Welcome back! Last November, we compared 35 different AR-15 muzzle devices. That shootout, like this one, pitted them against each other in a sled test to see which reduced rearwards recoil energy the most. However, this time around there are [almost] no flash hiders, linear compensators, or other devices not actually designed to reduce recoil. A total of 37 brakes and compensators joined in the fun for roundup part deux, although 8 of them are carry-overs from the first test, including the previous recoil eliminating winner. . .
As I’ve said before (and will say again, no doubt) the SCAR is a bit of an ugly duckling. It seems like a ton of work was put into the internal gubbins, but when it came to visual design they threw it together in a weekend. From the chunky forend to the Ugg boot shaped stock, its not the prettiest gun on the range. But it can be. More and more companies are coming out with replacement parts for the SCAR, and Kinetic Development Group has recently released a stock for the gun that looks pretty damn slick.
I love my Ruger American Rimfire. A lot. So much so that I end up shooting it more than my Appleseed compliant 10/22. Even with .22LR prices what they are, it is still a deliriously fun time to rack that short throw bolt and burn through a few hundred rounds on a lazy Sunday afternoon. It is especially well suited to teaching the fundamentals of “precision” rifle shooting to new shooters. As I mentioned in my review of the gun, one of the best features is the ability to swap from open sights to scoped shooting with the addition of a different stock comb. One of the essential pieces of gear that facilitates that sort of swapping back and forth is a set of quick detach scope rings like the Maxima rings from Warne.
When I first got into the gun thing, it became apparent that there would be certain topics of discussion that would always create controversy. The most obvious examples include GLOCK vs. 1911, .45 vs. 9 mm, large caliber/slow bullets vs. zippy/small caliber bullets, AR vs. AK. You get the idea One of those points of contention that’s firmly rooted in the gun world is direct impingement vs. piston driven. Both have pros and cons, and within the piston discussion, you can even discuss short stroke vs. long stroke systems. The whole thing can be quite confusing . . .
There’s always been something about the SCAR rifle series that bothered me. The gun is great — accurate as all hell, runs like a Swiss clock, and easy to use. But the aesthetics of the gun leave something to be desired. Something about the gun always seemed…off. Then I installed the MREX MLOK handguard from Kinetic Development Group, and it was as if the clouds parted and angels had begun to sing. The SCAR had been ‘fixed’ . . .
Slidefire was the first to recognize that there’s a market for a device that allows the average shooter to bumpfire their rifles, and they’ve dominated the market ever since. But as with all things, there are cheaper alternatives appearing on the market all the time. One such alternative comes from Bump Fire Systems, a company out of Miami, Florida that is selling a competing stock with the same features for damn near half the price. They sent us one to review, and after a little while on the range playing with it I’m back to report — and ice down my burned thumb.
In gathering another 29 muzzle brakes and compensators for the forthcoming AR-15 Muzzle Brake Shootout #2, I received a few through unsolicited offers by manufacturers and chose many others based on TTAG and YouTube commenter requests. The JuggerBrake fell into the latter category, and, on multiple levels, it’s unfortunately one of the worst products I have ever encountered. . .
Next up in the series of AR-15 drop-in triggers for review is the flat trigger unit from CMC Triggers. This trigger pack has represented the lowest-cost, drop-in option on the market for many years, only outseated recently as the budget leader by the Velocity Trigger. Let’s dive in and see how it stacks up on features and fundamentals . . .
Silencer design is still something of a black art and extremely complex. Not only do you need to design something that will efficiently slow and cool the expanding gasses to quiet the report of a firearm, but you need to do it in such a way that it can be mass produced. These days, that means a cylindrical housing with small stackable baffles, usually 100% circumferentially welded. But what if you could create any design you want without having to worry about tooling and the complexities of construction? What if the finished product could virtually jump from the drawing board into your hands, fully formed and ready to go? Someone has done just that, and they used a 3D printer . . .
Sure, .22 LR has been a bit hard to come by over the last couple of years. That’s a change from the norm, of course, where .22 LR was the choice for inexpensive practice. While owning dedicated .22 firearms is great — great for collecting, for fun, for plinking, hunting, and target shooting — .22 conversion kits are often the best option for legitimate practice. That is, for the purpose of gaining familiarity with a primary, centerfire firearm but doing so with inexpensive ammo. At the very pinnacle of the conversion kit game is CZ’s Kadet Adapter for CZ 75-based pistols. . .
By Norman Gray POMA Member
Arizona (Ammoland.com) – The humble rifle sling is one of the most valued, yet strangely enough, under used part of a rifle. Anyone who has ever served their country or just hunted this great land knows the value of a rifle sling. It is used in the act of shooting, transporting your rifle from place to place and allows you to use both hands while keeping your rifle close or transitioning to a handgun. In the worst of times it has served as a tourniquet and saved lives. But most of the time I find it’s left behind until the time its needed most and not available. Wise hunters and shooters carry their slings with them for times like this. But which sling to buy, one point, two point, three point, quick detach, sport, professional, educate yourself before you purchase, this will help make the wisest choice for your application. . . .