Next Evolution of the Piston AR: Primary Weapons Systems Mk116 Mod 2

Witnessing a product’s evolution is gratifying, especially when one has experience with early models to better appreciate the modifications made. For me, the Primary Weapons Systems (PWS) MK116 MOD 2 AR is a great case in point. PWS has taken its concept of the AR rifle another step forward with its next generation MK1 (M16/AR-15)

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Long Guns: Compact Weaponlights for Ar Carbines

One great advantage of the M4 Carbine is that it’s light and handy. But the M4 has experienced “weight creep” during the War on Terror as various accessories have been added. I’ll grant that many of the accessories are useful, but in some cases they still get the rifle’s weight up to that of a

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Powerful Performer: Flint River Armory CSA45 Carbine

Whether you pronounce it “car-bean” or “car-byne,” there are basically two definitions of “carbine.” The first and most common definition is a shorter version of the regular rifle, but still firing the standard service cartridge. A modern example of this is the M16A4 rifle and the M4A1 carbine, both chambered in 5.56x45mm NATO. The second

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Blood on the Range: Doublestar ARC 300

We all know the story of Noah and his ark. Recently I discovered a different ARC: the DoubleStar ARC 300 chambered in .300 Blackout (BLK). DOUBLESTAR ARC 300 DoubleStar’s ARC (Always Ready Carbine) 300 is an AR-15 type rifle, but with several interesting features. To begin with, it’s relatively light at 6.7 pounds unloaded. The

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Accuracy Worth the Wait: Accuracy International at .308 Precision Rifle

Accuracy International (AI) has been a well-known entity in the precision-rifle marketplace since the mid-1980s. AI’s innovations have shaped and influenced the precision bolt-action genre of weapons. AI’s founders were competitive marksmen, one of them an Olympic gold medalist and World Champion. Up until that time, sniper rifles had been converted hunting or existing service

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U.S. Version of Classic H&K: Moore Advanced Dynamics MAD 9 Carbine

Heckler & Koch (H&K) firearms enjoy an enviable reputation in terms of quality, reliability, and ruggedness. In terms of H&K rifles, the U.S. market is skewed due to firearm importation bans creating a shortage. Roughly speaking, only 15,000 H&K 94 pattern weapons were imported before the 1989 ban, which causes them to be priced in

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Old World Meets New: Bergara LRP Elite Bolt-Action Rifle

This is the golden age for enhancing established firearms past what was thought possible only a few years ago. And I’m not talking only about ARs, AKs, Glocks, and 1911s. Even the standard bolt-action rifle is getting a makeover in terms of performance and appearance. This is in large part due to the rise of CNC machining and other cutting-edge manufacturing techniques. The Bergara Long Range Precision (LRP) Elite bolt-action rifle is an excellent case in point.

Eye of the Beholder: Search For The Perfect Carbine

Opinions fluctuate widely according to peer pressure. One forum (populated by those with little practical experience) believes that only a bare bones circa 1963 gun is acceptable. Another forum (populated by a few with real experience) attempts to hold in check a population that wants everything on their carbines—especially if the gear is new, and no matter that they have neither an idea how nor the training to use it.