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Monthly Archives: July 2020

  • Muzzle Brake vs Compensator - Which Is Right For My Rifle?

    Since it is such a political hot potato, I was curious if firearms terms were actually published in dictionaries. I was pleasantly surprised to find the Muzzle Brake definition in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Not only was there a short but precise definition, the dictionary also directed me to next go to the next related term of Compensators. Although I am not crazy about the "gun tube" reference, I suppose it is accurate. Of course, I followed up by going to the suggested term of Compensators, and found that there was only a definition for "compensate" not "compensator". 
  • How To Shoot A Pistol

    A couple of weeks ago, we posted a blog, along with a visual tutorial by Clint, on how to use an AR-15. This was initially done to help new AR-15 owners and those considering an AR purchase. AR-15s and AR-style rifles are selling at a record pace right now, due to the trying times that we are living in. We received a great response from some of you regarding that instruction. With the great feedback that we received from that tutorial, we decided to do it again. So here is a written and visual tutorial on how to use a pistol.
  • What Is A Muzzle Device?

    Most literature will tell you that there are three categories of muzzle devices. Correctly stated; there are three commonly used muzzle devices, however, there are more than three choices available for you to outfit your firearm with. The three most popular are flash hiders, muzzle brakes, and compensators. Most firearms manufacturers offer at least a couple of options in their product line-up with threaded barrels. Threaded barrels are made for attaching muzzle devices, which react with the flow of hot gases that exits the barrel after the bullet. Attaching one of these devices will change the behavior of the firearm, and the result will be according to the muzzle device that is attached. Features of muzzle devices include variables in muzzle flash, noise levels, felt recoil, and muzzle rise. Choosing the applicable muzzle device that fits your needs can be confusing, and to add to that some products use lingos in their advertising that overlap functions when there are devices that are manufactured specifically to address multiple roles. In addition to the aforementioned brain teasers, there are twist-on as well as permanently-attached muzzle devices. If you are wondering what the role of different muzzle devices is, and which one is right for you, read on, and we will try to help sort it out for you. 
  • Is It Okay To Store Magazines Loaded?

    There are varying opinions on if you should store ammunition in your magazines. I have come across so many different opinions about this topic, that I decided to research it for myself. I didn't really have an opinion on this matter, because I shoot and rotate ammunition regularly, in other words, it doesn't stay in my magazines for very long anyway. My research was pretty much fruitless, and I found that there are only varying opinions about storing ammo in magazines and not any scientific or set standards. There are too many variables to form an opinion due to the multitudes of different ammo and an endless selection of magazines, and of course, don't forget your tube magazines.
  • What is an 80% AR-15 Lower?

    Over the last couple of articles about lower receivers, we have established that the completed lower receiver is the firearm. There are a few steps involved when purchasing a completed lower receiver, including background checks, picking the receiver up from an FFL, and paying a fee. In this article, we are going to talk about 80% lowers, the differences between 80% lowers and stripped or complete lowers, and the benefits of purchasing an 80% lower.
  • Is An AR-15 Military Grade?

    Never has there ever been a weapon so impossibly popular and so impossibly misunderstood. The AR-15 is, without a doubt, America’s Rifle. It’s beloved and used by millions and millions of people. The weapon is often unjustly vilified by those who’d prefer we live as disarmed subjects rather than armed citizens. The gun is touted as a military weapon by those attempting to ban it, and the same is done by AR manufacturers to promote its worthiness. 
  • How To Use An AR-15

    A great feature of our Classic Firearms Blog and Videos is that we try to serve all of our friends, and we recognize that some of our newer friends and followers may also be new to various types of weapons systems, or perhaps some of our long time followers are ready to take that leap into another platform. The most obvious one for me, and the first one that comes to my mind, is the AR-15. The AR-15 is the most popular rifle in America, so don't be shy about asking questions about it. Shoot, after this article, some of you may be able to teach me a thing or two as well. That's what being a part of a firearm community is all about, recognizing the different skill levels of others and kindly offering guidance. So here we go!

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