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Commercial vs. Mil Spec part 2???

We had some “high speed/low drag” dudes pointing out how little I know about everything. Well…haters gonna hate. They had issues with the first post on this topic. That one I tried to keep it so even the newest of the newbies out there could stay on track. So for the more “high speed” guys…

Forging is a process where a chunk of billet is heated to the point of being pliable. Not a puddle but not ridged either. Then it is put in a precision mold inside a hydronic press. The press forces the workable metal into the mostly complete outer shape of a receiver (which is much different than an extrusion process). I originally called this similar to a casting for mental image comparison. This is as close to casting something as you can get with out starting with molten metal. Now, any time you have a lot of sharp angles, and yes I consider right angles to be sharp, you have a week spot. On an AR receiver there happens to be a lot of them. Then the finish machining can begin. This is things like magazine wells, trigger housings, and yes even final outside shape. After all, you have to attempt to remove the crease left from having a two piece mold (metal tends to squeeze out from between the mold). Now unless you have the metal in such a state that you can alter the shape of the crystalline grain structure to the shape of the mold you are creating areas of high stress. These areas are more prone to cracking than non-forged receivers. Now, with everything I’ve read (there’s a lot of arguments on both sides) as long as you use the same material to make a forged or milled receiver it still has the same material strength…except for the stressed areas.

A billet receiver is just that… machined 100% from a single piece of material. This method ensures that you are much less likely to have highly stressed areas (and probably micro fissures). Companies that use this method usually are proactive and keep areas that are know high stress areas and beef up that area. Yeah, the mall ninja will complain because it weighs an extra couple of ounces….yes ounces…but in my opinion (10+ years as a gunsmith and government armorer) you have a longer lasting (and able to endure more abuse) receiver using this method over forging. Feel free not to like my opinion if it lets you sleep at night.

BattleComp…..just use it and you’ll see. Does this comp remove recoil? No. You’d have to be a moron to think that. What a compensator does is use the gas blowing out of the muzzle to pull the rifle slightly away from your shoulder. This essentially dampens “felt recoil”. All the recoil is still there…you just don’t feel as much of it because the muzzle devise is “compensating”….see what they did there? This comp is basically a single suppressor chamber that has been vented on top. You get great flash suppression and acts as a compensator at the same time. How is this not a win?

Mil Spec is still the military’s attempt to ensure everything meets at least the their minimum quality standards and parts commonality. A field armorer has to be able to throw in a new trigger from a bucket of parts and it work in any rifle. This doesn’t, however, mean that it’s the best standard. Mil Spec may say to keep to the blueprints measurements to within .005″ while civilian manufactures are trying to stay within .0005″ to .001″. That means better tolerances which equals out to everything working better together. But the military needs to establish a minimum standard to make sure they aren’t given absolute crap. But this also allows companies to make things as cheaply as possible within the set parameters. Any questions? So why make something that uses more material and therefore costs more if you don’t have to? That’s Mil Spec.

Things like buffer tubes use the extrusion method of manufacturing. It’s a process where metal is pressed or drawn through a mold. Think of it like metal noodles. Put aluminum in and force it into the mold…spit out new buffer tube ready for media blasting and anodizing.

Metallurgy has to do with the metal itself…not in machining methods. Just saying.

Anyway that’s all for now.

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Dump the Bolt Action?

I read a recent article about modern sniper rifles and their battlefield mission. It’s true that the role of the sniper has expanded during current conflicts. Sniper programs were done away with after our world wars, forcing the military to rebuild them when new conflicts arose. Since then we have seen the importance of marksman with the sniper’s field craft and kept the programs alive.

The War on Terror has be a real game changer. We have the need for urban sniping like no time in history. The reason for the up surge is that we’ve finally learned their value. Setting troop movements so they are guarded by one or more sniper teams, drawing the enemy into the sniper’s range, setting advancements so it can be watched over by a sniper, all techniques formally only used by high speed units. Now it’s far more commonplace.

That brings us to the rifles used.

Sure we have upgraded it to have a 10 round box magazine but it’s still half of the rounds held by a semi auto. Yeah, they are accurate to a fault and there’s nothing wrong with that.

Semi autos have come a long way in both reliability and accuracy. I would prefer one myself.

I differ from the author of the article, though. I see these two rifle types as having two purposes and therefore room for both.

Urban work I believe requires a semi auto. You need the ability of rapid follow up shots and a higher magazine capacity. You never know how many targets will present themselves at one time. The happy medium of power and lighter recoil that you find in the semi auto 7.62 is great for this job. For the mission of these snipers they have a lot of opportunity to choose an approximate target distance (for instance covering movement toward a “T” in the road letting them know their maximum distance). I looked up Winchester Match ammo. Their .308 168gn boattail match rounds still have 1190 ft lbs of energy at 500yds. That’s still enough to take down an elk much less a human target. For the every day mission of the Scout Sniper I believe the 7.62 still has their back and having it in a semi auto, like they are being issued today, is a great match.

Bolt actions are more of a specialty tool these days. You need someone to slip in and take out a cartel boss, for instance. It looks like the .408 Cheytac, the .300 Win Mag, or the .50 BMG. Precise and extremely powerful. This is not something that every mission needs. This is something special.

So, dump the Bolt Action? No. Re-purpose it from the main battlefield sniper’s weapon. Yes, or at least that’s my armchair commando opinion.

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Breaking News

This just in, Gun Rights Radio Network calls it quits. Crusader Podcast Network still standing.

That is all?

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The Big Move

Well, the big move is over. For those who didn’t know Crusader, and the family with it, just made a huge relocation. We left Utah leaving behind the “conservative” politics that never really reaches the mark of actual conservatism, high state taxes, taxes on anything they can think of just to find another way into your pocket, and feeling stuck in the city. Although Utah did have great gun and knife laws.

But then I’m loosing Mike Lee…but gaining Ted Cruz. Loosing Goveror Herbert (hippie with an R behind his name) and gaining Rick Perry. Something tells me we’ll be alright.

21613 Texas Star 24 x 24 x 15 oil on canvasCrusader is now in the great state of Texas. No state taxes, no expensive licensing a much larger gun culture and a better education system for the kids. An all around win.

I’m really looking forward to being an active part of the shooting sports industry here. Competition, hunting, and just teaching the kids to shoot better are all on the table. Of course first comes getting unpacked and setting the shop back up. It’s getting there but as usual family comes first. Kids are finally registered and in school (these schools don’t mess around here. everything is ultra serious and at times uppity.) It will take me a few days but I’ll have the shop rolling in no time. Stand by for awesomeness.

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Big CCW Win

We’ve had one of the most significant advances in self defense law in a long time. Having this one come from California…shocking. Read the full story here.

So we have a judge in California telling us that their CCW law is in direct violation of the Construction, specifically the 2nd Amendment. To be asked to give a good reason to need a CCW is in violation of their natural right to self defense. When it comes to 2A rulings is there any sweeter sound?

Other states will be able to use this, sure. But think of what this ruling could mean on a national scale.

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Milspec vs. Commercial

Today I had the best comment/question I’ve ever had on Gundoc’s Doctrine. So Jake, here’s your answers brother.

The original remarks were:

“My rifles are far better than the ones being currently issued to our war fighters.”

This recently came into a discussion with myself and a friend, a lot of civilian rifles seem to be generally superior to what’s being issued. In your opinion, why would you say that is? For example, free float hand guards, would you say this is a cost issue, or do they lack something the standard hand guards have?

Thanks.

Lets start off with what is a currently issued rifle? Yes there’s a lot of testing involved. They have to meet certain standards of durability and reliability. The stuff that meets those minimum standards are basically is defined as milspec. I.E. minimum Military Specifications. This tells you that they are seeking the equipment costing the least that meets the minimum standard.

So what’s missing? Billet receivers for one thing. They’re stronger and take much more abuse than the standard http://si-defense.com/si-content/uploads/2014/01/IMG_6673.jpgforged (fancy word for cast then finish milled) receivers. Commercial receivers often have reenforced walls in high stress areas. This ensures that even under the harshest conditions, areas that would have broken on a milspec receiver will still be going strong. It’s the mark of quality that costs more than the military cares to issue.

Barrels, can’t forget about the pipe stabilizing the bullet. The GAP-10 uses cut rifled blanks that they chamber. Cut rifling far exceeds normal rifling methods and is the reason custom bolt action rifles are so famous for being accurate. It doesn’t exceed the polygonal rifling that Crusader uses but it’s still good stuff.

Flash hiders. The aftermarket flash hiders actually work. I’ve seen the Vortex at night under sustained fire until the barrels glowed. Even with night vision I could barely tell the rifles were being fired there was so little flash. The Battlecomp completely does away with muzzle flip. Completely. So once again the minimum standard is struck down by something that costs more than $5 each.

Stocks. You go with something like Magpul¬† CTR with it’s locking lever or the ACS with it’s enhanced cheek weld (like the one they copied, the Vltor) and you have a much more stable shoulder platform to shoot from. Pick any aftermarket stock. I guarantee more thought has gone into the design but also costs more.

Bolt carrier groups. We have access to better than the minimum allowed quality. We have Aerospace companies taking the same standards they use for the space shuttle and are putting that into BCG’s. How freaking awesome is that? The military doesn’t even consider that because they probably get these parts for about $50 each where we would pay over $100 for a better quality part.

Handguards. Yes, the military is using some quad rails. They’re two piece, generally, and still have all the disadvantages of having too many things touching the barrel. Our free floating handguards make for better accuracy, are very ridged, and models like the Yankee Hill with the end cap will more than meet the quality standards of the military. Once again…they cost more than $5 so that’s just too much.

Speaking of Crusader rifles, since all of mine are built by the same smith, from start to finish, I have a much better handle on quality control than a company that has one guy put in the trigger, another puts on the barrel, and by the time it’s done has too many people have their mitts on the rifle and who knows if they’re having a bad day or not.

So I guess what I’m saying is….it’s not difficult to have a better rifle than what the military is issued. You just have to know what you’re putting into it. Hope that helped Jake. Thanks again for the awesome question.

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New ammo

I have some reservations about this ammo. It’s concept is pretty cool and immediately makes you want some. Come on, pistol ammo designed to fragment and leave a still moving slug. Who isn’t signing up for that?

Then you look a little closer at their videos. You notice that they aren’t working with the FBI standard 12″ ballistic gell blocks. They’re using 16″ and the slug goes through that with ease. That’s an injured or killed bystander.

One of the videos shows a glancing blow on the top of the gell. Some of the fragmenting segments blows through the gell and what looks like off camera. That’s more possible injuries to innocent bystanders. I can already see prosecutors using the company’s own videos against defensive shooters in court.

This stuff would be my anti – zombie ammo of choice but I don’t see that happening.

Is this ammo devastating? Absolutely. Having each bullet CNC machined from solid copper….just sounds expensive. Precise, but expensive. Is this even going to be ammo that you can afford to fill your mags with?

Seeing the over penitration, do you really want NYPD to get their hands on this stuff?

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New Crusader Site

I’ve been working on the Crusader website. The original was created by a friend and has served us well. Trying to keep up with the updates has become too much of a pain to be worth it. So, with a little advise I’ve been working with the wix.com templates to come up with the perfect site. I think I have something great prepared. Is it perfect? It wasn’t touched by the master’s hand…only mine. But I can expand the site to meet future needs without rewriting endless lines of code, as Terry did with the old site.

I think this is going to be a great change and be well worth the effort.

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Not One I Thought Of…I Like It.

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January 11, 2014 · 8:35 pm

I’ll pass on the chick scent, thanks.

Have any of you noticed the stuff they are trying to pass off as manly scents lately? Doesn’t matter if it’s soap or aftershave they all smell more and more like a chick’s perfume thesr days. What happened to the days when men didn’t want to smell like their women?

How about we take off the lacy panties and strap on a pair? Take a look at some of the classics like Old Spice. It’s bold. It grabs the nostrils and gives them a spicy bitch slap. Its manly.

I’m not saying that it’s the only choice. Just an example of a brutal manly scent.

Man up.

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