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Bolt-on Side Charging Handle

OK. Let me start off with a confession: I can’t believe I like this product. And I know as I am typing this many people reading this will be rolling their eyes muttering, “C’mon, Dude!”. And since you weren’t there, I sympathize. “There is no-way this product isn’t a gimmick”, is literally what I said out loud as I eye’d …

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Worst Deal Camp Perry 2016

So we swung by the Springfield shop during the 2016 National Matches at Camp Perry. And just like 2015, the super-crazy priced HK91 / G3 Magazines were still sitting there. You will note, we reported on these last year. Makes you wonder if they are really interested in selling them or just stock them as wall hangers? What I did …

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Another Strike Against The 300 Blackout

Our regulars know that, at least for the foreseeable future, we want nothing to do with the 300 Blackout cartridge. Yes, I am aware that it is the flavor of the day. Yes, I am aware that it’s optimal for suppression. Yes, I am aware many say it preforms like a 7.62×39 but in a AR. Sure. Sure. Which is …

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I am over the Magnetospeed

A close friend of ours purchased a Magnetospeed a while back. He wanted to replace his old fashioned chronograph that uses screens and a dot-matrix printer. Yes, you read that right. It kicks out little pieces of rolled, white paper with blue ink typed on it. Running it awhile and the shooter starts to feel like he’s in a 1979 …

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Foamed Out Gas Tube

Just foam out the barrel he said. It’ll be quick he said. You’ll be done before that meeting he said. Fudge. Now I remember why I use this primarily on bolt guns.     Marky www.tacticaltshirts.com www.john1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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I don’t hand load the PTR 91

I could also title this article, “I don’t hand load the HK91” but I like to be specific. It’s a PTR 91 GI Model, that is a really good copy of the HK91 battle rifle. Many know I carry this rifle as a “truck gun”. What I lose in manual of arms and appropriateness for the CQB role, I pickup …

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How Shotshells Are Made

Even if you don’t handload, you probably have a good idea how shotshells are loaded. Powder, wad, shot, crimp. It’s pretty basic. But what about the actual shell? Ever thought about how those are made? I have to say I was impressed when I first saw it. Shotshells start as big hoppers full of little plastic pellets that are melted …

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Witness Marks on Screws

Gang, I use a simple sharpie marker in silver color. This generally isn’t in an area that gets a large amount of friction, so there’s not a lot of risk in it rubbing off. For those that really need EVERYTHING to be subdued (you know who you are), I use a red sharpie.Here’s a couple examples: the silver is on my …

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My Wildcat Cartridge

A “wildcat” cartridge is one where a hobbyist shooter comes up with on his or her own unique cartridge usually by necking an existing one up or down to a different caliber. Some get “legitimized” when it proves so popular that a manufacturer puts it into production, such as the .257 Roberts, which is the 7x57mm Mauser necked down to …

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Antler Tools

Here’s a simple DIY project for your inner buckskinner—cool looking and functional blackpowder tools made from the antlers of that little dinker you shot last season and are too ashamed to put on the wall. Since blackpowder charges are volumetric, it’s easy to make a powder measure from a chunk of antler. It takes a little trial and error to …

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Custom VP & P320 Triggers: The YGF

I realize this post will be somewhat controversial, but I was asked for an honest opinion. The reader wanted to know, “who is the best “custom shop” for HK VP9 and SIG P320 triggers?” My answer as of July, 2016? They all suck. To explain why I answer this way it is important to understand who I am speaking with. …

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Dangerous Old Holster

This image has been around a while but the issue is so important that I think it warrants a post on our website. What you see here is an old leather holster that is no longer safe for carry. Hopefully our readers understand the issue without me having to explain it like it’s your first day on planet Earth. So…the …

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Removing SCAR 16 Front Rail

Been running a SCAR for at least 4 years. Over time I have developed some opinions about it’s features. So this past winter I decided I needed to address one glaring issue I have. The for-end is too thick. Well, at least for how I keep the rifle configured. One, I prefer a light at 12 o’clock. My reasoning is …

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Interesting SCAR PDW Stocks

Found these images recently and thought they were interesting. It seems more and more aftermarket options are coming out for the SCAR rifles. I figured my fellow SCAR users would like to see these. Both stocks shown here are known as PDW stocks. Very similar to some of the German HK varieties. Since the SCAR doesn’t use a buffer-tube, it …

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Video: 223 FAL — SA-4800

We had a reader inquire about the 223 / 5.56 FAL we have in the armory. His main questions were: Can it use PMAGs? If so, what generation of PMAGs? What do we think of GI / STANAG Magazines? Where to get one without a thumbhole stock? Can I mount a red-dot (RDS) to it? Can I SBR it or …