By Gordon Duff, Senior Editor
I am instructing Mike Chester to deal on weapons this fall. We expect another phony gun and ammo price hike tied to recent events and will do what we can to head it off. There will be substantial discounts for two gun purchases, simply use this coupon code when calling or writing in:
“Uncle Gordie said.”
Our featured weapon this month is the Grendel. We had put off doing one of these just because the name sounded funny. Well, this is a hard hitter. straight shooter with CHEAP AMMO and very high reliability. If you ever wanted to hunt with an AR but don’t want to lug one of our .308 AR10s around like I do, the Grendel is the answer.
Why in the name of all that is holy isn’t at least the Marine Corps using this as a sniper weapon.
The 6.5mm Grendel AR Long Range Rifle
Loadout: This makes it simple, move up from 55 grains bullets to 123 and larger, double the effective range and take this away, laid out perfectly for any tactical assignment imaginable. With inexpensive and very available Grendel ammunition, this is now a go-to alternative.
20 inch chrome moly barrel with Melonite finish
15 inch slimline rail with removable sections
Premium quality muzzle brake
custom pistol grip
full auto rated 6.5 bolt carrier group
UTG tall Harris style bipod
Pentax 3-9X40 Gameseeker scope
25 round stainless steel magazine
While the AR-type rifle in traditional calibers is assumed to be a 400 yards or less cartridge, some enterprising folks have turned a variant into a longer range performer. Bill Alexander and Janne Pohjoispää developed this round as a way to make a standard AR rifle reach out to 800 (and more) yards. It’s designed to fit in a standard AR magazine size, so it gains its extra oomph by using a larger diameter case to launch a long and thin bullet.
Most 6.5 Grendel bullets weigh between 90 and 140 grains, with a common one landing at 123 grains and moving at over 2,500 feet per second. The low-drag projectiles maintain supersonic velocity past 1,000 yards. It also carries over 1,000 foot-pounds of kinetic energy to nearly 450 yards.
Ammo is fairly easy to find and can be had for a reasonable price. I was able to find it at an online retailer for $6.99/ box of 20. (35¢/round which is only 4-5¢ more than 223)
This is our largest offering of custom tactical weapons thus far with more calibers and barrel lengths. We have added a new complete AR carbine for less than $500 and several new handguns.
Dealer quantity discounts are available on most units offered though some are low production or “one of a kind.” There are many weapons in inventory that are not listed including a good supply of curio and relic military weapons. To qualified armorers and enthusiasts, custom multi-cal “kit guns” and tools are available for bug-out informal travel.
Note that we offer AR and 1911 armorer classes though our affiliation with Sonoran Desert Institute’s School of Firearms Technology. Included are Associate of Science in Firearms Technology, gunsmithing certificate courses and full combat armorers courses as well. See the link to VT partner Brighton College or contact Gordon or one of the Mike’s, Chester or Harris (we have more) for details.
For further information or to purchase any of these guns, please contact Mike Chester at Chet’s Firearms of Howell, Michigan. [email protected] or phone 517-548-9558. Ask for Mike. Prices do not include shipping to your local FFL.
New AR-15 Carbine for under $500
One of the things we pride ourselves on is “dressing” a gun properly. Most of what we offer comes fully equipped as we think most people would like it, but we thought that some people would prefer to “dress” their own gun or they wanted a basic affordable AR-15, so we are offering one at a bargain price. This does not come with a lot of bells and whistles, but we did not skimp on the quality. This gun handles and shoots every bit as well as one costing much more. We start with a 16 inch chrome moly barrel in .223/5.56 Wylde, add a standard AR hand guard, a front sight post with sight and muzzle brake, mounted on a sport side upper. We put this on an aluminum lower for maximum strength and light weight. Many manufacturers stop there and sell similar rifles without a rear sight. What good is a rifle with only one sight? We added a Magpul M-BUS folding rear sight so you can actually aim it. We include a 30 round aluminum magazine. We only have 2 of these at this price and when they are sold, we may not be able repeat this offer.
Very special price
$499 479.00 complete
Glock G-30 Subcompact .45 ACP
This is a police trade in like new condition. It does not have any police markings on it. It is a generation 3 model in .45 ACP (not the shorter .45 GAP that some Glocks shoot)
Length: 177 mm / 6.96 in.
Width: 32.50 mm / 1.27 in.
Length Between Sights: 150 mm / 5.91 in.
Height: 122 mm / 4.80 in.
Barrel Height: 32 mm / 1.26 in.
Barrel Length: 96 mm / 3.77 in.
Weight Unloaded: 750 g / 26.48 oz. Loaded: 960 g / 33.89 oz.
Trigger Pull: ~2.5 kg / ~5.5 lbs.
Trigger Travel: ~12.5 mm / ~0.49 in.
Barrel Rifling: right hand, octogonal
Length of Twist: 400 mm / 15.75 in.
Smith & Wesson M&P Shield Subcompact 9mm
This is a factory fresh S&W 9mm M&P Shield in the factory packaging. This is a small handgun that is perfect for carry. Mike says that if he were in the market for a new carry gun, this is the one he would buy. This model has received critical acclaim from Guns & Ammo Magazine and Handgun Magazine and is in high demand. It has a very comfortable grip that does not feel too small like many subcompact handguns. It comes with both a 7 round and an 8 round stainless magazine.
Model: M&P9 SHIELD™
Capacity: 7 Round & 8 Round
Action: Striker Fire
Barrel Length: 3.1″ / 7.874 cm
Front Sight: White Dot
Rear Sight: White 2-Dot
Overall Length: 6.1″ / 15.5 cm
Frame Width: .95″ / 2.413 cm
Overall Height: 4.6″ / 11.684 cm
Weight: 19.0 oz. / 538.7 g
Frame Material: Polymer
Barrel/Slide Finish: Black 68 HRc
Trigger Pull: 6.5 lbs. +/-
Sight Radius: 5.3″ / 13.3 cm
.458 Socom Carbine Fully Equipped
.458 Socom Carbine Fully Equipped
Hot Gun for a blustery autumn day
Hunting season is coming and we have a very hot gun for your pleasure.
This is rifle that shoots the very powerful .458 SOCOM round. It is excellent for large game and also is the baddest MF on the block.
- 16″ HBAR Melonite Barrel 4150V Chrome Moly
- 1 in 14″ twist rate
- 458 SOCOM
- M16 Milspec HPT/MPI bolt carrier group
- Low Profile Micro Gas Block
- Stainless Carbine-length gas system
- Direct Gas Impingement
- Panzer Brake
- 12″ Free Float FHR (First-Gen Hybrid Rail)
- Quad Picatinny Rails for Mounting Lights, Lasers, Bipods & Sights
- Forged Upper Receiver with Forward Assist, Shell Deflector
- Forged Milspec Lower
- Milspec Lower Parts Kit
- Ergo Suregrip
- Luth-AR MBA-2 “SKULLATON” Collapsible Stock
- 1600 lumen flashlight
- Green daylight usable laser (This is a very powerful laser that can be seen in daylight [see the photo taken in Mike’s backyard of the green laser dot on a tree in the daytime] The laser comes with a remote push button switch included that can be positioned where you want it on the rifle, or you can leave it with the rear push button on/off switch as we have it currently configured.
- UTG Harris Style rail mounted tall bipod
- 26mm AR style scope 1-6X with cantilever mount and pic rail for added red dot (optional) $300 value
Sale Price $1199 complete as seen
.223 Pistol (Ghost or Forged Aluminum)
8.5 inch barrel .223 pistol with clear “Ghost” lower
This custom pistol features the clear polycarbonate “Ghost” lower which allows you to see the internal components.
8.5″ Barrel Length
Chrome Moly Steel
5.56 NATO Chamber
1/7 Twist Rate
Pistol Gas System
7″ Keymod Odin Works Rail
full auto rated bolt carrier
Clear polycarbonate “Ghost” lower receiver
Shockwave Blade arm brace mounted on a KAK industries buffer tube specially made for the Blade.
Pistol legal front slant grip with battery storage compartment
NC-Star 2-7X32 pistol scope
30 round magazine
$729 Fall special $699
Super Premium FDE .223 Carbine w/ACOG Holographic Sight
Rimfire .22 long rifle “Real AR”
Several manufacturers built .22 caliber rifles that resemble AR-15s, but they are one trick ponies as they can only use 22LR ammo. Here at VT, we don’t like one trick ponies so when we decided to build a .22 carbine, we built it on a real AR-15 lower. This means when you want to shoot something more substantial than a 22LR, you don’t need to buy a whole new gun. You only need to buy an AR-15 upper in the caliber you want, push out the takedown pins, remove the 22 upper and replace it with the more powerful upper. You now have a .223/556, .300 blackout, or any other caliber available for the AR-15 platform. You can shoot low cost 22 for target shooting or plinking and changeover to a defensive or hunting caliber in less than a minute. This rifle comes with a standard AR pistol grip and adjustable stock.
Fluted 20 inch .223 AR Premium Rifle
458 Socom with 350 grain bullet 1800 fps, .223 with 55 grain bullet 3200 fps, .300 AAC Blackout with 150 grain bullet 1900 fps, .308 Winchester with 150 grain bullet 280 fps
.458 SOCOM “Hand Cannon”
9mm AR Based Survival Carbine 32 Round
$899 value now $749
AR Carbine in 7.62×39 “AK 47”
Outshoots any AK Hands Down
$799 new price
Custom .300 AAC Blackout Rifle
$949 now $869
Custom .223 Target Rifle
24 inch heavy spiral fluted match grade target barrel
15 Inch slimline rail with removable rails
Articulating sniper stock
full auto rated bolt carrier
UTG Harris style bipod
4-16X44 Hi Lux Leatherwood scope mounted on cantilever mount
Custom pistol grip
30 round magazine
$1099 now $999
7.62×39 AR Pistol (VT’s way of improving on the AK 47)
$829 now $799
.308 AR10 Carbine (very special price until October 31, 2015)
$899 complete as seen
Sig P250 Compact 9mm (suppressor ready)
Sig Sauer P-250 compact 9 mm with suppressor ready threaded barrel and extra grip
2 grip modules included (medium and large accommodate different hand sizes)
- Item Number 250C-9-BSS-TB
- Caliber 9mm Action TypeDAO
- Barrel Length 3.9 in
- Sight Radius 5.8 in
- Weight w/Mag26.5 oz. Mag
- Capacity15 rounds
- Sights SIGLITE® Night Sights
- Grips Interchangeable Polymer Frame
- Finish Black Polymer
- Slide Finish Nitron® Accessory
Threaded barrel with cap.
MSRP $608.00 ( CA Compliant No MA Compliant No) $479 – Brand New
Includes 2 magazines
$259 – Brand new
- Barrel: 117 mm / 4.60 in.
Magazine Capacity: Standard: 13
- 2 Magazines
300 Blackout M4 Carbine
VT Custom M4 Carbine in .223
- 16 inch M4 barrel
- Forged aluminum upper Bushmaster upper with built-in carry handle (not a flat top) Also available without a handle
- Forged aluminum lower receiverlower receiver
- Full auto rated bolt carrier group
- 10 inch aluminum free float quad rail w/end cap
- Foregrip with pop-out bipod
- Custom pistol grip
- (0ptional iron sight capability)
$669 with optic ($749 with match iron sights)
AR10 18 inch Sniper Platform .308 Limited Production
(a “G” favorite)
We go as light as possible on this weapon to support a match grade 18 inch sniper barrel. Optic is a super-premium Eterna, very bright, utterly clear. I would call this one of the best combat weapons in the world but, truth be told, it is more of a hunter. This is a personal design and picking this up is like “comin’ home to mama.”
- Upper and Lower receiver: Matrix Aerospace matched set ($465 value)
- Barrel: DPMS 18 inch fluted bull sniper system ($600 value)
- Nickel Boron Bolt Carrier Group ($275 value)
- Keymod ultra-slim 13 inch rail ($275 value)
- Brunton Eterna 1.5-5 26mm scope ($600 value)
- Forged Aluminum 1 inch riser ($30 value)
- Custom grip ($45 value)
- UTG A2 .308 Stock and Buffer System
SigTac Custom “Can within a Can” .223 Pistol
“Imagine staring down a barrel big enough for a rat to crawl out”
By “all business,” we really mean it. This is absolutely perfect ergonomics and top components in a unique custom design. Can anyone say this isn’t a “bad boy?” Moving us back in time to when the grease gun and MAC 10/Ingram were hottest things around. We built on this tradition, cutting the weight in half, doubling the range and accuracy and, oddly enough, not violating any laws either.
7.5 inch chrome lined 5.56mm/.223 Wylde super premium barrel $250 value
Full Automatic rated bolt carrier group
9 Inch Aluminum Free Float Tube ($155 value)
KAK Industries Flash can ($70 value)
Ergo rubberized lower grip ($65 value)
SigTac Generation 2 Stabilization Brace ($149 value)
8.45 inch Custom Pistol Buffer Assembly ($85 value)
End Cap/Swivel ($65 value)
BSA Red Dot ($79 value)
Magpul 30 round magazine ($20 value)
Duff has traveled extensively, is published around the world and is a regular guest on TV and radio in more than “several” countries. He is also a trained chef, wine enthusiast, avid motorcyclist and gunsmith specializing in historical weapons and restoration. Business experience and interests are in energy and defense technology.
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