I won’t post every item like last time but it has alot of the same guts as a previous build of mine. Some of the parts came from RedXArms.com. The more I do business with Neil, the more I like his website. The products are proving to be of outstanding quality. My only complaint is I dont like waiting for things to come in the mail. Cant have everything I guess.


Free floated M4 profile barrel with a Troy Claymore muzzle brake

Free floated M4 profile barrel with a Troy Claymore muzzle brake

FailZero BCG, Magpul furniture, and ATI 15" Free Float Forend

FailZero BCG, Magpul furniture, and ATI 15" Free Float Forend

Magpul ACS stock, MOE grip and MBUS backup sights.

Magpul ACS stock, MOE grip and MBUS backup sights.

ATI Forend & FS8 nosecone. Next to the Claymore, its very badass..

ATI Forend & FS8 nosecone. Next to the Claymore, its very badass..

All in all it shoots like a dream ( 460 rounds and NO MALFUNCTIONS). Also I am really loving the FailZero bolt carrier group and trigger. I have yet to lubricate it and its still kickin.

Also I feel that I should tell you guys that I am employed for an online retailer of gun accessories and that I am in no way being compensated for this blog. I do this because I want to share with you guys the things that I think are worth sharing in the firearms industry. ( As an employee, I do get a pretty good discount on parts though :D)

With that in mind if you are interested in any of the parts you’ve seen in my posts you can probably find them at:




Also, if you call in and ask a gun related question, chances are I’m answering it. Did I tell you I love my job? Because I do. ūüėČ

Heather and the Marlin Model 60

Heather and the Marlin Model 60

So I’ve wanted my GF to come shoot with me for as long as I’ve known her and¬†yesterday¬†she finally came.

The video shows her shooting my Charles Daly 1911 in .45 ACP. As you can tell she is a very inexperianced shooter but I think she did pretty well.

Heather taking a knee Curtis in the background

All together she shot 2 very different Marlin Model 60s, “Tisha” my AR15, and the 1911.

I’m looking forward to much more shooting with my GF this summer.


In case your wondering the AR15 you see in the background is Tisha. I have finally gotten around to completely break in the barrel and will be sighting in the next time I go shooting.

I have gathered enough data to do an actual review of the handguard, the stock and the bipod. Look for it in the next couple weeks. Followed soon after by a review of the barrel, scope, and green dot sight

So after about 6 months of researching parts, placing online orders, waiting for them to come in, and partial assembly. It is finally over.

She is up and running and shooting like a dream.

Here is a rundown of everything that went into her with links to where I got them (when available) if you feel like building your own.

Ardel Engineering lower receiver

Purchased from the Moorhead, MN branch of OutdoorBunker

DPMS lower parts kit

Purchased from the Moorhead, MN branch of OutdoorBunker

RedXArms 20″ SS Bull Barrel 1/9″ twist .223/5.56


RedXArms keyhole marked complete upper receiver.


RedXArms rifle length gas tube


FailZero EXO coated bolt carrier group


RedXArms charging handle


AIM Sports tactical big latch

Purchased from the Moorhead, MN branch of OutdoorBunker

Brownells .936 low-profile gas block


Brownells A2 rifle buffer, spring, and tube


Magpul MIAD pistol grip


Mako SSR25 adjustable sniper stock


ATI 15″ free float 8 sided handguard w/ barrel nut, 15″ modular rail, sling swivel kit, & FS8 nosecone


NcStar full size precision grade bipod


AIM Sports one piece scope mount

Purchased from the Moorhead, MN branch of OutdoorBunker

NcStar Patriot Series 4-16×42 Mil-Dot rifle scope


As soon as the weather gets warm I will be posting a video review of each part as well as the rifle as a whole. I will do my best to be objective as possible.

Also I feel obligated to mention that RedXArms prices scared the crap out of me before I called them up and spoke with Neil (why so cheap?!).

He seems to know what hes doing and the parts I got are top notch. Shipping took longer than expected but after I got them they exceeded my expectations.

Feel free to sound off if you have a specific questions about any of the parts or assembly.

Just got back from Vegas and I figured I would post some pics from the gunshow. I wanted to find some interesting pieces or showcased displays to write about but nothing really caught my eye.  Maybe next time I guess.


A call from a friend…

March 8, 2011

So I just get back from a gunshow in Las Vegas and I get a call from a friend of mine who lives in Minneapolis. He told me that he was remodeling his basement in is new house and while tearing out the old ceiling he found a “45 revolver”.

I start to get kind of excited. Whats better than a free gun with a new house.

He tells me that it looks like its loaded but he can’t figure out how to open the¬†cylinder. I tell him about the usual places and try and walk him through it but still nothing.

Now I’m very intrigued so I ask what markings are on it so I can look it up. ¬†He gives me:

“HAHN 45 BB”


Nothing I had ever heard of before so I start with a quick google search and viola!

Crossman HAHN \”45\” BB

Turns out its a CO2 BB pistol.

Pretty realistic looking BB gun if you ask me. Not quite the treasure we had hoped for though.

Still, a free BB gun beats a kick in the pants I guess.


So for the last six months or so I have been assembling an AR-15 from parts. What it would end up looking like existed only in my imagination.¬†Until last Friday that is…

With the new ATI free-floating hanguard installed, the only thing left is the bolt carrier group. I’m at a crossraods between a chrome-plated or nitrided BCG.

Believe me you will be seeing much more of “Tisha” in the future.

A friend of mine taught me this and I figured I would share it with you. I have done this to my 1911 grips and let me tell you it completely changes the feel of the grip in your hand.

The rest of the gun needs work still but all in good time.

A closer view.

The grips shown are from Mako and have an extended magwell.

Also it is a good way to turn cheap plastic grips into custom textured grips.

Here is a quick tutorial:

It isnt very hard to do but keep in mind that if you¬†aren’t¬†comfortable taking a soldering iron to your Glock, it might be best to take it to a professional. This is something that can’t be undone.

EDIT: For some reason, UMG will not allow this video to be played as an embedded video. It will play for you on YouTube¬†after the jump. (I think because it has a Guns ‘n Roses song in it.)

Here is the first part of repairing and customizing an old beat up Marlin/Glenfield 60 I bought from a guy on NodakOutdoors.

Here are the pics from when I got it:

It doesnt look too bad from the pictures that were posted in the ad…

This gun has seen better days. 

But once I got it in my hands, it looked terrible. The finish was chipped, scratched, and rusting. There was a large hole where the front sight screw used to be. and the stock was cracked. not to mention the 25+ years of carbon that had built up inside the receiver. Not being one to pass up on an opportunity for experience I paid the man and took it home.

Once I got it open I also found out that it was missing one of the trigger guard screws and the feedthroat was broken. Whew!

After doing a quick cleaning,¬†I ordered the parts I needed. In the mean time I filled the front sight hole with a ground down screw and cold blued it for the time being. I also started this blog. When the parts arrived, I made this video…

The fitting that I didn’t put into the video was mostly changing the angle of the top of the new part to match the existing cutout of the bolt. ¬†And as I mentioned, removing some of the lifter. I also had to remove some of the lifter spring because it had some slack that was in the way of the new feedthroat. The next step for this gun is going to be refinishing the metal.¬†¬†My dipping tank is empty right now but I just ordered some parkerizing solution…

…to be continued…

MSRP = $4800.00 but they are raffling them off at $25.00 a ticket.

You can’t see it in the picture bu the receiver is engraved with a beautiful South Dakota pheasant scene. The maker tells me that while it is functional, you wouldn’t want to shoot it as the plating covers everything. Inside and out. Any shot fired would blow out all of the gold from inside the barrel.

Beautiful craftmanship on this pistol. This picture does not do it justice.

This pistol is definitely unique. It has handcrafted grips so subtle you can hardly see them but holding it, it seems to melt into your grip. With a textured frame and slide serrations working the action is smooth as butter. I couldn’t try out the trigger but the owner tells me it breaks like glass. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it many times more but they just dont make them like they used to anymore. As before if you contact me I can put you in touch with the owner if your interested.