There are big changes coming to the Chetwood Clan Armory. Since the debacle with GA Precision we have been thinking of how to bounce back. After discussing things with family and friends we have decided to phase out custom rifles completely.
We will continue to do local gunsmithing and even out of state gunsmithing work if it is interesting. Let me be clear about one thing though…SLIPSTREAM WILL NEVER GO AWAY.
The main focus will now be Gundoc’s Doctrine. It’s been a project of mine since before Crusader and now is the move that makes sense. I will be sending out messages to small shop holster makers, ammo makers, gun makers, ect locally (if you now any near you I would appreciate giving me a shout) and across the country. We will turn Gundoc’s from a “when I feel like it” blog into something truly unique.
How many gun magazines have a gunsmith doing reviews? And I’m not talking about just taking it to the range, getting pictures, and writing a glowing report because it was a free day at the range. I’m talking about tearing it down and getting to know it like only a gunsmith can. I’m talking about being able to tell you about design flaws and what the quality truly is. Sure…I’m taking it to the range…you have to see how it shoots…but I believe I can give a perspective on firearms that isn’t being given.
I hope you’ll all support us in this move and stick with us during the shift to writing more than building.
Thank you,


Crusader has reopened it’s local shop in Texas. We will be doing general gunsmithing along with our firearm manufacturing. So if you’re in the San Antonio/surrounding areas we’d be proud to work on your firearms. Not in the area but want a Slipstream treatment or one of our upgrade packages? Send it in. We will treat your project with the respect it deserves.

Crusader Rolling Together Again

Yesterday George Hill came down from the mountains (wish I was up there instead) and we had a great time. It’s not often we get to have a face to face about what’s going on here at Crusader HQ. When we do it’s non stop great conversation and planning. It’s like long lost family suddenly comes to town.

We rolled down to Hill AFB to meet with another member of the Crusader family. Although not technically on the pay roll he’s still part of the family. Nightcrawler is an EOD tech and we got the grand tour of their shop. The quote of the day came from a cue from George, “come on say it!” With big grins on our faces we chimed in “George….stop jumping on the nuke”. No joke. It happened.

We said our goodbye’s to Nightcrawler. It wasn’t easy. He deploys to a particularly nasty area of the world in a couple weeks. Keep NC in your thoughts and prayers. We want this one to come home in one piece along with everyone else over there.

Dinner…oh, dinner. Bohemian Grill….and….buffalo burgers. That is a half pound of heaven. Thick piece of 100% buffalo, two pieces of thick cut pepper bacon, Gorgonzola crumbles, and all the appropriate rabbit food between an onion roll. There, I can’t even say any more than that. What’s left to be said. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. Ok, what could be better than that. Some of the best company anyone could ever come across. Khorn, George, Steven and his family,  and SuperNaut. No finer people anywhere and I got to share a fantastic meal and seriously good conversation with them. Man, let me just say that this was the recharge that was desperately needed at Crusader HQ.

We have to do this more often, guys.

New Crusader Add

We became a community sponsor on our local Fox TV channel. We are officially the only weapon maker/gunsmith allowed in our town’s page. That just makes me grin. They put together a video montage for us that turned out pretty well. The process was pretty cool. We ended up making their job easy and redid the add copy for them. After getting the log in to do that we also added some better pictures. This page is hooked up by the “Doc” himself and I’m pretty happy with the results.

Local Add

So we found that a local media website that has free classifieds now has a business directory. It was free to get on the list so I couldn’t pass it up. Here is our link. It’s simple and to the point and I dig that. Looks good but isn’t over the top. Here’s my question though. Does your local media sites have a similar set up? If they do please let me know because I want to spread the word and this method is a great way to do it. Thanks much.

Versatile SlipStream

This piece of feedback, from We The Armed, really shows how versatile SlipStream really is. This stuff works great on folding knives, fishing reals, and anything else that has moving parts. Really great comments here. Thanks to the author.

I received my Slipstream kit from Crusader Smithy a couple weeks ago and have tried it on a couple things.

S&W M&P40– The trigger on this gun has a lot of moving parts which of course creates friction and a poor trigger pull.  When I first got it I put a little Super Lube on the contact points, it improved, and have run it that way for about the last 500 rounds. 

While I had it open last week for a little inspection I decided to put some Slipstream Lube (grease) on the trigger group but for some reason it did not want to stick, could be the Teflon in the Super Lube that I had only wiped off.  Rather than try and clean it off, I decided to try some Slipstream Oil instead.  Definitely an improvement and the trigger is smoother than ever.  If the oil stays put then I see no need to try the Lube.

Snap On Folding Knife– My younger son was out shopping with Mom and picked up one of these low grade Chinese made knives at the store.  He showed it to me when he came home and I couldn’t believe how stiff it was.  It really disappointed me that Snap On would put their name on this.  An idea popped in my head to give Slipstream Oil a try.  We saw an instant improvement which keeps on getting better and leads me to the next item…

Benchmade Mini-Griptillian– This has been my daily carry for over five years.  If any of you carry a folding knife you know how much pocket lint collects on these things, adding oil only makes it worse.  After seeing the effect that Slipstream Oil had on my son’s knife, I decided to try some on mine.  This knife is pretty well built and is smooth but the Slipstream Oil made a huge difference.  The knife now feels like it is running on ball bearings made of glass.  Typically when I lube this knife it feels great for a couple days and then the lint soaks the oil right out of it.  I have not seen any indication that this is happening.  Everytime I open it I am amazed at how well it feels.  You guys really need to market this to the knife people out there.

Kimber 1911 conversion kit– This kit is a lot of fun and accurate but is finicky about the ammo that it is fed.  It likes its loads a little more towards the spicy side.  I pulled it out to head to the range last week and before I put it on the Kimber frame, a few drops of Slipstream Oil were added to the rails and contact points.  At first it did not feel like much of a difference when running the gun by hand.  George said that sometimes it takes a little bit for the stuff to “soak in” and he was right.  When I got to the range and loaded a mag I could start to feel a difference.  I ran 6 or 7 mags of bulk Remington through the gun with zero hiccups.  It normally likes this load but you could tell that the slide velocity was much faster.  Next I am going to try the Federal bulk which it typically chokes on.

I find the Lube (grease) to be a bit thick but I have some areas I want to try it.  So far everything I have tried the Oil on has worked better than expected.  The two biggest things were the Kimber kit and the Benchmade.  Definitely a big difference.  Oh, I almost forgot, that logo is pretty nice too. 

Order yours today at the Crusader Weaponry website.