Gun Review: Fulton Armory FAR-15 USGI A2 Upper Receiver Assembly

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With no prior military service and an affinity for wing shooting, it took a while for USGI builds to reach the top of my list. In fact, I was planning to build a new...

Gear Review: The Device MK 1 Mod 0 Upper Receiver Fixture (M16/AR-15)

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Just about a year ago now I was in the back shop at C.a.r. Firearms, just south of Seattle, when a robust, blocky, yet sleek-looking item caught my eye. It consisted of two parts...

Budget to Booyah: Top 5 AR-15 Lower Receivers

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Building an AR-15 might seem like a daunting task at first but in reality it's a simple process - as long as you follow the steps and use the right tools. Tools are a...

Timney Makes the Best AR Trigger, Hammers Down

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Hello, my name is Kat and I am a trigger snob. It’s true. After years of using all manner of triggers in every platform imaginable I’ve developed the kind of tastes that drain wallets and...
Building The Pig Truth: a .458 SOCOM Ultimate Hog Hunting Gun

Building The Pig Truth, a .458 SOCOM Hog Hunting Rifle

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It has been over a year since I wrote about a gun I personally own (and told you that I'd feature more of them), so I'm way overdue in presenting The Pig Truth to...
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The ‘Ghost Guns’ That Time Forgot

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Reader James Kaleda writes . . . Gun rights deniers are increasingly up in arms about 3-D printing and the making of “ghost guns.” Many states, such as New York and New Jersey, have jumped...
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How to Tune Your Semi-Auto Pistol With a New Set of Springs

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When it comes to buying used guns, there is nothing more frustrating than dealing with some of the creative choices of the previous owner(s). When I picked up a used SIG SAUER P225 A1...
How To Stipple a Glock

How to Stipple a GLOCK Pistol (or Any Polymer Handgun)

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'Stippling' is melting the plastic exterior of a polymer gun with the intent of improving the texture for a better grip. Below is a good example from Polinger_Firearms. This article is not a step-by-step "how-to" on stippling jobs: There...

The Toil and Trials of Building Your Own Custom 1911 – Part 1: Hand...

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I have only known a few people aside from professional gunsmiths who have taken up the challenge of building their own custom 1911. I know a fair number who own guns built by famous...
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The Toil and Trials of Building Your Own Custom 1911 – Part 2: Range...

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Click here to read Part 1 of this two-part post.  In the first part of this post, I detailed the hours of effort and frustration that went into assembling a custom 1911. When last I...
improving a mil-spec ar trigger

Improving Your Mil-Spec AR Trigger

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What's the best way to improve your AR-15's mil-spec trigger? Simple...buy a better one. Seriously, the easiest way to make your mil-spec AR-15 trigger smoother and crispier is to replace it with a better aftermarket AR...
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Firearm Maintenance: A Few Thoughts From the Armorer’s Bench

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Memorial Day weekend was upon us not too long ago and like many of us, I took the time to grill and chill. One thing that was bugging me, though, was that I had...