POODLE SHOOTING 2*
note: very good videos from what I've seen over at "Penny University". A more common sense prepper.
note: a LOT of food remains good well past its pull date. Power Bars are NOT one of them. I got really ill eating one that was five years old. I didn't quite puke, but it was a close run thing. Turned my stomach for the rest of the day. Pissed me off as I got two cases for free from the food bank way back.
We continue, evaluating how effective the AR is. I’ll just cut to the chase and tell you that it was always a piece of crap but now that it has been adopted through emotionalism it has become logically much more effective. This is hard for me to admit, because emotionally I have always feared and loathed the weapon. As you’ll no doubt recall from your own experiences, basic training in the military is nothing more than brain reprogramming. Through fear and sleep deprivation and stress through exhaustion and mental manipulation, your mind is changed to fit the needs of the military ( which is why you think so highly of the organization, its tools and tactics. Not because they are effective, but because you were brainwashed. Simple as that ).
This is nothing too insidious. You knew what you were signing up for. And it is nothing compared to your parents or teachers programming you. Cultural programming is even necessary and in our best interests. We are of the monkey tribe, not apart from it ( even introvert loner individuals must work within the rules of the nation state tribe, primarily through the worship of money ). My point of the above is that while in training I responded as we all do, being emotionally programmed. When my issue rifle proved to be very unreliable and prone to jamming, my emotional response was to fear it from then on.
Being an emotional response, you cannot counteract that with logic ( “ammunition today is more reliable” “the weapon has progressed” etc. ). Under a period of stress and heightened susceptibility to acquiring new programming, my emotional imprinting was to hate the weapon. It would have killed me after all. That is the logical response. It became emotional merely by illogically cementing that initial opinion. This also explains my emotional attachment to another weapon, the 1911A1. As this was my back-up weapon and was inherently reliable ( by virtue of having little accuracy ) and in fact WOULD save my life, this became a life raft from the M-16 ( and cemented, again emotionally, what had started out as an emotional attachment via entertainment-who couldn’t love the 45 after Magnum PI and Miami Vice? ).
Again, fear, while being an emotion, is still logical. What we are discussing is not whether fear is a good thing. It is. It is how we respond to fear that makes the difference. Gun control whores are worthless sods and should be stabbed or hung or blown up-anything except shot since that would just make their point for them-as soon as it is no longer illegal. But they are just as fearful as we are and just responding to that fear. They think no guns will make us safer and we think more guns will make us safer. Same fear, different emotion to that fear.
Needing guns is logical, as is loving them and stroking them and whispering into their ear sweet nothings. But then we pick the wrong one. We aren’t using the fear well. We misuse it. Using the emotion from the military to be disciplined and motivated is good, using that emotion to insist you can “PT all day long” even when you are sixty is retarded. As is bonding with a weapon that was picked for cost, resource constraints, Congressmen re-election and corporate profit ( instead of your mistaken notion of tactical superiority ).
The M-16 had a captive market. Logically, it had no place in a world full of FN-FAL’s or G3’s or even AK’s. Emotionally, the military officer corps closed ranks as it always does, never admitting a mistake and always doubling down on them. The M-16 was as flawed for its time as the muzzle loader was after metal cartridges were introduced. But the military wanted it and got it and kept it. And why not? By preserving its decision it froze time, a time just before our empire derailed. But just because the military was locked into the turd didn’t mean that Colt was happy. The military was decreasing the amount of trigger pullers. Their market was decreasing. Colt, showing how much they didn’t care for the lives of anyone by the “quality” of the rifles they sent over to Vietnam, needed to push their Instrument Of Its Users Destruction into a larger market share.
I would imagine Colt was more than happy to provide any Hollywood production that wanted it free or subsidized their little plastic abomination. Nothing stimulates demand like an emotional response. Let’s make the AR demand explode by showing how only the cool kids use M-16’s. SWAT teams, Chuck Norris rescuing POW’s. Hell, look how Rambo made the M-60 so cool ( and only a Frenchmen on absinth in the asylum could design a worse weapon ). Feeding on our emotional response to violence, the featured weapons of the day are powerful motivators ( the banning of the Tommy Gun, or even switchblade knives, the adaptation of otherwise crap weapons ).
Clinton banning the AR’s just made them all that much sweeter. Forbidden Fruit, because why stop at your neighbors salary or his wife, coveting wise? Since his ban, or near ban anyway, the prices shot up ( I wonder if Colt had anything to do with Clintons ban? After all, they are scumbags. A minion could offer me a free Colt, even of the most expensive kind, and I would tell them to pound sand. That is how much I despise the company. I won’t even buy used Colts ). Prices shooting up got many more companies involved in manufacturing AR’s. More companies getting involved lowered the prices. Lowering the prices fed demand. Increased demand lowered prices increasing demand. Once a certain point is reached, you have a standard established. When the AR became the standard militia gun, you reached a point where NOT having that gun worked against you. Compared to the AR, who else has the spare parts, cheap parts, cheap guns due to volume? It is like buying any tactical shotgun except the Remington 870. You are just handicapping yourself.
Continued and concluded tomorrow.
END ( today's related link http://amzn.to/2Cal9yt )
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The only AR problems I've ever had were...ReplyDelete
1. A poor magazine design that allowed the rounds to tilt on the follower in the magazine (problem solved with new anti-tilt followers).
2. Not fully going into battery due to being run dry of lube (too much friction in the bolt cycling) on a standard phosphate bolt. Admittedly, this is a problem. Use a premium lubricant and maintain it, or upgrade the bolt to nickel boron or chrome to eliminate (within reason) the problem.
Any firearm is going to revolt against lack of oil. Your AR has treated you right with minor mods, so you'll do well to stick with it. It reinforces your belief system. Nothing wrong there.Delete
Your description of your distrust for the AR-15 fits exactly my distaste for automatic pistols and my reliance on a revolver.ReplyDelete
We all have our superstitions, and we have to build on them (sometimes you can get rid of them but it takes an open minded approach that will never exist again because the collapse is currently accelerating).
In the end only bolt-action rifles (with integral/fixed magazine) and revolvers are inherently trustworthy.
Good point. As the collapse strengthens superstitions gain strength as a coping mechanism.Delete
When I was in we still had the M1 Garand. It worked every time - heavy, though.ReplyDelete
We also used the 1911 - 45. Although it's legendary now, it wasn't all that great then. The little 30 cal carbine made more sense, and still does. We need to get back to basics.
Back to basics doesn't earn the money "improvements" do.Delete
NO firearm works 100% of the time. Since civilians don't tend to shoot nearly as much as the .mil (even just training) civilian firearms will not wear the same. Your issue weapon was likely old, beat up, and abused.ReplyDelete
Today's M4 (and decent civi M4gery) and M16/AR15 are not the same beast. My service during the surge taught me the opposite. Our M16/M4s work AND hit the target, while hadgi's bolts, aks, and rpgs were less than effective. Only IEDs were effective against us.
Additionally, I shoot competetively, so the ability to exchange wear parts (consumables) especially barrels, bolts, and extractors in an AR is worth a LOT. It is a minimally stocked homeworkshop evolution, unlike any of the competition (Aks, G3s, Fals, bolts, etc.)
Oh, and revolvers suck for anything but assassinations.
I wouldn't mind details. It would help me understand the perverted desires of others :). Seriously, what is the difference between a FN-FAL and an AR, home workshop wise? Is the AR parts simple for a novice to replace, whereas it takes a gunsmith with the others? Why is that different than just swapping out from another major part on another gun? Details, if you don't mind. I might be missing a critical component of the equation.Delete
FAL make user STRONG! FAL does not make a mess where it eats due to piston. AR is for puny user, like girl or small SE Asian man, use for gate guard duty or personal defense, like M-1Carbine. New US Army ammo in .30 with tungsten penetrator sends all protests of the M80 ammo limitations packing.Delete
No D.U. 30 cal ammo yet?Delete
I think that there is some Uranium-core .30 for war-readiness stocks. The m80a1 ammo is the upgraded .30 cal that is designed for the medium machine gun and the designated marksman. Cost is an issue with new ammo types, even for the US Army.Delete
Why does the cost of DU rounds matter? This is recycling at its best. If the Army could only be both multicultural AND environmentally conscious, we would be that much closer to saving the world and bringing joy and peace towards man. Let's have no more of this silly financial talk!Delete
The barrel on an AR is already indexed, due to the nature of the barrel extension. With or without a viseblock, you can clamp it into a vise (I used to wrap it in old rags to protect the finish, then it is a simple operation to remove the barrel nut (requires a spanner wrench) and remove the barrel. The old gas block and tube (if you don't replace the tube, another consumable) can then be taken off and reused after you reverse the process to install a new barrel.ReplyDelete
FAL rifles are a pain in the neck to rebarrel requiring a special receiver wrench and precise indexing (which is likely why the old Century FALs are trash), though not mush different, except that you are turning the receiver to the barrel, rather than turning a single nut while the barrel and receiver stay stationary. FALs are similar to most bolt actions (and much better than G3/CETMEs...shudder) in barrel changing.
Aks are even worse requiring a 10+ ton press and special jigs for every operation in a rebarreling.
AR gunsmithing is extremely simple (so simple that prepubescent children can rebarrel it...with use of a cheater bar). Almost every part is a plug and play drop in part (and most are very cheap due to the economics of scale).
My father had an FFL and was a gunsmith, and I learned from him when I was growing up. In terms of ease of maintenence, ARs win. They just work (US army tests show 5000 mean rounds between failures for newer M16A4/M4A1 rifles), and are easy to work on. I am not a fanboi. I own or owned and worked on all of the rifles mentioned.
All of that said, guns are just tools. They all have compromises between terminal power, controlability and weapon weight. We choose one and then try to overcome our weapon's shortcomings.
It is what is between your ears that is dangerous, not the weapon.
I already understood that AR's were "plug and play", I just didn't understand how most other guns were NOT. I don't know what "indexed" means-perhaps not important if I just accept most other barrels are not easily replaceable by the layperson as an AR is. Much appreciated.Delete
Anon above is correct. The AR today "can" be completely diff from that of yesterday. There is an amazing array of variables to found when considering building an AR.Delete
I had never built a gun before and had measured amounts of maintenance over the years. However, I am tool savvy and hardly a day goes by that I don't some of my $100k arsenal of such. AR building requires a couple tools made just for the building process that aren't easily substituted. Assuming you alread have a bolted down machinists vice, you need the block of plastic that is held in the vice and then is locked into the magazine well of the AR. This acts like a 3rd hand and is invaluable. A set of Harbor Freight punches in the correct sizes. The AR Wrench which has several built in things for tightening the castle nut on the buffer tube and the nut that connects the barrel to the receiver. Buy the already assembled trigger kit, don't mess around with all them springs and such. Mine was about $70 and came with some other stuff that I didn't use, ie., hand grip and a couple other things. I used pretty good stuff throughout but not even close to top of the line. You make a choice and live with it knowing that all of it can be upgraded anytime you want. I now have over 2000 rds through mine since last June and not one misfire of any kind and cleaning has been minimal. I push it pretty hard cause I want to see if it will fail, and learn from it. It's better to fail now when I don't need it than later when I do need it. FWIW, I've recently become aware that there is an adapter kit for the AR that I am investigating. It removes the gas block and tube and replaces it with a steel plunger that forces the bolt rearward while not injecting hot and dirty gases directly into the receiver.
Here is the list of parts that I used in my AR though it is not current because there was some stuff done after the list was created that are not listed. I highly recommend the parts and the companies that sold them to me.Delete
Tombstone Tactical 07 FEB 17
(1) Spikes Tactical STLS018 Stripped Lower Reciever Spider Logo $88.50
Total $88.50 Shipping $9.99 Insurance $0.89 Total $99.38
Primary Arms 8 Feb 2017
(1) Black Rain Ordnance BRO-SPEC15-UR Forged AR-15 Stripped Upper Receiver $109.00
Total $109.00 Shipping $11.25 Total $120.25
Bullseye Guns 09 FEB 17
(1) CMMG Trigger Group
(1) Black Rain Ordinance BRO-SPEC-BRL-16-CM4150 16" M4 profile 4150 Chromoly barrel 1:7 twist $199.99
(1) Black Rain Ordnance BRO-LP-750A Low Profile Adjustable Gas Block - .750 - Clamp Style $109.00
(1) Radical Firearms GT-SS-CARB Stainless Steel Gas Tube - Carbine Length $8.99
(1) LBE Unlimited AR-15 Barrel Nut $9.99
Total $327.97 Shipping:$12.83 Total: $341.05
(4) Magpul PMAG M3 Window Magazines #193564 $17.05 $68.20
(1) ProMag Armorer's Lower Receiver Action Block (tool) #358821 $11.99
(1) Magpul MOE MVG MOE SL Handguard #650999 $33.20
(1) Magpul MOE Enhanced Trigger Guard 689927 $8.50
(1) Smith Enterprise Vortex G6A3 Flash Hider #711620 $59.99
(1) Magpul Stock MOE SL Collapsible Stock #772290 $56.95
(1) Magpul MOE Pistol Grip #869774 $18.95
Total: $257.78 Shipping: $9.99 Promotional Discount -$10.00 Total: $257.77
(1) Spike's Tactical 6 Position Mil-Spec Buffer Tube Assembly $76.46
(1) Black Rain Ordinance BRO-SPEC15-BCG Bolt Carrier Group $189.00
(1) DS Arma ZM48517-A AR15/ZM4 Alloy Charging Handle Assembly Complete with Standard Latch $14.95
(1) Strike Industries SIAR-FA-BK AR-15 Enhanced Forward Assist - Black $14.95
(1) Strike Industries SI-AR-UDC-E-223-01-BK Enhanced Ultimate Dust Cover - Standard - Black $14.50
(1) Magpul MAG248-BLK MBUS Gen 2 Flip-Up Rear Sight - Black $45.99
(1) Magpul MAG247-BLK MBUS Gen 2 Flip-Up Front Sight - Black $31.99
Total $387.84 Shipping $17.60 Total $405.44
Cheaper Than Dirt
(1) AIM Sports ARR-176-003 AR-15 Steel Combo Wrench PJTW2 $23.95
Total $23.95 Shipping $8.43 Total $32.38
(1) KNS Push Button Quick Takedown Pin .250" #790090 $18.00
(2) AR-Stoner Takedown and Pivot Pin Detent #648138 $1.79
Total $21.58 Shipping $4.99 Total $26.57
Well, damn, dude. Thanks for putting in the time and trouble. If anyone wants the best...Delete
Indexing is based (usually) on the headspace, timing, and the extractor notch in the barrel. In a non-stationary design (screw in) this adds complication and multiple tear-down, fit (machine), rebuild, and repeat until everything lines up (two total tear downs for a really good smith). Any one of these parameters out of spec and the rifle is either inopperative or a pipe bomb.
ARs and Glocks are my go to weapons (they are simple...less moving parts, more reliability).
If you want something to blow your preconceived notions, watch the videos by inrange and forgotten weapons (fw is my fav youtube channel). Here is a link to them.