The VZ.58: The Overlooked Left Handed Tactical Hunting and Defense Rifle

You’re left-handed and you want a modern semi-auto carbine suited to hunting and self defense. What are your options?  You could take the custom build route – Start with an expensive, non-standard AR-15 lower with an ambidextrous bolt and magazine Continue reading The VZ.58: The Overlooked Left Handed Tactical Hunting and Defense Rifle

The Forward Assist on AR-15s – A useless vestigial appendage, or a necessary feature?

Forward Control Design Forward Assist

The forward assist on M16s and AR-15s resulted from the initial trouble that soldiers experienced with early M16 rifles in Vietnam. Non-chrome-lined bores and chambers, incorrect propellants in the ammunition, and lack of cleaning supplies led to rampant jamming. The Continue reading The Forward Assist on AR-15s – A useless vestigial appendage, or a necessary feature?

Tactical Advantage: Hunt with Red Dot (Reflex) Sights

I was recently at the range helping a shooter get started with his new AR-15. He was using inexpensive backup sights, but talking about optics so I handed him a rifle with a reflex sight mounted. He immediately closed one Continue reading Tactical Advantage: Hunt with Red Dot (Reflex) Sights