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Lone Star Armory: An Inside Look At Premium Firearms Manufacturing

If you head southeast toward Arlington from the heart of Fort Worth, Texas, you will soon come to a small industrial park just off of Highway 287. Nestled in with several other businesses including a manufacturing company and machine shop, a laser etching/engraving operation, and a metal and Cerakote finishing service, you will find a premium firearms manufacturer: Lone Star Armory. Founded in 2006, LSA’s Texas-proud DNA is comprised of critical lessons learned from warfighting and law enforcement, a heritage of competition shooting and auto racing, and an obsessive passion for the pursuit of absolute excellence in every aspect of the mission, right down to the minutiae of every individual component or process.

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TFB Weekly Web Deals 79: Deals For February 26, 2024

Welcome to TFB Weekly Web Deals 79! We’re back with more deals on guns, gear, ammunition, and accessories from some of our most frequented online retailers like Primary Arms, Natchez Shooters Supply, Palmetto State Armory, Brownells, and more. Whether you’re looking for deals on new or used guns, ammo to add to your reserves, or specific accessories like flashlights, range bags, optics, bipods, and magazines, each week we’ll have new sets of deals that might fulfill one of those needs and save you a few dollars.

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SIG SAUER Expands Professional Program to Include Veterans

SIG SAUER has offered a service discount on many of their products for a number of years now. More than three dozen of their firearms models currently qualify for the Professional Program, including many P320 variants, some P365s, P226s, MCXs, and more. Special pricing on these guns can be accessed through SIG’s network of Master- and Elite-level dealers. Previously, in addition to actively serving law enforcement officers and other full-time first responders, the only US military personnel who qualified for the Professional program had to be actively serving or possessive of specific “retired” credentials. This policy excluded the vast majority of veterans who didn’t stay in the military long enough for this qualification, but this has now changed. SIG recently announced the expansion of their Professional Program to include all honorably discharged military vets. Get the details on this change in the press release copied below.

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TFB Weekly Web Deals 75: Deals for December 18, 2023

Welcome to TFB Weekly Web Deals 75! We’re back with more deals on guns, gear, ammunition, and accessories from some of our most frequented online retailers like Primary Arms, Natchez Shooters Supply, Palmetto State Armory, Brownells, and more. Whether you’re looking for deals on new or used guns, ammo to add to your reserves, or specific accessories like flashlights, range bags, optics, bipods, and magazines, each week we’ll have new sets of deals that might fulfill one of those needs and save you a few dollars.

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TFB Weekly Web Deals 74: Deals for December 11th, 2023

Welcome to TFB Weekly Web Deals 74! We’re back with more deals on guns, gear, ammunition, and accessories from some of our most frequented online retailers like Primary Arms, Guns.com, Natchez Shooters Supply, Palmetto State Armory, Brownells, and more. Whether you’re looking for deals on new or used guns, ammo to add to your reserves, or specific accessories like flashlights, range bags, optics, guns, bipods, and magazines, each week we’ll have new sets of deals that might fulfill one of those needs and save you a few dollars.

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2023 Tactical Games at GTI Load Out – "Pay to Play"

Having just gotten back from my first-ever Tactical Games event, I wanted to put together a write-up on all of the gear I used down at the GTI in South Carolina. I will also be including the prices of all of the gear that I utilized as I feel like I spent a lot of money just to compete at this event. Also, please keep in mind that this was my first event, and I will be doing a follow-up article on lessons learned and how I would tackle my second go around at the GTI Tactical Games. Also, all prices will be MSRP aside from the pistol and ear pro.

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New Fall/Winter "Heavyweight" Lineup from Vortex Optics

Vortex is bringing its optics customers fresh new threads for this fall/winter with the introduction of their new Heavyweight lineup of fall and winter clothing for the range, at home, or on the hunt. This new collection includes the new Heavyweight Hoddies, Heavyweight Socks, and the new Comfort crewneck.

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Leupold Optics Academy – Day 1

Picking up where we left off from the factory tour at Leupold we would then spend the next three hours driving southeast to the Leupold shooting range at the Leupold Optics Academy in the town of Madras Oregon. 

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TFB Weekly Web Deals 56: Summer Restocks on Guns, Gear and Ammo

Welcome to TFB Weekly Web Deals 56. With the Independence Day celebration over and your monthly paychecks worth of mag dumps accomplished in celebration of our great nation’s birth, it’s probably time to restock on some ammo and gear, and maybe even pick up a few new guns. There are a lot of hot releases to come later this summer which usually means that the current latest offerings of firearms, and optics will probably start to get deeply discounted as these newer options start hitting the online market. If you want evidence of that, just look at what happened to the price of the Trijicon SRO right before the Holosun 507COMP came out! While it’s not the latest and greatest (and I’m already starting to think that my 507COMP will permanently replace my SRO), the SRO is still a fine offering if you can get one on a deal and I do still think it’s leagues ahead of any other wide window red dot offering on the market in terms of raw durability. With that said, please enjoy this week’s assortment of firearm, gear, ammunition, and optics deals we’ve found for you.

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TFB Weekly Web Deals 55: Independence Day Roundup

Welcome to TFB Weekly Web Deals 55! Tomorrow is Independence Day, so on behalf of everyone at TFB and TFBTV, Happy Independence Day! While this day is about celebrating the birth of our great nation, it’s also an excellent opportunity to take stock of everything we have because of not just the founding of this country, but the great people who came before us who have helped forge it into the best nation on this planet. Our founding fathers would have been unable to help instigate such a founding were it not for the arms, ammunition, and skilled gunsmiths they had around then. While the principles and purpose of the 2nd Amendment have not changed, the arms, ammunition, and gunsmiths have and we’re fortunate today to have access to some of the most cutting-edge firearms technology available on the planet, partially due to the fact that our access to arms is baked right into our nations constitution. In honor of that, and as is our custom here at TFB, let’s help celebrate our nation’s birth by sharing some great deals we’ve found for arms, ammunition, and gear in TFB Weekly Web Deals 55.

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Lock and Load for TFB Memorial Day Deals 2023 – Guns, Ammo, Optics

Happy Memorial Day everyone and welcome to TFB Memorial Day Deals 2023! Memorial Day, a day of remembrance and gratitude, holds a special place in the hearts of firearms owners across the nation. This solemn occasion, observed on the last Monday of May, pays tribute to the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the armed forces. As we honor their courage and selflessness, it is no surprise that Memorial Day holds a unique significance for firearms enthusiasts. For many, it serves as a powerful reminder of the freedoms and rights we enjoy, protected by those who valiantly defended our nation. It is a time when firearms owners not only cherish the memories of fallen heroes but also reflect on the responsibility and privilege that comes with exercising their Second Amendment rights. With TFB Memorial Day Deals 2023, this occasion becomes even more remarkable as firearms owners come together to seize the opportunity to acquire firearms, stock up on ammunition, and upgrade their gear. It is a moment when they can express their appreciation for the sacrifices made by brave servicemen and women, while also embracing their passion for firearms and shooting sports. Memorial Day, therefore, becomes a remarkable blend of commemoration, gratitude, and celebration for firearms owners across the country. Lock and Load and let er rip everyone!

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TFB Weekly Web Deals 50: Rimfire Madness Edition

Welcome to TFB Weekly Web Deals 50. As most of you probably know, I run a weekly series here at the blog that is completely dedicated to rimfire ammunition and firearms. I’ve recently come across a bunch of new rifles and handguns that I’ll be cycling through over the next couple of months and this has got me shopping for a bunch of new components, optics, ammunition, and other gear that I’m going to need to get the reviews done properly. This week’s edition of TFB Weekly Web Deals will be entirely dedicated to rimfire gear, ammunition, firearms, and accessories. So if you’re a hardcore plinker, rimfire PRS shooter, or just someone who wants to get some cheap reps in over the weekend, check out the deals below.

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Gun Shops and Gun Laws of Pakistan. Part Two: Imported Guns and Pretenders

In Part 1 of this article, I talked about craft-made guns and how the manufacturing industry of Pakistan is changing these days. Now it is time to talk about the gun laws of Pakistan and some of the most interesting imported guns you can find in Pakistani gun shops.

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Laugo Arms Comes to US, Lancer to Cease Alien Pistol Support

Laugo Arms, known for designing the Scorpion and selling it to CZ, began making a splash with their Alien pistol in 2018-2019. The Alien is an interesting design, using a gas piston delayed blowback system and incorporating a non-reciprocating modular top sight rail over a fixed barrel. Since the SHOT Show 2020 announcement that they were working on bringing the Alien to the US, Lancer Systems has been Laugo’s American importation, sales, and service partner. This relationship is about to come to an end, however. Lancer Systems issued a press release on January 1st, 2023 stating that Laugo Arms is set to officially open their own US operation, taking over Alien support in the States from Lancer. Read the full press release below.

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Gun Shops and Gun Laws of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

In the last few years, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been going through a drastic transformation. Things that seemed impossible just a few years ago are now a part of daily life for Saudi citizens: women can drive, cinemas are open, music is playing everywhere, and the morality police doesn’t enforce their views of virtue. As a result, Saudi Arabia is slowly becoming more attractive for expats and businessmen from all around the world.

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Oracle Arms Launching at SHOT Show 2023 with 2311 Pistol

There have been more than a few attempts made to modernize the venerable 1911 over the years. While the inimitable John Moses Browning’s 111-year-old original design has a veritable host of fanatical adherents who display no compunction in declaring that the 1911 needs no updating as it is the perfect creation of God himself, not all shooters concur. Some want different calibers or other features offered by the swath of 2011 variants that have cropped up in recent years. Some manufacturers have taken things a step further and fully hybridized the 1911, like Dan Wesson with CZ in their DWX. Now a new player is emerging in the 1911-of-the-future game. Meet Oracle Arms and their new 2311 handgun, launching soon at SHOT Show 2023.

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Blackout Defense Introduces California Compliance Option

From its aerospace manufacturing roots, Arizona-based Blackout Defense has emerged in the last few years as an AR manufacturer striving for design innovation. From their Zero triggers to their barrel and receiver locking systems, to their hybrid muzzle device, Blackout endeavors to improve and refine components of the well-established AR-15 design. This has won them support from buyers in many parts of the country, but California shooters haven’t had an option for compliance with their state’s particular regulations – until now. In the following press release, the company announced that they are now offering a Cali-compliant option in their website’s custom rifle builder tool. Read more below.

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Gun Shops and Gun Laws of the Philippines

When people ask me about my hobbies, I am often hesitant to say “guns”, so my usual answer is “travel”. Frankly, it is both. And the more I travel, the more I understand that there are very few places in the world, outside of the US, that have an actual gun culture. More often than not, guns are a privilege available only to the rich and well-connected, and in very few places gun ownership is mainstream. But the Philippines are a good exception to that rule.

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Trajectory Arms to Produce Allen Engineering AEM5 Silencers

Allen Engineering is a well-known name in the world of clone rifles. Their AEM5 silencer is the “clone correct” option for a Mk12 build. Recently, Trajectory Arms announced that they would be taking over production of the AEM5 silencers.

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[ADIHEX 2021] Liwa Arms from UAE – Official Debut of the Brand

ADIHEX, the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition, is an annual event, that of course skipped 2020, happening by September in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The show focuses on traditional outdoor activities of the region, including hunting. In the area dedicated to firearms, this year, the Emirati-owned Liwa Arms made its official debut.

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USCCA Announces Partnership with SIG SAUER

The United States Concealed Carry Association, or USCCA, is an organization focused on providing resources and benefits to responsibly armed Americans. They offer a variety of informational initiatives from training and education, legal guidance, digital tutorials and checklists, and more. They also offer self-defense liability insurance coverage for their members. Now the Association has announced a new partner, one of the firearms industry’s top gun manufacturers: SIG SAUER.

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Smith & Wesson Plans to Sell Thompson/Center Arms Brand

Smith & Wesson Brands Inc. is a publicly traded company listed on the USA’s second-largest stock exchange, the Nasdaq, under the ticker symbol SWBI. After they announced their split from American Outdoor Brands in 2020, and following the massive uptick in firearms sales over the last year or so, the company appears to be doing well. They employ more than 2000 people, and last reports put their revenue at $678.39MM. At the time of this writing, shares of SWBI are up a staggering amount from one year ago – over 160%! In addition to the storied Smith & Wesson firearms brand, the company owns a number of subsidiary entities. One of these, since Smith & Wesson’s purchase of them in 2007, has been Thompson/Center Arms.

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The Rimfire Report: The Best Rimfire Firearms of 2020

Hello and welcome back to another edition of The Rimfire Report! In this weekly series we discuss, explore, and review various firearms, ammunition, and trends within the rimfire firearm world. This week we’re going to take a gaze into the past and look up 5 of the best rimfire firearms of 2020. These will be the top 5 rimfire firearms that I remember from 2020 but to be honest, there were many more that could have made it to this list.

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BREAKING: CZ In Negotiations For Colt Acquisition

Colt, one of the oldest and most venerable names in US firearms manufacturing may be on the verge of being acquired by one of Europe’s leading brands.  Česká Zbrojovka better known as CZ are well regarded for for their classic CZ 75 pistols, their bolt actions and most recently their new assault rifle BREN series as well as the popular CZ Scorpion EVO pistol calibre carbine. The details of any possible CZ Colt acquisition are still unofficial.

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SIG SAUER Academy to Add New $13.5 Million "Showpiece" Building

SIG SAUER has been doing a lot of big things recently, and their momentum doesn’t appear to be slowing. Their Custom Works division looks to be singing along nicely, with new offerings like the Nightmare and Equinox series’ recent releases along with the all-metal P320 AXG Scorpion, hot on the heels of the P320 FCU Collective program announced earlier this year. SIG has also won another new major defense contract for one of their optics, termed the Direct View Optic (DVO), which is intended to replace the aging ACOG currently employed by many US Soldiers and Marines on their M4s. These successes should make it no surprise that SIG has also recently announced an expansion, with growth requiring new facilities in Rochester, New Hampshire.

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Henry Celebrates Founder's Birthday with Limited Edition Rifle

Benjamin Tyler Henry can be fairly credited with one of the more significant accomplishments in firearms history. Although he was not the first inventor to ever dabble in lever-action guns, as a few other examples like Colt’s early “ring lever” cap-and-ball rifles can be found previously, his original rifle from 1860 really brought the technology into its own and enabled it to proliferate. Combined with the development of self-contained cartridge ammo, this new firearm type would go on to become wildly popular and spawn a number of similar designs from other manufacturers. Benjamin Tyler’s early rifles can arguably be considered some of the most important firearms in American history, and among the revered class of “guns that won the West”.

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SOLGW Announces Distribution Expansion with Crow Shooting Supply

Sons of Liberty Gun Works is better known in the firearms community as SOLGW, for short. Since establishing operations in San Antonio, Texas in 2014, they have quickly grown to become a highly sought-after and well-regarded source of AR-15 components and complete firearms. Bearing the self-assigned descriptor, “A superior manufacture of high quality, hard-use, direct impingement freedom tools,” SOLGW offers a wide range of ARs. You can opt for a basic “Legacy” M4-style 16″ version at a $949 MSRP, to a Sage Dynamics 12.5″ special edition for $1400, to an upgraded “Super Loaded Pro Rifle Package” for $2549 that even includes an optic and weaponlight – and many more models.

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SIG Sauer Introduces SIG Custom Works Equinox Series

SIG Sauer‘s momentum has been growing in recent years. The US military has adopted their M17 and M18 handguns, based on the P320 series, to replace the aging Beretta M9. SIG has achieved tremendous success in the concealed carry market with their P365 and P365XL line. Recently, they announced a new partnership with a host of the industry’s top custom shops to offer a plethora of “Gucci gun” version of the P320. Their long gun game is not to be forgotten, either, as the CROSS bolt-action has arrived to impress and other product lines also look to be doing well. Now SIG is growing their Custom Shop offerings even further, as they have announced limited-edition versions of their classic P226 and P229 handgun designs as a new “Equinox” series. Hot on the heels of the release of their Custom Shop P320 AXG Scorpion and the blacked-out Nightmare series, the October 27th press release detailing the new series’ introduction reads as follows.

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Henry Raises Over $47,000 For 3-Year-Old Battling Leukemia

Recently TFB reported that Henry Repeating Arms had launched a fundraising initiative to help the family of Preslie Mantsch, a Michigan child who was diagnosed with Leukemia earlier this year. They had produced 65 special edition .22 Golden Boy rifles with PRESLIE01 to PRESLIE65 serial numbers, and a “Prayers for Preslie” logo on the stock. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the direct sale of 63 of the rifles, as well as Gunbroker auctions for the final two, were to be donated to the Mantsch family to assist with the cost of Preslie’s cancer treatment. This “ Guns for Great Causes” campaign has been completed, with the sale of all Preslie firearms and the end of the two auctions. Direct sales accounted for more than $38,000 raised, and the auctions for the first and last serials fetched another $8,600. Henry has issued the following press release about this heart-warming effort.

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Kimber Shifts HQ to Alabama Facility, Adds New Staff

If you’re a firearms enthusiast, you’re almost certainly familiar with the venerable 1911. And if you’re a 1911 fan, you have no doubt at least heard of Kimber. Though they are certainly not the only 1911-centric shop in the game, they are easily one of the most well-known. And while 1911s tend to be their flagship, Kimber is actually involved in numerous other areas of the market with a plethora of other models and designs in their catalogue – including some striker-fired and revolver options. It may surprise some readers to learn that they were actually “founded with the sole purpose of building the finest classic sporting rifles ever offered in America,” as stated on their website, and only got into the 1911 game later.

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