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Bushmaster Carbon 15 Follow up Review.

18 Feb

I bought my Carbon-15 on Halloween of 2012. Its no surprise that when I bought it I wasn’t the only person buying an AR at the time. But I didn’t know anybody else with one of these. In fact until about a week prior to buying it I didn’t even know that anybody made a rifle with a carbon/polymer receiver.


All the review that I read on line were terrible for the “1st generation” and pretty solid for the second gen rifles. Well I have now had the rifle for about a year and a half and although I have only put about 12oornds through it. So far it is perfect. One of the debates that happens with this rifle as well as many AR-15 style rifles is that you aren’t supposed to run steel cased ammo through it. Well I am here to say that at least 500 of the 1200 I have but through the gun have been steel. While I understand that it is harder on the gun it has yet to choke and if I experience a FTE I will certainly post about it.

The rifle came with a pretty cheap reddot scope that actually worked really well BUT its still a 1x reddot so I want to put a better scope on it for some longer range shooting because frankly I suck without a little magnification. The rifle also came with a hard sized rifle case that is virtually useless because it doesn’t actually hold the rifle with the scope that they provided mounted. Also although the rifle came with 2 steel 20rnd mags I run pretty much exclusively Pmag-30’s.

So a 16months later the rifle is performing great and as soon as I put a better optic on it should be set up as a nice predator gun. Of course my long term plan is to get a nice .300blk upper and use it as my deer gun but that may take a few more days of overtime to accomplish.


My thoughts on Today’s Gun Press conference.

16 Jan

This morning Obama preached on how I don’t need a modern rifle and how selling a gun to my hunting buddy causes crime.

To me that’s all crap but the good news is that he left it up to congress to pass these laws.

A congress that is always running for reelection regardless of where they are in their term. A congress who panders to try and improve their NRA rating but rarely cares about their Brady score.

I don’t believe this congress will pass another assault weapons ban.

I do however feel that they will have to do “something” which is always dangerous. My fear is that the sacrificial lamb for this will be private sales.

They want every gun transfer to go through a licensed dealer. The problem with this is not only that the NICS system goes down a lot and is imperfect at best. But that there is no proposal to deal with multiple firearms as a group. Lets say that I inherit a small collection of 20 guns. Right now in my area most gun shops near me charge $50 per gun for a transfer from another dealer such as an online purchase. 20 x $50 = $1000 so a small collection will cost me $1000 to inherit.

Of course since dealers will be the only way to transfer I expect to see that fee rise as well.

If you haven’t written you congress critter THIS WEEK about the issue of gun rights get on it.


Want a slow and almost unusable holster?

21 Nov

Hat tip to Caleb for showing us this funny video of a rather dumb holster design.

As you can see in this holster you holster your gun with an empty chamber. And then hope that the overly complex holster functions perfect with your odd and unnatural draw stroke to chamber the round that may save your life.

Although I hate dumb products like this I like they somebody is thinking outside the box. I believe in order for new products to come along sometimes we need bad design first. At least the wheels of innovation are moving.

video here


Turning money into smoke

20 Nov

Since I bought my Bushmaster I have been impressed with how nicely it shot and how well it grouped. I was regularly putting together a 1in group at 50yds with the red-dot that came with it. Well this week I decided to try longer ranges and attempted to mount a 3-9x scope on it. Somewhere between me not being an expert at scope mounting and the scope I picked up having an eye-relief so long that it wouldn’t work on that rifle I ended up putting the red dot back on.

So with the remounted scope I took it to the range today and while the wind was calm I couldn’t get on the paper at 25yds. I tried holding over each direction and still couldn’t find paper. Eventually another guy gave me a hand and I got on the paper but still wasn’t grouping well. At this point I had shot 40 rounds had 6 holes in my 25yd target and decided that it was just easier to pack up and try another day.

All that said I still enjoyed getting out and shooting my rifle, its easy to shoot and one heck of good time. Also since its mid-week during deer season the members rifle range is pretty much abandon so I didn’t even have to deal with the issues of a crowded range.


The double tap pistol lives

08 Nov

The double tap pistol which is essentially a modernize derringer pistol originally made news last year. The in Oct of 2012 it was announced that they had a falling out with their manufacturer and would be looking for a new shop to manufacture this pistol.

It appears they found it as reported on the tactical wire

“When we announced that DoubleTap was looking for a new manufacturing partner [October 2012], we were pleasantly surprised by the positive response from the firearms manufacturers and other precision manufacturing companies,” Ray Kohout, inventor and founder of DoubleTap™ Defense commented. “Our industry has been very supportive of the DoubleTap project and we are ultimately grateful. Out of all the responses we received, it became very clear that Azimuth Technology was the perfect fit in corporate philosophy, facility capability and plain, old-fashioned, roll-up-your-sleeves determination to bring this product to market in a timely fashion.”

I will admit when I first read about this gun it didn’t impress me. However after thinking about it more as a back up gun I am interested. We will have to see how it comes to market. Ultimately it looks about the size of a Ruger LCP so the question is do you want 7 rounds of .380 or 2 rounds of either 9mm or .45acp.



Just a friendly reminder

07 Nov

Right now MidwayUSA has 20 and 30 Round AR magazines in stock, this likely will change by the end of the week due to the outcome of the election. At $12.30 its not a bad price either.

Click here to Order


Product Review Bushmaster Carbon 15

07 Nov

Earlier this week I purchased a Bushmaster Carbon 15 rifle. Essentially it is an AR-15 with a fully Carbon upper and lower receiver. This makes the gun right around 5lbs unloaded. When I first saw this gun I really liked it but wasn’t sure about the carbon receiver  So I went home and did some research, everybody loved the receiver but complained about earlier versions of the gun that didn’t have the forward assist.

The newest version does have a forward assist as well as other improvements in the ramping of the chamber. I then called bushmaster to confirm that standard uppers will fit and they assured me that its all standard except for the barrel nut which is proprietary. I picked it up at Cabelas for just over $600 and it included a hard case and a Bushnell red-dot scope. The case is less than optimal and will likely be replaced soon. However the scope is pretty great. For a red-dot it was easy to pick up, easy to adjust and held zero at least through my 100 rounds I put in it yesterday.

The rifle shoots better than me, at 50yds my targets were essentially one ragged hole. When I tried it out at 100yds it was not great but I blame that fully on the fact that I was using a red-dot with a 6MOA dot. Which meant that my dot was the size of the target at 100yds. For this reason alone I may swap out the red-dot for a cheap 3-9 scope but not sure yet.

This rifle will eventually get a .300blk upper for hunting season that upper will have a nice scope on it, which means that I might leave this one as the red-dot which will be superior for home defense and most applications at the range. The gun ran flawlessly with the factory 30round mags from Bushmaster. I picked up a cheap Thermold 20rnd magazine and that magazine had issues. So I immediately returned that magazine to the store and ordered a bunch of PMAGS. Once I get those I will run them through this gun and report back.

More full report to come after I shoot it more, and of course being that I bought this before the election I am pretty sure it will have doubled in value by the end of the week. This gun truly is Tactical Tupperware.




I have noticed that this post has been getting a lot of hits lately. Likely simply for the fact that AR’s are selling lot cheap beer on a Friday night. I wanted to convey how much I love this rifle. Its functionally flawless and runs amazing. Its easy to maneuver with and I really can’t wait to use it beyond the range. I think it will be a really great coyote gun and once I get a .300blk upper on it, the Carbon 15 should make a damn good deer rifle this fall. If you have any specific questions about the carbon construction feel free to leave a comment.


A mighty fine weekend

31 Jul

For the second time this year my family went camping, or as we call it Glamping. Since its hard to call anything with air conditioning and wifi camping. This time it was down in Ocean Shores, WA for the 2012 Sun and Surf Bike Rally. My wifes family has been attending the Sun and Surf rally uninterrupted since at least the mid-90’s. Many members of her family take pride in walking around in the rally T-shirts from years past. My first rally was in 2008 and I missed last year (but did order a T-shirt) so I decided to go the entire weekend wearing only rally t-shirts including to bed. It was a fun trip and well worth the time.

The rally has gotten much smaller even since I have been attending, and there are fewer vendors than ever before. Part of this may have to do with some internal rally politics and I feel a lot of it has to do with the economy it certainly isn’t free to load up your bike trailer or ride it down to the coast and either camp or get accommodations for the weekend. The vendors that were there all seemed to be pretty busy but many of them had smaller booths with just a sampling of product and links on how to order more.

This was also the first time that we brought a newly rescued dog camping. The drive down was rough for him and he didn’t do as well as we hoped. However on the trip itself he did GREAT. He was very sociable with other dogs and has been improving his obedience quite quickly. He still has a lot to learn but is getting along nicely. Today on the ride home we decided to put him in his carrier instead of allowing him to roam the back seat of the SUV. This caused him to settle down quickly and basically sleep away the 3hr drive. So much so that we decided to not even stop for a pooch potty break until we got home.

After getting home it was the usual, unload, start laundry and run a couple of errands to try and catch up from our time gone. While running some errands my sweetie tells me to to pull into the local sporting goods store. Well next thing I know I got my much awaited birthday present. Remington 870 Express Super Magnum. Frankly I was very surprised and delighted so now its time to take it out to the range and get my SQEEEE on.


Warning: counterfeit CR123 batteries

13 Jul

Just saw this over at OldNfo’s place. Apparently there has been an influx of fake poorly made lithium batteries that run the risk of heating up and possibly igniting .

Here is a quick section of the warning but go to his link above for the full details.



This story has it all

12 Jul

Looks like there were a bunch of vacant houses in Burlinton, Vermont near the airport and thanks to our friends at TSA they became a playground for swat teams from all over New England.

So you get a bunch of empty houses you use them as raid practice but in the process you don’t inform local PD or the public so you end up getting reports of gun shots and other related calls.

The training for the outside SWAT teams was coordinated by Adam Crogan of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration at the airport

Frankly I’m fine with local pd or swat doing this kind of training just like I see the value of the fire department using old condemned buildings for practice.

But any of the operations need coordination and notification. Also I’m not real hot on the idea of renting these things out to out of state agencies. As if the rest of new England is without abandon buildings.

Yet again we see the ” only ones” doing what they want.
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