitride
  • Muzzle Thread: 5/8-24 TPI
  • Gas Block Diameter: .750″
  • Gas Block Journal Length: 1.1″
  • Barrel Extension: DPMS LR-308 Compatible – Nickel Teflon Coated
  • Barrel Weight: 2.25 Lbs
  • Magnetic Particle Inspected
  • Recessed Target Crown


Faxon Match 18″ Big Gunner, 6.5 Creedmoor Specs

  • Barrel Material: 416-R
  • Barrel Type: 5R Button Rifled
  •  Barrel Caliber: 6.5 Creedmoor
  • Barrel Twist: 1:8
  • Barrel Length: 18
  • Barrel Profile: Big Gunner
  • Barrel Gas System: Rifle
  • Inside Finish: Salt Bath Nitride
  • Outside Finish: Salt Bath Nitride
  • Muzzle Thread: 5/8-24
  • Gas Block Diameter: .750″
  • Gas Block Journal Length: 1.9″
  • Barrel Extension: DPMS LR-308 Compatible – Nickel Teflon Coated
  • Barrel Weight: 2.46lbs
  • Magnetic Particle Inspected
  • Polished 11-degree Target Crown

18 inch 6.5 Creedmoor

Faxon Match 20″ Big Gunner, 6.5 Creedmoor Specs

  • Barrel Material: 416-R Stainless Steel
  • Barrel Type: 5R Button Rifled
  • Barrel Caliber: 6.5 Creedmoor
  • Barrel Twist: 1:8
  • Barrel Length: 20
  • Barrel Profile: Big Gunner
  • Barrel Gas System: Rifle
  • Inside Finish: Salt Bath Nitride
  • Outside Finish: Salt Bath Nitride
  • Muzzle Thread: 5/8-24 TPI
  • Gas Block Diameter: .750″
  • Gas Block Journal Length: 1.9″
  • Barrel Extension: DPMS LR-308 Compatible – NP3 Nickel Teflon Coated
  • Barrel Weight: 2.59 lbs
  • Magnetic Particle Inspected
  • Polished 11-degree Target Crown

20-inch 6.5 Creedmoor

Wrapping It Up!

The AR-10 is an excellent platform for reaching out with larger calibers.

Choosing the right barrel is a significant decision, one that is based on your needs as a shooter. Long-range competition shooting, close-quarters shooting, and hunting all have different needs, so choose wisely.

Faxon Firearms barrels are some of the best barrels for the money on the market right now. They’re well-designed, and the performance is hard to beat. That’s why the Faxon Firearms 308 Winchester and 6.5 Creedmoor Big Gunner Profile Barrels are some of the best AR-10 barrels on the market.