Bang Saber: Flashbang for civilian use (that you can buy online)

The “Bang Saber” is a flashbang for civilian use. It might not be quite as effective as a military or LE Noise Flash Diversionary Device (NFDD), but it has the distinct advantage of being both a reusable and a civilian legal flashbang. Here is the release.

TS Bang Saber Civilian Flash Bang

St. Peters, MO

For Immediate Release

If you’ve ever thrown an M-84 or CTS 9-Banger at your day job, you will like those. If you’ve ever banged somebody within an FPS game, you will like these. Fact is, whether you’re going FISHing (Fighting In Someone’s House) or trying to liven up a boring cotillion, you’re going to like these. 

Bang Saber

Local warlords: buy flashbangs online!

The TS Bang Saber 2.0 civilian legal reusable flashbang is manufactured for Tactical Sh!t by Helius Engineering. It’s for training, “distracting,” or just for fun. The 2.0 bangs just as hard as its predecessor but is now slimmer and much lighter. Ounces equal pounds, and pounds equal pain… especially when you’re banging someone. 

Bang Saber

Bang Saber flashbang for civilian use

The Bang Saber is made in the USA. It utilizes a 12 gauge or 9mm blank or a 209 primer for ignition. Just load the blank or primer into the body, remove the pin, and toss the device where you want it. 

You’ll get a bright flash, some smoke, and an approximate “bang” noise around the 120-160db level. The exact amount of candela and decibels will depend on the type of blank used. 

Here are a few things to know about the Saber flashbang for civilian use: 

  • No training or certification need to purchase (buy flashbangs online!).
  • Limited numbers are available due to manufacturer difficulty with materials: if they’re out when you try to buy one, sign up for notifications.
  • Must sign a liability waiver to purchase.

The Bang Saber ignites using a blank cartridge like these 12 gauge blanks. It will also use 9mm blanks.

The Bang Saber ignites using a blank cartridge like these 12 gauge blanks. It will also use 9mm blanks.

Flash/Sound Diversionary Devices

Capt. John Kolman, Ret. (LAPD D Platoon SWAT) and Cmdr Sid Heal, Ret (LACSD Special Enforcement Bureau) defined an NFDD in a paper for the Justice Department, as you’ll read below. Contrary to the common vernacular, it is not a “flash bang grenade.” It could not be a grenade in the traditional sense and still be labeled a less lethal device. 

What is a flashbang? “A flash/bang diversionary device produces a loud bang with a brilliant light that is intended to cause confusion and distraction to provide a tactical team with a few seconds of advantage.”

That’s what the Bang Saber does. Get your hands on one or a few!

Bang Saber

Bang Saber flashbang for civilian use

WarGate Books: Rangers Gonna Ranger, Even in the Ruin

WarGate Books has sent out a release announcing the latest in their Forgotten Ruin series of novels. Because of the unique way they phrased things, we’ll just let you read it in their words in its entirety.

Scroll on down and we’ll give you a few excerpts.

Something to know before you get started: Amazon’s marketing department is now shadow-banning indie authors with “violent content” on the cover (guns, swords, combat, etc.: more on that here). Big-name authors like Jack Carr haven’t been impacted yet (that we’re aware of), but individual writers and small publishing houses very much have been. They cannot run ads on Amazon Marketing Solutions on affected novels, and some books are no longer searchable by the author’s name. You can’t find them unless you know the specific title of the individual book. Sound familiar?

SGT. THOR and MJÖLNIR ROCK THE RUIN For Immediate Release Area 51, God Only Knows When  

Bring it in; take a knee. WarGate Books is proud to announce Sgt. Thor’s imminent raid on the Ruin, Sua Sponte solo style. 

This won’t matter to you if you prefer anemic military science fiction, effete protagonists, lackluster action, or peace. If, however, you appreciate a side of carnage to go with your violence of action, then you’re going to want to read on.  

BLUF: An indie book company with a stable-full of combat veteran writers and best-selling authors is launching a new book line. You should back them on Kickstarter.  

Who is Sgt. Thor? He’s what would happen if Conan completed Ranger School, got tabbed and scrolled, and carried a .50 AMR named Mjölnir on his adventures. He’s the guy who changed his name and his religious affiliation so he could grow a beard, then went full Viking. You know, the former surfer with the Glock 17, matched tomahawks, and Thor Score: The Regimental high score for stacking monstrous bodies.  

What is the Ruin? It’s an ancient, murderous future. It’s four hundred generations from now, the wreck of a world Ruined by a nano-plague. It’s a place stalked by hideous creatures and haunted by fiends. It’s the place a company of Rangers with attachments and augments find themselves going shock and awesome on a series of HVTs straight out of a Tolkien novel or D&D campaign.

What about WarGate Books? They’re this world’s source for the acclaimed Galaxy’s Edge, The Lost, Warlord¸ Splashdown, and of course, Forgotten Ruin series of novels. They have entirely reimagined military science fiction.   

Rangers gonna Ranger, whether they’re killing bad guys in dirty manjams or orcs in pitted armor.

 “The Ranger tab is just a leadership school. The scroll is a way of life.” Sgt. Thor  

Contact WarGate: press@wargatebooks(.)com

Visit WarGate Books: wargatebooks(.)com

Forgotten Ruin Books Online: amazon(.)com/dp/B08X1VSRRF


Read more at the War Out Of Time Blog.

Revision Stingerhawk I-Vis: See What You’ve Been Missing

Most of us put a lot of thought into the guns we shoot and the gear we use. But admittedly, some items receive more attention than others. I recently understood that I’ve been neglecting my eye protection when I tested a set of Revision Military I-Vis lenses in the Revision StingerHawk frames. Most of my eye pro was basic stuff that you can pick up anywhere. I already had one good pair of glasses that I liked, but they were just ballistic sunglasses. Essential eye wear for the range, sure, (eyes and ears!) and very good quality – but nothing particularly special.

But I immediately noticed the difference when I donned the Revision I-Vis lenses. The colors pop . I saw colors that I didn’t know were there. I’m not really a gearhead, so I didn’t know that was even a thing. But these lenses made me more aware of my surroundings, offering contrasts I couldn’t see before. The advantages for shooters, hunters, and operators operating operationally are obvious (in addition to impact protection, fragmentation protection, and other features). And because the I-Vis lenses are from Revision, the quality is there.

Revision Stingerhawk eye pro with Beretta 92FS

Above: author’s i-Vis Revision Stingerhawk with Beretta 92. This protective system has retired all his other eye pro options.

Revision Stingerhawk

The Revision Stingerhawk spectacle system is combat-proven. They’ve been around for about a decade; if you served in OEF or OIF, there’s a good chance you were issued some of these. In 2016 Revision deployed in large numbers as part of what’s called a “Rapid Fielding Initiative” (RFI) to supply PEO Soldier (Program Executive Office) with thousands of ballistic protection spectacles. That was just one tranche of many sent to military, government agencies, OGA, and contractor personnel to combat theaters around the world.

There were good before, and now they’re better. These aren’t your everyday shooting glasses.

Revision CEO Amy Coyne explains it this way:

“I-Vis lenses increase the separation of colors so that when you’re wearing them, you’ll see multiple shades of a color compared to the single shade you’d see with the naked eye or when using traditional lens tints. The result is greater awareness and faster reaction times. In a military setting, this translates into greater survivability and lethality.”

The I-Vis lenses help differentiate targets from the background. (Author’s photo)

The I-Vis lenses help differentiate targets from the background. (Author’s photo)

Read on, and I’ll explain further.


I-Vis Lens Features


• Facilitate superior optical performance – but not how you think. This is about improved color depth, reduced eye fatigue, and superior contrast without a reduction in light (which is information to the brain).

• Optical grade high-impact polycarbonate lenses provide maximum protection from fragments.

Block 100 percent of harmful UV-A, B, and C rays.

• Scratch, streak, smear, and chemical resistant.

The anti-fog coating reportedly lasts 10 to 20 times longer than competitors’ anti-fog performance.

Available in six tints, each optimized for a specific geographic region.

Meets or exceeds US military ballistic impact requirements.

Meets or exceeds international ballistic impact requirements (there ya go, NATO!)

Interchangeable lenses.

• Unrestricted field of view.

• High-impact protection goggles version i-VIS lenses are available.

MIL-PRF-32432A clause Ballistic fragmentation characteristics Class 1 spectacles.

ANSI Z87.1-2015 clause 6 Impact Rated Protector Requirements (Z87+).

• Berry Compliant

*The chroma-related advantages are not present in the clear lens and smoke lens versions; however, other features (comfort, anti-fog protection, testing re: ballistic impact resistance requirements, etc.) are present.


AI Tint Analysis

Revision developed the six lens tints by employing AI to analyze satellite data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Specifically, the AI considered area-specific color vision variables informed by the color palette and the most likely lighting conditions for different geographic location types.

Each tint is optimized to increase contrast and color and elevate color recognition in a specific region and those analogous to it. Each tint also has its own Visible Light Transmission (VLT) percentage. Higher percentage lenses allow more light. Lower percentage lenses block more light. The six lens tints are, in brief:

Verso: The most versatile and complex lens tint, the Verso is Revision’s “do-it-all” tint. If you aren’t certain of your operating environment, the Verso lenses are for you. 19% VLT

Aros: Designed for desert environments, bringing out differences in shades of brown, tan, yellow, and orange. 12% VLT.

Cano: Optimized for regions dominated by greens, browns, and grays. Think dense forests with heavy shade. 37% VLT.

Alto: Perfect for dry, high-altitude areas with grays, tans, and blues, as in northern Afghanistan. 12% VLT.

Clara: These lenses enhance color definition and contrast in brightly lit areas of white, gray, and blue, as in the snowy woodlands of northern Europe, Scandinavia, the Baltic States, and Poland. 12% VLT.

Umbra: Designed for overcast, snow-covered areas featuring whites and grays, as in northern Europe, Scandinavia, the Baltic States, and Poland. They are similar to the Clara lenses but with a higher VLT rating of 48%.

Revision offers the I-Vis lenses in six tints, like these Altos. The StingerHawk frames are low profile and comms compatible. (

Revision offers the I-Vis lenses in six tints, like these Altos. The StingerHawk frames are low profile and comms compatible. (

Does this kind of specificity help qualify them as mission essential eye wear? I don’t know, but the differing lenses have received great anecdotal reviews. I personally have the Umbras, and they worked very well for wooded Appalachia in the winter. I’m confident they’ll perform just as well through spring and into summer.


Revision StingerHawk Frame Features

All I-Vis lenses are available for use in the company’s StingerHawk ballistic eyewear system. Clara and Umbra are also available for the SnowHawk system. StingerHawk frames are a solid foundation for lens overall ballistic protection. Their features include:

  • Low-profile and comfortable. I can personally attest to this. They have not interfered with my ear pro or headwear.
  • Wide, textured, flexible, soft rubber nose piece.
  • Comms compatible arms. I have not personally tested that capability, but it is noted by Revision and confirmed by some of the writers in my crew.
  • Lenses are easily swapped out of the StingerHawk frames, meaning lenses may be purchased individually and slotted in as the user needs them.
  • Available prescription lens inserts.
  • Clear adjustable nosepiece for comfort and fit.

: “Left: Without I-Vis lenses. (Right) The I-Vis lenses make the colors pop.” (

Left: Without I-Vis lenses. (Right) The I-Vis lenses make the colors pop. (


(Left) No I-Vis lenses. (Right) With I-Vis Aros lenses optimized for desert environments. (

(Left) No I-Vis lenses. (Right) With I-Vis Aros lenses optimized for desert environments. (


New Favorite Eye Pro Option

Essential eye wear for more than the range

As I said before, I really didn’t know what I was missing before trying the I-Vis system. As it stands now, these are the only eye pro I wear. I’ve already ordered a set of Cano tint lenses for spring and summer here in the Appalachian woods. I’ll also get a set of prescription inserts, so I don’t necessarily have to wear contact lenses when shooting or hunting (more on those when I have them in hand). And I do intend to wear these glasses when I hunt in the fall. I think the enhanced colors and contrasts will be a real boon.

If you want to take the next step in eye pro performance, you should try the Revision I-Vis system. I know I probably sound like a paid spokesperson (I’m not), but they really are that good. And it’s kinda my job to share what I like and what I don’t. That’s why I refer to them as essential eye wear; I mean that sincerely, and not just for trips to the range or a mounted patrol through Fallujadishu. Until they come up with night vision or XRay vision eye pro, I’ll be wearing Revision Stingerhawk and Speed Demon eye pro. They fit every requirement I can think of for hard-use tactical sunglasses.

This is one product that won’t get thrown in the closet now that I’m done testing it.

The I-Vis lenses show us colors we didn’t know were there. (Author’s photo)

The I-Vis lenses show us colors we didn’t know were there. (Author’s photo)


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Gray Beard Ammo Announces Grand Opening

Introducing Gray Beard Ammo: Conway, Arkansas’ Premier Gun Store.

Get ready, firearms enthusiasts! Gray Beard Ammo is thrilled to announce its highly anticipated grand opening on June 2nd and 3rd. This premier gun store is set to become the go-to destination for all your firearms and ammunition needs in Conway and beyond. Located at 3150 Vail Avenue, Conway, AR 72032, Gray Beard Ammo aims to provide a top-notch shopping experience for firearm lovers, outdoor enthusiasts, and those who prioritize personal safety regardless of their knowledge and skill level. Whether you’re a seasoned hunter, a sport shooter, or a new or seasoned gun owner, Gray Beard has an extensive range of high-quality firearms and ammunition with friendly staff ready to help you.

The grand opening celebration promises an unforgettable experience for every visitor. So mark your calendars for June 2nd and 3rd, as Gray Beard Ammo has lined up an array of exciting activities and special offers to kickstart its presence in the community. Here’s a taste of what you can expect:

● Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: Join us at 10:00 a.m. on June 2nd as we officially inaugurate the facility with a celebratory ribbon-cutting ceremony. Local officials, respected members of the
community, and special guests will be in attendance to dedicate and commemorate this landmark event.

● Giveaways and Prizes: Prepare for excitement as Gray Beard Ammo will host giveaways every half hour throughout the two-day event. Stand a chance to win fantastic prizes.

● Community Engagement: Gray Beard isdedicated to fostering strong community relationships. As part of our commitment, we will present Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu demonstrations to showcase our nonprofit and how it serves anyone, but especially Arkansas veterans and first responders.

Gray Beard Ammo is a premium gun store located in Conway, Arkansas. We offer a wide range of firearms, ammunition, and accessories, catering to the needs of both experienced shooters and those new to firearms. Our mission is to provide exceptional customer service, expert guidance, and top-quality products to ensure the utmost satisfaction of our valued customers.

Find out more about the company!

Revolutionize Your Glock 43x Experience with Top Accessories

In the quest for improved accuracy and performance, firearm enthusiasts are constantly on the lookout for enhancements that can significantly elevate the capabilities of their Glock 43x. To aid in this pursuit, this press release delves into a curated selection of top-notch accessories that are currently redefining the world of Glock 43x upgrades. Those are the sights, a match barrel, and a metal high-capacity magazine. Beyond that, you can add a compensator if you have a threaded barrel for the Glock 43X.

One of the standout Glock 43x accessories is the Faxon Firearms Glock 43X Barrel. This high-quality match barrel boasts an array of impressive features like a straight fluted design, 1/10 barrel twist rate, and Chameleon PVD finish, making it ideal for those looking to optimize their firearm’s accuracy. With the Faxon Firearms Glock 43X Barrel, precision becomes far more attainable.

Glock 43x Barrel

Faxon Firearms Glock 43X Barrel Specs

  • Straight Fluted
  • 1/10 Barrel Twist Rate
  • Stress Relieved 416-R Stainless Steel
  • Chameleon PVD Finish
  • 11-degree Target Crown
  • Conventional Riflin

The Faxon Firearms EXOS Compensator is another innovative addition to the Glock 43x accessory space. This cutting-edge pistol compensator is designed to enhance the overall accuracy of the firearm by reducing its upward movement. Engineered specifically to work effectively with a broad range of factory-loaded ammunition, the EXOS Compensator ensures optimal performance regardless of the type of ammunition being used.

Glock 43x Compensator

Faxon Firearms EXOS Compensator Specs

  • Length: 1.218″
  • Width: .865″
  • Height: 1.269″
  • Weight: .05lbs
  • Thread: 1/2×28


When it comes to sights, the Night Fision Tritium Sights offer some of the most technologically advanced options on the market for Glock 43x handguns. Created with a ballistic polymer cup and custom Tritium vial, these sights cater to both Glock 43X MOS and standard models. The unique combination of materials allows the Night Fision Tritium Sights to be the brightest available in the market, ensuring impeccable accuracy in various lighting conditions.

By incorporating these advanced accessories into your Glock 43X, you can significantly transform the performance and accuracy of your firearm. Investing in such premium upgrades enables you to unlock the full potential of your Glock 43x in any situation, empowering you to become a more skilled and confident shooter. Experience the next level of performance, accuracy, and reliability with these exceptional Glock 43x accessories.

Elevate Your Glock 48 Barrel Experience with Faxon

Are you a Glock 48 owner seeking ways to amplify your firearm’s accuracy and overall performance? Delve into the advantages of choosing Faxon’s precision Glock 48 barrel and determine if the investment genuinely pays off.

Faxon’s Premium Barrels for Glock G48

Faxon has masterfully developed and fabricated the Match Series pistol barrels, specifically tailored for the Glock G48. Constructed from stress-relieved 416-R stainless steel and machined in-house, these barrels are coated with either black Nitride or PVD to maximize lubricity, prolong barrel life, and enhance surface wear resistance.

Equipped with conventional rifling, these barrels accommodate a broader range of ammunition, including cast lead, and seamlessly integrate with factory-spec slides without necessitating a gunsmith. Their exceptional tolerances yield a more consistent and tighter lockup compared to OEM barrels.


  • Handgun Type: Glock G48
  • Barrel Caliber: 9mm
  • Barrel Material: Stress Relieved 416-R Stainless Steel
  • Barrel Twist: 1:10
  • Muzzle Thread: 1/2X28
  • Crown: 11-degree Target Crown
  • Rifling Type: Conventional


Perks of Faxon Glock 48 Barrels

  • Superior accuracy: Faxon Match Series Glock 48 barrel offers outstanding accuracy compared to the stock Glock 48 barrel, due to its 1:10 traditional rifling and 11-degree target crown.
  • Enhanced dependability: The Faxon barrel’s optimized chamber promotes reliable feeding and extraction, reducing the risk of malfunctions.
  • Improved recoil management: Faxon Match Series barrels are engineered to decrease recoil, allowing for faster and more precise follow-up shots.
  • Flexible customization: The Faxon Match Series Glock 48 barrel is available in a variety of finishes, lengths, and threading options for personalization. The threaded barrel option supports the attachment of suppressors or compensators.

Evaluating Stock Barrels and Faxon Match Series Barrels

While the stock barrel is a trustworthy option, the Faxon Match Series Glock 48 barrel outperforms it in terms of accuracy, reliability, and recoil management. The superior construction and customization options come with a higher price tag, so it’s essential to assess your specific needs and preferences before selecting a Faxon barrel.

Is a Faxon Glock 48 Barrel a Wise Investment?

Faxon Glock 48 barrels present multiple benefits over stock Glock barrels, making them an enticing choice for dedicated shooters seeking to upgrade their Glock’s performance. The higher price point may be a deterrent for some, but the decision to invest in a Faxon barrel ultimately depends on your unique requirements and preferences.

Browse Faxon’s G48 options here, or read more about Faxon’s Glock replacement barrel options.

New HandALL Models: Slip On Rubber Pistol Grips

Hogue has added a couple of new models to their line of slip on rubber pistol grips: the HandALL for SIG P365-XMacro and Taurus GX4 and XL handguns.

The manufacturer says,

Continuing the expansion of Hogue’s HandALL grip sleeve line, models are now available for the SIG SAUER P365-XMACRO and the Taurus GX4 & GX4XL. The Advantages of Houge Beavertail grip sleeves are evident upon installation.

Perceived recoil is significantly reduced by Hogue’s renowned ultra-soft rubber. The Beavertail feature provides added protection for the purlicue of the hand, and the finger grooves allow consistent grasp and secure hold.

While it has become common for shooters to resort to stippling to upgrade the factory texture of polymer pistols, this practice ultimately compromises the original condition of the firearm’s frame. To avoid this irreversible trade-off, Hogue has perfected their Beavertail grip sleeve design to ensure a long-lasting, yet non-permanent alternative that will greatly enhance the shooters’ grip experience.

Hogue Slip On Rubber Pistol Grips

P365-XMACRO / Taurus GX4 HoldALL

Production sleeves for both pistol and rifle grips have been around for a very long time. Although the increasing popularity of grip stippling has grown significantly there a huge market for them. One of the biggest groups of users is those who don’t want to (or who are forbidden to by policy) alter the original factory condition of their pistol frame; at least not permanently. Hogue Grips are a good, reversible way to achieve grip modification to someone’s preferred level of texture.

A grip sleeve is intended to do more than mitigate the drawbacks of some weapons’ geometry and texture. They are usually designed to provide some specific advantages (see below for more detail).

Grip sleeves also have other advantages. Most are not easily quantifiable, and not everyone will agree with them, but as long as people continue to use them we’ll know they have something to ovver.

The most significant advantage is that of an improved, more comfortable and effective grip by the master hand. This can be broken down into some specific points:

  • Finger grooves are intended to position fingers for optimal grip (though admittedly “one size fits all”)
  • Texture for maintaining a grip in slick conditions
  • Beavertail to protect the shooting hand purlicue (that’s the stretch between the thumb and index finger)
  • Softer material for grip = more comfort
  • Color palette available to match or contrast a weapon’s finish

Grip sleeves like this are a popular Taurus GX4 accessory.

Read some more about the HandALL slip on pistol grip sleeve.

Find the original article in its entirety at Guns and Tactics.

Boost Your Glock 17 Gen 5 Performance with Faxon Firearms Barrels

Renowned for its dependability, user-friendliness, and precision, the Glock 17 Gen 5 has become a favored choice among gun aficionados worldwide. While this top-tier firearm already boasts exceptional quality, even the best handguns can benefit from upgrades to maximize performance and accuracy. The barrel, a vital component in any handgun, determines the bullet’s trajectory upon exiting the firearm. Upgrading the Glock 17 Gen 5’s barrel can substantially enhance its performance and accuracy.

Glock 17 Gen 5 barrel (bottom) Glock 17 Gen 1-4 barrel (Top)

5 Benefits of Upgrading Your Barrel

Upgrading the barrel of your Glock 17 Gen 5 can offer a range of benefits that can improve its performance and enhance your shooting experience. Here are some of the top benefits you can expect:

Improved accuracy: One of the most significant benefits of upgrading your Glock 17 Gen 5 barrel is improved accuracy. A high-quality barrel will have a tighter bore and more precise rifling, which can help stabilize the bullet and keep it on target. This can be especially beneficial if you’re using your Glock 17 Gen 5 for competitive shooting or self-defense purposes, where accuracy is critical.

Increased range: Another advantage of upgrading your Glock 17 Gen 5 barrel is increased range. A high-quality barrel can improve the bullet’s velocity, allowing it to travel further and hit targets at longer distances. This can be particularly useful for outdoor shooting or hunting.

Enhanced safety features: Some aftermarket barrels for the Glock 17 Gen 5 may come with enhanced safety features, such as improved feed ramps or a tighter chamber. These safety features can improve reliability and reduce the risk of malfunctions or misfires.

Increased Reliability: Aftermarket barrels are often made with higher-quality materials than stock barrels, such as stainless steel or titanium. These materials can be more durable and resistant to wear and tear than a stock barrel, reducing the risk of failure or malfunction. Also, most aftermarket barrels are precision-machined to tighter tolerances, which makes the fit and function more consistent.

Ammunition Compatibility: Another factor that can contribute to increased reliability is the ability of aftermarket barrels to shoot a wider range of ammunition types. The stock barrel of the Glock 17 Gen 5 is designed to handle a specific type of ammunition, and using different types can sometimes lead to jams or malfunctions. However, many aftermarket barrels are designed to handle a wider variety of ammunition types, making them more versatile and reliable in a wider range of situations.

Glock 17 Gen 5 Barrel Differences

The Glock 17 Gen 5 features a switch to Glock 19 locking geometry. 

While the Gen 4 and Gen 5 19 barrels have different geometries, the Gen 5 barrels do away with the slope at the barrel hood and instead go to the simple right angles that the 17/34 have always had, similar to most G19 Gen 1-4 aftermarket barrels. 

Due to the shared locking block, a Gen 5 17 barrel can theoretically be used in a Gen 5 19. 

However, it’s important to note that Gen 1-4 17 barrels are not compatible with a Gen 5 17.

Even though Glock improved the Glock 17 Gen 5 OEM barrels to make them more accurate (hence the name “Marksman Barrel”), there is still room for improvement. 

Popular Glock 17 Gen 5 Barrel Options | Faxon Firearms

The optimized match barrels from Faxon Firearms have been redesigned to work better and with Gen 5 guns.

These Glock 17 Gen 5 barrels have been redesigned for improved performance and Gen 5 compatibility. A recessed target crown, a new match chamber, and a stylized barrel hood with engravings for caliber and model are some of the new features.

The proprietary broach-cut 1 in 14” left-hand twist rifling was developed to create the most accurate Glock aftermarket barrel available, and testing confirms a significant increase in accuracy over factory barrels in all standard bullet weights.

Manufactured from 416R stainless steel, which is an ideal material for making match-grade barrels because the material allows for the precise cutting of chambers and rifling, which results in a more accurate barrel.

Faxon Flame Fluting

Glock 17 Gen 5 Barrel Specs

  • Handgun Type: G17 Gen 5
  • Barrel Caliber: 9mm
  • Barrel Profile: Flame Fluted, Drop In (Compatible with Gen 5)
  • Barrel Material: 416-R Stainless Steel
  • Barrel Twist: 1:10
  • Muzzle Thread: N/A
  • Crown: 11-degree Target Crown
  • Rifling Method: Button Rifled, Fully Stress Relieved
  • Rifling Type: Conventional
  • Inside Finish: Salt Bath Nitride
  • Outside Finish: Salt Bath Nitride

Glock 17 Gen 5 Threaded Barrel Specs

  • Handgun Type: G17 Gen 5
  • Barrel Caliber: 9mm
  • Barrel Profile: Flame Fluted, Drop In (Compatible with Gen 5)
  • Barrel Material: 416-R Stainless Steel
  • Barrel Twist: 1:10
  • Muzzle Thread: 1/2×28
  • Crown: 11-degree Target Crown
  • Rifling Method: Button Rifled, Fully Stress Relieved
  • Rifling Type: Conventional
  • Inside Finish: Salt Bath Nitride
  • Outside Finish: Salt Bath Nitride

Tighter lockup and SAMMI specs improve shot-to-shot accuracy and reliability.

Some of the features highlighted on the Faxon Firearms website to explain why their barrels are superior to those of their competitors are as follows:

  • 4150 or 416-R Stainless – When used in firearm barrels, these two types of steel are made for durability, longevity & accuracy.
  • 9mm SAAMI Chambers – Superior Accuracy w/ complete SAAMI Compatibility & Boring Reliability.
  • Tighter Tolerances – A Drop In barrel with better fitment and a tighter lock-up than competing brands.
  • Conventional Rifling – Fully compatible with cast lead bullets.
  • 11° Target Crown – This preserves and protects accuracy.

11-degree target crown preserves accuracy and increases barrel life.

Glock17 Gen 5 Threaded Barrel and Compensator

The threaded barrel and compensator work together to enhance the accuracy and stability of the Glock 17 Gen 5. The compensator shown here for the Glock 17 Gen 5 called EXOS has a unique design with an angled front port and a single chamber.

This design helps to decrease the movement of the muzzle by reducing both the upward and sideward recoil, resulting in improved accuracy from shot to shot.

Muzzle flip reduction is baked into the DNA of Faxon EXOS compensators.

Upgrading your Glock 17 Gen 5 barrel can be a game changer for anyone who wants to take their firearm’s performance to the next level. 

With improved accuracy, increased range, reduced recoil and muzzle rise, enhanced safety features, and increased reliability, the benefits of upgrading your barrel are undeniable.

With the right barrel, you can unlock your firearm’s full potential and take your skills to the next level.

G-Flex: a Glock Binary Trigger

Double down. Bang it twice…every single time! Tactical Sh!t is taking pre-orders now for the G-Flex; the best binary trigger for your Glock pistol.

St. Peters, MO | 17 MAR 23

For the first time ever, enhanced pull and release firing capability is here for Gen 3, Gen 4, and Gen 5 Glock firearms. Introducing the G-Flex Binary Trigger for Glock pistols!

The G-Flex is engineered with Reflex Trigger Technology. It fires one round when the trigger is pulled rearward, then a second “reflex” round when the trigger is released forward. This provides the potential for lightning-fast split times and unmatched performance in your Glock handgun.

The G-Flex is manufactured from professional-grade materials and designed for easy drop-in installation. The G-Flex is manufactured with aerospace-grade stainless steel and is built to perform under pressure and hard use. You’ll harness elevated speed and effectiveness with unmatched strength and reliability.

The G-Flex has been engineered with what the ATF wanted; a patented secondary DISCONNECTOR makes it physically impossible for the G-Flex to achieve automatic firing.


• Trigger Bar

• Enhanced Bar Guide

• Trigger Return Spring

• Trigger Housing

• Trigger Shoe


• Style: Reflex

• Model: G-Flex

• Platform: GLOCK 17, 19, 22, 23, 26, 27, 19X, 45, 47, 31, 32, and 33

• Fit: generation-specific

• Weight: 5 ounces

• Material: Aluminum/Steel

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SilencerCo: On a Mission To Do It Better

SilencerCo is on a mission. A mission to do it better. Do what better? Good question. Let’s look at that. First and foremost, SilencerCo strives to make better suppressors and suppressor accessories. That’s fine, but one could easily say the same for many companies that make quality products. What matters here is how SilencerCo does it.

SilencerCo lives by what they call “The Three Ps,” People, Passion, and Precision. The Three Ps are the road map to accomplish their mission of doing it better. Let’s break down how that philosophy works.


We often hear companies say that they put the customer first. A common customer service maxim says that “the customer is always right,” even though any honest person knows that’s untrue. SilencerCo takes a somewhat different approach to outstanding customer service: they put their employees first.

The idea is that happy employees, people who genuinely like, or even love, their jobs, will strive to do their best every day. That means better, more consistent product lines, more innovation, faster, friendlier service, and a great experience for everyone involved. In short, people who take pride in their work want to do things the right way. Everyone wins. That’s what SilencerCo aims for every day.

So, how do they do that? After all, a job is a job, and most folks would rather be doing other things. We’ve all been there. SilencerCo recognizes all that but continues to take steps toward improving their employees’ experience. Let’s look at a few of those.


SilencerCo is investing heavily in robotics to aid the manufacturing process. Usually, automation means real people lose their jobs because they’ve been replaced. Not so at SilencerCo. Founder and CEO Jonathan Shults told us that “By introducing higher levels of automation into our production processes we are creating greater efficiency for our company and more enjoyable jobs for our employees. We are automating the parts of manufacturing that are mundane and tedious. Employees will work in conjunction with these new automations in a way that allows them to spend more time on creative and high-level tasks.”

SilencerCo is investing in robotics to free their employees from tedious tasks, not to replace them. (Author’s photo)

This shift has been augmented by training SilencerCo’s employees to monitor the robots doing the tedious jobs they used to do themselves. The employees gain new skills and quality control gets a boost because of the constant human monitoring of the new machines. The company has invested so heavily that the production floor is being rearranged to accommodate the new processes. But not one employee has lost their job because of it, and Shults says that none will. Better, more precise machines, coupled with better-skilled employees whose jobs are less tedious means superior products and happier customers.


Shults likes to say that “Time is time. Time is not money.” Time is the one resource we all have that cannot be replaced or made up. Once it’s gone, it’s gone for good. “You cannot put a price tag on time,” Shults said when asked about the subject. “It has so much more value than any amount someone can pay you. These new automations will give that valuable time back to our employees and our company, freeing up space to focus on growth and innovation.”

Automation frees up time for SilencerCo employees to be more creative and in control of the production process. (Author’s Photo)

SilencerCo is leveraging that regained time to understand not only how to make better products, but how the machines that make them can be improved. Shults told us that all the best machine tools are currently made in Japan, and that SilencerCo only buys from those companies. But thanks to Shults’ emphasis on giving his employees their time back, the company has begun designing and building its own machines as well. Shults told us that designing those machines provides insights into how they can be improved and tailored to SilencerCo’s products, resulting in even better output as the SilencerCo team learns and improves. Some of those in-house machines are already online on the production floor.

Dogs Are Welcome!

This was our second visit to SilencerCo, and both times we noticed the dogs. Dogs in the offices. Dogs in the hallways. Dogs on the production floor. How many companies not only allow you bring your dog to work, but actively encourage it? We’d bet that SilencerCo is one of a very few.

We met this good boy in SilencerCo’s hallway. His name is Blue.” (Author’s Photo)


Obviously, not everyone is a dog person, but for those of us who are, that sounds like a great deal. And it goes back to employee well-being. Shults told us that “We love having a dog-friendly environment. It lowers stress levels and creates a fun space where people want to come to work. Our dogs are really part of our team!” He was excited about it. We get it. We were excited about it. The company even has a “Dog Station” with supplies folks might need for their canine pals. Good stuff.


We quickly noticed that the Three Ps, People, Passion, and Precision, overlap in many places. People who like their jobs find it easier to be passionate about what they do. That passion translates into quality work, quality products, and quality service.

But SilencerCo isn’t just passionate about suppressors and their accessories. A giant American flag hangs conspicuously over the production floor. Monthly “All Hands” meetings are held directly underneath that flag. Each meeting starts with the Pledge of Allegiance.

And it’s not just lip service. Shults and SilencerCo take that attitude seriously. “We source almost all of our materials within the United States and are working toward having everything 100 percent sourced in America,” he told us proudly. “We want our business to support Americans on all levels: through the products that we sell and through the methods [by which] these products are made.” He added that SilencerCo is currently the only suppressor company to do so.

The machinery and robotics investments also reflect the company’s ideals. SilencerCo has long been the only suppressor company to manufacture all their products in-house, from start to finish. Shults showed us the bar stock and other components that go into SilencerCo products. When asked why this vertical integration was important, Shults told us that “By manufacturing our products in-house, we are actively bringing more jobs to the people of Utah. It also gives us the ability to control our products and thereby ensures that customers are receiving the very best that we can produce.” Which brings us to…


It’s not hard to see how SilencerCo’s focus on People and Passion leads to the final “P,” Precision. The company’s people continue to perform at higher levels, generating more passion and pride in what they do. The dogs no doubt play a vital role here too, because dogs just make everything better.

SilencerCo has long been regarded as a leader in the suppressor industry, with products like the Saker, Omega, Chimera, and Harvester series, among others. They are continuing that legacy with the new Velos Low Back Pressure suppressor designed specifically for the 5.56 NATO/.223 Remington cartridges.

The new Velos LBP is specifically designed for the 5.56 cartridge. (SilencerCo Photo)

The Velos LPB takes advantage of SilencerCo’s technology and people investments to make the most durable suppressor the company has ever made, thanks, in part, to the brand new patented Hoplon Blast Baffle. The Hoplon Baffle deflects debris and increases the suppressor’s lifespan on short-barreled rifles and full-auto firearms. It handles a standard-length semi-auto rifle with ease. The Velos LBP measures only 5.98 inches long and weighs 15.2 ounces.

Another innovation is the 3D-printed Inconel 635 core which is fully welded to the 17-4 stainless steel front and rear modules. The Velos LBP delivers an impressive 137.1 decibels at the muzzle of a 16-inch barreled AR-15. Just for reference, 140 decibels is considered hearing safe.

The Velos LBP features V-Series Cerakote to ensure the finish holds up to hard use. The new suppressor is compatible with the already popular SilencerCo Charlie accessories and has no barrel length restrictions. It ships with the brand-new Internal Charlie Flash Hider Front Cap, Charlie ASR Mount, ASR Flash Hider in ½ x 28, a spanner wrench, and a Charlie tool. Coupled with SilencerCo’s Gas Defeating Charging Handle, the Velos LBP may be the top AR-15 suppressor available today.

Precision Service

As always, SilencerCo backs up its products with perhaps the industry’s best warranty. Shults laughingly told us that he believes so strongly in supporting SilencerCo’s products that they’ve gone so far as to say “We’ll fix stupid once.”

SilencerCo Founder and CEO Jonathan Shults. (Author’s Photo)

When we pressed him on this he said “Being a consumer myself, I’ve experienced frustrations after purchasing a product and the manufacturer failing to provide support. That’s why providing top notch customer service and support is so important to me and why we focus so heavily on customer service and warranty…Our warranty department is in-house, and we maintain an average 48-hour turnaround time on suppressor warranty or service requests.”

So, the Three Ps come full circle back to People, with those People being SilencerCo’s customers. We admit that Shults’ confidence is contagious. It’s difficult to visit with him at SilencerCo and not feel that positive energy.

A Bright Future

SilencerCo’s investments in new machine tools, robotics, and processes are ultimately investments in their people, as we’ve noted. Such efforts rarely go unrewarded, and SilencerCo’s path forward appears surer than ever.

SilencerCo is looking to the future. And the future is now. (SilencerCo photo)

Employees who feel valued are more likely to take pride in their work. We once saw pride, as used in this instance, defined as “always doing your best, even when no one is watching.” Jonathan Shults and SilencerCo are building that kind of environment, which benefits not only the company and its employees, but the end user as well.

Some of the best advice we ever received regarding firearms and accessories was to “buy from companies who give a damn about their customers.” After spending time with Shults and other SilencerCo folks like Shauna Young, Caleb Gosnell, Cody Wootton, and Jace LeRoy, we’re convinced that SilencerCo is one of those companies.

But that’s always been the plan. Shults and his partner Josh Waldron started SilencerCo in a garage because they thought they could “do it better.” Fifteen years later, that small business with a simple but big dream is a reality. SilencerCo does it better than, or at least as well as, anyone else. But they aren’t waiting around for anyone else to catch up.