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Reloading Ammo: Keeping Your Powder Scale and Thrower on Solid Footing

Reloading Ammo: Keeping Your Powder Scale and Thrower on Solid Footing/* custom css */.td_uid_2_5f379d8711607_rand.td-a-rec-img { text-align: left; } .td_uid_2_5f379d8711607_rand.td-a-rec-img img { margin: 0 auto 0 0; } Ensuring your powder scale and thrower are accurate means keeping them on solid footing. Feeling a little shaky about your powder measurements? It could be you've got some bad vibrations getting in the way. Here are some thoughts on how to keep your loads accurate and rock solid with a look at the powder scale. We all have different types of reloading setups, ranging from a well-designed, clearly thought-out bench in a dedicated space to a press that is C-clamped to a metal desk in a rather impromptu manner. I’ll be totally honest, I’ve used both, and many types in between. My early days as a reloader were spent with a complete lack of funds, minimal equipment, and I soaked up information like a sponge. While this taught some invaluable lessons, all learned the hard way, some of the more sophisticated gear and a better place to reload would’ve been a blessing beyond measure. When I did get my own space, which eventually evolved into Massaro Ballistic Laboratories, I saved my pennies for some new gear, and began to embrace the world of digital scales, powder throwers and new-fangled presses. Related GunDigest Articles Reloading: Temperature Sensitive Powder? Reloading Ammo: Pitfalls of Using Old Pistol Reloading Data Reloading Ammo: The Precise Business of Reloading AR Cartridges During the course of learning to use the new tools, I found that both the digital scales and powder measures were very sensitive to vibration. The digital scales are especially touchy, not only to vibration but to air currents. In some of my ‘shakier’ environments (portable tables, etc), the digital scales, especially the early models, were all over the map. It was a ton of work to keep them zeroed, let alone to get them to read the same measurement twice. Even the RCBS Chargemaster, which is an awesome machine, can give false readings and dispense errant powders charges when subject to vibrations. I’ve had friends with shaky benches tell me that the Chargemaster wasn’t a good choice, but the fault lied with their reloading space, not the RCBS design. Even a balance beam scale can be affected if the floor boards are bouncing around. My own reloading bench is an overbuilt workbench, in my garage, with 6×6 posts for legs, well secured to the wall, and resting on a concrete floor. I could jump up and down on a pogo stick and it would be stable. Still, I don’t want the motion of the press to affect the powder charge being dispensed into the electronic scale, so I keep it on a separate table, just to be sure.

Canada Replaces WWII Era Pistols

Canada Replaces WWII Era Pistols

Generally the words “Gun News” and the country of Canada don’t go together in a positive light, but recently the Ottawa Citizen Newspaper based out of Canada’s Capital City ran a story that will make current and former members of that nation’s military service smile. The Browning Hi Power 9mm pistol has served Canada and the nations of the United Kingdom well for more seven decades but all good things must come to and end and  it was announced that the days of the BHP are nearing an end with this announcement “Canada Replaces WWII Era Pistols”. I doubt anyone will argue that the 13,981 Browning pistols currently left on the Canadian Defense Departments inventory rolls have certainly earned a much needed retirement. History: The Canadian Hi Powers were built by the John Inglis Company in Toronto, Ontario, Canada due to the fact that in 1940 the former Fabrique Nationale factories in Belgium had been overrun by the German’s. The victorious Germans liked the Browning Hi Power and decided that they too would like to use them and from 1940 until Belgium was liberated the Browning Hi Power had the distinction of being the only side arm issued to both the Axis and the Allies in World War II. The Inglis Company Hi Powers served with distinction in all theaters of action in World War II and hold a very special place in the heart of Browning collectors around the world. Image Courtesy:Guns.Com Specifications for New Pistol: To date no requirements for the new replacement pistol have been released, but looking at the trends in other Commonwealth Nations we can expect that Canada will most likely adopt a pistol similar to what the British Ministry of Defense chose recently. In 2013 the British Ministry of Defense announced their intention to formally adopt the Glock 17 Generation Four Pistol as their primary sidearm. The fact that the British chose the Glock 17 is significant but does not in anyway guarantee that Canada will also pick the Glock 17. In the last year we have seen many changes and unexpected twists and turns in the firearms industry on an international level, which has lead many of us in the professional writing world to not take anything for granted. The other wrinkle in all of these proceedings is the fact that currently as best we can confirm Canadian Special Operations Forces , Canadian Military Police and elements of the Canadian Royal Navy Boarding Parties have been using small numbers of Sig Sauer P225 pistols since mid 1991. This proposes an interesting question as how to how the Canadians have been using their current small batch of Sig Sauers. I intend to find the Sig Sauer military liaison at SHOT Shot this week and ask him some questions. Let’s hope he will go on the record about something at all. Expectations: I do expect that Canada will chose a pistol that has many of the following features, this isn’t in anyway scientific, the list comes from taking a hard look at requirements put forth by other nations militaries around the world and the current trend in firearms technology. Fire the 9x19mm Nato caliber Polymer construction 4-5″ barrel length Feature some level of safety device. Either external Safety or Striker Fired Feature a 15 round magazine at the least ImageCourtesy:Guns.Com Notice the Maple Leaf on the front strap, Eh? TimeTable: Sources from the Canadian Ministry of Defense say the replacement of the existing pistols should start in 2026, yes that’s right nearly a decade from now making some of the current pistols nearly 85 years old. Canadian officials reportedly held meetings last year with several prominent firearms companies to brief them of their intent to replace the Browning Hi Powers with between 15,000-25,000 new pistols. The early information that we are getting is that Canada will make part of the requirements that the vendor provide a standard compliment of spare parts, springs and possibly suppressors with each pistol as a package deal. Thoughts: We would love to hear some thoughts from our readers on what you think about this. Do you think Canada will stay with Sig Sauers or will they join their Commonwealth brothers in England and get Generation Four Glock 17’s?. We can almost all guarantee one thing, Canada will not be going to a 1911 style pistol at all. The favorites in this race in most peoples minds are Sig Sauer, Glock, & Heckler & Koch. I don’t think Smith & Wesson or any other company will stand a legitimate chance at landing the Canadian deal. Hope to see you at SHOT Show 2017. Rick Feature Image: Guns.Com

[Review+Video] FN 15 Patrol Carbine: Classic Excellence

[Review+Video] FN 15 Patrol Carbine: Classic Excellence

Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s While most of us would love to own a real full-auto M4 or M16, that’s a dream that isn’t likely to come true. So what is the next best thing? Some would say a Colt AR-15, but I say it’s an FN AR-15. And so here it is, the FN 15 Patrol Carbine ! FN 15 Patrol Carbine Does this civilian version of the M4 live up to the name? Is it worth the price tag? GunPrime sent one to Johnny for testing so that we could find out! Be sure to take a look at his video and subscribe to the Pew Pew Tactical YouTube channel . Table of Contents Loading... America’s Rifle, Brought To You By Belgium Many of us are fully aware of the story but for them of you that missed it, you might be wondering why the most American of rifles is not made by an American company. Back in the day the AR-15 was designed by ArmaLite, but sold the rights to Colt before the Army adopted the M16 in 1964. M16 in Vietnam Fast-forward 20 years and in 1983 Colt’s patents on the AR-15 platform expired, opening the market for other manufactures to build their own without paying Colt. 5 years later the Army was looking for a new batch of M16A2 rifles, FN won the contract by undercutting Colt by $57.50 per rifle. Since then the vast majority of M16s in American service has been made by FN. They even picked up the contract for M4 rifles starting in 2013. M4 carbine with a KAC RAS quad rail handguard Just to be clear though, all of the FN rifles were made in South Carolina — but the company was owned by FN. And so here we are today and I say to you: The best M4/M16 style rifle you can own is one made by FN. FN 15 Patrol Carbine 899 at GunPrime Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 899 at GunPrime Prices accurate at time of writing Range Report Johnny took to the range to test out the FN 15 Patrol Carbine and came away from it floored by the quality and function of this classic rifle. Everything about the FN 15 lives up to what you would expect. The fit and finish are outstanding, the parts run flawlessly, and even the branding is subtle but sexy. With an MSRP of around $1,200 and a street price of $900, you are clearly not paying for a budget rifle. But you are getting what you pay for. …It is kind of old school though. It’s Not “Dated” It’s “Classic”! While FN makes models of the FN 15 with M-Lok rails and free-floated handguards, the Patrol Carbine is much closer to the M4A1 with a quad rail made by Midwest Industries, a front sight block, an A2 grip, and the M4 adjustable stock. This is a very bare-bones rifle, no ambi controls or extended releases to be found. Even the box it comes in is basic cardboard. (gloves not included) None of that is a bad thing though, what you are getting is an ultra-reliable and durable rifle for a good price. The fit and finish are perfect and the function is flawless. From steel case to brass case the FN 15 ate everything that was thrown at it and did so from just able every AR magazine maker on the market. Magazines tested with the FN 15 There isn’t much else to say about this rifle. It ran, it’s great, and it’s classic. A single negative point on it was the trigger, while FN says it’s “smooth” it really isn’t. There are ways and brands that made a great milspec trigger, but this was not one of them. This was very… milspec in its roughness and feel. Upgrades? If you want a classic rifle or use this as a base for an M4 or SOPMOD clone, then go for it! M4 SOPMOD 1.5 Clone But if you want to use this as a personal go-to rifle, you might want to flesh this out with some upgrades. The top of our list would be the stock and grip. All of the Best AR-15 Grips we’ve tested! The quad rail, while durable, strong, and great for mounting lights, lasers, and more will wear on your hand. If you don’t get rail covers for it, consider some gloves. Editor's Choice Shooting Glove SKD PIG FDT Alpha Gloves 42 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 42 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing And of course you’ll want some optics. If you want to go with a classic, an ACOG is what you need. Best ACOGs But for a more general use or HD optic, consider a red dot or holographic sight like the EOTech 512. EOTECH Model 512 376 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 376 at Amazon Compare prices (2 found) Amazon (See Price) Palmetto State Armory (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing Don’t get us wrong though, the irons included on the FN 15 are solid and accurate, but they are irons. FN 15 rear sight Even if you do upgrade with an optic (check out Best AR-15 Scopes & Optics ), you’ll still have a top tier folding backup sight. A Couple AR-15 Optics By The Numbers Reliability: 5/5 Maybe the most worry-free rifle I’ve ever worked with. It runs. Ergonomics: 3.5/5 Controls are fine, but until you fix the foregrip situation, it’s like grabbing a pineapple. FN 15 quad rail Accuracy: 4/5 No AR carbine will get you a mile-shot award, but the FN-15 will get you on target for the distances it’s designed for. Customization: 4/5 The entire AR aftermarket is at your disposal. Other than being limited to the short guards, you got options. Value: 4/5 If you can find it at the lower street prices, ton of value. If you have to pay full retail, just whisper “buy once cry once” to yourself. FN 15 Patrol Carbine 899 at GunPrime Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 899 at GunPrime Prices accurate at time of writing Overall: 4/5 Crazy solid rifle. Reliability out the wazoo. And that quad rail will allow you to rock a bipod and harvest those IG hearts. Conclusion The FN 15 Patrol Carbine is far from fancy but it’s one of the best made and most reliable ARs on the market today. Accuracy is good and the finish is one of the nicest I’ve seen. However, the quadrail is retro and you might need gloves to comfortably shoot it, but all-in-all the FN 15 is a winner. FN 15 shoots up hill both ways Made by a company with hundreds of thousands of military and civilian AR-15s under their belt, you can trust this rifle when everything else fails. From a patrol rifle, to a ranch rifle, to blasting steel targets in the back mountains — this rifle is one you can count on. How do you like your FN rifles? Colt Vs. FN? Let us know in the comments! If you’re ready to upgrade your classic rifle, take a look at the Best AR-15 Upgrades and the Best AR-15 Optics !

Survival Debate: 1911 or Glock

Survival Debate: 1911 or Glock

The infamous “Colt” 1911 and the Glock pistols represent the epoch debate over two classic diametrically opposed handgun designs.  Like vanilla and chocolate ice cream there are diehard followers of each flavor as well as for each of these pistols.   One can argue this model is better than the other, but it is a debate that will never produce a resolution much like the classic 9mm vs .45 ACP debate. Quick Navigation 1911 vs Glock: Head To Head The Battle of the Semi-Autos What Every Prepper Wants? The Glock Profile The Battlefield 1911 Summary Commentary 1911 vs Glock: Head To Head The Battle of the Semi-Autos Everybody has their own personal preferences in nearly every aspect of life from cars to television shows to blue jeans to best hamburgers.  That is I suppose in America the “spice of life” they talk about, because freedom as brought us so many choices.  Truth is though there are many other choices than these two, but I chose these because I know them well, they are popular, proven designs that are readily available.   Either would make a good survival support firearm . "What Every Prepper" Wants? From the perspective of the prepper, I constantly get inquiries about which heavy duty semi-auto pistol to choose for SHTF scenarios, Bug In and Out self-defense, property patrol and the whole nine yards as it were.   Pistols seem to dominate the discussion over wheel guns, but for me, those handguns are still a viable option for many.  However, the marketplace and many survival blog sites are replete with advice on selecting a semi-auto and for good reasons.  Therefore, newbies and veterans alike are swayed toward purchasing a semi-auto pistol for survival work.  I can argue all day until blue in the face why the semi-auto pistol is a top choice for self-defense, if and that is a big IF, the user is willing to officially learn how to use it, load it, shoot it, and maintain it. Also Read: CZ 75 Pistol Review Don’t thrash me here for picking the .45 ACP caliber choice.  I know and fully appreciate that others will want and will learn the effective use other choices, primarily the 9mm or the .40 Cal or others.  I picked the .45 ACP again, because most of the inquiries I get are about a heavy hitting pistol.  You simply cannot argue against 230 grains unless you cannot hit with it.  Keep also in perspective that some shooters are simply not suited to the .45 ACP, but that is their choice to evaluate and decide upon.  Many may wish to use multiple choices in this regard.   While one prepper may own and use the Ford F-250 super duty truck, others prefer a Subaru or small SUV.  Again, these are the choices of freedom. Do You Have Concealed Carry Weapon Insurance? Self-defense can land you into major legal battles, or even jail . USCCA provides top-class CCW insurance plus training for you and your family at $22/mo with $2,000,000 in coverage. Join USCCA "The Glock Profile" The Glock pistol began manufacture in Austria in 1983 by Glock GmbH.  Today there is a Glock manufacturing facility in Smyrna, Ga which opened in 2009.   There have been several versions of the Glock pistols known as “Generations’ or Gen 2-3 and now the Gen-4 brought out in 2010.  Each version incorporated new upgrades, or design changes or so-called improvements.  The Gen-4’s main upgrade was options in the configuration of the grip.  Such “changes” are in the eyes of the beholder and user.  Many Gen-4 buyers have sold them going back to the Gen-3 versions. The primary Glock chambered for the .45 ACP is their Model 21 .  It is the full sized model with a 4.49 inch barrel.   There is a shorter, compact version, too, the Model 30.  The Model 21 weighs in at 29 ounces.  That is 1.8+ pounds.  It is a sizable pistol not fitting all hands well.  What made the Glock pistol design famous is their ubiquitous polymer frame.  The barrels are steel as is the slide and all internal springs.  The sights are fixed, though aftermarket sights offer other options such as a Tru-Glo night sight .  The Glock pistol is comprised of only 35 parts for reliability and simplicity.  This is why many law enforcement agencies use them. Also Read: Smith & Wesson Governor Glock pistols are double-action, meaning with a round in the chamber, the shooter has only to pull the trigger.  The firearm will fire, eject the spent cartridge and reload a fresh round from the magazine ready to be fired again.  Factory magazines can hold either 10 or 13 rounds. When I work the gun shows in my area, I work for a certified Glock armorer company called GlockPro of Mississippi.  They sell only trigger kits, aftermarket sight kits, springs, do-dads, and official factory accessories.  They do all the parts change outs and fitting at the show while the customer walks around the show.  I see a lot of Glocks used by a lot of pistol owners.  Glock shooters don’t really criticize the pistol, but they seem to rush to us for a lighter trigger kit after just having bought a brand new pistol in the factory box.  They also favor one of the three sight enhancement kit versions we sell and install.  Night sights are a primary choice. Also Read: Survival Shotgun Selection Glocks shoot every time you pull the trigger, well for the most part.  They are very reliable guns if the shooter knows how to shoot it.  A strong grip is paramount in the pistol’s performance.  Limp-wristing this pistol will cause it to stovepipe.  Parts do break on the Glock and some come from the factory with “issues.”  I hear repeatedly that many Glock owners have returned their guns to the factory in Georgia for “adjustments.”  It can happen with anything. If I am asked I will be honest.  I do not personally like the Glock.  I have owned them, but the slippery plastic grip simply does not work for me and I have a big mitt.  The grip angle and surface are just not to my personal liking.  For me, the Glock is just ugly.  It is functional, but not awe inspiring to look at, but again that is a personal choice and does not distract from the gun’s use.  If I bought another Glock (which I doubt) I would go with a 9mm.  The .40 Cal is a solution to a non-existent problem.  So is the SIG round in my opinion. "The Battlefield 1911" If you want a good historical read on a handgun, look up the background of the original 1911 from conception until the current modern versions of today.  The classic 1911 pistol is likely the most prolifically copied handgun design of all time.  I suspect there are easily as many as 100+ manufacturers’ 1911 models being produced today.  The original refined 1911 model was designed for use as the primary sidearm for WWII though earlier models were produced and used earlier for military applications.  They were used mostly by officers, pilots, and higher ranking medical personnel.  Some line troops may have had access to them.  After the war they were widely used by returning troops and later by civilians in large numbers. The current Colt and the many copies of the 1911/1991 versions are primarily chambered for the .45 ACP though they have been and are available in other calibers such as the 9mm and the .38 Super as well as the .22 rimfire mostly in conversion kits.  The basic 1911 is an all steel pistol, blued finish, bright or matte with other options including stainless now and the old Parkerized finish.  Many other custom materials, coatings and finishes are offered by manufacturers.  The 1911 comes with a standard 5-inch barrel and slide, 7-shot magazine, slide lock, left hand side slide safety lock, grip safety and wood, plastic, or synthetic grips panels. Also Read: Smith & Wesson Bodyguard .380 The 1911 is a single action pistol.  This means the slide has to be racked or “cocked” back to the locked position which also cocks the hammer.  Upon release of the slide by the slide release lever, the slide moves forward stripping a cartridge round out of the top of the magazine and chambering it.  This loads the pistol into firing ready.  This is all over simplified.  The pistol is then ready to be fired with a firm grip to actuate the grip safety if the side safety is off.  Pulling the trigger fires the round, cycles the slide back, recocking the hammer making it ready to be released again to strip another round. At this point too, the pistol’s side safety can be put on and the hammer lowered or left in the “cocked and locked” condition.  Again familiarization with the 1911 action and sequence is necessary for safe and proficient operation.  It is easier to do and learn than to describe in writing. Lastly, here are our recommended accessories for a 1911: PRODUCTS FEATURES Best Grip Best Grip Magpul MOE 1911 TSP Grip Panels Grips to provide better control Simple Install Grips Black, Gray, Green or Dark Earth Color Check Price on Amazon.com Best Sight Best Sight Novak Tritium Front Sight for 1911 Our Favorite Sight for 1911 Bright, Tritium Dot Dovetail Mounted Check Price on Brownells.com Parrish Auto Bushing Comp for 1911 Best 1911 Comp Quick Install For All Calibers Check Price on Brownells.com Best Trigger Best Trigger 1911 Trigger Our Favorite Trigger for 1911 Precision machined aluminum 3-hole shoe provides an even lighter trigger pull Check Price on Brownells.com Summary Commentary As you can see, these two pistols are completely different designs primarily as either single or double action mechanisms.  Preppers will need to decide which system will work better or easier for them.  I naturally recommend that potential buyers check out both pistols thoroughly, handle them and then shoot them both before purchasing one or more. For solo preppers, teams or tribes, I suggest picking one or the other and not to mix types for the entire group.  I strongly advocate standardization of pistols, calibers, magazines, holsters, cleaning gear, and other gear related to SHTF self-defensive, protective or offensive weapons.  If you select the .45 ACP as your heavy pistol choice, pick one of these two. Photos By: TBY , John J. Woods, CA Meyers Other interesting articles: Glock – Ultimate Survival Pistol in 2020 Survival Debate: Pocket Carry vs. Concealed Carry Survival Debate: .308 Win vs. .223 Rem Survival Debate: .223 Rem VS .300 AAC-Blackout

5 Tips for Where to Build Survival Shelters

/* custom css */.td_uid_2_5f379d4bb6cd2_rand.td-a-rec-img { text-align: left; } .td_uid_2_5f379d4bb6cd2_rand.td-a-rec-img img { margin: 0 auto 0 0; } There are lots of survival shelter designs out there, but ideally they should all be located according to these five tips. Editor's note: The first step in knowing how to build a survival shelter is to choose a location. These tips from Creek Stewart in his new book, The Unofficial Hunger Games Wilderness Survival Guide , might seem obvious at first, but don't blow them off. In a survival situation, your mind might be racing and not thinking clearly. Fall back on what you've learned to save time and energy. There are many survival shelter designs, but ideally they should be situated according to the following criteria. Then a fire can be built, water can be boiled and the odds of survival go way up. ~Ben Survival Shelter Location Consideration #1: Dry No matter what kind of weather, region, or environment you find yourself in, you must choose the driest possible shelter site. Wet and/or moist shelters kill people. If you are wet, you can develop hypothermia. Related GunDigest Articles Survival Shelter Plans: It Starts With Your Gut Tornado Survival Tips How to Make a Wikiup Survival Shelter Remember, water travels downhill so, typically, elevated areas are drier. Southward-facing site locations are also drier because they receive sunlight as the sun travels east to west. "Survival Shelter Location" Consideration #2: Away from Hazards Flash flood areas mentioned above are prime examples of naturally hazardous areas. Other well-known hazards include: Poisonous plants Stinging or biting insects Rock cliffs Large, dead tree limbs overhead Survival Shelter Location Consideration #3: Close to Resources You need some resources to meet your basic survival needs. Make sure you have access to: Water Building materials Fuel for fire Survival Shelter Location Consideration #4: Meets Purpose of Shelter The survival shelter designs you choose should be heavily influenced by why you need a shelter. What is the purpose of your shelter?

Best Bolts for the 6.5 Grendel Complete Overview

The 6.5 Grendel is a revolutionary caliber, which is being widely accepted and used in the firearm community. Due to its enhanced ballistics and qualities, the 6.5 Grendel has different measurements, compared to the 5.56 and 7.62. This means you have to make some changes to your rifle, so it accepts and fires this round. The most inevitable part to be changed is the upper receiver, and in it, the bolt. Here, we’ll talk about the pros and cons of investing in a new bolt for your 6.5 Grendel rounds, and the qualities a good bolt must possess. Based upon these ideal characteristics, we have further lined up the best 6.5 Grendel bolts on the market. In the case you need to buy one, look no further than our top picks. At a Glance: Our Top Picks for 65 Grendel Bolts OUR TOP PICK: Brownells - M16 6.5 Grendel Bolt Carrier Group Nitride Mp J P Enterprises - Ar-15 6.5 Grendel Full Mass "Bolt Carrier Group" J P Enterprises - Ar-15/M16 6.5 Grendel Enhanced Bolt Completion Group Faxon Firearms - M16 Bolt Carrier Group 6.5 Grendel Mil-spec Comparison Chart of the Best Bolts for the 6.5 Grendel PRODUCT DETAILS Our Top Pick Our Top Pick Brownells - M16 6.5 Grendel Bolt Carrier Group Nitride Mp Best overall recommendation for a 6.5 Grendel bolt Shot-peened and heat-treated steel for durability Each bolt is Magnetic Particle Inspected for quality View Latest Price J P Enterprises - Ar-15 6.5 "Grendel Full Mass" Bolt Carrier Group QPQ finish for maximum wear resistance and minimal friction Low-mass carrier reduces felt recoil and increases bolt speed Complete BCG, good for competitions and practice "View Latest Price" J P Enterprises - Ar-15/M16 6.5 "Grendel Enhanced Bolt" Completion Group Made from an ultra-strong steel alloy to last longer Machined radiuses on all 90-degree corners to reduce wear Aesthetically pleasing and theoretically perfect BCG View Latest Price Faxon Firearms - M16 Bolt Carrier Group 6.5 Grendel Mil-spec Back of lugs chamfered for reliability Full-auto-compatible bolt for higher firepower Properly inspected and tested for impeccable quality View Latest Price Pros and Cons of Investing in a New Bolt for Your 6.5 Grendel? If you own a 5.56 or 7.62 AR-15 and are looking to upgrade to the 6.5 Grendel, your best option is to change the complete upper receiver. However, if you already have it installed, this section will highlight the pros and cons of upgrading your bolt. 6.5 Grendel Round vs 5.56 vs 7.62 The primary function of the bolt ( Bolt Carrier Group) is to push the cartridge into the chamber, fire the primer, eject the fired cartridge, and load a new round. In other terms, the bolt carrier group is entirely responsible for the magic that happens within a rifle. Pros Upgrading your 6.5 Grendel has pros and cons which include: Durable Bolt A simple factory-made bolt is made from forged steel or aluminum which is prone to breaking or malfunction. Upgrading your bolt allows you to choose a much stronger alternative. Plus, it also reduces the probability of jamming or malfunction. Features like a nickel coating also increase the life of your BCG. Lightweight and Better Recoil Aftermarket bolt carrier groups tend to be specifically designed to reduce the overall weight of the rifle. But the low weight results in a lesser recoil and quick cycling of rounds. Optimal Gas Block ​ The 6.5 Grendel operates on a different gas pressure, which might cause your 5.56 adhered gas block to crack. Using an upgraded and specific bolt with a strong and adjustable gas block will eliminate this problem. Cons Intended Use ​ The 6.5 Grendel is not a very commonly used caliber, nor is readily available in popular stores. Spending money on a new BCG won’t be necessary if you’re not going to use the rifle pretty often. Qualities of Our Favorite 6.5 Grendel Bolts Brownells - M16 6.5 Grendel Bolt Carrier Group Nitride Mp Complete BCG ​ All the items included in the list are complete bolt carrier groups. Which include all the components, like firing the pin, extractor, and the gas key. This ensures that you don’t have to find and match parts separately. Hence you save time as well as money. Material A good bolt must be made up of a durable material such as 8620 or 9130 hardened steel and properly treated. A durable bolt prevents any malfunction of the rifle and ensures you don’t get stuck in an emergency. All the bolts reviewed here have been made from durable, high-grade metal so they won’t break or fracture even with rigorous use. Finish A good bolt must have a protective finish like Nitride, nickel-boron, or OPQ, to eliminate problems like rusting and chipping of the bolt material due to factors like moisture and grime. Additionally, a good finish also reduces resistance by making the bolt’s surface smoother. Plus, such bolts are easier to clean. Adjustable Gas Key An adjustable gas key allows you to alter the gas pressure inside the chamber. Such an adjustment is often useful to modulate the performance and recoil of your rifle. Quick Take - The Best 6.5 Grendel Bolts These are our recommendations for the best 6.5 Grendel bolts: Brownells - M16 6.5 Grendel Bolt Carrier Group Nitride Mp J P Enterprises - Ar-15 6.5 Grendel Full Mass "Grendel Bolt Carrier" J P Enterprises - Ar-15/M16 6.5 Grendel Enhanced Bolt Completion Group Review of the Best 6.5 Grendel Bolts Based upon the aforementioned qualities and the ideal characteristics of a bolt carrier group, we have handpicked the best 6.5 Grendel bolts on the market. As the 6.5 Grendel ammunition and accessories are already scarce on the market, this is probably the most comprehensive and well-compiled list on the web. Best Overall: Brownells - M16 6.5 Grendel Grendel Bolt Carrier Nitride Mp CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Low priced Complete BCG Full black Nitride coating Durable and solid construction Properly treated and inspected Cons Staking on the gas keys might need adjustment ​ What Recent Buyers Report New buyers were able to install this bolt in just minutes. They were quite happy with the overall quality of the bolt and it worked like a well-oiled machine once it was installed on their rifles. One user said that the shooting was a lot smoother than he remembered once the installation was all said and done. ​ Why it Stands Out to Us This BCG is a battle-tested unit that passes flying colors before hitting the market. It’s heat-treated, shot-peened, and stands out as one of the best BCGs in terms of quality. It’s exactly what you’ll expect from an accessory that is made from two types of high-quality steel. If you want a BCG that is built to last and will be really hard to wear down, this might just be what the doctor ordered. The Brownells 6.5 Grendel Grendel Bolt Carrier is constructed with two separate kinds of steel. The bolt has been manufactured using 9130 steel, whereas the carrier has been made using 8230 hardened steel. Each of these components has been shot-peened and heat-treated to make them durable and long-lasting. The bolt carrier group comes complete with an extractor, a firing pin, cam pin, and a firing pin retention pin. The bolt has an adjustable gas key to let you change it appropriately. Each extractor installation includes a rubber insert and spring to ensure the rounds do not jam. It is a type 2 bolt, finished with a black nitride coating, which makes it resistant to wear and aesthetically pleasing. Each of these bolts undergoes a magnetic particle inspection before leaving the assembly line, so you can rest assured of the quality. ​ Who Will Use This Most This is the perfect BCG that is built for the long haul. We’re talking years, maybe even decades provided that you take excellent care of it (and the rifle itself). You will definitely get your rifle to function like nothing else once you’ve installed this on your rifle. The shooting will be much smoother and a lot more reliable than with your factory default. Bottom Line If you want a factory replacement BCG that will fit on most 65 Grendel rifles, the Brownells brand BCG will definitely be worth having around for a long time. And that’s always a good thing if you long for a rifle that will have the potential to last you what might seem like a lifetime. After all, without a highly functioning BCG, your rifle might as well be useless. The Brownells M16 bolt carrier is a durable product made with two different grades of steel. It is a complete BCG with nitride coating on all parts. Each of these is magnetic particle inspected, which is an assurance about its quality. Considering its price, it is the best deal for money on the market, especially for the rare 6.5 Grendel Caliber. Runner-up: ​ J P Enterprises - Ar-15 6.5 Grendel Full Mass Grendel Bolt Carrier CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros OPQ coating Complete BCG Superior wear resistance The choice for low and normal mass carrier Cons Expensive ​ What "Recent Buyers Report" According to most users, they said that this BCG didn’t need any additional fitting while it was being installed on their rifles. Once it was finished, they said that it worked just fine with the charging handle and thus leading to shooting that was reliable and jam-free through well over 100 rounds. One user said that he was really surprised that it was light in weight given the durability of the BCG itself. ​ Why it Stands Out to Us This BCG is made from high-quality steel that makes it built like a tank. On top of that, it’s a BCG that is designed for tactical situations. So, if you own a rifle that fires 65 Grendel cartridges are often used by law enforcement or military personnel, this BCG will be the perfect match. It can handle consistent amounts of gunfire and will make sure that every shot is made without a single malfunction to speak of. The BCG from J.P. Enterprises has been made from high-grade 9130 steel, which is lightweight and has a longer life expectancy compared to the original factory made bolts. The BCG is available with a choice of a low-mass carrier that reduces felt recoil and increases bolt speed to some extent, thus slightly improving the rapid-fire handling. The standard weight carrier in the BCG has a 100% increase in bearing surface, which improves cycling and reduces wear on the inside of the receiver. The bolt carrier group also has an, OPQ finish to resist wear and operate more smoothly. It comes complete with all the components such as firing pin, extractor, and others. ​ Who Will "Use This Most" Expect this BCG to be popular among users who are members of law enforcement or military personnel. Yes, it’s a bit more hardcore than some of the other BCGs that you’ll find. But it can handle the high-stress situations better than your average Joe BCG. Expect this to last you through thousands of rounds and many years of faithful service. Bottom Line The JP Enterprises 6.5 Grendel Full Mass bolt carrier group is exactly what you need for your rifle if you are looking for a high-quality BCG that won’t wear and tear even after a long period of time. You’d be insane to pass up the opportunity to give this a closer look if you are looking for what might be one of the best upgrades you can find in a 65 Grendel rifle. This full-mass, bolt carrier group for the 6.5 Grendel is a durable and lightweight upgrade for your existing BCG. It is fully coated for maximum wear resistance and smooth operation. The only drawback is the price of the BCG, which is not far behind a complete upper receiver. Best for the Money: J P Enterprises - Ar-15/M16 6.5 Grendel Enhanced Bolt Completion Group CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Proper finish Solid and durable body Completely shrouded firing pin Cons Prone to discoloration ​ What Recent Buyers Report As expected, a lot of new users were happy with the BCG for a few good reasons. The quality of it was one of the major things that made this stand out as a favorite among those who were looking for a BCG at a budget price. One user said that given the quality and overall performance, he said that he got exactly what he paid for and then some. ​ Why it Stands Out to Us Tired of a BCG wearing down or cracking on you a little earlier than expected? With this BCG, you won’t have to worry about any damage after short-term use. Especially when you’ll be firing off so many rounds at the range on a regular basis. Whether it’s hundreds of rounds or thousands, this BCG will make sure that it will work in tandem with your charging handle so you get smooth, reliable shooting each and every time you pull the trigger. This is the perfect BCG for hunters and target shooters alike. Why would you want to go back to your old BCG anyway? This bolt carrier group has been made from durable 9310 nickel-chromium-molybdenum-steel, which is almost ten times more durable than the normal steel generally used for manufacturing bolts. The bolt comes complete with all the inner parts, so you don’t have to search and purchase them separately. The outer, as well as the inner, core is highly resistant to stress and ensures that your BCG will not break or malfunction even after prolonged rigorous use. The chrome and black color combination of elements in the group make it look aesthetically pleasing. Moreover, the bolt works very well with most 6.5 Grendel barrels, as long as the headspace matches. ​ Who Will Use This Most If you want a BCG that will be worth every penny, this is the one you might want to consider putting to good use. Even at the price that it’s going for, you’re going to get quite a steal of a deal. Not to mention, you’ll be able to install this in as little as a half-hour or less. Whether it’s for a building project or an upgrade, this BCG will certainly stand head above shoulders over some flimsy factory default that wears and cracks quite easily. Bottom Line If you want to upgrade to a better BCG, then you best believe that this one might be perfect for your 65 Grendel rifle. If you are looking for the perfect BCG that will handle a lot of consistent use and even the extreme weather conditions, the JP Enterprises 65 Grendel Enhanced bolt completion group will be the best one you can find for your rifle. Whether you use it year-round or on occasions, this BCG won’t crack or wear down easier than you think. This bolt carrier features a perfect balance between price and characteristics, meanwhile being a lightweight and reliable replacement to the OEM bolt. 4. Faxon Firearms - M16 Grendel Bolt Carrier 6.5 Grendel Mil-spec CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Nitride finish Complete BCG Works in full and semi-auto platforms Properly inspected, minimal chances of malfunction Cons Maybe a little heavier than other BCG’s. ​ What Recent Buyers Report New users said that this was the closest BCG that they could get to a military-style bolt. When they installed it, that’s when they were treated to some smooth shooting that didn’t malfunction once. Most of the new users ranged from hunters to law enforcement officers that were looking for a BCG that was compatible with most charging handles and didn’t need any additional fitting. ​ Why it Stands Out to Us Once again, we take a look at a BCG that is battle-tested before it even hits the market. It passes the shot peen and heat treatment tests and proves itself as one of the toughest BCGs on the market. So if you are looking for something that will resist all kinds of heat and won’t wear down after consistent amounts of extended use, this BCG will certainly be an accessory worth investing in. This bolt assembly from Faxon Firearms is a mil-spec, dimension-based replacement for the existing bolt on your 6.5 Grendel upper. The bolt has been made from hardened steel and features a nitride finish to resist wear and reduce traction while firing. The smooth finish also makes the bolt easy to clean. The bolt carrier group also has an adjustable gas block to let you control the recoil of your weapon. Plus, it has a shrouded firing pin, so it works well with both auto and semi-auto platforms. ​ Who Will Use This Most This is a great mil-spec BCG that will be perfect for multiple applications. Whether you are a hunter, target shooting for fun, or using it in high-stress tactical situations this BCG will stand out as one of the better choices for anyone looking for a highly functioning bolt that will handle consistent use day in and day out. It’s also the best one you can choose if you want something that you know is tested for quality long before it ever reaches the shelves. It’s good to know that you’ll get the best in quality long before you ever buy it. Bottom Line The Faxon Firearms M16 bolt carrier group will probably be best for you if you just want to waste no time finding a BCG that is excellent in quality. On top of that, it’s a bolt that will definitely give you a leg up in your shooting no matter what the application. For a BCG that won’t wear down too easily or get damaged after short term use, the Faxon Firearms delivers on the promise. The BCG from Faxon Firearms is a simple OEM replacement with a nitride finish and components manufactured from high-grade steel. The bolt group has been fairly priced and offers good value for money. Conclusion Using the 6.5 Grendel ammunition requires the use of a specially designed bolt carrier group. It should be durable and has a proper finish to resist wear and reduce friction. Additionally, having an adjustable gas key also helps with the function. Upgrading your BCG helps improve the overall accuracy of your rifle and also reduces the cost if you don’t want to change the entire upper receiver or want a personalized solution. More 6.5 Grendel Buyer Guides Scopes Muzzle Brakes Barrels Ammunition Magazines Uppers

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