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    Alternative Calibers for the AR-15 Platform

    Alternative Calibers for the AR-15 Platform From Ammunition Depot The AR-15 firearm platform is far and away one of the most popular civilian (and likely military) firearm platform available. And .223 5.56 ammo is far and away one of the most popular chambering for AR-15s. However, one of the reasons that the AR-15 platform is so popular is its modularity. Often nothing more than an upper receiver group and mag switch-out is required to be shooting another caliber of cartridge from the same rifle. And the cartridge options available in AR-15 carbines truly run the gamut, from .22 LR plinking to massive thumpers like the .450 Bushmaster, .458 SOCOM, and .50 Beowulf. In response to the modularity and innovation of the AR-15 pattern, Ammunition Depot offers not only .223 Winchester chambered rifles (plus bulk .223 ammo) but also an incredibly wide range of ammunition for the other calibers supported by ARs. Even better, that ammo is now backed up by an amazing selection of AR-styl

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    Clever Early Attempts at High-Capacity Pistols

    Clever Early Attempts at High-Capacity Pistols There were some fantastic, sturdy, dependable pistols produced in the past, without question. However, there’s no question that modern firearms, in general, are more efficient, more reasonably engineered, lighter, more reliable, and—due to modern oversight, standardization, and enforced regulations—considerably safer than the handguns of the past. Among the advancements modern pistols enjoy over their predecessors is capacity. Nowadays, it’s not uncommon to find a 9mm pistol with a flush magazine carrying 18, 19, or 20+1. That’s three times or more than the capacity of the average revolver or semi-automatic pistol carried by civilians, law enforcement, and military personnel from the Civil War to the war in Vietnam. However, that’s not to say our sidearm-carrying antecedents had no interest in high-capacity handguns. Quite the opposite, in fact. And what the arms manufacturers of the past may have lacked in polymer frames, SAAMI stan

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    The Best Suppressed Calibers for Home Defense

    The Best Suppressed Calibers for Home Defense For decades, suppressors had been largely ignored by civilian gun owners, even those aware that, in most of the U.S. (minus eight states), they were, and are, legal. They seemed to suffer from a reputation as tactical accoutrements that only intelligence operatives and bad guys had any use for. However, as a larger appreciation of their benefits spread, suppressors became more popular for sport and recreation shooting, hunting, and home defense. So are suppressors for defending your home a good idea? Cons of Using Suppressed Weapons for Home Defense There are two chief reasons that opponents of suppressing weapons for home defense cite. The less-common contention is that the sound of a round being fired is an effective deterrent. Not only is the sound effective at deterring any intruders inside the home, but anyone waiting outside will surely be put off by the unmistakable sound of gunshots ringing out. A more common concern is that

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    Which Is the Better Practical Firearm Platform: AK-47 or AR-15?

    Which Is the Better Practical Firearm Platform: AK-47 or AR-15? There are countless gun debates, all of which have enlivened conversations at shooting ranges, in gun stores, and between opinionated friends for decades now, with no sign of being resolved. They include revolver vs. semi-automatic, 9mm vs. .40S&W, 9mm vs. .45 ACP, and rifle vs. shotgun vs. handgun for home defense. There’s one debate, however, that was for a long time (though less nowadays) almost certainly the most ardent, impassioned, and personal of them all. (It was also a debate that was being literally fought out on battlefields all over the world.) That debate is, of course: Which is better, the AK-47 and 7.62 ammo, or the (M16) AR-15 and .223 ammo? However, now that the debate is less about the flagship assault rifle platforms of the Evil Empire vs. the Land of the Free, it can be more about the respective assets and imperfections of the two. More specifically, about their practical assets and imperfections

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