<![CDATA[JVWAR - Reviews]]>Thu, 24 Aug 2017 01:01:10 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Practice doesn't make perfect, Perfect practice makes perfect...]]>Thu, 24 Aug 2017 05:13:56 GMThttp://jvwar.com/reviews/practice-doesnt-make-perfect-perfect-practice-makes-perfect
Over the years there has been hype and nonsense about training aids, tips and tricks.  Last year at SHOT I got to check out the MantisX system.  The system itself is fairly straight forward:  Attach a VERY sensitive sensor to the rail on your pistol, and shoot.  The sensor then sends data to either a tablet, or mobile device for you to peruse as you shoot and then breakdown what you need to improve upon.  The cool part though?  All your data and tips are real time instantaneous.  No shooting a laser at a target and then compiling data.  REAL TIME.  Now, I know what you're thinking.  I'm already a great shot, I don't need to know how I'm shooting.  WRONG, Bucko.  Trust me.  I'm nowhere near Jerry Miculek (probably not even 1/100th of the way there), and I learned a WHOLE lot more about how I was shooting. 

There are multiple ways the sensor tracks your shots, without actually tracking where they go.  The first screen has a basic picture that shows you the direction of movement at the time the trigger breaks and the amount of movement as well.  The smaller the movement, the smaller the indication on the screen.  On top of that it also rates the "quality" of the shot (0-100).  An information "I" Icon on the screen will take you to a breakdown visually and verbally of how that last shot went.  The next screen shows you the amount of time taken while taking up the trigger slack, and then as the trigger breaks.  Our fourth and final screen is a visual representation of movement during the trigger pull process.  This has a line which is color coded to various stages of the trigger pull.   

All this can take some time getting used to understanding (I'm at least 8 hours in and I'm still figuring EVERYTHING), but this system is a no nonsense way of sensing what the shooter is doing wrong.  No guessing, no hovering instructor, no bs or drama.  The only downside to this as I see it, is it's pretty distracting (in a good way) while I'm shooting.  I constantly found myself almost instantly making the gun "safe", setting it down, and grabbing the phone to check out what I had done.   

The system itself can be pricey for new shooters.  Running right now at $149.99, some will look at it and argue they don't need the expense.  Instructors on the other hand, who have a slightly larger budget for training tools, should be buying these like crazy.  This little gem will be in my range kit when I have that new friend that asks, "Can you teach me how to shoot?"  Without question, this is a very useful tool and innovation for the shooting/training worlds.  

Clint
JVWAR Resident Gunsmith


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<![CDATA[Aftermarket buzz:  Hyve Technologies]]>Fri, 21 Jul 2017 05:58:50 GMThttp://jvwar.com/reviews/aftermarket-buzz-hyve-technologiesWith the more widespread want for aftermarket upgrades, many companies have popped up and presented numerous products to the market.  We mostly see race gun components and on some occasion we see things more geared for EDC (Every Day  Carry).  As a shooter and a smith, I love both.  I enjoy the plus five extensions I can add to Glock mags to give that competition shooter maybe a slight edge.  Or that trigger for the M&P that gives you a cleaner break and a shorter reset making those double tap "A" zone targets melt.  But for the EDC side of things, sometimes the market drops the ball.  NOT ALWAYS, but it's more of an afterthought.  While looking for base plates for a S&W Shield, I stumbled across Hyve Technologies (hyvetechnologiesbuilder.com).  Having known nothing about them, I decided to dig a little. The first sentence on their home page made me very interested, as you should be.  "We are mastering efficiency in our production, so we can provide high quality, 100% American made products at prices shooters can afford."  

Based in San Diego, they make a number of aftermarket parts for both Glock and Smith & Wesson Shield series guns.   Triggers, base plates, and custom back plates oh my!   "Yeah I know four other companies that do the same."  Actually had a buddy say that.  And he may be right.  But what I haven't seen yet is their approach to the base pads, which is what I was looking for in the first place.  Solid construction Aluminum with VERY nice finish work.  They all come anodized with  a choice of colors, and you can mix-n-match the base pad and back piece colors as well.  They are three piece, if you include the small machine screw to hold the back piece on to secure the base pad.  A simple design that was well executed (at least in my opinion).  In the packaging with these you have the base pad (assembled), a small allen wrench, and instructions.  Once you separate the base pad pieces, installation is super easy.  These pads are not blocky and bulky as I have seen some out there.  These actually follow the curve and angle of the grip, making their use installed on the magazine seamless when in the gun.  
 

While they do add noticeable weight and length to the magazine, I found in shooting these made a great addition to an EDC set up for a few reasons.  First, the obvious reason is the 2 extra rounds of 9mm (or +1 for the .45).  Second, the extra weight of the pad allows a smooth and easy drop of the magazine as it is released.  Third, the finish and machine work that was put into these,  And fourth, the color options (I'm a fan of grey).  The best part though, the base pads come out of the gate from Hyve at $27.99.  Not too shabby.  Have even goes a step further and offers preassembled magazines with their base pads (Kinda takes all the fun out of it but hey, I won't judge).  

Looking at the rest of their site, I am honestly intrigued and am looking forward to picking up more from them to modify my guns.  

Clint Slosson
​Residetn Gunsmith
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<![CDATA[Versacarry ]]>Sat, 25 Mar 2017 16:44:03 GMThttp://jvwar.com/reviews/versacarryVersa Carry Review

I have had the Versacarry for a couple of years now, but I really never used it since I had other holsters for my Glock G19. Since I have moved to CO, I got rid of my Streamlight TLR-1s on my G19 which meant I didn’t have an IWB holster for the G19 anymore. Once I got my CO CCW, I immediately started to carry my G19 with my Versacarry holster I had.

I will start of with the pro’s and what I like about the holster. The very first pro of the holster is that it is truly a zero bulk holster. When you carry it, you barely see any bulge from the holster. 98% of the bulge is from the firearm you are carrying. This makes carrying the pistol a breeze and you don’t really have to worry about printing at all. It is also very lightweight, so the when you are carrying you don’t have all that weight constantly tugging on your pants while you are doing your everyday activities. One of the big selling points for me is the Versacarry Hub which is a mounting system for in between your mattress to store your firearm and magazine for quick access. I haven’t purchased the hub yet but it is on my list for bedroom firearm storage.

Now we are on to the cons of this holster. The first con which is a big one for me is that you cannot unholster the firearm and reholster it without taking the holster completely off. This is a annoyance especially when you are running errands and you can’t take your firearm into a certain buildings. The other con of this holster is that it can be a little rough on your side if you don’t wear an undershirt. The first couple of times I wore it, it was pretty uncomfortable. But I have gotten used to it and it doesn’t bother me. If I could go back and order it again I would get the Versacarry Pro with the leather that goes around the side of the gun touching your skin. If you wear an undershirt this might be an issue for you.

Overall I actually like this holster, it offers deep concealment and is lightweight. This holster is a bargain at $24.99 for the base model and $39.99 for the Pro model. Other than having to take the whole holster off every time I have to take my firearm off, the holster is super nice. Some people have complained about not having a trigger guard on the backside of the firearm, that can be solved by ordering the Pro which doesn’t add anymore bulk.

Vince  

The versacarry company makes unique accessories and tools for you everyday life with firearms. Versacarry is all about low bulk and light weight. You can purchase holsters for your firearm and magazines.

Versacarry hub is a lightweight bedside mounting system. This system allows you to place between the mattress and the box spring of your bed. You can add one versacarrier mag and one versacarry holster. The versacarry hub will run you around $29.99 from the website.

The versacarrier is a zero bulk mag carrier made to go on the inside or outside of the waistband.
The versacarrier magazine carried will run you around $14.99 from the website.

The versacarry is a low bulk holster that allows you to carry inside the waistband. This holster is offered in many different sizes based upon size and caliber so you will have to figure which one works for your firearms The versacarry holster will run you around $19.99 on the website.

Be sure to always check out deals and specials. They have been know to offer BOGO deals. Also if you add them on facebook they sometimes offer a small discounts. You can also check them out and check out prices at your local stores such as walamrt, gander mountain, academy sports + outdoors

Versacarry hub:
http://www.versacarry.com/products/versahub/

Versacarry
http://www.versacarry.com/semi-auto/

Versacarrier
http://www.versacarry.com/products/versacarrier/
Video from versacarry
https://youtu.be/0vhCzRU8cro

Versacarry hubstarter pack
http://www.versacarry.com/products/bundles/home-defense-packages/versacarry-tactical-starter-pack/


James

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<![CDATA[Arex Rex Zero 1]]>Sat, 11 Mar 2017 07:47:00 GMThttp://jvwar.com/reviews/arex-rex-zero-1SHOT show, 2016.  FIME Group, LLC. introduces us to the AREX Rex Zero1.  Here is a pistol that many will look at as a Slovenian clone to the 226.  I see it a little differently: a cross between a USP and a 226.  What does this mean to the end user?  A highly versatile, ambidextrous combat capable pistol on a budget.  Moreover, this is also a great instruction firearm.  So, let’s break it down shall we? 

THE LOOK

At first glance, like I said, the Rex Zero 1 does look like a 226 crossed with a USP. The slide is squared and runs the full length of the frame leading to a very clean look.  Forward cocking serrations compliment the rear serrations nicely, providing lots of control for manipulating the slide in any condition.  Three dot sights sit on top and provide a very clear sight picture, making target acquisition a breeze. Possibly one of the best features of this firearm is the loaded chamber indicator.  While many shooters will scoff at this, I find it to be an AMAZING tool while introducing new shooters to the concept.  


Moving down to the frame we notice the ambi single action style safety:  Large enough to easily manipulate, yet slim enough to not get in the way.  Moving forward we come to the slide stop lever, which just so happens to double as the de-cocker.  While it takes some getting used to, it has a small step in the lever that keeps both actions separate. The lever itself is also longer and wider than a standard sig de-cocker, thus aiding in the versatile ambidextrous nature of the platform.  Rounding out the list of adaptive features is the ambidextrous mag catch.  


While the Rex Zero 1 is a full size pistol, it’s still on par with the 226 as it still fits rather naturally in your hand.  While the initial grips that came with the pistol were a nice hard plastic textured variety, the newer releases are coming with an option for G10 grips.  As of now they are releasing the Rex Zero 1 in both Black and FDE, with plans to do a green as well.  The overall fit, feel and finish of this pistol is something that quite honestly words fail to capture.  Suffice it to say, this is one heck of a gun for the price.  

THE FEEL

Having used the Rex Zero for local 3 gun competitions for the last year, I can say that I am thoroughly impressed.  Smooth action for a stock factory gun.  Crisp trigger reset that is actually shorter than the 226.  If the Rex has one downside, the double action pull is tougher than you would expect.  That being said it’s not impossible, just tougher than some other double actions on the market.  As for reliability, I haven’t been able to get a malfunction yet.  That’s not to say I have tried.  No more like I just threw it in the range bag and hoped for the best.  I’ve probably put somewhere near a thousand rounds through my pistol, all without fail.  I may not have done some of the most rigorous torture testing like some others (go check out the Military Arms Chanel review) but for your everyday average shooter it’s seen a bit of use.

WHAT’S TO COME

With the success of the Rex Zero, Arex has pushed the combat and compact version as well.  These were displayed as concepts at SHOT ’16, yet the real show stopper came at SHOT ’17 and the IWA show in Germany recently.  At SHOT, they showed us that they plan to release an optic ready version as well as extended magazines. The compact size was also on display and made a very nice impression for a compact pistol.  All this had me excited to keep an eye out for what they would release next and the did not disappoint.  Photos surfaced from IWA of what I can only assume is a “Sport” or competition model: Sleeker design, longer slide and barrel, as well as dedicated adjustable target sights.  

If you are looking for a good all around pistol, something to learn or teach with, I can honestly say look no further.  Simple, sleek, and fun to shoot.  But please, don’t just take my writings for it, go find one.  Try it out and see for yourself. 

Clint Slosson
\Resident Gunsmith

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<![CDATA[Smith and Wesson M&P 2.0...disappointment ]]>Tue, 31 Jan 2017 00:18:44 GMThttp://jvwar.com/reviews/smith-and-wesson-mp-20disappointment    The new Smith and Wesson M&P 2.0 was a pistol I was really looking forward to when I arrived at SHOT Show. The new 2.0 recieved an update to the grip texture, extended stainless steel chassis as well as an upgrade to the trigger. The trigger, as quoted from Smith and Wesson, “fine-tuned, crisper trigger, lighter pull and a tactile and audible reset”, which from what I hear is a big improvement from the previous version,.
    When I arrived at the S&W booth on day one I immediately went to the first M&P 2.0 I saw, which was the full FDE 9mm version(the one pictured). The grip was really nice, really grippy while not being to abrasive. I decided to test the “finely tuned, crisper trigger...tactile and audible reset”, and much to my surprise this M&P 2.0 had all the above when I tested. I decided to test a few others in different calibers and what I noticed was that there was a big inconsistency with how the trigger felt from gun to gun. Some had a nice crisp and audible reset and some were so gritty I couldn’t feel where the actual reset was. One of the things I love about Glock is that every Glock will have the same trigger feel, the M&P 2.0 didn’t have the same feeling.
    I left the S&W booth pretty disappointed in the new generation M&P. Smith and Wesson made a huge deal about the trigger, especially when I was at the M&P display. I was left disappointed that some of the pistols I tried were super gritty, didn’t have a crisp reset, while some of the others offered a very nice reset. I am hoping that S&W will get more consistent with triggers, as I liked everything else about the new 2.0 M&P.

Vince Torres

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<![CDATA[The Henning Group]]>Thu, 13 Oct 2016 19:14:28 GMThttp://jvwar.com/reviews/the-henning-group   For those that have been in the shooting competition world long enough, you know there are a plethora of aftermarket parts to completely customize and “tune” your guns.  While there are countless companies making an enumerable amount of parts, few put out a product that actually is new idea.  This is where we meet Henning Wallgren, Founder and CEO of The Henning Group.
    Henning started out shooting in ’83, shooting a Tangfolio, and basically mastering the platform.  Like many of us in the shooting community, he got the itch to customize his guns to his liking.  This then gave him the idea to start custom pistol smithing the Tangfolio for others as well.  He continued shooting all over the world, competing in places I can only dream of.  Around 2004 he started possibly one of the first shooting lifestyle blogs to catalog his experiences and stories.  Later in 2006, Henning decided to try his customizing of other pistols by making custom sights and triggers.  Finally in 2007 he opened his own shop to sell his own work and custom parts.   All this may seem ordinary for a custom shop, but what came next is big.
    Now we roll into 2015, and Henning Group brings out their newest idea:  The Battle Hook Sight.  While the concept may not be new in the tactical shooting community, I.E using the gun itself to manipulate the slide, the Battle Hook brings a whole new dynamic to the table.  Looking at this sight we see it has a very positive 11 degree forward angle, allowing for a secure grip on whatever you can use to rack the slide on.  The sight channel is also wider, allowing for easier target acquisition as is needed of combat sights.   Adding to the reliability of these sights is a second set screw.  That’s right, two set screws to keep that pesky rear sight from getting pushed around during drills, drops, and other range shenanigans.  Finished off with an anti-glare Ion Bond finish and these have to be some of the most bad ass sights for your money without all the gimmicks.
    I sat down with Cindy DeSplinter, a fellow competitive shooter and Marketing specialist for The Henning Group, to discuss some of these innovations and how they would affect the shooting world.  JVWAR: So, what is different about the Battle Hook that other sights just don’t have.   Cindy: Well, the Battle Hook’s 11 degree forward cant is patented and nobody else is making their sights like that.  We redesigned the width on the rear sight notch to allow a wider sight picture for quicker target pick up.  On top of that we offer our sights in single units, not pairs like most other companies.  This then allows the end user to customize their firearm to whatever specification they desire.  JVWAR: What else makes Henning Group unique?  Cindy: We are making all of our stuff in house.  Right here in Longmont, CO.  Also customer support is a huge priority to us.  Anytime somebody has a problem with anything of ours, we want them to call us.  Simple.  And nine times out of ten Henning himself will be on the other end of the phone.  We will do everything we can to make our product work.  If someone brings us suggestions on how to improve something, we listen and take that back to the drawing board to see if it can improve our design and if we can make it happen.
But the innovation doesn’t stop there.  Henning added some mag base pads to his line up as well.  You can find your standard base pads as seen in most pistol competitions for the Tangfolio, EAA witness, Grand Power X-Calibur, M&P, Sig Sauer, CZ, and Baby Eagle.  They have standard base pads as can be seen from other companies, replacement flat base plates, and then there is their Blue Line base pads.  Designed with a groove in the front to aid in indexing as well as serrated sides for maximum grip.  These base pads will increase the capacity to +4 in 9mm/10mm and +3 in .40S&W/.45ACP.  On top of this amazing line, they also have their EDC lineup as well. This set focuses mainly on reliability, as would be sought for an EDC setup.  While they only add a +2 capacity, they are bulletproof in their feeding reliability.  The front and sides are serrated for maximum grip as well.  All of these base pads are available in multiple color options, including anodized and cerakoted.  
All in all, I was very impressed to learn everything that Henning has done, what they offer now, and the potential they have for the future.  Keep up the good work guys.
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<![CDATA[Phoenix Weaponry]]>Fri, 07 Oct 2016 18:37:13 GMThttp://jvwar.com/reviews/phoenix-weaponryBeing a 3-gunner in Colorado is a blessing. I have many local shops to choose from, for the many things I need to keep my gear competitive. This also means a girl has to make some decisions. When it finally came time to upgrade my “frankinAR” I lovingly call Vixy, the choice I made was Phoenix Weaponry. A local firearm innovation shop located in Longmont, Colorado. Aaron Cayce and his team craft some of the most beautifully functional parts out there. From their .22 suppressor cans, all the way to their completely built rifles, their craftsmanship is beyond compare. When you first walk into their shop you are met with a multitude of rifles hanging everywhere you look. Each named for a woman in the staffs life who has lent their love and support to the company. Everyone on the staff is welcoming and knowledgeable in their individual craft, as well as the offerings presented to the buyer. When I visited to talk about the things I needed for Vixy, I was beyond impressed with the customer service I received. Vixy was a little too heavy for me to lug around on the courses. So the guys at Phoenix set me up with a new aluminum fore guard. A sturdy but light addition to any good rifle, the fore guard is fitted for easily attached rails if that is too your liking. Due to a shoulder injury a few years back I also added one of their titanium muzzle breaks. This not only helped balance out the rifle with the new fore guard, but also eats any recoil .223/5.56 may have. Now Vixy sounds like Cujo! Parts are not Phoenix’s only trick pony. Their cerakote is also of the highest quality! So with Vixy’s new face lift came a paint job.
If you are in the market for a new rifle, or are just needing parts please go check out Phoenix Weaponry. You can find them online at www.phoenixweaponry.com , on Facebook, or call them at 720-340-2496. Tell them Sara sent you!

Sara Walling

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<![CDATA[Goodies from PSA- Shot 2016]]>Fri, 29 Jan 2016 00:50:36 GMThttp://jvwar.com/reviews/goodies-from-psa-shot-2016Palameto State Armory has come out with some new things these last few years.  Most know they make more than a few AR-15′s and accessories.  But now they have come out with a few other head turning pieces. First and foremost, they have brought out some 100% made in the US AK47s.  First impressions: Clean, sleek, and the wood just popped! The wood is being offered in two colors: A blonde stain and a cherry red.  Needless to say the red was my choice.  The ak’s are designed to accept most AKM furniture, but some modification may be needed.  Getting past the furniture, we noticed the ak is pretty much your standard ak.  To be fair though, both of the ones they had at SHOT were damn near perfect; barrels pinned straight, sights were straight, and even the action was smooth as glass.   That being said, I do hope all the production guns of this line are just as spectacular off the line as these.  Comparing these to say WASR’s or any of theYugo Pap’s, these are looking pretty damn good for the price which is around $800 or so.  Unfortunately I have yet to test these out so a further review once I do will be forthcoming.


Another item of notice is the PSA AR in 7.62x39,  Not unlike the CMMG Mutant, this version takes your standard AK mags via the cut lower receiver allowing the ak mags to lock into place.  The fire control group are still your standard AR 15 components, as are the bolt and carrier.  Lacking a bolt catch could be a little troublesome for those die hard AR guys and gals, but to those already familiar with the AK system it’s nothing to fret.  The balance on the firearm is fairly well managed, as is normal it’s front heavy.  The keymod rail system that is standard on this makes for easy mounting of accessories as is desired by the operator.  Overall, this looks like it will be a more economical version of other AK ARs, but time will tell if these are as widely received as others are.  


Next on my list of awesome from PSA is goint to be their 9mm AR.  Now, I know what you’re thinking.  “A 9mm ar? So over done......”   Which, may in fact be true.  Just about every other booth housing an AR had a 9mm version as well.  The upside to the PSA versions are they are now Glock mag compatible.  Yes folks you heard correctly.  Glock mag compatible AR lower.  Fire controls are still standard ar 9 components, as is the buffer.  The BCG however is specialized due in part to the design of the Glock mags.  The upper itself is slick, both in appearance and aesthetics.  Since the 9mm has no need for a forward assist, that is gone.  As is the brass deflector.  No dust cover either, However the action remains slick and crisp.  This version, like their Uzi mag variant, comes with mid length ar handguards.  Rather plain for a 9mm AR, but that just makes it open for user modification.  
And now, the moment we have been waiting for.  About two years ago, PSA decided that they were going to venture into the “Production Custom” 1911 realm.  Translation, they wanted to make basically a $2500 gun and sell them for around $1500.  Then the bottom kind of fell out of the 1911 market,  Back to the drawing board they went, and came back with what was presented at SHOT this year.  A pair of very dazzling 1911s.  What was dazzling about them you ask? Everything, from fit to finish to detail.   One was stainless, the other a carbon steel variant.  Both of these  pistols come with rosewood grips, which were very pleasing to my eyes. Everything about this pistol made me want to buy one right there.   Sadly, I could not.  The look on the two tone caught my eye first.  I always have been drawn towards the not so standard finishes.  But this was something else.  Slanted cocking serrations both forward and rear, polished side and media blast finish on the round surfaces of the slide make for a very nice appearance.  The frame was also media blasted to give it that subdued look as well.  Checking out the slide wobble on the frame left about no wiggle room, hopefully generating better accuracy with the tighter tolerances.  What caught my eye right away though was the beavertail safety.  The guys in the PSA shop took the time to blend the safety into the frame, making for a very streamlined feel when you wrap your hands around it.  Novak sights topped off these beauties, so if you wanted to change them you’re gunsmith won’t curse your name trying to work on them.  Overall, these pistols were right on the mark for anything you could want in a 1911 platform.  The PSA rep I was talking with did mention that there were plans to expand the options on the 1911 line, but for now we have the two finishes in a full size package.  Pricing on these you would assume based on my raving would put them well over $1000, but they are supposedly gonna be coming out around $699 for the carbon and $799 for the stainless.  
Clint Slosson
​Gun smith extrodinare

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<![CDATA[Shot Show First Impressions]]>Sun, 24 Jan 2016 03:08:28 GMThttp://jvwar.com/reviews/shot-show-first-impressionsMy first time at shot show was as many can expect “Overwhelming”! After working through the initial shock I got right to work. Many companies caught my eye so we with take off with those!
FIME Group - Rex Zero 1 Brought in by Arsenal
$600-700 usd
The Slovenian firearm company are bringing a Sig clone to the table with this ambidextrous pistol. Its sleek design is aesthetically pleasing, and its external manual safety will appeal to those who love 1911′s. How ever its long double action trigger pull is a bit to get used to even for an avid Sig girl like myself. The company hosted a demo party Tuesday night at the new Range 702, there we were given the opportunity to test the new pistol as well as the Jemtec QD suppressed AK47, and AK74 From Arsenal. All of these Firearms where put through the rigorous test of roughly 40 people firing them continuously for 3 hours. During this time frame the pistol did not appear to malfunction. Putting 20 rounds through the pistol myself I must say the action is smooth. The single action trigger pull is crisp. . Also on a fun note in the spirit of Vegas my buddy won one of the pistols so I will be able to update you further on its functionality sooner rather than later!
First impression- Very Impressed overall. concerned about company availability should the firearm need maintenance/parts but should not be to much of an issue due to the movement of the factory to the states.
CZ-USA - CZ-712 3-Gun
$650 usd
Shot guns always catch my eye especially right now as I am in currently in the market for a 3-gun semi-auto shot gun. This lovely piece of firearm art is a 22 inch barrel, 9/1 capacity strait out of the gate ready for competition gun. Comparable to the Remington Versamax; the streamline silhouette, lighter weight, and lower cost make for a very good choice for new 3-gunners. Sadly I did not get to test out the magic of this firearm despite my desire to do so, but plans are in the works to change that.  CZ did design this gun to be customizable both for visual effect and for speed.
First Impression - VERY IMPRESSED! I want this firearm badly. The reps at CZ are incredibly knowledgeable, and accommodating despite the large amount of traffic they were getting. Each person I spoke with took ample time to answer each question I had in detail. I hope this is the standard they uphold in their customer service. I cannot wait to work with them in possibly purchasing my new shotgun.
Viking Armament - AR15 lower receivers
$250-300 usd
This is a Colorado company coming out with beautiful rifles. Mike’s Background in both military and law enforcement drove him to prefect this unique mag well design. The difficulty of attempting a reload while taking enemy fire brought about his epiphany. Instead of transitioning to your side arm while retreating to cover to reload. Mike beveled out the mag well, making for a much quicker “blind” reload without the need to remove eyes and muzzle from the threat. This design plays right in to the competitors hands, less time off target is a wonderful concept. To see it executed so well brings much joy to me! Unlike many attempts before Mike chose a less aggressive angle keeping the integrity of the lower intact, and making for a pleasant appearance. 
First Impression- Impressed! The only con I could see at this point is thoses who have a “snug up against the mag well” hold as you may need to adjust your grip to accommodate the change of shape. Outside of this I really enjoy this design and the thought put behind the product. I will update once I get my own Lower (which is on the books to happen some time this year)

Throughout shot show you come across items that are different in design but still desirable in their overall effect I want to run a comparison on two, for-grip designs on the market
Odin Works
$180-200 usd
Light weight metal that still holds strong provides a lovely look on any rifle. This design still allows for accessories such as a hand grip attachment. Also the metal will take cerakoting very well (for those of us who can never find firearms in their favorite colors). This is a great option for those who want to cut weight but are still looking for a traditional look.
Brigand Arms
$200-400 usd
Woven carbon fiber gives this for-grip a delicate and feminine look, but don’t be fooled this less than 3 oz part is not lacking in strength. The higher price point does make me slightly balk at this product but its unique look is a huge draw. while you can not cerakote it, according to the mind behind it you can still paint it. if price is not an issue for you and you are looking to shed weight this is a great option. However due to its “newness” there are not as many accessories available, but all lengths come with optional attached rails 


Lethallace

$30-50 usd
Now for the not so good news. For every good idea there is a heartbreaking one. This came in the form of a newer female aimed conceal carry option. Lethal Lace has a great idea here, in a single long band of strong stretchy fabric with strategically placed pockets. One simply wraps said “holster” around the area of the body where they wish to conceal and clip it into place with alligator clips allowing for one size to fit most bodies and gun sizes. Sadly I was ignored during multiple trips to their booth while trying to get more information regarding their design. Nothing sucks more the having a promising design be overshadowed by bad customer service. 


Shot Show was a huge success! I saw so many different things, to many to recount here. The innovation in the firearm industry is breathtaking. I am honored to be able to witness a part of it and am already planning next years trip.
Sara Walling]]>
<![CDATA[E-Filling Your Tax Stamp]]>Wed, 23 Sep 2015 01:30:33 GMThttp://jvwar.com/reviews/e-filling-your-tax-stampApproximately 3 weeks ago I finally was able to submit my very first Form 1 since moving to a free state. I choose to go the Trust route and E-file it through the ATF E-file system. I figured this would be the easiest way and I am hoping it will be a faster process than going the paper route.

Setting up the NFA Trust was fairly easy, and cost me a little over $200 after all was said and done. I went to a local gun shop that had an attorney visit once a week to set up trust. She made it straight forward and painless to add the people I wanted to the trust. The hardest part after that was scanning all the pages of the trust into a PDF file so I could later upload it to the ATF.

Now onto submitting the Form ! itself at the ATF website, and this is where the real frustration began for me. The first problem I encountered with the website was with it constantly timing out on me. You would try to move onto the next page and it would think for a couple minutes and kick you back to the main ATF E-File page. You would lose all the data you had inputted in the previous screen(s). My recommendation for you if/when you go this route is to SAVE EVERY PAGE AFTER YOU INPUT DATA! I learned this lesson after being kicked out the first couple of times. It becomes a P.I.T.A to keep re-entering the same data over and over again.

The second issue I ran into which was a bigger P.I.T.A than the getting kicked out part, it was the maximum 3mb limit for the Trust. The NFA Trust came out to being around 20 pages long, which is quite a bit larger than the 3mb limit. The ATF does allow you to upload multiple files into the site, but it was difficulty figuring how many pages I needed to cut it down to per file to meet the 3mb limit. You would think since they are allowing you upload the NFA trust to E-file, they would let you upload the entire NFA Trust in one go.

I will be updating this as the process moves along. Right now I can’t say if my E-file was successful or if I will have to modify anything. I will keep you updated on the time frames I am working with as we move forward. As I have written this I am sitting at approximately 3 weeks from when I filed and paid for the Stamp. Right now according to NFAtracker.com I most likely won’t be seeing the Tax Stamp till sometime in December.

Vincent Torres

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