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Firearms Finishes: From Browning and Bluing to Poly-T2
Firearms Finishes: From Browning and Bluing to Poly-T2

Firearms have been used throughout history, with the earliest likely being the hand cannons used around 1350 AD. By the early 1400′s, the first matchlocks were comprised of the “lock, stock, and barrel.”. The matchlocks were followed by flintlocks.. It’s interesting to note 2 other well-known adages originating with those early firearms : “flash in...

Dec 28, 2020
The Shotgun, by Louis Awerbuck
The Shotgun, by Louis Awerbuck

Revered by some, vilified by others, the shotgun has been – and will be – around for a long, long time. When technology has finally bypassed all of us, the so-called dinosaur gauge will still be defiantly and effectively spitting out its lethal projectiles. Composed essentially of a simple smoothbore launch tube, the Jeckyll and...

Dec 28, 2020
The Genesis of NP3
The Genesis of NP3

The genesis of NP3 is based in a problem solving event involving the oil industry. The connectors on the hoses used to pump oil from the rigs to the barges were made out of stainless steel. The stainless steel on  stainless steel mating connectors caused galling to occur. Galling is most commonly found in metal surfaces...

Dec 28, 2020
M&P Shield Recall
M&P Shield Recall

If you have an M&P Shield make sure to check that the trigger safety is returning to its fully extended position. Watch the video below to see how to test your safety.. The M&P Shield is still a good carry option and we have people that carry them at ROBAR with a few of our...

Dec 28, 2020
Combat Optic Tool, I do not regret that I have but one tool to use for my optics
Combat Optic Tool, I do not regret that I have but one tool to use for my optics

The patent pending Combat Optic Tool™ by Patriot Products AZ, LLC, proudly made in the USA, is revolutionary in its adaptability with the majority of the combat optics currently in use by military, law enforcement, and citizen soldiers/civilians.. The Combat Optic Tool™ has a box wrench that will work with both 3/8” LaRue Tactical mounts...

Dec 28, 2020
ROBAR is a Friend of Law Enforcement
ROBAR is a Friend of Law Enforcement

ROBAR has worked with law enforcement for years from supplying the SR60 and SR90 for SWAT team snipers to working on the patrol officer’s Glock. We continue to offer our 10% discount for active duty law enforcement and military and are always glad to hear back from happy customers. Here are the words of one...

Dec 28, 2020
20 Questions with Robbie Barrkman
20 Questions with Robbie Barrkman

1. When and where were you born? Did you also grow up there? . • Born in Johannesburg, Republic of South Africa in 1948. Lived there ‘till 1977 when I immigrated to the US.. 2. Has being a gunsmith always been your career choice? . • No, I was a dental technician, soldier and then a firearms...

Dec 28, 2020
John Farnam Comes to ROBAR for the Best Metal Finishes
John Farnam Comes to ROBAR for the Best Metal Finishes

John Farnam is the owner and operator of Defense Training International. We are happy to provide the highest quality of firearms customization available for John Farnam to use. Above is a M&P pistol John Farnam sent us to have the new Unity Tactical A.T.O.M. for the M&P installed with a Trijicon RMR mounted on top...

Dec 28, 2020
Glock Grip Modification
Glock Grip Modification

The Tri-Fit  NEW!. Completely change your Glock’s grip angle in less than 60 seconds. This kit includes 3 inserts: 1911 style, Sig style, and Original.. This is available on Generation 1, 2, 3; on models: 17, 22, 35, 34, 19, 23, 26, and 27. It is not currently offered on any of the Generation 4 Glocks.Installation...

Dec 28, 2020
A.T.O.M. the Next Evolution in Pistols Sights
A.T.O.M. the Next Evolution in Pistols Sights

ATOM was a concept brought about by a requirement to mount Aimpoint’s excellent line of Micro optics on pistols. The extension of the design allows you to mount nearly any optic to your pistol without the need to mill the slide for each optic. This allows you to either modify your slide or purchase an...

Dec 28, 2020
California Building the Berlin Wall of Gun Laws
California Building the Berlin Wall of Gun Laws

While Colorado was winning a major victory, California was continuing to move towards stricter more oppressive laws.. The California State Assembly passed the bill 44-31 the strictest gun law in our Republic’s history. This law makes any magazine that holds more than ten rounds illegal, it is illegal to buy semi-auto rifles that can hold...

Dec 28, 2020
We agree with Vice President Joe Biden on this one thing
We agree with Vice President Joe Biden on this one thing

In February of 2013 the Vice President informed every citizen to “just buy a shotgun” for protection. We may disagree on all other statements about protection and the second amendment, but we are on board with his “just buy a shotgun” position. In honor of this agreement ROBAR, the leader in custom firearms and firearm...

Dec 28, 2020
BATTLE SIGHT ZERO (BZO):  Who has it right?
BATTLE SIGHT ZERO (BZO): Who has it right?

“A BZO (battlesight zero) is the sight settings placed on your rifle for combat.”. “In combat, your rifle’s BZO setting will enable engagement of point targets from 0–300 yards/meters in a no wind condition.”. By LtCol Freddie Blish, USMC (Ret), the General Manager of ROBAR Companies, Inc and a Range Master at Gunsite Academy, Inc.. ~...

Dec 28, 2020
Magazine Problems with the 1911
Magazine Problems with the 1911

This is an email conversation with a customer that had problems with his slide locking back on his 1911.. “I received my Kimber 45 back from your shop today. Overall I am very pleased with the quality of the finish and gunsmithing.. However, upon field stripping and inspecting the weapon, then reassembling and conducting a...

Dec 28, 2020
How a Beretta can be 1,000 Hours Corrosion Resistant
How a Beretta can be 1,000 Hours Corrosion Resistant

This is a standard factory Beretta 96 with one exception. The NP3 Plus finish gives this gun up to a 1000 hours salt spray protection (according to ASTM-B117) as well as self lubrication and ease of cleaning making this the ultimate harsh weather or  sea worthy firearm. Companies like Benelli know the corrosion benefits of this finish...

Dec 28, 2020
Louis Awerbuck
Louis Awerbuck

Robbie Barrkman says good-bye to a long-time friend. Stubborn, single-minded, articulate, knowledgeable, independent, moral, inquisitive, interesting and accomplished.. There is not much more I can say about the character of one of my oldest and dearest friends.. I decided to post this short note in hopes of curtailing the speculation and misinformation that is circulating...

Dec 28, 2020
Hans’ Glock
Hans’ Glock

Hans A. writes:. I only have one experience with robar to draw from and it was amazing!. The pistol…is absolutely epic!. I’m picky I checked out all the top guys modifying Glocks. And robar certainly stands out. Quality of work qc control, quality of coatings, unique texture jobs, high level of precision. I literally cannot...

Dec 28, 2020
How Can a Firearm Finish Improve Reliability?
How Can a Firearm Finish Improve Reliability?

People often ask “how can firearm finishes improve reliability?”. A well known example that most people are familiar with is the original M16 rifle. When the M16 was first developed it was designed to have a chrome lined barrel and bolt carrier group. The geniuses in the government focused their attention on the costs of...

Dec 28, 2020
ROBAR and The Cooper Scout Rifles
ROBAR and The Cooper Scout Rifles

The Scout Rifle is a class of general-purpose rifles defined and promoted by LtCol Jeff Cooper, USMC.. Jeff Cooper was a lifelong student of small arms and conceptualized a handy, light rifle “that will do a great many things equally well…”. Cooper stated:. “The general-purpose rifle will do equally well for all but specialized hunting,...

Dec 28, 2020
Roguard: the Black Firearms Finish that Will Go the Distance
Roguard: the Black Firearms Finish that Will Go the Distance

Ask any shooter/instructor what they are looking for in a firearms finish overall, and the consistent answer is durability.. ROBAR offers a number of finishes: Black Oxide (commonly called ‘blueing’), Polymax camouflage (available in Woodland, Urban and Desert — 3 or 5 color — patterns), NP3® PLUS (up to ten times more corrosion resistance than regular electroless nickel),...

Dec 28, 2020
Armalite (NOT Assault) Rifle 15 and the Second Amendment
Armalite (NOT Assault) Rifle 15 and the Second Amendment

Main Stream Media (MSM) and anti-gun legislators toss around the term “Assault Rifle” at will, though most would be hard-pressed to give an exact description of this firearm.. Every responsible gun owner in America (somewhere around 40% of US households with an estimated 270 million guns) should be equipped to defend the Second Amendment and...

Dec 28, 2020
The 1911: A Rich History to Build On
The 1911: A Rich History to Build On

To fully appreciate the M1911 pistol, a span of history must be traced back to the mid to late 1800’s.. Before the 1911, the military hand gun of choice, also known as “the Gun that Won the West,” was the Colt Revolver. Samuel Colt, during a stint as a ship crew member, observed the turning...

Dec 28, 2020
ROBAR’s SR21: Sniper Rifles Redefined
ROBAR’s SR21: Sniper Rifles Redefined

Accuracy at long ranges is what precision rifles, also known as sniper rifles, are all about.. Precision rifles have a storied tradition.. In 1854 Sir Joseph Whitworth, a British engineer, patented the Whitworth rifle, which employed hexagonal twisted barrels rather than straight barrels. The rifle out-performed the previously preferred Enfield rifle.. In 1860, Queen Victoria fired...

Dec 28, 2020
NP3 Firearms Finish Goes to Space Aboard the International Space Station
NP3 Firearms Finish Goes to Space Aboard the International Space Station

(More NP3 plated parts being launched to the International Space Station on June 5th) . NP3 has boldly gone to space to provide its self lubricating properties to the International Space Station. This is yet another example where NP3 is plated on critical components that lives may depend upon.. When every ounce matters and every part has...

Dec 28, 2020
“Jam” is something I put on my toast.
“Jam” is something I put on my toast.

By LtCol Freddie Blish, USMC (Ret), the General Manager of ROBAR Companies, Inc and a Range Master at Gunsite Academy, Inc.. At ROBAR Companies, Inc. we often receive phone calls or emails from customers stating that their gun is “jamming.”. Without sounding like a real a$$hole, Jam is something I put on my toast.. Words have...

Dec 28, 2020
US Special Forces: Army Rangers
US Special Forces: Army Rangers

The U.S. military, even with severe and ill-advised budget cuts, remains the deadliest fighting force in the world.. And the tip the spear, the deadliest of those deadly, are America’s unconventional forces: U.S. Special Forces.. The proud lineage of the Special Forces, and in particular the Army Rangers, can be traced all the way back...

Dec 28, 2020
US Special Forces: Green Berets
US Special Forces: Green Berets

Study of our US Military history serves to remind us the great price paid for the great liberties we now enjoy.. Abraham Lincoln said it well in his Gettysburg Address:. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us...

Dec 28, 2020
Molon Labe: A Lasting Remembrance of the Battle of Thermopylae
Molon Labe: A Lasting Remembrance of the Battle of Thermopylae

The story begins in the 5th century BC. and in the heart of ancient Persia, now known as Iran.. By 545 BC King Cyrus, who had initially led a revolt against the Medes, “had extended the Persian hegemony to the coast of Asia minor.”. The young Persian empire was dangerous and brutal, with reports of...

Dec 28, 2020
US Special Forces: Navy SEALS
US Special Forces: Navy SEALS

Despite the best efforts of some leadership in the United States to defund and decimate our military, America still maintains the greatest conventional forces and unconventional forces in the world.. Our warriors are a critical part of Teddy Roosevelt’s “big stick”: the ability to strike with deadly force and precision should give every enemy of...

Dec 28, 2020
Mark your calendar: Shot Show Is Coming!
Mark your calendar: Shot Show Is Coming!

Ah! It’s the most wonderful time of the year when our thoughts turn to Thanksgiving, family, Christmas and…the SHOT Show!. Anyone who’s anyone in the shooting industry knows about SHOT Show:. The SHOT Show is the largest and most comprehensive trade show for all professionals involved with the shooting sports, hunting and law enforcement industries.....

Dec 28, 2020
US Special Forces: Marines and MARSOC, Part 1
US Special Forces: Marines and MARSOC, Part 1

U.S. military history is storied and impressive: the 5 branches of the U.S. Armed Forces being Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard.. Every branch has born heroes, every branch brings unique responsibilities and skill sets for the defense of our nation and her interests around the world.. The tip of the spear...

Dec 28, 2020
Robbie Barrkman and Bill Laughridge: Gunsmiths and Friends
Robbie Barrkman and Bill Laughridge: Gunsmiths and Friends

Bill Laughridge (left) and Robbie Barrkman (right). Robbie Barrkman, ROBAR founder and owner, is an American entrepreneur.. Barrkman, a legal immigrant from South Africa (SADF Company Sergeant Major Ret), loves his adopted country and her Constitution with a fervor.. Bill Laughridge (1stSgt USAR Ret), owner of Cylinder & Slide, is a patriot of the same...

Dec 28, 2020
US Special Forces: Marines and MARSOC, Part 2
US Special Forces: Marines and MARSOC, Part 2

From Part 1: U.S. military history is storied and impressive: the 5 branches of the U.S. Armed Forces being Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard.. Every branch has born heroes, every branch brings unique responsibilities and skill sets for the defense of our nation and her interests around the world.. One branch is...

Dec 28, 2020
Jack’s Browning High Power (Updated!)
Jack’s Browning High Power (Updated!)

Jack writes:. I want to thank everyone who worked on my BHP especially the BHP Princess.. I got the BHP today.. Just truly awesome work. The stipple work is fantastic.. This BHP has the best trigger job I have ever felt. The beaver tail looks and feels great. I suffer from slide bite. It looks...

Dec 28, 2020
Short Barrel Shepherd Video: ROBAR PolymAR-15 Details!
Short Barrel Shepherd Video: ROBAR PolymAR-15 Details!

ROBAR Guns has been working diligently over the past year to build an AR-15 with polymer upper and lowers, and ROBAR GM Freddie Blish was intimately involved with the rifle’s development.. The ROBAR PolymAR-15 was unveiled at SHOT Show 2015, and quickly became the buzz and belle of the ball.. Freddie, as a Marine (thus...

Dec 28, 2020
Concealed Carry Tactics: The Class Every CHL Holder Should Attend
Concealed Carry Tactics: The Class Every CHL Holder Should Attend

As my Southwest Airlines flight taxied to the gate in sunny Phoenix, mixed emotions of excitement and trepidation dueled in my head.. By now, more and more in the shooting and military communities recognize my name as the gal responsible for ROBAR Guns content, social media and marketing. And this trip had three-fold purposes: I...

Dec 28, 2020
TRICON Concealed Carry Class Teams Up with ROBAR
TRICON Concealed Carry Class Teams Up with ROBAR

Here’s your one of a kind opportunity to obtain top-shelf conceal carry instruction and a TRICON ProCarry Glock Pistol!. Send ROBAR your Gen 3 Glock 19 or Glock 23 by 31 Dec we will have their TRICON ProCarry Glock Pistol ready for the class, if they are attending.. Course description:. The Concealed Carry Tactics is an...

Dec 28, 2020
The Importance of a Great Holster and a Guy Who DID Build That
The Importance of a Great Holster and a Guy Who DID Build That

Shooters, be they active duty military, law enforcement, Vets, or civilians, love to talk about their carry.. A day at the range is never complete without a little gun gossip — swapping stories about a given pistol or rifle and any modifications that have made the firearm superior. Haggling over stopping power versus not printing,...

Dec 28, 2020
First Gear | All Dressed Up And Going (Almost) Anywhere
First Gear | All Dressed Up And Going (Almost) Anywhere

We recognize we’re bending “First Gear” convention a little this week, but perhaps you’ll find it worthwhile all the same. Ta-da: a very dressed-up Glock 43!. Not new, we recognize, and therefore not really a first look, but the diminutive single-stack, carry-friendly 9 mm has now been out long enough for an aftermarket to develop,...

Dec 28, 2020
The PolymAR-15SC Sentinel Concepts Carbine AR-15 (Video)
The PolymAR-15SC Sentinel Concepts Carbine AR-15 (Video)

ROBAR friends Jeff Bloovman and Steve Fisher created this video, to our surprise, demonstrating the qualities and capabilities of the ROBAR PolymAR15SC Sentinel Concepts Carbine.. ROBAR Companies collaborated with MidWest Industries to create the new PolymAR-15SC carbine, built to the specifications provided by Steve Fisher of Sentinel Concepts. This is a very special rifle.. Jeff, of...

Dec 28, 2020
Matthew’s Herstal Hi-Power
Matthew’s Herstal Hi-Power

Matthew J.* writes:. When the GM of Robar Guns [Freddie Blish LtCol USMC (Ret)] tells me “Trust me with your Hi-Power” I listened.. I had a new Bar Sto barrel cut to an 11° crown, fitted and the throat polished. The slide and receiver done in matte Roguard and the internal and external controls in...

Dec 28, 2020
Jack’s Browning High Power
Jack’s Browning High Power

Jack writes:. I want to thank everyone who worked on my BHP especially the BHP Princess.. Just truly awesome work. The stipple work is fantastic.. This BHP has the best trigger job I have ever felt. The beaver tail looks and feels great. I suffer from slide bite. It looks like the BHP beaver tail...

Dec 28, 2020
Mike Lamb on the Robar PolymAR 15 Carbine
Mike Lamb on the Robar PolymAR 15 Carbine

Mike Lamb is a former Marine serving in both the enlisted and commissioned ranks.. Mike served as a Force Recon Marine as well as in some of the government’s top intelligence agencies around the world. After sustaining injuries, Mike was medically retired from the Marine Corps after 13 years of service.. After being honorably discharged,...

Dec 28, 2020
Grandview Outdoors / Predator Xtreme Giveaway
Grandview Outdoors / Predator Xtreme Giveaway

For all those shooting enthusiasts who have been enviously eyeing the new ROBAR PolymAR-15, here’s your chance to win the rifle, thanks to Predator Extreme and Grandview Outdoors!. Click on the 3rd box down. The Predator Xtreme Giveaway includes:. Strives to provide clients with uncompromising, quality workmanship, and the finest of products and customer service.....

Dec 28, 2020
Why You Should Want Gun Owners/Shooters as Neighbors
Why You Should Want Gun Owners/Shooters as Neighbors

Remember the whimsical, lyrical words in call and response style from Barack Obama, “it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion?”. And of course his side-kick, Double-Ought Slow Joe reminded his bros in the black community, “They’re gonna put y’all back in chains.”. As we’ve seen with the recent church shooting...

Dec 28, 2020
Dave Has a Few Good Words about His ROBAR-Improved Glock 22
Dave Has a Few Good Words about His ROBAR-Improved Glock 22

Dave contacted ROBAR about a month ago: he was transitioning from one law enforcement agency to a position with a different LE agency. The new LE department used GLOCKs™ AND allowed personal guns as a carry.. Dave wondered what in the wide, wide world ROBAR could do to enhance a GLOCK™ 22?. ROBAR President Freddie Blish recommended:. Full grip...

Dec 28, 2020
Roger Nelson Assesses the ROBAR Work on His S&W 39-2
Roger Nelson Assesses the ROBAR Work on His S&W 39-2

I recently had the chance to have Robar work on my S&W 39-2. This was a well worn gun, holster wear and scratches all over. Once the folks at Robar were finished I had a new weapon, twice as nice as before sending it to Robar.. Their work is well above industry standards and would...

Dec 28, 2020
Jerry Ziegner of Hilltop Firearms Training Center: Browning Hi Power Before and After Robar
Jerry Ziegner of Hilltop Firearms Training Center: Browning Hi Power Before and After Robar

The shooting community, especially those in the firearms training business, demand reliability and durability in their weapons systems. The bar is often set high for any aftermarket customizations.. But, if a company, say ROBAR, meets or exceeds the customer’s expectations, we’ve made a loyal friend and customer who will talk about it.. Our friend, Jerry...

Dec 28, 2020
Jonathan RAVES about His ROBAR-Finished/Improved Benelli M4
Jonathan RAVES about His ROBAR-Finished/Improved Benelli M4

ROBAR receives daily feedback from customers, some more effusive, some more succinct. But none quite as enthusiastic nor as detailed as this missive from Jonathan concerning his Benelli M4.. Trust me, this email made us all smile: there is nothing as rewarding as the high praise of a discerning customer who recognizes the high standards...

Dec 28, 2020
Bo Sabrowsky Feedback on the Robar Glockkraft Trigger for His Glock™ 19
Bo Sabrowsky Feedback on the Robar Glockkraft Trigger for His Glock™ 19

Bo Sabrowsky contacted ROBAR GM Freddie Blish with his assessment of the Robar Glockkraft Trigger.. But first, a little history on his pistol will frame his feedback: his is a very special, customized Glock™.. Bo recounts:. My gun started out life as a Glock 19, Gen 3 with a manufacture date in late 2012. It was...

Dec 28, 2020
First Gear | Re-Finish, Re-Fit, Re-Manufacture, Re-Etc.
First Gear | Re-Finish, Re-Fit, Re-Manufacture, Re-Etc.

By Frank Winn, Guns & Gear Editor. Robar Companies Inc.. A major hazard of being fond of a particular firearm is wear and tear. This is especially true when “fond” is code for “shooting the be-jeepers out of it.” Internally, modern design, materials and manufacturing precision can cut worries way down. Supplemented by some...

Dec 28, 2020
Team Sootch: ROBAR Gives a Sig P232 ‘New Life’ (Video)
Team Sootch: ROBAR Gives a Sig P232 ‘New Life’ (Video)

Sootch Fun Gun Reviews is a terrific Youtube channel, worth subscribing to for great reviews on guns and smithing.. You get a sense of their values with this fine quotation at their site:. “I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.” –Thomas Jefferson,...

Dec 28, 2020
Former US Army CPT / Former IPSC M. Frederick Appraises Robar
Former US Army CPT / Former IPSC M. Frederick Appraises Robar

Robar frequently receives feedback from Robar partners (Robar clientele are not “customers”), most of whom either are, or become, great friends. And occasionally we request permission to reprint their words detailing their experience with Robar.. One such friend is M. Frederick. M. has an interesting background:. Attended Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science.. Completed ROTC at the...

Dec 28, 2020
Jami Brags on Her New PolymAR-15SC
Jami Brags on Her New PolymAR-15SC

Jami was one of the many customers who had to wait much longer than normal for a PolymAR-15 order while ROBAR waited on dust covers that met our rigorous standards. It was a trying time for us — unbelievably frustrating for ROBAR and even more so for those who had placed orders.. We pride ourselves on...

Dec 28, 2020
Happy Independence Day / July ROBAR Special!
Happy Independence Day / July ROBAR Special!

Monday, July 4, 2016, is the 240th birthday of America’s independence from England and the tyranny of King George.. As written at The Heritage Foundation:. The Declaration of Independence is the founding document of the American political tradition. It articulates the fundamental ideas that form the American nation: All men are created free and equal and...

Dec 28, 2020
Making the Glock 17 Better – The Tactical Wire
Making the Glock 17 Better – The Tactical Wire

Editor’s Notebook: Making a Glock 17 Better?. I’ve not been a long time Glock fan in the grand scheme of things. A lot of the troops and many agencies tumbled before I did. I was presenting nationally at conferences like the now-defunct ASLET (American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers) and IALEFI (International Association of Law...

Dec 21, 2020
John Farnam on the Unity Tactical A.T.O.M. Mount in the M&P
John Farnam on the Unity Tactical A.T.O.M. Mount in the M&P

RMR sight on my S&W M&P, first extensive use:. On my M&P, I have Robar PolyT2 gun-Metal Grey coating on the slide, and NP3 on all internals (“Rogatti” treatment). Robar also installed the RMR w/iron sights, all “melted” into the slide. Robar did the entire project, and, as always, their work is second to none!...

Dec 21, 2020