Make sure to pay your respects this Monday for those who have fought and died for our Freedom. Honor these Hero’s ultimate sacrifice and do your part to keep this country great.
“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.”
– General George S. Patton
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A great new accessory arrived last week, the new Aero Precision COP (Continuous Optics Platform). Proudly made in the U.S.A., this is a one-piece complete upper/handguard replacement for the AR15 rifle that makes mounting optics and accessories a breeze. There is no more bridging the gap between handguard and flattop upper receiver when mounting longer eye relief scopes. The upper is rigidly structured for greater accuracy.
BUT, what truly makes this a different concept is the ability to change the left, right and bottom rail panels to make your upper WHAT YOU WANT. You could install the 3 included picatinny rail sections to make a railed unit, or insert the 3 flat sections to give the upper a more rounded feel, or use the two half railed sections like I did to provide a smooth rear section but the ability to mount accessories towards the front. The combinations are endless as you can even flip the half-railed sections so that the rail slots are in either the front or the back of the handguard. And Aero Precision didn’t go cheap and leave you to find your own tools, included is a Torx screw driver and a proprietary barrel nut and proprietary barrel wrench. Currently, only the carbine length rail is available but future offerings will include a mid-length and rifle-length COP upper.
It’s been awhile since we have had such a selection of Surplus .308 ammunition. In fact, this might be the nicest variety of Surplus .308 (7.62×51) in 10 years.
FN Belgian .308 NATO (7.62×51) 144grn FMJ
Beautiful early 1980’s surplus FN Belgian .308 NATO (7.62×51) ammunition. Features a 144grn lead core full copper jacketed bullet, brass case, and non-corrosive berdan primer. Packaged 50rds to a box, and 1,200rds (24 boxes) to a resealable metal can. ORM-D weight restrictions will allow for only 20 boxes (1,000rds) and the can to be shipped in a single package.
German DAG .308 FMJ NATO (7.62×51)
1990’s Surplus German NATO 7.62×51 (.308) DAG ammunition. This is beautiful, accurate ammunition packaged for long term storage. Features a 147grn lead core full copper and nickel (magnetic) jacketed bullet, brass case, and non-corrosive berdan primer. Packed 20rds in a box, 200rds (10 boxes) in a sealed waterproof PVC battlepack.
British Radway Green NATO .308 (7.62×51) 147grn FMJ
1990’s Production British Surplus Radway Green NATO spec. .308 (7.62×51) ammunition. Features a NATO headstamp, 147grn full copper jacketed lead core (non-magnetic) bullet, brass case, and non-corrosive Berdan primer. Incredible packaging! Packed 5rds to a charger (stripper clip), 75rds (15-5rd chargers) to a military grade nylon bandolier with metal snaps, and 750rds (10 bandoliers) to a sealed battlepack inside a wooden crate.
South African .308 (7.62×51) 147grn FMJ
South African Surplus .308 (7.62×51) ammunition. Manufactured in the late 1970’s to early 1980’s. 147grn Lead core, Copper Jacketed, Non-Magnetic, FMJ Bullet. Brass Case, Non-Corrosive, Berdan Primer. Packaged 7 boxes(140rds) to a Sealed Waterproof Battlepack, 980rds (7 Battlepacks) to a 980rd resealable ammo can.
In 1891, the Russian Empire adopted a bolt-action rifle chambered in 7.62x54R, and designated it Model 1891. In 1930, the sights, barrel bands, and receivers were altered and the rifle was given a new designation: the 1891/30, or 91/30 for short. Aside from altering the rifles that were being newly produced, the government also began updating rifles already in existence. Rifles were made in Russia, Finland, France, and even by Remington at one point! The 91/30 was the workhorse of the Russian armed forces for decades and saw action in both World Wars and was witness to the fall of the Russian Empire and its transition to the Soviet Union.
Because these weapons were so widely produced for more than half a century, the 91/30 provides a unique opportunity to own a piece of history and a real powerhouse for relatively little money (try finding a usable US M1 Garand for <$80!). The size of the 54R cartridge falls squarely between the .30-06 (7.62x63mm) and the .308 Winchester (7.62x51mm) so you know you’re shooting a rifle! Some people even load their 91/30 up with soft point ammo for deer season. With the bayonet, sling, and ammo pouch (for starters), you can really get an authentic feel for what it must have been like for a Russian soldier more than sixty-five years ago.
Whether it’s a round receiver or a hex, made by Izhevsk or Tula, there are so many little variations that you’re almost guaranteed to get a different rifle each time.
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We took the Polish P-83 “Wanad” Pistol to the Range today. What a pleasant surprise shooting this pistol is. It lacks the typical bite that most 9×18 Makarov pistols of similar size have, and is really a zippy little shooter. Accurate as well.
The P-83 “Wanad” replaced the P-64 as the official Polish Military and Police sidearm in the early 1980’s. I believe the “Wanad” refers to the metal or metal process used in the construction of this Pistol. It’s a heavy little sucker at 1.6lbs unloaded. I am sure that helps with the little felt recoil.
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