What is the biggest difference between AR-15 .223 and Mil-Spec 5.56mm chambers? Most people do not know; they say, “I think you can shoot both kinds of ammo through either one, right?”
Posts Tagged ‘5.56 NATO’
Last week, The Shooter’s Log ran a throwback article on the Top 5 Combat Rifles of All Time. The debate was lively to say the least, but the one overarching theme was a feeling that the 5.56 simply did not have enough punch. The U.S. Army seems to agree. So, last August, the Army announced the Interim Combat Service Rifle (ICSR) program. The ICSR was tasked with replacing the Army’s M4 carbine with a 7.62 mm rifle. A month later, the program was cancelled.
February 23 is .223 day! Who doesn’t love a day honoring one of America’s favorite calibers most often fired from the AR-15—one of America’s favorite rifles? In truth, we do not have to wait for 2/23, we can celebrate it any day of the year by emptying a few magazines by sending rounds down range. However, in honor of .223 day we first want to thank our men and women in uniform serving our country, veterans, first responders, and law enforcement officers who run toward danger when we get run from it. With that done, we hope you will enjoy a little down time with a few of our favorite .223-themed posts from the past.
- Hello New Shooter, I am .223 Remington…
- .223 Remington Load Selections — Picking the Best .223 Load for the Task
- .223 vs. 5.56: Which Ammunition is Safe for “My” AR-15?
- Handloading .223 for the AR
- AR-15 Barrel Twist Explained
- AR-15 .223 vs Mil-Spec 5.56mm Chambers
- The Best Bang for Your Buck — Cheap AR-15s
- Ruger’s First-Class .223: The Mini-14 Rifle
- Top 10 AR-15 Rifles 2014
- The Definitive Guide to Building an AR-15
We hope you enjoyed this list as much as we do. Share your favorite .223 story in the comment section.
This video was published on December 14, 2015, by The Wound Channel and shows the M855A1 round used as the U.S. Army’s primary
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You have no doubt noticed the large amount of inexpensive steel-cased ammunition available. It is hard to pass it
The rifle has some major advantages over the pistol or shotgun when used as a defensive firearm. The rifle is
Whether you shoot rifles, shotguns, or handguns the most, the biggest lifetime expense — even considering the initial purchase cost of the firearm — is almost always ammo.
At the 2014 SHOT Show Media Day, I got the opportunity to fire a few rounds through Beretta’s ARX-100, the civilian version of the ARX-160 rifle developed for the Italian military. At first glance, I thought it was just another black sporting rifle. However, in true Beretta fashion, they painstakingly included some features that I consider a requirement on modern weapons systems.
One of the hottest names in the black rifle business may be one you haven’t heard yet. Windham Weaponry, started by previous Bushmaster’s previous owner, Richard Dyke has gathered an experienced group of ex-Bushmaster employees to continue to build and improve the AR-15 platform. If someone on your list or even for yourself, Windham Weaponry’s MPC (Military Preferred Carbine) M4 rifle does not cut any corners on quality.
MasterPiece Arms’s new MPAR 556 Sporting Rifle, with an MSRP of $999, is chambered in 5.56×45 (.223 Rem.) and accepts AR-15/M16 magazine. It is differentiated from many other AR-style rifles by its heavy stamped-steel receiver.
Editor’s Note: Prices noted in this article are as of July 26, 2013, and subject to change without notice.
In an accompanying story about the Army winding down its Individual Carbine Competition, one of the firearms listed in the ICC program was the Adcor Defense Brown Enhanced Automatic Rifle (B.E.A.R.), made by a small U.S. player compared to Beretta, FN, H&K, and other global arms giants. About a year ago, I had a chance to shoot a civilian semi-auto B.E.A.R. (#201-2040E) extensively, and after the experience, I bought one. It currently lists for $2,082.95 (#76044) at Cheaper Than Dirt!.
The recently available Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) Tavor SAR, a bullpup rifle chambered in 5.56 NATO, is creating quite a stir among gun cognoscenti. Actual counter prices
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The biggest fixed expenses when getting into the gun game are usually firearms, then optics, or sometimes the other way around. But over the lifetime of a platform — rifle, shotgun, handgun, doesn’t matter — the biggest expense is almost always ammo. Accordingly, stories focusing on ammunition use, tuning, and suitability are favorites of the Cheaper Than Dirt! Chronicle community. Here are the most-read articles we’ve run in the Shooter’s Log that have to do with ammunition choice and performance: