5.56 Timeline

Viridian Hand Stop Laser

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – August 1, 2020 – After six decades, the AR-15 is still America’s rifle. The platform’s popularity stems from its speed and ergonomics. Now the venerable rifle design is poised to be even faster and easier to control thanks to Viridian Weapon Technologies’ HS1™, the first and only hand stop with an integrated laser sighting device.

“The HS1 combines the functionality of an AR hand stop with the rapid target acquisition provided by a Viridian green laser,” said Brian Hedeen, President and CEO at Viridian. “The combination makes for a much more ergonomic rifle and cuts down on the attachments that add bulk to a gun’s foregrip.”

Viridian’s new hand stop offers increased control and faster target acquisition with a highly visible green laser that’s intuitively activated by the grip of the shooter’s support hand.

The HS1 uses M-Lok mounts to make installation easy. The laser is adjustable for windage and elevation. The HS1’s pressure pad activates the laser with a variety of support-hand grips, adding an added element of control and speeding up time to target. 

This combination of speed and control makes the HS1 an ideal addition to any AR. MSRP for the Viridian HS1 is $179.

• M-Lok Mounts
• Pressure Pad Activation
• Daytime-visible Green Laser
• Ergonomic Design for Pistols and Rifles
• Single 1/3n battery
• Adjustable for Windage and Elevation

More information about the Viridian HS1 can be found at viridianweapontech.com/hs1.

Looks like SilencerCo is making an AR lower

SilencerCo released a little teaser video:

It looks like a billet AR lower, we see glimpses of the mag well, bolt catch tabs, and the rear of the receiver.

They have yet to show any indication of anything that would make it special. I’m guessing it is going to be a boutique lower for people who want something special. There is clearly enough of a market for that sort of thing.

Savage’s Rascal Minimalist

WESTFIELD, Massachusetts – July 30, 2020 – Savage Arms has taken the quintessential introductory rimfire in another bold direction. The new Rascal Minimalist mirrors the stylish lines and laminate stock of its bigger brother, Minimalist, yet retains the features and compact sizing that has made Rascal America’s favorite firearm for teaching kids marksmanship and safety skills.

“The laminate stock and bright color combinations of Rascal Minimalist make this a stylish rifle,” said Beth Shimanski, Director of Marketing for Savage. “And it demonstrates, again, Savage’s commitment to providing the very best tools to every shooter—even those who are just learning to shoot.”

Savage’s Rascal is built on the industry’s safest micro rimfire action. Like the rest of the Rascal family, Rascal Minimalist is a single-shot rifle that cocks by lifting the bolt. It unloads just as easily – without the need to pull the trigger. The design builds superior shooting skills thanks to full-size rifle features, including Savage’s user-adjustable AccuTrigger™ system and a threaded (1/2-28) barrel.


• Reliable, single-shot action

• Manual Safety

• Unload without pulling the trigger

• User-Adjustable AccuTrigger

• Feed ramp

• Modern aesthetics and ergonomics

• ChevCore™ Laminate technology in Pink/Purple or Teal/Gray

• 11.5” Length-of-Pull

• 16 1/8” Carbon Steel Matte Black Barrel with 11 degree target crown

• Threaded ½-28 with cap

• Includes ear plugs and firearms lock

 These new Rascals will start shipping this August. Visit your local Savage dealer and place your order today. Find your local Savage dealer at savagearms.com/where.

80% Arms dropped the GST-9 80% lower.

What makes the GST-9 so special?

  • Modular frame gives you a 19, 19X, 19L, & 17 size weapon system in a single 4-in-1 platform
  • Compatible with Glock 3rd generation parts, holsters, & aftermarket accessories. GST-9 is the first and only 80% lower that is compatible with Glock holsters
  • Ergonomic features include a single undercut, high beavertail, glove bevel, scalloped mag release, no finger grooves, & gas pedals as standard
  • Premium internal rail components extended 3X, made of stainless steel, & Nickel-Boron coated
  • Easily ships to your door & completes in minutes

The GST-9 is the world’s first truly modular polymer 80% pistol frame system compatible with Glock® 19 Gen 1-3 platform components. Patent-pending modular grips allow for easy conversion between compact and full-size frames. Ergonomics have been improved by designing a contoured grip that improves comfort and allows you superior control. An undercut trigger guard gives you a higher grip on the frame, lowering the bore-axis and reducing muzzle flip for faster, more accurate follow-up shots. A compact grip module is included with each frame, with full-size and competition modules also available! 

The GST-9 features several functional improvements over 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. Nickel-Boron plating improves reliability by reducing friction between moving parts in the harshest conditions, even after liquid lubricants have long since cooked off.

Not only is the GST-9 the most effective 80% pistol yet, it’s also the easiest polymer eighty percent pistol to build. We drew upon our expertise as the world leader in jig design to solve the shortcomings of other jigs on the market. Using a five-point clamping mechanism, significantly beefed up drill guides, and a body made of 3x stronger glass-filled polymer, it’s the easiest and most precise pistol jig ever. All of this means that you aren’t just getting the best 80% polymer, Glock-compatible frame on the market, but you can finish it in minutes.

The GST-9 Frame includes one compact grip module, in the same color as the frame. No substitutions are possible.

Due to recently changed ATF regulations, we cannot legally include the jig or frame rails with the GST-9 frame. The jig and GST-9 frame must be purchased on our website as two separate items. Each jig includes one set of GST-9 frame rails. You will need to purchase one jig for every GST-9 frame you plan to build. Frame rails are ONLY included with the jig, not with the 80% lower itself.

As always, every product is backed by our Lifetime Warranty, and our premium customer support. 

How easy is it to build? Check out the instruction manual and see for yourself! 

*The GST-9 does NOT accept Glock 17 slides. The GST-9 frame accepts Glock 19 & Glock 19L slides* 

NEW Vortex Optics Diamondback HD Spotting Scopes

BARNEVELD, Wis. – The way you hunt demands more of an optic, whether you are picking a tine out of dense cover or seeing the telltale flick of an ear on the next ridge. In any scenario, the last thing you want is to doubt if your gear is up to the job.

The Diamondback® HD line of spotting scopes from Vortex® is taking the next step forward with two new configurations, the 16-48×65 and the 20-60×85, providing power and clarity in a redesigned package that’s high on performance and low on sticker shock.

The power behind the new Diamondback® HD spotters is an HD optical system that delivers crisp resolution, brighter images, and edge-to-edge sharpness, reducing eye strain during long glassing sessions. All air-to-glass surfaces are fully multi-coated for increased light transmission and powerful low-light performance, giving you an edge when you need it most.

In addition to rethinking the Diamondback® HD’s internal components, Vortex® took a fresh approach to the spotter’s exterior, introducing a streamlined, snag-free profile. The helical focus wheel provides fast, fine adjustments, and an Arca-Swiss compatible foot means the Diamondback® HD mounts quickly to compatible tripod heads without additional plates. Plus, a neoprene cover comes included, keeping your spotter protected in the field.