Happy 3 Years

Wow! It has been an amazing three years. Gearsofguns.com was first published on Feb 28th 2011 and we have been growing more and more everyday. For me, being able to write and review for the past thee years, has been a very fulfilling job. I have enjoyed every minute I have gotten to spend researching and reviewing and shooting for this company.  I am very thankful for all of our readers who have made us a successful blog.


We have had the chance to the meet and work with some truly amazing individuals and companies. We have had a chance to shoot and do some really fun and exciting things these past three years. I know we have more exciting things in store for years to come.

To be able to have the opportunity to make great friends and contacts from all over the world is a true blessing. Thank you again for your support.  I can’t wait to show you all what we have in store for the rest of this year.

Aaron–Shot Show 2014 Wrap up

This was my first year to attend SHOT show. I didn’t know what to expect or the extent of walking that would be done over the four days at the show. I was literally blown away at how many people attended the show. I also knew there would be sensory overload from the 1600 products on display.

On the first day

of the show, I was focusing on getting a feel for the show. I stayed with the rest of the GEARS crew this day since they were all veterans of the show. Seeing as much as I could and trying to grasp my mind around everything. I saw products and company’s I have never heard of. I enjoyed visiting the Walther booth and checking out their new 5” PPQ 9mm pistol. We pretty much visited all the large company’s in the large room and saw all of the new products coming in 2014. This is the day the overload of my brain happened. I saw so much but it was like my brain had too many tabs open. Hopefully being a veteran next year will give me an easier time in filtering what I need to see and focus on and what I don’t.

The second day

on the show I split up from the rest of the GEARS crew to get some work done. I was focusing mainly on my project AR build. I was looking for what barrels, grips, rails and all the other parts within an AR that I wanted to be part of the rifle. I used some Trijicon sights at the SHOT show Media Day so I spent time in their booth. I already had an idea of what I wanted more information about. I was very interested in the sights with the fiber optics that use the outside light to illuminate the sight. That way no batteries could die. For the rails I was mainly looking at longer and smaller diameter products since my hands aren’t huge. The muzzle device that really caught my eye was the slanted brake from Yankee Hill Machine. I got a lot of the AR build done and I can’t wait for the final product.

On the third day

we were wrapping up some things. Not so much of searching every row of booths but more of going to particular booths to talk to a particular person. The crowd had subsided some and it was easier to walk without a sea of people to maneuver through. There was a huge amount of tactical gear on the first floor from tactical vests to helmets and steel targets. We got through all we needed and we left early to save our legs for the next day.

On the last day

of the show we got there later in the morning and went to the Westone audio booth and had a custom mold made of the inside of Atticus James’ ear to have sent to a lab and have some ear protection sent out. Today was just for looking at pistols.

We went past Perazzi and the price of their shotguns caught our eye. $18,000 for their shotgun was on the inexpensive side. They had a $365,000 set of 4 shotguns. They were beautiful firearms for sure. But I could never justify that and had no idea what made it that expensive. It was amazingly engraved but that can only do so much for the price.

I want canted sights with my AR project build. We went to diamond head to look at their rails but actually was more interested in the spring loaded flip out canted iron sights. They weren’t on a canted rail but on the top rail so when flipped out to the 45 degree angle by a press of a button on each sight.

Show Overview

I felt that in the big room in hall D that it was very hard to navigate the large room in a such a way to make sure you saw every single booth. You would go down a hall and then hit a dead end from going forward and you’d have to take a left or right and maybe get turned around and causing you to miss exhibits.

The SHOT shot app was a big help. But although it had a map point A to B feature, you’d have to figure out exactly which way you were facing to what way the app is telling you to go. It was kind of confusing and time consuming to figure it out. I was disappointed there wasn’t any type of action cameras that I was able to find.

This show was amazing. The experience was just unreal and my brain will be downloading for weeks to come. There was sensory overload. Seeing so many cool things, you would stop then forget exactly what you were doing before you got mesmerized. I really loved being there and I will becoming out to the show for years to come.

Aaron- SHOT Show Day 3


Cut away of the Tavor in the IWI booth. Awesome weapon to shoot.


Milkor USA’s semi-auto 40mm grenade launcher.



Amazing Ford Raptor with a U.S. Navy Seals paint job.





The Remington 2020 optics system. This is a partnership with Remington and Tracking point.



Spent a good 30 minutes with the President of ExtremeBeam and learned about their awesome flashlights and looking forward to reviewing them.



Checking out the MOLLE gear from condor.



Looking at some real nice shooting eyewear from Oakley.


Super cool vehicle at Sure Fire!



Aero Precision bringing out theirM249 Bravo and awesome mini gun!!!



XProducts has really nice 50 round drums!


Arsenal’s black and gold AK in their glass case.


Trying to win the pistol safe at the Hornady booth!



These M1A’s were an exciting piece of Springfield’s existence at the show!



Playing Working hard in the Tracking Point simulator.


Arsenal’s double 1911 pistol a feat of Frankenstein gunsmithing.


Remington’s bolt action XM2010


Beretta’s hunting semi-auto shotguns.



Kimber’s line of 1911’s. Warrior 900.


The Steyr M9-A1 which I personally own shoots like a dream and feels like it was made for my hand.


A Ruger 10/22 with thumb hole stock and a muzzle brake.

Aaron- Day 1 Shot Show 2014


Touched my first mini gun at the Sure Fire booth!


looking for AR gun accessories at Guntec.



Met this amazing service dog in training! Don’t worry, He’s not eating my face but being very friendly!



I want this FNH Five Seven so bad!


Advanced Armament Corp. and all their suppressors!!



CZ Czechmate is an awesome competition pistol!



This Walther PPQ felt just great in my hands!



Kel-Tec KSG bull pup shotgun.



This Sig Sauer P226 blue pearl.



This Steyr Aug was a blast to shoot!!

Day 1 SHOT Show


Rock River Arms – Poly frame 1911s.



SUREFIRE – This should be my new toy…



Izhmash – Olga holding a double barreled shotgun


Armalite – AR-31 .308 Win


Small .22 caliber pistol


Sako – True to form “Sniper rifle” (unknown name)


Christensen Arms – Damascus Steel 1911.


Gold plated Tommy gun


Kel-Tec – KSG (Review in the near future?)


Kimber – 1911

Aaron – 2013 SHOT pictures

KSG Shotgun: Designed by Kel-Tec, this is a short pump action 12 gauge bullpup designed shotgun with two magazine tubes to hold a total of 15 rounds.

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H&K MR762a1: This civilian model is a direct descendent to the 416 chambered in 7.62.


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Origin 12: Alliance Armament cut everything out that was wrong with the Saiga 12 and improved on every bit of that to make a beast of a Semi-auto 12 gauge.

Steyr Aug: This bullpup design came from the 1970’s, the Aug was the first mainstream bullpup firearm and is used by different forces around the world.

Picture 061Walter .22 1911: A .22 version on the famous Colt 1911 platform.

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CZ Scorpion: Compact submachine gun in 9mm Luger that can empty its magazine in 1.5 seconds

Picture 059Walther Arms H&K .22 416 pistol: Configured on the 416 receiver, this is the only genuine rim fire H&K you can get in the world.

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Turnbull gun broker AR-10: This rifle is $140,000 of a masterfully engraved and beautiful life of a firearm.

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Nemo Arms Ti One: Finally a firearm made from titanium. Titanium is a very light weight and strong metal but very expensive. This price will hit you at $100,000.

DSCN0334Nemo Arms Omen match 2.0 300 win mag AR: NEMO 22” .300 Win Mag match grade barrel with a 14 round magazine.

Aaron–SHTF 20 AR-15 Upper

The SHTF 50 is a single shot bolt action upper conversion that is able to fit any mil-spec M16/AR15 style rifle. This Upper, made by Safety Harbor, essentially turns a pea shooter into a cannon.


The kit comes with 3 barrel lengths: 18″, 22″, and 29″. This conversion system only comes with the upper. This can add a significant amount of weigh to the over all firearm but obviously increase its range.  


There are many types of .50 caliber rounds that this is able to fire including the .50 caliber Beowolf and the .50 BMG. This upper still allows it it be magazine fed from the left side at the action. The SHTF 50 kit comes with a heavier hammer, new spring, and a new firing pen. You have the choice to choose between standard high, low, 20 MOA and the eXacto rails on top of the upper you purchase and also included standard rail on the bottom.

scope  rails

Receiver: Machined 4130 Chomemoly Steel
Muzzle break: 8 port break, threaded to muzzle
Bolt head: 2 lug, machined 4340 Chromemoly steel
Barrel: 4140 Chromemoly – 18, 22, and 29 inches – 1-15 twist
Scope mount: Aluminum with Picatinney rail profile mounted on receiver
Bolt body: Machined 4130 Chomemoly tubing
18″ Barrel: 2283.57 fps
22″ Barrel: 2385.89 fps
29″ Barrel: 2561.91 fps
Average of 3 shots
Ammo used: Summit/French reloaded M33 Ball
Chronograph distance: 20 ft.
Weight of the upper only:
18″ Barrel: 11.5 lbs
22: Barrel: 12.0 lbs
29″ Barrel: 14.5 lbs

Aaron–FN-H SCAR Mk 17


Caliber: 7.62 NATO
Action: Gas operated, Semi auto center fire
Receiver: Aluminum upper, polymer lower
Barrel: 16.25″ cold hammer forged, chrome lined
Overall Length: 38.5″ and 28.5″ with the stock folded
Trigger pull: nonadjustable, single stage; 6lbs, 5oz
Empty Weight: 8.0 LBS
Capacity: 10 or 20 round proprietary box magazine
Price: $2,900-$3,350

The SCAR Mk 17 was a new addition to the U.S. arsenal that entered service in 2009. It fires the bigger 7.62×51 NATO round compared to the 5.56 that the US uses most. This versatile solution was made by FN Herstal out of Belgium for the US SOCOM forces.

The 75th Ranger Regiment were the first soldiers to get their hands on the SCAR’s first models. The US military has canceled orders on the Mk 16 version of the SCAR and has started to get the SCAR Mk 17 with plans to purchase 5.56 conversion kits for the rifle. This was one of the competing firearms to replace the aging M4 Carbine.

For the civilian market, FNH has also created a semiautomatic version imported over as the SCAR 17S. SCAR is an acronym for “Special Operation Forces Combat Assault Rifle,” with the name proclaiming its original intended purpose.

There are many other things that this rifle has improved on P1110336-1024x684P1110336-1024x684from the current assault rifles the US uses. This rifle contains a short recoil system similar to a Saiga shotgun, allowing a cleaner operation than a direct impingement system. FNH is claiming a 90% cutback of the carbon build up in the action over the AR style of rifles.  This should mean a lower amount of maintenance that you would have to perform to keep this firearm functioning.

The short recoil system helps lessen the recoil with shooting larger calibers. A firearm with short stroke recoil has a heavy bolt carrier assembly that the piston is in contact with for only a short amount of time. The recoil force is spread over a longer period of time with this beefy bolt carrier, allowing for more accurate follow up shots on target.

With the SCAR 17, the controls are mostly ambidextrous. The magazine release and the safety can be operated from both sides of the firearm but the bolt catch is only on the left. The charging handle is actually attached to the bolt like an AK is which is potentially dangerous to the user, and will reciprocate with the bolt while firing. While firing a firearm with a reciprocating charging handle, it can throw off the balance of the firearm while shooting.


Aaron – McMillan Alias Family Bolt Action Rifle Systems


When I look at this weapon system, I see a futuristic laser gun. This firearm has a  much more tactical look than a Remington 700.  The Alias just looks sexy. It looks like the future. I feel like you can talk to it. The Alias family of rifles is a totally new platform of rifle that is totally customizable.

These rifles are made from a clean sheet and built completely from the ground up. The McMillan is made to harbor a ton of interchangeable parts. It reminds me of my childhood with my giant box of K’NEX, building whatever I wanted.

The McMillan Alias has so many capabilities, giving it such an advantage in a military or SWAT scenario. You can customize each of these firearms to the mission at hand. You have the option of carrying a couple extra parts in case of a mission change.

There are three models in the Alias family. The Alias CS5 is a concealable subsonic/ supersonic suppressed sniper system. The Alias STAR is a standard tactical application rifle that is designed to meet the common mission requirements. Last but not least the Alias TARGET is their competition configuration rifle.

The Alias CS5:

This rifle is very compact. The CS5 is designed to be stealthy, discrete and easy to conceal. This system has the ability to shoot both subsonic and supersonic ammunition and gives the rifle the ability to serve several roles.

With the CS5, everything in the system is designed for conceal ability. The suppressor and buttstock can be detached to reduce the overall length to 23.5 inches. The compact Alias CS5 is perfect for SWAT and other elite law enforcement agencies as well as military tactical units that require a small concealable and tactical bolt action rifle. When you combine the suppressor with the subsonic ammo, it brings the sound to a whole new low.


Action: McMillan ALIAS

Caliber: .308 Winchester

Barrel: Length- 12.5″, Stainless Match Grade, 1-8″ Twist, Threaded with Muzzle Brake System

Length: 23.5″ Disassembled, 32.5″ Disassembled with Butt, 38″ Fully Assembled

Trigger: Anschütz®

Buttstock: Adjustable and foldable

Forend: Tube or Quad

Pistol Grip: Tactical

Suppressor: Elite Iron Bravo (SD only)

Typical MV, Supersonic: 2150 – 2250 fps with McMillan Ammunition

Typical MV, Subsonic: 950-1050 fps with McMillan Ammunition

Magazine: Detachable McMillan Alias family bolt action rifle systems

The Alias STAR:

This rifle can be ordered with the barrel lengths from 18.5″-24″ for customization for your size. The STAR is designed for the most common tactical situations military or law enforcement may find themselves in.

When making the Alias STAR, McMillan had input from elite military teams. The buttstock is adjustable to any body type and height like the other rifles. The Alias STAR easily meets the military’s standards for a multi purpose bolt action sniper platform.


Action: McMillan ALIAS

Calibers: .308 Winchester, 6.5 Creedmoor, 6.5×47 Lapua

Barrel: Length- 18.5-24″, Stainless Steel Match Grade, 1-11″ Twist. 308 Win, 1-8″ Twist: 6.5 Creedmoor, 1-8″ Twist: 6.5×47 Lapua, Threaded Muzzle with Thread Cap

Length: 29″ Disassembled, 38″ Disassembled with Butt, 44″ Fully Assembled

Trigger: Anschütz®

Buttstock: Tactical

Forend: Tube or QuadPistol

Grip: Tactical

Suppressor: Optional

Magazine: Detachable Magazine, 10 Round

Finish: Black

Weight: 11.6 lbs.* / without Suppressor

Carry Case: Full Size Gun Case Provided

The Alias TARGET:

This rifle was developed with the competition shooter in mind. Using insight from world champion high power shooters, almost every aspect of this rifle is adjustable for the person using it.

The TARGET rifle is a true ace right out of the box, winning numerous high power and long range championship events and setting records. Like the other two, this rifle will fit anyone and is easy and fast to change settings during competition shooting.


Action: McMillan ALIAS

Calibers: .308 Winchester, .308 Palma, 6.5 Creedmoor, .260 Rem, 6.5×47 Lapua, 6XC

Barrel: Length- 24-30″, 1-10″, 1-11″, 1-12″ Twist: .308 Win

1-13″ Twist: .308 Palma, 1-8″ Twist: 6.5 Creedmoor, 1-8″ Twist: .260 Rem, 1-8″ Twist: 6.5×47 Lapua, 1-7.5″ Twist: 6XC

Length: 33″ Disassembled, 42″ Disassembled with Butt, 48″ Fully Assembled

Trigger: Anschütz®

Buttstock: Competition

Forend: Competition

Pistol Grip: Competition

Magazine: Two Detachable 10 Round Magazines and One Single Shot Loading Block

Finish: Black

Weight: 12 Lbs.

Carry Case: N/A


Aaron–Slide fire stock

Technology advances in firearm accessories can make owning your gun more fun.  A great example is the slidefire stock.  This addition can take your ability to shoot rapidly to a whole new level.  This simple add on to your current firearm allows you to fire up to 900 rounds per minute.

The slide fire stock is made from plastic or polymer and fits where the stock fits in place and pistol grip without any further manipulation to the rifle. Once installed, your trigger finger fits over a bridge with an open slot in the middle for the trigger to be able to slide through. With your forward hand you apply forward pressure to the weapon and the trigger will come through the slot where your finger is bridged and gets pushed. The gun will fire with tapped succession while forward pressure is still being applied with your forward hand. The stock doesn’t move but actually the firearm slides within the stock and allows for 900 round per minute rapid fire. This action is called bump firing.


Bump firing is the act of using the recoil of a semi-auto firearm to fire multiple shots in rapid succession,  which closely mimics a full automatic firearm. So this just about allows you to have a full automatic firearm without paying the tens of thousands in purchasing one. No dealings with any law enforcement agency because this stock has been approved by the ATF and has a copy of the approval letter on the company websitewww.slidefire.com.

There are two settings while using this stock. The setting to bump fire shoot and the other to immobilize the sliding movement and to just shoot semi-auto. For this brand they have bump style stocks for the AR platform rifles, AK style rifles, M&P 15/22, Saiga shotguns, and 10/22 rifles.

The type of trigger you have does matter. The best trigger for these stocks are the standard factory mil-spec triggers. Slide fire has found recurring issues with match style triggers. Also, two-stage or very light triggers have a tendency to cause light primer strikes and inconsistent trigger reset.

Along with the trigger problems with non mil-spec triggers, the firearm used would acquire far more wear and tear because of the rapid fire having far more rounds being shot in a shorter amount of time.

On an obvious note, rapid fire will also heat up the firearm exponentially and there is a small risk of unintentionally “cooking off” a round. With the ability of firing 900 rounds per minute with this stock, you may want to buy a lot more ammo.

Aaron – Muzzle breaks and compensators


Muzzle breaks and compensators are accessories that can help aid the shooter. When you are choosing what to put on the end of your muzzle, you need an idea of what your goals are. Do you want to hide the flash, enhance the flash, compensate for muzzle rise or recoil to allow for quicker follow up shots?

Science of Muzzle Brake and Compensators

The science behind muzzle brakes and compensators is quite simple. Muzzle brakes and compensators redirect the gasses coming from the barrel in the effect to counter muzzle rise and recoil from the actual firing of the firearm or trying to achieve the least amount of barrel movement. While shooting an automatic firearm, muzzle brakes will drastically help keep the muzzle pointed down range at the target. Muzzle brakes are commonly used for firearms using large cartridges, automatic guns, tank guns, and artillery.

Newton’s 3rd Law of Physics

Shooting any firearms, especially pistols, you can see that most firearms recoil back into the shoulder and straight up. Having a compensator with the ports that redirect gases upward helps it dampen the recoil to a degree. Muzzle brakes and compensators use Newton’s 3rd law of physics. “When one body exerts a force on a second body, the second body simultaneously exerts a force equal in magnitude and opposite in direction to that of the first body.” in layman terms the muzzle climb is being fought back downwards from the gases escaping upwards.

Pricing Brakes and Compensators

The price of these brakes and compensators can vary. Anywhere from $40-$100 is normal and depends on the material used to make the accessory and how crazy of a compensator they are. Competition brakes can bring up the price over $100 and would do a much better job of fighting muzzle climb and recoil from one around $40-$50. Naturally one specific brake wouldn’t be the best for every situation or firearm. You need to find one that is specifically designed for the intended situation and or firearm.

Porting vs. Brakes

Porting is another way to do what brakes and compensators do. There isn’t anything put on the muzzle of the barrel but has precision drilled holes in the forward section of the barrel that diverts a portion of the gasses in a direction that reduces muzzle climb.

Advantages vs. Disadvantages on the range

While muzzle brakes and compensators have many advantages to shooters and their firearms with reducing recoil 10%-50% (while some manufacturers report greater numbers), there is also a list of drawbacks. The shooter or other bystanders in the vicinity of the gun being fired may observe an increased level of sound pressure, muzzle blast, and possible lead exposure exiting from the muzzle break holes. Without the gasses being redirected in different directions from the brake, firearms without them have all the gasses, blast pressure, and sound pressure exiting straight forward away from the shooter. With the brake holes now pointed outward and with some brakes pointed back towards the shooter, your hearing and eye protection may not have adequate protection.

Noise Levels

Some muzzle brakes can add 5-10dB on rifles which increases the total noise levels to 160dB (painful discomfort occurs around 120-125dB). Another disadvantage is the weight to the end of the firearm as well as the fact that it adds to the total length and diameter which will change the overall handling of the firearm. If shooting in the prone position, the escaping gasses could kick up dirt, sand, and other debris into eyes or impair the shooters visibility of the target. The large escaping gas pressure could also cause a blast induced sinus cavity concussion. So depending on what your performance needs are, there is most likely a muzzle break or compensator that is right for you just be sure the use adequate protection for these muzzle accessories.