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Mergs Interview!

August 19, 2017 - I have had the honor to be interviewed for a Podcast by Kate Sierra, also known as SabreCoachKate. This was done during the USFCA Coaches Academy the beginning of the month and was quite an experience. You can find it here. Take a listen and let us know what you think.

Holiday Season Ordering.

December 5, 2016 - As you all know, the Christmas season is a very busy time for everyone, and we at The Armorer's Store are no exception. Please note that shipping times for fencing dummies is a bit longer during this time, so please get your orders in early in order to make sure that special gift of a 'Silent Partner' is there in time to be set up and ready to go on the first day of Christmas!

January is going to be busy!

December 5, 2016 - Please note that we will be very busy during January. We will be doing 4, yes, FOUR (USFA January NAC, Capitol Clash, JMS World Cup and WS World Cup) major events that month and will have a very limited time to work on orders. We will stock up on some items, but or ability to mail them out will be limited. We ask your patience and understanding during this period.

Another Milestone Reached!

December 4, 2016 - We reached a great milestone - our 1000th copy of "The Care and Feeding of All Things Fencing" has been sold! The lucky buyer is Riva Johnston from California. Congratulations. The lucky buyer will be receiving a signed copy of the book.

New Armoring Videos Available!

June 9, 2016- We have added 5 new videos to our series on YouTube. They include a segment on Equipment Checking for tournaments, and a 4 part series on Reel inspection, testing, maintenance and repairs. Check them out on our Armoring Videos page!

We are having a busy month!

Sep 24, 2015 - The Armorer's Store We are having a busy month in October with head armoring three major events! Unfortunately this means that any orders received during the month will take a bit longer to fill. We appreciate your business, but appreciate your patience even more!

WE'RE MOVING! We have limited availability of stock from 1 June to 5 July

May 28, 2015 - The Armorer's Store Is moving to the Sovereign soil of Texas! The move means that we will have limited inventory available during this time. As much as we appreciate your business, we also will appreciate your patience during this transition. We are planning to be up and running with our full line of products by the 5th of July!

The Armorer's Store - Closed for Junior/Cadet World Championships

March 20, 2015 - The Armorer's store will be closed from 28 March to 10 April due to our being in Tashkent, Uzbekistan for the Junior/Cadet World Championships - as the Head Armorer!. Any orders submitted during this period will not be able to be shipped until at least the fourth week of April, 2015. Any orders received during this time will be process in the order they are received and paid for. Wish Team USA luck and follow us on the USA Fencing Live Results site.

The Armorer's Store is Closed 29 Jul to 13 Aug

Jul 25, 2014 - The Armorer's Store will be closed from 29 Jul to 13 Aug. Any orders received during this time will be not be ready until a week or two after the 13th.

Thank you for a banner year!

Jul 25, 2014 - It is with regret that we will no longer be able to provide the Italian style socket or plug as a part of our standard Advanced Test Box and Kit. Due to increase cost of parts, this offsets the price difference, so the cost of the box and kit will remain the same. If you wish to have these items included in your box/kit, then let us know so we may obtain original Negrini parts. The extra cost for these items is $45, so the total cost of the test box/kit with this option is $320.00. Another design change will be the installation of posts instead of sockets for the mask cable and foil/saber A-line clip. Our product page for this item will be updated to reflect this change, too.

Thank you for a banner year!

Dec 28, 2013 - The Armorer's store is pleased to announce that this has been a banner year for us. Sales of our products have almost doubled since last year, we have also worked our first international event, the Junior/Cadet World Championships in Porec Croatia, and as Head Tech at several NACs. We are looking forward to another strong year, and hope to see you at future events.

New Products for the 2013 - 1014 Season!

Aug 17, 2013 - The Armorer's store is pleased to announce two new products for the upcoming season: a 3-ohmmeter version of the Advanced Test Box and a Practice Arm Kit. Also, updated versions of our popular Dummy and Advanced Test Box plans will be posted soon.

The Armorer's Store - Closed for Summer Nationals

Jun 20, 2013 - The Armorer's store will be closed from 26 June to 11 July due to our being in Columbus for the Summer Nationals, and business travel. Any orders submitted during this period will not be able to be shipped until at least the third week of July. If you are in Columbus at the Summer event, please look 'Mergs' up at the Armory!

The Care and Feeding 3rd Edition!

Jun 20, 2013 - The long anticipated Third Edition of our flagship product is here! It includes expanded information regarding the new Foil Bib requirements, lightweight conductive strips, wheelchair fencing equipment and more!

The Parent's Guide

Dec 1, 2012 - Yes, we have finally finished this small guide, and is now available! It is a handy guide for parents and fencers just starting out to learn about basic equipment and its maintenance.

Armorer's Map

May 1, 2012 - We have added the long awaited Map of where to find an armorer in your area, both within the US and internationally. Visit our page,here, to enter your information or to find someone in your area to fix or help you with your equipment.

Epee/Saber Grip Gauge

May 1, 2012 - As of the 2012 fencing season, USA Fencing FOC has begun requiring compliance of epee grips with m4.1 (especially french style grips). Our gauge will measure both epee and saber grip lengths, as well as epee guard depth and saber handle insulation length. Go here for more information.

Height Optional Dummy

Sep 6, 2011 - We have recently added a height adjustment feature to our Complete Dummy. This feature will allow you to adjust the height of our practice dummy to fit your particular height, or allow you to practice against someone taller than yourself! The cost this option will add $15 to the price of the completed dummy. Go here for more information.

International Shipping

Sep 6, 2011 - We have recently began shipping products internationally using USPS! When feasible we ship using USPS priority flat rate shipping. We have sent Practice Arms to England, Ireland, and New Zealand - which now makes us International Arms Dealers! We have also shipped tools and test boxes to Australia and Canada. We will be updating our shipping options on our store site soon.

Price Changes

Sep 6, 2011 - Unfortunately due to increases in the prices of components, we are forced to announce price increases on some of our products. At this time the items impacted are the Advanced Test Box, which is now $275.00 and the Advanced Test Box Kit, which is now $175.00. Go to here (Box) or here (Kit) to view and buy!


May 22, 2010 - It's been a while, but we are proud to announce several new products to include a completely assembled Advanced Test Box, an assembled Fencing Dummy, and Wrist Plate for the Practice Arm, described in TCAF (The Care and Feeding of All Things Fencing).

We have also added details about Armoring Clinics (half-day and full-day clinics) and Tournament Services.

Please check out these new items!

HARDCOPY of TCATF is Here!!!!

Sep 6, 2009 - The Armorer's Store is happy to announce that the hardcopy version of The Care and Feeding of All Things Fencing is now available!!!! Many folks have been asking about this for some time, and it is finally ready for purchase through www.lulu.com! For those interested in distribution of the book through your outlet, please contact me directly. Or go to here to buy it from the website.

Advanced Test Box Plan & Schematic

July 18, 2009 - The plans and schematics for the Advanced Test Box are now available! These plans include not only the schematics, but a parts list, dimensioned panel drawing, and printable labels for the front and back panels. Assembly and operating instructions are included. Go here to buy your copy!

Armorer's Cheat Sheet

April 24, 2009 - The Armorer's Cheat Sheet is now available! Both an electronic and laminated versions are now offered. This unique product provides reference specifications and where the specific rules are located, is a handy tool to have at your station when working Weapons Control! Go to here to view and buy the printed copy. Go here to buy the electronic version!

Fencing Dummy Plans

May 19, 2009 - The long anticipated Fencing Dummy Plans are now available! At this time only the electronic version is available, but if demand warrants, then a printed version will also be made available. Go here to view and buy!
The Armorer's Store
c/o Michael Mergens
1302 Waugh Dr. #530
Houston, TX 77019
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