June is here, and we kicked off the month with a non-firearms event sponsored by AR15.com; running a 1,200+ mile road race through Texas called The Bootlegger. This was the first year of the event, and it was a blast! Thanks to the organizers, all sponsors, and participants (both businesses along the route as well as the drivers and all assistants) for knocking it out of the ballpark!
June 1st the race started at 6am in downtown Dallas where navigators were given directions to a checkpoint where they would receive their next directions. This was repeated for 3 legs, which took us through scenic back roads, historic towns, and famous landmarks. The day ended up at Circuit of the Americas where we got a chance to race go karts, got a back-stage tour and drove on the COTA course. The day ended with a relaxing stay at the beautiful and luxurious JW Marriott in Downtown Austin.
Day two was just like day 1, except we started off with a gourmet breakfast buffet at the beautiful The Oasis restaurant overlooking Lake Travis. The restaurant opened early just to accommodate our group, and I HIGHLY recommend it; we will definitely be back; the views were spectacular, and the food top notch. We drove the scenic backroads of the Hill Country, visited many small towns along the way, and the several small businesses which served as our checkpoints. The day ended up just outside Fredericksburg, at the beautiful Hangar Hotel. Built new from the ground up, the Hangar Hotel was uniquely designed with an exterior appearance of a WWII hangar of the 1940’s.
Day three took us through more of the Texas Hill Country, and specifically to the Twisted (or Three) Sisters; three roads that together form some of the most famous driving in Texas. This 131-mile loop is, without a doubt, among the best, most challenging roads in the state. In fact it is listed in the top 10 motorcycle rides in North America. The route follows canyons and climbs jagged, steep hills; the roads offer many tight, twisty curves with shear drop offs alongside and not much in the way of guardrails. If it’s challenging for motorcycles, imagine how tight it was for a bunch of supercars! Along the way we saw some of the most spectacular ranches you can imagine, complete with exotic animals. The day ended up in Ft Worth at the Flying Saucer for dinner and an awards ceremony.
Overall it was a challenging but incredibly fun way to see a lot of Texas we might otherwise miss. In fact we intend to go back, as there were many places along the way we just did not get a chance to see, such as the ‘National Museum of the Pacific War’ in Fredericksburg (the boyhood home of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz), and many places we’d like to see again, at a slower pace. Thanks again to all who made it possible and all the new friends we made along the way!
Back to the firearms world, this month we wrap up the last of the NRA show videos, as well as include a review of the S&W M&P 10 Sport AR-15 with the Trijicon AccuPoint 2.5-10×56, all listed below.
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The July update of GUNSTRUCTION (v7.3) comes with a new title sponsor for the AR308 platform, fellow Floridians, Spike’s Tactical! Long requested by GUNSTRUCTION users, Spike’s is a very welcome addition to the GUNSTRUCTION family. Over 80 of their American Made parts have been added to the builder, covering the AR308 and AR15 platforms, in a variety of calibers. Look for more Spike’s product to be added in future parts drops.
Also in this update users will find a unique solution to firearm restrictions in Canada. Our partners at Macabee Defense have developed an AR-style receiver set that does not use pins to hold the upper and lower together or install the trigger components. While it is unfortunate that our friends in the great white north have to resort to such measures, this does allow them to build and enjoy AR-style rifles. The upper and lower interface via a t-slot, while the trigger components are installed in a drop-in pack that is included with the lower. Check it out!
Finally, from time to time we still receive messages from users returning to the app after an extended hiatus, writing to express confusion or frustration that the app’s paid features no longer work. If you find yourself in that group, don’t worry. Check out the last three topics in our FAQ, which explains the reason for the change and how to get your purchases restored. Welcome back!
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