Can a Cheap AR-15 Be Accurate? Lots of Pics

Oftentimes a friend will send me a note and say, “Have you ever thought about doing a test about this?” I get a lot of good ideas that way. My buddy doc540 recently asked me, “How much accuracy should someone expect from a “cheap” AR-15 rifle set up?” That’s a great question. We know that AR-15 rifles can be fine-tuned to be very accurate bench rest rifles. But what about an inexpensive out-of-the-box [...]

Educational Zone #192 – Gun Lubrication

In a recent discussion about gun lubricants, several people stated that they used Mobil 1 Synthetic oil as a gun lube. This got me to thinking…… As a guy that worked in an oil refinery, I knew that different oils are developed for different uses. Some can be used in other applications and work well, but as far as I am aware, none had been specifically designed as a gun lubricant. I thought what we really [...]

Educational Zone #191 – Is the Glock 19 the Best Concealed Carry Piece?

A couple of weeks ago my friend (and hero) Aimless posted that AIM had some Glock 19 police trade-ins for sale for $359. By the time I looked at them, they were all gone. But my contact at AIM said that they had more coming in and to keep an eye out for them. Sure enough, they got another batch in and I ordered one. It got here today. Here it is. As you can see it is a Generation 2, without the finger grooves. I actually [...]

Educational Zone #190 – You Can’t Get Past Bad Bullets

I took the lovely wife to the range this morning to do a little experiment with some bullets that were given to me. My friend had gotten a bunch of .45-70, 405 grain bullets really cheap, and gave me a bunch of them. “Free bullets”! What could be better? I loaded some up and we headed to the range this morning to see how well they shot. I brought my Shiloh Sharps Long Range Express to try them out. It is both a [...]

Educational Zone #189 – Sig 556XI Multi-Cal

My old buddy Lien had a new rifle and invited me to go shoot it with him and do a write-up on it. It is a Sig Sauer carbine, Model Sig 556XI Multi-Cal. This rifle comes in either .556 or 7.62 X 39. This one is the 7.62 X 39 model. Here it is: This is an interesting rifle and fun to shoot. It isn’t “cheap” as the MSRP is around $1,500. But as is typical if Sig Sauer, it is an excellent weapon. You can open the [...]
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