Oh God, He's Done it Again but This Time it's Double Trouble – TFB Reader's Double Barrel AR-15

TFB reader and Subscribe Star supporter Stubbs have been hard at work these past couple months throwing together another monstrosity of a rifle. Or is it Rifles this time? Stubbs has managed to cobble together a heap of AR-15 parts to create a truly unique Double Barreled Double Trouble AR-15 which he has dubbed the M16Z.

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Rival Arms Announces Upgrade Parts for SIG P320 and P365 Pistols

Texas-based Rival Arms has made their name primarily as a Glock shop. While they do offer a handful of products for other firearms, like barrels for some Smith & Wesson handguns and a Ruger 10/22 chassis, the majority of their offerings to date have been Glock parts like custom slides, barrels, full upgrade kits, and more. However, this seems to be changing. Given the proliferation of SIG Sauer’s P320 series and the concealed-carry triumphs that are their P365 and P365XL handguns, it makes sense that shops like Rival Arms would expand their product lines to include these models. With a July 27th press release, Rival Arms has announced just that, and they will soon offer a menu of new SIG upgrades.

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YOU BUILD IT: SIG Sauer Custom Works P320 Fire Control Unit Collaboration

Most firearm customization used to require serious gunsmithing skills, time and money. Lots of money. A bare-bones 1911 owner looking for a series of performance enhancements could drop thousands of dollars and wait six months or more for a gunsmith to work through their books. With the development of the modular P320 Fire Control Unit, SIG Sauer has shifted the ability to customize handguns from the hands of craftsmen over to everyday users with plug-and-play parts that can transform a carry gun into a competition gun in about five minutes. Up until now, shooters would have to buy a base model and then a bunch of customized parts to build a specific gun. Now the P320 FCU is being offered as a stand-alone firearm and the doors are open to á la carte gun building.

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Featured Deals of the Week – 7/24/20

It’s a bird! No, it’s a plane! It’s… it’s… the weekly deals post! And the crowd goes wild! It is once again that time of the week boys and girls, it’s time to pull out your wallets and sigh deeply because the price points we all knew and loved back in January are no more. But hey, there are still some decent deals out there, and I’m bringing them here for you.

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80% Arms Introduces GST-9 Modular Polymer 80% Pistol

Home gun builders have long enjoyed assembling or modifying AR-15s and other firearms. The AR platform’s modularity has been one of its top selling points for years. It’s relatively easy for the layman to order most components and put them together or swap them out without needing too many specialized tools or formal gunsmithing training. This homebrewing trend has given rise to another, more in-depth assembly practice: turning unfinished “80%” parts into functional firearms. This has been most prevalent with AR lowers, which is considered to be the serialized “firearm”, even without all of the other pieces required to make it function. After ARs, polymer pistol frames (a la Glock) are the next most common 80% item. California-based company 80% Arms uses these DIY-oriented products as the focus of their business, and with a July 16th press release, they have announce their newest offering. Meet the GST-9, a complete handgun kit that builds off of their previously-announced frame. The release reads:

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New Level-Right Pro Precision Reticle Level from Real Avid

Minnesota-based Real Avid has been hailed in the past for offering useful products like cleaning tools and armorer’s kits. From wrenches and informational cleaning mats to magazine disassembly tools and punch sets, if you’re a firearms DIY-er chances are they make something you could use. One task for home gunsmiths about which much has been discussed is scope leveling. With the recent release of their Level-Right Pro, the folks at Real Avid aim to make this job easier to do properly.

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Making the Guns from Pirates of the Caribbean

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves takes you behind the scenes at ISS, Independent Studio Services, for the making of the gun from Pirates of the Caribbean. A lot of work goes into making and using the black powder firearms from movies like Pirates of the Caribbean, and Larry Zanoff of ISS explains to everyone exactly how much work the creation and use of these guns requires.

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Stay At Home With Purdey – Educational Video Series

Last week we saw the peculiar experience of John Rigby & Co. during the British lockdown, now we have a look at another great firm from London: James Purdey & Sons. Here we’re invited to stay safe at home (yeah, we may have heard it already…) and we are offered the chance to pass the time learning a few details of the high end gunmaking trade. The upcoming live video, on the company’s Instagram page, will feature an overview of the barrel making process.

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Han Solo's Blaster Revisited: A Movie-Quality Firing Replica

Many of you saw my recent article about my friend’s rough replica of Han Solo’s DL-44 blaster from the Star Wars movie franchise. If you missed it, you can find it here. The idea behind that build was to construct an AR pistol to look like a rough approximation of the movie prop, as inexpensively as possible. Today I bring you another functioning DL-44 replica gun, but the goal with this one was much different. The owner sourced a real C96 “Broomhandle” Mauser and commissioned a professional gunsmith to rebuild and modify it to be as close to a perfect movie prop replica as possible. This was not to be just a cheap, fun range toy. Today’s blaster was the obsessive mission of a Star Wars mega-fan and his gunsmith, bent on excruciating detail. Let’s discuss how they accomplished this galactic feat.

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Featured Deals of the Quarantine – 4/24/20

You guys know what time it is. It’s deals time. So let’s go, wallets out. There’s plenty of things to spend your money on this week.

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The Apocalypse 7000 by MacPherson

MacPherson Firearms posted their amazing build called Apocalypse 7000 (or A7K) on Facebook and in less than a day they had just shy of half a million hits on their post. Of course, The Firearm Blog reached out and got permission to use the pictures and the story. We also got a lot more details on the build, which you can find below.

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TFB Behind The Gun Podcast Episode #3: Larry Zanoff – Hollywood Armorer

Hello everyone and welcome back to TFB’s Behind The Gun Podcast. For episode three we bring you our friend Larry Zanoff from Independent Studio Services (ISS Props) and Hollywood Weapons on the Outdoor Channel. Larry is an amazing person with a vast knowledge of weaponry and gunsmithing as well as a deep knowledge of the entertainment and firearms industry. I sat down with Larry in January of 2020 in Las Vegas at SHOT Show. The conversation could have easily of ran for hours. Listen in as Larry Zanoff dives into the world of firearms in the entertainment industry.

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Crafting With Corona: AR-15 Geissele Trigger Upgrade In 12 Easy Steps

With restaurants, bars, theaters and a whole host of other entertainment establishments closed due to Corona 2020, some of you may be starting to feel the effects of extreme boredom. If you’ve organized the garage, inventoried the ammunition and cleaned the armory, it might be time to start working on some simple firearm enhancements. An AR-15 Geissele trigger upgrade is an easy way to step up performance on an otherwise average performing rifle. Let’s walk you through a trigger install in twelve easy steps.

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Hippogrips – The Spuhr Luger with a Bite

If you’re a daily reader here I’m sure you remember Håkan Spuhr’s Custom Luger, a quite extensive article on all the work that has been put into the project so far.

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DEFCAD, the Worlds Largest Online Firearms Repository is Back Online

Famed 3D Printer and firearms manufacturer Cody Wilson and his platform DEFCAD are back online after a long stint of legal battles. This time the plan is to filter out users so that the online repository does not run afoul of United States International Traffic in Arms Regulations(ITAR) rules.

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A Guide for Aluma Hyde II – How to Corrosion-Proof your Gun Parts

Modern corrosion proofing techniques have largely relegated paint coatings to hobbyists looking to customize the look of their firearm. I, on the other hand, seem to have the biology of a xenomorph, and by that, I mean that I have managed to corrode a couple of my gun slides as well as one of my recently purchased Shield Arms S15 magazines. Today I’ll provide you with a guide to corrosion proofing your gun parts with Aluma Hyde II as suggested by TFBTVs James Reeves.

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The Rimfire Report: PG22 Maverick 22 Short 3D Printed Revolver

Welcome back to another edition of The Rimfire Report! This week we are going to take a look at a 3D printed firearm that was inspired by a real-world toy. Ross Peters is the designer of the PG22 Maverick 22 Short revolver. The PLA printed revolver has an interesting design and today we’ll be taking a look at this home brewed 22 short pepperbox style revolver.

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Underground Arms Watch - March Pt.1

Catching up with police seizures from mid-February onward, March’s look into improvised and modified firearms circulating the criminal underworld begins.

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How Hard Is It To Build Your Own 1911?

With the AR-15 being the Lego-style build it yourself rifle on the market today, I’ve talked about the SIG Sauer P320 is a similar modular design with the Fire Control Unit being the heart of the gun. Those designs are great, but how hard is it to build your own 1911 from scratch?

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The Idahoan Show Creates The Hypothetical Archers' Rifle

YouTube… as firearm enthusiasts we have plenty of reasons to complain about how this video repository is run. Yet there’s still a lot of great content in it, which keeps us coming back for more. Sometimes their algorithms work even surprisingly well, suggesting videos we actually could really like. One of such cases brought yours truly to discover “The Archers Rifle” by the channel named The Idahoan Show.

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Rifling a Barrel in the Bathroom using Electrochemical Machining

If you’ve ever wondered how you can get just a little bit more functionality out of your bathroom look no further. Twitter user Freegunzone has shown us his method of rifling a barrel inside his own bathroom. Using a process called Electrochemical Machining, this adventurous gunsmith is making homemade barrels with just a few simple tools and chemicals.

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Custom Lugers: Hakan Spuhr's Weird Relation to Old Luger Pistols

Håkan Spuhr is the man and inventor behind the famous Spuhr scope mounts, the upgrade kits for various Heckler & Koch models, one of the world’s most advanced mounting system for Night Vision and a bunch of other modern military equipment.

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[SHOT Show 2020] Grips & Stops! NEW Tyrant Designs CNC Components

Tyrant Designs, known for their high-quality upgrades for AR-15s and common polymer pistols, has a few new components they debuted at SHOT Show 2020 to keep our firearms stylin’ and functioning at their best. We have previously reviewed components on TFB like the Tyrant Designs T-Comp, and found them to function phenomenally so we would not expect anything less with what they had to show us at SHOT Show.

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[SHOT Show 2020] NEW Boyds SPIKE CAMP: The Essentials-Only Gunstock

It has been an exciting 2020 for everyone over at Boyds Gunstocks so far and we have not made it out of the month of January yet! It was announced after New Years that  Boyds Gunstocks Industries Inc, as of January 2nd, transitioned to the new ownership of Dustin Knutson and Rob Carstensen who have been with  Boyds for a combined 24 years. Soon afterwards their most affordable gunstock yet was debuted in the “ Spike Camp” which looks to have tremendous potential for the features provided and the price-point at which it is offered.

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[SHOT Show 2020] Tighten All the Blasters! NEW Fix It Sticks 3-Gun & PRS Kits

Fix It Sticks has introduced NEW 3-Gun and PRS Kits for shooters to tighten their optics, firearms, and accessories in a more mobile, handy wallet. Many people know Fix It Sticks for their smaller kits to help mount optics out in the field or even to tinker on their mountain bike. In reality, Fix It Sticks has a large assortment of kits for people to choose from to suit whatever their adventures might entail.

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TFB Exclusive: The Mandalorian Fett Blaster

Today we are looking at a Mandalorian Fett Blaster, exclusively on The Firearm Blog.

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This 3D Printed Hi-Point May Be the Cheapest Pistol in Existence

There is no question that Hi-Point firearms have made a name for themselves by providing law-abiding citizens with affordable and functional firearms. With an average out the door price of about $150, the pistol can provide those in dire need of a self-defense weapon with a working solution. However, 3D printers may have just undercut the budget firearm manufacturer with their new 3D printed Hi-Point clone.

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Spice up your Glock with Overwatch Precision's new #PumpkinSpice Triggers

Every year the advent of fall brings changing leaves, cooler weather, football, and of course: the return of the seemingly ubiquitous #PumpkinSpice craze. While it started primarily with pumpkin spice lattes, the autumnal flavor and accompanying orange color themes can be found practically everywhere around this time of year. Thanks to an office joke between the Glocksmiths at Phoenix-based Overwatch Precision, the firearms industry is participating in the cultural ode to titian-hued winter squash. As they announced on Tuesday, you can purchase a special-edition “ Pumpkin Spice TAC Basicness” Glock trigger until November 5th.

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POTD: Silent Danish Gat Build

What do you get when you bring together replica STEN parts, a .22 semi-auto and a lot of hard work? You get a pretty cool build. Marius Horskjær, from Denmark sent us in some photos of a build he recently finished. Initially, asking if it might be eligible for our Hot Gat Fudd Crap series, wondering what you, our readers, would make of his work. Marius’ efforts are too cool to roast so I thought it would make a great POTD.

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The Curious Case of Joseph Roh

The internet, or at least the parts of it that deal with guns, is aflame in recent days about an ATF decision to defer prosecution against one Joseph Roh. But who is Joseph Roh? Why does his deferred prosecution matter? Did the ATF actually shake federal gun law to its core? To answer that question immediately – maybe. If this were some sort of claim/fact rating article, I’d rate the claim “this is a big deal” as half-true.

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