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Death Valley Magazine: Ottowa Ankle Rules – Are you hurt or injured?

In a wilderness survival or tactical environment how can you tell if you’ve sprained or broken an ankle?  The distinction may seem minor, but the implications are dramatic…

Numrich Now Owns Charles Daly!

Charles Daly (CD) has been purchased by Numrich. Numrich is one of the largest gun parts suppliers in the world. Charles Daly was really turning out some top notch AR-15s before they closed their doors a few months ago. Hopefully with Numrich at the helm, there will be more quality CD ARs on the market soon but that may not be the case. This sounds more like Numrich is buying them out to add the CD parts to the Numrich catalog rather than to continue making/importing CD products.

Buffer Tubes Remixed

PWS Enhanced Buffer Tube – This is PWS’s new buffer tube for Ar-15 pattern rifles. It is interesting to me for a number of reasons.

  1. There is no castle nut to come loose. Very few manufacturers or home builders take the time to properly stake the castle nut which can lead to problems if the nut loosens. This design does away with the castle nut completely.
  2. It is potentially a more durable design. I have heard some people say that the buffer tube can be knocked out of alignment or broken at the place where it threads into the receiver. I have never seen it happen myself. PWS claims that the one piece design and manufacture of this tube will make it stronger.
  3. It provides a sling attachment point near the rear of the lower receiver which is my preferred place to mount a sling (2 point).
  4. It claims to reduce felt recoil by 10%. I am not sure that most shooters would notice that or be able to take advantage of it but any advantage is a good advantage.
  5. The design of the tube can actually help counteract carrier tilt. This may be big news for you guys running piston uppers since carrier tilt is a systemic problem that plagues piston ARs.

At first glance the price seems a little steep. However, if you consider that true mil-spec buffer tubes (not just mil-spec diameter) are not cheap and that a similar sling attachment point would cost extra, it becomes a little more reasonable (but still steep). I will be interested to see if these take off. Whether it is worth the price will be up to you.

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