Sight Picture Fundamentals

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Even if you’ve got a lot of range time under your belt this video is a good watch.

Cryptic Coatings Bolt Carrier Groups

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Nickel Boron coated AR-15 bolt carrier groups are so last year, the folks over at Cryptic Coatings have a new type of coating available in black, gold, bronze silver, manganese phosphate as well as nickel boron. They retail from $110 to $275 depending on the coating you choose. Check them all out at Crypticcoatings.com.

Conover, N.C. – With ties in the performance coatings industry, Cryptic Coatings, Ltd. enters the specialty firearms coating industry by offering complete full auto Bolt Carrier Groups (BCG) for AR15, M16 and M4 firearms coated in their specialty Physical Vapor Disposition (PVD) or Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) processes.

Founded by retired veteran Army Master Sergeant Gary Huffman and his wife Karen, Cryptic Coatings specializes in complete BCGs coated in one of their six available coatings each designed to provide reduced friction coefficient that not only lowers operating temperatures but also increases overall performance and BCG life.

Available CVD / PVD Coatings

Mystic Black
Mystic Bronze
Mystic Silver
Mystic Gold
Nickel Boron
Manganese Phosphate
Back by a lifetime guarantee, Cryptic Coatings is confident that their coated BCGs will increase lubricity and wear resistance while providing a smoother recoil, improved accuracy, faster cyclic rates and reduce carbon fouling.


US Govt. Bans Izhmash & Kalashnikov Concern Imports

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Well it looks like the ban hammer was dropped by the U.S. Government today via “sanctions”. The US Department of Commerce has banned all financial transactions with both Kalashnikov Concern and Izhmash which means imports of many popular firearms from those manufacturers will now stop. You can read bout the announcement here. If you already own a firearm from either of those companies you’ll be able to keep it  or resell it. If you still have one on layaway you’ll have to contact the Treasury Dept. for more info.

Hopefully this doesn’t cause panic buying of AK variants and ammo not associated with this ban.


Cold Steel Cutlass Machete

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Check out Cold Steel’s new video of their Cutlass Machete, based off of their 1917 Cutlass but at a much more affordable price. I have their Roman Gladius Machete and it’s really sharp and really durable for the price. The Cold Steel Cutlass Machete goes for just $24 shipped on Amazon.

[H/T: MyNameisFoxTrot]

EOTech Summer 2014 Rebate

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EOTech is running another awesome rebate. Buy a qualifying EOTech product until August 15, 2014 and get between $50 to $75 back. Check out the info and terms HERE.

A while back I bought an EOTech 512 over at Amazon with free shipping. Factor in the rebate and that’s a killer deal!

eotech 512

AR-15 Catastrophic Failure After 100K Rounds

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Someone over on Reddit posted about this range rental AR-15 that went kaboom after 100,000 rounds. Good thing no one was hurt.

Back story: I work at a SoCal indoor shooting range and this was ‘Maggie’ our house-built AR (so cleverly named for the furniture, har har). This poor thing was rode hard and put away dirty more often than not for approximately 3 years of 7-days-a-week operation. Our best estimate on the low end is that it has seen about 100,000 rounds in its lifetime (probably much more, with a minimum of 1,000 rounds-a-day going through it). Rebarreled, replacement gas systems, springs, bolts, etc as needed. She finally gave up the ghost in the most epic way possible, literally coming apart in a customer’s hands after finishing a magazine. No one got hurt, and it was all laughs today thankfully, but its just something you don’t see everyday. Failure point is the threaded portion of the upper receiver, nice clean break exposing the bolt face and barrel on the other side.

U.S. Army Looking For a New Handgun

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The United States Army is once again looking for a new sidearm, but this time they’re considering one chambered in something other than 9mm according to ArmyTimes.com.

Why go through all the trouble and money on trials and testing, here’s a pistol that’s ready for service…

The Glock 21 in .45ACP, done.


The Guns of BOPE



With the 2014 World Cup in full swing down in Brazil I thought it would be a good oppurtinity to talk about the various firearms used by the elite police force known as BOPE, or Batalhão de Operações Policiais Especiais in Portuguese. They’re a 400 man strong special forces unit of the Military Police of the state of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. BOPE members have extensive urban warfare training and experience and are equipped with much more fire power than average Rio street cops. When a gang battle goes down in a favela, they send in BOPE. Need to clean up the image of Rio before the World Cup, send in BOPE.

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Glock Pre-Travel Reduction Mod

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One of the biggest downfalls to the Glock trigger is the huge amount of pre-travel. Well one resourceful Redditor posted their Bubba’s Pre-Travel Mod on how-to remove some of the Glock’s trigger pre-travel. Check it out here. As with any DIY mod with your handgun proceed with caution.

Four Ways to Reload an AK-47

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One of the areas the AK-47 falls behind in versus the AR-15 is in speed reloads. The AR can be reloaded very very quickly. The AK not so much, while quick reloads are possible they’ll never be as fast as the AR. Well here’s four ways to quickly reload your AK thanks to the folks over at Guns.com.

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