American Shooting Journal: You have been coming out with some really innovative products for the AR platform lately. Can you tell us a little about your XPDW stock?
Alex Iosilevsky: We have been working on a lot of really cool stuff; some of the products have been released and others should be released in the near future. The XPDW stock is one of those products. We had requests from consumers and agencies to come up with a solution that would not require changing the buffer tube or bolt carrier group and still provide the PDW functionality. The XPDW stock clamps right onto a standard Mil-Spec buffer tube with no other modiﬁcations. We had a few other solutions, but we wanted to keep the MSRP at $179 for this release.
ASJ: How about your color parts, like your Ambidextrous Safety Selector and Extended Mag release – are they just as easy to install as the Mil-Spec?
AI: All of our products are just as easy to install as Mil-Spec products. Regarding color options, we initially only sold black, ﬂat dark earth, olive drab green. When we launched the red color option, it was a huge success and at that time we started looking at launching other colors. At SHOT Show 2017 we added blue, dark blue, gold and purple as color options for a lot of our products. We have seen most of the colors sell very well, and we will continue to carry these color options for most of our products.
ASJ: Armaspec offers a recoil reduction spring. Can you tell us about that and why someone would want this?
AI: Absolutely. The Stealth Recoil Spring is a drop-in replacement for a standard buffer and spring. It has lots of beneﬁts over a standard buffer and spring. It not only reduces the felt recoil with the multistage spring system, but also creates a smoother recoil. The sound of the spring scraping against the buffer tube is eliminated with the Stealth Recoil Spring by keeping the buffer spring away from the buffer tube. We also removed the metal on metal contact between the bolt carrier and the buffer with the addition of an O-ring. The Stealth Recoil Spring comes in six different conﬁgurations to ﬁt your buffer needs: SRS-C for carbines, SRS-9 for 9mm, or SRS-308 to handle the heavier recoil and longer bolt of a .308.
ASJ: You have many other parts to trick out an AR, as well. What are your favorites that you think our readers would really like?
AI: I like all the stuff we make. I am sure every reader has their own conﬁguration that they are trying to optimize. Our stainless-steel gun builder/LKP part kit is a great product if you have a stripped lower and want to start that next build. We’ve color-matched the button, selector levers and trigger guard to create that unique look. The titanium takedown/ pivot pins are a great choice as well.
ASJ: Do you have some cool new products coming out soon that you can share with us?
AI: There are a few products that we will be releasing soon and others that are currently in development. The Victory charging handle should be out shortly, as well as our AKPDW stock. We also have a few products in development that utilize our new Mini-Stealth Recoil Spring and that should be out later this year.
Visit armaspec.com for more information on all of Armaspec’s product offerings. ASJ
If you were to bet that “research” forms the core of projectile manufacturer G2 Research’s company beliefs, you would be correct. And along with research comes development, as in new products. We sat down with G2 Research to learn more about the company’s origins and what new rounds we might soon see.
G2 Research We thought we were starting small, but our internet presence went viral within a month of release. The servers handling our website crashed four times in a three-day period. At that point, we went in with everything we had.
ASJ The projectile in your cartridges looks devastating the way it opens up like a proud ﬂower.
G2R The round you are referring to is the G2 Research Civic Duty. Our original round, the R.I.P., is designed to fragment, thus increasing stopping power and tissue damage. We found over the course of a year that it was too innovative for some people who were “set in their ways” when it comes to old-school tried and true. We set out to create the most expansion possible out of a solid copper projectile to ﬁll that need.
ASJ What calibers did you launch with, and what have proven to be the most popular?
G2R We started with the 9mm R.I.P. Demand for that round was so high for a ﬂedgling company it took a while to get our next round, the .380 R.I.P., out. In the time since, we have covered all the semiauto pistols, as well as introduced a riﬂe line for hunting, and a cold tracer for training and plinking. Now we are working to get the G2 Research Civic Duty out in more calibers and research and developing revolver calibers. Nine millimeter is by far the current favorite for shooters, though trends do change.
ASJ Do you have any plans to offer your projectiles for the reloading market?
G2R We load our rounds to such a ﬁne spec for performance that we feel a lot of homeloaders would overload or underload, thus decreasing the effectiveness of the round.
ASJ Is your ammo primarily for hunters, or for home protection?
G2R We provide mostly to the self-defense market. Interest has been building for our riﬂe rounds as more people test and evaluate them. We also received the California DNR lead-free certiﬁcation.
For more information, visit g2rammo.com. ASJ
The American Built Arms Company was started in 2010 by Jason Combs, a veteran of the 82nd Airborne Division and the Maryland National Guard. As a longtime outdoor enthusiast, Combs has been around ﬁrearms and other hunting tools his whole life. After the economy went belly-up in 2008, he took his innovative AR-15 hand guard design idea and his life savings, and launched A*B Arms.
Over the next year and a half, the company continued to design and launch a few other AR-15, AK-47 and IWI Tavor parts and accessories. Soon, a large, high-end AR manufacturer approached them to produce quality, Swissmachined bolt assemblies, and this additional work helped A*B Arms move forward with increased name recognition and product sales.
When the AR-15 market went soft in 2014, A*B Arms saw the opportunity to shift gears and move back into the hunting and long-range shooting arena. The company designed and launched the MOD*X Modular Riﬂe System, a lightweight, aluminum chassis system for the Remington Model 700 Short Action.
Within a few months, they had sold more than 500 units to a variety of distributors, law enforcement agencies and hunting enthusiasts. Feedback was positive overall, but various Marine Corps snipers, SWAT team members and competitive long-range shooters shared some excellent advice regarding a few small, important changes that they wanted to see to improve the MOD*X. Combs listened to their feedback and launched the MOD*X GEN III. Today, A*B Arms is designing chassis systems for riﬂes beyond the Remington Model 700.
American Shooting Journal What are the typical signs that a person should upgrade their riﬂe to your MOD-X Chassis system?
American Built Arms Bolt-action enthusiasts are looking for two main things when evaluating an upgrade of their factory installed stock to our MOD*X GEN III chassis. The ﬁrst is to reduce weight, and the second is to give the riﬂe an improved tactical look and feel. Some states don’t allow hunting with an AR-15 and the MOD*X GEN III gives the user a riﬂe that looks like one. Some folks tell us that they “found” their grandpop’s old Model 700 with a beat-up, old stock and wanted to bring it into the 21st century.
ASJ Does this process require a gunsmith or anything different to change over to Chassis system?
ABA The beauty of the MOD*X GEN III Modular Riﬂe System is that you can remove your barreled action from your existing stock and assemble it into the MOD*X GEN III within 10 to 15 minutes. No special tools are needed. Just your standard hex screwdrivers and some Loctite. No gunsmithing is required.
ASJ All things being equal, is there a signiﬁcant shot group size reduction after transitioning to one of your MOD-X Chassis systems?
ABA Sure, all things being equal, the MOD*X GEN III will reduce your groupings substantially. That’s due to the fact that the chassis “envelops” the barreled action in a tight grip. No more potential slop often found in some bedded stocks.
ASJ Have only competition shooters made the changeover, or have you heard from hunters as well?
ABA Hunters are huge fans because of the weight reduction and the ability to add tactical accessories to the KeyMod rails, such as lights and night scopes, etc. Not to mention, with the side-folding variant, you can put your riﬂe into a carbine bag for easy transport.
ASJ Can you keep the same barrel and hardware when switching over?
ABA The MOD*X GEN III works with the Remington Model 700 short-barreled actions. Remington owners have built .223, .308 and 6.5 Creedmoor barreled actions into the MOD*X GEN III. A*B Arms provides all the hardware to make the switch from the stock to the chassis, as well as an easy-to-read assembly manual.
For more information, visit abarms.com.
Recently, we had a conversation with Legendary Arms Works’ sales and marketing executive Walter Hasser, who ﬁlled us in on the Reinholds, Pa.-based (717335-8555; legendaryarmsworks.com) company’s back story and its exciting future plans.
American Shooting Journal How did cofounders Mark Bansner and David Dunn team up to get LAW started?
Walter Hasser David and Mark go back a few years, as Mark worked on a few of David’s guns when he was operating Bansner’s Ultimate Riﬂes. After David had been operating a ﬁrearms retail store and indoor range in Pennsylvania for a couple of years, he began noticing the trend of American-manufactured ﬁrearms decreasing in quality and sending products oﬀshore to be produced. He wanted very badly to do something about it and believed, as we all believe today, that a ﬁrearm is something greater than the sum of its parts and deserving of the attention of craftsmen.
Furthermore, a larger portion of the American shooting population should have access to a higher level of quality versus just a handful who can aﬀord a full custom riﬂe. David’s ﬁrst step in realizing his dream was purchasing the M704 design and rights to manufacture from Ed Brown. His second was to form a partnership with the best custom gun builder and share his vision with the country.
ASJ How much did Mark’s passion for hunting inspire him to have his own ﬁrearms company?
WH Mark is an extremely passionate hunter and the type of guy you want in your camp. His ideals and character set him apart, both aﬁeld and in the shop. He likes getting his hands dirty, solving problems, working with people, growing and aﬀecting those around him. And he holds a deep respect for the sport and the industry as a whole. Mark understands the emotional and spiritual experience of hunting big game. As an artisan he holds a heightened sense of how that experience is ampliﬁed when undertaken with a ﬁne instrument. I believe he takes great pride in contributing to that experience for our customers.
WH Our M704 Action design is completely unique. A true controlled round-feed system that also has the luxury of single feeding without ﬁrst depressing a round on the magazine follower is a great advantage in many scenarios. The ﬁxed ejector blade is ruggedly simple and eliminates the common user error of “short stroking” during the cycle of operation, as the spent case will not eject until the bolt is fully cycled. The action is the perfect foundation for the perfect hunting riﬂe – not to mention the precision CNC machining quality and one-piece bolt.
ASJ What is your favorite LAW model and why?
WH “The Professional” is our ﬂagship riﬂe and best seller, and it’s easy to see why once you have it in your hands. The balance is perfect and craftsmanship is unlike any other product in its price bracket. You have the luxury of a fully custom mountain riﬂe in a package for one-third of the price.
ASJ How has LAW evolved over the years and what plans do you have for the future?
WH A very signiﬁcant development you’ll see from us this year is stepping into the realm of tactical and longrange precision riﬂes. To date our product line has been based around hunting riﬂes, but we are not just a hunting riﬂe company. We are a manufacturing company – a small, veteran-owned business with a large veteran workforce committed to bringing great riﬂes and great customer service to a bigger portion of the market than before. We have some very talented folks on our product development team, with backgrounds in law enforcement and the military, along with competitive shooting. This year we’ll be bringing a chassis system to market that I think you’ll love!
ASJ Is there anything else you want to say about the LAW brand?
WH We’re very grateful for our customers and the opportunity to manufacture and sell these products into this market and this industry that we all care so deeply for. ASJ
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Meet Bob Goettel, owner and founder of Liberty Arms LLC, a full-service gunsmith capable of repairs on all makes and models of firearms. However, their specialty lies in custom-built precision rifles. Take a look at what inspired Goettel to get involved in the PRS, and what keeps his company growing.
American Shooting Journal How did Liberty Arms get its start?
Bob Goettel It started with a family friend who was a custom smith and machinist. The old story of sweeping the floors when I was 9 years old got me into their shop, and they helped me build my first .22 magnum. From that point on it was an addiction. I started building all of my own rifles for match shooting, and that started things in motion. Soon, friends would ask me to build rifles for them, and interest in my work kept building. Eventually the demand pushed me to start the business.
ASJ What services do you offer?
BG We offer all of the common gun-related gunsmithing services. However, we focus mainly on custom-rifle builds. We are set up for gunsmithing, cerakote and blueing services,and offer a full line of custom 1911s. Due to the growing popularity of long-range shooting and the growth of the PRS competition, 85 percent of our work has been focused on that portion of the industry. We also do lot of work for the local police department.
ASJ You mentioned having a line of 1911s. What other firearms do you offer?
BG We also have our Trident AR-15 and -10, as well as bolt rifles, which are built using our lines and customer specs. The great thing for shooters today is the abundance of parts and accessories that are available. Just about anything is possible.
ASJ How did you get involved with the PRS?
BG The PRS and long-range shooting in general has exploded in the past few years. From that explosion most shooters have found me. Just being into the right sport at the right time has helped set things in motion, and the PRS is a great event that keeps the rifle population alive. It’s great to be a small part of it.
ASJ Thank you for talking to us, Bob.
BG Thank you ASJ