Reblog of the Day: TheFirearmBlog – Volquartsen’s Red, White & Blue 22 Rifle


Volquartsen’s Red, White & Blue 22 Rifle
In addition to the unique styling, Volquartsen Firearms included a number of performance features including:

CNC machined receiver made of stainless steel with integral Weaver type optic mount
18.5″ threaded, match grade barrel
a forward blow compensator that adds two inches to the overall length of the gun
an overall length of 38″ and weight of 5.16 pounds (unloaded)
one 10-round magazine

According to the company, there will only be 100 of these rifle made, and the guns will only be available through Davidson’s Gallery of Guns.

Richard Johnson over at The Firearm Blog has the full write up about the rifle above.

[Source: The Firearm Blog]

On the July 4th I had posted my Independence Day/Patriotic themed Cool Guns of the Internet which featured a snazzy looking .22lr similar to this one. I wish I had the specs or the info on mine but nonetheless these rifles are cool.


Taofledermaus: Bullets vs. a LOT of Hard Drives

I have been following TAOFLEDERMAUS‘ youtube channel for years and I have always enjoyed the content he has created.  Since I am having hard drive troubles myself right now I would love to just put them down range and blow them to pieces. Sadly I have so much data I have to try and pull from them I will just let Jeff of Taofledermaus do the shooting of his drives and let you enjoy.

Taofledermaus: Bullets vs. a LOT of Hard Drives

Repost: Work Sharp Ken Onion Edition Knife Sharpener Review

I wrote a review on the Work Sharp Ken Onion Edition Knife Sharpener over at I review how I was able to get a razor edge on all my knives with relative ease after learning how to use the Work Sharp sharpener.  


I designed to be review site for all things guy. I publish new guy stuff reviews every Monday

Reblog: Gun Review: CMMG Mk9 Pistol/Upper Group, 9mm PDW

A friend of the GEARs Crew has been interested in ARs chambered pistol calibers and I thought this review posted over at was worth the read.




The Mk9 upper is made of forged 7075-T6 aluminum, and is chambered in 9mm, with a 9″ barrel made of nitrided 4140 chrome-moly steel in a 1:10″ twist.  It is a simple, pure blowback operating system. Those who plan to use suppressors or muzzle devices on the Mk9 should be advised that the barrel is threaded in 1/2″-36 – this is the case with almost all 9mm AR-style carbines, perhaps due to the significant risk that a user might accidentally install a .223 muzzle device with 1/2″x28 threads onto a 9mm upper, which could be dangerous. Accordingly, if you plan to use a suppressor, you may have to obtain a thread adapter (I recommend a 1/2″x36 to tri-lug adapter, if you can locate it) or get a new piston/sleeve for your suppressor if it has interchangeable pistons (and be sure to install a fixed barrel adapter if your suppressor has a Nielsen device).

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Reblog from TheFirearmblog: Ammo Subscription Service


“A new service promises to deliver uninterrupted, regular supplies of ammunition to subscribers starting in July 2014.  The new service,, will initially offer ammo subscriptions for popular handgun calibers”. – See more at:

I think this is a rather interesting idea. I know personally, if the price is right, this could be something the GEARs Crew would look at later down the road.  I don’t enjoy having to hunting out the best price for the ammo, I want and need, when I want it.

If they can find a way to keep the prices competitive I am sure a lot of people will be looking into joining this kind of program.

On the flip side of that coin,  because of the hunting season, the newest and latest toys on the market and even the weather, my ammo needs change on a regular basis.

GUEST POST: Following Simple Cleaning and Maintenance Tips for Your Gun to Last a Lifetime

Possessing a gun which has come to you on hereditary basis is a matter of great pride. There are many families where this is a tradition followed since ages. Apart from this, many people are fond of hunting and so they purchase various kinds of guns to enhance their tool kit. Keeping aside recreation and fun, sportsmen associated to the game of shooting also have different kinds of guns in their stock. Just having many guns in your kitty is not enough. It is important that the guns are taken care of well and maintained in a proper way so that they remain in good shape lifetime.

Here are some simple cleaning and maintenance tips for your gun:

Oiling the gun at regular intervals in a proper manner

To keep the gun in a smooth working condition, it is important that the gun is oiled at regular intervals and in a proper manner. There are many metallic parts in the gun and therefore oiling them properly is very important. Oil sprays are available so that the oil reaches to all the pivotal points in the gun, particularly around firing pins.

Keeping the gun dry is very important

If you go for hunting in the rains, it is obvious that your gun will get wet for sure. It is important that you wipe off the water from the gun at the earliest and make it dry. The best way to do the same is to put the gun on the barrel and let the water drop off from its body completely. From the gun cleaning kit, use the swab to dry the gun in the best possible manner. After complete drying, take some oil and run it all over the gun’s surface to prevent any kind of rusting. Check the area between the barrel and the stock to ensure that there is no trapped moisture there.

Wiping the gun to remove all kinds of oils or finger marks

After cleaning the gun and oiling it well, it is important that the total gun should be wiped with a clean piece of cloth. Many people have a tendency of wiping the total outer surface of the gun with oil to make it shinier. But the oil on the surface creates fingerprints. The areas with fingerprints can develop rust. So it is recommended to wipe the gun from top to bottom so that there are no fingerprints on the same.

Cleaning the powder residue from the gun

Shooting leaves some powder residue in the gun barrel. It is important to clean the powder residue from the gun at least once in a year. However, shooters who shoot often need to carry out the cleaning process quite frequently. Having powder residue in the barrel will affect the accuracy of your shooting. After removing the residue from the barrel completely, oil the same. You can understand by seeing whether the barrel is completely clean and devoid of any residue powder or not.

Proper storage of guns for enhancing its life

You might not know but guns require delicate handling and storage. You will see that many people have specialized gun cabinets where guns can be kept safely. It is recommended to use lock and key in the cabinets for additional safety and security. Apart from cabinets, there are special safes with units for storing guns. Most of these units have dehumidifiers installed in them so there are no chances of moisture absorption in the guns.

Follow these tips to keep your guns in the best form.


Article written by : Sam Cohen

Written for – Which caliber is best?

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(Atticus James) I was asked which caliber I think is best out of the 9mm, .40 S&W and the .45 ACP.

This is not an easy question for me to just flat out say one is better than the other as I own and love all three calibers. Sure the 9mm is cheap to shoot and has low felt recoil so it is fun for most all shooters. The .45 acp has that manly “I eat my steak bloody and get into boxing matches with bears” feel. The .40 S&W is a middle of the road round as it was designed to have as much of the best of both the 9mm and the .45 acp.

Before I get to what I feel is the best of the three calibers I would like to give my view points on all three

.45 ACP Review


The first caliber of the three I ever owned was a Glock 21 chambered in the .45 acp and I have shot so many rounds of .45 acp  that I am very comfortable with the weight and felt recoil.

When I think of the .45acp I think of the Colt 1911 as they are both very iconic together.

Just some of my thoughts on the .45 acp

· In the middle of the cost range between the .40 and 9mm

· Heavy on the felt recoil. After firing the first shot your arms may move so much that it will take longer to get back on target for the follow up shot.

· The ammo is very common and when not in an ammo shortage very easy to find the ammo at competitive prices.

· An all around good caliber to carry as a secondary when hunting.

· Not all shooters are comfortable with the size and felt recoil of the .45.

The sizes of a lot of .45 handguns are large so they are not as easy to conceal. Not that there are not small frame .45s but when you are shooting a .45 you want to have as much grip on that firearm as possible.

9mm Review


The 9mm is a good all around caliber. The round is not a clear winner to me in any one category so I believe the round should be looked at overall rather than broken down.

The round can have improved ballistics in some categories with a change in bullet weight or bullet type (ball to Hollow-point) depending on what your end goal for the round is.

When moving up in the caliber world from .22lr, one of the next steps to the general shooter might be to the 9mm.

· The ammo (Target or non defensive rounds) tends to be less expensive than the .40 or .45.

· The small round generally means less felt recoil (means better follow up shots)

· The market is flooded with different brands and models of 9mm so the average handgun is not going to be as expensive.

· More rounds can fit into a magazine.

.40 S&W Review


As I said before, this round was designed with the thought of trying to take the best of the 9mm and the .45 acp and build a new round altogether.

The .40 S&W has become one of the more popular conceal carry rounds only surpassed by the 9mm (in a recent poll conducted buy and followed by the .45 ACP.

Even with the popularity the .40 it is still the most expensive (per factory) round of the three.

· Slightly lower to equal to the 9mm when looking at magazine capacity

· Similar ballistics of the .45

· Less felt recoil than the .45

· Larger round (to the 9mm) means bigger hole.


Generally speaking, when people compare the 9mm to the .40 to the .45 acp they are comparing gun to gun to gun vs. ammo to ammo to ammo. When you factor out the gun and solely look at the ammo your opinion may change based on the type of shooting you plan to use the ammo for.

I love that the 9mm is inexpensive to shoot and still has felt recoil (unlike the .22lr)

I love the .45 ACP because of the manly “I eat my steak bloody and get into boxing matches with bears” feeling.

And I love the popularity and ballistics of the .40 S&W.

Written by Atticus James
Founder and Editor-in-Chief of

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Kitup – Legion Hex Fluted Barrel


There have been a lot of questions about the honeycomb “Hex Fluted” barrels built by Legion Firearms. A lot of people wonder if that’s strictly an aesthetic feature or even a gimmick, others challenge the idea that such construction actually strengthens or improves the barrel. I talked to Jamie Wehmeyer and Chris Reeves from Legion at length about these issues to try to illuminate things.

Wehmeyer clarifies, “I’m talking about the dissipation of an instance of vibratory motion. Call it motion, tremor, an oscillation, whatever term you prefer. It’s the underlying physics of it that are significant to the Hex Fluted barrel.

”Vibrations travel for longer distance through a curve than they will through a straight line or an angle. The so-called ‘honeycomb’ barrel capitalizes upon that.  Consider the difference between striking a steel drum vs. a steel box: a steel drum will continue to vibrate for as long as the shape can hold it, whereas a steel box will hold the vibration only to the closest corner.

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TTAG Mossberg Flex review

TTAG Mossberg Flex review


“A few months ago, Mossberg sent me a basic FLEX 500 shotgun, then sent me all the pieces and parts you see here. No single shooter would ever need or particularly want all of these modular components, but Mossberg wanted to demonstrate the mind-blowing versatility of their new 500. Whether you want a riot gun, a goose gun or a slug gun, the FLEX has you covered.”  Click HERE to finish Chris Dumm’s review over at The Truth About Guns

Sam Cadle – Gun Review: Custom DPMS LR-308

Sam Cadle – Gun Review: Custom DPMS LR-308


The DPMS LR-308 is not a new rifle by any means.  In 2005 the original LR-308 was named “Gun of the Year” by the NRA publication, American Rifleman.  Since 2005 DPMS has released 8 different rifles built on the same receiver in various in different configurations.  The rifle I am working with is from my personal collection, and is for competition shooting in practical and precision rifle matches.  This is was the first time I was able to shoot this rifle since receiving it back from my gunsmith.  The rifle for review is a custom built original, slick-sided LR-308 built for long range precision.   It was built from a stock LR-308 that had a 24” stainless steel bull barrel and A2 stock out of the box.

Click here to finish reading his review over at The Firearm Blog

Panzer: Good Articles

Atticus and I are heading to the range to work on a few more reviews for you all so I figured I would post a few interesting articles from other bloggers.


.17 Winchester Super Magnum Rimfire Review – GunsAmerica

First look: X Products Skeletonized AR drum – TheFirearmBlog


Ruger Announces American RIMFIRE Rifle – RTB

What’s in a name –TheBangSwitch


The coolest thing you will see ever… – GunMartBlog

Building Your Ultimate Gun- FFL Benefits

Most shooting enthusiasts, after years of practicing and fine tuning, know exactly what works for them. Some even decide that when the firearms market doesn’t offer what they want pre-made, they might as well just embark on a build. Building your very own gun can be a very enjoyable experience but potentially stressful as well. Finding all of the correct parts can definitely be a nightmare. If you find yourself in that situation, there’s an alternative route you could consider.

Obtaining a federal firearms license (FFL) can open new doors of access. FFL licensees can set up accounts with wholesalers who carry huge ranges of products. Not only will your gun parts be easier to get a hold of, but they will be less expensive as well. The margins on gun accessories isn’t astronomical, but you can estimate a savings of fifteen to thirty percent.


Unfortunately, these good prices won’t come without some cost to you. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) will not approve a federal firearms license application for simply personal use. You can easily overcome that obstacle by offering to get guns for friends and family, or to transfer guns that others have purchased online. (Guns bought online must be sent to a FFL holder in the purchaser’s state. That FFL holder will do the background check before releasing the firearm to the purchaser.) The benefit of offering to do the transfer process is that you can charge a small fee for your services. Added income is always a bonus as it will help fund your custom build.

Speaking of fees, now would also be a good time to point out the application fee for the federal firearms license. It costs $150 to apply, but that $150 covers you for a full three years. To keep your license, you’ll need to renew it every three years and pay $150 again. That cost can easily be recouped in the savings you’ll receive and a few gun sales as well. The Wholesale margin on firearms is usually about thirty percent, so if you purchased a $1500 AR-15 for the purpose of resale, you’d like pay around $1050 for it which means your profit would be $450. Your cost for your license is well covered with just one gun sale.

The application process itself consists of filling out four different forms the application itself, a certification of compliance with US citizenship, certification of secure gun storage, and fingerprint cards. All of these forms can be retrieved from the ATF’s website, There are several different ways to set your license up. You can apply as an individual, partnership, LLC, or corporation. Each setup has its advantages depending on what path you might want to take with your FFL license. If you start in on the process and find yourself with more questions than you can find answers to, there are a couple of different websites available which offer guides to get you through the process. One such website is This particular company offers a guide which ensures you’ll have all of your I’s dotted and T’s crossed. It also gives you contact information for several of the big wholesalers across the country, which is great for those who are looking for specific pieces and parts for their build.

If you want to have the coolest gun at your range, you need to get an inside track to finding your build parts. Considering the benefits of an FFL license will definitely point you in the right direction.


–Guest post written by Andrew Maddox