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Hydra Weaponry Introduces the Hydra 10

Wednesday, March 27th, 2024

Based on customer requests, Hydra Weaponry introduces the Hydra 10; a powerful and highly accurate .308 rifle with caliber conversion barrels available soon.

Hermon, Maine (March 2024) – Hydra Weaponry, Maine’s largest firearms employer, designers, and manufacturers of the truly modular MARCK-15 Hydra® Weapon System, unveil the Hydra 10, a .308 with the hard-hitting performance expected of this leading American AR-rifle manufacturer.

Based on customer demands, the Hydra 10 is built upon years of research, development, and real-world testing. It combines advanced engineering with user-centric features to deliver a rifle platform that excels in any scenario. From long-range precision shooting to tactical applications, the Hydra 10 offers unmatched adaptability and performance.

Key features of the Hydra 10 include:

• Modular Design: The Hydra 10 features a modular architecture that allows for easy customization and adaptation to suit individual preferences and mission requirements. The Hydra 10 is the base model for future caliber configurations. All that will be required to change calibers will be a barrel and bolt exchange. Stay tuned for new calibers in the near future.

• .308 Caliber Precision: Engineered to deliver exceptional accuracy and ballistic performance, the Hydra 10 is chambered in the renowned .308 Winchester caliber. Whether hunting larger game or used as a tactical weapon for professional use, users can rely on the Hydra 10 to deliver decisive results with every shot.

• Robust Construction: Crafted from premium materials and subjected to rigorous quality control standards, the Hydra 10 is built to withstand the harshest conditions and the most demanding missions. The Hydra 10 is built on a BLK Systems stock and pistol grip, with a Quick-Change Barrel Upper Receiver (QCB-D), and runs on a standard SR-25 magazine with a DPMS pattern.

• Advanced Features: Equipped with advanced features such as a crisp trigger, ergonomic controls, and a smooth cycling action, the Hydra 10 ensures optimal performance and shooter comfort. Additionally, compatibility with a wide range of accessories and optics further enhances the Hydra 10’s versatility and effectiveness in the field.

“We are proud to introduce the Hydra 10, a rifle platform that embodies our commitment to innovation, quality, and performance,” said Mack Gwinn III, CEO at Hydra Weaponry. “The Hydra 10 represents a new standard of excellence in the world of .308 caliber rifles.”

The Hydra 10 is available in 16” and 18” length barrels, and in black or coyote tan, with an MSRP of $2,349.00.

For more information on Hydra Weaponry, visit the new website at

Smith & Wesson Introduces New M&P 15 Sport III Rifle

Thursday, February 29th, 2024

MARYVILLE, TN., (2/27/2024) – Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ Global Select: SWBI), a leader in firearm manufacturing and design, announces today the release of the new M&P15 Sport III rifle. 

Designed to perform under various conditions, the Smith & Wesson Sport Series is as versatile as it is reliable. Building on the proven Sport II platform, the next iteration comes equipped with enhancements to increase performance while being offered at a lower price. The Sport III is a gas-operated semi-auto MSR chambered in 5.56 NATO/223 REM, and is offered in 30+1 and 10+1 capacities. Upgrades to this platform include a 16-inch Armornite® coated barrel with a threaded muzzle, 5R rifling, and a 1:8-inch twist that allows for a wider variety of ammo to be used. The barrel, housed in a free-floating 15-inch M-LOK® handguard with a full-length Picatinny-style rail, offers more options to accessorize than previous generations. The Sport III utilizes a mid-length gas system to help mitigate felt recoil when shooting and it also ships with a 6-position adjustable stock, polymer grip, bolt forward assist, and chromed firing pin.

If you’re looking for your first rifle, or just want to expand the collection, the M&P15 Sport III is a reliable platform for a great price. The new M&P15 Sport III rifle has an MSRP of $799 and is available now at authorized dealers.

For more information on the M&P15 Sport III, visit

WATCHTOWER Firearm’s SPEC OPS Type 15 Rifle: Combining Billet Precision and Military Heritage

Thursday, February 1st, 2024

SPRING, TX (Jan. 30, 2024) — A combination of billet precision and military heritage, the WATCHTOWER SPEC OPS Type 15 Rifle offers an unmatched combination of high quality and value in an AR-15-type platform available to both the civilian and law enforcement markets.

The SPEC OPS TYPE 15 features a receiver set machined to the tightest tolerances from high-grade 7075-T6511 billet aluminum to secure a wobble-free fitment and to prevent dust and debris from entering. Assembled with an ambidextrous charging handle and WATCHTOWER’s patented safety selector to satisfy the need for more dexterity, this allows more surface area to manipulate the mechanics of the firearm. The SPEC OPS Type 15 also features an upgraded fire control group with Hiperfire’s EDT2 Heavy Gunner trigger, a single-stage semi-auto LE/SWAT AR upgrade, and WATCHTOWER’s proprietary Tru-Black PVD coated 5.56 NATO M16 profile MPI tested Durabolt BCG, the company’s most robust, durable, and easy-to-clean coating. You can choose between a 16-inch 5.56 NATO cold hammer forged or a .223 Wylde stainless steel barrel with a 1:8 rifling twist, both with a mid-length gas system. Surrounding the barrel is the 13.7-inch S7M free-floating handguard with M-LOK attachment slots at five positions, 4 QD points, and a full-length 1913 Picatinny rail. WATCHTOWER’s Flat Face compensating muzzle brake is incorporated at the end of the barrel, a device to mitigate recoil and finished in a Tru-black PVD coating. This rifle also comes with B5 B5-reinforced polymer pistol grip and buttstock.

“The SPEC OPS Type 15 rifle has been designed for those who enjoy shooting a best-in-class AR-15 platform that honors our military heritage,” said WATCHTOWER CEO Jason Colosky, a former Recon Marine serving throughout Southwest Asia and Southeast Africa. “You can choose between 5.56 NATO or .223 Wylde. It’s a fast-handling rifle designed to perform flawlessly under extreme conditions.”


Receiver: TYPE 15 7075-T651 billet aluminum

Handguard: 13.7-inch S7M free-floating handguard

Barrel: .223 Wylde match grade 1:8 rifling, black nitride finish

Muzzle Device: WATCHTOWER 5.56 NATO Flat Face, Tru-black PVD finish

Bolt Carrier Group: 5.56 NATO Durabolt, Tru-black PVD finish

Trigger: Hiperfire EDT2 Heavy Gunner

Safety Selector: WATCHTOWER ambidextrous, black finish

Charging Handle: WATCHTOWER ambidextrous

Grip: B5 Systems Type 23 P-grip

Stock: B5 Systems Bravo stock

Weight: 7 lbs.

Finishes: Black type III anodized or select from three Cerakote colors: FDE, OD Green and Wolf Grey

The suggested retail price for the.223 Wylde configuration is $1349, while the MSRP for the 5.56 NATO configuration is $1599. Available finishes include Black type III anodized, or you can select from three Cerakote colors: FDE, OD Green, and Wolf Grey.

WATCHTOWER Firearms is a veteran-owned firearm manufacturing company known for innovative design in its custom precision firearms that proudly manufactures its entire product line solely in America. The company offers a lifetime manufacturer product warranty on all firearms to protect our customers against any manufacturing defects. If your firearm does have evidence of such defects, WATCHTOWER Firearms will accommodate fixing, repairing, or replacing your product. To learn more about WATCHTOWER and the company’s unique vision for the firearms industry, visit

One-of-a-Kind Collaboration between Sons of Liberty and Frontline Healing Foundation to be Unveiled at 2024 SHOT Show

Wednesday, January 17th, 2024

Bandera TX – January 17, 2024 – Jesse Warren, an armorer at Sons of Liberty Gun Works, and former Army Medic has a lot to be thankful for. This Warriors Heart Alumni is showing his appreciation to the organization who helped fund his service K9, by designing and building a one-of-a-kind Sons of Liberty / Frontline Healing Foundation M4 rifle.

Set to be featured in the Sons of Liberty booth (#31203) at the 2024 SHOT Show and auctioned as part of the renowned Crye Precision SHOT Show Auction, this custom M4-89 13.7″ rifle was personally designed to show Warren’s appreciation to the organizations who played a role in his recovery.  

“I am incredibly fortunate to work for a company, in Sons, who not only blessed off on the build of this rifle, but who supported my recovery and time at Warriors Heart,” stated Warren. “When I went to the leadership team, and expressed my need for help, the response was more than I could have ever hoped for.”

Sons of Liberty not only gave Warren their support, but they also promised him that his bench would remain untouched while away. A promise kept, one that the company could have easily overlooked, due to the company’s high demand.

Chambered in 5.56mm NATO, the completely custom-built features the logos of Warriors Heart and Warriors Heart K9 – two organizations Warren acknowledges for aiding in his recovery and placement of his service dog.

Fashioned with a 1:7 twist barrel, with 6 grove rifling, bolt carrier group is a Carpenter 158 bolt, 8620 carrier.  The Upper and Lower Receivers are a 7075-T6 Aluminum forging with a hard coat Type 3/Class II anodized finish.

The handguard is an M89 Drivelock rail, 6061 aluminum, steel barrel nut, with a continuous 1913 Picatinny rail at 12 o’clock. The ambidextrous Liberty Charging Handle features the Warriors Heart motto, “Strength Through Healing,” a reminder that we are never alone in our battles.

The Crye Precision auction began to give back to the organizations who provide treatment and care for the men and women who continue to put themselves into harm’s way, to ensure our safety and freedoms. The one-of-a-kind rifle will be among other donations from companies across the firearms and defense industries, with all proceeds raised, going directly to Frontline Healing Foundation, the largest donor towards individuals seeking treatment at Warriors Heart.

“This initiative is incredibly humbling to us,” stated Jordyn Jureczki, CEO of Frontline Healing Foundation. “We do everything we can to raise funds to subsidize the cost of treatment and care for our nations Warriors. This rifle is beautiful, and the heart behind its build is unparalleled.”

The Frontline Healing / Sons of Liberty M4 will be open for bids during the 2024 Crye Precision, held online during SHOT Show.

VKTR Industries to Raffle Off a Limited Edition ODG VKTR VK-1 at SHOT Show

Thursday, January 11th, 2024

VKTR Industries, a manufacturer of premier piston driven AR-15 rifles, will be attending SHOT Show 2024 at booth 41820.  To celebrate their one-year anniversary, they are raffling off a new limited release VK-1 rifle in Olive Drab Green cerakote at the show.

VKTR Industries will be entering all dealers who place an order during SHOT show into a raffle for a chance to win a new VK-1 rifle.  

VKTR will be releasing three new products during SHOT SHOW, all of which are immediately available for dealers to order:

1) A 13.7 VK-1 rifle pinned and welded with the HUXWRX FLASH HIDER-QD 556 1/2X28 XL 13.  This muzzle device allows the rifle to meet the 16-inch barrel requirement and accepts the HUXWRX flow suppressor.

2) A 10.5 inch VK-1 pistol outfitted with the SB Tactical SBA 3 brace.

3) The VK-1 16 inch and 13.7 inch rifle shipped with parts to meet California compliance.  

Dealers are encouraged to come by the booth and speak with the sales team about the array of VKTR products.  All products are available for immediate order and all dealers who place an order during SHOT will be entered in for a chance to win the rifle.  

For questions, please email VKTR Industries at  Dealers can also visit the VKTR Industries website at

Sneak Peek – Ridgeline Defense Recce Rifle

Tuesday, December 26th, 2023

Coming January 2024 from Ridgeline Defense, an out-of-the-box sub-one minute Recce Rifle.

Email list members get first dibs.

EuroOptic Exclusive – Daniel Defense M4A1 Rifle with Vortex AMG 1-10×24 FFP EBR-9 Super Short Scope

Friday, December 22nd, 2023

As soon as the elusive Vortex 1-10×24 Super Short Scope was revealed just over a year ago, folks have been trying to figure out how to get one and now is your chance. There’s a catch, well two catches. The first is that there are only 50 available and the second is that you have to buy a rifle along with it.

Now the rifle is pretty nice as well. It’s a Daniel Defense Daniel Defense M4A1 RIII 5.56mm NATO 14.5″ P&W Bbl Rifle and you also get the Vortex AMG 1-10×24 FFP EBR-9 Super Short Scope with the UK issue Reptilia Mount.

Regardless of the fact that this is a full system purchase at $5595, I expect these to go very quickly.

Here are the details:

Explore the exclusive EuroOptic Daniel Defense M4A1 RIII Rifle package featuring the highly sought-after Vortex AMG 1-10×24 Super Short Scope secured within a custom-designed Reptilia AUS mount. Limited to just 50 units, this package delivers a specialized combination of rifle, optic, and mount, drawing inspiration from the L403A1 weapons system recently adopted by the British Special Operations Forces.

Crafted around the Daniel Defense M4A1 RIII, a semi-automatic 5.56x45mm NATO rifle, this package boasts a 14.5” barrel, complemented by a pinned and welded flash hider, maintaining a 16” overall “barrel length” for non-NFA classification. Representing an enhanced iteration of the popular M4A1 platform, the M4A1 RIII incorporates numerous upgrades to optimize performance and user convenience.

Distinguishing itself with the exclusive RIS III rail system, an evolved version of the esteemed RIS II rail developed by SOCOM, the M4A1 RIII features the robust 6-Bolt, Bolt-Up system capable of enduring the recoil from an M203 grenade launcher. Further enhancing usability, its ambidextrous safety selector, bolt release, and charging handle empower both left and right-handed users to operate the rifle seamlessly without adjusting their dominant grip.

Atop this exceptional rifle, the Vortex AMG 1-10×24 34mm Super Short Riflescope, adorned with an EBR-9 First Focal Plane Reticle, rests within the precision-crafted Reptilia AUS optic mount. This American-manufactured scope, weighing a mere 18.85 ounces and measuring a compact 8.5 inches in length, ranks among the lightest and most compact scopes in its category. The EBR-9 Reticle, designed for close and medium-range engagements, combines an illuminated segmented circle dot for optimal visibility at 1x magnification with Christmas tree-style hold-overs for use at higher magnifications. Notably, this scope is currently exclusively available with the purchase of this rifle and optic package.×24-FF

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