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Magpul MOE SL Buttstock Durability and Drop Testing

I have been using the new Magpul MOE SL Buttstock for several weeks now and it certainly seems like a lot of stock for the money. It feels durable but feelings aren’t quantifiable. I haven’t done any drop testing but I have mortered it a few times to see if it would loosen (it didn’t). Now Magpul has let out a few tidbits pertaining to the durability of this stock (and others that they make).


First, they switched to harder stop pins across the board “a while ago”. From Magpul Director of Product Management and Marketing, Duane Liptak, Jr.:

“We switched to harder pins quite a while ago across the board–new pins, new finish, harder (but still tough). Right now it’s a balance between what gives out first. We haven’t bent a pin to the point that it doesn’t function in SL testing, but we’ve sure buggered up a lot of buffer tubes. The polymer will eventually fail on our secret squirrel punishment tester, but predictably, and the stock generally remains usable. If something didn’t give, there ends up being significant buffer tube damage to the point that the stock won’t adjust or come off without sawing or prying. It’s pretty doggone stout. We also, as always, formulate for performance across the temperature extremes. Hot, cold, room, etc, where a lot of more “shock absorbing” polymer formulations end up testing poorly at elevated or reduced temps. Different philosophies.”

Second, Magpul had the MOE SL Buttstock drop tested by a third party and the results matched their own internal testing:

“Just wanted to drop in and update on strength testing for the MOE SL buttstock. Didn’t want to say anything until we had third party verification of our results, but we just started getting those. We’re passing 2 meter, multi-axis drops on a 10 pound rifle in all colors and flavors from multiple test evolutions, and doing it with ease. Pretty stout stuff.”

The above quotes can be found on M4Carbine.net.


Adams Arms Piston Driven .308 Rifles

It is hard to believe that there was a time when shooters didn’t have many choices when it came to AR-10 pattern rifles. Now there are a multitude of manufacturers offering .308 chambered ARs including the newest, Adams Arms (AA).

Adams Arms 308

AA just took the wraps off their .308 chambered complete rifles and they can now be pre-ordered. The first 500 to order before November 15th will have their choice of serial numbers. The new, sub 8 pound rifle features a billet upper and lower receiver. It has greater than 50% parts commonality with an AR-15. There will be 4 models available with prices ranging from $1,329.99  to $2,999.99. I will share details about the 4 models as they become available.

Thankfully, it appears that the rifle will take the SR-25 pattern magazine.

Pre-order at the Adams Arms website.


V7 SCAR Selector Levers

V7 Weapon Systems has turned their attention to a new rifle – the FN SCAR. Their new V7 SCAR Selector Levers come as a set with a long and short lever.You would typically install the short lever on your non-dominant side so that it reduces the likelihood of interfering with your dominant side trigger finger.

They are machined from 7075-T6 aluminum and hard anodized. There are fairly aggressive steps machined into the sides of the levers to ensure positive grip and, unsurprisingly if you are familiar with V7, excess material has been machined away to keep the levers as light as possible.

Check out the new V7 SCAR Selector Levers.



Low-Pro Products AK Pistol QD Mount for SB-47 Stabilizer

low pro products sb47 sling mountIf you have an SB-47 Stabilizer mounted on an AK pistol, Low-Pro Products is about to make your day. They just released their AK Pistol QD Mount for Sig SB-47 Stabilizer which is a rotation-limited, push button QD sling socket that mounts to the bottom of the SB-47 via the factory provided mounting holes. The design is completely ambidextrous.

Check out the new AK Pistol QD Mount for the SB-47 Stabilizer at Low-Pro Products.

low pro products sb47 sling mount installed



Patch Collecting: Death Blossom from DSTEIN DZIGNS

I was 3 years old when The Last Starfighter found its way into theaters. I didn’t see it until later but it become one of my favorite childhood movies. This Death Blossom Patch from DSTEIN DZIGNS had me scrambling to see if Netflix had the movie in their streaming library (they don’t)!

If you like 80’s sci-fi, this patch is for you. If you like detailed patches, this patch is for you. If you just like patches… you know.

10614238_725763407485382_8951861617648567543_n DSTEIN_BLOSSOM_FINAL


Ruger AR-556

Ruger has announced their latest AR-15 style rifle – the AR-556. The new carbine will feature direct impingement gas system (DI) instead of a gas piston and appears to be aimed squarely at the budget end of the AR-15 market. Many of the decisions were obviously made to hit a price point and that is okay. I suspect they will sell a ton of them with a street price likely to be well below $700.


I suspected that this day would come and, when it did, I hoped that Ruger would use a mid-length gas system given that their piston carbines use something like a mid-length system. However, the AR-556 uses carbine length gas.

The 16″ hammer forged, medium contour contour barrel is not chrome lined. The lack of chrome-lining is often sold as a “feature” since it makes the barrel “more accurate” but it is usually just a way to cut cost. Chrome lined barrels can be very accurate. The 1 in 8″ twist should stabilize just about projectile you can find on the shelf.

The front sight base has been machined instead of forged. There is a QD sling swivel socket integrated into the bottom and it is proper “F” height. It looks like a fairly nice unit and the barrel is .750″ beneath it so it should be easily replaceable.

The upper looks fairly standard and does have M4 feed ramps. It also has a brass deflector and forward assist which are not found on some competing budget rifles. It has an interesting (and a little strange) delta ring assembly that threads into place to retain the hand guards rather than being spring-loaded like a standard delta ring. Unfortunately, this means that the barrel nut is not standard and will have to be replaced in order to nearly every free-float hand guard on the market.

The grip and rear back up sight appear to be Ruger’s own design and the rifles will ship with a Magpul PMAG.


MI M-LOK Hand Guard for the Tavor

Midwest Industries (MI) just released a sneak peak at their upcoming M-LOK Hand Guard for the IWI Tavor. The images show a pre-production version of the hand guard so there may be some changes to the production model. It is basically very similar to their other Tavor hand guards with the exception of the M-LOK spec slots.

MI doesn’t usually keep you waiting for long after they release images of the pre-production product so these will likely be available soon.

MI pre-prod mlok tavor


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