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A while back I wrote an article exploring if a free-floated rifle barrel was necessary for a combat rifle and the answer was generally no.   I’m still convinced of that, BUT, what if you want to wring out the most accuracy from your barrel, or you want the options of additional mounting points for accessories? If the answer to free-float is yes, what free-float handguard should you get?  I’ve tried many of them and I have settled on the ALG EMR series.   The top three reasons I chose ALG are the handguard mounting method, the size and ergonomic design of the handguard, and the price.

ALG Defense EMR Free-Floating Handguards: Best Value in AR15 Rails

ALG Defense EMR Free-Floating Handguards: Best Value in AR15 RailsA while back I wrote an article exploring if a free-floated rifle barrel was necessary for a combat rifle and the answer was generally no.  I’m still convinced of that, BUT, what if you want to wring out the most accuracy from your barrel, or you want the options of additional mounting points for accessories? If the answer to free-float is yes, what free-float handguard should you get?  I’ve tried many of them and I have settled on the ALG EMR series.  The top three reasons I chose ALG are the handguard mounting method, the size and ergonomic design of the handguard, and the price. Not only are they the best value for the money, I think they have the best combination of features for any money.  All of the ALG handguards shown here were purchased with my own money.  I have no connection with ALG whatsoever. from left to right: V0-E, purple V-1, “Desert Dirt” V-2, and V-3 ALG Defense is the value brand side of Geissele Automatics, makers of very high-end and very expensive gun parts. The ALG line is simpler and moderately priced.  If I’ve heard correctly, ALG is owned by Bill Geissele’s wife and ALG are her initials, and her favorite color is purple… so you will see a lot of purple products. EMR stands for Ergonomic Modular Rail . My precision rifle, mid-length gas with a 12″ EMR V2 Before I make my case, let me say that I am a nerdy civilian in my late 40’s with a small budget.  I have been shooting and building AR rifles for many years and fit best into the modern-Minuteman category.  I am neither a door-kicking infantryman nor an LEO.  I need a simple, reliable rifle that can serve neighborhood watch and also boogaloo duty.  I don’t have a lot of money to test gear that doesn’t satisfy and I don’t have much interest in fashion, particularly gun fashion. Trendy gear or Gucci-gear irritates me. My gear must be practical, affordable, self-serviceable , and meet my needs. I regularly test myself and my gear at local “tactical” shooting matches and have used ARs with standard A2-type handguards with great success…. but after writing the Before-And-After free-floating article, I decided to test my limits with accurate bench shooting with an AR-15, and using a free-floated barrel is necessary. What handguard to buy? I settled on the ALG EMR series, and it would take a lot to make me use something different at this point. I am thoroughly happy with them. My duty gun, mid-length gas with a 10″ EMR V0-E Superior Mounting System The primary feature that initially interested me in the EMR rails was the mounting method.  The EMR uses a proprietary aluminum barrel nut and shims to index correctly on the upper receiver.  Then the handguard is slid over the top of the barrel nut and bolted down with sturdy screws.  The handguard and barrel nut are precisely machined to give a perfect, no-slip fit. This makes for a very rigid and straightforward connection between the handguard and the rifle, and the first requirement of any free-float handguard is that it be solid. Barrel nut, shims, attachment hardware, and handguard. Once installed with the purple barrel nut wrench, the handguard slides on and is bolted down to the sturdy barrel nut. It’s a perfect and precise fit. The first free-float handguard I bought was an early Troy brand that attached to a standard GI barrel nut with little c-clamps. That didn’t seem too sturdy to me and I quickly sold it. A very popular current design method for various handguards is to have a split at the bottom of the handguard that uses bolts to pinch it together around the barrel nut, and I have one of those. But this friction-only method or the later addition of adhesive (glue?) or a bolt that goes in a groove on the barrel nut never impressed me. By pinching the handguard together at the bottom, it creates stress on the metal which can lead to failure, especially under tight sling tension. BCM claims on their website that the squeezing at the bottom causes the top of the rail to slightly deform, so their mount squeezes at the top. Well, okay. A clamp-on handguard above and the EMR direct bolt-on below. The EMR design is stronger and puts less stress on the handguard. The ALG EMR avoids all of this metal stress by simply bolting the handguard straight on the barrel nut, no stress on the metal, and no stress on you in attaching it. It is very easy to assemble and easy to take the handguard off of the barrel nut if need be. It does require a special barrel nut wrench, but that’s only a $5 extra charge, and you’ll use it for all the other EMRs you will buy. The EMR barrel nut and handguard mating surface is long, which prevents flexing or slipping at the barrel nut end when force is applied to the front end.  There are more rigid mounting designs than the EMR, such as the LaRue, but they are bulky, complicated, and expensive. The EMR serves my purposes well. Look at that gap! Sweet! Once assembled, there is a slight and necessary gap between the handguard and the upper receiver. This prevents the handguard from making contact with the upper when using a loaded bipod or other shooting aids like a tight sling Ergonomics and other Design Features The second feature that makes the EMR a winner is the shape of the handguard. The E in EMR stands for ergonomic, and yes it is.  It feels really good in my hand, unlike a quad rail. When the human hand grips something, it’s most comfortable if that thing is round, not square. Corners suck. The EMR has no corners, except on the Picatinny rail (if it has a rail). It’s embarrassing a bit, but I want to touch it. It feels like it belongs in my hand.  I want it there.  That may just be my preference, so let’s move on to something more objective. ALG EMR V0-E: I want to touch it The diameter is just the right size, not too big, and not too small.  The trend in free-floating handguards is to make them smaller in diameter, to the point where some are now labeled “super-slim”, and longer too, out to 15 or more inches. But this has produced a problem. When fired, a rifle barrel vibrates, and a free-float handguard is supposed to allow the barrel to wobble freely.  These narrow handguards do not give the barrel or the covered gas block room to freely move, and they bang around inside like the clapper on a bell. Try this: take a free-floated rifle barrel and hold it in one hand by the handguard, then take the palm of your hand and push the muzzle to the side.  Can you push hard enough to make the barrel or gas block touch the inside of the handguard?  Too small!  If you can apply enough pressure by hand to get contact with the handguard, it’s happening every time you fire the rifle. This problem gets worse the longer the handguard gets. (Editor: load a bipod? Check your gas block. It may be touching something.) Super skinny handguards do not leave enough room for the barrel and gas block to move freely. The EMR is large enough in diameter to give enough room for the barrel to vibrate without touching the inside of the handguard, and yet small enough to be sleek and easy to handle.  It’s about as big around as a toilet paper tube in your hand.  My advice if you purchase ANY free float tube… ALG, or otherwise, is get one just long enough to cover the gas tube interface with the gas block.  Super long handguards turn into super long levers when pressure is applied to the front end, and you don’t have to be Archimedes of Syracuse to know that a little force on a long lever can move or bend quite a bit. Shorter equals rigidity. ALG EMR: Plenty of room inside for a low profile gas block to vibrate during firing and not touch the inside of the handguard. Discontinued Faxon on the left, ALG EMR in the middle, old-school DPMS on the right The shorter the better. When choosing a free-floating handguard, choose one that will just cover the gas tube connection to the gas block. The longer the handguard gets, the more it will bend under pressure. The EMR also comes in various configurations, labeled 0, 1, 2, and 3.  Variant 0 has no attachment points save for a ring of basic ALG slots at the end. Variants 1-3 all have M-Lok slots along the length of the handguard.  Variant 1 has no top rail, variant 2 has a short M1913 Picatinny rail at the front end for a front sight and smooth ramp at the other end to transition from the upper receiver rail, and variant 3 has a full length M1913 top rail.  It may be a secret, but the “ not M-Lok” slots on the V0-E will take some M-lok devices that do not span two slots, not perfectly, but they will work. All EMR handguards also come equipped with anti-rotation tabs and two integrated anti-rotational QD slots at the base of the rail at the 2 and 10 o’clock positions. There were some keymod EMR handguards made at one time, so there are some out in the wild of you have your heart set on that system. V0-E is smooth with slots for a special ALG rail at the front (but some M-Lok work, shhh!) V1 has M-Lok slots all around, even on top V2 has M-Lok slots all around, with a smooth transition from the upper receiver rail and a short section of rail at the front for a BUIS. If you want a BUIS, this is the smooth rail to get V3 has M-Lok all around and a continuous rail on top Overall Value The third feature that makes the EMR a winner is the price.  As of this writing, EMRs at Brownells run between $145 and $175 based on length and variant .  Sometimes you can buy clearance or blemished products right from ALG’s website, and for a while the V0-E handguards were on a blowout clearance for under $50.  I bought several.  Even at full retail price, I can’t find another handguard that has as many features and does the job as well as the EMR at its price point.  It’s simply the best handguard in its class.  However, in looking at various vendors in writing this article, I cannot find any V-1 or V-0 handguards in stock.  That may be due to production shortages, but I hope it isn’t because ALG has decided to discontinue them.  These simple, well-engineered, and robust handguards fill a need that nothing else can do.  If you want a V-1 or a V-0, search the gun boards and used markets.  They regularly sell for under $100 used. But don’t forget the purple wrench! Closeup of V-2 upper transition ramp, smooth on the hand. Anti-rotation tabs are also visible. closeup of the front rail section on the V-2 If you want to use BUIS, get the V-2. ALG offers a bolt-on rail for the smooth top rails, but it might interfere with the gas block underneath. The V-2 has the rail already machined in place, with lots of room for the gas block An M-Lok flashlight mount fits on the V0-E. It’s not an exact fit, but it will work. If you are interested in checking out the railed V3X click here to browse at Brownells. If you are interested in checking out the Slick V2X click here. Share: Google Twitter Facebook Pinterest Reddit More Tumblr LinkedIn Pocket Email Print

Pmags at DSG Arms: 10 for $79

Pmags at DSG Arms: 10 for $79

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Understanding the Castle Doctrine

Understanding the Castle Doctrine

The Castle doctrine or “stand your ground law” varies from state to state. The Castle doctrine is a common law doctrine stating that an individual has no duty to retreat when he is in his or her home, and may use reasonable force, including deadly force, to defend his or her property, person, or another. Outside of the home however, an individual has a duty to retreat, if able to do so, before using reasonable force. Stand your ground laws, by comparison, remove the common law or requirement to retreat outside of one’s home, allowing an individual to use force in self-defense when there is a reasonable belief of a threat. Deadly force is reasonable under stand your ground laws in certain circumstances, such as imminent great bodily harm or death. Forty-six states have incorporated the Castle doctrine into law. Most, if not all states courts have recognized the common-law privilege to challenge an unlawful entry into one’s home, to the extent that a person’s conduct does not rise to the level of a crime. Deadly force is justified in defense of one’s property by a person who is privileged to be on the premises reasonably believes such force is necessary to prevent an attempt by the criminal trespass or to commit any crime of violence. As of the writing of this article 20 states have stand your ground laws. Generally, these laws allow an individual to use force in self-defense when there is a reasonable belief of a threat, without an obligation to retreat first if the individual (one) has a legal right to be at the location and (two) is not engaged in an unlawful activity. Most states laws specifically requires an individual to retreat, if able to do so, before using reasonable force. Castle Doctrine The Castle doctrine is a common-law doctrine that designates a person’s home (or, in some states, anyplace legally occupied, such as a car or place of work) is a place in which the person has certain protections and immunities and allow such a person in certain circumstances, to attack an intruder instead of retreating. Typically, deadly force is considered justified homicide only in cases when the actor reasonably feared imminent peril of death or serious bodily harm to oneself or another. The doctrine is not a defined law that can be invoked, but is a set of principles which is incorporated in some form in the law of most states. 46 states including Illinois, have incorporated the Castle doctrine into law. Florida Florida stand your ground law came into the national spotlight following the shooting death of teenager Trey von Martin by a neighborhood watch volunteer, George Zimmerman. Florida law states that a person has a right to stand his or her ground if he or she (one) reasonably believes it’s necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm, (two) is not engaged in an unlawful activity and (three) is attack in any place where he or she has a right to be (F S A 776. 013 (3)). Florida courts have interpreted the legislature’s creation of the stand your ground law as creating an affirmative defense expanding the right of self-defense and abolishing the common-law “duty to retreat” when a person uses deadly force in self-defense to prevent imminent great bodily harm or death. But in cases where a defendant is engaged in an unlawful activity was in a place where he did not have a right to be at the time he was attacked, the common-law duty to retreat still applies “Dorsey if the. State, 7 4 S0. 3D 5 2 1 (2 0 1 1)). Check Your States Laws ! Be sure to check your home state and or any state you may be traveling through while concealed carrying. The laws vary from state to state. What may be legal in your home state may not be in the state you are visiting or passing through. Remember, legally carrying and concealing a firearm for self-defense is an incredible responsibility and not to be taken lightly. Planning ahead and checking each states laws not only regarding the Castle doctrine and stand your ground laws but also concealed carry laws is a vital and important part of your travel plans. You wouldn’t begin a cross country driving trip without consulting several maps before you began your journey, why would you begin it without consulting those same states “maps” or laws regarding concealed carry and Castle doctrine laws.

The Best Tactical Boots

The Best Tactical Boots

The last thing you want to worry about is your feet when you’re on the job. For police, EMS professionals, and military individuals who spend hours at a time standing and patrolling, it’s essential to have a pair of boots that won’t let you down. So, You are looking for some of the best tactical boots? My Favourite Under Armour Valsetz 5.11 ATAC Jungle Boots Maelstrom Tac Force Best Military and Tactical Boots Budget Boots for a great price/quality Best comfortable Check Price Check Price Check Price "Under Armour Valsetz" Best Military and Tactical Boots Check Price My Favourite 5.11 ATAC Jungle Boots Budget Boots for a great price/quality Check Price Maelstrom Tac Force Best comfortable Check Price Law enforcement tasks are very complex especially in the modern era. There is a lot of flexibility and responsibility which executors must be involved as part of their daily routines. Some of these tasks include: Patrolling Public order tasks Playing games like airsoft or paintball Being involved in an unexpected event such as bugging out Most of the times, when a call comes, there is no time of turning back to get the matching boots for the terrain. This is why you need a good military boot which is able to tackle a wide range of needs when engaged in a rough environment. Just like combat boots, the best military boots should be comfortable when wearing for extended periods of time. They should offer maximum protection and support to your feet when traversing in rough conditions. They should offer maximum protection against the many hazards your job attracts as well as match your dressing regulations. One thing you should note though is that military tactical foot wear has a notable difference with police boots. While military boots are designed to withstand a lot of weight, police boots only carry a light weight and should have soles which can absorb impact while keeping you comfortable for longer periods of time. A review of the best tactical boots 2019 After offering vast information on how to choose the best combat boots, this article will proceed to review some of the best tactical footwear available in the market. Best Tactical Boot Brand Under Armour Men's Valsetz RTS Military and Tactical Boot,... UA ClutchFit technology wraps your ankle with a lightweight "œsecond... Synthetic leather & textile upper with welded, abrasion resistant film... Full length Micro G foam turns cushioned landings into explosive... Lightweight TPU shank for mid foot support & the right amount of... Molded Ortholite sockliner is designed with a memory foam top & PU... Check Price Click the photo to see the Price on Amazon Under Armour is famous for their apparel, which is popular for everything from casual wear to sport use. Law enforcement and military groups also use Under Armour apparel since it is high quality and tough enough to handle those types of applications. The brand has had footwear available for a while now but many assume it is only athletic footwear. They actually have a few boots available, including a couple tactical models that are worth a look at. One such model is the UA Valsetz RTS. The Valsetz RTS is a upgrade from the original Valsetz boots and while they aren’t perfect, they could be a good choice for someone that likes the look of tactical footwear or needs something for weekly use. Pros Memory foam interior Non-slip sole Light enough to run Multiple colors available Cons Adhesive on sole may wear out over time Conclusion [wpmfc_cab_ss]While Under Armour is known for quality, they simply missed the marks with these boots. The overall comfort of these boots, as well as their other benefits, are worth noting however.[/wpmfc_cab_ss] Click the photo to see the Price on Amazon Best Military Combat Boots 5.11 Tactical ATAC Men's 8" Leather Jungle Combat Military... MULTIPURPOSE WORK BOOTS: Whether you’re looking for a solid pair of... TOUGH LEATHER CONSTRUCTION: Our boots don’t use cheap, faux leather.... PROFESSIONAL DESIGN: Our boots feature a full-length, dual-density... MILITARY STANDARDS FOR SAFETY: Our 5.11 boots are built to American... BLACK TACTICAL BOOT: This 8” tactical boot features 100% full-grain... Check Price 5.11 ATAC Men’s Boots are designed with a military mind. Available in 8 inches size, these boots come with a comfortable, superior and tough design which keeps you well protected in every step you make… [Insert The Police – Every Breath You Take ]. Among the smart features you’ll find with these black tactical boots include; a suede leather and nylon upper, waterproof dual cushioned foot-bed, a molded phylon midsole which is slip resistant as well as a padded tongue and color which keeps your ankle well protected at all times. Due to the lightweight features of these boots they are ideal for military uses. Pros The 5.11 ATAC Men’s Boots are completely waterproof keeping you comfortable in swampy areas. Users can easily get through metal detectors without the boots raising any alarm. The innersole and significant padding of these combat boots keeps your legs and ankle comfortable when matching for long distances. The heavy stitching and glued sole of the 5.11 ATAC Men’s Boots is intact and doesn’t separate with the boot easily. Cons The zipper doesn’t come all the way down after a long use. This gives you a hard time when trying to get your feet inside the boot. Conclusion 5.11 ATAC has a guarantee your feet high level of safety and comfort and you execute your military or tactical operation duties. Nevertheless, these boots have shock mitigation systems in addition to highly traction grip outsole resistant to oil and slips associated with wet surfaces. This boot is a superior product meant to enhance comfort, durability, speed and accuracy in any military or tactical, operational grounds. Best Waterproof Boots Maelstrom Men's Tac Force Military Tactical Work Boots For every pair of Maelstrom boots we sell, we donate 1 dollar to the... Boots are available in multiple colors (black, tan) and styles (side... Polishable full grain leather and nylon upper for a professional look.... Removable, shock absorbent cushion insert for all day comfort. Padded... Check Price The Maelstrom TAC FORCE Military Boots are heavyweight zipper boots designed specifically for law enforcement personnel. This tactical footwear is designed to perform well in diverse environments. Among the brilliant features you’re expected to find in these tactical boots include; water resistant leather and nylon materials, padded color and tongue for extra protection, durable rubber outsole and a breathable moisture wick which prevents bacterial buildup on your feet. Furthermore, the rubberized foot sole ensures that users are well protected even in smooth and slippery surfaces. Its light construction and flexibility allows for easy movement and maneuverability from one place to another. Pros These boots are very light and easy to maneuver for all types of users. The leather material used to design these boots is easy to clean and maintain. The zipper works out nicely and offer maximum comfortability to your ankle. The Maelstrom TAC FORCE Military Boots are designed to withstand all types of rough weathers and terrains. Cons Others have criticized the suede material stating that it looks light and cheap. Conclusion Maelstrom Men’s Tac Force 8 Inch Zipper Tactical Boot performs very well in all types of environments with its resistant to water leather and nylon, padded tongue, and collar to enhance your comfort. Besides, these boots can endure many years of heavy wear. Best Construction Boots Bates Men's 8" Ultralite Tactical Sport Side Zip Military... YKK side zipper for quick on/off Slip resistant rubber outsole Durable leather and performance nylon upper Moisture wicking, breathable lining Removable cushioned insert Check Price One of the Bates company’s most popular style, this tactical boot encompasses numerous features to provide sturdy boots Made from long-lasting leather any nylon with cushioned removable inserts, these boots aim to give the wearer’s comfort and durability as well as a slip-resistant outsole to increase grip. Bates , manufacturing this ultra-lites boots, have been an invaluable asset to uninformed personal for over 10 years. They are built with high-quality leather and nylon and are kitted out with a breathable membrane to keep your feet nice and cool. Priced at around $90, they are much cheaper than many others on the market and seem to be almost as good, if not better than many of their competitors. They offer good, strong support and the zippers on the sides allow them to be easily taken on and off, without the unnecessary hassle of having to completely undo and redo the laces. Pros Low price Non-metallic Successfully qualify the SATRA WTM 144 test for slip resistance Breathable mesh lining Removeable cushioned footbed Shock absorbing pads Lightweight Cons Take a long time to break in Conclusion They aren’t the most comfortable tactical boots on the market but they aren’t excessively uncomfortable and for what they lack in comfort, they make up for in their reduced price Best Tactical Boots Buyer’s Guide Getting the best fit Problem Sir? So, what are you looking for if you wish to purchase the best military boots for your combat needs? The first thing to consider is the right size which will keep you comfortable and of course match your gear. Note that, if you like wearing thick socks, you’ll be forced to purchase tactical footwear which is a bit bigger than your normal foot size. This will ensure that your boots are not too tight and uncomfortable when matching. Get the best foot wear which meets your needs The best tactical boots can be used by different personnel dealing in a wide array of professions. Tactical boots can be used by law enforcement personnel, military, firefighters as well as other jobs where your feet need maximum protection. 5.11 tactical boots are among the best brands to consider as the manufacturer has a wide array of choices ranging from waterproof tactical boots to ordinary combat boots. Advanced technology Back to the future boots… Anyone? In this modern era, technology has been in the lead in almost every field. When it comes to choosing the best tactical boots, select the boot which have the highest level of durability. Most of these boots come with Coolmax and Dri-lex linings which increase comfortability. In addition to this, most of these boots also come with slip resistant soles which offer a maximum amount of traction even in oily or freezing conditions. Check on the price In most shops, you will notice that tactical boots cost a significant amount of money. In order to make a precise selection, ensure that you purchase cheap tactical boots which come with similar features found in their high end predecessors. The manufacturers of the best tactical boots After an in-depth research, several manufacturers of tactical footwear were sampled according to their advanced versions of footwear made. Among these manufacturers include: 5.11 Tactical This company is highly recognized for producing high quality tactical gear. They have however gone a mile further and produced lightweight 5.11 tactical boots which are designed with nylon and suede materials for maximum breathability, durability and flexibility. These boots feature a well-lugged aggressive sole which is oil and slip resistant, a side zipper for fast donning and doffing and are available in Coyote Brown and Black colors. Bates Boots This company has been in the industry for over 100 years now. They are among the best manufacturers of tactical gears worn by both men and women. Their new line of tactical boots which include; the GX-4 Gore-Tex, GX-8 Gore-Tex and GX-8 Gore-Tex are all waterproof and made of heavy weight leather, ballistic nylon, Gore-Tex lining and slip resistant rubber outsole. Blackhawk Blackhawk is another company which produces high quality tactical gear for both men and women. The company has been in the verge to produce quality waterproof tactical boots commonly known as BlackHawk Warrior Wear Light Assault Boots . These boots offer excellent ventilation, oil resistant rubber soles, designed with Dri-Lex inner lining to wick away moisture and a nylon material which offers quick drying time making these boots the best for maritime operations. Magnum (Hi-Tec) The Elite Spider new patrol boot is another black tactical boot which has been designed with a military mind. The company has highly emphasized on weight and comfort through producing a boot which is 20% lighter than any other tactical footwear in the arena. These combat boots features; a flexible design, full grain leather with breathable aero mesh for ventilation and are all available in 3, 5 and 8 inch styles. Conclusion Although there are some minor cons which customers are expected to experience with tactical footwear, the 5.11 ATAC Men’s Boots and Maelstrom TAC FORCE Military Boots are some of the best combat boots in the market offering you the best user experience in their category. Most of the manufacturers have been able to offer customers cheap tactical boots which are not only durable but also capable of withstanding rough environments effortlessly. After reviewing some of the best tactical boots in the market, the 5.11 ATAC Men’s Boots are the best in the category. These boots are not only lightweight but also come with heavy duty waterproof materials which enable them to work well even in rough weather conditions. These tactical boots have a molded phylon midsole which is slip resistant as well as a padded tongue and color which keeps your ankle well protected at all times. Second in the list, we have the Maelstrom TAC FORCE Military Boots which are heavy weight tactical zipper boots designed for use by military personnel and firefighters. Designed with water resistant leather and nylon materials, these boots have a durable rubber outsole, breathable moisture wick and rubberized foot sole which offers extra protection even in diverse environments. Whether you wish to purchase the 511 tactical boots ATAC or the Maelstrom TAC FORCE Military Boots, you would like to find them at a cheap price. We found these boots to be the cheapest on amazon. Contents A review of the best tactical boots 2019 Best "Tactical Boot Brand" Best "Military Combat Boots" "Best Waterproof Boots" "Best Construction Boots" " "Best Tactical Boot" s" Buyer’s Guide Getting the best fit Get the best foot wear which meets your needs Advanced technology Check on the price The manufacturers of the best tactical boots Conclusion

New AR & AR-15 Rifle Lineup Released 2020

Ah, the humble AR. Or, actually, not that humble – rather, hugely powerful and adaptable. It seems nowadays that almost everyone has one of these iconic weapons hanging up in their gun safe. Now used for everything from competition shooting to hunting, there are now almost as many different variants of the AR as there are people who use them. Add to this the fact that the AR is gun that can be modified to your heart’s content, and there is really no reason why any serious gun enthusiast shouldn’t own one. In addition, the fact that almost every major gun manufacturer now produces at least one AR variant means that the prices for these weapons has dropped a lot in recent years. If you feel it’s time to get your first AR, or you just want to replace your battered old example, you are in for a shock. With so many different variants of the AR being made every year, choosing between them can be real difficult. Fear not, however, I’m here to help. 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Though the M16 has become a cult weapon in the years since its debut in Vietnam, its worth remembering that the reason it was originally chosen for this role was its reliability and power. With this AR-15, Colt seem to have looked at the original M16, and decided that if it wasn’t broke, you don’t need to fix it. As you would expect, this weapon comes with the classic styling straight out of Vietnam . The triangular stock, in particular, looks great. In addition, this weapon comes with Colt’s first production mid-length gas system, which promises to become a new standard for this type of system. It moves the gas block closer to the muzzle, and this results in a much smoother felt recoil. With a more predictable kick from the gun, expert users are able to fire more reliably and accurately, even when unloading many shots in quick succession. So, although this weapon looks like it came out in the 1970s , you can be assured that it still has what it takes, whether you are using it for competition or hunting. Savage MSRs Not so much a gun as an entire system, the new offerings by Savage promise to take both the AR-10 and AR-15 categories to a new level. They’ve gone back to the drawing board to completely update and re-design the heart of these guns for better performance . The Savage MSR 15 is chambered in 5.56 mm, and the larger MSR 10 shoots the popular and powerful .308 Winchester round. Building on these solid platforms, different variants are available to suit the needs of almost everyone. In the MSR 15 series, there is the MSR 15 Patrol, and the MSR 15 Recon. The former is a lightweight, affordable weapon that comes with a full set of furniture from Blackhawk . The Patrol is the more expensive of the two options, featuring a pistol grip and a free-floating barrel. If you want more power, look to the Savage MSR 10 range. The Hunter is chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor, giving you huge power in order to take down that record-breaking deer. This same round can be used in the MSR 10 Long Range, which makes use of the huge power of the Creedmoor to take your effective range right out to hundreds of yards . The stocks on both these rifles, as you would expect from Savage, are excellent. DPMS GII AP4-OR If you take your hunting really seriously, this is perhaps the best gun on the list for you. The design philosophy here seems to be to make a stripped-back AR that users are able to build into their perfect weapon. As a result, this is a very light AR , at only 7 pounds without anything attached. It’s chambered in .308, which I know is a very popular choice for many hunters , and also helps to keep the loaded weight of the weapon right down. The only problem with this rifle is that you are going to need some knowledge in order to get the very best from it. As standard, you get nothing but the naked rifle, and one magazine . Whilst this may sound stingy, in reality it means that you can build on this base in order to create a weapon which is perfect for your needs. Bushmaster Minimalist-SD I have a friend who loves to add all kinds of stuff to his AR. He always has a different scope , and swaps up his slings almost every time we go out hunting. Whilst this certainly brings him pleasure, to my mind an AR should be light and maneuverable, just like the military weapons they are based on. The Bushmaster is that gun. This weapon makes use of a minimalist design that pares down what you need on an AR to the bare essentials. By doing so, the weapon is light and easy to handle even in the closest bush . This AR weighs just 6 pounds without a scope, and also incorporates a AAC 51T flash hider as standard. If you’re using it to hunt game, you can be pretty sure that nothing will see you coming. The adjustable gas piston system on this weapon is also a marvel. “Modularity” is something we hear a lot about nowadays, but with this AR it actually means something. You are able to quickly and easily swap barrels and calibers , even in the field. In addition, if you are planning on taking some long range shots, the Bushmaster affords plenty of rail space for both an optic and a bipod. All in all, this is a great choice if you want to use your AR for hunting . FN 15 Series The FN 15 series is constantly evolving, and this year has seen the release of a few new weapons. Each showcases new features that promise to become standard in years to come. So if you want tomorrow’s AR today, these guns are a great choice. A notable addition this year is a new FN handguard. Making use of M-LOK technology, this handgaurd is constructed of 6061 aluminum , which keeps its weight right down, and means that it will put up with the toughest field conditions. It locks in place safely and securely, and never moves around no matter what you are doing with your rifle. There are two new guns in the FN series. The first is the DMR II , which is equipped with an 18-inch barrel and a competition standard muzzle device. The second is the FN 15 Tactical Carbine II , which comes with a 16-inch barrel and a tactical flash suppressor. The trigger mechanism on both these guns has been upgraded, and both offer a huge amount of space for mounting any optics or bipods you like. Mossberg MMR Tactical and MMR Pro Rifle Mossberg are very highly regarded when it comes to building ARs, being one of the first manufacturers to make civilian grade versions of this weapon. With these guns, they have taken that experience, and combined it with the latest technology, to make two great weapons. The two rifles are quite different. The MMR Tactical is set up for hunting, with a six-position butt stock. It also comes bundled with a Vortex green and red dot sight , which is really amazing – with this AR, you’ll be out hunting a few hours after it arrives! The MMR Pro Rifle is set up for competition. The 18-inch barrel gives the maximum possible accuracy , an the muzzle brake improves the felt recoil. In addition, the trigger mechanism on this AR is totally adjustable, which is a feature that is indispensable for competition shooters. If you are after an AR for competition shooting , this is definitely the one to get. CMMG MkW-15 T SBN ANVIL An exotic name for an exotic gun. One of the biggest trends of recent years has been the increasing use of previously strange and unknown calibers for both hunting and competition. With more and more people seeking out the perfect round for their purposes, many gun manufacturers have responded by offering established weapons in previously unseen calibers. This is the case with this rifle, which is chambered in .458 SOCOM . The problem, up until now, for fans of this round has been that rifles, and especially ARs, suitable for firing it have been astronomically expensive. CMMG therefore deserve credit for making an AR that is both affordable and able to fire the .458 . Though it fires an unusual caliber round, however, it is not a gimmick weapon. The Mk3 platform receivers are constructed with 7075-T6 aluminum , meaning they will last longer than you do. The 10-round magazine also gives you the capacity to take down the largest game with ease, though with the power of the .458 SOCOM round you are unlikely to need to use the whole capacity! 5/5 (1 Review) Will Ellis Hi there, I'm Will and I'll be your guide. Here at Gun News Daily, we support guns for self defense and and competitive shooting. We believe that America should be free and support the 2nd Amendment.

Handloading for the Semi-Auto Handgun

/* custom css */.td_uid_2_5f379d7543b2a_rand.td-a-rec-img { text-align: left; } .td_uid_2_5f379d7543b2a_rand.td-a-rec-img img { margin: 0 auto 0 0; } Like any reloading project, building rounds for a semi-automatic pistol has its own set of challenges. Semi-autos have tight tolerances, but many of its bugaboos can be avoided by handloading for accuracy and reliability, not maximum velocity. The first semi-auto handgun I ever owned was a Smith & Wesson Model 59, bought with my first paycheck when I took my dream job as a biologist for the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. Back in 1978, those of us in the Wildlife Division had to provide our own sidearms (we were all commissioned officers, but only the wardens in the Law Enforcement Division were issued guns in the form of the Smith & Wesson Model 10 revolver). Since I had to buy my own, I wanted something more appropriate than my Model 28 hunting revolver for daily carry. I had a good supply of surplus 9mm ammo and for that first year, every evening after work, rain or shine, I practiced with that pistol behind my barn. As a target I used a playing card and in each session I would run through about 15 rounds from 5 to 25 yards, drawing and firing one, then two, then three shots at the different distances. In October 1979, all that practice paid off when I was attacked by a huge Saint Barnard/Labrador cross, a feral dog that surprised me deep in on National Forest land miles from the nearest road. I have no doubt that pistol saved me from a serious mauling. Popular Calibers The most popular semi-auto calibers have traditionally been the 9mm Luger and the Colt .45 Auto; the 9mm being the most widely chambered handgun round in the world and the .45 ACP being the cartridge against which all other semi-auto rounds are measured. There is a perennial argument over which is better for self-defense, the high-capacity 9mm or the striking power of the .45. I personally would not want to be the recipient of either one, but history has shown us time and again that torso hits with the .45 are less survivable. Related GunDigest Articles Reloading Ammo: Handloading for Long Range Accuracy Reloading Ammo: Pitfalls of Using Old Pistol Reloading Data SIG Sauer Shooting for Handgun Hunters with Ammo Additions Best Starter Kit for Concealed Carry: S&W M&P 9 SHIELD $394.96 guns.com Safariland IWB Holster $43.99 brownells.com Safariland Duty Belt $88.99 brownells.com SnagMag Ammo Pouch $LOW! gundigeststore.com Disclosure: Some of these links are affiliate links. Caribou Media Group may earn a commission from qualifying purchases. Thank you! Handloading the semi-auto pistol can be tricky; one must match the velocity and bullet weight to reliably work the action, while still achieving the accuracy necessary for consistent groups. This means there is a narrow window of acceptable velocities for a given bullet weight. Couple this with using a style of bullet that will reliably feed, and we see that care must be taken when loading. Compounding the handloader’s concerns is the nature of the extremely fast powders used for these cartridges—the difference between a reliable, accurate load and a wrecked handgun (or personal injury) may be as little as 1/10 of one grain of powder. It’s my advice to load for reliability and accuracy and not the highest possible velocities. True, many pistols operate best near their maximum load, but approach that listed maximum with extreme care. A good chronograph can be a big help in developing these loads for this reason, as you should look for velocities with the smallest possible shot-to-shot variation.

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A while back I wrote an article exploring if a free-floated rifle barrel was necessary for a combat rifle and the answer was generally no.   I’m still convinced of that, BUT, what if you want to wring out the most accuracy from your barrel, or you want the options of additional mounting points for accessories? If the answer to free-float is yes, what free-float handguard should you get?  I’ve tried many of them and I have settled on the ALG EMR series.   The top three reasons I chose ALG are the handguard mounting method, the size and ergonomic design of the handguard, and the price.