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6 Accessories to Deck Out Your AR-15

6 Accessories to Deck Out Your AR-15/* custom css */.td_uid_2_5f379cb78f7a5_rand.td-a-rec-img { text-align: left; } .td_uid_2_5f379cb78f7a5_rand.td-a-rec-img img { margin: 0 auto 0 0; } AR-15 outfitted with a SilencerCo Specwar suppressor on its muzzle. One of the most thrilling aspects of owning an AR, besides shooting it, is dressing it up in a way that eeks out every extra ounce of its performance. Make your badass black gun even badder looking — and performing — with these six accessories. Light on its toes, the ATI forend is made of Type III anodized, 6061 T6 aluminum and weights only 9.3 ounces. ATI 15-inch Forend with FS8 Nose Cone & Rails This versatile, yet super sturdy eight-sided free-float forend is made of Type III anodized, 6061 T6 aluminum and weights only 9.3 ounces. Rails can be mounted at 45 degrees around the circumference of the forend for maximum accessory positioning. Meanwhile, the wicked nose cone anchors into any corner, door jam, fence or surface for improved accuracy and stability. ($160, atigunstocks.com ) From buttpad to pistol grip, the ATI Strikeforce Package will help you keep a firm grip on your AR. ATI AR-15 Strikeforce Package This package includes addresses the rear of the rifle with six-position, collapsible buttstock with the Sure-Grip nonslip removable Scorpion Razorback buttpad, ergonomic Sure-Grip textured pistol grip, adjustable (and removable) cheek-rest for better cheek-to-stock weld when aiming, a laser-etched buffer tube and comes equipped with a sling swivel stud and slot for a tactical sling if that’s your preference. ($110; atigunstocks.com ) Crimson Trace Rail Master laser sights will keep your AR spot on! "Crimson Trace Rail" Master Available in red or green laser versions, the Rail Master attaches quickly and easily to any Picatinny rail and boast versions that partner with LED lights to form one compact, easy-to-use unit. Users can choose between five operation modes: light and laser, laser only, light only, laser with strobe light and light in strobe only. Activation is done quickly and easily with a tap-on/tap-off feature. ($149-$269; crimsontrace.com ) [Available with discount at gundigestore.com. ] SilencerCo Specwar suppressors keep ARs silent and deadly. SilencerCo Specwar A well-made suppressor makes shooting so much more enjoyable without degrading accuracy and if you can cough up the change needed to get your federal permit to own one, they will be worth the money. SilencerCo’s Specwar sound suppressors are available for 5.56 and 7.62 rifles and attach easily via their included Trifecta RS flash hider. The unit attaches and detaches quickly and features a tapered shoulder designed to improve accuracy and repeatability. ($800/5.56 & $900/7.62; silencerco.com ) Aimpoint Micro H-1 keeps your AR sighted in, no matter the circumstances. Aimpoint Micro H-1 A super versatile sight, the Micro H-1 is also super compact to fit on anything, including AR rifles. The red-dot sight is fully waterproof and features ACET technology for 50,000 hours of constant-on operation, two dot sizes in 2 or 4 MOA, is nonmagnifying and parallax free and attaches using an integral Weaver-style mount. Twelve settings permit use in any lighting situation. ($606; aimpoint.com ) TruGlo Tru-Brite Xtreme Illuminated Rifle Scope gives a lot bang for the buck. TruGlo Tru- "Brite Xtreme Illuminated" Rifle Scope Want a great little 3-9x scope with an easy-to-see illuminated reticle and that won’t break the bank. The Tru-Brite Xtreme boasts a dual-color illuminated reticle that adjusts between red and green in low-light conditions. It can also be used without illumination. Windage and elevation are fingertip adjustable with a zoom at the 9 o’clock position for better ergonomics and quicker adjustment. ($150; truglo.com ) This article appeared in the July 15, 2013 issue of Gun Digest the Magazine . NEXT STEP: Download Your Free Storm Tactical Printable Target Pack 62 Printable MOA Targets with DOT Drills - Rifle Range in YARDS This impressive target pack from our friends at Storm Tactical contains 62 printable targets for rifle and handgun range use. Target grids and bullseye sizes are in MOA. Ideal for long-range shooting! Get Free Targets

Daughters at the Range Proves Girls Want to Learn About Firearms

Daughters at the Range Proves Girls Want to Learn About Firearms

What happens when you decide to help young girls learn about firearm? You get an annual event that is exploding in popularity. Firearms and shooting have not always been a part of Janette Story’s life. But after her husband passed away in 2005, she had three different scares. “The ‘what if’s’ got to me,” she says. “I decided I needed to learn to protect myself. There was a commercial on TV with the Susan B. Anthony quote, ‘I declare to you that woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself, and there I take my stand.’ I thought, ‘OK, God, I’m listening to this one,” she laughs. “So I went online and registered to get my concealed carry license and proceeded to learn.” From there Janette took as much training as she could get. “I felt like I didn’t know anything,” she says. Then a gentlemen at the gun club suggested participating in National Take Your Daughters to the Range Day. “We did that for a couple of years, then it folded,” she explains. “But by that time our group was going full blast, so I started doing Daughters at the Range . The first year we figured if we had three girls we would call it a success.” It was more than a success with 60 girls and 50 volunteers. From there it continued to grow. “The community support is wonderful,” Janette says. “’ The Outdoorsman’ , a local firearms dealer provides t-shirts for gift bags. ‘ Field and Streams , ’ another local firearms dealer, provides a firearm which is given to one of the parents by luck of the draw. The last two years we received backpacks from Gunbroker.com . The Gun Cleaners mobile unit comes out of Houston to clean all of our guns. The local Marine Bulldog Association comes in and cooks for us. The food is the only thing that costs and that money supports the local "Marine Bulldog Association" scholarship program for the Concho Valley. The Area10 coordinators from the Texas Youth Hunting Program have a booth and conduct the rifle safety program for each rotation. The San Angelo Police Department provides the National Shooting Sports Foundation Project Child Safe program. And of course, the San Angelo Gun Club is great to host us.” Janette explains how the event works. “We start the day at 6:30am with 125 volunteers. We have one-on-one instruction, and mentors following instructions of the range masters. Safety officers also watch the groups. We work in rotations of six to seven girls at a time for pistol for about an hour. Rifle rotations lasts about an hour and a half for up to 16 girls per rotation who shoot supported from the bench. We set up a bay or two so that girls can try bench rest and silhouette shooting.” “We prefer that the girls are new shooters, we love it when they have never shot before. But that doesn’t mean they can’t come if they have experience shooting, but we do have a limit on the number of girls who can attend,” explains Janette. “We promote firearms safety and the shooting sports. An interesting thing is, that about half the families aren’t shooters or just don’t know much about it, and they may only be bringing their daughters out to learn about firearm safety. But by the time they all sit through orientation along with their girls, they understand a lot more. This may be the only time they are ever exposed to this, and they may never pick up another gun. But every one of them leaves with a smile on their face – and so do the volunteers,” says Janette. Those smiles are Janette’s favorite, and most memorable part, of the event. “The smiles on their faces, the excitement when the girls are finished, and the excitement of the volunteers, are amazing. If it weren’t exciting to everyone, it wouldn’t happen.” The other amazing part to Janette is how popular the program is and how quick the response is. “Last year we opened registration on April 15. In less than 24 hours we had 103 girls registered, half had never attended before. We only sent the notice to those who had attended previously, so it shows that they shared their emails. That alone was a fascinating response.” Unfortunately, there were weather issues, so they rescheduled from June to August. Then it rained 4 ½ inches that day, so the event was cancelled. But 180 girls had registered, showing the popularity of the event. Janette is also looking at starting a Sons at the Range event. “We’ll see how that goes. If we have three boys, we’ll consider that a success,” she smiles. This year’s girls’ event is planned for June 10. Registration opens on April 15 with a deadline of May 20. For more information or to register go to http://www.daughtersattherange.com/ or call (325) 224-8747.

Carnival Fun With a .22 Rifle

Carnival Fun With a .22 Rifle

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Survival Gear Review: SureFire LX2

Survival Gear Review: SureFire LX2

At SurvivalCache we are always looking for the latest Survival Gear to review and possibly add to our Bug Out Bag , EDC, Emergency Home Kit, or Emergency Car Kit.  We recently came across the SureFire LX2 Flashlight and let’s just say that we were impressed. Quick Navigation Specs Accessories Field Performance Likes Dislikes Conclusion Specs From the SureFire website : “The LX2 is a compact dual-output flashlight featuring a virtually indestructible power-regulated LED emitter, a Total Internal Reflection (TIR) lens, and a smooth fluted body design that takes it easy on clothing. The LX2’s tactically-correct two-stage pushbutton tailcap switch lets you instantly select output level: press for a momentary-on 15-lumen long-runtime low beam suitable for general night use or close work; press further for a momentary-on 200-lumen high beam—ten times the light of a big two-D-cell flashlight; twist for constant-on low beam, twist further for constant-on high beam.” Accessories There are a number of different accessories for the LX2 ranging from IR filters to specialized pouches and an awesome lanyard system. The lanyard system is included with the LX2 so i can put in a couple of words about its performance.  The lanyard is made up of a piece of OD Green paracord and is equipped with two cord locks and a cord fastener.  In a situation where you would be doing a lot of running or crawling where both of your hands would be needed for weapon retention or navigation the flashlight can be worn necklace style around your neck or the cord locks can be adjusted quickly and easily Field Performance I have been pocket carrying this light for a little more than two weeks now, and it has excelled at every task that I have put it to. The LX2 is designed for both utility and as a weapons grade self defense light.  The two stage  push button tail cap works amazingly well.  I used the LX2 extensively in a simulated CQB scenario where it performed amazingly well.  On the 15 lumen setting it was still out shining the light of my teammates.  When the LX2 was activated on high output it was able to clearly ID target over 125 meters away.  The LX2 excels in low level lighting conditions, it was able to temporarily distort the vision of an opponent at ranges of 25 to 30 feet, this light is to powerful to test at close ranges for fear of permanently damaging the vision of the assisting opponent. Tested against the headlight of the family car the LX2 came out ahead. Surefire has a reputation for making rugged lights. I did not want to torture test the LX2, but it did survive an accidental fall onto concrete from the top of an 8 foot ladder, and it also survived an accidental trip through the washer and the dryer.  The bezel is differentially hardened, and shaped for impact from both accidental dropping onto hard surfaces, and with impact with an attacker.  If you are so inclined, the LX2 makes an excellent improvised kubotan , ju-jo , koppo or whatever other other style of fist load you favor. Likes I love the way the LX2 rides in the pocket. It is, by far, the best light I have ever owned or used.  It runs for a long time on a single set of 123 Lithium batteries , far outlasting any other flashlight I have ever owned. Dislikes The one thing that could be seen as a problem on the LX2 is its price. The LX2 retails for around $200 dollars. Also the LX2 runs on special 123 Lithium batteries which are not readily available and are more expensive than a normal battery. Conclusion After putting this flashlight through all of the tests for brightness, run-time, short falls off an 8 foot ladder, self defense, and the old “I forgot my new SureFire LX2 flashlight was in the pants that I just washed” test……I would Definitely recommend the SureFire LX2 for your EDC or Bug Out Bag.  This one was built with TEOTWAWKI in mind. Read More of Josh’s Articles: Book Review: Back To Basics Book Review: When All Hell Breaks Loose Book Review: The Survival Handbook 5 Types of Machetes and How to Use Them 3 Tier Survival Kits Also see Mr. Smashy’s Review of the SureFire G2: SureFire G2 – Entry Level Tactical Illumination Photo Credits: SureFire EDCForums.com Other interesting articles: Survival Gear Review: SureFire G2X Pro "Survival Gear Review" : Surefire FirePak Survival Gear Review: Surefire E2D and E1D Defender Flashlights SureFire G2 Review "– Entry Level" Tactical Illumination

[2020 Guide] The Best AR-15 Cases: Hard and Soft Cases Reviewed

As an owner of an AR-15, you want to protect your weapon from falls, tumbles, or other damage when traveling or on the move. You already know that your weapon needs to be taken care of, just like any other part of your body, and a weapon that is loved and taken care of will take care of you. But what kind of case is best? While your needs may be a little different, generally, people are drawn toward cases that provide protection to guns and accessories while withstanding the rigors of travel. At a Glance: Our Top Picks for AR-15 Cases Blackhawk Industries Tactical Rifle Case OUR TOP PICK: Pelican 1720 Protector Gun Case Bulldog Cases AR-15/M16 Ultra-compact Discreet Rifle Case Boyt Harness H-series Hard Gun Case BEST BUDGET OPTION: Bulldog Cases Pit Bull Rifle Case Comparison of the Best AR-15 Hard an Soft Cases IMAGE PRODUCT Blackhawk "Industries Tactical Rifle" Case Best overall soft case Adjustable and detachable shoulder strap Includes additional storage compartments for accessories and ammo View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews Our Top Pick "Pelican 1720 Protector" Gun Case Best overall hard case Shell made from high-quality polypropylene Designed to store rifles measured up to 42 inches long "View Latest Price" → "Read Customer Reviews" Bulldog Cases AR-15/M16 Ultra-compact "Discreet Rifle Case" ade from high-quality Tetron Measures at 29 inches in length Runner-up soft case for AR-15 rifles View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews Boyt Harness H-series Hard Gun Case Water-resistant and dustproof Measured at 48 inches in length Best AR-15 hard case for the money View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews NcStar CVG2907 Series Rifle Case Heavy-duty zippers Best soft case for the money Constructed from PVC materials View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews SKB Iseries Single Rifle Case Made from high-quality materials Compact design for storage purposes Designed to fit assembled rifles up to 49 inches long View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews Best Budget Option Bulldog Cases "Pit Bull Rifle" Case Scratch-resistant inner lining Measured to fit many AR-15 rifles Made from high-quality padding and materials View Latest Price Read Customer Reviews What to Look For in a Case Ideally, your rifle case will be durable, strong, waterproof, and discreet enough to not draw attention. It will also have plenty of space to keep the guns and accessories you need to bring along on your next hunt or shooting trip. It should keep out dust, moisture, and be secure against theft or tampering, as well. Your case should not only make it easy for you to bring your rifle wherever it is needed, but also make it easy to remove the gun and put it back in place when not needed. A good case will hold the gun snugly within a foam rest to prevent it jostling and moving about while in transit. Hard Case vs Soft Case: Which is Better? You should buy a case that meets your own requirements for protecting your guns. If you travel into the woods or forest and require durability and toughness, a hard case will provide the best protection. If you want to travel light and only need minimal protection from scratches and rain, certain soft cases will do the job. Some cases are heavier than others, which makes them less than ideal for carrying. Hard cases can be quite heavy due to their use of stronger materials and size. Some cases are designed for portability, including many soft cases that both protect the gun from scratches and the elements and can be slung over one shoulder. Remember that no soft case can match the durability and toughness that a hard case can provide due to the materials used. If you want guaranteed protection for delicate scopes and other accessories on your gun, as well as the gun itself, you’ll definitely need a strong hard case. Some cases can hold multiple guns and have inbuilt pressure equalization valves that help in case of changing altitudes. Source Hard cases also use multiple latches to keep the rifle safe and some models use steel latches that are compatible with padlocks, so you can increase their security. Hard cases are easy to maintain since they can be washed on the outside using water and a mild detergent. The inside can also be cleaned with water and mild detergent. A lining made from high-quality foam can also be cleaned using a wet sponge or cloth. Ensure that the foam is dry before replacing it, or you risk causing rust deposits in your rifle. In short, a hard case is good for serious traveling where you gun needs protection. A soft case is sufficient when you don’t have to worry about a lot of banging around and just want to protect it from dust and dirt. Quick Take - The Best AR-15 Hard and Soft Cases These are our recommendations for the best  AR-15 hard and soft cases: Blackhawk Industries Tactical Rifle Case Pelican 1720 Protector Gun Case Bulldog Cases AR-15/M16 Ultra-compact Discreet Rifle Case Reviews of the Best AR-15 Hard and Soft Cases To make it easier for you to select a hard case for your AR-15, we’ve rounded up some of the best cases in the market, based on the criteria we outlined above. These cases come in a range of price points and offer sufficient protection for most situations. Best Soft Case Overall: Blackhawk Industries Tactical Rifle Case CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Zips up nice and smooth Fits AR-15 rifles like a glove The strap is easily adjustable Super-durable, doesn’t easily wear and tear Really light to carry around, even with the rifle inside Rugged exterior, well padded Cons None Magazine pouches don’t work with all sizes of magazines What Recent Buyers Report A lot of new users were able to use this case with ease. Their rifles fit perfectly in the case. Some users managed to easily carry this on their shoulders using the adjustable straps. One user said it was quite comfortable to wear, even on his shoulder. Why it Stands Out to Us This might be the closest thing to a military-style soft case that you can find. Not only that, it’s made from really tough, high-quality nylon. Inside the case is a foam interior that protects the rifle from any shock that might be associated with hard falls or hard surface hits. Plus, it’s at the perfect length to fit your AR-15 rifle with ease. This soft case from Blackhawk is made from abrasion and mildew-resistant Nytaneon nylon. The padding surrounds the top and bottom of the case, ensuring that your rifle and accessories do not get scratched. The nylon carry handle is double-stitched and multi-reinforced and the case has an adjustable, padded sling. The rifle cases come in 34", 37", and 41" lengths and all cases accept rifles with mounted optics and fully unzip for use as a shooting mat. Each case comes with four high-capacity magazine pouches with hook-and-loop patch closures, plus zippered compartments in the front for additional storage. Who Will Use This Most This will work mostly for tactical applications (i.e.--law enforcement or military). But don’t count it as useless for any other purpose like hunting, target shooting, or competition purposes. This is a rugged and super-durable case that is made of soft materials but can give you so much protection that no other soft case can provide. So if you want what might be the best of the best when it comes to soft cases, this might be your best possible option. Bottom Line If you want a soft case that is likely the strongest of the bunch, the BlackHawk Rifle Case might be what the doctor ordered. Believe us when we tell you this is no ordinary soft case for your AR-15. It’s a case that is layered with the best materials for superior protection. Best Hard Case Overall: Pelican 1720 Protector Gun Case CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Easy to secure your rifle Super-rugged construction Fits almost any AR-15 rifle perfectly Waterproof and can even be submerged underwater The interior is nice and soft, does a good job keeping the rifle in place Plenty of space for extras Waterproof, airtight, rugged, and secure. It even floats Cons None Large size makes it bulky What "Recent Buyers Report" A lot of new users were satisfied with the case. As expected, they managed to fit their rifles into the case without making any alterations to their rifles or the case itself. They were also quite impressed with the case locking up to be airtight and not allowing any water to leak through it. Why it Stands Out to Us This is what should be a prime example of how a hard case should work. Outside, the protective shell is hard as a rock. Inside, you get a lot of foam that provides you with excellent protection from shock and keeps the rifle in place. Since it locks up pretty good, you won’t have to worry about the case opening up at complete random. Oh...did we mention it’s sealed so tight that it’s waterproof? Yep, no water can access the inside of the case. If that’s impressive to you, you know this might be the case worth investing in. The case is made from unbreakable polypropylene structural resin, which is lightweight yet tough. The case even floats, a major plus for water-activity enthusiasts. The high-density polyurethane foam inside keeps guns safe from vibration and shock. It also has a neoprene sponge O-ring for an airtight, waterproof seal, and an automatic pressure equalizer. You can add padlocks for additional security and the case meets MIL-STD 4150J standards and has an Ingress Protection rating of IP-67. Each case holds rifles or shotguns up to 42" long with extra space for handguns, magazines, or other accessories. It comes in black. The case dimensions are 44-3⁄8’’ long, 16’’ wide, and 6-1⁄8’’ high. Who Will "Use This Most" If you need a case that will be perfect for a day at the range or while deep in the woods, this one would be the best fit for you. Especially when you’ll be carrying it from point A to point B and know there will be some bumps and bangs along the way. Plus, once you hit the rocky dirt roads, you’ll know your rifle will be protected with a case that won’t allow any moving around. Bottom Line The Pelican 1720 Protector Gun Case might be a runner-up for the moment. But don’t be shocked if it takes the top spot for the best AR-15 hard case at some point in the future. This case proves why it belongs on our list. Waterproof, secure, and durable are the three great features we can use to describe it. Soft Case Runner-up: Bulldog Cases AR-15/M16 Ultra-compact Discreet Rifle Case CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Fits rifles perfectly Great for many applications Super-durable construction and materials It provides discreet storage and looks like it could be a duffel bag Extra storage space is nice and spacious. It provides ample room for magazines and other accessories Quality construction Cons Zippers are a little rough at first Magazine pockets should be a little bigger Not waterproof, despite being water-resistant It can only fit a short rifle or you have to disassemble your rifle in two halves to fit. What Recent Buyers Report A lot of new users were in search of a case to provide them with discreet carrying. This case was the best they found. They were also quite happy with the case not only making it discreet for travel purposes, but they loved how it was resistant to bad weather, as well. Not bad for a soft case, one user said. Why it Stands Out to Us One of the things that stood out with this case is the material it is made with. This bag is made from Tetron, a soft material that has been proven to be resistant to wearing and tearing compared to some other soft materials like nylon. On top of that, the material is water-resistant. So it can handle all the bad weather elements. Whether rain, wind, or snow, this case is good enough to stand tough, no matter the weather. This discreet-looking case from Bulldog provides both protection and concealment for your AR-15. The outer shell is made of durable, water-resistant Tetron and is padded with 2½" thick foam. The inside is lined with brushed Tricot that won’t sag, billow, or deform. It has two magazine pouches, as well as heavy-duty zippers, and comes in navy blue or tan. The case dimensions are 29" x 3" x11". Who Will Use This Most This will be a perfect carrying case for your AR-15 if you don’t want it to be obvious. Yes, you might get some weird looks for carrying an AR-15 of all things. But make no mistake, this case will definitely make sure tit looks like you’re carrying a simple bag. Best of all, it will fit your rifle and whatever else you need for a day at the range or for the hunting field. Bottom Line If you want an excellent carrying case that provides ample storage, plus a discreet look that no other case can replicate, the choice is absolutely clear. The Bulldog Ultra-Compact Discreet Carry Case is exactly what you need to carry your AR-15 rifle from point A to point B without raising any alarms. Hard Case Runner-up: Boyt Harness H-Series Hard Gun Case CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Super-resistant against weather Easy to lock and secure your rifle Fits most AR-15 rifles without issues Really durable from the inside and out Shock-resistant if dropped from various heights Very tough and durable Cons None What Recent Buyers Report A lot of new users say they got a lot more than what they paid for with this case. They managed to keep a lot of dust and water from getting in. They were also quite impressed with how easily it locks up and seals out any environmental factors from gaining entry. Others have added that the carrying case didn’t feel so heavy even with their rifles stored inside. Why it Stands Out to Us This is perhaps one of the most affordable hard cases for an AR-15 on the market. And sure enough, it sets the example of how an AR-15 case should be. Hard on the outside and protective against all kinds of dust, water, and weather elements. On the inside, the foam is so nice and thick that it protects the rifle from any shock that might be generated from hard falls. Not to be outdone, the rifle stays in place and doesn’t move around, even if you’re traveling on uneven ground. If you strive to find an AR-15 case where security and proper storage are priorities, this might be the case you’ll want to consider looking at. The line of hard cases from Boyt are tough enough to meet or exceed law enforcement, military, and airline standards. They also have a lifetime warranty. They have an eggshell foam interior, dust proof O-ring seal, and a pressure relief valve. They support padlocks and have heavy-duty latches. The interior dimensions are 48" x 9" x 4" and external dimensions are 50" x 12.5" x 5". Who Will Use This Most If you’re an AR-15 user that typically heads out to the range on the weekends or if you’re a hunter that needs a hardcore case to protect your rifle against the bumps and bangs of rough terrain while driving, this case will give you serious protection, no matter what. Plus, you get the best in security since the locking ability keeps the rifle nice and tight inside. Bottom Line If you want a great hard case that is excellent in quality and won’t take a bite out of your bank account, then consider the Boyt Single Long Gun Case as your best possible option. You’ll love having this around as your go-to carrying case for years or even decades to come. It’s lightweight, locks up nice and tight, and will definitely give your rifle the best protection possible. Best for the Money Soft Case: NcStar CVG2907 "Series Rifle Case" CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Affordable for most budgets Comfortable to carry around Perfect size for most AR-15 rifles Really durable construction, both inside and out Padding is nice and firm inside. Keeps the rifle and other accessories from shifting and moving around Cons Some have questioned the actual length of the carrying case itself Some have complaints about the shoulder straps being in the wrong location Five pockets share one flap The shoulder strap is at the bottom of the bag. What Recent Buyers Report As expected, most new buyers were happy with the case. They said it was rugged, both inside and out. They managed to easily store their rifles without any fitting issues. The extra compartments for the purpose of carrying magazines and accessories were good enough for storage according to one user. Why it Stands Out to Us This soft case may not look like much on the surface. But it’s long enough to fit a disassembled rifle and a whole lot more. It makes carrying your AR-15 rifle a lot easier without having to deal with the additional weight that some carrying cases might have (regardless of whether the rifle is stored inside or not). So not only will it be lightweight with or without the rifle packed in, it’s proven to be super tough and easy to carry from one place to the next discreetly. This case is reasonably priced compared to the competition and is made of tough Cordura Nylon. The interior is made of soft cotton to protect the gun and other items. On the side of the bag is a windowed ID pocket to hold an ID tag. The other side of the bag has five pockets that can hold AR-style magazines. The zipper has two pull-tags with locking rings, which can be locked shut. The zippers are double-stitched to make them stronger. The inside dimensions of the case are 40" x 12 1/2", and it comes in both green and tan colors. Who Will Use This Most This would be the perfect carrying case for those who tend to travel on the road a lot. And if you tend to carry your AR-15 from home to the range (or your favorite hunting spot), you’ll want a carrying case that obviously keeps it on the low-down without attracting any undue attention. On top of that, this soft case is not a flimsy little case that will fall apart on you. It will save you all kinds of space and then some. Bottom Line The VISM by NcStar is one of the best soft carrying cases that will allow discreet storage and transport. If you’re looking for something that will be affordable for you, all while giving you the protective benefits of a soft case for your rifle, you’d be crazy to pass up the opportunity to give this a closer look. Best for the Money Hard Case: SKB Iseries "Single Rifle Case" CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Easy to clean Really lightweight when empty Keeps your rifle safe and secure Really durable from the inside and out Ridiculously affordable for most budgets Reasonably priced Solid construction Cons One user said it is an inch too short The finish on the clamp lock looks sub-par Some complained about the hinge not being centered Doesn’t have extra space for ammo and accessories What Recent Buyers Report A lot of new buyers were pretty happy with the rifle case. They said it was pretty durable and had the ability to keep the rifle nice and secure during transport. One user said he was able to fit his rifle in the case without any issue. On top of that, he had a scope attached to the rifle and still had no issue with fitting it inside. Why it Stands Out to Us This case is long in length and gives you a generous amount of space to store AR-15 rifles of most sizes. Even better, this case allows you to pack in your rifle without having to remove any accessories. That alone will save you all kinds of time, rather than have it wasted disassembling each and every accessory. This tough case from SKB is made from injection-molded, ultra-high-strength polypropylene copolymer resin and features a dust-proof design. It can accommodate scoped rifles up to 49" in length and uses high-quality EPS and ELE foam inside to ensure cushioning and protection of your firearm. The dimensions of the case are 51 x 12 x 6.5 inches and it weighs 3.25 pounds. Who Will Use This Most This is perfect for the AR-15 user that has all kinds of customizations for their rifle. Whether you have a scope, optic, or even a flashlight, among other accessories equipped to your rifle, this is the carrying case that will have more than enough space to easily store it inside. Don’t worry, you’ll have plenty of space to work with. Bottom Line The SKB iSeries Single Rifle Case is probably the best hard case you can find if you’re looking for a simple carrying case that will give you plenty of space for your fully decked-out rifle. You won’t have to remove all your accessories to ensure it will fit in the case. Just place it inside and off you go. 7. Bulldog Cases Pit Bull Rifle Case CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Padding is super thick It allows for a perfect fit Zipper slides in nice and smooth Hanging hook loop is super-sturdy Really durable, both inside and out Cons Won’t fit larger guns like AK-47s Stitching may come apart over time You may need to attach accessories like scopes prior to putting the rifle in the bag Quality and build are not very high ​ What Recent Buyers Report Recent buyers were excited to report a few things about this rifle case. Not only did it give them superior protection from shock and environmental elements, but they also concluded that this case provided them with comfortable, lightweight carrying. One user said that with the rifle inside, the case is pretty compact for storage and therefore, saves a ton of space. Why it Stands Out to Us This soft case contains some of the thickest interior padding of any soft case on the market. This is perfect, considering that you want the best protection both inside and out. The foam padding is thick enough to absorb shock and a good amount of water. But don’t confuse this with it being waterproof. The straps allow for pretty sturdy carrying and hanging. The straps won’t break off nor rip. In short, it’s a soft case that protects your rifle as it if were stored securely in a hard case. This tough case is made of ballistic nylon and is water-resistant. It contains 1-1/2" of soft padding and an inner lining of soft scratch-resistant brushed Tricot. The case can fit both scoped and non-scoped rifles and comes in sizes of 40’’, 44’’, and 48’’. Who Will Use This Most This would be great for casual target shooters or even competitive shooters. But it can be used for other applications, as well. If you want a carrying case that makes carrying and storage as easy as pie, then this might be right up your alley. Bottom Line The Bulldog Pitbull Rifle Case might be one of the dark horse choices for the best soft case for AR-15s. Don’t be surprised if you see this overtaking a few spots on the lists in the not-so-distant future. It’s thick, lightweight, and does a dang good job keeping your rifle nice and protected from any damage. 8. Plano Molding Company All-Weather Rifle Cases CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Easy to clean Locks securely Foam cuts quite easily Super-durable from the inside and out Pluck foam is really helpful in fitting most rifles Adjustable padding, rugged, secure lock, waterproof, well-padded Cons Some report it not being waterproof May not be able to handle shock from hard falls No open compartments for extra storage space What Recent Buyers Report A lot of new buyers were pleased with the case. They chose their length based on the measurements of their rifles. The fitting for each rifle and case was perfect and no other alterations were made to ensure a perfect fit. Overall, it was nice and lightweight, and also easy to clean, as well. Why it Stands Out to Us The case is proven to handle all kinds of weather from extreme heat and cold to the most torrential of downpours. This is made from high-quality materials designed to handle nature’s worst elements. Even if it’s covered in dust, you can clean it off in a matter of minutes. On top of that, the case is designed to fit most AR-15 rifle sizes. There’s always a case for you, regardless of your rifle’s measurements. The Plano name is one that is considered amongst the best in the industry. The case comes with a Dri-Loc seal that keeps the case watertight and airtight under all weather conditions. The heavy-duty construction, dual-stage lockable latches, and built-in pressure release valve ensure that your rifles withstand the rigors of airline travel. The cases come in two sizes, 36’’ and 42’’, and also contain pluck foam to cushion the rifles. The dimensions of the 42’’ case are: Exterior 40” x 16” x 5.5” Interior 37” x 13” x 5” The dimensions of the 36’’ case are: Exterior 46” x 16” x 5.5” Interior 43” x 13” x 5” Who Will Use This Most This will be perfect for general purpose uses. So it depends on the kind of rifle you have (or caliber) to ensure that you have a case to fit you perfectly. If you need a case that is perfect for all your rifle storing needs, don’t hesitate to get a rifle case like this. Bottom Line The "Plano Molding Company" All-Weather Rifle Case is considered to be one of the best in the business. If you want excellent quality and well-fitting storage for your rifle, you would be hard-pressed to find a case like this anywhere else. What to Look for in a Hard Case If you are considering a hard case for your rifle, there are some aspects to keep in mine. These include how well it protects your rifle, the amount of padding to cushion and house additional accessories, and any special features. Protection A good hard case should be built of top quality materials such as high-impact polypropylene and be designed to withstand shocks, bumps, and rough usage. It should ideally be waterproof, dust-proof, and rust proof. Good cases have air pressure equalizers that can help protect against air pressure changes during air travel or in mountainous areas. Padding Good cases come with foam padding to hold and secure your gun in place. Some will have silica gel inserts to keep all the accessories dry, which is necessary to prevent guns from rusting and ammo from spoilage. You can even customize some foam pads to hold more weapons, magazines, or other items you’ll need when traveling. Features Some hard cases stand out from the others by incorporating special features, such as the ability to float. Cases made from aluminum are great choices since aluminum is able to offer extra protection compared to other materials. What to Look for in a Soft Case If you’re thinking about getting a soft case for your rifle, you may be wondering what to look for. The main concern when looking for a soft case is the size, followed by materials and features. Size Obviously, you want the rifle to fit inside the case. However, some cases will fit your AR-15 snugly and others will have some additional room or pockets for more guns or extra accessories. Smaller cases may be easier to transport, but you’ll be sacrificing the extra room for carrying accessories or other features. Bigger cases may also offer more protection, but this is not always the case. Material The second aspect to look at is the material, which will determine the durability and protection offered to the gun. Most manufacturers use a combination of synthetic materials such as nylon. Nylon is a tough and durable material that holds up well through wear and tear and can handle abuse. The seams and stitching should be checked carefully, as they are the most likely point of failure for soft cases. Features The final thing to check in a soft case before purchasing is the extra features it offers. This includes pockets, pouches, straps, and slings. Some people prefer a soft case that conceals, rather than advertises, the fact that they have a gun on them. A good case distributes evenly over the body by placing the straps properly for the sling to fit comfortably. Carrying the case should be easy and practical. Conclusion Purchasing a robust and durable case for your AR-15 is a worthwhile investment in order to keep your rifle and accessories safe while traveling or transporting from place to place. In order to decide what kind of case to select, keep in mind your need for portability, protection, security, and discretion. Some cases are pricier than others, but these generally offer toughness and protection, along with extra features that add to their appeal.

Best 7.6239 AR-15 Uppers & Complete Rifles

Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s Want to combine the accuracy of an AR-15 with the power of an AK-47’s 7.62×39 round? Why not just put a 7.62×39 upper on your AR? PSA KS47 with Vortex Let’s start off with why 7.62×39 is awesome, then dive into the best uppers and complete rifles out there. Table of Contents Loading... Why You Want (Or Need) a 7.62x39mm Upper in Your Life 7.62×39 is still one of the most popular cartridges around the world, as evidenced by the fact that you can pick up a box at the corner store no matter which hemisphere you’re in. Popular 7.62×39 Ammo It was originally designed by the Soviet Union in the latter months of WWII. The Soviets wanted an intermediate cartridge that could function in a multi-purpose capacity. What they got was a solid little round that would be on par with the 5.56×45 NATO rounds the West would use much later. 3 Upgraded AK-47s The new cartridge would go on to achieve wide acclaim for its success in close quarters combat thanks to its relatively large bullet size. Most 7.62x39mm bullets are 122 or 125gr, with some 150gr stuff available if you’re willing to really look for it. 5.56 vs 7.62x39mm This puts it nearly on par with the modern .300 Blackout round, and indeed the 300BLK was designed to mimic the performance of the 7.62x39mm round in a lot of ways, but in a package that could be chambered by the AR-15 with minimal adjustment. Of course, most AR’s are 5.56×45, so when looking at swapping to a 7.62×39 upper, that’s the comparison we’re looking at… 7.62×39 vs 5.56×45: By the Numbers 7.62x39mm 5.56x45mm NATO Bullet Diameter: .312” .224” Case Length: 1.524” 1.760” Max Pressure: 45,010psi 55,114psi Average Muzzle Velocity: ~2400fps ~3000fps Bullet Weight: 120-125gr 55-77gr What Does This All Mean? So, here’s the takeaway from the bare-bones look at the specs. 7.62×39 bullets are bigger 5.56×45 bullets are faster The cartridges are overall about the same size The 7.62×39 can load a bigger powder charge, but the 5.56×45 can be loaded to higher pressure. So, what’s that actually mean? Well, from a practical standpoint, the 7.62×39 round is going to carry more energy into its target inside 300 meters or so. But outside of that, energy falls off and the heavy round drops quickly. The 5.56 meanwhile is not as good on the stopping power front at close ranges. Having a lighter bullet it moves quite a bit faster, however, so after about 300 yards or so, you’ll get more energy out of it than the 7.62×39, and certainly more accurate. Let’s break that down further . If you’re hunting anything up to medium game inside of 300 yards, you’ll want the 7.62×39. It carries more energy and is plenty accurate at those ranges. If you’re going after smaller game, or are looking to make shots at 400+ yards, the extra accuracy, and velocity of the 5.56×45 is going to be fine. No need to invest in a new upper if that’s the case. Unless you want to be a little more flexible and take advantage of the super cheap 7.62×39 ammo that is… Now, if you’re looking for something with a little more close-up power, or you just want something else to add to the collection, you might want to snag a new 7.62×39 upper for your rifle, or just build a 7.62×39 rifle from the ground up. If that sounds like something you want to do, here’s what we recommend for your new East-Meets-West rifle! Best 7.62×39 AR-15 Uppers & Rifles 1. Palmetto State Armory PA47 16″ 7.62X39 Complete Upper If you’re looking for a firearm that’s basic, but functional, PSA has probably got you covered no matter what you’re looking for. They’ve certainly got you covered if you’re looking for an A2-style upper in 7.62×39. Best Budget 7.62x39 AR-15 Upper PSA PA47 Upper 230 at "Palmetto State Armory" Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 230 at Palmetto State Armory Prices accurate at time of writing The barrel is a 16” chrome moly vanadium piece with a 1:10 twist, and it’s set up for a carbine-length gas system. The barrel has a combination front sight base/gas block, and is covered by standard handguards and capped off with an A2-style flash hider. The upper itself is forged 7075-T6 aluminum and then finished with a hard anodized coating to keep it free of scratches and rust. I’d call this upper the way to go if you’re looking for a basic 7.62×39 upper that is more about function than form. It’s finished well and machined precisely, don’t get me wrong, but unless you want to build an A2 clone in 7.62×39 for some reason, it’s pretty plain Jane and doesn’t really offer you much in the way of customization options by default. And that’s perfectly fine. A whitetail (or a home invader) isn’t going to care what the gun looks like, or how many flashlights and laser sights you’ve got hanging off it. The upper is as accurate as anything I’ve ever shot in 7.62×39, and I’d say it’s more than adequate for anything from hunting to plinking, to long-term storage for the end of days. 2. Palmetto State Armory AR47 16″ MID-LENGTH 7.62X39 What if “adequate” doesn’t quite get the job done though? Would if you need those flashlights, lasers, foregrips, PEQ boxes, and coffee grinders? What if you just plain hate the A2 stylings the upper above? Well, PSA has still got you covered. PSA AR47 Complete Upper 380 at Palmetto State Armory Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 380 at Palmetto State Armory Prices accurate at time of writing Their AR-47 16” is an M-LOK railed version of the PA47, and it’s perfect if you’re looking for a bit of an upgrade over the base model. You still have the 1:10 twist rifling, but with a mid-length gas system and a low-profile gas block to accommodate the free-floating, 13.5” inch PSA lightened M-Lok rail.  You have M-lok cuts at the 3, 6, and 9, positions and a full-length rail up top, all ready and waiting for whatever accessories, grips, and optics your heart desires. The rail also features QD mounts for a sling if you so desire. Personally, I think a nice 1-6x like the Vortex Strike Eagle would look rather nice up there and would be perfect for the 7.62×39’s range, or maybe a good red dot and a flashlight for a home defense setup. Whatever you want to build, the PSA AR47 upper gives you the means to bring your vision to life. I love the customization options, and PSA has put some serious thought into this upper, from manufacturing to distribution. 3. Radical Firearms 7.62×39 16″ HBAR Radical Upper Receiver If you’re looking for something a little different that’s maybe a step up from the PSA stuff, the Radical Firearms HBAR upper may be the way to go. The HBAR-profile barrel is fitted with M4 feed ramps, and is rifled at a faster 1:8 twist to get more accuracy out of heavier bullets. Radical Fierarms AR-15 7.62x39 Upper 237 at Radical Firearms Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 237 at Radical Firearms Compare prices (2 found) Radical Firearms (See Price) Brownells (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing It comes with a flat-top Keymod rail that will do just as well as the M-Lok stuff when it comes to supporting your favorite attachments and optics. You can read my full review of another Radical upper here if you want to know more about fit and finish. Author’s 5.56 NATO Radical Upper (BCG and Charging Handle not included.) But in general you get what you pay for, and what you’re getting here is a competently designed and manufactured upper that manages to come in at an affordable price by skipping some of the bells and whistles like weight-saving measures and monolithic construction. The big advantage it has over the PSA uppers is the piston-drive gas system that runs a heck of a lot cleaner than the direct impingement PSA system. This is especially important if you’re shooting dirty surplus ammo. Cheap as that stuff is, it can foul a gun up quickly and though that may not matter so much to an AK, it certainly will to an AR. However, this upper doesn’t come with a BCG or charging handle – so take that into account when you budget it. You’ll want to get a dedicated 7.62×39 BCG and any standard AR-15 charging handle . 4. CMMG MK47 Mutant If you’re looking for a complete rifle option, the Mutant has you covered – but it isn’t cheap. CMMG MK47 Mutant SBN 1225 at Brownells Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 1225 at Brownells Prices accurate at time of writing Using the AR standard Direct Impingement gas system and using standard AK magazines, the Mutant truly is just a combination of an AK-47 and AR-15. Best of all it is made to CMMG’s exacting standards for quality. While the 7.62x39mm round is not a marksman cartridge, you can count on the CMMG rifle that fires it to be as close as can be to giving you maximum precision. 5. Faxon ARAK-21 Another complete upper option that comes in a piston flavor…complete with gas adjustment so you’re ready for whatever kind of ammo you might be shooting. Faxon ARAK-21 It’s built almost completely different from a standard AR-15 upper so not that many parts are interchangeable.  BUT…it does work on a regular lower. It’s a little heavy with integral quadrails but if you want to go piston like the AK…the ARAK-21 might be for you. Best 7.62x39 AR/AK Hybrid Faxon ARAK-21 1200 at Faxon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 1200 at Faxon Prices accurate at time of writing 6. Palmetto State Armory KS-47 All of the options before were great options, but the best of the batch might be the PSA KS-47. Delivering a complete rifle for a fraction of the cost that the CMMG runs…the PSA KS-47 is also outstandingly accurate. PSA KS47 with EOTech Shooting roughly 2.5 MOA, the KS-47 delivered perfect function and reliability. Impressive for a gun that runs about the price of most decent standard AR-15s. Full video review of ours right here! Another perk is that PSA offers it in several configurations, including a braced pistol version with a 10.5-inch barrel! The only downside is the lack of last round bolt hold open (thanks AK mags). If you want a complete rifle option, you can’t go wrong with PSA! BEST BANG-FOR-THE-BUCK 7.62x39 AR Rifle PSA Gen 2 KS-47 700 at Palmetto State Armory Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 700 at Palmetto State Armory Prices accurate at time of writing See our full written review for even more details. What’s your take on the KS47? Readers' Ratings 3.64/5 (266) Your Rating? Parting Shots If you’re interested in 7.62×39 and you already have an AR-15, you’ll be pleased to know there are some great uppers out there that will allow you to take advantage of this legendary caliber’s benefits without building a whole new gun. That said, if you want to build a whole new gun in 7.62×39 and don’t want to build an AK, then you can just build a whole AR from the ground up. Whatever you decide to do, these uppers won’t let you down. They’re as rugged and dependable as the cartridge they fire, and you should be able to find one to meet your needs and your budget, no matter what those may be. Got another one I should add to the list? Think this whole thing is blasphemous and an insult to both Stoner and Kalashnikov? Or how about check out the Best AR-15s and Best AK-47s ?

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