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  1. When it comes to manipulations of almost all AR15 rifles, aside from the trigger, the most used and manipulated control is the charging handle. It’s what charges and clears the weapon and is directly linked to the BCG (Bolt Carrier Group) and the only way to manipulate it. This makes the charging handle a very important piece of the firearm. The Mil-spec charging handles leave a lot to be desired. The area you have to wrap your fingers around is very small and becomes increasingly more difficult when you are using gloves or if your hands are wet, sweaty or dirty. For some, it may work just fine for a casual day on the range, but if you are to do any sort of serious shooting, upgrading is a must.

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  2. The AR-15 has become one of the most popular firearms among American gun owners and for good reason. Due to its lightweight frame, high level of accuracy and versatility, the weapons system is a testament how innovation can transform an older design. For years now, firearms accessory manufacturers have been turning out various parts for the AR-15. While many still prefer to buy pre-built firearms, many others enjoy shopping around for the coolest and best parts on the market and create something special and tailored for them. One of the fundamental elements of the build starts with an upper receiver.

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  3. There are few parts of an AR that are as important as the bolt carrier group. While the standard Mil-Spec bolt carrier does its job well and has for decades, new improvements in technology and materials have come along and revolutionized the design. When looking at the Best Bolt Carrier Group to use for any AR-15, there a number of factors one must consider. Like many aftermarket pieces for ARs, much depends on what the intended purpose of the weapon is, what sort of budget you have to work with, firing frequency, and of course aesthetic appeal. However, before we delve into the finer points, lets first understand what a bolt carrier group is and what sorts of duties it performs.

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  4. Since the AR-15/M16 came out in 1957, it has become the one of the most popular firearms platforms in the world. During the last ten to fifteen years, many companies have been manufacturing aftermarket parts, such as stocks, trigger groups, bolt carriers, foregrips and muzzle devices. Even though the A2 flash hider has been around for a long time and is still very popular, many new designs have come out recently, each having their own benefits.

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  5. Hunting is an adrenaline pumping activity that quite many people enjoy. However, there is more to this activity than just going out into the wild and shooting at wild animals. Anybody serious about hunting, especially big game hunting, know that you need to be adequately prepared before you leave the house. One of the things you must be ready to invest in is a scope. Otherwise, you will shoot and miss more often than not. Buying a rifle scope is not a two-minute thing, but it also does not have to take you three weeks. One thing you need to remember before you even start browsing for a scope is that different people and different levels of hunting expertise will call for a different scope. Additionally, every one you come across will have their opinion on the perfect gear. Therefore, to help make your search a bit easier, use the following steps.

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  6. This weeks build is a slight departure from what we normally feature. Nearly all the firearms we have shown on these emails are various personal builds from employees here at Rainier Arms. The rifle we are showcasing today was built specifically for one of our local police departments here in Western Washington. The philosophy behind the build of this rifle was something to replace the department’s bolt guns for longer range shooting that also allowed SWAT sniper teams to participate in close quarters engagements if needed.

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  7. This week’s build is a bit different than ones we have shown off before. For a number of years Rainier Arms has been involved with the international sales of firearms and accessories to numerous countries around the globe. This rifle in particular was assembled for an international show, therefore the parts chosen were used to showcase some of the best products Rainier has to offer.

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  8. The phrase that makes me shutter and shake the most is, “Oh… I’m good with my gun.  I go to the range.” I hear this so much when I invite people out to the facility to improve their skills as a CCW Civilian.  In fact… I’m serious when I say that 99% of the time, that is the response I get when I encourage people to come train with us. So… that leads me to… Training… the word “training” is one of the most over used words in any industry.  Especially in the firearms/self-defense world.

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  9. St Cloud, MN - Maxim Defense, the premier manufacturer in PDW-stocks, braces and accessories is announcing the release of significant new products at SHOT Show 2019. Maxim Defense is located in Booths #1857 - Downstairs and 30010 - Upstairs.

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  10. The bolt carrier group (BCG) is the beating heart of an AR. Like our own heart, it is not only critical to making things function, but it is also put under significant stress to accomplish that. Sure there are many parts of an AR that are critical, most of them in fact. But the BCG is the workhorse – feeding rounds, firing rounds, and extracting rounds.

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