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Cleaning your gun is an integral aspect of gun ownership. And the easiest way to accomplish this simple but vital task is to pick up a gun cleaning kit. Gun cleaning kits help prevent the most common causes of firearm malfunctions ( 1 ) and in the process allow you to become familiar with your firearm and its workings.

Ranking The 10 Best Gun Cleaning Kits of 2020

Ranking The 10 Best Gun Cleaning Kits of 2020Cleaning your gun is an integral aspect of gun ownership. And the easiest way to accomplish this simple but vital task is to pick up a gun cleaning kit. Gun cleaning kits help prevent the most common causes of firearm malfunctions ( 1 ) and in the process allow you to become familiar with your firearm and its workings. Today’s gun are an expression of centuries of evolution and refinement. They’re as far removed from the muskets of our forebears as the new Corvette C8 is from the horse and carriage. But that doesn’t mean they’re maintenance free. Below we’ve brought together the 10 best gun cleaning kits on the market today. 1. Hoppe’s No. 9 Deluxe Gun Cleaning Kit Click here for the lowest price on Amazon Hoppe’s leads off our list of the best gun cleaning kits with their outstanding No. 9 Deluxe kit. This is a compact, versatile, high quality kit that includes everything you need to clean your .38 caliber pistol, .22 and .30 caliber rifles or 12 and 20 gauge shotguns. The No. 9 Deluxe Kit also gets high marks for including the company’s well-regarded solvent and lubricating oil as standard equipment; an example more kit manufacturers would do well to follow. The hardwood presentation box is one you’ll be proud to display in your workshop. And the fact that it comes with a comprehensive gun cleaning guide is just icing on the cake. 2. Remington Cleaning and Maintenance Kit Click here for the lowest price on Amazon Remington has a long and distinguished history of producing quality firearms and the maintenance and care supplies needed to keep them in good working order. Their Cleaning and Maintenance Kit is one of the best out there, notable for its wide applicability and the quality of the components. Regardless of the type and caliber of your firearm you’ll likely be able to clean it to perfection using the Remington Cleaning and Maintenance Kit. From the nylon-coated Flex Rod Cables to the Rem Pad that prevents parts from getting scratched while lying on your workbench, Remington has foreseen the type of issues that undermine the integrity of your gun. At the same time the solvent and lubricating oil are top shelf and the case even provides extra space to accommodate non-kit related cleaning items you may have amassed. 3. Real Avid Gun Boss Handgun Cleaning Kit Click here for the lowest price on Amazon The Real Avid Gun "Boss Handgun Cleaning" Kit comes in a durable and convenient zippered case that opens to reveal everything you need to clean your treasured sidearm. Whether yours is a .22, .357, .38, .40 or .45 caliber or a 9mm the Boss has you covered. There’s a 9” swivel tip cleaning rod with T-handle, a variety of brushes and jags, 2 different nylon covered tips that won’t damage the barrel and 50 high quality cleaning patches. Whether you own a Glock, Colt, Smith & Wesson, SIG Sauer or almost any other type of handgun the Boss Handgun Cleaning Kit will help you keep it in pristine condition so it can continue to provide you years of trouble free service. 4. Hoppe’s No. 9 Cleaning Kit with Aluminum Rod Click here for the lowest price on Amazon Those looking for a slightly more affordable alternative to some of the more expensive gun cleaning kits out there will want to consider the Hoppe’s No. 9 Cleaning Kit with Aluminum Rod. This is a slightly scaled back version of the company’s Deluxe No. 9 Kit (see above) with the difference being the standard kit comes with brass barrel rods. Also, the storage box here is not the handsome wooden box of the Deluxe kit. Instead, it’s a pretty run of the mill plastic box. But if you can see past the aesthetic deficiencies, there’s very little difference between the two from a practical standpoint. Including the fact that both come with Hoppe’s outstanding solvent and lubricating oils. 5. Gloryfire Universal Gun Cleaning Kit Click here for the lowest price on Amazon The Universal Gun Cleaning Kit from Gloryfire is going to cost you a bit more than some other gun cleaning kits. But if you own a variety of firearms you should consider making the financial stretch. There’s pretty much everything you need here to clean whatever type of gun you have. A total of 111 items including brushes, T-handle barrel rods, plastic picks, stainless steel picks, cotton swabs and nylon-covered tips that will clean anything from a .17 caliber to a .45 caliber firearm. If we have one bone to pick with the manufacturer it’s over the fact that they don’t include a solvent or lubricating oil in the kit. While it’s no big deal to pick up some of your own it would be nice if they remedied this oversight in future versions of their otherwise outstanding Universal Gun Cleaning Kit. 6. Allen Company Ultimate Gun Cleaning Kit Click here for the lowest price on Amazon Allen provides their 65 piece gun cleaning kit in a handy toolbox that’s easy to tote around and easy to store away when you’re not using it. The box itself is a marvel of organization with each tool having its own custom designed storage nook complete with name and size. The kit is intended for handgun and sport rifles, although there are also provisions for cleaning 12 and 20 gauge shotguns. At the bottom of the box there’s lots of room to store your solvent, lubricating oil and other cleaning fluids. But alas, Allen doesn’t supply any of their own. Aside from that, you’ll find everything else you need to keep your firearms clean and on the ready line. 7. Fyland Universal Gun Cleaning Kit Click here for the lowest price on Amazon The Fyland Universal Gun Cleaning Kit features all brass barrel rods and slotted tips that won’t break off inside the barrel. In fact, everything here is built to last and that seems to be the overriding concern of the manufacturer. We can’t argue with the MO. But the Fyland Universal kit is more than just well-made, it’s also well-appointed. Besides the T-handle brass rods there’s 10 brushes, cotton mops, a variety of adapters and even a padded cleaning mat so your components don’t get scratched while you’re working on them. The handsome, briefcase style carrying case too is made of durable aluminum and is destined to stand the test of time. 8. DAC Winchester Gun Care Kit and Soft Sided Case Click here for the lowest price on Amazon The DAC Winchester Gun Care Kit is comprised of 68 components including 14 brushes, 2 breech brushes, 50 cleaning patches, multiple slotted tips, 13 jags, various cleaning picks and more. It’s all wrapped up in a custom EVA soft-sided case that slips into any drawer or under the seat so you can take it to the range if need be. It’s compatible with virtually every firearm from .22 to .45 caliber and all of the components exhibit Winchester’s commitment to quality and functionality. Like many such kits it doesn’t provide any cleaning fluids. If you own multiple firearms and you can overlook the lack of solvent and oil you’ll find a lot to like here. 9. Ohuhu Universal Gun Cleaning Kit Click here for the lowest price on Amazon The Ohuhu Universal Kit bears a striking resemblance to some other kits out there. What separates it from the competition however are the high quality brass components. There are none of the cheap aluminum rods you’ll find on other, similar kits. Beyond that, the Ohuhu features 5 cotton cleaning brushes, 10 bronze wire brushes, 3 shotgun rods, cleaning patches and more. All nestled firmly into place inside an aluminum briefcase-style storage box. Whether you own a sport rifle, shotgun, revolver, pistol or any combination thereof you’ll be able to keep them squeaky clean and ready to perform at their best with the Ohuhu Universal Gun Cleaning Kit. 10. The Otis Elite Gun Cleaning Kit Click here for the lowest price on Amazon The last item on our list of best gun cleaning kits is this impressive compact number from Otis. The Elite will enable you to clean anything from a .17 to .50 caliber gun. Which makes it the most widely applicable kit on our list. Whatever you need for the job it’s in here including a variety of brushes, patches, memory-flex cables, T-handles, picks, lug scraper, lens tissues, lens spray and much more. "The Otis Elite" Gun Cleaning Kit is going to cost you more than most other kits. But then again if you own a variety of firearms you’re going to be very happy to have it around. FAQs What Should Be Included in a Good Gun Cleaning Kit? Here are some of the items we want to see in a good gun cleaning kit. Barrel Rods – Cleaning your firearm will require that you reach down into the barrel to remove all carbon and gunpowder residue along with whatever dust and dirt found its way in there. Barrel rods are how you do this. Barrel rods can be fashioned from any number of materials including aluminum, nylon or bronze. The most important thing to keep in mind when using a barrel rod is to employ a bit of finesse. Just jamming the rod into the barrel aggressively or haphazardly may damage the barrel and undermine the integrity of your gun. Because it’s so important to safeguard the integrity of the barrel nylon or nylon coated rods have found favor with many gun owners lately. A Quality Solvent – Some gun cleaning kits will leave it up to you to get your own solvent. But we would always be partial to the ones that provide it. Simply because the kit is supposed to be about convenience. That said, the solvent is used to wet the cleaning patches and brushes in order to loosen up carbon and gunpowder residue in the barrel and on the action. Some are no doubt higher quality than others. Kerosene, ethyl alcohol and ammonium hydroxide are common ingredients in many high quality formulations ( 2 ). What you don’t want in your solvent is benzene. Which has been proven to cause cancer ( 3 ) and which most responsible manufacturers removed from their solvent formulations long ago. Brushes – If the residue inside your barrel is particularly heavy or stubborn you’re going to need something more substantial than cleaning patches. Enter the bore brush. Bore brushes are manufactured in different sizes to accommodate different caliber ( 4 ) weapons. So if you own a .44 magnum you’ll want a brush designed for that size barrel. Likewise if you own a .22 caliber sport rifle you’ll need a bore brush designed for that caliber gun. Make sure the kit you’re thinking of buying has bore brushes that will work with your particular gun. Cleaning Patches – The best gun cleaning kits will provide both bore brushes and cleaning patches. As we mentioned above the cleaning patch is typically moistened with solvent and then inserted into the barrel by way of the barrel rod. There the solvent wipes away residue and leaves the barrel in pristine condition. There are various types of cleaning patches available that feature different types of weave. You’ll want some that are absorbent, durable and which won’t produce lint. A Storage Box – Gun cleaning kits can have lots of different components. The last thing you want is for them to be lying around loose. Any decent gun cleaning kit will come with a storage box of some sort. It doesn’t have to be fashioned by hand from 100 year old oak trees harvested from the mountains of Eastern Europe. But it should provide the ability to keep everything organized and clean. High Quality Lubricating Oil – We clean our firearms to keep them functioning smoothly. And nothing is more important to maintaining smooth, reliable action than a quality lubricant. Most of the best gun cleaning kits provide this for you. When judging whether a lubricant is of sufficient quality to use on your firearm the first thing you’ll want to consider is its viscosity ( 5 ). A high quality oil will retain its ability to lubricate regardless of temperature or conditions. Cheap oils will break down quickly and fail when the mercury dips. What’s The Right Way to Clean A Gun? Before we begin we need to emphasize the importance of working in a well-ventilated area. Since you’ll be working with a solvent you don’t want to be in an enclosed area where you’re forced to inhale the fumes. That said, let’s go through the cleaning process step by step: Make Absolutely Sure it’s Unloaded!! Don’t even think about cleaning your gun until you have made absolutely certain to remove any and all ammunition. Even if you clearly remember unloading the gun after you last used it, check it again, thoroughly, before you start the cleaning process. Gun safety ( 6 ) begins with building good habits. And this is one of the most basic and important. So no buts. Once you’re sure you’ve removed all the ammo take a look through the barrel just to be sure. Now that you’re sure the gun is unloaded you can proceed. Disassemble the Gun Bear in mind that not all firearms need to be disassembled in order to be cleaned. Revolvers, for instance, can be cleaned without being disassembled. Rifles on the other hand will need to be taken apart in order to be cleaned. If you are unsure about how to disassemble your gun there are lots of resources on the internet today that will take you through the process. Including numerous detailed videos on Youtube and other platforms. Start With the Barrel(s) Once the gun has been properly disassembled you should begin by cleaning the barrels. Before you begin make sure you have your barrel rods, patches and bore brushes handy. The first thing to do is soak a patch in solvent (again, make sure you’re doing this in a well-ventilated area). Once the patch is soaked attach it to the end of the rod using the patch holder that came with the kit. Then gently insert it into the barrel. Gently guide it all the way through until it emerges from the other end. Don’t pull it back though. Just push it through and out the other end and then repeat. If you are dealing with stubborn residue use the bore brush to scour the inside of the barrel until it’s clean. Some people will alternate; doing a pass with the patch and then a pass with the bore brush. Lubricate the Barrel Once you’re sure the barrel is clean it’s time to lubricate it. To do so take a clean patch and soak it with oil. Then attach it to the end of a barrel rod (as you did with the solvent-covered patch) and gently push it all the way through the barrel. Move on to Clean the Action Once the barrel has been cleaned and lubricated, it’s time to move on to the action. Put some solvent onto a patch and wipe down any exposed parts of the breech, making sure to remove any and all grit and grime. Then take the patch and wipe down the rest of the visible parts of the action mechanism. Follow that with a clean dry patch making sure you have removed every last bit of dirt and firing residue. Then apply some of the lubricating oil to all moving parts of the gun’s action. Reassemble and Clean the Exterior Finally, the last step in cleaning your gun is to reassemble it and then thoroughly wipe down the exterior using a clean dry cloth. An old T-shirt will do as long as it’s soft and clean. Once you’ve removed all smudges, fingerprints and other marks your gun is clean and ready to be used again. How Often Should I Clean My Firearm? There are several schools of thought on this so we’ll provide them all and let you decide. You should clean your gun… After every other trip to the range, regardless of how many rounds you fired. Any time you fire 250 or more rounds. After every hunting trip. Every one. After exposing the weapon to excessive moisture on humid days. After firing corroded ammo. Although you really shouldn’t be doing that. Before storing it away for any length of time. We adhere to the notion that your gun can’t be too clean. So even if you want to get a bit obsessive about it that’s a better approach then not cleaning it enough. What Happens if I Don’t Clean My Gun? Every time you fire your gun the process leaves behind tiny particles of lead, carbon, copper and even plastic (from shotgun shells). This material is known as fouling residue and with each shot more accumulates inside the gun. If this residue is allowed to accumulate past a certain point the result will be a malfunctioning firearm. And for the record: if you believe the ammo you’re using doesn’t create fouling residue, think again. There is no type of ammunition on the market that does not generate residue once fired. There are two primary types of fouling that occur with dirty guns. One is called the “failure to fire” ( 7 ) and the other a “failure to feed” ( 8 ). Failing to fire occurs when the ammunition fails to discharge. This type of fouling occurs because residue is preventing the firing pin from moving fast enough to activate the round. Failing to feed is a matter of the gun failing to chamber the next round. The feeding mechanism becomes so gunked up that it can no longer execute all the movements required to chamber the round. The Bottom Line The best gun cleaning kits allow you a trouble free way to keep your firearm in tip-top condition at all times. They provide all the tools necessary to clean and lubricate the gun so that you can avoid the problems produced by excessive fouling residue. And, of course, they provide you with a way to keep everything organized and tucked away until you need it.

Top 4 Best EDC Knives: Hands-On Reviews and Experiences

Top 4 Best EDC Knives: Hands-On Reviews and Experiences

I don’t know about you, but knives are one of those gear items I just can’t get enough of. They are incredibly versatile and nowadays, there are so many different designs, new materials being used, and innovations that one could spend a lifetime testing out this classic tool. With so many to choose from I wanted to take a moment to share four of my recommended best EDC knives, some older and some more modern. A quick note, for this article I will be focusing on folding pocket knives. Quick Navigation Best EDC Knives: My Top 4 Picks 1. Buck 110 Folding Hunter Knife Review 2. Victorinox Swiss Champ Review 3. CRKT M21-02 G10 Review 4. Cold Steel Pocket Bushman Review EDC Knives Buying Guide: What I look For Uses Size Material Price Wrapping it up Best EDC Knives: My Top 4 Picks Let’s take a look at four great pocket knives that I have carried off and on for years. Here are my top picks at a quick glance: EDC KNIVES DETAILS #1 EDC Knife #1 EDC Knife Buck Knives 0110BRS 110 Nail notch on the blade for easy opening. Lock blade for safety. Easy to sharpen. Check Price on Amazon.com Victorinox Swiss Army Multi-Tool Extremely versatile. Extra tools included. Affordable. Check Price on Amazon.com CRKT M21-02G EDC High carbon stainless steel blade. Liner Lock for safety. Light weight. Check Price on Amazon.com 1. Buck 110 "Folding Hunter Knife" Review See Price on Amazon Specifications Blade length 3 ¾” Blade thickness 0.12” Blade material is S30V 7.2 oz Leather sheath with convenient belt loop Made in the USA Lock back mechanism Pros Nail notch on the blade for easy opening Lock blade for safety Easy to sharpen Affordable Cons Two hands for closing. The blade can be closed one handed but in my opinion two hands should be used. Here are pictures of my personal Buck 110 Folding Hunter knife: This is the classic knife from my childhood. It is the knife that comes to mind when thinking of my grandpa sitting on the porch cutting slices of apple for his afternoon snack. This knife was introduced to me at a young age by my dad and his dad. It’s sturdy construction and simple design allow for comfortable use in everyday tasks. I have bought several of these throughout my life and they always come razor sharp right out of the box. Even after hours of cutting this knife is quite easy to sharpen back to that perfect edge. It may not have some of the modern attributes we have come to expect but after being around for fifty years, this knife is still a top seller. It is beautifully crafted and it gets the job done. Buck Knives 0110BRS 110 Famous Folding Hunter Knife with Genuine Leather... RAZOR SHARP CLIP POINT BLADE- 3-3/4" 420HC stainless steel clip point blade has excellent strength ,... STRENGTH AND SAFETY - Easy to open with a nail notch on the blade. The lock back mechanism locks the... See Price on Amazon Last update on 2020-08-14 at 03:58 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API 2. "Victorinox Swiss Champ" Review See Price on Amazon Specifications Weight 6.5 oz Overall length 4” Made from stainless steel Scale material ABS/Cellidor Pros Extremely versatile Extra tools included Affordable High quality User friendly Great for all ages Cons Not as durable as a single use tool, such as just a knife or just a pair of pliers Is bulkier than a regular pocket knife No locking mechanisms for the blade or other tools Many of the tools cannot be opened one handed Here are some close-up pictures of my SwissChamp: Many times while talking with people I find out that the Swiss Army Knife was their first knife as a child. And that story is no different for me. A knife by itself is versatile but a "Swiss Army Knife" can put a whole toolbox right into your pocket. There are so many great models to choose from that it really is hard to pick just one knife from Victorinox. But, when push comes to shove I will always go with the Swiss Champ. The SwissChamp has always been my favorite modeldue to the amount of tools included and its compact size. I couldn’t even begin to guess the hours I have spent with this knife tinkering away, completing outdoor projects, fixing things around the house or starting a campfire with the magnifying glass. Featuring thirty-three tools and an endless amount of uses, there isn’t much I can’t accomplish when I carry my Swiss Champ. "Victorinox Swiss Army" Multi-Tool, SwissChamp Pocket Knife See Price on Amazon Last update on 2020-08-14 at 06:28 / Affiliate links / Images from "Amazon Product Advertising" API 3. CRKT M21-02 G10 Review See Price on Amazon Specifications Blade length 3.13,” blade thickness is 0.12” Weight is 3.8 oz Plain cutting edge The 8Cr14MoV blade is coated in titanium Nitride Handle material is made from G10 Pros High carbon stainless steel blade Liner Lock for safety Light weight One handed opening and closing Pocket clip Due to the open frame, it is easy to clean Cons In my opinion, a bit pricey for a pocket Here are pictures my of my CRKT G10: I have always liked CRKT knives but this model has stood out. The knife started out as a general every day carry knife but it soon turned into a work knife. I have cut my way through carpet, cardboard, rope, tubing, straps and it still maintains a good edge. I have dropped this knife from ladders, off of a roof, run over it with my truck and it has been through the washing machine more than once. Yet, it feels just as solid as the day I bought it. About the only thing that has loosened up over time are the three small screws attaching the pocket clip to the frame. They are not difficult to tighten but a bit of an annoyance as the hex head screws are very small. CRKT M21-02G EDC Folding Pocket Knife: Everyday Carry, Black Blade,... Safe And Secure: Automated liner safety provides extra layer of lock security Fast Opening: The flipper deploys the blade fast See Price on Amazon Last update on 2020-08-14 at 04:18 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API 4. Cold "Steel Pocket Bushman" Review See Price on Amazon Specifications Blade length 4 ½” blade thickness is 3.5mm Overall length 10 ¼” Blade material 420 stainless steel Handle material is German 4116 Stainless Cryo Quenched Pros Has Cold Steel’s Ram Safe Lock One handed opening Pocket clip Will not open in your pocket Razor sharp with great edge retention Affordable Easy to clean Maintains edge. Easy to sharpen Cons Requires two hands to close Due to its size and the blade closing method, it is not for everyone Here are close-up pictures of my Cold Steel Pocket Bushman: I am not one to judge a book by its cover but the first time I saw this knife it just looked like a hunk of metal. Once I got my hands on it I realized that it is a no nonsense, no frills, hunk of metal, and I mean that in a good way. The handle is a single piece of steel rolled over with no scales or mosaic pins to speak of. The handle houses the blade and the Ram Lock feature that locks the blade in place when it is fully opened. Coming in at over ten inches long when fully opened, the Bushman is probably one of the largest folding knives I have ever carried. For years now I have used this knife in all manners of tasks and I am still amazed that it feels like a fixed blade when in use. It was razor sharp out of the box and maintained that edge longer than most knives I have used. Even though I have used this knife a lot it is the one knife I have sharpened the least. The locking mechanism is tough and has held up to a lot of abuse, but I don’t personally care for the two handed requirement for closing. In, fact at times it seems a bit unsafe. The way this works is that there is a small hole at the bottom of the handle. A piece of cordage (paracord) is threaded through and tied off to make a loop. When I am ready to close the blade I have to pull on the cordage with my right hand while either holding onto the spine of the blade or the handle with my left hand and then the blade can be closed. It is a bit awkward the first few times. But considering the insane underpricing of this blade and how much I have used it, I can look past the detail of the locking mechanism. For those interested, we did a more deep-dive review of the Cold Steel Pocket Bushman . Sale Cold Steel Pocket Bushman 4116 Stainless Steel Stainless Pocket / Belt clip See Price on Amazon Last update on 2020-08-14 at 10:58 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API EDC "Knives Buying Guide" : What I look For Uses How the knife is going to be used is definitely something that needs to be considered. Am I going to be slicing open boxes and cutting cordage or straps, maybe I’ll be using it more for food prep? Am I going to be using a knife just a few times a day or is it going to be used frequently? Thinking of questions like this will help in choosing a design that better suits me and my needs. Size Size of a knife comes into play for two reasons. The first has to go back to the above of what I will be using the knife for. The second has more to do with local laws. Many areas now classify a knife over a certain length as a concealed weapon. This is a situation where size does matter so be sure to check your local laws before purchasing. Material The material a knife is made from is going to affect many things. How well it will hold up to the elements, ease of sharpening, weight and durability. I like to purchase items that will last me a long time and can be passed down to others, so what it is made from is an important factor. But if you are looking for a “throwaway knife” then this doesn’t really matter. Price Price is a bit of a catch 22 for me and I generally have the belief that I get what I pay for. Having said that, I don’t’ want to spend three hundred dollars on a knife when a twenty dollar knife will serve the same purpose. But price range really is a personal choice. So, weigh all of the options of the above categories to determine what price range is best for you. Wrapping it up These are but four of the best EDC knives I have used in my lifetime. I hope to share more with you soon and as always thank you for taking the time to read this article and please feel free to leave a comment or question below. Stay sharp! Other interesting articles: SOG Revolver Hunter Knife Review: Hands-On Experiences Best Mora Knife: Hands-On Morakniv Reviews BioLite CampStove 2 Review: Hands-On Personal Experiences Top 6 Best Survival Multi Tool Reviews for 2020: Hands-On

Best .224 Valkyrie Uppers of 2020 Compete Buyers Guide

Best .224 Valkyrie Uppers of 2020  Compete Buyers Guide

The best .224 Valkyrie upper for you is out there. But it will be a bit of a challenge to find one that will best fit your rifle. When you do, you’ll be able to add it on and be ready to give your Valkyrie a whirl out on the range or out in the field (whichever is best for you). To ensure that you’re not wasting a lot of time and money, we’ve decided to provide you with a list of five of the best .224 Valkyrie uppers that are currently on the market. Before we get to our list, we’ll talk about what consists of an upper receiver and how you can choose one that best fits your personal needs. At a Glance: Our Top Picks for 224 Valkyrie Uppers OUR TOP PICK: PSA 20" Rifle-Length 1/6.5" Stainless Steel 15" M-Lok Upper Radical Firearms Rf Complete Upper 15MHR 22" Aero Precision M4E1 Threaded Upper Radical Firearms 22” Complete Upper Assembly Cmmg, Inc Cmmg Upper Receiver MK4 DTR Comparison Chart of the Best . " "224 Valkyrie Upper" s" IMAGE PRODUCT Our Top Pick PSA 20" Rifle-Length 1/6.5" Stainless Steel 15" M-Lok Upper Fits Most Rifle-Length Gas Systems 15-Inch M-Lok for Additional Accessories and Protecting Your Hands From Touching the Barrel Stainless Steel 20-Inch Barrel With a Twist of 1:6.5 for Excellent Accuracy at Long Distances View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews Radical Firearms Rf Complete Upper 15MHR 22" 15-Inch M-LOK Rail Includes a 22-Inch Barrel Pepper Pot Muzzle Brake Included "View Latest Price" → "Read Customer Reviews" Aero Precision M4E1 Threaded Upper Stainless Steel Barrel Easy to Install Upper Receiver Choose Between an M-Lok Rail or KeyMod Rail View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews "Radical Firearms 22”" "Complete Upper Assembly" Carbine-Length Gas System 22- "Inch Barrel With" a Twist Ratio of 1:7. Includes Forward Assist, M-Lok Rail, and Other Additional Parts View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews Cmmg, Inc "Cmmg Upper Receiver" MK4 DTR Includes Complete Bolt Carrier Assembly 22-Inch "Stainless Steel Barrel" With 1:7 Twist Pepper "Pot Muzzle Brake" for Reduced Recoil and Muzzle Jump View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews What Are The Components of an Upper Receiver? Like it’s lower receiver counterpart, the upper receiver of an AR-style gun contains some elements that are vital to a rifle’s overall function. Here are the vital components of an upper receiver: Upper Receiver This encompasses all the individual parts listed below. Each part has its own function, though a good upper will provide quality components all-around. Contains parts like the bolt carrier group (BCG) and also the charging handle, barrel , and forend. Barrel Obviously, without this part of the upper receiver, it would be useless. But it is designed to give you the best in overall accuracy. The barrel twist ratio will also give you a good idea of how accurate your shots will be. In this case, a very accurate Valkyrie rifle is quite impressive for something that is considered one of the best in the business when it comes to long-range rifles. Gas System The gas system is comprised of the following: the gas block and the gas tube. An AR-style rifle will rely on gas to propel your .224 Valkyrie rounds. There are four lengths of gas systems: pistol, carbine, mid, and rifle-length gas systems. Each gas system has barrels that will work in conjunction with their respective gas system. For example, rifle-length gas systems work most effectively with barrels longer than 16 inches long. Bolt Carrier Group Best known as the BCG, these include parts like the firing pin, cam pin, extractor, and the gas key. This part is best used for helping you reload your AR-style rifle. This will ensure that your rounds are fired and ejecting the rifle correctly. Source Charging Handle A handle that is connected to your BCG. This is designed to pull the BCG to the rear of your rifle so you can place a round in the chamber or correct a possible malfunction. In the event of the latter, you can pull on the handle to remove the bad round and replace it with a new, functional one. Forward Assist Usually added on as a cosmetic addition and pretty much useless to most AR-style rifle users. But if used, it helps the bolt function properly. Rail System and Handguard After extended usage, the barrel of your gun will get hot. And it can get hot really fast. The importance of these parts is to ensure that you don’t accidentally touch the barrel or other parts of the gun. This way, it will protect you from getting burned. Ejection Port Cover This part of the upper receiver is designed to make sure that your AR-style rifle is functioning properly. Also, this comes quite in handy to keep the rifle as clean as possible. The ejection port cover will prevent all kinds of dirt, dust, and debris from entering your rifle. What Makes a Great .224 Valkyrie Upper? Before you make the final decision in choosing a great Valkyrie upper, it is important to know what a good one consists of compared to something of low quality. If you’re a first-time buyer, you should probably consider the advice of those who have bought these types of uppers in the past. You can look for ideas and suggestions in various gun owner forums on the internet. But, to save you the time, here’s a list of recommendations from past buyers of what you’ll need to look for in a great upper: What’s Included? The first question that needs to be asked is: what is included in this Valkyrie upper? Most uppers include parts like the BCG, the barrel, and other parts that will also comprise of the upper receiver itself. Not all receivers are created equal. Some will have a few parts included and some will include only minimal parts and you may have to purchase other pieces separately. Source Installation Of course, you’ll need to install your new upper receiver in order for the thing to actually work. The key word to look for when it comes to finding accessories like uppers is “drop-in”. This means that the upper receiver will be easy to install. In other words, you won’t need to rely on your gunsmithing skills (or lack thereof) to install this. Likewise, a professional gunsmith may not even be needed to install the upper receiver on your rifle. Of course, if you prefer to leave installation to the experts, they can install any and all types of upgrades. Barrel Twist As mentioned, barrels are part of the upper receiver. If you’re looking to make your .224 Valkyrie rifle as accurate as possible, it’s important to take a look at the barrel twist. The barrel twist is a ratio associated with the overall accuracy of the rifle. Look for barrels with a twist ratio of 1:7. Ideally, ratios of 1:6.5, 1:7, or even 1:8 will be suitable for .224 Valkyrie rifles. Also, these will work with .300 Blackout rounds that weigh anywhere between 55 to about 80-grain. Quick Take - The Best .224 Valkyrie Uppers These are our recommendations for the best .224 valkyrie uppers: PSA 20" Rifle-Length 1/6.5" Stainless Steel 15" M-Lok Upper Radical Firearms Rf Complete Upper 15MHR 22" Aero Precision M4E1 Threaded Upper Review of the Best .224 Valkyrie Uppers Below is a list of five of the best .224 Valkyrie upper receivers currently on the market. As you look through each of these, be sure to examine the review carefully. Each review will give you a brief synopsis of what’s included and the type of application it might be best for. You may be finding an upper for the purpose of replacing your current upper receiver or looking for an addition to your rifle building project. Either way, one of these upper receivers is bound to be a good choice after doing some careful consideration. With that said, here are the top five Valkyrie upper receivers: Best Overall: PSA 20" Rifle-Length 1/6.5" Stainless Steel 15" M-Lok Upper CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Excellent Quality Upper Functions Flawlessly After 150 Rounds Fired Groupings are Tight With Most Valkyrie Rounds at 100 Yards Cons None First on the docket, we’ll be taking a look at the PSA 20-inch, rifle-length stainless steel barrel. Along with this upper receiver is a 15-inch M-Lok that can be used to add on additional accessories like optics. At 20 inches, this is designed to provide your Valkyrie rifle with a superior level of accuracy and precision. This is an upper receiver you can install on your rifle if you intend to use it for hunting or long-range target shooting. Likewise, you can use it for other applications like self-defense or competitive shooting. No matter what you’re using your Valkyrie rifle for, it’s important to have an upper receiver for the best in performance. If you hold accuracy and high performance to a high standard, the PSA upper receiver might be the best one for you. This upper receiver is designed to work with rifle-length gas systems. So be sure to double check which gas system your rifle has prior to purchasing an upper that will complement it. Bottom Line The PSA upper receiver deserves this honor and for good reason. This upper receiver was made to give your Valkyrie rifle a major upgrade in the accuracy department. How impressive will it be if you are able to hit a target exactly where you want it from a long-range? Chances are, you’ll get just that with the barrel that has a 1:6.5 twist and is designed to improve the overall accuracy itself. If you’re looking for something that will turn your Valkyrie rifle into a sharpshooter, the PSA upper may yield that result for you. Runner-up: Radical Firearms Rf Complete Upper 15MHR 22" CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Muzzle Brake Blends Into the Barrel Nicely and Works as Advertised Best Used for Most Purposes, Especially Target Practicing and Competitive Shooting Cons Installation May Be a Bit of a Challenge Next up, we have the Radical Firearms RF Complete Upper. If you're looking for something of a better alternative to the PSA (if it somehow didn't impress you), then you'll want to pay close attention to this upper since it might fit your Valkyrie rifle. This includes a 22-inch barrel that is best used for purposes like hunting or target practice. The barrel twist is 1:7, which means you'll be more apt to get a good accurate shot out of your Valkyrie rifle. To note, if you have rounds that weigh about 55 or 60-grain, these rounds will be much more effective with that barrel twist ratio. Though we digress, this is something worth noting for future reference. The best thing about this receiver is the inclusion of the pepper pot muzzle break. This is designed to reduce as much recoil as possible and prevent a great deal of muzzle jump. Either way, reduced recoil and less muzzle jump mean more control and accuracy for your rifle. Also added to this receiver is an M-LOK rail designed to accommodate any additional accessories you wish to use on your Valkyrie rifle. If you have any Valkyrie rifle accessories laying around, then you’ll probably want to put them to good use at some point. What better way to use them than with the help of an M-LOK rail? Bottom Line If you're looking for a great upper receiver that will not only give you the best accuracy possible, but will also have a rail handy for use with accessories, then the Radical Firearms upper receiver might be a worthy addition to your Valkyrie rifle. Regardless if you're buying a replacement piece or an addition to a rifle under construction, you'll get a product that is designed to get the job done. Accurate, reliable, and tough as nails, this Radical Firearms option is considered one of the best on the market for a few good reasons. Best for the Money: Aero Precision M4E1 Threaded Upper CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Very Accurate No Wiggle to Speak of Once Installed Best .224 Valkyrie Upper on the Market Cons None Now, we'll be turning our attention to the Aero Precision M4E1 Threaded Upper. We chose this as our model of choice for those looking for an upper receiver but more likely to be on a budget. We aim to provide budget shoppers with the best quality accessories at prices that they can afford. And this upper is no different. This includes a barrel that is long enough for any type of purpose you can think of. Hunting, self-defense, target hunting, it doesn't matter, you'll have an easy to install and ready to use upper that will complement the rest of your Valkyrie rifle. Also included is your choice of an M-Lok or a KeyMod rail. As far as rails go, it basically comes down to personal choice or preference. But nonetheless, this upper is designed to give you a decent upgrade on your shots and will make sure that they are accurate, no matter how far away the target is situated. Mid-range at 200 yards or at long-range (500 + yards), you’ll be able to hit your shot with a pinpoint accuracy that is hard to match. If you’re looking for a great upgrade for your Valkyrie rifle and hate having to pay extra, then the Aero Precision upper might be the best possible choice for you. Bottom Line For a budget upper receiver, we're quite impressed with the overall features and abilities of this item. Don't be shocked if you see some lower priced receivers actually deliver quite well in terms of performance. However, it's also the quality that you'll also need to pay close attention to. Other than that, one of the things that also impressed us is the ability to choose between an M-Lok or KeyMod rail. If you have some accessories handy, you'll probably want to find the best rail that might fit your other components. Even if you have some money to play around with, this might be an upper receiver that could use a closer look. Who knows, it might be better for you as opposed to the others? Best Complete Upper: Radical Firearms 22” Complete Upper Assembly CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Very Accurate Solid Construction Quite Affordable for a Long-Range Rifle Accessory Cons Might Be Loose Upon Initial Fitting. May Require Some Slight Adjustments If you’re looking for something that’s more of a complete upper, then lucky for you, we’ve found the best one for your Valkyrie rifle. The Radical Firearms Complete Upper Assembly contains a 22-inch barrel with a barrel twist ratio of 1:7, designed to give you an excellent amount of accuracy no matter how far away your target is situated. Imagine being out in the field with a long enough barrel to deliver unmatched accuracy and velocity that will be enough to land your kill shot. If that isn’t considered impressive, we can’t say what is. Also included in this upper receiver is a carbine-length gas system with a low profile micro gas block. Other parts include a forward assist, shell deflector, and an M-Lok rail designed to not only protect your hands from touching a hot barrel, but also designed to accommodate any additional accessories you may have. If you're looking for the total package in an upper receiver, then look no further than the Radical Firearms upper. Bottom Line "The Radical Firearms" upper is the prime example of what a complete upper receiver should look like. What we forgot to add was that this includes a muzzle brake, which means less recoil and no muzzle jump. You already might know that means you’ll be getting very accurate shots and better control over your Valkyrie rifle. If you want the complete total package as opposed to buying each and every part separately, this item by Radical Firearms will be your saving grace. You’ll save yourself some money and even time in the process. Best CMMG Upper: Cmmg, Inc Cmmg Upper Receiver MK4 DTR CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Easy to Install if You're Experienced Very Accurate Shooting Recoil is Almost Nonexistent Cons Installation Process May Be a Little Challenging for Some For our final upper, we'll be taking a look at the best CMMG upper. We'll be sticking with the Radical Firearms brand for this one. This has a 22-inch stainless steel barrel with a twist ratio of 1:7. Also added to this is the pepper pot muzzle break. Already, you can tell that the barrel of this upper receiver will be enough to tempt you to buy it. The reason being? You'll not only get the most accuracy out of each of your shots, but you also won't have to deal with a lot of recoil and muzzle jump in the process. If you hold accuracy and reduced recoil to a higher standard in your Valkyrie rifle, then you'll probably want to go with this CMMG upper. Also included is the complete bolt carrier assembly, designed to do its job in making sure that your Valkyrie rifle is functioning properly. This also includes a low profile micro gas block, shell deflector, and forward assist. Bottom Line Once again, we've included what appears to be a complete package upper receiver. You pretty much get the fixin's and then some with the Radical Firearms upper. This might be the best choice for you if you just want to get all the parts of an upper receiver in one go. Financially, this might be the best possible option for you. To save yourself the time, money, and possible headaches related to tracking down the parts you need get the Radical Firearms upper receiver, this allows you to just install it once you get it. You'd be better off firing off your rifle at the range than searching all day for a gas system or a barrel. Conclusion Finding the best .224 Valkyrie upper may be tough to do. But if you know exactly what you’re looking for, the search process won’t be as tough. Be sure to find an upper that will best fit your rifle and is also compatible with any other parts you already have, like your rifle’s gas-length system. As always, be sure to do your due diligence if you see an upper that interests you. It’s better to know what other people are saying beyond the customer reviews than not know whether or not if it’s actually worth the investment.

Market Trends: Colt Single Action Revolvers Tops for Online Auction Site

Market Trends: Colt Single Action Revolvers Tops for Online Auction Site

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Ontario Rat 2 Review: How Does it Hold Up?

Having a knife to carry with you can come in handy and can even keep you safe. A knife is an absolute must in a survival situation and should be carefully considered when you are putting together your survival kit. Although camping and hunting knives can do all sorts of heavy-duty work, sometimes it is not practical to carry a large sized knife. It is also not guaranteed that you will have the time or opportunity to carry your entire kit of gear with you when you need it the most. This is why it might be a good idea to carry a smaller folding knife with you. Even under normal circumstances there are plenty of ways in which a pocketknife can help, let alone in more serious or dire situations. In this review we will be taking a look at the Ontario Rat II Folding Knife , the knife’s features, some pros and cons, what others think about it, and some Frequently Asked Questions. Let’s start with some features. Sale Ontario Knife OKC Rat Ii Sp-Black Folding Knife, 7Inches ✔ SECURE: The ambidextrous handle features textured black nylon 6 scales with an open-built steel... ✔ COMFORTABLE: The RAT-2 knife is a handheld size designed for comfort and performance making it... See Price on Amazon Last update on 2020-08-14 at 13:18 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API Quick Navigation Ontario Rat 2 Review Dimensions: Steel: Blade: Thumb Studs: Ridge for Thumb Grip: Handle Construction: Lanyard Hole: Pocket Clip: Locking Blade: Pros and Cons of the Ontario Rat 2 Pros Cons Others’ Experience with the Ontario Rat II "Frequently Asked Questions" About the Ontario Rat II Q: What is ‘batoning’ and why can’t the Ontario Rat II do it? Q: How heavy is the Ontario Rat II? Q: Is the Ontario Rat II left or right-handed? Verdict Ontario Rat 2 Review Dimensions: The Blade is 3 inches in length, while the entire knife (while closed) is 4 inches in length. This means that the knife is close to 7 inches in length while open. The size of this knife makes it easy to carry while not being so small that the functionality is compromised. Steel: The steel used in the Ontario Rat II is AUS-8 stainless steel with a satin finish. AUS-8 steel is quite similar to 440 steel. AUS-8 steel has Vanadium in it which makes it a harder steel. Vanadium also makes the blade easy to sharpen. Blade: The blade has a classic folding knife shape. The spine of the blade runs the entire length of the blade, making the knife stronger and the tip more difficult to break. This is good because it will allow for the knife to be used confidently for more functions. Thumb Studs: There are thumb studs located conveniently on the back of the blade of the Ontario Rat II. These are to be used in order to make opening and closing of the knife easy. It can also reduce the time that it takes to open the knife in the event that you need to use it quickly or in a self-defense situation. Ridge for Thumb Grip: There is a textured ridge on the spine of the blade to be used for extra leverage via the thumb. Handle Construction: The handle is made of a durable nylon material. The handle is also textured to make sure that the knife does not slip while you are using it. This particular model has a ‘coyote-brown’ color for the nylon handle. Lanyard Hole: A hole is located at the base of the knife through which a lanyard can be attached. This will allow the knife to be easily carried around the neck or attached to another convenient place. The lanyard option is good for occasions that require the knife to be secured but also extremely accessible. Pocket Clip: The Ontario Rat II has a pocket clip for convenient carrying in the pocket without the risk of losing the knife. The pocket clip is ‘4-way reversible’. This means that the clip can be attached to the knife on either side of the handle or facing upwards or downwards. Locking Blade: The blade is fixed into place upon opening with a closed liner lock. This will ensure that the blade does not fall closed or ‘snap’ into an unwanted position. Pros and Cons of the Ontario Rat 2 Pros A good length and small convenient size for functionality and efficiency Made of AUS-8 steel for ease of sharpening and strength Thumb studs for ease and speed of opening Textured ridge on spine for thumb Durable nylon handle Lanyard hole Reversible pocket clip Locking blade Inexpensive Cons Steel used is not as strong as carbon steel Blade is just as easily dulled as it is sharpened Not made for extremely heavy-duty applications such as wood batoning Sale Ontario Knife OKC Rat Ii Sp- "Black Folding Knife" , 7Inches ✔ SECURE: The ambidextrous handle features textured black nylon 6 scales with an open-built steel... ✔ COMFORTABLE: The RAT-2 knife is a handheld size designed for comfort and performance making it... See Price on Amazon Last update on 2020-08-14 at 13:18 / Affiliate links / Images from "Amazon Product Advertising" API Others’ Experience with the Ontario Rat II The first noteworthy attribute of the Ontario Rat II is the fact that the knife is not so small that it is hard to use. People who have purchased the knife seem to agree that it is the perfect size for a folding knife. People seem to be pleased with the fact that the nylon handle is durable and the grip is sufficient. The blade locking mechanism is sturdy and does not ‘wiggle’. This is important in maintaining the edge of the blade and ensuring that the blade does not open while being carried. The textured spine and thumb studs are also a key feature that people seem to be pleased about. In my opinion, the thumb studs are extremely important. Without thumb studs, it is difficult to open a folding blade without both hands. The only complaint that some have had that is worth mentioning is that the steel is quick to rust if it is not properly cared for. This can, however, be avoided by keeping your knife dry and free of excessive debris. People who purchase the Ontario Rat II tend to do so because of the price. Upon receiving it, most are surprised at the quality of the knife despite the price. Frequently Asked Questions About the Ontario Rat II Q: What is ‘batoning’ and why can’t the Ontario Rat II do it? A: The act of batoning wood entails placing the blade of the knife onto the surface of the wood that is meant to be cut and striking the spine of the knife with another object in order to apply the force needed to cut or chop the wood. This is often the technique used to make firewood or cut wood for shelter construction. It is not recommended for the Ontario Rat II due to the fact that it has a folding blade and is not very large. Q: How heavy is the Ontario Rat II? A: The knife weighs just under 3 ounces. The shipping weight of the knife is 3.2 ounces. Q: Is the Ontario Rat II left or right-handed? A: Since the pocket clip is ambidextrous, the knife is easily used in either hand. The clip can also be attached in an upward or downward fashion. Verdict The Ontario Rat II is a great little knife. The construction is sturdy, it has a stout appearance, and the blade is sharp and easy to maintain. For the price, you will not be disappointed. Like any knife, it is important to keep your knife blade clean and dry. It is best to sharpen the blade with a stone. Avoid sharpening with a grinder unless it is completely necessary. Even though this knife is small and compact, it is a great knife to carry in case of emergencies or for small tasks. Even if you carry a large knife in your kit or pack, it is always a good idea to carry a small knife in your pocket in the event of loss of gear or another serious incident. Hopefully, this review has helped you to decide whether the Ontario Rat II is the best folding knife to add to your EDC (Every Day Carry) arsenal. Sale Ontario Knife OKC Rat Ii Sp-Black Folding Knife, 7Inches ✔ SECURE: The ambidextrous handle features textured black nylon 6 scales with an open-built steel... ✔ COMFORTABLE: The RAT-2 knife is a handheld size designed for comfort and performance making it... See Price on Amazon Last update on 2020-08-14 at 13:18 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API Other interesting articles: Survival Gear Review: Ontario Falcon Knife Ontario TAK1 Review for 2020: Is This a Good Survival Knife? Kabar Short Review: Does It Get the Job Done? Morakniv Kansbol Review

Ruger Mini-14 Tactical Review (.223 Caliber)

Advertisment Growing up, every Ruger Mini-14 review I had heard was garbage. It can’t hit the broad side of a barn, magazines are too expensive, yadda yadda yadda. The Ruger Mini-14 was always very reliable, but I’m a big accuracy guy, so it was never really on my radar until a few years ago when I saw one in a pawn shop for $600. My first thought was “Wow, the Mini-14 sure has fallen off big time.” And then I started looking into it more, and I found out that the opposite was actually true. Every Ruger Mini-14 review seems lukewarm at best. See, the big complaint about the Mini-14 has always been that it’s inaccurate, especially when compared to its nearest competitor, the ever-popular AR-15. But then I heard people saying that this little rifle was plenty accurate following some updates from Ruger. And of course, I had to find out for myself. Contents 1. History of the Ruger Mini-14 2. Popularity of the Ruger Mini-14 3. Accuracy of the Ruger Mini-14 4. Comparison 5. Parting Shots 1. History of the Ruger Mini-14 "The Ruger Mini" -14 was first introduced back in 1973 and was marketed to both civilians and law enforcement.  Ruger has been around a long time, and makes some very well known rifles, like the 10/22 . This lightweight rifle combined features from several other popular rifles, including: the bolt from the legendary M1 Garand, the gas system from the M1 Carbine, and the trigger and magazine system from the relatively new M14. All of this combined to give shooters a fairly lightweight, easy to store rifle , that on release emulated a lot of the rifles shooters and even law-enforcement were already familiar with. The original rifle was certainly nothing to sneeze at, and it was as rugged as a tank out of the box, so it quickly found a place with those who wanted a “Ranch rifle” style gun. While it had its perks, the Mini-14 was barely more modern than the lever-actions and bolt-actions that filled the market at the time. The only reason the Ruger Mini-14 never took off as much as it could have is simple: The AR-15. When the Ruger Mini-14 was released, the AR-15 hadn’t quite taken off in civilian OR law-enforcement circles, but that changed rapidly. And the modern design, modularity, increased precision, and available AR-15 accessories quickly won over most of the Mini-14’s target audience. Thus, the Ruger Mini-14 reviewed rather poorly. The Ruger Mini-14 came out at about half the price of an AR-15 of the day, and that appealed to regular shooters and police departments alike, but eventually, the AR-15’s superior modularity and adoption by the military in the M16 (and later the M4) would keep the Mini-14 on the back burner in the minds of most shooters. Other guns like the AK-47 also get compared to the Ruger Mini-14 on a regular basis. Continual accuracy problems virtually relegated the Mini-14 to the “could have been great” category for years. The Ruger Mini-14 went on to win esteem as a police rifle, and as a handy rifle to have around the farm, but it never enjoyed the widespread appeal or support that the AR-15 did. From there, the Mini-14 languished as something of a niche gun, and though it appeared heavily in 80’s action staples like the A-Team and others, it never really found the widespread success it may have otherwise deserved. 2. Popularity of the Ruger Mini-14 Today, the Ruger Mini-14 is mostly the same as it ever was. It’s still a short, handy, easy-to-shoulder and easier-to-shoot .223 rifle that is perfect for someone looking for a cheap, reliable rifle to keep handy in a toolbox. The intermediate caliber and plentiful .223/5.56 ammo at rock-bottom prices mean that you can shoot all day for less than almost anything else—other than .22LR or maybe 9mm. The .223 is a good caliber for this type of rifle as it’s good for plinking and target shooting, while still maintaining enough power for self-defense, or even hunting medium-sized game. You can also get several different versions of the Ruger Mini-14. tactical versions of the Mini-14 use PMAGS and come with rails for mounting all your favorite AR-15-style lights, lasers, and other accessories. Alternately, traditional wood-stocked Mini-14 models are great for those who want a semi-automatic rifle that’s a little less scary for the gun-phobic types out there. The Mini has an inherently ambidextrous design with a mag release that can be operated from either side, and the Garand-style safety is close to the trigger. The rifle may be light, but .223 recoil is even lighter, making it comfortable for almost anyone to shoot. The rifle shoulders easily, is lightweight without feeling cheap, and will absolutely, positively, 100% go bang every time you squeeze the trigger. I shot one just here recently and, out of a few hundred rounds between three shooters, we experienced not one issue other than a single failure to eject. Sure, you can get AR’s that’ll run just as well, but good luck getting one that runs better than that for $600. So we know from both our analysis and most Ruger Mini-14 reviews that the rifle is reliable. We also know it’s lightweight, easy to maneuver, and we know that it looks pretty sweet. The big question, though, is this: what about the accuracy? 3. Accuracy of the Ruger Mini-14 Well, if you’re almost sold on the idea of a Mini-14 but are still hung up on the accuracy complaints that have long plagued it, I have some good news for you. Back in 2005, Ruger realized they had a problem with their Mini-14. Namely, it just couldn’t hold a candle to the accuracy and precision of the AR-15. The AR was easier to find parts for, easier to find magazines for, and it could put the exact same rounds on target with twice the accuracy. So Ruger completely redid their manufacturing lines, including all-new tooling and modified design, in the aim of putting a Mini-14 on the market that was far more accurate than its predecessor. How’d they do? Well, the old accuracy claims I heard from Ruger Mini-14 reviews pre-2005 were always in the 5 MOA range, so that’s five inches at 100 yards. I grabbed a newer version and went out to the 100-yard range by my house to see how it did. The version I tested had a black synthetic stock, a rail on top of the receiver, and weighed in at about 7lbs. The rifle is short, as you’d expect, at only 37.5”, making it perfect for getting in and out of a truck with while on the hunt, or maneuvering inside a home in a defensive situation I threw a nice 1-6x Vortex Strike Eagle on top of the newer Mini’s rail, did a quick boresighting, adjusted accordingly, and settled in on the bench to do some accuracy testing. The best group I got was with some Hornady 68gr match ammo, pictured below. That’s five rounds in about a 1.1 MOA grouping, with three shots so close they’re touching. With a rifle that’s traditionally thought of as “inaccurate.” For the $600 sticker price, I’d like to see many AR’s do better. The other groups ranged in the 2” to 3” range, all at 100 yards, which frankly is much better than I was expecting for a used gun that had clearly seen a lot of rounds down the pipe. At the end of the day, unless you’re a bullseye target shooter, 2 or 3 MOA from a 5.56 or .223 is more than accurate enough. For hunters, plinkers, and those looking for a . 223 rifle that’ll put a coyote down , you don’t need anything more than that. Honestly, after the test firing I did, the only thing that I think is holding the rifle back is the trigger. I think the two-stage, very “mil-spec” trigger on this gun is going to be the chief bottleneck accuracy-wise. If you’re looking to improve the accuracy of this rifle, I’d start there. That said, if you’re shooting the occasional varmint, you’re probably fine out-of-the-box. Unless you’re trying to bullseye prairie dogs at 500 yards, which is an awfully tall order for any .223 rifle, this gun is going to do just what you need. Accuracy concerns firmly put to bed, I still had to ask myself a very important question. Do Ruger Mini-14 reviews compare well to other rifles? 4. Comparison Go inside any gun store and you’ll see ten AR-15’s for every one rifle. It’s the most popular rifle in America , and it seems like just about every gun owner has one. I personally have built a few hundred AR’s as a gunsmith for others and almost a dozen for my own personal use. That popularity has given rise to literally thousands of manufacturers that either make AR-15s or make parts for them to feed the demands of the black-rifle-buying public. You can get bargain basement AR-15’s for less than $500, and you can get high-end ones that’ll clip the wings off a fly at 1000 yards. You can gear one out for hunting, competition, home defense, and you can even rig one up to be belt-fed like a machine gun. Compared to that, what does the Mini-14 offer? Well to start with, it’s not an AR-15. That might seem like an obvious thing: they are, after all, two different guns (duh). But think about it: it seems like every other rifle that comes out is an AR-15, and I’m getting a little burnt out. I love the AR-15, I really, really do. But I also love my HK G3s, my AKs, my FALs, my bolt-actions. Sometimes you need something different. That’s the real joy of the Ruger Mini-14. You have a convenient, plentiful, cheap, but still very useful round in the .223, same as the AR-15, but it’s just not another AR. Sure, you can dress up an AR anyway you like and make it uniquely yours, but that same ability to become anything leaves the AR feeling a bit soulless compared to the Mini. The Mini has a character and style all on its own, and that’s just something most factory ARs don’t have. I know, I know. Character? Style? Character and style don’t put meat on the table or defend hearth and home. There’s a lot more to the Ruger Mini-14, though. First of all, you have some frankly stellar reliability. The AR-15 is an incredibly reliable platform, especially modern ones, but the Mini-14 is designed to really be ridden hard and put up wet (maybe not literally). The stainless models with synthetic stocks, in particular, will stand up to years and years of rough use, whether rattling around in a toolbox or slung across your back on a sling while trekking over rough terrain. Finally, the Mini comes in several variants, with the Ranch, Target, and Tactical variants being the most common. This gives you plenty of options depending on what you need from your rifle. 5. Parting Shots Upon review of the Ruger Mini-14, This rifle’s chief selling point, and chief detriment, is that it’s not an AR-15. It’s a good, maybe even great, rifle that’s found a niche as a handy, ranch-style rifle, as well as a tactical rifle in its own right. The gun has come an awfully long way from its original roots, and today it makes an excellent hunting and plinking rifle that’s affordable, easy to use, and a whole lot of fun. Overall, I’d recommend this rifle to anyone that’s looking for a .223 rifle that can shoot cheap, readily-available bullets, but without having to do so with an AR-15.

Summary

Cleaning your gun is an integral aspect of gun ownership. And the easiest way to accomplish this simple but vital task is to pick up a gun cleaning kit. Gun cleaning kits help prevent the most common causes of firearm malfunctions ( 1 ) and in the process allow you to become familiar with your firearm and its workings.