The Kalashnikov series of rifles, the world’s most widely produced and copied small arm, has been in service for almost 60 years. It’s become an icon, and its widespread use has made it a popular choice for citizens of our grand nation. It has served friend, but more commonly foe. It has seen use as
For some time, elements of the U.S. military, law enforcement, and the popular gun press have been praising and lifting upon their shoulders a rifle whose shortcomings have apparently been forgotten. I am referring to the U.S. rifle, M14. Volumes have been written about it (R. Blake Stevens’ book is particularly recommended) and I will
I’ve shot a lot of battle rifles designed for indoor training with .22 Long Rifle ammo. This has included the excellent German conversion units for the G3/HK91 and FAL, purpose-built AK .22 rifles, AR-15 conversion units, and purpose-built AR-15s in .22 Long Rifle. The M&P15-22 I’ve been shooting for the last few weeks may well
Fans of the Steyr AUG have reason to be excited. AUGs were previously available in the United States only in pre-ban form, which for the most part were manufactured prior to the Import Ban of 1989. That ban was permanent. Even though the so-called Assault Weapons Ban expired in 2004, no new Steyr AUGs could
I love building ARs. Probably like many of you, I like working with my hands, putting things together, and making repairs. Even painting a rifle gives me a little added satisfaction over one that is strictly off-the-shelf. I’m not very artistic, although there is an undeniable form of self-expression associated with building an AR. You
The Special Operations community has been using the FNH USA SCAR (SOF Combat Assault Rifle) for several years. The carbine is now available to the general public in semiautomatic configuration (SCAR 16S).
When thinking of precision tactical rifles, one of the first names that comes to mind is McMillan. McMillan has established a well-deserved reputation for manufacturing some of the highest quality and most accurate rifles on the planet. While McMillan manufactures rifles for just about any purpose and chambered in most calibers common for sporting or
Almost a year ago I received a special edition lower receiver from Defensive Edge/SLR15 Rifles. It was special enough that I waited until I found just the right upper to complete the rifle. That moment has arrived. American Spirit Arms/SLR15 carbine shown with optics used during the evaluation: Millett 4-16X50 Tactical scope, Aimpoint T-1 and
The .338 Lapua Magnum is a long-range precision tactical cartridge whose time has come. If there are any doubts, consider the fact that the next U.S. military sniper rifle will be in .338 Lapua caliber. The original round was developed by Research Armament in the United States in 1983 at the request of the U.S.