Top 10 AR-15 Posts 2014


If you want to know more about buying, shooting, maintaining, and accessorizing the AR-15 and its variants, check out this top-10 most-read list of articles on the subject we published in 2014.


AR-15 .223 vs Mil-Spec 5.56mm Chambers

It can be confusing when shopping around for an AR-15 and deciding which ammo to go with it. Why do some rifles say .223/5.56 caliber, while others say chambered for just 5.56mm? It is mistaken that the two are always interchangeable. Avid hunter, competitive shooter and Soldier of Fortune writer Jerry Kraus explains the differences in .223 Remington and 5.56mm NATO chambers.


Federal Judge Says AR-15- and AK-style Rifles Not Protected by 2A

A judge in Maryland upheld the state’s ban on modern sporting rifles and magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. Was the judge’s logic flawed? Read “Federal Judge Says AR-15 and AK-Style Rifles Not Protected by 2A” and conclude for yourself.


Best Selling AR-15s of 2013

There is always a lot of contention when the Shooter’s Log posts best-selling lists. There are plenty of comments letting us know all the great guns we missed. However, we did not base our choices on writers or editors choices, we took them from Cheaper Than Dirt! sales reports. Without fail, the top-selling guns are always affordable. Cheaper Than Dirt! customers do their homework. All the AR-15s on the best-selling list of 2013 are worthy of being there. There isn’t one junk gun on the list. Read “Best Selling AR-15s of 2013” to find out which five made top of the list.


The Long-Range AR-15, Part 2

Do you want to shoot your AR-15 further than 500 yards away? Honing your rifle for those long-rang shots involves many factors. Glen Zediker explains which bullet shapes and barrel twist is best for striking targets 600 yards away.


The Definitive Guide to Building an AR-15

One of the reasons why AR-15 rifles are so popular is the ease and modularity of being able to build your own. Handpicked parts rather than factory means you get exactly what you want at the price you want. With our definitive guide—written for the first-time builder—we break down each part and tell you what tools you need for a complete build from the lower receiver to the smallest of springs. Included in the guide are suggestions on real-life tested parts that the experts at Cheaper Than Dirt! trust.


My Most Accurate AR-15s

Unless you work in the firearms industry or have more money than God—it is likely you haven’t had the chance to own or precision test hundreds of AR-15s. Using a variety of ammo and firing from a bench rest to 100 yards, the guys at Gun Tests magazine evaluate their findings over five years and list the most accurate ARs out of their arsenals.


Build a More Accurate AR-15

How do you upgrade your AR-15 to hit sub-MOA at 100 yards consistently? Start with the receiver and then move on to the stock, grip, handguards, trigger, barrel and sights. Then pick the right ammo. The author of “Build a More Accurate AR-15” describes what he has done to his AR to make it extremely accurate.


Mossberg’s MMR Tactical — An American Favorite

Mossberg’s MMR is an affordable, accurate and reliable AR-15 that meets MIL-SPEC with a few parts you will not find standard on most ARs—like the Stark SE-1 pistol grip. Read Dave Dolbee’s impressions of how the MMR handles and shoots in his review on the Mossberg MMR Tactical.


AR–15 Barrel Twist Explained

What is the rate of twist and why does it matter? Jerry Kraus discusses the history of rifling and why these grooves in the barrel matter. If you already know what ammo performs best in your AR-15, the detailed and up-close pictures of the inside of a rifle barrel are worth giving this article a read.


Clean Your AR-15 in 20 Minutes

American Rifleman, American Hunter and Shooting Illustrated field editor Bryce M. Towsley describes step by step how to field-strip and clean your AR-15 in 20 minutes. Included in “Clean Your AR-15 in 20 Minutes” are products that Bryce has found work well for him.

What other AR-15 topics would you like to read about? Tell us in the comment section.

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Comments (3)

  1. Although similar how about building an AR 10??? Whatever you have in AR 15 duplicate coverage in the larger AR 10! How about trigger modifications, differences in springs, what about buttstocks, maybe even cover slings, how about different telescopic sights, maybe even sights that project laser beams of different colors? Sick of AR15’s that are not even legal for big game…..only varmints, prairie dogs & coyotes!

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