IO Inc – 2015 Conference Updates


Recently IO Inc held there 2015 annual writers and buyers conference in Palm Beach, FL. This was the second year that I was in attendance at the conference, and there have been some changes to the company between then and now.

One of the larger changes is that Ramzi Kheireddine appears to no longer be with the company and Eduardo Debarros is now the VP of Production. Eduardo previously worked for Taurus (for 20+ years) and focused on their expansion and eliminating issues with production. “While at Taurus he [Eduardo] was able to help that company expand from 100 guns a week to producing more than 5000 guns a week”.

From the sounds of everything, IO Inc is hoping that Eduardo can help expand and optimize their production lines, help reduce waste, and improve quality.

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The Gun Range – North Highlands, CA


I recently had the opportunity to attend an event taking place at The Gun Range in North Highlands, CA (right outside of Sacramento, CA). This was more or less a low key “open house” event for the shop where they had some vendors come in to show case some of their products, and gave the shop the opportunity to outline some of the services and amenities that they offer. More on all of that to follow…

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Glock Sight Comparison: Ameriglo vs Meprolight vs TruGlo TFO


I’m in the process of upgrading the sights on a few of my pistols so I figured I should get a variety of sights and do a quick once over on them all… In this round I have access to a set of Ameriglo (GL-115) sights, a set of Meprolight (ML-10224) sights and a set of TruGlo TFO (TG131GTIY) fiber optic sights; all are for standard Glock pistols (9mm, .40, etc) and are Tritium powered night sights.

It is worth noting, the Ameriglo sights are marked as Trijicon sights; from what I’ve read the metal portions of the sights are made by Ameriglo, but the Tritium inserts are designed and made by Trijicon.

Tritium (T, 3H)
Tritium is a radioactive isotope of Hydrogen that emits electrons that can cause phosphors to glow and be used as self-powered lighting devices called betalights. This is used in many things, like watches and night sights. Tritium is very expensive costing around $30,000 USD per gram.
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Lets see how they stack up…
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BCM KMR 13″ Handguard (and Upper Receiver, BFH)

I recently decided to build out another AR-15… After doing some looking around and having a hard time finding a decent gas piston setup that I wanted, I decided to get another Bravo Company USA (BCM) direct impingement (DI) upper setup. I purchased one a while back and have had nothing but good things to say about it.
After doing a little looking around on BCMs site, I found the BCM KMR (KeyMod Rail, BCM-KMR-13). It wasn’t in stock at the time, but I decided to wait for it…


If you’re not very familiar with KeyMod, it’s been hitting the market hard and fast lately. Every company seems to be coming out with a handguard, or accessories for it. One of the features I like best about it is the weight savings. Since the “keys” are relatively large cutouts, you are able to create light weight mounting solutions, that are still durable, functional and very modular. You can attach accessories that are specifically designed to work with a KeyMod system, or you can attach picatinny (MIL-STD-1913) rails that have a KeyMod attachment on them. So you can still use all of your standard accessories that have picatinny mounts. It’s really the best of both worlds in my opinion.
Now that I have the BCM KMR in my hands, it was worth the wait. It’s extremely light and feels great in the hand. I have smaller hands, so the narrow contour of the rail is great. It’s especially nice for using an over the top grip that is becoming more and more common these days.

“Made of a blended aluminum and magnesium alloy, that weighs 30-40% less than aluminum with the same strength properties”

BCM touts the handguard as being made of a light weight and strong blended aluminum and magnesium alloy; they say it weighs “30-40% less than aluminum with the same strength properties”. It also includes an “indexing and lock up system that mitigates 12:00 rail movement under heat generated from the barrel nut.” BCM reports that the handguard assembly weighs in at 7.7oz, with all of the attachment hardware; extremely light for a 13″ rail. The whole assembly, upper receiver and handguard, came in at 2lb 12.5oz on my scale, then after adding the bolt carrier group and charging handle (BCM MOD 3), it weighed in at 3lb 9.5oz. All quite light for a complete upper in my oppinion.

“The KMR’s propriety finish was originally developed for the Aerospace industry”

The finish on the rail is not an anodizing, it has a kind of powder-coated feel to it. It’s definitely different from most standard rails, but it’s a nice touch and feels good in the hand; it gives it a smooth feel (and no sharp edges).
From the BCM website, “The KMR’s propriety finish was originally developed for the Aerospace industry. It is a plasma deposition process which creates a stabilized ceramic-like surface coating with superior wear and scratch resistance when compared to anodize or even hard chrome. The stabilized nature of the coating means it has a higher corrosion resistance as well, due to the lack of ‘pores’ in the surface.”
The upper is a standard BCM upper, with the Barrel, Forged, Hammer (BFH) marking added to the upper left side. The BFH denotes that the barrel is hammer forged, opposed to the standard barrel options that BCM also offers. I went with the BFH barrel simply because I wanted to try one out and see how the accuracy is. I have a standard barrel on my other BCM upper, and have not had a single issue with it. Hammer forged barrels are supposed to have a better lifespan, and be better for things like full-auto fire. But for standard usage, you probably wouldn’t notice the difference. So in the vast majority of cases, it’s probably not worth the extra money.
Also included with the handguard were two picatinny keymod attachments. They are the Nylon versions of the rials, BCM also makes aluminum versions, one 3″ rail and one 4″ rail. I’m not sure how well the nylon ones will hold up, but they feel really durable and are extremely light weight. So I’ll give them a try and see how they hold up.
I’m looking forward to getting this gun finished out, the upper will go nicely on my Coronado Arms lower. I only need couple more parts and then it will be time to get it on the range for some testing!


The general features/specifications of the upper receiver and barrel are (from the BCM website):

  • Cold Hammer Forged Barrels
  • M4 Feed Ramp Barrel Extension
  • M4 Feed Ramp Flat Top Receiver
  • T-Marked Upper Receivers
  • USGI 1/7 Twist Rates
  • USGI 5.56 NATO Chambers
  • Mil-Spec 11595E – Certified Barrel Steel (CMV)
  • Chrome Lined Bore and Chamber
  • Manganese Phosphate Barrel Finish
  • Mil-Spec F-Marked Forged Front Sights
  • USGI Government Profile Barrels
  • HPT (High Pressure Test) Barrels
  • MPI (Magnetic Particle Inspected) Barrels

If you are interested in picking up one of the complete uppers or are looking for other BCM parts, the buttons below will take you to the right places.
Complete BCM Mid Length Upper w/ 13″ KeyMod Rail
BCM Parts @ Amazon

SHOT Show 2014 Wrap-Up


I was able to attend SHOT Show for the first time this year. I attended to help my friends at SWORD International with the release of their .338 Lapua AR platform rifle (the MK-18). It’s a really sweet rifle, you should definitely check them out.
The show was amazing, even though I didn’t get to spend too much time out and about around the various floors of the show, I met so many amazing people and saw some really amazing products.
Craig Sawyer spent a bit of time in the booth, it was really awesome getting to hang out and meet him. He is a really stand-up dude, you should check out all the things he is up to, there is some rather interesting stuff! You may know Craig from shows like Top Shot and Rhino Wars.
On top of meeting Craig, I managed to meet a few YouTube stars and some shooting greats; Jerry and Lena Miculek, Ryan from Funker Tactical, as well as having to opportunity to spend a fair amount of time talking with Jimmie Sloan, the inventor of the .338 Normal Magnum. There were, honestly, too many amazing people that I was able to meet to list them all, including numerous prior and current military personnel.
SHOT Show was an amazing time. If you have the opportunity, it’s well worth the trip. You will get to see many amazing things, and meet some amazing people.

Franchi Affinity 12GA Review


Are you in the market for a good, and reasonably priced shotgun for anything from duck hunting to trap shooting? You should take a look at the Franchi Affinity series (MSRP: $849.00 – Black; $949.00 – Cammo).

I wasn’t in the market for a new shotgun, but when I went to one of my local gun shops they happened to have one. I hadn’t seen a Franchi shotgun before; After about 5-seconds of holding it and shouldering it, I bought it.

A little history…

Franchi guns date back to 1868 where the manufacturing began in Brescia, Italy; in the industrial heartland of Italy.

“Franchi has historically assumed a major role in the gunmaking industry in perfecting innovative product lines through the use of new materials, cutting-edge technology and innovative manufacturing methods.” more…


The first thing you notice about this shotgun when you pick it up is it’s weight; Weighing in at only 7 lbs, and feeling very well balanced, it’s one of the lighter shotguns in its class. I’ve found with it’s weight, it’s very easy to manhandle around and get on target fast! If you are engaging multiple targets you can also transition between them with ease.

The Affinity series uses their Inertia Driven system, and it’s extremely simple and reliable (so their literature says). I’ve had no issues in the 2 cases of shells I’ve put through it so far, but I’ll let you know if I run into any issues further down the line. But, as far as a semi-auto shotgun goes, this thing cycles smooth and clean, so you can have rapid followup shots, and overall is just a great setup.

This shotgun will handle 2 3/4″ and 3″ shells as well as slugs, so it should cover most needs… Just don’t try to stuff and 3 1/2″ magnum shells into it! For slugs, you can shoot rifled slugs using a Cylinder choke, but for Sabot slugs you will need to get a rifled slug barrel.

With the shotgun you get 3 choke tubes (IC, M, F), and the tool to swap them out. They are easily changed without taking anything apart; they just screw into the end of the barrel. I patterned the gun using each of the tubes (I forgot to take pictures of them, so I’ll try to do a follow up on the different spreads if there is interest), and the chokes work as expected. I typically run with a full choke, but that just seems to work the best for me.

Choke Tube Markings

One Notch – Full
Two Notches – Improved Modified
Three Notches – Modified
Four Notches – Improved Cylinder
Five Notches – Cylinder

The shotgun also comes with a “shim kit” for adjusting the stock drop and cast; I haven’t made the attempt to make any changes to that since the position it came in seems to work really well for me. But it is an option if you want to make any changes to the stock position.

I’ve used Browning’s and other semi-auto shotguns that were double the price, and overall, they are a little nicer on fit and finish, but for the price point that this shotgun is at I think it’s a great deal and something that will last any shooter a very long time. Check one out at your local dealer, you’ll be glad you did.

AR-15 Laser Engraving

Looking for something new and cool to do to your new AR-15? It has no performance impact, and doesn’t do anything to help accuracy; but I think it definitely looks cool! Check out laser engraving!

I recently got access to a laser engraver and decided I would put my company logo on the “blank” side of my Coronado Arms lower. I think it’s a cool personalization and really makes the gun stand out as mine. Also, the laser engraving on anodized aluminum just looks sharp!

What do you think? What would you put on your lower if you could get something engraved?

AR-15 Build – Follow Up

I finally got my California bullet button and my Optics mounted and was able to hit the range with my new rifle.

Just for follow up, the rifle is a Coronado Arms lower, PSA lower parts kit, Bravo Company upper and bolt carrier group and a Vortex SPARC Red Dot.

Everything functioned flawlessly, there were no failures of any type and everything was accurate and held together amazingly.

I was able to get everything sighted in without issue, and in less than 10 rounds.

Over time I plan to get a lot more range time with the rifle, but from initial first impressions, and minimal use, it’s an amazing build, and I plan to build out a few more in similar fashion.

Check out the video review and some action shots below! And don’t forget to subscribe to the YouTube channel!