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Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s BULLHEAD, AZ – Local USPSA pistol carbine competitor Scooter Davenport, 56, shocked onlookers this past weekend by taking home 1st place with a skeletonized barrel and buffer tube taken from a cutaway AR-15 diorama. USPSA PCC Winner, Scooter Davenport “You know, it was such a crazy idea, and everyone told me it wouldn’t work” recounts Davenport. “They laughed at me – but if you know anything about competitions, you know that saving weight wherever you can give you that extra edge you need to crush it.

AZ Man Wins USPSA Match With 32 oz AR-15 Despite Severe Burns

AZ Man Wins USPSA Match With 32 oz AR-15 Despite Severe BurnsTrending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s BULLHEAD, AZ – Local USPSA pistol carbine competitor Scooter Davenport, 56, shocked onlookers this past weekend by taking home 1st place with a skeletonized barrel and buffer tube taken from a cutaway AR-15 diorama. USPSA PCC Winner, Scooter Davenport “You know, it was such a crazy idea, and everyone told me it wouldn’t work” recounts Davenport. “They laughed at me – but if you know anything about competitions, you know that saving weight wherever you can give you that extra edge you need to crush it.” “I thought to myself – what better way to cut down the last remaining solid portion of the gun than to just slap a cutaway barrel and buffer tube on there, you know?” Game changer. Davenport believes the extra 7 oz saved by utilizing half of a normal AR-15 barrel gave him a leg up on the competition, despite suffering severe gas burns to his hands. “Sometimes, you’ve gotta suffer for your art. Picasso cut his ear off and mailed it to a museum or whatever – and I’ve got some scorch marks on my palms. But we’re both winners, you know? They said I was nuts. They laughed at me – but who’s laughing now?” It is unclear how exactly the unconventional build managed to function with its critical parts exposed. Davenport ended the interview with “You know the saying.  Ounces equal pounds and pounds equals pain.  Although this is quite painful too.” Disclaimer: This is a satire/parody post, which may or may not use actual names in quasi-real and/or fictitious narration. So try not to get too butt-hurt about it.  Also, here’s some actually useful Best AR-15 Upgrades .

How To Clean an AR-15: Complete Maintenance Guide (+ Pictures)

How To Clean an AR-15: Complete Maintenance Guide (+ Pictures)

So you just bought your very first AR-15 and took it out for some practice shooting. Now you’ve blasted your way through a couple boxes of ammunition and it’s time to take your new firearm home. But what comes next? You’re gonna need to clean your AR-15, but you’re not sure how. Perhaps you’ve pulled the pins and detached your upper and lower receivers . Where do you go from here? It may seem like a daunting task, maybe even a bit confusing. I assure you, it’s not. And in this epic guide to AR-15 cleaning and maintenance , I’ll teach you everything you need to know. When you’re done reading this, you’ll be able to take your gun apart, clean it thoroughly and put it back together again with ease and satisfaction. Let’s jump right into it. Step #1 You’ll need to get the tools necessary to cleaning your AR-15. If you already own a handgun or a standard rifle, you should already have most everything you need to clean your AR-15. This is assuming that you’re a responsible gun owner who knows to clean your firearms regularly . The only key tool you’ll need to pick up for your AR-15 is a bore brush for your specific caliber. Don’t worry, you won’t spend an arm and a leg on cleaning tools. On the contrary, a good bore brush can be found for under five bucks . Brownells sells an AR-15 chamber brush for just $3.99 and it can also be used to clean an M16. If, for some reason, you don’t already have cleaning tools, you can put together your own AR-15 cleaning kit or shop around for a pre-prepared cleaning kit . Tac Shield offers an AR-15 cleaning kit that comes with 17 pieces including the aforementioned bore brushes, a slotted patch tip, a punch pin and a rifle mop. It generally retails for around twenty bucks. So is it better you just go out and buy one or are you better of building your own? This ultimately comes down to personal preference. If you just want a basic kit and you don’t plan on using your gun on a frequent basis, you may be happy with a pre-made cleaning kit. On the other hand, if you are a high volume shooter, you’re going to want a comprehensive kit. There are pros and cons to buying a pre-made cleaning kit. For starters, most of them aren’t as in-depth as the kind you could put together on your own. And while there are some decent options on the market, they won’t be of much help if you’re a competitive shooter. Here are my top five picks for pre-prepared AR-15 cleaning kits: Champs Universal Handgun, Rifle & Shotgun Cleaning Kit ($21.99) Real Avid Gun Boss AR-15 Cleaning Kit ($27.99) Militaria M16 & AR-15 Cleaning Kit ($19.99) Precision Tactical Gun Maintenance Brass Cleaning Kit w/ Wood Box ($34.95) DAC Winchester Super Deluxe Soft Sided Gun Care Case ($45.54) When purchasing any of these viable options, you want to make sure that they contain the right size bore brushes and snakes, and all other tools that your AR-15 requires. You’ll want to match your caliber to the caliber size of the cleaning kit tools. Alternately, if you decide to build your own cleaning kit, you’re going to want to pick up a sizeable tackle box to house all your cleaning accessories. Personally, I use a Plano 3-Tray Tackle Box with Dual Top Access. It’s super affordable at just under fifteen bucks and it’s got plenty of compartments for a variety of tool sizes. You may also want to pick up a gun cleaning mat. They got for around twenty dollars so they don’t break your bank, but if you’re feeling frugal, you can just as easily keep a tablecloth or white sheet around. Moving on, you’re going to want to purchase your brushes and bore snakes/rods. For most gun owners opting to build their own kit, it’s in their best interest to buy several smaller kits and combine them to build a sort of “Frankenkit.” Here are some kits that include many of the items you’ll need for AR-15 maintenance: Gunmaster 223/5.56 AR Rifle Cleaning Kit ($12.54) "Champs Universal Handgun" , Rifle & Shotgun Cleaning Kit (see: above) Otis Modern Sporting Rifle & AR Cleaning System ($44.19) These kits include the brushes, punches, bore snakes and sundry other items you’ll need for cleaning your AR-15. They may include lube, solvents and clean patches. If you don’t know how to use a bore snake , our detailed guide might help you. If you want to go the extra mile and enter into the realm of gunsmithing, you can get a more in-depth punch set such as the Ultimate Arms Roll Pin Punch Set ($29.99) or Grace USA’s Ultimate 31-piece Punch Set ($173.99). Another good tool to have is the AR-15 Vise Block ($49.99) which secures your bench vise without scratching the finish of your rifle. As for lubes, here are some of my favorite lubricants and cleaning solvents for maintaining the AR-15: Remington Rem Oil ($5.99) Hoppe’s No. 9 Gun Bore Cleaner ($7.46) Birchwood Casey Gun Scrubber ($9.99) Ballistol Multi-Purpose Aerosol Can Lubricant Cleaner Protectant ($8.79) Rem Oil is great at removing grime and removing the moisture that causes rust and corrosion to develop. The Teflon-based formula reduces metal-to-metal wear which is good if you store your AR-15 with other firearms that come in contact with it. Birchwood Casey Gun Scrubber works to eliminate jamming and improve accuracy. It’s a good spray to keep around because it can be used on any firearm. Ballistol Multi-Purpose Aerosol Can Lubricant dissolves traces of copper, lead, black powder residue and brass, protecting your firearm from these and other harmful elements. It reduces acidity and is great to keep around the house for general household maintenance (it works on leather, wood surfaces, etc.). Step #2 Now you’re going to want to prep your cleaning area and clear your firearm. Remember, don’t ever begin the cleaning process without first making sure that your magazine is empty or removed and your chamber is empty. If this is your first time clearing a firearm, here are the basic measures you need to take: Point the rifle away from yourself in a safe direction Remove the rifle’s mag Lock the bolt to the rear Inspect the chamber and remove any ammo that may be in it Release the bolt Place the weapon safely on your cleaning area Lay out a cleaning mat or tablecloth (bed sheet, whatever) and put on a pair of gloves. I like to order Diamond Grip Microflex gloves in bulk. A box goes for $9 and contains 100 gloves per box. Microflex gloves are good all-purpose gloves , whether you’re changing the oil on your truck or cleaning out your gutters. They’ll also save you the trouble of trying to get gun oil off your fingers. And besides, some cleaning chemicals can be toxic. Once your gloves are on and your AR-15 is laid out, you’re gonna want to remove all ammunition from the table. Step #3 Separate the upper receiver from the lower receiver. Push your take-down pins out and pull the halves apart. Take care with the tool you use to separate and remove them as you may run the risk of scratching your rifle’s finish. A nylon punch is the best route to go when separating your receivers. Step #4 Remove your charging handle and bolt carrier group . There are helpful how-to videos on YouTube for newbies that are cleaning their AR-15 for the first time. Click here to check out one of the simpler explanations of how to remove your charging handle. Step #5 Then you’re going to disassemble your bolt carrier group . You start by pushing the bolt to the rear and removing the firing pin, retaining the pin with your pick tool. Once you’ve removed the firing pin and set it aside, you’ll then rotate the cam pin by ninety degrees and take it out. While the bolt is supposed to slide out, you may have some trouble your first time out. Here’s a helpful video for disassembling your bolt carrier group. Step #6 Now you’re going to disassemble the bolt using a punch and a mallet to extract the extractor pin . From here, you’ll take out the extractor and set it aside for later. Step #7 With your punch, you’re going to remove the buffer and buffer spring from your buffer tube. Be sure to take care when pushing down with your punch as the retainer is under pressure. Once again, there are useful tutorials on YouTube that should help you get started. Step #8 Once the buffer and buffer spring are removed and set aside, you’re going to clean the chamber and barrel. Everyone has their own way of doing it, so you’ll likely develop your own method. Just make sure that, no matter what method you use, you are careful to clean each of them from back to front. NOT front to back. Back to front. This is because you want to be certain that all debris leaves the barrel. No matter what, you do NOT clean your AR-15 from muzzle to chamber. Now’s a good time to add some of that Bore Cleaner to your rifle. Step Nine Give all components of your bolt carrier group a good once over. Keep an eye out for any carbon buildup . If there’s build up, make sure to scrub it vigorously. Clean the extractor thoroughly with a white rag so you can see what’s coming off of it. Step #10 After this, you’ll clean your buffer assembly, squirting a little lube on a clean rag and wiping the whole thing down . Once you’ve wiped then buffer and spring, you’re good to go. Step #11 Now you’re gonna clean the charging handle and upper receiver with a lightly oiled rag . I like to keep at least four rags around when cleaning my rifles because you don’t have to keep running back and forth, washing oil and debris off one rag between steps. If you’ve cleaned your charging handle and upper receiver properly, the charging handle should move within the upper receiver with ease. Step #12 Here, you’ll clean your lower receiver and FCG (Fire Control Group) . If you don’t know what your fire control group is, take a look at this. You want to make sure that there are no cracks on the hammer or the lower. Step #13 You’ve done it, my friend. Now it’s time to put it all back together again. You’re going to reassemble your rifle working backwards from step twelve. Step #14 After your rifle is intact once again, you may want to lubricate it . Everything from your charging handle to your bolt carrier group should receive a light coating of oil. When you’re done, it should be gleaming. Your fire control group, bolt catch button, mag release and safety selector should all receive a drop or two of lube. Step #15 This is when you should perform a function check . Look around and make sure there is no ammo laying around. It should still be safely secured and stored away. Like you did at the start, pick up your rifle and point it in a safe direction. Pull the bolt to the rear and and release it. Place your safety on and give the trigger a good squeeze. If the hammer drops, you’re in trouble. If the hammer doesn’t drop, you’re in the clear. Take the safety off, train your firearm on a safe target and pull the trigger. If the hammer falls, you’re all set. You’ve done it, the hard part is over. From here, you should clean your magazine the same way you cleaned your buffer assembly (see: above). When it comes to maintenance, you should consult with the manufacturer of your AR-15 to determine the precise maintenance schedule you should keep for your firearm. All guns are different in this regard. The average failure that occurs with most rifles is the O-ring being compromised. If your rifle develops a problem with its bolt carrier group or other component, be sure to work on that area first and foremost. Always keep your rifle lubricated and you should be alright. Lubrication is key to rifle maintenance . Always inspect all components during each cleaning. Conclusion There you go, that’s about everything you need to know about cleaning and maintaining an AR-15. See, I told you it was simpler than you thought. If you follow these steps , you should have a long and positive experience with your AR-15 rifle. Be sure to take your time when cleaning and pay attention to the condition of all components. Happy hunting. Forgot to mention – love your AR? Every thought of upgrading your setup and getting the best scope possible? Related Reads: How To Clean AR-15 AR-15 Reviews AR-15 Upgrades How To Build An AR-15 Best Gun Cleaning Kits Best Ar-15 Rifles AR-15 For Anybody Ultimate Guide To Building An AR-15 AR-15 For Deer Hunting The Legendary AR-15 Rifle Best AR-15 Triggers Build A Featureless AR-15 Gun Accessories Best AR-15 Calibers Best AR-15 Cleaning Kits 5/5 (1 Review) Will Ellis Hi there, I'm Will and I'll be your guide. Here at Gun News Daily, we support guns for self defense and and competitive shooting. We believe that America should be free and support the 2nd Amendment. 6 COMMENTS zach September 7, 2018 at 1:44 am You left out cleaning the gas tube, the number 1 cause of FTF, FTE.uns Guns are for killing, anyone thinking otherwise really does not understand what a gun can do.and why it was developed. It was not invented for any other reason, certainly not for wasting ammo/money/resources aka ‘target shooting’. You believe america should be ‘free’…SHOULD be?….isnt it free now? To a degree anyway? Except for non-americans…and liberals…and nazis…lil’ tyrant trump supporters…oh and well, the list grows. Reply Ray October 29, 2018 at 6:55 pm I own several ARs and I don’t hunt. I target shoot because I enjoy it. So don’t assume everyone follows your ideology that all guns have one purpose. Reply Jon Doe January 13, 2019 at 12:40 pm Zach- By non-americans, you must mean illegal immigrants?? Right? Every morning I wake up and feel so grateful that I’m not a brainwashed, anti-american, liberal, piece of shit. Sincerely, Lil’ tyrant Trump supporter Reply Jon Doe January 13, 2019 at 12:41 pm Zach- By non-americans, you must mean illegal immigrants?? Right? Every morning I wake up and feel so grateful that I’m not a brainwashed, anti-american, liberal, piece of shit. Sincerely, Lil’ tyrant Trump supporter Reply Joshua Dixon June 1, 2019 at 4:12 am John Doe, the typical Trump supporter too pussy to use his real name…. Reply Albert June 2, 2019 at 1:10 pm Lotsa ‘over kill’ here; swab the bore; clean the BCG; get some LSA on e-bay and you are good to go. The more ‘little pieces’ you take apart the more fun you are going to have ‘searching’ for them. Go to ‘Brownellsdotcom’; create an account and put a ‘spare parts kit’ in your ‘wishlist’; they do have ON shipping; you’ll probably need it. Reply LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply

Photo Gallery: 8 Hot New Deer Rifles for 2012

Photo Gallery: 8 Hot New Deer Rifles for 2012

/* custom css */.td_uid_2_5f379cb8423fb_rand.td-a-rec-img { text-align: left; } .td_uid_2_5f379cb8423fb_rand.td-a-rec-img img { margin: 0 auto 0 0; } Rossi Rio Grande Image 1 of 8 Rossi has stepped up its popular Rio Grande lever-action rifle line with the addition of .410-gauge shotshell and .45-70 Gov’t. ammunition models. Both new rifles offer a fast side-loading gate, closed tubular magazine, authentic buckhorn sights, handsome Brazilian hardwood stock and clean lines. The .45-70 Rio Grande provides 6+1 rounds for shooting fun and is available in blue finish. The .410-gauge holds five rounds of ammunition, and is available in blue or stainless finish. Contact Rossi Firearms at (305) 474-0401, or visit www.rossiusa.com. For many parts of the country, gun deer season is here. If you've waited until the last minute to buy that new deer rifle, here are 8 hot choices selected by our sister publication, Deer & Deer Hunting. This article appeared in the November 2012 issue of Deer & Deer Hunting magazine.

Soldier Steampunk: M1915 Howell Automatic Rifle Enfield Conversion

Soldier Steampunk: M1915 Howell Automatic Rifle Enfield Conversion

Since it’s beginnings in the mid-1960s, James D. Julia Auctioneers has had a seamless track record of success and highlights-both within the company and as an auction industry leader. They have shared some great information on the coolest gun to come out of World War One, the M1915 Howell Automatic Rifle Enfield Conversion They have one for sale. Here is the information and the video from their web site : Photo courtesy of James D. Julia, Inc EXTREMELY RARE BSA-HOWELL M1915 SELF-LOADING CONVERSION OF THE SMLE RIFLE. SN D43787. Cal. .303 British. 25.2″ bbl. Exceedingly rare M1915 BSA Howell self-loading conversion of a standard SMLE No. 1 Mk III as seen in Ian’s Skennerton’s reference book The Lee Enfield , pg 541. This is the 4th conversion in the sequence, circa 1940, marked with number “4” on hand guards, buttstock and right side of stock forward of magazine well. All matching numbers except nosecap. It includes a Parker Hale bi-pod attached just to the rear of the forward sling band and features a WWI era 20-rnd magazine. Modified nosecap with fold-out bar sights with no provision for bayonet. Distinctive hand grip and hand protector must have provided some sense of security, however, it must have been rather disconcerting for the bolt to cam upwards and come back towards the firers face when firing this rifle. Orig web sling attached. The "Howell Automatic Rifle" design was one of the first attempts at making a functioning semi-automatic rifle, tapping gas from the barrel with a simple gas piston bolted onto the right side of the rifle which engaged an ingenious contoured cam at the rear to cycle a modified SMLE bolt. To protect the user, a crude stamped hand guard and face guard were added in addition to a stamped tubular pistol grip. Howells were used during WWII, mainly as an AA weapon for the Home Guard due to the shortages of weapons in 1940-41. Surviving specimens are exceedingly rare. PROVENANCE: From the Estate of World Renowned British Rifle Collector Robert W. Faris. CONDITION: Overall condition and finish very good to extremely fine with about 75% finish remaining overall with most of it on the gas cylinder and forward metal parts, otherwise thinning to a pleasing gray patina or turning brown on the magazine and trigger guard. Bi-pod retains over 95% green paint. Rear sight and receiver mostly a grey patina. Hand grip also thinning to a grey-brown patina. Bore has shiny lands and dark in the grooves. Wood very good to extremely fine, completely serviceable with numerous dings, bruises and handling marks and with a very noticeable deep gouge on the right side just to the rear of the bi-pod attachment. A very interesting and extremely rarely encountered example of the evolution of small arms in the 20th century. 51608-9 JWK (10,000-15,000) C&R – Lot 1653 James D. Julia, Inc. Rare Firearms Division When firearms enthusiasts think of buying or selling at auction, they think of James D. Julia. Julia’s is the world leader in auctioning valuable rare and collectible firearms. The company routinely offers the finest firearms to be offered at auction. Over the years, Julia’s has handled many extraordinary firearms for the most recognized collectors in the firearms industry.

Think Like a Green Beret: Be Subtle

During a firefight near the Cambodian border on June 6, 1968, a 1st Infantry Division soldier got a pleasant surprise as he watched a North Vietnamese Army infantryman aim his rifle, pull the trigger and explode in a cloud of black smoke. American troops later examined the remains of the NVA soldier and his exploded Chinese Type 56 rifle, removing some of its parts from the body. There was nothing was blocking the bore, the incident was attributed to poor metallurgy or bad ammo. The situation was a little more complicated than it appeared. While it is gratifying to see the direct results of your work, some times it is more effective to set the conditions for success and then stand back and let events unfold. Project Eldest Son, a classified program of the Millitary Assistance Command Vietnam Studies and Observations Group ( SOG ), placed sabotaged ammunition in "North Vietnamese Army" ammo dumps. The success of Eldest Son exceeded all expectations. Green Berets are trained to anticipate the second and third order effects of their actions. Eldest Son killed hundreds, but it frightened the entire North Vietnamese Army and sowed distrust between Vietnam and China at the highest levels of government. The Studies and Observations Group was America’s top secret special operations task force in the Vietnam War. SOG’s operators worked directly for the Joint Chiefs, executing highly classified, deniable missions in Laos, Cambodia and North Vietnam. From 1966-8, SOG was commanded by Colonel John K. Singlaub. Singlaub was an old school unconventional pro. Working for the OSS, he parachuted behind German lines in August 1944 to fight with the French Resistance fighters supporting the D-Day invasion during World War II. After the war Singlaub joined the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and worked in Manchuria during the Chinese Civil War. In 1951 he became Deputy Chief of the CIA station in South Korea. Later he ran CIA operations in Manchuria during the Chinese Communist revolution and led troops in the Korean War, He was the perfect guy to run SOG. SOG ran recon teams, normally consisting of two or three American Green Berets and four to six indigenous soldiers. These teams ran deniable missions into Laos and Cambodia to gather intelligence, wiretap enemy communications, kidnap key enemy personnel, ambush convoys, raid supply dumps, plant mines and generally bring the joys of unconventional warfare to NVA rear areas. While skulking around, these teams often encountered ammo caches with millions of rounds. Being a Green Beret, Singlaub’s first inclination was to steal the ammo, but there was just too much of it and it was in very remote areas. Demolition was not feasible as it would only scatter small-arms ammunition, not destroy it. They could have booby trapped the caches so that when the NVA picked up a case it would blow up, but that would have only impacted a small number of enemy soldiers and the NVA could develop countermeasures. Singlaub came up with a deeper game. He would booby trap the individual rounds of ammunition and give them back. Like most unconventional tactics, ammunition sabotage was nothing new. The best documented applications had been employed by the British during the Second Matabele War (1896-1897). In what is now Zimbabwe, British scouts (led by the American Frederick Russell Burnham) had slipped exploding rifle cartridges into enemy caches. Similar techniques were used in the Waziristan campaign (1936–1939) against the Pathan tribesmen on India’s Northwest Frontier. Fighting insurgents who relied on captured ammunition made it simple to get sabotaged .303 rifle ammunition in enemy guns. The plan was briefed all the way to the Joint Chiefs Joint Chiefs in the Pentagon. On August 30, 1967, they approved the plan and two weeks later, Singlaub watched a CIA technician load a sabotaged 7.62×39 mm cartridge into a bench-mounted AK rifle at Camp Chinen, Okinawa. “It completely blew up the receiver and the bolt was projected backwards,” Singlaub said, “I would imagine into the head of the firer.” The first Eldest Son cartridges were reloaded with an explosive powder similar to PETN high explosive. The problem was that this white powder looked nothing like Chinese gunpowder, so if the NVA pulled apart an Eldest Son round it would be detected. SOG’s technical expert, Ben Baker obtained a substitute explosive that so closely resembled gunpowder that it would pass inspection by anyone but an ordnance expert. Communist block 7.62 x 39 weapons such as the SKS, RPD and Type 56’s could handle up to 40,000 p.s.i. of pressure. The new powder produced 250,000 p.s.i. Enough to blow up the weapon and kill the one who is shooting the weapon. The secret lab in Okinawa developed more than just ammunition. Tiger striped fatigues, Time Delayed fuses and Astrolite explosive (developed from NASA rocket fuel) all came from this small group of evil geniuses. After the success in the lab, a specialized ordnance team was formed to process ammo. Chinese AK bullets were sealed into steel cases with a thick coat of lacquer where the bullet entered the case. The rounds were pulled apart by hand and the powder was replaced with a high explosive substitute, then the bullets were re-seated and the ammo cans and crates so resealed just like the original. Pulling the bullet out left scrape marks, but when reloaded these marks were hidden by the case. CIA ordnance experts also developed a fuse for the 82 mm mortar round that would detonate inside the mortar tube. Rounds for 12.7x108mm heavy machine guns soon followed. While operating deep in enemy territory on other missions, Green Berets carried booby trapped rounds and cases of ammunition cases with them and slipped them into the enemy ammunition supply chain whenever possible. When an SOG team encountered an ammo dump, they would planted a case of Eldest Son ammo. The 82 mm mortar ammo was not transported as loose rounds, but in three-round, wooden cases. The teams must have been very amused by the concept to put up with carrying a 28 pound case of mortar rounds in addition to all of their other rounds. When a SOG team ambushed an enemy patrol, they would load one round into an AK magazine or RPD belt left on enemy bodies with the expectation it would be recovered and re-used. When the gun later exploded, all the evidence of sabotage would be destroyed as the round was fired. The rigged ammo turned up all over the battlefield, weapons exploded, killing riflemen and sometimes entire mortar crews, now it was time to initiate SOG’s black psychological operations exploitation plan. The strategic objective was to aggravate the Vietnamese traditionally distrust of the Chinese. At the tactical level, individual soldiers questioned the safety of their Chinese-supplied arms and ammunition. One forged Viet Cong document spread rumors of exploding ammunition while another acknowledged ammo problems resulting from poor Chinese quality control. Another forged document stated, “Only a few thousand such cases have been found thus far,” and concluded, “The People’s Republic of China may have been having some quality control problems [but] these are being worked out and we think that in the future there will be very little chance of this happening.” Any NVA soldier, looking at ammunition lot numbers, would see that, due to the length of the supply chain, his ammo had been loaded years earlier. No fresh ammo could possibly reach soldiers fighting in the South for years. The possibility of compromised ammunition would never disappear. Military "Assistance Command Vietnam" (MACV) published Technical Intelligence Brief No. 2-68, “Analysis of Damaged Weapons.” was widely circulated to U.S. and South Vietnamese units. The study examined several exploded AKs, concluding they were destroyed by “defective metallurgy resulting in fatigue cracks” or “faulty ammunition, which produced excessive chamber pressure.” Enemy agents passed this information directly back to Hanoi. American G.I.s were warned against using enemy weapons in public service announcements on Armed Forces Radio and TV and were duly monitored by the Vietnamese. . The Army Times warned, “Numerous incidents have caused injury and sometimes death to the operators of enemy weapons,” the cause of which was, defective metallurgy or faulty ammo. Reports indicated that Eldest Son was working. Forward Air Controllers observed mortars in Laos, Cambodia and even in Southern Vietnam blown apart in a star shape pattern. Usually there were a few 3-4 NVA bodies present. Planting Eldest Son munitions was not without risk. On November 30, 1968, the helicopter carrying a SOG team carrying seven cases of Eldest Son 82 mm mortar ammunition was flying 20 miles west of the Khe Sanh Marine base. It was hit by 37 mm anti-aircraft fire and exploded in mid-air with no survivors. The remains of Maj. Samuel Toomey and seven U.S. Army Green Berets were recovered at the crash site 20 years later. Despite the warnings, American soldiers fired captured arms, and at least one souvenir AK exploded, inflicting serious injuries. To avoid an ironic self injury, SOG stopped using captured ammunition in their own AKs and RPD machine guns and purchased commercial 7.62 mm ammunition from Finland. This ammo, which SOG’s Green Berets fired at the NVA had been manufactured in a Soviet arsenal in Petrograd. That particular bit of irony was appreciated. In mid-1969, articles in the New York Times and Time , compromised Eldest Son. The code name was changed to to Italian Green, and later, Pole Bean. Ordered by the Joint Chiefs to dispose of its remaining stockpiles of ammo, SOG teams rushed to insert multiple missions on the Laotian border to get rid of the stuff before authority expired. Even after the enemy was aware of the sabotaged ammunition, the program was psychologically useful. The NVA could never again trust their ammo supply. Radio intercepts confirmed the NVA’s highest levels of command had were disturbed by their exploding weapons, Chinese quality control and sabotage. Project Eldest Son was a huge success. Declassified reports reveal that SOG operatives inserted 3,638 rounds of sabotaged 7.62 mm, plus 167 rounds of 12.7 mm and 821 rounds of 82 mm mortar ammunition over the life of the program. Like all great ideas, doctored ammunition of undetermined source is still turning up all over the world. Featured video courtesy of Awesome Mofos on Pinterest There are reports of a special thermite rifle round which melts in the chamber destroying the gun with no injury to the shooter. This protects innocent users such as American G.I.s while denying weapons to the bad guys. In Iraq and Afghanistan, most of the doctored ammunition is high-explosive 120-millemeter and 82-millimeter mortar rounds. Like Eldest Son rounds, the fuses are altered so they explode inside the mortar tube, destroying the entire mortar system and crew. The advantage of this particular sort of booby trap, its narrow targeting. Unlike rifle ammunition, which might readily pass into the possession of a homeowner keeping a firearm for self-defense, mortar rounds do not have an legitimate civilian use. Green Berets like results and indirect effects can magnify the impact of their small numbers. Projects like Eldest Son will continue in the future conducted by friend and foe alike. It pays to know the source of your ammunition. ( Featured image courtesy of shadowspear.com ) Article originally posted on Loadoutroom.com

2020 Review Best Glocks for Home Defense Stay Safe!

Home defense is a very major reason for why a lot of people buy guns in the first place. This is truly a wise measure to take, since, in home defense situations, you cannot wait for help to arrive and otherwise will face the intruders with bare hands. Different people have diverse opinions on what kind of and which weapons are good for home defense. Some stick by shotguns, some with carbines, and some with handguns. For this article, we’ll focus on the use of handguns, and especially the Glock range of pistols for home defense. We’ll learn about the advantages of using a Glock for such situations and the Glock models which are apt for the purpose. We have compiled a list of the most appropriate and useful Glock handguns based upon research and user experiences. So let’s begin. Best Glocks for Home Defense Comparison Chart PRODUCT DETAILS Our Top Pick Our Top Pick Glock - G19x G5 9mm 4" Coyote 17+1 Night Sight Full-sized glock 19 pistol with a 4-inch barrel Premium Coyote finish and night sights for better performance Compact full-size weapon for easy handling and storage View Latest Price Best Budget Option "Best Budget Option" Glock - G41 G4 5.31in 45 Acp Gas Nitride 13+1rd Glock 41 chambered in the high-power 45 ACP handgun rounds Longer barrel and high ammo holding capacity (14 rounds) Large design helps reduce recoil and muzzle jump "View Latest Price" How to Choose a Glock for Home Defense Glock pistols don’t need an introduction. They have been widely used by defense personnel, hunters and shooters worldwide for every purpose fit for a handgun. Let’s take a look at certain aspects to take into consideration before buying a Glock for home defense. Glock 19 for home defense ( Source ) Size If you are not into CCW, a full-sized handgun is recommended for home defense. The reason is obviously the grip and resistance to recoil. A bigger gun will offer you a better grip so you don’t fumble. Plus, a larger frame has more surface area to distribute the force of the recoil. However, if you want to use the same gun for concealed carry, you might consider buying a compact-sized model. Capacity This is a very important aspect of home defense . The more rounds you can fit into a single magazine , the better it is. Having a gun with at least ten rounds or more is highly recommended, since this may come in handy when you can’t reach extra ammunition, or for fighting multiple hostiles at once while improving your chances of making a hit. Caliber You must go for a caliber with the most stopping power. However, you must also be able to handle the recoil. The best choice for most people is the 9mm or the .45ACP since they are easily available and quite inexpensive for practice. Sights Finally, it is better to have a Glock with night sights for home defense. That’s because most intrusion attempts are made in low light conditions. Having a good pair of night sights greatly improves your accuracy. Additionally, mounting a tac light and laser setup is also useful for emergencies, though may be overkill if you only keep it for emergency situations. Benefits of Using a Glock for Home Defense Reliable and Accurate- Glock pistols are among the most reliable and accurate handguns on the market. They are widely used by defense forces and law enforcement personnel across the globe. The last thing you have to worry about when using a Glock are malfunctions. That being said, Glocks are also extremely accurate handguns, something you can trust your life upon in a critical situation. Safety-Three Safeties ​ Glocks lack external safety, so you don’t have to mess around finding the safety switch in a life or death encounter. The Glock itself has three internal safety mechanisms which eliminate the need for an external safety switch. Striker Fired We recommend striker fired handguns over hammer fired ones. That’s because the former has an identical trigger pull for every shot. Plus, you don’t have to pull the hammer back, which sure takes a second. If you want to recognize the difference - hammer fired handguns have an exposed hammer on the rear end of the slide. Striker Fired Glock ( Source ) Simple Operation and Customizability Glocks are extremely simple to operate, just like an AK-47 when discussing rifles. Glocks do not require a lot of cleaning and maintenance like most other handguns. Plus, their magazine feed operation makes them easier to use when compared with revolvers. A very good advantage of using Glocks is their customizability. There are a ton of aftermarket parts and upgrades available for it. So you can upgrade it to your individual specifications for accurate and comfortable shooting. Quick Take - The Best Glocks for Home Defense These are our recommendations for the best Glocks for home defense: Glock - G17 G5 9mm 17+1 4.49" Glock Night Sights Glock - G19x G5 9mm 4" Coyote 17+1 Night Sight Glock - G34 G5 Mos 9mm 5.3" 17+1 Review of the Best Glocks for Home Defense Here are our top picks when it comes to home defense Glocks! 1. ​ Glock - G17 G5 9mm 17+1 4.49" "Glock Night Sights" CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Customizable High Capacity Magazine Under-frame Accessory Rail Factory Installed NIght Sights Easy to Use, Clean, and Maintain Cons Difficult to Conceal The Glock 17 is among the most widely used service pistols in the world. Most police officers in the U.S. prefer to go with the G17. In fact, the U.S military is planning on replacing the Sigs of the SEAL’s and Marines with Glocks. The G17 is the first installment of the very long lineage of Glock pistols. The Glock 17 was introduced back in 1982 and has been a very popular handgun since then. It has set the benchmark for testing the usability and effectiveness of handguns. The polymer-based frame of this handgun makes it extremely light to carry and use. The G17 has undergone upgrades over time and still remains one of the most reliable handguns on the market. It has a capacity of 17 rounds, which is enough for home defense, even if you have a single magazine. The Glock is a striker fired weapon which eliminates the hassle to cocking the hammer, and other issues related to it. Additionally, the three-stage safety of Glock weapons makes them safe to store and use. This Gen 5 Glock has limited parts, with a beveled magwell for faster reloading . It has an ambidextrous slide release and an under-frame accessory rail to allow you to mount lights and lasers. This Glock 17 has factory installed night sights, which allow you to shoot accurately under low light conditions. However, you can still upgrade to tritium-based sights. The best advantage of using Glock pistols is the availability of aftermarket parts and accessories for them. Bottom Line The G17 is a widely used service pistol and has a huge magazine capacity to help you make a stand against home intrusions. It has factory installed night sights and an accessory rail. The 9mm ammo is also easy to handle. 2. Glock - G19x G5 9mm 4" Coyote 17+1 Night Sight CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros High Magazine Capacity Extra Accessories Included More Compact and Concealable Factory Installed Rear Night Sights Cons Doesn’t Accept Glock 19 Magazines The Glock 19x is a more compact version of the full-sized Glock 17, according to the manufacturer. It has a shorter barrel and pistol grip compared to the Glock 17, which also makes it good for concealed carry use, while not compromising on ammo capacity. The Glock 19x comes with a 17+1 round capacity and the package includes two extra 19 round mags as well. Glock is a reliable and rugged duty weapon, trust by militaries and police forces across the globe. The G19 is a widely used handgun for EDC since it packs the power of concealability and ammo capacity into one package. The Glock 19x is easy to service and is extremely well-sized for shooters with small hands, especially for women. The Glock 17 magazines are compatible with Glock 19x, however, the reverse is not possible. It is important to note here that this is the Glock 19X model, so it won’t accept the normal Glock 19 magazines. The package includes one plastic coyote color case, a couple of extra mags, and a cleaning brush and rod. So overall, it is a complete G19X package for you. The Glock 19x comes pre-installed with rear night sights, so you don’t have to buy them separately. Additionally, it has an under-frame accessory rail to mount lights and lasers. Bottom Line The Glock 19x is a compact and more concealable version of the Glock 17. It has a high ammo capacity and can also be used for CCW and EDC. Exclusively suitable for people with small hands. 3. Glock - G34 G5 Mos 9mm 5.3" 17+1 CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Large Ammo Capacity Larger Sight Radius - More Accurate Modular Optic System(MOS) for Mounting Optics Cons Large Frame - Difficult to Conceal The G34 is a Glock pistol with an extended barrel , large slide, and longer sight radius. The G34 was designed as a competition pistol, which it is. A lot of people use the G34 for competitions like USPSA, IDPA, IPSC, and GSSF. The longer slide results in a larger sight radius(distance between front and rear sight), which makes the gun exceptionally accurate, no doubt, leading to its wide use for competitions. The G34 has an ammo capacity of 17+1 rounds which can be extended to 33 rounds if you desire. The Glock 34 is a full-sized pistol, with ergonomics very similar to the Glock 17. The larger frame of the G34, however, makes it very difficult to conceal. The G34 is a couple hundred dollars more when compared with a G17, so if your only intention is home defense, you might want to go for the former. However, if you are into shooting in competitions and more accurate handguns, the G34 is your answer. Bottom Line The Glock 34 is a large-sized pistol, but it's very accurate as well. The pistol is widely used for competitions so if you are a regular shooter, you can kill two birds with one stone. 4. Glock - G22 4.49in .40 S&W Gas Nitride 10+1rd CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Easy to Handle and Grip High Capacity Respective to Caliber Shoots the Powerful .40 S&W Round Cons Not Concealable Might Require Practice to Handle Recoil The Glock 22 is by far the most popular service pistol in the U.S.A. The G22 is a full-sized Glock pistol which fires the powerful .40 S&W round. It has more power compared to the 9mm ammo. That’s probably why most law enforcement agencies prefer it to other handguns. The G22 is a striker fired, magazine fed handgun with a basic capacity of 10+1 rounds, which can be further extended. The G22 holds more rounds than any other handgun in a similar size, weight, and caliber class. This gives you even more power and advantage in home defense situations. Since it is widely used by law enforcement personnel, there’s no point in arguing about its effectiveness and stopping power. That’s because a police officer is more likely to face a hostile than a normal person. Due to its full-sized frame, the G22 is easy to grip and handle. The gun sure can’t be used for CCW, but that’s not the main point we are focused on in this article. Bottom Line The Glock 22 is a widely used duty pistol due to its simple and reliable operation, and the power of its .40 S&W caliber. 5. Glock - G41 G4 5.31in 45 Acp Gas Nitride 13+1rd CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros "High Capacity Respective" of Caliber Shoots the Powerful .45 ACP Rounds Longer Slide and "Larger Sight Radius" Improves Accuracy Cons Not Concealable Requires Practice for Handling Recoil The Glock 41 is a full-sized pistol with an extended slide , longer barrel, and a larger sight radius, making it exceptionally accurate. It can be compared with a Glock 34, however, the difference is in the caliber. The G41 shoots .45 ACP rounds, the same ones used in a 1911. These rounds are more powerful compared to the 9mm and .40 S&W. As a matter of fact, these bullets have a 127 percent larger diameter than the 9mm. However, this also increases the amount of felt recoil with these bullets. The G41 has a 13+1 round capacity, which is quite good for such a large caliber handgun. The G41 is good for home defense, but only if you have properly practiced shooting it. The round has more stopping power, so you’d require fewer bullets for taking down more targets if your shooting and handling skills are good. The G41 has an under-frame mounting rail to let you add tac lights and lasers for better accuracy. Bottom Line The G41 should be your choice if you like working with large calibers. The gun has a large capacity respective of the large caliber and offers the customizability and simplicity associated with Glock pistols. Conclusion Glocks are widely used across the globe by law enforcement agencies and militaries. The line of Glock pistols has a plethora of variants featuring different sizes, calibers, and capacities. The best part of using a Glock is its simplicity, safety features, and the availability of aftermarket parts for making upgrades. A good home defense pistol must be easy to handle, have a good ammo capacity, and should be accurate under all conditions. People Also Ask There might be certain doubts related to using Glocks as your primary weapon for home defense. To break the ice, we have compiled a short FAQ section to give you a brief overview of the general questions associated with the topic. Is the 9mm Good for Self Defense? The 9mm is the most popular and widely used handgun caliber in the USA. The 9mm bullets have a good stopping power, complemented with accuracy. They have the apt recoil to be handled by both a strong person and a weak one. The 9mm is very controllable in compact and sub-compact guns, which makes it exceptional for concealed carry handguns.You can choose the FMJ or hollow point cartridges based upon your requirements. Additionally, it is quite inexpensive (approx. 20 cents a round) to practice with. What is the Best Caliber Handgun for Self Defense? The best caliber handgun for you is the one you can handle the best. However, if we talk about data, the 9mm has clearly an edge over .45 and .40. That’s because the latter calibers pack a helluva punch which might go out of control. The 9mm has a controllable recoil. Plus, you can pack more rounds of 9mm in a magazine, compared to less .40 and even fewer .45 rounds. Additionally, the 9mm is easily available and comes in a wide variety of loads. So clearly, the 9mm Luger caliber handguns are best for self-defense. How to Store a Glock For Home Defense? The best place to store a Glock for home defense is a quick access gun safe, mounted or placed at a location you consider strategically or tactically suitable. It can be on your nightstand, under the desk in your room, office, or any other place where you can access the weapon in a critical situation. Home defense weapons should be stored in such a manner that they can be accessed easily, quickly, and quietly when needed.

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