GunLab Visits the Old Pueblo and AR180S.Com gets Blog of the Month

I got a call yesterday that Chuck from GunLab would be traveling through Tucson and he wanted to stop by and meet.

We chatted for quite a while and I got to do a little show and tell so he cold take some pictures for the AR-180 section of his site.

He was passing through on a super secret gun buying mission the details of which I am not at liberty to discuss. But let me just say that his mission was a success and I got to fondle his new acquisition. I’m pretty sure I had a dream about shooting it last night. I hope that becomes a reality someday.

I had a blast talking guns last night and he and his wife are some of the nicest people I have ever met. It was a true pleasure to have them at my home. I also have an open invitation to visit the Lab and I will be heading up there soon.

Chuck also informed me that i received the honor of Blog of the Month at The Firearm Blog

I was shocked that Nathaniel had even found my little ol’ blog but could not be prouder.

Make sure to check out all the articles he has over there, I visit it often and I am always finding something interesting. It is a great site.

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AR180S.Com Logo

A good retro friend has helped me come up with a couple logos for the web site.

I hope to turn these into stencils, patches, and T-Shirts soon.

I’ll keep you posted and if you need any graphics work let me know and I can put you in touch with him.

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Subscriber Pictures #1

Subscriber Tommy was kind enough to send me some pictures from the latest Armalite scope he recently picked up.

You can see it is is an early inverted post scope marked with the serial number 670221.


Tommy Armalite Scope-1

Tommy Armalite Scope-2

He also showed us the scope mount that was on his early Costa Mesa when he got it from his dad. It is unmarked just like the one I own. I don’t believe these had serials or any other markings.

Tommy Armalite Scope Mount


I also must apologize to subscriber Jeff as he sent me some pictures some time back and I never posted them.

He has a Costa Mesa gun with a very interesting feature, a bolt hold open that you can actuate from the outside of the gun with the magazine still in the gun.







It is unclear if this was done at the factory or after the fact by a gunsmith. It is a very professional job nonetheless.

If these guns were not so collectable I think it would be a very cool modification to perform as the only way to activate the bolt hold open is to reach in through the magazine well.

Here are a centerfold shot of Jeff’s Costa Mesa.



Thanks to Tommy and Jeff for their pictures and please contact me if you have any you would like to contribute.