Graham Baates

Black Aura Tactical’s Red Aura AR15 Upper by Graham Baates USA – -(Ammoland.com)-  Black Aura Tactical was not a company I was familiar with until a friend mentioned it  This small shop with a rather simple website didn’t look like much to me at first until I dug a little deeper.  Rising the the challenges
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Patriot Ordnance Factory Upper parts by Graham Baates USA – -(Ammoland.com)- Is Patriot Ordnance Factory (POF-USA) really any different?  With a flooded market of AR-15 complete rifles and parts it’s sometime difficult to know the difference between quality and bare-minimum.  It’s equally as challenging to know the difference between an actual manufacturer and a mere
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Maddy_A.R of GBGuns with Freedom Ordnance FX-9 by Graham Baates U.S.A. – -(Ammoland.com)- Freedom Ordnance has quietly been cranking interesting and different products.  The belt-fed 9mm AR upper is one that certainly sets itself apart from the crowd.  The more-affordable FX-9 is a little less obvious to casual observers.  In a market full of pistol-caliber carbines
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Graham Baates shooting a Bear Creek Arsenal Upper U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- Not long ago we took a look at Bear Creek Arsenal’s Bear Essential rifle and were impressed with the quality and accuracy results, even more so considering when on sale they could be had for around $350.  It seemed when combined with a quality magazine
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Maddy_A.R with the Bear Creek Arsenal Bear Essential Rifle by Graham Baates U.S.A. – -(Ammoland.com)- There is no denying the short-to-mid-range effectiveness of the 7.62x39mm cartridge.  There’s also no denying the ease of operation and incredible after-market support for the AR-15 platform.  A combination only seems ideal however unnatural it may be.  The challenge comes
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@Maddy_A.R with the Citadel RS-S1 by Graham Baates U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- The Citadel RS-S1 is both new and not.  Rewind your firearms memory a few years and you’ll likely remember the Saiga 12 and Vepr 12 craze.  Semi-auto, 12-gauge shotguns feeding form a box magazine and operating on the familiar and robust AK piston system and
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S&W Performance Center Shield EZ 380 by Graham Baates U.S.A. – -(Ammoland.com)- Before we understand the Performance Center Shield EZ it’s necessary to look at the base model.  The Shield EZ .380 is the pistol many wanted but few asked for.  They didn’t ask because either they didn’t know they wanted it or because their
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Genesis Arms Gen-12 by Graham Baates of GBGuns U.S.A.–-(Ammoland.com)- Chances are unless you’re an avid AmmoLand reader you’ve never heard of Genesis Arms.  A small and innovative company based out of Kellog, Idaho, Genesis Arms has found a way to make a 12-gauge upper and magazine that works with an AR-10 lower.  The Gen-12 is
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Civet 12 Box Magazine Pump-Action Shotgun – Video Review USA – -(Ammoland.com)- Box-magazine-fed, pump-action shotguns gained a lot of attention when Remington and Mossberg released their respective versions of the 870 and 590.  Ironically the tube remains under the barrel to help guide the pump, but there’s something about the speed and simplicity of box
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BurgundyBomber with the Citadel M1911 Madagascar. Photo by Graham Baates USA – -(Ammoland.com)- 9mm 1911s have been heralded as the ultimate in shooter comfort as much as they’ve been cursed at as blasphemy.  For those of you who enjoy shooting and advancements in design please continue reading.  With the cultists addressed we can now begin to
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MSRP:$269 HEIGHT:  Height with flush magazine: 4.00″ Height with extended magazine: 4.51″ WEIGHT: 13.4 oz. (empty flush magazine) LENGTH:Length of gun: 5.73″ WIDTH:Overall Width: .89” SIGHT RADIUS: 4.51″ BARREL:  3.1″ Stainless Steel, 1:10 RH TRIGGER:  Improved trigger pull and shorter reset TRIGGER ACTION: Striker Fired Double Action Only SLIDE: Gun Grade Stainless Steel, QPQ Black
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YouTube personality, Graham Baates, gives us a video review of the American Classic Commander from Eagle Imports. USA – -(Ammoland.com)- Eagle Imports has been sneaking some incredibly high-value 1911s into the US market from Metro Arms.  Under their four brands of American Classic, Llama, Metro Arms, and SPS 1911 fans and newbies alike can find
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@Maddy_AR of GBGuns with Diamondback AM2. Photo by Graham Baates U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- Diamondback Firearms withdrew the FS9 full-sized gun a couple of years ago to the dismay of its fans.  Although the FS9 offered a 4.75″ barrel and incredible ergonomics it just wasn’t warmly received at a time when single-stack carry guns were all the rage.  We
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Advanced Weapon Systems Spets-12 non-NFA Firearm U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- The Mossberg Shockwave and Remington Tac-14 were brought the idea of non-NFA “firearms” mainstream.  By building these firearms on receivers not yet declared shotgun manufacturers are able to chamber a firearm in 12 gauge and have a barrel shorter than 18″ without creating a title II firearm. 
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Primary Weapons Systems PCC-9 Video Review U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- Primary Weapons Systems touts the slogan, “Evolve”.  A quick look at their designs and it’s easy to see that they put a little extra into their designs and builds.  I’ve always admired the aesthetics of PWS guns, but aside from trade shows had never had much time handling
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Lionheart Regulus Update U.S.A. – -(Ammoland.com)- Earlier we brought you coverage of the new Regulus line of pistols from Lionheart Industries.  If you missed them you can read about what makes the Regulus different in this article.  Complete reviews of the Alpha and Beta models are also available here on AmmoLand. We were fortunate to
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Langdon Tactical 92 Elite LTT U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- 15 years of active duty service in the Army left me with a bad taste in the mouth for Beretta 92s.  The M-9 pistols we had were temperamental despite the NATO loads we fed them.  Accuracy may have been mechanically sound, but the limited training we had combined with
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Walther PPQ .22 5″ Tabletop Review and Shooting Impressions – Video U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- With the return of affordable and available .22lr ammunition we can return to training that doesn’t drain the budget.  Increased round counts and decreased expenditures.  The challenge is in finding a pistol chambered in .22lr that is similar enough to your full-size gun. 
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Grand Power K22S Full Size 22LR Pistol – Video Review USA – -(Ammoland.com)- There’s no question that .22lr is a fun round.  It’s great for training both new and experienced shooters alike.  Low recoil, negligible blast, and affordable.  The challenge is finding a pistol reliable enough that training isn’t malfunction-centric.  Many options out there are simply
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Genesis Arms Gen-12 AR-10 Shotgun Upper U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- America’s rifle is loved for its versatility.  The AR platform is one of the most modular options out there thanks largely to an immense after-market industry.  Those looking for more oomph than the standard 5.56mm variety have been gravitating to the AR-10.  The AR-10’s larger frame and
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Lionheart Industries Regulus BetaPhoto: Graham BaatesModel: Tyra Jones U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- Lionheart Industries has recently released their long-awaited Regulus line.  We’ve shown you what’s different about the American-made Regulus in comparison with Lionheart’s imported LH-9 series in a previous article.  Part of what makes the Regulus an attractive design is the pistol is modular.  Two different
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