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April 20th, 2017 by AmSJ Staff

If you haven’t seen the AR-15 Can Cannon soda launcher, you are seriously missing out.
This is a fairly new, innovative, and badass way to fire, launch, or otherwise shoot your favorite (or least favorite) soda! At least one company has made a “Can Cannon” that’s compatible with either an AR-15 or an M16.
Think the idea came from non-lethal weapons, law enforcements uses the shotgun to shoot bean bags at the bad guy when they don’t want to seriously injure them.
Here’s what it looks like in action:
XProducts has made one such fun way to abuse your favorite soda called the Can Cannon.
The company says,
“The Can Cannon is a 100% legal soda can launcher for your AR-15/M16 rifle. The Can Cannon is perfect for launching soda cans and other similarly sized objects such as tennis balls, paint cans, t-shirts, or the X Products Grappling Hook”

other possibilities include a net launcher, dog training dummies, lawn darts, and a harpoon! Why says XProducts: “because you can!”

Sources: Snipers & Weapons FB, Craig Raleigh

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March 20th, 2017 by jhines

I know that we all love having fun shooting our AR’s but when its over, its time to get to the business of cleaning. Having a specific tool like the CAT M4 is an invaluable piece to have so you can get into the nooks and crannies of your bolt carrier group.

With this tool you can clean your firing pin and the chamber area where the firing pin sits. It can still be done without this tool, but with a CAT M4 handy it makes your life easier.

Video Transcription
Ok Youtube, I was watching Peter with the Army channel the other day, and he had a tool to help you clean the bolt of your AR-15, and it looked like a quality-made product, so I decided to pick one up, and there’s all their informaton right there on the card, just comes in a little ziplock bag, and then this cardboard. And then in the cardboard, is folded up, is the tool itself, and then instructions on how to use it. Very simple, all the steps you can use to clean it, and then just some literature on the back.

So, figured I’d give it a shot. I literally just got this in the mail, and I haven’t cleaned my bolt in a while. As you can see, it -if it’ll focus in on there- you can tell there’s quite a bit of carbon build-up, and it’s fairly dirty in there as well. Not that it’s going to show up too well. But I thought I’d give this thing a try, and just kinda going step-by-step on it.

The first part’s gonna be to clean the carbon off here. So as you can see, hopefully, this part is beveled and polished just to fit just the specifications of your bolt, so you just slide it in there, and then twist, is what they’re saying. Then off comes the dirt. And it seems to be working pretty good. I mean it’s– I guess this wasn’t quite as dirty as I thought it was. It’s not getting in there as tight. Actually, yeah, it smooths that right up. I mean there’s not a whole lot– you’re gonna see the dirt that’s on there. But it loosened up there.

Now I will say that this has been– the last time I cleaned this, I took a little pick and scraped that, because it had built up so bad. I’d never even paid attention to it, which is my fault for not cleaning it that well, but that tool does a pretty good job.

And now the flat part sticks in there, and you’re supposed to just kinda turn it a little bit, loosen up the dirt, and you can see– that’s gonna be a lot dirtier, because cleaning in there is something I’ve never done. You’re supposed to just clean in there a little bit, and then you can either– you’re supposed to thread this through (if I can do it) there we go, you thread that through and then fold it over to where it holds on, and then do it again. That fits in there snug. Wow. Can you tell there’s some dirt in there? Another option you can do is just fold it over the top and do the same thing. I guess the reason you don’t fold it over the top is so you don’t lose it once it’s in there. But yeah, definitely got some more work to do on cleaning that.

And the other piece is that little cross-shaped cutout. You just stick your firing pin there, as you can tell, it’s got some dirt on it. But it’s supposed to clean right around in here, so you just stick it through that hole, it kinda fits in that recess, and then you just turn it. And actually, it’s getting off quite a bit. Just pull down and spin is all I’m doing, and as you can see there’s quite a bit of junk on that– I don’t think it’s a blade, just that kinda sharp edge that gets right up against it there. Get a new square here… I know this isn’t the best review, but that’s probably the cleanest this thing’s been since I bought it. I mean I guess you could get a little pick and scrape in there, but without having a pick, that works pretty good. I’m pretty impressed at how that scrubs that metal, because it has the perfect tolerances, just to clean that metal just perfectly to where it won’t scrape the metal and remove any metal, but it cleans off all that carbon. So yeah I think it’s a pretty good little product.

And of course, also if you have any little screwdriver bits, it allows you to use that as a screwdriver bit right here. So. But yeah, it’s a CAT M4 cleaning tool. Made in the USA. Yeah, if you’re looking for someone to clean your AR bolt, they also make one for the 762 bolts. Anything that fits in a standard AR-15 bolt like a 6.8 SPC bolt will work in here too. If you need to go to the larger bolt carrier, like te AR-10 bolt carrier, they do have a tool for cleaning the larger AR-10 bolts as well. So just something to check out if you’re interested.

Alright, I’m gonna finish cleaning this and put it all back together.

Sources: The Peruano57 Youtube, Army Channel

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March 19th, 2017 by jhines

Razorback 22LR Beltfed Conversion for the AR15 rifle – Credits go to LSM1213
Tired of stacking up old magazines on your plinker? Lakeside Guns has the solution for you — a beltfed .22 LR. Correct, the Lakeside Machine has a clever transformation for AR-15 style rifles, called the Razorback. This altered upper receiver allows you go through rimfire ammunition by means of a belt. Maybe best of all, it requires no alteration to the lower receiver to slap one on. In general, the Razorback gives off an impression of being for the most part a novelty but be that as it may, what the hell, it would so cool to bring one at the range.

This is a Razorback Beltfed 22 rimfire conversion for the AR15 rifles. No modifications to your lower and totally reversible back to centerfire. Lakeside Machine LLC is the worlds only maker of beltfed rimfires. Compare price and simply the total cool factor of this conversion……simply the BEST value in rimfire out there today!!

Sources: Lakeside Guns Youtube

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March 16th, 2017 by jhines

A gun specialist and a trauma specialist gives us an answer by reproducing a scene from the 1986 war film, Platoon. With the assistance of a fast camera, we will get a good idea on the degree of harm. The M16 slug 5.56 (.223) is known for its “tumble” which is essentially what causes the harm.

Nonetheless, while most lead center slugs do this after they enter the tissue, the M16’s speed also adds to the injuries. From a distance of 30 feet, what will happen to the ballistic gel mannequin? What will be the impact to the imperative organs? Let’s see!

Video Transription
Paul Dalby is a weapon’s expert with more than 30 years’ experience testing firearms and explosives.

“What I’m holding here is the iconic M16 Assault Rifle. This particular example being a Vietnam veteran. It’s a 5.56 caliber weapon, fed from a 20-round box magazine. It’s accurate to 500 meters, and fires at a rate of 700 rounds per minute.”

To show the damage caused by a single M16 bullet to the human body, Paul will fire into a block of Ballistic gel that has the same density as human tissue. A high-speed camera shows the extent of the damage caused by the bullet.

Adam Brooks is a trauma surgeon and expert in ballistic injuries. He’s treated similar wounds on the battlefield and will be examining the extent of the bullet’s impact.

“This Ballistic Gel is very much like incising tissues of the body, and I’ll try and cut along the track of this round, so we can get an idea of the damage that it’s done. So here’s the entry of the bullet, for the first five or six centimeters, very little in the way of destruction or damage to tissues, but then as the round slows down and turns on its side in the tissue, we get this cavitation effect. All the energy’s dumped into the body, and you get tearing and huge amount of trauma to tissues. And then finally, you can see how the round has twisted, turned on its axis to the point where it’s pointing backwards here and come to rest, still within the body.”

If just a single shot from an M16 rifle causes such devastation to a human body, what will be the effect of tree direct hits to the chest?

To recreate the scene from Platoon, this Ballistic gel mannequin will represent Sargent Elias. Inside are representations of the vital organs: The heart and lungs, liver, and kidneys. Paul will be firing in semiautomatic mode from a distance of 30 feet. The same shooting distance as in the movie.

“Weapon clear.”

Every one of Paul’s bullets hit their mark, but have they missed the vital organs, as they did in Platoon?

“He’s been hit low down, just taking the edge of the kidney out, and that’s going to bleed, you can see the blood around the model. He’s got two other injuries, here and here. Both of which have caught the edge of the right lung. Although the lung has been deflated a little bit, it’s not an immediately life-threatening injury.”

So Elias could have survived Barns’ assault, to later reappear from the jungle, only to meet his maker at the hands of enemy fire. But after surviving three bullets to the chest, would Elias really have been able to run into the clearing?

“Elias could have got up and run, for a period of time.”

Sources: Smithsonian Channel, Paul Dalby, Adam Brookes

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March 15th, 2017 by jhines

This AR-15 with a two-inch barrel takes it to another level and is just insane.

AR-15 style rifles sporting shorter length barrels are high in demand these days. But how short is just too short on a registered short barreled rifle (SBR)?

Well, try this one. Yes, that barrel is actually only two inches long. When firing the 5.56x45mm/.223 caliber cartridges, the tips of the bullets protrude out of the barrel. This can be witnessed in the video before each shot is taken.

Is a 2″ barrel a good idea on an AR-15 rifle? Maybe not, but it does still shoot. Would you take a chance and shoot this ultra short-barreled AR-15?

Sources: High Caliber ConversionsLLC Youtube, Eric Nestor

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March 1st, 2017 by AmSJ Staff

The past few years have been explosive for awesome new parts for ARs. Most of the time it’s small details that add up, but sometimes you get one that really shakes things up and gets you to your core.

Enter: Dead Foot Arms MODIFIED CYCLE SYSTEM Folding AR Stock. The first of its kind to be capable of firing even while the stock is folded. Something the AK could do that the AR couldn’t is now AR-capable and ready to roll.

This new stock was displayed at SHOT Show 2016. What do you think? Have you seen it? Isn’t it cool?

Here’s a video to say even more about it.

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December 23rd, 2016 by jhines

[su_heading size=”30″]Are you like this guy?[/su_heading]

Or, are you with that crowd that is still sitting on the fence to buy an AR? Or, maybe you decided that you wanted to invest in one but not sure of which brand? Or, you did get one but still not sure if you got the right AR15?

Well, personally as an editor I can’t tell you which on the market is the best, even though I spent over 20 years carrying the military version of an AR and I do appreciate a good piece of machinery. So we’ll let this Youtuber from Wrangler Star explain his reasoning for going with a DDM4V7, yeh its a Daniel Defense brand. Please chime in and let us know if you’re an AR owner and why/how did you choose the AR that you have.

[su_heading size=”30″]Video Transcription[/su_heading]

If you followed the channel for any length of time, you all know that I have been on the quest for the perfect AR15. Well, the perfect AR15 for me. My goodness, it has been a hard, hard decision. Now I’ve had an AR15 that I’ve built, years and years ago, that I’ve always been unhappy with. I’m not an armorer, I was not an expert at the time when I built it, I didn’t know a lot when I specced everything out, and it has not been reliable. And the thing about it that’s bothered me the most, as it sat in the gun cabinet all of those years, being my primary home-defense weapon: Um, I haven’t trusted it. I have not trusted it and I have been uneasy about it ever since I’ve owned it. I’ve wanted a high-quality AR15 that I could completely rely upon, that I could– would make me sleep well at night.

So, started digging in, and man oh man is there a lot of experts, AR15 experts, on the internet. And on the forums. I am not one of them, but I wanted to be informed, I wanted to buy the right one, I wanted to make sure that it was going to be the perfect gun for me. I narrowed it down between many, you know there’s great resources out there, I watched videos from Nuttin Fancy, I watched videos from Hickok45, Iraqwatveteran, if I’m leaving you out, HOSSUSMC, there’s so much good information out there; so much bad information out there. What I kinda narrowed it down to was, of course, the colt. The 6920, the M4, the classic military version- ‘mil spec’ if you want to call it- and also the new Ruger was good, I looked at that one, the M&P was good, I looked at that, Daniel Defense of course, TangoDown, RueTactical, so many of them. But I finally decided.

Can you guess which one I went with?

I’ll show you here. I went with the DanielDefense DDM4V7 AR15. And I am stoked. you know, one of the couple of the turning points was, I still wasn’t decided when I went to the gunshop, they had everything that I wanted there, and they even had this one in stock. I knew they had it, I had seen it there before. But I watched NuttinFancy’s review on it, I watched Hickok45, this is what he bought for himself. NuttinFancy bought the very same gun for himself. And man, they are expensive. It’s hard to justify, you know, I could have had almost two of the discount colts, or the Ruger, or the M&P for the price of one of these. Man that’s a tough one, that’s a tough one when you’re sitting there thinking ‘man I could have TWO ARs for the price of one Daniel Defense, but in the end– do I need two? I already have two– in the end, this is he one that I wanted that puts my mind at ease at nighttime.

So I don’t know, there’s a lot of guys that have a lot more experience with these than I do, and I’m not an expert, but I’ll tell you kinda what it is I like about it. So Daniel Defense, I mean, they make some of the finest, you know, some would even argue kind of going beyond military specifications in quality. As Hickok said, it’s hard to find someone that has anything bad to say about Daniel Defense. They’ve been making ARs for what, a decade now? And they just ooze quality and attention to detail. I mean, they are just wonderful for a mid-range– I guess you would probably call this a mid-to-upper range or something– but what you have is you have that their own proprietary stock, which is no-rattle, mil-spec tube, buffer tube, staked castle nuts, you’ve got M16 Bolt Carrier group, you’ve got proprietary handle, you’ve got enlarged kind of weld magazine well, a wonderful rail attachment system, all M-lock, chrome-lined barrel, cold hammer forged, I mean the list just goes on and on and on, it’s just quality, quality, quality. And I’d actually kind of decided when I was– as I was pulling into the parking lot. ‘Ok, I’m gonna buy two colts, and I’m done’. But when I put the colt next to it, and I spent an hour there, I made the poor guy’s life merable, just having my hands on it, feeling it, looking at it, looking at everything, this just was head and shoulders above. Fit and finish, the quality, just the feel of it, it is, it’s wonderful. It’s absolutely wonderful.

One thing of course, you know, that everyone wants to do, is modify their guns when they get them. Personalize it, you know? Make it your own. And I get that. What am I going to do to mine? I’m not gonna do hardly anything. I’m gonna put a trigger in it. I’ve got a RockRiver stage 2 trigger that I have on my other one that I really like, the trigger on this is not great. It’s just your typical trigger. I do not like it. I’ve been used to shooting a nice trigger, and this is not it. That’s it. That’s all I’m going to do on it. I’m gonna put an EoTech on it, um… a sling? I’m not gonna go on and mess it up. I am– that’s what you do when you’re younger, you know? You modify your cars and you start changing everything, you think that you know better than the engineers who actually build these things, and what I’ve learned is, I don’t. I’m just doing things to cut down reliability or– I’m gonna leave it alone. It is perfect as it is. That’s why you pay the extra money to buy something like this, is because there’s very little that needs to be done with it. So, just couldn’t be happier with it. The Daniel Defense, they just make wonderful guns. I would buy another one, I’ve already looked into which one I want next, you know, down the road, but um– I’ll do– I don’t know, this is not a gun channel, I don’t know if I’m going to be doing any shooting with it, or do much further with it, but I know there was a lot of questions, because I already talked about it, and everybody knew I was looking for one, but man, lightweight. What is it, six-point-two pounds? You know, without the magazine on it. But isn’t that cool? Absolutely love it.

So, now the next question is going to be on the optic. I want magnification, because, where I live, there’s predators and pests, long shot. Four-hundred meters from the house. That’s how far away you could shoot. So I want something, growing up in a hunting family, I never hunted, my grandfather never hunted with any more than a four-power scope. And we hunted eastern Oregon for Rocky-mountain roosevelt elk, and many of those shots were in excess of three-hundred, four-hundred yards. Never once did we ever use anything more than a four-power scope. I’m comfortable with that. Three-power, four-power is fine. So, what optic do I want to put on here? I’m looking at the magnifier, the oetech magnifier, since I’ve already got the eotech I’ve got half the investment done, I’m looking at, you know, there’s the Vcog, or do I step up and get one of those, a variable Vcog, there’s some new sights from Leupold, those are very interesting. Oh, I’m gonna put sights on it. So I’m gonna put co-witnessing sights. I’ll probably just throw Mbus on there, maybe Mbus pros. We’ll see. So it’s gonna kinda depend on what optic I use. You know, how that– where it’s gonna fit. So, still fleshing that all out. So give me your take on which AR you bought and why; if you have one of these, let me know in the comments what you think about it, give me some optic options. You know I know eotech has had some bad press and some issues lately, I’ve read about that, I’m aware of that, and the variations in temperature, and losing zero, you know, that’s something to consider too, but I don’t know. I’m not the expert. But this is what I chose, this is what was best for me, I’m not saying this is the best one in the world, it just was the one that I wanted and the one that was the best fit for me. There’s a lot of great ones out there. But this I think is among the top-tier. So, that’s it. Sharing that with you. So thanks for watching, and we’ll see you guys on the next video.

Sources: Wrangler Star Youtube

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