.308 Range Trip!

I have been wanting to get some of our various types of .308/7.62×51 calibers down to the range and get some results on paper to post here on our blog. Yesterday was the day. We enlisted the help of our friend, Detective Tim Riggs who is a SWAT team Sniper Leader and Instructor for our local Police Department, to do the shooting and help keep this official.
(Tim is also on the board at http://www.americansnipers.org. If you are not familiar with this great organization please take the time to check them out. They are actively seeking help to best equip our active US Military Snipers who are in the line of fire overseas. Do your part to keep this Country great, and our Soldiers safe.)
All the groups below were fired from a Remington 700 SWS with a Leupold 3.5×10 rifle scope that was zeroed for Prvi Partizan Match 168grn Boat Tail Hollow Point ammunition. Target distance was 100 yards in 72 degree weather with zero wind.
South African .308 (7.62×51) 147grn FMJ
Our item #A308SA (buy here)
Made at the PMP factory in South Africa in the late 1970’s to early 1980’s. This ammunition features a 147grn lead core copper jacketed bullet, brass case, and non-corrosive berdan primer. It is packaged 20rds to a box, 140rds to a sealed waterproof pvc battlepack, and 1,260rds (9-battlepacks) to a resealable metal can (although they are too heavy to ship UPS that way, gotta take 2 battlepacks out).

German DAG NATO .308 (7.62×51) 147grn FMJ
Our item #A308DAG (buy here)
Made at the Dynamit Nobel Factory in Germany in the early 1990’s. This ammunition features a 147grn lead core nickel and copper jacketed bullet, NATO headstamped brass case, and non-corrosive berdan primer. It is packaged 20rds to a box, 200rds (10 boxes) to a sealed waterproof pvc battlepack, and 1,000rds (5-battlepacks) to a cardboard case.

British ROF Radway Green NATO .308 (7.62×51) 147grn FMJ
Our item #A308RG
(buy here)
Made at the Royal Ordnance Factory (Radway Green) in Britian in the early 1990’s. This ammunition features a 147grn lead core copper jacketed bullet,  NATO headstamped brass case, and non-corrosive berdan primer. It is packaged 5rds on a steel charger (stripper clip), 75rds (15-5rd chargers)to a nylon bandolier with metal snaps, and 750rds (10 bandoliers) in a sealed battlepack inside a wood knockdown crate.

Prvi Partizan PPU Match 168grn Hollow Point
Our item #AP308HP168
(buy here)
This is current production ammunition manufactured by Prvi Partizan in Serbia. It features a Match 168grn boat tail lead core copper jacketed hollow point bullet, Brass case, and non-corrosive boxer primer. Packaged 20rds to a box and 1,000rds (50 boxes) to a cardboard case.

So what did I buy?   My POF .308 rifle LOVES the Radway, and it produces the best groups for me.  But I shoot Prvi in my Bolt guns. Please take these results with a grain of salt. Certain gun/barrel combinations are going to perform differently with the same calibers you see above. With a different gun you could get a completely different set of targets. The best way for determining the best ammo for your rifle is to try a little of everything, and see what your rifle likes.
I appreciate your interest and business,
Bryan Flannagan
AIM, Inc.

How do I purchase a Firearm for FFL transfer at AIMSurplus?

As many of you may have noticed, our website got a major facelift in January of this year.  Nearly all aspects of the order taking process were changed and that may have caused some confusion with some of our customers.  While we continue to take input so we can improve our website to best serve our customers, we thought it would be best to present a tutorial on how to order a firearm to be shipped to a dealer for a transfer.  Please bear in mind that we can only ship to one address per order so please place firearm and ammunition orders separately.
Step 1: Select the item you would like to purchase, confirm the quantity you would like to order and click “Add to Cart”.

Step 2: When your ordering is complete, click “Checkout”.

Step 3: If you have ordered off of our website since our website was updated and you set a password, please login on the right.  If you are a new customer or are unable to log in, enter your contact information on the left and click “Continue”.

Step 4: Fill out the form with your billing information and click “Continue”.

Step 5: Click “Edit” under “Shipping Address / FFL Dealer” to enter your FFL Dealers shipping information.

Step 6: Fill out the form with the correct shipping information.  Please note that there is no line for “Company”.  We recommend entering the business name in the First Name and Last Name lines as shown in the picture.  Click “Update”. If you fail to click “Update”, your shipping information will not be saved.  Verify that the information shown is correct and click “Continue Checkout”.

Step 7: Enter your credit/debit card information and uncheck the box below.

Step 8: Enter in your billing information and read our terms and conditions by clicking the “terms and conditions” link.  If you agree to our terms and conditions, check the box underneath the link and click “Place Order”.

Congratulations! Your order has been submitted and you should receive an automatic email confirming receipt of your order.
On the following screens, you are given the option to upload your photo ID and a Federal Firearms License as well as a link that will let you set a password so you can log in for future orders.
Thank you for your business!

Got a handy little cheap accessory in a few weeks ago…

We got a handy little cheap accessory in a few weeks ago. The EMA Tactical AK Magazine release. I know I know… tactical… AK? You rarely hear those words together. But I have to give it to EMA, they have put together, er… or molded, a neat little AK bit here.
It installs very easily over the standard magazine release. It allows for a much improved ambidextrous control during magazine engagement and disengagement. That could come in handy in a high stress environment, or even when you’re just lazying around the range.
This little booger is made in Israel, and at $13.49 delivered, every AK owner should have at least one.
click here to buy

Memorial Day May 31, 2010

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

Great Deal on Spikes Tactical Gen 1 Multi-Cal. Stripped Lower Receivers

We currently have a really great deal on these Spikes Tactical Generation 1 Multi-Cal. Stripped Lower Receivers. Spike’s changed the way they do their markings, and we were able to get a good price 1st generation models.
Here is the skinny:
New Spikes Tactical Generation 1 multi-caliber AR15 stripped lower receivers. This is the basis for any top quality rifle. Machined from a 7075 T6 Mil-Spec Forging. Mil-Spec Type III Hardcoat Anodized finish. Low Shelf for use with RDIAS. Lazer engraved markings. Bullet Pictogram markings in the Safe/Semi/Auto positions. While supplies last.
So what is the difference between these, and the current model? Good question, and a popular one.
The difference is the depth of the markings. These were lazer engraved so the markings are not as deep as the Gen 2.
There is no other difference.
Generation 1:

Generation 2:

These lowers are proving to be very popular. We still have a few left, and have the final shipment showing up early next week.

AIM, Inc. presents… AVATAR! Or well, here are some cool Avatars…

Bryan has been bugging me forever to make some custom AIM, Inc. Avatars for our fellow forum Nerds. I am an amateur photographer at best, but being the resident pic Ninja and judo photochop artist, I do get to photograph some really neat stuff. These are set to AR15.com’s Avatar size, but please feel free to use them anywhere. I plan on releasing new batches every couple of weeks. Next batch will concentrate more on surplus firearms, maybe sized for gunboards.com. If there is something you want done custom from any of the other pics you see on our website, drop me an email, [email protected].
Erik Hamre
Director of Marketing
AIM, Inc.

Aero Precision COP Monolithic Upper for AR15 New Aero Precision Monolithic COP (Continuous Optics Platform)

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…

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.

Russian 1891/30 7.62x54R Mosin Nagant Rifles

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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