Build an AR: Choosing the Right Butt Stock

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  When it comes to choosing the right buttstock, we’ve got good news and less good news. The good news is that there are hundreds from which to choose. The less good news is that figuring out which type will work on your rifle is just a little bit complicated. No worries, we’ll start this […]

A Simple Trigger Pull (Press): More Than Meets the Eye

It looks so simple, doesn't it? Read on to find out why it's not. Timney Drop-in R-15 Triggers, image courtesy of Brownells.com.

Trigger (noun) – a small projecting tongue in a firearm that, when pressed by the finger, actuates the mechanism that discharges the weapon. Pulling, or more accurately, pressing, a trigger sounds like such a simple thing, doesn’t it? Yank that thing backward and you can’t help but hit whatever you were aiming at, right? If […]

Build an AR: Choosing and Installing the Barrel

Barrel fluting doesn't just look cool, it has practical benefits too. This LWRC barrel is 20% lighter and cools faster.

The beautiful thing about building your own rifle is that you can be really, really picky about what components you choose. It’s your rifle, and you’re building it for your specific purposes so you can optimize each and every part according to your intended use of the finished product. While numerous components and the assembly […]

Seven Things You Need to Clean A Gun

This Outers brass cleaning rod is softer than the steel of your bore and comes in segments, so you can adjust the length for longer or shorter barrels.

While cleaning a gun is a fairly simple chore, it really helps to use the right equipment. Improper tools and solutions can make the job harder and even cause damage to your valuable firearm. Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to clean a handgun, rifle, or shotgun. 1. A Cleaning Rod The most […]

AR Operations: Direct Impingement vs. Piston Operated

Imagine the bolt (below) inside of the bolt carrier (above) and you can see how the gas flow works.

All AR-type rifles have plenty of gas; they just deal with it differently. Eugene Stoner had plenty of gas. So much so that he designed his AR-15 semi-automatic rifle to work entirely on gas flow. The method of operation was called direct impingement. Well, people refer to it as direct impingement, but it’s really a […]

How to Clean Your Handgun

This is....not the right way to clean your handgun.

Back when I was younger and even more naïve than I am now, I owned a restaurant and attended a seminar presented by the world’s leading expert on cleaning things. He pointed out one thing that I remember to this day: bad mopping technique. What does this have to do with cleaning guns? Plenty. Bad […]

ATI’s New TactLite AR Stock Eliminates the Shake

The new ATI TactLite AR stocks. The standard model is on the left and adjustable comb model on the right.

You might have noticed that most adjustable butt stocks for AR-type rifles shake just a little. Worse yet, the farther you move that adjustable stock back, the more the shake. We’ve probably learned just to accept it, kind of like that “sproing” sound that many ARs used to make when fired. While the movement of […]

AR-15 Hacks: How To Get Max Accuracy From Your Rifle

Will this upgrade make your AR rifle more accurate? Technically speaking no, practically speaking... Yes!

What if I told you that you could get 15, 20 or even 45 percent better accuracy from your existing AR-type rifle? You can. Read on… The key concept here is getting the best possible accuracy from the rifle you already have. While you can certainly improve accuracy by replacing major components like the barrel, […]

OH AR-15 Hacks: Do These 4 Things Or Your Rifle Might Explode

Here's a properly staked AR gas key. Note how the gas key metal is bashed into the two screws so they can't turn loose.

If you think people hyperventilate over hypothetical scenarios in politics, spend some time visiting online gun forums. While fun, and a great way to chit chat with others of like passion, you might leave convinced that your AR rifle has the operational complexity and maintenance requirements of the Trident II D5 ballistic missile. Yes, your […]

AR-15 Hacks: Clean Your Rifle Like A Boss

The most tedious part of AR-15 cleaning is the bolt. Fortunately there are tools to help, like this OTIS B.O.N.E. tool.

While no one really knows for sure, industry sources estimate that there are more than 10 million AR-type modern sporting rifles in the US. That’s a lot of rifles, a lot of ammo and a lot of cleaning! Inspired by the popularity of the modern sporting rifle and its many variants, and the fact that […]