Rifle Rack or Guitar Stand?

So I was looking at some options for a rifle rack, I recently picked up a wall mount rack however I decided for now I may not want to put holes in the wall of the rental home. Of course it has to be something relatively cost effective. (You know more money for ammo and all) So I remembered I saw a while back someone using a guitar stand for a rifle stand. So I started looking at options on Amazon of course. and came across the one above and ordered it. While I’m writing this my order has yet to arrive. Meanwhile I posted the link on my facebook page, and several friends thought it was a nice idea. Philip from Ground Zero Precision who supplied the photos below found a slight modification for the ones he bought which helped it work better for this application as shown below he moved the positioning of one of the cross bars at the bottom, a very simple modification of course to help cradle the stock of your rifle.

These can be purchased on Amazon by clicking the link below:

Want to build a cheap AR-15?

So you want to build a Cheap / Low cost / Budget AR-15? Well here is a video dedicated to that… In this video we will show you how to build an AR-15 lower receiver for around $100. We use an FMK AR-1 Extreme Polymer lower receiver. We will be following this video with a part 2 building a low cost/budget upper receiver. Then of course we will be testing out the complete rifle.

Thanks for watching, and as always “Have Fun Shooting…”


Tuff Products – Organize your gear

Tuff Products makes some excellent gear, especially when it comes to organizing your firearms. In the video above we take a look at their inline 6 double stack pistol mag pouch. Not only is their gear TUFF, it’s very versatile. These mag pouches are excellent for organizing your range bag, keeping your pistol mags organized, and can attach to a belt with it’s velco loops, or any M.O.L.L.E. compatible gear as well. They can also be used to help keep your safe organized as well.

Point Blank Range – Matthews, NC

We recently moved to North Carolina and we will be taking our concealed carry class within the next month. But before we do that, I wanted to get a little more comfortable handling a pistol. So, I googled gun ranges near our area and found Point Blank Range. I was reading some of the reviews and all were stellar. I took note about the air filtration there as some places are known for not having good air quality. However, PBR lived up to the great reviews. I’ll expand on that a little more below.

When I entered the building through the sliding doors, there were several staff to greet me, first with a smile, then with a gasping look followed by them asking me to keep walking…faster. What I didn’t know was that there was a snake that had followed me in. The staff handled it in a very professional manner and they immediately removed the snake from the premise. I’m not sure if it’s a common thing in NC for snakes to hitch a ride with people and follow them into buildings, but they certainly knew how to handle it. They kept me calm, not alerting to me what was following me in until they could take care of it. (Note they also walked me out to inspect my vehicle for snakes after class as well) They were awesome! But my fondness of the range didn’t end there..

As I mentioned, I was there to take a class, specifically the Beginner Handgun Fundamentals course. The instructor, Greg Morris, was phenomenal! He was very personable and extremely knowledgeable. The first part of the class was classroom-based. Normally, classroom discussions aren’t that exciting, but Greg kept it interesting and engaging while helping us all learn. The second part of the class was hands-on in the range. Since there were six of us, he split us up into two groups of three, so he could better instruct us individually. After that, we went back into the classroom to review the progression and improvement of our shooting skills over the course of the 50 rounds. Before taking the class, my shots tended to be mainly lower right of the target. With the class, I was able to improve my stance, the placement of my finger on the trigger and the trigger pull, all which helped my shots get closer to the target, or on target. Also, unbeknownst to me, the way they had the targets set up was the same way they do it for the concealed carry classes. So, now I feel better about doing the shooting part of that class. Next, I’ll have to take a course there learning how to draw from a holster.

While most ranges charge an hourly fee for shooting, Point Blank Range does something different: you pay $20 and have access to shoot for the entire day! You can even leave and come back the same day and not pay anything extra. Their philosophy is that they don’t want you to feel rushed and if you aren’t constantly looking at your watch to make sure you aren’t getting close to the end of the hour, you will be more relaxed and shoot better too. I think that’s great! And so does my wallet! They also offer discounts to seniors and it’s $10 for ladies on Thursdays. I’m looking forward to taking several more classes there! Check out their website, given them a like on Facebook, and if you’re in town, go down and check them out in person and have fun shooting!

-Laura Lucado

Rock Island Armory Tac Ultra 45acp 1911

The newest edition to my collection, and my first 1911. This is the Rock Island Armory Tac Ultra in 45acp, yes a single stack as well. So far I’m really liking this pistol with possibly the exception of the grips, of course that is personal preference. The grips are G10 with a really cool pattern, my issue is they are a bit rough for my liking, and I may need a thinner set with my smaller hands. Now The slide is smooth as butter on this one, and it shoots excellent. I say it many times over, the value offered by Rock Island Armory is excellent. Lower cost, and a lifetime warranty to back it up. I have been very pleased with the firearms I have purchased from them.

The Illinois Rifle of The 50 States of AR-15 is Here!

Yes we are back with another rifle the #Illinois rifle! I’m excited about this one as Illinois is my home state as many of you know & this build features SN# 81 of the BAT Arms (our sponsoring FFL) AR-15 lower receivers. It also features some interesting products, such at the Manticore Arms Transformer hand guard. All in all this rifle was built with the idea of using the idea of creating a modern civilian M4 carbine. Keep it simple yet adaptable, while including some updated features. The R-Guns stock for example includes the addition of QD attachments on both sides to allow for the use of modern sling mounts as does the hand guard. All mounted on a DR Guns billet upper & BAT Arms Billet lower. The lower has some nice features as well, such a threaded bolt release pin, rear threaded take down pin detent hole with set screw to retain the rear detent spring, & a tensioning screw to remove any play between the upper and lower.

I hope you all enjoy the Illinois rifle and the rest of The 50 States of AR-15 project. Thank you for watching, and till next time have fun shooting!