Skill Set: AR Lubrication

The AR is like an internal combustion engine. There’s a lot of friction – and associated heat and wear – that occurs during a shot. Even more so when firing multiple rounds. The key to having a smooth running, reliable AR is lubrication.

Compared to most rifles and carbines the AR doesn’t have a lot of friction surfaces, but what there are must be lubricated well. There’s aluminum on aluminum contact – a recipe for disaster if not well lubed. Aluminum parts are moving against steel, and there’s steel on steel contact. Without lubrication any of these combinations will start galling, creating more friction and wear, and eventually lock up tight, probably never functioning again.

Most people think the AR is a finicky weapon. “Oh,” they say, “it won’t run when it gets dirty.” So they focus on constantly cleaning the AR, with very little thought given to lubrication. The truth is the AR will run, and run reliably even when it’s filthy. Shootrite Katana #1, built by MHT Defense, has well over twenty thousand rounds through it without ever having been cleaned, or any parts replaced. It has been well lubed the whole time. With ARs lubrication is more of a concern than cleaning. I’m not saying you should run thousands of rounds through it without a cleaning, but I have to admit I clean mine when I think it needs it vs. every time it’s fielded and fired.

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December 2018 Gun & Gear Contests

At the risk of reducing my own chances to win, has been updated with all the gun and gear related contests that I am aware of for the month.

Go forth and win… As always, feel free to share wherever you can.

If you are aware of any that are not on the list, please submit the details on the contact form to get it added to the list.

Failure Of Punitive Taxation

The Gun Violence Prevention and Safe Communities Act of 2018, introduced in Congress after February’s Parkland FL school shooting, would increase federal excise taxes on guns and ammunition. The twin ideas behind the bill: Discourage gun and ammunition purchases by raising their price and use the revenue to fund community-based policing, gun violence-reduction projects, and research on gun violence by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Raising taxes to reduce demand for products causing external harms is a well-known concept among economists. When it comes to guns, raising the tax price might reduce the purchase of firearms. But it also may encourage some gun purchasers to avoid background checks and create a windfall for existing gun owners.

The federal government already imposes about $750 million in excise taxes on the import and retail sale of guns and ammunition. Handguns are taxed at 10 percent, and other guns and ammunition are taxed at 11 percent. The National Firearms Act of 1934 (NFA) established a then-prohibitive tax of $200 on the manufacture or transfer of short-barreled shotguns and rifles, machine guns, and firearm sound suppressors (silencers). It also established an occupational tax of $500 or $1,000 to import or manufacture firearms covered by the Act. However, these tax rates were not adjusted for inflation so are far less significant today. After inflation, the $200 machine gun tax would be around $3,700 today.

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Shooting Through Trees with Steel Core Ammo! (PUBG in Real Life Continued)

Progression Of Body Armor

Body armor is, without a doubt, an integral part of keeping safe for people working in a number of sectors – law enforcement, military, maritime, security and media personnel all use it in their day-to-day operations. Lately, civilians, hunters and gun enthusiasts have also taken a keen interest in the advantages body armor can provide. But how did such a piece of highly specialized equipment come to be so mainstream?

Body armor has existed in one form or another for thousands of years, and certain iterations will likely be very familiar to most. Whilst there have been revolutionary advancements in the field, the ideas and even some of the techniques have remained largely the same.

The first versions of armor to protect against gunshots appeared in the 18th century, made of layers of cotton and sufficient enough to protect against rudimentary firearms. In the 1870s, Australian outlaw Ned Kelly famously crafted entire suits from steel for himself and his gang members for the final, ill-fated standoff with police that led to his capture. During the Korean War of the 1950s, U.S. forces used armor made of fiberglass, nylon and heat-treated aluminum. Today an array of protective gear is available including the soft ballistic vests favored by police and S.W.A.T. team members, often made out of Kevlar, a lightweight fiber five times stronger than steel. Hard armor plates, on the other hand, are made of thick ceramic or metal engineered to withstand high-powered assault weapons and are more often used in the military.

Body armor can be highly effective when worn properly; some analysts cite its use as standard equipment for U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan as reasons why troop fatalities in those conflicts have remained at historically low levels (even as a larger proportion of soldiers return home injured or maimed by wounds that previously would have killed them). But the same evolution that has likely saved thousands of lives is now raising the question of whether tighter regulation would save even more. When laws vary so widely from place to place and the civilian purchase of body armor becomes more common, the lines get more difficult to draw.

DuPont® began experimenting with plastics in the 1960s in the form of Aramids, strong yet lightweight fibers. These fibers were used by DuPont® to create a fabric called Kevlar™, a name synonymous with modern body armor. Kevlar™ has an extremely high strength-to-weight ratio while remaining flexible and lightweight, offering great potential for use as body armor. It was quickly shown to be excellent at dispersing energy and coping with impacts, and was promptly adopted as body armor. Aramids and plastics were soon embraced by a number of companies who began to create similar products, and as a result body armor became more accessible than it had ever been, not to mention far lighter and stronger than ever before.

Body armour can be highly effective when worn properly; some analysts cite its use as standard equipment for military and police forces as reasons why fatalities have dropped to historically low levels Currently, today’s modern generation of Kevlar body armour can provide protection in a variety of levels designed to defeat most common low- and medium-energy handgun rounds. Additional hard or ceramic panels have been developed to supplement soft body armour to defeat rifle fire is of either semirigid or rigid construction.

Good Riddance

After removing all assault rifles and initiating new gun sale policies at all 732 of its stores, Dick’s Sporting Goods is contemplating removing all hunting gear from its stores, company CEO Edward Stack said in a Nov. 28 conference call.

In a test run, the company removed all hunting products from 10 stores where hunting gear was underperforming and replaced it with assortments in categories such as baseball, licensed products and outerwear, according to the call.

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ATF: Assault Rifles Do Not Exist

A Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF) “white paper” correctly identifies “assault weapons” as a politically contrived term with no real meaning and recommends dramatic federal law revisions in how they are regulated.

Authored by ATF second-in-command Ronald Turk, the “white paper” also supports the proposed “Hearing Protection Act,” which would eliminate firearm suppressor regulations that costs the agency more than $1 million a year in overtime pay and occupy the time of 30 full-time employees despite a “lack of criminality.”

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15 Forgotten Benefits Of Shooting

Here at The Weapon Blog, we are dedicated to making sure you know everything you need to about your weapon. We’ve gone over the latest news ( and even where you can find the best deals ( and now, with this infographic, we’re going to take a look at the benefits shooting brings you.

JJ Gets It

Thanksgiving Proclamation

Issued by President George Washington, at the request of Congress, on October 3, 1789.

By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.

Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and—Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:”

Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favor, able interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquillity, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted; for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech Him to pardon our national and other trangressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally, to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

Go. Washington