MD-1505: an AR~ish Take on the Maxim PDX

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The PDX from Maxim Defense has proven to be an extraordinarily popular design over the last few years, but it has (understandably) never been on the lower end of the firearm price point scale. They have now launched the “MD-1505”, to make a more affordable AR-15 style PDX available. Though similar to the PDX in size and capability, the PDX has MILSPEC forged receivers and a different handguard. With the SCW stock, SCW brace, and SCW pistol system options, there should be a version available for most conceivable needs.



Maxim Defense tells us,

Maxim Defense MD-1505

When you’re looking for Maxim Defense PDX ingenuity in a standard AR-15 package, the MD-1505 is your answer. The MD-1505 was engineered to bring our top-tier PDX package to an even more affordable price point.

Starting at the muzzle, each MD-1505 is equipped with the patented Maxim HATEBRAKE muzzle device, which reduces recoil, decreases flash signature, pushes gasses and concussion wave downrange away from the operator, and improves overall performance in short barrel pistols and rifles.


Maxim Defense Hatebrake

The external shape of the HATE BRAKE is designed to work with M-Slot compatible hand-guards.

For increased comfort and versatility every MD-1505 features our free-floating Slimline Handguard. These handguards provide a monolithic-like upper receiver platform and M-Slot compatibility on five sides. At the rear, the MD-1505S is equipped with our SCW Stock for the ultimate in compactness, comfort, and versatility.




• MOA accurate
• Free-floating Maxim Slimline handguard
• Military-grade materials
• SCW compact stock
• Increased reliability due to included HATEBRAKE
• Optimized for low flash signature
• Ambidextrous magazine release
• Ambidextrous selector

• CALIBERS 5.56 NATO, .300BLK, 7.62×39
• BARREL LENGTH 5.5” / 139.7mm
• MUZZLE VELOCITY 5.56 NATO, 62gr: 1965 FPS avg. .300 BLK, 115gr: 1850 FPS avg. 7.62×39, 124gr: 1675 FPS avg.
• OVERALL LENGTH 18.75” / 476.25mm




MD-1505 Models

» MD-1505S «

» MD-1505SPB «

» MD-1505SPS «




MD-1505 Affordability

MD is well aware that “affordable” is an extremely subject term. Those who will immediately react negatively to the MSRP, know this: Maxim Defense has never sacrificed quality for a reduction in cost. Their description says more affordable, not “easily affordable” or any other permutation thereof. In the specific case of the MD-1505 vs. PDS, it is more affordable. That said, quality speaks for itself. The price point will not be for everyone.

Maxim Defense: Not built for safe queens. 

Learn more at www.maximdefense.com/

Taylor’s & Company Announces the TC86 Takedown

By Camping/Bivouac Gear, Firearms and Accessories

U.S.-based Taylor’s & Company (which is out of Winchester, VA) is known for importing historical firearms. They now have something new to be excited about. It’s their new lever-action hunter: The TC86 Takedown Rifle. It’s pretty nifty because it dips its toes into modern functionality and old aesthetics.

It’s sort of anachronistic in that way.

According to Taylor’s & Company, the TC86 Takedown is a “hunting rifle where style meets functionality.”

Made for getting out in the sticks, while maintaining a classy design. The TC86 take-down lever-action rifle breaks down for travel, making it a versatile companion for any hunt, hike, or just go plinking at the range. It features a color case receiver, checkered pistol grip. and walnut stock.  A rubber butt plate absorbs recoil, and the wide lever size allows for easy use in all conditions. It also includes a weaver rail sight with a Skinner peep sight on it.

Taylor’s & Company brings to the gun enthusiast classic firearms that made cowboys, lawmen, and outlaws famous, but with a modern twist,” said Rob Girard, VP of Sales & Marketing. “All Taylor’s premium firearms are made using the latest in precision machinery and high-quality materials with one goal in mind; to create reliable and accurate reproductions of Civil War, Old West, hunting and tactical guns from the 19th century. The TC86 Takedown is a perfect example of this.”

TC86 Takedown Rifle – From Different Angles

Looking at the TC86 Takedown Rifle from different angles.

The TC86 Takedown is available and models are shipping now. To learn more about the TC86 Takedown and the product offerings from Taylor’s & Company, you can go check out the website at: www.taylorsfirearms.com


LENGTH: 16.5” | CALIBER: .45-70

MSRP: $1839.86

ShotStop Duritium plate

ShotStop Cold Weather Coupon

By Chest Rigs/Plate Carriers/Belt Rigs

Body armor and plates are in increasing demand, at least down in the States. Many places have sold out. Some places, particularly those worst hit by recent winter storms, are way behind on deliveries. Neither of those things is the case with ShotStop Ballistics, however…or so they’re saying:

“We are hearing many armor companies have diminishing stock and slow delivery times. Not ShotStop! We are ready to take your order whether you are an agency or civilian looking for the lightest most durable ballistic technology out there.”

ShotStop plates in action

ShotStop plates in action – some sort of photo op action, anyway. ShotStop offers a variety of body armor plates in different protective levels and offers a 15-year warranty.

Details of ShotStop’s Cold Weather Coupon

• Use coupon code protect2021 for15% off
• Offer is valid through February 28, 2021
•  Applies to any order of armor plates and BallisticBoard inserts
• Limit One Usage Per Customer
* While supplies last

ShotStop plates are made with a material they call Duritium, the use of (though not the science of) which they describe this way:

“Our patented Duritium technology and processes allow our advanced body armor to be thinner, lighter, and more durable than anything else on the market. Utilizing Duritium technology often results in up to 45 percent reduction in thickness and up to 200 percent reduction in weight, compared to other body armor plates (steel, ceramic, or poly) on the market at the same protection level.”

ShotStop Armor Plates

The right armor, in the right plate carrier, could keep you alive. It will also keep some desperado from shooting holes in your favorite viking shirt.

You can see their NIJ rating chart online here.

ShotStop’s Jason Henkel once explained Duritium in this way:

“Basically, what Duritium is, it’s a next-generation polyethylene that has an unusually high tensile strength. This tensile strength lends itself very well to ballistics and body armor projectile, basically kinetic energy disbursement. With that, we have decided to enter the market of body armor, vehicle armor, and building material uparmorment [sic], for safe rooms, for schools, for banks, for public areas.

A lot of uses for the Duritium technology, but today we’d kind of like to talk a little bit about our body armor line. The reason for this, at the end of the day, is that we want to save the lives of those who are serving to protect ours in the public; who are protecting our children, who are protecting our freedoms, our liberties. The entrance of Duritium technology is going to certainly enable that in the world.”

About ShotStop in their own words:

“Disruptive lifesaving ballistics technologies and materials for consumer, law enforcement, and defense markets.With its patented technologies, ShotStop provides advanced armor solutions that are stronger, lighter, thinner, and lower cost.”

You can learn more about the company and its plates and ballistic inserts online: https://www.shotstop.net/.


The tactical helmet and other brain buckets

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One could argue that a tactical helmet is any form of head protection worn to…well, protect your head. That holds true whether your platoon is assaulting a mud brick compound or people are actually throwing bricks at your head. Not to be confused with a condom which you use to protect your other head.

Tactical helmet homemade riot armor style

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