If every degree on the X, Y, and Z axes is a data point, there are over 46 million potential orientations in which to drop a firearm. Unfortunately, the SIG SAUER P320 has shown an unacceptably high potential for firing when dropped on a hard surface in at least one general orientation: on the back […]
“Gun companies make a big deal out of their handguns being drop safe,” RF said while puffing on a cigar (just before he quit, descending into madness). “Aren’t all modern guns drop safe? What does that mean, anyway?” The simple answer is no, not all firearms are “drop safe,” and that’s something designers have been […]
TTAG reader Zak writes “How do you properly dispose of firearms that you don’t want to re-sell such as firearms that are unsafe to shoot or broken and not worth fixing? I realize you can drop it off at a gun buy-back, but what are other options?” Firearms are mechanical devices. Like all other mechanical contraptions they […]
Robert Farago asks: “What exactly does it mean to have a high or low bore axis? What effect does that have on shooting the gun?” Great question, Robert! Bore axis has a huge impact on how a handgun shoots, and understanding that concept will give you a better idea which firearm best fits your needs.
Daniel writes: I was reading (Nick’s) post on assembling an AR lower assembly. It was awesome and the associated video answered all my questions and was done very well. All fan boy aside, I was wondering if he could do one for putting together an upper. I’ve been avoiding doing this one since putting together an […]
I get a lot of questions like this and figured that rather than responding to one specific email I should put it out there for other people as well. Reader Pete writes: Hi Nick, I live in Amarillo and really enjoyed your article on your 300 BLK build. Appreciate so much your sharing of experience so […]
There’s little doubt that the AR-15 is the most popular rifle design around. Everyone seems to have one, and while the design is solid it can definitely be improved. As a 60+ year old design it has aged extremely well, but there’s one specific improvement that can be made to the average AR-15 pattern rifle […]
The piston-based operating system has long been the gold standard for firearms design. Sure there are other methods like roller-delayed blowback and Blish lock designs, but nothing really stands up to the simplicity and raw reliability of a piston. The AR-15 rifle was originally designed to use a “gas expansion” system for operation, but these […]