How to Fix AR15 Malfunctions

How to Fix a Malfunctioning AR15 Like any machine, your AR15 will never be 100% perfectly reliable. Parts will break, magazines will fail, and tight tolerances will loosen with wear. Even with ruthless maintenance, one unlucky clot of dust can shut down your rifle in an instant. With the right knowledge, you can fix most issues without spending money, but the wrong diagnosis can end up feeling like a wild goose chase. If you're new to fixing ARs, that’s alright. This blog details most common malfunctions, their origins, and a few solutions, so you can get started on a fix right away. Preliminary Cures No matter the malfunction, your first step is eliminating outside variables. As always, when you’re handling...[ Read More ]

Rifle Ergonomics: Optimizing Your AR Setup

Ergonomics: an applied science concerned with designing and arranging things people use so that the people and things interact most efficiently and safely. Even with a clear definition, few words are misused so frequently. You may hear infomercials tout it with impunity: ‘This duster broom is so ergonomic!’ or ‘Ergonomic phone case fits in your pocket!’ After a while, the word seems to lose meaning. In the end, even a brick is ‘ergonomic’ when compared to a cinderblock, right? Despite the confusion, ergonomics is a powerful word. When we talk about AR10s and AR15s, ergonomics come first. Unlike a phone or a broom, a rifle’s ‘efficiency’ and ‘safety’ are critically intertwined. The history of the AR15 (and its resulting prevalenc...[ Read More ]

Win This Rifle Build! Lightweight AR15 Giveaway!

This Giveaway has ended. Congratulations to our winner, Jennifer B. in Oklahoma! You can view all current and past giveaways on our giveaway blog page. 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 rifl...[ Read More ]

Win this rifle! .308 Deer Hunting Rifle Giveaway

THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED. CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNER, RUDY A. IN HAWAII! YOU CAN VIEW ALL CURRENT AND PAST GIVEAWAYS ON OUR GIVEAWAY BLOG PAGE. With Independence Day concluded, the time has come once again to announce the monthly rifle giveaway. In honor of our most patriotic holiday, we wanted to do something special: a purpose-built .308 AR for the modern deer hunter. Much of American history is the story of hunters—frontiersmen and explorers whose marksmanship and self-reliance pushed our borders westward. For these men, a rifle wasn’t just a tool: it was their lifeline. The rifle was the only thing keeping man at the top of the food chain, and in the untamed wilderness, a well-placed shot meant the difference between life and d...[ Read More ]

Builders' Hacks: Must-Have Tools and Tricks

As any builder can tell you, putting together an AR-15 rifle is a personal process. Everyone has their own methods and techniques, and individualism makes the finished product so much more rewarding. It’s difficult to convey the sense of pride and accomplishment that comes from shutting the bolt on a rifle you built with your own hands. No doubt there are plenty of great poetics about the relationship between a warrior and his weapon. Maybe that’s why it’s so frustrating when a build goes wrong. Every day, rifle builders around the country make avoidable mistakes that create a disappointing—or even dangerous—final product. To quote Pat McNamara, “Experience is often something we get shortly after we need it.” In rifle building, this les...[ Read More ]