Posts Tagged ‘AR-15’

Video cover of how to safely load and unload an AR-15 rifle

NSSF: Safely Loading and Unloading the AR-15

The single most popular firearm in America today is America’s rifle, the AR-15. Sportsman, hunters, competitive shooters, law enforcement, home defense—the number of uses and users may be impossible to count, but the fact that America’s rifle is here to stay is unequivocal. Many of us already own one or more AR-15s, others are still looking for the right deal or to build their own.

The Home Built AR-15

The AR-15 is America’s rifle in a very personal and individualist way—and in a manner no rifle has been since the Winchester ’73. The AR-15 may be modified, adapted, and built from scratch to suit the user. The rifle can be surprisingly affordable, or it may be as expensive and extensively modified as the user wishes. The rifle that was built as the subject of this review is in the middle of the road for expense, but at the top of my list for performance and versatility.

Bob Campbell holding an AR-15

The Truth About a Court Decision ‘Banning’ AR-15s

You might have read some articles or seen headlines about a court upholding a ban on “assault rifles,” including the AR-15. Independent Program Attorneys at the law firm of Walker & Byington, PLLC have received many questions from members concerned that this ruling has made the AR-15 (and similar semi-automatic firearms) illegal “assault weapons” everywhere in the country. Is this the truth of the matter, or a case of media misinformation?

AR-15 with SOCOM Boom Tube stock

AR-15 Carbine Configuration

Don’t short-change a short gun! When you spec a carbine, think about shooting it! Simple? Yes. But don’t adapt to the carbine; make it adapt to you. Here are a few thoughts on how to get the most utility from your carbine.

Several AR-15 laying on a bed of rocks

February 23 — 10 Top .223 Remington Posts!

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.

Several AR-15 laying on a bed of rocks

  1. Hello New Shooter, I am .223 Remington…
  2. .223 Remington Load Selections — Picking the Best .223 Load for the Task
  3. .223 vs. 5.56: Which Ammunition is Safe for “My” AR-15?
  4. Handloading .223 for the AR
  5. AR-15 Barrel Twist Explained
  6. AR-15 .223 vs Mil-Spec 5.56mm Chambers
  7. The Best Bang for Your Buck — Cheap AR-15s
  8. Ruger’s First-Class .223: The Mini-14 Rifle
  9. Top 10 AR-15 Rifles 2014
  10. 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.

Officers Practicing Adverse Weather Shooting. Photo Courtesy of the Massachusetts State Police.

Pew Poll: Urban Officers Favor People’s Right to Arms

Pew Research has released a poll taken in the middle of 2016. Note that the Orlando night club massacre and the massive media hype calling for a ban on “assault weapons” occurred one-third of the way through the survey period for police. The shooting of five police officers in Dallas, with a rifle, occurred half-way through the survey period.

SIG Patriot AR-15 rifle right

8 Tips for the New AR-15 Shooter

The AR-15 is America’s rifle. In fact, the black rifle in just about any configuration is very versatile. But choosing the right rifle is a daunting proposition for many. There are many choices, and many good choices. Let’s cover some of the basics.

Meopta MeoRed sight left rear quartering

Review: Meopta MeoRed Reflex Sight

When selecting a compact reflex sight, there are a few “must have” features: low profile so you can co-witness the iron sights, lightweight, and fast, close-quarter acquisition to shoot with both eyes open. Most of all, it needs to have premium-grade glass with a well-protected lens that provides a virtually parallax-free sight picture. The MeoRed brings all of this and so much more.

Burris AR-332

Burris AR-332 — AR-15 Accuracy to 600 Yards

According to the U.S. Army Laboratory Command (Small Arms Technology Assessment: Individual Infantryman’s Weapon, Volume I, March 1990 to be specific), 98% of all targets across all terrain are engaged at less than 600 meters, 90% less than 400 meters, and in urban terrain, 90% less than 50 meters. With this in mind, we need the ability to be able to reach targets beyond the 15-25 yard lines, but it is unlikely we will ever shoot beyond 600 meters in a defensive or even hunting situation.

woman learning how to shoot an AR-15 rifle.

Setting Up Your AR-15 for Defense

Today’s market offers a multitude of options for personal defense. The plethora of aftermarket parts can be overwhelming to even the most gun-savvy individuals and picking the right components can be crucial to your success in building a gun that gives you the performance you are looking for. I am going to try and convey what I have found to work for me regarding the AR-15 platform, as a rifle that is widely deployed in a self-defense role. Let’s start with looking at the basics of platform.