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 […]

How To Choose the Perfect Optic for Your AR-15

The Aimpoint PRO is an excellent general purpose optic for the AR.

The answer to choosing the perfect optic for your AR-15 is easy. It depends. I’m not being bratty, hear me out. The beauty of the AR rifle platform is the near-infinite number of applications. It can be quite adept at the following, just to name a few, uses. Deer hunting Home defense Competition Plinking Close […]

Gun Review: LWRC R.E.P.R. 20 .308 Sniper Model

The LWRC R.E.P.R. 20-inch rifle, right side.

Sometimes visceral reactions are surprisingly on-target. About a month ago, I stopped by my FFL to pick up an LWRC R.E.P.R. A couple of other folks were there finishing up a gun purchase, so I opened the R.E.P.R. box while I was waiting. The contents immediately became the center of attention. The other customer asked […]

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 […]

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 […]

Celebrate Diversity! The World of AR-platform Calibers

The AR platform can be adapted to dozens of different calibers, like this Rock River Arms LAR-6.8 chambered in 6.8 Remington SPC.

In these troubled times where everyone wants to stir up trouble and hate over our differences in appearance, I want it to go on record that I don’t just tolerate diversity, I embrace it. In my safe right this moment, I have AR-type rifles chambered in .223/5.56mm, 6.8 SPC, 300 Blackout, and .308 Winchester. Of […]

Gun Review: The FN-15 DMR Designated Marksman Rifle

The FN-15 DMR comes out of the box with a variety of features for longer range accurate shooting, like an 18-inch barrel.

Recently I got my hot little hands on one of the new FN America rifles for 2015. This one is the FN-15 DMR or Designated Marksman Rifle. It’s designed to shoot accurately. More specifically, it’s designed to shoot longer and heavier projectiles accurately. Does it? Let’s find out. What makes a DMR a DMR? If […]

5 Great AR Rifles for Less Than $1,000

The AR rifles on this list are solid base models ready for gear and customization.

The great Obama AR-15 Sale of 2013 is over, sort of. Yes, fears about political shenanigans like green tip 5.56mm ammo bans and other nonsensical moves are driving sales, but we’ve moved on from the time when there were no AR-rifles of any type available on the shelves. In fact, as the market has chilled […]

A Close Look at CMMG’s 300 Blackout Mk4 Pistol

OK, so this one was temporarily souped up. No worries, there's a factory configuration photo here too.

I think the 300 AAC Blackout caliber was really made for short barrels. Don’t get me wrong, I have a 300 Blackout AR-type rifle with a 16-inch barrel and love it. I just think the flexibility of the caliber really shines in short and compact configurations. When shooting subsonic, velocity loss resulting from a shorter […]