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How To Find Out Torque Specifications for Screws and Bolts: An Outstanding NASA Reference Guide

We’ve all been there – you’re working on a project and wondering how much to torque something so either we don’t bother or just take a guess. What I only found out recently was that in 2017, NASA published a really cool guide called “Installation Torque Tables for Noncritical Applications” – with the document ID as NASA/TM—2017-219475.

The document provides the torque specifications for a ton of general purpose fasteners that do not have an exact specification assigned – hence the term non-critical. As you can imagine, they get very specific in critical/risky situations.

At any rate, given the size of the bolt or screw, the thread pitch, the material and the depth, they provide a reference torque specification you can follow for both metric (M6, M8, M10, etc.) and SAE (#8, #10, 1/8, 1/4, 3/8, etc.) fasteners. Note, they provide an assembly torque (which is a 65% load from failure) and 100% torque. I use the assembly torque spec.

They also recommend that the depth of thread engagement be 1.5x the diameter of the fastener. So a 1/4″ (0.25″) fastener should have at least 0.25″ x 1.5 = .375″ (3/8″).

Here’s an example table. This is for fasteners going into 6061-T6 aluminum with a thread depth of 3/16″. If we go down for a 10-32 UNF screw, the assembly torque is 22.2 inch pounds. I’d use that lacking any other detailed information. I could go up to 34.2 inch pounds but I have stripped so many fasteners I don’t risk it. I’m a huge fan of Loctite so I go with that and the assembly spec.

Kudos to the two authors and to NASA for making it available. The PDF is a cool reference document and one I use whenever I can’t find a specific torque value for a given application. All you machinists and engineers – you know way more than me so please let me know if you have other resources you recommend.

To access this cool guide, click here for the NASA link or click here for the copy on our server.


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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.

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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 solid and looks great on my AR 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.

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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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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.

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.

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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Amazon product links are at the bottom of the post.


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.

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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.

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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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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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Used Gunsmith Tools

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

Lot Of Gunsmith Tools

$59.99 (0 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Jan-18-2020 18:16:19 PST
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4 Gun Smith Checkering Tools

$25.15 (18 Bids)
End Date: Monday Jan-20-2020 14:00:58 PST
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Craftsman Bench Vise Large Gunsmith Vice Clamp Anvil Machinist Old Vintage Tool

$199.00
End Date: Sunday Feb-16-2020 18:04:14 PST
Buy It Now for only: $199.00
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Piramiit Bullet Vise / Jeweler Watchmaker Gunsmith

$275.00
End Date: Sunday Feb-16-2020 11:52:47 PST
Buy It Now for only: $275.00
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VTG GUNSMITH SILVERSMITH JEWELER TOOLS, VISE, ANVIL, HAMMER, PLIERS SCREWDRIVERS

$65.00
End Date: Wednesday Feb-12-2020 17:31:28 PST
Buy It Now for only: $65.00
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Hagen Engineering Gun Engraving Hand Tool Gunsmithing Gun Blades Incomplete

$44.99
End Date: Sunday Feb-9-2020 11:33:04 PST
Buy It Now for only: $44.99
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Vintage Hand Held Vise Gunsmith Jeweler Metal Working Tool

$14.95 (0 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Jan-19-2020 11:08:17 PST
Buy It Now for only: $26.00
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Vintage Craftsman Vise Gunsmith Vice Saw Clamp Knife Anvil Tap Tool Old USA

$175.00
End Date: Monday Jan-27-2020 17:59:40 PST
Buy It Now for only: $175.00
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LOT OF 9 VINTAGE LEATHER WORKING, GUNSMITHING, WOOD CARVING TOOLS

$14.95 (0 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Jan-19-2020 8:20:42 PST
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DEM-BART GUNSMITH TOOLS, VINTAGE; (2-16 & F-1) IN ORIGINAL BOXES

$80.00
End Date: Friday Jan-24-2020 7:41:50 PST
Buy It Now for only: $80.00
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VTG Gunsmith tools take down barrel 12GA 16 GA wrench COLT S&W M&P lathe tools

$60.00
End Date: Sunday Feb-16-2020 13:04:39 PST
Buy It Now for only: $60.00
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Vintage Gunsmithing Machinist Machine Tools, Reamers - Machine Shop Tooling

$95.00
End Date: Sunday Jan-19-2020 1:20:51 PST
Buy It Now for only: $95.00
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Micro Machinist Gunsmith Leather Hobby Working Craft Tools Small Iron Anvil L@@K

$33.00
End Date: Saturday Feb-8-2020 10:27:08 PST
Buy It Now for only: $33.00
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ANTIQUE HAND / BENCH VISE. /MACHINIST - GUNSMITH - JEWELER

$14.99 (0 Bids)
End Date: Friday Jan-17-2020 15:36:35 PST
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Gunsmith Business, Wood, Tools,  Equipment, Machinery

$25,000.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Jan-18-2020 17:00:01 PST
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Springfield Armory Gas Cylinder Disassembly Tool MA5060 Steel Gunsmith

$21.99
End Date: Thursday Feb-13-2020 4:16:18 PST
Buy It Now for only: $21.99
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1983 Brownell's Gun Accessories, Reloading, Gunsmithing Tool Catalog

$50.00
End Date: Friday Feb-7-2020 15:10:38 PST
Buy It Now for only: $50.00
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Nu-Line Guns Inc Gunsmith gun barrel removal tool? 2 sizes rifle shotgun spanner

$39.95
End Date: Tuesday Jan-21-2020 13:20:52 PST
Buy It Now for only: $39.95
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Vtg Small Spring Loaded Hand Vise Made in U.S.A. Gunsmith Carpenter Silversmith

$10.99
End Date: Monday Feb-17-2020 7:37:25 PST
Buy It Now for only: $10.99
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Brownells Pocketsmith Tool for 1911 Handguns Gunsmith Tool

$14.56 (6 Bids)
End Date: Friday Jan-17-2020 13:19:52 PST
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The Gun Digest Book of Gunsmithing Tools and Their Uses John E Traister VGC 1970

$17.77
End Date: Tuesday Jan-21-2020 21:34:18 PST
Buy It Now for only: $17.77
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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 Kinks Vol 1 2 3 4 Complete set new sealed Free ship

$145.00
End Date: Sunday Feb-9-2020 10:41:25 PST
Buy It Now for only: $145.00
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Brownells Gunsmith Magna Tip 3/16" Allen Bit H5228X

$3.99
End Date: Monday Jan-27-2020 13:46:06 PST
Buy It Now for only: $3.99
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Vtg 1983 Brownells Gunsmith Catalog No 36 Gun Parts

$10.50
End Date: Saturday Feb-1-2020 6:02:24 PST
Buy It Now for only: $10.50
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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 gunsmith oil can marked pat.1895 lot J

$2.25 (3 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Jan-19-2020 17:36:30 PST
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vintage antique gunsmith oil can marked pat. 1905 lot F

$1.25 (2 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Jan-19-2020 17:35:41 PST
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ANTIQUE HAND / BENCH VISE. /MACHINIST - GUNSMITH - JEWELER

$14.99 (0 Bids)
End Date: Friday Jan-17-2020 15:36:35 PST
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Antique Vintage Style Colt Firearms Gunsmith Bore Gage Key chain

$25.00
End Date: Saturday Jan-25-2020 17:43:36 PST
Buy It Now for only: $25.00
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Lot of 7 Mixed Vintage Front& Rear Sights Rifle Parts Antique Gunsmith Lot

$45.00
End Date: Monday Jan-20-2020 14:40:04 PST
Buy It Now for only: $45.00
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Antique Gunsmith 3-3/8" Tall Pocket Oiler Oil Tin Pat Feb 6 1896 Made in USA

$19.95
End Date: Sunday Jan-26-2020 2:26:28 PST
Buy It Now for only: $19.95
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Antique Oak Gunsmith Tool Cabinet Chest Removable Front w/Two Sectioned Drawers

$175.00
End Date: Tuesday Feb-4-2020 8:24:18 PST
Buy It Now for only: $175.00
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Antique Gunsmith 3" Tall Pocket Oiler Tin Made in USA pat'd 1895

$20.00
End Date: Sunday Feb-16-2020 15:39:03 PST
Buy It Now for only: $20.00
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Antique WILLIAM POWELL & SON GUNMAKERS Gunsmith Slotted Screwdriver Set 3 RARE

$249.99
End Date: Sunday Feb-16-2020 7:18:41 PST
Buy It Now for only: $249.99
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Antique 1895 Carpenter Draftsman MACHINIST WOOD CHEST 3-DRAWER TOOL BOX gunsmith

$149.00
End Date: Saturday Feb-15-2020 16:29:19 PST
Buy It Now for only: $149.00
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Scarce Antique Winchester Tools Gunsmith Punch Pin Vintage Gun Rifle Parts

$55.00
End Date: Friday Jan-17-2020 16:36:22 PST
Buy It Now for only: $55.00
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Large Antique Gunsmith Statue White Metal with Good Patina 40+ In. Titled

$595.00
End Date: Wednesday Feb-12-2020 17:07:28 PST
Buy It Now for only: $595.00
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Antique bench vise anvil watchmakers gunsmith machinist jeweler gunsmith tool V4

$49.99
End Date: Saturday Jan-25-2020 6:01:23 PST
Buy It Now for only: $49.99
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Rare antique solid brass gunsmith amourer vise collectible fly tying woodcarving

$179.99
End Date: Wednesday Feb-12-2020 4:10:21 PST
Buy It Now for only: $179.99
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Antique 1894 Winchester W.R.A. Co. 45-70 330H.P. Bullet Reloading Tool Gunsmith

$169.99
End Date: Tuesday Feb-11-2020 22:30:12 PST
Buy It Now for only: $169.99
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Antique 1874 Winchester W.R.A. Co. 25-20 S.S. Bullet Reloading Tool Gunsmith

$119.99
End Date: Tuesday Feb-11-2020 22:51:31 PST
Buy It Now for only: $119.99
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Antique 1874 Winchester W.R.A. Co. 32 W.C.F. Bullet Reloading Tool Gunsmith

$129.99
End Date: Tuesday Feb-11-2020 23:00:08 PST
Buy It Now for only: $129.99
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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.


*HUGE Color Poster Soviet Russian USSR AKM AK-47 7.62 Kalashnikov MAN CAVE BUY!!

$17.97
End Date: Saturday Jan-25-2020 23:25:24 PST
Buy It Now for only: $17.97
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*Soviet Russian AKM AK-47 7.62x39 Kalashnikov Color Poster 17x11" manual BUY NOW

$12.97
End Date: Friday Feb-7-2020 1:12:11 PST
Buy It Now for only: $12.97
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AK Sling. Two Carabines. OTK Stamp. USSR/Soviet Army.

$21.99
End Date: Saturday Jan-25-2020 14:56:27 PST
Buy It Now for only: $21.99
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NICE Color POSTER Of Soviet Russian AK74 Kalashnikov 5.45x39 Rifle LQQK BUY NOW!

$12.97
End Date: Friday Feb-14-2020 11:10:30 PST
Buy It Now for only: $12.97
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AK-47 Soviet Army Kalashnikov Airsoft Assault Rifle/Gun -- metal/prop/M16 -- NEW

$49.95
End Date: Monday Jan-27-2020 10:44:58 PST
Buy It Now for only: $49.95
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AK47 Soviet USSR Russian Poker Hand Printed Men's Tee Shirt 968

$9.95
End Date: Thursday Jan-23-2020 16:32:05 PST
Buy It Now for only: $9.95
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Ak-47 CCCP Knife. The Biggest One 13.5 inch long. Shipping from US in-2-3 days.

$39.99
End Date: Saturday Feb-15-2020 1:49:22 PST
Buy It Now for only: $39.99
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Soviet KGB Shield, AK-47, & UZI Pin, Badge

$16.00
End Date: Wednesday Jan-29-2020 11:26:56 PST
Buy It Now for only: $16.00
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Handle strap Soviet AK-74 USSR Russia Leather

$17.49
End Date: Sunday Feb-9-2020 22:49:59 PST
Buy It Now for only: $17.49
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Soviet Russian Army AK butt's Medic Package Afghanistan War

$8.95
End Date: Sunday Jan-19-2020 0:15:01 PST
Buy It Now for only: $8.95
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AK47 Soviet USSR Russian Poker Hand Printed Men's Tee Shirt 968

$12.95
End Date: Thursday Jan-23-2020 16:32:05 PST
Buy It Now for only: $12.95
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AK Soviet Camo Paint Set - 6 Colors - 60561

$21.95
End Date: Tuesday Jan-28-2020 14:19:55 PST
Buy It Now for only: $21.95
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AK47 Knife CCCP EDC Folding Pocket Stainless/wood Assisted open Camo Pouch

$16.95
End Date: Thursday Feb-6-2020 6:05:21 PST
Buy It Now for only: $16.95
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*Soviet Russian AK74 & RPK74 ORIGINAL Manual 5.45x39 1988 Kalashnikov MUST SEE!

$89.97
End Date: Friday Jan-31-2020 19:51:27 PST
Buy It Now for only: $89.97
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1975 Soviet Army AK-47 Kalashnikov Russian Vintage photo

$1.90 (1 Bid)
End Date: Monday Jan-20-2020 13:07:34 PST
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Wolverines vinyl sticker decal red dawn Soviet communist war rebel school AK-47

$3.50
End Date: Monday Feb-3-2020 2:12:11 PST
Buy It Now for only: $3.50
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KALASHNIKOV T-shirt AK-47 USSR Soviet Russian Russia T-Shirt Shirt S-5XL

$8.99
End Date: Saturday Feb-8-2020 8:57:42 PST
Buy It Now for only: $8.99
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HUGE AK74 RPK74 Kalashnikov Color Poster Soviet Russian USSR 7.62x39 Buy NOW!

$129.97
End Date: Saturday Jan-25-2020 17:29:59 PST
Buy It Now for only: $129.97
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Color POSTER Of Soviet Russian KRINKOV AK74SU AKSU Shortened AK74 LQQK

$29.97
End Date: Sunday Feb-2-2020 22:51:53 PST
Buy It Now for only: $29.97
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KALASHNIKOV AK-47 USSR Soviet Russian Russia KGB CCCP Long Sleeve T-Shirt

$18.99
End Date: Friday Feb-7-2020 12:13:04 PST
Buy It Now for only: $18.99
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Enjoy Kalashnikov Shirt Funny AK47 Pro Gun Second Amendment Rifle Come Take It

$11.99
End Date: Saturday Feb-15-2020 21:09:44 PST
Buy It Now for only: $11.99
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American Flag AK-47 - Gun 2nd Amendment USA Men's T-shirt

$12.95
End Date: Monday Jan-27-2020 7:44:19 PST
Buy It Now for only: $12.95
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7.62 X 39 AK47 Ammo Can T shirt Assault Rifle AK74 AKM Magazine Sling

$16.99
End Date: Monday Feb-10-2020 14:24:36 PST
Buy It Now for only: $16.99
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Guns Have Two Enemies.. Black T-Shirt Pro Gun, NRA, AR15, AK47, 2nd Amendment

$12.25
End Date: Wednesday Jan-29-2020 13:13:08 PST
Buy It Now for only: $12.25
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Enjoy Kalashnikov Shirt Funny AK47 Pro Gun Second Amendment Rifle Come Take It

$15.19
End Date: Saturday Feb-15-2020 21:09:44 PST
Buy It Now for only: $15.19
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MAFIOSO CLOTHING SISTER MARILYN MONROE AK 47 SHOT GUN T SHIRT WHITE

$10.00
End Date: Wednesday Feb-5-2020 19:22:08 PST
Buy It Now for only: $10.00
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AK47 Soviet USSR Russian Poker Hand Printed Men's Tee Shirt 968

$9.95
End Date: Thursday Jan-23-2020 16:32:05 PST
Buy It Now for only: $9.95
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AK-47 T-Shirt 2 color Logo Rifle Gun Size S,M,L,XL.2XL,3XL,4XL,5X

$10.85
End Date: Sunday Feb-2-2020 11:38:32 PST
Buy It Now for only: $10.85
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Russian Graphic Cotton Gray T-Shirt AK-47 Kalashnikov Gun Shirt

$15.00
End Date: Tuesday Feb-4-2020 15:08:41 PST
Buy It Now for only: $15.00
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AK-47 and Bullet American Flag - 2nd Amendment USA Mens T-shirt

$10.33
End Date: Monday Jan-20-2020 10:20:21 PST
Buy It Now for only: $10.33
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KALASHNIKOV T-shirt AK-47 USSR Soviet Russian Russia T-Shirt Shirt S-5XL

$8.99
End Date: Saturday Feb-8-2020 8:57:42 PST
Buy It Now for only: $8.99
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AK-47 Assault Rifle Silhouette Pro-gun 2nd Second Amendment Mens T-shirt

$10.17
End Date: Friday Feb-14-2020 23:51:07 PST
Buy It Now for only: $10.17
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Wolverines Red Dawn Movie t-shirt AK-47 guerrilla WWIII partisan 80s retro

$14.99
End Date: Monday Jan-20-2020 19:37:54 PST
Buy It Now for only: $14.99
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NORINCO T-Shirt BLACK - SIZE M - 3XL ak47, sks 7.62 x 39 GUNS

$10.00
End Date: Thursday Feb-13-2020 14:08:18 PST
Buy It Now for only: $10.00
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AK 47 T-Shirt Long Sleeve gun Size S,M,L,XL,2XL,3XL 100% cotton

$15.99
End Date: Sunday Jan-26-2020 11:16:21 PST
Buy It Now for only: $15.99
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F--- Gun Control Funny T Shirt Gun Rights 2nd Amendment AK47 Hunting Tee

$6.99
End Date: Monday Jan-20-2020 15:28:08 PST
Buy It Now for only: $6.99
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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: Wednesday Feb-12-2020 8:29:54 PST
Buy It Now for only: $12.95
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AK-47 T-SHIRT -MOLON LABE COME AND TAKE IT THEM MILITARY SECOND 2ND AMENDMENT LE

$12.99
End Date: Wednesday Jan-29-2020 13:55:04 PST
Buy It Now for only: $12.99
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AK47 - AR15 T-SHIRT Rifle Tee ~ GUNS ~ 2nd Amendment

$13.79
End Date: Wednesday Jan-29-2020 17:19:56 PST
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

$6.99
End Date: Thursday Feb-13-2020 13:11:23 PST
Buy It Now for only: $6.99
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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:

AR-15 SHIRT - MOLON LABE - NRA - BLACK T SHIRT AR-15

$26.95
End Date: Friday Feb-14-2020 9:23:42 PST
Buy It Now for only: $26.95
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Alcoa Bauxite Mining AR Shirt Vintage 70s Single Stitch Sherlock Holmes Large

$27.99
End Date: Friday Feb-14-2020 17:43:04 PST
Buy It Now for only: $27.99
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AR-15 SHIRT - MOLON LABE - NRA - BLACK T SHIRT AR-15

$28.95
End Date: Friday Feb-14-2020 9:23:42 PST
Buy It Now for only: $28.95
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Goju Ryu kai Karate logo martial ar shirt black white tshirt men's free shipping

$23.45
End Date: Thursday Jan-23-2020 6:05:17 PST
Buy It Now for only: $23.45
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I Love AR Shirt Heart Arkansas State Short Sleeve Sport Black White gift T-shirt

$12.99
End Date: Wednesday Feb-5-2020 0:09:36 PST
Buy It Now for only: $12.99
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I Love AR Shirt Heart Arkansas State Long Sleeve Sport Gray Red Gift T-shirt

$19.99
End Date: Tuesday Jan-21-2020 12:57:09 PST
Buy It Now for only: $19.99
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Vintage Retro AR-15 Pro 2nd Amendment Gun Shirt For Men | AR15 Shirt | Gun Gift

$18.99
End Date: Monday Jan-27-2020 6:11:17 PST
Buy It Now for only: $18.99
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Mens Property AR15 Shirt Triblend V-Neck Guns Gun Rights Second Amendment

$9.99
End Date: Sunday Jan-26-2020 19:37:08 PST
Buy It Now for only: $9.99
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Funny Prepper Shirt | Prepper Gift | AR-15 Shirt | Funny Gun Shirt | SHTF Shirt

$18.99
End Date: Monday Jan-27-2020 12:31:19 PST
Buy It Now for only: $18.99
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I Love AR Shirt Heart Arkansas State Short Sleeve Sport Black White gift T-shirt

$12.99
End Date: Wednesday Feb-5-2020 0:09:36 PST
Buy It Now for only: $12.99
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AR15 Shirt American 2nd Amendment Military Army Rifle Gun Men's T-shirt Tee

$14.43
End Date: Monday Jan-27-2020 9:39:55 PST
Buy It Now for only: $14.43
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4 When SHTF AR-15 Shirt

$7.99
End Date: Sunday Jan-26-2020 12:10:53 PST
Buy It Now for only: $7.99
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AR15 Shirt American 2nd Amendment Military Army Rifle Gun Men's T-shirt Tee

$17.63
End Date: Monday Jan-27-2020 9:39:55 PST
Buy It Now for only: $17.63
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AR15 Shirt American 2nd Amendment Military Army Rifle Gun Men's T-shirt Tee

$19.43
End Date: Monday Jan-27-2020 9:39:55 PST
Buy It Now for only: $19.43
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I Love AR Shirt Heart Arkansas State Long Sleeve Sport Gray Red Gift T-shirt

$22.99
End Date: Tuesday Jan-21-2020 12:57:09 PST
Buy It Now for only: $22.99
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Mens Property AR15 Shirt Triblend V-Neck Guns Gun Rights Second Amendment

$9.99
End Date: Sunday Jan-26-2020 19:37:08 PST
Buy It Now for only: $9.99
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4 When SHTF AR-15 Shirt

$7.99
End Date: Sunday Jan-26-2020 12:10:53 PST
Buy It Now for only: $7.99
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Mens Property AR15 Shirt Triblend V-Neck Guns Gun Rights Second Amendment

$12.47
End Date: Sunday Jan-26-2020 19:37:08 PST
Buy It Now for only: $12.47
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Mens Property AR15 Shirt Tri-Blend Tee Guns Gun Rights Second Amendment

$9.99
End Date: Friday Jan-17-2020 18:00:37 PST
Buy It Now for only: $9.99
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Mens Property AR15 Shirt Triblend V-Neck Guns Gun Rights Second Amendment

$12.47
End Date: Sunday Jan-26-2020 19:37:08 PST
Buy It Now for only: $12.47
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Mens Property AR15 Shirt Triblend V-Neck Guns Gun Rights Second Amendment

$12.47
End Date: Sunday Jan-26-2020 19:37:08 PST
Buy It Now for only: $12.47
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Mens Property AR15 Shirt Triblend V-Neck Guns Gun Rights Second Amendment

$12.47
End Date: Sunday Jan-26-2020 19:37:08 PST
Buy It Now for only: $12.47
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Mens Property AR15 Shirt Triblend V-Neck Guns Gun Rights Second Amendment

$12.47
End Date: Sunday Jan-26-2020 19:37:08 PST
Buy It Now for only: $12.47
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AR15 Shirt ACDC Black Rifle Gun Shirt Black 2a Rights Bushmaster NRA AR-15 T

$13.00
End Date: Wednesday Jan-29-2020 17:25:41 PST
Buy It Now for only: $13.00
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Mens Spirit Jersey Long Sleeve Christmas X-Mas Hays 2 Search AR Shirt Sz XL HoHo

$43.99
End Date: Sunday Jan-19-2020 12:15:17 PST
Buy It Now for only: $43.99
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Mens Property AR15 Shirt Triblend V-Neck Guns Gun Rights Second Amendment

$15.34
End Date: Sunday Jan-26-2020 19:37:08 PST
Buy It Now for only: $15.34
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Bikes Blues BBQ 2008 Tshirt Motorcycle Dickson St Fayetteville AR Shirt

$16.95
End Date: Tuesday Feb-4-2020 8:13:30 PST
Buy It Now for only: $16.95
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Mens Property AR15 Shirt 3/4 Triblend Guns Gun Rights Second Amendment Political

$13.77
End Date: Friday Jan-24-2020 13:29:28 PST
Buy It Now for only: $13.77
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Black Guns Matter AR15 Shirt ACDC Black Rifle Gun Rights Bushmaster NRA AR-15 T

$13.00
End Date: Tuesday Jan-21-2020 19:17:49 PST
Buy It Now for only: $13.00
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Mens Property AR15 Shirt Tri-Blend Tee Guns Gun Rights Second Amendment

$9.99
End Date: Friday Jan-17-2020 18:00:37 PST
Buy It Now for only: $9.99
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Funny Prepper Shirt | Prepper Gift | AR-15 Shirt | Funny Gun Shirt | SHTF Shirt

$18.99
End Date: Monday Jan-27-2020 12:31:19 PST
Buy It Now for only: $18.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Funny Prepper Shirt | Prepper Gift | AR-15 Shirt | Funny Gun Shirt | SHTF Shirt

$18.99
End Date: Monday Jan-27-2020 12:31:19 PST
Buy It Now for only: $18.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Funny Prepper Shirt | Prepper Gift | AR-15 Shirt | Funny Gun Shirt | SHTF Shirt

$18.99
End Date: Monday Jan-27-2020 12:31:19 PST
Buy It Now for only: $18.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Vintage Retro AR-15 Pro 2nd Amendment Gun Shirt For Men | AR15 Shirt | Gun Gift

$18.99
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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:

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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.

11/18/2019 Update:  I missed my ‘Wulf and had to build a new one.  Click here to read my post on building the Alpha Wolf.


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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.


I came up with an even faster way to convert the magazines that I wrote about in December of 2019 – click here to read it.


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