Sig Sauer NGSW

SIG SAUER recently shipped the Next Generation Squad Weapons System (NGSW) to the U.S. Army for testing and evaluation. The SIG NGSW system represents the most significant advancement in military small arms in more than 50 years.

AR-15: Entry level and beyond.

In my last post I talked about how much I love the AR-15 platform.  What isn’t there to like?  From the versatility, to the eye candy factor, and cost to fun ratio… in my opinion, it just can’t be beat.  If you’re even remotely interested in owning one of these great iconic firearms there is an AR out there for everyone including you.

The first AR-15 I purchased I paid just under $600 from a local gun shop called Zulu Armoury.  That was a special deal for me only so don’t think you’re just going to walk up and get that.  It was a promo deal and it worked.  I bought four more guns and various accessories from him since then.  Pablo, the owner, is a great guy despite the fact that he’s a Marine.  I kid, he’s a great guy period; family man, Iraq Veteran, and City of Miami Police officer his knowledge and integrity is beyond reproach.  The AR-15 he custom built for me might not be a Daniel Defense, but it gets the job done and done right.

I thoroughly enjoy shooting that rifle.  I fell into the AR Trap.  Once you buy one you start looking at what else is out there.  Visiting his store, looking at other examples of his work, and then doing some research on my own, I soon became obsessed with the idea of owning a AR-15 in .300 Blackout.  The SBR (short barreled rifle) would be super nice to have for home protection, but the paperwork, extra cash, and wait period made it less enticing.  Until, while browsing through the offerings at the local gun show I was introduced to the AR-15 pistol.  “Say what?!…”

That’s right, like I said earlier, there is an AR-15 for everyone.  The AR-15 pistol is basically a short barreled version of the AR-15 available in 9mm, 5.56, .223, 7.62, and .300 Blackout.  It is available in barrels as short as 5.5″ and is equipped with no stock or a brace that replaces the stock.  If you’re willing to put up with not having a stock, no forward vertical pistol grip, and stares at the range; it’s a good compromise to the SBR.  Like all ARs the price varies drastically depending on who builds it, what materials are used, and what accessories come with it.  At this same gun show I saw a wide range of examples of the AR Pistol and my obsession with the .300 Blackout grew.  I was further enticed when I saw a vendor who had a complete AR-15 Pistol in .300 BLK for $399.  I couldn’t believe it.  I inspected that thing down to checking the barrel stamp and BCG.  It was all good quality. Again, not Daniel Defense, but adequate and for the price one can’t complain.  I was determined to save up the money and get me one at the next gun show.

Two months later I eagerly entered the gun show with money in hand ready to purchase the AR-15 pistol in .300 BLK.  The anticipation was killing me as I searched through all the aisle for the vendor I had seen and talked to the show before.  I was getting discouraged and reaching a state of great disappointment when I was unable to find the vendor.  I stopped at some vendors who were offering AR-15 Pistols wondering how much more one could cost.  Confirmed, the AR-15 pistol’s price varies as much as it’s configurations.  I saw one for the astonishing price of $2500… At a gun show!  Remember, I’m talking about a pistol not SBR.  Anyhow I scoffed at the over $1000 price tags and moved on.   I’m not looking to join a SEAL team or anything like that.  I just want something to go plinking with that will also offer an acceptable level of home defense should anything ever happen requiring that firearm.  As I continued to walk the aisles of the show, I had almost given up on the possibility of getting a AR Pistol this time around, and then I saw him.  There he was in a different part of the pavilion.  I stepped up ready to make my purchase and… no .300 Blackout.  Not only did he not have a .300 Blackout this time around, but the prices on all his firearms had gone up by $100.  It seems the AR Pistol got a boost in popularity due to the ATF letter defining the parameters of use.  It is basically acceptable to fire the AR Pistol from the shoulder as long as it does not have a stock.  With the rise in popularity and consequent demand, the price went up.  I looked at my wife and said, “I give up.  Maybe next time.”

We continued to walk the gun show checking out the different offerings from the vendors that filled the Miami-Dade County Fair and Expo indoor pavilion.  Among the many interesting items on display for purchase was a Sig Sauer P320 for $425.  I saved that in my memory bank for possible purchase.  Then, I turned my attention to a vendor I remembered from the earlier show, 22mods4all.  He had a great selection of barrels.  I didn’t want to walk away empty handed and figured if he had a .224 Valkyrie barrel I would purchase that and start my long range rifle build (I’ll write more about that on a upcoming post).  We went, we looked, I found what I was looking for, and just before making the purchase my wife said, “Hey, look at this.”  I walk over to her side and there it was- the AR Pistol in .300 Blackout for $399.  I quickly walked over to the lady behind the table.  I ended up having to patiently wait while she tended to another customer.  I think she could tell my fan boy anxiety was hitting maximum overload and said, “Go ahead, you can pick it up.  I’ll be with you in a moment.”  I took it and inspected every part of this gun.  It was just as good if not better than the one I had seen in the last show.  Only draw back is it had no optic or sights…  I can deal with that.  Sat down, filled out the paper work, background check (yes, a background check at a gun show- I wish I could find that loop hole everyone keeps talking about),  and the AR-15 Blackout was mine.

The $399 was a special gun show price.  It’s one of their promotional guns.  On the advice of the very helpful lady at the booth I selected a red magazine to go with my new AR Pistol.  This would help differentiate between .300 blackout and 5.56 rounds.  Don’t want to make that mistake.  Everything about the AR in .300 blackout is the same as a 5.56 AR except for the barrel.  The cartridges are even the same size and fit in the same magazines.  The 5.56 might even chamber a .300 Blackout round.  You just don’t want to fire it.  That could go very badly.

So far, I am very happy with the AR-15 pistol.  I’m going to purchase some small relatively inexpensive things like a angled forward grip and single point sling to upgrade the gun and increase stability, but it’s basically complete and ready to go.  The point is, depending on what you are looking to do with the gun, an AR-15 offers configurations for just about anything you may need.  Zulu Armoury in the city of Doral in Miami is a good place to start if for nothing else to get informed and see what’s available.  For those of you not living in Miami and looking to just dive in and take the AR-15 plunge check out 22mods4all (this is a direct link to a item they have on sale at the time of this post).  Either way you’ll get good service, good information, and a good deal.  Welcome to your new obsession.  Ah, don’t mention it…

AR-15 Maintenance

The AR-15 is probably my favorite rifle.  I love to shoot it.  The 5.56 rounds are relatively inexpensive compared to other caliber ammunition and great deals are out there.  Now,  once you shoot it, you better clean it.  There are all kinds of opinions out there on this particular subject, but I think that Steve Adelmann did a great article on the cleaning and maintenance of this magnificent machine.

“The truth of the matter is that, just like any other mechanical device, our AR-15s need to be maintained to work well when needed and outlast us in the long run. While revolutionary new parts coatings, materials and lubricants can extend the time between major cleanings and inspections, they still do not a maintenance-free AR-15 make. Metal parts that rely on close tolerances to work in concert with each other—especially under high pressure and heat—are happiest when free of heavy gunk, corrosion and debris. While you are cleaning, you can also perform a few simple inspections to catch potential problems before they cause you grief during trigger time.” – Steve Adelmann at NRA Shooting Illustrated

Continue to the link below for the whole enchilada.
AR15 cleaning guide

H&K VP 9 SK

My Daily Carry…

I first became a fan of the Heckler & Koch firearms company back in 1986 during my days in the military.  After firing an MP5 and P7 while training, I was hooked and pursued the brand for my civilian needs.  I have never been disappointed by the performance of these firearms.  No matter what the application or task there is a factory configuration for your gun.

From the first time I fired the latest iteration of H&K’s great line of pistols, the VP9 SK, I was once again in love.  Out of the box the gun felt great in my hands, was accurate, and to this date has had not malfunctions.  I did have an issue getting a tight shot group at first.
I had automatically adjusted the the grip to small. All small side and back strap panels. The pistol has always had great engineering that helped minimize and control recoil, but the added adjustable grip features really enhance the experience.  After swapping the side and back straps to adjust the distance to trigger, my shot groups were instantly improved.  Adjusting so that my finger lands just perfect on the trigger immediately from hold makes a big difference in trigger pull.  The love affair with H&K products continues.

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For more information and specific details on this and other guns visit: Heckler & Koch.

 

Declaration of Independance

IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

Connecticut:
Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott
Delaware:
Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean
Georgia:
Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton
Maryland:
Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton
Massachusetts:
John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry
New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton
New Jersey:
Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark
New York:
William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris
North Carolina:
William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn
Pennsylvania:
Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross
Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery
South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton
Virginia:
George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton