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Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s Several of you have been asking the question “What do you recommend for carry?”.   Well, that’s kind of  a big question, and it has a lot of answers.   Choosing a CCW gun is an intensely personal decision, and all we can really do as advise you on what to look for in your carry gun, and talk about what we ourselves carry.

What the Pew Pew Writers Carry [2017]

What the Pew Pew Writers Carry [2017]Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s Several of you have been asking the question “What do you recommend for carry?”.  Well, that’s kind of  a big question, and it has a lot of answers.  Choosing a CCW gun is an intensely personal decision, and all we can really do as advise you on what to look for in your carry gun, and talk about what we ourselves carry. Which is what we’re going to do today.  I rounded up some of our writers and asked them what they were carrying, and here’s what they came back with. Note: This isn’t all the writers, but we’ll be updating in waves so be sure to check back in for more of our personal carry choices. Annette’s Carry Guns While I try not to have a “carry rotation,” I do need different-sized guns for different occasions. Right now, my concealed carry needs are met by these three: Glock 19 My current EDC is a Glock 19 equipped with a > Tau Development Group Striker Control Device and a few other goodies, carried in a PHLster Classic .  A 19 is a lot of gun for someone my size, but I’m able to conceal it in most casual clothing.  Since I carry in the appendix position, I really appreciate the SCD as an extra layer of safety while I’m reholstering, something not yet available in any other striker-fired gun. Glock 19 Carry Gun As a nearly full-size gun, it’s extremely shootable which means I can be confident that if I need to shoot, I will make the necessary hits.  Plus since I’m relatively petite and need to trade off carrying a spare magazine for other items like my pepper spray and tourniquet, it’s nice to have 15+1 rounds in the gun itself.  The Glock also has the advantage of being one of the most supported platforms in the aftermarket.  That means parts, accessories, and service like sights, holsters, and gunsmithing are readily accessible. SIG Sauer P320 Subcompact SIG P320SC When I need something a little smaller because I need to conceal my gun better, in more formfitting clothing, I carry a SIG "Sauer P320 Subcompact" .  Mine is 9mm and almost entirely stock.  While it’s substantially smaller than my Glock 19, I only lose three rounds of capacity.  Since my competition gun is a full size P320, I am intimately familiar with the platform and that makes a big difference in my comfort level in trusting my life to this gun. The author’s personal 3-gun pistol, a SIG Sauer P320 with Springer Precision magazine well and extensions. I have my hands on my competition P320 nearly every day in practice and while my Subcompact isn’t quite the same, it’s similar enough that almost all of my skills with the gun transfer.  That means I give up less in performance than I would with another, similarly-sized gun.  I’m also well assured of my gun’s reliability because of my familiarity with P320s generally, and have excellent aftermarket support as a result of my immersion with the platform in other contexts. Kahr P380 Sometimes, I have to dress in a way where almost no gun can be hidden except my diminutive Kahr P380 .  I don’t usually have pockets in my girl-pants that are big enough for the gun, but it’s very easy to tuck away in a low-profile AIWB holster or even a Flashbang bra holster (but never a Lethal Lace holster ) .  I don’t like to carry this gun a lot because it’s harder to shoot well than my larger carry guns and it is lower capacity with a smaller caliber, but given the choice of no gun or my P380? Kahr P380 I’ll go with my P380 every time because it’s a gun I can carry in any outfit, no matter what the occasion.  I’ve also shot it enough to know that it’s reliable with all of the ammunition I use, and with night sights, an oversized slide release, and the ability to lock back on an empty magazine, I find it less difficult to aim and manipulate than other microguns. Brandon’s Carry Guns Glock 19 (Again) I think the G19 is one of the most balanced CCW handguns out there. That’s not to say that there aren’t guns that are easier to conceal carry than the G19, but you’re probably not going to find many handguns that have the same dependability and affordable sticker price as the G19.  And as long as you’re not wearing super slimfit clothing, it’s a pretty easy gun to conceal. Personally, I recommend dressing in clothing a little baggy or wearing fall/winter wear when concealing it – at least with the older models.  My G19 is a Gen3, so it’s a little bigger than the Gen4 and 5 models. Glock 19 Aside from that, the G19 is a pretty straightforward gun – it’s a Glock, so you know that it’s going to be hardy and accurate. Springfield XD-S While I don’t have a Springfield XD-S of my own, I was lucky enough to get some range time with my buddy’s 3.3” 9mm and now I’m considering making that my next purchase.  I was surprised at how comfortable the gun felt, both in my hand and when it’s holstered. XDS in .45 ACP and 9mm over at Guns.com Another reason why the XD-S is in my top-three list of best CCW pistols is its variety. Since it comes in two available sizes, the 3.3” model and the 4” version, you’re able to choose what’s more important to you: easier carrying or easier shooting. But even if you go with the slightly larger option, you still won’t have any problems making the XD-S your daily CCW pistol. Note: Along with the 9mm, you can get the XD-S two other calibers: .40S&W (only available for the 3.3”) and .45ACP. Smith & Wesson M&P Bodyguard BG38 You probably didn’t expect to see a revolver make my top-three CCW list.  The truth is that I’m a big fan of wheel guns, and the .38 Spl is a dependable cartridge that has more than proven its effectiveness in self-defense scenarios.  On top of that, the Bodyguard’s small frame and snubnose barrel makes it a comfortable gun to carry around, and its hammerless design helps ensures that you get a snag-free draw every time.  Overall, the Bodyguard is a reliable pistol that’s easy to conceal and packs a powerful punch. For this reason, I prefer this gun over other pocket pistols, like the .380. Travis’ Carry Guns CZ P09 I have two carry guns, but I don’t carry them at the same time.  Recently I’ve taken to carrying a full sized gun.  My gun of choice being the CZ P09 in a strongside OWB holster.  I alternate between my HTC light bearing holster and my Alien Gear Cloak Mod OWB holster .  I prefer the larger gun due to it’s full sized grip, it’s longer sight radius and well, 21 rounds of 9mm is comforting. OWB Carry with CZ PO9 is totally possible…IWB is another story I stopped caring about printing and started carrying something I felt gave me the sharpest edge.  I’ve upgraded the trigger with  a Cajun Gun Works short reset kit and have put a few thousand rounds downrange.  I’m confident in the gun as a platform, and run it with the decocker. Walther PPS My second gun is my alternative in situations where I can’t carrying a full sized gun do to dress requirements and do something subtle.  I go with the classic Walther PPS .  It’s a 9mm with a long grip, it’s superbly thin, and provides me 9 rounds of 9mm. It’s not quite a pocket pistol but with my Clinger Gear No Print wonder I carry discretely and comfortably. The Walther is a simple, no nonsense concealed carry gun that’s plenty modular. You can swap the backstraps for comfort, as well as the magazine size for a flush or extended fit. Walther PPS M2 Both guns have never let me down, and hopefully never will. Parting Shots There we have it folks, our first round of author carry guns.  We’ll be regularly updating this with the other author’s carry guns, as well as the editorial staff’s selections, so be sure to check back in as we add things.  Hopefully this has given you some inspiration for your own carry choices, and will help you out when picking one for yourself.  Whether its your first gun, or your fifth. Once you’ve gotten your carry gun, check out our Best Concealed Carry Holsters and also Best CCW Insurance Review . What do you think about our choices?  Any questions for our authors?  Let us know in the comments below!

Best AR-15 Pistol Kits of 2020 Complete Review

Best AR-15 Pistol Kits of 2020  Complete Review

If you’re looking for the best AR-15 pistol kit, you’ve come to the right place. Finding the right kit might be a challenge. But as long as you have a good idea of what you’re looking for, the search may not be as tough. Sometimes you’ll want to be up for the challenge to build your own pistol rather than buy one that is fully assembled. Plus, it’s proven to be a cheaper option. To get you started, we’ll be taking a look at three AR-15 pistol kits that are the best on the market. We’ll also be taking a look at three of the best parts that you’ll need to go along with the kit of your choice. Before we get to our list, we’ll make a quick comparison between the AR-15 rifle and the AR-15 pistol . We’ll talk about how we ended up choosing these pistol kits that made the list and talk about why they are important to you. Plus, if you want to make your own kit, check out the individual pieces we have listed below. At a Glance: Our Top Picks for AR15 Pistol Kits Radical Firearms - AR-15 Upper Receiver Assembly 7.5" 5.56 Pistol Phase 5 Tactical - AR-15/M16 Pistol Buffer Tube PSA MOE EPT Pistol Lower Build Kit With SB Tactical PDW Brace PSA AR-15 Complete Classic Pistol Lower - No Magazine Comparison Chart of the Best AR-15 Pistol Kits IMAGE PRODUCT Radical Firearms - AR-15 "Upper Receiver Assembly" 7.5" 5.56 Pistol Best AR-15 pistol kits for the money. Barrel measured at 7.5 inches in length. Includes free-floating handguard for quick heat dissipation. View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews Phase 5 Tactical - AR-15/M16 "Pistol Buffer Tube" Made from high-quality aluminum. Can handle extreme temperatures. Includes buffer, spring, and buffer tube. "View Latest Price" → "Read Customer Reviews" PSA MOE EPT "Pistol Lower Build" Kit With SB Tactical PDW Brace Includes buffer tube assembly for brace support. Adjustable pistol brace with three different positions. Includes trigger assembly and lower parts for the receiver. View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews PSA AR-15 "Complete Classic Pistol" Lower - No Magazine Includes an M4 stock. Standard carbine buffer. Parts made from high-quality aluminum. View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews Radical Firearms - AR Pistol 10.5" 5.56 M4 Contour, 10" FGS Best AR-15 pistol on the market. Magazine has a 30-round capacity. Free-floating handguard for quicker heat dissipation. View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews What is the Difference Between an AR-15 Rifle and an AR-15 Pistol? One of the major differences between an AR-15 rifle and an AR-15 pistol is the buttstock. An AR-15 pistol will not have a buttstock while an AR-15 will have one. At the same time, the measurements will be slightly different. An AR-15 pistol will have an overall length of fewer than 26 inches and a barrel length of fewer than 16 inches. An AR-15 rifle will be much longer in length in both the barrel and the overall length. What Are The Components of a Pistol Kit? Knowing what’s inside a pistol kit is important. That’s because you need some vital parts to make sure that the AR-15 pistol is functional and ready to go. Without them, the pistol is rendered useless. Here is a brief list of some of the common parts that are found in most pistol kits: Upper and Lower Receivers The upper and lower receivers are two of the most important parts of your AR-15 pistol for so many good reasons. The upper receiver will contain parts like your barrel, your gas system, and even your handguards and rails. This half of your AR-15 pistol will allow you to customize to your advantage. In other words, you can add on a scope or an optic to ensure better accuracy. Your gas system such as your gas block and tube will be included in this setup. Other parts like your BCG will likely be included (since it’s considered the engine of your AR-15 pistol). Your lower receiver will include your trigger assembly and other components that will play a role in the firing function of your AR-15 pistol receiver. Phase 5 Tactical - AR-15 Pistol Completion Kit Pistol Brace Since your AR-15 pistol will be absent of a buttstock, the closest thing you can get to one is a pistol brace. These are designed to give you better support so you can fire more accurate shots. You can be able to shoulder the pistol brace so you can use it as if you attached a stock to your pistol and make it look like a short barreled rifle. Buffer Tube Typically used to accommodate stocks on rifles, they are also used to help support the pistol braces that are attached to them. This will allow for easier shouldering and ability to use your shoulder as more of a cheek rest if you feel that shooting your AR-15 pistol that way is more comfortable. How We Chose These Pistol Kits This is a list of how we chose these pistol kits that made the cut on our review list. It should also serve as a list for you on what you can look for while looking for a pistol kit of your own. There are certain kinds of qualities and features that you need to look for as the search progresses. Here’s what you need to keep an eye out for when choosing a pistol kit: What’s Included? The important question to ask is what’s included in your kit. Is it a complete assembly kit? Is it just an upper assembly kit? What lower assembly parts are included? Choosing a kit will depend on what exactly you’ll need for parts. If you’re a first-time buyer and builder, obviously your best option will be a full assembly kit that includes all kinds of parts including both the upper and lower receiver assemblies among other parts. Price If you’re a budget shopper, you’re obviously going to look at the price tag. Finding a kit that is affordable might be important to you. However, you’ll need to take a look at some of the other aspects like the overall quality. That’s because a low price tag will most likely equal low-quality and cheap looking parts. But high-quality, affordable parts do exist. The price might be higher but still affordable. Ease of Installation Obviously, not everyone is an expert gunsmith. However, we’ve chosen these kits because they mostly comprise of drop-in or easy to install parts. Most of them will include instructions on how to install them without any issue. Once the AR-15 pistol is fully assembled, you’ll think you professionally assembled the thing yourself when all it took was taking your time and knowing where every little part was supposed to go. In short, you won’t need to rely on a gunsmith to build out a complete AR-15 pistol. Make Your Own Pistol Kit A “Make Your Own Pistol” kit is one of the best options for AR-15 owners and enthusiasts if they’re looking for a pistol that will best suit them as opposed to fully assembled pistols. Plus, it’s an even cheaper road to go down if the idea of paying extra for a pistol is not appealing to you. These are also great if you see yourself as someone who might be up for the challenge for building something from the ground up. Quick Take - The Best AR-15 Pistol Kits These are our recommendations for the best AR-15 pistol kits: Radical Firearms - AR-15 Upper Receiver Assembly 7.5" 5.56 Pistol Phase 5 Tactical - AR-15/M16 Pistol Buffer Tube ​PSA MOE EPT Pistol Lower Build Kit With SB Tactical PDW Brace Review of the Best AR-15 Pistol Kits Below is a list of AR-15 pistols kits and the best individual parts that will best fit with most pistol kits. Altogether, there are six items that we’ll be reviewing in this writing. All of them are considered the best on the market for one certain category or another. As you look through the list, you’ll want to take note of the important features and functions of each. This may give you the determination of whether or not they are worth the investment or not. With that said, let’s begin with our “best overall” choice for the best AR-15 pistol kit: Best Overall: Radical Firearms - AR-15 Upper Receiver Assembly 7.5" 5.56 Pistol CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Easy to Install on Your AR-15 Build Reduced Recoil Thanks to the A2 Flash Hider No Failure or Malfunctions After 1000 Rounds Cons Pins and Screws May Need to be Ground Down Before Being Installed Some of the Screws Tend to Come Loose After Some Extended Period of Firing Time What Recent Buyers Report A majority of users of this assembly are found appreciating it. The points of interest for buyers include value for money, build quality, aesthetics, easy installation and simple compatibility. However, several users reported that the receiver required some minor fitting. But no grievances were found for performance. Why it Stands Out to Us This is a complete drop-in AR-15 pistol receiver with mil-spec design and perfect aesthetics. The receiver is forged for durability and comes complete with forward assist and ejection port door. The accessory-ready, free-floating handguard adds to its function, while the chrome-moly barrel delivers exceptional accuracy. Included in this assembly is a barrel that’s measured at 7.5 inches in length. This is designed for pistols chambered to fire 5.56 NATO rounds. This also includes a free-floating handguard that will allow for not only quick heat dissipation but will protect your hands from getting burned due to accidentally touching a hot barrel. So it’s a win-win either way. At the same time, this has a top rail that allows you to add on any sight or optic that you want to better your AR-15 pistol accuracy. If you hold accuracy to a high standard, obviously you’ll need to find a good optic or sight that will easily attach to your upper receiver’s rail. Also included is an A2 flash hider - you don’t want to deal with night blindness caused by your pistol flash. This will put you in a dangerous situation, especially a home defense situation. Who Will Use This Most The receiver is perfect for practice and even competitions if needed. The melonite coated barrel delivers accuracy, while the handguard and rails make it tactically sound. It is perfect for people who don’t want to put the effort into gunsmithing and require a simple drop-in pistol upper. Bottom Line This upper is both sumptuous and effective at the same time. The fully loaded receiver has room for accessory attachments due to the rails and QD compatible handguards. While the precision barrel delivers premium accuracy to a shooter. A versatile upper receiver delivering great value for money. If you’re looking to save time and money, then the Radical Firearms AR-15 upper receiver will likely be the one thing you’ll consider getting. Not only that, it gives you the shortcut you need to finish your build project much quicker. Why track down every individual part when you can have it all in one fully assembled package? Best Buffer Tube: Phase 5 Tactical - AR-15/M16 Pistol Buffer Tube CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Installs with Ease Fits Snugly with Most Braces Very Durable and Almost Impossible to Damage Cons Spring Might Make a Little Noise While You’re Firing Your Pistol Some Have Complained About the Castle Nut Being a Little Too Small What "Recent Buyers Report" It is the best pistol buffer tube on the market which is widely used and appreciated. Almost every user review for this tube is a five star. People like its quality construction, lightweight, durability, and aesthetics. It is priced perfectly and functions flawlessly under all conditions. Why it Stands Out to Us The buffer tube assembly is a complete buffer package for an AR-15 pistol. This will come in handy when you’re looking to attach your pistol brace of choice to it. It has been machined from aluminum that is designed to be solid, sturdy, and will definitely hold your brace in place. The nitrile foam pad offers perfect cheek weld and is resistant to abrasion, chemicals, and extreme temperatures. It also works perfectly with subsonic or supersonic loads. While it may not be a stock, it is something that will get you as close to one with the brace intact. This includes the assembly itself: the buffer, spring, and the tube. It also has nitrile padding that is resistant to corrosion and cleaning chemicals. Best of all, this buffer tube will resist extreme temperatures. So if you’re out in the extreme cold or in the sweltering desert heat, this buffer tube will handle it all. This will handle temperatures as low as -20 degrees to as hot as 220 degrees Fahrenheit (although it probably won’t ever reach that high anywhere in the world). This will accept any mil-spec carbine buffer or spring. So if you have any extras lying around, then you’ll have a replacement handy in case the buffer or spring somehow fails. If you’re looking for a buffer tube that will work to your advantage, then the Phase 5 Tactical pistol buffer tube will probably be your best option. Who Will "Use This Most" The buffer tube is perfect for competitive and tactical uses. It is recommended to use this tube on your AR-15 pistol build, regardless of the purpose it will be used for. It also serves the needs of people who are looking for a good alternative to those expensive buffer tubes on the market. Bottom Line The Phase 5 Tactical buffer tube is a durable, effective and efficient addition for your AR pistol build. It features a mil-spec endplate and accepts mil-spec carbine buffer and spring. The nitrile foam is comfortable and virtually indestructible. Plus the tube accepts a brace perfectly. 3. PSA MOE EPT Pistol Lower Build Kit With SB Tactical PDW Brace CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Easy to Assemble Fits Perfectly on Most Builds Trigger Pull is Crisp with no Creep to Speak of Cons Bolt Catch May Break After 500 Rounds PDW is Not Collapsible for Storage or Transport What Recent Buyers Report Almost every user of this receiver assembly seems to praise it unconditionally. The components of this kit have exceptional build quality and a smooth trigger. Another impressive fact for the buyers is the inclusion of a stabilizing brace, and the low price of the kit. The buyers of the kit just seem to love it. Why it Stands Out to Us The first impressive factor is the comprehensive design of this lower kit. It includes the trigger mechanism and all other components needed except for a stripped receiver block. The stabilizing brace is an amazing addition, especially at this price point. The trigger is also quite smooth and will save the buyer a substantial amount of money. Included in this kit are your lower parts that will fit in a pistol’s lower receiver. This includes your trigger assembly that has a crisp and light pull, thus making you get your shots off a lot quicker (including follow-up shots). The best part about this kit is the brace that is included. This has three adjustable positions that will make it fit almost any shooter. If you’re looking to build your AR-15 pistol with the intent of it being use able for anyone, then you’ll need to find a kit that includes one of these adjustable pistol braces. While you won’t have a stock to add on, this is as close as your going to get to it. Regardless of how you use it, you’ll have even better control over your pistol as opposed to using it without the brace. If you’re looking for something that’s as close to a tactical style build, then this lower build kit by PSA might be something that’s worth a closer look. Who Will Use This Most First-time pistol builders and people looking for a budget deal will definitely like this kit. The stabilizing brace helps with accuracy and is telescopic for adjustment. This kit is also great for people who require a low budget option for building an AR-15 pistol. Given its quality and performance, the kit is perfect for all kinds of applications it can serve. Bottom Line The lower build kit offers exceptional value for money. The adjustable brace offers stability, while the super build quality and lightweight design add to the shooting experience.  The components are very easy to install and work with and the resulting pistol falls no short from ‘perfection’. Make Your Own Pistol Kit Looking to make your own kit? Below are the top parts you'll need to so do: Best Receiver: PSA AR-15 Complete Classic Pistol Lower CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Affordable for Most Budgets Fits Best with PSA Brand Uppers Tough as Nails. Won’t Damage Easily Cons The Trigger May be a Bit Gritty Not Available to Residents of California Buffer Tube May Stick out a Little Farther than it’s Supposed To What Recent Buyers Report The users appreciate the build quality and the perfect price of this complete lower. People have used it with almost every caliber compatible with AR-15’s and have found this functioning perfectly well. The finish is just amazing and the trigger and buffer tube included makes it a great deal for the money. Why it Stands Out to Us Now we’ll be taking a look at individual parts that you might need for a “Make Your Own Pistol” kit. Let’s begin with the best receiver that is on the market. This honor goes to the PSA AR-15 Complete Classic Pistol Lower. It is a complete AR-15 pistol lower with amazing quality and a good trigger. The lower is a simple drop-in addition to your pistol build and doesn’t require any extra additions. It doesn’t compromise with accuracy or weight, plus the price makes it a very reasonable product for every budget. This is a lower receiver that does not have a magazine included, so if you need one you’ll need to buy it separately. This is a complete AR-15 lower receiver that has a buttstock included. So it’s important to remove that so you can be able to make it more compatible with your AR-15 pistol. This will fit many calibers like your 5.56 NATO or a .300 Blackout. If you’re looking for a lower receiver that will be a worthy addition to your building project, the PSA AR-15 complete classic pistol lower might be exactly what you need. Who Will Use This Most The lower is perfect for people who want a simple drop-in solution to build their AR pistol. The lower is complete and great for people building a pistol for the first time. Additionally, the plain buffer tube offers room for customization, in case you need to add a brace. Bottom Line It is an inexpensive lower for a budget AR-15 pistol build. This multi-caliber lower has an un-notched hammer compatible with 9mm use, which makes it even more versatile. The receiver has a sturdy build and is easy to work with. If you need a good upper receiver for your AR-15 pistol, get one from the same brand. This way, you won’t have to deal with any guesswork when it comes to trying to fit it with other upper receivers. You’ve got a project to finish up and no time to waste. Once this is all assembled, you want to give it a spin at the range. 5. Phase 5 Tactical - AR-15 Pistol Completion Kit CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros All Parts are Easy to Install in Minutes Very Accurate Shooting Once Fully Installed Easy to Customize with the Right Accessories (Scopes, Optics, Flashlights, Etc) Cons None What Recent Buyers Report Probably the most used components for AR-15 pistol builds are brought by Phase 5 Tactical. People who have bought this kit appreciate its completeness and the perfect quality of its parts. While buyers appreciate the build and quality of the kit, the value this kit offers overshadows its price to a vast extent Why it Stands Out to Us Next on the docket, we’ll be taking a look at the Phase 5 Tactical AR-15 Pistol Completion Kit. If you’re looking for the total package pistol kit, then you’ll probably want to take a look at this one in particular. The most enticing part about using the kit is its completeness. It includes everything you need to complete your AR-15 pistol build. It doesn’t have the lower receiver but has the necessary parts required to assimilate one. The slope nose quad rail is accessory-ready and the auto-style bolt carrier can handle long firing sessions. All the parts you get in this kit are all drop-in parts that are easy to install in a matter of minutes. You won’t need to rely on a gunsmith to get this down nor do you have to worry about your lack of skills. Also included are your gas block and tube, forward assist, and flash hider among all the other upper receiver parts. This also includes a lower receiver with all the lower parts you need to ensure that this puppy will function a lot smoother than normal. Once you put it all together with a buffer tube assembly , you’ll be ready to go for an exciting session at the range with your newly built AR-15 pistol. If you’re looking for the best of the best, then the Phase 5 Tactical AR-15 Pistol Completion Kit might be exactly what you’re looking for. Who Will Use This Most This kit is perfect for people who are trying to build an AR-15 pistol for the first time. It is a comprehensive set of components and will easily allow you to build a pistol without requiring expert assistance. People who frequently switch between rifle and pistol builds will definitely find it useful in the long run. Bottom Line The Phase 5 Tactical build kit includes every part you need to build an AR-15 pistol. Everything that’s included just drops right in and fully functions upon initial use. You won’t have to scour the market for any other component except for a lower receiver. The resulting pistol from this kit will be extremely tactical and ready to accept accessories. Plus the 1:7 twist rate is just perfect for accuracy. 6. Phase 5 Tactical - AR-15/M16 5.56 Pistol Barrel CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Easy to Install Increase in Accuracy is Almost Instant Very Lightweight. Does Not Add Any Unnecessary Weight to Your Pistol Cons None What Recent Buyers Report The barrel is easy to install and works flawlessly according to most buyer reviews. The chrome-moly steel construction and button rifling add to the precision, while the M4 feed ramps provide reliable cycling. The quality, fit and finish of the barrel is also amazing and a point of satisfaction among the users. Why it Stands Out to Us Phase 5 manufactures this 7.5" barrel from chrome-moly steel which ensures durability and provides a smooth surface to assist with cleaning. It’s as tough as nails and won’t easily damage. The feed ramps make cycling flawless and the barrel is precision air gauged to ensure optimal quality. It also comes with a barrel extension installed for convenience. This has a twist ratio of 1:7, making it a barrel that will give you the best accurate shooting possible. If you’re looking to make accuracy your thing with an AR-15 build, then you’re looking at the best possible solution. Who Will Use This Most The barrel is great for general uses like target practice, hunting and defense. The mil-spec barrel delivers precision and can withstand hours of continuous shooting. The barrel has muzzle threads to allow you to add muzzle devices, making it suitable for indoor range use. Bottom Line This barrel is a simple, easy-to-install and inexpensive option to complete your AR-15 pistol build. It features durability, works flawlessly and assists with accuracy due to its twist rate. Cautious Considerations to Keep in Mind Before you plan on building your AR-15 pistol, there are certain important considerations to keep in mind. First of all, an AR pistol utilizes the same parts as the normal rifle, except for the buffer tube assembly and the barrel. In simpler terms, it is an AR-15 rifle which doesn’t have a stock, a barrel shorter than 16 inches and an overall length under 26 inches. An AR pistol is a good alternative to SBR(short-barreled rifle) since it doesn’t require you to go through the NFA process. While an AR pistol has the same lower as the regular rifle, you’ll need to convert the gas system to pistol length if you are modifying your regular upper receiver for compatibility. Another important fact is that you cannot convert your AR rifle into an AR pistol legally. However, the reverse is possible. Also, you cannot add a stock to keep the pistol legal. Another legal implication states that you cannot add a vertical foregrip to an AR-15 pistol. However, you can use an angled foregrip if you want. The best part of using an AR-15 pistol is that you can carry it legally as a pistol in your vehicle if you want that extra-firepower to be always with you. Conclusion The best AR-15 pistol kit for you is out there. You may want a full assembly kit, a receiver kit, or if you want something that’s stripped down. Either way, there is nothing more exciting than building an AR-15 pistol from the ground up. Especially if you’re doing it for the first time. While most of the parts are easy to install, you’ll feel like you’ve professionally installed every nook and cranny of the gun once you’ve completed the project. Be sure to check to see if everything is working properly before you give it a test drive at the range.

Manticore Scorpion Mags Shot Show

Manticore Scorpion Mags  Shot Show

I’m a Scorpion nut. I’ve owned both the rifle and pistol variants of the weapon and absolutely love it as my primary pistol caliber carbine. One of the weak points was the magazines. The polymer feed lips broke quite often in some of the earlier sets of magazines. This problem has long been fixed with CZ’s magazines but metal feed lips will always outclass polymer. (At least for now.)  Manticore is going to be releasing their Scorpion mags and they will be outfitted with lovely metal feed lips. Steel feed lips Scorpion Mags Like traditional CZ Scorpion mags, they are translucent and mostly made from polymer. Unlike CZ’s Scorpion mags they have metal feed lips and fit 32 rounds instead of 30. This gives you an extra double tap when you need it most Manticore arms is pretty well known for making good gear and I’ve never heard anything wrong about Sven and his company. The Old Scorpion magazine I’m a major fan of Lancer magazines and these seem like the CZ variant of Lancer magazines. I really can’t wait for these to hit the market. These are made for Manticore, but will be hitting Prepper Gun shop and sold through them. They will be clear and smoke as well. They’ll be available by the end of first quarter 2017.

Whats wrong with the Firearms Industry ?

Whats wrong with the Firearms Industry ?

What’s wrong with the firearms industry ? It’s a question many people ask themselves when they read over and over again on web sites like this and others that yet again a firearms manufacturer is laying off employees. This time it’s Federal Ammunition laying off 110 workers and going an extra step by giving money back to the tax payers of Minnesota to the tune of $1.13 Million Dollars. The money was a loan from the state to help with a planned $33 Million Dollar expansion of the existing Federal Ammunition plant in Anoka, Minnesota. The news was also packaged with other bad news, according to Vista Outdoors who is the owner of Federal Ammunition also said they would not be able to keep it’s pledge to hire new employees. This is just the latest in a growing line of firearms industry companies that have either downsized or shifted manufacturing to other areas of the country. We have started to create a list of these companies and so far as of March 25th 2017 this is the list we have compiled. March 2017- Federal Ammunition lays off 110 employees, cancels hiring of others and returns $1.13 Million Dollars. Link http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2017/03/20/federal-premium-ammunition-lays-off-110-workers-anoka-federal-premium-plant-cancels-state-funding-incentives/ March 2017 – Remington Arms lays off 122 workers after laying off 241 workers in 2014. Also makes plans to move production out of New York State. Link https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/new-york/articles/2017-03-09/remington-arms-lays-off-122-workers-at-upstate-ny-plant March 2017 – Colt Firearms announces layoffs at their custom shop including the director and most of their staff. Link http://www.outdoorhub.com/news/2017/03/03/breaking-colt-lays-off-custom-shop-director-causing-flurry-rumors/ March 2017- Howell Munitions maker of Freedom Munitions, & X Treme Bullets announces lay offs due to softening market. Link http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2017/03/09/howell-munitions-technology-layoffs/ February 2017 – SilencerCo announces roughly 50% of their employees will be laid off. Link https://modernrifleman.net/2017/02/02/mass-layoffs-at-silencerco/ January 2017 – Olympic Arms best known for their AR-15’s announces they are laying off all workers and going out of business. Link http://www.guns.com/2017/01/26/longtime-ar-maker-olympic-arms-going-out-of-business/ These are just the ones that have been announced so far this year and keep in mind the first quarter just ended. Traditionally in the firearms market there is a rather large lull in sales during the 1st and 2nd quarters of the year. In fact many industry insiders are projecting a 10-15% decline in processed BATFE Form 4473’s. That as we all should know is the form that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives requires be filled out when purchasing a new firearm. The term that is being tossed around in many circles to describe this economic down turn is the “Trump Slump” Photo: Rick Dembroski Once pricey AK-47’s are once again affordable and plentiful What Does the Future Hold ? Well if you can figure that one out then you are most assuredly smarter than people on Wall Street or in the boardrooms of many firearms manufacturers. The bottom line is what many of us thought could happen did in fact happen. It was the norm for Colt Model 6920 AR-15’s to be selling for up to $1600 during the height of the gun frenzy that was happening for the last few years. That gun today can be found and purchased all day long for $1000 or less. Remember last year when if you could find an AR-15 or an AK-47 people were willing to pay almost anything for them. The interesting thing to us here at the web site is that this price gouging phenomena only seems to happen on rifles, in particular the AR-15 and AK-47 varieties. I honestly think that this correction in the firearms industry will continue and we have not seen the last of layoffs and my gut feeling is that Olympic Arms will not be the first company to close it’s doors this year. The panic buying of the last eight years is finally over, and although we won at the ballot box, we now have to see what the landscape looks like now. The beneficiary of all of these dropping prices is us, the consumer. The people who are less fortunate are the effected employees, and those poor souls who maxed out their credit cards in the panic and now have AR-15’s they over paid for. So not only did they over pay, but they are most likely paying anywhere between 15-20 % interest on that over priced rifle. In the post election landscape what we are seeing is that the normal M4 patterned AR-15 made by a reputable manufacturer should cost no more than $700. High capacity magazines for that rifle should run you no more than $9-13 a piece depending on what brand you choose. The AK-47 market faces a bit more uncertainty, largely because U.S. based makers can’t seem to make a decent trunion that wont crack and stock piles of Eastern European parts kits are drying up. The other large factor in this AK-47 dilemma is that some manufacturers can’t seem to work a head space gauge either, but that is for another articles. If you are in the market for an AK-47 expect to pay between $700-1100 for one easily, magazines should run you between $9-$15 for polymer and no more than $25 for Com-Bloc metal magazines. Russian Bakelite magazines like the one featured above will command a premium. What do you think of the recent downturn in the firearms industry ? Are you now in the market for new firearms because of the huge drops in the prices in both guns and ammunition ? We are exploring the chance to bring our readers an article or series of articles on the best out of the box AR-15 for the money. We are still developing the list of criteria that we will use to judge it. We want to have YOU, our readers involved with this process. We are leaning towards a base M4 clone AR-15, but we want your input. Drop us a line and let us know what you think, also be sure to “Like” and “Share” us on Facebook, we are working hard to build the 10,000 “Like” prize package that will be given away to a lucky reader. Rick (Feature Photo: www.bearingarms.com)

Reloading Equipment for Shotgunners: Manufacturers and Gear

/* custom css */.td_uid_2_5f379d8a8e793_rand.td-a-rec-img { text-align: left; } .td_uid_2_5f379d8a8e793_rand.td-a-rec-img img { margin: 0 auto 0 0; } So you’re going to begin reloading. For $250 or perhaps even less, you can get set up with excellent new reloading equipment and buy all of the components you require to begin building your own shotshells. This article will help you get started. Active sporting clays shooters use a lot of shells and are natural candidates to start reloading their empties.  This shooter is using Winchester AA factory loads, which are fine for reloading.  Handloaders can fine-tune load components for certain targets, too. Before you purchase your reloading equipment you will need a place to set up, preferably one where you will not be continuously distracted and where you can be reasonably certain that other hands, especially those of children, will not meddle in the components. It would also be very helpful if you had a buddy who was also a reloader, because you will have questions, you will make mistakes, and to call the retailer – who may direct you to the manufacturer – is time consuming and can be frustrating. Begin with a single stage reloader, one that allows you to learn one shell at a time. Look for things that will make your handloading life easier and simpler. If you shoot both the 12 and sub-gauges, you will save more money per shell by concentrating your loading on the smaller guns. Before you buy, then, verify that the press can be set up to load everything you want to shoot and that it will not cost you hundreds of dollars more to load your 20-gauge and 28-gauge shells, too. It helps to have a press that sizes shells automatically and automatically feeds primers, even if you have to pay a little extra for the primer feed. In short, look for some labor saving features up front. You could end up using this press for darn near forever because its serviceability will not decline with age. At some time in your shotgunning life, you may become deeply involved with one of the clay sports. As an All American Trap Shooter, for example, you would want to speed up the loading process because you are experienced and you need to build more shells. At that time, you might buy a progressive press, i.e., one that automatically advances hulls through the basic reloading cycle with every pull of the lever. Do not sell or junk your single stage, though, because it can usually be retrofit to load your hunting shells, which will usually be far fewer in number and different in load character than those required for a trap shooting. It is better to spend a couple hundred dollars extra up front for the right machine than it is to suffer with years of irritation. Now, let’s go shopping for some reloading equipment. MEC: MAYVILLE ENGINEERING The introductory single stage press from MEC is the 600 Jr. Mark V. It can load eight to ten boxes per hour and can be upgraded with an automatic primer feed which eliminates the need to handle each primer individually. Mayville Engineering (www.mecreloaders.com) has manufactured shotshell reloaders under the MEC name since 1956. Everything from the least expensive single stage machine to a fully automated progressive loader is available in the line. (MEC’s Internet site also gives information, prices and parts lists for a number of their discontinued models, thousands of which are still pumping out shells today.) Beginning with what MEC considers “the world’s top selling reloader” and the very first machine many reloaders use, the 600 Jr. Mark 5 was introduced in 1985 and costs only $118. MEC says that once the operator gains a little experience, this single stage reloader can fill eight to ten boxes of shells an hour. In addition, it can be upgraded with the 285 CA Primer Feed, which eliminates the need to handle each primer individually. This press is adjustable for 3-inch shells and is available in all gauges, plus the .410. All MEC reloaders include one charge bar and three powder bushings: • 10-gauge (2-ounce bar with bushings 37, 40 and 44), • 12-gauge (1 1/8-ounce bar with bushings 29, 30 and 32), • 16-gauge (1-ounce bar with bushings 23, 25 and 29), • 20-gauge (7/8-ounce bar with bushings 20, 22 and 24), • 28-gauge (3/4-ounce bar with bushings 14, 16 and 21) • .410-bore (1/2-ounce bar with bushings 10, 11 and 12, or for a 3-inch shell, the 11/16-ounce bar with bushings 10, 11 and 12). MEC believes that its Sizemaster reloader is an excellent choice for hunters. The built-in Power Ring Collet Resizer returns all types of shells – with brass or steel bases, high base or low – to factory specifications. The Sizemaster is adjustable for 3-inch shells and fills all gauges and the .410. Additional die sets cost $90 for any gauge except the 10, which is $105. Extra powder bushings are $2.20 and charge bars are $13. An automatic primer feed is standard on the $179 Sizemaster. It loads primers for all gauges, except the 410. According to Mayville Engineering, the gauge-specific Steelmaster is the only shotshell reloader that is fully equipped to handle steel and lead. The resize head accepts any shell base and the press has an automatic primer feed. Separate presses are required for 10-gauge (1-1/2-ounce bar for BB through #2 with bushings 31, 34 and 37), 12-gauge (2-3/4- and 3-inch: 1-1/8-ounce bar for BB through #3 with bushings 25, 32 and 34) or 12-gauge (3-1/2-inch: 1-1/2-ounce for BB through #2 with bushings 36, 37 and 39A). In the 10- or standard 12-gauge expect to pay about $193 for the Steelmaster, but in the 3-1/2-inch 12-gauge size, the price jumps to $206. Die sets to change gauge cost $90 for any gauge except the 10, which is $105. Extra powder bushings are $2.20 and charge bars, $15. The MEC 650N is advertised as “maximum effect for minimum effort” – at the bargain price of just $240. Although it works on six shells at once and finishes a shell with each pull of the handle, the 650N does not resize hulls. If you buy this press, resizing becomes a separate operation. MEC says that the 650N is “the ideal press for the person who likes to resize and inspect their shells as a separate operation.” (MEC’s separate Super Sizer shell resizer costs $67. It is built-in to all “new generation” MEC reloaders. Separate parts must be purchased to resize different gauges.) A good quality reloader like the MEC 650N will reload a lot of shells without giving you many maintenance hassles. The 650N has three crimp stations: beginning the crimp, folding and tapering. The 650N press uses three crimping stations. The first one starts the crimp and the second closes it. The final station places a very slight taper on the shell, which allows it to feed easier through pumps and semi-autos. Other features of the 650N however make it more attractive. The automatic primer feed is standard, for instance. This press is available in all gun sizes, but die sets to switch one machine between gauges are not available and the 650N does not load 10-gauge shells. Related GunDigest Articles Video: New Redding Reloading Equipment for 2017 Reloading Gear: Lyman Cyclone Case Dryer 3 Things You Didn't Know You Needed For Your Reloading Bench MEC’s progressive 8567 Grabber mechanically programs 10 operations at six stations. This $338 reloader has a fully automatic primer feed, auto-cycle charging and the three-stage crimp mentioned above. The built-in Power Ring resizer operates without interrupting the reloading sequence. The operator manually places hulls and wads in the proper place and a finished shell is subsequently produced with each pull of the handle. Optional kits are available to load 3-inch and steel shells. (The 8567 is not available in 10-gauge.) The 9000-Series is MEC’s top-of-the-line progressive press with plenty of automatic features, such as primer feed. The $407 model #GN is hand-powered while the $958 #HN is hydraulic and operates via a foot pedal. These machines incorporate all of the 8567’s features including automatic resizing, automatic indexing and finished shell ejection after final crimping. The 9000-Series does not reload 10 gauge shells and die sets are not available. MEC has a number of press accessories available such as a dust cover, larger capacity primer feed tray, jig fixture and intermediate bottle supports. Note that a steel shot kit and charge bar must normally be installed to reload steel shot. PONSNESS/WARREN (P/W) A charge bar determines the amount of shot that will be dropped, while the bushing determines the amount of powder. The ratio for powder is determined by the recipe you select and the brand of powder you use. Ponsness/Warren (www.reloaders.com) has developed reloading gear for almost 40 years and its Platinum 2000 Series progressive reloading presses are state-of-the-art. The 2000s feature P/W’s typical cast frame and precision-machined parts. With eight shells in separate stations and various stages of completion, a 2000 automatically performs the following functions with each pull of the handle: indexes the shells, de-primes and re-primes, drops a precision volume of powder, inserts the wad, then drops a precision volume of shot, crimps the shells and finally ejects a completed shell. The author of the previous edition of this venerable volume called P/W reloader’s full-length re-sizing dies their “very best feature.” With a P/W 2000, the shell is pressed into a sizing die at the very first station and it rides through the balance of the process contained within this steel ring. In this system, a hull rarely distorts, and as much pressure as necessary can be applied for proper crimp closure. P/W is especially proud of the hopper and the primer feed on these machines. Their EZ-Fill Access Hopper holds more than 25 pounds of shot and up to a pound of powder in a high-impact plastic divided container. When you need to load several different recipes, special bushing-access holes allow quick shot and powder bushing changes without the usually laborious task of draining and removing hoppers. Purchased separately, it is $90. The brass external primer feed allows an operator to easily adjust primer seating depth without taking the primer feed assembly out of the machine. Primers are held in a tray, approximately at eye level, and are fed downward through a sleeve into the feed assembly by gravity. Purchased separately, the primer feed is $100. A Lifetime Warranty on the index system and P/W’s new Die Removal Cylinder come with this series of presses. P/W says the "Die Removal Cylinder" is built with 100 percent Grivory®, which it says is “a new compound that is stronger and more rigid than aluminum.” It allows you to easily remove and inspect shells during the reloading process to check powder or shot weights, by simply lifting a die pin and sliding out the shell. The 3-pound Die Removal System is also available to update many older P/W reloaders. It costs $170 and comes with the P/W shell extracting kit. A 52-pound Platinum 2000 with sizing die system is available in 12-gauge (powder bushing H, shot bushing #6 for 1-1/8-ounce), 20-gauge (powder bushing D, shot bushing #4 for 7/8-ounce) and 28-gauge (powder bushing B, shot bushing #3 for 3/4-ounce), as well as the .410-bore (powder bushing 2A, shot bushing #1 for 1/2-ounce). They have a catalogued price of $699, although the factory’s 2004 Christmas Special flyer offered them for $649 and you can undoubtedly buy them for less through a reputable internet source. (Of course, if you buy through a local retailer, you may not pay the rock-bottom price. You will almost certainly, however, have access to friendly and helpful technical assistance when you run into difficulties or have questions that are not covered on the manufacturer’s Internet site. And you will have questions.) The P/W 800 Plus was new for 2004. Built with full-length resizing dies and a gear-style index system, this progressive machine sounds an audible “click” when it is fully indexed. (Because I always worry about proper seating and positioning of mechanical elements, I like this small feature.) A die-removal cylinder allows for easy shell removal at any station. The 800 Plus uses the EZ- "Fill Access Hopper" and all other standard features of a 2000. Lacking a central shaft, 800 Plus tooling kits are installed in a tool head. This allows you to convert to another gauge in about five minutes without the need to readjust any of the crimping stages. The 52-pound 800 Plus with sizing die system is available in 12-, 20- and 28-gauge as well as .410-bore with a catalogued price of $699 and the same powder and shot bushings as those listed for the 2000 Series. The "2004 Christmas Special" flyer from the factory offered these reloaders for $649! Individual gauge-specific tooling kits cost an extra $295. Close-up of MEC rig filling a clay load of 1-1/8-ounces of #7-1/2 shot. P/W says their 53-pound L/S-1000 is the “only fully progressive reloader that loads lead, steel and bismuth shot without the need for any type of conversion kit.” This press features a silent indexing system and the company’s new Grivory "Die Removal System" . The precise Uni-Drop System on the L/S-1000 drops any shot size, up to and including BB. The 12-gauge model ($849) loads either 2-3/4- or 3-inch shells while the 10-gauge model ($895) loads only 3-1/2-inch. The single stage reloader in P/W’s current press line-up is the Du-O-Matic 375C. Like the larger and more expensive L/S-1000, the Du-O-Matic will load lead, steel or bismuth without requiring a conversion kit. The dual tool head lets you install a second tooling set when you want to change gauge. Look for extra large shot and powder tubes, which include baffles and a positive-lock charge ring that prevents the accidental flow of powder. A positive, full-length resizing die contains the shell throughout the loading operation. Your shell always emerges bulge-free. A 31-pound Du-O-Matic is available in all gauges plus the 410 bore. Expect to pay around $300 if you purchase it direct from Ponsness/Warren, except for the 12-gauge/20-gauge model, which is $384. Ponsness/Warren offers a large number of options and accessories for its reloading presses such as dust covers, shell counters, shovel handles, a new finished-shell Front Drop collection system and multiple types of conversion kits that allow older P/W presses to load non-toxic shot. Its top-mounted Automatic Shell Feed System is available for those who quickly tire of feeding shells manually, one by one. The Shell Feed holds 500 empty shells, and sends them brass-down onto the shell feed seating assembly. An electric motor, which turns the sorting disc in the hopper, is equipped with a micro-switch that stops the motor automatically when the feed tube is full (30 pounds, 12-gauge only, $395 0r thereabouts). About the time your eyes glaze over and you’re sure that you will soon turn up three cherries from cycling the press handle, you will be willing to spend $899 for P/W’s Hydro-Multispeed, single cylinder hydraulic system. With a floor-mounted pedal, this 65-pound hydraulic system permits hands-free reloading. It has three speed settings and P/W guarantees that it will not damage your P/W reloader with high pressures. Extra-long hoses with quick-disconnect couplings allow for floor placement of the motor. An optional cylinder kit allows you to hook up your Hydro-Multispeed assembly to more than one press for loading multiple gauges or recipes at one time (9 pounds, $400). LEE PRECISION The Lee Load-All is inexpensive and it works for 12-, 16-, and 20-gauge shotshells. The Lee reloading business took off from the home workshop of Richard Lee in 1958. In that year, Lee invented the famous Lee Loader. Additional Lee Loaders for rifle and pistol ammunition came along in the early sixties. Lee says that their “effective and economical tools have introduced more than one-and-a-half million shooters to reloading.” Then, in the mid-70s, the well-known Lee Load-All hit the market, establishing Lee as a household name in handloading circles. Lee equipment is unconditionally guaranteed for two years. In addition, any Lee loader of current manufacture, regardless of age or condition, can be returned to the factory for “like new” reconditioning, including a new guarantee, for half the current retail price. The popular and inexpensive $49.98 Lee Load-All II single-stage press works for lead or steel shot in 12-, 16- and 20-gauge (www.leeprecision.com). The spent primer-catcher is built-in and conveniently empties in the front. Recesses at every station allow positive shell positioning. Gauge conversion is easy and economical by simply replacing the die carrier ($20). An optional primer feed ($10) means that you never have to touch the primer from the box to the shell. Each new purchase includes twenty-four red plastic shot and powder bushings. The bushings are visibly indexed and this keeps neophyte reloaders from confusing shot and powder charges.

Reloading Ammo: Groovy Bullet Groove Trends

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Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s Several of you have been asking the question “What do you recommend for carry?”.   Well, that’s kind of  a big question, and it has a lot of answers.   Choosing a CCW gun is an intensely personal decision, and all we can really do as advise you on what to look for in your carry gun, and talk about what we ourselves carry.