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Firearms

AR-15 Tech: Extraction and Ejection Tips and Tricks

Getting the rounds into your AR-15 is the first step, but getting them back out again is just as important. When a cartridge case fails to eject, the place shooters often look is the extractor. That’s not a bad idea, but the extractor may be the symptom and not the cause. This article examines troubleshooting and correcting extraction and ejection issues and how to address them. It also gives a few tips to make your AR run smoother.

Measuring a 1911 pistol with an electronic caliper

Gun Gear

1911 Handguns: How to Fit a Barrel

The 1911 is easily our most popular handgun, and without a doubt, the most modified. Everyone wants a good trigger, but an accomplished shooter wants a better barrel too. The right barrel, with a custom-grade fitting, ensures the pistol returns to battery in exactly the same place—time after time. After the trigger, this is likely the biggest handgun accuracy enhancer.

Lyman Digital Trigger Pull Gauge Lyman Digital Trigger Pull Gauge in open orange plastic case

Gun Gear

Review: Lyman Electronic Trigger Pull Gauge

A trigger pull gauge is one of those accessories that is not used often, but is often used to great effect. After all, one of the best upgrades for accuracy is often the trigger. The pull on some triggers feels harder or softer than than they really are. Adjustable triggers may be tuned to be optimized for a specific use, but it takes more than guess work. I have also know savvy consumers who shopped for used firearms with a trigger gauge. It can tell you as much about a gun as a bore light.

Timney Triggers Adjustable Mosin Nagant Drop in Trigger 1.5 to 4 pounds 307

Gun Gear

Tackling Trigger Jobs — Top Tips for Triggers

Your trigger can have as much or more influence on shot placement than your sights—specifically, it will influence group size. But how much is too much trigger? What trigger weight is most desirable? What about the legal implications of a self-defense shooting with a light trigger? Read the entire article for answers to these questions and more!

Firearms

Building Your AR Lower Receiver

Last year, we did a series of videos on how to put together a complete lower receiver of an AR-15. As most of you know, the lower receiver houses the magazine catch, bolt catch, pivot pin, fire control group, trigger guard, selector, grips, pins, and the buffer tube.