Advantage Arms Offers Forward Charging Handle Conversion Kit for AR-type Rifles

Advantage Arms Forward Charging Handle

This one caught my eye from a distance. Imagine a tubular frame firmly mounted on the upper of an AR-type rifle. The rear interfaces with the standard AR-type charging handle, while the tubes extend to a new charging handle alongside the forward hand guard. Like other designs such as the MP-5, your AR-type rifle can […]

A Gun I’m Particularly Anxious to Try at SHOT: Sig’s New MCX 300 Blackout

Sig's new 300 Blackout MCX in the short-barrel rifle configuration.

I’ve got some type of irrational love affair going with the 300 AAC Blackout cartridge. Maybe it has to do with my interest in reloading. The 300 AAC Blackout offers a near-infinite range of load possibilities ranging from subsonic 220 grain projectiles to supersonic 110 grain bullets and everything in between.. It’s an incredibly versatile cartridge. Compatibility with .223 / 5.56mm […]

22 AR-15 Conversion Kits: Myth or Maxim?

The CMMG 22AR Bravo Conversion

One of my New Year’s resolutions is to reject, at least temporarily, internet hearsay. You know what Abraham Lincoln said about the internet, right? “Four score of lies, myths, exaggerations and urban legends.” That’s a long way of saying lots of folks read something and then pass it on as the gospel truth. Knowing that […]

A Look at SilencerCo’s Saker 556 Suppressor

The SilencerCo Saker 556 with included wrenches for assembly / disassembly.

For a little baby bullet in a little baby cartridge, the .223 Remington / 5.56mm sure makes a lot of noise. Unsuppressed, you can figure the noise level at about 165 decibels, varying, of course with rifle type, barrel length, etc. That’s  louder than a 12 gauge shotgun, a jet taking off or a jackhammer. […]

Aimpoint’s New Micro T-2 Red Dot Optic

The Aimpoint Micro T-2 (right) improves on the already solid Micro H-1 and T-1 designs.

We’re a people of excess. Not that excess is bad in general, but there are situations where too much can be a bad thing. Optics comes to mind. Almost without fail, we shooters go “all in” when it comes to magnified optics. Even though most of us will be shooting at ranges of 100 yards […]

Leupold’s 300 Blackout Offering: The Mark 4 MR/T 1.5-5x20mm

Leupold Mark 4 MRT 300 AAC BLackout 1.5-5x20mm

There’s a reason there are so few 300 Blackout optics on the market. It’s kinda hard to design a single reticle to handle the exceptionally broad range of ballistic performance of that cartridge while keeping the reticle clean and simple. Let’s take a look at exactly what I mean by “broad range of ballistic performance.” […]

Black Rifle Holiday Gift Guide

Aimpoint Carbine Optic

We’re getting into the gift giving, and more importantly, gift receiving season, so here are some of our picks for black rifle accessories. Some are old; some are new; some are expensive and others not, but all are useful additions to the modern sporting rifle. Aimpoint Carbine Optic I’ve always loved the red dot options […]

X-Products Takes Shotgunning a Beer To A Whole New Level

The term "shotgunning a beer" takes on a whole new meaning with the Can Cannon from X Products.

In the “why the heck not” category is the new Can Cannon from X Products. Known for their rock solid drum magazines for modern sporting rifle designs, the X Products folks got a wild hair to bring something just plain fun to market. The Can Cannon is a complete upper assembly with a soda can […]

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 […]