Tech Tip: Setting up a Carbine (AR-15)

Sometimes more is just more…

Setting up a carbine - Ar15 Setup - Aegis AcademyWe see a lot of people come through the carbine courses with a pretty vast array of parts and pieces for their guns. Some are well thought out, and others… well… not so well thought out. Setting up an AR-15 is not hard, and the cheap simple modifications at the end of the article (The parts on grip tape) really will help you run the gun better. Here is the process I went through with my new Patriot Ordinance Factory 415 rifle from the time I took it out of the box till it was ready to go to the range. Remember, you probably don’t use your gun exactly like I do, so don’t go out buy the stuff I am mentioning, unless it truly meets your needs. You need to figure out what meets your needs before you spend a ton of money, and … Read more »

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Product Review: AR-15 Scraper Tool

Product Review: AR-15 Scraper Tool

ar15scraper tool aegis academyAs a Marine, competitor, instructor, and firearms enthusiast, I seek to learn as much as I can about my passion for shooting.  At many points along my journey, I’ve come across some useful tools for cleaning and maintenance as well as some pure gimmicks.  In this article, I will review what I believe to be a very impressive, effective, and inexpensive tool to clean and maintain the AR-15.  It is the AR-15 Scraper Tool manufactured by Real Avid.  Trust me, it is not a gimmick.  It is $19.99 very well spent.

Throughout my 20 years in the Marine Corps, in competitions, and for recreation, I’ve been shooting variations of the AR-15 from standard service models through accurized competition models.  I will gladly tell you how much I enjoy shooting this platform.  It is lightweight with fast target acquisition and very low recoil for rapid follow-up … Read more »

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History of the Carbine

history of the carbine, Aegis Academy, firearms instructor, firearms training, shooting, carbine classHistory of the Carbine

The history of the carbine is tied to the rifle at its beginning, however, it evolves into its own version of the rifle through time. The first carbines were essentially shorter barrel muskets designed for cavalry use. Even the term carbine is sourced from its first users, cavalry troops called “Carabiniers”. Commonly called Dragoons, these troops would ride into battle and dismount to fight.  Their muskets had to be short enough to be carried on horseback and generally were the same length as a sheathed cavalry saber, this allowed them to carry the firepower, but still engage in sword melee. Firing from horseback was difficult, especially with the inaccurate muskets of the day, so mobility and portability was the name of the game. The high mobility theme of smaller and lighter designed weapons continued until the present.  The smaller size and lighter weight of carbines made … Read more »

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There is no such thing as a “routine” head shot

It’s nothing like the range or your video game…

Andrea RebelloI don’t get offended all that often, but today is the exception. Apathy, Arrogance and Ignorance tend be pretty high on the list of the defects that draw my ire. Here is an example of a combination of all three from the founder and president of the largest firearms training school in the country. His Arrogance, Ignorance and Apathy are dangerously misinformed and counterproductive to training responsible citizens to defend themselves and their families.

He published his weekly blog post today on the Nassau County Sheriff who shot Andrea Rebello last week, and I was unfortunately exposed to it. First, it is true that there appears to be a lack of sustainment training in the NYPD. Second, anyone who decided that a 12 pound trigger on a Glock is a good idea, or that somehow makes you safer knows nothing about … Read more »

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