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How to build legal semi-automatic AR pistols and rifles.

Midwest Industries’ 9.25″ AR Combat Series Rail is Slick!

I recently was looking for a free floating handguard for a 10.5″ AR pistol build and happened upon the new Midwest Industries (MI) Combat rail series. The name made me think mall ninja but the design is interesting and they did a good job manufacturing the assembly.

The 9.25″ M-LOK Combat rail looked good and three things caught my eye – the barrel nut was knurled, they had an innovative means of timing the handguard to the receiver, and it looked good. Yeah, looks do matter to me.

This is the 9.25″ MI Combat rail as it arrived. I have that small tub of barrel nut grease ready.

So,I availed on Holiday sales and ordered one from Optics Planet. The handguard arrives with everything inside. In other words, you need to unscrew the lower two clamping screws to then remove the barrel nut.

The first hint this is different from a lot of handguard that simply clamp is that insert in the middle – that’s the indexing key.
Here is the knurled barrel nut, the indexing key and the two screws.

Now you may be wondering why I care about the design of the barrel nut. There are two reasons – first, the knurling creates a more anti-slip surface than a smooth surface would. Second, and perhaps more importantly, the groove that the key rides in allows the rail to align any way you need it to with the receiver without having to deal with shims and it inhibits the rail from sliding forward. Combine thee knurling, key and very generous tabs that position the rail on the receiver and this rail is very well retained. In other words, it isn’t going anywhere unlike many rails that shoot loose and all of a sudden you are holding the rail separate from the weapon because it slid off the barrel nut. That’s not going to happen with the Combat rail.

Installation Video From MI

MI took the time to assemble a short video for you to understand what is required to install the rail. It’s very straight forward.

My Installation Tips

To be honest, I read the paper instructions that came with the rail and realized it would really help to see what was needed so I watched the above video. I really do recommend you take just under 10 minutes to learn from them first hand. That’s tip #1 🙂

Tip #2 – I’d recommend you use a Magpul Barrel ExtensionVise Block – a “BEV Block”. You need to apply quite a bit of torque to remove the existing nut and 40 foot pounds to install the Combat barrel nut. Click here for a post that provides more details.

Magpul BEV Vice Block (Barrel Extension Vise) Reversable Armorer's Tool MAG536

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Note, the Giessele Reaction Rod works too but just costs more.

Tip #3 – When you remove the muzzle device and/or existing barrel nut, I’d recommend you use open end wrenches and NOT an adjustable wrench. Countless millions of nuts and muzzle devices have been marred or destroyed by adjustable wrench jaws giving too much and rounding corners.

I have a big SAW combination set that I use for tasks like this. For example, to remove the PSA barrel nut that was previously installed, I used this big 1-1/8″ wrench and it took quite a bit of torque to break it free. Again, use a BEV Block or Giessele Reaction Rod to safely handle the torque.

Tip #3 – do degrease the parts. You never know what was used during manufacturing or by a previous installer. For example, my PSA barrel nut was lubricated by some white colored grease. I have no idea what is was and used denatured alcohol to remove it from the receiver plus cleaned the new barrel nut.

Tip #4 – Do use Mil-Spec barrel nut grease. It is designed for the appplication and prevents the nut from sticking/corroding onto the upper receiver.

Tip #5 – Do use a torque wrench to install the handguard. I used to do “farmer tight” where you bring something up firm and call it even. The problem with that is either you apply too little torque and the nut loosens up or too much and you strip the threads. MI supplies the appropriate fitting for a 1/2″ torque wrench. The spec calls for 40 foot pounds so do it.


If you don’t have a 1/2″ torque wrench, there are good deals on Tekton wrenches at Amazon. Just be sure to reset the scale to zero before you store it.

Tip #6 – for the same reason as the troque wrench, use a torque screw driver to install the gas tube (if it uses them and torque will be 25 inch pounds or there abouts) and the handguard’s Allen screws require 55 inch pounds.

I use a Vortex torquing screw driver for optics. It only goes up to 50 inch pounds so I installed the handguard screws to 50 and not 55. There are other screwdrivers that go higher but that is what I had handy.

The Wheeler FAT torquing screw driver can go up to 65 inch pounds. I have one and it works – I just don’t keep it on my bench now that I have the Vortex.

In Summary

I’m very pleased. The rail is rock soild and looks great on my pistol.


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How to Safely Change AR Muzzle Devices and Barrel Nuts Using a Magpul BEV Block

If you like working on AR-type rifles and plan to replace a muzzle device or change a barrel nut to install a free-floating handguard or to swap barrels, you are going to need to apply a lot of torque. Torque and aluminum are not friends and this is certainly the case with the upper receiver for AR rifles and pistols.

What not to do?

I actually want to take a minute and tell you two things not to do. First, do not simply clamp your lower in a vise and go cranking on whatever on the upper. Remember that the upper is connected to the lower by two steel pins going through relatively soft aluminim. Not a good combination.

Number two, there are work fixtures that look like a rectangle that allow you to remove the upper from the lower and then pin the upper to this block that is then held by a vise. I’m not fond of this either because then your two aluminum connection points on the receiver take up all the stress and they weren’t designed to do so.

Please do not do either of those or you may regret it. The odds are that you will regret it. I word it this way because you may get by once or twice but these methods are risky so don’t do them.

So what do I recommend?

At this point, it comes down to two options that engage the barrel extension, which can handle the torque of any AR upper operation you may need to perform. The first is the Geisselle Reaction Rod. It’s pricey but it does the job and you can get a relatively good price on an AR tool kit from them on Amazon.

The second approach, which is what I use, is to secure the upper in a vise using a Magpul Barrel Extension Vise (BEV) block. It’s a very well designed block that engages via the barrel extension with its own steel lugs that are designed for strength but also to not harm the extension.

This is the top of the BEV block. You can see the front engagement lugs, the rear protrusion is for the bolt carrier and I would recommend keeping that O-ring oiled. The hole just under the front lugs is for a cross pin to secure it to the upper.

The BEV block uses a bolt carrier with the bolt removed to further secure it in the upper. You could remove the bolt from the bolt you normally use. I have a bolt carrier body that I keep in my toolbox for just this purpose.

The following photo shows it partially inserted in the upper.

This next photo shows it fully forward with the bolt carrier assembly installed. It does not have a cross pin installed at that point. Even without the pin it can handle the rotation stress. The pin just keeps it all in position and is not load bearing.

At this point you are good to go to change muzzle devices, barrel nuts or whatever else you may need to do without risking damage caused by torque. It’s a solid tool and I highly recommend it.


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Magpul BEV Vice Block (Barrel Extension Vise) Reversable Armorer's Tool MAG536

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Great 1/2×28 Thread Protectors for Rifles and Pistols

It’s very common to have pistols and rifles with threaded muzzles. A very common thread pattern for .22, .204, .223/5.56 and even some 9mms is 1/2×28. This means the thread is 1/2″ wide and has 28 threads per inch (TPI). This is the most common pattern for AR rifles for example as .223/5.56 rifles tend to follow the original military specification thread pattern. There are many patterns out there so you always want to confirm. For a variety of reasons, you may not want to install a muzzle device. If this is the case, I would recommend installing a thread protector, sometimes called a “muzzle nut” to protect the threads. For example, here is a 10.5″ AR pistol upper receiver assembly. You can see the 1/2×28 thread and I did not plan on installing a muzzle device. 10.5″ upper with a 9.25″ Midwest Industries Combat M-Lok handguard being installed. This is going on an AR pistol in Michigan, which has an odd law that pistols must be under 26″ overall. It will use a muzzle nut to safely stay under the limit. Thread protectors simply screw onto the end of the barrel. The only thing I do is to apply some Blue-Loctite to reduce the odds of the nut rattling off. Yes, the heat of the barrel will soften the Loctite but the “gummy” nature of it will do the job. If you plan on taking the thread protector off and putting it back on a lot, then don’t use a thread locker. On Amazon, there is a very good deal on US made thread protectors. They are made in the USA with excellent machining and a phospahate finish. The photo at the top and this next photo show the thread protector installed on an AR pistol. 10.5″ AR pistol with barrel nut installed and SB Tactical collapsing PDW style brace. I hope this helps you out. The Amazon listing is the product I used on the above build and really like.
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Wheeler AR Bolt Catch Punch Set Makes The Job Way Easier

If you are new to building AR lowers, there is one step that is, in my opionion, the most risky in terms of making a mistake and scratching the finish if not even gouging the aluminum.  That’s when you go to install the bolt catch.  You must juggle the receiver, spring, detent, catch, punch and hammer all at the same time while being right against the nicely finished receiver!

The two ears that hold the cross pin of the bolt catch are just above the magazine catch.  In the small hole will sit the spring and the detent pin.

Historically, you had to get ready for battle and would tape your receiver to protect it from slipping punches or glancing blows by a hammer.

I would apply duct tape, Gorilla tape or something thick to protect the finish.  Note, if you are starting out, taping is always a good idea no matter what.

Installing the slide catch is way easier now with the right tools.  I have really come to rely on three punches to get the job done.  The first is a purpose specific punch set from Wheeler this is flat on one side and has a protective rubber coating.

The Wheeler set has two punches.  The starter punch has a hollow end that the pin sits in.  This allows you to focus on the hole and hitting the punch with the hammer.  The other is a roll pin punch that you can use to align the catch at the start and also drive the pin the final distance.
Here the pin is being started.
See, I use the roll pin punch on the left to align the bolt catch and also to capture the detent pin and spring.  Once that punch is in, you can let go!  Whew.  You can then focus on tapping the starter punch on and making sure everything is aligned.

Now plenty of guys can get their build done with the above.  Because of my tremor, I like to drive the pin in the rest of the way by using a really long roll pin punch that safely clears the receiver.  I have a Tekton gunsmith punch set and the 1/8″ roll pin punch works great for me. 

This is the nice Tekton gunsmith punch set that I really like.
This is me with the 1/8″ roll pin punch.

I hope this helps you out.  This is what I do every time now.  It’s also what I use if I need to remove and replace an existing catch.


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Tips on Finding Decent Gunsmithing Tools on eBay

One of the challenges when starting out working on guns is building your tool collection.  It’s hard to find cost effective tools so you wind up making do with stuff, creating tools ad hoc, etc.  Interestingly enough, this is where eBay just might help.  While I’m not happy with their anti-gun position, there are a lot of tools that pop up there – ranging from low-end Chinese stuff all the way to some beautiful vintage tools.

So, I want to show some example searches with 20 live feeds from each section:

Gunsmith and Gunsmithing Tools

The trick is in the searching.  For example, here are the top 20 matches for gunsmith tools or gunsmithing tools and you will probably see a mix:

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Of course there are brands I will steer away from such as NCStar and others that I will look closer at such as Brownells, Lyman, Tipton, Weaver, etc.  I also read the ratings of the seller.  If a seller has a good rating and more than 30 sales, that’s a good sign.  Less than that and you are taking a gamble.

Vintage Gunsmith Tools

“Vintage” seems to be a popular term for “used”.  You tend to find a lot of unique stuff that was made by a gunsmith to fit a special need as well as high-quality tools that were made with care vs. mass produced.  Be careful though.  I’ll zoom into the photos as much as I can plus look at the seller’s description and the rating of the seller to try and decide if the tools are in good shape or beat to death.

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End Date: Tuesday Apr-16-2019 15:05:01 PDT
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vintage small table clamp jeweler vise good solid sturdy hobby gunsmith

$29.99
End Date: Friday Mar-29-2019 13:40:36 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $29.99
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Used Gunsmith Tools

“Used” is still a popular term and is worth checking also.  Bear in mind the cautions I gave under vintage.

Lower Vise Block Gunsmithing Tool use with barrel nut armorers wrench

$10.95
End Date: Tuesday Apr-2-2019 10:27:16 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $10.95
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FN-FAL L1A1 Wrench Vise Barrel Installation Gunsmithing Tool

$85.00
End Date: Monday Apr-15-2019 18:40:42 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $85.00
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Vintage Gunsmith Tool Unusual Hammer Multi Tool

$20.00
End Date: Saturday Apr-13-2019 19:53:37 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $20.00
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Forester Appelt Gunsmithing Tool

$20.50 (2 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Mar-20-2019 17:59:45 PDT
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VINTAGE Gunline Barrel Bedding Tool 7/8s" Gunsmith Checkering Stock Making

$29.99
End Date: Monday Apr-15-2019 14:31:24 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $29.99
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Magnetic PIN STARTER Gunsmithing Tool

$14.00
End Date: Thursday Mar-21-2019 20:38:56 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $14.00
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All In One Multi Tool Gunsmithing Wrench

$7.00
End Date: Wednesday Apr-10-2019 18:52:54 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $7.00
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Gunsmith Reloading Tool Lot for Pacific Hornady RCBS Lyman Press Shell Die Mold

$349.99
End Date: Thursday Apr-4-2019 9:57:05 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $349.99
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Lot Gunsmith Checkering Tools Leather Working

$39.99
End Date: Monday Apr-8-2019 11:38:33 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $39.99
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2 DEM-BART GUNSMITH TOOLS, VINTAGE; (2-16 & F-1) IN ORIGINAL BOXES

$90.00
End Date: Sunday Mar-24-2019 8:38:08 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $90.00
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GUNSMITH TOOLING JIGS 7Z3

$29.99
End Date: Friday Apr-5-2019 17:00:43 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $29.99
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Upper Vise block gunsmithing gunsmith tools use with barrel nut wrench

$14.99
End Date: Sunday Mar-31-2019 11:06:49 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $14.99
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Winchester 30 Piece Gunsmith Screwdriver, Magnetic Tip Bit Driver Tool Set, Case

$23.95
End Date: Saturday Apr-13-2019 20:21:17 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $23.95
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~2~Vintage~Gunsmith Checkering Tools~Mittermeier Grobet~ No:16 & No:20

$89.00
End Date: Monday Mar-25-2019 7:40:16 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $89.00
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Master Gunsmith's Tools, Equipment, and Gerstner Chests

$1,599.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Mar-23-2019 12:41:08 PDT
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Leader Checkering Tool 6 Inches Gunsmith Stock Making

$18.59
End Date: Tuesday Apr-9-2019 11:21:32 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $18.59
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6 Inches Leader Checkering Tool Gunsmith Stock Making

$18.59
End Date: Tuesday Apr-9-2019 11:22:54 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $18.59
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Vintage Vise Jeweler Gunsmith Mechanic Hobbyist

$13.70 (0 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Mar-24-2019 17:43:22 PDT
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Leader Checkering Tool Gunsmith Stock Making 6 Inches

$18.59
End Date: Tuesday Apr-9-2019 11:22:32 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $18.59
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40 pc. Antique Brass Machinist Gunsmith Roll Drift Pin Punch Hammer Chisel Set

$395.00
End Date: Friday Mar-22-2019 17:32:07 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $395.00
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1983 Brownell's Gun Accessories, Reloading, Gunsmithing Tool Catalog

$50.00
End Date: Sunday Apr-7-2019 16:10:38 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $50.00
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Brownell's Gun Accessories, Reloading, Gunsmithing Tool Catalog #64

$7.99
End Date: Friday Mar-29-2019 14:01:38 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $7.99
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VINTAGE HECSHARP W. GERMANY SMALL CAST IRON VISE JEWELERS GUNSMITH 1-1/8" JAWS

$39.00
End Date: Tuesday Apr-16-2019 18:02:59 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $39.00
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13 Iron Steel Bench Blocks 25 15 10 5 3 1 BLS Blacksmith Jeweler Anvil Gunsmith

$175.23
End Date: Monday Apr-1-2019 16:24:09 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $175.23
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Gunsmith Tool marked Rem Mod 24 Stock. See pic.

$5.00
End Date: Friday Apr-12-2019 18:12:15 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $5.00
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Unusual Antique Miniature Step Jaw Anvil Vise-1 3/8” Jaws-Jeweler-Gunsmith Tool

$24.99
End Date: Monday Mar-25-2019 10:04:32 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $24.99
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Old Used Tools,Tiny All Steel Ball Peen Hammer 1.5oz.,Jeweler,Gunsmith,Crafts

$15.99
End Date: Saturday Apr-13-2019 18:19:06 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $15.99
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Brownells Gunsmith Tools

Brownells has been around a long time — they were founded in 1939 and have always been known for their quality tools, parts and supplies to gunsmiths.  Because they have been around for so long, you tend to see a fair amount of Brownells stuff hit eBay by name so that is worth searching.  Still look at the photos closely and the seller’s rating to play it safe.  By the way, if you have never read their Gunsmith Kinks books – be sure to pick them up.

BROWNELLS GUNSMITH'S THERMOMETER

$9.99 (1 Bid)
End Date: Wednesday Mar-20-2019 17:10:43 PDT
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Brownells Gunsmith Kinks Vol 1 2 3 4 Complete set new sealed Free ship

$145.00
End Date: Wednesday Apr-17-2019 11:41:25 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $145.00
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Antique Tools

What is “antique” really is up to the seller.  You’ll see stuff that ranges from a few years to over 50 years old.

Antique Oak Gunsmith Tool Cabinet Chest Removable Front w/Two Sectioned Drawers

$175.00
End Date: Monday Apr-1-2019 16:20:18 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $175.00
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WINCHESTER TRADEMARK 11" SCREWDRIVER - OLD VINTAGE ANTIQUE GUNSMITH TOOL

$16.95
End Date: Sunday Mar-24-2019 9:49:31 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $16.95
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Mixed Vintage Rear & Front Sights Rifle Parts Antique Gunsmith Lot #0003

$65.00
End Date: Thursday Apr-11-2019 7:28:18 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $65.00
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ANTIQUE VNTG ENGRAVING GRAVER LOT JEWLER GUNSMITH WATCHMAKER TOOL

$24.99 (2 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Mar-23-2019 17:30:01 PDT
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Antique Vintage Style Colt Firearms Gunsmith Bore Gage Key chain

$25.00
End Date: Sunday Mar-24-2019 18:43:36 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $25.00
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Vintage 12 guage HAND LOADING TOOL/SET PAPER SHOTSHELL ANTIQUE LOOK GUNSMITH

$38.00
End Date: Saturday Apr-13-2019 13:35:31 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $38.00
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ANTIQUE 14" GUNSMITH NARROW SHANK CABINET PATTERN SCREWDRIVER OLD TOOLS

$24.81
End Date: Tuesday Apr-9-2019 16:48:45 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $24.81
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11 S&W Triggers Antique Hammerless? Gunsmith Parts Bulk

$30.00
End Date: Wednesday Mar-20-2019 13:47:01 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $30.00
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Vintage 12 guage SHOTSHELL PRIMING TOOL ANTIQUE LOOK GUNSMITH

$21.00
End Date: Saturday Apr-13-2019 13:41:32 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $21.00
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ANTIQUE SWINGING GUNSMITH JEWELERS VISE

$255.00
End Date: Tuesday Apr-16-2019 15:05:07 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $255.00
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Antique Swiss Military Gunsmith Messenger Bag Backpack

$399.99
End Date: Friday Mar-29-2019 9:07:49 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $399.99
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40 pc. Antique Brass Machinist Gunsmith Roll Drift Pin Punch Hammer Chisel Set

$395.00
End Date: Friday Mar-22-2019 17:32:07 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $395.00
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ANTIQUE c.1900 JAMES HOWARTH 12" CABINET MAKERS SCREWDRIVER GUNSMITH HAND TOOL

$21.26
End Date: Saturday Apr-13-2019 16:53:36 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $21.26
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Antique Gun Vise Gunsmith Tool European Vintage Small Handheld Adjustable Vise

$69.99
End Date: Wednesday Mar-27-2019 19:21:19 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $69.99
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Vintage Antique Solid Brass Jeweler Gunsmith Mallet

$12.50
End Date: Saturday Mar-30-2019 15:52:23 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $12.50
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Rare antique solid brass gunsmith amourer vise collectible fly tying woodcarving

$299.99
End Date: Thursday Mar-21-2019 5:37:37 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $299.99
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I hope this helps you out!  There is a ton of stuff out there if you experiment with the search terms some.


If you find this post useful, please either buy something using one of the links to eBay and Amazon.  With Amazon, if you click on one of our links and then buy something else – even unrelated stuff like clothes, electronics and groceries – we get credit and it would be hugely appreciated.  Doing something like the above will help us fund continued development of the blog.


USSR Soviet AK47 AK74 AK 3 Magazines Ammo Pouch Canvas Bag for Kalashnikov Mags

$23.76
End Date: Monday Apr-15-2019 5:07:01 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $23.76
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USSR Russian AKS-74U Shortened AK74 Canvas Rifle Drop Case Kalashnikov Bag NOS

$16.96
End Date: Friday Apr-5-2019 11:09:31 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $16.96
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Soviet Army afganka unloading system for Ak-74 and granades Afgan War

$32.11
End Date: Tuesday Apr-16-2019 6:41:04 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $32.11
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NOS GERMAN AK BAYONET 6X4 NVA DDR ARMY RARE TYPE II MATCHING NUMBERS USSR design

$99.99
End Date: Sunday Mar-24-2019 22:24:35 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $99.99
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USSR AKS-74U Rifle Drop Case Canvas Bag AKSU Kalashnikov Krinkov Shortened AK74

$23.88
End Date: Saturday Apr-13-2019 5:27:39 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $23.88
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Vintage Soviet Block Romainian Leather AK Sling W/ Buckles 

$9.25
End Date: Thursday Apr-11-2019 12:55:29 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $9.25
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ORIGINAL AK SLING Shoulder Strap Military Soviet Russian USSR

$15.95
End Date: Wednesday Apr-3-2019 9:51:23 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $15.95
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AK-47 Soviet Army Kalashnikov Airsoft Assault Rifle/Gun -- metal/prop/M16 -- NEW

$38.95
End Date: Friday Mar-22-2019 11:44:58 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $38.95
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Vintage Soviet Block Romainian Leather AK Sling W/ Buckles C Grade

$7.95
End Date: Wednesday Apr-17-2019 7:31:26 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $7.95
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Soviet AK-74 Strap Carrying Scabbard USSR bayonet Leather brown Russia

$15.99
End Date: Saturday Apr-13-2019 2:22:20 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $15.99
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Soviet AK-74 Strap Carrying Scabbard USSR bayonet canvas belt loop Russia

$15.99
End Date: Sunday Mar-31-2019 2:50:51 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $15.99
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Photo USSR Troops AFGHANISTAN VDV ak 1979 - 1989

$4.99
End Date: Tuesday Mar-19-2019 15:37:30 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $4.99
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Izhevsk Shirt, Russian Soviet Tula Ak Kalashnikov, Ak-47, AK-74, FREE SHIPPING!!

$19.99
End Date: Friday Apr-5-2019 19:57:54 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $19.99
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KALASHNIKOV AK-47 USSR Soviet Russian Short Sleeve T-Shirt AK47 Greatest Hits

$15.95
End Date: Wednesday Mar-27-2019 18:17:03 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $15.95
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Soviet AK-47 AKM bayonet scabbard Tula USSR Russia RARE Matching Numbers Mint

$99.99
End Date: Monday Apr-15-2019 15:53:48 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $99.99
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Soviet AK-47 AKM bayonet scabbard Tula USSR Russia RARE Matching Numbers Mint

$99.99
End Date: Monday Apr-15-2019 15:50:14 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $99.99
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Rare original Russian Soviet USSR carrying sling strap for AK, AKM, AKS 74

$12.00
End Date: Sunday Apr-7-2019 3:57:59 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $12.00
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AK Interactive AK2300 Soviet Aircraft Colors 1950-1970 (Air Series) Paint Set

$26.99
End Date: Friday Mar-29-2019 15:14:12 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $26.99
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USSR Russian RPK Drop Case Canvas Cover Rifle AK-74 AKM Carrying Bag 106cm/42in

$30.52
End Date: Friday Apr-12-2019 10:54:09 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $30.52
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Soviet AK-74 Strap Carrying Scabbard USSR bayonet Leather black Russia

$15.99
End Date: Saturday Apr-13-2019 2:19:39 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $15.99
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Russian Graphic Cotton Blend Gray T-Shirt AK-47 Kalashnikov Gun Shirt

$15.00
End Date: Monday Mar-25-2019 16:08:41 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $15.00
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Nobody Needs An AK47 Whiny Little Funny T Shirt Guns Gun Rights Rifle Hunter Tee

$6.99
End Date: Thursday Apr-4-2019 14:11:23 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $6.99
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Black Guns Matter - Pro Gun Shirt AR-15, AK47, 2nd Amendment, T-Shirt, Rifles

$9.99
End Date: Friday Mar-22-2019 9:47:01 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $9.99
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AK-47 and Bullet American Flag - 2nd Amendment USA Mens T-shirt

$10.33
End Date: Thursday Apr-11-2019 11:20:21 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $10.33
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AK-47 T-SHIRT Gun Rights Kalishnikova 2nd Amendment AK47 Semi Assault Rifle 7.62

$13.79
End Date: Thursday Apr-4-2019 18:33:00 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $13.79
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Nobody Needs An AK47 Whiny Little Funny T Shirt Guns Gun Rights Rifle Hunter Tee

$10.35
End Date: Thursday Apr-4-2019 14:11:23 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $10.35
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Nobody Needs An AK47 Whiny Little Funny T Shirt Guns Gun Rights Rifle Hunter Tee

$13.99
End Date: Thursday Apr-4-2019 14:11:23 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $13.99
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Nobody Needs An AK47 Whiny Little Funny T Shirt Guns Gun Rights Rifle Hunter Tee

$11.17
End Date: Thursday Apr-4-2019 14:11:23 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $11.17
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Nobody Needs An AK47 Whiny Little Funny T Shirt Guns Gun Rights Rifle Hunter Tee

$10.35
End Date: Thursday Apr-4-2019 14:11:23 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $10.35
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Family AK47 M16 SMG USA Shirt | 2nd Amendment American Guns T Shirt

$7.99
End Date: Thursday Mar-28-2019 13:00:44 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $7.99
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AK-47 T-Shirt Out Line Logo Gun Rifle Size S,M,L,XL.2XL,3XL,4XL,5XL 100% cotton

$12.95
End Date: Friday Mar-29-2019 9:29:54 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $12.95
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trump t shirt deplorable patriot ar15 ak47 usa military american

$15.95
End Date: Wednesday Apr-10-2019 19:18:34 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $15.95
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AK-47 T-Shirt All colors Logo Rifle Gun Size S,M,L,XL.2XL,3XL,4XL,5XL 100%cotton

$12.95
End Date: Sunday Apr-7-2019 13:51:25 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $12.95
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Black Guns Matter - Pro Gun Shirt AR-15, AK47, 2nd Amendment, T-Shirt, Rifles

$12.25
End Date: Friday Mar-22-2019 9:47:01 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $12.25
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Nobody Needs An AK47 Whiny Little Funny T Shirt Guns Gun Rights Rifle Hunter Tee

$12.88
End Date: Thursday Apr-4-2019 14:11:23 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $12.88
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AK 47 Military Rifle USA Tactical Men's T-Shirt

$14.38
End Date: Monday Apr-1-2019 18:17:26 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $14.38
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Men's Tank Top Black Rifles Matter T-Shirt Guns AR-15 AK47 Gun 2nd Amendment Tee

$13.99
End Date: Friday Apr-5-2019 16:00:45 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $13.99
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AK 47 Military Rifle USA Tactical Men's T-Shirt

$11.99
End Date: Monday Apr-1-2019 18:17:26 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $11.99
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AK-47 and Bullet American Flag - 2nd Amendment USA Mens T-shirt

$10.33
End Date: Thursday Apr-11-2019 11:20:21 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $10.33
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AK-47 and Bullet American Flag - 2nd Amendment USA Mens T-shirt

$10.33
End Date: Thursday Apr-11-2019 11:20:21 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $10.33
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Slick AR Rifle Shirts and Sweatshirts

I like weapons based on the Armalite Rifle (AR) design and have owned a variety of them over the years including a variety of AR-15s from Colt, Rock River, Palmetto State Armory and others plus a whole slew of pistols.

I also like having cool T-shirts and hoodies that reflect my interests and opinions about firearms and the Second Amendment.  So, I did some searching and found there are some great designs on eBay that you just might find of interest:

Molon Labe shirt Rights Keep Bear Arms AR15 shirt DTOM Gun Right New Men's Shirt

$9.95
End Date: Wednesday Apr-17-2019 10:36:09 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $9.95
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AR15 shirt gym ruger remington sig sauer guns acdc ac dc springfield tactical

$8.00
End Date: Wednesday Apr-3-2019 10:59:36 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $8.00
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2nd Amendment Gun Rights Shirt Molon Labe DTOM 3 Percenter AR15 Shirt Sig Sauer

$15.95
End Date: Thursday Mar-28-2019 16:05:32 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $15.95
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2nd Amendment Gun Rights Shirt Molon Labe DTOM 3 Percenter AR15 Shirt Sig Sauer

$9.95
End Date: Thursday Mar-28-2019 16:05:32 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $9.95
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Molon Labe shirt Rights Keep Bear Arms AR15 shirt DTOM Gun Right New Men's Shirt

$14.95
End Date: Wednesday Apr-17-2019 10:36:09 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $14.95
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2nd Amendment Gun Rights Shirt Molon Labe DTOM 3 Percenter AR15 Shirt Sig Sauer

$14.95
End Date: Thursday Mar-28-2019 16:05:32 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $14.95
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2nd Amendment Gun Rights Shirt Molon Labe DTOM 3 Percenter AR15 Shirt Sig Sauer

$13.95
End Date: Thursday Mar-28-2019 16:05:32 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $13.95
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2nd Amendment Gun Rights Shirt Molon Labe DTOM 3 Percenter AR15 Shirt Sig Sauer

$9.95
End Date: Thursday Mar-28-2019 16:05:32 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $9.95
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AR15 shirt gym ruger remington sig sauer guns acdc ac dc springfield tactical

$13.00
End Date: Wednesday Apr-3-2019 10:59:36 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $13.00
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Defend Hawaii Machine Gun AR 15 Shirt Mens size Large King Kamehameha White

$25.49
End Date: Sunday Mar-31-2019 11:02:51 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $25.49
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5.11 OAKLEY BROWNELLS POLICE MILITARY AR15 SHIRT MILSPEC XL DONT TREAD ON ME GUN

$150.00
End Date: Monday Apr-8-2019 19:31:31 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $150.00
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AR15 shirt gym ruger remington sig sauer guns acdc ac dc springfield tactical

$16.00
End Date: Wednesday Apr-3-2019 10:59:36 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $16.00
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AR15 shirt gym ruger remington sig sauer guns acdc ac dc springfield tactical

$13.00
End Date: Wednesday Apr-3-2019 10:59:36 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $13.00
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Mens Property AR15 Shirt Triblend V-Neck Guns Gun Rights Second Amendment

$9.99
End Date: Thursday Mar-21-2019 20:37:08 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $9.99
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AR15 shirt gym ruger remington sig sauer guns acdc ac dc springfield tactical

$15.00
End Date: Wednesday Apr-3-2019 10:59:36 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $15.00
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AR15 shirt gym ruger remington sig sauer guns acdc ac dc springfield tactical

$16.50
End Date: Wednesday Apr-3-2019 10:59:36 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $16.50
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Mens Property AR15 Shirt Triblend V-Neck Guns Gun Rights Second Amendment

$11.82
End Date: Thursday Mar-21-2019 20:37:08 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $11.82
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AR15 shirt gym ruger remington sig sauer guns acdc ac dc springfield tactical

$16.00
End Date: Wednesday Apr-3-2019 10:59:36 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $16.00
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AR15 shirt gym ruger remington sig sauer guns acdc ac dc springfield tactical

$16.00
End Date: Wednesday Apr-3-2019 10:59:36 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $16.00
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AR15 shirt gym ruger remington sig sauer guns acdc ac dc springfield tactical

$13.00
End Date: Wednesday Apr-3-2019 10:59:36 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $13.00
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AR15 shirt gym ruger remington sig sauer guns acdc ac dc springfield tactical

$13.00
End Date: Wednesday Apr-3-2019 10:59:36 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $13.00
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AR15 shirt gym ruger remington sig sauer guns acdc ac dc springfield tactical

$15.00
End Date: Wednesday Apr-3-2019 10:59:36 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $15.00
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AR15 shirt gym ruger remington sig sauer guns acdc ac dc springfield tactical

$8.00
End Date: Wednesday Apr-3-2019 10:59:36 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $8.00
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Mens Property AR15 Shirt Triblend V-Neck Guns Gun Rights Second Amendment

$12.47
End Date: Thursday Mar-21-2019 20:37:08 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $12.47
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AR15 shirt gym ruger remington sig sauer guns acdc ac dc springfield tactical

$16.50
End Date: Wednesday Apr-3-2019 10:59:36 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $16.50
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AR-15 SHIRT - MOLON LABE - NRA - BLACK T SHIRT AR-15

$18.95
End Date: Sunday Mar-24-2019 10:23:42 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $18.95
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AR15 shirt gym ruger remington sig sauer guns acdc ac dc springfield tactical

$16.00
End Date: Wednesday Apr-3-2019 10:59:36 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $16.00
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Mens Property AR15 Shirt Triblend V-Neck Guns Gun Rights Second Amendment

$14.58
End Date: Thursday Mar-21-2019 20:37:08 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $14.58
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Mens Property AR15 Shirt Triblend V-Neck Guns Gun Rights Second Amendment

$15.23
End Date: Thursday Mar-21-2019 20:37:08 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $15.23
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Switched to Super Lube Multi-Purpose Synthetic Grease For All of My Firearms

I’m always searching for better lubricants.  Many of the so-called specialty weapons lubes are just marketing hype with some bulk lubricant poured into their container.  In terms of greases, I’ve used quite a few over the years including wheel bearing grease and Tetra Gun Grease.  I wanted to find something effective, non-toxic and less expensive.

A name popped up when surfing – Super Lube.  To be honest, the first few times I totally dismissed the name because it sounds like some overly-hyped wonder lube that is sold in infomercials.  However, the name did keep popping up so I actually started reading up on it.

Super Lube products are made by Synco Chemical Corporation of Bohemia, NU, that was founded in 1980.  Their specialization is in the space of synthetic food grade lubricants and hold a number of patents.

There are a number of interesting characteristics about their grease that should be noted:

  1. It is designed to disperse very finely ground micron-sized PTFE (Polytetrafluoroethylene) which is a non-stick coating and lubricant.  You probably know it by the brand name of Teflon.  The approach they developed is one of their patents.
  2. It does not contain silicone
  3. It will work in a wide range of temperatures from -45 to +450 Farenheit
  4. It’s thickness is NLGI class 2, which means it’s about the same as vaseline or peanut butter.
  5. It’s non-toxic and food safe – here is the MSDS/SDS
  6. It will not melt or separate
  7. It will not dry out or get gummy
  8. It is waterproof
  9. It does not stain and is odorless – for you folks who do concealed carry or shoot a lot in uniform, you might want to take note of that.

Their website has a ton of information on Super Lube and also on lubrication in general if you want to spend some time reading.

I bought a 14.1oz tub of the Super Lube Multi-Purpose grease off Amazon for a whopping $11.50 and Prime shipping.  Very affordable to say the least.

To apply it, I use either a chip brush that I store in a zip loc bag to keep from getting dirty (as shown in the featured photo above) or a small flux / resin brush that I also keep in a baggy.

So, for the last few months I have been testing it.  When I cleaned one of my rifles or pistols, I would replace whatever I had been using as grease with the Super Lube Multi-Purpose grease.

I go by the old saying that if it rotates, oil it.  If it slides, grease it.  That is my rule of thumb so it goes on AK rails, bolt carriers, where the trigger hook grabs the hammer, etc.

It works great!  The weapons feel well lubricated after cleaning and they function great.  When I take them apart again for cleaning, the Super Lube shows no sign of breaking down, drying out, becoming gummy, etc.

If you are looking for an excellent affordable grease, check out Super Lube.  I’m definitely very happy with it.


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Taming the ‘Wulf – My Adventure With a .50 Beowulf AR Rifle

When I first heard of the .50 Beowulf cartridge, it got added to my bucket list immediately. What’s not to like – the ballistics of the .45-70 cartridge in an AR platform that hits like a freight train. Somewhat humorously, I’d also point out that it drops noticeably at 150 yards and like a pumpkin after 200 yards but boy, does it hit hard when it does.

I have fun assembling AR lowers the way I want them and figured I would save time and get an assembled upper. In early 2016, I looked at two different vendors of assembled uppers – Alexander Arms (AA), who was the originator of the cartridge, and Radical Firearms, a discount AR rifle and assembler of uppers and lowers in Texas. A basic AA upper was around $719 that did not have a brake (or threading) and basic handguards. A decent looking Radical unit in the generic 12.7×42 chamber was only $598. It seemed like a no brainer and I went with the Radical unit.

To jump ahead just a bit — I wish I had bought a better AA upper for $923-1190. The Radical upper caused me quite a bit of grief and I am going to chronicle my adventure here because I did get it to work out in the end and was very happy with the results but I had to work for it.

Radical Arms Challenges

When I first ran across Radical, I had high hopes. In an impulse buy, I purchased two 5.56 uppers and the 12.7×42 upper. In case you are wondering why I am listing 12.7×42, that is the generic designation for the .50 Beowulf cartridge that AA owns the intellectual property for. By using the metric designation, Radical could build an upper without paying anything to AA.

When I bought my uppers, Radical was undergoing a huge growth spurt and I had to wait some period of time (4-8 weeks maybe) for the uppers. That was not a big deal to me. The AR uppers arrived and while gritty and needing polishing, they worked.  Basically, what you’d expect with relatively low cost mass assembled products.

The 12.7×42 upper was a different story. Sometimes it would cycle and sometimes it would not. Radical took forever to respond to emails and what not so I figured screw it, I’ll just treat the assembled upper as a collection of parts and move ahead. To be perfectly clear, I parted ways with Radical and did not give them a chance to fix it after I got frustrated by how everything was going.

So, I started researching on the web and found that Beowulfs use a bolt head that is slightly different than a 7.62×39 AR bolt. After cycling my rifle by hand over and over, I concluded the cartridge was not seating properly in the bolt face and ordered a true .50 Beowulf bolt directly from Alexander Arms (not Radical). Problem solved. It’s run perfectly ever since. Whether Radical installed the wrong bolt or an out of spec bolt, I don’t know. I threw the offending bolt in the trash and called it even,

Another irritation Radical caused me was when the handguard loosened up because they hadn’t used Loc-tite on the screws. My recommendation is to just use Blue Loc-Tite if you run into this – it worked fine for me. I like the handguard otherwise.

The one thing they got right was the barrel. I heard Satern made the barrel but don’t know for sure. It is wonderfully accurate with the big 350gr XTP hollow point cartridges that AA makes. I am very pleased with that combination.

Yes, I eventually got it to work.  No, will not buy from Radical again but I definitely would buy more stuff from Alexander Arms.  I dealt with them on the phone a few times for ammo as well as the website.  The staff were pleasant to deal with and shipping was always prompt.

Addressing Recoil

I was not impressed by the muzzle brake that Radical supplied and started researching the best brake for the Beowulf. Bear in mind the muzzle has a pretty unique thread at 49/64″-20 threads per inch (TPI).  In addition, I knew I would need a jam nut to address the timing so the brake could be level on the barrel and it needed to be steel and not aluminum.

The Timber Creek Beowulf Brake Rocks!

To make a long story short, Timber Creek makes a Beowulf brake that does a great job. It seriously cut the recoil back and made the biggest difference of all my modifications.  They make them with two different threads so make sure the one you order matches your rifle.

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Here it is on my rifle – notice the big ports that redirect some of the gasses backwards:

Added a Limbsaver Recoil Pad to the Magpul ACS Stock

Limbsaver makes great recoil pads – I discovered them some years ago and have used them on a number of rifles and shotguns over the years. What is cool is that they also make a recoil pad specifically for the butt plate that the Magpul CTR and ACS stocks use – plus some other models. I like ACS stocks so it was a no-brainer for me to get this thicker spongy pad to help absorb recoil.

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Weighting the MagPul ACS Stock

The next important element I did to reduce recoil was to add a mixture of bird shot and epoxy into the compartments of the MagPul ACS stock. I just stirred up a mixture of #7 lead bird shot with epoxy, filled all the voids I could and wiped off the excess liquid epoxy checking all the seams until it gelled enough. Here, you can see a hint of it sticking out.

Another benefit is that it really helps improve the balance of the rifle because otherwise it is very nose heavy.
H2 or Hydraulic Buffer

The last thing I did was to try different buffers. Bill Alexander designed the cartridge to work with a normal AR buffer. I went from a normal/H1 buffer to an H2 and finally to an Enedine Hydraulic buffer, which is in it right now. With each step, the recoil seemed to go down a tad but did not make a huge difference.

Vortex Scope

I was thinking about using the rifle either for hogs or deer so I wanted a scope that could go from a fairly wide field of vision at 2.5x all the way up to a decent zoom at 10x. Vortex is always my first choice in scopes so I bought a Viper PST 2.5-10×44 scope and Vortex rings.

This is a wicked combination. I have thoroughly enjoyed this scope on the Beowulf. It holds zero and is nice and bright.  You can’t go wrong with Vortex scopes in my honest opinion. Because of the Beowulf’s recoil, use quality rings and be very sure to torque all the screws down to spec so the optic stays put.

By the way, you may scoff at the notion of buying quality rings.  A lot of the cheap imported rings are just aluminum.  You’ll notice they don’t list a torque spec.  Quality rings such as the ones fro Vortex will tell you a torque spec to hit and they often have steel inserts for the threads.  You get what you pay for.

Note, in mid-2018 Vortex came out with what they call the “PST Gen 2” series of scopes and this first generation model has been discontinued.  The closest scopes now are 3-15×44 and 2-10×32  -I don’t think you can go wrong one way or the other.  I’d probably opt for a 2-10×32 MRAD scope to have the widest field of view at a low power.

Magazines

The Beowulf actually can use easily modified standard 5.56 aluminum magazines.  Click here for a blog post about the easy procedure.

End Result

The rifle turned out great.  The final “felt” recoil was about that of a 20 gauge slug gun, if that.  I could shoot round after round without regretting the kick 🙂

I had fun building and shooting it. As I get older the more I realize I enjoy learning about the engineering and history of arms. The “Wulf” has a new owner now and I hope it serves him well.


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How to Convert an Aluminum AR-15 5.56/223 Magazine For .50 Beowulf Rounds

When Bill Alexander decided to make the .50 Beowulf round, he really got me excited 🙂  The idea of a heavy thumper round in an AR platform really appealed to me so I bought one and one issue that popped up was where to find magazines that were not really expensive.

Once in a while the answer is really straight forward and this is one of those times.  You do not need to change the feed lips or the follower on a standard 5.56/.223 magazine, you just need to bevel the front lip at about 45 degrees (the exact angle doesn’t seem to be a big deal) so the giant .50 Beowulf bullet goes up and, this is the key part, the leading lip of the brass case hits the little ramp and goes up it vs. hanging. In this next photo – see how the lip of the case will catch?  It may catch sometimes or all the time – for me it was practically all the time.

All I did was use a medium grit little sanding drum in my Dremel to bevel the magazine’s front lip – you are basically making an ad hoc feed ramp so the case doesn’t catch.  The round you see has the big 350 grain XTP bullet – they hit like a freight train.

This is a really quick operation and you don’t need to take a ton off.  I do it with the magazine empty of course, insert a round into the magazine and test then do a bit more.  I’d repeat the removal and testing until the round went right up into the chamber.  After the first few magazines, I had it down pat.

In this next photo, see the shiny little ramp?

That’s all there is to it.  I just used quality aluminum magazines and did the tweaking.  Polymer mags, such as MagPul take more work and I simply didn’t feel like bothering with them.  I did use quality magazines and avoided cheap stuff and I also used the anti-tilt followers – just regular 5.56 followers – nothing special.

In a standard 20 round aluminum 5.56/.223 magazine, you can fit up to seven Beowulf rounds.  In a 30 round magazines, you can fit up to 10.  I never tried any of the higher capacity magazines so I can’t speak to them at all.

This approach worked great for me and I hope it helps you as well.


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How to Remove Old Cosmoline and Grease or Even Free Up Rusty Parts The Easy Way

We’ve all had parts come in with really dried out preservative on it such as grease or cosmoline.  I bought some 100 year old khukuri blades that were coated in dried out grease and realized this was a great time to take some photos.  There’s a way to get all this crud off very easily – most will practically wipe off!

I learned the following trick years ago after a friend was worried I would blow myself up using gas, brake cleaner, etc.  In hindsight I must admit it was risky but I rationalized it because I needed to get the parts clean – this is not only effective but also way safer.

Take a 5 gallon pail with a sealable lid on it.  In the photos you see a basic Ace Hardware plastic bucket with it’s lid that has a waterproof gasket.

I first learned about this years ago for firearms and it is a cleaner known as Ed’s Red and I’ve used it ever since.  The formula was developed and shared by a gentleman named “Ed Harris” and it works great for dissolving grease, cosmoline and even penetrating rusty parts.

The basic formula is:

  • 1 part Dexron III or better
  • 1 part deodorized kerosene
  • 1 part mineral spirits
  • 1 part acetone

I use it over and over, which is why I recommended the lid.  I’ve been using this bucket for probably 3-5 years now.  If it gets really gross or seems to stop working then I will change it but it’s fine so far.

So, I set the blades in the ATF and liberally coated the sides and let it sit.  I periodically would reverse the blades so they could be immersed.  If they were smaller parts, I’d drop them in there and let them sit for a few days.

What I wold so each time when I turned them was to rub the blades down and try and get the softened/dissolved grease off.  A lot of it would wipe right off with no scrubbing.

So here they are a couple of days later simply wiped down.  I left a thin film of ATF on them to reduce the odds of rust but all the old dried grease is gone.

When I am done, I put the lid back on and move the pail out of the way.  I do keep wet parts out of the cleaner as I don’t want to contaminate it with water but other than that, I’ve soaked all kinds of greasy, oily, rusty, dirty parts in this.  The crud settles to the bottom of the pail over time.  I’ve learned that if I stir it up there is a lot of debris.  If it gets too bad, it will be time for a new batch.

I mentioned it in passing but this is also great for penetrating rusty parts so you can take them apart.  I can’t begin to guess what all I have soaked in this bucket over the years but it sure includes gun parts, blades, rusty car parts, etc.  It’s a huge time saver and I hope it helps you out as well.

P.S.  If you want to read more on Ed’s formula, click here for his original article that is in the public domain.


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