Odin Works 11.5″ .308 Complete Upper Now Available

Odin Works offers a full suite of complete firearms, parts, and accessories primarily for the AR platform. From AR-15s, AR-10s, AR-9s, suppressors, and more, this Boise, Idaho-based shop pretty much does it all. Previously, their AR-10 complete upper receiver lineup has ranged in length from 16″ to 22″ barrels. Now the company is expanding their offerings by adding a new carbine-length option as well. Meet the new Odin Works 11.5″ .308 complete upper receiver.

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HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? 1911 Earth Quaker or Wrist Breaker?

Welcome everyone to the 145th 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 has a 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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HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Superb Scout or Superfluous Spout?

Welcome everyone to the 140th 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 has a 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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HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Custom Match or Fudd Road Rash?

Welcome everyone to the 116th 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 has a 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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Meet the RAW10 .308 AR from Red Arrow Weapons

Red Arrow Weapons is a newcomer to the AR world. Those of you who watch the Outdoor Channel may recognize the Red Arrow name from the hunting TV show on that network that bears the same moniker. The show’s host, Kip Campbell, and his television production company, Shotfish Productions, have been putting the show on since 2007. Last year, Campbell launched a new company centered around AR-platform firearms built to his specifications. Red Arrow Weapons now offers guns in .223/5.56, 300BLK, 6.5 Creed, and the subject of their recent press release, the .308 RAW10. This 18″-barrelled rifle is Campbell’s take on the AR-10. The release reads as follows:

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Featured Deals of the Week 1/19/19

Complete AR-15 uppers, the Ruger Precision Rifle, Hornady Reloading Kit, Ruger Magazines, and the Ruger LC9s.

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TFB Review: Fort Scott Munitions TUI Ammo Part 2

In part 1 of this review of Fort Scott Munitions’ TUI (Tumble upon impact) Solid copper spun (brass in the case of the 5.56) ammunition, we took a look at their short range offerings in 9mm and .300 Blackout.  To reiterate:  These rounds are designed to tumble upon impact with soft tissue and create wound trauma via hydrostatic shock while retaining over 95% of the original weight of the projectile.  While the .300 Blackout and 9mm offerings performed well, Fort Scott also sent me some 5.56 and .308 cartridges to try out.

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[SHOT 2018] Desert Tech: The MDR Has LANDED!

In today’s episode, we follow Miles to Shot Show 2018 Media Day at the Range and visit Desert Tech.

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[SHOT 2018] Ellison Dynamic Concepts, A Suppressor you Should Check out

In today’s episode, we follow Miles to Shot Show 2018 Media Day at the Range and visit Ben with Ellison Dynamic Concepts.

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US Army's XM1158 ADVAP Round REVEALED: Tungsten-Cored EPR-Based Design Is Cheaper, Quicker to Produce

Until now, the US Army’s 7.62mm XM1158 Advanced Armor Piercing (ADVAP) round has been a mystery. The round, which was rumored to be the basis for the now-cancelled Interim Combat Service Rifle (ICSR) program, is supposed to allow existing weapons in the 7.62x51mm caliber to defeat advanced body armor out to combat ranges. Speculations about its configuration ranged from an improved traditional tungsten cored round to a discarding sabot design firing uranium flechettes, but the answer to this mystery was recently revealed in an issue of the Picatinny Voice. The ADVAP, it seems, is built on the technology of the 7.62mm M80A1 EPR, but using a tungsten core. From the Picatinny Voice article by Audra Calloway:

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Another Victory for the POF Revolution: 2018 Golden Bullseye Award for Rifle of the Year

The POF USA Revolution compact .308 rifle continues to rack up awards, as it has been awarded the NRA American Rifleman Magazine’s 2018 Golden Bullseye award for Rifle of the Year.  Just this past August , industry peers and professionals awarded the Revolution the 2017 Firearms Industry Choice Award for Rifle of the Year.   Previously reviewed here at TFB, the Revolution is a relatively lightweight .308 AR-platform rifle that this author found to be accurate, pleasant to shoot, easy to clean, and 100% reliable throughout the review.  

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Barrett Firearms Introduces REC10

While Barrett Firearms Manufacturing is best known for their .50 BMG anti-materiel rifles they also produce a series of AR-based designs, the REC7, offering both piston and direct gas impingement systems. While the REC7 is chambered in 5.56×45 or 6.8 SPC, Barrett has unveiled the new REC10 which chambers larger rounds including 7.62x51mm, .260 Remington, and 6.5 Creedmoor.

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Rheinmetall RS-556 Rifle Interview via DefenseWeb

DefenceWeb recently released a video overview of the new Steyr / Rheinmetall RS-556 assault rifle. The rifle, a sort of hybrid between an AR-15 and a Steyr AUG, was submitted to the Bundeswehr’s System Sturmgewehr Bundeswehr trials, competing against both Heckler & Koch’s HK416 and the new HK433 assault rifles. The RS-556, mechanically, is substantially different from a basic AR-15, and therefore occupies an interesting spot in-between being an AR-15 variant and a completely different weapon. The upper receiver is a single piece forged unit, with an AUG-style fixed extension/trunnion and quick change barrel. An AUG-style short stroke tappet gas system and connecting operating rod replace the AR-15’s direct impingement system. In the upper, a steel insert, rather than the aluminum receiver itself, guides the bolt carrier group. This feature is supposed to increase upper receiver life, and improve its maintenance characteristics, although it does make the rifle significantly heavier.

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The Vaunted PKM Machine Gun – A Closer Look, from Forgotten Weapons

The Russian PKM: Arguably the best general purpose machine gun in the world, it combines a robust reliability with best-in-class light weight. Ian McCollum of Forgotten Weapons recently released two video overviews of the weapon, giving us a good enough excuse as any to spend some time with the Soviet showstopper:

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A Belt-Fed Bren Gun with a Fatal Flaw: The Experimental X11E4 at The Armourer's Bench

After World War II, the UK sought to modernize its small arms, many of which were based on designs originating from before the First World War. For its medium machine gun, the British were still using the reliable but increasingly obsolete Vickers water cooled gun in .303 caliber. With the adoption of the 7.62 NATO by the UK, trials were held to select a new air-cooled general purpose machine gun, which resulted in the adoption of the excellent Belgian MAG. In these trials, however, was tested a belt-fed variant of the magazine-fed Bren gun, called the X11E4. This gun is the subject of an article over at The Armourer’s Bench, as well as an accompanying TAB video, embedded below:

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