Welcome to The Windham Weaponry Newsletter – Vol. 2 / Issue 10
Mark Eliason, VP Sales & Marketing
Hints of Exciting Things To Come!
We are finalizing the design details on the Windham Weaponry .308 this month and expect to have specifications available to the market in November. Shipments are expected to start by the end of the year. The prototypes are in testing, and we willl have photos and other details completed soon. Our .308 has forged uppers and lowers and a 16″ chrome moly barrel on the first model we will be offering. The rifle will be supplied with a MagPul 20 round magazine and it weighs in at 7.5 lbs. That is some of the basic technical information and pricing will be available soon.
Rear Sight: None – Ready for optics or other type accessory sights
Front Sight: None – Picatinny Rail Gas Block – Ready for accessory sights
Includes: Hard Plastic Case, Web Sling, 30 Rd. Magazine, Operators Manual, Lifetime Transferable Warranty
FROM THE GUNSMITH’S BENCH
Erik Winter, Gunsmith
Barrel Steel and Twist Rate
I’ve had several customers inquire about specifically what type of steel is used in our black phosphate, chrome lined gun barrels. The following should help clarify.
Windham Weaponry uses a modified 4150 Vanadium steel, better known as MIL-B-11595E CMV. Some manufactures call this “4150Mod”. Our barrel steel is not plain “4150”. Described better, it is a CrMoV steel based on the composition of 4150. The addition of Vanadium to the composition greatly increases the impact strength of the steel. Vanadium is used for grain refinement and the enhancement of mechanical properties. The material we use is identical to the material that the military and most other high end manufacturers use.
In these barrels we offer two different twist rates, 1-9 and 1-7. The 1-9 being the most popular. The 1-9 twist is generally good for stabilizing bullets from 45-69 grains. The 1-7 is best for 50-80 grain bullets.
CUSTOMER SERVICE CORNER
Cheryl Eliason, Customer Service Manager
We receive a variety of customer service related questions from our customers, and in order to better serve all of you, highlight one question each month.
This month’s question is:
I just purchased a new Windham Weaponry rifle. Can I shoot both .223 and 5.56 in my rifle?
The basic difference is that 5.56 NATO ammo tends to be hotter than .223 Remington. The leade dimension (freebore before the start of rifling) is longer on a 5.56 chamber, on a .223 chamber it is tighter. Therefore the .223 chamber can develop excessive pressure when a 5.56 NATO round is fired in it.
Our chambers are all safe to fire 5.56 NATO or .223 Remington ammunition in. All our guns have chrome lined chambers with the exception of the VEX rifles which have a stainless steel fluted barrel. These are also marked .223 rather than 5.56. We do this primarily because the chamber is a little tighter and better suited to match grade .223 ammo. While the chamber is tighter than 5.56 in the VEX, the leade is still longer than .223 Remington. We have tested these rifles with 5.56 ammo as well and they are perfectly safe with that ammo too.
FROM THE EDITOR
Karen Fogarty, Asst. to VP Sales & Marketing
I have had 4 different AR type Rifles since getting out of the Army. This past year I was visiting a local Gun Dealer and he had many AR’s on the wall for sale, but only 1 AR-15 (WW CDI) After 45 min. of looking , I left the shop with it, and never looked back. I have fired a few thousand rounds out of it since then, and I have to say, the CDI is the best AR I ever had. The Newsletter is a Great source of information. I like the idea of the Gunsmith’s tips as well. Keep up the great work and the HIGH QUALITY of Craftsmanship. Thanks
Thanks for the newsletter I receive in my email every month. It is one that I look forward to. I want to get my notice in to you guys that out of my AR platform firearms I own my Windham out does them all. Equipped with a Nikon P223 scope it drives tacks. Thanks for a quality product.
I receive a ton of product news letters but yours is the most enjoyable and the one I look forward to reading. I enjoy the family perspective. Keep up the good work. I do own your AR and enjoy the out of box accuracy without working up special loads. Wish you had 1 in 8 twist barrels for heavier loads at long distances.
I recently bought a varmit exterminator by far the best Ar I have ever had keep up the good work. I really can’t begin to describe how well your product stands up towards the competition. I do varmint control as a side job for farmers and it’s the work horse out of them all. A lot of friends are very impressed and they too are looking to buy your product, so thanks to the whole team who puts such great craftsmanship into these rifles.
Bought mine in 2012; have the Vortex Strikefire grn/red dot sight on it. Very satisfied, pic attached from 50/100yds. The shots close/in bulls eye are from a 55gr bullet & the ones further out, are from a 62gr. The sight was zeroed using the 55gr; just shot the 62gr, to see where they would impact. Hoping that your .308 model will be out soon.
The SEAL 1™ CLP Plus® Cleaning Kit is set of” Green Engineered”™ biodegradable, non-toxic, cleaner, lubricant, protectant products to give you the “Tactical Advantage” and keep your rifle functioning in top form. We have found these products – which are made in Maine – highly effective. They liquefy carbon on contact, and quickly remove fouling residues. They leave a micro protective barrier that inhibits copper and lead buildup, and protect against sand, dust and dirt.
The kit includes:
1 – 4 oz. container of our multi-purpose CLP Plus® Gun Care Paste
1 – 4 oz. container of our multi-purpose CLP Plus™ Gun Care Liquid
1 – Package of SEAL 1™ CLP PLUS® Pre-Saturated EZ-Cloth™ (four – 6 ” square cleaning cloths pre-saturated with SEAL 1™ CLPPLUS® paste)
1 – 12″ x 12″ square micro fiber cloth
1 – nylon bristle brush
2 – Portable 2 oz. Tubes of CLP Plus™ Gun Care Liquid – throw them in your range bag for easy cleaning in the field.
Todd J. Coons, VP Law Enforcement Sales
What’s New in LE?
There are so many incredible things about this job, but at the top of the list are meeting great guys and gals from all over the country as I travel for shows.
I was able to attend the National Troopers Picnic in PA this past September and had a chance to meet some of the guys who attended this event. I had the pleasure of being next to the NY State Troopers display and would like to give a shout out to Trooper Robo and Trooper R. Amedure. These two guys went above and beyond to make me feel at home among them.
The show was a huge success as we were able to sell A LOT of rifles from that show.
I would also like to give a huge thank you to South Shore Sportsman and Mike Marinello of Long Island, NY. Mike has been able to help get our Windham Weaponry rifles to officers and departments in NY State.
Below: Officer Paul Pope and his partner, Police Officer Peter Pellegrino, of the Rockville Centre Police Dept. accepting the rifle from the owner of South Shore Sportsman, Mike Marinello.
Featured Employee: Curt Stewart – Phoenix Division
Curt Stewart is the Plant Manager of the Phoenix Division. He was previously the Plant Manager for the Bushmaster Lake Havasu division for 6 years. Curt is known for his easy going demeanor, but not afraid to roll up his sleeves to solve issues and get the job done, all with his signature laugh and smile. Curt is also owner of JC Machine and Motorsports, a full service machine shop and dragster race team. Curt’s hobby in his spare time is racing his Super Comp dragster in Division 7 of the National Hot Rod Association.
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