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  1. Black River Tactical Covert Comp Review Hello folks. I have another review to share with you: This is the “Covert Comp” from Black River Tactical. [img]http://www.ar15armory.com/forums/uploads/1273354603/gallery_256_112_2659.jpg[/img] When I opened the package, the first thing I noticed is how closely this resembles an A2 style flash hider. Only there are no horizontal slots cut into the body. The flash hider is for the 6.8, 6.5 and 308 calibers with 5/8-24 thread pitch respectively. Length is 2 inches and weighs in at 2 ounces. The diameter is .862” and is made from Tungsten Enhanced Chrome-Moly steel coated in Manganese Phosphate. Hardened for maximum strength. Installing this flash hider is no different that any A2 on the market. It has two machined flats for use with a proper flash hider wrench. Its nice and smooth and in my opinion, sets the barrel off with a clean look. Inside is where this flash hider is different. There are 5 ports followed by grooves machined into the inside of the Covert. This design of inside ports is not new and is well regarded as being very effective in cutting down muzzle rise and projecting the perceived “crack” and noise down range, away from the shooter and bystanders. However this is something new for me. Most breaks or hiders that have the inside ports, like the Covert, are only machined back 1/16th to 1/8th from the end of the muzzle. The Covert is machined back just over ½” from the muzzle. This helps cut down the muzzle flip as the bullet leaves the bore. [img]http://www.ar15armory.com/forums/uploads/1273354603/gallery_256_112_30892.jpg[/img] Other than the two machined flats for torqueing down the comp, there is nothing to index so you can get away without using crush or peel washer. If you prefer to have the flats horizontal or vertical you will have to use a washer. The comp fits all the way against the barrel when a washer is not used. Until now, all I have used with my 6.8 weapons were an A2 flash hider and a Phantom flash hider. Neither does a good job at cutting down the recoil. When shooting with my ACOG and the A2, at 100 yards, my chevron rises approximately 15 inches high and 5 inches to the left. When using the Phantom, is a bit better at 10-12 inches high and 5 to the left. When using the Black River, there is a phenomenal difference. I put around 300 rounds through this comp so far and muzzle rise averaged around 5-6 inches high and 2-3 to the left. I did not test the other two flash hiders with my Mark 4 20x, but with the Mark 4 and the Black River, I never lost complete sight of my target. Follow up shots were easily accomplished with both scopes. Here is a short video showing the amount of muzzle rise using the Black River. Barrel is an 18” medium weight and gun weighs at just over 8 pounds. Keep in mind that this is shooting free hand. For the above testing, I used a bipod and rear bag. [url="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icQQEhOiQQE"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icQQEhOiQQE[/url] As a flash hider, this comp fared average. Low light shooting was fine with just a hint of flash seen through the optic. Follow up’s were not too difficult, but night shooting were very difficult getting back on target with the flash it produced. However, this is a comp, not a dedicated flash hider. Shooting this comp indoors is very pleasant. Muzzle blast is projected down range and away from the shooter and bystanders. Makes for less concussion during long range sessions. I have a few different comps that utilize this design and all are a pleasure to shoot indoors as is the Black River. To wrap up this review, the Covert Comp shows some great improvements over standard flash hiders and cuts muzzle rise down considerably. While its not the best comp for hiding the muzzle flash, it does a good job of cutting it down. Fit and finish score high marks. Machining looks very well done. No excess machining or tool marks were present on unit I tested. Thanks for your time! Author glock10mmman Category Submitted 07/17/2010 05:34 AM  
  2. Hogue ridged free float handguard review Hey all, I had been shopping around for a good free float tube for awhile and found this at Brownells : [url="http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/sid=53477/pid=6926/sku/Rifle_Forend__Ridged"]Hogue Ridged[/url] With my discount it was under 45 bucks. I ordered it and it arrived today. Its a solid two piece aluminum free float tube. Right off the bat, I found a few flaws with it. First off there is no barrel wrench that will fit the barrel nut. You wont be able to torque the barrel nut to the proper 30-40 FPS that is required. I had to use a strap wrench, put it in my vise block and tighten it down. What I did was take my 16" carbine's barrel off 4-5 times and re-torque it until I got the feel for what 30-40 pounds felt like. You can go all the way up to 80 and there no way I am near 80. Also the tube is not drilled and tapped for a swivel stud. I will have to do this as well. Overall I am kinda dissapointed, but really really like how it looks when installed on the rifle. I am still waiting on parts from Addax, Gunbroker and Brownells that are backordered to finish the rifle build. Then I will get her out and so some shooting to see how it feels. Here are some picts of it attached: Enjoy!!! [img]http://www.ar15armory.com/forums/uploads/1261875082/gallery_256_99_68769.jpg[/img] [img]http://www.ar15armory.com/forums/uploads/1261875082/gallery_256_99_64838.jpg[/img] [img]http://www.ar15armory.com/forums/uploads/1261875082/gallery_256_99_58320.jpg[/img] [img]http://www.ar15armory.com/forums/uploads/1261875082/gallery_256_99_32393.jpg[/img] [img]http://www.ar15armory.com/forums/uploads/1261875082/gallery_256_99_42801.jpg[/img] Author glock10mmman Category Submitted 01/09/2010 04:16 AM  
  3. "JERRY MICULEK PRACTICAL RIFLE" Review Hey guys. I was asked to do a review of this DVD by Brownells. I have finally got it finished and am happy to say that it is more than what I could have expected. First off, Jerry breaks each and every aspect of using the AR-15 in 3 gun competition. All points are highlighted and reviewed. Slow motion videos and gun mounted cameras are used all through the DVD's. In my opinion, this will help the new shooter better than just telling them what to do and showing them once. This DVD series will help even a Professional shooter become better at this game. DVD #1 breaks down: [b]Gun Safety:[/b] Jerry discusses proper finger/trigger control, where the muzzle should be during loading, unloading, the ready position and the use of a chamber flag. [b]Gear for the Matches and Field:[/b] Jerry Discusses different stock and sight styles and Variable optics and reddots [b]The Basic AR-15:[/b]Jerry breaks down the basic AR-15 function and design. [b]What Jerry uses:[/b]Jerry goes through each piece of equipment he uses and why. Not just a "use this cause I said" attitude, but what the "real" function is. [b]Basic Shooting Principles:[/b] ie Sights, stance, grip and trigger. Jerry describes the different methods of each and why one is better than the other for different shooters. DVD #2 breaks down: [b]Review of the Stance, grip and trigger:[/b] Basic review of each. [b]Stationary Shooting:[/b] This is where the DVD shines. Jerry gives pointers and different methods for everything. I learned more in the first 20 minutes of this DVD than I learned in years of personal lessons. I will continue to use these in the training I do myself. Its weird how the little things you are going wrong will cut time off your score quick fast. [b]Shooting Moving Targets:[/b] This is a good review of the common methods to shooting moving targets. This really isn't a major problem when shooting the AR-15 due to the speed of the bullet, but its a good overall review. [b]Speed Reloading:[/b] The mother of fast times folks. Behind every pro shooter, there is a fast reload. I have seen shooters ruin an entire day by the 2-3 seconds a bad reloading gone worse after dropping the magazine can add to your time. Jerry breaks down the methods to a good speed reload. Bullets forward and bullets behind styles of speed loading. He goes into, why each is better or worse for the shooter. DVD #3 breaks down: [b]Position Shooting:[/b] There are several different types of positions a shooter can use. Jerry breaks each down step by step and in slow motion. He also goes into which method best fits the shooters needs during a match. This is where I love how Jerry teaches. Most instructors just show you the methods, not when to use them. Jerry does this to a "T". [b]Shooting Around Barriers & Through Ports:[/b] Jerry again breaks down this. What I like about it, is he uses several different barriers and discusses the pros and cons of each. [b]Shooting on the Move:[/b] Again moving, knowing where to reload, and what order to shoot your target is the difference between a pro and a wanna be. Jerry does a great job of showing the shooter this. [b]Malfunction Drills:[/b] 3 gun shooters and the Tactical minded shooter will benefit from this. Jerry explains the different types of malfunctions and different methods of clearing them. My overall opinion of the DVD is fantastic. Bang Incorporated, Brownells and Jerry Miculek really did there homework on this one folks. Video and Audio are very clear. Most of the video was shot outside. No annoying wind noise to deal with. Complicated and more important aspects of this DVD are broken down and explain in great detail. Jerry explains what gear can help you in "no B.S." fashion. Not the "by this cause I say" attitude, but rather "this has benefited me because" mindset. I have always been a fan of Jerry and his teachings. Being asked to do this review was more of an honor than anything else. I got to refresh my tactics and learned alot. Like I said above, I learned more in the first 20 minutes than I have been taught from private lessons. I have used his signature break for some time now and swear by it. Its loud, but its proud. Turns out, half the gear on my rifles, is what he uses. I did not know that until I got this DVD. Funny how things work out isn't it. Brownells has this DVD for sale on there website [url="http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=31831/Product/JERRY_MICULEK_PRACTICAL_RIFLE?ICID=150001"]Jerry Miculek Practical Rifle[/url]. Its listed at $39.99 and well worth it. If your serious about improving your score, over all gaming or just want to become a safer, more effective shooter. This DVD is for you. Thanks and I hope you all enjoyed this review as much as I did. Author glock10mmman Category Submitted 02/20/2010 02:36 AM  
  4. Harris Alpha-Bravo bi-pod lock review Last week I bought a Harris BRM "S" bi-pod from Brownells. I wanted to get the pod-lock, but they were back ordered. [url="http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=1506/Product/KMW_POD_LOC"]http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=1506/Product/KMW_POD_LOC[/url] I needed some AR57 mags do I started browsing Midway USA's site. Found this.http://www.midwayusa.com/viewproduct/?productnumber=153528 Almost half the price of the pod-lock. The reviews were pretty good so I bought it. Bi-pod finally showed up today and I got it all installed. Very easy to install. It locks the rifle down hard. No way to do this with just the nut. I know alot of guys go with the pod-lock as its kinda like the standard, but if you want to save 10-15 bucks give this a shot! Sorry bout the crappy picts. My camera is a pain in trying to focus up close. Here it is installed on my back up Pdog killer. R-15 VTR 22" [img]http://www.ar15armory.com/forums/uploads/1261875082/gallery_256_99_19015.jpg[/img] [img]http://www.ar15armory.com/forums/uploads/1261875082/gallery_256_99_9154.jpg[/img] [img]http://www.ar15armory.com/forums/uploads/1261875082/gallery_256_99_23095.jpg[/img] Thanks Author glock10mmman Category Submitted 01/04/2010 03:59 PM  
  5. Black Hole 6.8 barrel review Hello folks. I have another review to share with you: Several months ago I picked up a 16” stainless barrel in 6.8 SPC. Barrel is a White Oak 1-11” twist Spec II Mid-Length with medium weight. The barrel shot very well with my hand loads of 110 grain moly coated Hornady V-max over H335. I was averaging 1.3-1.5 inch groups at 100 yards with my 3.5 power ACOG. I thought that was pretty impressive from a 16” off a bi-pod and bag with a short range optic. Since that time, I have been waiting for Black Hole Weaponry to introduce there new 1-11” twist barrels. I have a few of them that I have used in my builds and am very impressed with the 3 groove poly rifling. This arc shaped rifling has long been held in very high regard for its accuracy, increased velocity, reduced gas cutting and ease of cleaning. While waiting for the 1-11’s to come out, I decided to try something different. Up till now, every Black Hole barrel that I have tested has been a 3 groove poly rifled barrel. The White Oak uses the standard Enfield rifling. I wanted to test the craftsmanship and quality I have gotten in the past from Black Hole against my White Oak barrel matching them barrel for barrel. I special ordered a stainless steel Spec II medium weight barrel with mid-length gas system and standard Enfield rifling. Barrels were almost identical in every aspect. I have put right at 580 rounds through my White Oak barrel with a proper 75 round barrel break in. Last groups fired were 5 shots, 100 yards off my Harris and sandbag, 3.5 power ACOG and my hand loads. Accuracy tends to get better around the 500-1000 round mark, and I think all the accuracy I can pull from this barrel has been pulled still very impressive though. I wanted to make this test as close as possible in regards to the barrels so I installed the Black Hole barrel on my weapon in the same configuration as before. I started off with the same V-max bullets and H335 powder as that was all that I had on hand. I loaded up 7 different combo’s and tested each with 5 shot groups. Pictured are the best of 4. You will have to disregard what looks like a flyer to the left it was not part of the group. That ended up being the best group that I found and it was the low side of the range too. 27.0 flat shot better than anything. I will work on that group in the future, but it measured right at 1.26” Total round count on the gun is now 110 rounds with break in. [img]http://www.ar15armory.com/forums/uploads/1275712016/gallery_256_112_35702.jpg[/img] I wouldn’t call the Black Hole barrel more accurate as we are talking about such a small difference. Maybe a higher power scope might allow a tighter group for both barrels, but that’s not what I was after here. I took a seasoned White Oak barrel and shot it against a brand new un-seasoned Black Hole Weaponry barrel and shot basically the same group. I got what I was after. The precision and craftsmanship of these barrels still surprises me. This review is not finished. I have placed my order with Black Hole for a 16” and 18” mid-length barrels in the 3 groove poly match rifling with 1-11” twists. When they arrive, I will perform the same tests as above and see how they perform. Keep in mind folks, that I am not putting the White Oak barrels down at all. I will continue to keep and shoot my White Oak barrel, this was a test merely to test the accuracy barrel for barrel against a Black Hole. For the 16” and 18” 3 groove poly tests, I will use several different bullet and powder types to get the full range of accuracy with lighter and heavier bullets. Until then, Enjoy! Thanks! Author glock10mmman Category Submitted 06/05/2010 03:37 PM  
  6. Hammer Head Rifle Tool Review Hey guys. I have another review to do. I recently read Nwatson99's review and was impressed. I had some questions and was very interested so I spoke with Bob, the owner of Hammer Head Tools. He was very helpful in answering all my questions. I asked to review and check the tool out. He agreed and my tool was on its way. To start with, when I opened the box it was shipped in, I was immediately impressed. It was very heavy and well built. ¼” thick and weights just a tad over 9 ounces. Plenty of space to really grip the tool when working with it. No bad machining marks, lays flat and over all looks great. Sometimes when a product looks great, it may not be worth the steel its made of, so I wanted to get to really working with it and test it out…… The took couldn’t have come at a better time, as I had 3 builds for others going on, two of mine going on and 3 flash hiders that needed installed. Needless to say, it got a work out the in the first hour of receiving it! Here is a side by side comparison of the Hammer head tool and a competitors tool that I have used for a few years. I have never been happy with the tool I had as I have buggered my fair share of nuts and marked up a few lowers in my time. The first thing I noticed when looking at the tool was the 4 points of lugs to lock into the nut. [img]http://www.ar15armory.com/forums/uploads/1269906683/gallery_256_99_65501.jpg[/img] Tool slide onto the buffer tube and had just enough clearance to fit without marking up the tube. Not that it really matters, but it’s a nice point to have. [img]http://www.ar15armory.com/forums/uploads/1269906683/gallery_256_99_2978.jpg[/img] This is the competitors tool when attached. Notice only 3 points of contact. [img]http://www.ar15armory.com/forums/uploads/1269906683/gallery_256_99_43352.jpg[/img] This is the Hammer Head tool when attached. Notice how tight it fits and the less “play” when attached. [img]http://www.ar15armory.com/forums/uploads/1269906683/gallery_256_99_26118.jpg[/img] [img]http://www.ar15armory.com/forums/uploads/1269906683/gallery_256_99_42981.jpg[/img] Here is a picture after tighting the nut down. You can really really wrench that bugger down with the tool. A lot more “Meat” on the handle to hang onto. Give me the feeling of having a “cheater bar” when loosing a nut or bolt. I don’t see any trouble in removing a nut that has had loctite applied. When I got my Bushmaster, the nut had been applied using loctite and my old tool would not break it loose. I tried a cheater bar and only killed the slots machined into the nut. I broke down and broke it loose with a pipe wrench ruining the nut. [img]http://www.ar15armory.com/forums/uploads/1269906683/gallery_256_99_43901.jpg[/img] This review took longer than I wanted due to the fact that I used loctite to secure the nut on my lower. I left it sit for 3 days. I tried using the old tool with no luck again. I used the Hammer Head tool with no cheater bar and with some serious force and a few choice words, broke it loose. No damage to the nut at all. Needless to say, I am impressed, very impressed. My favorite part of this tool, is the muzzle break part. Plenty of meat on the handle to align it properly and not worry about slipping. Lets face it guys…..we want our weapons to look good after we work on them, and not scratched up. Here is the tool being used on an A2 5.56 Birdcage flash hider: [img]http://www.ar15armory.com/forums/uploads/1269906683/gallery_256_99_33550.jpg[/img] Here is the tool being used on a 308 flash hider: [img]http://www.ar15armory.com/forums/uploads/1269906683/gallery_256_99_35633.jpg[/img] Unfortunately, it wont work on the Miculek style 5.56 break. The nut is took small. [img]http://www.ar15armory.com/forums/uploads/1269906683/gallery_256_99_50225.jpg[/img] The tool also has some other great uses. It can have you attach your 3/8” torque wrench via a cutout in the tool; [img]http://www.ar15armory.com/forums/uploads/1269906683/gallery_256_99_59756.jpg[/img] You can use it to tighten and remove the 5/8” A2 stock tube extension: [img]http://www.ar15armory.com/forums/uploads/1269906683/gallery_256_99_48246.jpg[/img] You can use it to start the take down pins when removing the upper from the lower: [img]http://www.ar15armory.com/forums/uploads/1269906683/gallery_256_99_20353.jpg[/img] [img]http://www.ar15armory.com/forums/uploads/1269906683/gallery_256_99_43557.jpg[/img] If you so choose, you can attach a lanyard to the tool: [img]http://www.ar15armory.com/forums/uploads/1269906683/gallery_256_99_22824.jpg[/img] Overall I am very impressed with this tool. The uses for this are numerous and will replace several different tools in your box. If you needed to pack a small field repair kit, this would be a great tool to bring along. Not too heavy and bulky and it should fit in most any bag. I will be getting another one of these very soon to throw in my truck as a spare or if I need one and forget my tool kit at home. I am also going to take this took to a few local smiths and have them check it out. There were a couple of things I would like to see different about this took. First off I would like to see a larger cut out for a ½” torque wrench. I only have a ½” and this will not work. Lastly I would like to see a different sized slot for smaller flash suppressors. Other than that, no flaws in design or workmanship here at all. If your interested in this tool, have questions about it or to purchase one, stop by there site and check them out. www.hammerheadrifletool.com Thanks a lot!!!!! Author glock10mmman Category Submitted 03/31/2010 09:15 PM  
  7. ARS Gas Piston Kit Review Part 4 of 4 5.45x39 Hey folks! As promised here is the 4th part of the ARS Gas Piston Kit review. This review will be on the 5.45x39 round with the same Piston Kit. I only had 120 rounds on me to test the upper with. It was the Russian 53 grain steel cased stuff. Very Very dirty ammo, but cheap. It needs to be noted again that shooting this caliber will require you to replace your hammer spring with an extra power hammer spring. The hard primers of the this type of ammo will not work with standard two stage or match hammer/trigger combos. I was using a stock DPMS LPK and it would not set the primers off. Spring is a simple change out and can be purchased for around 2-3 dollars. The 5.45x39 is coming around as a player in the “black rifle” scene. Ammo is very cheap, something around 150 dollars for 1000 rounds, and less recoil that the 5.56. It was really fun to shoot and with it becoming a player in the market, Carl with Black Hole Weaponry wanted me to test this kit out to see how it ran. Changing out the system from the 7.63x39 to the 5.45x39 again was very easy. I did this in the field with only the following tools. Muzzle break wrench and an allen wrench. Disassembly and reassembly took about 5 minutes to complete with most of the time spent ensuring that the gas block was properly aligned. Break wrench was used of course to remove the muzzle break to allow the gas block to be taken off and put back on and allen wrench was used to remove the three screws that secure the gas block. The entire system, still being attached to the gas block, was taken out and put back together with ease making this a complete universal kit. I had a stripped barrel attached to an A4 upper to speed things along this time as well. The only thing that was changed from the 7.62x39 was the gas regulator insert. The kit comes with 3 of them for various rounds and calibers. I used the smaller diameter insert for the 5.45x39, same one as the 5.56. A small allen wrench was used for this too. As with the previous three reviews I started out loading one round at a time into the magazine, loading from an open bolt and firing to see if the bolt would lock. 10 rounds, loaded from an open bolt and fired locking the bolt back each time. I did two 30 round “bump fire” magazine dumps with no problems and the bolt locked both times. I fired the gun upside down, sideways and double and triple taps without a problem. All 120 rounds down range without a hitch. 1420 rounds down range so far with this kit. 1420 flawless rounds. I have no problem putting my name or staking my reputation on a product after I have a chance to test it and it works like I want it too, but I am very careful when I say that I would trust my life with a product. After all the testing I have done, and the 10,000 round torture and water test that Carl has done, I will go on record saying that I will trust my life and defending my family’s life with this kit on a proper made barrel and upper set. The simplicity of this kit is beyond me. Smooth operating and ease with this kit should be the marketing point of it. There are several gas piston kits out there that have different designs. Some people prefer lower profile and others prefer the larger blocks like the ARS. I have talked with Carl on many occasions about this kit regarding the size. He has always had some very insightful words for it I asked him to write them up to include them in this review. Here they are To wrap this review up, I had a lot of fun testing this out. This was the first gas piston test that I was asked to do and hope that its not the last. I’ve been wanting to try one for awhile now, but now after testing the ARS kit, extensively, I am asking myself why did I wait so long. If you decide you want to go the piston route, you wont be upset. Just the ease and lack of detailed cleaning that comes from it, it worth the time it will save you. To Carl and the folks at ARS, I want to thank you folks for the opportunity to evaluate and test this kit. Good day! ARS's website is under construction at the moment but if you have any questions about the kit or would like to purchase one, you can call or visit the following sites: James Bigalow with ARS at 1-253-273-9634 www.ar15solutions.com Carl with Black Hole Weaponry at 1-509-793-5374. www.blackholeweaponry.com www.jsgunparts.com www.surplusammoandarms.com Author glock10mmman Category Submitted 04/14/2010 04:32 AM Updated 02/09/2014 12:00 AM  
  8. ARS Gas Piston Kit Review Part 3 of 4 7.62x39 Hey folks! As promised here is the 3rd part of the ARS Gas Piston Kit review. This review will be on the 7.62x39 round with the same Piston Kit. Stay tuned for the 4th part. It will surely be worth the wait. If you missed the first two review, here is a link to them. Temp was about 30 degrees, windy and rainy. Weapon and myself were soaked within 10 minutes of being in the field. I only had 132 rounds on me to test the upper with. It consisted of Wolf HP and Wolf FMJ. It needs to be noted that shooting this caliber will require you to replace your hammer spring with an extra power hammer spring. The hard primers of the this type of ammo will not work with standard two stage or match hammer/trigger combos. I was using a stock DPMS LPK and it would not set the primers off. Spring is a simple change out and can be purchased for around 2-3 dollars. The 7.62x39 is nothing new as we all know. It is however available in just about every gun shop in America and can be purchased cheaper, in most cases, than 223 or 5.56. With that being said, all the more reason to try out this caliber in an AR set up. Basically all that is needed to change up to this caliber over a standard 223 or 5.56 AR-15 is a barrel, bolt and magazine swap. There is quality 7.62x39 ammo out there that can be used for self defense or hunting. A lot of people do not know, but the 7.62x39’s ballistics closely resemble the 30-30’s ballistics. The 30-30 is probably the most common caliber used in North America for small to medium sized game. All the more reason to try the 7.62x39 in your “Black Rifle” Changing out the system from the 6.8 SPC to the 7.62x39 again was very easy. I did this in the field with only the following tools. Muzzle break wrench and an allen wrench. Disassembly and reassembly took about 5 minutes to complete with most of the time spent ensuring that the gas block was properly aligned. Break wrench was used of course to remove the muzzle break to allow the gas block to be taken off and put back on and allen wrench was used to remove the three screws that secure the gas block. The entire system, still being attached to the gas block, was taken out and put back together with ease making this a complete universal kit. I had a stripped barrel attached to an A4 upper to speed things along this time as well. The only thing that was changed from the 5.56 and 6.8 SPC was the gas regulator insert. The kit comes with 3 of them for various rounds and calibers. I used the larger diameter insert for the 7.62x39 being it’s a larger caliber. A small allen wrench was used for this too. As with the previous two reviews I started out loading one round at a time into the magazine, loading from an open bolt and firing to see if the bolt would lock. 10 rounds, loaded from an open bolt and fired locking the bolt back each time. Next I did 3 30 round bump fire magazine dumps to simulate full auto fire. All 60 fired, ejected and fed with no malfunctions at all. Bolt locked back on the empty magazine all three times. I finished off the remaining ammo without a hitch. Slow fire and rapid fire. As with the 6.8 SPC test, I never let the system cool. I had the barrel and Handguards smoking again!!!! I immediately pulled the carrier to check and it was still as cold has when installed. Total round count is now 990 rounds of 5.56, 160 rounds of 6.8 SPC and now 132 rounds of 7.62x39. Total of 1282 rounds on the same carrier and piston kit. The opt rod is showing some carbon build up as well as the gas regulator, but it was wiped off easily with my fingers. Nothing like the cleaning and time it takes to clean a DI system with the same amount of rounds. The bolt and carrier are still as clean as when I did the initial test on the 5.56 system. Blows my mind folks. To rap up this review, I am more and more impressed with this kit. Over 1200 rounds and the system is still running flawlessly. I do believe its considered “broken in” now and not one failure so far. One would have no problem trusting this kit on their rifle, to defend themselves or others. We now have 3 different, very popular calibers tested with the same system. Only change we have made so far is the changing out of the regulator insert for a larger caliber. This was done in the field as well. My last part of the review on this kit will be a comparison of a DI and Gas Piston System with the same caliber. I am looking forward to that. ARS's website is under construction at the moment but if you have any questions about the kit or would like to purchase one, you can call or visit the following sites: James Bigalow with ARS at 1-253-273-9634 www.ar15solutions.com Carl with Black Hole Weaponry at 1-509-793-5374. www.blackholeweaponry.com www.jsgunparts.com www.surplusammoandarms.com Thanks!!! Author glock10mmman Category Submitted 04/01/2010 12:09 AM Updated 02/09/2014 12:01 AM  
  9. ARS Gas Piston Kit review Part 2 of 4 6.8 SPC Hey folks! As promised here is the 2nd part of the ARS Gas Piston Kit review. This will now be a 4 part review as I have added another caliber to the mix. I will get to that later. For now this review will be for the 6.8 SPC with the piston kit. This was by far my favorite of all the calibers that I will and have tested. My personal weapon in 6.8 is a DI 16” mid length and the 16 carbine I tested with the kit is a completely different feeling. To start off with, Temp was around 45 degrees, windy and rainy. By the time the test was done, the rifle and myself were soaked head to toe. My magazines were even filled with water. I only had 160 rounds on hand for testing of the 6.8. Ammo was a mixture of some hand loads, Remington 115 grain HP, Remington 115 grain FMJ, Silver State Armory 90 grain TNT and Hornady 110 grain V-max. This was done to basically cover most of the factory loadings of the 6.8 SPC. I know there are more, but these should cover most of what is available. The 6.8 Remington SPC has become a major player in the AR market today. I have been shooting and loading for the 6.8 SPC for about 3 years now. I have tried most every combo from AR to Bolt gun setup and was “blown away” to say the least after shooting the 6.8 in a Gas Piston System. In the previous review I tested the 223 or 5.56. While, with the 223/5.56, recoil did not feel like it was cut down, but more solid and “M14” like, it is the exact opposite with 6.8. With every round fired, it was a great feeling. Granted this was a carbine set up, but I could only imagine what a mid-length or rifle length set up would feel like. If it made this much difference in the carbine system, think of what the mid and rifle lengths would feel like! Changing out the system from the 5.56 to the 6.8 was very easy. I did this in the field with only the following tools. Muzzle break wrench and an allen wrench. Disassembly and reassembly took about 5 minutes to complete with most of the time spent ensuring that the gas block was properly alined. Break wrench was used of course to remove the muzzle break to allow the gas block to be taken off and put back on and allen wrench was used to remove the three screws that secure the gas block. The entire system, still being attached to the gas block, was taken out and put back together with ease making this a complete universal kit. I had a stripped barrel attached to an A4 upper to speed things along. As with the previous review I started out loading one round at a time into the magazine, loading from an open bolt and firing to see if the bolt would lock. 10 rounds, loaded from an open bolt and fired locking the bolt back each time. Next I did 2 25 round bump fire magazine dumps to simulate full auto fire. All 50 fired, ejected and fed with no malfunctions at all. I finished off the remaining ammo without a hitch. Slow fire, rapid fire and the last 20 rounds another bump fire. I never let the system cool. 150 rounds, after the 10 round initial test, were fired as fast as I could. The only break was during magazine changes. I had the barrel and Handguards smoking!!!! I immediately pulled the carrier to check and it was still as cold has when installed. I get a kick out of that every time I shoot the Gas Piston System. I have ran 990 rounds of 223/5.56 and now 160 rounds of 6.8 SPC though the system without cleaning it, other than the barrel. Kit upon disassembly still looks fairly clean with no carbon build up. Chamber and carrier is still well oiled and no trace of carbon on them. I have two more calibers to test in the coming weeks and should be another 300 or so rounds. I don’t plan on cleaning the system, until I have to return it! For a rap up of this review, I have to say that I am again impressed by this kit. Not having to purchase additional parts to be able to switch calibers is a big plus to the shooter. Keeping costs down is always on my mind as I sure it is the same with most every shooter. If one were to purchase this kit, he or she would be able to switch this with different weapons or calibers with only having to purchase one complete kit. I was asked in an email a few days ago about a concern on the cost of the kit compared to others. The basic complaint is why spend an extra 380 bucks on this kit to your standard carbine upper bringing the total to well over a grand and not just buy a Gas Piston Upper from the factory. I will answer this as best as I can. To start with I don’t own a single AR-15 that I didn’t build from the ground up myself. This kit comes with all the parts needed for a complete switch out. If you’re a builder, like myself, and building your next rifle you will have to buy a bolt carrier, gas tube, gas block and Handguards. This kit comes complete with all of those. Say the average price on a FA carrier is around 100 dollars, gas block around 65, gas tube around 15 and Handguards for 25, you are spending around 200 dollars for those parts. You get them all in the kit and are only dropping 180 dollars into the kit now. Keeping in mind that the carrier is an anti-tilt carrier that will add more to the cost if you wanted to upgrade. 180 compared to 380 is now closer to what I would want to spend. If your not a builder, then sell the left over parts to someone who is and recoup some of your cost. People don’t buy a piston kit to save money folks, they buy it for the reliability it adds to the weapon and the ease of cleaning. 180 dollars to ensure less cleaning and greater reliably in my opinion is well worth it!! So to the folks with some concern on the cost of the kit hopefully this will help ease your mind and wallet if you choose to be “infected” with the “Gas Piston” disease……… ARS's website is under construction at the moment but if you have any questions about the kit or would like to purchase one, you can call or visit the following sites: James Bigalow with ARS at 1-253-273-9634 www.ar15solutions.com Carl with Black Hole Weaponry at 1-509-793-5374. www.blackholeweaponry.com www.jsgunparts.com www.surplusammoandarms.com Author glock10mmman Category Submitted 03/25/2010 03:32 PM Updated 02/08/2014 11:59 PM  
  10. ARS Gas Piston Kit review Part 1 of 4 223 5.56 Hey folks! I have another review to do. This is going to be one of my most detailed and favorite by far. This will be a 4 part review and will be on going for 4 different caliber set up’s. First part will be with the more common 223/5.56. I will have two other calibers to review and test in the coming months. Today the “Black Rifle Disease”, as we call it in the forum world, is infecting people all over. One of the new “Diseases” out there today is the Gas Piston System. For years the “DI” or Direct Impingement System was the norm. Today several companies like ARS, are making drop in Gas Piston Kits. This review and testing will be done on the ARS Gas Piston System. By now we all have heard why the Gas Piston Systems are more superior to the DI systems so I wont go into to much detail on the benefits of them. A simple Google search of Gas Piston System or a search of an AR-15 based discussion forum, like AR15Armory.com, will give you any and all info on the who’s, what’s, where’s etc. about them. Carl with Black Hole Weaponry invented this kit that ARS uses and when he asked me to do another review on this kit, I eagerly agreed. I have reviewed and tested several Barrels from Black Hole Weaponry, and was very impressed. Carl designed this Gas Piston system drop in kit and ARS sells it. Kit runs $379.99 for the Carbine system with a small price increase for the mid-length and rifle length systems. For this 3 part review, I will be using the Carbine System. The kit includes the following: 1. Modified bolt carrier: This is a once piece FA style carrier group that is a solid molded in gas key with a recoil lug built in. 2. Double railed .750” diameter gas block. (clamp on style) Has rail pica tinny rail on top and bottom for mounting of folding iron sights, lights, lasers or any other attachments you so choose. 3. Gas regulator. Includes 3 total allen screws/gas regulator’s for using with FA or suppressors. 4. One Piece Operating Rod. One piece rod with spring. 5. Standard Carbine Handguards and hand guard cap. [img]http://www.ar15armory.com/forums/uploads/1268767366/gallery_256_99_3049.jpg[/img] Installation seemed like it was going to be difficult, but as soon as it arrived with the pictured instructions, it was a breeze. You will need to remove your bolt, firing pin, firing pin retaining pin and cam pin. Install them into the new carrier proved in the kit. Installation will involve removing of the flash suppressor, gas block assembly and hand guards. If your not comfortable with this. Stop now and review a DVD or search online for these steps. I would like to see a more detailed step by step manual or even a short CD or DVD with it, for the folks that are scared to try it. Here are the steps with photo’s on the install. I would also like to see a change in the way the gas regulator locks into place in the gas block. The ball bearing seems to work fine, but being able to secure it down with say an allen head screw would make me feel more secure when shooting it.. Step 1. To start with, remove your flash suppressor/muzzle break/comp from the barrel. If you do not have one, no worries, skip this step. [img]http://www.ar15armory.com/forums/uploads/1268767366/gallery_256_99_48157.jpg[/img] Step 2. Remove your gas block/front sight. [img]http://www.ar15armory.com/forums/uploads/1268767366/gallery_256_99_53575.jpg[/img] Step 3. Slip the hand guard cap over the barrel past the gas port hole. The curved end will be facing the receiver. There are two cut outs on the cap. The larger one will be at 12 o’clock and the smaller one will be at 6 o’clock. [img]http://www.ar15armory.com/forums/uploads/1268767366/gallery_256_99_65965.jpg[/img] Step 4. Slip the gas block assembly onto the barrel with the tube facing the receiver as shown in the picture. Tighten the gas block screws up after lining the gas block correctly over the gas port hole in the barrel. This is easily done, buy leveling the gas block rail with the rail on the upper receiver. Tighten all three screws down. [img]http://www.ar15armory.com/forums/uploads/1268767366/gallery_256_99_50930.jpg[/img] Step 5. Insert the operating rod assembly with the rod end first. Align the rod into the gas tube hole on the upper receiver. Slide it in until it stops. [img]http://www.ar15armory.com/forums/uploads/1268767366/gallery_256_99_64390.jpg[/img] [img]http://www.ar15armory.com/forums/uploads/1268767366/gallery_256_99_11254.jpg[/img] Step 6. Insert the gas regulator into the gas block as shown. Push it all the way in, turn it until it locks. There is a groove cut into regulator and a spring loaded ball bearing in the gas block that makes contact and locks it in place. To remove, depress the ball bearing with a small punch and turn gas regulator and pull out. [img]http://www.ar15armory.com/forums/uploads/1268767366/gallery_256_99_62965.jpg[/img] [img]http://www.ar15armory.com/forums/uploads/1268767366/gallery_256_99_24175.jpg[/img] Step 7. Install hand guards. Step 8. Install Bolt Carrier that was provided with the kit, along with your parts from you DI carrier installed in it) and your charge handle. Step 9. Secure the completed upper to your lower and your ready to rock!!!!! Now on to the fun part. For this testing I was using a stock milspec upper and lower with standard trigger. No need to name them for this as we are concentrating on the Piston system. Barrel was a 16” M4 5.56 chambered barrel from Black Hole Weaponry. All testing was done outdoors with temp around 65 degrees and sunny. I had a total of 500 rounds of 5.56 ammo loaded by myself. This ranged from FMJ to Ballistic tip loaded and various charge weights. This was done to simulate several different types of ammo from plinking to defense ammo. I fired the first 10 rounds, one round a time loaded in the magazine. This was done so I could see if the carrier and bolt would lock on an empty magazine and that they would pick up another round with the bolt locked to the rear when released. I wanted to check this before I really dove into shooting all 500 rounds as this test would ensure to me that the system was working and everything was in stalled correctly. All 10 rounds, when fired, locked the bolt to the rear on the empty magazine. Each time, I loaded one round in the magazine with the bolt locked to the rear, and hit the bolt release and it charged the next round all 10 times. I went to town firing the rest of the 490 rounds. I stopped around 200 rounds to let the barrel cool some. I disassembled the upper from the lower and pulled out the carrier. Still cool to the touch. The barrel of course was hotter than donut grease! One of the plus’s to having a Gas Piston system. Carrier was still well oiled and no noticeable carbon build up at all. It was amazing how the carrier was so cool. The two guys I was shooting with wouldn’t touch the carrier until I did, and they were just as amazed as I. Being as I don’t have a class III license and I really really wanted to test this system in full auto mode, I opted to do a few bump fires. I took 90 rounds and bump fired 3 magazines as fast as I could. No problems at all. All 90 rounds fired without a hitch and the bolt locked to the rear each of the 3 magazines. This was by far the most fun!! The rest of the 500 rounds we spent shooting, double taps, triple taps, slow fire, rapid fire and a few more bump fires. Stopping every 100 or so rounds to let the barrel cool for about 5 minutes. We even shot the rifle upside down, on both sides and one handed. Not one single hiccup. 500 rounds and not one single malfunction at all. Not to shabby for a drop in kit that was new and not broken in yet. For a rap up of the review, I have to say that I am impressed. For a long while now, I have not given into the whole “Gas Piston Disease” mainly due to the cost but also for the fact that I don’t tend to jump on the bandwagon until products are tested and the bugs are all worked out. The kits are starting to come down in price and they are being testing and used in combat and in the field. Recoil with the Gas Piston System, is hard to explain so I will do the best I can. Recoil was not cut down as compared to a DI system, but rather very smooth and solid. Kind of like shooting an M1A. The action is very smooth and not near as violent as with a DI carbine system. Double and triple taps were very easy to do without coming off target. After 500 rounds of shooting I don’t feel as exhausted and beat to death as I do shooting my DI systems, like I have for years. I don’t get to worked up over so called “new and improved” gadgets, but the whole Gas Piston System has got me sold. If you don’t take my word for it, go try one out. You will not be unhappy I will guarantee you that. I will be contacting ARS very soon to upgrade my 18” SPR prairie dog set up to a gas piston kit. When shooting 1500 plus rounds in the Kansas 110 degree heat in two days, I could use anything that would cut down on heat. I hope they are reading this, because a 1500 round hunting test would make for one heck of a review!!! Parts 2 and 3 will be testing of the same gas piston kit on different calibers with nothing being changed other than the barrel and the magazines. Stay tuned!! ARS's website is under construction at the moment but if you have any questions about the kit or would like to purchase one, you can call or visit the following sites: James Bigalow with ARS at 1-253-273-9634 www.ar15solutions.com Carl with Black Hole Weaponry at 1-509-793-5374. www.blackholeweaponry.com www.jsgunparts.com www.surplusammoandarms.com Author glock10mmman Category Submitted 03/20/2010 02:08 AM  
  11. Blackhole Weaponry barrel review. Hey guys, I finally got a chance to get out and do some load development with my new build and my Black Hole Weaponry 18” barrel. Barrel is heavy stainless steel, 18” 1-8” twist and has polygonal 3 groove rifling. Barrel was properly broken in with the typical 50 round barrel break in procedure. I wanted to use some different powders for the testing, but all I had on hand was H335 and H4895. I didn’t use the 4985 as the first load, which was minimum load was so compressed with LC brass, that it put a deep groove on shoulder of the bullet when seating. I heard way to much “crunching” when seating the bullets and it spooked me to much to go any further. I may do some testing with Benchmark, Varget and BLC2 later on, but I really want to stick with H335 as I load several calibers and loads with it. Dirty, but I have found better accuracy with it than any of the above listed calibers. For bullets I am a Hornady junkie so I used the 68 grain BTHP and the 75 grain BTHP. All of which were coated by myself with moly in the tumbler. I really like the BTHP design for long range shooting. Bucks the wind much better than anything else I have used. Range setting was a nice 68-70 degrees, 100 yard indoor rifle range. Bi-pod and sand bag only were used. Scope was a 6-18x40mm Nikon Buckmaster with Mildot reticle. I believe the mildot reticle is a must for varmint hunting. Groups were all measured from outside diameter to outside diameter across from the furthest bullet. First load was 23.5 grains of H335 and the 68 grain BTHP bullet. Average group but measured .969” [img]http://www.ar15armory.com/forums/uploads/1265516058/gallery_256_99_11665.jpg[/img] Second load was 23.7 grains of H335 and the 68 grain BTHP. Group was really weird. 3 close shots were the last 3 fired. The 3 close shots grouped .471” and I wont even measure the other two [img]http://www.ar15armory.com/forums/uploads/1265516058/gallery_256_99_19435.jpg[/img] Third load was 24.0 grains of H335 and the 68 grain BTHP. Third load wasn’t pretty either. 1.754” Barrel didn’t see to like 68/H335 combo very well. [img]http://www.ar15armory.com/forums/uploads/1265516058/gallery_256_99_2833.jpg[/img] Now on to the 75 grain. Gun seem to really really love them. First load was 22.0 grains of H335 and the 75 grain BTHP. First load had a cold bore flyer but the group measured .581” Very nice. [img]http://www.ar15armory.com/forums/uploads/1265516058/gallery_256_99_4610.jpg[/img] Second load was 22.3 grains of H335 and the 75 grain BTHP. Second load had a cold bore flyer as well, but the group measured .519” I like this a lot. Best group of the day shooting and started thinking this barrel was scary accurate. [img]http://www.ar15armory.com/forums/uploads/1266720745/gallery_256_99_62550.jpg[/img] Third load was 22.5 grains of H335 and the 75 grain BTHP. Third load and a flyer with a group of .944” [img]http://www.ar15armory.com/forums/uploads/1266720745/gallery_256_99_28891.jpg[/img] Forth load was 22.7 grains of H335 and th3 75 grain BTHP. Forth load had a bad flyer that went low instead of high???? Not sure what was up with that, but the group measured .803” [img]http://www.ar15armory.com/forums/uploads/1266720745/gallery_256_99_37203.jpg[/img] As you can see the groups started opening up with the higher charge. Seems 22.3 was about as high as you can go with this set up and still get a good group. Fifth and final group was too spread out to really know what happened. Didn’t like 23.0 grains with the 75 grain BTHP. Group was 1.101” This barrel is a keeper for sure. With barrel break in and test loads my round count is only 90 rounds total. At around 500 I should see better results, but how much better can you ask for really? I shot just a tad bit over ½” group at 100 yards. In an 18” gas gun, that is about what you can expect. I don’t know if many manufactures will guarantee anything better. Here is the set up I’m running. Black Rain Ordnance upper and lower, 2 stage RRA trigger and LPK, Hogue Free float tube, 18” SPR Black Hole Weaponry barrel and Miculek break. [img]http://www.ar15armory.com/forums/uploads/1264309276/gallery_256_99_29968.jpg[/img] Carl with Black Hole Weaponry, will build you just about any custom AR-15 barrel want. This barrel ran me $260 dollars and was worth every penny. I have got the same or worse results from more expensive Manufactures, never any better. I have a 20” custom 6.5mm barrel being made now and will be slowly replacing all my carbine barrels with BHW barrels. Price is what “normal” people on a “normal” budget can afford. Spending less that 400 dollars on a barrel usually means that accuracy wont be as great, but that’s not the case with Carl’s barrels. Trust me, Carl will treat you right and does what be can to make the customer happy. Black hole Weaponry barrels can be purchased directly from there website at [url="http://www.blackholeweaponry.com"]http://www.blackholeweaponry.com[/url]. I don’t know of any distributors off hand that stock, them, but Carl will be happy to provide you with them, if they exist. I hope you enjoyed this review as much as I did. I have finally found my Prairie Dog Killing Machine for next year. I will follow up with this review after I hit the 1K mark and see what accuracy is. I’m sure I wont see much if any decrease and 1k will come fast with 2 hunts already booked. Thanks again glock10mmman Author glock10mmman Category Submitted 02/21/2010 12:45 AM  
  12. Midway Sniper Drag Bag review I got my May flyer and they had the drag mags on sale from 90 bucks down to 54. Figured I would try one. Ordered it on Sunday night and it was here today in the am. First off my expectations were high as the bag had alot of weight to it. Very heavily built. Its designed to hold two bolt rifles with a padded divider inside. I have two 700's with bulky HS stocks, Blackhawk scope covers with muzzle covers and lets face it both rifles will not fit. Inside the bag, there is two snap tie downs to hold the rifle in place. Spot for 20 rounds of ammo as well. Has two long pockets on the side with tie downs that hold my spotting scope and tripod with ease. You could also put about 300 rounds of ammo in the dillon ammo boxes as well. In the rear is has a large pocket that fits my binoculars in the case too. I was so impressed with this bag, that I ordered two more today for my other 700's. I highly reccomend this bag if you need a good bag/pack. Here are the picts. Case is 50" long but just barely holds my 26" 700 heavy barrel with 3" break and long Hs stock. [img]http://www.ar15armory.com/forums/uploads/1239322154/gallery_256_99_19426.jpg[/img] [img]http://www.ar15armory.com/forums/uploads/1239322154/gallery_256_99_23202.jpg[/img] Top part of the pocket holds paper gear. I have my Midot Master book, Mildot Master calculator and my Rifle Data Book [img]http://www.ar15armory.com/forums/uploads/1239322154/gallery_256_99_66670.jpg[/img] You could put a large spotting scope, binos, or just about what ever in here and secure it down. [img]http://www.ar15armory.com/forums/uploads/1239322154/gallery_256_99_47750.jpg[/img] Here with these two horizontal pockets you can put a tripod, bi-pods, scopes, spotters or like I did put Dillon Small Rifle ammo boxes. I was able to fit 11 boxes between both pockets for a total of 550 rounds of 223 ammo. [img]http://www.ar15armory.com/forums/uploads/1239322154/gallery_256_99_48635.jpg[/img] [img]http://www.ar15armory.com/forums/uploads/1239322154/gallery_256_99_36658.jpg[/img] [img]http://www.ar15armory.com/forums/uploads/1239322154/gallery_256_99_24793.jpg[/img] [img]http://www.ar15armory.com/forums/uploads/1239322154/gallery_256_99_71154.jpg[/img] There is also a backpack attachment so you can carry other gear or just pack it all in the bag. This would freggin cool traveling to a deer stand in the dark or out of the field with a long treck. All the gear is heavy, but your back can hold it. [img]http://www.ar15armory.com/forums/uploads/1241565617/gallery_256_99_58286.jpg[/img] [img]http://www.ar15armory.com/forums/uploads/1241565617/gallery_256_99_33417.jpg[/img] Here are the two spots for rifles. I suppose if you had just two bare scoped bolt guns with skinney stocks and what not it would fit, but with my bulky 700's, Blackhawk scope covers and stock packs, one is plenty. [img]http://www.ar15armory.com/forums/uploads/1241565617/gallery_256_99_9869.jpg[/img] [img]http://www.ar15armory.com/forums/uploads/1241565617/gallery_256_99_53826.jpg[/img] [img]http://www.ar15armory.com/forums/uploads/1241565617/gallery_256_99_25527.jpg[/img] Hope you enjoy the review. Author glock10mmman Category Submitted 05/05/2009 04:53 PM  
  13. Im still working on getting all the info together pleae bear with me
  14. Hey guys. I am sorry I have been around so few lately. I will explain later, but for now lets kick this in over drive. Tonight at midnight central time the group buy is being closed. Get your pm's and posts here to me by midnight and I will get you on the list. You will not get left out folks. Thanks
  15. Hey guys. I am sorry I have been around so few lately. I will explain later, but for now lets kick this in over drive. Tonight at midnight central time the group buy is being closed. Get your pm's and posts here to me by midnight and I will get you on the list. You will not get left out folks. Thanks
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