Vol. 5 / Issue #10 / Oct. 2016


Mark at SFGC




Mark Eliason, VP Sales & Marketing
Somehow, the Summer has left us and we’re well into Fall. The foliage in Maine is at peak throughout much of the State, and many folks are thinking “hunting”!
If you’re looking for an AR platform rifle with big game knockdown power, the Windham Weaponry 7.62x39mm SRC is the answer. As our featured firearm for this month (just below), its ready for the hunt as soon as you add your favorite optic, scope, or accessory sights. With a highly accurate chrome lined 16″ barrel, it combines light weight (just over 6 lbs.) with “quick to target” carbine handling. Because its a familiar AR platform rifle, it’ll accept all the aftermarket AR accessories hunters demand – and we have the 5 round hunting mags you need. The adjustable length 6 position telestock and fairly soft recoil of the 7.62 round also make it a great gun for the youth hunters. Proof of that is in the Customer Feedback section below where a Maine boy – barely 8 years of age – shows the Black Bear he bagged!
The Windham Weaponry 7.62x39mm SRC – as well as all our rifles and accessories – can be seen at www.windhamweaponry.com or call us for a free catalog (1-855-808-1888).
As always, hunt and shoot safely, and feel free to contact us with any AR related questions.

This Month’s Feature Rifle:
Windham Weaponry 7.62x39mm SRC 





MSRP: $1,056.00



Caliber: 7.62×39 mm
Weight/Length: 6.15 lbs without magazine. / 36.125″ overall (32.375″ with Telestock collapsed)


Type:  Rifle, Semi-Automatic, Gas Impingement System
Magazine: 30 Rounds (accepts all standard AR platform sizes)
Receiver: Forged 7075 T6 aluminum flat top upper receiver with Aluminum Trigger Guard
Receiver Finish: Hardcoat Black Anodize Finish
Bolt:  Carpenter 158 Steel
Barrel:  16″ M4 Profile, Chrome Lined with A2 Flash Suppressor
Barrel Material: 4150M Chrome Moly Vandium 11595E Steel
Rifling: 1 x 9.5″ Right Hand Twist
Stock/Forend: 6 Position Telestock with WW Logo / M4 Double Heat Shielded Handguards
Pistol Grip: A2 Black Plastic Pistol Grip
Rear Sight: None – Ready for Optics or other type accessory sights
Front Sight: None – Picatinny Rail Gas Block – Ready for accessory sight
Includes: Lockable hard plastic case, black web sling, full color Operation & Safety Manual, Transferable Lifetime Warranty
See your local FFL Dealer to purchase.

Erik at his bench
Erik Winter, Windham Weaponry Gunsmith
TOPIC: Gas Key Removal & Replacement


Sometimes it is necessary to replace the gas key on an AR15 if it becomes damaged or plugged or if a gas key screw is broken.  I’ve seen blown primers get wedged down inside which turns the rifle into a single shot. Most times it is impossible to remove it so replacement of the key and screws is necessary. Also damage to the key can happen if the carrier is dropped on the key.

Since the keys are usually pretty heavily staked on, removing the screws isn’t always as simple as just using an Allen wrench and taking them out. Here’s what I do to remove and replace a gas key.

Always wear safety glasses when doing this!

First disassemble the Bolt Carrier. Then put a small grinding stone in a Dremel tool.


Right on top of the stake carefully grind through the staking and slightly into the screw. You need to relieve the area where the steel is pushed into the screw

Do this to all four stakes.


Remove the screws. In this case the front screw came right out with no problems.

The rear screw however still did not want to budge. If it doesn’t want to come, out apply torch heat to the screw and surrounding area. Usually a little heat will help you loosen the screw. It’s important not to damage the screw head. If this happens and the Allen wrench can no longer get a bite on the screw, then you will need to drill the entire screw out. It can be done but you will need a very hard drill bit, so try to avoid that.

Remove the key and screws and discard.


Clean the mating surfaces of the carrier and the new replacement gas key. If there is any carbon build up use a solvent and a brush to get all of it off. Also if there is carbon build up in the gas hole (the hole ahead of the screw holes), clean all of that out as well.

Screw the new gas key into place and snug the screws down. You can do this by hand if you just snug them up good and tight, but if you have access to an inch pounds torque wrench, that is best.
The mil-spec torque is supposed to be between 50-58 inch pounds.

To re-stake the key, I have the luxury of using the gas key press we use on the Production Floor. You most likely will not have access to one of those, so you can stake the key by using a cold chisel to push the edges of the gas key into the screws, or you can use a center punch on top of the gas key next to the screws.

If you ever have questions about your rifle, you are always welcome to call Windham Weaponry Customer Service (Toll Free: 1-855-808-1888). Shoot Safely!


Cheryl E

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 purchased a Windham Weaponry Model WW-15, I don’t see that Model Number in your list of rifles on the website?


MOD. WW-15 is stamped on all of our aluminum AR-15  CAL .223/5.56 lower receivers.  It is Windham Weaponry’s designation for the AR-15 style rifle.

Your rifle part number is not stamped on the rifle. If you do not see your rifle listed on our website or in the catalog it may be a variation we build based on one of our standard models.
With your Serial Number, we’ll be happy to look that Model Number up for you to determine the exact build of your rifle. Just contact Customer Service by Email:  information@windhamweaponry.com  or call us toll free at 855-808-1888 with your serial number (it’s the number stamped into the magazine well after two letters on the lower receiver).









Matt Hasty, Retail Sales Manager


Elftmann Drop-In Single Stage Match Trigger for .308/AR10 Rifles
Part Number: 8448592-308-ELF
Price: $ 249.95
The ELF Drop-In AR-10 Trigger has been built to withstand the punishment of high powered calibers. Its the only AR trigger using aircraft needle bearings for an incredibly smooth and fast trigger pull. The heavy hammer combined with .043 double double wound polished piano wire hammer spring ensures full ignition of any ammo including .308 and 7.62×39. Pull weight from 2 3/4 lbs. to 4 lbs. is easy to adjust – can be done in seconds without removing the trigger from your lower receiver. This strong, light trigger system is made of wire EDM machined, hardened A2 tool steel and lightweight aircraft-grade aluminum. Installation can be done in minutes using your AR’s original hammer and trigger pins. The amazingly short takeup, glass-rod crisp break and next to zero over-travel can be compared to the finest custom 1911 triggers. 100% made in America with a Lifetime Guarantee by Elftmann.
* Fits any mil-spec AR-15 (Large pin Colt available)
* Absolutely Drop-Safe regardless of pull-weight
* Exclusive double double wound hammer spring and heavy hammer ensure proper ignition of any ammunition
* Very short pull and reset allows for rapid follow up shots and greater accuracy
* Sturdy trigger assembly designed for rugged, trouble-free use – made of lightweight aircraft-grade aluminum and hardened steel
* Unique design of disconnect allows full 1/4″ width eliminating possibility of wear and double-firing
* High performance trigger and hammer needle bearings for smoother and faster firing 
Want to Order? or If You Have Questions? 
Call Customer Service / Sales  1-855-808-1888



Todd C

Todd J. Coons, VP Law Enforcement & International Sales
I would like to thank all of you out there that have taken advantage of the Fall Sale I’ve been having on our 30 caliber rifles. Please know this special will stop at the end of October. I would also like to thank all of you that have sent in your hunting success photos! As you can see in this newsletter we have a few that we thought we would share with everyone. 



As many of you know, we are now coming into show season. I’m going to be attending the following shows over the next few months. I’ll be at the Tennessee Training Officers Association Show from November 13th to the 15th. Then, I’ll be flying to Orlando SWAT on November 15th and will be there for the week. I’ll be with GT Distributors at Orlando SWAT so please come by the show and look us up. I’ll be heading to Vegas for the NFR Rodeo finals the first week of December and off to SHOT Show the week of January 16th.
Please keep in mind that if your department or agency is looking to custom build rifles and if you have firearms to trade, PLEASE reach out to my assistant Cindy Thompson:
 Cthompson@windhamweaponry.com  or me, Todd, at  Tcoons@windhamweaponry.com  as we would LOVE to work with you.
Thank you all for your support.



Stay safe out there,
Todd J. Coons
Vice President, Law Enforcement & International Sales 


Rifle Raffle WINNERS!
Your may remember items in previous newsletters where we set up a 
Support Raffle for our employee & friend, Karen Fogarty…



Karen Fogarty was struck from behind by an uninsured motorist while riding her Harley on May 21st. 
A Fundraiser was established to help her through her difficult and expensive recuperation time. I’m pleased to report that Karen has come back to work at Windham Weaponry and we’re delighted to have her back.
1st Prize Winner:  Steve A. from Spokane, WA
 Donated from the private collection of John DeSantis, former CEO of Bushmaster Firearms…
A 20″ DPMS .308 with Leupold Scope; Magpul Adjustable Stock; 
Carbon Fiber Handguard; Ambi Safety and Mag Release
2nd Prize Winner:  Susan W. from Standish, ME
Donated from the private collection of Mark Eliason, V.P. of Sales & Marketing at Windham Weaponry… 
A 24″ Windham Weaponry .223 VEX Wood Stock Series Varminter 

3rd Prize Winner:  Byron S. from Fort Collins, CO




Donated by Shannon & Mike Beton of Civil Arms…
A 16″ Daniel Defense 5.56mm DD Custom Rifle with Railed Handguard




I know I speak for Karen, and everyone at Windham Weaponry, 
when I say THANKS to all who showed their support! 


CUSTOMER FEEDBACK  In this Section, we encourage our customers & friends to send us their comments, photos and experiences with Windham Weaponry products. What are you doing with your Windham?


A great Maine bear hunting story…
Hi there,
This is Sarah & Jeremy from Bethel Bait Tackle & More. Our son Oliver shot this 181 lb. Black Bear – guided by Bear River Guide Service with hounds in Bethel Maine on October 10th, 2016 with a Windham Weaponry SRC in 7.62×39 – with a butt pad, open sights, and 5 round magazine. Oliver was just about to turn 8 years old. This rifle was the most accurate, with the least recoil for his size. He delivered a kill shot to the left front shoulder. They changed the hunting age limit this year so we believe him to be the youngest hunter to bag a black bear with this rifle!
Thanks so much for sharing,
Sarah, Jeremy, & Oliver
Bethel Bait Tackle & More


Two days later, Sarah emailed again…
Hi – I got my Bear this morning! – with the same Windham 7.62×39 SRC!
The crew put the bear on the Rock for me. The bear was in deep woods on the side of a mountain it would have been an uphill drag. We cut it and quartered it in the woods, and hiked it out in backpacks. We estimate 200 lbs. Oliver’s was closer to the road so it was drag-able. I’ll be processing the meat tonight!
– Sarah
By the way…. 


If you check out  http://www.bethelbait.com  you’ll see that Sarah is an accomplished wildlife artist. Her works appear on a variety of interesting mediums: wood slabs; antique saw blades; moose antlers; Adirondack chairs; axe handles; etc. Nice work Sarah!




Another fan of the SRC…


I own the SRC. Think its the best, most versatile rifle I have ever owned. Only thought I might have, would be a take-down in same type i.e. compact & portable. I thank you for being such a fine family.
Carl E. Morrow



To send items, please email:  newsletter@windhamweaponry.com   We look forward to hearing from you!


The Windham Indoor Shooting Range & Retail Store is coming up on its One Year Anniversary on Nov. 19th! 
We’re planning some exciting events to mark the date, so look for further information in coming newsletters and email blasts.  
Here is the link where you can buy tickets to the 

Windham Weaponry SRC 1st Anniversary Rifle Raffle:

Buy Raffle Tickets Now!

Remember, all proceeds go to help support Local Food 
Pantries – THANKS, & Good Luck…


The Windham Indoor Shooting Range
where “Training Begins at the Door.”


For complete information see:  www.windhamindoorshootingrange.com
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Contact Us:


Windham Weaponry, Inc.
999 Roosevelt Trail
P.O. Box 1900


Windham, ME  04062  
Tel: 207-893-2223
Fax: 207-893-1623


Phone Sales/Customer Service:
Toll Free: 1-855-808-1888



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