Freedom Ordnance FM-9 Belt Fed Upper Receiver

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Having a belt fed rifle sounds awesome doesn’t it? While everyone else is having to constantly change out magazines every 30 rounds or so, you are able to just keep slinging lead down range to your hearts content. Who wouldn’t enjoy that feeling?

Who Wants to Stop?

Until recently, you would have to cough up the dough to purchase a machine gun to enjoy such pleasures. And you know the cost of firing it would add up quickly; even .223 can cost quite a bit when you are shooting a couple thousand round. Because, let’s be honest, you’re not going to want to stop after a couple of boxes.

Firearm Cost vs Ammo Cost

Recently there has been a trend of semi-auto only “machine guns” being released. We recently reviewed one here by Ohio Ordnance. And while they are cheaper and easier to purchase than their full auto counterparts, the high cost for the firearm and the cost of ammo will quickly take its toll on your wallet.

Solutions

Freedom Ordnance has released what they believe to be the solution to this problem, with their FM-9 belt fed upper receivers. You can just take any AR15 or M16 lower that you currently own, and attach their complete upper. You now have a belt fed 9mm in your hands and the world’s largest grin on your face.

Elite Model

At a much cheaper cost of entry and the relatively cheap cost of ammunition, this seems to solve all problems of purchasing and owning a belt fed firearm that previously came with owning something this unique. Additionally, if you choose to purchase the Elite model, or elect to upgrade to it at a later date, you have the ability to quickly change the barrel.

While this may not seem like it would be an important feature, it will save you a lot of time waiting on your barrel to cool off. It will also help to extend your barrel’s life if used properly.

Shoot Slow? Hell NO!

Now let’s just be honest here, you are not going to be shooting this slowly! You will get this in your hands and want to throw ammo downrange as quickly as you can. That’s whole purpose of owning a belt fed; shooting fast and not having to reload every 30 rounds.

New Trigger

If you own a M16 lower or a drop in auto sear, this will be easy. Just thrown it into full auto and enjoy. If you are not fortunate enough to own one of those, don’t worry. This is still fun to shoot in semi auto, but I would recommend looking to purchase a binary trigger or a slide fire stock to simulate the full auto experience.

Quick Linker

The other thing that you will want to look into purchasing would be a quick linker. It is not necessary for the complete firearm to function, but will save you a lot of time and is well worth the investment.

What’s the Cost?

I know what you may be thinking, “this sounds great and all, but what is the catch? There has to be something wrong with it.” Well the price is still a little higher than I would expect at about $1300, but this is still much lower than the other belt fed options. And while Freedom Ordnance website does state that only certain ammunition seems to work well, the 9mm is still a relatively cheap round to fire.

Drawbacks?

The biggest drawback that I have seen for this system, is that when it comes time to purchase a new barrel (unfortunately, shooting fast you will probably go through barrels very quickly) you will have to buy Freedom Ordnance barrels and cannot select one from another manufacturer. This is to be expected, as nobody else has anything like this available. It also ensures that what you are putting on your gun will function as designed.

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Head Turning at the Range

For anyone looking for an exciting new toy for the range that is guaranteed to turn heads, I think does the trick. If you can’t afford something like the Ohio Ordnance 1919 or the FNH M249S, I think this is a great alternative. You still get the enjoyment of running a belt fed firearm, but at a much lower cost of ownership. Just throw some form of optic on it, and enjoy.

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This week on Cool Guns of The Internet: Today’s post is brought to you by the sweet sounds that aren’t loud. If you have a firearm you would like us to post in next weeks CGI all you have to do is send us a picture of your firearms via email, at “pictures@gearsofguns.com” and we’ll post it! But tell us what the firearm is and for more flavor, tell us a story about the gun like a funny hunting trip, or a sentimental story about the gun! Make it as detailed as possible! And let us know who you are if you want photo credit!

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Hey guys, Matthew with Gears of Guns.

Today I want to talk about the AAC Ti-Rant suppressor. I decided to go with this one because of the price point.

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Tax Stamp

At $500 plus the $200 tax stamp, I couldn’t resist. Obviously, I needed the proper form four and a 6 month wait, but then, she was mine.

Multiple Calibers

Overall build quality is very nice. The suppressor looks well made and is made of strong materials. A nice feature I like, is the interchangeable pistons to mount this up to multiple caliber handguns or rifles chambered in a handgun round.

The AAC Ti-Rant also has a fixed barrel spacer for fixed barrels.  You can change the point of impact (POI) by pulling on the suppressor and rotating it.

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Cleanable

This suppressor can be broken down fully to clean the baffles and tube. A really nice feature is that this adds next to no weight to the front of the gun, making it feel pretty well balanced.

Quiet or Quieter

With claims out there that the suppressor runs at 133db dry or 125db wet with 5cc of gel, I think shows how this suppressor works very well.

Why Ti-Rant?

Now some might ask why did you chose the Ti-Rant over say the Osprey from SilencerCo? Simply put, price point. At the time, I couldn’t spend the extra $250 for the Osprey.

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Also, the Osprey is nice that it doesn’t block the sights. But the AAC has the ability to change the POI. So you have two features and it boils down to what feature appeals more to you.

A Joy

Overall, a great suppressor and it makes shooting a joy instead of a chore.

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Video Tuesday!!! Zenith Firearms MKE Z-5K Pistol First Look

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Today we are checking out the Zenith Firearms MKE Z-5K Pistol. It is an H&K MP5K Clone made in Turkey. I had a chance to catch up with them at SHOT Show 2016 Media day at the Range.  We were able to shoot a few rounds and meet the guys over at Zenith.

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This week on Cool Guns of The Internet: Today’s post is brought to you by H&K MP5 and all the awesome clones.

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If you have a firearm you would like us to post in next weeks CGI all you have to do is send us a picture of your firearms via email, at “pictures@gearsofguns.com” and we’ll post it! But tell us what the firearm is and for more flavor, tell us a story about the gun like a funny hunting trip, or a sentimental story about the gun! Make it as detailed as possible! And let us know who you are if you want photo credit!

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Video Tuesday!!! Smith and Wesson Shield and Model 586 Revolver First Look

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Today we are checking out the Smith & Wesson M&P45 Shield and the Model 586 6” barrel chambered in .357 Magnum. We are very excited to get these awesome pistols to the range for some serious range time before we start to review the firearms.

CGI: Smith & Wesson Edition

This week on Cool Guns of The Internet. Today’s post is brought to you by the awesome folks at Smith and Wesson. If you have a firearm you would like us to post in next weeks CGI all you have to do is send us a picture of your firearms via email, at “pictures@gearsofguns.com” and we’ll post it! But tell us what the firearm is and for more flavor, tell us a story about the gun like a funny hunting trip, or a sentimental story about the gun! Make it as detailed as possible! And let us know who you are if you want photo credit!

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Matthew and the Leupold HAMR Red Dot Scope

A few years back I decided it was time to purchase some new glass. I owned a rather out dated red dot. Among my list of musts, was to keep my red dot, but have the ability to zoom or magnify.

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The Search Begins

I started looking and found magnifiers and EOtech. I wasn’t sold yet on what I had seen in the market. Finally, after a long search, light at the end of the tunnel. I saw the HAMR.

HAMR First Impression

My first impression was that this thing looks awesome! I pulled it out of the box and looked through the lens.

Slim & Low Profile

It was crystal clear as I would expect any Leopold glass to look. The red dot was slim and low profile. I was happy with my purchase, without even mounting it.

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Key Features

Let’s focus on the key things that attracted me to buy this scope over so many other choices on the market.

First thing, it’s made for the AR platform in 5.56. Second is the combination of a scope and red dot in one. Finally, the quality and reputation Leopold has.

Detects Motion

My favorite feature has to be how the red dot turns on. It detects motion, so the minute you pick your gun up it’s ready to point, aim and shoot.

No longer do I fumble for the switch or button. The scope has an illuminated reticle, which is a very useful feature.

Rugged Design

This is overall a rugged designed and quality product. I feel sure this is something that will last me a life time.

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Video Tuesday!!! MITUSA MAGPUMP First Look

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Atticus takes a detailed look at the Magpump AR 15 Magazine Speed Loader from MITUSA. Stay tuned for an updated review after we put several thousand rounds through this mag loader.

Video: CMMG MK AKS13 First Look

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We are really excited to take the CMMG Mutant for a test spin and see how it fairs up against an AR as well as an AK.

In this video we look at the size of the CMMG Mk47 (7.62x39mm) bolt carrier group up against an AR-15 style Bolt Carrier Group chambered in 7.62×39. We also look at a BCG that is chambered for .308 (7.62x51mm)

The CMMG MK47 charging handle has it downfalls. We show you the size difference and how we come to that conclusion.

Stay tuned as we bring more videos and reviews of this mutant rifle.

CGI: CMMG Edition

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This week on Cool Guns of The Internet. Todays post is brought to you by the awesome guys over at CMMG. If you have a firearm you would like us to post in next weeks CGI all you have to do is send us a picture of your firearms via email, at “pictures@gearsofguns.com” and we’ll post it! But tell us what the firearm is and for more flavor, tell us a story about the gun like a funny hunting trip, or a sentimental story about the gun! Make it as detailed as possible! And let us know who you are if you want photo credit!

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Matt and the HK Knife

Today, I wanted to briefly talk about something semi gun related. A knife is a very useful tool as we all know. I find myself feeling naked without one clipped to my right pocket.
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Sexy

I mean, a knife pretty much goes with me, anywhere I’m legally allowed to carry it. One day, I lost my beloved buck knife. I had had that knife since the age of 10.

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Reputation of Benchmade Products

I hit the internet and came across this sexy knife. The Benchmade HK series MP5 model for $140. I don’t really need to say much about Benchmade.  They have a reputation as a maker of quality products.
 
I have been blown out of the water with how handy this little knife is.

 

Character Added

So far, it has taken a daily beating, working at an auto shop for two years. The anodizing has faded a little bit, but to me, it adds character.
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Snappy Action and Sharp

The knife is still as sharp as the day I received it. It functions perfectly every time and has a really snappy action. I have a very comfortable and firm grip with this knife.
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Daily Carry

Overall this is an amazing knife that I would recommend to anyone as a daily carry.

Repost: GEARS and the X-15

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Yesterday we looked at the XPRODUCTS X25S for Video Tuesday which sent me back to when we had first become friends with James and the awesome Team over at XPRODUCTS.

As you can see below we have been working with them since before they dropped the S in XS-Products and I stand by my first review of the XPRODUCTS X-15Size: I live in the great state of Texas where I am not limited on how many rounds I can have in my magazine.  I own 30 round magazines and up, which can be a problem if you are sighting your rifle in on a lead sled but I found that the X-15 works great for that and I don’t have to change mags if 10 rounds wasn’t enough or if you are sighting in a number of ARs.”

After that review came out, someone laughed at me for the sighting in comment, saying if you need 50 rounds to sight in a rifle you are the problem. Lets face it, how many of us have sighted in our rifle and said “hey, I have shot my 10 rounds to get sighted in now I don’t want to shoot anymore”? Once the rifle is sighted in, thats when the real fun starts.  So why wouldn’t you loaded up a full 50 round drum for the “after party”?

What is your take on the over 30 round mags on the market?

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