[Gun Gear] Don’t Make These “Operator” Rifle Mistakes

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I remember reading an old snippet of what was probably a “Soldier of Fortune” magazine years ago.

A team leader in Rhodesia told his men, who were complaining about the weight of their FN-FAL rifles,

“It’s not a handbag, ladies. You don’t need a sling on it like a purse.”

The thing is, what even experienced, old-school operators sometimes don’t realize…

…is that a modern sling is essential, especially to civilian defenders.

Here’s why.

3 Reasons You DO Need An “Operator Sling”

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Best Operator Rifle Sling

A rifle without a sling is, well, just a rifle.

If you don’t have a sling, though, you’re making a mistake.

In fact, you’re making 3 potential mistakes:

1. A Sling Is The Only Way To “Holster” Your Rifle

Picture this: You use your rifle or carbine for home defense.

Then the cops come, because you called them…

…and your rifle is still in your hands!

That’s a good way to get shot, amigo.

But unless you want to put the rifle down, out of your control, the only way to “holster it” is to sling it.

And you can’t do that if you don’t have one, right?

2. A Sling Lets You Transition To A Pistol

A good sling lets you drop your rifle without dropping it.

If you have a single-point sling, for example, you let the rifle fall to the end of the sling, where it is safely against your body…

…and you draw your pistol to engage the threat.

I’ve seen videos of some operators who can do this “lightning fast.”

That brings me to…

3. A Sling Aids In Weapon Retention

A sling attaches the rifle or carbine to your body.

This means that if someone tries to take your weapon, it’s tethered to you.

Now, that doesn’t mean they won’t eventually wrench it free…

…but it does give you an unfair advantage when it comes to weapon retention.

In a fight for your life, always fight unfairly!

There’s just one problem when it comes to all these “operator sling mistakes.”

By now you’ve probably realized why you need a sling for your weapon…

…But a “normal” sling is almost as bad as no sling!

By “normal,” I mean the kind of sling that is basically just a “belt” from one end of the rifle to the other, the kind of thing you use to throw your trusty huntin’ rifle over your shoulder.

That kind of sling CAN’T be used for transitioning to a pistol, because you’ll never get it over your shoulder in time.

It can’t aid in weapon retention or transition, either, because it isn’t over your body when you’re shooting.

No, if you want a PROPER tactical sling, you need an “operator” style sling.

C7 SlingA great example is the C7 Hawkeye Sling.

This is an adjustable, ambidextrous sling that is perfect for your weapon.

With this sling, you can easily attach your “assault rifle,” securely and with full maneuverability.

Need to “drop” your rifle to draw your pistol?

The C7 Hawkeye Sling lets you do that, while keeping your rifle with YOU (not lying around for a bad guy to pick up).

And with the rifle attached to your body at the end of this “operator” sling, you’ll also have a much easier time hanging on to your weapon if someone tries to take it from you.

(This is, without a doubt, the EXACT type of sling you need when it comes to using your rifle (and your pistol) for self-defense and home defense.)

You can learn more on this webpage.

But even if you DON’T buy that one, you need a similar, operator-style sling for your home-defense and self-defense rifle or carbine.

This is important – which means the one thing you don’t dare do is… nothing.

Get a good sling and you’ll be better prepared to protect yourself and your family, which is what it’s all about, you know?

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Assault Rifles: 3 Things You Don’t Know About AR15 Pistol Grips

Assault Rifles: Best AR15 Pistol Grips Tips

Jeff Anderson

Let’s talk about something you may not have thought much about where your AR15 is concerned.

That is the pistol grip.

A lot of people never consider their AR’s grip.

I’ve had people tell me that the factory grips on ARs will basically just tear up your hand for extended use.

Now me, I’ve been a soldier in the infantry, and I’ve used an M16 with those factory grips on it for a long period of time.

I don’t remember my hands ever getting chewed up… but the first time I ever got a rubberized pistol grip on an AR, it felt SO much more comfortable.

So that got me thinking: Can changing the grip on the AR reduce fatigue?

Will it help my shooting?

D0es it even matter?

I spoke with my friend Ox about this, and here is a run-down of what he told me.

3 Things You Don’t Know About AR15 Pistol Grips

Assault Rifles: Best AR15 Pistol Grips Tips
Assault Rifles: Best AR15 Pistol Grips Tips
Ox

A lot of people will indeed tell you the factory grips on an AR15 may well tear up your hand in extended use.

Then again, you may think it’s fine.

If it’s not broke, you may feel no need to fix it.

It’s not a must-have, but it is definitely a modification that can help.

There are a bunch of manufacturers making oversized grips now.

The right one really depends on you.

AR15 Pistol Grip Tip#1: The Right Size And Shape

The right pistol grip depends on the size and shape of your hand.

How big is your hand?

How long are your fingers?

What is going to put your trigger finger where you want it so that you can run that trigger straight back and forth, without disturbing sight alignment?

That part is important.

As with anything, before you buy a new, fancy grip for your AR15, you should really try it out.

See if it’s going to work for you.

Because the last thing you want to do is actually make your shooting less accurate, or make the grip less comfortable.

AR15 Pistol Grip Tip #2: How Tight Are Your Fingers?

When you grip the AR15, look at how tight your fingers are.

The tighter you hold your fingers, the harder it will be to hold firm tension.

It may not seem like a problem for a few magazines worth of shooting.

You may pick up the rifle, fire a few rounds, and think, “This is fine.”

But what happens when it’s no longer a couple of magazines?

What if it’s a couple of days worth of shooting, or of carrying that rifle and being ready to shoot?

What if it’s a long-term survival scenario in which you must be armed?

Again, the tighter your fingers are, the harder it will be to hold firm tension long-term.

AR15 Tip #3: How Wide Are Your Fingers?

You might think, then, that a wide, smooth, oversized grip is the way to go.

After all, your fingers can’t be too tight then, can they?

The problem is that a grip that is too wide can create the same tension.

You want a wider grip, but not one that’s so wide that it causes fatigue.

Everyone’s grip is different.

You have to find the “sweet spot” in between that is comfortable for you.

Only then will you be able to have the best balance to prevent fatigue and provide for accurate shooting.

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AR15 / “Assault Rifle” Tip: 3 Reasons You NEED A Sling On Your AR15!

Jeff Anderson

When you think about customizing your AR15, the first thing you think of is probably not the sling.

But your choice of sling makes a difference…

…Especially when it comes to home defense, because you might have to be opening doors, carrying your kid, bringing Poopsie the Poodle with you, or whatever.

No matter the situation, at some point your hands are going to be occupied.

You’re going to have to let go of the weapon and then very quickly bring it back up to reengage.

I see guys down at the local range who look like they just stepped off of a Black Hawk helicopter.

They’ve got these high speed, low drag slings.

Is that really what you need?

Do you need a sling at all?

I spoke with my friend Ox about this, and here is a run-down of what he told me.

3 Reasons You NEED A Sling On Your AR15!

AR15 / Assault Rifle Tip: 3 Reasons You Need A Sling On Your Rifle
Ox

A lot of the gear you see people using on the range is something they’ve seen on television, in movies, and in magazines.

These setups are mission-specific.

Unless your mission is the same as the mission of the guy in the picture or in the movie, his setup may not work for you.

That’s something you need to consider.

You, do however, need a sling on your rifle, regardless of what you end up choosing.

Here are three reasons why:

#1: It’s A Holster

With a pistol, when you’re not using the pistol you can put it back in the holster.

With a carbine, you don’t want to lay it on the ground.

So your sling acts as a holster.

That could be if you’re rendering first aid to someone or you just need to use your hands for something.

Because of that I’m a big fan of a two point sling.

Two point slings let you quickly adjust the sling from being cinched up against your body tight enough that you can jump and climb and do whatever, to being loose enough that you can switch from shooting right-handed to left-handed without having to put the sling over your head and switch sides.

One modification that you can make to it is to put a Magpul quick release clip on the front attachment point.

What that will allow you to do is, within a second or two, switch from having it be a two point sling to a one point sling.

It gives you the best of both worlds.

#2: It Aids In Retention

A second reason a sling is so vital is for retention.

If you’ve got your carbine slung and somebody tries to grab it from you, it’s not like snatching a pistol from your hands.

It’s wrapped around your body.

You’ve got a couple hundred pounds of mass attached to that gun.

Your attacker has to figure out how to overcome that in order to get control of your weapon.

That’s a huge safety issue.

This is especially true in a home-defense scenario.

A sling makes it harder for the invader to take your weapon and use it against you.

#3: For Long-Range Precision

The third reason a sling is important is that it can be used for long-range precision.

(You may have seen pictures of people doing this.)

You can loop the sling around your arm and up tight against you to create an extra point of contact.

This allows you to brace the weapon against your body for better long-range accuracy.

This isn’t something you’d typically need for home-defense.

In any situation where you’ve got to make a difficult shot, though, a sling will help you do so more accurately.

For these three reasons, you NEED to have a sling on your AR15.

In fact, you really can’t afford not to.

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AR15 “Assault Rifle” Tip: Should You Make Your AR More “Tactical”?

Jeff Anderson

Have you customized your AR15 to make it more “tactical”?

It’s tempting to change out all kinds of accessories and parts.

The market for AR15 components is pretty big, and everybody’s pushing some special new aftermarket modification.

One thing you may or may not have considered is the charging handle.

When I carried an M16 in the infantry, I didn’t stop to think about that charging handle much.

It was just… there, you know?

But there are all kinds of fancy charging handles you could put on it.

I spoke with my friend Ox about this, and here is a brief summary of what he told me.

Should You Change Your AR15 Charging Handle To Be More “Tactical”?

AR15 Assault Rifle Tip: Should You Change Your Charging Handle To Be More “Tactical”?
Ox

Picture the charging handle on an AR15.

It’s basically a plunger that you grab with your fingers.

When you grab it and run it back and let it go forward, you’re chambering a round, right?

There are aftermarket charging handles that change the size and shape of what you grab to chamber that first round.

So ask yourself: Is there any reason that I should be swapping out what came with the gun for something else?

The Answer: It Depends

The first answer is that, yes, there is value in changing out the charging handle…

…but it depends on the situation.

For example, if you want to have a gun mounted but still run the charging handle, you could install a left-side charging handle that sits farther forward than the bolt carrier grip release.

Outside of malfunctions, there’s not a ton of application for it.

When it is useful, however, it’s useful.

Everyone’s setup is going to be a little different.

Consider, then, if there’s any situation in which changing out that handle might be of benefit to you.

If You Do, Mind Your Optics

Another reason you might change the charging handle is for compatibility with certain optics.

Say you have an optic that comes very far back.

It could interfere with the stock charging handle, in some cases.

It will be hard to get your finger in between the mount for the optic and the charging handle.

You can fix that problem by installing an oversized charging handle.

(Extending the charging handle makes more sense in that type of scenario, in other words.)

But as we’ve just said, that’s situation dependent.

If you don’t have an optic that does that, there’s no problem and thus nothing to fix.

Even the fix just makes it a little easier to use.

Remember To Consider Gas Blowback

Finally, something to consider is gas blowback.

This is really more of an issue for those few of us out there running suppressed AR15s.

A charging handle that limits gas blowback — and they’re out there — helps prevent you from breathing in too many fumes.

That aside, though, for  most people, you won’t need to change to an oversized charging handle.

The stock handle will be fine unless it starts giving you problems in training.

If you find, in your dry fire and live fire practice, that you’re not able to get your finger on the charging handle for whatever reason, that is when you should consider changing it.

But you’ve got to change to something that will work better, not just something looks “cooler.”

The stock charging handle has served many people for decades.

It will be fine for most of us.

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