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Review: Steyr AUG A3 M1

Thursday, February 19th 2015 11:29 AM

The idea of having an ultra-compact rifle with a full-length barrel in a package smaller than a submachine gun sounds too good to be true. Apparently Austria felt the same way, and in 1978 they deployed the first military-issued bullpup rifle: the Steyr AUG (Armee Universal Gewehr). I’ve always wanted to own one, but could never decide between one that featured a railed receiver or the iconic Schmidt and Bender scope. Apparently someone at Steyr Arms had the same dilemma, because their new variant allows shooters to switch between the two with a few simple tools.

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Top 5 9mm Self Defense Loads

Friday, February 13th 2015 05:17 PM

How do modern defense loads perform? Most of the results from these tests, when quality ammunition is used, are excellent. Most modern bullets penetrate more than 12 inches. Most expand in pure gelatin when passing through light denim barriers. Most tests end with perfectly-expanded projectiles. That

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BATF Ruling: Shouldering Sig Forearm Brace Illegal

Friday, January 16th 2015 03:59 PM

The Firearms and Ammunition Technology Division (FATD), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has received inquiries from the public concerning the proper use of devices recently marketed as “stabilizing braces.” These devices are described as “a shooter’s aid that is designed to improve the single-handed shooting performance of buffer tube equipped pistols.” The device claims to enhance accuracy and reduce felt recoil when using an AR-style pistol [by attaching the pistol to the shooter's forearm with a stabilizing brace]. However, the BATF has ruled that shouldering a pistol with a forearm brace constitutes a 'redesign' of the pistol, thus making it a short barrel rifle, which is subject to NFA regulations.

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Cleaning a Bolt-Action Rifle

Friday, January 2nd 2015 11:44 AM

All firearms have two mortal enemies: salt and water. Over time (the amount of which varies depending on conditions), these two thing can destroy any firearm. So, the primary purpose of cleaning your rifle should be to remove salt and water before they have a chance to do any damage. Dirt, powder residue and copper/lead fouling are also things that you want to remove from your rifle to preserve proper functioning and maintain a high level of accuracy.

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The ATF on 80% Lower Receiver Blanks. Legal or Not Legal?

Saturday, November 8th 2014 11:03 AM

Many people these days are interested in building their own AR style rifle, and there are many vendors selling '80% Lowers', a partially-complete lower receiver that require additional finish work to become a functional firearm component. The ATF answers questions about 80% Lower Receivers, and outlines what does and does not constitute a 'firearm'.

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FBI Chooses 9mm, Here's Why

Tuesday, October 7th 2014 04:30 PM

With the amazing 21st-century advances in ammunition technology, many people have advocated a move back to 9mm. Recently, the FBI announced they were buying a new gun in 9mm. When the FBI makes a move like that, they have thought it through very thoroughly. Read their reasoning, and decide for yourself.

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For the cost of a new gun, the Defense Distributed 'Ghost Gunner' personal CNC mill will allow you to complete 80% Lowers, and mill many other parts (within the law, of course).

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Modern Defensive Ammo: 6 Reasons It's Better

Friday, September 26th 2014 11:43 AM

Contrary to what your grandparents might tell you, the best things are not all behind us. Modern materials and machining have made current defensive ammunition superior in every way to what was available just a few years ago, and there are a number of reasons why.

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