Sunday, September 9, 2018

Ultimatum Precision Deadline Action - Redemption

Ultimatum Precision Deadline Action - Redemption

About a year ago Ultimatum asked me to beta test their original Ultimatum Precision action and I had a boatload of problems. For the precision shooter, a stock Remington 700 action with a custom barrel is not enough to deliver the accuracy they need. Usually competitive shooters who use Remington 700 receivers have the perfectly decent attached barrel pulled off (for a charge), and then have milling done to true/square the action typically referred to as blueprinting the action (for a charge). At that point they have invested $300-$700 in a Remington 700 action plus another $350 worth of gunsmithing and that now $1000+ rig does not include any bolt, scope rail, or recoil lug upgrades - they still do not have a competition receiver that has all the extra features of high-tier custom receivers.




For the precision shooting crowd they often turn to custom billet Remington 700 format “style” receivers from Defiance, Stiller, Big Horn, or in this case Ultimatum. These high tier custom receivers usually offer a giant jump in overall stiffness and accuracy, have been engineered to be perfectly straight and true, are manufactured to very high precision tolerances, and usually offer included upgrades such as thicker recoil lugs, short throw bolts, recoil-proof scope bases, three-lug bolts, Savage pre-fit style barrel threads, improved dual ejectors, and simplified bolt disassembly that does not require a vise and special tools. 

In short they are well worth the extra money and easier to home gunsmith but they are not cheap with retail prices ranging from $1000-$2000 depending on options. Ultimatum’s first attempt at a competitive precision receiver in late 2016 was a valiant attempt, however there were certainly some areas for improvement that we have seen in this new Deadline action.

The initial build with the first production units from Ultimatum netted my single most unpleasant and problem riddled build ever. To date it is the only gun build which I wanted to throw through a wall and smash in the street due to the wrong published barrel specs, inability to be fit to an aftermarket stock, and the requirement of basically hand fitting every single aspect of the gun from front to back. It was not pleasant, but Black Hole Weaponry came to the rescue and cut down, rethreaded, custom fit and installed the original custom BHW barrel they had made for the build. 

That original build has been an amazing shooting and stunning looking precision 6.5 Creedmoor rifle ever since. I provided the feedback to Ultimatum and they noted they would work out all the issues and get back to me with a new updated action mid-2018. The result is the new $1498 (CAN) Ultimatum Precision Deadline Action available in both short and long actions which resolves about every issue I experienced with the old design - in short, “Redemption”.



THE NEW ULTIMATUM DEADLINE ACTION
The barrel threads on the Ultimatum Deadline action are no longer some goofy-ass long threaded hybrid Remington Savage barrel thread, but now just a standard 1-1/16″ x 20 thread designed to accept any Savage pre-fit small shank barrels. Technically Ultimatum made this change in the later batches of the original design, however not in the initial release I was testing. The beauty of the Savage style barrel and barrel nut design is that it completely eliminates the dreaded chamber reaming process for barrel fitting and headspacing and allows for DIY barrel swaps. As long as the barrel is small shank Savage pre-fit compatible it can get swapped any time the heart desires. In short if you can install an AR15 barrel you can install a Savage pre-fit style barrel. A highly summarized install process is to screw in the barrel until stopped by the go-gauge, tighten up barrel nut and verify the headspace to assure the bolt fails to close with the no-go headspace gauge. The great thing is that the process is repeatable with the same accuracy from swap to swap assuming owners headspace the same way each time.

Another issue solved by the Deadline action was to loosen up the tolerances a little to get the barrel threading into a useable spec that does not require a gunsmith. Even after we figured out the wrong threading problem on the old V1 version, the specs were still too tight on the receiver threads and it required a lot of barrel thread tuning with an adjustable threading die to get the barrel to fit due to the super tight thread tolerances on the receiver. On this new Deadline action version, both barrels from Northland Shooter Supply threaded up perfectly with just copper anti-seize without any issues or need for gunsmith tuning; just as it should be for the DIY barrel swapper.

The Savage Prefit style barrel threading allows the home DIY builder to buy whatever barrel they want and install it at home. All owners need for an easy switch barrel set up is the receiver barrel tightening tool and barrel nut wrench from Ultimatum, a set of headspace gauges; I use the $80 three piece set of Forster Go, No-Go and Field chamber gauges from Fulton Armory.

A huge advantage to the Ultimatum is just the extended barrel nut which prevents removing the scope just to swap barrels. Otherwise the barrel nut is too short and requires complete scope rail removal just to tighten the barrel. The long extended fully Savage 1-1/16″ x 20 barrel thread compatible Ultimatum Barrel nut really is a must for anyone with an extended rail receiver setup. Ultimatum offers a Extended Nut and Wrench combo.

Other options on the new Ultimatum Deadline action include right and left hand models as well as single or multi-shot receivers. The huge list of features on the new Deadline action meets expectations for a premium tier precision rifle receiver and adds a lot of features that are quite innovative.

Sturdy Rear Tang - A sturdy rear tang ensures that the action is seated properly in the chassis/stock and that the action remains as stiff and true as possible. This helps to maintain accuracy. The bottom profile of the Deadline receiver was also reshaped to more of a standard Remington 700 profile receiver which means there will be a lack of cursing as you attempt to mount it into most aftermarket precision rifle stocks. Some stocks may still need a little tweaking, but nothing like the oddball receiver footprint of the old design. 
Old Action Left, New Deadline on
Right with Rem 700 profile tang

Is is not as fat, but still thicker in the right places for improved rigidity while still offering chassis fitment compatibility. The old version’s tang and recoil lug was just a tad too thick and required a lot of stock modification. Though I did not measure the differences between the old and new version oversized barrel lug, the new version did not seem to have the compatibility issues with the chassis I had on hand like the previous version. The Tang is clearly smaller with more footprint similarity to factory actions which was a great move.

20 MOA Aluminium Picatinny Rail - Deigned to handle the heaviest optics on the market, the rail features 6x #8-40 mounting screws and recoil-proofing with 2 dowel pins. If you are a picky precision shooter, you may want to increase or decrease rail rise. Many premium receivers include integral rails, but the Ultimatum Deadline retains the recoil-proof benefits while still being able to choose different rail cants. Of note the top rail is proprietary. The ridiculously priced $298 CAN 4340 steel 20 MOA version upgrade is available and eventually a 30 MOA version as well. I would hope the price of rails comes down a bit in price because I could buy a complete Remington non-Barreled action for that. Thankfully, even the immortals in the group who shoot with the gods would be hard pressed to justify upgrading the very robust included 20 MOA aluminum rail.




Minimal Ejection Port - The action uses a minimally sized ejection port in order to maximize the strength and stiffness. I did not have any issues with ejection thanks to the very powerful dual ejectors on the bolt.

Removable Floating 3 Lug Bolt Head - The floating bolt head design ensures that the bolt face is always perfectly aligned with the axis of the barrel, further helping accuracy. The bolt head is also removable and replaceable without tools meaning that caliber changes are made easy and quick - no Remington bolt disassembly vice tool needed. I would highly recommend investing in both bolt faces should you want to expand to other barrel calibers later on. The bolt comes standard with a dual ejector system which launches round authoritatively about four feet away.

4340 Steel Construction with Liquid Hard Nitride Coating - 4340 HTSR steel is used for the action housing. 4240 HSTR is a heat treated and stress relieved very tough high tensile steel. The hard nitride improves wear, corrosion and chemical resistance. Surface hardness is also improved with the hard nitride finish.

Gas Blocking Shroud with Anti-rotational Lock System - The shroud to action housing fitment acts as a "wall", restricting any residual blow-back gases. The notch at the top of the bolt shroud locks rotational forces during cocking, minimizing friction to allow a lighter bolt lift. Early on Ultimatum did a lot of work to assure safety with the bolt while drastically lightening its initial bolt lift effort. The V1 bolt lift was a beast, the later bolt versions were great and the Deadline carries though that work with even more refinement. A lot of R&D went into just the bolt and throw.

Integral Recoil Lug - The recoil lug is machined into the action to maximize strength and to provide additional thread interface to the barrel. It is 5/16" thick. On a factory Remington 700 action the recoil lug is held in place with the barrel threading tension. Most pro precision shooters note factory recoil lugs as a big point of potential weakness for accuracy degradation. Most premium tier receiver manufacturers now offer one piece integrated lugs to deliver more rigidity and Ultimatum included that design aspect in this design.

AICS and AW magazine compatible - Thank God. The feed port on the new Deadline action was specifically designed to accept AICS and AW style magazines now… before it was not, so I am super excited about this feature. As with any custom precision rifle build, you will likely still need to either modify the magazine latch length on the chassis or the magazine catch to assure proper magazine fitment. Expect that modification any time you add bottom metal or use aftermarket chassis for any receiver manufacturer unless you just get lucky.

Remington 700 Trigger Interface - With a Remington 700 trigger interface, many trigger options are available. Early on I received a series of replacement trigger hangers from Ultimatum on the old V1 as they constantly tweaked the design. The trigger hanger on this new Deadline action was spot on and had no fitment issues with snugly mounting the awesome 2lb Timney flat trigger bow match trigger I used on this build.



60 Degree Bolt Throw - With a 3 lug design, the bolt throw can be kept to 60 degrees, ensuring quick operation.

Battery Safety - The firing pin can only protrude the bolt face if the lugs are locked and in battery. This safety mechanism ensures that if the bolt head is not properly installed, the rifle does not fire.

REDEMPTION FOR THE ULTIMATUM PRECISION DEADLINE ACTION
For this build I wanted to give the new action a lot of testing in a realistic situation of a switch barrel rig. The idea of a switch barrel rig is being able to swap barrels and calibers easily leveraging a single investment in a high quality receiver, trigger, optic and stock to shoot multiple calibers with just a barrel swap. The job of a premium receiver is to make that barrel and caliber swap as simple and consistent as possible.

In the case of this Ultimatum based rig, I ordered both .223 and .308 bolt faces which can easily be swapped without tools or a bolt vice. 

With this flexibility, the Ultimatum Deadline setup can support pretty much any short action compatible caliber including .223 bolt face calibers like 17 Remington, 204 Ruger, 222 Remington, 223 Remington, 6x45, 6 & 6.5mm TCU, 20 Tactical, 20 Practical and .308 bolt face calibers like 225 Winchester, 22/250 Remington, 6mm Norma BR, 243 Winchester, 250 Savage, 260 Remington, 6.5/284 Norma, 7/08 Remington, 284 Winchester, 300 Savage, 308 Winchester, 338 Federal, 35 Remington, 358 Winchester, 6 & 6.5 Creedmoor, 6.5 Lapua, 6XC… just to name a few.

In this case I choose two popular calibers that showcased the precision of this type of rig without resorting to the always super accurate Creedmore or TCU chamberings. Most people expect Creedmore and TCU rounds to deliver very consistent sub-1-inch range, but most people are very impressed to see those reliable tiny little groups from .223 and .308 rounds. The great thing about a switch barrel rig is that an owner can just keep adding barrels and length for the calibers they want. Likely I will add both .308 and 6.5 Creedmore with nice long barrels as well.

To further challenge this rig from an accuracy perspective, I choose very short 17-inch custom barrel lengths. The long range precision guys usually opt for 20+ inch barrels to deliver tiny little groups and higher velocity, however my intent was use with a suppressor and adding another 9-inches on top of a 21-inch barrel makes for a gigantic gun. A multitude of precision shooters recommended a 16 or 17-inch barrel for suppressor use and long 20+ inch barrels without suppressors. With a switch barrel rig I can have it all.

In theory anyway I have crippled the potential accuracy with “imprecise old-school standard calibers” and with short barrel on an otherwise stunning rig equipped with a Bushnell Elite Tactical 6-24 Riflescope, KRG Whiskey 3 billet chassis, Timney flat bladed 2-lb match trigger, YHM Phantom QD muzzle brake, YHM Titanium Phantom Suppressor, and of course the Ultimatum Deadline action. The Criterion and Shilen barrels from Northland Shooter Supply though would deliver the best the .223 and .308 chamberings could offer.

Criterion and Shilen are both very well regarded barrel manufacturers in the precision shooter circuit but they primarily only wholesale. Both companies utilize Northland Shooter Supply for customer sales which I will admit was super easy to deal with and had plenty of knowledge about both barrel manufacturers. Northland suggested I try one of each barrel and from my perspective these two companies are very tightly matched in quality, precision and accuracy. At my level of shooting it would be a tough argument to pick one over the other. Both offer stainless barrels with extended barrel life, both appear to have the same level of finish quality, both offer match grade hand lapped barrels with 11-degree target crowns or recessed hunting crowns, and both are nearly identically priced. Flip a coin and you can't go wrong either way. I did order Northland’s barrel nuts, however as noted install would have required scope base removal to use them. I will ask Northland is they can offer extended barrel nuts for Savage barrels since it seems everyone now have extended rails on their actions.

My 17-inch barrels were chambered in .308 1:10 twist and .223 Wylde 1:8. Northland Shooter Supply offers both tapered and contoured barrels for Shilen and Criterion however I choose simple but heavy full bull barrel profiles. My hope was for a .223 Wylde barrel which shot 40gr Hornady V-Max rounds equally as well as heavier 70+ grain bullets. I am happy to report that the .223 Wylde Criterion barrel have delivered 100-yard .279-inch groups with Hornady 40-gr V-Max and .306-inch groups with 73-gr Hornady ELD match rounds. There have been more than a few groups even smaller than that which were blown by a bit too much excitement. At a recent prairie dog shoot a friend borrowed the rifle and easily handled a multitude of critters with ranges extending out to just over 400-yards on a fairly windy day.

The .308 barrel I am still testing through various ammo and reloads, however I have been pleasantly surprised with .25-inch sized (and smaller) groups with 168gr Federal Gold Medal Sierra Match King ammo. This build will easily keep up with my FN SPR A3G with the same ammo and it does it with a 17-inch barrel vs 24-inch barrel on the FN - for reference the FN SPR A3G guarantees .25-inch groups or better at 100-yards.

FINAL THOUGHTS
From my perspective, Ultimatum has achieved Redemption. They have covered off on all the design elements and customer service points the initial customers provided and they have one heck of an action for just under $1500 - CAN. They have also thought through a lot of pain points that I have not seen addressed in the market such as the extended barrel nut to prevent removing the scope rail for every barrel swap.

Timney, Bushnell, KRG, and YHM delivered all outstanding products which made this rig perform amazing, but the Northland Shooter Supply really help to showcase what a switch barrel rig like this can deliver. Swap out to a longer barrel in a cheater calibers like Creedmore or TCU chambering and all those already amazing group sizes noted are likely to jump in half. In fact many of Northland’s customers have references noting single hole groups with 6.5 Creedmore and other benchrest rounds. If you want a precision barrel, I cannot recommend Northland Shooter Supply enough.

Top tier precision billet receivers like this Deadline action are not just cool looking, they actually are good investments if you are serious about accuracy. If you want to get into precision shooting, a Remington 700 SPS Tactical is a tough setup to beat for the price and can still be enjoyed with all the chassis, trigger and optic upgrades, but stop there because all those parts can move to an action like the Deadline. The jumping off point is when the next upgrade involves gunsmithing of the factory Remington 700 action. That step is just not worth the effort or money, omits the features of high tier receivers for about the same price, offers little savings compared to other options in the market… and from a resale perspective, it will just be another Remington 700 receiver with dubious gunsmithing work. A $1400 receiver may seem expensive initially, but once the lack of gunsmithing both initially and ongoing and the added features, the customized factory Remington receiver is not the deal it initially is perceived as.

Savage barrel prefit receivers add in the value of carrying over the investment in the chassis, optic, trigger, and the receiver itself with just the barrel swap. Once you get the hang of swapping barrels, the process only requires about fifteen minutes including torquing back down the scope and chassis to spec and setting the scope zero of the next caliber. Of note, as long as I am consistent with my scope and chassis torque setting and track my rezero settings for each caliber, there has been no issues with returning to perfect zero between barrel swaps. My recommendation is to make the jump to a high end billet receiver such as this Ultimatum Deadline action, choose a high quality barrel, and invest once in great components that can support you regardless of calibers you might want.

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Friday, August 3, 2018

My Daughter the Potential Mass Shooter

My Daughter the Potential Mass Shooter

I have looked in the face of killer and it happens to be my daughter. The truth is far stranger than what people can imagine and unfortunately the profile of a killer is more common than they would expect in schools around the country. Four years ago, my wife and I felt a calling from God to take in a sibling set of four foster children to make a difference in the world. Over those years we have lost friends, battled the broken government system, government employees with “agendas”, insurance, and woefully under qualified therapist just to get our very high needs children the help needed. We have tried and failed at everything from aromatherapy, graduated tiers of specialized attachment and trauma therapy, psychiatric care, and a myriad of in-home treatments and even staffed in-home support. The problem is not parenting tools, hugs, therapists, or lack of a better drug, it is a combination of the insurance and support system and a complete ignorance of a extremely common disorder called Reactive Attachment Disorder. Of note most violent offenders are noted as having. Want to know why my pretty smiling pre-teen daughter would likely stab you if you disagreed with her, read on?


RAD or Reactive Attachment Disorder is often inaccurately noted as a rare mental disorder which it is not. According to the Scientific World Journal - Reactive Attachment Disorder in the General Population: A Hidden ESSENCE Disorder, just over 1.4% of the population has RAD.

https://www.hindawi.com/journals/tswj/2013/818157/. The interesting contrast to that number is that other studies have noted that over 35% of all Foster children have RAD. Those studies also note those recorded RAD cases are only the more severe cases and the less severe cases are usually misdiagnosed or ignored. Currently there are approximately 250,000 children in foster care, so there are almost 88,000 children with RAD just in foster care. When we look as the symptoms of RAD, those big numbers of children are terrifying when you consider the Florida school shooters psych profile would be considered tame compared to the reactions my daughter is exhibiting. Every mass killer has a severe RAD profile.

RAD is a disorder caused by a lack of attachment to any specific caregiver at an early age, and results in an inability for the child to form normal, loving relationships with others, in many cases they are never able to bond with anyone. Mild RAD makes it hard for kids to have relationships throughout their life. Severe RAD manifests itself as a total disconnect and lack of care for anyone at a psychotic level at any point in their life. A psychiatrist who had first hand experience with a child similar to our daughter noted that child had killed their foster mother in an attempt to “feel something” but they didn’t...at all in a cold remorseful-free way. Severe RAD is often noted as that emptiness in killers’ eyes.

Traumatic childhood events or poor quality parents which lead into foster care and the foster care process itself is believed to be the root cause of the significantly high rate of RAD in children. The more they are bounced around from home to home, the less the children can learn to trust and bond, and the more the severe RAD usually becomes. All four of our children bounced between an estimated twelve homes and were diagnosed with some level of RAD. According to experienced psychiatrist and therapist with foster and adopted child experience, it is rare that any foster or adopted child would not have RAD to some degree. Most children with RAD are socially regressed usually more than half their actual age and therefore generally are either the idiots getting in trouble or bullying or are the ones getting picked on - both behaviors further increase the severity of RAD. For example, though a smart kid academically, one of our other kids is so socially regressed that his nickname at school was SPED (Special Ed) which certainly does not help the kid catch up socially. His RAD manifests itself in severe Oppositional Defiance and that ability to control sleep to the point of not sleeping for over a week… no really we have had the observed sleep studies to prove it even one with a $1000 electronic movement recorder. He will finally collapse, however in the process a serious amount of havoc has been raught. The result is a child that truly requires 24x7 management which is relentlessly exhausting.

Due to our oldest daughter’s current placement we will omit her from the discussion, however she was noted clinically to have severe RAD. As a result of her extreme behavior, we had her removed her from the home very early in the placement.

Our older son’s RAD manifested in the form of oppositional defiance (defying anyone for any stupid reason), violence, and drug addiction and he ultimately left our family after we were unable to provide any level or control of his behavior. So that left two in our home.

As we rolled into the holidays, we uncovered a huge amount of mind breaking behavior which culminated in our daughter being institutionalized in psychiatric lockdown facility. Just a few weeks into treatment my institutionalized daughter noted to her therapist that she was going to kill one of the staff she hated, stand over them laughing and dance in the pool of their blood. As the pretty little grinning pre-teen cheerfully explained how she was going to kill a member of the psychiatric staff, she also noted that she really wanted to also kill or hurt a few kids at school, her brother and sometimes us her parents. She also noted the only reason she had not done it yet was that she did not have a knife or know how to use a gun. Thank the Lord we had enough skilled people to note that these are not normal children and we made the decision to never began weapon or martial arts training.

Over the last four years, our home has had installed a similar level of security as your average bank and she still found a way around cameras, knew when they were on or off, bypassed locked doors, and circumvented our oversight to do over $60,000 of damage to our home. She even stole two knives, several razor blades, and also fashioned a few shives. Wait… it gets worse.

The terrifying part is that we had no idea that she had been stealing knives, had homicidal ideations and had been having these thoughts her entire life… including over the last four years she had been living with us. This was not the first time we have heard about her wanting to hurt other kids, but as a parent you chalk it up to kids are being mean and your kid needs just coop with it. In the middle of 2017 we found a knife missing and and enemies list in her room complete with drawings of her stabbing other kids and the kids bleeding. Yes, the level of sickness does exist and the problem is no one cares and no amount of time in the corner, a good spanking, a loving hug, or a accomplishments sticker chart is going to overcome this. Pure and simple this level of deep mental illness requires facility level control which we seriously lack in the US. Additionally this level of severe mental health is the 1% of the 1% and no one ever expects to see it. These mental conditions are so severe that mentally even trained psychiatrists have a hard to judging the severity until things start actually happening as they did with our daughter. The picture forms terrifyingly quick as all the bits and pieces come together once an event or events occur.

Despite her own on-record statements and being a previous ward of the state requiring a higher level of care, the Medicare healthcare provider has decided numerous times to no longer cover her. Their notation is that she can be managed in a home environment. A homicidal little girl so dangerous that she requires three full time attendants, daily safety checks, physical restraint about once a month, and the care of a psychiatric lockdown facility… and the insurance says she can be released. The facility is so concerned with the general safety and welfare that they have noted that she will likely never be able to be introduced back into the general public. The care facility and us fight weekly with insurance to continue her care.

Ultimately this is the problem across the US that leads to mass shootings, not the guns, not the knives, but the very broken brain behind it all. Statistically there are hundreds of children and adults around the country which fit into this extreme situation of severe RAD where insurance has kicked them out of a care facility because of financial rational. Then we all sit around and wonder why these heinous violent acts occur. Do you think my daughter would care if you outlawed an AR15, a shotgun, knives, or even pressure cookers? Nope, in fact they found a belt buckle which my young daughter appeared to be in the process of sharpening the buckle prong to fashion a shiv. After the realization late last year, we now know why she always wanted to know which household chemicals would kill someone - the girl is a planner. Our daughter is so sophisticated that she know when all the building shift changes are and knows when she can do things to herself and others while there is no observation.

Though we are legally fighting the insurance decision weekly to keep her in the facility for her safety and the safety of others, the recent shootings are a perfect example of what can happen when deep psychiatric needs are ignored in favor of saving a buck. When my wife and I have compared the publicized psychiatric profile of the Florida murderer we see an even more severe patterns in our daughter. In fact our daughter is much more severe in all categories not just according to us, but according to teams of psychiatrist and therapist.

Homicidal ideation, check, animal cruelty, check, threats of harm, check, and self harm, check. Unfortunately my daughter also pees and defecates on everything including in dishwashers, furniture, flooring, beds, food, … and even things unbeknownst to use like our toothbrushes. It has been a trying four years. Ready for this? Our daughter also eats poop, hers, that of others found in toilets, and also pet poop, dead animals, kills and eats wounded birds, and even eats the blood off public feminine hygiene products in public bathrooms because “she wants to know what people taste like on the inside”. Just breath… I know it is a lot to take in.

The most terrifying part is she hid it all and masked it under a pretty little highly charming charismatic athletic little girl that most people knew and liked. She was not a hidious little child, but super cute with a giant smile and… well just terrifyingly disarming. If fact she is an amazingly skilled charmer at a very high level, so much so that we have had to have un-skilled aid workers and therapist removed because they get sucked into her little charm and where actually being influenced by her to do things. If we look at the raging comic book psychopath Harley Quinn and our daughter was her sister, Harley would be the good sister by a longshot.

We have also spiritually struggled heavily over the last four years to understand why we were tasked with such a insurmountable hardship, handed children who are truly broken, and have no emotional attachment to anyone including us. At least for the moment thought we have saved lives by keeping our daughter institutionalized. If the insurance had their way, she would be back in the classroom with everyday children … “ya know, as long as there is a camera”. As the therapy team attempts to strip back the layers, unfortunately it gets way worse before it gets better and we are nowhere near the depths of her darkness. It seems hopeless as we attempt to find her a higher level of care as there just are none.

It has been a brutal time in our lives wrought with a level of heartache that cannot be imagined and we see the pattern again and again with each mass shooting. People say it is the weapon’s fault, parents fault, bad parenting, that the kids needed discipline, a warm hug, a achievement sticker chart, or even a good hard spanking… I wish it was that simple. All I know is that statistically the RAD problem it is not getting better.

This article was supplied anonymously to protect the identities and confidentiality of the parties involved.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Extrema Ratio Nightmare Karambit Folder Review

Extrema Ratio Nightmare Karambit Folder Review

What is not to love about the Uber tech Extrema Ratio knives. The designs are both impressively simple and elegant complete with the top tier of cobalt steel that delivers an aggressive extremely long lasting edge. The designs are somewhat out of the ordinary, however once you put one in your hand, the odd design makes sense. The new Extrema Ratio Scout carries through an Italian design legacy which combines style and function in well executed simple elegance. The Extrema Ratio Nightmare Karambit folder is a perfect example of how Extrema can take an idea to a different level.

A traditional karambit folder from most manufacturers is a basic folder with a finger hole in the handle. Extrema Ratio incorporated all the latest bleeding edge karambit features such as blade auto-deployment and then pushed the design further by adding in a glass break/striking pommel, seat belt cutter and Extrema’s patented liner locking mechanism.  Add in the wicked sharpened front top tip and you have a nasty little Nightmare with a 2.89” blade that is still legal to carry in pretty much any city in the US. 

The concept of an auto-deploying knife is not specifically new, but it has been applied a bit differently for the karambit folders on the market.  Much of the karambit folder technique is around a hidden weapon which leans most use in a blade down edge-out reverse knife grip usually with the index finger in the hole in the handle. A guard/tab on the blade catches on the pocket as the knife is pulled from the pocket and the blade is pulled/snapped open. Most people carry a karambit to open as the hand move forward into action, but some owners with also rip the knife open to the rear with the pinky in the handle hole which delivers a standard forward knife grip. I personally like the rearward deployment the best as the opening is more reliable. 


As with any auto-deploying knife there is a little learning curve to figure out how to get the knife to reliably deploy each and every time which usually involves some type of twist and yank movement. Apparently I have an un-apparent habit of dragging my fourth finger on the blade which with a partial double edge knife creates a trail of blood quickly - indeed this Extrema Ratio knife will cut and is a Nightmare if not treated with respect.  Once you get into a rhythm, the blade snaps open at every yank from the pocket and is ready to play.  The pocket clip is reversible so users can decide how you want to position and deploy your own Nightmare. I did find that deployment from my Duluth Trading quick dry shorts was a bit slippery, but hey every knife is a little slick from these amazingly comfortable leisure/work shorts.

I do like the glass break feature and believe it is a top tier addition for those folks who like to break windows for fun or scratch car finishes and steering wheels every time they hop in the car, but I personally wish Extrema had left out this skull caving feature. For me, I just poke myself constantly and scratch everything just like I do with my Gen 1 Microtech Ultratech pointy glass breakers.  The seatbelt/safety cutter is actually pretty useful. Imagine a situation where you need to actually cut away some clothing to apply a bandage or tourniquet and all you had was that wicked cuts both ways Nightmare karambit blade. Your patient would not be happy with you, but with the safety cutter can safely zip through clothing, seatbelts, and zip ties without too much issue. I use the cutter for trimming zip ties. I still have not figured out how to replace the “replaceable” razor blade or determine where I can get replacements.



The Extrema Ratio Nightmare karambit also features Extrema’s Ratio’s manual locking mechanism. Like several of the small and mid-sized Extrema folders, the Nightmare features a liner lock. If more security is needed, the manual locking mechanism can be slipped over and effectively locks the liner lock similar to CRKT and a a few other manufacturers.

From a defensive perspective the Extrema Ratio Nightmare is everything the name implies. The knife delivers very aggressive defensive capabilities, great ergonomics, fast deployment and extremely durable rugged design.  What I love about this knife is how much capability it packs  into a very small size that legally can fit into almost any jurisdictional restrictions. 



Where most karambits features a traditional hook bill blade, the Extrema Ratio Nightmare features a curved tanto blade with a double edged tip. This design delivers something unique while also offering a lot of cutting edges. Part of that power and insane cutting ability it the Austrian N690 cobalt based stainless steel. The steel is similar in performance to the expensive VG-10 but is actually more expensive and is notably  wicked crazy sharp and it stays that way thanks to that N690 steel. 

FINAL THOUGHTS
The karambit has been “the” defensive knife for a while due to a lot of martial arts trainers over the years backing up the design concept. The karambit is a knife design that is here to stay, but Extrema Ratio has just perfected the design more than I have seen executed in other knife designs. With the exception of the personal preference on the pokey glass breaker, the Nightmare is a highly refined tactical knife that can deliver a lot in a defensive knife.

SPECS SCOUT
The Nightmare Karambit has a liner lock. It also has an additional manual lock that should be used for an extra layer of safety.
Total Length of Knife: mm 196 (7.72 inches)
Length of Closed Knife: mm 139.70 (5.50 inches)
Blade Length Total: mm 73.50 (2.89 inches)
Weight of Knife: g 166 (5.85 ounces)
Blade Thickness (Widest Part): mm 3.00 (.12 inches)
Blade Width (Widest Section): mm 29.72 (1.17 inches)
Closed Knife Thickness (Excluding Clip): mm 13.72 (.54 inches)
Blade Steel: Bohler N690 cobalt stainless steel*
Blade Hardness: Rockwell 58 HRC
Grinding: Flat grind
Serrations on Blade: Yes
Lock: Liner lock with additional manual lock
Handle Material: Anodized anticorodal aluminum alloy **
Belt Clip: Yes – reversible side to side
Window Breaker: Yes – on finger ring
MSRP - $270

SOURCES
Extrema Ratio Knives
http://www.extremaratioknivesdivision.eu/english/index.html

Xtreme Knives  http://xtremeknives.com/



Monday, April 16, 2018

New for 2018 Mission First Tactical


New for 2018 Mission First Tactical

This year Mission First Tactical - MFT launched a lot of new products. Historically MFT has been consistent about releases of a small number of products. 2018 is apparently their year to leap forward with new magazine options, holsters, muzzle brakes and more. Let’s take a look at what MFT has brought to the market this year.

MFT Muzzle Devices - This year MFT introduced five different muzzle devices. After testing, my perspective is that they all are awesome. What I loved were all the models were very light, slim and compact. In a time when a lot of muzzle brakes are huge, heavy and load, MFT has taken a different route. According to MFT, these brakes all have a unique purpose based on the needs of the shooter. Some are designed to maximize braking and prevent muzzle rise but are louder for the shooter. Other models are designed to deliver the shooter a good braking muzzle device without the typical loud concussion. The E2ARMD3 Four Port Muzzle was my favorite and delivered a soft shooting controllable AR with a report similar to an A2 birdcage flash hider. All models are made from 416 stainless steel and black nitride coated with prices ranging from $34.99 - $99.99 depending on model.




MFT Poly Drop-In Rail for AR15s and AK47s - With so many manufacturers still selling stripped down AR15s and AKs, MFT though it appropriate to offer a simple Drop-In Rail that any shooter could install themselves. The TEKKO Polymer AK47 and TEKKO MLOK AR15 rails install in minutes without tools and deliver the shooter a configurable platform they can easily attach accessories to. The TEKKO Rails are available in a variety of colors and are priced under $45.


MFT EPG27 ENGAGE AR15 Grip - Almost every year MFT introduces another new grip. The new EPG27 offers some grip angle changes, and updated design, and a simple single finger ergonomic profile which MFT says improves shooter comfort and control during one-handed operations. The new grips are available in a variety of colors for around $20.

MFT Magazines - MFT has made a number of tweaks and updates to their original magazine design over the years to assure total reliability. For 2018 MFT is offering 5 and 10-round short length magazines for hunters and capacity restricted states.


MFT also is offering full length sized 10 and 15-round limited capacity mags as well that still fit in standard mag pouches. A unique idea is that MFT now offers 10 round magazine packs and 50-round magazine crates to make it easy for customers to bulk buy magazines. Clever and they also offer a bit of a discount in the process. See you local store for availability.


MFT Boltaron Holsters - Mission First Tactical’s new holster line is not just another me-too holster line. MFT’s OWB and IWB holsters were designed with high-tier adviser input, and precision molded from Boltaron; the tougher, more expensive and harder cousin of Kydex. MFT makes the gun molds from billet aluminum which have been CNC machined based on 3D scans of actual weapons.

The result is a holster without distortion which is just as good as the one produced hundreds before it. Molding is completed via a specialized 24-zone heat and pressure vacuum thermoforming machine which controls every aspect of the molding process. The rivets are even precision machine controlled. The net of all this production attention manifests itself into a very premium holster for only $69. MFT’s OWB holsters are already on the market for most popular firearms, however the quite excellent MFT IWB I have been testing is coming soon. If you want a holster you can beat the hell out of this is one I would highly recommend.


More from MFT - If you have not taken a good hard look at MFT, you should. They are one company which is making giant steps as an industry leader in tactical accessories.


Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Ruger PC Carbine Rifle with Glock Magazine Magwell

Ruger PC Carbine Rifle with Glock Magazine Magwell

Freaking brilliant! I would like to congratulate Ruger on making the Glock magazine feed carbine we have all been waiting for Glock to make. Sure, a Glock design may have looked different, however the Ruger PC Carbine is everything we want in a basic Glock magazine fed carbine… and with a swapable magwell adapter design, it can also currently accept all Ruger and potentially other brand mags as well in the future.

Ruger has done something few companies have ever done outside of the AR15 market; they designed and offered the Ruger PC Carbine with out-of-the box functionality with another competing manufacturers magazines along with Ruger’s own SR-series magazines. The brilliant 10/22 influenced design is everything we could hope for in a inexpensive, reliable, and easily serviceable $650 MSRP rifle.

FIT, FEEL, FEATURES, & FUNCTIONS
The Ruger PC Carbine rifle will likely retail on the street for just under $600 and can imagine it easily being one of Rugers biggest sellers in 2018. The Ruger PC Carbine offers full ambidextrous controls, shares the 10/22 based trigger design, features a take-down barrel design similar to Ruger’s 10/22-TD rimfire, has a trigger which feels better than any 10/22 factory Ruger trigger I have tried, a warp-free synthetic stock with front picatinny rail and user configurable spacers similar to the Ruger Scout rifles, integrated top picatinny rail, ambi-configurable controls, fluted barrel with 1/2x28 threaded muzzle, fully adjustable rear peep/ghost sight, protected scout style front scout sight, and SR-series & Glock 9mm magazine well adapters all included. That is a mouthful of features for a gun with a street price under $600.

The gun features that apocalyptic surviving rugged Ruger feel at 6.8lbs with the upgraded machining design appearances of being made with the “new Ruger machining capabilities.” There the more refined fit and feel precision and machining finish like that seen on the Ruger Precision Rifles that just was not possible on the old Ruger equipment. The Ruger PC Carbine take-down action is rock solid and looks like a Ruger 10/22-TakeDown and an H&K tri-lugs setup had a baby. It is VERY solid and super fast to disassemble and assemble.

From a feature perspective, most people would say it is very well appointed. The front and rear sights are excellent, fast, and rugged all without getting in the way of the typical types of red dots and 1-4 power optics people would attach. Ruger did not mess around with the Ruger PC Carbine design and just milled the entire receiver and integrated a full 1913-spec picatinny rail out of billet aluminum. The rear sight is precision adjustable with marked increments of windage and elevation.

Though I have not attempted to swap out an aftermarket 10/22 trigger, the trigger unit appears to be compatible with 10/22 triggers. Based on the feel of the very good trigger, I probably would not waste the money on an upgrade. It seems logical that if the 10/22 design trigger is reliably igniting hard to detonate .22LR rounds, then it should be more than sufficient for centerfire rounds. 

The trigger and trigger safety should feel familiar to all the Ruger 10/22 rimfire owners as should the charging handle placement and operation. The Ruger PC Carbine also features the same bolt lockback and automatic bolt release feature of the newer Ruger 10/22 rifles. Operation of the Ruger PC Carbine is also similar to the Ruger 10/22 with a simple dead-blow back design. Ruger has shorted cycle time and reduced recoil with a tungsten weight inside the bolt.

The Ruger PC Carbine departs from a 10/22 based design with easily ambi-configurable magazine release and bolt charging handle via a simple 10/22 style disassembly with only two screws. Some serious design work was done to deliver the elegant simplicity of the magazine and bolt handle design. 

My preference on the configuration was an AK/10/22 bolt charging location with the magazine release button on the right hand side. I found this to be the fastest reload. Of note, if you swap to a right handed magazine release, old Gen 2 non-ambi Glock magazines will not work unless you do some Dremel work. 

The reach the magazine release is not trigger finger accessible without releasing the grip, but I found it easy to either slide the support hand back and around the magwell to release the mag or slide the firing hand up while shouldered. Not a high speed AR-15 reload process, but it works just fine.

Ohh that gloriously brilliant magazine adapter setup. I can hear it now, half the folks in the design meeting at Ruger are carrying Glocks and just bitching because the gun only accepted Ruger mags. Finally the lead designer says “OK if it will shut you up, we will make the magazine adapter swappable for Glocks.” 

At least that is how I imagine it. It could have also been the finance guy noting that the most popular pistols on earth are a Glock 9mm and noted that Ruger would sell about 20x as many if it also accepted Glock mags. Whatever the reason, Ruger is sure to hit a home run since the only other widely produced non-AR15 Glock mag compatible rifle is the Keltec Sub2000 which is always backordered. 

The beauty of the mag swap design is that with just a quick disassembly, hit the mag release button, the owner can slide out one magazine adapter and slide in another adapter. Currently Ruger includes both Glock and Ruger SR-Series magazine adapters in the box with one SR-series 10 or 15 round magazine included depending on PC Carbine model chosen. 

Ruger offers optional Ruger American magazine adapters as well. I can certainly imagine that if Ruger does not offer magazine adapter for various other brands of magazine, that the aftermarket accessory manufacturers will have them available very soon. Due to the design flexibility, the Ruger PC Carbine has the opportunity to grab market share with an inexpensive rifle from Sig, H&K, S&W, Glock and many other brand loyalist. After all who would not want an accurate little rugged carbine that can be disassembled to fit into a backpack that can shoot from the same mags as a sidearm. This seems like an automatic win for the LEO, survival, and home defense markets.

ACCURACY & FUNCTIONALITY
Summing up the Ruger PC Carbine, it is a 10/22 that fires 9mm rounds. My FFL dealer and I were dying to shoot this. We walked to his back field and unloaded a magazine full of rounds. My second group at about 15-yards was essentially all in the same ragged hole. Yes the Ruger PC Carbine is accurate, not SUB-MOA 100-yard accuracy, but certainly hit the can at 100-yard accuracy. My initial comment which held true through testing was that it blows the Keltec Sub2000 out of the water from an accuracy perspective. Add in a very nicely fluted barrel with factory support for muzzle devices and suppressors, the Ruger PC Carbine features some nice upgrades that many people would not expect in a $600 rifle.

After an initial break-in period the Ruger PC Carbine was perfectly reliable with a wide variety of ammo. Initially we did have some issues with trigger reset when the trigger was pulled and held back solidly. It was an odd malfunction, however after 100 or so rounds of breakin that issue has not re-appeared.

The take-down feature is elegantly simple. Lock the bolt back, push the locking lever forward and turn the barrel about ⅓ turn to remove the barrel. Install is the same three-second process in reverse. Yes, you can leave a magazine in the disassembled state for fast deployment. With the 16” barrel, with the barrel off the entire rifle can very easily stow into any typical Eddie Bauer backpack which seems like a handy feature for backpackers and those suspicious about world collapse.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Honestly, I love the Ruger PC Carbine. The rifle is just brutal simplicity paired with elegantly rugged functionality - it just plain works. I have often wished upon a star that Ruger would make a 10/22 that fired 9mm rounds from a Glock magazine… no really I actually have. They did and it is a freaky awesome fun and accurate rifle that is just at home in the hands of LEO or homeowner for defense or banging away on cans and steel for smiles. It is not beautiful but the utilitarian functionality and features will make this one of the most attractive rifles in the Ruger line for 2018.


SPECS
Stock Black Synthetic
Capacity 17
Barrel Length 16.12"
Overall Length 34.37"
Barrel Feature Threaded, Fluted
Front Sight Protected Blade
Rear Sight Adjustable Ghost Ring
Thread Pattern 1/2"-28
Weight 6.8 lb.
Length of Pull 12.62" - 14.12"
Material Aluminum Alloy
Finish Type III Hardcoat Anodized
Twist1:10" RH
Grooves 6
Suggested Retail$649.00

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Black Hole Weaponry Barrels from ARs to Bolt Guns... Still Amazing

Black Hole Weaponry Barrels from ARs to Bolt Guns... Still Amazing

Over the last decade of writing, Black Hole Weaponry barrels have been one of my go-to barrel brands for a dozen AR15s, AR10s, and even a custom bolt gun. In every rifle build BHW barrels have consistently delivered ½-MOA (.5-inch) or better groups at 100 yards from bull barrels down to pencil profiles. 

In total, I have over a dozen BHW barreled AR15s, AR10s and bolt guns. Even my lightweight pencil AR15 7-in barreled build printed right at 1.25-inch 100-yard groups with a proper optic mounted. With the polygonal rifling, the barrels have been easy to clean and are extremely clean shooting.

BHW barrels are insanely accurate considering the price. I was reminded again how accurate BHW barrels could be during test of my 6.5 Creedmore Bolt Gun build. That build featured a Black Hole Weaponry Custom Shop hex fluted barrel which delivered more than a few .25-inch 100-yard groups - in fact I have yet to see any group larger than .5-inch with match loads unless I was doing something wrong with that gun. Recently I shot a heavy BHW custom .223 Wylde AR build against three factory precision chassis-ed .223 bolt guns and the BHW AR build outshot them all easily. The AR build was also not nearly as picky across the variety of ammo as the factory bolt guns. 



What I have liked most about the Black Hole Weaponry barrels is that they are boringly consistent with accuracy and I never have any significant fit or tuning issues with a build. The feature is that I can literally order any tricked out barrel configuration desired from their custom shop with a price tag far less than most any other custom barrel manufacturers.

ABOUT BLACK HOLE WEAPONRY
For those that are looking for sub-MOA accuracy, Black Hole Weaponry has an affordable match grade polygonal rifled 308 barrel that starts around $320. Not heard of Black Hole Weaponry? They sell barrels direct to customers, however they are primarily an OEM barrel supplier for many AR brands you know that punch tiny little groups.

The Black Hole Weaponry barrels deliver simple barrel swaps for AR format barrels and are available in all the standard contours and gas system lengths. If you want a certain weight, feel, barrel profile, fluting, or barrel finish on the stainless barrels in a carbine, mid, or rifle-length gas system, Black Hole Weaponry can accommodate almost any request within their regular list of options including a huge array of calibers. You can even specify a threaded or a standard target crown. The result of all these options provides the AR15 or AR10 buyer with a huge amount of options to customize the fit, feel, and finish desired.

A few years ago the company rebranded to Columbia River Arms and now offers a stock production AR15 barrel line and the Black Hole Weaponry brand was carried forward for fully customized barrels.

SOURCES
Columbia River Arms - https://columbiariverarms.com