Win This Rifle Build! Lightweight AR15 Giveaway!

You ever hear the phrase “ounces are pounds”? If you know the history of the AR15 and its offspring, you know that weight is everything. It started in Vietnam, where the M16 made its debut as a replacement to the 10lb+ M14. Trading a wood stock for aluminum and polymer, the M16 weighed 2.5lbs less than the previously-issued battle rifle, and the smaller cartridges meant soldiers could carry more ammunition outside the wire. After the war, the Military’s demand for smaller, lighter equipment continued, leading to the development of the M4, the M249, and countless other modern rifles. Even today, you can see the trend continue with M-LOK/KeyMod, 300blk shorties, and Microdot optics. With all these great products, we had to wond...[ Read More ]

WIN THIS RIFLE BUILD! BIG BORE .458 SOCOM AR15 GIVEAWAY!

This Giveaway has ended. Congratulations to our winner, Tammy B. in Pennsylvania! You can view all current and past giveaways on our giveaway blog page. It’s that time again. This time our giveaway rifle is a big bore thumper chambered in .458 SOCOM. As always, we’ve put together a list of the best parts and accessories to assemble one fantastic rifle with enough stopping power to take down any game animal or predator in North America with one shot. If you want to know how to build this rifle, read on. We lay out all the parts and why we selected them in the paragraphs below. First things first, though. A little background on this cartridge and why you would want to have a .458 SOCOM AR-15 for yourself. .458 SOCOM is one of severa...[ Read More ]

How to Train Your New Shooter

August is National Shooting Sports Month, celebrating all the best parts of our favorite activity: blasting holes in paper or making steel sing. While there are plenty of things to celebrate, the focus is first on all the new shooters out there who are helping our community grow and thrive. Nothing is more important to shooting sports than fresh faces, as gun-ownership hinges on spreading a positive mindset. You might have people in your life that are on the cusp of becoming shooters, but how can you help them take those next steps? Everybody has a story behind their introduction to firearms. Some start on hunts with parents or family. Some learned marksmanship in scouts or at summer camp. In my case, it came while eating a double cheese...[ Read More ]

Choosing an AR Foregrip

In kitting a rifle, few things are as personal as your furniture choice. The ergonomics of your rifle should conform to your body, so everyone ends up with a different setup. In many ways, the AR15’s freedom of choice created an entire industry, as the variety of handguards, stocks, grips, and mounts allowed small, innovative manufacturers to shine. But any time you have competitive products, you’ll find debate and conflict between fans. Everyone remembers the KeyMOD and M-LOK arguments from a few years ago. The two newest, lightest attachment systems clashed for the favor of shooters and military alike, while the quad-rail folks sipped sugar-free Monster and reminisced on the ol’ ‘Block 1’ days. Good times. Nowadays, most shooters reco...[ Read More ]

Why You Should Take a Carbine Course

Over the last two decades, American gun-owners have made the AR15 the most popular rifle in the nation, dethroning the traditional bolt-action and shotgun. Specifically, defensive carbines grew to be a central interest within the shooting community, and in response, the training industry rose from relative obscurity. We now live in the Era of the Carbine Course. As shooters, we’re always inclined to believe we’re ahead of the curve. Often, this thinking extends to shooting practices that we’ve never trained for—self-defense included. This overestimation of ability (known as the Dunning-Kruger effect) isn’t exclusive to the shooting community either. One study reported that 90% of drivers believe their driving ability to be abo...[ Read More ]