Military Must-Haves for Us Nonmilitants

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In this week’s No Lowballers podcast by GoWild sponsored by, we’re talking about modern military firearms that have recently become available for civilians.

In this week’s No Lowballers podcast by GoWild sponsored by, we kick off our brand-new show with Logan Metesh of High Caliber History and Allen Forkner from in the No Lowballers Podcast. We give a small taste of what’s to come and why you’re not going to want to miss this show each week.

Today we’re talking about modern military firearms with a few favorites that are now available for purchase by the general public on We chat about how some firearms were brought to the public from the military, along with some that first came from civilians to the military. How do these military-grade guns make their way into the civilian market?

The SIG Sauer MCX-Spear is all the hotness these days. We have a first-hand look at the SIG-MCX rifle. Most models on the market come with a two-position gas valve with a small number that made it out with the single, self-regulating value and two barrels to shoot the 5.56 and 300 Blackout rounds. There’s a heap of these rifles available for a great obtainable price right now if you’re interested! You can scoop one up through winning an auction or through a straight sale.

Is there a shift from small calibers in high-capacity magazines toward larger rounds in smaller frames? What are some of the differences between offensive versus defensive weapons?

Along those lines, we also brought out a SIG Sauer M17 pistol. Prices are all over the place on these but civilians are finding them. This is a popular surplus gun. We get into what exactly that means to be a military surplus item. How close are the models issued to the military to those available to civilians? We also learn about the naming convention behind SIG and other military firearm manufacturers. What makes a gun collectable and what does do for the firearm collector community. If you want to learn about the history of your surplus firearm, there is a way to find it … listen in to find out how!

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