Auto-Ordnance M1 Carbine

Some of you may notice that this post is not filed under “firearms” or “reviews” or even “tests”. It’s filed under “Lies, Errors, and Omissions.” Why is that, you ask? Well, this firearm is an error. The company that made…

Heat Dissipation Update: Magpul MOE

This is an update to the earlier heat dissipation comparison between the single and double heat shield handguards. Today, I tested the Magpul MOE handguards using the same protocol: 28 rounds fired in a rapid manner, with temperature measurements at…

Krylon How-To

I’ve received a fair number of requests for a tutorial or explanation as to how I painted the rifle you see at the top of this page. I have to say, I’m a little surprised, but thankful. I’m no artist –…

Double Heat Shield vs. Single Heat Shield Handguards

Heat shields. This is one of the items on “the chart” that a lot of people gloss over – especially if they want to replace the standard handguards with some sort of railed handguard. So, I don’t expect this article…

Chrome Silicon Magazine Springs – Long Term Test

This post has been removed due to threat of legal action from TangoDown, Inc.

Mike Pannone Tests the Bravo Company Upper Receiver Group

I know of no one who personally puts more rounds down the barrel of AR-15/M4 type weapons each year than Mike Pannone. I’ve had the honor of shooting with him several times, and came away from those brief sessions a…

POF R.D.I.K.

After my tour of the POF facility yesterday, I was temporarily loaned two POF upper receiver assemblies, one of which is photographed below. The upper assembly has a 16″ fluted barrel with a carbine length gas system. It is built…

Inside POF-USA

Recently, I contacted Frank DeSomma of Patriot Ordnance Factory with a request for a T&E upper to be used for an upcoming SPR comparison. Noting that I was in Arizona, Frank invited me to take a tour of POF’s facility…

Bravo Company MFG Mk12Mod0 Upper Receiver Group

What do you get when you order an upper receiver group from BCM? You get a box… Inside the box are a hat and a shirt (you may not get a shirt)… There are also some stickers and a catalog……

Smith Vortex vs. AAC Blackout

I’m not going to lie. Before I completed this test, I thought the AAC Blackout was all hype. I thought AAC had engaged in shady marketing practices in order to show that their flash suppressor was superior to the competition, namely,…