Introducing the DISSIDENT Mk2 from Munitionworks

Munitionworks recently announced the release of the J.O.E. Carbine Mk2 rifle. The Mk2 series is intended to be a logical improvement over the previous offerings with new thermal fit uppers, better parts selection, and the same great affordable pricing paired with the quality control that Munitionworks offers. Today they’ve announced the introduction of the new DISSIDENT Mk2 rifle, which is a more premium option over the J.O.E. Carbine that features similar improvements made to the line based on customer feedback.

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12,000 French Rifles For Ukraine

French arms manufacturer Verney-Carron, through its defense brand Lebel, has signed a framework contract with Ukrspecexport, a Ukrainian state-owned arms trading company, for a substantial number of small arms. The contract covers carbines, precision rifles and 40mm grenade launchers.

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Brownells Begins Selling Assembled BRN-4 Uppers

If you’ve always wanted to build your own HK416 derivative, Brownells has you covered. Their newly manufactured, assembled BRN-4 uppers are the perfect starting point. These uppers fit on a standard AR-15 lower receiver. 

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TFB Behind The Gun Podcast #92: What the Heck is a Thermal Fit Upper? w/ Munitionworks

Today’s guest is one that followers of our YouTube channel should at least be familiar with – Munitionworks. Munitionworks is a boutique firearm producer specializing in “best bang for your buck” rifles featuring solid core components, and peripheral components you can swap out later on as your build progresses. What this does is provide customers with limited access to tools and workspace to have a solid working rifle that can be progressively updated as time and money allow. The J.O.E. Carbine MK2 is just the latest progression of the Munitionworks carbine, using unique techniques like thermal barrel fitting to improve consistency across the board and maximize the potential of the components being used in each rifle. Today our guest Dane, the owner of Munitionworks, has quite an interesting story as to how he decided to start up Munitionworks, and his journey thus far complete with his successes and learning moments.

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TYPE-A 14.5″ Pro Carbine 1-Year Review (Part 2)

TYPE-A is a premium/high-end AR-15 manufacturer based out of Grand Rapids, Michigan. They offer a variety of rifles and a few different calibers. The rifle I am reviewing here is a 14.5″ Pro Carbine with a pinned and welded Warcomp wrapped in 50 shades of FDE. This is Part 2 of this review. Part 1 is located here. 

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NEW Palmetto State Armory Sabre-10A1

Palmetto State Armory continues to add to its Sabre line with the new Sabre-10A1. This new model echoes some of the styling of the new M-110A1 but keeps it in the price bracket that PSA is known for. Let’s dig into some specs.

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TYPE-A 14.5″ Pro Carbine 1-Year Review (Part 1)

TYPE-A is a premium/high-end AR-15 manufacturer based out of Grand Rapids, Michigan. The company was started back in 2013 by Chris and Brandon, both men with wildly different backgrounds. Brandon was a businessman climbing the corporate ladder who wanted to start selling rifles and outdoor gear. Chris was a massage therapist in Florida who decided to join the Marines and at one point had a side business running guns from Jordan to Iraq. Brandon would meet Chris through one of these gun runs and the two became best friends. Later on, these two men would decide to start their own firearms manufacturing business and that brings us to their company TYPE-A. You can read more about these two here on their website as there are a few interesting notes I have omitted.  

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Desert Tech's Quattro-15 and QMAG-53 Now Shipping

Back in January, we got our first hands-on look at Desert Tech’s new Quattro-15 and QMAG-53 at SHOT Show 2023. Now, after a year of preparing production of their intriguing new system, Desert Tech have announced that the Quattro-15 AR lower receiver and QMAG-53 are now shipping.

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Bushmaster's Limited Edition Retro Carry Handle XM15A2

Bushmaster Firearms is excited to announce two big milestones in their company’s history including their 50th anniversary as a company, as well as their new location in Carson City, Nevada. In honor of both of these occasions, the company has decided to bring back a classic that will showcase what the company is all about (but only for a limited time). The new Limited Edition Bushmaster XM15A2 is available now and is the company’s ode to “when things were simple.”

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POTD: The AR-300 Blackout

Welcome to our  Photo Of The Day. Each day, we showcase at least one stunning image that captures the beauty of our world of firearms. Today we have an AR-300, let’s call it that for now because it sounds rather cool. What is the popularity of the 300 Blackout nowadays? A bunch of years ago it was everywhere, but you hear less and less about it in my opinion. I don’t have any statistics to back it up, but the sales of ammunition might be booming?

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Hornady Unveils .22 ARC Cartridge And Three New Loadings

Hornady has a new .22-caliber Advanced Rifle Cartridge, the aptly-named 22 ARC. It joins the 6mm ARC in Hornady’s family of specialized cartridges for the AR platform. Right out of the gate, Hornady has three different factory loads available.

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HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Custom Walnut or Confused Mutt?

Welcome everyone to the 212th Edition of ‘Hot Gat or Fudd Crap?’, one of our many series here on TFB. If you’re new to the series, this is where we look at the most obscure firearms that are actually for sale and ask the question – is this Gat a sweet deal or only have Fudd appeal?  Each week the TFB staff weighs in with their thoughts, but readers get the final say in the poll at the bottom of each article.

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A Return to Form: The Munitionworks J.O.E. Carbine MK2

The original Munitionworks J.O.E. Carbine has been featured before here on TFBTV. Hop praised it as being a “template for customization” meaning it featured core components that were solid, reliable, and functional, and left enough room in the budget for you to make the rifle your own. Today Munitionworks is proud to announce the introduction of the J.O.E. Carbine MK2.

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New "Nightcap" Carry Handle Rifle and Nosferatu Receiver Set from Noveske

Just in time for the spooky season, Noveske Rifleworks has just announced the introduction of new “Nosferatu” Chainsaw matched receiver sets. This limited run of engraved and matched sets will be made available only through the Noveske website and will include not just the receiver set, but a WRMFZY Coffin ammunition bag as an added festive bonus. Noveske is also launching a brand new fixed carry handle rifle with the addition of the new 14.5″ Nightcap Gen 4 Rifle.

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Judge Blocks ATF From Treating Forced Reset Triggers As Machine Guns

The National Association for Gun Rights won a major victory in their case defending forced reset triggers (FRTs). A district court in Texas just granted a preliminary injunction against the ATF that prevents them from treating FRTs as machine guns. However, this is not the end of the forced reset trigger fight.

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Even More Control – The Riflespeed Gas Controls Quick Lever Kit

The Riflespeed Gas Control system is a quick and easy way to get your rifle up and running in a variety of situations when it just isn’t running right. The main advantage of the Riflespeed Gas Control system is that you can have a much longer handguard in a lot of cases since the system can be adjusted without tools, just using your hand. The Riflspeed system is being updated with a new Quick Lever Kit which allows the user to more easily adjust the gas controls, even if the handguard completely covers the controls.

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New Sons Of Liberty Gun Works M16-A5, A Primary Arms Exclusive

Sons of Liberty Gun Works has a surprise new release, an M16-A5 sold exclusively through Primary Arms. “But there is no M16-A5!” the cloner may exclaim. Well, there is one now, and you can buy it.

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Guns of a Conflict: The Battle of Mogadishu

The Battle of Mogadishu, also known as the Black Hawk Down incident, is a pivotal event in modern military history that took place in Somalia on October 3-4, 1993.  This battle, part of Operation Gothic Serpent, was a mission aimed at capturing key lieutenants of Somali warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid. As U.S. and coalition forces found themselves in an unexpected and intense firefight, they relied on a range of firearms and equipment to navigate the urban warfare environment.

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Brownells Reintroduces the BRN-601

The BRN-601 Complete Upper Receiver is back. Ideal for retro builds the BRN-601 is styled after the original Colt 601 which features the classic ‘duckbill’ flash hider, a 20″ lightweight 1-12 twist barrel, a classic triangular charging handle, green polymer handguards which mimic the originals and the receiver is anodized matte grey. The complete BRN-601 upper is available for $899.99 MSRP.

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TFB Review: The FN Guardian – FN America's Most Affordable AR-15

The name FN can spark either controversy or praise depending on who you ask about them, and more importantly, what exact product you’re talking about. A little while back I had the rare opportunity to run an FN SCAR 17 absolutely ragged for about three days in the desert – something that I think not a lot of civilian rifles ever get to experience. While the SCAR 17 nearly killed the Trijicon VCOG that was attached to it, the rifle itself managed to keep running, without any malfunctions for the entire week in which about 500+ rounds of .308 ball ammo were shot through it. This should come as no surprise to anyone who has had extensive experience with FN’s vast product line as they carry a reputation for having some of the best “combat-proven” equipment in the industry. However, the big downside to all that is that most of their highly sought-after AR-15 rifles and barrels are somewhat overpriced according to some. One prime example of this is FN’s 15 DRM3 and TAC 3 rifles which both cost nearly $2000 but are known for being some of the best “duty grade” off-the-shelf AR-15s available. This is simply not the case with the new FN Guardian, which comes in at an MSRP of $999 and can now be found for a street price of around $875. But does the FN Guardian still maintain the legendary reliability and accuracy that FN’s AR-15s are known for? We’ll find out in today’s review!

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The New VKTR Industries VK-1 Rifle

During the TriggrCon 2023, VKTR Industries, a gun company from House Springs, Missouri, released a new piston-operated AR15-pattern rifle called VK-1. This rifle was designed in collaboration with Paul Leitner-Wise, has eight patents protecting its different components’ designs and has received the TriggrCon 2023 Golden Triggr Award for Most Innovative Long Gun. Let’s take a look at the specs and features of the new VKTR Industries VK-1 rifle.

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New Griffin Armament MK2 Series Rifles

Griffin Armament have introduced the second generation of their AR-15 pattern rifles. The main difference of the new Griffin Armament MK2 family of rifles from the MK1 guns is the new lower receiver that has ambidextrous controls (magazine release button, bolt catch/release, safety lever). Let’s take a closer look at the specs and features of new Griffin Armament MK2 series rifles.

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New Strike Polymer Backup Sights With Tool-less Adjustments

Strike Industries is excited to share the latest addition to its rapidly expanding line of aftermarket AR components. The new Strike Polymer Backup Sights are a lightweight and affordable backup sighting option to pair with your rifle’s optic just in case of power loss or damage that would render it inoperable. These new backup iron sights have a number of neat features that make them a bit more practical and more durable than your typical standard polymer backup iron sight.

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HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? 6.8 Throwback or Throw Away?

Welcome everyone to the 206th edition of ‘Hot Gat or Fudd Crap?’, one of our many series here on TFB. If you’re new to the series, this is where we look at the most obscure firearms that are actually for sale and ask the question – Is this Gat a sweet deal or only have Fudd appeal?  Each week the TFB staff weighs in with their thoughts, but readers get the final say in the poll at the bottom of each article.

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NEW Brownells BRN-15 Uppers

Expanding their BRN product family, Brownells have released a new line of AR-15 upper receiver assemblies called BRN-15. These uppers are chambered in 5.56x45mm NATO and are available in three barrel length options – 16″, 13.7″ and 11.5″. Let’s take a closer look at the specs and features of the new Brownells BRN-15 uppers.

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Windham Weaponry Going Out Of Business

Sadly, it seems that Windham Weaponry is closing its doors for good. They broke the news in a statement posted on their website on Monday, September 11, 2023. They will cease taking web orders on September 12th.

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BREAKING: UK Selects New Assault Rifle

The United Kingdom has selected the Knight’s Armament Company KS-1 as the new individual weapon for the new Ranger battalions and elements of the Royal Marines Commandos. The requirement for the new rifle was released back in August 2021.

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Budget Geissele: ALG Defense El Jefe Rifle

If you always wanted to own a Geissele rifle but could never afford one, then the new El Jefe rifle must be interesting to you. This rifle is made by Geissele Automatics but it’s sold under the ALG Defense brand (Geissele’s sister company). With an MSRP of $1,199, the El Jefe rifle is $900 cheaper than the most affordable Geissele-branded rifle. The differences between the El Jefe and Geissele rifles of comparable configuration are in materials, manufacturing techniques and finishes.

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Strike Industries Releases NEW Stamped Dust Cover for AR-15

Firearms are not unique in their contentious relationship with dust and dirt. Any machine that gets foreign material in its operating system is bound to fail eventually. When it comes to your rifle, however, being on the wrong side of that relationship could lead to much more tragic results. Thankfully, we have a little help when running an AR-15. Dust covers are a small but important part, and now Strike Industries has given you a new, stronger option. If you prefer metal to polymer, take a look at the new Strike Industries Stamped Dust Cover.

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TFB Review: Foxtrot Mike Products Mike-102

The Foxtrot Mike Products Mike-102 is a very unique gun. It uses 5.56 AK mags but has internals similar to an AR. Why does this gun exist, and how does it perform? Let’s find out.

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