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 ]

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 ]

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 ]