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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.
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.
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.
A friend of mine got to test out and review the new Beretta Pico before it’s release. It’s worth the read.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’re someone wanting to join, I’ll announce the membership drive soon.
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?