the TBRC Model 1836

Art of the Gun: The Texas Black Rifle Company Model 1836

Sometimes there are companies you really enjoy. Whether it is their product, their advertising or something else entirely, you develop an affinity for a company and so you follow and support what they do. That’s how many of us here at Cheaper Than Dirt! feel about Texas Black Rifle Company, Inc. and their sister company, Shield Tactical. Shield Tactical pole-vaulted into the limelight in 2013 when they announced they were moving out of gun-hating California to gun-friendly Texas.

Picture shows a black pistol stabilizing brace.

SIG’s SB15 Legal Pistol Stabilizing Device

In November 2012, disabled veteran Alex Bosco received a letter from the ATF regarding a prototype of a stabilizing brace he invented to aid him in shooting an AR-15 pistol one-handed. The device, called SB15 made of medical-grade rubber—the same type of material used to make prosthetics—fits over the buffer tube of AR-15 pistols.

Black bolt carrier assembly on a light gray background

Bolt-Carrier Assembly: The Heart of an AR-15

The following is a specially adapted excerpt from “The Competitive AR15: Builders Guide” and “The Competitive AR15: Ultimate Technical Guide,” books by Glen Zediker and Zediker Publishing. For more information, please check out www.ZedikerPublishing.com or call (662) 473-6107.

The AR-15’s bolt and carrier are the heart of the rifle, so knowing the ins and outs of the bolt carrier — weight, platings and coatings, firing-pin hole size and bolt choices — can make your AR run more smoothly and reliably.

AR-15 dissassembly with a salad bowl

Clean Your AR-15 in 20 Minutes

A guest post by Bryce M. Towsley

AR-15 rifles run well even when caked with crud, but sooner or later you do have to clean even the most abuse-immune AR-15 rifle. Cleaning is never fun, but there are a few tools, tips and techniques that can reduce the pain and get you back shooting a little faster.

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Top 5 Cheaper Than Dirt YouTube Videos

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Picture shows a black, fixed stock AR-15 A2 style rifle with fixed carry handle and carbine length handguard.

When Teaching a New Shooter, Does the Gun Matter?

I’m sure your immediate response is, “of course it does!” Picking the “wrong” gun might just turn someone off from shooting. I took a risk letting a brand new shooter fire a DPMS Classic 16 Carbine as her first .223 Remington, semi-automatic rifle. Fortunately, in this particular case the gun did not matter.