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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. 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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  4. 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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  5. When I'm checking in on my Facebook groups, one of questions I see most often is "What is the best ____________ for my AR/pistol/shotgun?" Doesn't really matter what you fill in the blank with. It could be trigger, grip, rail, stock, whatever. Usually, that's all the information presented, and not a single specification more. When you're sitting on a retailer's site, especially one with a lot of options, picking out gear can seem pretty daunting. There's a wide range of pricing, quality, and designs. Let me see if I can recommend a few questions to ask yourself that will make choosing gear easier. They might also cut down on the snarky responses you get from the forums. Let me try to help you with buying gear with these 5 questions.

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  6. Product in this review:Geissele Maritime Bolt Catch - AR15 I've never been a huge fan of the stock AR-15 bolt catch. Let's be honest - the thing is tiny. Don't get me wrong, the bolt catch performs its job, but there's plenty of room for improvement.

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  7. As someone who has used AR-15s and their government-issued brethren for well over fifteen years, I've gradually developed a list of accessories that I think are essential on an AR.  While I usually build my own guns now, there are plenty of people buying an AR for the first time.  If you're one of them, I hope this helps.  Please keep in mind that I tend to focus on defensive rifles, so if you're just getting a plinker, or working precision, your needs may vary.

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  8. I remember about 10 years ago building my first AR-15 off a Smith & Wesson M&P15 stripped lower. She was a Franken-build pieced out over a few months. It was a spiritual and mental adventure...

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  9. The BAD-EMMR is a lightweight, low profile, modular magazine release for the AR-15 and AR-10, recently released by Battle Arms Development. Its expanded finger pad provides an enlarged, uninterrupted, contact surface that gives the user a positive tactile feedback resulting in fumble-free operation.  One of its outstanding features is its modular design, allowing its users to use an array of finger pads depending on personal preference or operation. The EMMR’s 3-sided, precision fit, solid, dovetail attachment interface simplifies its locking mechanism – a feature that makes it stand out from the rest of its competitors. This translates to a wiggle-free, tight tolerance, slop-free fitting between the magazine release body and finger pad. The dovetail attachment interface also removes the stress away from the screw; this allows a single, scaled down, set screw to be used as opposed to the typical two large steel screws.

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  10. ARES Defense MCR Sub-Carbine is a lightweight, semi-auto 5.56 NATO caliber weapon featuring gas piston operation.

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