• created: 10/22/2020 6:28 PM
  • Dear Armslist User,

    Welcome to the NEW Armslist.com.  Due to circumstances beyond our control, we have had to move forward and take the site in a slightly different direction.  Fortunately, despite this, we are working hard to make the site MUCH better for law abiding Americans, and MUCH worse for those that are not law abiding Americans.  Scammers have tried to prey upon Armslist users in the past, and while we may not eradicate their presence 100%, we will eradicate the vast majority.  People have complained of impolite offers and communications from users with bad manners.  That will be nearly eradicated with the new version of the site.  And lastly, the financial, emotional, human, and other costs of the never-ending legal assaults on Armslist have made it impossible for us to keep the site free in the way it was in the past.  Thank you for your support, and welcome to the new Armslist.com.


    The Armslist Team

    created: 10/22/2020 6:24 PM
  • Kalashnikov USA KP-9 - Review

    We had a chance to spend some quality time at our range with Kalashnikov USA’s new KP-9 fitted with an SB Tactical side folding brace and a 50 round drum magazine.  

    Our Pistol came with an SB TACTICAL folding brace.  We installed the brace provided with the gun which gave us another way to stabilize the gun and still allow for a compact package for travelling and concealment in a backpack sized bag. It is a low-profile, left side-folding, strut design compatible with all platforms utilizing an M1913 interface at the rear of the receiver. The FS1913™ is a complete assembly offering pull-through opening and a solid lock-up when extended.  ...Read More...

    created: 9/23/2020 4:18 PM
  • Olight Baldr Mini:  First Impressions

    Coming off the highly successful PL-Mini 2 Valkyrie, Olight brings us the Baldr Mini.  Similar in function and form to it's predecessor, the Baldr Mini adds a green laser option as well.
    Like other Olight tactical lights, the Baldr Mini offers an adjustable rail attachment that is compatible with Glock rails and 1913 rails.
    Light output is a 600 lumen, 130 meter throw.  Battery run time is approximately 40 mins, continuously.  It also has a red light that will come on, indicationg 10% battery life remaining.

    The new design brings the laser into the light housing, as opposed to older Olight tactical lights which had the laser sitting at the very bottom, taking you farther away from the barrel.  
    When zeroing with your weapon, it's very easy to bring the laser in line with your sights using the allen key provided in the package.  
    With the addition of the laser comes a selector switch underneath the activation switches.  It's an easy to use selector, from left to right: laser- laser/light-light.

    If you are searching for a weapon light, or laser, you may want to look into the Olight Baldr Mini and give it a shot...literally.

    Get one here!
    created: 8/18/2020 9:28 PM
  • The Musky Hunter

    John and I had the chance to go out on Lake Chautauqua for a day of musky hunting with our new friend and guide Todd Young from Muddy Creek Fishing Guides (Be sure to check him out here at: http://www.mcfishnguides.com).   We put in at 0800 EST at the Long Point State Park boat launch with a few other boaters and settled in with our trolling gear for the day.

    Todd fishes out of the Grey 185 Ranger on the right outfitted with all the electronics you would expect in a boat designed to fish all day. Vance is another guide from Muddy Creek Fishing whose boat is on the left.  Todd prefers to have at least 6 lines from his St Croix rods in the water behind him at all times so as to increase the amount of time his lures spend in front of his prey...(Read More)...

    created: 8/12/2020 2:49 PM
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  • June 16, 2020


    Contact Jonathan Gibbon, Armslist LLC


    Court Rules in Armslist Favor Once Again

    BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS -  Armslist LLC announced that it has successfully defended itself against a Brady backed lawsuit.  Brady was established in 1980 as Handgun Control Inc.


    In Stokinger v. Armslist, Brady argued before the Massachusetts Superior Court that the Safe Harbor of the Federal Communications Decency Act, 47 USC. 230, does not apply to the Armslist.com website because the website permits users to search and filter third party classified listings, such as by product make, model, item location, and seller type (i.e., dealer or private party).  The court disagreed with Brady and ruled that the CDA 230 Safe Harbor applies to the website because Armslist does not create the third party classified listings, nor is Armslist directly involved in the transaction.  The court cited and followed the recent Wisconsin Supreme Court and United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit decisions, in which Armslist prevailed against Brady on the same issue.


    “We defended the foundation of the Internet against another assault, aimed at destroying free speech on the Internet,” Jon Gibbon, of Armslist said. “We fought against Brady’s bullying tactics.  For almost 50 years, Brady has tried to chill constitutionally protected rights by attempting to bankrupt prominent parties who operate within constitutionally protected industries that Brady does not approve of.  Brady obviously does not care if their anti-constitutional cause results in the destruction of the Internet. ”   


    The Electronic Frontier Foundation has recognized CDA 230 as the most important law protecting Internet speech.  Armslist views the continued assault on CDA 230 by Brady as a severe threat to the Internet and the US economy. The success of Brady would jeopardize the continued operation of allInternet Service Providers and any online service that permits end-users to post content, and to search and filter third-party content.  Other sites that would be affected included Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, Autotrader, Yelp, eBay, and Etsy.


    Armslist has prevailed in every jurisdiction where Brady has filed suit, including the United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Wisconsin Supreme Court, and Massachusetts Superior Court.


    Brady recently filed another lawsuit against Armslist in Federal Court in the Eastern District of Wisconsin, putting forth the same arguments used in Stokingerand once again threatening free speech on the Internet.


    Armslist is the Internet’s premier marketplace for firearms and firearms accessories.    

    Please join Armslist in helping to end Brady’s threat to the Internet and United States economy by donating to the Armslist Legal Defense Fund -



    created: 6/17/2020 4:07 PM
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  • Holosun HE515CM-GR Elite:  Review

    In the world of budget-friendly red dot optics, there are few companies that match the level of innovation, quality, and variety that Holosun has achieved in recent years.  From their HS510c reflex site (which looks like a cross between an EoTech and an RMR), to their new HS509 enclosed pistol reflex site, to their wide line of Aimpoint micro-like red dots - Holosun has made a name for themselves as an industry leader in affordable and reliable electro-optics.

    I reached out to Optics Planet recently to inquire about a Holosun optic that had recently caught my attention, as I was looking for a more affordable Aimpoint T2-like micro dot that would work atop another great product I’d picked up recently - the Unity Tactical FAST mount.  The optic I decided on was the Holosun 515cm-gr.

    First though, a quick overview of the 515 models’ various designations.

    First letter “C” designates the models with a solar panel, side brightness buttons, and battery tray

    First letter “G” designates the models with no solar panel, top brightness buttons, and battery container on the side

    Second letter “M” designates the models with an aluminum housing

    Second letter “T” designates the models with a titanium housing

    “-GR” designates the green reticle models

    “-RD” designates the red reticle models

    The Holosun 515-series optics are marketed as being “Military Grade” optics - which is a designation given to them over the more lower priced Holosun models for the following reasons:

    1. Housing material:  The 515cm’s housing is made of stronger and more stress resistant 7075 T6 aluminum, instead of the softer 6061 T6 aluminum of other models. Additionally, the ‘CT’ model is made with a titanium housing instead of aluminum.
    2. Surface treatment:  The 515s’ housing surfaces are hard anodized, which creates a harder and more wear-resistant coating, whereas other models use the cheaper method of micro-arc oxidation (MAO) coating.
    3. Submersion / Waterproofing:  The 515s have a IPX8 submersion rating, which means they’re rated for continuous submersion in water over 1 meter; whereas less expensive models like the 403-series have an IP67 rating - allowing for only temporary submersion in water 1 meter or less.

    All said, the 515s have a higher build quality and are just generally built to survive more abuse than lower-end red dots. Whether they would hold up to the same amount of abuse an Aimpoint could take is unknown to me, but I feel confident they could stand up to an above average level of abuse.

    What the 515cm-gr does boast over an Aimpoint, which along with the lower cost may make it worth it to you over an Aimpoint T2, is features.  The 515cm-gr, like most of Holosun’s product line, is jam packed with features for such a small and simple little thing. Some of those features include:

    1. Solar Failsafe panel:  On the top of the 515cm you’ll find a small solar panel which serves as an auxiliary power source for the dot when any bright enough light source is overhead. This helps in the preservation of battery life, especially when outside in daylight, however the unit cannot run solely on solar power, and still requires a battery to function.
    2. Shake Awake technology:  Unlike the Aimpoint T2, which is either on or off depending on where the dial is set - the 515cm will automatically turn itself off when it detects no movement for a certain amount of time. Upon being disturbed it will instantaneously turn itself back on - another battery saving feature. 
    3. Reticle versatility:  On the 515 the user can select one of three reticle options. Either an EoTech-like 65 moa circle with a 2 moa center dot; the 65 moa circle without the center dot; or the single 2 moa center dot without the 65 moa circle.  Selection is achieved by holding down the (-)minus brightness button for several seconds.
    4. Reticle color:  You can purchase the 515cm with either a green or red reticle. A note on why one would want a green dot over a red dot:  It really comes down to personal preference, and what your eyes and brain pick up and perceive more easily in different lighting conditions and different environments.  The only way to know is to experiment, but unfortunately the reticle color can’t be changed. You have to either but the green one or the red one. 
    5. Auto-brightness feature:  The feature no one likes or uses from what I can tell - you have the ability to turn on or off a feature that makes the dot brightness automatically adjust to the light level of where you’re at, via the solar panel.  The problem with all auto-brightness optics (which include non-electric versions like the fiber optic Trijicons) is that where you’re shooting TO may be lit differently than where you’re shooting FROM.

    Aimpoint T2 vs Holosun 515 - What’s the same:

    1. Both use a CR2032 watch battery as the primary power source.
    2. Both boast a 50,000 hour battery life (though with the 515’s battery saving features like the solar panel and shake awake feature, the 515 would most likely outperform the T2)
    3. Both have “ramps” machined into the housing aside the fore and aft of the windage and elevation turrets, which are there to protect them from damage. 
    4. Both use the same mounting footprint, which allows for use on a wide array of aftermarket mounts by numerous manufacturers.
    5. Both have night vision settings that dim the reticle down low enough to not be too bright when looking through NVDs.
    6. Dimensions and weight are close enough to where I’d consider them as being the same, and both use a 20mm optical window.
    7. Both have a 2 moa center dot

    Holosun 515 PROs:

    All said I’ve been extremely impressed with the HS515cm-gr in the time I’ve had it.  The glass is crystal clear, and has no color distortions. It comes with see-thru flip lens covers (which are very good quality and add protection and functionality), as well as coming with a kill flash (which I omitted).  It’s held zero perfectly; I’ve found the green reticle is easier to pick up in daylight than a red one; it’s about as robust and well built as you can ask for; and all the features along with being half the price of a T2 make it worth it to me over the Aimpoint for the build I have it on.  That said, everything has it’s downsides, and the 515cm-gr is no exception.

    Holosun 515 CONS:

    The fatal flaw that the 515-series has in my opinion is where the battery goes on the ‘C’ models.  Because there’s a solar panel on the top of the ‘C’ model unit, the brightness buttons had to be moved to the right side where the battery compartment on most Aimpoint-like red dots is located.  Because of this, Holosun had to move the battery to underneath the unit, which causes several issues:

    1. The battery tray is a poor design:  The battery is held in with a waterproof tray that is slid into the right side of the unit and held in by two small screws.  The tray however is not designed very well.  It is too easily inserted upside down, and is very difficult to remove when this happens.  The tray should have been designed in such a way to where it’s impossible to insert when inverted.  Additionally (and this is a problem with many Holosun models that use a battery tray), the small screws that hold the tray into the unit can fail in several ways.  A) They can be lost when needing to change the battery in the field.  B) They require a tool (which can be lost) when changing the battery in the field. And C) the screws are small and weak enough to where the head of the screw can be snapped off by even slight over tightening.  This will cause the shaft of the screw to be stuck in the body of the unit, with no way of getting it out in the field, and thus no way of properly securing the battery tray back into the unit.  None of this should be acceptable on an optic marketed as being ‘military grade’.
    2. Increased window height.  When Holosun  stuck the battery tray under the unit, this required that the optic windows be raised a few millimeters to accommodate the battery. The problem with this is that when used with standard height (absolute or 1/3 co-witness) aftermarket mounts, the 515s’ lenses will not line up where they would normally be, which affects the ability to properly co-witness iron sights or use a magnifier.  Holosun tries to fix this issue by including a proprietary mount (that is slightly shorter to account for the increased height) that ends up bringing the unit back to standard height.  The problem with this though is that most consumers opt for aftermarket mounts of standard heights over the lower quality mounts the Holosuns come with.  

    Now, you might be saying “Thanks for the info, Rob, I’ll just go with the ‘G’ model 515s with the battery compartment on the side then, and avoid those issues.”  Unfortunately, even the ‘G’ models suffer from the increased height issue, even though they don’t have a battery underneath the unit, and thus no need to be higher than standard.  Why’s that?  My guess is that for production reasons Holosun didn’t want to have to machine two different bodies for the 515s, and decided to just make them the same for simplicity.  My recommendation (and if I were to do it again) would be to get the ‘G’ model to at least avoid the battery tray issue, which is much worse than having a slightly higher optic on a standard height mount. 

    All of these issues are really the result of one thing: Buttons.  Had Holosun used a brightness dial with the battery compartment built into the dial (similar to the Aimpoint), they could have avoided these issues, while still having the top solar panel - which is the more unique and practical feature of the Holosuns that set them apart from Aimpoints and other brands. 

    Lastly - to kick more sand in the face brightness buttons - I have found I really really dislike buttons.  They work on the RMR because they’re larger, impossible to miss (as they encompass the whole sides of the unit), and the (+) and (-) are on opposing sides instead of side by side like on the 515 (and, there’s no other option for an RMR).

    If a solider bursts out of a dimly lit building onto a bright sunlit street he may find the need to quickly increase the brightness of the reticle on the optic, and with fine motor skills gone that is a challenge with the button set up on the 515.  It is too easy (even when not under duress) to miss the buttons, or hit the (-) button instead of the (+) when trying to change the brightness setting, given that you can’t see the buttons on the side of the unit from behind the gun, and it’s not easy to feel the difference, and is even more difficult with gloves on.  The dial system is simply a better design, and more suited on a ‘military grade’ optic.  

    Buttons and battery trays aside, the Holosun 515 is an excellent optic, and well worth the price.  If you’re looking for the closest thing to an Aimpoint T2, but at half the price, any of the 515 models would serve you well - but again, I highly recommend getting the ‘G’ models over the ‘C’s.   If you’re in the market, check one out from our partners at Optics Planet.  

    created: 6/3/2020 6:16 PM
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