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Phase 5 Tactical PDW for Illest

Introducing the Phase 5 Tactical Personal Defense Weapon for Illest. For more information and pricing please contact Phase 5 Tactical here. The following was written by Ken Montes, owner of Phase 5 Tactical…

In 1997 there was a day I met Mark Arcenal. We both loved cars and both had car related businesses that we stated as teenagers. Now 15 years later, I have the privilege of building him his own private line of Phase 5 Tactical™ CQC Pistols. A limited build of 10 pistols to be exact.

Based on the AR15 platform, Phase 5 Tactical™ has developed a high performance Close Quarters Combat Pistol for the masses. Phase 5 Tactical™ is publicly known for its superior AR15 components that you can purchase at gun shops across the country. But, Phase 5™ has an unknown side, one that few knew about until now. Phase 5™ has 3 major divisions, Phase 5 Tactical™ Phase 5 Weapons Division™ and Project-6™.

The gun building side of Phase 5 Tactical™ is not open to the public, but by appointment only. We cater to Law enforcement, Military and private security detail, along with private consultations and sales of weapon systems to executives and some “famous” folk. Sometimes people need to have the freedom to buy firearms without the media hounding them about it. That’s what we specialize in. Fly in or we fly to them and get the client trained, tested and approved without other people looking over their shoulder or snapping pictures. Mark Arcenal is no exception. Sure to be an icon of an ever growing urban lifestyle industry; Mark and I started catching up because of a mutual friend Justin Williams, (who is a story all his own.) He thought we should get together and make something that would change the way people looked at guns. I told Justin that I have wanted to bring the urban lifestyle industry into the gun world for years now. We knew that working with Mark and “illest™” a subsidiary of Fatlace™ both owned by Mark, we could not get it wrong.

This very limited, Illest™/Phase 5 ™ CQC Pistol showcases the Illest™ lifestyle blended with Phase 5 Tactical’s™ ability to bring life to a dream.

“I would like to thank the readers and ask them to please always keep an open mind and modify everything to your life, never modify your life for anything.”

Ken Montes



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  1. nickvanhalen
    20/02/2012 at 8:25 am

    so.. when/where can i buy it?

    • 20/02/2012 at 10:54 am

      Hello Nick,
      The guys at Fatlace have set the price and the sales must come through Phase 5 Please email us at We will do all the things needed to make it happen for you.

      Thanks for the interest, you will have a very limited edition weapon system for sure!

  2. KRis
    20/02/2012 at 9:11 am

    Awesome …. love the details on it.

  3. 20/02/2012 at 9:26 am

    Cool Hydrodipping!
    Idk if a real gun nuts will buy it but I approve the design though. It does look really cool.

    • 20/02/2012 at 7:58 pm

      Thanks for the supportive comment Mr. Travert, but there is no hydrodipping involved with this project.

  4. Karlo Leva
    20/02/2012 at 2:18 pm

    awesome. i love the detail on the bolt & dust cover. makes me want that for my AR. 😉

  5. 20/02/2012 at 7:50 pm

    […] to an article on the urban lifestyle website by Phase 5 owner Ken Montes, “This very limited, Illest™/Phase 5 ™ CQC Pistol showcases […]

  6. Lloyd
    20/02/2012 at 8:33 pm

    Totally disgusted, just what the world needs more guns on the street!
    Loved your brand but now I am horrified you would associate your brand with a deadly weapon, or even decorate it to make it look cool.
    To use your influence on the youth market to help sell guns and to push the image of owning a gun is cool is inexcusable in today’s modern times.
    You lost me as a fan and will tell everyone I know not to support you.

    • 21/02/2012 at 11:24 am

      Sorry Lloyd but this is not a gun you can buy off the shelve and its high price tag of $4500, you wont see random kids running around town doing heists. We support the right to bear arms and this collaboration was an opportunity to get 2 friends together to create something not seen before.

  7. 21/02/2012 at 10:29 pm

    Thank you for your view and words of opinion on the matter. I would ask that you also thank the great staff, editors and ownership of the Fatlace company and Illest for their honest and true American values in allowing you to speak your mind on their site “unedited”. In my opinion the Fatlace company shows it’s strongest side when they allow everyone’s opinions about their events to be published for all to read. (You and I included)
    I may not agree with you, but I am proud of America’s right to have an armed people, because without our second amendment you would not have a truly free people. Our right to bare arms; protects your right to free speach. Without it, truly free speach could not exist.
    If your opinion is one based on safety concerns well….
    Although tragic there are 5 accidental deaths a year from fatal wounds from a firearm in “youth” under the age of 15. That is 5 a year.
    With that said… There are 775 accidental drownings a year in the same age group…137 a year in a swimming pool, 337 in a natural body of water and the rest were unspecified.
    I will not even get into the stats of fatalities in the automobile in a year for under age youth, Hell….we all love cars, cars are part of my life style as much as my 1911 45 ACP, but i know that more people die on Prom night, 5 de mayo, St. Patrics Day and New Years Eve in their cars rather than by guns the rest of the year combined, this includes homicides… With these facts and statistics will you now sell your car, protest my house with a pool and be disgusted by holidays and Prom nights?
    Im just venting now… I just dont see why people allow Hollywood to brain wash them that guns are evil killing machines…They protect us from evil. Ive never seen “in the USA” a dead body on the road from a gun shoot. But I have seen too many in a car.. Do I hate your car? No. Do I truly honor your right to an opinion? Yes!
    I think one of the coolest stickers I have ever seen was one I got from Fatlace; and everyone should buy it and stick it some where highly visible…It is the “Haters Gonna Hate!!!!” sticker

    Thank you for reading and thank you to this board for allowing me to respond with my view.

    Ken Montes
    Weapon System Design/Development

    • Trevor
      22/02/2012 at 8:51 am

      Completely agree, and I share your frustration. Coming from a family that has had me around guns my entire life and promptly cracked me over the head when I was a kiddie for doing anything remotely unsafe with a gun I can say that gun safety among everyone I know is inherent in just being around them. The gun looks completely awesome, and it’s pretty cool to me being around pre 64 model 70’s, 1911’s, and S&W wheel guns to see style infused with a firearm. Great work, completely diggin it!

  8. 23/02/2012 at 5:51 pm

    Thanks Trevor! Stay safe. We must remember that these are tools for defense, respect and discipline must be used at all times.