Home Defense AR15 Build

Introduction Your home is your refuge, and if you’ve got to defend it, you deserve every advantage that a rifle can offer. With a wide aftermarket and broad variety of ammunition, AR15s are a top choice for any kind of personal defense. Despite rumors, the 5.56x45 cartridge is not too powerful for home defense. With purpose-made ammunition, you can achieve low interior penetration—even lower than pistols or shotguns. When you factor in the AR15’s low weight, excellent balance, and simple manual-of-arms, its effectiveness shines when navigating corridors. But to get the most out of an AR, you must configure it to meet the challenges of its environment. Defensive carbine setups are often more complex than they appear, as the in...[ Read More ]

The Gun Lover's Gift Guide [2019 Edition]

The Gun Lover’s Gift Guide [2019 Edition] Enthusiasts are tricky to please, so we’ve made a guide to give the gun-lovers out there a very Merry Christmas. Whether you’re shopping for yourself, your loved ones, or your coworkers, these items are certain to be a hit this season. You don’t have to break the bank—or even really break a $20. The perfect gift can come in any size and shape. So, let’s get straight into it, starting with the little gifts that can fit perfect in a Secret Santa or chimney stocking. [Under $20] Gifts for Secret Santa/Stocking-Stuffers [Under $50] Gifts for Friends [Under $200] Gifts for Good Friends [Above $200] Gifts for Family [?] Special Gifts [Under $20] For Secret S...[ Read More ]

How to Fix AR15 Malfunctions

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. If you know what you're looking for, skip to the section below... Overgassing Bolt Won't Lock Bolt Won't Unlock Double Feeds Failure to Chamber Failure to Eject Sh...[ Read More ]

Rifle Ergonomics: Optimizing Your AR Setup

AR 15 Ergonomics an applied science concerned with designing and arranging things people use so that the people and things interact most efficiently and effectively. 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 o...[ 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 ]