After a month long hiatus (we were on a startup out in 4 Corners) we are back on the program of building, testing and delivering custom AR-10 rifles. We’re also receiving a selection of suppressors from TBAC, YHM, Hunter Town, SWR, & Silencerco and can pretty much provide what you need. We’ve also managed some range time and we’re gearing up for a long range class in June that DVC will be providing.
As we mentioned, we’ve been out of town for a significant portion of April which spanned several full weeks and weekends. Generally, during this time of the year power plants are performing major work when power demand is low which allows them to take units off line and complete large overhauls or major projects. During this time it’s usually balls to the wall (a little nostalgic fighter pilot lingo) to complete construction, testing, startup and commissioning and doesn’t leave much time or energy for managing gun business. However, it’s over with and we’re back at it.
Over the last several weeks we’ve received 308 bolt carriers from Harris, JP and CMMG so we are well stocked and allowed us to complete several rifles. We’ve also received 30cal blanks from Bartlien and another shipment of 30 & 26 cal blanks from Broughton. We’re also expecting a delivery of 24cal blanks from Shilen for a run of 243Win barrels. We are still short on AR-15 receivers and bolt carriers but we’ve managed to score a few complete rifles that we were able to re-hab (which is how we originally got our start in custom builds).
We haven’t seen much in the way of handguns and basically we’ve stopped watching. This is the same for ammunition. If we had the time to monitor our wholesalers by the hour we would be able secure a few more items but this would become a full time job. For the time being we’re recommending watching items that pop up on the internet and hopefully you won’t be over charged. We suspect by mid to late summer the situation will start to improve.
We have received our first shipment of Hunter Town Arms suppressors in 22lr (full size and mini), 9mm, and 556. So we’re interested to see how these perform. HTA suppressors have a very attractive price point, can be disassembled, and are very modular that will allow them to add to various mounts (the mounts are not yet available).
YHM is still running about 6 months from the time of order until we get serial numbers which they just provided a half dozen of them for us. YHM has been a long time favorite of ours for rifle suppressors and their titanium suppressors are an excellent package.
Thunder Beast Arms offers a premium line of titanium rifle suppressors and we are consistently receiving these. SWR just shipped us their first Octane 45 which has excellent ratings and is priced about the same as the Silencerco Osprey. We’ve also received several Spec War 556 and Saker 556 suppressors both offer excellent quick detach options.
In June our friends at DVC will be offering a long range rifle training class which is open to shooters. We’ve been waiting for this class for about 3 years and the best part is it’s held locally. The instructor has been trained by several different agencies and has approximately 10 years of active combat duty and duty that has required him to provide cover for our so-called distinguished leaders in hostile environments (No he was not stationed at any of the Tea-Party events, that’s for our friends at the IRS.)
If you’re interested in learning how to use your equipment regardless if you’re a hunter or target shooter this course offers class room instruction and field exercises. Contact them at http://dvctraining.com/
During our last range test we tested 3 rifles and we can tell you that it's a lot easier to shoot in warm weather then bundled up in our Carhart gear in freeze temps. Additionally some days we just shoot better as a combination of being relaxed, good weather conditions, and everything being aligned correctly. A few items that you should check when going to the range are: verifying scope rings and mount is tight, forearm is tight, bipod and mount is tight. All of these things transfer directly into shot placement repeatability.
The rifle shown at the top of the page was one of those rifles where we had to make two range trips to complete the testing. Generally our groups are in the .75 MOA or better, we're probably a .75MOA shooter more consistently than we are a .5MOA or less. However, on our first pass we couldn't get the rifle to zero, it was moving primarily vertically. First thinking it was our movement combined with scope adjustments we kept making changes. Eventually we started a deeper investigation and found that the Troy TRX forearm was not tightened on securely and was allowing movement each time we shot causing us to string some rounds.
We came back out a second time for another round of testing and discovered similar problems only with a little more exaggeration on the diameter of the group size. Since this was our 2nd test rifle for the day we felt confident that we were warmed up and applying good shooting skills. After a couple of 3 - 5 shoot groups we decided to remove the optic and install our personal S&B 2x12 optic and after performing a quick 5 shot zero we ran a 3 shot group and had significantly different results. We can't prove that the optic was defective (and will not say that it is) but we couldn't get it to perform.
Of the 3 rifles we tested we were using our D9Firearms custom 168grn ammunition and once each was tested at the 100yd range we ran 3 more rounds at the 3" plate at 200yd. We used a 2" hold over and on each rifle we struck 3 out of 3 rounds and concluded that today just happened to be a good day at the range where our tests came in successfully and headed for home. So remember to perform basic maintenance on all of your accessories.
L-R: Our 3rd test group at 100yd with stated rifle; Our final test group using our S&B. Rifle 308W TS-18-L Bartlien 5R, Giesele SSA, Vltor 6 pos stock. 100yd
First rifle of the day, 2nd group. Rifle: 308W TS-20 (Bartlien 5R), NF XS optic, Giessele DMR, Magpul PRS; 168grn D9 ammo. 100yd
Last rifle of the day, 3 shot group. Rifle upper: 308W TS-20 Shilen 1:10, JP Rifles Comp, D9 168grn ammo. 100yd
As always we appreciate your business and look forward to working with you for your rifle and suppressor needs.
After 3 months of hard hitting non-stop activity we find ourselves still extremely busy with transferring and building firearms. Amazingly we are still proposing on new rifles and maintaining a supply of components that allow us to continue to build our custom 308 rifles (also chambered in 6.5Creedmore). Were also maintaining a good supply of suppressors. We also managed to get a vacation in middle of all this combined with our travels for our real job.
FYI: For all the new customers and a friendly reminder to our existing clients, we do not announce our travel schedule for obvious reasons. We do appreciate everyone being extremely patient with us when trying to schedule a pickup. We are expecting some travel coming up again so if it’s an important transfer let us know.
D9, Mrs. D9, and Ninja: Trying to find out what the hold up was on our gun parts coming through the Panama Canal.
Since we blew out AK-47 (our middle son) to NDSU we no longer have boy scouts on Monday nights and instead me and chicken nuggets (now officially known as ninja nuggets) have taken up karate at Amerikicks. As you can see we’re only on our 3rd belt and we’re probably more dangerous to ourselves at this point then any would be attacker (unless of course we carrying our new Kimber Solo). Not to mention I can really start to feel my age with every cruncher, pushup, mountain climber, and jumping jacks I do.
This has been extremely rewarding for us mentally and physically where we are routinely hit, kicked, thrown, twisted and contorted by little children (in general very similar to the psychological effects of married life). To compound this violence we also engage in a kickboxing, sparring, and combat training all to increase our fighting skills and endurance. The best part is we’ve shed 1/10 of our weight without giving up booze or bacon. We can highly recommend this class and you can give our friends at Amerikicks on 95th and Metcalf a call.
Additionally in some of our down time we like to read books (who knew we could read) and one that was recommended by a Krav Maga instructor is titled “On Killing” by Lt. David Grossman. In a brief summary he describes what it takes to kill a man in cold blood and in self-defense, either up close and personal or from an extended distance. A cold blooded killer is a psychopath and will kill without remorse or hesitation, most everyone else does not have what it takes to kill another human and will take as many measures as possible before having to, even in self-defense (it’s easier said than done and be prepared for the after effects). It’s been a very interesting but yet dry read and we can recommend it for any carry conceal holders and it relates very well to current events.
Since this is a gun forum we’ll get onto some gun business. Ammunition is still a rare find. We are producing 308W and 556 match and hunting loads. Factory ammo we get a case of 556, 45, and 308 intermittently but not regular enough to keep a list. Additionally, factory firearms in general are still not in-stock. We could manage to get more if we trolled our wholesalers websites every hour on the hour so in these times we are happy to assist you with a transfer.
The new Silencerco Saker: (We've only waited a year to get these in)
For our custom AR-308 rifles we have an excellent selection of barrels and have routinely been getting SI-Defense receivers. We also have a good inventory on the bits and pieces but occasionally run out of a spring or roll pin. We’ve just recently received two shipments of bolt carriers from two sources which will allow us to complete over 13 308 and 6.5Creedmore builds. However, we are short Magpul PRS AR-10 Black stocks and if anyone knows where some are available we would appreciate a heads up.
This month’s builds include our first run of barrels that were fluted by Marty at Twisted Barrel. He does some impressive work. One of the changes that occurs in extremely busy times like this is it forces us out of our comfort zone to look for new vendors and Marty at Twisted was no exception and he is now our defacto barrel fluter.
Additionally, in the suppressor arena we are getting several requests for FDE high temp finishes and we have located a vendor in N.KC that provides this service. Unfortunately he does not have a FFL which requires anyone wanting an NFA or standard firearm painted needs to schedule it and wait while he performs the work. However, what we’ve seen, it’s worth the wait. We will start providing his information once we confirm with him how he wants his information communicated to our clients.
Coming up we are wrapping up 10+ builds in April and will start taking new orders by the end of the month and converting several out-standing quotes into new orders. Again we appreciate everyone being patient with us here at D9Firearms.
308 TS-16: This is a stout compact and very portable target and hunting rifle
This is one of our first 6.5Creedmore rifles in a TS-22 Contour
If this is any indication of how busy we’ve been we’re just now getting to writing about our January range report. However, first of all we want to thank all of our existing clients who have been extremely patient with us while we’ve attempted to manage all the transfers, sales, building, emails and phone calls. For now it appears we’re out of the hyper activity and mostly working on getting caught up with all of our existing builds to get them built, tested and delivered.
During January and actually February we’ve made several range trips but they were mostly for operational and performance testing of several builds we completed. However, we did manage to get an excellent range trip in again at the NRA’s Whittington Center in Raton, NM for our guided cow elk hunt. Overall it was a great trip but guided hunting after this will have to be something we can do on foot or by horse.
Since we are currently on a project near 4 Corners NM we flew down to Albuquerque, rented a car and tooled up to Raton. The drive is dry and uneventful and once you’ve seen one high planes desert butte you’ve seen them all. Once we got to the reservation we met up with our guide and went to sight in my rifle. For this trip I brought my sniper grade Tikka T3 308 bolt rifle mounted in a Manners stock and topped off with our Karl Kaps German Police Sniper scope.
We got out to the 100yd range and ran a few rounds through and then started making some data on personal equipment (DOPE) adjustments. My guide seemed a little disappointed since I was calling all my shots before I squeezed the trigger and I suspected he thought I was going to be some sissy pants (code word for homosexual) city boy who just went out and bought a new rifle and couldn’t find my ass after eating some green chilies. Regardless, it set the stage for the shot I was expecting to take out in the field.
For this hunt we were using D9Firearms 175grn Nossler Partition match grade hunting load designed to deliver lethal penetrating accurized shots. On the final sight in shot we ranged out to 225yd on a deer shaped steel target and again I told my spotter to watch for the shot placement at the eye. Needless to say it was delivered where I stated and my spotter was thinking like WTF am I doing here?
Once at the cabin (it had 6 separate rooms and a common area) we met up with the other two hunters. Since there were two prime locations we ended up teaming with a husband/wife team (she was the shooter). The agreement was, she would call the first shot when she was ready to take it and I would confirm that I have mine locked in, then she would take the first shot and I would follow up with mine. (You will read that once the first shot is fired all plans go to hell.)
Saturday morning we set out scouting the grazing areas where the elk have be maliciously destroying the desert grass and vegetation and we spotted a heard of about 200 elk. We came back around on the side of a low outlier bluff that allowed us a perfect elevated shooting platform. As we approached the hill top we came in with a final belly crawl (real Marine kind of shit, I was just missing my K-Bar clenched between my teeth). As we positioned our self we spent approximately 3 minutes perusing the selection and picked one out and ranged her at 230yds exactly what I had perfect DOPE for.
About that time, the woman shooter (we’ll call her Jane Doe) (I’ve never been accused of being a misogynist ), without warning fired the opening salvo. Needless to say my cow starts to get agitated (most do when someone is shooting at you) and started to move and without giving her more than 5 seconds of travel time I lit her up with a solid chest cavity shot. During the next 20 seconds as she struggled to understand why she had a massive hemorrhaging chest wound and a broken shoulder, Jane Doe proceeded to hose the field down desperately searching for a confirmed hit.
Unfortunately no one could place where Jane Doe was shooting, so follow up adjustments were meaningless and it was patently obvious since at least a minimum of 5 of the remaining 199 were still standing and they were getting visibly distressed. By the end of this fusillade of large caliber rifle fire we spotted one that had a hind quarter limp. So being the chivalrous guy I am and the fact that I knew my gun was dead nuts on (DNO), I lent her my rifle, gave her a 2 second crash course on which hash mark to use and then proceeded to watch her as she shelled the now charging heard as rounds flew aimlessly into the field.
By that time my cow was tits up abandoned by the raging heard mostly laughing and mocking Jane Doe. Since Jane managed to connect with one, we set out on an hour and a half tracking mission. Which I have to say was the highlight of the hunt. It’s amazing that the elk was able to get up and down hillsides with a slug in her ass, but she did and she escaped immediate death.
We got back down to the field and checked out my cow and sure enough one hole right in the chest cavity exactly where I had placed my cross hair. There was no apparent exit wound but her opposite shoulder was blown out as well. I’ve never been up on one of these before but they’re big freakin animals and my guide estimated the weight at about 400lbs. We got down to business on opening her up and field dressing her before we took her back to skin her.
As we began field dressing her we discovered she had been getting some action and was pregnant with a little baby elk, sorry I mean a fetal tissue mass like substance that happened to have all appearances of being a buck. (I’m sure if Mr. Kermitt Gosnell of the Philadelphia Planned Parenthood were still in business he could add this to his list of methods to use on the unsuspecting young urban mothers (this paragraph was not meant to be entertaining).)
Overall it was always good to get out in the field even if the hunt only lasted 10 minutes. The next day we took off for 4 Corners and enjoyed a nice drive through the snow covered mountains and back down in through some valleys. At one point we even crossed the Rio Grand and thought we’d check to see if there were any swimmers.
As always we enjoy getting out to shoot and we look forward to providing you with your firearms needs (once inventory is available).
We’ve recently received a shipment of 260Rem barrels using Bartlien and Shilen blanks and have developed three sub MOA loads that will deliver accurate and deadly shots. This caliber is quickly becoming a favorite of ours and we are going all in to support the caliber. Prior to our enthusiasm, we left the ammo sourcing up to the client to find and we found this didn’t help our clients who wanted to use this caliber.
Tactical Sniper Light 18” (TS-L-18) mid length gas 1.5 full body wide fluting 5/8x24 TPI. (Mrs. D9's table cloth. Not good for D9 if she finds out.)
The problem with 260Rem has been getting quality target and hunting ammo off the shelf without breaking the bank. We’ve developed three loads that we can competitively deliver to our clients who wants match grade performance for shooting or hunting.
The first load which we found to be the most accurate is using the 140grn Amax projectile which has consistently delivered .5 MOA out of the Bartlien and Shilen blanks. We’ve also developed two hunting loads, the first using a 127grn SST projectile, that shoots in the .5 - .75 group and will deliver knock down power. The third load is the 129grn VLD projectile that produces a violent effect on tissue and bone and is designed for long range hunting. We’ve tested 120grn but didn’t have much success in dialing it into a decent group.
L-R: D9 Custom Ammo 260Rem 129gn Barnes VLD (This stuff is nasty). 260Rem 140grn Amax, equally as devastating.
We’ve started budgeting significantly more range time for testing ammunition and our custom built rifles as well as more personal shooting. Early this year we worked up various loads for the 5.56, 308W, and now we’ve completed the 260Rem and will be starting on 6.5 Creedmore next. We’re also going back to the 308W to develop 175grn long range and 155grn short range cartridges. (A client reported that the Rock Creek 1:11.27 blanks shoot the 155grn factory ammo exceptionally well.)
We’ve also implemented additional performance testing and break in on our custom built rifles. For our performance testing we run 3 – 5 rounds, clean, 3 – 5 rounds, clean, 5 rounds, 5 rounds accuracy test, then perform a final cleaning and lubing. This adds an extra hour of time to our builds along with ammo cost but it has several positive benefits. We also perform the sight in and zeroing if an optics is included.
We’ve also complete several rifles this month and include:
D9 5.56 SPR-14.7, Samson Evolution, Adams Arms Piston system, Sure Fire FH, Magpul PRS, Ergo tactical grip, Giessele 3 gun SD. (This gun ran like a sewing machine. Sell that to your wife.)
This is a target we received from a client who we built a D9 Custom 308W with a TS-20 RC barrel, Troy TRX, Magpul PRS, Giessele DMR,
"Darrel, love the gun. Getting ready to start loading some ammo. I attached a
pic of a bragging target(there are actually 4 shots, 3 are in the bullseye at
.362"). Had pretty good luck shooting Black Hills 168's but the best results
were with 150 grain Fusion(used on target picture)."
We also managed to pickup an interesting wheel gun.
For our most recent stealth purchase we secured a new Dan Wesson Specialist. It took us about a week of fondling it before sentimental value and our patience ran out and took it to the range and ran a couple of mags through it. Very nice.
For the balance of the month we’re going to be working on our new 308W ammunition. Next month we’ll be at the Overland Park and Topeka Gun Shows. We’ve also got a good selection of suppressors and several more on order.
If you’re interested in a custom D9Firearms rifle or other firearms and suppressor needs give us a call. We look forward to hearing from you.
D9 5.56 SPR-14.7, Samson
Evolution, Adams Arms Piston system, Sure Fire FH, Magpul PRS, Ergo tactical
grip, Giessele 3 gun SD.(This gun ran
like a sew machine.Sell that to your
D9 5.56 TS-18 w/OD finish,
Levang, Troy TRX, JD Machine receiver set (for export to California), Magpul PRS OD, Ergo deluxe OD,
For the balance of the month
we’re going to be working on our new 308W ammunition.Next month we’ll be at the Overland Park and Topeka Gun Shows.We’ve also got a good selection of
suppressors and several more on order.
If you’re interested in a custom
D9Firearms rifle or other firearms and suppressor needs give us a call.We look forward to hearing from you.
Last year we participated in an auction to raise money for the Boy Scout Shooting Sports and thanks to Hodgedon Powders and the staff at the NRA’s Whittington Center (WC) they donated two hunts to be auctioned off. Since Mrs. D9 wasn’t there to prevent your humble author from proceeding with reckless abandon we won both auctions. (Of course it’s easier to ask forgiveness then permission and we couldn’t return these and we did it for the children,)
The WC is located in Raton, New Mexico which is the northeast corner near KS, CO, and OK. The WC has approximately 33,000 acres that cover flat and mountain regions. Although it’s located in the middle of freaking no where it was a relatively easy drive from Overland Park, KS and clocked in less than 11 hours including head breaks, fuel stop, and lunch. (We did occasionally test some of the performance characteristics of the Avalon.)
The WC has a range for every type of shooting passion and best part its open to the public. Since it was off season and there weren’t any competitions we stayed on site in the competitor housing (which was included in the package), and paid an extra $35 per day for a catered breakfast, lunch and dinner (every penny worth it).
One of the nice things about this trip was all we had to do was pack our rifles, hunting gear, and our clothes. (Generally we’re doing a camping trip and we pack about 2 tons worth of gear. Me and Chicken Nuggets have been discussing how to increase our fun and limit the work. (We like camping, but fishing, shooting, and quad running beats the hell out of setting up/tearing down and maintaining a camp site, and for less then a $100 a day, a warm dry bed and shower sure sounds like a better deal.)
In the last few months we’ve been working on several projects for our custom rifles and ammunition and we were able to put them to the test at the WC. We brought several rifles with us and about 1000 rounds of ammunition. (You can never be over prepared.)
Our first day on site was to meet up with our guide and site in our rifle. Our guide Adrian is a wirey Mexican who loved to hunt antelope. Adrian is also a taxidermist and after the hunt he invited us over to his home and shop, and to meet his family. (His son will be just like him.) Very nice family and although we don’t know much about taxidermy he had an impressive collection and back log of work that included a bear in his full habitat that he was currently working on.
There were also three other very interesting hunters. The first gentleman was Doc (an ENT laser surgery specialist), his good friend the Colonel (a retired full bird WWII veteran (no shit, 89 years old) and author of several books on hunting and military history), and a local cowboy western artist (who had several prominent paintings on display at the WC museum).
Of course we can’t go without mentioning Mike who was directly responsible for the development of WC. (If you’re ever out there ask Mike about AR’s and how much he really enjoys them. Although, Mike wasn’t ready to procure a D9 rifle, he has a special passion for them.)(There is some inside baseball here and when you meet Mike you’ll understand.) We’re sure he’ll be calling us any day.
At the end of the day, we all gathered for our evening meal prepared by our caterer, as well as enjoy some adult beverages to wash the dust down. We went all week without watching TV, Rush Limbaugh, email, and very little phone calls, and let me tell you, it was nice. However, by Friday we were having some withdrawal symptoms and weaned ourselves back into the real world.
100yd site in: Doc sighting in a .257 Roberts Ackley improved, Mike on the spotter, Adrian, and the Colonel in the back. The Colonel’s rifle is shown leaning on the bench which is a .264Win Mag.
For the hunt we went with our sporterized 260Rem and were using a 127grn Barnes Hunting VLD bullet. After using this for the hunt we can see making more like this. We also brought our 308W LR-308 and Tikka T3 308W varmint rifles.
After sighting in our rifles we moved to the high power silhouette range with reactive targets from 200 – 500, and the buffalo at 1123yd. We started with the Tikka and worked our way through several targets and then moved out to the buffalo. With about a 20MOA holdover we got on target and after a dozen rounds we pinged the 18” center target on the buffalo. (At that point Adrian informed me that I was allowed to buy the “I hit the buffalo shirt at 1123yd)
Tikka T3 Varmint 308Win in a Manners stock, Karl Kaps 2.5x10 Sniper Scope with Horus Vision level/cosine indicator, and AAC Cyclone suppressor.
D9Firearms Custom 308: Rock Creek 5R, SI-Defense receivers, Magpul PRS, Giessele DMR trigger, Thunder Beast Arms 30P-1 suppressor, NF 5.5x22 w/Velocity 1000 reticule and Horus Vision level/cosine indicator, Harris pan mount and bipod with cant. Rifle is hydo-dipped with ATAX pattern. This is a bad-ass setup.
We then broke out our custom LR-308 with a NF 5.5x20x50 Velocity 1000. This was freakin amazing. The bullet drop was about 3 feet low at 1123yd but very close to the reticule. (We’re going to develop a new load for this distance using a 175grn VLD bullet.) Needless to say, it’s addictive, but what was cool, our load was almost spot on to the reticule so we could move anywhere in the 200 – 500 yd range and get a confirmed kill on the reactive targets.
Over looking one of the many ranges.
100yd Black Powder Range. Reactive steel target at 525yd on side of mountain, paper targets were at 100yd.
200 – 500yd Hi Power Range with reactive targets. 200yd Chickens, 300yd pigs, 400yd turkeys, 500yd rams. It’s barely visible on the far left sparsely treed hill is a white spec which is a full size steel buffalo target with an 18” black bulls eye. We went through about 400 rds on this range in two days.
On Wednesday we geared up for the hunt and headed out about 6AM. Since we’re on such a large area, hunting is conducted by driving around until you spot one. At that point you get out and start stalking the poor bastard who’s about to become dinner. However, at WC the antelope have no fear and are used to gun range and our first encounter we could have hammered the doe with our 1911 Dan Wesson Valor at less then 10yd.
10yds away. I was getting concerned that these guys were freakin stupid, and I didn’t want to eat a stupid antelope. Scroll down and you’ll find out what makes them stupid, it’s common in a lot of humans as well.
Yep, you guessed it, this guy’s got one thing on his mind and it’s staring him right in the face. Remember guy’s, thinking with the wrong head…..
Since we didn’t want to eat a stupid horny antelope we opted to continue tooling around the reservation. There was ton’s a wild life on this place and we also came across a heard of elk that was about 500yds out tucked away on the side of the mountain. There was a good size buck and a younger one, who was trying to horn in on some of the action, and about 15 cows and doe’s. So we’re pumped about next years elk hunt.
About an hour later we found a couple of antelopes tooling around about 200yd out that seemed to have a little more common sense and we suspected they inherently new we were on site with one of our custom rifles and special hunting loads. We moved out into a field about 100yds down in the direction they were headed and setup shop.
The antelope were lurking over by the two trees across the drawl.
They ducked down into a drawl and came back up almost squarely in my sight. A minor adjustment and Adrian ranged her at 197yd. It took a couple of minutes before she gave me enough of a side view as she was foraging around. I can say it was probably the most relaxed shot I’ve made, (seemingly less so than on the 5th shot of a nearly perfect paper group) and gently squeezed off the round.
At those distances you just don’t miss and I was shocked that she took off running and was re-sighting when Adrian confirmed she had blood all over her leg. (I’m thinking WTF, I was trued up right behind the shoulder and I know I didn’t pull it.) About 20yds later she collapsed like a sack of potatoes.
Entry point was on the left side of the chest and the exist wound is obvious. The shot was taken with her at about a 45degree angle on a slight incline. The Barnes 127grn VLD bullet was devastating. We also tested this round later that day on the 1100yd line and we had a confirmed buffalo strike.
D9Firearms sporterized 260Rem, D9Firearms match grade custom 260Rem hunting ammunition, a dead freakin antelope, and a totally bad-ass handsome stud hunter. (Mrs. D9 is already swooning over this picture and I’m sure has it on her cell phone screen.)
My friends if you ever get the opportunity to go out the Whittington Center we can highly recommend it as a place for shooter to go. The staff is excellent, the scenery is picturesque, and it’s absolutely a great place to just have a relaxing and enjoyable shooting experience.
If you are interested in one of our custom D9 Rifles and custom match grade ammunition please contact us and we will be glad to assist you.
As always we appreciate your business and look forward to hearing from you.
D9Firearms: 308W stainless match 1:11.27 barrel, Troy TRX forearm, DPMS receiver set, Ergo Deluxe, Wilson Combat 2 stage trigger, Magpul PRS, Harris swivel mount and Harris bipod w/cant adjust, Burris PEPR scope mount, Zeiss 4x14x50 Z800, D9Firearms custom 308W 168grn match ammo
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This month we’ve been gearing up for our antelope hunt in Raton, NM at the Whittington Center in September. We also took another training class in handgun defense, only this training was for being on the receiving end. We’ve also picked up some new readying materials on self defense and the psychology of using force. Additionally we’re working on our long range shooting skills and how it can improve our rifles.
The last several weeks we’ve been working on two rifles for our antelope hunt next month. Since they are limiting our shooting distance to about 300 – 400 yards we selected a 260Rem and 308W for our builds and we’ll probably bring our Tikka T3 Deluxe 270 for a well-balanced selection.
The first build was with a modified 260Rem SDM barrel that we sporterized by taking the barrel down to 18”. Although this will limit the distance and velocity capability of the round slightly it will offer us more maneuverability and faster response. For this rifle we went with a Vltor 6 pos stock, Giessele SSA-E trigger, Ergo grip, Troy TRX forearm and topped it off with our Schmidt & Bender Mil-Dot optic.
Just briefly, we were testing our prone shooting capabilities last week and we didn’t like the movement and flex we got from a standard rail mount bipod adapter. We ordered a Harris rotating bipod, locking lever, and a Harris rail mount swivel with locking arm. The rail mount swivel adapter allows the shooter to pivot the rifle about +/-30 degrees without moving the bipod feet. This entire combination cost about $225 but really made an improvement in stability. The mount can be seen below.
For the 260Rem Sporter rifle we loaded a 120 SMK HPBT, 129grn Hornaday SST, and 140grn Hornaday Amax. The 260 is actually a very good hunting and long range cartridge but the problem is there’s not a lot of good factory ammo in the stores and what you get on line can break the bank.
Since we’re getting another batch of 260 barrels and some 6.5 Creedmore we’ve made the decision to support the calibers with our custom loads. The two loads we will be starting with is the 129grn SST and 140grn Amax. We’re also looking at the Barnes 127grn triple shock as well.
The two targets below were shot out of our sportized 260 only we used a lower with a PRS stock for a little more stability off the bench. We developed 3 different loads and found two that proved to be solid shooters.
We’re also bringing one of our personal favorites set up in 308W which is a little heavier and designed for more static shooting but is still manageable for free hand, but not so much for extended stalking or brush hunting where you need the rifle at the ready. We’re bringing this more for the opportunity on their rifle range then from hunting.
The next rifle we’ve built is another 308W using an 18” SPR barrel which is designed for dynamic style hunting or tactical style work. The upper has a DPMS receiver, Troy TRX forearm, and Armalite two port compensator. We’re using the same lower as the 260.
Since we’re hoping to light up an antelope earlier were also bringing some varmint rifles based on the report from NM Game and Fish staff. They indicated the prairie dogs have been breeding like a bunch of welfare recipients. So we’re going to see if we can assist some local ranchers with these looters.
About 3 months ago me and chicken nuggets started karate class at Amerikicks and I’ve been systematically beaten up by 9 year olds ever since. However, we received an invitation from one of our clients to take a handgun defense class over at Premier Martial Arts in Lee’s Summit with some bad-ass Krav Maga ninjas, crazy Israelies, and a Navy Seal tossed in the mix. This wasn’t a typical handgun defense class learning to tune up some piece excrement that breaks and enters, then proceeds to beat up a 93 year old man and rape his 84 year old wife.
(This happened in KC about 4 weeks ago. This piece of human excrement needs a “necklace” that was made famous by Winne Mendella of South Afrika’. Yep, the wife of good old commie bastard Nelson Mendella. It’s real easy, just tie the piece of excrement’s hand’s (or in Winnie’s case, a political dissident) behind their back (no one escaped, men, women, or children), hang a car tire around their neck, fill it with diesel fuel, light it and video tape it for the other non-conformists.)
For this class it was D9 and AK (Chicken Nuggets was not ready for this one). The training involved meeting violence with violence. It covered how to redirect and violently remove the gun out of the threat’s hand, tap, rack, and finish the job the “threat” started. This class was not for sissies, emasculated male nurses or hippy, peace loving, cum by ya singing liberal hand wringers not willing to inflict violence on a threat to protect themselves or their family.
AK, D9, & CN (We dropped AK off at college, but not before priming him with the necessary knowledge and tools of how to deal with the destructive mind dulling liberalism that he will be surrounded by. We have confidence he’ll do well in his technical studies and fake his way through the humanities.)
In the class they showed us how to defend against a gang banger sticking a gun in your face (gang banger style where the gun was horizontal), in your back, or side. The best part was it was a full contact class where you actually verbally insulted, slapped, pushed, and rammed the gun in the chest of your victim to instill fear and paralysis. (In this case, since AK was with me, I couldn’t talk about his moma, Mrs. D9.) However, I did lay down some urban lingo on him like “yo bitch shut yo ho’s mouth”, or “I axed you a question bitch”, or nizzle for shizzle I busta a cap in yo ass. Similar he wasn’t able to speak ill of my woman, but he laid down some cracka smack of his own.
At one point in the class Ernie (former Seal and consummate bad-ass) demonstrated the shock value on an unsuspecting petite woman in the class. He asked her front and center to demonstrate a new lesson, which she was completely unaware of the violence about to descend on her. Ernie positions her in front of him and as he’s talking he slaps the woman across the face (not excessively hard, but harder then something a homo would do). She doesn’t respond until he takes another snap across her face before she was galvanized into action. The point of the exercise was “Freezing” when physically assaulted.
Overall it was an excellent class and I can say that my hands, wrist, arms, and chest were sore for two days. I was able to toss about so new urban lingo and picked up a few new cracka terms. They also provided us with an excellent reading list on application and psychology of using it.
What’s interesting about the book we picked up is, that it’s not how to kick the crap out of someone but the mental preparation to act. Additionally it covers some issues we learned in class about freezing, paying attention to your surroundings, how to de-escalate, force law, types of threats, and more mental information to prepare you for and after a conflict.
We can highly recommend the reading and a class as it is integral to all of us that carry and conceal.
Long Range Shooting:
Part of our custom rifle package we perform a test fire and preliminary breakin. The test consists of running 5 – 10 rounds in rapid fire, then clean the bore with M-Pro 7, run another 5 – 10 rounds and perform final clean. The target above were part of the sight in for the rifle shown at the top using D9Firearms 168grn match ammo
One of our favorite gratifications of building our custom rifles is the opportunity to shoot them. Although we don’t get as much time on the range or in field as we like to, we’re finding out that it is imperative to the quality of our rifles that we do. We recently picked up a Magpul Dynamics Long Range Shooting DVD to pick up some techniques from the professionals. Another class that we are scheduling for next year is a long range class from Thunder Beast Arms.
After watching the DVD, which featured Todd Hodnet of Accuracy First, we tried to implement some of the techniques he teaches. What was interesting is we found several weaknesses in our gear with the first being our bipod. One of the key issues he teaches is repeatability and always being able to hold, squeeze, as well as making sure your rifle is always the same.
We found our bipod configuration was not providing a stable repeatable platform. We then started looking at any movement between the upper and the lower Another area he focused on was optics and making sure your rifle is level with the world.
We discussed the bipod remedy earlier and last weekend’s test we found that the equipment change was a significant improvement. We also found a lower cost solution as well for the Troy TRX rail, which was a bipod adapter from Noveske. The adapter fits in the golf ball holes and allows the bipod pad to snug directly to the Troy rail and not to an extra picatinny rail which requires a bipod adapter mount.
For our optics we selected two new options, one from Horus and the other from Vortex. Horus offers a level/cosine that mounts. The Vortex is strictly a level. One of the critical issues to long range is making sure the rifle is level and a small cant in your weapon can translate into a missed shot.
Concerning the receivers there are two ways to resolve this. The first most expensive is going with a matched billet receiver set. (Some of these receivers use a set screw that screw from the inside of the grip and puts pressure on the rear take down pin to keep it from moving. This is good, but you will need a tool to punch the pin out when taking the rifle down.) The other is using a rubber spacer between the lower and rear take down preventing a secure fit.
Another area we are also researching is going to a heavier bullet. Typically we load with 168grn, but for the 1000 yd shoots we’re going to go to the 175grn. We plan on doing some testing during our hunt at the NRA range on their 1000yd range.
A few recent builds:
With our new manufacturing license we’re back up manufacturing rifles (ie. Assembling parts in a receiver). For our engraving we’ve been using Cole over at Firearms Engraving located at Windmill shopping center in Overland Park. Since we are now the Mfr we have to engrave every receiver that we assemble. The main issue is that originally we had logged a receiver on the books and then we would log it out as a rifle which constituted manufacturing.
Since we haven’t had much in the way of range time the last
6 to 8 weeks this report will be limited to administrative issues. We’ll cover
the visit from our friendly BATFE agentette, our new manufacturing license, NFA
transfers and lead times, new boxes on the 4473 (if you’re Hispanic they’ve segregated
you, can you say fast & furious), and of course berate leftists democrat
kook types at every opportunity.
First, about 2 months ago our friendly local BATFE agentette
performed a routine inspection of our records. Although we are not the guilty
lot it’s inevitable that a specific body orifice tends to pucker up when you
get that phone call (I guess we’ll be prepared for when the IRS calls us to
make sure we have our mandatory health care). However, we were fortunate
to have a professional investigator who was not out to put us out of business,
fine us, or provide us with new 6x9 accommodations and a roommate named Bubba,
who likes men with puckered orifices.
During the inspection Mrs. Smith (this is an alias, if we
gave her real name she or her husband, who works for some other nebulous LE
agency, I’m sure would be glad to assist us with a one way trip to new
accommodations) she inquired about the business and during the explanation
we described our passion for our custom built AR-10 rifles. (About that
point alarms were going off and I could tell she was thinking “I’ve got a live
one here as she’s mentally reaching for her Sig”.) Although we had called
down town, she confirmed with their lawyer that what we were doing was
Fortunately Mrs. Smith didn’t pull out her gun and arrest me
on the spot. However, true to her word and professional courtesy she logged it
as a violation along with two other paper work errors and described the process
of repenting our sins.
First, we had to apply for an 07 (MFR) license, then close
down the 01 (DLR), roll everything up into the new license, and then ship all our forms off to the BATFE repository. For
each custom rifle we assemble we’ll now have to engrave it with the D9Firearms logo
(which looks totally bad-ass). We’ll be limited to 49 rifles a year to stay
under the taxing and State Department (UN) radar.
Overall it was good to get it over with and get back to
business. From an economic perspective we basically dedicated 3 weeks to
reviewing 5 years of records a few times over and still found trivial errors.
(We now fully understand when the business channel discusses how worker
productivity is on the decline.) Additionally, we did see one thing that has
made our business successful and that is the number of repeat customers we
We are expecting by August 30, 2012 to close out our
existing license and start using our new license. If you are planning a
transfer please contact us so we can issue the new license to the seller. We
plan to issue our license to several wholesalers and retail shops that we do
business with. Along with this change we will also be increasing our transfer
fee to $25.
At the time of our inspection we had approximately 103
suppressors pending or in transfer and since then we’ve started to see some
improvement in transfer times. We still currently have over 100 suppressors
pending but the NFA boys have hired several new assistants and inspectors to
speed up the approval process.
Our inspector is Jason Bowers (we can use his name without
going to prison) and we’ve had to call him a few times and again just as Mrs.
Smith we’ve found that he is a professional. We’ve prepared a checklist
document that we’ve started providing since the forms we’re getting back were having
missing or incorrect information in the prescribed box. We’re also trying
updating our templates to help prevent missed information.
Check List For KS residents:
Form 4 Instructions For Individual: (Fill out both forms)
1.Sign Box 15.
2.Attach passport photo box 16.
3.Local sheriff to fill out box 17& sign.
4.Local sheriff to provide two finger print cards.
5.Mailing address above box 1.
6.Provide $200 personal check per device.
check is fine for multiple devices.
Certification of Compliance: (Stating you’re a US citizen)
1.Sign and date at bottom.
Form 4 Instructions For Trust: (Fill out both forms)
1.Sign Box 15.
2.Mailing address above box 1.
3.Provide $200 personal check per device.
Since each suppressor has to go through a form 3 process
before it’s assigned to us lead times from the manufacturers have also
increased along with the higher demand. We maintain a minimum monthly standing
order with SWR &Silencerco that allows us priority, but doesn’t help us if
we get a spike in demand. However, we have increased our orders but it will
take 6 months before we see it. Our highest demand from Silencerco is the
Osprey 45 and Sparrow 22. We’re also hoping to see more products from those
guys in the coming months.
Recently we picked up the Thunder Beast Arms product line
and have been very pleased with their products, customer service, and
turnaround times. They only offer rifle suppressors which are made from
titanium, which increases the cost. In the last 4 months we’ve transferred
approximately 20 of their suppressors. The 30P1 is the most popular and adds
less than 1lb on the end of your rifle.
We’ve also have standing orders with Yankee Hill Machine,
which is a longtime favorite of ours, for several of their rifle suppressors. YHM
offers a solid product and a lower price point. For a 30cal bench rifle the
Phantom stainless steel suppressor is an excellent choice for sound reduction
and again the price point. There titanium series is very good as well and when
it comes to quick detach I haven’t found a mount that locks up tighter than
theirs. They’re currently running about 3 – 4 months and we’re expecting a
shipment in August.
We’ve ordered a few Liberty suppressors but we’ve not had
much enthusiasm for them yet. Additionally, we’ve only received two of them
for clients and haven’t had a chance to take them out. We’re not discounting
them, but we just need to get some more interest before we buy a dozen of them.
We’re also trying to get a line on the Mack Brothers
suppressors out of SD. They look promising and would fit well with our
rifles. Unfortunately we don’t see getting any of these in for a while.
We’re still working on trying to get more AAC products but
contacting them is not an easy task. One issue we have is that they require
payment upon submitting an order without any commitment on delivery. (The
other companies are pay upon receipt of a serial number.) This makes it a
little more difficult but not insurmountable (we just increase your cost) since
we have a fairly large capital outlay. We’ve started offering a prepay discount,
which we can’t advertise, to help offset and allow us to continuously place
New 4473 Forms:
Since the revelations with the fast and furious program
became known (of course only after prominent Mexican family members were
killed, hundreds of other non-cartel Mexicans were killed, and of course one of
our border agents was killed) the BATFE issued new 4473 forms. It’s apparent
they think thatMexicans were just wandering in off the streets buying
truckloads of guns only in Arizona (in Sheriff Joe’s backyard, yea right) and
bringing them back down to Tijuana to kill other Mexican cartel thugs.
So their infinite wisdom the brain trust at the DOJ has
issued new 4473 forms. They’ve added a box 10a that segregates our Hispanic
and Latino clients. Box 10a requires you to specially identify yourself as a
Hispanic or Latino/a or check another box that states you’re not a Hispanic or
Latino/a, Box 10b is for the rest of the major ethnic groups.
New T-Shirt Concept:
Barack Built My Business
El Rapido’ y Furioso
(Picture of Mexicans running with guns across the border
yelling “Gracias el Presidente”)
May 2012 Range Report: What Prairie Dogs and Occupy Wall Street
Protestors Have In Common
May 2012 Range Report: What Prairie Dogs and Occupy Wall
Street Protestors Have In Common
Typical: Smelly, flea infested, destroy property, lazy,
live in a hole, doesn’t work, lives off of others, demands rights. See not
much difference between them and an OWS protester.
We caught this one in the act of azan. When he spotted
us, he gave us the bird, not very nice, so I had to shoot him.
My friends it’s been a very busy year. We’ve been on at
least 25 one way trips on SWA (We know because we’re now “A” listed, and the
adult beverage coupons keep rolling in) in the last 5 months, plus other’s we
haven’t tracked. But we’re finally wrapping it up with our last project down
in Kentucky. (Yep same ones that beat the Jayhawks, burnt couches, shot celebrants,
and caused general mayhem.)
Over the last 5 months we’ve spent a lot of time with our
friends in Kentucky and more time recently down in Texas. Along with this came
quiet a few full body monty pat downs by our friends (not really) at the TSA
(who employee some of the highest quality individuals with rap sheets ranging
from pedophilia, rape, larceny, grand larceny, drug smuggler, etc, and they’re
worried about D9, WTF).
D9 down in Texas on the 10th floor of the
boiler looking over our project.
D9 & Son down in Texas indulging in some
Franzikaner’s (excellent German beer), listening to some polka music, and
hammering down some of the best authentic German food we’ve ever had. (Little
D9 shown on right was considering asking the fraulein about slobbinshenobbin.)
However, we’ve managed a few trips to the range during trips
home as well as some range trips while on site with our like minded friends
from KY. We also got in a training class with our friends from Specialist
Research Training (SRT) over in the caves. We’ve also performed several
ammunition tests on 5.56 and 308W with extremely positive results. And to top
it off, we got out with a few of our work colleagues and our little childrun’s
for some shooting and quad running.
Our favorite Hill Billy running our TP-9 with a cyclical
rate of 30rds/1.5sec.
So where to start? How about with our new nemesis the TSA?
For you LE types we’re not taking a shot at you since the TSA is not, will not,
and could never be, LE. They can only masquerade as authority but in all
reality are a about as effective as a feminine male hairstylist writing poetry
in the closet. (You can tell there’s been too many man hands near my
manliness.) Enough about our contempt for this organization, we do suspect
they’re might be a couple of honest guys, but we’ve only found them with the
private security guys in KC.
Not shown: 29 yr old male Islamo fascist terrorist going
by in a burka unimpeded for fear of insensitivity. TSA: “See we go after white
balding middle aged former Marines who we suspect of not wanting welfare, food
stamps, free health care, who is employed, God fearing, and self reliant, US
If it were up to us doing security we’d all be carrying
tasers, Glocks, batons, and zip ties, and the first fcker that got out of line
on a plane we’d lite you up like the fourth of July, Rodney King, or maybe even
some other little supposedly innocent shit bag street thug looking to jack the
neighborhood or molest the neighborhood watchman..
(Short story: About 15 years ago we spent time in Pakistan on a project and one of the house boy’s ripped off some jewelry from an
Englishman’s wife who was also on site. The camp police (local Pak’s)
brilliantly deduced it was probably one of two house boys. So they started by
beating the living shit out of one of them until he confessed, of course not of
the crime they were charging him with but of several others he committee at the
site. Once they got done pulling a Rodney King on him they brought the other
haji kid in and after seeing what happened to his fellow haji, he immediately
confessed to the crime, where he was remanded to the local jail and then got
the shit beat out of him. That my friends is how’s it’s done when you don’t
want haji’s or even TSA ripping you off.)
Over the last several months we’ve also been working on new
load developments for the 5.56 and 308W. We’ve came up with several loads for
each caliber for hunting, shooting, personal defense, and competition. One
thing we’ve seen in this process was the cost of components compared to our
last large purchase about 2 years ago. It’s one thing to provide a
significantly better product that cost more, but it’s the inflation in
components that’s driving the cost. However, we have spent time working on
some new loads and we expect you will get the value from our ammunition.
5 shot 100yd, .6MOA. This test group was shot out of a sled
to eliminate as much of the shooter as possible. It was shot from one of our
custom AR-10 rifles.
5 shot group @ 200yd, 1.2” or .6MOA. This test group was
shot using our custom AR-10 off of a bipod to test the shooters skills (D9)
with our match grade ammunition.
On one of our weekend home trips we scheduled a husband/wife
only basic pistol training class with Bill Regina (we can say his name and he
won’t kill us) from SRT over in the caves off of 23rd & 435.
(Yes, I let everyone know to show up locked and loaded.) (For you non-KC
residents the class was held in one of the less desirable neighborhoods. “Hood”
being the key word.) Regardless, the class was designed to get our wives
engaged, understand there is a real threat, how to prepare, protect, and
terminate said threat.
Great opportunity to test out a variety of pistols.
D9 thinking what do I feel like shooting. (Other guy shown
is a bean counter type who we work with and if they find out he’s associating
with me it could end his carrer.)
This is why I don’t need to be man handled by the TSA.
Bill took us through the basics of understanding sight
alignment, racking the slide (very difficult and this does require a lot of
practice), clearing jams, anticipating recoil, and other tactics. His wife was
also participating which was very valuable for the women. By the end of the class
everyone was shooting on target, moving and shooting, and was acclimated to the
recoil, noise, and racking the pistol. Another positive re-enforcement was
that it was wives participating in something their husbands are very concerned
about, household and personal security.
Mrs. D9 getting ready to go through the room cleaning
drill. A formidable force to be reckoned with. The best part will be when
some crack head thinks he can take her as she blows his balls off. (Now those
of you who know me might think D9 are your huevos safe?)
We will be scheduling another one of these in fall, but feel
free to call Bill and set up your own personal training class.
Chicken Nuggets grilling a Prairie Dog.
A couple of weekends ago, we went out for our annual occupy
prairie dog shoot with some good friends, our dog Jack the nazi, and about a
half dozen little children (Catholics). One of the issues we’ve been working
on for our camping trips is how to minimize effort (packing, setup, and tear
down) and maximize entertainment (shooting prairie dogs, indoctrinating the
little childrun’s on proper shooting techniques, and other camping skills).
We need to work on our drive by PD shooting with this toy.
This was our second trip as a group out to Cimmerron
National Grasslands down near KS, OK, NM, &CO. It’s a long haul and we
never pack lite since we do some primitive camping down in the drive river
bed. We’re always amazed at how well the little childrun’s do with this trip.
This year the grass was green and there were several active prairie
dog towns. We usually setup on the first day and get ready for the fun. Since
the kids don’t like to prairie dog shoot, we usually take turns monitoring them
at the camp site. This year was especially cool because we all had suppressed
22’s which makes it really fun for the kids.
SW MP15-22 suppressed and Ruger 22/45 suppressed.
The kids usually locate abandoned adult beverage containers
and other discarded items and setup an infantry of attacking villains that they
proceed to dispatch with impunity. We fixed up Chicken Nuggets with a SW MP-15
22, the others had a Ruger 22/45, and CZ 452 all outfitted with various
suppressors. These weapons are also perfect for our drive by escapades on the
marauding prairie dogs.
Finally after all this we’re getting ready for an ATF
inspection and we’ve been pouring over 5 years of our records. For the most
part we can’t find where we’ve sold any weapons to terrorists, pedophiles, gang
bangers, or TSA reprobates so I think we’re ok there. But as always we have
uncovered a few items we need to resolve so that we can stay in business and do
what we love.
April Range Report: Flint Hills Long Range Shooting
D9 Jr, affectionately known as Shotgun testing out the
My friends we apologize for the time off from our range
reports and were reminded by several of you of this. Over the last few months
we’ve been extremely busy with several projects at our real profession as well
as building and selling the hell out of guns (we’ve logged over 150 on and off
already), filling out Form 4’s, working on our ammunition project, and trying
to keep Mrs. D9 happy.
So last weekend we took a day off to visit our good friend
JR down in the Flint Hills of southeast Kansas to do some long range shooting.
We also had our oldest son in town, which for unknown reasons joined the Army
and not the Marine Corps (Corpse for you Obamaites), who joined us for a little
father/son inter service rivalry.
Our friend JR has been working on new targets and getting as
much distance as possible for shooting. Each time we’ve been down there it’s
always a challenge to deal with the various cross winds and this weekend was no
different with 20mph gusts on the front end and calm at the targets. Our goal
is to get to a long range class someday to learn the science, skill, and in our
case luck behind making these without going through a case of ammunition.
We packed two of our favorite rifles the Tikka& AR-10. Generally
we tend to over pack on these trips but we found bringing only a small
contingent of weaponry allows us to focus more. (But we always pack at least
two because you never know when you will have an equipment failure.)Our good
friend JR just picked up a new Les Bear AR-10, very nice rifle, with a Leupold
MKIV mil-dot optic.
D9 testing JR’s new LB AR-10.
We started off warming up with the Tikka because it’s one of
our go to long range rifles. When something has to be shot from a long way’s a
way we usually go for the Tikka. (Our favorite varmint sniper rifle is our
Tikka T3 22-250.) Unfortunately with the optic we have it requires an Allen
wrench to make significant adjustments so we ran out of elevation and was
hitting about 18” low. Fortunately we were able to test our 175grn Zombie load
and delivered impressive results.
Since JR hadn’t been able to run his new L.B AR-10 he broke
it out. We spent a better part of an hour and about 40 rounds dialing the LB
in on paper and it was a challenge in those winds. After getting dialed in we
started pounding the 12” steel plate with almost no effort. We tried a few
shots at the smaller plates but wasn’t able to connect.
Don’t worry my friends; this was taken before we started
Then solider boy stepped up to the plate and just started
hammering the plates. (What a punk.) Even in the winds he connected spot on
with the 2.5” target (which he later confessed was luck). Honestly folks it
was some good shooting. We spent most of the day tuning that rifle in and just
had a great time doing it and made for an excellent day at the range.
Shotgun displaying bragging rights of a 2.5” hit at 460yd. He
was also hammering the 5” above his left shoulder. Haji’s, squirters, and
skinnies take note he’s not even a sniper.
Over the past few months we’ve been working with an
ammunition specialist to develop loads for the 5.56 and 308Win. We’ve run
several small test batches and have a couple of solid loads for both calibers.
Within the next week we expect to have a new web page up describing the
5 Shot group of 308W 168grn Match+ rounds at 100yd from D9 AR-10.
Our ammunition will be manufactured on a per order basis.
We will be setting our presses up so that we can manufacture either 308Win or
5.56 with minimal setup time and maintain about a 3 week lead time. We’ve also
been procuring components as they come available from our local wholesaler.
(We can tell you that we’ve seen at least a 25% increase in our materials cost
over the last 2 years. About 3 years ago we bought a lot of reloading
components and we’re now having to stock back up. Wow.)
5.56 Match Ammo
D9 testing our custom 5.56 ammo at the range with our
official prayer rug.
When we haven’t been testing ammo we’ve been building some
bad ass rifles for several of you. This is really what we enjoy especially
when it comes to the AR-10. Right now parts are in high demand and becoming a
real pain in the ass to get. All these dick heads had 3 years to prepare for
the potential re-election of our statist in chief and now decide oh-shit I
better get my rifle. Manufacturers are not releasing parts so that they can
build their own rifles.
A custom D9 SBR for one of our LE friends in NE KS. My
friends you will see a precipitous drop in crime in his county once the
crackheads, rapists, murders find out they’re running D9 weaponry.
A pair of rifles we upgraded for a local client who likes
his bull barrel 5.56 rifles.
A pair of D9 custom AR-10’s with our new Tactical Sniper
(TS) contour barrels using Rock Creek 5R blanks.
This is a rebuild we did for a good friend of ours who wanted
a marble hydrodip.
D9 Custom AR-10 with AP4 hydrodip.
We’re also working on a new web page to help guide you
through the build process and what components we found work really well. We’ve
also made a few changes in barrel blank selections and are using Rock Creek for
30cal, Shilen for 26cal. We’re also working with another barrel blank manufacturer
to start using their 30cal blanks and we’re expecting our first barrel in the
next month. These barrels will have a 308W match chamber which has a little
more free bore than the 308W Obermeyer.
The Obermeyer chamber is designed primarily for the 168grn
projectile but will handle the 175. We have run tests using 180grn hunting
loads and found that it will blow the primer pretty consistently. So we are
going to test the 308W match chamber to see if that will work better for
Rock Creek 30cal 5R 1:11.27 TS contour finished and
chambered by WOA.
As part of our real profession we’ve been working down in
Kentucky (where the hillbillies set their only freaking couch on fire to
celebrate the UK over Kentucky win). One poor bastard was shot in leg down
here last night after the shellacking they gave KU. But I digress. What’s
great about working down here is if you don’t have a gun there are 5 guys
willing to lend you one while in town.
However, each time we come down here we go out with our good
friend Billy Bob Haji. (Haji is slang for islamo fascist goat herdingheroine
junkie terrorist. We do not find this to be bigoted, racist, or otherwise
insensitive to the feelings of the aforementioned individuals since it is
rooted in fact.) Although Billy Bob is not a Haji, he has demonstrated one
Haji like characteristic. For example, he found that shooting sub-sonic 22 and
standard 22 straight up in the air sounded approximately the same. Now we’ve
all seen the Haji’s shoot their AK’s in the air while burning an effigies of
George Bush while two miles away a street full of children lie dead from bullet
wounds to the head from the projectiles returning to earth. I guess
understanding physics is no longer required to be a Haji terrorist.
Of course we use the term Haji affectionately when applied
to Billy Bob since he is capable of understanding and performing physics
calculations. (This is the only gratuitous complement we will give him.)
Regardless Billy Bob likes to talk a lot of crap about his
IDPA skills. We can tell you this for sure, if you’re near an active shooter
and Billy Bob Haji is nearby, the active shooter along with every other
swinging dick (for you babes out there, every bouncing bosom) including you is
going to have a hole in them in less than 6 seconds.If you see him, just hit
the dirt and you’ll probably be ok. I’ve seen his skills
at shooting small static targets on the ground, and Chicken Nuggets can do
better with her new suppressed MP15-22.
Now we (D9) on the other hand will selectively shoot each
asshole dead (this would not be considered murder since we would confirm they
were genuine assholes with intent to maim, sodomize, kidnap, rape, bash your
head in with a hammer, break your legs at the voting booth (NBP’s) or kill just
to name a few) with a solid double tap strategically placed to the chest cavity
and rollem up with a single tap to the cranium in roughly 12.5 seconds.
Although we talk trash about Billy Bob he can wield a gun very effectively but
remember he is from Kentucky and you know what they say about Kentuckians.
Finally if you’re considering a suppressor the wait is not
getting any shorter. Currently, just about as soon as we get a serial number
we generate the paper work. Our inventory from last November went from about
35 suppressors down to about 6 of our on personal or demo suppressors. This
also includes the 40+ new one’s we’ve logged on and off already this year.
If you’re considering purchasing a suppressor is running
about 5 to 6 months. We’re actually having people postpone buying a suppressor
ready firearm and opting to buy a couple of suppressors since the lead time is
We’ve also started carrying suppressors from Thunder Beast
Arms. They offer all titanium suppressors and are primarily designed for
precision shooters. You would not use one of their 30cal cans on a short
barrel or an AR-10 that you plan to dump a mag through in 15 seconds. We’re
also maintaining a constant order of AAC, SWR (which we hope to start seeing),
Thunder Beast 22L-1 Titanium suppressor
As always it’s a pleasure to meet and work with you all and
appreciate your business.
D9 & Chicken Nuggets at JR’s Preserve for our annual prayer
meeting.Observe those smiles, if you
are one of our nemesis (prairie dog, islamo-fascist, pedophile, crackhead, or
other deviant) this is a reminder, we are very good at what we do.
We had a busy month and
December is already rolling the same way.Last month we were fortunate enough to complete most of the dictated
tasks from Mrs. D9and get out to the range for a couple of tests and some
shooting.We completed a couple of
really nice builds and just received our new tactical sniper (TS) contour 5.56
barrels and they are wicked bad-ass barrels as well as our new 308W Krieger 5R
TS contour barrels.We also have a
couple of suppressor updates.
We finally coordinated
a time with our good friend JR and we got down to his preserve in southeast
KS.It’s been a year since we were last
there but it is always a lot of fun to get down there and shoot.JR set up some steel targets right at 452 yds
from the bench to test out a couple of new Sako TRG rifles we both
purchased.He went for the 308 and we
opted for the 300Win.
We very much enjoy what we do.
JR’s custom steel targets.It’s
amazing what the 300W did to the ½” plate next to my left shoulder.In the lower corner it penetrated the steel
3/8” of an inch.Yes, we hit all 4
targets, in a row.(1 caveat, the
smallest target was struck on the rebar slightly high so it is considered a
miss.)This was done with the Sako.
Sako TRG-42 w/NF 3.5x15.D9
beginning the prayer ritual.
We have always wanted a
TRG and JR getting one provided the impetus for usto get one.We out fitted both rifles with NF optics
(perfect choice) for long range.We can
say that the TRG-22 (308) is a freakin tack driver and the TRG-42 300Win is a
Our sales assistant
Chicken Nuggets also came along for the ride to practice her shooting skills
and will be displaying rifles for us at the next gun show.(However, we did have a little break down in
communications.She informed Mrs. D9
that the Kansas HP (Stanlinist) did
not recognize D9 as we were safely and purposefully headed to the preserve when
they issued us an abusive speeding violation.We were not happy with either.)
This month we also built
a couple of AR-10’s that we were really pleased with (generally we’re pleased
with them all).The first was using one
of our new Rock Creek 5R barrels with the TS contour.We offered this rifle up for auction at the
annual Boy Scouts Shooting Sports event.Next year we will be advertising this so that people not affiliated with
BSA can attend.It’s a full day of clay
pigeon shooting, dinner, silent and live auction.
Custom AR-10: Armalite receivers, Magpul PRS, JPVtac forearm, RC 5R
308W barrel, IOR 4x14 optic, AAC 7.62SDN-6.This is a stout platform that will deliver168grn projectiles painfully
accurate.The TS contour will be a
standard offering and serves both the hunter and shooter.
We also got out and did
some shooting with another client who we built a custom AR-15 rifle.John spared nothing on this build.We built this with the following
Spikes Tactical billet receiver set
Giessele 3 gun trigger
14.7” WOA sst 1:7 twist w/pinned FH
Vltor 6 pos stock
Samson Evolution forearm
Adams Arms piston kit
Laser engraving of Mt. Suribachi
AAC M4-2000 suppressor
We also built up a 10.5” 6.8
upper for a good client of ours using a WOA 6.8 SPCII sst barrel, Midwest
Industries SS-10 forearm.This should be
a nice deterrent for some dimwit thinking he’s entitled to this individual’s
Last weekend (although it was
December) me and AK tested our deer hunting skills down in Garnett, KS.Needless to say we didn’t have much success
in assassinating a belligerent deer hell bent on trespassing, laying around,
defecating everywhere, and destroying private property other as if they’re a
Wall Street Occupier.We did see a few
on Sunday but wasn’t able to get any shots off.
AK was setup with one of our 16”
308W AR-10 which is perfect for brush hunting.We were using one of our 20” 308W with the RC 5R barrel.Not bad for setting up in a stand, but got a
little heavy after an hour of walking through the brush with the rifle in the ready
AK & D9 looking for some action.
If you are interested
in purchasing a suppressor be advised the ATF lead times are stretching into 4
and 5 months.In the last 6 months two
things have drastically increased lead time.First the ATF re-organized the examiners, so part of our transfers are
being handled by our original examiner and the new ones by a couple of
different examiners.(We’re not for sure
who will become our primary just yet.)Next, there have been several states that have legalized the use of a
suppressor.Between these two, it
appears the ATF guys and gals are inundated.
update for our local Kansas residents is that when filling out the form 4 for
an individual you will need to deliver the paper work to the Johnson County
Detention Center at New Century Airport in Gardner, KS.(What’s
cool about the JOCDC website is you can type in a name to see who’s in the slammer.We picked a couple of common random last
names, wow, we hit pay dirt on some of life’s lottery winners.For you liberal single types check it out,
you could find your love mate.)They will provide the 2 finger print cards
and then hold the form 4 for signature by the sheriff.
Additionally, we have
placed several orders between SWR, Silencerco, AAC, Thunderbeast, and YHM so we
are expecting to have a very good selection of top rated suppressors for every
caliber.Just briefly, here are the
suppressors we like:
AAC 7.62 Cyclone – Bolt action, or single
AAC 7.62SDN-6 – Multi rifle use, excellent for
swapping between 5.56, 6.8, and 308W.Light enough for a 16” or less 5.56 rifle.
AAC 7.62SD – Multi rifle use, excellent for 308W
long guns (2” longer than SDN-6)
SWR Omega 30 – To be discontinued and new
version due out in 2012.Great bolt gun
SWR Renegade – To be discontinued and replaced
with Spec War.Both excellent 5.56 cans
and mount to existing A2 birdcage flash hider.Very pleased with the Renegade for price, quality and sound.
SWR Octane 9mm – This will be a standard stock
item.If you’re only doing 9mm this will
be our recommendation.
SWR Spectre – New version out soon.This has been a long time favorite.
Silencerco Sparrow – Top rated, excellent
performing suppressor.Tough choice
between this and the SWR Spectre.
Silencerco Osprey 45 – Excellent choice for
multi-caliber pistol use.We highly recommend
YHM 5.56 Phantom Ti – Excellent light weight
YHM 7.62 Phantom Ti – Excellent light weight
suppressor and can be used on 300Win.We
suppressors and they have great sound suppression and very competitively priced.
Thunder Beast Arms – No review, waiting on our
Looking forward into December
we’re expecting to stay busy with a couple of new AR-10 and AR-15’s and looks
like transfers will be stacking up as well.Additionally, please call us in advance for a transfer we will be
unavailable for a few days during one week of December, we just can’t tell you
Additionally, we will be
performing our 6 month and year end audit of our 4473 Forms and A&D
records.We already reviewed the Jan – July
and found them to be in very good shape.However, we’re going to make a once over on Jan – July and then perform
a complete review of August – December.A few of you may be getting a call if we find any issues on the forms.
If you’re interested in a firearm,
suppressor, or just like to view our awesome website we appreciate your
business and patronage especially when we know there are no others like us.
Base camp.Jack our
Nazi (German) attack dog.(My favorite Hebrew neighbor lady called him
a Nazi, can you believe that.Trust me,
if the hezbo’s come to our neighborhood I have assured her she will fall under
the protection umbrella of D9.)
As part of our ongoing child indoctrination project, which
is guided by divine leadership and rooted in conservative principals we spent
the weekend at our good friend Dave’s southern compound.Dave’s compound is the perfect location for
us to brainwash the little children, offer up sacrificial animals, (assassinating renegade chickens and making
gumbo out of them) practice shooting, fishing, hiking, survival, and
letting the childrun’s run free without the worry of some pedophile molesting
them.(All of which are the antithesis to your modern day liberal, with the
exception of the pedophiles which they feel are just misguided.)
As usual our planning and preparation are crammed into a few
short hours of packing the necessities and assuring Mrs. D9 that Chicken
Nuggets and our Nazi attack miniature Schnauzer (Jack) would be well provided
we have to stretch the level of stated preparedness.)We arrived down at the compound late in the
evening unmolested by any Ozark Hillbillies with only one minor delay by
Missoui’s finest HP.(Fortunately for us, he recognized our mission,
discussed the benefits of safe driving, and granted us temporary immunity.)
One of the best parts of any campout is cooking with the
best possible ingredients (bacon grease) and starting the day off with a bloody
Mary.Seriously friends there is
nothing better than scrambled eggs and hash browns saturated in special non-artery
clogging bacon grease and a pot of black coffee brewed just the way I like my
women “hot and black”.(Of course I did use some cream and sugar to
lighten it up a little to give it that Blasian look to remind me of Mrs. D9.) And then after a hard day on the range there
is nothing more enjoyable than cooking a full course meal that even a homeless
person or welfare recipient would work for.(Sorry about that minor
embellishment, we know they wouldn’t work for it otherwise they wouldn’t be
homeless or on welfare.)
This summer me Max (shown
on the right above) tested our canning skills.So we brought several of our canned goods with us and put them to the
test and we have to say not bad for our first year.Our evening meal consisted of sweet corn we
picked, shucked, boiled, bagged and froze; canned peeled tomatoes and canned
green beans, we topped this off with a couple of well marinated pork
tenderloins.(Do you detect a common theme here Pork.No islamo-fasist would get near our compound, that is if they could get
past Jack, a well armed Militia (D9 and company), and past Dave’s own perimeter
Although the childrun really enjoy getting out and having a
good time our goal on this trip was to start educating them on
preparedness.Dave’s compound has a
large sector of property with several trails through the woods, fields and
pastures.Each person was responsible
for carrying their own food and water.We started out with a brutal hill (this is Ozark country) and made our
way around the perimeter of his property.
D9 & Milita.
Dave providing the
young skulls full of mush with valuable information on plants.
This was also a good exercise for us to test out some of our
own tactical and survival gear.We
tested out our Condor tac vest with 1 liter water pouch and was outfitted with
a food pouch (3600 calorie food bar), medical (we didn’t need this), and our
water, fire shelter pouch.We carried an
additional pack with our food, ammo, and pistol.Picking the two packs up it weighed in at
about 35lb but the vest and backpack distributed the load very well between the
hips and shoulder.
D9, Nuggets, and Jack
this.A man showing leadership &
three good friends having a great time.
This is what real
parenting is all about.(No animals were
maimed or molested to retrieve the feather that was found lying on the ground.)
Over the course of the next year we will be taking several
of these hikes each time adding a few more supplies.(We’re
training for two hunts next year in New Mexico, so this is a great excuse to
get more survival and back packing gear.)We also plan to do a couple over night hikes to test the gear and our
abilities at food, water, and shelter.As part of those hunts we also plan to build a new custom bolt rifle
using one of our 26cal Bartlien 5R blanks, mounted on a Manners hunting stock,
and a Tikka action, which we’ll use on the antelope hunt.For the Elk, were going with a Sako TRG
After the hike we went down to one of Dave’s food storage
ponds to test our fishing skills.The
kids really like this and it’s always amazing how in the hell fishing line can
manage to wrap up in knots on the fishing pole.(It’s all good.)
Naturally no campout is complete with teaching the childrun
more shooting skills as well as practicing our own.The kids really like the little Ruger 22/45
suppressor ready pistol which we have a Tac Solutions mounted on along with the
CZ 452 suppressor ready 22lr.We also
brought out the B&T sub gun along with our Tikka 308 both.
D9 shooting the commie star out of a Heineken can at a
155yd.First shot was to determine
elevation, 2nd shot on the money.
Part of our perimeter
Since we didn’t have large fields in which to test our drive
by shooting skills (and there were no prairie dogs) we decided for the next
best thing, running and gunning on foot.This little exercise consisted of a simulated static combatant (pop can
on a grape vine) and we had to run by on foot and shoot the target.Some make think this is ridiculous but the
guy who can hit his target has a better chance of surviving so we test with
After a full day of training, securing the perimeter, and
scouting out the compound we all settled in for the evening fire and the main