I don’t like “winter” trigger guards

A KAC Winter Trigger Guard next to a Magpul Winter Trigger Guard

A common cheap “upgrade” to the AR15 now is an enlarged “winter” trigger guard. The slightly larger opening is made to allow for the shooter to wear bulky gloves in the winter time.

Not that long ago, there was a company called Tapco that sold some good stuff, and lots of low quality junk. People who wanted to trick out their firearms could cheaply purchase many dubious upgrades cheaply and feel like were improving their firearm. Some people called this “Tapco Fucking” a firearm.

An example of what might be called a “Tapco Fucked SKS” Some good upgrades, lots of cheap flimsy plastic.

Some of Tapco’s stuff was great, like their AK triggers, but most not so much. Their AK triggers, awesome. Their folding stocks, good until they break. When Magpul came around the stuff they made was cheap, and considered to be high quality. They sell a “enhanced trigger guard”. This offers, “It features a shallow “V” shape for better use of gloves in tactical shooting or cold weather operations. The MOE Trigger Guard is non-folding, has rounded edges, and fills the annoying “gap” at the rear of the standard trigger guard.”

I think that is crap. I think the winter trigger guard is a cheap part offered to let you customize your gun, and think you are improving it.

Here is the thing, the standard trigger can be flipped down. This gives even MORE space for gloved hands, and ALSO allows you to shoot if you wearing mittens. A winter trigger guard wont let you do that.

Now I am all for customizing guns, but I think the winter trigger guard is a gimmick.

Colt Goody Bag

I wasn’t a Colt fan until after I met Shawn. I had owned most of the other brands at that point and didn’t see the point of owning a Colt. Having met Shawn, his rabid Colt fanboyism rubbed off on me. Now most of the AR15s I own are Colt.

Why? Simply because I have had less trouble with Colt than other brands. Not “no trouble” but less trouble.

Anyways, I bought another Colt AR last year, and finally got it in this week. I’ll talk about it more later, but here is a teaser.

I like how the Colt used include a nice kit with each AR15. However in 2013 as a cost cutting measure they changed and reduced the kit to help keep the rifles price competitive with all the cheap low end ARs out there. I believe this kit was made back in 2012, as the kits were changing but not cut down yet.

This particular kit came with:

  • 2 30 round P-Mags
  • Cleaning Kit
  • Silent Sling
  • Manual
  • QD Sling Socket
  • Magpul RVG Vertical Forward Grip
  • 3 FDE Ladder Covers

In one way I wish more firearms would come with full kits of support equipment. But the simple truth of the matter is that most of us won’t use most of what comes in these kits. By leaving out accessories Colt was able to shave down the price a bit, and we can then buy what ever we want to use separately.

Build a 9mm AR15 Pistol, I don’t like it.

Bottom Line Up Front: 9mm AR moves more than 5.56 ARs, made me not like the 9mm pistol configuration.

Long rambling explanation below:

Recoil has multiple components. There is the muzzle rise AKA muzzle flip. There is the rearwards force. There is also the intensity or how drawn out that recoil is. Some guns are a push and some are snappy.

For example, some say that .40 S&W has less recoil than .45 ACP, but .40 is snappier due to the recoil being in a shorter time which can make it harder to control.

The Colt pattern 9mm AR15s are blow back operated. Because of this they have heavier bolts and buffers giving them a good bit more mass moving during the recoil of the firearm.

So these blow back 9mm AR15s (well this does apply to all blow back guns) have a more violent recoil then the rarer pistol caliber carbines that are not blow back.

Note that I said “more violent”, not just more or bad. These 9mm ARs are still pleasant to shoot, especially due to the greatly decreased muzzle blast.

So where am I going with this? When I finally got out and shot this 9mm AR pistol I found it moved a good bit with each shot. Shooting accurately was easy. But shooting fast wasn’t.

I was surprised at how well I shot the pistol off hand. Using the iron sights and also an Aimpoint, I was easily shooting tight groups, nearly cloverleafs at 5-20 yards. In hindsight I really should have kept that target. But the gun moved so much off target with each shot I was really off-put by the whole experience.

Now if I had a pistol brace it would probably be a whole different story.

Anyways. I decided I am going to sell this 10.5 inch 9mm upper, and just replace it with a full 9mm rifle. Maybe a Colt 6951. And I have already swapped the pistol over into a 5.56 configuration.

Stock Removal Tool / Not-A-Bumpstock

Reposted with permission from AR15.com forums. Written by notso.

We made these stock removal tools to help ease the removal of a M4 stock from the buffer tube. The plate is thick enough to unlatch the stock from the holes in the buffer tube. Pull the tool away from the stock and it will pull it out enough to clear the slot completely and you can remove the stock.

I first came up with this right after the hoopla started after Vegas. The first ones were angle iron and pieces of a cutting board from the dollar store.

The drawing here was used to have the steel plates lased and bent.

The idea is similar to the brace idea. I, the manufacturer built these as stock removal tools, regardless of what you did with them. 

They don’t attach to the gun, they don’t replace anything. I don’t know if ATF would consider it a bump stock, but its not a stock of any kind either way. 

I present it here as a pattern. I am not selling these. Do not ask me to sell you one, I wont. I am giving out the dimensions and the concept.

Have fun!

ETA: Works on anything with a M4 stock, including AKs and such, as long as it is long enough to reach with whatever adapter is on there. 

If you take the plastic plate off and flip it upside down, it will work for left hand as well.