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Griffin Armament Announces the MK2 AR-15 Series

Friday, September 15th, 2023

Watertown WI, Sept. 14th, 2023 –  

Using intellectual property developed by Griffin circa 2013, the Griffin MK2 AR-15 Series improves on the features of the MK1 by upgrading the foundation of the rifle; its lower receiver. The Griffin MK2 fully ambidextrous lower receiver is manufactured using state-of-the-art aerospace manufacturing techniques to achieve sub-mil-spec tolerances and unparalleled quality.

The MK2 AR-15 lower receiver is CNC-machined from a custom 7075-T6 aluminum forging with exacting tolerances at Griffin’s Watertown, WI manufacturing facility. In-machine probing, tool setting, machining, and premium deburring & de-flashing ensure a premium fit and finish and unparalleled quality. Finished in Type 3 black hardcoat anodizing, with a 60-degree flared magazine well, and built in all-weather trigger guard, the MK2 series lower is the premium foundation of an excellent fighting rifle.

The tuned gas system and suppressor optimized buffer system ensure a soft, yet reliable gas system during suppressed or unsuppressed use. The nitrided, 416R SS barrel provides improved accuracy and exceptional durability. Internal testing of this barrel to 47,000 suppressed rounds yielded zero baffle strikes, and intact rifling until the barrel was retired due to extension lug wear. Other case studies, such as multiple M24 SWS barrels holding 0.35 MOA to 20,000+ rounds in army testing provide further evidence that 416R SS is an extremely durable barrel material.  

Griffin MK2 rifles are available in two rail styles, both featuring M-LOK compatible mounting interfaces throughout.  The Low Profile rail is a rigid yet slender option for ideal ergonomics; featuring internal supporting ribs, this rail has extremely minimal flex, we measured at 30% of alternative market systems, and therefore is very accurate with laser systems and clip-on rail mounted night vision devices. The Griffin SR rail is a suppressor optimized hex rail allowing suppressors of 1.5” of diameter to free float under the handguard providing better hand holds with short, suppressed barrels.

The Griffin MK2 lower receiver’s controls are mirrored on both sides affording full-ambidextrous capability and vastly improved functionality for left & right-handed shooters. Ambidextrous controls include:

• Ejection Port Side Bolt Catch & Release

• Non-Ejection Port Side Magazine Release

• Safety Selector Kit

• SN-ACH™ Charging Handle


“It is satisfying to finally release these, ten years after my original design of the Ambi Lower suite.  The Mk2 is everything the MK1 should have been – forged, ambidextrous, better than mil-spec dimensions, with the classic lines we all know and appreciate.  It was great to be able to fully control quality this time around and give this project the attention to detail required to make these parts exceptional as they should be. It’s a great feeling to put the part in your hand and realize one of the nicest lowers you’ve ever handled is the product of your company.”

– Austin, Product Development Manager, Griffin Armament 

MK2 rifles are machined in Griffin’s Watertown Wisconsin facility by freedom loving Americans.

Key points:

• Griffin 416R SS HEDP™ Barrels

• Griffin Enhanced BCG

• Griffin Forged Upper & Lower Type 3 Black Hardcoat Anodized

• Griffin Full Ambidextrous Lower w/ 60-degree Flared Magazine Well and Integrated Trigger Guard

• Griffin A3 Grip and Enhanced Trigger Guard

• Griffin Contour Connect QD End plate

• Griffin Maritime Receiver Extension™

• Griffin AR-SOB (Suppressor Optimized Buffer)

• Griffin ECS™ Extreme Condition Stock

• Griffin RailShield™ 4 Piece Panel Kit

• Griffin Low Pro Rail System

• Griffin Primo Gas Block (pinned)

• Griffin Silencer Mount Muzzle Device

• Griffin Dimpled Takedown Pins

• Warrantied for life with Griffin’s Perpetual Lifetime Warranty

Models Available:

MK2 Recce 16” Carbine .223 Wylde MSRP: $1,720.00

MK2 Patrol 14.5” Carbine .223 Wylde MSRP: $1,720.00

MK2 CQB 11.5” SBR .223 Wylde MSRP: $1,720.00

MK2 PSD 9.5” SBR .223W or .300BLK MSRP: $1,720.00

MK2 CQB 11.5” Suppressed SBR .223 Wylde MSRP: $1,720.00

MK2 PSD 9.5” Suppressed SBR .300BLK MSRP: $1,720.00

To find out more on Griffin Armament’s entire product line, please visit their website at www.GriffinArmament.com

L9 Manufacturing Announces Delivery of Rifle to Utah Highway Patrol

Thursday, September 14th, 2023

San Antonio, Texas – L9 Manufacturing proudly announces the successful delivery of 250 rifles to the Utah Highway Patrol, following a rigorous competitive bidding process.

We aim to be the trusted choice for the professional end-user and the community they serve by producing safe, reliable, and superior rifles tailored to their operational needs. Since 2014, L9 Mfg. has been dedicated to providing high-quality, American-made M4 and MK10 firearm platforms and accessories with proven craftsmanship and performance. As a leader in the firearms industry, L9 Mfg. instills confidence and trust in their clients through innovative design, extensive data collection, rigorous product testing, and accuracy. L9 Mfg. stands with the professional end-user by offering a lifetime warranty and a service promise to support and replace any issued firearm platform used in the line of duty.

“These rifles will enhance the Utah Highway Patrol’s public safety efforts. We’re honored to support the Utah Highway Patrol and are confident in these rifles’ value. We are committed to upholding the highest standard of quality and accountability through support and service.” ? L9 Mfg.

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Wyndham Weaponry to Close

Tuesday, September 12th, 2023

Visitors to the Wyndham Weaponry site are met with this message:

It is with deep regret that we announce the closing of Windham Weaponry. Our website/online retail ordering system will remain active through Tuesday night, Sept 12. We will do our best to ship all orders this week and early next week. No credit card will be charged until the order is shipped.

Twelve years ago, when we started Windham Weaponry, our shareholders and longtime employees were excited to continue the traditions and spirit of Bushmaster Firearms, after the new owners decided to leave Maine.

We built WW into a company we could be proud of providing outstanding customer service, high quality products, as well as a great place for our dedicated employees to work.

The last few years have been a very challenging time for the firearms industry, and we have struggled to keep the WW dream alive for as long as possible. Unfortunately, we have not been able to meet our loan obligations with the bank after they worked with us as much as they could.

There was a glimmer of hope when we were negotiating with an investor to help keep WW alive and healthy, but that just fell through.

We have begun discussions with Keenan Auction Company to determine the best course of action for a full liquidation which should happen within the next month or so.

Our shareholders and employees truly appreciate your loyal support all of these years.

The company was created in 2012 using the old Bushmaster factory in Wyndham, Maine. Bushmaster was sold to Freedom Group (Cerberus Capital Management) in 2006 and had closed the plant a few years later. Bushmaster Firearms Industries, Inc is currently in business, headquartered in Carson City, Nevada.

DARC Selects L9 Mfg. as the Official Tactical Rifle of DARC

Thursday, September 7th, 2023

L9 Manufacturing (L9 Mfg.) and Direct Action Resource Center (DARC) are Pleased to Announce an Unmatched Brand Partnership for the Training and Firearms Industry. DARC has Selected L9 Mfg. as the Official Tactical Rifle of DARC.

L9 Mfg., aims to be the trusted choice for the professional end-user and the community they serve, by producing safe, reliable and superior rifles tailored to meet their operational needs. Since 2014, L9 Mfg., the parent company of SOLGW, have been dedicated to providing high-quality, American-made M4 and MK10 firearm platforms and accessories that have proven craftsmanship and performance. As a leader in the firearms industry, L9 Mfg. instills confidence and trust in their clients through innovative design, extensive data collection, rigorous product testing and accuracy. L9 Mfg. stands with the professional end-user by offering a lifetime warranty and a service promise to support and replace, any issued firearm platform that has been used in the line of duty.

DARC was founded in 1996 as a private research lab for leadership, tactics, and technology integration. For 27 years, DARC has been committed to professionalism, discretion, mission specific training experiences, and the accompanying equipment research and development. By specializing and focusing on the peer/near-peer conflict, DARC is always anticipating and searching for unconventional and effective solutions to current and emerging threats. DARC is committed to finding positive outcomes for clients through their tailored training programs and applicable technology solutions. Collectively, with carefully selected cadre, real-world experiences, training methodologies, facilities, and service culture, DARC has created an environment for innovation that is inimitable in the training industry.

L9 Mfg. and DARC believe in the importance of well trained and equipped professionals. This brand partnership will enhance DARC training programs for clients by incorporating L9 Mfg.’s firearm platforms. Providing clients the opportunity to use the L9 Mfg. rifles during training at DARC offers a unique test and evaluation lab in a high- stress environment.

“Both L9 and DARC use a data and results driven approach to solve real world problems. This alliance accelerates our efforts to increase both the reliability of the platform and the operator by rapidly fielding concepts into a demanding environment that either validates or refines the solution. There’s no participation trophy. It either works, or it doesn’t. And our job is to sort that out in training and testing rather than a real world encounter.”

Mike Mihalski, L9 Mfg

The complementary capabilities of L9 Mfg. and DARC will authentically identify emerging operational demands through training and evaluation. This holistic approach will generate innovative solutions streamlined for the professional user. DARC and L9 Mfg.’s commitment to continuous improvement and pursuit of excellence, ensures this brand partnership will be the flagship of mission-specific advancements in firearms production and training resources for the benefit of the professional end-users.

“For the past 49 years, I have professionally and personally carried and used, an AR15 in variety of environments and configurations. I have experienced the trends and witnessed the evolution of the platform first-hand. Since 2020 I have personally been evaluating the L9 Mfg. rifle. When an off the shelf rifle performs at a custom built level, it gets my attention. Several things are important to me when it comes to selecting a platform to use. Number one is quality- it must be built with quality components, at spec tolerances and maintain functionality. Second is reliability, third is accuracy and fourth is who is manufacturing it. There are a lot of great AR15’s on the market now – it wasn’t always so. What solidified the selection of L9 Mfg. as the official DARC platform was the opportunity to meet the armorers building the rifles- they are the difference. Observing firsthand their attention to detail and tenacity, is hard to express in words but it’s tangible. Some call it grit, others character. I know that when I am running an L9 rifle, that the armorers who assembled it as if it was for themselves and that the company stands 100% behind their product. It is reassuring to deal with a person instead of a corporation and then also experiencing personable customer care as an individual. I think their platform is one of the best I’ve handled to date and the armorers are incredible. Bottom line is— people and performance; L9 is both and it is rare.”

Richard Mason, DARC

For more information on L9 Mfg. please visit www.L9mfg.com

For more information on Direct Action Resource Center (DARC) please visit www.darc-usa.com.


Simple Jack Carbine from Sons of Liberty Gun Works

Thursday, August 24th, 2023

24 AUGUST 2023 – San Antonio, TX – Sons of Liberty Gun Works (SOLGW), is pleased to announce the release of the “Simple Jack” Carbine. SOLGW products feature meticulous craftsmanship, unbeatable reliability, and a lifetime warranty. Founded in 2014, SOLGW is a premier rifle manufacturer that builds quality, hard-use platforms.

Conceptualized by “AT” Ambrosia Terrebonne (moniker), Subject Matter Enthusiast, the Simple Jack AR rifle is a solution that brings real-world, affordable enhancements in a complete package to the SOLGW signature lineup.

“Picking out components to build a rifle ready for use can be overwhelming. I wanted to see a platform that focused on solving the “paralysis of analysis” of what to choose when you are unsure if your needs and capabilities will change in the future.

My thoughts were this: Why pay for components you may not need when you could put that money towards actual life-support items, for example, an optic, light, and sling? The Simple Jack does this as a platform that can accept your modifications as your needs and capabilities change.”

– Ambrosia Terrebonne

Simple Jack Rifle Features:

• Larue MBT-2S Straight Bow Trigger (flat-faced trigger for greater surface area)
• HRF Concepts Rifle Combat Magwell (250% larger funnel surface – Rebellious Stripes Edition
• SOLGW Hard Chrome Bolt Carrier Group (Enhanced durability linking back to Eugene Stoner’s original design)
• 13.7″ (Mid-length Gas System with P/W NOX9) 16” OAL
• Barrel: SOLGW 4150CoMOV 1:7 MPI HPT Barrel
• Caliber: 5.56 NATO Chamber
• Barrel Steel: 4150 CrMoV (Chrome Moly Vanadium per MIL-B-11595E)
• Twist Rate: 1/7 Twist Six Groove
• Thread Pitch: 1/2-28 Threaded Muzzle
• Gas Block: .750? Gas Block Journal with appropriately sized gas port
• Barrel Finish: QPQ Corrosion Resistant Finish
• Barrel Extension: QPQ coated M4 Feed Ramp Extension
• High Pressure Tested (HPT)
• Magnetic Particle Inspected (MPI)
• With “F” Marked Taper Pinned Front Sight Block
• Midwest Industries Combat Flip Up Rear Sight
• Mil-Spec Safety
• SOLGW LCH (Liberty Charging Handle)
• B5 Systems Bravo Stock and Grip
• Magpul SL Mid-Length Handguard

Available today at Interstate Guns

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Primary Weapons Systems Releases Limited Edition MK113 ALPHA Rifle

Monday, July 24th, 2023

A limited run of the MK113 Alpha Rifle is now available for purchase from PWS

Primary Weapons Systems (PWS) has recently released the limited edition MK113 Alpha Rifle. This is welcome news for those who have been fans of PWS for many years, as the Alpha is an exclusive recreation of the PWS original Mark I Alpha, originally released in 2018. Only 250 of these rifles have been made, and each ships with a certificate of authenticity and a unique challenge coin. This rifle is a must-have for collectors and PWS enthusiasts alike.

              The Alpha is unique compared to the rest of the PWS lineup due to a combination of fine-tuned enhancements. With a 1:7 twist rate, the Alpha offers exceptional stability for heavy bullets, ensuring unparalleled accuracy and performance. The construction of this rifle is of the highest quality, featuring robust steel plates and screws for a rock-solid rail assembly. Additionally, the gas adjustment knob takes a strategic shift, now positioned in front of the rail, providing convenient access and no need for an adjustment tool. These many carefully engineered modifications make the Alpha completely embody the PWS commitment to innovation, delivering a truly exceptional firearm.

              PWS has a limited number of Alpha rifles remaining, so be sure to order yours as soon as possible through the PWS website before they’re gone for good. For dealer orders, please contact Director of Sales, Ben Peters, at [email protected].

Red Arrow Weapons Debuts 350 Legend

Friday, July 14th, 2023

Fork Union, VA – Red Arrow Weapons is adding to its lineup of high-quality yet affordable firearms with its new 350 Legend.

Built on the AR-15 platform, the 350 Legend features a pistol-length black nitride barrel and Magpul CTR stock with a 7075 T-6 aluminum upper and lower.

Tipping the scales at just over 6.4 pounds, it comes equipped with a 2.5-pound drop-in trigger and RAW 15-inch M-lok hand rail.  

With high-quality options at an affordable price point, Red Arrow Weapons has created its own category in the firearms market.

To learn more about Red Arrow Weapons and browse the full lineup of products, visit redarrowweapons.com.

Sneak Peek – GBRS Group x Cobalt Kinetics Signature Carbines

Monday, June 12th, 2023

GBRS Group has a bunch of cool new stuff at the recent ADS Federal Range Day, but this is something set aside for the consumer market.

Cole and DJ have worked with Cobalt Kinetics to introduce signature carbines. Coming soon, they’ll be offered through Firearms Depot.