Quality body armor that are rated at 3+ is supposed to protect you against almost anything, but have you ever wondered if it can stand up to a 458 Socom round at 300 grams?
Body armor is an amazing thing, seeing how it deflects the rounds heading towards a target is simply astonishing. Of course for every grade of body armor there is going to be a round that’s just a little too big or powerful for it and will bust right through. Today we get to find out just how quickly a 458 Socom round will render a plate of 3+ body armor useless on the body of it’s wearer thanks to Matt from Demolition Ranch.
Always wanted to know how many hits steel can take from this BRUTAL bullet. Well it took over 50 rounds for it to bend the plate and eventually shattering the lower half of it. As powerful a round as the 458 Socom is, we certainly didn’t expect it to last quite that long.
Obviously, its highly unlikely that you’re going to take that many rounds directly. But it’s good to know that if that’s what it came down to giving you a decent amount of time before it finally gives way.
Source: Demolition Ranch Youtube, Chris Buckner
The folks from AK47 Local Union did a live-fire barrel test between a Daniel’s Defense AR-15 against the classic Vepr AK-47.
These two guns have gone head-to-head on battlefields across the world early in the “cold war” to current terrorist threats, but how will they fare in this range competition?
Well I have to admit these two famous rifles came out pretty much neck-and-neck for accuracy and robustness, even at high barrel temperatures. (very hot)
Interesting how the AK-47 round seemed to have significant drift when the winds were up downrange, but as mentioned, this has been a known factor for the AK over the years. On the other side the AR-15 dropped about an inch or two for its grouping at high temperatures, but the barrel cooled off more quickly than its rival.
Many in the U.S. will probably pick the AR over the AK, but the rest of the world may choose the AK. The AK-47 respectively has a solid simple design for the grunts. AR-15’s with its progressive modification capabilities makes it ideal for all situation weapon. So what do you think, which firearm would you use and why?
Clash of the titans! Two rifles: A Vepr and Daniel Defense! First let me start with the Vepr. An action episode this time, we were working on the barrel and the things connected to the barrel, but first let me start with the vepr. As you can see, the Vepr was slightly modified, I did modify the stock adapter from our friends from Difinitive Arms, to fit the M4 stock, and the reason behind it is, because later down the line, we[‘re] going to do much more with those rifles and optics, and I want to give them equal chance, equal opportunity, for the vepr, and it shouldn’t be discriminated because of the stupid polymer stock, which is standard on the rifle, but is not very good for the optics, as we all know. Besides, we have like five-hundred dollars difference between the Vepr and the DanielDefense, so we can spend some money on the Vepr and upgrade the Vepr.
But, enough with the bullshit talk. What we did today, this is a very cool test, guys, and I think so that a lot of you guys were saying that this test would actually favor the Vepr because of the heavy barrel, so one thing we’re doing, we’re shooting a group of five shots from the twenty-five yards, and then we’re doing the magazine dump, and not magazine, but four magazines. Four magazines dump, I checked the temperatures, I think so the hottest point was on the gas block for the Vepr, and it was close to four-hundred degrees fahrenheit. But this was the first group, as you can see the grouping is impressive. What I’m looking for is the center of the group, and then the shift, point of impact shift, after warming up the rifle. And as I said, this case we only got only fifty-five degrees of fahrenheit outside temperature, but the barrel warmed up after four magazines to like four-hundred degrees. And this was the first group before the warm up, and this is the second group. after the warmup. So as you can see, there is almost no point of impact shift. So Vepr did very very nice in this test, and as expected. This is the benefit of having the hot heavy barrel, and the heavy barrel benefits the Vepr in this punch-out shootout.
Still, I was kinda surprised, I mean I know that we are reaching the four-hundred and four-hundred-fifty -depends on the ambient temperature-, but that rifle warm[ed] up, warm[ed] up after the magazines. We had one malfunction, but it was obviously not the Vepr’s fault, the primer [fell] out from the Wolf ammo, so this is not the rifle’s fault, okay? Whatever happened there. But it happened, and it’s documented, and you can see the picture [indistinguishable]. But the Wolf ammo is… eh, it’s Wolf ammo, I will leave it at that.
Then, then we switch to Daniel Defense, M4 V-11 Lightweight, and a lot of you were saying that this is where this rifle is going to get punished. As you can see, I put on it the iron sights, I didn’t want to use optics on any of those rifles for now, for this test, because I don’t want to be blaming optics on the heat or whatever. So we stick to the iron sights. And these are Troy iron sights, so if you want to calculate the cost, yes it’s almost a hundred-fifty dollars more now, on the Daniel Defense, so this thing– I just keep throwing the money at it. All joking aside, let’s look at the target from DanielDefense, guys. This was the target from DanielDefense, and as you can see, this was the first group, and then after the four magazines dump, we had the shift by– I would say about one inch down. So this is the twenty-five yards, and you gotta multiply this, now, by four if you want to be for the one-hundred, so you will probably have about four inches, more or less, four inches shift at the one-hundred yards when you will do the four magazine dumps in a row.
What was really interesting, this rifle didn’t warm up as much as AK. We were way below four-hundred, we were in the upper three-hundreds, that was the barrel part right here, and that was kind of interesting to see. Actually though, we didn’t warm up as much as we did on the Vepr. Now, interesting thing, guys, we took both rifles to see so-called ‘combat accuracy’, ok, Iron Sights at three-hundred yards distance, on ten shots with the AR with those Iron Sights, ten hits, really nothing exciting to report, the rifle shot very very well, and all hits landed on target.
One thing I forgot to say, we had two malfunctions when doing the barrel test– the original barrel test. Again, it was a problem with the ammo, it was the light primer sights. But then absolutely nothing. So maybe because the rifles were still new, maybe they both had some issues, I don’t know, forget about it.
But going back to shooting at three-hundred yards, ten for ten, no issues with wind. We have wind today, and no issues from Daniel Defense, it performed as it should, so that was nice to see. Now, let me talk about the Vepr, and the three-hundred yards. So, I made the ten shots, almost immediately I switched to the Vepr and started placing shots on target, and all shots landed on the right side, and when I went to check on the target, I had three misses, and let me tell you this guys, I’m no stranger of shooting the AK at three-hundred yards, so for me this was disappointing. You have only seven hits. The thing is, as you can see, the hits were placing constantly on the right side, and the misses went to the right side, and the reason for this is, from what I was shooting there wasn’t that much of the wind, but on the targets, I had the wind from left to right, I had no optic, and I couldn’t see that there is some movement, I assume that I have the wind, I didn’t make correction. When I shot with the correction, you can see I was able to place the targets in the middle of the target and do the nice grouping. But first group counts, and what happened, you know, ten shots, seven hits, three misses. So, it is what it is. This just shows you how that 7.62 by 39 round is, guys, is prone to wind. And you have to, I keep preaching this, when you’re shooting that caliber, you have to watch out, especially when you are shooting at that extended range. [The] farther you go, more punished by wind you will be. And this was basically the case.
But that’s it for this episode, as you can see, you can see what Daniel Defense can do as far as the barrel when it’s heated up, and what the Vep– and what impact of heat that does or does not have on the Vepr. Both rifles are going strong so far, we have managed to log almost 500 rounds per each, I think it was something like 470 and 485, a little bit more on the Vepr. I will call this almost 500 rounds. And with the initial hiccups at the beginning, nothing else happened, both rifles are going strong. So that’s it for this episode, we’ll be back for more, stay tuned to the Clash of the Titans series. Thanks for watching!
Original idea from Andy Van Loan revised by AmsjStaff
Source: AK Operators Union, Local 47-74
Watch the video below to see how this rifle stands up to this challenge.
If that isn’t surprising, then I don’t know what is. The AR15 went 5 for 5 right after having mud poured over every inch of its mechanical parts. During the second round of testing, it even had mud poured directly onto it with the dust cover open.
The key to this rifle’s success is centered on the way it was designed. Since all if its moving parts are designed to essentially seal off entry, the construction is enough to prevent mud from entering parts of the gun that would cause it to misfire.
When it comes to passing the mud test with flying colors, this is as good as it gets.
So we’re gonna start clean –well, as clean as we can be– Nothing in the gun, and fire a couple rounds to prove that it works, and then we’re gonna move on to the mud.[Off-camera]: You know, nobody thinks an AR-15 can [indistinguishable] [Host]: I’ve-I’ve heard that rumor! Alright, so! Five rounds, ready? [Five shots] [Host]: On safe! I’m gonna close the dust cover for the initial test. Now I wanna mention something: There’s no rear sight here, I know there’s no rear sight, before you call us an idiot, we’re not shooting at a target, this is a mud test. Not an accuracy test. We ready? [Off-camera]: Yep! [Host]: Got it? [Off-camera]: Here goes! [Host]: Into the mud! That’s pretty good! [Off-camera]: That’s pretty nasty. Let’s get some on the other side. That’s the side that matters. [Host]: It is. You ready? [Off-camera]:Yep! Oh yeah! Pile it on! Little more. There we go! [Host]: It’s pretty soupy! [Off-camera]: That is very soupy! [Host]: I can see stuff going into the trigger control area. [Off-camera]: That’s not good. [Host]: Alright. Here we go! [Off-camera]: Alright. Hold on… [Host]: Tell me when! [Off-camera]: Go ahead. [Firing] [Host]: Five rounds! Flawless! Alright! Dust cover’s open! I’m not even gonna bother with that side, we’re gonna put it in this way and we’re gonna mud it. Ready? [Off-camera]: Do it again! Actually, hold on. Before we go any farther, let’s just point out real quick, this thing just passed, in a test that several people have told us is ‘so insanely pointless, as to be meaningless’ because ‘nothing could conceivably pass it’. [Host]: This just passed the test that everyone said the AK would. The AK failed, sort of, got a C-, B+, whatever. This just passed, five rounds clean. Five rounds literally submerged in goo. [Off-camera]: Alright, I think we know why that is, why don’t you go ahead and mud this side, and we’ll see if it keeps working before we explain it. [Host]: Alright, so we’ve got no dust cover, the dust cover IS open, I hope that’s clear on the footage. [Off-camera]: Yep! I can see it. Oh god, now I can’t see it. [Host]: Literally piled it straight into the hole. [Off-camera]: Alright! [Host]: You guys see that? I can’t see it! Let me get the ROCKS out of the gun. Alright, there we go! Ready? [Off-camera]: Yep! [Host]: Five rounds! [five shots]
Let me keep going![Five more shots, then a click]
Oh my![Off-camera]: Out of ammo. [Host]: We didn’t lock open, but the gun functioned! Not one malfunction. Submerged in mud, dust cover closed, dust cover open, this gun summarily –handily!– beat the AK-47 in the mud test. [Off-camera]: Shocking! [Host]: Not shocking at all. The reason for this is that this gun is closed from the elements. Even with the dust cover open, the tolerances around the bolt carrier group are tight enough that generally speaking, debris and filth cannot get in there unless it is completely locked back and open. If you were to have it open like this and pour mud into it, it’d be over. But when it’s closed? This gun is sealed. Unlike an AK in which these tolerances are more open and therefore “more reliable”, that’s actually kind of a load of crap, the tolerances being tighter on this gun meant that it functioned more reliably, not less. [Off-camera]: The misconception that people have, is they think that having open space inside the gun will allow it to work dirt and mud out of the way. That -might- have some legitimacy, in when you’re not talking about very much gunk being in there. [Host]: Yep. [Off-camera]: When you’ve got this much mud, once it gets in, it’s all over. [Host]: The real answer is to keep the gun sealed- when it’s in combat-ready condition- sealed away from the ingress of debris and filth. And hte AR-15 does an excellent job of that, as we just saw. How many rounds? Twenty rounds, no malfunctions, literally submerged in mud. [Off-camera]: Fantastic. [Host]: So that being said, we’re done with that. Thank you for watching another episode of InRange. If you like this kind of content, please consider supporting us on Patreon, which provides us the funds to be able to do this. If you can’t, we understand, that’s no problem, we appreciate you watching. Just share the video, and join us in stabbing some sacred cows, because this myth has been going on way too long.
by Jesse Males
Source: InRangeTV Youtube
Eric, from Moss Pawn & Gun, attempts to burn out an AR-15 upper on an M16 lower. There are several specific products being used including: SRC Relia-Bolt BCG, Geissele Super Gas Block and an AR barrel from Faxon Firearms.
There are so many things that can go wrong. Gas tubes are designed to fail before the firearm will be destroyed. Watch the video to find out what happens, you won’t be disappointed!
[Eric] Hi everybody welcome back, this is Eric here, from Moss Pond and Gun. Do you ever have one of those days where you just need an AR break? Well that’s what we’re doing today. This is gonna be Ultimate AR-15 Meltdown. We’re gonna see what the AR can take in full-auto before it starts to have issues, okay? We’re running a standard M-16 lower, and we’re gonna run a commercial-type spec’d-out upper on it. We’ve got a standard Anderson Upper with a Sharps Rifle Company Relia-Bolt Bolt-carrier group, we’re really gonna put this little thing through its paces today; we’ve got a Geissele rail right here, you know I don’t really expect any issues out of this mark-three rail, it’s a thirteen-inch; we’ve got a Geissele gas block, that’s got the bomb-proof installation, so we’re gonna kinda be testing that, see how that holds together. We’ve got a Faxon one-in-eight twist stainless barrel with the melonite finish, with a single chamber clockable Faxon break. Alright, let’s see what this little thing can do here.
Now what we’ve done is, because we wanna see what type of grief that we can but the extractor through on this bolt, I’ve opted for some steel-based ammunition because steel’s usually pretty rough on the bolts. There’s a couple of things that can happen here, guys. We could have a cook-off, you know, the firearm could get so hot that the rounds actually start to explode prematurely, the heat from the barrel can be so hot that it can set the round off and cook the powder without the firing pin hitting the primer, so. That could be an issue. We could melt the gas tube, we could melt the gas rings inside of the bolt, we could shear the gas key on the bolt, all kinds of things could happen, but we’re gonna check it out here, see what happens, pretty much with the AR-15 system, the gas tube itself-now this is a gas-tube impingement system- the gas tube itself is usually what is the fuse of the entire system. The gas tube is designed to fail before the weapon destroys itself. Will it? Let’s find out.
Alright. Here we go.[Full-auto firing]
One down.[Again] [laughing] [More fire]
Gas block is getting hot ladies and gentlemen.[more fire]
Oh yeah, that’s hot. This gas tube, it’s about to go.[more fire]
I tell you what, let’s try an X-50 drum.[more fire]
One more for good taste. Uh-oh.[more fire]
Well that ran like a champ, didn’t it? Alright. Oh that barrel is hot OOH it’s hot.[more fire]
Did you hear that rate of fire pick up on that? This bad boy is getting hot. I don’t know, guys. But let’s keep going. That is one hot barrel. That sucker’s hot. Alright, we’re gonna stick with thirty-round mags. Oh, this is the hottest I’ve ever got an AR, this is getting a little bit crazy.[more fire]
Oohoholy Moses! Yeah![more fire] [laughter] oh that gas tube is freaking cooking, dude. [more fire]
Woah nelly! This thing is gettin’ hot! Oh man.[fire]
Oh this thing is getting warm! How about another X-50 to cool it off a little bit?[more fire]
Ohohoman hahaha! You see how cherry-hot this thing is?[click] [clearing the gun] [more fire]
She’s slowin’ down, I dunno, getting a little sluggish. We’re gonna keep runnin’ it, though.[more fire]
My trigger finger’s getting tired.[more fire]
That was, yeah. That started cooking off a little bit. We’re starting to cook off. You know what? One more.[fire]
Yeah guys. We just… we just jettisoned the break off the end of the gun. Yeah. One more. Why not?[one shot]
That was it. That was the gas tube. Done. That’s it, she’s done. Alright. We’ll see what happened.
Alright guys, well that was pretty freaking crazy. I’ve done a lot of crazy things with guns in my day, but that really surprised the heck out of me in terms of what happened. I mean, I knew the gun was gonna fail in some way or form, but I didn’t know the barrel was gonna bust. So our barrel failed. Gas block held, gas tube held, out Relia-bolt: just fine; and honestly the reliability of that thing, the entire rig just chugged along just fine until its utter demise. Not a single issue, I don’t see any problems with the bolt, we’re gonna start with the bolt and just disassemble it and have a look here.
And while I’m taking this thing apart, I do want to thank the guys out at QuietRiot for providing this M-16 lower for me today to use, because they knew that going into this that I could destroy the gun, but the lower? You know, you’re generally not gonna have any issues out of a lower. Usually with an AR design, your barrel is where all the pressure– it’s where all the magic happens. That’s why the rest of the firearm can be made out of aluminum, can be made out of polymer, really, that’s where the magic happens is with the barrel and everything. Firing pin looks good, powder pin looks good, this thing is still a little bit warm, that’s okay. Alright. Our cam pin looks good, our bolt looks good, gas rings look fine, extractor looks fine, gas key looks fine. There’s nothing wrong with this bolt. This bolt can go in any other gun and it would work fine and no-one would be any the wiser of what I did to it. Well, it’s going back in my gun. Alright, so the rest of the upper here: We’ve got the Geissele rail, did just fine, we did get one little bulge here on the side of the rail, that was from the barrel blowing, okay. now looking back at the slo-mo footage, we thought that maybe what had happened was like a sqib load or something, but according to the slow-motion footage, the round made it out, and then the round behind it made it out. I think we just got this barrel so hot that it couldn’t take it anymore.
Now you gotta think, that was eight-hundred thirty rounds of ammunition. Drum magazines, sticks, in a combat situation there’s a very very slim chance that you are going to fire this gun for that many shots in one sitting and actually get the thing hot enough to do that, ok, that shows the operational capacity of the AR-15, and it’s just really shocking. But what I’m going to try to do, I’m going to try to get the rail system off. Looking at the barrel, it looks like it did droop a little bit, some of you guys might be familiar with world-war-two and the germans running MG-42s and all different type of machine guns, well the MG-42 has a quick-change barrel system. Most heavy machine guns have a quick-change barrel system for the purposes of, you know, the barrel gets hot, you don’t cook your barrel off, you don’t start cookng off rounds, you don’t injure the gunner or the ammo-bearer or anything like that. You swap the barrel, and you get back to business. Ok. This gun? Not so much. It’s not designed for this type of abuse.
Alright, we’re gonna have a look at this Geissele rail over here, and see if we can get it off. I was getting a little bit nervous there near the end, that was kinda crazy. Don’t get me wrong, it’s one thing to have a little fun, but that was starting to freak me out a little bit. Let’s have a look here. Let’s see. Washers. Let’s not lose everything. See if maybe that thing will pop right off of there…
Hoho. Okay. One thing I like so much about Geissele’s rail systems, is the fact of how modular they are. I can swap these out, if I’ve got this one barrel knot, I can change it out to any type of rail system I want, so say it’s an operational environment: Oops, I screwed up my rail system, who cares, change it out, everything else is the same. Very quick change, very modular, very easy to take care of. Rail system’s fine other than the damage that occured when the barrel blew. I love that little rail. Now I’m gonna put my gloves back on. Guys, you know, we really just wanted to show how tough these little guns are, you know a lot of people talk a lot of smack about AR-15s, I personally am more of an AK guy, but I can certainly see the charm of the ARs. Modular, you can see how quickly I broke this down just in the field to clean and inspect what’s going on– well there ain’t no cleanin’ this.
So let’s look at the barrel, here. Now I’m not gonna touch it, because that booger is still hot. We’ve got some serious stuff going on there. The Geissele gas block: still holding up just fine, the bomb-proof installation –literally we did create a bomb with this thing, so the bombproof installation did its job. The Faxon barrel, you know, held up fine, as long as it’s good, but to give you an idea of how hot this thing really got, if you look down the barrel of this thing, it’s got so hot that for about the first ten inches of rifling, it’s just stripped it out. It got so hot that it was just carrying bits of rifling and– wow. It just really screwed this thing up. And of course our brake ended up working loose from the heat, and it’s somewhere downrange. It may have just fell right down here, we’re gonna look for the brake. But we did end up losing our brake, which I can imagine not being a common problem to happen. If you’re really running a lot of rounds out of this thing, that could happen.
Let’s have a look down from the muzzle end –and yes, it is unloaded guys, there’s no bolt in it, there’s no ammo in it. Yeah. Wow. That… that’s just so freakish. The wear of this barrel after getting it that hot and those amount of rounds– have you ever looked at like an oldschool twenty-two barrel, that had probably about 60,000 rounds put through it, and it’s probably about 120 years old like an old Winchester 1890 or something that looks like it’s got barely traces of rifling left because it’s been shot sixty-thousand times? It looks like that. It looks like Marlin Micro-Groove rifling, but like, worse. That’s exactly what it reminds me of. Wow.
I tell you what, the purposes of these videos, guys, is to learn something. I learned something. Yeah it cost us a little money, we burned up a little ammo, but hey. That’s the whole point of science, is to learn things and to document it. I guess that kinda makes me a scientist. Sort of. So guys I appreciate you watching this, hope you learned something from it. We had a lot of fun making it, we’ll catch you next time.
Source: Iraqveteran8888 Youtube
If you’re craving to shoot a gatling gun, well you can now turn your AR-15 into one. Just by installing this conversion kit from Two Z Precision, this will allow you to fire 3 rounds per turn once installed.
This video below highlights Jerry Miculek taking your ordinary gat and turn it into a mini Gatling Gun! Complete with mini crank and all, able to fire almost 700 Rounds per minute on a standard semi-auto AR-15. After watching Jerry shoot, it obviously doesn’t look like a practical way of shooting and handling the AR, obviously its more for shoot and laughs.
Some folks on GlockTalk have even talked about employing a motor to the gat with a push button to activate the firing. Now before you all go and try to install one, be sure to check with the ATF ruling on this, anyways here’s the conversation on GlockTalk.
cowboy1964: I’m also familiar with bump fire stocks and such. After seeing this video it got me to thinking: would it be legal to put a motor on the handle and a push button to activate it? What, exactly, is the ATF rule/law that would make that illegal? The trigger is still being pulled for each shot, which I thought was the only criteria. Obviously this crank system involves no actual finger on the trigger so I don’t think they could argue that your finger has to actually manipulate the trigger directly.
I can see ATF having to make a “clarification” on this 🙂
(PS. I’m not going to do this so don’t harass me ATF! I’m just asking the question)
CarryTexas: These have been around awhile. They had them back in the early 90s and were called a BMF Activator. And no you can’t put a motor on it.
SJ40: I first remember seeing them in the 80’s,IIRC they went under the name of Activator but yes they have been around a while. SJ 40
DJNiner: In fact, if I remember correctly, mine came with a little piece of paper in the package, clearly stating that if you attached any kind of motor to it, you would be violating the law.
I used mine quite regularly on my bipod-supported 10/22 with high-capacity magazines. Lottsa fun!
Sigobsessed: I remember seeing these in the 80s, good way to blow through your ammo budget quick that’s fo sho!
J.R.BobDobbs: Same old junk has been sold for decades. Seems like you couldnt hold the gun properly and turn the crank. Advertizements like this make black-rifle owners look insane to the general public.
Haldor: Not a gray area at all. How does a minigun work? Electronic triggers have been available for some time. Weapons that use them are still Title 1 firearms. A machine gun with an electric trigger would still be an NFA item.
God I wish the Hughes amendment would be reversed. What a stupid law. With the GOP and supreme court in its current state I guess we are very unlikely to see that happen.
So has anyone tried out or made something similar on your AR?
Hey guys I’m Jerry Miculek. And what a beautiful day to be out on the range. Kinda give you an idea; the other day I was sitting around the house, I realized I had way too much ammunition at home, I was gonna hire some people to come out here and shoot it for me, but they wanted too much for that to happen, so I started researchung on the internet, and I came up on reddit with this little crank for your gat right here. So that’s kinda a tricky little deal for what the paperwork said, every time you make a revolution it’ll fire three rounds so, we’re gonna take the flag out here and kinda give you an idea what exactly happens here when you’ve got this gizmo.
Alright, we’re clear. We’re on fire, so you start it- [click] that was one time, [click click click] that was two, wo-hoa! [click-click] and three. So that’s three per cycle, so I figured this would save me a lotta money, I wouldn’t have to hire help to come out and shoot my ammunition up. So being an enthusiast like I am, if I’m gonna shoot my ammo I’m gonna time it. So I’ve got a timer here that actually times revolutions– rounds per minute, not revolutions. Rounds per minute. So, this does three rounds per revolution, got thirty round mags, ten spins and I should have ten rounds out, so it sounds like it should be fun. What do you think guys, you wanna crank ’em up? Let’s go ahead, put it on safe, load it up, and see if we can actually hit something from the hip with this gat simulator here.
Alright, here we go! We’re on safe, we’re loaded, My timer is cutoff– why’d you do that? It’s ready to go! We’re on fire! Alright, let’s see if we can light up this gizmo here, here we go![RAPID GUNFIRE] [Laughter]
Alright! we’re empty! I tell you what, alright let’s go ahead ‘n flag ’em. [laughter] Well that was kinda interesting, guys! That was kinda fun! Let’s see what it did– you know what I did? It’s got a can on it, it didn’t pick up a shot. Alright. I shoulda realized that, but there you have it guys! We got thirty rounds off.
Hey guys, I didn’t realize the suppressor worked that good, so I’ve taken it off, I’ve got another thirty-round mag, we had put twenty-seven rounds on that previous target, So we’ve got our get crank here, we’re gonna see what kinda rate of fire we can get. A standard M-16 will function between seven-fifty [to] nine-fifty rounds per minute, and I’ve got this thing set and it’s ready to go on rounds per minute, so we’re gonna take this thirty-round mag, and see what we can do.
Goin’ hot! eyes and ears. Alright, time on! Finger ready! Here we go![GUNFIRE]
Yo! Thirty rounds! Clear, safety on! Alright, alright let’s go back and review our trusty timer here. Picked up thirty rounds, and uh, that was actually six hundred and eighty-one rounds per minute, so on the low end of it. Accuracy wise I think we probably– well we made a few misses there right on the get-go. if I had a laser on it or a flashlight to see where we’re aiming, it’s a little bit harder to get it on target, but I’ll tell you what, we’re about to swap it up, we’re gonna make it more exciting.
Hey guys, you remember I told you I had trouble with too much ammunition, and I wanted to hire help but it would have been too expensive? Well I came up with a better idea, I got a gat, but then I came up with another idea: You know I’ve got this ammunition to get rid of, I’ve got my gat, I’ve got my swivel here, it’s not gonna have effective fire, but I also wanna help the environment, I wanna help people. So what I’ve got here, what I have down-range is a bunch of sugar-filled drinks, guys. this leads to all kindsa childhood obesity, and diabetes, and just– so I bought as much of it as I could afford today, and I’m tryin’ to help as many people as I can, and I’ve got some other toys here. I’ve got a sixty-round P-mag So we’ve got a bunch of toys here, we’re gonna save the planet, we’re gonna help a bunch of people, we’re gonna get rid of this bad ammunition, so let’s just see if we can make all this happen– see what it looks like! Alright! Got my little Turret action going here, check this out guys! When you get bored on the range, you come up with all kindsa neat ideas. Alright! On a count of three, let’s see how many bottles we can get. One, two, three![Gunfire]
Woo! Haha! Alright! So there you have it, guys! I saved a lotta people from a lotta problems, I smoked my new suppressor, burned my barrel, all in one day, what d’you say, guys?
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Depending on what the AR’s or Mini’s are used for, we can all agree that the AR’s is better for most situations. (SHTF, home defense, hunting, etc..) But, if we talk talk about the costs to have either a low end or tricked out piece of hardware, I guess the discussions can go on almost forever with the die hard AR’s and Mini-14 folks. Or, better yet which one is most accurate?
Let’s hear what some are saying at AR15Forum and Reddit:
Poison_Tequila: the truth is a little different. An AR can be picky or reliable, a mini is probably more accurate than 95% of shooters. Comparing an AR to a mini is a little like comparing an iPhone to some Android device. There are plenty of great android devices but with a million manufacturers and so forth it can be hard to decide who is good and who is bad.
I like wooden stocks so I have a mini. I love it, it throws brass a long way. It throws steel a long way. I can hit a paper plate at 200 yards. That said the AR is cheaper (maybe) more fun to build (really) and just about as much fun as you can have with a gun.
If you want an out the door cheapish shooting gun, go mini. If you want a great experience the, you want to be one with the rifle, (if your range time is limited) go AR. Though I don’t think you can really go wrong either way.
LCDJosh: Unbiased appreciator and user of Ak,AR15,Mini14 platforms here: The new Mini 14’s have a different, heavier barrel and are significantly more accurate. This change was made around 2005.
The newer Minis are also not as finicky about mags as the older models. I like Ruger factory mags the most, but I’ve never had a faliure to feed from the cheap plastic eagle mags(not the greatest feed lips though), the polymer thermolds(though I do not recommend thermolds because I couldn’t insert the mag with the bolt closed), or even the pro mags.
AdmiralTiberius: Biggest advantage is if you were either living in a place you have to be 21 to purchase a “military style rifle” (i.e. Minnesota et al.) or need a permit to purchase a “military style rifle”. Also, mini is cheaper, and looks more classic, grunt, m1 style badass instead of modern, stealth, badass.
Edit: also I don’t buy the accuracy argument. $100 says 95% of shooters can’t put rounds down accurately enough to matter. If you can, that’s awesome, but I haven’t invested the time to be an expert marksman; I just love guns.
Edit 2: just thought of this. Mini is a simple gun. If it were a “survival” or brush situation or whatnot, I would absolutely pick the mini. Quick and dirty teardown, can get dirty, rugged in my opinion. But… If you plan to oper8, obviously pick ar.
Edit 3: mounts on mini are shit. Biggest weakness imho.
LCDJosh: I neither live in a state that has regarding age or needing a permit. I actually thought the Mini-14 would have been A- cheaper then the because its made with wood furniture or B- More accurate than the AR.
DaSilence: I inherited the Mini-14, and rarely shoot it.
The AR is the barbie doll of guns. You can do literally anything you want to it.
They’re both fine rifles, and either would be a good choice.
white17509: The minis are OK as long as you get a ranch rifle. They are later in production and have a better rear sight and known to be more accurate. You will have a harder time finding mags.
AR-15 style rifles are as good as the parts they are built from. Comparing a cheap poly AR and a ranch rifle, the ranch rifle wins. But generally and decent AR beats a mini in adaptability, parts availability/price, magazine availability, accuracy and ease of use. Your wife may benefit from the adjustable stock. Also, you can swap out uppers intended for different applications.
9millaThrilla: I got a mini due to a local AWB. Every day I wish I could get an AR. I really like the action of the mini, but mag changes and the ergos of the AR are much smoother. Plus the fact that every part you’ll ever need for an AR is readily available locally while mini parts need to be found online makes it a more versatile weapon and easier to maintain in a pinch.
mewarmo990: OP, whichever rifle you pick I don’t think you will regret it. But here’s my two cents:
After some consideration, I went with the AR-15 because I wanted to put it together myself, and learn a thing or two about rifles while I was at it.
Since I parted it together a little bit at a time over most of last year, I was able to build a considerably nicer rifle (maybe $1300?) than I would’ve had if I had bought a complete rifle on an immediate budget of around $800.
That said, I have shot my friend’s Mini-14 a bit and have only good things to say about it. The only thing that could have been better were the “ghost ring” iron sights – if I bought a Mini I would personally put the excellent Tech Sights on it for the (American) service rifle aperture sight picture I am used to.
As others have said, the mechanical accuracy of the Mini-14 is going to be somewhat less than an AR-15 — especially if you’ve built the AR to be more accurate than stock M4 style setup — but unless you are seriously into rifle marksmanship you will never see the difference.
Fozzy: I’d go with the AK. My mini 14 is the least accurate and least reliable gun I own. Granted it is an older model one, so it ‘s expected to be a little inaccurate, but I also have not found any mags that are reliable enough for me to trust the rifle if SHTF. If I were you, I’d tell him to get the AK, or be a good friend and spend some time talking him in to an AR.
PredatorWhacker: I’ve had several minis over the years and currently have one of the newer ones. They are ok rifles if expectations are not that high. They are robust. With my handloads it is pretty accurate. (for a mini) Right at 1 1/2″ groups. With ball ammo it is typical mini accuracy. About 6″….with a scope. I haven’t employed any of the touted accurizing techniques other than retourqing(sp) the gasblock, which did help.
My complaints with the mini –
Spare parts availability.
Mag price and availability (although much better in recent years).
Long term durability.
Hard usage durability, like extended firing. Not designed to be drug around in conflict long term.
At the moment for AK pattern rifles I only have a Norinco 7.62×39, Arsenal 5.45×39 and IMI Galil 5.56. All these will shoot more accurately than the ball ammo fueled mini.
Moondog: Take your friend to the range, and demonstrate the reliability of the AR platform. Also, give him a history lesson about how the AR has been improved in the last 45 or so years, and part of the problem in Vietnam was bad ammo.
The arguments goes on and on, tell us what your experiences with either and what you prefer.
Source: AR15.com/Forum and Reddit/guns/
Everybody has an AR because of its reliability, durability and flexibility. Besides owning a shotgun an AR is the next best thing for a home defense.
Below video highlights Richard Nance (GunsandAmmo Editor) and Dave Spaulding (Handgun Combatives) discussing tactics and techniques using an AR-15 which any lawful citizen can learn.
They talk about best ways to enter and clear a room while not extending your AR out there. But if you do there are some weapon retention methods that can be used to retain your AR. So sit back and enjoy this training session.
Speakers: Richard Nance (gunsandammo host), Dave Spaulding (HandgunCombatives.com)[gunshots]
Richard Nance: “Well Dave, it’s really no mystery why the AR15 is the preferred weapon of tactical teams. I mean you’re not going into a structure hunting a dangerous badguy with a handgun if they have access to an AR. That explains why the AR is so wildly popular now for home defense.”
Dave Spaulding: “I agree.”
RN: “But unfortunately, in home defense you need to understand some of the nuances of this weapon, because while we tend to think of close-quarters combat as say, seven yards, fifteen yards, there could be situations in your home where you’re much closer than that.”
DS: “Right, and the homeowner needs to understand that they’re not part of a tactical team.”
RN: “Exactly right.”
DS: “We made a fairly quick entry into this room, and I think the homeowner needs to understand that they need to go slow, they wanna be methodical, because one thing you don’t want to be in a hurry to do is get shot.”
RN: “Exactly. You’re gonna take as much information as you can from outside the room and everything else.”
RN: “But rather than talk about tactics, I wanna talk about the use of a longgun in a confined setting.”
RN: “So, you know, here is the typical shoulder-mount that we often use. Now, when we’re entering a room, you can imagine our muzzle is definitely going to preceed our movement into that room.”
RN: “There’s some other positions that we wanna consider using, and what we can do is: Unload these guns, use an inert training gun, and I can demonstrate some of these for you.”
DS: “I think that’s a good idea.”[Unloading]
RN: “Good there. Ok, let me come back outside the room here. And if I enter with this huge, long musket here… I mean, if you’re a badguy and you’re secreted in the corner of the room, you’re gonna shoot me. Because you know I’m behind this gun.”
RN: “If you’re unarmed, you have ample opportunity to grab hold of this, and there’s so much leverage here, you could certainly off-balance me.”
DS: “And for the viewer, I should let them know, this is a full-length M16. A car bead(?) that’s commonly used nowadays is gonna be a little shorter, but what you’re getting ready to talk about still applies.”
RN: “Exactly. So, sometimes that’s remedied by the use of a low-ready -or even like a safety-circle type position- when you enter the room. That way, the muzzle doesn’t preceed your movement into the room by much.The only problem is, if I’m coming in the room from the low-ready, and you’re there and you grab hold of the weapon, I’m kind of in a bad position here.”
DS: “Now I have the leverage. Absolutely.”
RN: “So, oftentimes people say, ‘if someone grabs my gun, I’ll just shoot them off’, well if you’re exerting pressure there, then shooting the weapon isn’t going to take care of the problem.”
DS: “Well, Rich if you go ahead and just fire a buncha rounds, this barrel’s gonna get hot, and he’s gonna let go. But what’re you firing those rounds into?”
RN: “Exactly right.”
RN: “So, I mean, you gotta be accountable for every round. Another option is to enter the room in what’s called that close-quarter hold, right? So I’m in the room like this, now if you grab hold of it, I can actually take it away from you, using what’s caled COPP. Clamp, Orient, Push, Pull. So I’m already clamped here, the muzzle’s oriented to you, but the same technique works if you grabbed it this way. Just orient the muzzle to you this way, then Push-Pull. Driving the muzzle in, and pulling back.”
DS: “The leverage is definitely yours.”
RN: “Exactly. And this is actually a firing position that we can demonstrate. So why don’t we get the live-fire guns back up, and we will demonstrate shooting at close-quarters from this close-quarter control hold,and above here like this.”
DS: “Okay, let’s do it!”
RN: “Dave, I’m gonna load this AR-15, we’re gonna go hot again just for a second. Just to live-fire some of these positions I just showed. The first is a close-quarter hold, I’m gonna clamp down here, now–”[GUNFIRE]
RN: “–Pretty dang good shots from here. This isn’t something you’re gonna do at extended range. Then you would want to have the sights, and you have the shoulder mount. Another option we showed here, and that is after I drive the muzzle into the badguy and I’m pulling it back here–”[GUNFIRE]
RN: “Get my effectiveness here, I’m not even seeing the sights. It’s similar to shooting from here with a handgun at extreme close quarters.”
RN: “Now why would I come over the shoulder? Because you have a little further length of pull there, to completely extract the muzzle from the badguy’s hands.”
DS: “Rich, that is great information, and I think what homeowners need to understand before they select the AR-15 is, it is a different gun than a handgun. That, you know, it’s like anything else. You gotta give careful consideration, you gotta select the weapon that works best for you, you gotta train with it, and then you gotta do some really solid preparation in order for it to work for you.”
RN: “Excellent point, Dave. Thanks a lot.”
Source: Richard Nance – GunsandAmmo, Dave Spaulding – Handgun Combatives
When it first appeared it was chambered for .223/5.56, but today one can find calibers from .22LR all the way up to .50 Beowulf. With all of the options out there, building one’s own rifle has also become a popular pastime, because no matter how many cosmetic changes are made to an AR, the guts are often always the same (with the exception of piston-operated versions): all have the same boltcarrier group, firing pin, buffer tube, buffer and spring. But what if you simply wanted the best of the best?
Johnny Noveske started out as a gunsmith who tried to make a better chamber and barrel for the AR-15. He wanted more exacting standards, better accuracy and reliability. He didn’t realize it at the time but he was creating the Porsche equivalent for the AR platform, and is now known for creating just that – Noveske created some of the finest ARs on the market.
IN THE LUSH, green woods of southwest Oregon, Noveske Rifleworks designs and builds a wide array of luxury AR-based rifles. Their rifles are masterpieces of design and craftsmanship, but they aren’t for everyone. The price alone, which ranges from $2,000 and up with their newest rifle starting at $3,400, will keep many shooters from owning one. You do get what you pay for, however. My Toyota gets me to work every day, but a Porsche would get me there in style, comfort and precision engineering. The same holds true for a Noveske rifle. It’s a piece of art that just happens to come in 5.56, .300 Blackout and .308. Once you shoot a Noveske, the realization sets in that you have just handled one of the finest ARs in the world today.
The company is staffed by what can only be described as an eclectic group. There are only 33 members of the team, and in order to accomplish Noveske’s innovative approach, these people think outside of the box, and more likely don’t even know what the box is.
SADLY, IN JANUARY of 2013 Johnny Noveske was killed in a car accident at just 36 years old. The company forged ahead with his widow, Lorina, in an attempt to keep Noveske’s dream and the company alive. They have had more than one change at the president level since his passing, but have now landed Mike Alland. Alland has a long history in the outdoor, adventure-sports and firearms market. Alland is a high-energy guy who brings excitement, commitment to excellence and cutting-edge product ideas to the table. He isn’t your typical gun-company executive, either. Alland has a degree from San Diego State University in economics and statistical analysis.
Noveske has a guerilla-marketing style that forgoes the normal channels used by their competitors. For example, at the gun industry’s biggest annual show, SHOT, you won’t find a Noveske booth. You may see one of their guns here and there displayed at one of their distributors’ booths and the Noveske folks might be wandering the floor, but no booth. Their business comes from word of mouth and customer testimonials. This a live-on-theedge concept; if your customers are unhappy, you are going to have a difficult time selling your product. Up to this point, Noveske has kept their customers happy. The only complaint they seem to get is that they don’t introduce new products quickly and past products took a long time to get to market. These are issues that Alland has addressed and is correcting.
To Johnny Noveske’s credit, he passed much of his gunsmithing knowledge onto his employees, but just like when Apple lost Steve Jobs, Noveske too had lost their innovator. A lack of ingenuity causes stagnation and this can ultimately kill a company. When Alland stepped in, this was the concensus, but this is changing. The company is finally releasing their N6, which has been highly anticipated by their loyal followers, and will not disappoint the critics.
THE N6 IS A 7.62, but will also be released in 6.5 Creedmor and comes with some incredible features. The rifle is available in two barrel lengths: 16 and 12.5 inches. It has a switch block, which allows the shooter to control how much gas comes through the system, and there is a setting for suppressed, nonsuppressed and off. The suppressed setting allows the user to cut back on the gas that gets pushed back while shooting suppressed, saving wear and tear on the can and rifle. When turned off, the round will fire but the action will not cycle – perfect for maximizing sound reduction. According to the Noveske Rifleworks team, small operational units have shown interest in using the 12.5 version in full auto.
If you get the chance to shoot a Noveske rifle, take it. It may, however, create a dilemma for you. My dilemma was whether or not I needed to eat for the next six months. To each their own, and you will figure it out quickly. After all, shooting is supposed to be fun, and Noveske makes it fun.
Very fun. ASJ
Editor’s note: For more information about Noveske, go to noveske.com.
The AR platform is reliable, versatile, accurate and can be accessorized. Gotta love the AR, there are infinite amount of manufactures that caters to this market. You can trick out almost every section of your AR.
Here are 10 must-have AR accessories.
Tell us about your favorite accessories on your AR below.
Source: Tony Hansen, Daniel Defense, Blackhawk, Troy Industries, Trijicon ACOG, Timney, Bravo Company, MagPul, Ergo Grips, SilencerCo
Photographs: Ar15.com, Raptor, SureFire
Here’s how to take apart the AR-15:
I remember learning how to take down my AR-15 back in boot camp, but back then it was the M-16A1. (not giving away my age) Giving clear instructions was a priority for the instructors as they had to process over hundreds of us new recruits per week basis.
I realize many of you folks know how to do this, but there is a small percentage out there that don’t know how to do this. This is the brief instructions on taking aprt your AR, which is the same for the predecessors M-16 A series.
For the complete disassembling of all parts on the AR’s (M-16) for cleaning and function check, see the sources below.
My name is Rachel Trexler and I grew up in the rural backcountry of Mims, Fla., I am a Marine Corps veteran and a mother of two adorable hell-raising tiny humans: my son, four-year-old Rylan, and his nine-month-old sister Raven. As I kiss their faces, my warrior heart echoes the reminder that there is no limit to the fierceness with which I will protect my family, which is why now, as a stay-at-home mom, I still choose to carry a gun in my day-to-day life.
I WASN’T RAISED AROUND FIREARMS. It wasn’t until the age of 14 that I fired my first gun. I can recall being anxious – it was a revolver – and I was qualifying my horse to receive a law enforcement certification. It is necessary to train any horse that might be used in a law-enforcement capacity, to include search-and-rescue and crowd control, to be accustomed to gunfire, a condition known as being “gunfire neutral.”
It is necessary to train any horse that might be used in a law enforcement capacity, to include search-and-rescue and crowd control, to be accustomed to gunfire, a condition known as being “gunfire neutral.”
Years later, I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Forensic Psychology and an Associate of Science in Crime Scene Technology. However, it was when I answered the call to join the ranks in the military that cemented the magnitude of our country’s freedoms, and the sacrifices others have made defending them. I can unequivocally say being in the military made a huge difference in becoming the woman I am today. It is not to say a woman has to be trained by the military to appreciate and/or own and shoot guns, but I still have fond memories of the M-16A2 service rifle with old iron sights. There is nothing compared to learning to shoot day in and day out – and it was all about you and your rifle. I memorized its statistics and range, I field stripped it, cleaned it and put it back together a million times over – I literally slept with it pretty soundly too, if you ask me.
I HAVE SINCE HONORABLY DISCHARGED from the Marine Corps, but have not stopped improving my shooting skills, and I now practice the art of tactical accessorizing. Much like the awesome feeling of getting a new pair of heels, I felt like a newly crowned beauty queen when I was gifted an Eotech Holographic sight for my AR-15 – was it Christmas Day? Being fashion conscious, I can’t leave the house without my Emerson Karambit knife. For Valentine’s Day, I was the girl who got a Tiffany’s dog tag with my children’s and fiancée’s initials inscribed, as well as a Gerber Ghostrike blade to take down the mountain with me as I shred on my snowboard. Outstandingly, women are now influencing the firearms market, which at one point exclusively targeted male consumers. I’m proud to be one of these women. Not all people choose to carry a weapon. Some choose to carry nothing at all, and that’s OK in my eyes. This is one of the rights protected by the United States Constitution. Anyone can choose.
FOR ABOUT EIGHT YEARS, I was head of security for a restaurant/bar in the historic downtown district of Melbourne, Fla. Closing in the dark and very early hours of the morning, I was grateful for my Second Amendment rights, as I retrieved my Smith & Wesson M&P Shield from the safe and headed for home. While the current debate on the legal right to carry intensifies, the number of women who are choosing to bear arms is increasing exponentially. My Shield is a prime example of this; gun manufacturers continue to increase products geared towards the ladies. After all, it’s a .40-caliber that can be worn on the waistband of my yoga pants and offers the luxury of a low recoil. The fact that two perfect worlds – gun carry and yoga pants– collide with my 5.11 range/yoga pants solidifies that women have made their presence known and manufacturers are listening.
IN BETWEEN HAVING my son and daughter, I chose to attend the police academy, ultimately achieving my law-enforcement certificate. It was during one of these academy days that I found myself competing against a fellow veteran – former 1st Battalion Army Ranger Nicholas Worthy (see American Shooting Journal’s Behind The Badge feature Heart Of Bronze in the July 2015 Issue) – in the tactical shooting challenge. Even though I took second in that competition, it was that decorated ranger who took first. He is now a field training officer with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office in Florida and my handsome fiancée. Our beliefs run parallel – whether you are purple, minion blue, male or female, everyone is equal.
The Second Amendment, by varying degrees depending on the state, has recently led to a controversial topic – open carry. In Florida, legislators are introducing bills that would allow citizens to carry weapons openly. In my own rationale, any person who carries a gun also bears the very heavy yet necessary burden to carry responsibly. This responsibility extends to whether I carry openly or concealed. However, if Florida does pass open-carry laws, I just might be able to accessorize a few new holsters that would match my daily wardrobe.
As my wardrobe collection expanded, I found a convenient place for my Heckler & Koch P2000 SK .40, which is now secured under my steering wheel. It’s kind of the same to me as Burberry in the fashion world, and I love them both. There are plenty of other mothers like me, such as my children’s godmother, Deputy Michelle Sweet. She works for the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and was a stay-at-home mother for 10 years. One day, she put on a pair of combat boots, pulled up her hair and enrolled alongside me in the academy. Deputy Sweet’s importance to the law-enforcement field is magnified because she is a woman and her leadership cannot be overstated.
Because of women in strong roles and their resilience in a historically male-dominated career, other women confidently set their sights on similar positions, and are getting the opportunity to serve alongside male counterparts in all areas of formerly male-only jobs, including military combat roles, SWAT teams and other special operations units. This is proof that we as a society are evolving when it comes to understanding the capabilities women possess.
IN 1788, RICHARD HENRY LEE proclaimed, “To preserve liberty, it is essential the whole body of people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them … ” It is pertinent that those of us who carry and train with weapons aid in the next generation’s safety, so mothers like us will practice, as well as teach our children the importance of gun safety and awareness. What is the best part of being friends with other mothers who carry? I don’t need to discuss why I just locked my purse up in her safe and opened that bottle of wine for a girl’s night in. The responsibility to maintain our guns in a safe manner falls directly on our shoulders. Practicing safety is paramount; there is no room for error.
When it comes to shooting, my family-owned Armalight AR-10 will always leave me smiling like I’m back cheering on the football field. My Burris 8-32×44 scope is excellent at spotting the rounds I’m sending down range. After all, it’s a long, long walk to that target. That unmistakable sound of a .308 or 7.62×51 will turn heads like a woman in a red dress.
What’s so exciting about our present day is there is no longer a norm for how things should be. Our rights protected under the Constitution are applied equally to everyone, as they should be.
MY NEXT MISSION IS LAW SCHOOL, although now that military infantry divisions are open to women, a girl could be tempted.
Going forward, I’ll be keeping a close watch on the evolution of new gun laws that may allow firearms to be carried on school campuses. Human beings have an inherent right to protect ourselves, our families and our properties. Our founding fathers placed such importance on this, it is second only to my freedom of speech.
Our first president, George Washington, declared, “Firearms stand next in importance to the constitution itself … They are the American people’s liberty … ” The Bill of Rights is just as ingrained within my veins as my blood type. The Second Amendment, withstanding all opposition thus far, still remains to ensure that individuals who wish to bear arms can do so. And with that, the numbers of women who choose to legally own, carry and shoot guns will continue to multiply.
THE REASONS A WOMAN CHOOSES to carry are often as diverse as women themselves. But for me, I carry because I choose to be a wife and mother who will always be at the ready; to fiercely guard and protect those I love. I’m the woman who chooses to accessorize with an extended mag in my everyday carry, because the cop I’m marrying just simply wouldn’t fit in my purse. ASJ
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Did you know that replacing the factory gas block on your AR-15 with an adjustable gas block can improve your rifle’s performance? Such as:
What is a Gas Block?
The typical factory gas block is pinned onto the barrel in front of the polymer handguard as part of the front sight assembly. If your rifle features a free-float aluminum handguard, then the gas block is typically a low-profile type that fits under that handguard. The job of the gas block is to take some of the hot gas from behind the bullet that comes through a gas port in the barrel, and direct it into the gas tube which drives the bolt carrier and cycles the action. Most gas blocks on factory AR-15s are fixed, meaning they just provide a path for the gas from the barrel to the gas tube. With a fixed gas block, all the gas and pressure that comes out of the gas port in the barrel will be used to cycle the action. In most AR-type rifles there is intentionally more gas than needed, so that if the gun gets dirty, it will continue to cycle. But often this overgassed situation is more than is really needed, adding to the recoil and increasing wear on parts. That’s where adjustable gas blocks come in. They provide a way to cut off a portion of the gas flow so the action can be driven less forcefully.
The Gas Block History
The concept of an adjustable-gas system has been around for quite a while. Competition shooters using M1 Garand rifles, a semiauto first used in the US military in 1936, found utility in adjustable gas plugs to regulate the cycling of the action by letting out a little extra gas. Perhaps the most prolific use was in the FN-FAL (Fabrique Nationale-Fusil Automatique Légerseries, a Belgium manufacturer) rifles developed after World War II. On the FNs, the amount of gas released out of the gas cylinder as the piston was cycling could be adjusted by hand, which controlled how much gas pressure was applied to the piston. This is similar to what the M1 competition shooters were doing with their adjustable gas plugs. The normal procedure is to tune down the gas pressure until the gun doesn’t fully cycle, then tune it up one click at a time until it cycles reliably, then go a few clicks further for reliability and you’ll be in the optimal zone. This way the gun is reliable with the least amount of recoil and stress possible, and it can be tuned to a specific type of ammunition as well.
Gas Blocks Today
This same concept is now being applied to the AR-15 and AR-10 family of rifles with modern adjustable gas blocks. The difference is on an AR-15 the gas adjustment cuts off some of the gas flow coming from the barrel instead of letting more of it out after it passes through the gas block, as on the FN-FAL and M1. Early adjustable gas blocks on AR-15s simply used a small metering screw on the side of the gas block that cut off gas flow as you screwed it in. The further you screwed it in, the less gas flow there was. Once adjusted, the screws were kept in place either by using Loctite or by just letting some carbon build up on the screw to hold it in place. This worked pretty well in practice and has been used by AR-15, 3-Gun shooters for years, but didn’t gain wide acceptance. In the past few years new designs have emerged that have taken the concept to the next level and improved shooter appeal. Brass locking screws have been added to ensure adjustments stay put without using Loctite, and low-profile versions have been made so they can fit under free-float forearms. Designing them to fit under most of the popular rail systems is a big plus for modern AR builders. Eventually, the desire for lockable settings was solved with spring-loaded detents that were used to lock adjustments in place with audible clicks. This made it possible to adjust the gas block under the handguard in the field by a known amount and have it automatically lock in place. For those wanting a more mil-spec (military specification or standards) type solution, this was very appealing and has brought these adjustable gas blocks into a far wider acceptance.
You’re probably wondering what difference would it really make in your gun’s performance if you used one of these. Well, there are three:
1) You can tune your rifle to run just as hard as is really needed, and by doing so you will experience less recoil and less movement of your sights off target, so your follow-up shots can be faster. What’s happening is that your bolt carrier group will cycle hard enough to extract, eject and feed reliably, but it won’t slam to a stop as hard at the rear of its stroke.
2) There will be less stress on your operating parts because they are not running any harder than necessary. It’s like running your car engine at lower revolutions per minute. Don’t worry, it will not feel slower while shooting.
3) Since you will be cutting off some of the gas going into the bolt carrier group, it’s common to get less carbon build-up in your bolt carrier and on your bolt. This will cause your gun to run cleaner, which can result in better reliability and easier cleaning.
All of these benefits are worthwhile for the shooter who wants to get all the performance possible from his or her rifle.
So how easy are they to install? If you are familiar with AR builds and installing gas blocks, then installing one of these is the same thing.
For those unfamiliar, it will require removing your flash hider or muzzle brake, removing your handguard, unpinning and removing your factory gas block and installing the new one using set screws or clamping screws to lock it into place. Then you reinstall your handguard and muzzle device. These days, with all the AR-15 home builders out there, this is pretty common knowledge, and the skills required are basic-level gunsmithing.
If you aren’t comfortable with this, find a reputable gunsmith who is proficient in AR builds; this will be an inexpensive gunsmithing job. There is no fitting required; it just involves taking off some parts and then reinstalling some parts. Adjustable gas blocks can be installed on any AR-15 or AR-10 rifle of any caliber or barrel length, as long as it uses a standard gas tube system. ASJ
By Brian Hormberg
One of the pioneers in the adjustable gas block concept is JP Enterprises, a well-known manufacturer of top-of-the-line race guns for 3-Gun competition. They made an entire system of it by combining adjustable gas blocks with low-mass bolt carriers and low-mass buffers. This concept called for lower reciprocating mass in the moving parts which needed lower gas pressure to run at the right speed. Adjustable gas blocks made this concept possible. The result is even less movement of the gun during firing and even faster recovery from the shot, which is a big advantage in competition. Low-mass systems are normally recommended for competition guns versus duty guns, since a full-mass system can run better when really dirty.
JP makes their adjustable gas blocks in several formats, including ones with rails on top of the gas block, fixed front-sight models, and low-profile units with lock screws that go under handguards. Syrac Ordnance and SLR Rifleworks are two companies that have recently introduced low-profile, click-adjustable models that can be easily adjusted from the front under the forearm. These are especially well suited to those who want a quick, predictable gas setting change when they switch from subsonic to supersonic or when going from suppressed to unsuppressed. The Syrac Ordnance model is completely self-contained, while the SLR Rifleworks model is designed for easy disassembly and cleaning. Both are small enough to fit under the thinnest aluminum forearm systems.
Another recent trend is to offer this same capability in a piston-driven format in addition to the more common direct gas design. If you like the idea of a piston-driven operating system and like the idea of adjustable gas settings, you can now have both together. The adjustable piston systems can be retrofitted to existing AR-15s or included in new builds just like the other gas blocks and provide the same advantages. The adjustable piston systems include a gas block, gas piston and a complete bolt-carrier group, in addition to the gas block itself to ensure compatibility. Low-profile versions are now in production from Adams Arms and Syrac Ordnance, and which allow you to fit an adjustable gas piston system under a wider selection of rail forearms than ever before possible and with the adjustment capability.
As more shooters become aware of the advantages of adjustable gas systems, they will likely continue to increase in popularity. All of this is another example of the incredibly wide selection of parts, designs and options available to today’s AR shooter. The operation and performance of the rifle can be customized and tuned to an amazing level, and is only limited by your imagination.
It could be a fun weekend shooting with friends, a 3-gun competition, civil disturbance, or zombie apocalypse (I know, so overdone). Guns get dirty, carbon builds up in all the typical places and guns lose accuracy and reliability. A quick in-the-field cleaning can keep guns running smoothly and accurately so you don’t find yourself without an operational gun when things are at their worse or best depending on how you look at it.
I’ve seen many articles on AR’s, but few on cleaning. Over the last few years, there have been numerous tools introduced to facilitate easier cleaning of the bolts and carrier groups and I wanted to compare them side by side to see if they worked and if they worked, how well? I called Brownells (who else) and promptly received a package which included:
– Cat M-4 Cleaning Tool
– The Otis B.O.N.E. (Bolt Operational Necessary Equipment)
– CRT-15 Carbon Removal Tool for AR-15
– Brownells AR-15 Bolt Radius Scraper
– Mark Brown Custom AR-15 Bolt Carrier Carbon Scraper
These items along with 20 boxes of Wolf .223 steel case, military classic ammo which felt dirty, so it was perfect for my project, a few boxes of hand loads from a friend (thanks Ted), and various leftovers from previous range sessions in both 5.56 and .223, I was ready to go.
For the evaluations, I needed to shoot. I used my Spikes Tactical 10.5” SBR with a Nickel-Boron bolt group plus a second bolt and carrier, borrowed from my 10” Spikes 300 Blackout, also Nickel-Boron. I then walked 100-yards to the backyard rifle and pistol range – I know, it’s a rough life. Within 10 minutes I was sent away for scaring the crap (literally) out of the wife’s new foster dog. Darnit
A half an hour later I arrived at the public range and started over. I shot 100 rounds then swapped bolts and carriers and as an added bonus, I twisted on an Advanced Armament 7.62 SD suppressor to increase the gas and pressure to the carrier, hopefully making it a bit more carbon coated (remind me to use this when shooting in the backyard). The nickel boron bolt groups performed well and I had no failures from the Spikes rifle. It digested all the various types of ammo with only a few failures-to-feed from the Wolf ammo but surprisingly the accuracy was really good.
The Clean Up
Cat M-4 Cleaning Tool
Pro – Small, simple one piece design, no moving parts. Bonus screw driver tip holder. Good performance and lightweight. It could be worn by women to attract the right type of guy.
Con – Not perfect. The Cat M-4 didn’t get all the carbon from the back of the carrier.
Pros – Also small, compact, fits easily into the little OTIS cleaning kits. It did a reasonable job on the bolt and a great job on the carrier. Just as with the CAT, it could be worn by a woman as a pendant to attract the right type of man.
Cons – The bone bolt cleaning end felt a bit loose to me.
CRT-15 Carbon Removal Tool for AR-15
Pro – Was the best at getting the carbon off the bolt. It was odd at first applying pressure to the small arm, but easy enough.
Con – Small arm may break off and the carrier recess did not get it as clean as the others.
Brownells AR-15 Radius Bolt Scraper
Pro – Did a great job on the bolt tail, removing most of the carbon the first time.
Con – This is a larger tool and better suited for the workshop. Only one function.
Mark Brown custom AR-15 Bolt Carrier carbon scraper
Pro – This did a great job cleaning the carrier recess.
Cons – This is also a large tool and best suited for the workshop. Only one function.
Conclusion: Size matters. All the tools did a good job knocking the excess carbon from the bolts and carriers. Used in the field I have no doubts that all of them would keep your AR’s running strong. Special thanks to Brownells for an outragous amount of support for this article.
About the author
Rick Ross is a NRA Life member, GSSF and IDPA competitor and AR enthusiast. He is not a Rapper.
Editors note: Rick Ross is an independent reviewer and contributor for Western Shooting Journal and at times, a known goof ball.
See the AR-15 Bolt Cleaning Tools Infograph here.