Business Update 2019

I know the content on this website is old. I’m not adding anything new, nor do I plan to do so. I am still running business as usual though. Call/Text/Email me for any communications.

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Check us out on Facebook

In case you haven’t seen our page on Facebook, come check us out!

https://www.facebook.com/AtwellTactical

We keep the Facebook page updated more often than this webpage, so check there first for the latest and greatest pictures of our work and giveaways.

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Need a FFL Transfer? Read Me

If you are in need of a FFL transfer, here is everything you need to know.

 

 Please note that we only do FFL transfers for US Citizens.  This is our company policy.  

 

Q: What does it cost?

A: $20 cash, per gun.  We do not except checks or cards for transfers.  NFA (Class 3) firearms are $50 per item if filed as individual, $100 if filed as a trust.

 

Q: What do I need to do as the buyer?

A: Simply send us an EMAIL to atwelltactical@gmail.com that includes these THREE things.  Your contact info, the sellers contact info, and the firearm description (Make/Model, Auction #, etc).

 

Q: Do I need to do anything afterwards?

A:  No.  Just wait for our call to tell you your firearm was delivered and is ready for pickup.   On that call, we will give you all the info you need for a pickup, and schedule a time.  You can also ask any questions you may have at that time. Please note pickup times are not available every day. Plan ahead if you need an item by a certain date.

Thanks,

Amy

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Silencer Sales are UP, and getting simplified

With the current political climate, sales on firearms (silencers specifically) are up.  WAY up.  Just my sales alone are up 500%, and I don’t even do retail.  Unfortunately NFA (Class 3) ownership has always been a pain.  In 1934 the government established laws that make honest citizens like us jump through unconstitutional hoops to own specific types of firearms, now referred to as NFA firearms.

Fortunately our NFA community has grown so much in the past 15 years, that we now have a voice in congress.  The American Silencer Association.  Or ASA.  http://americansilencerassociation.com/

Recently, members of the ASA traveled to DC and met with ATF officials and Congress members to address some of the concerns with silencer ownership.  These concerns have not been remedied since 1934.  Below is a video of their meeting.  I’ll let them do the rest of the talking.  Enjoy.

 

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Night Vision Hog Hunting

Anyone who know me knows that I hunt, A LOT.  Pretty much everything.  My greatest enjoyment comes from shooting feral hogs in Texas.  Either on my land, or on one of the many ranches I am invited to on a regular basis for this purpose.

After many years of doing this, it finally occurred to me that I should film it, so that others may see what its like.

On the walk into camp, we stumbled onto a group of 18 hogs 100y to our left. We killed 3. It took a while to get into position and by then they were at 150y. My friend to the left is also shooting, but the camera isnt quite big enough to pick up both of our IR beams.

I am shooting an Atwell Tactical AR-15 in 6.8SPC II running 95g Barnes TTSX and an AAC M4-2000 6.8 silencer. I was wearing PVS7-B goggles and had a PVS-14 mounted to the rifle as well as a Contour ROAM HD camcorder and PEQ-2 aiming laser.
There were 5 shots from my rifle. The first shot was a instant kill at 150y. Shots 2&3 were misses. Shot 4 was a hit with instant drop (he disappears because he plowed into a pile of hay, but we found him the next morning), and shot 5 was a miss. My partner got one, but he was the biggest.

 

Go full screen and HD for best viewing.

 

 

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Full Auto in SLOW MOTION

One of my good friends was kind enough to come out and shoot (pardon the pun) with his high speed camera.  I thought it would be neat to get videos of some of the machine guns.  It really puts things in perspective to be able to see the action moving and watch the stream of spent casings exiting the weapon.

HK UMP45
Regular Speed (friend)

HK UMP45
Slow Motion (me)
Kriss

Kriss Vector SMG 45 (me) in slow motion

Kriss Vector SMG 45 (friend) in slow motion

Kriss Vector SMG 45 (friend) in slow motion

Glock 18 (me) in slow motion

Glock 18 with stock (me) in slow motion

AK47 (friend) in slow motion

 

 

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Want to test out every silencer under the sun?

                      http://www.silencersarelegal.com/legalshoot/index.html

On Saturday April 28th, you will have your chance.  Come and join us for the 1st ever “Silencers Are Legal” shoot and expo, held at the Elm Fork shooting center in Irving Texas.  In attendance will be all the major silencer manufactures and retailers, as well as ammo vendors and other industry professionals.  Atwell Tactical will have several of our silencers and suppressed firearms available for you to test fire, free of charge.  Bring your own factory ammo from home, or buy some when you get there!  Among the list are as follows.  Look for the Atwell Tactical near the firing line!

TSE .22LR, thread on, take apart suppressor

TSE-K, .22LR compact, take apart, thread on suppressor

RSE, .22LR integrally suppressed 10/22 rifle.  Fires bulk pack ammo subsonically!

PSE, .22LR integrally suppressed Ruger MkII pistol. Fires bulk pack ammo subsonically!

Valkyrie 5.56mm.  Thread on, extreme duty rated 5.56 suppressor.

Vulcan 7.62mm.  Thread on, compact, .30 caliber suppressor, compatible with all 7.62 caliber firearms .308win or less pressure.

 

 

You will have the opportunity to test fire all makes and models from the various vendors, as well as shoot your own personal suppressed firearms!  Full auto is allowed!

This is a big deal folks.  Attendance is expected to top over 2,000 shooters!  Tickets are $12 for all day fun, and every penny goes to the American Silencer Association, who fights to protect our rights to own these useful tools.

Leave the ear plugs at home, because Un-suppressed firearms are not allowed!

 

http://www.silencersarelegal.com/legalshoot/index.html

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Full Auto range day FUN

Last week one of my friends really wanted to treat his father to some trigger time on the giggle switch guns as a special supprise for him.  So we set up a range day with a few of the machine guns in my inventory for him to run.  Below is the video for your viewing pleasure.  Be sure to watch in HD for ultimate effect.  Enjoy 🙂

-Andrew

Browning 1919A4 belt fed .308

UZI 9mm w/ Silencer

Mac-10 9mm w/ Silencer

M16 w/ Silencer

AK47

Full auto glock (not shown)

Ruger AC556 (not shown)

http://youtu.be/9VsD6ytS1g8

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Bug Out Bag: What’s in YOUR bag?

I’m one of those weirdo’s that carries around basic supplies one might need in an emergency.  Whether it be surviving a power outage at the office, or a hurricane wiping out your entire city, I’m ready.  And you can be too.   I take some jokes for carrying around a backpack everywhere, but I seem to be everyone’s friend when they need a multitool, some water, or a flashlight.  In this blog entry, I would like to discuss what I feel is important to include in a general bug-out bag, for Every Day Carry use.

The bag:  I suggest a bag or tactical backpack that is comfortable enough to carry for at least 10 miles if necessary.  My personal choice is the X1-E made by Eberlestock.com.  The pack is comfortable, discrete, and holds all my daily gear.  Blackhawk tactical also makes some decent packs as does 5.11 tactical. 

Water: I suggest at least 1L, or 32 oz.  Nalgene screw lid bottles work great, they are solid and leak proof. Bonus points for having a way to purify it, so tablets or a filter are a nice plus to carry as well.

Tool Kit:In addition to a tactical knife, I keep a Leatherman Surge or Wave, with the accessory bit kit which covers most Phillips, common, and torx screws.  A small folding allen wrench set is also useful.  Additional saw blades are handy too if you ever have to use it.

Spare batteries:  I recommend at least 48 hours worth of batteries for anything that will be using them.  If your flashlight lasts 8 hours on one set, you need 6 extra sets.  Repeat for all critical electronics.  Only buy Energizer Lithium brand, and Surefire brand.  Nothing lasts longer.

A Map:  Do not depend on your smartphone to work.  Keep a folding map so you can find your way if lost. Include a sheet with a list of important addresses, like fire and police, and your most reliable friends and family.

Trauma Kit:Usually a simple blow out kit for dealing with massive hemorrhaging is all you need.  It really only needs to keep you alive until you can reach professional care.  Compression bandages, gauze, tape, more gauze, anything to stuff in a wound to slow the bleeding.

Convenience medical supplies:  I suffer from seasonal allergies, so I keep some Benadryl in my pack, as well as chap stick, and insect repellent.

Flashlight: Spend a few extra bucks in this area and get a good quality tactical flashlight.  I highly recommend any Surefire brand LED model.  Definitely get LED over incandescent.  LED lasts far longer, and is usually brighter, and you wont need to carry a spare bulb.  In addition to a tactical flashlight, I also suggest a simple headlamp.  Energizer makes a good one.  Mine has Spot, Flood, Both, and Red light selection.  Sometimes you need your hands free.

Spare socks, underwear, and clothes: These seem to get the most use in my kit.  If you have to wear nice expensive clothes to work, its nice to have something to change into if you have to change a flat tire in the 100 degree Texas heat.  And if you end up walking, you will be glad you brought spare socks.  Pack spare shoes too if your daily footware is not comfortable for walking long distances.

Rain Gear:  I cannot stress this one enough.  Get a cheap GI poncho and roll it up.  No one ever thinks about bringing rain gear until its raining.  Plus a poncho can double as a lean-to shelter, or hammock.

String/Cord: You will inevitably need to tie something together, secure something, or repair something.  Some 550 parachute cord is a lifesaver.  I suggest carrying about 100 feet.  Its breaking strength is 550 lbs, so its pretty strong for its size.  If you don’t need that strength for that particular task, you can remove the inner fibers, their should be 7, and save them for use for something else.  Keep the 550 cord wrapped around something so it doesn’t get tangled.  I wrap mine around my nalgene bottle and it also serves as a koozie to keep my drink cold.  You can also toss the bottle to someone if you need to throw them a line, IE: drowning person, etc.

Snacks: Realistically you aren’t going to NEED food for just a few days.  But it is a nice convenience.  I keep a couple cans of tuna and a few cereal bars.  Sometimes a snack can boost your morale.

Optional (for those who don’t want to be defenseless)

Rifle:  In my bag I also carry a rifle.  I prefer a short to medium range semi-automatic.  I choose the Mini-14 with a scope because it is simple, accurate enough for self defense, and has a non-menacing look.  I also suggest carrying at least 75rnds of ammo, in magazines already, for the rifle.  Note: make sure carrying a loaded rifle is legal in your state first.  In TX, it is.

Pistol:  If you don’t have your concealed handgun license yet, I’m not sure what you are waiting for.  Get it.  Carry a pistol (preferably the same caliber and model) in your bag as you carry on your person.  That way you can share magazines with your daily carry pistol if necessary.  On my person, I carry a Glock 26.  In my bag, I keep the slightly more accurate Glock 34.  But they are both 9mm and use the same magazine.

In Summary:  The greatest asset you can carry with you is creativity and willpower.  But you need to have some basic supplies to assist in a time of need.  If you are depending on anything but yourself, you have failed to plan properly.

 

 

 

Andrew & Tom Bugout Drill 2009

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Gas-Gun vs. Bolt Action: A tale of two sniper rifles

Most that know me, already know that in addition to building long range rifles, I like to participate in long range shooting competitions.  I’m not sure what toots my horn more, the complex mathematical computations involved at making shots close to a mile away, the calm and smooth charisma it takes to run a rifle at those distances, or just the precision (expensive) hardware being used.  But I do know that there aren’t many things I enjoy more.   

Last weekend I had the opportunity to compete in the Tiger Valley Low Light Sniper Match in Waco TX.  I’ve been to Tiger Valley many times, for many matches and training courses, but this was the first time we were officially competing after the sun went down.  Anyone who has ever ran a rifle in the dark knows two things.  1. Everything is harder to see, and 2. Distances seem much farther in the dark.  A very experienced gentleman once told me “Lights down, Sights down”.  Meaning if you are shooting after dark, and you are uncertain of your distance, aim a little low.

 

 

For this particular match, I decided to evaluate two very different rifles to gauge their effectiveness in low light scenarios.  Each rifle has a specific set of strengths and weaknesses.  They are listed below.

Rifle #1 “Gas-Gun”

  • DPMS LR-308 (SASS style)
  • 20” barrel with muzzle brake
  • .308 Winchester
  • 20 rnd magazine fed semi-automatic
  • Leupold Mark4 LRT 3-10×40 w/ illuminated duplex reticle.

 

Rifle #2 “Bolt Gun”

  • Remington 700
  • 24” barrel equipped with Gemtech Sandstorm silencer.
  • 300 Winchester Magnum
  • Accuracy International Chasis System with 5rnd detachable mag (I had 5 magazines total)
  • US Optics SN-3 Tpal Canadian 3.2-17×44.  Illuminated with GAP Mil reticle

 

The bolt action Remington 700 rifle has long been the workhorse sniper rifle for the US military.  However, our recent engagements in urban settings, yielding multiple target rich environments, have cause a rise in demand for fast operating, semi automatic rifles capable of being used in a sniper role.  The need to eliminate multiple targets rapidly, higher magazine capacity, faster reloads, and the ability to be used in an assault role, has outweighed the minor difference in accuracy between bolt action and semi-automatic precision rifles. Enter the M110 SASS rifle.  An autoloading .308 Winchester rifle based on the time proven AR-10 rifle design.  The design being semi-automatic and gas operated has caused them to become referred to as “gas guns” in the long range shooting community.

The bolt action I was using had several features that set it above the Gas Gun.  First, its caliber.  The 300 Winchester Magnum is ballistically superior to the .308 Winchester and its rainbow flight path.  Secondly, the bolt gun was equipped with a scope costing roughly 3x more than the gas gun.  US Optics really makes a fantastic scope.  However, it is slower to operate, and cannot hold as many rounds as the gas gun.  The bolt gun is also slightly more precise, due to the design of the rifle.

The Match:  Now that I have laid the groundwork for the hardware being used, I will discuss the layout of the match, and the various performance of each rifle.  For the sake of time, I will only discuss the stage shot from the 2nd floor of the tower, and the stage where we had to engage moving targets at distance.

Stage 1:  Low Light. You were tasked with providing overwatch for a convoy passing through your area.  You received radio communication that there were 8 targets spotted in your area of responsibility.  Using a range card left from the previous sniper, you had to locate all 8 targets and eliminate them with your rifle.  The targets were torso shaped steel plates that fell over when hit.  Two were located at ~330 meters, one at ~360 meters, two at ~480 meters, and three more at ~580 meters.  Obviously the stage was timed and the timer stopped once you had eliminated all 8 targets.

Stage 1 Performance:  The bolt gun had its advantage in the fact that I had very little adjustment to make as I changed targets.  The change in bullet drop between 330 meters and 580 meters using the 300 win mag is significantly less than the 308.  Meaning that if I made a minor mistake in my range estimation, or my bullet drop calculation, I would probably still hit the target.  And I did.  However, because my magazine only held 5 rounds, I had to reload before I had eliminated all 8 targets.  I actually had to reload twice, as I missed a few on the first shot.  The gas gun really preformed in this situation.  Although the optics were not as good (but still equal to what our snipers are using), the 20 rnd capacity of the rifle allowed me to eliminate all 8 targets without reloading, spending more time killing bad guys and less time messing with my rifle.    Because the gas gun was autoloading, I was also able to fire a round every time I pulled the trigger, with no other motion required.  Unlike the bolt action which had to be manipulated each time to load a new round into the chamber.  Even with more time being required to manipulate my scope for the different range targets, the gas gun was still faster.  In summary, the gas gun eliminated all 8 targets faster.  Win= gas gun.

Stage 2: This time we had to wait until it was completely dark.  Were proned out and presented with various moving man-sized target in which you had to engage.  The match announcement said that the maximum range for this competition would be only 600 yards.  But I knew the facility was setup to shoot to 1,000 yards.  Knowing how evil the range operator (TJ Piling) can be, I decided to “bring enough gun” just in case.  Many shooters only brought .223 rifles, which generally aren’t much effective beyond 600 yards.  I had hedged my bet correctly.  After it got dark, TJ told us to meet up at the 800 yard line.  There were quite a few confused looks from the shooters.  Well, that’s what happens in real life.  You can never really be sure of anything, and since I am an Eagle Scout, I rely on the scout motto.  “Be Prepared”.  I also choose to equip my rifle with a MUM-14 night vision scope.  Call it cheating if you want, but I would use it real life, so I think thats fair game here.   As the targets came up, many could not even read the numbers painted on the man sized targets, as illumination was minimal.  We were only allowed to shoot 4 times and our targets only were shown for 10 seconds.  Once again, this is 800 yards.  That’s 8, yes EIGHT football fields, end to end.  As before, my ability to fire rapidly without taking my eyes off the target or finger off the trigger helped me place my rounds downrange faster and more accurate than when using a bolt action.  Many shooters were not even able to send 4 rounds during that 10 second exposure.  It takes a while to get setup, and aim, hold your breath, wait for an opening, fire, gauge your hit status, work the bolt, then repeat that drill 3 more times, in 10 seconds.  When the scores came up, I gave my target numbers to one of the men operating the targets and asked how I did.  He said almost everyone missed at 800 in the dark.  Except for me, who scored 4 out of 4 hits.  Maybe I was lucky, Maybe my gear and training was spot on.  I really think my ability to spend more time aiming, watching the target move, and picking the best time to squeeze off, helped me be more successful in my shot placement.  More time spend shooting, and less time spend working the rifle.  In summary, the gas gun beat the bolt gun once again.

 As usual, I had a great time at Tiger Valley, I enjoyed shooting the match, and I enjoyed the fact that I saw some Atwell Tactical built rifles being used by some of the competitors.  Its always a good feeling to see your craftsmanship out in the field and preforming as designed.

I would like to thank Callaway Photography for “shooting” the event and allowing me to use their professional photographs in this blog entry.

I didnt have time to take a video for this particular match, but here is one from a previous match I enjoyed.

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