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Surefire 60 Round Magazine Full Auto Test

Since the surefire 60 round mags have came out a few years ago I have been doing some long term testing of them.  They seem to have a shady reputation for reliability in some corners while others deem them fine.  I have written about them a few times already.  I tested them for reliability and durability, as well as talking about how the changed the handling of a carbine and perceived weight. Last year I  wrote about how I left two of the 60s fully loaded  for a a hair under 2 years, then fired them with no problems.

I continued that test and  had another surefire 60 round mag fully loaded for a hair over 3 years. I had planned on firing it and writing about it, when a friend brought over a full auto lower.   It was a great chance to test the mag since full auto is more strain on everything.

I slapped my Colt H3 buffer in the lower and my Colt 6940 upper on the dealer sample lower and fired the surefire mag in burst.

As can be seen in the video. I worked perfect.  I followed that up with a few more times  of using it in longer bursts  with no problems.  The Surefire magazines may be hit and miss and have a certain rep online. But I have had no problems with my three and long term testing and efforts to get one to fail without completely abusing it, have shown them to be reliable.    I will continue long term testing with updates since the mag is still  is in doubt as a useful piece of gear. I have to say that I still have confidence in the ones I have been testing and would use them without worry.

Steyr AUGA3 Review




I am not a fan of bullpups. In fact, you could say I hate the things. But, there is  an exception to every rule and now, my exception is the AUG.  Since the 80s, I have always admired the AUG as a cool exotic weapon that was hard to get my paws on here and it only got harder to find one until recently. Then, it just became hard to get a good one.   Over the weekend, my friend and one of Looseorunds guest writers brought in his new Steyr  AUGA3 for us to use and abuse until our heats became intend.  And while the AUG is not perfect, it lived up to be everything I hoped it would be.

The new AUGA3 is not a knock off or cheap copy, but a real Steyr AUG.  The barrel is made by FN with what is said to be a 1/9 twist. But recent investigation has shown the barrel twist to be closer to a 1/8.5. I will talk more on that in a bit.  The gun uses the original magazine pattern, but lacks the original low powered optic. Instead it comes with the infinitely more useful railed top.


The gun also has a side mounted rail for adding accessories you may need or want to add. We mounted the excellent Aimpoint T-1 in a Laure mount, and the nice compact Surefire X300 on the side rail. This gave a very compact and handy general purpose package. One of the down sides to the AUG is the slight difficulty of being able to activate some of the on/off switches to weapons lights.  This can be over come, but every solution we came up with never really seemed to be idea in my opinion, As it stands now, the light would have to be turned constant on/off when needed. I am sure some one else will eventually come up with a good solution to this.


As can be seen in the picture above, the top rail still has plenty of space for NOD mounting and even has room left over for a IR/visible laser that an be mounted in front, or a set of BUIS. All of this  adds not weight to the rifle that makes the way it handles change in any way that we could detect.

After zeroing the red dot at the typical 50 yard zero, we took it up to shoot at some of the longer distances to see how it would feel and perform,


After shooting at 300 yards and on “Q” target and determining that it stabilized the MK 262 load, I then started shooting it at a steel target at 800 yards. The gun was fully capable of getting hits on the plate at 800 with no problem. It was actually easier to hit the plate with  the AUG than it was when using an HK417 in 308.  The short stiff barrel is very accurate. Match ammo produced 1 MOA groups while M193 gave the typical 2-2.5 MOA groups.


Above, the owner poses beside the steel at 800 to show its size and the hits on the plate from the 5.56 AUGA3. The pate is not  the same size as a man, so it is a lot better performance that it seems without being able to see the actual size of the target compared. Once again I want to point out that it is no big deal to shoot beyond 200 yards with a red dot sight despite what gun board experts will claim. The right zero and quality ammo makes it no real feat. In my opinion the RDS with a good zero on a 556 rifle is very close to being the perfect general purpose combo.


Now on to the qualities that really make the AUG stand out to me.  This gun is so easy to fire with speed it was a huge surprise to me. The recoil is tame. Tame and flat. When firing the gun during rapid fire drills, it seems that it is like shooting a .22LR. The recoil comes straight back and is very, very light. The gun seems to not rise at all. My first thought on shooting it  was how great it would be for run and gun competition, It is like using an AR15 with a really good brake. It is something you have to see for yourself to really enjoy how smooth and soft it is. I would be interested to know what it was like with a sound suppressor on it.

Another thing about this gun that was a surprise to me was how great the trigger turned out to be. It was not light weight, but it broke very clean. Just like the cliched “glass rod.” I would say it had about the same pound trigger as the average AR. but it broke very clean with little creep or just anything that you would expect from a gun like this. Or anything without a match trigger really. This greatly added to the easy of hitting at 800 yards consistently with the rifle.


Reliability was all you could ask for. After a 100 round mag dump, it still worked perfectly. One of the mags my friend brought with the gun was around 20 years old and it worked just like the two new mags that came with it. And those mags are very well  made and tough.  The ribbed and roughed finished mags are easy to grab and  manipulate under speed but do not have a rough low quality look or feel. The ribbing adds to the strength no doubt, and the smoked translucent polymer give you the ability to see the loaded status. One of the mags was the 42 round version and it still felt balances in the gun and gave no trouble. All of the mags also nicely fit in common M16 mag pouched just as you would expect.

The safety is the cross bar type but was not trouble to get used to after a short bit of use. And, it actually seemed really natural after using it a bit. It was located on the stock where it is easy to hit on activate on and off easily. It is no AR15 safety by any means, but it is not something I would even nit pick about.


Now, the downsides.  The gun is not ambi. The charging handle is not, and the ejection port would have you eating brass as you fired it when set up for your strong hand. You can have it one way or the other, but no both.  Another thing, is you HAVE to wear gloves if you are going to shoot it a lot and fast.  We forgot our gloves and we both burned ourselves.  It is very easy to put your alternate killing hand too high up on the vertical grip and touch the barrel. Especially if you forget and try to hold the gun like you do the rail on a AR15. The receiver also gets hot as the devil’s butthole as well. Even just letting the gun hang buy sling means you have to be very careful. It being as short as it is, it is very easy to let it touch some part of your upper torso or thighs or have it touch against you when moving or handling something else.  I can easily imagine transitioning from the AUG to a handgun and when letting it hang, burn yourself in some places you never want burned. So you have to be careful think about it.  But this is mainly training issues that can be worked around and reduced.  Like I said above the light placement is also a but if a down side, The light is fine, but being able to turn it on and off without shifting the hand. If a cord is ran for a pressure bad to the VFG, I would be concerned the heat from the barrel and receiver would burn or melt the wiring.

Reloading is not where near as fast as an AR15 thought with practice many have gotten very fast. It is not as natural or ergonomic, but it is something you can train to. While not really a problem it is something to be aware of and needs a very different gun handling skill set on the AUG.  The butt stock is also not adjustable like a M4 carbine. This is not so much a problem since everything you would sight through already sets well to the rear by design of  the bullpup. But maybe for some one very small, it could possibly affect the ability to manipulate the trigger and safety if wearing body armor. We had no problems with this though.


the AUGA3 is a very fine gun and in my opinion, is a lot better than the tavor, which I loathe. It has a great balance and is very easy to shoot and move with. If you have the hots for a bullpup, this is the only one you will ever hear me recommend. It is a classic for sure and like the AR15 pattern, it has had enough years and combat use behind it to know you are getting a real combat hardened carbine, not some hyped up attempt to be different.




Quick thoughts on the Haley Strategic D3CR Chest Rig

Haley Strategic D3CR


When the D3CR was announced I didn’t think much of it.  However later I grew to like the idea of having a few mags, along with the ability to carry a pistol and pistol mags all in one small rig.  So I went to order one and found it was out of stock.

Quite a while later they finally got back in stock and I was able to get one.

Initially the mag pouches were very tight.  After a little use they have loosened up a bit and have not been an issue.  I find USGI mags slip out the best, but it can sometimes be a pain in the ass to get PMags in there.  While the rig isn’t slow, it is no where near as fast as something like a set of FastMags.  I would not want to use non-AR15 mags in those 4 main pockets.

The two General Purpose pouches are rather small.  Putting in a bandage and a tourniquet filled one up completely.  They are much smaller then I expected.

Construction appears excellent, well assembled and well thought out.

The Stuff-It pouch is awesome for holding odds and ends.  A single Saiga12/Vepr 12 mag, water bottle, Surefire 60 round mag, or SR25 mag all fit in it well and were easy to extract from it.  Inserting items was slower as they often caught on the elastic cord that makes up the sides of the pouch.

The pistol mag pouches appear to be designed for a full sized double stack mag.  My Glock 30 mags sat low in it and were slower to extract and the 1911 10 round mags high enough that using the retention elastic didn’t seem practical.  A magnet in the pouch held a lone single stack 1911 mag in place well and the pouch could fit two single stack 1911 mags in it easily.

I tried carrying a pistol(G19, G26, M1911, and an aluminium trainer as shown above) in a cheap holster in one of the side pockets.  I liked the draw and the accessibility of the pistol in that location, however I found that it flopped around too much and got in the way of using a rifle.  This set up using that cheap leather holster would not work for me.  I do not know if the recommend INCOG holster would make a difference there.

I like and would recommend the D3CR with the caveat that it is not the do every thing rig or the fastest gear available.  However if its capabilities fit your needs, it is rather nice and well made.

Brass over bolt in a Tavor and a broken Perazzi shotgun spring.

I was helping out on the range when one of the Range Officers asked me to help clear a jammed Tavor.  The owner was attempting to use a Surefire 60 round mag and had a brass over bolt malfunction and could not clear it.

Tavor malfunction

Tavor malfunction

What surprised me is when I easily cleared the visible jammed round the action wouldn’t cycle.  Turns out there was a second live round jammed up in there.  The follow bound in the Surefire 60 round mag allowing multiple rounds up into the action.  How they got up and back in the action I don’t know.   For any one who reads this who has used a Tavor and Surefire mags, how well has it worked for you?


A friend of mine showed me this broken spring from his Perazzi shotgun.

Perazzi shotgun broken spring

Perazzi shotgun broken spring

This spring for the lower barrel of a Perazzi shotgun reached the end of its service life and was replaced.  Fortunately this particular shotgun came with two spares of this spring so the owner can keep it ready for competition.  It is good to have spare parts for firearms you depend on. Often it is even better to have a complete working spare firearm.

Thoughts on the Short Barreled AR15.

Some years back I decided I would convert one of my AR15s to a short barreled rifle.  After paying a 200 dollar tax stamp and waiting a long time, I started with a LMT 10.5 inch upper.

The first time I shot that short upper I decided I wanted a suppressor.  That ended up costing me a great deal of money.

That picture shows two products I ended up having issues with.  My Eotech 512 had the battery contacts fail on me.  I also found out that the threads on my LMT upper were not cut concentric to the bore.  That issue lead to a 10 minute of angle point of impact shift between suppressed and unsuppressed.

My first silencer was a Gemtech M4-02.  The can performed great but it was a thread on can.  Each time I screwed it on or off the rifle I was worried about damaging the threads and I had to keep a flash hider or thread protected around for when I wasn’t using the can.  So I did more research on suppressors and I ended up buying a Surefire 556K can.

I found I preferred using ACOG optics on my SBR.  The ACOG gave me better target recognition and the bullet drop chart aided in shooting farther distances.

In the above photo my rifle has a Surefire muzzle break.  That break stayed on my rifle for one whole range session.  I find the increased flash and blast of a muzzle break on a short barreled rifle not worth the minimal amount of reduced recoil.

Around the time I decided I would have to do something about the major point of impact shift with my LMT upper I found out about a new rail on the market, the Daniel Defense MK18RISII.  I bought one along with a 10.5 inch medium contour match barrel.

When the above photo was taken I was trying out an early production Magpul UBR.  Many people on gun forums were claiming this was the ultimate rifle stock.  I found it to be awkward and heavy and very quickly got rid of it.  They don’t seem to be that popular any more.

Since then I have had a SBR AR15 in 9mm, 5.45.  I also had a LWRC PSD in 5.56.  The pistol caliber carbines are fun, but lack the usefulness at longer distances.  The LWRC with its 8.5 inch barrel and piston system was heavier then my 10.5 inch direct impingement uppers.

The 10 inch 5.56 SBR is the shortest I prefer to go.  Shorter then that you give up a great deal in ballistics and terminal performance.  A longer rifle starts to get awkward when using a suppressor.

I really love the short barreled AR15, but it is not something I would recommend to everyone.  Unless you are using suppressors I don’t think SBRs are that worth while.  If your thinking about getting into a short barreled AR15, look at the Colt 6933 and the Colt 6945.  I’ve purchased a Colt 6945 and am eagerly awaiting it.