Palmetto State Armory Sales 9/17/19

Vortex sonora

Here are some great deals at Palmetto State Armory! Use the links below to help support this site if you make a purchase!

Thank you all!

Vortex sonora
Vortex Optics Sonora



AR15 lower
Complete PSA Stealth Lower



Ar15 mags
AR15 magazines!


FDE! (Fifty shades of what, now?)

A rifle with a Cerakote finish in Flat Dark Earth.

You’ve been reading this for years (and thank you for that): Fifty Shades of FDE. Chances are if you’re one of our regulars, you know what FDE actually is, but some people do not. Let’s fix that.


Flat Dark Earth

FDE is the acronym for Flat Dark Earth. In simplest terms, it’s supposed to be a specific shade of earth-toned brown. Some people say it closely resembles some of the colors that can be seen in rural Afghanistan, which is probably why the guys at Breach-Bang-Clear call it “Mud Hut” or “Mud Hut Brown” when they’re trying to describe it.

We say “supposed to be” because as with any color in the tactical/gun industry, not everyone gets it right. Each letter in the acronym is indicative of something, i.e. “Flat” means it’s matte, with no shine.

FDE vs. Black - weapon contrast
A pistol in FDE and a distant cousin in black.

Cerakote (the actual company) defines FDE as a “…medium-dark, flat brown.” There are variations and gradations, of course, which is probably why they go on to clarify:

Notice: Flat Dark Earth (H-265) and MagPul Flat Dark Earth (H-267) are very similar in color and in some cases H-265 may be a closer match to MagPul’s OEM Flat Dark Earth color.

A war belt with lots of FDE (Flat Dark Earth).

FDE is different (though varyingly close t0) a number of other colors. Some companies make up their own names, some use a generic term, others go by specific color codes defined with great specificity by DoD contract.

Field Drab, for instance, is Military Color Code 30118. Yes, Military Color Code is a thing. As in, Army Green = #4b5320.

There’s much, much more to this, and as you can tell by our publication’s title it’s something we have an interest in. Check back periodically, we’ll be updating this article a lot!



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Archon Type B now arriving!


The Archon Type B is hitting stores and the hands of shooters. It’s been the source of much anticipation – now it’s here. Not in FDE (yet), but at least it’s here.

Archon Firearms describes the Archon B as their flagship pistol, saying, “…the Type B, features the ground-breaking AF-Speedlock technology. This new unique style of barrel lockup allows the firearm to sit lower in the hand providing the lowest bore axis of any current production pistol. The resulting effect is a completely different shooting experience.”

The weapon sports a number of features, including what is called the “AF-Speedlock.” It is this feature that gives the handgun its much-touted low bore axis. Other features include:

  • Match-grade traditionally rifled barrel coated in black nitride.
  • Three-stage recoil rod with uncaptured mainspring (for ease of service and tuning)
  • Inner-frame milled from billet steel featuring full-length rails.
  • Full metal, flat-faced, short reset trigger.
  • Integrated beavertail with featured contour to activate tendon in hand for better grip.
  • Oversized trigger guard for use with gloved fingers.
  • Fiber optic front sight with blacked-out rear cut from billet steel. The slide uses a standard Glock dovetail and front sight for ease of change if preferred.
  • Front and rear cocking serrations.
  • Integrated Picatinny rail for weapon attachments up front.
  • Metal magazine release that is easily reversible for left-handed shooters.
  • Innovative Grip Mapping texture designed to actively fight the direction the gun wants to rotate during recoil.
  • Integrated magwell.
  • Full metal magazine with baseplate designed for ergonomic loading with grid pattern for ease of marking.

The Type B is currently available with the following options:

  • Black Nitride Slide
  • PVD FDE Slide
  • Fiber Optic Target Sights
  • AFR8 Night Sights

It ships with the following items:

  • Four (4) Magazines
  • Malterra designed high-quality range bag made with 500D Nylon
  • Silver AF USA Permanent Marker (for marking magazines)
  • EEXOX gun oil
  • California Compliant Safety Lock
  • User Manual

You can learn more on the Archon Firearms website.

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DIY Rattlecan Paint Job in Multicam Arid

DIY Rattlecan Paint Job in Multicam Arid

Over the weekend I spent a few hours rattlecanning my Palmetto State Armory 18″ 5.56 Rifle along with the Primary Arms 3-18x HUD DMR.

I made a DIY video:

Pretty much everything you need is in this picture:

Rattle Can Materials

Please email me at [email protected] if you have any questions (after you watch the video)

Lightforce USA “Striker” Vehicle LED lights now available

Lightforce USA “Striker” Vehicle LED lights now available

Lightforce USA has released a line of rectangular vehicle LEDs called the Striker series, with15 LumiLEDs aboard, but the best part is that they’ll be offered with an IR option for use with Night Vision.

Striker lights are built in Australia. They feature EMC shielding, which reduces radio-stereo interference, modular filters to match different driving conditions, and a complete DIY installation kit. Said kit features a complete wiring harness, plug-and-play adapters for headlight high beams, dashboard switch, all necessary consumables, and individually labeled wires.

Filter modularity is explained this way:

• A spot filter comes standard and delivers a virtually unaltered beam. It protects your light’s lens.
• A wide filter disperses some of the light into a wide (letterbox) beam pattern aiding peripheral vision on windy roads and 4WD applications, and
• A flood filter, which further disperses the light into a ‘ball’, suitable for campsites, workshops and high-performance scene lighting.
Product Specifications: 
●Distance: 1 lux at 754m
●Distance: 0.25 lux at 1508m
●Effective Lumens: 3466
●Raw Lumens: 5625
●Colour Temperature: 5000K
●CRI: 70
●Current Draw: 8.8Amps @ 13.2V
●Voltage Range: 10V – 36V DC
●Wattage: 60W (Each)
●Ingress Protection Rating: IP68, IP69K
●Weight: 1Kg (Including Mounts)
You can learn more, or order a set, on the Lightforce USA Striker page.

Awesome Giveaway from Lightforce!

Get in on this Giveaway! All you have to do is go to the link at the bottom of this post. You have till May 11th to enter. Good Luck!

Outdoor Essentials Adventure Giveaway!

Lightforce and our outdoor industry friends are proud to announce our most ambitious “Adventure Gear Giveaway” ever! We’re going to equip one of our fans with some essential adventure gear to tackle the summer with.

The Adventure bundle includes:

  • Lightforce Enforcer 140mm LED Handheld Spotlight
  • Solutions Group International Vehicle Trauma Kit
  • Emerson Knives Tactical Kwaiken Knife
  • Propper Expandable Daypack in Coyote
  • Thyrm Cellvault Battery storage containers
  • Lightforce Cooler & Hat

Click here to enter:

Safariland 6365 Duty Holster Review


In my honest and personal opinion, based on over a decade of experience with all kinds of holster systems, nothing beats a Safariland Duty holster.
Over the years, I have accumulated more holsters that I’ve lost count. That includes holsters for every type of carrying option.
For Duty holsters, I have always have either been issued or bought my own Duty holster made by the Safariland Group.
Safariland never stops with innovating their product lines and from running their holsters over the years, they only get lighter, stronger and provide a faster draw.
If you own a Glock, you’ll never have any problems finding accessories and holsters for your pistol. If you’re like me and tend to be a bit of an HK or Sig snob, you start to see that there aren’t as many options when you’re looking for accessories available. That’s the price you pay for preferring a different brand. Those that run Weapon Mounted Lights with something other than a Glock will find even less holster options.
Last year, I decided to switch duty weapons at work and I got myself a Heckler and Koch VP9 along with a Surefire X300U. At that time, Safariland had holster options available for the VP9 but not with the X300U. My VP9 was on hold until I had a Duty Holster to carry it in. I contacted Safariland Customer care and a few weeks later I was able to order it through the Tactical Pro Shop.


I’ve run my VP9+X300U holster over a year now and it’s still holding up the same as it was new. If you have my setup, here’s the information:
Model: 6365
Sku: 1183815
Part: 6365-5932-131
I’ll break that down for you; My holster is a level 3 retention holster, meaning it has the ALS (Auto Locking System) and the SLS (Self Locking System) together to give you the most secure level of retention. 6365 represents the low-ride belt loop attachment. It has the STX Black/Tactical finish and is for a Right Handed Shooter.


My holster before was a level 2 with just a SLS hood. Having both, the level 3 is a much faster draw than the level 2. Believe it or not, my current holster is more secure and smoother of a draw than my previous holster.
Another new feature, which I like a lot, is that the holster will hold and secure your pistol with or without the weapon light. This is made possible with a barrel plug at the bottom. My previous level 2 holster will not secure the pistol without the weapon light attached.
The retention systems in place are intuitive and natural to deactivate the locks. With that, you still need to practice your draw many times over to build that muscle memory. Anytime I change any part of my kit, I usually at the minimum practice my draw hundreds, if not thousands of times.
My Duty Holster setup was made into a modular custom rig. I utilized the QLS system along with a 6004 drop leg shroud. I removed the top leg strap and moved the entire shroud up as high as possible to increase stability and assist with weapon retention from a gun grab.


Over the last few months, I purchased a Sig Sauer P320C FDE. Like my VP9, I run an X300U on my P320C. I wanted my holster to be in FDE to match my P320C and my kit. Safariland made my holster customized to my specifications. I unofficially call it the Fifty Shades of FDE Edition holster. Here is the information on my custom holster:
Model: 6365
Sku: 1191091
Part #: 6365-7502-551  
It is the exact same holster as my VP9+X300U. Except it’s for my P320C+X300U and has an FDE finish.


I have the QLS system on all of my holsters therefore I can run any weapon system I choose very easily and quickly.
There are numerous custom holster makers out there that make high quality custom holsters that are usually kydex for concealed carry. Some of them are already making duty holsters, some with Safariland SLS level 2 hoods.



Although they may be great holsters, a level 2 is the highest level of retention you can get from those makers. The ALS system is something that only Safariland has available, giving you either a level 1 retention by itself or level 3 when combined with the SLS hood. Safariland has it down to a science and they will do their best to come up with a holster solution for you if they don’t already have one available.


To find a holster solution, click at the link below and use their holster finder:

Or call their Customer Care:

EmdomUSA CM Belt Review

EmdomUSA CM Belt Review

I get asked a lot of questions about my Battle Belt. I figured it was long overdue for a review. The base and heart of the Battle Belt is the Belt itself.
As you all know, I do an incredible amount of research prior to purchasing any gear. What I wanted was a low-profile, light belt that would be quick to put on and strong enough to secure the equipment necessary to run a pistol system without moving all over the place.


It is made by EmdomUSA and it is called the CM Belt. Here is their description:
“The Emdom/MM CM Belt is a design collaboration between Emdom USA and MM from “CM” stands for “Cingulum Militare” which is Latin for the military belt that the warriors of ancient Rome hung their swords and daggers from. It is designed as a low profile, light weight, and rigid duty belt. It can be used alone or in conjunction with a MOLLE war/battle belt. The CM Belt supplements our Emdom/MM Battle Suspenders as a purpose driven load carriage system. The CM Belt is compatible with pouches and holsters designed for 2” wide belts and/or MOLLE/PALS platforms.”

I got my CM belt in Medium, Multicam along with a set of pads in Coyote Tan. The pads help add comfort as well as stability in the setup. With the pads attached, the entire belt stays put no matter what activities I’m involved with.
So what’s the purpose of my Battle Belt? It’s my go to quick reaction kit, that once on, will carry two extra magazines, a medical kit, and holster for my pistol.


I’ve made my Battle Belt Modular as well as my Plate Carrier. What does it mean to be Modular? My kit will accommodate all of my weapons systems that are in my inventory. I will write about my plate carrier later.
In order for my Battle Belt to be modular, it has to accept any pistol holster and magazines to support that system. For holsters, I employ Safariland duty holsters with QLS kits (Quick Attachment Holster System) to go with a single-strap drop leg shroud. This makes attaching/detaching the holsters a breeze. In order to accommodate different sized magazines, I have two High Speed Gear or HSGI pistol taco pouches. I also have a HSGI handcuff case.


No matter what pistol I choose to run, all I have to do is swap out holsters and magazines. Everything else is in the same place so there is consistency with my belt system.
I’ve practiced with the CM Belt and have run it hard in some classes. It seems to stay put and be comfortable to wear a day long. The ITW snap dragon belt buckle is strong, light and is sturdy. It won’t be coming undone by accident. To disengage, you need to take the pull tab and pull away from your body.
For my IFAK medical kit, I run the DARK Angel Medical Gen3 D.A.R.K. kit. It has a SOF-T Tourniquet in the front pouch and everything else you need in the main pouch that is vacuum sealed with trauma shears on the side. Since firearms will be involved, whether it’s training or a real life event, you better be prepared for someone (hopefully not yourself) to be hit by gunfire!
I’ve been running the CM Belt as my Battle Belt for a few years and I couldn’t be more satisfied. If you want to get it with the pads, make sure you order a size up!

To order a CM Belt:

Dark Angel Medical:

To find your specific holster: