Official Announcement

Crusader Weaponry has been contacted by the attorney for GA Precision. Evidently our name and logo infringes on the trademark rights of one of their rifle models. Though it sounds like apples and oranges, after studying up, it isn’t.

Crusader Weaponry is forced to change our name and logo in order to keep from being sued by the ownership of GA Precision. Crusader Weaponry isn’t dead. Checks for rifles will still be made our to Crusader we just can’t have a website, or other marketing products, that include the Crusader name or logo.

To that end Crusader Weaponry will be taking on the name of Chetwood Clan Armory.

Thank you for all the support Crusader has seen over most of the last decade. I hope I can continue to earn your support under Chetwood Clan Armory.

-Gundoc

Hunting Rifle

I’ve had Crusader open since 2009. In that time the only build I’ve done for myself was my Wrath 12ga. Even then it was only because I got a killer deal on 2 used 870’s from a pawn shop set up at a gun show. I built up both of them and sold one to pay for mine.

So after spending all this time doing work for others it really feels good to be able to piece together a hunting rifle for myself. It’s only possible because I found an extra 6.8spc barrel and a “for shop use” AR15 receiver set that I forgot I had. The rest I can get little by little.

I can’t wait to try it out.

The 6.8SPC Hunter

It’s 0500hrs on the last weekend of deer season in South Texas. The December air is chilled just enough for us to see our breath. I’m sitting in the blind thinking about what needs to happen. The feeder was set to go off in about an hour so settle in for some silentimage watching to take my mind off of the cold. Now, this friend owns a 308 Broadsword rifle but I brought along a 6.8 SPC II that I’d been working on. This was to be the first time he had hunted with the caliber.

Long before the feeder went off we had a couple of does come in looking for breakfast. The first, a yearling, was too small and another bigger doe. If you haven’t seen the south Texas deer they are about the size of a fat greyhound dog. So the bigger the better.

We still had some time to wait before we could legally shoot but really didn’t need the law to tell us that. There just wasn’t enough light for the scope yet so we just watched them. They milled around under the feeder, obviously waiting for breakfast to be served, and drifted away as a buck came in from the opposite direction. A nice buck but he already filled his buck tags so we were here for the doe that just left our sight.

About 0630 the does cautiously make their way back to the feeder, a mere 60yds away. My friend raises the rifle to prepare for his work to come. His breathing became long and slow, there’s always adrenaline to battle with in these moments. The doe lines up, broadside, under the feeder and dips her head toward the corn.

The pressure increased on the trigger until it let the hammer fly. She ran about 35 yards and collapsed.

Ballistics on this doe were amazing. The Silver State Armory 115 grain open tip match (or OTM) round we used wouldn’t have been my first choice but it did extremely well. The entry wound looked more like an exit wound but we weren’t using the best hunting round. Even more interesting was the lack of an exit wound. That tells me that all of the 1396 ft lbs of energy it had at impact was transferred to the target. That, to me is ideal. The shot was perfectly placed and harvested the deer with little suffering. When gutting the deer the heart was nowhere to be found. It just became part of the “jello” in the chest cavity.

When asked about the experience my friend was very pleased. The 6.8 kicks like a 5.56 but was an efficient hunting round. The bullet was accurate and was something even his daughters could comfortably shoot.

All in all, the 6.8 SPC is an underestimated round.

Leadership in the Industry

A friend recently expressed concern in the lack of business acumen within the firearms industry. I can’t say that I disagree simply because there’s a lot of guys in the industry just like me.

Now you’re asking what exactly I mean about that…as your adrenaline levels rise. I get it but hear me out. The firearms industry is full of gun guys (of one level or another). Very few, if any, have real business experience much less business degrees.  No, for the most part they just love range time and think it will get them by in the business world. Does this mean that they shouldn’t be business owners? Far from it.

I’ve worked for my share of shops, both big box and mom and pop. There’s a reason the big box guys not only stay in business but add new stores every year. It’s because they’re run by a network of intelligent business majors. How do they get by? They hire gun guys for $8-$10 per hour to sell guns. Why? Because that’s all they’re worth according to the bottom line.

But let’s leave those guys out of the conversation. They already have it worked out. Let’s concentrate on the little guys.

One thing a small shop can have going for it is a good accountant. Such was the case at my favorite small shop. They kept afloat because the accountant didn’t let them do too many stupid things. When he left….the shop died an agonizing death.

One rarity is true leadership. The big box guys take what they get because they don’t want to pay a  good manager so they get by with mediocre leaders. When it comes to the mom and pop gun stores poor leadership is like a cancer eating away at what could be a really great shop. You get plenty of “here’s your check but don’t cash it until Monday,” or “here’s half your check. I’ll have the rest by Tuesday.” Good employees won’t put up with that very long. They have families to take care of and family comes first. You mess with a man’s ability to pay the bills or put food on his table and you’ll lose a great sales or service employee.

The firearms industry needs a leadership revolution. Will you be a businessman that leads the fight?