New Rifle Package Finally Named

sI’ve been working on the particulars of a new project behind the scenes. It’s been a while, looking at what my suppliers have to offer and trying to match up parts with a purpose in mind. I wanted something that would show off as many parts options as possible without having a “Franken-Gun”.

Once that was on it’s way the needed product needed a name. I went through the usual…mid-evil weaponry…and just didn’t find anything that clicked. Then I went to mythic weapons. Mjolnir was in there and…ya know what…that is just arrogant.

Okay, so mythic weapons are out. What’s next? Honestly I had no freaking idea. I had plenty of suggestions from my partner on this project but nothing seemed right.

Then, out of an online conversation I realized the true potential of this rifle. It’s more than just another AR package. I wanted to lean towards the hunting market but that can be painted with a broad brush. It struck me that the main caliber option, 6.8 SPC II, has a perfect fit. It’s great for us guys…but it makes for a fantastic .308 alternative for women shooters.

Now most would go for a name like Valkyrie. It’s a natural fit and I considered it heavily. Unfortunately there is a Valkyrie Gun Works and I don’t like to come that close to stepping on toes that could get me sued. Then what I think is the perfect name hit me. Shieldmaiden.

Think about it. The Shield Maiden was a female warrior sent to fight alongside her male Viking counterparts and were every bit the bad ass as the men. It’s a perfect fit for this rifle.

Let me tell you a little bit about it. As said before it’s a 6.8 SPC II (also available in 5.56mm), polygonal rifled heavy hitter. With less recoil than a .308 but enough power to take down medium sized game (deer, feral hog, and the like) it makes a great fit for lady hunters. It has a collapsible stock so the length of pull can be adjusted to fit her needs. You will have the option of the Crusader Enhanced trigger or another of your choosing. Here’s the kicker that makes this perfect as a package. It will come with a 16″ upper AND a longer upper (20″, 22″, 24″) giving it a great hunting upper as well as a self defense/training carbine. This is truly the “all needs in one” rifle that the Shieldmaidens were.

I’m still waiting on the barrels to get here but I think this is going to be a great rifle. Sure it will be marketed as an epic chick gun…but guys…you still want this gun. Why? Because beside every well equipped warrior is his Shieldmaiden.

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Frog Lube

Being in the gun lube business I don’t normally post about any other brands. However, I’m going to take this opportunity to share my first impressions. I’ve heard from others about their stories and haven’t really paid any attention because I was never going to use the stuff. This time is different because I got a sample of Frog Lube included with a muzzle brake. I won’t give the brand of break because I don’t want to cast any light on them because of this post.

Sample Tubes

Okay, here it it. First impression…..

The tube was stiff. I thought that was odd. I had to ask myself, “this is supposed to be oil, right?” Well, I continued to squeeze the tube for a moment and it broke loose and became viscus again.

First thought, “whiskey, tango, foxtrot?”

I don’t want to defame the company in any way here so please don’t take this as having any intention to do so. This experience brings up what I think is a valid question. If it dries out in the tube, which is air tight, what is it going to do on my gun? This tube was hardened like it had a wax interior shell. This stuff does the same thing on your gun because you store it for some length of time and you have the potential for malfunctions because of the hardened lube. Sorry, and truly no offense meant here Frog Lube, but I don’t want a malfunction of my nightstand gun because it hasn’t been fired in a few days. I don’t know how long it took to get that way in the tube but without even opening the sample I already don’t trust it enough to put it on any of my weapons. I think the sample will more likely be headed for the trash. Sorry, bro.


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Just Imagine


Can you imagine Crusader M.O.L.L.E. tags like these? I can…

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Beretta Pico

A friend of mine got to test out and review the new Beretta Pico before it’s release. It’s worth the read.

Evidently there’s been trouble with the link. So here’s one to copy and paste.


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New Crusader Development

I’m working on the new “members only” section of the Crusader website. Its still not ready for a membership drive but I’m getting some great contributors lined up. I don’t want this to be just me, no one wants to read just me and if that’s what it was I’d just use this blog. The contributors are all industry pros. KCT holsters, George Hill from Grilling While Armed, and even the founder of the Southern Kentucky Spartans (competition team) are among the crew so far.

In the meantime I’m working on some cool stuff for the membership package. That’s right, not only will you get info from professionals from across the industry but some cool swag to go with it.

If you are an industry pro and would like more information email me at If you’re someone wanting to join, I’ll announce the membership drive soon.


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Crusader Thoughts

I’ve been tossing around an addition to the Crusader Weaponry website. I had a friend suggest doing my own version of Z.E.R.T. but the last thing I want to do is something gimmicky like “zombie prep”.

I have thought about putting together a subscriber section that has guest articles and training tips by folks like Daniel Shaw, George Hill, ect, and perhaps disaster prep info from FEMA (I know, don’t say it).

What I don’t know, yet, is how to structure it in a way that gives the reader more than their money’s worth. I wouldn’t even create a page for it unless the subscriber was getting much more than they paid for on a consistant basis.

I’ve also thought about looking into creating a network discounts with well known trainers.

Now, how to do this with the small amount of available time? That one I really don’t know. Any thoughts?

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New Ghost…

I installed a new ghost connector for a Glock customer recently. Normally that’s a short task and the gun runs beautifully. This time…nightmare. Typically I love Ghost products but the new Evo Elite I’m not that thrilled with. Let me explain the situation.

Sure, I went through it several times and something just wasn’t right. So, tinker as much as you can from the bench and out to pay range fees to test fire the pistol. Nope, runaway gun again (Always bad). So, back to the bench to tweak on it until the next trip to the range and pay more range fees just to have the thing not work AGAIN. Finally I go to a different range that isn’t going to freak out if I bring tools and work from the tailgate of the truck.

Once at the new range I tried every combination and the only thing that would make this thing work was the original parts. Frustrated I leave the range dissatisfied yet again only this time I’m pissed. I get home and tear into this poor unsuspecting pistol. Nothing makes sense. Finally I take the original connector and the Ghost connector and hold them side by side. The ramp I have the red arrow pointing to was the entire problem. The angle used is very specific. It is supposed to let the rear of the trigger glock-trigger-with-connectorbar move upward a specific amount. This is important because it makes sure there is enough contact between the trigger bar’s “crucible” and the striker. The two make up your sear engagement. Now if there isn’t enough contact you get bump fires. How do I know this….the hard way of course, with several test fire shots ripping off rounds without intending to. Yeah…never a good thing.

Now this new Ghost connector, the Evo Elite, has that very specific angle changed. How so? Well the angle on this one is much more flat. So much so that it holds the curved back end of the trigger bar is kept down too low. I took out the Evo and put in a normal fitted 5lb connector and guess what….the trigger felt lighter, much more crisp, and actually functions safely.

Well it’s a good thing that Ghost has a great warranty. That connector will be going back for a refund. So, moral of this story is careful of what is going into your Glock. Have it done by a professional and be prepared for crazy, evil things to happen. If it doesn’t work perfectly the first test fire…stand by. No quality gunsmith will return your pistol to you in an unsafe condition. It may take a little longer to diagnose the problem but they will take good care of your gun. If this had been done on your own then you would have an illegal, full auto, pistol on your hands and you’d be taking it in to the gunsmith in the first place. So let’s do things right, let’s do them safely, and let’s get you back at the range for some trigger time.


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