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Magpul B.A.D. Lever. This is one of the most useful AR-15 accessories I have seen in a long time.

Magpul has come through for us once again gang. With the addition of their B.A.D. lever you will have much faster magazine reloads. The B.A.D. Lever is an extended bolt release lever for your AR-15/M16. B.A.D. stands for Battery Assist Device. This very much improves the capability of your AR-15 or M16. In my opinion, the less time you spend focusing on reloading your weapon, the more time you can focus on acquiring or holding point of aim on your target. In a fire-fight situation being able to stay focused on your primary target or being able to acquire the next one is key! What the lever does is attach to the stock bolt catch paddle with a hex head screw. The B.A.D. lever extends down from the stock bolt catch release then goes through to the other side of the trigger guard. This allows you to still be able to reach your trigger with no obstuction, but also push the B.A.D. lever with your trigger finger to load the first round of your new magazine. They also include a Nyloc patch with the screw so the screw with not walk its way out through extended periods of recoil. The Battery Assist Device by Magpul is a must have in my collection. Check it out for yourself. Priced at around 30 dollars, its an inexpensive and important AR-15 or M16 accessory.


Ar-15/M16 B.A.D. Lever? Magpul B.A.D. Lever

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Best Trigger Guard for AR-15/M16 from Magpul! Check it out

Magpul has always been a company that has provided reliable and inexpensive upgrades and accessories for the AR-15 and M16. This trigger guard has been on the market for a while now, but I am not seeing a lot of people giving it props. It kind of bums me out. This is an extremely easy install and super effective upgrade for the AR-15 or M16. The standard AR-15 or M16 trigger guard is totally flat, this is not very ergonomic. What Magpul did is put a nice little angle to the floor of the trigger guard. What this does is allow you to have faster access to your trigger and makes it less obstructive when wearing gloves. You can snag up the plastic trigger guard for only 8.99 or the Enhanced Trigger guard (aluminum) for 19.99. This is a super inexpensive mod that will make a world of difference when engaging a threat. I would personally opt to spend the extra 10 bucks for the aluminum trigger guard.

Magpul Moe Polymer Trigger Guard – Black

Magpul Enhanced Trigger Guard Fits Most AR10/Sr25/.223 And M16 Styles

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Here are a couple Awesome Accessories for the AK-47 and Variants

Here are a couple accessories I think every AK-47 owner needs to outfit their rifle with. They make Extended Magazine Releases for Ruger 10/22, AR-15′s, AR-10′s, and everyone else. It’s about time someone made a nice reliable Extended Magazine Release for the AK-47. To install it you remove the original magazine release, and then using the stock spring you re-install the Extended Magazine Release from RAM. Really simple install. Whether you are using your AK-47 for operating purposes or just like to dump several rounds down range, this is a must have part for your rifle. No one likes a delay when having to change magazines.

Ak-47/Saiga Speed Catch Magazine Release Speed Catch Magazine Release

Another great upgrade for the AK-47 is a nice recoil buffer. A recoil reducing buffer covers two primary objectives. The buffer will reduce recoil by cushioning the blow back of the bolt, it is a night and day difference. The second thing it helps is overall wear of the rifle. Every time you squeeze the trigger and the gas blow-back cycle completes, ever part in that rifle is affected by the jutting halt of metal on metal. By installing this recoil buffer at the end of the blow-back cycle, you are going to really extend the life of your internal parts.
AK-47 Recoil Buffer

Skeptical? Quit being a cheap skate and drop a few bucks to try them yourself. Both of these AK-47 Accessories get “Two-Thumbs” up from me. I guarantee you these will make your AK-47 shooting experience much more enjoyable. I have inserted a couple links to read about them at Brownells.com.

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Dueck Defense’s New Rapid Transition Sights. No need for flip up BUIS anymore?

Okay gang, after seeing these on Brownell’s a while back, I had to post on them. How fitting it was for me to find these after yesterday’s post. I have not tested these yet, but man they look pretty neat. Just from looking at them and reading about them, I will give you my common sense Pros and Cons. As far as the stats go They sit at the same bore height and sight picture as your MILSPEC A2 sights. The mounting arm only sits .20″ above rail height. This keeps them from getting in the way of other optic’s line of sight. They make them for left and right handed shooters. The rear aperture has the same windage and elevation adjustments in 1/2 moa clicks. The mounting offset is 45 degrees from top of weapon.
So here is why this is relevant with yesterday’s post of “Co-Witness or not to Co-Witness”, can we throw flip up BUIS and co-witnessing out the window now? Not so fast, Let me tell you the problems I see as an average shooter. The AR-15/M-4 platform is starting to turn into a set of legos. The more crap you mount on your weapon, the less effective it starts to become. Of course you have to have Iron Sights 100% must! I see these new sights being effective 50 meters or closer. I believe these will still be “iffy” on taking shots with iron sights out past 100 meters, unless laying down. If you plan on using these as your BUIS for every situation, I would practice everyday before I had to operate them. With the cycling of your M4 you have a recoil you are used to, with the gun canted 45 degrees it changes your cheek weld, your shoulder placement, and the way you adjust for the weapon’s recoil. Standing up or prone, I see this being a bigger adjustment that one is led to believe. I also see this creating other snag points to be thought about with your sling and gear.
Okay, enough with the Cons. Here are some of the neat things this sight platform creates. Co-witnessing, you don’t have to worry about this anymore. Primary optic breaks or is no longer useful due to closer range, no problem. You don’t have to flip up any sights, all you do is cant the weapon 45 degrees and proceed. This can add 3 or 4 extra shots down range at the bad guys, major plus! Also, if you have ever co-witnessed sights through an optic, you know at first it’s a tad hazy acquiring your sight picture again. Also, when co-witnessing you have a smaller field of view. When you are in a combat situation and need to acquire your next target quickly, the last thing you want to do is take your eye of your front sight.
Overall I think this could be a great new product for AR-15′s and M4′s. Fitted with the correct task and an operator willing to practice, it should get the job done. If you have any thoughts, ideas, or have actually operated using this style sight, feel free to post your review. Have a great day, Jim

As soon as Brownell’s has the product link up I will get it added. For now click this link and search Dueck Defense in their site search. Click here for AR-15/M16 parts & accessories from Brownells.com

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Co-Witness or not to Co-Witness that is the question and other SNAFU’s to keep in mind.

I might catch flack for this one, but here she goes. I personally think it is more important to be able to Co-Witness BUIS that it is to have a reliable zero retention quick release optics mount. Your Back Up Iron Sights, or BUIS, are the most important sighting platform on ANY weapon. You don’t have objective lenses to screw up, glass to keep clean, batteries to change, and God knows your not going to knock a good set out of place. Being able to Co-Witness a holographic sight is extremely important. This means, if your batteries go out or the SOB just doesn’t want to work, you can always have a sight picture through the holographic sight. If it gets dirty, you just have one lens to clean off, no problem. Here is why I don’t relying on a high quality quick release optics mount. First off, the retention of zero is only going to last so long. The detent levers are eventually going to wear. If this happens when in combat you are screwed. Secondly, if your optics fail and you have to take them off, do you stow them or toss them on the ground? Well you know if involved in covert operations, you dont need to be leaving any evidence of who did the snagging and bagging. Now in the defense of a quick release, if you have a lens shatter on an actual scope that is being co-witnessed, this is a good time to have the option. All in all, I personally would rather be able to co-witness. I would love to hear any opinions on this discussion whether you are for or against co-witnessing and why.

Here are some examples of co-witnessing: Notice how you still maintain a sight picture of BUIS through optics

 

 

 

 

 

Here are a few great optics mounting accessories that allow for co-witnessing your iron sights:

A.R.M.S., Inc. .5″ Spacer for ARMS 22M68 Mount

Arms Aimpoint Comp Right Throw Lever Mount

Aimpoint CompM3 – 4MOA w/ A.R.M.S. 22M68 Mount & Co-Witness Cantilever Spacer – MSP PACKAGE DEAL

Vortex Optics Tactical 30mm Riflescope Ring, Extra-High, Absolute Co-Witness for AR15

Vortex Optics 1 x 30mm StrikeFire Red Dot Flat Top AR Rifle Scope, Matte Black Finish with 4 MOA Illuminated Red Dot Reticle

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