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Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s Ever dream about carrying your Glock with you everywhere ? We get it–your Glock 19 is the go-to concealed carry weapon for many. It’s also the standard sidearm for tons of law enforcement agencies and military organizations around the world. But if you want to carry your Glock with you, you need a holster .

12 Best Glock 19 Holsters [2020]: Concealed & OWB

12 Best Glock 19 Holsters [2020]: Concealed & OWBTrending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s Ever dream about carrying your Glock with you everywhere ? We get it–your Glock 19 is the go-to concealed carry weapon for many. It’s also the standard sidearm for tons of law enforcement agencies and military organizations around the world. But if you want to carry your Glock with you, you need a holster . Concealment Express G19 Draw The Glock 19’s popularity means there’s a huge market of compatible holsters for you to choose from. Unfortunately, all those options can make it difficult to figure out what’s a good holster at a good price that fits your individual needs. Crossbreed Holsters with G17, G19, G26 Fortunately, you’ve got me. In this guide, I’ll tell you what features any holster needs to have, give you the rundown on the various holster types out there, and finally give you my recommendations for holsters in each category. Table of Contents Loading... Choosing a Good Holster Your holster’s most basic job is obviously to hold your firearm when you’re not using it, but it also needs to protect your firearm, both from being dropped and from bumps and scrapes, prevent accidental discharge, and allow you to quickly draw your firearm when the situation calls for it, whether that’s in competition or a defensive situation. Hidden Hybrid Holsters Assortment So how do you make sure that a holster can do all that? Well, look for one with these qualities: Comfort Don’t underestimate how important comfort is. It may seem secondary compared to the other qualities we’ll discuss, but if you’re not comfortable in your holster, you probably won’t wear it. If you don’t wear your holster, you’ll still be in the position of needing to buy a holster for your Glock 19, plus you’ll have wasted money on a useless holster that just sits around taking up space. And, if your home is anything like mine, you don’t need any more useless stuff sitting around taking up space. Try your holster before you buy to make sure you’ll actually use it… and not stash it in the garage with the rest of your old hobbies. So, like anything else you wear, try on a potential holster before you buy it–if at all possible. If you can’t try it on before you buy, at least make sure that you can return it after you try it on in case you don’t like it. When trying on a holster, imitate the normal motions you go through during the day. Make sure the holster doesn’t twist or rub. A little bit of rubbing may seem like it’s not a big deal, but over time it can lead to irritation, bruises, and blisters. Ouch. If your holster isn’t comfortable on your skin, you’ll need to wear a barrier between your holster and your skin or opt for a different holster entirely. Rubbing from holsters made of hard materials will lead to more irritation and an undershirt may not be enough to prevent it, while soft holsters are more forgiving. If your holster isn’t comfortable, you might find yourself getting… creative… with your padding. You also want to make sure that your holster won’t slip or shift and make sure that it doesn’t feel like it will. Even if you know your holster won’t fall or move out of place, if it feels like it will, you’ll be tugging on it the entire time you’re wearing it, which is not only uncomfortable but also gives away the position of the firearm that’s supposed to be concealed. Protection Holsters constructed from durable and protective materials shield your Glock 19 against bumps and abrasion. Most holsters are made of leather, nylon, or a polymer like Kydex, which all offer plenty of protection. Hard Kydex holsters are popular because they can be custom-molded to any gun and light/laser combination for a perfect fit. Hard materials, like polymer, offer more protection against impacts, but they can also scuff up your Glock as you holster and draw your handgun. Some people aren’t too worried about scuffs and therefore don’t need to fuss over this too much, but if you’d like to preserve your Glock’s finish, opt for a holster made of a soft material or a hard holster that has a soft, protective lining. Retention Retention just means that your holster won’t allow your gun to fall out of it. The go-to litmus test for retention is simply turning the holster upside down. If your gun stays firmly in place, you’ve got plenty of retention. Yes, I know most of you probably won’t be doing cartwheels or headstands in your holster, but what if you’re in an altercation and get knocked down? The last thing you want is for your gun to slip out of your holster where your assailant can grab it before you recover. Even outside of a defensive situation, you don’t want to slip or fall and have your gun fly out of your holster, or even have your gun fall out while doing normal daily activities, like running, getting in and out of a vehicle, or dropping your pants to go to the bathroom. Drop your pants in the restroom–not your gun. (And for more help navigating the last situation, check out our guide Using the Bathroom While Carrying Concealed .) Holsters use an active retention system, a passive retention system, or both at once. An active retention system means that the user has to take steps to engage and disengage the retention system. Common examples of active retention are thumb breaks or straps that the user must release before they can pull their weapon from the holster. Thumb breaks are a popular active retention system, especially on leather holsters. A passive retention system means the scabbard of the holster (the part that actually holds the gun) fits snugly around the gun and is molded to the shape of the gun to increase surface area contact, which combines to keep the gun firmly in place using friction. Typically, passive retention holsters have screws that allow you to adjust how tightly the scabbard fits around the gun, allowing the user to adjust the level of friction and, by extension, the level of retention. Like these screws, which let the shooter adjust just how tightly their hoslter fits their Glock. The most secure holsters use both a passive retention system and an active retention system Just remember that while retention is absolutely important, you also need to be able to draw your firearm quickly. Passive systems typically allow quicker access–though less retention than active systems–but there’s a wide range in active retention systems in terms of how long it takes to disengage them. Concealment This is exactly what it sounds like: how visible is the holster when you wear it? It’s difficult to talk about concealability briefly since holster type, shape, and material–in addition to the wearer’s build and clothing choices–all affect it. Nothing to see here… nothing at all… I will, however, mention how concealable each holster type is when I talk about them below, but for a more complete discussion, check out our concealed carry resources . You’ll also want to try a variety of different holster types to get an idea of what’s most easily concealed on your unique body type and under the clothes that you like to wear. If you only plan on carrying openly, you may not need to worry about concealability. Still, it’s nice to know that you already have a concealable holster should you ever decide that you want to carry concealed after all. On the other hand, I don’t want to rob you of an excuse to buy another holster. You do you. Trigger Coverage This is another factor that’s pretty self-explanatory: your holster needs to cover your Glock 19’s trigger to stop the accidental discharge. Just… no. Not all holsters do this, but there’s no reason to risk it. Positive Grip This simply means that you should be able to draw your gun with one hand with a ready to shoot combat grip regardless of position and even in close quarters. Practicing a positive grip is a part of responsible carry. The holster needs to make this as easy as possible, but you can’t expect it to carry the full burden here. You also need to consistently drill to make sure that you can do this reliably. Holster Types Now you know what you need from a holster, so let’s move on to holster types. Outside the Waistband Once again, we have something that is exactly what it sounds like. Outside the waistband (OWB) holsters attach to your waistband or belt and are carried on the outside of it. Like it sounds, OWB holsters go on the outside of your waistband. This is a very visible style, so it’s usually what people think of when they think of a holster, but it’s actually not a particularly popular holster, precisely because it’s so visible. Their positioning makes them difficult to hide under clothing because they either peek out from under them or print (show a visible bulge). On the other hand, OWB holsters tend to be quite comfortable and position your firearm where it can be quickly and easily accessed. Inside the Waistband And inside the waistband (IWB) holsters are similar, but they sit–you guessed it–inside of your waistband. They’re probably the most popular holster type for concealed carry since they are easily hidden under clothing. IWB holsters go inside your wainstband, where they’re a little harder to spot. The cost is that they can be uncomfortable (though an undershirt goes a long way in helping this), your gun isn’t as easily accessible, and establishing a positive grip is more difficult. Shoulder If you’ve seen just about any movie about spies or law enforcement, then you’ve almost certainly seen a shoulder holster. They’re actually a popular choice among plainclothes law enforcement in real life, too–but not so much among civilians. Shoulder holsters–the choice of cops, spies, and other cool guys. They’re easily concealed under a jacket, but that obviously means that you have to keep your jacket on as long as you want to keep your firearm concealed. They also conceal well under loose shirts, but this makes it more difficult to access your gun, especially if your shirt is tucked in. Finally, muzzling is also a problem, since in most shoulder holsters the gun is positioned facing behind the wearer, plus it’s virtually impossible to draw and aim from a shoulder holster without muzzling people around you. Ankle Ankle holsters aren’t usually the first choice for concealed carry, since they can be uncomfortable (especially if you have hairy legs) and they don’t position the gun ideally for quick, easy access, but they are popular for carrying backup guns . Ankle holsters are great for a last resort… not so much your primary CCW. Women-Specific Holsters Now, women can wear any of the holster types we’ve discussed, but unless indicated otherwise, the vast majority of holsters are designed with men’s bodies in mind–which means that they may not be as comfortable on functional when worn by a woman. You may not have encountered any problems with non-women specific holsters, but if you do, you can find holsters of all of the above types that are actually designed for women. A purse holster is a little more satisfying than just hitting them with your bag. There are also holsters types that are generally women-specific, like thigh holsters, carry purses and purse holsters. Best Glock 19 Holsters You asked for it, and we listened–here’s our rundown of the best holsters for your Glock 19–whether you carry concealed or not. We’ve rounded up a few of each type, so you’ll have plenty of options to choose from. Now, without further ado, our favorite Glock 19 holsters! OWB Holsters 1. Fobus Tactical GLT19 The Fobus Tactical GLT19 has a low profile for an OWB holster, so it’s a great option if you want to practice concealed carry but aren’t a fan of IWB holsters. It’s made of Kydex to offer complete protection and trigger coverage and has a paddle style back to keep the holster in place while rubbing backing keeps the holster comfortable. Fobus Tactical GLT19 30 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 30 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing The GLT19 has a blended retention system with a safety strap and fits Glock 19s with laser sights as well. 2. Gould & Goodrich B803 Three Slot Pancake Holster For a more classic look, go with the G&G B803 Three "Slot Pancake Holster" . It’s made of genuine, vegetable dyed leather, but is also molded to more securely fit your Glock. Gould & "Goodrich B803 Three" Slot Pancake Holster 57 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 57 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing The B803 is available in both left and right-handed versions and can be positioned straight up or canted. IWB Holsters 3. Concealment Express IWB Kydex Holster It’s no secret that Concealment Express holsters are popular here at Pew Pew Tactical. Concealment Express Holsters with G19 and G26 This one, in particular, is lightweight, comfortable, and secure, both in how it attaches to your waistband and in how it retains your gun. The durable Kydex provides excellent protection. Concealment Express G19 Draw It’s great for a variety of carry positions, but does especially well for appendix carry. Gets It Done (IWB) "Concealment Express Holsters" 35 at Concealment Express Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 35 at Concealment Express Compare prices (2 found) Concealment Express (See Price) Amazon (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing Check out Eric’s more complete review of Concealment Express holsters for more info, pics, and videos of them in action. 4. Tenicor Holsters If you know you want to carry appendix carry and require the most thought-out holster…check out Tenicor’s Velo . Tenicor Velo Holster with G19 They shaped the Kydex into something more anatomically pleasing.  And it really does feel better. Tenicor Velo vs Concealment Express Plus the size for their light-bearing Sagax Lux model isn’t too much larger. Tenicor Sagax Lux vs Velo Their standard T1 clip is also SUPER retentive.  Takes longer to put on but it’s not coming off unless you want it to.  Other more standard options available too. Tenicor T1 Metal Clips And of course…it’s super fast on the draw. Only downside is the price compared to other pure Kydex.  But if you carry for a living and want something super comfortable in the appendix… Gets It Done (IWB) Concealment Express Holsters 35 at Concealment Express Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 35 at Concealment Express Compare prices (2 found) Concealment Express (See Price) Amazon (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing 5. Crossbreed SuperTuck Crossbreed Holsters with G17, G19, G26 Crossbreed’s SuperTuck is another excellent Kydex IWB holster, but this one is a “hybrid” with a soft leather backing for improved comfort . Crossbreed Holsters, Back It can be comfortably worn with a tucked or untucked shirt and is supposed to be positioned towards the rear of your draw side. Another one of our favorites. Crossbreed with G19 Plus, the belt clips are powder coated to protect your belt and allow for adjustable cant and ride height. CrossBreed SuperTuck 69 at Crossbreed Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 69 at Crossbreed Compare prices (2 found) Crossbreed (See Price) Amazon (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing 6. Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.5 As the name might tell you, the Cloak Tuck 3.5 is a holster with a lot of iteration and development behind it. We have a complete hands-on review of the 3.0 version and we liked it a LOT. Aliengear Holster, High Grip The 3.5 version is even better with improved retention options and better connections to the belt. Alien Gear Holster Plus, all of the awesome things we loved in the 3.0 such as a cooling neoprene backing, hard shell holster front, high backing to prevent the handgun from digging into your side, and it’s available for a HUGE range of guns – not JUST the Glock 19. Aliengear Holsters Backer Material A great starter (or ender) into the IWB world. Best Value (IWB) "Alien Gear Cloak" Tuck 3.5 51 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 51 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing 7. " "Hidden Hybrid Holster" s" Our current favorite hybrid holster uses Amish leather that makes it super comfy. Glock 19 with TLR-1 in Hidden Hybrid Holster Especially when paired with the suede backer. Hidden Hybrid Holster, Suede Back, Double Clip They have plenty of options for the G19 such as single clip (for appendix carry) to double-clip if you want more comfort in the 4-5 o’clock arena.  Or you just want a laser/light. Check out our full review of Hidden Hybrid where we’ll cover everything you might need to know. Full Grip on G19 with Hidden Hybrid Holsters Our Editor’s pick for the comfiest hybrid G19 holster we’ve tried so far. Hidden Hybrid Holsters 69 at Hidden Hybrid Holsters Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 69 at Hidden Hybrid Holsters Prices accurate at time of writing What’s your take on Hidden Hybrid Holsters? Readers' Ratings 4.96/5 (147) Your Rating? Shoulder Holsters 8. Galco Gunleather Classic Lite Shoulder Holster The "Classic Lite Shoulder" Holster is exactly what you imagine when you think of a shoulder holster. Galco Classic Lite Shoulder Holster 84 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 84 at Amazon Compare prices (2 found) Amazon (See Price) Brownells (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing It’s made of soft leather for a classic look and comfortable fit and is available for either left or right handed draw. A mag holster and gear loop are on the side opposite your gun holster to add utility and keep the holster balanced. A snap closure keeps your gun securely in place. Ankle Holsters 9. Uncle Mike’s Nylon Ankle Holster This is probably one of the most widely recommended ankle holsters. Uncle "Mike’s Nylon Ankle" Holster 30 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 30 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing It’s comfortable, with an adjustable velcro wrap that allows it to fit on a variety of leg sizes, while a breathable elastic calf garter keeps the holster securely in place. The holster is also padded to make it even more comfortable. A velcro closure retention strap keeps your gun secure. 10. Femme Fatale Ankle SoxXx Despite the name, "Femme Fatale Ankle" SoxXx are elastic fabric sleeves with a 5” pocket to hold your gun rather than actual socks, and they’re available in versions for both women and men. Femme Fatale Ankle SoxXx 40 at Femme Fatale Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 40 at Femme Fatale Prices accurate at time of writing The fabric is very breathable and very comfortable. A plastic shield lining the inside of the pocket prevents uncomfortable rubbing from your gun, and the holster is available in nude, black, and white, so it blends nicely with just about anything that you could wear it with. The holster can be purchased with or without a retention strap. Women Specific Holsters 11. Crossbreed Purse Defender I don’t like keeping up with a purse in the first place, so placing the added responsibility of a firearm to one sounds like actual hell to me. But if you’re not like me and do like purse carry, this is the holster you have to get. CrossBreed Purse Defender 50 at CrossBreed Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 50 at CrossBreed Prices accurate at time of writing Don’t bother with expensive, ugly concealed carry purses, because the CrossBreed Purse Defender fits in almost any bag and easily transfers between them, so you can safely carry in all of your favorite purses and easily switch it over to your diaper bag or work bag as needed. I’ve put this holster in this section because it’s definitely marketed to women and women are much more likely to carry purses, but men who want to carry in a pack or briefcase can also benefit from the Purse Defender. 12. Can Can Concealment Shebang Garter Holster Garter holsters aren’t my favorite option for concealed carry, but I have been known to wear one when I’m in a dress or a skirt that doesn’t have a strong enough waistband to support a firearm. Can Can Concealment Garter Holster 59 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 59 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing I’ve tried a few different ones, but the Can "Can Concealment Garter" Holster is the best I’ve used by far. It’s made from a 6” tall band of military grade elastic and has hypoallergenic Non-Slip Tacti-Grip to hold itself in place, but for even more security, you can use it with the Can Can Concealment Garter Belt and that holster won’t move at all. The holster also comes in four sizes, each with three rows of hook and eye closures, so you’ll be able to get a secure fit for your particular leg size. Can Can Concealment garter holsters also come in a number of color combinations–because style is important. The holster also has tabs on either side of the gun pocket to make it easier to re-holster your weapon, and rare earth metal magnets keep up to two Glock 19s and a spare mag in place, each in its own respective pocket. Conclusion You can’t go wrong with any of these holsters, but to find the one that works best for you, you’ll need to try on and handle a variety of different ones to figure out what you like and need from your holster. Our go-to affordable Kydex option is Concealment Express: Gets It Done (IWB) Concealment Express Holsters 35 at Concealment Express Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 35 at Concealment Express Compare prices (2 found) Concealment Express (See Price) Amazon (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing While our current favorite comfortable option is Hidden Hybrid: Our Current Favorites 69 at "Our Current Favorite" s Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 69 at Concealment Express Holsters Prices accurate at time of writing Whichever holster or holsters you go with, you’ll also need to be sure to drill to get yourself familiar with the holster and to continue to practice those drills as long as you continue to use the holster to keep up your muscle memory. Include drills that practice both drawing and holstering your Glock 19 and, if applicable, your spare magazine or magazines. So what holster did you choose to carry your Glock 19? Do you use one on our list, or have another favorite? Check out our master list of Best Concealed Carry Holsters .

Uberti USA Revolvers Honor Legendary Gunslingers

Uberti USA Revolvers Honor Legendary Gunslingers

/* custom css */.td_uid_2_5f379d18cfd22_rand.td-a-rec-img { text-align: left; } .td_uid_2_5f379d18cfd22_rand.td-a-rec-img img { margin: 0 auto 0 0; } Uberti USA pays homage to two of the greatest gunslingers of the Old West with the Bonney 1873 Cattleman and Wild Bill 1851 Navy Conversion. How Uberti USA's new revolvers bring the Old West alive: Bonney is a replica of the 1873 Single-Action Army Billy the Kid favored. Wild Bill is an "1851 Navy Conversion" , close to what Hickok carried. Both have color-case hardened frames. Each shoots modern smokeless ammunition. The Old West continues to capture the imagination, especially if you’re a gun guy. Certainly, we’ve come a long way since the single-action army revolver and black powder, most definitely for the better. That said, those old six-shooters still get the heart thumping. Uberti USA Bonney 1873 Single-Action Cattleman Best Starter Kit for Concealed Carry: S&W M&P 9 SHIELD $394.96 guns.com Safariland IWB Holster $43.99 brownells.com Safariland Duty Belt $88.99 brownells.com SnagMag Ammo Pouch $LOW! gundigeststore.com Disclosure: Some of these links are affiliate links. Caribou Media Group may earn a commission from qualifying purchases. Thank you! That’s certainly the case with two revolvers Uberti USA introduced recently to its limited-edition Outlaws & Lawmen Series. An homage to two of the West’s greatest gunslingers – William Bonney (AKA Billy the Kid) and Wild Bill Hickok – the "Bonney 1873 Cattleman" and Wild Bill 1851 Navy Conversion are lookers and shooters. To boot, they’d likely be favored by their namesakes, if they were around today. After all, Billy was known to carry a Colt Single-Action Army and Hickok’s Navy Revolvers were famous – though he favored the original cap-and-ball model. More Old West Gun Posts: The 1873 Colt Single-Action Army Rides Again 1860 Henry Rifle Past And Present 10 Guns From The Old West You’ve Got To Know How To Run A Lever-Action Rifle Built to handle modern ammunition, the Bonney is chambered .45 Long Colt and the Wild Bill .38 Special. The revolvers come in relatively affordable, the Cattleman with an MSRP of $799 and the Navy $809. Related GunDigest Articles The 1873 Colt Single-Action Army Rides Again 10 Guns From The Old West You've Got To Know 7 Greatest Lever-Action Rifles To Ever Sling Lead

The 4 Best Ruger Mark III Scopes – Mark 3 Optic Reviews 2020 Photo by Snak Shak / CC BY The Ruger Mark III is not only one of the most popular Ruger pistols but one of the most popular .22 pistols period. The Mark III is designed to mount an optic with ease and squeezes out every ounce of potential from the firearm. The Mark III is a precise platform so any optic looking to be mounted needs to be precise as well. The optic has to have a long eye relief and should be crystal clear when held in the normal handgun firing position. As a handgun, the Ruger Mark III has a limited effective range, but when equipped with a magnified optic it’s more efficient and can accurately strike a target at longer ranges. The optic should also feature a precise but simplistic reticle. You aren’t going to be striking targets out to a few hundred yards so there is no need for any additional mil dots or hash marks. A simple reticle is easier to use and keeps the sight picture clear. One of the biggest keys to a Ruger Mark III scope is simplicity. Here are our picks for the 4 best scopes for Ruger Mark III pistols on the market: Leupold FX-2 Leupold FX-II 4x28mm Handgun Scope, Duplex Reticle, Matte Finish Price: Price as of 08/13/2020 23:59 PDT (more info) Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Amazon.com at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. The FX 2 is Leupold’s entry in the growing handgun optics market. Being one of the more expensive scopes, the Leupold is also one of the best choices for the Ruger Mark III. The Fx 2 is a fixed-power optic with a 4 power magnification and a 28mm objective lens. The lens rides a careful balance between light gathering ability, and size. The optic is small enough to be mounted low and close to the core of the Ruger, making it more precise. The 28mm lens ( see full specs ) is also capable of gathering sufficient light for hunting in a variety of different times. The lenses are coated with Multicoat 4, which covers the back and front of every lens. This increases the amount of available light for the shooter. The lens itself is part of the Twilight Lens systems which gives them an even greater ability to gather light as the sun rises and sets. If you are looking to hunt with you Ruger Mark III then the FX 2 is the perfect scope for you. The simple scope reticle makes hitting targets easy, and the wide field of view makes game scouting simple. The Leupold FX 2 is not a cheap optic, but it is an amazing one. It’s, in fact, one of the best Ruger Mark III scopes period. Weaver Classic WEAVER Classic Silver Handgun Scope (2x28 with Dual-X Reticle) Price: Price as of 08/14/2020 02:03 PDT (more info) Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Amazon.com at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. The Weaver series of firearms is one of the oldest brands in the United States. They have produced a countless number of optics for rifles, muzzleloaders, and of course, handguns. The Weaver Classic is an excellent optic that performs well and is solid in construction. "The Weaver Classic" is a stainless steel scope that can easily match a stainless steel Ruger Mark 3. The Weaver Classic handgun scope ( see full specs ) is a one-piece tube that is sealed against water and braced for shock. The optic is nitrogen purged to prevent any internal fog buildup. The Weaver Classic handgun scope is torture tested for a variety of powerful calibers and designed to be beaten up, dropped, and kicked. The Weaver Classic is a one-inch tube so scope rings are simple and easy to find. The Weaver Classic has fully multi-coated lenses that provides clarity from edge to edge of the scope. The Weaver also avoids falling into the typical pistol scope trap in which the center of the optic is the only truly bright spot on the optic. It uses a simple reticle with a thin center to avoid covering the target. Overall, the Weaver Classic is an excellent scope for your Ruger Mark III at an affordable price point. BSA Edge Series BSA 2x20 Pistol Scope, Duplex Reticle Price: $65.79 Price as of 08/14/2020 01:51 PDT (more info) Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Amazon.com at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. If you are looking to stay within a small, specific budget the BSA Edge is perfect for you and your Mark III. The BSA scope is remarkably affordable and packs a lot of quality in an affordable package. The Ruger Mark 3 is a light pistol, and the Edge only weighs 7.5 ounces. The scope uses a basic 1-inch tube and is compatible with a wide variety of different scope rings. The Edge is a solid one piece tube, which is a nice feature for a budget priced scope. The scope itself in a fixed power 2x scope with a 20mm objective lens. The fixed power magnification is what makes the scope so small, light and dependable. As a fixed power scope, there are fewer failure points on the optic, making it more durable by being simpler. The BSA Edge is a little over 7 and one-quarter inches and fits the Mark III very well. The Edge delivers a clear sight picture and narrows the field of view down to increase the overall clarity of the sight picture. The reticle is a very basic and simple crosshair that makes zeroing and accurate shooting simple. If you’re on a budget, it’s likely the best Ruger Mark III scope for the money. Bushnell Trophy XLT Bushnell Trophy Handgun Scope with Multi-X Reticle, Silver, 2-6 x 32mm Price: Price as of 08/14/2020 02:03 PDT (more info) Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Amazon.com at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. The Bushnell Trophy XLT line is quite popular as a rifle optic and is well proven among its peers. The XLT series continued to and a specific optic designed for handguns has been designed. This is a large scope, but the Mark III platform luckily is large enough to handle it. This is a magnified optic that is a variable optic that can transition from 2 to 6 power with ease. The Trophy XLT has a 32mm objective lens which is excellent for gathering light and providing a brilliant sight picture. It’s built with quality hardened aluminum and uses a single piece tube for extra strength and precision. It has a variable sight radius as well, which allows it to be used as close as 9 inches and as far as 26 inches without issue. The Trophy XLT features an easy to use and smooth as butter magnification ring that allows simple, one-handed adjustments. The ring features a small nub that allows simplistic and smooth magnification adjustments. The Trophy XLT features the rain guard HD coating for protection against the elements, and the optic itself is water, shock, and fog proof. It should be on anyone’s list of the best scope for Ruger Mark III pistols. Rugged Ruger "The Ruger Mark" III is a high quality handgun, whose Mark I and II ancestors have served generations of shooters. The addition of a scope lends to the weapon’s ability and potential. Every shooter should learn with iron sights, but the addition of an optic over time makes the weapon a true tack driver. Boyd Smith Owner of Reloaderaddict.com, Boyd Smith is a major handgun enthusiast, and although he owns Glocks, he prefers the revolving wheel type.  His go-to guns are a Smith & Wesson 642 Performance Center for carry and a Ruger GP100 in the nightstand biometric safe (he has kids).  He loads both revolvers with old-school 148-grain Federal Gold Medal .38 wadcutters.  It’s OK if you think he’s a wimp. Email him . Share the Post and Images Related Posts The 4 Best Ruger Charger Scopes – Reviews 2020 The 4 Best 1x4 Scopes -- Rifle "Optic Reviews 2020" The 4 Best American Made Scopes – USA Rifle Optic Reviews 2020

[Review] Modern Spartan Systems: Accuracy Oil & Full Kit

[Review] Modern Spartan Systems: Accuracy Oil & Full Kit

Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s Oh great…another new gun cleaner and oil right? That’s what I thought so too because who doesn’t love testing out oil and cleaning fluids (/s)? But Modern Spartan Systems’ Marcus Kahn was very persuasive in me trying out his new product, including his Spartan Accuracy Oil. "Modern Spartan Systems" Full Kit What Makes This Stuff Different? According to MSS: The proprietary formula uses Nano Shield™ molecular particles with heat activation to penetrate and fill in pores and gaps in the metal substrate. Effectively, microscopic mountains are reduced to flat plains, minimizing the points of contact. The smoother, harder surface has been shown to reduce friction by up to an astonishing 85-90%. MSS Nano Technology Plus they make other advanced oils for engines and manufacturing. Sounds too good to be true?  Well they have some tests with ball bearings: Is it the best simulation of what you’d want in a gun oil?  I’m not the expert but there’s some interesting comments on The Firearms Blog about the video. This 3rd party video seems a lot more useful and was what gave me the impetus to try out some of the stuff for myself: *Edit one more video which is closer to the original test: But in the end…what I care about is how it works for me actually pew-pew-ing… Spartan Accuracy Oil Test I used my Aero M5E1 .308 AR-10 as the test gun for the Accuracy Oil test plus a Lead Sled DFT ($200) and Schmidt & Bender PMII 5-25x Scope with Larue Mount ($3500).  Trigger was ALG Defense’s ACT ($60). Aero M5 .308 AR-10 I’d estimate I had already shot about 200 rounds through it before cleaning and then testing.  Here’s the test group with Hornady Match 168gr ELD: "Hornady Match 168gr" ELD, Group 1 And with the Accuracy Oil …there’s a certain procedure of adding oil to the barrel, shooting 3-5 shots, then repeating 5 times.  I used surplus ammo for this task. Accuracy Oil Procedure Once that was done…here was the first group post MSS. Hornady Match 168gr, ELD, Post MSS Oil Ok…so it opened up a little.  How about the next group? Hornady Match 168gr ELD, Group 3 The four almost touching shots were after the previous 5 shot groups.  This is where the accuracy oil might have been kicking in. But…the 5th one was off to the side bringing the total MOA to roughly the same as pre-MSS.  Of course, it could have been me a little over excited at the pretty good 4 shots prior. Modern Spartan Systems Cleaning Test MSS Full Starter Kit Time to try out the rest of the starter kit …the Carbon Destroyer, Copper/Lead Destroyer, Accuracy Grease, and Crystal Clear. I chose the dirtiest gun I had…which was my competition AR-15 .  I would estimate 600 rounds before the last wipe-down of the BCG and 2000 rounds for the bolt cleaning. Dirty BCG and Charging Handle Liberally applying some Carbon Destroyer. Letting the MSS Cleaning Solution Soak In I’d say the smell of the carbon destroyer is nowhere as noxious as Hoppe’s #9 but there’s still a hint that lets me know it will probably do its job.  Still perfectly fine to use indoors (at least for my tolerance level). Here’s the wipe on a clean towel. Wiping the BCG Next are the small bolt parts. Dirty Bolt Parts Bolt Parts Cleaned And where the true test of any carbon cleaner comes into play…that baked on residue on the bolt… Bolt Carbon Residue I let it soak for 5 minutes and hand turned it on the towel.  I repeated this 2 more times and got it almost brand new. Bolt Wiped Here’s a closeup.  Nice!  No brush or anything abrasive needed.  Pretty impressed. Cleaned Bolt How about the Carbon Cleaner + Copper Remover + Accuracy Oil on the barrel? The carbon cleaner made quick work of the black stuff and it didn’t look like I had much copper to remove. Cleaner, Copper Remover, Oil Now the Accuracy Grease.  I’ve been using it in the last two competitions and I didn’t have to reapply midway on my BCG through the match.  Also works great on my 1911 competition handgun on the slide. Accuracy Oil Application And the Crystal Clear?  I used it to clean one of my lenses I stopped using since it had a giant fingerprint on it. Crystal Clear Conclusion I love the Carbon Cleaner and Accuracy Grease.  The cleaner gets rid of stubborn bolt carbon without anything abrasive.  And the grease has a nice consistency and compact case. Spartan Accuracy Grease I’m still not super sold on the Accuracy Oil since it was a one-off test which includes me as the shooter. Until the day comes where I have a setup with a rifle completely locked in with a remote trigger mechanism or some double-blind tests…that’s the best it’s going to be. But I’m pretty sure it won’t make your rifle LESS accurate.  Worst case is it acts like normal oil.  Therefore all things considered, the Modern Spartan Systems kit is solid. Interested in what we suggest for gun cleaning beginners ?  Or the complete guide to cleaning your AR-15 ? Let me know what you think and even better…if you’ve used their products.

Best AR-15 Gas Blocks Complete Buyers Guide 2020

Most of us - at least in the early stages of our relationship with the AR-15,  go through the same upgrade process. The first thing is to mount an new sight or red dot. Next, we upgrade it with a buttstock that would ideally suit us. After some time has lapsed, we start to look for a better trigger and customized upper receiver . Usually near the bottom of the list, too often overlooked, is the gas block. The gas block, paired with the gas tube, is a part of a system that is the most underappreciated contributor to a gun's performance and reliability. In this article, we will talk about the purpose and use of a gas block, as well as provide you with some of the best options on the market. Comparison of the Best AR-15 Gas Blocks PRODUCT DETAILS Our Top Pick Our Top Pick SGB Geissele Super Gas Block Low profile design. Made from high-quality steel. Mounting hardware included. View Latest Price ODIN Works Inc. AR-15 Low Profile Gas Block Made from stainless steel Designed to fit most AR-15 rifles Available in different measurements "View Latest Price" VLTOR Weapon Systems - AR-15 Gas Block Low Profile Made with stainless steel Available in two different measurements Black nitride finish included for added durability View Latest Price Superlative Arms LLC - AR-15 Adjustable Gas Block .750" Clamp On Made with high-quality steel Available in different diameters Melonite finish included for extra durability View Latest Price The Purpose of the Gas Block The gas block is the component that straddles the barrel and fits over the gas port. It manages the flow of hot gas through the gas hole down to the gas tube and further on to the head of the bolt carrier. The AR-15 has been operating just fine for over 50 years, utilizing a direct impingement gas operating system. While the AR platform has been constantly modified and improved over time, the typical factory version has stayed pinned onto the barrel. Known as a fixed front sight gas block, these simple and robust devices transfer a fixed amount of hot gas through the tube back into to the bolt carrier group to cycle the action. In most AR-type rifles, the fixed models provide more gas than is needed. This causes more recoil and increased wear on parts. And that means an over-gassed rifle runs hotter and dirtier. What is an Adjustable Gas Block? The industry soon realized that this simple, but critical component could be improved by adding a small metering screw on the side of the gas block. Furthermore, the best contemporary adjustable ones on AR-15s are modernized with spring-loaded detents that lock the set gas flow in place. Audible clicks help in identifying the setting. The concept of an adjustable-gas system can be vividly explained as a valve that regulates how much hot gas is directed back into the upper receiver. Unlike the standard philosophy that one-size-fits-all, the adjustable gas block is designed to allow reliable use of different kinds of ammunition. It also allows for suppressor use or upgrading of your rifle by helping adjust the weight. An AR-15 with an adjustable gas block will decrease felt recoil, resulting in a faster follow-up shot. It will put less stress on the operating parts and due to the lower carbon build-up, your rifle will run cleaner and cooler. Ultimately, when you add gas-tuning devices, your system will operate more smoothly and muzzle rise will be reduced. That means you also get a more accurate shot. As a critical link in the chain, this component needs to be constructed from quality and durable materials like carbon steel, stainless steel, or even titanium. All of them have their benefits and risks. Carbon steel is prone to rust and stainless steel is harder to machine. Titanium is approximately 40% lighter than steel, making it an excellent option for AR-15 gas blocks. But it is much more expensive and difficult to machine than the other options. How to Choose an AR-15 Gas Block Finding an AR-15 gas block will take some time and sharp observation skills. That’s because you need to know some of the features and characteristics that make a gas block great compared to those that are considered bad in reliability and quality. Here are some things to look out for: Price The price tag might be of importance to you if you’re looking for a gas block on a budget. The important rule to follow is to always find the best quality and performance you can afford. You don’t want to waste money on a gas block that will turn out to be a disappointment. Also, don’t be afraid to spend a little higher in your budget range. The overall value of the gas block should matter more than the price itself. Know Your Gas System One thing to note is that an AR-15 can have a different gas system from one rifle to the next. So it would make sense to find a gas block that fits a mid-length gas system if your rifle has one. Pay attention to which gas system you have so you know which one will be the better choice for you. Installation Most of the gas blocks for an AR-15 will be easy to install. This means you won’t have to enlist the services of a professional gunsmith and spend more money in the process. All you need are the right kind of tools and some minutes of your time to successfully pull off any gas block installation. Quick Take - The Best AR-15 Gas Blocks These are our recommendations for the best gas blocks for the AR-15: SGB Geissele Super Gas Block ODIN Works Inc. AR-15 Low-Profile Gas Block VLTOR Weapon Systems - AR-15 Gas Block Low-Profile Review of the Best AR-15 Gas Blocks The following are the four best AR-15 gas blocks currently popular on the market. As you go through each one on the list, you should make a note of the characteristics and features. This way, you can find one that fits your ideal gas block. If you find one that matches your description, that’s when you know you have a winner on your hands. In this guide, we’ll suggest the best AR-15 gas blocks in several formats, including small, low-profile units with lock screws that disappear under a rail system, ones with rails on top of the gas block, and one that clamps onto the barrel. Let’s begin by taking a look at the first AR-15 gas block on our list: Best Overall: SGB Geissele Super Gas Block CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Fits most AR-15 rifles perfectly Easy to assemble and disassemble Super-durable quality and construction Low-profile, doesn’t stand out much Compatible with most free-floating handguards Cons May not fit all rails Fit and finish may be lacking Might need to be installed by a gunsmith if you lack the skills What Recent Buyers Report New buyers were satisfied with the gas block. They were able to install it easily (assuming they had the right gunsmithing skills). Once installed, they were able to experience smooth shooting and cycling without any reliability issues. Why it Stands Out to Us The gas block is low-profile. But it’s slightly larger than some of the other low-profile gas blocks on the market. But make no mistake, it can still make the gas system stand out without sticking out like a sore thumb. It’s measured at .750 inches in diameter and will likely fit most AR-15 rifles. But don’t assume that it is a universal gas block. When discussing triggers, most of us have heard about the quality of Geissele products. Bill Geissele’s company also offers this great, non-adjustable and low-profile gas block made of 17-4 stainless steel. The Geissele Super Gas Block (SGB) is the lightweight, low-profile model intended to tightly fit around a .750-inch diameter barrel found on most AR-15 and M4 Carbine firearms. The SGB has two possible mounting solutions, a standard one for the casual target shooter and a bomb-proof installation. The latter is designed for duty weapons and combat situations and adds a completely new level of security. While everyone can do the first type of fastening, the bomb-proof installation requires at least an advanced hobbyist with a drill press, if not an experienced gunsmith. On the negative side, we’ve found some issues with a tight fit on stainless barrels. Also, this block doesn't fit all rail systems since Geissele`s profile is slightly larger than other low-profile gas blocks. Who Will Use This Most If you have a standard barrel AR-15 rifle, there’s a good chance this gas block will fit very well. Since it’s made from high-quality steel, you also have the potential of keeping this on your rifle for years or even decades to come. So if you want something sturdy, great for most rifles, and will give you the best, most reliable shooting yet, this might be your kind of gas block. Bottom Line The SGB Geissele Super Gas Block might not be a universal gas block. But it can fit most rifles, thus making it widely available to average AR-15 rifles. If you want a gas block that is solid and will get the job done each time you fire your rifle, it starts with the right kind of accessory like this. Runner-up: ODIN Works Inc. AR-15 Low-Profile Gas Block CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Easy to install Super-durable construction Easily adjustable It provides reliable shooting for most AR-15 rifles The finish is aesthetically sharp and adds to the durability Cons Fitting may be required Not compatible with some handguards Some users say it’s a little too large for some barrels What "Recent Buyers Report" As expected, new buyers were quite satisfied with the gas block. They were able to install this within ten minutes with the right kind of tools. Once installed, the gas block worked quite well with their preferred gas systems. One user said he was able to fire off 200 rounds without any reliability issues. Why it Stands Out to Us These gas blocks are available in different measurements. So there is always one that will be available to fit not just any gas system of an AR-15, but certain barrel sizes, as well. All of the gas blocks are made from high-quality steel but are finished with a nitride-based finish that adds on more durability. The likelihood of this lasting you a long time without any kind of damage or scuffing is pretty good. So if durability is your thing, this gas block could be what you’re looking for. The ODIN Works Adjustable Gas Block is manufactured from carbon steel and super-alloys - called Inconel - which is resistant to high-pressure and heat. It was born out of their experience in the aerospace industry. This version utilizes a front-facing Inconel adjustment screw and spring to ensure the proper functioning of the gas system. Featuring 20 adjustment points, the ODIN Works Rifle Gas Block can be tuned for silencer usage or weak/hot loads. The ODIN Works Gas Block fits .750″ diameter barrels and can be installed as easily as any other low-profile type. It is secured to the barrel with two set screws on the lower side. However, if you do not want to dimple the barrel, there is also a clamp-on version available. Although this low-profile design fits most rail systems and handguards, there are some issues with the fit if you’re using a smaller diameter handguard. Who Will "Use This Most" This gas block will be used by most shooters depending on the size they choose. Most importantly, this will be a gas block for use by AR-15 users who want nothing more than smooth, reliable cycling and shooting. Don’t be shocked if you’re going through hundreds or thousands of rounds only to see no jamming or any other reliability issues. Bottom Line Odin Works Inc. AR-15 Low-Profile Gas Block will probably be what you’ll need for your rifle if you need a gas block that will fit your rifle. Choose the size that will fit your rifle best and install it in minutes. Once you’re good to go, the shooting ability will be boosted quite a bit. Best for the Money: VLTOR Weapon Systems - AR-15 Gas Block Low-Profile CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Screws stay securely in place Easy to install, takes minutes to install Super-durable and won’t damage easily It will be a perfect fit for most AR-15 rifles Works with most handguards and barrels Cons None What Recent Buyers Report This gas block was a hit with new users. Right off the bat, they noticed the extra durability that the black nitride finish provided. After testing it out by banging it on a hard surface, they were impressed with how there were no scratches. One user said he added the gas block in a few minutes and made his shooting ability a lot smoother. Why it Stands Out to Us This gas block is at the right size to fit most rail systems. So it will fit most AR-15 rifles without any fitting or alterations needed. It is a gas block that is so durable, you can throw it around, run it over with a car, or try and damage it any way you can. It’s a tough unit that is small in size but impervious to all kinds of beatings. The VLTOR non-adjustable gas block is a slim replacement for the cumbersome and classic fixed-sight tower models. It presents a carefully-assembled gas management system. The popular VLTOR low-profile models are tiny and compact, keeping weight down. They’re an ideal choice for the ultralight build or when using a handguard that is mounted over the whole gas system. Besides fitting the .750” diameter of standard barrels, this is also made to fit lightweight barrels that feature a .625" diameter, commonly referred to as pencil barrels. These are machined from 17-4PH stainless steel and 4140 carbon steel. They come in stainless steel or matte black phosphate finishes. The VLTOR Low-Profile Gas Block is available in two different methods of attachment. You can elect for the more conventional screw-on option with set screws at the bottom or a clamp-on model that squeezes around the barrel. Note that clamp-on models will not fit under an exposed bottom rail channel on the inside of the handguard. There’s also one aesthetic negative. Because it covers only one-inch of the barrel's surface, after removing a regular front sight post, you will have silver taper pin hole showing where the front sight post was. Who Will Use This Most This will likely be used by AR-15 users that might be looking for an affordable gas block that is high in quality and easy to install, this is it. You shouldn’t discount this as some kind of cheap or flimsy kind of gas block. If you want reliable shooting without your bank account getting drained in the process, this gas block will be a perfect choice. Bottom Line The VLTOR Low Profile Gas Block with Screw Mount is the kind of gas block you’ll want for your rifle if you want something tough and affordable. Plus, you’ll be able to install this in a matter of minutes and instantly see the change in cycling. If you love your gas system, get a gas block that will work perfectly with it. This one, in particular, might be just that. 4. J P Enterprises - AR-15/M16 Adjustable Gas Blocks CHECK LATEST PRICE American manufacturer JP Enterprises targets the competitive shooter market. AR components from JP indeed offer competition-quality adjustable gas blocks. JP Enterprises produces theirs from lightweight 6061 T6 aluminum or rugged 416 stainless steel for additional muzzle weight. They are intended to mount underneath many handguards on the market. Along with a standard clamp-on design, there is a two-piece model that allows for easier installation on barrels with pin-and-weld muzzle devices. The JP clamp-style model is attached with four hex-head set screws instead of the usual two. Still, to clamp the block securely to the barrel, you need to add some Loctite on each screw. The JP Adjustable Gas System offers easy access to the side gas adjustment and internally retained detent components. That means you will have no more lost parts. Since JP gas blocks are much bigger than other low-profile blocks, they require you to choose a shorter handguard. But you’ll still be able to attach accessories to the rails. Just be careful of the dimensions, because the gas adjustment screw, when backed out, interferes with some handguards. 5. Superlative Arms LLC - AR-15 Adjustable Gas Block .750" Clamp-On CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Easy to adjust Fits on most AR-15 rifles Affordable for most budgets Reduces a lot of gas pressure Installs easily,  just takes a few minutes Cons None What Recent Buyers Report Recent buyers were able to easily install this gas block in a matter of a few minutes thanks to the clamp-on design. They were able to keep it securely on their rifles for a long time. One user said by the time this was installed, it was ready for a test drive at the range. After going through ten different 25-round magazines, the cycling was smooth and reliable. Why it Stands Out to Us This gas block does a good job of reducing pressure and preventing gas from bleeding out of the rifle. This prevents reliability issues from happening and makes shooting a lot easier. Plus, it prevents misfires from happening. So if you had issues with gas blocks in the past, this one will correct the common issues much better than most. It was the only a matter of time until someone merged several gas-system functions into one. The Superlative Arms did it with its 3-in-1 Gas Block. This SA device has united three different types, providing you with the performance of a standard non-adjustable, a restrictive adjustable gas block, and their newly- patented bleed off gas block. Unlike other adjustable gun blocks, this model, in "Bleed Off" mode, will bleed the excess gas out from the front of the gas block. When using the bleed-off setting, you can tune your rifle to the peculiarities of the ammo and the rifle. Above all, you also get a perfect component if you are running a suppressor or using a pencil barrel. This innovative design allows the rifle to shoot more softly and cleanly because the adjustment detent is placed outside of the block and, therefore, there is no contamination. This gas block is a bit tall and limits your options for handguards. At the same time, the bleed-off might work better with a longer gas system instead of the high pressures with pistol length. While being a great system, some adaptations in this area would be helpful. Who Will Use This Most Expect this to be a gas block that can be easily installed by anyone. Since it’s a clamp-on design, it won’t take you a long time. On top of that, you’ll notice some changes in cycling ability almost immediately. So, if you want better cycling for your AR-15, this gas block will probably get the job done at almost a snap of a finger. Bottom Line "The Superlative Arms" Adjustable Gas Block Bleed Off might be what you’ll need for your rifle to ensure that gas leaks occur and reliability issues will be kept to a minimum (or none at all). Either way, this is a good gas block to have on-hand if you want something easy to install to make life easier for you, the AR-15 user. How to Install Your New Gas Block For people familiar with AR builds, installing this upgrade is a relatively easy and straightforward operation that requires only the usual household tools. Remove flash hider from your barrel muzzle and forward handguard. Using a hammer and punch, unpin the factory gas block and remove it from the barrel. Install your new gas block using set screws or clamping screws to lock it into place. If you are dealing with an adjustable gas block, you might need to adjust the new gas block before reinstalling the handguard. Some of them have the locking screw in a location that makes it almost impossible to access with a handguard installed Reinstall your handguard and muzzle device. If you are unfamiliar with tools and basic-level gunsmithing, you can easily find a reputable gunsmith to do this inexpensive gunsmithing job for you. Considerations For Your Gas Block As you might suppose, manufacturers offer these in appropriate sizes for your barrel. Most adjustable gas blocks are designed to be used with a typical medium-profile barrel with a diameter of .750″. However, there are also gas blocks for .936 diameter heavy bull barrels. The .625 diameter is another common size for pencil-profile barrels. To ensure your AR runs reliably, you also have to purchase a gas tube of the correct length. Of course, you can always just keep your old one, too. Besides the size, you should be aware of the different methods for attaching a gas block to the barrel. One type clamps on, but the most common mounting type is by slipping the block down the barrel and fixing it in place by set screws on the underside. If you are plan on installing a free-float handguard to enhance the overall mechanical accuracy of your black rifle, then a low-profile gas block is a must. These are compact and disappear underneath long free-float handguards and its rail system. As you can imagine, they let you mount a longer rail system and allow more space for accessories. Some gas blocks feature a Picatinny rail installed on top of them, making a perfect platform to mount a set of detachable, flip-up iron sights . Conclusion Aftermarket low-profile gas blocks make a huge difference in shooting comfort. They enable you to shoot faster and at the same time, reduce fatigue on your firearm. They also prolong the time between cleanings and cause heat reduction at the bolt. That makes them one of the best upgrades you can make, especially if you plan to use a specific type of ammunition, handloaded ammo, or simply you want to mount any kind of suppressor. Although adjustable gas blocks require more time for tuning, we strongly encourage this upgrade as the most significant performance improvement anyone can make to his or her AR-format rifle. More reading: AR-15 Gas Piston Buyers Guide

AR-15 Disassembly: Getting It Apart

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Field Stripping In order to safety-check and to clean or begin armorers work, you must be able to field-strip the AR. Place the safety on “SAFE.” If there is a magazine present, remove it. Pull the charging handle to the rear and lock the bolt open. The bolt hold-open is the lever on the left side of the upper receiver. Keep the charging handle pulled to the rear. Either pull the wider, serrated paddle part of the bolt hold-open out from the receiver, or press the smaller, lower portion of the bolt hold-open into the receiver body. Ease the bolt forward. Once it stops, you can release pressure on the bolt hold-open. (If you did not pull the charging handle back far enough, the bolt may appear held open, but will snap forward with any slight vibration. Be careful until you have looked at the bolt.) Press the charging handle forward until it locks in place. Look into the chamber. Use a light if you need to, as an oxidized brass case, or a steel case, may be so dark that you’ll overlook it except in bright light. If your finger fits, reach in and check the chamber. (The ejection port is small, and not many people have fingers small enough to reach. The only method most can use is to reach up from the magazine well.) With the chamber verified empty, close the bolt. It is best to build correct habits even while doing administrative tasks on the rifle, so close the bolt by pressing or slapping the hold-open lever. The bolt will crash closed. Stop cringing, that is the way it operates when you fire it, so closing the bolt that way is not abuse. Press the rear takedown pin from the left to the right. Pull it until it stops at its full movement. The upper will hinge away from the lower. (Be careful to control the upper so it doesn’t swing up and strike you in the face.) Pull the charging handle halfway back. Then grasp the carrier and pull it back, down and out of the rifle. Place it on the table. Pull the charging handle back until it stops, then pull it down and out. Press the front pivot pin from the left to the right until it stops. The upper and lower receivers can now be separated. In the field, or in a range class, this is all you need to do to gain access to the working parts for a quick cleaning. From here, aerosol cleaners and lubricant can clean what needs to be cleaned, lubed and reassembled. But, since you have it apart right now, let’s do a quick inspection and functions check. After all, if you own an AR, or plan to be doing any work on them, these are things you’ll be doing on a regular basis. Best to learn how right away. Operational Checklist An operational checklist is a process whereby you inspect a rifle for proper fit and mechanical function, without firing it. Any fault you covered in an operational check should be corrected before that rifle can be used in a match, practice or for defense. Right now I’m not going to cover the causes and corrections of the faults found, only the process. The rear hole is the one where the rear takedown pins plunger and spring go. Faults uncovered are divided into two groups: those that require immediate correction (or at least correction before use) and faults that can be overlooked in an emergency, where the fault would not impair function sufficient to prevent use as emergency equipment. An example of a fault in the first group would be a rifle lacking sights. There are very few faults that fall into the latter category, as a rifle as emergency equipment is not like a fire extinguisher that only has 87% of its charge. A fault in the second category would be a stock that is present, but loose. Usually, most faults on firearms are an “all or nothing” situation, especially defensive firearms. Related GunDigest Articles AR-15 Review: Get Tactical in 2015 New AR-15: Colt Trooper Patrol Carbine A Word on AR-15 Carrier Life Properly done, an Internals/Selector check takes two minutes, and you should get into the habit of doing this check every time you pick up your AR, or any other firearm, for that matter. I know, I know, you did it last week, and the week before, why do it again? Because since the last time you may have been doing some work on your AR, got interrupted, and left it as-is. Having now forgotten, if you don’t do a check, you may be depending on an inoperative rifle. Internals Check We’re already at the field-stripped stage, right? If not, move back up, read and field-strip your rifle. Inspect the lower. Make sure the hammer springs are on either side of the trigger pivot, and above the trigger pivot spring. Check to make sure they are intact, and one or both legs are not broken. Look at the hammer and trigger pivot pins, and make sure they are flush to the outside of the lower, and not protruding. A pin that sticks out indicates it is not secured, meaning some spring in there is out of place. Move the selector back and forth from “Safe” to “Fire” (and on to “Auto” or “Burst” if the rifle/carbine in question is a select-fire weapon) and visually inspect the lower to ensure there are no debris, dust, lint, threads from cleaning patches or loose primers present. Inspect the carrier. Grasp the carrier in one hand and the carrier key in your other hand. Try to move the key. Any movement at all means the rifle must be pulled from service until the key can removed, reinstalled and locked in place. Inspect the bolt. Are the locking lugs clean and oiled? Any visible chips or cracks in the lugs require the rifle to be pulled from service until the bolt can be replaced. Does the ejector move in and out of the bolt when pressed with a small rod? (It won’t move under finger pressure.) Does the extractor flex when pushed? Too much or too little movement requires service on those parts. Finally, pull the bolt forward in the carrier, and stand the bolt on its head. If the weight of the carrier causes the bolt to collapse towards the tabletop, the gas rings are worn and must be replaced. Install the bolt back into the rifle and close the action. Close the upper to the lower and press the takedown pins back in place. Selector Check, SEMI Lock the bolt back. Inspect the chamber. Once clearly unloaded, press the bolt hold-open lever and allow the bolt to close under its own power. Move the safety to all positions. If it does not move, the problem must be found and corrected. On the range, it is more important to figure out why your rifle has just malfunctioned than it is to immediately leap into your field drills. “Why's this happen?” should be your focus in testing. Press the selector to SAFE. Press the trigger with 10 to 12 pounds of force. The hammer should not fall. If it does, the trigger mechanism is defective, broken or improperly assembled, and the fault must be found and corrected. Release the trigger. Press the selector to FIRE. If the hammer falls when the selector is moved, but before you press the trigger again, again the mechanism is either defective or improperly assembled and must be corrected. The selector function when on SAFE acts by blocking movement of the trigger. If the hammer falls, the selector did not prevent trigger movement, and when it was moved to FIRE the trigger completed that movement, allowing the hammer to fall. With the selector on FIRE, press the trigger. The hammer should fall. If it does not, it is obviously not ready for issue, use in a match or for defense and must be corrected. If it does, now hold the trigger back. Grasp the charging handle with your other hand and cycle the bolt. Gently release the trigger. You should feel it “click” as the hammer resets off the disconnector hook and onto the sear nose of the trigger. If there is no click, open the upper receiver. If the hammer is forward, or still caught on the disconnector, the mechanism is either improperly assembled or the parts mis-timed. Find out why, and correct it. If the rifle passes the SAFE and FIRE checks, you must then check for disconnector retention during cycling. Cycle the charging handle to cock the hammer. Press the trigger and allow the hammer to fall. Hold the trigger back. Briskly pull back and release the charging handle, allowing the bolt to close under the full power of the buffer spring. Gently and slowly release the trigger. The hammer should “click” from the disconnector to the trigger sear. If it does not, it must be adjusted. Then leave your finger off the trigger and briskly cycle the charging handle and allow the bolt to crash home at full power. Then dry-fire again. If the hammer has followed the bolt forward, the disconnector is (again) either improperly installed or mis-timed and must be corrected. All those faults are covered in their own chapters, so read on.

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