Major Joe Featherston, USMCR, Ret. recently underwent training with active duty Marine marksmen at Parris Island.  We asked if he would be willing to share his experience as it is an excellent reminder of how important trigger time and even outside training are for firearms ownership.

Thank you to Major Featherston for the following write-up:

On one of the very rare occasions these days, I had the opportunity to return to my ‘roots’ by doing some innovative shooting on the pistol range at MCRD Parris Island where I first fired a Colt .45 for familiarization as a recruit back in 1956. About a dozen men were invited to participate in a one-day training course that covered all of the requirements for a South Carolina Concealed Weapons Permit and was enhanced by a program for all shooters including those already CWP licensed. Although most civilian shooters would likely not utilize most of these elements, it was a great course for the experience.

The program, taught by highly experienced, active duty Marine marksmen, covered a number of subjects including:

Info on concealed weapons

Laws regarding concealed weapons

Situations when and when not to use a weapon


Grip and stance


Trigger Control

Combat pistol positions

Different types of carries

Tactical & Speed reloading

Practical applications of the above

Safety Brief for Live Fire

Shooting Positions with facades

Target grouping exercises at various distances from 3 yards to 15 yards

State Department Qualifications

Shooting with various facades:


                Kneeling around corners strong and weak hand

                Lying down positions

                Seated strong hand

                Driver seat out of window

                Shooting over the car hood

                Clearing one floor of a house (combinations of all stations)

Kel-Tec KSG
Kel-Tec PMR-30, Magnum Research Desert Eagle, FNH Five-Seven
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We are featured today in the Aiken Standard.  Check it out! 

"Two Aiken natives have opened a gun store on the city’s south side that they say reinvents the gun store model.

Crescent Armory, located at 744 Silver Bluff Road, will open its doors on Tuesday. Co-owners John Speer and Wilson Miles grew up in Aiken and then moved away..."

Read the entire article: Aiken natives open gun store | Aiken Standard

With new inventory coming in each day and putting in 14+ hour work days, we are getting closer and closer to our opening date.  We really hope to be open and running by the end of next week or the week after that at the latest. It is exciting to be this close to opening our doors for everyone we have met along the way either personally or who is following us on Facebook.

We are looking forward to bringing the best customer experience for firearms in Aiken and the largest inventory.  Here are some pictures of some of the firearms from our latest shipment.  Stay tuned for more to come.

Some of our Ruger line and a couple Glock "police trade-ins":
A few rifles on our "custom" rifle racks (...can you say custom if you build them yourself?):
Lastly, here are a few of the concealed carry sized firearms we recently got in (including a Glock 42 at the bottom):
We really appreciate everyone's support and patience.  Hang in there, we are almost there...
We're finally on the home stretch and looking forward to opening in the next couple of weeks. All the parts and pieces are coming together and we're running at full steam trying to get the store ready for customers.

3 new rifle racks are in progress, new baseboards are being installed, and a sweet new logo is on our back wall. Also, check out our temporary sign that's up while we wait for our permanent sign to be shipped from Raleigh.

Check out our Facebook page tomorrow for pictures of our first inventory shipment from Smith & Wesson and continuing updates as we receive more inventory and get closer to opening.
Happy Independence Day, America!  We at Crescent Armory want to send out a special “Thank You” to our troops today.  The military has a place close to our hearts, as one of the owners is former Navy and the other is an Army brat.  We know firsthand the sacrifices our military families make and we all owe you a debt of gratitude.  Thanks to all who serve and defend, and to those who support them at home.  Enjoy your cookouts today, don’t drink and drive, and stay safe with those fireworks!

God Bless America!

The crescent has a long history as a symbol of military status and power.  The shape is derived from a piece of armor for protecting the throat and was used on countless battlefields throughout history. In the tradition of this style of armor, military officers during the American Revolution wore a crescent-shaped badge of office known as a “gorget”.  Colonel William Moultrie used the crescent shape of the gorget with the word “Liberty” emblazoned upon it, against a colonial blue background, as the flag of the 2nd South Carolina Regiment.  This flag, known as the “Moultrie Flag,” was raised above an un-named and incomplete fort of earth and palmetto logs defending Charleston Harbor against British attack. The valor of his four hundred men and the spongy yielding nature of the palmetto logs rebuffed the attack of nine warships led by British Admiral Sir Peter Parker against Charleston Harbor on June 28, 1776 and led to the fort being name Fort Moultrie. This victory galvanized the American Revolution in the South and the “Moultrie Flag” became iconic in the Southern Patriots’ struggle for independence, earning the Palmetto Tree and Crescent Moon a hallowed place on the state flag of South Carolina. These efforts and the efforts of other patriots throughout history enable us to celebrate America's Independence 238 years later. It is because of this proud South Carolina heritage that we have chosen the name Crescent Armory. Happy Birthday America!

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - A new Georgia law goes into effect Tuesday, giving people more rights when it comes to guns.

"It makes it much easier for people to legally carry a firearm and clears up misunderstanding in the law," said Donald Edwards, a guns rights activist.

House Bill 60, or the Safe Carry Protection Act of 2014, specifies where Georgia residents can carry weapons.

"The constitution, we feel, is pretty clear," Edwards said. "The right of the Second Amendment says that the right to keep and bear arms shouldn't be infringed."

The bill includes provisions that allow Georgians who have concealed carry permits to take guns into some bars, churches, school zones, government buildings and certain parts of airports.

Read more at: http://www.wfxg.com/story/25910497/new-ga-gun-laws-to-go-into-affect-july-1st


Formerly "Peach Tree" in the Centre South Shopping Center, some interior work was needed as you can see below.  The half-walls are down, holes are patched, and walls are starting to get some fresh paint. 

As you look at our pictures and see Crescent Armory begin to take shape, it would be great to start getting some input from you on what you are most looking forward to seeing on the shelves at Crescent Armory.  Please leave some comments on our Facebook page or on our Blog "Stocking Crescent Armory".  After all, supplying your needs is one of our primary focuses.

Before pictures.  Wallpaper for a gun store?- No. 
Lots of construction debris.  You can see the gray paint going up in this picture.  Things are coming along.