Killer Innovations Factory Tour

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A few weeks back I got to head to a local company based out of Tumwater, Wash. and take a tour of their manufacturing facility.  During SHOT I posted some information about some of their products and that post can be found here.  Killer Innovations is a company that is just getting their start in the accessories market, at least under their own brand name. They have been doing OEM work for several companies making top notch AR equipment for some time now.  Just recently they began making scope rings and muzzle brakes.  In their own meticulous way they have made products that are awesome in terms of quality, design and price.  At just $49.95 their brake is designed and made better than any brake you will find in the $150 price range.

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Killer Innovations Muzzel Brake (Sam Cadle, TFB)

While I am writer, I am also a consumer and I believe enough in the product they are making to purchase one of their .308 brakes for my personal precision rifle. I will be doing a full workup on the brake for a future review.  Initial testing by others is revealing that the brake is not only reducing recoil, it is also calming the bullet much sooner for a more consistent flight to target at extended ranges.  Many are reporting that there is zero point of impact shift and a increase in accuracy when using a Killer Innovations brake.  Rest assured, I will be putting the brake though its paces on my precision rifle, and will offer a full review.

4-axis CNC Machine (Killer Innovations)

Their factory is what you would expect to find in a manufacturing facility, with three 4-axis mills making products on a near full time basis, laser engraver whirring away in the corner branding products and boxes stacked ready for shipment.  The new facility they just moved into is one of the nicest manufacturing facilities I have been too in a while.  But what set this facility apart from everyone else is not decor on the walls, or the layout of the shop floor.  The difference is that design room and the ideas and collaboration that goes on there.  They are designing products that are lighter, stiffer and better than anything on the market currently.  Also, they are making top-tier products with a philosophy of making sure that they keep the price as low as they can, but not sacrificing quality. Their scope rings are a testament to that, being matched sets and milled in such a precise way that bench rest shooters took notice and are using them for competitions now.

Scope Rings (Killer Innovations)

I was able to talk to Rick, the designer and CAD programmer (and co-owner) about some new and upcoming products while I was there.  The most exciting is their new chassis system they are working on for the Remington 700 platform.  While the design details are still in the works, there will be some innovative new features added to the chassis, like nothing seen before.  It promises to be a ground breaking chassis that will give the user very high quality, at an affordable price.  Stay tuned for further information on this and other offerings from Killer Innovations in the future.

I look forward to being able to work with them, a local company of good people with some great ideas in the future.  I look forward to anything else coming out of their facility with their name on it, because I know it will be the best quality possible, as light as possible and a top notch piece of gear.

Look for more coming down the line from Killer Innovations.  If you are interested in any of their current offerings, including their muzzle brakes you can find them at http://killer-innovations.com/ where all of their products are available for purchase.

Killer Innovations Wall Decor (Killer Innovations)

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Sam Cadle

Sam Cadle is a prior service member from the US Coast Guard, and has extensive firearms training from the military. He spent many years working counter narcotics in Central America and working maritime law enforcement and anti-terrorism stateside. He has also written articles as guest writer that are published on The Truth About Guns, and other firearms related blogs. He is currently a successful writer for Examiner.com, specializing in gun rights a politics in Washington State, as well as across the United States. His passions are long range precision shooting, coyote hunting and keeping up with the firearms community.

To get a hold of Sam you can email him at [email protected], or via Facebook here.


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  • Daniel Prickett

    Call me petty but I would probably not take a look at products made by a company with a name like “killer innovations”. I know it’s just a name and I am not big on/for political correctness but I doubt I’d give a 2nd look.

    • Giolli Joker

      I’d give them a look, but yeah, I totally that in these times it’s a pretty poor name choice for a firearms related company…

      • bbmg

        Don’t you think that by having that opinion, you are reinforcing the spirit of “these times”? Saying that you don’t care much for political correctness but then tacitly enforcing it makes you part of the problem in my view.

        • Giolli Joker

          Well, I appreciate your approach and if all people were using their brain accordingly with its designed function, I wouldn’t care about such a name.
          Problem is that too many people despise sensible approach to this matter and many of them they have the power to influence others.
          I’m not crying out loud for the name choice and I would buy their stuff if interested in the product, no matter the name.

          But still I wouldn’t put the word “killer” in the name of a firearm related company, it sounds like calling for unwanted trouble.

          • bbmg

            I understand the feeling that caution should be exercised to a void rocking the boat, but why should they be concerned about people who are never going to buy their products anyway?

    • bbmg

      I disagree, it’s a reasonably clever pun (where “killer” would be a superlative and not simply “one who kills”) and I have a certain amount of respect for a company that rejects the banality of political correctness. Props for the wall decor!

  • William Tell

    I have the KI brake and had it mounted first on a Rem700 and then an AR10. It did affect the POI on both but that would be expected anytime you change barrel harmonics by hanging a big chunk of steel on the end of the barrel. Although it did not affect group size, I find the idea of it “calming the bullet” to be complete nonsense until Brian Litz tells me otherwise. The brake does greatly reduce recoil at the shoulder and seems to throw the sound around the shooter while not being punishing (like, for example, a PWC brake is) to others. The problem I had with the brake is that it produces a much more significant amount of downward thrust than forward. To the point it was flexing the heavy varmint contour barrel of my 700 to make contact with the the stock (free floated B&C). This prompted it’s move to my AR10. Again the downward thrust created by the brake reduced felt recoil in my shoulder but greatly increased it in my support hand making the gun, in my opinion, harder to control during rapid fire. The machining on the brake is incredible and how they can sell it for $50 bucks is beyond me. If they were to close off the tops of the four main ports I would definately give this brake another chance but with the current config my opinion is that the downward force generated makes it a no go. Those are my observations. Hope they help others.

    • http://thefirearmblog.com/blog/ Sam Cadle (Staff Writer, TFB)

      Having shot their brakes on several rifles, I can’t say I have had issue with the downward being too much of an issue, but I have mainly shot a 223 offhand and 308 from a bench. Mine will be going on a LR308 precision rifle for testing. I will have to shoot some offhand with the 308 to see if that is an issue with the larger caliber. Of course I also plan on shooting a local practical/precision rifle match with it as well, so that should help in putting it through all sorts of different positions.

      Thanks for the info.

  • Samcolt

    While I am writer, I am also a consumer and I believe enough in the
    product they are making to purchase one of their .308 brakes for my
    personal precision rifle.

    >While I am writer

    • http://thefirearmblog.com/blog/ Sam Cadle (Staff Writer, TFB)

      Edit made. Thanks for the tip.