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Firearms News Volume 75, Issue 11

If you're serious about buying, selling, or trading firearms then Firearms News is for you. Whether you collect, hunt, target shoot, have personal defense needs or other firearms interest you'll find the largest variety and best prices on all the firearms, accessories and services that you could want or need!

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United States
KSE Sportsman Media, Inc.
30 Issues

in this issue

23 min
american tactical, inc.’s omni hybrid ar-15 pistol

If you have read Firearms News for the past few years, you know that I like AR-15-type pistols and that I reviewed a pile of them. Although I got my first AR-15 way back in 1978, I didn’t get an AR-15 pistol until about 11 years ago. In 1998, I bought a used Bushmaster Arm Pistol (BAP), which is a .223-caliber bullpup pistol that takes AR-15/M16 magazines. The reason I got it? Well, I love the older, retro, military-styled semi-auto firearms, and I had wanted one since the 1970s, but that’s not the only reason. I had felt that having a compact 5.56 weapon could be handy in a survival situation if I were attacked while driving. You see, at the time, I was living in Texas, and a close friend…

19 min
scary accurate and anvil tough, it’s a larue

Snap (the sound of a suppressed rifle going off) “You’re just off the left side. Give it another half-mil into the wind.” Snap tink Snap tink Snap tink Snap tink Snap tink I had just gone five for five, at 688 yards, on a half-sized steel silhouette, with a LaRue OBR in 6.5 Creed-moor. This had all started at the SHOT Show earlier that year. The show is so large you have to plan your route, plan for appointments, food, water, men’s room stops, etc. And I had just navigated my way back to the deepest corner of the building, where the LaRue booth was. So, there I was, in-between meeting appointments and walking to LaRue for a coffee resupply, I turn the corner and there was Mark LaRue, holding court. He makes first-class gear, he isn’t…

1 min
real avid

Included in the Real Avid Master armors kit is a torque wrench. I figured I’d use it instead of my usual industrial, click-set wrench. I fitted the wrench to the LaRue tool, and pulled until the arrow indicated I had reached the proper torque. “That was too easy” I said to myself. After building ARs for some 35 years, I’ve gotten a feel for the proper torque limits. So, I marked where the barrel nut had stopped at, and wrenched the nut loose. I then spent an inordinate amount of time searching for my click-adjustable torque wrench. Once found, I set it for the LaRue specified limit, tightened the barrel nut, and watch it stop in alignment with my marks. Then the light bulb went off. The Real Avid torque wrench…

1 min
muzzle devices

The LaRue Ultimate Kit comes with the LaRue (who else?) muzzle brake which is also a mount for their TranQuilo suppressor. Not having a TranQuilo, and not willing to shoot the 6.5 with the muzzle threads bare, I swapped on a flash hider from Rugged Suppressors which also happens to be a suppressor mount. Now, a near-ten-pound rifle is not going to have much recoil. But, when you want to wring the absolute maximum precision out of it possible, you do not shoot it without a muzzle brake or suppressor. The interesting thing is that even though the world is switching over to 6.5, either Creedmoor or Grendel, suppressors for them are mostly .30 suppressors. They work just fine, even if you do give up a decibel or two of performance…

1 min
back-up sights and 3-gun sights

OK, I’m old school. I require back-ups to anything that can break. And I can break almost anything. So, regardless of how ‘indestructible” a scope may be (and Leupold makes really, really, rugged scopes) I insist on having back-up irons. Now, with the LaRue scope mount, and its QD throw levers, I’ll opt for a folding set of irons on the top rail. To that end, I rang up Bravo Company and had them send a set of FDE folders. Perfect. If, on the other hand, I‘m using a scope mount that does not have a QD capacity, then I’ll go one of two ways, and they come from the 3-Gun arena. That would be angled sights, either irons like the XS Sights, or a compact red-dot like a Shield RMSc…

1 min
hauling gear

Getting a pile of gear from one place to another isn’t always easy. A big rifle like the LaRue calls for a big case, but there are limits. I found the MTM 42-inch Tactical rifle case to be perfect. Once I took the upper and lower apart, there was plenty of room for the rifle, magazine, and extras. And I could still pick it up, and I could still wrestle it into the trunk of a sedan. It has plenty of lock options, and it won’t break the bank, either, at less than fifty bucks.…