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Saturday, May 23, 2015

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Aftermarket Drop-In Triggers - An Easy Upgrade

Patriot Ordnance Factory

Adding an aftermarket trigger is one of the easiest improvements a person can make to their AR-15 or M-4. With the recent advancement to the drop-in style,  a trigger can be switched out and improved in a matter of minutes.

Patriot Ordnance Factory has come up with a product that is well designed and reasonably priced.
Taking the easy road rarely pays off and in fact, will typically get you into more of a mess. Unless of course you are talking about fixing the crunchy trigger your AR-15/AR-10 rifle came with. That, my friends, is an easy fix. The drop-in trigger systems from POF-USA are single stage, non-adjustable complete systems that can be installed in under 5 minutes. Each system comes complete with a set of KNS Precision anti-walk pins, features American A2 tool steel components and lives in a hard-coat anodized housing.

2 of their most popular options are the curved trigger and the enhanced finger placement trigger. The enhanced introduces a forward design that naturally guides the tip of your finger to the same resting place for a precise, smooth, consistent trigger pull every single time

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

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Women In Military History

In World War 2 we saw the rise of women in the Marines and they were dubbed Lady Leathernecks. These women were such an inspiration they were visited by Eleanor Roosevelt where she referred to them as "the real women of America".  In the year 1943, the Marine Corps Women's Reserve was established and the first woman enlisted was Private Lucille McClarren. Women continue to be an integral part of our Military and have a rich history in the service.

In the second stanza of the Woman's Leatherneck song “We’re one for all and all for honor. And we’ll work to keep our country strong. We’re the Women Marines Association. Come, Marines, and join us in our song.” they call for unity and honor. While the ladies gave it a feminine boost by adding "Lady" to the term “leatherneck” it has become a term of admiration and respect. The slang is derived from the leather stock once worn around the neck by Marines. Beginning in 1798, “one stock of black leather and clasp” was issued to each U.S. Marine annually. This stiff leather collar, fastened by two buckles at the back, measured nearly 3-and-a-half inches high. The stock was dropped as an article of Marine uniform in 1872, but by then it was a part of American vocabulary, a word preserved, like so many words, beyond its original meaning. 

A native of Selma, Ala., and a newcomer to Monroe, Francis Lanier was called a leatherneck. She served as a captain during WWII. In 1943, at the age of 27, she became a Marine, entering into a proud sisterhood known honorably as  the “Lady Leathernecks." She took her basic training at Camp Pendleton, Calif., and in a short time rose in the ranks to captain, company commander and PX officer at Camp Elliott and Camp Pendleton.A graduate of Huntington College in Montgomery, Ala., she qualified as the first woman candidate to enter Officer Candidate School in the Woman’s Marine Corps. She was only the third female captain and company commander of Company C, the largest of the four companies with 245 women under her command. 
Over the years women in the Marines have become more prevalent fulfilling roles in engineering, communications, logistics and other intregal parts of service.

 To learn more about the Lady Leathernecks, there is a great article  here:  Women Marines in History.

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Friday, April 24, 2015

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Recommended AR-15 / M4 Accessories

What is one of the top reasons for the M4's popularity? Simple, its modularity, ease of updating and versatility.  As many reasons and needs that there are for a firearm,  there are as many accessories you can add to your rifle.

There are plenty of  M4 / AR-15 owners who own several rifles, each with its own set up. There are also many I know who only own one rifle and use it for many purposes. There's a lot of stuff to hang on a rifle that has many purposes. So we have put together a list of affordable accessories that canbe useful for your rifle.

Accu-Wedge Receiver Buffer, $3.99

The Accu-Wedge receiver buffer eliminates the play between your rifle's lower and upper receivers getting rid of rattles and slop. A tighter fit is achieved and in some cases, better accuracy. A one minute install, and only $3.99, this little thing has helped many rifle owners achieve a better-feeling rifle.

Maglula AR-15 LULA Magazine Loader and Unloader, $26.99

Absolutely necessary for your range bag. The LULA AR-15 mag loader is your new best friend. Don’t wear out your thumb and fingers before you get behind the trigger by loading your AR magazines with the LULA loader. It fits over the top of all metal and polymer AR mags and loads them fast and effortlessly. The lever at the top engages the magazine’s spring and pushes the rounds down into the magazine. It will also unload magazines if need be. This is a must-have accessory to throw in your range bag.

Magpul Black PMag Magazine, $12.99

It really is no joke when you hear or read about PMags being the best. Magpul has a corner on the polymer magazine market and once you use them, it's clear why. Reliable, durable and most of all—the best value for your money, PMags have a stainless steel spring and an anti-tilt, self-lubricating follower. The springs do not wear out or lose tension, even when stored fully loaded. Magpul Pmags work every time. The Magpul PMag holds 30 rounds of .223 Remington/5.56mm NATO and are available in black. Made in the U.S.A.

That's enough for today, we will post on a regular basis other necessary and well made accessories for your rifle.

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Thursday, January 08, 2015

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Long Range Shooting Tips

Looking to Improve your Long Range Shooting? 
Bullet seating depth and case length have a profound impact on accuracy. If you reload, read these tips to increase the accuracy of your reloads. 
Improve your shooting skills with these periodic tips from Cactus Tactical.    

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

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Important Holiday Shipping Cut-off Dates for 2014

Following are some important dates to keep in mind when buying and shipping packages this Holiday season. Make sure to get your purchases and gifts delivered on-time to family, friends, and others.

Here is a round-up of this season's cut-off dates from USPS, FedEx, and UPS to get packages delivered in time for Christmas Day. Use these dates to set your own cut-offs so you have plenty of time to get customer's shipment on their way.
Keep in mind that weather, natural disasters and unforeseen circumstances can affect these dates. To avoid disappointment, buy and ship as early as you can.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

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Thoughts on LED Flashlights

5 Tips helps you to distinguish a good quality flashlight

There are many flashlights on the market today, being produced both here in the USA and coming in from foreign countries. The basic components of a high power flashlight are: luminant, battery, circuitry, body housing, reflector, circuit board, switches and other components.

So How Should We Judge the Value of a Flashlight?

Tip 1 : The body of the flashlight
The body of a flashlight is divided into three types: common oxidation, hard oxidation and HAIII hard oxidation. The first is the most common being used in flashlights today while HAIII hard oxidation costs the most. While the manufacturing process produces some defective bodies. (Bodies considered B-class have a small amount of defects that do not affect appearance and C-class are considered highly defective. ) These defective bodies should be recycled or sold only as seconds.

Tip 2: Interior details and material
The interior details and material of the body should be inspected. Many flashlight tail caps are poorly made and easy to break, so are switches. A good quality flashlight is equipped with a copper lamp holder with super heat radiation. Small-sized flashlight needs the most.

Tip 3: Interior Structure
The more accessories on a flashlight, generally the higher quality. While the cheaper ones have a very simple build with only a few options, this is because of reduced build costs and short cuts in the building process. For example, most tail caps use a spring, but better built ones use a copper spring that has a long life and provides good connectivity.

Tip 4 : LED
The price of LED’s and circuitry varies greatly. The price of quadrinucleate is the most expensive, followed by CREE mononuclear. Tthe price from low to high is that Q5→R2→R3→R4→R5→T6→U2→L2-T6→L2-U2. The more expensive the LED is, the larger the luminous flux.

Tip 5: Circuit
And finally, the circuit board has its own classification. The cheapest is made using a board without IC resistance (also called direct drive plate); The most common board in use has IC resistance and constant voltage or booster pressure; Higher quality boards have IC resistance and constant voltage. The best boards have constant voltage, various modes and full electricity etc.

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Thursday, August 04, 2011

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Extensions Tubes for the Stoeger 2000 Now Available

Brand New Product

Nordic Components - extended magazine tubes for Stoeger 2000 shotguns.

These are the finest machined shotshell tube extensions currently available. Each tube has a unique swirl style barrel nut adding a distinctive touch while also providing a quick and sure grip.

Currently available in +2, +3, +4 and +5 shell configurations for the
Stoeger 2000 shotguns. Shell capacity is defined by Nordic as the shell increase above the standard capacity provided by the fixed magazine tube (tube inside the forearm). If your shotgun currently has a short tube extension that extends past the fixed magazine tube, the round capacity of that extension would be lost as it is removed and replaced. Magazine tube length is the length of the tube and nut.

Overall length of the tube extensions (including the nut):
+2 - 5 3/4 inches
+3 - 8 1/4 inches
+4 - 10 inches
+5 - 11 5/8 inches.