Slow-Motion Malfunction – Seeing The Unseen

Ever since I bought a Chronos 1.4 high-speed camera, I have used it to document a lot of things. Most of them are firearm related. One benefit to having a high-speed camera is the ability to slow down fast events that are often too fast for our eyes to see let alone understand. One example is a firearm malfunction. We may know how to clear a malfunction but do we understand why it is happening so we can address the problem rather than perform remedial actions? Here we take a closer look at what causes a slow-motion malfunction.

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M1AR15: M1 Garand Iron Sights On An AR-15

Thanks to my friend Paul for pointing this out at our FFL’s place of business. Our FFL had acquired a number of guns from a rather large estate sale. This AR-15 has M1 Garand iron sights on it. You read that right. M1 Garand iron sights on an AR-15 carry handle upper. I shall dub thee M1AR15.

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Vickers Guide: AR-15 (Volume 2) Second Edition Now Available

The AR-15 rifle is now as much a part of American history as the much venerated 1911 pistol. Following up on the success of Vickers Guide: AR-15 Volume 1 is AR-15 Volume 2 Second Edition. The first edition of Volume 2 has been sold out for quite some time and many customers have been itching to get a copy of their own. However, just like with Volume 1, Vickers has partnered up with new contributors and subject matter experts and added hundreds of pages of entirely new content to form the second edition of Vickers Guide: AR-15 Volume 2, which is available to purchase now.

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New Retro Lower Receiver From Unbranded AR

OEM parts supplier Unbranded AR has released a new stripped lower receiver with throwback markings. Nothing ruins a good carry handle build like a rollmark with the wrong vibes, but this one will blend right in. 

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TFB Review: Making A 0% Lower Receiver With A Ghost Gunner 3

Defense Distributed (DD) came out with the Ghost Gunner to help freedom-loving individuals machine 80% receivers with more precision for a garage builder. Other than buying a HAAS or similarly expensive CNC machine, the Ghost Gunner gets the job done. Well now that 80% are in danger of being restricted and regulated, DD came up with the 0% lower receiver kit. They sent one of their kits in for review so let us dive in and see how the 0% lower receiver build process is and how the receiver works.

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Valiant Dynamics EvolvR Combat Stock

Valiant Dynamics, a Michigan-based gun company, has designed a rather unique AR-15 stock dubbed  EvolvR Combat Stock. This stock was designed to make shouldering a rifle while wearing an armor plate carrier more comfortable, stable and secure. This is achieved by the design of the octagonal buttpad which can be rotated around its axis and has an extension called Spur-Catch that hooks to the inside of the plate carrier shoulder straps.

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HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Pirates Plunder or Ultimate Blunder?

Welcome everyone to the 148th edition of ‘Hot Gat or Fudd Crap?’, one of our many series here on TFB. If you’re new to the series, this is where we look at the most obscure firearms that are actually for sale and ask the question – is this gat a sweet deal or only has a Fudd appeal?  Each week the TFB staff weighs in with their thoughts, but readers get the final say in the poll at the bottom of each article.

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New SIG M400-DH3 Competition Rifle Designed By Daniel Horner

The shooting and competition season in finally in full swing. Also known as the time between winter reloading and fall hunting, the professional shooting world uses the summer to display skill mastery, talent, and dedication to the world of 3 gun competitions. And team SIG’s Daniel Horner is about as good as it gets. Horner has developed the SIG M400-DH3 custom rifle with ambidextrous controls, a slim handguard, and a two-stage DH3 Timney Trigger.

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Exclusive DRD Tactical Sub-6 Rifles Now Available from Zanders

DRD Tactical and Zanders Sporting Goods have teamed up to release the new Zanders Exclusive DRD Tactical Sub-6 Rifle. The Sub-6 is a lightweight AK/AR mashup that combines the reliability of an AK with the manual of arms and modularity of an AR in a lightweight package. The new rifle will be available in 4 different color configurations and will initially be offered in 5.56/.223.

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SILENCER SATURDAY #233: Full Auto with the Legendary KAC NT4 – USMC Suppressor

Good afternoon everyone and welcome back to TFB’s Silencer Saturday (Sunday) brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine, manufacturers of the YHM R9 multi-host suppressor. Last week we got a look at the KAC QDSS and QDC mounting systems. This week we get on the range with the legendary KAC NT4 5.56 suppressor for some select fire observations. How does it perform and why is this the new USMC suppressor above other choices? Let’s take a look.

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TFB B-Side Podcast: WWSD 2020 With Russel and Karl

About a week ago, you guys got to read my take on the WWSD 2020 rifle. Love it or hate it, the rifle has generated quite the buzz in the firearms community over the last couple of years and I thought it might be prudent to bring the designers of the WWSD and KP-15 projects on the TFB Podcast to explain the story from the start of the project to where we find ourselves today. Karl and Russel graciously agreed once again to come on the TFB Podcast and lend us their time to hopefully answer some of your nagging questions about the KP-15 and WWSD 2020 rifle.

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Bilson Arms Pivotal Buttstock

Bilson Arms, a firearms and accessories manufacturer located in Broussard, Louisiana, has released a new AR-15 stock called Pivotal Buttstock. The rear portion of this stock rotates around its axis allowing the shooter to tilt the gun without changing the position of the buttstock in their shoulder for more comfortable shooting from different stances or when transitioning between primary and secondary optics/sights.

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SILENCER SATURDAY #232: KAC Mounts – KAC QDSS and KAC QDC

Good afternoon everyone and welcome back to TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine, manufacturers of the very capable YHM Turbo K suppressor. Last week we took our first look at the Dead Air Sierra-5 5.56 suppressor. This week we embark on our journey into the world of Knight’s Armament signature reduction devices with a look at the KAC mounts for 5.56 and 7.62 rifles. Let’s take a look.

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TFB Review: ANR Design's New Link Sling

Throughout my years of shooting, there’ve been a few things that people purchase a number of times before settling on the product that works best for them. Holsters are typically the item people think about but another shooting product that takes time to find are rifle slings as well. Throughout the years, I have gone through a number of slings and found a number of features I really like and some I dislike when it comes to a good rifle sling. The most recent purchase takes a number of features I like in slings and combined them into one modular unit. Let’s take a closer look at the ANR Design’s New Link Sling.

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TFB Review: KE Arms KP-15 WWSD 2020 Ultra Lightweight Carbine

The KP-15 and by extension the WWSD (What Would Stoner Do) have been an extremely hot topic within the AR-15 building community for the last two years or so with tons of people who both like and dislike the concept, as well as its implementation. Naturally, I was morbidly curious about the whole concept myself and I opted to order two of the KE Arms KP-15 monolithic polymer receivers as soon as they become available. However, to my dismay, proper parts dried up very quickly and it wasn’t until early this spring that I was able to get my hands on all the final components to finish out my own WWSD 2020 rifle. Over the time that it took to get the rifle completed several different variations of the concept also developed including the KP-9 PCC lower receiver, the CDR (Civil Defense Rifle), and of course the much more budget-friendly and probably more practical KP-15 M4 Complete Rifle which costs only $600. My personal WWSD 2020 rifle isn’t a 100% clone of an off-the-shelf WWSD but it’s about 90% of the way there with the only real differences being the charging handle and bolt carrier group I opted to use. I tested the WWSD for accuracy and also ran it in a fitting InRangeTV Brutality match to get a feel for its performance in various circumstances. Today I’ll share my experiences so far with my WWSD 2020 and hopefully dispel some of the myths surrounding both its popularity and its infamy.

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New CMMG DISSENT Line of Personal Defense Weapons

CMMG have introduced a new line of PDW firearms dubbed Dissent. CMMG Dissent utilizes the company’s new patent-pending Compact Action in which the reciprocating action parts are contained within the upper receiver eliminating the need for a stock with a buffer/recoil spring mechanism inside it. According to the company, this is the shortest, most stowable Personal Defense Weapon that CMMG has built to date. Let’s take a closer look at the new CMMG Dissent PDWs.

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Daniel Defense AR-15 with a Built-in Suppressor: The DDM4ISR

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves performs a full review of the Daniel Defense DDM4ISR, or Daniel Defense Integrally Suppressed Rifle. James reviews this .300 Blackout AR-15/M4-type rifle with a built-in, permanently attached suppressor on the range in semi-auto format, and with a full-auto lower to see how it performs, and compares it to a suppressed bolt action rifle as well. How does the M4 ISR stack up? Watch today’s video to find out.

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FINALLY: The FULL PEN-15 Review

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves finally makes good on his promise for a full review of the PEN-15. What started out years ago as a viewer-driven project to build an AR-15 turned into a perverse exercise in crowdsourcing anything involving TFBTV viewers. James walks you through the story and brings the full review of the PEN-15 from Thunder Ranch, including input from the legend himself, Clint Smith.

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New Faxon Gunner Profile Barrels Added to Faxon Firearms Barrel Lineup

Faxon Firearms’ line of high-quality American-made barrels has just received two new additions to their rapidly expanding barrel lineup. New Faxon Gunner Profile barrels chambered in both 300 Blackout and 5.56 NATO have just been announced and will come in two different lengths for each caliber and will each retail for less than $200.

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Strike Industries NEW Porterhouse and Tenderloin T-Bone Latches

Charging handles are an accessory I care very little about, if they work, they work and I don’t really put much thought into them outside of that. However, the new T-Bone polymer Charging handle latches from Strike Industries actually add something interesting to charging handles with there being two different sizes (appropriately named Porterhouse and Tenderloin) of swappable latches that still retain the gas redirecting capabilities of the standard sized T-Bone charging handle latches.

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TFB Weekly Web Deals 10: On-Sale Spare AR Parts

Welcome to TFB Web Deals 10. This week we’re talking about spare AR parts. I’ve said it before and I’ll probably keep saying it till the AR-15 is all but an antique – it never hurts to have around a bunch of spare AR parts. Whether your favorite rifle is needing a couple replacement parts, or you’re building a new one and you’ve just launched your second front takedown pin detent across the garage again, spare parts can really save your bacon. So today for TFB Weekly Web Deals 10, we’ll be taking a look at five different on-sale spare AR parts that you can pick up to add to your personal stash.

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The FN-15 TAC3 and DMR3: Modern Tactical Rifles

In this episode of TFB Showtime, Hop checks out the new FN-15 rifles. The TAC3 has a 16″ barrel with a mid-length gas system, and the DMR3 has an 18″ barrel with a rifle-length gas system. They both have new FN furniture, cold hammer forged barrels, and wedge lock free float handguards.

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FN America Announces New FN 15 DMR3 Rifles

FN America have announced the introduction of their new FN 15 DMR3 rifles. Chambered in 5.56x45mm, the new DMR3 has an 18-inch hybrid profile barrel with a 1:8 twist and is available in matte black anodized, factory Cerakote flat dark earth (FDE) or tungsten gray finishes. The rifle comes with a Geissele two-stage G2S trigger and SureFire ProComp muzzle brake.

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New Arisaka Defense 40 Adapter and DSSM M-LOK Light Mount

Arisaka Defense has some of the best aftermarket products when it comes to bolting stuff onto your rifles. New for the month of May is their new Dual Side Scout Mount (DSSM-M) and their M-LOK to M-LOK Adapter 40° MMA40 mount. Each of these allows you to customize and open up your rifle to more lighting and switching options so you can have it running just the way you like it.

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POTD: U.S. Marines in Iceland – HK416A5 with M27 Lower

It’s time for another Photo Of The Day and this time we follow the Recon U.S. Marines to Iceland. According to the experts, some of the soldiers are armed with rifles with M27 lowers and HK416A5 uppers. Presumably, this is a new program for Recon.

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The New Bravo Zulu 350 Legend by Bushmaster Firearms

Bushmaster Firearms is proud to introduce the new Bravo Zulu 350 Legend rifle. While the straight-walled 35-caliber hunting cartridge has received a mixed reception from the whole of the firearms community, many hunters in more restrictive states have learned to love it when it comes to filling their deer tags throughout the year for its combination of power and subdued recoil impulse when compared to .450 Bushmaster. The Bravo Zulu is now available from Bushmaster Firearms in the 350 Legend cartridge giving AR-15 hunters in restrictive states a new option to choose from when it comes to whitetail hunting.

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The New Core Elite Folding AR from ZEV Technologies

ZEV Technologies has just announced their latest firearm – the ZEV Core Elite Folding AR. Designed to be used as a discreet package that still has great accuracy and reliability, the new Core Elite Folding AR will feature a lot of the same hardware that the standard Core Elite rifle does, but now with a Law Tactical Folding Stock Adapter equipped with an SBA3 4-position adjustable brace.

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Is the Springfield Saint Edge ATC Worth the Money?

The Springfield Armory Saint Edge ATC is an AR-15 with a monolithic lower. The price tag of the ATC is pretty high for what amounts to an AR and 4 lbs of bonus aluminum, so it better be accurate. In this episode of TFBTV, Hop tests the Saint Edge ATC for accuracy and gives his thoughts on the platform.

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JP5 Production Models Delayed Until July Due to Heat Treat Issues

Originally meant to debut at Shot Show 2021, the JP5 is a unique roller delayed blowback 9mm AR carbine. Last year JP Enterprises started taking pre-orders for the JP5 production models intending them to be released 4th quarter of 2021/early 1st of 2022. In an update video posted to YouTube, JP Enterprises President John Paul has announced that the JP5 production models will be delayed until at least July this year.

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POTD: Heckler & Koch M110A1 Squad Designated Marksman Rifle

Welcome to the Photo Of The Day, an article series run by The Firearm Blog since 2014. To our knowledge, this is the most well-known place on the Internet for photos of firearms. Here we get to know the M110A1 SDMR (Squad Designated Marksman Rifle) a little better as U.S. Army National Guard Soldiers with the Second Battalion of the 113th Infantry Regiment train in live-fire target practice. Above you can see the soldiers using the secondary iron sights. How often do you use yours and train with them? Or do you prefer a red dot optic as secondary?

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