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Made it to the Franklin Armory lane to shoot the Reformation. Details will be released tomorrow at an official press conference but we were allowed to look at, handle and shoot the mystery weapon.  Well, it fired 5.56. So it isnít chambered in .410. It also had in the Franklin Binary Trigger system. So I donít think itís doing weird in the actual firing system. It had an adjustable stock so it could fit multiple users.

I would say smooth bore but I was accurately hitting a target. So, I still have no idea.

With that, it was fun to shoot with very little recoil. So maybe itís doing something unique with how the rounds cycle?
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Per the manufacturer, ďMade by the official SOFFE brand currently available on military installations. Donít know what size to get? We go by the rule that if it fits, go down a size. Our Ranger Panties, a.k.a. Silkies, will be the most comfortable pair of workout shorts youíll ever wear. Each design features the unique emblems of historical Special Operations units.Ē


😂😂   ;D silkies  ;D

Just got a press release for an item of tactical wear called Ranger panties.  They look like shorts.  I feel like Iím missing something.
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The pistol featured in the Netflix series, The Punisher, will be debuted at SHOT this year too. The NXP8 by Seekins Precision.  http://www.seekinsprecision.com/parts-and-accessories/modern-sporting-rifles/nxr-pistol.html
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😂😂   ;D silkies  ;D

Just got a press release for an item of tactical wear called Ranger panties.  They look like shorts.  I feel like Iím missing something.
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NSSF SHOT Show / Re: SHOT Show 2018 Industry Day at the Range January 22, 2018
« Last post by LivingDeadGirl on January 21, 2018, 05:54:09 PM »
Unique AR will be at Range Day this year, for the first time. They will be releasing their new unique grip that is supposed to be able to adjust for each persons hand. Should be interesting to see.
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Just got a press release for an item of tactical wear called Ranger panties.  They look like shorts.  I feel like Iím missing something.
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Gear Review / Viridian C5L Light/Laser With ECR Compatible Sticky Holster
« Last post by GunLink on January 18, 2018, 11:44:57 AM »
In our review of the Viridian-branded Blackhawk Serpa above, we wrote "...the TacLoc performs as well as it's Serpa cousins do ... but is certainly not my cup of tea ... If OWB carry in tucked-in shirts is your method of carry, this type of holster should suit you fine for your Viridian-equipped pistol, but it just did not work well for my carry style."

Since then, we have been searching (albeit, half-heartedly) for a better Viridian C5L holster - either off-the-shelf, custom, or even DIY since we did buy the ECR Holster Upgrade Kit with the unit.



The black disk is about 3/4" in diameter and is the magnet that pulls on the reed switch to activate the auto on/off feature of the C5L (or other ECR WML). We tried "upgrading" holsters around GunLink HQ, but the C5L is so fat that getting the blocking right ended up being more trouble than it was worth.

We thought about getting an appropriately sized IWB hybrid or clipless holster, which would help with the issue of banging the OWB on door frames and furniture, but worried about the soft material allowing the button to be inadvertently pressed, turning the unit on and draining the batteries in the holster. It was then that Sticky Holsters got in touch with us on social media and told us that they make ECR-compatible holsters.



Before long, Sticky had the new ECR compatible holster inbound to GunLink HQ and we got to try it out for ourselves. Granted, the style and intended use of the Sticky (small, IWB, concealed carry) and the Serpa that we bought with the Viridian (big, OWB, duty or open carry, retention), but for our applications, the Sticky Holster is leaps and bounds better.

At first I thought that they forgot to add the ECR feature because I didn't see a big scar across the side of the holster or feel the insert. It turns out that the Sticky crew is just really good. I eventually found the clean stitching on the inside of the holster where they hid the insert, which is much sleeker than the big, fat button that came in the Viridian upgrade kit.

Like the other stack of Sticky Holsters that we have, this one keeps the firearm in place inside the waistband at various positions in all but the loosest of garments, keeps the pistol within reach when used for car carry, and protects the trigger and keeps lint and other junk out when carried off body in a bag or, like we often do, when setting the pistol somewhere nearby while working out or lounging around the ranch if we aren't wearing it.

The ECR feature works exactly as intended, turning the activated WML off when holstering and back on when removed from the holster.  Check out our Instagram videos of the WML on a Glock G19 being holstered and unholstered and another video that makes it clearer what is happening from the outside of the holster.

Sticky Holsters did a great job on this holster. It looks great, the addition of the ECR insert is clearly not a hack job or afterthought, and it has the usual benefits of Sticky's clip-less holsters but give the ability to use the Viridian WMLs with peace of mind that you won't be running down the batteries lighting up the inside of your pants.

To see what else Sticky Holsters offers, visit them at https://stickyholsters.com





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I would bet that the stock is pinned all the way forward so it's a "cheek rest" instead of a "stock". No thanks.


We're not sure what the thing is, but it's probably cool, we're kind of excited to see it, and we probably want one.

They say it will be at Range Day and in their booth, so we'll be sure to stop by and try it out and let everyone know all about it.  Since the included images says that it's not a rifle, not a shotgun, and doesn't need a tax stamp (despite the 11.5" barrel), we presume that "NRS Technology" probably stands for "Not Rifle or Shotgun" but, who knows?

Franklin Armory to Release new Non-NFA Short BarreledÖ Thing
http://blog.gunlink.info/2018/01/11/franklin-armory-to-release-new-non-nfa-short-barreled-thing/

Innovative firearms manufacturer, Franklin Armory, has brought another out of the box idea to the firearms industry. Known for their ground breaking American made products such as their Binary Firing System, F17 series rifles, and the XO-26, Franklin Armory has changed the industry once again. The new products are part of the Reformation line of patent pending NRS firearms, and the first SKUs in the Reformation line include a non-NFA configuration with an 11.5″ barrel and a conventional stock as depicted below:

http://blog.gunlink.info/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/FranklinReformation2-300x68.jpg

Having already received approval as a non-rifle from the Chief of the Firearms Technology Division, Reformation will be shipping without any onerous NFA paperwork required.

Franklin Armory President, Jay Jacobson, noted, ďThe patent pending technology employed in Reformation will create a whole new market segment that will not require NFA approval.Ē

http://blog.gunlink.info/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/FranklinReformation.jpg
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Gear Review / Sticky Holsters Viridian ECR-Compatible Custom Holster Review
« Last post by GunLink on January 18, 2018, 10:55:31 AM »
As you may have gathered, we appreciate the simplicity and ease of use of Sticky Holsters for an uncomplicated method of IWB and off-body carry. We recently had the opportunity to try out a new holster from the Sticky Holsters Custom Shop when they answered a question that we posted on Instagram: "Who makes a decent ECR holster for Viridian light/laser combos?"  Here's how our Sticky Holsters ECR-compatible Glock 19 holster is working out.



In case you are not familiar with Viridian's Enhanced Combat Readiness (ECR) system, check out our Viridian C5L Light/Laser Combo Review here. Essentially, the system allows the WML to be turned ON in the desired mode and holstered. Upon holstering, the output of the unit is turned off. The WML then sits there on the pistol, waiting to be drawn from the holster, at which time it springs into action, turning back on in the mode that it was in when you holstered it.



It sounds like a pretty cool feature, because it really kind of is. There isn't any magic or voodoo going in - presumably it works through the use of an integrated reed switch in the WML and magnets embedded in the holster - yet our DIY attempts at creating our own ECR holster failed miserably and the Serpa-style holster that came with it sucked. Sticky Holsters reached out to us and let us know that creating an ECR holster would be a piece of cake for their holster makers.

Before long, Sticky had the new ECR compatible holster inbound to GunLink HQ and we got to try it out for ourselves. Granted, the style and intended use of the Sticky (small, IWB, concealed carry) and the Serpa that we bought with the Viridian (big, OWB, duty or open carry, retention), but for our applications, the Sticky Holster is leaps and bounds better.



At first I thought that they forgot to add the ECR feature because I didn't see a big scar across the side of the holster or feel the insert. It turns out that the Sticky crew is just really good. I eventually found the clean stitching on the inside of the holster where they hid the insert, which is much sleeker than the big, fat button that came in the Viridian upgrade kit.

Like the other stack of Sticky Holsters that we have, this one keeps the firearm in place inside the waistband at various positions in all but the loosest of garments, keeps the pistol within reach when used for car carry, and protects the trigger and keeps lint and other junk out when carried off body in a bag or, like we often do, when setting the pistol somewhere nearby while working out or lounging around the ranch if we aren't wearing it.

The ECR feature works exactly as intended, turning the activated WML off when holstering and back on when removed from the holster.  Check out our Instagram videos of the WML on a Glock G19 being holstered and unholstered and another video that makes it clearer what is happening from the outside of the holster.

While we think that the ECR feature is cool for quick light activation and "Combat Readiness" but that isn't the main reason why we like this custom holster. First of all, I like not smashing my pistol into every door frame through which I walk or catching it on chairs, seatbelts, etc. The main reason we like it, however, is to prevent accidental activation while in the holster. This isn't a concern with hard polymer holsters, but on semi-soft hybrids or fully soft holsters carried IWB, there could be a real possibility of an inadvertent button press that activates the WML and leaves it with dead batteries when you need it most. It wouldn't be rocket science to make a holster that will accommodate the size and shape of the Viridian WMLs, but if the batteries run down, all you have is that extra size and weight bolted onto your carry gun.

Sticky Holsters did a great job on this holster. It looks great, the addition of the ECR insert is clearly not a hack job or afterthought, and it has the usual benefits of Sticky's clip-less holsters but give the ability to use the Viridian WMLs with peace of mind that you won't be running down the batteries lighting up the inside of your pants.

To see what else Sticky Holsters offers, visit them at https://stickyholsters.com
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I was at the doc the other day and mentioned that some of our team was headed out to Vegas for SHOT Show. He was pretty emphatic that we should not go because the flu is supposed to be especially lousy around Las Vegas and nearby California. He recommended wearing a mask and, in reply to saying that our folks had a hefty supply of Airborne and hand sanitizer he, again, recommended a mask.

Hopefully everyone that goes stays healthy and doesn't come down with (and share) some kind of Super SHOT Show Crud. One of our guys became ill at the show last year, but we think it was something food related, not the usual SHOT Show Crud.

My recommended SHOT Show Pack List must-haves includes plenty of hand sanitizer, chapstick, airborne, and comfortable boots/shoes. The 10-day forecast looks like highs below 60 and lows in the high 30s/low 40s so bring your jacket too.
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Chief Supply Tactical Apparel and Gear for Law, Fire, EMS, Military and Outdoors @chief TekMat