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Q&A on the AR15/M855 at 1,000 yard post.

A  few weeks ago, I posted an article where I fired at 1,000 yards using  as close to an as issued M16A2 as I can get. I used MK262 ammo and M855 to make hits while shooting iron sights only and from prone with just as sling as support.   The  Article has been popular and has had a lot of views, but with it came a lot of questions and the inevitable  uneasy feeling from people who have given advice to others for years about how near useless the 5.56 is.   Almost to the point of being offended.

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

A lot of people who emailed me, or commented on the subject wanting to know how it was done and my procedures etc.  After talking to a friend about it, I re read the article and realized that I should have been more clear in some parts. While the majority of people know what the point I was trying to make, some others seem to think I was trying to say something between the lines. So I am going to answer the question that have popped up from a few people since the article.

First is the assumption that I was making any claims about the terminal performance of the 5.56/M855 round or even the MK 262 at this distance.  I was not.   I simply shot  the drill as a way to demonstrate that the AR15 is capable of  accuracy and accomplishments a lot of people do not bother to imagine or try out.    I never said the 556 would knock a man down at 1K or penetrate X amount of inches.   But, a hit is a hit.   I doubt few would volunteer to be shot at 1K with a 556 to prove how wrong I am.   In the 6os a man was knocked off a bicycle from a stray 22LR shot that escaped over a range berm in Ohio.  It was over a mile from where the shooter was setting.   That does not prove a thing.  But a hit is still indeed a hit.  Even if it feels like a hornet sting, if some one is nailing you at 1,000 yards, that would demoralize me and seriously make me rethink wanting to get closer.  The SS109 was meant to fired at longer ranges in LMG use. So to claim it would not put some kind of hurt on a person is absurd.  How effective that hurt is, is another matter and not the convern of the article.

How did I see the target and what aiming point did I use to be able to hit such a target ?  That is the next common question.   It is simple.  I adjusted the front sight to account for more  elevation. I did not go out with a military 25Meter zero.   Elevation was adjusted using the front sight for the most part and I refined it with the rear since I had plenty left over to play with.   I zeroed the sights at 1,000 yard to the point I used a so called “6 oclock hold”  But actually I adjusted the sight to the point where I held the front site about 5 foot below the target.  That is why I had the steel gong painted neon orange.  I got on the steel. then moved to the paper.   It was not some impossible thing to do or a miracle.  Nor was it “flinging lead down range” ’till I got lucky

You can not get lucky if you don’t do everything right before hand.

Having the hold so far below the point of impact gave me plenty of room to see the target and light. I also could see any impacts into the dust to make windage changes or any other change I needed.  Also a spotter with a 60x spotting scope to help.

How did you do it without 80 grain  bullets with a OAL that required you to single feed?   That was where the gross amount of sight manipulation comes into play and a shooting lane between two hills blocking all but a head wind.   The 80s are great, and if you are trying to hit a X ring at perry, you will need them or the 77 grain HPBT. But with enough adjustment in your sights, you can get just about anything on target. If it is a decent weight.  Careful reading will show I shot the heavier match 77 grain load to get on target initially and had  doubts about the M855. I never said that the M855 was a wonder bullet.

What enemy did you expect to prove the M855 would kill at 1,000 yards?   A cardboard target is all I set out to prove the round would hit. Though few would really let some one shoot them at 1K with the 556 no matter how much the claim other wise.  Also when I said “lethal” hits,  I wrongly assumed people knew that most hits in the “black” of the target are considered solid hits, not anatomically correct. So yeah, my use of lethal was a slang term used in the context of the too large scoring area of military targets. And people have bled to death from groin and lung hits.  So I guess I would consider them lethal depending on the abilities and medical expertise of the enemies you are engaging.  But draw your own conclusions.  My point was to show that the AR15 in stock form will hit at 1,000 yards with good and issue ammo if you know what you are doing. Nothing more.  Furthermore, it was not just luck getting the M855 on target. It is certainly not match accurate ammo. But it is within reason to expect a decent lot of M855 to be able to hit a man.

If the article gave you more confidence in your weapon that was my goal. It does not matter if the average Marine or soldier can or can not do it. It matters what you can do with it when it is in your hands.   It does not matter if you can not imagine needing to take a shot like that. Having the skill builds your confidence and it is there on the off chance you ever need it.  Why does anyone even bother shooting at anything?

According to The Complete Book of US Sniping by Peter Senich,  confirmed kills were made in Vietnam with the M16A1 and 55 grain M193 at 800 meters.  That does not make the combo a sniper rifle or the last word on the subject, but it does show what the right combination of marksman, weapon and skill, can achieve.  Crazy long shots have been made with weapons people never dreamed  of since before  Billy Dixon  knocked and Indian Chief off his horse at the battle of Adobe Walls.   The test was done to show that no matter what you are using, you should always be confident in your skill being able to make hits that are beyond what so called experts say. And, to the limit of what the system is capable of and beyond if possible.Improved marksmanship is something to always strive for, no matter what the weapon and ammo is.  It hurts nothing to have the ability to shoot this far. Oddly enough some people are just out right offended that I did this.  As if hitting your target at such a long range is offensive to them.  It is never a waste of time to be able to hit as far as you can on a realistic sized target.

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Any further  questions can be sent to the looserounds  Q&A email address or posted on the facebook page and I will try to answer them.

Q&A March 2013

1. What is the best length to fire  MK 318 SOST through?

As with all ammo, The longer the barrel. the more velocity and the better the performance of the bullet.  The MK 318 was meant for the A4 rifle down to the MK18. You can use it in any length, but longer barrels will always give better performance.

2. Can I ruse .222 re size dies for .222 rimmed cases?

yes. just like using 45 ACP and 45 Auto rimmed will work the same.

3. Can you adjust the sights on a colt rail gun?

You can, but it is a Novak fixed site not adjustable for elevation. You have to drift the rear sight to the left or right with a brass punch to make windage changes

4. What caliber rifle did carlos hathcock use in vietnam?

Carlos’ first tour rifle was a M70 in 30-06. his second tour rifle was a M40 in .308/ 7.62 NATO until wounded. He also used a scope mounted M2 Browning in .50BMG.

5. What is the break in procedure for sig sauer 716, 308 winchester?

None, it does not need to be broken in.  Combat rifles do not to be “broken in” This is a myth.

6. Why is  the shotgun is the best for shtf?

It is not.

7. What is the difference between fn pbr & fn spr?

There are major differences. The PBR has the same action, but with a hogue stock and with a shorter and lighter barrel profile. The SPR has a McMillian stock, a 24 inch Match chrome lined barrel with the same M70 action as the PBR but with over all  tighter tolerances and is made to be a precision sniper rifle.  The PBR is a slightly upgraded varmint type rifle meant to ride in a car trunk all day and make short to medium raange DMR type shots.

8.What wilson mag comes with colt usmc?

The 7 round 47D

9. Was the Winchester m52 target rifle a military training rifle?

The first version, the M52, was intended to be a .22Lr trainer. But the Springfield M1922 was more widely used for that role.

10. What is the winchester marksman rifle stocks?

That was a walnut stock used on the National Match and International and target models. Some where used by the USMC sniper team during the Vietnam War.  They had a wide flat fore arm and a rear stock at the correct height for optics.  the stock was also used on the M52B and C models.  Until the New Haven plant closed. The same stock design was used on the Heavy Varmint and Stealth line of Model 70s  but it was a synthetic and made by H-S Precision.  Current FN made Model 70s do not use the marksman stock style stock.

11. What is the marine corps hydration carrier?

The most common one is made by The Source called the WXP

 

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How do I zero my sights?

Howard:  Well it would help if you told us what sort of sight you are using.  With iron sights, move the rear sight the same direction you want your impacts to go, and the front sight the opposite direction you need your impact to move.

Is the LMT MWS currently for sale the same as military issue?

Howard:  No, the currently LMT MWS is not the same as what was delivered in the order of 440 rifles to the British Military.  If you want the same thing as what they have, you will need to get an early MWS with an early stainless barrel.  Since then, MWS upper has changed, the barrel profile has changed, and the bolt and bolt carrier has changed.  If you do not care about these substantial changes, and just care about the look, you can buy LMT new package called the Sharpshooter.

Who makes the decals on the Pelican case in the articles?

Shawn:  Dogfightink is where you can get the decals.

Is there a screw on front sight installation tool for Glock?

Howard:  Yes, there are several brands of hex headed screw drivers for it.  Any dealer of Glock parts should have some, and it should run you around $10.

Will a Surefire x300 fit on a Sig P226?

Shawn:  If you have a rail on your P226, yes.

Howard:  You will need to buy a rail adapters if your Sig P226 does not come with an accessory rail.

Was the M16A1 used for sniping in Vietnam?

Shawn:  It was unofficially used, and even has a recorded hit out 800m, but offically consideration and testing it was not decided to be the basis of a sniper weapon in the Marine Corps or Army.

When did the Glock Model 20 come out?

Howard:  The 10mm Glock 20 came out around 1991.

Is the Sig 517 a SR25/M110 pattern rifle?

Howard:  The Sig 517 will use the same mags as the SR25/M110.  Other then that they are different.

Do they make a 30 round clip for the Scar-H?

Shawn:  No, no one make a 30 round “clip”, or a 20 or a 5 round “clip” for the SCAR.  The SCAR uses a Magazine.

Howard:  There are aftermarket 25 round mags, I don’t know if there are 30 round mags for it.

glock 36 6 round mag

Howard:  Please use complete sentences for questions.  Standard magazines for the Glock 36 hold 6 rounds.

Is the scar breaking optics?

Howard:  Many sources state that the FN SCAR’s recoil is harsh on optics.  This may be part of the reason why EoTech moved the battery location to being transversely mounted on the new Eotech and why Elcan now has a HD line of optics.

Q&A

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1.  Which Night sights for a Glock 19 would you recommend?

Duncan: There are several high quality sights on the market. Since Trijicon makes the Tritium lamps for most high-quality night sights you can’t go wrong with a company that has Trijicon labeled on the side of the sight. I have used several sights and recommend the following:

For all around general use that’s easy on the pocket book, Meprolight, Trijicon or Glock factory standard three dot night sights work fine. I have carried all three on different duty Glocks and they are very close in function. I prefer the Glock factory out of this group as they have lasted the longest and are quicker to acquire in low light. There is a down side that the Glock night sights have that the others don’t.  Sometimes if you are back lit, the angle of the rear sight can reflect light, washing the rear sight out.  This is rare but something to consider. Out of the three, the Glock factory sights have traditionally been the lowest in cost.

If price is something you are concerned with but you want to upgrade from the standard night sights, Ameriglo is a great option. Trijicon makes all of the laps for Ameriglo, and the Pro Operator or I-Dot Pro would serve you well.  For the price these sights are hard to beat and will outperform the standard night sights.

If you want to step it up, my favorite sights currently are the Trijicon HD night sites. I have these on a Gen2 Glock 19 and I can tell you they are great. One of the best sight I have ever used. They have a serrated rear operator sight and photo luminescent orange ring front sight. The profile is higher and the sights are faster and easier to acquire for me. You will pay for these but they are worth it.

Howard:  I personally prefer the Trijicon night sights, I like the sight picture and they have good customer service should you manage to break one.  The downside to Trijicon sights is that the white ring around the tritium vials will wear away quickly.  Meprolight sights will not lose the white rings, however they have less gap between the sides of the front sight and the rear sight.

2.  Shotgun or carbine , which is best for general patrol work for police?

Duncan: There are so many factors that come into play when thinking about what would be the best long gun in your patrol vehicle. Both a shotgun and a carbine have their place. What patrol environment you are in, (metro, small city, rural, or county), will also play a factor. Price is also a point you might want to look at, but when your life is on the line, price is not a real factor for me.

Shotgun: The old pump action shotgun like the 870 is a great shotgun. I can tell you the intimidation factor of a pump action shotgun will beat all other weapons. It’s awesome for felony stops or an alarm call on a house/business at night. I don’t know what it is but bad guys fear the shotgun. I have had suspects tell me to shoot them or come running at me when I had an AR-15 or handgun pointed at them. The downside to the shotgun is that it is heavy, large/cumbersome, has a limited range and it only holds a few rounds. Used properly it is very effective but after four rounds you have to reload or transition.

AR-15: The trend over the last decade has really been moving toward the AR-15 type patrol rifles. I think this probably is the best all around choice. My department replaced the Remington 870 with the Colt M4/LE6921 in about 2003. The availability and ease to obtain body armor and the increase in the number of high profile incidents where suspects were heavily armed, are both driving factors in carrying AR-15 patrol rifles.  It is light, small, easy to maneuver, accurate, has a large ammunition capacity and will defeat body armor. As a police officer you can use the kind of ammunition you want, unlike soldiers in the military. Open-tip match bullets and bonded bullets have made the AR-15 platform more accurate and effective with improved terminal ballistics.  The AR-15’s range will exceed what the average law enforcement officer will need. Six inch steel target at 100 yards, no problem. With the ability to put multiple accurate rounds on target in quick succession, it is the preferred choice. Add an Aimpoint and this is an almost unbeatable combination in my opinion.

These are only some of the factors that you must consider when looking at your patrol shotgun or carbine. For general patrol work I feel an AR-15 variant is best. For patrol work I would go with a 14.5″ or 16″ barrel. If you are a part time tac-team member or well trained officer, I would go with an 11.5″ barrel. One thing to think about is a good 870 is only a few hundred dollars, so if your department approves it why not have both.

3.  What is the best technique for shooting a pistol with a handheld flashlight?

Duncan:  The best technique is the one that gives your firearm the most stable shooting position with the light you’re using. There are so many lights out there that this all depends on what particular hand held light you have.  For me, I always carried a larger flashlight. I really liked the Streamlight SL20X and Stinger series.

I found with most lights The Harries Technique works extremely well: Hold the flashlight in your support hand, like an ice pick.  Come underneath your firearm/dominant hand, then hook your wrist up and put the back of your hands together. Now your weapon hand is resting on your support hand wrist and the back of your hands are together. Apply a little pressure by pushing the backs of your hands together to make a stable shooting platform.

There are several other advanced techniques, (FBI, Surefire, Neck Index), most of them involve one hand shooting. The Harries Technique gets you very close to two handed shooting and works with flashlights that have end-cap or side pressure switches. The Harries is one of the most common techniques taught in Law Enforcement Academies.

Howard:  Before I learned any proper techniques, I played around with several ways to do this.  I found for me that I ended up using the the Harries Technique.  I also use a similar method for using a handheld flashlight with the AR15, my left wrist is placed on the mag well pulling the rifle into my shoulder and helping support it.

4.  What backup gun for police?

Duncan:  Once again there are so many things to think about when looking at a backup firearm. First you need to pick a quality firearm, el cheapo .25 auto or .32 auto is not going to cut it. Ideally a backup that carries your same duty ammo and magazine capability is best. For example: a Glock 27 to a Glock 22, or M&P compact to M&P full size. The operation/manipulation and familiarity of these compacts are the same as your duty weapon. If this backup is mounted in your patrol car or on your ankle you can use your full capacity duty mags for reloads. This is a huge plus (+) in a prolonged firefight.

I have always been a smaller guy, I tried to carry a Glock 27 on my ankle, but it was just too big and heavy for me. In this case a very reliable J frame revolver is a very good option. For Example: S&W 642 airweight or 340PD airlite. These J frame revolvers can weigh as little as 11 oz. While not compatible with your duty gun, in most cases this is a last ditch emergency pull. I personally would not want to carry anything smaller than a 9mm/.38 special/.357 mag round. If it is an emergency situation I want to make sure my ammunition has the ability to put the threat down. Having said that .380 has come a long way and if you want something small in an automatic this is another option to consider. Example: Sig P238.

I can never state this enough, no matter what you choose, training and practice are key. You must have the ability to put effective rounds on target with your backup, especially if your backup is not compatible with your duty weapon. You might only have those five rounds in the J frame to get the job done.

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Q&A 6

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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

Q&A 5

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1.  Is it better to leave a few rounds out of magazines to save the spring?

Shawn- It is perfectly harmless to load  magazine to its full capacity. Springs wear form cycling , not from being under tension. Most of the time the problem in feeding is from faulty feed lips and not the spring.

Howard-  That started with the USGI 20 round mags which could have their spring installed backwards and would still function with 18 rounds, but would jam with 20.  Nowdays I would not buy or use mags that were not 100% reliable when loaded to capacity.

2.  What slings do  you recommend?

Howard-  First I would suggest reading Vickers article on slings.  It can be found here.  Shawn and I recommend for the AR15 slings like the Vickers sling, Viking Tactics sling, and similar 2 points.

3. How do you tighten the screws on a pre 64 Model 70 Winchester?

You tighten the front and rear screws the same as you would any other wood-stocked bolt action. but, the middle screw that holds the floor plate on is just barely tightened finger tight, just enough to let the floor plate close. if you tighten it much more it causes problems for the rifle.

4.  how do you use a weapon flash light

Howard-  Tactics and placement of a weapon light could be an article in it self.  However first a safety and employment.  I was working on a write up about it, however I found that Mas Ayoob beat me to it and did a better job.  I highly recommend looking at his article on the use of weapon lights that can be found here.

5. What is the best aimpoint for general use?

Howard- The answer depends on if you are running the aimpoint co-witness with iron sights, or without iron sights in the view of the window. If you are not co-witness with iron sights, I would highly recommend the Aimpoint T1 or H1 for its compact size and light weight. However if you are co-witnessessing with iron sights, a larger window is usually preferred. If you have the money, I would recommend the Aimpoint Comp M4, however the Aimpoint PRO offers similar excellent features at an economical price. The Aimpoint PRO is probably the best value for the person with a limited budget.

Q&A 4

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1.  colt le901-16s release date?

Howard:  The Colt 901 has already been released and can be purchased.  However currently supplies are limited.

2.  what finish does the colt rail gun have 

Shawn:  Stainless steel or Stainless with a black ceracoat coating.

3.  winchester model 70 pre 64 iron sights?

Shawn:  The target or National Match version came with Lyman or Redfield Olympic iron sights.  Sporters came with a simple leaf sight.

4.  Just out of curiosity, what’s the average accuracy you’re getting out of ‘regular’ .308 ball ammo out of the Colt?  I saw the one line in your write up about German DAG (approx 2.5 inch groups).  Is that about what you average with M80/Portuguese/S. African?

Shawn:  NMH ball also gave about 2.5 MOA.  150 grain soft point hunting ammo from Federal gave about a 1.5 inch group at 100 yards.

Howard:  Surplus can vary greatly, don’t expect match results with surplus, often 2-5 MOA is to be expected with good surplus.  Stuff like Wolf will perform worse.

5.  What is the coolest MOLLE vest?

Shawn:  What do you mean, to wear to the gun prom, or what is the least hot.  The coolest (temperature) is probably the SDS MOLLE 2 Fighting Load Carrier (FLC) as issued by the military.  Coolest for showing off would maybe be the Eagle Maritime CIRAS or the Marine Corps Scaleable Plate Carrier.

Howard:  The FLC is good, but maybe not the coolest in temperature.  Something like a basic chest carrier with H harnes like backing might be coolest.  As for cool factor, perhaps the CRYE Jumpable Plate Carrier (JPC).  *For coolest just look Titleist1, an active poster on AR15.com.

6.  How do you make homemade body armor

Shawn:  Under no circumstances depend on homemade body armor to save your life.  There is no way you can replicate the quality of a properly manufacturer plates of soft armor.

7.  is the fn pbr 24inch fluted barrel a heavy barrel

Shawn:  I could call it a medium heavy, it tapers down.

8.  Do Glocks shoot loose with age?

Howard:  Yes, all things wear.  Glock triggers will generally get smoother.  Some people claim that replacing the Slide Lock in a old Glock that is shooting poorly will tighten up barrel lockup and improve grouping.  Some parts like the plastic tubular insert in the striker channel can erode and come loose from wear.

9.  do you have to break in a gun with national match barrel

Shawn:  Well its a little complicated, but to start off it is important to note that a quality national match barrel will come polished and hand lapped from the maker.  So you should not have to break one in.

LooseRounds over years have found that breaking in barrels is a waste of time, regardless if its custom match or factory.  Usually you will do more cleaning rod damage to the barrel then any amount of improvement you could have helped.