III Arms Company exists to help Liberty survive by dedicating revenue to build a community of Patriots, by Patriots, for Patriots. You can find us in the Citadel, Idaho. More than 40 American Patriots joined together to form III Arms and to build solid firearms with a purpose: Fighting Arms to defend Liberty.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Or thereabouts

III Arms Company

Little done, lots to go, time is short.
But we'll make it in time.
 I promise.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Break....just not yet.

Still whittling away in the shop. Haven't gotten to tearing anything apart yet. I've picked up a slide and a pair of rifles to coat. The rifles 'could' be finished coating tonight, and the slide by the end of this weekend.

If you need something, order it today and I'll get it done before I yank all the cords out of the wall.
Otherwise, when I take the shop down, it'll be a few months before it's back up.

No telling what will happen around your world between now and then, but if you aren't ready when it happens...
...well.... guess you'll find out.

Monday, March 3, 2014

2 more weeks, folks. Then a break.

That's all the time you have left to get your order in before we take a hiatus. That 2 week period of time will give me the ability to build and ship by the end of March. After that, you'll be on a new list to start sometime in the near future. That date has yet to be disclosed at this point. Might be May, might be December. Don't know.

We've been living and breathing III Arms for the past year. From the all-out panic of being given the ability to build firearms in a market that made it damn near impossible, to the current supply of parts on hand and stock on the shelves, it's been interesting. We've weathered that storm, and we're pulling into port to refresh the crew. (it's just me, and I need heavily refreshed)

We have the ability to ship from stock nearly any configuration of AR you might ask for. If it's something we don't have in the bins, we can get it within a week's time. I'd built AR's before, but nothing from the fit to function to finish that this project threw at me. From a paperweight to functioning firearm in 3 days....I think I'm allowed a break about now.

The pistols can be sourced nearly as fast, with very few items taking longer than a month to get here. My ability to smith a bare frame and over-tolerance box of parts into a working firearm has been proven. I went into this pistol building foray having never fit a slide to a frame outside of a factory gun and just pure reassembly. In less than an -uninterrupted- week, I can do just that. Amazing what reading a book can do for you. Yeah, taking a break will do me good.

Based on that, I feel comfortable 'shutting down' the shop for a while to get the last years worth of working environment a bit more user friendly.  Certain 'things' haven't worked out as well as hoped. Positioning of machinery and equipment came as space available, space filled. Things that needed installed a certain way, couldn't be because of a heater, or a vent, or an outlet. When you jam all this shi....I mean stuff, into a 13' by 26' converted garage...things can get a bit crowded. I'm done being crowded. I'm done making due.

Time to clean it up, move it around and make it work since we're gonna be here a lot longer than originally intended with this project.

A 4 space electrical sub-panel feeds the shop right now.  Items are piggy backed on 2 breakers that act more like switches than circuit interruption. Having the house and the shop on the same breakers....unnerving when the lights go out. A new 10 space panel will go in, giving the ability to complete separate shop functions from home functions. Spaces for the compressor, mill, vent fan, heaters, inconvenient outlets will be changed around a bit.

Unfinished drywall needs covered with something that will take moisture a bit better. Pegboard gets drywall under it, seal all the gaps that make this a 110F shop in the summer, and a 40F shop in the winter. I'm tired of being cold. I'm tired of being hot. I AM going to be comfortable in my shop.

Tracking aluminum and steel slivers into mama's kitchen...to be picked up in bare feet. Yeah, you don't want to go there. I'm a barefoot kinda guy. Spending all weekend in the shop barefoot...not a problem. One small sliver in mama's foot...we'll...I kinda like this girl, and her moving out because of a splinter ain't gonna happen. Modify the current entrance into a 'clean' office of sorts, with a pass-through window into the shop. No more straight from the shop to the kitchen traffic.

60 gallon air compressor HAS GOT TO GO OUTSIDE. Enough soiled drawers from an otherwise silent shop instantaneously turned 95 decibel detonation when that damn thing kicks on. It gets moved to the greenhouse, re-piped and re-fed electrically. All I want in the shop is the master power switch. Compressor On....Compressor Off.  Maybe even on a timer, so I don't have to worry about it running all night, or all day when I'm at work. Hmmm...

Lighting....yeah, if that's what you call it. Outlets, pull cords and recycled 2x4' fluorescent fixtures....we need a bit of help in the illumination arena. Going to 'bank' the existing fixtures, install half a dozen more, then install a dozen more 'task' specific fixtures. The 5000K daylight bulbs are perfect for a shop, but the positioning needs work. That will be taken care of once and for all.

Oh, and the greenhouse needs readied for the warmer temperatures and seedlings that need started in another month. Lots of plans for 'stuff'...and I need to break for a few weeks to get them done.

So, if you have an order you need to place, place it now. Otherwise, make plans on holding it for a 'while'. When? No clue, but we'll get there. Eventually. Maybe.

Monday, February 17, 2014

That was interesting....

I have never been to a funeral where most of the time spent was time spent laughing. Sure, we had tears to spare. But for the most part, we laughed as we all remembered my dad.  The audience, who mostly came to mourn his passing, left with a smile knowing they were part of his life.

Folks who had known dad all his life KNEW we did him justice highlighting his sense of humor and outlook. Some folks didn't understand it at the beginning, surely knew at the end it wasn't irreverence. It was our love of the man that brought laughter to the saddest day so far in my life.

Understand that my father died several years ago, not long after he was diagnosed with his illness. The medications he was put on occasionally separated his mind from his body, and eventually the illness severed them completely. His death Wednesday morning reunited them in eternity. My dad is 'whole' again.

We'll be back in the shop tomorrow afternoon. Founders #6 has the slide fitted, ready to engrave the III on the sides. The rest of the parts fitted over the next few days. Once again, we'll have it out early next week, and start on the next one.

Friday, February 14, 2014

James L. Miller, Sr. 11/29/1940 - 02/12/2014

Founders #6 hits the bench today. There'll be a short delay in completion as we have the memorial service for my father Monday morning, but we'll be back 'to' it Tuesday evening. 

For those who are wondering, my father had Lewey Body Dementia. It's nasty, rarely diagnosed correctly, with the improper diagnosis' treatments acerbating it's symptoms. It kills 100% of the the time. Jury is still out on being hereditary, genetic or from environmental concerns.

My father died several years ago. It just took his body a lot longer to catch up with him. I vow that will not happen to me.

I have work to do, people need armed, and tyrants need killed. Lots of tyrants.

http://www.lbda.org/node/7 if you need to know more.