R Guns provides a wide variety of parts for AR15 and AK type rifles, and I purchased a Bolt Carrier Group from them back in 2012. This was during the height of the second ‘Obabo bans yer guns!!’ phase, and parts were hard to find. In terms of the purchase, R Guns was honest with their timeline for delivery, and was offering a fair price. Today, that price is even better, as a complete 5.56mm Bolt Carrier Group, or BCG, is only $95.00.
Materials wise, R Guns uses an excellent selection of steels. I’m not a metallurgist, so unfortunately I cannot elaborate why a company selects one steel over another, or what goes wrong when someone uses poor steel in their AR15 bolt. I can recognize patterns, though, and using Carpenter 158 steel in the bolt, 8620 steel in the carrier, and 4140 and 4340 steels in the Gas Key and Cam Pin are marks of companies that manufacture durable, reliable AR15 parts. The carriers are Shot Peened and MPI tested, ensuring that no microscopic failures or internal weak points make it into the final product. Continue reading
The Tactical Tailor Releasable Armor Carrier, or TT RAC, is a MOLLE Plate Carrier with an emergency release system. This MOLLE vest, still available from TacticalTailor.com, is a proven, durable design. Mine has been going strong for years, and shows no signs of wearing out.
Designed to carry front and rear SAPI plates up to size XL, as well as Side SAPI plates, the Tactical Tailor Releasable Armor Carrier is a straightforward design, with features that are now considered ‘standard’, but were introduced to the market in carriers like this. As would be expected of any Tactical Tailor product, construction is fantastic. Even with years of use on it, there’s nowhere on the vest that shows stitching coming out or fraying edges.
The ATF, or BATFE, originally approved the SIG Brace for use as a stabilizing device on AR15 pistols, and it remains legal for that use today. However, a recent letter from the ATF does counter the prevailing opinion on USE of the SIG SB15 brace. That change of opinion has been the source of much controversy, but that’s no surprise when the ATF is involved.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives does not write firearm laws, but they do interpret and apply them. The result of this interpretation is that the ATF has, for years, laid out guidelines or delineated use cases which were ‘best practice’ in terms of manufacturing, building, and shooting firearms. Now, you have to understand that the ATF never says “This is legal”, they simply issue opinions. Only the courts can actually say, “Yes, this is legal/illegal”. Since most people want to live normal lives, very few firearm owners intend to go to court to find out for sure what is and is not a violation of the GCA or NFA (Gun Control Act of 1968 and National Firearms Act of 1934, respectively).
Initially, SIG developed this ‘wrist brace’, which was designed to stabilize an AR15 pistol, or other large pistol, by wrapping around the shooter’s wrist. The ATF issued an opinion that adding this part to a pistol would NOT cause it to be an SBR (Short Barreled Rifle), and would not cause the firearm to be subject to the NFA. (Original ATF Letter here).
Inland Manufacturing was originally a division of GM that was retooled to make M1 carbines during WWII. In 2013, Inland Manufacturing LLC incorporated in order to produce modern reproductions of the M1 Carbine and M1 Carbine Paratrooper model. These rifles are being distributed by MKS Supply, located at http://www.mkssupply.com.
I think modern reproductions like this are awesome. With increasing demand and/or scarcity of vintage firearms, certain pieces like M1 carbines and M1 Garands can get expensive. For those that love the look and feel of these classic firearms, but aren’t stuck on owning an original, a reproduction can be an affordable way to get a fun piece to shoot.
G2 Research sent me an invite to check out their new innovative ammo at their booth at SHOT Show this year. The e-mail did not contain any specific details, though.
G2 Research is the company that brought us the G2 RIP, which, in my opinion, is a complete farce foisted on the gullible, and backed by lies and non-science. Given their history, the only interest I have in any new ammo from G2 Research is to debunk any wild claims that may be associated with it.
The header picture there is of me at a recent match. I’m glad it’s a photo and not a video, because a video would be proof of how badly I shot that stage. Here’s what happened: Continue reading
Arson Machine Co is a newer company that has developed a low profile light mount with interchangeable bases for compatibility with a wide variety of modular handguards. The company website is loaded with snark and relevant sarcasm, as the company honestly assesses the average AR15 owner even while making parts that will reliably serve any shooter. It’s refreshing to see a group that can make quality components while realizing that, for most of us, shooting is recreational and fun.
These mounts are constructed of 6061 Aluminum, and are Type III hard coat anodized. A unique element of the Arson Machine low profile light mounts is that the mount ring is identical across the various interface options. The mount is designed to keep the light as close as possible to the rifle fore end. No matter what the mounting system, Arson Machine Co light mounts fully deliver on their low profile name. I really like how tight the light is to the rifle with this mount.
Aimpoint has added another red dot optic to their stable, this one a lower cost version of their famous 30mm red dot. Much like the Aimpoint PRO before it, the Aimpoint Carbine Optic, or ACO, takes styling lines from the old Comp M2, but delivers a modern product at a more affordable price.
The Aimpoint Carbine Optic differs from the PRO in a couple of ways, most notably the battery life on the ACO is only 10,000 hrs, or about 1 year, while the PRO runs 3 years. Additionally, the PRO is NVG compatible with 6 daylight settings, while the ACO dot sight features 9 daylight settings. Continue reading
Aimpoint recently announced their Aimpoint Micro T-2 optic. This is functionally the same as the T-1, with the same runtime and specifications. The main differences are external, and are immediately apparent.
The T2 features shielded adjustment knobs, which are guarded by a protrusion from the housing. This should help prevent unwanted adjustment from impact or abrasion. Additionally, the lens caps are now integrated, instead of being a separate piece.
The thing I’m most excited about is that the T-1s may come down in price on the used market, as not all of us have the bankroll to equip every one of our carbines with optics.
Recently a photo began circulating of a female member of the YPG, Kurdish People’s Protection Units, that claimed she had killed over 100 ISIS fighters on her own. Unfortunately, there’s no verification of this one way or the other. While we’d all love to think that there’s this super-skilled warrior over there taking ISIS to task, it’s far more likely that this is a propaganda piece. I have no doubt that the woman in the photo is a brave fighter and is actually putting her life on the line to fight back against ISIS. However, it’s anyone’s guess as to whether the 100 jihadis she has taken out is an inflated number or just a testament to her skill.
What’s not in doubt, however, is that there are a huge number of dedicated female soldiers on the front lines fighting ISIS. The Kurdish Peshmerga is a well trained defense group fielded by the native Kurds in Iraq and Syria. There is a complete battalion in the YPG that is exclusively female. Every single one of these ladies deserves respect, as they’re not only training and fighting, but they’re going up against one of the most brutal organizations currently operating in the Middle East. Continue reading