Welcome to our new weekly roundup series on the RE Factor Tactical blog.

This new series is dedicated to making sure you haven’t missed any of the new content we published this past week as well as covering any relevant industry news.

To kick things off here are the headlines for this week in review.

AR Pistol Buffer Tube vs AR Pistol Brace

In this blog, we’re talking about the alternatives to registering an SBR rifle and using an AR pistol brace.

The ATF has done an outstanding job at explaining the use of a pistol stabilizing brace; similar to watching those TED Talks on YouTube. At the end of the video, you’ve heard a bunch of great information, but are left with more questions than you started with.

pistol buffer tube
Maxim Defense Pistol System in a few different configurations

Let’s take a closer look at how the ATF views pistol stabilizing braces and what our alternatives are if we want to cut through all the confusion.

If you’re interested in owning a compact PDW firearm, there are four different ways you can go about it.

  1. Ignore The Rules (NOT Recommended)
  2. Register as an SBR Rifle
  3. Install a Stabilizing Brace
  4. Install a Pistol Buffer Tube System such as the Maxim Defense Pistol System


Polymer80 Buyer’s Guide

Polymer80 got its name for providing 80% pistol kits to build custom pistols with compatibility with Glock and Sig Sauer pistols. For example, if you wanted deeper front and rear serrations on your Glock 17 or 19, you could change the stock slide out for a P80 PF940SC slide Assembly. Whether you want to change the grip, slide, barrel, or spring, P80 has compatible parts for your Glock or Sig.

Polymer80 Buyer's Guide to Building Custom Glock Pistols
Polymer 80 PF940C Frame Kit using Glock OEM internals, Ameriglo Defoor Sights, and a Tenicor Velo Holster.

In the past year or so, we’ve noticed there is a lot of attention paid to P80 in the gun community and most people I know have raved about their new custom pistols. Since their increased success, P80 is now selling fully built custom pistols with its PF-Series pistols, pistol conversion kits, and AR-15 parts.

Building a pistol with Polymer80 parts offers a completely different feel than most pistols with its unique custom features, such as the Stainless Steel Locking Block Rail System (LBRS) and the Stainless Steel Rear Rail Module System (RRMS).


Speaking of Polymer80, they just released the new GST-9 MOD1 Pistol Frame

Polymer80 GST-9 MOD1 Pistol Frame

80 PERCENT ARMS the nation’s premier manufacturer of 80% receivers, proudly announces the next generation modular 80% pistol frame: the GST-9 MOD1. Two years after the release of the world’s first modular 80% frame, 80% Arms is changing the status quo again by taking an already revolutionary frame to the next level. Compatible with Glock Gen 3 components, the MOD1 frame utilizes a platform of legendary reliability (and endless aftermarket support), to create a solid foundation to build off of.

The MOD1 features several improvements to the time-tested Glock platform, starting with the mating surface between the slide and frame. Frame rails have been extended three times their normal length for more repeatability, better accuracy, and controlled recoil impulse. Users also now have the option for multiple rail coatings to improve reliability by reducing friction between moving parts in the harshest conditions, even after liquid lubricants have long since cooked off. Giving users the ability to pick their own coating prevents galling that can occur when a slide and rails have the same finish and ensures extended life of all components.

The MOD1 features several advancements from the legacy GST-9 frame. Most immediately noticeable is the re-contoured gas pedal giving shooters an even greater purchase on the frame and allowing easier access to the takedown lever. Also externally, enhanced texturing and fitment between interchangeable magwells and frame modules give users the ability to build a pistol truly specific to them with a high-quality fit and finish every time.

The MOD1 is available to order online now at https://www.80percentarms.com/gst-9/.

Best Torque Wrench for Gunsmithing

When I first got the Wheeler Tools F.A.T. Wrench I didn’t realize how easy the wrench is to use and adapt to different sized screws. It wasn’t until a few weeks ago when I was getting ready for archery season and started to install my scopes and optics on all my guns for the season. The interchange between different size screwdrivers is so easy and effortless that I spend a fraction of the time with individual Allen and torque wrenches.

Wheeler’s F.A.T. Wrench (Firearm Accurizing Torque)
Using the Wheeler F.A.T. Wrench to secure scope mounts.

The Wheeler F.A.T. Wrench is a little more precise with the digital reading because you can set the exact number you want versus reading in every 5 increments of the manual model. However, you can be precise enough for any screw with some common sense and focus on how much you’re turning the base adjustment dial. I’ve explained all the stats and features of the F.A.T Wrench in a previous blog, so I’m not going to regurgitate the same info.

My goal today is to show all of our readers how easy it is to install scopes with different-sized scope rings, scope base mounts, and windage screws. I’m going to walk you through how I installed my scopes on my 30-06 Winchester Model 70 and my crossbow. I’m choosing my crossbow to compare because crossbow scopes are different than riflescopes and often have different-sized scope mounts, scope rings, and windage screws.


The Best Ruger 10/22 Upgrades Worth Spending Your Money On

Do you own a Ruger 10/22 and want to customize it to your personal liking? Maybe you’re in the market to buy your first Ruger 10/22 solely for the purpose of modifying it.

I mean it would make a great project gun to tinker around with without having to invest half your retirement account into.

Since its debut in 1964, the Ruger 10/22 has sold in the millions. That was partly due to the style of the gun resembling an M1 carbine. It’s also no surprise that there are a lot of gun owners out there upgrading their Ruger 10/22 due to a wide range of modified parts and accessories available.

Top 7 Ruger 10/22 Upgrades [Comprehensive Guide]

With all the available Ruger 10/22 upgrades and mods now available, how can you not want to own one? Listed below are a few of the popular options available in the main categories of upgrades and modifications you can do. Everything from stocks to triggers, scopes, and more.


Reloading 9mm Brass Using the Frankford Arsenal Intellidropper

When it comes to reloading your own ammo, the best powder measure that I’ve seen so far is the Frankford Arsenal Intellidropper. I’ve been incredibly impressed with the consistency and accuracy.

One of the most beneficial calibers to learn to reload is the 9mm because of its popularity and it seems like everyone has a 9mm pistol. Going to the range to shoot a box or 2 of 9mm ammo has gotten expensive and a lot of us are stuck deciding to shoot less or find a way to get reloaded ammo. I’m one of those that bit the bullet and bought a reloading kit from Frankford Arsenal and started my creating my own bullets.

Frankford Arsenal Intellidropper

When reloading your own ammo, there are so many different factors that could contribute to a successful reloading session, but one of the most important is charging your brass. You can argue that the most technical part of reloading is the measurement and distribution of the powder for each piece of brass.


Who is Clandestine Media Group

Clandestine Media Group provides digital marketing services for some of the most well-known companies in the industry through video content creation, joint photoshoots, SEO/Blogging services, social media management, and more.

CMG offers unique marketing services from former SOF operators turned visual artists and photographers. They pride themselves on their ability to make each shoot look as authentic as possible.

That authenticity comes from a combined 20+ years of SOF experience and a warehouse full of body armor, helmets, uniforms, firearms, and everything else needed to make the content 100% authentic.

clandestine media group

Clandestine Media Group maintains a drive, level of professionalism, and quality of content in the industry that others simply cannot match.

Oh yeah, and don’t forget to check out their badass gun truck build.


The New DRD Tactical MFP-21 300 Blackout Pistol

DRD Tactical has announced the introduction of the MFP-21; a 300 Blackout pistol that can be quickly changed to 5.56 due to an interchangeable barrel and quick takedown rifle technology.

The barrel length for both calibers is 8 inches making it a great PDW (Personal Defense Weapon) option.

DRD Tactical MFP-21 300 Blackout Pistol

The MFP-21 300 Blackout Pistol from DRD Tactical features a newly designed lower with an integrated Picatinny rail on the butt plate which allows you to mount a brace, sling, or other accessories.

Their patented technology allows you to operate the firearm without the need for a buffer tube, giving you better maneuverability in close quarters or tight spots.



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