Faxon Firearms Rimfire: New 10/22 Barrels

Rimfire Barrels

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

Why Should You Upgrade your Rimfire Barrels?

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

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

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


The Ruger 10/22 with the barrel attached

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

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

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

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

Showcase of the barrels at an event

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

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

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

Top of the Ruger 10/22

Faxon Rimfire Ruger 10/22 Barrel Specs

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

Rimfire Barrels

Rimfire Barrels


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

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

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

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

Learn more online at:

https://faxonfirearms.com/rimfire/rimfire-barrels/ or watch more about the barrels https://vimeo.com/539780252

The SIG P322 Review – Rimfire Perfection?

SIG P322 Review pistol

For a long time, SIG seemed stuck on the P320 and P365 as far as handguns go, so the release of the P322 was a pleasant surprise. They could have just released some quasi variant of the P320 or P365 but chose to go a different route. Going all original allows them to break from an established pistols design. In my SIG P322 review, I determined that the P322 can be many things and occupies a very versatile position in the world of handguns. 

SIG P322 Review pieces
These are all the goodies you get with the P322.

To me, it’s an excellent weapon for training. You can save some cash and train with .22 LR and have a gun that resembles and functions like a modern semi-auto handgun. The SIG P322 certainly looks and feels like a modern striker-fired handgun. It will be a fun plinker and a great way to introduce new shooters to firearms for others. To others, it might be a practical choice for the woods and dealing with pests or hunting small game. 

Everyone needs a good .22LR pistol, and the P322 offers you a thoroughly modern example at a reasonably low price. 

The P322 Under the Hood 

  • Barrel Length – 4 inches
  • Overall Length – 7 inches
  • Height – 5.5 inches
  • Width – 1.4 inches
  • Weight – 17.1 ounces

The specs show that the P322 swings into the realm of compact pistols like the P320C and Glock 19. It’s not tiny, but not large either. It’s that just-right size for many of us. My hand fits nicely on the grip, and I have plenty of room. My fingers aren’t stuffed together, and I can get that excellent high grip I want on a handgun. 

SIG P322 Review magazine
20 rounds in a flash-fitting magazine? Yes, please.

The SIG P322 comes with two 20-round magazines and a magazine load-assist device. It latches onto two little attachment points and helps you pull down the spring and follower for easy loading. Without the device loading, 20 rounds into the magazine get tiresome, and the device is a great addition. 

SIG P322 Review magazine loader
The magazine loader makes life oh so much easier.

We also got a curved trigger shoe and a flat trigger shoe. Then to round it all out, you get a thread adapter to make tossing on a can easy to do should you so choose. The gun has a Picatinny rail and is optics ready with a Shield RSMc footprint optic like the Holosun 507K. 

SIG P322 Review optic
The rear sight can be removed and replaced with an optic.

SIG used the tried and true straight blowback action for the P322. It makes a lot of sense for a little gun like this. The barrel remains fixed for increased accuracy, and the blowback design doesn’t have the typical downfalls for a .22LR. The weapon uses an internal SAO hammer to fire the gun. 

Tossing Lead 

SIG releasing the P322 at this time must mean they read my LiveJournal. I’ve been in the market for a more modern and traditional semi-auto .22LR. I was leaning heavily towards the FN 502 and Taurus TX22, but, for this SIG P322 review, the P322 slid in right under the wire and hit me with the features I wanted at a price point I wasn’t offended by. 

SIG P322 review firing
The P322 has no recoil to it.

With pricing only going up, I’ve invested heavily into .22 LR and I have a pile of various brands and figured running a few different brands would be the best way to test its reliability. So I fired Winchester bulk pack, Winchester Super-X, Federal AutoMatch, CCI Mini-Mag, Remington Golden Bullet, and Aguila Super Extra hollow points. 

SIG P322 on wood
The P322 is an easy shooting gun for all ages.

After a few magazines of each, the P322 proved it eats almost everything. My Remington ammo provided the most malfunctions, with six in three magazines. However, it should be noted this ammunition is pretty old and came out of the .22 LR drought we had years back. Everything else ran well without any noticeable problems beyond the occasional failure to fire. That’s relatively common with .22LR ammo. 

Ringing Steel 

For this SIG P322 review I am glad to announce that I want a gun that hits where I aim, and the SIG P322 does that well. The high visibility sights are exceptional and very easy to see and orient. SIG gives us a fully adjustable rear sight, and out of the box, mine was firing a little high. I made a minor adjustment, and bam, I was dead on. 

SIG P322 disassembled for review
It’s a fixed barrel, blowback design, and works exceptionally well.

The gun’s accurate, and the sights are incredible, but the trigger leaves something to be desired. The pull is quite stiff, and the trigger is spongy. Luckily the pull is short, and the reset is quick as well. It’s not a great trigger, but it’s good enough. 

SIG P322 review shooting stance
Optics ready, rail equipped, and with a 20-round magazine… it’s a tough-to-beat rimfire pistol.

At 10 yards, I ran a 10-10-10 drill in 6.38 seconds with every round in the black. At 15 yards, I ran my gong rack and went from large to small on a series of gongs. The smallest being 4 inches, the middle being 6 inches, and the largest being 8 inches. I scored all three hits in under 2.5 seconds. The lack of recoil makes it easy to achieve those fast follow-up shots. 

SIG P322 review firing
The P322 is incredibly reliable and easy to handle.

At 25 yards, I landed easy shots on the six and 8-inch gong, but the four proved problematic. It’s tough to see beyond the sights, but a red dot will fix that. So my first addition to this gun will be a red dot, likely a Holosun 407K. 

The SIG P322 In Hand 

The P322 feels excellent in hand and provides a solid experience ergonomically. The grip is right size-wise and has the same texture on the P365. The magazine release is a bit triangle like the P320 and reversible. The manual safety and slide lock/release gives right and lefties a choice when it comes time to go bang. 

SIG P322 pistol
It’s a compact-sized weapon in the size range of the Glock 19. Not too much to handle at all.

This is one of the few times my big thumbs don’t pin down the slide lock is with the P322. The slide locks back, placed a little further forward to accommodate the safety. That safety mounts to the frame and is easily activated or deactivated by the thumb. 

Firing the thing is an absolute joy. It doesn’t move. Recoil is nil as you’d expect, and it’s so much fun to shoot. After 50 rounds of 9mm, you’ll feel fatigued. After 500 rounds of 22LR, you’ll still feel fresh. Keeping it on target is super easy, making it a solid first gun or trainer for a new shooter. 

SIG P322 front sight
The sights are very nice and easy to see.

Drills like the failure to stop, box drill, and even the El Pres are easy. The two magazines mean you can practice those reloads, and I did just that. The SIG P322 has a built-in magwell that makes those mag swaps speedy. 

The .22 LR For All 

It is clear to see from my SIG P322 review that this gun gives the world a .22 LR pistol that everyone can use. It’s great for plinking, training, instructing, or competing in steel challenges. The little gun can do it all. In terms of holsters, SIG has one, but it also fits the Phalanx Defense Stealth Operator, so you have an affordable and available option. 

I think SIG has a real winner with the P322. It’s reliable, accurate, ergonomic, and a fair bit of fun. For 400 bucks, it’s a lot of gun.

About the Author:

Travis Pike is a former Marine Machine Gunner, a lifelong firearms enthusiast, and now a regular guy who likes to shoot, write, and find ways to combine the two. He holds an NRA certification as a Basic Pistol Instructor. is the world’s Okayest firearm instructor, and a simplicisist when it comes to talking about himself in the 3rd person. Hit him up on Instagram, @travis.l.pike, with story ideas.

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New Fifty Shades of FDE Patch!

New Fifty Shades of FDE Patch!

If you’ve been following my social media feeds then you’ve seen my new patch that I had Patriot Patch Co make for me.

They came out great! As of right now, I have 30 left from the 100 I had for sale. If you would like to order one, please PayPal me $10 Friends & Family to [email protected] and Don’t forget to leave your mailing address in the notes.

I mail them first class USPS the same day or following day. They’re taking around a week or so to arrive and there is no tracking on envelopes. So give it a week or two to get to you.

Thank you for the support!


Maxim Defense MD-1505: An AR Take on the PDX


The PDX from Maxim Defense has proven to be an extraordinarily popular design over the last few years, but it has (understandably) never been on the lower end of the firearm price point scale. They have now launched the “MD-1505”, to make a more affordable AR-15 style PDX available. Though similar to the PDX in size and capability, the PDX has MILSPEC forged receivers and a different handguard. With the SCW stock, SCW brace, and SCW pistol system options, there should be a version available for most conceivable needs.


Here’s what Maxim had to say,

Maxim Defense MD-1505

When you’re looking for Maxim Defense PDX ingenuity in a standard AR-15 package, the MD-1505 is your answer. The MD-1505 was engineered to bring our top-tier PDX package to an even more affordable price point.

Starting at the muzzle, each MD-1505 is equipped with the patented Maxim HATEBRAKE muzzle device, which reduces recoil, decreases flash signature, pushes gasses, and concussion wave downrange away from the operator. All of which improve overall performance in short barrel pistols and rifles.

Maxim Defense Hatebrake
Zooming in on the Hate Brake muzzle booster (here on a different build, with some drum mag goodness).

For increased comfort and versatility every MD-1505 features our free-floating Slimline Handguard. These handguards provide a monolithic-like upper receiver platform and M-Slot compatibility on five sides. At the rear, the MD-1505S is equipped with our SCW Stock for the ultimate in compactness, comfort, and versatility.


  • MOA accurate
  • Free-floating Maxim Slimline handguard
  • Military-grade materials
  • SCW compact stock
  • Increased reliability due to included HATEBRAKE
  • Optimized for low flash signature
  • Ambidextrous magazine release
  • Ambidextrous selector



  • CALIBERS 5.56 NATO, .300BLK, 7.62×39
  • BARREL LENGTH 5.5” / 139.7mm
  • MUZZLE VELOCITY 5.56 NATO, 62gr: 1965 FPS avg. .300 BLK, 115gr: 1850 FPS avg. 7.62×39, 124gr: 1675 FPS avg.
  • OVERALL LENGTH 18.75” / 476.25mm


MD-1505 Models

» MD-1505S «

» MD-1505SPB «

» MD-1505SPS «


MD-1505 Affordability

MD is well aware that “affordable” is an extremely subject term. Those who will immediately react negatively to the MSRP, know this: Maxim Defense has never sacrificed quality for a reduction in cost. Their description says more affordable, not “easily affordable” or any other permutation thereof. In the specific case of the MD-1505 vs. PDS, it is more affordable. That said, quality speaks for itself. The price point will not be for everyone.

Maxim Defense: Not built for safe queens. 

Learn more at www.maximdefense.com/

The XD-E 3.3 9mm from Springfield Armory

Springfield XD-E

[Guest author] Over the years, I’ve owned several of the Springfield Armory XD series of pistols. A few standard XDs, a few XDm versions, and an XD-S. One thing they all had in common was that through thousands of rounds (remember back when we could afford to shoot, back in the “Olden Days”?), I never experienced one single stoppage. Even the .40 Caliber XDm that I took to a shooting school right out of the box, never having lubed it, and proceeded to put 1,300 rounds through it in two days, the thing functioned perfectly. Not too long  back,  Springfield introduced another in the XD line, the XD-E (the “E” stands for external hammer). Here’s a rundown.

Springfield XDE 9mm

XDE 3.3 With External Hammer

by Jim Davis

So why in the world would anyone want an external hammer in this world of striker-fired pistols? Well, maybe that’s the point. Everything new these days seems to be striker-fired.

Not Quite A Pocket Pistol

The way I see it, the external hammer will appeal to a few segments of the shooting community. The “purists” cut their teeth on handguns that had exposed hammers. That crowd likes options, such as being able to carry “cocked and locked,” i.e., with the hammer cocked and a manual safety activated (which this pistol does allow).

That said, there is also a unique, new segment to our firearms community that is glaringly different: new shooters. They’ve arrived in droves, given the recent political developments. Finally, it has dawned on a massive segment of the American public that they may need to protect themselves in the very near future. They’ve finally concluded that seasoned shooters have long known, and that is that the government cannot protect us and that anarchists enjoy attacking people.

As a result, new shooters have joined the ranks like never before. I don’t know about you, but I think that maybe a pistol with an exposed hammer might be easier to learn on, and quite possibly, safer in the hands of a newer, less experienced shooter. An example is a revolver; when the hammer is cocked, it is evident that the revolver is ready to fire in single-action mode—the same situation with this pistol.

Springfield XD-E 9mm
The controls operated smoothly, including the takedown lever (far left), slide release, and safety/decocker. The safety is mounted slightly high for the author’s taste. Here, the XD-E is shown in “cocked and locked” mode.

XD-E 3.3 Specifications

At any rate, it’s time to take a look at the technical aspects of the XD-E. This particular model has a 3.3-inch barrel, which is hammer forged. The slide is forged steel with a Melonite finish, which is black. 

The pistol’s length is 6.75 inches, and the height is five inches. It is relatively thin overall, with the grip being one inch thick, contributing to its concealability. Make no mistake, though, this is not a tiny pocket pistol, by any stretch. Springfield classifies it as a “Compact,” which is reasonably accurate, as it’s smaller than a service pistol. The weight is 24.8 ounces with the nine-round magazine inserted.

The Magazine

There are two basic options of Springfield XD magazines available: eight or nine-round, both single stack. This contributes to the pistol’s thinness.

The eight-round magazine comes with a base plate with a finger rest, although a flush fit base plate does come with the pistol if the owner wishes to change that out.

The nine-round magazine comes with an extended floor plate, making the grip slightly longer, though not dramatically so. 

The magazines eject very nicely, in that when the release is pressed, they come shooting out! Magazines are constructed of stainless steel and are sturdily made. The XD-E will fire without a magazine inserted.

Springfield XD-E 9mm
A well-rounded carry package. XD-E, spare magazine, Federal Hydra-Shock Tactical ammunition, and a Strider SnG Tanto knife.

The Safety and Mag Release

A nice touch is that both the safety/decocker and the magazine release are ambidextrous. Not that they can be installed ambidextrously, but there is one on each side of the pistol! Southpaws will like that, and it’s handy for when a shooter is using his weak side. 

The safety/decocker works well but is mounted slightly high for my taste in that I have to adjust my grip to take the weapon off safe. Not a lot, but enough that it’s not at optimal efficiency for me. On the other hand, my wife wasn’t bothered by this in the least, and it worked great for her. If I had my way, it would be mounted lower in the fashion of the 1911. Being able to carry cocked and locked (that is, with a round in the chamber, hammer back, safety on) is a nice option. Others will prefer carrying with the hammer down and having the choice of the safety on or off. 

A loaded chamber indicator is on the top of the slide just behind the breach block that sticks up when a round is in the chamber.

A dual captive spring with a total length guide rod is used in the recoil system, and it does a nice job taming recoil.

The Sights

The sights on the pistol are very nicely done, consisting of a three-dot configuration that is pretty standard these days. The front sight is a red fiber optic that takes the sights to the next level into the highly effective category. The fact that the sights are steel is also a plus. All in all, high marks in this department!

The bore axis on the XD-E is relatively high, unlike many other pistols on the market these days. I prefer a lower bore axis, but this didn’t prove detrimental in actual shooting.

The Trigger

The double-action trigger pull is long and incredibly smooth, stacking at the end, just before the break. The smoothness of the pull is surprising. There is a pleasingly short trigger reset, which will allow quick follow-up shots. The single-action trigger has some takeup before it breaks but is not excessive. Overall, it’s a decent trigger. I wish that my trigger finger was a fraction of an inch longer because the bottom corner of the trigger grabs the edge of my trigger finger.

The Grip

An essential part of any pistol is the grip, and the XD-E will fit a wide range of shooters in this aspect. My hands are on the smaller side, and I found the slim group to fill my hand well. However, shooters with larger hands will probably like that; although the grip is thin, it is also wide enough to accommodate their bear paws comfortably. Springfield was rather ingenious in how they managed to construct a grip that would appeal to so many shooters. 

The grip texture is rough enough that it seems to offer a positive purchase and yet not be so abrasive as to chafe the skin when carrying the pistol concealed. It seems they’ve arrived at a sensible compromise here.

Stripping the XD-E

Field stripping is accomplished in the same fashion as most pistols on today’s market; the slide is retracted and locked to the rear, the takedown lever is flipped up. From there, the slide is removed, and then the recoil spring and barrel can be taken out. Reassembly is in the reverse order. It all goes very smoothly with no hidden surprises. 


Springfield XD-E 9mm
Field stripped, the XD-E disassembles just like most other pistols on the market. Note the double captive recoil spring.

When the pistol is stripped down, the quality of construction that we’ve come to expect from Springfield Armory is in evidence, with no tool marks being apparent. The pistol works very smoothly overall.

Range Time with XD-E

We hit the range with the XD-E on a rare warm day to see how it would fare. I started at 25 yards resting the pistol on a bench to test the accuracy. Well, I won’t post a photo of that group because…I was getting used to the gun! Yes, I’m sure that was the case!

During rapid-fire, it was easy to keep hits inside the target. Headshots from 25 yards were no problem.

After my first dismal group, though, it came into its own. No, it wasn’t shooting one-inch groups at 25 yards. Still, it kept everything nicely centered on a man-sized target at a remarkably rapid rate of fire. Headshots were also possible at 25 yards. I didn’t shoot beyond 25 yards, but I’m sure it would perform admirably well past that range.

I did some drills transitioning from double action to single action. It felt pretty much like every other DA/SA handgun I’ve ever fired, except that the XD-E’s DA (Double Action) pull is smooth as glass. Of course, single firing action was easier and increased accuracy.

The Recoil

The recoil was pleasantly moderate (not light, but far from heavy). The grip offers enough area that the shooter has an excellent surface to grasp, which spreads out the recoil impulse. However, it was not snappy, and the sights settled right back to the target after each shot. As a result, rapid-fire drills with the pistol were easy to accomplish; you can quickly put a lot of lead on target with this pistol. 

Rapid-fire drills on bad guy targets. Recoil was quite manageable, with sights returning quickly to the target.

The pistol points quickly, and the sights seem to come onto target naturally to make matters better. That fiber-optic, glowing red sight makes acquiring the sights a no-brainer, and these are easily among the best sights that I’ve ever used in a pistol.

Reliability and Comfort

Reliability was impressive because I put some of the lowest quality ammo that I have ever used through it (“Perfecto” brand, bought at Walmart a few years back for $5/box). Perfecto sometimes has light-charged rounds and is just the junkiest stuff I’ve ever used. However, the XD-E ran through it perfectly, as well as the higher quality ammo that I fed it. So rest easy that this is a reliable handgun.

My daughter tried her hand with the XD-E and gave it high marks; she also thought very highly of the sights. Aside from that, one other aspect of the pistol is enamored here: it is easy to rack the slide. She has a disability with her left hand, and even with that, she could retract the slide to chamber a round. This might be an essential consideration for those who don’t have a lot of arm or hand strength and those who are…ahem…aging. Arthritis in the hands, wrists, and arms can do a number on our strength, and having a pistol that is friendly to our impediments can mean a lot.

Springfield XD-E 9mm
Putting the pistol through its paces. It handled very well! Smooth, accurate, and fast.

Post Range Time with the 3.3 XDE 9mm

The XD-E does have an accessory rail on the dust cover for those who wish to mount lights, lasers, and other accessories. It is a standard Picatinny rail. 

I’ll be honest; I was lukewarm toward the XD-E when I first unboxed it. In my book, it’s not an exciting pistol for me to look at, sort of a “plain vanilla” pistol. But after getting it to the range and putting rounds on target, my excitement for the XD-E tripled. It’s accurate, 100% reliable, smooth, fast, and user-friendly.

All controls functioned as they should, including the slide release. Usually, I don’t use slide releases because they demand fine motor skills, which we lose when adrenaline affects us. As such, I typically rack the slide using my hand, which utilizes gross motor skills. Those slide releases on many pistols, especially new ones, can be very stiff and difficult to operate. Not so with the XD-E; it was easy to manipulate and large enough to do so comfortably. All controls on the XD-E were smooth and easy to operate; they get a 100% from me.


At the time of this writing, the retail of the pistol is $542, so it will be available for considerably less from suppliers. Nevertheless, Springfield Armory has certainly priced this one reasonably, especially compared to some offerings from other manufacturers.

In summary, the XD-E is a winner; given its ease of use, accuracy, reliability, and comfort, it is a solid choice for defensive carry. I would feel comfortable carrying it for defense. 


About the Autor: Jim Davis served in the PA Dept. of Corrections for 16 ½ years as a corrections officer in the State Correctional Institute at Graterford and later at SCI Phoenix. He served on the Corrections Emergency Response Team (CERT), several of those years as a sniper, and also the Fire Emergency Response Team (FERT). For 25 years, he was a professional instructor, teaching topics including Defensive Tactics, Riot Control and Tactical Operations, Immediate Responder, and cognitive programs as an adjunct instructor at the DOC Training Academy. He was then promoted to the title of corrections counselor, where he ran a caseload and facilitated cognitive therapy classes to inmates. His total service time was close to 29 years. He was involved in many violent encounters on duty, including incidents of fatalities.


Censoring on Instagram

Censoring on Instagram

Censorship is nothing new to Instagram. I understand that it is a private company but it is wrong either way. Basically any content that they simply don’t like or agree with is shadow banned, deleted and now they are threatening to delete accounts for violating their community guidelines.

I can assure you that I do not in anyway violate their guidelines, yet they don’t allow for reviews much anymore and are now saying that I’m in danger of losing my account there.

I’ll be posting here more regularly to keep the information flow going and to share my knowledge, which is the entire purpose of what I do; to help the 2A community.

I may start a back-up account but follow me here for updates!

HRT Modulus Chest Rig Review

HRT Modulus Chest Rig Review
The Modulus Chest Rig

By: Fifty Shades of FDE

HRT Tactical knocked it out of the park with their RAC Plate Carrier, which I reviewed thoroughly last year. The RAC is still my go-to and preferred plate carrier. So when the guys from HRT Tactical reached out to me about their upcoming chest rig, I was excited to see what they come up with. I got an advanced kit and have had time to test it out for myself.

The Modulus Chest Rig is true to it’s namesake by being very modular in design, just like the RAC Plate Carrier. It makes it very easy to switch out pouches to fit whatever your current needs.

Let’s get into the use of chest rigs. They do have a purpose for certain situations and like any other piece of kit, there are advantages and disadvantages to each. Knowing the capabilities of your equipment is the key. This is from my own experience and usage of gear for over a decade of use in training and at work. Granted, I am not a military veteran or was ever on a tactical team; I’m just a regular Law Enforcement Officer that trains as much as possible and have had the opportunity to use and review quite a lot of plate carriers and chest rigs.

Inside the Admin Pouch.

So why would one run a chest rig over a plate carrier with rifle plates? Everything is mission dependent with many factors in play. With a chest rig, your advantages are weight savings, lower profile (depending on the carrier), ability to carry extra magazines and essential equipment. With a chest rig, you have a higher mobility and agility over a plate carrier, however you must know the disadvantages. The obvious one is the lack of ballistic protection from the rifle plates that are in a plate carrier as well as less surface area for more equipment, this can be either an advantage or disadvantage. Like I mentioned before, it’s all mission dependent and personal preference.

Loaded to my specifications and preference.

The chest rig is perfect for the training environment and I find it to fit in the same category of bump helmets, they both lack ballistic protection but are much lighter. In a training environment, you’re not worried about incoming fire, outside of ricochets or NDs. In the field, they can be used in place of plate carriers if you need a lower profile to blend in or something quick to throw on to have more firepower on your person or are in an environment such as in higher altitude where weight savings is a bit more important than ballistic protection. There will always be a balance between mobility versus protection so each individual has to weigh in and make a determination on which piece of kit to use. If one is more mobile and faster, they are a harder target to hit, you get the picture. These are just examples from my own experiences being in kit.

The mesh panel for the back adds comfort and breathability.
The pouches have bottom tabs to add stability when attached to the Modulus.
Removing or installing the pouches are simple to accomplish.

Lower profile chest rigs as well as plate carriers are becoming more popular. The Modulus is no different. It’s light weight and has a low and flat profile. What sets it apart from the rest is the ability to quickly swap out the front pouches to fit your current needs and requirements. You have the option to run it slick to carry three AR-15 rifle mags or add an admin pouch or a pistol mag pouch in any configuration suits you. You also have the option to run open top or covered with the pistol mag pouches. This makes it great for the end user to customize their Modulus to work for them. As well as most chest rigs are well designed, they may not work for everyone. The Modulus ensures that it will adapt to any mission that a chest rig can be used for.

Run the Modulus anyway you want!

The Cordura, stitching, zipper as well as the velcro are of high quality. All of the straps have a retention elastic band to help secure the loose ends, which is something that I appreciate.

Side profile.

The Modulus Chest Rig takes after the RAC Plate Carrier in the same form where it too maximizes the modularity of the chest rig platform to a fit numerous parameters for the end user.

Want to run open top on your mag pouch? Just remove the cover. It’s nice to have options!

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ASP Raptor DF Flashlight review

ASP Raptor DF Flashlight review
ASP Raptor DF with Holder

By: Fifty Shades of FDE

For my profession in Law Enforcement, a handheld flashlight is a must have tool on a sam browne or duty belt. It’s often is an overlooked piece of equipment and it shouldn’t be at all. Over my years on the job, I have heard many excuses for not having a flashlight and none of them were logical to me and to them after I started with some follow-up questions. The number one reason that I’ve heard the most is that, “working day shift, you’ll never need a light!” They couldn’t be more wrong. A handheld flashlight is for illumination, that helps you with information gathering for your eyes and brain to process when you’re in low light or no light conditions. None of us have the ability to control our lighting conditions in every environment so it’s best to be prepared with your own source of light when you need to find something, someone, directing traffic…you get the idea. In this line of work, you rarely get a heads up about what’s going to happen next. So deciding not to carry a flashlight on your person puts you at a great disadvantage. For those who are fortunate to have a weapon light attached to their duty pistol, that light should only be used when there is a reason to have your duty weapon drawn and not for any other purpose. That is why you still need to have a hand held light on your belt. Having a quality flashlight that has performance to back it up is important too. I see too many home depot and in some occasions, dollar store lights in the duty role and that is definitely better than having no light at all but not much at all. Those inexpensive lights usually don’t have much output and weren’t designed for hard use so relying on these with your life doesn’t seem like a wise choice.

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The new ASP Raptor DF (DF stands for Dual Fuel) was designed specifically for duty use. It’s definitely bright and powerful enough to light things up with a maximum output of 1,900 Lumens and has a range of 240 Meters with a runtime of One and a half hours. It also has a low output mode of 15 lumens and a strobe feature with 300 lumens. Those are some really impressive stats for a flashlight. It weighs in at 9.2 Ounces and has a rather large profile with a length of 6.5″ and bezel diameter of 1.57″ making it ideal for duty carry or in a backpack or around your home, it wouldn’t be ideal for an EDC flashlight. As a duty flashlight, it works great, it is easy to grab and takes some features from the ever popular ASP Batons with the foam located at center of body body. The bezel is heavy duty and makes the Raptor DF available as an impact weapon if needed. My sample came with the available Tactical Light Case and it is a nice rotating belt mounted holster that is similar to that of the Baton cases, it allows for an easy draw and reholstering of the light.

Having the option to use CR123s is nice if you run your 18650 dry!

The Raptor DF can be powered by the included 18650 Rechargeable battery or two single use CR123s. This comes in handy if your 18650 dies and you don’t have the ability to recharge it. Just throw in some spare CR123s and continue on with the task at hand. Both the Raptor DF and the included 18650 battery have a micro-usb port to charge. It came with a micro usb charging cable but any would work. This is a great feature for duty lights as it gets expensive to use CR123s and having to replace them over and over. Having a more powerful light and ability to recharge the batteries makes it a very practical and cost-effective light. The bezel rotates to uncover the charging port. It has a color led gauge, it blinks red while charging and displays a solid green when fully charged.

Charging the Raptor DF

The Raptor DF has a unique tail cap that rotates in to three positions. On the far left, marked ‘0’ is for momentary, the middle is Off so there won’t be any accidental activations and on the right, marked with a solid ‘0’ for constant. The push button itself is programmable and I have it on the Maximum Output with the first press and Minimal Output with a quick second press. This works on both momentary and constant positions. There is a strobe mode that can be programmed but I prefer not to use that function on any of my lights. It’s just my preference, however it’s there if you want it.

Evening with some ambient light.
Full power from the Raptor DF.
A little later that night with near dark conditions.
It illuminates a nice large area evenly with a good center hot spot.

The Raptor DF is by far, the most powerful hand held flashlight that I’ve used for work. The beam is wide and it has a good sized hot spot that goes far and it does well at illuminating at closer range at the same time with a decent spill. Some flashlights have better throw and be terrible at spill or vice versa, the Raptor DF does a great job at both. Is 1,900 Lumens too much? I definitely don’t think so, the more, the better. If you’ve heard from anyone who has said that there is such a thing as too bright a light and that you’ll blind yourself; to that, I say get some more training behind the use of lights tactically and then come back at me. The more light output you have, the better you can see, which gives your eyes and your brain more information to gather and then react to. For sure the Raptor DF will be blinding to whoever is on the business end, giving you a brief tactical advantage if you are faced with a deadly force situation.

Raptor DF on my duty belt next to the ASP Collapsible Baton.

I have had the Raptor DF on my duty belt for a good few weeks of receiving it and have taken it with me while outdoors. It has continually impressed me with it’s raw power and ability to illuminate in low light and no light conditions. It’s like having a portable spotlight without in a manageable size and weight.

One serious and heavy duty bezel.

The engineers at ASP know what it takes to make hard-use duty equipment and the Raptor DF lives up to the excellent reputation of tools that are 10-8 everyday all over the world. The Raptor DF is a great light that is also very practical and with the rechargeable 18650 battery, it’s also very cost effective. With all of these features, the Raptor DF is the perfect light for your duty belt as well as any other task that requires a good amount of illumination.

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New Micro Pistol: Taurus GX4

New Micro Pistol: Taurus GX4

By: Fifty Shades of FDE

New from Taurus is their GX4 pistol, a lightweight micro compact pistol chambered in 9mm that holds 11 rounds in a flush magazine with a msrp of….$392.42!

The Taurus GX4

Ever since Sig Sauer came out with their P365, something I personally carry everyday; many other companies are following suit and that’s a good thing for consumers. The more options, the better, in my opinion. Not everyone can afford certain pistols and not every pistol works well with every end user. With the current demand for firearms, the more models in production is always a plus.

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