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!

DR Guns, llc – AR-15 Hand Guard

Here is a video I made to show how easy it is to upgrade your AR15 from a 2 piece hand guard to a free floating hand guard. I also wanted to note how easy the new DR Guns llc hand guard is to install with no need to index the barrel nut for the gas tube or add shims to align the hand guard to the barrel nut. As I mentioned this is a new product, that will be launching very soon. Their new hand guards will also come in several lengths, and configurations including key mod, m-lok, and for both AR10 & AR15 platforms.

We recently had the opportunity to tour the new DR Guns llc facility in Lake Zurich, IL. I have to say it is quite an impressive operation, with the majority of their firearm components being made in house. The cleanliness of their facility, and focus on manufacturing precision products is outstanding. I would definitely keep an on eye this company to see what they have coming out down the line.

The 50 States of AR-15 Update – W/ Maps

So Laura found this cool website, that allows you to click on states to show which ones you may have visited. Well she suggested this could be a cool way to make a map of the states that have we have completed rifles for. I took it one step further and made to 2 maps the first with the red states showing completed rifles (yes 4 are currently completed with several more nearing), and then one in green showing the states we have receivers for or currently in transit to us.

More videos will be coming soon, we are hoping to secure a barrel for the Arizona rifle which is the last component needed to complete the rifle. And for those who have been following on Instagram & Facebook you may have seen some of the photos of the progress. It’s a pretty slick rifle, with components from KE Arms, Elftmann Tactical, GuntecUSA, Young Manufacturing, & our friends from BeatenZone Manufacturing. Stay Tuned…. & Till next time… “Have Fun Shooting…”

Laura’s 1st “How To” video – Elftmann Tactical AR15 Ambi Speed Safety

Here’s a quick little video Laura made showing how to install an Elftmann Tactical Ambi Speed Safety (Push Button Safety) for your AR-15. This safety is pretty slick, and super quick (hence the name). Check them out at www.elftactical.com and see their line up of AR15 triggers and other components. Elftmann Tactical is an Arizona based company and you will see their products in the upcoming Arizona rifle build of The 50 States of AR-15 project.

"Have Fun Shooting…"