Multi-Purpose AR: Ruger AR-556 MPR

Do we really need another AR-type rifle? Of course the answer is, absolutely yes! Different variations of America’s Rifle give consumers more options—and more options are always a good thing. Sturm, Ruger & Company’s new AR-556 Multi-Purpose Rifle (MPR) is a bit different than what is normally found on the market. OVERVIEW The Ruger AR-556

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Wehrmacht Sniper: Lessons From the Eastern Front

On 22 June 1941, the German Wehrmacht launched an offensive into Russia with 139 divisions across an 1,800-mile front. Operation Barbarossa was the largest military offensive in human history. Around three million German troops took part. The German war machine was then justifiably thought to be invincible.

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Short and Stealthy: Kel-Tec/RAS Engineering SU2000-SS

Kel-Tec CNC Industries, Inc, of Florida introduced its slick little SUB-2000 self-loading carbine in 2001. Chambered for the 9x19mm cartridge, the SUB-2000 was both lightweight at four pounds, and small. I suppose one could describe the gun as small and smaller, as it essentially folds in half from an overall length of 29.5 inches down

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Long Guns: The M1A1 Carbine

During the 1970s, I used to hang out at a St. Louis gun shop frequented by “Cinder Dicks” (railroad police) from the East St. Louis Railroad Yards. The East St. Louis Yards were a well-known combat zone. For example, there was a tower reinforced with sandbags around the observation point, from which rifle-armed railroad cops

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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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