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One of the best things about The Texas Firearms Festival: Texas. For those of you unable or unwilling to acknowledge Lone Star State supremacy, a quick message: come and shoot it! Come and shoot firearms from some of Texas’ best gunmakers (as well as big name manufacturers’ guns from out-of-state). Specifically, but not exclusively, come and shoot rifles and AR-pistols made by F1 Firearms.

F1 manufacturing facility (courtesy

F1 ain’t no backwoods Bubba barbie-gun assembler. Look at the picture above and the one at the top of this post. F1 meticulously manufactures 100 percent American rifles, pistols and accessories in state-of-the-art facilities in Spring, Texas.

FDR-15 Forged Mo 3 (courtesy like the FDR-15 Forged Mod 3 above, complete with . . .

– F-1 Firearms MIL-SPEC Low-pro Gas Block
– F-1 Firearms MIL-SPEC Synth Kit
– HYPERFIRE EDT2 trigger (upgrade)
– F-1 Firearms 16″ Standard Fluted 1:8 Twist Match Barrel (upgrade)
– AXTS Raptor Ambidextrous Charging Handle (upgrade)
– F-1 Firearms DuraBolt – 5.56 NATO Nickel Boron (upgrade)
– F-1 Firearms CMB Flat Faced Compensator Nitride (upgrade)
– Magpul MOE grip
– Vortex Optics StrikeFire II Red/Green Dot (upgrade)
– Flambeau 6500AR tactical gun case (F-1 Firearms logo)
– F-1 Firearms 100% Product Guarantee

No, they’re not cheap. But neither are you. You want the most ergonomic, accurate and reliable custom-built rifle or AR pistol money can buy. A rifle that does everything you want it to do all day, every day. A firearm you can be proud to pass on after you’re buried in your boots.

F1 says they build ’em. Put the veteran-friendly company to the test. Click here, buy your tickets to the 2016 Texas Firearms Festival. Come and shoot F1’s best. Click here, buy a limited edition VIP ticket and go F1 full-auto on Full Auto Friday.

[Note: if you not from Texas, no biggie. Texas loves you anyway. There are plenty of great hotels within striking distance of Best of the West and Austin, America’s live music capital.]

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  1. “Texas loves you anyway.” Heck yeah we do. After all, our motto is “the friendly state” and the name of the state actually means friend. (Of course, that’s in some native language that isn’t spoken anymore, cause we killed em all. )

  2. “No, they’re not cheap. But neither are you. You want the most ergonomic, accurate and reliable custom-built rifle or AR pistol money can buy.”

    Actually I am cheap. I understand the diminishing returns just throwing money at an AR will get you. I’ll stick with my RRA.

    • I agree, there is only one, well two, requirements of an AR. 1. MUST go bang every time. 2.Must have acceptable accuracy. What is acceptable is up to the user. All else is secondary. However, that does not mean that I have not dealt in some secondary benefits, myself 🙂

      • Once you get to the $1000 AR market there isn’t much more you could want from a rifle as long as you’re getting it from a decent company. $1500+ for a 5.56 AR is generally a waste of money.

        You’re better off getting a good rifle or building a good rifle and then enhancing your accuracy with a suppressor than you are spending thousands of dollars on an AR you’re very likely gonna modify anyway.

        • Other than weight, accuracy, durability, furniture and appearances, you are probably right.

        • jw:

          “Other than weight, accuracy, durability, furniture and appearances, you are probably right.”

          Got anything to back that up or are you just defending dumping a ton of money on some tacticool gear you can brag about at the range?

        • Few decades shooting, few years building, couple years reviewing. Lots of people talks about what their cheap ARs will do. Okey dokey, call me in 30,000 rounds.

        • Done and done, here’s your call.

          Unless you’re only shooting from a vice the difference between an RRA upper/barrel and another brand is negligible at best. Sorry, once you get a decent barrel for a gun, it’s more accurate than 99.9% of the people that will ever use it, ergo spending more money on it is a waste. I’ve outshot many of those high priced jobs with an $1000 RRA rifle.

          Look, if you wanna sit there and defend massive expenditures for gains that really don’t mean much, go right ahead but you’ll get better gains by crafting a quality hand load and adding a decent suppressor to a less expensive rifle.

          Long story short: I’ll put my RRA up against any 5.56 AR pattern F1 makes any day of the week and in the unlikely event the RRA loses it won’t be by enough to justify spending an extra $500+ on the F1. She’s beat the pants off $1500+ base rifles before, I doubt F1 is significantly better with their machining. She even put some dumbass with a $2000+ LaRue to shame.

          I ain’t buying what you’re selling unless you’re talking about cheapo $500 type ARs specifically and I specifically said a $1000 rifle from a quality company.

        • You’ll put the RRA against an F1? Awesome. Come to the firearms festival. I’ll bring a new in box RRA 556 and a new in box f1 556. A professional shooter will shoot them both at the 500 yard line. You pay for the f1 of it wins, I pay for the RRA if it wins.

  3. I have a skeletonized receiver set from them in orange. Bad ass. Need to get more parts yet but it looks pretty sweet so far.

  4. There are a few things one can do to improve AR accuracy above and beyond getting a good barrel on an AR, but most all AR makers aren’t doing any of these things.

    1. Glue the barrel extension into the upper. You can use green Loctite. When you burn out the barrel, you’ll probably strip the parts out of the upper and toss the upper with the barrel.

    2. Here’s a bit of voodoo: You can work at aligning the gas tube go into the gas key uniformly. If the gas key is striking the gas tube on one side, you’ll get inconsistent pressures, which can cause larger groups.

    3. Use expanding pins to hold the upper & lower together.

    4. A tighter chamber, but this is one for the varsity-level shootists who are willing to turn their case necks.

    These are on top of the usual changes – better trigger group, free-floating forearm, etc.

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