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The Badger Ambi Charging Handle

A current hot trend for the AR15 is for ambi controls. This is one of the trends I find to be worth all the hype.  I can think of no real down side to being able to work your firearms just as easy with your alternate killing hand as you do with your main killing hand.  Sure its more parts that take training and have the chance of breaking , but, you need to be training any way and anything can break anytime so there is no need to not convert to a new thing that is worth it.

My friend is left handed so he always uses ambi parts on his carbine when he can get them and they are worth the money. One of the ambi controls he bought is the Badger Ord. Ambi charging handle and it is in my opinion worth it.  Its not a must have, but if you are a lefty it is very very nice and if you are not a solid follower of the gunfighter handle to the point of worship, its worth it.  I like the gunfighter, but I like ambi a lot more. You have to be the judge if the ambi handle is worth it.

The Badger ambi CH is as tough as woodpecker lips like most badger stuff. Very strong  and durable.

Being ambi, the charging handle has the latch on both sides. It locks up tight and positive and does not pinch. Its strong and has stood up to some pretty hard training and bouncing around in a police car day after day.

Really I am not sure what else to say about this product. It is a charging handle so…  It is hard to beat the BCM gunfighter , and I love the BCM but I have to say I was very impressed with the Badger. It is super tough and well made. Badger makes some super tough gear. I have been using Badger scope bases and rings for years on precision long range bolt guns for years in some very stout rounds and they have given me perfect service. Thats not to say I love all things badger, the free float rails they make seem pointless to me and the extended latch they make to place the factory CH latch, loves to break, bend and snap the pin holding it and drag on chest gear.  That stuff it well made, just not for me.  I do not recommend those things to you either( but you will do what you will).  It is not made cheaply, it just has a niche and the BCM gunfighter has made alot of CH pointless now.

The Badgerambi CH I believe is worth loosing the  BCM latch if you truly want your gun to be as close to ambi as possible. That, however, will be a very personal choice further complicated if you run a can and need gas busting features.  I do highly recommend you give it a very strong look. At the very least, you will not be let down in quality.

Take Your Carbine Everywhere!!!!!

I like to have a carbine with me. I like to have my trusty widowmaker with me wherever I go.  In fact, if I could sling it across my chest every where I go I would be happy. I use to not be so paranoid, but things have changed over the year.  Terrorist attacks, men jealous of my looks, urban crime and flash mobs on the rise, robots from the future and jilted women who had hoped to live up to the high standards to be m lover turned away have made me a lot more antsy in the last 12 years.  I can’t carry my carbine out in the open like I would love to. Though, that does not mean I can not carry it out in public ( where legal).

The trick is for it not to look like a rifle or a rifle in a rifle case. Most of the cases made to hide the fact they are not gun cases, usually fail at this. Anyone who knows anything about guns can spot one of these supposed covert cases because they still have that “look” about them.

I came upon an idea while my girlfriend was going to college at a large university , to keep my precious with me while on the street walking past the university with all the students going by and none of them the wiser.  My idea is certainly not original, but it was a pretty good idea for me anyway.

I used the hide in plain sight method. I bought an ADIDAS bag meant to hold baseball bats or tennis rackets or jock straps or whatever it is people who like or care about sports use to carry that crap in.

While carrying my carbine in this bag, I was able to walk all over down town, past hundreds of liberal arts students with non having a clue. It helped that I acted like I was not trying to hide a “deadly assault rifle ” of course. It is legal in that state and the state I live in so I had no reason to worry or seem nervous. Acting like you belong and have nothing to hide and not fidgeting with it or you CCW sidearm I might add, is a habit that everyone should get into. A lot of people who have every right not to worry about CCWing seem to look guilty or worried when they first start to carry and it shows.

I was able to eat at my favorite place, go into stores, the mall and walk around a small fair going on while carrying the bag and just look like a student going to the tennis court on campus later ( or whatever people who care about that non gun related crap do).

The bag is a heavy kind of canvas/ plastic with some padding to protect the cricket bat or whatever it was meant to hold so it will protect the gun from light knocks,though that is not its purpose. It will hold a 16 inch carbine even with stock extended. I found it had a pouch for jock straps or some such, that would hold up to 6 mags,but that made too much noise and wanted to make it harder to carry and keep a reasonable shape.

It has a double zipper flap that can be opened fast and the carbine deployed pretty rapidly considering. It also has two handles  and some metal rings that allow a carrying strap so you can sling it over your back.

Obviously I do not carry it everywhere and after the test mentioned it was used just to carry it in off the street and up into my GFs apartment for the weekend with no one knowing what it really was. It’s main duty now is to hold my “trunk” gun in my jeep. Few people would break into your car to steal smelly socks and jock straps or a baseball bat and that is what the case screams. Especially if you don’t to something dumb like leaving a  plate carrier full of mags laying beside it.

If you want to keep a rifle in your car but want to keep it low key, look around at normal household things that will hide your gun and not invite a thief or give away what it is.

Check your state laws before you do any of this, people. I live in one of the top ranking states for gun freedom so I can do a lot legally that maybe some of you can not and I of course have a CCWD and that helps, not that its needed for the rifle as it is in my state. But check before you do any of this. It may be OK in your state it just can not be loaded.  Be careful though, people wanting to hurt you are not the only thing out there that can ruin your life. A ambitious attorney wanting to make an example of an evil gun owner cando more damage and is more likely then any zombie alien invasion.

Q&A 6

This is a LooseRounds.com Q&A session.  If you have a firearms related question please email it to QA@LooseRounds.com. We will post the your questions anonymously and give you our answers.

1.  What is the most accurate and lethal round in 5.56mm at 200 yards and under?

Shawn:  According to Dr. Roberts that would be the 55gr Triple Shock X loaded by Black Hills.

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3.  Is the forward assist on the ar15 worth having?

Howard:  Most of the time, it is not of much use.  However it can be handy for closing the action quietly when hunting, or forcing a round close in an emergency situation.  Under normal use, you should never need it.  However there is the occasional time is it well worth its weight.

Shawn:  It is definitely worth it being on the gun.  It is never a good idea to force a round into the chamber that doesn’t want to go under its own power, it is always better to eject a round.  It is handy for silent brass checks at night or if you have a weak spring.  I have never heard of it causing a problem in a properly built mil-spec gun.

Duncan- While the forward assist it not something that is going to be used often, I have always subscribed to the theory that, I would rather have something and not need it, than not have it and need it. I have never found myself in a situation where using the forward assist was really needed. For military applications I’m sure there are countless situation where it has been needed. Remember if you are plinker on the weekend, sure there is not need.  If you are a Military in harm’s way it is probably something you would not want to be without. As for LE, anytime your rifle has a malfunction, it is an immediate transition to you sidearm and fix it later when you have time and cover.

 

4.  Have you had any issues with the 10.5 SBR.

Howard:  Having owned a few AR15 Short Barreled Rifle (SBR) uppers and worked with some more, I can say with confidence that a quality 10/10.3/10.5 inch barrel can run reliability and accurately.  Now you can even get sub-10 inch barreled rifles that will run great.  For 5.56, I would not recommend less then a 10 inch barrel due to the muzzle velocity, flash and blast, and how hard they are on suppressors.  I have found that the standard gas SBR AR15s tend to run better as SBRs then the pistons, especially when suppressed.  Many of the the piston guns tend to need to be adjusted to run suppressed and can be louder then a DI gun due to gas venting ports.  I personally owned a LMT 10.5 inch upper that while it ran well, it has a 10MOA point of impact shift when suppressed.  Since then, most of my SBR uppers have been cut down barrels worked on by ADCO Firearms to eliminate issues like this.  Daniel Defense makes some very handy 10.3 inch barrels, but Shawn and I have found the Daniel Defense hammer forged barrels to not be as accurate as we would like.

To sum it up, SBRs run great if you buy a good one.

5.  Is there any accelerated wear from shooting steel cased ammo?

Howard:  Steel cased ammo can wear extractors faster in guns like the AR15 and 1911.  However by the time you wear one out, you would have saved more then enough money to replace it.  While I would not recommend steel cased ammo in a match barrel, if you use military type rifles and clean them properly, steel cased ammo will give you no issues.

 6.Question: What should I be looking at for an emergency backup firearm in my patrol car.

Duncan– There are several things to think about when looking at backups in your vehicle. Training is key no matter what you choose. Remember; Train like you fight, Fight like you train. An ankle holster with a back up is always a good option, a reliable lite-weight  snub nose was always my favorite on my person. For your vehicle, I preferred a full or mid size duty pistol that carried my same duty load.  Mounted to your dash or next to your console, where you can quickly access it, in-case of an ambush or driver exiting quickly before you get your seatbelt off. With a full duty load you can return effective fire and bunch through your windshield if needed.  I can’t stress training with them in your vehicle as much as possible, so it become second nature.  I would do both if you can.   

We asked Catherine Kim to answer a few questions we have received from email and facebook.

Q:  My wife wants a pistol to carry, what handgun do you think would be a good choice for her? Caliber and type of handgun?

Catherine:   Take her to the range and rent/test various guns.  Help her find something that is light to carry, comfortable to shoot, reliable, yet still has the stopping power necessary in a defensive situation. That’s what brought me to decide on the Sig P226, but there are many good new female friendly guns. The Glock 19 is very simple to use and reliable, the Smith and Wesson M&P pistols come with 3 different sized backstraps for perfect hand fit, the S&W Airweight is a super light revolver, Ruger, Kel Tec and Kahr all make sub compact carry models, etc. Nothing beats actually shooting the gun before buying it.
Q:  What kind of chest rig or LBE for a women?

Catherine:  The style will depend on your body build.  Try visiting the Women’s Tactical Association at http://womenstactical.ning.com/ and ask around. Eagle and LBT(Londong bridge trading) make various sized plate carriers and chest rigs
Q: Who makes body armor for women?

Catherine:  Savvy manufactures women’s body armor- http://www.savvyarmor.com/.

Q: Holster for CCW for woman? 

Catherine:  Well first decide if you want OWB(outer wasitband) or IWB(inside waistand). Kydex seems to be the popular choice these days(Raven, Bravo, Shadow Concealment). For IWB I dont think you can beat Crossbreed Holsters.
Q: Molle back pack for women? 

Catherine:  Yes, there are many companies that manufacture molle packs that fit women.  Personally, I use Eberlestock for backpacking and hunting.  I like the durability, frame, and the fitment.  If you are going to spend the money for high quality packs, I recommend visiting a local gun or hunting store and trying it on.  For my bug out bag, I have an inexpensive Molle pack I bought at the local Gun Show.   There are many vendors that sell cheaper brands that are still comfortable.  Once again, make sure you try it on. Look into Eberlestock, Granite gear, Mystery Ranch, and 5.11 tactical