The Horizon

With the current administration looking to pin the blame of the recent gun violence on guns themselves rather than the on the individual, semi automatic rifles are flying off the shelves and manufacturers cannot fulfill demands. Even rifle uppers and lowers (for AR style rifles) cannot be found. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) made this statement (paraphrasing)… “If I could have gotten 51 votes in the Senate… I would have Mr. and Mrs. America turn in their guns, all of them!”

Since the horizon seems to indicate that there will be another firearms ban of some sort, are you preparing for it? The good thing is that congress cannot make a ban retroactive, which means that they cannot demand that what is already legally owned cannot be turned over (but that is certainly what Feinstein wants). Are you buying parts, full rifles, etc. What are you looking for in your purchase? Here are a couple of thoughts.

My recommendation is to purchase something that is considered a NATO chambered rifle (5.56x45mm, 7.62×51mm, which is the .308 Winchester) and Eastern Bloc rifle ammunition in the 7.62x39mm. If you get an AR15 rifle make sure the receiver is mil-spec (that means it has been milled/manufactured according to US military specifications) and is stamped with 5.56/.223. Do NOT get a rifle stamped just with .223. Although .223 is essentially the same round as the 5.56, the 5.56 has more pressure in it. Shooting a 5.56 in a rifle ONLY chambered for the.223 could possibly blow out the receiver.


Your other option is to find out when the next gun show is… if you cannot find a complete rifle then look for what they call complete uppers and complete lowers.

Here is one more key element to consider… although the AK chambered for the 7.62x39mm round is definitely hard hitting, but, it’s maximum effective range is 50 yards… 100 if you are really good! But, an AR is capable of hitting targets as far out as 800 yards! Take a look at the pic of the ammo… the .223 is on the left and the 5.56mm is in the middle. They are essentially the same, but the powder, pressure upon ignition is much less than that of the 5.56. Then you can see the size difference in the 7.62x39mm on the right.

Next, we will need to consider optics too. A basic red dot or even a 4x magnification optic is more than sufficient for hitting your target either close up or distances of 200 yards or less.

If you have never built a rifle before contact me, I can help you with things to look for, types, components and even help putting it all together. I hate to say this, but things are NOT going to get better, but we need to be prepared for the worse. Consider high capacity magazines as well… 30 rounds, 40 round, the new Surefire 60 rounds and even the 100 round drums, these will all be banned.

Do you have questions? Let us know what those are.


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