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A rare failure, the broken AR15 forward assist.

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Broken AR15 Forward Assist

Pictured above is the broken forward assist from my Colt 6933.

I’ve see a few forward assists break. Every time it has come as a surprise to the shooter. Usually what happens is a shot is fired, and the action ends up locked closed, and no one is able to open it using normal clearing techniques. In my case the action locked open after ejecting a shell.

It can be hard to diagnose a jam caused by a broken extractor simply because you can’t see that is what is preventing the bolt carrier from moving.

The best procedure we have found to free up a stuck bolt carrier from a broken forward assist is to:
1. Remove magazine, keep muzzle pointed in a safe direction.
2. Hold rifle with the ejection port down, barrel parallel to the ground.
3. Shake rifle while attempting to move bolt carrier.

Then usually it wont take much to get the action moving again. Immediately clear the chamber and remove the bolt carrier group from the action and remove any loose parts(like the forward assist pawl shown above).

Over the years, I have come to believe that the forward assist should be reserved for emergencies. In practice or on the range if a round does not chamber discard the round or inspect the firearm. I have met many(most former Army) that hit the forward assist after every reload. If your rifle isn’t chambering the round under its own power, there is something wrong with either the rifle or the ammo. Forward assists very rarely fail, but there is no point in slapping it around unless it is an emergency.

Designated Marskman Instructor Comments on the AR15 at 1,000 yard Article

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This is from the comment section from the article about shooting the AR15 at 1,000 yards. The commenter offered some insight into the Army’s marksmanship levels and attitude.  I have offered the commenter a chance to elaborate and post more on the subject.  hopefully this will be expanded and he will come back to share his thoughts and experience in greater detail in more posts.   Below is the original post from Jose

Original post Jose was speaking about here

http://looserounds.com/2013/06/10/ar15-at-1000-yards-can-a-rack-grade-ar15-and-m855-make-1000-yard-hits/

Good on you Shawn. I’ve coached the last three consecutive All Army Small Arms champions. Before that I taught SDM for s number of years, still conduct the occasional course.
I’m not a distinguished rifleman (yet) but I’ve produced a number of them.
The M16A4 and M4 are woefully misunderstood by nearly all Soldiers. There are less than 200 Soldiers in the Army that I would consider “Riflemen” even the “multiple tours, combat arms NCO” is not a guarantee of any real skill at arms AT ALL. Soldiers are universally poorly skilled with their rifles. It’s appalling. But for such Soldiers, first you’d have to admit you have a problem. If they “qualify expert” they believe *that* somehow equals skill. I’d call that “familiarity.” 40/40 is easy, nothing to brag about, and is a ridiculously low standard. Most Soldiers never achieve even that embarrassingly low standard. If an NCO can’t get all of his squad to shoot “expert” he’s untrained.
My point is that most (but I’d wager closer to all) the criticism you may have received from Soldiers ought to be dismissed out of hand. They really are overconfident amateurs. Even in “Special Forces” units, that’s no guarantee of skill at arms.
That about sums it up. If I offended someone, good. Outshoot me.
The thing is that the M16/M4 is an EXCELLENT weapon and there are excellent 5.56mm cartridges. A Soldier doesn’t have to be a superhero to shoot really well with it either. We trained many female Soldiers that had no problem striking a steel silhouette target, 14″ wide and 40″ tall, at 760 meters, with iron sights on her M16A2. I can drop names, ranks, class dates. With the M4 and ACOG, SDM Students routinely hit the same target at 800 to 830 meters – 1st round hits.
In our SDM classes, we spent so much time at 500 and 600 on the KD range, that 300 was a welcomed and easy target engagement for them. Yet in units many Soldiers will not engage the 3 exposures of the 300 meter target, preferring to save those three rounds for the closer targets when they miss the first shot, so they can re-engage the ‘easy’ targets. They’re all easy!
I want to share a couple of things, there’s somebody out there reading this that will heed this advice, I promise it can make you a dramatically better shooter.
When shooting for precision with rack grade Army M16’s or M4’s there is one method that works. DO NOT EVER USE A SLING OF ANY KIND TO “LOCK IN” “SNAP IN” OR OTHERWISE PULL ON THE SLING SWIVEL. The AR in a rack grade condition does not have a free floating barrel. The upper receiver is made of a zinc and aluminium alloy, the barrel is hard steel. Pulling on the sling is like making a giant torque wrench, moving the strike if the round several inches just at 100 yards! Any weight or pressure on the handguards moves the barrel.
Don’t touch the handguards or use a sling if you want the most out of a rack grade rifle.
Use the magazine, preferably a 30 rounder, as a monpod. Place the palm of your non firing hand (not your fingers) on the flat front face of the magwell. Spread your elbows and get nice and low and stable. The non firing palm exerts firm rearward pressure on the rifle.
There’s more to it, but that’s the biggest challenge you’re having now. Great job on the test
Enjoy.

All about those sights…

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By Cat Lindsay



At the last 2-hour weekly training class (MAGS Indoor Shooting Range), it was all about the sights.

I know there are alot of “point” shooters out there, which is fine shooting from retention from 0-5 yards, but if my arm is in lock-out, my eyes are looking for the sights!

After warm up drills (2 to the body, 1 to the head, then the two combined{failure drill}), we shot drills first with the strong hand, then switched to the off hand, making sure to keep the sights in focus during the transition (harder than you think!). Some shots we did on the same spot, some were from right to left, while some were from lower corner to upper corner. We did these drills from 3-10 yards away from the targets.

With shooting one-handed, the stance, grip, and lock-out stays the same as with shooting with both hands. There is a tendency to want to be too perfect with the shot, which leads to muscle fatigue, then slapping the trigger. As soon as any part of the front sight can be seen through the rear sight, on the target, the trigger needs to be released.

I occasionally turned on the safety while transitioning from right hand to left hand, so lost some time on some of the drills. If I ran empty, I reloaded one handed (release magazine, pinch gun between knees, reload, rack slide on belt). At the end of the night, we went back to both hands and it was so much easier!

Speaking of sights, I have been really liking the Trijicon HD Night Sights Mike installed 3 weeks ago. I love the big orange photoluminescent front dot and the “U” shaped back sight cutout. I find that I can pick up my sights quicker with the contrast. I did the one-handed drills with my Crimson Trace laser turned off and felt I didn’t lose much speed. The flat-fronted rear sight made racking the slide much easier, one-handed, as opposed to the slope-front one I had previously. The glow at night on my headboard is also very comforting. These night sights are well worth the cost.

So, the next time you’re on the range, take some time to work on sighted, one-hand drills. You never know when knowing this skill may come in handy for personal protection.

1911 Squib Round with Cheap Ammunition

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This happen recently at a gun range that I use frequently. The range officer gave me permission to share the photos.  This happened with a new shooter and his new, very expensive custom 1911. The shooter was using Parabellum Research (PBR) ammunition when he had a squib round and fired the next round into the squib. Luckily the frame and slide held up well and did not appear to be damaged. Only the barrel had been damaged. The manufacturer of the ammunition is taking care of the firearm owner. The range advised it has been having problems with this particular ammunition manufacturer.

It is important as a shooter to quickly identify when you have had a squib round, to avoid firing then next round into it and blowing your barrel and firearm up. If you have the money to buy a custom built very expensive firearm, (no matter what it is), don’t shoot low quality / cheap ammunition through it to save a few cents. You had the money to buy the firearm so don’t get cheap on the ammo. While this can happen with any ammunition, if you buy known quality factory or premium factor ammunition, this will lessen the chances of having a squib or catastrophic failure.

Duncan.

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Step Outside Your Comfort Zone

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By Cat Lindsay

Last Saturday at MAGS Indoor Shooting, we did CCW 2-year renewals and 4-year requals. For some people, this is the ONLY time they shoot a gun, which is both scary (would you REALLY know what to do in a life or death situation?) and sad (training is fun!).

A guy asked to borrow my Ruger SR1911. I asked him if he familiar this style of weapon and he said “Yes, I shot one 2 years ago when I got my license (he carries a .38 revolver). He loaded the bullets in the magazine backward (which I fixed), but he did qualify, and I scored half a box of ammo!

One lady, T, who was there for her 4-year renewal, initially got her license because, as a real estate agent, she did not feel safe showing property in her rural area. She carries a .380 semi-auto in a purse (future article), but chose to qualify with a .45 semi-auto and a .45 revolver. We find that a lot of students will do this, since it means purchasing only one box of ammo(25 rounds to qualify).

T initially qualified with a .45 semi-auto and a .38 revolver. With a renewal, one has the opportuniy to qualify with whatever gun they wish (unlike the 2-year), so she was talked into trying the .45 Taurus Judge. She was quite intimidated with the size and weight (as compared to her .380), but was willing to give it a try.

After showing her the proper grip, finding the sights, and how to cock the hammer, she dry fired a few times. Before firing live rounds, I showed her the proper stance. Her first shot was in the head(shots are to be placed below the head on a “Q” target). While she was surprised at the noise, she stated that the recoil was very controllable. While she did miss her 5th round (she admitted she was not watching her sights), the rest of the 20 rounds went in the center. Afterwards, she had a huge grin on her face, feeling very confident in her ability to control any gun she wishes to shoot.

T also qualified with a Sig Sauer .45 semi-auto. She did say she found it much easier to shoot after having learned the proper grip and stance.

Though T may never shoot or carry a .45 revolver, she now knows that there is not limit to what she can learn and how far she can go in her Warrior Womandom!

Glock 43 sights, Ameriglo Spartan Sights

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I replaced the commonly known POS Glocks stock sights (on the G43) with Ameriglo Spartan Sights. The G43 is now on par with my Shield (which has Ameriglo Hackathorn sights). I really like Ameriglo sights and have them on several firearms. You can not go wrong with Ameriglo and they have numerous combinations for your firearms. Testing can now continue on the G43 vs. Shield Article. The G43 was at a huge disadvantage during my first few range sessions, as the Shield had an advantage with better sights. I have added some photos below for you to enjoy as well as several Ameiglo and Glock sight articles. Always upgrade your stock Glock sights, they should be the first thing you upgrade. Also, I did not like the stock Shield sights, and I think they should be upgraded as well.

Duncan.

Ameriglo G43 Spartan Tactical sights

Ameriglo G43 Spartan Tactical sights

Ameriglo G43 Spartan Tactical sights

Ameriglo G43 Spartan Tactical sights

G43 (left( Shiled (right)

Shield (left) G43 (right)

Shield (bottom) G43 (top)

Shield (bottom) G43 (top)

For more Glock sight information see links bellow:

Installing Sights on Glocks

Ameriglo CLAW Emergency Manipulation Sights

Ameriglo Sights Follow-up

The Razor HD II at 6 Months: Versatility at a Price

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Razor HDII

I have been using the Razor HD II for about 6 months. It’s a well-known optic, and there are many good reviews online for the piece already. They discuss its weight, its features, its huge eye-box, and they discuss X, Y, or Z… but they seem to neglect the real meat and potatoes of the optic. The Razor HD II is a Jack of All Trades.

I studied my options for weeks before I chose the Razor. $1400 isn’t chump change. It cost more than the ACOG it replaced, but looking at the optic from a shooters perspective can give us some good reasons to go with a high-end variable over a ACOG.

Razor HD rear

First and foremost, the optic I chose has a JM-BDC1 reticle. This reticle is a BDC calibrated for multiple loadings. The ranging marks are good for 9 inch wide target, and not the shoulder width of the typical BDC stadia. For ranging purposes on a human silhouette, the head must be used instead of the shoulders to measure an accurate range. I don’t consider this good or bad, just different.

Razor HD II

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What is good though, is that the BDC mirrors several important loadings very well. 55 and 62 grain ammo will match the stadia out of 16 inch and longer systems well with a sight in at + – 100 yards. Heavier ammo in the 69-77 grain range will match the stadia closely if zeroed at 200 yards. This makes the razor a good system for people who might be switching rifles or ammo types and haven’t settled on a specific loading.

Furthermore, since it’s a second focal plane optic, we can also modify the bullet drop by dialing back a bit on the magnification. Very oddly… i found that, according to Strelok Ballistic Calculator, the Razor HD would calibrate very well at 3x for a 12 inch .300 blackout firing supersonic loadings. Also the 9 inch stadia (calibrated at 6x) become 18 inch stadia at 3x so suddenly this optic can be capably used for a loading it wasn’t designed for…

Obviously experimentation is necessary to identify loadings that match well to the stadia and which level of magnification will further align with the bullet drop. Since the Razor is offered in Mil-Rad and MOA reticles as well, you can go that route too instead of tweaking things like I do with the JM-BDC-1.

The illumination is daylight bright, and is a single dot in the center of the cross-hairs. Is it red dot bright? Yes. The Razor’s field of view at 1x and bright red dot make this a devastating variable up close.

When you are stretching the optics legs, you can take off the caps and dial in your dope. Underneath the caps the optic is waterproof so no need to worry about leaving the turrets exposed. The important thing to note here is that takes a full 50 minutes of rotation to go past your zero. Since it doesn’t have zero stops, the huge amount of rotation should keep you from getting lost in the dial. If you are shooting 5.56 in a 0-600 yard setting you would need to shoot one slow… derpy loading to need to rotate the dial past 25 minutes.

Vortex RAzor HD II up close

Wind corrections are also marked and can go 25 minutes either way.

The Razor HD II has plenty of stiff competition. There are many options at the Razor HD’s $1300 price point, but I think it has a nice mix of features to allow you to shoot it in a variety of ways to extract the most value for your dollar. Not to mention the glass is beautiful. Overall, I believe an optic like this goes well on a general purpose gun. It’s not specialized enough to give a precision minded shooter the tools he / she needs for long-range work, and it’s not as light and fast on target as a red dot. It, like many other variables… operates in that niche where it is a jack of all trades, but a master of none. That said, it has more going for it than many other variables I have handled due to its combination of features.

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+ Glass is clear

+ Turrets are hard to get lost in

+ Water proof with or without caps

+ Can be very versatile if you experiment

+ Red dot bright illumination

+ BDC, MOA or Mil-Rad options available

– weight

– heavyness

+ increases physical endurance

Magpul PMAG17 vs. factory Glock 17rd mag Photo Comparison

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We recently acquired one of the new Magpul PMAG17 GL9 mags to try out and see if it equals a factory Glock mag.  As the flash flooding pics Shawn has put up on the Loose Rounds Instagram account show, the weather hasn’t allowed us to get any range time on it yet.  I have however taken some pics comparing the two.  Here you go…

Note, in all of these pics the Glock mag is on the left and the Magpul mag is on the right.

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Why I choose to carry concealed in an open-carry state

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By Catherine Lindsay

As of writing this article (07/11/15), 45 states currently allow open-carry of handguns. I live in one of these states, but I choose to carry concealed. Here’s why:

*You will eventually become a victim of a crime.
I live in a city of 678,000 residents. Not all of those residents are law-abiding citizens. By open-carrying, I am saying to certain evil guys “Hey, come rob me!”. Would you paperclip four $100 bills to your hip & walk down the street? If not, why would you do so with a gun, which on the street, can be flipped in 15 minutes for cash?

*Unwanted Interaction with Law Enforcement.

To those who don’t live the self-defense lifestyle, they may not know it’s legal to open-carry (I have had converstions with these people). These are the people who hate guns, whether on a good guy or evil guy. All they see is the gun. The phone call to 911 may sound like this, “There’s a guy walking down the street with a gun! Hurry!!”. Now, any gun call is going to have top priority, so you will get stopped by the police. Do you really want to be stopped every 10 minutes?

*Lunatic Fringe
This incident http://www.abqjournal.com/7302/abqnewsseeker/melee-breaks-out-over-gun-at-west-side-garcias.html ended with no one hurt, but what if the lunatic had shot incident bystanders? The person who brought the gun into the restaurant (already breaking the law by carrying openly in a liquor establishment) is responsible for the securement of his weapon. Had the lunatic killed someone, the gunowner could have been charged with felony murder.

*Element of Surprise
I like the idea that no one knows I have on a gun but me. I am a small woman & look like a hippy, the last person evil guys would think is carrying, but more likely to be targeted. Surprise!!

It is your right to carry how you choose. Train, carry & be safe

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Women & the .45-Part 3

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By Catherine Lindsay
So, now you know, after my first two articles, that, yes, women can shoot the .45! But, can they CARRY the .45?
Weight:
My fully-loaded Ruger SR1911 weighs 2lbs., 9.5oz., as opposed to my S & W M & P Shield in 9mm, which weighs 1lb., 8.5oz. So, a sturdy, thick belt is neccessary. There are plenty of “tactical” belts out there(fugly!), but I have found my 1 3/8″ wide X 3/16″ thick Nacona western-style belt does the trick just fine. Plus, I can change out the belt buckles (we can still be fashionable while carrying!). I was also lucky to find a Coach belt at the thrift shop for a good price. It is 1 1/2″ wide & made with 2 pieces of leather, sewn together, with something(plastic?) sandwiched between, making it both sturdy & stylish. I also check the thickness of belts buy squeezing the 2 width sides together. If it bends, it’s not a good gun belt.
Along with a good belt, you need a good holster. I prefer Comp-Tac Speed Paddle Holsters. The width of the paddle, which is inserted into the pants behind the belt, makes the weight ride more evenly on the body, rather than a holster with just a single clip. It also is easy to take off & on, it you have to lock it in your car safe. Two of my Warrior Women friends have purple & red, but I prefer basic black (it’s so slimming!). Along with the holster, get a single magazine holder, too (more about this further down).
Clothes:
I always carry concealed, even though I live in an open-carry state(future article), so cover garments are just as important as the gun, belt & holster.
Carrying on the belt has not caused me to have to change my pants, other than it does make a difference with where the waist sits. At the natural waistline(the skinniest part), the gun will ride higher, causing some short-waisted ladies to “clear” the gun when drawing, rolling the shoulder forward, and thus having to readjust the stance before firing. Mid-rise pants, just below the natural waist line, seem to be a better choice, as “clearing” the gun is not neccessary for a good draw and the gun sits closer to the body. Low-rise pants(riding at the hip bone), makes the gun stick out further from and lower on the body, thus neccesitating an ever larger cover garment. Make sure the belt loops are wide enough to accommodate your gun belt. I will say that I prefer cargo pants, as I can carry everything I need without having to carry a purse.
Ladies tend to wear more form-fitting & thinner clothes than guys, but here is what I have found works for me:
*Cover garments must be, at least, one size bigger than you would normally wear.
You have to accomodate the extra width the gun adds. As mentioned briefly before, adding a mag carrier on the left hip balances out the look, so the gun is not as noticable. I know this is hard for alot of ladies, but carrying is more important, to me, than appearing smaller.
*Vest are a CCW girl’s best friend!
While I do have a few “tactical” vests, like the guys, they are actually “traveling” vests (Travelsmith, Columbia) or “gardening” vests (Duluth Trading Company). They come in girlier colors, have more detailing & paired with jeans, don’t look as “tactical”. I have quite a few “pretty” vests in colors, patterns, & different weights from Coldwater Creek, Laura Scott, Talbots (again, from thrift shops & one size bigger than normal) that do an excellent job of covering, but look “normal”. When I wear this style, no one knows I have on my 1911 until I show them. Another neat thing about vests is they don’t bind in the shoulders when fully extended. Along with the size around of the vest, make sure it is long enough to cover the bottom of the holster. Stay away from “western-style” vests, as they tend to be shorter than flat-bottom vests.
*Spandex is a girl’s second-best friend!
No, I am not talking biking clothes, LOL. I’m talking button-front shirts in 97% cotton/3% spandex. Whether short-sleeve for spring or long-sleeve for fall, the tiny bit of spandex allows the shoulders to “give” during the draw stroke, not binding when fully extended. The spandex also tends to make the fabric a little stiffer, thus allowing the fabric to not cling. Again, one size larger(two sizes larger if it has “princess” seaming along the front/back). Also, pattern helps to hide any slight bulges, as well as darker colors. This 93%/3% also works in blazers & light jackets. I do not wear heavy coats. I prefer to layer in cold weather: long-sleeve T-shirt, long-sleeve cover shirt, vest. That way, indoors, I can remove/add layers as necessary.
So, yes, you can carry a .45 with proper belt, holster, cover garments & attitude!
Cat Lindsay

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