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We have a soft spot in our heart for the M14 rifle, even though we experienced it in the service primarily as the M21 sniper system, a fiddly, unstable platform with, “no user serviceable parts inside. ” (Seriously. The operator was not permitted to field-strip the gun — that was strictly for the armorers who built the thing.

The U.S. Armys M-14: Somewhat Less than Legendary

The U.S. Armys M-14: Somewhat Less than LegendaryWe have a soft spot in our heart for the M14 rifle, even though we experienced it in the service primarily as the M21 sniper system, a fiddly, unstable platform with, “no user serviceable parts inside.” (Seriously. The operator was not permitted to field-strip the gun — that was strictly for the armorers who built the thing. You could swab out the bore, but they’d rather you didn’t). Some of the fiddliness was caused by the Leatherwood ART II scope, an early bullet drop compensator telescopic sight. The Leatherwood was adopted, we always suspected, because Jim Leatherwood had been an SF guy, not because the scope was incredibly great. The replacement of the M21 with the M24 bolt gun, a gun that was developed primarily by SF marksmen (snipers and competitive shooters), was met by hosannas. Its Leupold mildot scope took the onus off the scope’s internals and put it on the shooter, and we liked that. So when Shawn at Loose Rounds penned a post critical not as much of the M14 but of its somewhat unsupported legend of battlefield prowess , he was aiming right up our alley. He has technical support in that post from Daniel Watters, arguably the most knowledgable man on post-WWII US small arms developments not to have written a book. And his arguments are generally supported by the M14-related books in our collection, some of which appear in footnotes or Sources. The M14’s history is interesting. It had a long and arduous gestation, involving many false starts and dead ends, before finally settling on a weapon that was a little more than an M1 with a box magazine and improved gas system. This whole process took 12 years (from 1945 to 1957) and cost a surprising fortune, considering that what came out of it was essentially an M1 with a box mag, useless selective-fire switch, and improved gas system. From the operator end, it looks just like an M1, except for that dopey and wasteful giggle switch, but you can actually reload an M1 faster. The M14’s prototype, the T44, came this close (Max Smart finger gesture) to losing out to the US-made FN-FAL version, the T48. The final test found the two weapons roughly equivalent. 1 Previous tests greatly improved both arms, and made one lasting improvement in the FAL hat benefited FN and foreign operators: the incorporation of the “sand cuts” in the bolt carrier. 2 One deciding factor was that the FN rifle did not have “positive bolt closure,” a way to force the bolt closed on, say, a swollen cartridge. (Never mind that that’s a crummy idea, it was Army policy. Some say, in order to accept the home-grown, Springfield-developed T44 instead of the foreign-designed FAL, but that’s certainly not written down anywhere important). The M14 went on to have a surprisingly difficult time in manufacturing — surprising because it had been sold on extensive commonality with M1 Garand design, and sold as producible on M1 Garand tooling. All manufacturers (Springfield, Winchester, Harrington & Richardson, and TRW) struggled to make the guns. (Stevens calls M14 production, in a chapter heading, “A Tragedy in Four Acts.” 3 In H&R’s case it was not surprising, as H&R had struggled with an M1 contract and only had an M14 contract because of political corruption in the Massachusetts congressional delegation, TRW, which is generally thought to have produced the best rifles of the four manufacturers. 4 The M14 was supposed to replace the M1, but also the BAR, carbine, and SMG. Until you see them side by side, most people assume the M14 was smaller than the M1. This “M14” is actually a civilian Springfield M1A. (image: Rifle Shooter mag ).. In fact, only a few M1 parts are interchangeable with the M14, including most internal parts of the trigger housing group, and some of the stock hardware, A few other parts, like the extractor and rear sight aperture, interchange but aren’t quite “right.” (The M14 extractor works better in either rifle; the M1 and M14 sights are calibrated in yards and meters respectively). 5 The M14 had a short life as a US service rifle, and a controversial one. (Congress, for one, couldn’t believe the amount of money that had been spent for a relatively marginal improvement over the M1). But it has had a long afterlife as stuff of legend. And this where Loose Rounds’ most recent effort in mythbusting comes in. Here is a taste: Go on to any gun forum, and it won’t take you long to find people willing to tell you how great the M14 is. How accurate,like a laser, tough as tool steel with no need to baby it or clean it. powerful as a bolt of lightening, and how well loved it was by those early users who refused the M16 because they wanted a “real” weapon made of wood and steel…. .. But, is all that really true? Maybe it is a triumph of nostalgia over common sense and reality. One truth is, it was never really liked as much as people think they remember. The M14 was having major problems even before ARPA’s Project AGILE and a Defense comptroller reported the AR15 superior to the M14;the famous Hitch Report stating the AR15 , the M1 and the AK47 superior. (Loose Rounds then quotes those exact conclusions from those reports, which are also referenced in many of the Sources we list at the end of this document). My own Father had this to say. Dad was in Vietnam from 67-68 in the 4th Infantry Division. “I liked the M14 in basic, It was the first semi auto I had ever fired. It got old carrying all that weight fast running every where all day and night. I qualified expert with it. Once I was issued an M16 right before we over seas, I never looked back.” For every person who has told me how great the thing is, I have found two who had nothing by misery and bad experiences from it. I myself among them. … The M14/M1a will be around for as long as people will continue to buy them. Certainly there is nothing wrong with owning them liking them and using them. By no means is it useless or ineffective. But its legendary reputation is something that needs to be taken with a grain of salt and careful study of the system if you intend to have one for a use your like may depend on. If you are curious posts on shooting rack M14s and custom service rifle M14s with Lilja barrels fired at 1,000 yards can be found here on Looseorunds using the search bar. There you can read of the M14/M1A compared against the M1 Garand and M1903. When we sat down last night to start writing this, we were going to analyze their post in great depth, but we can only suggest you go Read The Whole Thing™. The M14 is very beloved, but then, many soldiers come to love their first military rifle quite out of proportion to its qualities. (Indeed, we feel that way about, and retain a limerent attachment to, the M16A1, while recognizing that progress has left the original Army M16 behind). Indeed, there is a space on the gun room wall marked out for an M21, sooner or later. But that;s where it is likely to stay most of the time. (Shawn’s post at Loose Rounds has some details about the fiendish difficulty of keeping one of these in accurate shooting trim). Notes: Stevens, North American FALs, p.106; Iannimico, p. 62. Iannimico, p. 59. Stevens, US Rifle M14, pp. 197-224l Emerson, Volume 1, pp. 41-70 Emerson, Volume 3, pp. 129-130. Sources Emersom, Lee. M1 History and Development, Fifth Edition . (Four Volumes). Self-published, 2010-2014. Iannimico, Frank. The Last Steel Warrior: US Rifle M14. Henderson, NV: Moose Lake, 2005. Rayle, Roy E. Random Shots: Episodes in the Life of a Weapon Developer. Bennington, VT: Merriam Press, 1996. Stevens, R. Blake, North American FALs . Toronto: Collector Grade Publications, 1979. Stevens, R. Blake, US Rifle M14: From John Garand to the M21 . Toronto: "Collector Grade Publications" , 1979. This entry was first posted on weponsman.com by Hognose .

Best Ruger AR-556 Accessories of 2020 Upgrade Your Build!

Best Ruger AR-556 Accessories of 2020  Upgrade Your Build!

One of the top benefits of the modern sporting rifle or AR-15 is the customizability. The Ruger AR-556 offers you an excellent, rock-solid, and affordable base upon which you can build your dream rifle by swapping out components and adding accessories. But which accessories will really give you an edge? Read on to find out. At a Glance: Our Top Picks for Ruger AR-556 Accessories OUR TOP PICK: Emod Stock Assy Collapsible Commercial Diamond Pattern Free Float Handguards Tactical High Performance Cantilever Dual Ring Scope Mount Bushnell AR Optics, Drop Zone BDC Reticle Riflescope 3-9x/40mm BEST BUDGET OPTION: Magpul PMAG 30 5.56x45mm Magazine MAGPUL - AR-15 MOE+ GRIP Comparison of the Best Ruger AR-556 Accessories IMAGE PRODUCT Our Top Pick Emod "Stock Assy Collapsible" Commercial Features Quick-Detach Sling Mounts on Both Sides Adjustable Length of Pull From 11.5 Inches to 15 Inches Waterproof Compartments for Spare Batteries for Sights or Other Accessories View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews Diamond Pattern " "Free Float Handguard" s" Features Four T-Marked Full-Length Picatinny Rails Built of Hard Coat Anodized Aircraft-Grade, Mil-Spec Aluminum Functional Diamond-Shaped Vents for Exceptional Heat Dissipation and Grip "View Latest Price" → "Read Customer Reviews" "Tactical High Performance" Cantilever Dual "Ring Scope Mount" Scope is Secured in the Rings With Six Bolts Each Cantilevered Design Offers Two Inches of Extra Eye Relief Lightweight Design Occupies Three Inches of Picatinny Rail View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews Bushnell AR Optics, Drop Zone BDC Reticle Riflescope 3-9x/40mm 3-9x Magnification Range is More or Less Ideal for an AR-556 BDC Ballistic Reticle Engineered Specifically for the 5.56 NATO Round Covered by a Lifetime Warranty Against Defects in Material or Manufacture View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews Best Budget Option Magpul PMAG 30 5.56x45mm Magazine Simple Disassembly That Doesn't Require the Use of Tools Textured Gripping Surface and Flared Floorplate for Positive Handling Durability and Reliability Proven Through a Litany of Tactical Deployments View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews MAGPUL - AR-15 MOE+ GRIP Wraparound Rubber Overmolding and Crackle Texturing for a Firm Grip Easy to Install, Can Optionally Add a Storage Compartment Curved Beavertail Provides Great Comfort and Protects Your Hand View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews CVLIFE 6-9 Inches Tactical Rifle Bipod Legs Fold Up With Strong But Loose and Silent Springs Five Length Settings With a Range of Six to Nine Inches Comes with a Picatinny Rail Adapter to Mount to Your Handguard View Latest Price Read Customer Reviews ETS C.A.M. Mag Loader for Rifles Satisfaction Guaranteed and Covered by a Lifetime Warranty Will Not Damage Your Magazine, Especially Keeps Feed Lips Safe Works With Almost Any Rifle Magazine, and Definitely on Any AR Mag View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews Accessories Perfect for Your Ruger AR-556 There are options to switch out and improve upon practically every component of your AR-556. Every control from the charging handle to the mag release can be swapped out, though the handguard is probably the most common candidate for an upgrade. In terms of add-ons that can be attached to the various rail systems, the sky is also the limit, though optics, lights, lasers, and front grips predominante. Stocks Replacing your stock can provide improved durability and build quality, but the main reason shooters update their stocks is probably for fit. One major key to shooting well is the ability to whip your firearm up into the optimum shooting position in an instant. This requires the right length of pull and cheek weld. Different users prefer different shapes of buttplates and different softnesses of the buttpad. It all comes down to fit and personal preference. Best Overall: ​Emod Stock Assy Collapsible Commercial CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Made in the U.S.A Lifetime Warranty Three Waterproof Compartments for Extra Batteries Mil-Spec Quick-Detach Sling Swivel Mounts on Both Sides Cons Not the Cheapest Option Vltor was established in 2001 in Idaho. Its Emod stock has become something of a classic. It has a unique clubfoot style, meaning the angle from the bottom of the buttplate to the receiver forms a dogleg shape. The toe is also unique, slightly wider and longer than that of a regular M4 stock. It has an obvious negative pitch, which makes the transition from the ready position feel more natural. The five-position adjustable length of pull has a range of 11.5 inches to 15 inches. It includes a carbine spring and buffer kit, a proprietary lock plate, and a proprietary lock nut. It also comes with a rubber buttpad and a strike plate. The stock features standard mil-spec quick detach swivel sockets on both sides. It is constructed of impact and temperature-resistant polymer and is available in black, tan, or green, all with a matte finish. Overall weight comes in at 14 ounces. A unique feature is the inclusion of three waterproof battery compartments for backup power for something like a reflex sight. The two compartments under the cheek weld each hold four CR123 batteries or three AA batteries. The waterproof compartment in the clubfoot can hold two double As. Bottom Line The aesthetics of this stock are great, it looks unique and a bit mean. The top features are the little things, the compartments, the QD mounts, and the adjustable length of pull. It's a great option if you want something a bit unique. Handguards Handguards both perform various key functions and add a lot of character to your AR. They should be comfortable in the hand, protect the gas block, diffuse heat, and allow for easy mounting of accessories. Of course, they should also look mean as hell. Options abound here, divided first into drop-in and free float. Both have their benefits, though free float handguards tend to be higher-grade and more costly, as they do not affect barrel harmonics and thereby accuracy. For rails, you usually have a Picatinny or universal rail up top, and often on three other sides as well, although KeyMod and M-LOK are taking over in this arena. Best Ruger AR-556 Handguard: ​AR-15 Diamond Pattern Free Float Handguards CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros All Four Full- "Length Picatinny Rails" are T-Marked Made in the U.S.A. and Covered By a Lifetime Warranty The Overhanging Top Rail is Flush With the Receiver Rail Manufactured Using High-Grade 6061 T6 Aluminum and Mil-Spec Hard Coat Anodization Strong Yet Wide Diamond-Shaped Vents Look Mean and Keep the Barrel and Your Hand Cool Cons Installation Requires the Yankee Hill Nut Wrench This free float handguard from Yankee Hill is outstandingly functional and attractive. No surprise, as Yankee Hill is one of the giants of the modern sporting rifle field. Yankee Hill started establishing its enviable reputation in the 60s with a military contract for M16 cleaning rods. This free float handguard pushes the envelope of both aesthetics and practicality. The four full-length rails give you maximum versatility in mounting third-party components. Between those rails, this handguard has diamond-shaped vents that not only look really sleek, but also provide excellent ergonomics. Of course, this vent design also cuts down on heat better than many competing handguard designs. The hard coat anodized aluminum is aircraft-grade, meeting military specifications. This handguard is available in three lengths, seven, nine, and twelve inches. It will fit over any low-profile gas block. It ships with all the mounting hardware necessary, including a jam nut, barrel nut, and anti-rotation screws. Yankee Hill end caps are available separately. The top rail extends over the barrel nut to provide a seamless transition from the receiver rail. The slots on all four rails are alphanumerically T-marked to guaranty consistent remounting. Bottom Line This is a top-quality handguard bringing the most in functionality and looks. The top features are the diamond venting design and the smooth transition from receiver rail to handguard rail. Scope Mounts This is one area where you don't want to economize. Scope mounts guarantee that your optic holds zero no matter how much punishment you subject it to. Not everyone keeps back-up sights on their rig, meaning that scope mount reliability could be a matter of life and death. They come in fixed or quick detach varieties. The latter can be instantly removed with the flick of a lever or two, perhaps to switch to an alternative sighting option. Mounts with vertically split rings are superior in alignment and grip, but a bit harder to mount. Best Ruger AR-556 Scope Mount: ​ Monstrum Tactical High-Performance Cantilever Dual Ring Scope Mount CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Attaches to Three Inches of Picatinny Rail With Two Thumb Bolts Six Bolts Secure the Scope to Each Ring With Six Bolts, Ensuring the Greatest Security The Two-Inch, Off-Set Design Increases Your Eye-Relief and Decreases Target Acquisition Time Cons Not the Smoothest Finish Monstrum started in 2008 in SoCal. They've come a long way in ten years, building a nice little reputation for themselves. A solid scope mount is vital, and you can rest easy knowing that this mount has all the features necessary to hold zero no matter what you throw at it. This scope mount works only with standard one-inch scopes. The single-piece construction ensures perfect alignment, negating the need to bother with lapping the rings. It is guaranteed not to tweak or damage your scope straight out of the box, unlike separate rings. The cantilevered design gives you a greater range of options for eye relief, potentially giving you a wider field of view and quicker target acquisition. Each ring is secured with six bolts, about the maximum you can get, to guarantee that it holds zero in rough situations. It mounts to the standard top rail on your AR-556, but could easily be switched out temporarily to any weapon with a spare three inches of Picatinny rail. The mount is made of lightweight but tough 6061 aluminum alloy and weighs a mere nine ounces. It is covered by a 100% risk-free lifetime warranty. Bottom Line This is an excellent scope mount, especially for the price. The top features are the cantilever and six-bolt design. This model really punches above its weight. Scope Reflex sights are all the rage on modern sporting rifles, but if you really want to reach out and touch something over about 150 or 200 yards, a scope makes all the difference in the world. Options abound and it can be very hard to know what to pick. Modern AR-style rifles are designed mostly for the sub-400 yard ranges that the military mostly experienced in places like Iraq. This makes something like a 1-4x magnification popular for an AR-556. It gives you a wide field of view at short range while providing adequate magnification at farther distances. A fixed 3x magnification can also be great, but the best all-around option with good long-range reach is probably a 3-9x. Best Ruger AR-556 Scope: Bushnell AR Optics 3-9x/40mm CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Backed Up by a Lifetime Warranty Features a BDC Ballistic Reticle with Aim Points Calibrated Specifically for the 5.56 NATO Round The 3-9x Magnification Range Gets the Most Out of Your AR-556 at Longer Distances With Minimal Sacrifices in Close Range Field of View Cons Somewhat Heavy Will Not Fit Most Low Scope Rings Bushnell is a well-respected American optics manufacturer out of Kansas. This model is their construction of an ideal scope for the AR platform, and it's safe to say that it is a success. The magnification range of three-nine times is optimal for squeezing the complete benefit out of the 5.56 NATO's effective range without sacrificing a lot of field of view at close range. This scope has a BDC ballistic reticle engineered specifically for 5.56 NATO cartridges that contain bullets with weights between 55 and 62 grains. The crosshair is dead on at 100 yards and the reticle boasts further aiming points up to 500 yards. The lenses are fully multi-coated and O-ring sealed as you would expect. To prevent fogging, the anodized aluminum tube is nitrogen purged. The target turrets are thick and tactile and adjust a quarter MOA per click. The scope boasts side parallax adjustment and a fast focus eyepiece. Eye relief is quite typical, if a little short at 3.5 inches. The assembly for the erector cap is located beneath the control housing and may prevent you from using low scope rings, depending on the standards of the scope ring brand. At 19 ounces, this unit is rather on the heavy side. A lifetime warranty ensures you won’t receive a shoddy piece of workmanship and that if you experience problems, they will take care of any issues. Bottom Line The BDC reticle and the magnification range are the top features that make this the best scope for your Ruger AR-556. Magazines The key things to look for in magazines are durability and reliability. Obviously, there are various capacity options available based on preference and local laws, with 30-rounds being standard. Polymer technology has come a long way and offers the benefit of being both robust and light. They can also come translucent or offer round counter windows to index how many rounds remain. Aluminum and steel are also great options, the latter being the heaviest. Two key components of the magazine are the feed lips and the follower. Feed lips should be metal, ideally steel, to prevent wear. Damaged feed lips make a magazine useless. The follower should be anti-tilt for reliable feeding. Best Ruger AR-556 Magazine: Magpul Pmag 30 5.56x45mm Magazine, 30 Round Capacity CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Easy to Disassemble Without Tools Anti-Tilt and Self-Lubricating Floorplate Simple Handling and Effective Extraction Using the Textured Surface and Flared Floorplate Wildly Popular With military and Law Enforcement, Reliability Proven in Real-World Deployment Cons Does Not Have the Additional Features of the Gen-3, but is More Affordable Magpul was founded in 1999. Its first product was a run-of-the-mill magazine reloading helper. Since then, Magpul has risen to dominate the AR-style rifle accessories field. PMAGs have helped to cement that domination in the magazine market. A 30-round, Gen-2 PMAG is a classic, bomb-proof, and inexpensive option. These mags are made of a high-tech impact and crush-resistant polymer. The internal geometry is characterized by a constant curve to ensure smooth feeding. The follower design sets the PMAG above most of its competitors. It has been designed to have anti-tilt and self-lubricating properties for the utmost reliability. Underneath it, you find a stainless steel corrosion-resistant spring that also works in military issue magazines. In terms of handiness, the PMAG has a textured gripping surface and a flared floorplate for positive handling and magazine extraction. Disassembly is simple and doesn't require the use of any tools. These mags have more than proved themselves in a plethora of military and law enforcement use cases over the decades. Bottom Line The Magpul Gen-2, 30-round PMAG is a classic choice; you can't go wrong with it. Taken into action with confidence by the boys in green and blue, this is a legendary mag that is perfect for a Ruger AR-556. The main features of the Gen-M2 PMAG are the anti-tilt, self-lubricating follower, the flared floorplate, and the simple disassembly. The lower price than the Gen-M3 version will be attractive to many. Grips Replacement grips offer better ergonomics. Again, this is a matter of fit and personal preference. Things to consider are your hand size and which grip angle, standard or reduced, is most comfortable for you. Some shooters prefer palm swells, beavertails, or finger grooves. You have options in texture as well, rubberized versus hard finish and smooth versus aggressive texturing. Best Ruger AR-556 Grip: MAGPUL - AR-15 MOE+ Grip CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Easy to Install Optional Storage Compartment Tough, High-End One-Piece Polymer Construction Features Crackle Texturing and "Wraparound Rubber Overmolding" Curved Beavertail Protects the Web of Your Thumb and Offers Comfort Cons Beavertail Fit is a Bit Loose Storage Door is Hard to Open Magpul is the 800-pound gorilla of the modern sporting rifle accessories market. You can spend thousands of hours with range rats and real-world tactical operators and never hear a harsh word said about Magpul. Although choosing the right grip is a matter of fit and preference, this Magpul MOE+ is a great place to start. It is constructed of a single piece of high-tech, impact-proof polymer and features wrap-around rubber overmolding. There is a crackle texture on the sides and deep horizontal grooves on both the backstrap and the front strap. The height is 4 inches and the thickness maxes out at 1.2 inches. The grip angle is a standard 25 degrees. The feel is very similar to a standard medium-sized, military-issue MIAD grip. A curved beavertail, similar to the one on the MIAD B2 insert, gives good comfort and protection to the web of your thumb. The hard polymer bottom edge reduces snags and fumbles. Optional storage cores are available to turn the bottom into a storage hatch. The MOE+ is available in black, tan, grey, or green and is easy to install. Overall weight with hardware is a mere 3.4 ounces. Like all Magpul products, it is made in the U.S.A. Bottom Line Magpul is always a safe choice no matter what accessory you need. The best feature of this grip is the comfortable geometry, especially with the beavertail. Bipods A bipod can be crucial for longer range accuracy. Bipods usually telescope, offering a variety of height ranges depending on your needs, with 6-9 inches offering a happy medium. As shooting terrain is rarely smooth and predictable, the ability of a bipod to tilt or rotate comes in very handy. Also, different bipods will mount to different rail systems or sling swivel mounts, so it's important to match it to what you have available. Best Ruger AR-556 Bipod: ​CVLIFE 6-9 "Inches Tactical Rifle" Bipod CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros "Picatinny Rail Adapter" Included Features a Quick Detach Sling Swivel Mount Silent Springs are Strong But Loose, Allowing You to Fold Up the Legs Silently Legs are Adjustable to Five Height Settings Within a Range of Six to Nine Inches Rugged Construction Featuring Aircraft-Grade 7075 Aluminum and Hardened Steel Cons Rubber Feet are Not Very Durable Overall Build Quality Leaves Something to be Desired CVLIFE is a bit of an enigma. The best I can judge is that it is not based in the U.S.A., but somewhere like China. The kitten memes on their Twitter feed aren't exactly something you see with H&K or Magpul. Despite basically being a low-brand-recognition company, CVLIFE's bipods are a resounding success in the shooting community, probably because they get the job done reliably for a very affordable price. At ten ounces, it is also reasonably light. Nevertheless, the construction uses quality hardened steel and aircraft-grade 7075 anodized aluminum. The silent (more accurately, 'not loud') springs allow you to deploy the bipod legs without betraying your presence and location. The six to nine-inch leg length range includes five length settings to let you adjust to just the right height to make your shot. Underneath, there is a quick detach swivel stud. It also comes with detachable rubber foot pads. It attaches to your Ruger AR-556 with an included Picatinny rail adapter. Bottom Line CVLIFE may be an unknown entity, but they seem to employ some pretty sharp engineers. The best features of this bipod are the included Picatinny mount adapter and the QD sling swivel mount. Speed Loader Loading a mag by hand is a boring waste of time. Modern sporting rifles like the Ruger AR-556 may not be stripper clip compatible, but the next best thing is a speed loader. Given the savings in time and the affordability of the average speed loader, the cost-benefit ratio is an absolute no-brainer. When choosing one, look for durable materials and a reputable manufacturer. Best Ruger AR-556 Speed Loader: ​ETS Speed Loader CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Made in the U.S.A. Rugged and Portable Backed By a Lifetime Warranty Easy to Use, a Great Time-Saver Works Best With Common 20-Round Ammo Trays Compatible With Almost "Any Rifle Magazine" and Certainly With Any AR Magazine Cons Requires Lubrication This is basically a stripper clip that you can fit on any rifle magazine and use the same way. Plus, it lets you easily scoop rounds from an ammo tray and smoothly feed them into your mags. Besides scooping up rounds, the loader works well with 20-round boxes of ammo or simply with loose rounds. Not only does this save a lot of time, but it also saves you from experiencing the bane of any shooter, mag thumb. It is constructed of a durable polymer and, crucially, will not damage the feed lips on any of your mags. It is small, portable, and easy to keep in a range bag or somewhere like a glove compartment or bug-out kit. It is covered by a lifetime warranty and is made in the U.S.A. Bottom Line If you have used stripper clips on something like an old M1A, you will be right at home with this device. Life is short, why waste it loading mags one-by-one, especially if you have followed our guide on the best AR-556 mags and stocked up with dozens? The best features of this speed loader are the universal compatibility, the feed lip-safe design, and the fact that it's made in the U.S.A. The lifetime warranty is nice to sweeten the pot, too. Conclusion The Ruger AR-556 gives you endless possibilities for customization. After shooting it for a while in different scenarios you should get an idea about what the most important upgrades for your physique and preferences are. We're sure you can find some of the best options on our list.

1911 80% Tactical Machining Build, Part 3: Parts List

1911 80% Tactical Machining Build, Part 3: Parts List

Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s As soon as Tactical Machining announced they would have an 80% 1911, I started researching all the parts needed besides the receiver.  I’ll go over how I chose each part. Budget or Top-Tier Parts? Tactical Machining 1911 80% and Parts Kit I first leaned towards a very budget build such as from Sarco , but after reading one really detailed blog post here , I decided to go with all “top-tier” parts since they would require the least fitting/machining.  Definitely add the link above to your resources list. It is possible to build a 1911 out of el cheapo components, just like it’s possible to fall out of an airplane at 30,000 feet and survive. That doesn’t mean making one’s plans contingent on a possibility is at all advisable. Parts List Almost forgot, I’ll be building a 1911 Government .45 ACP Series 70.  I believe the Tactical Machining frame will support Government and Commander slide lengths.  Different calibers and lengths will need different parts. I’m assembling most of the parts from Brownells and Amazon with some accessories and extra tools. BUT, I did really like Midway’s 1911 schematic .  I ended up printing it out and crossing this off old school. Slide Popular/top-tier/expensive slide options include Caspian , Ed Brown , Les Baer , and Nighthawk .  They are all around $200-300+ with the lower end of the spectrum cheaper since they do not have cuts for your sights. I ended up going with a Fusion Firearms Slides 1911 slide which were highly regarded in forums.  The one I chose was $230 and already had Novak sights cut (Bomar is another option).  I liked it since it had thicker rear serrations. Keep in mind that at least for me there was no communication of when my slide shipped, but I did get it in a reasonable time about 10 days after ordering.  Only thing is they sent me a slide with thinner serrations.  It still looked awesome so I didn’t want to go through the fuss of returning and waiting again. Fusion .45 ACP Slide with Barrel & Bushing Another thing I wish they wrote in their descriptions was that the firing pin hole is for 9mm/.38 and not .45 ACP. Barrel I was not looking to fully gunsmith fit my barrel since I felt if there was one important part I don’t want to mess up on, it’s keeping the barrel inside the gun.  The end goal is still just a safe and reliable 1911. I went with a 5″ .45ACP Storm Lake Pre-Fit barrel kit for $180 shown above.  Other 1911 Barrel Options should work fine but are a little more expensive.  They should all come with a fitted bushing and the lug already installed. The combo of Fusion with Storm Lake seems perfect.  The barrel fits in super tight and there was the most minimal filing I needed to do to fit the bushing to the slide. Small Parts Cylinder & Slide Drop-in Trigger Pull Set ($100): got a drop-in so I had to do as little as possible to get a nice crisp trigger Wilson Extended Thumb Safety ($32) Wilson Extended Ejector ($30) Wilson Ultralight Match Trigger ($35): Many choices to choose from, chose this well-reviewed one with an over-travel stop screw Mainspring Housing ($47): Many choices again, I like it flat (no palm swell) with aggressive checkering EGW Raised Magazine Catch ($30): Cheaper choices available but I like it being extended Wilson Beavertail ($40): Will likely need to be fitted to the frame, but I did not want a gap with a Wilson Drop-In Beavertail version Wilson Slide Stop ($33) Wilson Extractor ($17): Brownells Spring Plug ($5): EGW Guide Rod ($15-25): Government size or the full-length Ed Brown Firing Pin ($8): Make sure which size your slide uses, Fusion is usually 9mm Wilson Hammer Strut ($8) Wilson Hex Grip Screws ($7) Wilson Grip Screw Bushing ($7) Nowlin Plunger Tube ($16) Magazine Release Lock ($3): Ed Brown Firing Pin Stop ($13): No fitting necessary on the Fusion slide Wilson Complete Spring Kit ($15) Wilson Pin Set ($9) 1911 Grips ($18): WAY too many options, I just went with Magpul ones since I could stipple them Finishing I love finishing my firearms and for this 1911 I’m planning on using Gunkote.  I won’t have access to bead-blasting (update: I ended up doing it) the surfaces so I’m just going to prep with degreaser (local auto store), K-Phos , and the GunKote . Next Lesson Part 1: Intro (Finding the 80%) Part 2: Tools Part 3: Parts List Part 4: Basic Fitting Part 5: Cutting the Slide Rail Part 6: Barrel Seating Part 7: Hammer & Sear Pin Holes Part 8: Fitting the Slide Part 9: Assembly & Fitting Part 10: GunKote Application

Best Gun Safe

Best Gun Safe

If you’re licensed to own firearms, it’s vital to keep it safely locked in a special gun cabinet. There are a number of solid reasons in support of the above statement. A gun safe protects your valuables and ammunition from burglars, untrained persons and children, capable of causing a terrible mess. Choosing the best gun safe for your individual is quite a complicated task. So, before making an investment, you have to learn about the vast categories of gun safes available in the market, their pros and cons and everything in between, aspects to evaluate during the purchase and a lot more. After 48 hours of tenacious research, I have finally managed to chalk out a detailed yet comprehensive guide. I have made sure each model which has made the cut has been tried and tested multiple times before obtaining approval for sale. Did you know that purchasing a gun safe is mandatory in many states? If you are in possession of firearms, make sure to check your state law regarding the following to avoid penalty charges. Reliable gun safe models are not just lockers made from decorative materials which it can pried open by even a small hair pin. Instead, they are stronger as iron equipped with cutting edge safety features and excellent user interface. Reasons to Buy a Gun Safe Theft Protection People own guns for various reasons, while most use for self-defense, some are just dedicated gun collectors who can’t resist the urge to lay their hands on artistically crafted weapons with a cool history behind it. Many people use gun vaults to safe-keep other valuable items such as confidential papers, jewelleries etc. apart from arms. In such cases, you’ll have to pay great deal of attention to the structure and rigidity of the locker. Lightweight safes usually made from steel can be easily drilled through by intruders. Always eye for a vault that is made of minimum 8 gauge steel. Gun safes that have factory-installed holes are nearly invincible. If your house or wherever you’re planning to store the vault doesn’t allow you to anchor the locker down, look out for a super heavy alternative that no normal thief can just walk away with (unless he’s Hulk or something). Child Protection Having firearms unprotected in a house where a children live could lead to a massacre. You know, children are flippant by nature and have an unending curiosity to explore anything and everything lying before them. Recent studies have revealed a heart-shattering data that dubs every year approximately 8% of unintentional gunshot deaths are caused by children below 6. It has been made mandatory in several U.S states to store lethal weapons in a child-proof safety locker . Even if you don’t have children at your home, it is still essential to own a solid gun vault to inhibit access to them by kids from the neighbourhood or any family member. The best child-proof gun safe models come with safety alarms which alerts the owner as soon as some unauthorized personnel tries to gain access to the safe. Liability Purchasing a firearm is your constitutional right but in case it gets misused or stolen, the owner is to be held responsible for it according the law of several states. Every year, numerous instances of misfired gunshot wounds are reported in U.S.A alone. One might be fined a huge sum as penalty or jailed for not keeping his guns in a locker. Make it a point to check the list of the states that commission laws that hold the owner liable for the potential firearm accidents. Cheap Insurance Policy Carrying liability protection constitutes only half of your duty. You will also have to insure it in order to avoid facing a massive monetary loss. You’ll be eligible to obtain cheaper insurance rates if you provide adequate protection for your firearms. Most insurance companies would refuse to cover your loss or even offer any insurance scheme in the first place unless you keep your arms protected in a special gun vault. It is best to ask your insurance carrier if they provide discounts on specific vault designs with specific security ratings, if they do, you can select a model accordingly and become qualified for low cost insurance policy rates. Fire Protection Fire resistant will cost you more than non-fireproof safes but spending extra will certainly sure all round protection of your valuables during potential fire catastrophe. Looking for fire ratings in a vault in especially important if you have an existing heater or wood pellet stove in your house or office room. Most fire related accidents in United States are caused by such heating devices so it’s better to be pre-armed. Things to Consider before Purchasing a Gun Safe Safety Ratings UL RSC Rating A B-rating is the bare minimum safety rating a gun safe has to carry to be able to provide a decent protection against any sort of ballistic or other trauma. B-rated safes are identifiable from their ½” plate steel doors and ¼” plate steel walls. But if you really care for your firearms and your family member, make sure the model meets RSC rating. UL 1037 RSC OR Residential Security Container rating implies that the level of protection can withstand an attack of basic power tools such as a small crowbar and a hammer. California Department of Justice(DOJ) Regulatory Gun Safe Standards Gun safes have to be constructed of a certain number of locking bolts, thickness of steel sheets, door sealing and hinges and drill protection to acquire this certification. Different grades of the rating indicate the safety level of the locker. There is a significant gap of replacement value of firearms among B-rated, DOJR rated and RSC rated safety cabinets. While the first two ensure a minimum level of protection, the latter guarantees a better chance of survival against rigorous attacking force. UL Fireproof Classification A fireproof rating is essential to make sure your important possessions stand a chance to dodge the devastating fire during a potential nightmare scenario. There are various grades of this rating depending on the number of hours thee locker can prevent damage below a specific temperature. Size This is the first and irrefutably the most vital factor to take into account while browsing through gun safe models. If you’ve a room large enough to accommodate a king-size gun cabinet, half of your problem is already sorted. Now, the question is do you really need a big gun safe. Make sure to appropriately correctly figure out the height, width and depth of firearm cabinet before proceeding to check out. Don’t get guiled by the advertised capacity of the model, for example, if the manufacturer claims that the safe can effortlessly hold 10 bolt-action rifles, in reality, it can accommodate only half of the number. Okay, suppose the cabinet satiates your requirements effectively for now, what if you need to crash in some more rifles in future? Buy another safe? Bruh! Be smart enough to choose a locker with a high interior storage capacity. Another aspect that should influence your size selection is the type of weapons you want to store in it. Long-barrel rifles, guns with wide fore-ends and pistol grips, bench rest rifles, mag wells and varminter require a generous storage space to fit in neatly. Another reason to buy a wider model is that the interior space shrinks with time. Yes, you heard it right. If you select a vault that is spacious enough only for the guns you own now, you will have to cough out the exact price of the current locker to buy a brand new one. Save yourself some future trouble by opting for a large gun safe. Weight It’s better not to buy any gun vault at all than buying model light enough to be drilled through or crashed or worse, lifted up by a gang of robbers! Safes weighing around 300 pounds or less is like a sitting duck for the burglars. If you think your gun collection along with other valuables you’re planning to keep in the locker demands extra protection, eye for a cabinet heavier than 500 pounds, constructed from a solid 10 gauge steel that can withstand the grueling pressure of drill machine or an axe. The safest gun safes are those that can be bolted won. These models contain pre-drilled holes to help you anchor the vault to floor or any other immovable object. Gun Safe Welding Gun safes featuring taut welded joints with full weld penetration can deter almost any maligning activities devised upon them. Poorly welded joints can be easily hacked from the top or sides with a hammer. In higher end models, the welder makes the welded joint stronger than its surrounding material by welding short portions of the vault at a time, the process is repeated until continuous weld is acquired, this process is called continuous skip welding. Non-continuous skip welds are much weaker in comparison because the gaps are filled with a sort of plastic compound fillers which is not only possesses a weak strain resistance but is also highly inflammable by nature. Steel Thickness Most traders will try to take the full advantage of your ignorance by feeding you with made-up specifications. Actual steel thickness of a gun vault is one such crucial feature many manufacturers tend to (half) lie about in an attempt to boost their sales. Catchphrases like total door thickness and total wall thickness are used to cover up the details on actual steel thickness which is basically the only thing that matters. Let it sink in your mind that only a minor portion of the advertised safe door thickness is real steel, the rest of it is merely a sheetrock wrapped in a thin sheet metal. Well, here are two basic points you need to focus upon-one, the outer steel layer thickness. Ideally it should be no less than 7 gauge (0.1793”) to withstand heavy-duty hammering action. Avoid supposedly thick composite doors because most of the sheet is made from gypsum drywall that hardly stands a chance if attacked by a drill machine. Number two aspect under scrutiny should be the thickness of the single sheet around the top and bottom sides of the safe. Although a 10 gauge thickness is believed to deter unauthorized access, a fire axe and some muscle power can even split a robust safety locker like this in minutes. What you can do to give some extra helping to the base material is adding concrete amalgamate linings to the structure? The additional mass will only give a better structural support to the vault but also improvise the fire resistance to a great extent. Just make sure the thicker sheet is always on the outside. Door Gap A very common sign of a below average gun safe is a widely gaped door that makes opening the safe all the more easy for the thieves. Reliable safes have minimal door gaps to prevent the access of a pry bar. If you’re determined to invest in a solid gun safe, make it a point to select a model offering a recessed door with as little gap as possible. Door Frame Many customers tend to overlook this area which ultimately turns out to be one of the biggest mistakes of their lives if their stars cease to smile upon them someday. Typically, I’d recommend a plate door with a heavy-duty outer steel layer to maximize the protection. Those ultra-thick looking composite doors are a mirage my friend, a mirage! Door Seal If you take a closer look at the highest rated gun safe models from upscale brands, you’ll notice most of them are equipped with taut door sealing. A solid sealing acts as a dehumidifier to keep your guns shielded against the vagaries of weather. It also doubles as an excellent fire proof element in your gun safe by inhibiting the entrance of smoldering gases inside the vault that can otherwise result is a horrible massacre, specially if you’ve stored ammunition in the safe. Door Hinges Internal hinges in gun safes work as an extra layer of protection for the gun safe when under the threat of burglary. On the other hand, externally hinges allow the safe door to swing open the door up to 180 degrees, they can be adjusted if the door turns a little out of alignment. And the best part imobilitys that the outer hinges can be removed in order to make vault lighter for the ease of . Types of Locker Gun safe locks are primarily of two types, depending on what purpose you want the locker to serve, you need to make a choice between electric and manual locks. Manual locks which can be opened with a simple turn of a key will come handy if you own a gun for personal protection. If you’re planning to buy a bedside hand safe, a mechanical lock will help you get quicker access to your gun, plus, there’s no need to worry about the battery going dead. But turn-keys aren’t a reliable option when it’s a large safe full of expensive gun collection and other important items. For optimal protection, you’ll need an electronic locker that is either has a password or fingerprint access (biometric gun safes). The latest quick access electronic lock are equipped with several other feature such as auto access denial if the intruder puts wrong password three times in a row and an AC adapter and many more. If it doesn’t have an AC adapter, you may have to replace them with fresh batteries as soon as the existing ones wear which is a bit of a hassle. Anchor Holes Pre-drilled bolt holes allow you to hook the vault to the ground or any other solid object which adds to the rigidity of the safe. In a properly designed locker, the anchor holes are created typically at the base on the outer corner. Reinforced holes make the bolts tougher for the pry bar to get an access inside the gun safe. Location It is another important thing to keep in mind before finalizing the purchase. There are numerous types of designs, ranging from wall-mounted models to large traditional style vaults to choose from. If you require firearms for self-defense, you should look for a compact, quick access bedside safe or any other convenient place that’ll allow you to reach your weapon easily during an emergency. For a massive collection of medium to large rifles, you’ll obviously need a large vault. Be very specific about the location you want to store it in, take the measurements beforehand to get a clear idea of what size of gun safe it can accommodate. Types of Gun Safes Biometric Gun Safe Biometric gun safes have a fingerprint recognition system and a highly portable structure. The locking system, as you can already guess, is the most advanced of its kind till date. The fingerprint lock helps you keep your pistol and other vital stuffs such as legal documents, gold, diamond and so on away from the reach of naughty children and over curious neighbours. While the small safes could make a perfect hide-out for small guns, the vault versions can store multiple large shooting rifles. Fingerprint locks are virtually impossible to bypass while pass codes can be still be guessed. Plus, it is way faster than keypad or manual locks since you don’t have to type a password or turn a key to get access to the arms. Long Gun Full-size Safes There are several hardcore benefits of purchasing a full-size fault if you have really large and exquisitely designed guns in your collection and you can never get enough of them so you keeping adding more to your arsenal. If you have a large spare space in your basement or any other corner of your house and a flexible budget, buying a full-size fireproof gun safe would be totally worth it. Premium models are made from high quality gauge steel which makes the vault nearly invincible. As I have already discussed before, you should always opt for a one or two size larger model than the actual size of your gun, especially if you’re going to stack multiple weapons and other valuable resources in it. Stack on Gun Safes You can store more than 22 guns along with important files and documents, jewelleries etc. in multiple rows in a stack on gun safe. It contains shelves inside to prevent space cluttering. The only downside is the mechanical lock system. Skip it if you’ve children at home or need firearms for personal protection. However, turn lock will serve you well if you use them store your collectibles. Hidden Gun Safe I’m sure you have had several glimpses of hidden safes on the celluloid, haven’t you? The gun cabinets are modeled after the shape of a clocks, bookcases, cupboard, mirrors or any simple-looking object. The core benefit of having a hidden safe is that even somebody as sharp as Mr. Holmes won’t be able to detect the weapon’s existence at the first glance, forget your dull-headed enemies. Add to that, you can be assured that the lethal firearms are way out of your children’s reach . In-wall Gun Safe In wall gun safes are a relief for people dealing with serious crunch of space. These stationary models can be fixed inside the wall, therefore it will be virtually unstealable. you get a variety of choices in terms of size and lock mechanism (available in manual, pass code and fingerprint lock options). In wall safes provide excellent protection and convenient access. The only con is the lack of portability, once the device is fixed inside the wall, it cannot be relocated. Quick Access Wall Safe This sub-category of in-wall safes are particularly aimed to give you quicker access to your weapons in emergency situations. The combination of keypad and fingerprint locks help the user unlock the case with least difficulty. These wall safes can be installed in different corners of the room which is a plus point if you’ve multiple handguns. Even if one safe fails to open, you can count on the next locker.by the time the burglars will be able to guess where all the guns are kept, the cops would reach your house or office to take care of them. Small Gun safes It is the less advanced brother of general biometric gun safes, small bedside gun safes are apt for a revolver used solely for self-defense purposes. They are available in both electronic and manual versions. Instead of fingerprint recognition, the safe features a digital locking keypad, the cheaper manual alternative offers turn lock option. The biggest advantage of such models, apart from easy access is portability. Corner Gun Safe Corner gun safes are neatly structured to fit into the corners of a room or basement. If you have enough vacant space on the wall, make a good use of the corners instead to create a safe and secure spot for your guns and valuables. Car Gun Safe The name is quite self-explanatory here. Car gun safes are compact gun safes specially designed to fit right in your vehicle. A great way to carry small pistols for personal protection during travels. Due to the limited size of the locker, it can’t accommodate more than one revolver. Small car safes always help you feel secure when you’re driving alone or with your family. Truck Gun safe Unlike car safes, truck gun safes offer a comfortable height and width for MI6 type rifles and high maintenance revolvers. They can be fitted in the flatbed or underneath the seat and ease of portability is a default feature. Truck drivers need to drive long distance, often in the middle of the night, due to the demand of their profession. Having a handgun safely tucked in a corner near the driver’s seat is always a wise decision. Fireproof Gun Safes Many customers tend to overlook the fire safety part while shopping for the best gun safe and more often than not, they regret their decision for life. The rate of fire accidents in U.S are increasing alarmingly. If you won’t settle for anything but the best, look for a quality fire-proof model. Not all fire-rated models are created equal. Factors such as door sealing, welding, hinges and thickness of the steel plays a pivotal role here. the best gun safes come in both small and large sizes to fit your versatile collection of firearms. Consider a smart electric lock instead of a manual lock for extra safety and convenience. Under Bed Gun Safe Unpleasantly surprise the trespassers by pulling out your gun just when they thought they’re too smart to trick you. If you are not comfortable with the prospect of storing your handgun far away from your bed during the night, an under bed locker will definitely live up to your expectation. Instead of leaving the safe near the bedside, exposed to everyone passing by, concealing it underneath the bed certainly has a more critical advantage. Nightstand Gun Safe A nightstand gun safe is classic variant of hidden gun safes. While the typical designs resemble a drawer that slides open by pressing the right access code or fingerprint, the more contemporary models help you camouflage unauthorized personnel from reaching your weapons by mimicking the appearance of the nightstand with a sliding board inside which your bad boy will sleep in peace. Reviews of the Best Biometric Gun Safes 1. GunBox Biometric Gun Safe The GunBox 2.0 The Smartest Quick Access Gun Safe BIOMETRIC FINGERPRINT SCANNER: The Gunbox line up uses an industry... KEYPAD + RFID SCANNER: Program in a 5-10-digit key code on the keypad... HIGH TECH SECURITY: Includes an internal audible motion and tamper... PORTABLE + COMPACT: For when you can't carry, the 2.0 will securely... LONG BATTERY LIFE: Internal rechargeable lithium-poly battery lasts 12... Check Price The breathtaking design of GunBox is sure to blow your mind at the very first glance. Behind the stylish exterior lies a gun locker tough to withstand more than you can imagine. GunBox allows multiple ways to reach your guns, along with a fingerprint scanner, it houses a Radio Frequency Identification technology to help you unlock the safe with a special wristband or ring. This state of the art technology is mostly used as a security measure for tap and go credit cards. When two of the main electronic systems fail to open the safe, the third and final “built in fail safe” option will restore your faith in technology. The fingerprint scanner can be programmed to accept up to 100 fingerprints. Apart from hi-tech utilities, the alloy-steel body and neoprene lined design of the locker make it supremely resistant against malicious force. 2. Sentry Safe Biometric Quick Access Pistol Safe SentrySafe QAP1BE Gun Safe with Biometric Lock, 1 Capacity Biometric gun safe provides secure storage for one standard handgun;... Pistol safe features a gas strut to instantly and quietly open safe... Handgun safe is constructed with solid steel and a pry resistant door... Exterior: 12.1 in. W x 9.9 in. D. x 3.2 in. H; Interior 9.7 in. W x... For optimal performance, SentrySafe recommends the use of four... Check Price The Sentry Safe has gone through several strength and resistance tests before hitting the market to ensure the ultimate customer satisfaction. This quick access pistol safe, besides a sleek and easily portable profile, is loaded with advanced built-in features to make the security system next to impossible to bypass. The2.2x 9.7x 6.6” dimension is apt for regular large caliber revolvers. The colour of the exterior can easily blend with the environment which helps you hide it effortlessly. The 12 gauge solid steel body can give a tough time to muscles and brawn, even with the help of the most powerful tools like sledgehammer or axe, it will require a lot of time to crack open the safe. The cool fingerprint scanner installed in this model renders top-notch quality. It can effectively scan every contour of your finger so that you don’t have to place the thumb in one particular spot. The problem with most battery-powered safes are that the owners often forget to replace the batteries, but Sentry Safe always gets your back by introducing tow back-up entry methods- one is a mechanical lock and another is a digital keypad. 3. BARSKA Biometric Gun Safe BARSKA Biometric Safe Secure Storage: Our DOJ approved safe comes with a 120 fingerprint... The Optional Silent Mode: Safe features a silent mode that enables... Solid Construction: This safe is built with durable steel,... Mounting: Pre-drilled holes and hardware allow the safe to anchor in... Mortorized Deadbolts: Safe comes with 2 solid steal motorized... Check Price BARSKA is known for merging cutting edge gun safe technology with stunning contemporary designs in their exclusive range of biometric safes. The fingerprint recognition system equipped model AX11224 is a league of its own as an entry level gun safe for first time gun owners. The no-frills, compact profile makes it a cool storage option for multiple short guns as well as other costly items. The USP of the model is its flexible design, if you will, you can also mount the safe on the wall to save some precious living space. Another highlight is the fingerprint system which can accept up to 30 fingerprints which is a really great feature if you want your family members to have access to your weapons in your absence. 4. Gunvault MicroVault XL MVB1000 Biometric Gun Safe Gunvault MicroVault XL MVB1000 gun safe Biometric... The MVB 1000 can handle a maximum of 120 fingerprint templates and... 18-Gauge steel construction, with protective foam-lined interior High-strength lock mechanism performs reliably time after time Precise fittings are virtually impossible to pry open with hand tools Mounts almost anywhere, in any direction Check Price The Gunvault MicroVault XL MVB1000 Biometric Gun Safe is widely regarded as one of the best gun safes for travelling. The storage space can easily contain a latest handgun model along with a few important documents and even magazines. The innovative slide-through fingerprint scanner incorporated in this model allows you to unlock the vault just by swiping your finger on the reader, the scanner can recognize up to 120 fingerprints which is unarguably the largest memory capacity in any security device in the present market. Only the first two fingerprints added to the memory right after purchase are considered by the scanner to be administrative prints. In order to add more prints, it has to be programmed using the administrative fingerprint. If you closely observe the design, you’ll notice that the door gap is the very least it can get to inhibit the entry of pry bar. To prevent the thieves from walking away with your safe, it comes with steel security cables. Reviews of the Best Large Stack-on Gun Safes 1. Stack-on Total Defense 28 Gun Security Safe Stack-On GCB-910 Steel 10-Gun Compact Steel Security... Holds 10 rifles or shotguns up to 52 tall Steel top shelf provides additional storage or is removable Shelf is positioned in the back of the cabinet so longer guns can be... Foam padded bottom This Stack-On cabinet is approved by the California Department of... Check Price Stack-on Defense combines top-of-the-line technical specifications with a heavy-duty design, capable of undergoing catastrophic events and coming out untarnished. Despite of its giant structure, the company has managed to keep the cost considerable mid-range. The storage shelves and dividers are customizable to help you stash your valuables neatly in a specific order. The storage rack has a Velcro system to store guns without practically eating up the shelf space. It has been fireproofed to eliminate the entrance of scalding fumes inside the cabinet for 1 hour under 1400 degrees. That’s a mere prelude. It can also shield your arms for 3 long days under 2 feet water. If you wish to install a humidifier at some point, there in-built power outlet at the back will save you the fuss of drilling holes for it. 2. Mesa Safe Company MBF6032E 14.4 Cubic Foot 30 Rifle Safe with Digital Clock "Mesa Safe Company" MBF6032E 14.4 Cubic Foot 30 Rifle Gun Safe... All steel construction – 1 1/2-Inch overall thickness with fully... 1 Hour fire rated tested in temperatures up to 1750 degrees Fahrenheit Battery operated electronic lock protected by a punch activated spring... Four anchor holes provided to secure your safe to the floor Decorative brass spoke handle Check Price The Mesa Safe offers a room large enough to safe-keep a massive number of shooting guns, small pistols, magazines, ammunition, documents and other valuables. The stack-on type designs prevents space cluttering and helps you get access to whatever you need without rummaging through an array of stuffs. The rugged steel construction is a shield against brute attack force, fire and humidity. On top of that, the whole unit can be bolted down to the floor, thanks to the presence of multiple pre-drilled holes. The lock system is guarded by an undrilllable plate, you can be assured that no amount of hammering or drilling will bring any significant harm to the vault. Moreover, the unit has been lab tested to withstand 1750 degrees of scorching heat and smoke for 1 full hour. 3. Stack-on FS-114-MG-C 14-Gun Fire Resistant Safe with Combination Lock Stack-On FSS-14-MB-E 14 Gun Entry Point Fire Safe-Sentinel Stack-On builds gun cabinets and safes purposefully, with the... Check Price Looking for an affordable and solid-in-structure safe to protect your beloved gun collection? Your search is probably over. The FS-114-MG-C 14-Gun "Fire Resistant Safe" exudes all the essential features you’ll need to safeguard your firearms against theft, fire and the hands of children. The unit has enough room for 14 full-size rifles and ammunition. I was quite impressed by the inclusion of brackets and slots to help the user with the setting up process. I won’t say this is the toughest gun vault for a reasonable price, its resistance against fire and heavy trauma, but it will certainly serve you well if you’re expecting a large vault with all the basic features. Best Overall Gun Safe Models 1. Viking VS-82BM Viking Security Safe VS-20BLX Mini Biometric Safe... HIGHTLY SECURE 8” x 12” x 8” BIOMETRIC FINGERPRINT SAFE -... FAST ACCESS PERSONAL SAFE FOR HOME & OFFICE DEFENCE AND PROTECTION –... EASY TO SET UP & SIMPLE TO USE Scan & Save up to 32 Fingerprints for... PRY-RESISTANT by DESIGN, TIGHTLY SEALED SOLID STEEL BODY GUN SAFE -... MODERN DESIGN, ROBUST MILITARY LOOK AND VERSATILE SIZE fits perfectly... Check Price Viking has a dab hand in manufacturing small gun safes, most of which are biometric in nature. Viking VS-82BM, which is structurally a wall-mounted unit is one of the highest sold products of the brand till date and for all the good reasons.it comes in a small and a large variant (VS-52BM) to suit the any type and amount of guns you wish to house. The sleeker version is only 5 inches in depth and can be both inside and outside of the drywall of the room. It is equipped with a fingerprint recognition system which is quite a bonanza at such an economical range. Furthermore, it also offers a key access just in case someone from your family or office needs the arms in your absence. 2. Mesa Safe Company MB5922E 7.9 Cubic Foot 14 Rifle Gun Safe with Digital Clock Mesa Safe Company MBF5922E 7.9 Cubic Foot 14 Rifle Gun Safe... All steel construction – 1 1/2-Inch overall thickness with fully... 1 Hour fire rated tested in temperatures up to 1750 degrees Fahrenheit Battery operated electronic lock protected by a punch activated spring... Four anchor holes provided to secure your safe to the floor Decorative brass spoke handle Check Price This Mesa Safe is just the perfect vault you have been searching for so long, as long as you’ve enough room in your basemen or office to spare. This hefty gun safe has a storage capacity of up to 14 rifles and the body is sculpted from premium quality steel that can effectively deter fire hazards, water damage and human force. The 500 lbs. monster can be bolted down to the floor to ensure it stays in place no matter what. The manufacturers claim that the model has been designed to withstand a 2-story drop which is quite remarkable as a safety feature. Besides this, it has a fireproof ratings of 1-350 and an electronic combination lock system paired with a manual spring re-locker to create an extra layer of security. The Final Word Many people end up spending thousands of dollars on gun safety lockers but very few of them succeed in investing in a product that meets the expectations. With the right information, application of a little common sense and a bit of patience, you can also select the ultimate value for money gun vault to keep your firearms and ammunition off from being stolen, misused or mishandled. Although biometric safes are resting at the top of technology spectrum, there are other worthy alternatives as well if you don’t want to go overboard with the budget. No matter which type of safe you buy, make sure it’s sturdy enough to stand the test of time and catastrophic situations. 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Triggrcon 2019: Golden Trigger Awards, Range Day, & Show

Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s Triggrcon 2019 is wrapped up! Suppressed Barrett .50 Cal We had a blast judging the Golden Trigger innovation awards. So let’s start with that before diving into the cool stuff we saw/shot on Range Day and the actual Show day. Table of Contents Loading... Golden Trigger Innovation Awards 2019 Thanks so much to Triggrcon for entrusting us to find the four most innovative stuff this year. 1. Most Innovative Firearm *drumroll* LWRC International with their SMG45 ! LWRC SMG45 Looks pretty but this little short recoil delayed blowback .45 ACP shot great too! Look forward to our video review as soon as Johnny gets it in hand. 2. Most Innovative New Optic Every company now has a red dot and even micro red dot. Sig Sauer still steps it up with their new Romeo 8 series. Romeo 8T 100K+ constant run time and fully enclosed (for the T variant)…plus 4 (useful) reticles. A joy to shoot at the range. 3. "Most Innovative Firearm" Accessory I We bring you Killer Innovations and their Glock compensator . Killer Glock Comp We were kinda meh about Glock compensators since the 9mm isn’t a high-pressure round. But comparing a comp-ed Glock to a standard one really changed our minds. Here’s a regular one… Compared to the comp-ed one… And of course a mag dump… But wait…there’s more. It’s also super easy to take on and off given its detent system. Probably costs an arm and a leg right? Nopes…it’s reasonably priced at around $99 for the comp and $199 for the barrel (which we’ve reviewed ). 4. Most Innovative Firearm Accessory II This one goes to Seismic Ammunition for their ultra-heavy 9mm ammo . 185 gr 9mm in comparison to the standard 115 gr means it is naturally subsonic and still hits super hard. Seismic 9mm 185gr Ammo Plus it comes with ShellShock cases that are lighter, less abrasive than brass, and self-lubricating. I personally couldn’t feel the difference in shooting a handgun compared to 115 gr (so it’s not harder recoiling). But in an MPX it felt like a longer/pushier impulse that I like. Here’s to super-heavy ammo in other calibers soon! Triggrcon Range Day We shot a bunch of fun stuff at the 2019 Triggrcon Range day. Suppressed Barrett .50 Cal So let’s just get to it with some quick videos and small paragraphs. Alphabetical order… Barrett By far the longest line of any of the booths at this year’s range day was Barrett’s – and for good reason. How often do you get a chance to shoot a suppressed .50? This was my personal first time handling an M107, and surprisingly the recoil isn’t as gnarly as you might think! While Barrett’s MRAD platform is available chambered in multiple calibers, we got to shoot a suppressed 6.5 Creedmoor variant. Soft shooting and reasonably ergonomic, we were able to drill the ~200 yard steel easily, but it would have been nice to stretch the gun’s legs a bit more. B&T B&T’s APC300 is a rad little piston driven carbine chambered in .300 Blackout – though the felt recoil is much less than you’d anticipate for the cartridge. The APC9 PRO K is officially the US Army’s new submachine gun, shown here with a Glock magazine. For reasons. The lower receivers are configurable to accept B&T’s own mags, Sig P320 mags, or Glock magazines. The gun’s a bit snappier than I was expecting, but it was still a blast to shoot. The integrally suppressed APC9 SD was slightly more controllable than the PRO K likely due to its slightly longer barrel length. An awesome little subgun to be certain, although this particular model sprayed us down with gas as we shot it, and the metal handguard was pretty damn hot from getting passed around a constant stream of eager shooters. Bear Creek Arsenal Bear Creek Arsenal’s 16″ .300 Black AR shot well enough, but beyond that it’s another AR-15. Not too much to say here. Dead Foot Arms "Dead Foot Arms" ’ FOLD-AR utilizes an innovative locking system that allows you to fold both the barrel and stock to either side of the receiver for storage. The gun’s also usable with the stock folded, though obviously this isn’t the most stable shooting platform. Neat truck guns, for sure. Devil Dog Arms Devil Dog Arms had several of their 1911 variants out at range day. I’m not much of a 1911 guy, but the entire focus of these guns is apparently their trigger systems, which DDA touts as not needing to be tuned out of the box. Here’s a tiny boi 9mm version. Wow! As you’d expect, they make a .45 variant as well. Wow! Faxon Firearms The Faxon ultralight AR-15 weighs in at about 4.9lbs, making it a lightweight and maneuverable carbine that doesn’t kick any more than you’d expect due to the aggressive muzzle brake. Also in tow was Faxon’s FX-19 striker fired polymer pistols. Faxon FX-19 Patriot Our full review of them is here . Foxtrot Mike Foxtrot Mike had a handful of different SBR PCCs to shoot – including a model chambered in .45, which doesn’t seem super common for pistol caliber ARs. The guns ran great with the steel-cased Wolf that was fed through them, and they’ve also got an interesting approach towards a side-charging system that resembles the iconic HK style charging handle to boot. Killer Innovations Killer Innovations had a variety of Glocks out for range day fitted with their unique muzzle brakes and matching barrels. Here’s one without the brake just for comparison. Here’s another Glock with the brake system installed. There’s a pretty noticeable difference in muzzle climb between the two, and we were actually pretty impressed by how flat the gun shot. Mag dump! LWRC International We finally had a chance to get our hands on LWRC’s SMG45 – seen here suppressed. The gun’s a psuedo clone of the legendary UMP45, and includes a handguard that features LWRC’s unique MLOK-like attachment system. We’re very pleased that the gun ran so well after a few production delays. Maxim Defense Maxim Defense brought out a couple PDWs to play with – one being chambered in .300 Blackout. A lot of punch in a tiny package! Blap. Mirzon Mirzon’s enhanced P320 grip modules were surprisingly cool! While I don’t have a ton of trigger time on the stock P320 platform myself, the gun shot and handled very well, and felt like a much more natural fit for my hand than a lot of the other pistols on display this year. Sig Sauer We had the chance to shoot a suppressed MCX fitted with Sig’s newest Romeo 8H red dot. The Romeo 8H has 4 different selectable reticles and boasts approximately 100,000 hours of run time on standard CR123s. We dig it. Zev More Glock brakes! This time from Zev. Here’s the gun sans brake. And here’s the gun with Zev’s brake installed. Another super flat shooter. Quarter Circle 10 QC10 makes some pretty high-end PCCs, and while there isn’t too much to say about the nth AR chambered in 9mm of the day, we dug em. .45 ACP, BROTHER. Idaho Ordnance Factory Shout out to the ammo providers for Barrett, Faxon, Mantis X, Zev, B&T, QC10, P80, Maxim, and Devil Dog. We didn’t see any ammo related failures…just the normal carbon and gunk build-up from literally non-stop shooting over 6+ hours. Triggrcon Show Now onto the regular show! Random order based on how we walked around. Stern Defense You probably know them for their PCC mag adapters… But now they have some nice drop-in 2-stage PCC triggers as well. We’ll report back but we like how it’s a 2 lb first stage and adjustable 3 or 4 lb second stage so PCCs correctly work. Criterion Barrels We’ve heard great things about Criterion barrels. And at the show they had some very educational cutaways. There’s the “rifling” that helps stabilize our freedom seeds. Barrel Rifling, Criterion Barrels And three different coatings that I’m totally going to get wrong even though they told me three times. Criterion Barrels, Different Coatings (T to B: Stainless, Chrome, Nitride) ETS A nice array of their clear mags… ETS Clear Mags Aero Precision Aero Precision Different Lengths Always fun to check in on Aero Precision…one of my favorite AR-15s. Full review here of their 16″ mid-length systems. Dead Foot Arms Wasteland AK, Dead Foot Arms “It’s not steampunk because it doesn’t resemble a clock.” Quarter Circle 10 Mmm…P320 mag PCC. Quarter Circle 10, P320 Nighthawk Custom The Counselor might have given the SMG45 a run for its money but unfortunately they weren’t at Range Day for us to test it out. Nighthawk Custom, Counselor Probably the smoothest action I’ve ever had the pleasure of handling. And I’m already thinking of the internet points we could get for mounting ALL the optics. Nighthawk Custom, Revolver ZRO Delta Another gun we wished was at Range Day… ZRO Delta Modulus The Modulus lets you swap between a Glock 19/17/34 size in just a few moments. Fortis Manufacturing Some nice AR-15 eye candy… Fortis Rifle Another Fortis Rifle Genesis Arms Need to swap out your AR-10 to a 12 gauge shotgun? Genesis Arms .308 to 12 Ga Genesis Arms has got you…with compatability of the cmost common DPMS patterned AR-10 lowers. JL Billet JL Billet Buttstock Nice uppers and lowers…but here they are showing off their buttstock. B&T Yahsss! B&T Pistol Braces ATN We’ve reviewed their night vision before…but now they bring out their thermal scopes. ATN Thermal JP Rifles We really like JP’s stuff. Here’s some variable mass BCGs… JP Variable Mass BCGs Possibly the lightest BCG we’ve ever seen (in aluminum). JP Ultralight BCGs And a 5″ barrel that is permanently attached to 16″…but with a twist. Vaultek We’ve done a couple reviews on their super hi-tech safes. But here’s their latest edition…a tricked-out rifle safe. Sig Sauer Yes…the P365 XL feels great in hand and we can’t wait to shoot it some more. P365 XL vs Regular Apex Apex of upgraded trigger fame brings us a pair of extended slides. One for the FN 509. Apex FN509 Extended Slide with ACRO And the M&P Shield. Apex Shield Extended Slide SilencerCo Who doesn’t love a bunch of suppressors? SilencerCo Suppressors Tactical AR Pretty immersive shooting simulator? Check. Conclusion That’s it for now…until next year! What was the coolest thing you wish you got to try?

Stag Arms 9mm AR-15 Rifle [Review]

Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s Looking for an out-of-the-box 9mm AR-15?  Or a builders kit with all the important bits? Stag Arms has got you covered with their 9mm offerings. I had the chance to extensively test their 9mm Bones Kit which leaves out the furniture so you can add your own. Stag Arms 9mm AR-15 I’ll cover everything from fit/feel to accuracy, shootability, bang-for-the-buckness, and more. About the Stag 9mm AR-15 Pistol caliber carbines (PCC) are all the rage since you can use them for competition and home-defense. You get all the ergonomics of an AR-15 but the ability to use handgun ammo (9mm in this case) and handgun magazines (this one uses Colt or Tavor pattern mags…others use Glock). 9mm (115gr vs 124gr vs 147 HP) The gas system is different than the standard direct impingement of the AR-15 with a gas tube.  In the 9mm case it uses blowback so no gas tube is needed. Best 9mm Bare Bones Kit Stag Arms 9mm Bones Kit 914 at Stag Arms Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 914 at Stag Arms Prices accurate at time of writing Stag offers the “Bones” kit where you can add your own furniture.  Or it also has the Builders Set which leaves out the barrel and buffer tube assembly. Best 9mm AR-15 Build Kit Stag 9mm Builders Sets 434 at Stag Arms Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 434 at Stag Arms Prices accurate at time of writing And finally…complete rifles that also have options for some restricted states. Best Fully Built 9mm AR Stag Arms 9mm Rifles 775 at Stag Arms Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 775 at Stag Arms Prices accurate at time of writing Disclaimer: Stag sent me the Bones kit for an unbiased review. Who Is It For? I covered it a little…it’s perfect if: You’re looking for a self-defense firearm with the accuracy and ergonomics of an AR-15 rifle but in a pistol caliber.  Most likely less unwanted penetration and ear damage from a PCC. You’re wanting to compete in pistol caliber competitions. You’re wanting to make your 9mm AR-15 your own with Bones or Builders Sets. Fit & Feel The bones kit I got was pretty bare but everything was as it should have been…properly coated and ready for me to do my thing in dressing it up. I wiped everything I could and oiled some parts up and it immediately felt better…even with the 7-lb mil-spec trigger. The great thing is that it’s completely built around being a 9mm. Stag 9mm Colt Magazine Well From the magazine well to the 9mm shell deflector…no inserts or shims for this bad boy. Stag 9mm Deflector One thing that makes me not recommend the Bones model specifically to new builders is that because the barrel is already attached…you’re stuck using handguards specifically for the barrel nut. I’m not even sure which ones will work since the barrel nuts on Stag’s handguards look different. Since I wanted to use my Midwest Industries (one of my favorites from Best AR-15 Handguards ), I had to remove the barrel nut and reinstall. Midwest Industries Lightweight Handguards, Top Take it from me…the barrel nut is very well installed from the factory! Here’s my full build list (I went the CA featureless route) and veered towards night-shooting competitions: 12″ Midwest G3 ML Rise Armament Super Sport Trigger Strike Industries Megafin Strike Industries Stock Stop Magpul MOE SL Buttstock Radian Raptor Ambi Charging Handle Streamlight TLR-2s Light/Laser Vortex Razor AMG UH-1 Holographic JP Anti-Walk Pins Make your rifle your own with all our AR-15 upgrade suggestions in our AR Definitive Resources . NOW it felt right… How Does It Shoot? One thing you’ll quickly feel is that 9mm is actually more violent shooting than .223 or 5.56…that blowback system really moves that bolt back at you! Once you get used to it…it’s still mild and controllable (I’d say halfway between a 5.56 and an AK 7.62×39 round).  I just thought 9mm would be like a peashooter in a 16″ barrel. However…I still found out the hard way that I needed anti-walk pins for my drop-in trigger otherwise the recoil was shaking the pins out. JP Anti-Walk Pins When I shot my down-loaded 9mm 147 gr rounds that I normally used for USPA in my 9mm 1911…that’s when the Stag really grew into its own.  Super soft shooting…to the point where people thought it was suppressed. First competition with the Stag Arms 9mm and Vortex AMG UH-1 holographic sight. #alpha only #nomagchanges . @stag_arms @vortexoptics A post shared by Pew Pew Tactical (@pewpewtactical) on Dec 17, 2017 at 11:32am PST Another thing to note is that the Stag 9mm takes Colt or Tavor stick mags .  If you’re shooting 10 rounders they are pretty short so it’s hard to reload. I also couldn’t get a fully loaded mag into a closed bolt for the life of me…so during competitions it became empty mags before dropping. The good thing is that it IS a last round bolt hold open (LRBHO) system. Accuracy Testing the Stag Arms 9mm AR I shot a couple of my favorite 9mm ammo ( Best 9mm Ammo for Self-Defense & Range ) at 25 yards using a 1x optic.  I used the Rise Armament trigger which definitely made a difference compared to the mil-spec one. Stag Arms Test Ammo All very acceptable for 9mm and it seems the Blazer takes the slight lead in accuracy.  The self-defense Federal 147gr HST also ran flawlessly. Stag Arms 9mm Results Reliability The Stag ran as well as it could with what I consider not the greatest magazines.  When there was a jam…it was because something got hung up in the magazine and I could hear loose rounds. Also if the magazine’s spring is not still very strong…you’ll run into bolt-hold-open issues.  Learned this the hard way with a buddy’s 20-round stick that was a little past its lifespan. Stag 9mm Lower and Bolt It ate all the kinds of rounds I threw at it…from plinking light 9mm to heavy bullet reloads and even hollow points. Competition If you’re able to use 32-round stick mags…you’re probably in the clear.  If you’re doing a 10-round pistol caliber carbine (PCC) you might be at a disadvantage for not being able to load 10+1 or tactical reloading between strings of fire. But it was insanely fun to shoot PCC with this gun…especially at night too.  Here’s another stage even with a slow reload… Rocking the Stag Arms 9mm AR-15 at another night shoot.  This time with lasers!  Review coming up today on www.pewpewtactical.com! . Follow @pewpewtactical for more! A post shared by Pew Pew Tactical (@pewpewtactical) on Mar 12, 2018 at 12:56pm PDT Specifications From the Stag Site : Action: Semi-Auto Blowback Caliber: 9mm Twist Rate: 1/10 Button Rifled Muzzle Device: A2 Flash Hider Barrel: 16″, 4140 Steel, Chrome Lined, Heavy Profile, Manganese Phosphate Coated Lower/Upper Receiver Material: Forged and Mil-Spec 7075 T6 Aluminum with type 3 hard coat anodizing Bolt Carrier: 9mm Bolt Carrier with a Manganese Phosphate Coating Hammer/Trigger pin size: Mil-spec small pin .154″ Pivot/Takedown Pin Size: Mil-spec small pin – .250″ Buffer: Standard 9mm Buffer Trigger : Single Stage AR-15 Trigger Magazine: 32 Round Colt Style Stick or Tavor Magazine Safety Selector: Right Hand By the Numbers Reliability: 4.5/5 Problems arose from magazines…make sure they are clean and that you properly maintain the springs. Accuracy: 5/5 Does its job well for 9mm with a variety of plinking, competition, and self-defense ammo. Ergonomics: 5/5 Really depends on you if you go the Bones or Builders route…but I also had the chance to try out their full rifles at SHOT Show 2018…and I really like their new super slim handguard. Looks: 4.5/5 The 9mm shell deflector does its job but I think looks a little ugly. Customization: 5/5 It’s an AR-15 so it’s completely up to your imagination. Bang for the Buck: 4/5 The Bones kit at slightly over $900 is expensive…but their full rifles start at $775 for basic furniture and $999 for the PCF SL with free-float handguard and slim buttstock. Or opt for the Builders Set at $525 and pick up a barrel at Faxon . Overall Rating: 4.5/5 Conclusion The Stag Bones kit was a great entry into PCC for me. For me…the Bones kit was a little too expensive for what you get and you also have to deal with removing the barrel most likely.  But I would wholly recommend their complete rifles. "Best Fully Built" 9mm AR Stag Arms 9mm Rifles 775 at Stag Arms Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 775 at Stag Arms Prices accurate at time of writing With the full rifles you get the slim handguard which felt great…and if you have the urge to build out completely…you have the option of the Builders Set. Best 9mm AR-15 Build Kit Stag "9mm Builders Sets" 434 at Stag Arms Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 434 at Stag Arms Prices accurate at time of writing You’ll still have to be ok with using Colt/Tavor mags.  Plus the positive of having last-round-bolt-hold-open but the negative of not being able to insert a fresh mag into a closed bolt. Many of its competitors out there are the opposite…no LRBHO but ability to insert a mag into the closed bolt.  So it’s really up to what you value more. But I would still recommend the Stag 9mm as a great base PCC.

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We have a soft spot in our heart for the M14 rifle, even though we experienced it in the service primarily as the M21 sniper system, a fiddly, unstable platform with, “no user serviceable parts inside. ” (Seriously. The operator was not permitted to field-strip the gun — that was strictly for the armorers who built the thing.