A selection Daniel Defense M4 AR15 Barrels demonstrating the Government profile

The Story of the Government Profile Barrel

One of the great mysteries of the modern AR-15 is the so-called Government profile barrel. The original AR-15, and M16, had the so-called “standard” profile. Today, we call this a “pencil” profile. When the design work for the M16A2 happened in the 80’s, the design team shifted away from the lightweight style. The thicker barrel at the muzzle became the new standard. Eventually, all modern enthusiasts ask why that happened.

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Elcan SpecterOS4x

Raw Truth Reviews: The ELCAN SpecterOS 4x

Not a lot of people know the SpecterOS 4x. You’ve probably heard of its heavier and more expensive sibling, the SpecterDR, though. The SpecterOS is the same optic, but fixed at 4x. It is lighter, with similar illumination, but it is more akin to the ACOG than a 1-4x scope. I really like this optic, as it has outstanding glass quality and an attractive look. But I’m not crazy about the mount.

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What is Shooting Nose to Charging Handle, and Why?

You can’t read any discussion about proper head position when shooting an AR-15 platform rifle without coming across the acronym “NTCH,” which stands for Nose To Charging Handle. Some proudly declare that shooting NTCH is the only “proper” way to fire an AR-15.

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Faxon 18" Gunner profile barrel on another project

AR-15 Barrel Selection, What You Need to Know

This post summarizes just about everything I’ve learned about rifle barrels in general, and specifically the AR-15. Barrels are an important topic, so settle in for some details.

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Early Testing of AR-15 Performance in Combat

During the SCHV trials, and performance testing of the AR-15. The Army did a study in 1959 that showed the little rifle to be a more potent combat weapon than the larger .30 cal.

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The Everyday Marksman

The Everyday Marksman originally grew out of a singular objective: to become a better rifle shooter. But it has become about so much more than that. It’s about community, self-mastery, strength, and overall becoming a better citizen.

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