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Thu, Jul. 23rd, 2015, 12:15 am
Sometimes shorter IS better: a very handy CQB package

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This is a Spike’s Tactical 300 Blackout pistol with 8.5″ barrel. It delivers fairly impressive external ballistics, but it’s still an AR pistol and requires specific training for effective use. When a friend came by with a registered short barrel lower (also Spike’s by a pleasant coincidence), we put it together and the result proved very useful.

It is light and handy, especially with the short 20 round magazine. Having a stock makes using a scope practical. Given the short range purpose, the best scope would be an unmagnified, illuminated prismatic usable with either etched black reticle or red/green illumination.

Vortex Spitfire is “always on” as the etched reticle doesn’t require a battery for visibility. Unlike a real red dot, it does have a specific eye relief distance (with a generous eyebox), so having the stock is a big help. The optic has no knobs on the left, so the left eye isn’t occluded and binocular vision can be used during sighting. My only wish for the next version would be for the addition of a vertical reference line to avoid canting at longer ranges.

Folding metal sights of good quality are present, but the robust 1x optic makes them almost superfluous.

The model, Jordanne Calvin, was unfamiliar with firearms at the start of the photo shoot but was able to handle the short carbine competently after very brief instruction. That’s a good illustration of how easy the short, lightweight shoulder weapon with an optic is to use.

Mon, Jul. 13th, 2015, 05:19 pm
LAR47 carbine review: new on AllOutdoor

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7.62×39 in AR15 form — an unexpectedly useful combination.

Thu, Jun. 18th, 2015, 07:40 pm
Two de-facto standards in competition rimfire shooting

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Volquartsen pistols and rifles and C-More sights.

Competently handled by Cheyenne Dalton.

 

Thu, Jun. 11th, 2015, 03:56 pm
Just Looking

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A Lucky Gunner employee practicing sitting position in the best traditions of Appleseed.

 

Thu, Jun. 4th, 2015, 11:24 pm
Girl with a scar

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SCAR16S with 4x ACOG 

Sat, Mar. 28th, 2015, 11:37 am
Small features that matter

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AAC MPW 300BLK rifle with 2.5-10x Vortex scope. The shooter is one of OATH Ammunition employees.

Ammunition: OATH subsonic 300BLK in aluminum case, supersonic in brass case. Projectiles in both are precision-machined copper. I’ve been playing a lot with machined bullets recently: you can tell the uniformity of the shape even by how little retouching is needed in the macro photos.

My test group. I am not the best shot with rifle, so these results at 25 yards with subsonics aren’t showing the full capability of the weapon. The point of aim was the numeral 6, but the scope wasn’t zeroed for me or for this round. Correct point of impact for 25 should have been an inch left and an inch down or so.

So, the small detail I found relevant is the parallax adjustment on the scope. Most 2.5-10x scopes are set for 100 yards and look a bit fuzzy at 25. This one gave a sharp image and the reticle didn’t shift relative to the target when my eye did.

Wed, Jan. 7th, 2015, 05:48 pm
Keltec KSG in fun mode

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More information about KSG.

Wed, Dec. 3rd, 2014, 06:23 am
Ignorance of the law

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One of the pivotal court cases restricting the rights of Americans was the 1939 US vs. Miller. It’s quite obvious from the evidence that Miller had no idea that he was breaking that specific law at the time he was arrested with a short-barreled shotgun. Moreover, the arrest was for a different transgression, and gun charges were added onto it.

As things stand now in Washington state, everyone who has a firearm at home or has some remote connection to shooting is at risk of prosecution under the broadly written, pervasive and completely unreasonable new restrictions on a variety of normal, everyday and entirely benign actions that are legal pretty much everywhere else in the country. If the state wants to prosecute a person, they will be able to find a suitable portion of I-594 to use against him. I don’t think enough of the Washington residents are aware of the size of the bludgeon they just voted to their rulers.

 

Mon, Dec. 1st, 2014, 02:54 pm
Accurate rifles are interesting. Accurate shooting is more so.

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Let’s say we have a target one second of flight time away. For 62gr .223 that would be about 650 yards. Aim, correct for drop, fire…not even close! 10mph side wind will take the center of the group more than five feet to the left or right. With the group being somewhere in the 10 inch range for a 1.5MOA rifle/ammunition combination, a human-sized foe is within range but only if atmospheric conditions are taken into account.

LUCID L5 Reticle

Using a ranging reticle, it’s possible to know where calculated drift and drop fall within the sight picture. At 100 yards, bullet drift would be 1.5MOA but 4MOA by 400 and just over 10MOA at 650. For a 100 yards zero, the 650 yard drop would be 21.5MOA — much too high to just estimate with a duplex of crosshair reticle. “Hold two body heights high” doesn’t work well if you only see part of the foe. 4-16x and 6-24x Lucid scopes both use the same reticle. Horus Vision reticle follows a very similar concept, but it’s a lot more busy.

PS: Out of curiosity, I just looked up 6.5mm Creedmoor and the wind drift with it is 33% to 40% of the value for .223Rem. But that’s a longer action cartridge than AR15. Compatible 6.5mm Grendel (middle of the line-up load) still only has half the drift of .223 and about half of the drop as well. It makes no difference when making a beaten zone with a machine gun, but improves hit probability with rifles…and reduces your own exposure to return fire.

Sun, Nov. 30th, 2014, 10:57 pm
CMR30 in use

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And between uses

(with Vortex Spitfire 3x prismatic scope)

Looks like fun, doesn’t it?

Wed, Nov. 26th, 2014, 08:11 pm
Primary Arms 4-14x FFP scope

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A long time ago, I acquired a Primary Arms 4-14x scope with a front focal plane reticle. Recently, a friend in his 70s needed better glass for his .270 TC Venture deer rifle, so it moved onto his gun locker. A few days ago, he called me right from the tree stand, asking if I’d like some venison. He saw a deer at a reasonable range.

Today, I got this message: “Got a 5-pointer. You have some smoked backstrap coming soon. I really like the Primary arms scope. My eyes aren’t what they used to be. Cataracts and astigmatism makes it hard to distinguish spike bucks from does, and the 14x magnification really helps. 150 yard neck shot, deer DRT.

The photos do not represent my 70-something year old friend. They do show another friend who knows how to run a rifle with flair.

Sun, Nov. 23rd, 2014, 05:07 pm
Count on a lifetime of luck?

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Thu, Nov. 20th, 2014, 09:45 pm
RDB+ACOG

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Fri, Nov. 14th, 2014, 10:48 pm
Saiga for a rainy day

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Saiga 12 with Primary Arms red dot on a TWS rail receiver cover.

Mon, Nov. 10th, 2014, 06:54 pm
Another RDB wallpaper

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Keltec RDB with Vortex Spitfire 1x prismatic scope and AAC Mini4 suppressor.

Sun, Nov. 9th, 2014, 06:45 pm
Suppressed RDB

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Keltec RDB with AAC Mini4 suppressor and 1x prismatic Vortex Spitfire scope.

Sun, Nov. 9th, 2014, 06:15 pm
Keltec RDB wallpaper (1920×1080)

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with Vortex 1-6x scope and Noveske Flaming Pig muzzle device.

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