Kraken Ballistics bullets
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Kraken Ballistics is a relatively new company on the bullet market. They make bullets quite literally by hand with a +/- 0.0001″ variance. Yes, you read that right. They currently offer rebated boat tail bullets in .308 and 6.5mm and are 100% veteran owned and operated.

Kraken Ballistics brings a craft level of production quality to the bullet business. Their research and dedication to producing the best bullets possible was immediately evident upon handling a few.

The rebated boat tail is a feature sadly lacking in virtually all modern bullets and it offers the benefit of distributing propellent gases in a ring around the bullet base instead of flowing around the projectile as with standard boat tail designs.

New SilencerCo Suppressor
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SilencerCo showed me their new nameless suppressor that was rifle rated, but also suitable for pistols. There isn’t much information about out there yet aside from this somewhat poor quality photo, so enjoy this all you can until the company releases more information.

SilencerCo Suppressor guns garand m1
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As always, SilencerCo had a number of cool items in their booth including some guns you don’t usually see suppressed including an M1 Garand and some lever actions.

Franklin Armory Providence prototype
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I got to put my hands on the new Franklin Armory Providence. This is a brand new type of non-semi-automatic gun that has an action similar to both an AR and a double action revolver. It’s not technically a semi-automatic, as the gun doesn’t rely on the force of the cartridge to operate and instead is fired through digital pressure.

The take-up is long and somewhat mushy, but in pulling the trigger you’re also moving the bolt assembly to the rear. When the trigger reaches the end of the pull, it releases the bolt forward.

It doesn’t slam fire as there is mechanical locking taking place before a separate action strikes the primer. So no, it is not a machinegun in waiting. We can’t wait to get a production model to test.

Tops knives shot show
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Passing by the TOPS Knives booth, they had a number of new products out for display that are both stylish and functional. While many of these are prototypes, the stand-out examples include the straight razor-style folding comb and a Japanese style gardening knife.

TOPS knives shot show
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Everything made by TOPS is, well, top quality and heavily built. They boast dozens and dozens of models that suit any taste. Knives aren’t the focus of TTAG, but gun guys are frequently knife guys and these were just so damn cool that I had to include them here.




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  1. +/- 0.0001″ aka 2.5 microns? I call bullshit. I can change the diameter of that bullet by more than that just by holding it.

    • Vortex apparently ran into this problem as well, just measuring certain parts would deform them more than they deemed acceptable.

      • The problem is the order of magnitude rule. To hold a 2.5 micron tolerance, you need a gage accurate to 0.25 microns. For an OD measurement that’s really hard, but doable. For an OAL measurement of an asymmetric object? Good luck

        • I work in pistons. We hold a tolerance of +/- 3 microns on pin bore diameters. Those are also barrel shaped profiles, and they have an interrupted cut.

          It is possible, especially on a simple part. quality control is challenging, but overall length, and max bullet diameter are not the difficult parts: a simple digital micrometer, in a temperature controlled room can do that. Accuracy down to .0005mm or better.

          More than likely, they have a digital go no go gauge on the line- if they measure at all- and I’m assuming they don’t 100% check the profile.

          Also more than likely they sort a great deal, and essentially grade the bullets.

    • “I can change the diameter of that bullet by more than that just by holding it.”

      To say nothing about the temp differences of an air-conditioned home vs. a garage in summer…

  2. “+/- 0.0001″“ in what exactly? Diameter? Length? Bearing length? Ogive length? Base to Ogive? Boatail length? Meplat diameter?

    • Their website makes that claim on the diameter.

      Length is +/- .002

      I don’t get that they are handmade, unless they mean a human runs a machine that mass produces these things.

      Don’t think you are getting anything all that spectacular at $0.60 each.

      • Corbin Mfg in Oregon made precision, hand-lapped dies to make rebated boat tail bullets for decades. Still do (Corbin’s,com). These look like they were made with their swaging dies.

  3. .0001 tolerance dimension is absolutely phenomenal. I spent nearly 20 years drafting and designing parts for fighter jet engines and that approaches the level of what I used to do.

    • Yup, I was thinking the same thing… The bearing guys work to those tolerances, but the rest of jobs were only down to thousandths.

    • It’s complete bullshit for any mass manufactured product. Bearing manufacturers would love to reliably hold those kinds of tolerances. 2.5 micron runout is semicon optics land.

    • Rebated boat tail bullets have been around for a long time. They’re well known and proven, just not commonly mass produced. Probably more expensive to make than a regular boat tail.


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