Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Doing My Part To Stimulate The (Gun) Economy - 2013 Edition (Updated)

Herewith my annual listing of Black Friday or pre-Black Friday deals that are gun, knife, outdoor, tactical, or prep related. In the past I've posted this list later in the week but it seems that a number of retailers aren't waiting to Friday or even Thursday. I will be doing updates through the week as more of the deals are released.

I have included any coupon codes if needed. If you find others, please share them in the comments section.

If you know of other Black Friday sales, please share them in the comments section.

The Old Grouch Military Surplus

I'm giving my friend Tim the place of honor in this list. The Old Grouch's Military Surplus Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sale Starts NOW! Deep Discounts On Select Items & 10% off everything else!


Begins Monday, Nov. 25th at Midnight CST and last for eight days.


Begins on Thanksgiving at 12am CST and end at 11:59pm CST 12/2

Stag Arms

Sale is effective 12:01AM EST November 29, 2013 to 11:59PM EST Dec 1st, 2013. Most items are limited quantity. They will be selling a number of Stag Arms uppers including the 1H, 2H, and 3H. The doorbuster price on the 1H is $395.

Fight and Flight Tactical

Fight and Flight Tactical will be having a 20% off sale from 0001 on Saturday, Nov 30th thru 2359 Monday, Dec 2nd, for Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. Discount code is “stayhomeblackfriday”

Crosman Airguns

BLACK FRIDAY: Benjamin Marauder .25cal – $499.99; Benjamin Marauder .22cal – $479.99; Crosman M4177 (black or tan model) & MK-177 – $59.99

CYBER MONDAY: Benjamin Marauder .177cal – $479.99; MAR177 upper for standard AR lower – $500; Crosman M4177 (black or tan model) & MK-177 – $59.99; …plus 20% off all weekend.

 Bass Pro Shops

The in-store event starts at Bass Pro on Friday at 5am. Their 6-hour sale includes a brick of Winchester .22 LR for $25 and a Ruger 10/22 with LaserMax for $299. They also have a 5-day sale starting on Wednesday which includes a Remington VersaMax for $1,199 and a Ruger 10/22 for $229. 


Black Friday starts at 5am on Nov. 29th. Doorbusters include a Ruger 10/22 with LaserMax for $249, a Sig Sauer 1911-22 for $349, and a Remington 700 ADL with scope for $499. See the preview ad here.

Dick's Sporting Goods

Given their wimpy response post-Newtown, I would not shop there if they were given away bricks of .22 LR and Colt ARs for free. You are on your own for them.

10% off and free shipping. Use promo code "SAVE". Starts on 11/24 and ends on 12/1.

Tactical Distributors

20% off sitewide with promo code "BF20". Starts Wednesday, 11/27 and ends on Monday, 12/2.

OP Tactical

OP Tactical will be running a Black Friday Sale from 12pm EST on 27 NOV until Midnight on 29 NOV. Use promo code "TDAY2013".


Receive 25% off ALL products from SORD. Use promo code "BLKSVZ2012".

 10% off and free shipping. Use promo code "BLACKFRIDAY". Starts on 11/24 and ends on 12/1.

Tractor Supply Co.

On Friday only, they will be selling the Cannon wide body safe for $699. Also of interest to hunters would be their Masterbuilt Electric Digital Smoker, trail cams, and a tent blind.

Daniel Defense

Daniel Defense is featuring rifle-mounted Contour cameras as well as other accessories at 40% off starting today through Monday, December 1st.

TNVC - Tactical Night Vision Company

The TNVC Christmas Sale is going on now through the end of the year. Use promo code "XMAS13" at checkout for substantial discounts on both night vision and lasers.

Gander Mountain

Friday-only specials include the Ruger LCP for $299, the Liberty Revolution 12 gun safe for $349, and the Bushmaster Carbon 15 for $799. Saturday-only deals include the Ruger LC9 with Crimson Trace LaserGuard for $549 and the S&W MP22 .22LR pistol for $379.

Academy Sports and Outdoor

Academy Sports has started early and is a running a pre-Black Friday sale that runs through Wednesday. Some of the items include the Remington VersaMax Sportsmans 12 gauge shotgun for $829, the Walther PPX 9mm for $399, and the Para-USA Expert .45 ACP 1911 for $579.

Sportsman's Warehouse

Their Black Friday sale starts at 6am. Among the items listed are Ruger SR1911s in both Government and Commander models for $599, the Garmin GPSMAP 62s for $199, and 1,000 rounds of Federal American Eagle 55-grain .223 ammo for $399.

Dunham Sports

Their Black Friday sale starts at 8pm on Thanksgiving and goes to 3pm on Friday. Among the items listed are a Bushmaster Optics Ready Carbine for $799, the Remington 770 for $279, and the Cannon Safari 36 gun safe for $549.

Big 5 Sporting Goods

Their Black Friday sale starts at 5am and goes to 4pm on Friday. Among their doorbusters is the Howa Whitetail rifle in either .308 or .223 for $619.

LaRue Tactical

Now through Christmas, they are holding their PolymAR sale. This is to celebrate the finishing of their polymer production facility. They are offering 25% off all individual polymer items and 35% off combo items.



Black Friday sale starts on Tuesday and all Black Friday specials get an automatic 10% taken off when placed in the cart.

The Mako Group

Sale starts on Friday and continues through Cyber Monday. 30% off with promo code "BrightFriday". Items included are the Meprolight reflex sight and the steel E-Lander AR magazines.

Wilson Combat

The sales starts on Tuesday. Items include their excellent 1911 magazines, AR triggers, and holsters.

Sig Sauer

Black Friday sale will feature their Sig516 7.5" and 10" uppers. Other AR accessories are 20% off.

7.62 Design

Black Friday/Cyber Monday starts today (Tuesday). 30% off all products with promo code "PILGRIM13"


Thanksgiving evening sale goes from 8pm until 11:59pm EST. Up to 50% off on select products with promo code "thanks50".

Midwest Gun Works

The promotion starts on Thanksgiving and continues through Monday at midnight CST. Use promo code "BLKFRI" to get free mail shipping on orders under $100 and free UPS Ground on orders over $100.

CalGuns Foundation Store

To celebrate their grand reopening, they are offering free shipping on all orders over $20 and have many items on sale. Even better the proceeds go to support Second Amendment efforts in California.

Gun Digest Books

50% off all Gun Digest books now through Sunday, Dec. 1st.

LA Police Gear

Using promo code FRIDAY11 gets you an additional 11% off through 11/28/13.

UPDATE II: More and more sale notices are being sent out by stores and manufacturers. I'll try to keep up with as many as possible.


Their proshop is offering free shipping on anything ordered through them over the weekend. More importantly, they are offering class discounts.

Gunsite’s ‘Training’ Black Raven Weekend sale is $200 off any 2014 class. Simply fax your application to 928-636-1236 or mail it in with a postmark of November 29– Dec 1, to 2900 W. Gunsite Rd. Paulden, AZ. 86334 or email it to We will not be in the office on Black Raven Weekend, however we will honor all applications received those days.


This Cyber Monday, take advantage of amazing deals on Nosler Rifles! Both new and factory refurbished rifles will be available at prices that won't last. Contact Shawn Finley at or 800-285-3701 ext 1028 to reserve your rifle--but orders will not be accepted until Monday December 2nd, 2013 at 8:30am PST. Limited to on-hand rifles only.

Barrett Rifles

Cyber Monday sale includes their REC 7 5.56 upper and REC 7 mags in 6.8 SPC.

Wing Supply

Black Friday sale includes Mossy Oak Duck Blinds for $239, Drake Interceptor camo pants or shirts for $24.95, and a lot of other duck hunting gear. Sale goes until 12/4.

Bravo Company

Their Black Friday is Going Hot sale includes demo/scratched uppers for $74.95, Surefire 100 round mags for $139, and a lot of other stuff.


Their Pre-Black Friday sales include holsters from Blackhawk, fiber optic sights for the LC9/LC380, and magazines.

Red State Tactical

 Sale includes a number of Daniel Defense uppers, High Speed Gear mag pouches, and the Blue Force Gear Vickers VCAS Sling.

Core Rifle Systems

Free shipping on all orders Friday through Sunday. Includes a number of 300 Blackout uppers and rifles plus Magpul MOE sets for $99. All orders are entered in a raffle to win a Core Rifle in 300 Blackout.

Galco Gunleather

Use promo code "BLACKFRI13" to get 20% off of everything, Thursday through Sunday.

London Bridge Trading

Running from 27 November and ending on 3 December.  70% off all universal camo items in stock. Also they are selling their coyote large wheeled loadout bags for $49. These normally sell for $520.

Vermont's Barre Army Navy

Free shipping on orders above $99 and 20% off of everything if you take their customer survey.

Brous Blades

All in-stock fixed blades are 30% off.

Uncle Sam's Retail Outlet

Save 40% on your whole order on Nov. 29 and 30. (Has great military surplus coming straight from DoD warehouses.)


Use promo code "BLACKCYBER" to get 15% off of soft goods. Excludes firearm accessories. Also buy 3 20-round SCAR 17s mags and get a free T-shirt 11/28 until 12/1.

LaRue Tactical Black Rifle Days

Free shipping on all orders over $200.

Many more tactically oriented Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals can be found at Soldier Systems compilation of deals found here.


  1. is going to have a blow-out sale on AR uppers. I got a complete 16" upper optics-ready upper, with bolt, carrier & charging handle, last year for $325. Prices this year are pretty close to that.

    I have shot this upper a TON-- in excess of 1,500 rounds-- and it is still clicking along.

    Watch for their website to change to Black Friday mode. Usually happens Thanksgiving.

  2. Sportsman's Warehouse: "100 rounds of Federal American Eagle 55-grain .223 ammo for $399."
    Please tell me that's a typo. $4/rd for .223 is not exactly a deal. Is it 1,000 rounds?

  3. Ditto what you said about Dick's. After their Newton reaction, I crossed them off my list of stores. I won't even go them for fishing gear, clothes, nothing. They picked the wrong side. Thing is, we have no alternative Big Sporting Goods store in town. Until Wednesday, when our Bass Pro finally opens!

  4. Thanks for the list! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!!!

  5. How to Hide ‘Treasure’ just in case…….

    Everyone has at least some metallic items they would like to hide away some place for safekeeping. Some are just round precious metal objects, others are hand held items and still others are long pieces.

    Some will say that the time to hide away these items is really the time to bring them out. And while there is a bit of truth to that, it is still wise to have back up items if the need should arise.


    The best method to determine how to hide something is to take the viewpoint of those that would be looking for “Treasure.” Someone looking to find what has been hidden away would most likely look at each one’s personal situation.

    You and the search for your treasure.

    What type of property do you have?

    Do you have a lot of property or do you live in the city? [Note: The ownership of your property is a matter of public record]

    What type of dwelling do you have? Does it have hide-a-way places like basements or crawlspaces?

    Do you have relatives or friends nearby that could hide things for you?

    Do you own any raw land or rent storage space?

    These are all questions that someone looking for your treasure would ask at the beginning of their search to figure out how many options you have to stash things away. Obviously the more options you have the better off you will be. Fewer options location-wise can make it easier for them by narrowing down their search.

    Search methods.

    Once someone has determined where one might keep their stuff, the next step will be to directly search for it. One has to examine any possible search methods to develop strategies to keep things hidden away.

    Searches may simply use their eyes to look for disturbed earth or other indications or resort to some specialty tools. Any search could use any of these methods so it is important that considerations are made for all of them.

  6. Metal detectors.

    Metal detectors operate on the basic principle of electromagnetic induction. A quick search on the web will yield some good overview articles on the subject and put one in good stead on what they face.

    Most detectors can distinguish between ferrous and non-ferrous materials, so it’s important that a mix of both types are used, or at least that one uses similar metals. Ferrous metals for ferrous treasure vice-versa for non-ferrous.

    If most of the treasure items are made of metal, there are really only two ways of avoiding this search method. That would be placing these items out of reach or having sufficient extraneous metal items in the area to render this method useless.

    Since it is difficult to know the detection range of this search method, by default the is only one method to keep items safe from prying induction.

    It would be best to borrow the concept of defense in depth here – instead of having one size and one type of extraneous material; it would be preferable to have different sizes and types of these materials.

    The first type would be small metallic objects that can be spread around the area as a way of masking the true treasure. Small so it is nearly impossible for a potential searcher to sufficiently extract them from the search area, but large enough to be picked up by the detector. While some detectors can filter out junk signals from individual pieces, a fair number of pieces will at least serve to collectively confuse the issue. This is also one of the easiest things to implement – all that is required are metallic bits and they just need to be thrown or scattered about the area that is to be masked.

    These pieces could just be small metallic objects that are cheap and plentiful such as small bit of hardware like nuts and bolts, brass, bottle caps, and small bits of wire.

    The next type are medium to large sized pieces that will throw off the search – pieces of junk, old cans of various metallic composition, etc. While these objects may be large enough to be extracted, they will still bog down the search and protect the treasure.

    The final type would be ‘Simulated’ treasure – items big enough to arouse interest by both metal and ground penetrating radar searches.

    The likelyhood is that treasure will be hidden in certain types of containers – long boxes or pipes could be simulated by similar long boxes or pipes of the same size, shape, and material.

    These simulates need to be filled with metallic objects to look and act like the real thing.

  7. Canine search.

    Several sources have mentioned that dogs that are trained to search for specialty objects, hence this are being included in this paper.

    We can only speculate on what exactly these dogs are searching for. But, the best guess would that they are either following a trail someone would take to their cache or they are searching for the gases and such emanating from the cache.

    Canines have an incredible sense of smell, some K-9’s can distinguish between members of the same family and can pick up a trail that is days old. A person gives off a scent every minute of the day for they’re entire life so there is really no practical and sure way of throwing off this type of search.

    We’ve already discussed the tracking of a person to their treasure – again if this is on their property or a place where they normally hang out, their scent will be in the area so it won’t be that unusual and therefore may not be as useful to the treasure hunters.

    Timing is everything here – if one can sequester their treasure and leave it alone for at least several days it will be difficult for canine searchers to track to the cache. Especially if it’s in an area they normally occupy. The strategy here would be to hide the cache and then make it habit to walk around in the area to saturate it with their scent.

    In the case of having to suddenly stash in their cache it would be best to have been present in the area ahead of time to throw things off in the case of a search.

    As for the canines tracking the various components of a treasure, most likely as with the metal detectors the best thing to do would be to scatter about similarly scented items to make it difficult to find the actual treasure. These could be times that have a similar chemical nature to make it difficult to ‘sniff out’ they cache.

  8. Ground penetrating radar

    The last method they may use would be some form of ground penetrating radar. This method would be very slow, so it stands to reason that someone using this form would wish to narrow down the search area. The methods here would be similar to keeping things safe from the other methods – widening out the potential search area and having other objects to confuse the issue. These similar objects would be pieces that would look like the search item on the display screen of the ground penetrating radar. These could be scraps of pipe or boxes that are set out under ground that would muddy the water so to speak.

    Where to hide things Inside a home or other structure

    Here the key is to look for voids or areas in a dwelling that are normally hollow and could contain hidden ‘gems’ in a structure or in movable objects.

    False walls and floors could be created but these can be found out with simple measuring tools and making them is just extra unnecessary work when these spaces are already present.

    The options will depend on the item size and the amount of accessibility to these items desired

    Basement: the floors and walls of in a basement will not normally contain any hollow spaces but cutting into the basement floor and creating a space here is an option.

    Crawl spaces normally do not have floors so burying something there would work

    There are also small hollow spaces in cinderblock, but the size and accessibility can be a factor here.

    Now, the basement ceiling presents several options – they have naturally have spaces between the joists, there is structure around these spaces to provide support and there is a great deal of this space present in you home making a lot less obvious where your items may be. Heating and cooling ducts are a good choice as long as one beefs up the supporting external structure and contained to keep out moisture dust etc. for the items.

    First and second floors as with the basement, the floors and walls will have normal hollow spaces in which to stealthy ensconce items, in the case of walls the big factor will be access – this will entail the need to open up the wall and then be able to close it up some it isn’t obvious there is an opening.

    Finally there is the attic – almost and inverted versions of the basement – again the floor would provide some good hiding places. One factor here would be the lack of climate control.

    Outside and Above ground

    As with other areas, the priority is to find storage locations that have the space to hide the items and yet not be out of place so that they attract attention to themselves.

    The concepts on hollow spaces in floors, walls, and ceiling of a house are equally applicable to sheds and other out buildings. The best way to find a hiding spaces in other places it to apply the same idea of finding hollow spaces that aren’t out of place like certain types of fence posts or the obvious choice in this regard – hollow trees.

    One last note that hidden treasure is useless if it can’t be found again – so plans have to be made to find it again. There are multiple ways of doing this ranging from simply memorizing these locations to developing coded phrases such as mnemonic devices. A plain text treasure map would most likely not be a good idea for obvious reasons.

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