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Free Introduction to Firearm Safety for Children!

Event January 10, 2018

We are excited to announce that we will have a booth devoted to Firearm Safety for Children at our Jan 20th show!    Classes will run every 30 minutes starting at 9:30 AM.   Children will leave with a Certificate of Completion and a Sticker!

Sign your child up, drop them off and go shop with our Vendors!  Or, ladies can pop right next door to our Women Only Booth, enter to win our Women’s Give Away and visit with our Licensed Instructors… all Women!

More information coming soon!

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UGE & Well Armed Women Present Intro to Firearms / Safety / Awareness / Self Defense For Women by Women!

Event January 10, 2018

Ladies!  Are you interested in Firearms but hesitant to sign up for a class because it can be a little intimidating?    UGE gets it!   We want to help!   Make sure to stop by our Ladies only booth at our Jan. 20th Show!    Get information on Introduction to Firearms, Safety, Situational awareness and more!    This booth is for women only and staffed by women only!   We will have an array of firearms for you to handle, lots of information presented by Women, an array of self-defense products and ideas…. and while you are there, register for our Basket of Goodies Give Away!

 

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JANUARY 20 EXHIBITOR SLOTS NEARLY SOLD-OUT!

Event January 6, 2018

If you want to sell your products at our upcoming January 20th gunshow, or have not paid for your booth, don’t wait!  Get your slot confirmed now.  We are nearly SOLD-OUT.

Exhibitor Information Packet ——  > CLICK HERE

UtahGunExchange exhibitor says, “I sold more product in one day at the UtahGunExchange Gunshow than I did in two days at the Crossroads show.”

This gunshow is going to be incredible!  We have attractions never before seen at Gunshows.  Love it!

Spreading the cause of freedom from the 2nd Amendment Capital of the United States 🇺🇸

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Next Gun Show is January 20th, 2018!

Event January 3, 2018

We are excited to announce our next gun show on January 20th, 2018! You don’t want to miss this family friendly event. It is going to be huge with many unique displays and surprise reveals, most never seen before by the general public!

Bring your family and friends out for a day of fun including bounce houses, face painters, magicians, a rock climbing wall, and free food & drinks. Sign your kids up for one of our classes while you enjoy the show!

UGE and our vendors will be offering everything from but not limited to:

  • Firearms/accessories/ammo
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Women’s Products
  • Water and Food Storage
  • Women’s Classes- Introduction to firearms, safety, self-defense and awareness (Taught by Women, For Women Only)
  • Children’s Classes- Introduction to firearms/ safety

VENDORS – Download a vendor information packet by clicking HERE

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A Look Back at Our First Gun Show

Event January 3, 2018

Take a look back with us at our first Gun Show from September 30th, 2017! It was a huge success, with vendors exceeding their sales from larger, 2-day gun shows! Attendees thoroughly enjoyed the family friendly atmosphere, free activities and food.

Utah Gun Exchange is committed to continually bringing family friendly events to our community along with promoting local and veteran owned businesses.

Our next show is January 20th, 2018. We hope to see you there, along with your family and friends! Click our Facebook Event Page for more information!

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Seeking Local Media Relationships

Work with us January 3, 2018

UtahGunExchange.com is seeking to establish working relationships with local media companies incuding radio, TV, and print.  

Specifically, we would like to collaborate in joint marketing operations targeting like-minded demographics.  If you own or work for a Utah radio station, television station, or print distribution … we want to talk to you!  Except KNRS …. boo!!!

UtahGunExchange has siginificant viewership and a substantial base of loyal followers.  Our community is loyal to liberty, and will fight for our collective cause.  

Media companies will enjoy the benefit of a loyal and greater audience driven by UtahGunExchange.  You will also be featured on our website, at our gunshows, and receive a free advertising booth to promote your brand.

In return, media companies will promote UtahGunExchange.  Financial arrangements welcome.

Please email workwithus@utahgunexchange.com to start the dialogue!

Thank you!

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Seeking Social Media Influencers

Work with us January 3, 2018

UtahGunExchange.com is seeking to establish relationships with social media influencers in Utah that have a following in excess of 100,000 subscribers.  Influencers should be publishing relevant content and have an interest in working with UtahGunExchange and spreading information relevant to our website and/or our social media pages.

UtahGunExchange can contribute value to the influencer in many ways.  Please email workwithus@utahgunexchange.com and tell us about yourself.  You can also visit the UtahGunExchange Facebook page and submit a private message.

Provide information about:

1.  Yourself

2.  Your channels and followers

3.  Your content

4.  How you think we can perform marketing operations together
Thank you!

https://www.facebook.com/UtahGunExchange/

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Hiring Social Media Monetization Master!

Work with us December 18, 2017

Utah Gun Exchange is seeking like-minded, knowledgeable, and passionate associates to work with us on our projects.

We are seeking to hire a “Social Media Monetization Master”

Basically, we want to hire the Rambo of social media!  Responsibility is to establish, maintenance, and monetize any and all forms of relevant social media opportunities.  This includes YouTube, FaceBook, Instagram, and anything else that gun guys wouldn’t know about.

Trust me, we can create more insane quality content then you can imagine.  You need to deliver it to extreme masses quickly and inexpensively.  And, most importantly, create revenue!

As the Social Media Monetization Master, you will be responsible to:

  1. Create and narrate a compelling social media monetization road map to success. This also includes an economic pro-forma.
  2. Establish and communicate budgets, timelines, and measurable milestones in support of the agreed upon monetization road map.
  3. Execute the project and maintenance long term.
  4. Set expectations, and meet the expectations you establish.
  5. Spread your passion for the 2nd Amendment across the land via social media!

Please submit your application in the form of an email to workwithus@utahgunexchange.com and please include:

  1. Resume
  2. Stories of past relevant work experience and or visuals
  3. Brief reasons you think you are right for this insane awesome opportunity.

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Seeking Photographer, Videographer, Editor

Work with us December 8, 2017

Utah Gun Exchange is seeking like minded, knowledgeable, and passionate associates to work with us on our projects.

We are seeking an individual, or individuals, that would like to join us to photo / video / edit / publish and also participate in our incredible movie and film making activities.  You will have access to the Utah Gun Exchange management crew and our incredible line-up of firearms and equipment.

In short, this is a heck of a lot of fun for people with the right expertise that could also turn into a bigger opportunity.  Initially, you will provide your own video and editing equipment.  Good results will yield profitable future opportunity.

Please submit your application in the form of an email to workwithus@utahgunexchange.com

Include:

  1. Resume
  2. Examples of your previous work product
  3. Brief reason you believe you are the right choice.

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Opportunities to work with UGE

Work with us December 4, 2017

downloadUtah Gun Exchange is looking for members of our community to work with us to grow and provide a better experience to everyone. This section will provide information on different areas that we would love the opportunity to work with you. Stay tuned!

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The ATF actually wants to ban ALL 5.56 ammo, not just green-tip.

Commentary March 17, 2015

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by Kenny Barlow
Co-Founder, Utah Gun Exchange

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The outpouring of opposition from frustrated sportsmen and shooters saved our 5.56 ammo, right? Wrong.

According to ATF Director B. Todd Jones, the ATF move to ban 62 grain surplus 5.56 ammo isn’t over; it is just temporarily “suspended” with a possible plan for expansion.

During the Senate Appropriations Committee on Commerce, Justice, and Science meeting last Thursday (March 12, 2015), Director Jones thought he was just going to have another mundane funding increase request but instead found himself pressed by Committee Chair Senator Richard Shelby (R – AL) on his concerns of the ATF veering into the legislative realm.

From there the Director’s candid responses  seemed all too telling.

As Jim Shepherd from The Shooting Wire (read original article here) reports:

[Senator] Shelby summarized the BATFE’s 2016 $1.3 billion budget request as a $60 million dollar increase over 2015, then flatly remarked: “I am interested in how the agency would use this increased funding, particularly in light of recent complaints from hunters and sportsmen who believe that ATF overstepped its authority by attempting to ban certain ammunition from recreational use.”

Shepherd reports that Jones told the Committee that the effort to ban green-tip wasn’t over:

…he made it very clear that the matter of military surplus ammunition in 5.56 was far from closed. In fact, the characterized the status as “suspended” not withdrawn.

But does it stop at green-tip? Far from it. Director Jones actually took aim at a much wider and far more popular group of ammo:

When Jones was questioned on what Shelby characterized as an “overreach” of authority by ATF earlier this week, he didn’t retreat. Instead, Jones used the opportunity to tell Sen. Shelby’s subcommittee that, because of the growth of AR-style pistols, he now considered “Any 5.56 round to be a challenge to officer safety.”

He then asked lawmakers to help in a review of the 1986 bill written to protect officers from armor-piercing (“cop killer”) rounds. That measure largely exempted 5.56 and a variety of other ammunition because it was used by target shooters and not in weapons readily used by criminals.

That’s right, folks, he said “any 5.56 round”.  He doesn’t find just M855 ammo dangerous, he finds ALL 5.56 rounds to be the problem and then asked lawmakers to revisit the 5.56 armor piercing exemption.  Removing the 5.56 exemption means a de facto ban on AR-Style rifles and pistols because sure you can buy the AR but what good is it if you can’t buy any 5.56 for it? And certainly while this may not withstand judicial scrutiny as “reasonable restrictions”, just like the interstate handgun purchase ban, I’d rather we nip this overreach in the bud now then down the road with drawn out court battles.

This battle for our 5.56 ammo is far, FAR from over.  As Shepherd points out:

Jones candidly stated that – especially with the sales popularity of the AR-style pistol, he considered all 5.56 ammo a threat…

And this administration has shown little reluctance to take unilateral action-especially if it meant being able to make life even more difficult for law-abiding gun owners.

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Everything You Need to Know About the ATF Ammo Ban, and What to Do About It.

In the News February 15, 2015

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ATF proposed ban on 5.56 caliber, SS109 and M855 Ammunition

As most everyone knows now, the ATF has proposed a ban on what they consider to be armor piercing ammunition in 5.56, SS109 and M855 that were previously not considered part of the “armor piercing” ammo ban.

There is a tremendous amount of confusion, misinformation and outright lies about the proposal and I hope to clear some of that up today.
Should we be freaking out? YES! This sporting purposes clause is the root of this new attack on our rights and it is strictly an anti-gun measure. As part of the Gun Control Act of 1968 the sporting purposes clause was made into law, largely with the support of domestic firearms manufacturers to reduce cheaper overseas ammo from being imported. This in a nutshell said that only sporting guns could be imported and that “sporting” capability was determined by a points system that was completely arbitrary, at best.
We have numerous instances of case law that state emphatically that the 2nd is NOT about sporting or hunting. In fact US v Miller states very clearly that the ONLY weapons protected by the 2nd are the ones readily suitable by use for the organized and unorganized militia. But the sporting purposes clause is just one more piece of unconstitutional law passed by the Congress and signed into law by LBJ.

Now those saying we should arrest Obama for this because he did this unconstitutional act by executive order. Sigh. He has NOTHING to do with this. Thank LBJ who signed it into law. There is plenty that Obama HAS done, but this is not on him. And as for the Constitutionality of the ruling, it is in fact constitutional. Try looking here.
CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES RELATED TO THE USE OF ADMINISTRATIVE SANCTIONS

And here
Delegation of Legislative Power

You can thank Congress for giving ALL regulatory agencies the power they have with no legislative oversight. These agencies can in fact make legal rulings that comply with the law, and the GCA 1968 is in fact law. They have used that law to restrict many things, ammo is the easiest target.

Now this came about because many in the gun community thought we were being clever. I have a friend in government that warned me over a year ago that they were going after the ammo. He is also the one that told me about the arm brace before the ATF ruled on it and it became mainstream. His words to me then were (after sitting in a conference in DC where ATF was there and they said very clearly their intent to do so through ways that were not overtly public and they would be pursuing every avenue available to them). They approved the arm brace and worded the Tech Branch letter KNOWING that the American public would see this as a way around the NFA and paying for an SBR’s tax stamp. Low and behold, they were right. So the AR pistols flooded the market making them mainstream.

Now it is important to remember a few precedents about rifle caliber pistols. Olympic Arms screwed us royally by making an AR pistol in 7.62X39 in the early 90’s. The result was the banning of steel core AK ammo that could be had for $75 per 1,000 delivered. It also left tens of millions of rounds of ammo sitting in customs warehouses that could not be sold, bankrupting some of the biggest importers. Last year the ATF ruled that the AK pistols in 5.45X39 were readily available so they banned the cheaper and more deadly 7N6 round from importation. Now, thanks to the popularity of the arm brace they have found the cause they need under the sporting purposes clause to ban the SS109 and M855. And worst of all, I am told that is EXACTLY what their intent was the whole time. And I believe it. They killed the unrestricted use of the arm brace and made pistol ARs pistols again, and had the tools they needed to move forward with the ammo ban.
What this does is ban the importation or sale of what they consider AP ammo to civilians. What you have is legal, but you can’t buy anymore. This is the most common surplus round out there for the 5.56. The goal is twofold. Raise ammo prices, and keep “dangerous” ammo out of civilian hands. For the safety of the police of course. And the children. We must do it for them and if you don’t agree you are a bad person (Insert violent barfing here, but we know that is their party line). That is another absurdity that we must not allow ourselves to be drug into a debate on since it is meant to distract us from the real issue.

We need to get this insane legislation overturned because the legislation is unconstitutional. They way they are using it unfortunately is completely legal. In order to see what defines their AP ammo, you have to look closely at the wording. Most if it has to do with the composition of the core, and the weight of the jacket vs the total weight of the round. That alone is a determining factor of the danger of the ammo, not actual real world ballistics. In the 70’s many companies had to import their snub nosed revolvers and put the 4” barrel on them so they could leave the customs warehouse, only to take them off and put short ones back on because it did not pass the sporting purposes test. Here is a letter from renowned NFA attorney Mark Barnes.

THE SPORTING PURPOSES TEST, AND ATF’S NEW POLICY

The sporting purposes test is law, and a very bad one at that. While it is in direct opposition to the intent of the Constitution, it is the law of the land that we need to attack. We need the entire GCA 68 and FOPA of 86 repealed. We need legislative oversight on all regulatory agencies. Until we get those things, the ATF and other agencies have a million and one ways to screw over the people under badly written laws. We can blame a lot of people for these laws, but the fact is they need to be changed. That should be the biggest focus of any citizen. So write the letters to the ATF and Congress. Be polite, concise, and factual. It does make a small difference; we kept Saiga 12ga shotguns from being made into DDs by doing this.

The ATF has said that they “will carefully consider all comments, as appropriate, received on or before March 16, 2015” at this email address:
APAComments@atf.gov

Consider using the following template:

Subject line: Proposed Ammo Ban

To Whom It May Concern;

I am writing to express my opposition to the proposed administrative ban of lawful ammunition, namely M855 or SS109 commonly known as “green tip.” This ammunition uses a 62 grain projectile that has a steel core component. This ammunition was designed in the cold war era to penetrate eastern bloc helmets and body armor. It is ineffective against the modern body armor available to, and commonly used by law enforcement and the military. It has no armor piercing properties. This ammunition has become an inexpensive sporting round used by many in AR15 and other modern sporting rifles.

This administrative ban by BATFE regulation is another affront to the liberty and rights of the citizens of the United States. We have suffered continuous bureaucratic regulation and arbitrary rule changes that impose an undue burden upon the law abiding citizen. Such regulation is put in place without legislative endorsement or judicial oversight. This proposed regulation will not serve to enhance public safety or deter criminals. It will simply create yet another hardship on citizens using it for lawful purposes, and ammunition manufacturers.

Sincerely,
Your Name here

We CAN beat this and then we need to go after our elected representatives and get the sporting purposes clause gone from our law books. It is our biggest enemy, and can be interpreted as they see fit since they can change the rules as they go along.

About the Author:
James is a former armorer for the US Army Special Forces and has been an SOT holder (NFA Manufacturer) for nearly twenty years. He is finishing his Bachelors Degree in Paralegal studies this quarter and will finish his Bachelors in Criminal Justice in March of 2016.

Edit: To learn about the definition and components of the ammo in question read the “Performance” section of this wikipedia link.

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AR Building Insights

Commentary October 26, 2014

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This week was an exciting one that started with assembling my first modern sporting rifle, from start to finish, by myself, and ended with a club handgun match hosted by the Utah Defensive Pistol League. (There was also a trip to the SilencerCo factory for a political fundraiser that can be read about in an earlier post) This week was packed, but I want to share some insights on assembling an AR…

Despite having seen multiple gunsmiths build AR’s in front of me in the past, I was still forced to watch several YouTube videos on the subject and they were played, rewound, fast forwarded, and paused over the course of about 3 hours, but I got it done. I’ve heard some folks say that the bottom has dropped out of the AR-15 market in comparison to the crazy demand for them this time two years ago, and it’s evident as parts are very affordable right now, so I stocked up. I bought barrels and uppers from Palmetto State Armory, as well as the lower parts kits, Magpul MOE stocks & grips, and three nickel boron bolt carrier groups. I purchased the handguards and vertical grips from Primary Arms, and finally bought the carbon fiber composite lower from Utah’s own, Tegra Arms. It weighs less than 4 oz and is tough as nails — “It’s not plastic!”photo 2 

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While not difficult to assemble once I knew what went where, I quickly learned that there are quite a few tools that I still needed to purchase, like roll pin starters and punches, as well as a vice grip upper and lower “holders” to keep your upper and lowers from getting mangled in the vice grip when tightening up the barrel and buffer tube. A torque wrench, an AR-15 armorer’s tool, a small rubber mallet, standard wrenches and standard punches also come in handy. I only owned half of the required tools, so after purchasing the rest via Amazon,  my build costs went up significantly, despite the great prices on some of the build components.

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Needless to say, it was a lot of fun and once I finished the first build, I could hardly wait to start on the second, which took me half as long as the first and didn’t require me to reference YouTube any longer.  

I then built a 3rd one, but got a little more creative, thinking I’d like to have a “bump in the night”, lightweight AR that could also second as a very fast 3-Gun competition rifle. This time I enlisted the help of the guys at Darkside Tactical in Draper where I bought a lightweight profile, polygonal, Blackhole Weaponry 16″ barrel and attached a Primary Weapons System FCS556 muzzle break.  Then we added a mid-length gas tube attached to an Allstar Tactical .75 low profile gas block that tucked neatly inside the Magpul MOE midlength handguard. While again using a carbon fiber lower from Tegra Arms in Orem, UT,  the upper came from a company out of Sandy, UT called Crosshill Technologies — their XSR-15 Receiver is made from billet 7075 T6 grade aluminum, and features ambidextrous side charging handles attached to a proprietary Nickel Boron bolt carrier group.  xsr-15-side-charging-upper-receiversI met these guys a few weeks ago at a “customer appreciation event” held at the Gun Vault range in South Jordan and was really impressed, so when Darkside Tactical had one in stock, I thought it would be a perfect fit for this build. Then I added a Magpul MOE stock, a CMMG lower parts kit which I have since polished with a dremel and Brasso–it feels great now. (I might add a Geissele trigger later–I have a “3-Gun Enhanced” trigger on another build that I love, but Geissele’s are pricey) added the MOE pistol grip and then put it on the scale: It only weighed 5.95 lbs!

photo 2 (2)For some additional irony a friend suggested that I try to get it to even lighter and weigh in at 5.56 lbs. . CHALLENGE ACCEPTED.

SO, to drop the weight further, I’ve ordered a Magpul MOE SL handguard, a Mission First Tactical BMS stock, a Primary Weapons System lightweight enhanced buffer tube, a JP Tuned and Polished buffer spring, and a Spike’s ST-T2 Tungsten buffer, and the Magpul MOE Plus pistol grip–because it’s my favorite.  In keeping with the spirit of this build, I’d like to put a VERY lightweight optic for CQB, but I’m not opposed to a 1x magnification red dot or even a 1-4x…Let me know in the comments below what optic you think I should put on this.

Once the new parts arrive, I’ll be sure to post up finished pics along with a full shooting report.

I’m now finishing up a fourth build this afternoon, also with a Tegra Arms lower and a hodgepodge of new, but cannibalized parts from other rifles that I’ve owned. It’s fully assembled, minus a buffer tube and a pistol grip, which will be available once the aforementioned parts for my lightweight build arrive and I swap those current parts onto this one. I did change it up a bit though, as this one has a Troy battle flash hider, and Magpul FDE colored furniture instead, and I did order a new MOE + grip for it.

Is there a point here? Well, I bought my first AR on Election Day 2008 after casting a vote for Senator John McCain.  Pre-election polling indicated Obama had already won, so why not “celebrate” by purchasing my first AR?! I’m not kidding when I say that I went straight from the polling station to Gunnies in Orem, and picked up a DPMS Panther Carbine. Their marque read “15% off everything if you show your “I VOTED” sticker”. Ironically enough, on election day 2012, when I realized we were going to be stuck with another round of this administration, I bought my first AR pistol (a Sig) to “celebrate” then as well.   I’ve owned at least dozen “modern sporting rifles” since the first, and in the last week built four new ones–what’s so cool is that only the two pictured above are the same. AR building is a lot of fun, and mildly addicting as new products and new innovations come to market. I’ve heard on more than one occasion that building ARs is like Build-A-Bear for men, or Legos, or Barbies, the analogies are endless as are possible AR configurations, it’s great! The best part is that you don’t have to build your dream gun overnight–you can slowly add on or take parts off as your vision for “the perfect build” evolves.

Final thought: As the coming mid-term elections near, vet the candidates as best you can, ESPECIALLY on the state legislature level as they have the largest impact on our daily gun rights here in Utah. Please, only vote for pro 2nd Amendment candidates, because building  personal ARs is a blast and I hope we always have the freedom to do so.

Thanks for using this site.

Nick Moyes
UGE Co-Founder

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  • UGE & Well Armed Women Present Intro to Firearms / Safety / Awareness / Self Defense For Women by Women!

    by on January 10, 2018 - 0 Comments

    Ladies!  Are you interested in Firearms but hesitant to sign up for a class because it can be a little intimidating?    UGE gets it!   We want to help!   Make sure to stop by our Ladies only booth at our Jan. 20th Show!    Get information on Introduction to Firearms, Safety, Situational awareness […]

  • Next Gun Show is January 20th, 2018!

    by on January 3, 2018 - 0 Comments

    We are excited to announce our next gun show on January 20th, 2018! You don’t want to miss this family friendly event. It is going to be huge with many unique displays and surprise reveals, most never seen before by the general public! Bring your family and friends out for a day of fun including bounce […]

  • Opportunities to work with UGE

    by on December 4, 2017 - 0 Comments

    Utah Gun Exchange is looking for members of our community to work with us to grow and provide a better experience to everyone. This section will provide information on different areas that we would love the opportunity to work with you. Stay tuned!

  • Seeking Photographer, Videographer, Editor

    by on December 8, 2017 - 0 Comments

    Utah Gun Exchange is seeking like minded, knowledgeable, and passionate associates to work with us on our projects. We are seeking an individual, or individuals, that would like to join us to photo / video / edit / publish and also participate in our incredible movie and film making activities.  You will have access to […]

  • Hiring Social Media Monetization Master!

    by on December 18, 2017 - 0 Comments

    Utah Gun Exchange is seeking like-minded, knowledgeable, and passionate associates to work with us on our projects. We are seeking to hire a “Social Media Monetization Master” Basically, we want to hire the Rambo of social media!  Responsibility is to establish, maintenance, and monetize any and all forms of relevant social media opportunities.  This includes […]